Richmond Fontaine Hit UK and Ireland for Final Dates

We’ve got a live version of their song “Night in the City” at the end of this story, recorded in Dublin this year, so click on!  All good things come to an end and in their final final farewell tour, Willy Vlautin and his cult Portland outfit arrive in Ireland on Saturday before heading out around … Continue reading “Richmond Fontaine Hit UK and Ireland for Final Dates”

Sc4m returns as part of the Rhythm Tree Festival

For nine years sc4m was held annually in Winchester’s Railway pub building up a reputation as one of the best and most intimate Americana/roots music festivals in the UK. This year sc4m relocates to the Isle of Wight linking up with the Rhythm Tree Festival. With their own Woodland stage sc4m will host their show … Continue reading “Sc4m returns as part of the Rhythm Tree Festival”

The Magic Numbers, Esquires, Bedford, 18th May 2018

Esquires is a grimy dyed in the wool rock venue that has hosted many of the aspiring greats over the years, including Coldplay, Oasis,  Dodgy and Richmond Fontaine to name but the few I have seen (Oasis may have been the Angel – life’s journey has had some impact). So, The Magic Numbers on a … Continue reading “The Magic Numbers, Esquires, Bedford, 18th May 2018”

Interview: Willy Vlautin

The much-loved frontman of the now sadly defunct Richmond Fontaine and pivotal member of The Delines,  Willy Vlautin is a man of many talents. Not only an exquisite songwriter, guitarist and one of the good guys, Vlautin has established himself as a ‘must read’ novelist whose tales of life’s chancers and dreamers have been cherished … Continue reading “Interview: Willy Vlautin”

Loose Records to celebrate 20 years at the AMAUK conference

Way back in 2001 when I first started Americana UK on a shoestring budget (not even a shoestring to be fair, it was zero) one of the first labels to kindly start sending us through stuff for review was Loose.  The albums were not only by some of the best names in americana but always beautifully … Continue reading “Loose Records to celebrate 20 years at the AMAUK conference”

Van Life: Iain Sloan

Fretboard warrior, purveyor of all things six-string, and pedal steel supremo, Iain Sloan has been soundtracking the UK Americana scene for a number of years predominantly with The Wynntown Marshals, Scotland’s finest alt.country band, and latterly with the likes of indie folksters Blue Rose Code and the legendary Peter Bruntnell.   Americana-UK catches up with Sloan … Continue reading “Van Life: Iain Sloan”

Jeremy Corbyn reaches a new level of americoolna

If you thought it wasn’t possible for Jezza to exceed his already near god-like status in the eyes of us liberal americana types, the photo below just goes to confirm that he really is the cat’s pyjamas. The screenshot from a recent TV interview with JC demonstrates that he has, apart from great politics, also … Continue reading “Jeremy Corbyn reaches a new level of americoolna”

Americana UK’s Readers Poll 2016 – the results!

So the votes are in and it’s all change this year as a new roster of artists take over the pole positions in our survey of what’s rocked your boat over the last 12 months – the site has always been proud to support independent music and it’s great to see so many artists who aren’t … Continue reading “Americana UK’s Readers Poll 2016 – the results!”

2016 : we’re lost in music – caught in a trap.

You could point at almost any year this century and it would be a vintage year for music – there’s so much out there that, once one has struggled through the ever expanding amount that is mediocre or just straight dross there’s always a fine collection of musical gems to pluck out and hold high … Continue reading “2016 : we’re lost in music – caught in a trap.”

UK Americana Awards 2017 nominations shortlist announced

The AMA-UK, our confusingly acronymed brethren here at AUK, have announced their shortlist for the nominations for next year’s UK Americana Awards ceremony which will be held in St John at Hackney, London on Tuesday 2nd February, part of AmericanaFest UK, a two-day event which will also include an evening of showcases on the Wednesday featuring … Continue reading “UK Americana Awards 2017 nominations shortlist announced”