What a night, and what a list. In the upstairs music room at the surprisingly hard to find Old Queens Head (“It’s just down from the Angel Tube, man, what do you mean you’re lost?“) and one day shy of bonfire night, the Americana Music Association UK (AMAUK) launched the glorious rockets that are the … Continue reading “Americana Music Association UK announce award nominees”
Felix Junger is a talented multi-instrumentalist. He plays in a number of bands across a range of genres but his latest project is a solo indie-folk record, ‘Of Journeys and Other Longings’, released under the name Yunger. It’s a wistful album, with a sense of wonder and a yearning for travel, for new experiences, for … Continue reading “Studio Life – Yunger”
After parting ways with the indie rock band, Tribes, Johnny Lloyd took to the life of a solo musician. First by releasing two EPs by the titles of ‘Dreamland’ and‘Eden’ and has now begun to make his mark on the alt-folk world with his first full-length release ‘Next Episode Starts in 15 Seconds’. Johnny made time … Continue reading “Interview: Johnny Lloyd”
At AUK we’ve mentioned before a couple of the newer and smaller festivals which have been popping up in recent years. Dietmar Leibecke from Germany, a towering figure on the European Americana circuit (in all senses of the term), is getting increasing recognition for the popularity of the music festival he started in 2016 – … Continue reading “Interview: Dietmar Leibecke of The Static Roots Festival”
‘I Got No Place Remembers Me’ is Brad Armstrong’s second solo album after 2016’s ‘Empire.’ Having previously been in 13 Ghosts who existed for twelve years on indie cred and not much else, he also joined Dexateens in 2008 (which also featured Matt Patton of Drive-by Truckers). ‘I Got No Place Remembers Me’ reflects both … Continue reading “Brad Armstrong “I Got No Place Remembers Me” (Cornelius Chapel Records, 2019)”
The fourth of the Americana Music Association UK’s award shows took place last night in Hackney Empire and it was as star-studded an event as always, with performances from Bennet Wilson Poole, Ethan Johns, Graham Nash, Rhiannon Giddens (who was also a keynote speaker at the AMA UK Conference), Jade Bird, YOLA, Seth Lakeman, Chris Hillman and Curse of Lono.
And we’ve got details of other awards here too. The fourth annual UK Americana Awards will take place on Thursday 31st January 2019 at HackneyEmpire, and the AMA-UK has chosen Graham Nash to receive its highest honour, the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his contribution to the Americana genre over the span of his … Continue reading “UK Americana Awards 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award to go to Graham Nash”
We ran a track from the new album from Starry Skies last month and so delighted were we with it that we’re first on board with the release of their new single ‘Be Kind’ which is out today. Echoing Frank Turner’s recent sentiments, the band are headed up by Warren McIntyre who has quite a history … Continue reading “Track premiere: Starry Skies “Be Kind” – Listen”
Now here’s a great song, a proper piece of rootsy rock possessed of plenty of cojones and soul. Great video too. He’s on tour in America in July – see dates below – and will be in Europe next year.
Born and raised in Glenarm, Northern Ireland, the now Nashville based Ben Glover arrives in the UK today for a string of dates which kicks off tonight in regal style at London’s King’s Place, the first of two dates as Mary Gauthier’s special guest. Glover has been hailed around the world as one of Northern … Continue reading “Ben Glover shorebound to UK today for dates”