Thank Folk It’s Friday – 19th September


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

- Sydney singer-songwriter Timothy James Bowen Single has just released his new single “Learn to Love Again”. Details here

- UK folk big band Bellowhead have released their new video “Let Her Run”. Details here

- Stu Larsen unveiled his new video “San Francisco”. Details here

- Busby Marou will be heading out on a duo acoustic tour this October and November. Details here

- The latest Bluegrass @ Yulli’s takes place in Sydney next week featuring a jam then a couple of sets from Mark Stevens and Antony Mutch. Details here

- UK trio The Staves have announced plans for a new EP, Blood I Bled, as well as releasing the title track. Details here

- The Audreys have released their new video “Ballad For the Fallen”. Details here

- Melbourne’s Brighter Later released their new live video “All The World”. Details here

- Sydney’s Lacey Cole has released his stunning new video “Nephilim’s Lament”. Details here

- The Morrisons have announced their second Country and Inner Western in Sydney this week featuring appearances from Lucky Luke Webb (Lucky Luke and The Shooting Stars), Matt Gollan (The British Blues), Georgia Mooney (All Our Exes Live In Texas), Leroy Lee and The Button Collective. Details here

- We premiered the new live video from Cat Canteri, “Here For Now, In Your Head”. Details here

- Oh Pep! are making their way back to Australia after a European and US tour and have announced a Melbourne residency. Details here

- Central Coast singer-songwriter Mark Moldre has released his new video “Bone Orchard”. Details here

- Ben Howard treated us to another new track with “Conrad”. Details here


“The way that it really went is if I have a new song we jammed it at rehearsal and if it went well it sort of fell into that box. And if no one really felt the vibe then I will leave it over to the side. If I’m focusing on one thing at the time, like if I’m about to do a solo recording or something, the energy goes towards that one”Tom West chats to Gareth H Evans. Interview here



““BIGSOUND is whatever you make of it” a friend had told me. “Decide what you want to get out of it before you go and then concentrate on that”. It was good advice as the avalanche of things to do, people to see and parties to get into was overwhelming for a first time BIGSOUND-er like me. So I mapped out my days based on artists I wanted to interview, industry folks I wanted to meet and gigs (both unofficial and official) I wanted to attend”Gareth H Evans reflects on BIGSOUND 2014. Review here

Releases This Week

Marketa Irglova
MunaMarketa Irglova

OZMissy Higgins

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

JamGrass On The Road


JamGrass makes its debut in Adelaide this weekend with a bunch of amazing artists getting together for a pickin’ good time. The lineup includes The Bakers Digest, Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats, Marlon Williams, Casey Driessen, James Kenyon, The Cherry Pickers and Astro Cobalt

Saturday 20th September – Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 19th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 21st September – Arts Centre, Gold Coast, QLD
Tuesday 23rd September – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Wednesday 24th September – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Thursday 25th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Ari & Mia with Lucy Wise Trio
Friday 19th September – Mofo at The Crate, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th September – The Old Gazette Theatre, Dorrigo, NSW
Sunday 21st September – The Danish Club, Brisbane, QLD

Bare Bones feat. Jacob Diamond, Lynda Smyth, The Borrowed Few
Saturday 20th September – The Swan Basement, Perth, WA

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Mark Stevens and Antony Mutch
Wednesday 24th September – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Boy & Bear
Sunday 21st September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 22nd September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 25th September – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Friday 26th September – Bunbury Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA

Casey Driessen
Friday 19th September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th September – Jamgrass On The Road, The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 21st September – Brisbane Danish Club, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 24th to Sunday 29th September -Sunshine Fiddle Camp, QLD

Saturday 20th September – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th September – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Cat Canteri
Friday 19th September – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Wednesday 24th September – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 25th September – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 26th September – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW

Country and Inner Western feat. The Morrisons, Lucky Luke Webb, Matt Gollan, Georgia Mooney, The Button Collective
Wednesday 24th September – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Folk By The Sea
Friday 26th to Sunday 27th September – Kiama, NSW

Green Mohair Suits
Friday 19th September – South Side Tea Room, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 20th September – Cardigan Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 21st September – The End, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 24th September – Mother’s Milk, Sawtell, NSW
Thursday 25th September – Cafe 2340, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th September – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

JamGrass On The Road
Saturday 20th September – Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Jep and Dep
Sunday 21st September – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Missy Higgins
Saturday 20th September – Cairns Civic Theatre, Cairns, QLD
Tuesday 23rd September – TECC, Townsville, QLD
Wednesday 24th September – MECC – Plenary Halls A&B, Mackay, QLD
Friday 26th September – The Events Centre Theatre, Caloundra, QLD

MoFo at the Crate feat. Ari & Mia, Lucy Wise Trio
Friday 19th September – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW

Olivers Army
Saturday 20th September – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC

Patrick James
Saturday 20th September – Pier One @ Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 26th September – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Friday 19th September – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 19th September – Howlin Wolf, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 20th September – Small World Block Party, Marrickville, NSW
Thursday 25th September – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 26th September – Baroque Bar, Katoomba, NSW

Sunshine Fiddle Camp
Wenesday 24th to Sunday 29th September – Alexandra Headlands, QLD

The Living Room feat. Laura Zarb, Jack and Lucia (A Girl’s A Gun)
Sunday 21st September – Lewisham Hotel, Sydney

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 19th September – Mitchell Creek Rock and Blues Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Saturday 20th September – Sol Bar, Maroochydoore, QLD
Sunday 21st September – Mitchell Creek Rock and Blues Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Tom West
Thursday 25th September – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Thursday 25th September – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Friday 26th September – Under the Clothesline, Perth, WA

Xander Smith
Sunday 21st September – MONA Museum, Hobart, TAS

Friday Folk Flashback

“Both Sides The Tweed” – Dick Gaughan and Emmylou Harris

“Let friendship and honour unite, And flourish on both sides the Tweed”.

Listen to the New Ben Howard Single “Conrad”

Ben Howard
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Ben Howard has released another new single from his upcoming album I Forget Where We Were, the stunning “Conrad”. I Forget Where We Were is due for release on the 20th October.

Check out “Conrad” below:

Watch the New Mark Moldre Video “Bone Orchard”

Mark Moldre
Image Courtesy of Mark Moldre

Central Coast singer-songwriter Mark Moldre has released the clip to his latest single “Bone Orchard”. Taken from Moldre’s album An Ear To The Earth, “Bone Orchard” is full of all sorts of folk/dixie/bluegrass/footstomping goodness and has a stark black and white clip to match.

Watch the video below:

Mark Moldre has a smattering of dates coming up around NSW and the ACT. Check them out here:

Thursday 30th October – Quattro, Erina, NSW
Saturday 15th November – Unbridled Festival, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 16th November – Smith’s Alternative Bookstore, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 23rd November – Avoca Markets, NSW
Saturday 29th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Oh Pep! Announce Homecoming Shows

Oh Pep
Image Courtesy of Oh Pep!

It feels like half of the Australian music industry is in Nashville right now, all getting their fix of the Americana festival. We’re pretty proud of each and every artist who’s managed to score a gig this week – we’re super jealous!

One band that’s making waves over the Pacific at the moment is Melbourne folksters Oh Pep!. The four piece are about to finish up their European and US visit with Americana and will then be winding their way home. When they get here they’ve announced a very special residency at The Yarra in Abbotsford through October – their last headline shows of the year.

Check out the full list of dates for the residency below:

Thursday 9th October – Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford, VIC
Thursday 16th October – Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford, VIC
Thursday 23rd October – Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford, VIC
Thursday 30th October – Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford, VIC

Timber and Steel Video Premeire: Cat Canteri, “Here For Now, In Your Head”

Cat Canteri
Image Courtesy of Cat Canteri

We’re really loving the new solo album from Cat Canteri since it was released earlier this month. It’s completely different from her work with The Stillsons but is still firmly planted in the same roots tradition – we definitely recommend picking it up.

Timber and Steel is also proud to be the first to premiere Cat Canteri’s new live video “Here For Now, In Your Head”, recorded at The Aviary in Melbourne. Check it out below:

Cat Canteri is about to kick off the east coast leg of her national tour. Check out the full list of remaining dates below:

Friday 19th September – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Wednesday 24th September – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 25th September – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 26th September – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Saturday 27th September – Queens St Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 27th September – St Martin’s Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 28th September – LiveSpark, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 28th September – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 2nd October – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 3rd October – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 4th October – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Sunday 5th October – Shady Pines Saloon, Surry Hills, NSW
Friday 17th October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th October – Wolseley Wines, Torquay, VIC
Friday 14th November – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 15th November – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Interview: Tom West

Tom West
Image Courtesy of Tom West

We managed to catch up with Adelaide singer-songwriter Tom West at BIGSOUND this year as he was wrapping up his tour with Todd Sibbin supporting his new single “The Call”. West opened up about his solo project, his work with the band Traveller and Fortune and the Adelaide folk scene.

Gareth Hugh Evans: I really like the new-ish track “The Call”. How are you feeling about it now that it’s out in the world and you’re touring it?

Tom West: Pretty good man. I’m pretty happy with how it came out. I’m going back [to the studio] next week to hopefully wrap that project up. I think… [laughes]

GHE: Because it’s part of a larger album right?

TW: I’m not sure whether it will be an EP or an album. I wish someone would just tell me what to do.

GHE: Your press release says album so you might be held to that.

TW: [laughs] I’m happy with it. I really like the way it came out. I kind of feel like I need to put a bit of thought into the overall product. I need to give it a direction. It might be skewing into crazy land a little so I just want to take it all back and use ["The Call"] as a reference point.

GHE: Build a sound around that song?

TW: I think so. I really like it so I want to try and keep it all cohesive. It’s easy to get sidetracked.

GHE: And you’ve been touring “The Call” for the last month or so. How have you found this tour compared to others you’ve done?

TW: It’s longer. It’s good. Me and Toddy [Todd Sibbin] have been touring together.

GHE: It feels like you’ve done a lot more dates than you usually would have done.

TW: Usually I’ve just done a rapid fire, three shows over one weekend buzz around. It’s good man.

GHE: As you said you been touring with Todd Sibbin and his latest project The Arcadian Driftwood. You play with Todd in the band Traveller and Fortune. It seems like there’s a pretty close knit scene in Adelaide, at least between your circle of bands.

TW: It’s pretty close around the contemporary folk world. We know Kaurna Cronin pretty well. He plays drums in Traveller and Fortune. It’s good. It is close. I don’t know much about other scenes but it feels maybe a bit more friendly. I think we’re less competitive.

GHE: Do you think Adelaide having a fairly small music scene means there a necessity for artists to pitch in together as well. Like if you want to make gigs happen or if you want to make tours happen you need to do it together.

TW: I think that’s part of it. Plus there’s just less players kicking around. A good player gets snapped up – anyone who’s any good is playing in shitloads of bands. I think it’s the same everywhere though.

GHE: I thought maybe everyone playing multiple bands in Adelaide might be a nice way to be able to play several gigs a week. So you’re not over-saturating the scene with just one project.

TW: That’s something I need to improve as well. It’s pretty easy for us to continuously play at home, and the gigs pay pretty well as well so it’s tempting to do that.

GHE: I first came across you because of Traveller and Fortune, which was a duo and is now a band. How do you keep your solo project and Traveller and Fortune separate?

TW: It’s a good question and it’s a question I don’t really have an answer for. I think about why it’s even happened – it’s essentially the same thing. I play some of the Traveller stuff myself and we occasionally have played the solo stuff in the band. It just sort of happened really. How do I keep it separate? Um…

GHE: You don’t really keep them separate?

TW: Some of the stuff that’s easier to play solo stays solo and some of the stuff that lends itself to having people jamming along ends up on the other side of the fence.

GHE: Is the writing process different? Are you the sole songwriter for Traveller and Fortune as well?

TW: Yeah.

GHE: So when you’re writing a song are you thinking “this will sound good with a band” or “this is definitely a solo song”?

TW: No I don’t. I don’t do that. The way that it really went is if I have a new song we jammed it at rehearsal and if it went well it sort of fell into that box. And if no one really felt the vibe then I will leave it over to the side. If I’m focusing on one thing at the time, like if I’m about to do a solo recording or something, the energy goes towards that one.

GHE: I feel like it does give you some options live. Like if you want to do a tour it’s much cheaper to do that solo.

TW: That’s true. And that’s how I started as well so it does feel natural for me to do it. I enjoy it and you’re right, it’s way way easier.

GHE: What do you think the Adelaide scene is like at the moment, especially for the acoustic genres?

TW: I think it’s good man. I think it’s really good. I think everyone’s had to work fucking hard over the last five years or so and now it’s paying off. And I don’t think, at least not in my circle, anyone takes it for granted. Whereas I sometimes get the impression that some bands elsewhere are ahead of themselves or take it for granted. I don’t know.

GHE: There’s a real “home made” vibe to the Adelaide scene as well. People just have to put on their own gigs. It’s not like Melbourne that has 100 established venues with relevant nights.

TW: I think there’s a very strong nucleus of venues that have been around for as long as I’ve been playing that are super supportive. Which is one side that means that everyone has a starting point. But then on the other side in the last few years there’s been this real mushrooming of alternative gigs which has taken off big time at home. To a point where if there’s someone outside of Adelaide that we really like we could bring them to Adelaide a tee a whole weekend up and it would be worth their while to do that. I kind of think that that nucleus of venues kept things going in the shittier times which I think were like five to ten years ago. Now it’s really good.

GHE: Does having “Mad March” when all the festivals are on help the Adelaide scene at all? When I’ve been there during that time it always feels like festivals like WOMADelaide are filled with non-Adelaide artists.

TW: That’s fair to say. It can just get too difficult during that time so it’s almost not worth it.

GHE: Like if you’re not on the Fringe lineup or the WOMADelaide lineup there’s no where to play?

TW: A lot of us, myself included, think you’re better off not doing it. It’s just so busy and the promotion side of things is impossible. However what it does do is the general people who wouldn’t go to a show, they turn up. If it’s in the listings.

GHE: Is there much crossover between what you guys are doing in the contemporary, singer-songwriter type folk scene in Adelaide and the traditional folk club and folk festival circuit there?

TW: There is a little bit of cross over but not as much as you might think. They’re quite separate. And that’s something I really should work on personally because that’s a whole bunch of people that would probably really like my music. I need to tap into that. I know plenty of people that are well and truly on that side of things but most people are heavily on one side or the other.

GHE: The whole of Australia is like that. It’s like there’s two separate folk scenes. Although I think the barriers are breaking down and there’s definitely a crossover beginning to happen. I thought that might have started happening in Adelaide.

TW: Not exactly but it reminds me that it’s something I should do. And I feel like there’s other people out there who are smart enough to realise it’s something they should do

GHE: So after this current tour you’re going to finish off the album/EP you’ve been working on, however that takes place. And then once that wraps what’s the next focus?

TW: I want to spend some time putting the majority of my energy onto one thing. So I think I’ll try and keep onto [the solo work] for the next six months.

GHE: Awesome. I think that’s about everything today. Thanks so much!

TW: Thanks man!

Tom West will be performing at The Grace Emily in Adelaide on Thursday 25th September. Listen to his new single “The Call” below:

The Morrisons’ Country and Inner Western Night Returns Next Week

Country and Inner Western
Image Courtesy of The Morrisons

Next Wednesday night Sydney is set to come alive with the sounds of fiddles and banjos as The Morrisons descend on the Goodgod Small Club for their latest Country and Inner Western night.

Joining The Morrisons this time around will be a bunch of local folk, acoustic and alt-country heroes including Lucky Luke Webb (Lucky Luke and The Shooting Stars), Matt Gollan (The British Blues), Georgia Mooney (All Our Exes Live In Texas), Leroy Lee and The Button Collective. The night is guaranteed to be a rip-roarin’, boot-scootin’ night of folky goodness.

Country and Inner Western kicks off at Goodgod from 7.30pm next Wednesday the 24th September with tickets just $10 on the door. For more information check out the official Facebook event here

Watch the New Lacy Cole Video “Nephilim’s Lament”

Lacey Cole
Image Courtesy of Lacey Cole

Sydney singer-songwriter Lacey Cole quietly released his new album Other Ways To Say The Same Thing earlier this year, but is now making a big song and dance about it. As well as officially launching the album on the 3rd October at St John’s, Glebe in Sydney, Lacey Cole has also released the stunning video for the track “Nephilim’s Lament”.

The video features 99 year-old choreographer and dancer Eileen Kramer and was directed by Lacey Cole and Sarah Adamson. Check out the beautiful video below:

Watch the New Brighter Later Video “All The World”

Brighter Later
Image Courtesy of Brighter Later

Melbourne’s Brighter Later are back with a brand new video from their awesome debut album Wolves. The video, shot in frontwwoman Jaye Kranz’s converted church home, is for the track “All The World” and was created as part of an intimate project by Singing Bowl Media called Music House.

Check out the “All The World” video below:

Watch the New Video From The Audreys “Ballad For the Fallen”

The Audreys
Image Courtesy of The Audreys

Last week Australian folk music royalty The Audreys released their brand new single “Ballad For the Fallen”. The track is taken from the band’s latest album ‘Til My Tears Roll Away and has a video that features acting students from Adelaide College of the Arts.

“This is a Dylanesque list song, only with big heavy bass and crashing guitars,” guitarist Tristan Goodall explains. “At once, it is both a tip of the hat to all those lost adventurers who skirt around the fringes, and a flip of the bird to their detractors. Listen close to the lyrics, chances are you’ll get a mention…but on which side??”

Check out the video below:

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