Bernard Fanning and Kasey Chambers Sooner Or Later Tour

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At the start of next year two of Australia’s most renowned singer-songwriters, Bernard Fanning and Kasey Chambers, have announced a co-headlined Sooner Or Later tour.

Fanning and Chambers have collaborated a number of times in the past, sharing stages and appearing on each other’s recordings over the years.

“Bernard and I have collaborated musically on and off over the past ten years and after being asked the question about a double tour for a long time I’m so happy to say it’s finally here,” Kasey Chambers said. “This is not just two artists being thrown together to tour but two friends who have a musical history to share-together and separately-through a night of different styles meeting in the middle. He’s my mate but I’m also his biggest fan, so touring with him in regional Australia is a career highlight for me.”

Check out the full list of dates plus a live version of Bernard Fanning’s track “Sooner Or Later” featuring Kasey Chambers below:

Thursday 26th January – West Tamworth Leagues Club, West Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 14th February – Orange Ex Services Club, Orange, NSW
Wednesday 15th February – Albury Entertainment Centre, Albury, NSW
Friday 17th February – Eastbank Centre, Shepparton, VIC
Saturday 18th February – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 19th February – Lakeside Wendouree, Ballarat, VIC
Tuesday 21st February – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 22nd February – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 24th February – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 25th February 25th – Saraton Theatre, Grafton, NSW

Listen to the New Handsome Young Strangers Single “Mrs Jones”

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Sydney folk-punks Handsome Young Strangers have just released a second track for streaming from their new mini album Battle Of Broken Hill. The track is “Mrs Jones” and was apparently inspired by the Lee Marvin tune “Stabitha Jones”.

Take a listen below:

Handsome Young Strangers will be performing a rare acoustic show this Thursday 8th December at The Hideaway Bar in Sydney. Check out the official Facebook invite for more details.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 2nd December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Classical music mastermind Pekka Kuusisto will be teaming with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and American folkster Sam Amidon this February for the Murder Redemption tour. Details here

The Mountain Goats have announced Australian tour dates next year. Details here

– So many amazing artists on the WOMADelaide lineup so far including 9Bach, Archie Roach, Brushy One String, Dope Lemon, The East Pointers, Gawurra, Hanoi Masters, Nattali Rize, Oki Dub Ainu Band, The Waifs, Wawsaw Village Band, William Crighton and many more. Details here

– Christian folk duo The Welcome Wagon released a version of Sufjan Stevens’ “The Greatest Gift”. Details here

– The amazing Laura Marling announced her new album Semper Femina and also premiered her directorial debut for the “Soothing” video. Details here

– The new best of album from Kate Miller-Heidke comes out today. Details here

– Co-headline tour announced for The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd. Details here

Radical Face released “Sunn”, his first recording since completing his The Family Tree project. Details here

Michael Kiwanuka has announced Melbourne and Sydney shows when he’s in the country for Bluesfest. Details here

– A huge January tour has been announced for Hat Fitz & Cara. Details here

David Gray released his new video “Enter Lightly”. Details here

Releases This Week

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The Best Of Kate Miller-Heidke: Act OneKate Miller-Heidke
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The ConfluenceStray Hens
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

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Stray Hens will be launching their brand new, crowd funded album The Confluence in Melbourne tonight and it looks like the gig is going to be amazing

Friday 2nd December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Alannah Russack, Trish Young, Melodie Nelson
Saturday 3rd December – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Australian Bluegrass Conference
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th December – Tranquil Park, Maleny, QLD

BBQ & Blues feat. Cass Greaves
Wednesday 7th December – Surly’s, Sydney, NSW

Boy & Bear
Friday 2nd December – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Saturday 3rd December – 3 Oceans, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 4th December – Fremantle Prison, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 7th December – Orange Ex-Services Club, Orange, NSW
Thursday 8th December – ANU, Canberra, ACT
Friday 9th December – Waves, Wollongong, NSW

End Of Year Folk Bash feat. Darlo After Dark, Black Joak Morris, Peter Miller-Robinson, Buck and Deanne, Bells of Caroldise
Sunday 4th December – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Fairgrounds Festival
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December – Berry, NSW

Finders Keepers Market Sydney
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th December – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. MoSoul, Colin Jones and The Delta Revue
Wednesday 7th December – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Get Folked Punk feat. Medusa’s Wake, The Bottlers, Scarlets Revenge, The Habanerbros, Mournwillow, Jonno Read, Billy Punton, Whiskey Jeff, Josh Arentz, Antonia Susan, A-Rock Newman, Angus + Julia Stoned, Yvette Vials, Luke Holmeslice, Smug young Dads, Mac + Cheese, Brendan, Kennedy, Avobandito
Saturday 3rd December – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers
Friday 2nd December – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 8th December – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Darren Cross, Jen Mize
Sunday 4th December – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Sam Newton
Sunday 4th December – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

ILona Brooks, John Chesher, Mark Lucas, Bill Hunt
Sunday 4th December – The Duck Inn, Sydney, NSW

Joe & Harmony’s Magic Carpet Ride feat. Anthea Sidiropoulos, Bruce Watson, Margaret & Bob Fagan
Saturday 3rd December – Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans
Friday 2nd December – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 3rd December – Solbar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 4th December – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 8th December – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 9th December – The Factory, Sydney, NSW

Julia Jacklin
Friday 2nd December – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 2nd December to Saturday 3rd December – Fairgrounds Festival, NSW
Friday 9th December – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Karl Broadie’s “Leave On a Light” Tribute Album Launch feat. Amber Lawrence, Jasmine Rae, Amali Ward, Luke O’Shea, Den Hanrahan, Katie Brianna, Brett Hunt, Michael Carpenter
Thursday 8th December – The Bunker, Sydney, NSW

Kasey Chambers w/ Eagle & The Wolf
Friday 2nd December – Revesby Workers’ Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd December – Campbelltown Convention & Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th December – The Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW

Liam Gerner & The Sunset Pushers
Friday 2nd December – Lazy Bones, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd December – Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW

Little Wise
Friday 9th December – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Matt Andersen
Friday 2nd December – The Music Lounge, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 3rd December – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 4th December – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Mel Parsons
Friday 2nd December – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 4th December – Indi Bar, Scarborough Beach, WA

Pat and Kellie, Imogen Clark
Friday 9th December – The Acoustic Picnic, Sydney, NSW

Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen
Saturday 3rd December – Flinders Street Baptist Church, Adelaide, SA
Friday 9th December – St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, QLD

Ryan Adams
Tuesday 6th December – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Steve Poltz
Friday 2nd December – Ravenswood, Ravenswood, WA
Saturday 3rd December – The Charles, Perth , WA
Wednesday 7th December – Ararat PAC, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 8th December – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 9th December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Stray Hens
Friday 2nd December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-together
Saturday 3rd December – Annandale Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Newsagency 5th Bday Sessions feat. Alison Avron, Kent Eastwood
Thursday 8th December – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Petersham Bowling Club Community Christmas Party
Sunday 4th December – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

The Rhythm Hut Christmas Party feat. 19-Twenty, Lime and Steel, Night Kite
Friday 9th December – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Sunday 4th December – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Tallest Man On Earth
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December – Fairgrounds Festival, Berry, NSW
Wednesday 7th December – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

The Western Distributors
Sunday 4th December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Willing Ponies
Sunday 4th December – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Wilson Pickers
Friday 2nd December – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 3rd December – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 4th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Tom West
Friday 4th December – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Tower of Song – A Tribute to Leonard Cohen
Friday 2nd December – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Rose Hip” – Fairport Convention

Watch the New David Gray Video “Enter Lightly”

David Gray
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Celebrated singer-songwriter David Gray this month released his new album The Best Of and has just now revealed the video for his new single “Enter Lightly”.

The video features Gray painting a large canvas in the style of Jackson Pollack.

“Obviously, I used to be a painter and music and painting were two separate wings of the way my brain was lit up,” David Gray explained. “Then at a certain point I concentrated on music and I let painting and drawing go, and I don’t really know why, I’ve always felt kind of bad about it like it’s a dead friend … I’m hoping to resuscitate that friend today!”

Check out the video of “Enter Lightly” here:

Hat Fitz & Cara Announce National Tour This January

Hat Fitz
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Celebrated folk-blues duo Hat Fitz & Cara just released their amazing new album After The Rain and have announced plans to head out on tour this January.

Hat Fitz & Cara have already appeared at the Bridgetown Blues and Mullum Music Festival’s this month and the buzz is that their live show is as tight and entertaining as ever.

Check out the full list of upcoming tour dates below:

Thursday 19th January – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Yackandandah Hall, Yackandandah, VIC
Wednesday 25th January – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th January – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Friday 27th January – Bowral Bowling Club, Bowral, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Blues on the Water Cruise, Manly, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th January – Odd Fellows Hot Club, Kempsey, NSW
Friday 3rd February – The J, Noosa, QLD
Saturday 4th February – The New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 5th February – Nimbin Bush Theatre, Nimbin, NSW
Friday 17th February – Nightjar Festival, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 18th February – Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 26th February – Kurunda Amphitheatre, Kurunda, QLD

Michael Kiwanuka Announces Bluesfest Sideshows

Michael Kiwanuka
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Our love for English folk-soul singer Michael Kiwanuka is well documented so we’re pretty excited that he’ll be in the country next year for Bluesfest.

And if you’re lucky enough to live in either Sydney or Melbourne count yourself lucky as Michael Kiwanuka has a couple of sideshows coming your world. Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 18th April – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 19th April – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 20th April – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Listen to the New Radical Face Single “Sunn”

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American indie-folk singer Radical Face has dedicated the last eight years of his musical career working on his expansive The Family Tree album series culminating in this year’s amazing The Family Tree: The Leaves.

Now Radical Face has given us the first taste of his post-The Family Tree output with the release of his new single “Sunn”.

The track has more electronic and sampled elements than what we’ve come to expect from Radical Face but at its core is his amazing lyrics and songwriting.

“So this is the first song I’ve recorded since wrapping up The Family Tree project,” Ben Cooper, AKA Radical Face explained. “To go from 8 years of the same material to total freedom was pretty odd. I had no restrictions on how I produced it, or what I would talk about. I found myself just writing about where I’m at now, in my actual life, and not through characters or disguises.

“I’m producing the tracks entirely based on sounds that I like right now – drum samples from old records, pianos played with old mellotron master tapes, tracking vocals with almost-broken microphones. And this is the first song in an EP where none of the songs sound very similar. It’s felt both terribly freeing and a bit nervewracking. I welcome both things. I’m having fun in a way that I haven’t in a long time.”

Take a listen to “Sunn” below and let us know what you think:

The Cat Empire & Xavier Rudd Announce Co-Headline Tour

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Two of Australia’s most loved roots artists The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd and teaming for a co-headline tour this summer.

The tour will see The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd perform a bunch of open-air concerts around the country supported by Sahara Beck, Ocean Valley and Harts.

“We’ve been crossing paths with Xavier Rudd at festivals in Australia and internationally for many years, and we’ve always had a great time together,” Felix Riebl from The Cat Empire explained. “Add Sahara Beck and Harts to the mix, it should be an amazing summer. We’re very excited about this one, it’ll be a full and colourful stage.”

“I’ve always had a tonne of respect for The Cat Empire guys since the start,” Xavier Rudd added. “Deadly musicians and lovely people. Over the last 15 or so years touring around the world and seeing their posters in so many different towns and countries has always brought me a smile. I guess it’s about time that we teamed up to do some shows together & I’m stoked to share a stage with these legends back on home soil early in 2017!”

Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 26th January – St David’s Park, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 29th January2017 – North Gardens, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 4th February – Red Devil Park, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 5th February – Sandstone Point, Bribie Island, QLD
Saturday 11th February – Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 12th February – Stuart Park, Wollongong, NSW

Laura Marling Announces New Album Semper Femina

Laura Marling
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It’s well documented how much we love English singer-songwriter Laura Marling so we jumped with joy this morning when we read that she has another album on the way.

Titled Semper Femina, the album was produced alongside US musician/producer Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes, Jim James) and is due for release on the 10th March.

“I started out writing Semper Femina as if a man was writing about a woman, and then I thought; “it’s not a man, it’s me”,” explained Marling. “I don’t need to pretend it’s a man to justify the intimacy, or the way I’m looking and feeling about women. It’s me looking specifically at women and feeling great empathy towards them, and by proxy, towards myself.”

The announcement of Semper Femina also comes with the video for the new single “Soothing” which also marks Laura Marling’s directorial debut – check it out below:

Listen to The Welcome Wagon Perform Sufjan Stevens’ “The Greatest Gift”

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I’ve always said that if anyone wished Sufjan Stevens made more acoustic music they should go and listen to husband and wife Christian-folk duo The Welcome Wagon. And as if to epitomize that statement The Welcome Wagon have just covered Stevens’ track “The Greatest Gift” as part of a Kickstarter to fund their new record.

Take a listen to The Welcome Wagon’s version of “The Greatest Gift” below:

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