Maverick Festival announces 2017 line-up for tenth anniversary

The Maverick Festival, which takes place in the picturesque Victorian farm buildings of Easton Farm Park, has always been one of the highlights of the americana year and they’ve just announced the line-up for this year’s which celebrates a milestone 10th anniversary. Headlining acts include the Henry Brothers, Stompin’ Dave Allen, Police Dog Hogan, Brooks William, Sam Baker, the Danberrys, Low Lily and Terra Lightfoot, with plenty more acts to be announced soon (although no Ed Sheeran who did play Maverick back in 2008). The festival runs from Friday 30th June-Sunday 2nd July and tickets are on sale for £95 for the weekend (which goes down to £20 if you happen to be 10 years old).   Continue reading “Maverick Festival announces 2017 line-up for tenth anniversary”

Julie Byrne announces UK dates – May

Folk singer-songwriter Julie Byrne has announced a handful of UK dates for May, kicking off in Bristol on 21st.  She’s also lined up for both End of the Road and Sea Change festivals over the summer, and her second album ‘Not Even Happiness’ (released last month on Basin Rock) “vividly archives what would have otherwise been lost to the road – bustling roadside diners, the stars over the high desert, the aching weariness of change, the wildflowers of the California coast, as well as the irresolvable mysteries of love.” And if that doesn’t whet your whistle then maybe the video clip will below.  Continue reading “Julie Byrne announces UK dates – May”

Looking forward to New Year ‘Snow’

Something to warm your hearts in this bleak winter, for it will be a great New Year as New Year (the Band) are releasing their first new material for 9 long years. On April 28th Snow will be released. For fellow devotees of the work of the Kadane brothers (Bedhead, New Year and Overseas with Will Johnson and David Bazan) this is news that will bring Spring just that little bit closer. There is a short teaser for the album on YouTube but bugger that, let’s just bask in The End’s Not Near from 2008.  Continue reading “Looking forward to New Year ‘Snow’”

Here’s the americana winners from the 2017 Grammys

Good morning everyone. The Boot website helpfully reports this morning the big winners in the categories you care about (a bit more than Adele vs Beyoncé) in last night’s Grammys.  They report: “The winners of the 2017 Grammy Awards were revealed on Sunday (Feb. 12), during both the pre-telecast Premiere Ceremony and the televised awards show. A number of country, Americana, bluegrass and folk artists went home with trophies this year. Maren Morris earned the most nominations of any country artist in 2017: She was up for Best Country Album, Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance, in addition to the all-genre Best New Artist award. Sturgill Simpson was competing for the all-genre Album of the Year honor, as well as Best Country Album, and Kelsea Ballerini, too, was nominated for Best New Artist. Other country nominees included Keith Urban, Brandy Clark, the Avett Brothers, Miranda Lambert and more.  Continue reading “Here’s the americana winners from the 2017 Grammys”

Billy Bragg on Question Time: “What kind of people are we?”

Billy Bragg was on fiery form on Question Time (BBC1) from Torquay last night, talking about the harsh new atmosphere of conversation in the era of Trump and the UK government’s attitude to migration. “Tony Benn once said that the way the government treats refugees is very instructive because it’s the way they would treat the rest of us if they had half the chance.” He’s on terrific form and you can watch the whole thing here although you do have to endure Ann Widdecombe and an awful bloke from UKIP as your penance.    Continue reading “Billy Bragg on Question Time: “What kind of people are we?””

Neil McSweeney announces UK dates

Sheffield songwriter Neil McSweeney returns next month with a new album “A Coat Worth Wearing” which is produced by noted folk producer Andy Bell and his first release for the new Hudson Records label, which also gave us The Furrow Collective’s Wild Hog late last year. The release is accompanied by a video for the track Land Of Cockaigne which you can have a gander at below. Neil will be playing a series of dates in support of the release, the first of which, at The Biddulph Arms in Stoke on Trent, will feature his occasional trio Gluepot, which also includes MG Boulter and The Furrow Collective’s Lucy Farrell.  Continue reading “Neil McSweeney announces UK dates”

Justin Currie announces new solo album, video and UK dates – Watch

Ex Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie will release a new album “This Is My Kingdom Now” on May 12th this year on Endless Shipwreck Records, and you can see the video for the title track below. Currie will support the release with a headline tour with his band The Pallbearers, culminating at Islington Assembly Hall on June 2nd.  Incidentally the blurb we got sent on this describes Curry “fannying about” from 2003 for 4 years before “pulling his finger out”, and notes that he describes himself as “suicide in a saucy shirt”, so it wins the award already for best press release of 2017.  As they say of Justin: “The question mark was missing, perhaps denoting an answer reached: “the future is miserable and I shall sing it”.  Continue reading “Justin Currie announces new solo album, video and UK dates – Watch”