A lot of people think of Frank Turner as ‘the new Billy Bragg’. The thing the Hampshire-born songwriter mostly has in common with the aforementioned ‘Bard of Barking’ is that his idiosyncratic style marks him out as a musical Marmite: you either love him or hate him. There’s no middle ground with Turner, it seems. ‘Be More Kind’, … Continue reading “Frank Turner “Be More Kind” (Xtra Mile Recordings, 2018)”
Patience is a virtue, which is a good job as Frank Turner has announced dates which don’t land now until early next year. Playing a string of arenas running through early 2019, the tour is called the “Be More Kind World Tour” and although Frank was famously not very kind about socialists and the left in … Continue reading “Frank Turner announces 2019 dates”
‘I Got No Place Remembers Me’ is Brad Armstrong’s second solo album after 2016’s ‘Empire.’ Having previously been in 13 Ghosts who existed for twelve years on indie cred and not much else, he also joined Dexateens in 2008 (which also featured Matt Patton of Drive-by Truckers). ‘I Got No Place Remembers Me’ reflects both … Continue reading “Brad Armstrong “I Got No Place Remembers Me” (Cornelius Chapel Records, 2019)”
The fourth of the Americana Music Association UK’s award shows took place last night in Hackney Empire and it was as star-studded an event as always, with performances from Bennet Wilson Poole, Ethan Johns, Graham Nash, Rhiannon Giddens (who was also a keynote speaker at the AMA UK Conference), Jade Bird, YOLA, Seth Lakeman, Chris Hillman and Curse of Lono.
And we’ve got details of other awards here too. The fourth annual UK Americana Awards will take place on Thursday 31st January 2019 at HackneyEmpire, and the AMA-UK has chosen Graham Nash to receive its highest honour, the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his contribution to the Americana genre over the span of his … Continue reading “UK Americana Awards 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award to go to Graham Nash”
We ran a track from the new album from Starry Skies last month and so delighted were we with it that we’re first on board with the release of their new single ‘Be Kind’ which is out today. Echoing Frank Turner’s recent sentiments, the band are headed up by Warren McIntyre who has quite a history … Continue reading “Track premiere: Starry Skies “Be Kind” – Listen”
Now here’s a great song, a proper piece of rootsy rock possessed of plenty of cojones and soul. Great video too. He’s on tour in America in July – see dates below – and will be in Europe next year.
Born and raised in Glenarm, Northern Ireland, the now Nashville based Ben Glover arrives in the UK today for a string of dates which kicks off tonight in regal style at London’s King’s Place, the first of two dates as Mary Gauthier’s special guest. Glover has been hailed around the world as one of Northern … Continue reading “Ben Glover shorebound to UK today for dates”
‘Ghost In The Tanglewood’ is the new album by our favourite Ginge at the moment, Wildheart, which we absolutely love here in AUK Towers. It’s a seamless mix of country, folk, roots and rock. As he put it, “While leaning towards country music, my fairly unavoidable accent means that the songs come off less Willie … Continue reading “Ginger Wildheart to roam the UK over summer”
Omg this is catchy. Ginger Wildheart (no relation to Baker) releases his new album ‘Ghost In the Tanglewood’ on 2nd March on the Graphite label and he’s shared with us this morning the video from the next single to be taken from it. He told AUK: “Back in early 2017, when recording ‘Ghost In The Tanglewood’, … Continue reading “Video premiere: Ginger Wildheart “Paying It Forward””