Ryan Bingham + Joana Serrat, The Garage, Islington, 21st June 2019

Having previously stirred the European waters with a handful of intimate spring acoustic appearances, tonight’s Ryan Bingham show was to be the full powered, full band, showcase of his new ‘American Love Song’ LP. Backed by a mighty fine rhythm section, two wonderful singers and an excellent wing man guitarist, Bingham was in great form … Continue reading “Ryan Bingham + Joana Serrat, The Garage, Islington, 21st June 2019”

The Delines + Joana Serrat @ The Railway Inn, Winchester, 3rd February 2019

In very broad terms, heading south west out of Waterloo station means that the landscape for Americana venues becomes increasingly parched and music fans of this particular bent have to work hard and travel far to find a home. A huge hurrah then to the Railway Inn at Winchester which has been consistently attracting class … Continue reading “The Delines + Joana Serrat @ The Railway Inn, Winchester, 3rd February 2019”

Joana Serrat “Dripping Springs” (Loose, 2017)

This is one of those records that sounds so lush and wonderful that you think that listening to it on repeat would begin to erode its charms. Well, take it from me: repeated listens only serve to reinforce those first impressions. It’s an album of songs that billow, that drift, but which have thundercracks to … Continue reading “Joana Serrat “Dripping Springs” (Loose, 2017)”

New Joana Serrat album due next month

The lovely Joana Serrat (with one ‘n’) has a new record our next month called “Dripping Springs” which would be so much worse an album title with the word “and” in it.  For her fourth album in five years, she travelled from her home in Vic, Barcelona to the Texas Hill Country outside Austin. There … Continue reading “New Joana Serrat album due next month”

Static Roots Festival, Zentrum Altenberg, Oberhausen, Germany, 12-13th July 2019

It’s festival season for sure as hordes of music fans pack both wellies and sun cream as they head off for a weekend of unbridled fun. Be it the massive set up at Glastonbury or the rootsier confines of Maverick there’s plenty to choose from but for sheer unadulterated Americana joy then one need look … Continue reading “Static Roots Festival, Zentrum Altenberg, Oberhausen, Germany, 12-13th July 2019”

Black Deer adds Billy Bragg and Yola to the line-up

Black Deer is our americana festival of choice at the moment, boasting as it does a stellar lineup featuring americana and country artists from every bit of the genres, and today they’ve announced more names for the return to the picturesque Eridge Park this June. Billy Bragg, Yola, Ethan Johns and more will join Band … Continue reading “Black Deer adds Billy Bragg and Yola to the line-up”

Here they are! AUK writers’ best albums of 2017

Here at AUK towers we used to quite often fall out over our end of year list, and even the stronger among us walked away in a sea of blood, sweat and tears (the things). It was the block vote what done it. And so, like Ed Miliband before us we moved to a one … Continue reading “Here they are! AUK writers’ best albums of 2017”