Thank Folk It’s Friday – 16th August

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our first ever New Music Monday featured new tracks from the last few weeks from the likes of Alfí, Amy Vee, Devandra Banhart, Dori Freeman, Phia feat. Melbourne Indie Voices, Pieta Brown and Sam Shinazzi. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Bon Iver
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Sydney Folk Festival

Sydney Folk Festival

Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 16th August – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 17th August – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne, NSW

Ainsley Farrell
Friday 16th August – Bank Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd August – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

Allan Caswell
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Amy Nelson
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Andrew Swift
Friday 16th August – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th August – Grand Ridge Brewery, Mirboo North, VIC

Bec Willis & Matt Ward
Friday 16th August – Limestone Coast Pantry, Mount Gambier, SA
Saturday 17th August – Crossley Hall, Warrnambool, VIC

Benson and the Outlaws w/ Jesse Redwing, Kristen Lee Morris
Friday 23rd August – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 16th August – Indian Ocean Hotel, Perth, WA
Saturday 17th August – The Aardvark, Fremantle, WA
Friday 23rd September – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Saturday 17th August – Cauliflower Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Boy & Bear
Friday 16th August – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th August – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd August – The Astor, Perth, WA

Brendon Moon
Sunday 18th August – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Caiti Baker
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Canberra Shanty Club
Monday 19th August – Old Canberra Inn, Canberra, ACT

Chaika
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Chloe & Jason Roweth
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 16th August – The Golden Wattle, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 17th August – Cooee Arthouse, Aldinga, SA
Sunday 18th August – Deviation Road Winery, Longwood, SA

Darwin Festival
Thursday 8th to Sunday 25th August – Darwin, NT

Davidson Brothers
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Den Hanrahan & the Rum Runners
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Didirri w/ Ro
Thursday 22nd August – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd August – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Dope Lemon
Saturday 17th August – Metropolis, Fremantle, WA

Eric Bogle
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Fallon Cush
Sunday 18th August – Beaches Hotel, Thirroul, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 16th August – Thargomindah Hall, Thargomindah, QLD

Figgy Folk Session
Monday 19th August – Figtree Hotel, Figtree, NSW

Felicity Urquhart
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

FolkSwagon feat, Emily Rigz, Jesse Squire, Machine on a Break
Wednesday 21st August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. Ben Fink & Mark Eliott, Spindles, Callum Wylie
Friday 16th August – 107, Sydney, NSW

Forty Degrees South
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Fleetwood Mac
Saturday 17th August – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 20th August – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 22nd August – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Fred Smith
Friday 23rd August – Tallimba Hall, Tallimba, NSW

Gareth Leach & Michaela Jenke
Friday 23rd August – The Catfish, Melbourne, VIC

Greta Stanley
Friday 23rd August – Darwin Festival, Darwin, NT

Gympie Music Muster
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie, QLD

Harrison Storm
Friday 16th August – Heya Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 17th August – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Harvey Russell & The Widowmakers
Saturday 17th August – The Fitzroy Pinnacle, Melbourne, VIC

Hayseed Dixie
Tuesday 20th August – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 21st August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Hein Cooper
Friday 16th August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 17th August – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW
Friday 23rd August – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA

Honey
Sunday 18th August- Bodalla Dairy Shed, Bodalla, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 22nd August – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Huckleberry Hastings
Friday 23rd August – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

Jacob Diamond
Friday 16th August – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th August – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 18th August – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd August – Brewhouse, Margaret River, WA

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Jeff Lang
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Kasey Chambers
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Kate Burke and Luke Plumb
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Kay Proudlove
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Kelly Country Pick
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – The Old Priory, Beechworth, VIC

Kirsty Lee Akers
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Little Quirks
Friday 16th August – Lo-Fi, Newcastle, NSW

Luke Plumb and The Circuit
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Mark Lucas & The Dead Setters
Friday 23rd August – Merton Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Saturday 17th August – The Acoustic Picnic, Sydney, NSW

Melody Moko
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Neil Murray
Friday 23rd August – Prairie Hotel, Parachilna, SA

Paddy McHugh
Friday 16th August – The Golden Wattle, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 17th August – Cooee Arthouse, Aldinga, SA
Sunday 18th August – Deviation Road Winery, Longwood, SA
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Papa Pilko And The Binrats w/ Caitlin Harnett, The Good Boys
Friday 23rd August – Landsdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Rose Zita Falko
Friday 16th August – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 18th August – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Rosie McDonald
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Sarah Humphreys
Sunday 18th August – Club Millthorpe, Millthorpe, NSW

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 21st August – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Sean McMahon and The Owls
Friday 23rd August – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Seanchas
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Shantily Clad
Sunday 18th August – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 21st August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Smith & Jones
Sunday 18th August – Beaches Hotel, Thirroul, NSW
Thursday 22nd August – Little Alberts at the Victoria, Bathurst, NSW

Stu Tyrrell
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Folk Festival
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney, NSW

Taste Of Tamworth feat. Carter & Carter, Lyn Bowtell, Jayne Denham, The Weeping Willows
Friday 16th August – The Wedge, Sale, VIC
Saturday 17th August – Moe RSL, Moe, VIC
Sunday 18th August – Frankston RSL, Melbourne, VIC

Tessa Devine
Friday 16th August – Bingil Bay Cafe, Bingil Bay, QLD

Tex Perkins and his Fat Rubber Band
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

The Black Sorrows
Friday 16th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 17th August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 18th August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

The Bottlers
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

The Last Aurochs
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

The McClymonts
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

The Montgomery Brothers
Friday 16th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Shanty Club
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

The Water Runners
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

The Willing Ponies
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

The Wilson Pickers
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Thelma Plum
Friday 16th August – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 17th August – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 22nd August – Sooki Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd August – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Victoria Vigenser & Lindsay Martin
Friday 16th August – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club, Beatrice Taylor Hall, Hornsby, NSW

Wednesday Winter Warmer feat. Highfalutin, Nick Payne and the Incorrigible Rascals, Shelley’s Murder Boys
Wednesday 21st August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Wifey w/ Restless Leg, Nighttime & Child
Friday 23rd August – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Yulli’s Sessions feat. Not Good With Horses
Wednesday 21st August – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Stay (Wasting Time)” – Dave Matthews Band

New Music Monday – 12th August

Alfi
Image Courtesy of Alfí

Alfí – “The Drink Song”

“The Drink Song” has featured on a couple of the folk music podcasts I listen to and now I can’t get it out of my head. Alfí, like the much lauded Lankum, are part of a new breed of Irish trad and folk bands who are embrassing the rougher, rawer side of Irish music. “The Drink Song” is taken from Alfí’s EP Wolves in the Woods which is wonderful and well worth you picking up.

Amy Vee – “Paper and Wood”

“Paper and Wood” is the latest single from award-winning singer-songwriter Amy Vee, taken from her new album Same Skin. The track is sumtuous piece of acoustic pop music, highlighting Amy Vee’s unique vocal style.

To celebrate the release of Same Skin Amy Vee is heading out on tour this October and November:

Wednesday 9th October – Memo Music Hall, St. Kilda, VIC
Sunday 13th October – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th October – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 20th October – Royal Exchange Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 1st November – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW
Saturday 2nd November – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Devendra Banhart – “Memorial”

Freak-folk singer Devendra Banhart released “Memorial”, the latest single from his upcoming album Ma, due on the 13th September. “Memorial” is a melancholy waltz, showcasing a songwriter who is trying to grapple with the finality of death and the process of mourning.

“”Memorial” is about loss and the strangeness of feeling so numb, and yet so completely heart-broken-open,” Banhart wrote on the song. “It’s about three people I loved very much, and some of it happened just like it says in the song. Someone really did propose at one of the memorials – we all thought they would have loved how surreal, romantic, and inappropriate that was. It’s about those last moments, how painful and perfect they were, all the tears, all the tears. I don’t know what else to say, except that I wrote the song for you to tell you about it, see if maybe you know what I mean, tell you everything, see if maybe it brings us closer, makes it easier to tell each other how much we love and appreciate one another.”

Dori Freeman – “That’s How I Feel”

Alt-country singer Dori Freeman dropped a surprise new track from her upcoming album Every Single Star, due on the 27th September. “That’s How I Feel” is a syncopated gem, showcasing Freeman’s stunning voice and just how tight her band is on the upcoming album.

Phia – “Full Circle”

Indie-pop singer Phia has teamed with the Melbourne Indie Voices for her latest single “Full Circle”. This is Phia at her full powers, channelling her knack for a catchy pop arrangement into a quirky track with interesting and exciting instrumental and vocal choices. The addition of the Melbourne Indie Voices adds something special without being overpowering. Lovely stuff.

Pieta Brown – “Ask For More”

American singer-songwriter Pieta Brown has released the tender new single and video “Ask For More”. The singer is a favourite with Australian audiences and its easy to why – there’s a fragility to her songwriting which draws the listener in and the music is simply beautiful.

“Ask For More” is taken from the upcoming album Freeway, co-produced by S. Carey (Bon Iver) and due for release on the 20th September.

Sam Shinazzi – “I Wrote A Book For You”

Sydney based singer-songwriter Sam Shinazzi released his brand new single “I Wrote A Book For You”, a straight forward love song accentuated by some amazing slide guitar from Michael Carpenter. The track also featured in the recent film Book Week.

“Writer/director Heath Davis asked me to write a song for the closing credits to his film Book Week – a brand new song about a film I was yet to see,” Shinazzi explained. “He gave me the movie title and some genre direction, which ended up being SAM-like anyway. The song came easily enough to me, and thankfully all those involved with the film loved it too. I then asked Michael Carpenter to put his touch on it, which he did brilliantly at Love HZ Studios. The song fits directly with the other new songs and works in progress for the next album, both musically and thematically. This is a special song for me with a tonne of meaning; I hope others get some feelings out of it too.”

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 9th August

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our first ever New Music Monday featured new tracks from the last few weeks from the likes of Anna Smyrk, Charlie Collins, Dori Freeman, James Thomson, Pete Cullen & The Hurt, Riley Pearce, Seeker Lover Keeper, Shaky Stills, The Lumineers, Tia Gostelow and Xavia. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Seeker Lover Keeper
Wild SeedsSeeker Lover Keeper
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Hein Cooper

Hein Cooper

Friday 9th August – Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 10th August – The Basement, Canberra, ACT
Friday 16th August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 16th August – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Amber Lawrence
Friday 9th August – Oberon RSL Club, Oberon, NSW
Sunday 11th August – Central Coast Country Music Festival, The Entrance, NSW

Andrew Swift
Friday 16th August – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Bec Willis & Matt Ward
Friday 16th August – Limestone Coast Pantry, Mount Gambier, SA

Bluegrass Open Mic Night
Tuesday 13th August – MoshPit, Sydney, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 9th August – The Basement, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 10th August – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th August – Indian Ocean Hotel, Perth, WA

Boy & Bear
Thursday 15th August – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th August – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

Canberra Shanty Club
Sunday 11th August – The Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT
Monday 12th August – Old Canberra Inn, Canberra, ACT

Catherine Britt w/ Michaela Jenke
Sunday 11th August – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Central Coast Country Music Festival
Sunday 11th August – The Entrance, NSW

Chaika
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Chloe & Jason Roweth
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Darwin Festival
Thursday 8th to Sunday 25th August – Darwin, NT

Davidson Brothers
Thursday 15th August – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Den Hanrahan & the Rum Runners
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Dope Lemon
Friday 9th August – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 15th August – HQ Complex, Adelaide, SA

Emma Russack
Friday 9th August – Sideway, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 10th August – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW

Eric Bogle
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Saturday 10th August – Isisford Hall, Isisford, QLD
Sunday 11th August – Tambo Hall, Tambo, QLD
Thursday 15th August – Evening Star Tourist Park, Charleville, QLD
Friday 16th August – Thargomindah Hall, Thargomindah, QLD

Fleetwood Mac
Friday 9th August – RAC Arena, Perth, WA
Sunday 11th August – RAC Arena, Perth, WA
Thursday 15th August – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Chris Neto, John Tennyson, Runaway Mornings
Wednesday 14th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. Ben Fink & Mark Eliott, Spindles, Callum Wylie
Friday 16th August – 107, Sydney, NSW

Forty Degrees South
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 9th August – The Junk Bar, Brisbane
Saturday 10th August – The Junk Bar, Brisbane

Garrett Kato
Friday 9th August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Good Tom Wallace
Saturday 10th August – Thirroul Railway Institute, Thirroul, NSW

Harrison Storm
Friday 9th August – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Saturday 10th August – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th August – Heya Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Hein Cooper
Friday 9th August – Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 10th August – The Basement, Canberra, ACT
Friday 16th August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 15th August – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Elijah Wald
Friday 9th August – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

In The Round feat. Caitlin Harnett, Lady Lyon, Carl Manwarring, Ross Tipper
Tuesday 13th August – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 9th August – New Hall, Point Lonsdale, VIC

Kay Proudlove
Saturday 10th August – The Garden, Berry, NSW
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Kate Burke and Luke Plumb
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Kelly Country Pick
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – The Old Priory, Beechworth, VIC

Kristen Lee Morris & The Dirty Snakes
Saturday 10th August – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW

Little Quirks
Friday 16th August – Lo-Fi, Newcastle, NSW

Liz Martin Band
Thursday 15th August – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Lou Bradley
Sunday 11th August – The Waterfront, Sydney, NSW

Luke Plumb and The Circuit
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Matt Ward
Saturday 10th August – North Kapunda Hotel, Kapunda, SA
Friday 16th August – Limestone Coast Pantry, Mount Gambier, SA

Mick Hart
Friday 9th August – The Entrance Leagues Club, The Entrance, NSW

Mojo Juju
Friday 9th August – The Lightouse, Darwin, NT

Monique Clare
Saturday 10th August – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 11th August – Jasper Corner, Federal, NSW

Neil Murray
Tuesday 13th August – The Lighthouse, Darwin, NT

Paddy McHugh and Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 9th August – North East Artisans, Benalla, VIC
Saturday 10th August – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 11th August – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 16th August – The Golden Wattle, Adelaide, SA

Rosie McDonald
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 14th August – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Seanchas
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Shaky Stills
Friday 9th August – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

STAV.
Friday 9th August – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 10th August – Boite World Music, Melbourne, VIC

Stu Tyrrell
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Folk Festival
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney, NSW

Taste Of Tamworth feat. Carter & Carter, Lyn Bowtell, Jayne Denham, The Weeping Willows
Friday 9th August – Knox Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 10th August – Club Mulwala, Mulwala, VIC
Sunday 11th August – House Concert, Kinglake, VIC
Friday 16th August – The Wedge, Sale, VIC

The Black Sorrows
Wednesday 14th August – Royal Hotel, Queanbeyan, NSW
Thursday 15th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 16th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

The Bottlers
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

The Hillbilly Goats
Friday 9th August – Mooloolah Valley Country Club, Mooloolah Valley, QLD

The Last Aurochs
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

The Muso Next Door Sydney
Friday 9th August – Secret Show, Sydney, NSW

The Shanty Club
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

The Water Runners
Saturday 10th August – Thirroul Railway Institute, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Friday 9th August – Knox Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 10th August – Club Mulwala, Mulwala, VIC
Sunday 11th August – House Concert, Kinglake, VIC
Friday 16th August – The Wedge, Sale, VIC

The Willing Ponies
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Thelma Plum
Friday 9th August – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 10th August – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 15th August – UOW UniBar, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 16th August – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Fortune” – Midlake

New Music Monday – 5th August

Anna Smyrk
Image Courtesy of Anna Smyrk

Anna Smyrk – “Home”

“Home” is the second single from singer-songwriter Anna Smyrk’s sophomore EP, planned to be released later in the year. The entire EP is inspired by the wild places Smyrk has lived including the Solomon Islands, Cambodia and the Philippines. “Home”, with its piano, cello, backing vocals and dobro, is a beautiful track full of evocative imagery and sensuous, intertwining melodies.

Charlie Collins – “Who’s Gonna Save You Now”

Tamworth born alt-country singer-songwriter Charlie Collins has released a live version of her new single “Who’s Gonna Save You Now”, taken from her latest record Snowpine. The languid track combines Collins’ love of a storytelling country song with an indie rock sensibility, deftly defying genre while taking the best from all of her influences.

Charlie Collins is heading out on tour with Kasey Chambers from this September – the full list of dates are below:

Thursday 12th September – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 13th September – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th September – Costa Hall, GPAC, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 15th September – Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, Wangaratta, VIC
Thursday 19th September – Lismore City Hall, Lismore, NSW
Friday 20th September – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st September – Southport RSL Club, Southport, QLD
Friday 4th October – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 5th October – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Sunday 6th October – Bridgetown, WA
Friday 11th October – Town Hall Theatre, PAC, Devonport, TAS
Saturday 12th October – Theatre North at the Princess, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 13th October – Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 17th October – Anitas Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 18th October – Evan Theatre, Panthers, Penrith, NSW
Saturday 19th October – The Cube, Campbelltown, NSW
Sunday 20th October – Bathurst Memorial Theatre, Bathurst, NSW
Thursday 24th October – Giant Dwarf Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 25th October – Giant Dwarf Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 26th October – Nex Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 27th October – The Playhouse Theatre, CTC, Canberra, ACT
Friday 22nd to Saturday 24th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC
Thursday 28th November – The Playhouse @ Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Friday 29th November – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 30th November – Townsville Civic Centre, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 1st December – Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre, Mackay, QLD

Dori Freeman – “Another Time”

American folksinger Dori Freeman explores the love within a platonic friendship in her new single “Another Time”. Freeman’s stunning voice, reminiscent of Laura Marling or Joni Mitchell, dances perfectly over the country shuffle rhythm of the song, creating something very unique and really beautiful.

“Another Time” is taken from Dori Freeman’s upcoming album Every Single Star which is due on the 27th September.

James Thomson – “Desire”

“Desire”, the new track from folksinger James Thomson, is a Dylan-esque folk-rock number with a definite groove and catchy chorus. The track is taken from Thomson’s upcoming album Golden Exile which is due out later this year.

Pete Cullen & The Hurt – “Destroy It All”

Brisbane based alt country singer-songwriter Pete Cullen has just released his new single “Destroy It All”, the first taster of his new album High Tide, due on the 3rd September. The song is full of passion, with Cullen’s voice cutting through some amazing musicianship from his band The Hurt.

“”Destroy It All” came to me in late January 2019 when I was reading stories of farmers facing yet another endless drought in Australia,” Pete Cullen explained. “Around this time a natural disaster hit north Queensland. Farmers went from hand-feeding their stock to watching them being washed away in record level floods. Living in the city it’s can be difficult to fully fathom the reality of these heart-breaking stories and the effect on our rural communities. As the song developed I started to realise that I was in fact the “fortunate boy” who lives in the luckiest country on the planet.”

Riley Pearce – “Brave (Acoustic)”

Australian singer-songwriter Riley Pearce released his amazing single “Brave” back in 2016. But now that he’s taking on the world he’s just re-released it as an acoustic version, so I figured it was worth sharing again. Loving the saxophone in this mix.

Seeker Lover Keeper – “Superstar”

With their highly anticipated new album Wild Seeds out this Friday, Australian super-group Seeker Lover Keeper have given us one more single in “Superstar”. The ethereal, piano and vocal driven song takes advantage of the group’s amazing vocal harmonies and makes me really excited for what else the album will reveal. It helps that the track also has an amazing video staring Australian actor Madeleine Madden.

“”Superstar” was the first song we wrote for the album,” Seeker Lover Keeper explained. “Sally [Seltmann] brought in the piano part, and a rough song structure and together we worked on melodies and lyrics. We had never written songs together before, so I think we all felt a little nervous. However, this song came together really quickly and organically.”

Seeker Lover Keeper are heading out on tour this September and October – full dates are below:

Thursday 5th September – Blue Mountains Theatre, Springwood, NSW
Friday 6th September – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 7th September – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 13th September – Narrabeen RSL, Narrabeen, NSW
Saturday 14th September – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Friday 27th September – The Altar Bar, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 28th September – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 29th September – Freo Social, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 3rd October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 4th October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Saturday 5th October – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Thursday 17th October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th October – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 20th October – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC

Shaky Stills – “Freaking Out”

Melbourne based alt-country band Shaky Stills have released their new single “Freaking Out”. The song is a straight up country twanger with shimmering lead guitar and walking bass alongside the lonesome vocals of Patty Carr. Definitely one to add to your playlists if you’re a fan of modern Australian country music.

Shaky Stills will be launching their new single with shows around Victoria including this Friday in Melbourne – dates are here:

Friday 9th August – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 25th August – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 7th September – The Rainbow, Melbourne, VIC

The Lumineers – “It Wasn’t Easy To Be Happy For You”

Did you manage to catch The Lumineers when they were in the country for Splendour in the Grass? If so you might have caught their brand new single “It Wasn’t Easy To Be Happy For You” from their latest album III. The track has The Lumineers in their full stripped back glory, with the guitar and lead vocals front and centre and a subtle rhythm section and background vocals ghosting in the background.

“It Wasn’t Easy To Be Happy For You” is also the forth video in an ongoing narrative series from The Lumineers – check out their YouTube channel for parts one, two and three.

Tia Gostelow – “Get To It”

Indie singer-songwriter Tia Gostelow has taken the anthemic approach with her new single “Get To It”. The track weaves Gostelow’s reverb heavy voice over a driving drum groove and spacious instrumentation.

Tia Gostelow will be launching the new single in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide this September and October – full dates are below:

Saturday 14th September – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Brisbane Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 27th September – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 4th October – Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA

Xavia – “Rain Falls”

Alice Springs based multi-instrumentalist Xavia has released her stunning new single “Rain Falls”. Xavia evokes the landscape of her home town while channeling the etherial electro-trad of bands like Clannad, creating something that is both brutally modern and timeless at the same time.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 2nd August

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Ben Harper, Chance McCoy, Lloyd Spiegel, Lucie Thorne, Shelley’s Murder Boys and Sheryl Crow feat. Jason Isbell. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Karine Polwart
Scottish SongbookKarine Polwart
iTunes

Teskey Brothers
Run Home SlowThe Teskey Brothers
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

FolkSwagon #200 feat. Naked Strangers, Darby, Sasha March, Lola Sola

Folkswagon

Wednesday 7th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Amber Lawrence
Friday 2nd August – Deniliquin Club, Deniliquin, NSW
Saturday 3rd August – South West Music Regional Conservatorium, Deniliquin, NSW
Friday 9th August – Oberon RSL Club, Oberon, NSW

Big Possum Stringband
Thursday 8th August – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 9th August – The Basement, Canberra, ACT

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Friday 2nd August – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Brad Cox
Friday 2nd August – Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 7th August – The Station Resort, Jindabyne, NSW

Catherine Britt w/ Aleyce Simmonds
Saturday 3rd August – Royal Theatre, Quirindi, NSW

Darwin Festival
Thursday 8th to Sunday 25th August – Darwin, NT

Dope Lemon
Friday 2nd August – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 8th August – Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 9th August – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Emma Russack
Wednesday 7th August – The Jazzlab, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 9th August – Sideway, Canberra, ACT

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 2nd August – Herbert River Crushers Hall, Ingham, QLD
Saturday 3rd August – Dimbulah Memorial Hall, Dimbulah, QLD

Fred Smith
Friday 9th August – The Junk Bar, Brisbane

Fleetwood Mac
Friday 9th August – RAC Arena, Perth, WA

FolkSwagon #200 feat. Naked Strangers, Darby, Sasha March, Lola Sola
Wednesday 7th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Garrett Kato
Friday 2nd August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 9th August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Harrison Storm
Thursday 8th August – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 9th August – Four5Nine, Perth, WA

Hein Cooper
Saturday 3rd August – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Thursday 8th August – Cambridge Warehouse, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 9th August – Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

High Tea feat. Lisa Caruso
Thursday 8th July – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 8th August – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Elijah Wald
Friday 9th August – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 2nd August – The Rye Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 3rd August – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 9th August – New Hall, Point Lonsdale, VIC

Katie Brianna
Friday 2nd August – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 7th August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Little Georgia
Friday 2nd August – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Saturday 3rd August – Portland Arts Centre, Portland, VIC
Sunday 4th August – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Mick Hart
Friday 9th August – The Entrance Leagues Club, The Entrance, NSW

Mojo Juju
Friday 9th August – The Lighthouse, Darwin, NT

Montgomery Church
Friday 2nd August – Hume Conservatorium, Goulburn, NSW

Muso Next Door Sydney
Friday 9th August – Secret Show, Sydney, NSW

Natalie Henry
Sunday 4th August – Quill & Compass, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 4th August – The Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Neil Murray
Saturday 2nd August – White Gums, Alice Springs, NT

Paddy McHugh and Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 9th August – North East Artisans, Benalla, VIC

Peta Caswell & The Lost Cause
Friday 2nd August – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 7th August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Porch Light Sessions feat. Frank Sultana, Hollie Matthew, Chris Neto
Thursday 8th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Sam Shinazzi w/ Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes
Sunday 4th August – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 7th August – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Nicholson w/ Raechel Whitchurch
Saturday 3rd August – Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Saturday 3rd August – Django at Camelot, Sydney, NSW

Simon Imrei
Friday 2nd August – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 2nd August – Scottish Price, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 3rd August – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Slim Dime
Sunday 4th August – The Taproom, Castlemaine, VIC

Stanley Records Showcase feat. Ben Leece, Peta Caswell, Katie Brianna
Wednesday 7th August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-Together
Saturday 3rd August – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Shanty Club
Wednesday 7th August – Spawn Point Small Bar, Sydney, NSW

Taste Of Tamworth feat. Carter & Carter, Lyn Bowtell, Jayne Denham, The Weeping Willows
Friday 2nd August – Alexandra Town Hall, Alexandra, VIC
Saturday 3rd August – Commercial Club, Albury, NSW
Sunday 4th August – St Mary of the Angels, Nathalia, VIC
Friday 9th August – Knox Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Bottlers
Friday 2nd August – Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, NSW

The Hillbilly Goats
Friday 9th August – Mooloolah Valley Country Club, Mooloolah Valley, QLD

The Jarrah Celts
Saturday 3rd August – Toodyay International Food Festival and Avon Descent, Toodyay, WA

The Little Lord Street Band
Sunday 4th August – The Moon, Perth, WA

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 2nd August – Tabcorp Park, Melton South, VIC

The Weeping Willows
Friday 2nd August – Alexandra Town Hall, Alexandra, VIC
Saturday 3rd August – Commercial Club, Albury, NSW
Sunday 4th August – St Mary of the Angels, Nathalia, VIC
Friday 9th August – Knox Club, Melbourne, VIC

Thelma Plum
Friday 9th August – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD

Tobias Hengeveld
Sunday 4th August – The Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Tripping up the Stairs
Wednesday 7th August – The Fiddler, Sydney, NSW

Wifey
Thursday 8th August – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Song For Ireland” – Dick Gaughan

New Music Monday – 29th July

Shelleys Murder Boys
Image Courtesy of Shelley’s Murder Boys

Ben Harper – “Uneven Days”

“Uneven Days” is Ben Harper at his most emotional and tender. Accompanied by piano and strings, Harper has smoothed all the edges off his visceral voice to deliver a truly beautiful song.

“The song “Uneven Days” attempts to explore the depths of how dependent we can become on other people for our own sense of wholeness and stability,” Harper explained. “The only thing more hazardous than oversimplifying relationships is overcomplicating them. Love and surrender are synonyms. Even if I remove love from the equation, mental health and day-to-day perspective maintenance is a razors edge. Maybe acknowledging the unavoidable uneven day, or uneven days, helps avoid uneven months or even years.”

Chance McCoy – “Whippoorwill”

Multi-instrumentalist Chance McCoy continues to play with genres with his upcoming solo album Wander Wide, due on the 20th September. The latest single “Whippoorwill” is probably his folkiest to date, drawing on an old timey style of songwriting, accentuated with jangly guitar and rhythmic fiddle. Probably my favourite from Wander Wide so far.

Lloyd Spiegel – “Track Her Down”

Australian acoustic roots singer-songwriter Lloyd Spiegel has found a really cool groove with hie new single “Track Her Down”. With brass stabs, funky electric guitar and Spiegel’s bluesy voice, “Track Her Down” brings Memphis to Australia.

“”Track Her Down” isn’t really about a person or a place,” Lloyd Spiegel explained. “It was probably an amalgamation of several women I met over the years who I wanted to get to know better but simply didn’t have the time and had to keep traveling. The greater story of the song is that the lifestyle I lead often doesn’t allow me to have anything but fleeting connections with people, and I don’t take those connections lightly; I carry them a lot more seriously than people may imagine.”

Lucie Thorne – “Golden Plains”

Singer-songwriter Lucie Thorne has delivered another beautiful track from her upcoming album Kitty & Frank, due on the 26th August. Similar to the previously released “Wheogo Hill”, Thorne is leaning heavily on ambient synths and driving drum beats to compliment her striking voice.

Kitty & Frank see’s Lucie Thorne cover the true stories of frontier woman Kitty Walsh and her lover, the bushranger Frank Gardiner.

“When I tell people I’ve written a concept album about bushrangers, many jump to the conclusion that it’s all fiddles and lagerphones!” Lucie Thorne said. “It couldn’t be further from it! I knew this whole wild Kitty & Frank story could live in any sound world, it’s such a timeless romantic tragedy. As I was working on the text, I
suddenly realised I was going to make a kinda art/pop album brimming with synths.”

Lucie Thorne will be touring the new album through September, October and November – full dates are here:

Friday 13th September – The Corridors Project, Cowra, NSW
Saturday 14th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 15th September – The Town Hall, Candelo, NSW
Friday 4th October – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Saturday 5th October – Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 6th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th October – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th October – McCrossin’s Mill, Uralla, NSW
Saturday 19th October – Community Arts Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Sunday 20th October – Grand Junction, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 14th November – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 22nd November – Cooee Arthouse, Aldinga, SA
Saturday 23rd November – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 24th November – Memorial Hall, Ashbourne, SA

Shelley’s Murder Boys – “Airds”

After teasing us with a bunch of social media content from the studio over the last few months Sydney based old-time band Shelley’s Murder Boys have finally released their new single “Airds”. The surprisingly upbeat track is taken from the band’s upcoming album Above is a Roar and is about “problems with no solutions, and strength in the face of adversity” according to the band. The track is a modal exploration of the old timey style with Shelly’s unique voice and distinctive fiddle playing taking centre stage – beautiful stuff.

Sheryl Crow feat. Jason Isbell – “Everything Is Broken”

The latest track from Sheryl Crow’s collaboration album Threads, due on the 30th August, is possibly my favourite yet. On “Everything Is Broken” Crow teams with Americana favourite Jason Isbell for a country-blues-rock belter that harkens back to Elvis, Roy and Johnny without being kitsch or distasteful. The relentless rhythm guitar, splashy drums and blues harp all make this track, as of course does Isbell’s superb voice.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 26th July

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Big Sky Mountain, Devandra Banhart, Harley Mavis, Hein Cooper, Joe Man Murphy, Joe Pug, Karine Polwart, The Brother Brothers feat. Sarah Jarosz & Jeff Picker, Wallis Bird and Witches Leap. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Greta Stanley
Sun In My EyesGreta Stanley
iTunes

Fever Dream
Fever DreamOf Monsters and Men
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Groundwater Country Music Festival

Groundwater

Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Gold Coast, QLD

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July – Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival, Echuca, Victoria

Adam Eckersley Band
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Amber Lawrence
Friday 26th July – Gunnedah Hotel, Gunnedah, NSW
Saturday 27th July – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 28th July – Dubbo RSL Memorial Club, Dubbo, NSW
Friday 2nd August – Deniliquin Club, Deniliquin, NSW

Andrew Swift
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Big Sky Mountain
Friday 26th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July – Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival, Echuca, Victoria
Friday 2nd August – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Brad Cox
Friday 2nd August – Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 26th July – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Catherine Britt w/ The Weeping Willows
Saturday 27th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

David Bridie
Saturday 27th July – The Peacock Theatre, Hobart, TAS

Doc & the Delegates
Saturday 27th July – Clarendon Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Dope Lemon
Friday 2nd August – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July – Echuca, Victoria

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 1st August – The Drawing Room on Flinders, Townsville, QLD
Friday 2nd August – Herbert River Crushers Hall, Ingham, QLD

Felicity Urquhart
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

FolkSwagon feat. Julia Johnson, Ruben Neeson, Sebastian Field
Wednesday 31st July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Gary & James Daley
Saturday 27th July – Nolan On Lovel Gallery, Katoomba, NSW

Great Aunt
Sunday 28th July – The Cambus Wallace, Gold Coast, QLD

Greta Stanley
Saturday 29th June – Neck of the Woods Festival, Townsville, QLD

Gretta Ziller
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Groundwater Country Music Festival
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Gold Coast, QLD

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 1st August – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Victor Mishalow
Sunday 28th July – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 26th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 27th July – Candelo Town Hall, Candelo, NSW
Sunday 28th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 26th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th July – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd August – The Rye Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

John Schumann and Shane Howard
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Jordan Ireland with Purple Orchestra w/ Babey, Soda Eaves
Thursday 1st August – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Katie Brianna
Friday 2nd August – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Kay Proudlove
Sunday 28th July – Succulent Sessions, Sydney, NSW

Kim Wheeler & Roadside Holiday
Tuesday 30th July – Mountain Pickers Association, Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, Ferntree Gully, VIC

Little Georgia
Friday 26th July – The Lennox Sessions, Lennox Head, NSW
Friday 2nd August – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC

M.E. Baird
Thursday 27th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Mark Oats and Matty Zarb
Friday 26th July – Django at Camelot, Sydney, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Sunday 28th July – Old Canberra Inn, Canberra, ACT

Mick Hart
Friday 26th and Saturday 27th July – Winter Blues Festival, Echuca, VIC
Sunday 28th July – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Miriam Lieberman
Wednesday 31st July – Peach Black, Sydney, NSW

Montgomery Church
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 2nd August – Hume Conservatorium, Goulburn, NSW

Mustered Courage
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Neil Murray
Saturday 27th July – Victoria Hotel, Dimboola, VIC
Sunday 28th July – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 30th July – Woomera Heritage Centre, Woomera, SA

Oly Sherman w/ Dom Youdan, James Campbell
Saturday 27th July – Low 302, Sydney, NSW

Paddy McHugh & Andy Golledge
Friday 26th July – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Peta Caswell & The Lost Cause
Friday 2nd August – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Round Mountain Girls
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Sahara Beck
Friday 26th July – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 31st July – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Simon Imrei
Friday 2nd August – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 26th July – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 27th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd August – Scottish Price, Gold Coast, QLD

Taste Of Tamworth feat. Carter & Carter, Lyn Bowtell, Jayne Denham, The Weeping Willows
Thursday 1st August – The Forge Theatre and Arts Hub, Bairnsdale, VIC
Friday 2nd August – Alexandra Town Hall, Alexandra, VIC

The Bluebird Sings
Saturday 27th July – Dashville, Belford, NSW

The Bottlers
Sunday 28th July – The Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Bushwackers
Friday 26th July – Outback Queensland Masters, Mount Isa, QLD

The Hillbilly Goats
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 27th July – Esk Club Hotel, Esk, QLD

The Little Lord Street Band
Friday 26th July – Grumpy’s Music Bar, Perth, WA
Sunday 28th July – Otherside Brewing Co, Perth, WA

The Loaded Dog Folk Club feat. Chloe & Jason Roweth, Buck & Deanne
Saturday 27th July – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 2nd August – Tabcorp Park, Melton South, VIC

The Slowdowns
Friday 26th July – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Saturday 27th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 1st August – The Forge Theatre and Arts Hub, Bairnsdale, VIC
Friday 2nd August – Alexandra Town Hall, Alexandra, VIC

Thelma Plum
Friday 26th July – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Tori Forsyth
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Vardos
Friday 26th July – 24 Moons Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Witches Leap w/ Lisa Richards
Saturday 27th July – Troubadour Folk Club, St Lukes Hall, Woy Woy, NSW

Woman Enough feat. Catherine Britt, Melody Moko, Natalie Henry
Friday 26th July – Great Northern Trading Post, Laguna, NSW
Saturday 27th July – House Concert, Kiama, NSW
Sunday 28th July – House Concert, Caves Beach, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Gambler” – First Aid Kit

New Music Monday – 22nd July

Harely Mavis
Image Courtesy of Harley Mavis

Big Sky Mountain – “Cover My Tracks”

The latest single from seven-piece, Sydney-based alt-country and Americana band Big Sky Mountain is the rollicking “Cover My Tracks”. I love how this track just drives forward with the rhythmic chug drums, bass and ukulele while still showcasing the band’s beautiful harmonies and diverse instrumentation – the subtle trumpet parts throughout the song are spot on.

Big Sky Mountain have a bunch of gigs coming up – the full list is here:

Friday 26th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th August – Club Willoughby, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th September – Crack ‘N’ Jack Spring Music Festival, Port Stephens, NSW
Saturday 19th Octover – Fusion Multicultural Street Festival, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Devendra Banhart – “Abre Las Manos”

Freak folk pioneer Devendra Banhart has just given us a taste of his upcoming album Ma (due on the 13th September) with the latin inspired track “Abre Las Manos”. Sung entirely in Spanish, “Abre Las Manos” was inspired by Banhart’s motherland, Venezuela with the title translating to “Open Your Hands”. In typical Devendra Banhart style the song takes traditional musical forms and plays with them, adding a trippy, ethereal feel to the song.

“My brother is in Venezuela, my cousins, my aunts and uncles,” Devendra Banhart explained. “They are just holding their breath, in gridlock standstill. Maybe there is more Spanish writing on Ma because of the helplessness I’m feeling, it’s on my mind more than ever. I was thinking about the sorrow of having to put a child up for adoption, loving that child but not being with them, for whatever reason. That child is out in the world and you have to love them from afar. And that is exactly how I have felt observing the situation in Venezuela. There’s this helplessness, this place that has been a mother to you, that you’re a mother to as well, and it’s suffering so much. There is nothing you can do but send out love and remain in that sorrowful state.”

Harley Mavis – “Thief”

Sydney based alt-folk artist Harley Mavis (who previously performed under the name Hannah Robinson) is channeling her inner Stevie Nicks for her latest single “Thief”. The folk rock song combines Harley Mavis’ big voice with a cracking band that really drives the pace forward.

“”Thief” is a reflection of being in a really emotionally manipulative relationship and constantly feeling like that person has a hold on you regardless of having broken up,” Harley Mavis explained. “It’s a song that really encapsulates my mental health at that time in my life.”

Hein Cooper – “Invincible”

From it’s atmospheric opening right through to its huge crescendo, “Invincible” from singer-songwriter Hein Cooper is a beautiful piece of work. The single, which also has a power, cinematic video, once agains demonstrates just what a talent Cooper is.

If you want to catch Hein Cooper live there’s a bunch of dates in August supported by Leonie Kingdom:

Saturday 3rd August – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Thursday 8th August – Cambridge Warehouse, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 9th August – Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 10th August – The Basement, Canberra, ACT
Friday 16th August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 17th August – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW
Friday 23rd August – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 24th August – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 25th August – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Thursday 29th August – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 30th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Joe Man Murphy – “The Old Pine Tree”

Irish born, Australian based singer-songwriter (and one quarter of Adelaide band The Timbers) Joe Man Murphy has released his brand new single “The Old Pine Tree”. The track has an expansive sound typical of Australian folk music with some Mark Knopfler-esque electric guitar that helps to elevate Murphy’s songwriting. The video for “The Old Pine Tree” combines Joe Man Murphy’s music with his other passion of visual art.

Joe Pug – “The Flood in Color”

Joe Pug’s highly anticipated new album The Flood in Color landed last week and it’s truly magical. Pug also released the lead single which sees the songwriter at his best – guitar, harmonica and a simple backing band to highlight his stunning lyrics. Pug’s songwriting economy is really a true talent – here’s a song that is under 3 minutes long and lyrically sparse but is still able to convey so much emotion.

Karine Polwart – “Chance”

Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart releases her tribute to Scottish pop, Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook, on the 2nd August and everything we’ve heard so far from it has been really interesting. Here Polwart reinterprets Big Country’s classic track “Chance”, stripping it back to its core with really beautiful instrumentation including flutes and glockenspiel.

The Brother Brothers feat. Sarah Jarosz, Jeff Picker – “Colorado”

I love this. Folk duo The Brother Brothers have teamed with singer and guitarist Sarah Jarosz and bassist Jeff Picker for the gorgeous new single “Colorado”. Sitting somewhere between the songwriting of Paul Simon and the vocal delivery of Dylan in his quieter moments, the song has everything you want from modern folk music.

Wallis Bird – “Salve!”

“Salve!” is the latest taster of the upcoming album Woman from Irish singer-songwriter Wallis Bird. The soul and funk of “Salve!” is a whole lot of fun, and will immediately have you up and dancing – such a fun track. Woman is due for release on the 27th September.

Witches Leap – “Mountain Road / Rocky Road to Megalong”

Blue Mountains based trio Witches Leap provide one of first instrumental tracks for New Music Monday with their reels “Mountain Road / Rocky Road to Megalong”. The combination of flute, pipes and guitar evokes a magical landscape that could be Ireland or could also be the wilderness of the Mountains – and the video compliments this perfectly.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 19th July

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Bon Iver, Boy & Bear, Great Aunt, Josh Rennie-Hynes, Matt Corby & Tash Sultana, The Maes and The Teskey Brothers. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Better Grow Up
Better Grow UpAngharad Drake
iTunes
Bandcamp

Joe Pug
The Flood in ColorJoe Pug
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Lumineers

The Lumineers

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW
Monday 22nd July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Saturday 20th July – Jamberoo Music Festival, Jamberoo, NSW
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July – Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival, Echuca, Victoria

Adam Eckersley Band
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Amber Lawrence
Friday 26th July – Gunnedah Hotel, Gunnedah, NSW

Andrew Swift
Friday 19th July – Captain Cook Holiday Village, Seventeen Seventy, QLD
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Angharad Drake
Wednesday 24th July – The J, Noosa, QLD

Because The Night feat. Sean Simmons, Jessica Cassar
Thursday 25th July – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Big Sky Mountain
Friday 26th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July – Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival, Echuca, Victoria

Bonniesongs w/ Elizabeth Fader, Ollie Thorpe
Thursday 25th July – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Brad Butcher
Friday 19th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Brad Cox
Friday 19th July – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 25th July – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 26th July – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Casey Atkins & his Press Studs
Sunday 21st July – Shady Pines Saloon, Sydney, NSW

CJ Shaw
Tuesday 23rd July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Courtney Barnett
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Dan Sultan presents Nali & Friends
Saturday 20th July – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 20th July – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

Daniel Champagne
Saturday 20th July – Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Davidson Brothers
Friday 19th July – True Brew, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 20th July – St Ambrose Hall, Woodend, VIC
Sunday 21st July – The Curtin, Melbourne, VIC

Dean Lewis
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July – Echuca, Victoria

Ettalong Jazz Festival
Saturday 20th July – Galleria, Ettalong Beach, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Felicity Urquhart
Friday 19th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

FolkSwagon feat. Blain Cunneen, Georgia Mulligan, Daniel Cherote
Wednesday 24th July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Gary & James Daley
Saturday 20th July – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Genevieve Chadwick & The Stones Throw
Friday 19th July – Music at Street Market, Sydney, NSW

Great Aunt
Saturday 20th July – Hardy’s Bay Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW
Sunday 21st July – Little Alberts, Bathurst, NSW
Thursday 25th July – Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Grizzlee Train
Saturday 20th July – Jamberoo Music Festival, Jamberoo, NSW

Groundwater Country Music Festival
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Gold Coast, QLD

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 25th July – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Ireland Rocks featuring Ciaran Gribbin
Saturday 20th July – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Jamberoo Music Festival
Saturday 20th July – Jamberoo, NSW

Jeff Lang
Sunday 21st July – Newport Bowls Club, Newport, VIC
Friday 26th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 19th July – Franks Wild Years, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 26th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Jesse Younan Tribute Show
Friday 19th July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

John Schumann and Shane Howard
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Kay Proudlove
Saturday 20th July – Jamberoo Music Festival, Jamberoo, NSW

Little Georgia
Sunday 21st July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 26th July – The Lennox Sessions, Lennox Head, NSW

Little Quirks
Saturday 20th July – Jamberoo Music Festival, Jamberoo, NSW

Magpie Diaries
Friday 19th July – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 20th July – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Mandy Connell & Liz Frencham
Sunday 21st July – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Oats and Matty Zarb
Friday 26th July – Django at Camelot, Sydney, NSW

Matt Corby
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Mick Hart
Friday 26th and Saturday 27th July – Winter Blues Festival, Echuca, VIC

Montgomery Church
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Mustered Courage
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Nathan Seeckts
Saturday 20th July – The Fitzroy Pinnacle, Melbourne, VIC

Paddy McHugh & Andy Golledge
Friday 26th July – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Queen Porter Stomp w/ Michigan Waters
Friday 19th July – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th July – Galleria, Ettalong Beach, NSW

Round Mountain Girls
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Sahara Beck
Wednesday 24th July – The J, Noosa, QLD
Friday 26th July – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Scottish Trad Session
Saturday 20th July – The Pipers Inn, Halls Head, WA

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 24th July – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Sean McMahon and The Owls
Thursday 25th July – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 19th July – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Saturday 20th July – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 21st July – Caves House, Yallingup, WA
Friday 26th July – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Smith & Jones
Saturday 20th July – Hardy’s Bay Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW
Sunday 21st July – Little Alberts, Bathurst, NSW

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay, NSW

Taste Of Tamworth feat. Carter & Carter, Lyn Bowtell, Jayne Denham, The Weeping Willows
Friday 19th July – Burrinja, Upwey, VIC
Saturday 20th July – Gateway Hotel, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 21st July – Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, Wonthaggi, VIC

Tessa Devine
Friday 19th July – The ORB, Atherton, QLD
Thursday 25th July – Elixir Music Bar, Cairns, QLD

The Bushwackers
Sunday 21st July – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 26th July – Outback Queensland Masters, Mount Isa, QLD

The Little Lord Street Band
Friday 19th July – Four5Nine Bar, Perth, WA
Saturday 20th July – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 21st July – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA
Friday 26th July – Grumpy’s Music Bar, Perth, WA

The Lumineers
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW
Monday 22nd July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Slowdowns
Friday 26th July – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

The Water Runners
Saturday 20th July – Jamberoo Music Festival, Jamberoo, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Friday 19th July – Burrinja, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 20th July – Gateway Hotel, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 21st July – Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, Wonthaggi, VIC

Thelma Plum
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 26th July – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Tori Forsyth
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Vardos Trio
Friday 26th July – 24 Moons Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Witches Leap
Friday 19th July – Tintenbar Up Front, Tintenbar, NSW
Saturday 20th July – Studio Folk Club, Armidale, NSW
Sunday 21st July – House Concert, Maitland, NSW

Woman Enough feat. Catherine Britt, Melody Moko, Natalie Henry
Wednesday 24th July – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 25th July – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th July – Great Northern Trading Post, Laguna, NSW

Ziggy Alberts
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Blue Mountains” – Sam Amidon

New Music Monday – 15th July

The Maes
Image Courtesy of The Maes

Bon Iver – “Jelmore” & “Faith”

The internet lost its mind this week with Bon Iver not only dropping two more songs, but also announcing their new album i,i, due on the 30th August. After releasing “Hey, Ma” and “U (Man Like)” last month, the new Bon Iver tracks are the glitchy “Jelmore” and the anthemic “Faith”. Justin Vernon’s sound continues to evolve away from the gentle folk of his earlier work with him fully embracing samples, loops and more on his new music. But front and centre is still Vernon’s amazing voice and pitch perfect songwriting and that’s what makes anything new from Bon Iver something to get excited about.


Boy & Bear – “Hold Your Nerve”

Since “Hold Your Nerve” was released in the last couple of weeks I’ve been hearing it all over the radio. It’s great that a band like Boy & Bear is still able to pump out songs that get the radio listening public excited. And “Hold Your Nerve” deserves the success its been getting – the track is classic Boy & Bear, combining their love of 70s folk-rock with the anthemic indie-pop they’ve becoming known for.

The track is taken from Boy & Bear’s newly announced album Suck On Light which will hit our ears on the 27th September. They also have a bunch of shows announced in August with tickets selling fast:

Thursday 15th August – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th August – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th August – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd August – The Astor, Perth, WA

Great Aunt – “FOMO”

Melbourne based folk and Americana duo Great Aunt tackle the modern anxiety of missing out on their latest track “FOMO”. with bluesy slide resonator guitar and thumping bass, the vocals in this track are actually more understated than you’d imagine. This is a very modern folk song that pays tribute to the roots of the music it draws from.

“FOMO” is taken from Great Aunt’s upcoming album So Not Right Now which is due for release in November. The duo are currently on tour – check out their upcoming dates here:

Tuesday 16th July – BUG Acoustic, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 17th July – Element Bar, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Thursday 18th July – The Middle, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 20th July – Hardy’s Bay Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW
Sunday 21st July – Little Alberts, Bathurst, NSW
Thursday 25th July – Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th July – The Cambus Wallace, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 4th and Saturday 5th October – Deni Ute Muster Festival, Deniliquin, NSW
Friday 15th to Sunday 16th November – Healesville Music Festival, Healesville, VIC

Josh Rennie-Hynes – “Chapter”

Australian singer-songwriter Josh Rennie-Hynes has just unveiled his latest solo single “Chapter”, his first since his work as one half of The Ahern Brothers. Josh Rennie-Hynes moved to Nashville to write and record his upcoming album Patterns, due on the 27th September, and you can hear that towns influence all over “Chapter”. This is straight up Americana songwriting, with Rennie-Hynes voice accompanied by a cracking band.

Matt Corby & Tash Sultana – “Talk It Out”

Australian roots music darlings Matt Corby and Tash Sultana have come together for an amazing collaboration in “Talk It Out”. The funky, soulful track is very smooth and plays on the unique voice of both artists.

“I wrote the song during the sessions for Rainbow Valley, but in a different way to the rest of the album,” Corby explains. “It didn’t feel like it was a fit for the record so I revisited it with Tash recently. Tash has a giant musical beast living inside of her, so I knew she could deal with whatever I threw at her. It was amazing to collaborate with someone like that, and have her throw her musical styling’s over the song.”

“We originally started having a jam in early 2017, then life came between making music together,” Tash Sultana adds. “This track came about because Matt didn’t include it on Rainbow Valley. He sent it to me to fill in the blanks, and it’s the first collaboration I’ve done with another artist that I’ve released. Matt is an amazing songwriter and instrumentalist. He’s also an absolutely awesome guy with a huge soul so it was a privilege to be a part of this project.”

Matt Corby plays Splendour in the Grass this weekend.

The Maes – “Treat You Better”

I know it’s pretty early to call, but “Treat You Better” from Melbourne duo The Maes is close to being my favourite song of 2019. Taken from their self-titled album, “Treat You Better” is some absolutely fine songwriting, with sweet harmonies entwining themselves around guitar, bass and mandolin. The song’s storytelling lyrics are deceptively simple (as all great lyrics are), but have a depth to them that grows on every listen. But where “Treat You Better” really shines in the chorus, which builds to a chant as the track crescendos and lodges itself firmly in your head for days to come. The Maes have released the official video for “Treat You Better” featuring live footage from festivals and shows from across the world and it’s a wonderful accompaniment to amazing song.

The Teskey Brothers – “So Caught Up”

And so we have yet another single and video from The Teskey Brothers’ upcoming album Run Home Slow, due on the 2nd August. This time it’s the soulful “So Caught Up”, described by the band as the centrepiece to the upcoming album. The track has a pop sensibility without losing The Teskey Brothers’ innate love of the blues, soul and gospel music that’s inspired them.

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