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Session Americana

a rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whisky bottle

This band/collective of talented musicians craft a musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table, wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its  smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack's bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that's not accidental or easily won; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to this timeless music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American "song bag". !

(Alternative version -http://youtu.be/YOCovU3OhGM?list=UUHQC-9F-z6COy8_OTg3LEoQ )

"Session Americana has developed into a travelling medicine show which eschews snake oil in favour of an ongoing grail quest for the perfect collaborative experience." -Hot Press ROI !

“I'd give them 100 miles. That is to say, if they're playing anywhere within 100 miles of your home, you drive there and are grandly rewarded for your effort.” - David Greenberger !

“The Marvel's Avengers of Boston's burgeoning Americana music scene, these guys have finally put out an album that meets or exceeds the promise of their engaging, inspiring live performances”  - Boston Business Journal !

 “(Love and Dirt is) a contemplative soul searcher boasting a contemporary edge cut with rustic twang; Session Americana comes up with some gems, full of folk’s honesty and rock’s urgency." -Boston Globe

 "It's a wild trad ride that's definitely worth hopping on board with" Time Out, London

 "Amazing Americana" Galway Independent  Some Awards

"Top 40 Albums From Boston (Ever)"  ”Best Live Residency" 2011,2013 – Boston Music Awards,  ”Best CD of 2007 - Beer Town" - Improper Bostonian,  ”Best Folk Act - 2005" - Boston Music Awards  

Beat Surrender: "truly special musical collective" 

For those of you who saw Jeffrey Foucault earlier this year you will have remembered the wonderful Ry Cavanaugh who accompanied him on those shows. Ry’s charm and wit, not to mention endless supply of great songs (both his and other people’s) was there for everyone to see and provided a real different approach to the standard singer-songwriter live show. We are therefore delighted to announce that Cavanaugh is back in the UK and Ireland at the end of September with his truly special musical collective, Session Americana, who also feature the incredible talents on Jefferson Hamer, Laura Cortese, Billy Beard, Dinty Child and Kimon Kirk amongst a revolving cast. Session Americana are a band/collective from Boston (USA) that thrive on spontaneity and relish the live arena. The format of the show is roughly based on the traditional Irish Session and the band carries its own microphone adapted table, a suitcase drum kit and an assortment of quirky instruments. The repertoire is primarily based around original material by all the band’s writers and singers, but the group blends in songs from across the spectrum of pop music from American Country to Irish Folk to straight Pop – It is not a “hay-bale and suspenders” group and the sound, though rooted very deeply in Americana, is artful and contemporary. Session Americana’s latest album, “Love and Dirt” is being released by Continental Records Services on October 1st after already garnering amazing reviews in the US where the band have developed both a loyal and hugely supportive fan base. The Boston Globe says “(Love and Dirt is) a contemplative soul searcher boasting a contemporary edge cut with rustic twang; Session Americana comes up with some gems, full of folk’s honesty and rock’s urgency.” Boston Business Journal named “Love and Dirt” one of Boston’s top 40 pop/rock albums ever.”

Discography

2015  - Pack up the Circus (released April 2015)

2012 - Love and Dirt

2011 - Live  

2009 - Diving for Gold

2007 - Beer Town 

2005 -Table Top People Volume 1&2


 

UK TOUR DATES 2015

22nd Oct            Chapel Arts Centre, Bath

23rd Oct            The Beehive, Honiton

24th Oct            Union at The Con Club, Lewes

25th Oct            Green Note, Camden

27th Oct            The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham,

28th Oct            Greystones, Sheffield,

29th Oct            Cornerstone Art Centre, Didcot

30th Oct            The Witham Hall, Barnard Castle

31st Oct             Kirkgate Arts, Cockermouth

1st Nov               Band on the Wall, Manchester

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