William Crighton Announces East Coast Tour and 7-Inch Vinyl

William Crighton
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On the 31st March celebrated singer-songwriter William Crighton will be releasing his brand new 7-inch vinyl (and digital signal) “Hope Recovery”.

To celebrate its release William Crighton will be hitting the road for a series of East Coast dates throughout May and June, and those shows are set to offer up a bunch of surprises for fans.

“I don’t want to give too much away,” Crighton explained. “Expect a host of special guests and a mixture of unplugged and electric sounds, but essentially it’ll be unlike anything else we’ve ever done.”

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 5th May – Bella Union Trades Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 7th May – Grampians Grape Escape, Halls Gap, VIC
Friday 12th May – Leadbelly, Newtown, NSW
Saturday 13th May – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 20th May – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 27th May – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 9th June – The Ex-Services Club, Mullum, NSW
Saturday 10th June – Diggers Tavern, Bellingen, NSW

Ed Sheeran and Beoga: Pop’s Latest Flirtation with Trad Music

Ed Sheeran
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A couple of weeks ago Ed Sheeran cemented his status as the biggest male popstar on the planet with the release of his smash hit new album ÷ (pronounced Divide).

If you follow the trad music or Irish music press you’ll know that for at least two of the tracks on ÷ Sheeran collaborated with Northern Irish trad group Beoga.

The first of these tracks, “Galway Girl” (not the Steve Earle track of the same name), was actually inspired by Beoga’s fiddle player Niamh Dunne and features their tune “Minute 5” over the chorus. The lyrics of “Galway Girl” are peppered with trad references (this may be the first number one track to reference Irish song “Carrickfergus”) and Dunne gushed about Sheeran’s love of “Planxty, The Chiefains and … Irish music” in recent interviews.

The second track on ÷ with a piece of Beoga trad is “Nancy Mulligan”, inspired by the story of Sheeran’s Irish grandparents. The track has more trad feel than “Galway Girl” and even features a bit of an Irish-pub-like-singalong during the lead break.

“Galway Girl” was released as a single on St Patrick’s Day and hit the top 10 in a bunch of countries. In an interview with The Guardian Sheeran said that he had to fight to keep the “folk” songs on the album.

“They were really, really against “Galway Girl”, because apparently folk music isn’t cool,” Ed Sheeran explained. “But there’s 400 million people in the world that say they’re Irish, even if they’re not Irish. You meet them in America all the time: “I’m a quarter Irish and I’m from Donegal.” And those type of people are going to fucking love it. My argument was always: well, the Corrs sold 20 million records. The label would say, “Oh the Corrs, that was years ago,” but who’s tried it since the Corrs? There’s a huge gap in the market, and I promise you that in two years’ time there will be a big folk band that comes up that’s pop, and that will happen as a result of labels being like: “Oh shit, if he can put a fiddle and uilleann pipe on it, then we can try it as well”.”

As Sheeran points out trad music in pop music isn’t new. The Corrs practically owned the folk-pop genre in the late 90s and early 2000s. B*Witched 1998 hit “C’est la Vie” was has an Irish whistle solo played over DJ scratching. Even the oft-criticised-for-not-being-real-folk-music Mumford and Sons kick off their track “Roll Away Your Stone” with the Irish trad fiddle tune “Merrily Kissed the Quaker”.

Trad purists will no doubt look down there nose at Ed Sheeran’s folky offerings on ÷, the same way they have with other pop crossover songs over the years. Some of that will be justified – in reality “Galway Girl” is not a great song despite Beoga’s influence – but much of this will be a knee jerk reaction to a perceived popularisation of the tradition.

In truth having an artist of Ed Sheeran’s stature declare his love for Irish trad music can only have upside for the genre.

Think of Sheeran as a trad gateway drug. For many of his fans “Galway Girl” and “Nancy Mulligan” will be their first exposure to this kind of music and even if only a small percentage follow the influences of the songs back to Planxty, The Dubliners, The Chieftains and beyond, that’s still a bunch of music fans that may never have discovered this music otherwise.

While trad may have a reputation in the wider community as twee or old fashioned those “in the know” know it’s a vibrant genre with a bunch of really exciting young artists coming up through the ranks. If you’ve ever caught a set from Trouble In The Kitchen, Tolka, Sásta or any of the other amazing local trad bands around the country you’ll know how much their music can capture your attention, can fill you up and most importantly can make you want to dance.

The best case scenario is the local and international trad scene will see a spike in activity and interest thanks to Sheeran’s flirtation with the genre and that can only be positive. Every fan who clicks a “like” button on social media, watches a Youtube video, comes to a gig or session featuring traditional music because they’re new favourite song is “Galway Girl” is a new part of our community.

So when you hear “Galway Girl” and “Nancy Mulligan” blaring on a pop radio station or out of your kid’s Spotify account take a moment to recognise that this could be the first step on the trad music journey for a new fan. That’s got to make you happy.

Broads Announce National Tour Dates

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Melbourne alt-country duo Broads have announced plans to hit the road this April, May and June to celebrate their brand new album Vacancy.

Vacancy, which was released at the end of February, has already garnered a bunch of critical acclaim. These shows are not to be missed – check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 1st April – Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th May – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th May – Hardy’s Bay Club, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 23rd June – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 25th June – Bellingen Brewery, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 15th July – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Listen to the New BATTS single “For Now”

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Melbourne musician BATTS (aka Tanya Batt) has just released her brand new single “For Now”. The track is a slight change of direction for BATTS who has been very electronically influenced in recent years – “For Now” is more acoustically driven with an ambient slant you’d expect from artists like Bon Iver or Daughter.

We really love everything BATTS does and this is one of our favourite tracks yet – take a listen below:

To celebrate the release of “For Now” BATTS has a residency on Sunday’s through April at Melbourne bar Some Velvet Morning – the full list of dates is below:

Sunday 2nd April – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 9th April – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd April – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 30th April – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

2017 Blue Mountains Music Festival – The Wrap

Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen doing Funeral Songs

Words and Pictures by Elizabeth Walton

“Can’t wait for this to start – Paul Kelly is Australia’s answer to Bob Dylan.”  So the murmur of the audience flows while revelers wait in the light filled entrance to the Lurline Pavilion at the 2017 Blue Mountains Music Festival.

“Nah mate, Bob Dylan is America’s answer to Paul Kelly,” comes the well whittled retort, a fitting reflection on the loyalty of the Australian pilgrimage to the Blue Mountains Music Festival, where Australia’s tower of song – Paul Kelly – has appeared many times.

The punters flood the moment with favourite festival stories, washed down with a good pint of Guinness. Mustering the strength to move past the thousands to the front of stage where you can really get lost in the experience – that’s what they are pausing at the entrance to do, for this is the festival’s main event – and that’s all part of the show.

Katoomba may be the original decaf soy latte kinda town, but the Blue Mountains Music Festival is still a double ristretto kind of event. Headliners including Kelly and The Waifs may have returned countless times, but you’d wonder why you would want to change something that clearly ain’t broke.

As the rain pours down, the mud slides up. The cafes flow with conversations filled with passionate responses to Gregg Borschmann’s Heartland Conversations, the virtues of six dollar gumboots, and the best fashion statement you can make with a plastic yellow poncho without face planting in the mud.

Paul Kelly hit the stage with his latest project, Death’s Dateless Night, an album of funeral songs recorded with collaborator Charlie Owen on dobro and keys, tenderly harmonized by Kelly’s own clan of daughters, the beautiful Memphis ad Maddie. The audience loved it, but loved it even more when the band eventually visited the song man’s own material. Though Kelly invited the audience to lay him down a pallet on the floor, and to just let it be, the cheers definitely grew louder when “To her Door” finally opened on centre stage.

The festival opened with acts including Caiti Baker, whose vocal style leaves you feeling that she wants to blow the walls of the theatre down, get out into the open where she can feel the  wind moving in her hair. The space seems a little small for her raging sound, verging from lyrical blues to a good decent growl. She tells us on Saturday she’ll be down on the Lurline Pavilion, the main outdoor stage at the show, though she pronounces it less like the colloquial Lur-lign, and more like Lur-Leene, rhyming the venue with Dolly Parton’s Joe-line, and soon has the audience singing along with her to an impromptu bash at Dolly’s favourite tune.

On Saturday night the Big Tent looks like it might fill with water, instead it’s a flood of grey hair and beanies, people moshing around in the mud in their comfy hand-made  knits and sensible weather wear. But if that gives a distinctively silver streaked view of the pilgrims, that’s only because the young ones are moshing at the front of the Main Stage, grooving out to Urthboy with his dub overlays and ultra chill. If you’re lucky this weekend you’ll only have gone through three pairs of water-ready shoes a day, your children won’t have sunk chin-deep in the mud, and you will be very happy with the new era of sounds washed in by Urthboy – where it’s standing room only up near the doof as the crowd gets all up close and personal like, pressed in so close that they leave the rest of the pavilion entirely empty. Up close and personal is the real thing when techo fans assemble to watch a row of straight standing personnel in front of a giant DJ desk, laying down the riffs over a deep sonic tonic.  Meanwhile,  a raft of festival volunteers politely excuse themselves from duty so they can catch the last 15 minutes of boyfilled Urth. This has always been a festival that knew its demographic well, and takes no umbrance with serving up something for everyone. From Blue Grass to Trad Folk, the genres represented expand the very notion of what seems like a 360 degree perpetually evolving spectrum of musical styles.

In a world where festivals are born, reach their peak and quickly fade, this event is now hosting third generation folk who wouldn’t have this gig played out any other way. The audience is right at home with the cabaret style humour of The Loveys, who’ve flown all the way from Mullum, bringing along their jokes about yoga and farmers’ market twee. They clink their way through a set in German,  which slips past their too-red lips and over-stated eyewear, their gentrified hats, and putt great-grandma’s Royal Doulton to a new, unintended use as the china tinkers out a syncopated funk. Midway through the gig one of the ladies asks for LSD – but it turns out she isn’t craving the hallucinatory type, she’s just after a Latte Soy Dandelion. Nailing the piss-take on all things modern circa 2017, from transgender marital departures to personality disorders – even the pursuit of happiness isn’t spared from their material. But they’re not popular just for their good humour, they’re a festival highlight because they’re absolutely gorgeous and very bloody good – especially the well grounded Bass Uke of Madeleine Liddy, who churns out a phat sound reminiscent of McCartney’s Hoffman – a sound others in the same venue struggled to achieve.

Perhaps that’s just down to luck, or it could be technique, but Liddy doesn’t think so. “It’s because it’s preloved,” she says. “And it’s well-worn in,” she adds with a cheeky wink, much like the general spirit of these grand duchies. “Oh, and it hasn’t got any varnish”.  Well that’s definitely it, wouldn’t you think? Some might think it’s just a great attitude shared amongst these ladies, including Janet Swain, who appears clad in a spectacular green velvet robe, reclaimed from some Victorian widow’s wardrobe.  She wears her threads comfortably as she honks and hauls her bassoon like a baritone sax.

A honkin and a yankin in some unintended direction is all par for the course, from the street buskers grooving overdubbed percussive raps on part-filled glass bottles, to Mic Conway’s Junk Band, giving himself an onstage vasectomy with a saw played so nostalgically that the audience asks “who is that woman singing with that distinctive voice”. It’s not a woman singing, it’s Conway’s vitals begging for mercy as he slashes out his aptly nervous and wobbly tune. His side kick is the amazing sousaphone player dubbed “Marjorie Snodgrass” for this line up, who sometimes cameos in the Cope Street Parade.  She spends an hour after the event lavishing praise upon Lewis the Sound Guy for “getting” that she is the bass – whether she’s pumping her sousa, or an impeccably rendered mouth-impro bass jug. They don’t call it a junk band for nothing. The mutual admiration continues until Lewis and most of the band discover they’re all neighbours in Sydney’s eclectic inner west.

Lewis covers the event every year, bringing his own mics to work his room, The Clarendon Theatre, whose plush trim is renowned for delivering a distinctively flat sound that Lewis successfully overcomes without the aid of the high end, crystal clear gear and production values of the main stages. It’s a challenge, but like all Blue Mountains Festival devotees, one which he could perhaps best be described as pathologically drawn to. The rigors of the job are largely performed by the unknown and the unthanked, but the dooers of these unseen tasks are usually destined to return.  Once the festival gets into the blood, it’s a well fixed hooked.

True to form the mountains throws its unaustralian weather – unaustralian because even folk from the Arctic Circle cry that it’s freezing cold. In the Arctic at least when it rains it falls as snow – a dry white dust that easily brushes off. The Blue Mountains offer a unique kind of soak that seeps right into your soul. Then come the complaints from the uninitiated, rain weary after three days trudging around in it. “I’d rather live in Canada than live in this!” Yes, you probably would, but that’s part of the attraction of the mountains, and it’s why all those silver streaks are standing there happily in their sensible outdoor gear. There’s a saying in the mountains – there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear. Get the good gear and you’re right to go.

Yet for the musos actually from the Arctic Circle such as The Jerry Cans, they’ve found their ‘other world’, a far departure from the Australian places they’ve previously played, melting  in the heat, discovering only then that the reason they developed a style of playing so fast was to stop themselves from freezing to death. From Adelaide to Darwin they preserved their organs from overheating on frenetic energy at a gazillion degrees. The weather doesn’t seem to have impeded their throat singing, electrified fiddle and squeeze box filled riot of a style. Here they discover they can finally crank it up and get back to their original pace. And the crowd rises to meet them, foot stomping in the newly created dance pit at the front of the Guinness tent – a welcome inclusion in an event that has always been considered a  ”concert” festival – one where you can expect to be able to sit comfortably in your bucket seats without your view being jiggled into obscurity – now there is room for both kinds of audience – the dancers and the dedicated listeners, and a wonderful world it is that can comfortably accommodate the two.

David Ross Macdonald presents a twangy six strings of metal  guitar that looks as if it could do with a bit of new brass, but it comes across sweet like a classical guitar, using a capo fretted style so soft and light that the end result is not unlike a uke. He invites the audience to join him as he croons upon how badly he craves to be held, and though his guitar looks like it might have seen better days, it’s perfect for such a setting on a night like this, offering a sound that’s subtle yet delivers a surprising level of depth.

The Mission Songs Project brings new life to the voices of the stolen generation and indigenous Australians who were splintered from their cultures when they were made to sing in a foreign language. Today, traditional languages are so far removed from their vernacular that singing in English has become the mainstay, the local languages have become the foreign tongue. Yet everything has its resurgence if you can claim it before it achieves vanishing point. The stories are heartfelt and beautifully sung – perhaps not with the campfire instruments of their natural settings, but the end result is one that adapts well to the contemporary stage and travels to a diverse and broad audience – for The Mission Songs Project, this is mission accomplished, and accomplished incredibly well.

In a festival world where every  outfit seems to have developed the mandatory uke moment, comes the strident yards of  a bush ranging balladeer – uke man William Crighton – nine parts murderer and one part hipster, tantalising the drama enthralled-audience, half of whom are  scared out of their minds that he might wield his tiny stringed box like an axe and murder them on the spot as he thumps between the rows– the other half of whom are hoping to hell that he will! Yet William makes his way back to the stage and continues his conquest to drown you in his jaded and heartbroke view of the world without ever shedding even a drop of blood.

Meanwhile the ground becomes a cup more filled with water-making-mud than one half empty, and the deserted stalls and food courts in the school grounds stand forgotten as no-one can reach them without a plank.

The 2016 Youth Award Winners The Bean Project  pulled off a surprisingly sorrowful set of sadness for ones who’ve yet to spend their youth. The brass section of this mighty duo invokes the gentlest French horn, muted the old fashioned way, with a palm holding back the full force of the sound. It is reserved, civilized, and remains gentlemanly, until Bryce Turcato takes away his hand and builds to a punchy solo, fluid with delicately placed 9ths and unresolved 7ths, while his mate Ben Langdon stares at him earnestly through his horn rimmed glasses, and flicks back his long blonde bob as he deftly states to his departed love, “I’ve never been alone more than I am here in your bed”.  The rays of light reached down and kissed him when she left, he says, before telling us that they cut their teeth in noisy pubs where not even the walls were listening. It’s an unsettling surprise now, here, in this theatre, he tells us, to finally have our attention. After Bryce finishes ripping through his brass staccato, he falls back into a noble style, summoning images of a call to hunt, all regal caps and whips and beagles.

“This next song will be sung in Islamic,” says the singer from My Bubba. This is a duo of damsels, one of whom looks like she’s emerged from legal secretarial school, with her closed-toe cloth pumps and knee length linen black shift, a look finished with a single strand of plastic aqua coloured pearls. They sing with the restraint of those who might be found in the dusty chambers of the law academy, yet the result of all that restraint produces something akin to an angelic ascendance, with soft harmonies beautifully entwined around a heavenly, harp like instrumental style. They look as though they might butterfly kiss each other at any moment with a naked eyelash.  These are the kind of virginal maidens that can maintain their composure and remain incongruously well groomed amidst a sea of people with wet hair and faces flung with splats of rain. If you can imagine the restraint that may invoke in their vocalising, then you’ve grasped the concept.

By Sunday, Stage 6 is dubbed Big Top Lake, and the Tantric Turtle along with all the other venues on the green are pulled.  A quick rethink and the audience and most of the acts are all reshuffled. No-one who has already played misses out. A new program is issued, the details are publicised on social media, and everyone is right to go. According to the seasoned stage crew who have built this mini city countless times and painstakingly pack it all down at festival end, this decision was more to do with the indoor lake and wanting to make sure everyone had a great time than anything else. Though folklore may want it remembered differently, it was less to do with the depth of the mud, which as far as outdoor events go, wasn’t as bad as it might have been. You might say it was deep enough, but not as deep as the festival from somewhere up north, where once upon a time some chick went so far down in the mud that she completely disappeared and has never been seen since, or so the story goes. Perhaps she showed up sometime later in the Manning Bar at Sydney Uni. But this is the Blue Mountains, where you’d have to think she selected her moment of re-emergence to coincide with first beers at the ever popular Boho Bar, run by all the dedicated mums and dads and rank and file members of Katoomba’s P & Cs. The festival is the major fund raiser, and the flush of funds surging through the veins of the schools for the past 21 years has made for a formidable contribution to a cash strapped cultural enclave of a town that couldn’t have achieved this in any other way. It’s an undeniable contribution to the advancement of wellbeing for the local munchkins, but you’ve got to wonder how they get on when the playground is as trashed as this – yet Katoomba is a town with a can-do kind of pride, a place where people are going to make do with whatever they’re handed to make do with. At least there’s no cars bogged in at 3am with volunteers desperately trying to pull them out, in a push-me-pull-you kind of experience never to be forgotten. And never to be repeated, now that parking is banned from the grounds.

The full gamut of natural disasters may have threatened to unleash the doors of doom upon the festival many of times– yet they never have. From deep mud to the high winds that huffed and puffed til they blew Lurline Pav down before opening a few years back, to this year’s  demise of the main indoor venue – Katoomba RSL – which burnt to the ground just a couple of weeks ago, this festival, like Katoomba itself,  is a foot soldier of survival. You can blow her big top down, you can burn her to the ground, but the show will go on, and the founding Festival Co-Directors Bob Charter and Al Ward are well seasoned masters of the quick switch.

Though this year sees the departure of co-founder Al Ward after 21 successful years in production, Bob still managed to pull off the switch and brought the shy wallflower that is the Palais Royale into play while the cinders at the RSL were still hot. Even the most established K-Town aficionados were not yet acquainted with this grand old dame of art deco Katoomba, who willingly submitted her services to the impromptu role of third venue for the festival.  The plush comfort and stately grandeur of the Palais Royale was well admired by all – a venue whose grandiose chandeliers set  the mood for dulcet tones that could woo even the most jaded festival goer.

Reaching out to this venue is a master stroke for the festival, and you can be sure bands and revelers alike will definitely want her back. It’s too good a venue to refuse for a festival that stands proud amongst a battlefield of fallen events. And as the much loved Blue Mountains Music Festival heads towards her quarter century of service, long may she reign.  All hail The Festival, and all she represents.

– Elizabeth Walton is a freelance writer, photographer and musician

Busby Marou Announce Australian Tour this May and June

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Queensland acoustic duo Busby Marou are hitting the road this May and June for a series of shows around the country to support their new album Postcards From The Shell.

The tour coincides with the announcement Busby Marou will be appearing at Bluesfest this April. Supporting them on tour will be The Teskey Brothers.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 25th May – 48 Watt Street, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 26th May – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th May – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th May – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Thursday 1st June – Southern Cross Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 2nd June – Launceston Country Club, Launceston, TAS
Saturday 3rd June – Wrest Point Casino, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 8th June – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 9th June – Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 10th June – Sea & Sound Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 11th June – Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 15th June – Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA
Friday 16th June – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th June – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 18th June – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Thursday 22nd June – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Friday 23rd June – Northshore Tavern, Hillarys, WA
Saturday 24th June – Mundaring Weir Hotel, Mundaring, WA
Sunday 25th June – The Boston, Perth, WA
Friday 30th June – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

Watch the New Oh Pep! Video “Crazy Feels”

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Australian indie-folk duo Oh Pep! continue to take the world by storm with the release of their new single and vieo “Crazy Feels”.

The video is the latest from Oh Pep!’s excellent album Stadium Cake – check it out below:

Bob Evans Announces National Tour

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Bob Evans, the singer-songwriter alter ego of Jebediah frontman Kevin Mitchell, has announced he’s heading out on a national tour from April this year.

The tour will see Bob Evans hitting capital cities and regional centres through April, May and June and is also offering fans a complimentary six track EP of unreleased material, Zeroes To Heroes, for tickets purchased online.

Check out the full list of dates, plus an acoustic video for his track “My Matilda”, below:

Thursday 20th April – Front Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 21st April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 22nd April – Hardy’s Bay Club, Central Coast, NSW
Wednesday 3rd May – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 5th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 6th May – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Sunday 7th May – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Thursday 11th May – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 12th May – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 13th May – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 1st June – Baha, Rye, VIC
Friday 2nd June – The Croxton Front Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 3rd June – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 8th June – Grace Emily Hotel – Adelaide, SA
Friday 9th June – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Watch the New Elbury Video “Past Life Memories”

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Brisbane alt-folk four-piece Elbury today released their brand new video “Past Life Memories”.

The track is taken from Elbury’s upcoming debut album Haunting Ground, due for release on the 1st May this year.

Check out “Past Life Memories” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th March

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We premiered the new EP from Joel Barker & The Low Company, Uncharted. Details here

VIVID announced its full music lineup including Fleet Foxes, Laura Marling, Lisa Hannigan, Bill Callahan, Beth Orton, Taasha Coates, Crooked Fiddle Band, Mick Thomas, Brian Campeau, Nic Cassey, Swamp Fat Jangles, Sarah Belkner and more. Details here

– Indie-folk singer Radical Face has announced his first ever Australian tour. Details here

– Canadian folk singer Irish Mythen hits Australia this weekend for the start of her latest tour. Details here

The Button Collective announced a bunch of east coast dates to launch their new album. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn released his new video “Wandering Aengus”. Details here

– Sydney alt-country singer Katie Brianna released her new video “King”. Details here

– Award winning Americana artist Jason Isbell has announced details of his upcoming album The Nashville Sound. Details here

Releases This Week

Salutations
SalutationsConor Oberst
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Gary Clark Jr
Live North America 2016Gary Clark Jr
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Uncharted
UnchartedJoel Barker & The Low Company
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Lindi
Til The Goin’ Gets GoneLindi Ortega
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

St Patrick’s Day Weekend

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Today is St Patrick’s Day and that means this weekend is going to be full of trad and folk music goodness around the country. Rather than suggesting a single show we recommend you head out and seek out folk music wherever you can find it. Below is a list of shows and events celebrating St Patricks Day, Ireland and everything that’s good about live music

Friday 17th March
Handsome Young Strangers, Operation Ibis, Mournwillow – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Mandy Connell and Kim Wheeler – Star Hotel, Yackandandah, VIC
Mighty Irish Session – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Mundy – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sarah Calderwood Duo – Brunswick Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
St Patricks Day at Adelaide Oval feat. Adelaide Irish Pipe Band, Celtic & Comhaltas Traditional Musicians, Inesheer, Dogpatch Appalachian, Scoil Rince Ní Murchú, Ceol Maith, The Timbers, Folk n Spicy, Celtic Reflections, Shambolics, Blackthorn and more – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, SA
St Patrick’s Day at The Last Jar feat. Ewen Baker, John Hudson, Áine Tyrrell, Pat McKernan, Chris Fitz, Jim Green, The Corkman traditional Irish – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC
St Patrick’s Day MOTH feat. Áine Tyrrell and The Midnight Tide, Aoife Scott Band – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC
St Patrick’s Day Festival at The Irish Club of WA feat. CraicN On, The Healy’s, Tommy O’ Brien & Co – Irish Club, Perth, WA
St Patricks Day Party: A Celebration of the Music of Ireland feat. Flangipanis, Paddy McHugh Trio, Fox n Firkin, Andy McDonell Band, Alan Boyle Band – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
The Bitter Sweethearts w/ The Bottlers, Nils Sundermann – The Townie, Sydney, NSW
The Button Collective – Finnian’s Irish Tavern, Port Macquarie, NSW
The Ramshackle Army – Loch & Key, Melbourne, VIC
The Ramshackle Army – Dan O’Connell Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
The Sweet Jelly Rolls – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW

Saturday 18th March
Aoife Scott – Tea Gardens Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Joe & Harmony’s Magic Carpet Ride BE-IN feat. Paul Hayward & The Sidekicks, Sue Gee – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
The Buffalo Grass Boys – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW
The Ramshackle Army, Handsome Young Strangers, Operation Ibis, Mournwillow – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Sunday 19th March
Aoife Scott, Gallie, Áine Tyrrell – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Brisbane Irish Festival Family Day – Gaelic Park, Brisbane, QLD
Echo Deer – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW
Melbourne St Patrick’s Family Festival feat. Zeon, Paddy Fitz and friends, Comhaltas, Borderline Kaylee – Edinburgh Gardens, Melbourne, VIC
Mighty Tunes Session – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
***CANCELLED***Sydney St. Patrick’s Day Green Gathering feat. feat. Áine Tyrell, The Bottlers, Chaika, Gallie, Ecopella, UTS Ukulele Orchestra, Mark Oats & Cara Kavanagh feat. Ciaran Gribbin, Cross Rhythm Dancers, Knievel, Sydney Session Players, Aoife Scott – Prince Alfred Park, Sydney, NSW***CANCELLED***
The Ramshackle Army, Handsome Young Strangers, Operation Ibis, Mournwillow – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Aireys Inlet Open Mic Music Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 18th March – Aireys Inlet, VIC

Aoife Scott
Friday 17th March – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Saturday 18th March – Tea Gardens Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 19th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 21st March – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 22nd March – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 23rd March – The Yacht Club, Mooloolaba, QLD
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC

Belle Harvey
Friday 17th March – Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay, NSW
Saturday 18th March – Peppertown Cafe, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 19th March – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Boy & Bear
Saturday 18th March – Party in the Park, Narrabeen, NSW

Blue Mountains Music Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March – Katoomba, NSW

Brisbane Irish Festival Family Day
Sunday 19th March – Gaelic Park, Brisbane, QLD

Brunswick Music Festival
Sunday 5th to Sunday 19th March – Melbourne, VIC

Courtyard Sessions Presents Goldheist
Friday 17th March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions presents Skyscraper Stan
Saturday 18th March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Darby
Friday 17th March – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Devil on the Rooftop, Belle Jar
Monday 20th March – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Domini Forster
Thursday 23rd March – Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Don Henley w/ Jewel
Saturday 18th March – A Day On The Green, Mt Duneed Estate, Surf Coast, VIC

Echo Deer
Sunday 19th March – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW

Eddi Reader
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW
Tuesday 21st March – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd March – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Friday 24th March – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA

Elwood Myre
Friday 17th March – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Saturday 18th March – Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 19th March – The Fox Den, Gloucester, NSW

Folk Uke
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Colin Jones and The Delta Revue, MoSoul
Wednesday 22nd March – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Frank Sultana and The Sinister Kids
Friday 24th March – Southern Comfort Carnival, Surly’s American BBQ, Burgers & Beer, Sydney, NSW

Fromseier-Hockings w/ Dan & Paddy
Monday 20th March – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Girl Friday & Mandy Connell
Sunday 19th March – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Handsome Young Strangers
Friday 17th March – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 18th March – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Sunday 19th March – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Heartbreaker Sessions present Amber Rae Slade and Chris Porter
Sunday 19th March – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Hinterlandt
Thursday 23rd March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th March – Jane’s, Wollongong, NSW

Holly Throsby
Saturday 18th March – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 19th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Illawarra Folk Club Concert feat. The East Pointers, Meridian
Wednesday 22nd March – Diggers Club, Wollongong, NSW

Irish Mythen
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 23rd March – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 24th March – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 17th March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 18th March – Canvas Coffee & Providore, Barham, NSW

Joe & Harmony’s Magic Carpet Ride BE-IN feat. Paul Hayward & The Sidekicks, Sue Gee
Saturday 18th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Joel Barker & The Low Company
Friday 17th March – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 18th March – Green Door Wines, Ferguson Valley, WA
Sunday 19th March – Bridgetown Pottery Restuarant, Bridgetown, WA

Jordie Lane w/ Sam Buckingham, Benjamin James Caldwell
Saturday 18th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Josh Rennie-Hynes
Saturday 18th March – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd March – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC

Jeff Lang
Friday, 17th March – Geelong Workers Club, Geelong VIC
Saturday 18th March – Brunswick Music Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th March – Golden Vine, Bendigo, VIC

Jemma Nicole w/ Tom Dockray
Saturday 18th March – The B.East, Melbourne, VIC

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 24th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Les Poules à Colin
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC

Mandy Connell and Kim Wheeler
Friday 17th March – Star Hotel, Yackandandah, VIC

Martha Tilston
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

Martha Wainwright
Saturday 18th March – Lismore City Hall, Lismore, NSW
Sunday 19th March – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 22nd March – Theatre Royal, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 23rd March – Devonport Entertainment Centre, Devonport, TAS
Friday 24th March – Capital Theatre, Bendigo, VIC

Melbourne St Patrick’s Family Festival feat. Zeon, Paddy Fitz and friends, Comhaltas, Borderline Kaylee
Sunday 19th March – Edinburgh Gardens, Melbourne, VIC

Mighty Irish Session
Friday 17th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mighty Tunes Session w/ Aoife Scott, Gallie, Áine Tyrrell
Sunday 19th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Monsieur Camembert
Saturday 18th March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Mundy
Friday 17th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Mustered Courage
Friday 17th March – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

My Bubba
Friday 17th March – Mullumbimby Civic Memorial Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, NSW
Tuesday 21st March – Newtown Social Club, Newtown, NSW
Wednesday 22nd March – Northcote Social Club, Northcote, VIC
Thursday 23rd March – Castlemaine State Festival, Castlemaine, VIC

Ramblin’ Nights Presents Chris Pickering & Jason Walker
Friday 17th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Roo Panes
Saturday 18th March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Sarah Calderwood Duo
Friday 17th March – Brunswick Hotel, Brisbane, QLD

Sean McMahon and the MoonMen
Friday 17th March – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 18th March – Marickville Bowlo, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 19th March – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Skyscraper Stan & The Commission Flats
Friday 17th March – Southern Comfort Carnival, Surly’s American BBQ, Burgers & Beer, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 18th March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Southern Comfort Carnival
Wednesday 15th to Saturday 25th March – Surly’s American BBQ, Burgers & Beer, Sydney, NSW

St Patricks Day at Adelaide Oval feat. Adelaide Irish Pipe Band, Celtic & Comhaltas Traditional Musicians, Inesheer, Dogpatch Appalachian, Scoil Rince Ní Murchú, Ceol Maith, The Timbers, Folk n Spicy, Celtic Reflections, Shambolics, Blackthorn and more
Friday 17th March – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, SA

St Patrick’s Day at The Last Jar feat. Ewen Baker, John Hudson, Áine Tyrrell, Pat McKernan, Chris Fitz, Jim Green, The Corkman traditional Irish
Friday 17th March – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

St Patrick’s Day MOTH feat. Áine Tyrrell and The Midnight Tide, Aoife Scott Band
Friday 17th March – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC

St Patrick’s Day Festival at The Irish Club of WA feat. CraicN On, The Healy’s, Tommy O’ Brien & Co
Friday 17th March – Irish Club, Perth, WA

St Patricks Day Party: A Celebration of the Music of Ireland feat. Flangipanis, Paddy McHugh Trio, Fox n Firkin, Andy McDonell Band, Alan Boyle Band
Friday 17th March – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Steampacket Sessions Irish Music Weekend
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – Steampacket Hotel, Nelligan, NSW

***CANCELLED***Sydney St. Patrick’s Day Green Gathering feat. feat. Áine Tyrell, The Bottlers, Chaika, Gallie, Ecopella, UTS Ukulele Orchestra, Mark Oats & Cara Kavanagh feat. Ciaran Gribbin, Cross Rhythm Dancers, Knievel, Sydney Session Players, Aoife Scott
Sunday 19th March – Prince Alfred Park, Sydney, NSW***CANCELLED***

The Basin Music Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – The Basin Triangle Park, The Basin, VIC

The Bitter Sweethearts w/ The Bottlers, Nils Sundermann
Friday 17th March – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

The Bottlers, Bourgeois Robbery, Operation Ibis
Wednesday 22nd March – Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Buffalo Grass Boys
Saturday 18th March – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 17th March – Finnian’s Irish Tavern, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 18th March – The Rappville Pub, Rappville, NSW
Friday 24th March – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW

The East Pointers
Wednesday 22nd March – Thirroul Railway Heritage Centre, Thirroul, NSW
Thursday 23rd March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th March – Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW

The Green Gathering Offical After Party
Sunday 19th March – Jacksons on George, Sydney, NSW

The McClymonts
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – CMC Rocks 2017, Ipswich, QLD

The Morrisons
Saturday 18th March – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th March – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

The Ramshackle Army
Friday 17th March – Loch & Key, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th March – Dan O’Connell Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th March – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Sunday 19th March – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Séamus Begley Trio
Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th March – The Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 24th March – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Friday 17th March – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 18th March – Southern Comfort Carnival, Surly’s American BBQ, Burgers & Beer, Sydney, NSW

The Waifs
Saturday 18th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 19th March – Anitas Theatre, Thirroul, NSW

The Young Folk
Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Timberwolf
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – The Hills Are Alive, South Gippsland, VIC

TinPan Orange
Friday 24th and Saturday 25th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, VIC

Violent Femmes
Friday 17th March – Costa Hall Deakin University, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 18th March – All Saints Winery, Rutherglen, VIC
Monday 20th March – Factory, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd March – NEX at Wests City, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 23rd March – Panthers, Penrith, NSW
Friday 24th March – Waves, Wollongong, NSW

Warrandyte Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – Warrandyte, VIC

Willie Watson
Friday 17th March – Mullumbimby Civic Memorial Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW
Tuesday 21st March – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 22nd March – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA

Yackandandah Folk Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – Yackandandah, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Bucks of Oranmore” – Matt Molloy & Dónal Lunny

Happy St Patrick’s Day everyone!

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