Michael Chapman “True North” (Paradise Of Bachelors, 2019)

In 1970 British folk legend Michael Chapman released his second album, ‘Fully Qualified Survivor’. Nearly half a century and almost as many albums later no better phrase could describe him. Now 78 and still on the road, he’s made, if not his best album ever, certainly one that is on the podium. His age and … Continue reading “Michael Chapman “True North” (Paradise Of Bachelors, 2019)”

Van Life – Peter Bruntnell

Regular visitors to this site wont need me to tell you the level of regard we here at Americana-UK  hold for Peter Bruntnell. One of the UK’s finest troubadours, Bruntnell has been writing some of the greatest songs the genre has heard over the last twenty years. Since causing a stir on the US college … Continue reading “Van Life – Peter Bruntnell”

Ramblin’ Roots Revue returns! Here’s the full line up

Now in their third year, The Ramblin’ Roots Revue, one of the UK’s biggest weekends of Americana, roots and alt-country music (and there are a few of them now) have announced their line up which includes 40 acts from the across UK, USA, Canada, Ireland and mainland Europe. The full line up which takes place … Continue reading “Ramblin’ Roots Revue returns! Here’s the full line up”

AmericanaFest UK 2019 Conference Showcase preview – part two

The AMAUK conference is now into its fourth year and one of the highlights is the two nights of showcases which take place before the awards ceremony featuring the best of americana talent, both homegrown and from around the world. At five venues across Hackney, all within walking distance and for the price of one … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK 2019 Conference Showcase preview – part two”

The “Godfather of Cosmic Americana” Michael Chapman is back!

Leaving you this weekend dear dear readers with news that the Leeds born so-called “Godfather of Cosmic Americana” is back with a new album ‘True North’ recorded with close ally Steve Gunn and which features pals Bridget St John and BJ Cole. Chapman has been championed by (or collaborated with) the likes of Hiss Golden … Continue reading “The “Godfather of Cosmic Americana” Michael Chapman is back!”

Track Premiere : Uncle Luc “Bones of the Days”

Nostalgia, as we all know, isn’t what it used to be – but Luke Barham (aka Uncle Luc) hasn’t let that hold him back.  ‘Bones of the Days‘ is the latest single to be taken from Uncle Luc’s sophomore album ‘Sticking to the Rules’ and reflects with affection on the simpler days of youth – … Continue reading “Track Premiere : Uncle Luc “Bones of the Days””

Maverick Festival, Easton Park Farm Suffolk, 6th – 8th July 2018

This year’s Maverick Festival was held under glorious sunshine at Easton Park Farm in the deepest part of rural Suffolk. As usual, Director Paul Spencer  had pulled together a tremendous range of polished multinational talent which all just about falls within what we consider Americana. The timing of the event, smack dab in the middle … Continue reading “Maverick Festival, Easton Park Farm Suffolk, 6th – 8th July 2018”

2018 Maverick Festival line up officially launched

Maverick Festival officially unwrapped the line up for their 11th year at a launch party held at the Gibson Guitar Studios in London last Thursday.  The festival, winner of several awards and generally reckoned to be one of the best Americana and roots events of the year will take place in July in the tranquil … Continue reading “2018 Maverick Festival line up officially launched”

Maverick Festival add further names to 2018 line-up

Following their 10th anniversary last year, the UK’s first major Americana festival has announced further additions to its 2018 line up, including an act who’ve been pitched as “the most talked about band in  Memphis” Southern Avenue, whose style embodies their home city’s soul, blues and gospel traditions. Texas-raised Bonnie Bishop is also heading to Suffolk along … Continue reading “Maverick Festival add further names to 2018 line-up”

Summerhill + Snakes Of Shake + Mick Hargan, The Griffin Glasgow, 17th September 2017

A late eighties jangly update on The Byrds with some REM thrown in, Summerhill were formed from the ashes of Snakes Of Shake, a Glasgow band who thrived locally along with peers such as Lloyd Cole & The Commotions. A favourite of the weeklies (NME, Sounds and such) Summerhill released an album on Demon Records … Continue reading “Summerhill + Snakes Of Shake + Mick Hargan, The Griffin Glasgow, 17th September 2017”