Ennis Sisters and Dave Gunning announce UK Tour

The Ennis Sisters and Dave Gunning have announced UK dates through February including shows in York, Birmingham, Bury and London’s King’s Place on March 2nd (full dates below).  The Ennis Sisters have returned to their roots on latest album “Stages”, singing contemporary folk songs with a traditional Irish Newfoundland twist. Dave Gunning on the other hand has a recording career now approaching a full two decades in length, and his music industry awards tally now stands at eight East Coast Music Awards and two Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus a 2012 Juno Award nomination in the Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year category. A bit greedy. Continue reading “Ennis Sisters and Dave Gunning announce UK Tour”

EELS are back and as slippery as ever

To be fair the slippery bit was just to make a headline, but after a four year wait, EELS have today announced their new album “The Deconstruction”, out April 6th on E Works/[PIAS]. The band have unveiled the title track which you can hear below alongside UK headline shows in July, which includes London’s O2 Brixton Academy. The album is set to be released digitally, on CD, 2 x 10” LP, and on Limited Edition Deluxe 2 x 12” LP Box Set. Continue reading “EELS are back and as slippery as ever”

AMA-UK announces schedule for conference

The AMA-UK have announced full details of the schedule for their annual conference which takes place at the end of this month in Hackney and which you can still buy tickets for here.  It looks like a fantastic programme with highlights that include Billy Bragg giving the keynote speech on Wednesday morning, a session on Loose and how they turned three magic beans into one of the most successful americana labels in Europe, Bob Harris in conversation with Joe Henry and a songwriting workshop featuring Mary Gauthier and Sam Baker among others. And there’s lots of foody and boozy bits to break it up (plus a session featuring Frank Turner if you want to enjoy being told why being sponsored by Pepsi is better than the evil statist Arts Council for lazy artists).   Continue reading “AMA-UK announces schedule for conference”

Justin Timberlake: “My new album is modern americana with 808s” – Listen

As Stereogum conclude with this article, let the hoedown begin! They report: “Many hands have been wrung about whether Justin Timberlake is going country on Man Of The Woods and what that means. The album’s initial trailer suggested that it would be an outright roots-music move or perhaps a folksy Bon Iver ripoff; other evidence accrued toward such conclusions includes a tour announcement promising to “bring the outside in”; a tracklist with such titles as “Flannel,” “Breeze Off The Pond,” and “Livin’ Off The Land”; and an interviewin which co-producer Danja said The 20//20 Experience’s country-rocker “Drink You Away” was a good reference point for the new LP. Yet lead single “Filthy” was a heavy-breathing future-funk oddity that didn’t seem to match up with any of the promo campaign’s aesthetic reference points. Continue reading “Justin Timberlake: “My new album is modern americana with 808s” – Listen”

Michelle Shocked returns to UK for dates

Described in the press release as the “Godmother of Americana”, the sometimes excellent Michelle Shocked returns to our shores next month, hopefully in a less biblical mood than 2013, for a series of dates.  The tour promises “small, intimate venues and combining tracks from her sizeable back catalogue with stories from the road, and a few surprises thrown in.”  According to Shocked: “From a Texas campfire to London cabaret… I daresay that’s not as daring a leap as moving my mooring from Tottenham to Kingston on Thames when I lived on a narrowboat in the late 80’s. Continue reading “Michelle Shocked returns to UK for dates”

Fairport Convention launch a massive UK tour

If we used blatantly ageist terms like The Grand Old Men of Folk then doubtless we’d wheel out that creaking line somewhere in this news item.  But we don’t – so we won’t.  Suffice it to say then that following on from their Golden Anniversary last year, Fairport Convention are once more doing what they do best – hopping on the tour bus and heading out on their 2018 UK Winter Tour. It’s a big event covering the length of the UK over 28 dates and breathing new life into both old and new material on the road. Continue reading “Fairport Convention launch a massive UK tour”

Son of Town Hall announce UK dates (not in Town Halls)

Son Of Town Hall are the unusual union of London’s Ben Parker and New Mexico’s David Berkeley. “Born when the two found themselves side by side aboard a junk raft (“The Son Of Town Hall”) crossing the mighty Atlantic in search of new lands, the two have sailed their ship back a century or so and their songs follow the pair across the open waters.”  We think they’re being metaphorical. And there’s this too: “Parker and Berkeley have imagined a world that trancends time and space, complete with Victorian-era outfits, meditations about the sea and songs so pure that they beg you to sing along.” Which does sound intriguing. Son Of Town Hall embark on their UK tour from March 2018 including shows in Milton Keynes, Sheffield, London and Bury (full dates below). Continue reading “Son of Town Hall announce UK dates (not in Town Halls)”

Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires cover John Prine – Watch

Well this from RS will cheer up your dreary Tuesday morning: “The sight of Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires sharing the mic together became a familiar one throughout 2017, as the husband-and-wife Americana power couple solidified their musical bond while touring behind Isbell and the 400 Unit’s chart-topping The Nashville Sound. This weekend’s episode of Austin City Limits catches them in peak form for a double-billed performance that includes an online exclusive of a John Prine cover. Continue reading “Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires cover John Prine – Watch”

Jaime Wyatt announces debut UK tour

LA based Jaime Wyatt, who has received some fantastic press over the last year from the likes of Rolling Stone (who described her as a “New Country Artist You Need To Know“ – that’s a new country artist, not a “new country” artist) and Noisey, hits our shores for the first time later this month. The tour includes an appearance at the Americana Music Association UK festival as well as the  Borderline in London and Broadcast in Glasgow, and she’ll be joined on the road by special guest Beth Bombara. Here are those dates. Continue reading “Jaime Wyatt announces debut UK tour”

Americana UK is recruiting writers again

It’s a new year and a new broom, so to speak, and AUK is seeking enthusiastic writers who can write well to join our team again. Why not start 2018 by becoming a rock journo? There is no remuneration but there is a lot of love/glory and you get to join our merry little throng, plus you’ll have the opportunity to listen to new records before everyone else. No previous experience of publication is necessary – you just need to be able to commit to writing for us for a sensible period of time (ie – not 5 minutes) and be able to meet deadlines.  You can find more details here or if you have any questions that aren’t answered there then do give me a shout.  And while you ponder the decision, here’s some cat fails to kill six minutes.