The Philharmonic Hall is arguably Liverpool’s most impressive venue, with its soaring architecture and extravagant décor. Because of this, there are few artists that can compete with the lavish expression of the room, and not become overshadowed. However, there are a few exceptions, and the awe-inspiring cultural spectacle that has been created by Seafoam Green is one of them. After two years of sell out shows in the Philharmonic’s Music Room, ‘Seafoam Green’s Last Waltz’ returns to the Philharmonic, this time in the iconic Hall.
Seafoam Green will be joined by a host of musical friends including Phil Campbell (The Temperance Movement) for a night of some of the best local music, honouring one of the most influential events in music history, the last ever concert from ‘The Band’.
On 25th November 1976, at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, ‘The Band’ performed their extraordinary last ever concert, the ‘Last Waltz’, after 16 years on the road. On that fateful night they were joined by some ‘friends’ – Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, Dr John, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris & Joni Mitchell to name but a few. The event was filmed by director Martin Scorsese and made into a documentary, released in 1978 and has been hailed one of the greatest concert films ever produced.
Over 40 years later, a collective of some of Liverpool’s finest musicians came together to celebrate its influence and its impact. The night was such a success that two nights were booked for 2017, described as “Stunning” by Classic Rock Magazine and “Gutsy Americana with a heart of gold” by Clash Magazine. Now, with the help of Mellowtone Records, the event happening all over again, reaching to even higher heights, taking place in the main room for the first time!
The Psych/Folk outfit Seafoam Green, fronted by the Dublin-born songwriter Dave O’Grady and produced by Rich Robinson was a result of a chance meeting during studio recordings in Nashville, 2011, and followed by a couple US and European tours, Dave and Rich began writing in California. The pair penned a number of songs together in the hills of Topanga, which naturally came to be the debut Seafoam Green album; Topanga Mansion.
The first guest announcement for this year’s show features Phil Campbell, a man who has plenty of experience delivering a sensational atmosphere due to his days as the singer for Scottish blues-rockers The Temperance Movement. His 1970’s rock star sensibility, and “rousing, scorching vocal” are more than fitting for the heritage behind the occasion and the venue. Other acts include Nick Ellis, Xander & The Peace Pirates, Dan Wilson (The Cubical), Connie Lush and Robert Vincent. With more acts to be announced soon, the event is set to be one pouring with musical culture, and an experience never to forget.
Grab your tickets online here or by calling 0151 709 3789.
(Words by James Booton)