Thank Folk It’s Friday – 31st May


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Laura Marling has added a second Melbourne and Sydney date to her July tour of Australia. Details here

– The video for Matt Corby’s new single “Resolution” arrived late last week. Details here

– The enigmatic Whitely made a return to the Australian music scene after a three year absence with a brand new single, news of a new album and a tour this July. Details here

– The amount of success Passenger is seeing at the moment is phenomenal – we’re so proud of you Mike! And we’re so excited that Passenger’s coming back to Australia this year for a national tour in December. Details here

– The final artists have been added to the Snowy Mountains of Music lineup before it hits Perisher next weekend. Details here

– Listen to the new track from folk duo Sweet Jean, “Tomorrow Morning”. Details here

– And Sweet Jean are heading out on tour in July when they release their new album Dear Departure. Details here

– Folk-punk singer-songwriter Isaac Graham has announced plans for a new album and is already giving away three of its tracks as free downloads. Details here

– Next week will see the release of Wayward Daughter, the best of CD from folk legend Eliza Carthy. Details here

– The debut single/video from singer-songwriter Dustin Tebbutt, “The Breach”, is really sweet. Details here

– The wonderful Patrick James has announced a couple of all ages headline shows at the end of June in Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– Harmonic four-piece Evan and the Brave have announced a single launch show in Sydney mid-June. Details here

– Alt-country singer-songwriter Lachlan Bryan has a new video for the track “Whistle and Waltz”. Details here

– The Finders Keepers Markets hit Sydney tonight and tomorrow with lots of lovely live music for you. Details here

– Listen to “You Can Stay”, the new single from Melbourne’s Woody Pitney. Details here

– The latest track and video from Bernard Fanning’s new album definitely harkens back to his Tea and Sympathy days. Details here


“‘The Hypnotist’ is a taste of the album to come with a deeper involvement in digital palettes and working with producers in the studio. The last album was quite ‘home-made’ so I’d love to experience the process of a more ‘studio’ record – Pete Uhlenbruch of Owls of the Swamp chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Spotlight On

Paper Aeroplanes

Paper Aeroplanes

“With their evident evolution through each recording, the Paper Aeroplanes are are duo (currently touring with band) that should definitely be watched. They are the kind of act that would be at home in an intimate venue as well as on a main stage of a large summer festival”KTBell spotlights Paper Aeroplanes. Profile here


“How am I doing? Exhausted. Optimistic, but a bit anxious. It feels very pushy and demanding to be spending all of my time (yes, all of it – yesterday I worked a 17 hour day) asking people for things”Rose Wintergreen talks Crowd Funding in the third of a four part series. Blog here

Timber and Steel Presents

Owls of the Swamp

Owls of the Swamp
Friday 31st May – The Hideaway, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 2nd June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC


Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You and The Mountains
Saturday 1st June – Baha Tacos, Rye, VIC
Sunday 2nd June – Pure Pop Records, Melbourne, VIC

Eleanor McEvoy
Friday 31st May – Wollongong Diggers, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 1st June – Cat & Fiddle, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 2nd June – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 5th June – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 6th June – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – The National Celtic Festival, Port Arlington, VIC

Finders Keepers Markets
Friday 31st May – Carriageworks, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 1st June – Carriageworks, Sydney, NSW

Martha Wainwright
Friday 31st May The Tivoli, Brisbane QLD
Saturday 1st June Byron Theatre Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 2nd June Byron Theatre Byron Bay, NSW

Matt Corby with Grace Woodroofe
Friday 31st May – Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st June – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th June – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage
Friday 31st May – Clancy’s Fish Bar, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 1st June – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Sunday 2nd June – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 7th June – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Jep and Dep
Thursday 6th June – Terrace Bar Newcastle, NSW
Friday 7th June – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW

Palm Creek Folk Festival
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Palm Creek, QLD

Snowy Mountains of Music
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher, NSW

Sounds of the South feat. Megafaun, Fight the Big Bull, Justin Vernon and Frazey For
Saturday 1st June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 2nd June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Texture Like Sun, Ella Hooper, Roscoe James Irwin
Tuesday 4th June – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

The Milk Carton Kids with Melody Pool
Tuesday 4th June – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 6th June – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 7th June – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

Tom West
Wednesday 5th June – The Front Bar, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 6th June – Dowse Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th June – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Top Half Folk Festival
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June – Glen Helen Resort, NT

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Fox” – Nickel Creek

Big thanks to Timber and Steel contributor/co-founder MackaJay for getting this song stuck in my head this week. There’s worse ways to spend a week I suppose.

Watch the New Bernard Fanning Video “Departures (Blue Toowong Skies)”

Bernard Fanning
Image Courtesy of Bernard Fanning

Tea and Symphony from Bernard Fanning is possibly one of my favourite folk-rock albums of the naughties so it’s a surprise to many that Timber and Steel hasn’t covered a lot of his upcoming album Departures. The main reason is that everything we’ve heard today from Departures has been firmly in the rock-and-roll vein, harkening back to Fanning’s Powderfinger roots.

But that all changed today with the release of Bernard Fanning’s new video “Departures (Blue Toowong Skies)” which is definitely up their with the Tea and Symphony material. The song was written in memoriam of Fanning’s father and older brother. The notes with the video explain:

“My Dad died at the beginning of 2011 which coincided with the biggest floods Brisbane has seen. This was something that loomed pretty large for me over the whole writing period of this album and I suppose a song like this was bound to come out. The lyric is talking about the place in Brisbane where I grew up. Toowong, a near city suburb that my Dad also spent his childhood in and ended up being buried in, along with my older brother, who I now happen to be older than.”

Check out “Departures (Blue Toowong Skies)” below:

Sweet Jean Announce Album Launch Tour

Sweet Jean
Image Courtesy of Sweet Jean

With a new album on the way, Dear Departure due on the 4th July, the logical next step for Melbourne’s Sweet Jean is to hit the road. And it looks like they’re doing just that with dates in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia through July. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 12th July – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 13th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday, 18th July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 19th July – Singing Gallery, McLaren, SA
Saturday 20th July – Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda, SA
Sunday 21st July – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

New Woody Pitney Single “You Can Stay”

Woody Pitney
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Melbourne singer-songwriter Woody Pitney is not someone I know a lot about if I’m being honest. All I know is he has a self titled EP under his belt and another one on the way this June and that he seems to have a decent following on Facebook.

It was Pitney’s new track “You Can Stay” that caught my attention, a nice little slice of upbeat folk-pop that no doubt has the crowd dancing live. Take a listen to “You Can Stay” below and download it free if you like it. I’m interested to see how the rest of the EP sounds when it comes out next month.

Musical Lineup for the Sydney Finders Keepers Markets This Weekend

Melanie Horsnell
Image Courtesy of Melanie Horsnell

The glorious bi-annual Finders Keepers Markets are returning to Sydney for their Autumn/Winter event this weekend. If you haven’t been to a Finders Keepers before you should make an effort to check it out – loads of artists and designers showcasing their wares, some fantastic food and drink and of course live music of the acoustic variety.

Finders Keepers Sydney will take place at Carriageworks in Eveleigh (near Redfern) on Friday evening and during the day on Saturday. Entry is via a $2 donation. The musical lineup this time around includes Melanie Horsnell, The Green Mohair Suits, 200K, Andy Golledge and more.

For more information on Finders Keepers check out the official site here. The full live music scheduled is below:

Friday Evening
6:00pm – Melanie Horsnell
7:00pm – Annie Mckinnon
8:00pm – Jackie Marshall
9:00pm – The Green Mohair Suits

10:00am – Jack Shit
12:00pm – Night 0wl
12:45pm – 200K
1:30pm – Andy Golledge
2:30pm – DJ Dylabolical

New Lachlan Bryan Video, “Whistle and Waltz”

Lachlan Bryan
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There’s something just achingly beautiful about Lachlan Bryan’s voice. His baritone is perfectly suited to the melancholy country songs it seems he was born to write.

Bryan’s latest single and video is for the track “Whistle and Waltz” which features guest vocals from Kasey Chambers. The video was directed by Sean Genders and stars Caitlin Harnett – check it out below:

Evan and the Brave Announce “Stay This Way” Single Launch

Evan and the Brave
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The new Evan and the Brave single “Stay This Way” hit the web a couple of weeks ago and since then it’s definitely created a bit of buzz.

The harmonic five-piece are planning on launching the single officially at Hibernian House in Sydney on Friday 14th June. Tickets for the show will be $15 on the door with special guests to be announced. Take a listen to “Stay This Way” below:

Spotlight On: Paper Aeroplanes

Paper AeroplanesPhoto courtesy of Paper Aeroplanes

I have a confession to make, I’ve had the Paper Aeroplanes on my radar for a while (no pun intended) but I’m only just realising just what a tragedy it is to not have shared them with you earlier! This is some serious ear candy. But let me start at the beginning.

As with all good heart-rending, deep and emotionally layered music, the story begins with vocalist Sarah Howells experiencing a great personal loss and her subsequent journey leading her to meet guitarist Richard Lewellyn leading them to begin working together from as early as 2005. It wasn’t until 2009 that the Paper Aeroplanes actually formed as their musical journey brought them into the folk-tinged spectrum and since then, they have released 2 albums and 3 EPs. However their third album Little Letters just came out on both iTunes and Amazon – so something tells me I have a whole lot of back catalog to track down.

Cue their live performances. They are currently wrapping up a tour of the UK and I managed to catch them in London last week (review to come) but I can share that they have a repertoire that will create an engaging and at times theatrical experience for any audience member. They can move from the familiarity of the folk-pop end through sometimes country-esque sounds and in to true ballads and laments and back out the other side to an indie-folk crescendo. Their maturity of sound shows evidence that they’re inspired by the likes of Laura Veirs, Bjork, Jeff Buckley, Gillian Welch, Everything but the Girl and Lucinda Williams.

With their evident evolution through each recording, the Paper Aeroplanes are are duo (currently touring with band) that should definitely be watched. They are the kind of act that would be at home in an intimate venue as well as on a main stage of a large summer festival.

Country of Origin: Wales, UK
File Under: Indie-Folk or Folk-pop
Sounds Like: The Verses meets Lisa Mitchell and the Cranberries

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

Owls of the Swamp
Image Courtesy of Owls of the Swamp

When I first started Timber and Steel in 2010 one of the artists that was most recommended to me was Melbourne singer-songwriter Pete Uhlenbruch, AKA Owls of the Swamp. Unfortunately by the time I discovered his amazing music Uhlenbruch had decamped to Europe and has been living and working there ever since.

But in that time I’ve developed an online relationship with Owls of the Swamp and have been following his career closely – so when he announced that he would be returning to Australia for a series of intimate shows and asked if Timber and Steel wanted to present them I jumped at the chance.

“It’s great to be back, and quite surreal to be honest,” Pete Uhlenbruch told me in our recent interview. “So much has been happening and developing overseas over the last two years but after I slam into Tullamarine airport and roll down to my favourite cafe to order “the usual” it almost feels like I never left”.

The Melbourne leg of the Owls of the Swamp tour is extra special as it takes place this Sunday 2nd June at our regular matinée show at The Workers Club. Joining Owls of the Swamp in support will be two of Melbourne’s hottest artists – experimental vocal group Aluka and singer-songwriter Al Parkinson. Doors open at 1:30pm and tickets are just $8 on the door. For more information check out the official Workers Club site here. The set times for the show are below:

Al Parkinson – 2pm
Aluka – 3pm
Owls of the Swamp – 4pm

Patrick James Announces Two All Ages Shows

Patrick James
Image Courtesy of Patrick James

Fresh from the release of his new EP All About To Change and currently in the middle of a massive 21 day national tour supporting Emma Louise, Patrick James has just announced plans for two very special all ages shows in Sydney and Melbourne.

The shows are set to take in the intimate surroundings of Sub Lounge in Melbourne and the Paddington Uniting Church in Sydney and tickets to both are on sale now. Check out the list of dates below:

Saturday 29th June – Sub Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th July – Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

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