Josh Pyke Announces Busking for Change 2014

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Josh Pyke has announced details of the 2014 Busking for Change show, his charity event raising money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. The event is set to be held at The Roller Den in Sydney (the old Imperial Hotel in Erskineville) on the 4th September and will feature a guest appearance by the very cool, but very un-Timber and Steel Urthboy.

“I’ve been an ambassador for the ILF for about five-years now,” says Pyke. “The reasons I got involved are the same reasons that I stay involved. I believe Indigenous Australians should have access to the same opportunities that any Australian does, and I believe that having good literacy levels can be a starting point in opening those doors.”

Tickets for the night are $30 and are guaranteed to sell fast. For more information check out the official Busking for Change site here.

Watch the New David Craft Video “Smokey Lungs & Dirty Puns”

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David Craft is a singer-songwriter based in Perth with a sweet finger-picking style and a smooth baritone voice. His brand new single and video is “Smokey Lungs & Dirty Puns” which is taken from Craft’s EP of the same name.

Check out the video for “Smokey Lungs & Dirty Puns” below:

Watch the New Bec Sandridge Video “Over The Sea”

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Sydney singer-songwriter Bec Sandridge has just jumped on a plane to head to Europe in order to ply her trade there for a while but she’s left us a parting gift – her brand new single and video “Over The Sea”. Directed by Will Edgar and Bec Sandridge, the video is simply stunning and the perfect accompany for this track.

Watch “Over The Sea” below:

Daniel Allars Announces New EP Singing for Logs

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Daniel Allars is a singer-songwriter from the NSW Central Coast who’s been popping up on our radar more and more over the last few months thanks to a bunch of festival and regular night appearances. Allars is currently in the process of putting the finishing touches on his brand new EP Singing for Logs which is due for release on the 1st September.

Two give people a taster of the EP Daniel Allars has released a couple of promo videos for the tracks “Stepping Out” and “Bye Bye Baby” as well well as a video documenting the creation of the Singing for Logs cover art (featuring the track “Lend a Hand”). Check out the videos below:



Interview: Direwolf

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The new EP from Sydney singer-songwriter Direwolf, AKA Matt Dewar, is released this week so we thought it was as good a time as any to chat to the man about the process of putting it together.

Gareth Hugh Evans: You’ve been playing the Sydney scene for a while but your debut EP is just coming out this week. What’s gone into putting the EP together? How did you select the tracks?

Matt Dewar: Man I can tell you that’s definitely been a mix dose of unrelenting stress, but I’ve been lucky to have worked with such incredible people that the end result is something I’m 94% happy with, which is quite a lot. I’m sure I’m not the only songwriter to have written a whole EP and then rolled over one day saying “I can’t believe I almost released this. No thanks, bin them all”. That happened twice unfortunately, but after getting out of my head for awhile and taking some time to be inspired the tracks kind of chose themselves. And it felt right.

GHE: I’ve seen you name drop artists like Bon Iver and The Tallest Man on Earth as influences – how much do you think these artists find their way into your songs?

MD: Definitely in more ways than one huh. I’d probably say melody is the main one. Both have an incredible sense of weaving notes so poetically they hardly even need lyrics.

GHE: I saw you’ve been busy shooting a video – tell us a little about the experience.

MD: Ah that was a doozy. Myself and 5 companions headed up to the frost stricken Barrington Tops over one weekend. It was wonderful, the scenery and solitude up there couldn’t have been more fitting for what we were trying to capture. I distinctly remember driving hours through the mountains trying to find snow, and once we did a friend of mine Dave (cameraman, has never seen snow) jumped amongst the sleet on the side of the road and was tossing it about. A nice moment.

GHE: It feels like the Sydney folk and acoustic scene is really exploding right now with bars and clubs and even shops and cafes taking a punt on live music. Do you think the Sydney live scene is in a healthy place right now?

MD: I think it’s arguable depending on who you ask. I’d personally agree and say that things like house concerts and small shows are exploding like fireworks. But even the people who play / watch these shows make it healthy. There’s so much love and respect between songwriters and onlookers that I rarely walk away from a show feeling ignored.

GHE: Once the EP’s out what’s next for Direwolf?

MD: Tour it, most likely along the east coast and possibly to Adelaide. Then I’m aiming to write an album / head overseas. After making an EP I’m ridiculously excited to start writing an album.

The new untitled Direwolf EP will be available on Friday 1st August. Direwolf will be launching the EP at Hiberninan House in Sydney on the 1st August with Brendon Moon and Karl-Christoph in support – for more details check out the official Facebook invite here.

Watch the New Video from The Acfields “Grabbed Me By The Heart”

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The wonderful, heart warming video for The Acfields new single “Grabbed Me By The Heart” debuted this week. The track is taken from an upcoming album that they recorded recently at a friend’s house on the Mornington Peninsula, which is where this video was filmed as well. Check out the video below:

John Flanagan Announces Sydney Shows in July

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Following on from their April tour to raise funds to head to Nashville to record their next album John Flanagan and his fiddle playing partner in folk Jane Patterson are returning to Sydney for a couple of very special shows.

Flanagan recently recieved a $15,000 grant to help home head to the states to record with producer Viktor Krauss and is currently running a Pozible campaign to raise the rest of the funds needed for the project – you can find out more about the campaign here. This month’s shows will help spread the work to John Flanagan’s fans in Sydney and he’s chosen a couple of established nights to showcase at – Little Features at Hibernian House and Menagerie at the Welcome Hotel.

Check out the full Sydney dates below:

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

Watch the New Darren Cross Video “Slings and Arrows”

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When he’s not busy releasing music and touring as one half of Jep and Dep, Sydney’s Darren Cross is busy releasing music and touring as a solo artist. Cross has just released the clip to his new single “Slings and Arrows” which is taken from his upcoming EP No Damage (due this August). Check out this alt-country gem below:

Darren Cross will be touring No Damage this August presented by Post To Wire. Check out the full list of dates below and check out the official Facebook event here:

Thursday 7th August – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th August – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd August – Rhino Room, Adelaide, SA
Friday 5th September – Padre, Brisbane, QLD

The John Butler Trio Announce Regional Queensland Dates

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With their new album Flesh & Blood doing big things around the world and a national tour already under their belts for the year the John Butler Trio are setting their north for a bunch of regional Queensland dates this October. It’s been a while since the John Butler Trio made it out to regional Queensland so fans are no doubt excited at the prospect of their return.

Mama Kin has been announced as the support for the tour. Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 4th October – Caloundra Music Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 5th October – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Tuesday 7th October – Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, Bundaberg, QLD
Thursday 9th October – Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, Mackay, QLD
Friday 10th October – The Venue, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 11th October – Kuranda Amphitheatre, Kuranda, QLD

Musical Lineup for AW14 Finders Keepers Markets Sydney This Weekend

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This weekend the Autumn/Winter Finders Keepers Markets hit Sydney and as usual they have a fantastic lineup of folky musical guests to keep us entertained. If you haven’t attended a Finders Keepers Markets before you’re in for a treat – the event, held twice a year showcases the best in local and national designers and creative folk as well as a host of food trucks, music and more.

The AW14 event will take place at the Australian Technology Park on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th June and will feature music from the likes of Leroy Lee, Brian Campeau, Martha Marlow (above), Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers, Bec Sandridge, Hannah Marjorie, Boy Outside and more.

For more information on Finders Keepers check out the official site here. The full musical program is below:

Friday 6th June
6:00pm – Leroy Lee
7:00pm – Brian Campeau
8:00pm – Martha Marlow
9:00pm – Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers

Saturday 7th June
10:00am – Jack Shit (DJ)
12:00pm – Bec Sandridge
12:45pm – Hannah Marjorie
1:30pm – Boy Outside
2:30pm – DJ Dylabolical

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