Guitarist, singer and songwriter Liam Merriman returned from Nashville last year with Acoustic Rivers, his sixth album, under his arm. For this U.S. recording session, he chose to work with just two acoustic guitars and voice. The 13 tracks on the disc include new songs, guitar instrumentals and reworkings of some gems from his earlier catalogue.
On returning home Liam teamed up with guitarist Bill Stuart to work on reproducing the album tracks, as recorded, live on stage. The pair have been playing together since, serving up finger picking acoustic guitar performances at folk clubs and festivals around Ireland and in the UK. Bill’s heavy metal / rock background brings a dextrous and energetic style to the duo’s the live performances.
A recent review of their Wexford Arts Centre concert praised Merriman’s “assured melodic vocal style backed by the tasty interplay of his guitar with that of Bill Stuart”, who was hailed, as “a serious new find”. Acoustic Rivers will be launched at the gig on Thursday 27 December 2018. A feast of fret-board frills, classy songs and stunning covers will then be unleashed in the atmospheric surroundings of Central Arts Theatre. The perfect post-Christmas escape? Absolutely. All you have to do is make sure you’re there! Liam & Bill will do the rest.
“Premier League songwriter” Hot Press
“Melodies to whistle at a bus stop” Irish Music Magazine
“A wonderful songwriter – he writes beautiful songs” Nanci Griffith
“Quality song material, lyrical and pleasing” The Living Tradition
“Delicate and mysterious folk stylings” Folkworld.eu