Previous Festivals

5th October 2016: Blue Rose Code plus Roseanne Reid


Opening Night

Wednesday 5th October 2016

Blue Rose Code plus Roseanne Reid

St Andrew’s In The Square Glasgow
Tickets £14 from 0141 204 5151
Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

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THE sparkling Blue Rose Code will do the honours and open the 10th anniversary Glasgow Americana Festival in October. On Wednesday 5th October in St Andrew’s In The Square.

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.

Blue Rose Code’s impressive songbook has caught the ear of many, including star Scots actor, Ewan McGregor, who guested with vocals on one And Lo!

When Blue Rose Code launched the album at Celtic Connections in January 2016, the elegant and heartfelt songs moved some in the audience to tears – but everyone was on their feet at the end of a glorious evening.

“We could not have hoped for a better opening night as Blue Rose Code are exceptional, and Ross Wilson has emerged as one of the country’s leading song writers,” said Kevin Morris, Glasgow Americana Festival director.

“His band comprises top-notch musicians who clearly love playing his music – a night to remember is in prospect.”

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


6th October 2016: Norrie McCulloch & The Jellyman’s Daughter

NORRIE MCCULLOUGHNorrie McCulloch & The Jellyman’s Daughter

Thursday 6th October 2016

Blackfriars 36 Bell St, Glasgow G1 1LG

Tickets £9 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151

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Norrie McCulloch is an absorbing songwriter and performer with two brilliant albums to his name: his latest, These Mountain Blues has had the critics swooning and featured on many a radio playlist.

The Jellyman’s Daughter is duo, Emily Kelly (vocals, guitar, mandolin) and Graham Coe (vocals, cello), whose debut album with its range of blues, bluegrass and country shades, brought them a wide audience here and overseas as well.


This promises to be a memorable evening and will surely highlight the local talent we have right here in Scotland.

6th October 2016: Kim Richey

KIM RICHIE WEBKim Richey plus John Alexander

Thursday 6th October 2016
The City Halls Recital Rooms Glasgow
Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start
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Twice-nominated Grammy-nominated singer song, Kim Richey is making a second appearance at the Glasgow Americana Festival with a solo show on one of the Thursday night slots.

Recognised and acclaimed as an emotional and sophisticated storyteller, whose songs dip into country, Americana and roots’ fields – and she is comfortable in them all.

Kim played a sold out show during the Glasgow Americana Festival in 2008 and it was a tremendous gig, we are pleased to welcome her back.

“Richey entices you with sad and unembellished music that reveals an original spirit…” – Billboard Magazine

7th October 2016: The Wynntown Marshals

WYNTOWN MARSHALSThe Wynntown Marshals plus The First Charge Of The Light Brigade

Friday 7th October 2016

The Hug and Pint Glasgow

Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

Tickets £10 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151

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The Wynntown Marshals will mosey into town for a show at the 10th Glasgow Americana Festival.

The hugely popular five-piece Edinburgh-based band are set to rock The Hug and Pint on Friday, October 7 with their own distinctive and glorious take on Americana.

Songs from their acclaimed third album, The End of the Golden Age, released in 2015 – plus plenty from their catalogue that got under way almost ten years ago – will showcase the hard-working Scots’ undoubted class and major league entertainment value.

A Marshals’ gig is always a full-on affair with a superb crowd-pleasing blend of raucous, driving guitars and subtle harmonies.

What they offer has seen them headline throughout the UK and Europe and support, among others, Grammy-nominated Sturgill Simpson, Jason and the Scorchers, Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express and country legend Marty Stuart.

“The Marshals really do rock, as audiences will tell you, so we are very pleased that the guys can play the Festival this year,” said Kevin Morris, the Glasgow Americana Festival director.

The Marshals’ take on Americana and rock ‘n’ roll just doesn’t get old” – Metro (UK)

7th October 2016: Chip Taylor

Chip Taylor 2015 (1) WEBAn Evening with Chip Taylor

Friday 7th October 2016

The Classic Grand Glasgow

Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

Tickets £15 from 0141 204 5151

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Chip Taylor, rated as one of America’s finest singer/songwriters and masterful performers, is gracing this year’s 10th Anniversary Glasgow Americana Festival with a one-off showOne of the pioneers of the pivotal country-rock movement in the 70s and the man who wrote massive 1960s hits, Wild Thing and Angel Of the Morning, he plays the Classic Grand on Friday, October 7.

Chip, who’s visited the city many times in duo format with Carrie Rodriguez, gave up music for full-time professional gambling in 1980 but eventually returned to the business.

His latest album, Little Brothers is due out this year and follows 2014’s brilliant, The Little Prayers Trilogy, which is a unique collection of new songs over three albums, ranging from stark demo recordings in his garage studio to fully fleshed out roots rock duets with Lucinda Williams.

Over the years, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield recorded his songs while many critics readily put him in the same star category bracket as Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Guy Clark and Willie Nelson.

“Chip Taylor has long been a major presence in the music business, whether writing or performing, and to be able to bring him to Glasgow for our 10th Anniversary festival feels just marvellous,” said Kevin Morris, the Glasgow Americana Festival director.

“This is a brilliant opportunity to see and hear a true legend.”


Chip Taylor, like Johnny Cash, is well worth rediscovering by a new generation” – The Guardian

8th October 2016: Hazy Recollections

Hazy Recollections

With Otis Gibbs, Findlay Napier, Roseanne Reid, Mary Jean Lewis & The Low Men, Jenn Butterworth and Laura-Beth Salter.

Saturday 8th October 2016
The Glad Cafe Glasgow

Doors 3.30pm, 4pm start
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Findlay Napier- Glasgow-based singer-songwriter whose writing nestles neatly between the parallel world of folk and Americana. His most recent album VIP was #2 in The Telegraph’s top folk albums of 2015 and Maverick Magazine describes it as, “A brave, creative and smashing listen.” Findlay’s shows are about storytelling.

Otis Gibbs

Otis Gibbs – Otis has been a favourite of ours since he first appeared in Glasgow with Sam Baker in 2007. His song writing is of a very high standard, and his 2007 album One Day Our Whispers is a hidden gem. Otis played Glasgow Americana in 2008. His latest album “Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth” went down a storm with Billy Bragg, he said: “Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth has been a constant co

mpanion on my headphones over the past few weeks.”

Roseanne is a 23 year old singer-songwriter from Edinburgh, she was named as one of the four nominees for the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, and one of her songs was subsequently played on the Mark Radcliffe show. This also led to a live performance on Radio 2 on the Simon Mayo show.  In the summer of 2015, Roseanne was selected by Steve Earle for a Scholarship at his song writing camp in New York. He selected her for a Scholarship again in 2016.

Mary Jean Lewis- Mary Jean draws on a range of country, blues, and rockabilly to create her soulful style based on her powerful voice and intimate connection with the lyrics. This night promises to be an intimate occasion as MJ, Tim Davidson, & Martin Barrett perform some of the bands original material for us. Up close and personal with this Southern Belle and two Low Men 🙂

8th October 2016: Roddy Hart, Boo Hewerdine and Ben Glover

Sold Out

Saturday 8th October 2016

Roddy Hart, Boo Hewerdine Ben Glover

Song Writers In The Round

The Scotsman, The Englishman & The Irishman

The CCA Glasgow

Tickets £14 from The CCA Box office 0141 352 4900

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Doors 8pm, 8.30pm start

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.

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.

Individually they are terrific, collectively they will be equally so for this one-off evening show at the CCA on Saturday, October 8.

Roddy Hart, with his Lonesome Fire Band, have a new album due out in this year while the BBC Radio Scotland presenter has also been busy curating Celtic Connections’ Roaming Roots Review and the Neil Young 70th birthday live sessions in Aberdeen and Glasgow.

Boo Hewerdine
Boo Hewerdine, who has a new CD and digital EP scheduled for a summer release, is always a busy, busy man and an inspiration to many musicians. His skills in production are always in demand and recent work has been completed with Edi Reader and Chris Difford of Squeeze.

Nashville-based Ben Glover’s 5th and most recent album, Atlantic is a great collection of pure Americana – and he enjoyed huge success at this year’s inaugural Americana Music Association UK Awards.

Blackbirds, which he co-wrote with American singer-songwriter, Gretchen Peters, was named International Song of the Year.

“This gig brings together three outstanding artistes in a format that will highlight their songwriting skills to the full,” said Kevin Morris, Glasgow Americana Festival director.

“They are accomplished and entertaining so this is going to be one top-class event.”

8th October 2016: Jill Jackson


Saturday 8th October 2016

Jill Jackson plus support

The Glad Café Glasgow

Tickets £12 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151

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Doors 8pm, 8.30pm start

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, October 8.

With a terrific voice, Jill is comfortable in most genres but Americana/country, sometimes with a hint of bluegrass, form 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.

Jill writes great songs and sings with great emotion, we are pleased she can take part in this year’s festival.


9th October 2016: The Stray Birds plus Special Guest Otis Gibbs

The Stray Birds at Cambridge WEBMatinee Show

The Stray Birds plus
Special Guest Otis Gibbs
The CCA Glasgow
Tickets £14 from 0141 204 5151
Doors 3.30pm, 4pm start

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The Stray Birds are one of the hottest bands on the US roots music circuit and have signed up for a matinee show in The CCA on Sunday 9th October. Since first taking America by storm in 2013 they have gone on to win a huge fanbase, following triumphant appearances at big festivals around the world such as Celtic Connections, Cambridge Folk Festival, MerleFest and Tonder.

Their last album, Best Medicine, won them even more praise from the critics, and radio exposure from presenters such as Bob Harris at BBC Radio 2 who declared: “When the next album comes out, we’ll see them elevated into a kind of folk/bluegrass superstardom.”

That next album will arrive in August, 2016.

Last year they were flown in to the UK for a main stage appearance at Cambridge Folk Festival where they became one of the outstanding successes of the event and were filmed for the Sky Arts TV coverage. Presenter Mark Radcliffe told viewers they were “one of the hits of the event,” and added: “Everyone was talking about them – I know you’re gonna love them.”
“A band that’s destined for Global success” – No Depression

“Their gigs will be some of the must-see events of the year” – Maverick magazine

Nashville-based Otis Gibbs is noted for the lyrical quality of his songs about social and political issues as well as on-the-road observations from his own life.

His most recent album release, Souvenirs of a Mis-spent Youth won praise from everyone from Billy Bragg to No Depression.

“Otis is no stranger to Glasgow and he has many fans here who will be very pleased, as I am, that he’s making a welcome return visit,” said Kevin Morris, Festival director.

“Gibbs’ observations are the perfect backdrop for such literate hobo laments.” –

9th October 2016: Final Night Sam Outlaw

Sam Outlaw plus Molly Parden

Sunday 9th October 2016
The CCA Glasgow
Doors 8pm, 8.30pm start
Tickets £14 from The CCA 0141 352 4900
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South Californian, Sam Outlaw will be the final act at this year’s 10th Anniversary Glasgow Americana Festival, appearing at the CCA for the Sunday night

With Ry Cooder a major fan, Sam calls his music “SoCal Country” and his outstanding debut release, Angeleno, with its moody yet timeless songs, made it into The Guardian’s Top 10 country albums list for 2015.

Sam played a sold-out Glasgow show earlier this year on a wave of interest and great reviews – he did not disappoint, we look forward to seeing him bringing the curtain down on our 10th anniversary celebrations.

“An album that’s a pure winner straight out of the gate.” –Dallas Observer