Tift Merritt – new album, new tour

The truly wonderful Tift Merritt returns in 2017 with a new album – Stitch of the World – and glories of glories she’s bringing it to the UK for a short tour.  Kicking off with an admirably intimate gig at The Lexington (and unbelievably there are tickets still available) at the end of January, there’s then a series of larger halls across the country including appearances at Celtic Connections in Glasgow. Continue reading “Tift Merritt – new album, new tour”

RS Country – “15 Great Country/Americana albums you haven’t heard”

Although you, AUK reader, probably have, or some of them at least. And if you’re thinking “why don’t I just head over to RS Country for all my americana news?” then pause. We’re saving you from some country you absolutely don’t need/want/have to be exposed to, like a Brita filter but for music. Another nice list here (we loves lists) which includes the likes of Rorey Carroll, Luke Bell and Dylan LeBlanc who melds a Seventies sensibility with a taste for the soothing, locomotive Southern blues.”  Head here for the article.

Shirley Collins – Lodestar live at The Barbican

shirley-collins-2016If someone had said just a few years ago that 2016 would see a new album from Shirley Collins, with a live performance of the same in 2017 then there would have been few who’d have given the idea, nice as it would have sounded, much credence.  Yet with the release of Lodestar and the announcement of a one-off gig at The Barbican this unlikeliest series of events is actually going to happen. Continue reading “Shirley Collins – Lodestar live at The Barbican”

RS publishes its top country/americana albums of 2016

Actually they did about a week ago now but hey, we’re too busy counting our own votes at the moment!  Some sterling choices in their list including Hiss Golden Messenger, Drive By Truckers and Robbie Fulks. RS Country reports: “Country music finally broke free of the bro stranglehold in 2016, with a demonstrative return to more thoughtful lyrics and a U-turn away from sound-alike production. Continue reading “RS publishes its top country/americana albums of 2016”

The Sadies debut track from new album – Listen

And it’s absolutely cracking. The Sadies have premiered “It’s Easy (Like Walking)” featuring Kurt Vile from their new album with Consequence of Sound. The track is the second single to be released from Northern Passages, their 10th studio album, out February 10, 2017, on Yep Roc Records. Of the track The Sadies’ Dallas Good says, “Kurt did a tour supporting The Sadies about a thousand years ago. We didn’t really know each other before that but we’ve been friends ever since. We always talked about collaborating one day so I forced his hand by sending him this finished song with a very short deadline attached. He delivered, as he always seems to do.”  Continue reading “The Sadies debut track from new album – Listen”

Old Sea Brigade announces UK dates, Christmas song

Ben Cramer aka Old Sea Brigade will be touring Europe for the first time ever in February. He will be supporting Portland, Oregon based folk group Joseph on 13 dates across Europe, including 6 UK shows (Glasgow, Belfast, Manchester, Brighton, London, and Bristol). The Atlanta-born, Nashville-based singer/songwriter released his debut, self-titled EP earlier this year, featuring the standout track “Love Brought Weight,” which has passed over one million streams currently on Spotify alone. Check out the dates along with Old Sea Brigade’s festive song “Christmas Dream” below.  Continue reading “Old Sea Brigade announces UK dates, Christmas song”

Amanda Rheaume announces Jan/Feb UK tour

amanda-rheaumeCanadian singer-songwriter Amanda Rheaume has announced January-February UK tour in support of her new album Holding Patterns, produced by Ottawa singer-songwriter Jim Bryson, which features tracks such as  ‘The Day the Mountain Fell’, a true story Amanda’s grandfather told her about a second cousin in the 1950s who became known in media reports as a “miracle child”. This after surviving a landslide near Mount Hays in northern British Columbia, the flow of rock having lifted her crib above the debris.  And if that’s just one track, imagine the excitement for the rest.  Continue reading “Amanda Rheaume announces Jan/Feb UK tour”

Carly Dow announces UK tour dates

carly-dowCanadian wildcrafted soul-folk songstress Carly Dow has announced her first UK tour which will take place in January, in support of acclaimed debut album Ingrained. As we said of her most recent release, “There is nothing, not a chord or note that you won’t really really love.” Love, loss, sensuality and environment are themes crafted throughout the new album which she co-produced with Darwin Baker and Jesse Matas (Crooked Brothers).  Continue reading “Carly Dow announces UK tour dates”

Tom Petty & Heartbreakers announce 2017 UK date

tom-pettyAlthough you will still have to wait for 2 seasons to pass.  News from Uncut who report: “Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have announced their only European date of 2017. They will play Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park on Sunday July 9, as part of the band’s 40th anniversary. This will be Petty’s first UK date since two nights at the Royal Albert Hall in June 2012. They will be supported by Stevie Nicks; a long-standing friend of the band and occasional collaborator. “In 1976, I’d been in Fleetwood Mac for about a year when I heard Tom Petty’s debut,” Nicks told Rolling Stone in 2010. “I became such a fan that if I hadn’t been in a band myself, I would have joined that one.” They will also be joined on the bill by The Lumineers.  Continue reading “Tom Petty & Heartbreakers announce 2017 UK date”

King Creosote – big band bound for Barbican

king-creosote-2016On January 22nd (that’s a Sunday folks!) Kenny Anderson (aka King Creosote) will present an expanded performance of music from his new album, Astronaut Meets Appleman. It’s already been hailed as a career highlight and sees King Creosote mixing traditional Folk instrumentation with elements of Electronica.  Astronaut Meets Appleman explores our relationship with technology, juxtaposing looping vocals and electronic ambience with the innocence of his daughter’s vocals and his characteristic mix of bagpipes and accordion. Continue reading “King Creosote – big band bound for Barbican”