Blue Mountains Music Festival Announces First Artists for 2015

John Butler
Image Courtesy of John Butler

It feels as though we’ve been bombarded with festival announcements over the last few weeks and that’s set to continue with the Blue Mountains Music Festival confirming the first round of artists for 2015. Held in Katoomba from the 13th to 15th March, next year will mark the 20th aniversary of the Blue Mountains Music Festival.

The lineup announced so far is pretty impressive and includes John Butler (above), Buffy Sainte-Marie, Dan Sultan, Daniel Champagne, Castlecomer, The Bearded Gypsy Band, Wagons, The Company, Leah Flanagan, All Our Exes Live in Texas, We Two Thieves, Jordie Lane, Perch Creek and many many more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale this month – for more information check out the official site here. The full list of artists so far are below:

John Butler, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Dan Sultan, Nick Charles, David Bridie, Dominic Turner & Phil Wiggins, Daniel Champagne, Chris While and Julie Matthews, Frank Yamma, Castlecomer, Fraser & Haas (UK & USA), Nuala Kenedy Band, Edwina Hayes, The Bearded Gypsy Band, Wagons, The Company, Himmerland (Denmark), Steve Poltz (USA), Heartstring Quartet (UK), Whitetop Mountaineers (USA), The Mighty Reapers, Leah Flanagan, Fiona Boyes, All Our Exes Live in Texas, The Baker Suite, Arabesk, Maru Tarang (India & Australia), Dewayne Everettsmith, Gordie Mackeeman & his Rhythm Boys (Canada), We Two Thieves, Yeshe & Calvin Welch, Tom Dockray, The Jordie Lane Duo, Perch Creek

Port Fairy Adds Its Second Round of Artists for 2015

Trouble in the Kitchen
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After drip feeding a couple of big name headliners (Buffy Sainte-Marie, Richard Thompson and Sinéad O’Connor) The Port Fairy Folk Festival released their official second round of artists for 2015.

The new additions include the likes of 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.

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.

Check out the full list of second round additions below:

Davidson Brothers, Fiona Boyles & The Fortune Tellers, Shane Howard, Frankie J Holden & Wilbur Wilde, Wagons, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Jo Jo Smith Band, Jodi Martin Band, Kamerunga, Kieran O’Connell & Shanakee, Lucy Wise Trio, Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence, Microwave Jenny, Steve Smyth, Sweethearts, The Baker Suite, Sky Scraper Stan & The Commission Flats, The Company, Tracey McNeil & The Goodlife, Trouble in the Kitchen, Whitetop Mountaineers

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 29th August

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

- Justin Townes Earle released his brand new video “Time Shows Fools”. Details here

- There’s a new album on the way from She & Him in the coming months. Details here

- The April Maze have released their video “It’s Been A Long Time Between Beers” as they wing their way back to Australia. Details here

- The Festival of Small Halls kicks off a tour through Queensland this October and November with Andy Brown and The Mae Trio. Details here

- Adelaide singer-songwriter James Abberley has released his new single “Seeker Keeper”. Details here

- The brand new Adelaide based blues and roots focused festival Follow The Sun announced their 2014 lineup. Details here

- UK nu-folk band Patch and the Giant released their new video “For Gabriel”. Details here

- Melbourne based singer-songwriter Jay Penaflor is streaming his brand new EP Incentive. Details here

- Husky have announced details of their new album Ruckers Hill plus a bunch of tour dates this November and December. Details here

- Canberra based three-piece You, The Wolf have released their new single “Awake”. Details here

- The Sydney Blues and Roots Festival has already announced a bunch of artists for it’s 2014 lineup. Details here

- A songwriter night has popped up on Sundays at The Lewisham Hotel in Sydney with Laura Zarb about to kick off a residency. Details here

- Ryan Adams released his new video “Gimme Somthing Good”. Details here

- The Folk Informal in Sydney has announced their September lineup including Imogen Bel, Amela, Black River Bell and Angharad Drake. Details here

- Bear’s Den have announced the full details of their debut album Islands. Details here

- Brisbane singer-songwriter Sahara Beck will be launching her new EP Bloom with a tour this September and October. Details here

- The Out on the Weekend festival have announced a Brisbane leg with appearances by Nikki Lane, Robert Ellis, The Delines, Jonny Fritz, Emma Swift, Halfway, Paddy McHugh and Warren Earl Band. Details here

- The Gorgeous Festival in South Australia have announced their 2014 lineup including Xavier Rudd, The Waifs, The Beautiful Girls, Busby Marou, Little May, The Cairos, Elliott Brood, Kim Wempe, Tim Chaisson, Timberwolf, The Timbers, Echo & the Empress and Rin McArdle. Details here

- Wagons announced details of their Chase The Eclipse tour this September. Details here

- More artists have been added to the Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME) including Frank Yamma, Leah Flanagan, Timberwolf, Marlon Williams and many more. Details here

- MoFo in Sydney announced their artists for September – Laura and Susie who are busy running around the country on their Meremba Tour along with Sydney based blues and gospel duo Golden Whistler. Details here

Releases This Week

Jay Penaflor
IncentiveJay Penaflor
Bandcamp

Bittersweet
BittersweetKasey Chambers
iTunes

Olivers Army
Nothing Ever Really Stays The SameOlivers Army
Bandcamp

Todd Sibbin
A Set Of Knives, A Pair Of PensTodd Sibbin and the Acadian Driftwood
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Seek Stumble Listen Live feat. Fanny Lumsden, Little Fox

Fanny Lumsden

Tonight the very special blog Seek Stumble Listen Live will be hosting its first live multimedia event in Sydney featuring live music with a heavy dose of folk from Fanny Lumsden, Little Fox and more. It’s definitely a great way to see in the weekend.

Friday 29th August – The Corner Store, Sydney, NSW
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Gigs Next Week

Bob Dylan
Friday 29th August – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 31st August – Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 3rd September – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 4th September – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 5th September – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Boy & Bear
Friday 5th September – The Palais, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 3rd September – - The Palais, Melbourne, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 29th August – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 30th August – Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, QLD

Busking for Change feat. Josh Pyke, Urthboy
Thursday 4th September – The Roller Den, Sydney, NSW

Cat Canteri
Friday 5th September – Basement Disc’s, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th September – The Star, Yackandandah, VIC

Darren Cross
Friday 5th September – Padre, Brisbane, QLD

Jep and Dep
Friday 5th September – Padre Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Katie Noonan w/ Jack Carty
Saturday 30th August – Majestic Theatre, Pomona, QLD

Little Features feat. Mimi Gilbert, Lissa, Brendon Moon, Sarah Dahl, James Griffin
Saturday 30th August – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Luke Morris
Sunday 31st August – Ric’s Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Nova and the Experience
Friday 29th August – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 30th August – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Olivers Army
Friday 29th August – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Patrick James
Friday 29th August – Beavs Bar, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 30th August – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 4th September – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Friday 5th September – A Music Warehouse Project, Adelaide, SA

Seek Stumble Listen Live feat. Fanny Lumsden, Little Fox
Friday 29th August – The Corner Store, Sydney, NSW

Sleepy Dreamers
Wednesday 3rd September – The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Spookyland
Friday 5th September – Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA

Taliska
Friday 29th August — Conservatory Café, Wyreena, VIC

The Living Room feat. Laura Zarb, Simon Meli (The Widowbirds), Johnny Took (Little Bastard)
Sunday 31st August – Lewisham Hotel, Sydney

The Timbers
Friday 29th August – The World’s End, Adelaide, SA
Friday 5th September – Nelson Hotel, Nelson, VIC

Todd Sibbin and The Acadian Driftwood
Saturday 30th August – Aztec, Forster, NSW
Wednesday 3rd September – Coast Hotel, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Thursday 4th September – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 5th September – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD

Tom West
Saturday 30th August – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Wednesday 3rd September – Coast Hotel, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Thursday 4th September – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 5th September – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD

Vance Joy
Friday 5th September – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Lakes of Pontchartrain” – Paul Brady and Andy Irvine

This week I fell down a Paul Brady and Andy Irvine youtube hole which I’m yet to crawl out of. Apologies if this sends you down a similar hole.

Wagons Announce Chase The Eclipse Tour

Wagons
Image Courtesy of Wagons

Wagons have announced plans to hit the road following the release of their new sigle “Chase The Eclipse”. The band are coming off the back of a hugely successful international tour and the release of their latest album Acid Rain and Sugar Cane so are pretty pumped to get out in front of Australian audiences again.

Check out the full list of dates for the tour below:

Thursday 25th September – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Friday 26th September – Under the Clothesline, Perth, WA
Saturday 27th September – Wave Rock Festival, WA
Monday 3rd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 6th November – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th July

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

- The John Butler Trio have announced a bunch of regional Queensland tour dates this October. Details here

- Regular Sydney jam night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s takes place again this Wednesday featuring There Will Be Banjo. Details here

- Victorian five-piece Sagamore released their twang-indie-pop new single “Feelings”. Details here

- Brisbane prog-folk four piece Elbury have announced an east coast tour kicking off tonight in the Gold Coast. Details here

- Old Crow Medicine Show have reworked another unfinished Bob Dylan song for their latest single “Sweet Amarillo”. Details here

- Stream the brand new EP from The Brouhaha, Smile It’s Free before its official launch on the 26th July. Details here

- New Zealand singer-songwriter Aldous Harding has a new album hitting stores later this month. Details here

- Australian country royalty Kasey Chambers is releasing her tenth studio album, Bittersweet, this August. Details here

- The fabulous Fanny Lumsden has announced tour dates in WA with Ruby Boots as well as an appearance at the Darwin Festival. Details here

- Folktronica artist Rose Wintergreen has released her new video “This City”. Details here

- Sydney duo Jep and Dep have announced a string of dates to support their new single “Babe Come Down”. Details here

- A new tribute album to Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. record featuring Americana artists like Jason Isbell, Joe Pug, Trampled by Turtles, Justin Townes Earle and more has been announced. Details here

- Wagons released the new claymation clip to their track “Chase the Eclipse”. Details here

- Bellowhead have recorded a track by track video for their excellent new album Revival. Details here

- Sydney based folk-rock quintet Citizen of the World have released their new video “Citizen of Million Lives”. Details here

- If you missed Blair Dunlop’s performance at the Port Fairy Folk Festival this year you can stream his set online. Details here

- Check out the new single from the UK’s Seán McGowan, “Come Unstuck”, featuring Frank Turner on backing vocals. Details here

- Ryan Adams has announced plans for a brand new self-titled album. Details here

- Nickel Creek guitarist Sean Watkins has just released his new solo album and his new video “Wave As We Run”. Details here

Releases This Week

Sometimes Life
Sometimes LifeDan and Amy
Bandcamp

Broken Lines
Broken LinesPatrick James
iTunes

Vagabond
VagabondStu Larsen
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Husky

Husky

Friday 18th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Jen Cloher

Jen Cloher

Jen Cloher returns to Sydney for her only planned headline show of 2014, complete with full band

Friday 18th July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s
Wednesday 16th July – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Caitlin Park
Friday 11th July – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Clare Bowditch with Adalita
Friday 11th July – Festival of Voices Tasmania, Federation Concert Hall, Hobart TAS
Thursday 17th July – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 18th July – The Corner Hotel, Richmond, VIC

Elbury
Friday 11th July – Mandala Organic Arts Café, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 12th July – Riverfront Café, Evans Head, NSW
Tuesday 15th July – Bar 34 Bondi, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th July – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 17th July – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Fanny Lumsden and The Thrillseekers with Ruby Boots
Friday 18th July – Tooma Hall, Tooma, NSW

Husky
Friday 18th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Imogen Clark (above), Darcy Fox and Paige Renee Court
Sunday 13th July – The Vine Hotel, Wangaratta, VIC
Wednesday 16th July – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 18th July – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

Jeff Lang
Friday 11th July – Mullumbimby Town Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 12th July – Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, QLD
Sunday 13th July – The Ruins, Darwin, NT
Friday 18th July – Williamstown RSL, Williamstown, VIC

Jen Cloher
Friday 18th July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 11th July – MoFo Folk Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Dan Waters and The Weeping Willows
Sunday 13th July – Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Friday 18th July – Holgate Brewery, Wooden, VIC

Little Bastard
Friday 11th July – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 12th July – Railway Friendly Bar, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 13th July – No. 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Saturday 12th July – Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, NSW

Melody Pool and Marlon Williams
Thursday 17th July – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 18th July – Leaps & Bounds Festival, Fitzroy Town Hall, Melbourne, VIC

MoFo at The Gaelic feat. Justin Bernasconi, Spyglass Gypsies, Brendan Reed Dennis
Friday 11th July – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage
Friday 11th July – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Peasant Moon
Sunday 13th July – Menagerie at The Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Rose Wintergreen
Thursday 17th July – The Ararat Hotel, Ararat, VIC

The Audreys
Friday 11th July – Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA

The Beards
Friday 11th July – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 12th July – Port Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Sunday 13th July – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Wednesday 16th July – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 17th July – The Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 18th July – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC

The Man in Black feat. Tex Perkins
Tuesday 15th July – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th July – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 17th July – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th July – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 11th July – Hotel High Plains, Dinner Plain, VIC
Saturday 12th July – The General, Mt Hotham, VIC

The String Contingent
Sunday 13th July – The Old Courthouse, Gunning, NSW

The Yearlings
Friday 11th July – No 5, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 12th July – The Block (PRIVATE FUNCTION), Martinsville, NSW
Sunday 13th July – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 17th July – Django, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th July – Smiths Alternative Book Shop, Canberra, ACT

Tom Stephens
Friday 11th July – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Saturday 12th July – Private House Show, Forster, NSW
Sunday 13th July – Goldfish, Hunter Valley, NSW
Friday 18th July – TBA, Byron Bay, NSW

Tracy McNeil
Friday 11th July – The Stag & Hunter, Mayfield, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 12th July – Junkyard, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 13th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th July – Baha Taco Joint, Rye, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Warwu” – Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and Missy Higgins

We hope you’ve been celebrating National NAIDOC Week by listening to some of your favourite indigenous folky artists. We thought we’d help you along with this stunning version of “Warwu” featuring Gurrumul and Missy Higgins from the 2011 ARIA Awards.

Watch the New Wagons Video “Chase The Eclipse”

Wagons
Image Courtesy of Wagons

The latest single from the new Wagons album Acid Rain and Sugar Cane is “Chase The Eclipse” which has a brand new claymation clip. Check out the clip below:

Wagons have a couple of intimate shows coming up which are selling out fast (if they’re not sold out already) – check out the dates here:

Friday 8th August – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 9th August – The Substation, Newport, VIC

Timber and Steel Giveaway: Wagons at The Factory Theatre, Sydney, 14th June

Wagons
Image Courtesy of Wagons

Alt-country legends Wagons have been touring their new album Acid Rain & Sugar Cane right around the country since last month, and we’re lucky enough to have snaffled a double pass to their Sydney show this Saturday 14th June at the Factory Theatre.

All you need to get your hands on the tickets is be the first to email us at timberandsteelaustralia@gmail.com with your full name and the tickets are yours. But get in quick – this double pass is bound to be snapped up fast.

While you’re waiting to hear if you’ve won check out the new(ish) video from Wagons, “Beer Barrel Bar”:

The full list of remaining Wagons dates are below:

Thursday 12th June – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT
Friday 13th June – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 14th June – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 15th June – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 20th June – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st June – Railway Hotel, Darwin, NT

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 18th April

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

- Melbourne artist Ma Petite has released details of her new album plus a new video for the track “Morning Song”. Details here

- Australian folk music legends The Waifs have announced a national tour this May. Details here

- Brisbane singer-songwriter Josh Rennie-Hynes has just released his new video “Erin”. Details here

- Jordie Lane releases his debut live album, Live At The Wheaty, today as he kicks off his shows at The National Folk Festival. Details here

- David Gray has a brand new album on the way and has released the video for the track “Gulls”. Details here

- Passenger has released the stunning track “Heart’s on Fire” as his new video. Details here

- Japanese-Australian singer-songwriter Yuko Nishiyama has released her new video “Heart of Daisies”. Details here

- Stream the Record Store Day UK only EP from Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo, Songs Beneath The River, online. Details here

- Adelaide band The Timbers have announced plans to release their debut album this May. Details here

- Roots music legend Jeff Lang has announced details of his new album I Live A Lot In My Head These Days and tour dates in June and July. Details here

- Over the past few weeks the 2014 Peak Festival has added a bunch more artists to its lineup including The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Claude Hay and the Gentle Enemies, Jordan C Thomas, Vendulka, Glenn Cardier, Shellie Morris, Azadoota, Matt Glass, The Chocolate Strings and Belle Jar. Details here

- Josh Pyke is extending his Lone Wolf tour into regional Australia and he’s bringing Jack Carty with him. Details here

- The new Eels album drops today and they’ve also released the video from the track “Mistakes of My Youth”. Details here

- Wagons have given us a taster of their new album with the release of the video for “Why Do You Always Cry”. Details here

- As well as sharing the new John Butler Trio video “Livin’ in The City”, we thought we’d also share their version of “Happy”. Details here

Blog

“If you’re experiencing the festival for the first time (or were so overwhelmed with the event last time) let Timber and Steel take you through our step by step survival guide for the National Folk Festival” – Read our survival guide to The National Folk Festival. Blog here

Releases This Week

Eels
The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver EverettEels
iTunes

Jordie Lane
Live At The WheatyJordie Lane
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Iron & Wine

Iron and Wine

In the country for Bluesfest this weekend, Iron & Wine will be performing two very special live shows in Melbourne and Sydney at two of Australia’s finest venues. If you haven’t gotten tickets to these gigs yet, and if there’s any tickets left, you need to buy them. Now.

Saturday 19th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 22nd April – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 23rd April – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Ash Grunwald
Thursday 24th April – The Espy, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th April – Barwon Heads Hotel, Barwon Heads, VIC

Boy & Bear
Saturday 19th April – Brothers, Cairns, QLD
Sunday 20th April – The Venue, Townsville, QLD
Tuesday 22nd April – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton, QLD
Wednesday 23rd April – Harvey Road Tavern, Gladstone, QLD
Thursday 24th April – Sugarland Tavern, Bundaberg, QLD

Byron Bay Bluesfest
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st April – Byron Bay, NSW

Christopher Coleman Collective
Saturday 19th April – The Pav, Launceston, TAS

Daniel Champagne
Friday 18th to Saturday 19th April – Byron Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 20th April – Ocean Street Festival, Maroochydore, QLD
Wednesday 23rd April – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 24th April – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD

Eleanor MCEvoy
Wednesday 23rd April – Rosie O’Grady’s, Perth, WA
Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Pinjarra, WA

Fairbridge Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th April – Fairbridge, WA

Fraser A. Gorman w/ Mojo Juju, Palm Springs
Thursday 24th April – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Iron & Wine
Tuesday 22nd April – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 23rd April – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Jake Bugg
Sunday 20th April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 23rd April – The HiFi, Brisbane, QLD

Jason Isbell with Tift Merritt
Friday 18th April – Boogie Festival, Bruzzy’s Farm, Tallarook, VIC
Saturday 19th April – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

John Butler Trio
Saturday 19th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay NSW

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens
Thursday 24th April – Braidwood Folk Club, Braidwood, NSW

Laura & Susie
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 23rd April – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Friday 25th April – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Lindi Ortega
Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th April – National Folk Festival, ACT
Sunday 20th April – Boogie Festival, Tullarook, VIC
Tuesday 22nd April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 24th April – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Kaurna Cronin and Ben Whiting
Saturday 19th April – Treehouse On Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 20th April – Dowse Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 25th April – The Aztec, Forster, NSW

Paul Greene and the Other Colours
Friday 25th April – The Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW

Ma Petite
Thursday 24th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Saturday 19th April – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Melbourne Folk Club w/ Special International Guest, Jordie Lane
Wednesday 23rd April – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Michael Franti and Spearhead w/ Nahko and Medicine For The People
Wednesday 23rd April – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Mount Beauty Music Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th April – Mount Beauty, VIC

National Folk Festival
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st April – Canberra, ACT

Seth Lakeman
Saturday 19th April – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 20th April – The Factory, Sydney, NSW

St Albans Folk Festival
Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th April – St Albans, NSW

Steve Smyth
Tuesday 22nd April – Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Tanya Batt
Friday 25th April – Baha’s, Rye, VIC

The Bad Shepherds
Friday 18th April – Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC
Saturday 19th April – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 20th April – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Tuesday 22nd April – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 24th April – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA
Friday 25th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Fairbridge, WA

The Beez
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th April – Mount Beauty Music Festival, Vic

Vance Joy
Thursday 24th April – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Railroad Man” – Eels

The new Eels album The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett drops today and from what we’ve already heard from it it’s their best in years. And while The Eels like to skip around genres a bit but they have plenty of folk in their back catalogue, including this Dylan-esque gem “Railroad Man”.

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

Wagons
Image Courtesy of Wagons

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

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

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th March

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

- A new regular country music night, Fun Shootin’ Thursdies, kicked off in Sydney last night. Details here

- NSW based singer-songwriter Daniel Lee Kendall has made a welcome return to the scene with his new single “Angelique”. Details here

- As well as announcing a new album Wagons also have a national tour on the way this May and June. Details here

- Passenger announced plans to release his new album Whispers this year with the release of cover art and a making of video. Details here

- And just after the album was announced Passenger also released the video for its title track “Whispers” as well as the release date of the 6th June. Details here

- Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow has announced plans to return to Australia this May including a performance at Vivid Sydney. Details here

- Timber and Steel are very proud to be presenting the upcoming tour from singer-songwriter Scott Matthew. Details here

- UK five-piece Eliza and the Bear have released “Brother’s Boat”, their brand new single and video. Details here

- The wonderful Hayden Calnin has announced a couple of intimate EP launch shows in May. Details here

- Little Features hits Sydney this Saturday with a lineup that includes Tom Stephens, Lily So and the Bellows, Direwolf and Maia Jelavic. Details here

- Watch “Shake It”, the new video for Sydney roots singer-songwriter Steve Smyth. Details here

- The new album from Paul Greene and the Other Colours drops today (see below) and so does the first date of their NSW tour. Details here

- US nu-folk legends Midlake will be making their way to Australia this May. Details here

- The Paper Kites have released their new video “Tenenbaum” ahead of their national tour. Details here

- UK singer-songwriter Gibson Bull has released his brand new video “Where Are You Now”. Details here

- John Flanagan is raising money to head over to Nashville to record with a tour that kicks off tonight. Details here

- Sydney seven-piece Little Bastard have released their brand new video “High For You”. Details here

Interviews

“We’re actually not fans of real gentle folk music anyway. We’re like Led Zeppelin fans and Nick Cave fans. We don’t just sit around listening to ponderous acoustic folk music all day. It sort of makes me a little bit angry and bored [laughs]. So we like things a little grittier than that. We haven’t always reflected that in our records I don’t think and it’s probably partly been my fault, reigning Tristan in thinking my voice is too blah blah blah for that. But this time we just came up with all these rock riffs and just went with it. It was a fun record to make” – Taasha Coates from The Audreys chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“For us we love the sound of American music but we’re not Americans, it’s stupid for us to write about American things. It’s not because we’re just writing about Australian songs – that’s just because we’re in Australia. If you were a Scandinavian bluegrass band you should be writing about Scandinavian things. It’s about writing from your own experience, what you know and what you’re influenced by. Otherwise it comes a across as really disingenuous I think” – James Daley from The Morrisons chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“It’s a bit of a tester I guess. The issue for us is that we’ve got these lives that are scattered around the country. And having young children it’s quite hard to do things like go on the road. So at the moment we’re not really in the position to play together full time or to really take the band on the road or take it overseas like we were doing before. So I guess this is a bit of a starter – we want to just ease into it a bit and see how we’re placed over the next couple of years” – Kate Burke from Trouble in the Kitchen chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“The first gig we’re doing on the Friday night is on the Budawang stage which is the big one. Something Jess said was the very first time she went to The National 14 years ago or whatever she saw bands on the Budawang, this is way before Crooked Fiddle, and she said “I want to be playing on that stage”. And finally we’re playing on that stage at quite a good time on the Friday night so we’re very excited” – Gordon Wallace from The Crooked Fiddle Band chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I think you learn so much from the players that you get to stand next to. When I made my first solo album I probably didn’t understand that as much and you try to keep track of it all for yourself. It was quite liberating on this album to basically hand things over and say “whatever you hear I know it’s going to be stellar and I’m grateful for you for taking that and making something amazing with it”. The players on this album certainly brought that”Kate Fagan chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Johnny Cash
Out Among The StarsJohnny Cash
iTunes

Sweet Rain Falling
Sweet Rain FallingLittle Wise
Bandcamp

Nickel Creek
A Dotted LineNickel Creek
iTunes

Paul Greene
One Lap Of The SunPaul Greene and the Other Colours
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

John Flanagan

John Flanagan

Melbourne Americana artist John Flanagan is about to head over to Nashville to record his new album. But before he does he needs to head out on the road to raise a bit of cash for things like plane tickets and recording studios. His tour kicks off tonight with a full band show in Melbourne before heading up and down the east coast.

Friday 28th March – Lomond Hotel, Brunswick, VIC
Friday 4th April – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Ash Grunwald
Friday 28th March – Tanks Art Centre, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 29th March – Base Backpackers, Magnetic Island, QLD

Caitlin Park
Thursday 3rd April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Christopher Coleman Collective
Friday 28th March – Royal Exchange, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 29th March – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 3rd April – Grand Junction, Maitland, NSW
Friday 4th April – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW

Claude Hay
Friday 28th March – The Old Manly Boatshed, Manly, NSW
Saturday 29th March – The Katoomba RSL Club, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 4th April – The Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW

Eleanor McEvoy
Friday 28th March – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 29th March – Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham, NSW
Sunday 30th March – St David’s Church, Dee Why, NSW
Thursday 3rd April – South Coast Folk Club, Port Noarlunga, SA
Friday 4th April – HATS-Courthouse Cultural Centre, Auburn, SA

Ella Hooper
Saturday 29th March – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 4th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

John Butler Trio
Friday 28th March – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Swan Valley, WA
Saturday 29th March – Old Broadwater Farm, Busselton, WA
Tuesday 1st April – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 3rd April – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA

John Flanagan
Friday 28th March – Lomond Hotel, Brunswick, VIC
Friday 4th April – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Jordan Millar
Friday 28th March – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 29th March – Cafe Le Monde, Noosa Heads, QLD
Sunday 30th March – Dowse Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens
Friday 28th March – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 4th April – Polish White Eagle Club, Canberra, ACT

Lior
Friday 28th March – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Little Wise and Megan Bernard
Sunday 30th March – Matians Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC
Wednesday 2nd April – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 3rd April – “E” For Ethel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 4th April – Café Troppo, Adelaide, SA

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 28th March – The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 29th March – Visy Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 30th March – Pig House Flicks, Byron Bay, NSW
Wednesday 2nd April – The Promethean, Adelaide, SA
Friday 4th April – The Studio Underground, Perth, WA

Paul Greene and the Other Colours
Friday 28th March – The Fig, Manly, NSW
Sunday 30th March – The Waterhouse, Huskisson, NSW

Sally Seltmann w/ Wintercoats
Thursday 3rd April – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 4th April – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Steve Smyth
Saturday 29th March – Baha, Rye, VIC
Thursday 3rd April – Easy Tiger, Paddington, NSW

The Beez
Friday 28th March – Taste Canowindra, NSW
Sunday 30th March – Tamworth, NSW (house concert)

The Good Ship
Friday 28th March – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 29th March – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Little Stevies
Friday 28th March – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 28th March – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 29th March – Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport, TAS
Sunday 30th March – Live At The Wharf, Ulverstone, TAS
Friday 4th April – The Star Court Theatre, Lismore, NSW

The Pierce Brothers
Saturday 29th March – Upstairs Beresford, Surry Hills, NSW
Sunday 30th March – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

The Stray Sisters
Friday 28th March – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Swan Valley, WA (with John Butler Trio)
Saturday 29th March – Old Broadwater Farm, Busselton, WA (with John Butler Trio)
Monday 31st March – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA

Yetis
Thursday 3rd April – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 4th April – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“There Once Was Love”/”Innstück” – Fairport Convention

I love the way these tracks play with conventional folk time signatures to create music that has a a sense of urgency and complexity that you don’t often find in the tradition. “Innstück” itself is one of my favourite modern folk tunes.

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