Steve Forbert plays 2 UK dates in June

Some of us are Steve Forbert fans round these parts – we recently ran one of our AmericanA to Zs on him and awarded his most recent record an 8 out of 10 of which we said: “Throughout the album his folk roots shine clear, as does his songwriting ability honed over his forty years in the music industry.”  40 years. Have a look if you don’t believe us – he looked like Leo Sayer back in 1979. Anyway Forbert is playing just two UK shows this year, in Reading on June 1st and London on June 2nd. Here are those dates (again). Continue reading “Steve Forbert plays 2 UK dates in June”

Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival returns next month

The Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival is being held this year at the historic Pijnackerplein in Rotterdam-Noord. With 14,000 visitors in 2018, the three-day music festival is the biggest bluegrass festival in Europe and features an international line-up with both traditional and new bluegrass music, and the best thing is that it’s free. You just need to get over to Rotterdam of course. Continue reading “Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival returns next month”

Sam Outlaw announces new EP, UK dates

The lovelier than roses singer-songwriter Sam Outlaw released brand new music the day he took to the Grand Ole Opry stage for the first time, in his new hometown of Music City. His EP ‘Hat Acts’ is “inspired by honky tonk scenes, hip-hop skits and of course – real life”, and features three brand new songs ‘Cigarette’, ‘Shake A Heartache’ (described by Rolling Stone as “a 100-proof shot of adrenaline and attitude”) and ‘Humility’. Continue reading “Sam Outlaw announces new EP, UK dates”

Daddy Long Legs fly in for UK dates

Brooklyn based trio Daddy Long Legs, who comprise Brian Hurd (vocals, harmonica, guitar), Murat Akturk (slide guitar), Josh Styles (drums, maraca) are undertaking tour dates from tonight in the UK and Ireland in advance of the release of  the forthcoming, ‘Lowdown Ways’, their third studio album. Continue reading “Daddy Long Legs fly in for UK dates”

Sive – “Sive” EP Premiere

We have had the chance to preview tracks by Sive – also known as Sadhbh O’Sullivan – previously but today is something of a bonus with the whole of her new eponymous EP to listen to.  It’s not just that Sive’s music is ethereal and has a distinctive vocal, it’s the power of the stories wrapped up in the songs that make them so memorable. Continue reading “Sive – “Sive” EP Premiere”

Red Rooster Festival announce female-led acoustic stage line-up

As it heads towards its 6th year in May of this year, the Red Rooster festival has announced a new collaboration with the Americana Music Association UK and New York singer-songwriter Sunny Ozell, who will be curating, as well as headlining, a female-led acoustic AMA UK stage on Friday the 31st of May. Continue reading “Red Rooster Festival announce female-led acoustic stage line-up”

Rick Shea announces UK solo tour

Veteran California-based folk-Americana singer-songwriter and sideman of long repute Rich Shea has announced a May-June Ireland & UK solo tour, in support of his latest album ‘The Town Where I Live’. Dave Alvin said of Shea: “An incredible and intelligent musician and songwriter with an angelic voice that I’d kill for.” Tut. Killing isn’t very angelic Dave. Continue reading “Rick Shea announces UK solo tour”

Felice Brothers announce UK dates for 2020, NPR stream new album

The Felice Brothers have announced a UK and Ireland tour for 2020 which kicks off in Belfast on January 22nd. Coinciding with the announcement (coincidentally), NPR Music is currently offering a “First Listen,” an exclusive stream of the forthcoming new album ‘Undress’ which lands via Yep Roc Records on May 3rd – we’ll have our review up soon. Continue reading “Felice Brothers announce UK dates for 2020, NPR stream new album”

Danny Schmidt announces UK dates for May

Austin, Texas-based folk-Americana singer-songwriter Danny Schmidt has announced details of a UK tour next month in support of his new album ‘Standard Deviation’ which we described as a collection of “songs of the troubadour, the worldly-wise minstrel, sung with strength, intelligence and insightfulness” and a “lyrical work of art.” Continue reading “Danny Schmidt announces UK dates for May”

Anna Tivel shares new album courtesy of NPR

You’ll recall that Anna Tivel had a new album planned for this year, it’s called ‘The Question‘, and we’ve already been lucky enough to share the track ‘Worthless‘ from it.  Well, hold onto your Homburgs, keep your Breton caps in sight and don’t fling your Fedora –  you’ll want to keep your head covered at the latest information we can impart.  Anna Tivel has only gone and shared the album on NPR music (here). Continue reading “Anna Tivel shares new album courtesy of NPR”