AmericanaFest UK is back in January – here are all the details

British Americana fans – that includes us dear reader – will be flocking to Hackney, East London for 3 days of their annual conference in January as AmericanaFest UK returns for its 4th year. The event consists of two days of conferences and showcases which are then topped off by a third day of events and the coveted UK Americana Awards 2019. Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK is back in January – here are all the details”

Southern Fried Festival, Perth, Scotland, 26-29th July 2018

Eleven years old this year Southern Fried continues to occupy its position as the best Americana and roots music festival in Scotland and perhaps the best of its kind in the UK (although there are three contenders who might challenge that assumption). The festival doesn’t rest on its laurels however and this year saw its headline shows expanded to include the Thursday night while there was the welcome return of the renovated Perth Theatre to the roster of venues as it hosted ticketed and free events. What doesn’t change however is the mixture of world famous acts, the cream of international and UK roots music and a generous helping of more local musicians all adding up to four days of joyous music concentrated within the centre of one of Scotland’s most beautiful cities. Continue reading “Southern Fried Festival, Perth, Scotland, 26-29th July 2018”

Graham Nash “Over the Years” (Rhino, 2018)

Didn’t we just have a 3 disc Graham Nash retrospective? Well, no – sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings but the ‘Reflections‘ Box Set was nine years ago. True, this release adds only one new finished track to what’s available on ‘Reflections‘ – ‘Myself at Last‘ from the recent solo album ‘This Path Tonight‘, although completists will no doubt want the new mixes of ‘I used to be a King‘ and ‘Better Days‘. The fifteen studio finished tracks range from the earliest Crosby Stills & Nash days, through Nash solo albums and a couple of essential Crosby/Nash recordings. Continue reading “Graham Nash “Over the Years” (Rhino, 2018)”

Emmylou and Steve Earle announce Lantern tour for refugees

Don’t get too excited, it’s not coming to the UK, even though we could probably do with our own version of this over here right now. RS Country reports: “An impressive array of Grammy-winning artists, including Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Steve Earle and Graham Nash, will embark on a five-city tour this fall in an effort to end the Trump administration’s family separation policies. Organized by the Women’s Refugee Commission, which has been advocating ending the practice of detaining families seeking safety at the U.S. border, the Lantern Tour: Concerts for Migrant and Refugee Families are set to take place from October 23rd to 28th, beginning with a stop at Nashville’s City Winery. Continue reading “Emmylou and Steve Earle announce Lantern tour for refugees”

New Graham Nash retrospective due June

We leave you for the bank holiday weekend dear reader with news that Rhino is releasing a new retrospective of Graham Nash’s work on June 29th in advance of his UK tour dates in July. ‘Over The Years…’ features 30 tracks over a two-CD set and on digital download and streaming services. A 15 track, double-LP version featuring an etching on ‘Side Four’ will be released on August 31st. The anthology has been curated by Nash and longtime associate Joel Bernstein and includes extensive credits and liner notes. “It does my heart good to present my songs this way. I hope that listeners will enjoy hearing the demos of my songs – how my demos of ‘Our House,’ ‘Teach Your Children,’ and others turned into the records that have endured ‘Over The Years,’ how I started writing them, and how they became the now familiar recordings when they were released,” said Nash. Continue reading “New Graham Nash retrospective due June”

Graham Nash heads to UK for July shows

The “I think we can call him legendary” Graham Nash has announced a series of dates over the summer in the UK, promising “performances of his many well-known songs along with anecdotes and tales from throughout his storied career”. He will be joined on stage by guitarist and vocalist Shane Fontayne, longtime collaborator and producer of his most recent album, ‘This Path Tonight’ and former CSN keyboardist and vocalist Todd Caldwell, and together, the trio will perform songs from his days in the Hollies, his years with Crosby, Stills & Nash (& Young) and from his solo recordings. Continue reading “Graham Nash heads to UK for July shows”