Grab a slice of American Pie – Don McLean heads to the UK this month

Singer-songwriter and folk-rock icon Don McLean is set to perform four UK dates later this month as part of his current transatlantic tour. McClean, responsible for ‘American Pie‘, which was listed as the number 5 song of the century by the Recording Industry of Association of America, is one of the most renowned country artists … Continue reading “Grab a slice of American Pie – Don McLean heads to the UK this month”

Don McLean, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, 4th May 2018

To the wonderful De La Warr Pavilion in East Sussex, a fitting location to see Don McLean. Much like the Pavilion, McLean has been an icon of his age but is now remembered more for the past than the present though, like the Pavilion, he’s stood the test of time particularly well. I’d hoped to … Continue reading “Don McLean, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, 4th May 2018”

Don McLean “Botanical Gardens” (BMG, 2018)

Is it possible to review any release by Don McLean without reference to the past and how long it has been since those classic songs that made his name? The answer, of course, is absolutely not. The curse of providing the world with classic songs is that everything will subsequently be compared to them. ‘Botanical Gardens’ … Continue reading “Don McLean “Botanical Gardens” (BMG, 2018)”

Jamie McLean Band “One & Only” (BabyRobotMedia, 2018)

Back in the 90s a new sub-genre was named: “Country-Rock”. Sure, it had always been there in the background, waiting to surface, kind of like a bench player who had come up through the youth team ranks and was now ready to be blooded in the first eleven. There were some rather decent luminaries under … Continue reading “Jamie McLean Band “One & Only” (BabyRobotMedia, 2018)”

Interview: Jarrod Dickenson

The honey-voiced Jarrod Dickenson has toured extensively across the USA, Europe, the UK and Ireland. If you have been lucky enough to catch one of his performances, alongside his wife, Claire, then you will have been drawn in by the measured beauty and timeless quality of his songs. The precise storytelling and intimate interaction engage the listener … Continue reading “Interview: Jarrod Dickenson”

Joe Martin “Small World” (Independent, 2017)

Youthful Red Rose native Joe Martin has crossed the Pennines to begin his musical adventures from a West Yorkshire base, physically at least. Spiritually he’s rooted in the 1970s American singer-songwriter world of Don McLean, Jackson Browne and James Taylor. These songs amply demonstrate that he’s worthy of a seat at their high table.

AMAUK’s 2019 conference begins today

So it’s all kicking off, not in a bad way, in London today as delegates arrive for the AMA-UK conference which takes place in Hackney House and is packed full of panels, conversation, presentations and the chance to meet up with that industry person who you embarrassed yourself in front of at least year’s conference but … Continue reading “AMAUK’s 2019 conference begins today”

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 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”

Interview: Stevie Freeman, Chairperson of AMA-UK

Stevie Freeman is the Chair of the Americana Music Association UK, the trade body for the genre and its musicians in the UK, with the express aim of further the exposure of its artist in the UK and beyond.  She is also the co-owner of Union Music Store (and its associated label and promotions) in … Continue reading “Interview: Stevie Freeman, Chairperson of AMA-UK”