Watch the New Jep and Dep Video “Lune Cassee Reve”

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Prolific alt-country, folk-noir duo Jep and Dep have just released their latest clip “Lune Cassee Reve”.

As always the clip was self produced with the track being taken from their latest album They’ve Been Called.

Check out “Lune Cassee Reve” below:

Watch the New Smith & Jones Video “Your Achin Heart”

Smith and Jones
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New South Wales based alt-country duo Smith & Jones have just released their new single and video “Your Achin Heart”.

The single is the duo’s third from their debut album Dark Gives Way, featuring lead guitarist Matt Ferry. The video was produced by Michael Carpenter – check it out here:

Australian Tour Dates Announced For Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker
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Award winning English folk duo Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker have announced plans to tour Australia this March. The duo will also be releasing their new album Seedlings All on the 23rd March while they’re in the country.

“For the first time I’m out there alone with a bunch of songs that expose my insecurities, fears of failure and inflated pride,” Josienne Clarke explained of the the album. “They deal with my own specific thoughts and feelings about the reality of pursuing this kind of career, the cost to personal relationships, circumstance and lifestyle, and asking the question – “Is this still worth it?” They’re about trying to find an inner balance in an environment that doesn’t provide any balance or certainty. Where one day everything is brilliant and the next day it could all be over. Where one night ends in a standing ovation and the next starts by playing to an empty room.”

Check out Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker’s new single “Chicago”:

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker have been announced for the Port Fairy Folk Festival and the Blue Mountains Music Festival as well as a headline date in Melbourne. The full list of dates are here:

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Wednesday 14th March – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

The Decemberists Announce New Album I’ll Be Your Girl

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After making our favourite album of 2017, The Queen of Hearts, as part of the Offa Rex project, The Decemberists have kicked off their 2018 with a huge announcement that we can expect another record from them this year.

The album is titled I’ll Be Your Girl and is due for release on the 16th March. I’ll Be Your Girl was recorded with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Lana del Rey, Wye Oak, Angel Olsen, Swans) and promises to be full of songs that “tend to the darker, more absurdist side of things”.

The Decemberists are also hinting at a world tour this year that may include Australia if they can make it work. The first single from I’ll Be Your Girl is the 80s sounding “Severed” – check out the track listing for the album and a stream of “Severed” below:

1. Once In My Life
2. Cutting Stone
3. Severed
4. Starwatcher
5. Tripping Along
6. Your Ghost
7. Everything Is Awful
8. Sucker’s Prayer
9. We All Die Young
10. Rusalka, Rusalka / The Wild Rushes
11. I’ll Be Your Girl

Watch the New Paddy McHugh Video “Down To Sydney”

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Brisbane based singer-songwriter Paddy McHugh has just released the video for his latest single “Down To Sydney”. Taken from his 2017 album City Bound Trains, “Down To Sydney” deals with issues around suicide, especially for young men in the country.

“Suicide rates in Australia are high, too high. Especially for young men in rural areas,” McHugh explained. “”Down to Sydney” is a story that has no doubt played out many times in every small town across the country. In the song however, the protagonist finds another way out – I guess I want people to realise that there are alternatives and there is hope even in the most unlikely places.”

Check out the clip here:

Jake Bugg Announces Australian Tour Dates

Jake Bugg
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English singer songwriter Jake Bugg is returning to Australia this April for a handful of solo acoustic shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Bugg will will be touring off the back of his latest album Hearts That Strain, released last September. Check out the full list of dates plus a video to his latest track “In The Event Of My Demise” below:

Thursday 19th April – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th April – Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21st April – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 26th January

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Americana singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews announced her new album May Your Kindness Remain will be released in March. Details here

Shane Nicholson/The Sound Hole, Forbes Street Studios and Lost Highway Australia have announced The Americana Music Prize of Australia, an annual grant to support up-and-coming artists in the genre. Details here

The Bushwackers released their new video “Waltzing Australia” featuring guest vocals from Sara Storer and John Williamson. Details here

– Australian troubadour Musketeer debuted his new full band sound with the live video “The North Sea”. Details here

Releases This Week

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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Dan Walsh

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Make sure you catch English singer and banjo player Dan Walsh while he’s in the country

Friday 26th January – Braidwood Folk Club, Braidwood, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne, NSW
Sunday 28th January – Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW
Monday 29th January – Summer Supper Club, Dome Cafe, Maylands, WA
Thursday 1st February – The Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Friday 2nd February – Neil Tonkin Park, Perth, WA

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 26th January – Rye Foreshore, Rye, VIC
Saturday 27th January – Apollo Bay Hotel, Apollo Bay, VIC

Adam Eckersley Band
Friday 26th January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW

Alanna and Alicia
Sunday 28th January – The Lost Ones Basement, Ballarat, VIC

Allison Forbes
Friday 26th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW

Andrew Swift
Friday 26th January – Toyota Fanzone Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW

Andy Baylor’s Hip Hillbillies
Friday 26th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Andy Golledge Band
Friday 26th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Anna Smyrk
Friday 26th January – Courtyard Sessions, Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Ash Grunwald
Friday 26th January – Memorial Park, The Entrance, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Tapas Lounge Bar, Devonport, TAS
Sunday 28th January – Home Hill Winery, Ranelagh, TAS

Bluegrass Comes to Tamworth feat. Pete Denahy, Kristy Cox, Karen Lynne Band, The Weeping Willows, Montgomery Church
Friday 26th January – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Brad Butcher
Friday 26th January – Australia Day at The Dag, Nundle, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Toyota Fanzone Gig, Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds
Sunday 28th January – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 26th January – Parramatta Park, Parramatta, NSW

Candice McLeod
Friday 26th January – Red Velvet Lounge, Cygnet, TAS

Carpenter Caswell
Saturday 27th January – South Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

Colin Hay
Wednesday 31st January – Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 1st February – Twin Towns, Tweed Heads, NSW
Friday 2nd February – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW

Cookie Baker w/ Chris Pickering Experiment
Sunday 28th January – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Courtyard Sessions feat. Anna Smyrk
Friday 26th January – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Craig Woodward
Saturday 27th January – Vic Old Time Jam Session, Victoria Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 28th January – Loretta’s, Bluebonnet Barbecue, Melbourne, VIC

Cruisin’ Deuces
Friday 26th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Dan Walsh
Friday 26th January – Braidwood Folk Club, Braidwood, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne, NSW
Sunday 28th January – Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW
Monday 29th January – Summer Supper Club, Dome Cafe, Maylands, WA
Thursday 1st February – The Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Friday 2nd February – Neil Tonkin Park, Perth, WA

Dana Hassall
Friday 26th January – Writers in the Round, Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Medicine Show Sessions, The Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Dashville Does the DAG feat. William Crighton, Fanny Lumsden, Magpie Diaries
Friday 26th January – The DAG, Nundle, NSW

Dashville on the Road feat. Nicholas Connors, Ahlia Rain, Dave Wells, Baghead, Magpie Diaries, Burger Joint
Saturday 27th January – Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 28th January – Black Duck Brewery, Port Macquarie, NSW

Ella Belfanti
Saturday 27th January – Sir William Wallace Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Emily Wurramara
Friday 26th January – Survival Day Festival, Nimbin Bush Theatre, Nimbin, NSW
Sunday 28th January – Tarnanthi Big Festival, Sculpture Courtyard, Adelaide, SA

Faith i Branko
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th January – Western Australia Circus Festival, Perth, WA

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 26th January – The DAG, Nundle, NSW
Friday 2nd February – Savernake, NSW

Father John Misty
Wednesday 31st January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd February – Laneway Festival, Adelaide, SA

Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour feat. Claire Anne Taylor, The Small Glories
Friday 26th Januray – Ganmain Hall, Ganmain, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Orange, NSW
Wednesday 31st January – Frederickton School of Arts, Frederickton, NSW
Thursday 1st February – Woolbrook Hall, Woolbrook, NSW
Friday 2nd February – Toormina, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Cecilia Brandolini, Little Wise, Great Aunt
Wednesday 31st January – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Georgia State Line
Friday 26th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Giffen w/ Julia Johnson
Thursday 1st February – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Gleny Rae Virus and Archer
Saturday 27th January – Peel Inn Hotel, Nundle, NSW
Sunday 28th January – Great Lakes Paddocks, Wooton, NSW

Golden Guitar Awards
Saturday 27th January – Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre, Tamworth, NSW

Grampians Music Festival
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th February – Halls Gap, VIC

Great Aunt and Little Wise
Sunday 28th January – House Concert, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 31st January – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Friday 26th January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW

Hayley Marsten
Saturday 27th January – Medicine Show Sessions, The Tudor Hotel Upstairs, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 28th January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW

Hinterlandt
Friday 26th January – Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th January – Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 28th January – Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, VIC

Hooked on Portland
Saturday 27th January – Portland, VIC

Hussy Hicks
Friday 26th January – Blazes, Tamworth, NSW

Huon Blues Festival
Sunday 28th January – Home Hill Winery, Ranelagh, TAS

James Bennett
Friday 26th January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 28th January – Beaches, Bonny Hills, NSW

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Friday 26th January – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 1st February – The Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC

Jeremy Edwards and The Dust Radio Band
Friday 26th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW

Jess Holland
Friday 26th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

John Krsulja
Saturday 27th January – Toyota Fanzone Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Tamworth Golf Club, Tamworth, NSW

Johnny American Horse
Saturday 27th January – Fanzone Stage, Tamworth, NSW

Jukeboy Emmett & The Blue Lights
Sunday 28th January – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Kate Miller-Heidke
Sunday 28th January – One Day in Fremantle, Fremantle, WA

Kim Churchill
Friday 26th January – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 27th January – Little Bosa, Port Elliot, SA

Late Night Alt
Friday 26th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW

Little Wise
Friday 26th January – Late Night Alt, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 28th January – House Concert, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 31st January – FolksWagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Live ‘n’ Lounging feat. Dan Walsh, Piccolo Bear, Salty Bones, Thompson Springs
Sunday 28th January – Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW

Low Down Riders
Friday 26th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Locomotive Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW

Lucy Rose
Friday 2nd February – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Lyn Bowtell
Saturday 27th January – West Tamworth Leagues Club, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 28th January – The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

M.E. Baird
Thursday 1st February – Tago Mago Club, Melbourne, VIC

Matt J Ward
Saturday 27th January – Cattleman’s Steakhouse, Tamworth, NSW

Medicine Show Sessions
Friday 26th January – The Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – The Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Megan Cooper
Saturday 27th January – The Pig & Tinder, Tamworth, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Friday 26th January – South Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – South Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

Merpire
Tuesday 30th January – Tramway Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Montgomery Church
Friday 26th January – Bluegrass Comes to Tamworth – A Celebration of Acoustic Music, The Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Mimi Gillbert
Sunday 28th January – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 30th January – Tramway Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mr Alford Country
Thursday 1st February – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Neil Murray
Friday 2nd February – Red Velvet Lounge, Cygnet, TAS

Newstead Live! Music Festival
Thursday 15th to Sunday 28th January – Castlemaine, VIC

Nigel Wearne
Friday 26th January – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 27th January – Daylesford Cider Company, Daylesford, VIC

Numeralla Folk Festival
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th January – Numberalla, NSW

Out of Abingdon
Friday 26th January – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Paddy McHugh
Friday 26th January – Dag Sheepstation, Nundle, NSW

Papa Pilko and the Binrats
Saturday 27th January – The Wickham Park Hotel, Islington, NSW
Friday 2nd February – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW

Paul Andrew Carey
Friday 26th January – Nundle Rocks, Peel Inn Hotel, Nundle, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Saturday 27th January – Hooked on Portland, Portland, VIC

Raising Voices feat. Mark Lucas, Steph Miller, Ken Stewart
Sunday 28th January – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Richard Perso
Sunday 28th January – Old Canberra Inn, Canberra, ACT

Rick Hart Trio
Friday 26th January – Melissa Robertson Songwriters Showcase, West Tamworth Bowls Club, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Hopscotch Cafe, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Tamworth City Bowls, Tamworth, NSW

Round Mountain Girls
Saturday 27th January – The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Shaky Stills
Sunday 28th January – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Small Town Romance
Friday 26th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Late Nite Alt, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 28th January – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Smith & Jones
Saturday 27th January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 28th January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW

Sounds on Sunday feat. Brooke Austen
Sunday 28th January – Sassafras Canteen, Brisbane, NSW

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival
Friday 2nd February – Hart’s Mill, Adelaide, SA

Still Water
Sunday 28th January – Bar 303, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 1st February – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 19th to Sunday 28th January – Tamworth, NSW

Tanya Cornish
Sunday 27th January – Yamaha Showcase, Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW

That Red Head
Friday 26th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 28th January – The Longyard, Tamworth, NSW

The Ahern Brothers
Wednesday 31st January – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 1st February – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd February – 63 First Ave, Sawtell, NSW

The April Family
Saturday 27th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW

The Backsliders
Sunday 28th January – Waterfront Cafe Church Point, Sydney, NSW

The Black Sorrows
Friday 26th January – Club Bowral, Bowral, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 28th January – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

The Bushwackers
Friday 26th January – The Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – The Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 28th January – The Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Demon Drink
Friday 26th January – Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane, QLD

The Djangologists
Tuesday 30th January – NIMA, Newcastle, NSW

The Emerald Ruby
Thursday 1st Feburary – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

The Flood
Friday 26h January – The Tamwroth, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 28th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW

The Go Set
Friday 26th January – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

The Gypsy Scholars
Saturday 27th January – Rics Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 2nd February – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Heggarties
Saturday 27th January – Storytellers, Tamworth Golf Club, Tamworth, NSW

The Northern Folk
Saturday 27th January – Summer Sounds Festival, Bermagui, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 26th January – Longyard, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Longyard, Tamworth, NSW

The Swamp Stompers
Friday 26th January – Hotel Brunswick, Brunswick Heads, NSW
Sunday 28th January – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 2nd February – Bellevue Hotel, Tuncurry, NSW

The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Friday 26th January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 26th January – Melbourne Zoo Twilights 2018, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th January – The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

The Weeping Willows
Friday 26th January – Bluegrass Comes to Tamworth – A Celebration of Acoustic Music, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Storytellers – Journeys Through Song, Tamworth Golf Club, Tamworth, NSW

The Wilson Pickers
Friday 26th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

This is A Robbery w/ Quinton Trembath
Friday 26th January – Animal House, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 27th January – The Bakery, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 30th January – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 31st January – The Lass, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 2nd February – Newtown Cemetery, Sydney, NSW

Waywardbreed
Saturday 27th January – Charles Weston Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Whistle Dixie
Friday 26th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 28th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW

Witches Leap and Pukichi
Friday 2nd February – Illawarra Folk Club, City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Western Australia Circus Festival
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th January – Perth, WA

Yabun Festival
Friday 26th January – Victoria Park, Sydney, NSW

Zane Thompson
Friday 26th January – Tempe Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Ryebuck Shearer” – The Bushwackers

Watch the New Musketeer Live Video “The North Sea”

Musketeer
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Australian troubadour Musketeer has just released his latest live video “The North Sea”. Previously known as a solo artist, Musketeer has recently made a base for himself in Hamburg, Germany and started working with a full band which all play on this track.

I’m really liking the way Musketeer’s sound has evolved with the addition of the band and electric instrumentation. Check out “The North Sea” here:

Watch the New Video from The Bushwackers, “Waltzing Australia”

The Bushwackers
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Legendary bush band The Bushwackers have released the video for their new track “Waltzing Australia”. The video features guest vocals from the likes of Sara Storer and John Williamson alongside The Bushwackers’ Dobe Newton as well as a “bush choir” of backing vocals from some of Australian country and folk musics biggest names.

Check out the video below and see how many faces you recognise:

The Bushwackers will be making their way up to Tamworth for the Tamworth Country Music Festival this month. If you’re in town for the festival make sure you check out one of their shows:

Saturday 20th January – The Longyard, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – The Dag Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Shoppingworld, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – The Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – The Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 28th January – The Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Shane Nicholson Announces the Inaugural Americana Music Prize of Australia

Americana Music Prize
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Huge news this morning. Shane Nicholson/The Sound Hole, Forbes Street Studios and Lost Highway Australia have come together today with the announcement of The Americana Music Prize of Australia, an annual grant to support up-and-coming artists in the genre.

The winner of the prize will be rewarded with a $10,000 prize pack which includes services from some of the best in the business:

“We want to support, encourage, mentor and resource aspiring unsigned artists in the Americana/alt-country scene in Australia and this is a great way to kick start a career,” explained Shane Nicholson.

The judging panel for the prize has been chosen by Nicholson himself and includes Rod Yates (Editor, Rolling Stone), Brian Taranto (Love Police), Bernard Zuel (Journalist), Chris Familton (Post To Wire), Tim Daley (Country Music Channel), Michael Taylor (Lost Highway/Universal), Tracey Griffiths (Dashville Skyline), Graham Thompson (Artist Manager), Matt Fell (Record Producer), Alison Avron (The Newsagency), Jeremy Dylan (Filmmaker), Henry Wagons (Artist), Brian Wise (Rhythms magazine founder and music writer), Jane Gazzo (Triple M) and Denise Hylands (RRR-Twang).

More information, including how to apply for the prize, head over to The Industry Observer.

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