Thank Folk It’s Friday – 31st October

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

- Sarah Humphreys released “Take Your Time”, the first single from her forthcoming album New Moon as well as tour dates in November and December. Details on the single here and album here

- The Port Fairy Folk Festival revealed their second round of artists for 2015 including Davidson Brothers, Shane Howard, Wagons, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Lucy Wise Trio, Steve Smyth, The Company, Tracey McNeil & The Goodlife, Trouble in the Kitchen and many more. Details here

- Sydney singer-songwriter Brendon Moon has released his new video “Augustine”. Details here

- Melbourne’s The Tiger & Me have released their brand new single “Call Me On Your Own” and a couple of launch shows in November. Details here

- Adelaide folk singer Kaurna Cronin has released his new video “Fearless”. Details here

- The Sydney Festival announced its 2015 program and we’ve picked our favourite folk acts. Details here

- Get a peak into what Jack Carty gets up to on tour with this new video “What Am I Gonna Do With All Of My Love Now?”. Details here

- WOMADelaide has added a bunch more artists to its 2015 lineup including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robyn Hitchcock with Emma Swift, First Aid Kit, Gruff Rhys, Sinead O’Connor (above), Timberwolf, Sharon Van Etten and many many more. Details here

- The Davidson Brothers have announced a November residency and a one of show with US bluegrassers Special Consensus. Details here

- Adelaide singer-songwriter Thom Lion and the Tamers released his new single “Fruition”. Details here

- First Aid Kit released the video for their track “Stay Gold” and announced a 2015 Australian tour. Details here

- This January will see the release of Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis, a double live album with tracks from the likes of Punch Brothers, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings Machine, The Milk Carton Kids, Secret Sisters, Lake Street Dive, Elvis Costello, Oscar Isaac, Conor Oberst, Colin Meloy, Joan Baez, The Avett Brothers, Jack White, Marcus Mumford and more. Details here

- Conor Oberst has announced an Australian tour next year with The Felice Brothers in support. Details here

- The third lineup announcement from Bluesfest is pretty light on the folk. Details here

- Damien Rice has just released the video for his new track “I Don’t Want To Change You”. Details here

- Jordan Millar released his new video “Advice From Beyonce”. Details here

- The Nannup Music Festival announced its 2015 lineup including Marlon Williams, Darren Hanlon, Fanny Lumsden, Al Parkinson, Stray Hens, Ruby Boots, Husband, Fred Smith and Liz Frencham, Colin Lillie, Melody Pool, Daniel Champagne, The Pierce Brothers, Jacinta Price and many many more. Details here

- UK duo Paper Aeroplanes released their new single “Guessing Game”. Details here

- NSW bluegrass band The Mid-North released their new video “Carry Me Home”. Details here

- Hat Fitz and Cara will be kicking off a national tour this week. Details here

- Marlon Williams has announced full band headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne along with a bunch of festival dates. Details here

- The latest track from The New Basement Tapes, “Liberty Street” was released. Details here

- The legendary Richard Thompson has announced headline shows when he’s in Australia next year. Details here

- The Gaelic Club in Sydney is relaunching after a a facelift with an Upstairs and Underground gig featuring Bears with Guns, Liam Gale & the Ponytails and Aether Beach. Details here

- Daniel Lee Kendall released his new single “Emptiness”. Details here

Releases This Week

Lisa O'Neill
Same Cloth Or NotLisa O’Neill
Bandcamp

The Eastern
The TerritoryThe Eastern
iTunes

The Once
DeparturesThe Once
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

JamGrass Music Festival

Jamgrass

Every year Jamgrass delivers one of the best weekends of contempory bluegrass, folk and jam music in the country and this weekend is no different. With a lineup that boasts the likes of Mustered Courage, The Perch Creek Family Jugband, Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel, The Morrisons, The Seals, One Up, Two Down, Marlon Williams, Sweet Jean, James Kenyon and many many more you know you’re going to have a pluckin’ good time. The festival kicks off tonight and goes right through the weekend – if you’re in Melbourne make sure you check it out!

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

Gigs Next Week

Bearded Gypsy Band
Saturday 1st November – Nexus, Adelaide, SA
Friday 7th November – The Factory, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 31st October – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 1st November – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Sunday 2nd November – The Fig, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 7th November – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 31st October – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 1st November – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 2nd November – The B-East, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
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

Festival of Small Halls feat. Andy Brown, The Mae Trio
Friday 31st October – Isisford, QLD
Saturday 1st November – Winton, QLD
Sunday 2nd November – Barcaldine, QLD
Friday 7th November – Cunnamulla, QLD

Folklore
Friday 31st October – The Merton Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Saturday 1st November – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC
Friday 7th November – Church of Trinity, Adelaide, SA

Hat Fitz and Cara
Thursday 6th November – SOL Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 7th November – The J, Noosa Junction, QLD

Husky
Friday 7th November – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Jack Carty
Saturday 1st November – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 2nd November – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 6th Novmeber – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA
Friday 7th November – Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA

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

Jep and Dep
Friday 31st October – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 1st November – Jet Black Cat Music, Brisbane, QLD

Katie Noonan, Angie Hart, Melody Pool, Sam Buckingham
Friday 7th November – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Lanie Lane
Friday 31st October – Anita’s, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 7th November – The Bakery, Perth, WA

Little May
Thursday 6th November – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA (Supporting Rodriguez)
Friday 7th November – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA (Supporting Rodriguez)

Liz Stringer
Friday 31st October – Basement Discs In Store, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 31st October – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 1st November – The Song Room, Barossa Valley, SA
Sunday 2nd November – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 7th November – Darwin Railway Club, Parap, NT

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 31st October – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 1st November – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 2nd November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 7th November – The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD

One Up, Two Down and Dan Parsons
Friday 31st October – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd November – JamGrass Music Fest, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 6th November – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 7th November – House Show, Mildura, VIC

Sam Newton
Friday 31st October – Roundabout Inn, Gloucester, NSW
Saturday 1st November – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Sunday 2nd November – The Heritage Hotel, Gladstone, NSW
Friday 7th November – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 31st October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 2nd November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

The Acfields
Friday 31st October – Rainbow Beach Hotel, Rainbow Beach, QLD

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 31st October – Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Thursday 6th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 7th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Porch Sessions feat. Winterbourne and Special Guests
Sunday 2nd November – House Concert, Adelaide, SA

The Stetson Family
Sunday 2nd November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Tiger & Me
Friday 7th November – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

Wagons
Monday 3rd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 6th November – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Twa Corbies” – Steeleye Span

We thought we’d choose a nice creepy folk song for your All Hallows’ Eve. Happy Samhain one and all!

Richard Thompson Announces Full Australian Tour Dates

Richard Thompson
Image Courtesy of Richard Thompson

Folk-rock legend Richard Thompson will be gracing our shores next year for the Port Fairy Folk Festival, and now he’s added Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney shows as well. Thompson will be touring with his Electric Trio through March – check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 4th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 5th March – Adelaide Festival, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Wednesday 11th March – City Recital Centre, Sydney, NSW

Port Fairy Adds Two More International Headliners

Richard Thompson
Image Courtesy of Richard Thompson

The headliner drip-feed from the 2015 Port Fairy Folk Festival continues with two huge names added to the lineup.

First up there’s Buffy Sainte-Marie, Canadian singer-songwriter, artists and activist who has spent decades bringing her music to the world.

And then there’s Richard Thompson, the UK folk-rock icon and one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Richard Thompson will join the likes of Sinéad O’Connor, John Butler Trio, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, Jeff Lang, Jordie Lane, Marlon Williams, Sharon Shannon Band, The Yearlings, We Two Thieves and many more on the Port Fairy Folk Festival lineup.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place in Port Fairy, Victoria from the 6th to 9th March. For more information and tickets check out the official site here.


Details of the Thompson Family Album

Richard Thompson
Image Courtesy of Richard Thompson

The latest folk dynasty to take a stab at recording a family album are The Thompsons – English folk legends Richard and Linda Thompson and their various musical family members. Put together by Richard and Linda’s son Teddy Thompson, the album also features Teddy’s sister Kami Thompson, her husband James Walbourne (who sing’s with Kami in The Rails), Richard’s son Jack Thompson and the grandson of Richard and Linda and Teddy’s nephew does Zak Hobbs. Did you get all of that?

“I thought it was just an interesting idea,” says Teddy Thompson. “To be honest about it, I wasn’t ready to make another record, and was wondering what I was going to do for the next few months. I sent an email to everybody asking them all to come up with two new songs. I thought it would be fun and easy, and not too much work for anyone. Only two songs each! Easy.”

The album is titled Thompson – Family and is due for release on the 18th November. Check out the trailer below:

And the first track from the album, the Richard Thompson led “One Life At A Time”, has already been released along with some clips of the other tracks. Check them out here:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th June

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

- Sydney alt-country singer-songwriter Darren Cross released his new video “Slings and Arrows”. Details here

- This July Sydney duo Peasant Moon have a residency at regular Sunday afternoon show Menagerie. Details here

- Steve Parkin (Basement Birds) is streaming his latest solo album online. Details here

- Perth based singer-songwriter Husband has released his new track “Caught”. Details here

- Bear’s Den released their gorgeous new single “Elysium”. Details here

- Melbourne artist Big Smoke released their brand new single “Colours”. Details here

- The Man In Black Johnny Cash tribute staring Tex Perkins returns to Sydney this July. Details here

- Regular Sydney indie-folk night Little Features has announced their June lineup including Jackson McLaren, Arbori, Timothy James Bowen, Original Sin and Aquila. Details here

- US bluegrass five-piece Trampled By Turtles released their new video “Are You Behind the Shining Star?”. Details here

- Central Coast duo Winterbourne have announced a Sydney launch show for their new EP All But the Sun. Details here

Releases This Week

Mutineers
MutineersDavid Gray
iTunes

Wanderlust
WanderlustThe Davidson Brothers
Official Site

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Graveyard Train

Graveyard Train

With the new Graveyard Train single “Takes One To Know One” simply everywhere at the moment now’s the time to get out and see the band live with a bunch of dates right around the country.

Friday 20th June – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21st June – The Rosemount, Perth, WA
Sunday 22nd June – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 25th June – Transit, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 26th June – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th June – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Daniel Champagne
Thursday 26th June – Beavs Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 27th June – The Red Room, Ararat, VIC

Graveyard Train
Friday 20th June – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21st June – The Rosemount, Perth, WA
Sunday 22nd June – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 25th June – Transit, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 26th June – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th June – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Jackson McLaren
Sunday 22nd June – The Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Jeff Lang
Wednesday 25th June – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Thursday 26th June – Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW
Friday 27th June – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
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

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 20th June – Newport Folk Club, Newport, VIC

Little Bastard
Friday 20th June – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 21st June – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA

Melbourne Folk Club feat/ Raised By Eagles, Steve Smyth, Rowena Wise
Wednesday 25th June – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Mustered Courage
Friday 20th June – Turner Bowls Club, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 26th June – No. 5 On Church, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 27th June – Lefty’s Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Taliska
Saturday 21st June — Battle of Bannockburn Promo Event, VIC
Sunday 22nd June — Battle of Bannockburn, VIC
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th June — Camperdown Burns Festival, VIC

The April Maze
Saturday 21st June – The Gilded Lily, Healesville, VIC

The Audreys
Friday 20th June – Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 21st June – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 22nd June – Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Thursday 26th June – Fresh, Launceston, TAS
Friday 27th June – Tapas, Devonport, TAS

The Beards
Thursday 26th June – Harvey Road, Gladstone, QLD
Friday 27th June – The Lionleigh, Rockhampton, QLD

The Morrisons and Goodgod Present An Evening of Country and Inner Western
Wednesday 25th June – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

The Paper Kites
Friday 20th June – The Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 21st June – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 27th June – The Anthenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 20th June – Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 26th – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th June – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC

Tracy McNeil
Friday 20th June – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Wagons
Friday 20th June – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st June – Railway Hotel, Darwin, NT

Friday Folk Flashback

“1952 Vincent Black Lightning” – Richard Thompson

Johnny Depp Announces Follow Up to Pirate-Themed Compilation Rogue’s Gallery

Rogues Gallery

When Johnny Depp was working on Pirates of the Caribbean in 2006 he, along with director Gore Verbinski and producer Hal Willner, put together a compilation of sea shanties and “pirate ballads” titled Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys, featuring contributions by the likes of Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, Sting, Teddy Thompson, Eliza Carthy, Rufus Wainwright, Martin Carthy, Lucinda Williams, Nick Cave, Akron/Family and more. Now almost seven years on Depp, Verbinski and Willner are revisiting the high seas with a sequel.

Titled Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys the new compilation once again takes in two discs and features the likes of Shane MacGowan, Beth Orton, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Frank Zappa, Michael Stipe, Courtney Love, Broken Social Scene, Marianne Faithfull, Richard Thompson, Tim Robbins and many many more. The album is due for release on the 19th February.

The full track listing for Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys along with Shane MacGowan’s version of “Leaving of Liverpool” (with Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski).

Disc 1
1. Shane MacGowan – “Leaving of Liverpool” [ft. Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski]
2. Robyn Hitchcock – “Sam’s Gone Away”
3. Beth Orton – “River Come Down”
4. Sean Lennon – “Row Bullies Row” [ft. Jack Shit]
5. Tom Waits – “Shenandoah” [ft.Keith Richards]
6. Ivan Neville – “Mr Stormalong”
7. Iggy Pop – “Asshole Rules the Navy” [ft. A Hawk and a Hacksaw]
8. Macy Gray – “Off to Sea Once More”
9. Ed Harcourt – “The Ol’ OG”
10. Shilpa Ray – “Pirate Jenny” [ft. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis]
11. Patti Smith and Johnny Depp – “The Mermaid”
12. Chuck E Weiss – “Anthem for Old Souls”
13. Ed Pastorini – “Orange Claw Hammer”
14. The Americans – “Sweet and Low”
15. Robin Holcomb and Jessica Kenny – “Ye Mariners All”
16. Gavin Friday and Shannon McNally – “Tom’s Gone to Hilo”
17. Kenny Wollesen and The Himalayas Marching Band – “Bear Away”

Disc 2:
1. Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention – “Handsome Cabin Boy”
2. Michael Stipe and Courtney Love – “Rio Grande”
3. Marc Almond – “Ship in Distress”
4. Dr John – “In Lure of the Tropics”
5. Todd Rundgren – “Rolling Down to Old Maui”
6. Dan Zanes – “Jack Tar on Shore” [ft. Broken Social Scene]
7. Sissy Bounce (Katey Red and Big Freedia) – “Sally Racket” [ft. Akron/Family]
8. Broken Social Scene – “Wild Goose”
9. Marianne Faithfull – “Flandyke Shore” [ft. Kate and Anna McGarrigle]
10. Ricky Jay – “The Chantey of Noah and his Ark (Old School Song)”
11. Michael Gira – “Whiskey Johnny”
12. Petra Haden – “Sunshine Life for Me” [ft. Lenny Pickett]
13. Jenni Muldaur – “Row the Boat Child”
14. Richard Thompson – “General Taylor” [ft. Jack Shit]
15. Tim Robbins – “Marianne” [ft. Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs]
16. Kembra Phaler – “Barnacle Bill the Sailor [ft. Antony, Joseph Arthur, and Foetus]
17. Angelica Huston – “Missus McGraw” [ft. The Weisberg Strings]
18. Iggy Pop and Elegant Too – “The Dreadnought”
19. Mary Margaret O’Hara – “Then Said the Captain to Me (Two Poems of the Sea)”

Richard Thompson Announces New Album in 2013

Richard Thompson
Image Courtesy of Richard Thompson

Folk and rock legend Richard Thompson has this week announced plans to release his brand new album ELECTRIC with his Electric Trio next year. ELECTRIC scheduled for release on the 11th February and features guest spots from the likes of Alison Krauss, Siobhan Maher Kennedy and fiddle player Stuart Duncan.

The album is set to be released as a Standard CD, Deluxe two–disc set and on 180 gram vinyl. We have the track listing plus a stream of the first single “Good Things Happen To Bad People” below:

1. Stony Ground
2. Salford Sunday
3. Sally B
4. Stuck on the Treadmill
5. My Enemy
6. Good Things Happen To Bad People
7. Where’s Home?
8. Another Small Thing In her Favour
9. Straight and Narrow
10. The Snow Goose
11. Saving The Good Stuff For You

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

- Arlo Guthrie has announced headline dates on top of his appearances at the Blue Mountains Music Festival and Port Fairy Folk Festival next year. Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion will be in support. Details here

- Folk rock legend Richard Thompson will be releasing his new album ELECTRIC in February next year featuring guest appearances from Alison Krauss, Siobhan Maher Kennedy and fiddle player Stuart Duncan. Details here

- Mama Kin has released the brand new video for her track “Was It Worth It”, taken from her upcoming album The Magician’s Daughter. Details here

- Julia Stone has performed a gorgeous cover of Redgum’s “I Was Only 19″ for the History Channel doco The People Speak. Details here

- Speaking of Julia Stone she has been announced as the first artist to tour for Heavenly Sounds in 2013. Details here

- No one quite does a bluegrass cover like The Pigs. Check out their video for Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” to see what we mean. Details here

- The Blue Mountains Music Festival has added a few more artists to its 2013 lineup including Kate Miller-Heidke, Go Jane Go (Keiran Kane, Lucas Kane and David Francey), Baby et Lulu, The Popes, Mama Kin, Jordan Millar and The Barons of Tang. Details here

- Emily Barker is home in WA for Christmas and has a handful of local shows planned while she’s here. Details here

- Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson, AKA Folk Uke, will be performing two headline shows in Sydney when they’re in the country for the Woodford Folk Festival. Details here

- The Melbourne leg of international monthly house concert series Sofar Sounds has announced plans for a Christmas party this month featuring Brous, Francolin, Ainslie Wills, The Harpoons and Elana Stone plus five secret guests yet to be announced. Details here

- Dropkick Murphys are putting the dysfunctional back into Christmas with their festive track (and video) “The Season’s Upon Us”. Details here

- Currently making his way through Canada, Kim Churchill already has his sight set on home with the announcement of a massive summer tour beginning in January. Details here

- A follow up to the 2006 pirate-themed album Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys, produced by Johnny Depp, Gore Verbinski and Hal Willner, has been announced next for year, titled Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys. Details here

- UK-born, US based singer-songwriter Bobby Long has finally revealed the details of his upcoming album Wishbone. Details here

- Most of the artists that the Peats Ridge Festival added to their lineup this week were electronic in nature but there were a couple of folky gems in there including Charlie Gradon, Elstow, Loren Kate, Zoe Elliot, Jenna Murphy, Sarah Humphreys & The Volunteers and Anna Weatherup. Details here

- Glen Hansard revealed his new video “High Hope” ahead of his Australian tour next year. Details here

- Alt-country artists The Stillsons are stripping back to a duo for a handful of shows in and around Adelaide in the lead up to Christmas. Details here

- Emmy The Great and Tim Wheeler are re-releasing their This is Christmas album this year and this week revealed the video for the track “Zombie Christmas”. Details here

Interviews

“I know when I was starting out, seeing Ryan Adams and I listened to his music and loved it so much. The one way I found to not sound like him was to listen to less Ryan Adams! And did more living, and went out on the road, meeting people and stuff like that. And you know that it’s not going to be so much the influences of the sound of other music”Jordie Lane chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“There’s not many jug bands around Melbourne, so we’ve kind of got our own little thing going on” – Camilla and Eileen Hodgkins from The Perch Creek Family Jugband chat to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

Seth Lakeman BBC Concert Orchestra
Live with the BBC Concert OrchestraSeth Lakeman
Proper Music


For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas 2012 – Various
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Presents

Bobby Alu
Bobby Alu with Saritah
Sunday 9th December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You
Friday 7th December – Yah Yahs, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th December – Pure Pop Records, Melbourne, VIC

Andrew Drummond
Saturday 8th December – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW
Friday 14th December – House Gig, Wyong, NSW

Charles Jenkins
Friday 7th December – Notes, Sydney, NSW

Darren Hanlon
Friday 14th December – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS

Finders Keepers Sydney
8th and 9th December – CarriageWorks, Sydney, NSW

Homebake (feat. Angus Stone, Julia Stone, Husky, Jinja Safari)
Saturday 8th December – The Domain, Sydney, NSW

Husky
Wednesday 12th December – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 13th December – The Bakery, Perth, WA

Jack Carty
Sunday 9th December – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC (6pm)
Sunday 9th December – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC (8pm w/ Katie Noonan)
Friday 14th December – Camelot, Sydney, NSW (w/ Katie Noonan)

Joe Robinson
Saturday 8th December – Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th December – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Jordie Lane
Wednesday 12th December – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 13th December – Drill Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 14th December – Great Northern Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Friday 7th December – Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie, WA
Saturday 8th December – Mundaring Weir Hotel Amphitheatre, Mundaring, WA
Sunday 9th December – Drakesbrook Hotel, Waroona, WA

Laneway
Friday 14th December – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Missy Higgins
Saturday 8th December – Fremantle Arts Centre (South Lawn), Perth, WA

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 7th December – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Saturday 8th December – The Royal Exchange, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 9th December – The Newsagency, Marrickville, NSW [Sold out]
Tuesday 11th December – The Newsagency, Marrickville, NSW [Second show added]
Thursday 13th December – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 14th December – Mullumbimby Drill Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW

Regina Spektor
Monday 10th December – Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Friday 14th December – The Plenary, Melbourne

The April Maze
Friday 14th December – The Front Canberra, ACT

The Key of Sea feat. Jinja Safari, The Tiger and Me, etc
Friday 14th December – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 14th December – Pretoria Hotel, Mannum, SA

The Seals with The Davidson Brothers
Saturday 8th December – Amplifier Bar, Perth, WA

The Trouble With Templeton
Friday 7th December – Bon Amici Cafe, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 8th December – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Wednesday 12th December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th December – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 14th December – Barcode, Wollongong, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Sweeney” – Bloodwood

Bit of an indulgent one this week. This Henry Lawson poem about a drunken swaggy has also been sung by Slim Dusty, but is here reimagined in the minor key by Alice Springs band Bloodwood from their 1981 album Man Made Music. What makes this indulgent? Well my Dad is in Bloodwood. Enjoy!

Americana Honors and Awards Winners

Americana 2012
Richard Thompson and Bonnie Raitt

At a ceremony at the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on the 12th September the Americana Music Association awarded their annual and prestigious Americana Honors & Awards Show. The big winners of the night included Gillian Welch (Artist of the Year), her partner Dave Rawlings (Instrumentalist of the Year), Jason Isbell (Song of the Year), The Civil Wars (Duo/group of the Year) and Alabama Shakes (Emerging Artist of The Year). Also honoured on the night with Lifetime Achievement awards were Bonnie Raitt (Performance), Booker T. Jones (Instrumentalist), Richard Thompson (Songwriting) and Dannis Lord (Executive).

The full list of awards are below:

Instrumentalist of the Year: Dave Rawlings
Album of the Year: This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark; produced by Tamara Saviano and Shawn Camp
Song Of The Year Award: “Alabama Pines” Written by Jason Isbell and performed by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Emerging Artist of the Year: Alabama Shakes
Artist of the Year: Gillian Welch
Duo/group of the Year: The Civil Wars
Lifetime Achievement for Performance: Bonnie Raitt
Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist: Booker T. Jones
Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting: Richard Thompson
Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive: Dennis Lord

The entire ceremony can be listened to over at NPR Music here.

NPR’s World Cafe Celebrates 20 Years with UK Folk Special

World Cafe
Image Courtesy of NPR Music

The fantastic World Cafe program from NPR Music is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month with a series of shows looking back over their archive of interviews and live recordings. On Tuesday World Cafe broadcasted a very special showcase of UK folk artists from the last 20 years and the resulting show is something very special indeed.

World Cafe has had a long association with the folk genre and the 20th anniversary show featuring some of the UK’s best and brightest from both the traditional and new folk scenes is testament to the program’s pulling power. The UK Folk Tribute, which is available to stream online, features interviews and performances from the likes of Laura Marling, Mumford and Sons, Johnny Flynn, the late Bert Jansch (Pentangle), Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson, Donovan and John Martyn.

To listen to World Cafe Looks Back: Celebrating U.K. Folk click through to NPR Music here.

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