Rick Shea announces UK solo tour

Veteran California-based folk-Americana singer-songwriter and sideman of long repute Rich Shea has announced a May-June Ireland & UK solo tour, in support of his latest album ‘The Town Where I Live’. Dave Alvin said of Shea: “An incredible and intelligent musician and songwriter with an angelic voice that I’d kill for.” Tut. Killing isn’t very … Continue reading “Rick Shea announces UK solo tour”

Summertyne Americana Festival, The Sage, Gateshead,July 21-23, 2017

That’s summer over and  our roving reporters have been out and about at various festivals in search of the sun and fine music. A few got lost on the way back so it’s only now that we can offer another report on Summertyne which we had already looked at here. There’s more from the indoor … Continue reading “Summertyne Americana Festival, The Sage, Gateshead,July 21-23, 2017”

Osborne Jones “Only Now” (Continental Song City, 2016)

UK born and raised, Osborne Jones’ latest album “Only Now” is produced by esteemed West Coast (America) singer-songwriter musician Rich Shea (Dave Alvin etc).  Recorded and engineered by Mark Linett at Your Place or Mine Studio in Glendale California, the quality of music from David-Gwyn Jones (lead vocals) and David Osborne (electric guitar) strikes a … Continue reading “Osborne Jones “Only Now” (Continental Song City, 2016)”

Grand Canyon “Le Grand Cañon” (Bodan Kuma Recordings, 2019)

Be forewarned my friends… loading this album up on your player of choice will instantly reconfigure the technology of that device. Without any outwardly observable signs that changes are taking place, it will have been empowered with the capacities for both time travel and teleportation. You won’t realize any of this until you hit play … Continue reading “Grand Canyon “Le Grand Cañon” (Bodan Kuma Recordings, 2019)”

Field Medic “Used 2 Be A Romantic” – Listen

Field Medic is Los Angeles-based folk artist Kevin Patrick, and this song from his new album ‘Fade into the Dawn’ (out April 19th).  It was inspired by a terrible gig – but Kevin Patrick  tells it best “I’m not the kind of person that feels like people should pay attention to me just because I’m … Continue reading “Field Medic “Used 2 Be A Romantic” – Listen”

Trapper Schoepp “Primetime Illusion” (Xtra Mile Recordings, 2019)

On his fourth full length release Trapper Schoepp has pulled off a trick that only really occurs once or twice in any given decade – the reshaping of folk rock to sound fresh and new. On ‘Primetime Illusion‘ he can be found breathing new life into a dependable genre, with an exuberance that probably hasn’t … Continue reading “Trapper Schoepp “Primetime Illusion” (Xtra Mile Recordings, 2019)”

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”

John Smith announces new album, track, autumn dates

John Smith has announced the release of his new album ‘Hummingbird’ which features appearances from Cara Dillon, John Mccosker and Ben Nicholls, and will be released on October 5th on his own Commoner Records (via Thirty Tigers worldwide).  He had also announced a fairly huge UK headline tour of 29 dates throughout October & November and … Continue reading “John Smith announces new album, track, autumn dates”

Interview: Stevie Freeman, Chairperson of AMA-UK

Stevie Freeman is the Chair of the Americana Music Association UK, the trade body for the genre and its musicians in the UK, with the express aim of further the exposure of its artist in the UK and beyond.  She is also the co-owner of Union Music Store (and its associated label and promotions) in … Continue reading “Interview: Stevie Freeman, Chairperson of AMA-UK”