Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge, 1st-4th August 2019

Now in its 55th year, an impressive achievement in itself, Cambridge Folk Festival continues to go from strength to strength and this year’s event was one of the best. At the top of the bill there were a lot of heavy hitters and they all delivered. Lucinda Williams wiped away memories of her dreadful appearance … Continue reading “Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge, 1st-4th August 2019”

Interview: Mark Mulcahy

Since his days fronting the wonderful Miracle Legion, whose unique, inspirational guitar-driven ‘pop’ spanned intermittently over twenty years in various line-ups, New Englander Mark Mulcahy has been making superlative solo albums. His latest, ‘The Gus’ is no exception. A lolloping, hugely-engaging album, this is a record that warrants any discerning ear. A spectator, voyeur if you will, … Continue reading “Interview: Mark Mulcahy”

Pat Dam Smyth “The Last King” (Quiet Arch, 2019)

‘What the hell is going on?’ Pat Dam Smyth asks at the beginning of ‘Kids,’ the track that kicks off ‘The Last King,’ Smyth’s follow-up to his 2012 debut, ‘The Great Divide.’ What’s going on is the sound of someone with a serious Pink Floyd fetish (not that there’s anything wrong with that). The droning … Continue reading “Pat Dam Smyth “The Last King” (Quiet Arch, 2019)”

Interview: Carson McHone

There’s an old expression about dying with your boots on. Carson McHone certainly lives up to that. Interview ready in her dressing room,  she’s attired in a raggedy white cotton t-shirt, with a pair of jogging bottoms tucked into her cowboy boots. A Texan from top to bottom, Carson undergoes something of a transformation later … Continue reading “Interview: Carson McHone”

Interview: Dietmar Leibecke of The Static Roots Festival

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”

Interview: Norrie McCulloch on picking up his 12-string guitar and pledging his time

Scottish songwriter Norrie McCulloch comes from stout Ayrshire stock, the same soil that nurtured the likes of Bill Shankly and two of Scotland’s finest writers, the brothers William and Hugh McIlvanney. And just as this trio left Ayrshire to achieve acclaim in their respective fields while never letting anyone forget about their roots, McCulloch, despite … Continue reading “Interview: Norrie McCulloch on picking up his 12-string guitar and pledging his time”

SXSW 2019, Austin, Texas, 8th-16th March 2019

One piece of received wisdom regarding SXSW,  the sprawling music showcase held annually in Austin, is that it has become over-corporate and is no longer worth attending for an Americana fan. This I would refute strongly. It’s true that it was heading that way a few years ago, but the organisers have pulled back and … Continue reading “SXSW 2019, Austin, Texas, 8th-16th March 2019”

Amber Cross announces Ireland and UK tour for next month

We leave you this weekend dear reader with news that ascendant California-based Americana singer-songwriter Amber Cross has announced her debut Ireland & UK tour dates in April, in support of her widely praised third album ‘Savage on the Downhill’. It is a brave person that chooses to cross that channel next month too.

Grain Electric, The Peer Hat, Manchester, 16th March 2019

Stuart Warburton and Jamie Fildes previously worked together in the 1980s as members of the excellent Rhythmaires. When that band broke up, each went their separate ways; Fildes enjoying some minor success with the band Buchanan (who had an 8/10 album review by AUK back in 2010) and Warburton performing as a solo artist. Now … Continue reading “Grain Electric, The Peer Hat, Manchester, 16th March 2019”