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Issue:- 5 September 2014

From A Distance - The Southport Americana Festival

GRAB a root beer and a chilli dog with a side of slaw and get ready to feast your ears on some of the biggest names on the Americana music scene.

Martha Wainwright, Anais Mitchell and Mary Gauthier are amongst the top US artists performing at From A Distance, Southport's boutique Americana festival.

Returning for a second year, to feed an ever growing audience for the roots music style, the 3 day event pitches the best of all-American talent against up and coming UK Americana acts.

The festival will once again take over cultural hub, The Atkinson, which is right in the Town Centre just a stone's throw from the sea.

the event is in association with the Americana Music Association UK and will see acts playing from 7.30pm until 10.30pm, each night. An American themed menu featuring specials including mac 'n' cheese and pulled pork baps

Kicking things off on the Friday is husband and wife duo The Mastersons, whose ongoing status as members of Steve Earle's band The Dukes has won them fans all over the world. Next up is acclaimed singer Anais Mitchell whose most recent release, Child Ballads just won a BBC Radio 2 folk award for best traditional song.

On Saturday, you can catch a performance from classical violinist turned folk fiddler Carrie Rodriguez (+ Luke Jacobs), who will showcase a selection of tracks from her 5th solo album Give Me All You Got. Canadian; American folk rock singer songwriter Martha Wainwright, (sister of Rufus and daughter of Loudon), will also grace the stage on Saturday. Since 2005, she has released three full length studio albums and various EPs that have been met with worldwide critical acclaim.

On Sunday, it's the turn of alt country band Red Sky July, featuring former Texas guitarist Ally Mcerlaine, Shelly Poole, previously one half of million selling duo Alisha's Attic and Charity Hair from The Alice Band and latterly The Ailerons, with Blur's Dave Rowntree. Introducing songs from their long awaited follow up album Shadowbirds, the group will be followed by headline act and American troubadour Mary Gauthier, who was described as one of Americana's most admired artists by the Wall Street Journal.

The Atkinson's festival partner AMA-UK was formed in 2012 with a very clear mission; to encourage an appreciation of Americana music, in all its glorious forms, and to improve the public and professional profile of this expansive musical genre.

Why not stay in the Town Centre for the weekend? The Atkinson has negotiated deals with 3 and 4 star hotels, starting from £85 for twin occupancy bed and breakfast per night. Click on here for more information.

Full 3 day line up

Friday - 7.30pm AMA-UK act tba. 8.15pm. The Mastersons;
9pm. interval; 9.30pm. Anais Mitchell - Tickets are £12 from the Box Office.

Saturday - 7.30pm AMA-UK act tba. 8.15pm Carrie Rodriguez (+ Luke Jacobs); 9pm interval; 9.30pm Martha Wainwright -Tickets are £22 from the Box Office.

Sunday - 7.30pm AMA-UK act tba; 8.15pm Red Sky July; 9pm interval; 9.30pm. Mary Gauthier Tickets are £15 from the Box Office.

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