Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars Announce National Tour

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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

Watch the New Joel Barker Video “Casual Batman”

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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

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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 Caitlin Park Video “Hunt for the Young”

Caitlin Park
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The brand new Caitlin Park track “Hunt for the Young” now has a brand new video. Both the track and video feature guest appearances from Aidan Roberts (The Maple Trail) – check it out below:

“Hunt for the Young” is taken from the album, The Sleeper. Caitlin Park will play a show at The Newtown Social Club on Saturday 25th October. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Watch the New Passenger Video “27”

Passenger
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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

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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:

International:
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)

National:
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

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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.


The National Folk Festival Announce Six Acts for 2105

Mark Moldre
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We consider The National Folk Festival as our “home” folk festival – the one we get to every year and the one where we know everyone and everyone knows us. So we’re pretty excited that late last week they revealed the first six artists for their 2015 lineup.

Those artists include the likes of Scottish trad masters Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, central coast singer-songwriter Mark Moldre (above), Canadian bluegrass and old timey outfit Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys, the incomparable Fred Smith, festival favourites Chloë and Jason Roweth and contemporary UK folk duo Dark Horses.

“We’re looking forward to bringing you an A-list of folk, roots and acoustic music from around the world and Australia at next year’s Festival” Festival Director Pam Merrigan explained. “Everything you love about The National Folk Festival will be there with 5 magical days of intimate performances, iconic legends, surprising new music, and the vibrant sights and sounds of the Festival streetscape.”

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.

Watch the New Video From The Staves, “Blood I Bled”

The Staves
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The new EP from The Staves, Blood I Bled, hits Australian stores this week and to celebrate we thought we’d share the brand new video for the title track. Blood I Bled is due this Friday the 24th October – check out the video below:

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