Dori Freeman “Letters Never Read” (Blue Hens Music, 2017)

If you’re looking for a vocal that’s as clear as a mountain stream then Dori Freeman has the vocal you’re chasing. On Letters Never Read she defines a modern form of Appalachian country – there’s no affectation here but there’s a lot of variety. Her back story is worth recounting again – growing up in … Continue reading “Dori Freeman “Letters Never Read” (Blue Hens Music, 2017)”

BST Hyde Park announces Dylan and Neil Young as first headliners

We have to refer to Neil by his full name in case any of you think you’re buying tickets to Will Young and end up bitterly disappointed. Evil multiconglomerate Barclaycard has announced its first two headliners for its British Summer Time Hyde Park events for 2019 – and they’re both playing the same night which … Continue reading “BST Hyde Park announces Dylan and Neil Young as first headliners”

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”

Hannah Aldridge + Guests, The Lexington, London, 23rd July 2018

  Hannah Aldridge has certainly put in the spade work where touring Europe in the recent past is concerned. She finished her current UK tour in London with a live album recording before heading for two nights in Sweden prior to returning home so she can focus on playing shows in the US and take … Continue reading “Hannah Aldridge + Guests, The Lexington, London, 23rd July 2018”

Richard Thompson Has A New Album On The Way

Renowned guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson has announced a new album that will be out on September 14th.  The 13-song set that makes up ‘13 Rivers‘ is the Grammy nominated artist’s first self-produced album in over a decade and was recorded 100% analogue in just ten days.  It was engineered by Clay Blair (The War On … Continue reading “Richard Thompson Has A New Album On The Way”

Interview: William Bell

As the Americana world expands almost daily in terms of what its defining characteristics are, we are seeing musicians and artists from the likes of the blues and soul arenas crossing over more and more. William Bell, practically a household name in that world produced 2017’s Grammy-winning Americana Album Of The Year with his excellent ‘This is … Continue reading “Interview: William Bell”

Buffalo Killers “Alive And Well In Ohio” (Alive Records, 2017)

This is the BK’s eighth record and it was self-produced in their own studio, so there’s no one else to blame. It’s not an inch away from their usual muddied fuzzy sound. They indistinctly reference classic rock and classic country rock, and they’d probably kill to be likened to Crazy Horse but their default sound … Continue reading “Buffalo Killers “Alive And Well In Ohio” (Alive Records, 2017)”

Interview: Emily Barker

Emily Barker is one of those names that has been around the UK Americana scene, since it was both identified as a ‘scene’ and as a distinct musical genre.  A pathfinder, a trailblazer, and first with her Red Clay Halo, then as part of Applewood Road a consistent purveyor of great music.  She stretches the … Continue reading “Interview: Emily Barker”

The Handsome Family, The Union Chapel, London, 2nd March 2017

Brett and Rennie Sparks brought a four-piece Handsome Family to The Union Chapel for one of those rare evenings that truly deserve the accolade “magical”. Demonstrating the ability for even a little television exposure to change the size of an audience The Handsome Family have stepped up to a considerably larger venue than on previous … Continue reading “The Handsome Family, The Union Chapel, London, 2nd March 2017”