Happy 6th Birthday Timber and Steel!

Bob Dylan

Running from the cold up in New England
I was born to be a fiddler in an old time string band
My baby plays a guitar, I pick a banjo now

– “Wagon Wheel” Old Crow Medicine Show

Like many music writers I’m a frustrated musician. I play a decent fiddle and mandolin (and mediocre guitar) but my lack of commitment when it comes to practicing coupled with how intimidated I get with the amount of talent that’s out there has meant I’ve never really taken it further than backyard jams and open mics.

The truth is that Timber and Steel didn’t start life as a blog. The first incarnation of Timber and Steel was a band playing covers of artists that we’d discovered through Laura Marling and the burgeoning UK nu-folk scene – bands and artists like Mumford & Sons, Johnny Flynn, Noah and the Whale, Emmy The Great, Pete Roe, Jay Jay Pistolet and more. Most of these bands went on to make a mark on the international music scene in some way or another but at the time we saw our band Timber and Steel as a vehicle to bringing these unknown artists and songs to an Australian audience, essentially continuing the folk process of sharing songs that has been happening for centuries.

Timber and Steel the blog was born during the band’s jam sessions from comments like “surely there’s music like this emerging in Australia as well” or “why isn’t anyone in Australia writing about this music?”. The blog was born out of the desire to share the music we were uncovering from Australia and around the world outside of what we were able to share on the stage. The rest, as they say, is history.

What I love most about the folk scene is its inclusiveness. My musical exploits may be purely amateur but if I go to a folk festival I will always arrive with at least one instrument in tow. My favourite regular nights in my home town of Sydney are the ones that involve a participation element like a jam session. My fondest memories from gigs are the ones that have ended back stage or at a local bar with a couple of guitars and a group of people keen to continue the music. My entire monthly gig and festival going experience is built around where I can pull out my fiddle or mando and have a play. Over the last six years I have jammed with some of the best in the business.

In what other genre of music can you participate to this degree? This is why I love folk music.

Timber and Steel the band still exists and still performs occasionally at low key nights and small festivals. Coming up we have shows at FolksWagon in Sydney on the 25th May and at the Top Half Folk Festival in Darwin over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June. The blog is still a reflection of the music we’re discovering and want to share as well as helping us discover and connect with shows and festivals we may want to play.

Seeing Timber and Steel moving into its sixth year is surreal. The blog that was conceived my lounge room between working out Laura Marling songs was only ever going to be an outlet for sharing music, little did we know where it would take us. I’m incredibly proud of Timber and Steel and constantly humbled by how much we’ve been welcomed into the folk scene in Australia. I’m looking forward to many more years of watching, playing and even occasionally writing about folk music.

Happy 6th Birthday Timber and Steel!

Gareth Hugh Evans
Editor in Chief

Listen to the New Tiny Ruins Track “Dream Wave”

Tiny Ruins
Image Courtesy of Tiny Ruins

New Zealand singer-songwriter Tiny Ruins is about to explode. Her latest single “Dream Wave” was produced by legendary film director and music producer David Lynch after he mentioned he was a fan Tiny Ruins on Twitter.

Take a listen to “Dream Wave” below:

Tiny Ruins will be performing at the Sydney Opera House as part of Vivid Live on Wednesday 1st June.

Mumford & Sons Announce New EP Johannesburg

Mumford
Image Courtesy of Mumford & Sons

Earlier this year Mumford & Sons embarked on an historic, sold out tour of South Africa. While the band were there they brought together three of their touring buddies – Swedish-Malawian electronic band The Very Best, Baaba Maal from Senegal and South African afro-beat masters Beatenberg – to record their brand new EP Johannesburg.

The EP is due for release on the 17th June and will feature five tracks. Check out the full track listing and a live version of the first single “There Will Be Time” below:

1. There Will Be Time – Mumford & Sons and Baba Maal
2. Wona – Mumford & Sons, Baba Maal, The Very Best and Beatenberg
3. Fool You’ve Landed – Mumford & Sons, The Very Best and Beatenberg
4. Ngamila – Mumford & Sons, Baba Maal and The Very Best
5. Si Tu Veux – Mumford & Sons, Baba Maal and The Very Best

Watch the New Raechel Whitchurch Video “Kerobokan Blues”

Raechel Whitchurch
Image Courtesy of Raechel Whitchurch

I first met alt-country singer Raechel Whitchurch a few years ago when she played banjo with her singer-songwriter sister Faith Lee.

Whitchurch has since struck out on her own, recording her debut EP Outlaw with legendary producer Bill Chambers. The EP was released on the 18th April and debuted at #1 on the iTunes Country Music charts.

The first single from Outlaw is “Kerobokan Blues” which was released in the lead up to the first anniversary of the execution of Bali 9 member Andrew Chan – the track was inspired by Chan’s attitude towards his fate.

Check out the video for “Kerobokan Blues” below:

Raechel Whitchurch will be launching Outlaw on Wednesday 22nd June at The Vanguard in Sydney – details here.

Listen to the New Liz Stringer Single “Anyone”

Liz Stringer
Image Courtesy of Liz Stringer

Last year celebrated Melbourne singer-songwriter Liz Stringer headed over to Portland, Oregon to record her fifth studio album All The Bridges with engineer/producer Adam Selzer (The Decemberists, Jolie Holland, Fleet Foxes, M Ward) to be released on the 1st July.

We now have the first taster of that album in the form of 80s rock throwback “Anyone”.

“It’s a song about friendship and loyalty,” Stringer explained. “I wrote it as a direct message to my friends because I wanted to let them know the gravity of my feelings for them. It just felt like the right time for this song to happen.”

Take a listen to “Anyone” below:

Watch the New Aoife O’Donovan Video “Porch Light”

Aoife
Image Courtesy of Aoife O’Donovan

American folk singer Aoife O’Donovan has just released her video for track “Porch Light” created by her cousin Alex Henes.

“I’d been thinking of some sort of weird animation for ‘Porch Light’ with a very literal take on the lyrics and what he created is perfect,” O’Donovan explained. “I love the splashes of color — they really evoke the “life of restlessness” mood.”

“Porch Light” is taken from Aoife O’Donovan’s latest album In The Magic Hour. Check out the video below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 29th April

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Hunter Valley festival Folk In Broke announced their 2016 lineup including Bakoomba, The Protesters, Mitch Power (above), Liz Stringer, The Coconut Kids, The Wayward Henrys, Fletcher Pilon, The Rhythm Hunters, Georgia Grimshaw, The Blues Preachers, Big Erle and more. Details here

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats released their new video “I Need Never Get Old”. Details here

– Canadian folk singer Old Man Luedecke returns to Australia this week for a whole bunch of tour dates through May. Details here

Releases This Week

Melody Pool
Deep Dark Savage HeartMelody Pool
iTunes

Paul Kelly
Seven Sonnets & A SongPaul Kelly
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Timber and Steel Presents

The Timbers

William Fitzsimmons

Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May – Winter Moon Festival, North Queensland, QLD

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Julia Jacklin

Julia Jacklin

Singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin is one of the buzz-iest artists out there at the moment and her shows in Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide this week (plus Sydney next weekend) will get you in on the ground floor before she explodes.

Friday 29th April – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 30th April – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 1st May – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

A Man Walks Into A Bar feat. Sam Newton
Friday 29th April – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 30th April – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 1st May – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 4th May – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th May – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th May – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW

Andy Golledge w/ Redundant Technology
Thursday 5th May – Union Hotel, Sydney NSW

April Maze
Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May – Mt Beauty Music Festival, VIC

Chippo City Limits feat. Wild Honey, Aidan D Cooney
Sunday 1st May – The Lord Gladstone, Sydney, NSW

Claude Hay
Thursday 5th May – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 6th May – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Davey Craddock
Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May – Mount Beauty Festival, VIC

Devon Sproule
Friday 29th April – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Dr TAOS’ Medicine Show feat. Selftort, Dr TAOS, Sabrina Soares
Wednesday 4th May – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Finders Keepers Markets
Friday 29th April – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 30th April – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 1st May – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Matilda Abraham, Carlos Arango’s Small Big Band, The Delta Revue
Wednesday 4th May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Mitch Power, Adam Young
Thursday 5th May – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Henry Wagons
Friday 6th May – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Hootenanny feat. Chiptooth
Sunday 1st May – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Joe & Harmony’s Magic Carpet Ride feat. Lime & Steel, Peter Miller-Robinson, The Willing Ponies
Saturday 30th April – Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan
Friday 29th April – House Concert, Holgate, NSW
Saturday 30th April – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW

Julia Jacklin
Friday 29th April – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 30th April – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 1st May – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Friday 6th May – TBA, ACT

Lime & Steel
Saturday 30th April – Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Little May
Thursday 5th May – Wollongong Uni Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 6th May – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Live ‘n’ Lounging feat. Cuzn, Vanishing Shapes, Seth Henderson, Joshua Burgh
Sunday 1st May – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Matt Corby
Sunday 1st May – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 2nd May – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 5th May – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA

Mitch Power
Sunday 1st May – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 5th May – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Mount Beauty Music Festival
Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May – Mt. Beauty, VIC

Of Monsters and Men
Friday 29th April – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 1st May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 2nd May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 4th May – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Old Man Luedecke
Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May – Planting Festival, Woodford, QLD
Monday 2nd May – Upwey/Belgrave RSL, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 5th May – Spotted Mallad, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th May – Mountain Mumma Restaurant, Sheffield, TAS

Ryan Bingham
Friday 29th April – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 30th April – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel and John Flanagan
Tuesday 3rd May – Brisbane Unplugged, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 6th May – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Sian Evans
Saturday 30th April – Nimbin Mardigrass, Nimbin, NSW
Sunday 1st May – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Sparrow-Folk
Friday 29th April – The Matchbox, Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 30th April – The Matchbox, Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 29th April – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 30th April – Fresh on Charles, Launceston, TAS

The Planting Festival
Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May – Woodford, QLD

The Timbers
Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May – Winter Moon Festival, North Queensland, QLD

The Weeping Willows
Friday 29th to Sunday 1st May – Mount Beauty Music Festival, Mount Beauty, VIC
Friday 6th May – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

TinPan Orange
Friday 29th April – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 1st May – Fresh on Charles, Launceston, TAS

Vance Joy
Saturday 30th April – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

William Crighton
Friday 29th April – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 30th April – The Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 5th May – Lady Lismore’s Loft, Lismore, NSW
Friday 6th May – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Winterbourne
Saturday 30th April – The Planting Festival, Woodford, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Everything Is Free” – Gillian Welch & David Rawlings

Old Man Luedecke Announces Australian Tour Dates

Old Man Luedecke
Image Courtesy of Old Man Luedecke

Canadian folk singer Old Man Luedecke has listed a bunch of Australian dates on his official site confirming he’ll be back in the country from the end of this month.

Old Man Luedecke will kick off his tour at the Planting Festival in Woodford before making his way up and down the East Coast. Check out the dates announced so far here:

Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May – Planting Festival, Woodford, QLD
Monday 2nd May – Upwey/Belgrave RSL, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 5th May – Spotted Mallad, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th May – Mountain Mumma Restaurant, Sheffield, TAS
Saturday 7th May – Brookfield Winery, Margate, TAS
Tuesday 10th May – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 11th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th May – Illawara Folk Club, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 14th May – White Eagle Polish Club, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 15th May – Hotel Blue (Live at the Attic), Katoomba, NSW


Watch the New Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Video “I Need Never Get Old”

Nathaniel Rateliff
Image Courtesy of Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

Did you catch Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats while they were in the country for Bluesfest? By all accounts they were amazing, catching the attention of a lot of the local media.

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats have just released their new video “I Need Never Get Old” which takes the studio based clip to the next level.

“It was a long 15-hour day, the video was fun,” Rateliff explained. “The concept of the video is us struggling over the song for decades, but ironically it took only two hours to record the song in the studio.”

Check out “I Need Never Get Old” below:

Folk In Broke Announces 2016 Lineup

Mitch Power
Image Courtesy of Mitch Power

Folk music returns to the Hunter Valley this year with the return of boutique festival Folk In Broke later this year.

Folk In Broke will take place at McNamara Park in Broke, NSW on Saturday 12th November.

The lineup announced this week includes some of the countries best up and coming indie folk acts including Bakoomba, The Protesters, Mitch Power (above), Liz Stringer, The Coconut Kids, The Wayward Henrys, Fletcher Pilon, The Rhythm Hunters, Georgia Grimshaw, The Blues Preachers, Big Erle and more.

Tickets for the day of music are $85. For more information check out the official Facebook page here.

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