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.

Martin Simpson Previews New Album “Purpose & Grace”

Martin Simpson
Image Courtesy of Martin Simpson

Folk legend Martin Simpson is due to release his new record Purpose & Grace on the 5th September this year. The album features an all star lineup of guest artists including Jon Boden, B J Cole, Dick Gaughan, Fay Hield, Will Pound, June Tabor and Richard Thompson and is a mixture of traditional songs, covers of people like Bruce Springsteen and the aforementioned Richard Thompson and Simpson originals. Martin Simpson has put together a preview video of Purpose & Grace which you can watch here:

The full track listing for Purpose & Grace plus a stream of the final track “Lakes Of Ponchartrain” is below:

1. The Sheffield Apprentice
2. Bold General Wolfe
3. Brothers Under The Bridge
4. Little Liza Jane
5. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
6. Jamie Foyers
7. In The Pines
8. Strange Affair
9. Banjo Bill
10. Barbry Allen
11. Don’t Leave Your Banjo In The Shed Mr Waterson
12. Bad Girl’s Lament
13. Lakes Of Ponchartrain

For The Love of Folk: A Valentine’s Day Playlist

Folk Love

It’s time to get a little sentimental here on Timber and Steel as we celebrate Valentine’s Day the only way we know how – by creating a playlist of our favourite folky love songs to help you woo your significant other or potential lover. It may be cheesy and it may be “cashing in” on a day created purely to sell greeting cards, but we’re just big softies here and we simply love our love songs. So dim the lights, cover your room in rose petals, open your favourite bottle of red and snuggle up to Timber and Steel as we present our Valentine’s Day playlist, For The Love of Folk, starting with our favourite love-at-first-sight song from Passenger.

“Shape of Love” – Passenger feat. Boy and Bear

“Elbows” – Darren Hanlon

“Bridal Train” – The Waifs
Imagine having to leave behind you family and friends behind because you fell in love with, married and had a daughter to a soldier from another country? This truely is a tale of giving up everything for love.

“Home” – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

“Kathy’s Song” – Simon and Garfunkel
A long term favourite of T&S contributor Thom Miles, made even more poignant by the fact that “Kathy”is still by his side, decades down the track.

“The Special Two” – Missy Higgins

“The Blower’s Daughter” – Damien Rice

“Sew My Name” – Josh Pyke

“Beeswing” – Richard Thompson
A bittersweet love story for sure, but with one of the most beautiful choruses of any folk song: “She was a rare thing, fine as a bee’s wing, so fine a breath of wind might blow her away”. Magic.

“A Case of You” – Joni Mitchell

“Tam Lin” – Fairport Convention
The story of a maiden who falls pregnant to the charming faerie knight Tam Lin, angering the queen of the faeries.

“I See You, You See Me” – The Magic Numbers

“You My Love” – Marcus Foster

“Lost In You” – Lior
A definitive song from Lior. Every ounce of potential Lior showed in his other tracks – in the way of lyricism, vocals, musicianship and song-writing – is realised in this song.

“Bella” – Angus and Julia Stone

“Black is the Colour” – Christy Moore
One of Moore’s most beautiful songs (and he has so many) this traditional piece has been covered by the best in the business. But this is by far the definitive version.

Dougie MacLean Awarded OBE

Dougie MacLean
Image Courtesy of Folk Radio UK

In all the excitement of learning that Richard Thompson was among the recipients of the 2011 Order of the British Empire (OBE) we completely missed another folk icon who has been honored with the same award. Dougie MacLean is one of the best known Scottish proponents of traditional and contemporary folk music having produced over 20 albums and worked with the best in the business. He toured Australia last year, headlining the Port Fairy Folk Festival.

It is fitting that MacLean receive the prestigious award given that he is the writer of one of the most beautifully patriotic Scottish songs of the last century, “Caledonia” (below). Dougie MacLean’s other famous composition, “The Gael” was adapted by Trevor Jones as the theme for the film Last of the Mohicans.

Our congratulations goes out to Dougie MacLean, Richard Thompson and all of the recipients of this year’s OBE.

Spotlight On: Teddy Thompson

Teddy Thompson
Image Courtesy of Teddy Thompson

There would be pros and cons to being the son of two of the most respected and revered folk musicians in the world. On the plus side a lot of doors would be open to you to pursue a life as a musician, with the opportunity to collaborate with some of the biggest names in the scene. On the flip side you will always be compared to your parents, regardless of your own individual talent, and would always be held up by the media as having to “prove” yourself every bit as good as they were.

As the son of Richard and Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson seems to take his heritage in his stride. In fact it would be right to say he embraces his musical pedigree without coming off as entitled or spoiled. Teddy has managed to carve a name for himself as a major player on the nu-folk scene while also contributing to his father and mother’s careers at the same time (Teddy was not only part of Richard Thompson’s band in the 90s, he was also key to Linda Thompson’s musical comeback, co-producing her first album in 17 years, Fashionably Late).

Despite his musical lineage Teddy Thompson has definitely carved his very own musical niche. A little more pop than his parents, Thompson’s sound is well produced, intelligent and expressive. His influences include 60′s rock and roll, contemporary folk-rock (Crowded House in particular) and country which all seems to meld together to form a wonderfully versatile musical style. The Neil Finn influence can definitely be heard in Thompson’s tenor voice and fans of Lior, Vorn Doolette or even Ben Lee will be rewarded by giving him a listen.

Four albums into his solo career Teddy Thompson can not really be described as “up and coming” or even part of the current nu-folk crowd, but given that he is relatively unknown in Australia (or at least to this writer) it’s nice to know that there is an extensive back catalogue waiting to be explored. Thompson has a new album coming out on the 8th February this year (titled Bella) with the first single “Looking for a Girl” hitting iTunes on the 11th January.

Give Teddy Thompson a listen not because you’re a fan of Richard or Linda but because he is an amazing artist in his own right. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Country of Origin: USA
Sounds Like: Neil Finn, Lior or a less affected Ben Lee
File Under: Nu-Folk
Official Site: www.teddythompson.com
Myspace: myspace.com/teddythompsonmusic

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