Storm alert! Emily Barker’s Hurricane hits the UK this week

The always lovely antipodean americana singer-songwriter Emily Barker whose latest album ‘Sweet Kind of Blue’ received a glowing review from us last year, is touring around the UK this week. The AMA-UK artist of the year for 2018 played Winchester on Saturday if you are Dr Who or have a time machine – and is … Continue reading “Storm alert! Emily Barker’s Hurricane hits the UK this week”

Interview: Emily Barker

Emily Barker is one of those names that has been around the UK Americana scene, since it was both identified as a ‘scene’ and as a distinct musical genre.  A pathfinder, a trailblazer, and first with her Red Clay Halo, then as part of Applewood Road a consistent purveyor of great music.  She stretches the … Continue reading “Interview: Emily Barker”

Emily Barker “Sweet Kind Of Blue” (Everyone Sang, 2017)

Australian Emily Barker has been firmly in the spotlight over the past decade with her band The Red Clay Halo (who played at the London Olympics opening ceremony) along with her stints in Vena Portae and Applewood Road. Her songs have been featured on the BBC’s Wallander and The Shadow Line while she also provided … Continue reading “Emily Barker “Sweet Kind Of Blue” (Everyone Sang, 2017)”

New Emily Barker record due next month

Aussie singer-songwriter Emily Barker has announced the release of a new album “Sweet Kind of Blue” which lands on May 19th on the Everyone Sang label.  Described as “a departure from her folk-based sound” the record reaches more into the Country / Americana space, having been recorded in Memphis with Grammy-award winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Margo … Continue reading “New Emily Barker record due next month”

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”

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”

Glasgow Americana returns with its best line up yet

Glasgow Americana has lined up ten gigs featuring overseas and home-based acts for this year’s five day long festival. The on-stage action for the 12th Glasgow Americana will take place at six city venues from Wednesday this week, October 3rd to 7th. Fans will be able to enjoy two gigs on Festival Friday, three on … Continue reading “Glasgow Americana returns with its best line up yet”

Jill Jackson “Are We There Yet?” (Independent, 2018)

‘Are We There Yet?’ is the fifth solo album by Glasgow based singer-songwriter Jill Jackson and her journey to this point has been intriguing to say the least. Relocating to Nashville led to an embrace of storytelling songwriting and a renewed source of inspiration. A tour of fifty states in fifty days speaks of her … Continue reading “Jill Jackson “Are We There Yet?” (Independent, 2018)”

Here’s the lowdown on last night’s winners at the UK Americana Awards

Only three years old yet the UK Americana Awards jamboree is already established as THE showcase for all that is great and good in these benighted times. With two days of conferences, panel discussions and live shows featuring acts from across the UK, the event culminated last night with the Awards show held at The … Continue reading “Here’s the lowdown on last night’s winners at the UK Americana Awards”

Robert Plant to receive AMAUK Lifetime Achievement Award, Nominations Announced

The third annual UK Americana Awards will take place on Thursday 1st February 2018 at Hackney Empire, a move to a larger venue due to the increasing popularity of the event,  and AUK will of course be there covering it. The Americana Music Association UK has chosen Robert Plant to receive its highest honour, the 2018 UK Americana … Continue reading “Robert Plant to receive AMAUK Lifetime Achievement Award, Nominations Announced”