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

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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!

First Aid Kit Announce 2015 Australian Tour and New Video “Stay Gold”

First Aid Kit
Image Courtesy of First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit must really love Australia! The Swedish Americana duo will be heading our way again next March with plans for shows in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney as well as an appearance at WOMADelaide.

The full list of dates are below:

Friday 6th March – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th to Monday 9th – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 10th March – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 11th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

First Aid Kit have also just released their brand new video “Stay Gold” which you can check out here:

WOMADelaide Announces Second Round of Artists for 2015

Sinead
Image Courtesy of Sinead O’Connor

The second round of artists has been announced for the 2015 WOMADelaide festival there’s so much goodness for folk fans. Joining the likes of Charlie Musselwhite, Lake Street Dive, Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys, Rufus Wainwright and The Gloaming will be 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.

WOMADelaide takes place in Adelaide from the 6th to 9th March. For information on how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here. The full second round of artists are below:

Astronomy Class feat. Srey Channthy (Australia), Buffy Sainte-Marie (Canada), Depedro (Spain), Emma Donovan and The PutBacks (Australia), Emma Swift and Robyn Hitchcock (Australia / UK), First Aid Kit (Sweden), FourPlay (Australia), Gruff Rhys (Wales), Julia Henning (Australia), Kamerunga (Australia), Margaret Leng Tan (Singapore), Max Savage and The False Idols (Australia), Myele Manzanza and The Eclectic (New Zealand), Nick Waterhouse (USA), Robert Forster with Jherek Bishoff and Zephyr Quartet (Australia / USA), Sharon Van Etten (USA), Sinead O’Connor (Ireland), Soley (Iceland), Tara Tiba (Australia / Iran), The Painted Ladies (Australia), Timberwolf (Australia), Tjintu Desert Band (Australia), Toumani & Sidiki Diabate (Mali), Typhoon 台风 (Australia / China), Willow Beats (Australia)

The first round of artists were:

Abdullah Ibrahim Quartet, Balkan Beat Box, Bombino, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Charlie Musselwhite, Che Sudaka, Criolo, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Flavia Coelho, Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys, Jambinai, Jupiter & Okwess International, Lake Street Dive, Live Live Cinema, Luzmila Carpio, Malawi Mouse Boys, Marrugeku – Cut the Sky, Meeta Pandit, Neneh Cherry and rocketnumbernine+, Public Service Broadcasting, Ramzi Aburedwan, Rufus Wainwright, Soil and Pimp, The Gloaming, Youssou N’Dour

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 10th October

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

- The JamGrass Music Festival has put the finishing touches on their 2014 lineup adding the likes of Tracy McNeil and The Goodlife, Green Mohair Suits, Parvyn and Josh Bennett (from The Bombay Royale), Willow Darling and Broads. Details here

- The British Blues head back to the 70s with their new video “Girls Like You”. Details here

- Sydney duo Winterbourne released their new video “Cold”. Details here

- The amazing Liz Stringer has an new live album on the way, a new video and a national tour from the end of the month. Details here

- Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice released his new single “I Don’t Want To Change You”. Details here

- Sydney singer-songwriter Sam Newton is launching his debut album next week. Details here

- Lanie Lane will be supporting the launch of her new album Night Shade with a national tour kicking off at the end of this month. Details here

- The Porch Sessions in Adelaide are showcasing some fantastic music right in suburbia. Details here

- Melbourne indie-folk quartet Pepperjack have announced details of their new EP Buckles & Bruises. Details here

- Gregory Alan Isakov released his brand new video “Amsterdam”. Details here

- The first round of artists for WOMADelaide were announced including Charlie Musselwhite, Lake Street Dive, Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys, Rufus Wainwright, The Gloaming and so much more. Details here

- Pepa Knight has finally revealed details of his debut EP as well as announcing an east coast tour. Details here

- The Thompson folk dynasty have a collaborative Family album on the way featuring Richard Thompson, Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Kami Thompson, James Walbourne, Jack Thompson and Zak Hobbs. Details here

- Sydney singer-songwriter James Thomson released his new video “Can’t Go Home This Way”. Details here

Releases This Week

Fleck Washburn
Béla Fleck & Abigail WashburnBéla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
iTunes

Hozier
HozierHozier
iTunes

Little May
Little MayLittle May
iTunes

The Acfields
The AcfieldsThe Acfields
Official Site

You+Me
Rose Ave.You+Me
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Josh T Pearson

Josh T Pearson

Josh T Pearson is in the country for the first time and is playing only two shows while he’s here – one in Sydney and one in Melbourne. Don’t miss your chance to see this man live – it’s going to be amazing!

Tuesday 14th October – Foxtel Festival Hub, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 10th October – Main Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 11th October – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC
Sunday 12th October – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 15th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 16th October – The Courthouse, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 17th October – No 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 17th October – Beach Break Bar, Agnes Waters, QLD

Cat Canteri
Friday 17th October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Festival of Small Halls feat. Andy Brown, The Mae Trio
Friday 10th October – Sandgate, QLD
Saturday 11th October – Cambooya, QLD
Sunday 12th October – Forest Hill, QLD
Thursday 16th October – Harrisville, QLD
Friday 17th October – Mt Tamborine, QLD

Fred Smith
Saturday 11th October – The Velvet Lounge, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Green Mohair Suits
Friday 10th October – Smith’s Alternative Bookstore, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 11th October – The Vanguard, Newtown, NSW
Sunday 12th October – Modus Operandi Brewery, Mona Vale, NSW

Jack Carty
Saturday 11th October – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 12th October – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Friday 17th October – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

John Butler Trio w/ Mama Kin
Friday 10th October – The Venue, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 11th October – Kuranda Amphitheatre, Kuranda, QLD

Josh T Pearson
Tuesday 14th October – Foxtel Festival Hub, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Justin Townes Earle w/ Lindi Ortega, Marlon Williams
Saturday 11th October – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Sunday 12th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 15th October – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th October – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th October – Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Lindi Ortega
Saturday 11th October – Astor, Perth, WA w/ Justin Townes Earle
Sunday 12th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA w/ Justin Townes Earle
Monday 13th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 15th October – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW w/ Justin Townes Earle
Thursday 16th October – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC w/ Justin Townes Earle

Missy Higgins
Saturday 11th October – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 12th October – The Cube, Wodonga, VIC
Wednesday 15th October – Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton, WA
Thursday 16th October – Crown Theatre, Perth, WA

Oh Pep!
Thursday 16th October – Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford, VIC

Olivers Army
Friday 10th October – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Ryan Bingham with Harry Hookey and Tim Wheatley
Tuesday 14th October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 15th October – Lizottes Kincumber, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 17th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Sahara Beck
Friday 10th October – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 16th October – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th October – Cambridge Side Bar, Newcastle, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 10th October – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 11th October – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 12th October – Birdhouse Bar, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 16th October – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Friday 17th October – The Eastern, Ballarat, VIC

The Acfields
Saturday 11th October – Martian Cafe, Dean’s Marsh, VIC
Sunday 12th October – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

The Grahams with The Morrisons
Friday 10th October – The Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 11th October – Baha Tacos, Rye, VIC

The Morrisons
Saturday 11th October – The Assembly Festival, The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 10th October – Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th October – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 16th October – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 17th October – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 10th October – Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 11th October – Birregurra Festival, Birregurra, VIC
Thursday 16th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 17th October – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Porch Sessions feat. Al Parkinson, Tim Moore, Juno
Sunday 12th October – House Concert, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Dimming of the Day” – Alison Krauss and Union Station

The announcement of the new Thompson Family album sent me down a Richard and Linda Thompson Youtube rabbit hole which eventually landed me on this amazing version of their classic track “Dimming of the Day”.

WOMADelaide Announces First Artists for 2015 Lineup

The Gloaming
Image Courtesy of The Gloaming

We’ve said it multiple times before but WOMADelaide is easily one of our favourite festivals in Australia. From its setting in the stunning Botanic Park in Adelaide to the wonderful eclectic lineup it boasts each year, WOMADelaide continues to live up to the hype.

The next WOMADelaide will be held from the 6th to 9th March next year and they’ve just announced their first round of artists. The lineup next years boasts the likes of blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, indie-acoustic darlings Lake Street Dive, bluegrass and old time stringband Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys, the incomparable Rufus Wainwright, Irish trad supergroup The Gloaming and so much more.

For information on how to get your hands on tickets for WOMADelaide check out the official site here. The full first round of artists are below:

Abdullah Ibrahim Quartet (South Africa), Balkan Beat Box (Brooklyn/Tel Aviv), Bombino (Niger), Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Italy), Charlie Musselwhite (USA), Che Sudaka (Spain), Criolo (Brazil), Fanfare Ciocarlia (Romania), Flavia Coelho (Brazil), Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys (Canada), Jambinai (South Korea), Jupiter & Okwess International (Democratic Republic of Congo), Lake Street Dive (USA), Live Live Cinema (New Zealand), Luzmila Carpio (Bolivia), Marrugeku Theatre Company – Cut The Sky (Australia), Malawi Mouse Boys (Malawi), Meeta Pandit (India), Neneh Cherry w/ RocketNumberNine+ (Sweden/UK), Public Service Broadcasting (UK), Ramzi Aburedwan (Palestine), Rufus Wainwright (Canada), Soil and “Pimp” Sessions (Japan), The Gloaming (Ireland), Youssou N’Dour (Senegal)

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th March

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

- Melbourne artist Yuko Nishiyama has revealed her brand new single “Heart of Daisies”. Details here

- The March edition of The Folk Informal in Sydney takes place next Thursday featuring Oliver Downes, Luke Watson’s Golden Bridges project, Lola and the Captain and Jep and Dep. Details here

- UK eight-piece Cocos Lovers released their new single “Walk Among The Ghosts”. Details here

- The National Folk Festival shocked everyone with the exclusive addition of folk music legend Martin Carthy to their 2014 lineup. Details here

- Two of Australia’s top trad bands, Sásta and Tolka, will be making Sydney their home on St Patrick’s Day. Details here

- The Beards have announced a massive national tour from May through to August. Details here

- Melbourne newgrass quartet Mustered Courage have just released an awesome animated video for their track “Powerlines”. Details here

- Brisbane Americana artist Phil Smith will be launching his new album Year of the Dog this Saturday night. Details here

- Matt Walker’s Americana infused band Lost Ragas have announce tour dates this month. Details here

- The Perch Creek Family Jugband have announced a new album, single and tour. Details here

- The amazing Dom Flemons has a new version of the traditional “Po’ Black Sheep”. Details here

- Melbourne’s Kate Crowley will be launching her new album next week. Details here

- Folktronica artist Caitlin Park has released her new single “Hold Your Gaze”. Details here

- Timberwolf has released a really nice cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”. Details here

- The British Blues have released their debut single and video “2001”. Details here

- Sydney band Arbori have announced a very special EP preview show next week. Details here

- This Sunday Jimmy Watts and Cameron Milford will be facing off in a songwriter showdown. Details here

- Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes continue their domination of the country scene with their new video “Black Coffee”. Details here

- The new Diane Cluck album came out this week (see below) and she also released a video for the track “Sara”. Details here

- We think you’re really going to like “Tightrope”, the new single and video from UK quintet Boat to Row. Details here

Releases This Week

Boneset
BonesetDiane Cluck
Official Site

Scattered Reflections
Scattered ReflectionsLior
iTunes

Mikhael Paskalev
What’s Life Without LosersMikhael Paskalev
iTunes

Wyatt
Sanitary ApocalypseWyatt Moss-Wellington
Official Site

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WOMADelaide

Womadelaide

Mad March continues in Adelaide this weekend with the wonderful WOMADelaide festival. Set in the botanic gardens just north of the CBD, WOMADelaide always boasts an impressive lineup, a stunning location and some of the most exciting music you’ll hear all year.

Friday 7th to Monday 10th March – Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

Adelaide Fringe Festival
Friday 14th February to Sunday 16th March – Adelaide, SA

Ash Grunwald
Friday 7th March – Great Northern, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March – Port Fairy Festival, VIC
Thursday 13th March – Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW
Friday 14th March – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT

Billy Bragg
Sunday 8th March – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Monday 10th March – WOMADelaide Festival, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 12th March – Hellenic Hall, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 13th March – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Blue Mountains Music Festival
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th March – Katoomba, NSW

Breabach
Friday 7th and Saturday 8th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Sunday 9th and Monday 10th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 11th March – Brunswick Music Festival, Melbourne, VIC

Brunswick Music Festival
Sunday 2nd to Sunday 16th March – Melbourne, VIC

Christopher Coleman Collective
Friday 7th to Monday 10th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Thursday 13th March – The Spiegeltent, Hobart, TAS

Darren Hanlon
Friday 7th March – Town Hall, Candelo, NSW
Sunday 9th March – Queens College, Melbourne, VIC

Glen Hansard with Lisa O’Neill
Friday 14th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Jordan Millar
Friday 7th March – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 8th March – Boat Harbour Surf Club, Boat Harbour, TAS
Friday 14th March – Free The Wild Presents, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke
Friday 7th March – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 12 March – Live At The Quarry, Perth, WA

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens
Friday 7th March – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 14th March – YouAreHere Festival, Canberra, ACT

Lior
Friday 7th March – York Theatre @ Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th March – Orange Civic Theatre, Orange, NSW

Lost Ragas w/ Raised By Eagles
Friday 14th March – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW

Mikhael Paskalev
Friday 7th March – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Neko Case
Friday 7th March – Fowlers Live, Adelaide, SA

Peter Rowan
Friday 7th March – Canberra Musicians Club, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 8th March – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Monday 9th March – Brisbane Music Bureau, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 12th March – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass, Dorrigo, NSW
Thursday 13th March – Carrington Bowling Club, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 14th March – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW

Pokey LaFarge
Friday 7th and Saturday 8th March – Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, VIC
Sunday 9th and Monday 10th March – WOMADelaide, Botanic Park, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 12th March – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Porch Light Sessions feat. The Morrisons, Lacey Cole, Leroy Lee
Thursday 13th March – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Port Fairy Folk Festival
Friday 7th to Monday 10th March – Port Fairy, VIC

Sam Buckingham
Thursday 13th March – The Front, Canberra, ACT

The Beez
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th March – Burke and Wills Festival, Mia Mia, Vic
Friday 14th March – Old Mill Flour Gallery, Mildura, Vic

The Folk Informal feat. Oliver Downes, Golden Bridges, Lola and the Captain, Jep and Dep
Thursday 13th March – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Good Ship
Friday 7th March – The New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 8th March – Queen St Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 8th March – The Royal Mail, Goodna, QLD

The Little Stevies
Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th March – Burke & Wills Folk Festival, Lancefiled, VIC
Thursday 13th March – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

The Stray Sisters
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Wednesday 12th March – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Thursday 13th March – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Unpaved Sessions w/ Little Rabbit, The Weeping Willows
Monday 9th March – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

WOMADelaide
Friday 7th to Monday 10th March – Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“24” – Emmy The Great

All the talk of the new Diane Cluck album this week has meant I’ve had “24” stuck in my head, mainly because of the lyric “You are still not Charles Bukowski and I am not Diane Cluck”. This is a great song and this live version is a nice take on the track.

TinPan Orange Announce Tour and Remix EP

Tinpan Orange
Image Courtesy of TinPan Orange

Timber and Steel favourites TinPan Orange have announced plans for a quick Australian tour this March after they take to the stage at WOMADelaide. The tour comes off the back of a brand new remix EP featuring tracks from their album Over the Sun remixed by producers Way of the Eagle, Laser Cat and Spender.

The tour will be TinPan Orange’s last for a while with front-woman Emily Lubitz and keyboardist Harry James Angus expecting their second child in early June. Check out the full list of dates below along with a stream of the remix EP:

Friday 7th to Monday 10th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 16th March – Oakleigh Music Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 20th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 21st March – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd March – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 14th February

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

- Stream the new EP from One Up, Two Down. Details here

- Achoo! Bless You have released the video for their new track “Wild Eyes”. Details here

- Canberra duo Sparrow-Folk combine folk music and boobs for their latest video “Ruin Your Day”. Details here

- Sydney indie folk night Little Features returns this month with a lineup that includes Mimi Gilbert, The Maple Trail, Packwood and Charlie Gradon. Details here

- WOMADelaide’s final lineup addition for 2014 is singer-songwriter Lior. Details here

- Vance Joy may be seeing success overseas but he hasn’t forgotten us with national headline dates this April and May. Details here

- Cabaret-folk big band The Good Ship are heading out on a national tour this March. Details here

- Leroy Lee will be hosting a new monthly folk night at the Petersham Bowling Club, Porch Light Sessions, starting in March. The first night features Lee, The Morrisons and Lacey Cole and the Lazy Colts. Details here

- The Audreys have released the video “My Darlin’ Girl”, the first track from their upcoming new album. Details here

- Frank Turner released a video for his new song “Sweet Albion Blues”. Details here

- Conor Oberst has announced plans for his new album Upside Down Mountain. Details here

- UK singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn has released his new video “Bottom of the Sea Blues” plus news of a deluxe version of his new album Country Mile. Details here

Interviews

“I’m actually recording songs now from people that have never been recorded before, songs that may have been noted back in the time of the nineteenth century by Cecil Sharp but have never been sound recorded. I’m also discovering songs that have no known origin, that have never been documented before. It is like finding these undiscovered species that nobody knew existed, happily living in their native habitat in the minds of old gypsies – it’s wonderful! So there are discoveries to be made”Sam Lee chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We definitely keep the live show very varied. We play to our audiences – we’ll have slower, poignant moments but towards the end of the set we like to ramp it up. We’ve got two sets of bagpipes and Megan [Henderson] our fiddle player does step dancing as well so we get all of these things combined and hopefully create a bit of a noise, a bit of energy” – James Lindsay from Breabach chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Reviews

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Gigs

“I don’t recall much of the actual New Year, with MGMT running over time, a quick countdown before kissing and hugging your nearest and dearest, or the random crowd members beside you, and then finally The Wombats hitting us with an onslaught of hits and subsequent dancing frenzy, it all just blurs together to be an energy filled night of frivolity with a matching hangover the next morning” – Part 2 of KTBell’s Falls Festival review. Review here

Releases This Week

It's all Good
It’s All GoodDamien Dempsey
iTunes

Lets Go Extinct
Let’s Go ExtinctFanfarlo
iTunes

The Wheel EP
The Wheel EPJordan Millar
Bandcamp

One Up Two Down
One Up, Two DownOne Up, Two Down
Bandcamp

Robert Ellis
The Lights from the Chemical PlantRobert Ellis
iTunes

Between Bars
Between BarsThe Civil Wars
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Little Bastard w/ OXBLVD, Ranger Spacey

Little Bastard

Sydney folk renegades Little Bastard will be taking to the stage at the Factory Floor for their first hometown headline show of the year. Fresh from conquering the Falls Festival in Lorne and laying down tracks for their debut album (due in May) the seven-piece are ready to make 2014 theirs and this gig is going to be a cracker.

Saturday 15th February – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Adelaide Fringe Festival
Friday 14th February to Sunday 16th March – Adelaide, SA

Andy Irvine
Thursday 20th February – Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, VIC
Friday 21st February – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Ann Vriend
Friday 14th February — The Homestead, North Hobart, TAS
Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th February — MONA, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 20th February — Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW

Cobargo Folk Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd February – Cobargo, NSW

Eddie Vedder
Sunday 16th February – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 18th February – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Frances Folk Gathering
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd February – Frances, SA

Jack Carty
Saturday 15th February – House Concert, Hazelwood Park, SA
Sunday 16th February – House Concert, Grange, SA

James Teague
Wednesday 19th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke
Friday 14th February – The Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 15th February – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st February – Paradiso Spiegeltent @ The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide, SA

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 14th February – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW

Leah Flanagan w/ Kieren Glasgow
Thursday 20th February – Vic on the Park, Enmore, NSW

Lior
Friday 21st February – Southern Peninsula Arts Centre, Rosebud, VIC

Little Bastard w/ OXBLVD, Ranger Spacey
Saturday 15th February – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

Okkervil River
Wednesday 19th February – Chevron Festival Gardens, Perth, WA
Friday 21st February – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

One Up Two Down and Oh Pep!
Friday 14th February – The Danish Club, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 16th February – Eudlo Hall, Eudlo, QLD
Wednesday 19th February – Anglican Church, Dorrigo, NSW
Thursday 20th February – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Friday 21st February – No.5, Bellingen, NSW

Packwood
Saturday 15th February – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 16th February – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 19th February – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Sam Buckingham
Wednesday 19th February – Revolver, Prahran, VIC
Thursday 20th February – Baha’s, Mornington Peninsula, VIC
Friday 21st February 0 Fringe Festival, Adelaide, SA

The Beez
Friday 14th February – Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club, NSW
Saturday 15th February – Blackheath, NSW
Sunday 16th February – Bundanoon, NSW (house concert)
Wednesday 19th February – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, ACT

Unpaved Sessions w/ Matt Green, Emilee South, James Kenyon, Lisa Wood, Ruth Kateleros and Monique Kenny
Monday 17th February – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“First Day of My Life” – Bright Eyes

Three years we published a couple of Valentine’s Day related playlists – one for the loved up and one for the heartbroken – that always get a lot of hits at this time of year. Given FFF has fallen on Valentine’s Day this year we thought we’d share one of our favourite loved up tracks (with one of the sweetest loved up videos) with you. Enjoy the love!

Interview: Breabach, WOMADelaide

Breabach
Image Courtesy of Breabach

Fans of Scottish trad band Breabach who missed their recent appearance at the Woodford Folk Festival needn’t worry – the band will be back in a few weeks time for a string of festival events including an appearance at this year’s WOMADelaide. We thought it was about we chatted the band so managed to get a hold of bass player and vocalist James Lindsay all the way in Glasgow to chat about their plans for Australia, their new album Ùrlar and the importance of the Scottish tradition in music.

Gareth Hugh Evans: Weren’t you in Australia just a couple of weeks ago?

James Lindsay: We were. We were at Woodford – enjoying the temperature there. It was up to 44 [degrees] one day.

GHE: I think you’re a bit of a glutton for punishment if you’re going to come all the way to Australia, head home to Scotland for a couple of weeks and then have to do that massive flight again to come back out to Australia.

JL: I know! We had to get our washing done done!

GHE: I guess this time of year is pretty important for British folk music with the awards and stuff on plus Celtic Connections in Glasgow.

JL: Totally. We all had to get back – we’re all involved in different things at Celtic Connections so we had to horse back and do that. That festival just finished.

GHE: How was it?

JL: It was great. We had too much fun!

GHE: We should probably talk about festivals coming up for you guys as well. You’re heading back to Australia and basically doing the folk festival circuit that tends to happen around March and April. How’re you feeling about returning to Australia again?

JL: We’re much looking forward to it and visiting a few new places. We’ve been over a few times now. We’ve spent a lot of time in Melbourne and this last trip we were in Brisbane so it will be great to get into Sydney and get to Adelaide and all that. We’re really looking forward to it – we’ve always had a great time whenever we’ve been out.

GHE: I think Australia, being a colony originally, has a big connection to celtic music, to Scottish music. It must be nice to play to overseas audiences that do feel that connection.

JL: Yeah definitely. It’s really great after shows a lot of people will come up to us and say they’re either born in Scotland or they’ve got family here and it made them homesick. It’s really nice.

GHE: I think Australians are probably pretty well versed in Irish music but maybe not so much in Scottish music – I’m not sure people realise how different the two can be. I remember asking my Mum, who’s Scottish, when I was a kid what the difference between Irish and Scottish music is and she told me “Irish music is good but Scottish music is happier”.

JL: (laughs) That could be true! But Scottish music can be a lot sadder as well I think.

GHE: That’s true – it does have the pipes which can be quite mournful.

JL: Yes exactly. The pipes can be really melancholic when you want them to be.

GHE: I really like what I’ve heard of your new album – Ùrlar right?.

JL: Yes Ùrlar. It’s a gaelic word that means “floor” or “ground”. We were talking about the mournful pipe playing – that kind of sound is a pibroch, the slow classical pipe music. It’s one of the oldest forms of pipe music. The ùrlar is actually the first movement, the first motif in one of these pibrochs. We liked the combination of the two themes.

GHE: Obviously there’s instrumentals on the album and also some songs as well – a lot of them in Gaelic. How important is it as a trad band to be singing in the native language of Scotland and continuing that tradition?

JL: We think it’s very important and we’ve got a couple of fluent speakers in the band so it seems kind of natural just to have them singing in a tongue that they’re fluent in. We also sing in Scots as well – we kind of like to represent both those languages

GHE: It feels like music is the way Gaelic can thrive – the way that people who may not be speakers can still connect with it.

JL: Definitely. It gets a lot of people interested in learning as well. At the moment it’s the highest uptake of people learning to speak Gaelic and I think a lot of that is because of the music. As you say it’s a way of getting into the language.

GHE: Listening to you guys and recent stuff from The Battlefield Band as well means I’ve been getting into Gaelic music quite a bit. It’s a very musical language.

JL: Totally – it’s very rhythmical.

GHE: I haven’t had a chance to see you guys live yet but I’ve heard that it’s very high energy. Is that a fair assumption.

JL: Yeah, I’d say that’s a good take on it. We definitely keep the live show very varied. We play to our audiences – we’ll have slower, poignant moments but towards the end of the set we like to ramp it up. We’ve got two sets of bagpipes and Megan [Henderson] our fiddle player does step dancing as well so we get all of these things combined and hopefully create a bit of a noise, a bit of energy.

GHE: When you’re performing at a festival do you tailor your set to the festival crowd, as opposed to the set you’d do at your headline show?

JL: In the UK we do a lot of sit down theatre shows where we’ll do two halves for a concert. We definitely structure that a lot differently to our one hour festival shows. We like to keep the energy up more for the festivals.

GHE: I’m really chuffed you’re doing WOMADelaide this year – it’s a fantastic festival. It’s great to see some celtic music coming back into it. Have you played WOMADs elsewhere?

JL: Yeah we’ve played WOMAD before and it’s a really great experience. We didn’t actually get to hang about that long but just wandering about the site – the music there’s so diverse. There was a fair bit of celtic stuff. It was really varied and really exciting so we can’t wait ti get to WOMADelaide.

GHE: It’s nice to present this type of music to such a wide and open audience. I feel like the people who go to WOMADelaide don’t go with a pretence of “I have to go and see this headliner” or whatever – they’re just there to discover great music.

JL: It’s a great thing. It’s a really music lovers festival these WOMADs. It’s great that people are up for opening themselves up to hear new stuff.

GHE: Once you guys finish your festival run here in Australia you’ll be heading home in time for the festival season in the UK I guess?

JL: We finish up in Sydney at the start of April. And then we fly home – April’s quite quiet for us but then in May we head off on our UK tour. And then all the UK festivals will kick off after that.

GHE: I know you’ve only just released Ùrlar but are there any plans to record again this year?

JL: There’s talk of maybe doing something next year because it will be the twelfth anniversary of the band. We kind of like that because a 12 year old bottle of whisky is the standard. There might be something to come out for that but at the moment there’s no details I’m afraid.

GHE: Well thanks so much for chatting with us today, it’s been great.

JL: We’re really looking forward to getting out and spend a good bit of time in Australia.

Breabach will be in Australia in March. The full list of dates are below:

Friday 7th and Saturday 8th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Sunday 9th and Monday 10th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 11th March – Brunswick Music Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd March – 10 Days on the Island Festival, TAS
Saturday 5th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Lior Added to the WOMADelaide Lineup

Lior
Image Courtesy of Lior

This week WOMADelaide added the final artist to it’s already amazing lineup – and it’s none other than Australian singer-songwriter Lior. This will be Lior’s first appearance at the festival since 2007 and he’ll be peforming tracks from his new album Scattered Reflections which is due on the 7th March.

Lior joins the likes of Billy Bragg, Sam Lee, Breabach, Hanggai, Jeff Lang, Mikhael Paskalev, Neko Case, Loren Kate, Thelma Plum, Tinpan Orange and many more at this year’s WOMADelaide.

WOMADelaide takes place in Adelaide’s Botanic Park from the 7th to 10th March. For more details including a full list of festival performers check out the official website here.

And Lior will be heading out on a national tour from the end of this month to support Scattered Reflections – the full list of dates are below:

Friday 21st February – Southern Peninsula Arts Centre, Rosebud, VIC
Thursday 27th February – The Playhourse Theatre, Hobart, TAS
Friday 28th February – Devonport Tas Entertainment Centre, TAS
Saturday 1st March – Burnie Arts & Function Centre, Burnie, TAS
Thursday 6th March – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th March – York Theatre @ Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th March – Orange Civic Theatre, Orange, NSW
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 22nd March – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 25th March – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Wednesday 26th March – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 28th March – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 6th April – The Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool, VIC
Monday 7th April – Portland Arts Centre, Portland, VIC
Tuesday 8th April – Hamilton Performing Arts Centre, VIC
Wednesday 9th April – Wesley Performing Arts Centre, Horsham, VIC

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