Americana Music Association showcase events at AmericanaFest UK


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

Events website:


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

Robert Vincent announces his second album

Robert Vincent

Robert Vincent is an award winning singer songwriter from Liverpool and I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins is the follow up to his acclaimed debut, Life in Easy Steps.

I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins, was produced by Robert Vincent, Michael Gay, Etienne Girard, recorded and engineered by Tom Roach at Elevator Studio’s between August 2015 and March 2016, except one track ‘Time Won’t Wait’ recorded in Nashville’s Room & Board studio, where the whole album was mixed with the legendary Ray Kennedy. (Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Ray Davies, to name a few).

I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins questions sin within us all, every song a situation where Sin is either a help or a hindrance -one persons Sin can be another persons way of life at times.’So In Love’a Pink Floyd style opener, sets the tone with betrayal in love. ‘All for You’ is a song about changing your ways for the sake of another whilst ‘You Wouldn’t Let It’ asks us to question our own actions and morals. ‘November’ with it’s cinematic sound is a murder ballad of deceit and jealousy, then you have ‘Dancing with Devils’, a song that addresses those personal battles with the vices in life, the sanctuary of better the devil you know, the familiar surrounding of the bar life.

The albums title track ’I’ll Make the Most of My Sins’ is about transcending ourselves from God-fearing human beings in a world were faith is losing the battle to fundamentalism and extremism. Politics, TV, media, war, can still allow the waters to be muddied by laws that were created by people in times when life was less complicated. “Shine a light in the darkness, one I can see, shine a light make it one I believe, shine a light in the darkness, until you do, I’ll make the most of my sins“.

The final track, ’Hand to Hold’, is, at its core, a song for Robert’s children.

Robert recently won the ‘Emerging Artist’ UK Americana Music Award after being personally selected by Bob Harris:

“I am so impressed with Robert’s music. Strong songs laced with blues and country. He is the real deal”

Robert has recently finished his third Paul Carrack support tour and has also played alongside the likes of Peter Bruntnell, Squeeze, James Blunt, Justin Currie, Madeleine Peryoux and Cherry Ghost.

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‘All For You’ – live Under The Apple Tree:

ROBERT VINCENT – Life In Easy Steps – DB Industries DBICD5

ROBERT VINCENT Life In Easy StepsRobert Vincent’s debut album comes lavishly packed in a hardback booklet with a bonus disc if you get in quick. The Merseyside-born singer-songwriter has a mighty voice with hints of Iain Matthews and Roy Orbison in his upper range and a tight, powerful band to support him.

It opens with ‘In The Light Of The Stars’, quietly, acoustically and the first impression is that this is sort of thing you’ve heard a thousand times before. But then it moves up through the gears so when he repeats the pattern later on ‘Demons’ it sounds very different. I’m going to make my major criticism here, because it’s an important one. The lyrics are included but in handwriting that’s even worse than mine and decorated with artistic crossings-out – I’d like to study and think about them but I won’t do that while peering through a magnifying glass.

So, I’m struggling to find deeper meanings in these songs of love gone wrong. ‘Riot’s Cry’ seems to be developing a theme when it comes to an end. ‘Burn (Like Cotton In The Fields)’ isn’t quite as dramatic as its title suggests but Robert’s ideas are developed to the listener’s satisfaction. It all sounds good and as a debut album it exudes confidence but I’d like to think that next time Robert Vincent will raise his eyes to more distant horizons.

Dai Jeffries

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