WOMADelaide Announces Full Lineup for 2018

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Following on from their first round announcement last month WOMADelaide have this week dropped their entire 2018 program and it’s absolutely huge.

Joining the likes of Le Vent du Nord, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Yirrmal next year will be Scottish neo-Trad quintet Elephant Sessions, country-blues favourites Hat Fitz & Cara, roots collaboration Mama Kin Spender, Australian legends Tex, Don & Charlie, local alt-country duo Hana & Jessie-Lee’s Bad Habits, indigenous collective Mission Songs Project, Adelaide folk-pop singer Naomi Keyte and so much more.

WOMADelaide takes place at the Adelaide Botanic Park from the 9th to the 12th March. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The full lineup announced so far is below:

a Bit na Ta (PNG/Aust), Abbey Howlett (Aust), Ackroyd & Harvey (UK), Adrian Sherwood (UK), Anoushka Shankar (India/UK), Architects of Air (UK), The Avalanches (Aust), Baker Boy (Aust), Bashka (Turkey/Aust), Bedouine (USA/Syria), Cie Bivouac (France), Bixiga 70 (Brazil), Blick Bassy (France/Cameroon), Chico Trujillo (Chile), Constantinople & Ablaye Cissoko (Canada/Iran/Senegal), Dan Sultan (Aust), Daymé Arocena (Cuba), Deborah Conway (Aust), Didirri (Aust), DJ Marky (Brazil), Dustyesky (Aust), Elephant Sessions (Scotland), Eva Quartet (Bulgaria), Francois Knoetze (Sth Africa), Ghada Shbeir (Lebanon), Gogol Bordello (USA), Gratte Ciel (France), Hana & Jessie-Lee’s Bad Habits (Aust), Hartway (Aust), Hat Fitz & Cara (Ireland/Aust), Havana Meets Kingston (Cuba/Jamaica), Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (USA), JAZZ Party (Aust), Jojo Abot (Ghana), Justine Clarke (Aust), Kamasi Washington (USA), Kings & Associates (Aust), Le Vent du Nord (Canada), Lonelyspeck (Aust), Lura (Cape Verde), Mama Kin Spender (Aust), The Manganiyar Seduction (India), Mission Songs Project (Aust), Moussa Diakite & Wassado (Mali/Aust), My Bubba (Sweden/Iceland), Nai Palm (Aust), Nano Stern (Chile), Naomi Keyte (Aust), Nature Village (Aust), Nickodemus (USA), Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritania), Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (Ghana), Peanut Butter Wolf (USA), Cie Pernette (France), The Pin (Aust), POW! Negro (Aust), Rahim AlHaj Trio (Iraq), Rajab Suleiman & Kithara (Zanzibar), Remi x Sampa (Aust), Robyn Davidson in Conversation w/ Roysten Abel (India/Aust), Rodrigo y Gabriela (Mexico), San Lazaro (Aust), Soul Capoeira (Aust), Tank & The Bangas (USA), TAO Dance Theatre (China), Tex, Don & Charlie (Aust), Thievery Corporation (USA), Thundercat (USA), Tim Whitt (Aust), Tinariwen (Mali), Victoria Hanna (Israel), Violons Barbares (France/Mongolia/Bulgaria), Yellow Blue Bus (Aust), YID! (Aust), Yirrmal & the Miliyawutj (Aust)

Listen to the New Freya Josephine Hollick Single “The Pearly Gates of the Landfill”

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Melbourne alt-country singer-songwriter Freya Josephine Hollick has just launched her brand new single “The Pearly Gates of the Landfill”. The track is the singer’s first since the release of her EP Don’t Mess With The Doyenne earlier this year.

“I wrote it about – like always – my daughter’s dad, and a date that we had where we went to the tip shop” Hollick explained. “And it’s all true, everything that’s in the song – it comes from the hilarious redneck romance that I had with my daughter’s dad.”

The single was recorded while singer-songwriter Robert Ellis, bass player Geoffrey Muller and drummer Michael “Tank” Lisenbe were in town for the Out On The Weekend festival, all three of which Freya Josephine Hollick convinced to join her in the studio for the single.

“I’d been listening a lot to Robert’s records, and also to the Traveller tunes,” she explains, “and then when the opportunity arose that they could come into the studio and record, I thought it was perfect ‘cause I’d sort of written the song with their instrumentation in mind anyway, which was kinda cool.”

Take a listen to “The Pearly Gates of the Landfill” below:

BATTS Announces New EP 62 Moons

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Melbourne based singer-songwriter BATTS this week announced that she’s signed to the newly announced THAA Records and will be releasing her new EP 62 Moons on the 29th November.

The EP features BATTS’ 2017 singles “For Now” and “Little White Lies” and cements her new stripped back sound. The album was recorded with band mates Lachlan O’Kane, Hayden Calnin, Ross Beaton and Brendan Tsui in Geelong and was engineered live by Isaac Barter.

“When NASA began to release the sounds of space it blew my mind,” BATTS explains of the EP’s title. “Saturn has always been my favourite for many reasons but when I first heard the sound of Saturn’s rings, it really connected. In that moment, I had the thought of combining the music we create as humans, with the natural music of things out in space that have existed for billions and billions of years. I want to instill knowledge of space within music to people, but not via lyrics – via sounds.”

To celebrate the release of 62 Moons, BATTS has announced a launch show in a secret Melbourne location on the 13th December – for more information on how to get tickets check out her Facebook page here.

The Ahern Brothers Announce Huge Until Next Time Tour

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2017 has really been The Ahern Brothers’ year. After releasing their debut album back in June (which we guarantee is going to be on a bunch of “Best of” lists this year) The Ahern Brothers have wowed audiences with a bunch of sold out shows and a support slot with the legendary Tex, Don & Charlie.

The Ahern Brothers have just announced that they’re heading back out on the road at the beginning of 2018 with a bunch of shows around the country including appearances at the Cygnet Folk Festival, Nannup Music Festival and Port Fairy Folk Festival.

Check out the full list of dates (so far) below:

Friday 12th to Sunday 15th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS
Friday 19th January – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 20th January – Rous Mill Hall, Rous Mill, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, VIC
Thursday 1st February – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd February – 63 First Ave, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 4th February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 8th February – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 9th February – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 10th February – Major Toms, Kyneton, VIC
Sunday 11th Ferbruary – Old Church On The Hill, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 2nd to Monday 5th March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Watch the New Frank Turner Video “There She Is”

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English post-punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner has just released his new video “There She Is”.

The video was filmed at the legendary RAK Studios and is taken from his upcoming retrospective album Songbook which reimagines songs from across Turner’s six albums, due on the 24th November.

Check out “There She Is” below:

Watch the New Video from The Lost Brothers “Echoes In The Wind”

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Irish folk-singing duo The Lost Brothers have returned with their beautiful new single and video “Echoes In The Wind”. If you’re a fan of the close harmony singing of Simon and Garfunkel or The Milk Carton Kids then The Lost Brothers are going to you’re new favourite band.

“Echoes In The Wind” is taken from The Lost Brothers’ upcoming album Halfway Towards A Healing, due for release on the 26th January. Check out the video below:

Listen to the New Nahko Single “Be Here Now”

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The latest single from roots singer-songwriter Nahko’s debut solo album My Name Is Bear is “Be Here Now”.

The track shows off Nahko’s eclectic styles and comes complete with a goofy lyric video.

“I’m proud to announce the release of our lyric video for “Be Here Now”,” Nahko announced.”I hope you get a lot of laughs out of it! I spent five days choreographing and rehearsing it and I think it came out smashingly. Laughter is the best medicine and I wanted to make a lyric video that would bring that out in our global Tribe. So, why not make something that I’m SO not good at! I am definitely not a dancer, but I can certainly be silly. It was pretty hard to choreograph, I’ll be honest. I didn’t know the first thing about it. But, the third day in I began to block things and it came together by the end! ‘Be Here Now’ was the perfect video to create a lyric video in different languages and let the laughter do the rest. Enjoy!”

Check out the lyric video for “Be Here Now” below:

Vance Joy Announces New Album Nation of Two

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Epic indie-folk singer-songwriter and radio darling Vance Joy has just announced plans to release his brand new album Nation of Two in February 2018.

The album is Vance Joy’s second, following on from the crazy successful debut Dream Your Life Away.

Nation Of Two describes a perfectly self-contained couple; their world beginning and ending at the bed they share, the car they ride in, or any other place where they’re together – the idea that their love for each other gives them their bearings; a point of reference that makes sense of life,” Vance Joy explained.

The latest single from Nation Of Two is “Like Gold”, following on from the album’s first release “Lay It On Me”.

“I wrote “Like Gold” after coming off the road at the start of 2016,” Vance Joy explained. “It started with a simple melody I was humming and the idea of looking back at a relationship.”

Check out a stream of “Like Gold” here:

Vance Joy has a couple of dates coming up including an appearance at Sydney City Limits in February – the full list of shows are below:

Wednesday 22nd November – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 23rd November – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th November – Spilt Milk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 24th February – Sydney City Limits, Centennial Park, Sydney, NSW

Listen to Three New Tracks from The Emerald Ruby

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You may be familiar with the sweet flute sounds of Newcastle based musician Jennifer Hankin with bands like Vanishing Shapes and The Button Collective. But what you may not know is that Hankin is an accomplished photographer, artist, videographer, fashion designer and blogger, which she caputures, along with her music, under the moniker The Emerald Ruby.

Over the last couple of months The Emerald Ruby has been releasing a bunch of original, solo songs. The tracks are sweet indie-folk tunes filled with lilting ukulele, flute and layered vocals, all performed by Hankin.

So far The Emerald Ruby has released three original tracks – “Simple Song”, “James Falls Over Stargazing” and “Follow The Light”. Take a listen to all three below and keep your eyes peeled for more goodness to come from The Emerald Ruby:

I’m With Her Announce Debut Album See You Around

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US folk super-group I’m With Her, made up of singers Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan, have finally announced plans to release their debut album See You Around on the 16th February.

The album was co-produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Paul McCartney) and features 11 original tracks plus a version of the never before released Gillian Welch-penned “Hundred Miles”.

“We all feel immensely fortunate to be in this band together,” says I’m With Her. “As longtime friends and fans of each other’s music, it’s been wonderful to realize that writing and collaborating together fits so seamlessly into our lives. And now, we’re so excited to get to tour and share the work we’ve done as a band with our debut album, See You Around.”

The full track listing for See You Around plus a stream of the title track below:

1. See You Around
2. Game To Lose
3. Ain’t That Fine
4. Pangaea
5. I-89
6. Wild One
7. Waitsfield
8. Ryland (Under The Apple Tree)
9. Overland
10. Crescent City
11. Close It Down
12. Hundred Miles

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