AmericanaFest UK

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Soul country singer and songwriter Yola has been one of the breakout stars of contemporary roots music who can point to a career leg-up from the eight-year-old Americana Music Association UK. She’s twice been their UK Artist of the Year, and she’s up for the award again next week as AMA-UK hosts its sixth annual convention. Of course, it’s online, but that means the event and community will be more accessible than ever, says the association’s CEO Stevie Smith.

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Siobhan Kennedy is an enthusiastic music diplomat between those two nations famously divided by a common language. Raised in Liverpool, England, hometown of the Beatles and Echo & the Bunnymen, she’s a one-time recording artist, a long-time Nashvillian, and wife of record producer Ray Kennedy. She’s also a board member of the Americana Music Association UK, which recently had its fourth convention and awards in London. Early this year, she said strong ties between the US and UK scenes had created a potent situation.