Stream The New Multitudes’ Woody Guthrie Tribute

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The New Multitudes are Jay Farrar, Will Johnson (Centro-Matic), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Anders Parker, a group of musicians who have tasked themselves with adding music to Woody Guthrie’s unrecorded lyrics, similar to the Billy Bragg and Wilco Mermaid Avenue project from 1998. The resulting 12 track album celebrates Guthrie’s 100th birthday this year and has just been released. If you’re keen to try before you buy the whole thing is streaming over at Team Coco right now. We’ve also got the track “Old LA” below:

For more info on other Woody Guthrie tributes happening around the world this year check out the official Woody100 web site.

Sufjan Stevens Returning to Sydney for Vivid Festival

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After a successful string of dates around the country in 2011 it looks like Sufjan Stevens will be back this year to treat us to his unique brand of kooky electro-folk-pop. The Vivid Festival of Light, Music and Ideas, held from the 25th May to the 11th June in Sydney, have announced Stevens as appearing this year with the full lineup to released on the 15th March.

Sufjan Stevens has apparently been commissioned to create new works for the festival. As we get more details we’ll be sure to share.

The Gum Ball’s Final Artist Announcement

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With only a couple of months to go The Gum Ball has recently dropped its final artist announcement. Following on from two huge lineup announcements already (here and here) the regional NSW festival has rounded out their artists with funk soul extravaganza The Bakery, Irish folk singer Rosey (above) and festival favourites Silent Disco.

The Gum Ball will be held at Belford, 2hrs north of Sydney in the Hunter Valley between the 27th and 28th April. More information, the full lineup and tickets are on the official Gum Ball site.

Stu Larsen Announces National Tour

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Passenger’s good mate Stu Larsen has just announced his latest national solo tour taking in venues in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide. The tour is in support of Larsen’s EP Ryeford, which peaked at number 2 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts.

Joining Stu Larsen on the tour will be Japanese harmonica player Natsuki Kurai along with other special guests including Candice Casagrande (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide), Bree Bullock (Brisbane), We Are The Birdcage (Sydney), Ebony Hare (Melbourne), Ben Wells (Hobart), Jed Appleton (Hobart) and Tim Moore (Adelaide). The full list of dates are below with tickets available from Music Glue:

28th March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
29th March – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
30th March – 303, Melbourne, VIC
31st March – The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
1st April – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Eli Wolfe to Release New EP Cards Are on the Table

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Folk/roots troubadour Eli Wolfe has just returned to Australia after a whirlwind visit to Europe and North America and the first thing did was head into the studio to record his brand new EP. Titled Cards Are on the Table the EP contains 5 tracks including “Eggman” which recently appeared in an episode of Futurama – pretty crazy right?

Cards Are on the Table is due for release on the 7th March and to celebrate Eli Wolfe is hitting the road for a series of shows around regional NSW. Check out the full dates below and head over to Wolfe’s web site for more details on how to get your hands on the EP.

Thursday 1st March – Absolute Soiree, Bondi
Friday 2nd March – Wauchope Community Arts Hall, Wauchope
Saturday 3rd March – Nimbin Hall, Nimbin
Sunday 4th March – Broken Head Hall, Byron Bay
Thursday 8th March – Low 302, Darlinghurst
Friday 9th March – Park and Wallace Café and Restaurant, Braidwood
Sunday 11th March – Commercial Hotel, Milton

New Regina Spektor Single “All The Rowboats”

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Regina Spektor may not be the first name that springs to mind when you think “folk” but she did start out in the New York anti-folk scene and that’s a tenuous enough link for us. It’s been three years since Spektor’s last album so fans have been eagerly awaiting news of new recordings – and here it is!

A new album (albeit without a release date) titled What We Saw From The Cheap Seats has been announced and the first single “All The Rowboats” has hit the web. The single is a mixture of electronic sounds (something a little new for Spektor) and the anti-folk sensibilities of her early work. Take a listen below:

Michael Kiwanuka To Release Black Keys Collaboration

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The oh-so-hot-right-now Michael Kiwanuka has announced that he is teaming with Dan Auerbach from the also oh-so-hot-right-now Black Keys for a new song “Lasan”. The song is set to appear as a B-side to Kiwanuka’s new single “I’m Getting Ready” (which you can watch the video for here) from his forthcoming album Home Again, which will be released on the 12th March.

“Lasan” is a wonderfully soulful song and luckily for you it’s embedded below:

The Falls Present Folk Club

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2011 was quite a big year for Sydney duo The Falls taking on the local music scene with their residency at The Hotel Hollywood, turning it into the city’s must-see live show each and every Wednesday night. And with 2012 well and truly underway fans of live and acoustic music are in for a treat as Wednesday’s at the Hollywood takes the next step in its evolution and becomes Folk Club.

The first rule of Folk Club is you don’t talk about Folk Club.

Well, actually, that’s not true. You should talk about Folk Club. You should get a big group of your friends together and get along, it’s going to be fantastic.

The bare bones of Wednesday Nights at the Hollywood are still there. Folk Club is still on on Wednesday nights and it’s still on at The Hotel Hollywood in Sydney’s Surry Hills. And The Falls will still be performing a set each and every week along with two other very talented artists.

But that’s where things start to get a little different. Each week there will be a “feature artist” (usually the artist chosen to perform the final set) who will be interviewed during their show by the night’s host, local actor Jason Crewes. This part of the show will be filmed and the audio recorded to be later turned into online videos and a Folk Club podcast. As the year progresses the online content from the shows will no doubt adapt and change but you’ll need to down at The Hollywood every Wednesday if you want to brag to your friends that you were there.

All sounds pretty exciting right? Now all you need is the information like where, when and who is first?

2012 is going to kick off this Wednesday 29th February with The Falls, Boy Outside and The Merri Creek Pickers. But the official launch of Folk Club is actually Wednesday 7th March which you should definitely get down to – Jack Carty and Jordan Lesser will be there. The March lineup (so far) is below:

Wed 7th March – Jack Carty + The Falls + Jordan Lesser
Wed 14th March – Maples + The Falls + Luke Webb
Wed 21st March – Little Bastards + The Falls + TBA
Wed 28th March – Patrick James + The Falls + TBA

For more information check out the official Folk Club Facebook page. And while you’re there friend The Falls so you get double to updates. And of course keep tuned to Timber and Steel where we’ll update you on all things Folk Club related.

“Man, I see in Folk Club the strongest and smartest musicians who’ve ever lived” – Tyler Durden

New Bon Iver Video “Towers”

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The latest single from Bon Iver’s self titled album has just been given a brand new video. The video, for the song “Towers”, was described by Pitchfork.com as being “full of appropriately pastoral imagery that pictures an older man carrying what looks like a massive dreamcatcher into the woods before paddling out to sea” to which Bon Iver Tweet-replied “Dear @pitchforkmedia, A dream catcher? Really? Love, Bon Iver”. We reckon it’s some sort of net or something. Make your own mind up by watching “Towers” below:

Final Bluesfest Lineup Announced

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And here it is ladies and gentlemen: the final addition of artists to this year’s Bluesfest. Not only is John Fogerty now doing a second show on Easter Monday we’ve also got the likes of Weddings, Parties, Anything, Daniel Champagne (above), Claude Hay and many many more joining the lineup.

Tickets are still available from the Bluesfest web site where you can also see the full lineup. Bluesfest takes place over the Easter long weekend, Thursday 5th April and Monday 9th April, in Byron Bay. Check out the latest additions below:

John Fogerty (2nd show)
Slightly Stoopid
Weddings, Parties, Anything
The Hands
Claude Hay
Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission
Mason Rack Band
Daniel Champagne
Bobby Alu
Dan Hannaford
Round Mountain Girls
Mojo Bluesmen
Harry Healy
Blackbirds
Mick McHugh
Minnie Marks
Young Sounds of Byron

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