On Sunday 30th August, Maui Waui is proud to present a celebration of Americana Music with some of the best Bluegrass, Country, American Folk and Blues artists and bands, hosted by the Americana Music Radio Show.

Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra


Western swing, country blues, & ragtime band from Newcastle who draw on myriad influences from Bob Wills to Django Reinhardt, George Jones to Tom Waits – yet they ultimately sound like nobody else, that North Eastern Swing style that’s utterly their own and changing all the time.

The band tour the way bands should – widely and endlessly – winning friends and fans at each new show with notable performances at festivals like Glastonbury, Bestival, Wilderness and Cambridge Folk Festival. They’ve appeared twice on Radio 4’s Loose Ends, and had their music played by everyone from Marc Riley to Huey Morgan.


“Newcastle’s finest swing-honkytonk-rockabilly band” fRoots


Website: https://teapadorchestra.co.uk/


Video: https://youtu.be/FCl8uE39tN8

Flats and Sharps

Flats and Sharps are a four-piece bluegrass outfit from Penzance, Cornwall. Delivering energetic, enthusiastic and spirited Bluegrass to audiences all around the world, Flats and Sharps have been performing their unique take on this music for over eight years. Their shows include a wide variety of influences, from a fresh and modern outlook on foot-stomping Bluegrass material through to their powerful and well-crafted original songs, with beautiful moments everywhere in between.


Website: https://www.flatsandsharps.net/


Video: https://youtu.be/AYcCkV2HEgk

True Strays

The True Strays are a vintage loving, blues fuelled, dirty rock and roll band from Bristol. Their live shows are a joyous hoedown of huge bass driven riffs, a howling tornado of resonator guitar, cacophonous drums and soaring Hammond organ. Blues music is at the heart of everything they do but their sound isn’t bound to those rules or that genre. Influences include greats like Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf, Jimi Hendrix and Fleetwood Mac, The Doors and Pink Floyd and more recent punk and rock and roll bands like Nirvana, QOTSA and Idles.

“Rising stars of the UK Americana scene” The List

Website: https://www.truestrays.com/


Video: https://youtu.be/QweHILR5oQc




The Frank Burkitt Band


Frank is a story teller, songwriter, singer and guitarist. In that order. His rambling anecdotes aim to give the audience more of a connection with his songs. He formed his incredible backing band when he relocated to Wellington, New Zealand, from Edinburgh. The band have made incredible progress in the last 4 years, releasing their debut album Fools & Kings in 2015, which reached No.12 in the Official NZ Music Charts. They have embarked on several national tours and have played several festivals across NZ.


Website: http://www.frankburkitt.co.nz/






JS and the Lockerbillies


Josh Locke along with his fantastic Lockerbillies will rock your socks off with their collection of cult classics, shaking show-stoppers and rocking rollers from the golden age of jive. JS and the Lockerbillies bring you a show like no other so get your dancing shoes on!


Website: https://www.lockerbillies.com/


Video: https://youtu.be/XoimlgqBQI8



The Ragged String Band


Launched accidentally in a pub garden in 2007, the Ragged String Band have gone on to hit big stages at Bestival, Harvest at Jimmy's and Maverick Festival, played in pubs in any village you'd care to name, embarrassed themselves at beer festivals, wowed an audience of five in a subway in London, busked their way across France, and now will be bringing their own home-grown harmonic bluegrass to the Maui Waui Festival!


Website: https://www.facebook.com/Ragged-String-Band-200992219970806/


Video: https://vimeo.com/149511864



The Dave Thomas Band


Dave was the lead singer, song-writer and guitar player with the seminal 60s/70s rock band Blonde On Blonde who supported Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wight. 


Dave’s roots are in blues, folk and Americana.  The Dave Thomas Band delivers an eclectic mix of songs drawn from those sources. 


In 2019 Dave headlined at the Cambridge Rock Festival on the Acoustic Stage.  In 2020 Dave will be working in rock and blues arenas.  The Dave Thomas Band is cooking on gas!


“One of the best bands on the British Blues scene”. Phil Wight, Blues & Rhythm Magazine




Lucy Grubb


Lucy Grubb is a singer/songwriter from Norwich blending modern Americana with Country undertones. After years of honing her skills at festivals such as Glastonbury, Red Rooster and Latitude, Lucy most recently headlined The Den Stage at Cambridge Folk Festival and received a “rapturous reception”. With two EPs under her belt, her debut EP being named ‘Best UK EP of the Year’ by Country site Belles & Gals and her second EP gaining a 5* review from Maverick Magazine, Lucy is set to release her third EP in 2020.







Lucy Grubb - 18 Miles Official Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5O-gVdStlE



The Rye Sisters


From Lincolnshire, The Rye Sisters (Ishani and Sue) are an Americana and folk-country duo who create beautifully blended vocal harmonies alongside guitar and fiddle.  They pull from broadly American influences, including the likes of James Taylor, Buddy and Julie Miller, The Civil Wars and the Dixie Chicks and also write their own songs including ‘song-for-Lincolnshire’ winner ‘White Mercury’. Playing together for the past four years, they are not only bandmates but the absolute best of friends. 



They can be found at www.theryesisters.com and www.facebook.com/theryesisters.

Listen at https://soundcloud.com/theryesisters

Watch a full live set at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHjlLwUR75I



Tom Parkes & His Blackwater Boys


When the barman's sweeping up the broken glass after the usual high noon gunfight down the Queen's Head, it's time for Tom Parkes & His Blackwater Boys to emerge refreshed from their convenient hiding place in the beer cellar and go to work.
The band marry the rich musical heritage of America - from the honky-tonks to the swamps - with melodies and lyrics that have emerged like salty oysters from the Essex mud.
Featuring Jake Rattlesnake Murrells on dobro and Mr Anthony Jones, the Patron Saint of Bass.


FB: https://www.facebook.com/tomparkessingersongwriter


Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlA54zumUjU

Noel Dashwood


Noel Dashwood is one third of the amazing folk trio “Alden, Patterson and Dashwood” and one heck of a dobro player! The trio supported “Show of Hands” on tour last year and Noel has been quoted as “Dobro player to watch” in Guitarist Magazine, recording with dozens of artists nationally. He has performed on many BBC Radio Stations, locally & nationally. In our opinion he is probably the finest Dobro player you will find short of heading to Nashville, Tennessee! Noel will be playing some of his songs and tunes and happy to answer questions about the Dobro.

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