Track Premiere – Nicholas Mudd “Sailing Song”

Nicholas Mudd grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, surrounded by horse country and lush farmland, and  Mudd found himself immersed in country, southern rock, and traditional folk music. It was evident from a young age that he had inherited his grandfather’s musical interests. Leonard  Mudd, now 95, always had a collection of guitars, mandolins, fiddles, dulcimers, and banjos … Continue reading “Track Premiere – Nicholas Mudd “Sailing Song””

The 4 Of Us “Sugar Island” (FutureCD, 2017)

The album cover does a tidy job of setting the scene for its themes: smiling mum in a floppy hat, car door open, four, maybe five kids squashed in the back, off on holiday in those Seventies days of laxer passenger restrictions and fewer collision avoidance systems. It most obviously relates to Going South, the … Continue reading “The 4 Of Us “Sugar Island” (FutureCD, 2017)”

Catherine MacLellan “If It’s Alright With You – The Songs of Gene MacLellan” (True North Records, 2017)

Gene MacLellan’s not a name this writer is familiar with but mention two of his songs, Snowbird (a hit for Anne Murray) and Put Your Hand In The Hand (covered by just about everyone including Elvis and Johnny Cash) and it’s a fair bet that most folk will have a memory of hearing these.  MacLellan … Continue reading “Catherine MacLellan “If It’s Alright With You – The Songs of Gene MacLellan” (True North Records, 2017)”

AmericanaFest 2020 – over 75 artist head to London next month!

We’ve already covered 2020’s AmericanaFest which returns to the UK at the end of January next year, and now details are emerging of the array of artists who’ll be playing the festival which is, er, extensive to say the least. You might need a calculator to count them all.

Interview: Daniel Antopolsky

Daniel Antopolsky is a storyteller. He weaves narratives in and out of his songs and, when you watch him perform, the stories and songs merge. Antopolsky was a contemporary of the likes of Guy Clarke and Townes Van Zandt, one of the original outlaws, often referred to as the ‘missing outlaw’ thanks to the famous … Continue reading “Interview: Daniel Antopolsky”

Interview: Rose Cousins

Prince Edward Island, just off the coast of Nova Scotia, for a small place sure does punch above its weight in terms of musical talent. Rose Cousins, a native of that beautiful island now based on the mainland, released one of last year’s finest albums. A delicate, thoughtful, adventurous and at times fragile album, ‘Natural … Continue reading “Interview: Rose Cousins”

The Ballads of Child Migration to tour in November

Probably the first and last time you’ll read the name “Barbara Dickson” on AUK. In November 2018, a collective of folk musicians and singers including John McCusker, Michael McGoldrick, Boo Hewerdine, O’Hooley & Tidow,  Chris While, Julie Matthews, John Doyle, Jez Lowe, Andy Seward and Andy Cutting are taking to the road to tell the story of Britain’s … Continue reading “The Ballads of Child Migration to tour in November”

Interview: Lilly Hiatt

On ‘Trinity Lane’ her third and most visceral album to date, East Nashville’s Lilly Hiatt pulls no punches. Written mostly from a wooden chair looking out at the trees that surround her house on Trinity Lane, the album embodies both a kick-ass rock ‘n’ roll spirit – which Hiatt has in bucketloads – with a deeper, personal … Continue reading “Interview: Lilly Hiatt”

Van Life: The High Divers

Now, some would say it’s a tad ironic to be doing a Van Life feature with a band whose very existence was threatened by their own van flipping over and causing somewhat of an unscheduled hiatus in terms of performing and recording. Thankfully, Charleston’s High Divers are beyond that roadblock and are set to release … Continue reading “Van Life: The High Divers”

Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro to tour the UK

The combination of slide-guitar and bass that Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro present is musicianship of the highest quality.  The much-praised duo will be returning to the UK as part of Celtic Connections, and will then spin out an extensive tour over the subsequent weeks.  The tour follows on from their well received album Static in … Continue reading “Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro to tour the UK”