Seasick Steve, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 9th November 2018

It’s a packed out Corn Exchange for the first night of Seasick Steve’s first UK tour since 2015. Much has changed since his famous Hootenanny breakthrough moment, not least that the audience is now predominantly middle-aged and male. The accrual of this particular loyal army of fans is, perhaps, one of the stranger parts of … Continue reading “Seasick Steve, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 9th November 2018”

Seasick Steve has a UK tour this month

Steve Wold, the man behind the beard, hasn’t had a UK tour since 2015, it’s been festivals and conquering the world as Seasick Steve since then.  Oh, and putting out a new album (‘Can U Cook?‘) which was favourably reviewed right here on Americana-UK.  So it’s great to be able to say that Seasick will … Continue reading “Seasick Steve has a UK tour this month”

Seasick Steve “Can U Cook?” (BMG, 2018)

On the official Seasick Steve website, you will find a 38-second video clip in which a hugely self-conscious and apologetic looking Steve stands propped against a water tank alongside a stack of empty pallets at the back of his barn. As far as trailers for a new album go this is just about as low … Continue reading “Seasick Steve “Can U Cook?” (BMG, 2018)”

Chris Landry & The Seasick Mommas “Two Ninety Three” (Turnup Records, 2019)

On their debut ‘One Fifty Five,’ Chris Landry and the Seasick Mommas found a proper balance between moody folk and Harvest-era country-rock. In fact, Stuart Rutherford’s pedal steel is at times reminiscent of the late Ben Keith. On their follow-up, ‘Two Ninety Three’ (both albums are named after addresses where Landry was living while the … Continue reading “Chris Landry & The Seasick Mommas “Two Ninety Three” (Turnup Records, 2019)”

Cambridge Folk Festival announce first artists

With the tickets for this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival having gone on sale on the 10th of December last year it’s too late to say “this seems to come around earlier every year”.  And anyway, who wouldn’t want to know who the first major artists confirmed for this prestigious and long-running festival are?

AmericanaFest UK 2020 Conference Showcase preview – part three

The AMAUK conference is now into its fifth year. 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. At six venues across Hackney, all within walking distance and … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK 2020 Conference Showcase preview – part three”

Track Premiere – CC Smugglers “Well Well Well”

CC Smugglers started life as a busking band, formed by frontman Richie Prynne in his early twenties. He soon recruited his childhood friends Dan Edwards, Ryan Thomas and Sam Barrett who spent years honing their craft on the streets of London, Cambridge and Bedford England.  They attracted the attention they were aiming for with their … Continue reading “Track Premiere – CC Smugglers “Well Well Well””

Gordie Tentrees and Jaxon Haldane “Grit” (Greywood Records, 2019)

It’s probably unfair to start listening to an album from the third song on the track-listing but, c’mon, the song is called ‘Craft Beards and Man Buns.’ It had to be done. It would be easy to write this off as a bit of a comedy skit. But it’s far from it; what shines through are … Continue reading “Gordie Tentrees and Jaxon Haldane “Grit” (Greywood Records, 2019)”

Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, Green Note, London, 4th May 2017

The Green Note was proving, and not for the first time, that its stage is just a little bit bijou – even for a duo. If that duo has several guitars, a drum kit and a ragtime washboard then that’s a lot that needs packing into a small space. The plus side to this, and … Continue reading “Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, Green Note, London, 4th May 2017”

UK Americana Gig Guide

Welcome to the 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”