Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th April

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Darren Hanlon released his new video “The Chattanooga Shoot Shoot”. Details here

– Sydney psych-folk band Liam Gale & The Ponytails have announced details of their debut album and east coast tour. Details here

– WA alt-country queen Ruby Boots releases her debut album next week and has a tour in May. Details here

Dear Orphans guitarist Nick Payne released his solo video “Old Sydney Town”. Details here

– Four of Australia’s brightest alt-country stars, Ruby Boots, Fanny Lumsden, Cookie Baker and Amber Rae Slade, have announced shows in Sydney and Melbourne as She Hangs Brightly. Details here

The Green Mohair Suits are throwing a good old fashioned bush dance in Sydney next week. Details here

– Sydney folk night MoFo at the Gaelic is holding its last show for “quite a while” tonight featuring Fat Cousin Skinny, Mandy Connell and Rebecca Bastoli. Details here

Joe Pug released his new video “Bright Beginnings”. Details here

Splendour in the Grass dropped their 2015 lineup including many Timber and Steel friendly artists like Of Monsters & Men, Ryan Adams, Boy & Bear, Xavier Rudd & The United Nations, Dustin Tebbutt, Jenny Lewis, C.W. Stoneking and more. Details here

These Machines Cut Razor Wire have announced their 2015 fundraiser show featuring Jeff Lang Band, Kavisha Mazzelia, Les Thomas Band and Little Foot. Details here

The Tallest Man On Earth released the title track to his upcoming album “Dark Bird Is Home”. Details here

– Legendary Sydney alt-country singer Mark Lucas has released his new video “Tell The DJ”. Details here

The Melbourne Folk Club celebrates its first birthday this week with a sold out show and a super secret lineup. Details here

I’m With Her, the collaboration between Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still), released their video for the track “Crossing Muddy Waters”. Details here

– Scottish trio Lau released their new video “The Bell That Never Rang”. Details here

– Irish superstar Hozier has announced plans to tour Australia again in Spring. Details here

– Brisbane folk-rockers The Good Ship are calling it a day with farewell shows in Melbourne and Brisbane this May. Details here

Releases This Week

Alabama Shakes
Sound & ColorAlabama Shakes
iTunes

Mark Lucas
Little Town BluesMark Lucas
Laughing Outlaw Records

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Melbourne Folk Club’s First Birthday Extravaganza

Melbourne Folk Club

Look we know this gig is sold out but if you have any way to beg, borrow or steal a ticket do it. The Melbourne Folk Club has become an institution and their their first birthday show, featuring 10 secret acts, is going to be amazing.

Wednesday 22nd April – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Alex Edwards
Friday 24th April – Tall Poppy Studios, Brisbane, QLD

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Saturday 18th April – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 19th April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Betty & Oswald
Friday 17th April – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave VIC
Saturday 18th April – The Espy, Melbourne VIC
Wednesday 22nd April – Lass O’Growrie, Newcastle NSW
Thursday 23rd April – No. 5 Church St, Bellingen NSW

Bush Turkey Bush Dance w/ The Green Mohair Suits
Thursday 23rd April – GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Brad Butcher
Thursday 23rd April – Frankies Pizza by the Slice, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th April – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW

Bronte
Saturday 18th April – Sappho Books Cafe & Wine Bar, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 19th April – The Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, NSW

Darren Hanlon
Friday 17th April – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 17th April – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW
Saturday 18th April – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 19th April – Towradgi Beach Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 23rd April – The Espy, St Kilda, VIC
Friday 24th April – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

Elwood Myre
Friday 17th April – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Sunday 19th April – Steamfest, Hunter Valley, NSW
Thursday 23rd April – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Jordie Lane
Friday 17th April – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 18th April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd April – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 23rd April – Beav’s Bar, Geelong VIC
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – Mt Beauty Music Festival, Mt Beauty, VIC

Justin Townes Earle w/ Sam Outlaw
Friday 17th April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 18th April – Anitas, Thirroul, NSW

Laura Jean and Aldous Harding
Saturday 18th April – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Liam Gale & the Ponytails
Friday 24th April – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW

Marlon Williams
Friday 17th April – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 18th April – Jimmy’s Den, Perth, WA

MoFo at the Gaelic feat. Fat Cousin Skinny, Mandy Connell, Rebecca Bastoli
Friday 17th April – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mt Beauty Music Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – Mt Beauty, VIC

Packwood
Friday 17th April – Smith’s Alternative Book Shop, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 18th April – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 19th April – Black Bear Lodge, Bribane, QLD

Roland Kay-Smith
Wednesday 22nd April – Customs House Library, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd April – Junk Bar, Ashgrove, QLD

Rowena Wise
Friday 17th April – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 18th April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd April – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 23rd April – Beav’s Bar, Geelong VIC
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – Mt Beauty Music Festival, Mt Beauty, VIC

St Albans Folk Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – St Albans, NSW

Steve Smyth
Saturday 18th April – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Sunday 19th April – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Friday 24th April – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 17th April – Magpies City Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 18th April – The Brunswick Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th April – The Reverencem, Melbourne, VIC

The Melbourne Folk Club’s First Birthday Extravaganza
Wednesday 22nd April – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 17th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 18th April – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

The String Contingent
Friday 17th April – On The Rocks, North Rocks Community Church, North Rocks, NSW
Saturday 18th April – Berrima Smalls, Berrima, NSW
Wednesday 22nd April – Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 23rd April – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Winterbourne
Friday 10 April – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 11th April – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 17th April – Warrumbungle Food Festival, Coonabarabran, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Half Of What We Know” – Crooked Still

This is one of the songs that first introduced me to the wonderful music of Crooked Still and the amazing voice of Aoife O’Donovan.

The Good Ship Announce Farewell Shows

The Good Ship
Image Courtesy of The Good Ship

In some really sad news Brisbane folk-rockers The Good Ship are calling it a day after six years. The Good Ship are well known as one of the most exciting live bands in the country to so see them finish up is a real shame.

Before they take their final bow The Good Ship have announced their farewell mini-tour La Petite Mort, with shows in Melbourne and Brisbane this May. Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 16th May – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Hozier Returns to Australia with Spring Tour

Hozier
Image Courtesy of Hozier

After a successful appearance at this year’s Bluesfest, Irish superstar Hozier has announced plans to return to Australia this year with a string of dates in October and November.

Hozier had a massive 2014 with the international hit “Take Me To Church” and a stunning self titled album which also contains our favourite track “Like Real People Do”. Check out full list dates below:

Wednesday 28th October – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Perth, WA
Friday 30th October – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 3rd November – Horden Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th November – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Watch the New Lau Video “The Bell That Never Rang”

Lau
Image Courtesy of Lau

Scottish three-piece Lau have just released the video for their new single “The Bell That Never Rang”. The single is the title track for their upcoming album, due on the 4th May.

Check it out below:

Watch Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan Cover “Crossing Muddy Waters”

I'm With Her
Image Courtesy of I’m With Her

I’m With Her is the latest collaboration from American alt-country stars Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still). The trio have been busy touring the US and have also released a limited edition vinyl 7″ featuring a cover of “Crossing Muddy Waters” by John Hiatt and an a cappella version of “Be My Husband” by Andy Stroud.

“Crossing Muddy Waters” comes with a video which we love – check it out below:

Happy First Birthday to The Melbourne Folk Club

The Melbourne Folk Club
Image Courtesy of The Melbourne Folk Club

Ok, first thing’s first: The Melbourne Folk Club’s First Birthday Extravaganza is Sold Out. I’m sorry if you haven’t gotten your hands on tickets – it’s time to start ringing around to all your friends to see who has a spare one.

So we just wanted to congratulate The Melbourne Folk Club on a year of amazing music – we love your work guys! The Melbourne Folk Club has managed to achieve the ultimate, bringing together musicians from across the “folk” spectrum – including trad, indie, singer-songwriter, alt country, americana, bluegrass and more – into a single, special night.

If you do have tickets to The Melbourne Folk Club’s First Birthday Extravaganza next Wednesday 22nd April at the Toff in Town we’re extremely jealous. The night is set to see 10 secret acts take to the stage, taken from The Melbourne Folk Club’s huge roster of performers over the last year. We’ve heard rumours of who those acts are (thanks to some spoilers on the Wait Long By The River Podcast #17) and it sounds like it’s going to be amazing.

For more information on the The Melbourne Folk Club’s First Birthday Extravaganza check out the official Facebook invite here.

Watch the New Mark Lucas Video “Tell the DJ”

Mark Lucas
Image Courtesy of Mark Lucas

Sydney alt-country legend Mark Lucas (of Mark Lucas and The Deadsetters) is released his solo album Little Town Blues this month via Laughing Outlaw Records. The first single from the record is “Tell the DJ” which has a video that was shot in Lucas’ beloved Petersham Bowling Club. Check it out below:

Listen to the New Tallest Man On Earth Single “Dark Bird Is Home”

Tallest Man on Earth
Image Courtesy of The Tallest Man On Earth

The latest single to hit from The Tallest Man On Earth’s upcoming album is the title track, “Dark Bird Is Home”. This is a lot more of what we’ve come to expect from The Tallest Man On Earth – just his voice and a guitar for most of the song – after the highly produced first take “Sagres”.

Take a listen to “Dark Bird Is Home” below:

Dark Bird Is Home is due for release on the 8th May.

These Machines Cut Razor Wire Announce 2015 Fundraiser

Jeff Lang
Image Courtesy of Jeff Lang

These Machines Cut Razor Wire have just announced plans for their fifth annual music fundraiser for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. The event has become a Melbourne institution for lovers of good music and social justice (which is everyone right?).

This year’s These Machines Cut Razor Wire event will take place at the Ding Dong Lounge in Melbourne on Sunday 26th April with all proceeds going towards ASRC. The lineup this year includes Jeff Lang Band (above), Kavisha Mazzelia, Les Thomas Band and Little Foot.

“We hope all music lovers who want to show support for asylum seekers can make it to this show,” event organiser and performer Les Thomas explained. “As always, the music will be outstanding, and it’s always a pleasure to share these events with people who are committed to ending the age of cruelty against refugees.”

For more information about These Machines Cut Razor Wire check out their Facebook page here.

A Folky Guide to the Splendour in the Grass 2015 Lineup

Ryan Adams
Image Courtesy of Ryan Adams

The Splendour in the Grass lineup was announced this morning and as usual we’ve taken to it with a fine tooth comb to pick out the best of indie-folk, acoustic and roots based music. If you’re a Timber and Steel reader and fan and you’re planning on heading to Splendour make sure you keep an eye out for the following:

  • Of Monsters & Men – With a new album dropping in June the Icelandic nu-folkers have a lot to live up to following the success of 2011’s My Head Is An Animal. But we reckon they’re up for the challenge
  • Ryan Adams – Rumour is that Ryan Adams (above) will be touring this year with his full band in tow. I know there’s already a lot of chatter about when and where his sideshows will be – we’ll let you know as soon as we know!
  • Boy & BearBoy & Bear have been pretty quiet on the Australian front of late but that’s all set to change with their return to the Splendour stage
  • Xavier Rudd & The United NationsXavier Rudd’s new project Xavier Rudd & The United Nations launched at Bluesfest this year with a brand new album in tow. We’re hearing very good things about the new lineup so definitely one to catch at Splendour this year.
  • Dustin TebbuttDustin Tebbutt’s star continues to rise and a showing on the Splendour stage is just going to gain this singer-songwriter even more fans.
  • Jenny Lewis – I must admit that I don’t know much about singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis outside of the fact she’s beloved by fans of indie-folk music. Seems like the perfect excuse to check her out.
  • C.W. Stoneking – The retro jungle-blues singer is a favourite at festivals and will be a welcome respite in the midst of all the craziness
  • Art Of Sleeping – The Brisbane band may have stepped away from their indie-folk-rock roots of late but they still put on one hell of a show.

Splendour in the Grass takes place from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July at North Byron Parklands with Tickets going on sale next Thursday 23rd April. Check out the full lineup below:

Blur, Florence + The Machine, Mark Ronson, Of Monsters & Men, The Wombats, Tame Impala, Peking Duk, Ryan Adams, Flight Facilities, Royal Blood, Death Cab For Cutie, Earl Sweatshirt, Boy & Bear, Porter Robinson, The Dandy Warhols, Xavier Rudd & The United Nations, Azealia Banks, The Rubens, Jamie T, Pond, Spiritualized, Alison Wonderland, Thundamentals, Best Coast, Everything Everything, San Cisco, Ms Mr, Jarryd James, Purity Ring, Allday, Carmada, The Grates, The Smith Street Band, Tkay Maidza, Johnny Marr Last Dinosaurs, Megan Washington, The Vaccines, #1 Dads, The Church, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, The King Khan & Bbq Show, Alpine, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Paul Mac, Dustin Tebbutt, Mø, Years And Years, Jenny Lewis, C.W. Stoneking, Seekae, George Maple, Elliphant, Client Liason, Palma Violets, Safia, Hayden James, Dune Rats, Wolf Alice, Meg Mac, Cosmo’s Midnight, Marmozets, Oh Mercy, Mansionair, The Districts, Shlohmo, Elizabeth Rose, The Delta Riggs, Circa Waves, Nancy Whang, Eves The Behavior, Urban Cone, Art Of Sleeping, Japanese Wallpaper, Gengahr, Bad//Dreems, Ecca Vandal, Holy Holy, Vallis Alps, Uv Boi, The Babe Rainbow, Harts, Generik, Young Franco, Mickey Kojack, Gl, Benson, Harvey Sutherland, Total Giovanni Djs, Dugong Jr, I’lls, Akouo, Noise In My Head, Triple J Unearthed Winners, Joyride, Post Percy, Ara Koufax, Cc:Disco!, Adi Toohey, Set Mo, Edd Fisher

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