Watch the New Dustin Tebbutt Video “The Breach”

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A number of people have been recomending Australian singer-songwriter Dustin Tebbutt to me recently so I figured it was about time to check him out – and I’m glad I did because his music is something special. Having recently returned to Australia after some time living in Sweden, Tebbutt has been busy working on his music and has recently released his debut single “The Breach”. Check out the video below:

I think you’ll agree that this is really really sweet stuff. I’m keen to see what Dustin Tebbutt has up his sleeve next.

Eliza Carthy Announces Best Of Album Wayward Daughter

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Legendary English folk-singer and fiddle player Eliza Carthy is marking 21 years a professional musician with the release of a career-spanning best of double album Wayward Daughter. Carthy is a member of the great Waterson/Carthy folk music dynasty and in her time has won two Mercury Prize nominations, seven BBC Radio Folk Awards, a Paul Hamlyn Prize and a bunch of other accolades too numerous to mention.

Wayward Daughter is set to feature 31 tracks from Eliza Carthy’s career including both traditional and self-penned material as well as a couple of live tracks. The album is out oin the 3rd June through Topic Records – that’s the cover art at the head of the article.

Isaac Graham Announces New Album Glorious Momentum

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Sydney folk-punk singer Isaac Graham has announced plans to release his sophomore album Glorious Momentum on Friday 28th June. Glorious Momentum is the followup to 2009’s Empty Vessels so fans have been waiting a while for new music from Graham.

“It’s been a long time coming but I think audiences will appreciate the wait” Isaac Graham explained via the press release for the new album. “I think it shows an obvious improvement on the first album; both in terms of song writing and production.”

That’s the artwork at the top of the article and the track listing is as follows:

1. Focus Shoes
2. How Much
3. Young Backs
4. Nomads
5. H.T.M.M.
6. Karolin
7. Lori Meyers
8. Jindabyne
9. Potential Energy
10. Hearts Convulse
11. Organs
12. The Man Who Stole The Sky

To celebrate Isaac Graham will be touring Glorious Momentum through July and August – dates to come. Have a listen to three of the tracks from Glorious Momentum, “Focus Shoes”, “H.T.M.M” and “Hearts Convulse”, and download them free below:

Listen to Sweet Jean’s New Track “Tomorrow Morning”

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I’ve been trying to find time to write about Melbourne folk duo Sweet Jean for ages and now that they’ve announced details of their upcoming debut album I have the perfect excuse to find the time. The album is called Dear Departure and was co-produced with John Castle (Washington, Bamboos, The Drones, Vance Joy) – it’s due to hit shelves on the 4th July.

The first song on Dear Departure is “Tomorrow Morning” and Sweet Jean are currently streaming it online. Take a listen below and tell us what you think:

Snowy Mountains of Music Reveals Final Artists for 2013

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It’s just two weeks until the June long weekend which means it’s just two weeks until The Snowy Mountains of Music festival hits Perisher. The festival has been putting the finishing touches on the 2013 event with the final artists added to an already impressive lineup.

Saritah (above), The Ministry of Truth and Tjupurra will be joining the likes of Jeff Lang, Mikelangelo and the Tin Star, Mustered Courage, Blue King Brown, Oh Pep!, Sunas, Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens and many many more for a weekend of amazing music.

The Snowy Mountains of Music takes place from the 7th to 10th June and tickets are still available. Check out the official site for more information.

Passenger Announces December Australian Tour

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Passenger has gone number one in 13 countries. In 13 countries. That’s absolutely insane. We’re so proud of the man we can’t begin to tell you.

And in his rise to the top Passenger hasn’t forgotten his adopted home of Australia. He’s chosen to end the year, and his current tour cycle, with a string of shows here throughout December. The full list of dates are below with tickets on sale at 9am on Wednesday 29th May:

Sunday 1st December – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 4th December – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th December – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 7th December – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 11th December – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th December – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA

Whitley Returns to the Australian Music Scene

Whitely
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Right around the time that Timber and Steel started tapping on the internet in 2010 about folk and acoustic music one of Australia’s most promising and celebrated singer-songwriters Lawrence Greenwood, AKA Whitley, bowed out from the music scene after only a couple of albums.

Then this month Whitley’s name popped up on the Splendour in the Grass lineup and people began talking about a “comeback”. And now it seems that “comeback” (or as it’s being touted, “resurrection”) is cemented with the announcement last week of a new Whitley single, album and a run of headline shows.

The new single is “My Heart Is Not A Machine” which hit the web this week – check it out below:

“My Heart Is Not A Machine” is taken from the upcoming album Even The Stars Are A Mess which is due on the 5th July. The tour to coincide with Even The Stars Are A Mess will feature Esther Holt in support – check out the dates below:

Friday 12th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 13th July – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 18th July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 19th July – The Hi Fi, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th – Sunday 28th July – Splendour In The Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Check out Whitley being by interviewed Justin Heazlewood (AKA The Bedroom Philosopher) on his return to music below:

New Matt Corby Video, “Resolution”

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Following on from the release of his low awaited new single “Resolution” last week Matt Corby has treated us again with a brand new video for the song. In typical Matt Corby fashion the video captures the singer-songwriter in the studio recording “Resolution” and was directed by Corby’s friend Bryce Jepson. Check it out below:

Artists for Folk Club This Wednesday 29th May

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Reasons you have to come down to Folk Club in Sydney this Wednesday 29th May:

  1. It’s the last time for a while that Folk Club stalwarts The Falls will be playing the gig. The duo have decided to relinquish their coveted Folk Club residency over the coming months to allow some of Sydney’s other emerging folk and acoustic talents to take the reins for a while. The Falls at Folk Club is somewhat of a Sydney institution so their final night is bound to be a big one.
  2. Upcoming folk singers Little Bighorn will be opening the night. These guys make such beautiful music and already have a decent following in the local scene. I have a feeling they’re going on to big things – you need to catch them live to see why.
  3. Boy Outside is headlining the night – if you’ve seen his new single “River Runs to the Sea” (below) you’ll realise just how exciting this is

So there you have it – what more could you want? Folk Club kicks off at The Soda Factory in Sydney around 8:30pm on Wednesday (but get there before that as seats are limited) and is free entry. For more information check out the Facebook invite here.

Interview: Pete Uhlenbruch, Owls of the Swamp

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This week Pete Uhlenbruch, AKA singer-songwriter Owls of the Swamp, will be playing three very intimate shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane presented by Timber and Steel. Uhlenbruch has been basing himself in Europe for the last couple of years so these shows are a rare opportunity to see him live in Australia. We thought it was about to time sit down with the man and chat about all things Owls of the Swamp.

Gareth Hugh Evans: You’ve been overseas for a while now. How does it feel to be back in Australia and more importantly playing shows in Australia?

Pete Uhlenbruch: It’s great to be back, and quite surreal to be honest. 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. Of course it’s quite exciting to play some shows in my old home town of Melbourne, but I also can’t wait to make it up to Sydney and Brisbane where I actually haven’t played much at all.

GHE: There’s only three shows for this tour and they’re in fairly intimate venues. What was behind the decision to return to playing live in Australia in this way?

PU: The catalyst for my return was actually for some famillial celebrations so I thought I’d take the opportunity to extend and develop the trip into a short national tour to promote the single that was recently released. Since I’m only home for a brief window it made sense to keep the tour and venues pretty intimate.

GHE: The new single, “The Hypnotist”, has been getting quite a bit of buzz on the folk blogs lately. I really really like it! Is this the precursor to a larger recording project (like an EP or album)?

PU: Absolutely, there is a brand new album in the works though I’m not in a mad rush to finish it. I’m done with pre-production for all the songs and am now arranging some studio time over the coming months in Iceland to bring the remaining tracks to a healthy and happy existence. ‘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.

GHE: How long will you be staying in Australia this time around? Any plans for a more extensive tour?

PU: This trip’s pretty short at three weeks so there’s just a handful of shows. Once the album is wrapped up I hope to make it back in 2014 for a larger scale tour. I’d love to get a touring band together and step the venues and live performances a few notches. It’s not often I get to come back to play in Oz so I’d love to really explore more cities and States next time around.

GHE: As I mentioned you do spend a lot of time overseas, especially in Europe. What’s the appeal of playing over there compared to Australia?

PU: Opportunities! Within nine months of relocating to Europe I’d already toured the UK, Germany, Iceland, Poland and the Czech Republic. There’s such an amazing concentration of international artists and creative types in most parts of Europe that once you start getting involved in the music communities there it’s almost inevitable that an exciting and unexpected opportunity will pop up. I also really enjoy engaging with audiences from different cultures since they tend to respond to music in quite different ways. From my own experience they tend to drink in the UK, listen attentively in Germany and hassle you for photos and signed merchandise in Poland. In Czech Republic they like to feed you to the brim with plum schnapps.

The Australian tour dates for Owls of the Swamp are below:

Thursday 30th May – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 31st May – The Hideaway, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 2nd June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

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