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Pick of the weekend (July 1-July 3)

Nashville comes to town; anyone for tennis; top choirs join up and Arabic Arts Festival begins

Written by . Published on June 30th 2011.

Pick of the weekend (July 1-July 3)

Hey, hey, hay
IF you though a hoe-down was something that only happened in The Wire, then time to getcha' a clean livin’ life.

Thigh slapping, yee-hah, pistol packing fun  is the order of service this Sunday, all set to the best music you will hear this side of the black hills of Dakota.

Thornton, north Liverpool, to be precise, where the amazing Shy Lowen Horse and Pony Rescue Sanctuary is holding an afternoon of Americana music to celebrate Independence Day (ish)

And they've got a very impressive headliner.

Buffalo Clover is a wild flower that grows on the Midwest plains. It is also the name of one of Nashville’s most interesting  bands. Have a listen below.

Fronted by songstress Margo Price, the group draws its inspiration from true roots music. Styles range from underdog gypsy punk to Motown boxcar blues, Vaudevillian acid rock to train wreck folk. 

Buffalo Clover have toured the US extensively. They’ve played venues including The House of Blues, The Redstone Room, and the River Roots Festival. They’ve also shared the stage with great acts including Grace Potter and the Nocturnal and The Flaming Lips.

Now it's Thornton's turn where they are joined by Mike Badger and the Shady Trio, The Loose Moose String Band, Mark Delaney, Kato, Chris Elliot and Anna Tai Hogan.

There’ll be home made cakes and a barbecue, as well as many other sideshows.

Oh, and not forgetting those inquisitive horses and ponies, so keep your hand on your carrot.

For additional dates, see below.

*Americana music festival, featuring Buffalo Clover, Mike Badger and more, Shy Lowen Horse and Pony Sanctuary,  Buckley Hill Lane, Thornton, Liverpool L29 1YB Sunday, July 3, 2pm-8pm. £2.  Plus: Caledonia pub, Catharine Street, L8, Monday July 4. 8pm. Free.

Moor, Moor Moor...
REACH for a hookah pipe and turn into a whirling dervish.

Each year, as sure as night follows day, the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival comes right after Africa Oye and that (along with Brazilica in a few weeks) makes Liverpool one of the biggest culturally diverse hubs we can think of.

Hassan Errij: 'Morrocan Big O'Hassan Errij: 'Morrocan Big O'
This weekend LAAF kicks off with
 The Big Saturday at the Bluecoat. All ages will enjoy this afternoon of music, debate, exhibitions, films and food, they say.

Highlights include the acclaimed master-musician and singer from Marrakech, Hassan Erraji, a sort of Moroccan Roy Orbison, who will present sensational new pieces with a hot band of young jazzy musicians called MoRoccan Rollers.

MoRoccan Rollers - geddit?

For full festival programme visit this  

Love, love, love
LIKE the sound of ladies grunting?  Or do you prefer to shout “Come on Andy!” with a gang of like-minded, feverish souls once a year?

Admittedly,  the chances of that last one occurring may have been long abandoned by the time it gets to Sunday, but as part of Screen on the Green,  Liverpool One will be showing the Wimbledon ladies and men’s singles finals on a giant screen in Chavasse Park.

Cider with rosieCider with rosieVisitors are invited to enjoy the exciting climax of the world famous tennis tournament for free, and, in the tradition of Wimbledon, enjoy strawberries dipped in chocolate and ice-cream from Thornton’s ice cream cart.

Bulmers will also be sampling cider to celebrate the launch of Bulmers N°17. During the weekend their Experimenter’s Stage will be at Chavasse Park – with live music and acts to keep shoppers entertained. 

*Ladies’ Singles final, Saturday, July 2 from 1pm, Men’s Singles Final, Sunday July 3, from 1pm, Chavasse Park, Liverpool One. All screenings are free and deckchairs are provided. 

Sing, sing, sing
Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral will witness a historic event this Saturday as two of the country’s most famous choirs will combine for a special concert.

Singing in the naveSinging in the naveTwo Cities, One Voice will see Liverpool’s Cathedral Choir and Oxford’s St Peters College Choir merge for this one-off concert, celebrating milestones within their history. The first its 100th birthday, the second a mere 50 year anniversary.

It will feature a full catalogue of choral favourites - Bairstow, Harris, Britten, Naylor and Parry - all conducted by David Poulter and Roger Allen, in aid of the Liverpool Cathedral Foundation.

*Two Cities, One Voice, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, St James Mount, Liverpool 1. 7.30pm, Saturday July 2. Tickets from £15 (£10 concs) or deluxe ticket for £35 which will include a three course dinner, drinks reception, access to main choir exhibition and reserved seating. Call 0151 702 7226.

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