The Lighthouse Invites the Storm


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Dream of a storm invited / dream of a ghostly carousel

Dream of a fire ignited / in the engine rooms of Hell…

Fri 28 July 8.30pm – 10.00pm


The Lighthouse Invites the Storm (electric)

In tandem with the Malcolm Lowry Under the Volcano conference, artists Alan Dunn, Jeff Young and Martin Heslop have been commissioned to explore Lowry’s relationship with his New Brighton birthplace, working with retired merchant seafarers from Mariners’ Park.

For the performance The Lighthouse Invites the Storm Martin Heslop and Jeff Young will be joined onstage by Liverpool’s musical maverick Jack Roberts, multi-instrumentalist Vidar Norheim and singer-songwriter Mersey Wylie. Encompassing live music, film projection, spoken word and songs, this mesmerising new piece weaves together Lowry’s alcoholic visions, the dreams and memories of retired mariners, and the forces of river and ocean to take the audience on a Lowryesque journey into the heart of the storm.

Sat 29 July 7pm

The Lighthouse Invites the Storm (acoustic)

Mariners’ Park Care Home, Royden Avenue, Wallasey, CH44 0HN

There are limited tickets available for the Saturday performance, to book your ticket click here.

Looking out over the Mersey itself, Mariners’ Park – home to retired seafarers – plays host to this evening of live music, spoken word, readings and songs in tribute to Malcolm Lowry, drawing on the memories and experiences of the merchant seamen of Mariners’ Park. Performed by Martin Heslop, Jeff Young, Jack Roberts, Vidar Norheim and Helen Tookey.

In addition to the performances at Bluecoat and Mariners’ Park there will be a variety of other opportunities to engage with the project, including

  • A poster-work at Merseyrail stations;
  • artworks distributed free in the Wirral Globe
  • A Day of the Dead download mix by Dunn, Balam Ronan and Phil Legard
  • An open afternoon, The Leaving of Liverpool, at Mariners’ Park on Wed 26 Jul, 2.30 – 4pm, Friday 28 Jul, 2.30-4pm, and Saturday 29 Jul, 2.30-4pm, programmed by Roger Cliffe-Thompson with content courtesy of National Museums Liverpool (Merseyside Maritime Museum) – an opportunity to meet retired seafarers and see displays and artefacts.

To find out more about these related events please visit The Lighthouse Invites the Storm website.

Visit the Bluecoat Lowry event page for more information about the Malcolm Lowry conference: Under the Volcano, 70 Years On.

Ray and Julie – London Road


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Liverpool City Council announce that the RAY + JULIE site has been sold to a developer. To mark the last few months of RAY + JULIE, we produce a limited edition 7″ single LONDON ROAD 66 81 and arrange to screen Tim’s film of The ballad of RAY + JULIE at Lewisham Arthouse in London.

The 7″ single, with photography by Vesta Hex and design by Martyn Rainford, brings together two spoken word RAY + JULIE pieces from Electronic Voice Phenomena and Composers’ Laboratory at METAL. Photography by Vesta, design by Martyn Rainford and additional voice by Emma French, edition of 300, supported by Leeds Beckett University.

How to buy and how much it costs is a mystery hidden beneath the tarmac of London Road. 

Watch THIS space




Single photographs by Ricky Adam.

More information on Ray + Julie in Lewisham here.


Gramophone Ray Gun


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Thursday 24 November 2016

Gramophone Ray Gun returns to court the imagination with curious sounds and the Spoken Word.

November’s edition of The Dock Road Press showcase sees legendary Liverpool Poet and inveterate dreamer Jeff Young perform a special collaboration with composer Martin Heslop. Mercy’s Nathan Jones is on the bill and Mark Greenwood reads his complete work, The Curious Pyramid Tomb. As usual, the evening will unfold to a crepuscular soundscape of unearthly samples and music from the edgelands Marginalise yourself.



Invisible Trains


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‘Invisible Trains’, Jeff Young’s collaboration with composer Paul McGhee and Liverpool’s new music ensemble Immix is a site specific response to Liverpool’s Edge Hill, the world’s oldest passenger railway station. Commissioned as part of a season of work around the September 29th performance of Steve Reich’s ‘Different Trains’ the piece is  a series of memories of sad goodbyes and sweet farewells, and glimpses of ghosts hopefully waiting for the departed to return.

Tickets can be purchased here. 

More information on Immix Ensemble here.

More information on Metal Edge Hill here.

SuperBlock Hex


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BBC Radio 3, FACT and Tenantspin, the Cultural Hijacking of Liverpool’s lost future. 2002.

A552 HEX

A spell against a dual carriageway, commissioned by Translating the Street, Alternator Studio. A sound installation for Frank Cavanagh’s Shoe Repairs. 2016.

Glasshouse Reading, 23 October 2015


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From 10 October 2015, the Bluecoat presents the first solo UK exhibition of Dublin based artist Niamh O’Malley. With Glasshouse O’Malley has created new sculptural works in response to the architecture of the gallery.

On Friday, 23 October 2015 Dublin poet Tara Bergin and Liverpool’s Jeff Young will be reading work created in response to O’Malley’s exhibition. The evening starts from 7.00pm and will also feature the work of writer, composer and sound artist Martin Heslop.

To book, contact the Bluecoat’s Ticket and Information line on 0151 702 5324, via email at: or through the online Box Office. 

Tickets: £3.00 or £2.00 (Concessions)

7.00pm at Bluecoat. School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX


Stuplex 003 – 23 Enigma Vortex Sutra


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On Sale Now

Published by Stuplex, 23 Enigma Vortex Sutra is limited to 230 copies, 115 of which are available with a CD of a live performance recorded at the Liverpool Everyman on 23 October 2014.

On November 23rd 1976, Ken Campbell is walking down Mathew Street, a hobgoblin mix of Max Wall and Lear on the Heath, striding amidst a pandemonium of mongrels and fleas, pockets full of chicken bones and piano keys for teeth.

Pages torn from the play Illuminatus blowing from his hands, around his skull the mad birds of genius flutter, in a whirl of wild words from other worlds and other lands he staggers and he skips down the Liverpool gutter.

Copies are available in the Stuplex shop now:

Book Only £5.00 + £1.20 P&P

Book and CD £8.00 + £1.20 P&P

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