Last video of the week is a marvellous version of the Sandy Denny classic from RT, with a great intro too.
Following the success of his Acoustic Classics album in 2014 when the celebrated singer songwriter and guitarist revisited his back catalogue Richard Thompson returns to the format with two new albums which will be released simultaneously on August 11th.
There are nine tracks on North Carolina folk musician Jake Xerxes Fussell’s third album, ‘Out of Sight’, and in the sleeve notes meticulously explaining each one’s backstory, one adjective appears in all of them: traditional. But it’d be very wrong to assume that ‘Out of Sight’ simply picks up from where Fussell left off on … Continue reading “Jake Xerxes Fussell “Out of Sight” (Paradise of Bachelors, 2019)”
An evening that’s sure to be of huge interest to London-based lovers of music documentaries and Americana music is a live recreation of the cult film, Heartworn Highways. Set in the unique and intimate surrounds of Wilton’s, the oldest grand music hall in the world, the evening on the 2nd of August will feature performances from … Continue reading “Heartworn Highways live tribute planned for August”
Kelly Hunt’s debut album ‘Even the Sparrow’ is exceptionally good. The wistful soulful voice, the mellowness of the vintage calfskin tenor banjo, the frugality of the arrangements all combine to produce an album that is near perfect. It’s a real treat to discover a new artist with such depth and maturity. The songs feel alive … Continue reading “Kelly Hunt “Even the Sparrow” (Rare Bird Records, 2019)”
Legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash hits the road in July for a new batch of UK tour dates as he continues to support the release of ‘Over the Years’, a 2-disc collection of Nash’s best-known songs from the past 50 years plus more than a dozen unreleased demos and mixes.
The next instalment of our regular feature sees serial funster Rick Bayles tells us what floats his boat and aims to make lots of new friends with his views on Neil Young:
This, strictly speaking, is breaking all the rules. Not only an old song, but a video. Well, as someone once said “Rules and regulations – who needs them? Throw ’em out the door“. Also, it should be noted that at last night’s Americana Music Association UK Awards ceremony in downtown Hackney Graham Nash was quite … Continue reading “Graham Nash “On The Line” – Listen”
This week’s retro slot features the great Clive Gregson, aided and abetted by Christine Collister and Richard Thompson, and an, ahem, fiery, live version of Open Fire recorded for the Old Grey Whistle test in the late 80s. Have a great weekend everyone.
The AMAUK conference is now into its fourth year and one of the highlights is the two nights of showcases which take place before the awards ceremony featuring the best of americana talent, both homegrown and from around the world. At five venues across Hackney, all within walking distance and for the price of one … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK 2019 Conference Showcase preview – part five”