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One of the homes of innovative theatre in Liverpool, The Unity Theatre, has a little known secret, it is also the place where an acoustic night has had pride of place in its cyclical calendar for the last five seasons.

This coming October is no different as four very special artists take to the stage to join those that have played to attentive and respectful audiences inside the Unity. The latest incredible talent to make their way on to the prestigious stage are Ivy and the Chance, Richard Batty, Thom Morecroft and Mike Roach.

Ivy and the Chance is a Liverpool-based band, led by 19 year-old singer-songwriter Shannen Bamford. With a sweet folk/blue sound and Shannen’s beautiful voice, the band has stunned audiences at The Cavern Club, Croxteth Music Festival and the Mathew Street Festival.

The band have had radio play on the B.B.C. Introducing Merseyside, reached number 2 on the ACA Music online chart and with two E.P.’s to their name, Ivy and the Chance are ones to certainly look out for.

Richard Batty is a Liverpool singer/songwriter and a resident at the world famous Cavern Club. With his influences spanning across decades including The Beatles, Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel and Crowded House. Richard’s blend of folk/pop will have you hooked from the first note and his incredible voice will leave you hooked and asking for more. Richard is currently writing and recording material for a debut E.P. which is planned for release in the winter of 2012.

Thom Morecroft is a Liverpool-based singer/songwriter whose extensive original material and powerful voice have earned him a reputation as a great live performer on the local circuit.

Now at the age of 21, Thom has performed in a number of venues across the city which has gained him a legion of fans.

Mike Roach is a newcomer to the Liverpool acoustic scene, but a veteran in the local rock scene, Mike Roach professes he is “just another guy with a guitar” and “a lad from Liverpool who likes to sing”, but with influences firmly set in international alternative rock. Mike stands out above an ever growing acoustic scene with his energy-fuelled acoustic/rock and powerful, gritty voice.

Mike is currently working on new material for the release of his debut solo album record in 2013.

The Unity Theatre is always a good night out, whether for the incredible theatre it puts on or these acoustic nights it has the honour to hold. With these four very special artists coming to the Unity, the nights just got a little better.

Tickets for the acoustic night on the 18th October at the Unity Theatre are available from the Box office or by telephone on 0844 8732888 or online at www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

Ian D. Hall