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Glasgow Americana – blues, folk … and a little bit country

By on September 4, 2014

Oran Mor will open and close this year’s Glasgow Americana with Jimmy LaFave up first on October 1 and Sturgill Simpson marking the end of this eagerly-awaited festival four days later.

Glasgow Americana 2014 will feature seven gigs at five venues over five days – as fans celebrate the festival’s eighth year.

And director Kevin Morris said: “The festival is a really top-class line-up with acts set to please lots of music fans. It’s great these artistes think so highly of Glasgow Americana and are so keen to come to the city, either for the first time or for a repeat visit.”

Oklahoma/Texas songwriter Jimmy LaFave and his band, main pic, with their brand of ‘red dirt’ music get things under way for his first Scottish date in 15 years. He effortlessly blends country, blues, folk, and early rock and roll in his own compositions or choice of covers. He has recorded around 15 albums – the last with new material was 2012’s “Depending On the Distance.”

Award-winning Canadian blues guitarist and singer songwriter, Matt Anderson, who plays around 200 live, intimate and high-energy gigs a year, appears at The Admiral Bar on Thursday, October 2. Specialising mostly in an earthy blend of blue-collar folk, electric blues, and roots rock, his eighth and latest album, “Weightless” also boldly branches off in the direction of R&B, reggae and rockabilly.

The first lady of Louisiana, Mary Gauthier – she headlined the first ever Festival back in 2007 – stars at St Andrews in the Square on Friday, October 3. The hugely popular and gloriously talented singer/songwriter has a new album, “Trouble and Love,” to bring, featuring personal tales that are never less than moving and certain to give fans, as she would say, a “bruising” time.

There’s a matinee date with Texas-based singer/songwriter, Carrie Elkin at The Glad Café on Saturday, October 4. Carrie, whose new album with Danny Schmidt, “For Keeps” is out now, appeared as part of the Glasgow Americana 2012 show, “Austin Song Writers In The Round.” Many liken her to Nanci Griffith, Iris DeMent and Patty Griffin.

The same venue hosts an evening show that day with hotly-tipped singer/songwriter Adam Holmes and his band The Embers. Adam’s debut album, “Heirs And Graces” was nominated for Scottish Album of the Year this year. He’s winning many admirers with his cultured mix of traditional and contemporary folk music from both sides of the Atlantic, gently eased on to his own brand of Americana.

On the final day, The Hazy Recollections are teaming up with the Glasgow Americana Festival once again with a matinee show at the CCA offering an intriguing mix of artistes.

And bringing the curtain down on the Festival is Sturgill Simpson and his band. Nashville-based Sturgill – tipped by many to be “the biggest real country star in waiting” – impressed many with this recent appearance on Jools Holland’s BBC2 show while his latest album “Metamodern Sounds In Country Music” was named an Uncut Magazine Americana Album of the month.

Wednesday, October 1: Jimmy LaFave, Oran Mor.  Thursday, October 2: Matt Anderson, The Admiral. Friday, October 3: Mary Gauthier, St Andrew’s In The Square. Saturday, October 4: Carrie Elkin, The Glad Café (matinee);  Adam Holmes, The Glad Cafe. Sunday, October 5: Hazy Recollections, The CCA (matinee); Sturgill Simpson, Oran Mor.  See here for more information 

Sturgill Simpson

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