Bellowhead Announce Live Album

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With the folk-big-band project Bellowhead winding down with a couple of farewell tours in the UK it looks like we’re getting one final release from the band.

Bellowhead Live – The Farewell Tour is a live album featuring 29 tracks recorded in November 2015. The album will be released on the 8th April with the CD version of the release also coming with a DVD featuring the band’s full concert from Leicester’s De Montford Hall, 19th November 2015.

To get a taster of Bellowhead Live – The Farewell Tour check out Bellowhead’s new live video “Fine Sally” below:

Irish Mythen Returns to Australia for Bluesfest and Melissa Etheridge Tour

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If you managed to catch Irish Mythen on her recent tour of Australia over the new year period you’ll know just how amazing she is live. Watching the Irish-Canadian singer command a stage with just a guitar and her voice is just magical – and I know she was a highlight for people over the recent festival period.

Well the good news is that Irish Mythen is heading back to our shores having been announced as part of the 2016 Bluesfest lineup over Easter. And to add to that Mythen will also be opening for rock legend Melissa Etheridge for her Sydney and Melbourne shows.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 23rd March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 26th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Wednesday 30th March – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Matthew and the Atlas Announce New Album Temple

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After releasing the gorgeous track “Elijah” a couple of weeks ago UK nu-folker Matthew and the Atlas has just announced plans to release his brand new album Temple on the 22nd April.

Temple is the followup to Matthew and the Atlas’ debut album Other Rivers which was released way back in 2014. The second single from Temple is the album’s title track – check it out below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 26th February

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne indie-folk darlings TinPan Orange announced details of their new album, released a new video “Rich Man” and announced national tour dates. Details here

The Gum Ball have announced their final artists for 2016 including William Crighton, Devon Sproule, Davidson Brothers, Grace Turner, Galleri and many more. Details here

If You See Her, Say Hello comes to the Adelaide Fringe Festival this weekend featuring the music of Ali E, Al Parkinson, Amarina Waters, Amy Parkinson, Brooke Russell, Cookie Baker, Elizabeth Barker, Emilee South, Gretta Ray, Jac Tonks (Amarillo), Jemma Nicole, Kate McMahon, Kelsey James, Layla Fibbins (The Sideshow Brides), Loni Rae, PHIA and more. Details here

– Brisbane’s Sahara Beck released her new single “Here It Comes”. Details here

– Sydney folk-fusion trio Devil on the Rooftop have announced a show with The Crooked Fiddle Band. Details here

The Brisbane Folk Club has announced its March lineup including The Timbers, Anna & Jordan and Luke Morris. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Liam Gerner has announced a national tour. Details here

William Fitzsimmons announced details of his new EP Charleroi: Pittsburgh, Volume 2. Details here

– Sydney alt-country band Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters have a new album and an upcoming east coast tour. Details here

– Violinist Jane Aubourg released her new single “The Girl with the Ash Brown Hair”. Details here

– UK based nu-folk five-piece Treetop Flyers released their new video “31 Years”. Details here

– NZ songstress Aldous Harding has announced a couple of Australian shows. Details here

Blog

“This year’s Cobargo Festival presents a great opportunity to take a world tour of the different styles of Celtic music and dance” – Peter Logue outlines the Celtic music program at the Cobargo Folk Festival. Blog here

Reviews

Gigs

“This is a band that has reached its stride and now has a career pace that they could maintain for the veritable marathon ahead. While their new stuff is developing a new sound and direction, their old stuff is just as open to new interpretation and appreciation. Their rendition of “Rabbit Song” was beautiful, with a slowed bridge the seems to hang in its own air only to roll and tumble down from the stage, out across the audience. The quality of this performance brought a whole new grace and beauty to a well known favourite”KT Bell reviews Boy & Bear. Details here

Releases This Week

Elsewhere
ElsewhereGretta Ray
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The Continental Drift
The Continental DriftMark Lucas and The Dead Setters
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Timber and Steel Presents

The Timbers

William Fitzsimmons

Thursday 3rd March – Brisbane Folk Club, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 4th March – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

If You See Her, Say Hello feat. Ali E, Al Parkinson, Amarina Waters, Amy Parkinson, Brooke Russell, Cookie Baker, Elizabeth Barker, Emilee South, Gretta Ray, Jac Tonks (Amarillo), Jemma Nicole, Kate McMahon, Kelsey James, Layla Fibbins (The Sideshow Brides), Loni Rae, PHIA

If you see her

If You See Her, Say Hello comes to the Adelaide Fringe Festival showcasing some of Australia’s top artists for one night only

Saturday 27th February – The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

Amistat, Ben Whiting, Oliver’s Army
Thursday 3rd March – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW

Beth Patterson
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

Burnt Creek Deviation
Friday 4th March – The Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Brisbane Folk Club feat. The Timbers, Anna & Jordan, Luke Morris
Tuesday 2nd March – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Calexico
Wednesday 2nd March – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 4th March – Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

Catherine Traicos
Saturday 28th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Cobargo Folk Festival
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February – Cobargo, NSW

Colin Hay
Friday 4th March – Melbourne Zoo Twilights, Melbourne, VIC

Courtyard Sessions feat. Fanny Lumsden
Friday 4th March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Davey Craddock
Friday 26th February – Major Toms, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 27th February – Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Sunday 28th February – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Dawn Landes
Friday 4th March – Jet Black Cat Music, Brisbane, QLD

Elwood Myre
Friday 26th February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 4th March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA
Friday 4th March – The Odd Fellow, Perth, WA

Exile: Songs & Tales of Irish Australia
Monday 29th February – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Frances Folk Gathering
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February – Frances, SA

Get Folked! English Bitter Launch feat. The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Baudelaires, Handsome Young Strangers, BDSM
Sunday 28th February – Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Thursday 3rd March – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March – Nannup Festival, WA

If You See Her, Say Hello feat. Ali E, Al Parkinson, Amarina Waters, Amy Parkinson, Brooke Russell, Cookie Baker, Elizabeth Barker, Emilee South, Gretta Ray, Jac Tonks (Amarillo), Jemma Nicole, Kate McMahon, Kelsey James, Layla Fibbins (The Sideshow Brides), Loni Rae, PHIA
Saturday 27th February – The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide, SA

James Thomson
Friday 26th February – The Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 27th February – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 3rd March – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 4th March – Baha, Rye, VIC

Kasey Chambers
Saturday 27th February – Melbourne Zoo Twilights, Melbourne, VIC

Kate Miller-Heidke
Wednesday 2nd March – The Spiegeltent, Adelaide, SA
Friday 4th March – J-Shed, Bathers Beach, Fremantle, WA

Lady Sunday feat. The Lyn Taylor Band, Megan Cooper, Georgia Mulligan
Sunday 28th February – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Liam Gerner
Thursday 3rd March – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA

Lime and Steel
Saturday 27th February – Humph Hall, Allambie Heights, NSW
Sunday 28th February – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Little Features feat. Gentle Leader, The Campervan Dancers, Gostwyck, Ed Wells
Saturday 27th February – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Nannup Music Festival
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March – Nannup, WA

Not Good With Horses
Sunday 28th February – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Passenger
Saturday 27th February – The Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 1st March – The Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 4th March – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Patrick James
Friday 26th February – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th February – Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong NSW
Friday 4th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Pocket Fox
Saturday 27th February – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Joole Band w/ Ainsley Farrell
Thursday 3rd March – Spring Street Social, Sydney, NSW

Sam Newton
Saturday 27th February – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 28th February – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW

Sian Evans
Saturday 27th February – Club Greenslopes, Brisbane, QLD

Sufjan Stevens
Friday 26th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 28th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 2nd March – Red Hill Auditorium, Perth, WA
Friday 4th March – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

The Beards
Friday 26th February – Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 27th February – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS

The East Pointers
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, NSW
Thursday 3rd March – Bulli Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March – Nannup Music Festival, WA

The Little Stevies
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW
Wednesday 2nd March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 3rd March – Adelonia Theatre, Adelong, NSW
Friday 4th March – Tallangatta Memorial Hall, Tallangatta, VIC

The Plough
Sunday 28th February – The Coach and Horses, Sydney, NSW

The Rambling Boys
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, NSW
Thursday 3rd March – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Friday 4th March – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

The Timbers
Wednesday 2nd March – Brisbane Folk Club, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 3rd March – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

The Weeping Willows
Friday 4th March – Basement Discs, Melbourne VIC

Tim Easton
Friday 26th February – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 27th February – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Sunday 28th February – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 1st March – Jane’s, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 2nd March – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Vin Garbutt
Friday 26th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

Willowy
Friday 26th February – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Raggle Taggle Gypsy” – Planxty

Another version of the “Gypsy Davy” tradition, this time performed by the amazing Planxty.

Aldous Harding Announces Australian Tour Dates

Aldous Harding
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New Zealand based gothic-folk singer Aldous Harding is generating a bunch of buzz in the Northern Hemisphere so is about to head off on a massive world tour.

And the first stop on that tour is Australia with a couple of dates announced for March. The shows will see Timber and Steel favourite Jess Ribeiro in support.

Check out the full list of Aldous Harding dates below:

Tuesday 8th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 10th March – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

Watch the New Treetop Flyers Video “31 Years”

Treetop Flyers
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The new single from UK based nu-folk five-piece Treetop Flyers, the Springsteen-esque “31 Years”, now has a brand new video. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming album Palomino which is due on the 11th March.

Check out “31 Years” here:

Listen to the New Jane Aubourg Single “The Girl with the Ash Brown Hair”

Jane Aubourg
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Violinist and looping pedal master Jane Aubourg recently released her brand new single “The Girl with the Ash Brown Hair”. The track is inspired by a photo of performance artist Tamara Elkins and “uses a slowed and reversed performance of Debussy’s The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, layered with 5-string violin”.

We think this is pretty stunning and well worth a share. Listen to “The Girl with the Ash Brown Hair” below:

Details of the New Mark Lucas & The Dead Setters Album The Continental Drift

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Having recently released his solo album Little Town Blues Sydney based troubadour Mark Lucas has just released a brand new album with his band of ten years The Dead Setters.

The Continental Drift is the band’s fifth album and it hit shelves last week on the 15th February.

To celebrate its release Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters will be officially launching The Continental Drift at Django Bar in Sydney on the 10th March before heading out on a two month tour. Check out the full list of dates along with the video for “Slip of the Tongue” below:

Thursday 10th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th March – The Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 12th March – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 13th March – Nimbin Hotel, Nimbin, NSW
Friday 18th March – The Merton Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 26th March – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 27th March – The Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford, VIC
Friday 1st April – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 10th April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 14th April – Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th April – Hotel Gearin, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 16th April – The Bunker, Sydney, NSW

William Fitzsimmons Announced New EP Charleroi: Pittsburgh, Volume 2

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If you managed to catch William Fitzsimmons while he was in the country earlier this month you probably heard him let slip plans to release a followup to last year’s album Pittsburgh. Well pretty much as soon as Fitzsimmons left the country the official word came through that we’ll be getting a new six track EP titled Charleroi: Pittsburgh, Volume 2 on the 1st April.

Charleroi is the second half of the Pittsburgh story,” William Fitzsimmons explained. “The Pittsburgh album was about the grandmother I knew. Charleroi is about the one I never did. My father was returned to the hospital as an infant, ill with whooping cough. He was left there for several months as an orphan. Finally, he was adopted by a kind doctor who became his father. Never knowing his birth family it was assumed that mystery would always remain.

“In 2015, after over 60 years of wondering and waiting, the family was finally found. Having been mistakenly told that my father died in infancy, he was never sought out by the remainder of his biological family. Sadly his mother passed away several years before having a chance to ever see her son again. Her name was Thelma and she was my grandmother. She was from Charleroi, Pennsylvania. These songs are about her.”

Charleroi: Pittsburgh, Volume 2 will also be packaged as a joint vinyl with Pittsburgh which will also be available in April. The first single from Charleroi: Pittsburgh, Volume 2 is “People Change Their Minds” – check it out below:

Liam Gerner Announces Summer/Autumn Tour

Liam Gerner
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Melbourne based singer-songwriter Liam Gerner has just returned to Australia after a successful tour of New Zealand at the start of this year and is hitting the road. This is Gerner’s first Australian tour since he supported Paolo Nutini last April and will see him sharing sounds new and old.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 3rd March – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA
Wednesday 9th March – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Friday 11th March – Billy Roy Blues, Bendigo, VIC
Wednesday 16th March – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 17th March – The Stag, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 18th March – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Sunday 20th March – Leftys Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 8th April – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Friday 15th April – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

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