Ramblin' Roots Revue Line-Up 2022 in no particular order...
English singer-songwriter born in Liverpool, who to date has released 14 studio albums, including a Mercury prize nomination, written, and arranged for a multitude of recording artists around the world. In 2019 her record label One Little Indian put out an anthology 20-disc 2 book boxset spanning her solo career that has now sold out. She is the only female included in the Top Ten list of best Liverpool songwriters of all time.
She is a tutor at Arvon and Moniack Mhor on song writing and has her debut novel, The Ormering Tide published through Wrecking Ball Press to critical acclaim in March 2021.
Native Harrow (Fri)
Closeness, the fourth LP from Pennsylvania’s Native Harrow, elaborates on the duo’s radiant warmth and timeless nostalgia with the inclusion of new sounds and experiences. The combustible fuzz-driven opener “Shake” gives way to slices of 70s FM groove (“The Dying of Ages” and the desert funk of “If I Could”), 60s art pop (“Even Peace” and the expansive orchestral “Sun Queen”), and the kind of graceful folk (“Smoke Burns”) and folk soul (the compassionate conviction of “Carry On”) the band is best known for. The intricate polyrhythms and grinding Moog synthesizer (“Same Every Time”), the fully realized vintage jazz combo (“Turn Turn”), and the exquisite piano ballad (the penultimate “Feeling Blue”) provide glimpses down previously unexplored streets and find the band stretching out and confidently illuminating their expansive aspirations.
Steady Habits (Sat)
Sean was co singer-songwriter of Loud Mountains, the harmony-driven band formed with his brother Kevin Michael Duggan in 2014. After the boys parted ways, and continents, Sean formed Steady Habits with homage to his home state.
As sole songwriter for Steady Habits, Sean fronts this Oxford-based Alt-Country/Americana band that has drawn together some of Oxford’s finest musicians including members of The Dreaming Spires, Great Western Tears, The Greasy Slicks and Speed Buggy USA.
'An excellent new band with tremendous potential...an exciting blend of 90's nostalgia.'
- The Americana Music Network
'It is in the balladry that the EP has its heart...Steady Habits show that they have something really special to offer.'
Winter Mountain (Sat)
The Winter Mountain sound is a blend of melodic songs, an extraordinarily soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics, reminiscent of a time before digital recording when the emphasis fell on the importance of live performance and the essence of the songs. It was the quality of the songs and the power of his performances that inspired folk star Cara Dillon and her husband/producer Sam Lakeman to sign Winter Mountain to their label Charcoal Records.
The Hanging Stars (Sun)
The Hanging Stars channel the sounds of The Byrds, Big Star and The Flying Burrito Brotherswith hints of Mojave 3 and The Allah Las – mainlining the dying embers of the early 70s psychedelic folk and cosmic country scenes. The band is comprised of songwriter, singer and guitarist Richard Olson (Eighteenth Day Of May / The See See), Sam Ferman (The Light Shines) on bass, Paulie Cobra on drums, Patrick Ralla (The Alan Tyler Show) on banjo, guitar, keyboards and assorted instruments, with pedal steel courtesy of Joe Harvey-Whyte.
Their critically acclaimed 2016 debut Over the Silvery Lake received plaudits from broadsheets such as The Times and The Guardian, as well as Uncut and Q. They picked up a good amount of support at BBC 6 Music and “The House on the Hill” scored a much coveted 10/10 by John Robbon Steve Lamacq’s Roundtable.
Later Youth (Sun)
LATER YOUTH is the solo moniker of British singer-songwriter and producer Jo Dudderidge. His distinctive voice, soulful piano and lyrical wit take centre stage within songs and arrangements that have drawn favourable comparisons to Rufus Wainwright, Ezra Furman and The Bees.
Legends of Country (Sat)
English alt-country band formed by Jof Owen from The Boy Least Likely. Inspired by a long standing love of country music and memories of growing up watching Pebble Mill and listening to Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins, they were formed in the Summer of 2014. Their songs combine a classic old country sound with an honest and unmistakable English indie pop charm. Heartfelt and uplifting with a truckload of chicken pickin' and country swagger thrown in.
Produced by Rob Jones (Pictish Trail, Meilyr Jones, Rozi Plain), their second album, Anything But Country, is due to be released in 2022. Adding eighties synths to their neo-traditionalist country sound, they’ve doubled down on their love of Dire Straits and nineties country and recorded ten blistering cuts of what they’re calling “Drivetime” country; hi-NRG country pop with an eighties heartland rock power pulsing through the middle of it.
Their debut album was released to glowing reviews and great support at radio from Bob Harris on Radio 2, Chris Country Radio, Baylen Leonard on Amazing Radio and Cerys Matthews on 6 music, as well as other roots and country shows across the UK and the Rough Trade shop. The Saturday Dads was also the Record Of The Week on Absolute Radio.
The Bon Temps Playboys (Sat)
Cajun, Zydeco & Swamp pop mayhem consisting of members of The Roselly's and friends
The Dreaming Spires (Fri)
The band has an enviable musical pedigree. Group members - and brothers - Robin and Joe Bennett formerly played with not one but two influential bands - Goldrush and Danny & the Champions of the World, and co-founded not one but two award-winning festivals, Truck & Wood. They to staged an event... (Truck America) in Upstate New York where they jammed with Mercury Rev, Tim Easton and The Jayhawks (all of whom are now fans of the Spires), provided backing for The Band’s Garth Hudson and toured America with Mark Gardener of Ride.
It’s the latter experience – traipsing across the States in a beat-up Chevrolet van with no mirrors – that informs much of Brothers in Brooklyn. Whilst albums about tours can be a snooze-fest, The Dreaming Spires take their cue from Mott the Hoople in chronicling the lows and highs of being in a not-quite successful band in an alien land. The real story is in the people and relationships established along the way, and “the real show” is back at someone’s house in the desert hours after the gig finished.
Jeffrey Foucault & Kris Delmhorst (Fri)
In two decades on the road Jeffrey Foucault has become one of the most distinctive voices in American music, refining a sound instantly recognizable for its simplicity and emotional power. He’s built a brick-and-mortar international touring career of multiple studio albums, countless miles, and general critical acclaim, lauded for “Stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest” (The New Yorker), and described as “Quietly brilliant” (Irish Times).
Called “bold and brilliant” by the Boston Globe and “transcendent” by the LA Times, Delmhorst is a veteran of the indie Americana world, with vivid songwriting, soulful delivery, and adventurous arrangements that stretch the limits of genre. She’s been compared to artists as various as Anaïs Mitchell, Lucinda Williams, and Juana Molina – though she cites Rickie Lee Jones, in all her fearless joy and complexity, as an artistic north star.
David Banks & The Loose Change (Sat)
Rock N Reel 4/5
Songs that remind me why I liked rock music when I first heard it. In Banks’s hands rock still sounds passionate and fresh.
Penny Black Music
A stunning collection of songs deeply rooted in Americana.
Americana UK 7/10
Big, honest Americana in the mould of Petty and Springsteen.
Luke Tuchscherer and the Penny Dreadfuls (Sat)
Luke Tuchscherer is an acclaimed singer/songwriter from Bedford, England.
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 2011, Luke and Suffolk-based producer Tom Peters (who worked with the ‘birds on Cold Blue Sky) went into the studio to start on what would become Luke’s debut solo record. Named You Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sense — a title lovingly borrowed from Charles Bukowski — the album was released on 6 October 2014.
Upon release, the record garnered universal critical acclaim, It was voted second best album of the year in Americana UK's reader's poll (while Luke was named second best male artist) and featured on multiple "Best of 2014" lists.
Blair Dunlop (Sat)
Blair Dunlop, award-winning British singer-songwriter and guitarist, has now released 4 albums 2 ep’s and toured around the globe. All of this in a short 5-year career is astounding alone but what sets Blair apart from his peers is the lyrical and musical maturity with which he writes. His third album ‘Gilded’ was released in May 2016 on his own label – Gilded Wings – and was widely acclaimed gaining BBC Radio 2 Playlist status for the two single releases (‘The Egoist’ and ‘356’). Prior to this Blair released his acclaimed album ‘House Of Jacks’ in mid 2014 which lived up to the promise of his 2012 debut ‘Blight and Blossom’ (the quality of which contributed to his winning the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award). Blair has now cemented his place as one of Britain’s most exciting talents.. 2018 Blair saw the release of his 4th album ‘Notes From An Island’ on his own label to rave reviews.
Curse of Lono (Sun)
New album 'People In Cars' sees Curse Of Lono adopt a post-country aesthetic, swapping their Delta Arcade Fire feel for a subtle, cosmic feel based around Felix’s brooding baritone, the subaqueous sound of his rare Fender bajo sexto guitar and the deep space ambience of Harvey-Whyte.
As Felix’s bandmates each fell into day jobs to survive the pandemic, the band became more of a solo project. “Right now I can do what I fucking like,” he says. “I got a record that's my favourite record I've ever made by a long way, and it's the record I needed to make.
Daisy Chute (Sat)
Daisy Chute is a folk/americana artist and multi-instrumentalist. She has previously released 3 platinum-selling studio albums with Universal Records as part of vocal group All Angels.
As well as an award-winning singer and songwriter (BBC, UKSWF, Coffee Music Project), Daisy has worked alongside rock royalty Ray Davies and Kasabian and was a featured vocalist on Radiohead's latest album A Moon Shaped Pool.
With songwriting comparisons to Joni Mitchell (BBC Radio), Daisy's singing has been described as “Exquisitely delicious. Delicate, like a gossamer-winged creature made out of spun gold." Tony Moore (Soho Radio)
The Band of Hope (Sun)
Band of Hope are a British indie-folk-rock band from Wallingford, Oxfordshire. The band consists of Tom Crook (lead vocals, guitar), Paul Whitty (keys, multi-instrumentalist), Drew Milloy (bass, multi-instrumentalist), Ben Smith (violin, mandolin), Matt Allwright (pedal steel guitar) and Tom Fenner (drums).
Individually they've graced studios and stages with the likes of Mew, Danny & The Champions of the World, Jackie Oates, Microdisney, and Sadie & the Hotheads. Together they are an eclectic indie-rock collective, touching on genres such as folk and country while keeping the emphasis on solid song-craft. Extra Mile Recordings artist Ben Marwood has recently recorded a cover of their song Baby You’re A Mess for his latest album, Get Found. The band also featured as the backing band for Neil Halstead of Slowdive’s last solo LP, Palendrome Hunches.
"Causing a stir on both the BBC Introducing circuit as well as the unnaturally vibrant Oxford scene, Band of Hope are experts of dark, inherently tragic country-folk, in the realms of Villagers and the ballads of Jonny Cash." The fourohfive.com
"As his backing band for the new project, Halstead turned to the Wallingford, Oxfordshire musical collective Band Of Hope, a like-minded outfit of rustic English folk rockers." Direct Current
"The second album from Wallingford's finest alt-country collective is something of a low-key gem." Shire Folk Magazine
The Blue Highways (Fri)
Brothers Jack, Callum and Theo are the foundation of this Americana group who have been tearing up stages across the UK since they started the band in 2017. Having being noticed by the likes of the AMA-UK and Bob Harris as 'ones to watch', they’ve built a reputation as one of the best live acts in the scene. After the release of their acclaimed album 'Long Way To The Ground' in 2020, the band are back in the studio recording their next album which is due to be released in 2022.
‘The EP ought to be considered as good as any UK debut of its ilk since perhaps the first Grand Drive record’ - Americana UK
'With The Blue Highways clearly a band here to stay, this is a superb debut which perfectly showcases their talents' - Fatea
The Shapes (Sat)
The Shapes are a nine piece band from Oxford UK. They write and play a unique upbeat indie sound that has received wide acclaim in the media
They have been performing up and down the country in venues and festivals for the past 8 years. After several EP releases they have now brought out a full album entitled ‘Live in the Moment’
They sing of love, loss and sometimes try to provide a social commentary and play a unique upbeat indie sound that has received wide acclaim in the media.
Jesse Dayton (Sun)
Now a successful independent act, in the last handful of years Dayton has played guitar on Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan’s latest solo album, launched his own weekly radio show, Dayton’s “Badass Country Show,” on Gimme Country and licensed more than 50 songs for film and television…not to mention touring his arse off playing over 150 live dates per year throughout Europe and North America while also releasing five albums for Blue Élan Records.
Ferris & Sylvester (Sat)
Ferris & Sylvester are songwriters. With clear references in their catchy setup to the mid-60s sounds of Greenwich Village combined with their meatier blues tones, the duo sit somewhere between Jack White and First Aid Kit.
The pair met five years ago in London’s best-kept-secret blues joint, Spiritual Bar and have since won over audiences across Europe and the US with their ever-growing live presence and songwriting. Obsessed with getting their music out there, the duo released their ‘Made In Streatham’ EP in 2018 which they recorded and self-produced in their South London flat. The duo have since released a collection of more expansive singles including 'Sickness' and 'Flying Visit' which range from the most intimate to the most enraged declarations of the human condition. Their timeless songwriting is impossible to ignore.
Beth Rowley (Sun)
Following a storming introduction in 2008, with her UK top 10 album Little Dreamer selling over 100,000 albums and receiving a Brit Award nomination for Best Female Solo Artst, Beth has spent years experimenting and perfecting her sound and finally returned in 2018 with album GOTA FRÍA. Beth still acknowledges early influences from Gospel Spirituals, Soul and Blues inherited from her parents, who brought her up on Led Belly, Mahalia Jackson. Her new sound has grown edgier, deeper and louder with more than hints of 70’s electric guitar, gritty harmonica and Americana influenced pedal steel. Beth recently sold out a UK headline tour, including The Jazz Café and the Royal Albert Hall, in support of Jools Holland.
Beth’s vocals are simply stunning, fragile yet powerful and need to be heard live to be fully appreciated. Whether she graces the stage either with her 4-piece band or a stripped back duo, it is clear to see that the years preparing have grown in her a confidence that only experience and commitment to your art can give.
Lady Nade (Fri)
This Bristolian folk/ Americana songwriter fills your heart with words and melodies that nourish the mind, body and soul. She started writing poems and songs as a form of healing from grief, learning that loss and grief isn’t something one can recover from alone and with her music and recipes she creates a communal experience that everyone can enter into on their own terms, performing in venues across her native city of Bristol, her work developed into a calling to connect with her fans on a deeper level and help lead them through life’s complicated tapestry with the healing power of music. She pours creativity into every song, often lavishing them with a recipe to match
The Marriage (Sun)
Brought together by a shared passion for song writing and a constantly overlapping and intertwined musical career, Americana duo, The Marriage embodies the beauty that can be achieved through the collaboration of two brilliant musical minds.
Kirsten and Dave have been surrounded by music their entire lives, with Dave first picking up a guitar at the age of 7 and being signed by a major label at 15 and Kirsten spending her Summers in Nashville with her father Stuart Adamson, founder of Skids and Big Country. Both have been playing in touring bands since their teens.
Their intimate and eloquent lyrics weave stories of love, loss and life’s complexity and their powerful and flawless vocals compliment each other in beautifully intertwined harmonies that mesmerise the listener.
Flo Perlin (Sat)
Flo is a singer-songwriter with Iraqi and Belarusian heritage, Flo Perlin grew up surrounded by an incredibly diverse range of music which has influenced her own personal and musical landscape ever since.
Starting from busking around The Middle East,USA, Europe and Asia (where she ordained as a buddhist nun) to touring around the UK, Flo Perlin supported well known artists such as Tom Speight, Sarah Darling and Paul Draper (Mansun) on their sold out tours. Life unexpectedly changed for Flo when she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and spent a couple of years in and out of hospital where she pieced together her album ‘Characters’. After recovery, Flo won a songwriting mentorship with The Nest Collective (BBC Folk Club) in 2019 which lead her to supporting artists such as Sam Lee, Peggy Seeger and Rachel Newton at music festivals such as Amplify and Magpies Nest.
Jim Maving (Sun)
Performing new material with full band...
AMAUK nominated Instrumentalist Of the Year 2020, Jim is the UK Americana scenes favoured guitar for hire and longtime player with many including Case Hardin, Mick (Mott The Hoople / Bad Company) Ralphs, Don Gallardo and, more recently an integral part of Dean Owens’ all star band The Southerners.
Heartworn Highways: A Live Tribute (Sun)
Our artists perform a mixture of original material and re-imaginations of songs by Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell and many others featured in James Szalapski’s docu-film Heartworn Highways.
Heartworn Highways offers an insight into an organic scene of outcast musicians working in Nashville and Austin in the mid 1970s. Many of these so-called ‘outlaw country’ musicians were fairly unknown when this film was made yet went on to become recognised as the great songwriters of their generation; Guy Clarke, Townes Van Zandt, Larry Jon Wilson, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, Steve Young and Gamble Rodgers to name a few. Heartworn Highways is known for being as influential on the ‘Americana’ genre as Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz (The Guardian) .
After many late night jams at well known roots music haunts, The Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon and Camden’s Green Note, this fabulous lineup were drawn together through a mutual love and respect for the music made by the artists featured in Heartworn Highways. This event is a rare opportunity for the musicians to perform songs written by their heroes alongside their own original material, and share stories of how Heartworn Highways has influenced their own songwriting.
Heartworn Highways Live consists of... Romeo Stodart, Michele Stodart & Angela Gannon, Beth Rowley, Ren Harvieu, Zak Hobbs, Patrick Ralla, Laura Tenschert, Robert Chaney, Felix Holt, Louis Brennan, Joe Harvey-Whyte, Chris Jones, Ned Cartwright, Basia Bartz.