Broads Announce Debut Album Vacancy

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Melbourne alt-country crooners Broads have announced plans to release their debut album Vacancy on the 24th February. The album is the duo’s first release since their amazing 2014 self-titled EP.

“Vacancy is our first full length album, and first venture into a denser, more orchestrated sound than our original duo,” Kelly Day and Jane Hendry explained. “We stole some of our favourite Melbournians to join the two of us on the record, and explore the possibilities of turning it into something quite cinematic. In saying that, the sounds we’ve put together are still fairly sparse. The album turned out to revolve around ideas of emptiness, or hollowness, and you can’t tackle that without really making use of space. That will always be a big part of what we do, and we’re thrilled to have managed to keep that feel with a full band involved.”

Broads will be touring Vacancy soon (dates to be announced). Check out the video for the single “Nod Off, Dream” below:

Davidson Brothers Announce Eighth Studio Album

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Over the weekend legendary Australian bluegrass duo Davidson Brothers were inducted into the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame as part of the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

“It’s an absolute honour to be permanently recoginsed alongside some of the most influential artists in Australian music history,” Hamish Davidson said at the time.

While the Davidson Brothers were literally cementing themselves in Australian country music history they also found time to announce details of their highly anticipated eighth studio album All You Need Is Music.

The album, which is due for release on the 7th April, was recorded in Nashville last December.

“Recording this time around has been a particularly exciting process, getting to work with a wider group of musicians which allowed us to cover a broader range of styles that we haven’t attempted on previous albums,” explained Lachlan Davidson.

There’s bound to be a tour to support All You Need Is Music – stay tuned for details!

Sam Buckingham Releases New Single and Announces East Coast Tour

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Indie-folk singer-songwriter and all round Timber and Steel favourite Sam Buckingham has just released her brand new single “The Water”.

Buckingham spent a bunch of time travelling through Latin America where she was writing material for her upcoming album The Water which is due on the 28th April. “The Water” is our first taste of this new music.

“It’s a song about finding a space where you can allow light to come in,” Sam Buckingham explained. “We all experience darkness and difficulty, and that’s an integral part of life – this song is about knowing there’s always somewhere to go to take a breath, connect with yourself and keep walking through.”

Take a listen to “The Water” here:

To celebrate the release of “The Water” Sam Buckingham has announced a handful of east coast tour dates this February – the full list of dates are below:

Wednesday 22nd February – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 26th February – The Junkbar, Brisbane, QLD

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats And C.W. Stoneking Co-Headline Tour

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This march it’s time to get your retro-blues and roots on as English band Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Australian troubadour C.W. Stoneking announce a co-headline tour.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are back in the country following last year’s appearance at Bluesfest and the release of their new EP A Little Something More From. They recently shared the stage in the US with C.W. Stoneking which has led to the tour in Australia.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 3rd March – Perth International Arts Festival, Perth, WA
Tuesday 7th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 8th March – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 9th March – Shindig By The Sea, Seaworks, Melbourne, VIC

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 27th January

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The National Folk Festival added a bunch of artists to its 2017 program including Genise and Nicholas Williams, The Mission Songs Project (curated by Jessie Lloyd), Tilly Thomas, David Spry, Dr Jared Thomas, Kutcha Edwards, Dubmarine, Wiradjuri Echoes, The Djaadjawan Dancers, The National has added a bunch more artists from around the country including Mic Conway’s National Junk Band, The Mae Trio, Heath Cullen, The String Contingent, The Barleyshakes, Kate Burke, Luke Plumb & Ruth Hazleton, The Morrisons and many more. Details here

– English singer-songwriter (and folk royalty) Martha Tilston announced Australian tour dates. Details here

– Quebec folk-trad group Les Poules à Colin have announced an Australian tour. Details here

– Queensland duo Busby Marou released their new video “Best Part Of Me”. Details here

– We premiered the new EP from singer-songwriter Musketeer, Seven Long Years. Details here

Releases This Week

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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Passenger

Passenger

It’s a huge week for Passenger fans as the English singer-songwriter hits Sydney, Hobart and Adelaide. A lot of these shows are sold out – snap up tickets if you can!

Friday 27th January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 31st January – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 2nd February – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SA

Gigs Next Week

Acoustics Anonymous feat. Bill Hunt, Philip Marino
Wednesday 1st February – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Alanna Eileen w/ Tom Lee-Richards, Ben Mastwyk
Wednesday 1st February – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Allison Forbes
Friday 27th January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Amanda Palmer
Friday 3rd January – Melt Festival, Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Andrew Swift
Friday 27th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Hogs Breath Cafe, Tamworth NSW
Saturday 28th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 29th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW

Andy Irvine w/ Luke Plumb
Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th January – Newstead Live! Music Festival, VIC
Thursday 2nd February – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 3rd February – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Australian Roots Music Awards Showcase feat. Tom Dockray, Mitch Power, Jeff Gibson, John Krsulja, Wayward Henry’s, Sam Newton, Richo Richardson
Saturday 28th January – Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Barren Roots feat. Lou Bradley, The Wayward Henrys
Saturday 28th January – Nundle Hall, Nundle, NSW

Brad Butcher
Friday 27th January – Songwriter Round, Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Toyota Fanzone, Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW

Cake & Cordial Sessions feat. Ben Salter, Paddy McHugh, Harry Hookey, Megan Cooper, Matt Henry, Melody Moko, Andy Golledge and Sam Newton
Friday 27th January – St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Tamworth, NSW

Coda, Veronique
Friday 27th January – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Colin Buchcanan & Fanny Lumsden
Friday 27th January – North Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents BUOY
Friday 3rd February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents Jordie Lane
Friday 27th January – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Dori Freeman
Saturday 28th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

eüsh
Wednesday 1st February – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 2nd February – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 3rd February – Treehouse On Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 27th January – Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 3rd February – Braidwood Servicemens Club, Braidwood, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Tommy Castles, Matilda Abraham, Direwolf
Wednesday 1st February – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

George & Noriko
Saturday 28th January – Blues Train, Queenscliff, VIC

GG
Friday 27th January – House Concert, Jindivick, VIC
Saturday 28th January – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 29th Januray – Yackandandah Public Hall, Yackandandah, VIC

Golden Guitar Awards 2017
Saturday 28th January – Tamworth Regional Entertainment & Conference Centre, Tamworth, NSW

Green Mohair Suits
Sunday 29th January – Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Friday 27th January – Hog’s Breath Cafe, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Frog and Toad, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 29th January – Alt Country Show at The Dag, Dag Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 27th January – Bowral Bowling Club, Bowral, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Blues on the Water Cruise, Manly, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th January – Odd Fellows Hot Club, Kempsey, NSW
Friday 3rd February – The J, Noosa, QLD

Hootenanny feat. Key To The Highway
Sunday 29th January – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

James Thompson & The Strange Pilgrims
Friday 27th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Peel Inn Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 29th January – Peel Inn Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Jason Walker, Koral
Sunday 29th January – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Jen Mize
Friday 27th January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Jeremy Edwards w/ Gretta Ziller, Jodi Martin
Saturday 28th January – Econo Lodge, Tamworth, NSW

Kate Miller-Heidke
Saturday 28th January – Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Kristy Cox
Friday 27th January – Bluegrass Comes To Tamworth, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 27th January – The Scullion Sessions, The Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Frog and Toad Listening Room, Tamworth, NSW

Late Night Alt
Friday 27th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW

Lime & Steel
Friday 27th Jauary – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Federal, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 29th January – Tintenbar Up Front, Tintenbar, NSW

Little Georgia
Sunday 29th January – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Lolo Lovina
Saturday 28th January – Foundry616, Sydney, NSW

Mat McHugh
Friday 3rd February – The Northshore Tavern, Hillarys, WA

Melody Moko
Friday 27th January – ABC Stage Peel St, Nundle, NSW
Friday 27th January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Tamworth, NSW

Michael Carpenter
Friday 27th January – Concert in the Park, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Late Night Alt, Service Club, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Mitch Power, Jemma Nicole, Jen Mize
Wednesday 1st January – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Nell Greco, Gadjo Guitars
Sunday 29th January – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Newcastle Blues and Roots Festival
Saturday 28th January – Carrington Bowling Club, Newcastle, NSW

Newstead Live Music Festival
Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th January – Castlemaine, VIC

Nick Payne
Saturday 28th January – South Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

Nullachella Acoustic Festival
Saturday 28th January – El Sol, Sydney, NSW

Old Mates Block Party 2017 feat. The Lockhearts, The Stiffys, Borneo, The Persian Drugs, Twin Fires, Uptown Ace, Private Function, The Sweet Jelly Rolls, The Bitter Sweethearts, The Bottlers, Wolves In Fashion, Moon, Kvlts Of Vice, DJ Goggles
Saturday 28th January – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

Paddy McHugh & Browny
Friday 3rd February – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Passenger
Friday 27th January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 31st January – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 2nd February – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SA

Pekka Kuusisto and the Australian Chamber Orchestra with Sam Amidon
Thursday 2nd February – Newcastle City Hallm Newcastle, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 27th January – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 28th January – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC

Roesy
Sunday 29th January – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 2nd February – Phillip Island Winery, Phillip Island, VIC

Rough River w/ Oscar Lush, Georgia Spain
Saturday 28th January – LongPlay, Melbourne, VIC

Ryan Martin John
Monday 30th January – Ed Castle, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 31st January – The Hotel Metro, Adelaide, SA

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 3rd January – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Smith & Jones
Friday 27th January – The Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW

Taasha Coates
Friday 27th January – Robert Johnson Winery, Lobethal, SA

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 29th January – Tamworth, NSW

The April Family w/ Mark Moldre, Matthew James Lyons
Wednesday 1st January – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Bean Project w/ Burrows
Friday 3rd January – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

The Cat Empire & Xavier Rudd
Sunday 29th January – North Gardens, Ballarat, VIC

The Cutting
Friday 27th January – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 28th January – The Dancing Dog, Footscray, VIC
Sunday 29th January – Hickinbotham Estate, Dromana, VIC

The Glorious North
Friday 27th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The McClymonts
Friday 3rd February – The Juniors, Kingsford, NSW

The Medicine Show Sessions
Friday 27th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Ocean Party w/ Milk Teddy, Jordan Ireland, Hot Palms
Friday 27th January – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Phoenix, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 29th January – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 27th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Friday 3rd February – Orange Regional Convervatorium, Orange, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Friday 27th January – Bluegrass Comes to Tamworth – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Deep Down South – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Whitetop Mountaineers
Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th January – Newstead Live Festival, VIC
Tuesday 31st January – Mountain Pickers Assoc, Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, VIC

Tori Forsyth
Friday 27th January – The Barn, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 3rd February – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Winter Wilson
Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th January – Newstead Live Festival, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 29th January – Radio Springs Hotel, Lyonville, VIC

Winterbourne
Thursday 2nd February – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 3rd February – SUB Beanbag Gigs, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Big Scioty” – Aly Bain & Jay Ungar

Timber and Steel Premiere: Stream the New Musketeer EP Seven Long Years

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Australian singer-songwriter Musketeer releases his concept EP Seven Long Years this Friday and we’re lucky enough to have an advanced stream to share.

Seven Long Years follows the journey of a 19th century convict sent to the prison camps of early European Australia.

Take a listen to Musketeer’s Seven Long Years below and then make sure you pick it up this Friday.

Watch the New Busby Marou Video “Best Part Of Me”

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Queensland duo Busby Marou have just released their new video “Best Part Of Me”. The track is taken from their upcoming third studio album Postcards From The Shell House, due on the 17th Fenruary.

The video for “Best Part Of Me” was recorded on Great Keppel Island – check it out below:

Busby Marou will be supporting the release of Postcards From The Shell House with a Queensland tour through February and March (plus a show in Tamworth this week). Check out the full list of dates here:

Wednesday 25th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 18th February – The Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD
Thursday 23rd February – The Reef Casino, Cairns, QLD
Friday 24th February – The Reef Casino, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 25th February – The Reef Casino, Cairns, QLD
Thursday 2nd March – Mt Pleasant, Mackay, QLD
Friday 3rd March – Magnums, Airlie Beach, QLD
Saturday 4th March – Dalrymples, Townsville, QLD
Thursday 9th March – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 10th March – Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, QLD
Saturday 11th March – Bay Central Hotel, Hervey Bay, QLD

Quebec Folk-Trad Group Les Poules à Colin Announce Australian Tour

Les Poules a Colin
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You may have seen Quebec folk-trad group Les Poules à Colin popping up on a few festival lineups recently, and now it looks like we’re getting a national tour.

As well as spots on the lineups appearances at Cobargo Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Yackandandah Folk Festival, National Folk Festival and Fairbridge Folk Festival, Les Poules à Colin have a bunch of headline dates that will take them around the country.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW
Thursday 2nd March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 3rd March – Masonic Hall, Lindisfarne TAS
Saturday 4th March – Broadmarsh Hall, Broadmarsh, TAS
Sunday 5th March – Longford Town Hall, Longford, TAS
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC
Friday 31st March – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 5th April – Upper Landsdowne Memorial Hall, Upper Landsdowne, NSW
Thursday 6th April – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 8th April – New Farm Bowls Club, New Farm, QLD
Sunday 9th April – Nanango Shed, Nanago QLD
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 20th April – South Coast Folk Club, Adelaide, SA
Friday 21st to Monday 24th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Fairbridge, WA

Martha Tilston Announces Australian Tour Dates

Martha Tilston
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English singer-songwriter and Timber and Steel favourite Martha Tilston has announced plans to tour Australia this March and April. Having already been announced on the Port Fairy, Yackandandah and National Folk Festival lineups, Tilston will also be headlining shows in Victoria and New South Wales.

While Martha Tilston is in Australia she will be promoting the release of her new album Nomad which will be released on the 10th March.

Check out the full list of tour dates here:

Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Friday 17th March – Saints & Sailors, Port Arlington, VIC
Saturday 18th March – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th March – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 24th March – Newham Hall, Newham, VIC
Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th March – Yackandandah Festival, Yackandandah, VIC
Thursday 30th March – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 31st March – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 1st April – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 2nd April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

The National Folk Festival Announces Over 40 More Acts for 2017

Jessie Lloyd
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As the first hot cross buns hit our supermarkets you know that Easter is not that far away – and that means neither is The National Folk Festival.

And now it’s time to get even more excited because The National has just added 30 more artists to its lineup.

First up we have the First Peoples’ program celebrating Aboriginal artists. This lineup includes Genise and Nicholas Williams, The Mission Songs Project (curated by Jessie Lloyd, above), Tilly Thomas, David Spry, Dr Jared Thomas, Kutcha Edwards, Dubmarine, Wiradjuri Echoes and The Djaadjawan Dancers.

As well as the First Peoples’ program The National has added a bunch more artists from around the country including Mic Conway’s National Junk Band, The Mae Trio, Heath Cullen, The String Contingent, The Barleyshakes, Kate Burke, Luke Plumb & Ruth Hazleton, The Morrisons and many more.

The National Folk Festival is held from the 13th to the 17th April in 2017 – for more information and tickets check out the official site here.

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