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Manchester's legendary Picnic Club celebrates 10th anniversary!

Thursday 30th March 2017: Picnic Club at Fuel Bar, 448 Wilmslow Road, Withington, Manchester M20 3BW, 8pm adm free. 10th Anniversary Special featuring The Good Intentions, Quiet Loner, Risa Hall, and Picnic Area. Yes we've been going 10 years - incredible really, the longest running acoustic showcase in Manchester, and we're celebrating in style with some of the very best acts that have played here!

Liverpool-based country band The Good Intentions have won a string of awards, including Best Americana Act of the Year 2011 in the British Country Music awards. In addition to acclaim for their albums “Poor boy”, “Someone else’s time” and "Travelling companion", they have also received national television coverage. 
Neil McLeod in R2 magazine has written: "Liverpool-based husband and wife duo R Peter Davies and Gabrielle Monk deliver Americana filtered through a cold, dark English fireside, drink-infused lullabies that sound composed and sung while sipping on pints of bitter rather than shots of bourbon. “The Long Unbroken Line” (latest album) is a fitting soundtrack to a metaphorical dustbowl Britain of 2016." http://www.thegoodintentions.co.uk/ 

Quiet Loner aka Matt Hill is one of the best loved figures on Britain’s new country scene, and his songs of infidelity, murder, suicide, as well as social comment transcend the limitations of the genre. “Secret ruler of the world” became Americana UK’s album of the year for 2004, and he has followed this up with the acclaimed “Spectrology”, as well as ”Greedy magicians”, a live album of protest songs. He has played the protest stage at Glastonbury – at Billy Bragg’s request! – as well as being one of the leading lights behind the “We Shall Overcome” nationwide musical protest at the government’s austerity policies. http://quietloneruk.wordpress.com/ 

Risa Hall is the one genuine American on the bill, having grown up with The Ramones in Forest Hills, NYC. Her music is an intoxicating mix of pop, soul, jazz and country, and recent album “Love is telepathic” has received excellent reviews. https://www.reverbnation.com/risahall 

Lovable alt country hedonists Picnic Area already have two well-received studio albums behind them. As well as heading in more of a powerpop direction musically, their recent songs are influenced by the political state of Britain and the world in 2016/17. https://picnicareamusic.wordpress.com/ 
Also see interview at http://mancunianmatters.co.uk/content/25053647-interview-country-rockers-picnic-area-manchester-and-americana-inspired-album-you-k 

Admission is free but we'll do a collection towards The Good Intentions' travel costs from Liverpool.

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1
Levi Parham
90 pts.
These American Blues
Music Road Records
GC,JBO,TK
2
Martha Fields
86 pts.
Southern White Lies
Independent
BP,BH,FB,JAB,RW,SP
3
Carter Sampson
75 pts.
Wilder Side
Independent/CRS
AN,CRS,JB
4
Anna Elizabeth Laube
65 pts.
Tree
Ahh...Pockets! Records
DH,NC
5
Michael McDermott
60 pts.
Willow Springs
Pauper Sky Records
BK,MM
6
Shovels & Rope
54 pts.
Little Seeds
New West
 
7
Robert Ellis
53 pts.
Robert Ellis
New West Records
DHO
8
Sturgill Simpson
52 pts.
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Atlantic Records
JJ,JF
9
Douglas Greer
50 pts.
Baja Louisiana
Zilker Park Records
HDB,ML
10
Lucinda Williams
46 pts.
The Ghosts Of Highway 20
Highway 20 Records
EM
11
Buddy Miller & Friends
44 pts.
Cayamo Sessions at Sea
New West Records
 
12
Wink Burcham
43 pts.
Cleveland Summer Nights
Continental Song City
 
13
Eric Brace & Peter Cooper
42 pts.
C&O Canal
Red Beet Records
BR
14
Brent Cobb
41 pts.
Shine On A Rainy Day
Elektra Records
HH
 
Daniel Romano
41 pts.
Mosey
New West
CVL
 
Leonard Cohen
41 pts.
You Want it Darker
Sony Music
HO
17
Christian Kjellvander
40 pts.
A Village: Natural Light
Tapete Records
BM
18
Drive-By Truckers
39 pts.
American Band
ATO Records
AR,EZ
19
Birds of Chicago
38 pts.
Real Midnight
Five Head Entertainment
LM,SZ
20
John Prine
37 pts.
For Better, or Worse
Oh Boy Records
FS,MB
21
The Cactus Blossoms
36 pts.
You’re Dreaming
Red House Records
GS,HD
22
Richmond Fontaine
35 pts.
You Can’t Go Back
Décor Records
FCE
23
Gillian Welch
34 pts.
Boots No.1: The Official Revival Bootleg
Acony Records
LK,PR,TJ
24
Sarah Jarosz
33 pts.
Undercurrent
Sugar Hill
RM
25
Joe Purdy
32 pts.
Who Will Be Next?
Mudtown Crier Records
AL
 
The Devil Makes Three
32 pts.
Redemption & Ruin
New West

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