Eric’s of Mathew Street have announced some of their new shows for November and the listing is enough to make music lovers in the city drool with anticipation.

On November 8th Saint Saviour, Becky Jones (Ex-Groove Armada) will be performing at the legendary club. Becky has trodden an unconventional path towards artistic salvation. It hasn’t always been easy. It is a story that stretches from the workhouses of Dickensian London to the arena house concerts all over the globe. Throughout it all and with her spectral and hypnotic debut album, she may have emerged as one of the defining solo artists of her time.

Aside from the genre-hopping musical thrills – are as much notable for her extravagant, theatrical costumes (Joan of Arc projections on the walls, exploding balloon full of petals) and set-ups as they are for her visceral stage persona.

Two days later the extraordinary talented Sacramento native Julie Ann Baenziger, better known as Sea of Bees, will be bringing her beautifully idiosyncratic and effortlessly moving vein of off-kilter folk to the U.K. once again. This gig will be on the heels of her new single release Gone from her critically lauded sophomore album Orangefarben which was released earlier this year on Heavenly Recordings.

Ben Ottewell is the singer/songwriter in the Mercury Prize winning Southport rock band Gomez. Last year he released his first solo album, Shapes and Shadows via Eat Sleep Records. The nine tracks were recorded at the chalet in Los Angeles, California and was co-produced by Ottewell and Will Garden.

Over five years in the making, Shapes and Shadows is a collection of solo compositions pieced together and written in and around Gomez tours, recording sessions and breaks. They are born out of Ottewell’s desire to create something with a strong sense of simplicity and purity, to get away from the full band, electric sound of Gomez. Ben Ottewell will be appearing at Eric’s on Wednesday 28th November.

Tickets for these and other gigs at Eric’s are available from the Box office, by telephone on 0151 2369994. Ticket price for Saint Saviour is £8. For Sea of Bees and Ben Ottewell the tickets are priced at £10. Check Eric’s website for other great bands coming on in the next few months.

Ian D. Hall