Thank Folk It’s Friday – 23rd August


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

- Laura Veirs released her new video for the single “Sun Song”. Details here

- The JamGrass Festival has announced their final round of artists as well as the lineup for each day of the festival. Details here

- Castlecomer released their brand new video “Danny’s Den”. Details here

- This September will see Lanie Lane tour for the first time in 2013. Details here

Timber and Steel Presents

Buffalo Tales
Buffalo Tales
Frdiay 30th August – Sandbar, Mildura, VIC
Tickets From Venue

Fanny Lumsden
Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers
Friday 30th August – Wesley Ann, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets From Venue

Mark Wilkinson
Mark Wilkinson with Little Bighorn
Friday 23rd August – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 24th August – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW
Friday 30th August – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Official Site

The Mountains
The Mountains
Friday 23rd August – Baha Tacos, Rye, VIC
Saturday 24th August – Pure Pop Records, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 25th August – Workers Club, Fitzroy, VIC
Thursday 29th August – The Bucket List, Bondi, NSW

Tickets From Venues

Gigs Next Week

Ashleigh Mannix
Friday 30th August – Baha Tacos, Rye, VIC

Boy Outside
Thursday 29th August – Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW

Friday 23rd August – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 30th August – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW

Friday 23rd August – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Immigrant Union
Friday 23rd August – The Lass, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 24th August – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Jack Carty
Wednesday 28th August – #5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 29th August – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 30th August – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD

Joan Baez
Saturday 24th August – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Josh Pyke
Friday 23rd August – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 24th August – UniBar, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 29th August – Kings Beach Tavern, Caloundra, QLD
Friday 30th August – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Paul Kelly
Thursday 29th August – Princess Theatre, Launceston, TAS
Friday 30th August – City Hall, Hobart, TAS

Sam Brittain
Friday 23rd August – The Loft, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Friday 30th August – The Beresford, Sydney, NSW

Sam Buckingham
Wednesday 28th August -Lizotte’s, Dee Why, NSW
Friday 30th August – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

The Go Set with The Real McKenzies
Wednesday 28th August – The Loft, Warrnambool VIC
Thursday 29th August – Grace Emily, Adelaide SA
Friday 30th August – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart TAS

The Paper Kites
Friday 30th August – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 23rd August – The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 30th August – The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Woohoo Revue
Saturday 24th August – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 25th August – Brookfield Vineyard, Margate, TAS
Friday 30th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Vance Joy with Fraser A. Gorman
Friday 23rd August – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Friday 30th August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Robin (The Hooded Man)” – Clannad

Lanie Lane Announces Hello Spring Tour

Lanie Lane
Image Courtesy of Lanie Lane

After some time away from the stage alt-country chanteuse Lanie Lane has announced her first tour of 2013 this September. Taking in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, Lane’s Hello Spring tour is already on sale and a second date in Sydney has already been announced. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 13th September – The Prom, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 14th September – The Toff, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 18th September – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 19th September – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Listen to the Jinja Safari & Kinfe Collaboration From The Key Of Sea Vol. 2

Key of Sea
Image Courtesy of The Key of Sea

In 2010 The Key of Sea album was released featuring collaborations between Australian artists and international artists who had brought the music of their homelands with them when they had come to make a new life in Australia. The aim of the album was to change people’s perception on asylum seekers and refugees through the power of music and it resulted in some amazing songs.

The Key of Sea Vol. 2 will continue the work the first album began with a raft of Australian musicians teaming with new Australians to create some amazing and unique music. Due for release on the 19th October the album will feature tracks from Timber and Steel favourites including Jinja Safari, Paul Kelly, The Tiger and Me, Lanie Lane and many more.

Check out the full track listing below as well as a sneak peak at the Jinja Safari and Kinfe track “Silence of the Guns”:

1. Silence Of The Guns – Jinja Safari and Kinfe
2. The Boat – Paul Kelly and The Cambodian Space Project
3. Az Eshq Tho – The Tiger And Me and Murtaza Jafari
4. Lively Boys – Lanie Lane and Adam Starr
5. Fear Like You – Chet Faker and The Royal Swazi Spa
6. Come Along – Brous and Onur
7. Islands – Clubfeet and Alex Toumazos
8. Open Hands – Sietta and Sunameke
9. Open Your Heart – Dick Diver and Benjamin
10. Client JGT 683– Kim Salmon and Waleed Aly
11. Apuse – David Bridie and Hein Arumisore

Leroy Lee Reveals Second Single “Morning Ballad”

Leroy Lee
Image Courtesy of Leroy Lee

Leroy Lee is launching his brand new EP Arcadia at FBi Social in Sydney this Thursday 9th August and he’s just sent over its second track for your listening pleasure. We’ve already heard “Window Sill” from Arcadia and now Lee is treating us to “Morning Ballad” which features backing vocals from none other than Lanie Lane:

If you like what you hear above make sure you get down to the launch on Thursday – full details are here.

Darwin Festival Launches Program

Holly Throsby

The Darwin Festival launched its 2012 program today and there’s plenty for top end folk fans to be excited about. With a full schedule of events from dance to theatre to Comedy to visual arts and of course music The Darwin Festival is set to take place from the 9th to 26th August.

The musical lineup is headed up by the one and only Kenny Rogers with appearances from Colin Hay, Graveyard Train, Holly Throsby (above, presenting music from her children’s album See!), Lanie Lane, Ngaiire, Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento, TinPan Orange and many more.

August is the perfect time to visit the Darwin and The Darwin Festival is the perfect excuse to go. For more information including the full lineup check out the official Darwin Festival web site.

Sydney Blues & Roots Festival Anounces First Artists for 2012

Sydney Blues & Roots Festival
Image Courtesy of Sydney Blues & Roots Festival

At midnight on Friday the fine folks from the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival announced the first round of artists for the 2012 event. Held from the 25th to 28th October in the scenic Hawkesbury region of Sydney’s west, 2012 marks the 4th time we have been graced with the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival and the lineup is looking pretty special already.

Headlining the festival this year are ex-Cold Chisel guitarist and Australian legend Ian Moss, celebrated US bluesman Charlie Musselwhite and the ever-wonderful Timber and Steel favourite Lanie Lane. The three headliners will be joined by an astounding list of local and international talent including (but not limited to) Mia Dyson, Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, Chase The Sun, Microwave Jenny, Ashleigh Mannix and more.

Early-bird tickets for the festival are available until the 30th June. For more information and tickets check out the official Sydney Blues & Roots Festival website. The full first artist announcement is below:

Ian Moss
Charlie Musselwhite (USA)
Lanie Lane
Mia Dyson
Ray Beadle
The Trews (Canada)
Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band
Chase The Sun
Jill Barber (Canada)
Billy TK Junior (NZ)
The Darren Jack Hammond Trio
Sam Cutler (UK)
Dave Tice and Mark Evans
Microwave Jenny
8 Ball Aitken
Lloyd Speigel
The Lazys
Ashleigh Mannix
Marshall Okell
Genevieve Chadwick
Two Girls Will

New Lanie Lane Video, “To The Horses” and Solo Tour

Lanie Lane
Image Courtesy of Lanie Lane

We had two very exciting announcements from the lovely Lanie Lane last week. First of all there’s the wonderful Super 8 shot video for her new single “To The Horses”. You can check it out below and then head over to Lanie Lane’s blog for the story behind the video.

Secondly Lane has announced a solo tour titled On My Own Track with dates throughout regional Australia in August and September. Check out the massive list of dates below:

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
Friday 24th August – Tank Arts Centre, Cairns Festival, QLD
Saturday 25th August – The Venue, Townsville, QLD
Thursday 30th August – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 31st August – Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD
Saturday 1st September – A&I Hall, Bangalow, NSW
Thursday 6th September – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 7th September – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 8th September – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 9th September – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 14th September – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 15th September – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 20th September – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 21st September – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Saturday 22nd September – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Thursday 27th September – Courier-Mail Spiegeltent, Brisbane Festival, QLD
Saturday 29th September – Caloundra Festival, Caloundra, QLD

Some Folk and Acoustic For Splendour in the Grass

Michael Kiwanuka
Image Courtesy of Michael Kiwanuka

We probably don’t need to tell you that the Splendour in the Grass lineup was announced this morning – it’s plastered everywhere. But what we will point out is that after a few years of folk and acoustic friendly artists being near the top of the bill, this year we’re going to have to dig a little deeper.

In amongst the indie offerings Timber and Steel has spotted some familiar faces from both here (Angus Stone, Lanie Lane, Jinja Safari, The Beautiful Girls, Husky, Gossling, Missy Higgins) and overseas (in particular Michael Kiwanuka, Father John Misty and Ben Howard).

The full lineup is below. Check out the official Splendour web site for more details.


Lanie Lane Announces Bangity Bang National Tour

Lanie Lane
Image Courtesy of Lanie Lane

It feels as though every time we write about Lanie Lane her profile has taken another leap in the national consciousness. It’s almost impossible to turn on the radio at the moment without having her dulcet tones wrapping around your eardrums.

And now you have the chance to see Lanie Lane live again as she hits the road this may for her Bangity Bang national tour. Tickets go on sale on Thursday 16th February and we recommend you get in quick – these are going to sell out really quickly. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 11th May – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide
Saturday 12th May – Fly By Night Musician’s Club, Fremantle
Sunday 13th May – Amplifier Bar, Perth
Friday 18th May – Hotel New York, Launceston
Saturday 19th May – The Grand Poobah, Hobart
Thursday 24th May – Karova Lounge, Ballarat
Friday 25th May – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan
Saturday 26th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Wednesday 30th May – Woombye Pub, Woombye
Thursday 31st May – Hi Fi Bar, Brisbane
Friday 1st June – The Metro Theatre, Sydney

Falls Festival Review: Mid stride

After a late night, we woke up to a warmer morning on the third day of the Falls Festival and made our way first to The Village The Dad Horse Experience by Stu Bwhere the intriguingly named Dad Horse Experience were playing. What I expected to be a one man show was a 3 piece complete with banjo and kazoo who played ‘stupid country song[s]‘.  Dad‘s banter between songs was endearing and hilarious in it’s raw and honest delivery, the crowd was always chuckling. They whipped out a gospel song, but Dad commented that it’s weird that “gospel is usually about your dead mother and wanting to be in heaven with her”, so they sang an A.P. Carter gospel song, “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” which, by switching from the Banjo to a very beat up mandolin this rendition felt like a fouled up Regurgitator song… But maybe that’s a hangover from the previous night (Regurgitator played Unit in full). For their next song, Dad, in his thick and amusing German accent went on to discuss at length his thoughts on heaven and that “if my mama were dead, if she were in heaven, I wonder what would happen, because if it’s like immigration, they won’t let me in because of ‘all za shit you did’. If it’s the same in heaven, then I won’t see my mama again, and zat is shit”. That thought had inspired the song “Gates of Heaven”, a hilarious hillbilly style gospel lament full of swearing and the catch phrase, “bless this muthaf*cker, but won’t you please let me in.” Turns out it’s never too early in the day for a sing-a-long.

No doubt the whole audience could relate to that experience when you regret what you did the night before and promise never to do it again, only to wake up another morning and realise “oh shit I did it again!”. To the collective laughter, this was the introduction to “Lord Must Fix My Soul”. Dad took the time to teach us the chorus, “Lord must fix my soul, turn the shit in to gold”. The crowd was engaged and keen to sing and clap along. With lyrics like “Mama taught me the bible, well I shot her with my rifle” and a break after each chorus to tell the story relating to each verse, this was the highlight of the set. We had to leave to make it to the next gig, but as we left we could hear the next song ramping up and punters singing along once again.

Lanie Lane by Stu BFriday was the first day that all stages were running, so we hiked it up the massive main arena hill to catch Lanie Lane at The Grand Theatre, a performance I had been hotly anticipating given Lanie‘s catapult to popularity and extensive list of festival performances for 2011. The crowd had assembled early and punters all claimed their seats on the grass eagerly anticipating her sultry tunes. I was amazed to see two kimono clad women distributing Japanese tea to the waiting audience and realised this festival truly has everything! Although Lanie was under the weather, her performance was strong and Stu commented just how well her music translates from recording to stage. There’s nothing more disappointing than loving an artist’s CD only to see them live and be disappointed. Lanie did not disappoint, in fact she wowed the huge crowd, had them all singing along and loving every second of her set. I left her set feeling so fulfilled and it was only the start of the day!

I can’t decide whether French 10 piece Babylon Circus is gypsy enough to include, or ska enough to omit. If you like upbeat jazzy tunes with huge brass sections a little like the Bamboos and the Cat Empire, then check them out, they certainly had the crowd swinging. Sitting watching The Valley Stage meant the sun was blazing down on us, so we quickly moved inside The Grand Theatre to see CANT, the side project of Grizzly Bear‘s Bass Player, Chris Taylor. Backed by a 3 piece band, he struggled through some sound issues and hit the crowd with an echoey pop ballad to open. Full of synth, ethereal meandering and some almost ‘Phill Collins at his best’ sounding moments, CANT provide a full sound experience, but certainly not a mini Grizzly Bear act.

Grouplove by Stu BNext Grouplove took to The Valley Stage with a huge, excited crowd just ready to burst at the seams. Their opening number sounded almost like an Irish pub rock ballad with the ukulele strumming and sheer enthusiasm from the 5 piece. Followed by “Lovely Cup” had the crowd keeping time. Grouplove are synonymous with their clapping introduction to the huge hit “Itchin’ On A Photograph” that just two beats in, the crowd recognised and were clapping in time while, over the top of the crowds clapping, Hannah explained that the band had painted the back drop for the day an hoped the audience loved it as much as they did. It was pretty cool and the audience sure let them know it. Next up they played “Love Will Save Your Soul” with the trilling intro chords revving the audience up. After the applause had died down, Christian confided that Australia  was the bands favorite place to play and they were so excited to be back. Grouplove are a fantastic festival act, I can only imagine what their sideshows with The Head and the Heart would have been like!

The Jezabels by Stu BAfter a bit of a non-folk interlude, The Jezabels brought a new vibe to The Valley Stage. With the main arena covered top to bottom in revelers, the crowd erupted as they came onstage. Their thumping bass, drums and synth keys took precedence as their hit “Endless Summer” rolled out across the valley, much to the audience’s delight. The drum heavy opening to the slower ballad “Easy To Love” caressed the crowd as Hayley’s voice transcended the octaves and floated up the valley. Their set was solid from start to end, treating the ecstatic crowd to a cross section of their folk-rock back catalogue including “A Little Piece” and “Deep Wide Ocean”. With the audience moving as one and the blistering sun shining down on bare arms, backs and faces, it was clear The Jezabels were both a hit and having a great time on stage. Hayley went on to thank the crowd and tell them how great the looked. She said “Last year we played in The Grand Theatre, this is way better!” to which the crowd erupted and the set continued.

Fleet Foxes by Stu BAfter another brief folky lull in the line up, the crowd reformed for the much anticipated Fleet Foxes on The Valley Stage. Having not seen Fleet Foxes, and hardly having a chance to digest their back catalogue, even the sound check had me excited for what was to come. They took to the stage and in a humble tone, lead singer Robin said “Thanks so much for coming to watch us, we’re very happy to be back” and they were as equally happily received by the crowd. With a gentle demeanor and humility in their performance, their chords struck out across the crowd and wrapt each listener up within their stories. Their music is honest and subtle, even live on stage. And without lifting much of a finger, their calm and often still stature on stage still managed to deliver far more emotion and energy than anticipated to a very happy crowd.

Tim Finn by Stu BAs another chilly night set in, Tim Finn took over The Valley Stage like an esteemed gentleman with a point to make and a story to tell. A mellow start to the set with the Split Endz classic “Poor Boy” but an upbeat bridge gave him opportunity to take in the entire stage like a young lead singer or any other band of the day. Clearly those at the front were core fans, singing along with full gusto. Tim‘s voice isn’t what it used to be, but like a wise man with a glimmer in his eye, a cheeky tale and more spirit than any young upstart with attitude, he sang comfortably through “Made My Day”. Animatedly he announced he would pull one from  Woodface and the crowd pleaser “Only Natural” echoed out from his enigmatic smile. On a roll, Finn wooed the crowds further with “Persuasion” followed by a hugely popular and rousing performance that had the entire valley singing along, word for word, to “Weather With You”. You’d think that would be the end of such a set, but Finn continued the crowd high with “Six Months In A Leaky Boat”. We were flagging but the crowd wasn’t. As we headed off, the valley continued to sing along and Finn mastered the stage like a King watching over his court. Truly an inspired performance.

Read our feature reviews of Lanie Lane and Fleet Foxes from the day. Otherwise read the rest of our three part review, with opening piece In The Beginning and look out for our final installment The Countdown.

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