“The very soul of folk’s working class ideals” – Roy Bailey dies

We’re an americana site obviously but we do cover a fair bit of the best kind of folk too, and so it’s with sadness we learned of the passing of Roy Bailey who died yesterday. My own (rather late) introduction to him was seeing his superb ‘Writing on the Wall’ performances with Tony Benn who … Continue reading ““The very soul of folk’s working class ideals” – Roy Bailey dies”

UK Americana Awards 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award to go to Graham Nash

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”

UK Americana Gig Guide

Welcome to the new Americana UK gig guide. You can search by artist name, town or venue – if you want gigs just in Liverpool for instance, just start typing ‘Liver’ in the search box below. For more information on an artist, just click on their name. If you’re a promoter/artist and want your UK gig listed, … Continue reading “UK Americana Gig Guide”

Andy Irvine and Paul Brady, 15th October 2018, The Barbican, London

Forty years ago, after the demise of Planxty, two of that band’s members – Andy Irvine and Paul Brady – decided to cut a duo album, with the help of Planxty’s Donal Lunny, and violinist Kevin Burke (both of whom are also here tonight). What they produced was a perfect crystallisation of all that was … Continue reading “Andy Irvine and Paul Brady, 15th October 2018, The Barbican, London”

Glasgow Americana returns with its best line up yet

Glasgow Americana has lined up ten gigs featuring overseas and home-based acts for this year’s five day long festival. The on-stage action for the 12th Glasgow Americana will take place at six city venues from Wednesday this week, October 3rd to 7th. Fans will be able to enjoy two gigs on Festival Friday, three on … Continue reading “Glasgow Americana returns with its best line up yet”

Ben Fisher “Does The Land Remember Me?” (Independent 2018)

The editor here at Americana UK runs a very democratic ship and the poor staff writers never know from one week to the next what will be sent their way for review.  So, it was with some surprise and no little trepidation that a request to review Ben Fisher’s Folk/Americana album ‘Does the Land Remember … Continue reading “Ben Fisher “Does The Land Remember Me?” (Independent 2018)”

Chris Stills “Don’t Be Afraid” (River Gauche Music, 2018)

‘Don’t Be Afraid’ (written with collaborators including Ryan Adams & Death Cab’s Zac Rae) is Chris Stills’, son of CSNY’s Stephen Stills, first release in over a decade, deferred and influenced by the breakdown of his marriage. The fallout brought Chris back to Los Angeles, having previously lived in Paris; his mother is French singer Véronique … Continue reading “Chris Stills “Don’t Be Afraid” (River Gauche Music, 2018)”

Bob Rea “Southbound” (Shiny Dime Records, 2018)

Bob Rea, will be a complete unknown to most, and yet this Nashville-based singer-songwriter arrives with this release, fully formed. He’s actually been making music for 50 years now, even though this is only his third recording, the last album coming out 7 years ago. He’s definitely of the old school, his weathered, gravel tones … Continue reading “Bob Rea “Southbound” (Shiny Dime Records, 2018)”

Yo La Tengo, SWG3 , Glasgow, 29th April 2018

A Sunday night in Glasgow’s Finnieston and a mixture of die-hard fans and the curious has gathered in hushed expectation for the Hoboken trio. “When will we be set free?” sings bassist James McNew at the conclusion of a cover of Jad Fair’s ‘Ashes on the Ground.’ It’s four songs in, and the audience finally … Continue reading “Yo La Tengo, SWG3 , Glasgow, 29th April 2018”

New Joana Serrat album due next month

The lovely Joana Serrat (with one ‘n’) has a new record our next month called “Dripping Springs” which would be so much worse an album title with the word “and” in it.  For her fourth album in five years, she travelled from her home in Vic, Barcelona to the Texas Hill Country outside Austin. There … Continue reading “New Joana Serrat album due next month”