Famed Nashville venue, The Bluebird Cafe, comes to the UK for the first time in an inaugural exchange with the city of Liverpool.
Nashville’s famed Bluebird Cafe will be celebrated in the UK for the first time on Saturday August 29, 2015 as part of the Liverpool International Music Festival. 
“The Bluebird at The Bluecoat” will be a unique three-part event that will re-create the experience of visiting the famed venue at Liverpool’s creative arts hub, The Bluecoat.
The day will include a private workshop plus two evening performances at The Bluecoat, “Bluebird-style”.
The afternoon workshop is for area performers and songwriters and will include conversation and critique with the visiting Nashville team along with legendary BBC music host, Bob Harris.
The evening’s performances will feature two shows and include well-known Nashville award-winning singer-songwriters, including Beth Nielsen Chapman, Jim Lauderdale, Kim Richey and Don Henry, alongside aspiring UK songwriters who won a Liverpool-based competition.
The shows at The Bluecoat will be presented in The Bluebird Cafe’s signature “in the round” format where the songwriters are seated in the center of the room, trading songs and sharing the stories behind the songs.  This configuration allows the audience an up-close and personal experience of how songwriters create their music.
At The Bluecoat, the event will be as much immersive theatre as musical performance; once attendees enter the Bluecoat’s theatre space they will be transported to Nashville and find themselves in the world famous Bluebird Cafe. 
The show marks the start of an exciting new relationship and talent development initiative between the songwriting cities of Liverpool and Nashville.
“The relationship between the two cities, Liverpool and Nashville, and their musical history is unmistakeable,” said Wollam-Nichols.  “Great songs have come from both these cities - songs that have changed the world.  For The Bluebird Cafe to connect in this way with Liverpool’s musical heritage is a significant joining of hands and one we hope will continue beyond this initial partnership.”
The exchange project was initiated by Liverpool native Emma Foxall who spent five years in Nashville as a successful singer-songwriter.  During that time she not only performed at The Bluebird but also worked as waitress and host at the legendary music club.
“I thought it would be awesome to bring The Bluebird experience to Liverpool and was delighted when Erika Wollam Nichols agreed,” says Foxall, “Liverpool is my hometown and has produced many iconic songwriters and songs. I would like this initiative to become an annual event and plan to forge more links between Nashville and Liverpool. ”
Working with the idea of exchange, a competition was held to bring two Liverpool songwriters to Nashville to perform at the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival in March 2015.
Judges from both Nashville (David Macias/Thirty Tigers, Erika Wollam/The Bluebird Cafe, and Ralph Murphy/ASCAP) and the UK (Bob Harris/BBC Radio 2, Yaw Owusu/LIMF, and Emma Foxall/Monkey Mind Productions) selected two songwriters, Karen Turley and Kirsty McGee.  The two winners flew to Nashville, performed at The Bluebird as part of the 25th annual festival, met with industry professionals and wrote with Nashville based songwriters.
Schedule - Saturday, August 29
2-5:00pm       Group Panel/Songwriting Workshop with Beth Nielsen Chapman, Bob Harris, Don Henry, Jim Lauderdale, Kim Richey and Erika Wollam Nichols.
6:30-8:30pm The Bluebird at The Bluecoat - early show. 
Attendees will be immersed in The Bluebird to experience the talents of exchange winners and Nashville writers in the round, with Don Henry, Kim Richey, and local songwriters Kirsty McGee and Karen Turley.
9:00-11:00pm:  The Bluebird at The Bluecoat - late show
Host Bob Harris will present artists Beth Nielsen Chapman and Jim Lauderdale plus two additional writers and, in between performances, discuss their careers and approach to the craft of songwriting.
The Bluebird Cafe’s first visit to the UK is made possible with the support of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, Jack Daniels and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.  The project is supported by the Liverpool City Council, Liverpool International Music Festival and Arts Council England.
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