Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

AMA-UK Conference Programme 2017


Chats Palace
42 – 44 Brooksby’s Walk
E9 6DF

DAY ONE – Wednesday 1st February 2017

9.15am Conference Registration Opens

10.00am Opening remarks
Stevie Freeman (chair of the AMA-UK)

10.10am Keynote – Sid Griffin
Sid Griffin is a celebrated musician, author and journalist. He was a founder member of The Long Ryders, widely cited as the first true band. After they split, Griffin formed The Coal Porters before relocating to Britain in the early 90s. He has also recorded several albums and toured as a solo artist. As an author, he has written books on Gram Parsons, Bluegrass and two on Bob Dylan, as well as contributing to Mojo, Q, The Guardian, BBC Radio 2 and more…
Sid Griffin was playing Americana years before the term was invented and today that pioneer spirit shines on…Billy Bragg

Moderator: Andy Washington
Panellists: Bert Pipers, Maria Theessink, Danny George Wilson, Björn Pettersson
Understanding the Americana fanbase and how to tap into it
There are UK and international Americana artists who regularly tour on the continent, and make a success of it. Our experienced panel will be discussing how and why that works, where the opportunities are and what you need to be aware of if considering touring Europe.

11.45am Break
The bar will be open for drinks and refreshments.

Moderator: Baylen Leonard
Panellists: Sara Silver, Jed Hilly, Fergus Denham, Doug Hall
How Americana is reaching an ever growing audience in the UK
The term Americana is steadily gaining more widespread acceptance. How have we got to this point? Following the lead of the AMA in the US, we now have our own annual UK Americana Awards, and we led the way with the introduction of the Official Americana Albums Chart. Listen to our panel discuss the development of Americana so far, and what comes next.

1.00pm Lunch
Sandwiches, pastries, snacks and refreshments will be available to purchase from the cafe and licensed bar in the venue.

Moderator: Renae Brown
Panellists: Andy Shearer, John Cleere, Tamsin Austin, Paul Spencer
A gateway for both artist and audience
This coming year the AMA-UK will have representation at four festivals. How important is it to have specialist festivals? Do they help establish the genre or isolate it? In this discussion, the panellists (representing four established Americana festivals) discuss how these festivals help upcoming bands and focus audiences, moderated by Renae Brown, Membership and Events Co-ordinater for the Association of Independent Festivals.

Moderator: Howard Mills
Panellists: Martin Talbot, Natasha Youngs, Tristan Tipping, Del Sawers
One year on from its launch, what does The Official Charts Company’s Americana Albums chart mean for the genre?
How has the chart developed and how is it helping Americana artists and labels achieve sales and exposure? How does it work? How do you get your album in the chart? Plus the perennial “what is Americana?” question – which albums should be included in the chart, and which not?

4.15pm Networking Drinks presented by SOUTHERN COMFORT
Join us ahead of the Americanafest UK official showcases for a Southern-style networking drinks, courtesy of our event sponsor Southern Comfort. Enjoy a complimentary cocktail or two in the great company of our guest panellists and fellow AMA-UK delegates.

5.30pm Close

6.00pm-12.00am AmericanaFest UK – Twenty Americana artists showcasing at three Hackney venues: Oslo, Moth Club and Paper Dress Vintage.

DAY TWO – Thursday 2nd February 2017

9.15am Arrival and Registration

11.00am Songwriting Workshop in association with PRS
Panellists: Beth Nielsen Chapman, Graham Gouldman, Angaleena Presley, Glen Phillips
Eight selected songwriters will perform a song in front of the panel and audience of conference delegates, and then discuss the song with the panellists. Last year’s workshop was a highlight of the conference and we’re excited this year to have another incredible panel of successful and award-winning songwriters to offer critique and advice.

1.00pm Lunch
Sandwiches, pastries, snacks and refreshments will be available to purchase from the cafe and licensed bar in the venue.

2.00pm INTERVIEW – Bob Harris in conversation with Mary Chapin Carpenter
Ahead of the evening’s Awards show, legendary broadcaster and champion of Americana Bob Harris talks with one of America’s most celebrated singer-songwriters. Over the course of her acclaimed career, five time Grammy winner Mary Chapin Carpenter has recorded 14 albums and sold over 14 million records. She is currently on tour in the UK and we are humbled and honoured that she accepted our invitation not only to perform at the Awards, but also to come along to the conference to chat with Bob about… well, come along and listen in to what they both have to say.

3.00pm NETWORKING SURGERIES – Professional advice and demonstrations
Help Musicians UK, PRS, PPL, Music Glue, PRSF, British Underground, Dandy & Rose, MGR Weston Kay and more…
The bar will be open for drinks and refreshments.

4.30pm Close

6.45pm-10pm The UK Americana Awards
Our gala awards show at St John at Hackney.

Made in Tennessee present Sam Outlaw’s 80s/90s Country Hits Revue
Join us at Oslo for a celebration and closing party, courtesy of our sponsors Made in Tennessee in association with the AMA. All Award Show ticket holders and guests will have exclusive entry to the aftershow party.