Watch the New Bellowhead Video “Let Her Run”

Bellowhead
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The brand new Bellowhead video, “Let Her Run”, debuted last week. The track is taken from the band’s latest album Revival which we recommend you get your hands on if you haven’t already. Check out “Let Her Run” below:

Listen to the New Timothy James Bowen Single “Learn to Love Again”

Timothy James Bowen
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Sydney singer-songwriter Timothy James Bowen last Friday released his highly anticipated new single “Learn to Love Again”. Bowen has been hinting at new music for a while now and it looks like he didn’t disappoint with “Learn to Love Again” a rollicking folk song, perfect for a Monday morning pick me up.

Take a listen to the track below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 12th September

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

- The Green Mohair Suits have announced an east coast tour in support of their new album Wooden Duck. Details here

- Sydney quartet All Our Exes Live In Texas have released their new single “Tell Me”. Details here

- To support his new album Daniel Lee Kendall has announced an east coast tour this November. Details here

- MountainGrass announced their 2014 lineup including Special Consensus, The Flying Emus, Lonesome Still, String Theories, Little Rabbit, The Davidson Bros, Pipi Pickers, Old South, Coolgrass, Bluegrass Parkway, Appalachian Heaven, Karen Lynne, The Company, Fat Cousin Skinny, Flying Engine Stringband, Pete Denahy, One Up, Two Down, Chris Henry & the Hard Core Grass, Harman and Hellens, Banjo Boys and more. Details here

- Roots troubadour Steve Smyth has just kicked off a truly massive national tour from now until December. Details here

- Damien Rice has announced plans to release his first album in eight years. Details here

- Dallas Green (City and Colour) and Pink have been secretly recording as brand new folk duo You+Me, and it’s sounding pretty good! Details here

- Sydney’s Liam Gale & the Ponytails released their new single “Self Righteous Blues”. Details here

Reviews

Recordings

“Interestingly, the songs I most enjoyed on the album are those that break it from the steadiness of its groove. Live Simply delves less deeply into blues than his debut, but its single foray delivers the goods in the form of “Rats” – the dirtiest song on the record”Thom Owen Miles reviews the new Sam Brittain album Live Simply. Read the review here

Releases This Week

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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Ari & Mia with Lucy Wise Trio

Ari and Mia

Boston duo Ari & Mia will join local favourites the Lucy Wise Trio for their east coast tour of Australia this week and their shows are not to be missed.

Monday 15th September – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 16th September – Smiths Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 17th September – Mechanics Institute Hall, Moruya, NSW
Thursday 18th September – House Concert, Araluen, NSW
Friday 19th September – Mofo at The Crate, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 12th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 13th September – Llewellyn Hall, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 14th September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 15th September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 17th September – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 18th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 19th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Ari & Mia with Lucy Wise Trio
Monday 15th September – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 16th September – Smiths Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 17th September – Mechanics Institute Hall, Moruya, NSW
Thursday 18th September – House Concert, Araluen, NSW
Friday 19th September – Mofo at The Crate, Sydney, NSW

Bare Bones feat. Limbo, Little Lord St Band, Husband
Saturday 13th September – The Swan Basement, Perth, WA

Boy & Bear
Friday 12th September – The Arts Centre, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 13th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Casey Driessen
Wednesday 17th September – Melbourne Folk Club, Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 18th September – Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 19th September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Castlecomer
Friday 12th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Cat Canteri
Friday 19th September – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC

Green Mohair Suits
Friday 19th September – South Side Tea Room, Brisbane, QLD

Jep and Dep
Friday 12th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Katie Noonan w/ Jack Carty
Friday 12th September – Bangalow Bowlo, Banaglow, NSW
Saturday 13th September – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 14th September – Pier One @ Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW

MoFo feat. Laura and Susie, Golden Whistler
Friday 12th September – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

MoFo at the Crate feat. Ari & Mia, Lucy Wise Trio
Friday 19th September – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW

Olivers Army
Friday 12th September – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 12th September – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 13th September – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 18th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Sahara Beck
Saturday 13th September – The Originals Music Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 14th September – The Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Wednesday 17th September – Sunshine Coast University, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Spookyland
Friday 12th September – Boney, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 19th September – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 12th September – The Pier, Pt. Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 13th September – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 14th September – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 18th September – The Front Gallery & Café, Canberra, ACT
Friday 19th September – Howlin Wolf, Wollongong, NSW

The Living Room feat. Laura Zarb, Brother Jimmy, The Morrisons
Sunday 14th September – Lewisham Hotel, Sydney

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 12th September – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 19th September – Mitchell Creek Rock and Blues Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

The Timbers
Friday 12th September – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 14th September – Queen St Mall, Brisbane, QLD

Todd Sibbin and The Acadian Driftwood
Saturday 13th September – Secret Rooftop Party, Adelaide, SA

Tom West
Saturday 13th September – Secret Party, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Florida Rain” – Matt Bauer

Listen to The New Liam Gale & the Ponytails Single “Self Righteous Blues”

Liam Gale
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Sydney prog-folk group Liam Gale & the Ponytails are back with a brand new track and we really really like it. The track is titled “Self Righteous Blues” and is the perfect introduction to Liam Gale’s genre smashing band if you haven’t heard them before.

Check out “Self Righteous Blues” below:

Review: Sam Brittain, “Live Simply”

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I initially took the title of Sam Brittain‘s sophomore album Live Simply to be a declaration of lessons learned – a  collection of stories that brought on this revelation. A few more listens and “Live Simply” came to represent an ode to a personal resolution – a goal or philosophical compass for the future. I think there’s a beauty in the subjectivity of an art form once it’s unleashed in the world and becomes personally appropriated and re-appropriated by a listener. Reviewing the album notes you’ll find Sam Brittain has dedicated Live Simply to Nick Balcombe, his dear friend and fellow young performer who unexpectedly and suddenly passed away earlier this year. Sam has spent the last 2 or 3 months of 2014 touring and busking the UK and a number of European cities, a tour he had originally planned and booked together with Nick before he passed away. For Sam this trip, which was meant to be a shared adventure, instead became a time for healing and reflection – touring an album which for which the writing and recording process started and finished either side of this tragic loss.

In addition, Live Simply sees Sam Brittain a few years older and with countless more hours of touring, busking and writing under his belt since releasing his 2012 Our Shining Skin debut. Certainly, it can be seen as a continuation of his debut stylistically, stamping his name and further solidifying his brand of folk music – his simple, thoughtful acoustic singer-songwriter musings carefully and sparingly arranged for a full band of trad instruments and deft female harmonies. Significantly more honed within this style, Live Simply explores concepts of home and origins on a number of tracks through stories shared by people and celebrates the potential for emotional immensity of small things in a large world. Brittain thankfully also perseveres with his penchant for good old fashioned story telling, which has delivered some of his finest work in the past.

Interestingly, the songs I most enjoyed on the album are those that break it from the steadiness of its groove. Live Simply delves less deeply into blues than his debut, but its single foray delivers the goods in the form of “Rats” – the dirtiest song on the record. For me this track also represents the peak of Brittain‘s fantastic vocal abilities.  Other distinct highlights include the quick-paced and dancing “High On A Hill” and the rollicking “Games” which has a peculiar ageless quality.

Hear the First Track from Dallas Green and Pink’s Secret Folk Project

You+Me
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Things you probably didn’t know: Dallas Green (of City And Colour fame) and Pink (of “Get The Party Started” fame) have secretly formed a new folk duo – and they’re sounding good. The duo is called You+Me and they’re planning on releasing their debut album Rose Ave. on the 10th October this year.

“I’ve been keeping a huge secret and i’m ready to share it,” Green explained via Facebook. “A few months ago I headed off to California to meet up with my good friend Alecia, who you know as Pink. I brought a guitar and a book with a few songs i’d been working on. I had no clue what would come of it, but was hoping for the best; the best being one song. Better than the best happened and after two weeks of just the two of us in the studio, we wrote and recorded a full album. I’m so proud of these songs and can’t wait for you to hear them. It’s not City And Colour and its not Pink – it’s You+Me.”

Along with the announcement came a brand new track and lyric video for the track “You and Me”, and you know what? It’s really good. Have a listen below and let us know what you think:

Damien Rice Announces New Album

Damien Rice
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After eight years away from the spotlight the incomparable Damien Rice has announced plans to release a brand new album this year. Titled My Favourite Faded Fantasy, the album was produced by Rick Rubin and is due for release on the 3rd November.

My Favourite Faded Fantasy is Rice’s first album since the critically acclaimed O so the anticipation behind the release is palpable. To get a taster of what we can expect from My Favourite Faded Fantasy check out the teaser video below:

Steve Smyth Hits the Road With Massive National Tour

Steve Smyth
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To celebrate the release of his brand new album Exits last week Australian troubadour Steve Smyth has just kicked off a massive, 50 date national tour. The tour comes off the back off a mountain of buzz for the roots artist and tickets to his shows are bound to be in high demand.

The dates began last week – check out all the remaining dates below:

Tuesday 9th September – BIGSOUND, Mushroom x Sonos Party, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 10th September – BIGSOUND, The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 11th September – Brisbane Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – The Pier, Pt. Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 13th September – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 14th September – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 18th September – The Front Gallery & Café, Canberra, ACT
Friday 19th September – Howlin Wolf, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 20th September – Small World Block Party, Marrickville, NSW
Thursday 25th September – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 26th September – Baroque Bar, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 28th September – The Rhythm Hut, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 3rd October – The Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 4th October – Westernpoint Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Sunday 5th October – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC
Thursday 9th October – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 10th October – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 11th October – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 12th October – Birdhouse Bar, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 16th October – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Friday 17th October – The Eastern, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 18th October – Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 19th October – The Palace Hotel, Broken Hill, NSW
Sunday 26th October – The Wollombi Tavern, Wollombi, NSW
Friday 31st October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 2nd November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 8th November – Royal Hotel, Springwood, NSW
Sunday 9th November – The Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 14th November – No.5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 15th November – The Bean Bar Cafe, Taree, NSW
Wednesday 19th November – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Thursday 20th November – Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Friday 21st November – Redcliffe On The Murray, Pinjarra, WA
Saturday 22nd November – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 23rd November – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Wednesday 26th November – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 27th November – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Friday 28th November – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Saturday 29th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, QLD
Sunday 30th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, QLD
Thursday 4th December – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 5th December – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, VIC
Saturday 6th December – The Bunker, Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Saturday 13th December – Festival of the Sun, Port Macquarie, NSW

The 2014 MountainGrass Lineup

Davidson Brothers
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October and November are just around the corner which means the golden time for Australian bluegrass festivals is almost upon us. The jewel in the Bluegrass festival crown is no doubt MountainGrass, the festival formally known as the Harrietville National Bluegrass Festival, and it’s lineup this year is spectacular.

Taking place in Harrietville, VIC on the 14th to 16th November, MountainGrass will this year feature the likes of Special Consensus, The Flying Emus, Lonesome Still, String Theories, Little Rabbit, The Davidson Bros, Pipi Pickers, Old South, Coolgrass, Bluegrass Parkway, Appalachian Heaven, Karen Lynne, The Company, Fat Cousin Skinny, Flying Engine Stringband, Pete Denahy, One Up, Two Down, Chris Henry & the Hard Core Grass, Harman and Hellens, Banjo Boys and more.

Tickets for MountainGrass are currently on sale. For more information check out the official site here.

Timber and Steel is Heading to BIGSOUND

BigSound
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For the first time ever Timber and Steel are heading north for this year’s BIGSOUND in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week we’ll be checking out the best folk, acoustic and roots music on offer at BIGSOUND, both as part of the official live program and from the various pre-parties, after-parties, day time events and popups that will be happening throughout the week. Whatever we can sneak into if we’re completely honest.

The folk, acoustic and roots offering is particularly strong at BIGSOUND this year with artists such as The Pierce Brothers, Marlon Williams, Hayden Calnin, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Ruby Boots, Sweet Jean, Ash Grunwald, Devon Sproule, Fraser A Gorman, Little May, Spookyland, Steve Smyth and more all part of the official program. We’ll be snagging a bunch of these guys for interviews so keep your eyes pealed for those both during the week and in the weeks following.

If you want to follow our antics at BIGSOUND make sure you:

And if you’re heading to BIGSOUND come up and say g’day – just look for the guy with the folkiest tattoos in the room and it’ll likely be our EIC.

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