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.
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.
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.
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.
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.