Glasgow Americana 2016 update July

Blue Rose Code Support Announced

We are delighted to announce that the wonderful Roseanne Reid will be opening up for Blue Rose Code on the opening night of Glasgow Americana on Wednesday 5th October. Roseanne is definitely one for the future, have a listen to this beautiful voice here:-

Hazy Americana

We do love our collaborations with our friends at Hazy Recollections each year during the festival. The show this year will be on Saturday the 8th October at 4pm in The Glad Café.

This year’s line up will feature the fantastic raconteur Otis Gibbs, Findlay Napier, your host and the brains behind Hazy Recollections, Roseanne Reid who we mentioned above, plus Mary Jean Lewis & The Low Men, who won some new fans after opening up for Laura Cantrell in May of this year.


Glasgow Americana News May 2016

Legend Chip Taylor Signs Up For Festival

We are delighted to announce that the legendary American singer song-writer Chip Taylor will play at Glasgow Americana this year. Chip will play on Friday 7th October in The Classic Grand. Tickets available here:- book online

Chip Taylor 2015 (1) WEB
Chip’s songs have been covered by a whole array of artists, he wrote “Wild Thing” that The Troggs had a hit with and also “Angel Of The Morning” that was a hit for The Hollies.

Check out Chip singing, “Angel Of The Morning” below.

The Marshals Headline Show

The Wynntown Marshals have appeared at previous Glasgow Americana festivals by opening up for AJ Roach and Israel Nash Gripka. This year they will play their own headline show in The Hug & Pint on Friday 7th October.

Tickets available here:- Book online

The Scotsman, The Englishman & The Irishman

When a Scotsman, an Englishman and an Irishman walk on stage at this year’s 10th Anniversary Glasgow Americana Festival it will certainly be no joke.

Boo Hewerdine
For the talented trio of singer/songwriters – Roddy Hart (the Scot), Boo Hewerdine from England and Northern Ireland’s Ben Glover – will be performing in the round, with no shortage of superb material to choose from.

This show will be in The CCA on the Saturday (8th October) night during the festival, tickets are sure to go fast, you can purchase them here:- Book online

Jill Jackson GA Bound

Scottish singer/songwriter, Jill Jackson has been added to the 10th Anniversary Glasgow Americana Festival line-up.


The highly-rated, former Speedway front woman and former member of The Chaplins plays The Glad Café on Saturday, 8th October. This show is gathering a lot of interest already, so it’s best to buy your tickets early.

Tickets available here:- Book online


Glasgow Americana News Update 11th April 2016

Blue Rose Code To Open Up Glasgow Americana
We couldn’t be more pleased that our headline opening night  on Wednesday the 5th October in St Andrew’s In The Square will be Blue Rose Code.

The man behind the music, Ross Wilson has rightly won huge praise for live, sell-out performances including joyous sessions for the BBC.

And latest album, And Lo! The Bird is On The Wing has thrilled fans and critics alike with its beguiling mix of flawless folk, jazz, soul and country sounds with Celtic hints, plus John Martyn and Van Morrison vocal shades for good measure.

“Grateful for Wilson’s immense talent and craving more.” No Depression Magazine

There is sure to be a lot of interest in this show, so we advise you purchase your tickets in advance, available from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151 and Book Online

You can see what all the fuss is about here:-

Sunday Matinee For The Stray Birds
Our Sunday matinee show is now confirmed and on sale, fantastic show in store featuring The Stray Birds and the wonderful Otis Gibbs. The venue for this will be The CCA, doors 3.30pm, 4pm start, tickets from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151,The CCA Box Office and Book Online

Glasgow Americana Festival Pass
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 would like to purchase a festival pass you can do so here:- Book Online

Festival Enquiries
If you have any queries regarding the Glasgow Americana festival, please send us an e-mail to

Glasgow Americana 10th Anniversary Festival Dates
We are delighted to announce that the 10th Anniversary of Glasgow Americana will take place between the 5th & 9th October 2016 at various venues across the city.

News update April 2015: Bruce Cockburn


CANADIAN music icon, Bruce Cockburn has been lined up to play the Glasgow Americana Festival for the first time.

The folk/rock guitarist and singer-songwriter who has released 31 albums spanning five decades, selling over seven million copies worldwide, is appearing at St Andrew’s In The Square, on Wednesday, October 7, the opening night of this year’s Festival.

Fellow musicians and fans alike regard Cockburn, who has won countless awards and honours, as one of the most important songwriters of his generation.

He is famed for writing songs in many styles with lyrics that reveal his passion for human rights, political issues and spirituality. His memoir, Rumours of Glory, was published in 2014 and accompanied by a 9CD box set.

Jackson Browne, no less, said of the book: “… it is a highly personal account, by one whose quest for expression engages the most important social questions of our time.”

Glasgow Americana Festival director, Kevin Morris, said: “It is a great feeling that someone of Bruce Cockburn’s stature, an artiste so widely admired, has agreed to open this year’s Festival.

“It will be an outstanding night for all his followers, and a great first night as well for the Festival.”

News: Tom Russell Signs Up For Glasgow Americana 2015

TOM RUSSELL 2015Superb songsmith Tom Russell is the first act to be announced for this year’s Glasgow Americana Festival.

The man from El Paso, whose songs have been recorded by everyone from Johnny Cash to Nanci Griffith, will be appearing at St Andrews in the Square on Friday, October 9.

Tom reckons he’s written his strongest material in the past decade and his latest, The Rose of Roscrae has aroused the critics, attracting words like “masterpiece.”

It’s a double album with 25 original Russell compositions they highlight an artistic output that is never less than intriguing, eye-opening and thoughtful with a dusty, rootsy style honed over years of performing out on the road, doing his own thing.

“Tom Russell is as good it gets when you think about singer/songwriters of the past 30 or so years,” said Kevin Morris, director of the Glasgow Americana Festival.

“I am pleased he’s agreed to return to Glasgow to grace the Festival – an evening in his company is time well spent.”

Glasgow Americana will take place at various venues across the city from the 7th to 11th October, more acts to be announced in due course. Please keep an eye on our website for future updates:-


Adam Holmes (c) marc marnie WEBHotly-tipped singer/songwriter Adam Holmes and his band The Embers have been lined up for this year’s Glasgow Americana Festival.

Adam, whose debut album, “Heirs And Graces” is nominated for Scottish Album of the Year this year, plays The Glad Cafe on Saturday, October 4.

The 23-year-old from Edinburgh is winning many admirers with his cultured mix of traditional and contemporary folk music from both sides of the Atlantic, gently eased on to his own brand of Americana.

He was a finalist in the 2009 Celtic Connections Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition, nominated as Best Newcomer at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2011 and was further nominated for Best Up and Coming Artist at the 2013 Scots Trad Music Awards.

“Adam is a really talented artiste getting a lot of attention so he’s an exciting addition to our bill,” said Kevin Morris, director of the Glasgow Americana Festival.

“Edinburgh’s Adam Holmes and The Embers….. the epitome of sweet sorrow in his Americana-hued songcraft…” – Sue Wilson, The Scotsman, reviewing the 2014 Shetland Folk Festival.

Adam Holmes and The Embers, The Glad Café, Glasgow, Saturday, October 4, 2014.

You can purchase your ticket here.

Photo (c) marc marnie AH-117

First Acts Confirmed For Glasgow Americana

MARY GAUTIER 14The lady from Louisiana, Mary Gauthier will appear at our Glasgow Americana Festival at St Andrew’s In The Square on Friday 3rd October

The hugely popular and gloriously talented singer/songwriter headlined the first ever Festival back in 2007.

A new album, “Trouble and Love”, due for release shortly, features songs of transformation, moving from being one way to another way, internally.

She’s been a welcome visitor to Scotland with her challenging and critically-acclaimed catalogue of music from six studio albums since composing her first song at the age of 35.

For this show, she will supported by Ben Glover who won many admirers during his performance at Glasgow Americana last year at the Gram Parsons’ tribute night.

Glasgow Americana will take place at various venues across the city from Wednesday 1st to Sunday 5th October, keep watching this space.


Glasgow Americana: See you next year!

What a great Glasgow Americana festival we had, thanks to all who performed, and especially to everybody for snapping up all the tickets, almost 1000 of you bought tickets. Also a huge special thanks to Charlie Reader for his amazing help behind the scenes. We will do it all again next year, 1st to 5th October 2014.

Meanwhile here’s Laura Cantrell singing ‘Can’t Wait’ at St Andrews’s In The Square…

Anna Coogan To Open Up For Madison Violet

Boston singer song writer Anna Coogan will open up for Canadian duo Madison Violet at The CCA on Saturday 5th October at 8pm. Anna has been compared to such artists as Emmy Lou Harris, Lucinda Williams, and Kelly Willis. Equally comfortable in a rock club, theatre, or house concert, Anna has shared the stage with such diverse luminaries as Alison Brown, Reamonn, Fred Eaglesmith, Lambchop, and many others.

Book online


Slaid Cleaves for Glasgow Americana 2013

Slaid CleavesNEWS UPDATE


Austin-based Slaid Cleaves is the first act to sign up for this year’s Glasgow Americana Festival.

“An Evening With Slaid Cleaves” will be staged at the CCA on Thursday, October 3 and will be his first headline show in Glasgow for eight years.

With an impressive number of CDs to his name, he has built up a considerable following, many of whom enjoyed his last visit to the city at a 2009 Celtic Connections’ Austin Song Writers Show that featured Sam Baker, Kimmie Rhodes and Tom Russell.

Of all the singer-songwriters to come out of Texas in the past 20 years, few if any approach the lyrical and melodic consistency of Slaid Cleaves” – The Austin Chronicle.