Watch The Pigs Play Fourteen songs About Lorraine in Five Minutes

The Pigs
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While The Pigs are hard at work on their new album they’ve taken time out to produce this video featuring 14 songs about Lorraine.

The song is … well, you should just watch it:

Listen to the New Turtle & Fox Track “Im A Sardine”

Turtle and Fox
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Turtle & Fox are a brother-sister duo out of Melbourne that are producing some really deceptively sweet indie-folk. Dan Rawlins has been a stalwart of the Melbourne scene for a while and has teamed with his younger sister Shireen Rawlins on the Turtle & Fox project.

Their new single is “I’m a Sardine”, recorded in their home studio in south-eastern Melbourne.

“Whether I like it or not, “I’m a Sardine” was definitely brewing with in my sub-conscious, dealing with feelings of futility and helplessness on the back of some extremely frustrating health complications,” Dan Rawlins explains. “I was grappling with a way to explore the different coping mechanisms that people develop to deal with tough times. Once the lyrical concept of utilising animal based metaphors popped into my head the rest was easy and I wrote the entire song in one sitting down on Elwood beach.”

Take a listen to “I’m a Sardine” from Turtle & Fox below:

Artists Announced for The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival

The Company
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Last year was my first ever Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival and I have to say I was impressed. It’s a small, family orientated folk festival that manages to attract some amazing talent, both locally and from abroad.

This year’s Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival will take place on the 24th, 25th and 26th of October in Dorrigo, NSW. The lineup includes a bunch of overseas acts including Annie Lou Band (Canada), Chris Henry and The Hardcore Grass (USA), Colin O’Brien (USA), Kirk Sutphin and Eddie Bond (USA) and Tattletale Saints (NZ) along with a bunch of local Timber and Steel favourites like Catgut, CloudStreet, Dan Parsons, Fred Smith, Lucy Wise Trio, Margaret and Bob Fagan, Oh Pep!, One Up Two Down, Stray Hens, The Company (above), The Mid North, The Morrisons and many many more.

To get more information on the festival check out the official site here. The full lineup (so far) is below along with a video of last year’s festival to get you in the mood:

Annie Lou Band (Canada), Chris Henry and The Hardcore Grass (USA), Colin O’Brien (USA), Kirk Sutphin and Eddie Bond (USA), Tattletale Saints (NZ), Appalachian Heaven, Astro Cobalt, Barkers Vale Brothers, Black Train, Catgut, Ceilidh Clan, Chloe and Jason Roweth, CloudStreet, Dan Parsons, Evan Mathieson, Fred Smith, Hardrive, Headland, Honey and Knives, Juzzie Smith, Kaloobafak, Karen Lynne Bluegrass Circle, Kym Pitman, Luciano Mesiti, Lucy Wise Trio, Margaret and Bob Fagan, Morgan Billy Goat Tucker, Oh Pep!, One Up Two Down, Putty Road, Rebecca Wright and Donald McKay, Sam and Gary Sheppard, Spirit of the Glen, Stray Hens, The Company, The Jiggles, The Mid North, The Morrisons, The Pitts Family Circus, The Wish List, Tonchi McIntosh and John Bennett

Stream the New Cj Shaw and The Blow Ins Album Milk Crate Throne

CjShaw
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If you’re familiar with the Sydney folk scene over the last five years or so you’ve probably come across singer-songwriter, poet and all round folk legend Cj Shaw. Shaw, who used to run the monthly folk night Shut The Folk Up, was also known for his work as a solo artist and with his band The Blow Ins.

In 2009 Cj Shaw and The Blow Ins spent a winter in Melbourne recording the album album that would eventually become Milk Crate Throne. Shaw and co tinkered with the recording over the years and eventually decided to strip it back to its lo fi roots for a release earlier this month.

The album features Cj Shaw (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Kyla Davies (vocals), Jade Abbott (vocals), Cam Slice (bass), Jonny Zoum (stomping and drums) and David Perram (guitar and vocals) and was poduced by Johnny Zoum and Peter Woodland. Take a listen to it below and pick it up on Bandcamp here:

Cj Shaw is currently living in East Timor where he’s flying the folk flag as the organiser of the Dili Folk Club – check out their official Facebook Page for more information.

Watch the New Tim Wheatley & Crooked Saint Video “Burning The Midnight Oil”

Crooked Saint
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Melbourne based folk-rock artist Tim Wheatley has just released his brand new EP with under his Crooked Saint project, aptly titled the Crooked Saint EP. The EP hit stores mid month and the first single from it is “Burning The Midnight Oil”, which has a video you can watch below:

Direwolf To Launch New EP in Sydney This Friday

Direwolf
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Sydney singer-songwriter Direwolf (aka Matt Dewar) has announced plans to launch his brand new EP in Sydney this week. The untitled EP has been 3 years in the making with the first single, “Goodbye”, released way back in 2013.

The EP launch will take place in Hibernian House in Sydney on Friday 1st August and will feature Brendon Moon and Karl-Christoph in support. Tickets will be $10 on the door with doors opening at 7pm. For more information check out the official Facebook invite here.

Listen to the New Daniel Lee Kendall Single “Under A Spell”

Daniel Lee Kendall
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Central Coast singer-songwriter Daniel Lee Kendall returns this month with the brand new single “Under A Spell”, the first from his upcoming debut album. The album is titled Daniel Lee Kendall Is Dead and is due for release on the 12th September.

Take a listen to “Under A Spell” below:

Learn to Play Nick Mulvey’s Album First Mind

Nick Mulvey
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Showing true dedication to his fans UK singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey has taken the unusual step of recording a series of instructional videos for each of the tracks of his latest album First Mind. The videos feature Mulvey with his guitar going through the chord progressions of each of the album’s tracks. You can check out all the videos here or you can fall down the rabbit hole below:

Nick Mulvey is currently touring Australia. His remaining dates are here:

Tuesday 29th July – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 30th July – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 31st July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 25th July

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

- The new video from Emily Barker’s side-project Vena Portae, “Summer Kills”, was released. Details here

- Sydney artist Hazzy Bee has released the gorgeous new single “Flyscreen”. Details here

- Tiny Ruins released the new Neil Finn directed video for the track “Me At The Museum, You In The Wintergardens”. Details here

- Sydney monthly folk night The Folk Informal has announced it’s August lineup including Dan and Amy, Big Smoke, Katie Wighton and Sweet Jean. Details here

- Gold Coast cowgirl Bree De Rome will be launching her new single “Easy to Forget” with shows in Queensland and New South Wales. Details here

- Luke Morris will be performing at Splendour today and then is heading off on an East Coast tour. Details here

- Ex-Swell Season singer-songwriter Marketa Irglova has announced plans for her second solo album Muna. Details here

- Dublin born, Australian raised, NYC based roots singer-songwriter Vincent Cross will kick off his first Australian tour in Canberra tonight. Details here

- Folktronica artist Caitlin Park revealed her new video “Wake Up In A Wirr”. Details here

- This Sunday in Sydney there’s a very special Pete Seeger tribute concert featuring Bob & Margaret Fagan, Mary-Jane Field, Peter Hicks, The Lurkers, Christina Mimmocchi, Maurie Mulheron, Margaret Walters and Chris Wheeler. Details here

- Singer-songwriter Steven James Adams has announced a new album, House Music, that features collaborations with Dan Mangan, Emily Barker, John Smith, Justin Young (The Vaccines, Jay Jay Pistolet), Martin Green (Lau) and Inge Thomson. Details here

- Ashleigh Mannix & Justin Carter have a brand new duo project and have released their first track “Heartbreak”. Details here

- Perth singer-songwriter Joel Barker released his new single “City”. Details here

- Sydney folk punks The Bottlers are giving away two of their demos, “Blacktown” and “Golden Boys”, for free. Details here

- We premiered the brand new video from Tom West and he’s about to head out on tour. Details here

- And we also premiered the brand new video from Ollie Brown, “Oak Hill”, ahead of the release of his new EP Weatherboard House. Details here

- Conor Oberst released the beautiful new video for his track “You Are My Mother’s Child”. Details here

- Brisbane based bluegrass trio The Company have announced details of their new album Trouble. Details here

- The Kangaroo Valley has confirmed its first round of artists for 2014 including Fred Smith, Enda Kenny Band, Martin Pearson, Bajaly Suso from Gambia, The BordererS, Liz Frencham, Nick Rheinberger, Glenn Cardier & Christian Marsh, The Wheeze and Suck Band, Michael Waugh, Paul Greene and the Other Colours, Sparrow Folk, Penny Larkins and Carl Pannuzzo, Salvation Jane, Sal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel, Danny Spooner and Crystal Barreca

Releases This Week

Aldous Harding
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Spunk Store

Oxford and Co
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Noisetrade

Timber and Steel Presents

Husky

Husky

Friday 25th July – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 31st July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Nick Mulvey

Nick Mulvey

While you’ll be able to catch Nick Mulvey at Splendour in the Grass or supporting Ben Howard this week, the show in Melbourne on Tuesday is his only Australian headline show. Presented by the folks behind Communion Melbourne this is guaranteed to be a fine performance from an artist that is on the brink of big things.

Tuesday 29th July – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Ben Howard
Friday 25th July – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Wednesday 30th July – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 31st July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 25th July – Brolga Theatre & Convention Centre, Maryborough, QLD
Saturday 26th July – Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre, Gladstone, QLD
Sunday 27th July – Capella Cultural Centre, Capella, QLD

Caitlin Park
Friday 1st August – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Clare Bowditch with Adalita
Friday 25th July – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Fanny Lumsden and the Thrillseekers with Ruby Boots
Friday 25th July – Weethalle Hall, Weethalle, NSW
Saturday 26th July – Grong Grong Hall, Grong Grong, NSW
Thursday 31st July – House Concert, Bunbury, WA

First Aid Kit
Tuesday 29th July – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 30th July – The Hi Fi, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 31st July – The Hi Fi, Melbourne, VIC

Husky
Friday 25th July – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 31st July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Jen Cloher
Friday 25th July – Skukum Lounge, Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

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

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Dan Waters and The Weeping Willows
Saturday 26th July – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Little Features feat. Jake Nauta, John Flanagan, J A Santosa, With Fox
Saturday 26th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Saturday 26th July – Old Museum Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Melody Pool and Marlon Williams
Friday 25th July – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Saturday 26th July – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Mikhael Paskalev
Friday 25th July – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC

Nick Mulvey
Tuesday 29th July – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Ollie Brown
Thursday 31st July – Easy Tiger, Sydney, NSW

Peasant Moon
Sunday 27th July – Menagerie at The Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Pepa Knight
Friday 1st August – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Remembering Pete Seeger feat. Bob & Margaret Fagan, Mary-Jane Field, Peter Hicks, The Lurkers, Christina Mimmocchi, Maurie Mulheron, Margaret Walters and Chris Wheeler
Sunday 27th August – The Friend in Hand, Sydney, NSW

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July – North Byron Parklands, NSW

The Beards
Friday 25th July – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, NSW
Saturday 26th July – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Brouhaha
Saturday 26th July – The Austral Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Head And The Heart
Saturday 26th July – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW
Monday 28th July – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

The Yearlings
Friday 25th July – Basement Discs In-store, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th July – The Main Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 26th July – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC
Sunday 27th July – The Shed, Maryknoll, VIC
Friday 1st August – The Song Room, Barossa Art Gallery, Tanunda, SA

Vincent Cross
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

Friday Folk Flashback

“King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O” – Laura Veirs

This track has so many things I love about traditional music. It comes from the same tradition as a very well known song, “Froggy Went a’Courting”, but it’s a completely unique song in its own right. It obviously has it’s root in some sort of social commentary or well known story behind it but it has been redefined as a children’s song. And this version by Laura Veirs incorporates part of the reel “Rose Tree” as an instrumental break between verses. So good!

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival Announces First Round of Artists for 2014

Sal Kimber
Image Courtesy of Sal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel

The Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival isn’t until the weekend of the 17th October but that doesn’t mean it’s not time to start getting excited. This week the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival announced two very important details for 2014 – the release of their Super Earlybird Tickets (until 31 August) which will see you able to snap up a weekend pass for just $75 and the names of the first confirmed artists.

The artists announced for Kangaroo Valley so far include Fred Smith, Enda Kenny Band, Martin Pearson, Bajaly Suso from Gambia, The BordererS, Liz Frencham, Nick Rheinberger, Glenn Cardier & Christian Marsh, The Wheeze and Suck Band, Michael Waugh, Paul Greene and the Other Colours, Sparrow Folk, Penny Larkins and Carl Pannuzzo, Salvation Jane, Sal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel (above), Danny Spooner, Crystal Barreca and many more to come.

For more info on the festival and to get your hands on Super Earlybird Tickets check out the official site here.

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