Georgia Fields and Phia Announce Sky and Sea Co-Headline Tour

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Celebrated Melbourne based singer-songwriters Georgia Fields and Phia have just announced plans for a huge, co-headlined national tour kicking off next week.

The duo will be combining the indie-pop of Georgia Fields’ music with the electro-folk looping of Phia, with both artists joining each other on stage.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 6th July – Suttons House Of Music, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 8th July – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Thursday 13th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 14th July – Candelo General Store, Candelo, NSW
Saturday 15th July – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW
Friday 21st July – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 22nd July – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 23rd July – Brunswick Picture House, Brunswick Heads, NSW
Thursday 27th July – OAF Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th July – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 30th July – Point Lonsdale, VIC
Thursday 3rd August – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th August – Baby Black Espresso Bar, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Sunday 6th August – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 11th August – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 12th August – Glen Helen Homestead Lodge, Alice Springs, NT

Track By Track: The Ahern Brothers – The Ahern Brothers

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The Ahern Brothers is the new duo project from Josh Rennie-Hynes and Steve Grady which has been garnering all sorts of praise since they emerged on the scene earlier this year.

Last week The Ahern Brothers released their self-titled debut album and we sat down with the boys to get a run down on each of the tracks, with Rennie-Hynes and Grady taking a side each:

Side A by Josh Rennie-Hynes

1. “Comb That River” – This is the first song Steve and I ever wrote together. We’d played a lot together in the past few years on our own solo stuff but for some reason never sat down to write something. We flew into San Francisco from Melbourne at around midday, jet lagged as hell. Our friend Moose’s apartment is in the Castro district and out of his windows you can see San Francisco; it’s a beautiful view. That afternoon we pulled out our guitars and started jamming. This song idea came and within a few hours we pretty much had the whole thing down. It’s loosely based around the show ‘Stranger Things’ and the story of a child who’s friend has disappeared. This song sets the tone for the rest of the record and once we’d written it we both realised we’d stumbled onto something cool.

2. “When the Rains” When The Rains was written directly after “Comb That River” that same afternoon, somewhere in the midst of the jetlag and the euphoria of waking up and being in another country. I don’t know where this song came from. Again, we just started jamming on ideas and an hour or two later we had a gospel song. When you listen to the recording you can hear my voice get croakier as it goes on. It was late at night when we recorded it and I was a little tired but it ended up being our favourite performance. That’s what I love about this album; it wasn’t about perfection or polish first and foremost. It was about capturing a true performance of the songs.

3. “Today’s The First Time” – After a few days in San Francisco we headed north to the stay at our friend’s lodge in a place called the Russian River. It is nestled in the hills among the giant redwoods and is just beautiful. We’d sit on the deck most days and write. Steve had a rough verse melody for this song buzzing around in his head for the previous few weeks but no lyrics. So it was just a matter of nutting it out. It’s one of those songs that almost feels like it’s already been written; you just need to sit down with it, pay attention and let it tell you what it wants to say. For me it’s about being in the present; experiencing things and travelling while also missing a loved one. Steve had earlier said to me that day something along the lines of “This is the first time I’ve truly missed someone” and the chorus came from that.

4. “Bury Me Here” – There was a meadow just below the lodge that we’d often go to. One morning we woke up and wanted a change of scenery and perspective for the day so we grabbed our guitars and headed down. I was messing around with this chord progression and we jammed on ideas until the song started to come. There was a dog buried in the meadow clearing and a grave marked with stones. Some turkey vultures circled high overhead. We were sitting there playing with ideas when this old cat suddenly slinked across right in front of us, stopped to take a look then continue on about it’s day. Steve immediately turned to me and said ‘We should write this song from the cat’s perspective’ and so it was. It’s got a darkness and eeriness to it that gets under your skin and the melody doesn’t stop moving. It’s written about an old cat and it’s close friend, death.

Side B by Steve Grady

5. “8 Years On The Run” – This is definitely the oddball song of the album. It’s the most Australian and country of the lot. We had just written four songs that were heavily influenced by our surroundings and time in California, therefore we were probably searching for a new perspective. I’d heard this story of Australian father and son fugitives – sort of modern day bushrangers – Gino and Mark Stocco. For eight years they went on the run, changed their names, stole and burnt down farms, even killed an innocent man, all the while hiding from the law. It’s a pretty amazing story especially in this age of technology and surveillance. In saying that, we certainly don’t want to glorify their actions. They were eventually caught and thrown in jail, but we thought it’s a crazy enough story and worth writing about.

6. “Call, My Lover” – We wanted to bring it back a notch with this song and get back to something a little more honest and closer to home. The structure and mood of the song began sitting around a campfire with our guitars in a forest somewhere near Portland, Oregon. It’s definitely the most straightforward and conversational type of song on the album. We purposely didn’t add any tricks or metaphors, nor did we try to pretty it up with harmonies. It has a great jam out section and a mood of loneliness and longing to hear the voice of the person you love and miss back home. In my eyes it’s like ‘Today’s The First Time’ part two.

7. “Your Name” – We had just arrived back in San Francisco, a little weary, and again found ourselves on the roof trying to come up with ideas for a song. We had a melody but no substance. We really wanted to say something important. This was when our dear friend who we were staying with shared a story about his younger brother and the tragedy that unfolded when they were kids. Without going into any more detail, we knew this was a song that needed to be written. The words came fast, and what I love about it is Josh and I share the lead vocals from each brothers perspective, only joining together for the second half of the song. The recording is perfect and it’s definitely my favourite song on the album. Songs like Your Name is why I do this.

8. “Our Last Day” – The title says it all. We had packed in so much within our three weeks of America – the heights of San Francisco, lodging in the redwoods, Yosemite, road trips, hanging in Portland, writing a bunch of songs. So we thought it would be fitting to sum it all up in one song. It’s light and fun. We wanted it campfire style, with the two of us singing in unison together for the whole thing. I hardly even knew the words when we recorded it, so you’ll notice I’m always just a millisecond behind Josh. It’s a great documentation of the trip and the perfect way to end the album.

The Ahern Brothers is available now – check it out in iTunes here

The full list of upcoming tour dates for The Ahern Brothers are below:

Thursday 29th June – Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 30th June – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 1st July – Royal Mail Hotel, Ipswich, QLD
Friday 7th July – Woodford Open Space, Woodford, QLD
Friday 14th July – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Thursday 20th July – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd July – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 28th July – Green Door Wines, Ferguson Valley, WA
Saturday 29th July – The Church, Donnybrook, WA
Sunday 30th July – The Pottery-Restaurant, Bridgetown, WA
Thursday 3rd August – Secret Show, Mandurah, WA
Friday 4th August – Wild Vinegar, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 5th August – Secret Show, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 6th August – Secret Show, Perth, WA

Listen to the New Larissa Tandy Single “The River”

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Vancouver based Australian singer-songwriter Larissa Tandy released her new album The Grip at the end of last month and has just snuck back into the country to head out on tour.

The new single from The Grip is the folk-pop gem “The River” which is full of Tandy’s trademark Australian accent and twangy guitar.

“It was summer on the farm and it was so dry and my phone was going crazy over a few hot windy days with fire alerts,” Larissa Tandy said of the single. “I knew we had a storm coming through this night but it didn’t bring any rain, just lightning, and higher winds, a disaster scenario. I stayed awake all night watching it come through, and I wrote this song then. It had only been a few months since we had been dealing with floods. I was also coming off the back of a lot of drama and suddenly really aware of what mattered to me and how I really couldn’t have gotten through all that stuff without the people closest to me.”

Listen to “The River” here:

Larissa Tandy is currently on tour with Brooke Russell and the Mean Reds – the full list of remaining dates are here:

Friday 30th June – Baha, Rye, VIC
Sunday 2nd July – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

Riley Pearce Announces Secret Warehouse Shows in WA

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Perth based folk-singer Riley Pearce has already had an impressive 2017, racking up a bunch of views on his YouTube channel and picking up a WAM Song of the Year Award for his song “Seasick”.

Pearce has just announced plans to play a handful of secret warehouse shows in Perth and South West WA in July and August. Joining Riley Pearce will be an array of talented acts including Elli Schoen (Perth, Fremantle), The Hunting Birds (Perth, Fremantle), Luke Fox (Margaret River) and Valentine (Bunbury).

For more info and tickets check out Riley Pearce’s web site here. The full list of dates are below:

Friday 21st July – Secret Warehouse Show, Perth, WA
Saturday 22nd July – Secret Warehouse Show, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 19th August – Secret Warehouse Show, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 20th August – Secret Warehouse Show, Bunbury, WA

The Lone Bellow Announce Third Studio Album Walk Into A Storm

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New York based band The Lone Bellow have announced plans to released their third studio album, Walk Into A Storm on the 15th September.

The album was produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and recorded in Nashville.

The first taster from Walk Into A Storm is the rocking single single “Time’s Always Leaving” – take a listen below:

Watch the New Shane Nicholson Video “Safe”

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Award-winning Americana singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson is gearing up to release his new album Love and Blood on the 28th July.

The album was produced by Matt Fell and will feature guest appearances from Josh Pyke, Andrew Swift, Fanny Lumsden and Imogen Clark plus the king of Americana music, Nashville legend Buddy Miller.

The latest taster of Love and Blood is the single and video “Safe” – check it out below:

To celebrate the release of Love and Blood Shane Nicholson will be heading out on a massive national tour from the end of July – the full list of dates are as follows:

Thursday 27th July – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July – Broadbeach Country Music Festival, QLD
Wednesday 2nd August – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 3rd August – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 4th August – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 5th August – Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club, Wonthaggi, VIC
Friday 11th August – Anita’s Theatre, Thiroul, NSW
Saturday 12th August -Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th August – Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW
Saturday 19th August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 20th August – Hardys Bay Club, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 25th August – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 26th August – Edge Hill Tavern, Cairns QLD
Friday 1st September – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Friday 13th October – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 14th October – Song Room, Barossa Regional Gallery, SA
Monday 16th to Monday 23rd October – Rock The Boat Pacific Cruise Pacific
Saturday 28th October – Welcome to Morrisonville, Brisbane, QLD

Watch the New Gretta Ziller Video “Slaughterhouse Blues”

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Melbourne based alt-country singer-songwriter Gretta Ziller has just released the video for her new single “Slaughterhouse Blues”.

“Slaughterhouse Blues” is a taster of what we can expect from Ziller’s upcoming debut album Queen of Boomtown, due on the 1st September.

“I didn’t want to make an album that sounded like anything in the Americana scene right now,” explains Gretta Ziller. “I wanted my album to reflect the soundtrack of my childhood, yet sonically and lyrically sound like who I am now. I really wanted to push the boundaries of what country music, or Americana, alt-country – whatever you want to call it – can sound like. I didn’t want to fit neat and tidy into the country music box.”

Check out the video for “Slaughterhouse Blues” below:

Fanny Lumsden & Tobias Announce Central West QLD Tour

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Timber and Steel favourite Fanny Lumsden is teaming with Australian folktronic artist Tobias for four very special shows in Central West Queensland this July.

The artists will be teaming with Rotary to bring their music to places that don’t often see touring artists.

“What I love about performing music in Australia is connecting with the communities I travel too,” Tobias explained. “I think both my music and Fanny’s will really resonate with these audience. It’s also really exciting to team up with an organization like Rotary, it’s a wonderful feeling being able to give back to a community and participate in bringing people together rather than being the attraction of an event.”

The full list of dates for the tour are below:

Thursday 20th July – Longreach Civic Centre, Longreach, QLD
Friday 21st July – Ilfracombe Hall, Ilfracombe, QLD
Saturday 22nd July – Isisford Hall, Isisford, QLD
Sunday 23rd July – Yaraka Hall, Yaraka, QLD

Watch the New Sam Buckingham Video “Living In The Dark”

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With her new album The Water out in the world and a national tour well underway singer-songwriter Sam Buckingham has just blessed us again, this time with the video for her track “Living In The Dark”.

The video was shot during the recording of The Water on the NSW south coast and features cameos from a who’s who of Australian acoustic and roots music including Fanny Lumsden, Timothy James Bowen, Kent Eastwood, Syd Green, Dan Stanley Freeman and Christina Mullany.

Check out “Living In The Dark” here:

The remaining dates for Sam Buckingham’s tour are as follows:

Saturday 8th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 20th July – Chapel Theatre, Glen Innes, NSW
Sunday 23rd July – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 27th July – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Monday 7th August – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 23rd August – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Packwood Announces Release Date for Vertumnus

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Melbourne based chamber-folk singer-songwriter Packwood has finally announced a release date for his sprawling concept album Vertumnus – 18th August.

Vertumnus is a culmination of four years work with Packwood releasing four EPs, each inspired by a different season. Collected in a single album, Vertumnus is a stunning piece of music that really is the pinnacle of everything Packwood has produced over his career.

Packwood is streaming three tracks on his Bandcamp (where you can pre-order the album) which we’ve embedded below:

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