Stream The Audreys’ Sometimes the Stars

The Audreys

The Audreys’ new album will be hitting our shelves in just over a week (on the 8th October for those who didn’t know) but you can listen to it right now if you head over to the band’s MySpace. For a limited time The Audreys will be streaming Sometimes the Stars in its entirety online. What are you doing still reading this? Head over there now and have a listen!

Another Kanye West/Bon Iver Collaboration

Kanye West Bon Iver

Last month we brought you the sound clip of the Kanye West/Justin Vernon collaboration “Monster” which was a little … un-Bon Iver, to say the least. Well a second collaboration has emerged online and if you ignore the ridiculous over-use of autotune it’s a little more of what you’d expect to hear from these two. The song is called “Lost in the World”. Listen to it below:

Kevin Mitchell (Bob Evans) Guest Hosting Roots ‘n’ All

Bob Evans
Image Courtesy of triple j

Australia’s favourite grunge-go-gone-folk Kevin Mitchell (Jebidiah, Bob Evans, Basement Birds) will be taking over triple j’s Roots ‘n’ All program tonight while regular host Sarah Howells takes a much needed break. You can expect to hear an eclectic mix of Mitchell’s favourite folk, roots, blues and reggae tracks. Listen to triple j from 10pm tonight or stream the show on the Roots ‘n’ All web site for a week from tomorrow.

Tired Pony Recording New Album in February

Tired Pony
Image Courtesy of Tired Pony

In July this year we wrote about the newest folk supergroup on the scene Tired Pony made up of Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol fame, REM’s Peter Buck and various other musicians from bands such as The Editors and Belle & Sebastian. Their first album, The Place We Ran From, has proven so successful that Lightbody and Buck have announced they will be will be heading into the studio early next year to record the follow up.

“We’re going to tour the states at the end of this month and we’ll go into the studio to make the new album next year,” Lightbody told Spinner. “Snow Patrol will be recording the new album from November to the end of January and when it’s finished I’ll go in and record the new Tired Pony album in February.”

The second album will have “more of a bluesy kind of feel” according to the boys and will most likely be recorded in Nashville or Memphis.

The A to Z of Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly
Image Courtesy of Paul Kelly

To coincide with the release of his autobiography Australian legend Paul Kelly will be hitting the road to tour his unique A to Z concept. Basically Kelly will perform intimate acoustic shows over a 4 nights in each city where he will run through one hundred songs from his back-catalogue alphabetically. Kelly first trialled this in 2004 at the Spiegeltent in Melbourne which gave birth to the The A To Z Recordings and the structure of his autobiography.

Catch these absolutely unique shows on the dates below (with a special highlight to our Alice Springs readers – check out the final date!):

Tuesday Nov 30th – Friday December 3rd, Powerhouse, Brisbane
Wednesday Dec 8th – Saturday December 11th, Astor Theatre, Perth
Thursday January 20th – Sunday January 23rd, City Recital Hall, Sydney Festival
Thursday January 27th – Sunday January 30th, The Playhouse, Canberra
Monday February 7th – Thursday February 10th,Theatre Royal, Hobart
Wednesday February 16th – Saturday February 19th, Studio Theatre, Darwin
Wednesday March 2nd – Saturday March 5th, Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne
Monday April 4th – Thursday April 7th, Space Theatre, Adelaide
Wednesday April 13th- Saturday April 16th, Araluen Theatre, Alice Springs

Timber and Steel’s Guide to Summer Festivals

Woodford Folk Festival

As the the sun begins to break through the clouds and folkies everywhere crawl out of hibernation it’s time to start planning how best to spend your summer months. And luckily for you Timber and Steel has decided (after some prompting on our facebook page) to give you a guide to the best folk/roots/acoustic/indie festivals happening around the country this season. And remember, if this summer is looking expensive on the festival front, most of these events offer free tickets and camping in exchange for volunteer hours – check the festival web sites for details.

Kim Churchill Great Southern Blues Festival, Batemans Bay, NSW1st, 2nd & 3rd October
Don’t be fooled by the name, the Great Southern Blues Festival offers a lot more than just blues with roots and folk acts like Ben Kweller, Kim Churchill (left) and the The Travelers taking to the stage. Sadly the Court Yard Hounds have pulled out this year but it’s still a very impressive lineup.

Mama Kin One Movement Music Festival, Perth, WA8th, 9th & 10th October
Perth manages to pull out one of the best local and international lineups for this year’s One Movement Music Festival. Catch the likes of Paul Kelly, Mama Kin (right), Xavier Rudd, Sally Seltmann, Boy & Bear, Georgia Fair, Passenger and Ben Kweller. Maybe they should name this festival “Timber and Steel’s Featured Artists”?

The Lurkers Fleurieu Folk Festival, Willunga. SA22nd, 23rd & 24th October
South Australia gets it’s own taste of folk with the Fleurieu Folk Festival in beautiful Willunga. Some of the best folk festival acts going around make an appearance this year including Danny Spooner, The Lurkers (left), String Theory and more.

Wheeze and Suck Band Folk in Broke, Hunter Valley, NSW5th, 6th & 7th November
What is the perfect way to watch folk music? Why with a glass of wine in hand of course! And when that wine comes from the Hunter Valley’s Nightingale Wines you can’t go far wrong. We can doubly recommend Folk in Broke as it’s Takadami’s first gig in a very long time and these guys are amazing. Other feature artists include Paul Robert Burton, FIG and The Wheeze and Suck Band (right).

Jeff Lang Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Adelaide, SA25th, 26th, 27th & 28th November
Celebrating all things guitar related the Adelaide International Guitar Festival has been building a reputation as one of the top events on the Australian musical calendar. This year’s festival features the likes of Jeff Lang (left), Lisa Miller and more.

The Dirty Three Meredith Music Festival, Meredith, Vic10th, 11th & 12th December
The Meredith Music Festival scored quite a coup when they enlisted The Dirty Three (right) as the headline act for their 20th anniversary. It’s probably one of the reasons the event has already sold out. That and they have a massive lineup including Little Red, Neil Finn, C.W. Stoneking, Sally Seltmann and more.

Mal Webb Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, Qld27th, 28th, 29th, 30th & 31st December & 1st January
Despite the fact that the Woodford Folk Festival is yet to announce it’s 2010/11 lineup it still has to be the highlight of any folky’s summer. Mal Webb (left) has already let slip that he and Totally Gourgeous are appearing so expect to see a lot of your favourite acts. Hopefully we’ll get a confirmed lineup shortly.

Boy & Bear Falls Music and Arts Festival, Lorne, Vic and Marion Bay, Tas28th, 29th, 30th & 31st December & 1st January
A New Year’s Eve institution, the Falls Festival just gets bigger and bigger each year. This year’s lineup includes Angus and Julia Stone, Boy & Bear (right), JUNIP, Sally Seltmann and Paul Kelly.

The Audreys Peats Ridge Music Festival, Glenworth Valley, NSW29th, 30th & 31st December & 1st January
The rock music festival with the heart of a folk festival, Peats Ridge is as much about the environment and sustainability as it is about the music. It’s also one of the most relaxing ways to spend New Year’s Eve. The first lineup is massive and includes the likes of Angus and Julia Stone (these guys get around), The Audreys (left), Cloud Control, Kim Churchill, The Seabellies and more.

Wongawilli Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW13th, 14th, 15th & 16th January
Easily one of our favourite small folk festivals in the country, the Illawarra Folk Festival is held in historic Bulli just a couple of hours south of Sydney and has a real community atmosphere. No word on the lineup yet but they usually have a number of the larger folk acts in attendance. Definitely worth the train trip down from the big smoke if just to have a beer at the Heritage Hotel.

Golden Guitar Tamworth Country Music Festival, Tamworth, NSW14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd January
The top event on the country music calendar, the Tamworth Country Music Festival is an absolute institution. Tickets for the festival go on sale (internet only) on the 1st of October. If you’re keen you should be booking your accommodation now to avoid disappointment.

Liz Frencham Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, Vic11th, 12th, 13th & 14th March
One of the “big three” Australian folk festivals (along with Woodford and The National), Port Fairy has been adding a larger amount of nu-folk and acoustic-rock acts to their lineup in recent years. Definitely a top destination for the folk faithful and folk curious alike, Port Fairy also has the advantage of being in one of the most beautiful locations in the country.

WOMADelaide WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA11th, 12th, 13th & 14th March
In this time of musical awareness and diversity does the term “world music” mean anything any more? Probably not, but the best way to find out will be to head to Adelaide for the annual WOMADelaide festival. The artist lineup is due to hit the interwebs this November so we’re sure to keep you posted.

Blue Mountains Folk and Roots Blue Mountains Folk & Roots, Katoomba, NSW18th, 19th and 20th March
Always a fantastic mix of the very best contemporary artists along with the cream of folk scene the Blue Mountains Folk & Roots Festival is one of the best around. Tickets sell out really quickly (probably due to its proximity to Sydney) but is definitely worth the effort.

And that’s it for the summer. Worn out yet? Well better get some rest, because Easter and The National are just around the corner…

Folk Heavy 2010 ARIA Nominations

Angus and Julia Stone

The nominations for this year’s ARIA Awards are in and it’s looking very folk heavy. Artists such as Angus and Julia Stone (above), The John Butler Trio, Lisa Mitchell, Whitely, Basement Birds, The Cat Empire, Clare Bowditch and Josh Pyke have all nabbed nominations across the major categories this year.

The nominations for the category that most folk fans care about, the bizarrely titled Best Adult Alternative Album, are as follows:

Angus & Julia Stone – Down The Way (Original Matters/EMI)
Basement Birds – Basement Birds (Basement Birds)
Clare Bowditch – Modern Day Addiction (Island/UMA)
The Cat Empire – Cinema (EMI)
Washington – I Believe You Liar (Mercury/UMA)
Whitley – Go Forth, Find Mammoth (Dew Process/Universal Music)

For a full list of nominations see the official ARIA Awards web site.

Paul Kelly’s Autobiography

How to Make Gravy
Image Courtesy of Penguin Australia

Australia’s favourite storyteller Paul Kelly has put down his guitar and fired up his word processor for his upcoming autobiography How to Make Gravy from Penguin Australia. The book, to be released on the 27th September, features the stories behind the songs from the master himself. And for the hardcore Paul Kelly fans the singer-songwriter will be appearing at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney for a Q&A and book signing on the 12th October. Tickets for the night can be purchased from Moshtix. Excerpts from How to Make Gravy are available from

Mt. Desolation “Departure” Video

Mt. Desolation
Image Courtesy of Mt. Desolation

Folk supergroup Mt. Desolation have released their first official video from their self titled album. The video, for the single “Departure”, was directed by Tom Palliser and features a nifty video-Polaroid concept. Watch it in glorious HD below:

2011 Big Day Out Light on the Folk

Blue King Brown
Image Courtesy of Blue King Brown

I first discovered Angus and Julia Stone at 2007’s Big Day Out and since then I’ve associated the rock festival (probably unfairly) with folk. So when 2011’s lineup was announced this morning I was a little disappointed that there were only a smattering of Timber and Steel artists. Amongst headliners like Tool, Rammstein and Iggy Pop folk fans will get a chance to see folk/roots/acoustic/indie artists like the aforementioned Angus and Julia Stone, The John Butler Trip, Blue King Brown (above) and Little Red.

Full 2011 lineup is on the Big Day Out web site.

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