Three up-and-coming acoustic acts will ensure there is a packed bill at the Prince Arthur pub tonight.
Headlining will be Lancaster-based singer songwriter Alex Hulme, making a welcome return to the Lord Street venue.
The 19-year-old is currently studying at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts where, among other activities, he has had to write a song a day over a sustained period,
Over the summer, he has played several small festivals, most notably at Cockermouth, where a reviewer found his act “spellbinding”.
He has also been back in the recording studio, working on songs scheduled for release next year.
Alex began playing the guitar at 13 and rapidly progressed to playing open mic nights around the Lancaster area at 15.
His older brother, Laurie, is also a musician in the Manchester area, where he plays with two bands.
Alex is currently signed up to Manchester record label Cityscape Records and has recently released his second EP, There Was A Boy, with influences from James Taylor through to Ed Sheeran.
His act features a device called a loop station which enables a solo artist to build up complex effects like multiple harmonies and rhythm patterns, made by drumming and tapping on the guitar.
Using this effect, a single performer can build up an impressive “wall of sound”.
Alex said: “Gigging is the thing I enjoy the most. You meet the best people, you have the best time. It’s a wonderful experience.”
Supporting Alex at the Prince Arthur gig are two other musicians signed to Cityscape, Dan Melrose and Maxwell Watts.
Alex is looking to expand his local fanbase after his last appearance at the Prince Arthur in September.
Entry is free and the gig begins at 9pm.