Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th October

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

- The Woodford Folk Festival dropped its massive 2014 lineup including Violent Femmes (USA), The Cat Empire, Archie Roach, Nahko and Medicine for the People (USA), Jeff Lang, Lau (SCOT), Tiny Ruins (NZ), We Two Thieves, Shooglenifty (SCOT), Flap!, Husky, Lior, Mama Kin, Siskin River, Andrew Clermont, The Mae Trio, Fred Smith, Lucy Wise Trio, Oh Pep!, Betty & Oswald, The Company and so so so much more. Details here

- The Staves released their latest video “Blood I Bled”. Details here

- The National Folk Festival revealed its first six 2015 artists including Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Mark Moldre, Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys, Fred Smith, Chloë and Jason Roweth and Dark Horses. Details here

- The Port Fairy Folk Festival have added Buffy Sainte-Marie and Richard Thompson to their 2015 lineup. Details here

- Another festival to reveal its lineup this week was the Illawarra Folk Festival who added to the likes of Afenginn, Eric Bogle, Ted Egan, Big Erle, The Bottlers, The BordererS, Chloë and Jason Roweth, Claude Hay, Cloudstreet, Fred Smith, The Go Set, Lime & Steel, The Lurkers, The Mae Trio, Margaret & Bob Fagan, Martin Pearson, The Morrisons, Sparrow-Folk, Stray Hens, Takadimi, Timothy James Bowen and many more to its 2015 program. Details here

- Passenger released his brand new video “27”. Details here

- The new track from Caitlin Park, “Hunt for the Young” featuring Aidan Roberts (The Maple Trail) now has a brand new video. Details here

- Sydney indie-folk band Georgia Fair have announced a handful of shows for November. Details here

- UK based singer-songwriter Hattie Briggs released her new video “Share Your Heart”. Details here

- Perth’s Joel Barker gives us a laugh with his new video “Casual Batman”. Details here

- Blue Mountains roots trio Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars have announced a massive national tour from next week. Details here

- Lachlan Bryan and Harmony James have announced a joint tour this November. Details here

- The October edition of Little Features takes place tomorrow night and will feature The Bon Scotts, Ella Fence, Ollie Brown and more. Details here

- The Wilson Pickers are reuniting for a series shows in Victoria this November. Details here

- The Bearded Gypsy Band will be touring their new EP Leaving Town this November and December. Details here

Interviews

“I’m from a place called Lyttelton which is just outside of Christchurch. It’s a town of about 3,000 people but per capeta it’s got the most country music of any place I’ve ever been to. Inexplicably – I don’t know why there would be country music there. Before we had the earthquakes there were about six or seven really good venues in a town of 3,000. Now there’s two or three”Marlon Williams chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Eddie Berman
PolyhymniaEddie Berman
iTunes

Jep and Dep
Word Got OutJep and Dep
Bandcamp

Lanie Lane
Night ShadeLanie Lane
iTunes

Pepperjack
Buckles & BruisesPepperjack
iTunes

The Staves
Blood I BledThe Staves
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Country & Inner Western feat. Shane Nicholson, Jenny Queen, Ruby Boots, Andy Golledge, The Morrisons

Country and Inner Western

The Country & Inner Western nights in Sydney have become legendary, with some of the countries best and brightest folk, alt-country and Americana artists getting together for one big jam session. This time around Shane Nicholson, Jenny Queen and Ruby Boots, Andy Golledge will take to the stage with local Sydney legends The Morrisons playing ad jamming throughout the night.

Wednesday 29th October – GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 24th October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th October – Katoomba RSL, Blue Mountains, NSW
Sunday 26th October – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Buby Marou
Friday 24th October – Kidgeeridge Music Festival, Conjola, NSW (Full Band)
Saturday 25th October – Sydney Blues & Roots Festival, Windsor, NSW (Full Band)
Thursday 30th October – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 31st October – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW

Caitlin Park
Saturday 25th October – The Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Country & Inner Western feat. Shane Nicholson, Jenny Queen, Ruby Boots, Andy Golledge, The Morrisons
Wednesday 29th October – GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 31st October – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD

Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Thursday 30th October – Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill, VIC
Friday 31st October – The Crown and Sceptre, Adelaide, SA

Festival of Small Halls feat. Andy Brown, The Mae Trio
Friday 31st October – Isisford, QLD

Fred Smith
Saturday 25th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

Jack Carty
Thursday 30th October – Babushka Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

JamGrass Music Festival
Friday 31st October to Sunday 2nd November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Jep and Dep
Friday 24th October – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Saturday 25th October – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 31st October – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Katie Noonan, Angie Hart, Melody Pool, Sam Buckingham
Thursday 30th October – Artbar, Perth, WA

Lanie Lane
Wednesday 29th October – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 30th October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 31st October – Anita’s, Wollongong, NSW

Little Features feat. The Bon Scotts, Ella Fence, Ollie Brown
Saturday 25th October – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Liz Stringer
Friday 31st October – Basement Discs In Store, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 31st October – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Mark Moldre
Thursday 30th October – Quattro, Erina, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Sunday 26th October – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Friday 31st October – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Missy Higgins
Saturday 25th October – AEC – Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 29th October – Regent Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Nikki Lane and The Delines with Ruby Boots
Friday 24th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

Oh Pep!
Thursday 30th October – Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford, VIC

One Up, Two Down and Dan Parsons
Friday 24th October – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th October – Dorrigo Folk And Bluegrass Fest, NSW
Tuesday 28th October – Mother’s Milk, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Wednesday 29th October – Newcastle Uni, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 30th October – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 31st October – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Out on the Weekend
Sunday 26th October – The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD

Sahara Beck
Friday 24th October – The Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 25th October – Babushka, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 1st November – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Newton
Friday 24th October – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 25th October – Belongil Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Wednesday 29th October – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 30th October – The Great Northern Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 31st October – Roundabout Inn, Gloucester, NSW

Steve Smyth
Sunday 26th October – The Wollombi Tavern, Wollombi, NSW
Friday 31st October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Blues and Roots Festival
Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th October – Windsor, NSW

Tattletale Saints
Friday 31st October to Sunday 2nd November – JamGrass, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 5th November – Araluen Town Hall, Araluen, NSW
Thursday 6th November – The Front Gallery and Café, Canberra, ACT
Friday 7th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Acfields
Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th October – Tablelands Folk Festival, Atherton, QLD
Thursday 30th October – Cafe Le Monde, Noosa, QLD
Friday 31st October – Rainbow Beach Hotel, Rainbow Beach, QLD

The Gloaming
Saturday 25th October – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, NSW
Monday 27th October – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 24th October – The Substation, Newport, VIC
Saturday 25th October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 24th October – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 25th October – Swagger Music Festival, Mountain View Hotel, Wandiligong, VIC
Friday 31st October – Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Ballad of ’75” – Roaring Jack

There have been a lot of musical tributes to the late Gough Whitlam this week, many featuring “From Little Things Big Things Grow” from Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody and of course “Gough” by The Whitlams. I thought I’d add this Roaring Jack/Alistair Hulett classic to the mix. Maintain your rage and enthusiasm!

The Bearded Gypsy Band Announce New EP and Launch Tour

Bearded Gypsy Band
Image Courtesy of The Bearded Gypsy Band

Adelaide experimental folk quartet The Bearded Gypsy Band recently released their brand new EP Leaving Town and are about to hit the road to officially launch it in a series of shows this November. Leaving Town hit stores late last month following the band’s succesful tour of Canada.

The Bearded Gypsy Band will be launching Leaving Town in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane as well as appearing at a handful of regional festival dates in the coming months. Check out the full list of upcoming shows below:

Saturday 1st November – Nexus, Adelaide, SA
Friday 7th November – The Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 8th November – Tell Tale and Vine, McLaren Vale, SA
Thursday 4th December – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th December – Bennett’s Lane, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 6th December – Sookie Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 11th December – Sonnys, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th December – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 13th December – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 16th December – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th December – Golgong Folk Festival, Gulgong, NSW

The Wilson Pickers Reunite with Series of Special Shows

Wilson Pickers
Image Courtesy of The Wilson Pickers

When I interviewed Sime Nugent from Sweet Jean a couple of months ago he mentioned afterwards to expect to see some announcements from his other band., The Wilson Pickers, towards the end of the year. And I’ve kept quiet about it until now, with the announcement this week of The Wilson Pickers reuniting for a series of shows this November.

These shows will be The Wilson Pickers’ first since their appearance at Bluesfest 2013. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 14th November – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 15th November – Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood, VIC
Sunday 16th November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Deatils of Little Features’ October Show This Weekend

The Bon Scotts
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This Saturday the October edition of Sydney indie-folk and art night Little Features will once again grace the hallowed halls of Hibernian House. The night is shaping up really nicely with a bunch of amazing artists announced for the night.

On the musical side of things Little Features will play host to folk-pop big band The Bon Scotts, singer-songwriter Ella Fence and troubadour Ollie Brown. For the last few months Little Features has also featured poets and live visual artists and this month is no different with poet Loren Reid and painter Katherine Nelson joining the lineup.

Little Features will kick off at 7pm on Saturday night at Hibernian House. Tickets are $12 on the door and as always the night is BYO. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.



Lachlan Bryan and Harmony James Announce November Tour

Lachlan Bryan

Alt-country star Lachlan Bryan is currently making waves with a massive tour through the USA. Upon his return he’s teaming up with singer-songwriter Harmony James for a string of through New South Wales and Queensland this November.

The tour will see the two artists in solo mode performing in intimate surrounds.

“I’m such a fan of the way Lachlan thinks and writes,” says Harmony James. “It’s very visual for me, like reading a dime novel but set to music. I’m thrilled to get a chance to work with him again.”

Check out the full list of dates so far below – more dates to be announced soon:

Friday 14th November – Parkes Services Club, Parkes, NSW
Sunday 16th November – Camelot Lounge, Marrickville, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 19th November – Hotel Imperial, Mount Victoria, NSW
Friday 21st November – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 22nd November -The Playhouse Hotel, Barraba, NSW
Thursday 27th November – Junk Bar, Ashgrove, Brisbane, QLD


Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars Announce National Tour

Eddie Boyd
Image Courtesy of Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars

I managed to catch Blue Mountains based Eddie Boyd (sans The Phatapillars) for the first time a couple of weeks ago and I was mightily impressed. His roots heavy music was an absolute delight to watch in solo mode so I’m excited to see what he can deliver with the full band.

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars are in the process of putting the finishing touches on their debut EP and they’ve just announced a national tour kicking off next week. Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 30th October – Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill, VIC
Friday 31st October – The Crown and Sceptre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 1st November – Grottofest, Marburg, QLD
Saturday 1st November – The Factory, Maroocydore, QLD
Thursday 6th November – The North Shore Tavern, Perth, WA
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th November – The Blues at Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown, WA
Wednesday 12th November – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Thursday 13th November – The Swan Basement, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 15th November – The Earl of Spencer Hotel, Albany, WA
Sunday 16th November – The Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Friday 21st November – The Boatshed, Manly, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW
Saturday 29th November – Station Bar, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 7th December – The Welcome Hotel, Rozelle, NSW
Thursday 11th December – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th December – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 13th December – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 14th December – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 19th December – The Great North Trading Post, Laguna, NSW
Sunday 21st December – The Welcome Hotel, Rozelle, NSW

Interview: Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams
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When I was at BIGSOUND last month the folk artist with the biggest buzz by far was the gorgeous Marlon Williams. Originally from New Zealand, Williams now calls Melbourne home and has been wowing music lovers across the country with his golden voice and old school approach to country music. Marlon Williams is wrapping up his tour supporting Justin Townes Earle and Lindi Ortega in Brisbane tonight and has already been announced for a bunch of upcoming festivals including JamGrass, AWME, Mullum Music Festival and Port Fairy.

We sat down with Marlon Williams at BIGSOUND to talk about his whirlwind year, his recent tours and his upcoming album.

Gareth Hugh Evans: First of all I want to say congrats for scoring the Justin Townes Earle support. To me that means you’ve made it. Were you pretty stoked when that phone call came through?

Marlon Williams: Yeah. I’ve played with Justin twice before back in New Zealand and really enjoyed it both times. To be able to go and do a whole tour and take my whole band on tour is going to be amazing.

GHE: So you won’t just be doing the solo thing?

MW: Justin’s got his band, Lindi Ortega’s got her’s and I’ve got mine.

GHE: That’s awesome. I’ve been to see Justin Townes Earle on pretty much all of his Australian tours and he’s very particular about who he gets to support him and he really invests in the support artists as well. I feel like it’s going to be a boost for you as well to raise your profile and have him listening to your stuff every single night.

MW: Yeah it’s the nice thing about doing more than three shows in a row with someone. I always find that even if you don’t really like the person’s stuff the familiarity of it rides through and you end up liking it anyway.

GHE: You seem to be everywhere at the moment as well. I’ve seen your name on a number of festival lineups. You’re playing at JamGrass, you did the tour with Melody Pool. You’re popping up everywhere. Is there a concerted effort at the moment to get your music out there as much as possible?

MW: I guess so. It’s sort of how Alastair, my manager, is booking it. Ever since he’s been looking after me for the last year and a half it’s just been busy. He asked me how I wanted to do it at the start and I said “I like playing shows a lot” and he’s certainly taken that on now. I’m tired now [laughs]

GHE: So are you based in Australia now fulltime?

MW: Yeah, in Melbourne.

GHE: Is there much of an acoustic and singer-songwriter scene back in New Zealand?

MW: I’m from a place called Lyttelton which is just outside of Christchurch. It’s a town of about 3,000 people but per capeta it’s got the most country music of any place I’ve ever been to. Inexplicably – I don’t know why there would be country music there. Before we had the earthquakes there were about six or seven really good venues in a town of 3,000. Now there’s two or three.

GHE: I’ve never really associated New Zealand with country music. I know it’s got a big soul scene and a big reggae scene. But when I stumbled across your music I was surprised to learn that country music was a thing too.

MW: Loosely country music.

GHE: Roots based music.

MW: Let’s go with that. There are pockets all over the country but Lyttelton’s quite a big one.

GHE: We’re at BIGSOUND. Do you find these sorts of events useful? Are you meeting a lot of people?

MW: I’m meeting a lot of people. I’m really not…

GHE: You’re not that guy who networks?

MW: I’m not that guy. My manager’s here doing all of those things. I don’t go to the meetings or anything. I just sort of float around looking lost. I’m happy to do that.

GHE: Can I ask you about the recent tour with Melody Pool. The first time I saw you perform was in my local pub and then a week later you announced that you were doing the joint tour with her which I got super excited about. It looked like it was awesome – how was it for you? You were co-headlining right?

MW: It was great. We just did a split of 11 shows for her and 11 shows for me. It could have gone horribly wrong for sure, we didn’t know each other beforehand. Putting us in a car together for six weeks, six and a half thousand kilometres of driving, it was suicide. But we didn’t have a single fight on the road and we found while we’ve both got very different tastes when it comes to what we like to do we found common ground. She grew up singing country harmonies for her dad and I love that brand of folk music that she plays. So we found ourselves somewhere in the middle – we did a set together at the end of the shows too.

GHE: I watched the videos you guys put out covering each other’s songs which were really nice. I think your voices complimented each other.

MW: It was the best part of the shows.

GHE: What’s next on the agenda for you after the Justin Townes Earle tour and your upcoming festival appearances?

MW: I’m hoping to put out an album in February. It’s all recorded and we’re just doing mixing right now. I’ll put that out and do a tour with that. I’ve got a lot of other little festivals as well. Quite a lot coming up.

GHE: Is the album with the full band?

MW: It’s a lot of things. There’s some stuff that’s just me and the guitar and there’s some full on avant garde noise stuff and everything in between. I’m still working on gluing it all together but I’m hopeful.

GHE: When you’re performing do you have to manage your set differently if it’s just you compared with a full band set?

MW: It’s very different. The solo sets, the brand of songs are completely different. It’s a completely different approach for me.

GHE: Which one do you prefer?

MW: They’re both different. I grew up playing in bands so I miss having the camaraderie, especially if you’re touring – it gets pretty lonely if you’re doing it by yourself night in night out. But then by the same token things are a bit easy solo.

GHE: It’s probably cheaper to travel with just you and a guitar.

MW: It’s much more the guerilla way of doing it.

GHE: Cool – well that’s all we have time for today. Thanks so much for chatting with me today.

MW: Appreciated.

Marlon Williams plays tonight at The Tivoli in Brisbane with Justin Townes Earle and Lindi Ortega.

Watch the New Joel Barker Video “Casual Batman”

Joel Barker
Image Courtesy of Joel Barker

Perth singer-songwriter Joel Barker has just released the hilarious new video for his alt-country track “Casual Batman”. The track is taken from Barker’s new album Beyond the Crows which was released last week.

Check out “Casual Batman” below:

Watch the New Hattie Briggs Video “Share Your Heart”

Hattie Briggs
Image Courtesy of Hattie Briggs

I predicted that you’d be hearing a lot more from Hattie Briggs – and lo and behold we have a brand new video. The new track is “Share Your Heart” and it’s already creating a bit of buzz on the folk blogs.

Check out the video below:

Georgia Fair Announce November Tour

Georgia Fair
Image Courtesy of Georgia Fair

Indie-folk favourites Georgia Fair are back with a new label (littleBIGMan Records), an upcoming single (“Break”) and a handful of tour dates in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

We’re super keen to hear what new music is in store from Georgia Fair. The tour kicks off in November in support of “Break” – check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 12th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 14th November – Easy Tiger, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th November – John Curtin Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

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