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"Thanks for sticking in here like sardines," greets singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews before her exquisite rendition of her lilting coming-of-age gem “Rookie Dreaming” from her latest album, Honest Life.  

This is the 26-year old's 12th straight night o...

Guildford is fast becoming a regular haven for Americana artists touring the UK. A one-man mission by promoter Howard Smith is bringing some of the genre’s finest artists to the town, including Anais Mitchell and Aoife O'Donovan, the latter will be playing in Guildford...

It was the end of an era when Sweet Billy Pilgrim played an emotional farewell gig with the band's current formation.  It's a testament to local promoter Howard Smith that the group wanted to play this one-off gig in Guildford on Saturday.  A beautiful support set came...

Anais Mitchell is very at home in Guildford, this being her fourth visit to the town arranged by local promoter Howard Smith. She joked that she misses the same turning driving in each time, and gets stuck in the gyratory for forty minutes – an anecdote that resonated...

On the eve of Roald Dahl Day the band with the Roald Dahl name gave a blistering performance on a hot and sweaty night in Guildford.

Americana is the first genre to claim Danny and the Champs, awarded the band best act, album and song at this year's UK American awards....

Last September, Chicago singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist Ryley Walker made his Guildford debut, riding high on the acclaim given to his second studio album, Primrose Green.  A rootsy, jazz-influenced folk album, it featured on AOTY magazine lists and set the ba...

I must admit that going into this gig I was unfamiliar with Tom McRae’s work.

The name is itself familiar, having been acclaimed since the singer-songwriter picked up a Mercury nomination for his eponymous debut album. Howard Smith, the man behind People Music Promoti...

It's not often an artist on President Obama's playlist gigs in a Guildford pub.  

Impressive support came from local outfit The Hope Convention, with Americana-influenced folk and a lovely sound with great lyrics including: "If you want me I'll be here - but I may disap...

Despite being clad in scaffolding and tarpaulin, Holy Trinity Church again showed what a great venue it is for live music last week, providing stunning acoustics for the Unthank sisters' harmonies.  the gig was the latest in a series of great bookings by Howard smith,...

There was a joyful reunion when Sweet Billy Pilgrim returned to Guildford.  The band opened with the storming Candle, Book and Bell. Complex rhythms, beautifully crafted songs and soaring vocal harmonies filled the natural acoustics of the church.  The band said before...

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