Tom Paxton, The Stables, Wavendon, 19th January 2017

His last tour was billed as his last European excursion but here – just a couple of dozen months later – is the return of a folk legend in the form of Tom Paxton. This time he’s brought as musical support Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer – who produced and also helped out musically on … Continue reading “Tom Paxton, The Stables, Wavendon, 19th January 2017”

Margo Price @Celtic Connections with Aaron Lee Tasjan – Oran Mor, Glasgow: 24th January 2017

Bold as brass, Margo Price commanded centre stage on her Scottish debut. Wearing a figure hugging mini dress seemingly made from the same material as the ruby red slippers in Wizard of Oz, fishnet tights and thigh high boots she certainly was the centre of attention.  Now this isn’t a fashion review and generally one … Continue reading “Margo Price @Celtic Connections with Aaron Lee Tasjan – Oran Mor, Glasgow: 24th January 2017”

Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys @Celtic Connections with Louise Bichan. Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow: 21st January 2017

Perhaps due to their previous encounter with Celtic music culture via their attendance at The Shetland Island Folk Festival in 2015 Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys approached their first Celtic Connections with some fervour. Their sold out show on the third night of this year’s festival was actually their third appearance having performed at Thursday’s … Continue reading “Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys @Celtic Connections with Louise Bichan. Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow: 21st January 2017”

Interview: Austin Lucas

Indiana-born, much-travelled singer-songwriter Austin Lucas places enough spark into the Americana scene to ignite an atom bomb! Son of bluegrass songwriter – producer Bob Lucas (his songs have been covered by Alison Krauss no less) is no stranger to Europe. He lived in the Czech Republic from 2003 to 2008. The same goes with regards … Continue reading “Interview: Austin Lucas”

2016 : we’re lost in music – caught in a trap.

You could point at almost any year this century and it would be a vintage year for music – there’s so much out there that, once one has struggled through the ever expanding amount that is mediocre or just straight dross there’s always a fine collection of musical gems to pluck out and hold high … Continue reading “2016 : we’re lost in music – caught in a trap.”

Sturgill Simpson and Avett Brothers nominated for Grammys

Rolling Stone Country reports: “Maren Morris, Sturgill Simpson and Kelsea Ballerini each scored an all-genre nomination when the categories for the 59th Grammy Awards were revealed this morning. Simpson’s latest record A Sailor’s Guide to Earth is nominated in Album of the Year, opposite efforts from Beyoncé, Drake, Justin Bieber and Adele, while Morris and … Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson and Avett Brothers nominated for Grammys”

UK Americana Awards 2017 nominations shortlist announced

The AMA-UK, our confusingly acronymed brethren here at AUK, have announced their shortlist for the nominations for next year’s UK Americana Awards ceremony which will be held in St John at Hackney, London on Tuesday 2nd February, part of AmericanaFest UK, a two-day event which will also include an evening of showcases on the Wednesday featuring … Continue reading “UK Americana Awards 2017 nominations shortlist announced”

The T.S. Eliot Appreciation Society “Turn it Golden” (Greywood Records, 2016)

Tom Gerritsen (a.k.a. The T.S. Eliot Appreciation Society) proffers a back story which invites disbelief – born into a travelling carnival he abandoned the carny life to write songs whilst working in a bookshop before taking said songs on an extended two year long busking tour of North America. Well, I’ll buy the bookshop – … Continue reading “The T.S. Eliot Appreciation Society “Turn it Golden” (Greywood Records, 2016)”

The Lumineers: Hammersmith Apollo, London – 4th November 2016

The Lumineers burst onto the scene with a huge breakthrough hit Ho, Hey, and quickly found themselves pigeonholed alongside the likes of Mumford & Sons. Whereas that band had shot religious imagery right through their lyrics and clung to a “every song builds to a crescendo” formula, The Lumineers were more interested in girls and … Continue reading “The Lumineers: Hammersmith Apollo, London – 4th November 2016”

Tift Merritt Announces New Album for 2017 – UK Dates

And you don’t have to wait until then as you can hear a new song from it “Love Soldiers On” below.  Grammy Award-nominated artist Tift Merritt’s new album Stitch of the World will be released January 27 on Yep Roc Records. Her sixth studio album, it was written on a friend’s farm in Marfa, Texas, at Merritt’s … Continue reading “Tift Merritt Announces New Album for 2017 – UK Dates”