Chris Woolf

Ever heard the expression nothing in life comes easy? Or seeing glitter from dust?

This certainly rings true for performer Chris Woolf. Despite many traumas in his past, he turns to music to help him out. With no family there for him, this ‘lone wolf’ supports himself with a part time job and frequently enjoys performing in various open mics like LEAF.

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Chris after stepping off stage at LEAF.

 

When asked where his lyrics come from, he said: “Life tragedy. A lot of it I guess is a way of trying to refrain past events and transform trauma into positivity.”

Chris Woolf enters another world when he performs and takes to the stage with ease. Often with nothing but his guitar to accompany him, he captivates the audience, making them cling onto every word he sings, bringing the folk genre back to life.

With a twinge of old time 1920s jazz, Woolf looks up to successful artists like Bob Dylan and Kurt Cobain. I think it’s safe to say that this man lives and breaths his dream to sing, however, he fears a lot of people may not understand his lyrics.

He said: “A lot of the time with music people don’t get all the lyrics straight away, just because of how things are pronounced phonetically.”

When asked about his music connecting to his fans, he stated: “I’ve always felt people can connect to it musically because I play through feeling rather than shouting chorus sequences.”

This talented performer has been doing what he loves for over 20 years and was playing the saxophone from just 7 years old. However, the style in which he performs now, he has only been experimenting with it this past year. From a very young age, this performer has connected with words. He said: “I liked to read a lot. I was really into poetry and inspiring artists like Bob Dylan so I was really into people who were characters with their music rather than just song writers.”

Chris Woolf is by no doubt going places. With a beautiful voice and ability to play instruments what’s to stop him? He recently got discovered during an open mic event a short while back and is currently in the studio recording an album. His life has definitely started turning a corner. When you want something bad enough you will achieve it and in the words of Bob Dylan “People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.”

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Maddie Stenberg

Often a big deal is made about how old you are. Oh you’re too young to do this or you’re too old to be doing that. But if you have a dream then who cares?

Maddie Stenberg is just 15 years old and she took to the stage during an the open mic night we went to at LEAF this Tuesday, doing it so effortlessly.

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Maddie as she performed

Hearing her sing, you would think she had been performing her whole life. Everything seems to come so naturally. Maddie is an extremely talented young woman and once she opens her mouth to sing, you are mesmerised.

Her dad has supported her every step of the way at the very beginning of her music career, having only started to perform a few months ago in August.
She said: “My dad is great, he will come with me to all my performances. He’s the one that’s got me to do this and really supported me to do it.”

Her father never once took his eyes off his daughter once she took to the stage, proudly watching her perform. Have a look at  the video below!

Maddie is still trying to find her own style of music. However, with influences like Fleetwood Mac and John Mayer being apparent in her original songs, she is sure to find her feet soon. For now, she is sticking with the acoustic style, which she claims the majority of people can relate to and enjoy.

When asked what inspires her to write her lyrics, she said: “I write how I feel and then hopefully it can relate to other people.
I don’t write about certain things, I just write how I feel and then people can relate it to their situation.”

The Formby teenager appeared slightly nervous at first, however once her feet were on that stage all nerves had disappeared. The crowd, like us, fell in love with her performance from the moment she started. Everyone was cheering and clapping by the end, no surprise there. With a voice like that, it’s hard not to.

Take a look at Maddie on her Twitter and YouTube!

If you enjoyed Maddie’s performance let us know! She is sure to perform again soon at the frequent open mic nights around Liverpool.

 

Out of the Bedroom: A Liverpool Open Mic Night

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Along the cobbles of Bold Street in Liverpool city centre sits LEAF Tea Shop, serving up wholesome food and countless varieties of tea, the relaxed atmosphere allows you to really loosen up enjoy the best in new music.

The Souuse Sounds team attended an open mic night that runs on a weekly basis called “Out of the Bedroom” and give undiscovered artists a chance to showcase their original music.

A spokesperson for LEAF said: “Our music programme is generally of an acoustic and folk genre but we have had the occasional different style pop up every now and then such as Cassette Boy DJ set and Brass Roots for example. The regular Open Mic Night event is held every Tuesday which is run by Johnny Sands, who also does another in-house event called Maison Johnny.”

Nothing beats an evening of live music, especially in Liverpool, a place famed for our love of making music and for sternly supporting our very talented up and coming artists. Out of the Bedroom Open Mic is a perfect example of local talent standing strong, with a packed house and great atmosphere every Tuesday night.

Bring your own instrument and original songs for a chance to perform.

Description of the evening and how to get involved via their website

Aspiring musicians took to the stage for their 15 minutes of fame and preformed three to four original songs in the packed out coffee shop.

The chilled out atmosphere really complimented the acoustic music that filled the air. It was really exciting to look through the packed out seating area and trying to guess who would be getting up to perform, showing that talent really does exist among the general public.

After their performances, we spoke to some of the artists that really caught our eye. Maddie Stenberg really caught our attention as she prepared to perform. Aaliyah went and had a chat with Maddie who, at 15 years old  took to the stage with confidence as she performed her original songs. The interview piece should be on the site soon!

We will no doubt be returning to LEAF next week to sample some more tea and find Merseyside’s next big musician!

LEAF host a variety of music nights, if you’re interested in going to any or even fancy performing there yourself then follow the link below to find out what’s on and when: https://www.thisisleaf.co.uk/listings/#listing-01-03-16

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Jamie Wooding

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Jamie Wooding doing what he does best in Liverpool City Centre.

Singer-songwriter, Jamie Wooding is hoping to release his debut EP by the end of May this year.

The 16-year-old college student aspires to be as big as some of his idols including Ed Sheeran, James Bay and even Justin Bieber.

Sticking to busking for now, Jamie braved the cold weather and took to Clayton Square in Liverpool on Sunday to sing some covers as people took time out of their days to stop and have a listen.

Jamie said: “I’ve been singing since I was a baby, at about two years old I started singing in the car and I started playing the guitar about seven years ago now.”

Someone who has been a big influence for Jamie is his Dad and manager Ste. Jamie said: “My dad comes with me everywhere, he played the guitar and taught me how to play. Not really anyone else in my family is musical, so after my dad taught me how to play guitar I started to learn stuff from the internet and went from there.”

His dad added: “I’ve always let him do what he wants to do and at the end of the day he’s getting his own influences.”

When it comes to writing his own material, Jamie said he writes about anything that catches his attention. He said: “If I see something outside that makes me stop, I’ll try and write something about it.”

“I mostly start writing with a chorus, it’s a weird way to write but I write the chorus then go back from there. I’m in the middle of writing a song called ‘What The Future Holds.’ That’s an option for the EP title.”

His dad said the songs he has heard so far are extremely catchy. He said: “Once you’ve heard them, you’ll walk away and you’ll be singing, whistling or humming thinking where have I heard that? Then I’d realise.”

Jamie doesn’t have any regular gig slots at the minute, but it looks like he’s going to have a busy few months ahead. Keep up to date with Jamie on Twitter for all the latest and keep an ear out if you see him busking.

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Nicole’s videos of Jamie busking.

 

 

 

 

 

Owen Allen

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Sometimes it is the most testing and difficult times in life that shape us and what we go on to achieve in life.

This couldn’t be more true for 36 year old singer-songwriter Owen Allen.

Originally from Notingham, Owen was then adopted and grew up in Southport after being adopted.

Owen has suffered from a number of problems in his life, including alcoholism and drug dependency.

Referring to his past, Owen said, “I feel I becoming more aware of the negative situations. I’m in a positive place. Those moments deserve recognitions – some adults hide away from their troubles. I want to glorify in it.”

Aside from the music, Owen also works for a music recovery company. He has held a position within the company for 4 years – full time for the past 18 months. This company, titled ‘Recovery Inc’, is predominantly music based and helps many vulnerable young people in Merseyside.

In November 2015, Owen released an EP. Titled ‘The Question of I’ this is available to listen to for free on Spotify.

If you want to see Owen playing , he has a number of upcoming gigs and festivals. He will be performing at intimate gigs at the Fringe Festival, Hobo Kiosk and Jamaica Street in the coming months.

Owen will definitely be busy in the coming months and is hoping to release a new album by mid-May. This will include a minimum of 9 songs; 7 newly written and 3 from the November 2015 released EP.

Twitter: @OwenAllenArtist

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