Last week, folk-Americana band The Wandering Hearts picked up the coveted ‘Bob Harris Emerging Artist’ award at the UK Americana Awards 2018 – a prize hand-picked by the music legend himself.
The awards ceremony took place at Hackney Empire in London where they collected their prize in front of a sold-out audience, including Chris Difford, BBC DJ Simon Mayo, footballer Steve Bull and Sir Patrick Stewart. The band also performed their current single ‘Burning Bridges’ taken from their upcoming debut album Wild Silence, as well as joining together with Imelda May, Mumford and Sons and Robert Plant for a rendition of the late Tom Petty’s ‘Wildflowers’.
Bob Harris says, “This year, the award goes to a band that appeared live on Bob Harris country last year and I thought they were fantastic, I was just blown away by them, by their harmonies their energy, their enthusiasm and of course the fantastic quality of their music. I am truly thrilled for them and their new album is everything I hoped it would be.”
Speaking of their win, The Wandering Hearts say, “This just means so very much to us all. The last couple of years have been crazy but we just want to say a huge thank you to Bob and the AMA UK for making us feel part of this wonderful community. We are so overwhelmed by the support and to be recognised by the legend that is Bob Harris makes it even more incredible!”
The Wandering Hearts’ debut album Wild Silence is out on Decca Records on Friday 9 February. They are also set to embark on their first sold out UK Tour, including a show at London’s Bush Hall on 1 March.
- 18 – Bristol, The Louisiana
- 19 – Cambridge, The Portland Arms
- 21 – Birmingham, The Hare and Hounds
- 22 – Manchester, Gullivers
- 23 – Glasgow, Broadcast
- 01 – London, Bush Hall