Beyond the Beaten Track – programme

Saturday 28th January 2017

2pm Doors

2.30pm – Panel #1 : “Getting Into Work”

The panel will look at how to get involved, establish one’s self and progress in the music and creative industries.  Featuring a range of guests, including previous AtBT placement alumni.

Kaya Herstad-Carney (Threshold Festival / ACM) – Host
Yaw Owusu (LIMF / Nothin’ But The Music)
David Lally (AtBT alumni, Liverpool Biennial, The Barbican)
Abbey Andersen (ATBT alumni, Africa Oye)

FREE: To register click here

3.30pm 1hr roundtables & networking

Kaya Herstad-Carney (Threshold Festival / ACM) – Host
Peter Shilton (Merseyside Arts Foundation)
Kevin MacArthur & Andy Scott (Smithdown Road Festival)
Yaw Owusu (LIMF / Nothin’ But The Music)
Graham Holland (Liverpool Acoustic)
Chris Herstad-Carney (Threshold Festival)

4.30pm Panel #2 : “Ask the Promoter”

Whether it be securing gigs, putting on shows yourself, or just looking to get involved, this panel will consider current issues in the live gig and festival environment, and provide an opportunity to meet and “ask the promoter”.

Chris Herstad-Carney (Threshold Festival)
Graham Holland (Liverpool Acoustic)
Yaw Owusu (LIMF / Nothin’ But The Music)
Kevin MacArthur (Smithdown Road Festival)

FREE: To register click here

5.30pm onwards…

Informal Networking – An opportunity for everyone to catch up – a wide range of attendees in a more relaxing informal environment, which will progress straight into the evening’s entertainment.

All daytime activity is completely free – please register via Bluecoat’s website to guarantee your place at the panels –


6.30pm – A FREE ENTRY GIG will follow the networking, featuring live music from four AtBT alumni, as well as DJs to end the day and celebrate the final event of the AtBT journey:

Mike Badger & The Shadys

Mike Badger co-founded, Liverpool band: The La’s in the mid-eighties, he then formed The Onset, one of the UK’s first alternative Country Roots bands in 1988. Mike is also a partner in Liverpool Label Viper. Expect Original Roots Music, Rockabilly and Scouse Honky Tonk.

“Impossible to pigeonhole…a perfect pick and mix for the ears” – Alan Brown, Shindig

Jimmy Rae & The Moonshine Girls

Jimmy Rae & the Moonshine Girls are a Country/Amerciana flavoured acoustic trio from the Wirral, fronted by singer songwriter Jimmy Rae, accompanied by Sarah-Lou Fletcher on harmony vocals and Izzy Ryder on piano. Jimmy’s songs are rooted in the American rock’n’roll and country traditions, with an enchanting twist of celtic folk, lending them a comforting sense of familiarity. In concert, the precision harmonies and musicianship of The Moonshine Girls showcases them at their very best.

“Utterly superb, taking Country back to where it belongs” – Country Routes Magazine (UK)

Nick Ellis

Nick Ellis is dedicated to the concept of “Song” and “Melody”. Some people call it folk, some just call it good old fashioned song craft. Currently based in Liverpool, Ellis blends streetscape narrative-noir with a classic British acoustic approach. Using a blend of rhythmic attack and finger-quick lucidity, his sound has been described as “a conversation between Elvis Costello and John Martyn.”

“Fascinating” – Whispering Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

Silent Cities

Silent Cities is the alias of experimental recording artist, Simon Maddison. Based somewhere in the North of England. Influenced by time, natural LANDscapes, and the human condition. With a haunting falsetto voice and intricate guitar stylings, Silent Cities is fast garnering a cult following.

“The real deal” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music

The night will also features DJ sets from:

Josh Ray

Having amassed a music collection beyond his years, deejaying was the next logical step for Josh Ray. Expect a myriad of infectious grooves that’ll put a swing in your hips and a smile on your face.

Jonnie O’Hare (Beaten Tracks)

The roots of funk run deep through his selections of dusty grooves, basement jazz and world beats. This aficionado fuses the sounds of blues and soul through to Latin.


Returning to Above the Beaten Track for the final time, expect the choicest cuts of funk, soul, afrobeat, hip-hop, reggae, ska and anything else with a groove from John Malone.