Ramblin’ Roots Revue returns! Here’s the full line-up

The always excellent Ramblin’ Roots festival has announced its line-up for 2020, a 3-day event which takes place from April 24th to 26th at Bucks Student Union in High Wycombe. Now in its fourth year, The Ramblin’ Roots Revue is described as “a three day celebration of Americana, roots, folk and alt-country music” and it includes a great array of talent with 40 acts from the UK, USA and mainland Europe. Continue reading “Ramblin’ Roots Revue returns! Here’s the full line-up”

AmericanaFest UK 2020 Conference Showcase preview – part one

The AMAUK conference is now into its fifth year can you believe it. When it started, Brexit hadn’t happened, Ed Miliband looked like he was about to win the next election and you could still pop into BHS for a pair of socks. One of the highlights of the conference is the two nights of showcases which take place before the awards ceremony on 28th/29th January featuring the best of americana talent, both homegrown and from around the world. At six venues across Hackney, all within walking distance and for the price of one wristband which you can buy here, plus you hopefully get to go back to a nice comfy bed each night. Over the course of this week we’ll be introducing you to all the showcase acts playing, in a kind of alphabetical order, if you’re not very good at the alphabet. You know us and the alphabet. Here’s the first part. Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK 2020 Conference Showcase preview – part one”

Chloe Foy “Callous Copper” – Listen

Chloe Foy is at her most intimate on this gentlest of love songs, which has been given an even more romantic edge by being recorded with a string quartet.  The combination of poetry and the elegant arrangement cannot help but bring to mind thoughts of such chamber folk artists of the past – say Nick Drake.  The difference here though is that Chloe Foy is not wracked with doubts, singing “I wouldn’t have it any other way.Continue reading “Chloe Foy “Callous Copper” – Listen”

The Dead South bring ‘Sugar & Joy’ to the UK

Sometimes you’re forced to ponder on the number of brilliant acts slogging away on the live circuit year after year for scant reward and then there are those odd occasions when, seemingly out of nowhere, a band or artist is elevated to giddy heights without you even appearing to notice. Such is the case with The Dead South, who are about to commence a tour of the UK, including venues of the size of Brixton Academy, with two of their UK tour dates already sold out.
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UK Americana Awards 2020 adds Shingai to its line-up

The AMAUKs are only 2 weeks away and there are still a handful of tickets left if you haven’t got yours yet. It’s the fifth annual shindig which forms part of AmericanFest which returns to Hackney for 3 days at the end of this month.  The theme of the event is “Collaborate and Cross Pollinate” reflecting on how Americana artists work together across different genres and art forms. The event culminates on 30th January in the prestigious UK Americana Awards 2020 which after 4 sold-out years moves to a bigger venue for 2020 – the gorgeous art deco Troxy in Limehouse, East London. Continue reading “UK Americana Awards 2020 adds Shingai to its line-up”

GospelbeacH keep the flame burning with UK tour next month

AUK favourites, GospelbeacH, have announced five UK dates following the release of their latest album, ‘Let It Burn’ which came out last October through Alive Naturalsound Records. The record has the same sunny California disposition for which the band are renowned, infused with a late ’60s/early ’70s cosmic country vibe and the mellifluous melodies of the Burritos, The Byrds and GP. Continue reading “GospelbeacH keep the flame burning with UK tour next month”

Maverick announces first names for 2020 line-up

The UK’s original Americana festival (that’s if you don’t count our epic Americana One – honestly if you’d seen the erratic state of the organisation of the day we were lucky to get 3 stars) has announced the first names for its thirteenth (lucky for some..) outing. Continue reading “Maverick announces first names for 2020 line-up”

Static Roots Festival announces first acts for 2020

Fast becoming pretty much an essential date in any Americana fan’s festival diary these days, the Static Roots Festival in Oberhausen, Germany this coming July announced its first performers just before Christmas. Dietmar Leibecke, festival organiser and promoter, appears to have got his line up pretty spot on so far, with two of the acts announced both in the running for UK Album of the Year at the AMA-UK awards later this month – Pete Gow for ‘Here There’s No Sirens’ and William the Conqueror for ‘Bleeding On The Soundtrack’. Continue reading “Static Roots Festival announces first acts for 2020”

Ian Noe brings his debut ‘Between the Country’ to the UK

One of the albums of 2019 for many people was Ian Noe’s ‘Between the Country’. Folk rocker, Ian Noe, is a former oil rig worker from East Kentucky, but he’s also something of a storytelling genius – each of his 10, self-penned songs on the record having something special to impart – many of them vignettes of small-town life and character studies, its subject matter ranging from a train crash (‘Barbara’s Song’), a bank robber on the LAM (‘Letter to Madeline’), a serial killer (‘Dead on the River’), alcoholism (‘Irene {Raving Bomb}’) and drug abuse (‘Meth Head’ and ‘Junk Town’). Continue reading “Ian Noe brings his debut ‘Between the Country’ to the UK”

Shovels & Rope gear up for busiest year yet with five UK dates

Shovels & Rope have gained a reputation as one of the hardest-working bands on the road today. A husband and wife duo from Charleston, South Carolina, Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst blend traditional folk, new wave, rock and roll and country rock. Continue reading “Shovels & Rope gear up for busiest year yet with five UK dates”