Thank Folk It’s Friday – 19th January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Laura Marling released her cover of Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall”. Details here

– US nu-folk four-piece The Low Anthem announced their new album The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea. Details here

Husky announced a series of intimate live shows this April. Details here

– Kiwi country crooner Marlon Williams released his quirky new video “What’s Chasing You”. Details here

Vance Joy gave us the first taste of his upcoming album with the new vidoe “We’re Going Home”. Details here

– American roots rock band Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats announced their new album Tearing at the Seams. Details here

– The Fairbridge Folk Festival in WA announced its first round of artists including Sheelanagig, The Lost Brothers, Perch Creek, Mama Kin Spender, Ganglions, Cara, Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Night), Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, Carla Geneve and Indian Eye. Details here

– English roots singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner announced Australian tour dates when he’s in the country for Bluesfest. Details here

– Melbourne duo This Way North have announced a Wednesday night residency celebrating artistic women at the Northcote Social Club throughout February titled Sass the Patriarchy featuring Bitch Diesel, Sal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel, Hollie Joyce and The Twoks. Details here

Interviews

“Playing as a trio gives us the freedom to pursue that grittiness as an art form – we can seek out the imperfections and impurities of early acoustic blues, and our material can have its own unique structure, so we’re not limited to a 12 bar blues format. It’s highly improvised, based on that very African style emanating from the North of the Mississippi”Elizabeth Walton chats to The Backsliders. Interview here

Releases This Week

First Aid Kit
RuinsFirst Aid Kit
iTunes

Glen Hansard
Between Two ShoresGlen Hansard
iTunes
Bandcamp

The Ahern Brothers
There’s A LightThe Ahern Brothers
iTunes
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Tamworth Country Music Festival

Tamworth

There are so many Timber and Steel favourites hitting the Tamworth Country Music Festival this week – check out our gig guide below for who’s playing, where and on what dates

Friday 19th to Sunday 28th January – Tamworth, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 19th January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo Resort, Thredbo, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Livefast Cafe, Halls Gap, VIC
Friday 26th January – Rye Foreshore, Rye, VIC

Adam Eckersley Band
Saturday 20th January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW

Alison Ferrier
Saturday 20th January – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Allison Forbes
Friday 19th January – Tamworth Shopping World, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 19th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 19th January – Fanzone Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW

Aleyce Simmonds
Saturday 20th January – The Tamworth Opry, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Americana In The Park feat. Brad Butcher, Paddy McHugh, Gretta Ziller, Melody Moko, Nick Payne & The Wanted Few, Smith & Jones and Andrew Swift
Monday 22nd January – Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW

Andrew Swift
Friday 19th January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 19th January – Opening Concert, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Country Music Cocktails, SSS BBQ Barn, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Americana in the Park, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – R U OK? Music For Mates, Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Country Cares, Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Toyota Fanzone Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW

Andy Golledge Band
Wednesday 24th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Ange Boxall
Thursday 25th January – Cafe 2340, Tamworth, NSW

Anna Smyrk
Friday 26th January – Courtyard Sessions, Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Appalachian Heaven Stringband, Cat & Clint
Sunday 21st January – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart
Wednesday 24th January – West Tamworth Leagues Club, Tamworth, NSW

Bluegrass Comes to Tamworth feat. Pete Denahy, Kristy Cox, Karen Lynne Band, The Weeping Willows, Montgomery Church
Friday 26th January – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Brad Butcher
Friday 19th January – The Green Owl, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 20th January – Tamworth Opry, Captial Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Americana in the Park, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Southgate Songrwiters, Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Songhouse Sessions, Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Big Golden Guitar Performance, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – R U Ok Music for Mates, Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Services Club Songwriters, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Australia Day at The Dag, Nundle, NSW

Breaking Trad
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Buried Country: Live in Concert
Sunday 21st January – The Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 19th January – Whitsundays Clipper Race Party, Airlie Beach, QLD
Wednesday 24th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Parramatta Park, Parramatta, NSW

Cake & Cordial Sessions feat. Greg Storer, Paddy McHugh, Megan Cooper, Montgomery Church, Small Town Romance, Smith & Jones
Thursday 25th January – St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Tamworth, NSW

Candice McLeod
Friday 26th January – Red Velvet Lounge, Cygnet, TAS

Carpenter Caswell
Tuesday 23rd January – Songwriters in the Round, Ex Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Ex Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Toyota Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW

Cat Canteri
Saturday 20th January – Bridge Road Brewers, Beechworth, VIC
Sunday 21st January – Star Hotel, Yackandandah, VIC

Courtyard Sessions feat. Anna Smyrk
Friday 26th January – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions feat. Timothy James Bowen
Friday 19th January – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Cruisin’ Deuces
Wednesday 24th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW

Dana Hassall
Sunday 21st January – Toyota Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Writers in the Round, Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW

Dashville Does the DAG feat. William Crighton, Fanny Lumsden, Magpie Diaries
Friday 26th January – The DAG, Nundle, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 21st January – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 25th January – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW

Dearly Departed
Thursday 25th January – Cafe 2340, Tamworth, NSW

Edgelarks
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Eleanor McEvoy
Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham, NSW

Ella Belfanti
Tuesday 23rd January – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – FolksWagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Ewan Mackenzie Fundraiser feat. Sunas, Cam Ford Gypsy Jazz, Karen Anderson, Steve Tyson & The Train Rex, 3 Miles From Texas, Murphy’s Pigs
Saturday 20th January – New Farm Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD

Faith i Branko
Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th January – Western Australia Circus Festival, Perth, WA

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 19th January – Ben Lomond War Memorial Hall, Ben Lomond, NSW
Sunday 20th January – The Tamworth Opry 2018, Capitol Theatre Tamworth, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – The DAG, Nundle, NSW

Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour feat. Claire Anne Taylor, The Small Glories
Wednesday 24th January – St Saviour’s Hall, Goulburn, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Dalgety NSW
Friday 26th Januray – Ganmain Hall, Ganmain, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Maia Marsh, Thompson Springs, Ella Belfanti
Wednesday 24th January – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake Presents Pinky Beecroft, Bonniesongs, Sasha March
Saturday 20th January – 107, Sydney, NSW

Georgia State Line
Tuesday 23rd January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Late Nite Alt, Tamworth, NSW

Graeme James
Friday 19th January – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 20th January – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 25th January – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Grand Baxter, Oskar Herbig, Greg Steps
Sunday 21st January – Brunswick Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Great Aunt
Wednesday 24th January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Friday 19th January – Opening Concert, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Country Music Cocktails, SSS BBQ Barn, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – The Playhouse Hotel, Barraba, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Americana in the Park, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Toyota Fanzone Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – R U OK? Music For Mates, Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Songwriters in the Round, Cafe 2340, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW

Hana and Jessie-Lee
Saturday 20th January – Ballarat Beer Festival, Ballarat, VIC
Wednesday 24th January – Late Nite Alt, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Cafe 2340, Tamworth, NSW

Hayley Marsten
Saturday 20th January – Coca Cola Country, Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Country Music Cocktails, SSS BBQ Barn, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Country Music World Live, Upstairs Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Fanzone Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Southgate Songwriters, Southgate Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – ABC Stage, Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – R U OK? Music for Mates, The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Big Golden Guitar Showcase, Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Hello Tut Tut
Friday 19th January – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Monday 22nd January – The Phoenix, Canberra, ACT

Hinterlandt
Wednesday 24th January – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 26th January – Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Hussy Hicks
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Cafe 2340, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Blazes, Tamworth, NSW

Hussy Hicks, Dearly Departed, Hana and Jessie-Lee, Gretta Ziller, Ange Boxall
Thursday 25th January – Cafe 2340, Tamworth, NSW

Illawarra Folk Festival
Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st January – Bulli, NSW

Imogen Clark
Saturday 20th January – The Playhouse Hotel, Barraba, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Frog and Toad Restaurant, Tamworth, NSW

James Bennett
Saturday 20th January – Bateau Bay Bowling Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Sunday 21st January – The Welder’s Dog, Armidale, NSW
Monday 22nd January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 26th January – Sacred Tree Markets, Nelson Bay, NSW

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Thursday 25th January – The Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th January – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Jep and Dep w/ Tim Evans, Luke O’Farrell
Sunday 21st January – Mosh Pit, Sydney, NSW

Jen Mize
Saturday 20th January – Dag Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Tamworth Opry, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Dag Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – R U OK? Music For Mates, Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Stardust Sessions, Jubilee Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Country Music Cares, Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Frog and Toad Restaurant, Tamworth, NSW

Jeremy Edwards and The Dust Radio Band
Monday 22nd January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – The DAG, Nundle, NSW
Thursday 25th January – The Peel Inn, Nundle, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW

Jess Holland
Friday 19th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – DAG Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

John Krsulja
Friday 19th January – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 19th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Fossickers Tourist Park, Nundle, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Cattleman’s Steakhouse, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Carmen’s Restaurant Under The Stars, Tamworth, NSW

Jordie Lane
Saturday 20th January – Major Toms, Kyneton, VIC
Thursday 25th January – Chapel Summer Sessions, Chapel Off Chapel, Melbourne, VIC

Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 20th January – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Sunday 21st January – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Kardajala Kirridarra
Thursday 25th January – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Katie Brianna
Friday 19th January – FanZone Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Med Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Songwriter Sessions, Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – JB HiFi, Tamworth, NSW

Kim Churchill
Friday 19th January – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 20th January – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 21st January – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Baha, Rye, VIC
Thursday 25th January – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 26th January – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Lachlan Bryan and Shanley Del
Saturday 20th January – The Playhouse Hotel, Barraba, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – North Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Saturday 20th January – The Playhouse Hotel, Barraba, NSW
Monday 22nd January – The DAG Station, Nundle, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – North Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Late Nite Alt, Tamworth, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Shanley Del & James Gillard, Gretta Ziller, Imogen Clark
Saturday 20th January – The Playhouse Hotel, Barraba, NSW

Lady Luck Festival
Saturday 20th January – Katoomba, NSW

Late Night Alt
Wednesday 24th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW

Lee Kernaghan
Thursday 25th January – TRECC, Tamworth, NSW

Little Wise
Sunday 21st January – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th January – Late Night Alt, Tamworth, NSW

Low Down Riders
Monday 22nd January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Locomotive Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Mandy Connell
Saturday 20th January – Daylesford Cider Company, Daylesford, VIC
Wednesday 24th January – Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Matt J Ward
Saturday 20th January – Country Cocktails, SSS BBQ Barn, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Coca Cola Country, Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Storytellers, Tamworth Golf Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Late Night Alt, Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Tamworth City Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

Matt Joe Gow w/ The Sideshow Brides, Tex Miller
Sunday 21st January – Summer Sessions @ Bellerine Street, Geelong, VIC

Medicine Show Sessions
Saturday 20th January – The Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – The Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – The Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – The Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Megan Cooper
Sunday 21st January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, Tamworth, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Saturday 20th January – Writers in The Round, Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Country Music Cares Concert, Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – South Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

Melody Moko
Sunday 21st January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Americana in the Park, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Mitch Power
Monday 22nd January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Mofo at Mona
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – MONA, Hobart, TAS

Monsieur Camembert
Saturday 20th January – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Montgomery Church
Saturday 20th January – Rydges Hotel, Jindabyne, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Andrew Clermont’s Supper Club, North Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – CMAA Senior Academy Of Country Music Reunion Show, Wests Blazes, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Bluegrass Comes to Tamworth – A Celebration of Acoustic Music, The Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Newstead Live! Music Festival
Thursday 15th to Sunday 28th January – Castlemaine, VIC

Nick Payne & The Wanted Few
Sunday 21st January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – ABC Stage, Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Americana in the Park, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW

Numeralla Folk Festival
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th January – Numberalla, NSW

Paddy McHugh
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Americana in the Park, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Dag Sheepstation, Nundle, NSW

Paul Andrew Carey
Saturday 20th January – Friends of the Dag Showcase, The Dag, Nundle, NSW
Sunday 21st January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Nundle Rocks, Peel Inn Hotel, Nundle, NSW

Paul Reid
Friday 19th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Peel Street Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Peasant Moon
Sunday 21st January – Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Cattleman Steakhouse, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Toyota FanZone, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Late Night Alt, Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW

Pierce Brothers and Ash Grunwald
Monday 22nd January – Australian Open Live Stage, Melbourne, VIC

Porch Sessions On Tour feat. Stu Larsen & Natsuki Kurai, Tim Hart, Ryan Martin John
Saturday 20th January – House Concert, Tantanoola, SA
Sunday 20th Jnauray – House Concert, Waitpinga, SA

Rich Davies & The Low Road
Friday 19th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – The Longyard, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Rick Hart Trio
Friday 19th January – The Oxley, Cowra, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Tamworth City Bowls Club, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – ABC Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Cattleman Steakhouse, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Hogs Breath Cafe, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – ICMA Showcase and Awards, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Tamworth Storytellers, Tamworth Golf Club, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Melissa Robertson Songwriters Showcase, West Tamworth Bowls Club, Tamworth, NSW

Rising Appalachia
Friday 19th January – Church of The Trinity Uniting Church, Clarence Park, SA
Sunday 21st January – CERES Environment Park, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Reiher and the September Gurls w/ Sean McMahon
Sunday 21st January – The Labour In Vain, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Nicholson
Wednesday 24th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW

Shawn Lidster
Friday 19th January – Halekulani Bowling Club, Budgewoi, NSW

Sheilas! Renegade Women of Country Music feat. Gleny Rae Virus, Jackie Marshall, Toni Swain, Kate Oliver, Bec Willis, Jess Holland, Sheila Knacquers
Sunday 21st January – North Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

Skyscraper Stan
Saturday 20th January – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC

Small Town Romance
Wednesday 24th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Balladeers Homestead, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Late Nite Alt, Tamworth, NSW

Smith & Jones
Friday 19th January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – The Peel Inn, Nundle, NSW
Saturday 20th January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – The DAG Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Americana in the Park, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Country Music Cares, Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, Tamworth, NSW

Spurs For Jesus, Handsome Young Strangers
Thursday 25th January – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Sugar Mountain
Saturday 20th January – VCA, Melbourne, VIC

Summer Sounds
Saturday 20th January – Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown, VIC

Tamar Valley Folk Festival
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Georgetown, TAS

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 19th to Sunday 28th January – Tamworth, NSW

Tanya Cornish
Sunday 21st January – Toyota Star Maker Grand Final, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Yamaha Showcase, Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – ABC Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Storytellers, Tamworth Golf Club, Tamworth, NSW

That Red Head
Friday 19th January – North Sydney Twilight Food Festival, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Lady Luck Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 21st January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Ahern Brothers
Friday 19th January – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 20th January – Rous Mill Hall, Rous Mill, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, VIC

The April Family
Tuesday 23rd January – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Toyota Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Audreys
Saturday 20th January – Summer Sounds Festival, Hobsons Bay, VIC
Sunday 21st January – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Audreys, Benny Walker, Teeny Tiny Stevies
Saturday 20th January – Summer Sounds, Commonwealth Reserve, Melbourne, VIC

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 19th January – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Saturday 20th January – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 21st January – Grand Hotel, Mornington, VIC

The Black Sorrows
Friday 19th January – Schutzenfest, The German Club, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 20th January – Coopers Alehouse, Wallaroo, SA
Thursday 25th January – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th January – Club Bowral, Bowral, NSW

The Bottlers w/ Nerdlinger, Hatakaze
Thursday 25th January – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Bushwackers
Saturday 20th January – The Longyard, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – The Dag Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Shoppingworld, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – The Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Dave Wright Four
Sunday 21st January – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Deep South w/ Michaela Jenke
Sunday 21st January – The Frog and Toad, Tamworth, NSW

The Demon Drink
Saturday 20th January – RoyalMail, Goodna, QLD
Friday 26th January – Upper Moora Park, Sandgate, QLD
Friday 26th January – Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane, QLD

The Flood
Thursday 25th January – The Tamworth, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26h January – The Tamwroth, Tamworth, NSW

The Fourth Night feat. The Cat Empire, Sarah Blasko, Sahara Beck
Thursday 25th January – Torquay, VIC

The Go Set
Friday 19th January – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th January – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

The Gypsy Scholars w/ Joe Oppenheimer, FÎntan, Ben K
Friday 19th January – Bar 303, Melbourne, VIC

The Heggarties
Saturday 20th January – Country Music Cocktails, SSS BBQ Barn, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Toyota Fanzone Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Americana in the Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Late Nite Alt, Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW

The Lazy Picks
Sunday 21st January – Upstairs at Freds, Camden, NSW

The McClymonts
Wednesday 24th January – TRECC, Tamworth, NSW

The Pigs
Wednesday 24th January – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Longyard, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Longyard, Tamworth, NSW

The Railsplitters
Friday 19th January – Rosny Barn, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 20th January – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Sunday 21st January – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Re-Mains
Friday 19th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Scrims
Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Boilermaker House, Melbourne, VIC

The Swamp Stompers
Friday 19th January – Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Central Coast, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Old Bar Tavern, Old Bar, NSW
Friday 26th January – Hotel Brunswick, Brunswick Heads, NSW

The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Friday 19th January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW

The Tamworth Opry feat. Felicity Urquhart, James Blundell, Lyn Bowtell, Fanny Lumsden, Aleyce Simmonds, Kristy Cox, Dean Perrett and Jeff Brown, Matt Cornell, The Weeping Willows, Karin Page, Jen Mize, Brad Butcher, Luke Dickens, Daniel Thompson
Saturday 20th January – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 26th January – Melbourne Zoo Twilights 2018, Melbourne, VIC

The Weeping Willows
Friday 19th January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Country Music Cocktails, SSS BBQ Barns, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January ABC Stage, Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – The Tamworth Opry, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Frog & Toad Listening Room, Econo Lodge, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Great Country Love Songs, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Toyota FanZone, Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Tamworth Songwriters Association’s 40th Birthday, Toyota FanZone, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – The Supper Club with Andrew Clermont, North Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Tamworth CMF Gala Dinner, Tamworth Golf Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – R U OK? Music For Mates, The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Country Music Cares Concert, Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Bluegrass Comes to Tamworth – A Celebration of Acoustic Music, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Storytellers – Journeys Through Song, Tamworth Golf Club, Tamworth, NSW

The Wilson Pickers
Friday 26th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Thredbo, NSW

This is A Robbery w/ Quinton Trembath
Friday 19th January – House Show, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 20th January – Princes Park, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 20th January – House Show, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 24th January – Caspa Studio, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 26th January – Animal House, Adelaide, SA

This Way North
Friday 19th January – The Taproom, Castlemaine, VIC

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 19th January – Courtyard Sessions, Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Toni Swain
Thursday 25th January – Peel Inn, Nundle, NSW

Tori Forsyth
Thursday 25th January – The Welders Dog, Tamworth, NSW

Ukulele Death Squad
Friday 19th January – Circa 1902, Queenscliff, VIC
Saturday 20th January – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Vanishing Shapes
Saturday 20th January – Little Red Kitchen, Bellingen, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 25th January – The Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW

Violent Femmes and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Monday 22nd January – Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, TAS
Tuesday 23 January – Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, TAS

Whistle Dixie
Friday 19th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Tamworth Shoppingworld, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW

William Crighton and Gawurra
Thursday 25th January – Tamworth Regional Gallery, Tamworth, NSW

Yabun Festival
Friday 26th January – Victoria Park, Sydney, NSW

Zane Thompson
Friday 26th January – Tempe Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Boxty Set” – Altan

This Way North Announce Sass The Patriarchy February Residency

This Way North
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Melbourne duo This Way North have announced a Wednesday night residency at the Northcote Social Club throughout February titled Sass the Patriarchy.

The night will be about about positive action, the creation of opportunity for women, and a chance to show support for the amazing women in our community of artists. Each Wednesday night This Way North will be joined by a guest artist to play a set as well as a special guest host to lead discussions with the artists and audiences about the past, present and bright future of women in the music industry.

“These short and intimate discussions will centre around the artists experiences in the industry, and importantly the strategies and resources available that might improve the music environment for women both now and in the future,” explains the Sass The Patriarchy press release. “We’ll cover issues such as equal representation on festival line ups (and all line-ups), how to include more women into industry roles such as sound engineers, producers, radio hosts and managers, and continuing the efforts to make places of work and play, safe and inclusive.”

The guest artists for the residency include Bitch Diesel, Sal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel, Hollie Joyce and The Twoks. If you want to see some amazing live music and contribute to a positive, fun and informative night make sure you get down to one of these shows. The full schedule for Sass The Patriarchy is below:

Wednesday 7th February – Bitch Diesel
Wednesday 14th February – Sal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel
Wednesday 21st February – Hollie Joyce
Wednesday 28th February – The Twoks

Newton Faulkner Announces Bluesfest Sideshows

Newton Faulkner
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English roots singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner has just announced a bunch of Australian tour dates when he’s in the country for Bluesfest this March and April.

Faulkner will be releasing his new album Hit The Ground Running on the 2nd February so fans can expect to hear the new material when he hits our shores.

The first track from Hit The Ground Running is also the title track.

“In the past I have mainly focused on pushing my guitar playing, on this album and particularly the first single, I decided to focus on my voice,” Newton Faulkner explained of the track. “On the last few albums, there were quite a few co-writes but on this one my brother forced me to write mostly on my own and this song is one of the ones that came out of that. It’s about messing things up but keeping moving forwards. I happen to have a reasonable amount of experience in both.”

Check out the video for “Hit The Ground Running” here:

When Newton Faulkner is in Australia in March and April he has headline shows planned in Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth – the full list of dates are below:

Thursday 29 and Friday 30th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 1st April – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Monday 2nd April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Monday 2nd April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 4th April – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th April – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 8th April – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth, WA

Fairbridge Folk Festival Announces First Round Of Artists for 2018

The Lost Brothers
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The Fairbridge Folk Festival have just announced their first round of artists and I think it’s time to start booking flights to WA.

This year’s lineup includes UK Euro-gypsy-ska group Sheelanagig, Irish harmonic duo and Timber and Steel favourites The Lost Brothers (above), Victorian favourites Perch Creek, the brand new collaboration Mama Kin Spender, UK math-pop-punkers Ganglions, Scottish and Irish trad band Cara, indigenous artist Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Night), Canadian traditional favourites Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, local WA singer songwriter Carla Geneve and Indian classical ensemble Indian Eye.

Based in the town of Pinjarra in WA, the Fairbridge Folk Festival is held from the 20th to the 22nd of April. For more information, including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The full list of announced artists is below:

Mama Kin Spender (WA), Perch Creek (VIC), The Lost Brothers (UK), Ten Strings and a Goat Skin (CAN), Sheelanagig (Dublin, Ireland), Carla Geneve (AUS, WA), Ganglions (UK), Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Night) (AUS, WA), Cara (DE, SCT), Indian Eye (IND, AUS)

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Announce New Album Tearing at the Seams

Nathanial Rateliff
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American roots rock band Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats have just announced plans to release their highly anticipated new album Tearing at the Seams on the 9th March this year.

The album is the follow up to Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ highly successful self-titled debut.

“For the first record, I demo’ed everything up and created most of the parts,” said Rateliff. “This time, I felt like we’ve all spent so much time on the road that we should all go off somewhere together. We should all have that experience together.

“I want — and I need — everybody to feel like they’re a part of this band. I want them to feel like they’re contributing artistically and emotionally to the experience of writing and creating this music. We’ve all had to make sacrifices to be in The Night Sweats and I want them all to know that it’s worth something.”

The first taster of Tearing at the Seams is the track “You Worry Me”. Check out the video below:

Watch The New Vance Joy Video “We’re Going Home” Plus Details of Upcoming Album

Vance Joy
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Vance Joy this week released his epic new, banjo driven single and video “We’re Going Home”. The track is the latest helping from Vance Joy’s upcoming album Nation of Two which is due for release on the 23rd February.

“We’re Going Home” is a typical Vance Joy anthem with a cinematic video directed by previous Vance Joy collaborator Mimi Cave – check it out here:

Nation of Two is set to feature 13 new tracks from Vance Joy.

Nation of Two describes a perfectly self-contained couple; their world beginning and ending at the bed they share, the car they ride in, or any other place where they’re together,” Vance Joy explained. “The idea that their love for each other gives them their bearings; a point of reference that makes sense of life.”

The full track listing for Nation of Two is below:

1. Call If You Need Me
2. Lay It On Me
3. We’re Going Home
4. Saturday Sun
5. Take Your Time
6. I’m With You
7. Like Gold
8. Alone With Me
9. Crashing Into You
10. One Of These Days
11. Little Boy
12. Bonnie & Clyde
13. Where We Start

When The Blues Slide Back To Town

backsliders kit
Words and Pictures by Elizabeth Walton. Interview at Narooma Golf Club, Narooma, NSW

When God made good musicians he sent them to church on Sundays. When he made really great ones, he sent them to the mouth of the Mississippi, to drink from the unholy waters of the delta blues. For even God could tell the devil was onto something there. Something driven and raw, something eternal that surpassed all sense of time, something that could get the people onto their feet, now, then, and always. And so it was that The Backsliders began, and no matter how much they drank, their cup remained full, as they continued flooding the dance floors of the nation for over 30 years.

That’s the way the story goes with legendary outfits, those who capture the sound of an era, but capture it in a way that isn’t gimmicky or contrived, isn’t hemmed into a stylistic paddock that is quickly overgrown, all weeds and useless stems that can’t be whittled or chewed. The Backsliders’ unique form of blues isn’t a style that the crowd comes to like then quickly forgets, like moths chasing the light around the next contemporary sound. This is a style that has easily stood the test of time.

When the best music has been on the scene in a continuously evolving format for an entire generation it becomes a backdrop for our times. A great song can track a moment in time as freshly as a scent, a taste, a remembrance of an old friend or even your favourite dog. But when a project has continued to be there in the landscape of the culture for as long as The Backsliders, it becomes something even more significant than just one song that throws you back to year dot.

You hear the sound at the festivals down south, up north, in the city, all around the country, and the songs become the aural licks for the great Australian drama of our times. You hear it in the Tim Winton screen adaptations of the dirty Australian ballads of the outback, that sound. That vision is there when you hear this very Australian form of blues. And it’s there in every other epic Australian drama of our times as well, from the softer cliched stories of Sea Change, to the harsher scenes of Underbelly, those tales that trace the seedier side of the national narrative and our love of the outsider, the lost larrikin, the dangerously compelling stories of the evil who walk among us. For The Backsliders aren’t just hot performers, their themes are there on the screen too.

These are the songs that fit so snugly into the storyline it’s as though the music was an extension of the scenery, a backdrop, and the song itself has become the dialogue, the lyric.

hirst and turnerSo goes the story of The Backsliders, a band put together a generation ago by Australia’s favourite bluesman Dom Turner, with his iconic high voice reminiscent perhaps of the growling plantation gospel singer Pops Staples. The outfit was joined in its adolescence by searing hot rock drummer Rob Hirst who may now be pushing into his mid 60’s, but he looks like he’s been bathing all these years  in the fountain of youth. Turner and Hirst both do.

The Backsliders are an outfit with not just national but international respect. And despite 30 years in action, the music is as fresh and relevant today as it ever was. There is not a quiver of energy held back from Rob Hirst’s intensely delivered searing hot rhythm, yet he plays this particular set straight off the tarmac from a world tour with Midnight Oil.

fast sticksDespite his own hot blooded performance, Dom Turner maintains a cool hand, barely breaking a bead of sweat. “It’s easy to maintain our momentum,” Turner says, “because we have always had the understanding that working on our other projects gets you coming back with something fresh”. Working with a rotating line of three harp players – this set featuring Joe Glover – also brings an individuality to every performance, something Turner is keen to capture, which is the basis for the decision to stick with the simple three part lineup – one string man, one harp man, and one percussion man, front and centre.

“Playing as a trio gives us the freedom to pursue that grittiness as an art form – we can seek out the imperfections and impurities of early acoustic blues, and our material can have its own unique structure, so we’re not limited to a 12 bar blues format. It’s highly improvised, based on that very African style emanating from the North of the Mississippi.”

“If we used a bass player we would all have to move at the same time, but this way we can follow those African and also at times South East Asian beats more fluidly,” he says.

 

Turner creates his sound calling on the subtle timbre of a glass slide, searching for that gliding sustain and the sweetness of the glasswork over the frets. When he moves to a metal slide he leans towards a heavier chrome style that produces less friction and a leaner sound. For this tour he uses three guitars and a mandola, selecting each for its sonic differences, rather than just the economy of time in altering the tunings, which for the most part remain tuned to various open chords.

With improvisation at its core. communication for the band is essential, so the men prefer their stage lineup positioned for optimum line of sight, an important departure from the standard setup of kit in back, strings out front. It certainly allows for a highly visual experience of Hirsts’ high energy infectious playing. The drum kit is a somewhat sentimental assemblage of an old marching band drum, an ice bell, piccolo, two snares and hand made cymbals that serve as clanky hi hats, finished with a high tech Dyson fan to help the rhythm man bring down the heat.

When the band kicked off back in the 80’s the iconoclastic sound was nudged along by a washboard and a reinforced hatbox fitted with a mic inside. The collaboration with Hirst has seen a move to a more tribal sound, which is created in part by writing songs separately, then working on them together in the studio, for the continuing roll of recordings the band produces. The next installation is due for sketches, directions and ideas in the coming months, but the album won’t reach its zenith until the band gets together within the sanctum of the studio.

 

The Backsliders put an unmistakably Aussie spin on the deep traditions of the delta blues, an art form arising from the darkest sorrows of the downtrodden, the forgotten, the ripped off oppressed and poverty stricken. It’s a style that originated from the starving disenfranchised blacks of the American south, whose fight against oppression overreached the Civil War’s success in remaining impossibly inhumane long after the war was won. These conditions still impose the questionable will of powerful men during times of the greatest hardship and suffering, often when a helping hand is needed the most. It’s a suffering that still goes on today, long after the storms of Hurricane Katrina have passed on into legend, not just for the way she lashed at the heart of New Orleans, but for the way the powers that be gave very little warning, with next to no planning, and the way the then President barely turned his head while America’s greatest roots tradition drowned alongside the most mighty songsmen of the South, like so many disregarded notes and souls.

So the world has come to treat its roots musicians, a forgotten underclass, amongst whom those most talented are those most likely to be found in a burger joint, flipping refried beans or taking out the trash. And this is the sound The Backsliders have summoned from the murky swamp to translate into an endless realm of Australian anthems, distilling the essence of the troubles of the South, in all its desolation and heathen ways. Their delivery is a sound that defers to the Australian wide open landscape for its meaning, rendering an antipodean condition to their interpretation of Cajun influenced blues, with their ditties of moving on, getting away from it all, getting your bags packed and getting lost, losing all sense of that purpose which once flashed before you, before your dreams got flushed away.

viewThe Backsliders have a long history touring the far south coast of New South Wales, playing the blues festival at Narooma that finished when its saviour hung up his saddle a few seasons back. No one has taken up the mantle, and the old festival office remains For Lease, fronting the road as the Pacific Highway heads up the hill and meanders around the town. Yet the band still returns to the scene, creating their own scene now, where old mates put on the big party at the biggest venue in town, and easily fill the Narooma Golf Club on a lazy Sunday evening. The festival scene may have been the birthplace of the romance with the coast, but the story has outlived the event. After all, nothing speaks summer in a more sultry seawater way than the Mississippi blues, especially in its local incarnation, hollered out so loud by The Backsliders.

Upcoming live dates for The Backsliders are below:

Sunday 28th January – Waterfront Cafe Church Point, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 3rd March – Girrakool Blues and BBQ Festival, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th May – Blues on Broadbeach, Broadbeach, QLD

Watch the New Marlon Williams Video “What’s Chasing You”

Marlon Williams
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Kiwi country crooner Marlon Williams has just released his new single and video “What’s Chasing You”. The track is the second single from Williams’ highly anticipated new album Make Way For Love which is due on the 16th February.

“It’s an earnest question,” Marlon Williams said about the track. “It’s the only thing I’ve ever really wanted to know of another human being. Like all good questions, it’s childishly simple. We all want to live inside the fears of the ones we love, if not to dispel them then at the very least to understand, empathize and let’s be honest, compare hands. I’m not convinced truly understanding another’s woes would really bring anyone happiness, but I am a nosey boy. What’s chasing you?”

Watch the video for “What’s Chasing You” below:

Marlon Williams will be heading out on an Australian tour this May along with Canadian singer-songwriter The Weather Station. The full list of dates are here:

Saturday 12th May – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 14th May – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 15th May – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Wednesday 16th May – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 17th May – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Husky Announce Intimate Walking In Your Sleep Tour

Husky
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Melbourne indie-folkers Husky are planning a string of intimate shows this April following the release of their latest single “Walking In Your Sleep”.

The track is taken from Husky’s highly successful 2017 album Punchbuzz which we picked as one of our favourites from last year.

“”Walking in Your Sleep” is a song I wrote during a period of intense dreaming brought on by the meticulous recording of my dreams,” frontman Husky Gawenda explained. “I became obsessed with the possibilities of the dream realm – lucid dreaming, self-exploration, unlocking the unconscious – and how that would affect my waking life and perhaps more so, my writing. The more I slipped in and out of this dream realm, the less I knew the difference between dream and reality and the more they mirrored each other. If I listen back to the song now, I hear an exploration of longing that in my waking life I was trying to escape, but was wrestling with every night in my sleep.”

Husky will be hitting the road this April with shows planned in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle – check out the full dates plus a stream of “Walking In Your Sleep” below:

Friday 13th April – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th April – The Landsdowne, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th April – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st April – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

The Low Anthem Announce New Album The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea

The Low Anthem
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Indie-folk favourites The Low Anthem have announced plans to release their brand new album The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea on the 23rd February.

The concept album was birthed following a tour van crash which wiped out band member Jeff Prystowsky for several weeks and wreaking a bunch of of the band’s gear and instruments.

“One second you’re dozing off in the passenger seat on the way to a gig, and the next, there’s fire and hell flames and black smoke and your face is bleeding and you can’t see, and you can’t process information, and you think it’s all over,” Prystowsky explained.

The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea is in part inspired by John Cage’s biography Where The Heart Beats, by Kay Larsen. Ben Knox Miller from the band became transfixed by the salt doll fable he came across in the book which tells the story of a doll that wants to know itself, and what it’s made of. A teacher tells it, “salt comes from the ocean,” so it goes to the sea. When the doll puts its toe in, it knows something, but loses its toe. Then it puts its foot in, knows even more but loses its foot … and so on, until it’s completely dissolved, never to return to the shore.

The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea is a concept album with a story arc weaving through the songs like a constellation,” Jeff Prystowsky said. “It’s an underwater circular journey to the bottom of the sea following the salt doll who, attempting to measure the sea (and thus, know its true origins), in the end, becomes part of it. Along the way this non-human, conscious chemical compound, encounters all kinds of fantastical oceanic things.”

Below is a track listing for The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea along with a really sweet album trailer:

1. Bone of Sailor, Bone of Bird
2. River Brine
3. Give My Body Back
4. Drowsy Dowsing Dolls
5. The Krill Whistle Their Fight Song
6. Toowee Toowee
7. Coral Crescent
8. Dotwav
9. Cy Twombly By Campfire
10. Gondwanaland
11. To Get Over Only One Side
12. Final Transmission From The Diving Umbrella

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