Shirley Collins, The Barbican, London, 18th February 2017

Shirley Collins holds a unique place in the pantheon of English folk music – her 1959 song collecting journey in the USA, assisting Alan Lomax, is legendary enough but she also shook up the folk scene with collaborations with Davey Graham and her recordings with her sister Dolly which brought new arrangements to old songs … Continue reading “Shirley Collins, The Barbican, London, 18th February 2017”

Elouise “Deep Water” (Independent, 2016)

Well, here’s a thing we’ve been waiting for: another subdivision of the Americana genre, with Elouise Walker and her band declaring their sound to be Blackgrass. It’s distinctive from the already familiar Southern Gothic by (for the most part) eschewing the overtly “spooky” overtones and concentrating more on dissipation, disassociation and a generally downtrodden and … Continue reading “Elouise “Deep Water” (Independent, 2016)”

The Lumineers “Cleopatra” (Decca Records 2016)

It’s time to reevaluate any preconceived conclusions you may have drawn about the Lumineers over their tub thumping, chart topping Ho Hey past. Those halcyon days of devil may care presidential playlist fun and games were glorious indeed, but now it seems it’s time to get serious. Rather than cashing in on the neo-folk knees-up … Continue reading “The Lumineers “Cleopatra” (Decca Records 2016)”

Second UK Americana Awards – here’s the list of winners

We’ve just returned from the second UK Americana Awards which took place at London’s St John at Hackney last night, rounding off two days of activities at this year’s Americana Music Association UK conference, with performances from Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Richard Thompson and Mary Chapin Carpenter. There were performances too from UK artists Yola Carter, … Continue reading “Second UK Americana Awards – here’s the list of winners”

King Creosote, The Barbican, London, 22nd January 2017

On a stage dominated by the Astronaut meets Appleman album cover graphic there is a rag tag band of musicians sporting a variety of Space Age looks – well maybe a ramshackle retro-SF space age look is nearer the mark. So there are silvery wigs the like of which haven’t been seen since Space 1999, … Continue reading “King Creosote, The Barbican, London, 22nd January 2017”

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, Union Chapel, London, 16th January 2017

Serendipity – it happens all the time, that accidental crossing of life’s tentative threads that seem to indicate something significant when a connection is made. Travelling in London by train one inevitably comes into contact with the free newspapers, and tonight the Standard is proclaiming the death of the £300K home. Seems there has been … Continue reading “Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, Union Chapel, London, 16th January 2017”

AmericanaFest UK announce showcase line-up

This year’s UK Americana Awards, hosted by the AMA-UK (not to be confused with AUK, although we both feature the words “americana” and “UK” – what are the chances?) take place next week in London and as part of the week which also includes a 2 day conference, there’ll be an evening of curated showcases … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK announce showcase line-up”

Ebbot Lundberg & The Indigo Children “For The Ages To Come” (Haldern Pop Recordings, 2016)

Lundberg’s past as frontman for Soundtrack Of Our Lives (and the much missed Union Carbide Productions) gives us some clues as to what to expect from this solo effort. UCP were heavily indebted to the Stooges and MC5 but it’s another 60’s icon that this set sidles up to; there are definite vapour trails of … Continue reading “Ebbot Lundberg & The Indigo Children “For The Ages To Come” (Haldern Pop Recordings, 2016)”

Interview: Austin Lucas

Indiana-born, much-travelled singer-songwriter Austin Lucas places enough spark into the Americana scene to ignite an atom bomb! Son of bluegrass songwriter – producer Bob Lucas (his songs have been covered by Alison Krauss no less) is no stranger to Europe. He lived in the Czech Republic from 2003 to 2008. The same goes with regards … Continue reading “Interview: Austin Lucas”