New live streaming service Roots Live! launches

Roots Live! is a new organisation which been created, in their own words: “by musicians for musicians as a response to the new demand for concert streaming in 2020. It became clear that live concerts, as we know it, would be changed in these unprecedented times, potentially for some while. There is now a move towards a new era of high quality ticketed concerts streamed online so that fans can keep up with their favourite artists and bands.” Continue reading “New live streaming service Roots Live! launches”

Peter Bruntnell classic gets vinyl release for Record Store Day

Peter Bruntnell is the dictionary definition of a UK americana icon, having been receiving much the same consistently high praise since his debut album ‘Cannibal’ was released in 1995, and this weekend sees the release of a limited edition vinyl of one of his best-known records. Continue reading “Peter Bruntnell classic gets vinyl release for Record Store Day”

Peter Bruntnell’s entire back catalogue to be digitally available

Peter Bruntnell released his tenth studio album ‘King Of Madrid’ last year. Described by Mojo as “unashamedly lush, lovely, classic pop”, it featured in the magazine’s Top 10 Americana Albums of 2019, garnering further praise across the board, including from the Scottish Express who awarded it a five-star review, declaring that Bruntnell is “one of the best songwriters in Britain”. We ourselves described it as “raising an already excellent bar to even greater heights.” Continue reading “Peter Bruntnell’s entire back catalogue to be digitally available”

Peter Bruntnell’s “Normal For Bridgewater” turns 21

Call us gifted with foresight – or maybe it’s just a case of great minds thinking alike – but we had recent cause to feature Peter Bruntnell’s song ‘N.F.B.’ in our regular ‘Song for the Apocalypse’ feature, while ‘By the Time My Head Gets to Phoenix’ – also from the same album – was included in our recent article on ‘10 songs for lovers of great songwriting’. Continue reading “Peter Bruntnell’s “Normal For Bridgewater” turns 21″

Walled Garden Music Festival announced for July

Nottingham’s Cosmic American Music has teamed up with the historic Thoresby Park in Sherwood Forest to curate a brand new Americana and Roots festival within the grounds of the estate in North Nottinghamshire, a stone’s throw from Robin Hood’s famous Major Oak. Continue reading “Walled Garden Music Festival announced for July”

Songs for the apocalypse: Peter Bruntnell “NFB”

My musical relationship with New Zealand born but UK based Peter Bruntnell began with his album ‘Normal For Bridgwater’ back in 2000 which is actually fairly difficult to track down these days, and omg this song – the kind of title track from the album – well, I literally couldn’t sleep for days after first hearing thanks to the earworm “NFB – why don’t you write it down for me?” Bruntnell has gone from strength to strength ever since. He plays AmericanaFest 2020 in Hackney tonight.

Peter Bruntnell + Mally Smith @Celtic Connections, The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 23rd January 2020

It’s traditional now to note that Peter Bruntnell is a true “cult hero” (courtesy The Guardian) and is commonly regarded as one of the UK’s best singer-songwriters and performers by those “in the know.” So it was great to find him popping up at this year’s Celtic Connections playing with his, by now, well-seasoned trio line up featuring Iain Sloan on guitar and pedal steel, and Danny Williams on double bass. Since this line up’s debut back in 2017 they’ve had time to hone their chops and tonight’s show was certainly the best this reporter has experienced in their company so far. Continue reading “Peter Bruntnell + Mally Smith @Celtic Connections, The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 23rd January 2020”

Americana UK writers choose their albums of 2019 – part two

It’s part two of our writers picks from 2019 where we collectively list the albums that made the biggest impact on us over the last 12 months. There’s one album repeated from yesterday’s list which I guess by default makes it our album of the year but we’ll leave you eagled-eyed beavers to work that out for yourself. So once again, here we go! Continue reading “Americana UK writers choose their albums of 2019 – part two”

AmericanaFest 2020 – over 75 artist head to London next month!

We’ve already covered 2020’s AmericanaFest which returns to the UK at the end of January next year, and now details are emerging of the array of artists who’ll be playing the festival which is, er, extensive to say the least. You might need a calculator to count them all. Continue reading “AmericanaFest 2020 – over 75 artist head to London next month!”