JamGrass Unveils New Format and 2015 Lineup

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Australia’s favourite psych-rock, folk and bluegrass festival JamGrass will be celebrating its 5th year in 2015 with a brand new look and a fantastic lineup.

2015 will see JamGrass move to the outdoors, taking the music to the lush surrounds of Bundoora Park in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. The festival will take place over Saturday 7th November and cram in as much music as your dancing shoes can take.

And then there’s the lineup.

Headlining this year’s JamGrass will be rising Australian star Harts, bringing his blend of classic 70s style rock, funk and blues to the party. Joining Harts will be some of the country’s best folk, bluegrass and psych acts including TinPan Orange, Mustered Courage, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Richard in Your Mind, The Morrisons, The Imprints, The String Contingent, The Stetson Family, John Flanagan Trio, Mr. Alford Country and The Drunken Poachers.

And if that’s not enough JamGrass will also be throwing a launch party the night before (Friday 6th November) at The Spotted Mallard in Brunswick that will feature The Morrisons, The Scrimshaw Four, The Ramblin’ Roses, Astro Cobalt, Little Rabbit and The Weeping Willows.

To get your hands on tickets for both JamGrass events and find out more information check out the official JamGrass site here.

Fanny Lumsden Announces Full Details of Her Debut Album Small Town Big Shot

Fanny Lumsden
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Our love of Sydney based alt-country singer Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers is well documented so we’re over the moon that her debut album is almost here.

Titled Small Town Big Shot, the album was produced by Matt Fell at Love Hz Studios and will be released on Friday 18th September.

That’s the cover art by Thrillseeker Dan Stanley Freeman up top. The full track listing and the first single “Soapbox” is below:

1. Bravest of Hearts
2. Soapbox
3. Small Town Big Shot
4. Land of Gold
5. Weatherman
6. Totem Tennis
7. Rattle & Your Roll
8. Sea Elephant School
9. I Choose You
10. Bastards
11. Sunstate

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers will be touring throughout September, October and November. The full list of dates are below:

Thursday 10th September – Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley, QLD
Friday 25th September – Wanganella Hall, Wanganella, NSW
Saturday 26th September – Sandigo Hall, Sandigo, NSW
Sunday 27th September – The Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Saturday 3rd October – Quandialla Hall, Quandialla, NSW
Friday 9th October – Tumbarumba Hall, Tumbarumba, NSW
Saturday 10th October – Guerie Community Hall, Guerie, NSW
Friday 16th October – Pleasant Hills Hall, Pleasant Hills, NSW
Saturday 17th October – Binya Hall, Binya, NSW
Friday 23rd October – Memo Music Hall, St Kilda, VIC*
Wednesday 28th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW*
Thursday 5th November – Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill, VIC
Friday 6th November – Garibaldi Hall, Garibaldi, VIC
Saturday 7th November – Willaura Hall, Willaura, VIC
Saturday 14th November – St Stephens Hall, Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th December – Harvest Cut out Party Downside Hall, Downside, NSW

* Supporting Suze DeMarchi

Listen to the New Galleri Single “Countrylink”

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Galleri are a folk-rock band from the NSW mid-north coast who have spent much of this year touring the east coast of Australia.

Their latest single is “Countrylink” which is “a classic tale of a weary kind of love, all-encompassing, but ultimately tragic, the kind that’s black and blue”. This is the latest taste off an EP which is due from Galleri this Spring.

Check out “Countrylink” below:

The Inaugural Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest Announces Its Lineup

Kasey Chambers
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The brand new kid on the festival block is the Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest and judging by its inaugural lineup it will be making a big splash.

The Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest will this year be headlined by Kasey Chambers (above) as well as featuring a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites including The Audreys, Shane Howard, Archie Roach, Busby Marou, Bill Chambers, Henry Wagons, Pierce Brothers, Good Oak, The Davidson Brothers, Harry Hookey, The Wilson Pickers, Melody Pool, Karl S. Williams, Lachlan Bryan, Caitlin Harnett, The Mid North, Garett Kato, Katie Brianna, Sara Tindley, The Company, Mustered Courage, Gretta Ziller and many many more.

The festival will be held at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds in Northern NSW from the 2nd to 5th October this year. To get more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official web site here.

The Brouhaha Returns with Hometown Show

The Brouhaha
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Last year Adelaide based roots singer-songwriter The Brouhaha was forced to cancel a 36 date Australian east coast tour after suffering adrenal fatigue and burnout.

“The realities of working in the music industry force many of us to go hard or go home,” Kelly Breuer AKA The Brouhaha explained. “It’s such a privilege to get to do what we do, and it’s probably a really stupid choice but I think most of us make music because we can’t not make music, and that’s hard for a lot of our friends and families to understand. We’re not these broke, unemployed lazy people. We’re working our asses off as DIYers because financially we don’t really have another choice until the Triple J big kids decide to play nice with us – where bigger bands have a team of managers, agents, publicists, tour managers and radio rotation putting them in front of an audience, we’re doing it all ourself building a crowd one person at a time.”

After taking time out The Brouhaha has announced plans to return to the live circuit with a very special show at The Exeter Hotel in Adelaide this Friday 28th August. Joining her in support will be Caramigo and Corey Stewart. The music kicks off at 9pm and entry is free.

Father John Misty Announces Australian Tour Dates

Father John Misty
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Last week it was announced that dark-folk singer Father John Misty would be heading to Australia to tour off the back of his second album I Love You, Honeybear.

Father John Misty has been announced as the headliner of the Meredith Music Festival and the brand new Fairgrounds Festival, based in Berry, NSW, along with headline shows in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 5th December – Fairgrounds Festival, Berry, NSW
Sunday 6th December – Max Watt’s, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 8th December – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 10th December – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th December – Meredith Music Festival, VIC

Falls Return to Australia with Album Preview Shows, Release New Single “Let In The Light”

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After 18 months of touring and recording in the states Sydney’s favourite folk duo, Falls, are returning home next month to preview tracks from their upcoming album Omaha.

Omaha was recorded by Falls in Omaha, Nebraska (hence the name) and is due for release on the 2nd October. The preview shows in Sydney and Melbourne will see Falls returning to their roots playing initmate shows at Hotel Hollywood and Some Velvet Morning respectively. The Sydney show has actually already sold out with an extra show added almost straight away – the full dates are below:

Tuesday 8th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 16th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW *SOLD OUT*
Thursday 17th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW

Falls have also given us the first taste of Omaha with the track “Let In The Light” – take a listen here:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st August


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Boy & Bear announced details of their new album Limit of Love. Details here

– Adelaide singer-songwriter Tom West released his new single “Big Balloon” and added September tour dates. Details here

– Swedish nu-folk band Of Monsters and Men released their new video “Empire”. Details here

– Adelaide four piece The Timbers will be launching their new single at a show in September. Details here

– Anti-folk hero Joanna Newsom released her new video “Sapokanikan” from her upcoming album Divers. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Katie Wighton released her quirky new video “Little Dove”. Details here

– The next edition of the Heartbreaker Sessions in Sydney is this Sunday featuring Andy Golledge and Kris Morris. Details here

– Canadian folk rockers Great Lake Swimmers released their new video “I Must Have Someone Else’s Blues”. Details here

MountainGrass dropped their 2015 lineup headlined by Laurie Lewis and featuring Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass, Orpheus Supertones, Bluegrass Parkway, Paul Wookey, Pete Denahy, Davidson Brothers, Karen Lynne, The Weeping Willows, The Kissin’ Cousins, The Pipi Pickers, John Flanagan, Old South, Buffalo Nickel, Coolgrass, The Strzelecki Stringbusters and many more. Details here

Lucinda Williams has announced Australian headline shows and appearances at A Day On The Green this November and December. Details here

– Perth based singer-songwriter Bernardine released her new video “I Don’t Mind”. Details here

Ash Grunwald released his new single “Second Guess” and announced a national tour. Details here

– Sydney venue The Petersham Bowling Club is holding an OXJAM concert at the end of the month featuring Cruisin’ Deuces, Mark Lucas, Katie Brianna, Bree De Rome and Brian Manning. Details here

Releases This Week

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsNathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Macquarie Arms’ 200th Birthday Party feat. Imogen Clark & The Lonely Hearts

The historic Macquarie Arms Hotel at the base of the Blue Mountains in Windsor, west of Sydney, will this weekend celebrate its 200th Birthday. Hometown girl and Timber and Steel favourite Imogen Clark will be singing up a storm with her band The Lonely Hearts to celebrate – this gig is going to be a cracker!

Saturday 22nd August – Macquarie Arms Hotel, Windsor NSW

Gigs Next Week

Saturday 22nd August – Sappho’s, Sydney, NSW

Day Ravies, Wireheads, Thigh Master, Weak Boys
Friday 21st August – Proper Music Social, Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Echo Deer, Yhan Leal
Sunday 23rd August – Proper Music Social, Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars
Thursday 27th August – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW

El Grande
Friday 21st August – The Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Saturday 22nd August – Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick Heads, NSW
Saturday 23rd August – House Concert, Holgate, NSW
Wednesday 26th August – RAD, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 27th August – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Fitzroyalty feat. Ben Mitchell, Toby Robinson
Tuesday 25th August – Little & Oliver, Melbourne, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. The Tawny Owl String Band, The Campervan Dancers, Colin Jones
Wednesday 26th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Good Counsel, The High Ceilings, Prints
Saturday 22nd August – Proper Music Social, Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Gympie Muster
Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th August – Gympie, QLD

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Andy Gollege, Kris Morris
Sunday 23rd August – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Hucker Brown
Thursday 27th August – Proper Music Social, Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Immigrant Union
Thursday 27th August – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 28th August – The Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW

Imogen Clark
Saturday 22nd August – Macquarie Arms Hotel, Windsor NSW

Jack Carty and Jordan Millar
Friday 21st August – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd August – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS

James Teague
Sunday 23rd August – Mill Hall, Rous Mill, NSW
Thursday 27th August – The Music Hunter Experience, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 28th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Jane Cameron
Friday 21st August – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Jed Rowe
Friday 21st August – Ararat Live, Ararat VIC
Saturday 22nd August – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide SA
Sunday 23rd August – Red Poles, McLaren Vale SA

Josh Rennie-Hynes & Caitlin Harnett
Saturday 22nd August – Woodford Open Space, Woodford, QLD

Katie Wighton
Friday 28th August – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Kelly Country Pick
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd August – Beechworth, VIC

Not Good With Horses, Fanny Lumsden
Thursday 27th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Mary Chapin Carpenter w/ Tift Merritt
Thursday 27th August – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th August – Gympie Muster, QLD

Riley Pearce
Friday 21st August – Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 22nd August – White Star Hotel, Albany, WA
Sunday 23rd August – Caves House Hotel, Yallingup, WA
Friday 28th August – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA

Ruby Boots
Sunday 23rd August – Darwin Festival “Big Country”, Darwin, NT
Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th August – Dowerin Field Day Festival, The Wheatbelt WA

Sian Evans
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd August – Townsville Culture Fest, Townsville, QLD

The AU Sessions feat. Elwood Myre, Max Marvell
Tuesday 25th August – Hive Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Brouhaha
Friday 28th August – The Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Scrimshaw Four w/ Uncle Bobby​, Senivoda​​
Monday 24th August – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Wheatley
Friday 21st August – Illawarra Brewery, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 22nd August – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 23rd August – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 27th and Friday 28th August – Gympie Muster, Gympie, QLD

Friday 21st August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 28th August – UniBar, Adelaide, SA

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Friday 21st August – Coffs Ex Services, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Sunday 23rd August – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 27th August – Club Forsters, Forster, NSW
Friday 28th August – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Shove The Pig’s Foot (A Little Closer to the Fire)” – Bruce Molsky with Tim O’Brien, Aly Bain, John McCustker, Jerry Douglas, Dirk Powell, Mike McGoldrick, Phil Cunningham, Donald Shaw, Russ Barenberg, John Doyle, Todd Parks, Pat McInerney and James McIntosh

I’ve been playing tune at a few jams recently (with the intention of eventually learning it properly) and it’s so catchy! Just had to share the Transatlantic Sessions version just because of all of the amazing musos on this track.

The Petersham Bowling Club Brings Country and Folk to OXJAM

Crusin' Deuces
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The 2015 OXJAM Music Festival is a month long event showcasing live music with the aim of raising money to fight poverty with Oxfam. You can check out the full list of gigs around the country here, but we wanted to highlight what looks like is going to be a cracking show.

On Sunday 30th August the Petersham Bowling Club will host their OXJAM show featuring some of the finest voices in modern country, Americana and folk music.

On the bill for the show are Cruisin’ Deuces (above), Mark Lucas, Katie Brianna, Bree De Rome and Brian Manning plus DJ sets from our friends over at Post To Wire Jukebox. The gig kicks off at 5pm and is just $10 on the door.

For more information make sure you check out the official Facebook invite here

Listen to the New Ash Grunwald Single “Second Guess”

Ash Grunwald
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Ash Grunwald has returned from a massive tour of Canada with a brand new single in tow, the wonderfully bluesy “Second Guess”. The track is taken from his upcoming album NOW which is due for release on the 25th September.

Take a listen to “Second Guess” here:

Ash Grunwald has also announced 28 date national tour to celebrate the release of NOW. Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 10th September – The Rosemount Hotel, Nth Perth, WA
Friday 11th September – Divers Tavern, Broome, WA
Saturday 12th September – The Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Sunday 13th September – Mojos Bar, Nth Fremantle, WA
Thursday 24th September – The Grand, Mornington, VIC
Friday 25th September – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 26th September – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Thursday 1st October – Wickham, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 2nd October – Yours and Owls Festival, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 3rd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Thursday 8th October – Rolling Stone Live Lodge, Newtown Social, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th October – Entrance Leagues, Bateau Bay, NSW
Saturday 10th October – Gearins Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 16th October – Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 17th October – Hotel Metropole, Ipswich, QLD
Sunday 18th October – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD
Wednesday 21st October – Sugarland Tavern, Bunderberg, QLD
Thursday 22nd October – Flamingos on Quay, Rockhampton, QLD
Friday 23rd October – Magnums Hotel, Airlie Beach, QLD
Saturday 24th October – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 25th October – The Jack, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 31st October – Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Wangaratta, VIC
Wednesday 4th November – Fresh On Charles, Launceston, TAS
Thursday 5th November – Tapas Bar, Devonport, TAS
Friday 6th November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 7th November – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 13th November – Blues At Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown WA
Saturday 14th November – The Boston Brewery, Denmark WA

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