The Hanging Stars, the Victoria, Dalston, London, 22nd February 2018

The Hanging Stars brought the sound of summer to the Victoria pub in Dalston on an otherwise cold and dismal February night last Thursday. Launching their sophomore release, ‘Songs for Somewhere Else,’ The Hanging Stars were appropriately accompanied by a mindbending liquid light show from Innerstrings which acted as a perfect counterpoint to their music – … Continue reading “The Hanging Stars, the Victoria, Dalston, London, 22nd February 2018”

Win tickets to Ramblin’ Roots Review with AUK

Probably the best value americana festival in the UK lands again this year just after Easter so you can boogie away those calories – The three-day indoor Ramblin Roots Revue music festival returns to High Wycombe for a second year from 6-8 April, in association with americana label Clubhouse Records. The bill boasts more than 25 roots, Americana, … Continue reading “Win tickets to Ramblin’ Roots Review with AUK”

Eighties “roots rockers” Summerhill return with UK dates

The band Summerhill are reuniting for a series of UK dates next month, in celebration of their 30th Anniversary. There’ll also be a deluxe double-disc reissue of their debut album “Lowdown” which will be released to coincide with the tour.  Summerhill brought together the folky jangle, sonic exploration and country influences of The Byrds in one … Continue reading “Eighties “roots rockers” Summerhill return with UK dates”

Dean Owens & The Southerners, Sounds In The Suburbs @ The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 15th December 2019

The irony of this cross border trio appearing in Glasgow in the wake of an election which saw England and Scotland diametrically opposed was not lost on Dean Owens tonight. The prankster in him surreptitiously arranged for the sold out crowd to chant the terrace anthem of ‘Cheerio, Cheerio’ as the actual southerners, Jim Maving … Continue reading “Dean Owens & The Southerners, Sounds In The Suburbs @ The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 15th December 2019”

Studio Life – Danny Schmidt

For many years, Danny Schmidt has been releasing critically-acclaimed albums, full of consistently exceptional songcraft and intelligent lyricism. The Texan singer-songwriter is known for his delicate, folk guitar, warm voice and poetic approach to his subjects. A genuine troubadour, Schmidt’s songs of wit and wisdom have a timeless quality. Although Schmidt usually performs solo, he’s … Continue reading “Studio Life – Danny Schmidt”

Whitney Rose and Ags Connolly, The Lexington, London, 23rd July 2019

Ags Connolly and Whitney Rose may hail from Oxford and Canada, respectively, but they both share a spiritual home in Austin. For Ags it’s the place he relates most to musically, while for Whitney Rose it now represents home following her move from her native Prince Edward Island. While Ags Connolly and Whitney Rose may … Continue reading “Whitney Rose and Ags Connolly, The Lexington, London, 23rd July 2019”

AmericanaFest UK 2019 Conference Showcase preview – part five

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”

Alan Tyler “El Tapado” (Hanky Panky Records 2018)

‘Dumb Ass’ or ‘The Hidden’ – two translations of El Tapado which is The Rockingbird’s founder member Alan Tyler’s tenth album all told. It is, however, the first that he has almost exclusively recorded and played on a Teenage Engineering OP-1 programmable synthesiser. Then by tidying up the results with some Magic Numbers backing vocals … Continue reading “Alan Tyler “El Tapado” (Hanky Panky Records 2018)”

Bruce Springsteen “Chapter and Verse” (Columbia Records, 2016)

As is probably obvious from the title, this is the companion album to The Boss’ recent biography Born To Run – the songs chosen by him – and as such covers the breadth of his career, including a few pre-E Street Band recordings. It’s not exactly a best of, but with five previously unreleased tracks … Continue reading “Bruce Springsteen “Chapter and Verse” (Columbia Records, 2016)”