feat. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham, Larkin Poe, Police Dog Hogan and more!

Thursday 9 – Sunday 12 July 2015    #bristolamericana

St George’s Bristol and Bristol Music Trust, the organisation that runs Colston Hall, are continuing to work in partnership to bring world class performing artists to the city – 2014 saw Phillip Glass play both venues and in 2015 Americana music will take centre stage! The line-up for their joint mini- festival presenting some of the best roots artists touring today has been announced. Americana has experienced a purple patch recently, with critically acclaimed concerts including Roseanne Cash, The Handsome Family and Gretchen Peters 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 music – so squeeze on your denims, order a bourbon at the bar and kick back.


7.30pm (Doors) / £10.75 (incl. booking fee)
JOLIE HOLLAND (The Lantern at Colston Hall)


7.30pm (Doors) / SOLD OUT
THE SHIRES & STRIKING MATCHES (The Lantern at Colston Hall)


 7pm / £20 (plus fees)
GOODTIME SATURDAY DOUBLE BILL feat. Larkin Poe and Police Dog Hogan (St George’s Bristol)

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 Dgan 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’ here. Maverick magazine said: “This band are bloody good”.

7.30pm (Doors) / £13.50 (incl. booking fee)
JAMES HUNTER SIX (The Lantern at Colston Hall)

With a soulful tenor that recalls a host of R & B greats from Sam Cooke to Bobby Bland, Essex born James Hunter was introduced to fifties and sixties rock and blues by his Grandmother. Spotted by Van Morrison, he sent years as his backing artist before launching a successful solo career, and has since recognised the talents and loyalty of his own backing band by renaming them the James Hunter Six. Using strict tempos and lightning-quick switchbacks, the James Hunter Six’s songs have their roots in American soul music, with a hint of his British sense of humour in the homespun lyrics of romantic love and loss.


3pm / £20 (plus fees)
BLUES & BLUEGRASS DOUBLE BILL feat. Mud Morganfield and The Coal Porters (St George’s Bristol)

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).

7pm (Doors) / Tickets: £41.50, £36.50 (incl. booking fee)
An Evening With Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell (Colston Hall)

The acclaimed artists, long-time friends and Colston Hall favourites make a triumphant return to Bristol in support of their new album Old Yellow Moon. Emmylou and Rodney will perform material spanning their vast back catalogues, backed by a distinguished group of musicians including Steve Fishell, Jedd Hughes, Byron House, Gerry Roe and Chris Tuttle.

“There are legendary country singers, and then there’s Emmylou”  Time Out

7.30pm (Doors) / Tickets: £24.50 (incl. bf)
Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham (The Lantern at Colston Hall)

A legendary pairing. Spooner Oldham was part of the original house band that played on hundreds of hits that came out of the revered Muscle Shoals and in the famous FAME studios run by Rick Hall, including When A Man Loves a Woman and Mustang Sally. One of the great white soul singers of his generation, Dan Penn has written many of the greatest soul songs of the 60s, including Dark End of The Street and Cry Like A Baby.

Colston Hall Box Office 0844 887 1500 –

7.5% Booking Fee (included)

St George’s Bristol Box Office 0845 40 24 001

£1 administration fee charged per transaction plus £1 card transaction fee & 70p postage where applicable


St George’s Americana Weekend Ticket

£35 (plus fees) for both Saturday and Sunday events at St George’s Bristol (saving £5). Box Office 0845 40 24 001