Al Festo returns for 2019 – free americana in Colchester!

Free americana is always a good thing (well, maybe not if you’re a musician) and in that spirit the Al Festo festival which takes place at the Sun Inn, Dedham, Colchester is returning for a fifth year on 13th and 14th July. It’s described as “a mini-Maverick and without the camping that mixes the best of Americana and Folk music with craft beer and great food in beautiful surroundings with wonderful people.” Continue reading “Al Festo returns for 2019 – free americana in Colchester!”

Album premiere for Loamlands’ new release

Loamlands hail out of North Carolina and have a sound they variously describe as ‘distorted Country music’ and ‘LGBT Folk’ and they have  new album, their second release, out on the 7th of June on Cruisin Records.  It’s called ‘Lez Dance‘ and we’re happy to say that we’re previewing it in full today right here on Americana UK. Continue reading “Album premiere for Loamlands’ new release”

Calexico + Iron and Wine announce New Album ‘Years to Burn’ and Tour

A double header that will be of great interest to readers of Americana UK is a tour later this year when Joey Burns and John Convertino of Calexico hook up with Sam Bean of Iron and Wine. The trio first made an artistic connection with the release of the 2005 EP,‘In the Reins’. While their musical careers have taken divergent paths since, they always talked of collaborating again, both in the studio and on stage, but it wasn’t until last year that their schedules sufficiently aligned for them to be able to record together. The resulting album is ‘Years to Burn’ which is due to be issued on the 14th of June via Sub Pop/City Slang. Continue reading “Calexico + Iron and Wine announce New Album ‘Years to Burn’ and Tour”

Dean Owens is back from the States for UK Dates

Dean OwensBack following a 2 month, 12 state tour of the United States, Dean Owens returns for dates in the UK next month. Touring as Dean Owens & The Southerners, Dean will be joined by fellow band members Tom Collison (Instrumentalist of the Year, American Music Association UK, 2018) and Jim Maving, whose distinguished career includes stints with Case Hardin and as Mick Ralphs’ (Mott The Hoople/Bad Company) go to guitarist.
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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”