Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: James M Carson

As we’re hit with more lockdown restrictions and things continue to look bleak for live music, we have another exclusive AUK Mini-Gig to lift the gloom and provide a little light and joy for music lovers.  These shows are a way for great artists to connect with an audience for their songs.  Today, it’s the turn of Manchester-based James M Carson, surrounded by his fabulous new band.  We’re delighted to share an excellent live version of Carson’s 2017 single, ‘Calico’, featuring excellent musicianship throughout this brilliantly shot performance, recorded during the lockdown. Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: James M Carson”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Jaime Wyatt

In these strange times, gigs are rare and precious.  To spread a little hope and joy, we have been bringing you, dear reader, occasional exclusive mini-gigs to sustain you until live music returns in full.  Some wonderful artists have supplied us with engrossing, absorbing performances and our latest offering is a real treat.  Self-styled Outlaw Country Queen, Jaime Wyatt, has recorded two songs exclusively for us.  First up is the upbeat, foot-tapping ‘Rattlesnake Girl’.  It’s infectious and dynamic: the perfect way to begin.  Then, Wyatt delivers an outstanding version of the melodic, heartfelt ‘Mercy’. Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Jaime Wyatt”

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”