Americana Music Association showcase events at AmericanaFest UK

AmericanaFest

As part of this year’s Americana Music Association UK Awards, there will also be an evening of curated showcases from twenty new and established artists in the trans-Atlantic Americana Music scene, to be known as ‘AmericanaFest UK 2017’.

The Americana music genre has enjoyed steady growth in the UK and worldwide over the past few years, with music sales, tours, airplay all on the increase.

This year’s full AMA-UK Festival runs from 1st to 2nd February 2017 and consists of three strands; the second UK Americana Awards, the fourth AMA-UK Conference and, of course, AmericanaFest UK 2017.

Artists performing at AmericanaFest UK 2017 include: Angaleena Presley (US), Robert Vincent, Glen Phillips (US), Wild Ponies (US) and Jess Morgan. See below for full line-up.

Separate showcase only tickets are available at the early bird price of just £10 (rising to £15) and allow entry to all 3 venues. Buy tickets here

For more information on the Conference, Awards Show and AmericanaFest UK 2017 see www.theamauk.org

Events website: http://theamauk.org/

VENUE LINE-UPS WITH TIMINGS:

OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL

The Grande 7.00pm-7.35pm
Murder, Murder (CA) 8.00pm-8.35pm
Jo Harman 9.00pm-9.35pm
Angaleena Presley (US) 10.00pm-10.35pm
Robert Vincent 11.00pm-11.35pm

PAPER DRESS VINTAGE, 352a Mare Street, E8 1HR

Carter Sampson (US) 6.30pm-7.05pm
The Black Feathers 7.30pm-8.05pm
Amanda Rheaume (CA) 8.30pm-9.05pm
Walton Hesse 9.30pm-10.05pm
Emma Swift (AUS) 10.30pm-11.05pm
Glen Phillips (US) 11.30pm-12.05am

MOTH CLUB Main Stage, Old Trades Hall, Valette Street, E9 6NU

The Honey Ants 6.30pm-7.00pm
Worry Dolls 7.30pm-8.00pm
Henry Senior Jr 8.30pm-9.00pm
Flats and Sharps 9.30pm-10.00pm
Wild Ponies (US) 10.30pm-11.00pm

MOTH CLUB Acoustic Room

Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer 7.05pm-7.30pm
Amythyst Kiah (US) 8.05pm-8.30pm
Hope in High Water 9.05pm-9.30pm

Ben Glover’s New Album – Do We Burn The Boats is now out…

Recorded in the heart of Nashville, the album was produced by Neilson Hubbard (Kim Richey, Glen Phillips, Garrison Starr) and features a track (Rampart Street) co written by seasoned folk songstress Mary Gauthier (who we featured very recently on folking.com).

“I intended to record just five songs for an EP, but after three days in the studio we all felt that there was a momentum happening that we couldn’t ignore. So we decided to go full steam ahead and cut ten songs and make an album,” says Glover. “It all happened very quickly and organically, but I’ve learned that sometimes the creative process takes on a life of its own and when it does it’s best to follow it’s direction.”

Glover has garnered rave album and concert reviews from across the globe and has toured extensively both as an opening act as well as a headliner. In the past calendar year his touring schedule included dates in Belfast, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh,Dublin, New York, Brussels as well as dates at the famed Hotel Café in Los Angeles and sold out shows in the Nashville’s legendary Bluebird Café.

He hails from Glenarm, Co Antrim, a small coastal village 30 miles from Belfast, N. Ireland and splits him time between there and Nashville, Tennessee. This singer/songwriter traded in a degree in law to peruse music and from all accounts it was a move that has paid off.

‘I was always drawn to and continue to be attracted to artists of a poetic nature, or great storytellers—obvious names like Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, and Paul Simon. And I’ve always had a great affection for country music, the Americana imagery always fascinated me. So people like Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson are important sources to me, as well. I suppose I am drawn to artists who had a very strong identity—maybe not the best singers in the world—but said important and meaningful things in their songs. Essentially, music has to come out of life, and if there’s no life there is no music.’

Glover has toured and/or performed with Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale, Mary Gauthier, Jason Mraz and Tift Merritt. His songs have been used in feature films such as “Finding Joy,” hit webisode series “Adults Only,” and as the theme song for BBC N.Ireland sports programme “The Championship.”

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