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Tift Merritt
Three of my favourite singers are Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith and Suzy Bogguss and, with Tift I can hear echoes of all three with a big slice of Tift thrown in. This was taken at her awesome British debut at Manchester's Star & Garter in July 2002.

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Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer

Folk award nominee Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer are two songwriters from across the Atlantic who co-arranged a selection of epic old folk songs from our shores for their highly recommended 'Child Ballads' cd.



Kevin Montgomery

Nashville singer-songwriter Kevin Montgomery, whose dad used to partner Buddy Holly and was a songwriter himself, and whose songs have been recorded by top artists such as Martine McBride is seen here with his own Band in 2022, supporting Garry Tallent in 2017 and on earlier tours in 2009 and 2010 with Jill Jackson and Johnny MacKinnon. Seek him out!



Gentry Morris

American singer/songwriter Gentry Morris spent four years of his life in Nashville and his cd, 'The Bare Bones And Bad Ideas', received significant acclaim and consistent radio play in Music City USA. Keep your ears open and seek him out.

Peter Mulvey

Based in Milwaukee, Peter Mulvey has a deep and delicious baritone voice,he's an excellent introspective songwriter, a talented guitarist and a great storyteller. He is seen here supporting the Birds of Chicago at a Radio Lancashire 'Drift' session.

My Darling Clementine

Husband and wife duo My Darling Clementine evoke the great country duets of Porter Waggoner and Dolly Parton, George Jones and Tammy Wynette and Johnny and June. Their 2011 debut, How Do You Plead, won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, with songs about betrayal, regret, anger, guilt, revenge and hurt.

"It was theatre, it was country music, it was rock 'n' roll"- Maverick

The Once

Have won several East Coast Music and Canadian Folk Music awards.Geraldine Hollett has a wonderful, crystal clear voice which, when coupled with the tremendous close harmonies from Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale along with their multi instrumental talents, makes this a band that you need to catch 'live' when they're next in your area!

Tim O'Brien

Seen over here on the TV series 'The Transatlantic Sessions', Tim is a Grammy Award-winning American country and bluegrass musician who, in addition to singing, plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki and mandocello. He's seen here during his Autunm 2008 tour where he featured numbers from his highly rated Chameleon cd.

Tim O'Brien and Kris Drever

Currently riding high as a member of folk trio LAU, Kris Drever made his name playing both solo and with the likes of Kate Rusby, Session A9 and John McCusker. Singer & mandolin player Tim O'Brien is a legend of the US acoustic & bluegrass scene, a Grammy winner and a stalwart of the Transatlantic Sessions. The two came together when Tim recorded on Kris' forthcoming album, and the seeds of this duo tour were sown. The tour only lasted for a week but will hopefully sow the seeds for further performances like this!

Tom Pacheco

Described as 'One of America's Greatest Songwriting Treasures ' Tom regularly visits the UK on tours. Why he isn't playing to packed houses I'll never know as I rate him up there with the best singer songwriters that I've heard and I've heard a few.
Do yourself a favour visit his Myspace site, listen to his music, view his tour dates and get along to see him!

The Paperboys

The Paperboys blend Celtic folk with bluegrass, Mexican, Eastern European, African, zydeco, soul, country, pop and rock. Over the past 15 years the band have produced eight acclaimed albums, been on countless tours of North America and Europe and amassed a heap of industry accolades and music awards - including Canada's version of The Grammys - The JUNO Award.

My Sweet Patootie

I go way way back to those great times spent with Tanglefoot when I see Terry Young and Sandra Swannell, they've now been joined by Bradford Nowak. This acoustic roots group brings twining vocal harmonies, monstrous fingerstyle guitar, sizzling fiddle, percussion and abundant charisma together in one perfect package. Complete with tall tales and corny jokes, the band deliver a modern-day music hall show that Driftwood Magazine describes as "two parts exemplary musicianship, one part vaudeville comedy".

Alice Peacock
Seen here during her debut tour of the UK as support to Lucy Kaplansky, Alice gave a superb support slot and then followed it up by providing exquisite harmonies to Lucy's encore of "Guinevere".

Perch Creek Family Jugband

The Perch Creek Family Jugband are a band of five energetic multi-instrumentalists and vocalists, four of whom happen to be siblings. They command attention and lift spirits wherever they go, from dusty outback roadhouses to the Sydney Opera House, and have become a staple at music festivals across Australia. Fortunately for us they've now taken to visiting these shores so look out for them!


Gretchen Peters

You may not know the name but you'll certainly know her songs. As a writer artists such as Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill and Bonnie Raitt have covered her songs. A regular visitor to the UK, get out and see her live you won't be dissapointed!

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Sara Petite

Sara makes her home in San Diego and has grown quite a following, not just locally but worldwide. She's seen here supporting Eve Selis on her February 2011 tour of the UK and, judging by her performance, there'll be plenty more visits to follow!

Pierce Pettis
Described as 'one of this generation's most masterful songwriters' and with over 20 years of songwriting and performing behind him, Sing Out magazine stated "Pierce Pettis doesn’t write mere songs, he writes literature." Have a listen.

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Rod Picott

After hearing Rod on Bob Harris' show I decided to seek him out and made the 3 1/2 hour trip to Ashbourne's Beresford Arms for what was a wonderful evening. He's seen here with Andy Nice at Chorley's St Bede's in September 2004.

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Rod Picott and The Gun Shy Dogs

In my opinion Rod Picott should be playing to full houses every time he tours. Described by Maverick magazine as "The man who sets the standard for Americana, singer songwriter genre" and I wouldn't disagree, I've seen Rod solo and in various combinations and every time he comes up with the goods. Do yourself a favour and catch his next tour!


Jeff Plankenhorn

Better know as a sideman, backing the likes of Eliza Gilkyson and Slaid Cleaves on their UK tours, Jeff has also released an album "Plank" which illustrates that he is also a fine songwriter. He is seen here playing alongside Eliza Gilkysonat Bury Met.
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A Canadian band with a diverse musical style, Po' Girl merit a far wider audience. 'Americana' only loosely describes their music, as rootsy numbers are interlaced with country, Eastern European folk, jazz and pop in a thoroughly entertaining performance.

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These photos were taken during their one tour only in 2012 in the UK, where Allison and Awna were joined by Mikey 'Lightning' August on drums and Chris Merrill on bass, prior to both taking time out to record, release, and tour new projects. They promise to return as
Po' Girl in 2014 and I for one will be there!.

Wyckham Porteous

Vancouver based singer-songwriter Wyckham is causing a stir already with his version of The Beatles 'Please Please Me'. He's pictured here at The Wordern Arts Centre in September 2007 where he gave a great support slot including songs from his 'sexanddrinking' cd.

John Prine and Steve Goodman
The only time that I ever got to see both John Prine and the late Steve Goodman was at the Chorley Folk Festival in 1976. One of the first photos that I took it still brings back special memories. Clay Eals has written a fine biography of Steve, visit his site for details.

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Chuck Prophet and Stephanie Finch

Chuck Prophet seen here with Stephanie Finch on keyboards, his long-time partner from The Mission Express.

Jessica Rhaye

Jessica Rhaye is a stunning singer songwriter who is seen here on the Canadian Frost tour of the UK where she performed a number of tracks from her highly acclaimed "Short Stories" cd which I thoroughly recommend. At times she reminded me of a young Sarah McLachlan, give her a listen.

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Richmond Fontaine

Underpinned by lead singer and songwriter Willy Vlautin's lyrics, Oregon four-piece Richmond Fontaine's evocative alt-country songs paint a powerful and sometimes troubling portrait of life along the margins of the contemporary American West. Musically the group has cited influences such as Gram Parsons, Green on Red and Dave Alvin. Well worth looking into!

Richmond Fontaine Duo

Seen here the slimmed down version of Richmond Fontaine in duo format (featuring Willy Vlautin and Dan Eccles). They preformed a wonderful mix of songs from throughout their career and their 2011 album "The High Country".

Dana and Susan Robinson

Dana and Susan Robinson are two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. Their unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of Americas musical heritage.


Carrie Rodriguez

A fine singer songwriter, Carrie first came to prominence in the UK performing alongside Chip Taylor. She Rodriguez released her debut solo album, Seven Angels on a Bicycle, in August 2006 and released and her second album, She Ain't Me, in August 2008. She's pictured here supporting Mary Gauthier in February 2009.

Tom Russell

A fine singer-songwriter of many ‘western-themed’ story songs, a number of which are now classics.
Tom backs up his acclaimed recorded work with captivating ‘live’ performances. A must see!

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Tom Russell and Andrew Hardin
Tom Russell and Andrew Hardin
Performing at Westhoughton Folk Club in October 1999. Their set featured a number of songs from Toms excellent "Man from God Knows Where" CD and, for the second occasion, they gave us an evening to remember.
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Tom Russell and Michael Martin

Tom's songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nancy Griffith, Joe Ely, Iris Dement, Ian Tyson, KD Lang, Suzy Bogguss, Ramblin´ Jack Elliott, Jeff Walker, Dave Van Ronk and other great artists.

Tom Russell and Thad Beckman

Seen on his "Blood and Candle Smoke" 2010 tour of the UK Tom played with the help of the amazing Thad Beckman on lead guitar, the music was first class combined with Tom's great anecdotes leaving an audience wanting more.

Tom Russell and Thad Beckman (January 2012)

Prior to their appearance at Celtic Connections Tom and Thad gave us a a great time. Performing songs from his latest cd Mesabi along with a host of his older material he had the full house eating out of his hand as he gave us an evening to remember.

Tom Russell and Max De Bernardi

Seen here promoting his'Rose of Roscrae' cd set, which Tom described as “Les Misérables in cowboy hats”, along with a second half filled with audience requests for his older material and backed by the impressive Max De Bernardi on second guitar and vocals. Tom, once again, gave us another performance that will long be remembered by those in attendance.

Tom Russell and Max De Bernardi

Another great night with Tom and Max with Tom performing songs from his Folk Hotel cd along with lots of the crowds favourites. Tom's songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, Kd Lang, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Ian Tyson, Iris DeMent, Joe Ely and hundreds of others but his versions take some beating.

Bob Seger

One of my first 'live' shots and still one of my favourite shows was Bob with the Silver Bullet Band in Manchester in the late 70's

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Eve Selis

A gifted songwriter and electrifying performer, Eve Selis is well-known both to the San Diego music scene and to those lucky enough to have seen her on tour over in the UK. She is seen here on her July 2009 tour, accompanied by the talented Marc Intravaia.

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Eve Selis Band

Couple Eve's incredible stage presence with her group which includes some of the hottest players in town and the audience are treated to an unforgetable night. Get along to her next tour and join her ever growing UK fan base!




Eve Selis Duo

Winner of Best Americana Artist in the 2003 San Diego Music Awards, Eve blends many styles of American music into a high calibre cocktail topped off with a splash of her delicious 'lemonade and whiskey' voice. In this Gallery she is accompanied by Marc ‘Twang’ Intravaia and her support Sara Petite

Joana Serrat

Joana Serrat is a singer and composer from Vic (Barcelona) who from an early age was attracted to folk music and rock with American roots. She is seen here supporting The Delines as part of their Winter tour of the UK in 2019

Richard Shindell

I first saw Richard as part of Joan Baez's support in the late 90's at Manchester Apollo and enjoyed both Joan's version of Richard's "Fishing" along with his rendition of "Reunion Hill" so much that I bought a copy of his cd and have followed his music ever since.
Here he made what could be his final appearance for some time at Bury Met in December 2019.
He's taking a break from touring to concentrate on other projects but I hope it's not to long before his return to 'Live' shows.


Richard Shindell

Jane Siberry

Iconic and enigmatic; Jane is one of the world's most unique and gifted singer songwriters. Blessed with a sincere integrity and emotional depth, her work has spanned three decades, with the release of 14 studio albums and performances on concert stages around the world.

Angel Snow

Angel Snow was discovered in Nashville by Alison Krauss, wrote some songs for Alison's album and teamed up with her brother Viktor to record an album.

Seen here playing at Bury Met supporting Elles Bailey, the audience quickly warmed to her great song-writing and stunning voice. Come back soon!

Martin Stephenson & The Daintees

Martin Stephenson & the Daintees are a British rock/folk/pop band combining elements of "rockabilly, show tunes, rootsy pop, straight-ahead rock and punk". Releasing four critically acclaimed albums on Kitchenware, Boat to Bolivia (1986), Gladsome, Humour and Blue (1987), Salutation Road (1989) and The Boys Heart (1992), the band split in 1992. The Daintees reconvened in 2008 to release Western Eagle, the first studio album in 15 years,followed in 2012 with California Star.

The Stray Birds

Enjoying their first tour of the UK in early 2014 featuring music from their wonderful debut cd, you're certain to be hearing about this band in the near future. Featuring delicious three-part harmonies alongside their multi instrumental talents, they gave us an evening not to be forgotten. If you get the chance go and give them a listen!

The Swing Commanders is a stunningly vibrant and versatile group that performs an exciting mix of 1940s classics, boogie-woogie, western swing, 50’s jump jazz and more! Every member of the Swing Commanders sings and plays at least one instrument, sometimes three: Yet what makes them stand out even above their incredible music ability and performing skills is their joie-de-vivre.
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Garry Tallent

For the past 46 years, bassist Garry Tallent has been the backbone of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. He's the sole remaining member of the original lineup, appearing on every album and never missing a single concert. Throughout that whole time, he's been content to stand on the side of the stage and cede the spotlight to his more charismatic bandmates.

This finally changed in late May 2017 when he launched his first solo tour that brought him to these shores. I'm hoping for a return visit


Regular visitors to the Uk since 1998, I've enjoyed seeing Tanglefoot on many occassions but sadly 2009 will be the last year of the band. Five great voices, solo and in harmony they are are high-energy entertainers and will be greattly missed by the 'Footheads' here in the Uk. I can only wish them all well, past and current members, and thank them for some unforgetable shows!

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Eric Taylor

Texan Eric Taylor is a sage musician, a lyrical genius and a master of the guitar. If you're not familiar with Eric by name, you've probably heard his songs performed by people such as Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett. He has a multitude of fans and devotees many that are legends themselves.

Gordie Tentrees and Jaxon Haldane

From headlining Celtic Connections (Glasgow) to the Woody Guthrie Festival (Oklahoma) Canadians Gordie Tentrees & Jaxon Haldane never repeat, juggling the dark with the light, brotherly harmonies & masterful storytelling.

The Wailin' Jennys

If you enjoy three-part harmonies then you won't find better than The Wailin' Jennys. These three Canadian contemporary singer/songwriters, established artists in their own right, combine to produce some of the finest harmonies I've heard in ages. Check out their cd '40 Days' and catch them on their next visit!

The Wallbirds

This Doncaster band reminded me of the 'Old Crow Medicine Show' with fewer members but the same amount of energy whilst playing their own brand of country rockabilly. These shots were taken supporting Lucy Kaplansky where they went down so well they ran out of cds to sell. Visit their Myspace site, give them a listen and give them a booking. You won't regret it

Stuart Warburton

North West based singer songwriter Stuart is seen here supporting Eric Taylor on his 2011 UK tour where his fine set included everything from romance to the number of young women being murdered on the Mexican borders and got us all in the mood for what was to follow.

David Wax Museum

"One of Boston's hottest new bands"(The Boston Globe) , fuses exuberant Mexican roots music with homegrown country folk, creating a unique Mexo-Americana sound. With Latin rhythms, call-and-response hollering, accordion pumping and donkey jawbone rattling, they have won over audiences across the USA and will hopefully repeat this over here.
Seen here on their debut tour odf the UK in april 2011

Chris and Kellie While

"The world class vocals of internationally lauded Chris While and the uncannily similar quality of daughter Kellie While, combine an evening for unforgettable live music. Chris and Kellie have sung together since Kellie was fourteen years old and they have produced two formidable albums to date, Chris and Kellie While and Too Few Words."

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