Thank Folk It’s Friday – 29th November


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Mike McCarthy has announced plans to release a new surf-folk compilation CD next month titled Seaside. Details here

– The National Folk Festival has announced the first lineup of artists for 2014 including Eleanor McEvoy, Rose Cousins, Jordie Lane, Kate Fagan, Bernard Carney, The Mae Trio, The Davidson Brothers, Luke Plumb (Shooglenifty), Trouble In The Kitchen and more. Details here

– The new video for “Billy” from Sally Seltmann has been released. Details here

– Watch the new video from Eli Wolfe, “Dante”. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival have revealed their second round of artists for 2014 including Breabach, Damien Dempsey, Love Over Gold, Hanggai, Mama Kin, Oh Pep!, Sásta, Shane Nicholson, Tolka, Totally Gourdgeous, The Twoks and many many more. Details here

– Watch “Grace”, the new video from Adelaide’s Timberwolf. Details here

– Sydney’s All Our Exes Live In Texas have a new EP on the way plus a couple of shows to launch it. Details here

Jen Cloher has released a beautiful new video for the very personal song “Hold My Hand”. Details here

– The final MoFo at The Gaelic Club takes place next week featuring The Bearded Gypsy Band and The Tiger and Me. Details here

Jake Bugg has announced sideshows while he’s in the country for Bluesfest. Details here

Micah P. Hinson is releasing a charity Christmas EP, Wishing for a Christmas Miracle, with the Yellow Bird Project. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Woody Pitney is the latest folk artist to cover the INXS track “Don’t Change”. Details here

The Lumineers have announced a handful of headline shows when they’re out here for The Big Day Out. Details here

Communion Melbourne have announced the lineup for their January show including The Staves, The Hello Morning, Jimmy Tait, The Phoncurves and Colourwheel. Details here


“To celebrate Christmas Bob Evans will be taking on a Wednesday night residency at the Northcote Social Club throughout December featuring some very special guests such as Ella Hooper, Ali Barter and Hayden Calnin. We thought we’d take the opportunity to ask Bob Evans for a list of his favourite Christmas songs but the man has turned things on its head providing us his top ten non-Xmas songs to play on Xmas Day”Bob Evans picks his top 10 non-Xmas songs. Blog here

Releases This Week

Catherine Traicos
The Earth, the Sea, the Moon, the SkyCatherine Traicos

Timber and Steel Presents

Susy Blue
Susy Blue with Anne of the Wolves, Oh, Deanna
Sunday 1st December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas w/ The Phoncurves, Richard Cuthbert
Thursday 5th December – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

April Maze w/ Benny Walker
Tuesday 3rd December – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Bob Evans
Wednesday 4th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 29th November – Fowlers, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 30th November – Fly By Night, Freemantle, WA

Dyson Stringer Cloher
Friday 29th November – Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda, SA
Saturday 30th November – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 1st December – Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Thursday 5th December – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Friday 6th December – The Bakery, Perth, WA

Festival of Small Halls w/ Jordie Lane and Rose Cousins
Friday 29th November – Sandgate Town Hall, Sandgate, QLD
Saturday 30th November – Wolvi and District Hall, Wolvi, QLD
Sunday 1st December – Eudlo Hall, Eudlo, QLD
Thursday 5th December – Eulo Hall, Eulo, QLD

Georgia Fair
Friday 29th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 30th November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 1st December – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Hayden Calnin
Friday 6th December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Sunday 1st December – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 4th December – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th December – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 29th November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 30th November – Diggers Tavern, Bellingen, NSW

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 29th November – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Sunday 1st December – The Arts Factory, Byron Bay, NSW

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel
Friday 29th November – The Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Buckingham and Buffalo Tales
Wednesday 4th December – Revolver, Melbourne, VIC

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Saturday 30th November – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 1st December – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Friday 6th December – Polish Club, Canberra, ACT

Friday 29th November – The Junkyard, Forster, NSW
Sunday 1st December – The Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Friday 29th November – Revolver, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 29th November – Woombye Pub, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Saturday 30th November – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Cruel Sister” – Pentangle

Following on from last week’s “Riddles Wisely Expounded” we thought we’d offer up another Child Ballad (number 10) for FFF – one with the same melody and same refrain (“Lay the bent to the bonny broom”) but with a completely different story. The folk process at work!

Communion Melbourne Announces Massive January Lineup

Communion Melbourne
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Communion Melbourne have definitely scored a coupe for their first night of 2014. UK trio The Staves have announced Communion Melbourne in January as their first ever Australian show.

If you haven’t come across The Staves before (which is unlikely if you’re a constant reader of Timber and Steel) we think you’ll fall in love with their breathtaking, harmonic folk music and that Australia will too.

Joining them at Communion Melbourne in January will be Melbourne six-piece The Hello Morning, five-piece Jimmy Tait, indie-pop duo The Phoncurves and singer-songwriter Colourwheel.

Communion Melbourne takes place at The Toff in Town on Sunday 19th January. Tickets are $18 and are available here. For more information check out the official Communion Melbourne facebook page here.

The Lumineers Announce Big Day Out Sideshows

The Lumineers
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Probably the most exciting part of next year’s Big Day Out (at least for me) is the inclusion of The Lumineers. I saw these guys when they toured earlier this year and they put on a fantastic show, right at the height of the “Ho Hey” buzz.

When they’re in the country for the Big Day Out The Lumineers have a handful of headline dates planned as well – I don’t know if these have been officially announced yet but they’re definitely up on the band’s official site. Check out the full list of sideshow dates below:

Saturday 18th January – The Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 23rd January – The Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 28th January – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Listen to Woody Pitney Cover “Don’t Change”

Woody Pitney
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It seems that the INXS classic “Don’t Change” is ripe group for covering by folk and alt-country artists. The latest singer to tackle the song in a stripped back, acoustic way is Melbourne’s Woody Pitney. Take a listen to his version below:

Micah P Hinson Announces Christmas EP for the Yellow Bird Project

Micah P Hinson
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You know we’re a sucker for a Christmas release here at Timber and Steel, especially when that release is for a good cause. This year Texan folk singer Micah P. Hinson has announced plans to release an EP of Christmas songs for the Yellow Bird Project.

The EP is titled Wishing for a Christmas Miracle and is available to pre-order exclusively from the Yellow Bird Project with all proceeds going towards a children’s home in Keller, Texas. The full tracklisting is below:

1. Silent Night Reprise
2. Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas)
3. Silent Night
4. Leaning on The Everlasting Arms
5. Silent Night (Wall-Gaze Remix)

To order the EP and for more information check out the Yellow Bird Project here.

Below is an open letter from Micah P. Hinson about the Wishing for a Christmas Miracle project:

It rarely ever snowed where i was raised, out there in the desert of Texas. maybe when i was a tiny little lad, but without the white blanket being spread out on the rolling plains before my tiny eyes, it was the Music that pulled the Spirit of Christmas into the Hinson Household. Whether it was listening to blistering echoes of “Baby, Please Come Home” by the genius of the Spector crew, the calm and serene “Aspen Glow” of John Denver, or the general mayhem of ‘A Bananza Christmas’ with Little Joe and Haus; Music was everywhere, and in my child mind, it was just as good as snow. The only down side is that i couldn’t sled down songs, or maybe i could, just in a different way. there was a top, a middle and a bottom and the Christmas Spirit surrounded me at every twist and turn.

There was movement. On Christmas Eve my family and i would lay out sugar cookies and a glass of milk for Santa Claus. i remember thinking, “no wonder he is such a jolly fella; cookies down every fireplace.” then the restless night, the intent listening, as if waiting for a thief, then the sun coming up and into my window, and suddenly my brother and i running down the hall to see what Santa had left for us.

He always left something; no matter how big or small, letting us know he had been there for us. He had thought of us. He didn’t forget us. That was a special moment. That moment of knowing, or thinking, that someone i had never known had taken the time out of his sleigh-riding adventures to stop there at my little house there out in the middle of nowhere Texas and leave me something i didn’t deserve.

Santa had thought of me and had wanted to make me happy. It was a gift without a gift. It was a thought. It was his attention.

So now, as i am getting older in years, day after day, and as every Christmas passes me by, i still put on those old records and know that there was someone thinking of me, caring about me, and wanting me to be as happy as life would allow. it is, and was, an unforgettable feeling.

Now it is my turn to let others know that they are remembered and they are loved on each and every Christmas Season that passes them by. i have put Time, Care, and Love into these Recordings; each meaning a great deal to me throughout my life, and now i give them to you, dear reader, oh dear listener. These Songs are for You.

Each year, you can pull them out of their sleeves, put them on the spinning wheel and know that, whether there is snow, or merriment, or sadness and loneliness, i am there wishing you all the Love the World can bear to give you. Every year it will be my reminder to you that you are astoundingly important. The World would not be the same without You.

So as this Christmas Season approaches, know that there are others, such as the children at Christ Haven, a home for children in Keller, Texas, that need to know that they are Loved and Remembered, as all the money from this Project will be going right into their hands. whether they are fed with it, driven with it, or sent to school, the money we give as humanity will help them know that they are loved, even by strangers, as in truth we are not strangers at all.

We are One; all under the twinkling Tree, thinking of the Ones we have Loved and Ones that have Loved us. This is my gift to you.

Jake Bugg Reveals Bluesfest Sideshows

Jake Bugg
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When hyped English singer-songwriter Jake Bugg is in the country for Bluesfest next year he’ll also be performing headline shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Bugg, who was here earlier in the year for Splendour in the grass, will be joined in support by The Creases and The Growl (acoustic). Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 17th April – Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 20th April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 23rd April – The HiFi, Brisbane, QLD

Timber and Steel Presents: Sunday 1st December at The Workers Club

Susy Blue
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This Sunday Melbourne based alt-folk cabaret band Susy Blue will be taking on the Timber and Steel presented matinée show at The Workers Club to launch their brand new single “Baby I’m Bored”. The song itself is already available from Susy Blue’s Unearthed page – take a listen below:

“Baby I’m Bored”

Lot’s of fun right? Joining Susy Blue this Sunday will be local folksters Anne Of The Wolves and quirk-pop singer Oh, Deanna. The day kicks off at 1:30pm with tickets just $12 on the door. For more information check out the official Facebook invite here or The Workers Club site here. The set times are below:

Oh, Deanna – 2pm
Anne Of The Wolves – 3pm
Susy Blue – 4pm

Bob Evans Presents Ten Non-Xmas Songs to Play on Xmas Day

Bob Evans
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To celebrate Christmas Bob Evans will be taking on a Wednesday night residency at the Northcote Social Club throughout December featuring some very special guests such as Ella Hooper, Ali Barter and Hayden Calnin. We thought we’d take the opportunity to ask Bob Evans for a list of his favourite Christmas songs but the man has turned things on its head providing us his top ten non-Xmas songs to play on Xmas Day. Check out the list below:

1. Lucinda Williams – “Metal Firecracker”
A “Metal Firecracker” is an old school American nickname for a tour bus and this song seems to detail a tour romance that took place on said metal firecracker. Nothing to do with Xmas but makes for a cool story over Xmas lunch and the “cracker” part always makes me think of Xmas crackers.

2. The Zombies – “Time of the Season”
This is the perfect song to put on late in the day when everyone’s stuffed full of food and feeling a little hazy from a few too many afternoon drinks. Nothing to do with Xmas but the time of the “season” could easily be.

3. Weezer – “December”
Another fine mid-tempo Weezer song full of yearning and reflection. Nothing to do with Xmas I don’t think but the story is set in December so could easily be.

4. Wilco – “Jesus Etc”
A classic song whose whoozy strings compliment a long boozy Xmas lunch perfectly. Nothing to with Xmas but apparently Xmas is supposed to have something to with Jesus isn’t it?

5. The Thrills – “Santa Cruz (You’re Not That Far)”
I love how The Thrills put Beach Boys vocals to banjo and honkey tonk flavoured indie rock. This song has nothing to do with Xmas I don’t think but it does have Santa in the title.

6. Paul Westerberg – “Waiting For Somebody”
This is off the Singles movie soundtrack. Remember Singles? No? Well then you obviously weren’t a grunge obsessed 90’s teenager then. I doubt that Paul Westerberg was singing about Santa when he wrote this song but that’s the only guy you’re kids/nephews/nieces will have been banging on about leading up to Xmas day.

7. The Ramones – “We’re a Happy Family”
This song actually does reference Xmas in what are some of my favourite Ramones lyrics of all time: “No Xmas cards to send, our troubles never end, Daddy likes men”. Let’s face it, most of us are likely to wind up spending at least some part of Xmas day pretending to like people we can’t stand all in the name of happy families.

8. 10CC – “Dreadlock Holiday”
There’s a good chance that on Xmas day you’re father in law or uncle will be more interested in what’s going to happen tomorrow in the Boxing Day test match than any of this actual Xmas malarkey. Play this classic 10CC song for the cricket lovers and everyone else who doesn’t mind a bit of reggae after a few too many Xmas drinks.

9. Tim Rogers – “Get Drunk, Ring Yer Friends”
This a is a rare gem off an acoustic bonus CD that came along with the You Am I record Dress Me Slowly. This is a great song to play to remind everyone to ring their family and friends from interstate or overseas to wish them a merry Xmas although these days you’re more likely to Skype them I suppose.

10. Spoon – “Got Nuffin'”
Spoon are the greatest so there is always a good reason to put on one of their albums but on Xmas day I would choose this classic from their Transference album and dedicate to anyone who is bitterly disappointed with their shitty Xmas haul that included nothing that they actually wanted and lots of crap they didn’t.

Bob Evans will be appearing at the Northcote Social Club on Wednesday’s in December. The full list of dates are 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

MoFo at The Gaelic Announces December Lineup

The Tiger and Me
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Next Friday 6th December Sydney folk night MoFo at The Gaelic Club will be celebrating their final show of 2013 with one of their most exciting lineups of the year. Taking to the stage will be Timber and Steel favourites The Bearded Gypsy Band, bringing their eclectic gypsy and jazz infused folk music and The Tiger and Me who have been described as “Cabaret/Circus/Euro Indie Folk-Pop Wunderkinds”.

MoFo at The Gaelic Club, as the name would suggest, takes place at The Gaelic Club in Sydney’s Surry Hills, kicking off at 8:30pm. Tickets are $20 and can be picked up here or on the door. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Watch the New Jen Cloher Video “Hold My Hand”

Jen Cloher
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For her latest single Jen Cloher has chosen “Hold My Hand”, a song that’s very very personal. The song was inspired by Cloher’s Mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s and the the relationship between her mother and father. The clip, directed by Christopher Dudman, was shot at Bethells Beach in New Zealand and stars acclaimed Kiwi actor and national treasure Ian Mune. Check it out below:

“Hold My Hand” is taken from Jen Cloher’s 2013 album In Blood Memory. Jen Cloher is currently on tour with Mia Dyson and Liz Stringer as part of their Dyson Stringer Cloher project – the remaining dates are below:

Wednesday 27th November – Red Hot, Devonport, TAS
Thursday 28th November – Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Friday 29th November – Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda, SA
Saturday 30th November – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 1st December – Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Thursday 5th December – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Friday 6th December – The Bakery, Perth, WA
Saturday 7th December – Quindanning Inne, Quindanning, WA

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