The always excellent Ramblin’ Roots festival has announced its line-up for 2020, a 3-day event which takes place from April 24th to 26th at Bucks Student Union in High Wycombe. Now in its fourth year, The Ramblin’ Roots Revue is described as “a three day celebration of Americana, roots, folk and alt-country music” and it includes a great array of talent with 40 acts from the UK, USA and mainland Europe.
Artists this year include many favourites of AUK, including a welcome return from Bennett Wilson Poole (with Tony Poole having had an enforced period of illness in recent months), Carson McHone (from Austin Texas – and someone Rolling Stone declared as one of “10 Country Artists You Need to Know”), Robert Vincent (award-winning singer/songwriter from Liverpool who received the inaugural Emerging Artist Award from Bob Harris in 2016 and the AMA-UK’s Album of The Year in 2018) and Police Dog Hogan (who describe themselves as a hard-to-pin-down mix of Americana influences and British songwriting tradition, combining fiddle, trumpet, banjo, mandolin, accordion, drums and guitars with four-part harmonies).
Here’s the full line up: Carson McHone / Police Dog Hogan / Bennet Wilson Poole / Robert Vincent / Ferris and Sylvester / Native Harrow / Eileen Rose / Jarrod Dickenson / Amy Speace / Prinz Grizzley / Winter Mountain / Luke Tuchscherer & the Penny Dreadfuls / The Dreaming Spires / The Blue Highways / The Hanging Stars / The Bon Tempi Playboys / David Banks / Blair Dunlop / Beth Rowley / Malibu People / Later Youth / Hannah Rose Platt / Caburn / Steady Habits / Rachel Leven / The Jambalaya Band
Paul McClure & James Hodder will also host the Americana Music Association UK acoustic stage with 8 further special guests.
One of the highlights of the festival each year is the festival’s collaboration with the americana music label, Clubhouse, for an All Star, late-night jam, made up of a host of players from their record label. This year the All Stars will celebrate the label’s 10th Birthday with a late-night tribute to Bruce Springsteen, including the Boss’ classic album ‘Born In The USA’ in full.
There will also be a performance of ‘Heartworn Highways : A Live Tribute’ featuring a whole host of very special guests. If it’s anything like as good as the night curated by Ramblin’ Roots regular, Joe Harvey-Whyte, who put on a similar performance at Wilton’s Music Hall in Wapping, London last August it’s something to really look forward to. That evening was a live recreation of the cult film, Heartworn Highways, and featured a magical mixture of original material and re-imaginings of songs by greats such as Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, David Allan Coe, Gamble Rogers, Steve Young, members of the Charlie Daniels Band, and Steve Earle.
Tristan Tipping, of Clubhouse Records, said: “The inaugural festival was a great success, with more than 1,000 people enjoying acts across the broad Americana and Roots music genres. We’re proud to be back with another quality line-up in our 4th year. It’s growing into a real highlight of the Americana world’s calendar and there is a real community feel to it. The revue promises to be a great weekend, whatever the weather, and as well as being indoors you’re guaranteed to always be within a few metres of a stage showcasing fantastic acts, a well-stocked, reasonably-priced bar and good food”.
With an extensive range of guest craft beers, local real ales, artisan whiskies and small-batch gin accompanied by great Smokehouse BBQ, Tex-Mex Specialties and clay-oven pizza, expect some great live music, late-night jams, after-parties with specially selected DJs, a pop-up record store and community feel as you’re surrounded by genuine music lovers, all held in Bucks Students Union’s award-winning venue with a reputation for exceptional value. And to top it off all acts on the two main stages are programmed so you needn’t miss a single note!
Day and weekend tickets are now on sale as follows:
Friday (7pm – Late) – £20
Saturday (11am – Late) – £25
Sunday (10am – 11pm) – £20
Full Weekend (Fri/Sat/Sun) – £50