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Something for the Weekend (28-30 March 08)

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Published on March 28th 2008.

Something for the Weekend (28-30 March 08)

Accent to grind
Listen yuze. This Saturday, researchers from Liverpool, Edinburgh and Lancaster will be looking at the most mystifying and enthralling sound known to the weerld – the Liverpool accent.

While most people from outside the city are woeful at imitating it (Gordo, you know who you are, ed) no one can deny the scouse accent gives the city instant identity all across the land, even the world. Guest speakers, linguists and scholars join forces to put on a day of listening to, discussing and enjoying Liverpool's unique twang.

They'll review the history of the dialect and how it evolved into the drawl many speak today.

There are still spaces left but they're going quickly so get down there for 9am to give yourself every chance of a place.

'Celebrating Scouse' @ The Maritime Museum, Albert Dock.
Saturday 29 March
Lecture theatre, 4th floor
Tickets are free but places are limited. For tickets please contact Barbara Smith on 0151 794 2728
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Evol forces at work
Evol's back at the Carling Academy with its usual fusion of obscure pop, electro, techno and indie. The genres represented on the night will be electro, punk, funk, garage and, wait for it, mutant...

Liverpool based band The Vagabonds are certain to be a highlight. Their music has a mature sound whilst their lyrics also raise a smile. Viz: "Born in a shell suit with jewellery on, they ran out of test tubes in Old Swan. Wear your pyjamas to go to the shop, go to the Grafton quite a lot"

Roger McGough clearly wasn't the only poet from Liverpool.

Evol @ Carling Academy
Saturday 29 March
£6 adv

Music for the soul
Don't fancy doing battle with all the shoppers on Church Street? How's about some relaxing music then? Tarang, a talented group of young musicians from around the UK present an array of beautiful and melodic songs played on a plethora of Indian instruments.

If this sounds like your bag, you're a lover of different musical styles or you're just plain curious, pop down to the Phil on Saturday afternoon. Oh, and it's free. Yeah, you're interested now.

Music for the Mind and Soul: Rang TarangSaturday 29 March
Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street

Something for the week…

A Liver Bird Sang

And talking of scouse, well sort of. A specially commissioned show based entirely on the works of Schubert has been modified - well transmogrified. In other words its been given a big 21st century makeover with modern styles and rhythms and song titles that include 'Killarney Road' and 'Gorra Gerrit Right.'

The musical tells of how a chance meeting between a wealthy entrepreneur from Mossley Hill and a Liver Bird singer from Old Swan pave the way for the rescue of a run-down Liverpool club, the Scouse'ouse.

Written by John Dixon and directed and produced by Geoff Lavelle, A Liver Bird Sang has been described as something "sublimely different" for Liverpool 08. We'll let you be the judge.

A Liver Bird Sang
The New Picket, 61 Jordan Street
Tuesday 1 April to Saturday 5 April 2008
£10 – all seating unreserved
0871 424 4444

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Scott EroadMarch 27th 2008.

In the days before 'Brookside', people from West Derby and Mossley Hill sounded like it. Now they all sound like they’re from Rock Ferry.Is that Danielle Lloyd still claiming to be from Penny Lane with her awful accent?

R. A. MateMarch 27th 2008.

Is right, mate!

Phil McCrackenMarch 27th 2008.

Phil Redmond the 'alright der la' scouser and he of the comedy eyebrows has a lot to answer for. Until 'Brookie' I never remember the scouse accent being as strong as it is now, twenty odd years later.

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