Teddy Thompson “Heartbreaker Please” – Listen

Noted Dori Freeman collaborator and scion of a noble house, Teddy Thompson actually sent this song of ended love out into the world on Valentine’s Day.  It’s the antithesis of romance though, as it comes from an ended relationship as Thompson notes “I was dating an actress at the time and living a strange sort … Continue reading “Teddy Thompson “Heartbreaker Please” – Listen”

Richard Thompson – 70th Birthday Celebration, Royal Albert Hall, London, 30th September 2019

When you’ve had a career  such as Richard Thompson’s, supreme songwriter and guitar virtuoso, with many fellow musicians as fans, your 70th Birthday bash, of course, has to be held at the Royal Albert Hall. On 30th September, a star-studded line-up joined Thompson to play many of his songs  along with some of his old … Continue reading “Richard Thompson – 70th Birthday Celebration, Royal Albert Hall, London, 30th September 2019”

Richard Thompson announces guest list for his 70th. And it’s mega.

Richard Thompson’s 70th birthday bash at the Royal Albert Hall in September sold out in next to no time, and if you’re one of the lucky ones who managed to nab a ticket you’re in for quite a treat.  Joining Richard Thompson on the night will be (deep breath…)

Roseanne Reid selects her top ten Americana Christmas tracks

Here at AUK, we are jolly souls, who like to share the seasonal joy – three things we particularly love are endlessly debatable top ten lists, Christmas songs, and Roseanne Reid. Could it be possible to combine all three? Indeed, it could! We are delighted to spread a little peace and goodwill to all with … Continue reading “Roseanne Reid selects her top ten Americana Christmas tracks”

Studio Life – Roseanne Reid

This has been some year for Roseanne Reid. Her critically-acclaimed debut album, ‘Trails’, has just been named one of the records of 2019 by the Sunday Times and ‘Amy’ has been nominated in the UK song of the year category for the Americana Music Association UK Awards. The same song won the Lyric Only category … Continue reading “Studio Life – Roseanne Reid”

Caroline Spence + Roseanne Reid, Night & Day Café, Manchester, 24th October 2019

Reviewing Caroline Spence’s recent ‘Mint Condition’ album for AUK, fellow writer Rick Bayles awarded it that rare accolade a 10/10 score, describing it as “flawless” and “an early contender for album of the year.” A glowing testimony – but could she deliver the same quality live? The short answer on the evidence of this performance … Continue reading “Caroline Spence + Roseanne Reid, Night & Day Café, Manchester, 24th October 2019”

Dori Freeman “Every Single Star” (Blue Hens Music, 2019)

Since she rose to prominence with her excellent self-titled debut album in 2016, Dori Freeman has been on a roll and with the release of ‘Every Single Star’ that momentum shows no sign of abating.  With Teddy Thompson still at the helm on production duty, the duo has yet again combined forces to serve up … Continue reading “Dori Freeman “Every Single Star” (Blue Hens Music, 2019)”

Carson McHone, the Borderline, London, 30th May 2019

Well into a 40 date tour, Carson McHone proved tonight exactly why Loose Records invested time and effort in recruiting her to their record label at the back end of 2018. Resplendent in a white two piece suit and semi-matching black and white guitar, it was about the only stylised part of the performance – … Continue reading “Carson McHone, the Borderline, London, 30th May 2019”

Roseanne Reid “Trails” (Last Man Music, 2019)

With a diverse set of song styles – blues, upbeat country, traditional folk and roots – underpinned with an excellent blend of guitars, horns, organ and vocals – this is a very competent debut from Scotland’s Roseanne Reid. Produced by Teddy Thompson and featuring a guest appearance from Steve Earle (one of her champions), Reid … Continue reading “Roseanne Reid “Trails” (Last Man Music, 2019)”

D.L. Rossi “A Sweet Thing” (Independent, 2018)

Many singer songwriters use their experience of ‘life’, in whatever form that may take, to inform their art. Inspiration can come from many sources but, for many in this business, how often it seems that it is the lowest points in their lives that are the catalyst for their songs. For D.L. Rossi that well … Continue reading “D.L. Rossi “A Sweet Thing” (Independent, 2018)”