Bristol Americana Weekend featuring Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Larkin Poe, Police Dog Hogan, Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham + more!
Colston Hall and St George’s Bristol team up for the first Bristol Americana Weekend, bringing together some outstanding home-grown and US artists in the spirit of collaboration to celebrate the remarkable roots music that grows from deep in the American soil.
Legends line up alongside contemporary acts over four nights, and the barn-storming live music is complemented by a programme of film screenings at Watershed.
Singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris is undoubtedly a modern American icon, while her frequent collaborator Rodney Crowell has left an indelible mark on country music, each garnering a host of Grammys and other awards. They will top the bill at Colston Hall, with sets in The Lantern from Jolie Holland, The Shires and Striking Matches, James Hunter Six as well as legendary songwriters and session musicians Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham.
Meanwhile southern rockers Larkin Poe, Brit folk and bluegrass band Police Dog Hogan, Chicago bluesman Mud Morganfield and acoustic bluegrass players The Coal Porters perform in St George’s intimate surroundings.
So grab your denim jacket, order a bourbon at the bar and kick back with us.
Americana has experienced something of a purple patch recently, with critically acclaimed concerts including Roseanne Cash, The Handsome Family and Gretchen Peters playing at St George’s Bristol, while Emmylou Harris performed her landmark album Wrecking Ball at Colston Hall last May and more recently the Hall welcomed the renowned Transatlantic Sessions for its Bristol debut. This year sees the flagship partnership between Bristol’s two Arts Council England funded music venues grow to take in a whole weekend of wonderful Americana music – presenting some of the best roots artists touring today.
Check out all of the events happening at Colston Hall via the tabs below.
Events at St George’s Bristol:
Goodtime Saturday Double Bill: Larkin Poe & Police Dog Hogan
Sat 11 Jul, 7pm, £20 (plus fees)
Atlanta, Georgia’s Larkin Poe are a kicking Americana roots-rock band fronted by Rebecca and Megan Lovell, who with their sister Jessica performed as The Lovell Sisters before going on to work with Elvis Costello, Conor Oberst and T-Bone Burnett. Rebecca and Megan formed Larkin Poe – named after their ancestor, a cousin of Edgar Allan Poe – in 2010 and last year were voted ‘Best Discovery of Glastonbury’ by The Observer. They are going to be stars.
The great value double-bill is opened by Guardian-readers’ favourites Police Dog Hogan a fabulously entertaining Americana/folk/bluegrass band whose banjo player/co-vocalist is Weekend columnist Tim Dowling. Their very collectable merchandise now includes tote-bags and t-shirts as well as tea- towels, and you can check their video for ‘West Country Boy’ below. “This band are bloody good”. MAVERICK MAGAZINE (On Police Dog Hogan)
Blues & Bluegrass Double Bill: Mud Morganfield & The Coal Porters
Sun 12 Jul, 3pm, £20 (plus fees)
Chicago blues singer and songwriter Mud Morganfield is the eldest son of legendary bluesman Muddy Waters. He’s recognised as one of the best, toughest and most authentic figures on the contemporary blues scene, mixing his own songs with classics from the traditional urban blues repertoire associated with his father. He’s appeared with Buddy Guy, Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and actor/musician Hugh Laurie, and today is accompanied by his regular band of piano, harmonica, guitar, double bass and drums, as seen on ‘Later With Jools Holland’.
The show is opened by The Coal Porters, ex-Long Ryder and country-rock luminary Sid Griffin’s “alternative” (they do David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ and Bob Dylan as well as old-timey stuff) acoustic bluegrass. Their latest album, ‘Find The One’, was produced by folk music genius John Wood (Nick Drake, Fairport Convention).
Weekend Ticket available for St George’s Bristol events, at £35 plus fees (saving £5).
Film Screenings at Watershed
The Wrecking Crew
Fri 10 – Sun 12 jul, times vary
What the Funk Brothers did for Motown, The Wrecking Crew did, only bigger, for the West Coast Sound. Six years in a row in the ‘60s and early ‘70s, the Grammy went to Wrecking Crew recordings. And now, this film tells the story in pictures and that oh, so glorious sound.
Muscle Shoals (PG)
Sun 12 Jul, 1pm
A fascinating, uplifting history lesson about how one visionary record producer and a group of unknown session musicians in tiny backwater, Muscle Shoals, Alabama have changed the course of modern music and produced some of America’s most creative and defiant songs.
Get £1 off tickets for either film screening when you present a Colston Hall Americana Weekend ticket at the Watershed Box Office
Get £1 off any Americana Weekend event at Colston Hall when you present a ticket to either of the above film screenings at the Colston Hall Box Office
Please note: discount only available in person, subject to availability.