Timber and Steel Premiere: Kristafor Farrenkothen, Songs I Made In My Bedroom

Kristafor Farrenkothen
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Timber and Steel are very proud to bring you the premiere of the brand new EP from Sydney singer-songwriter Kristafor Farrenkothen, Songs I Made In My Bedroom.

The EP features three tracks produced and recorded by Kristafor Farrenkothen and are a taster of his first official release due at the end of this year.

Stream Songs I Made In My Bedroom below and then head over to Bandcamp to pick it up

Listen to the New Crooked Fiddle Band Single “Kings of the Mud”

Crooked Fiddle Band
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Sydney chainsaw-folk favourites The Crooked Fiddle Band have just packed their bags and have headed off to Europe for a tour but they’ve left us with an awesome parting gift – their new single “Kings of the Mud”.

“”Kings of the Mud” is about festivals – the transient, dusty and muddy other worlds we visit regularly – and the way you just give in to the elements and get amongst the puddles,” the band explained. “You’ll also notice that it’s more of a song than is usual for us – lots of vocals going on, as well as some cinematic moments courtesy of Jess’ nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed fiddle), plus we finally got some of the yelling that we do live onto a recording! We recorded this one ourselves, we’ve had it kicking around for a while but hadn’t fit it onto an album. Hope you like it!”

Check out “Kings of the Mud” below:

Listen to the New Obscura Hail Single “Shaky Execution”

Obscura Hail
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I can’t stop listening to the new Obscura Hail single “Shaky Execution”. It’s just so catchy in that Bright Eyes/jangly sixties folk-pop kind of way.

Obscura Hail is the solo project from Wollongong based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sean Conran. The new track is “a stream of consciousness tractate on the circular nature of friendships, indecision, creativity and their place in the eternal scheme”.

Take a listen to “Shaky Execution” below:

Obscura Hail’s upcoming live dates are here:

Thursday 2nd July – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4th July – Dane Certificate’s, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 8th July – Jane’s, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 9th July – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Laura Jean Joins Marlon Williams on Australian Tour Dates

Laura Jean
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Melbourne folk singer-songwriter Laura Jean is currently in New Zealand supporting the wonderful Marlon Williams but is heading our way this week to bring her music to Australian audiences once again. Laura Jean will also be supporting Marlon Williams in Australia and these shows are already selling out fast.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 2nd July – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Friday 3rd July – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4th July – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th July – Bello Winter Festival, Bellingen, NSW
Tuesday 7th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Watch the New Shane Nicholson Video “Secondhand Man”

Shane Nicholson
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Australian alt-country legend Shane Nicholson has just released the new video for his incredibly catchy new single “Secondhand Man”, featuring Katie Brianna on backing vocals. The track is taken from Nicholson’s highly anticipated upcoming album Hell Breaks Loose which is due on the 7th August.

Check out the video for “Secondhand Man” below:

Tom West Announces New Single, EP and Tour Dates

Tom West
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Celebrated Adelaide based singer-songwriter Tom West will this week release his brand new EP Oncoming Clouds. The EP is the next step in West’s evolution as a songwriter which can definitely be heard in the new single “Big Balloon” which has been getting plenty of attention.

“For me, the rest of the EP kind of focuses into “Big Balloon” musically, and it’s a nice thematic counterweight to the rest of Oncoming Clouds which is fairly mellow,” Tom West explains. “It is my favourite song from the record.”

To celebrate Oncoming Clouds, which is due for release this Thursday 2nd July, Tom West will be touring around the country, starting this week. Check out the full list of dates, plus a preview of the EP below:

Thursday 2nd July – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 3rd July – Cellar Door Sessions, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 4th July – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th July – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 26th July – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Watch the New Sam Newton Video “Bill’s Lost Love”

Sam Newton
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After a successful launch show in Sydney on Friday night, local singer-songwriter Sam Newton released his gorgeous new video “Bill’s Lost Love” over the weekend. Painstakingly animated and directed by artist Sarah Eddowes, the video is taken from Newton’s 2014 album Set in Stone.

Check out the gorgeous “Bill’s Lost Love” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 26th June


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne’s Cookie Baker released her new video “Little Engine”. Details here

Laura Marling has announced plans to tour Australia this October. Details here

– Melbourne indie-folk five piece Jinja Safari are touring to support their new single “Find My Way”. Details here

Father John Misty released his new video “I Love You, Honeybear”. Details here

– Melbourne indie-folk five-piece The Paper Kites have announced plans to release a new album. Details here

– UK indie-folk band Stonoway released their new video “Man On Wire”. Details here

– Adelaide’s Timberwolf has announced EP launch dates in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Details here

William Fitzsimmons released his new live video “Better”. Details here

– The second annual Bangalow BBQ and Bluegrass announced its first round of artists including The Wilson Pickers (above), The Company, Green Mohair Suits, Hussy Hicks, Sian Evans, The Button Collective and the Cath Cooper All-Stars. Details here

– Blues singer Owen Campbell has announced details of his EP launch tour. Details here

Releases This Week

Kaurna Cronin
Glass FoolKaurna Cronin

The Frames
LongitudeThe Frames

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Bello Winter Music Festival

Milk Carton Kids

It may be only their first year but looking at the lineup for the Bello Winter Music Festival – including The Milk Carton Kids, Ash Grunwald, TinPan Orange, Marlon Williams, The Wilson Pickers, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Perch Creek, Jack Carty, Karl S Williams, The Mid North, The Button Collective, Starboard Cannons, Sara Tindley, Oh Pep! and more – this may be the event of the year.

Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th July – Bellingen, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Alison Ferrier and Jed Rowe
Wednesday 1st July – The Front, Canberra NSW
Thursday 2nd July – The Union, Sydney NSW
Friday 3rd July – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay NSW

Bello Winter Music Festival
Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th July – Bellingen, NSW

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
Saturday 27th June – The Star Event Centre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th June – Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 1st July – Jupiters Theatre, Gold Coast, QLD

Fraser A. Gorman
Friday 3rd July – Music On The Hill, Red Hill, VIC

Lacey Cole & the Lazy Colts
Thursday 2nd July – Moonshine Cider and Rum Bar, Manly, NSW

Marlon Williams and Laura Jean
Thursday 2nd July – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Friday 3rd July – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Owen Campbell
Thursday 2nd July – The Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 3rd July – Taps, Mooloolaba, QLD

Patrick James
Saturday 27th June – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Sam Newton w/ Direwolf
Friday 26th June – Glebe Justice Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Milk Carton Kids
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

Tom West
Thursday 2nd July – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 3rd July – Cellar Door Sessions, McLaren Vale, SA

Tracey McNeil & The Goodlife
Friday 26th June – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Delta Momma Blues” – Townes Van Zandt

This song seems to have been following me around for the past two weeks, popping up at a number of gigs. So I thought it was time to share it with everyone else.

Owen Campbell Announces EP Launch Tour

Owen Campbell
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Owen Campbell is a blues-folk singer originally from Canberra who has spent much of his life travelling Australia and the world bringing his amazing music directly to the people. Campbell has one of those classic blues voices and a really melodic and rhythmic guitar style that perfectly suits his music.

Owen Campbell has announced plans to release an album of covers, In the Shadow Of the Greats, featuring tracks from Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Van Morrison, The Beatles and more. To celebrate the release of the album Campbell will be heading up and down the east coast for a tour through July.

Check out the full tour dates, plus his cover of “Days Like This” below:

Thursday 2nd July – The Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 3rd July – Taps, Mooloolaba, QLD
Saturday 4th July – Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna, QLD
Sunday 5th July – Toowoomba Blues Club, Toowoomba, QLD
Thursday 9th July – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Friday 10th July – The Homestead, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 11th July – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Sunday 12th July – Davey’s Hotel, Frankston, VIC
Tuesday 14th July – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th July – Commercial Hotel, Milton, NSW
Saturday 18th July – Club Jervis, Jervis Bay, NSW
Sunday 19th July – Towradgi Beach Hotel, Towradgi, NSW

Bangalow BBQ and Bluegrass Announces First Round of Artists for 2015

Wilson Pickers
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After a successful inaugural event in 2014 the Bangalow BBQ and Bluegrass returns in 2015 with an already amazing lineup. Held in Bangalow in the Byron hinterland, the Bangalow BBQ and Bluegrass will this year take place on the 7th and 8th August.

The first round of artists for Bangalow BBQ and Bluegrass were announced last week and it’s looking pretty exciting. The lineup so far includes the likes of The Wilson Pickers (above), The Company, Green Mohair Suits, Hussy Hicks, Sian Evans, The Button Collective and the Cath Cooper All-Stars.

The Bangalow BBQ and Bluegrass will feature an old-time variety show on the opening night, a picker’s competition and of course the now famous low ‘n’ slow BBQ competition.

For more information about Bangalow BBQ and Bluegrass check out the official site here.

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