Cattle and Cane announce UK dates

Siblings Joe and Helen Hammill aka Cattle & Cane are heading out across the UK for an acoustic tour this September. They will be joined by their brother Fran on piano and guitarist Thom Fripp for the stripped-back dates, which include four shows with Jake Isaac as well as, amongst others, intimate gigs in a launderette, a library and a deli. Wash, read and eat your way through them.  Here are those dates (some of … Continue reading “Cattle and Cane announce UK dates”

Black Tar Roses “Rebels, Rogues and Outlaws” (Independent, 2019)

There is sometimes a danger of folk albums – and especially those labelled in sub-genres such as Dark Folk, as the release notes for this debut offering from ‘Black Tar Roses’ describe the band – to be a touch homogenous, with songs too standardised and samey to enjoy listening to as a whole album. Fortunately, … Continue reading “Black Tar Roses “Rebels, Rogues and Outlaws” (Independent, 2019)”

Pick of the Political Pops: Pete Seeger “Solidarity Forever”

A concise and to the point ‘Pops’ this edition folks as we recall that this week saw May 1st (or The First of May or May Day as you will). May Day is, of course, International Worker’s Day – an occasion on which you might think that the workers of the world would unite, having … Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Pete Seeger “Solidarity Forever””

The Consolation “Heartland” (Danish Music & Entertainment 2019)

‘Heartland’ is the second album from the Americana-influenced Danish band, The Consolation. Through regular gigs across Demark and tours in the USA and Canada, along with radio air-time in Denmark, the band are developing a solid identity and a strong following. Led by singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Nis Gaarde, The Consolation reference classic country … Continue reading “The Consolation “Heartland” (Danish Music & Entertainment 2019)”

UK Americana Gig Guide

Welcome to the new Americana UK gig guide. You can search by artist name, town or venue – if you want gigs just in Liverpool for instance, just start typing ‘Liver’ in the search box below. For more information on an artist, just click on their name. If you’re a promoter/artist and want your UK gig listed, … Continue reading “UK Americana Gig Guide”

Pick of the Political Pops: John Cale “Buffalo Ballet”

The track ‘Buffalo Ballet’ taken from John Cale’s 1974 album ‘Fear’ describes the scene in Abilene, Texas, the sparse piano-based sound lulling you into a deceptive ease as it starts off describing the town as “young and gay” with “cattle roaming.” Idyllic ay! The next verse goes on to describe a sleepy, almost decaying scene before … Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: John Cale “Buffalo Ballet””

Black Deer Festival – Eridge Park, 22nd-24th June 2018

Every festival I’ve been to for the last 5 years has ended up as kind of tsunami of varying proportions, and if you believe it’s all evidence of the Gods’ passing judgement on the headliners, then somebody up there must think quite a lot of new americana festival Black Deer which took place for the … Continue reading “Black Deer Festival – Eridge Park, 22nd-24th June 2018”

Black Deer announce final line-up for next month – looks awesome

Black Deer is like that kid showing off at school who always has the best stuff and today they’ve got one more (well a few more) thing(s) to brag about since they’ve announced the final names to their already fairly exciting line-up including Catherine McGrath,  Wallis Bird, Colin Macleod, Josh Okeefe, Jeannine Barry, Keywest, Marc O’Reilly, … Continue reading “Black Deer announce final line-up for next month – looks awesome”

Joseph Childress “Joseph Childress” (Empty Cellar 2017)

Another record born from an authentic American experience – this time Childress’s time in the Old West, including cattle ranching in Wyoming. Nobody seems to write songs in their dingy flat anymore (apart from the handful that Childress wrote for this album in a small San Francisco apartment!) This is his second album, following 2013’s … Continue reading “Joseph Childress “Joseph Childress” (Empty Cellar 2017)”

Ha Ha Tonka “Heart-Shaped Mountain” (Bloodshot, 2017)

In which HHT continue to expand their brand of indie-Americana, sometimes resulting in excursions into areas that maybe should remain off limits. Mostly though they find a sweet spot where they find surging choruses that scream for a crossover hit and retain enough authenticity to not alienate a substantial part of their audience. So sensibly … Continue reading “Ha Ha Tonka “Heart-Shaped Mountain” (Bloodshot, 2017)”