Thank Folk It’s Friday – 29th May

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– It looks like Bon Iver will return for their third cycle with Justin Vernon confirming their headline spot at the first annual Eaux Claires Music Festival. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk night Little Features celebrate their 3rd Birthday tomorrow with appearances from Justin Robinson, Charlie Gradon, The Button Collective and Ed Wells. Details here

– Canadian alt-country singer Lindi Ortega announced her new album Faded Gloryville. Details here

Jed Rowe and Alison Ferrier have announced a joint tour this July. Details here

– Singer-songwriters Jack Carty and Jordan Millar have announced a joint tour this August. Details here

– The Top Half Folk Festival announced their full lineup including Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers, Ted Egan, Colin Lillie, Barry Skipsey, Sally Balfour, Margaret Walters, Bob Sharp, Scott Balfour, Dave Oakes, Don Bruce, Neil & Mel Phillips, Rusty & The Infidels, Malarkey, Watershed Players, Edan Baxter, Chris Pemberton & Tony Suttor, Peter Bate, Paul Stewart, South Of The Berrimah Line, Phil Beck, Phil Gray, Kirsty Evans, Ted & Carolynne Burns and the-band-that-became-a-blog Timber & Steel. Details here

– Melbourne band Husky released their new video “Drunk”. Details here

The Milk Carton Kids released their new video “Poison Tree”. Details here

– London folk-rock five-piece Feldspar released their new single “Five Years”. Details here

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations released their new video “Flag” and announced a national tour. Details here

Packwood released his stunning new video for “Obstinate”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Sal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel have released their new video “Stumble in the Dark”. Details here

Releases This Week

Cold Moon
Cold MoonJames Thomson
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Jed Rowe
The Last Day of WinterJed Rowe
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Little Features feat. Justin Robinson, Charlie Gradon, The Button Collective, Ed Wells

Button Collective

This Sunday Sydney indie-folk night Little Features celebrates it’s third birthday with a lineup that includes American singer-songwriter Justin Robinson, Little Features mainstay Charlie Gradon, local folk heroes The Button Collective (above) and the buzzworthy Ed Wells.

Saturday 30th May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Ben Howard
Friday 29th May – Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 30th May – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Monday 1st June – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 3rd June – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Davey Craddock & The Spectacles
Friday 29th May – Petersham Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Direwolf and Willowy
Friday 5th June – Rad, Wollongong, NSW

Iris DeMent with Pieta Brown
Friday 29th May – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

James Kenyon and Tobias Hengeveld
Friday 29th May – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Little Features feat. Justin Robinson, Charlie Gradon, The Button Collective, Ed Wells
Saturday 30th May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Planet Dungog Music Festival
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st May – Dungog, NSW

Ruby Boots
Friday 29th May – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

The Pigs
Friday 29th May – The Spirit, Traralgon, VIC
Saturday 30th May – The Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne, VIC

Timberwolf
Saturday 30th May – Big Pineapple Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Top Half Folk Festival
Friday 5th to Monday 8th June – Glen Helen via Alice Springs, NT

Friday Folk Flashback

“Sister” – Sufjan Stevens

“What the water wants is hurricanes, and sailboats to ride on its back”. Could those hushed opening lines, over 4 minutes into the track, be some of the best in modern times? I saw Sufjan perform this in Sydney this week and it was magic.

Watch the New Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel Video “Stumble in the Dark”

Sal Kimber
Image Courtesy of Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel

It’s great to see Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel back and firing on all cylinders with the release of their brand new single “Stumble in the Dark”. The video for the track is absolutely stunning and was released last week – check it out below:

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel will be officially launching the single with a tour through June. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 12th June – Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 13th June – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Sunday 14th June – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 18th June – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 19th June – Ex-Services Club, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 20th June – Barossa Regional Art Gallery, Tanunda, SA
Sunday 21st June – Vinyl, Adelaide, SA

Watch the New Packwood Video “Obstinate”

Packwood
Image Courtesy of Packwood

Melbourne based singer-songwriter Packwood released his new video “Obstinate” this week and I am simply lost for words. The painstakingly animated video from animator Robert Jarvis captures the track perfectly, adding an entrancing visual element to Packwood’s chamber folk music.

Check out the video here:

“Obstinate” is taken from Packwood’s upcoming mini-album Hibernal, due for release on the 1st June.

Watch the New Xavier Rudd & The United Nations Video “Flag”

Xavier Rudd
Image Courtesy of Xavier Rudd & The United Nations

Xavier Rudd’s new project Xavier Rudd & The United Nations keeps making noise with festival appearances and the release of their new album Nanna in March. Their latest single is the reggae infused “Flag”, complete with a picturesque new video.

Check it out below:

To celebrate the release of “Flag” Xavier Rudd & The United Nations will be heading out on a massive national from August – check out the full list of dates here:

Sunday 9th August – Darwin Festival, Darwin, NT
Thursday 13th August – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Friday 14th August – The Venue, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 15th August – Magnums, Airlie Beach, QLD
Sunday 16th August – MacKay Entertainment Centre, Mackay, QLD
Tuesday 18th August – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton, QLD
Wednesday 19th August -Moncrieff Theatre, Bundaberg, QLD
Thursday 20th August – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st August – Coffs Ex Services, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Sunday 23rd August – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 27th August – Club Forsters, Forster, NSW
Friday 28th August – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 29th August – Central Coast Leagues, Gosford, NSW
Sunday 30th August – Dubbo RSL, Dubbo, NSW
Wednesday 2nd September – Katoomba RSL, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 3rd September – Panthers, Bathurst, NSW
Friday 4th September – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 5th September – Waves, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 6th September – UC Refectory, Canberra, ACT
Friday 11th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th September – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 13th September – Country Club, Launceston, TAS
Tuesday 15th September – The Capitol, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 17th September – Kay St Saloon, Traralgon, VIC
Friday 18th September – Costa Hall, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 19th September – Mt Gambier Gaol, Mt Gambier, SA
Sunday 20th September – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 23rd September – Goldfields Art Centre, Kalgoorlie, WA
Thursday 24th September – Civic Centre, Esperance, WA
Friday 25th September – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Saturday 26th September – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Perth, WA
Sunday 27th September – 3 Oceans Winery, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 3rd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Listen to the New Feldspar Single “Five Years”

Feldspar
Image Courtesy of Feldspar

London folk-rock five-piece Feldspar return this June with the release of their new EP If We’re Still Together. The EP will be released on the 29th June and the first single, “Five Years”, is an epic taste of what’s to come.

Take a listen to “Five Years” below:

Watch the New Video From The Milk Carton Kids, “Poison Tree”

Milk Carton Kids
Image Courtesy of The Milk Carton Kids

The new Milk Carton Kids album Monterey dropped this month and it’s something very very special. If you haven’t had a chance to pick it up yet do yourself a favour and go and buy it now.

Are you back? Good – because we’ve got the latest video from The Milk Carton Kids, “Poison Tree”, right here:

The Milk Carton Kids are touring Australia from next month – check out the full list of dates below:

Sunday 28th June – City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 30th June – The Athenaeum, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 3rd July – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th July – Bello Winer Music Weekender, Bellingen, NSW

Watch the New Husky Video “Drunk”

Husky
Image Courtesy of Husky

Along with the release of their new video “Drunk”, Melbourne nu-folk band Husky have just announced plans to relocate to Europe (Berlin specifically) to take advantage of the Northern summer. And while we’re going to miss them at least they’re leaving some amazing music behind.

“Drunk” is taken from Husky’s latest album Ruckers Hill and has a classic 70s vibe that we really like. Check out the video below:

Full Lineup for the Top Half Folk Festival Revealed

Fanny Lumsden
Image Courtesy of Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers

We’re less than two weeks away from our favourite little folk festival, the Top Half Folk Festival in Central Australia, and it’s shaping up to be an amazing event.

The Top Half has already announced headliners Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers (above) but this week they announced a raft of other artists including Ted Egan, Colin Lillie, Barry Skipsey, Sally Balfour, Margaret Walters, Bob Sharp, Scott Balfour, Dave Oakes, Don Bruce, Neil & Mel Phillips, Rusty & The Infidels, Malarkey, Watershed Players, Edan Baxter, Chris Pemberton & Tony Suttor, Peter Bate, Paul Stewart, South Of The Berrimah Line, Phil Beck, Phil Gray, Kirsty Evans, Ted & Carolynne Burns and the-band-that-became-a-blog Timber & Steel.

The Top Half Folk Festival is held from the 5th to the June at the Glen Helen Resort west of Alice Springs. As well as the festival there will be an informal welcome drinks in Alice Springs at the Gap View Hotel on Thursday 4th June. For more information on the Top Half Folk Festival including how to get your hands on tickets and accommodation check out the Central Australia Folk Society web site here.

Jack Carty and Jordan Millar Announce Intimate + By Request National Tour

Jack Carty
Image Courtesy of Jack Carty

Following the success of a couple of intimate shows in Sydney in March singer-songwriters Jack Carty and Jordan Millar are jumping back in the van for a series of shows this August. The Intimate + By Request show will see Carty and Millar doing what they do best in small venues all around the country.

Check out the full list of dates below – and get in quick because these shows are bound to sell out very very quickly:

Saturday 1st August – The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Thursday 6th August – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 7th August – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 8th August – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th August – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 15th August – Rous Mill Hall, Rous Mill, NSW
Thursday 20th August – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 21st August – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd August – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS

Jed Rowe Announces Tour with Alison Ferrier

Jed Rowe
Image Courtesy of Jed Rowe

Both Jed Rowe and Alison Ferrier are about to release album produced by Jeff Lang and featuring The StillsonsThe Last Day of Winter (29th May) and Be Here Now (5th June) respectively – so it makes sense that the two Melbourne singer-songwriters have planned a joint tour in July.

The tour will take the singers through New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria with Rowe supplementing it with a couple of solo shows as well. Check out the full list of dates below along with an exclusive stream of the new Jed Rowe track “Fire”:

Friday 12th June – Selby Folk Club, Selby VIC*
Friday 19th June – Basement Discs, Melbourne VIC*
Wednesday 1st July – The Front, Canberra NSW
Thursday 2nd July – The Union, Sydney NSW
Friday 3rd July – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay NSW
Saturday 4th July – City Sounds at Queens St Mall, Brisbane QLD
Sunday 5th July – City Sounds at Brisbane Square, Brisbane QLD
Sunday 5th July – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane QLD
Thursday 9th July – 5 Church St, Bellingen NSW
Friday 10th July – Wauchope Arts, Wauchope NSW
Saturday 11th July – McCrossin Mill, Uralla NSW
Sunday 12th July – The Junkyard, Maitland NSW
Saturday 1st August – Bella Union, Melbourne VIC
Friday 21st August – Ararat Live, Ararat VIC*
Saturday 22nd August – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide SA*
Sunday 23rd August – Red Poles, McLaren Vale SA*
*Jed Rowe solo

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