Listen to the New Joanna Newsom Single “Leaving The City”

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The latest single from Joanna Newsom’s upcoming album Divers is “Leaving The City”. Sounding a little like a twisted medieval melody crossed with a 90s Tori Amos-esque alt rock track, the song is full of Joanna Newsom’s trademark quirk.

Divers is due for release on the 23rd October. Listen to “Leaving The City” below:

Watch an Alternate Video for Bear’s Den’s “Elysium”

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Bear’s Den’s single “Elysium” has been out for about a year now, but last week the band released an alternative video featuring footage from some of their favourite shows of the year.

Check out the new version of “Elysium” below – and then here to check out the original.

Sam Brittain Announces October Residency

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Following an Australian tour at the beginning of the year and then some time overseas singer-songwriter Sam Brittain is once again returning home to Adelaide and has announced a residency at the Grace Emily Hotel through October.

Brittain will be drawing from his extensive back catalogues to perform every Friday at The Grace Emily along with a bunch of very exciting support artists. And best of all every show has free entry.

“It’s great to be given the opportunity to do something like this in my home town,” Sam Brittain explained. “When I first started performing my own music 7 years ago The Grace Emily was always the goal. Coming back has become an absolute highlight of every tour to date, really can’t wait to see everyone.”

Check out the full list of dates and supports below:

Friday 2nd October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA w/ Olivers Army, Paige Renee Court
Friday 9th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA w/ Tim Moore, Sasha March
Friday 16th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA w/ Bryan Rice Dalton, Tara Carragher
Friday 23rd October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA w/ Tom West
Friday 30th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA w/ Amistat

Watch the New Glen Hansard Video “Her Mercy”

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The new Glen Hansard album Didn’t He Ramble hit stores last week and if you haven’t picked it up yet you really need to do yourself a favour and check it out.

The latest single from the album is “Her Mercy” which features a brand new video filmed in Chicago at Wilco’s studio The Loft. Check out the video below:

The East Pointers To Release New Album in October

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If you managed to get out to a folk festival last summer there’s a very good chance that you would have seen Canadian trad trio The East Pointers. And if you saw Canadian trad trio The East Pointers then you’re no doubt now a fan, so you’d be excited to know they plan to release their debut album in October.

Titled Secret Victory, the album is set for release on the 8th October and will frame traditional music with The East Pointers’ unique trans-continental influences.

“That’s something The East Pointers are trying to accomplish – breathe some new life into traditional music,” Fiddler Tim Chaisson explained. “People think of it as music for an older generation but we’re hoping to introduce a whole new generation of listeners to the genre.”

“We are literally the seventh generation of musicians in our family, and what we do is a little different than what our uncles might do, for example, which would be more Scottish influenced,” Banjo player Koady Chaisson added. We embrace the Scottish influence … but also Irish and French and so on.”

The East Pointers have been announced as part of the 2016 Illawarra Folk Festival lineup so it won’t be long before they grace our shores again. To get you in the mood for Secret Victory check out this live video of their tune set “The Drift”:

Madeleine Duke Releases Her New Self-Titled EP

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Award-winning Melbourne singer-songwriter Madeleine Duke is this week releasing her debut self titled EP.

The EP was recorded in a repurposed church hall in South Gippsland and produced by Tony Dupé (Grand Salvo, Holly Throsby, Sui Zhen). Stream the EP here:

Madeleine Duke will be launching her new EP at the Wesley Anne in Melbourne on the 26th September with Tim Haines in support. For more details check out the official Facebook event here.

Watch the New Video from Riley Pearce, “Brave”

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Perth based singer-songwriter Riley Pearce just released his new video “Brave” and it’s simpley stunning. Following in the footsteps of folk-influenced performers like Dustin Tebbutt and James Vincent McMorrow, Riley Pearce offers up music that is high in production value and lyrically beatiful.

“Brave” is taken from Pearce’s much awaited sophomore EP Outside The Lines which is due for release later this year. Check out the video here:

You can catch Riley Pearce on the east coast this upcoming week:

Saturday 19th September – Hunt & Gather Markets, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 24th September – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Decemberists Announce New EP Florasongs

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When The Decemberists released their latest album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World back in January they had actually be forced to whittle down a 19+ list of songs to the more manageable 14 that ended up on the record.

But for fans and completionists The Decemberists are revisiting the tracks that were cut from What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World and compiling them into a new EP Florasongs.

The EP is built around the single “Why Would I Now?” and is due for release on the 9th October. Check out the track listing plus a stream of “Why Would I Now?” below:

1. Why Would I Now?
2. Riverswim
3. Fits & Starts
4. The Harrowed and the Haunted
5. Stateside

April Maze Hit The Road Again

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After sadly calling off their UK tour following some emergency surgery, Australian folk duo April Maze are back, fighting fit and have just announced a bunch of dates.

April Maze will be bringing their wonderful music to Queensland and New South Wales over the coming weeks – check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 19 September, Kuranda Amphitheatre Understage, Kuranda, QLD
Sunday 20th September – Private House Concert, QLD
Thursday 24th September – Townsville Folk Club, Bellevue Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Friday 25th September – Private House Concert, QLD
Sunday 4th October – Uranquinty Folk Festival, Uranquinty, NSW
Friday 16th October – Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW
Saturday 17th October – Surfing the Coldstream Festival, Yamba, NSW
Saturday 24th October – Shoalhaven River Festival, Nowra, NSW
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Majors Creek Festival, Braidwood, NSW

James Thomson and Katie Brianna Announced for the Next Heartbreaker Sessions

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The next edition of kickarse Sydney Americana and alt-country night Heartbreaker Sessions will hit Freda’s in Chippendale this Sunday the 20th September, and the lineup is of the same high quality we’ve come to expect.

The next Heartbreaker Sessions will feature two of Sydney’s most exciting Americana singer-songwriters, James Thomson and Katie Brianna. Joining them between sets as always will be DJ sets from Post To Wire.

The night kicks off at 6pm is 100% free – for more information check out the official Facebook invite here.

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