Wildwood Kin “Wildwood Kin” (Silvertone Records/Sony 2019)

‘Wildwood Kin’ is the eponymous second album from the Exeter based three-piece,   consisting of sisters Beth and Emilia Key and their cousin Meghann Loney. On the album, the band have co-written a number of songs with the likes of Gabrielle Aplin (‘Wake Up Sleeper’), Angelo Petraglia (‘All On Me’), Alex Davies (‘Signals’) and Ed … Continue reading “Wildwood Kin “Wildwood Kin” (Silvertone Records/Sony 2019)”

Darlingside + Wildwood Kin, Shepherds Bush Empire, 1st November 2018

Only the occasional faint clanging of the bar can be overheard whilst Darlingside play. The audience are fittingly pin drop silent to embrace all the intricacies the band offer. Huddled up shoulder tight to harmonize around a single vintage condenser microphone, the result is quite magnificent. Over the course of the evening, banjos, fiddles and upright bass … Continue reading “Darlingside + Wildwood Kin, Shepherds Bush Empire, 1st November 2018”

Wildwood Kin, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 4th March 2018

Wildwood Kin were opening this City Roots Festival gig for Ward Thomas – who would go on to give their expected high gloss pop-country set with only one real surprise to it, that it ran for a shade less than an hour. Wildwood Kin however did their half an hour with as little fuss as … Continue reading “Wildwood Kin, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 4th March 2018”

Katie Dahl “Wildwood” (Independent, 2019)

Katie Dahl’s fifth album ‘Wildwood’ is a very personal affair centred around Door County, Wisconsin where her family has lived for six generations. There are umpteen examples of songwriters paying homage to their homelands or hometowns. The best, through shared experiences and common emotions, are able to resonate with a wider audience.  This is where … Continue reading “Katie Dahl “Wildwood” (Independent, 2019)”

Seth Lakeman “Ballads Of The Broken Few” (Cooking Vinyl, 2016)

One of the stars of the folk scene, Seth Lakeman remains for many synonymous with thumping beats, high volume and a driving, pin your ears back sound that lacks subtlety.  But this is to do him a grave injustice.  He may not be an obvious innovator like Jim Moray or possess as broad a brush … Continue reading “Seth Lakeman “Ballads Of The Broken Few” (Cooking Vinyl, 2016)”

Roswell “Come Home EP” (Independent, 2020)

‘Come Home’ is the second EP from Indie Folk/Americana duo Roswell. Following on from the 5 track ‘Remedy’ (which won Fatea EP of the year in 2019) these 6 tracks will further whet the appetite for a proper full-length album. Having been writing and performing together for just two years, Zoë Wren and Jasmine Watkiss … Continue reading “Roswell “Come Home EP” (Independent, 2020)”

Black Deer add Robert Plant’s band to their line up

Black Deer Festival’s line up for 2020 is already looking good, having as they do Wilco, The Waterboys, The Dead South, Courtney Marie Andrews and The Felice Brothers all playing over the course of the weekend, and they’ve just announced some additions including Shooter Jennings, Imelda May, Wildwood Kin, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the … Continue reading “Black Deer add Robert Plant’s band to their line up”

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”

City Roots Festival Returns in 2018

Trialled earlier this year as a winter spin-off from the main Folk Festival, Cambridge will once again see a mini-festival across the city’s music venues at the end of February and into March 2018.  As you’d expect there’s a wide range of artists and events – from Ward Thomas and Wildwood Kin performing a double … Continue reading “City Roots Festival Returns in 2018”

Billboard: Americana in the UK is a thing

Oh well, this will wreck our Google search result listings – what possessed them to use the terms “americana” and “UK” in the same headline?  Billboard has an article today entitled “U.K. Americana Hits America, and Vice Versa, In New Roots Exchange” which is an incredibly interestingyou read about our symbiotic relationship with the genre over … Continue reading “Billboard: Americana in the UK is a thing”