This week at Americana-UK Towers we have mostly been thanking our lucky stars. Thankful that we have The Bunker to repair to in times of extremis, thankful that the code to get into the bunker is tighter than the Mac OS login system and thankful that we are blessed with a library of great tunes. Given the amount of mad, bad and dangerous people in the world it truly is amazing that we manage to keep our own sanity intact.
Bob Cheevers has announced a UK tour for 2018 for the 13th time – hopefully a piano won’t fall on his head as he steps off the plane. He will be promoting his epic boxed-set retrospective “Fifty Years” released January of this year in Europe, featuring 83 songs that chronicle his musical journey that includes the writing of over 3000 songs in multiple genres, touring around the world and decades living in the music centers of Memphis, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Austin. Accompanying Cheevers on the tour will be London guitarist Geoff Haves, who with his wife, Janis, will provide tour support as the duo Haves and Haves (which makes you think the Havenots should reunite just so they can do a joint tour called the Haves and Haves and Havenots). Tour dates below. Continue reading “Bob Cheevers announces UK dates for 2018”
As both a “him” and a “them”. Ex-Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden will hit the road firstly as a solo act in mid-April, starting at Brecon’s Theatr Brycheiniog before picking up The Remnant Kings later in the month at Saltaire’s Victoria Hall. Jon recently shared this short clip below of him performing Fires Of Midnight as part of the Bright Young Folk December Sessions. The 12-time BBC Folk Award Winner dropped his second solo release earlier this year, following on from his debut ‘Songs From The Floodplain’ – ‘Afterglow’ follows the tale of two lovers, set against the blazing backdrop of a street carnival. Here are those dates. Continue reading “Jon Boden announces Spring 2018 dates”
Americana UK is saddened to hear of the passing of Willie Meighan, the face of and one of the guiding lights of the Kilkenny Roots Festival. Willie was the man who ran ” the happiest little record shop in the world,” Roller Coaster Records, a haven for all who entered with his passion for music enduring throughout the tough times of downloading and musical piracy. A focal point for anyone musically minded, he shared his enthusiasm with anyone who walked through the doors. Continue reading “Willie Meighan”
The music of the late Belfast singer-songwriter Bap Kennedy is being celebrated with a new release ‘Raving for Bap’ by The Raving Beauties, all profits of which will be going to Belfast’s Marie Curie Hospice. The release marks the 1st anniversary of when Bap passed away at the Hospice in November 2016 after a short fight with cancer. The 5-track E.P., which features original cover art by County Antrim artist Kenny McKendry and sleevenotes from Belfast music journalist Stuart Bailie, is available for pre-order on limited edition 10” vinyl and via digital download. The record includes songs from Bap’s solo career as well as his years as frontman for Energy Orchard and is being released on the Farm Music label. Continue reading “Bap Kennedy tribute EP to raise money for cancer charity”
Back for 2018, tickets for the UK’s most famous folk festival go on general sale Friday 1 December at 10am available from here and they’ve announced a historic twinning with the legendary Newport Folk Festival for the first time “that will allow both festivals to share ideas, experiences and indeed artists between these two festivals that have grown up together since the 1960s.” Hailing from North Carolina, this year’s guest curator is Grammy Award-winning songwriter and founding member of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens. Continue reading “Cambridge Folk Festival 2018 tickets on sale Friday”
In these days of gloom – and we don’t just mean the early fall of night beneath skies heavy with cloud and portents of storms to come – it’s nice to be able to offer our dear readers the chance to find a new use for their Hilary Clinton merchandise. Yup – if you’ve got a I’m With Her T-Shirt then good news, there’s a new super group in town and that’s the name they go under. Not just any super group – this band is made up of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan – so it’s a super group with superb harmony vocals. Continue reading “I’m With Her announce debut album, and UK Tour”