Thank Folk It’s Friday – 1st August

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

- Nick Mulvey has released a series of instructional videos to help you learn the songs from his album First Mind. Details here

- Central Coast singer-songwriter Daniel Lee Kendall released “Under A Spell”, the first single from his upcoming album Daniel Lee Kendall Is Dead. Details here

- Sydney singer-songwriter Direwolf is launching his new EP tonight. Details here

- Melbourne folk-rock artist Tim Wheatley & Crooked Saint have released their new video “Burning The Midnight Oil”. Details here

- Dili based Australian singer-songwriter Cj Shaw and his band The Blow Ins are streaming their long awaited new album Milk Crate Throne online. Details here

- The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival have announced a bunch of artists for October including Annie Lou Band (Canada), Chris Henry and The Hardcore Grass (USA), Colin O’Brien (USA), Kirk Sutphin and Eddie Bond (USA) and Tattletale Saints (NZ), Catgut, CloudStreet, Dan Parsons, Fred Smith, Lucy Wise Trio, Margaret and Bob Fagan, Oh Pep!, One Up Two Down, Stray Hens, The Company (above), The Mid North, The Morrisons and many many more. Details here

- Melbourne duo Turtle & Fox have released their brand new single “I’m A Sardine”. Details here

- The Pigs posted a video featuring 14 songs about Lorraine in five minutes. Details here

- The New Joe Mungovan single “Cotton Wool” hit the net this week. Details here

- Jack Carty got his dance on in his latest video “The Joneses”. Details here

- The amazing Josh T Pearson has announced his first ever Australian shows. Details here

- Melbourne based trad five-piece Stray Hens have released their new video “Byker Hill”. Details here

- Quarterly Sydney folk night Fairlight Folk has announced its August lineup – Justin Bernasconi and the Dukes of Thornbury, Aaron Lyon and Laura Zarb. Details here

- We fell in love with the new music interview podcast Wait Long By The River and think you should too. Details here

- Vance Joy announced plans to launch his new album with a single show in Melbourne this September. Details here

- English folk singer Martha Tilston has announced details of her new album The Sea

- Irish-American supergroup The Gloaming will be making their way to Australia for the Melbourne Festival. Details here

Interviews

“Man I can tell you that’s definitely been a mix dose of unrelenting stress, but I’ve been lucky to have worked with such incredible people that the end result is something I’m 94% happy with, which is quite a lot. I’m sure I’m not the only songwriter to have written a whole EP and then rolled over one day saying “I can’t believe I almost released this. No thanks, bin them all”. That happened twice unfortunately, but after getting out of my head for awhile and taking some time to be inspired the tracks kind of chose themselves. And it felt right”Direwolf chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Angus and Julia Stone
Angus and Julia StoneAngus and Julia Stone
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Emma Swift
Emma SwiftEmma Swift
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Weatherboard House
Weatherboard HouseOllie Brown
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Husky

Husky

Friday 1st August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Melody Pool and Marlon Williams

Melody and Marlon

I’ve already stated elsewhere that “this may possibly be one of the most exciting tours of 2014″ so if you haven’t been to see Melody Pool and Marlon Williams then you should really jump at the chance. These two are among the best and brightest coming out of the acoustic music scene in Australia and New Zealand right now. Don’t miss out!

Saturday 2nd August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 3rd August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 6th August – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Thursday 7th August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 8th August – St Martin’s Parish Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
Saturday 2nd August – Bangalow Showground, Byron Bay, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 8th August – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Caitlin Park
Friday 1st August – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd August – The Hive, Brisbane, QLD

Clare Bowditch with Adalita
Saturday 2nd August – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th August – Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Dan and Amy
Wednesday 6th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Darren Cross
Thursday 7th August – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Direwolf w/ Brendon Moon, Karl-Christoph
Friday 1st August – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Saturday 2nd August – Mobys Waterfront Lounge, Denmark, WA
Sunday 3rd August – Redcliffe on the Murray, Pinjarra, WA
Friday 8th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Husky
Friday 1st August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Jep and Dep
Sunday 3rd August – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Sunday 3rd August – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 8th August – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT

Melody Pool and Marlon Williams
Saturday 2nd August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 3rd August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 6th August – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Thursday 7th August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 8th August – St Martin’s Parish Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW

Pepa Knight
Friday 1st August – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 7th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Redlands Bluegrass Festival
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th August – The Kindilan Convention Centre, Redland Bay, QLD

Rose Wintergreen
Sunday 3rd August – The Turbine Platform, Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

The Beards
Saturday 2nd August – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 7th August – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Friday 8th August – Spurs Saloon Bar, Devonport, TAS

The Company
Thursday 7th August – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

The Yearlings
Friday 1st August – The Song Room, Barossa Art Gallery, Tanunda, SA
Saturday 2nd August – Rosemount Winery, McLaren Vale, SA
Sunday 3rd August – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton, Adelaide SA

Vincent Cross
Friday 1st August – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 2nd August – The Shack, Narrabeen, NSW
Sunday 3rd August – Radio Folk & Roots, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 7th August – Gnomon Pavilion, Ulverstone, TAS
Friday 8th August – The Gallery, Gignet, TAS

Wagons
Friday 8th August – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Geordie” – Joan Baez

I’ve spent a lot of this week listening to NPR Music’s coverage of last weekend’s Newport Folk Festival. During the Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer set Mitchell introduced her version of “Geordie” by saying “we’re going to give you a ballad that it’s possible barefoot Joan Baez could have done on this stage fifty years ago”. So I hunted out Baez’s version of the Child Ballad and thought I’d share.

The Gloaming Announced for The Melbourne Festival

The Gloaming
Image Courtesy of The Gloaming

Another folk artist announced for this year’s Melbourne Festival is Irish-Amerian super-group The Gloaming. Made up of trad royalty Iarla Ó Lionáird (vocals), Martin Hayes (fiddle), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (Hardanger fiddle) and Dennis Cahill (guitar) along with indie producer Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), The Gloaming will be making their Australian live debut as part of the festival.

The group will be appearing on Saturday 25th October at Hamer Hall in Melbourne. For more details on the show check out the Melbourne Festival site here.

Here’s hoping more Australian dates are on their way!

Martha Tilston Announces New Album The Sea

Martha Tilston
Image Courtesy of Martha Tilston

UK singer-songwriter Martha Tilston announced plans to release her brand new album via her mailing list this week. Titled The Sea, the album is due for release in early October.

“It is an album of traditional songs about the sea and the stories of those whose lives are intertwined with and guided by the sea,” Tilston explained in the her mail out. “Each song has a guest family member or friend singing or playing with me and it has been a beautiful experience to record. We recorded most of it in a cliff side cottage in cornwall and enjoyed trying to capture the magic and treachery of the deep … Expect to be transported to a cornish cove wherever you see us play.”

We’ll bring you more details on the album as we get them.

Vance Joy Announces Album Launch Show

Vance Joy
Image Courtesy of Vance Joy

The highly anticipated debut album from Vance Joy will hit stores on the 5th September and to celebrate Joy has announced plans for a launch show on the same day. Vance Joy will be playing the launch show at Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne on the 5th September, his only Australian headline performance this side of Christmas.

To give you another taster of what to expect from the album and show Vance Joy has also revealed an acoustic version of his new track “My Kind Of Man” filmed at Flinders St Ballroom in Melbourne – check it out below:

Check Out The Wait Long By The River Podcast

Wait Long By The River
Image Courtesy of Wait Long By The River

Anyone who knows me in real life will know I’m a voracious consumer of Podcasts, both of the folk variety (Folkcast, The Mike Harding Folk Show, etc) and the non-folk variety (too many to mention). So when I find a new podcast that I absolutely love I have to tell the world. Especially if it’s a Podcast about music.

Recently I discovered Wait Long By The River, the new music interview podcast from Melbourne musician James Fahy. The podcast is recorded live in front of an audience on the first Wednesday of every month at Some Velvet Morning in Clifton Hill. And while it’s not exclusively about folk music there’s been enough folk artists interviewed so far to make it worth spruiking here.

The episode that hooked me was the interview with folk singer Mandy Connell (who is also part of Melbourne trad group Stray Hens). Listen to it below:

If you like what you hear you should check out the official Wait Long By The River site here and also subscribe on iTunes free here.

Fairlight Folk Announces August Lineup

Justin Bernasconi
Image Courtesy of Justin Bernasconi

Quarterly Sydney folk music evening Fairlight Folk Acoustic Lounge is gearing up for its August event with the announcement of three fantastic artists. Fairlight Folk is held each quarter at the William Street Studios in Fairlight on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and has a reputation as one of the most intimate, welcoming regular nights in the city.

On Saturday 9th August Fairlight Folk will play host to Melbourne singer-songwriter (and band) Justin Bernasconi and the Dukes of Thornbury, blues balladeer Aaron Lyon and local (via the USA) singer-songwriter Laura Zarb.

The night kicks off at 7pm with tickets just $20. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.



Watch the New Stray Hens Video “Byker Hill”

Stray Hens
Image Courtesy of Stray Hens

There’s something about the track “Byker Hill” that trad bands just love. The song is originally from England and is about coal miners (as so many good folk songs are).

The latest version of “Byker Hill” comes courtesy of Melbourne trad five-piece Stray Hens. I really like this version – it feels really contemporary and has a string bending new clip from Ryan Tews Photography. Check out the video below:

Josh T Pearson Announces First Ever Australian Shows

Josh T Pearson
Image Courtesy of Josh T Pearson

The amazing Josh T Pearson has this week announced his first ever Australian shows. Pearson has been praised the world over as an intensely honest and beautiful singer-songwriter.

This October Josh T Pearson will be in the country as part of the contemporary music program at this year’s Melbourne Festival and will also be making a stop over in Sydney while he’s here. Check out the full list of dates below:

Tuesday 14th October – Foxtel Festival Hub, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Watch the New Jack Carty Video “The Joneses”

jack Carty
Image Courtesy of Jack Carty

Last month Jack Carty released his brand new Josh-Pyke-co-Written track “The Joneses”, and this week he’s released a video to go along with it. The video was shot in black and white by Carty and his housemates and features some interpretive dance. “The Joneses” is from Jack Carty’s upcoming new album – check out the video below:

Interview: Direwolf

Direwolf
Image Courtesy of Direwolf

The new EP from Sydney singer-songwriter Direwolf, AKA Matt Dewar, is released this week so we thought it was as good a time as any to chat to the man about the process of putting it together.

Gareth Hugh Evans: You’ve been playing the Sydney scene for a while but your debut EP is just coming out this week. What’s gone into putting the EP together? How did you select the tracks?

Matt Dewar: Man I can tell you that’s definitely been a mix dose of unrelenting stress, but I’ve been lucky to have worked with such incredible people that the end result is something I’m 94% happy with, which is quite a lot. I’m sure I’m not the only songwriter to have written a whole EP and then rolled over one day saying “I can’t believe I almost released this. No thanks, bin them all”. That happened twice unfortunately, but after getting out of my head for awhile and taking some time to be inspired the tracks kind of chose themselves. And it felt right.

GHE: I’ve seen you name drop artists like Bon Iver and The Tallest Man on Earth as influences – how much do you think these artists find their way into your songs?

MD: Definitely in more ways than one huh. I’d probably say melody is the main one. Both have an incredible sense of weaving notes so poetically they hardly even need lyrics.

GHE: I saw you’ve been busy shooting a video – tell us a little about the experience.

MD: Ah that was a doozy. Myself and 5 companions headed up to the frost stricken Barrington Tops over one weekend. It was wonderful, the scenery and solitude up there couldn’t have been more fitting for what we were trying to capture. I distinctly remember driving hours through the mountains trying to find snow, and once we did a friend of mine Dave (cameraman, has never seen snow) jumped amongst the sleet on the side of the road and was tossing it about. A nice moment.

GHE: It feels like the Sydney folk and acoustic scene is really exploding right now with bars and clubs and even shops and cafes taking a punt on live music. Do you think the Sydney live scene is in a healthy place right now?

MD: I think it’s arguable depending on who you ask. I’d personally agree and say that things like house concerts and small shows are exploding like fireworks. But even the people who play / watch these shows make it healthy. There’s so much love and respect between songwriters and onlookers that I rarely walk away from a show feeling ignored.

GHE: Once the EP’s out what’s next for Direwolf?

MD: Tour it, most likely along the east coast and possibly to Adelaide. Then I’m aiming to write an album / head overseas. After making an EP I’m ridiculously excited to start writing an album.

The new untitled Direwolf EP will be available on Friday 1st August. Direwolf will be launching the EP at Hiberninan House in Sydney on the 1st August with Brendon Moon and Karl-Christoph in support – for more details check out the official Facebook invite here.

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