William Crighton, Aces and Eights, London, 20th June 2019

Aces and Eights is a new patch in the North London demesne of Green Note, just a little north of its Camden Town HQ. There’s space for 50 people and tonight is a sell out – there are probably AUK readers with lounges as big as this room – so it’s undeniably intimate, a great setting for a solo singer with just an acoustic guitar. William Crighton is one of the relatively few artists to capture the sound and images of the Australian bush – a kind of midpoint between the cities and the outback – and perform it internationally. Any fan of The Triffids would appreciate the sound, style and lyrics, and there’s some clear common ground between the sparser regions of Australia and those of the USA or indeed Canada. Anyone who’s caught fellow Aussie ruralists Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes on this very website or on stage will also be on happy ground here. Continue reading “William Crighton, Aces and Eights, London, 20th June 2019”

Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge, 2nd-5th August 2018

While there are several “specialist” Americana festivals like Maverick and Ramblin’ Roots, for the Americana fan Cambridge Folk Festival has for many years always had much to offer.  It rightly prides itself on its eclecticism – both Joe Strummer and Nick Cave have played there in the past – and interpreting “folk” very broadly and this year was no different with Patti Smith, Songhoy Blues and St Paul & The Broken Bones all performing. Continue reading “Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge, 2nd-5th August 2018”