Del Amitri are back! Tour dates for 2018 announced

Del Amitri have announced their return in 2018 for a UK tour, the Glaswegian band’s first run of dates since 2014. The July 2018 tour includes original band members – Justin Currie (vocals, guitar), Iain Harvie (lead guitar), Andy Alston (keys), Kris Dollimore (guitar) and Ashley Soan(drums) – and will see Del Amitri headline Edinburgh Castle for the first time in 25 years. The band will also return to London’s Hammersmith Apollo, where they played a sold-out show in January 2014 on ‘The A To Z of Us Tour’, their first UK dates for more than a decade.  Continue reading “Del Amitri are back! Tour dates for 2018 announced”

James Fredholm “Love Is The Answer” (Honeybee Records 2017)

James Fredholm’s debut album is unusually accompanied by a small book of his poetry, titled Uncaged. This is a clear indication as to where his priorities now lie as, having spent much of his adult life pursuing a business career, Fredholm considers himself to be on his ‘road not taken’ as a full-time poet and singer-songwriter. Described as a “country/indie/rock” artist, Fredholm’s music covers the gamut of all three, although it isn’t particularly easy to classify.   Continue reading “James Fredholm “Love Is The Answer” (Honeybee Records 2017)”

Gløde “Ø” (Membran, 2017)

Gløde announce themselves with the ambitious anthem As We Speak that bridges the gap between the Choir of Young Believers and Elbow. It’s a song that builds and builds and is full of self-confidence, unafraid to push ever wider ever bigger as though they are inventing themselves for the purpose of filling stadia. Then comes Lady In A Dress which cuts everything back, exposing the lyrics which aren’t strong enough to sustain interest – the songs are like a perfume advert come to life, all artificial and surface glamour. Songs like Make Up rely on the strength of the voice and of the narrative and they fail on both counts. Continue reading “Gløde “Ø” (Membran, 2017)”

Sarah Clanton “Silver Lining” – Listen

Sarah Clanton is that unusual thing – a Nashville based cellist/singer-songwriter. It’s a twist that gives a very different sound to her beautifully sung and thoughtful lyrics. Take Silver Lining for example – which was inspired by a nearby church burning down just after…you know …his… inauguration. One event saw the community rally round to make things better, the other started putting up barriers between people. Makes you think – seems more can be achieved if people work together. Made Sarah Clanton think too – hence this song which is a call for compassionate conversation, which Sarah co-wrote with fellow award-winning Nashville-based songcrafter Mary Bragg.

City Roots Festival Returns in 2018

Trialled earlier this year as a winter spin-off from the main Folk Festival, Cambridge will once again see a mini-festival across the city’s music venues at the end of February and into March 2018.  As you’d expect there’s a wide range of artists and events – from Ward Thomas and Wildwood Kin performing a double bill at the Cambridge Corn Exchange to this year’s folk festival Club Tent sensation, Darren Eedens & The Slim Pickin’s at the Portland Arms. Continue reading “City Roots Festival Returns in 2018”

Pick of the Political Pops: Blue Mink “Melting Pot”

Fairly soon there is to be a major celebration which happens at the same time every year. Here at Americana-UK we fall fairly evenly into two camps – those that consider it the most wonderful time of the year and those that consider that we have fallen under the jackboot of emotional fascism. Obviously our differences are settled as soon as we repair to The Bunker for pints of sweet sherry and crème de menthe chasers. We were surprised to learn that one major retailer had come under fire for having the temerity to suggest it was ok to partake in the celebrations if you were other than white (and we assume Christian). How sad. This tune makes us feel better.