AmericanaFest UK is back in January – here are all the details

British Americana fans – that includes us dear reader – will be flocking to Hackney, East London for 3 days of their annual conference in January as AmericanaFest UK returns for its 4th year. The event consists of two days of conferences and showcases which are then topped off by a third day of events and … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK is back in January – here are all the details”

Celtic Connections announces 2019 line up

Glasgow’s annual winterfest of roots music has unveiled the line up for 2019 and as usual, amidst the myriad of acts with more than 300 events taking place over the festival’s 18 days, there’s plenty of Americana acts to enjoy. As Donald Shaw, Creative Producer for Celtic Connections, says, “Every year we strive to programme … Continue reading “Celtic Connections announces 2019 line up”

Steve Earle announces lineup for December benefit show

Not this side of the pond as it were, we’ve got Steps to co-ordinate our charity gigs and I know who I’d rather have (I suspect you might do too). Leaving you this weekend dear reader with news that Steve Earle has announced the lineup for his John Henry’s Friends benefit show which he hosts … Continue reading “Steve Earle announces lineup for December benefit show”

Southern Fried Festival, Perth, Scotland, 26-29th July 2018

Eleven years old this year Southern Fried continues to occupy its position as the best Americana and roots music festival in Scotland and perhaps the best of its kind in the UK (although there are three contenders who might challenge that assumption). The festival doesn’t rest on its laurels however and this year saw its … Continue reading “Southern Fried Festival, Perth, Scotland, 26-29th July 2018”

Emmylou and Steve Earle announce Lantern tour for refugees

Don’t get too excited, it’s not coming to the UK, even though we could probably do with our own version of this over here right now. RS Country reports: “An impressive array of Grammy-winning artists, including Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Steve Earle and Graham Nash, will embark on a five-city tour this fall in an … Continue reading “Emmylou and Steve Earle announce Lantern tour for refugees”

David Myhr “Lucky Day” (Monogram Recordings/Lojinx, 2018)

Not many albums cross our paths that are the product of research for a doctoral thesis – in fact ‘Lucky Day‘ may be the first such. David Myhr has been working for four years on researching the songwriting process – aiming to answer fundamental questions such a what makes a good song ? Why is … Continue reading “David Myhr “Lucky Day” (Monogram Recordings/Lojinx, 2018)”

Bennett, Wilson, Poole, St Barnabus Church, Oxford, 31st May 2018

What a night. Torrential rain. Flooding in and out of the venue. A support act using the Oedipal curse repeatedly during the final song of their set despite being in a very beautiful house dedicated to a higher power. Was there going to be divine retribution? In a word, no. This was a brilliant, brilliant … Continue reading “Bennett, Wilson, Poole, St Barnabus Church, Oxford, 31st May 2018”

Rita Coolidge currently playing London dates

The fabled Delta Lady, Rita Coolidge, is currently on a rare four day residency at Canary Wharf’s Boisdale in London promoting her latest album,  ‘Safe in the arms of Time’. The Grammy winning singer-songwriter is best remembered for her string of solo albums back in the seventies along with discs recorded with her then husband, Kris … Continue reading “Rita Coolidge currently playing London dates”

AmericanA to Z: Acres and Acres

Half forgotten bands, albums that slipped away – that’s what this part of the site is about.  Canada’s Acres and Acres were one of the first bands, possibly the actual first, that I reviewed a CD for back in the distant days of Americana-UK (but not the dim and distant days – that was before … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z: Acres and Acres”