Now in its fourth year, Glasgow’s No Mean City Festival has seen everyone from Kris Kristofferson and Patti Smith, to Junip and The Black Angels, grace the stage at venues across the city.
No Mean City brings together some of Scotlands biggest promoters: Regular Music, DF Concerts, Synergy Concerts & Academy Events, to help celebrate Americana in Glasgow.
This years NMC takes in Folk, Soul, Psyche & a whole host of sub genres, under Americana’s umbrella and for the first time this year, the festival will also include film.
The Felice Brothers – O2 ABC, Thursday 28th August, 7pm
The Felice Brothers started their musical career performing at family barbeques; and have just released their sixth album.
Described by American Songwriter as “challenging Americana that never takes its audience, or its influences, for granted”,
Favourite Waitress marks the first time the band ever recorded in a proper studio.
Nick Waterhouse – King Tut’s, Thursday 28th August, 7pm
Californian guitarist Nick Waterhouse is known for a sounds rooted in rhythm & blues, jazz, and soul.
On his latest record, Holly, “he hones a had-edged sound, full of nimble guitar licks, taut melodies and precise rhythm” (Paste Magazine).
He cites the movie Chinatown as his main influence for the album, which is an ode to Los Angeles; and dedicated it to screenwriter Robert Towne.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Oran Mor, Monday 1st September, 7pm
St. Paul & The Broken Bones is a seven-piece soul band from Alabama who use vintage technology to recreate a 60s sound.
After taking SXSW 2014 by storm, their debut album Half a City went to No.3 in the iTunes Chart.
Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin plus Sarah Hayes (Admiral Fallow) – O2 ABC2, Monday 1st September, 7pm
Glastonbury regulars Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin are one of the most innovative acts to appear on the folk scene in years;
and after winning Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards 2014, they are very hot property.
Willie Watson – CCA on Friday 5th September, 7pm
Former Old Crow Medicine Show member, Willie Watson was once described as “Bob Dylan without the nasal whine or pretention”.
Although he did grow up listening to the likes of Dylan, it was a Leadbelly album that got him hooked on the folk style; as a result,
his expert banjo and guitar playing will transport the listener to another time.
Frank O’Hagan plus Les Johnson & The Shiverin’ Sheiks – O2 ABC2, Friday 12th September, 7pm
A regular at one of Glasgow’s oldest pubs The Scotia, Frank O’Hagan has become one of the city’s best-loved singers songwriters.
He recently supported soul legend Mavis Staples.
Robert Altman’s Nashville – Glasgow Film Theatre, Tuesday 16th September, 6pm
Incorporating film into the Festival for the first time, there will be a special screening of Nashville (1975) at the GFT on Tuesday 16th September at 6pm.
Widely considered as some of Robert Altman’s best work, the film takes a snapshot of people involved in the country music and gospel business in Nashville, Tennessee.
Natural Child plus Eugene Twist- O2 ABC2, Wednesday 17th September, 7pm
Rascals of the country scene, Natural Child ‘Let the Good Times Roll’ with comical lyrics, and a fun laid-back stage show.
Indie Media Mag sums the boys up perfectly: “the three-man band blends country, rock and blues to make an elixir to cure all your musical ales (Sic)”.
The Urban Voodoo Machine plus Dirty Diamond and the Gunslinger – O2 ABC2, Saturday 20th September, 7pm
The Urban Voodoo Machine market themselves, accurately, as bourbon soaked gypsy bop ‘n’ stroll.
“The London-based nine-piece inhabit a weird, surreal Noo Orleans world where the ghosts of Dr. John, John Lee Hooker and vaudeville orchestras do battle with stomping rockabilly-style swamprock”. (Louder Than War)
Christian Bland & the Revelators plus Al Lover – O2 ABC2, Tuesday 23rd September, 7pm
Christian Bland is best known as the guitarist for The Black Angels (part of No Mean City in 2012) His solo project,
Christian Bland and The Revelators highlights his signature sound and his contribution to one of modern psych-rock’s biggest and best bands.
Chastity Brown – O2 ABC2, Thursday 25th September, 7pm
The sound of Chastity Brown is a laid-back fusion of soul, jazz, blues and country. She has been compared to the likes of Tracy Chapman and Nina Simone;
and Penny Black Music dubbed her last album, Back-Road Highways, “THE soul album of the year”.
The Dunwells plus City of Lights – O2 ABC2, Saturday 27th September, 7pm
Leeds lads, The Dunwells, describe their sound as a “unique blend of emotionally driven, anthemic rock, featuring four part harmonies”.
Their influences vary from Foy Vance and Crowded House, to Fleet Foxes and Elbow.