Thank Folk It’s Friday – 25th July


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

- The new video from Emily Barker’s side-project Vena Portae, “Summer Kills”, was released. Details here

- Sydney artist Hazzy Bee has released the gorgeous new single “Flyscreen”. Details here

- Tiny Ruins released the new Neil Finn directed video for the track “Me At The Museum, You In The Wintergardens”. Details here

- Sydney monthly folk night The Folk Informal has announced it’s August lineup including Dan and Amy, Big Smoke, Katie Wighton and Sweet Jean. Details here

- Gold Coast cowgirl Bree De Rome will be launching her new single “Easy to Forget” with shows in Queensland and New South Wales. Details here

- Luke Morris will be performing at Splendour today and then is heading off on an East Coast tour. Details here

- Ex-Swell Season singer-songwriter Marketa Irglova has announced plans for her second solo album Muna. Details here

- Dublin born, Australian raised, NYC based roots singer-songwriter Vincent Cross will kick off his first Australian tour in Canberra tonight. Details here

- Folktronica artist Caitlin Park revealed her new video “Wake Up In A Wirr”. Details here

- This Sunday in Sydney there’s a very special Pete Seeger tribute concert featuring Bob & Margaret Fagan, Mary-Jane Field, Peter Hicks, The Lurkers, Christina Mimmocchi, Maurie Mulheron, Margaret Walters and Chris Wheeler. Details here

- Singer-songwriter Steven James Adams has announced a new album, House Music, that features collaborations with Dan Mangan, Emily Barker, John Smith, Justin Young (The Vaccines, Jay Jay Pistolet), Martin Green (Lau) and Inge Thomson. Details here

- Ashleigh Mannix & Justin Carter have a brand new duo project and have released their first track “Heartbreak”. Details here

- Perth singer-songwriter Joel Barker released his new single “City”. Details here

- Sydney folk punks The Bottlers are giving away two of their demos, “Blacktown” and “Golden Boys”, for free. Details here

- We premiered the brand new video from Tom West and he’s about to head out on tour. Details here

- And we also premiered the brand new video from Ollie Brown, “Oak Hill”, ahead of the release of his new EP Weatherboard House. Details here

- Conor Oberst released the beautiful new video for his track “You Are My Mother’s Child”. Details here

- Brisbane based bluegrass trio The Company have announced details of their new album Trouble. Details here

- The Kangaroo Valley has confirmed its first round of artists for 2014 including Fred Smith, Enda Kenny Band, Martin Pearson, Bajaly Suso from Gambia, The BordererS, Liz Frencham, Nick Rheinberger, Glenn Cardier & Christian Marsh, The Wheeze and Suck Band, Michael Waugh, Paul Greene and the Other Colours, Sparrow Folk, Penny Larkins and Carl Pannuzzo, Salvation Jane, Sal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel, Danny Spooner and Crystal Barreca

Releases This Week

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Timber and Steel Presents



Friday 25th July – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 31st July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Nick Mulvey

Nick Mulvey

While you’ll be able to catch Nick Mulvey at Splendour in the Grass or supporting Ben Howard this week, the show in Melbourne on Tuesday is his only Australian headline show. Presented by the folks behind Communion Melbourne this is guaranteed to be a fine performance from an artist that is on the brink of big things.

Tuesday 29th July – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Ben Howard
Friday 25th July – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Wednesday 30th July – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 31st July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 25th July – Brolga Theatre & Convention Centre, Maryborough, QLD
Saturday 26th July – Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre, Gladstone, QLD
Sunday 27th July – Capella Cultural Centre, Capella, QLD

Caitlin Park
Friday 1st August – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Clare Bowditch with Adalita
Friday 25th July – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Fanny Lumsden and the Thrillseekers with Ruby Boots
Friday 25th July – Weethalle Hall, Weethalle, NSW
Saturday 26th July – Grong Grong Hall, Grong Grong, NSW
Thursday 31st July – House Concert, Bunbury, WA

First Aid Kit
Tuesday 29th July – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 30th July – The Hi Fi, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 31st July – The Hi Fi, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 25th July – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 31st July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Jen Cloher
Friday 25th July – Skukum Lounge, Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

John Flanagan
Saturday 26th July – Little Features, Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 27th July – Menagerie, The Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Dan Waters and The Weeping Willows
Saturday 26th July – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Little Features feat. Jake Nauta, John Flanagan, J A Santosa, With Fox
Saturday 26th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Saturday 26th July – Old Museum Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Melody Pool and Marlon Williams
Friday 25th July – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Saturday 26th July – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Mikhael Paskalev
Friday 25th July – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC

Nick Mulvey
Tuesday 29th July – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Ollie Brown
Thursday 31st July – Easy Tiger, Sydney, NSW

Peasant Moon
Sunday 27th July – Menagerie at The Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Pepa Knight
Friday 1st August – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Remembering Pete Seeger feat. Bob & Margaret Fagan, Mary-Jane Field, Peter Hicks, The Lurkers, Christina Mimmocchi, Maurie Mulheron, Margaret Walters and Chris Wheeler
Sunday 27th August – The Friend in Hand, Sydney, NSW

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July – North Byron Parklands, NSW

The Beards
Friday 25th July – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, NSW
Saturday 26th July – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Brouhaha
Saturday 26th July – The Austral Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Head And The Heart
Saturday 26th July – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW
Monday 28th July – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

The Yearlings
Friday 25th July – Basement Discs In-store, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th July – The Main Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 26th July – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC
Sunday 27th July – The Shed, Maryknoll, VIC
Friday 1st August – The Song Room, Barossa Art Gallery, Tanunda, SA

Vincent Cross
Friday 25th July – The Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 27th July – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 31st July – House Concert, Wingham, NSW
Friday 1st August – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O” – Laura Veirs

This track has so many things I love about traditional music. It comes from the same tradition as a very well known song, “Froggy Went a’Courting”, but it’s a completely unique song in its own right. It obviously has it’s root in some sort of social commentary or well known story behind it but it has been redefined as a children’s song. And this version by Laura Veirs incorporates part of the reel “Rose Tree” as an instrumental break between verses. So good!

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival Announces First Round of Artists for 2014

Sal Kimber
Image Courtesy of Sal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel

The Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival isn’t until the weekend of the 17th October but that doesn’t mean it’s not time to start getting excited. This week the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival announced two very important details for 2014 – the release of their Super Earlybird Tickets (until 31 August) which will see you able to snap up a weekend pass for just $75 and the names of the first confirmed artists.

The artists announced for Kangaroo Valley so far include Fred Smith, Enda Kenny Band, Martin Pearson, Bajaly Suso from Gambia, The BordererS, Liz Frencham, Nick Rheinberger, Glenn Cardier & Christian Marsh, The Wheeze and Suck Band, Michael Waugh, Paul Greene and the Other Colours, Sparrow Folk, Penny Larkins and Carl Pannuzzo, Salvation Jane, Sal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel (above), Danny Spooner, Crystal Barreca and many more to come.

For more info on the festival and to get your hands on Super Earlybird Tickets check out the official site here.

The Company Announce Brand New Album Trouble

The Company
Image Courtesy of The Company

Brisbane bluegrass four-piece The Company have this week announced details of their brand new album. Titled Trouble, the album is due for release on the 7th August.

The first single from Trouble is also the title track which you can listen to here:

The Company will be officially launching Trouble at Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall in Brisbane on Thursday 7th August following by a featured appearance at the Redlands Bluegrass Festival music festival from the 8th to the 10th August.

For more information on the new album check out the official Bandcamp here.

Watch the New Conor Oberst Video “You Are My Mother’s Child”

Conor Oberst
Image Courtesy of Conor Oberst

The latest single from Conor Oberst’s new album Upside Down Mountain is the stripped back “You Are My Mother’s Child” which has a really sweet new video. Check it out below:

Timber and Steel Premiere: Ollie Brown’s New Video “Oak Hill”

Ollie Brown
Image Courtesy of Ollie Brown

Timber and Steel are very proud to debut yet another video today, this time from Sydney’s Ollie Brown. The clip is for “Oak Hill” which is taken from Brown’s second EP Weatherboard House, which is due for release next week.

“I’d just returned home after a long summer in LA and kind of hit a wall,” Ollie Brown explained. “I remember writing the song in about 10 minutes, which is very rare for me so I recorded a demo of it as soon as I’d finished penning the last line. I carried that demo around with me for years before I brought it into the studio to record.”

Watch the video for “Oak Hill” below:

Ollie Brown will be officially launching Weatherboard House Easy Tiger in Paddington, Sydney next Thurday 31st July. Check out his official site for more details.

Timber and Steel Premiere: Tom West’s New Video “The Call”

Tom West
Image Courtesy of Tom West

Timber and Steel are very proud to be premiering the brand new clip from Adelaide singer-songwriter Tom West, “The Call”. The single has already been garnering a bunch of love on the web and the national airwaves and we think with its stunning new video it’s only West is only going to gain more fans.

Check out “The Call” below:

To celebrate the release of “The Call” Tom West is heading out on tour with Todd Sibbin and The Acadian Driftwood this August and September. The full list of dates are here:

Tuesday 12th August – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 23rd August – Crown & Anchor, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 24th August – Evelyn, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 26th August – Record Crate, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th August – The Lass O Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 30th August – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Wednesday 3rd September – Coast Hotel, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Thursday 4th September – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 5th September – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 7th September – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 13th September – Secret Party, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 25th September – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Download Free Demos from The Bottlers

The Bottlers
Image Courtesy of The Bottlers

Sydney folk-punk eight piece The Bottlers are threatening to take their tunes into the recording studio soon, but before they do they’re giving away a couple of their demos for free. The tracks are the raucous “Blacktown” and the drunken-singalong “Golden Boys” and you can listen to them both below (and download them directly from Soundcloud here). But get in quick as they won’t be available online for free for long:

Listen to the New Joel Barker Single “City”

Joel Barker
Image Courtesy of Joel Barker

Perth singer-songwriter Joel Barker has just released his brand new single “City”. The single is taken from Barker’s upcoming album Beyond the Crows which he recorded in London over six months last year when visiting his folk-singing sister Emily Barker (who also provides backing vocals on “City”).

Beyond the Crows is currently scheduled to be released internationally in October this year. Joel Barker will be launching “City” at The Astor Lounge in Mt Lawley, Perth on Saturday 9th August – check out the official Facebook event here.

Take a listen to “City” below:

Listen to the New Ashleigh Mannix & Justin Carter Track “Heartbreak”

Ashliegh Mannix
Image Courtesy of Ashleigh Mannix & Justin Carter

Having spent a bunch of time touring together over the last couple of years it makes sense that singer-songwriters Ashleigh Mannix & Justin Carter get together for a brand new duo project. The first track from the Ashleigh Mannix & Justin Carter duo is the indie-folk number “Heartbreak” which you can listen to below. Stay tuned as Ashleigh Mannix & Justin Carter are threatening tour dates in the not too distant future.

Details of the New Solo Album From Steven James Adams

Steven James Adams
Image Courtesy of Steven James Adams

When I first saw the press around the new Steven James Adams solo album I initially ignored it because of the name – House Music. I get a lot of random emails from EDM, hip hop and R&B artists looking for promotion who have obviously have never looked at Timber and Steel and have probably just plucked our details out of Hype Machine.

But then a couple of collaborations on House Music, with Timber and Steel favourites Dan Mangan and Emily Barker, caught my eye and I had to dig a little bit further.

Steven James Adams is the ex-lead singer of London rock favourites The Broken Family Band and The Singing Adams and House Music is his first solo outing. The album features a bunch of collaborations with folkies including the aforementioned Dan Mangan and Emily Barker, along with John Smith, Justin Young (The Vaccines, Jay Jay Pistolet), Martin Green (Lau) and Inge Thomson, and is due for release on the 1st September.

The full track listing is below along with a stream of the first single “How We Get Through” featuring Dan Mangan:

1. Drinking From The River
2. How We Get Through
3. Man Down
4. Tears Of Happiness
5. A Singer In A Band
6. I Can Change
7. The Volunteer
8. Fall Off The Roof
9. Wandering Hands
10. Get Over Yourself

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