Thank Folk It’s Friday – 19th December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

- The Port Fairy Folk Festival have added more artists to their 2015 lineup including Heartstring QuartetJarlath Henderson & Ross Ainslie, The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Aniar, Edwina Hayes, Enda Kenny Band, Jenny Biddle, Justin Bernasconi, Karavana Flamenca, La Mauvaise Reputation, Oh Pep!, Siskin River, Stray Hens and ZeoN. Details here

- Dan Arnott (Dan and Amy) and Al Parkinson have come together to record a really sweet duet “I Wish That I Hadn’t Met You Through Him”. Details here

- Rhiannon Giddens released her very unique version of “Black Is The Color”. Details here

- Laura Marling announced plans for a new album in 2015, Short Movie. Details here

- Bluesfest revealed their fifth artist announcement including Justin Townes Earle, Steve Smyth, Donavon Frankenreiter, Ash Grunwald, Karl S. Williams and many more. Details here

- Sydney singer-songwriter Mark Moldre released his new video “Madeleine”. Details here

- Marlon Williams capped off a massive year with the release of his new single “Dark Child”. Details here

Interviews

“First cab off the rank is a wonderfully fun, fast and very toight outfit from Canberra called Moochers Inc. As Rafe Morris says in the interview, they’re a band for dancing, singing and drinking with — during the show, and before and after if the mood takes you and them” – Rafe Morris from Moochers Inc. chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Blog

- It was another cracker year for folk and acoustic music in 2014 and putting our top 25 list was so difficult. But we managed to whittle the list down – check out our picks here

- We reached out to musicians across the folk spectrum, from local singer-songwriters to internationally acclaimed folk stars, to pick their top album of 2014 and the response, as always, has been amazing. Check out our Artists’ Top Albums of 2014 here

- Our Editor-in-Chief Gareth Hugh Evans picked his top 25 tracks of 2014. Check out his full list here

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Gulgong Folk Festival

BGB

Australia’s best kept summer festival secret kicks off on Boxing Day and features the likes of The Bearded Gypsy Band, Daniel Champagne, Crooked Fiddle Band, Genevieve Chadwick, String Theory and many more in the historic town of Gulgong. And best of all? The Gulgong Folk Festival is completely free!

Friday 26th to Sunday 28th December – Gulgong, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 19th December – The Great North Trading Post, Laguna, NSW
Sunday 21st December – The Welcome Hotel, Rozelle, NSW

Gulgong Folk Festival
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th December – Gulgong, NSW

Timberwolf
Friday 19th December – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Here We Come a Wassailing” – Kate Rusby

The next track in our Christmas Friday Folk Flashback series is the traditional English carol “Here We Come a Wassailing” (translated to “Here We Come a Caroling” for our American friends). The tradition of going door to door singing Christmas carols in return for food, drinks and blessings is still alive and well throughout the world – I know next week I’ll be pulling on my Santa hat, warming up my vocal chords with a whisky or two and belting out my fa-la-la-la-la’s. Who knows – maybe I’ll be knocking on your door.

Listen to the New Marlon Williams Single “Dark Child”

Marlon Williams
Image Courtesy of Marlon Williams

It’s kind of fitting that we’ll be rounding out the year with a brand new Marlon Williams single “Dark Child”. This year I think I’ve hyped Williams more than any other artist due to his amazing voice and arresting live performances – I think he’s definitely the one to watch for a massive 2015.

“Dark Child” is more Marlon Williams magic, written by his close friend Tim Moore. The track is set to appear on Williams’ debut album which is due in April next year.

Take a listen to “Dark Child” below:

Watch the New Mark Moldre Video “Madeleine”

Mark Moldre
Image Courtesy of Mark Moldre

Sydney singer-songwriter Mark Moldre has had a prolific yeah when it comes to producing new music videos. His latest, “Madeleine”, is the eighth to be taken from his album An Ear To The Earth and is one of the smoothest to date.

Check out the clip for “Madeleine” below:

More Artists Added to the Bluesfest Fifth Lineup Announcement

Bluesfest
Image Courtesy of Bluesfest

Artist announcement number five for Bluesfest was announced yesterday with more exciting names added to an already bursting lineup.

Timber and Steel is most excited about the inclusions of Justin Townes Earle, Steve Smyth, Donavon Frankenreiter, Ash Grunwald and Karl S. Williams with the announcement also featuring Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Augie March, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Declan Kelly presents Diesel n’ Dub ft. Emma Donovan, Alex Lloyd, Pat Powell, Radical Son & Tony Hughes, Blue King Brown and The Beautiful Girls.

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.

Laura Marling Announces New Album Short Movie

Short Movie
Image Courtesy of Laura Marling

If you’re a keen reader of our Facebook feed you’ll know that yesterday we stumbled upon a new Laura Marling album on iTunes but didn’t have any details other than the name – Short Movie.

Well now it looks like we have those details and we’re here to share. The album is due for release in Australia on the 20th March next year and is 13 tracks long. Marling has also revealed an animated video for the title track which is below with the full track listing. And one other thing? This is Laura Marling’s first album title that’s not five syllables long…

1. Warrior
2. False Hope
3. I Feel Your Love
4. Walk Alone
5. Strange
6. Don’t Let Me Bring You Down
7. Easy
8. Gurdjieff’s Daughter
9. Divine
10. How Can I
11. Howl
12. Short Movie
13. Worship Me

The Woodford Files: Moochers Inc.

The wonderful Woodford Folk Festival kicks off on the Sunshine Coast hinterland in a magical kingdom called Woodfordia on Saturday 27 December 2014, and ends in a fiery extravaganza on the evening of Thursday 1 January 2015.

If you’ve not experienced Woodford before, then don’t delay. There’s still time to kennel the cat, grab your significant other, and point the wagon train north to Caboolture* and peel off left. Or south to Palmview and peel off to the right past Beerwah.

Ok, I could keep going but you’ve probably got Google Maps too, so you can keep playing at home if you like.

This is the first in a series of interviews, vignettes**, features and story-ettes that will seek to entice you off the couch and away from the Boxing Day Test to a sport far more interactive (and you can get in on the cricket action with the Woodford XI).

OR if geographically, monetarily, fiscally-responsibly***, or familyscomeoverfromSweden-ly you’re not able to, you can pull up a bean bag, grab a bag of Smith’s Chips and a Passiona and tune in for a Christmas and New Year of music, song, dance, spoken word, art, community, and probably a shipload of rain and mud OR stinking heat and 40+ degree external saunas.

Me, I personally take Woodfordia in all its many-splendoured glories. If life sends you a baking sidewalk, cook eggs and bacon. (I was never into lemons or lemonade.)

First cab off the rank is a wonderfully fun, fast and very toight outfit from Canberra called Moochers Inc. As Rafe Morris says in the interview, they’re a band for dancing, singing and drinking with — during the show, and before and after if the mood takes you and them.

Warning: jazz students sitting in the first row trying to follow the complex chord progressions, you may have your view impeded by writhing, sweaty, beautiful young dancing bodies. Which can’t be a bad thing. I’d jump right in, if I were you.

I probably will.

Gig dates and times for The Moochers Inc. at Woodford:

Sunday 28 December, 5pm – Parlour
Tuesday 30 December, 5.30pm – Bluestown
Wednesday 31 December, 1.05am – Parlour
Thursday 1 January, 12 noon – Bluestown (Old Timey Concert)

 

* ‘North To Caboolture’ is the original song title until ‘Spud’ McGinty fell on hard times, actually did lose the bottom out of his tweeds, and sold the rights to the US where ‘Alaska’ was chosen as it scanned better.

** If you are trying one of our vignettes, I recommend the saucier’s favourite which is a white wine ‘Inclination’ fusion with Aldi’s finest $2.69 range. Actually, it’s just gone up to $2.79. Zut alors!

*** Inset your own devastatingly edgy political joke with a gratuitous GFC reference.

ENDS

Watch Dan Arnott (Dan and Amy) and Al Parkinson’s New Video “I Wish That I Hadn’t Met You Through Him”

Dan and Al
Image Courtesy of Dan Arnott

This is really sweet. Melbourne folkies Dan Arnott (Dan and Amy) and Al Parkinson have come together to record a really sweet duet “I Wish That I Hadn’t Met You Through Him”.

“We wrote the song more than three years ago and never got around to putting the finishing touches on it until last week when we both had the afternoon free, and we decided to make a video,” Dan Arnott explained. “It’s based on a half-truth of a shared experience that we’ve stretched and elongated (especially after three years) into a song about friendships and relationships.”

Check out “I Wish That I Hadn’t Met You Through Him” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 12th December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

- Folktronica artist Quintessential Doll have released their new video “Take Your Medication” featuring Fox & Fowl. Details here

- Lisa Mitchell has announced three intimate acoustic shows next March. Details here

- We now have details of the upcoming Punch Brothers album The Phosphorescent Blues. Details here

- Another new song from The Decemberists has hit the web this week and it’s really really good. Details here

- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros frontman Alex Ebert will release his soundtrack for the movie A Most Violent Year today. Details here

- Listen to the new Dan Mangan + Blacksmith single “Kitsch”. Details here

- The latest video from Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn is “New South Africa”. Details here

- Father John Misty released his new track “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)”. Details here

- The National Folk Festival added a bunch of artists to it’s 2015 lineup including London Klezmer Quartet, Nuala Kennedy, Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen, Lucie Thorne, Mustered Courage, Oh Pep!, Spooky Men’s Chorale, Mike McClellan, Jan Preston’s Boogie Circus, Christine Wheeler and Friends, Andrew Hull, Helen Webby and Davy Stuart and Pekka Mikkola. Details here

- The Davidson Brothers released their new video “Take Me To The Mountains”. Details here

Interviews

“Yeshe is inculcated in the instruments and rhythms of Africa, and in a raw interview using a couple of cans and a piece of hemp string stretched from Liverpool to the far north coast of NSW, Yeshe explained a bit about what’s going in his musical world, and what Sydney audiences can expect on Wednesday 17 December at 505 in Surry Hill”Yeshe Reiners chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

A Most Violent Year
A Most Violent YearAlex Ebert
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Jack Carty

Jack Carty

Jack Carty wraps up his mammoth national tour this weekend with shows in Parramatta, Sydney and Bulli. It’s been a big year for the singer-songwriter with the release of his album Esk and a pretty relentless tour schedule and these shows are bound to be as much celebration as they are performance.

Friday 12th December – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW
Saturday 13th December – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 14th December – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bearded Gypsy Band
Friday 12th December – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 13th December – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 16th December – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD

Betty & Oswald
Saturday 13th December – Peregian Originals, Peregian Beach, QLD
Sunday 14th December – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s
Wednesday 17th December – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
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

Finders Keepers Markets Sydney feat. Kay Proudlove, Direwolf, Peasant Moon, Bonnie Stewart, Laura Zarb, The Maple Trail, Maia Jelavic
Friday 12th December – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th December – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

Husky
Saturday 13th December – Studio Theatre, Darwin, NT

Jack Carty
Friday 12th December – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW
Saturday 13th December – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 14th December – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Jep and Dep
Friday 12th December – Smiths Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT

Josh Pyke
Friday 12th December – Baroque, Katoomba, NSW

MoFo feat. Catgut, The Button Collective
Friday 12th December – Nauti Studios, Sydney, NSW

Steve Smyth
Saturday 13th December – Festival of the Sun, Port Macquarie, NSW

Timberwolf
Friday 12th December – Festival Of The Sun, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 19th December – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Yeshe Reiners
Wednesday 17th December – 505, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Dives and Lazarus” – Martin Simpson

Our Christmas themed flashback continues with the Child Ballad and Christmas Carol “Dives and Lazarus”. There are so many amazing versions of this song out there (and the melody is shared with a number of other folk songs including “The Star of the County Down”) but I decided to go with this Simpson’s stripped back and slowed down take on the track.

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8p1yZYmKhY]

Watch the New Davidson Brothers Video “Take Me to the Mountains”

Davidson Brothers
Image Courtesy of The Davidson Brothers

I reckon “Take Me to the Mountains” is probably my favourite track on the new Davidson Brothers album Wanderlust so I’m pretty chuffed they’ve chosen it as their new single and video. The video is made from vintage home movie style footage and is directed by Summer DeRoche.

Check out “Take Me to the Mountains” below:

Watch the New Father John Misty Video “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)”

Father John Misty
Image Courtesy of Father John Misty

Enigmatic singer-songwriter Father John Misty has given us another taste of his upcoming album I Love You, Honeybear (due on the 6th February) with the release of his video “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)”.

“I don’t care all that much if you like the music video or not,” Josh Tillman, AKA Father John Misty, confessed. “The label isn’t crazy about it. Management isn’t crazy about it. I have been informed I’m basically kissing an MTV “Woodie” award goodbye forever. I made it on an iPad on my wedding anniversary with the one I love. We ate pancakes.”

Check out the video for “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)” below:

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