We are so happy to have Singer/Songwriter Liam McClair host a BlueJay session on Wednesday October 11th at 7pm!
“A genuinely gifted songwriter who matches the depth of his writing with the passion in his voice” – Chris Hawkins BBC 6 Music
Liam has been making waves amongst the Mancunian music scene since 2014 and has gone from performing at small venues to headlining his own sell-out shows in 2015 and 2016.
He has played some of the UKs major festivals such as Kendall Calling and The Isle of Wight Festival, as well as opening for the likes of Circa Waves, Blossoms, Billy Bragg, Newton Faulkner and Echo & The Bunnymen.
We caught up with Liam to find out a bit more about life as a professional singer!
I’m a singer songwriter based in Manchester, playing Acoustic Pop with a sort of Folk and Indie influence.
Music means a lot, it’s now my profession which is amazing and something I never thought would happen! I love hearing new tracks and exploring new genres.
I was a big fan of a lot of male singer songwriters growing up. There seemed to be a boom in that area with people like Paolo Nutini, James Morrison, Ray LaMontagne, James Blunt, Newton Faulkner etc all coming to prominence around the same time. As I’ve got a little older I love listening to Alt-J and Radiohead and would love to record music like theirs, it’s so unique and interesting. At the same time, listening to Neil Young and James Taylor – I really admire their acoustic tracks.
A big mix really! My Mum and Dad had an eclectic taste, from Joni Mitchell to Radiohead and The Rolling Stones to The Beatles. Having 2 older Sisters meant listening also to lots of Shania Twain and whichever boy band was popular at the time!
I’ve got to say I love a bit of Stevie Wonder, so either Signed, Sealed, Delivered or Superstitious.
I like going to the pub and then if I were to go out for a night out it would be great to see some live music or listen to some old Motown songs. I used to love that as a student, discovering a dingey bar playing old Motown songs.
I’m not sure really, I binge on crisps! But if its in terms of music, I got really into early 2000s RnB so Ashanti and Usher etc.
A good mix of tunes, some solemn classic singer songwriter woeful tunes and then some more upbeat and enjoyable tracks to shake your hips to.