In August of 2008 we went to Sydney’s tiny Factory Theatre to see Laura Marling supported by Marcus Mumford (sans his band Mumford and Sons) and fell in love with both. We bought their albums. We scoured the Internet for their MP3s. We learned their songs on guitars and violins and mandolins. We told everyone we knew to check them out and do the same (even if they couldn’t play the mandolin).
A year and a half later and Marling is selling out shows at the Sydney Festival and Mumford has come in at the top spot in the triple j Hottest 100. For the first time in our lives we’d been ahead of the game. For the first time we’d been there at the beginning, before it was cool.
Which got us wondering: What if it wasn’t a fluke? What if the music we are listening to, the folk and the roots and the acoustic, was what Australia was looking for? What if we’re once again sitting on the next Mumford and Sons and not getting the word out there?
And so Timber and Steel was born. With a focus on folk music which falls through the cracks between the Trad and Indie scenes, Timber and Steel will bring you the best in international nu-folk and acoustic as well as promoting local Australian acts who may not be getting the exposure they deserve.
So sit back, relax and get ready to folk.