AmericanaFest UK is back in January – here are all the details

British Americana fans – that includes us dear reader – will be flocking to Hackney, East London for 3 days of their annual conference in January as AmericanaFest UK returns for its 4th year. The event consists of two days of conferences and showcases which are then topped off by a third day of events and the coveted UK Americana Awards 2019. Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK is back in January – here are all the details”

Willie Watson announces tour dates for January

Willie Watson is making a much-anticipated return to the UK in January for a series of solo, acoustic live dates, including an appearance at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections Festival. The former Old Crow Medicine Show star has released two solo albums creatively titled ‘Folksinger Vol.2’ and ‘Folksinger Vol.1, both produced by David Rawlings and featuring songs unearthed from the canon of American roots music. Willie recently made his acting debut in the Coen Brothers’ film ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ (which is superb if you’ve not managed to catch it yet) and also features on the movie soundtrack. Continue reading “Willie Watson announces tour dates for January”

The “Godfather of Cosmic Americana” Michael Chapman is back!

Leaving you this weekend dear dear readers with news that the Leeds born so-called “Godfather of Cosmic Americana” is back with a new album ‘True North’ recorded with close ally Steve Gunn and which features pals Bridget St John and BJ Cole. Chapman has been championed by (or collaborated with) the likes of Hiss Golden Messenger, Ryley Walker, Jack Rose, Bill Callahan, Thurston Moore and Alex Turner. Continue reading “The “Godfather of Cosmic Americana” Michael Chapman is back!”

First names for Black Deer’s 2019 line-up announced

The first names have been announced this morning for the americana and country festival Black Deer’s 2019 line up, and there are some belters on there. In a victory for equestrians, South Califonia’s Band of Horses have been confirmed as the first headliner, with other artists announced including Australian roots-rockers the John Butler Trio, Northumberland’s Jade Bird, Canadian bluegrass and hillbilly folk band the Dead South, Oscar-winning Ryan Bingham and Old Crow Medicine Show’s guitarist Chance McCoy. Continue reading “First names for Black Deer’s 2019 line-up announced”

Robert Finley lands in UK for first dates

American blues and soul singer, Robert Finley, is making his first visit to the UK next week. Known for his incredible back story, piercing voice and guitar playing skills, Finley received critical acclaim for the album he released last year, ‘Goin Platinum,’ a  collaborative effort with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Continue reading “Robert Finley lands in UK for first dates”

Set sail with Hannah Lou and Trevor Moss on their maiden voyage

For their fifth album ‘Fair Lady London,’ due for release on the 23rd of November, Hannah Lou and Trevor Moss have teamed up with Del Day and Danny Wilson’s Maiden Voyage record label. To celebrate its release they’re also embarking on another one of their quirky tours – this time of independent record stores, including an ‘Invite Only’ playback at Del and Danny’s Union Music Store in Lewes on November 16th.  Continue reading “Set sail with Hannah Lou and Trevor Moss on their maiden voyage”

Cam Penner and Jon Wood all set to tour the UK

A Canadian duo much loved by Americana-UK return to the UK for a tour starting on Wednesday of this week. Cam Penner and his trusted full time collaborator, Jon Wood, return for just over two weeks of touring in support of their brand new album ‘At War With Reason.’ Penner is a true artisan of the roots-americana genre, crafting songs in his homemade recording studio tucked away in the woods behind his remote British Columbia home. Continue reading “Cam Penner and Jon Wood all set to tour the UK”

Gypsyfingers tour with their folk, rock and trip-hop!

Well this is an unusual one. Gypsyfingers describe themselves as “an ethereal folk-rock band” founded by songwriter Victoria Coghlan and producer Luke Oldfield (Metronomy, The Wytches, The Last Dinosaur). Victoria’s classical training and love of dance music is fused together with Luke’s folk, rock and pop background to create a unique sound of their own described by RnR Magazine as ‘trip-hop and folk-influenced ethereal pop that delightfully doesn’t fit into any existing musical pigeonhole’. I think we can safely say that that’s true. Continue reading “Gypsyfingers tour with their folk, rock and trip-hop!”

Make the easy choice of going to see JP Harris on tour

JP Harris is coming to the UK for only the second time since starting out in the music business around 10 years ago. Now with a new album to promote, ‘Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing,’  Nashville-based Harris and his band, the Tough Choices, are showcasing the record at the AMA-UK press launch on the 7th of November, followed by a number of dates throughout the UK. Continue reading “Make the easy choice of going to see JP Harris on tour”

Storm alert! Emily Barker’s Hurricane hits the UK this week

The always lovely antipodean americana singer-songwriter Emily Barker whose latest album ‘Sweet Kind of Blue’ received a glowing review from us last year, is touring around the UK this week. The AMA-UK artist of the year for 2018 played Winchester on Saturday if you are Dr Who or have a time machine – and is playing other dates which you can peruse below. She’s also released a new video for the song ‘No. 5 Hurricane’ which you can watch below. Continue reading “Storm alert! Emily Barker’s Hurricane hits the UK this week”