It has been both exhilarating and exhausting. After 18 days, 2000 artists, 300 events, 20 venues and 110,000 attendees, the mega-festival that is Celtic Connections 2014 is finally over for another year.
When Tim O'Brien, stalwart of the renowned Transatlantic Sessions, flew…Continue
Posted on February 9, 2014 at 2:00am
Like many others, I make the annual pilgrimage across the Atlantic to Nashville each year to hear the best of Americana music at the AMAs. What undoubtedly makes the long trip so worthwhile is finding previously undiscovered gems - this year it was Lindi Ortega, last year Mandolin Orange, both of whom will have CDs in my Top Ten this year.
But the thrill of discovering new Americana talent is even more pleasurable when it's unearthed on my doorstep, in Scotland.…Continue
Posted on November 3, 2013 at 1:00pm
This year's Americana Music Association conference had a new session 'BBC Introducing', hosted by Sir Bob Harris. Held in Nashville's Hard Rock Cafe, 'Whispering Bob', the father of all things Americana, had hand-selected three undiscovered, unsigned artists to showcase at the AMA conference. For the chosen artists this was a pretty big deal; for the audience it was an amazing opportunity to witness some of the UK's best…Continue
Posted on October 5, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment
Like many others I was delighted that Shovels & Rope were nominated in four different categories for Americana Music Association Awards this year - highly deserved recognition for the talented duo. However, was I the only one to also feel mixed emotions, realising that the rest of the world would now discover this relatively unknown band that I had considered to be my 'secret'? And realising that my days of seeing them play live in tiny venues were probably numbered?…Continue
Posted on June 30, 2013 at 4:00pm — 7 Comments