Photography: Rob May

Friday 26th July sees the current cohort of Merseyrail Sound Station artists play live at Liverpool Central. The culmination of the current semester of the innovative music development project, the event sees nine of the region’s best up and coming artists play short sets to  commuters and music fans alike. The artists performing, including GEN AND THE DEGENERATES, ANA MAE and THE BLURRED SUN BAND, have all benefitted from a 6-week programme of development sessions which have helped them hone their songwriting skills, connected them to music industry experts and glean wisdom from high profile local musicians.

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The event on Friday is hosted by Amazing Radio’s Shell Zenner and features a vibrant mix of musical genres. Here’s a guide to the artists playing.

THE BLURRED SUN BAND
The day will kick off with the wayward strains of this psychedelic jazz ensemble. A very active band playing across the region, The Blurred Sun Band are actually play a headline set at Seel Street venue Phase One the same evening.

AMBER JAY
Having benefitted from the wisdom of Sound Station mentors and special industry guests, Amber is releasing her debut EP Her Time Has Come very soon. Amber’s anthemic acoustic-driven pop will sound amazing in Central Station.

ANA MAE
Dream pop singer songwriter Ana Mae’s debut single That I Would Do is a 60s beat-infused gem. Real name Lara Boundy, the artist is part of Liverpool’s Eggy Records scene and is due to play Skeleton Coast Festival this May.

MICHAEL ALDAG
17 year-old Michael is quickly winning many fans having been given a platform with the Levi’s Music Project earlier in the year. The Wirral teenager combines classic songwriting with hip hop production.

LYDIAH
Recently named as a LIMF Academy Most Ready Artist, Lydiah has a busy weekend in store as she’ll be performing her haunting alternative folk tracks in Sefton Park on the Sunday.

BORTH
Wirral performer Daniel Wright familiarised himself with the Sound Station programme having collaborated with Podge, a fast-rising artist who featured in a previous semester of the project. Borth brings his bedroom-honed indie pop to Central as one of his first solo gigs.

BEN BURKE
South Liverpool musician Ben has had an exciting start to his career with a gig in a Madrid fan park before Liverpool Champions League triumph attracting 50,000 football fans. Expect classic Liverpool songwriting from this future star.

TÏERNY
Expect what the artist labels baroquetronica from Blackpool-native Tïerny. The solo artist marked her intentions with the brilliant track Solid Ground released earlier this year.

GEN AND THE DEGENERATES
Gen and her band deal in raucous rock and roll and will be rounding up Sound Stations activity at Central on Friday.

If you know someone who you think would benefit from Merseyrail Sound Station applications open for semester four on 22nd August. You can follow Sound Station across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Find more information at merseyrailsoundstation.com

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