The Levellers Announce Australian Tour

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Legendary English folk-rock band The Levellers have announced plans to return to Australia this October to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their seminal record Levelling The Land.

On the tour The Levellers will be playing Levelling The Land from start to finish along with a bunch of other favourites from their back catalogue. Levelling The Land will be reissued as a 3 disc special edition on the 18th November.

Check out the full list of Australian tour dates below:

Friday 7th October – The Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 8th October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 9th October – Max Watts, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 11th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 12th October – Capitol, Perth, WA

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 5th August

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Releases This Week

First Light
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Home State
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Punch Brothers

Tuesday 9th August – Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 11th August – Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Adelaide, SA
Friday 12th August – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Adelaide Guitar Festival
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th August – Adelaide, SA

Áine Tyrrell
Sunday 7th August – Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick Heads, NSW
Friday 12th August – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD

BANFF x Caitlin Park
Friday 12th August – Oxford Circus, Sydney, NSW

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Wednesday 10th August – Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th August – Adelaide Guitar Festival, Adelaide, SA

Bob Evans w/ Melody Pool
Friday 5th August – Dunsborought Hotel, Dunsborough, WA
Saturday 6th August – Jack Rabbit Slims, Northbridge, WA
Sunday 7th August – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 11th August – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Bluestone Junction
Friday 12th August – The Lomond, Melbourne, VIC

Cash Savage and The Last Drinks
Saturday 6th August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Charm of Finches
Saturday 6th August – Wonderland Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

Dan Brodie and James Thomson with The Strange Pilgrims
Wednesday 10th August – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th August – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Dustin Tebbutt w/ Robbie Miller, Woodes
Friday 5th August – Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 6th August – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 12th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Melancholy Flowers, TJ Eckleberg, The Delta Revue
Wednesday 10th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Sweet Jelly Rolls
Sunday 7th August – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Imogen Clark
Sunday 7th August – Quarterdeck, Narooma, NSW

James Kenyon
Wednesday 10th August – Queen Vic Night Market, VIC
Thursday 11th August – Porchlight Sessions, Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th August – The Hinton Hotel, Hinton, NSW

John Flanagan Trio
Friday 12th August – Our Little Caravan, Notting Hill, VIC

Josh Pyke w/ Jack Carty
Friday 5th August – Kinross Woolshed Hotel, Kinross, NSW
Saturday 6th August – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Sunday 7th August – Whalers Hotel, Warrnambool, VIC
Wednesday 10th August – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 12th August – Baroque Bar, Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Lazy Colts
Saturday 6th August – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 7th August – Labour In Vain, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Lucas & The Dead Setters
Friday 12th August – The Merton Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Porch Light Sessions feat. James Kenyon, Christine Jane, Happy Axe
Thursday 11th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Punch Brothers
Tuesday 9th August – Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 11th August – Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Adelaide, SA
Friday 12th August – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Sweet Jean
Saturday 6th August – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Taasha Coates
Saturday 6th August – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 12th August – The Grand Hotel, Gayndah, QLD

The Peeks, Stockley, Ainsley Farrell
Thursday 11th August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

The Wayward Henrys
Friday 5th – The Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW

Tom Stephens
Friday 5th August – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th August – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife
Friday 12th August – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Vanishing Shapes
Saturday 6th August – Newcastle & Hunter Valley Folk Club, Newcastle, NSW

William Crighton and Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 5th August – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Saturday, 6th August – Wharf Hotel Theatre, Wynyard, TAS

Women of Rockabilly Night feat. Lozz Benson, Little Bee, Bonnie Kay, Fanny Lumsden, Rachael Brady, Bec Callander & Billie McCarthy
Thursday 11th August – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Rye Whiskey” – Punch Brothers

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 29th July

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All the News From The Week That Was

– Adelaide based singer-songwriter James Kenyon announced details of his upcoming album Imagine You Are Driving. Details here

Out On The Weekend announced their 2016 lineup including Marlon Williams & the Yarra Benders, Robert Ellis, Lindi Ortega, Joe Pug, Joshua Hedley, The Cactus Blossoms, Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife, Bakersfield Glee Club and The Stetson Family. Details here

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Little Features feat. Marlis, Julia Johnson, Mitch King

Julia Johnson

Sydney’s best underground indie-folk night roles into July with an amazing show featuring Marlis, Julia Johnson and Mitch King

Saturday 30th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Saturday 30th July – Home Made Jam Sessions, Tintenbar Hall, Tintenbar, NSW
Sunday 31st July – Currumbin RSL, Currumbin, QLD

Andy Gordon, Mark Lucas & Steph Miller
Thursday 4th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Bernard Fanning
Tuesday 2nd August – Giant Dwarf, Sydney, NSW

Black Sorrows w/ The Davidson Brothers
Saturday 30th July – Bundalaguah & Myrtlebank Hall, Bundalaguah, VIC
Sunday 31st July – Bundalaguah & Myrtlebank Hall, Bundalaguah, VIC

Bob Evans w/ Melody Pool
Thursday 4th August – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 5th August – Dunsborought Hotel, Dunsborough, WA

Colin Jones & The Delta Revue
Friday 29th July – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW

Dustin Tebbutt w/ Robbie Miller, Woodes
Thursday 4th August – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 5th August – Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Fallon Cush, The Forresters, Peasant Moon
Wednesday 3rd August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Spindles, MoSoul, The Delta Revue
Wednesday 3rd August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

From the Dirty Swamp to Mexico feat. Bonnie Kay and the Plan B Band, Dusty Ravens, Queen Porter Stomp
Friday 29th July – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Georgia Mulligan w/ Skinny Legions
Friday 29th July – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Hootenany feat. Bryen Willems & The Bayou Boogie Boys
Sunday 31st July – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Jake Bugg
Friday 29th July – Metro City, Perth, WA

James Kenyon
Friday 29th July – Cellar Door Sessions, Mclaren Vale, SA
Saturday 30th July – Three Brothers Arms, Macclesfield, SA
Sunday 31st July – The Border Inn, Apsley, VIC

Joe & Harmony’s Magic Carpet Ride BE-IN #7 feat. Mysterious Universe, Stillhouse Union, Terry Serio’s Half Truths
Saturday 30th July – Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan Trio
Saturday 30th July – Queenscliff Uniting Church, Queenscliff, VIC

Josh Pyke w/ Jack Carty
Friday 29th July – Country Club Showroom, Launceston, TAS
Saturday 30th July – Waratah Hotel, Hobart TAS
Thursday 4th August – Home Tavern, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Friday 5th August – Kinross Woolshed Hotel, Kinross, NSW

Julia Jacklin
Friday 29th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Little Features feat. Marlis, Julia Johnson, Mitch King
Saturday 30th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 29th July – The Gold Dust Lounge, Hotel Shamrock, Bendigo, VIC

Oh Willy Dear
Friday 29th July – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sweet Jean
Saturday 30th July – Northcote Social Club, Northcote, VIC
Thursday 4th August – Brighton Up Bar, Darlinghurst, NSW

The Plough
Wednesday 3rd August – Surly’s American BBQ, Burgers & Beer, Sydney, NSW

The Wayward Henrys
Friday 29th July – The Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Sunday 31st July – Martians Cafe, Deans March, VIC

The Wild Wild Inner West Revue feat. Caitlin Harnett, Adam Young
Sunday 31st July – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

The Willing Ponies
Sunday 31st July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife
Sunday 31st July – Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Troubadours in the wareHOUSE! feat. Luke O’Shea, Jen Mize, Paddy McHugh
Friday 5th August – Food Connect, Brisbane, QLD

William Crighton and Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 29th July – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 29th July – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 30th July – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 5th August – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Friday Folk Flashback

“Between The Wars” – The Young’uns

The Young’uns completely own this Billy Bragg classic.

Watch the New Tori Forsyth Video “Black Bird”

Tori Forsyth
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I. Love. This. Song. So. Much.

The new track from alt-country singer-songwriter Tori Forsyth is the old-time infused “Black Bird”. The song is the title track of Forsyth’s debut EP from last year.

“I wrote “Black Bird just after a relationship breakdown,” Tori Forsyth explained. “The song is about the importance of moving on and letting go rather than feeling down and dwelling upon the pain. I imagined myself speaking words of advice to another woman going through the same experience while writing “Black Bird”. I hope that women will listen to the track and feel strong and empowered. Independence is an amazing thing.”

Check out the video for “Black Bird” below:

Dashville Skyline 2016 Announces First Lineup

The Brothers Comatose
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Hunter Valley Americana, folk and alt-country festival Dashville Skyline dropped its 2016 lineup last week and it’s pretty sweet.

The organisers are backing up a fantastic 2015 event with a lineup headlined by music royalty Brian Cadd and San Francisco folk and bluegrass band The Brothers Comatose. Joining them will be plenty of names Timber and Steel readers will be familiar with including The Wilson Pickers, Melody Pool, Raised by Eagles, The Hello Morning, Jess Ribeiro, Davey Craddock & the Spectacles, Karl S. Williams, Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats, Irish Mythen and Andy Golledge Band with many more still to be announced.

Dashville Skyline takes place in the Hunter Valley Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October – for more information check out the official site here.

Listen to the New Jordan Millar Single “Run Away, Runaway”

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Sydney based singer-songwriter Jordan Millar returns after almost 12 months away from the stage and studio with a brand new single “Run Away, Runaway”. Millar is well known for his ability to inject a pop sensibility into his acoustically driven songs and his latest single is as catchy as ever.

Take a listen to “Run Away, Runaway” below:

Jordan Millar will be joining Jack Carty and Emily Barker on a national tour this August – the full list of dates are as follows:

Friday 19th August – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 20th August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th August – Shebeen Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th August – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 28th August – Mojos Barm Fremantle, WA
Friday 2nd September – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Woody Pitney Announces June Residency

Woody
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Melbourne singer-songwriter Woody Pitney has been making huge waves in Europe recently off the back of his hit song “You Can Stay” and now he’s coming home.

In June Woody Pitney will be making Wednesday’s his own with a residency at Melbourne venue The Worker’s Club. Pitney will be joined by his full band and will some amazing artists in support each week including Royal East (1st June), Oliver’s Army & Lachie Ranford (8th June), Ariela Jacobs & Angie McMahon (15th June), Dal Santo (22nd June) and Rowena Wise & Lachie Ranford (29th June).

Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 1st June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 8th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 15th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 29th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Peasant Moon Canadian Music Week Tour Diary Part 2

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***Read Part 1 Here***

Sydney alt-country duo Peasant Moon took their late-night folk and acoustic Americana sound to Toronto for Canadian Music (CMW) week last week. They kept some notes for us about their tour, discovering new artists and being on the road with a baby – here’s part two.

CMW Day 4.
It’s our last day playing CMW, and we are super excited to be playing the Sounds Australia Soundgallery with heaps of awesome Aussie artists. After kicking off the day with a coffee we head into the conference and attend a session on festivals – it’s interesting, but to be honest the business side of the music industry isn’t our favourite topic of conversation … we’d rather play music. We have a couple of beers at a microbrewery in town and then get ready for the Soundgallery showcase.

First up is an acoustic set from The Lazys, they’re loud, funny and so Aussie – a great way to set the scene for Soundgallery. Next is Lo Carmen, she’s rocking an awesome blue gingham dress with tambourines on her shoes. Her sexy vocals remind me of Hope Sandoval and she’s playing a set of witty songs, some written when she was a teenager. We love her.

HOWQUA is wearing the same shirt as Harvey and puts on a moving set. We’ve got 30 minutes and it’s amazing to play knowing there are heaps on industry-types in the venue.

We stick around to watch a brilliant Ella Fence from Queensland with her cinematic rock; haunting vocals and arrangements from producer Woodes; and a solid set by Demi Louise, who seems to have seriously won over the hearts of Canadians while she’s been here. It’s so cool to see so many amazing Aussie girls rocking the Supermarket! Sounds Australia do such an excellent job curating these events and we are so honoured to have been included.

[Aside: As of 11th May Sounds Australia was not funded by Catalyst which means their music export program will not be available after 31 December 2016. Please sign the following petition to let the government know how important music export is for Australian artists:
https://www.change.org/p/minister-communications-gov-au-saveoursounds-funding-for-sounds-australia?recruiter=55562947 ]

After seeing a bit of Russell Morris we make it over to the Horseshoe Tavern to watch The Sheepdogs and Diarrhea Planet as part of the Dine Alone x Sirius XM Showcase.

Post-CMW

We fly, family-style, from Toronto to Austin and arrive Saturday evening in time for Harvey to catch a captivating William Elliott Whitmore show that night at Sidewinder.

After contacting our mothers on Sunday morning (Mothers day!) we had an amazing Mexican breakfast at Lichas Cantina and discover the baby likes refried beans. The day was spent exploring South Congress and East Austin and then we did a little support for awesome local duo, The Division Men, at a cool dive bar, Hole in the Wall, that night.

On Monday we headed to Congress House Studios to record a couple of live tracks (for release in Australia later this year) which was a blast. We then head over to the Whisler’s courtyard to play a two set show in the blistering humidity.

Capped off our time in Austin with a bit of Dale Watson and His Lone Stars at the iconic Continental Club; obligatory on a Monday night in this town. Of course, Josie was asked to dance….

Peasant Moon’s next Sydney show is 22nd June, Acoustics Anonymous at Newtown Social Club with Sam Newton.

Peasant Moon Canadian Music Week Tour Diary Part 1

Peasant Moon
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Sydney alt-country duo Peasant Moon took their late-night folk and acoustic Americana sound to Toronto for Canadian Music (CMW) week last week. They kept some notes for us about their tour, discovering new artists and being on the road with a baby – here’s part one.

Pre-CMW
I (Josie) arrive about a week before CMW to get over jet lag, well, to be honest it’s mostly for my 7 month old son to get over his jet lag! I’m staying in Chicago with my sister and it’s rainy and cold – isn’t is supposed to be spring? My mandolin was searched by the TSA, assumption must be musos are dodgy.

Harvey arrives in Chicago the day before our gig here – it’s a house concert in a huge basement with local Americana band, White Oak. It was great fun and a brilliant hit-out before our CMW shows next week. Harvey manages an architecture tour and to see Robbie Fulks and his band Western Swing at the iconic Hideout Inn.

CMW Day 1.
After spending way too long in customs we make it to our house in Parkdale and quickly find a solid spot in Queen Street for tacos. After registering for the conference we head to the Cameron House where we are playing tomorrow night. We catch Stonetrotter – a cool indie folk rock band with brilliant harmonies, think a cross between Head and the Heart and the Doors. Starting to get excited for our first show tomorrow night!

CMW Day 2.
Tourist day! Headed into town on the trolley to CN Tower. We had lunch up the top in the revolving restaurant- it takes 72 minutes to get a bird’s eye view of all of Toronto. Perfect for a glass of wine and a leisurely lunch. Josie puts the baby on the glass floor and he is happy as he doesn’t have any depth perception- not as easy for the rest of us at 342 meters.

Show up at Cameron House to load our gear, there’s a solid covers band playing the front room and we grab a beer and do a bit of last minute planning for our set. First up is Shawn William Clarke, a folk singer from Toronto. He’s playing as a three piece with two guys with greats beards – seems to be a thing here in Canada. We’re happy with our set, playing to a reasonably full room. There are a few photographers in the crowd which is a bit disconcerting but we get some great feedback and even sell a few EPs. People are confused by Josie’s accent given we are an Australian band!

The pick of the bands following us is The Proud Sons, one of Harvey’s favorite acts of the festival. They are channeling Wild Feathers, super tight, the type of band we’d like to play in.

CMW Day 3.
We start the day with coffee and a walk (Josie) and run (Harvey). Music journalist Ryan Akukawa invites us out for ‘poutine’, the Canadian dish consisting of french fries, cheese curd and gravy – yes, a perfect hangover cure! We attend the ‘Meet the Australians’ event put on by Sounds Australia and chat with industry types and a few of our Aussie compadres.

The Dakota Tavern is our showcase venue tonight and it’s an awesome room, fitted in old-time paraphernalia – a local ‘roots’ music institution. We had a fun night playing to a full room alongside some genuine up and coming Canadian talent including funk-rockers The Middle Coast, roots/country act Eli and The Straw Man and local indie darlings Sun K.

National Folk Festival Interview: Andrew Winton

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It’s been ten years since I first walked into a random tent at The National Folk Festival and became mesmerised by WA based singer and lap guitarist Andrew Winton so it’s amazing to see him returning again this year. We sat down with Winton to chat about The National, his unique guitar and his brand new album Glorybox Mechanics.

Gareth Hugh Evans: I first saw you at The National about ten years ago. I was wandering into one of your shows knowing nothing about you and was blown away by this amazing performance. It was all slide guitars and knee slapping – just amazing. Is The National a special festival for you?

Andrew Winton: It has been. The first time might have been 2006. We were on one of my first national tours and it was just an experience. We had a caravan and an 18 month old – it was a real whirlwind. It was one of the first bigger festivals where we thought “oh, this is very interesting”. We were put in a bit last minute but we had such a response and we’ve been back a few times.

GHE: I remember you in 2006 well.

AW: Yeah, I had dreadlocks and the whole thing. That was at that point where to play that music you had to have a uniform.

GHE: You were the “other” dude from WA with the dreadlocks and the lap guitar.

AW: Yes! Mr Butler, is that the man?

GHE: And I distinctly remember your 18 month old son with Karen Winton holding him. In fact she may have gotten up on stage to sing with you while still holding him.

AW: Yeah – she’s very strong. I think we’ve been at most of the festivals either pregnant or with a young child. We’ve stopped breeding now but there was a period when we were ready to have a kid it was mid festival. It was a real lifestyle for a while.

GHE: Has having a young family informed your playing folk festivals as opposed to the big blues or rock festivals? They’re a bit more family friendly.

AW: Yeah. It’s interesting, that year or the year after we did that circuit and then got invited to SXSW which is the big rock and roll festival in Austin, Texas. And that’s when we felt like “wow this is a bit different”. At [folk] festivals people will actually listen, it’s not all about drinking. And you don’t have to go to number ten on the energy – people will listen to quieter songs, a range of material. People are actually interested in the instrument, in the playing. On the whole the folk festivals have a diverse audience interested in different things., not just stomping and drinking and hollering.

GHE: Speaking of being interested in the instrument – your guitar is called The Beast right?

AW: Now when you saw me I had a thing called the Winton Beast which was made by a Victorian luthier. Then several years after a small American company saw me and said “we want to endorse you and make weird instruments for you” and that’s still happening these days. What they make is these instruments out of the roots of cyprus trees in Alabama. So the Winton Beast morphed into this instrument that is two in one. The Winton Beast was a seven string and I introduced a six string so it’s a 13 string tree root that I play.

GHE: Do you go to the luthiers and say “this is what I want? Or do they come to you and say “what do you think of this crazy idea”?

AW: In both instances they’ve said they’ll make me anything I want. And I’ve gone a) I don’t know what I want and I don’t know much and b) I just used my limited strange creativeness to invent something and they made it happen. And with the guys in Alabama it was all over Skype. I’m a non-practical person, I can’t hammer and nail – I just said “can we try having this many strings with this type of tuning”. I didn’t know if it was going to work and it’s all very experimental. And it’s mostly paid off and I guess in my own little world I’m known as this person that plays weird instruments.

GHE: I think I saw you play at a guitarist showcase at The National and everybody was just fascinated by your instrument.

AW: That’s right! People are more intrigued by that than me. On stage everyone was looking at my groin! Some could consider that a gimmick but in a landscape where everyone plays the same instrument with the same sort of tunings it’s just something different. And as a soloist it allows you to occupy the bass area, the chordal area and the melody at the same time.

GHE: You’ve been pretty prolific over the years and you’ve just recently released your album Glorybox Mechanics. Did you self produce that album?

AW: I have a friend here who has done a lot of recording for me. I chose to go down the path of not wanting any of the gear in my house – I didn’t want to go down the rabbit hole of recording. But very close to me is a very good engineer and basically I just did it on my iPhone and then went and replicated with him. In some ways it’s self produced but with someone who knows the buttons and the screens and the boring bits.

GHE: It’s always tempting as a musician to become a gear junkie.

AW: I’m anti that [laughs]. Because those guys end up becoming computer engineers and their musical skills fade into the distance.

GHE: You’ve been Glorybox Mechanics quite a bit recently – how’s the reception been so far?

AW: Quite nice actually. It’s tricky because the last album Happy won a bunch of awards and was a whole different level, so there was a little bit of pressure with this one. So it’s nice that ABC Radio National and a lot of community stations, and even one or two of the bigger ones, are playing a couple of songs. It doesn’t change the universe but I was just worried if these were going to work – it’s just my nature. And I’ve been pretty pleased. Especially in a landscape where people don’t buy CDs.

GHE: Except at festivals!

AW: Exactly! It’s the last arena where you go to see an act and straight away go and talk to the person who’s just played and take a bit home with you. It’s that kind of instant performance energy. That’s why these festivals are still trucking along well. As a musician it’s a privilege to play at them because people face your way and they might buy something and you get to talk to everyone.

GHE: At The National Folk Festival this year is it just you solo? Is Karen coming?

AW: Because I’m coming over for a couple of festivals it’s just me – we’ve got too many children now. And I think we’ve got some nice spots there – we’re going to be doing a filming in The Buddawang.

GHE: The National always ends up being quite a collaborative festival anyway so I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up spotting you playing with someone like Liz Frencham.

AW: That’s already been arranged! Liz and I live a long way from each other but whenever we get to the same suburb we do something.

GHE: It wouldn’t be a National Folk Festival if Liz Frencham didn’t play with every single act at some point.

AW: Exactly. I stir her about that [laughs].

GHE: Where else are you playing while you’re on the east coast.

AW: I’ve got gigs at the Django Bar in Sydney and the Union Bar in Melbourne.

GHE: Oh lovely – I’ll have to try and get down to one of those shows.

AW: Great! I haven’t been over there for a while.

GHE: Thank you so much for chatting with me. Looking forward to seeing you play again.

AW: Fantastic – thank you!

All of Andrew Winton’s upcoming dates, including his shows at The National Folk Festival, are below:

Wednesday 23rd March – House Concert, Temora, NSW.
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
– Friday 4:30pm – Budawang
– Saturday 3:15pm – Marquee (Infinite Song Contest)
– Saturday 7pm – Flute ‘n’ Fiddle
– Saturday 9:30pm – Flute ‘n’ Fiddle (Liz Frencham Album Launch)
– Sunday 10am – The Terrace (Lap Slide Guitar Workshop)
– Sunday 9pm – Marquee
Thursday 31st March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st April – Selby Folk Club, Selby, VIC
Saturday 2nd April – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 3rd April – House Concert, Mount Franklin, VIC
Friday 8th April – The Herdsman Lake Tavern, Wembley, WA
Saturday 9th April – Caves House Hotel, Yallingup, WA
Sunday 10th April – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Pinjarra, WA
Sunday 24th April – The Vic Hotel, Perth, WA

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