Watch the New Castlecomer Video “Fugitive”

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Could the new Castlecomer video “Fugitive” spell the end of the bearded folk singer? It way well do with singer-songwriter Timothy James Bowen taking a razor to his face in the name of art (although – spoiler alert – he leaves a sweet moustache).

“Fugitive” is the first taster from Castlecomer’s upcoming EP, and there’s some tour dates on the way. Check it out below:

Stream the Surprise New Instrumental Album from Keaton Henson Romantic Works

Keaton Henson
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Enigmatic singer-songwriter Keaton Henson surprised everyone a couple of weeks ago but releasing a brand new album Romantic Works without any notice. The album is completely instrumental, features cellist Ren Ford and was recorded in Henson’s bedroom. Stream the album below:

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Dan Waters and The Weeping Willows Announce Follow Me To Tennessee Tour

Lachlan Bryan

This July three of Australia’s best loved folk and alt-country acts are heading out on a tour of Victoria. Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Dan Waters and The Weeping Willows are all heading over to Nashville later this year so to celebrate their July tour has been dubbed the Follow Me To Tennessee tour. Lachlan Bryan and Dan Waters will be alternating the headline spot and the shows are bound to be something pretty special.

Check out the full list of dates here:

Friday 4th July – Revolver Bandroom, Prahan, VIC
Sunday 13th July – Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Friday 18th July – Holgate Brewery, Wooden, VIC
Saturday 19th July – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 24th July – Music Man Megastore, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 26th July – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 9th August – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Thursday 21st August – Sookie Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 22nd August – Baha in Rye, Rye, VIC

And to get you in the mood for the tour check out the latest Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes video “You, Me and The Blues” staring Bill Chambers:

New Old Crow Medicine Show Album Due This Friday

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Everyone’s favourite stringband, Old Crow Medicine Show, return with a brand new album this Friday. Titled Remedy the new album was produced by Ted Hutt and is already streaming online – you can check it out at NPR here.

The full track listing and album teaser trailer for Remedy are below:

1. Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer
2. 8 Dogs 8 Banjos
3. Sweet Amarillo
4. Mean Enough World
5. Dearly Departed Friend
6. Firewater
7. Brave Boys
8. Doc’s Day
9. O Cumberland River
10. Tennessee Bound
11. S**t Creek
12. Sweet Home
13. The Warden

Listen to the New Husky Single “I’m Not Coming Back”

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The brand new single from Husky, “I’m Not Coming Back”, slipped online last week and it’s something pretty special. The single is the first from Husky’s upcoming second album – take a listen below:

As you can probably tell from the poster at the top of this article Timber and Steel are proudly presenting Husky’s national tour this month. The full dates are here:

Friday 18th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th July – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 24th July – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Friday 25th July – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 31st July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 27th June


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Timber and Steel are very proud to announce that we will be presenting Husky’s single tour this July. Details here

– Adelaide indie-folk duo Climbing Trees released their new single “Campfire Sky”. Details here

– Tonight will see Liam Gale & the Ponytails, The Double Shadows and Charlie Gradon at FBi Social. Details here

– Melbourne’s Tanya Batt has released a brand new track “Graveyard”. Details here

– We have a stream of the new Starboard Cannons album The Valiant and the Brave. Details here

– Sydney instrumental three piece The String Contingent are currently on a house concert tour and are about to wrap up their Pozible campaign. Details here

Patrick James has released details on his upcoming EP Broken Lines. Details here

Timber and Steel favourite Jack Carty released a brand new single “The Joneses” co-written with Josh Pyke. Details here

Leah Flanagan is celebrating her birthday this weekend by putting on a gig in Sydney featuring Liz Stringer and The Re-Mains. Details here

James Vincent McMorrow released his brand new video “Gold”. Details here

– We have a stream of the debut self titled album from Melbourne’s Rough River. Details here

– Listen to the latest single from Nick Mulvey, “Fever to the Form”. Details here

– Another new Angus and Julia Stone single, “Death Defying Acts”, hit the internet. Details here

– The July edition of Sydney night The Folk Informal will feature Kay Proudlove, Dylan Orsborn, Ainsley Farrell and Tom Stephens. Details here

– The amazing Justin Townes Earle has announced plans to release his new album Single Mothers in September. Details here

– July’s MoFo at the Gaelic Club in Sydney will feature Justin Bernasconi and Sloe Gin Junkies. Details here

– Melbourne based folk singer, blogger and activist Les Thomas has released his scathing new track “Budget Reply (Hey Joe)”. Details here

Tom Stephens has released his new single “Nowhere to Roam” ahead of a string of dates next month. Details here

Owls of the Swamp released his brand new video “The Hypnotist”. Details here

Releases This Week


Winter Song
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Tiny Ruins

Tiny Ruins

New Zealand’s Tiny Ruins return to our shores off the back of a bunch of international buzz. This may be your last chance to see Tiny Ruins in such intimate venues so you should jump on top of these shows quick smart

Tuesday 1st July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 2nd July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 3rd July – Anitas, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 4th July – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Daniel Champagne
Friday 27th June – The Red Room, Ararat, VIC

Graveyard Train
Friday 27th June – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th June – RAD [Yours N Owls Presents], Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 29th June – The Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Friday 4th July – The Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Husband with David Craft, The Lammas Tide
Friday 4th July – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA

Jackson McLaren & The Triple Threat
Saturday 28th June – Little Features at Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th June – Menagerie, The Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 27th June – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th June – Camelot Lounge, Marrickville, NSW
Sunday 29th June – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 4th July – The Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
Friday 27th June – Manning Entertainment Centre, Taree, NSW
Saturday 28th June – Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cessnock, NSW
Friday 4th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Wednesday 2nd July – The Song Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 3rd July – Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 4th July – Taps, Mooloolaba, QLD

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Dan Waters and The Weeping Willows
Friday 4th July – Revolver Bandroom, Prahan, VIC

Leah Flanagan Presents Liz Stringer and The Re-Mains
Saturday 28th June – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Liam Gale & The Ponytails w/ The Double Shadows, Charlie Gradon
Friday 27th June – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Little Bastard
Thursday 3rd July – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 4th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Little Features feat. Jackson McLaren, Arbori, Timothy James Bowen, Original Sin, Aquila
Saturday 28th June – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Marmalade Ghost
Wednesday 2nd July – The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mustered Courage
Friday 27th June – Lefty’s Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 28th June – Lefty’s Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 29th June – Winter Sun Festival, Eumundi, QLD

Sleepy Dreamers
Sunday 29th June – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 27th to Sunday 29th June — Camperdown Burns Festival, VIC

The Audreys
Friday 27th June – Tapas, Devonport, TAS
Saturday 28th June – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 4th July – Fly By Night, Perth, WA

The Beards
Friday 27th June – The Lionleigh, Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 28th June – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 29th June – The Jack, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 2nd July – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Thursday 3rd July – Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD
Friday 4th July – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

The Paper Kites
Friday 27th June – The Anthenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 27th June – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th June – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC

The String Contingent
Friday 27th June – House Concert, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 28th June – Lot 19 Arts Hub, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 29th June – Bella Union, Melbourne VIC

The Yearlings
Wednesday 2nd July – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Tiny Ruins
Tuesday 1st July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 2nd July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 3rd July – Anitas, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 4th July – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Tracy McNeil
Saturday 28th June – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 4th July – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Clouds (Both Sides Now)” – Dave Van Ronk

I’ve spent the last week devouring Dave Van Ronk’s memoir of the 1960’s New York folk scene, The Mayor of MacDougal Street, and as an offshoot have fallen down many a youtube rabbit hole listening to his music. This version of the Joni Mitchell’s classic “Both Side’s Now” (which Van Ronk called “Clouds”) is just stunning.

Watch the New Owls of the Swamp Video “The Hypnotist”

Owls of the Swamp
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The brand new video from European based Australian artist Owls of the Swamp has just released his brand new video for the track “The Hypnotist”. The track is taken from the recent album from Owls of the Swamp, ATLAS. Check out the video to “The Hypnotist” below:

Listen to the New Tom Stephens Single “Nowhere to Roam”

Tom Stephens
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Sydney singer-songwriter Tom Stephens returns this month with his brand new single “Nowhere to Roam”. Released last week the “Nowhere to Roam” is an ode to self-reliance and features a really special arrangement reminiscent of Nick Drake. Take a listen below:

To celebrate the release of the single Tom Stephens is heading out on tour this July in New South Wales and Queensland. Check out the full list of dates here:

Thursday 10th July – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th July – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Saturday 12th July – Private House Show, Forster, NSW
Sunday 13th July – Goldfish, Hunter Valley, NSW
Friday 18th July – TBA, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 19th July – Taps, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 20th July – Room 60, Brisbane, QLD

Listen to “Budget Reply (Hey Joe)” from Les Thomas

Hey Joe
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One of the greatest achievements of having such a divisive government in power like the current Abbott led lot is how it motivates people to become more politically engaged. And this in itself leads to the creation of politically topical art, and the folk music scene plays a huge part in this.

Melbourne based folk singer, blogger and activist Les Thomas has just released his new track “Budget Reply (Hey Joe)”, his response to the federal government’s recently released budget.

“The worst thing about the budget is that it targets the most vulnerable,” says Thomas. “This song is part of the groundswell and growing campaign to say no Tony Abbott, Joe Hockey and their small-minded, brutal and heartless budget.”

The song features Justin Bernasconi (The Stillsons) on lead guitar, Mandy Connell on backing vocals, Barnaby Gold on drums, Tony Bonnici (The Prairie Oysters) on bass and Sam Melamed on Hammond organ. It’s available to buy on Bandcamp here with all proceeds going to the Bust the Budget campaign. Take a listen to “Budget Reply (Hey Joe)” below:

Sydney’s MoFo at the Gaelic Club Announces July Lineup

Justin Bernasconi
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Regular Sydney modern folk night, MoFo, returns this July with three of folk’s best up and comers filling the stage.

Headlining there’s the amazing Justin Bernasconi who is currently touring his brilliant new solo album Winter Pick. You may be familiar with Justin Bernasconi’s work with his band The Stillsons so this is a show not to be missed.

Joining Justin Bernasconi on the night will be the Gypsy jazz of the Sloe Gin Junkies and Blue Mountains based poet Brendan Reed Dennis.

Update: Unfortunately due to sad circumstances the Sloe Gin Junkies will be unable to perform this Friday. However you can still get you Gypsy fix with the energetic and playful tunes from the Spyglass Gypsies. Bring your dancing shoes!!!

MoFo takes place on Friday 11th July at The Gaelic Club in Sydney’s Surry Hills. The night will kick off at 7:30pm with tickets just $20 ($15 student concession). For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

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