Listen to the New Single from Angharad Drake, “Water”

Angharad Drake
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Angharad Drake is a Brisbane based singer-songwriter who has been creating interesting acoustic folk music for some time now. Drake has a slew of EPs already under her belt and will be releasing her debut album later this year (likely in October).

The first single from the upcoming album is “Water” which is a dark, swirling acoustic number that features a really nice production value that reminds me a little of the sparseness of Sam Amidon.

Take a listen to “Water” below:

Watch the New Mumford & Sons Video “Ditmas”

Mumford & Sons
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The latest video from Mumford & Sons’ rock focused third album Wilder Mind, the epic “Ditmas”, dropped last week. I know a lot of people are talking about how much their sound has changed but to be honest this track feels like classic Mumford & Sons, only with slightly different instrumentation.

Check out the video for “Ditmas” below:

Mumford & Sons will be touring Australia in November. The dates are here:

Saturday 7th November – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 12th November – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th November – Gentlemen Of The Road, The Domain, Sydney, NSW

Watch the New Passenger Video “When We Were Young”

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UK singer-songwriter Passenger last week released his new video “When We Were Young”, showcasing his crazy live music schedule.

“Last weekend in London was completely insane,” Passenger explained on his Youtube channel. “On the Saturday night I played my own show at the incredibly beautiful Somerset House​ and then the following day I opened up for Ed Sheeran​ at Wembley Stadium​. The shows were of course very different and both totally amazing in their own way. Massive thank you again to everyone who came along!!”

Watch the video for “When We Were Young” below:

Passenger will be supporting Ed Sheeran on his Australian stadium tour later this year. Full dates here:

Saturday 28th November – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 2nd December – Nib Stadium, Perth, WA
Saturday 5th December – AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 9th December – Allianz Stadium, Sydney, NSW

The Brisbane (Fringe) Bluegrass Festival

The Company
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Next month two of Timber and Steel‘s favourite artists – The Company and Starboard Cannons – will be taking over The West End Sessions in Brisbane as part of the Brisbane Fringe Festival. Touted as the Brisbane (Fringe) Bluegrass Festival, the night will take place on the 15th August.

For more information check out the official Facebook event here or head over to

Watch the New Josh Pyke Lyric Video “Hollering Hearts”

Josh Pyke
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With his new album But For All These Shrinking Hearts due out this Friday Josh Pyke has given us another taste with the quirky lyric video for the track “Hollering Hearts”. We reckon this is one of Pyke’s best tracks to date – check out the video below:

To celebrate the release of But For All These Shrinking Hearts Josh Pyke is heading out on a fans first tour – check out the dates below:

Wednesday 29th July – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 5th August – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 6th August – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 12th August – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th July


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Davey Craddock & The Spectacles released their new single “Girls Light Fires”. Details here

– Sydney duo Ivanhoe released their new single “O’Donaghues”. Details here

The Waifs announced their new album Beautiful You, released their new single “6000 Miles” and revealed dates for a WA tour. Details here

– Sydney folk singers Direwolf and Willowy celebrated the end of their joint tour with a live video for the track “The Naked Tree”. Details here

– Melbourne newgrass masters Mustered Courage released their new video “Honesty”. Details here

– Melbourne and Sydney dates have been announced for the 2015 Out On The Weekend Americana festival this October. Details here

– Sydney blues and roots trio Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars have announced a massive tour kicking off this August. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Ayleen O’Hanlon announced details of her upcoming debut album Blend and Spill. Details here

Little May announced their debut album For The Company. Details here

– Over the weekend Laura Marling released a new version of her latest album, Short Movie (Director’s Cut). Details here

The Paper Kites released their new video “Electric Indigo” and announced a national tour. Details here

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats released their Blues Brothers inspired video “S.O.B.”. Details here

Katie Noonan’s Vanguard released her new video “Quicksand”. Details here

– Brisbane folk singer Sian Evans has a bunch of east coast dates this week. Details here

– New Zealand singer Aldous Harding has announced her first ever Australian headline tour. Details here

Releases This Week

Jane Cameron
The Mercy of the TideJane Cameron

TransmutantKatie Noonan’s Vanguard

Laura Marling
Short Movie (Director’s Cut)Laura Marling

Old Man Luedecke
Domestic EccentricOld Man Luedecke

Soft Faces to Hold
Soft Faces To HoldToby Graham

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Country and Inner Western feat. Green Mohair Suits, Caitlin Harnett, William Crighton


Country and Inner Western returns to The Basement in Sydney this week with the amazing lineup of Green Mohair Suits, Caitlin Harnett and William Crighton. Definitely not one to be missed

Wednesday 29th July – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Friday 24th July – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Country and Inner Western feat. Green Mohair Suits, Caitlin Harnett, William Crighton
Wednesday 29th July – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Davey Craddock
Friday 24th July – Perfect Drop, Daylesford, VIC
Saturday 25th July – Sofar Sounds, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 30th July – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC

Folklore w/ MaD aDaM
Saturday 25th July – Loaded Dog Folk Club, Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon w/ Billie McCarthy, The Campervan Dancers, Astrid Zeman
Wednesday 29th July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fraser A. Gorman
Friday 24th July – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC

Wednesday 29th July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Jinja Safari
Friday 31st July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke
Wednesday 29th July – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW

Katie Noonan
Friday 24th July – Camelot, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Friday 31st July – Cellar Bar, St Kilda, VIC

Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters
Friday 31st July – Hotel Gearin, Katoomba, NSW

Lacey Cole & the Lazy Colts
Thursday 30th July – Moonshine Cider and Rum Bar, Manly, NSW

Little Features feat. Make Like a Tree, Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars, Baby Lips and The Silhouettes, Jon Cotton
Saturday 25th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Not Good With Horses w/ Katie Brianna
Sunday 26th July – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Rubber Soul Revolver feat. Marlon Williams, Husky Gawenda, Jordie Lane, Fergus Linacre
Thursday 30th July – Concert Hall, QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Sian Evans
Sunday 26th July – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 30th July – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July – North Byron Parklands, NSW

The Acfields
Friday 24th July – House Concert, Lismore, NSW
Saturday 25th July – Mandala Organic Arts, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 26th July – Bohemian Bungalow, Eumundi, QLD
Friday 31st July – Pizza Paradiso, Byron Bay, NSW

The Stetson Family
Sunday 26th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

The Stillsons
Friday 24th July – Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Tom StephensTom Stephens, Obscura Hail, Brendon Moon
Friday 24th July – The Bridge Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Tom West
Sunday 26th July – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Maggie’s Farm” – Bob Dylan

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the day Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival. This video is footage from the actual show although I’ve heard the booing crowd at the end of the audio was spliced in from the end of Dylan’s set, not from the end of “Maggie’s Farm”. A moment of folk and rock history.

Sian Evans’ East Coast Tour Dates

Sian Evans
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Brisbane based folk singer Sian Evans released her lovely new EP How Time Has Treated Thee late last year and recently she’s been out and about bringing it to music lovers all over the country. This weekend Evans plays her home town before shows in other parts of Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales.

Check out all of Sian Evans’ dates below:

Sunday 26th July – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 30th July – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 2nd August – Bar 303, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th August – Bangalow Bluegrass BBQ, Bangalow, NSW
Friday 14th August – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd August – Townsville Culture Fest, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 6th September – Carnival on Collins, Cairns, QLD

Watch the New Katie Noonan’s Vanguard Video “Quicksand”

Katie Noonan
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With a new album (Transmutant) due for release this Friday under the Katie Noonan’s Vanguard moniker, Katie Noonan has just released her new video “Quicksand”. Directed by Gavain Browne and featuring dancer Charmene Yap, the video is visually stunning.

Check out “Quicksand” below:

Katie Noonan’s Vanguard will be previewing Trasnmutant at a couple of gigs this week before heading out on a much larger tour later this year. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 24th July – Camelot, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Friday 31st July – Cellar Bar, St Kilda, VIC

Thursday 15th October – Grand Hotel, Mornington, VIC
Friday 16th October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 17th October – Melbourne Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 18th October – Melbourne Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 23rd October – The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 24th October – Spicers Hidden Vale, Grandchester, QLD
Sunday 25th October – Majestic Theatre, Pomona, QLD
Wednesday 28th October – Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 29th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 30th October – Australian Institute of Music, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 31st October – Australian Institute of Music, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 6th November – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 8th November – Spicers Vineyard Estate, Hunter Valley, NSW

Watch the New Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Video “S.O.B.”

Nathaniel Rateliff
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The latest video from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ upcoming self titled album (due on the 21st August) is for the extremely catchy track “S.O.B.”. I love the allusions to the Blues Brothers in the video and the gospel overtones of the track.

Check out “S.O.B.” below:

The Paper Kites Release New Video, “Electric Indigo”, and Announce National Tour

The Paper Kites
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Hot off the announcement of their upcoming album twelvefour, due on Friday 28th August, Melbourne indie-folk quintet The Paper Kites have just released their brand new video “Electric Indigo”. Directed by up and coming filmmaker Matthew Cox, the video follows the album’s concept chronicling the hours after midnight.

Check out “Electric Indigo” below:

The Paper Kites have also announced dates for a national tour this October and November that will take them through Perth, Margaret River, Castlemaine, Melbourne, Geelong, Maroochydore, The Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra and Thirroul. Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 15th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 16th October – Amplifier, Perth, WA
Saturday 17th October – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Thursday 22nd October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 23rd October – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 24th October – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 29th October – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 30th October – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 31st October – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 5th November – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 6th November – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 7th November – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 8th November – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW

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