Deatils of Little Features’ October Show This Weekend

The Bon Scotts
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This Saturday the October edition of Sydney indie-folk and art night Little Features will once again grace the hallowed halls of Hibernian House. The night is shaping up really nicely with a bunch of amazing artists announced for the night.

On the musical side of things Little Features will play host to folk-pop big band The Bon Scotts, singer-songwriter Ella Fence and troubadour Ollie Brown. For the last few months Little Features has also featured poets and live visual artists and this month is no different with poet Loren Reid and painter Katherine Nelson joining the lineup.

Little Features will kick off at 7pm on Saturday night at Hibernian House. Tickets are $12 on the door and as always the night is BYO. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Lachlan Bryan and Harmony James Announce November Tour

Lachlan Bryan

Alt-country star Lachlan Bryan is currently making waves with a massive tour through the USA. Upon his return he’s teaming up with singer-songwriter Harmony James for a string of through New South Wales and Queensland this November.

The tour will see the two artists in solo mode performing in intimate surrounds.

“I’m such a fan of the way Lachlan thinks and writes,” says Harmony James. “It’s very visual for me, like reading a dime novel but set to music. I’m thrilled to get a chance to work with him again.”

Check out the full list of dates so far below – more dates to be announced soon:

Friday 14th November – Parkes Services Club, Parkes, NSW
Sunday 16th November – Camelot Lounge, Marrickville, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 19th November – Hotel Imperial, Mount Victoria, NSW
Friday 21st November – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 22nd November -The Playhouse Hotel, Barraba, NSW
Thursday 27th November – Junk Bar, Ashgrove, Brisbane, QLD

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars Announce National Tour

Eddie Boyd
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I managed to catch Blue Mountains based Eddie Boyd (sans The Phatapillars) for the first time a couple of weeks ago and I was mightily impressed. His roots heavy music was an absolute delight to watch in solo mode so I’m excited to see what he can deliver with the full band.

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars are in the process of putting the finishing touches on their debut EP and they’ve just announced a national tour kicking off next week. Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 30th October – Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill, VIC
Friday 31st October – The Crown and Sceptre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 1st November – Grottofest, Marburg, QLD
Saturday 1st November – The Factory, Maroocydore, QLD
Thursday 6th November – The North Shore Tavern, Perth, WA
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th November – The Blues at Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown, WA
Wednesday 12th November – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Thursday 13th November – The Swan Basement, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 15th November – The Earl of Spencer Hotel, Albany, WA
Sunday 16th November – The Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Friday 21st November – The Boatshed, Manly, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW
Saturday 29th November – Station Bar, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 7th December – The Welcome Hotel, Rozelle, NSW
Thursday 11th December – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th December – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 13th December – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 14th December – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 19th December – The Great North Trading Post, Laguna, NSW
Sunday 21st December – The Welcome Hotel, Rozelle, NSW

Interview: Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams
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When I was at BIGSOUND last month the folk artist with the biggest buzz by far was the gorgeous Marlon Williams. Originally from New Zealand, Williams now calls Melbourne home and has been wowing music lovers across the country with his golden voice and old school approach to country music. Marlon Williams is wrapping up his tour supporting Justin Townes Earle and Lindi Ortega in Brisbane tonight and has already been announced for a bunch of upcoming festivals including JamGrass, AWME, Mullum Music Festival and Port Fairy.

We sat down with Marlon Williams at BIGSOUND to talk about his whirlwind year, his recent tours and his upcoming album.

Gareth Hugh Evans: First of all I want to say congrats for scoring the Justin Townes Earle support. To me that means you’ve made it. Were you pretty stoked when that phone call came through?

Marlon Williams: Yeah. I’ve played with Justin twice before back in New Zealand and really enjoyed it both times. To be able to go and do a whole tour and take my whole band on tour is going to be amazing.

GHE: So you won’t just be doing the solo thing?

MW: Justin’s got his band, Lindi Ortega’s got her’s and I’ve got mine.

GHE: That’s awesome. I’ve been to see Justin Townes Earle on pretty much all of his Australian tours and he’s very particular about who he gets to support him and he really invests in the support artists as well. I feel like it’s going to be a boost for you as well to raise your profile and have him listening to your stuff every single night.

MW: Yeah it’s the nice thing about doing more than three shows in a row with someone. I always find that even if you don’t really like the person’s stuff the familiarity of it rides through and you end up liking it anyway.

GHE: You seem to be everywhere at the moment as well. I’ve seen your name on a number of festival lineups. You’re playing at JamGrass, you did the tour with Melody Pool. You’re popping up everywhere. Is there a concerted effort at the moment to get your music out there as much as possible?

MW: I guess so. It’s sort of how Alastair, my manager, is booking it. Ever since he’s been looking after me for the last year and a half it’s just been busy. He asked me how I wanted to do it at the start and I said “I like playing shows a lot” and he’s certainly taken that on now. I’m tired now [laughs]

GHE: So are you based in Australia now fulltime?

MW: Yeah, in Melbourne.

GHE: Is there much of an acoustic and singer-songwriter scene back in New Zealand?

MW: I’m from a place called Lyttelton which is just outside of Christchurch. It’s a town of about 3,000 people but per capeta it’s got the most country music of any place I’ve ever been to. Inexplicably – I don’t know why there would be country music there. Before we had the earthquakes there were about six or seven really good venues in a town of 3,000. Now there’s two or three.

GHE: I’ve never really associated New Zealand with country music. I know it’s got a big soul scene and a big reggae scene. But when I stumbled across your music I was surprised to learn that country music was a thing too.

MW: Loosely country music.

GHE: Roots based music.

MW: Let’s go with that. There are pockets all over the country but Lyttelton’s quite a big one.

GHE: We’re at BIGSOUND. Do you find these sorts of events useful? Are you meeting a lot of people?

MW: I’m meeting a lot of people. I’m really not…

GHE: You’re not that guy who networks?

MW: I’m not that guy. My manager’s here doing all of those things. I don’t go to the meetings or anything. I just sort of float around looking lost. I’m happy to do that.

GHE: Can I ask you about the recent tour with Melody Pool. The first time I saw you perform was in my local pub and then a week later you announced that you were doing the joint tour with her which I got super excited about. It looked like it was awesome – how was it for you? You were co-headlining right?

MW: It was great. We just did a split of 11 shows for her and 11 shows for me. It could have gone horribly wrong for sure, we didn’t know each other beforehand. Putting us in a car together for six weeks, six and a half thousand kilometres of driving, it was suicide. But we didn’t have a single fight on the road and we found while we’ve both got very different tastes when it comes to what we like to do we found common ground. She grew up singing country harmonies for her dad and I love that brand of folk music that she plays. So we found ourselves somewhere in the middle – we did a set together at the end of the shows too.

GHE: I watched the videos you guys put out covering each other’s songs which were really nice. I think your voices complimented each other.

MW: It was the best part of the shows.

GHE: What’s next on the agenda for you after the Justin Townes Earle tour and your upcoming festival appearances?

MW: I’m hoping to put out an album in February. It’s all recorded and we’re just doing mixing right now. I’ll put that out and do a tour with that. I’ve got a lot of other little festivals as well. Quite a lot coming up.

GHE: Is the album with the full band?

MW: It’s a lot of things. There’s some stuff that’s just me and the guitar and there’s some full on avant garde noise stuff and everything in between. I’m still working on gluing it all together but I’m hopeful.

GHE: When you’re performing do you have to manage your set differently if it’s just you compared with a full band set?

MW: It’s very different. The solo sets, the brand of songs are completely different. It’s a completely different approach for me.

GHE: Which one do you prefer?

MW: They’re both different. I grew up playing in bands so I miss having the camaraderie, especially if you’re touring – it gets pretty lonely if you’re doing it by yourself night in night out. But then by the same token things are a bit easy solo.

GHE: It’s probably cheaper to travel with just you and a guitar.

MW: It’s much more the guerilla way of doing it.

GHE: Cool – well that’s all we have time for today. Thanks so much for chatting with me today.

MW: Appreciated.

Marlon Williams plays tonight at The Tivoli in Brisbane with Justin Townes Earle and Lindi Ortega.

Watch the New Joel Barker Video “Casual Batman”

Joel Barker
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Perth singer-songwriter Joel Barker has just released the hilarious new video for his alt-country track “Casual Batman”. The track is taken from Barker’s new album Beyond the Crows which was released last week.

Check out “Casual Batman” below:

Watch the New Hattie Briggs Video “Share Your Heart”

Hattie Briggs
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I predicted that you’d be hearing a lot more from Hattie Briggs – and lo and behold we have a brand new video. The new track is “Share Your Heart” and it’s already creating a bit of buzz on the folk blogs.

Check out the video below:

Georgia Fair Announce November Tour

Georgia Fair
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Indie-folk favourites Georgia Fair are back with a new label (littleBIGMan Records), an upcoming single (“Break”) and a handful of tour dates in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

We’re super keen to hear what new music is in store from Georgia Fair. The tour kicks off in November in support of “Break” – check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 12th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 14th November – Easy Tiger, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th November – John Curtin Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Watch the New Passenger Video “27”

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The latest video from Passenger is a really fun literal take on his track “27”. The track is taken from Passenger’s album Whispers and the video was shot in LA.

Check it out here:

Passenger will be touring Australia next year. The full tour dates are below:

Friday 16th January – Theatre Royal, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 17th January – The Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 20th January – AEC Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 22nd January – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 23rd January – Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 25th January – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 27th January – Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, QLD
Thursday 5th February – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Saturday 7th February – Red Hill Auditorium, Perth, WA

30th Illawarra Folk Festival Announces First Round of Artists

Eric Bogle
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This coming January is the pearl anniversary of the Illawarra Folk Festival and they’ve just announced a “pearler” of a first lineup announcement – their pun, not mine! The festival, held in Bulli just north of Wollongong in New South Wales, boasts 13 onsite venues and is easily one of our favourite events of the year.

The first round of artists for the 30th Illawarra Folk Festival include a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites including Afenginn, Eric Bogle (above), Ted Egan, Big Erle, The Bottlers, The BordererS, Chloë and Jason Roweth, Claude Hay, Cloudstreet, Fred Smith, The Go Set, Lime & Steel, The Lurkers, The Mae Trio, Margaret & Bob Fagan, Martin Pearson, The Morrisons, Sparrow-Folk, Stray Hens, Takadimi, Timothy James Bowen and many many more.

The Illawarra Folk Festival will be held at the Bulli showground from the 15th to the 18th January. For more information check out the official site here.

The full lineup announcement so far is below:

Afenginn (DENMARK), Anna Ludlow Band (CANADA), Bettina Schelker (SWITZ), Black Market Tune (SCOT/AUSTRIA), David Francey (CANADA), Debasis Chakroborty & Kriti Ensemble (INDIA), The East Pointers (CANADA), George Mann (USA), Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything (CANADA), Kristina Olsen (USA), Melisande – Electrotrad (CANADA), Reg Meuross (UK), Scott Cook (CANADA), Tim Edey Trio (UK)

Stephan Pigram, Eric Bogle, Ted Egan, Folkaphonic Youth Orchestra (premiere), Allez-gator, Appalachian Heaven String Band, Azadoota, Bernard Carney, Big Erle, The Bottlers, The BordererS, Chloe & Jason Roweth, Claude Hay, Cloudstreet, Curragh, Dave de Hugard, David Beniuk, Deep River, Choir, Don Jarmey, Enda Kenny & Lindsay Martin, Fred Smith, Guerilla Zingari, Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse, The Go Set, Greg Champion, John Broomhall, Jordan C. Thomas, Junior, Lagoon Hill Zydeco, The Lazy Farmer’s Sons, Lime & Steel, The Lurkers, The Mae Trio, Margaret & Bob Fagan, Martin Pearson, Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Michael Fix, Mike Martin, The Morrisons, Neil Adam & Judy Turner, Nick Rheinberger, On The Stoop, Pat Drummond, Sally Harris, Sparrow-Folk, Springtide, The Squeezebox Trio, Stray Hens, Takadimi, Terry Serio’s Half Truths, Timothy James Bowen, The Transylvaniacs and Kengugro, Vardos, The Wish List

Port Fairy Adds Two More International Headliners

Richard Thompson
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The headliner drip-feed from the 2015 Port Fairy Folk Festival continues with two huge names added to the lineup.

First up there’s Buffy Sainte-Marie, Canadian singer-songwriter, artists and activist who has spent decades bringing her music to the world.

And then there’s Richard Thompson, the UK folk-rock icon and one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Richard Thompson will join the likes of Sinéad O’Connor, John Butler Trio, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, Jeff Lang, Jordie Lane, Marlon Williams, Sharon Shannon Band, The Yearlings, We Two Thieves and many more on the Port Fairy Folk Festival lineup.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place in Port Fairy, Victoria from the 6th to 9th March. For more information and tickets check out the official site here.

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