Watch the New Packwood Video “Obstinate”

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Melbourne based singer-songwriter Packwood released his new video “Obstinate” this week and I am simply lost for words. The painstakingly animated video from animator Robert Jarvis captures the track perfectly, adding an entrancing visual element to Packwood’s chamber folk music.

Check out the video here:

“Obstinate” is taken from Packwood’s upcoming mini-album Hibernal, due for release on the 1st June.

Watch the New Xavier Rudd & The United Nations Video “Flag”

Xavier Rudd
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Xavier Rudd’s new project Xavier Rudd & The United Nations keeps making noise with festival appearances and the release of their new album Nanna in March. Their latest single is the reggae infused “Flag”, complete with a picturesque new video.

Check it out below:

To celebrate the release of “Flag” Xavier Rudd & The United Nations will be heading out on a massive national from August – check out the full list of dates here:

Sunday 9th August – Darwin Festival, Darwin, NT
Thursday 13th August – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Friday 14th August – The Venue, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 15th August – Magnums, Airlie Beach, QLD
Sunday 16th August – MacKay Entertainment Centre, Mackay, QLD
Tuesday 18th August – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton, QLD
Wednesday 19th August -Moncrieff Theatre, Bundaberg, QLD
Thursday 20th August – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st August – Coffs Ex Services, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Sunday 23rd August – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 27th August – Club Forsters, Forster, NSW
Friday 28th August – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 29th August – Central Coast Leagues, Gosford, NSW
Sunday 30th August – Dubbo RSL, Dubbo, NSW
Wednesday 2nd September – Katoomba RSL, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 3rd September – Panthers, Bathurst, NSW
Friday 4th September – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 5th September – Waves, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 6th September – UC Refectory, Canberra, ACT
Friday 11th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th September – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 13th September – Country Club, Launceston, TAS
Tuesday 15th September – The Capitol, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 17th September – Kay St Saloon, Traralgon, VIC
Friday 18th September – Costa Hall, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 19th September – Mt Gambier Gaol, Mt Gambier, SA
Sunday 20th September – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 23rd September – Goldfields Art Centre, Kalgoorlie, WA
Thursday 24th September – Civic Centre, Esperance, WA
Friday 25th September – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Saturday 26th September – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Perth, WA
Sunday 27th September – 3 Oceans Winery, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 3rd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Listen to the New Feldspar Single “Five Years”

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London folk-rock five-piece Feldspar return this June with the release of their new EP If We’re Still Together. The EP will be released on the 29th June and the first single, “Five Years”, is an epic taste of what’s to come.

Take a listen to “Five Years” below:

Watch the New Video From The Milk Carton Kids, “Poison Tree”

Milk Carton Kids
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The new Milk Carton Kids album Monterey dropped this month and it’s something very very special. If you haven’t had a chance to pick it up yet do yourself a favour and go and buy it now.

Are you back? Good – because we’ve got the latest video from The Milk Carton Kids, “Poison Tree”, right here:

The Milk Carton Kids are touring Australia from next month – check out the full list of dates below:

Sunday 28th June – City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 30th June – The Athenaeum, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 3rd July – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th July – Bello Winer Music Weekender, Bellingen, NSW

Watch the New Husky Video “Drunk”

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Along with the release of their new video “Drunk”, Melbourne nu-folk band Husky have just announced plans to relocate to Europe (Berlin specifically) to take advantage of the Northern summer. And while we’re going to miss them at least they’re leaving some amazing music behind.

“Drunk” is taken from Husky’s latest album Ruckers Hill and has a classic 70s vibe that we really like. Check out the video below:

Full Lineup for the Top Half Folk Festival Revealed

Fanny Lumsden
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We’re less than two weeks away from our favourite little folk festival, the Top Half Folk Festival in Central Australia, and it’s shaping up to be an amazing event.

The Top Half has already announced headliners Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers (above) but this week they announced a raft of other artists including Ted Egan, Colin Lillie, Barry Skipsey, Sally Balfour, Margaret Walters, Bob Sharp, Scott Balfour, Dave Oakes, Don Bruce, Neil & Mel Phillips, Rusty & The Infidels, Malarkey, Watershed Players, Edan Baxter, Chris Pemberton & Tony Suttor, Peter Bate, Paul Stewart, South Of The Berrimah Line, Phil Beck, Phil Gray, Kirsty Evans, Ted & Carolynne Burns and the-band-that-became-a-blog Timber & Steel.

The Top Half Folk Festival is held from the 5th to the June at the Glen Helen Resort west of Alice Springs. As well as the festival there will be an informal welcome drinks in Alice Springs at the Gap View Hotel on Thursday 4th June. For more information on the Top Half Folk Festival including how to get your hands on tickets and accommodation check out the Central Australia Folk Society web site here.

Jack Carty and Jordan Millar Announce Intimate + By Request National Tour

Jack Carty
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Following the success of a couple of intimate shows in Sydney in March singer-songwriters Jack Carty and Jordan Millar are jumping back in the van for a series of shows this August. The Intimate + By Request show will see Carty and Millar doing what they do best in small venues all around the country.

Check out the full list of dates below – and get in quick because these shows are bound to sell out very very quickly:

Saturday 1st August – The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Thursday 6th August – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 7th August – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 8th August – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th August – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 15th August – Rous Mill Hall, Rous Mill, NSW
Thursday 20th August – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 21st August – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd August – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS

Jed Rowe Announces Tour with Alison Ferrier

Jed Rowe
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Both Jed Rowe and Alison Ferrier are about to release album produced by Jeff Lang and featuring The StillsonsThe Last Day of Winter (29th May) and Be Here Now (5th June) respectively – so it makes sense that the two Melbourne singer-songwriters have planned a joint tour in July.

The tour will take the singers through New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria with Rowe supplementing it with a couple of solo shows as well. Check out the full list of dates below along with an exclusive stream of the new Jed Rowe track “Fire”:

Friday 12th June – Selby Folk Club, Selby VIC*
Friday 19th June – Basement Discs, Melbourne VIC*
Wednesday 1st July – The Front, Canberra NSW
Thursday 2nd July – The Union, Sydney NSW
Friday 3rd July – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay NSW
Saturday 4th July – City Sounds at Queens St Mall, Brisbane QLD
Sunday 5th July – City Sounds at Brisbane Square, Brisbane QLD
Sunday 5th July – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane QLD
Thursday 9th July – 5 Church St, Bellingen NSW
Friday 10th July – Wauchope Arts, Wauchope NSW
Saturday 11th July – McCrossin Mill, Uralla NSW
Sunday 12th July – The Junkyard, Maitland NSW
Saturday 1st August – Bella Union, Melbourne VIC
Friday 21st August – Ararat Live, Ararat VIC*
Saturday 22nd August – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide SA*
Sunday 23rd August – Red Poles, McLaren Vale SA*
*Jed Rowe solo

Lindi Ortega Announces New Album Faded Gloryville

Lindi Ortega
Image Courtesy of Lindi Ortega

Canadian alt-country favourite Lindi Ortega has announced plans to release her fourth album. The album, titled Faded Gloryville, will be released on the 7th August and features collaborations with award winning producers Dave Cobb, Colin Linden and Ben Tanner & John Paul White.

Faded Gloryville isn’t just about music,” Ortega recently told Rolling Stone Country. “It’s about anything that brings you down, whether it’s dreams not coming true or relationships not working out, and its message is this: you can go to place where you’re feeling really down about things, but it’s what you do afterwards — do you decide to reside there forever, or do you leave and make the situation better — that matters. You have to travel through Faded Gloryville to get to Paradise.”

Check out the full track listing and a stream of “To Love Somebody” below:

1. Ashes
2. Faded Gloryville
3. Tell It Like It Is
4. Someday Soon
5. To Love Somebody
6. When You Ain’t Home
7. Run-down Neighborhood
8. I Ain’t The Girl
9. Run Amuck
10. Half Moon

Little Features Announces Lineup for Third Birthday

Little Features
Image Courtesy of The Button Collective

Little Features is hands down one of our favourite regular indie-folk nights in Sydney. Whether it’s their intimate house concert shows at Hibernian House, their recent showcases at Cafe Lounge or their various other spinoffs, Little Features has always delivered some of the best live music in the city.

This Saturday 30th May Little Features celebrates their third birthday with a celebration at Hibernian House. The show will feature a very exciting lineup including American singer-songwriter Justin Robinson, Little Features mainstay Charlie Gradon, local folk heroes The Button Collective (above) and the buzzworthy Ed Wells.

Little Features is BYO and just $15 on the door, so definitely the best value for money birthday in town. For more information check out the official Facebook invite here.

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