LRB News | AMAUK Americana Music Awards | The LYNNes Saturday 24 February 2018

Robert Plant, Mumford & Sons and Emily Barker were among the big winners at the third annual UK Americana Awards, which took place in London last night (01 February 2018).



During a ceremony at the Hackney Empire, host Bob Harris OBE presented Plant with the AMA-UK’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Plant was also presented with the award for Best Selling UK Americana Album of 2017 for his album Carry Fire. It has sold 54,580 copies, according to the Official Charts Company.

Billy Bragg and Jed Hilly, executive director of the US Americana Music Association, gave the Trailblazer Award to Mumford & Sons. 

Emily Barker received the UK Artist Of The Year trophy from Frank Turner, Phoenix singer/songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews scooped the International Artist Award and Robert Vincent’s I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins won UK Album Of The Year.

Music Week On The Radar alumni The Wandering Hearts received the Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award.

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Courtney Marie-Andrews, Imelda May, Angaleena Presley, Emily Barker, Robert Vincent, The Wandering Hearts, Aaron Lee Tasjan and Worry Dolls all performed on the night.

Read Music Week’s interview with Stevie Freeman, CEO of Americana Music Association UK here.

The winners in full:

UK Album of The Year presented by Simon Mayo
I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins by Robert Vincent

International Album of the Year presented by Sir Patrick Stewart & Sunny Ozell
The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (produced by Dave Cobb)

UK Artist of the Year presented by Frank Turner
Emily Barker

International Artist of the Year presented by Mary Gauthier
Courtney Marie Andrews 

UK Song of the Year presented by Chris Difford
Home by Yola Carter (written by Yola Carter)

International Song of the Year presented by Sam Baker & Stevie Freeman
Tenderheart by Sam Outlaw (written by Sam Outlaw)

UK Instrumentalist of the Year presented by Jesse Buckley
Thomas Collison 

Congratulation to all, both, winners and nominees.
Many will remember when Emily Barker and The Clay Halo played Little Rabbit Barn in March 2012 and earlier, Emily was one of the first artists we hosted back in July 2008 before our regular LRB music evenings.

We have been working to get Emily back to LRB for 2018. Fingers are crossed!

Big shout out to Thomas Collison, UK Instrumentalist of the Year. Thomas played LRB with Don Gallardo in 2016. Delighted he will be back at LRB on Saturday 24 March with Hannah Rose Platt



Here is a message from Lynne Hanson:


After spending two months touring Western Canada with my own solo project, we are now set to launch The LYNNeS in earnest! The LYNNeS is a collaboration between myself and Juno-award winning Ottawa songwriter Lynn Miles. We’ve been working together for a few years now – we’ve co-written some songs, and she’s produced two of my albums (River of Sand & 7 Deadly Spins).   About this time last year we decided to form The LYNNeS.


Fast forward to now, and our debut album HEARTBREAK SONG FOR THE RADIO is set to hit the streets this Friday February 2nd. We’ve had a number of early reviews already, and this is what a few people have had to say about the new album:

“With clever lyrics, superb harmonies and high quality backing musicians, this debut album is an absolute joy from first track to last” –
Rory Stanbridge | FATEA Magazine (UK)

“An engrossing listen … the album opens with what must be one of THE songs of 2018 … a highly impressive early 2018 release … and The LYNNeS ‘ones to watch’.” – Pete Whalley | Get Ready to ROCK! (UK)

“Heartbreak Song for the Radio is stellar … Beautiful stuff, this. Seek it.” – Donald Teplyske | Fervor Coulee

If you’d like to find out more about the project, listen to sample, or ORDER the CD, we now have an OFFICIAL WEBSITE:

and you can also find us on SOCIAL MEDIA:


As well as iTunes:  The LYNNeS on iTunes


Dave Draves was good enough to let us take over the Little Bullhorn Productions studio AND kitchen for a day, and we cooked up a music video for our single “Recipe For Disaster.” The video was filmed and directed by Leslie Marshall (MAVN Network), assisted by Deidre Morrison, and cinematography by Pixie Cram. Here’s the link if you’d like to check it out:

The LYNNeS Official Video “Recipe For Disaster”


Nominated for Four awards at the UK Blues Awards

Female Blues Vocalist of the Year

Blues Album of the Year – Wildfire

Blues Songwriter of the Year 

Regional Blues Act of the Year – England

See below for the rules and how to vote !

Voting in all categories will be open to all members of the UKBlues Federation at the date of the commencement of the voting period and to any other person whose registration to vote is submitted via the voter registration page on the FORM UKBlues Awards website – – and validated by the UKBlues Federation prior to the closing date of voting.

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