Dan Whitehouse + Boo Hewerdine, Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton, 21st September 2019

A rare opportunity to see two sensational singer-songwriters share the stage on the beautifully balmy last evening of summer was not to be missed, even when it meant a 460-mile round trip. Newhampton Arts Centre, the NAC, was full of expectant music-lovers, comfortably seated for what was to become a memorable night of entertainment. First to take to the magnificent stage (the NAC, an independent charity with no regular funding, boasts state-of-the-art stage and sound facilities made possible by the support of the community who use it and generous donations from supporters such as musician and philanthropist Damen Albarn), and thrilling the audience with the very apt sound of the Earth, Wind and Fire track ‘September’ was local artist Dan Whitehouse. Continue reading “Dan Whitehouse + Boo Hewerdine, Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton, 21st September 2019”

The Ballads of Child Migration to tour in November

Probably the first and last time you’ll read the name “Barbara Dickson” on AUK. In November 2018, a collective of folk musicians and singers including John McCusker, Michael McGoldrick, Boo Hewerdine, O’Hooley & Tidow,  Chris While, Julie Matthews, John Doyle, Jez Lowe, Andy Seward and Andy Cutting are taking to the road to tell the story of Britain’s forced child migrants through a concert called ‘Ballads of Child Migration’. Presented as a series of songs, narration, slides, audio and film clips, the performance, narrated by Dickson, premiered at last year’s Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, where it was described as“without doubt the most memorable concert of the festival.” Continue reading “The Ballads of Child Migration to tour in November”

Findlay Napier + Boo Hewerdine + Eddi Reader, @Celtic Connections, The Mackintosh Church, Glasgow, 20th January 2018

It’s fitting really that the first Celtic Connections show Americana UK attends this year is a celebration of Glasgow. Glasgow of course is home to Celtic Connections which, in its 25th year, has put the city firmly on the musical map with over 300 shows in 20 venues spread over three weeks. Tonight it’s Findlay Napier presenting his latest album, Glasgow, a celebration of his 20 years of living and working in the city and the venue is a listed church built by the renowned architect, Charles Rennie MacIntosh. Continue reading “Findlay Napier + Boo Hewerdine + Eddi Reader, @Celtic Connections, The Mackintosh Church, Glasgow, 20th January 2018”