Birds of Chicago “Love In Wartime” (Signature Sounds, 2018)

Not just in a titular sense, the Birds of Chicago’s latest album release has love as its subject matter running like a golden thread throughout the record – Allison Russell, the lead singer, reported to have said recently that any act of love is akin to “an act of bravery” in such troubled times. Founded in … Continue reading “Birds of Chicago “Love In Wartime” (Signature Sounds, 2018)”

Birds of Chicago, Stables Stage 2, Wavendon, 15th May 2018

The road works and long diversions conspiracy almost robbed us of the chance, but in the end tickets were grabbed from the ticket office, and a rapid relocation to Stage 2 enabled entry just as Birds of Chicago embarked on the first song of the evening. And there, crammed onto Stage 2’s small stage, was … Continue reading “Birds of Chicago, Stables Stage 2, Wavendon, 15th May 2018”

Cup ‘O Joe ‘’Bluebirds’’ (Independent, 2016)

You can be forgiven for not having heard of Cup ‘O Joe before. A gypsy-folk and bluegrass trio from Northern Ireland are as far from mainstream consciousness as you’d expect, but that isn’t such a bad thing, because it allows them to continue on with their gorgeous blend of gentle bluegrass picking, beautiful folk melodies … Continue reading “Cup ‘O Joe ‘’Bluebirds’’ (Independent, 2016)”

AmericanaFest UK is back in January – here are all the details

British Americana fans – that includes us dear reader – will be flocking to Hackney, East London for 3 days of their annual conference in January as AmericanaFest UK returns for its 4th year. The event consists of two days of conferences and showcases which are then topped off by a third day of events and … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK is back in January – here are all the details”

UK Americana Awards 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award to go to Graham Nash

And we’ve got details of other awards here too. The fourth annual  UK  Americana Awards will take place on Thursday 31st January  2019  at  HackneyEmpire, and the AMA-UK has chosen Graham Nash to receive its highest honour, the  2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his contribution to the  Americana genre over the span of his … Continue reading “UK Americana Awards 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award to go to Graham Nash”

Celtic Connections announces 2019 line up

Glasgow’s annual winterfest of roots music has unveiled the line up for 2019 and as usual, amidst the myriad of acts with more than 300 events taking place over the festival’s 18 days, there’s plenty of Americana acts to enjoy. As Donald Shaw, Creative Producer for Celtic Connections, says, “Every year we strive to programme … Continue reading “Celtic Connections announces 2019 line up”

Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge, 2nd-5th August 2018

While there are several “specialist” Americana festivals like Maverick and Ramblin’ Roots, for the Americana fan Cambridge Folk Festival has for many years always had much to offer.  It rightly prides itself on its eclecticism – both Joe Strummer and Nick Cave have played there in the past – and interpreting “folk” very broadly and … Continue reading “Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge, 2nd-5th August 2018”

River Whyless “Kindness, A Rebel” (Roll Call Records, 2018)

Kindness as an act of rebellion. North Carolinian indie folksters have a mission statement of sorts: “Like America itself, kindness is an ideal, a thing we must strive to attain even as we know we’ll always fall a little short. But kindness is not synonymous with passivity, with apathy or complacency. Kindness is active, deliberate … Continue reading “River Whyless “Kindness, A Rebel” (Roll Call Records, 2018)”

2018 Kilkenny Roots Festival starts to announce line-up

The 21st Kilkenny Roots Festival has announced the first batch of artists to be playing the much-loved festival in 2018. Canada’s Deep Dark Woods are back after a four-year hiatus, Maryland’s Michael Nau makes his debut, along with Nashville based country queen Nikki Lane, Birds Of Chicago, the much-loved collaboration of JT Nero and Allison Russell join the bill and the Prince … Continue reading “2018 Kilkenny Roots Festival starts to announce line-up”