Gretchen Peters “Dancing With The Beast” (Proper Records, 2018)

A new album from Gretchen Peters is always cause for celebration. She has consistently been one of the finest songwriters in the Americana genre and just seems to go from strength to strength – it is quite amazing that someone can continuously turn out songs of this quality. This new album, ‘Dancing With The Beast’, … Continue reading “Gretchen Peters “Dancing With The Beast” (Proper Records, 2018)”

Celtic Connections kicks off this week

Glasgow’s annual celebration of roots and traditional music from around the globe opens for business this Thursday and then proceeds for the next three weeks with over 300 events scheduled to take place. Always a highlight of the cultural calendar it’s the largest festival of its type in the world showcasing world music, folk, roots, … Continue reading “Celtic Connections kicks off this week”

The 2018’s Americana UK readers’ poll results are here!

So here we go again – the last day of term and it’s prize day at Americana UK Towers. It was a classic year for americana in the UK, a year in which you actually had a choice of festivals to go to rather than a niche tent at the back of a field, and … Continue reading “The 2018’s Americana UK readers’ poll results are here!”

Celtic Connections announces 2019 line up

Glasgow’s annual winterfest of roots music has unveiled the line up for 2019 and as usual, amidst the myriad of acts with more than 300 events taking place over the festival’s 18 days, there’s plenty of Americana acts to enjoy. As Donald Shaw, Creative Producer for Celtic Connections, says, “Every year we strive to programme … Continue reading “Celtic Connections announces 2019 line up”

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”

Southern Fried Festival, Perth, Scotland, 26-29th July 2018

Eleven years old this year Southern Fried continues to occupy its position as the best Americana and roots music festival in Scotland and perhaps the best of its kind in the UK (although there are three contenders who might challenge that assumption). The festival doesn’t rest on its laurels however and this year saw its … Continue reading “Southern Fried Festival, Perth, Scotland, 26-29th July 2018”

Kim Richey, Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham, 19 June 2018

“I normally have my roadies do this” quips Kim Richey as she arrives and fumbles with her guitar lead, setting the tone for an intimate, folksy evening more akin to being in a friend’s living room than a music venue, even one as warm and small as the Café. The audience are largely long term … Continue reading “Kim Richey, Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham, 19 June 2018”

Songs in the South: David Starr + Martha L Healy + Al Shields, The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 30th May 2018

Glasgow’s very hip Glad Cafe hosted this night of singer/songwriters playing “in the round” as popularised by The Bluebird Cafe (in Nashville, although the Edinburgh eatery and venue of the same name hosted this self same trio several days earlier). An opportunity for these three talented performers to swap some of the tales behind their … Continue reading “Songs in the South: David Starr + Martha L Healy + Al Shields, The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 30th May 2018”

Ben Glover “Shorebound” (Proper Records, 2018)

Northern Irishman Ben Glover is an artist who certainly sees the value in collaborations in song-writing having said recently that “navigating is always easier with fellow travellers”. This approach certainly paid dividends last year when he co-wrote the Americana Music Association’s International Song of the Year ‘Blackbirds’  with Gretchen Peters in 2017. ‘Shorebound’ sees Glover … Continue reading “Ben Glover “Shorebound” (Proper Records, 2018)”