Back under the name of River Town, Bristol’s Americana weekend is bringing the best of current blues, gospel and country to the city from 14 – 17 July. Here’s what not to miss…
14 July, 7.30pm
The festival kicks off with Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes’ country-pop duo – following their sell-out show at 2015’s Americana weekend, and top 10 album. They’ll be joined by Hampshire sister act Ward Thomas.
14 July, 8pm
Born in Kent, Jon is expertly versed in the distinctive piano-led funk and R&B styles of New Orleans – his home for the past 30 years. The funk master will be taking to the stage with soulful pop tunes, supported by singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah.
Nick Lowe, Paul Carrack & Andy Fairweather Low
The Lantern, 16 July, 7.30pm
Known as The Emperor of Cool, The King of Soul and The Ace Guitarist of a Generation, this revered trio – who make for an astonishing collective with a back catalogue spanning decades – is coming together for an eclectic evening of song.
16 July, 8pm
After 15 years as a writer, producer and singer with artists such as Massive Attack, Chase & Status and Phantom Limb, Yola has returned to her first love – country gospel and soul. Named Artist of the Year at the 2017 UK Americana Awards, her powerhouse voice is guaranteed to move. Joining are folk duo The Black Feathers.
17 July, 7.30pm
Legendary gospel singer Mavis has been delivering powerful songs for nearly 70 years. Starting in family band The Staple Singers – associated with the American civil rights movements thanks to a close friendship between her father and Martin Luther King Jr – she’s as fiercely relevant as ever thanks to new collaborations with Wilco and Bon Iver. She will be joined by soul singer James Hunter.
These performances were due to take place at Colston Hall, but have been relocated to the 02 Academy due to unforeseen circumstances. Read Colston Hall’s full statement here.
- To buy tickets for River Town visit colstonhall.org/shows/river-town-2017