The Freedom Concert is the concept of Chris and Lynne Strange. Both were heavily involved in musical theatre some years ago but for the past three years have become strongly connected with the local Wirral acoustic music scene.
With our gradual return to ‘normalcy’ following the Covid 19 Pandemic, Chris wanted to use three of the best acoustic acts on the Wirral, who help sum up the music scene, for a celebration night to acknowledge our regaining of ‘freedom’.
Act 1 is VOCAL POINT - a well established trio on the Wirral folk scene. They are, Sue Farley, Angela and John Owen. Sue is John’s sister and Angela, his wife. Sue and John play guitar and have beautiful voices. Angela provides various percussion and majors on bodhran, the Irish drum and often brags that she was taught by an expert ~ Stephan Hannigan.
Their music library contains many traditional and contemporary folk songs, some self-penned, together with the occasional rendition of a country song or two. A capella singing is another of their specialities which dovetails nicely with their ability to perform wonderful wistful ballads and rhythmic songs that will have your feet tapping in no time. Sue was for many years the Musical Director of the Knowsley Singers and John has musical experience on stage from his time with the Wirral Theatre Company. Angela and John are also the organisers of the excellent Hungry Horse Folk Club in Ellesmere Port, located at The Whitby Club and the Wirral Folk Festival, held at the same venue each June.
Act 2 is SPLIT LEVEL - an acoustic duo.
Phil Chisnall and Lynne Strange deliver a wide, eclectic variety of cover songs in various genres, as well as Phil’s own critically acclaimed self written compositions. Together, Lynne and Phil, as Split Level, have been delighting audiences for the past two years.
Phil has a strong musical history, having been involved in performing music since the early eighties. He has worked in various band, duo and solo formats and performed in different music venues, clubs and festivals throughout the country Phil is a highly accomplished acoustic guitar player, using different tunings and styles including slide guitar. He is known particularly for his own song writing. Phil’s strong voice has drawn favourable comparisons to the likes of Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello and Gordon Haskell. Lynne Strange has a broad experience in musical theatre, with a beautiful voice, drawing comparisons to Annie Lennox, that perfectly blends with Phil’s. Her stage performance of the songs she sings, captivates any audience. Lynne and Phil’s different music backgrounds help compliment each other and make for a unique duo.
Act 3 is BROKEN STRINGS - an Americana goodtime band.
A musical cornucopia of guitars, ukes, accordion, mandolin, flute, harmonica, bass, percussion and vocals covering everything from The Band to Gershwin.
Following the untimely passing of one of her idols – Tom Petty – Emma Owen, co organiser of The Summer Strum music festival was inspired to put together a Wilburys kind of group ‘as a vehicle to promote the Summer Strum Ukulele Festival 2018’ It comprised some of the folk that had supported and helped run the festival over the years. The band enjoyed playing the promos and had a blast so decided to carry on and develop the concept.
Playing a great mix of Country, Americana, Blues and popular Covers, Broken strings are a seven piece multi instrumental band. The band members are:
- On Guitar, Banjo, Slide, Ukulele and Vocals - Tom Baker.
- On Lead and Acoustic Guitar and Vocals - Gerry Frost.
- On Ukulele, Accordion, Vocals and harmonies - Pat Ross-Davies.
- On Bass Guitar and Vocals- Jules Tuson.
- On Ukulele, Harmonica and Vocals- Karl Parry.
- On Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals and Harmonies- Mal Redhead.
- On Drums, Cajon and Percussion- Ian Howie.
Although the band originator is not with them full time, Broken Strings are always pleased to have her join them on occasion so,
On Ukulele, Flute, Whistles,Vocals and Harmonies- Emma Owen.