Thank Folk It’s Friday – 25th April


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– US bluegrass band Trampled By Turtles have a new album, Wild Animals, due for release this July. Details here

– American folk music icon Dawn Landes has released her brand new video “Home”. Details here

Little Features returns for April tomorrow night with a lineup that includes Imogen Clark, Justin Robinson, Original Sin, Jacob Pearson and Colin Jones. Details here

Timber and Steel favourites Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers will be taking over the Vic on the Park Hotel every Thursday in May with Huckleberry Hastings, Andy Golledge, Katie Brianna, Emma Beau, Lacey Cole & The Lazy Colts and more in support. Details here

– The amazing C.W. Stoneking will be performing at two very special Heavenly Sounds shows this June. Details here

– The amazing Angus and Julia Stone have announced their first album in almost four years to be released this August. Details here

– The Splendour in the Grass lineup was revealed with a bunch of folky artists including Angus and Julia Stone, Vance Joy, Ben Howard, First Aid Kit, Mikhael Paskalev, Dustin Tebbutt, The Head and the Heart, Little May, Nick Mulvey and many more. Details here

– Melbourne four-piece Pepperjack will be launching their new single at The Wesley Anne tomorrow night. Details here

The Bearded Gypsy Band released their brand new video “Marco Polo”. Details here

– The UK’s Matthew and the Atlas revealed the video to their track “Nowhere Now”. Details here

– Having just won the Young Folk Performer of the Year Award at the National Folk Festival Oh Pep! are about to head overseas for a tour of the US and Europe. But before they do they have a farewell show planned in Melbourne this Saturday. Details here

Owls of the Swamp have revealed details of the new album ATLAS as well as a stream of the new single “Shapeshifter”. Details here

David Gray has revealed another new track “Back in the World”. Details here

Releases This Week

The Phoenix and the TurtleBeverley Martyn

ObservationsGeorge Jackson

Ma Petite
The Road That Led Me to FallMa Petite

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Oh Pep! w/ Elana Stone

Oh Pep

Oh Pep! are heading to the US for a northern hemisphere tour on Monday but before they do they have one last show in Melbourne, where they’re promising to play the whole of Paul Simon’s Graceland album on stage. How could you possibly miss this?

Saturday 26th April – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Ash Grunwald
Friday 25th April – Barwon Heads Hotel, Barwon Heads, VIC
Saturday 26th April – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

Boy & Bear
Saturday 26th April – Sunshine Coast Function Centre, Caloundra, QLD
Sunday 27th April – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Wednesday 30th April – Divers Tavern, Broome, WA
Friday 2nd May – Discovery, Darwin, NT

Cairns Blues Festival
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th May – Cairns, QLD

Fairbridge Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th April – Fairbridge, WA

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers w/ Huckleberry Hastings
Thursday 1st May – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 2nd May – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Karuah Bluegrass Festival
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th May – Karuah, NSW

Kaurna Cronin and Ben Whiting
Friday 25th April – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Saturday 26th April – Glebe Markets, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 27th April – Little Features, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd May – Bo’s House, Jan Juc, VIC

Laura & Susie
Friday 25th April – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 26th April – Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 27th April – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Little Features feat. Imogen Clark, Justin Robinson, Original Sin, Jacob Pearson, Colin Jones
Saturday 26th April – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Little Wise and Megan Bernard
Friday 2nd May – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS

Mark Wilkinson
Saturday 26th April – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 1st May – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 2nd May – Roth’s Wine Bar, Mudgee, NSW

Melbourne Folk Club w/ The Little Stevies, The Davidson Brothers, Melody Pool
Wednesday 30th April – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Mount Beauty Music Festival
Fruday 25th to Sunday 27th April – Mount Beauty, VIC

Friday 25th April – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Oh Pep! w/ Elana Stone
Saturday 26th April – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, NSW

Paul Greene and the Other Colours
Friday 25th April – The Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW
Thursday 1st May – Lizotte’s Sydney, Dee Why, NSW

Pepperjack w/ The Bon Scotts, Kate Bart
Saturday 26th April – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

St Albans Folk Festival
Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th April – St Albans, NSW

Tanya Batt
Friday 25th April – Baha’s, Rye, VIC
Saturday 26th April – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd May – The Beresford, Sydney, NSW

The Bad Shepherds
Friday 25th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Fairbridge, WA
Saturday 26th April – The Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA

The Beez
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th April – Mount Beauty Music Festival, Vic

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, WA
Friday 2nd May – Fly By Night Musicians Club, Fremantle, WA

Wintermoon Festival
Friday 2nd to Monday 5th May – Camerons Pocket, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Dust of Uruzgan” – Fred Smith

On Anzac day it’s important not just to remember those that fought and died for our country a century ago, but also those who continue to defend the Australian way of life overseas today. Lest we forget.

Listen to the New David Gray Track “Back In The World”

David Gray
Image Courtesy of David Gray

Having already released his single “Gulls” from his upcoming album Mutineers (due on the 27th June), David Gray has revealed another new track, “Back In The World”. The track debuted on UK radio last week and you can listen to it below:

Details of the New Owls of the Swamp Album ATLAS

Owls of the Swamp
Image Courtesy of Owls of the Swamp

Some more details of the new Owls of the Swamp album ATLAS have been revealed and it’s shaping up to be something special.

Due for release on the 6th May ATLAS was mixed in Owls of the Swamp’s favourite haunt in Reykjavik and features guest performances from Markéta Irglová (The Swell Season), Ryan Karazija (Low Roar), Myrra Rós, Svavar Knútur and Phia.

We’ve already heard the track “Garden”, and now there’s a brand new single “Shapeshifter” with special guest Myrra Rós. Take a listen below:

Oh Pep! Are Going to Graceland

Oh Pep!
Image Courtesy of Oh Pep!

One of the pleasant surprises of the National Folk Festival over the Easter weekend was the inclusion of Oh Pep!. The Melbourne-based folkies were not “officially” on the program but definitly made their presence known with various blackboard slots, a healthy amount of busking and an appearance at the Folk Alliance Australia Young Folk Performer of the Year Award concert. I managed to catch them at the latter show and Oh Pep! ended up taking out the Young Folk Performer of the Year Award which is yet another feather in their pretty impressive cap.

Oh Pep! are about to head over to the US and Europe and to farewell their fans they’ve organised a “Going to Graceland” show this Saturday at the Toff in Town in Melbourne – one of their stops is going to be at Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee. The show will feature a regular Oh Pep! set along with the band performing the entirity of Paul Simon’s Graceland album. Sydney singer-songwriter Elana Stone will also be performing in the support slot.

The show will kick off at 7:30pm – for more information check out the official Facebook invite here.

Adelaide’s Mountbatten Release New Album In The Dark

Image Courtesy of Mountbatten

It’s been a while since we last brought you music from Adelaide’s Mountbatten (over two years in fact) but that doesn’t mean the gloom-folk six-piece has been idle.

In fact Mountbatten have just released their brand new album In The Dark and it’s pretty bloody good. You can stream the whole thing below before downloading it on Bandcamp:

Mountbatten will be officially launching In The Dark at The Jade Monkey in Adelaide this Friday 25th April – check out the official Facebook event here for more information.

Watch the New Matthew and the Atlas Video “Nowhere Now”

Matthew and the Atlas
Image Courtesy of Matthew and the Atlas

Have you heard the new Matthew and the Atlas album Other Rivers yet? If not you should – it’s very very good. The latest single from the album, “Nowhere Now”, now has a brand new video which features (unusually for a folk musician) someone, or something, watching through the woods. Check it out below:

Watch the New Bearded Gypsy Band Video “Marco Polo”

Bearded Gypsy Band
Image Courtesy of The Bearded Gypsy Band

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from The Bearded Gypsy Band but they just released a brand new video and it’s fantastic. The video is for the track “Marco Polo” and was filmed by the MAPS Film School in Adelaide – check it out below and let us know what you think:

Pepperjack Launching New Single This Saturday

Image Courtesy of Pepperjack

Melbourne folk four-piece Pepperjack are in the process of putting together their sophomore EP (due in June) and are about to launch its first single “Going Home” this Saturday. Since forming early last year Pepperjack have been refining their uniquely Australian indie folk sound and fans of the genre are going to love “Going Home”.

The launch this Saturday will take place at the Wesley Anne in Melbourne and will feature supports from Timber and Steel favourites The Bon Scotts and Perth songstress Kate Bart. The music is due to kick off at 8:30pm – check out the official Facebook event for more details.

A Folky Guide to the Splendour in the Grass 2014 Lineup

Image Courtesy of Splendour in the Grass

So another Splendour in the Grass lineup has dropped and while there isn’t a bid name, folk leaning headliner like there’s been in recent years there’s still plenty for the folk lover to get excited about. We thought we’d dissect the lineup and let you know just who Timber and Steel fans should have on their must see list:

  • Angus and Julia Stone Returning this August with album number three, their first since 2010, Angus and Julia Stone will be making be making a welcome return to the Splendour stage. They haven’t performed together since 2011 so this show is going to be pretty special.
  • Vance Joy Joy was an absolute standout at last year’s Splendour in the Grass, riding high on the “Riptide” wave. He returns to the festival off the back of a bunch of international acclaim and brand new tracks from his upcoming debut album.
  • Ben Howard One of the best live acts to come out of the UK in recent years, Ben Howard has a loyal following in the country and with good reason. He’s played Splendour before – we’re guessing this time you’ll need to get to the stage nice and early for a good spot.
  • First Aid Kit Their second album, Stay Gold, will drop just in time for First Aid Kit’s Splendour performance so we predict there’s going to be a lot of buzz around the Söderberg sisters this year. Get yourself reacquainted with 2012’s The Lion’s Roar to remember just how good these guys are.
  • Mikhael Paskalev He was just in the country for a series of shows in March and it looks like Mikhael Paskalev just can’t stay away. The master of quirky folk-pop Paskalev has gained a legion of fans from his track “I Spy” which is bound to have the Splendour crowd up and dancing.
  • Dustin Tebbutt We’ve been hyping Dustin Tebbutt for ages now and it looks like the rest of Australia has finally caught on. His single “The Breach” was just about everywhere and his new single “Bones” is already making an impressive dent on national radio. He’s also a pretty mesmerising live performer so his set will be one to catch.
  • The Head and the Heart Having released their new album Let’s Be Still late least year The Head and the Heart are ready to return to Australia and wow the Splendour crowd. We highly recommend you go and see these guys.
  • Little May The ghost folk trio from Sydney, Little May, spent 2013 working very hard to build their profile, capping off an amazing year touring with Mikhael Paskalev and scoring a spot on the Laneway Festival lineup via the Unearthed competition. Little May’s sounds seems custom made for Splendour in the Grass lineup with their epic, folk influenced sounds and soaring harmonies.
  • Nick Mulvey We’ve been Championing Nick Mulvey since the release of his Fever to the Form EP mid-last year and while his profile is still pretty low in Australia we reckon it’s only a matter of time before the rest of Australia catches on.

Add to this a bunch of other artists that have crossed the Timber and Steel pages over the years (but have taken a less folky direction) including Gossling, Courtney Barnett and DMA’S and you’ve got a pretty impressive folk contingent this year. Splendour in the Grass takes place in the North Byron Parklands from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July. Tickets go on sale on Friday 2nd May. The full lineup for 2014 is below:

Outkast (Only Aus Show)
Two Door Cinema Club (Only Aus Show)
Lily Allen
Interpol (Only Aus Show)
Foster The People
Angus & Julia Stone
City And Colour
London Grammar
Vance Joy
Darkside (Only Aus Show)
Ben Howard
Hoodoo Gurus
Chvrches (Only Aus Show)
The Jezabels
Wild Beasts
Danny Brown (Only Aus Show)
First Aid Kit
Violent Soho
The 1975
Ball Park Music
Art Vs Science
Buraka Som Sistema (Only Aus Show)
The Preatures
Parquet Courts (Only Aus Show)
Sticky Fingers
Peking Duk
Sky Ferreira
Future Islands
Courtney Barnett
DZ Deathrays
The Strypes
Hot Dub Time Machine
The Kite String Tangle
Mikhael Paskalev
Wave Racer
The Acid
Circa Waves
Dustin Tebbutt
The Head And The Heart
Darren Middleton
Little May
D.D Dumbo
Tkay Maidza
The Creases
The Wild Feathers
Chrome Sparks
Mas Ysa
Nick Mulvey
Triple J Unearthed Winners

Plus DJs & Producers:

Nina Las Vegas
Yacht Club DJs
Touch Sensitive
Indian Summer
L D R U & Yahtzel DJs
Cosmos Midnight
Fishing DJs
Charles Murdoch

Angus and Julia Stone To Return With New Album

Angus and Julia Stone
Image Courtesy of Angus and Julia Stone

Indie-folk darlings Angus and Julia Stone have announced plans to release a brand new album later this year. The duo’s third album, their first since 2010, is self titled and was produced by the legendary Rick Rubin – how cool is that?

“This album is extraordinary,” Rubin has said. “Angus and Julia are truly unique musicians. They are authentic and pure people who do things from the heart. I’ve never worked with anyone like them before.”

Angus and Julia Stone will be released on the 1st August. We’ll bring you more details as we get them

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