Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th August


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Busby Marou will wrap up the tour-cycle of their debut album with their first annual Bring It Home tour of regional Queensland. Joining the duo will be melodic four piece masters Slip on Stereo. Details here.

– Brother/sister duo Dan and Hannah Acfield have gifted Timber and Steel with an exclusive free download of their new singles “After You” and “Sorry I’ve Taken So Long to Love”. Details here

First Aid Kit have revealed the next single from their acclaimed album The Lion’s Roar – the track titled “Wolf”. The single will be released in September along with a reissue of the album. Details here

– Alice Springs native Sally Balfour, the daughter of folk legend Scotty Balfour (Bloodwood), has just started producing some beautiful acoustic music, releasing demos online. Details here

– Sydney folkie Wyatt Moss-Wellington has announced a brand new bluegrass project titled The Lunch Mothers and will be playing a gig at The Green Room in Enmore next week. Details here.

– The wait is finally over – UK trio The Staves have announced the details of their much anticipated debut album. Details here

– Folk duo Laneway have announced a string of dates around the country to launch their new album Turn Your Love Up including a Timber and Steel presented Sunday Matinee show at The Workers Club. Details here

Jens Lekman has released the video for his single “I Know What Love Isn’t”, the title track from his upcoming album. Details here

– New videos from Feist are always very exciting so we were chuffed when we discovered the release of “Anti-Pioneer”. Details here

Daniel Champagne released his first ever music video for the track “Nightingale”. The video features a single shot and was set-up, rehearsed and filmed in under five hours. Details here

– UK trio Daughter have revealed a stream of their new single “Smother” which will be released on vinyl on the 1st October. Details here

Fanny Lumsden is offering her new single “Apricot Sunday” as a free download. Details here


“The idea is that there’s a stack of really fabulous and scary, horrific traditional songs of ours in Australia. But usually when people play them – if they play them at all – it’s very jolly … And for me, that didn’t ring true at all. So we were looking at what the intention behind the lyrics are. And the true anxiety and fear. So we reflected that in the music that we’ve put to it”Jenny M Thomas chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here.

“The albums that I grew up listening to were Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Young, early Dylan and Nick Drake. For me, regardless of how intricate those albums were, they were always about songs, they were always about great song writing and I guess that’s the tradition I wanted to follow in. I don’t profess to be a great songwriter at all, I’m still just learning my craft, but that was my benchmark, what I was aiming for, the whole idea of it being raw.”Tim Hart chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here.


Track by Track

“The title of our EP Little Father Time, and our track “Sweet Sue” are references to a book by Thomas Hardy, called Jude The Obscure. I was making my way through his collection of novels last year when I was particularly struck by the writing and the story of this book. It was easily the gloomiest story I have ever read, but was written so beautifully that I was captivated by it”We Are The Birdcage, Little Father Time. Track By Track here


Our Shining Skin is a formidable and wide-spanning resume from Sam Brittain and it will be very interesting to see how his writing solidifies as his career continues, as this record proves he has far more options for direction than most”Sam Brittain, Our Shining Skin. Review here


“This was not sing-around-a-microphone bluegrass – this was bluegrass played with a rock and roll attitude and Thile was our rock star”Punch Brothers, The Basement, Sydney. Review here

“I’m always a little wary that I have seen these guys so often and I have become a complacent listener – but seeing them in this situation, with a full band and performing to a crowd of their nearest and dearest, I was once again in awe of their music.”The Falls, The Hellen Rose Schauersberger LabOratorium, Sydney. Review here

“What followed was an absolutely wonderful set from an artist I have become infatuated with over the last little while. Her music – the affected, country influenced vocals, the complex lyrical structure, the melodies overlaid with banjo, mandolin and more – is just captivating.”Faith Lee, The Vanguard, Sydney. Review here

Releases This Week

Tim Hart
Milling the WindTim Hart
Katie Noonan
Songs of the Southern SkiesKatie Noonan and Karin Schaupp

Gigs Next Week

Communion Melbourne feat. Fraser A. Gorman, Castlecomer, Roller One, Elle Graham
Sunday 19th August – Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Darwin Festival
9th to 26th August – Darwin, NT

Jenny M Thomas and the System
Friday 17 August – Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 19 August – Yours and Owls, Wollongong

Jinja Safari
Friday 17th August – Metro, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 18th August – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD

Lanie Lane
Friday 17th August – The Lighthouse, Darwin Festival, NT
Friday 24th August – Tank Arts Centre, Cairns Festival, QLD

Little Bastard (with Lacey Cole and Achoo! Bless You)
Thursday 23rd August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Nick and Liesl
Friday 17th August – The Albion, Albury, NSW

Friday 17th August – The Hi-Fi, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd August – The Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Thursday 23rd August – Fowlers, Adelaide, SA
Friday 24th August – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, VIC

Roland K Smith & The Sinners with Terry Serio’s Ministry of Truth and CJ Shaw & The Blow Ins
Wednesday 22nd August – Sandringham Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 17th August – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 18th August – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 22nd August – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 23rd August – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Friday 24th August – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Lunch Mothers and The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Thursday 23rd August – The Green Room, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Sorry The Day I Was Married” – Tim Hart and Maddy Prior

With Boy & Bear’s Tim Hart releasing his solo album today we thought we’d remind you of the first famous folk singer with that name, the late, great Tim Hart from Steeleye Span. Here he performs with Maddy Prior at Cecil Sharp House in London a year before he passed away.

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