Thank Folk It’s Friday – 31st August


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Paper Kites gave us their new Jefferton James co-directed video for “A Maker Of My Own Time”, the first single off their upcoming EP Young North. Details here

– Melbournites The Stillsons are taking the unusual step of recording their next album in Brisbane – the reason being that it will provide “No Distractions”. On their way up the coast the band will be stopping off in a number of places as part of their Spring tour. Details here

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson are revealing a track a day in the lead up to the release of their new album Wreck and Ruin and as of today we’re seven songs in. Details here

– The one man blues machine that is Claude Hay has just released his new single “I Love Hate You” and is giving it away for free. Details here

TinPan Orange have announced a national tour kicking off this September to launch their upcoming album Over The Sun. Details here

– Canberra based indie folkers Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens will be officially releasing their debut album Family Pets later this year and they’re offering up the first single, “Little Surprises”, as a free download. Details here

Husky have been touring through the US and Europe but are heading home this October for a headline tour to launch their new single “Tidal Wave”. Details here

– Canadian five-piece The Wooden Sky are offering their new single “Take Me Out” as a free download ahead of their new album Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun. Details here

– The second Key of Sea album will hit stores on the 19th October featuring tracks from Jinja Safari, Paul Kelly, The Tiger and Me, Lanie Lane and many more. Details here

– Regular Sydney night Upstairs and Underground are showcasing some of the city’s best progressive folk at The Gaelic Club tomorrow night. The lineup includes Bears With Guns, Liam Gale and the Ponytails, Edema Ruh and The Oliver Thorpe Quintet. Details here

Angus Stone, in partnership with Guinness Australia, has recorded versions of “The Blowers Daughter” by Damien Rice and “Dreams” by The Cranberries to be debuted on Guinness’ facebook page next Monday 3rd September. Fans will get a chance to choose which track is their favourite and the winner will be available on iTunes on the 28th September with all proceeds going to SurfAid International. Details here

Trevor Dann has racked up his 50th podcast with and it’s a killer – an hour of some of the best live music recorded by Dann and the team. If you don’t listen to the Propercast we reckon this is the perfect jumping on point. Details here

– After some recent lineup changes Adelaide folk artists Traveller & Fortune have decided to rerelease their single “Little Plastic People” and will be touring it in September. Details here

– Blues-folk duo Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson are currently wrapping up a massive US and European tour and have just announced a bunch of Australian dates in October. Details here

Sarah Humphreys has announced the details of her brand new album Hello. To celebrate the release Humphreys has a spring tour planned through NSW, VIC and SA. Details here

– Two of UK indie-folk’s biggest buzz bands – The Staves and Keaton Henson – have teamed up to rerecord “Icarus” originally from The Staves’ EP Mexico. The result is a nice little video and the track can be downloaded for free. Details here

Martha Tilston truly was a “find” at the National Folk Festival a couple of years ago so we’re pretty stoked to learn she has a new album on the way this October. Details here

Michael Kiwanuka just keeps getting better and better this week releasing his brand new video “Bones”. Details here

Communion Melbourne have announced possibly the best lineup yet for their September show – Battleships, Ainslie Wills, Packwood, Hayden Calnin and Grizzly Jim Lawrie. It’s all happening at the Toff in Town on the 23rd September. Details here

The Trouble With Templeton have gone through a lot of changes lately and have morphed from a solo project to a duo, trio and now a five piece. Their new song “Six Months In A Cast” is a great example of their new sound. Details here


“I can’t get enough of collaborating with people … In Sydney there’s a real community of singer-songwriters at the moment who are willing to get together and jam out on a few songs. Which makes the whole experience really refreshing especially when you get caught up in trying to write songs by yourself. It’s always cool to get together a group of mates and do it”Patrick James chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here


Track by Track

“[Hello Bright Eyes] was written when I was driving a Chaser bin (which is a tractor with a tailored trailor that follows the header to pick up the grain at harvest time) for a neighbour two summers ago. I was all day in lovely big paddocks and I think the sunlight made me a little vague”Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers, Autumn Lawn EP. Track By Track here

Releases This Week

Fanny Lumsden
Autumn LawnFanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers

Timber and Steel Presents

Fanny Lumsden
Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers
Sunday 2nd September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Thursday 6th September – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 7th September – Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart, TAS

Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers
Saturday 1st September – Pure Pop Records, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 2nd September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Julia Stone
6th September – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine VIC
7th September – Forum Theatre, Melbourne VIC

Lanie Lane
Friday 31st August – Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD
Saturday 1st September – A&I Hall, Bangalow, NSW
Thursday 6th September – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 7th September – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW

Nick and Liesl
Saturday 1st September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 31st August – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 1st September – Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Thursday 6th September – Hotel New York, Launceston, TAS
Friday 7th September – Spurs, Devonport, TAS

Tim Hart
Friday 31st August – The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Saturday 1st September – The Newport Hotel (upstairs), Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 5th September – The Front Gallery & Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 6th September – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 7th September – Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Upstairs and Underground feat. Bears With Guns, Liam Gale and the Ponytails, Edema Ruh, The Oliver Thorpe Quintet
Saturday 1st September – The Gaelic Club (Upstairs), Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Nancy Spain” – Christy Moore

So much of my early folk music education centres around my Dad’s obsession with Christy Moore. This song in particular was a favourite in our house and if you’re a fan of Irish contemporary folk music it doesn’t get much better than this.

New Single From The Trouble With Templeton, “Six Months In A Cast”

The Trouble With Templeton
Image Courtesy of The Trouble With Templeton

The Trouble With Templeton started out as the solo project of Brisbane singer-songwriter Thomas Calder but has somehow evolved into duo, then a trio and now a five piece. And now that this newly minted band has finally settled on its full lineup (we assume) they have released a brand new track titled “Six Months In A Cast”, a frantic, acoustic guitar driven track which is quite a departure from their (his?) last single “Someday Soon”. Take a listen below:

The Trouble With Templeton will be performing at Bigsound in Brisbane on the 12th September as well joining Julia Stone as the support on the VIC and NSW leg of her solo tour. Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 6th September – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 7th September – Forum Theare, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th September – Meenlyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Wednesday 12th September – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, QLD (BIG SOUND SHOWCASE)
Thursday 13th September – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 14th September – Dream Festival, Dubbo, NSW (headlining)
Saturday 15th September – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Friday 21st September – Community Centre, Byron Bay, NSW

Communion Melbourne Announces September Lineup

Communion Melbourne
Image Courtesy of Communion Melbourne

Can you believe that Communion Melbourne will be hosting its third show in September? My how time flies. And do they have a show for you with the lineup of artists confirmed yesterday.

Gracing the Communion Melbourne stage at the Toff in Town on the 23rd of September will be Battleships, Ainslie Wills, Packwood, Hayden Calnin and Grizzly Jim Lawrie. I don’t know about you but that lineup just blew our collective socks off – we reckon tickets for this one are going to sell out really fast.

To get your hands on said tickets make sure you jump on this link – they’re a mere $20 (incl. booking fee). The night will kick off around 6pm. Check out the official Facebook invite for more details.

New Michael Kiwanuka Video, “Bones”

Michael Kiwanuka
Image Courtesy of Michael Kiwanuka

Did you catch Michael Kiwanuka while he was in the country for Splendour in the Grass? If you didn’t you’ve no doubt heard by now just what an amazing talent this man is, mixing elements of soul, old school r&b, blues, folk and gospel to create truly wonderful music. Kiwanuka’s latest single is “Bones” and it naturally has a brand new video to go along with it. Watch “Bones” below:

Martha Tilston Reveals New Album

Martha Tilston
Image Courtesy of Martha Tilston

Martha Tilston was a revelation at the National Folk Festival a couple of years ago. She was the last artist I saw in what was a packed festival and to be honest I only stopped by her concert because it was on the way back to my campsite but I was absolutely blown away by her music and walked away with her entire back catalogue of CDs.

Tilston has just announced her brand new album titled Machines of Love and Grace. The album will be released on the 1st October which will then be followed by a UK tour. I wonder if there’s any way we can coax her down our way again some time soon?

The Staves Rerecord “Icarus” with Keaton Henson and Offer it as a Free Download

The Staves
Image Courtesy of The Staves

UK trio The Staves recently went back into the studio to record a version of their track “Icarus” (originally from their Mexico EP) with fellow UK artist Keaton Henson. The track comes with an accompanying video and can also be downloaded free via The Staves’ Soundcloud here. Take a listen below:

Sarah Humphreys Announces New Album and Tour

Sarah Humphreys
Image Courtesy of Sarah Humphreys

NSW Central Coast based singer-songwriter has been hard at work in the studio recently putting the finishing touches on her brand new album Hello. The album, due on the 21st September, is Humphreys‘ first release since her 2011 EP Him and was produced by Matt Fell. Check out the album art and track listing here:


1. Boy Wonder
2. Like A House Needs A Door
3. Why Don’t We Just Stay Home
4. Looking For A Face
5. Will You Won’t You
6. Boy Ghost
7. At The Border
8. I Don’t Have To Try
9. Slowly Close A Door
10. Winterman
11. Happiness Is On This Hill
12. Fly With Me

To celebrate the launch of Hello Sarah Humphreys will be playing a string of spring dates around NSW, VIC and SA. The full list of shows is below:

Friday 21st September – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 30th September – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Friday 5th October – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 19th – Sunday 21st October – Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, Kangaroo Valley, NSW
Friday 26th October – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th October – Pure Pop Records, St Kilda, VIC
Saturday 27th October – Elwood Lounge, Elwood, VIC
Friday 9th November – The Glass Onion Society, Long Jetty, NSW
Friday 16th November – The Lass O’ Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 29th November – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Hatz Fitz & Cara Announce October Tour

Hat Fitz and Cara
Image Courtesy of Hat Fitz and Cara

Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson are currently wrapping up a successful tour of Europe as we speak and when they hit our shores again they plan to take their new record Wiley Ways on tour.

The tour will see the folk-blues duo make their throughout the east coast and will include a stop over at The Workers Club as part of the Timber and Steel presented Sunday matinee shows there. The full list of dates is below:

Thursday 4th October – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 5th October – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 6th October – Seaview Tavern, Woolgoolga, NSW
Sunday 7th October – Oddfellows Hot Club, West Kempsey, NSW
Wednesday 10th October – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Thursday 11th October – Lizotte’s, Dee Why, NSW
Friday 12th October – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th October – Katoomba RSL, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 14th October – Lizotte’s, Lambton, NSW
Thursday 18th October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 19th October – The Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC
Saturday 20th October – Baha Taco Joint, Rye, VIC
Sunday 21st October – The Worker’s Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 25th October – The Keller, Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 26th October – Kidgeeridge Festival, Lake Conjola, NSW
Saturday 27th October – Illawarra Builder’s Club, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 28th October – Sydney Blues Festival
Sunday 28th October – Lizotte’s, Kincumber NSW

Traveller and Fortune Launching New Single “Little Plastic People” with Tour

Image Courtesy of Traveller & Fortune

South Australia’s Traveller & Fortune have gone through some changes in recent times- adding to their ranks a number of talented musicians including Ryan Oliver (Oliver’s Army) Todd Sibbin (Todd Sibbin & The Opposite Ends) and Emily Bettison (Fenn). The result is so distinctive that the group has decided to re-release “Little Plastic People”; one of the highlights from their debut self titled EP. The B sides of the single will be new versions of crowd favourites “Letter To Japan” and “Flying”. Check out the very impressive “Little Plastic People” below and stay tuned for the new video.

To mark the occasion Traveller & Fortune are embarking on a tour of the eastern coast to coincide with their showcase performance at Bigsound in Brisbane. Dates are below.

Saturday 8th September, The Evelyn,  Melbourne Vic.
Wednesday 12th September, FBi Social, Sydney, NSW.
Thursday September 13th, BIGSOUND Conference, Brisbane, QLD.
Saturday September 15th, JIVE, Adelaide, SA.

Timber and Steel Presents: Sunday 2nd September at The Workers Club

Fanny Lumsden
Image Courtesy of Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers

Fanny Lumsden was among the first artists Timber and Steel ever presented when we brought you her single launch late last year. So it’s kind of fitting that Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers will be launching their latest EP Autumn Lawn at our new series of matinee shows at The Workers Club in Melbourne.

This Sunday 2nd September Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers will joined by the fabulous Jackson McLaren from around 2pm. Entry a mere $10 and The Workers Club has a bunch of lunch specials so it’s definitely worth turning up before the gig.

For more details check out The Workers Club site or the official Facebook Event here.

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