Yetis Announce This Thursday’s Show As Their Last

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I was saddened to read on Facebook today that Sydney-based harmonic five piece Yetis have decided to call it a day. The post, which accompanied a video of their track “Luckiest Guy Alive” explained that this Thursday at Brighton Up Bar will be their last:

Yetis have had a great run, we have loved every minute on and off stage. Being able to play music is a privilege that we have had so much fun with, hoping that it might bring you some joy.
We have decided to let this Thursday’s gig be the last Yetis show, with the plan to reassess our vibe and possibility of another project in the future.
Thanks for everything, we really do feel like the luckiest guiz xo

It’s a real shame – Yetis are just a stunning live band that really haven’t played enough (and this announcement is making me regret all those times I didn’t go and see them). They will be sorely missed.

If you want to catch their final show in Sydney this Thursday with Maia Jelavic and Daniel Tomalaris check out the official Facebook invite here. Watch the video for “Luckiest Guy Alive” below:

Watch the New Justin Townes Earle Video “Call Ya Momma”

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Justin Townes Earle has just released his latest single and video “Call Ya Momma”. The track is taken from his latest album Absent Fathers and features a Western inspired video. Check out “Call Ya Momma” below:

Justin Townes Earle is currently touring Australia. His remaining dates are here:

Friday 10th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 11th April – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 12th April – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC (Matinee)
Sunday 12th April – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 14th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 15th April – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th April – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 18th April – Anitas, Thirroul, NSW

The Bello Winter Music Festival Announces Inaugural Lineup

Milk Carton Kids
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This week a brand new festival slipped onto the scene with a lineup that is bound to make any readers of Timber and Steel squeal with excitement.

The Bello Winter Music Festival is a brand new weekend festival held in Bellingen, NSW from the 2nd to 5th July this year. Bello is the sister festival to the magnificent Mullum Music Festival so you know it’s going to be pretty special.

This year’s lineup is headed up by US folk duo The Milk Carton Kids (who are yet to announce any other Australian dates) and also features Timber and Steel favourites like Ash Grunwald, TinPan Orange, Marlon Williams, The Wilson Pickers, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Perch Creek, Jack Carty, Karl S Williams, The Mid North, The Button Collective, Starboard Cannons, Sara Tindley, Oh Pep! and many many more.

“Bellingen has a similar counter-culture to Mullumbimby; it’s just back from the coastal tourist destinations and it’s a naturally beautiful area.” Glenn Wright, director of Bello Winter Music Festival and Mullum Music Festival explained. “Just like Mullumbimby, Bellingen has a diverse community, a long history of environmentalism and a vibrant local music scene. A third of the Bello line-up is made up of local musicians from Bellingen and the Coffs Coast area. Both festivals are dedicated to programming new and emerging artists – local, national and international – I’m sure Bello Winter Music, like Mullum Music Festival, will become ‘one to watch’ for exciting new acts. Creating a partner winter festival in Bellingen rather than expanding Mullum Music Festival means another community can reap the benefits of a small scale, community run festival. The Bellingen community is deeply involved in every aspect of the festival. It has been inspiring working with them to create a unique, authentic celebration of their town.”

For more information about the Bello Winter Music Festival check out the official web site here. The full lineup is below:

The Milk Carton Kids (US), Ash Grunwald, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Tinpan Orange, Dubmarine, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders, Ainslie Wills, Bullhorn, Arte Kanela Flamenco, Rasa Duende, Fourplay String Quartet, The Wilson Pickers, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Perch Creek, Jack Carty, Sketch The Rhyme, Jones Jnr, The Seven Ups, Captain Dreamboat, Gabriel & Cecilia, Karl S Williams, Yeshe, Greg Sheehan, Kym Pitman with Chris Judd, The Mid North, The Button Collective, Starboard Cannons, Sara Tindley, Oh Pep!, The Ninth Chapter, Ebb n Flo, Golden Zephyr, Bunya, Jealous Wolfe, Mr Pip, Horns On Helium, DidJital, Tim Stokes, Honey & Knives, Shanteya & Jo, Tegan Wiseman, Yhan Leal, Fish on Fire, The Bollywood Sisters, The Cassettes, Sohum Women’s Choir, Voices From The Vacant Lot, Roundabout Theatre, talks, workshops, Bellingen LeaF (Learning Festival), THE MAGIC BUS and much more to be announced

Willowy and Direwolf Announce Joint May/June East Coast Tour

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Sydney nu-folk singers Direwolf and Willowy have announced plans to head out on a co-headline east coast tour this May and June. Both Timber and Steel favourites, Direwolf and Willowy have built reputations as must-see acts on the local scene so getting the chance to catch them together is a real treat.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 13th May – The Boatshed, Manly, NSW
Thursday 14th May – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 15th May – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 16th May – The Rhythm Hut, Central Coast, NSW
Thursday 21st May – Symposium, Chippendale, NSW
Wednesday 27th May – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 28th May – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th June – Rad, Wollongong, NSW

Roland Kay-Smith Announces Album Launch Tour

Roland Kay-Smith
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After releasing his debut solo album Sailing By The Stars earlier this year Sydney singer-songwriter Roland Kay-Smith has announced plans for an East Coast tour from this week – some dates supporting Skyscraper Stan, some supporting M.E. Baird and some headlining. Roland Kay-Smith will be performing all of the shows solo and acoustic which should mean some lovely, intimate shows.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 11th March – Railway Friendly Bar, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 12th March – The End, West End, QLD
Friday 13th March – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 20th March – Illawarra Brewery, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 9th April – The Grand Junction, Maitland, NSW
Friday 10th April – Django Bar, Marrickville, NSW
Sunday 12th April – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 15th April – The Retreat Hotel, Brunswick, VIC
Wednesday 22nd April – Customs House Library, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd April – Junk Bar, Ashgrove, QLD

Full Details of the New Joe Pug Album Windfall

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American indie-folk singer Joe Pug will be releasing his highly anticipate new album Windfall on the 3rd April this year.

“The aim on this one was very straightforward,” Pug explained. “We wanted to capture the music just the way we play it, with minimal production. It was a very back to basics approach because ultimately that’s what I love about music, and that’s what I love about making music. I wanted to record these songs the way they were written and put them out in the world.”

We’ve already heard the first single from the album, “If Still It Can’t Be Found” which I’ve embedded again below along with the full track listing:

1. Bright Beginnings
2. Veteran Fighter
3. Stay and Dance
4. The Measure
5. Great Hosannas
6. Burn and Shine
7. O My Chesapeake
8. Windfallen
9. Pair of Shadows
10. If Still It Can’t Be Found

Watch the New Jenny Queen Video “Hell No”

Jenny Queen
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Sydney-based US alt-country singer Jenny Queen has carved a nice little niche for herself in the local Australian scene. She’s a celebrated singer-songwriter who has definitely carved a name for herself as a must see live act.

Queen’s latest single is “Hell No”, the third form her acclaimed album Small Town Misfits. The single naturally has a brand new video which you can watch below:

Mandy Connell Announces Melbourne Shows

Mandy Connell
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Melbourne based songwriter and folk singer Mandy Connell is a favourite on the local folk scene and she’s just announced a bunch of dates in her home city for you to catch her. Joining her for all but two of the shows will be US artist called Tom Ciccone who is best known as one half of Melbourne duo Wayfare.

Make sure you get along one of Mandy Connell’s shows if you’re in Melbourne this month or next – they’re not to be missed:

Thursday 22nd January – Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 27th January – Retreat, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 31st January – Retreat, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 4th February – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 11th February – Bar Oussou, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 19th February – Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 25th February – Clifton Hill Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Lee & Friends Announce New Album The Fade In Time

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Sam Lee’s 2012 debut album Ground of its Own is easily one of my favourite traditional records ever. It’s just so fresh and different from anything else out there and shows Lee as a force to be reckoned within the trad scene.

It’s now 2015 and Sam Lee, now performing under the name Sam Lee & Friends, has announced plans to release his follow up album The Fade In Time on the 16th March. The album is produced by Arthur Jeffes and will once again feature traditional songs collected by Lee.

Sam Lee is also currently running a Pledge Music campaign to help him release The Fade In Time. It’s also a great way to secure a copy of the album on its release – check out more details here.

Take a listen to “Over Yonders Hill” which will appear on The Fade In Time below:

Illawarra Folk Festival Q&A: The Bottlers

The Bottlers
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The Illawarra Folk Festival is one of the highlights of the summer folk festival calendar and this year they’re celebrating their 30th anniversary. We thought we’d chat to a number of the Illawarra Folk Festival artists in the lead up to the event and next up is Sydney folk-punks The Bottlers.

Timber and Steel: What can audiences expect from your shows at the Illawarra Folk Festival?

The Bottlers: From the way I see it The Bottlers are like a good whiskey in a softly lit room on the teetering moment just before a bar brawl breaks out. We like to pay homage to deeply hewn, mind to heart type torch songs of old where emotional connection and introspection reigned supreme. I guess there was less telly on back when the golden age of folk balladry was leading the way. People knew people and places intimately beyond glass screens and hashtags. On the other hand we like to kick the side of the shed in when we play persay. Get people off their backsides and get them stomping and dancing about with punk fuelled street folk songs. A solid, simple duality of sorts with a definite fire under it’s arse.

Timber and Steel: Do you approach a festival show differently from a regular gig?

The Bottlers: Well for one there’s bigger stages than we’re used to in pubs. Hoisting nine people onto some pub stages sometimes requires a worksite ticket and a cattleprod just to get the show underway. It’s all part of the burn to shine enjoyment of it all though. Festivals stages really allow us to move about and not plant feet on each other’s foreheads just to stay in the door of the joint.

Festivals also bring more floorspace therefore more people providing more energy for that ‘oh so amazing’ symbiotic exchange that can go on between crowd and artist. That really comes prominently into being. I’ve been to the Illawarra Folk Festival before as a punter with The Bush Music Club and there’s definitely some awesome crowds and characters to look forward to. Will be great to just rattle amongst the rabble from venue to venue again as well.

Timber and Steel: Are there any artists you’re excited to see at Illawarra?

The Bottlers: Definitely. Eric Bogle’s songs were a mainstay through their many mediums in my house growing up and I even got to take a songwriting workshop he put on a few years back at the Illawarra. Will be bloody fantastic to see his personal interpretations of the songs he wrote and that were made so famous.

Ted Egan is definitely on my list as well. A bloke from The Northern Terriotry who spins a yarn, sings a song, tells a joke and holds a crowd all the while tapping out his rhythms on an empty beer carton. I’m sure there’ll be a few drinkers there this year to oblige him with the cardboard box too.

Timber and Steel: This is the Illawarra Folk Festival’s 30th Anniversary. How do you think The Bottlers would celebrate their 30th Anniversary?

The Bottlers: I’d first of all hammer a few beer bottle tops to my walking frame for that makeshift lagerphone effect but beyond that I’d be vying for John Williamson to join us in hologram form on stage.

In a less facetious world though I’d probably just revel in the good old smiles all round pub gig with all our friends and families. Raise a glass to times gone past sort of thing. Simple and effective.

Timber and Steel: What’s next for The Bottlers after the Illawarra Folk Festival?

The Bottlers: Towards the end of last year we began recording an EP so we’ll continue gathering that clatter bag of sound together for a mid-2015 release I’d say. More songwriting notebook and instrumental emblazonments as always. Just looking forward to feeling the wheels turning under our feet in the proverbial and literal senses with a few tours organised around Australia this year. Should be a goodun I reckon.

The Bottlers have three appearances at the Illawarra Folk Festival:

9:45pm Friday 16th January – Nag’s Lounge (Horse Stables)
8:00pm Saturday 17th January – Slacky Flat Bar
2:00pm Sunday 18th January – Showground Pavilion

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