Bristol Americana in September

THE south west’s growing army of Americana fans are in for a treat during September, when Tim Martin brings new performers to Bristol.

He says there is something for everyone, from introspective singer songwriters to blistering blues, via good time country rock and possibly the UK’s finest contemporary folk singer.

The first show is John Murry, (pictured) at the Tunnels on Thursday 14th  September. A life where darkness and self-destruction have often been present has led to masterpieces such as his 2013 release The Graceless Age, and his latest, A Short History of Decay. Produced with the assistance of Cowboy Junkies’ Mike Timmins, its shimmering reflective beauty has made it one of the records of the year.

Thea Gilmore’s gig at The Lantern at the Colston Hall on 17th September is sold out, with a waiting list for returns

Jess and the Bandits,  at the Tunnels om 21st September, have few equals as practitioners of no-holds-barred, good time country rock. Fronted by powerhouse vocalist Jessica Clemmons, their intoxicating blend of unforgettable songs and a terrific live show have put them in the vanguard of the contemporary country revival.

Kirk Fletcher, whose speciality genre is the blues, is at the Tunnels on 24th September. He started playing gospel music in his father’s church, was lead guitarist with the Fabulous Thunderbirds for three years, and has collaborated with blues giants and personal heroes such as Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton and Hubert Sumlin. His utterly stupendous guitar playing sets him apart.

Tim hasn’t promoted Laura Gibson, Karl Blau and Parker Millsap at the Lantern on Thursday 17th August, but he recommend all fans to head for the gig.

For more information, visit Tim’s website,