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Fri 25 July

Buffy Sainte-Marie | Andy Fairweather Low | 7.30pm | Perth Concert Hall

Grammy-winning songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie is both a great artist and activist and her songs which include Universal Soldier, Until It's Time For You To Go and Up Where we belong have been performed by countless artists including Barbra Streisand, Donovan, Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin and Willie Nelson. Andy Fairweather Low first came to prominence as the lead singer in Amen Corner with hits such as Bend Me Shape Me, Hello Suzy, (If Paradise is ) Half As Nice. Since then he has gone on to work with Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, David Crosby, The Band, Elton John, Roger Waters, Dave Gilmour, The Who, BB King, Joe Cocker, Steve Winwood, Jimmy Page, Bonnie Raitt, Phil Collins, Van Morrison and hundreds more. Now following a solo path, his first solo album in 24 years Sweet Soulful Music was released late in 2007 followed by 2012's Zone-O-Tone to great acclaim.


Late And Southern Fried: Cyndi Cain (10.45pm) | Artist tbc (12.15am) | Salutation Hotel

 

Upstairs In The Songwriters' Snug: Ags Connolly (11.30pm) Dean Owens (12.30am)

 

Award-winning Canadian soul diva Cyndi Cain is a true showstopper. Exercising her powerful set of pipes since the age of three, this Nova Scotia soul singer and songwriter has been a performer her entire life. Her roots are in the church, belting out gospel songs as a little girl before mastering classic R&B influenced by Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Etta James and James Brown. She's shared stages with Michael Bublé and Charles Bradley, delivering high powered, passionate and confident performances no matter the audience or setting.

 

 "Like Candi Staton or Betty Wright, Cain's voice is evocative, whether raising goosebumps with a whisper or belting out a heart-wrenching refrain." The Coast

 

Ags Connolly is a traditional country singer-songwriter from West Oxfordshire in the UK who has just released his debut album How About Now to a fantastic reception.

 

"one of the best records you are likely to hear this year…the closest we've ever come to an English Willie Nelson". Country Music People

 
"A masterpiece" Maverick
 

Our weekend host in The Songwriters' Snug is Dean Owens, an old friend of Southern Fried and one of the UK's finest Americana artists.

 

"Dean Owens is Scotland's most engaging and haunting singer-songwriter" Irvine Welsh "Proof that Americana is a state of mind rather than a national identity. Echoes of classic Springsteen and the tear-stained balladry of heartbreaker-era Ryan Adams" The Sun

 
 
 
 
Sat 26 Jul
 

My Darling Clementine | Ags Connolly | 2pm | Salutation Hotel

Michael Weston King, seasoned troubadour, and the former leader of U.K. Alt Country pioneers The Good Sons (who MOJO dubbed "England's very own Uncle Tupelo…"), is widely seen as one of Britain's finest singer songwriters. His collaborations with Chris Hillman, Ron Sexsmith, Jackie Leven and the legendary Townes Van Zandt (who cut his own version of Michael's song Riding The Range), have only enhanced his considerable musical reputation.

 

Lou Dalgleish is quite simply one of, if not THE finest female singers in the UK. She has been praised by, and worked with the likes of Elvis Costello, Bryan Ferry, The Brodsky Quartet, and many more. Both King and Dalgleish are no strangers to successful, independent music careers but after 10 years of marriage, the two turned their attention towards a joint project. The result was How Do You Plead? an album that took the country/Americana world by storm and which garnered incredible critical acclaim. The debut single, 100,000 Words became a BBC Radio 2 hit, and the band and album went on to win awards on both sides of the Atlantic.

 

"A finely crafted tribute to the classic country duos such as Cash and Carter, or Jones and Wynette." The Guardian

 

"the authenticity of these original compositions is astounding." No Depression

 

"If anything is going to make country music hip again, this is it" Maverick *****

 

Ags Connolly is a traditional country singer-songwriter from West Oxfordshire in the UK. Country is the simplest description, but Ags is a proud supporter of Dale Watson's Ameripolitan movement, which supports new music with a roots influence, away from the modern incarnation of country that exists today. He has just released his debut album How About Now to a fantastic reception.

 

"one of the best records you are likely to hear this year…the closest we've ever come to an English Willie Nelson". Country Music People

 
"A masterpiece" Maverick
 

Steve Earle | Sturgill Simpson | 7.30pm | Perth Concert Hall

A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others. 1986 saw the release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term "New Country." What followed was an extremely exciting and varied array of releases including the biting hard rock of Copperhead Road (1988), the minimalist beauty of Train A Comin' (1995), the politically charged masterpiece, Jerusalem (2002) and the Grammy Award Winning albums The Revolution Starts…Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade (2007) and Townes (2009). I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive (2011) and last year's The Low Highway are his most recent releases.

Sturgill Simpson's authenticity stands out like an island of hope in a sea of tacky. Pure and uncompromising, devoid of gloss and fakery. High Top Mountain's dozen instant classics evoke the sound of timeless country in its many guises and brings back the lyrical forthrightness and depth that permeated the music Simpson absorbed during his Kentucky childhood.


Late And Southern Fried | Cedric Watson (10.45pm) | artist tbc | Salutation Hotel

Upstairs In The Songwriters' Snug | Gabriel Kelley (11.30pm) | Sturgill Simpson (12.30am)

One of the brightest young talents to emerge in Cajun, creole and zydeco (Louisiana French) music over the last decade, Cedric Watson is a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist and songwriter with seemingly unlimited potential. With an apparently bottomless repertoire of songs at his fingertips, Cedric plays everything from forgotten Creole melodies and obscure reels to more modern Cajun and zydeco songs, even occasionally throwing in a bluegrass fiddle tune or an old string band number as well as his own songs. Cedric's albums are a tapestry of pulsing rhythms and Creole poetry, and his live performances are unforgettable, all at once progressive and nostalgic.

 

"Fiddler Cedric Watson moves like a star and gets the girls screaming" Songlines

Sturgill Simpson's authenticity stands out like an island of hope in a sea of tacky. Pure and uncompromising, devoid of gloss and fakery. High Top Mountain's dozen instant classics evoke the sound of timeless country in its many guises and brings back the lyrical forthrightness and depth that permeated the music Simpson absorbed during his Kentucky childhood.

From Athens Georgia, Gabriel Kelley is one of the most interesting songwriters to emerge from the American South in many years.

 

Sun 27 Jul

Gospel Brunch | 11.30am | Perth Concert Hall,
This deep southern celebration of spirituality, food and music will see special performances by festival guests and our very own Southern Fried Voices followed by a very special menu of authentic southern and soul food

Marc Ford | Gabriel Kelley | 2pm | Salutation Hotel    
Marc Ford is one of the most gifted, celebrated and in-demand rock guitarists of his generation - Black Crowes, Govt. Mule, Ben Harper, Izzy Stradlin, Booker T - has switched gears to deliver what will undoubtedly stand as one of the finest Americana albums of 2014.

Overflowing with subtle and surprising pleasures, pedal steel, Fender Rhodes, mellotron and banjo, and the best songwriting of Ford's career, it shows off an artist refreshed and refuelled.

He also produced the great Bristol band and old friends of Southern Fried, Phantom Limb's debut album and they return the favour by playing on Marc's record and touring as his live band.

From Athens Georgia, Gabriel Kelley is one of the most interesting songwriters to emerge from the American South in many years.

Rosanne Cash | John Fullbright | 7.30pm | Perth Concert Hall
Rosanne Cash has just made what many are calling the best album of her career, Time magazine hailed it as 'a beautiful and complex portrait of the American South,' while Uncut called it 'a mesmerizing trek through the land of Dixie - Rosanne Cash paints her masterpiece.' She has just started her tour with a performance in New York's Town Hall. The New York Times were entranced by the evening, describing Rosanne's wistful songs as being 'not a narrative but a collection of characters and inquiries, pondering how the past lingers.'

 "Cash comes full circle as a storyteller and singer of exceptional grace and grit. It's among her finest work in a 35-year career, assured and at ease, and one of 2014's first great albums." Boston Globe.

From Okemah, Oklahoma (also the hometown of Woody Guthrie), Fullbright's earliest songwriting heroes, Townes Van Zandt and Mickey Newbury, infuse his songs, as do Jimmy Webb and Randy Newman. He is not folk, not Americana and not pop, but possibly a great fusion of them all.

"I have no doubt that in a short time, John Fullbright will be a household name in American music." Jimmy Webb