Sideshow Alley and Communion Announce Premiere of Music Documentary Austin to Boston

Austin to Boston
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In 2012 four of Timber and Steel’s favourite artists – Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff and Bear’s Den – jumped into five old VW camper vans and travelled over three thousand miles across the USA from Austin’s SXSW to a final stop in Boston, and the whole thing was captured on film.

The result is the Sideshow Alley and Communion produced documentary Austin to Boston which spent most of 2014 touring the film festival circuit. As well as the four bands the documentary also features Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett and is narrated by Gill Landry.

The Australian premiere of Austin to Boston has been announced on Friday 8th May at the Australian Centre for The Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne. The premiere will also feature a Q&A with producer Ty Johnson (Sideshow Alley) and a special performance from some of Melbourne’s finest musicians. To get your hands on tickets jump over to the ACMI site here.

And while you’re deliberating on whether to go or not check out the trailer for Austin to Boston below:

Fraser A. Gorman Announces Debut Album Slow Gum

Fraser A Gorman
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Melbourne based singer-songwriter Fraser A. Gorman has announced plans to release his highly anticipated debut album this June. The album, titled Slow Gum, will be released digitally on the 29th June with a physical release to follow later in the year.

The full track listing plus the video for “Broken Hands” are here:

1. Big Old World
2. My Old Man
3. Book Of Love
4. Shiny Gun
5. Broken Hands
6. Mystic Mile
7. Never Gonna Hold You (Like I Do)
8. We’re All Alright
9. Dark Eyes
10. Blossom & Snow

To celebrate the release of Slow Gum Fraser A. Gorman will be touring around the country in July – check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 3rd July – Music On The Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Saturday 4th July – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 10th July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th July – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 16th July – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 17th July – Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th July – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC

Check Out Justin Vernon’s Cover of Spoon’s “Inside Out”

Justin Vernon
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It’s been almost four years since we had a new Bon Iver album so any new music from frontman Justin Vernon is a big deal. Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner recently teamed up to curate the Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival in the US and to celebrate he has released a cover of Spoon’s “Inside Out”.

Check it out below:

Watch the New Calexico Video “Falling From The Sky”

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The new Calexico album, Edge of the Sun, came out in the middle of April and its latest single “Falling From The Sky” now has a brand new video. The video features a cameo from Swedish singer-songwriter José González and was directed by frequent González collaborator Mikel Cee Karlsson.

Check it out below:

Peasant Moon Announce Fading In The Light EP Launch

Peasant Moon
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Sydney alt-country duo Peasant Moon have announced plans to launch their upcoming EP Fading In The Light with a show at the Petersham Bowling Club this May.

The show will take place on Sunday 24th May and will feature supports from local singer-songwriters Katie Brianna and Lisa Caruso. For more details check out the official Facebook invite here.

As a taster of Fading In The Light Peasant Moon have given us a listen to the title track – take a listen below:

Timberwolf Announces New EP Flux

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Adelaide indie-folk favourite Timberwolf (no relation) has just announced plans to release his new EP Flux this Friday the 1st May. Flux is Timberwolf’s first recording with a full band and was co-produced by the go-to guy Mark Myers.

The announcement of the EP comes with the release of Timberwolf’s new single “Whiskey Jar”.

“”Whiskey Jar” is one of my favourite songs off the EP,” Timberwolf explains. “It was inspired by seduction, temptation and the trail of self destruction that follows an emotional split. It’s quite swift and rocky in comparison to anything I’ve written in the past so it was nice to move in that direction, I think I was listening to quite a bit of pysch-rock around the time”.

Take a listen to “Whiskey Jar” here:

Upcoming live dates for Timberwolf are below:

Friday 8th May – Great Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 9th May – Surfers Paradise Festival, QLD
Saturday 30th May – Big Pineapple Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th April


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Morrisons will be heading to The Vanguard in Sydney for a series of O Brother Where Art Thou? tribute shows featuring Brian Campeau, Lucky Luke, Georgia Mooney, Hannah Crofts, Katie Wighton, Luke Escombe and more. Details here

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell have announced their new album The Traveling Kind ahead of their Australian tour. Details here

– Melbourne country-rock four-piece Raised By Eagles released their new album this week and gave us a taste with a stream of two of the tracks. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk band Yetis have called it a day releasing a final video for their track “Luckiest Guy Alive”. Details here

Sam Amidon released his new video “Blue Mountains”. Details here

– To celebrate the release of his new album Whispers II Passenger has released a short film. Details here

– Adelaide band Oliver’s Army released their stunning new video “Liquor Store”. Details here

The Milk Carton Kids finally revealed their Australian tour dates. Details here

– And The Milk Carton Kids also revealed a new track “The Secrets of the Stars”. Details here

Mumford & Sons will celebrate the release of their new album in Australia with a Sydney pop up bar, and they’ve also started streaming a live version of the track “Snake Eyes”. Details here

– Sydney Americana artist James Thomson announced details of his new album Cold Moon. Details here

Dan Parsons released the video for his new track “I’ll Live and I’ll Die”. Details here

Ryan Adams announced Splendour sideshows with Jenny Lewis. Details here

Of Monsters and Men also announced Splendour sideshows. Details here

Releases This Week

Great Lake Swimmers
A Forest of ArmsGreat Lake Swimmers

Marlon Williams
Marlon WilliamsMarlon Williams

Whispers IIPassenger

Raised By Eagles
Diamonds in the BloodstreamRaised By Eagles

Ruby Boots
SolitudeRuby Boots

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

These Machines Cut Razor Wire feat. Jeff Lang Band, Kavisha Mazzelia, Les Thomas Band, Little Foot

Jeff Lang

Watching some of the best in folk music while raising money for a good cause? Yes please! These Machines Cut Razor Wire will be holding it’s fifth annual event to raise money for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre with performances from Jeff Lang Band, Kavisha Mazzelia, Les Thomas Band and Little Foot

Sunday 26th April – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Alex Edwards
Friday 24th April – Tall Poppy Studios, Brisbane, QLD

Australian Celtic Festival
Thursday 30th April to Sunday 3rd May – Glen Innes, NSW

Betty & Oswald
Saturday 25th April – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD
Sunday 26th April – The Milk Factory, Brisbane QLD

Brad Butcher
Friday 24th April – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW
Saturday 25th April – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Buffalo Nickel
Wednesday 29th April – Yinnar Pub, Gippsland, VIC
Thursday 30th April – House Concert, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd May – Karuah Bluegrass Music Festival, Karuah, NSW

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 24th April – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Saturday 25th April – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Sunday 26th April – The Workers Club, Fitzroy, VIC

Elwood Myre
Saturday 25th April – Private Event, Kangaroo Valley, NSW
Sunday 26th April – Rad, Wollongong, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – Mt Beauty Music Festival, Mt Beauty, VIC

Laura Jean and Aldous Harding
Saturday 25th April – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Liam Gale & the Ponytails
Friday 24th April – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Sunday 26th April – Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 30th April – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Mt Beauty Music Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – Mt Beauty, VIC

Ruby Boots, Fanny Lumsden, Cookie Baker, Amber Rae Slade
Saturday 25th April – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

St Albans Folk Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – St Albans, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 24th April – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 25th April – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 30th April – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 1st May – Kidgeeridge Music Festival, Lake Conjola, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 1st May – Lithgow Workies, Lithgow, NSW

The String Contingent
Monday 27th April – Yackandandah House Concert, Yackandandah, VIC
Wednesday 29th April – Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 30th April – Temora Town Hall Theatre, Temora, NSW
Friday 1st May – Mechanics Institute Hall, Moruya, NSW

These Machines Cut Razor Wire feat. Jeff Lang, Les Thomas, Kavisha Mazzelia and Little Foot
Sunday 26th April – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Wintermoon Festival
Thursday 30th April to Sunday 3rd May – Cameron’s Pocket, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Lark In The Clear Air/Olam Punch” – The Chieftains with Punch Brothers

I’ve been trying to learn the stunning waltz “The Lark In The Clear Air” this week after hearing it on a podcast. I thought I’d share this stunning version from The Chieftains amazing T Bone Burnett produced album Voice of Ages.

Listen to the New Track From The Milk Carton Kids, “Secrets Of The Stars”

Milk Carton Kids
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It’s all been about The Milk Carton Kids this week! Having announced the full dates for their Australian tour this June and July, The Milk Carton Kids have also just released another track off their upcoming album Monterey (due on the 19th May). The track is “Secrets Of The Stars” – take a listen below:

Full dates for the upcoming Australian tour from The Milk Carton Kids are below:

Sunday 28th June – City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 30th June – The Athenaeum, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 3rd July – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th July – Bello Winer Music Weekender, Bellingen, NSW

Of Monsters and Men Announce Splendour Sideshows

Of Monsters And Men
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The other folk-friendly act to announce Splendour in the Grass sideshows are Icelandic indie-folk five piece Of Monsters and Men . As usual the band have only announced Sydney and Melbourne shows – check out the full list of dates below:

Tuesday 21st July – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd July – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July – Splendour in the Grass, NSW

Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis Announce Splendour Sideshows

Ryan Adams
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It was only a matter of time before genre-bending alt-country singer-songwriter Ryan Adams announced his Splendour in the grass sideshows and as expected he’s taking longtime touring companion Jenny Lewis along for the ride. Adams has announced shows in Sydney and Melbourne this July – check out the full details below:

Sunday 19th July – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 23rd July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July – Splendour in the Grass, NSW

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