First names announced for the 14th Gate to Southwell Festival

Nottinghamshire’s international roots music festival Gate to Southwell has announced the first names for its 2020 line-up, which includes English folk supergroup Show of Hands, Spain’s Anxo Lorenzo Band,  Folk Award 2019 stars The Breath, Glasgow-based  Ímar, Canadian roots duo Madison Violet, Scottish firebrands Talisk, masterful Canadian fiddle and guitar duo Pierre Schryer & Adam … Continue reading “First names announced for the 14th Gate to Southwell Festival”

London Folk & Roots Festival 2017

Between Saturday October 28th and Saturday November 18th this brand new festival is putting on Foy Vance, Rhiannon Giddens, CC Smugglers, Show of Hands, Chuck Prophet, The Worry Dolls, Gretchen Peters, The Hot Club of Cowtown and many more in over thirty concerts in venues including the Union Chapel, St Pancras Old Church, the Borderline … Continue reading “London Folk & Roots Festival 2017”

Underneath The Stars Festival announces more acts

Kate Rusby’s delightful Underneath The Stars festival, which runs from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 July has announced its latest wave of artists.  Edward II, a powerful English roots band that uniquely blend the rhythms of the Caribbean with traditional songs from the British Isles, Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble; actor, songwriter, producer & theatre legend John Tams, Marry Waterson … Continue reading “Underneath The Stars Festival announces more acts”

AUK’s top 10 americana albums ever: Jonathan Aird

At AUK we are on a quest to find the ‘top 10 americana albums ever’. Over the last few weeks our writers have been going through the mental anguish of trying to narrow the whole history of Americana down to just ten albums. When every writer has had their say, a shortlist of the most … Continue reading “AUK’s top 10 americana albums ever: Jonathan Aird”

Win “The Early Days Of Bluegrass” box-set with AUK

AUK have managed to get our hands on a copy of the 6 CD box set ‘The Early Days Of Bluegrass’ which we are pleased to offer as a prize in a special competition. The prize has been donated by The Bluegrass Country Foundation, an independent non-profit organisation founded in 2017 to provide financial and … Continue reading “Win “The Early Days Of Bluegrass” box-set with AUK”

Americana Roots: Geraldine

Americana Roots highlights the freshest and most original Americana and bluegrass from across the pond in the US. It covers everything from brand-new, just out of the box bands, to cult favourites, to established acts who have yet to reach the UK’s shores. Reaching back into time is Geraldine from the storied bluegrass scene in … Continue reading “Americana Roots: Geraldine”

Richard Davies & The Dissidents “Human Traffic” (Bucketful of Brains, 2020)

Richard Davies’ career so far has seen him largely occupying a place in the background. He has done session work for various artists but is better known as guitarist for Brit-Popsters Tiny Monroe and more recently as part of the excellent London-based Americana act The Snakes. With ‘Human Traffic’ Davies steps out of the shadows … Continue reading “Richard Davies & The Dissidents “Human Traffic” (Bucketful of Brains, 2020)”

AUK’s Chain Gang: Mark Lanegan “Man in the Long Black Coat”

Last week’s Chain Gang piece explored a Bob Dylan song that was later covered on ‘I’m Not There’ OST  (Columbia, 2007) by The White Stripes. Naturally, I revisited this gem of a soundtrack and then had the hard task of picking just one track from it to show and tell. Mark Lanegan’s cover of ‘Man … Continue reading “AUK’s Chain Gang: Mark Lanegan “Man in the Long Black Coat””

“What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?” – Jonathan Aird

Our popular feature in which the your humble writers spill the beans on their influences, musical roots and record buying habits is back. This week Deputy Editor and man who is averse to foppish hair and synthesisers  Jonathan Aird tells us what he does like instead:

Hollowsage & the Three Mile Islanders “Nuclear Home” (Independent, 2020)

This was first sent in to AUK towers in March this year, but something happened and everything went mad and there’s little point in explaining what that thing was, as besides it causing misery to thousands, it’s boring. If you need to know what happened, you’re either an alien or waking from a coma, both … Continue reading “Hollowsage & the Three Mile Islanders “Nuclear Home” (Independent, 2020)”