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  • 14 Mar 2019 1:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NOW CLOSED the artists who are selected will be contacted in the next week.

    SummerTyne Americana Festival 2019 is back for its 14th edition, the excellent SummerTyne 2019 will take place on the sunny South Bank of the River Tyne 19-21 July in Newcastle Gateshead across the full site at Sage Gateshead. Celebrating the finest American roots and country music, this feel good festival brings together some legendary artists with a whole bunch of rising stars for a weekend long party and is this year headlined by the legendary KD Lang! 

    More festival details HERE

  • 14 Feb 2019 3:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This year we are excited to do something really special with Red Rooster Festival to curate a PRS Keychange inspired stage, this is a pledge AMA-UK have signed to have 50/50 gender balance by 2022, AMA-UK actually reached this at our conference by 2018 and will ensure this is the case at AmericanaFest UK by 2020 - we are really delighted to have been given this opportunity to share awareness of Keychange by the Red Rooster team.  We have teamed up with the American artist Sunny Ozell to host and curate the lineup.  So if you are a female artist or a band with an integral and permanent female band member then this is the stage for you to apply to this year.  

    You have to be a member to be eligible to apply 

    Sunny Ozell and AMA-UK will select up to 7 artists for this stage.  Only apply if you are able to perform on daytime Friday 31st May.  This stage is the Acoustic stage, but you can also apply if you are band with drums (no bigger than a five piece)

    NOW CLOSED -  successful applicants will be emailed next week

  • 10 Feb 2019 11:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It has been over a week since AmericanaFest UK 2019 and we have not sat still since; amazing photos and videos and reviews just keep on coming in and its very exciting and positive. It feels like we really hit our stride this year and that means there must a be a lot of wonderful people to thank…

    As CEO it’s my honour to be the one to write an open letter of thanks to everyone for being part of this amazing event and I’m sure you will join me in celebrating the great achievement of AmericanaFest UK, and the community of people who made it happen.

    I’m going to start by thanking the AMA-UK board. We meet regularly all year round to plan and plot and make this all happen, as well as playing really active roles during the event.

    Executive Board: Trudie Myerscough-Harris, Baylen Leonard and CFO Ian Thomas. Board Members: Howard Mills, Kim Bayley, Ralph McLean, Luke Hill, Paul Fenn, Charlie Pierce, Brendan McCarthy, Lynne McDowell, Anton Lockwood, Lauren Kreisler and Siobhan Mayer-Kennedy. Thanks to all of you. 

    UK Americana Awards

    This year Trudie Myerscough-Harris produced our fourth awards show and it was once again an incredible night! Months of work goes into a show like this, planning and talking to artists and managers, finding the right presenters and secret surprises. Once again she gathered her team of hard-working crew, family and friends to run the night. This family and her personal team all work in great unison and with Trudie at the helm it ran like clockwork. It really can’t be stressed just how much work goes into an event with so many moving parts. Special thanks go to assistant producer Marc West too for being an absolute star with everything leading up to and during the event.  

    Bob Harris… Can we all just take a moment in honour of this great man? Thank you to Bob Harris OBE, our hero, our patron, our ringmaster maestro! From the very first round table discussions with AMA-UK founders to this very day, Bob gives his time and support tirelessly to this Association because he is a true music man – it runs in his veins. The support to artists on every level comes from his heart. Let’s give him some deeply deserved thanks and gratitude.

    Thank you to Ethan Johns with The Black Eyed Dogs: Seth Lakeman, CJ Hillman, Jonathan Harvey and Jeremy Stacey.Thank you Ethan for finding time for AMA-UK, we value your expertise more than you will ever know.

    Thanks to Adrian Basketfield and his team from Night Owl Productions. Adrian’s work preparing for the Awards really showed; right down to the precise, minute-by-minute programming. Once again he made us all look and sound good – what a skill! Thank you Adrian.

    Thank you to Miles Myerscough-Harris for filming the event – I think you will agree the clips coming out are a really wonderful memory of the night. 

    Thank you to Catherine Myerscough-Harris for making sure the awards all got into the right hands at the right time during the show and safe guarding them with your life beforehand, handling the volunteer team and for ushering all those presenters and recipients off stage so adeptly with Jamie Freeman.

    Thank you to all these amazing showtime volunteers: Flo Myerscough-Harris, Dylan Mysercough-Harris, Alison Ioannou, Anne Soh, Annemarija Paula, Giulia Cristaldi, Jadesola, Rachel Harney, Scott O'Neill, Sophie McCarthy, Harry Taylor, Genma Evans, Siobhan Mayer-Kennedy and Sara Kelly.  A special shout out to Andy Washington for multi tasking during the awards day, the show and the after party.  We are incredibly grateful for your efforts and the time you gave us to make the awards show a success.  Thank you to Caroline Staiger and Kristina Wolpers for all their hard work on ticketing and the VIP seating area. 

    Thank you to the award presenters for joining our community and adding a touch of glamour, surprise and excitement: Alan Clarke, Nigel Elderton, Ray Benson, Ashley Monroe, Graham Gouldman, Emily Eavis, Martin Talbot, Micheal Dugher, John Oates, Robert Vincent, Rich Hall and John Paul White.

    Last but not least, congratulations to all the nominees and winners.  Thank you to the show performers: Bennett Wilson Poole, Jade Bird, Israel Nash, Curse of Lono, Ben Glover, Mary Gauthier, Yola, Ethan John and The Black Eyed Dogs, Rhiannon Giddens, Graham Nash – thank you for making the show unique and special! 


    Thank you to Lara Baker our Conference manager for producing such an incredible event. Lara has years of experience and her expertise really showed. We decided to do three full days of panels this year and Lara worked with me to create a full schedule for our delegates that was informative, educating and entertaining. 

    Thank you to the volunteers: Effy Simonsson, Magdalena Denkiewicz, Laura Edwards, James Harbord, Maya Thompson, Nigel Sutton, Klaudia Kulawik, Rachel Griffin – you guys really worked hard and were a great addition to the team.

    Enormous gratitude goes out to Rhiannon Giddens for her Keynote. It was not only poignant for this moment in time but historically informative and thought provoking. Many of those in attendance were moved to tears – it was a morning none of us will forget. Rhiannon has very kindly sent us the transcript of her keynote and poem which you can find on our website.

    Thank you to Bob Harris and John Oates, Ralph McLean and Ray Benson, Ricky Ross and Fiona Bevan for the ‘in Conversation’ sessions, each with their own special focus – they were real highlights of each day.

    We are extremely grateful to all our panelists at the conference. Thanks to: Trudie Myerscough-Harris, Brendan Mccarthy, Ian Thomas, Luke Hill, Charlie Pierce, John Shortell, Keith Harris, Kaia Kater, Allison Russell, Sam Beer, Jess Partridge, Natalie Stokes, Yola Carter, Bev Burton, Gill Tee, Louisa Rainbird, Matt Biffa, Angela Penhaligon, Ben Sumner, Michelle De Vries, Emily Barker, Crispin Parry, Tom Besford, Charlotte Penney, Phil Patterson, Neil Pearson, Winnie Sandy, Trisha Carter, Claire Gevaux, Paddy Nash, Tony Poole, Judith Owen, Judy Tzuke, Dan Moore, Graham Weber, Amy Speace, Chris Difford, Robert Vincent, Roseanne Reid and Beth Nielsen Chapman.  Thank you to Gary Horsman for doing the conference sound and making sure all those above and the audience was heard properly. 

    Huge thanks go out to Emily Barker for bringing Folk in The Box to the conference. Thanks to Lukas Drinkwater and all the artists who popped in to perform over the course of the three days – I think you will join me in saying it was a truly unique experience and a welcome escape from the bustle of the event.

    We have to say special thanks to Jamie Freeman who once again designed everything for AmericanaFest UK from the logo, the three brochures, posters, flyers, delegate passes, banners etc., as well as the slides for the awards show. He worked for months before-hand and non-stop during the event too, helping at the Awards show back-stage, and being the imperious voice over the PA.

    Showcase Festival

    Hard to express how much thanks we owe to James Walker from Brighthelmstone Promotions for totally running, organising and advancing the showcase festival and awards after party. This year we doubled the size of the event and he took it on without a single complaint – a true joy to work with a real team player. Jim also co-ordinated the volunteers in the venues and ran our new venue Night Tales each night. Thanks to the folks who ran all the showcase venues: Warren Wentworth, Phoebe Lunny, Sarah Claudine, Will Thomas, Will Moore – you were amazing!   Thanks so much to Rachael Muller and Jaz Connell for running the wristband exchange – a new venue for us and it was freezing cold, yet they smiled at every one of the 850 people who passed their desk. Thanks to the door volunteers and t-tshirt sellers: Millie Carter, Roisin Hodgins, Henrietta Clare, Amber Park, Tatiana Shelbourne, Bello Nrejaj, Leah Thompson, Emiliano Spence, Sophie Needham, Erika Severyns, Kerrin Gorrey, Coral Hutcheson, Skyelar Clarke – all super stars!

    Thank you to all the  showcasing artists who made the festival incredible, this year was off the scale: Sam Lewis, Gangstagrass, CoCo and the Butterfields, Days Are Done, Martin Harley, The Luck, Birds of Chicago, Austin Lucas, Lucas & King, Jamie Freeman, Police Dog Hogan, Wild Ponies, Amy Speace, Martha L. Healy, Noble Jacks, The Blue Highways, Caleb Caudle, Caroline Spence, Arkansas Dave, Nicki Bluhm, Mike Farris, Ethan Johns With The Black Eyed Dogs, The Hanging Stars, Neilson Hubbard, The Southern Companion, Bennett Wilson Poole, Beth Rowley, Smith & Brewer, Amber Rubarth, Sam Morrow, Treetop Flyers, Carson McHone, The Hungry Mothers, William The Conqueror, Michaela Anne, Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou, Pretty Archie, Oh Susanna, Madison Violet, Harrow Fair, Kaia Kater, John Oates, John Smith, The Rails, Ida Mae, Wade Bowen, Asleep at the Wheel, Chance McCoy, Rachel Baiman, Willi Carlile, Foreign Affairs, Robbie Cavanagh, Graham Weber, Danni Nicholls, Dylan Earle, Whiskey Shivers

    This year we had brilliant venue take-overs from Thirty Tigers, Big Indie and Canadian Blast – all three brought something unique and special to the event as well as fantastic artists. We were so proud to have you as event partners and look forward to more collaborations in the future. Thank you to Bluegrass Situation for co-hosting the networking drinks with Southern Comfort, it was lovely to continue on our partnership after our Nashville collaboration.

    Thank you to our sponsors and partners

    Southern Comfort – thank you Drew Young and the Southern Comfort UK team for being our annual sponsors again this year; we really value the relationship we have built over the years and your support is amazing. TN Vacation Made in Tennessee and AMA Executive Director Jed Hilly again sponsored the now famous after party: we’ve seen it said online that it was the best after party ever thanks to the awesome Wild Ponies who put together an incredible line up of guests from the showcase festival artists who all sang songs from Tennessee – it was quite something! Thanks to Night Tales for taking a leap of faith with us and to Sons of Slice for opening their pizza oven in the snow!

    Huge thanks go out to Marks & Clerk for amazing support, and thank you to Never No Management to co-hosting the pre show reception with them. Thanks goes out to MGR, we really have huge gratitude for ongoing support in so many ways, and especially for verifying the results of the voting. And for letting us have Ian Thomas who works so hard for AMA-UK.

    Thank you Proper Music, Yep Roc, Thirty Tigers, CIMA, Big Indie, PPL, PRS, MU, CD Baby, Key Productions  and BMI for supporting us so generously.

    Thank you to our  sponsors-in-kind: WBC Bags for Life, Axe Nicely Design, GigSwig, Brighthelmstone, Ooosh Tours, Folk in a Box and John Henry.

    Thank you to our Hackney venues. It’s our fourth year in and we feel very at home in Hackney. Moth Club, Empire Bar, Paper Dress Vintage, Oslo and our new venue Night Tales. Thanks to our conference venue Hackney House, and of course to Hackney Empire and all of your staff especially Jane, Becca and Hoff.

    Thank you to our PR team, LD Communications – David Cox, Libby Maguire and Dannika Webber.  Thanks to Joey Clarkson who kept our social media platforms buzzing in the lead up and throughout the events.

    We are immensely proud of our awards – the wonderful ‘Woodys’. The original concept by Russell Beck of a 7” single was then designed by Jaz Auden of 29 Woodwork, with centre labels designed by Jamie Freeman.

    Thanks to our photographers and videographers who were there to capture all that excitement. Georgie d’Albiac Brewin and Jools Owen, Chris Harvey, Music Up Close, Richard Young, James McCauley, plus Jonathan Stewart and Joanna Dudderidge courtesy of Musicians Union.

    Thank you to our charity partner Help Musicians UK, who hosted the Career Longevity panel at the conference. It’s a really important topic in this genre and we are proud to be associated with you.  We were proud to work with Keychange to create a panel about women in music and happy to say we have already reached the 50/50 gender balance pledge at our conference and are very close too with the showcase festival - all well ahead of Keychange’s 2022 target.

    Thank you to our members for making this community and being part of the family. So many of you nominated and voted in the Awards; the results are down to your choices and we value this so much. Thank you for attending and taking part in the conference which sold out again this year. Thank you for celebrating at the Awards with us. Welcome and thank you to our new Supporter and Patron members – your addition to this community is hugely valued.

    I really hope I haven’t forgotten anyone! We’ll see you on a stage, a festival field or at a music venue soon.

    Stevie Freeman
    CEO Americana Music Association UK

  • 5 Feb 2019 11:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Things don't sit still here at AMA-UK HQ so we are thrilled to bring you the first festival stage member opportunity for 2019 and delighted that this one is a brand new festival for AMA-UK.

    Ramblin' Roots Revue is now going into their third year and is bigger than ever with a fantastic focus on UK talent.  We are going to be co-curating the Earbelly Acoustic Stage hosted by Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou on Saturday 13th April.  There are five slots for AMA-UK members.

    If you are not yet a member then now is a perfect time to join as this is the first of many member opportunities to come in the next few months JOIN


  • 4 Feb 2019 6:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We were beyond honoured to have Rhiannon Giddens give a keynote address at our annual conference this year - everyone in the room knows they were the lucky ones.  However due to her generous nature she has agreed to share it with us all...

    You can read the entire speech here.

  • 22 Jan 2019 7:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wristband Exchange is from 4pm each day at NIGHT TALES where the bar will be open - The Southern Comfort Networking drinks is on the 29th  5pm -6pm  where The Bluegrass Situation present Rachel Baimen and Chance McCoy

  • 14 Jan 2019 7:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are so excited this year to have three guest showcase hosts at our festival.

    We are thrilled to welcome Canadian Blast to Empire Bar on the 29th, Thirty Tigers to Moth Club on the 30th, and Big Indie to Night Tales on the 30th.  We feel this really elevates our event, and continues our intention to celebrate international members and showcase artists who join our home-grown talent. I hope you will make the most of the showcase evening and that you discover something new and wonderful.

    All of these artists showcases are part of your wristband bringing total of artists up to 55 TICKETS HERE . members get DISCOUNT HERE

  • 5 Jan 2019 6:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Firstly Happy New Year to all our members and delegates!

    AMA-UK Conference, 29th, 30th & 31st January 2019

    Americana: Come On in: Diversity - Equality - Inclusivity



    We are really delighted to bring you this years conference schedule, with incredible artists coming to talk: Rhiannon Giddens, John Oates, Ray Benson and many more, great subjects to tackle like diversity, equality, and inclusivity. and with fantastic partners like Help Musicians UK, Musicians Union, British Underground and BASCA -  we feel we can guarantee three days of quality conversation and information...

    Take a look at the full schedule, click through to see who we have on each panel - we are sure you will be as excited as we are 



  • 8 Nov 2018 12:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Voting is now open to all members to vote in our annual UK Americana Awards.  Voting closes on Nov 28th at midnight.

    Members click here and log in to vote.

    UK Album of the Year

    • All On Red by Orphan Colours (produced by Steve Llewellyn, Fred Abbott and Rupert Christie) 
    • Bennett Wilson Poole by Bennett Wilson Poole (produced by Tony Poole) 
    • Shorebound by Ben Glover (produced by Neilson Hubbard and Ben Glover) 
    • Treetop Flyers by Treetop Flyers (produced by Reid Morrison, Sam Beer and Laurie Sherman) 

    International Album of the Year

    • By The Way I Forgive You by Brandi Carlile (produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings) 
    • May Your Kindness Remain by Courtney Marie Andrews (produced by Mark Howard and Courtney Marie Andrews) 
    • Ruins by First Aid Kit (produced by Tucker Martine) 
    • The Tree of Forgiveness by John Prine (produced by Dave Cobb) 

    UK Song of the Year

    • Be More Kind by Frank Turner (written by Frank Turner) 
    • Chicago by Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker (written by Josienne Clarke) 
    • Southern Wind by Dean Owens (written by Dean Owens and Will Kimbrough) 
    • Uh-huh by Jade Bird (written by Jade Bird) 

    International Song of the Year

    • Hold Your Head Up High by Darlingside (written by Auyon Mukharji, Caitlin Canty and Donald Mitchell) 
    • Mockingbird by Ruston Kelly (written by Ruston Kelly) 
    • Rolling On by Israel Nash (written by Israel Nash) 
    • The Joke by Brandi Carlile (written by Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth) 

    UK Artist of the Year

    • Bennett Wilson Poole 
    • Ethan Johns 
    • Robert Plant 
    • The Wandering Hearts 

    International Artist of the Year

    • John Prine 
    • Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real 
    • Mary Gauthier 
    • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats 

    UK Instrumentalist of the Year

    • CJ Hillman 
    • Gwenifer Raymond 
    • Martin Harley 
    • Seth Lakeman 

    Special Awards 

    Lifetime Achievement Award 

    Selected by the board members, our highest honour is awarded to a UK 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 2019 recipient will be Graham Nash. 

    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 2019 recipient will be Joe Boyd

    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 2018 recipient will be Curse Of Lono

    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 bestselling Americana Album by a UK Artist. The 2019 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 2019 recipients are Immy Doman and Risa Tabatznik of The Green Note 

  • 31 Oct 2018 4:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We feel very honoured to have Rhiannon Giddens as keynote speaker at our conference in January. 

    Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she also plays banjo and fiddle. She began gaining recognition as a solo artist when she stole the show at the T Bone Burnett-produced “Another Day, Another Time” concert at New York City’s Town Hall in 2013. The elegant bearing, prodigious voice and fierce spirit that brought the audience to its feet that night is also abundantly evident on Giddens’ critically acclaimed solo debut, the Grammy-nominated album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, which masterfully blends American musical genres like gospel, jazz, blues and country, showcasing her extraordinary emotional range and dazzling vocal prowess.

    Giddens' follow-up album, Freedom Highway, was released in February 2017. It includes nine original songs Giddens wrote or co-wrote along with a traditional song and two civil rights-era songs, “Birmingham Sunday” and Staple Singers’ well-known “Freedom Highway,” from which the album takes its name.

    Giddens has performed for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, appeared on The Late Show, Austin City Limits, Later…with Jools Holland, and both CBS Saturday and Sunday Morning, and dueted with country superstar Eric Church on his powerful anti-racism song “Kill a Word” (including performing the song on The Tonight Show and the CMA Awards, among other programs). In 2017, Giddens was awarded a Macarthur Genius Award and she has also received the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Singer of the Year and the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo. She has performed a recurring role on the television drama Nashville, playing the role of Hanna Lee “Hallie” Jordan, a young social worker with "the voice of an angel.”

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