Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Stephie James

It’s been a little while since we’ve offered you gig-starved music-lovers a ‘mini-gig’ to enjoy, something to remind you of the good times to come when we can get back out to see a few shows.  We’re making up for it today with an excellent, extended, exclusive show from Stephie James.  This is brilliantly shot, expertly performed and utterly absorbing throughout.  The vocals are flawless and the guitar-work is something to get lost in.  Many thanks to Stephie for a great gig. Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Stephie James”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Zach Phillips

During the global pandemic, live music has been a little harder to come by than usual.  Here at AUK, we have been helping to scratch that itch by posting regular ‘mini-gigs’, giving the opportunity for artists to connect with you music lovers out there.  Today, we bring you a great little show from San Diego-based Zach Phillips.  Phillips plays two songs with a Californian theme exclusively for AUK.  Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Zach Phillips”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Carrie Elkin

During these strange times, AUK has been spreading a little joy by posting regular mini-gigs.  Here, you can get your fix of live music from some incredible artists.  Our latest show comes exclusively from Austin singer-songwriter, Carrie Elkin, whose gorgeous songs cross folk and Americana.  Elkin is known for possessing a voice that is at once both delicate and powerful.  She conveys emotion so effectively through her pure vocal and is so absorbed in the joy of performing, it is an electric experience to see her live. Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Carrie Elkin”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Danny Schmidt

Life in lockdown has been strange and challenging in all sorts of ways.  For music lovers and musicians, the absence of live shows has been particularly hard.  We have been publishing regular mini-gigs to sustain that connection and today’s instalment comes from the Texan singer-songwriter, Danny Schmidt. Since his 1999 debut album, ‘Live at the Prism Coffee House’, Schmidt has been prolific. His tenth studio album, ‘Standard Deviation’, was released last year to critical acclaim. Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Danny Schmidt”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Jack Marion

For the latest in our mini-gig series to help keep us sane in lockdown, we bring you a solo offering from Jack Marion of the titular Jack Marion and the Pearl Snap Prophets. The North Carolina based group’s debut album ‘When the Well Run Dry’ was warmly embraced here receiving an 8/10 earlier in the year. Today we present you with two songs from that album, ‘Old House’ and ‘Family Funeral’. Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Jack Marion”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Phil Gammage

Times are strange and life has changed so much in recent months.  Many of us are missing gigs and shows and those opportunities to connect with others through the energy of live music.  Here at AUK, we’ve been sharing regular ‘mini-gigs’ to help lift the gloom and to let you see some great artists in action.  Today, we have three songs from Phil Gammage, beamed from his living room to yours.  Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Phil Gammage”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Edwina Hayes

Born in Dublin, Edwina Hayes grew up in Preston, Lancashire before moving to the East coast of Yorkshire. Hayes now divides her time between the UK and Nashville, where she is a much-loved songwriter and artist.  Hayes’s beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a real natural talent of gentle folk-Americana. Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Edwina Hayes”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Emma Stevens

As we tentatively approach the slow lifting of lockdown and bringing a refreshing glimmer of hope and an abundance of heart and positivity, British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emma Stevens’ music breathes life and honesty. Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Emma Stevens”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Brady Harris

We end the week with a real treat.  Through our ongoing series of mini-gigs, we are trying to recreate the joy of live performance in the comfort of your own home.  Here, Brady Harris provides an Americana masterclass in both songwriting and performance.  He has proved time and again that he can craft superb songs, full of melody and smart lyrics. Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Brady Harris”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Laura Cortese

We hope that our regular series of mini-gigs is spreading a little light in the gloom during these strange days.  Some fabulous artists have contributed exclusive performances for AUK readers to enjoy.  Today, we are privileged to present Laura Cortese.  Here, she’s playing solo though she usually plays as part of Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, a group of singing string players known for a fresh, edgy take on the traditional string quartet.  Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Laura Cortese”