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Only a few more weeks before AmericanaFest UK returns

The festival will once more take over venues in Hackney.

Rhiannon Giddens
Credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones

AmericanaFest will return in 2019 with more exciting acts. The event will once more take place in Hackney’s Oslo, Paper Dress Vintage, The Moth Club, Empire Bar and Night Tales.

This year’s artist spotlight interview will be conducted by BBC Ulster’s Ralph McLean, who will speak with Ray Benson from Asleep at the Wheel. Bob Harris will be in chating with John Oates, whose recent album Arkansas pays tribute to American music roots and US musician Rhiannon Giddens will be giving a keynote speech.

Giddens says: “I’m very excited to see what the UK is doing with the genre of Americana, so I’m honoured to be the keynote speaker for 2019’s AMA-UK conference.”

Day one of the conference includes AMA-UK AmericanaFest UK Welcome & Board Q&A followed by more panels on 30th January including, Diversity in Americana: Breaking Down The Barriers, Oh Sister, Where Art Thou: Women in Americana Music, Americana in Film, TV & Games and Are You Export Ready?. On 31st January, festival-goers will be able to enjoy a song writing workshop, film and presentation, as well as the final panel of AmericanaFest UK, Honing Your Craft At Songwriting Camps. Panellists will include Ian Neil (Film Music Supervisor), Samantha Carew (Sky TV Music) and Ben Summer (Music Supervisor at Feel For Music), Matt Biffa (Music Supervisor at Air Edel), Emily Barker (Artist/composer) and Angela Penhaligon (Film, TV & Ads Music Supervisor) amongst other artists and music industry professionals.

Acts which are confirmed for AmericanaFest 2019 are: Madison Violet, Pretty Archie, Oh Susanna, Harrow Fair and Kaia Kater, Sam Lewis, Gangstagrass, CoCo and the Butterfields, Days Are Done, Martin Harley, The Luck, Birds of Chicago, Austin Lucas, Lucas & King, Jamie Freeman, Police Dog Hogan Wild Ponies, Amy Speace, Martha L. Healy, Noble Jacks, The Blue Highways, Caleb Caudle, Caroline Spence, Arkansas Dave, Nicki Bluhm, Mike Farris, Ethan Johns with The Black eyed Dogs, The Hanging Stars, Neilson Hubbard, The Southern Companion, Bennett Wilson Poole, Beth Rowley, Smith & Brewer, Amber Rubarth, Sam Morrow, Treetop Flyers, Carson McHone, The Hungry Mothers, William The Conqueror, Michaela Anne, Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou

AmericanaFest takes place in London between 29th and 30th January.

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