Years ago, 17 in fact, I put on an event in what was then the Masque venue in Liverpool called “Americana One” celebrating the fact that this little website (and it was little back then) was one years old. Looking back, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing and the day culminated in … Continue reading “Songs for the apocalypse: Peter Bruntnell “Black Aces””
That the Railway Inn in Winchester has become a hotbed of Americana is due, in the main, to the sterling efforts of promoters, SC4m.co.uk, AKA the husband and wife team of Oliver and Birgit Gray. Wind the clock back to May 2003 and, in Oliver’s own words, “We started off booking Peter Bruntnell, partly because … Continue reading “Peter Bruntnell + Sophia Marshall, Railway Inn, Winchester, 12th September 2019”
Flicking through a back catalogue of reviews of Peter Bruntnell albums – and ‘King of Madrid’ is his tenth – a hefty proportion are seemingly dedicated to dreaming up new ways of insisting that the Devon-based singer-songwriter is British Americana’s best-kept secret, the sub-text of the argument presumably being that only the inexplicably fickle tastes … Continue reading “Peter Bruntnell “King of Madrid” (Domestico, 2019)”
Deciding whether to catch the support artist or not can be a bit of a lottery. Stay in the bar and you risk missing out on something special, roll up and you can end up shuffling around and feigning interest as some plucky trier tests the limits of your attention span. Tonight’s winners were certainly … Continue reading “Peter Bruntnell + Sophia Marshall, Gullivers, Manchester, 30th May 2019”
Regular visitors to this site wont need me to tell you the level of regard we here at Americana-UK hold for Peter Bruntnell. One of the UK’s finest troubadours, Bruntnell has been writing some of the greatest songs the genre has heard over the last twenty years. Since causing a stir on the US college … Continue reading “Van Life – Peter Bruntnell”
Since his 1995 solo debut ‘Cannibal‘ Peter Bruntnell has slowly built a canon of songs that would stand up next to the best of best within the Americana genre and way, way beyond. Sensible folk scratch their heads with incredulity at his lack of mainstream commercial success and marvel at the thrill of witnessing such … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – Peter Bruntnell”
After a couple of weeks break for video premieres the retro slot is back. We’re only going back eight years this week and the footage is by no means perfect but this is a great performance of a great song by one of the UK’s best singer-songwriters and one of its best guitarists. Have a … Continue reading “Video: Peter Bruntnell with James Walbourne “You Won’t Find Me””
This week’s retro slot is taken by one of the UK’s greats, Peter Bruntnell, with a suitably surreal video for this wonderful track from his 1995 debut album Cannibal.
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. It takes place at six venues across Hackney, all … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK 2020 Conference Showcase preview – part four”
Mark Underwood continues his irregular feature on music by great songwriters with great lyrics.