Matt Corby Announces National Tour and New Single “Knife Edge”

Matt Corby
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From what we’ve heard from Matt Corby’s upcoming album Telluric (due Friday 11th March) the singer’s debut long player is going to be eclectic. The latest single “Knife Edge” just adds to that with a bunch of influences – folk, psychedelic, blues and rock – smashing together on the track.

Take a listen to “Knife Edge” here:

To celebrate the release of Telluric Matt Corby has announced a national tour kicking off in April. The full list of dates are as follows:

Tuesday 12th April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 13th April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 20th April – QPAC Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th April – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 1st May – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 2nd May – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 5th May – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA

Folk and Roots Bands Announced for Meatstock

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This weekend in Sydney prepare to celebrate all things meat with the Meatstock Festival at the Sydney show grounds. Held on the 13th and 14th February Meatstock brings some the cities finest meat based food together with some of Australia’s finest musicians – almost all of which will delight readers of Timber and Steel.

The musical lineup for Meatstock includes Adam Eckersley Band, Mustered Courage, The Snowdroppers, The Beards, Henry Wagons, Davidson Brothers, Big Blind Ray, The Buffalo Grass Boys, The Punk Rock Hillbilly, Sahara Beck, Hussy Hicks, Roy Rose and more. Quite a lineup right? Enough even to entice your vegetarian friends to Meatstock.

For more information on Meatstock including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Watch Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon Cover Sharon Van Etten

Bon Iver
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We reckon over the course of 2016 you’re going to be hearing a lot from Bon Iver. With a bunch of tour dates around the world and rumours of new material the internet is going to be awash with Bon Iver in the coming months.

The first cab off the rank is this live video of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon covering Sharon Van Etten’s “Love More” with Bryce and Aaron Dessner from The National, taken from a 2010 performance at the MusicNOW Festival. Audio from this track has already appeared on the MusicNOW compilation from 2015, check out the video below:

The National Folk Festival Announces Special Program to Mark the 100th Anniversary of Ireland’s Easter Rising

Easter Uprising

The National Folk Festival has announced plans to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of Ireland’s Easter Rising with a very special program.

Over the course of the weekend a number of events will take place covering the history of Ireland’s revolutionary cultural and language movement that was born in Easter Rising in 1916. These events include:

National Folk Festival Remembers the Easter Rising

This was one of the most pivotal events in modern Irish history and was an armed insurrection that took place, mostly in Dublin, during Easter Week 1916. This illustrated historical presentation at the Festival’s Trocadero venue focuses on the significance of the 1916 Easter Rising through music and narrative in both English and Irish headed by John Spillane and Band with choir, and will be narrated by Maurice O’Sullivan.

Easter Friday 3:20pm and Easter Monday 10:00am, Trocadero, Exhibition Park

National Folk Festival Celebrates the Journey of a Nation Rising

The Irish have had a significant impact on Australia, its music and its culture from convict days to the present through both forced and free immigration. These concerts celebrate our connection with Ireland in dance, music & song from rich Celtic music to fiddle and concertina tunes, to the otherworldly sounds of the harp.

There will be 4 Events, one for each of the Provinces of Ireland
Fri 12:30pm Lyric (Ulster) Siobhan Owen
Sat 12:30pm Lyric (Connacht) Coolfinn Mac with Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers
Sun 12:30pm Coorong (Munster) Dance Event – An Afternoon of Cork & Kerry Sets
Mon 12:30pm Lyric (Leinster) Ciaran O’Grady, Aifric Boylan and Graeme Newell with Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers

Gala Easter Rising Concert

On Easter Monday the Gala Easter Rising Concert will present two of the Festival’s headline Irish acts, Colum Sands and the Rambling Boys. County Down Grammy-shortlisted songwriter Colum Sands is a poet disguised as a songwriter, and a singer disguised as a storyteller. Colum will bring you an unforgettable intimate performance, enchanting you with classic Irish traditional songs as well as his own original folk songs. The Rambling Boys feature some of Ireland’s finest traditional and folk music exports taking to the stage. Performing blistering infectious tunes and emotional heartfelt ballads, the musicians of The Rambling Boys have played with the likes of Damien Dempsey and Declan O’Rourke.

Easter Monday 2:40pm Colum Sands, & 3:30pm The Rambling Boys, Budawang, Exhibition Park

The 50th National Folk Festival takes place in Canberra over the Easter long weekend, 24th to 28th March. Earlybird tickets are available now via the official site.

Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings Machine Announce Final Melbourne Show Dream a Highway

Dave Rawlings
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After the huge response to the Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings Machine Australian tours this month one final, very special musical celebration has been announced.

Dream A Highway will bring together Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings Machine along with Willie Watson and Haas Kowert Tice for 4 hours of amazing music at Festival Hall in Melbourne on the 20th February. Tickets are on sale now so we recommend you get in quick if you want to snap them up.

Full dates for all of the remaining Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings Machine shows are below:

Gillian Welch:

Monday 8th February – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW ***SOLD OUT***
Tuesday 9th February – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW ***SOLD OUT***
Thursday 11th February – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Dave Rawlings Machine:

Friday 12th February – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 13th February – A&I Hall, Bangalow, NSW ***SOLD OUT***
Sunday 14th February – A&I Hall, Bangalow, NSW
Tuesday 16th February – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 17th February – The Playhouse, Canberra, ACT ***SOLD OUT***
Friday 19th February – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Dream A Highway feat. Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings Machine, Willie Watson, Haas Kowert Tice

Saturday 20th February – Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Interview: William Fitzsimmons

William Fitzsimmons
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This week US based singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons will tour Australia for the very first time, with shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. We managed to grab five minutes with Fitzsimmons ahead of the shows to chat about the new record Pittsburgh, his decision to head to Australia and what’s next.

Gareth Hugh Evans: Pittsburgh is a very personal, autobiographical album. How does it feel to put something out there that’s pulled so much from your life?

William Fitzsimmons: Honestly at this point it’s really all I know. I’ve been writing songs about my life, my family, my mental health problems, etc. for over 10 years, so at this point it’s become second nature. Not that it’s easy, it actually takes a pretty big emotional toll to spend so much time thinking about things that cause pain. But it’s never been difficult in terms of sharing it with other people. That part has always felt natural. These are the kinds of things that only get worse when you don’t let the steam escape every now and then.

GHE: I love the production on Pittsburgh – it just feels a little more “filled out” than Lions. What was behind the decision to self produce again for this album?

WF: Thanks a lot! You know that decision to me is a really funny one, because I never sit down and do a pros and cons list or anything. I probably don’t even think about it for more than a few moments, and I just sort of know what I’m going to do. I’m sure a large part of the choice comes down to what I’ve been doing more of recently. I loved making Lions with Chris Walla so much and I would love to work together again. But whenever I work with a producer for a while I really start to want to be behind the controls again. And vice verse when I’ve been holed up alone in my own studio. It’s the same with performing with a band versus solo. Both are wonderful in their own rights. But after a while of doing it one way you want to do something different.

GHE: We picked the title track of the album, “Pittsburgh”, as one of our top 25 songs of 2015. Can you tell us a little bit of the story behind this song, or if that’s too personal a little about what went into writing and producing this track?

WF: That means a lot, thanks sincerely. I’m very proud of that song and yes, it is a pretty personal one for me. I wrote that, and the whole record, after I lost my grandmother, Virginia, in late 2014. The song is about being separated from a person, or persons, or a place, or a time that meant a great deal to you. I left Pittsburgh years ago, following my divorce, because it was just too depressing to be there anymore. I loved my family and I still had some close friends there, but it was just destroying me to be there any longer. I suppose there’s a piece of guilt in the song about leaving. But it was the right thing to do.

GHE: This is your first tour to Australia despite Pittsburgh being your sixth or seventh album. What’s prompted you to visit your Australian fans for this album cycle?

WF: Haha, I’ve been trying to get down there for years! I still have no idea why it happened, but Australians were, believe it or not, some of the first to start writing me on Myspace asking for CDs, talking about the songs, etc. At the time I was still working as a therapist, so even though I would have loved to, I didn’t think there was much chance I’d ever get there. The last several years, however, as we’ve been traveling further and further away from home, I knew we could find a way to make it work. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time, trust me.

GHE: Are we likely to here tracks from across your catalogue or will you mainly be focusing on Pittsburgh?

WF: For the first visit there, I think it’s a lot of fun to try to hit all the records. Of course for me personally, the newer songs tend to be closer to where I’m at emotionally. But there’s this cool thing that happens when you revisit a song you haven’t played in several years. You start to hear it in a different way, almost like it’s not even your song. I have this personal rule that I’ll only play songs which I have a strong emotional connection to at a given time. Old or new, doesn’t matter. If I can’t mean what I’m singing I won’t do it.

GHE: You’ll be performing solo while you’re here – does that affect how you go about choosing a set list compared to band shows?

WF: It does in the sense that with the band you’re always having to think about flow and arrangements, switching instruments, tunings, dynamics of the show, and so forth. It turns into a big puzzle and sometimes you make song choices based on pragmatic issues in addition to emotional ones. For the solo shows, basically I can do whatever I want to, whenever I want to. I can be totally open to throwing out the set list in the middle of the show and just playing what I’m feeling the crowd wants me to. It’s more loose and fun in that sense. It feels more spontaneous.

GHE: Finally, what’s next for William Fitzsimmons?

WF: Well I don’t think I’m supposed to tell anybody yet, but I just finished a new record. It’s the 2nd half of the Pittsburgh album, basically “Pittsburgh Part 2.” There’s another half of that story that I wanted to tell. I’ll be doing some limited touring for that record this year and probably some festivals in the summer. Past that just spending as much time with my daughters as I possibly can.

Pittsburgh from William Fitzsimmons is available now. His Australian tour dates are below:

Tuesday 9th February – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 11th February – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 14th February – Chevron Festival Gardens, Perth, WA

The Lumineers Announce New Album and Release New Single, “Ophelia”

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After dropping a bunch of hints on their social media over the last couple of weeks American nu-folk trio The Lumineers have finally revealed details of their new album, the followup to 2012’s self titled debut. Titled Cleopatra, the new album is scheduled for release on the 8th April and is produced by fan favourite Simone Felice.

“We took the same approach this time as we did with the first album, recording demos in a small house we rented in the original Denver neighbourhood where we first moved,” explained Wesley Schultz from the band. “The record is our greatest hits reflecting what’s happened to us over the last three years. We tried to come up with the best possible version of every song, so we recorded a lot of different iterations, changing the tempos, dressing ’em up, stripping ’em down. It took a lot of work to make them sound so easy. We’re very passionate about the process. It was a very intense and beautiful experience. There was a lot of battling, a lot of tears, but some amazing stuff came out, and at the end, we were much better off. It transformed our relationship.”

The full track listing for Cleopatra is as follows:

1. Sleep On The Floor
2. Ophelia
3. Cleopatra
4. Gun Song
5. Angela
6. In The Light
7. Gale Song
8. Long Way From Home
9. Sick In The Head
10. My Eyes
11. Patience

The first taster of Cleopatra from The Lumineers is the single “Ophelia” which hit over the weekend. Check it out below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 5th February


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros have announced a new album, PersonA, to be released this April. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Ariela Jacobs released her new single “Lost”. Details here

– Brisbane’s Michael David Thomas released his new video “Bad Reputation (26 January)”. Details here

– Celebrated Americana duo The Weeping Willows have announced a new album and national tour. Details here

– Melbourne indie-folk singer Phia released her new video “Do You Ever”. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Brendon Moon released his new video “Wandering Boy”. Details here

Catherine Traicos has announced album launch shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– London nu-folkers Treetop Flyers released their new single “31 Years”. Details here

Of Monsters and Men released their new video “Wolves Without Teeth”. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Tim Guy has announced east coast dates this March. Details here

The Peninsula Picnic in Victoria returns with a lineup that includes Missy Higgins, Kim Churchill, Darren Middleton (Powderfinger), Timberwolf and Ruby Whiting. Details here

Dawn Landes and Piers Faccini released their new video “Book of Dreams”. Details here

– Victorian event Summer In The Hills announced their lineup including Kim Churchill, Jordie Lane, Woodlock, Phil Manning, Doc White w/ Steve Williams and Dave Diprose. Details here



“We’ve seen him in a number of settings, from large festival stages, to solo shows, from super groups, to full band concerts and even a magical collaboration with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. But it’s the witty repartee that fills the gaps between songs and reveals his inner dork that is exactly the thing that fans love about him”KT Bell Reviews Josh Pyke at Twilight at Taronga. Review here

Releases This Week

Catherine Traicos
Brave The Good DarkCatherine Traicos

Davey Craddock
City WestDavey Craddock

Southern Light
Southern LightSal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel

Zac Saber
ClearerZac Saber

Timber and Steel Presents

The Timbers

William Fitzsimmons

Thursday 11th February – Twilight Markets, QEII Square, Albury, NSW
Friday 12th February – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

William Fitzsimmons

William Fitzsimmons

One of our favourite singer-songwriters, William Fitzsimmons, embarks on his first ever Australian tour. If you only see one show other than Gillian Welch this week, make it this one.

Tuesday 9th February – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 11th February – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Ainsley Farrell, Jake Edgley
Thursday 11th February – Zigi’s, Sydney, NSW

Beth Patterson
Saturday 6th February – Royal Mail Hotel, Ipswich, QLD
Saturday 6th February – Ballina RSL Club, Ballina, NSW

Boy & Bear
Friday 12th February – Horden Pavilion, Sydney, NSW

Dave Rawlings Machine
Friday 12th February – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Elwood Myre
Friday 5th February – Nimbin Hotel, Lismore, NSW
Saturday 6th February – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 7th February – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Wednesday 10th February – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gillian Welch
Friday 5th February – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 6th February – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 8th February – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 9th February – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 11th February – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

James Thomson
Friday 12th February – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Saturday 6th February – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th February – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

John Butler Trio
Friday 5th February – Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 6th February – Melbourne Zoo Twilights, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 7th February – Melbourne Zoo Twilights, Melbourne, VIC

John Flanagan and Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel
Friday 5th February – The Cube, Wodonga, VIC
Saturday 6th February – Tallangatta Valley Hall, Tallangatta Valley, VIC
Sunday 7th February – Oxley Hall, Oxyley, VIC
Thursday 11th February – Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th February – Alexandra Town Hall, Alexandra, VIC

José González
Friday 5th February – Melbourne Zoo Twilights, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 6th February – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 7th February – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 10th February – Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th February – Perth International Arts Festival, Perth, WA

Josh Pyke
Friday 5th February – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 6th February – Star Court Theatre, Lismore, NSW
Friday 12th February – Melbourne Zoo Twilights, Melbourne, VIC

Kate Miller-Heidke
Thursday 11th February – The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 12 February – Ipswich Civic Centre, Ipswich, QLD

Phia w/ Clio
Wednesday 10th February – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Pocket Fox
Saturday 6th February – Gorman Arts Centre, Canberra, ACT

Porch Light Sessions feat. William Crighton, Wartime Sweethearts, Bec Bastoli
Thursday 11th February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Rowena Wise and the Guys w/ James Teague
Saturday 6th February – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Ruby Boots
Saturday 6th February – Taronga Zoo, Sydney, NSW

Sam Newton
Friday 5th February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 11th February – The Bunker, Coogee, NSW
Friday 12th February – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Scott Balfour
Thursday 11th February – Coopers Alehouse @ Earl Of Aberdeen, Adelaide, SA

The Audreys
Friday 12th February – Speigeltent, Adelaide, SA

The Beards
Saturday 6th February – Houghton Fest, Houghton, SA

The Button Collective
Saturday 6th February – Rocks Brewing Co., Sydney, NSW
Thursday 11th February – The Little Guy, Sydney, NSW

The Scrimshaw Four w/ The Twoks, Georgia Spain
Saturday 6th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Timbers
Thursday 11th February – Twilight Markets, QEII Square, Albury, NSW
Friday 12th February – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

The Waifs
Saturday 6th February – Twilights at Tarongo Zoo, Sydney, NSW

Vin Garbutt
Friday 5th February – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 7th February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 10th February – Rosny Barn, Hobart, TAS

William Fitzsimmons
Tuesday 9th February – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 11th February – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Willowy, Direwolf, Maia Jelavic
Friday 5th February – Desire Books & Records, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Wake Up” – Arcade Fire and David Bowie

I’ve been meaning to post this for weeks. It’s like the song was written for Bowie.

Summer in the Hills Announces Lineup for 2016

Kim Churchill
Image Courtesy of Kim Churchill

This month Mt Evelyn in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne will come alive with the Summer In The Hills community gathering. The event, which takes place at the iconic York On Lilydale on Saturday 20th February, will feature some of Australia’s finest blues, roots and folk musicians including Kim Churchill (above), Jordie Lane, Woodlock, Phil Manning, Doc White w/ Steve Williams and Dave Diprose.

The event aims to bring a festival style event to the suburbs and is working in conjunction with the TAC.

Summer in the Hills tickets start at just $25 with the music kicking off at about 3pm. For more information check out the official Facebook page here.

Watch the New Dawn Landes & Piers Faccini Video “Book Of Dreams”

Dawn Landes
Image Courtesy of Dawn Landes

Dawn Landes & Piers Faccini released their new collaborative EP Desert Songs a couple of weeks ago. The latest single from the pair is “Book Of Dreams” which has a sweet new video – check it out below:

Dawn Landes will be in Australia for a couple of shows in Sydney and Melbourne – check out the dates here:

Sunday 21st February – TBC, Sydney, NSW
Friday 4th March – Jet Black Cat Music, Brisbane, QLD

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