Lucy Kitchen “Lovers in Blue” – Listen

This is absolutely lovely. “Sun to My Moon” is the second studio album from Lucy Kitchen, a journey spanning fragile stripped back confessionals to Americana, to psychedelic-tinged harmony laden anthems. It’s out September 1st and this particular track from it features some gorgeous strings and more than a nod towards Sandy Denny.  Catch her on … Continue reading “Lucy Kitchen “Lovers in Blue” – Listen”

Lucy Dacus “Forever Half Mast” – Listen

Lucy Dacus has been releasing new music with holiday themes, and her latest touches on Independence Day – not so much the movie more the soul of her country.  Over a slow beat and peals of pedal steel she intones “America, the tried and true / Red and white and black and blue / Tell … Continue reading “Lucy Dacus “Forever Half Mast” – Listen”

Lucy Kitchen “Sun To My Moon” (Bohemia Rose Records 2017)

Lucy Kitchen’s songs are intimate in that they are often love songs, and the performances and backing are closely arranged around her voice, which is a thing of some beauty. It is the voice that dominates; the songs of loss like Searching for Land or He is Lost to Me suit her perfectly. In atmosphere … Continue reading “Lucy Kitchen “Sun To My Moon” (Bohemia Rose Records 2017)”

Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge, 1st-4th August 2019

Now in its 55th year, an impressive achievement in itself, Cambridge Folk Festival continues to go from strength to strength and this year’s event was one of the best. At the top of the bill there were a lot of heavy hitters and they all delivered. Lucinda Williams wiped away memories of her dreadful appearance … Continue reading “Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge, 1st-4th August 2019”

SXSW 2019, Austin, Texas, 8th-16th March 2019

One piece of received wisdom regarding SXSW,  the sprawling music showcase held annually in Austin, is that it has become over-corporate and is no longer worth attending for an Americana fan. This I would refute strongly. It’s true that it was heading that way a few years ago, but the organisers have pulled back and … Continue reading “SXSW 2019, Austin, Texas, 8th-16th March 2019”

Clockwork Carousel “Clockwork Carousel” (Tick Tock Records, 2018)

Who would have guessed it!  Americana is alive and well in the New Forest in the shape of Clockwork Carousel who have just released their self-titled debut album.  Normally at this stage – and certainly for a band that relatively few will have heard of – the humble reviewer has listened to the record a … Continue reading “Clockwork Carousel “Clockwork Carousel” (Tick Tock 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”

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”

New Indigo Girl Amy Ray album features an abundance of special guests

Indigo Girl Amy Ray will release her sixth solo album ‘Holler’ on November 2nd on Daemon Records, referencing traditional country, Southern rock, mountain music, gospel and bluegrass, Ray tipping her hat to the great Jim Ford 1969 release ‘Harlan County’ on the collection. Recorded live to analogue tape at Echo Mountain studio in Asheville, NC, Ray says that the “friction, freedom … Continue reading “New Indigo Girl Amy Ray album features an abundance of special guests”

Hadnot Creek “Winter” (Independent, 2018)

Hadnot Creek released ‘Winter’ back in February for those of you wondering why this bleak and desolate collection of spit and sawdust Americana appears on these pages to coincide with some of the hottest days in recent memory. We might be breaking out the strawberries and cream for Wimbledon over here but Cliff Richard this … Continue reading “Hadnot Creek “Winter” (Independent, 2018)”