Inspired by Trailer Star's thread and always looking to start a good debate/agrument - who are the best British Americana acts?

Who do you recommened we seek out live and on record?

What clubs nights or venues are they playing and what labels are releasing their stuff?

Finally, apart from Bob Harris - where can we hear them on the radiogram(online or otherwise).



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I should have said - Shameless self promotion for your; band, label, radio show, club night etc. most welcome....
Oh well, if you say that....!!
If you want cajun/zydeco and swamp'n'roll. may I recommend ourselves - Elvis Fontenot & the Sugar Bees - European zydeco band of the year 2006, played in the USA 3 times, including the Continental Club in Austin and various Louisiana venues including the Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette and twice at the French Quarter festival in New Orleans. Last year we played Kilkenny Rhythm & roots and we're back again this year too.

Friends of ours are the Toy Hearts from Birmingham - probably the best neo-bluegrass band that this country has produced - here's photos I took of them supporting Imelda May recently -

Karen Miller's podcast Miller Tells Her Tale (you can sub via iTunes) has a good smattering of UK - ana. I'd recommend the Endrick Bros and Ben Glover & The Earls. Sign up for venue mailings - if you're in London the Luminaire and Borderline often have good stuff, Union Chapel, Arts Depot etc. Maverick magazine gig guide is a good reasonably wide and up to date listing.
Shameless plug then ... Two Fingers Of Firewater supporting Dale Watson from Austin at the Luminaire on June 24th - and also playing a festival in Hampshire with the Toy Hearts on July 12th. Other dates for TFOF include the Betsey Trotwaood on April 4th and the Green Note, Camden on May 22nd (with Ange Boxall).

Radio-wise: The Comfort Zone with Gail Comfort on CMR Nashville.
Will there be any room at The Green Note for an audience?
If shameless self promotion is allowed, then please have a listen to my music, played by Karen Miller, Bob Harris. Reviewed in Maverick...Angie
Treecreeper, Laura Marling, Broken Family Band, The Tailors, Indigo Moss, (does Emmy The Great count?), Jason McNiff, Kitty Daisy and Lewis
Do they have to be current? Cast your mind back 15 years and you'll find the definitive answer - The Rockingbirds.
I agree with the comment about the Endrick Brothers; they are well worth a listen. Anybody mentioned Grand Drive yet ?
There are a couple of features in Mojo and Uncut about the Rockingbirds - after their recent (supposedly one-off) reformation supporting Edwyn Collins , the Mojo article suggests that there will be further dates - gasp - as far north as Leicester! Just checked - The Musician lists them as being on, on 16th April...!
Many thanks for info Elvis. Spooky - I saw the article in Uncut just after I made my comment. Shame Leicester is the furthest point north; pity they can't hit the M1 and keep on driving and stop off at West Yorkshire. I saw the Rockingbirds at the Duchess in Leeds. Somebody threw a bottle at Alan Tyler if I recall. He took it all in good spirits and threw the bottle back!

Steph Macleod singer/songwriter from Edinburgh supporting Kimmie rhodes at the Cluny Newcastle on the 1st of May
In no particular order and americana 'ish

Pete Molinari
Hey Negrita
Alan Tyler & The Lost Sons of Littlefield
Redlands Palomino Co
The Endrick Bros
Morning Bride
Grand Drive
Scott 4 / Magic Car
The Epstein
The Miserable Rich
Nick Stuart & The Federales
Catherine Feeney
The Barker Band
The Yellhounds
Two Fingers of Firewater
The Good Intentions
Additional Moog
Lone Pine
The Treehorns
Nat Johnson
Ely Plains - when they get around to releasing their EP / album ;)
Roseville Grand - ditto above

They are nearly all on myspace ( best way to keeping track of what they are up to ? ) and many have mp3's / streams on their websites to tickle your fancy ;)



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