Black Deer Festival – Eridge Park, 22nd-24th June 2018

Every festival I’ve been to for the last 5 years has ended up as kind of tsunami of varying proportions, and if you believe it’s all evidence of the Gods’ passing judgement on the headliners, then somebody up there must think quite a lot of new americana festival Black Deer which took place for the … Continue reading “Black Deer Festival – Eridge Park, 22nd-24th June 2018”

Gregory Page “A Wild Rose” (Independent, 2018)

Gregory Page’s new album ‘A Wild Rose’ draws on a rich heritage. Page is a Londoner by birth, Irish-Armenian by heritage; his mother was the singer in a band that toured with the Beatles, his uncle the drummer on Tom Jones’ What’s New Pussycat? He counts Jason Mraz among his friends, has supported Dylan and … Continue reading “Gregory Page “A Wild Rose” (Independent, 2018)”

New Isbell live album on the way

Jason Isbell hits the UK next week for an appearance at the Black Deer Festival down in Kent and if you can’t make it there in person, the next best thing is listening from the comfort of your own armchair/kitchen stool/car. RS Country report: “For Americana fans, one of the live music highlights of 2017 … Continue reading “New Isbell live album on the way”

The Ballads of Child Migration to tour in November

Probably the first and last time you’ll read the name “Barbara Dickson” on AUK. In November 2018, a collective of folk musicians and singers including John McCusker, Michael McGoldrick, Boo Hewerdine, O’Hooley & Tidow,  Chris While, Julie Matthews, John Doyle, Jez Lowe, Andy Seward and Andy Cutting are taking to the road to tell the story of Britain’s … Continue reading “The Ballads of Child Migration to tour in November”

Tommy Emmanuel + Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo, Union Chapel London, 24th May 2018

Islington’s Union Chapel is perhaps the favourite venue of many of the musicians who perform in London. It seats around a thousand people (on very hard Church pews admittedly)  but the reward for the gig goer is an intimate atmosphere and wonderful acoustics.  There is a strict noise limit and a 10.30 curfew which suits … Continue reading “Tommy Emmanuel + Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo, Union Chapel London, 24th May 2018”

2018 Americana Music Association Awards nominees revealed

News in from the AMA overnight (the US version) of their list of nominees for their honours and awards for 2018, and there’s good news for Mr Isbell, Margo Price and Brandi Carlile among others – in fact the lists are dominated by the 3 artists, although they are also joined by Mary Gauthier for her … Continue reading “2018 Americana Music Association Awards nominees revealed”

Interview: Black Deer Festival’s Gill Tee and Debs Shilling

One of the most exciting events this year for the world of Americana in the UK takes place towards the end of next month. Black Deer is basically everything you want from a festival – frighteningly good artists such as Jason Isbell and Iron & Wine that fall just the right side of cool (i.e. … Continue reading “Interview: Black Deer Festival’s Gill Tee and Debs Shilling”

James Perryman “The Narrow Gate” (Independent, 2018)

‘The Narrow Gate’ is the new EP release from James Perryman. Consisting of five high quality songs with a clear American roots sound, this is a mature collection with a varied approach. Never over-produced, there is an overall impression of quality without the need to make a fuss. This a slow burn that is rewarded … Continue reading “James Perryman “The Narrow Gate” (Independent, 2018)”

Sunny Ozell “The Garden” – Listen

Sunny Ozell was last in the UK to present Jason Isbell with a UK Americana Award for International Album of the Year.  She hails from Reno Nevada, which is a pretty sunny place, and hopefully she’ll be bringing some of that weather with her when she hits the UK again in May for a short tour.  … Continue reading “Sunny Ozell “The Garden” – Listen”

Great Peacock “Gran Pavo Real” (Ropeadope, 2018)

Jason Isbell and Dave Cobb may well be redefining ‘The Nashville Sound’, but Great Peacock aren’t paying any attention. “I’m a rolling stone, I can’t sit still,” sings lead singer and guitarist Andrew Nelson, on the masterful and melodic ‘One Way Ticket’, as his band combine the sounds of 70s rock and 90s alt-country to … Continue reading “Great Peacock “Gran Pavo Real” (Ropeadope, 2018)”