Thank Folk It’s Friday – 31st January


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The great Pete Seeger passed away from natural causes on the 27th January, aged 94. We collected some of our favourite obits from around the web. Details here

– We round up all of the folk, alt-country and roots winners in the triple j Hottest 100, The Grammys and The Golden Guitars last weekend. Details here

– The new Seth Lakeman album hits stores today and you can get a taster with his new video for “The Courier”. Details here

Matt Corby revealed his new single “What The Devil Has Made” from the Spirit of Akasha surf documentary soundtrack. Details here

– The National Folk Festival has added a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites to its 2014 lineup including Archie Roach, Lindi Ortega, Ange Takats, Castlecomer, Leah Flanagan, The Little Stevies, Martin Pearson, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, The Morrisons, The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Stetson Family, Tolka, Zeptepi and many many more. Details here

– Regular Sydney night The Folk Informal has announced its lineup for February including James Kelly, Ryan Collings, Betty & Oswald and Timberwolf. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Tim Guy released his new video “Armour Weight”. Details here

Dustin Tebbutt has released a mesmerizing new video for his track “White Lines”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Mark Wilkinson is heading out on a massive national tour this March, April and May. Details here

– Melbourne’s James Teague has scored a residency at The Workers Club every Wednesday through February. Details here

– Blue Mountains based folk-bluegrass four piece Lime and Steel have announced a show in Canberra next Saturday with Vendulka in support. Details here

Timber and Steel favourites Achoo! Bless You will be launching their new single “Wild Eyes” in Sydney this February. Details here

– The wonderful Sam Buckingham has announced a national tour as well as the launch of her Patreon crowd sourcing campaign. Details here

– The new Nick Mulvey track “Cucurucu” now has an expansive new video. Details here

– UK duo Paper Aeroplanes released their new video for “Circus” along with details of their new EP. Details here

– Brisbane based roots singer Jimmy Watts released his new video “Driving”. Details here

– Chamber folk singer-songwriter Packwood has announced a handful of album preview shows this February. Details here

– Donna and Vikki from The Waifs are touring this March as The Stray Sisters. Details here

– The new William Fitzsimmons track “Fortune” has a beautiful new video. Details here

Releases This Week

In The SilenceÁsgeir

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Green Mohair Suits w/ The Morrisons, All Our Exes Live in Texas

Green Mohair Suits

After a successful tilt at the Tamworth Country Music Festival earlier this month The Green Mohair Suits return to Sydney in time to launch their latest EP Baby, You Just Want To Give Up. Along for the ride are their fellow Tamworth stage mates The Morrisons and All Our Exes Live in Texas – so it looks like it’s going to be a huge night of pickin’ and harmonies. We’ll be there for sure!

Friday 31st January – The Loft at UTS, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Andy Irvine
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

Cass McCombs
Thursday 6th February – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Tuesday 4th February – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Vedder
Friday 7th February – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA

Emily Barker
Sunday 2nd February – Astor Lounge, Perth, WA

Imogen Clark and Joe Mungovan
Sunday 2nd February – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, NSW
Friday 7th February – Corner Store, Sydney, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 31st January – House Concert, Pemulwuy, NSW
Saturday 1st February – House Concert, Sutherland Shire, NSW
Sunday 2nd February – House Concert, Morisset, NSW.
Monday 3rd February – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 6th February – House Concert, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Friday 7th February – House Concert, Canberra, ACT

James Teague
Wednesday 5th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
Friday 31st January – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd February – Festival of King Island, King Island, TAS

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Saturday 1st February – Lefty’s Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Laneway Festival
Friday 31st January – Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 1st February ­- Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 2nd February – Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), Sydney, NSW
Friday 7th February – Harts Mill, Adelaide, SA

Mat McHugh
Friday 7th February – Torquay Hotel, Torquay VIC

One Up Two Down and Oh Pep!
Thursday 6th February – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 7th February – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

The Beez
Saturday 1st Febraury – Tilba Winery, NSW
Sunday 2nd February – The Artists Shed, Queanbeyan, NSW
Thursday 6th February – Braidwood Folk Club, NSW
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th February – National Multicultural Festival, ACT

The Green Mohair Suits w/ The Morrisons, All Our Exes Live in Texas
Friday 31st January – The Loft at UTS, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 31st January – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Traveller & Fortune
Friday 31st January – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st February – JIVE, Adelaide, SA

Unpaved Sessions feat. Justin Bernasconi (The Stillsons), Nia Robertson, Sophie Klein, Kaidee Grzankowski and more
Monday 3rd February – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Woody Pitney with Zoe Elliot, James Kelly
Thursday 6th February – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“To My Old Brown Earth” – Pete Seeger

When choosing a FFF track this week I knew it had to be something from the late Pete Seeger. I settled on this track after it was posted by Billy Bragg with the following blurb: “One last thing about Pete Seeger before I turn in: if anyone’s planning to make a tribute to the great man, I would heartily suggest playing this song. Everyone knows the 60s classics, but this, from 1996, is the song we should be listening to as we contemplate with his passing.” RIP Pete Seeger.

Watch the New William Fitzsimmons Video “Fortune”

William Fitzsimmons
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The brand new William Fitzsimmons track “Fortune” now has an absolutely beautiful new video. “Fortune” is taken from Fitzsimmons’ upcoming album Lions, due the 18th February – check out the video below:

The Stray Sisters (The Waifs) Announce March Tour

The Stray Sisters
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Donna Simpson and Vikki Thorn from legendary Australian roots band The Waifs are returning to their roots as acoustic duo The Stray Sisters and have announced a national tour this March. As well as performances at the Port Fairy Folk Festival and the Blue Mountains Music Festival, The Stray Sisters will be performing in intimate venues around the country – plus they’ll be joining the John Butler Trio for three very special WA shows.

Joining The Stray Sisters in support will be Timber and Steel favourite Ruby Boots. For more information check out the the Facebook event here – the full list of dates are below:

Friday 7th to Sunday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Wednesday 12th March – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Thursday 13th March – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, NSW
Tuesday 18th March – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 20th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 21st March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd March – Tilley’s Devine Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 23rd March – The Elbow Room, McLaren Vale, SA
Wednesday 26th March – The Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 27th March – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle WA (with John Butler Trio)
Friday 28th March – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Swan Valley, WA (with John Butler Trio)
Saturday 29th March – Old Broadwater Farm, Busselton, WA (with John Butler Trio)
Monday 31st March – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA

Packwood Announces Album Preview Tour

Image Courtesy of Packwood

Last year chamber-folk singer Packwood successfully funded a brand new album via a crowdsourcing campaign and this March he enters the studio to turn that album into a reality.

Packwood has been writing material for the album for a while now, loosely basing songs around the four seasons and he’s keen to show off his new material, as well as bring you some old favourites. Before he heads into the studio Packwood has announce three very intimate performances in Melbourne and Sydney to preview the songs to his fans.

For these shows Packwood will be joined by a chamber orchestra and special guests including Fuschia (Melbourne) and The Maple Trail (Sydney). For full details check out the official Facebook invite here – the complete list of dates is below:

Saturday 15th February – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 16th February – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 19th February – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Watch the New Jimmy Watts Video “Driving”

Jimmy Watts
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Jimmy Watts is a Brisbane based folk-roots singer-songwriter with a gravelly voice and an eclectic guitar style. His brand new single is “Driving”, taken from his 2012 album January’s Pages, which has a video direct by Michael Leo. Check it out below:

Paper Aeroplanes Announce New EP and Video

Paper Aeroplanes
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Timber and Steel contributing editor KT Bell spent a bunch of time in the UK last year and came back with a swag of new favourite bands. Near the top of that list was “emo-folk” duo Paper Aeroplanes – and we’re super stoked she introduced them to the rest of us.

Having released their full length album Little Letters last year, Paper Aeroplanes are backing up with a new EP, Circus, due on the 10th February. The EP consists of 5 songs in including a couple of remixes by Ersatz – check out the track listing below:

1. Circus
2. Ribbons
3. Same Mistakes (Piano Version)
4. When the Windows Shook (Ersatz remix)
5. At The Altar (Ersatz Remix)

The title track of the EP, “Circus”, also has a brand new video. Paper Aeroplanes guitarist Richard Llewellyn said of the track: “Circus has become one of the fans’ favourites at our shows. It’s the song we finish our set with and has always occupied a strong place in our hearts. Lyrically, the song takes an inside look at the struggles of a musician, trying to make ends meet, and make personally satisfying music, in the face of an industry that can be unforgiving, baffling and wearisome. But, as is often the case with our music, PA fans seem to have found their own various meanings within the song. It’s those often beautiful, personal reactions and interpretations that keep us writing, performing and searching for our next favourite song.”

Watch “Circus” below:

Watch the New Nick Mulvey Video “Cucurucu”

Nick Mulvey
Image Courtesy of Nick Mulvey

UK singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey this week unveiled the beautiful new video for his catchy new single “Cucurucu”.

“I felt this song needed a video with wide expanses. Space to wonder,” Mulvey explains about the video. “I didn’t have to look too far for the right film maker – James [Morgan] is a friend of mine, and I’ve loved his work for National Geographic. I knew he’d understand what I was after and have something special in his vaults”

Watch the video for “Cucurucu” below:

Sam Buckingham Announces Patreon Campaign and National Tour

Sam Buckingham
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This morning Sam Buckingham announced a very exciting new chapter in her musical life. Utilising the US based platform crowd sourcing Patreon, Buckingham will be delivering newly recorded songs direct to her fans in exchange for a pledge of patronage. The songs will be written as Sam Buckingham travels the world looking for new musical and artistic inspirations.

Founded just last year by Electronica and You Tube maestro Jack Conte, Patreon gives fans the opportunity to directly support creators in their artistic endevours – in Sam Buckingham’s case, traveling the world and writing music. We’ll let Sam explain it better in her new video:

If you’re interested in finding out more check out Sam Buckingham’s Patreon page here.

But before she kicks off this adventure Sam Buckingham has announced plans to head around Australia one more time in a tour to support her new single “Shackles”. On the tour Buckingham will be supported by Benjamin James Caldwell and a bunch of other special guests. The full list of dates and the video for “Shackles” are below:

Thursday 13th February – Twilight Markets, Albury, NSW
Wednesday 19th February – Revolver, Prahran, VIC w/ Tash Parker & John Patrick
Thursday 20th February – Baha’s, Mornington Peninsula, VIC w/ Tash Parker
Friday 21st February – Fringe Festival, Adelaide, SA w/ Emily Davis
Wednesday 26th February – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW w/ Maia Jelavic
Saturday 1st March – The Shack, Narrabeen, NSW w/ Kent Eastwood
Sunday 2nd March – The Newsagency, Marrickville, NSW
Thursday 13th March – The Front, Canberra, ACT w/ Evan Buckley

Achoo! Bless You Announce Single Launch Show

Achoo Bless You
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Sydney folk duo Achoo! Bless You have a brand new single on the way and they want you to help them celebrate. The single is “Wild Eyes” and Achoo! Bless You You will be launching it on the 13th February at Brighton Up Bar in Sydney.

Joining Achoo! Bless You in support will be the lovely ladies of All Our Exes Live in Texas. For more information on the launch check out the official Facebook event here.

And stay tuned for “Wild Eyes” which should be hitting the webs next week.

James Teague Announces Workers Club Residency

James Teague
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I’ve heard a lot of good things about Perth born, Melbourne based singer-songwriter James Teague, so I’m pretty stoked to hear he’s scored a residency at The Workers Club in Fitzroy throughout February.

James Teague will be taking over The Workers Club every Wednesday night joined by a special guests every week including the likes of Al Parkinson, Grizzly Jim Lawrie, Linus Wilson (Beautiful Change) and more.

The full list of dates for the residency are below:

Wednesday 5th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 12th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 19th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 26th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

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