Marlon Williams Announces Headline Band Shows

Marlon Williams
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Melbourne based alt-country singer-songwriter Marlon Williams has been everywhere this year – and that is set to continue with the announcement of his first full band headline shows and festival appearances.

Williams has been sitting atop must-watch lists in the folk, country and indie media for sometime and I’ve seen his live shows reduce audiences to tears. These upcoming shows are not to be missed.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Sunday 2nd November – Jamgrass Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 14th November – AWME @ Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd November – Mullumbimby Music Festival, NSW
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Saturday 6th December – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 10th December – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th December – Meredith Music Festival, VIC

Hat Fitz and Cara Announce Do Tell Tour

Hat Fitz
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Folk-blues duo Hat Fitz and Cara have just released their new album Do Tell and have plans to head out on tour this November. If you haven’t seen these guys live then you need to do yourself a favour and get out to one of their gigs – Hat Fitz and Cara have honed an impressive live show over years of gigging around the world.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 6th November – SOL Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 7th November – The J, Noosa Junction, QLD
Friday 14th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 15th November – Katoomba RSL Club, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 16th November – The Vanguard, Newtown, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 23rd November – The Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC
Thursday 27th November – The New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley, QLD
Saturday 29th November – The Basement @ Gold Coast Arts Centre, Gold Coast, QLD

Watch the New Video from The Mid North, “Carry Me Home”

The Mid North
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New South Wales based Americana and Bluegrass band The Mid North have just released their brand new video “Carry Me Home”. The track is taken from their first album You Were Right About The Stars – check it out below:

Listen to the New Paper Aeroplanes Track “Guessing Game”

Paper Aeroplanes
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UK folk-pop duo Paper Aeroplanes have just released their brand new single “Guessing Game”. The track is taken from their upcoming album which is due for release next March.

Check out “Guessing Game” below:

Nannup Music Festival Announces 2015 Lineup

Fanny Lumsden
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The Nannup Music Festival in Western Australia has a reputation of one of the undiscovered gems of the folk festival circuit, and considering the lineup they get every year it’s easy to see why. Held in Nannup, three hours from Perth, the festival will be held in 2015 from Friday 27th February to Monday 2nd March.

The full lineup of the Nannup Music Festival was revealed this week and it features a bunch of Timber and Steel’s favourite artists including Marlon Williams, Darren Hanlon, Fanny Lumsden (above), Al Parkinson, Stray Hens, Ruby Boots, Husband, Fred Smith and Liz Frencham, Colin Lillie, Melody Pool, Daniel Champagne, The Pierce Brothers, Jacinta Price and many many more.

For more information on the Nannup Music Festival including how to get your tickets check out the official site here. The full list of artists on the 2015 lineup are below:

Kim Richey, Lynda Smyth & The Borrowed Few, Archer & Light, Jay Hoad, Riley Pearce, The Tommyhawks, Marlon Williams, Darren Hanlon, Rose Parker and Phoebe Corke, Fanny Lumsden, Manu Pozzi, The Mucky Duck Bush Band, Steve Turner, Al Parkinson, Leoh, Stray Hens, Alexandra Pye, Anna Hebblewhite, Ruby Boots, Ruth Moody, Flying Heart Productions, Simon and Tammy London, Pete Mathews, Yirrmal and the Yolngu Boys, Dan Sultan, Tanu Hudson, Shaun Kirk, Husband, Kat Wilson, Jane Tyrrell, Fred Smith and Liz Frencham, Siobhan Cotchin, Colin Lillie, Melody Pool, Tom Richardson, Daniel Champagne, Hein Cooper, The Pierce Brothers, Albert Gray, Gertrude WellEase – Obsessive, Compulsive, Disorder, Morgan Bain, Kallidad, Anabelle Kay, Hey Geronimo, Jacinta Price, Tjintu Desert Band, Greg Hastings, Stella Kelly, Peter Capp – Bush Poets Breakfast

Watch the New Jordan Millar Video “Advice From Beyonce”

Jordan Millar
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“Advice From Beyonce” is not the type of name you’d normally associate with a folk song but once you check out the new Jordan Millar video it may start to make sense. The video was shot at Sydney bar The Wild Rover and features Jordan Millar’s trademark pop-infused acoustic music. Check it out below:

Watch the New Damien Rice Video “I Don’t Want To Change You”

Damien Rice
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If you’ve been listening to the new Damien Rice single “I Don’t Want To Change You” you’ll be happy to know it now has a brand new video. The track is taken from Rice’s upcoming album My Favourite Faded Fantasy which is due for release next week on the 7th November. Check out the video below:

Bluesfest Announces Third Round of Artists for 2015

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The third Bluesfest lineup announcement dropped this morning and for folk fans it’s actually pretty light on. Jake Shimabukuro and Rodrigo y Gabriela are the clear highlights with plenty of blues, rock and hip hop artists added into the mix. There’s also a Michael Franti concert announced featuring Michael Franti and Spearhead, SOJA and Trevor Hall as well as a pre-concert yoga session.

Bluesfest is set to take place north of Byron Bay from the 2nd to the 6th of April. Tickets for the festival are already on sale – check out the details on the official site here.

The full list of third round artists are below:

The Gipsy Kings feat. Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Jurassic 5, John Mayall, Keb’ Mo’, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones, JJ Grey & Mofro, Tony Joe White, Jon Cleary, Trevor Hall, Serena Ryder, Jake Shimabukuro, Music Maker Relief Foundation feat. Cool John Ferguson, Little Freddie King, Alabama Slim, George Stancell

Conor Oberst Announces Australian Tour With The Felice Brothers

Conor Oberst
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Renowned singer-songwriter Conor Oberst has announced plans to return to Australia for a tour in February and March next year. As well as a spot at Golden Plains, Oberst will be taking in shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Thirroul. Joining him on the tour will be acclaimed US folk/rock band The Felice Brothers.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 25th February – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 26th February – Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 28th February – Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne VIC
Wednesday 4th March – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th March – Anitas, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 6th March – Taronga Zoo, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 8th March – Golden Plains Festival, Meredith, VIC

Details of the Inside Llewyn Davis Live Album

Inside Llewyn Davis

I’m going to admit right here that after all the hype I ended up feeling pretty “meh” about the Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis. I have a love-hate relationship with the Coen Brothers – I absolutely love their quirky comedies but their existential dramas can get lost on me, especially when their lead characters are unlikeable like the case was with Inside Llewyn Davis. So I was a little bit disappoted with the film, but the soundtrack I absolutely lobe.

To coincide with the release of the film last year the Coen Brothers and musical director T Bone Burnett held a benefit concert featuring music from the film, the 60s folk era and music along the same folk lines at the Town Hall in New York featuring music from the likes of Punch Brothers, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings Machine, The Milk Carton Kids, Secret Sisters, Lake Street Dive, Elvis Costello, Oscar Isaac, Conor Oberst, Colin Meloy, Joan Baez, The Avett Brothers, Jack White, Marcus Mumford and more.

The concert is now being released as a two disc live album titled Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis and is due for release on the 13th January. The full tracklist for the album is below – can’t wait t have a listen to this one!

Disc 1:
1. Punch Brothers – Tumbling Tumbleweed
2. Punch Brothers – Rye Whiskey
3. Gillian Welch – Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
4. Gillian Welch & David Rawlings – The Way It Goes
5. Willie Watson – The Midnight Special
6. Dave Rawlings Machine – I Hear Them All/This Land Is Your Land
7. The Milk Carton Kids – New York
8. Secret Sisters – Tomorrow Will Be Kinder
9. Lake Street Dive – You Go Down Smooth
10. Elvis Costello, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver – Please Mr. Kennedy
11. Conor Oberst – Four Strong Winds
12. Conor Oberst – Man Named Truth
13. Colin Meloy – Blues Run the Game
14. Joan Baez, Colin Meloy, and Gillian Welch – Joe Hill
15. The Avett Brothers – All My Mistakes
16. The Avett Brothers – That’s How I Got to Memphis
17. The Avett Brothers – Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise

Disc 2:
1. Jack White – Mama’s Angel Child
2. Jack White – Did You Hear John Hurt?
3. Jack White – We’re Going to Be Friends
4. Rhiannon Giddens – Waterboy
5. Rhiannon Giddens – ‘S iomadh rud tha dhith orm/Ciamar a ni mi ‘n dannsa direach
6. Oscar Isaac – Hang Me, Oh Hang Me
7. Oscar Isaac – Green, Green Rocky Road
8. Keb’ Mo’ – Tomorrow Is a Long Time
9. Bob Neuwirth – Rock Salt and Nails
10. Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge, Paul Kowert, Marcus Mumford, Noam Pikelny and Gabe Witcher – The Auld Triangle
11. Gillian Welch, Rhiannon Giddens and Carey Mulligan – Didn’t Leave Nobody But the Baby
12. Elvis Costello and Joan Baez – Which Side Are You On?
13. Joan Baez – House of the Rising Sun
14. Marcus Mumford and Joan Baez – Give Me Cornbread When I’m Hungry
15. Marcus Mumford- I Was Young When I Left Home
16. Oscar Isaac and Marcus Mumford – Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)
17. Marcus Mumford and the Punch Brothers – Farewell

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