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Rising star of the Boston music scene, Alice Howe, made a huge impact when she released her recent EP over here and is currently working on her next album with Freebo (renowned for his work with Bonnie Raitt as her bass player for ten years) as producer.

Alice and Freebo have been gigging together in the States and reports are always amazing following the shows.

Freebo has solid gold pedigree, having also worked with Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal and David Crosby among others. He will be joining Alice for these UK dates.

Tuesday Sept 25: Kingsmead House Concert, High Wycombe
Wed Sept 26: FREE
Thurs Sept 27: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
Fri Sept 28: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Sat Sept 29: Private function, Glasgow
Sun Sept 30: The Town House, Irvine (HAC for tickets)
Mon Oct 1: Traverse Theatre Bar, Edinburgh
Wed Oct 3: The Atkinson Theatre, Southport
Thurs Oct 4: FREE
Fri Oct 5: The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber  
Sat Oct 6: Pump House, Louth, Lincs
Sun Oct 7: Town Hall Live, Kirton in Lindsey, Lincs  
Mon Oct 8: The Greystones, Sheffield
Wed Oct 10: Green Note, Camden, London

He picked up glowing 5-star reviews for I Don’t Do This for Love, I Do This for Love - an Album that deservedly won him a huge amount of media exposure. 

His reputation as Grade A live performer continued to gather momentum in the UK after a successful tour in 2017 and ended the year on a high after carrying off the Male Performer of The Year honours in the annual Readers' Poll at AmericanaUK

It was earlier that year that he fully established himself as a force to be reckoned with in a double bill appearance with James McMurtry at Celtic Connections, where he stunned a capacity crowd into hushed silence when he took the stage at Glasgow's Oran Mor.

Reviewing that performance for AmericanaUK, and causing others who were unfamiliar with his work to check him out, writer Paul Kerr said: 

“It was a raucous crowd that faced Bell when he bounced onto the stage but within minutes he had them transfixed with barely a murmur to be heard, his confident delivery and wry humour demanding attention

“Gruff and tender with a poet’s voice and a sincere sense of justice Bell is the real deal…do yourself a favour and catch this true American troubadour. You won’t be disappointed.”

Nathan makes a welcome return in October.

Thurs Oct 4: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Fri Oct 5: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
Sat Oct 6: Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
Sun Oct 7: CCA, Glasgow (matinee)
Mon Oct 8: Rest Day
Tues Oct 9: Woodend Gallery, Scarborough
Wed Oct 10: FREE
Thurs Oct 11: Drovers Music Venue, Puncheston, Haverfordwest
Fri Oct 12: The RAFA Club, St David’s, Pembrokeshire
Sat Oct 13: The Royal Oak, Eccleshall, Staff  
Sun Oct 14: The Tower, Portsmouth
Mon Oct 15: Traverse Theatre Bar, Edinburgh  
Tues Oct 16: The Greystones, Sheffield
Wed Oct 17: The Met, Bury (with Chatham Country Line)
Thurs Oct 18: Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Fri Oct 19: The Studio, Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne (with Jason Eady)
Sat Oct 20: Kingsmead House, High Wycombe
Sun Oct 21: Green Note, Camden

Since issuing their superb Songs of The Hollow album in 2017, cua have gone on to become a band that has gathered in more praise than most from all the best sections of the media.

Awarding the album an 8/10 rating at AmericanaUK, top writer Jeremy Searle said: “This Irish trio stands right at the forefront of contemporary cutting-edge folk and even that description sells it a little short.”

Issuing a similar judgement for Acoustic magazine, Julian Piper had this to say: "At its finest, music should confound and amaze the listener, and this trio from Ireland have the luck - and the ability - to be one of those outfits who can pull this off."

Folkwords said, rightly: “Unlike anything else.” As a result, there are many who cannot wait to catch the band in action and this will be their first ever Scottish tour.

Sun Oct 28: Birnam Arts, Perthshire
Mon Oct 29: Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Tues Oct 30: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Wed Oct 31: Fallen Angels Club at The Admiral, Glasgow
Thurs Nov 1: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
Fri Nov 2: The Tin Hut, Gartly, by Huntly
Sat Nov 3: Glenbuchat Hall, Strathdon
Sun Nov 4: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine

Cam Penner and Jon Wood are renowned for both their powerful live shows and recordings. These two have gathered in an impressive amount of positive press over the years. Maverick magazine writer Paul Kerr described them as “mesmerising,” while (writing at AmericanaUK), Mike Ritchie said they were: “Masterful - an utterly compelling duo - brilliant!”

The pair had a sold-out show at Glasgow’s big Celtic Connections Festival after winning major TV exposure when tracks from the sensational To Build A Fire album were chosen as the backdrop to the BBC 2 TV drama based on Iain Banks’ Stonemouth novel.

The follow-up release - Sex & Politics - confirmed them as a creative tour de force.

“Simply superb - an album that'll be making more than a few end-of-year “best of” lists,” said AmericananUK, while Acoustic magazine called it “totally glorious” and added: “it’s maybe as fine as music’s likely to get.” R2 magazine called it “a work of outstanding genius.”

Penner has that rare quality – a well-grounded human spirit. In another life he might have been a Shaman. With constant playing companion Jon Wood (a highly respected producer) by his side, percussive elements and layered guitar techniques have added rich texture. Those Shamans also dance around – and beat the drum - sometimes.

They will be bringing a brand new album with them. Can’t wait to hear what they have conjured up that that woodland cabin that doubles as their recording studio!

“Quite brilliant” – No Depression

“Stunning” – The Daily Express


Wed Nov 14: Green Note, Camden
Thurs Nov 15: No 8, Launceston
Fri Nov 16: Bridge Inn, Topsham
Sat Nov 17: PI Gigs, Pembrokeshire (venue tbc)
Sun Nov 18: The Canteen, Bristol
Mon Nov 19: Travel day
Tues Nov 20: Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
Wed Nov 21: The Admiral, Glasgow
Thurs Nov 22: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
Fri Nov 23: Glenbuchat Hall, Strathdon  
Sat Nov 24: Private function, Banchory
Sun Nov 25: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine  
Mon Nov 26: Traverse, Edinburgh
Tues Nov 27: Rest Day
Wed Nov 28: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Thurs Nov 29: The Pump House, Louth
Fri Nov 30: Square & Compass, Worth Matravers
Sat Nov Dec 1: FREE
Sun Nov 2: FREE

Laura Cortese digs deep and aims high, grew up in San Francisco and moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music, immersing herself in the city's vibrant indie music scene and enjoying a busy touring-and-studio-sidekick career which included appearances with Band of Horses at Carnegie Hall and Pete Seeger at Newport Folk Festival.

But, it’s been with her band, The Dance Cards that she has made the biggest impact. It’s bold and elegant fare, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves and scintillating vocal harmonies that have become a hallmark of the performance.

Writing in RnR magazine, David Innes awarded them his “Most Memorable Gig of The Year” vote.

Since then, the four-piece has taken both Shetland and Orkney Folk Festivals by storm, and kicked off 2018 in style, flying in for two big shows at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival, promoting their current album, California Calling, on Compass Records, which has been winning them rave reviews and much radio exposure. It was Album of The Week on the Radcliffe & Maconie show at BBC Radio 6. Awarding the album a 5-star review (there were many) at Acoustic magazine, Julian Piper called it “stunning” and added: “If there was any justice, you’d see Laura on Later with Jools next week.”

Thurs Jan 24: Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel
Fri Jan 25: Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
Sat Jan 26: Belfast (details tbc)
Sun Jan 27: TradFest at Dublin Castle, Dublin, with Jerry Douglas and Teddy Thompson

TheArguably the most powerful of bands which feature the old-time Appalachian style, these masters of their trade have been described as three of the most accomplished musicians playing on this planet, and that is not overstating the case.

John Showman might be better known to most Americana fans as the main vocalist with super-talented alt-country band, New Country Rehab, Chris Coole is a well-established singer-songwriter with a considerable pedigree and bassman Max Heineman has earned himself the kind of plaudits normally reserved for those who are much longer in the tooth.

These old-time saviours write new material that slots in perfectly to keep the balance between ancient and modern sweetly paced and finely tuned and you’ll feel the energy of three passionate musicians playing the bejesus out of those instruments and loving every minute.

The band triumphed at this year’s MerleFest where the discerning audience knows ‘stand-out’ from more-of-the-same.

“A rip roaring hoedown and a rawness fans love” – Maverick magazine

Wed Jan 30: The Old Courthouse, Antrim
Thurs Jan 31: Derry (venue tbc)
Fri Feb 1: Strule Arts Centre, Omagh
Sat Feb 2: Portico, Portaferry, Co Down
Sun Feb 3: Duncairn Arts Centre Belfast
Mon Feb 4: Rest Day
Tues Feb 5: Red Room, Cookstown, Co Tyrone
Wed Feb 6: Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
Thurs Feb 7: PI Gigs at Canolfan Clydau,Tegryn. Pembrokeshire
Fri Feb 8: The Art Shop and Chapel, Abergavenny  
Sat Feb 9: Selby Town Hall
Sun Feb 10: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine  

With their roots in traditional bluegrass and folk, this Colorado-based five-piece has established a strong footing, appealing to the same audience as The Stray Birds, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys and The Railsplitters. Fusing elements of rock and pop with acoustic instrumentation, they have created a very distinctive sound of their own.

It took the release of their superb 2017-issued “Start Believing” album to stimulate the UK media into paying serious attention. Reviews were fittingly flattering and they got a load of radio exposure too.

“Imagine The Stray Birds with a slightly bigger sound,” declared Maverick magazine, while FolkRadioUK maintained they were “recalling the early days of 10,000 Maniacs.”

Over at RnR magazine, a writer who is taken more seriously than many, David Innes, told readers: “There’s something special happening here,” while AmericanaUK recommended them as having “a lovely warm, genuine feel that will brighten your day.”

Wed March 6: The Atkinson Theatre, Southport
Thurs March 7: Blue Sky Café, Bangor
Fri March 8: The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber
Sat March 9: Selby Town Hall
Sun March 10: Green Note, London
Mon March 11: Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Tues March 12: Southwell, Notts (venue tbc)
Wed March 13: The Forge, Anvil Arts, Basingstoke
Thurs March 14: PI Gigs at Burnetts Hill, Martletwy, Narbeth
Fri March 15: Town Hall Live, Kirton in Lindsey  
Sat March 16: Square and Compass, Worth Matravers
Sun March 17: Whistable Sessions, Kent  
Mon March 18: Rest Day
Tues March 19: Middlesborough (venue tbc)
Thurs March 21: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
Fri March 22: Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
Sat March 23: Tin Hut, Gartly, by Huntly
Sun March 24: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
Mon March 25: Rest Day  
Tues March 26: The Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Wed March 27: Eastgate Theatre, Peebles

May Erlewine made a big impression when she played UK festival dates with her side project, The Sweet Water Warblers, in 2017. Now, she tours in her own right, with two of her renowned backing band to perform in the trio format that has been on the road in the USA.

Ever since she released her stunning solo album Mother Lion, we have been fielding requests from promoters seeking a date. Yet, she’s no newcomer – far from it, having an extensive back catalogue (nineteen albums spanning several different projects).

UK reviewers swooned as they wrote about the latest release. At Folk Radio UK, Mike Davies said: “She’s looking to tour the UK with her own band which will no doubt serve to widen her fan base here. You really should set up an alert for those dates now.”

At AmericanaUK, Michael Farley lebelled it “superb - a coming of age” release. Country Music People said she was “a huge musical talent,” RnR magazine told readers the album was “enchanting” and Country Music magazine called it “mesmerising.”

Thurs April 25: Green Note, London
Fri April 26: Town Hall Live, Kirton in Lindsey
Sat April 27: Tumbleweed @ Seven Arts, Leeds
Sun April 28: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Mon April 29: Soundhouse, Edinburgh
Tues April 30: Glassel Hall, Banchory
Wed May 1: Rest Day
Thurs May 2: Details TBC
Fri May 3: Details TBC
Sat May 4: Details TBC  
Sun May 5: Details TBC
Mon May 6: Details TBC  

One of the most powerful singer-songwriters the world has ever produced, Terry Lee Hale has been making great records for twenty five years.

He first made an impact on the Seattle scene, playing the clubs and bars with his open guitar tunings and dark, dangerous songs, and went on to build a faithful fan base that’s spread around the planet.

In 2013, he delivered The Long Draw on Glitterhouse Records, and Bound, Chained, Fettered appeared in 2016, built from truthful stories sung with a voice that reflects and carries the emotional weight of time, obstacles overcome and wisdom earned.

Those who have seen the man in action will tell you that this is as good as it gets.

Thurs June 6: Date Available
Fri June 7: Date Available
Sat June 8: Kingsmead House Concert, High Wycombe
Sun June 9: Green Note, Camden
Mon June 10: Rest Day
Tues June 11: Grateful Fred's House Concert, Birkdale, Merseyside
Wed June 12: House concert, Edinburgh
Thurs June 13: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
Fri June 14: The Bothy, Glenbuchat, Aberdeenshire
Sat June 15: The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen  
Sun June 16: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
Mon June 17: Rest Day  
Tues June 18: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Wed June 19: Date Available
Thurs June 20: The Haining, Selkirk
Fri June 21: Date Available
Sat June 22: PI Gigs, Wales (venue tbc)
Sun June 23: Date Available
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