Thank Folk It’s Friday – 5th October


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Matt Bauer revealed the second track from his upcoming EP No Shape Can Hold Me Now titled “Tonight We Get To Sing Our Songs”. Details here

Lisa Mitchell rocks out in the video for “Bless This Mess”, the title track from her upcoming album. Details here

– With under three weeks to go JamGrass has released the individual day lineups for its two day festival of progressive bluegrass. Details here

– Bluegrass legends The Pigs will be launching their brand new album The Great Bluegrass Swindle at Notes in Sydney this Friday before a string of dates through NSW and QLD. Details here

Grizzly Bear revealed their brand new video “Yet Again” from their new album Shields. Details here

– Recent Old Crow Medicine Show recruit Chance McCoy has decided to let his fans download his debut album for free. Details here

Willy Mason has announced a couple of headline shows when he’s out here supporting Mumford and Sons this month. Details here

– Swedish duo First Aid Kit have announced headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne when they’re in the country for Falls Festival. Details here

Darren Cross, one half of folk duo Jep&Dep, is currently working on his solo album Freak Out Inn III and is busy uploading videos of some of the tracks to YouTube. Details here

– Canadian folkies The Wooden Sky released their new video “I’m Your Man” ahead of their new album Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun which hits stands next week. Details here

– Following an appearance on Letterman wearing an Aboriginal flag t-shirt Neil Young debuted his new psychedelic video for “Walk Like A Giant”. Details here

Folk In the Foothills announced their lineup for the 2012 festival. Details here

– The first Christmas song of the year has arrived in the form of Sufjan Stevens’ “Christmas Unicorn”. Stevens will be releasing a new boxset of Christmas EPs this November. Details here

– Last week Mumford and Sons and Emmylou Harris (along with master dobro player Jerry Douglas) got together to perform for the CMT Crossroads TV series. The full episode is available to stream online (but may require a US IP). Details here

– The talented folks at Sideshow Alley released their live video of Laura Marling shot earlier this year. Details here

Communion Melbourne announced their October lineup which includes Howl at the Moon, Mike Noga, The Falls and Jordan Leser as well as a very special guest appearance from Communion founder and Mumford and Sons keyboard player Ben Lovett. Details here


“The planets aligned for us and some amazing opportunities have come our way. But the task is the same as it always was – to write good songs and play good shows” – Husky Gawenda from Husky chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We’ve had such an incredible response from bands that played last year and new bands wanting to be part of it and the audience from last year. The amount of support and private emails from those that were at JamGrass 2011 have been so encouraging. People definitely want more of this. That has given us the confidence to expand to a two stage, two day format. This means we can accommodate a massive 17 band lineup” – Jason Taylor from JamGrass Music Festival chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Sugaring Season
Sugaring SeasonBeth Orton

Big City Low
Big City LowBillgoat & The Mongrels

Last Minutes and Lost Evenings
Last Minutes and Lost EveningsFrank Turner

Trancendental Youth
Transcendental YouthThe Mountain Goats

The Great Bluegrass Swindle
The Great Bluegrass SwindleThe Pigs

Timber and Steel Presents

Patrick James
Patrick James
Friday 5th October – The Waiting Room, Brisbane, QLD

The Eastern
The Eastern
Friday 5th October – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 6th October – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC
Sunday 7th October – Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 9th October – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 11th October – Camelot Longue, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th October – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Ainslie Wills
Friday 12th October – The Metro, Adelaide, SA

Billy Goat & the Mongrels
Friday 5th October – The Sandringham Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Buffalo (Wes Carr)
Saturday 6th October – Clarendon Guest house, Katoomba, NSW

Busby Marou with Slip On Stereo
Friday 12th October – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Crooked Saint and Ashleigh Mannix
Friday 12th October – Western Port Hotel, Westernport, VIC

Elliot The Bull
Saturday 6th October – Rics Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Hat Fitz and Cara
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

Thursday 11th October – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th October – The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
Thursday 11th October – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 12th October – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, NSW

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp
Friday 5th October – Empire Church Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 6th October – Starcourt Theatre, Lismore, NSW
Thursday 11th October – Lizottes Restaurant, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 12th October – Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford, NSW

Mama Kin
Saturday 6th October – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Josh Bennett and Jay Dabgar

Friday 5th October – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
feat. Chris Finnen and Cal Williams jr.
Friday 12th October – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Rosie Catalano
Thursday 11th October – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Sarah Humphreys
Friday 5th October – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Paper Kites (with Art of Sleeping, Battleships)
Thursday 11th October – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 12th October – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 5th October – Notes Live, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th October – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

The Stillsons
Saturday 6th October – The Lodge 241 Cafe, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 7th October – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

The String Contingent
Friday 5th October – Concert for Wesley Warragul, Warragul, VIC
Saturday 6th October – Escape Art Festival, Milton, NSW
Sunday 7th October – Concert in the Cave, Wee Jasper, NSW

Friday 5th October – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 7th October – Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 11th October – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th October – Side Bar @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

TinPan Orange
Saturday 6th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 7th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Our Town” – Iris DeMent feat. Emmylou Harris and Jerry Douglas

I remember hearing this song over the final episode of Northern Exposure in the 90s and thinking “I have to own that”. Beautiful.

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