Thank Folk It’s Friday – 30th November


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– After months of speculation the Johnny Flynn penned A Bag of Hammers movie soundtrack finally has an international digital release date. Details here

– While Jackson McLaren will be finishing up his seven date, two city residency at Folk Club next week you can get even more of his music by checking out his new Jefferton James directed video for “This Be The Place”. Details here

– WA twang enthusiasts The Seals have announced plans to launch their new EP Ruckus Juice on the 8th December with a little help from The Davidson Brothers. Details here

Seth Lakeman is playing at almost every major festival next March and April and he’ll have a brand new EP, Live with the BBC Concert Orchestra, under his belt when he gets here. We have the stream of the new single from the EP, “Blacksmith’s Prayer”. Details here

– Swedish folk sensation The Tallest Man on Earth is returning to our shores in 2013 with a bunch of dates throughout March. Details here

– Tonight is your final chance to catch Sydney indie-folk night Little Features in 2012. The lineup includes Jacob Pearson, Matt Dewar, Charlie Gradon and Bexley De Lion. Details here

– The Illawarra Folk Festival announced their 2013 lineup including Gregory Page, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, Rory Mcleod, Christine Anu, Jeff Lang, Barry Skipsey, Big Erle, Cj Shaw & The Blow Ins, Lime & Steel, Mal Webb, Fred Smith & Liz Frencham, The Lurkers, Handsome Young Strangers, The Go Set, The Woohoo Revue, The Simpson Three, Mustered Courage and more. Details here

Andrew Drummond kicks off his December City Lights tour this Sunday. Details here

– Adrian Edmondson (The Young Ones, Bottom) led folk-punk trio The Bad Shepherds have announced they’ll be touring Australia in April and May next year. Details here

– Yet another Bluesfest lineup addition was announced this week including The Lumineers, Jake Shimabukuro, Ben Harper (solo), Ben Howard, Damien Dempsey, Counting Crows and more. Details here

– UK folk blog For Folk’s Sake has once again produced a fabulous Christmas album for 2012 and we have the stream for you. Details here

– Queensland based duo Laneway are releasing their excellent album Turn Up Your Love as a limited edition vinyl and are touring in December to celebrate. Details here

– The National Folk Festival added a handful of artists to its 2013 roster with the reveal of the full lineup likely due next week. Artists added today include Go Jane Go, The Miss Chiefs, Old Man Luedecke, Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson, Sásta and Freddie White. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Katie Wighton released the gorgeous video to her new single “Grey Clouds”. Details here

Justin Townes Earle has announced he will be returning to our shores next February for an east coast tour. Details here

– The ARIA Awards went off as usual on Thursday night. Of the Timber and Steel friendly bands there were wins for Jeff Lang (Best Blues & Roots Album), Missy Higgins (Best Adult Contemporary Album and Best Video) and Matt Corby (ARIA Song of the Year). Details here

Jack Carty has jammed his December full of shows including two festivals (Corinbank and Gulgong Folk Festival), a spot at the Folk Club 2012 fianle, a couple of shows supporting Katie Noonan and a Melbourne residency on Sundays. Way to rack up the frequent flyers! Details here

Sharon Shannon enlisted the help of her many dogs to put together the new video for her track “Top Dog Gaffo”. Details here


“Yeah, I needed to continue that story. I got into a lot of trouble with the first album and it’s taken me two albums to get out of it”Willy Mason chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here


“When Gareth asked me if a wid like ti write a top 15 fir St. Andrew’s Day an after aw the excitement had wore off, a was left wi a sudden loss o memory an a mind that wis completely void o aw hings St. Andrew an aw hings Scottish. See ave been living in Alice Springs now fir 7yrs playing an working on ma ayn music, that a had firgotten where ma musical journey had began. I mean a spoke aboot certain songs but I had no really reflected on those influences that lie deep in wha a am”Colin Lillie puts together a St Andrew’s Day Playlist for us (complete with Scottish commentary) featuring the likes of The Corries, Eric Bogle, Eddi Reader, Paolo Nutini, The Battlefield Band and more. Check out the playlist here

Releases This Week

Carry OnWilly Mason

Timber and Steel Presents

Loren with Freya Hanly
Sunday 2nd December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You
Saturday 1st December – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 2nd December – Barsoma, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th December – Yah Yahs, Melbourne, VIC

Andrew Drummond
Sunday 2nd December – Super Bon Wine Bar, St Ives, NSW

Buffalo (Wes Carr)
Friday 30th November – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Charles Jenkins
Thursday 6th December – The Hideaway, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th December – Notes, Sydney, NSW

Corinbank Festival
Friday 30th November to Sunday 2nd December – Corin Forest, ACT

Dan and Hannah Acfield
Friday 30th Nov – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 2nd December – Barsoma, Brisbane, QLD

Davidson Brothers
Friday 30th November – Prospect Town Hall, Prospect, SA

Eli Wolfe
Friday 30th November – The Up Front Club, Maleny, QLD
Saturday 1st December – Mandala Cafe, Gold Coast, QLD

Folk Club Pop Up feat. Jackson McLaren, Jack Carty, The Falls and Friends
Wednesday 5th December – Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW

Saturday 1st December – Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Jack Carty
Sunday 2nd December – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 5th December – Folk Club at Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW

Jackson McLaren with The Falls, Jack Carty, Special Guests
Wednesday 5th December – Folk Club at Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW

Jen Cloher with Courtney Barnett
Saturday 1st December – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Joe Robinson
Saturday 1st December – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 30th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st December – Baby Black Café, Bacchus Marsh, VIC (Solo)
Sunday 2nd December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC (Matinee)

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Friday 30th November – Middleback Theatre, Whyalla, SA
Saturday 1st December – Norhern Festival Centre, Port Pirie, SA
Sunday 2nd December – Chaffey Theatre, Renmark, SA
Wednesday 5th December – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Thursday 6th December – Esperance Civic Centre, Esperance, WA
Friday 7th December – Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie, WA

Little Features feat. Jacob Pearson, Matt Dewar, Charlie Gradon, Bexley De Lion
Friday 30th November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Missy Higgins (with Gurrumul and Emma Louise)
Friday 30th November – Jupiter’s Theatre, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 1st December – Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 4th December – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Nexus World Music Series feat. Afro Oz Musica
Friday 30th November – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Nigel Wearne and The Cast Iron Promises
Friday 30th November – The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC

Regina Spektor
Thursday 6th December – Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane, QLD

The Bushwackers
Saturday 1st December – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 30th November – Cobar Bowling & Golf Club, Cobar, NSW
Saturday 1st December – Night Train, Broken Hill, NSW

The Tiger and Me
Saturday 1st December – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

The Trouble With Templeton
Thursday 6th December – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th December – Bon Amici Cafe, Toowoomba, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Charlie is My Darling” – Eddi Reader

Today is St Andrew’s Day so I thought we better have a Scottish flashback for you. Eddi Reader interprets this cheeky Robert Burns song (with help from Alan Kelly) and is a real treat live. This is from Live at The Basement in 2006 with the song appearing on Reader’s album The Songs of Robert Burns. Look out for the what-a-Scotsman-wears-under-his-kilt reference in the forth verse.

New Sharon Shannnon Video, “Top Dog Gaffo”

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Sharon Shannon has enlisted the help of her most trusted companions to take part in her new video “Top Dog Gaffo”. The video features Shannon’s dogs Gaffo, Daisy, Lilly, Benji, Begley, Sammy, Foxy, Gnasher, Bella and Louis and aims to raise awareness and funds for animal rescues worldwide. “Top Dog Gaffo” is taken from Sharon Shannon’s latest album Flying Circus (With The RTE Concert Orchestra) – check it out below:

Sharron Shannon will be touring Australia in January next year. The full list of dates are below:

Sunday 30th Dec to Tuesday 1st Jan – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Wednesday 2nd January – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 3rd January – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 4th January – The Irish Club, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 5th January – Lizotte’s Sydney, Dee Why, NSW
Sunday 6th January – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 8th January – The Clarendon Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 9th January – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 10th January – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 11th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Jack Carty Announces December Residencies and Tour Dates

Jack Carty
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Sydney singer-songwriter Jack Carty is capping off an amazing year with a bunch of dates this December bookended by two very exciting festival appearances, at Corinbank in Canberra this weekend and the Gulgong Folk Festival in the new year.

As well as the festivals Carty has a Sunday residency at the Retreat Hotel in Melbourne throughout the month, a couple of shows in Melbourne and Sydney supporting Katie Noonan and a very special appearance at the final Folk Club of the year.

If you want to catch Jack Carty one more time before the year is out check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 1st December – Corinbank Festival, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 2nd December – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 5th December – Folk Club @ Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 9th December – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC (6pm)
Sunday 9th December – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC (8pm w/ Katie Noonan)
Friday 14th December – Camelot, Sydney, NSW (w/ Katie Noonan)
Sunday 16th December – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd December – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 3rd January – Gulgong Folk Festival, Gulgong, NSW

St Andrew’s Day Playlist: Colin Lillie

Colin Lillie
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Today is St Andrew’s Day, the day we celebrate all things Scottish. With so much amazing folk music coming out of Scotland over the years and so much international folk music being inspired by the songs and artists of Caledonia we thought we better take some time out to celebrate the day.

And what better way to celebrate St Andrew’s Day than to ask Scottish-born, Alice Springs-based singer-songwriter Colin Lillie to present to us his favourite Scottish songs – and he’s delivered in his best Scots accent. If you’re in need of subtitles hit up Colin Lillie via his Facebook page (and have a listen to some of his fabulous music while you’re there).

When Gareth asked me if a wid like ti write a top 15 fir St. Andrew’s Day an after aw the excitement had wore off, a was left wi a sudden loss o memory an a mind that wis completely void o aw hings St. Andrew an aw hings Scottish. See ave been living in Alice Springs now fir 7yrs playing an working on ma ayn music, that a had firgotten where ma musical journey had began. I mean a spoke aboot certain songs but I had no really reflected on those influences that lie deep in wha a am.

Now once a got oor the panic an began ti hink an got through yon school years that whole pick yer partner fir the Gay Gordon’s got through the shortbread commercial an whiskey drinking image. A began ti remember some songs that took me back ti the days o going through mum an da’s record collection. A wis lucky wi ma mother as she had a great taste in music and when a wis younger a thought ma da had nay taste. He had pipe bands and Jimmy Shand and his accordion band, that he aw ways took wi him on the tours as he wis a bus driver. An so its wi him a begin this journey.
A remember this day as clear mum an dad wir oot an a wis going through there vinyl records and cassettes (yes a time when music came wi sleeves an covers) A came across a tape wi twa fellas wi big wooly jumpers an these two strange looking instruments. A slid the cassette in ti the wee drawer closed it shut and began ti listen.

As the music began to play I read the cover I knew most of the title o the songs so a fast forward to the song titles a had never heard and there a found song number one.

1. “The strangest Dream” – The Corries
This is the first song that made me hink aboot the words made me listen an feel its the song that helped me descover the power o the story teller a was aboot thirteen when this happend. The song its sell was writen by American Ed McCurdy in the 50s an as been coverd by many a famous folk and country star but ti me this is by far the best.

2. “Jock O Braidsoly” – The Corries
When a did go ti school history wis one o ma fav subjects but as ye grow ye learn and discover that no aw history wis told. An fir me songs like this wan an others told me ma country’s history in a way that opened ma eyes. Great story this one!

3. “The Ark” – Gerry Rafferty
This song just reminds me that no matter where we are from or where we are going there is a place where we are all known (Alice Springs). Also it shows how an incredible song writer Gerry was. I don’t think when he started playing wi Billy Connolly in the folk clubs of Scotland that he quite knew where is music would go.

4. “St Anne’s Reels” – Aly Bain and friends
Now this is just some gid auld fiddle tunes Aly wis aw ways on the telly. But a love the way he is no afraid ti experiment wi new and auld sounds an no be to traditional.

5. “Now I’m Easy” – Eric Bogle
Ti be honest a never really listened ti Eric until a came ti Alice. A thought his songs were written by others how wrong wis a!!!! As before music for me has been the best teacher, fir me the song writer seems ti record moments in time to be rediscovered by a new generation an like many Mr Bogle leaves many a stories for people like me ti find and look in to the past and see how life was fir others. This song is just magic!

6. “Let’s Start a Band” – Amy MacDonald
I first heard Amy because ma mum sent me her CD an as a listened ti it a thought ti ma self whit and incredible mature voice an song writer then a discovered her age and was blown away. She is a folkie has won a number of folk awards and a love her. A great wee Scottish lass wi a huge voice.

7. “Parcel O Rogues” – Luke Kelly
A lived off an on in Ireland for 3yr and a wis lucky ti be introduced ti same great music an fir me a don’t think any wan has sung this Burns poem with as much soul. I think it speaks fir its sell!!

8. “A Man’s A Man Fir Aw That” – Robert Burns
This is a poem buy Burns that a feel is a gid way ti hink about life.

9. “The Galent Grahams” – Battlefield Band
Reminds me of auld family friends that were aw ways there fir me as a boy.

10. “Growing Up Beside You” – Paolo Nutini
First time a heard this guy sing a just was flattened and this song fir me just shows how good a songwriter he is. In many ways it just reminds me how a feel about me and my Son a grow each day with him in my life.

11. “When Ye Go Away” – The Waterboys
This is a song I play often in Alice as Alice is a place where you meet new folks all the time make friends quickly but as quickly as you make them they leave just as quick and that can be hard but that is the magic of Alice Springs, the Territory and music. Am blessed ti perform as its aw ways gid ti make new friends.

12. “Ae Fond Kiss” – Eddi Reader
The moment you hear Eddi sings this ye ken that she has made this song her own. That ti me is whit being a performer is aw about sure we can sing others songs but its when you make it yer ayn that when the song becomes timeless.

13. “Green Fields of France” – The Fureys
I always loved this song from the moment I heard it on a tape of my mothers. I have saw Finbar Furey perform this song as well as the whole family in Ireland and Australia. When i foond oot a Scotsman actually wrote it it took it ti another level.

14. “Take You Home” – Emily Smith
There is not much i know about Emily I just know that she has a voice that I can only describe as home!!!

15. “Caladonia” – Dougie Maclean
This song wis first used fir a Tenants Lager Ad in the 80s which wis rocked up so a grew up no hearing Dougie performing it until later years. But ti me when ever am home sick missing a bit o the auld country I get ma guitar and sing this song wi aw that a am. A love ti perform it and always get a great reception from the listeners.

Well a hope ye enjoyed ma choice an a hope we get ti meet wan day. Take care an Happy St Andrews Day!!!!!

And as a special bonus we just had to include the clip for Colin Lillie’s own “Man’s Broken Heart”.

ARIA Award Wrap Up

Jeff Lang
Image Courtesy of Jeff Lang

Last night was the 2012 ARIA Awards and as expected the majority of the gongs went to Gotye for his fine album Making Mirrors. As always the two categories we were most interested in were Best Adult Contemporary Album and Best Blues & Roots Album which went to Timber and Steel favourites Missy Higgins for The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle and Jeff Lang for Carried In Mind respectively. Best Country Album was taken out by The McClymonts for Two Worlds Collide.

The other Timber and Steel friendly award winners were in public voted awards with Matt Corby taking home ARIA Song of the Year for “Brother” and Missy Higgins scooping Best Video for the Natasha Pincus directed “Everyone’s Waiting”.

For a full list of winners check out the official ARIA Awards web site.

Justin Townes Earle Announces East Coast Tour in February

Justin Townes Earle
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One of our favourite singer-songwriters, and constant tourer Justin Townes Earle, has announced plans to return to our shores next February for an extensive east coast tour, taking in dates through Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

If you’ve never seen Justin Townes Earle live before we can’t recommend him enough – his accented banter alone is worth the price of admission (check out our review of his Sydney show from earlier this year here).

Joining Justin Townes Earle in the support slot this time around will be Robert Ellis. Tickets to the shows are available now and the full list of dates are below:

Saturday 2nd February – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 3rd February – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 5th February – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 6th February – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th February – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 9th February – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Sunday 10th February – Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 13th February – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 15th February – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 16th February – Star Court Theatre, Lismore, NSW
Sunday 17th February – Byron Bay Community Centre, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 19th February – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

New Katie Wighton Video, “Grey Clouds”

Katie Wighton
Image Courtesy of Katie Wighton

I’ve seen Sydney singer-songwriter Katie Wighton live in a couple of guises over the years but have never managed to catch her performing her own stuff. Luckily she has just released her new single “Grey Clouds” (produced by Brian Campeau) with its gorgeous video directed Nils Crompton, so I have a fair idea what I’ve been missing out on.

Check out the video for “Grey Clouds” below and if you like what you hear head to Katie Wighton’s Bandcamp to pick it up:

The National Folk Festival Adds More Artists to its 2013 Lineup

Old Man Luedecke
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Another festival that’s added more artists to its 2013 lineup today is the National Folk Festival. Held in Canberra over the Easter long weekend, the National Folk Festival already had a pretty impressive lineup on it’s hand – with today’s additions it just gets better and better.

Added to the roster this morning were North American roots and folk legends Kieran Kane, David Francey and Lucas Kane appearing as Go Jane Go, brand new Australian trio The Miss Chiefs, master Canadian banjo playing singer-songwriter Old Man Luedecke (above), blues/folk favourites Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson, Brisbane based Irish trad quartet Sásta, and Irish born, Australian based singer Freddie White.

Early bird tickets to the festival are still available from the official web site. The National Folk Festival is promising its full lineup at the start of December – stay tuned!

Laneway Celebrate Vinyl Release with December Tour

Image Courtesy of Laneway

If you haven’t had a chance to listen to Laneway’s latest album Turn Up Your Love yet then you should really remedy that as quickly as possible – it’s a wonderful example of Australian alt-country and folk music. And if the reason you haven’t listened to Turn Up Your Love yet because the only piece of audio equipment you own is a record player (which would be odd considering you’re reading this on a computer) never fear, the album has just been released on a limited edition vinyl.

To celebrate the release of Turn Up Your Love on vinyl Laneway have a handful of very special shows planned in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney for the Vinyl and Wine Tour. The vinyl will be available at the band’s shows (or via their online store). Check out the full list of dates and an extra special live video below:

Friday 14th December – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 15th December – The Little Larder, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 20th December – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas 2012

For Folk's Sake It's Christmas 2012
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For the last few years the wonderful guys and girls at UK blog For Folk’s Sake have put together one of the best Christmas compilations around and 2012 is no different.

This year’s For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas compilation is due for digital release on the 3rd of December and includes tracks from Olly Knights (Turin Brakes), Feldspar, Admiral Fallow and many many more. All profits from the album go to the Evelina Children’s Hospital.

To get your hands on For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas head to For Folk’s Sake’s Bandcamp here and take a listen to a stream of the album below:

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