Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th June


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Grizzly Jim Lawrie released his brand new video “Midnight Run”. Details here

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros treated us to another brand new song in the form of “This Life”. Details here

– UK trio Daughter released the much anticipated official video for their track “Youth”. Details here

Lachlan Bryan has apparently got The Wildes back together for a new album and is touring in NSW and VIC before its release. Details here

The Civil Wars released the video for their brand new track “The One That Got Away”. Details here

Boy & Bear have revealed the cover art and release date for their new album Harlequin Dream as well as tour dates this October and November. Details here

Alison Avron, singer-songwriter and the brains behind Sydney venue The Newsagency, is launching her new EP next month. Details here

Josh Pyke released his new video “Leeward Side”. Details here

– The Adrian Edmondson fronted folk-punk band The Bad Shepherds have a new album on the way. Details here

– Details of the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack have been revealed. Details here

Sideshow Alley have posted their latest video with Nathaniel Rateliff in NYC. Details here

Folk By The Sea has announced its first round of artists for the debut festival this September including Ted Egan, Casey Donovan, Pat Drummond, Nick Rheinberger, The Rusty Datsuns, Fintan Vallely (Ireland), Riogh and more to come. Details here


“I was initially attracted to the sound of Tolka as they reminded me strongly of possibly one of my favourite Australian folk bands. I won’t say which one, though it was mentioned in dispatches and a subject of some discussion when we spoke — press Play to find out”Tolka chat to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

Isaac Graham
Glorious MomentumIsaac Graham

Timber and Steel Presents

Alicia Adkins
Alicia Adkins with Lucy Wise, Alex Hamilton
Sunday 30th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Buffalo Tales
Buffalo Tales
Saturday 29th June – The Kent, Newcastle, NSW
Monday 1st July – 505, Surry Hills, NSW
Thursday 4th July – Roundabout Inn, Glouster, NSW
Friday 5th July – The Courthouse Hotel, Tamworth NSW

Official Site

Gigs Next Week

Dan & Hannah Acfield
Friday 28th June – The Loft Chevron Island, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 29th June – Solbar, Maroocydoore, QLD
Sunday 30th June – The Powerhouse (Livespark), Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 4th July – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Friday 5th July – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC

Fraser A Gorman w/ Stu Mackenzie (King Gizzard)
Wednesday 3rd July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Imogen Clark
Sunday 30th June – The Toxteth Hotel, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan
Saturday 29th June – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 30th June – House Concert, Glebe, NSW
Tuesday 2nd July – House Concert, Central Coast, NSW
Wednesday 3rd July – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 5th July – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Wednesday 3rd July – The Song Factory, Blacktown, NSW
Thursday 4th July – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 5th July – The Aero Club, Tamworth, NSW

Little Features feat. Matt De, Liam Gale, Baby Lips and The Silhouettes, Charlie Gradon, Fanny Lumsden
Saturday 29th June – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage
Friday 28th June – Molly Malones, Devonport, TAS
Sunday 30th June – Brookefield Margate, Margate, TAS
Sunday 30th June – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

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

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 28th June – Bangalow Bowling Club, Bangalow, NSW

The Stillsons
Friday 5th July – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Thelma Plum
Thursday 4th July – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Friday 28th June – The Weatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 29th June – Ya-Ya’s, Perth, WA
Sunday 30th June – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Friday 5th July – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Tom West
Thursday 4th July – Ya Ya’s, Perth, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Thumper” – The Wedding Band

A few years back Mumford and Sons (and some friends) released a limited EP as The Wedding Band which was only available with tickets to one of their tours. I’ve been falling back in love with this track which is intersected with some reels – if anyone knows the name(s) of the reels would love to know!

Folk By The Sea Announces First Round of Artists

Folk By The Sea
Image Courtesy of Folk By The Sea

This September the industrious folks behind the amazing Illawarra Folk Festival will be hosting a brand new event at Kiama on the NSW south coast called Folk By The Sea. The event will replace Folk in the Foothills (previously held at the Jamberoo Valley Lodge) and will feature some of the nation’s best folk, world, roots, Celtic, bluegrass and gypsy music over the weekend of the 27th, 28th and 29th September.

Folk By The Sea will feature five venues operating around the Kiama Showground Pavilion and the first round of artists has just been announced including Ted Egan, Casey Donovan, Pat Drummond, Nick Rheinberger, The Rusty Datsuns, Fintan Vallely (Ireland), Riogh and more to come.

Tickets for the festival are already available (a Friday/Saturday ticket will set you back $50 and the Sunday is free) and you can find them, plus lots of extra information, on the official web site here.

Watch Nathaniel Rateliff Perform “Nothing To Show For” on Sideshow Alley

Sideshow Alley
Image Courtesy of Sideshow Alley

Do you know how important Sideshow Alley is? Ben Lovett from Mumford and Sons moonlights as their clapper loader. That’s how important they are. Don’t believe us? Check out the awesome new Sideshow Alley video of Nathaniel Rateliff performing the track “Nothing To Show For” on a rooftop in New York – you’ll see exactly what we mean:

Details of the Inside Llewyn Davis Soundtrack Revealed

Inside Llewyn Davis

Almost as exciting as the prospect of the upcoming Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis, which focuses on the 60s folk scene in New York is the prospect of its accompanying soundtrack produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett (O Brother Where Art Thou?).

As well as featuring songs from the film’s stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake the soundtrack also features contributions from the likes of Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons), Bob Dylan and Punch Brothers.

The soundtrack is due for release on the 17th September and has an exciting mix of traditional songs, folk classics and originals – check out the track listing below:

Inside Llewyn Davis
1. “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me” (Traditional; Arranged by Oscar Isaac & T Bone Burnett) – Oscar Isaac
2. “Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)” (Traditional; Arranged by Marcus Mumford, Oscar Isaac and T Bone Burnett) – Marcus Mumford and Oscar Isaac
3. “The Last Thing on My Mind” (Tom Paxton) – Stark Sands with Punch Brothers
4.“Five Hundred Miles” (Hedy West) – Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan and Stark Sands
5.“Please Mr. Kennedy” (Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen) – Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver
6. “Green, Green Rocky Road” (Len Chandler and Robert Kaufman) – Oscar Isaac
7. “The Death of Queen Jane” (Traditional; Arranged by Oscar Isaac and T Bone Burnett) – Oscar Isaac
8. “The Roving Gambler” (Traditional) – John Cohen with The Down Hill Strugglers
9.“The Shoals of Herring” (Ewan MacColl) – Oscar Isaac with Punch Brothers
10.“The Auld Triangle” (Brendan Behan) – Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge, Marcus Mumford, Justin Timberlake and Gabe Witcher
11.“The Storms Are on the Ocean” (A.P. Carter) – Nancy Blake
12.“Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song) (Traditional; Arranged by Oscar Isaac) – Oscar Isaac
13.”Farewell” (Bob Dylan) – Bob Dylan
14.“Green, Green Rocky Road” (Len Chandler and Robert Kaufman) – Dave Van Ronk

The Bad Shepherds Announce New Album

The Bad Shepherds
Image Courtesy of The Bad Shepherds

The Adrian Edmondson fronted punk-done-like-folk band The Bad Shepherds recently graced our shores and from what I’ve heard the shows were a lot of fun. The three piece recently announced plans to release a brand new album, Mud, Blood & Beer, which will be their third long player and the first to feature some of their own material along with covers like “Our House” by Madness, “Going Underground” by The Jam and “No More Heroes” by The Stranglers.

Mud, Blood & Beer will be released on the 19th August. Well let you know more info as soon as we hear more.

Watch The New Josh Pyke Video “Leeward Side”

Josh Pyke
Image Courtesy of Josh Pyke

The other day I walked past Josh Pyke in the supermarket. I wanted to shout out “Hey! Good luck with the new album” but I didn’t think he’d appreciate it while he was selecting his favoured brand of frozen peas. I was waiting for Coles to pipe in a Josh Pyke song over their speakers so I could give him a knowing smile but it seems as though they’ve decided just to play that horrific “Down Down” song on loop these days.

Where is all this leading? Well Josh Pyke has a brand new video for his single “Leeward Side” which is taken from the upcoming album The Beginning And The End Of Everything – check it out below:

The Beginning And The End Of Everything is due for release on the 5th July and Josh Pyke has a bunch of tour dates planned to launch the album. The full list of dates is below:

Friday 16th August – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 17th August – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 18th August – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd August – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 23rd August – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 24th August – UniBar, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 29th August – Kings Beach Tavern, Caloundra, QLD
Friday 30th August – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 31st August – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 5th September – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Friday 6th September – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 7th September – The Astor, Perth WA

Timber and Steel Presents: Sunday 30th June at The Workers Club

Alicia Adkins
Image Courtesy of Alicia Adkins

This Sunday afternoon The Workers Club in Melbourne will play host to the EP launch from alt-country singer-songwriter Alicia Adkins. Originally from Texas in the USA, Adkins has lived and played around the world and currently calls Australia home. Her new EP is Birds of a Feather and her performance on Sunday will feature backing from Nigel Wearne and Richard Grace.

Supports on the afternoon will be from Lucy Wise and Alex Hamilton. Tickets are $15 on the door with the doors opening at 1:30pm. For more information check out the official Workers Club site here – the set times are below:

Alex Hamilton – 2pm
Lucy Wise – 3pm
Alicia Adkins – 4pm

Interview: Tolka (Victoria)

Image Courtesy of Tolka

This Article Orignially Published on Overheard Productions

I was initially attracted to the sound of Tolka as they reminded me strongly of possibly one of my favourite Australian folk bands. I won’t say which one, though it was mentioned in dispatches and a subject of some discussion when we spoke — press “Play” to find out.

When we spoke earlier in the year, on a sultry Saturday evening when the Illawarra Folk Festival was fairly humming, strumming, beating and dancing away, Tolka hadn’t put one dancing shoe inside the recording studio for their debut album.

However, last weekend, Tunes From The External Hard Drive was launched with appropriate fanfare in their hometown of Melbourne.

There are more chances for you to see Tolka for yourself via their gig listing. The album will be available soon at Bandcamp, or contact Tolka Directly about where to snaffle a copy.

Upcoming festival gigs for Tolka:

3rd to 4th June – Robert Burns Scottish Festival, Camperdown, VIC
20th to 22nd September – Turning Wave Festival, Yass, NSW

There’s also an exhibition of the album’s artwork at the Brunswick Arts Space from 13th to 28th July.

Dr Gilbert’s Set from the National Celtic Festival, Victoria, 2013:

Alison Avron Launching New EP, By Your Side

Alison Avron
Photo by Yvonne Mullane, Courtesy of Alison Avron

If you’re a fan of live and local music in Sydney there’s a very good chance you’ve crossed paths with Alison Avron – either in her guise as a talented singer-songwriter or as the brains behind the fantasic, intimate venue The Newsagency in Marrickville.

On the 20th July Avron will be releasing her brand new EP By Your Side and is planning a launch at, you guessed it, The Newsagency on the same night. By Your Side was recorded with Josh Schuberth (Josh Pyke, Brett Winterford) and is a sneak preview to an album they plan to finish in 2014.

If you’ve been to The Newsagency you’ll know that seats are extremely limited. If you want to make it down to this show we recommend you get in quick – for more information, including how to get tickets, check out the official Facebook event here.

Boy & Bear Announce Details of New Album Plus End of Year Tour

Harlequin Dream
Image Courtesy of Boy & Bear

If you’ve been following Boy & Bear on social media over the last couple of days you’ll know they recently released the cover art of their sophomore album Harlequin Dream (above) as well as the confirming the date of release: Friday 16th August.

Then this morning Boy & Bear went on to announce a national tour this October and November with tickets going on sale at 9am this Thursday 27th June via their official site. Check out the full list of dates for the 16 Days Under A Southern Sun tour below:

Thursday 24th October – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 25th October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st November – Wool Exchange, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 2nd November – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 7th November – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 8th November – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 9th November – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th November – Waves Nightclub, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 16th November – Wrestpoint Showroom, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 21st November – HQ, Adelaide, SA
Friday 22nd November – Metropolis, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 23rd November – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

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