Glasgow Americana Festival

This article is from 2009.

The Hotclub of Cowtown

The Hotclub of Cowtown

Scotland in general, and Glasgow in particular, has had a long love affair with the dusty backroad heartbreak of Americana and anything with a folky bent from across the pond. In the past the Big Big Country festival run by late promoter Billy Kelly was foremost in bringing the movement’s leading lights over to Glasgow. More recently we’ve had the impressively expanding Glasgow Americana festival, now in its third year. This year the festival is fielding its biggest programme yet, with eight shows in eight venues across the city running on consecutive nights.

The whole shebang is the brainchild of the Fallen Angels Club, instrumental in providing quality roots showcases in Glasgow for five years.

‘I’m pleased that we now have a festival lasting eight days, compared with only three shows when we kicked things off three years ago,’ says head honcho Kevin Morris. ‘There’s an excellent range of music on offer with great acts whose presence really put this festival on the Scottish music festival map.’

Among the many highlights are Po’ Girl, a wonderfully rootsy female duo from Canada who manage to mix up traditional country with urban roots, soulful jazz and blues into an idiosyncratic but spellbinding whole. Elsewhere The Handsome Family will be delivering their deadpan deathly dark country tales of murder and ghosts, while Nashville-based rural folk singer Otis Gibbs will be keeping the tradition of the genre’s legacy of protest songs alive with his show at The Twisted Wheel.

The pick of the bunch, though, may well be The Hotclub of Cowtown, who come out in front by virtue of their fantastic name alone. The Western swing trio have been on the go for over a decade and have risen from busking in public parks to touring with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and The Mavericks, as well as being the youngest band to be inaugurated into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame (yes, that really exists). Fast, furious and fantastic fun, they’re guaranteed to provide the biggest hoedown Glasgow has seen for quite some time.

Various venues across Glasgow, Sat 16-Sat 23 May

Hot Club of Cowtown

Hot jazz/western swing trio.

Dingwalls, London NW1

Fri 10 Nov

£20.35 / 020 7428 0010

Sat 11 Nov

£18.50 / 020 7428 0010

  • 19:00

Exeter Phoenix

Thu 26 Oct

£18.70 / 01392 667080

St Andrews in the Square, Glasgow

Sun 5 Nov

£14–£16.50 / 0141 559 5902

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The Handsome Family

Mordant wit from the Addams family of country rock. Rennie writes the lyrics about killing small mammals and husband Brett delivers them in his dry baritone.

David Ferrard, Kim Edgar, Yvonne Lyon and Huck Notari

Countrified singer-songwriter bill. 'Part of the Glasgow Americana Festival'.

Rachel Harrington and The Doghouse Roses

Harrington performs an accomplished blend of country, folk and bluegrass. 'Part of the Glasgow Americana Festival'.

Po' Girl

Individual blend of gypsy fiddle, Cajun and jazz with a touch of R&B. 'Part of the Glasgow Americana Festival'.

The Stairwell Sisters

Straight from America's old-time and bluegrass music circuit to Scotland comes a riotous blend of music song and dance. 'Part of the Glasgow Americana Festival'.

Otis Gibbs

Rural folk music from Nashville.

Hot Club of Cowtown and Red Stick Ramblers

Hot jazz/western swing trio Hot Club of Cowtown are joined by Louisiana Cajun dynamos the Red Stick Ramblers for a grand old rootsy hoedown at the ABC. 'Part of Celtic Connections'.