Noah and the Whale’s Matt Owens to release solo album – November

Matt Owens, founder member of the lovely Noah and the Whale, will be releasing his first solo album late November. Currently being recorded at Airtight Studios in Manchester, the album is being produced by Nigel Stonier (Thea Gilmore, Joan Baez, The Waterboys) and is the first time since Noah and the Whale and Matt’s band … Continue reading “Noah and the Whale’s Matt Owens to release solo album – November”

Dean Owens, The Betsey Trotwood, Clerkenwell, 3rd April 2018

Originally launched at the Celtic Connections music festival in Glasgow back in February, Dean Owens’ new album, ‘Southern Wind’ has been described as “blowing up a storm” ever since. Unlike the launch night at Celtic Connections where Owens was backed by the Whisky Hearts, tonight’s performance at the Betsey Trotwood in London’s Clerkenwell is a … Continue reading “Dean Owens, The Betsey Trotwood, Clerkenwell, 3rd April 2018”

Interview: Dean Owens

Scotland’s Dean Owens has been producing great albums and making his mark on the Americana scene – both here and in the US – for a number of years now. Following on from the critically acclaimed Into The Sea, released n 2015 on Drumfire Records, Owens is set to return with a new album, Southern Wind, a … Continue reading “Interview: Dean Owens”

Michael McDermott, Aces and Eights, London, 5th May 2019

Following a successful sold out launch of his latest album, ‘Orphans’, at the Green Note the previous evening, Michael McDermott returned to north London and the dimly lit, intimate basement of Finsbury Park’s Aces and Eights on Tuesday to run through a series of audience song requests. ‘Orphans’ is so named because none of its … Continue reading “Michael McDermott, Aces and Eights, London, 5th May 2019”

Little Mammoths “Hungover In New York” – Listen

Ex-Noah And The Whale bassist Matt Owens’ new band Little Mammoths have a new album called ‘Cargo For The Road’ coming out on Friday of this week to coincide with their appearance at this year’s Glasto. Known to play 8 hour long sets around the country, the band have been nicknamed ‘the hardest working band … Continue reading “Little Mammoths “Hungover In New York” – Listen”

Tui “Pretty Little Mister” (Hearth Music, 2019)

Some music requires repeated listening and reflection to grasp the artist’s intent. This album is not one of those. It is simply a joy to listen to from the very first time you hear it. Whether this is because it is a well-selected compilation or because we are already so familiar with traditional music is … Continue reading “Tui “Pretty Little Mister” (Hearth Music, 2019)”

Tom Russell “October in the Railroad Earth” (Proper, 2019)

It takes some sand to put out an album that shoots for “Jack Kerouac meets Johnny Cash in Bakersfield”. Tom Russell’s extensive resume and impeccable pedigree notwithstanding, it’s a high bar to set. The songs on his new album ‘October in the Railroad Earth’ easily sail over that bar. The album’s title track is borrowed from a lyrical … Continue reading “Tom Russell “October in the Railroad Earth” (Proper, 2019)”

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”

Book Review: Rachel Lee Rubin “Okie From Muskogee” (33 1/3 Bloomesbury Academic, 2018)

First things first. If you haven’t discovered the excellent 33 1/3 series of books from Bloomsbury Publishing you’re seriously missing out. This is a series of short books about popular music and it focuses on individual albums by a very wide range of artists. Obviously not all of these will be of interest to Americana … Continue reading “Book Review: Rachel Lee Rubin “Okie From Muskogee” (33 1/3 Bloomesbury Academic, 2018)”

UK Americana Gig Guide

Welcome to the new Americana UK gig guide. You can search by artist name, town or venue – if you want gigs just in Liverpool for instance, just start typing ‘Liver’ in the search box below. For more information on an artist, just click on their name. If you’re a promoter/artist and want your UK gig listed, … Continue reading “UK Americana Gig Guide”