News update: Glasgow Americana 2017 Opening Night

Glasgow Americana Opening Night
‘The Late Great Townes Van Zandt Tribute’
Featuring Rachel Sermanni, Jefferson Hamer, Davie Scott, Roseanne Reid, Jonas and Jane, plus special guest

Wednesday 4th October 2017
The Drygate Glasgow

An evening celebrating the works of one of the most revered Texan singer/songwriters will open this year’s Glasgow Americana Festival.

The Late Great Townes Van Zandt Show has got the blessing of his family as Townes’ son, John has given permission for the title of the gig, which will be staged at Drygate on October 4.

Bob Dylan described one of Townes’ songs, Pancho and Lefty, as one of the best songs ever written and countless Americana acts cite Townes as a major influence.

Rachel Sermanni, Jefferson Hamer, Roseanne Reid, Davie Scott (The Pearlfishers) as well as Jonas & Jane are already lined up.

Each act will sing two Townes’ songs plus one of their own.

Picking songs from Townes’ impressive catalogue will be difficult – listening to them re-worked will be easy and a real pleasure.

Townes photo: Laurie Ashbrey


News: Martha Fields & Roseanne Reid Join Festival Line Up

Martha Fields & Roseanne Reid Join Festival Line Up

Saturday 7th October Evening Show

Female singer/songwriters from Texas and Edinburgh – Martha Fields and Roseanne Reid – will display their undoubted talents at the Glasgow Americana Festival this year.

Singer/songwriter Marty Fields is from Austin and rising Scots star, Roseanne Reid will be performing a double bill at the CCA Cinema on the evening of Saturday, October 7.

Marty – who is also appearing at the Hazy Recollections’ matinee show at The Glad Café the same day – is based part of the year in France, but no matter where she stays or plays she creates emotional, Southern music summoning the expressive power of Guthrie, Dylan, Gentry and Williams.

Her Southern White Lies album has enjoyed great critical acclaim and it ended as the No 2 CD of 2016 on the Euro Americana Charts.

Edinburgh-based Roseanne Reid – who was praised by Steve Earle, no less, as an outstanding songwriter – is growing in stature and popularity as a solo acoustic act.

Roseanne’s distinctive Americana song writing style and smoky vocals gained her a spot on the Radio 2 Folk Award Nominations 2015 list, for which only four acts from around the country were selected.

Her debut EP Right on Time was released in 2015 and will be followed up this year.

Marty and Roseanne are two exceptional talents from both sides of the Atlantic with highly individual songs and styles, so a special evening is in store.


News: Hazy Afternoon At The Glad Café

Hazy Afternoon At The Glad Café

Saturday 7th October Matinee Show

Martha Fields, Ags Connolly and Martha L. Healy will bring an intriguing range of sounds embracing all that’s good about this musical genre plus more to be confirmed.

A singer/songwriter from Austin, Texas, Marty Fields is based part of the year in France and enjoyed great critical acclaim with her Southern White Lies album, which was the No 2 CD of 2016 on the Euro Americana Charts.

This will be a Glasgow debut for Marty whose Southern gothic, emotionally-charged music summons the expressive power of Guthrie, Dylan, Gentry and Williams.

Ags Connolly, a traditional country singer-songwriter from Oxfordshire, is also a proud supporter of the ‘Ameripolitan’ movement, supporting new music with a traditional roots influence.

His second album released this year, Nothin Unexpected, was a brilliant follow=up to his stunning debut, How About Now.

With the likes of Darrell Scott and Grammy-Award winner, Roseanne Cash in his corner, he has won many admirers with
Country Music People magazine naming his song, ‘When Country Was Proud’ as one of the Top 50 country songs from the last 30 years.

Half-Scottish, half-Irish, Martha L Healy is country through and through, raised on a diet of The Eagles, The Traveling Wilburys and Tom Petty, not forgetting Sheryl Crow, Carol King, Dolly Parton and Bonnie Raitt.

Her debut album, Better Days, was recorded in Nashville in 2014 and she also spent three months there writing a second one.

Her recent EP, To Be Free, was recorded as an interim project in her native Glasgow and received notable reviews from the Country and Americana press and plenty of air play.

This Saturday matinee event is well liked by Glasgow Americana fans and we think this year’s terrific line-up will boost its appeal greatly.


News: Mark Olson at Glasgow Americana Festival

Jayhawks’ legend Mark Olson to grace Glasgow Americana Festival

Saturday 7th October Evening Show

Founding member of legendary band, The Jayhawks, Mark Olson, will headline a Glasgow Americana Festival show at The Glad Café on Saturday, October 7.

The California desert cabin resident is rightly credited with writing some of the most blissful, genre-defining Alternative Country and Americana ever recorded, building a substantial fan base in the process.

His output as a solo performer continues to be impressive and a new album, Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun, is due out in September this year.

Ags Connolly is a traditional country singer-songwriter from Oxfordshire, and a proud supporter of the ‘Ameripolitan’ movement, supporting new music with a traditional roots influence.

Nothin Unexpected, released earlier this year, was a brilliant follow-up to his stunning debut, How About Now.

This is a cracking, crowd-pleasing line-up as both singer/songwriters craft terrific songs and deliver them with passion and style.

Mark has a dedicated following while Ags is making a major impact on the music scene.”

James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band Set For Hug & Pint

Glasgow sextet James Edwyn & the Borrowed Band are the latest act to sign up for the Glasgow Americana festival.

The first single Passing San Ysidro from their second album High Fences will be released in August, with the album launch to take place at The Hug & Pint on Friday 6th October as part of Glasgow Americana.

The band were formed in 2013, influenced by folk singer songwriters like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan as well as alternative country artists such as Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlins, the Felice Brothers and Ryan Adams. Their music is a mix of alt country, folk rock and roots orientated Americana.

2017 promises to be another busy and successful year for the band. With some high profile support shows for Johnny Fritz, Brent Cobb and Colter Wall already under their belt, the festival season will include performances on the main stage at Hebcelt , Southwell Folk Festival , Gig in the Goil, Butefest and Mugstock .

James Edwin & The Borrowed Band, The Hug & Pint Friday, 6th October 2017 Doors 7.30pm
Tickets on sale from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151 or Book online


My Darling Clementine Sunday Matinee Treat

The Glasgow Americana Festival Sunday matinee show will feature married couple, country duo, My Darling Clementine at the CCA on October 8.

The widely praised, Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish have established themselves as a class Americana act in recent years with their crafted duets, honed as an homage to their love of country music.

Their latest album, Still Testifying, is out now and to their trademark countrypolitan style they have carefully embraced country soul and let it seep into their music, adding a welcome new tone.

Michael and Lou certainly know how to create and deliver songs that are pleasing a growing number of listeners.

My Darling Clementine are a class act with a playlist that’s full of passion and charm so we’re pleased they can grace Glasgow Americana this year.

• My Darling Clementine throw down the gauntlet for anyone with aspirations of singing a country duet (and writing one too) – Americana-UK

My Darling Clementine CCA, Glasgow, Sunday, 8th October 2017 Matinee Show, doors 4pm
Tickets on sale from, The CCA, Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151 or Book online


THREE exceptional singer/songwriters – two Scots and an Irishman – are coming together for the Glasgow Americana Festival finale this year.

Jill Jackson, Dean Owens and Gareth Dunlop will be performing in the round at the CCA on Sunday, October 8, bringing to the stage a first-class range of songs in their own individual styles.

Jill, former Speedway front woman and former member of The Chaplins, has a terrific voice and is polished and comfortable in most genres with Americana/country with a hint of bluegrass forming large parts of her repertoire.

She’s supported Runrig and Bryan Adams during her sparkling career and her music never fails to impress fans and critics alike.

Leith man, Dean Owens is hard at work on his new album, Southern Wind, inspired by his trips to Nashville, Southern characters and folklore.

He’s enjoyed success with 2015 release, Into The Sea, gleaning many rave reviews far and wide.

Belfast born, Gareth Dunlop, named 2011 Songwriter of the Year at the Annual Belfast Nashville Songwriters’ Festival, has built a reputation on the style, soul and substance of his songs.

Gareth, who has opened for the likes of Jeff beck and Nanci Griffith is a multi instrumentalist, with distinct song writing and vocal styles that have led to his songs being featured in numerous television shows, films and commercials.

This is a highly talented trio who will bring this year’s festival to a stirring and sparkling end such is the quality of their singing and song writing.

  • Jill Jackson, Dean Owens and Gareth Dunlop, Song Writers In the Round, Glasgow Americana Festival Finale, CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Sunday 8th October 2017, doors 7.30pm

Tickets on sale from The CCA, Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151 or Book Online



News: Adam Holmes and The Embers plus Rachel Sermanni

The Glasgow Americana Festival has announced a sparkling double bill show for Saint Luke’s on Thursday, October 5 this year.

Adam Holmes and The Embers plus Rachel Sermanni are set to bring their distinctive and carefully-crafted songs to the Festival in an intimate setting that will showcase their undoubted talents perfectly.

Adam’s new, nine-song album Brighter Still is being released in June 2017, and more haunting melodies and thoughtful lyrics can be expected in his engaging mix of Celtic soul and a touch of traditional folk.

Rachel has rightly won admirers at home and abroad for her graceful music, which has been described as folk-noir. She writes and performs gently and with elegance, and her current digital EP, Gently is of a special, soft and collaborative nature.

This is a terrific double bill for Glasgow Americana featuring top, critically-acclaimed Scots talents.

Both Adam and Rachel write great songs so this promises to be one really great show.

News update: Slaid Cleaves first act announced for Glasgow Americana line-up

slaid_alaska-600x383Austin-based Slaid Cleaves has the honour – for the second time – of being the first act to be named for the Glasgow Americana Festival.

Rated by many as one of Texas’ finest songwriters, with comparisons to Woody Guthrie and other craftsmen, Slaid will play this year’s Glasgow Americana on October 6 in St Andrews in the Square.

Over a 20-year career, Slaid has proved time and again that he is a deft songwriter with flowing lyrical qualities with a great ear for a memorable melody – and he is hugely personable on stage.

With an impressive catalogue of CDs to his name – not least his 2013 classic, Still Fighting The War – he has built up a considerable following. Many fans enjoyed his previous visits to Scotland for Glasgow Americana four years ago and a 2009 Celtic Connections’ Austin Song Writers’ Show.

Slaid has a great name in the Americana music scene here and in the States so being able to have him in the city again as part of Glasgow Americana 2017 is a real pleasure.”

“…..a master craftsman on the order of Guy Clark and John Prine” – Austin Chronicle.


Glasgow Americana News Update September

Hazy Recollections Line Up Confirmed
We are delighted to tell you that Jenn Butterworth and Laura-Beth Salter will join the Hazy Recollections show for the Saturday (8th October) matinee show in The Glad Café, doors 3.30pm, 4pm start.

Jenn and Laura-Beth have each been a presence on the UK folk scene for a number of years. They were brought together by the close-knit and progressive Glasgow folk music community, spending lots of their time jamming an eclectic mix of folk music from across the globe, particularly the UK, Scandinavia and America.

Have a listen here:-

The Hazy Recollections Show also features your host, Findlay Napier, Otis Gibbs, Roseanne Reid and Mary Jean Lewis & The Low Men.

£10 for five fantastic acts, what you waiting on?

Tickets from Tickets Scotland or you can Book online

Sam Outlaw To Close Glasgow Americana
Californian Sam Outlaw is sure to be a hit when he brings the curtain down on our 10th Anniversary festival in The CCA on Sunday 9th October.

When Sam played a packed out show for The Fallen Angels Club earlier this year, we just had to make sure we got him back for Glasgow Americana.

Tickets from The CCA Box Office 0141 352 4900, Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151 or

Book online

See what all the fuss is about here:-

Glasgow Americana Festival Pass On Sale Until 30th September
Don’t forget the Glasgow Americana festival pass goes off sale on the 30th September.

The Glasgow Americana 2016 Festival Pass is now on sale at a cost of £80, for Friends Of The Fallen Angels Club Subscribers the cost will be £68. This allows you to attend all the shows you can manage during the festival between the 5th & 9th October 2016.

Please note there will be a choice of shows on some evenings during the festival due to shows starting at the same time, your festival pass entitles you to choose which you would like to attend.

If you have any queries regarding the Glasgow Americana festival, please send us an e-mail to
If you would like to purchase a festival pass you can do so here:- Book Online

Selling Fast
Purchasing tickets in advance is advisable for most of our festival shows. With just 3 weeks to go, Blue Rose Code, Sam Outlaw, The Stray Birds, The Song Writers In The Round night with Roddy, Boo and Ben all will more than likely sell out. So, don’t walk for your tickets, run for them .