The fourth Glasgow Americana Festival line-up will feature over fifteen acts at five different venues over five days, starting on October 6.
Grammy-nominated Tift Merritt, Eilen Jewel, Gurf Morlix, Girlyman, Kevin Welch and Frazey Ford from The Be Good Tanyas are among those heading to the city for the highly popular festival that has become a firm favourite on Scotland’s music festival map.
Tift Merritt has a growing fan base that admires the intimate story telling in her songs and her June 1 release “See You On The Moon” was included Paste magazine’s 25 most eagerly anticipated albums of the summer.
Eilen Jewell, who is a rising star in a new generation of roots musicians, made her Scottish debut in Glasgow last October and sparked off glowing reviews. She has a folk base but is equally at home with the blues, rockabilly and even garage rock.
Gurf Morlix, the Americana Music Association’s Instrumentalist of the Year for 2009, is a top-drawer songwriter and solo artiste while the likes of Lucinda Williams, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Mary Gauthier have all benefited from his expertise as producer.
Girlyman, who have never toured in the UK before, clocked up a biggest selling album accolade on CD Baby recently with current release “Everything’s Easy.” The Independent Music Award winners have enlisted JJ Jones, formerly drummer with Po’Girl, who played the festival last year, for their visit.
Frazey Ford, well known as one third of Canadian all-girl band, The Be Good Tanyas is a welcome addition to the line-up. She has a solo album “Obadiah” due for release next month.
Log cabin dweller from Texas, Kevin Welch, whose latest CD is “A Patch Of Blue Sky,” is highly rated, pipped only by the likes of Steve Earle, Robert Plant/Alison Krauss to top music awards in recent years.
“I am pleased these first-class, well-respected and hugely admired artistes have agreed to come to Glasgow for the 4th Americana Festival,” said Kevin Morris, promoter of The Fallen Angels Club.
“They join a roll call of great names who have graced the Festival since we started, like Mary Gauthier, The Wailin’ Jennys, Robbie Fulks, The Handsome Family and many more.
“We are staging the Festival in October for the first time, it is running over five days for the first time, we have more acts than ever before and we’ve attracted a class line-up that will satisfy the tastes of all roots music fans.
“Previous festivals have generated positive responses and I’m sure this will be the same. The Festival will be a musical boost before we head into the dark days of winter. Hopefully with continued support from the Scottish Arts Council and Glasgow City Council Glasgow Americana will grow year on year.”
Tickets for all shows available from Tickets Scotland 239 Argyle Street Glasgow 0141 204 5151 www.tickets-scotland.com
More details at the Glasgow Americana Website.