Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st November


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

- American six-piece The Head and the Heart released their new video “Let’s Be Still”. Details here

- The multi-talented Johnny Flynn will appear in the upcoming Anne Hathaway film Song One. Details here

- Adelaide’s Thom Lion has released his new video “Fruition”. Details here

- Father John Misty announced plans to release his new album I Love You, Honeybear in 2015. Details here

- Acclaimed American folk-rockers The Lone Bellow have announced details of a new album in 2015, Then Came The Morning. Details here

- The April Maze released their new video “I’ve Seen The Rain”. Details here

- Dear Orphans front man Nick Payne released his first solo track “Old Sydney Town”. Details here

- The National Folk Festival announced it’s first official artists of 2015 including David Francey, Heartstring Quartet, Chris While & Julie Matthews, Baka Beyond, Equus, Greshka, Bandaluzia, The Flying Emus, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Lucy Wise Trio and Alanna & Alicia. Details here

- The Punch Brothers announced that they’ll soon be announcing a new album, as well as releasing their new track “I Blew It Off”. Details here

- Sydney indie-folk night Little Features announced their Christmas show featuring The Starry Field, Alex Gibson, Yetis and Daniel Tomalaris. Details here

- Folk Rock legends Levellers released the new version of their track “Just The One” featuring Bellowhead. Details here

- José González gave us a view from space for his new video “Every Age”. Details here

- Ten more artists were added to the Port Fairy Folk Festival including The Gloaming, Tom Mason, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Ajak Kwai, Ruth Moody, Perch Creek, Zeptepi, Michael Fix, Roesy and Chris Tamwoy. details here

- Hozier released his brand new video “From Eden”. Details here


“Growing facial hair is far less effort than continuously shaving it off. Speaking of which, I’d like to dispel the myth that shaving stimulates hair growth. It doesn’t. People just think that it does because a hair follicle is at its darkest at the tip, so as the beard regrows, as it inevitably will because it’s a beard and therefore cannot be stopped, it looks like it’s growing thickly – it’s not, it’s growing at the same speed. All that’s happened is you’ve shaved off your beard and now you look like a fool, which you are, because you shaved off your beard” – Nathaniel Beard from The Beards chats to Aiden L Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

In Tongues
In TonguesElla Hooper

Shane Nicholson
Pitch, Roll & YawShane Nicholson
JB Hi-Fi

Thompson Family
Thompson – FamilyThompson Family

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Spooky Men’s Chorale

Spooky Men

The Fitters’ Workshop in Canberra will be inviting folk music into it’s acoustically magnificent walls this weekend with The Spooky Men’s Chorale taking centre stage for a very special matinee show. Or as they put it “undertaking a full scale acoustic evaluation” of the venue.

Saturday 22nd November – The Fitters’ Workshop, Canberra, ACT

Gigs Next Week

Betty & Oswald
Friday 21st November – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd November – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Thursday 27th November – Babushka, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 28th November – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 21st November – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 22nd November – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Sunday 23rd November – Beavs Bar, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 27th November – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Friday 28th November – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Friday 21st to Saturday 22nd November — Carnival of Music, Clare Valley, SA
Sunday 23rd November — Creatively Celtic, Church of Christ, Aldgate, SA

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 21st November – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 22nd November – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Sunday 23rd November – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 23rd November – The B-East, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 21st November – The Boatshed, Manly, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 21st November – Hornsby Folk Club, Hornsby, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – River Music, Nowra, NSW
Sunday 23rd November – Humph Hall, Allambie Heights, NSW
Friday 28th November – Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle, WA

Gorgeous Festival
Friday 28th and Saturday 29th November – McLaren Vale, SA

Hat Fitz and Cara
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

Friday 21st November – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 22nd November – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 23rd November – Mullum Music Fest, Mullumbimby, NSW
Wednesday 26th November – Hotel New York, Launceston, TAS
Thursday 27th November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 28th November – Adelaide Uni Bar, Adelaide, SA

Jack Carty
Friday 21st November – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 27th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 28th November – Captains at Mariners, Batemans Bay, NSW

Josh Pyke
Friday 21st November – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 22nd November – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 23rd November – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 27th November – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 28th November – The Astor Hotel, Goulburn, NSW

Katie Noonan, Angie Hart, Melody Pool, Sam Buckingham
Friday 21st November – The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 23rd November – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Lachlan Bryan and Harmony James
Friday 21st November – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 22nd November -The Playhouse Hotel, Barraba, NSW
Thursday 27th November – Junk Bar, Ashgrove, Brisbane, QLD

Little May
Friday 21st November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd November – The Front Gallery & Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 27th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Liz Stringer
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Tuesday 25th November – Jet Black Cat In Store, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 26th November – No 5. Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 27th November – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 28th November – Manly Fig, Manly, NSW

Mark Moldre
Sunday 23rd November – Avoca Markets, NSW

Mullum Music Festival
Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd November – Mullumbimby, NSW

One Up, Two Down and Dan Parsons
Saturday 22nd November – The Roxbury, Sydney, NSW

Pepa Knight
Thursday 27th November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 28th November – Baker St, Gosford, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 21st November – Redcliffe On The Murray, Pinjarra, WA
Saturday 22nd November – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 23rd November – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Wednesday 26th November – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 27th November – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Friday 28th November – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS

The Kruger Brothers w/ The Company
Friday 28th November – The Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 28th November – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Friday 21st November – Milton Theatre, South Coast, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – The Fitters’ Workshop, Canberra, ACT

The Stetson Family
Sunday 23rd November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Candy” – Paolo Nutini

Scottish singer Paolo Nutini is one of the most versatile artists in the world right now covering everything from trad to Americana to pop and beyond. I love the Neil Young vibe to this track – it definitely gets me excited that Nutini will be in the country for Bluesfest next year!

Watch the New Hozier Video “From Eden”

Image Courtesy of Hozier

Irish singer-songwriter Hozier has released a video to yet another track from his self-titled album. The new track is “From Eden” – check out the video below:

Port Fairy Adds Ten More Artists for 2015

The Gloaming
Image Courtesy of The Gloaming

And so the Port Fairy Folk Festival lineup continues to grow. This week they’ve added ten more artists to an already impressive lineup, making Port Fairy a must-go-to event in 2015. This time around they’ve added The Gloaming (Above), Tom Mason, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Ajak Kwai, Ruth Moody, Perch Creek, Zeptepi, Michael Fix, Roesy and Chris Tamwoy.

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.

Watch the New José González Video “Every Age”

Jose Gonzalez
Image Courtesy of José González

The new single from José González, “Every Age”, now has a stunning video courtesy of directors Simon Morris & Chris Higham. The video takes José González fans to space for an unique perspective on the world and his music.

“Every Age” is taken from José González’s upcoming album Vestiges & Claws. Check out the video below:

Watch the New Levellers Video “Just The One” featuring Bellowhead

Image Courtesy of Levellers

After revealing collaborations with Imelda May, Frank Turner, Bellowhead and Billy Bragg for their new Greatest Hits album, folk rock legends Levellers have rounded out their new videos with a new versions of “Just The One” featuring Timber and Steel favourites Bellowhead.

“As a Levellers fan myself from way back it’s a thrill that we’ve have been asked to do this,” Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden explained. “Levellers and Bellowhead collaborating on a song about drinking. Who would have thought it!?”

Check out the video for “Just The One” below:

Little Features Announce Christmas Show

Starry Field
Image Courtesy of The Starry Field

As a special early Christmas present Sydney indie-folk night Little Features have announced their final show of the year – and it’s one of their best lineups to date.

This month Little Features will play host to musician and producer Mark Myers, AKA The Starry Field (above), local singer-songwriter Alex Gibson, harmonic indie-folkers Yetis and acoustic singer Daniel Tomalaris. The night will also feature slam poetry from Jesse Brand and live art from Sarah Rowan Dahl.

Little Features will take place at Hibernian House in Sydney on Saturday 29th November. The night will kick off at 6:30pm with tickets just $15 on the door – and don’t forget it’s BYO food and drinks. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Punch Brothers Announce New Album and New Single “I Blew It Off”

Punch Brothers
Image Courtesy of Punch Brothers

This week an email quietly slipped into my inbox announcing some of the most exciting news of the year – the Punch Brothers are planning to release a new album. Details are scarce at the moment other than the band remembers “recording with a very tall man, quite possibly T-Bone Burnett”.

More details should be coming soon but to sate fans in the meantime Punch Brothers have released the very pop heavy new single “I Blew It Off” which you can listen to below:

The National Folk Festival Announce First Major Round of Artists for 2015

Chris While and Julie Matthews
Image Courtesy of Chris While & Julie Matthews

The National Folk Festival today announced their first official round of artists for 2015. The lineup is pretty impressive with the likes of Canadian folk singer David Francey, Anglo-Irish trad supergroup Heartstring Quartet, legendary UK duo Chris While & Julie Matthews (above), afro-celt fusion band of Baka Beyond, Mongolian traditionalists Equus, Brisbane klezmer ensemble Greshka, flamenco dance and music ensemble Bandaluzia, Australian folk royalty The Flying Emus, Timber and Steel favourites All Our Exes Live in Texas, the lovely Lucy Wise Trio and celebrated duo Alanna & Alicia.

The festival will also play host to the exciting new theatre show Dead Men Talking based on the life and times of Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson staring Max Cullen alongside Australian folk legend Warren Fahey.

All of these artists are joined by the likes of Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Mark Moldre, Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys, Fred Smith, Chloë and Jason Roweth, Dark Horses and Sparrow-Folk who all snuck onto the lineup prior to today’s announcement.

The National Folk Festival takes place over the Easter Long Weekend from the 2nd to the 6th April 2015. For more information check out the official site here.

Listen to Nick Payne’s New Solo Track “Old Sydney Town”

Nick Payne
Image Courtesy of Nick Payne

Dear Orphans singer and guitarist Nick Payne is busy working on his first solo album and he’s given Timber and Steel a taster of the very first track – “Old Sydney Town”. Billed as a “convict song”, the track has a great old-timey feel and definitely got our attention. Take a listen below:

Nick Payne is offering up “Old Sydney Town” as a free download if you head over to the Dear Orphans web site – just follow this link!

Watch the New April Maze Video “I’ve Seen The Rain”

April Maze
Image Courtesy of The April Maze

After spending the northern summer overseas The April Maze are very firmly back on Australian shores and they’ve just released their new video “I’ve Seen The Rain”. The track is taken from The April Maze’s 2014 album Sleeping Storm and was directed by Darion Leigh.

“Way back in 2003 (long before Sivan and I had met) I was living on the breadline in Brighton, England – A laborer by day and a pizza chef by night,” Todd from The April Maze explained. “Living at the local backpackers was running out of charm, so some friends and I found a house sit up the road. Great memories and good times. The owner of the house went by the name of Mr Darion Leigh – an animator and film maker. He was a great bloke. He and his wife even let us stay on for a bit after they came back from their travels. I will never forget the night that my mate (who shall remain anonymous) came back after a night on the town – he was so drunk that he’d forgotten that Darion and his wife were back and he went upstairs and crawled into their bed – while they were asleep! It didn’t go down so well and I didn’t think Darion would ever want to make contact with us riff-raff again. I certainly didn’t think that he would get in touch almost 10 years later to say he loved The April Maze’s music and would like to make a video clip with us, but he did.”

Check out the video for “I’ve Seen The Rain” below:

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