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 but 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”.

Watch the New John Butler Trio Video “Livin’ In The City”

Image Courtesy of John Butler Trio

The John Butler Trio have just released their brand new video “Livin’ In The City”. Taken from their new album Flesh & Blood, the video incorporates footage from the acclaimed hip-hop, street art, and urban lifestyle 1983 documentary Style Wars.

Check out “Livin’ In The City” below:

The John Butler Trio also recently recorded a version of the Pharrell Williams track “Happy” for triple J’s Like a Version segment recently which is definitely worth posting here as well:

Watch the New Wagons Video “Why Do You Always Cry”

Image Courtesy of Wagons

To get a taster of the direction the new Wagons album Acid Rain and Sugar Cane a good place to start is the brand new video “Why Do You Always Cry”. With the song channeling Nick Cave, the video was shot and edited by Wagons frontman Henry Wagons himself.

Acid Rain and Sugar Cane is due on the 16th May. Watch “Why Do You Always Cry” below:

Watch the New Eels Video “Mistakes of My Youth”

Image Courtesy of Eels

The new Eels album The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, due for release in Australia this Friday, is being billed as one of their most emotionally raw to date. The first single from the album is “Mistakes of My Youth” which comes with a pretty awesome, nostalgia driven video. Check it out below:

The National Folk Festival: A Survival Guide

National Folk Festival

So you’ve chosen to spend this weekend at The National Folk Festival. Well done. But now the real work begins. If you ask anyone who’s ever been to The National, the festival is such a large beast that no two people every experience it in the same way. I know people who just go for the dance program and never see a single band. Some people permanently set up shop in the Session Bar or campground and spend the weekend playing music with their mates. And if you’re a certain member of my family* you’ll park yourself at one of the wine bars and let the festival come to you.

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.

Planning Planning Planning


The National Folk Festival is not a festival of headliners or big name acts and sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the artists and venues on the lineup. I recommend you take a moment to go through the program at the start, marking off artists that sound interesting and checking out where and when they’re playing. Most artists will perform two or three or even four times so with some careful planning you should be able to see almost everyone you want to. I think it’s a great idea to go and see as many artists that you’ve never heard of as possible – I can guarantee you’ll walk away with a new favourite.

Talk of the Town


Inevitably a number of bands will build a buzz over the festival resulting in their shows later in the weekend filling up very very. It’s a good idea to keep your ear to the ground to see who’s buzzing – mainly because you might want to see them yourself and also so you know to get to their gigs nice and early.

Bringing it all Back Home


The festival shop is a great place to pick up albums for all the artists appearing at The National Folk Festival (especially for picking up albums that are not available in stores or digitally) but if you want an up close and personal experience most artists will sell (and sign) their albums side of stage post gig. It’s a nice way to get your hands on something to take back home and to thank the artists personally for their music.

Breakfast of Champions


The Poet’s Breakfast at the Flute ‘n’ Fiddle each morning from 8:30am is a festival institution. If you can drag yourself out of your tent that early there’s nothing better than grabbing a coffee and a bacon and egg roll and treating your ears to some verse. Poetry is all part of a balanced breakfast.

Dance Then, Wherever You May Be

Folk Dancing

As a music lover I have to admit that I don’t spend much time on the National Folk Festival’s dance program – but I know so many people who love it. There’s a lot of opportunity to participate in the dance program as well with workshops running all day every day catering to a bunch of different styles and a bunch of different experience levels. You never know – I may just find myself at beginners swing dancing this year just for something different…

Hurry Up!


One of my absolute favourite things about the National Folk Festival is the blackboard stages and shows. Basically anyone can sign up (if they get in early enough) to play at one of these venues giving emerging artists a chance to flex their musical muscles as well as providing a platform for established artists to try out new material. I’ve made some amazing discoveries at blackboard shows over the years and seen some amazing “secret” performances – make time to duck your head into these venues for a truly magical experience.

Go West, Life is Peaceful There

Western Australia

Every year The National Folk Festival features artists from a different Australian state or territory and in 2014 it’s Western Australia’s turn. Make sure you check out some of WA’s best loved folkies this year including Bernard Carney and David Hyams, Damien Thornbar and the Orphans, Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, Iris, John Bennett, Justin Walshe Duo, Kerriane Cox & Albert Wiggan, The Pepperjacks and more. There’s a bunch of WA based showcase gigs on all over the weekend so make sure you get along to one.

Our Weapons Are Our Instruments, Made from Timber and Steel

Inside Instruments

As a musician probably the most dangerous part of The National is the instrument makers tent – one of these days I’m going to walk away from the festival with a beautiful, handcrafted fiddle that I just didn’t really need. If you have more self control than me or are actually in the market for a new instrument you should definitely get lost in the instrument makers tent for an afternoon.

There is Power in a Union


The folk movement and the union movement have a long and proud shared history, and that is celebrated each year at The Union Concert, a showcase of working and protest songs. This year The Union Concert takes place on Saturday 19th April in the Budawang and will feature performances from Riff Raff Marching Band , Margret RoadKnight, Danny Spooner and The Lurkers.

All Shook Up


Now this is one you’ll definitely have to get to early. The Infinite Song Contest sees festival artists from all over the weekend putting their own spin on the songs of a single, classic artist – and this year it’s all about Elvis. There are heats at 2:10pm in the Marquee each day for the contest with the winners of each heat going on to perform in the final at The Budawang at 12:50pm on Monday. The Infinite Song Contest has been a massive success over the last few years and is always standing room only.

We Sing With One Voice


If you want to get involved in the performing side of the festival, joining the Festival Choir is a great place to start. The choir rehearses each day at 1pm in The Terrace with a final performance on Monday 21st April in the Budawang at 6:30pm – so yeah, being in the Festival Choir gets you on biggest stage at The Festival.

Workshop It


Another great way to get involved is to check out one of the dozens of workshops going on at the festival throughtout the weekend. From songwriting to traditional music to poetry and beyond there’s workshops to suit everyone – many taken by some of the more prominent artists on the program. Check out the schedule for the Song Room, Acoustic Lounge, The Bally and even the Session Bar for details.

We Are Young, We Are Free

Child Music

The National Folk Festival is a huge supporter of the younger generation getting into folk music and a big part of that is the Folk Alliance Australia Youth Concert held in the Majestic at 10:30am on Sunday 20th April. The concert also features the presentation of the Young Folk Performer of the Year Award and is the perfect place to catch the next rising star on the scene.

Feed the Birds, Tuppence a Bag


Buskers are a mainstay at the National Folk Festival and it seems that by the end of the weekend every child under 12 has cottoned on to the fact that there’s money to be made by standing on the side of a pathway playing a tin whistle. But if you can wade through the opportunists there’s plenty of amazing musicians, poets and artists, both young and old, that are worthy of your spare change.

But He Took Most Delight in the Slipjigs and Reels


And after you’ve done all that? Well the most important part of the festival is yet to come – The Session Bar! It doesn’t kick off properly until late in the evening and it’s loud, uncomfortable and smells a little funny, but The Session Bar is the heart and soul of The National and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Make sure you dedicate at least one night (but more likely three or four) to staying up late, taking in the wonderful music that is produced in these impromptu jams and even get involved if you’re that way inclined. It’s after midnight when the magic truly happens.

So there you go – a full weekend’s adventure is ahead of you but hopefully we’ve given you a guide to make it out the other side alive. Enjoy the festival, stay safe and let’s catch up in the Session Bar for a pint or two shall we?

For more information on The National Folk Festival check out the official site here.

Josh Pyke Adds More Regional Dates to Lone Wolf Tour

Josh Pyke
Image Courtesy of Josh Pyke

Josh Pyke was supposed to have wrapped up his Lone Wolf Tour at the end of last month but it looks like he just can’t get enough of the open road with the announcement of a bunch of regional dates this June. Pyke will be taking in regional venues not normally visited by national touring audiences and will be bringing Jack Carty along in the support slot (except for the NT and WA dates).

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 6th June – Montrose Town Centre, Montrose, VIC
Saturday 7th June – The Memo, Healesville, VIC
Friday 13th June – Fannie Bay Gaol, Darwin, NT
Sunday 15th June – Divers Tavern, Broome, WA
Friday 20th June – Empire Church Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 21st June – Majestic Theatre, Pomona, QLD
Sunday 22nd June – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Wednesday 25th June – Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Thursday 26th June – Pier One @ Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 27th June – Manning Entertainment Centre, Taree, NSW
Saturday 28th June – Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cessnock, NSW
Saturday 5th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

The Peak Festival Adds More Artists to Lineup

Image Courtesy of The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra

The Peak Festival, held over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend in Perisher NSW, has just added a bunch more artists for their debut event.

Joining the likes of The Herd, Dereb The Abassador, Lachy Doley and The Little Stevies will be The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra (above), Claude Hay and the Gentle Enemies, Jordan C Thomas, Vendulka, Glenn Cardier, Shellie Morris, Azadoota, Matt Glass, The Chocolate Strings and Belle Jar.

The Peak Festival takes place from the 6th to 9th June. Check out the official site for more details.

Jeff Lang Announces New Album

Jeff Lang
Image Courtesy of Jeff Lang

Jeff Lang is one of the most highly respected roots musicians in Australia at the moment. Along with a number of producing credits over the last few years Lang has been lauded as a master performer and songwriter both critically and publicly. With a back catalogue of 14 studio albums, Jeff Lang is showing no signs of slowing down, announcing plans to release album number 15 later this year.

The album is titled I Live A Lot In My Head These Days and is due for release on the 16th May. To celebrate the release Jeff Lang is heading out on a national tour in June and July – check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 6th June – Nexus Arts Centre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 7th June – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 8th June – Ravenswood Hotel, Ravenswood, WA
Thursday 12th June – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 13th June – The Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 14th June – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 15th June – Dark MOFO, Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 25th June – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Thursday 26th June – Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW
Friday 27th June – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th June – Camelot Lounge, Marrickville, NSW
Sunday 29th June – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 4th July – The Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 5th July – Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC
Sunday 6th July – The Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Friday 11th July – Mullumbimby Town Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 12th July – Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, QLD
Sunday 13th July – The Ruins, Darwin, NT
Friday 18th July – Williamstown RSL, Williamstown, VIC
Saturday 19th July – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 20th July – Beavs, Geelong, VIC

The Timbers to Launch Debut Album and Tour

The Timbers
Image Courtesy of The Timbers

Adelaide folk four-piece The Timbers have announced plans to released their debut album on the 1st May. The album is titled Lawless and features an eclectic collection of the bands songs, capturing the energy and excitement The Timbers have become known for.

“Lawless is the culmination of years of hard work and the band wanting to draw on the musical adventures we have shared over the past years and putting those experiences and hard work into one full length album,” singer, songwriter and guitarist Simon Basey explained. “Lawless is an energetic assortment of our collective musings over the past couple of years and a real leap forward for us musically as a group.”

To celebrate the release The Timbers are heading out on tour this May – check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 8th May – Pheonix Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 9th May – Albion Hotel, Albury, NSW
Saturday 10th May – Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th May – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Stream Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo’s Record Store Day UK EP

Emily Barker
Image Courtesy of Emily Barker

This Saturday 19th April is the international Record Store Day, with artists around the world celebrating by releasing special albums, EPs and singles that will only be available in record stores.

If you’re lucky enough to be in the UK on Saturday you’ll be able to pick up Songs Beneath The River, a new four track EP from Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo. The tracks are covers of songs that inspired the writing and arranging on of the band’s latest album Dear River and includes versions of “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man”, “Easter”, “Tougher Than the Rest” and “Day After Tomorrow”. For those of you not in the UK you can stream the EP below:

Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo have also put out a making of documentary for the EP that you can watch here:

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