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  • 17 Nov 2021 12:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The voting is now open for the 2022 UK Americana Awards   -all members are eligible to vote



    Special Awards

    International Lifetime Achievement Award 

    Selected by the board members, our highest honour is awarded to an international artist, duo or group in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the Americana genre over the span of their career and life in music. The 2022 recipient will be Lucinda Williams.

    Trailblazer Award 

    Selected by the board members, this special award celebrates a UK artist, duo or group that has taken an exceptional path, inspiring others to follow in their footsteps in developing the Americana genre. The 2022 recipient will be Beth Orton.

    International Trailblazer Award 

    Selected by the board members, this special award celebrates a UK artist, duo or group that has taken an exceptional path, inspiring others to follow in their footsteps in developing the Americana genre. The 2022 recipient will be The Long Ryders.

    Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award 

    Selected by Bob Harris OBE, this special award celebrates the breakthrough artist, duo or group that has particularly impressed the legendary music broadcaster throughout the year. The 2022 recipient will be Lauren Housley. 

    Best Selling Americana Album 

    AMA-UK works with The Official Charts Company to create the UK Americana Album Chart. This Award is given to the best selling Americana Album by a UK Artist. The 2022 recipient will be announced in January

    Grass Roots Award 

    Selected by the board members, this special award celebrates the sometimes un-sung heroes of the UK Americana scene. It is presented to individuals working in the industry (in a capacity other than as artists) who have made outstanding efforts to support Americana music from the grass roots up. The 2022 recipient is Tom Bridgewater from Loose Music, Independent Record Label.


    UK Album of the Year

    • Click Click Domino by Ida Mae (produced by Christopher Turpin)
    • Good Woman by The Staves (produced by John Congleton)
    • The Wandering Hearts by The Wandering Hearts (produced by Simone Felice, David Baron, Mike Mogis and The Wandering Hearts)
    • Stand For Myself by Yola (produced by Dan Auerbach)

    International Album of the Year

    • Wary + Strange by Amythyst Kiah (produced by Tony Berg and Amythyst Kiah) 
    • Outside Child by Allison Russell (produced by Dan Knobler)
    • Arrivals by Declan O'Rourke (produced by Paul Weller)
    • Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! by Aaron Lee Tasjan (produced by Aaron Lee Tasjan and Gregory Lattimer)

    UK Song of the Year

    • This Ain't The Life by Lauren Housley (written by Lauren Housley) 
    • Eye to Eye by John Smith feat. Sarah Jarosz (written by John Smith and Sarah Siskind)
    • Latchkey by Memorial (written by Jack Watts and Oliver Spalding) 
    • Willing by Lady Nade (written by Lady Nade)

    International Song of the Year

    • Never Said A Word by Judy Blank & Dylan Earl (written by Judy Blank & Dylan Earl) 
    • Sweet Misery by Tré Burt (written by Tré Burt)
    • Right on Time by Brandi Carlile (written by Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth)
    • Jeremiah by Sierra Ferrell (written by Sierra Ferrell)

    UK Artist of the Year

    • Elles Bailey 
    • The Staves
    • John Smith
    • Yola

    International Artist of the Year

    • Rhiannon Giddens 
    • Amythyst Kiah 
    • Allison Russell
    • Taylor Swift 

    UK Instrumentalist of the Year

    • Thomas Dibb 
    • Joe Harvey-Whyte
    • Mark Lewis
    • Michele Stodart

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  • 1 Oct 2021 7:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nominations open on Friday 1st October 2021 and close on Friday 15th October 2021 (midnight BST).

    Nominations are open to AMA-UK members only. Please do not share this link with anyone else, either privately or publicly. All members will be individually emailed these details.

    The eligibility period for each award is 1st October 2020 to 30th September 2021. Please check the official UK release dates of your nominated songs or albums.

    Need help remembering some of the great records from the past year? You could start by taking a look at our charts page, but don't forget that not all eligible releases appear in the chart.


    You must be a Member. If you are not yet a member, please join now

    You must be logged in to the Members area of the website

    Each member can send up to three nominations per award category.

    Artist members are allowed to nominate themselves if they so wish.

    You can nominate the same artist for different awards.

    You can nominate artists who are not themselves members of the AMA-UK.

    As everyone knows from ever-ongoing discussions, the definition of Americana as a genre can be highly subjective: if you think an artist, album or song is Americana, then just go ahead and nominate them.

    Once you have submitted your nominations, you will not be able to change them.

    Once the nomination period has ended no further nominations will be accepted.

    Once the nomination period has closed, all nominations will be collated and presented to the AMA-UK board, who will draw up a shortlist for each award.

    The final shortlist will be announced at our Press launch which will be in London in November 2020 - details to follow.

    Once the shortlist has been published, the voting process will begin - details on how-to-vote will be made available at that time.


  • 21 Sep 2021 2:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Glasgow Americana returns with yet another strong and varied line up between the 29th September- 3rd October 2021.
    We will have nine shows this year at six different venues over the 5-day period and bringing some of the best talent from home and abroad
    Our opening night will feature UK-based Australian singer-songwriter Emily Barker who will perform in Cottiers Theatre in the West End. Kicking off the night and declaring GA officially open up will be Scottish singer-songwriter, Kirsten Adamson.
    Thursday 30th September sees a choice of shows from local favourite and hugely talented Jill Jackson, who will play a headline show in Saint Lukes

    We are so happy to see Nathan Bell making the trip to Glasgow in these troubled times for his Thursday show in The Admiral. Nathan has been steadily building an audience in Glasgow since his debut here at Celtic Connections 2017. 

    Long Ryders front man Sid Griffin plays The Admiral on Friday 1st October, meanwhile over in the South-Side Nashville-based singer Diana Jones plays a sold out show in The Glad Cafe.
    The very talented Scottish singer-songwriter Roseanne Reid will headline the matinee show back in The Glad Cafe on Saturday 2nd October, with the equally talented David Latto opening up the show.

    Roseanne is doing a double shift on the Saturday and will be performing as part of a ‘Song Writers In The Round’, with Jill Jackson and multi-instrumentalist and hugely talented Cahalen Morrison.

    Moving on to our final day, Sunday the 3rd October, we are delighted to have the Seven Song Club back at the festival. This year, we will be showcasing Scottish talent, with Man Of The MinchThe Coaltown Daisies andKirsteen Harvey taking the stage in Room 2.

    We are thrilled to welcome My Darling Clementine back to Glasgow Americana as they continue to tour in support of their most recent, critically acclaimed album 'Country Darkness - the songs of Elvis Costello’. The husband and wife duo of Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish play The CCA at 8pm.

    Festival director Kevin Morris said: “I am so proud of this line up, which was put together at short notice and glad to be given the opportunity for the 15th Glasgow Americana festival to actually happen. The fact that a festival like Glasgow Americana can still exist, in what has been such a strange time for musicians, venues and promoters alike makes me happy. I would also like to thank Creative Scotland for their continued support in allowing the festival to go ahead.”
    Full Line Up At A Glance

    Opening Night Wednesday 29th September - Emily Barker Kirsten Adamson
    Cottiers Theatre, 93-95 Hyndland St, Glasgow G11 5PU
    Tickets £16, doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

    Thursday 30th September - Nathan Bell plus Kirsteen Harvey
    The Admiral Bar 72a Waterloo St, Glasgow G2 7DA
    Tickets £13, doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

    Thursday 30th September – Jill Jackson plus support
    Saint Lukes 17 Bain St, Glasgow G40 2JZ 
    Tickets £18.50, doors 7pm, 8pm start
    Please read additional COVID measure in place for this show

    Friday 1st October - Diana Jones plus support
    The Glad Café 1006A Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow G41 2HG
    Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

    Friday 1st October - Sid Griffin plus Scott Ashworth
    The Admiral Bar 72a Waterloo St, Glasgow G2 7DA
    Tickets £13, doors 7.30pm, 8pm start
    (In association with Sounds In The Suburbs)

    Saturday 2nd October - Roseanne Reid plus David Latto
    The Glad Café 1006A Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow G41 2HG
    Tickets £12, doors 3.30pm, 4pm start

    Saturday 2nd October - Song Writers In The Round
    Featuring Jill Jackson, Cahalen Morrison & Roseanne Reid
    The Glad Café 1006A Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow G41 2HG
    Tickets £16, doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

    Sunday 7th October - The Seven Song-Featuring Man Of The Minch, The Coaltown Daisies, and Kirsteen Harvey
    Room 2 69 Nelson Mandela Pl, Glasgow G2 1QY
    Tickets £12, doors 3.30pm, 4pm start

    Sunday 7th October - Finale Night- My Darling Clementine plus Arksong
    The CCA 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3JD
    Tickets £15, doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

  • 8 Sep 2021 10:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Americana Music Association members have been given the wonderful opportunity to apply to play at this event  please log in here for more details 

    On the first Sunday of every month, Spiritland and Holler host a Downhome brunch at their diner situated at the foot of the Royal Festival Hall. Baylen Leonard is your host for a lively daytime session.  You’ll find guest DJs and live music from the cream of the UK Americana, country, and roots scene, showcasing their talents  -  brought to you in association with the Americana Music Association UK .    A menu of waffles, pancakes, burgers, hot dogs, fried green tomatoes and plenty more is complemented by a wide range of beers, bourbons and cocktails.

    The Americana Music Association members have been given the wonderful opportunity to apply to play at this event  please log in here for more details 

  • 5 Jul 2021 8:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    These tickets are for full delegate passes: conference, showcase festival and awards.



    Separate festival gigs only wristbands, separate Award Show tickets and separate special Friday night closing show tickets  will go on sale soon 

    Members log in to access the discounted ticket price - these tickets are strictly limited at this price so get them while you can...

    MEMBERS SUPER EARLY BIRD TICKETS HAVE SOLD OUT so purchasing the NONMEMBERS tickets is still the cheapest option - email is you have questions

    This pass give you access to all of the events the whole week including the conference, showcase festival, all networking parties and special events and awards at Hackney Empire 

    PURCHASE TICKETS HERE This is the cheapest option ticket for members as well as non members before we go to the next tier once these have sold out.

  • 5 Jul 2021 8:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Members need to log in to apply 

    Only apply if you agree with terms in the members area and are available to showcase in London on either 25th or 26th Jan 2022. You can not have any London gigs 2 weeks either side of these dates. Applications close on 16th August 2021


    Not yet a member JOIN HERE 

    COVID CAVEAT: The festival is set to go ahead in person based on current UK government COVID guidelines. If this changes, we will keep artists updated regarding the format of the event. If you are applying from outside the UK please keep in mind that travel restrictions are constantly evolving and may impact your ability to travel to London for the festival.

  • 30 Jun 2021 2:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are delighted to bring you another opportunity to win a wonderful guitar from our sponsors at Heritage and Bandlab

    There are two separate tickets for two beautiful guitars - see the product pages here to purchase your tickets  and read full product details and T&Cs

    GOOD LUCK EVERYONE and thank you for your support for the AMA-UK

    Raffle closed 

    Raffle closed 

  • 24 Mar 2021 10:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A Statement from the AMA-UK board  -   Safeguarding the Americana Music Community in the UK

    Like so many, we at the Americana Music Association UK have been listening to the voices of women in recent weeks and have been engaged with our membership in exploring how we, as a representative body and an organiser of events, can provide a welcoming, safe and secure environment at all times for our members, partners, friends and music fans. With everything that we do, we are mindful of our role and responsibility and we want to explain what we are already doing in this regard and what more we hope to do to drive forward positive change.

    We will continue to:

    • Grow and strengthen our partnership with Safe Gigs for Women, ensuring we are informed and educated on how we can make our events as safe as possible for women and those who feel at risk.
    • Ensure a 50:50 gender balance across all of our events, from the performers on stage to the volunteers behind the scenes, and continue to work with PRS Foundation as a partner on their Keychange initiative.
    • Educate ourselves and our members by exploring this important theme through our annual events programme.
    • Strive to ensure female artists are heard, respected and supported both on stage and off.

    In addition, we commit to:

    • Working with our venue partners across all of our events to introduce a “safe word” to facilitate easy reporting and immediate support.
    • Working with our partners at Hackney Council to review safety measures implemented during our annual AmericanaFest UK, particularly when moving from one venue to another to attend showcases.
    • Working with our events partners to create a safe space at our events where inappropriate conduct can be confidentially reported. 

    The Americana Music Association UK is committed to creating positive experiences and opportunities to champion and celebrate music and talent from within our community. We will continue to strive to make the genre, as well as our events and activities, as accessible and inclusive as possible within a safe and open environment. We thank our members and partners for their feedback and input in guiding our steps and we will continue to listen and evolve in the months and years ahead.

    The Americana Music Association UK

  • 1 Mar 2021 1:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Take a trip down memory lane, cast your minds back a few months to this wonderful event that brought us all back together again for a few days  to kick off the year...

    Thank you to the awesome Northern Cowboys for editing this showreel together

  • 2 Feb 2021 1:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our heartfelt thanks go out to so many people for making AmericanaFest UK “staying Connected” happen against all odds!

    We can’t thank our sponsors enough,  without them this whole event would simply not have happened. We treasure the support from so many in the industry. Thank you to our new sponsors and big thanks to those who have been on this journey with us from the start. On behalf of the Board, I extend a huge thanks to our amazing event team who went beyond the call of duty to be inventive and learn new tricks to pull off this event -  thanks to our brilliant production and event manager Renae Brown  - Arby Projects, to our brand and event consultant Romano Sidoli, our social media and design manager Lucy Powell; I think you will all agree she made the festival look amazing.  Thanks to our event producers Mark Lewis and Thomas Dibb - The Northern Cowboys for their calm, cool and collected streaming skills while running the live event, thanks to our event website developer Leon Nockolds.  Huge thanks to our awards show producer Miles Myerscough-Harris  - Wholehog Media,  Kerry McLean for being the "voice of God” during the awards.  Special thanks go out to Bob Harris OBE for presenting the awards (for the 6th year running) in a way only he could.  Thank you to Ralph McLean for the John Prine Tribute show introduction, thank you to all the performers throughout the whole event, the NHS staff and songwriters, the nominees and presenters.  Thanks to the NHS songwriting film producer Georgie d’Albiac.  Thank you to our PR team Claire Horton and Richard Wootton, and to our CFO Ian Thomas for keeping the numbers under control. And thank you to the Chair of our Board Lynne Best, all the Board Members and Ambassador Board for their support and having trust in me to do this job! Lastly, we send thanks to everyone who came to AmericanaFest UK last week  - we are still feeling warm & fuzzy from the communal Americana hug that stretched around us all for three days in January, from across the globe.

    If you attended the event we would be grateful if you could take 2 minutes fill out this SURVEY HERE

    Don't forget you can till log in until Feb 11th, you can still enter the raffle and you can still buy memorabilia merch.

    Thank you 


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