Port Fairy Adds Two More International Headliners

Richard Thompson
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The headliner drip-feed from the 2015 Port Fairy Folk Festival continues with two huge names added to the lineup.

First up there’s Buffy Sainte-Marie, Canadian singer-songwriter, artists and activist who has spent decades bringing her music to the world.

And then there’s Richard Thompson, the UK folk-rock icon and one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Richard Thompson will join the likes of Sinéad O’Connor, John Butler Trio, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, Jeff Lang, Jordie Lane, Marlon Williams, Sharon Shannon Band, The Yearlings, We Two Thieves and many more on the Port Fairy Folk Festival lineup.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place in Port Fairy, Victoria from the 6th to 9th March. For more information and tickets check out the official site here.


The National Folk Festival Announce Six Acts for 2105

Mark Moldre
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We consider The National Folk Festival as our “home” folk festival – the one we get to every year and the one where we know everyone and everyone knows us. So we’re pretty excited that late last week they revealed the first six artists for their 2015 lineup.

Those artists include the likes of Scottish trad masters Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, central coast singer-songwriter Mark Moldre (above), Canadian bluegrass and old timey outfit Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys, the incomparable Fred Smith, festival favourites Chloë and Jason Roweth and contemporary UK folk duo Dark Horses.

“We’re looking forward to bringing you an A-list of folk, roots and acoustic music from around the world and Australia at next year’s Festival” Festival Director Pam Merrigan explained. “Everything you love about The National Folk Festival will be there with 5 magical days of intimate performances, iconic legends, surprising new music, and the vibrant sights and sounds of the Festival streetscape.”

The National Folk Festival takes place over the Easter Long Weekend from the 2nd to the 6th April 2015. For more information check out the official site here.

Watch the New Video From The Staves, “Blood I Bled”

The Staves
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The new EP from The Staves, Blood I Bled, hits Australian stores this week and to celebrate we thought we’d share the brand new video for the title track. Blood I Bled is due this Friday the 24th October – check out the video below:

The Woodford Folk Festival Drops 2014 Lineup

Lau
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There were a ton of folk festival announcements all over the weekend but the one that everyone is talking about is the 2014 Woodford Folk Festival lineup. The full musical program dropped yesterday with the usual mix of folk, roots, trad, singer-songwriter and I-don’t-know-why-they’re-at-a-folk-festival artists.

The lineup itself is too huge to list here (you can see it for yourself here) but the highlights include the likes of Violent Femmes (USA), The Cat Empire, Archie Roach, Nahko and Medicine for the People (USA), Jeff Lang, Lau (SCOT), Tiny Ruins (NZ), We Two Thieves, Shooglenifty (SCOT), Flap!, Husky, Lior, Mama Kin, Siskin River, Andrew Clermont, The Mae Trio, Fred Smith, Lucy Wise Trio, Oh Pep!, Betty & Oswald, The Company and so so so much more.

The Woodford Folk Festival takes place from the 27th December to the 1st January. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th October

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

- Sydney singer-songwriter Tom Stephens is launching his new EP next week. Details here

- Victorian Celtic quartet Co-cheòl have just released their new self-titled EP and have a couple of launch dates coming up. Details here

- We premiered “Going Home”, the brand new video from Pepperjack. Details here

- Husky’s new album Ruckers Hill is out today and they’re streaming their track “Saint Joan” online. Details here

- The Port Fairy Folk Festival have added Sinéad O’Connor to their 2015 lineup. Details here

- The next Bluegrass @ Yulli’s in Sydney falls right in the middle of Sydney Craft Beer Week. Details here

- Sam Newton is streaming his new album online and has announced a NSW tour kicking off this weekend. Details here

- Canadian trio The Once have announced plans for a new album plus details of their Australian tour supporting Passenger in January. Details here

- The second round of artists for Bluesfest 2015 is amazing including Bluesfest constant Ben Harper (reunited with The Innocent Criminals), Paolo Nutini, David Gray, Ben Howard, The Counting Crows and many many more. Details here

- Melbourne based singer-songwriter, activist and music blogger Les Thomas has announced his debut Sydney show. Details here

- Sydney singer-songwriter Mark Wilkinson has just kicked off his latest Australian solo tour. Details here

- Sydney will play host to the next Country and Inner Western at the end of this month featuring Shane Nicholson, Jenny Queen, Ruby Boots, Andy Golledge and The Morrisons. Details here

- Folktronica artist Caitlin Park released her new single “Hunt for the Young” featuring backing vocals from Aidan Roberts (The Maple Trail). Details here

- We shared four tracks from the upcoming The New Basement Tapes project which pairs lost lyrics from Bob Dylan with songwriters Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons) and producer T Bone Burnett. Details here

- New Zealand alt-country trio The Eastern released their new single “The Stepping Razor” before they head to Australia for the Fleurieu Folk Festival. Details here

- ARIA nominated artist Harry Hooky released his new video “Where I’ll Be Found”. Details here

- The Man From Snowy River Festival announced its musical lineup including The McClymonts, Andrew Wishart, Paul Costa Band, Fanny Lumsden, Pete Denahy and Richard Perso. Details here

- Melbourne indie-folk artist Brighter Later released their new single “Brace”. Details here

- New Zealand’s Tattletale Saints have announced Australian tour dates. Details here

- Melbourne alt-country band The Stetson Family have announced a home town residency in November. Details here

- Irish singer-songwriter Lisa O’Neill has revealed her new single “Apiana”. Details here

Releases This Week

Islands
IslandsBear’s Den
iTunes

Caitlin Harnett
The River Runs NorthCaitlin Harnett
iTunes

CW Stoneking
Gon’ BoogalooC.W. Stoneking
iTunes

Husky
Ruckers HillHusky
iTunes

Sahara Beck
BloomSahara Beck
iTunes

Sam Newton
Set in StoneSam Newton
iTunes

Tom Stephens
EmbersTom Stephens
iTunes

Songs That Made Me
Katie Noonan’s Songs That Made MeVarious
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Out On The Weekend Festival

Out On The Weekend

How could we not choose this as our gig of the week? This festival looks absolutely fantastic – we hope it’s a massive success and it continues for years to come!

Saturday 18th October – Seaworks, Williamstown, VIC

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 17th October – No 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 18th October – Grand Junction, Maitland, NSW
Friday 24th October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Golden Whistler
Wednesday 22nd October – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 17th October – Beach Break Bar, Agnes Waters, QLD
Sunday 19th October – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Wednesday 22nd October – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD (Full Band)
Friday 24th October – Kidgeeridge Music Festival, Conjola, NSW (Full Band)

Cat Canteri
Friday 17th October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th October – Wolseley Wines, Torquay, VIC

Co-cheòl
Saturday 18th October — Darebin Music Feast, Wesley Anne, Northcote, VIC

Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Andy Brown, The Mae Trio
Friday 17th October – Mt Tamborine, QLD
Saturday 18th October – Tenterfield, NSW
Sunday 19th October – Eudlo, QLD

Fred Smith
Saturday 18th October – Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 17th October – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 18th October – Majestic Theatre, Pomona, QLD
Sunday 19th October – Bon Amici Cafe, Toowoomba, QLD

Jep and Dep
Thursday 23rd October – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th October – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Justin Townes Earle w/ Lindi Ortega, Marlon Williams
Saturday 18th October – Out On The Weekend, Williamstown, VIC
Sunday 19th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Wednesday 22nd October – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th October – Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Lindi Ortega
Saturday 18th October – Out On The Weekend Festival, Williamstown, VIC
Sunday 19th October – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd October – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD w/ Justin Townes Earle
Thursday 23rd October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 17th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd October – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Missy Higgins
Saturday 18th October – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 19th October – Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah, WA
Wednesday 22nd October – Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin, NT

Nikki Lane and The Delines with Ruby Boots
Tuesday 21st October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd October – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, NSW
Thursday 23rd October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, NSW
Friday 24th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

Oh Pep!
Thursday 23rd October – Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford, VIC

One Up, Two Down and Dan Parsons
Tuesday 21st October – House Concert, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd October – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Thursday 23rd October – The Tree House, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 24th October – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Out On The Weekend Festival
Saturday 18th October – Seaworks, Williamstown, VIC

Pepperjack with/ Pear and the Awkward Orchestra, Dash
Saturday 18th October – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Robert Ellis and Jonny Fritz with James Thomson
Tuesday 21st October – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 23rd October – Newton Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Ryan Bingham with Harry Hookey and Tim Wheatley
Friday 17th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 19th October – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Tuesday 21st October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Sahara Beck
Friday 17th October – Cambridge Side Bar, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 18th October – RAD, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 24th October – The Jive, Adelaide, SA

Sam Newton
Saturday 18th October – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd October – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 24th October – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Sydney Blues and Roots Festival
Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th October – Windsor, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 17th October – The Eastern, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 18th October – Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 19th October – The Palace Hotel, Broken Hill, NSW

Tattletale Saints
Thursday 23rd October – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, NSW

The Acfields
Saturday 18th October Taps, Mooloolabah, QLD
Sunday 19th October – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

The Eastern
Thursday 23rd October – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 17th October – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 18th October – Bangalow Bowlo, Bangalow, NSW
Friday 24th October – The Substation, Newport, VIC

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 17th October – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd October – Moonshine, Manly, NSW
Friday 24th October – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC

Tom Stephens
Wednesday 22nd October – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Colorblind” – Counting Crows

I feel like everyone else isn’t as excited about Counting Crows being on the Bluesfest lineup as me. Let me remind you just how good they are.

Listen to the New Lisa O’Neill Single “Apiana”

Lisa O'Neill
Image Courtesy of Lisa O’Neill

When Irish singer-songwriter Lisa O’Neill toured with Glen Hansard earlier this year she one more than a few fans with her indie-folk tunes. So her Australian fans will be happy to hear O’Neill has a new album on the way – Same Cloth Or Not, due 28th October – and a stream of the first single “Apiana”.

Take a listen to “Apiana” here:

The full track listing for Same Cloth Or Not is below:

1. England Has My Man
2. Cowards Corner
3. Neillie’s Song
4. Apiana
5. Come Sit Sing
6. Speed Boat
7. No Train to Cavan
8. Same Cloth Or Not
9. Darkest Winter
10. Dreaming

Tattletale Saints Announce Australian Tour

Tattletale Saints
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Award winning New Zealand folk duo Tattletale Saints are about to head over the pond to for a series shows through October and November. Tattletale Saints have had a busy year so far having already extensively toured the US and the word on the street is these guys are not to be missed.

Check out the full list of dates for their tour below:

Thursday 23rd October – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, NSW
Friday 31st October to Sunday 2nd November – JamGrass, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 5th November – Araluen Town Hall, Araluen, NSW
Thursday 6th November – The Front Gallery and Café, Canberra, ACT
Friday 7th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Stetson Family Announce November Residency

The Stetson Family

Melbourne alt-country/Americana favourites The Stetson Family have announced plans for a residency at the Yarra Hotel through November. The band will be taking on Sunday’s at the iconic Melbourne venue as a way to released their brand new double-single “Haunted Hills”/”Travellin’ Man”, both of which will appear on their upcoming album due in 2015.

The music will kick off each week at 4pm. Check out the full list of dates for the residency below:

Sunday 2nd November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 9th November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 16th November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 30th November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Listen to the New Brighter Later Single “Brace”

Brighter Later
Image Courtesy of Brighter Later

Melbourne indie-folk artist Brighter Later, the project of singer-songwriter Jaye Kranz and her collaborators, have just released their brand new single “Brace”. The single is a taste of the music Brighter Later have been producing since their debut album The Wolves. Take a listen to “Brace” below:

Man From Snowy River Festival Announces 2015 Musical Lineup

The McClymonts
Image Courtesy of The McClymonts

The Man From Snowy River Festival is held each year in the historic town of Corryong, Victoria in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. Celebrating the best of bush culture, including music, poetry and the famous Snowy River Challenge, the festival is the perfect excuse to get back to get out of the city.

The musical lineup of the 2015 MFSR Bush Festival this year will be headlined by country trio The McClymonts (above) and will also feature Andrew Wishart, Paul Costa Band, Fanny Lumsden, Pete Denahy and Richard Perso.

The festival will take place from the 9th to 12th April in 2015. For more information check out the official site here.

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