Katy Rose Bennett “The Meantine” (Independent, 2019)

‘The Meantine‘ is the fifth album from Birmingham based, rural Oxfordshire raised, Katy Rose Bennett. The nine songs that make it up are firmly in a modern folk vein, given an immediacy by Bennett’s decision to record ‘The Meantime’ live – just her singing and playing either guitar or piano with no additional backing or … Continue reading “Katy Rose Bennett “The Meantine” (Independent, 2019)”

Will Bennett and the Tells “All Your Favorite Things” (Independent, 2019)

‘Rabbitt’s’ is Will Bennett’s hometown local and the opening track from ‘All Your Favorite Songs’ reintroduces the listener to the narrative of the small-town escape. Only this time the focus is on the return journey. Grinnel, Iowa is the small town in question and having already left, formed the band and chronicled the events on … Continue reading “Will Bennett and the Tells “All Your Favorite Things” (Independent, 2019)”

Bennett Wilson Poole, Betsey Trotwood, London, 22nd March 2018

Much has been written about “the power of three.” Apparently it’s something to do with the evolution of the brain and how much easier it is for humans to grasp the concept of ‘threes.’  This notion certainly endures in storytelling, whether it’s in The Three Musketeers, The Three Amigos, or The Three Stooges. Whilst there’s … Continue reading “Bennett Wilson Poole, Betsey Trotwood, London, 22nd March 2018”

AmericanaFest UK 2020 Conference Showcase preview – part five

The AMAUK conference is now into its fifth year, and one of the highlights of the conference is the two nights of showcases which take place before the awards ceremony on 28th/29th January featuring the best of americana talent, both homegrown and from around the world. The showcases take place at six venues across Hackney, … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK 2020 Conference Showcase preview – part five”

UK Americana Awards 2020 adds Shingai to its line-up

The AMAUKs are only 2 weeks away and there are still a handful of tickets left if you haven’t got yours yet. It’s the fifth annual shindig which forms part of AmericanFest which returns to Hackney for 3 days at the end of this month.  The theme of the event is “Collaborate and Cross Pollinate” … Continue reading “UK Americana Awards 2020 adds Shingai to its line-up”

The Rails + Danny Wilson, Oslo, Hackney, London, 29th October 2019

This was the last UK tour date for The Rails – Kami Thompson and James Walbourne – who had hit the road in support of their album, ‘Cancel The Sun’, released back in August. The support tonight was from Danny Wilson, of Danny & The Champions Of The World, Bennett, Wilson, Poole and Grand Drive. … Continue reading “The Rails + Danny Wilson, Oslo, Hackney, London, 29th October 2019”

Americana Music Association UK announce award nominees

What a night, and what a list.  In the upstairs music room at the surprisingly hard to find  Old Queens Head (“It’s just down from the Angel Tube, man, what do you mean you’re lost?“) and one day shy of bonfire night, the Americana Music Association UK (AMAUK) launched the glorious rockets that are the … Continue reading “Americana Music Association UK announce award nominees”

Interview: Pete Gow – “Up close and very personal…”

Pete Gow, front man for the late Case Hardin, one of the UK’s foremost hard rocking Americana styled bands, surprised a lot of folk when he released his first solo album, ‘Here There’s No Sirens’ back in April. Gone was the rollicking and hard rocking thrust of Case Hardin, replaced by intimate stripped back songs, … Continue reading “Interview: Pete Gow – “Up close and very personal…””

Over the Hill Festival, Witney, Oxfordshire, 26th August, 2019

For Over The Hill’s inaugural festival you couldn’t hope for a more bucolic setting than Cogges Manor Farm. Set in the outskirts of Witney in Oxfordshire, its grounds comprise a beautiful manor house made of Cotswold stone, surrounded by common land and with farmyard animals in situ. The festival is simply but elegantly accommodated in … Continue reading “Over the Hill Festival, Witney, Oxfordshire, 26th August, 2019”

Interview: Jim Walker, Brighthelmstone Promotions

Jim Walker is managing director of Brighthelmstone Promotions. In 2017 he started a festival in his hometown of Hassocks, West Sussex featuring two of our greatest loves – Americana music and good beer. The Mid-Sussex Americana beer festival is running for a third year at the Hassocks hotel in East Sussex on the 24th of … Continue reading “Interview: Jim Walker, Brighthelmstone Promotions”