Listen to the New Joel Barker Single “City”

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Perth singer-songwriter Joel Barker has just released his brand new single “City”. The single is taken from Barker’s upcoming album Beyond the Crows which he recorded in London over six months last year when visiting his folk-singing sister Emily Barker (who also provides backing vocals on “City”).

Beyond the Crows is currently scheduled to be released internationally in October this year. Joel Barker will be launching “City” at The Astor Lounge in Mt Lawley, Perth on Saturday 9th August – check out the official Facebook event here.

Take a listen to “City” below:

Listen to the New Ashleigh Mannix & Justin Carter Track “Heartbreak”

Ashliegh Mannix
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Having spent a bunch of time touring together over the last couple of years it makes sense that singer-songwriters Ashleigh Mannix & Justin Carter get together for a brand new duo project. The first track from the Ashleigh Mannix & Justin Carter duo is the indie-folk number “Heartbreak” which you can listen to below. Stay tuned as Ashleigh Mannix & Justin Carter are threatening tour dates in the not too distant future.

Details of the New Solo Album From Steven James Adams

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When I first saw the press around the new Steven James Adams solo album I initially ignored it because of the name – House Music. I get a lot of random emails from EDM, hip hop and R&B artists looking for promotion who have obviously have never looked at Timber and Steel and have probably just plucked our details out of Hype Machine.

But then a couple of collaborations on House Music, with Timber and Steel favourites Dan Mangan and Emily Barker, caught my eye and I had to dig a little bit further.

Steven James Adams is the ex-lead singer of London rock favourites The Broken Family Band and The Singing Adams and House Music is his first solo outing. The album features a bunch of collaborations with folkies including the aforementioned Dan Mangan and Emily Barker, along with John Smith, Justin Young (The Vaccines, Jay Jay Pistolet), Martin Green (Lau) and Inge Thomson, and is due for release on the 1st September.

The full track listing is below along with a stream of the first single “How We Get Through” featuring Dan Mangan:

1. Drinking From The River
2. How We Get Through
3. Man Down
4. Tears Of Happiness
5. A Singer In A Band
6. I Can Change
7. The Volunteer
8. Fall Off The Roof
9. Wandering Hands
10. Get Over Yourself

Remembering Pete Seeger – Tribute Concert In Sydney

Pete Seeger

This Sunday the NSW Folk Federation will be hosting a very special tribute concert to Pete Seeger who sadly passed away at the beginning of this year.

Remembering Pete Seeger will be held at the Friend in Hand Pub in Glebe from 4:30pm to 7pm this Sunday and will feature performances from Bob & Margaret Fagan, Mary-Jane Field, Peter Hicks, The Lurkers, Christina Mimmocchi, Maurie Mulheron, Margaret Walters and Chris Wheeler. The second half of the concert will feature all of the performers leading a singalong of Pete’s best known songs.

Entry for the tribute is $10, or free for NSW Folk Federation members. For more information check out the official NSW Folk Federation site here.

Watch the New Caitlin Park Video “Wake Up In A Whirr”

Caitlin Park
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The latest video from Sydney folk-tronica artist Caitlin Park is “Wake Up In A Whirr”, taken from her new album The Sleeper.

“”Wake Up In A Whirr” was one of the first songs written for this album,” Park explains. “It was also the first song recorded for the album (at Damien Gerard Sound Studios), and was therefore recorded differently to most tracks. The song is about two of my friends in a very damaging relationship, a partnership I watched in all its sweet and dark natures. I suppose the lyrics cast a certain projection of my own; one steps away from the romance for their own good. It’s about bowing out with dignity.”

Check out the video below:

Caitlin Park has a couple of shows coming up in Melbourne and Brisbane – the dates are here:

Friday 1st August – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd August – The Hive, Brisbane, QLD

Roots Singer Vincent Cross Announces Australian Tour Dates

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Dublin born, Australian raised, New York City based roots singer-songwriter Vincent Cross is heading back to our fair country this week for a series of dates through the rest of July and August. This will be Cross’ first time touring Australia and he’ll be promoting his brand new album A Town Called Normal.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 25th July – The Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 27th July – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 31st July – House Concert, Wingham, NSW
Friday 1st August – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 2nd August – The Shack, Narrabeen, NSW
Sunday 3rd August – Radio Folk & Roots, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 7th August – Gnomon Pavilion, Ulverstone, TAS
Friday 8th August – The Gallery, Gignet, TAS
Friday 8th August – ABC Radio, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 9th August – The Royal Yacht Club, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 10th August – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 11th August – Dear Mondays, Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 12th August – Barb’s House Concert, Melbourne, Victoria
Thursday 14th August – Sutherland Acoustic Music Club, Gymea, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th August – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club, Hornsby, NSW
Saturday 16th August – The Supper Club, Nundle, NSW
Tuesday 19th August – The Bug, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 21st August – No.5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 22nd August – The Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 23rd August – Troubadour Folk & Acoustic Club, Woy Woy, NSW

Marketa Irglova Announces New Album Muna and New Single “This Right Here”

Marketa Irglova
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Marketa Irglova, best known as one half of The Swell Season, has just announced plans to release her second solo album Muna on the 19th September. The album is a followup to her 2011 solo debut Anar and was recorded in Iceland where Irglova now lives.

“I had been to Iceland for the first time with the Swell Season,” Marketa Irglova says. “I fell in love with it then and was sad to leave, although I knew someday something would bring me back. I am inspired by the open space, the wilderness of the nature, the strong energy coming from the land. There is a harmony, a balance, something that allows for a freer flow of creativity. It is easier to be one with oneself and one with everything and everyone around. This makes for better art, in my opinion.”

The first single from Muna is “This Right Here” which you can listen to below:

Luke Morris Announces East Coast Tour

Luke Morris
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Luke Morris may not be a name you recognise but if you’re heading to Splendour in the Grass this weekend you’ll get a chance to to hear his sweet alt-folk sounds on the Friday of the festival. Morris has just released his new single “Mexico” (which you can listen to on triple j Unearthed) and is heading out on an East Coast tour in August.

Check out the full list of dates (so far) below:

Friday 25th July – Splendour In The Grass, Byron Bay, NSW
Wednesday 13th August – Marble Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 14th August – The Bucket List, Bondi, NSW
Saturday 16th August – The Brunswick Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 31st August – Ric’s Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Bree De Rome Announces Queensland and NSW Dates to Support “Easy to Forget”

Bree De Rome
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Bree De Rome is a 20 year old singer-songwriter from the Gold Coast who has just released her brand new single “Easy to Forget” which you can check out over on triple j Unearthed. Taking her cue from 50s and 60s country, rock and pop, Bree De Rome is a modern day cowgirl.

To support the new single Bree De Rome is heading out on tour this August with a handful of dates in the south east Queensland and northern New South Wales. Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 14th August – Dowse Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th August – Rabbit and Cocoon, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 16th August – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW

FBi Social’s Folk Informal Announces August Lineup

Dan and Amy
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As the year rolls on we’re already getting excited about the August lineup of regular monthly nights around the country. The latest regular night to announce their August artists is Sydney’s Folk Informal, and it’s a veritable who’s who of Timber and Steel Favourites.

Taking to the stage this August for The Folk Informal will be Melbourne brother-sister duo Dan and Amy (Above), singer-songwriter Adrian Slattery’s Big Smoke project (in solo mode), one quarter of All Our Exes Live in Texas Katie Wighton and acclaimed duo Sweet Jean.

The Folk Informal takes place at FBi Social in Sydney’s Kings Cross on Thursday 14th August. Doors open at 8pm with tickets just $10. Check out the set times below – the official Facebook event has more information here.

8:30pm – Dan and Amy
9:20pm – Big Smoke
10:10pm – Katie Wighton
11pm – Sweet Jean




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