Fairlight Folk Announces August Lineup

Justin Bernasconi
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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
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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
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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
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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:

Listen to the New Joe Mungovan Track “Cotton Wool”

Joe Mongoven
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Kiama based singer-songwriter Joe Mungovan recently released his new single “Cotton Wool”, the latest track from his EP June and July. Mungovan’s been getting a lot of love for the single already with a spin on Roots N All and some positive reviews on triple j Unearthed.

Take a listen to “Cotton Wool” below:

Watch The Pigs Play Fourteen songs About Lorraine in Five Minutes

The Pigs
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While The Pigs are hard at work on their new album they’ve taken time out to produce this video featuring 14 songs about Lorraine.

The song is … well, you should just watch it:

Listen to the New Turtle & Fox Track “Im A Sardine”

Turtle and Fox
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Turtle & Fox are a brother-sister duo out of Melbourne that are producing some really deceptively sweet indie-folk. Dan Rawlins has been a stalwart of the Melbourne scene for a while and has teamed with his younger sister Shireen Rawlins on the Turtle & Fox project.

Their new single is “I’m a Sardine”, recorded in their home studio in south-eastern Melbourne.

“Whether I like it or not, “I’m a Sardine” was definitely brewing with in my sub-conscious, dealing with feelings of futility and helplessness on the back of some extremely frustrating health complications,” Dan Rawlins explains. “I was grappling with a way to explore the different coping mechanisms that people develop to deal with tough times. Once the lyrical concept of utilising animal based metaphors popped into my head the rest was easy and I wrote the entire song in one sitting down on Elwood beach.”

Take a listen to “I’m a Sardine” from Turtle & Fox below:

Artists Announced for The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival

The Company
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Last year was my first ever Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival and I have to say I was impressed. It’s a small, family orientated folk festival that manages to attract some amazing talent, both locally and from abroad.

This year’s Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival will take place on the 24th, 25th and 26th of October in Dorrigo, NSW. The lineup includes a bunch of overseas acts 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) along with a bunch of local Timber and Steel favourites like 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.

To get more information on the festival check out the official site here. The full lineup (so far) is below along with a video of last year’s festival to get you in the mood:

Annie Lou Band (Canada), Chris Henry and The Hardcore Grass (USA), Colin O’Brien (USA), Kirk Sutphin and Eddie Bond (USA), Tattletale Saints (NZ), Appalachian Heaven, Astro Cobalt, Barkers Vale Brothers, Black Train, Catgut, Ceilidh Clan, Chloe and Jason Roweth, CloudStreet, Dan Parsons, Evan Mathieson, Fred Smith, Hardrive, Headland, Honey and Knives, Juzzie Smith, Kaloobafak, Karen Lynne Bluegrass Circle, Kym Pitman, Luciano Mesiti, Lucy Wise Trio, Margaret and Bob Fagan, Morgan Billy Goat Tucker, Oh Pep!, One Up Two Down, Putty Road, Rebecca Wright and Donald McKay, Sam and Gary Sheppard, Spirit of the Glen, Stray Hens, The Company, The Jiggles, The Mid North, The Morrisons, The Pitts Family Circus, The Wish List, Tonchi McIntosh and John Bennett

Stream the New Cj Shaw and The Blow Ins Album Milk Crate Throne

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If you’re familiar with the Sydney folk scene over the last five years or so you’ve probably come across singer-songwriter, poet and all round folk legend Cj Shaw. Shaw, who used to run the monthly folk night Shut The Folk Up, was also known for his work as a solo artist and with his band The Blow Ins.

In 2009 Cj Shaw and The Blow Ins spent a winter in Melbourne recording the album album that would eventually become Milk Crate Throne. Shaw and co tinkered with the recording over the years and eventually decided to strip it back to its lo fi roots for a release earlier this month.

The album features Cj Shaw (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Kyla Davies (vocals), Jade Abbott (vocals), Cam Slice (bass), Jonny Zoum (stomping and drums) and David Perram (guitar and vocals) and was poduced by Johnny Zoum and Peter Woodland. Take a listen to it below and pick it up on Bandcamp here:

Cj Shaw is currently living in East Timor where he’s flying the folk flag as the organiser of the Dili Folk Club – check out their official Facebook Page for more information.

Watch the New Tim Wheatley & Crooked Saint Video “Burning The Midnight Oil”

Crooked Saint
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Melbourne based folk-rock artist Tim Wheatley has just released his brand new EP with under his Crooked Saint project, aptly titled the Crooked Saint EP. The EP hit stores mid month and the first single from it is “Burning The Midnight Oil”, which has a video you can watch below:

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