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”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Drew Danburry

What a way to end the week!  We have been delighted to bring you lockdown live performances from great artists around the world, giving you a chance to catch some excellent shows from the comfort of home.  For today, the great Drew Danburry has shared two new songs exclusively with AUK.  Both performances are stripped back versions 0f songs from Danburry’s upcoming album, which will be released on 8th September.  The new band/project and album, ‘Icarus Phoenix’, will be released on cassette only. Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Drew Danburry”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Jesse Terry

A true musical journeyman, New England-based singer-songwriter Jesse Terry has made it his mission to share his love of music fully and completely, without regard for shading his emotions or tempering his convictions. His ability to create a connection, to bare his soul and express his feelings through his songs has been the defining thread in a career that has, to date, spawned five albums, numerous EPs and fostered collaborations with artists such as Dar Williams, Cary Ann Hearst of Shovels & Rope, Erin Rae and Sarah Darling. Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Jesse Terry”

AUK Mini-Gig: Ane Brun

While our daily lives are restricted and music lovers are unable to see live music, AUK is posting regular ‘mini-gigs’, recorded by artists in isolation  and beamed from their home to yours.  Today we bring you the beautiful, yearning voice of Ane Brun, singing a cover of Sade’s ‘By Your Side’Continue reading “AUK Mini-Gig: Ane Brun”

Mini-Gig: Pete Gow & Joe Bennett “Storm Windows” (John Prine Tribute)

We’re all missing live music at the moment.  We have been trying to fill that void with regular ‘mini-gigs’.  Great artists have been sharing performances recorded at home as they adapt to the same lockdown restrictions as you and me.  Today’s show is a beautiful performance from virtual duo, Pete Gow and Joe Bennett (The Dreaming Spires, Bennett Wilson Poole, Co-Pilgrim and more…), expertly put together while separate from one another.  Continue reading “Mini-Gig: Pete Gow & Joe Bennett “Storm Windows” (John Prine Tribute)”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Shannon LaBrie

Great musicians performing mini-gigs is a way to connect music lovers during these strange times.  It gives you the chance, dear reader, to see and hear live shows from artists who, just like you, are isolating themselves at home.  Today’s show is from Shannon LaBrie, who recorded her song, ‘Raining Hallelujah’, outside in the snowy Nebraskan spring.  Blue skies and snow.  It’s lovely to see another part of the world when you can’t travel anywhere! Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Shannon LaBrie”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Matt Hill (AKA Quiet Loner)

Our series of mini-gigs continues with an exclusive show from Matt Hill, formerly known by his stage name, Quiet Loner.  In an incredibly varied career, Hill has co-written an album with people at a homeless project, enjoyed residencies in a museum and a prison as well as festival appearances and a song-writers’ circle with Billy Bragg at Glastonbury.  What contrasts!  His song-writing ability has led to two UK Americana chart number 1 albums and we are delighted to showcase his talent on AUK. Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Matt Hill (AKA Quiet Loner)”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Sarah Jarosz

In the age of isolation, AUK is bringing you regular ‘mini-gigs’ to help connect you, dear reader, to the outside world.  We are featuring great artists performing fantastic songs, coming all the way from their home to yours to lift the gloom a little.  For folk and Americana fans around the world, Sarah Jarosz needs little introduction.  As part of folk-supergroup, I’m With Her, Jarosz won this year’s Grammy Award for Best American Roots Song for the 2019 single ‘Call My Name’.  That was her third Grammy.  Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Sarah Jarosz”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Roger Street Friedman

We are in the business of spreading a little love and lifting spirits.  We hope that our regular mini-gigs can generate some positivity and make you feel connected to the world out there.  At the end of another week of isolation, Roger Street Friedman releases his brand new album, ‘Rise’, and we are delighted to share performances of two of the new songs.  Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Roger Street Friedman”