Timber and Steel Premiere: Ayleen O’Hanlon’s New Video “Send Me Spinning”

Ayleen O'Hanlon
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Melbourne alt-country and folk artist Ayleen O’Hanlon has just released her latest video “Send Me Spinning” taken from her debut album, Blend and Spill. Captured while O’Hanlon and a cast of renowned Melbourne musicians worked on the album through winter 2014, it is a heart-warming portrayal of the album recording process. Shot in an intimate, hand-held style, the video features footage of the community hall where recording took place and where the local seniors still attend a monthly old-time dance.

Timber and Steel is very proud to premiere “Send Me Spinning” here:

Ayleen O’Hanlon launches Blend and Spill with a full band show at The Toff In Town, 7.30pm, this Sunday 6th September. Support from special guests Tobias Hengeveld and Georgia Spain.

Tickets through Moshtix here. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes Announce New Album The Mountain

Lachlan Bryan
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Alt-country and folk favourites Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes have announced their return with their upcoming album The Mountain, due for release on the 25th September.

The album is the first since 2013’s Black Coffee and is being billed as Lachlan Bryan’s most personal set of songs yet.

“I’ve grown a mountain-climber’s beard to release this record, and I think I need it,” Bryan explained. “In short, there’s blood in these songs – blood between the lines; blood in the back-story. Calling this album The Mountain makes sense – it’s a journey, but when it’s done you still have to get back down – or find another peak to climb. I genuinely hope that people find it as fulfilling a journey to listen to as it was to write and play and sing.”

To celebrate the album’s release Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes will be heading out on tour through the last quarter of the year. The full list of dates are below:

Saturday 26th September to Saturday 3rd October – Mildura Country Music Festival, VIC
Sunday 4th October – Dashville Skyline, Lower Belford, NSW
Monday 5th October – Murwillumbah Roots Festival, Murwillumbah, NSW
Friday 9th to Saturday 17th October – Cruisin Country, ex-Sydney, NSW
Saturday 7th November – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 18th November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd November – Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 28th November – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 4th December – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 6th December – Mudgee Brewing, Mudgee, NSW

The National Folk Festival at the Floriade Nightfest

Floriade
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Are you having withdrawals from The National Folk Festival? Are you anxious because the 2016 National is still seven months away? Well never fear because we have the perfect stop gap for you.

During this year’s Floriade Nightfest in Canberra The National Folk Festival will be taking over the Inspiration Hub for a night of “cool advertures in folk”. The show will take place on the 23rd September and will feature some fantastic local acts as well as a few surprises.

On top of this the Floriade Nightfest will feature a whole host of events and attractions including light displays, roving performers, bustling night markets and entertainment. For more information check out the official Floriade Nightfest site here.

The Inaugural Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest Announces Its Lineup

Kasey Chambers
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The brand new kid on the festival block is the Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest and judging by its inaugural lineup it will be making a big splash.

The Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest will this year be headlined by Kasey Chambers (above) as well as featuring a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites including The Audreys, Shane Howard, Archie Roach, Busby Marou, Bill Chambers, Henry Wagons, Pierce Brothers, Good Oak, The Davidson Brothers, Harry Hookey, The Wilson Pickers, Melody Pool, Karl S. Williams, Lachlan Bryan, Caitlin Harnett, The Mid North, Garett Kato, Katie Brianna, Sara Tindley, The Company, Mustered Courage, Gretta Ziller and many many more.

The festival will be held at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds in Northern NSW from the 2nd to 5th October this year. To get more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official web site here.

MountainGrass Announces its 2015 Lineup

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This November the fantastic MountainGrass festival returns to Harrietville, Victoria with a fantastic lineup of bluegrass, old time and folk music.

Held from the 20th to 22nd November at the foot of Mt Hotham, MountainGrass is regarded as Australia’s premier bluegrass and old time music festival. This year’s event will be headlined by award winning Americana singer and fiddler Laurie Lewis with her band The Right Hands (featuring Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber and Todd Phillips).

Joining Lewis will be other US touring artists Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass and Orpheus Supertones as well as an impressive lineup of local talent including Bluegrass Parkway, Paul Wookey, Pete Denahy, Davidson Brothers, Karen Lynne, The Weeping Willows, The Kissin’ Cousins, The Pipi Pickers, John Flanagan, Old South, Buffalo Nickel, Coolgrass, The Strzelecki Stringbusters and many more.

For more information on MountainGrass including how to get your hands on tickets make sure you check out the official site here.

Boy & Bear Announce New Album Limit of Love

Boy and Bear
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Boy & Bear hold a very special place in Timber and Steel’s hearts. They were one of the original crop of Australian nu-folk artists that inspired us to start this blog and we’ve loved watching them grow over the years.

So it’s no surprise that we’re super excited to learn that Boy & Bear have announced plans to release a new album this year. Titled Limit of Love, the album was recorded with renowned producer Ethan Jones and will be due for release on the 9th October.

“I was shitting myself,” Boy & Bear frontman Dave Hosking said of recording his vocals live with the band. “But it’s funny you know, what made it less intimidating was having someone like Ethan there, who is such an advocate for it. He put it on the table at our first meeting, that he’d be very keen to at least try going for it as a first approach. When we left the meeting we felt pretty good about it. We were up for the challenge.”

The full tracking listing for Limit of Love and a making of video is below:

1. Limit of Love
2. Walk the Wire
3. Where’d You Go
4. Hollow Ground
5. Breakdown Slow
6. Showdown
7. A Thousand Faces
8. Man Alone
9. Ghost 11
10. Just Dumb
11. Fox Hole

Katie Wighton Announces EP Launch Show

Katie Wighton
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Sydney singer-songwriter Katie Wighton has announced plans to released her brand new EP OH-DARK-HOURS very soon, with a launch show show in Sydney at the end of the month.

Wighton might be known to Timber and Steel readers as one quarter of All Our Exes Live in Texas, but you may not know she’s also an amazing solo singer-songwriter mixing her folk and country influences with a modern pop sensibility.

OH-DARK-HOURS will be launched at Brighton Up Bar on Friday 28th August. For more information check out the official Facebook event here. And also make sure you head over to Unearthed to listen to her new single “Little Dove”.

Aldous Harding Announces East Coast Tour

Aldous Harding
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Celebrated kiwi singer-songwriter Aldous Harding is returning to our shores next month for an East Coast tour. Harding has just returned from a successful tour of the UK and Europe off the back of her self titled debut album. Her tour of the east coast will be her first ever Australian headline tour.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 12th August – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th August – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th August – Finbox (Upstairs), Thirroul, NSW
Friday 11th September – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

The Scrimshaw Four Announce August Residency at The Worker’s Club

The Skrimshaw Four
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Raucous Melbourne based four piece The Skrimshaw Four have announced that they will be taking over iconic venue The Worker’s Club for a Monday night residency through August.

Each Monday will be “themed” with costumes and dress ups from The Skrimshaw Four (such as girl pop, disney and hip hop) and will feature support slots from some of Melbourne’s finest artsist. Check out the full list of dates and supports below:

Monday 3rd August – w/ Dan Parsons, Arthur Penn & The Funky Ten​
Monday 10th August – W/ Officer Parrot​, Mya Wallace​
Monday 17th August – w/ Chaos Magnet, The Horns of Leroy​
Monday 24th August – w/ Uncle Bobby​, Senivoda​

For more information on the residency check out the official Facebook event here.

Listen to Holly Arrowsmith’s Single “Desert Owl”

Holly Arrowsmith
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Holly Arrowsmith is an alt-country/folk singer originally from New Mexico but currently based out of Auckland in New Zealand. Acclaimed in New Zealand, Arrowsmith is starting to turn some heads across the Tasman as well.

Her new single is “Desert Owl” which has a really cool Neil Young and Laura Marling vibe to it. We think you’re really going to enjoy this:

“Desert Owl” is taken from Holly Arrowsmith’s upcoming album For The Weary Traveller which is due on the 31t July.

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