Mark Knopfler announces UK Dates for 2019

Mark Knopfler, he of Dire Straits and “and Emmylou Harris” fame has announced details of a world tour with his band in 2019. The ‘Down The Road Wherever’ tour commences in Barcelona in April and will continue all over Europe finishing in Verona in July before heading to the US through August and September. You … Continue reading “Mark Knopfler announces UK Dates for 2019”

Transatlantic Sessions, Royal Festival Hall, London, 6th February 2020

In its 17th year with little change to the formula, how do the Transatlantic Sessions keep packing out some of the larger venues up and down the country? Quite simple; hosts and musical directors, respectively, the dobro and fiddle aces Jerry Douglas and Aly Bain, have pulled together a formidable “house band” of musicians from … Continue reading “Transatlantic Sessions, Royal Festival Hall, London, 6th February 2020”

AmericanA to Z – Emmylou Harris

As a renowned singer, songwriter and musician, Emmylou Harris will no doubt need little or no introduction. Harris is, without doubt, one of the all-time greats. Her contribution to music over the years is summed up magnificently in the notes accompanying her 2005 compilation album ‘The Very Best of Emmylou Harris: Heartaches and Highways’ as … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – Emmylou Harris”

Geraint Watkins, Troubadour, London, 25th November 2019

Geraint Watkins’ gig at the storied Troubadour was one of the strangest performances I have seen. I could not decide whether I was watching something brilliant or a slowly unfolding disaster. In the event, I decided it was leaning to the former. What was at issue was that Watkins — a veteran musician who has … Continue reading “Geraint Watkins, Troubadour, London, 25th November 2019”

Nathan Bell announces new single and EP, UK dates

Nathan Bell was voted Male Performer of The Year in our 2017 annual readers’ poll and came runner-up in the same category at the end of last year, so it’s fair to say he has a lot of UK fans which is a good thing since he has announced a new eight-track EP and vinyl … Continue reading “Nathan Bell announces new single and EP, UK dates”

Bap Kennedy anniversary EP out today

Brenda Boyd Kennedy, has been in touch with us here at AUK to let us know about a new EP which is released today to commemorate the second anniversary of her husband the great Bap Kennedy’s passing. It contains a recording of ‘Love Hurts’ by Brenda and Bap himself, and all proceeds go to Marie Curie … Continue reading “Bap Kennedy anniversary EP out today”

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”

Drive By Truckers unveil new Adam’s House Cat album – Listen

Which is you have to admit an amazing name for a band. Have a good weekend dear reader – we leave you with news that Drive-By Truckers have announced the long-awaited arrival of ‘Town Burned Down’, the first-ever official release from singer/songwriter/guitarists Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood’s original incarnation as Adam’s House Cat.

Gregory Page “A Wild Rose” (Independent, 2018)

Gregory Page’s new album ‘A Wild Rose’ draws on a rich heritage. Page is a Londoner by birth, Irish-Armenian by heritage; his mother was the singer in a band that toured with the Beatles, his uncle the drummer on Tom Jones’ What’s New Pussycat? He counts Jason Mraz among his friends, has supported Dylan and … Continue reading “Gregory Page “A Wild Rose” (Independent, 2018)”

Tommy Emmanuel + Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo, Union Chapel London, 24th May 2018

Islington’s Union Chapel is perhaps the favourite venue of many of the musicians who perform in London. It seats around a thousand people (on very hard Church pews admittedly)  but the reward for the gig goer is an intimate atmosphere and wonderful acoustics.  There is a strict noise limit and a 10.30 curfew which suits … Continue reading “Tommy Emmanuel + Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo, Union Chapel London, 24th May 2018”