Video: Ida Mae “Boom Boom Boom”

Here’s a forceful new performance of the opening track from Ida Mae’s debut album, ‘Chasing Lights’.  What a year it has been for Ida Mae. They have played 80 shows in the USA and 35 in the UK and Europe, supporting the likes of Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson and Josh Ritter. their debut reached number … Continue reading “Video: Ida Mae “Boom Boom Boom””

Josh Ritter + Ida Mae, Union Chapel, London, 23rd July 2019

It was another warm evening for this second night of a two-night stand at London’s famed Union Chapel – the record-breaking temperatures of the day trailing off with a long tail. Under the stage lights, Josh Ritter, with his full band backing him, was showing the effect of the heat but held nothing back on … Continue reading “Josh Ritter + Ida Mae, Union Chapel, London, 23rd July 2019”

Ida Mae “Chasing Lights” (Thirty Tigers, 2019)

‘Chasing Lights‘ is the debut album from this British-born duo, and what a debut it is; showcasing a depth and breadth of talent as well as a range of styles, from tender folk to swaggering rock and roll. Now based in Nashville, the pair have their feet planted firmly in the fertile soil of American … Continue reading “Ida Mae “Chasing Lights” (Thirty Tigers, 2019)”

Ida Mae, Kings Head, Dalston, London, 11th July 2019

Tonight’s gig marks the launch of Ida Mae’s debut full-length album, ‘Chasing Lights’, produced by UK West Country-based guru Ethan Johns. The Norwich husband and wife pair,  Christopher Turpin and Stephanie Jean Ward, now live in Nashville but have penned the album’s material while split between Holloway, North London and touring in Mississippi. Indeed, North … Continue reading “Ida Mae, Kings Head, Dalston, London, 11th July 2019”

Ida Mae “Boom Boom Boom” – Listen

If there’s a sense of classic Seventies rock to this high energy new single from Ida Mae that could be in part attributed to the production hand of Ethan Johns.  Or it could be the guitar work of Dweezil Zappa which adds a really dynamic bridge.  Yeah –  that Dweezil Zappa.  Either way this “no … Continue reading “Ida Mae “Boom Boom Boom” – Listen”

UK Americana Awards 2020 adds Shingai to its line-up

The AMAUKs are only 2 weeks away and there are still a handful of tickets left if you haven’t got yours yet. It’s the fifth annual shindig which forms part of AmericanFest which returns to Hackney for 3 days at the end of this month.  The theme of the event is “Collaborate and Cross Pollinate” … Continue reading “UK Americana Awards 2020 adds Shingai to its line-up”

Static Roots Festival announces first acts for 2020

Fast becoming pretty much an essential date in any Americana fan’s festival diary these days, the Static Roots Festival in Oberhausen, Germany this coming July announced its first performers just before Christmas. Dietmar Leibecke, festival organiser and promoter, appears to have got his line up pretty spot on so far, with two of the acts … Continue reading “Static Roots Festival announces first acts for 2020”

Americana Music Association UK announce award nominees

What a night, and what a list.  In the upstairs music room at the surprisingly hard to find  Old Queens Head (“It’s just down from the Angel Tube, man, what do you mean you’re lost?“) and one day shy of bonfire night, the Americana Music Association UK (AMAUK) launched the glorious rockets that are the … Continue reading “Americana Music Association UK announce award nominees”

SummerTyne Americana Festival , Sage Gateshead, 19th – 21st July, 2019

Returning for its fourteenth year, one of the pioneers of the Americana festival scene continues its very relaxed mix of fun and music. When it started, the question was, “What is Americana?” but nowadays it is more,  “What isn’t Americana?” and certainly SummerTyne with its eclectic lineup suggests that if you have a vague connection … Continue reading “SummerTyne Americana Festival , Sage Gateshead, 19th – 21st July, 2019”