Interview: Sarah Jarosz (I’m With Her)

I’m With Her is a group consisting of Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan and Sara Watkins. All three are multi-instrumentalists and vocalists and have their own solo careers. After an impromptu performance together at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2014, they realised they had something special. Sharing many awards between them, including three Grammys, they have released … Continue reading “Interview: Sarah Jarosz (I’m With Her)”

Sarah Jarosz announces UK dates for 2017

Following a sold-out show at London’s Union Chapel last week, the first in a run of UK dates in support of her acclaimed Sugarhill Records release Undercurrent, Sarah Jarosz has announced new UK and Ireland tour dates for January and February 2017.  While the focus of 2016 was primarily on touring as a trio with … Continue reading “Sarah Jarosz announces UK dates for 2017”

Interview: Dietmar Leibecke of The Static Roots Festival

At AUK we’ve mentioned before a couple of the newer and smaller festivals which have been popping up in recent years. Dietmar Leibecke from Germany, a towering figure on the European Americana circuit (in all senses of the term), is getting increasing recognition for the popularity of the music festival he started in 2016 – … Continue reading “Interview: Dietmar Leibecke of The Static Roots Festival”

Caroline Spence “Mint Condition” (Rounder Records, 2019)

One of the most exciting “new” artists on the Americana scene, Caroline Spence has been making great music for some years now and ‘Mint Condition’ is her third album. It seems hard to believe she’s racking up her third release just as people are just starting to take real notice of her and the talent … Continue reading “Caroline Spence “Mint Condition” (Rounder Records, 2019)”

I’m With Her + John Smith, Hackney Empire, 19th March 2019

Considering I’m With Her performed at the Bush Hall and Union Chapel when they toured the UK back in 2018, the choice of venue this evening could be interpreted as a measure of this trio’s ambition, or is perhaps a testament to their burgeoning popularity, or maybe it’s just a desire to play in arguably … Continue reading “I’m With Her + John Smith, Hackney Empire, 19th March 2019”

I’m With Her “Call My Name” – Listen

Any band that consists of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan is going to be worth listening to – but we all know that already.  What makes this particular gorgeously harmonising song tenderly beseeching a lover to remember that they can “Call my name, say it out loud, when the world is upside down, I’ll still … Continue reading “I’m With Her “Call My Name” – Listen”

New Caroline Spence album due in May, in the UK this week

It’s been two years now since from the release of Caroline Spence’s well received last album ‘Spades & Roses’, and she is now prepping the release of her third album ‘Mint Condition’, which will feature guest appearances by Emmylou Harris and Ashley Ray.

Hannah Read “Way Out I’ll Wander” (Hudson, 2018)

This is a beautiful album. Beautifully written, beautifully played and sung, beautifully crafted. Hannah Read is one of those musicians who seem too gifted not to turn out perfection each time she records. This, her second album, is the follow up to her acclaimed 2012 debut ‘Wrapped In Lace’. Hannah Read was born and grew … Continue reading “Hannah Read “Way Out I’ll Wander” (Hudson, 2018)”

Brother Roy “Last Man Standing” (Independent, 2017)

Remember when intense singer-songwriter J. Tillman, still working the day shift as drummer with Fleet Foxes, had a musical and emotional epiphany and transformed into Father John Misty? After serving time in Phoebe Hunt’s band The Gatherers, and touring with the likes of Sarah Jarosz, it seems that Brother Roy underwent a similar conversion after … Continue reading “Brother Roy “Last Man Standing” (Independent, 2017)”