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”

AmericanaFest UK 2019 Conference Showcase preview – part one

The AMAUK conference is now into its fourth year and one of the highlights is the two nights of showcases which take place before the awards ceremony featuring the best of americana talent, both homegrown and from around the world. At five venues across Hackney, all within walking distance and for the price of one … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK 2019 Conference Showcase preview – part one”

Sons of Bill, Omeara, London, 14th August 2018

Sons of Bill brought their own unique brand of cosmic indie-americana to London on Tuesday night to promote their latest album ‘Oh God Ma’am.’  The record takes its title from an encounter that the band’s drummer, Todd Wellons, had when he was propositioned by a hooker and apparently blurted out, “Oh God, ma’am!” Since then … Continue reading “Sons of Bill, Omeara, London, 14th August 2018”

James Houlahan “The Wheel Still In Spin” (Independent, 2018)

The “wagon-wheel effect” is an optical illusion where a wheel appears to be turning backward when, in fact, it is in forward motion.  Science journals argue over its cause, but some attribute the phenomenon – other than when caught in 24 frames – to a theory of perceptual rivalry when there are two different interpretations … Continue reading “James Houlahan “The Wheel Still In Spin” (Independent, 2018)”

James Houlahan Has “Memories of Outer Space”

LA based singer-songwriter James Houlahan is gearing up for the release of his new album ‘The Wheel Still in Spin‘, which will be his fourth album.  ‘Memories of Outer Space‘ is the lead single from the album – it has a sound that is equal parts folk and dream pop, with the melody – fairly … Continue reading “James Houlahan Has “Memories of Outer Space””

Nathan Bell + Jack Henderson, Fallen Angels Club, The Admiral Bar, Glasgow, 17th November 2017.

Ten months after he wowed an audience at Celtic Connections, Nathan Bell returned to Glasgow as promised. In the interim he had ditched a proposed album of love songs, electing instead to record a modern protest album, Love > Fear (48 hours in traitorland). Appalled by the election of “a clown,” Bell was like a … Continue reading “Nathan Bell + Jack Henderson, Fallen Angels Club, The Admiral Bar, Glasgow, 17th November 2017.”