Interview with Jim Walker, At The Helm Records and Brighthelmstone Promotions

Jim Walker is managing director of At the Helm records and Brighthelmstone Promotions. Last year, he put together a festival in his hometown of Hassocks, West Sussex featuring two of our greatest loves – americana music and good beer. The Mid-Sussex americana beer festival is running again for a second year at the Hassocks hotel … Continue reading “Interview with Jim Walker, At The Helm Records and Brighthelmstone Promotions”

Mid-Sussex americana beer festival returns for second year

After its inaugural year in August 2017, the Mid-Sussex americana and ale festival returns next month to the Hassocks hotel. Last year the festival featured the likes of Danny and the Champs, Robert Vincent, Dean Owens and Stevie Ray Latham. This year has an equally good array of talent, including AUK favourites Bennett Wilson Poole … Continue reading “Mid-Sussex americana beer festival returns for second year”

“Sights & Sounds of Tennessee” to debut at Waterloo Station next week

We leave you with this for this week which is quite exciting if you’re anywhere near London next week. The beckon call of live music, complimentary Jack Daniel’s and what’s described as “an immersive multisensory experience” will entice Waterloo Station travellers to delay their evening commutes and take a brief holiday in Tennessee at a special … Continue reading ““Sights & Sounds of Tennessee” to debut at Waterloo Station next week”

The Long Road Festival launches with Lee Ann Womack, Billy Bragg and more

We’re doing well for americana tinged festivals this year and today there’s the announcement of another one which says it’s bringing the “sounds of the country music scene to the UK” but actually has a broader line up than that makes it sound, but in a nice way. Taking place within the grounds of Stanford … Continue reading “The Long Road Festival launches with Lee Ann Womack, Billy Bragg and more”

Robert Plant to receive AMAUK Lifetime Achievement Award, Nominations Announced

The third annual UK Americana Awards will take place on Thursday 1st February 2018 at Hackney Empire, a move to a larger venue due to the increasing popularity of the event,  and AUK will of course be there covering it. The Americana Music Association UK has chosen Robert Plant to receive its highest honour, the 2018 UK Americana … Continue reading “Robert Plant to receive AMAUK Lifetime Achievement Award, Nominations Announced”

Billboard: Americana in the UK is a thing

Oh well, this will wreck our Google search result listings – what possessed them to use the terms “americana” and “UK” in the same headline?  Billboard has an article today entitled “U.K. Americana Hits America, and Vice Versa, In New Roots Exchange” which is an incredibly interestingyou read about our symbiotic relationship with the genre over … Continue reading “Billboard: Americana in the UK is a thing”

Interview: Emily Barker

Emily Barker is one of those names that has been around the UK Americana scene, since it was both identified as a ‘scene’ and as a distinct musical genre.  A pathfinder, a trailblazer, and first with her Red Clay Halo, then as part of Applewood Road a consistent purveyor of great music.  She stretches the … Continue reading “Interview: Emily Barker”

Summertyne Americana Festival, The Sage, Gateshead,July 21-23, 2017

That’s summer over and  our roving reporters have been out and about at various festivals in search of the sun and fine music. A few got lost on the way back so it’s only now that we can offer another report on Summertyne which we had already looked at here. There’s more from the indoor … Continue reading “Summertyne Americana Festival, The Sage, Gateshead,July 21-23, 2017”

Maverick Festival, Easton Farm Park, Suffolk, 30th June-2nd July 2017

Ten years and ‘still kickin’’ according to this year’s t-shirt, Maverick is THE festival on the Americana calendar. it’s the one everyone wants to play and the yard stick by which other festivals  have measured themselves (and been inspired by). Now firmly branded as ‘Americana & Roots’ it started using the much missed tag ‘alt … Continue reading “Maverick Festival, Easton Farm Park, Suffolk, 30th June-2nd July 2017”

Red Rooster Festival, Euston Hall, Suffolk, 1-3 June 2017

Suffolk is such a green place when you live in treeless Yorkshire, every time I stray there I feel the inner workings of my soul refreshed.  Normally I wander that way once a year for Maverick, but this year it’s two journeys in a month, for the three day Red Rooster Festival is on the … Continue reading “Red Rooster Festival, Euston Hall, Suffolk, 1-3 June 2017”