Festival Review

Festival Review: AmericanaFest Showcases- London – Day 1 – 29th January 2019

Festival Review 

AmericanaFest Showcases- London
Day 1 – 29th January 2019

6pm- Harrow Fair @ Empire Bar

Playing as part of the Canadian Blast! event at the Empire Bar, Harrow Fair…

Miranda Mulholland & Andrew Penner, performed a 35 minute set after arriving in London only a few hours previous. Even though they had been delayed in Toronto for nearly as long as the flight takes, they put on a stellar performance. With Miranda vocals and fiddle, and Andrew on drums, guitar and assorted percussion, they treated the audience to a selection of their own compositions and covers, including Chris Issak’s Wicked Game. Their voices blend beautifully together; the sweetness of Miranda’s voice and deep baritone of Andrew’s, mixing well with the guitar and fiddle.

Harrowfair // Americanafest 2019 – Showcases – London // Photo Credit: Claire Stones

If you like Americana, or just appreciate a great fiddle player they are worth checking out:- Miranda Mulholland & Andrew Penner- WEBSITE // TWITTER // FACEBOOK // INSTAGRAM // YOUTUBE 

7pm – Leeroy Stagger @ Empire Bar

The 2nd act of the Canadian Blast! event at the Empire Bar…

Leeroy Stagger took to the small stage area to perform a selection of beautifully sung original songs, many from his most recent album Love Versus. Playing an acoustic guitar with “In the battlefield called life love is my weapon of choice” painted around the edge, Leeroy showed the audience why he deserved to be part of this showcase evening. Joined on stage by Ryland Moranz, who provided harmonies as well as additional guitar and banjo, he interlaced anecdotes well with his music, and made a new fan of this photographer.

Lee Roy Stones // Americanafest 2019 – Showcases – London // Photo Credit: Claire Stones

If you like Ryan Adams, or just generally like melancholic guitar music, I would check him out:- WEBSITE // TWITTER // FACEBOOK // INSTAGRAM 

8pm – Kaia Kater @ Empire Bar

Performing as part of the Canadian Blast! Event, Montreal born Kaia Kater, provided a great set, singing original songs whilst playing the banjo with accompaniment from double bass and guitar. Kaia included songs from her latest album Grenades, which was infuenced by stories from her Grenadian father. The highlight of the set was the final number, sung acapella with her musicians, showcased her voice well and reminded me why I wanted to see this set. Kaia Kater dazzled with great banjo playing, a beautiful voice and superb songwriting.

Kaia Later // Americanafest 2019 – Showcases – London // Photo Credit: Claire Stones

KAIA KATER:- WEBSITE // TWITTER // FACEBOOK // YOUTUBE 

9pm – Carson McHone @ Oslo

Carson McHone, of Austin, Texas, played alone on stage at the Oslo, wearing a white suit reminiscent of 70s country stars. With a great country voice, and playing an acoustic guitar, Carson treated the audience to a selection of songs from her latest album Carousel. Her music is more country than americana, but as with of american country music, it is more about the label you are on than the music itself. It was a good set, enjoyable, with great songs and I will definitely be keeping an eye on her in the future. Carson is playing a few more dates in the UK this month, before hopefully heading bace to the UK later in the year.

Carson McHone // Americanafest 2019 – Showcases – London // Photo Credit: Claire Stones

CARSON MCHONE:- WEBSITE // INSTAGRAM // TWITTER // YOUTUBE 

10pm – Coco and the Butterfields @ Oslo

Coco and the Butterfields are a 5 piece from Canterbury, Kent, lead by Tom Twyman and Dulcima Showan. Their music, an upbeat mix of indie and folk, entertained the Oslo audience, seeing them put as much energy into their 35 minutes set as any band would a full set. They were an enjoyable band to watch perform, and their music had a good sing-a-long quality to it. Coco and the Butterfields can be seen later this month supporting Blue October on their UK tour. 

Coco and the Butterfields // Americanafest 2019 – Showcases – London // Photo Credit: Claire Stones

COCO AND THE BUTTERFIELDS:- WEBSITE // INSTAGRAM // TWITTER // YOUTUBE 

 
 
11pm – Police Dog Hogan @ Oslo
 
Police Dog Hogan, a British band who combine instruments from banjo to trumpet, with standard band fare of guitar and drums. Their music is of the folk tradition, with them playing on Bob Harris’s Radio 2 show, as well as festivals such as Cornbury and Glastonbury.  Their set included many upbeat songs, which had the crowd tapping along and the more downbeat (and thoughtful) Devon Brigade. The latter was nominated
for last year’s song of the year. Their 11pm slot didn’t dull their performance,
their banter or the audience’s reception. They are playing their biggest set to
date at O2 Shepherd’s Bush on 15th March, and if their showcase was anything
to go by, it will be a good gig.
 
Police Dog Hogan // Americanafest 2019 – Showcases – London // Photo Credit: Claire Stones
 
POLICE DOG HOGAN:- WEBSITE // FACEBOOK // INSTAGRAM // YOUTUBE 
 

 

AMERICANAFEST – https://theamauk.org – Wednesday 30th January (Day 2) coverage to follow soon…

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