Watch the New Bearded Gypsy Band Video “Marco Polo”

Bearded Gypsy Band
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It’s been a while since we’ve heard from The Bearded Gypsy Band but they just released a brand new video and it’s fantastic. The video is for the track “Marco Polo” and was filmed by the MAPS Film School in Adelaide – check it out below and let us know what you think:

Pepperjack Launching New Single This Saturday

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Melbourne folk four-piece Pepperjack are in the process of putting together their sophomore EP (due in June) and are about to launch its first single “Going Home” this Saturday. Since forming early last year Pepperjack have been refining their uniquely Australian indie folk sound and fans of the genre are going to love “Going Home”.

The launch this Saturday will take place at the Wesley Anne in Melbourne and will feature supports from Timber and Steel favourites The Bon Scotts and Perth songstress Kate Bart. The music is due to kick off at 8:30pm – check out the official Facebook event for more details.

A Folky Guide to the Splendour in the Grass 2014 Lineup

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So another Splendour in the Grass lineup has dropped and while there isn’t a bid name, folk leaning headliner like there’s been in recent years there’s still plenty for the folk lover to get excited about. We thought we’d dissect the lineup and let you know just who Timber and Steel fans should have on their must see list:

  • Angus and Julia Stone Returning this August with album number three, their first since 2010, Angus and Julia Stone will be making be making a welcome return to the Splendour stage. They haven’t performed together since 2011 so this show is going to be pretty special.
  • Vance Joy - Joy was an absolute standout at last year’s Splendour in the Grass, riding high on the “Riptide” wave. He returns to the festival off the back of a bunch of international acclaim and brand new tracks from his upcoming debut album.
  • Ben Howard - One of the best live acts to come out of the UK in recent years, Ben Howard has a loyal following in the country and with good reason. He’s played Splendour before – we’re guessing this time you’ll need to get to the stage nice and early for a good spot.
  • First Aid Kit - Their second album, Stay Gold, will drop just in time for First Aid Kit’s Splendour performance so we predict there’s going to be a lot of buzz around the Söderberg sisters this year. Get yourself reacquainted with 2012′s The Lion’s Roar to remember just how good these guys are.
  • Mikhael Paskalev - He was just in the country for a series of shows in March and it looks like Mikhael Paskalev just can’t stay away. The master of quirky folk-pop Paskalev has gained a legion of fans from his track “I Spy” which is bound to have the Splendour crowd up and dancing.
  • Dustin Tebbutt - We’ve been hyping Dustin Tebbutt for ages now and it looks like the rest of Australia has finally caught on. His single “The Breach” was just about everywhere and his new single “Bones” is already making an impressive dent on national radio. He’s also a pretty mesmerising live performer so his set will be one to catch.
  • The Head and the Heart - Having released their new album Let’s Be Still late least year The Head and the Heart are ready to return to Australia and wow the Splendour crowd. We highly recommend you go and see these guys.
  • Little May - The ghost folk trio from Sydney, Little May, spent 2013 working very hard to build their profile, capping off an amazing year touring with Mikhael Paskalev and scoring a spot on the Laneway Festival lineup via the Unearthed competition. Little May’s sounds seems custom made for Splendour in the Grass lineup with their epic, folk influenced sounds and soaring harmonies.
  • Nick Mulvey - We’ve been Championing Nick Mulvey since the release of his Fever to the Form EP mid-last year and while his profile is still pretty low in Australia we reckon it’s only a matter of time before the rest of Australia catches on.

Add to this a bunch of other artists that have crossed the Timber and Steel pages over the years (but have taken a less folky direction) including Gossling, Courtney Barnett and DMA’S and you’ve got a pretty impressive folk contingent this year. Splendour in the Grass takes place in the North Byron Parklands from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July. Tickets go on sale on Friday 2nd May. The full lineup for 2014 is below:

Outkast (Only Aus Show)
Two Door Cinema Club (Only Aus Show)
Lily Allen
Interpol (Only Aus Show)
Foster The People
Angus & Julia Stone
City And Colour
London Grammar
Vance Joy
Darkside (Only Aus Show)
Ben Howard
Hoodoo Gurus
Chvrches (Only Aus Show)
The Jezabels
Wild Beasts
Danny Brown (Only Aus Show)
First Aid Kit
Violent Soho
The 1975
Ball Park Music
Art Vs Science
Buraka Som Sistema (Only Aus Show)
The Preatures
Parquet Courts (Only Aus Show)
Sticky Fingers
Peking Duk
Sky Ferreira
Future Islands
Courtney Barnett
DZ Deathrays
The Strypes
Hot Dub Time Machine
The Kite String Tangle
Mikhael Paskalev
Wave Racer
The Acid
Circa Waves
Dustin Tebbutt
The Head And The Heart
Darren Middleton
Little May
D.D Dumbo
Tkay Maidza
The Creases
The Wild Feathers
Chrome Sparks
Mas Ysa
Nick Mulvey
Triple J Unearthed Winners

Plus DJs & Producers:

Nina Las Vegas
Yacht Club DJs
Touch Sensitive
Indian Summer
L D R U & Yahtzel DJs
Cosmos Midnight
Fishing DJs
Charles Murdoch

Angus and Julia Stone To Return With New Album

Angus and Julia Stone
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Indie-folk darlings Angus and Julia Stone have announced plans to release a brand new album later this year. The duo’s third album, their first since 2010, is self titled and was produced by the legendary Rick Rubin – how cool is that?

“This album is extraordinary,” Rubin has said. “Angus and Julia are truly unique musicians. They are authentic and pure people who do things from the heart. I’ve never worked with anyone like them before.”

Angus and Julia Stone will be released on the 1st August. We’ll bring you more details as we get them

C.W. Stoneking Announces Heavenly Sounds Shows

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The amazing C.W. Stoneking is the latest folk musician to get the Heavenly Sounds experience with a couple shows this June. Heavenly Sounds specialises in bringing popular music to church and cathedral venues around the country and they seem to love folk-leaning artists, probably because they fit the acoustics and aesthetics of churches so well.

C.W. Stoneking will play two shows in the tour, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne. The dates are below:

Wednesday 11th June – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th June – St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC

Fanny Lumsden Announces May Residency in Sydney

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The marvelous Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers have announced plans for a residency right the way through May. The alt-country band will be taking over the Vic on the Park Hotel in Sydney every Thursday in May and they’ve announced a bunch of their friends including Huckleberry Hastings, Andy Golledge, Katie Brianna, Emma Beau, Lacey Cole & The Lazy Colts and some more surprises in the support slot.

The gigs will be absolutely free and will see Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers showcasing brand new music before they head into the studio to record their debut album. The full list of shows is below – for more information check out the official Fanny Lumsden facebook page here.

Thursday 1st May – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW w/ Huckleberry Hastings
Thursday 8th May – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW w/ Andy Golledge
Thursday 15th May – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW w/ Katie Brianna and Emma Beau
Thursday 22nd May – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW w/ Lacey Cole & The Lazy Colts
Thursday 29th May – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW w/ Surprise Acts

Little Features Lineup for April

Imogen Clark
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Sydney indie-folk night Little Features is back this Saturday for their April edition and there’s plenty of reasons to make sure you make it along this month.

Firstly there’s the lineup that features Timber and Steel favourite Imogen Clark (above), American singer-songwriter Justin Robinson, bluegrass-inspired, country flavoured two-piece Original Sin, the gorgeously talented Jacob Pearson and wonderful singer-songwriter Colin Jones.

Secondly there’s the fact that this show is just $12 to get into and is in the intimate surroundings of Hibernian House in Surry Hills.

And finally there’s the fact that the show is BYO food and drinks – so you can make a night of it!

The music will kick off at 7pm. For more information check out the official Facebook invite here.

Watch the New Dawn Landes Video “Home”

Dawn Landes
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American folk icon Dawn Landes has just released the brand new video for her single “Home”. Taken from her new album Bluebird, the video for “Home” was directed by Thomas Aufort and features French actress Diane Rouxel.

Watch “Home” below:

Details of the New Trampled By Turtles Album and Single

Trampled By Turtles
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US Bluegrass five-piece Trampled By Turtles have announced plans for a brand new album this year. Titled Wild Animals, the album is due for release on the 15th July.

“We recorded it this winter, in January. It was a blast,” lead singer Dave Simonett said recently. “Alan Sparhawk produced the record, it was our first time working with him, and he did a great job, I feel.”

The first single from Wild Animals is “Are You Behind the Shining Star?” – take a listen to the track below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 18th April


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

- Melbourne artist Ma Petite has released details of her new album plus a new video for the track “Morning Song”. Details here

- Australian folk music legends The Waifs have announced a national tour this May. Details here

- Brisbane singer-songwriter Josh Rennie-Hynes has just released his new video “Erin”. Details here

- Jordie Lane releases his debut live album, Live At The Wheaty, today as he kicks off his shows at The National Folk Festival. Details here

- David Gray has a brand new album on the way and has released the video for the track “Gulls”. Details here

- Passenger has released the stunning track “Heart’s on Fire” as his new video. Details here

- Japanese-Australian singer-songwriter Yuko Nishiyama has released her new video “Heart of Daisies”. Details here

- Stream the Record Store Day UK only EP from Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo, Songs Beneath The River, online. Details here

- Adelaide band The Timbers have announced plans to release their debut album this May. Details here

- Roots music legend Jeff Lang has announced details of his new album I Live A Lot In My Head These Days and tour dates in June and July. Details here

- Over the past few weeks the 2014 Peak Festival has added a bunch more artists to its lineup including The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Claude Hay and the Gentle Enemies, Jordan C Thomas, Vendulka, Glenn Cardier, Shellie Morris, Azadoota, Matt Glass, The Chocolate Strings and Belle Jar. Details here

- Josh Pyke is extending his Lone Wolf tour into regional Australia and he’s bringing Jack Carty with him. Details here

- The new Eels album drops today and they’ve also released the video from the track “Mistakes of My Youth”. Details here

- Wagons have given us a taster of their new album with the release of the video for “Why Do You Always Cry”. Details here

- As well as sharing the new John Butler Trio video “Livin’ in The City”, we thought we’d also share their version of “Happy”. Details here


“If you’re experiencing the festival for the first time (or were so overwhelmed with the event last time) let Timber and Steel take you through our step by step survival guide for the National Folk Festival” – Read our survival guide to The National Folk Festival. Blog here

Releases This Week

The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver EverettEels

Jordie Lane
Live At The WheatyJordie Lane

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Iron & Wine

Iron and Wine

In the country for Bluesfest this weekend, Iron & Wine will be performing two very special live shows in Melbourne and Sydney at two of Australia’s finest venues. If you haven’t gotten tickets to these gigs yet, and if there’s any tickets left, you need to buy them. Now.

Saturday 19th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 22nd April – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 23rd April – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Ash Grunwald
Thursday 24th April – The Espy, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th April – Barwon Heads Hotel, Barwon Heads, VIC

Boy & Bear
Saturday 19th April – Brothers, Cairns, QLD
Sunday 20th April – The Venue, Townsville, QLD
Tuesday 22nd April – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton, QLD
Wednesday 23rd April – Harvey Road Tavern, Gladstone, QLD
Thursday 24th April – Sugarland Tavern, Bundaberg, QLD

Byron Bay Bluesfest
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st April – Byron Bay, NSW

Christopher Coleman Collective
Saturday 19th April – The Pav, Launceston, TAS

Daniel Champagne
Friday 18th to Saturday 19th April – Byron Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 20th April – Ocean Street Festival, Maroochydore, QLD
Wednesday 23rd April – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 24th April – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD

Eleanor MCEvoy
Wednesday 23rd April – Rosie O’Grady’s, Perth, WA
Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Pinjarra, WA

Fairbridge Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th April – Fairbridge, WA

Fraser A. Gorman w/ Mojo Juju, Palm Springs
Thursday 24th April – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Iron & Wine
Tuesday 22nd April – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 23rd April – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Jake Bugg
Sunday 20th April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 23rd April – The HiFi, Brisbane, QLD

Jason Isbell with Tift Merritt
Friday 18th April – Boogie Festival, Bruzzy’s Farm, Tallarook, VIC
Saturday 19th April – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

John Butler Trio
Saturday 19th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay NSW

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens
Thursday 24th April – Braidwood Folk Club, Braidwood, NSW

Laura & Susie
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 23rd April – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Friday 25th April – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Lindi Ortega
Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th April – National Folk Festival, ACT
Sunday 20th April – Boogie Festival, Tullarook, VIC
Tuesday 22nd April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 24th April – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Kaurna Cronin and Ben Whiting
Saturday 19th April – Treehouse On Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 20th April – Dowse Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 25th April – The Aztec, Forster, NSW

Paul Greene and the Other Colours
Friday 25th April – The Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW

Ma Petite
Thursday 24th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Saturday 19th April – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Melbourne Folk Club w/ Special International Guest, Jordie Lane
Wednesday 23rd April – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Michael Franti and Spearhead w/ Nahko and Medicine For The People
Wednesday 23rd April – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Mount Beauty Music Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th April – Mount Beauty, VIC

National Folk Festival
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st April – Canberra, ACT

Seth Lakeman
Saturday 19th April – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 20th April – The Factory, Sydney, NSW

St Albans Folk Festival
Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th April – St Albans, NSW

Steve Smyth
Tuesday 22nd April – Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Tanya Batt
Friday 25th April – Baha’s, Rye, VIC

The Bad Shepherds
Friday 18th April – Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC
Saturday 19th April – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 20th April – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Tuesday 22nd April – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 24th April – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA
Friday 25th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Fairbridge, WA

The Beez
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th April – Mount Beauty Music Festival, Vic

Vance Joy
Thursday 24th April – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Railroad Man” – Eels

The new Eels album The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett drops today and from what we’ve already heard from it it’s their best in years. And while The Eels like to skip around genres a bit but they have plenty of folk in their back catalogue, including this Dylan-esque gem “Railroad Man”.

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