Cambridge Folk Festival announce first artists

With the tickets for this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival having gone on sale on the 10th of December last year it’s too late to say “this seems to come around earlier every year”.  And anyway, who wouldn’t want to know who the first major artists confirmed for this prestigious and long-running festival are? Continue reading “Cambridge Folk Festival announce first artists”

Hear Her Voice: Danni Nicholls announces UK Spring dates

With the wind in her sails from receiving three consecutive Americana Music Association UK award nominations (Album, Artist and Song of the year in 2017, 2018 & 2020 respectively) singer-songwriter Danni Nicholls has been an americana landmark artist on our shores in recent years, opening for Lucinda Williams and The Secret Sisters plus being invited to perform at events such as Folk Alliance International, Cambridge Folk Festival, Tonder Festival, Denmark and AmericanaFest in Nashville. Continue reading “Hear Her Voice: Danni Nicholls announces UK Spring dates”

Walled Garden Music Festival announced for July

Nottingham’s Cosmic American Music has teamed up with the historic Thoresby Park in Sherwood Forest to curate a brand new Americana and Roots festival within the grounds of the estate in North Nottinghamshire, a stone’s throw from Robin Hood’s famous Major Oak. Continue reading “Walled Garden Music Festival announced for July”

Catherine MacLellan “Emmet’s Song” – Listen

Catherine MacLellan has spent four years celebrating the work of her father Gene MacLellan through recordings and a stage show, but has returned with her own music on her sixth album ‘Coyote’ and ‘Emmet’s Song’ comes from that very album. Continue reading “Catherine MacLellan “Emmet’s Song” – Listen”

Middlesbrough kicks off its folk & country programme with Teilhard Frost & Sam Baker

Middlesbrough town hall is set to host two folk and country artists on Thursday and Friday of this week. Opening proceedings is Canadian fiddle-player Teilhard Frost on Thursday with Texan folk musician Sam Baker to follow on Friday, January 31st. These shows follow on the back of The Courtroom Sessions in the town which proved to be a big hit with music fans last year – and both of the upcoming shows will take place in the venue’s intimate performance space.
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Jerry Leger takes time out for UK tour

Canadian singer-songwriter, Jerry Leger, is someone who has been on our radar since the release of his excellent double album, ‘Nonsense and Heartache’ which first came out in Europe on Michael Timmins’ label, Latent Recordings, in March 2018. Continue reading “Jerry Leger takes time out for UK tour”

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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