Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th June

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Bryan Estepa, Emma Russack, Greta Stanley, Passenger, Sarah Humphreys, The Avett Brothers, The Teskey Brothers, Tully John & Liza-Jane, Wallis Bird and Winterbourne. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Emma Beau
Emma BeauEmma Beau
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Tunng
This Is Tunng … Magpie Bites and Other CutsTunng
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Walkerthon – A Benefit For Jason Walker feat. Shane Nicholson, Kevin Bennett, Jenny Queen, Jeremy Edwards, Ben Leece, Peta Caswell, Mark Lucas, Mindy Sotiri, Sam Shinazzi, Peter V Fenton, Abby Dobson

Walkerthon

Friday 28th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

A Taste of Ireland
Thursday 4th July – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW

AltFest feat. Dallas Frasca, Z-Star Trinity, Sahara Beck, Marz, Filip With An F
Saturday 29th June – Woodville Town Hall, Adelaide, SA

Amber Lawrence
Saturday 29th June – Sale Botanical Gardens, Sale, VIC

Andrew Swift, Harmony James
Friday 5th July – The Bridport Hotel, Bridport, TAS

Angharad Drake
Saturday 29th June – Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Friday 5th July – Dust Temple, Currumbin Waters, QLD

Anna Smyrk
Sunday 30th June – Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon, VIC

Archer
Saturday 29th July – Happy Yess, Darwin, NT
Friday 5th July – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW

Archie Roach
Friday 5th July – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

BATTS
Friday 28th June – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Bob Evans
Thursday 4th July – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Bobby Alu
Friday 28th June – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 30th June – Festival Of Voices, Apslawn, TAS

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Saturday 29th June – Sydney Brewery, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 4th July – Rock Lily At The Star, Sydney, NSW

Bush Dance
Saturday 29th June – Teralba Community Hall, Teralba, NSW

Chaika
Friday 28th June – Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 29th June – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Sunday 30th June – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Cigány Weaver
Friday 28th June – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Daniel Champagne
Friday 28th June – Palace Hotel, York, WA
Saturday 29th June – White Star, Albany, WA
Sunday 30th June – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Wednesday 3rd July – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 4th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 5th July – Mount Nimmel Hall, Gold Coast, QLD

David Bridie
Friday 28th June – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 29th June – Charlton Footy Club, Charlton, VIC

Emily Rigz, Big Sky Mountain
Friday 5th July – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

Ess-Em
Saturday 29th June – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Family’s Fifth Party feat. Evan Buckley, Teri Young, Brianna Thomas, Cj Shaw, Bec Taylor
Sunday 30th June – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Folk In The Frost feat. Claude Hay, Kane Dennelly, Wolf Gordon, Kay Proudlove, The Black Moon Band, The Water Runners, Kenny Bartley, Leo
Saturday 29th June – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Rita B, Mish Mash Radio Ensemble, John Mason
Wednesday 3rd July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. Smith & Jones, Andy Nelson, The Safety of Life at Sea
Saturday 29th June – 107, Sydney, NSW

Front Yard Sessions: Blues, Roots & Beyond feat. Karin Page, Julius Lutero
Wednesday 3rd July – Freo.Social, Fremantle, WA

Georgia State Line
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Great Aunt
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Greta Stanley
Saturday 29th to Sunday 30th June – Neck Of The Woods Music Festival, Townsville, QLD

Grigoryan Brothers
Friday 28th June – Queenscliff Town Hall, Queenscliff, VIC

Honey
Sunday 30th June – Camel Rock Brewery, Wallaga Lake, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 4th July – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

JD and The Hunger Men
Thursday 4th July – Sly Fox, Sydney, NSW

Jeff Lang
Thursday 4th July – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 5th July – Sounds Delicious, Huskisson, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Wednesday 3rd July – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

John Flanagan
Friday 28th June – Yackandandah Public Hall, Yackandandah, VIC
Saturday 29th June – Milton Theatre, Milton NSW

Jordan Merrick
Friday 5th July – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Joseph Tawadros
Sunday 30th June – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 4th July – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th July – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

Karl S Williams
Friday 28th June – Dust Temple, Currumbin, QLD
Sunday 30th June – Festival Of Voices, Apslawn, TAS

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 28th June – The Manly Fig, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 30th June – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Friday 5th July – Marty’s, Cabarita Beach, NSW

Kristen Lee Morris
Saturday 29th June – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 30th June – Hardys Bay Community Club, Hardys Bay, NSW

Leah Flanagan
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June – Mandorah Ukulele and Folk Festival, Darwin, NT

Live ‘n’ Lounging feat. Nathan Cavaleri, Carly Mozsny
Sunday 30th June – House Concert, Leumeah, NSW

Luke O’Shea and Lyn Bowtell
Saturday 29th June – Tilligerry RSL, Tanilba Bay, NSW

M.E. Baird
Friday 28th June – Dust Temple, Currumbin, QLD
Thursday 4th July – Sly Fox, Sydney, NSW

Magpie Diaries
Thursday 4th July – Gunnedah Hotel, Gunnedah, NSW
Friday 5th July – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Maizy Coombes
Friday 5th July – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Mandorah Ukulele and Folk Festival
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June – Cox Country Club, Darwin, NT

Nathan Seeckts
Saturday 29th June – The Lost Ones, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 29th June – Entrée Music Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 30th June – The Taproom, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 5th July – The Wharf Barrel Shed, Goolwa, SA

Newport Folk Festival
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport, VIC

Ramblin’ Nights feat. JD and The Hunger Men, M.E.Baird
Thursday 4th July – Slyfox, Sydney, NSW

Richard Perso
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Sally Balfour
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June – Mandorah Ukulele and Folk Festival, Darwin, NT

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 3rd July – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Sean McMahon and The Owls
Thursday 4th July – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Shantily Clad
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Skyscraper Stan
Wednesday 3rd July – The Red Room, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 4th July – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Tessa Devine
Saturday 29th June – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW
Sunday 30th June – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

The April Family
Sunday 30th June – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The BordererS
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

The Hillbilly Goats
Saturday 29th June – Casino RSM Club, Casino, NSW
Friday 5th July – Seabreeze Hotel, Mackay, QLD

The Little Lord Street Band
Friday 28th June – The Bassendean Hotel, Bassendean, WA
Thursday 4th July – Ningaloo Reef Resort, Coral Bay, WA
Friday 5th July – Whalebone Brewing Company, Exmouth, WA

The Maes
Friday 28th June – Yackandandah Public Hall, Yackandandah, VIC
Saturday 29th June – Milton Theatre, Milton NSW
Sunday 30th June – Candelo Arts, Candelo, NSW
Friday 5th July – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

The Slipdixies
Sunday 30th June – Clayton RSL, Kingston, VIC

The Thin White Ukes
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June – Mandorah Ukulele and Folk Festival, Darwin, NT
Sunday 30th June – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Tracy McNeil and Dan Parsons
Saturday 29th June – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Tully John & Liza-Jane
Wednesday 3rd July – House Concert, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 4th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 5th July – Dust Temple, Gold Coast, QLD

Walkerthon – A Benefit For Jason Walker feat. Shane Nicholson, Kevin Bennett, Jenny Queen, Jeremy Edwards, Ben Leece, Peta Caswell, Mark Lucas, Mindy Sotiri, Sam Shinazzi, Peter V Fenton, Abby Dobson
Friday 28th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Winter Hootenanny feat. Ben Leece, Neptune’s Tide Machine, James Thomson and the Strange Pilgrims, Matt Scullion, The High Andies, Nat Henry, Robbie Long, Gleny Rae Virus
Saturday 29th June – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Boulder to Birmingham” – Emmylou Harris

New Music Monday – 24th June

Sarah Humphreys
Image Courtesy of Sarah Humphreys

Bryan Estepa – “I’m Not Ready For This”

Prolific Sydney-based singer-songwriter Bryan Estepa channels classic Americana and rock with his new single “I’m Not Ready For This”. Taken from his upcoming album Sometimes I Just Don’t Know, due on the 23rd August, “I’m Not Ready For This” sounds like classic Tom Petty – lyrically driven rock music with a pop sensibility.

Emma Russack – “Be Real”

Melbourne based singer-songwriter Emma Russack released “Be Real”, the newest single from her upcoming album Winter Blues, due on the 5th July. Channelling 90s grunge and indie rock, “Be Real” is Russack’s reaction to the selfie culture.

“[“Be Real”] is about my frustration with phone obsession, social media, hype and trend – the phoniness that I see all over the place (and actually buy into),” Emma Russack explained. “I’m really trying to emphasise the importance of being true to yourself and being ‘real’ – whatever the hell that means. The video is a snapshot of how insular and isolated people have become as a result of technology. I just wanna connect irl.”

To celebrate the release of her new album Emma Russack has a bunch of tour dates in the second half of the year.

Wednesday 7th August – The Jazzlab, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 9th August – Sideway, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 10th August – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th September – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 14th September – Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon, VIC
Sunday 15th September – The Taproom – Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC

Greta Stanley – “Follow Suit”

Queensland based singer-songwriter Greta Stanley released her new single “Follow Suit”. With gorgeous production from Mark Myers (The Middle East), “Follow Suit” explores what it’s like to go from youth to adulthood in isolated Far North Queensland. I like the way the song meanders through different production styles while keeping Stanley’s voice front and centre – the production almost feels like a stream of consciousness, kept in line by the conventional structure of the song’s lyrics and phrasing.

“Follow Suit is about wanting to pull away and wanting to feel something more but not knowing how, or when, or where to go,” Greta Stanley explains. “It’s a song I wrote when I was questioning my reasons for continuing to do things I didn’t want to do, and a lot of my friends were too. Because we were afraid of change and the unknown. It’s about how quickly your mind can change – to being sure and moving forward, to feeling like time is slipping and you’re stuck still – full of uncertainty.”

“Follow Suit” is taken from Greta Stanley’s upcoming EP Sun In My Eyes which is due for release on the 26th July. Upcoming tour dates are below:

Saturday 29th June – Neck of the Woods Festival, Townsville, QLD
Friday 23rd August – Darwin Festival, Darwin, NT
Friday 13th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th September – Tank Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Thursday 19th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 20th September – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Passenger – “Let Me Dream A While”

Any day with new Passenger music is a good day. His latest video “Let Me Dream A While” was filmed and recorded at Abbey Road complete with a string quartet. The track is taken from Passenger’s latest album Sometimes It’s Something, Sometimes It’s Nothing At All and is exactly what you’d expect from the UK based singer-songwriter – beautiful fingerpicked guitar, emotionally driven melancholic lyrics and Mike’s unique voice.

Sarah Humphreys – “Slow Dance”

Central Coast based singer-songwriter Sarah Humphreys has returned with a really sweet new song and video, “Slow Dance”. Humphreys is the queen of this understated style of indie-folk and her voice in the track is perfectly matched by the simple arrangement of acoustic guitar, bass, pedal-steel and trumpet (not to mention the obligatory toy piano). Lovely stuff

The Avett Brothers – “High Steppin'”

New York’s indie-folk favourites The Avett Brothers have released their new single “High Steppin'”, taken from their upcoming album Closer Than Together, due on the 4th October. The track takes country music conventions (including a spoken word interlude!), couples it with a straight rock beat, synths and some swirling guitars and creates something that feels familiar and new at the same time. It’s kind of odd but I kind of like it for being odd.

The Teskey Brothers – “Man Of The Universe”

As The Teskey Brothers gear up to release their new album Run Home Slow on the 2nd August, we’ve been gifted with another new track from the Melbourne based band. Following the gospel of “Hold Me”, the band’s latest single and video is the soul driven “Man Of The Universe”. This track feels like it’s been ripped directly from the 70s with its distinctly retro sound.

Tully John & Liza-Jane – “Embers”

Gold Coast duo Tully John & Liza-Jane have released their new single “Embers”, a mixture of indie-folk storytelling with more pop sensibilities. The way Tully John & Liza-Jane’s vocals intertwine over the pulsing melody of “Embers” is beautiful and is further heightened by the shimmering guitars and keys.

“The song begins with two souls divided before they begin to interweave and come together again,” Liza-Jane explains. “In the end it is a song of resolution and solace. The ember is the hope to which we cling when things are just a bit wobbly.”

Tully John & Liza-Jane have a handful of tour dates in South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales next week:

Wednesday 3rd July – House Concert, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 4th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 5th July – Dust Temple, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 6th July – House Concert, Byron Bay, NSW

Wallis Bird – “As The River Flows”

It’s easy to see why Irish artist Wallis Bird has such a following in Australia when she’s releasing music like her latest single “As The River Flows”. The first taste of her upcoming album Woman, due on the 27th September, “As The River Flows” is a frantic, visceral song with Bird’s lyrics tumbling over a cacophony of sounds and music. Intensely mesmerising music from Wallis Bird

Winterbourne – “Too Many”

“Too Many” is the third single from the upcoming album Echo Of Youth from Winterbourne, due on the 23rd August. The duo have transitioned seamlessly from their original indie-folk sound to take on a more synth-driven context which is seeing them win the hearts and minds of their fans.

“”Too Many” is a slow build from one point to another with a bunch of ramblings that rhyme over the top,” James from Winterbourne explained. “Much like when you’re staring out into the distance and all the things that are making you feel overwhelmed are adding up in your head but then some thought or chemical brings you comfort, and you revel in that while you walk home listening to music.”

Winterbourne are heading out on tour this October, playing some of their biggest headline shows to date:

Friday 25th October – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 26th October – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Friday 8th November – The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 9th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th November – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st June

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Angharad Drake, Boy & Bear, Georgia State Line & Patrick Wilson, Jordan Merrick, Michael Waugh, Nathan Seeckts and Steve Poltz. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

JimLauderdale
From Another WorldJim Lauderdale
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Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Morrisons w/ Lisa Caruso

The Morrisons

Sunday 23rd June – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Ainsley Farrell
Saturday 22nd June – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Amber Lawrence
Friday 21st June – Laurieton United Services Club, Laurieton, NSW
Saturday 22nd June – Sawtell RSL Club, Sawtell, NSW
Sunday 23rd June – Coutts Crossing Coronation Hall, Coutts Crossing, NSW

Americana Amplified feat. Ben Leece Duo, Danny Widdicombe & Dana Gehrman, Four Lions Duo, Paddy McHugh
Saturday 22nd June – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

An Otherwise Quiet Room Merri Creek Tavern Sessions feat. Mick Daley
Thursday 27th June – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Archie Roach
Saturday 22nd June – Queenscliff Town Hall, Queenscliff, VIC

BATTS
Saturday 22nd June – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th June – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Beyond The Blues feat. Felicity Lawless, 19-Twenty, Little Billie, Urban Chiefs, Salt and Steel, Hussy Hicks feat. Kristy Lee
Saturday 22nd June – Seagulls Club, Tweeds Heads, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 21st June – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Bobby Alu
Friday 28th June – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

Chaika
Friday 28th June – Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong, NSW

Charlie Gradon
Thursday 27th June – The Landsdowne, Sydney, NSW

Cigány Weaver
Friday 21st June – The Grand Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 23rd June – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th June – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Daniel Champagne
Thursday 27th June – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Friday 28th June – Palace Hotel, York, WA

Darren Cross
Sunday 23rd June – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

David Bridie
Saturday 22nd June · Metro Arts, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 28th June · The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Eagle & The Wolf
Saturday 22nd June – Winter Magic Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Felicity Urquhart & Brad Butcher
Saturday 22nd June – Cowora RSL, Cowora, NSW
Sunday 23rd June – House Concert, Carrum Downs, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. E for Echo, Hannah Darling, Iain T. McKelvey
Wednesday 26th June – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick
Saturday 22nd June – Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Georgia State Line
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Great Aunt
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Grigoryan Brothers
Friday 28th June – Queenscliff Town Hall, Queenscliff, VIC

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 27th June – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

JarrahCelts
Friday 21st June – Mundaring Folk and Blues Club, Mundaring, WA

Jeff Lang
Friday 21st June – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD
Saturday 22nd June – Dust Temple, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 23rd June – Brunswick Picture House, Brunswick Heads, NSW

Julian James
Sunday 23rd June – The Old Canberra Inn, Canberra, ACT

John Grant
Saturday 22nd June – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Joseph Tawadros
Friday 21st June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Kate Miller-Heidke
Saturday 22nd June – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Katie Bates
Friday 21st June – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC

Kay Proudlove
Friday 21st June – Jose Jones, Thirroul, NSW
Wednesday 26th June – 1933 Booze House & Kitchen, Sydney, NSW

Kelly Brouhaha
Wednesday 26th June – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 28th June – The Manly Fig, Sydney, NSW

Kim Churchill
Friday 21st June – Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 22nd June – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth, WA

Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart
Friday 21st June – House Concert, Mittagong, NSW
Saturday 22nd June – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 23rd June – Django @ Camelot, Sydney, NSW

Luke O’Shea and Lyn Bowtell
Thursday 27th June – Django @ Camelot, Sydney, NSW

M.E. Baird
Friday 28th June – Dust Temple, Currumbin, QLD

Mick Hart
Friday 21st June- The Bunker Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd June – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW

Mundaring Folk ‘n’ Blues Club feat. The Jarrah Celts
Friday 21st June – Mundaring Folk and Blues Club, Mundaring, WA

Newport Folk Festival
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport, VIC

Reeling Rosie
Saturday 22nd June – Winter Magic Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Richard Perso
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Rose Zita Falko
Friday 21st June – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC

Ross Tipper
Friday 21st June – The House Dining, Sydney, NSW

Sam Newton Band, Chris Carrapetta
Sunday 23rd June – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 26th June – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Shantily Clad
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Slim Dime, The Prairie Kings
Tuesday 25th June – Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, Ferntree Gully, VIC

Small Hall Hillbilly Ball feat. The Long Johns, Hat Fitz and Cara, Open Season, Palomino III, Bearded Betty
Saturday 22nd June – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

The BordererS
Friday 21st June – House Concert, Adelaide, SA
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

The Dead Maggies, The Stragglers, Dominic Francis Grief Ensemble
Saturday 22nd June – Hobart Brewing Co., Hobart, TAS

The Grubby Urchins
Wednesday 26th June – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 27th June – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Little Lord Street Band
Friday 28th June – The Bassendean Hotel, Bassendean, WA

The Loaded Dog Folk Club feat. The Convict Voice ReCollected, Cap in Hand
Saturday 22nd June – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Maes w/ John Flanagan Trio
Friday 28th June – Yackandandah Public Hall, Yackandandah, VIC

The Morrisons w/ Lisa Caruso
Sunday 23rd June – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 21st June – South Kolan Hotel, South Kolan, QLD
Saturday 22nd June – D’Aguilar Hotel, D’Aguilar, QLD

The Water Runners
Saturday 22nd June – The Troubadour, Woy Woy, NSW

Three Chords 100th Episode Listening Party
Thursday 27th June – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Tracy McNeil & Dan Parsons
Friday 21st June – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 22nd June – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Walkerthon – A Benefit For Jason Walker feat. Shane Nicholson, Kevin Bennett, Jenny Queen, Jeremy Edwards, Ben Leece, Peta Caswell, Mark Lucas, Mindy Sotiri, Sam Shinazzi, Peter V Fenton, Abby Dobson
Friday 28th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Winter Magic Festival
Saturday 22nd June – Katoomba, NSW

Witches Leap
Saturday 22nd June – Winter Magic Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Z-Star Trinity
Friday 21st June – Apollo Bay Hotel, Apollo Bay, VIC
Saturday 22nd June – Apollo Bay Hotel, Apollo Bay, VIC
Sunday 23rd June – Mozart’s Hall, Warrnambool, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Caroline” – The Mae Trio

New Music Monday – 17th June

Boy and Bear
Image Courtesy of Boy & Bear

Angharad Drake – “Start Again”

Brisbane based singer-songwriter Angharad Drake released her dreamy new single “Start Again” this week, along with home video style clip. The track fuses elements of Drake’s folk-infused sound with an almost melancholic indie-rock aesthetic.

“”Start Again” is about not letting one tragedy in your life determine every other choice you make,” Angharad Drake explains. “You have the opportunity to start again, don’t miss your chance.”

“Start Again” is taken from her upcoming EP due on the 18th July. Angharad Drake has a handful of Queensldand dates coming up in the next few weeks:

Saturday 29th June – Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Friday 5th July – Dust Temple, Currumbin Waters, QLD
Saturday 6th July – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 7th July – House Concert, Kingscliff, QLD

Boy & Bear – “Hold Your Nerve”

This week saw the triumphant return of Australian indie-folk favourites Boy & Bear with their brand new single “Hold Your Nerve”. This is the band’s first new music single their 2015 album Limit of Love so their return is very very welcome.

And they don’t disappoint with an epic single in “Hold Your Nerve”, an ultimately positive stadium banger full of the band’s trademark seventies influences. And of course with a new single we also get a handful of tour dates this August:

Thursday 15th August – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th August – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th August – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd August – The Astor, Perth, WA

Georgia State Line & Patrick Wilson – “What I Know Now”

Alt-country favourites Georgia State Line and Patrick Wilson have collaborated on their brand new track “What I Know Now”. The song comes with a stunning live video which showcases these unique talents perfectly – combining their gorgeous voices with the natural reverb of Evans Hall, thanks to Shoelace Sessions.

“Having committed to the inevitable highs and lows of a lifetime in music, Pat and I got to a point where we realised we’re all, in one way or another, taught to feel shame about our unique pathway through the world,” Georgia Delves said of the song. “At the time of writing [the song] I found myself wondering what life could be like if we were all just left to be; to act with curiosity and compassion for ourselves and others.

Jordan Merrick – “Low Country”

Sitting somewhere between The Doors and Los Lobos, Brisbane based folk singer-songwriter Jordan Merrick delivers his latest single “Low Country”. With an unmistakeable swagger, “Low Country” is going to conjure up all sorts of musical nostalgia with more than a pinch of grit.

“Low Country” is the first taste from an upcoming debut album from Jordan Merrick.

Michael Waugh – “This Song Reminds Me”

No one is really writing country and folk music like Michael Waugh. The deceptively simple storytelling approach to his craft, combined with heavy doses of nostalgia and poignancy, firmly places Waugh in the great tradition of great Australian songwriters.

“This Song Reminds Me” feels like a Michael Waugh song turned up to eleven. It’s the lead single from his upcoming album, due for release later this year.

Nathan Seeckts – “Three Soldiers”

Geelong based alt-country singer Nathan Seeckts perfectly captures the feeling of childhood friedships drifting apart over the years with his new single “Three Soldiers”. I’m such a fan of Seeckts’ voice, particularly on this track – it’s strong and raw with a hidden tenderness that is needed on tracks like “Three Soldiers”.

“My mates and I grew up riding our bikes around the streets of Geelong from sunup ‘til sundown, looking for adventure and only coming home when it was time to eat,” Nathan Seeckts explained. “As we grew up and followed different paths we lost that tight bond that we’d built up over so many years. I like to think of this song as my Stand By Me song.”

Nathan Seeckts is currently out on tour – his remaining dates are here:

Saturday 29th June – The Lost Ones, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 29th June – Entrée Music Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 30th June – The Taproom, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 5th July – The Wharf Barrel Shed, Goolwa, SA
Saturday 6th July – The Exeter, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 7th July – The Royal Oak, Penola, SA
Saturday 13th July – Pistol Pete’s, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 20th July – The Fitzroy Pinnacle, Melbourne, VIC

Steve Poltz – “Ballin’ On A Wednesday”

Celebrated Americana singer-songwriter Steve Poltz has just released his ode to the middle of the week, “Ballin’ On A Wednesday”. This is a straight up humour driven Americana music with its tongue firmly placed in its check and a ludicrous video to match.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 14th June

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Andrew Swift, Bon Iver, Gareth Leach, Harrison Storm, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes and This Way North. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Bill Callahan
Shepherd in a Sheepskin VestBill Callahan
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Calexico Iron and Wine
Years to BurnCalexico and Iron & Wine
iTunes

Garrett Kato
Distant LandsGarrett Kato
iTunes

Jordan Millar
Side AJordan Millar
Bandcamp

Lucas Nelson
Turn Off The News (Build A Garden)Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
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Skyscraper Stan
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Saturday 15th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 14th June – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 14th June – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 15th June – Carrington Bowling Club, Carrington, NSW

Ainsley Farrell
Saturday 15th June – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

All About The Song feat. Melanie Horsnell, Andy Gordon, Genni Kane
Sunday 16th June – Club Millthorpe, Millthorpe, NSW

Amber Lawrence
Friday 14th June – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 15th June – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW
Friday 21st June – Laurieton United Services Club, Laurieton, NSW

Anna Smyrk, STAV
Friday 14th June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Ash Grunwald
Friday 14th June – Milton Theatre, Milton, VIC
Saturday 15th June – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT

Bob Evans
Friday 14th June – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th June – Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, NSW
Thursday 20th June – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 21st June – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Bobby Alu
Friday 14th June – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 15th June – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 16th June – Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Sunday 16th June – The Pyrmont Bridge Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Bonniesongs
Friday 14th June – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 15th June – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Brian Campeau, Clio
Sunday 16th June – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Bush Gothic
Thursday 20th June – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Cigány Weaver
Friday 21st June – The Grand Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

D.C. Cross, Wifey, Jessica Cassar
Sunday 16th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Dan Sultan
Saturday 15th June – Queenscliff Town Hall, Queenscliff, VIC

Daniel Champagne
Friday 14th June – Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW
Saturday 15th June – Tintenbar Hall, Tintenbar, NSW
Sunday 16th June – Oddfellows Hall, Kempsey, NSW

Dave Wells
Friday 14th June – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

David Bridie
Friday 14th June – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th June – Wauchope Arts Centre, Wauchope, NSW

Figgy Folk Session
Monday 17th June – Figtree Hotel, Figtree, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Liam Gale & The Ponytails, Storm & Stone, Jarrah
Wednesday 19th June – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick
Saturday 15th June – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 18th June – Pride of our Footscray Community Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Grigoryan Brothers
Thursday 20th June – Llewellyn Hall ANU, Canberra, ACT

Hannah Cameron
Friday 14th June – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 20th June – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Huckleberry Hastings
Saturday 15th June – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks w/ Kristy Lee
Friday 14th June – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th June – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Jeff Lang
Thursday 20th June – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 20th June – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st June – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

John Grant
Wednesday 19th June – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 20th June – Odeon Theatre, Dark Mofo, Hobart, TAS

Joseph Tawadros
Friday 14th June – Blue Mountains Theatre, Springwood, NSW
Thursday 20th June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Friday 21st June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Julian James
Friday 14th June – Red Rock Bowlo, Red Rock, NSW
Sunday 16th June – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Katie Bates
Saturday 15th June – The Lost Ones, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 21st June – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 14th June – Chateau Apollo, Adelaide, SA

Kelly Brouhaha
Saturday 15th June – The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 16th June – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
Saturday 15th June – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 21st June – Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide, SA

Lee Coulter & Dixie Maxwell
Saturday 15th June – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Lizzie Flynn & The Reckoning
Saturday 15th June – West End Markets, Brisbane, QLD

Lucie Thorne
Friday 14th June – House Concert, Duranbah, NSW
Sunday 16th June – House Concert, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st June – House Concert, Mittagong, NSW

Magpie Diaries, Katie Brianna, Kyle Jenkins
Thursday 20th June – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Mick Hart
Saturday 15th June – Harrington Hotel, Harrington, NSW
Sunday 16th June – Harrington Hotel, Harrington, NSW
Friday 21st June- The Bunker Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW

Mundaring Folk ‘n’ Blues Club feat. JarrahCelts
Friday 21st June – Mundaring Folk and Blues Club, Mundaring, WA

Nerds & Music
Friday 14th June – Bush Music Club, Addison Road Centre, Sydney, NSW

Nick Payne & The Incorrigible Rascals, Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes, Justine Wahlin
Friday 14th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Rose Zita Falko
Friday 21st June – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC

Russell Morris
Friday 14th June – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th June – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 16th June – Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 19th June – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Smith & Jones
Friday 14th June – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 15th June – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 16th June – Gunnedah Hotel, Gunnedah, NSW

STAV.
Friday 14th June – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Teeny Tiny Stevies
Saturday 15th June – Hurstville Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW

Tessa Devine
Saturday 15th June – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 16th June – Old Canberra Inn, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 20th June – Jindy Sessions, Jindabyne, NSW

The Maes
Friday 14th June – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 15th June – The Barn, Wombat Flat, SA
Sunday 16th June – Emily’s Bistro, Quornm SA

The Pantry Sessions feat. Gretta Ziller & Ryan Daykin
Sunday 16th June – The Kitchen Door, Barjarg, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 21st June – South Kolan Hotel Motel, South Kolan, QLD

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Thursday 20th June – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

The Trippy Hippy Band
Saturday 15th June – Everglades Country Club, Woy Woy, NSW

The Young Folk, INYAL
Saturday 15th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

This Way North
Friday 14th June – Stay Gold, Melbourne, VIC

Tracy McNeil & Dan Parsons
Saturday 15th June – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 21st June – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

WestSet MusicFestival feat. Allara Briggs Pattison, Tracy McNeil, Freya Josephine Hollick
Tuesday 18th June – Pride of our Footscray Community Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Witches Leap
Sunday 16th June – Katoomba Family Hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Yarrabah Music and Cultural Festival
Saturday 15th June – Jilara Oval, Yarrabah, QLD

Yulli’s Sessions feat. Narrownecks
Wednesday 19th June – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Z-Star Trinity
Friday 14th June – The Retro Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 15th June – Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 16th June – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 19th June – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Boots of Spanish Leather” – Mandolin Orange

New Music Monday – 10th June

Bon Iver
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Andrew Swift – “Ball & Chain”

“Ball & Chain” is pure country. Golden Guitar winner Andrew Swift has unleashed this latest track ahead of a massive Australian kicking off this July.

I’m loving the instrumentation on this one, with fiddle and lap steel soloing over the top of Swift who is in-turn accompanied by a choir. Check out his upcoming tour dates and the video for “Ball & Chain” below:

Friday 5th July – The Bridport Hotel, Bridport, TAS
Saturday 6th July – The Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 7th July – Longley International, Longley, TAS
Wednesday 10th July – Peppertown Jam, Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 12th July – Desk & Studio, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th July – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Sunday 14th July – Wests Leagues Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 18th July – Oodies Café, Bundaberg, QLD
Friday 19th July – Captain Cook Holiday Village, 1770, QLD
Tuesday 23rd July – Mackay Masonic Temple, Mackay, QLD
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Broadbeach, QLD
Saturday 3rd August – Braidwood Theatre, Braidwood, NSW
Friday 16th August – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th August – The Grand Ridge Brewery, Mirboo North, VIC
Saturday 24th August – Noojee Hotel, Noojee, VIC
Saturday 28th September – C2C Country to Country, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th September – C2C Country to Country, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 18th October – Wingham Akoostik Festival, Wingham, NSW

Bon Iver – “Hey, Ma” and “U (Man Like)”

Out of nowhere beloved indie-folk legend Bon Iver has dropped two brand new tracks, “Hey, Ma” and “U (Man Like)”. The tracks see Justin Veron and co continue their musical evolution, layering electronic music, samples, loops and more with folk sensibilities. “Hey, Ma” is the most similar to previous Bon Iver work, while “U (Man Like)” takes us down a neo-soul route that feels ripe to be sampled by Kanye.


Gareth Leach – “Better or Worse?”

Victorian alt-country singer Gareth Leach tackles anxiety and depression with the release of this new single “Better or Worse?”.

“Without tiptoeing around the subject, “Better or Worse?” is about personal anxiety and depression, something that I have personally been struggling with for as long as I can remember,” Leach explained. “It’s about dealing with living with your own high expectations of what life is supposed to be.”

The heavy subject matter on the track works really well with the shimmering guitars and Gareth Leach’s emotional vocal delivery. This is country music at its deeply personal best.

Harrison Storm – “Falling Down”

I’m always excited for new music from singer-songwriter Harrison Storm and with his latest release I’ve not been disappointed.

“Falling Down”, taken from the upcoming EP of the same name due on the 26th July, is the type of epic indie-folk that Australian artists do so well (and which always proves to be very radio friendly). I love his finger picked guitar throughout and the soulful resonance of his voice.

“Falling Down is a song about those times in a relationship where there seems to be a shadow looming overhead and you’re desperately trying to see through it and hang on,” Harrison Storm explained. Full dates for his upcoming Australian tour are below:

Thursday 8th August – Grace Emily, Adelaide, NSW
Friday 9th August – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Saturday 10th August – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th August – Heya Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 17th August – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes – “The Road”

My deep affection for the songwriting of Lachlan Bryan continues with the release of “The Road”, the latest single with his band The Wildes. Tackling a tried and true subject, “The Road” is beautifully put together with Bryan’s finger-picked guitar and vocals front and centre, adeptly accompanied by subtle base and lap steel.

“I’m a kind of restless person,” Lachlan Bryan explains. “and in my adult life I’ve chosen the road – both literally and figuratively, over just about everything else. Of course I’ve always felt that this probably isn’t a healthy thing, but I’ve come to accept that it is who I am. That’s really what this song is about – it’s kind of a meditation for all of us restless spirits out there.”

This Way North – “Night Terrors”

Indie duo This Way North explore sleeping disorders and the “intersection between dreams and reality” with their rocking new single and video “Night Terrors”. The pounding track is relentless in its driving rhythms and the vocals are next level.

This Way North are launching “Night Terrors” on Friday 14th June at Stay Gold in Melbourne.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th June

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Big Sky Mountain, Freya Josephine Hollick, Saint Sister, Sufjan Stevens and Tunng. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

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Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June – Glen Helen, NT

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 14th June – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT

99 Stories Singer/Songwriter Showcase feat. Rayn McDonald, Zoe Hormovas, Jonah Vogelman, Hanna Matysek, Billy Green, M’leigh, Matt Gold, Dani Erassi, Gabe Levin, Elizabeth Fader, Ollie Thorpe
Saturday 8th June – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Áine Tyrrell
Thursday 13th June – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th June – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Alpha Box & Porch feat. Milan Ring, Didier Kumalo, Jordan Ruru
Saturday 8th June – AB&D Cellar Door, McLaren Vale, SA

Amber Lawrence
Thursday 13th June – Robertson Public House, Robertson, NSW
Friday 14th June – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT

Anna Smyrk, STAV
Friday 14th June – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Ash Grunwald
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW
Friday 14th June – Milton Theatre, Milton, VIC

Barunga Festival
Friday 7th June to Sunday 9th June – Barunga, NT

BATTS
Friday 7th June – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 11th June – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Ben Mastwyk
Sunday 9th June – Daintonfest, Dainton Beer, Carrum Downs, VIC

Big Sky Mountain
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 7th June – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 14th June – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Bobby Alu
Friday 7th to Saturday 8th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD
Sunday 9th June – The Loft, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 14th June – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Bush Gothic
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Cigány Weaver
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD

Clare Bowditch
Friday 7th June – Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Claude Hay
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

Clio
Sunday 9th June – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Colin Jones
Tuesday 11th June – In The Round, The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 12th June – Folkswagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Colin Lillie
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Crawfish Po’Boys
Thursday 13th June – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 7th June – Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June – Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW
Wednesday 12th June – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 13th June – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 14th June – Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW

Dave Wells
Friday 14th June – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

David Bridie
Friday 7th June · Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Friday 14th June · Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Didirri
Saturday 8th June – Sea N Sound Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Ella Belfanti
Tuesday 11th June – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Ess-Em
Saturday 8th June – The Captain Cook Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Famous Will
Saturday 8th June – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC

Fiona Ross and Shane O’Mara
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Flying Seamen
Sunday 9th June – Jimmy’s Bar and Restaurant, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Colin Jones & The Delta Revue, Naked Strangers
Wednesday 12th June – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Frozen Water Trade w/ Mark Lucas
Sunday 9th June – Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Friday 7th June – Captain Cook Holiday Village, Seventeen Seventy, QLD
Sunday 9th June – The Junk Bar’s Skukum Lounge, Brisbane, QLD

Hannah Blackburn
Sunday 9th June – Secret Show, Melbourne, VIC

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 13th June – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Huckleberry Hastings
Saturday 8th June – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Lizzie Benne, Stringline, CJ Shaw
Friday 7th June – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

In The Round feat. Colin Jones, Spookyland, Maia Marsh, Sasha March
Tuesday 11th June – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

JD And The Hunger Men w/ Demi Mitchell
Friday 7th June – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Jordan Merrick
Friday 7th June – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Joseph Tawadros
Saturday 8th June – Woodend Winter Arts Festival, Woodend, VIC
Friday 14th June – Blue Mountains Theatre, Springwood, NSW

Julian James
Friday 7th June – Snack Shack, Tin Pan Bay, QLD
Saturday 8th June – Arkarra Gardens Cafe Restaurant, Dundowran Beach, QLD
Saturday 8th June – Rick’s Garage, Palmwoods, QLD
Sunday 9th June – Dusty Attic, Lismore NSW
Tuesday 11th June – New Brighton Farmers’ Markets, New Brighton, NSW
Friday 14th June – Red Rock Bowlo, Red Rock, NSW

Kaurna Cronin
Saturday 8th June – Low 302, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th June – Chateau Apollo, Adelaide, SA

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 7th June – Cooee Arthouse, Aldinga, SA
Saturday 8th June – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 12th June – Pistol Pete’s, Geelong, VIC

Kim Churchill
Friday 7th June – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 8th June – Wooly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD

Korumburra Southern Lights Festival feat. Aleyce Simmonds, The Weeping Willows, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Streeton Court Big Band, Mik Maks
Sunday 9th June – Korumburra Showgrounds, Korumburra, VIC

Lee Coulter & Dixie Maxwell
Friday 7th June – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 9th June – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th June – Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW

Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart
Friday 7th June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th June – Dusty Attic, Lismore, NSW
Friday 14th June – House Concert, Duranbah, NSW

Lucy Rose
Saturday 8th June – Freo.Social, Fremantle, WA

M.E. Baird
Thursday 13th June – Republic Bar & Cafe, Hobart, TAS

Maggie Carty and Mairtin Staunton
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Mark Lucas
Friday 7th June – Sappho Books Cafe & Wine Bar, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 9th June – Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Miriam Lieberman
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD

Mustard Courage
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

National Celtic Festival
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Portarlington, VIC

Nerds & Music
Friday 14th June – Bush Music Club, Addison Road Centre, Sydney, NSW

Palm Creek Folk Festival
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Mountain View Lake Holiday Park, Mount Surround, QLD

Perisher Peak Festival
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher, NSW

Peta Caswell and The Lost Cause w/ Bryan Estepa, Eddie Lawlor
Thursday 13th June – Slyfox, Sydney, NSW

Porchlight Sessions feat. King Curly
Thursday 13th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Rezza House Concerts feat. The Junes, John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special
Friday 7th June – House Concery, Melbourne, VIC

Rich Davies and the Low Road
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Rosie Burgess Trio
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD

Russell Morris
Friday 7th June – Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 8th June – Princess Theatre, Launceston, TAS
Thursday 13th June – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 14th June – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Ryan Oliver w/ Tessa Devine
Thursday 13th June – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Sasta
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Sea N Sound feat. Busby Marou, Didirri, Kyle Lionhart
Saturday 8th June – The Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, QLD

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 12th June – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Señor Cabrales
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Sharon Van Etten
Friday 7th June – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 9th June – Dark Mofo, Hobart, TAS
Tuesday 11th June – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Slim Dime, Blue Limit
Friday 7th June – South Coast Brewing Co., Willunga, SA
Saturday 8th June – Auburn Courthouse Cultural Centre, Auburn, SA
Sunday 9th June – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Smith & Jones
Friday 14th June – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

STAV.
Saturday 8th June – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 14th June – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Stu Tyrrell
Thursday 13th June – James Craig Music Club, Sydney, NSW

The BUg – Brisbane Unplugged Folk/Acoustic Music Night feat. Watling & Bates, Pine Mountain Cartel
Tuesday 11th June – New Farm Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD

The Grubby Urchins
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD
Wednesday 12th June – The Brothers Public House, Melbourne, VIC

The Maes
Friday 7th June – Music on the Hill, Red Hill Pavilion, Red Hill, VIC
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC
Thursday 13th June – The Mildura Club, Mildura, VIC
Friday 14th June – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA

The Slipdixies
Sunday 9th June – Castlemaine Jazz Festival, Castlemaine, VIC

The Water Runners
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

The Young Folk
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC
Wednesday 12th June – Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT

This Way North
Friday 14th June – Stay Gold, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Scanlan Trio
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Tobias Hengeveld
Sunday 9th June – The Gaso Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Top Half Folk Festival
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June – Glen Helen, NT

Vaudeville Smash
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

Z-Star Trinity
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD
Friday 14th June – The Retro Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Tom Paines Bones” – The Young’uns

New Music Monday – 3rd June

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Big Sky Mountain – “Homeland”

Sydney alt-country seven piece Big Sky Mountain released their first single “Homeland”, which is taken from their upcoming debut album All Our Minutes. “Homeland” is a wonderful song – expansive but not overcrowded, modern while still paying tribute to the traditions that have come before. Their harmonies remind me of The Little Stevies in places, while the songwriting is reminiscent of The Waifs.

Big Sky Mountain will be appearing at the Perisher Peak festival this weekend as well as a bunch of other gigs and festivals on the east coast:

Thursday 6th June – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW
Friday 5th July – The Townie, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 6th July – Bundanoon Winterfest, Bundanoon, NSW
Fridat 26th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th August – Club Willoughby, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th September – Crack ‘N’ Jack Spring Music Festival, Port Stephens, NSW
Saturday 19th Octover – Fusion Multicultural Street Festival, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick – “Jesus Hates It When You Smoke”

Alt-country crooner Freya Josephine Hollick is channelling David Lynch with her new video and single “Jesus Hates It When You Smoke”. The slightly twisted aesthetic of the video fits really well with the track, which feels just slightly left of a typical country song – probably mostly down to the shimmering guitars and Hollick’s unique voice.

Freya Josephine Hollick will be playing the Gasometer in Melbourne on Saturday 15th June.

Saint Sister – “Is It Too Early? (Kilmainham)”

Irish duo Saint Sister have just dropped their amazing new single “Is It Too Early? (Kilmainham)”. The beautiful layered vocals are amplified by hip hop beats and subtle synths courtesy of producers Diffusion Lab and the result is something that breaks through any genre constraints.

“We were very open going into Diffusion Lab, we went into the studio willing to go somewhere with the song that we possibly wouldn’t have gone had we worked on it by ourselves,” Gemma Doherty from the band explained. “They suggested sounds outside of our instincts. In the end, I think the song perfectly represents the best of both worlds and our respective musical sensibilities.”

Sufjan Stevens – “Love Yourself”

To celebrate Pride Month Sufjan Stevens has released two new songs on the topic of love – “Love Yourself” and “With My Whole Heart”. The first of those two tracks, “Love Yourself”, is based on a sketch Stevens wrote 20 years ago and definitely has him flexing his electro and synth muscles rather than the softer folk he’s been returning to lately. It’s still a cracking song though and has everything you’ve come to love from new Sufjan Stevens music.

Tunng – “Bank Holiday”

Folktronica pioneers Tunng will be releasing an album of b-sides and obscurities spanning their entire career on the 28th June titled This Is Tunng … Magpie Bites and Other Cuts. The band have revealed a couple of tracks from the album already, one of which is the decidedly chunky “Bank Holiday”.

The track is full of weird samples, big drums and bass and Tunng’s signature melding of folk instrumentation with electronica elements. Strange and lots of fun.

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