Big Big Country

Feature by Anna Battista | 16 May 2006

Passionate about Americana and interested in exploring the past, present, and future of this music genre? Look no further than Glasgow then, and book your tickets for Big Big Country, the eleventh edition of the festival of Americana that has grown steadily throughout the years. Brought to you by Soundsfine Ltd, a company that has been promoting live roots music from around the world since 1995, this year's festival boasts some pure gems and aims to introduce the festival's audience to real masters of the genre and to the latest emerging talents.

Among this year's not-to-miss acts there are Ramblin' Jack Elliott, one of the most sought after and influential performers of the last 50 years and an influence on Bob Dylan; critically acclaimed blues singer and guitarist John Hammond; The Master Musicians of The Crooked Road, a package of singers and players immersed in America's roots music traditions; and songwriting partners Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, the former is the author of many soul hits of the 1960s, including Do Right Woman (with Chips Moman), the latter contributed the organ part on Percy Sledge's When A Man Loves A Woman.

You must also check out the young and talented Vienna Teng - who fuses Taiwanese lullabies and a love for classical music - plus folk singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer and classically trained multi-instrumentalist Tracy Bonham.

Ranging in style from roots-based bluegrass to alternative country, blues, folk and other forms of American music, Big Big Country might be just the sort of refreshing, different and interesting festival you're looking for.

Big Big Country, 16-27 May, various venues across Glasgow.