Marry Waterson & Emily Barker “Twister” – Listen

Marry Waterson is, of course, part of that seemingly ever expanding Waterson-Carthy English folk dynasty, whilst Emily Barker is the Australian folky singer-songwriter who also dabbles in country, jazz, blues and other genres.  Together they make for an intriguing blend of voices, as demonstrated on their album ‘A Window to Other Ways‘.  ‘Twister‘ describes an … Continue reading “Marry Waterson & Emily Barker “Twister” – Listen”

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”

Frank Turner “No Man’s Land” (Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records, 2019)

The title of Frank Turner’s eighth album is a bit of a pun as the thirteen songs it consists of all are stories of women. No men. Get it? On ‘No Man’s Land‘ Frank Turner sets out to tell the stories of remarkable women who have been written out of history, or are in danger … Continue reading “Frank Turner “No Man’s Land” (Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records, 2019)”

Erin Durant “Islands” (Keeled Scales, 2019)

Erin Durant takes her craft seriously. On the road, if a venue doesn’t have her instrument of choice, then she brings her 232-pound piano with her. With this revelation in mind, would this be the first ever 21st century music review to reference Laurel & Hardy if this brought the ultimate in piano removals to … Continue reading “Erin Durant “Islands” (Keeled Scales, 2019)”

Here comes another great UK americana festival, Stomp and Twang

As if we didn’t have enough good americana hitting our shores this year, news arrives today of another festival which will be landing in Cornwall from May 31st- June 2nd. ‘Stomp and Twang’ has a great line-up already, with a varied programme of americana music and culture which so far includes UK americana luminaries such … Continue reading “Here comes another great UK americana festival, Stomp and Twang”

Ramblin’ Roots Revue returns! Here’s the full line up

Now in their third year, The Ramblin’ Roots Revue, one of the UK’s biggest weekends of Americana, roots and alt-country music (and there are a few of them now) have announced their line up which includes 40 acts from the across UK, USA, Canada, Ireland and mainland Europe. The full line up which takes place … Continue reading “Ramblin’ Roots Revue returns! Here’s the full line up”

Americana Music Fest 30th January, Hackney, London

Previous showcases at the AMAUK conference had run for just a single night – expanding to two nights had more than doubled the excitement. And if the previous evening had offered some hard choices then this second night of the AMAUK showcase upped the ante by bringing in Moth Club as a venue, which meant … Continue reading “Americana Music Fest 30th January, Hackney, London”