Winners At the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
Image Courtesy of BBC Radio 2

UK folk’s night of nights, the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, took place in Glasgow yesterday with a number of high profile artists claiming gongs and some absolutely steller performances.

The winners from the night were as follows:

FOLK SINGER OF THE YEAR
Nic Jones

BEST DUO
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

BEST GROUP
Lau

BEST ALBUM
Broadside – Bellowhead

HORIZON AWARD
Blair Dunlop

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Kathryn Tickell

BBC RADIO 2 YOUNG FOLK AWARD
Greg Russell & Ciaran Alger

BEST TRADITIONAL TRACK
“Lord Douglas” – Jim Moray

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Hatchlings” – Emily Portman

ROOTS AWARD
Billy Bragg

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Roy Harper and Ali Bain

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR CONTRIBUTION TO SONGWRITING
Dougie MacLean

Being the BBC we’ve also got some wonderful footage from the night including performances from Lau, Billy Bragg, Dougie MacLean and Mary Chapin Carpenter (ARIA and Channel 9 take not – this is how you record an awards show). We’ve embedded our favourites below but you can watch a whole lot more on the BBC Radio 2 Youtube Channel here.






Brunswick Music Festival Announces Full 2013 Lineup

Lucy Wise
Image Courtesy of Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies

The Brunswick Music Festival in Melbourne has finalised its 2013 lineup and it’s looking like it’s going to be huge once again. Showcasing the best in folk, roots and world music the Brunswick Music Festival takes over the inner-north Melbourne suburb of Brunswick from the 13th to 24th March as well as hosting a massive street party on Sydney Road on the 3rd March.

The lineup this year includes some legends of the folk scene as well as some of our favourite up and coming performers including Seth Lakeman, Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies (above), Vin Garbutt, Enda Kenny, Dougie MacLean, Mike Compton, Eric Bogle, Archie Roach, Finbar Furey, Bill Jackson, Andy Irvine, Paul Brady and many more.

For the complete program and information on how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here. The full list of performers for the 2013 Brunswick Music Festival is below:

Go Jane Go, Sweet Jean, John McCutcheon, Luke Plumb & Peter Daffy, Seth Lakeman, Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies, Vin Garbutt, Enda Kenny, Dougie MacLean, Fiona Ross, Purple Dentists, Nicola Hayes & Hélène Brunet, Mike Compton, Buffalo Nickel, Eric Bogle, Chris Wilson, Three Kings, Archie Roach, Skin Choir, Meyhané, The Cartridge Family, Miserable Little Bastards, Finbar Furey, Saoirse, Mary Coughlan, Kelly Auty, Boris Conley, David Olney & Sergio Webb, Bill Jackson Trio, Brunswick Women’s Choir, Judy Small, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Apodimi Compania, La Voce Della Luna, Kavisha Mazzella, Sean Taylor, Dan Lethbridge & Shane O’Mara, Chris Smither, Marisa Yeaman, London Klezmer Quartet, Zaporozhets, Shaking The Tree, Bronwyn Calcutt, Sweet Mona’s Choir, Nilusha Dassenaike, Alex Pertout, Andy Irvine, Paul Brady, Dancehall Racketeers, Baylor Brothers, Mike Cooper, Alasdair Fraser

St Andrew’s Day Playlist: Colin Lillie

Colin Lillie
Image Courtesy of Colin Lillie

Today is St Andrew’s Day, the day we celebrate all things Scottish. With so much amazing folk music coming out of Scotland over the years and so much international folk music being inspired by the songs and artists of Caledonia we thought we better take some time out to celebrate the day.

And what better way to celebrate St Andrew’s Day than to ask Scottish-born, Alice Springs-based singer-songwriter Colin Lillie to present to us his favourite Scottish songs – and he’s delivered in his best Scots accent. If you’re in need of subtitles hit up Colin Lillie via his Facebook page (and have a listen to some of his fabulous music while you’re there).

When Gareth asked me if a wid like ti write a top 15 fir St. Andrew’s Day an after aw the excitement had wore off, a was left wi a sudden loss o memory an a mind that wis completely void o aw hings St. Andrew an aw hings Scottish. See ave been living in Alice Springs now fir 7yrs playing an working on ma ayn music, that a had firgotten where ma musical journey had began. I mean a spoke aboot certain songs but I had no really reflected on those influences that lie deep in wha a am.

Now once a got oor the panic an began ti hink an got through yon school years that whole pick yer partner fir the Gay Gordon’s got through the shortbread commercial an whiskey drinking image. A began ti remember some songs that took me back ti the days o going through mum an da’s record collection. A wis lucky wi ma mother as she had a great taste in music and when a wis younger a thought ma da had nay taste. He had pipe bands and Jimmy Shand and his accordion band, that he aw ways took wi him on the tours as he wis a bus driver. An so its wi him a begin this journey.
A remember this day as clear mum an dad wir oot an a wis going through there vinyl records and cassettes (yes a time when music came wi sleeves an covers) A came across a tape wi twa fellas wi big wooly jumpers an these two strange looking instruments. A slid the cassette in ti the wee drawer closed it shut and began ti listen.

As the music began to play I read the cover I knew most of the title o the songs so a fast forward to the song titles a had never heard and there a found song number one.

1. “The strangest Dream” – The Corries
This is the first song that made me hink aboot the words made me listen an feel its the song that helped me descover the power o the story teller a was aboot thirteen when this happend. The song its sell was writen by American Ed McCurdy in the 50s an as been coverd by many a famous folk and country star but ti me this is by far the best.

2. “Jock O Braidsoly” – The Corries
When a did go ti school history wis one o ma fav subjects but as ye grow ye learn and discover that no aw history wis told. An fir me songs like this wan an others told me ma country’s history in a way that opened ma eyes. Great story this one!

3. “The Ark” – Gerry Rafferty
This song just reminds me that no matter where we are from or where we are going there is a place where we are all known (Alice Springs). Also it shows how an incredible song writer Gerry was. I don’t think when he started playing wi Billy Connolly in the folk clubs of Scotland that he quite knew where is music would go.

4. “St Anne’s Reels” – Aly Bain and friends
Now this is just some gid auld fiddle tunes Aly wis aw ways on the telly. But a love the way he is no afraid ti experiment wi new and auld sounds an no be to traditional.

5. “Now I’m Easy” – Eric Bogle
Ti be honest a never really listened ti Eric until a came ti Alice. A thought his songs were written by others how wrong wis a!!!! As before music for me has been the best teacher, fir me the song writer seems ti record moments in time to be rediscovered by a new generation an like many Mr Bogle leaves many a stories for people like me ti find and look in to the past and see how life was fir others. This song is just magic!

6. “Let’s Start a Band” – Amy MacDonald
I first heard Amy because ma mum sent me her CD an as a listened ti it a thought ti ma self whit and incredible mature voice an song writer then a discovered her age and was blown away. She is a folkie has won a number of folk awards and a love her. A great wee Scottish lass wi a huge voice.

7. “Parcel O Rogues” – Luke Kelly
A lived off an on in Ireland for 3yr and a wis lucky ti be introduced ti same great music an fir me a don’t think any wan has sung this Burns poem with as much soul. I think it speaks fir its sell!!

8. “A Man’s A Man Fir Aw That” – Robert Burns
This is a poem buy Burns that a feel is a gid way ti hink about life.

9. “The Galent Grahams” – Battlefield Band
Reminds me of auld family friends that were aw ways there fir me as a boy.

10. “Growing Up Beside You” – Paolo Nutini
First time a heard this guy sing a just was flattened and this song fir me just shows how good a songwriter he is. In many ways it just reminds me how a feel about me and my Son a grow each day with him in my life.

11. “When Ye Go Away” – The Waterboys
This is a song I play often in Alice as Alice is a place where you meet new folks all the time make friends quickly but as quickly as you make them they leave just as quick and that can be hard but that is the magic of Alice Springs, the Territory and music. Am blessed ti perform as its aw ways gid ti make new friends.

12. “Ae Fond Kiss” – Eddi Reader
The moment you hear Eddi sings this ye ken that she has made this song her own. That ti me is whit being a performer is aw about sure we can sing others songs but its when you make it yer ayn that when the song becomes timeless.

13. “Green Fields of France” – The Fureys
I always loved this song from the moment I heard it on a tape of my mothers. I have saw Finbar Furey perform this song as well as the whole family in Ireland and Australia. When i foond oot a Scotsman actually wrote it it took it ti another level.

14. “Take You Home” – Emily Smith
There is not much i know about Emily I just know that she has a voice that I can only describe as home!!!

15. “Caladonia” – Dougie Maclean
This song wis first used fir a Tenants Lager Ad in the 80s which wis rocked up so a grew up no hearing Dougie performing it until later years. But ti me when ever am home sick missing a bit o the auld country I get ma guitar and sing this song wi aw that a am. A love ti perform it and always get a great reception from the listeners.

Well a hope ye enjoyed ma choice an a hope we get ti meet wan day. Take care an Happy St Andrews Day!!!!!

And as a special bonus we just had to include the clip for Colin Lillie’s own “Man’s Broken Heart”.

Illawarra Folk Festival Announces 2012 Program

The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
Image Courtesy of The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats

While the summer months see some of the nation’s biggest festivals strut their stuff it’s the little regional folk festivals that really shine in our books. One of our favourite regional festivals roles around every January – The Illawarra Folk Festival in Bulli just north of Wollongong, NSW.

Being within spitting distance of both Sydney and Canberra the Illawarra Folk Festival manages to attract some amazing national and international talent and is set in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. The 2012 festival will be held from the 12th to the 15th January and boasts a program featuring the likes of Dougie Maclean, George Kamikawa & Noriko Tadano, The Beez, Andrew Winton, Cj Shaw, Evelyn’s Secret, Get Folked, Jack Flash, Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies, Margaret & Bob Fagan, Martin Pearson, The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats (above), Skipping Girl Vinegar, The Bearded Gypsy Band, The String Contingent, The Woohoo Revue, Big Erle & the Limb Looseners, Jane Aubourg and of course Wongawilli.

The program for the event has just been released and is available on the official Illawarra Folk Festival web site – which is also where you can get the full lineup and all the information on how to get tickets. Looks like our January is planned then.

Timber and Steel First: 2011/12 Woodford Folk Festival Lineup

Woodford
Image Courtesy of the Woodford Folk Festival

Timber and Steel is proud (and just a little bit excited) to be among the first to bring you the 2011/12 Lineup for the Woodford Folk Festival.

The theme for this year’s Woodford Folk Festival – held from the 27th December to the 1st January in Woodfordia, QLD – is “Pieces of the Puzzle” which focuses on the idea that we all contribute to making this world a better place. And with a lineup like this, it looks like Woodford are doing just that. So let’s get into it shall we:

Gotye
De Pedro
Cloud Control
Xavier Rudd
Tinpan Orange
Eagle and the Worm
Husky
Owl Eyes
The Herd
Jesca Hoop (USA)
Andy Bull
Daily Meds
Dubmarine
Jordie Lane
The Red Eyes
Graveyard Train
Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro
Sticky Fingers
Band of Frequencies
Benjalu
OKA
BLAKwax (USA/AUS)
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Busby Marou
Hanggai
The Bakery
The Ninth Chapter
Charlie Mayfair
Tuba Skinny (USA)
The Medics
Crooked Still (USA)
Daniel Champagne
Danny Widdicombe
Die Roten Punkte
Skipping Girl Vinegar
Faux Pas
Frank Yamma
Swamp Thing (NZ)
Gambirra
Watussi
Haitus Koiyote
Hugo and Treats
Jack Carty
Jamie MacDowell & Tom Thum
The Sunshine Brothers
Jess Beck
John Flanagan and The Begin Agains
Lola the Vamp, Rita Fontaine, Flavella L’Amour,
Lucy Wise and The B’Gollies
Sol Nation
Sue Ray
Dougie Maclean (SCOT)
Tim Edey & Brendan Power (IRE/NZ)
Tripod
More Fiddles Than Frocks
Andre Soler
Amelia Curran (CAN)
David Myles (CAN)
DJ Mike Ford
Elixer (feat. Katie Noonan)
Dachambo (JAP)
Monsieur Camembert
Kira Puru & The Bruise
My Friend The Chocolate Cake
Roesy
Sherman Downey & The Silver Lining
The Transylvaniacs
Brothers Grim
Charlie A’Court (CAN)
Genevieve Chadwick
Joe Robinson
Pugsley Buzzard
Invisible Friend
The Old Spice Boys
The Re-Mains
Benny Walker

Pretty impressive right? There are far too many names there that we’re excited about to list each individually but lets just say that we can’t wait for New Year!

Daddy Sang Bass: A Father’s Day Playlist

Father and Son

Despite the fact that Father’s Day was probably contrived to sell more greeting cards we thought it would be the perfect excuse to pull out some of favourite Dad-related folk music and put together some sort of playlist. While there are countless folk musicians with father issues out there (Martha Wainwright, Harry Chapin, etc) we thought we’d try and opt for songs that try and celebrate what it is to be a father or what it is to have a father. And what better place to begin than with Mr Johnny Cash himself with “Daddy Sang Bass”. Happy Father’s Day everyone:

“Daddy Sang Bass” – Johnny Cash

“Father and Son” – Cat Stevens
There’s no way we could do a folky Father’s Day list without this classic Cat Stevens number.

“Father’s Day” – Weddings Parties Anything
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“Daughter” – Loudon Wainwright III
For a man who’s borne the brunt of one of the most famous anti-father songs in recent folk music history Loudon Wainwright III has paradoxically written a number of songs about how much he loves being a father. Our favourite is “Daughter” which was featured at the end of the film Knocked Up.

“My Old Man” – Ewan MacColl

“When I First Met Your Ma” – Paul Kelly
No Australian Father’s Day playlist would be complete without this Paul Kelly classic.

“Talking With My Father” – Dougie MacLean

“Old Man” – Neil Young

“Papa” – The Waifs

“Oh Daddy” – Fleetwood Mac

“Peaches & Cream” – John Butler Trio
When John Butler became a father it apparently completely changed his priorities and the result was the tribute to his daughter Banjo.

Dougie MacLean Awarded OBE

Dougie MacLean
Image Courtesy of Folk Radio UK

In all the excitement of learning that Richard Thompson was among the recipients of the 2011 Order of the British Empire (OBE) we completely missed another folk icon who has been honored with the same award. Dougie MacLean is one of the best known Scottish proponents of traditional and contemporary folk music having produced over 20 albums and worked with the best in the business. He toured Australia last year, headlining the Port Fairy Folk Festival.

It is fitting that MacLean receive the prestigious award given that he is the writer of one of the most beautifully patriotic Scottish songs of the last century, “Caledonia” (below). Dougie MacLean’s other famous composition, “The Gael” was adapted by Trevor Jones as the theme for the film Last of the Mohicans.

Our congratulations goes out to Dougie MacLean, Richard Thompson and all of the recipients of this year’s OBE.

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