Whitaker Announce New EP Wichita

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Melbourne indie trio Whitaker have announced plans to release a brand new five-track EP on the 22nd November. The EP is titled Wichita and was produced by the band’s good friend Jono Steer (Hayden Calnin, Gypsy & The Cat, Ainslie Wills). A lot of Wichita was recorded in old halls and spaces around Melbourne and the vibe is said to be pretty special as a result.

To celebrate the release of Wichita Whitaker are heading out on tour, first to support Gossling through November and then to officially launch the EP at Revolver in Melbourne on Friday 29th November. The full list of dates are below:

Friday 15th November – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, QLD – Supporting Gossling
Wednesday 20th November – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC – Supporting Gossling
Saturday 23rd November – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW – Supporting Gossling
Friday 29th November – Revolver, Melbourne, VIC

Bob Evans Announces Good Evans It’s Xmas!

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It’s just two months until Christmas (crazy, I know) which means we’ll start to see a whole bunch of Christmasy goodness coming from our favourite folk artists very soon. First out the gates is Bob Evans who has announced Good Evans It’s Xmas!, a series of shows in December.

For the first three Wednesdays of December Bob Evans will be taking over the Northcote Social Club in Melbourne, with each show featuring a slew of special guests. So far Evans has announced Ella Hooper, Ali Barter and Hayden Calnin for the shows with more names to come.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 4th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC w/ Ella Hooper
Wednesday 11th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC w/ Ali Barter
Wednesday 18th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC w/ Hayden Calnin

Mikhael Paskalev Announces Australian Release of New EP I Spy

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Scandinavian singer-songwriter Mikhael Paskalev is the current darling of Communion Records and with good reason – his brand of quirky folk pop is different to just about anything that’s out there at the moment.

Local label Dew Process has announced plans to release his new EP I Spy in Australia on the 15th November – for a taster check out the video for the title track below:

Stream Ùrlar, the New Album by Breabach

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If you’ve seen the upcoming WOMADelaide and Woodford Folk Festival lineups you’ll have seen that award winning Scottish trad five-piece Breabach will be in the country very very soon. And while they’re here they’ll be touring their new album Ùrlar which has been recently released online.

Ùrlar was produced by Kris Drever and can be picked up via the Breabach’s Bandcamp page. Stream Ùrlar as well as watching the album trailer below:

Patrick James Gives Us 10 Songs You’ll Hear On His Tour Bus

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Next week Patrick James will be hitting the road for his 2013 Spring Tour. We thought we’d ask the Aussie troubadour for his top ten tracks you’re likely to hear on his tour bus as he makes his way around the country – and he came back with a pretty impressive list. Check out the full tour dates and Patrick James’ tour bus playlist below:

Thursday 7th November – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 9th November – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 14th November – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Friday 15th November – The Fly Trap, Fremantle, WA
Friday 22nd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd November – Gorgeous Festival, McLaren Vale, SA
Sunday 24th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Wednesday 27th November – Black Bear Lodge

Volcano Choir – “Byegone”

Bear’s Den – “Agape”

The Head and The Heart – “Down in the Valley”

Ryan Adams – “Let it Ride”

Wilco – “Poor Places”

Everything Everything – “Cough Cough”

You Am I – “Piano Up the Tree”

The Avett Brothers – “I and Love and You”

Lorde – “Team”

Radiohead – “Let Down”

And as an extra special treat here’s the new single from Patrick James, “Wait”

Jacinta Price to Release Debut Album Dry River

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While Alice Springs singer-songwriter Jacinta Price is only now about to release her debut album she comes to it with a wealth of experience. Price has been chalking up the performance experience recently as a member of hip hop crew Catch The Fly (where she performs under the moniker Sassy J) and as the presenter on the national children’s television program Yamba’s Playtime.

Jacinta Price’s new album is Dry River and is a melting pot of influences, from folk to blues to country and soul. Dry River saw Price working with legendary Australian artist Bill Chambers in the producer chair along with fellow Central Australian singer-songewriter (and Timber and Steel favourite) Colin Lillie who also co-wrote a couple of the tracks. The album is due for release on the 21st November.

To officially launch the album Jacinta Price will be performing a free concert at the Old Telegraph Station in Alice Springs on Thursday 21st November with a special guest appearance by Bill Chambers. Details are below along with Price’s duet with Colin Lillie from the album, “Night & Day”:

Thursday 21st November – Old Telegraph Station, Alice Springs, NT

“Night & Day”

The Davidson Brothers Announce November Residency

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This November Melbourne venue The Spotted Mallard will host a residency from one of Australia’s best loved bluegrass duos The Davidson Brothers. Every Sunday next month The Davidson Brothers will be picking up a storm as a precursor to the festival season. And not just that, the duo are promising to debut some brand new material at the shows.

The full list of dates are below:

Sunday 3rd November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 10th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 17th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

James Kenyon Announces November Tour

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James Kenyon was a revelation at the recent JamGrass Festival – his sweet alt-country tunes had me right at the front of the stage, lapping up every note. Not resting on his laurels, Kenyon is about to head out on a tour this November with his bass player Luke Richardson in tour.

The tour will see Kenyon and Richardson touring through Victoria and then up to the NSW mid and north coast as he heads to the Mullum Music Festival. Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 2nd November – The Labour in Vain, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 5th November – The Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Thursday 14th November – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 15th November – No. 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 16th November – Thirty Three on Hickory, Dorrigo, NSW
Wednesday 20th November – The Tree House, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th November – Mullum Music Festival, NSW

Cass McCombs Announces Laneway Sideshows

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American singer-songwriter Cass McCombs will be in the country next year for the Laneway Festivals and while he’s here he’s announced a couple of sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne. In sideshows McCombs will be supported by Ross McLennan (Melbourne) and Melodie Nelson (Sydney). Check out both dates below:

Thursday 30th January – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 6th February – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Interview: Love Over Gold, Fall To Rise

Love Over Gold
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Love Over Gold is the new duo project from singer-songwriters Lucie Thorne (Australia) and Pieta Brown (USA) and their new album Fall To Rise has been getting quite a workout at the Timber and Steel bullpen recently. We managed to grab five minutes with Pieta Brown to chat about the collaboration before they head out on tour this November.

Gareth Hugh Evans: Talk us through how you both started collaborating. How did you meet? Whose idea was the project?

Pieta Brown: Lucie and I met in Sydney, and we met through the music really. Lucie played a big part in bringing me to Australia. When we met, I knew we would be friends. When I heard Lucie play a solo show at the Mullum Festival before I went back to the states, I caught a spark – it was like a vision – I could see as clear as day that we would collaborate. When I told Lucie about my vision/idea she was wide open and it rolled on out from there.

GHE: It sounds like a pretty unique creative process – long distance collaboration followed by time spent recording in Iowa. How was it to finally get in the same place at the same time and record the album?

PB: The same place and same time was essential for the recording to really happen; and Lucie really made that happen. She came to Iowa and as soon as we were in the same room again and then in the recording studio the spark lead the way!

GHE: You both bring a wealth of influences and experience to the album. Did you have a clear plan about the type of music you wanted to produce when you started collaborating or was it more a case of just writing and seeing what comes out?

PB: I’m one for following my instincts without a lot of planning involved. The only plan I had was to follow the music – if you’re really listening the music never lies, and I knew when I heard Lucie that day in Australia that we would find some kind of music together and have fun doing it! So while the music and songs have a particular sparseness to them, which for me is part of the intrigue, there’s also a lot of openness and fun underneath driving the collaboration. I also really dig the undeniable feminine quality our collaboration has.

GHE: You’re touring Australia in November including an appearance at the Mullum Music Festival – how do you think your respective fans are going to respond to your Love Over Gold material? Will we see any of your solo material on the tour?

PB: We played mostly Love Over Gold material in the states and the audiences were really receptive. We put some solo Lucie Thorne songs in and a couple solo Pieta Brown songs but the heart of the show is this fresh collaboration.

GHE: Is this project a one off or do you see yourselves collaborating for years to come?

PB: It feels like a beginning to me.

Fall To Rise is available now. The full list of dates for the Love Over Gold tour are below:

Thursday 14th November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th November – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 16th November – The Town Hall, Candelo, NSW
Wednesday 20th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

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