This Week in Folk
All the News From The Week That Was
- The Falls Festival kicked off the week with their third artist announcement which included a bunch of Timber and Steel friendly acts including Angus Stone, Ash Grunwald, Jinja Safari, Lisa Mitchell and Matt Corby. Details here.
- Leroy Lee gifted us with two tracks “Morning Ballad” and “Arcadia” from his new EP Arcadia. The former features backing vocals from the wonderful Lanie Lane. If you managed to catch Lee at his EP launch last night you’ll know what a talent this man is. Details here and here.
- The remarkable Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers announced the details of the their upcoming EP Autumn Lawn which was produced by Ian Pritchett (Angus & Julia Stone, The Beautiful Girls). Lumsden and co will be launching the EP with shows in Sydney and Melbourne at the end of the month with regional dates still to be announced. Details here.
- New Zealand alt-country stars The Eastern are returning to our shores at the end of September and Timber and Steel is very proud to be presenting their national tour, including a Sunday afternoon slot at The Workers Club in Melbourne. Details here.
- Speaking of presenting tours, Timber and Steel have also been tapped to present the upcoming All About To Change tour from Patrick James. He is one of our favourite singer-songwriters coming out of Sydney at the moment and we’re so proud to be involved. Details here.
- The April Maze went the homemade route when creating the video for their cover of The Beatles’ “I’ve Just Seen a Face”. Shot entirely on an iPhone App the video is very cute and well worth a view. Details here.
- Canadian folkies The Wooden Sky have announced their brand new album Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun to be released on the 1st October. Details here.
- As a thank you for all the support his fans have given him over the years John Butler has re-recorded his iconic instrumental track “Ocean” and is offering it as a free download. Details here.
- Mumford and Sons revealed the details of their Australian Gentlemen of the Road mini-festival, set to take place in Dungog, NSW. Joining them on the bill are Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Sarah Blasko, Matt Corby, Husky, Willy Mason and Yacht Club DJs. Details here.
- In other Mumford and Sons news the band have released a stream of the first track off the upcoming album Babel, “I Will Wait”. Details here.
- The first single from Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson’s new duo album Wreck and Ruin, “Adam & Eve”, has a pretty strange but wonderful video. Details here.
- After a successful launch last month Communion Melbourne is back with their August lineup including Fraser A. Gorman, Castlecomer, Roller One and Elle Graham as well as screenings of the latest Sideshow Alley videos. Details here.
- UK folk supergroup Bellowhead have announced the followup to their wildly successful 2010 album Hedonism. Titled Broadside, the album is due for release on the 15th October. Details here.
- Bluegrass five-piece Trampled by Turtles teamed up with the team behind Adult Swim’s animated show Squidbillies to create their brand new blip “Walt Whitman”. Details here.
- To increase his profile in Australia Frank Turner has announced a brand new 15 track album Last Minutes and Lost Evenings featuring favourites and rarities. Details here.
- The Paper Kites have announced a massive national tour this October to celebrate their new EP Young North. Supporting them will be Art of Sleeping and Battleships. Details here.
- The Fleurieu Folk Festival in SA has announced their 2012 with something for everyone. The festival takes place from the 26th to 28th October in Willunga, SA and features the likes of Eric Bogle, The Go Set, The Stetson Family, The Timbers, Barry Skipsey and more. Details here.
- Country and bluegrass singer Kristy Cox released her brand new video for the track “Miles and Timezones”. The song was co-written by Lachlan Davidson, one half of Timber and Steel favourites The Davidson Brothers. Details here.
“I cut my teeth doing small theatre shows in Canberra, you know, friends doing theatre and doing opening gigs for their shows. Sometimes you might get three, four people. And it is harder to play to three or four people because there’s nowhere to hide! So small doesn’t scare me” – Fred Smith chats to Bill Quinn.
Releases This Week
Arcadia – Leroy Lee
Gigs Next Week
9th to 26th August – Darwin, NT
Sunday 12th August – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Fred Smith & A Few Good Spooky Men (with Liz Frencham)
Friday 10th August – Notes, Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th August – The Lobby, Parkes, Canberra, ACT
Friday 10th August – The Hi-fi, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 11th August – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 15th August – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 16th August – Bar On the Hill, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 17th August – Metro, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th August – Stones of the Yarra Valley, Coldstream, VIC
Saturday 11th August – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Sunday 12th August – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Thursday 16th August – The Lighthouse, Darwin Festival, NT
Friday 17th August – The Lighthouse, Darwin Festival, NT
Little Bastard (with The Mountains, Jack Dawson and Callithump)
Thursday 16th August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
MoFo feat. The Leichhardt International Ukestra and Stephen O’Hern
Friday 10th August – The Gaelic Club (Upstairs), Sydney, NSW
Nick and Liesl
Friday 10th August – Catharsis at The J Theatre – Noosa, QLD
Sunday 12th August – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 15th August – Astra Lodge, Falls Creek, VIC
Friday 17th August – The Albion, Albury, NSW
Passenger (with The Falls)
Thursday 16th August – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 17th August – The Hi-Fi, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th August – Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Adelaide, SA
Roland K Smith & The Sinners with Handsome Young Strangers and Handasyd Williams and the Brothers Primitive
Wednesday 15th August – Sandringham Hotel, Sydney, NSW
The Beautiful Girls
Friday 10th August – Coolum Civic Centre, Coolum, QLD
Saturday 11th August – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 15th August – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Thursday 16th August – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Friday 17th August – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 11th August – Hellen Rose Schauersberger Laboratorium, Sydney, NSW
The Good Ship
Saturday 11th August – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 12th August – Nimbin Hotel, Nimbin, NSW
The Rescue Ships
Saturday 11th August – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 11th August – Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Space Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Friday Folk Flashback
“Sailing to Philadelphia” – Mark Knopfler
Mark Knopfler has, in his solo work, revealed his love of folk music. This story song chronicles the coming to America of Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon to survey the Mason-Dixon line. The original recording features a duet with James Taylor.