Watch the new Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides Video “Broken Road” feat. Aluka

Tomas Strode and the Tour Guides
Image Courtesy of Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides

Melbourne folk group Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides have just sent through the video for their latest single “Broken Road” and we think it’s really sweet. Check it out below:

In case you didn’t realise “Broken Road” features some pretty special guest vocals from fellow Melbournians Aluka. Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides are offering up “Broken Road” as a free download if you head over to their Bandcamp here.

Leroy Lee Puts on Second Nick Drake Tribute Night in Sydney

Nick Drake

Following the success of last year’s local Sydney Nick Drake tribute concert organiser and Timber and Steel favourite Leroy Lee is repeating the exercise with a second show this Thursday 2nd April.

The concert will take place at Camelot Lounge in Marrickville from 8pm and will feature performances from Leroy Lee, Dave Calandra, Nic Cassey, Michael Dorman, Louise Nutting (Wartime Sweetheart) and Matt Tonks. Tickets are $15.

For more information check out the official Facebook invite here

Watch Laura Marling Perform New Track “Once” Live

Laura Marling
Image Courtesy of Laura Marling

Between the previews, short films and live performances it’s likely we’ll hear pretty much all of Laura Marling’s new album Once I Was An Eagle before it’s 27th May release.

The latest new song to get an airing is “Once” which Marling performed on BBC live music program Later… with Jools Holland last week. Take a listen to the exquisite track below:

New Monument Valley Single, “When I Go Clear”

Monument Valley
Image Courtesy of Monument Valley

UK singer-songwriter Monument Valley has just released his new single “When I Go Clear”, the first from his upcoming new record. Featuring vocals from Kerry Leatham (Peter & Kerry, Lapalux) the track is “the true story of an all night walk through London during an extended period of insomnia”.

Monument Valley will be releasing his much anticipated debut album later this year. Check out “When I Go Clear” below:

Achoo! Bless You and The Mountains Co-Headlined Tour This May

Achoo Bless You
Image Courtesy of Achoo! Bless You

Timber and Steel favourites Achoo! Bless You are teaming surf-country four piece The Mountains for a massive co-headlined east coast tour this May. The tour will see the bands play thirteen dates across four states throughout the month with and bunch of regional shows included. Check out the full list of dates for the tour below:

Thursday 2nd May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th May – The Junkyard Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 11th May – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Sunday 12th May – The Bellevue Hotel, Tuncurry, NSW
Wednesday 15th May – STRO Armidale Uni, Armidale, NSW
Thursday 16th May – Dowse Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 17th May – Woody’s Surf Shack, Byron Bay, NSW
Wednesday 22nd May – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 26th May – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Wednesday 29th May – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 30th May – The Espy, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st June – Baha Tacos, Rye, VIC
Sunday 2nd June – Pure Pop Records, Melbourne, VIC

Achoo! Bless You have also just released their new single “No Way of Knowing” which they’ve made available on their Unearthed page. Take a listen below:

Telegraph Tower Announce Sydney EP Launch

Telegraph Tower
Image Courtesy of Telegraph Tower

Cello based Sydney folk duo Telegraph Tower have announced plans to officially launch their brand new EP in their hometown on the 9th May.

The EP, Concubine, hit the stands last week (you can pick it up on Bandcamp here). The official launch is set to take place at 107 Projects in Redfern with doors opening at 7:30pm. Tickets for the show are $10 on the door and Louise Nutting (Wartime Sweethearts) will be in support.

For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Watch the New Sam Brittain Video “Bones”

Sam Brittain
Image Courtesy of Sam Brittain

Adelaide folk singer Sam Brittain has managed to do the seemingly impossible with his latest clip “Bones” – successfully combined the worlds of folk music and go kart racing. Beautifully shot and directed by Timber and Steel’s good friend Kieran Ellis-Jones (Arcade Photo), “Bones” is an amazing clip for a really really special song.

Check out the video below:

MoFo Lineup for May

Image Courtesy of Chris Gillespie

The artist lineup for May’s MoFo night in Sydney has been released and it’s looking pretty special. On Friday the 10th May Blue Mountains singer-songwriter Chris Gillespie and his band the Wandering Hands will be heading up MoFo at The Gaelic Club in Surry Hills. Joining Gillespie in support will be ex-Lurkers bassist and multi-instrumentalist Nick Street

Tickets for MoFo are $20 ($15 concession) and doors open at 8:30pm. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

And keep your eyes and ears peeled for a very special extra MoFo show in May

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 26th April


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Two of our favourite up and coming UK artists, The Staves and Keaton Henson, have collaborated on a version of Henson’s “In The Morning”. Details here

TinPan Orange released the clip for their track “Supergirl”. Details here

– London’s Treetop Flyers have just released their new video “Things Will Change”. Details here

– The wonderful Packwood has announced another Folkraiser mini-festival to help raise funds for his upcoming EPs. Details here

Castlecomer have delivered one of the happiest videos we’ve seen in a long time with “Rosie”. Details here

– Watch the trailer for When Brave Bird Saved, a short film featuring music from Laura Marling’s upcoming album Once I Was An Eagle. Details here

– And then watch the entire When Brave Bird Saved short film featuring Laura Marling here

Splendour in the Grass have announced their 2013 lineup including a bunch of folk and acoustic acts like Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling, Of Monsters & Men, Matt Corby, Boy & Bear, Sarah Blasko, Gurrumul, Daughter, Vance Joy, Art Of Sleeping and more. Details here

Timber and Steel are proud to be presenting “The Hypnotist” single launch tour from Owls of the Swamp kicking off this May. Details here

– Sydney’s Folk Club will make a welcome return next Wednesday with a show featuring The Falls, Jack Carty and Leroy Lee. Details here

Little Features hits Hibernian House in Sydney tomorrow night with a lineup that includes Matt De, Oscar Lush, Charlie Gradon, Little Bighorn and Sam Buckingham. Details here

– Melbourne duo Miles and Simone have just released the video for “I Recall”, the first single from their forthcoming EP Home in Your Heart. Details here


“I will definitely be pursuing all of those things. Anything and everything to get my music heard by as many people as possible and anything and everything to keep me from having to wear a pencil skirt in a stuffy office ever again”Emma Swift chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here



“Part dirt and dust, part smog and steel, and unmistakingly Australian. The modesty and earthiness of Paul Kelly, the innocence of Darren Hanlon, the warmth of Angus and Julia Stone, and the ‘local voice’ of The Waifs and Missy Higgins. Mark Myers plants his feet firmly in the soil of his North Queensland home, but his alt-country roots spread further into moments of sparse electronic beats and sound scapes nestled within his acoustically driven story telling” – Haz reviews Back on the Milks from The Starry Field. Review here


“It was difficult to come down from falling into the rabbit hole and immersing myself in five days of being lost in Wonderland. Accompanying me were two filmmakers, one photographer, a Byron local and two actors. Each set that finished and each tent that we walked out of incited a collective sigh and exhausting swoon”janineestoesta reviews Bluesfest. Review here

Releases This Week


Pistol Eyes
Pistol EyesKaurna Cronin

All About to Change
All About to ChangePatrick James

ConcubineTelegraph Tower

Timber and Steel Presents

Jennifer Kingwell
Jennifer Kingwell, Arbori, Caity Fowler and Plum Green
Sunday 28th April – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You and The Mountains
Thursday 2nd May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Friday 3rd May – Northcote Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC

Bob Evans
Friday 26th April – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 27th April – Fowlers, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 2nd May – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Friday 3rd May – The Bakery, Perth, WA

Eli Wolfe
Wednesday 1st May – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Folk Club feat. The Falls, Jack Carty, Leroy Lee
Wednesday 1st May – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW

Gum Ball
25th to 26th April – Gum Ball, NSW

Jack Carty and Jordan Millar
Friday 26th April – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Saturday 27th April – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Sunday 28th April – The Fig, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 3rd May – Yours and Owls, Wollongong, NSW

James Kenyon
Friday 26th April – 5 Church Street, Belingen, NSW
Sunday 28th April – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Jordie Lane
Friday 26th April – Gum Ball, Hunter Valley, NSW
Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th April – Apollo Bay Music Festival, Apollo Bay, VIC
Wednesday 1st May – Jet Black Cat Music in-store, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 2nd May – The End, Brisbane, QLD

Josh Pyke
Thursday 2nd May – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 3rd May – Gertrudes Brown Couch, Melbourne, VIC

Katie Noonan with Brian Campeau
Saturday 27th April – Flinders Performance Centre, Buderim, QLD
Thursday 2nd May – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 3rd May – Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW

Little Features feat. Matt De, Oscar Lush, Charlie Gradon, Little Bighorn and Sam Buckingham
Saturday 28th April – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Stu Larsen and Natsuki Kurai
Friday 26th April – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th April – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 28th April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

The Bad Shepherds
Sunday 28th April – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Monday 29th April – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 3rd May – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Hillbilly Killers
Friday 26th April – Rooty Hill RSL Club, Rooty Hill, NSW
Saturday 27th April – GumBall Festival, Belford, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Watch Over Me” – Bernard Fanning

A few people have asked why we haven’t covered any of the new album from Bernard Fanning and the truth is it’s because he’s made a decision to move back towards his rock roots. But we still love Fanning’s music and Tea and Sympathy is definitely one of the best Australian folk/acoustic/roots albums of the last decade.

Review: The Starry Field, Back on the Milks

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I was quite glad to see that Mark Myers’ The Starry Field not only still existed, but had released an official recording. Whilst many may consider The Starry Field a splinter from the formerly active The Middle East (I say this, as no band ever really breaks up), I have in my own collection a DIY recording of The Starry Field from 2007, obtained from a festival that featured the close-knit family of Townsville bands that consisted of The Starry Field, Sleeping in Trains, and The Middle East (all of which Myers was a member).
Elements of each collective can be heard throughout Back on the Milks, and with Myers wearing his front man cap, the album covers six years worth of candid, emotional, and honest song writing. On each listen, to me, this album has grown and matured, with the distinct components of The Starry Field sound evolving into something very comfortable and familiar. Myers’ voice at first seemed quite foreign to a city dweller like myself, but as each song took me on a journey from Cape Town, Tennant Creek, and Townsville, to Bellingen, Sydney, Holbrook, and across the Tasman, it was obvious that his voice and slang-tinged conversational lyric style is perfectly suited to such stories.

“From north & south, from city & country…”
– The Starry Field @ MySpace

An accurate description of the feel of this album. Part dirt and dust, part smog and steel, and unmistakingly Australian. The modesty and earthiness of Paul Kelly, the innocence of Darren Hanlon, the warmth of Angus and Julia Stone, and the ‘local voice’ of The Waifs and Missy Higgins. Mark Myers plants his feet firmly in the soil of his North Queensland home, but his alt-country roots spread further into moments of sparse electronic beats and sound scapes nestled within his acoustically driven story telling.

This album makes me want to travel, to see the country and the world, being wary of the challenges of the human relationship, and learning from the warnings of those who’ve come before. A real, raw collection of songs that reveal Mark Myers the man, and reflect a little something within ourselves.

Back on the Milks is available on iTunes now

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