Dirty Dozen: Ned Roberts

Ned Roberts is a hotly-tipped folk musician, who has drawn comparisons with the likes of Tim Hardin and Leonard Cohen. With a timeless quality to his sound, a poetic turn of phrase, and a perfectly judged vocal sensibility, his songs sit comfortably amongst the classics of the Laurel Canyon era. The highly anticipated new album … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Ned Roberts”

Ned Roberts “Outside My Mind” (Aveline, 2017)

“Outside My Mind” is the follow-up album to 2014’s eponymous debut from London based folk artist Ned Roberts – and it’s a confident and well-produced recording. In fact, in many ways this album belongs almost as much to producer and multi-instrumentalist Luther Russell as to Roberts himself, with Russell providing drums, electric guitar, piano and … Continue reading “Ned Roberts “Outside My Mind” (Aveline, 2017)”

Tasha Robertson “Sweet Hearts EP” (Independent, 2018)

‘Sweet Hearts‘ is the debut EP from Essex singer-songwriter Tasha Robertson, and is made up of four tracks. Tasha Robertson’s music falls solidly into the ‘quirky-pop’ category, with a light dusting of folky arrangements. So, from the start, there are melodies on ukuleles, steadily beating acoustic guitar adding rhythm and Tasha Robertson’s own cultivated quirky … Continue reading “Tasha Robertson “Sweet Hearts EP” (Independent, 2018)”

Robbie Robertson – people told us: “You’re americana”

A nice little piece up in Rolling Stone Country today where they talk to The Band’s Robbie Robertson about a number of things including his former band’s influence in creating the “americana” genre despite being Canadian. They report: “Leave it to a Canadian to supposedly “invent” Americana music. A road warrior since the late Fifties, … Continue reading “Robbie Robertson – people told us: “You’re americana””

Lewisburg “Bones” (Artshift, 2018)

Born out of singer-songwriter Ali Robertson’s solo work, North London’s Lewisburg have fleshed out to a four piece band this year, and are now following up a couple of single releases with their first EP. With music that can sound like the soundtrack to a moody western or downbeat crime movie, Ali Robertson’s words dwell … Continue reading “Lewisburg “Bones” (Artshift, 2018)”

Seth Lakeman “The Well Worn Path” (Cooking Vinyl, 2018)

The name of Lakeman is a common one in folk circles. Brothers Seth, Sam and Sean have long become a byword for reliably high class and innovative music, be it individually or in collaboration with other high-class musicians. So it is with album number nine for Seth who follows up his understated Americana-style previous album … Continue reading “Seth Lakeman “The Well Worn Path” (Cooking Vinyl, 2018)”

Book Review: Clinton Heylin “What We Did Instead of Holidays (Route Publishing, 2018)

Given the number of books that have been written about the various members of Fairport Convention and the band itself, you might be forgiven for thinking that there’s very little left to say about them; but you’d be wrong, as Clinton Heylin’s excellent new book “What We Did Instead of Holidays” shows. Heylin is a … Continue reading “Book Review: Clinton Heylin “What We Did Instead of Holidays (Route Publishing, 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”