Thank Folk It’s Friday – 2nd October


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Irish fiddle player Colm Mac Con Iomaire will be appearing for two shows at the Melbourne Festival. Details here

– Alt-country favourites Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes released their new video “Afraid of the Light”. Details here

WOMADelaide announced its first round of artists for 2016 including Angelique Kidjo, The Cat Empire, DakhaBrakha, Diego El Cigala, Edmar Castaneda Trio, The Jerry Cans, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Marlon Williams, Savina Yannatou and Primavera En Salonico, Songhoy Blues, The Violent Femmes and many more. Details here

– Indie-folk five-piece The Paper Kites released their new video “Revelator Eyes”. Details here

– A bunch of headline sideshows were announced for Out On The Weekend including shows for Dawes, Sam Outlaw with Jonny Fritz and Shelly Colvin and Jamestown Revival. Details here

– We were so proud to premiere the new single from folk duo Willowy, “More Than a Shadow”. Details here

– And we were also proud to premiere the new Musketeer video “Fleece”. Details here

– And then we were equally proud to premiere the new Dan Flynn & The State of Things video “Heavy Lies the Crown”. Details here

– The next Heartbreaker Sessions in Sydney is this Sunday featuring Jep and Dep and Leah Flanagan. Details here

Patrick James revealed details of his upcoming debut album Outlier. Details here

Bear’s Den released an alternate video to their track “Elysium”. Details here

– The Finders Keepers Markets hits Melbourne this weekend with plenty of folkie acts on the musical lineup. Details here

Joanna Newsom released her new single “Leaving The City”. Details here

– The next Festival of Small Halls tour takes place this November and December featuring Irish Mythen and Starboard Cannons. Details here

Matt Corby released his new single “Monday” and announced a national tour. Details here


Track by Track

Ainsley Farrell takes us through her new album Air & Sea. Check out the track by track here

Releases This Week

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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest


The inaugural Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest kicks off this weekend with a lineup to die for including Kasey Chambers, The Audreys, Shane Howard, Archie Roach, Busby Marou, Bill Chambers, Henry Wagons, Pierce Brothers, Good Oak, The Davidson Brothers, Harry Hookey, The Wilson Pickers, Melody Pool, Karl S. Williams, Lachlan Bryan, Caitlin Harnett, The Mid North, Garett Kato, Katie Brianna, Sara Tindley, The Company, Mustered Courage, Gretta Ziller and many many more. Definitely worthy of a trip to Northern NSW

Friday 2nd to Monday 5th October – Murwillumbah, NSW

Gigs Next Week

A Day of Protest Songs feat. Margret RoadKnight, Kavisha Mazzella, Jeff Lang, Monica Weightman, Frank Jones, Enda Kenny, Yolanda Ingley II, Andy White, Mandy Connell, Les Thomas, Little Foot, Brendon Bonsak
Sunday 4th October – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Ainsley Farrell w/ Georgia Mulligan, Catgut
Friday 2nd October – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Anna Cordell
Saturday 3rd October – Beyond Festival, Canberra, ACT

April Maze
Sunday 4th October – Uranquinty Folk Festival, Uranquinty, NSW

Thursday 8th October – The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney, NSW

Ash Grunwald
Friday 2nd October – Yours and Owls Festival, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 3rd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Thursday 8th October – Rolling Stone Live Lodge, Newtown Social, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th October – Entrance Leagues, Bateau Bay, NSW

Brian Campeau w/ Luke Escombe
Friday 2nd October – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Dana Hassall
Monday 5th October – Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley, QLD

Dashville Skyline
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October – Lower Belford, NSW

Dustin Tebbutt w/ Jesse Davidson, Caitlin Park
Friday 2nd October – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Fanny Lumsden
Saturday 3rd October – Quandialla Hall, Quandialla, NSW
Friday 9th October – Tumbarumba Hall, Tumbarumba, NSW

Finders Keepers Markets
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October – The Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC

Folk Alliance Conference
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October – Urban Camp, Melbourne, VIC

Folkswagon feat. Michael David Thomas, The Campervan Dancers, Leroy Lee
Wednesday 7th October – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Forest Falls
Friday 2nd October – Cafe Go, Geelong, VIC

Goulburn Gathering
Friday 2nd to Monday 5th October – Goulburn, NSW

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Jep and Dep, Leah Flanagan
Sunday 4th October – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Joan Baez
Sunday 4th October – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Wednesday 7th October – Brisbane Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

John Flanagan and Liz Frencham
Thursday 8th October – House Concert, Glebe, NSW
Friday 9th October – Tradewinds Folk, Newcastle, NSW

Kaurna Cronin
Sunday 4th October – Semaphore Music Festival, Adelaide, SA

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Saturday 26th September to Saturday 3rd October – Mildura Country Music Festival, VIC
Sunday 4th October – Dashville Skyline, Lower Belford, NSW
Monday 5th October – Murwillumbah Roots Festival, Murwillumbah, NSW
Friday 9th to Saturday 17th October – Cruisin Country, ex-Sydney, NSW

Lime and Steel
Friday 2nd October – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 3rd October – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Friday 9th October – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW

Little Features Presents Direwolf, Tom Stephens, Willowy, Ed Wells
Saturday 3rd October – House Concert, Mount Wilson, NSW

Lost Ragas
Saturday 3rd October – Dashville Skyline Festival, Hunter Valley, NSW
Sunday 4th October – Semaphore Music Festival, Adelaide, SA

Martha Wainwright
Friday 2nd October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Michael David Thomas
Sunday 4th October – Relish Festival, Cleveland, QLD
Wednesday 7th October – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Mildura Country Music Festival
Friday 25th September to Sunday 4th October – Mildura, VIC

Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest
Friday 2nd to Monday 5th October – Murwillumbah, NSW

Wednesday 7th October – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Nanga Music Festival
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October – Dwellingup, WA

Northern Beaches Music Festival
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October – Collaroy Beach, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 2nd October – Murwillumbah Country Roots Festival, Murwillumbah, NSW

Porch Light Sessions feat. SNAIL, Richard Cartwright, Frank Sultana & Roxanne Clarke
Thursday 8th October – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Ruby Boots
Saturday 3rd October – Dashville Skyline, The Hunter Valley, NSW

Sam Brittain
Friday 2nd October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 9th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Semaphore Music Festival
Friday 2nd to Monday 5th October – Adelaide, SA

The BordererS
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October – Murtoa Big Weekend, near Horsham, VIC
Friday 9th to Saturday 17 October – Cruisin’ Country Cruise, Sydney to Vanuatu

The Mae Trio
Sunday 4th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Shack feat. Luke Escombe, The Mutual Acquaintances, Ben Osmo
Saturday 3rd October – The Shack, Narrabeen, NSW

The Snowdroppers
Friday 2nd October – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 3rd October – The Boston, Perth, WA
Sunday 4th October – Newport Hotel, Fremantle, WA
Friday 9th October – The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD

The Timbers
Sunday 4th October – Semaphore Music Festival, SA
Friday 9th October – Mount Gambier Hotel, Mount Gambier SA

Upstairs & Underground feat. The Gypsy Dub Sound System, Edema Ruh
Friday 2nd October – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Uranquinty Folk Festival
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October – Uranquinty, NSW

Friday 2nd October – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 8th October – HQ, Adelaide, SA
Friday 9th October – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Saturday 3rd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Devil’s Nine Questions” – Anna & Elizabeth

I felt like we needed a riddle song for Friday Folk Flashback today.

Listen to the New Matt Corby Single “Monday” plus National Tour Dates

Matt Corby
Image Courtesy of Matt Corby

After what seems like an age this week Matt Corby released his amazing new single “Monday”. The single is the first taster of Corby’s upcoming debut album which is due for release in early 2016.

“It has been about two years since I released any music,” Matt Corby explained. “I guess I needed to spend that time learning how to practically play, on each instrument, what i would regularly hear in my head. Enough time has now passed now for me to clear my head of everything that I’ve done before, reboot and have the balls to do it again.”

Take a listen to “Monday” below:

Matt Corby will be celebrating the release of “Monday” with a national tour. The full list of dates are here:

Monday 2nd November – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 4th November – HQ, Adelaide, SA
Friday 6th November – Metropolis, Fremantle, WA
Monday 9th November – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 16th November – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Tuesday 17th November – Metro Theatre, Sydney

Track By Track: Air & Sea, Ainsley Farrell

Air and Sea
Image Courtesy of Ainsley Farrell

Sydney based singer-songwriter Ainsley Farrell releases her highly anticipated new album Air & Sea today and we’re very excited to debut it first on Timber and Steel. Farrell has a unique voice and this album is just spectacular.

We sat down with Ainsley Farrell ahead of today’s release to go through the story behind each track. Listen to Air & Sea accompanied by Ainsley Farrell’s thoughts below:

“Salt / Swallowing Sea” – The idea came to me from a reoccurring dream, in which I’m diving under waves as they gradually get larger and stronger; except in my dream I somehow manage to end up safe on the shore every time the waves get too big. “Salt / Swallowing Sea” is about surrendering to the sea and letting its powers swallow you. It also plays on blind love and tragic romance.

“Milk” – “Milk” is about being absolutely consumed by a relationship and then spit out. It’s about always putting the one you love first and loosing yourself through that process.

“Teeth” – I had a dream where all of my teeth fell out (apparently it’s a pretty common dream I’m told). “Teeth” can signify strength and health and without them one might feel a bit defeated. I think of little teeth bandits every time I sing this song.

“Bones” – Don’t drown in your hardships. Keep on moving on.

“Carried On” – I wrote this one about eight or nine years ago. It’s about never acknowledging the elephant in the room and just carrying on with life while the elephant continues to take up the best spot on the couch and insist on brushing its hair a hundred counts in the bathroom so that you miss your bus and are late to school everyday.

“Vegetables” – I originally set out to make a grocery list album, but things didn’t really go to plan. Maybe one day Fruit or TP will make it to the list.

“Air & Sea” – “Air & Sea” is about looking back to the beginning at the end of a long relationship. It’s about remembering how good it was and wishing it could have stayed that way forever.

“Honey” – “Honey” is about trying to run from the things that are difficult to face, but realizing they’ll all catch up to you at some point.

“Sleeves” – This is part of an instrumental piece I put together my first year in Uni (about seven years ago). My good friend Lachlan McCarthy plays a beautiful acoustic number over the top of it.

“My Man” – I think it’s pretty obvious what this one’s about so I won’t go into it too much. Part of the song is about the initial fantasy of being in a relationship with someone you like and holding that person up on a pedestal; then actually being in a romantic relationship with that person and realizing its not all you hoped or dreamed it would be.

“Threads” – Moving on and cutting ties (threads).

“Mahead” – “Mahead” is about the anger that first comes with heartbreak and betrayal and trying to show that you are strong and unbroken.

“Dream” – This dream starts out with me stealing all the free samples in a chocolate shop. A lady sees me, gets very angry and chases me out of the store. This doesn’t really have anything to do with the song. The song is about being chased around by tigers, lions and bears, but I’m starting to think that the lady at the chocolate shop was an Animorph.

“Charlie” – Charlie was my mom’s pet parakeet. Mom would take him out of his cage each night and let him sit on her shoulder while she taught him new sayings. I’m sure it also gave him a good chance to ponder about the meaning of life or whether or not his sunflower seeds were gluten free. Anyway, my mom also has two dogs, who have always gotten along with Charlie alright. However, one night Charlie got spooked and flew down to the floor and that was the last of him. I think he was a very misunderstood bird and no one gave him the time of day except for my mom. Hopefully he has found his keys in bird heaven. “Where’s my keys?” – Charlie R.I.P.

“Silent Woods” – Some songs are left better unexplained ;)

“Owl” – I once read how seeing an owl in your dreams signifies something in your life you no longer need.

“Home” – This song is about the comforts of home.

Air & Sea is available now via Bandcamp here. Ainsley Farrell will be launching the album at Hibernian House in Sydney tonight with Georgia Mulligan and Catgut – for more information check out the official Facebook event here,

Festival of Small Halls Announces November and December Tour

Irish Mythen
Image Courtesy of Irish Mythen

With festival season about to ramp up towards the end of the year we’re excited to see the return of the Festival of Small Halls though November and December.

The Festival of Small Halls takes one international and one local touring artist and brings them to small country halls and venues throughout regional Australia. This time around the Festival of Small Halls will feature Canada-based Irish singer songwriter Irish Mythen and local lads Starboard Cannons.

The tour will see Irish Mythen and Starboard Cannons make their way from New South Wales and Queensland taking in the Mullum Music Festival and finishing up at the Woodford Folk Festival.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 13th November – Nymboida Community Hall, Nymboida, NSW
Saturday 14th November – Texas Memorial Hall, Texas, QLD
Sunday 15th November – Brookfield Hall, Brookfield, QLD
Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd November – Mullum Music Festival, NSW
Friday 27th November – Felton Hall, Felton, QLD
Saturday 28th November – St George Amphitheatre, St George, QLD
Sunday 29th November – Tambo Shire Hall, Tambo, QLD
Friday 4th December – Springbrook Community Hall, Springbrook QLD
Saturday 5th December – Mt Nebo Hall, Mt Nebo, QLD
Sunday 6th December – Eudlo Public Hall, Eudlo, QLD
Friday 11th December – CCSA Hall, Caloundra, QLD
Saturday 12th December – Degilbo Hall, Degilbo, QLD
Sunday 13th December – Woodford Hall, Woodford, QLD
Thursday 17th December – Sandgate Hall, Sandgate, QLD
Friday 18th December – Goomeri Hall of Memory, Goomeri, QLD
Saturday 19th December – Eumundi School of the Arts, Eumundi, QLD
Sunday 20th December – Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall, Mudgeeraba, QLD
Sunday 27th December to Friday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Musical Lineup for Finders Keepers Melbourne This Weekend

Ayleen O'Hanlon
Image Courtesy of Ayleen O’Hanlon

This weekend will see the Spring/Summer edition of the Finders Keepers Markets hit Melbourne and as always the event will feature a bunch of amazing live music, most of which is of the folky nature.

This time around the markets markets will see the likes of Paul McManus, Captain Apples, Floyd Thursby, Aluka, Danika Smith, Ayleen O’Hanlon (above), Forest Falls and many more.

The Finders Keepers Markets are held in Melbourne twice a year and feature some of the best in local design and art stalls. This weekend’s market will take place at The Royal Exhibition Building on Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October.

For more information on the artists and the markets check out the official site here. The full musical lineup for the three days is below:

Friday 2nd October
6 – 6.30pm: Fabadelica (DJ)
6.30 – 7.15pm: Paul McManus
7.30 – 8.15pm: The Thin White Ukes
8.45 – 9.30pm: Captain Apple
9.30pm – End: Fabadelica (DJ)

Saturday 3rd October
10 – 11.30am Pastizzi (DJ)
11.30 – 12.15pm: Floyd Thursby
12.45 – 1.30pm: Aluka
2 – 2.45pm: Ayawatamaya
3.15 – 4.15pm: Lanks
4.30 – 5.15pm: Danika Smith Band
5.15 – 5.45pm Pastizzi (DJ)

Sunday 4th October
10am – 12pm: Pat Monaghan (DJ)
12 – 12.45pm: Early Music
1.15 – 2pm: Ayleen O’Hanlon
2.30 – 3.15pm: Forest Falls
3.15pm – 3.45pm: Pat Monaghan (DJ)

Timber and Steel Premiere: Dan Flynn & The State of Things’ New Video “Heavy Lies the Crown”

Dan Flynn
Image Courtesy of Dan Flynn & The State of Things

We’re really enjoying the music we’re hearing from Dan Flynn & The State of Things (the artist formally known as Major Chord). So we were so chuffed when they asked us to debut their new video “Heavy Lies the Crown”.

The track reminds me a lot of traditional English folk music, particularly with the male and female vocals throughout and the rythmic drone created with the guitars and strings.

Check out the video here:

“Heavy Lies the Crown” is taken from Dan Flynn & The State of Things’ upcoming album Preparing for Flight which is due for release on the 16th October – pre-orders are now available via Bandcamp with two tracks immediately downloadable. Dan Flynn & The State of Things will be launching the record at Shadow Electric in Melbourne on the 28th November, with more dates to follow soon.

Patrick James Announces Debut Album Outlier

Patrick James
Image Courtesy of Patrick James

Patrick James has long been a favourite here at Timber and Steel. He has an ability to craft a melody that just draws you in and makes you feel at home.

So we’re super exciting that Patrick James has announced that he will finally be releasing his debut album Outlier on the 16th October. That’s the album art at the lead of this article and the full tracklisting is below:

1. In New Light
2. California Song
3. Bugs
4. Kings & Queens
5. Covered In Rain
6. So Grand
7. Far Away
8. Interlude
9. Make Me Stronger
10. Running Cold
11. May

Patrick James will also be touring through October and November – the full list of dates are here:

Thursday 15th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 16th October – Amplifier, Perth, 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 – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 30th October – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 31st October 31st – 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

Jep and Dep and Leah Flanagan Announced for the Next Heartbreaker Sessions

Leah Flanagan
Image Courtesy of Leah Flanagan

Sydney’s Heartbreaker Sessions are back this weekend with a lineup that’s bound to get alt-country, folk and Americana fans excited.

The Heartbreaker Sessions this week will be the official launch show for Jep and Dep’s latest single “Cut All Ties”. If anyone saw Darren Cross at the Heartbreaker Sessions a few weeks ago you’ll know how amazing his music is – and when you combine his heartbreaking voice with the stunning Jessica Cassar to make up Jep and Dep you’re in for something special.

Joining them will be Darwin born, Sydney based singer-songwriter Leah Flanagan, a favourite of Timber and Steel.

The Heartbreaker Sessions will be held on Sunday 4th October at Freda’s in Chippendale.The night kicks off at 6pm is 100% free – for more information check out the official Facebook invite here.

Timber and Steel Premiere: Musketeer’s New Video “Fleece”

Image Courtesy of Musketeer

I first stumbled across Australian troubadour Musketeer busking at the National Folk Festival earlier this year. He had a wonderfully easy going style that I was immediately drawn to and that made him stand out from the crowd – no easy feat considering the popularity of busking at The National.

After a busking tour of Europe Musketeer has jumped into the studio to record his new single “Fleece”. Timber and Steel are very proud to be the first to bring you the video for “Fleece”, directed by Karl Pearson. Check it out here:

To celebrate the release of “Fleece” Musketeer has announced launch shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle. The full list of dates are below:

Wednesday 7th October – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th October – Parliament on King, Sydney, NSW
Friday 30th October – Lass O’ Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Timber and Steel Premiere: Willowy’s New Single “More Than a Shadow”

Image Courtesy of Willowy

Sydney dark-folk duo Willowy have given Timber and Steel the distinct pleasure of premiering their new single “More Than a Shadow”. The haunting track was self produced and reported by Ian Pritchett (Angus & Julia Stone, The Beautiful Girls) in a cabin nestled in the Blue Mountains and is taken from Willowy’s upcoming EP The White Dress.

“”More Than a Shadow” is driven by the irrational fear of sinking into the shadows; an ethereal presence acquiesced, complying silently to the conformity of society. Dismissing the life laid out to us, because of the faint, ineffable feeling that you are destined for something more than the ordinary, and thus emerging from the shadows,” Willowy explained.

Get taken on journey with “More Than a Shadow” below:

Willowy will be launching “More Than a Shadow” this Saturday 3rd October at the Little Features presented gig in Mount Wilson in the Blue Mountains. The show will also feature sets from Direwolf, Tom Stephens and Ed Wells. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

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