Songs in the South: David Starr + Martha L Healy + Al Shields, The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 30th May 2018

Glasgow’s very hip Glad Cafe hosted this night of singer/songwriters playing “in the round” as popularised by The Bluebird Cafe (in Nashville, although the Edinburgh eatery and venue of the same name hosted this self same trio several days earlier). An opportunity for these three talented performers to swap some of the tales behind their … Continue reading “Songs in the South: David Starr + Martha L Healy + Al Shields, The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 30th May 2018”

David Starr “The Head and The Heart” (Independent, 2017)

Americana singer-songwriter David Starr, with a well-received tour of the UK and a new 6-track under his belt, finds his reputation as a performer has taken on another dimension. Such is the quality of the recording I find it hard to accept he isn’t a bigger name. Then again, that goes for a number of … Continue reading “David Starr “The Head and The Heart” (Independent, 2017)”

David Starr announces UK tour dates

David Starr is an Americana singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer who has been making music since the age of 10. He has seven releases under his belt both as a solo artist, duo artist and member of the David Starr Band. Influenced by Southern California singer songwriters such as Jackson Browne, Delta bluesmen and Levon Helm … Continue reading “David Starr announces UK tour dates”

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings record Buster Scruggs song – Listen

A nice story RS Country are carrying today about that wonderful song from the first story in the Coen Brothers’ “Ballad of Buster Scruggs” movie. They report: “One of those most important traditions, the cowboy song, is captured in the pair’s plaintive Academy Award-nominated tune, “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” for which … Continue reading “Gillian Welch and David Rawlings record Buster Scruggs song – Listen”

Glasgow Americana Festival becomes a teenager

Well, with a a summer of great festivals behind us, it’s time to consider staying indoors for your music fix over the next few months. First out of the box is the annual Glasgow Americana Festival. Now in its 13th year, Glasgow Americana attracts international artists alongside a healthy bill of local acts from all … Continue reading “Glasgow Americana Festival becomes a teenager”

Americana UK writers pick their albums of 2018

Once upon a time we used to do a “Top 10” list of our favourite stuff from the last year, but we used to all fall out, on several occasions it came to blows and three ex-AUK staff are doing life sentences for killing other writers purely for their taste. So we moved to a … Continue reading “Americana UK writers pick their albums of 2018”

UK Americana Gig Guide

Welcome to the 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”

Glasgow Americana Festival, 3rd -7th October 2018

Now in its 12th year the Glasgow Americana Festival is essentially a very concentrated dose of life affirming music delivered courtesy of local promoters, The Fallen Angels Club, who otherwise offer us locals regular spoonfuls of sugar throughout the year. Over five days and in various venues throughout the city around 25 acts converged, varying … Continue reading “Glasgow Americana Festival, 3rd -7th October 2018”

Ethan Johns and The Black Eyed Dogs, Servant Jazz Quarters, London, 30th July 2018

“I hate name droppers,” Ethan Johns announces early in his set before recounting a session in which he got to record with some of the most famous names in rock music. It’s a conceit for which it’s easy to forgive him though. As record producer, mixer, engineer and session musician he’s played with them all – … Continue reading “Ethan Johns and The Black Eyed Dogs, Servant Jazz Quarters, London, 30th July 2018”

Nils Lofgren has UK tour in May

Nils Lofgren has announced a fifteen date tour of the UK in May this year. Sticking firmly to his “hardest working man in rock” reputation this is an epic sized tour that will be complete in just seventeen days. Guitar master, singer-songwriter, celtic harp player, tap-dancer – these are all things that Nils Lofgren is. … Continue reading “Nils Lofgren has UK tour in May”