Laurel Canyon Night at AmericanaFest 2020, Paper Dress Vintage, London, 29th January 2020

Remember those January nights drifting from one venue to another crammed venue? Glorious Hackney alive with music and good feelings.  Seems like another world now, but it was really only a few short months ago.  Of course we gave a lot of attention to the most public part of the Americana Music Association UK’s conference, but there was just so much going on that we couldn’t cover it all.  Now, though, with those same venues – like all the others across the land – closed up for the duration it’s nice to take the time to look back again. And to remember that hopefully this will soon all be possible again. Music – live as it is meant to be. Continue reading “Laurel Canyon Night at AmericanaFest 2020, Paper Dress Vintage, London, 29th January 2020”

Americana Music Fest 30th January, Hackney, London

Previous showcases at the AMAUK conference had run for just a single night – expanding to two nights had more than doubled the excitement. And if the previous evening had offered some hard choices then this second night of the AMAUK showcase upped the ante by bringing in Moth Club as a venue, which meant that most time slots now offered a chance of three bands or artists. This cold wet evening started once again at Hackney Empire Bar with the superb sound of The Hanging Stars. Continue reading “Americana Music Fest 30th January, Hackney, London”

Americana Music Fest 29th January, Hackney, London

Organised by the Americana Music Association UK (AMAUK), the showcase runs at five Hackney Central venues over two nights, culminating in the awards ceremony at hackney Empire on the third evening. It’s a fairly massive undertaking, with almost 60 bands or artists performing half hour sets over the two showcase nights. It links in with the AMAUK music conference, an opportunity for all those involved in this area of the music business to come together and discuss how to promote a genre which it’s fair to say no-one can definitely describe. Continue reading “Americana Music Fest 29th January, Hackney, London”

Kashena Sampson, Paper Dress Vintage, London, 31st January 2018

It was a night when downtown Hackney was thronged with hordes of Americana loving music fans – it was, in fact, the night of the Americana Music Association UK (AMA-UK) Conference music showcase. Dozens of artists performing sets of around half an hour at four closely located venues – with the likes of Steve Grozier, The Americans, Tyler Childers, The Texas Gentlemen and so many more vying for attention. Inevitably this led to all sorts of difficult decisions – even the talented writers of Americana UK struggle to be in more than one place at a time, but one set that had a definite circle around it on the schedule was Kashena Sampson upstairs at the bijou Paper Dress Vintage. Continue reading “Kashena Sampson, Paper Dress Vintage, London, 31st January 2018”