Way back when I first started running AUK back in the early 2000s, promos of CDs started to trickle through the letterbox – some were great, others were let’s say over-confident, but occasionally something would hit the doormat that just blew me away. London based Jason McNiff’s ‘Nobody’s Son’ was one such record, and one … Continue reading “Songs for the apocalypse: Jason McNiff “I Remember You””
While never under-appreciated by those in the know, Londoner Jason McNiff’s folksy Americana has never quite garnered him the commercial success that it deserved. Since the mid-Nineties he’s released five consistently fine albums and played many equally fine gigs. Maybe his sixth outing will do the trick. It certainly deserves to as its eleven tracks … Continue reading “Jason McNiff “Joy And Independence” (At The Helm Records, 2018)”
To the very compact basement bar of The Harrison in Kings Cross for the official launch gig of Jason McNiff’s latest album ‘Joy and Independence’. He’s now on the splendidly-rostered At The Helm records and so we have a Bradford man living in London with his label management in Brighton so who needs Nashville? Hailed … Continue reading “Jason McNiff + Toni Montserrat, The Harrison, London, 27th July 2018”
From his forthcoming album Joy And Independence this is a great new song from London’s Jason McNiff which takes as it’s starting point the much missed 12 Bar Club, which will be familiar to many AUK readers. A hugely evocative and beautiful song.
Taken from his double CD retrospective anthology, Rain Dries Your Eyes, out now, this is a great song from the much underrated Jason McNiff.
Delve into the Americana UK archives and you’ll find a lot of love for Jason McNiff. Over the course of 15 years and six albums, McNiff has constantly found favour with assorted reviewers (a task in itself) and his 2003 album Nobody’s Son was our album of that year. A running thread throughout the mentions … Continue reading “Jason McNiff “Rain Dries Your Eyes” (Tombola Records, 2017)”
This long-planned collaboration between two stalwarts of the London folk scene, Emma Tricca and Jason McNiff, delivered six songs that combine the feelings of melancholy and excitement one associates with travel. In case the imagery of trains and celestial navigation isn’t enough to send listeners on a journey, Tricca and McNiff namecheck New York, London, … Continue reading “Emma Tricca and Jason McNiff “Southern Star” (Dell’Orso Records, 2016)”
In Glasgow, as a damp and dreich winter beckons, October has at least one beacon lighting up the dark nights, the annual Glasgow Americana Festival which has been warming the hearts of music lovers for 13 years now. Spanning five days and six venues, this year’s festival offered 19 performers, an elegant balance of local … Continue reading “Glasgow Americana Festival, 2nd – 6th October 2019”
Well, with a a summer of great festivals behind us, it’s time to consider staying indoors for your music fix over the next few months. First out of the box is the annual Glasgow Americana Festival. Now in its 13th year, Glasgow Americana attracts international artists alongside a healthy bill of local acts from all … Continue reading “Glasgow Americana Festival becomes a teenager”
It’s always weird writing about yourself in the third person, the ego of me, but then headlines without the accompanying cheery picture might leave people mystified. Anyway, there’s my excuse. What a year it’s been for music, so many great tours and a real vibrancy to the genre – I’ll talk about that more next week … Continue reading “Americana UK’s editor chooses his picks for 2018”