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”
It may have been another turbulent year with no sign of the punishment letting up, but it has also been another great year for music. And, in a sense, that’s what really matters. And if nothing else the real world has offered some amusement on the live scene as visiting bands from the USA make … Continue reading “A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel”
And we’ve got details of other awards here too. The fourth annual UK Americana Awards will take place on Thursday 31st January 2019 at HackneyEmpire, and the AMA-UK has chosen Graham Nash to receive its highest honour, the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his contribution to the Americana genre over the span of his … Continue reading “UK Americana Awards 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award to go to Graham Nash”
Given the number of books that have been written about the various members of Fairport Convention and the band itself, you might be forgiven for thinking that there’s very little left to say about them; but you’d be wrong, as Clinton Heylin’s excellent new book “What We Did Instead of Holidays” shows. Heylin is a … Continue reading “Book Review: Clinton Heylin “What We Did Instead of Holidays (Route Publishing, 2018)”