Americana Fest 2022
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Americana Fest 2022

at The American Museum, Bath
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Americana Fest is a new 3-day festival of American culture hosted by the American Museum & Gardens on 1-3 July 2022. Taking place throughout the hill-top estate on the edge of Bath with spectacular views across an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It will include performances from some of the biggest names in comedy and the UK’s Americana music scene.

Coinciding with celebrations for Independence Day in the US, the weekend programme includes an all-American comedy bill, with headliner Reginald D Hunter, and a top line-up of Americana music, encompassing folk, country, blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, with headliners Ethan Johns’ Black Eyed Dogs and The Magic Numbers.

There will be four stages – main stage, amphitheatre stage, stone circle, and homegrown stage which will showcase local, emerging musicians. The festival will also offer a variety of entertaining family activities, including a scavenger hunt through the grounds, games, workshops, vintage cars, and American food trucks and bars.

Please visit americanmuseum.org/americanafest/ for more information.

Friday 1st July
Saturday 2nd July

Featuring

Fellow Pynins

American folk duo weaving banjo, guitar, mandolin & bouzouki with tender vocal harmonies and enchanted stories of old and new.

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Robert Vincent

Robert Vincent appearing at this event

If there's a lot of half-finished, semi-fulfilled, vaguely unsatisfying music around these days - songs that say nothing to you about your life - then maybe it's because the people who make it haven't lived much of a life themselves. Not so in the case of Robert Vincent, the searingly honest Liverpool singer-songwriter whose mix of folk, rock and country is like a Mersey Van Morrison or a Scouse Springsteen.

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The Magic Numbers

The Magic Numbers appearing at this event

The Magic Numbers are a UK-based four-piece comprising two pairs of brothers and sisters (Romeo and Michele Stodart, Sean and Angela Gannon) who are known for their unique harmonies, melodic hooks, songwriting craftsmanship and their timeless sound. The band quickly shot to media attention after selling out London’s Kentish Town Forum solely on the strength of their loyal following, before the release of their self-titled 2005 debut album. This record was subsequently nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. 2018 saw the release of their fifth album 'Outsiders' and the band continue to perform magical live shows.

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Peter Bruntnell

Peter Bruntnell appearing at this event

Peter Bruntnell released his tenth studio album, King Of Madrid in 2019. Described by Mojo as “unashamedly lush, lovely, classic pop”, it featured in the magazine’s Top 10 Americana Albums of 2019, garnering further praise across the board, including from the Scottish Express who awarded it a five-star review, declaring - as The Independent once did - that Bruntnell is “one of the best songwriters in Britain”. Peter Bruntnell has been receiving much the same consistently high praise, since his debut album Cannibal - released in 1995 through Almo Sounds. NME told its readers that “his songs should be taught in schools”; “one of England's best kept musical secrets”, said Rolling Stone; “Melodically rich, lyrically ingenious and emotionally, intellectually affecting songs that bears comparison with the all-time greats”, wrote The Guardian in their 2016 Cult Heroes feature on Bruntnell. 2020 sees Peter Bruntnell re-join forces with London-based indie label Loose, to re-issue his influential and diverse catalogue, beginning in April with Peter’s first 2 albums: Cannibal and Camelot In Smithereens. Both albums were originally released on Jerry Moss and Herb Albert’s post A&M imprint Almo Sounds - the original home to Garbage and Gillian Welch amongst others. April also saw the release of Black Mountain UFO, a now very hard to find album originally released in 2011. All three albums are being made available digitally for the first time. On Record Store Day 2020 Loose are releasing Bruntnell’s seminal americana album Normal For Bridgwater. Upon release in June 1999, NME described it as “a diabolic pact between Uncle Tupelo and The Eagles”, whilst Mojo made it their Americana Album Of The Month, saying, “I defy anyone not to be moved by the superb songwriting” and The Independent told us that “if this collection doesn’t get him widespread recognition, then the world’s an ugly place. A true and beautiful gem”. The limited edition white vinyl release of Normal For Bridgwater will be available exclusively for Record Store Day 2020. Praise for Bruntnell also comes from the likes of musician and author Willy Vlautin (The Delines, Richmond Fontaine), who frequently states that “Peter Bruntnell is my favourite singer in the world”, with Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo) and Peter Buck (REM) also amongst his fans. Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards, when planning her first album, gave her producer Normal For Bridgwater and asked him to “make it sound like this”.

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Rated Excellent

The American Museum

Claverton Manor
Bath
BA2 7BD

The American Museum

Claverton Manor
Bath
BA2 7BD