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.


  1. Kent Newson said,

    November 17, 2010 at 02:13

    Congrats on an excellent site. I program a folk-roots show on commercial radio in Calgary called “Night Mix”. We play the kind of music you talk about and more, 7 NIGHTS A WEEK! 7pm-midnight Calgary Alberta time. Check us out on line.


    Cheers, and keep up the great website.

  2. Shell said,

    December 24, 2010 at 17:06

    This is awesome guys, I always try to keep up with everything that’s going on with upcoming artists and never manage to have the time, or dosh mostly. Keep it up 🙂

  3. rickard said,

    March 3, 2011 at 11:14

    just stumbled upon your blog. i dig it! great music!


  4. April 18, 2011 at 16:30

    […] you’re a regular reader of Timber and Steel or you’ve at least glanced at our About section you probably think you know this story already. The truth is you only know half. The part […]

  5. May 5, 2011 at 08:26

    […] you’ve read our autobiography (happy birthday us, again, by the way), you will know that Timber and Steel arose out of our […]

  6. Wendy Tatton said,

    April 25, 2014 at 17:10

    Just happened to discover your web page while searching for info about Ben Howard. Now liked you on FB
    I love listening to new undiscovered talent so I am your biggest fan

  7. desertdates said,

    February 22, 2016 at 20:15

    Hi, I’m so glad WordPress led me here! Lots to explore. Curious to know how you stumbled across my blog?

    • February 22, 2016 at 20:29

      Glad you like the blog! I’m originally from Alice Springs and I found your blog when I saw your Alice poem posted on FB

  8. KatherineM said,

    September 14, 2016 at 08:48

    Awesome blog, so informative and lots to discover! Thank you!!!

  9. November 26, 2016 at 09:31

    What an awesome site….well done guys, great dedication and great work!

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