Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th September

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 Emma Russack & Lachlan Denton, Lucas Laufen, Sarah Humphreys, The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Maes, The Milk Carton Kids and Timothy Blackman. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Jaime
JaimeBrittany Howard
iTunes

Pieta Brown
FreewayPieta Brown
iTunes

Crooked Fiddle
Another Subtle Atom BombThe Crooked Fiddle Band
Bandcamp

Timothy Blackman
Brightest DaysTimothy Blackman
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Nathan Power

Nathan Power

Saturday 21st September – Tumut River Brewing, Tumut, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Old Bus Depot, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 22nd September – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Wednesday 25th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th September – Foghorn Brewhouse, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th September – Charlies Last Stand, Armidale, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Wallaby Creek Festival, Rossville, QLD

Alanna and Alicia
Friday 20th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 21st September – Troubadour Central Coast, Woy Woy, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Southern Sydney Folk Club, NSW Shopfront Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Asha Jefferies w/ Ainsley Farrell
Saturday 21st September – Low 302, Sydney, NSW

Because The Night feat. Copperline, Harvey Russell
Thursday 26th September – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Friday 20th September – Music at Street Market, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Cauliflower Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Brad Butcher
Friday 20th September – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 21st September – Black Nugget Hotel, Moranbah, QLD

Broads
Saturday 21st September – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC

Bryan Estepa
Friday 27th September – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 27th September – MECC, Mackay, QLD

Charlie Collins
Friday 20th September – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, VIC
Saturday 21st September – Southport RSL, Southport, QLD
Saturday 21st September – Beer InCider Festival, Brisbane, QLD

Chris Neto
Friday 20th September – Hustle & Flow Bar, Sydney, NSW

Cigany Weaver
Thursday 26th September – The Outpost Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Co-cheòl
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Folk by the Sea, Kiama, NSW

D.C Cross
Thursday 26th September – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW
Friday 27th September – Howl & Moan Records, Byron Bay, NSW

Don Walker
Friday 20th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Bowral Bowling Club, Bowral, NSW

Emily-Rose & The Wild Things, Vendulka
Friday 20th September – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 20th September – Toppy Hall, Wyalong, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Palladium Palace Theatre, Morundah, NSW
Friday 27th September – Eugowra Hall, Eugowra, NSW

Felicity Urquhart
Friday 20th September – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 21st September – Black Nugget Hotel, Moranbah, QLD
Sunday 22nd September – Seabreeze Hotel, Mackay, QLD

Folk by the Sea
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Kiama, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Smith & Jones, Andy Nelson, Clare Hennessy
Wednesday 25th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. The Highfalutin Roadhouse Band, Vigenser & Martin, Marguerite Montes
Friday 20th September – 107, Sydney, NSW

Greta Stanley
Friday 20th September – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Friday 20th September – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Sandy Point Community Centre, Sandy Point, VIC

Harvey Russell
Sunday 22nd September – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 26th September – Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Hayley Marsten
Friday 20th September – Toppy Hall, Wyalong, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Palladiam Palace Theatre, Morundah, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Servo Bar, Woollongong, NSW

Hello Tut Tut
Friday 20th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 21st September – Junction 142, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Bank Corner Espresso and Bar, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 26th September – The Outpost Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Wallaby Creek Festival, Rossville, QLD

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 26th September – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Folk Club feat. Kejafi, Seanchas
Friday 20th September – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Wallaby Creek Festival, Rossville, QLD

Jeff Lang
Friday 20th September – The Victoria, Bathurst, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Wentworth Falls School Of Arts, Wentworth Falls, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Live ‘N’ Lounging, House Concert, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Joe Man Murphy
Friday 20th September – Little Boat, Marcoola, QLD
Sunday 22nd September – Gastro Pub, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Wallaby Creek Festival, Rossville, QLD

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Folk by the Sea, Kiama, NSW

Kasey Chambers w/ Charlie Collins
Friday 20th September – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, VIC
Saturday 21st September – Southport RSL, Southport, QLD

Kate Miller-Heidke
Sunday 22nd September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 24th September – Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th September – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th September – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Kay Proudlove
Friday 27th September – Jose Jones, Thirroul, NSW

Kris Kristofferson
Friday 20th September – Riverlinks, Shepparton, VIC
Monday 23rd September – Civic Hall, Ballarat, VIC
Tuesday 24th September – Kernot Hall, Morwell, VIC
Wednesday 25th September – Llewellyn Hall, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th September – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Kristen Lee Morris & The Dirty Snakes
Saturday 21st September – The Old City Bank, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Leah Flanagan
Friday 20th September – Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, NSW

Live ‘N’ Lounging feat. Jeff Lang
Sunday 22nd September – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Lyn Bowtell
Friday 20th September – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW
Thursday 26th September – Oodies Cafe, Bundaberg, QLD

Matty T Wall
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Wallaby Creek Festival, Rossville, QLD

Medusa’s Wake
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Folk by the Sea, Kiama, NSW

Merpire
Sunday 22nd September – summertown studio, Adelaide, SA

Michael Waugh
Saturday 21st September – Sandy Point Music Club. Sandy Point, VIC

Montgomery Church
Friday 20th September – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW
Friday 27th September – Eugowra Hall, Eugowra, NSW

Narrownecks
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Folk by the Sea, Kiama, NSW

Nathan Power
Saturday 21st September – Tumut River Brewing, Tumut, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Old Bus Depot, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 22nd September – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Wednesday 25th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th September – Foghorn Brewhouse, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th September – Charlies Last Stand, Armidale, NSW

Neil Murray
Friday 20th September – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Thursday 26th September – Bruthen Mechanics Hall, Bruthen, VIC
Friday 27th September – Murrah Hall, Murrah, NSW
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Folk by the Sea, Kiama, NSW

Ok Moon
Friday 27th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Out of Abingdon
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Wallaby Creek Festival, Rossville, QLD

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 25th September – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Seeker Lover Keeper
Friday 27th September – Altar, Hobart, TAS

Shanty Club
Friday 20th September – The Observer Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th September – The Observer Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Tessa Devine
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Wallaby Creek Festival, Rossville, QLD

The Bottlers
Saturday 21st September – Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 27th September – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Great Australian Caravan Park Country Music Showcase feat. Andrew Swift, Gretta Ziller, Kevin Bennett, Lyn Bowtell, Montgomery Church
Friday 20th September – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW

The Montgomery Brothers
Friday 20th September – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th September – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Water Runners
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Folk by the Sea, Kiama, NSW

Thelma Plum
Friday 20th September – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Monday 23rd September – Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 25th September – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC

Tia Gostelow
Saturday 21st September – Brisbane Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 27th September – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Wagons
Friday 27th September – Crown and Anchor, Adelaide, SA

Wallaby Creek Festival
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Rossville, QLD

Woman Enough feat. Melody Moko, Natalie Henry, Lyn Bowtell
Thursday 26th September – Oodies Cafe, Bundaberg, QLD

Z-Star Trinity
Friday 20th September – Maryborough Sports Club, Maryborough, QLD
Saturday 21st September – Under The Trees, Boyne Island, QLD
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Wallaby Creek Festival, Rossville, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Hurt” – Johnny Cash

New Music Monday – 16th September

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Image Courtesy of The Crooked Fiddle Band

Emma Russack & Lachlan Denton – “Love For Myself”

Indie singer-songwriters Emma Russack and Lachlan Denton have announced the return of their collaborative project with their new single “Love For Myself” and an album titled Take The Reigns which is due for release on the 18th October. “Love For Myself” is a sweet pop song with a catchy chorus and smile inducing melody.

“My songs from Take the Reigns stretch over a polar period in my life,” says Denton of the upcoming album. “The earlier were written in the midst of a new relationship. I was excited, over emotional and insecure. The others were written after the loss of my brother. The record for me is full of light and shade. I see Emma’s songs on this record as covering a similar spectrum.”

Lucas Laufen – “A Million Miles From Love”

Australian troubadour Lucas Laufen has released his gorgeous new single “A Million Miles From Love”. The track teams Laufen’s fingerpicked guitar, subtle vocal style and ambient accompaniment to build something that is beautifully melancholy.

“A Million Miles From Love” is taken from Lucas Laufen’s upcoming album I Know Where Silence Lives which is due on the 6th December.

Sarah Humphreys – “Quiet Heart”

Central Coast based singer-songwriter Sarah Humphreys released her powerful new single and video “Quiet Heart”. I’ve always loved Humphreys’ songwriting and amazing voice and it’s great to see her really using both talents to full effect here – I’m digging her alongside the full band sound. “Quiet Heart” will appear on Sarah Humphreys’ upcoming album Strange Beauty which is due in October.

The Crooked Fiddle Band – “Counter Errorism”

Oh it’s good to have The Crooked Fiddle Band back. No one does high energy, folk infused instrumental music quite like the Sydney based four piece, and their new single “Counter Errorism” does not disappoint. The track is an ecelctic, high energy mix of time signatures and tones, leaping from gypsy jazz fiddle to etherial vocals to deep bowed bass lines, all puntuated by The Crooked Fiddle Band’s crunchy, rhthmic sound.

“Counter Errorism” is taken from The Crooked Fiddle Band’s upcoming album Another Subtle Atom Bomb due this Thursday 19th September. They also have a bunch of live dates coming up – check them out here:

Friday 27th September – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th October – Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Friday 18th October – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 19th October – Steampunk and Victoriana Fair, Goulburn, NSW
Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd November – HOBOFOPO Festival, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 30th November – Baroque Room, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 1st December – The Landsdowne, Sydney, NSW

The Maes – “Sunrise”

No one is writing contemporary Australian folk songs quite like The Maes. “Sunrise” is another example of just how talented The Maes are, from their deeply visual storytelling songwriting through to their beautiful harmonies and arrangements. They just keep going from strength to strength.

The Milk Carton Kids – “The Only Ones” & “I Meant Every Word I Said”

I can’t believe this week we got not one, but two new tracks from Americana harmony duo The Milk Carton Kids. “The Only Ones” and “I Meant Every Word I Said” are the first tasters of The Milk Carton Kids’ upcoming album The Only Ones, due on the 18th October and as expected they’re just stunning.

“The Only Ones” is an upbeat love song with a driving beat and more than a few nods to classic country, while “I Meant Every Word I Said” slows things down to the type of melancholy ballad we’ve come to expect from the duo.


Timothy Blackman – “By The River”

Wellington based singer-songwriter Timothy Blackman released his sparsely beautiful new single “By The River”. The track is a beautiful piece of indie-folk reminiscent of Bright Eyes or early Sun Kil Moon, all plucked guitar and vocal layers.

“By The River” is taken from Timothy Blackman’s new album Brightest Days which is due for release today.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 13th September

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 Ainsley Farrell, Bobby Alu, Catherine Traicos, Falls, Mark Moldre, Michael Waugh, Montgomery Church, Nathan Power, Robert Cini, Sam Buckingham, The East Pointers, The Teskey Brothers and Vetiver. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Darren Cross
Ecstatic RacquetD.C Cross
Bandcamp

Ma
MaDevendra Banhart
iTunes

Hayden Calnin
A Life You Would ChooseHayden Calnin
iTunes

Want It All
Want it AllLittle Wise
Bandcamp
iTunes

Trucker Caps
Trucker Caps And Heart AttacksMat Black
iTunes

Shelley's Murder Boys
Above is a RawShelley’s Murder Boys
Bandcamp
iTunes

III
IIIThe Lumineers
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Irish & Celtic Music Festival

Yass

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Yass, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Alana and Alicia
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW
Friday 20th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

An Otherwise Quiet Room feat. Teresa Dixon
Thursday 19th September – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Ben Salter
Friday 13th September – The Gunners Arms Tavern, Launceston, TAS

Black Mountain String Band
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Friday 20th September – Music at Street Market, Sydney, NSW

Broads
Saturday 14th September – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Cat Canteri & Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 14th September – House Concert, Eltham, VIC

Charlie Finn
Friday 13th September – Kelly’s On King, Sydney, NSW

Chloe & Jason Roweth
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Danika Smith
Saturday 14th September – Geddes Lane Ballroom, Melbourne, VIC

Desert Song Festival
Friday 6th to Sunday 15th September – Alice Springs, NT

Don Walker
Thursday 19th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Eagle & The Wolf
Friday 13th September – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Emily-Rose & The Wild Things, Vendulka
Friday 20th September – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

Emma Russack
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

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 20th September – Toppy Hall, Wyalong, NSW

Felicity Urquhart & Brad Butcher
Thursday 19th September – Edge Hill Tavern, Cairns, QLD
Friday 20th September – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD

Figgy Folk Session
Monday 16th September – Figtree Hotel, Figtree, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Victor Cripes, Hannah Matysek, Jesse Squire
Wednesday 18th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 13th September – Cygnet Town Hall, Cygnet, TAS
Saturday 14th September – Kunanyi Folk Club, Fern Tree, TAS
Sunday 15th September – Dennes Point, TAS

Greta Stanley
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

Gretta Ziller
Sunday 15th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th September – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW

Harvey Russell
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Hayley Marsten
Saturday 14th September – The Press, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 15th September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Thursday 19th September – Lazybones, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th September – Toppy Hall, Wyalong, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 12th September – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Huckleberry Hastings
Thursday 19th September – Hotel Ravesis, Sydney, NSW

Irish & Celtic Music Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Yass, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 20th September – The Victoria, Bathurst, NSW

Joe Man Murphy
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – The GAS Goats Acoustic Sessions, Brooweena, QLD
Sunday 15th September – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 19th September – Foxy on Coolum, Coolum, QLD
Friday 20th September – Little Boat, Marcoola, QLD

Joe Mungovan
Friday 13th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th September – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Justin Townes Earle
Friday 13th September – Tank Arts Center, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 14th September – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

Kasey Chambers w/ Charlie Collins
Friday 13th September – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th September – Costa Hall GPAC, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 15th September – Performing Arts Centre, Wangaratta, VIC
Thursday 19th September – Lismore City Hall, Lismore, NSW
Friday 20th September – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, VIC

Kris Kristofferson
Tuesday 17th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 19th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th September – Riverlinks, Shepparton, VIC

Leah Flanagan
Friday 20th September – Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, NSW

Lisa Caruso
Friday 13th September – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Lou Bradley
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Lucie Thorne
Friday 13th September – The Corridors Project, Cowra, NSW
Saturday 14th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 15th September – The Town Hall, Candelo, NSW

Mark Lucas & The Dead Setters
Sunday 15th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Mat Black w/ Gretta Ziller, Mr Alford
Sunday 15th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Medusa’s Wake
Saturday 14th September – The Chippo Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Michael Waugh
Saturday 14th September – The Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Montgomery Church
Saturday 14th September – Winter Breaker Country Party, Steampacket Hotel, Nelligen, NSW
Friday 20th September – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW

Narrownecks
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Natalie Henry
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Nathan Power
Friday 13th September – Guildford Family Hotel, Guildford, NSW

Neil Murray
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW
Thursday 19th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th September – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Neurum Creek Music Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, Neurum, QLD

Nimbin Roots Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin, NSW

Obscura Hail
Friday 13th September – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

Paul Dempsey
Tuesday 17th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Rosie McDonald and Nigel Lever
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Round Mountain Girls
Friday 13th September – Southport Sharks, Southport, QLD

Ruby Gilbert
Saturday 14th September – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 18th September – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Seanchas
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Seeker Lover Keeper
Friday 13th September – Narrabeen RSL, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th September – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Shane Nicholson w/ Michael Waugh
Saturday 14th September – The Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Shanty Club
Friday 13th September – The Observer Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th September – The Observer Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Sunday 15th September – Club Millthorpe, Millthorpe, NSW

Soweto Gospel Choir
Saturday 14th September – Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT

The GAS Goats Acoustic Sessions feat. Lily & King, Gypsy Rumble, Hillbilly Goats, Flower & Trengove, The Tuck Shop Ladies, Chris Matthews, Tim Griffin, Tim Woodz, Joe Man Murphy, Rosie Burgess, JC & The Tree, Sean the Noosa Magician
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – The GAS, Brooweena, QLD

The Great Australian Caravan Park Country Music Showcase feat. Andrew Swift, Gretta Ziller, Kevin Bennett, Lyn Bowtell, Montgomery Church
Friday 20th September – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW

The Middle East
Friday 13th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

The Montgomery Brothers
Friday 20th September – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

The Strzelecki Stringbusters
Tuesday 17th September – Mountain Pickers Association, Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, Ferntree Gully, VIC

The Water Runners
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Thelma Plum
Monday 16th September – HBF Stadium, Perth, WA
Wednesday 18th September – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA
Friday 20th September – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW

Tia Gostelow
Saturday 14th September – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Traditional Graffiti
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Ukulele Death Squad
Friday 13th September – SunPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 14th September – SunPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 15th September – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Wagons
Friday 13th September – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th September – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

We Mavericks
Saturday 14th September – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne, NSW

Whoa Mule & Grace Barr
Saturday 14th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Winter Breaker Country Party feat. Catherine Britt, Hurricane Fall, Montgomery Church, Chalkie White, Corey Legge, Lara Duncan Music, Sam Fletcher, Marshall Karaitiana, St Peter’s Anglican College Broulee
Saturday 14th September – Steampacket Hotel, Nelligen, NSW

Witches Leap
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Z-Star Trinity
Friday 13th September – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 14th September – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 15th September – Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 20th September – Maryborough Sports Club, Maryborough, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Needle of Death” – Bert Jansch

New Music Monday – 9th September

Falls
Image Courtesy of Falls

Ainsley Farrell – “Dark Spell”

“Dark Spell” is the new single from Sydney based singer-songwriter Ainsley Farrell. The track captures Farrell’s vulnerability as a songwriter and couples her unique vocal style with electric guitar and a driving rhythm section.

“I wrote “Dark Spell” about losing yourself in a relationship and becoming someone you’re not to appease the other person,” Ainsley Farrell explained. “It’s about taking on the heartbreak of two people.”

Ainsley Farrell self directed the video for “Dark Spell”.

“The idea for the video was to do all these mundane tasks like laundry and showering with different faces, and have the faces take over and consume me,” she said. “The magazine cut out of faces are meant to represent the part of you that’s lost I guess – it ended up being a lot creepier than I imagined.”

Ainsley Farrell will be supporting Asha Jefferies at Low 302 in Sydney on the 21st September.

Bobby Alu – “Fire”

Roots singer-songwriter Bobby Alu recently debuted his new single “Fire”. The sunny track sees Alu pulling from numerous influences, including reggae and soul, to create a sound that’s bound to put a smile on your face.

“”Fire” is about good flow,” Bobby Alu explained. “Searching inside yourself to find the courage to push your energy into things you love. Instead of finding discomfort and fear, you find power and fire. I love these moments and when I started writing this song I was searching for that fire in myself again. This made me realise when this type of feeling comes by, it’s time to strike and make most of the goodness.”

“Fire” taken from Bobby Alu’s newly announced album Flow which hits stands on the 18th October. He’ll also be heading out on tour with Busby Marou in October and November:

Friday 25th October – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 26th October – Venue 114, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 27th October – Home of Arts, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 31st October – Lions Arts Factory, Adelaide, SA
Friday 1st November – The Freo.Social, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 2nd November – The River, Margaret River, WA
Friday 8th November – Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Saturday 9th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 14th November – The Cambridge, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 15th November – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th November – Ettamogah Hotel, Kellyville Ridge, NSW
Friday 22nd November – The Jack, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 23rd November – Kirwan Tavern, Townsville, QLD

Catherine Traicos – “And I Ran”

Celebrated folk singer Catherine Traicos has just released her brand new single “And I Ran”, the first taste of her upcoming album Nobody Could Hear Us to be released on the 25th October. The song’s slightly unconventional chord progression melds wonderfully with Traicos’ sweet if somewhat haunting voice.

“When I wrote this song it was just the music and that unconventional structure that presented itself in about three minutes in someone’s living room, on a borrowed guitar that hadn’t been played in so long the tuning had gone down a tone,” Catherine Traicos explained. “I sat with the song for ages, trying out different lyrics and structures but nothing felt quite right. And then I put it away for almost a year!

“Then there was a definite point of change in my life where I was able to sit back and be angry and that is when most of the songs came together. I feel that often when things are bad you are just engulfed by them and often they can be so bad that you bypass and can’t process emotion. So when I finally wrote the song I was in the post bypass state of utter fury at events, at certain people and mostly at myself. But the piece just couldn’t work as an angry song no matter how much I tried to push it in that direction. I latched onto the amazing bliss that was also concurrently present in my life (go reality!) and wrote about that instead.”

Falls – “On Attack”

There’s a long history between LA based Sydney duo Falls and Timber and Steel. Last Friday they released their new single “On Attack”, their first in far too long. The track features Falls’ trademark harmonies intertwined through a driving, rhythmic melody that had me up and dancing.

“When the idea of home is illusive and you feel like you’ve lost your grounding, you sometimes find yourself clinging to people like life rafts,” Melinda Kirwin explained. “This song is about that moment when you realize that you’re not drowning, you can touch the ocean floor with your feet, and you can save yourself.”

There’s so much nostalgia on this track, I love it. “On Attack” is the first taster of Falls’ upcoming EP Bodega Rose, due in October.

Mark Moldre – “Josephine”

Americana singer-songwriter Mark Moldre has just released his new single and video “Josephine”. Taken from his 2019 album Fever Dreams, “Josephine” is a hypnotic, melancholic, dream-like track and the accompanying video plays up to this tone with strange, somewhat surreal visuals. This is very much modern, Australian Americana – more of this and less of everything else.

Michael Waugh – “Big Things”

No one is capturing the Australian experience at the moment quite like Michael Waugh. His storytelling songwriting style taps into something nostalgic but also delivers an emotional wallop. “Big Things” is not just about the “fibre glass fruit” that dots Australia’s highways, but instead anchors a primal story of growing up in the bush with the familiar archetypes of the Australian road trip.

“Big Things is about family – and the making of this video was a real family affair,” Michael Waugh explained. “My good friend Miguel Rios shot and directed – assisted by his partner, Meredith O’Shea. Though, the real stars are Meredith and Miguel’s kids. My favourite moment in the shoot was when Meredith gave them the direction to ‘look sad like an orphan for mummy’. I was rolling around on the ground laughing too much for the kids to adopt the required look of abandonment.

“The concept was about these kids recreating the family car trip to see the big things of Australia. They use whatever is at hand – coat hangers become the harbour bridge, the fruit bowl raided to create the big banana, teddies duct taped onto the couch to be back seat passengers. Like the goldfish, temporarily displaced so the bowl can be used as an astronaut helmet, two little kids swim around the house – playing out the memory of that family trip. Because in another part of the house there are other big things happening.”

Michael Waugh is currently out on tour – his upcoming dates are below:

Saturday 14th September – The Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Saturday 21st September – Sandy Point Music Club. Sandy Point, VIC
Friday 4th October – Oodies Café, Bundaberg, QLD
Saturday 12th to Saturday 19th October – Cruisin Country 2019
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd November – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC
Saturday 16th November – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th November – Illawarra Folk Club show, Kiama, NSW
Saturday 23rd November – Burke and Wills Winery, Heathcote, VIC
Saturday 30th November – By the Banks Festival, Albury, VIC
Wednesday 11th December – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Montgomery Church – “I Was Young When I Left Home”

Folk and Americana duo Montgomery Church have delivered a stunning cover of Bob Dylan’s “I Was Young When I Left Home” for their latest single. Stripped back to just voice, guitar and dobro Montgomery Church make the song their own. I particularly love the moments of vocal harmony punctuated by James Church’s slide playing – really beautiful stuff.

Nathan Power – “Sparrow Song”

I really like this live version of Nathan Power’s new single “Sparrow Song” courtesy of the Shoelace Sessions. The Bluegrass-folk instrumentation of guitar, bass, fiddle and mandolin perfectly accompanies the song which makes some really interesting chordal twists and turns which still staying very true to the genre.

Nathan Power is currently touring the new single – see the upcoming dates below:

Friday 13th September – Guildford Family Hotel, Guildford, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Tumut River Brewing, Tumut, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Old Bus Depot, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 22nd September – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 26th September – Foghorn Brewhouse, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th September – Charlies Last Stand, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 28th September – 63 First, Sawtell, NSW
Sunday 29th September – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Wednesday 2nd October – Lomond Acoustic, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd November – Blue Bean Love, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th November – Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC

Robert Cini – “Different Road”

Far North Queensland roots singer-songwriter Robert Cini has released the very summery sounding “Different Road”. The track is toe-tappingly catchy but also has a really personal message around what it feels like to be “different” from the mainstream.

“Anyone that feels a little different and out of place, or has life a bit tougher than normal, I think will relate to this song,” Robert Cini explains.

“Different Road” is taken from Cini’s brand new debut album Imaginary Fun which was released last week.

Sam Buckingham – “Real Life”

Singer-songwriter and Timber and Steel favourite Sam Buckingham returns with her gorgeous new song “Real Life”. Buckingham has a knack for writing beautiful acoustic folk songs with catchy choruses and deep lyrics, and “Real Life” is yet another example of her skill.

“This song feels like the fruits of a long inner journey,” Sam Buckingham explains. “I’m kind of just reporting back on some big things that I’ve felt and learnt over the years.”

Sam Buckingham is heading out on tour this October – full dates are below:

Friday 4th October – Junk Bar, Ashgrove, QLD
Saturday 5th October – Dusty Attic, Lismore, NSW
Friday 11th October – Low 302, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th October – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 25th October – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

The East Pointers – “Wintergreen”

“Wintergreen” is the gorgeous new song and video from Canadian folk trio The East Pointers. The song combines the group’s trad-inspired instrumental style with an expansive indie-folk songwriting approach they began to dabble in with their 2017 album What We Leave Behind. The video for “Wintergreen” elevates the song with a stunning AUSLAN dance performance from Emma Watkins.

The East Pointers have announced their new album Yours To Break, which will feature “Wintergreen”, will be released on the 25th October.

The Teskey Brothers – “Paint My Heart”

I feel like we feature The Teskey Brothers every week, but I reckon that’s because they’re releasing some amazing music at the moment, especially since the release of their new album Run Home Slow. “Paint My Heart” is The Teskey Brothers in epic soul mode, from the With-A-Little-Help-From-My-Friends like opening, the slow build towards the double time jam long, right up to the drawn out vocal finish. This is not music for the Spotify generation where you avoid the slow burn or extended instrumental to stop the audience from skipping – this is music that revels in itself and its influences. Delightful.

Vetiver – “To Who Knows Where”

Nu-folk stalwarts Vetiver released their amazing new single “To Who Knows Where”, taken from their upcoming album Up On High which is due on the 1st November. The Nick Drake-esque track is a lush, dreamy song which very much draws you in and wraps you up in warm blanket of folky goodness.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 6th September

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 Allison Forbes, Ash Grunwald with The Teskey Brothers, Asha Jefferies, Danika Smith, Hayley Marsten, Jenny Mitchell, Little Quirks, Michael Kiwanuka, Milky Chance & Tash Sultana, Pat Tierney and Thomas Oliver. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Lost ragas
This Is Not A DreamLost Ragas
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The Weir
The WeirMichael Waugh
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Shelley’s Murder Boys w/ The Sweet Jelly Rolls, Kay Proudlove

Shelley's Murder Boys

Saturday 7th September – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 6th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 7th September – The Bundy Hall, Bundalaguah, VIC

Alana and Alicia
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Amber Lawrence
Saturday 7th September – Pulse of the Earth Festival, Bingara Showgrounds, Bingara, NSW

Andy Nelson
Friday 6th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 7th September – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 8th September – Charles Weston Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Black Mountain String Band
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 6th September – Forth Pub, Forth, TAS
Saturday 7th September – Republic Bar & Cafe, Hobart, TAS

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Sunday 8th September – Shady Pines Saloon, Sydney, NSW

Charlie Finn
Friday 13th September – Kelly’s On King, Sydney, NSW

Chloe & Jason Roweth
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Cigány Weaver
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September – Redfest Strawberry Festival, Cleveland, QLD
Tuesday 10th September – Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Claire Anne Taylor
Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th September – Junction Arts Festival, Launceston, TAS

Darby
Tuesday 10th September – In The Round, The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 12th September – Marlborough Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Desert Song Festival
Friday 6th to Sunday 15th September – Alice Springs, NT

Didirri w/ Ro
Saturday 7th September – Lions Arts Factory, Adelaide, SA

Don Walker
Friday 6th September – Imperial Hotel Bunker, Eumundi, QLD
Saturday 7th September – Club Mullum, Mullumbimby, NSW

Eagle & The Wolf
Friday 13th September – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Emma Russack
Friday 13th September – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC

Fleetwood Mac
Saturday 7th September – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 9th September – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Rosewood, Harry Love, Sunday Lemonade
Wednesday 11th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 13th September – Cygnet Town Hall, Cygnet, TAS

Greta Stanley
Friday 13th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Harvey Russell
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Hayley Marsten
Friday 6th September – Captain Cook Holiday Village, Seventeen Seventy, QLD

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 12th September – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

In The Round feat. Frank Sultana, Hollie Matthew, Darby, Chris Neto
Tuesday 10th September – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Irish & Celtic Music Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Yass, NSW

Jacob Diamond
Friday 6th September – Si Paradiso, Perth, WA

Jo Meares and Michael Bridges
Sunday 8th September – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan
Sunday 8th September – A Day On The Hill, Gerringong, NSW
Friday 13th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 6th September – The George Kerferd, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 7th September – St Leonards Vineyard, Wahgunyah, VIC

Justin Townes Earle
Friday 6th September – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 7th September – Indian Ocean Hotel, Perth, WA
Sunday 8th September – Mojo’s Bar, Perth, WA
Thursday 12th September – Brisbane Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 13th September – Tank Arts Center, Cairns, QLD

Kasey Chambers w/ Charlie Collins
Thursday 12th September – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 13th September – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne, VIC

Kay Proudlove
Friday 6th September – Jose Jones, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 7th September – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 12th September – Franks Wild Years, Wollongong, NSW

Lisa Caruso
Friday 13th September – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Lou Bradley
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Lucie Thorne
Friday 13th September – The Corridors Project, Cowra, NSW

Matt Joe Gow
Saturday 7th September – The Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 8th September – Rezza House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Medusa’s Wake, Handsome Young Strangers, Steph Miller
Sunday 8th September – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Sunday 8th September – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Michael Waugh
Saturday 7th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 8th September – Maffra Memorial Hall, Maffra, VIC

Narrownecks
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Natalie Henry
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Neil Murray
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Neurum Creek Music Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, Neurum, QLD

Nimbin Roots Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin, NSW

Obscura Hail
Friday 6th September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 7th September – Nighthawks, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 12th September – Backyard Boogie, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 13th September – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

Porch Light Sessions feat. Leroy Lee, Witches Leap, Heirs
Thursday 12th September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Rezza House Concert feat. Matt Joe Gow
Sunday 8th September – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Rose Zita Falko
Friday 6th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 7th September – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Rosie McDonald and Nigel Lever
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Round Mountain Girls
Friday 13th September – Southport Sharks, Southport, QLD

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 11th September – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Seanchas
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Seeker Lover Keeper
Friday 6th September – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 7th September – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 13th September – Narrabeen RSL, Sydney, NSW

Shaky Stills
Saturday 7th September – The Rainbow, Melbourne, VIC

Shanty Club
Friday 6th September – The Observer Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th September – The Observer Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys w/ The Sweet Jelly Rolls, Kay Proudlove
Saturday 7th September – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

Strings on King Bluegrass Night feat. Grace Barr
Tuesday 10th September – Moshpit, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-Together
Saturday 7th September – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Audreys
Friday 6th September – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 8th September – Sooki Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

The Bushwackers
Saturday 7th September – Showground, Trundle, NSW

The Last Aurochs
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

The Middle East
Friday 13th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

The Royal High Jinx
Sunday 8th September – Mantra Studio Kitchen and Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

The Water Runners
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Traditional Graffiti
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Turkey In The Mountain – An Old Time Music Gathering
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September – Nimbin Rox YHA, Nimbin, NSW

Wagons
Friday 6th September – The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 7th September – The Waratah, Hobart, TAS
Friday 13th September – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Witches Leap
Thursday 12th September – Porch Light Sessions, Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Z-Star Trinity
Friday 6th September – The Scottish Prince, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 7th September – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 8th September – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 13th September – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Now I’m Easy” – Eric Bogle, Ted Egan, Smoky Dawson

New Music Monday – 2nd September

Hayley Marsten
Image Courtesy of Hayley Marsten

Allison Forbes – “Hell Freezes Over”

Australian country singer Allison Forbes has released her brand new single “Hell Freezes Over”, taken from her upcoming album Bonedigger, due this November. The track delves more into the country-rock side of Forbes’ sound than we’ve seen in the past and is full of grit and fire.

“The song is about finding a place where you’re comfortable to accept things that have happened and the preparation of not lying down to die because of it,” Allison Forbes explains.

Ash Grunwald feat. The Teskey Brothers – “Ain’t My Problem”

For his latest single “Ain’t My Problem” blues and roots singer Ash Grunwald has enlisted the myriad talents of current buzz band The Teskey Brothers. The result is a track full of foot stomping blues goodness, accentuated by the distinct vocals of Ash Grunwald and Josh Teskey.

“”Ain’t My Problem” is written about the concept that comes up often when we relive old relationships, we literally re-live emotionally everything that we went through. And there is no point, it’s holding you back and it ain’t your problem anymore!” Ash Grunwald explained. “It was a conglomeration of stories from friends and personal experiences about moving on. It was such a great honour to have Josh Teskey and The Teskey Brothers play on this track. Josh has one of the greatest voices to ever come out of Australia and I have such respect for the band, I love them both as people and as musicians.”

“Ain’t My Problem” is taken from Ash Grunwald’s latest album Mojo, released last week. He’s heading out on tour this October and November – the full list of dates are below:

Friday 4th October – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 5th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 11th October – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Friday 18th October – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 19th October – The Zoo | Brisbane, QLD
Friday 1st November – Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 2nd November – The Royal Oak, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 3rd November – Forth Pub, Forth, TAS
Friday 22nd November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Asha Jefferies – “Bad Kisser”

Brisbane based singer-songwriter Asha Jefferies has just released the delitelful new single “Bad Kisser”. The coming of age song couples a sweet, catching melody with some biting lyrics and poignant observations. I really like the production on this track as well, the way it jumps from just Jefferies and her guitar to full string arrangements alongside a band.

“I wrote [the song] about an extremely euphoric and tragic moment involving a festival; lust, longing, intoxication & one ultra-big insult,” Asha Jefferies explains. “It takes a bit of growing up to realise not every interaction you have with a stranger you like and meet will be romantic.”

Asha Jefferies is touring “Bad Kisser” from the middle of this month:

Saturday 21st September – Low 302, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th September – Brisbane Festival @ Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 4th October – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 26th October – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Danika Smith – “Suit of Armour”

Melbourne based singer-songwriter Danika Smith has just released her new single “Suit of Armour”. Combining classic folk finger-picking with modern lo-fi production, the track takes Smith’s sound in a really interesting and mesmerising direction.

“”Suit Of Armour” is a track that I wrote when love and fear collided, and left me feeling confused and avoidant,” Danika Smith explained. “It’s a song that observes the reservations I have, when there is something potentially beautiful in front of me, and I look for the cracks and flaws, as a protective method to avoid pain. It is melancholic that the beauty of love is shadowed by so much skepticism and mistrust, but there is an optimistic message too. I have the power to move through the weight of these experiences, remove the armour, and eventually be more open to connection, in time.”

Danika Smith will be launching “Suit of Armour” at the Geddes Lane Ballroom in Melbourne on the 14th September as well as being announced for the Strawberry Fields Festival at the end of November.

Hayley Marsten – “Red Wine, White Dress”

Country singer-songwriter Hayley Marsten has released the amazingly titled “Red Wine, White Dress”, which she co-wrote with Timber and Steel favourite Brad Butcher. The track is a perfect piece of modern country rock music without any of the cringyness that sometimes plagues the genre. Marsten’s amazing voice shines through, accentuated by her amazing band.

“Red Wine, White Dress” is taken from Hayley Marsten’s new album Spectacular Heartbreak which came out last week. She’s currently out on tour – check out the remaining dates here:

Thursday 5th September – Oodies Cafe, Bundaberg, QLD
Friday 6th September – Captain Cook, 1770, QLD
Saturday 14th September – The Press, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 15th September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Thursday 19th September – Lazybones, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th September – Toppy Hall, Wyalong, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Palladiam Palace Theatre, Morundah, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Servo Bar, Woollongong, NSW
Saturday 12th October – VDM Fest, Biloela, QLD
Friday 18th October – Apple Cider Shed, Grove, TAS
Saturday 19th October – Royal Oak, Launceston, TAS
Friday 25th October – Springdale Hall, Springdale, NSW
Saturday 26th October – Gunbar Hall, Gunbar, NSW
Thursday 7th November – Wesley Ann, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 8th November – Bayview Country Art Club, Bittern, VIC
Friday 15th November – Loomberah Hall, Loomberah, NSW
Saturday 16th November – Glen Innes Hall, Glen Innes, NSW

Jenny Mitchell – “Let Me Be”

“Let Me Be” is the stunning new single and video from NZ based folk and country singer-songwriter Jenny Mitchell. Mitchell has crafted a sweeping, expansive song with a driving rhythm and beautiful lyrical quality.

The track is taken from Jenny Mitchell’s 2018 album Wildfires and tells the story of her parents. “It’s definitely a track on the album which crosses genre boundaries, and I’m really proud of it” she explains.

Jenny Mitchell will be joining Fanny Lumsden on a handful of Australian tour dates this December:

Friday 6th December – Jamieson Hall, Jamieson, VIC
Saturday 7th December – Newham Hall, Newham, VIC
Sunday 8th December – The Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, VIC

Little Quirks – “Life Wouldn’t Be”

Central Coast based indie-folk trio Little Quirks have released their catchy new single and video “Life Wouldn’t Be”. The track, taken from their upcoming EP Cover My Eyes, perfectly captures the Australian indie-folk sound of so many of their contemporaries, combining a pop sensibility with folky songwriting and harmonies.

Little Quirks are heading out on an east coast tour from this week – full dates are below:

Tuesday 3rd to Thursday 5th September – BIGSOUND, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 5th October – Dashville Skyline, Dashville, NSW
Friday 11th October – Oxford Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th October – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 2nd November – The Espy, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 3rd November – Lost Lands Festival, VIC

Michael Kiwanuka – “You Ain’t The Problem”

UK based singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka embraces the full sound of the seventies with his neo-soul track “You Ain’t The Problem”. Taken from his recently announced album Kiwanuka, due on the 25th October, “You Ain’t The Problem” is a funk-filled sonic feast combining Kiwanuka’s love of vintage sounds and his expert songwriting.

Milky Chance & Tash Sultana – “Daydreaming”

German indie-folk oddities Milky Chance have teamed with Australian roots legend Tash Sultana for their new single and video “Daydreaming”. The track is infused with a mish mash of genres, held together with Milky Chance’s quirky vocals and the wonderfulness that is Tash Sultana’s incredible voice.

“Daydreaming” is taken from Milky Chance’s upcoming album Mind The Moon, due on the 15th November.

Pat Tierney – “My Sweet Love”

Celebrated singer-songwriter and lap slide guitarist Pat Tierney has released the blissful new single “My Sweet Love”. The track is a a laid back, rootsy gem that you can get lost in – and with a really sweet video featuring Tierney’s son.

“I wrote the beginnings of the song when my partner and I found out we were having our first child.,” Pat Tierney explains. “We’d just gotten back from an overseas trip, we were a bit lost, out of money and unsure of what we were going to do and where we would live. I wrote the song as, kind of a letter to my partner just to tell her everything was going to work out. When It came time to record the song, it just flowed together really seamlessly in the studio. I wanted the feel and vibe to remind me of my partner and son. Happy, dreamy and full of sunshine. That was also a big part of the video clip, showing the feel and story behind the song and what we’ve built for ourselves over the past few years. It’s definitely one of my favourite songs on the album.”

Pat Tierney has a bunch of tour dates towards the end of the year – check them out here:

Thursday 24th October – The Homestead, Hobart, TAS
Friday 25th October – Willie Smiths, Huon Valley, TAS
Thursday 7th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 10th November – Peregian Originals, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Friday 15th November – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th November – Livefast Cafe, Halls Gap, VIC
Thursday 21st November – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd November – No 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 30th November – Good Nights, Bunbury, WA
Sundauy 1st December – Redcliffe On The Murray, Pinjarra, WA

Thomas Oliver – “Bulgarian Mountains”

“Bulgarian Mountains” is the super catchy new song from Kiwi singer-songwriter Thomas Oliver, taken from his upcoming album The Brightest Light, due in March next year. The track is an upbeat, soulful roots song with lots of rhythm and lots of heart.

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