Friday, 17 February 2017

Americana UK Awards 2017

UK Americana Awards 2017 Winners (membership voted)
UK Album of The Year:  Ghost by Lewis & Leigh
International Album of the Year: ANGELENO by Sam Outlaw
UK Artist of the Year: Yola Carter
International Artist of the Year: Sturgill Simpson
UK Song of the Year:  The 4:19 by Lewis & Leigh
International Song of the Year: Hands of Time by Margo Price
UK Instrumentalist of the Year: Chris “CJ” Hillman

The second UK Americana Awards took place at London’s St John at Hackney on Thursday evening, 2nd February 2017.
It rounded off two days of activities at the Americana Music Association UK conference 2017.
Legendary broadcaster Bob Harris (OBE) hosted the show and featured performances from nominees and award winners, including Richard Thompson.

Celebrating the thriving UK and International Americana music scene, an audience of guests, AMA-UK delegates, members of the music industry and the public were treated to performances from Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Richard Thompson and five-time Grammy award winner Mary Chapin Carpenter.

There were performances from UK artists Yola Carter, William the Conqueror, Peter Bruntnell, Danni Nicholls, Lewis & Leigh and Ethan Johns, alongside International Album of the Year Award winner Sam Outlaw.

AMA-UK Showreel
To mark the first anniversary of the launch of the Official Americana Albums Chart, Jools Holland joined Martin Talbot, CEO of the Official Charts Company, in presenting Van Morrison with the award for Best Selling UK Americana Album of 2016 for his album KEEP ME SINGING, which spent 10 weeks at #1 on the chart.

Harry Shearer presented Richard Thompson with the AMA-UK’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his unparalleled contribution to, and continuing influence on, the UK’s roots music scene.

Andy Fairweather Low introduced a video acceptance from Trailblazer Award winner Albert Lee.

Devon trio Wildwood Kin received the prestigious Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award.

The star-studded event, saw AMA-UK membership-voted awards presented by Imelda May, Kiki Dee, Jim Lauderdale, Timothy B Schmitt, Angaleena Presley and Guy Fletcher OBE.

Angaleena Presley presents the AMA-UK International Song of the Year at St John at Hackney Church.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Stewart
She is wearing a vintage 50s blue cowgirl print short sleeve knee length A-Line rockabilly pinup open neck swing dress (Product Detail)

Another great album of pictures! These are from Jonathan Stewart Courtesy of @WeAreTheMU
Listen to an edited version of Baylen Leonard's #AMAUK17 roundup on his "Front Porch" show.
It was first broadcast on Chris Country Radio at 4-6pm on Sat Feb 5, 2017.
Interviews with Angaleena Presley, William the Conqueror, Sam Outlaw, Lewis and Leigh & Wildwood Kin:

If you can taste the dirt through your ears, that’s Americana” - Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the AMA
The coolest music scene today” - New York Times

Official Charts - While The Lumineers claim the biggest Americana album overall, it’s Van Morrison at the helm of a surprising army of UK acts representing a quarter of the genre’s best sellers.
The legendary Irish singer-songwriter was presented with a special award at last night’s UK Americana Awards 2017, which took place at St John at Hackney, London.
The Official Americana Albums Chart - published every Friday on - highlights the flourishing Americana scene in the UK, where in 2016 25% of the UK’s Top 40 biggest Americana albums came courtesy of home-grown acts.
Americana music is defined as contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues. Alternatively, in the words of the inimitable Billy Bragg at last year’s UK Americana Awards, “Americana…country music for people who like The Smiths”.

Overall as a genre, Americana performs particularly strongly in physical product, with 66% of its consumption last year coming from records sold on CD and vinyl.
Van Morrison’s Keep Me Singing was the most physical of the end of year list, at 91%.
Van Morrison commented: “It is great to be associated with an award that recognises songwriters and musicians and which pulls together the various influences of blues, rhythm & blues, folk, country and rock & roll. I am extremely honoured to receive the award for the biggest selling UK Americana album of 2016.”
Martin Talbot, Chief Executive, Official Charts Company, said: "It has been a great first year for the Official Americana Chart, which has brought attention to almost 180 releases in this burgeoning sector, generating sales of more than 500,000 albums. Congratulations to Van Morrison, The Lumineers and Elle King in helping drive that success.” .....
Van Morrison (center) pictured with his Best Selling UK Americana Album award with host Jools Holland (left), and the Official Charts Company's chief executive, Martin Talbot (right) 
(Image: Richard Young)

UK Americana Awards 2017 Winners (in bold) & Nominees (membership voted):

UK Album of the Year (presented by Imelda May)
Ghost by Lewis & Leigh (produced by Matt Ingram) * WINNER *
Mockingbird Lane by Danni Nicholls (produced by Chris Donohue)
Nos Da Comrade by Peter Bruntnell (produced by Peter Bruntnell)
Palomino by Treetop Flyers (produced by Treetop Flyers)

International Album of the Year (presented by Jim Lauderdale)
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth by Sturgill Simpson (produced by Sturgill Simpson)
American Band by Drive-By Truckers (produced by David Barbe)
Angeleno by Sam Outlaw (produced by Joachim Cooder and Ry Cooder) * WINNER *
Midwest Farmer’s Daughter by Margo Price (produced by Alex Munoz and Matt Ross-Spang)

UK Song of the Year (presented by Kiki Dee)
‘Mr Sunshine’ by Peter Bruntnell (written by Peter Bruntnell and Bill Ritchie)
‘Silver Liner’ by Ethan Johns & the Black Eyed Dogs (written by Ethan Johns)
‘Tend To The Thorns’ by William the Conqueror (written by Ruarri Joseph)
‘The 4:19’ by Lewis & Leigh (written by Al Lewis and Alva Leigh) * WINNER *

International Song of the Year (presented by Angaleena Presley)
‘Dust’ by Lucinda Williams (written by Lucinda Williams)
‘Hands of Time’ by Margo Price (written by Margo Price) * WINNER *
‘Somebody Save Me’ by Cale Tyson (written by Cale Tyson)
‘Welcome To Earth (Pollywog)’ by Sturgill Simpson (written by Sturgill Simpson)

UK Artist of the Year (presented by Al Booth):
Bear’s Den, Billy Bragg, Lewis & Leigh, Yola Carter * WINNER *

International Artist of the Year:
Margo Price, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Richmond Fontaine, Sturgill Simpson * WINNER *

UK Instrumentalist of the Year (presented by Guy Fletcher): 
CJ Hillman * WINNER *, Dave Little, Henry Senior, Kirk Bowman

Lifetime Achievement Award: Richard Thompson

Baylen Leonard
Worry Dolls

Lewis & Leigh

Wildwood Kin
Sam Outlaw

Americana Music Association UK (The AMA-UK) is a professional trade association representing and advocating for the voice of American Roots music in the UK.
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