Frank Turner “Be More Kind” (Xtra Mile Recordings, 2018)

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)”

Frank Turner announces 2019 dates

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”

Brad Armstrong “I Got No Place Remembers Me” (Cornelius Chapel Records, 2019)

‘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)”

UK Americana Awards 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award to go to Graham Nash

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”

Ben Glover shorebound to UK today for dates

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”

Ginger Wildheart to roam the UK over summer

‘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”

Will Varley, Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 9th February 2018

It’s taken Will Varley nearly 15 years to cross Shepherds Bush Green, from where he used to play at Ginglik (a venue in a converted Edwardian public toilet at the other end of the roundabout) to the Shepherds Bush Empire, a venue he would pass walking home after playing there. Tonight Varley took to the … Continue reading “Will Varley, Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 9th February 2018”

AMA-UK announces schedule for conference

The AMA-UK have announced full details of the schedule for their annual conference which takes place at the end of this month in Hackney and which you can still buy tickets for here.  It looks like a fantastic programme with highlights that include Billy Bragg giving the keynote speech on Wednesday morning, a session on … Continue reading “AMA-UK announces schedule for conference”

Neil Young heads up new UK americana chart

Neil Young’s new collaboration with Texas country rockers Promise of the Real has the highest new entry in the new official UK americana chart, knocking Frank Turner off his perch and down into the doldrums of number 7.  Chris Staplegun also enters the chart in style at Number 2 with “From a Room-Vol 2.” No other … Continue reading “Neil Young heads up new UK americana chart”

Alex Hedley “Let it Roll On” – Listen

Dorset based Alex Hedley has released his new single ‘Let It Roll On’ taken from his ‘This Life’ EP which comes out later next month. If Nick Drake-esqe acoustic folk is your thing, you’ll probably enjoy this. Not only has he got a rather amazing voice, but he fronted a band called Saturday Sun whose debut got some … Continue reading “Alex Hedley “Let it Roll On” – Listen”