On Thursday 29 June 2017, at the Dorset Arms East Grinstead, we have Annie Keating.
Having been discovered by BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris, Brooklyn based singer songwriter Annie Keating has appeared twice on his radio show. Since then, she has gone on to tour extensively in the US and Europe, and played at leading international festivals. She has performed on the bill with John Hiatt, Dan Bern, Bon Iver and other great artists.
Her album, 'Make Believing' released in 2015, was championed by The Daily Telegraph as their first pick for ‘Best Country Music Album’. She and her bandmates have just released their 7th album, 'Trick Star.' For this European tour Annie will be accompanied by Steve Mayone and Scott Warman
Local artist, Jemima Price has just released a new album 'Fragile House' and she and her band will be opening the show.
Tickets are £10, and available from www.WeGotTickets.com and Bullfrog Music in East Grinstead.
Here is a link to Annie performing her new single ‘Trouble’
On Wednesday 5 July 2017, at The Hawth Crawley, we have Lisa Mills.
Mississippi born, now Alabama resident Lisa Mills could be called a blues singer, or a gospel singer, or an R&B singer, and each label would be accurate. In fact, as the reviews of her 2014 album 'I’m Changing' poured in, she was described in all of these terms, and at least a couple of critics suggested they even heard the nascent stirrings of a jazz stylist in some of her more nuanced readings.
Audiences responded to Lisa’s sophisticated, emotional performances by making her last U.K. tour a rousing success marked by sellout or near-packed venues and the inevitable query as to when she would be returning; well she’s back!
Tickets are £15 and only available from The Hawth box office on 01293 553636.
Here is a link to Lisa performing 'Better Than This'
This show is in association with The Crawley Blues Club
Then on Thursday 13 July 2017, we go back to The Dorset Arms East Grinstead, when we have Don Gallardo and his Far West Band.
Don Gallardo has called Nashville home for over 9 years, but his California roots shine through on his album, 'Hickory', where Gallardo weaves his influences into modern roots-Americana. He is returning with his band to West Sussex after a successful show in East Grinstead last year. Don walks the line between folk, Americana and roots-rock. With four full-length albums, a live acoustic release, and an EP under his belt, he has earned a broad audience on both sides of the Atlantic.
Released in 2015 by the UK label Clubhouse Records his current album, 'Hickory', received a four-star rating from MOJO Magazine and was mentioned in Rolling Stone. The Daily Telegraph calls 'Hickory', ‘One of the Best Country Music Albums of 2015’ along with Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Patty Griffin and Justin Townes Earle. MOJO Magazine gave ‘Hickory’ '4 Stars' and in 2016 Rolling Stone calls Gallardo 'A singer-songwriter that is one of the Country and Americana scene's true journeymen.
Gallardo’s work has been prominently featured in films 'Jolene' and Jackass Presents 'Bad Grandpa' as well as highly popular television series, 'The Vampire Diaries' and ABC's 'Nashville.'
Here is a link to Don performing 'Diamonds & Gold'
Tickets are £10, and available from www.WeGotTickets.com and Bullfrog Music in East Grinstead.
If you prefer not to buy on-line and can’t get to Bullfrog Music let me know and I will hold tickets for you at the door.
Also after the Don Gallardo show we will be taking a short break and will be back in the autumn, enjoy the summer. Lastly, please feel free to share this with family and friends.
On Saturday 20 May 2017, at The Hawth Crawley, we have ‘A Night in Nashville'.
A Night in Nashville will comprise of three Nashville residents, Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic and Michael Logen, performing together and individually whilst supporting each other ‘In the Round'. It’s an evening in the style of the Nashville’s famous Bluebird Café. Tickets are £18 and only available from The Hawth box office on 01293 553636. Please note there are less than 20 tickets available so don’t miss out.
On Thursday 25 May 2017, at the Dorset Arms East Grinstead, we have a double bill featuring Hannah Rose Platt and Luke Tuchscherer, with Anna Howie opening the evening’s entertainment.
After playing gigs around the UK and in the USA, Hannah Rose-Platt released her album ‘Portraits’ in 2015 to widespread critical acclaim. The album has had considerable airplay on BBC Introducing, BBC Radio Ulster, Amazing Radio, Resonance FM, and Europe’s leading country radio station CMR Nashville. Her music has also been featured several times on Channel 4’s Hollyoaks. Hannah last played at the Dorset Arms a year ago when she opened for Don Gallardo.
Luke Tuchscherer is a Bedford-based singer songwriter. His introduction to the UK Americana scene came via the highly regarded alt.country band The Whybirds, with whom Luke sang and played drums. In March 2017, he signed a record deal with Clubhouse Records. His new album ‘Always Be True’ will be released through Clubhouse on 2 June 2017.
Tickets are £8 in advance & £10 on the door. Tickets are available from www.WeGotTickets.com and Bullfrog Music in East Grinstead.
Then on Monday 5 June 2017, back at The Hawth in Crawley, we have Lauren Housley with her band.
Lauren is returning to Sussex after a successful show in East Grinstead last year. Her songs conjure memories of her forerunners among strong, empowered female artists but with a distinct 21st century twist. A vocal and songwriting talent with hints of blues, Americana, old-school soul and rock in her locker, but a warm, intense and engaging style that’s all her own. Tickets are £15 and only available from The Hawth box office on 01293 553636.
Hope you enjoyed the Americana Live event at the Hawth last Sunday, thank you for coming along and making the day a success. We will be doing it again next year; how good is that!
In case you missed the announcement, the winner of the raffle was Ceci Collins, who won two tickets for ‘A Night in Nashville’ show.
On March 9, 2017, we welcome Paul McClure and His Lost Heroes to the Dorset Arms East Grinstead. Paul and the band played at the Americana Live event and were fabulous. Paul has recorded three solo albums of original songs - ‘No Place Like Home’ in 2003 and ‘Desire Lines’ in 2008. His latest album 'Songs For Anyone' was released in January 2016.
Opening for Paul we will have the talented duo Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer. Ben and Jimmy met each other at an industry showcase, that was organised by Joan Armatrading, and they started writing together at the suggestion of some publishers. They originally intended just to write together, but after realising that they had a natural affinity for each others’ styles they soon decided to start playing together too. Later that year, Joan Armatrading called Ben and Jimmy and asked them to support her on tour, and their first gig as a duo was supporting Joan in front of a thousand people.
Tickets are £10 and available from www.WeGotTickets.com, The Dorset Arms or Bullfrog Music in East Grinstead.
Our next show at The Hawth in Crawley is “A Night in Nashville” is on May 20, 2017. This features singer songwriters and Nashville residents Jenn Bostic, Sarah Darling and Michael Logen. It’s an evening in the style of the Bluebird Cafe, featuring each recording artist in their own right and together in an evening of songs in the round from the music city.
Tickets are £18 and available from the Hawth box office.
Happy New Year to all our supporters, we hope you had a good and restful Christmas and we wish you every happiness for this coming year. Are you ready for some great live music? Well, we have twelve shows already lined up for 2017!
Saturday 28 January
First up is the wonderfully talented Carter Sampson, who will be at the Dorset Arms East Grinstead. She returns to perform at the Americana Music Association UK’s showcase evening, and while in the UK is playing just a handful of dates, with one being for us in East Grinstead.
Carter is an Oklahoma City singer songwriter who writes songs that tell a powerful story. Her fourth, and latest, album ‘Wilder Side’ is a soulful masterpiece, that has received global critical acclaim and for many reviewers it is their album of 2016. The album focuses on themes of heartbreak and the open road, it is the kind of pure country album that’s simply beautiful.
Tickets are £10 and available from www.WeGotTickets.com, from The Dorset Arms or Bullfrog Music East Grinstead.
Sunday 12 February
We move to the Hawth Theatre in Crawley, where we present Americana Live. A variety of the very best UK Americana artists playing across two stages in the theatre’s foyer. Acts include The Dreaming Spires, The Redlands Palomino Company, Society, Paul McClure & His Local Heroes, Worry Dolls, Hannah Rose Platt, Jonas & Jane, and The Vanguards. Food and refreshments are available from the Theatre’s Cafe. Doors open at 12:30pm and the music gets underway at 1pm and runs through to 7pm. Admission is FREE, yes free, so come along with the family to this musical extravaganza that is Americana Live.
Nashville, home of Country Music, the Grand Old Opry and once a year, Americanafest. 22o5 Promotions made their way to 17th annual AmericanaFest this year to hear and see great Americana music. While there we met some old friends and made many new ones. We caught up with some folks you will remember, Don Gallardo, and Doug and Telisha Williams (Wild Ponies); and they all send their regards.
This year at AmericanaFest, the UK was well represented both with artists and fans. All our upcoming artists appeared on several nights in showcases across the town; Tim Easton, Robert Vincent, Danni Nicholls and The Rosellys. Rolling Stone magazine named Robert Vincent the best British act at AmericanaFest, and while in Nashville he secured a US record deal with Last Chance Records.
The awards show was terrific with appearances including the likes of Bonnie Raitt, George Strait and John Prine. The show, which was televised, ran for several hours so we didn’t get to a showcase that night, but that was OK as something really special happened later at a bar we were at. Jason Isbell and Steve Earle were there too and got on stage to join the house band for a few songs, which was totally unexpected and a very special treat.
We downloaded the Americana app to make our showcase planning easier, which turned out to be not so easy as there was so much to choose from. Nashville was really bursting at the seams with musical talent. We did our best to get to as many showcases as we could. We decided to see as many of the acts we have always wanted to see and to get to venues where some newcomers were playing, but it was difficult, a lot of travelling across town. What was surprising how many people use Uber and Lyft. Reminder for next year, keep the rental car or set up an Uber account.
We did get to see lots of new acts that we hope to bring to you soon; keep your eyes open for Nashville based singer-songwriters, a Canadian band and a rock-billy artist from Texas
All in all it was a great trip but it’s good to be back home.