Creative Review New Music
Introducing Liam McClair. Hailing from Britain’s most productive musical city, and having spent time gigging in and around Liverpool- another town with a stellar reputation for developing inventive and innovative stars- it’s through a keen understanding of creating immediately infectious tunes, coupled with heartfelt songwriting, that he has cemented his status amongst the North West’s brightest lights.
Meanwhile, support slots alongside the likes of Echo and the Bunnymen (not once or twice, but five times, not to mention dates with the band’s frontman, Ian McCulloch, across the UK), Kimberly Anne and Circa Waves helped increase his exposure.
Concerned with telling stories, and inspiring others to get to know stories of old through reinterpreting classic tales, it’s an astute approach to music that cares little for throwaway nonsense, and values poignancy over anything else. The product of a long background of musical training that began before he reached his teens, and ended by mastering self-taught guitar expertise, it’s not without very good reason that McClair has been making significant waves amongst the industry and audiences alike- with advocates including Newton Faulkner, BBC Introducing, 6Music and XFM. Handcrafted for fans of James Taylor, Paulo Nutini and Bill Withers, it should go without saying he’s one to remember.
A sold out, full band show at Manchester’s Gullivers venue launched the ‘Honest’ EP, which entered the iTunes singer/songwriter chart at #7.
Liam is currently halfway through a German tour, and then heads home to hit the road on his debut UK tour, to celebrate the release of new single ‘Hunted’, this May, through Run & Hide Records.
May 7th Manchester, Deaf Institute (full band)
May 9th Nottingham, Rescue Rooms (solo) *Free entry show*
May 11th Liverpool, Leaf (solo) *Free entry show*
May 12th London, The Slaughtered Lamb (full band)
May 19th Wolverhampton, The Grain Store (solo) *Free entry show*
May 26th Ramsbottom, Irwell Works Brewery (solo) *Free entry show*
May 27th Edinburgh, Leith Depot (full band)
May 28th Glasgow, 13th Note (full band)