William the Conqueror announce new album, set to invade February

Leaving you this weekend dear reader with news that ‘Bleeding on the Soundtrack’ has been announced as the name of the new album from William the Conqueror, set for release on 15th February in the UK via Loose. It’s the second album from the band following 2017’s ‘Proud Disturber of the Peace’. Both form parts of … Continue reading “William the Conqueror announce new album, set to invade February”

William the Conqueror “Bleeding on the Soundtrack” – Listen

On their new single, William The Conqueror delve deep into the darkest recesses, gathering clues to unravel a mystery of misplaced worship, adolescence, addiction and the road to recovery. ‘Bleeding on the Soundtrack’ is the first track to appear from their forthcoming album of the same name, recorded at Real World and produced by Ethan Johns, he … Continue reading “William the Conqueror “Bleeding on the Soundtrack” – Listen”

William The Conqueror, Moth Club, London, 14th November 2017

Expectations for William the Conqueror’s first headline London performance were high given that Ruarrri Joseph’s latest musical project has resulted in a debut album which is one of four nominees for UK Americana album of the year in 2018. The buzz around the three piece has already been building through a recent touring slot supporting … Continue reading “William The Conqueror, Moth Club, London, 14th November 2017”

William The Conqueror “Proud Disturber Of The Peace” (Loose, 2017)

William The Conqueror, a three-piece band from Cornwall, is the creation of former folkie, Ruarri Joseph. For those of us fortunate enough to have caught Mr Joseph in his former guise playing small, intimate venues, often with just an acoustic guitar for company, there was always the feeling that there was another rockier, harder edged … Continue reading “William The Conqueror “Proud Disturber Of The Peace” (Loose, 2017)”

William the Conqueror “Tend to the Thorns” – Listen

Indie-rock trio William The Conqueror have released their single ‘Tend To The Thorns’ – lead track from their debut album ‘Proud Disturber Of The Peace’ due to be released via our friends at Loose on August 4th. Hailing from the North coast of Cornwall, they draw influences from bands and artists as diverse as The … Continue reading “William the Conqueror “Tend to the Thorns” – Listen”

AmericanaFest UK is back in January – here are all the details

British Americana fans – that includes us dear reader – will be flocking to Hackney, East London for 3 days of their annual conference in January as AmericanaFest UK returns for its 4th year. The event consists of two days of conferences and showcases which are then topped off by a third day of events and … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK is back in January – here are all the details”

The Long Road Festival launches with Lee Ann Womack, Billy Bragg and more

We’re doing well for americana tinged festivals this year and today there’s the announcement of another one which says it’s bringing the “sounds of the country music scene to the UK” but actually has a broader line up than that makes it sound, but in a nice way. Taking place within the grounds of Stanford … Continue reading “The Long Road Festival launches with Lee Ann Womack, Billy Bragg and more”

Frozen Houses “Frozen Houses” (Independent, 2018)

This is the eponymous debut album from Cornwall based singer/songwriter Alex Hill, aka ‘Frozen Houses’. It’s an interesting package, full of confidently delivered songs and some good musicianship but it is something of a strange confection. Consisting of eight self-written tracks the album definitely has an appeal. Frozen Houses is ably assisted by Ashley Height … Continue reading “Frozen Houses “Frozen Houses” (Independent, 2018)”

Loose Records to celebrate 20 years at the AMAUK conference

Way back in 2001 when I first started Americana UK on a shoestring budget (not even a shoestring to be fair, it was zero) one of the first labels to kindly start sending us through stuff for review was Loose.  The albums were not only by some of the best names in americana but always beautifully … Continue reading “Loose Records to celebrate 20 years at the AMAUK conference”

Robert Plant to receive AMAUK Lifetime Achievement Award, Nominations Announced

The third annual UK Americana Awards will take place on Thursday 1st February 2018 at Hackney Empire, a move to a larger venue due to the increasing popularity of the event,  and AUK will of course be there covering it. The Americana Music Association UK has chosen Robert Plant to receive its highest honour, the 2018 UK Americana … Continue reading “Robert Plant to receive AMAUK Lifetime Achievement Award, Nominations Announced”