So it’s that very exciting time of the year when us members of the AMA (UK) get to nominate those musicians and songwriters that have made our world a much better and more tolerable place to live in over the last year. It was John Miles (remember him kids?!) who actually wrote the immortal line,… Read More »
Nominating for any type of award is always a process fraught with agonising decision making at the best of times, but with this, the first annual AMA UK 2015 awards, it’s been doubly difficult, mainly because there is a staggeringly great depth of musical talent at loose, worldwide, within this growing genre of musical development. For what it’s worth, here are the Square Roots nominations in each category, and the reasons why we voted the way we did.
For us here at Square Roots towers, one of the unconfined joys of attending this simply awesome festival (organiser Paul Spencer is surely a Carlsberg drinker…..) is the opportunity to discover our new favourite music. Yes of course there are plenty of top notch artistes here operating within this genre that we all love, but there are just as many unsung heroes that are new names, and to us that’s surely one of the salient points of “non-commercial” festivals such as Maverick.
Our writers top music of 2014! Enjoy…… So here we are again – it’s that time of year when we think about what music has really moved and inspired us throughout 2014. We may be primarily an americana / folk / bluegrass / roots promoter, but of course we love all sorts of music (we’re not genre or year specific!) so read about our picks of the year (Top 5 and a bit!!) just passed, from Ken, Lloyd, Bob and Lynton.
Our writers pick their “Top Albums” of 2013 for your discerning listening pleasure…essential reading and essential listening! The brief was not just necessarily to pick out albums that have been released this year specifically, although of course that is the general gist, but to include albums (of whatever genre!) that have moved us, meant something or recently discovered past gems…..happy reading!
Didn’t we have a luvverly time, the day we went to Maverick? A beautiful day, curry on the way, and all for under a pound you know…..errr well it was actually three days, and it was over a pound (still the best value you’re gonna get for a festival!), but hey, you get the general idea!
We went to Maverick last year for the first time, and boy I was so glad that we did. It introduced us to some absolutely awesome new music that we probably would never have heard otherwise, and which has since lead to top Americana acts such as Hatful Of Rain and Otis Gibbs coming along to the Tower and playing fantastic shows for us.
Something that always mystifies me – why do people pay good money to go to gigs and then proceed to talk loudly all night with their co-conspirators, ignoring what they’ve paid money to see in the first place?! What’s the point?!
Surely they realise that if they’re talking then not only are they spoiling the enjoyment of others around them who have paid their hard-earned readies to see and listen to the artists, but in some cases actually perturb and disturb the artists themselves?
I read recently an article in a “local” publication where “local” musicians were complaining that they just weren’t getting enough support from promoters in terms of obtaining gigs. Now that did make me chortle just a tad! Our choice of artist isn’t based on a “will they sell out” philosophy, it’s based on “do we love them?”! The whole ethos is that we get to see and work with the musicians we love, and seeing our customers enjoying them just as much as we do