The line-up for Glasgow Americana 2011

Wednesday 5th October 2011

Opening Night

“An Evening With Eric Taylor”

CCA Cinema Glasgow, Eric on stage at 8pm

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The Glasgow Americana 5th Anniversary Festival opening night will be in the
company of Texan, Eric Taylor, who is rated as one of the most influential
songwriters to emerge from the Lone Star State.

Taylor will appear in the intimate 74-seat cinema space of the CCA to deliver songs from his seven album releases including the most recent “Hollywood Pocketknife.”

Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett have covered his songs among many others and he was a major part of Houston song writing scene that included Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, and Guy Clark.

According to Earle, Taylor is “the real deal” while Griffith adds: “For me to say that Eric Taylor is one of the finest writers of our time is an understatement.”

Taylor, with an exquisite narrative style allied to intricate, roots-driven guitar work, has toured Europe extensively – invariably with the “sold out” signs at the door.

“I think Eric Taylor will be a brilliant opening guest for the Glasgow Americana Festival,” said Festival director, Kevin Morris.

“Big names in the business rate him so highly and his fan base thinks he can do no wrong, so this should be a gig to savour.”

Wednesday 5 October 2011

Jake Cogan plus support

Bar Brel Glasgow G12 8SJ
Tickets £6 from 0141 204 5151

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Jake is without doubt one of the most exciting and outstanding vocal talents to emerge from Scotland in recent years, and we genuinely believe she is one to watch. Jake’s debut album blew everyone’s socks off last year with its exemplary musicianship, original contemporary writing, and its rootsy, Americana & folk flavours, becoming Iain Anderson’s Album of the Week on BBC Radio Scotland. Her unique rendition of ‘Parcel of Rogues’ reduced several people to tears at this year’s live Burns Night show at BBC Radio Scotland’s Culture Café, such was its emotional impact. Invited personally by her biggest champion, Dick Gaughan, to perform at this event, Jake makes a deep impression wherever she appears. Her unforgettable voice is full of great soul and emotion – once heard, never forgotten – and the band are knockout.


Thursday 6th October 2011

Bap Kennedy plus special guest Anna Coogan

St Andrews In The Square 1 St Andrews Square Glasgow G1 5PP
Doors open 7.30pm, shows starts at 8pm

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The Irish singer/songwriter’s Bap Kennedy latest album, produced by Mark
Knopfler, is titled “The Sailor’s Revenge” and will be another opportunity for fans
to hear music that one critic describes as “a mixture of American optimism and
Irish melancholy.”

Anna Coogan’s bittersweet Americana has enchanted listeners since she began writing her own songs in early 2002. A trained opera singer and field biologist, Anna translates her love for desolate landscapes, dark alleyways, and neon
valleys into simple, sweet melodies.

St Andrews In The Square 1 St Andrews Square Glasgow G1 5PP,
Tickets from 0141 204 5151

Friday 7th October 2011

Israel Nash Gripka plus The Wynntown Marshals
Stereo 22-28 Renfield Lane Glasgow G2 6PH, doors open at 7.30pm, show starts 8pm

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Israel effectively mixes down to earth roots rock tunes to back his notable and strong vocals that have brought comparisons to the famous Johns, Fogerty and Mellencamp, or The Stones in prime country mode.

“His breakthrough album”

-BOB HARRIS, BBC RADIO 2

The Baptist minister’s son’s new release, “Barn Doors and Concrete Floors” was recorded in an old, dusty hay barn in upstate New York with concrete floors.

Like his successful debut “New York Town,” it’s being widely praised by the critics for its grounding in all that’s good about Americana with classic Rock Nʼ Roll grit thrown in.

“Israel’s CDs and live performances clearly show that he is a really powerful and interesting artiste whose style will certainly appeal to Glasgow Americana Festival fans”, said its director, Kevin Morris from The Fallen Angels Club.

The Wynntown Marshals
Formed in Edinburgh in 2007, The Wynntown Marshals tip their hat to artists like
The Jayhawks, Wilco, Drive By Truckers, Ryan Adams and Neil Young.

Saturday 8th October 2011

Canadian Song Writing Circle
Featuring David Myles, Norma Macdonald and Gabriel Minnikin

CCA Cinema 350 Glasgow Sauchiehall Street Glasgow G2 3JD

Doors open 2.30pm, shows starts at 3pm

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The show, featuring these three up and coming artistes, has been made possible through the Festival working in association with Communities, Culture & Heritage, Nova Scotia and Music Nova Scotia.

Multi-award winning David Myles is genre-bending songwriter with a knack for effortlessly straddling jazz, blues, folk and pop styles.

Gabriel Minnikin, formerly a member of The Guthries, is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, who has toured extensively as a soloist.

Norma MacDonald has three albums to her credit with the third prompting one critic to observe: “…she instils her thoughtful songs with a healthy dose of soul and feeling…”

Saturday 8th October 2011

Lynn Miles plus support
The CCA, Glasgow

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Lynn Miles, one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters, will appear at the
Glasgow Americana Festival this year.

With eight albums to her credit, the winner of multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards, and a 2003 Juno Award for Roots and Traditional Solo Album of the Year, Lynn is a real talent with a growing following for her rich, deep emotional songs.

During her career she moved from Ottawa to Los Angeles and back again, with stops in Nashville and Austin.

Her latest CD release, “Fall For Beauty” racked up the kind of reviews many artistes can only dream of.

Maverick Magazine (UK) gave five stars out of five for an album with “ten magical reasons to keep pressing the repeat play button.”

Sunday 9th October 2011

Alejandro Escovedo plus Andrea Glass
The Arches 253 Argyle Street Glasgow G2 8DL, doors open at 7.30pm, show starts 8pm

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MUSIC legend, Alejandro Escovedo will pull the curtain down on this years Glasgow
Americana festival.

The highly-rated Texan will be the final night act of this year’s Glasgow Americana Festival at The Arches on Sunday, October 9.

A musician for 30 years, Escovedo – who can count Bruce Springsteen a big fan – turned
sixty in January but there’s no sign of him winding down.

He recovered from a near-fatal battle with Hepatitis C in 2003 and during his illness, supporters such as John Williams, recorded covers of his songs on a double CD.

He returned to music gradually but assuredly and his 10th studio album, “Street Songs of Love” was released last year. It was a major success and hit many top ten “albums of the year” lists.

One reviewer described it as “a triumphant, expansive roots and rock ‘n’ roll record that tenderly captures the value of friendship and family.”

“I’ve been trying to get Alejandro Escovedo to play in Glasgow for the last four years, so I am delighted at long last that he’ll be coming here for the Glasgow Americana Festival,” said Kevin Morris, of The Fallen Angels Club.

Sunday 9th October 2011

Sarah MacDougall plus support

Bar Brel Ashton Lane Glasgow G12 8SJ
Doors open at 7.30pm, show starts 8pm

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Half Canadian, half Swedish but entirely brilliant! Sarah was an immediate hit when she toured the UK in 2009 and further cemented her reputation with a highly acclaimed national tour last year. She has an astonishing voice and writes extraordinary songs that will have your emotions on tenterhooks. A unique talent who returns to the UK armed with two brilliant musicians and a brand new CD.

“She could make stone weep. Classic North American folk. Only the coldest of hearts couldn’t take up her plea to ‘ramble with me now’” Q Magazine

“Heartbreakingly beautiful” Americana UK


Sunday 9th October 2011

Hazy Recollections @ Glasgow Americana

Stereo 22-28 Renfield Lane Glasgow G2 6PH, Tickets from 0141 204 5151
Tickets £8, £6 in advance, doors open at 2pm, show finishes at 5.30pm.

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Five acts appearing in a special afternoon session in Stereo featuring The Doghouse Roses, The Dirt, Andrea Glass, Porch Song Anthology and Colin Train – organised by Hazy Recollections.

Hazy Recollections are well known for staging great musical showcases so their involvement with the Festival is a welcome addition, this set will offer greater choice for the final day of the Festival

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