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UK Americana Awards- Billy Bragg to be Honored; Feb. 3 in London

UK Americana Awards- Billy Bragg to be Honored; Feb. 3 in London

// 12.17.15
The Americana Music Association is proud to endorse our partners in the United Kingdom, the Americana Music Association- UK, as they produce the first ever UK Americana Awards in London, England, Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

UK Americana Awards 2016

Wednesday 3rd February - St John at Hackney, London
Billy Bragg to receive The Trailblazer Award
Stellar Line-up of Performers Announced
Tickets on Sale


Billy Bragg, renowned singer-songwriter and political activist, is to receive The Trailblazer Award at next February’s inaugural UK Americana Awards. Bestowed by The Americana Music Association UK (AMA-UK) Board for his contribution to the genre, Billy will also perform on the night.

"I feel honoured to be a part of the first ever Americana Music Association UK Awards night and privileged to be recognised by them with the Trailblazer Award - It’s great to be acknowledged by the AMA-UK community in this way" Billy Bragg

The Awards will showcase leading lights of the UK Americana music scene, as many of the Award nominees take to the stage: Danny & The Champions of The World, topping the nominations with four nods including Paul Lush's Instrumentalist nomination; The Dreaming Spires, led by brothers Robin and Joe Bennett and recently seen on BBC TV’s Andrew Marr show; half-Welsh, half-Mississippian duo Lewis & Leigh, described by Rolling Stone as “a blend of Nashville country and British countryside” and award-winning TV soundtrack writer Emily Barker, who has garnered plaudits for both her solo work and that with her band The Red Clay Halo.

Acclaimed US singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters, herself a nominee in three categories, will make a special appearance on the night.

More to be announced.

The nominations shortlist for the seven membership-voted Awards can be found below and winners will be revealed at the Awards show on Wednesday 3rd February 2016 at the iconic St. John at Hackney in East London, hosted by legendary broadcaster Bob Harris, with musical direction by award winning producer and musician Ethan Johns.

About the AMA-UK
The AMA-UK is a professional trade association representing and advocating for the voice of American Roots music in the UK. Its membership comprises musicians, both from the UK and overseas, plus professionals from all sectors of the music industry, including agents, promoters, venues, festivals, labels, distributors, retailers, management, touring, journalists, broadcasters and publicists.

The Awards show is part of a trio of events taking place in London on 2nd and 3rd February 2016, including a two day conference and an evening of showcases to be held at Moth Club in Hackney on 2nd February.

UK Americana Awards 2016 Nominees
UK Album of The Year
What Kind of Love - Danny & The Champions of the World (produced by Chris Clarke and Danny George Wilson)
Searching for the Supertruth  -The Dreaming Spires (produced by The Dreaming Spires)
The Toerag Sessions - Emily Barker (produced by Liam Watson)
If I Was - The Staves (produced by Justin Vernon)

International Album of the Year
Something More Than Free - Jason Isbell (produced by Dave Cobb)
Pageant Material - Kacey Musgraves (produced by Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves)
Blackbirds - Gretchen Peters (produced by Doug Lancio, Gretchen Peters & Barry Walsh)
Introducing Cale Tyson - Cale Tyson (produced by Cale Tyson)

UK Artist of the Year
Bear’s Den
Danny & The Champions of The World
The Dreaming Spires
Lewis & Leigh

International Artist of the Year
The Bros. Landreth
Jason Isbell
Gretchen Peters
Sturgill Simpson

UK Song of the Year
Agape – Bear’s Den (written by Andrew Davie, Kevin Jones and Johannes Refsdal)
Clear Water - Danny & The Champions of the World (written by Danny George Wilson and Paul Lush)
Rubble - Lewis & Leigh (written by Al Lewis and Alva Leigh)
Black & White - The Staves (written by The Staves)

International Song of the Year
24 Frames - Jason Isbell (written by Jason Isbell)
All These Dreams - Andrew Combs (written by Andrew Combs and Jabe Beyer)
American Middle Class - Angeleena Presley (written by Angeleena Presley)
Blackbirds - Gretchen Peters (written by Gretchen Peters and Ben Glover)

UK Instrumentalist of the Year
Joseph Bennett
BJ Cole
Spencer Cullum Jr
Paul Lush

For more information, please contact: Claire Horton –
(020 8545 9299)