The Cat Empire & Xavier Rudd Announce Co-Headline Tour

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Two of Australia’s most loved roots artists The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd and teaming for a co-headline tour this summer.

The tour will see The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd perform a bunch of open-air concerts around the country supported by Sahara Beck, Ocean Valley and Harts.

“We’ve been crossing paths with Xavier Rudd at festivals in Australia and internationally for many years, and we’ve always had a great time together,” Felix Riebl from The Cat Empire explained. “Add Sahara Beck and Harts to the mix, it should be an amazing summer. We’re very excited about this one, it’ll be a full and colourful stage.”

“I’ve always had a tonne of respect for The Cat Empire guys since the start,” Xavier Rudd added. “Deadly musicians and lovely people. Over the last 15 or so years touring around the world and seeing their posters in so many different towns and countries has always brought me a smile. I guess it’s about time that we teamed up to do some shows together & I’m stoked to share a stage with these legends back on home soil early in 2017!”

Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 26th January – St David’s Park, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 29th January2017 – North Gardens, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 4th February – Red Devil Park, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 5th February – Sandstone Point, Bribie Island, QLD
Saturday 11th February – Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 12th February – Stuart Park, Wollongong, NSW

Kate Miller-Heidke Announces The Best Of: Act One

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Kate Miller-Heidke is one of those artists who has managed to straddle folk, pop and indie genres and become one of the most beloved singer-songwriters in the country.

On the 2nd December Kate Miller-Heidke will be releasing her retrospective album The Best Of: Act One featuring tracks from throughout her career.

Check out the track listing and video for the single “You’ve Underestimated Me, Dude” here:

Disc One:
1. Space They Cannot Touch
2. Words
3. Mama
4. Little Adam
5. Can’t Shake It
6. Caught In The Crowd
7. The Last Day On Earth
8. Are You Fucking Kidding Me?
9. Walking On A Dream
10. Ride This Feeling
11. Sarah
12. I’ll Change Your Mind
13. The Tiger Inside Will Eat The Child
14. O Vertigo!
15. Share Your Air ft. Passenger
16. Drama ft. Drapht
17. Sing To Me (Denzal Park Mix)
18. I’m Growing A Beard Downstairs For Christmas ft. The Beards
19. You’ve Underestimated Me, Dude
20. Where? with Iain Grandage

Disc Two: Rarities, Covers and Live Versions
1. Dreams/I Love You
2. Australian Idol
3. Southern Cross Tattoo *
4. White Wine In The Sun
5. Hey Little Girl (Live)
6. Love Is A Stranger (Live)
7. Hornets (Live)
8. God’s Gift To Women (Live)
9. The Devil Wears A Suit (Live)
10. Humiliation (Live)
11. In The Dark (Live)
12. Bliss (Live)
13. Yours Was The Body (Live)
14. O Vertigo! (Live)
15. Sarah (Live)
16. Can’t Shake It (Live)
17. Elysian Fields (Live with the TSO)

Kate Miller-Heidke will be heading out on tour at gthe beginning of next year performing a bunch of shows with orchestras around the country. The full list of dates are here:

Saturday 28th January – Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th March – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 24th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Friday 31st March – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Friday 7th April – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 11th April Federation Concery Hall, Hobart, TAS

Laura Marling Announces New Album Semper Femina

Laura Marling
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It’s well documented how much we love English singer-songwriter Laura Marling so we jumped with joy this morning when we read that she has another album on the way.

Titled Semper Femina, the album was produced alongside US musician/producer Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes, Jim James) and is due for release on the 10th March.

“I started out writing Semper Femina as if a man was writing about a woman, and then I thought; “it’s not a man, it’s me”,” explained Marling. “I don’t need to pretend it’s a man to justify the intimacy, or the way I’m looking and feeling about women. It’s me looking specifically at women and feeling great empathy towards them, and by proxy, towards myself.”

The announcement of Semper Femina also comes with the video for the new single “Soothing” which also marks Laura Marling’s directorial debut – check it out below:

Listen to The Welcome Wagon Perform Sufjan Stevens’ “The Greatest Gift”

The Welcome Wagon
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I’ve always said that if anyone wished Sufjan Stevens made more acoustic music they should go and listen to husband and wife Christian-folk duo The Welcome Wagon. And as if to epitomize that statement The Welcome Wagon have just covered Stevens’ track “The Greatest Gift” as part of a Kickstarter to fund their new record.

Take a listen to The Welcome Wagon’s version of “The Greatest Gift” below:

Artists Announced so Far for WOMADelaide 2017

The East Pointers
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Since we went quiet for a couple of months world music festival WOMADelaide has dropped two lineup announcements and we’re pretty excited about the artists that have been announced so far.

WOMADelaide is pretty ecelectic in its genre selection given the huge umbrella that encompasses “world music” but they always offer up a bunch of great folk leaning acts to sink your teeth into.

2017 is no different with the likes of 9Bach, Archie Roach, Brushy One String, Dope Lemon, The East Pointers (above), Gawurra, Hanoi Masters, Nattali Rize, Oki Dub Ainu Band, The Waifs, Wawsaw Village Band, William Crighton and many more.

WOMADelaide takes place in the Botanic Park, Adelaide on the 10th to 13th March. For more information on the full lineup and how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The Mountain Goats Announce Australian Tour Dates

The Mountains Goats
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Having been announced for next year’s Bluesfest acoustic troubadours The Mountain Goats have revealed their first Australian headlinr tour dates for five years.

The Mountain Goats will be making their way around the country visiting Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide for their 2017 tour. Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 6th April – Badlands, Perth, WA
Saturday 8th April – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 9th April – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 12th April – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bar, NSW

Pekka Kuusisto and the Australian Chamber Orchestra Perform with Sam Amidon in Murder Redemption

Murder Redemption
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This coming February classical music mastermind Pekka Kuusisto will be teaming with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and American folkster Sam Amidon for a series of shows titled Murder Redemption.

The shows are being billed as “a stunning concert experience that takes the listener on a vivid journey from darkness into light” and will see the artists reimagine folk masterpieces reimagined by indie-classical composer Nico Muhly and Sam Amidon himself.

Murder Redemption will be performed around the country through the first half of February – check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 2nd February – Newcastle City Hallm Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 4th February – Llewellyn Hall, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 5th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 6th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 7th February – Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 8th February – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th February – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th February – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 12th February – Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney, NSW
Monday 13th February – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 14th February – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 25th November


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Irish music legend Sharon Shannon announced an Australian tour this January. Details here

The Lumineers relased their new video “Sleep On The Floor”. Details here

The National Folk Festival added a bunch of artists to its lineup including Jarlath Henderson, Katey Brooks, Mel Parsons, Melisande, Andy Salvanos, Catherine Fraser Trio, David Spry, Colin Lillie, YuNiOn with Stonewave Taiko, Dubmarine, Kutcha Edwards, Zulya and the Children of the Underground, Sparrow-Folk, The Martins and 19-Twenty. Details here

– We finally posted the new Rowena Wise video “Hollow Hearts”. Details here

– Progressive folk mandolinist Chris Thile and jazz pianist Brad Mehldau have announced a duo album to be released in January. Details here

– Perth folk-rock band Joel Barker & The Low Company released their new video “Make It Good”. Details here

– The new Gillian Welch album Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg is released today. Details here

– Irish born, Melbourne based singer-songwriter Gallie performs in Sydney tomorrow night. Details here

Bear’s Den released their new video “Emeralds”. Details here

– The amazing Rhiannon Giddens is returning to Australia next year. Details here

– American folk singer Willie Watson returns to Australia next year. Details here

Releases This Week

Buffalo Nickel
Buffalo NickelBuffalo Nickel

Boots No 1: The Official Revival BootlegGillian Welch

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Kay Proudlove w/ Melanie April


South Coast singer-songwriter will take to the Bulli School of Arts this weekend to record some of her new songs live to an intimate crowd

Saturday 26th November – Bulli School of Arts, Woonona, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Wednesday 30th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

BBQ & Blues feat. The Plough
Wednesday 30th November – Surly’s American BBQ, Burgers & Beer, Sydney, NSW

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Saturday 26th November – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Monday 28th November – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 30th November – Kings Park, Perth, WA

Boy & Bear
Friday 25th November – Tanks Art Centre, Cairns, QLD
Sunday 27th November – The Venue, Townsville, QLD
Friday 2nd December – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA

Crowded House
Friday 25th November – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Syndey, NSW

Davey Craddock
Saturday 26th November – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA

Eilen Jewell
Friday 25th November – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Fairgrounds Festival
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December – Berry, NSW

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers
Saturday 26th November – Spring Plains Hall, Wee Waa, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Candice McLeod, Alister Turrill, Lazy Colts
Wednesday 30th November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

FRACK OFF! Concert feat. John Butler Trio, The Pigram Brothers, Mama Kin, Ten Cent Shooters w/ MC Peter Rowsthorn
Saturday 26th November – 3 Oceans Winery, Cowaramup, WA
Sunday 27th November – 3 Oceans Winery, Cowaramup, WA

Gallie w/ Seanchas
Saturday 26th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Green Mohair Suits w/ Luke Escombe
Friday 25th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers
Friday 2nd December – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Haywood Billy Goats w/ The Tawny Owl Stringband, Rebecca Bastoli
Friday 25th November – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Hashshashin, Vanishing Shapes, Kurushimi, Raven
Thursday 1st December – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. The Faraway Eyes
Sunday 27th November – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Joe & Harmony’s Magic Carpet Ride feat. Night Kite, Mudlarks Choir, Christina Mimmocchi
Saturday 26th November – Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans
Friday 25th November – The Pretoria, Mannum, SA
Saturday 26th November – Clandys Fishpub, Dunsborough, WA
Sunday 27th November – Live at the Orchard, Perth, WA
Friday 2nd December – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Julia Jacklin
Friday 25th November – Paradise Music Festival, VIC
Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Thursday 1st December – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 2nd December – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 2nd December to Saturday 3rd December – Fairgrounds Festival, NSW

Kay Proudlove w/ Melanie April
Saturday 26th November – Bulli School of Arts, Woonona, NSW

Kasey Chambers w/ Eagle & The Wolf
Friday 2nd December – Revesby Workers’ Club, Sydney, NSW

Liam Gerner & The Sunset Pushers
Friday 25th November – Leftys, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 26th November – Drill Hall, Mullum, NSW
Thursday 1st December – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 2nd December – Lazy Bones, Sydney, NSW

Little Wise
Friday 25th November – Martians Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC
Sunday 27th November – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Matt Andersen
Friday 25th November – Memo Music Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Tuesday 29th November – The Front Gallery & Café, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 1st December – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 2nd December – The Music Lounge, Wollongong, NSW

Matt Joe Gow
Thursday 1st December – The Unicorn, Sydney, NSW

Mel Parsons
Saturday 26th November – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 27th – Djangos, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 30th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 1st December – The V Room, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Friday 2nd December – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

Music for a Warming World – Green Music benefit
Sunday 27th November – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Nick Payne, Matt J Ward, Peasant Moon
Thursday 1st December – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen
Tuesday 29th November – St Joseph’s Church, Perth, WA
Wednesday 30th November – St Joseph’s Church, Perth, WA

PJ Michael & The Banditas
Saturday 26th November – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Queenscliff Music Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff, VIC

Steve Poltz
Friday 25th November – Blue Mountains, Warrimoo, NSW
Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Wednesday 30th November – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 1st December – Bridgetown Hotel, Bridgetown, WA
Friday 2nd December – Ravenswood, Ravenswood, WA

Stray Hens
Friday 2nd December – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll & Alternative Xmas Market feat. The Detonators, The Morrisons, The Cruisin’ Deuces, The Drey Rollan Band
Sunday 27th November – Manning House, Sydney, NSW

The Buck Loner Revue
Sunday 27th December – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 25th November – The Bellingen Brewery & Co., Bellingen, NSW

The Tallest Man On Earth
Wednesday 30th November – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 1st December – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December – Fairgrounds Festival, Berry, NSW

The Wilson Pickers
Thursday 1st December – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd December – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 25th November – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Tom West
Thursday 1st December – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 4th December – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Diamantina Drover” – Hugh McDonald with John Schumann & The Vagabond Crew

We sadly lost the great Hugh McDonald this week. Hugh very kindly let us publish his review of the Top Half Folk Festival in 2013. Here’s probably his most well known track from the 2010 Woodford Folk Festival. RIP Hugh McDonald.

Willie Watson Returns to Australia in 2017

Willie Watson
Image Courtesy of Willie Watson

When Willie Watson was in Australia earlier this year the buzz around his shows was palpable. Everyone in the local Americana and folk scenes came away from Watson’s gigs with glowing reviews.

So it’s very exciting to here that Willie Watson is returning to our shores in March 2017, with shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Mullumbimby, Fremantle and Perth as well as an appearance at the Port Fairy Folk Festival.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back to Oz,” Willie Watson explains. “Some of the most gracious fans I’ve ever had the pleasure of singing to and you guys ruined coffee for me at home.”

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Wednesday 15th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th March – The Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th March – Mullumbimby Civic Memorial Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW
Tuesday 21st March – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 22nd March – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA

Headline Tour Dates for Rhiannon Giddens

Photo by Stuart Bucknell

Having wowed crowds at Bluesfest last year the marvelous Rhiannon Giddens has announced she’s back for 2017’s festival.

And even better Giddens has announced headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne – check out the full list of dates below and make sure you get to one of these gigs:

Saturday 8th April – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 11th April – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, NSW

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