Joan Armatrading

Opening day of the UK Americana Conference in Hackney proved entertaining and informative once again, with the keynote speech on a theme of collaboration being presented by the ground-breaking Joan Armatrading. The annual event is always a great opportunity to catch up with many familiar names in the genre and this year Jonathan Stewart and I were soon exchanging pleasantries with organisers Stevie and Jamie Freeman, plus songwriter / guitarist Simon James.

Due to other work commitments we had to leave at lunchtime, but we were able to drop in at Stairway to Kevin, the highly-respected amp repairers at 11, Denmark Street, London. We also took a moment to take in the site of Bunjies, the legendary basement venue at 27 Litchfield Street, off Charing Cross Road. 

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