Thank Folk It’s Friday – 27th July


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The biggest news of the week would have to be the revelation that Timber and Steel will be presenting Sunday afternoons at iconic Melbourne venue The Workers Club from August. The first show features Melbourne 5-piece Whitaker (fronted by Ryan Meeking) and kicks off on the 5th August. Details here.

Arbori released the video for their gorgeous new single “In The Places You Fold” featuring footage from their recording session last year. Watch the video to see cameos from The Falls and ILUKA. Details here.

– Sydney activist-bluegrass quartet The Lurkers revealed a brand new track titled “Mining Man” that they’re also offering up as a free download. Details here.

– The trailer for the upcoming Paul Kelly documentary, Stories of Me, was released revealing his drive and ambition along with personal insights including the breakdown of his marriage and his relationship with heroin. The documentary will be screening around the country in October and November. Details here.

The Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions continue their dedication to Central Australian folk music with a show titled “Generations of Folk” this Sunday featuring Scotty Balfour (Bloodwood), Sally Balfour and other members of the Balfour clan. Details here.

– The new video from Passenger, “Let Her Go”, debuted on Tuesday ahead of his Australian tour this August. Details here.

– Using the power of YouTube we gave you an idea of how the upcoming Mumford and Sons album Babel might sound. We get annoyed we people stick a camera phone right in our line of vision at gigs but we love it when they post new tracks online. Details here.

Andrew Bird released the latest video from his album Break It Yourself for the track “Give It Away”. Details here.

– Australian country royalty Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson have announced the followup to their amazing 2008 album Rattlin’ Bones. Titled Wreck and Ruin the album is due for release on the 7th September with a national tour planned for October, November and December. Details here.

Bellyache Ben and the Steamgrass Boys and The Green Mohair Suits are transforming iconic Sydney rock venue The Annandale Hotel into a hoedown when they perform an afternoon of bluegrass on the 5th August. Details here.

Martha Wainwright returns with her first solo album since 2008 this October. The album is titled Come Home To Mama. Details here.

Timber and Steel favourite Leroy Lee will be launching his brand new EP Arcadia at FBi Social on 9th August. Details here.

– The first track from the upcoming Mountain Goats album Transcendental Youth, “Cry for Judas”, was revealed online and is available as a free download. Details here.

Katie Noonan, along with collaborator Karin Schaupp, has announced Songs of the Southern Skies, an album of Australia’s best loved classical, folk, jazz and pop songs featuring appearances from the likes of Gurrumul and Clare Bowditch. The album is due for release on the 17th August. Noonan and Schaupp will also be touring throughout Australia in August, September and October. Details here.

Releases This Week

Ground of Its Own
Ground of Its OwnSam Lee

Gigs Next Week

Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions (Scotty Balfour, Sally Balfour)
Sunday 29th July – Alice Springs Desert Park, Alice Springs, NT

Father John Misty
Friday 27th July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th July – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Folk Club feat. Jack Colwell, The Falls, Little Bighorn
Wednesday 1st August – Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar, Sydney, NSW

Jack Carty (with Packwood)
Sunday 29th July – Betty Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Little Features Presents: Faith Lee, Charlie Gradon, The Campervan Dancers & Little Bighorn
Friday 27th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Missy Higgins
Fri 27th July – Mackay Entertainment Centre, Mackay
Sat 28th July – The Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton

Roland K Smith & The Sinners (with Chuck’s Wagon, The Tombstone Ramblers)
Wednesday 1st August – Sandringham Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Splendour in the Grass (Angus Stone, Lanie Lane, Jinja Safari, The Beautiful Girls, Husky, Gossling, Missy Higgins, Michael Kiwanuka, Father John Misty, Ben Howard)
27th to 29th July – Byron Bay, NSW

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 3rd August – Magnums Hotel, Airlie Beach

Friday Folk Flashback

“Bihu Naam (Pak Pak)” – Papon

When I was in India last year I stumbled accross Coke Studio @ MTV, a series that brings Indian folk revival artists together with contemporary and Bollywood artists to create wonderful music. I got a little obsessed with this track from Papon and have since tracked down as much of his music as I can in Australia. It doesn’t matter if you can’t understand the words – the music here is very special. Maybe MTV should try Coke Studio in Australia as well?

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