Full Australian Dates for Andy Irvine

Andy Irvine
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Irish folk legend Andy Irvine has just arrived in the country and we thought it was a worthy exercise to give you the full list of shows he’s performing while he’s here. Having wowed audiences earlier this year when he was in the country we can tell you now that this man is not to be missed. Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 28th December to Wednesday 1st Januray – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Friday 3rd January – Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham, NSW
Saturday 4th January – Fairlight Folk Lounge, Fairlight, NSW
Sunday 5th January – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 9th January – Cadgee House Concert
Friday 10th January – The Merry Muse, Canberra Southern Cross Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 11th – Katinya Environmental Centre, Moruya, NSW
Sunday 12th – Cobargo Folk Club, Cobargo, NSW
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Friday 24th to Monday 27th January – Newstead Festival, Newstead, VIC
Friday 31st January – Music in the Park, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 2nd February – Trinity Sessions at Trinity Church, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 6th February – House Concert, Alice Springs, NT
Saturday 8th February – Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre, Katherine, NT
Sunday 9th February – The Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Thursday 20th February – Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, VIC
Friday 21st February – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd Febraury – House Concert, Harcourt North, VIC

Traveller & Fortune Announce EP Launch Tour

Traveller & Fortune
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Adelaide folkies Traveller & Fortune announced recently that they have a brand new EP, I Am Only Snow, on the way soon and they’ve added to that news with a series of tour dates in January and February.

Traveller & Fortune will be bringing I Am Only Snow to Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide with a host of guests along for the ride including Emma Davis, The Bon Scotts, Olivers Army, Ben Whiting, Huckleberry Hastings and FIRS. Check out the full list of dates below plus a stream of their new song “Alaska” from their Unearthed page:

Thursday 30th January – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW w/ Emma Davis, Huckleberry Hastings
Friday 31st January – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC w/ The Bon Scotts, Emma Davis, Olivers Army, Ben Whiting
Saturday 1st February – JIVE, Adelaide, SA w/ Emma Davis, The Bon Scotts, FIRS


FBi Social’s Folk Informal Announces First Lineup of 2014

Huckleberry Hastings
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FBi Social in Sydney, the Kings Cross Hotel Venue of community radio station FBi Radio, have been developing a lovely little folk night over the last year or so under the moniker of the Folk Informal. After a pretty successful 2013 the folks behind the Folk Informal are looking onwards and upwards announcing their first show of 2014.

On Thursday the 9th January four of the city’s best singer-songwriters will be taking to the Folk Informal stage. the lineup includes folk-rock singer-songwriter Tom Staniford, the artist I’ve been meaning to write about most in 2013 but haven’t managed to yet Timothy Bowen, Timber and Steel favourites Little Bighorn and the heart-on-his-sleave folk songs of Huckleberry Hastings (above).

The night kicks off at 8pm with tickets just $10 on the door. For more information check out the Facebook event here. The full set times are below:

Tom Staniford: 8:30 – 9pm
Timothy Bowen: 9:20 – 9:50pm
Little Bighorn: 10 – 10:40pm
Huckleberry Hastings: 11:00 – 11:30

Emily Barker Last Minute Addition to Sydney Festival

Emily Barker
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In some pretty exciting news England based Australian folk singer Emily Barker has been added to the lineup of the Sydney festival in January. Barker will be performing two very special shows at the Sky Terrace in The Star on the 13th and 14th January and the 20th and 21st January. And best of all the shows are free. For more information check out the official Sydney Festival site here.

And as an extra special treat Emily Barker will also be bringing the Folk in a Box project to the Festival Village in Hyde Park. Folk in a Box is a unique experience giving one audience member the opportunity to enter the “box” where they will be sung one song by a solo folk musician. Folk in a Box venue will operate daily at the festival from 5pm to 10pm (except Mondays). More details here.

Check out the full list of Emily Barker’s Sydney Festival dates below:

Monday 13th January – Sky Terrace at The Star, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 14th January – Sky Terrace at The Star, Sydney, NSW
Monday 20th January – Sky Terrace at The Star, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 21st January – Sky Terrace at The Star, Sydney, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 27th December


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Johnny Flynn released his lyric video to “Tinker’s Trail”. Details here

Glen Hansard is streaming his new EP Drive All Night online. Details here

– Sydney based singer-songwriter HeyMun has released her new video “Youth”. Details here


We presented our annual list of the best folky Christmas songs of the year from the likes of Yetis, Nick Lowe, Bella Hardy, Bellowhead, Imogen Clark, Alessi’s Ark, Stornoway, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, Paper Aeroplanes and more. Read the blog here

Gigs Next Week

Mat McHugh
Thursday 2nd January – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla NSW
Friday 3rd January – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla NSW

The Timbers
Friday 3rd January – Mac’s Hotel, Mt Gambier, SA

Tom Odell with Melody Pool
Saturday 28th December – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 2nd January – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Day After Christmas” – Kate Miller-Heidke

The Best Folky Christmas Songs of 2013

Carol Singers

It’s Christmas Eve which means we have one last tradition to attend to – the annual Timber and Steel list of the best folky Christmas songs of the year. If you’re a constant reader of Timber and Steel you’ll know our love of Christmas music, both traditional and new and as usual there are some amazing gems this year.

We hope you have a safe and merry Christmas wherever you find yourself this year. We look forward to folking with you in the New Year!

Nick Lowe – “I Was Born In Bethlehem”
Punk and new wave legend Nick Lowe has embraced his inner folky singer-songwriter for his Christmas album Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family. The album is a mixture of traditional and contemporary Christmas songs with this track, “I Was Born In Bethlehem”, penned by Lowe himself.

Fabian Holland – “Christmas In Jail, A’int That a Pain”
Singer-songwriter Fabian Holland has been joining the Albion Christmas Band (Simon Nicol, Kellie While, Simon Care and Ashley Hutchings) on their UK tour dates celebrating 15 years of Christmas celebrations. Holland has offered up his own Christmas song for the occasion, the bluesy “Christmas In Jail, A’int That a Pain”.

Bella Hardy – “I Would Bring You The Moon”
English folk singer Bella Hardy released her Christmas single “I Would Bring You The Moon” in November, a follow up to last year’s Christmas album Bright Morning Star. The single also comes with two other tracks – “The Christmas Waltz” and “O Holy Night”.

Bellowhead – “Christmas Bells”
Based on the words of an ancient mummers play traditionally performed around the Christmas period, “Christmas Bells” is this year’s offering from Bellowhead complete with home made video. The downloadable single for this track also comes with a version of “Jingle Bells”.

Alessi’s Ark – “Joy To The World”
The first in our picks from the annual For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas compilation, this is a really sweet reimagining of the traditional “Joy To The World” from Alessi’s Ark.

Stornoway – “Gondwanaland”
Another take from For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas Stornoway’s “Gondwanaland” originally appeared on their album I Saw You Blink but gets the Christmas tick of approval due to its many wintery lyrics (they are after all a northern hemisphere band).

Left With Pictures – “The Coldest Night”
For the Left With Pictures contribution to the For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas album, “The Coldest Night”, the band have actually made a really sweet, vintage style music video with scenes of Christmas in Sweden. This track also appears on the Highline Records compilation album Festivus 2.

Laish – “Silentish Night”
The final inclusion from For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas is the Laish track “Silentish Night”, a rewording of the Christmas classic “Silent Night”. This may be a rather bleak look at Christmas but given the scenes in our major cities in the lead up to the big day it hits pretty close to home.

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker – “We Three Kings”
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker have had a massive year following the success their album Fire and Fortune, especially in their native UK. As a follow up Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker have quietly released an album of traditional Christmas tracks titled Midwinter, the proceeds of which go to Unicef’s Children of Syria Appeal (you can buy it here). Every song on the album is a gem but we’ve chosen “We Three Kings” as this seems to be getting the most buzz on the blogs.

Land of Leland – “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”
I came across the Land of Leland track “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” thanks to the excellent Grass Clippings blog. Land of Leland is the moniker of Brooklyn based folk singer Justin Keller and the track is from his mini-album Christmas Time.

Gareth Davies-Jones – “Love Came Down”
Gareth Davies-Jones, the Northern Irish folk singer with one of the Welsh-est names I’ve ever heard, released his Christmas album Nine Lessons last year so this one sneaks in just because I’ve only just discovered it. I love Davies-Jones’ accented singing voice on this track – beautiful.

Yetis – “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
Yetis were a real discovery for me this year – I caught them at a Little Features I think and was mesmerised. They didn’t make a lot of my end of year lists because they didn’t release much music this year but I’m really hoping that changes in 2014. I love that they chose “Do You Hear What I Hear?” as a Christmas song to cover this year – so good!

Gaoler’s Daughter – “Cuddling A Cigarette”
London four-piece Gaoler’s Daughter have contributed this slide-guitar filled, indie-folk gem to the charity Christmas album It’s Coming On Christmas.

Paper Aeroplanes – “In The Bleak Midwinter”
Also from the It’s Coming On Christmas compilation, this traditional carol gets a beautiful modern take from Paper Aeroplanes – a band that is a firm favourite of Timber and Steel contributing editor KT Bell.

De Temps Antan – “Dans la mémoire longtemps”
I don’t speak French but this clip from Québécois trad trio De Temps Antan, “Dans la mémoire longtemps” or “In The Long Memory” (thanks Google translate), has a Christmas tree in it so that’s Christmasy enough for me.

Imogen Clark – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
Sydney singer-songwriter Imogen Clark just made the cut this year releasing her jazzy take on “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” just days before Christmas eve.

Tom Mitchell – “Fairytale of New York”
A big thank you to blog Cover Lay Down for bringing this version of the classic “Fairytale of New York” to my attention. I can’t think of a better way to cap off this year’s list. Merry Christmas!

Watch the New HeyMun Video “Youth”

Image Courtesy of HeyMun

Sydney based singer-songwriter HeyMun has just released the clip for her new single “Youth”. The video is made up of a collage of HeyMun’s adventures in New York plus a visit to Nashville. Check it out below:

Stream the New Glen Hansard EP Drive All Night

Glen Hansard
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Glen Hansard released his new EP Drive All Night in the US last week but it’s yet to make an appearance on the Australian versions of download stores just yet. But never fear – Hansard has made all four tracks of the EP available to stream on Youtube. Take a listen below:

Watch the New Johnny Flynn Lyric Video “Tinker’s Trail”

Johnny Flynn
Image Courtesy of Johnny Flynn

English nu-folk singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn has been releasing some pretty impressive lyric videos to the tracks from his Country Mile album. The latest track to get the lyric video treatment is “Tinker’s Trail” with a clip directed by Flynn’s long term collaborator Tom Piercy.

Watch “Tinker’s Trail” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th December


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Tonight The Davidson Brothers will be joined by The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats and Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes for a Summer Pickin’ Party in Melbourne. Details here

– Hunter Valley festival the Gum Ball have announced their first round of artists for 2014 including Jinja Safari, Adrian Edmondson’s Bad Shepherds, Nicky Bomba, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Lindi Ortega and many many more. Details here

Jack Carty is throwing Christmas party in Sydney this Monday with The Falls, Maples, Iluka, Rosie Catalano, Achoo! Bless You, Luke Wellington, Andrew Brown and James Blow. Details here

Imogen Clark has announced a co-headline tour of NSW this January and February with singer-songwriter Joe Mungovan. Details here

– More artists have been added to the Port Fairy Folk Festival lineup including Pieta Brown, The Waifs’ Donna & Vikki’s side project The Stray Sisters, the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, The Flying Emus and many more. Details here

– Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder has announced dates for a solo Australian tour. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Cass McCombs has revealed his new single “Big Wheel”. Details here

Emma Davis has released the stunning new video for her stunning new track “Stand Tall”. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter Robert Ellis has released his new single “Only Lies”. Details here

José González released his new video “Stay Alive” from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty soundtrack. Details here

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes are heading out on tour in January to launch their new album Black Coffee. Details here

– Next April and May Boy & Bear will be heading out on a massive national regional tour. Details here

– Watch the new video from Darren Cross, “Hit The Quit”. Details here

– Adelaide folkies The Timbers have a new single, “Things to Come”, and are hitting the road throughout January. Details here

Simone Felice has revealed his new single “Molly-O!” featuring members of The Lumineers from his upcoming album Strangers. Details here

– The National Folk Festival has added a bunch more artists for 2014 including Rory McLeod, Old Man Luedecke, Tift Merritt, Heath Cullen, The Barons of Tang, Richard Perso and more. Details here


We revealed the top albums of 2013 according to Timber and Steel’s contributors. Read the piece here

Our favourite artists let us in on what they pick as their top album or EP of 2013. Read the piece here

Our Editor in Chief Gareth Hugh Evans chose his top 25 songs of 2013. Read the piece here

Gigs Next Week

April Maze w/ Cisco James
Tuesday 24th December – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Festival of Small Halls w/ Jordie Lane and Rose Cousins
Friday 20th December – Degilbo Hall, Degilbo, QLD
Saturday 21st December – Boonarga Cactoblastis Hall, Chinchilla, QLD
Sunday 22nd December – Mt Mee Public Hall, Mt Mee, QLD

Jack Carty Christmas Party feat. Jack Carty, The Falls, Maples, Iluka, Rosie Catalano, Achoo! Bless You, Luke Wellington, Andrew Brown, James Blow
Monday 23rd December – 505, Sydney, NSW

Little May
Friday 20th December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Summer Pickin’ Party feat. The Davidson Brothers, The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 20th December – The Curtin Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

The Morrisons
Thursday 26th December – The Vic, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Fairytale Of New York” – Christy Moore

Probably the greatest secular Christmas song ever sung by one of the greatest singers in the world. Merry Christmas everyone!

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