Review: The Morrisons, The Morrisons

The Morrisons
Image Courtesy of The Morrisons

To call The Morrisons’ debut self titled album “long awaited” would be an understatement. For a band that’s been kicking around for well over five years (and longer if you count their previous incarnations) and has developed a loyal fanbase in the process, recorded music has been something of a rarity.

But now with the release of The Morrisons this week we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Finally we have something to fill our ears while we wait eagerly for the next round of Morrisons shows. Finally we can own the songs we’ve grown to love as we’ve followed the band since its inception.

Kicking off with live favourite “Cumberland Plain” The Morrisons establish themselves as a uniquely Australian (and for that matter Sydney-centric) bluegrass band. Singing about the working class being pushed out of areas of Sydney like “Surry Hills, Newtown, Redfern, Balmain” right up front is a nice way of declaring your intention to not fall into the American tropes that often burden the bluegrass genre in this country. It’s also a banger of a track (as the kids say) and the perfect way to suck you in.

The Australian themes continue with tracks like “Sugar Cane” (a rollicking number firmly planted on the northern Australian sugar cane fields), “Two Years In The Mines” (following the story of a refugee from the Kosovo crisis coming to Australia), “Rabbit Skin Cheques” (about a rabbit trapper), “Route March” (adapted from the Henry Lawson poem “The Route March”) and more. The Morrisons have managed to take a purely American genre and refocused it through a local lens without making it sound laboured or trite.

Firm live favourites “Ruby” and “Wild Eleanor” are highlights of the album with the band at the peak of their powers. A surprising highlight for me is the stripped back “Good Christian Man” which has so much Paul Kelly influence I almost had to double check that it wasn’t an obscure cover version of one his songs. Closing the album with the instrumental “Southern Flavour” is a lovely touch as well, giving the listener the feeling that The Morrisons are just getting warmed up and will be jamming through the night once the recording is switched off.

Stylistically The Morrisons has a wonderful live feel to it. I’m not sure how the album was recorded but all I can picture the band crowded around a single condenser microphone belting out each track in one tack with practiced ease. Each player is given their time to shine on the album with Anna McInerney on fiddle taking a lot of the limelight. Selfishly I would love to have heard more from Jimmy Daley’s mandolin in the overall mix but that’s just down to how much I enjoy his playing. When you have the best bluegrass players in Sydney together in one band that is so in sync with itself it’s hard to put a step wrong. And can I just say that the harmony singing is simply sublime.

The Morrisons is everything I want from an Australian bluegrass record – fun, engaging, emotional, tight and insanely listenable. I’m not going to lie – since I received my copy of The Morrisons just over a week ago I’ve been reluctant to listen to anything else. We may have been waiting for five years for this album but the result is something pretty special.

The Morrisons is available now from all the usual outlets. Listen and download on Bandcamp here. For details of their upcoming tour check out the dates here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 27th January

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The National Folk Festival added a bunch of artists to its 2017 program including Genise and Nicholas Williams, The Mission Songs Project (curated by Jessie Lloyd), Tilly Thomas, David Spry, Dr Jared Thomas, Kutcha Edwards, Dubmarine, Wiradjuri Echoes, The Djaadjawan Dancers, The National has added a bunch more artists from around the country including Mic Conway’s National Junk Band, The Mae Trio, Heath Cullen, The String Contingent, The Barleyshakes, Kate Burke, Luke Plumb & Ruth Hazleton, The Morrisons and many more. Details here

– English singer-songwriter (and folk royalty) Martha Tilston announced Australian tour dates. Details here

– Quebec folk-trad group Les Poules à Colin have announced an Australian tour. Details here

– Queensland duo Busby Marou released their new video “Best Part Of Me”. Details here

– We premiered the new EP from singer-songwriter Musketeer, Seven Long Years. Details here

Releases This Week

Chris Thile
Chris Thile & Brad MehldauChris Thile & Brad Mehldau
iTunes

Musketeer
Seven Long YearsMusketeer
iTunes

Tift
Stitch of the WorldTift Merritt
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Passenger

Passenger

It’s a huge week for Passenger fans as the English singer-songwriter hits Sydney, Hobart and Adelaide. A lot of these shows are sold out – snap up tickets if you can!

Friday 27th January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 31st January – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 2nd February – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SA

Gigs Next Week

Acoustics Anonymous feat. Bill Hunt, Philip Marino
Wednesday 1st February – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Alanna Eileen w/ Tom Lee-Richards, Ben Mastwyk
Wednesday 1st February – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Allison Forbes
Friday 27th January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Amanda Palmer
Friday 3rd January – Melt Festival, Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Andrew Swift
Friday 27th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Hogs Breath Cafe, Tamworth NSW
Saturday 28th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 29th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW

Andy Irvine w/ Luke Plumb
Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th January – Newstead Live! Music Festival, VIC
Thursday 2nd February – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 3rd February – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Australian Roots Music Awards Showcase feat. Tom Dockray, Mitch Power, Jeff Gibson, John Krsulja, Wayward Henry’s, Sam Newton, Richo Richardson
Saturday 28th January – Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Barren Roots feat. Lou Bradley, The Wayward Henrys
Saturday 28th January – Nundle Hall, Nundle, NSW

Brad Butcher
Friday 27th January – Songwriter Round, Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Toyota Fanzone, Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW

Cake & Cordial Sessions feat. Ben Salter, Paddy McHugh, Harry Hookey, Megan Cooper, Matt Henry, Melody Moko, Andy Golledge and Sam Newton
Friday 27th January – St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Tamworth, NSW

Coda, Veronique
Friday 27th January – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Colin Buchcanan & Fanny Lumsden
Friday 27th January – North Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents BUOY
Friday 3rd February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents Jordie Lane
Friday 27th January – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Dori Freeman
Saturday 28th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

eüsh
Wednesday 1st February – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 2nd February – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 3rd February – Treehouse On Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 27th January – Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 3rd February – Braidwood Servicemens Club, Braidwood, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Tommy Castles, Matilda Abraham, Direwolf
Wednesday 1st February – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

George & Noriko
Saturday 28th January – Blues Train, Queenscliff, VIC

GG
Friday 27th January – House Concert, Jindivick, VIC
Saturday 28th January – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 29th Januray – Yackandandah Public Hall, Yackandandah, VIC

Golden Guitar Awards 2017
Saturday 28th January – Tamworth Regional Entertainment & Conference Centre, Tamworth, NSW

Green Mohair Suits
Sunday 29th January – Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Friday 27th January – Hog’s Breath Cafe, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Frog and Toad, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 29th January – Alt Country Show at The Dag, Dag Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 27th January – Bowral Bowling Club, Bowral, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Blues on the Water Cruise, Manly, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th January – Odd Fellows Hot Club, Kempsey, NSW
Friday 3rd February – The J, Noosa, QLD

Hootenanny feat. Key To The Highway
Sunday 29th January – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

James Thompson & The Strange Pilgrims
Friday 27th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Peel Inn Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 29th January – Peel Inn Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Jason Walker, Koral
Sunday 29th January – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Jen Mize
Friday 27th January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Jeremy Edwards w/ Gretta Ziller, Jodi Martin
Saturday 28th January – Econo Lodge, Tamworth, NSW

Kate Miller-Heidke
Saturday 28th January – Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Kristy Cox
Friday 27th January – Bluegrass Comes To Tamworth, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 27th January – The Scullion Sessions, The Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Frog and Toad Listening Room, Tamworth, NSW

Late Night Alt
Friday 27th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW

Lime & Steel
Friday 27th Jauary – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Federal, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 29th January – Tintenbar Up Front, Tintenbar, NSW

Little Georgia
Sunday 29th January – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Lolo Lovina
Saturday 28th January – Foundry616, Sydney, NSW

Mat McHugh
Friday 3rd February – The Northshore Tavern, Hillarys, WA

Melody Moko
Friday 27th January – ABC Stage Peel St, Nundle, NSW
Friday 27th January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Tamworth, NSW

Michael Carpenter
Friday 27th January – Concert in the Park, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Late Night Alt, Service Club, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Mitch Power, Jemma Nicole, Jen Mize
Wednesday 1st January – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Nell Greco, Gadjo Guitars
Sunday 29th January – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Newcastle Blues and Roots Festival
Saturday 28th January – Carrington Bowling Club, Newcastle, NSW

Newstead Live Music Festival
Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th January – Castlemaine, VIC

Nick Payne
Saturday 28th January – South Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

Nullachella Acoustic Festival
Saturday 28th January – El Sol, Sydney, NSW

Old Mates Block Party 2017 feat. The Lockhearts, The Stiffys, Borneo, The Persian Drugs, Twin Fires, Uptown Ace, Private Function, The Sweet Jelly Rolls, The Bitter Sweethearts, The Bottlers, Wolves In Fashion, Moon, Kvlts Of Vice, DJ Goggles
Saturday 28th January – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

Paddy McHugh & Browny
Friday 3rd February – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Passenger
Friday 27th January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 31st January – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 2nd February – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SA

Pekka Kuusisto and the Australian Chamber Orchestra with Sam Amidon
Thursday 2nd February – Newcastle City Hallm Newcastle, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 27th January – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 28th January – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC

Roesy
Sunday 29th January – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 2nd February – Phillip Island Winery, Phillip Island, VIC

Rough River w/ Oscar Lush, Georgia Spain
Saturday 28th January – LongPlay, Melbourne, VIC

Ryan Martin John
Monday 30th January – Ed Castle, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 31st January – The Hotel Metro, Adelaide, SA

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 3rd January – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Smith & Jones
Friday 27th January – The Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW

Taasha Coates
Friday 27th January – Robert Johnson Winery, Lobethal, SA

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 29th January – Tamworth, NSW

The April Family w/ Mark Moldre, Matthew James Lyons
Wednesday 1st January – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Bean Project w/ Burrows
Friday 3rd January – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

The Cat Empire & Xavier Rudd
Sunday 29th January – North Gardens, Ballarat, VIC

The Cutting
Friday 27th January – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 28th January – The Dancing Dog, Footscray, VIC
Sunday 29th January – Hickinbotham Estate, Dromana, VIC

The Glorious North
Friday 27th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The McClymonts
Friday 3rd February – The Juniors, Kingsford, NSW

The Medicine Show Sessions
Friday 27th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Ocean Party w/ Milk Teddy, Jordan Ireland, Hot Palms
Friday 27th January – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Phoenix, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 29th January – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 27th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Friday 3rd February – Orange Regional Convervatorium, Orange, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Friday 27th January – Bluegrass Comes to Tamworth – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Deep Down South – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Whitetop Mountaineers
Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th January – Newstead Live Festival, VIC
Tuesday 31st January – Mountain Pickers Assoc, Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, VIC

Tori Forsyth
Friday 27th January – The Barn, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 3rd February – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Winter Wilson
Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th January – Newstead Live Festival, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 29th January – Radio Springs Hotel, Lyonville, VIC

Winterbourne
Thursday 2nd February – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 3rd February – SUB Beanbag Gigs, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Big Scioty” – Aly Bain & Jay Ungar

Amber Lawrence and Catherine Britt Announce Tour with Fanny Lumsden

Amber Lawrence
Image Courtesy of Amber Lawrence

Award winning country singer Amber Lawrence last month released her boppy new single “Cheers to the Girls” featuring guest vocals from Catherine Britt and Fanny Lumsden.

“I’m really proud of this song,” Lawrence explained. “A lot of courage went into writing this song, and telling it how it actually is for some women. This song in part eludes to domestic abuse, but also praises women of all types – those that were bullied at school, those that didn’t know their inner strength until the only choice left was to rely on and stand up for themselves. It’s a rousing song of strength and is already a crowd favourite – add to this, the stunning vocals of Catherine Britt and Fanny Lumsden, and this is also one of my favourites.”

Check out the video for “Cheers to the Girls” below:

And now Amber Lawrence has announced plans to hit the road and she’s bringing Catherine Britt and Fanny Lumsden with her.

The tour kicks off in March and will see the trio performing shows all over the country. Check out the full list of dates here:

Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt w/ Fanny Lumsden
Friday 3rd March – Gloucester Soldiers Club, Gloucester, NSW
Saturday 4th March – Muswellbrook RSL, Muswellbrook, NSW
Friday 31st March – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Saturday 1st April – Granada Tavern, Hobart, TAS
Friday 7th April – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW
Saturday 8th April – Soul Central, Dee Why, NSW
Sunday 9th April – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 13th May – Ettalong Diggers, Ettalong, NSW
Thursday 18th May – Loxton Club, Loxton, SA
Friday 19th May – Pretoria Hotel, Mannum, SA
Saturday 20th May – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 25th May – Glen Innes District Services Club, Glen Innes, NSW
Friday 26th May – Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Grafton, NSW
Saturday 27th May – Sawtell RSL, Sawtell, NSW
Thursday 15th June – The Reef Hotel &Casino, Cairns, QLD
Friday 16th June – Innisfail RSL, Innisfail, QLD
Saturday 17th June – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Wednesday 21st June – McGuires CBD Hotel, Mackay, QLD
Thursday 22nd June – Dooley’s Tavern & Motel, Capella, QLD
Friday 23rd June – Rainforest Ranch, Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 24th June – Carrier’s Arms Hotel Motel, Maryborough, QLD
Friday 30th June – Commercial Club, Albury, NSW
Thursday 29th June – Club Barham, Barham, VIC
Saturday 1st July – Club Mulwala, Mulwala, NSW

The East Pointers Announce Massive Australian Tour

The East Pointers
Image Courtesy of The East Pointers

Canadian trad trio The East Pointers were by far one of my favourite bands to visit Australia in 2015 and 2016 so I got understandably excited when they were announced for this year’s WOMADelaide festival.

But I didn’t get my hopes up for a tour off the back of the festival – in a lot of cases WOMADelaide likes to keep its international artists pretty exclusive. So when The East Pointers dropped a truck load of Australian tour dates I was blown away.

As well as WOMADelaide The East Pointers will be making their way to Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland throughout March and April. Check out the full list of dates plus their cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes” below:

Wednesday 1st March – Franklin Palais, Franklin, TAS
Thursday 2nd March – Founders Room, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, TAS
Friday 3rd March – Chudleigh Hall, Chudleigh, TAS
Saturday 4th March – Mountain Mummam, Sheffield, TAS
Sunday 5th March – Dunalley Hall & Reserves, Dunalley, TAS
Wednesday 8th March – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 9th March – Geelong Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 22nd March – Thirroul Railway Heritage Centre, Thirroul, NSW
Thursday 23rd March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th March – Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 25th March – Wauchope Community Arts Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Sunday 26th March – Cedar Bar, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 30th March – Bellevue Hotel: Townsville Folk and Acoustic Music Club, Townsville, QLD
Friday 31st March – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 1st April – Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Thursday 6th April – Club Mullum (Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club), Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 7th April – Eatonsville Hall, Eatonsville, NSW
Saturday 8th April – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 9th April – BLEACH* Festival, Mudgeeraba Hall, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 27th April – Armitage Centre, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May – The Planting Festival, Woodford, QLD


Old Crow Medicine Show Announce Best of Album

OCMS
Image Courtesy of Old Crow Medicine Show

Everyone’s favourite string band Old Crow Medicine Show have announced plans to release their Best Of album on the 10th February.

The album will pull from the band’s three albums released via Nettwerk – O.C.M.S. (2004), Big Iron World (2006) and Tennessee Pusher (2008) – and will also feature two previously unreleased tracks – “Black-Haired Québécoise” and “Heart Up In The Sky”.

Check out the full track listing below:

1. Wagon Wheel
2. Tell It To Me
3. Down Home Girl
4. Alabama High-Test
5. Big Time in the Jungle
6. CC Rider
7. Take ‘em Away
8. Humdinger
9. Fall On My Knees
10. My Good Gal
11. I Hear Them All
12. Caroline
13. Black-Haired Québécoise
14. Heart Up in the Sky

Kate Miller-Heidke Announces The Best Of: Act One

KMH
Image Courtesy of Kate Miller-Heidke

Kate Miller-Heidke is one of those artists who has managed to straddle folk, pop and indie genres and become one of the most beloved singer-songwriters in the country.

On the 2nd December Kate Miller-Heidke will be releasing her retrospective album The Best Of: Act One featuring tracks from throughout her career.

Check out the track listing and video for the single “You’ve Underestimated Me, Dude” here:

Disc One:
1. Space They Cannot Touch
2. Words
3. Mama
4. Little Adam
5. Can’t Shake It
6. Caught In The Crowd
7. The Last Day On Earth
8. Are You Fucking Kidding Me?
9. Walking On A Dream
10. Ride This Feeling
11. Sarah
12. I’ll Change Your Mind
13. The Tiger Inside Will Eat The Child
14. O Vertigo!
15. Share Your Air ft. Passenger
16. Drama ft. Drapht
17. Sing To Me (Denzal Park Mix)
18. I’m Growing A Beard Downstairs For Christmas ft. The Beards
19. You’ve Underestimated Me, Dude
20. Where? with Iain Grandage

Disc Two: Rarities, Covers and Live Versions
1. Dreams/I Love You
2. Australian Idol
3. Southern Cross Tattoo *
4. White Wine In The Sun
5. Hey Little Girl (Live)
6. Love Is A Stranger (Live)
7. Hornets (Live)
8. God’s Gift To Women (Live)
9. The Devil Wears A Suit (Live)
10. Humiliation (Live)
11. In The Dark (Live)
12. Bliss (Live)
13. Yours Was The Body (Live)
14. O Vertigo! (Live)
15. Sarah (Live)
16. Can’t Shake It (Live)
17. Elysian Fields (Live with the TSO)

Kate Miller-Heidke will be heading out on tour at gthe beginning of next year performing a bunch of shows with orchestras around the country. The full list of dates are here:

Saturday 28th January – Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th March – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 24th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Friday 31st March – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Friday 7th April – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 11th April Federation Concery Hall, Hobart, TAS

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 18th November

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The National Folk Festival announced its first round of artists for 2017 including The Bridge Project, Daoiri Farrell Trio, The Galax Bogtrotters, Himmerland, Les Poules à Colin, Martha Tilston, Phil Wiggins & Dom Turner, The Rheingans Sisters, Ami Williamson, Barry Skipsey, Charm of Finches, The Dead Maggies, Fanny Lumsden, Loren Kate, The Low Down Riders, Sally Balfour, The Spooky Men’s Chorale, Stray Hens and many more. Details here

– Folk-punks Handsome Young Strangers released their new single “Battle of Broken Hill”. Details here

Josh Pyke and Bob Evans announced a co-headline tour. Details here

– Alt-country duo Eagle & The Wolf released their new video “Hips”. Details here

– Folk and bluegrass trio Buffalo Nickel will release their self titled EP this Sunday. Details here

Releases This Week

Levellers
Levelling The Land: 25th Anniversary EditionThe Levellers
Official Site

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers

Fanny

Fanny Lumsden wraps up her Country Halls tour with a massive show in Sydney, in the same week she’s up for an ARIA award

Saturday 19th November – St Stephen’s Church Hall, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th November – Mullum Music Festival, NSW

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Tuesday 22nd November – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th November – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Boy & Bear w/ All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 18th November – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 19th November – Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 20th November – The Mills Precinct, Toowoomba, QLD
Wednesday 23rd Novemeber – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton, QLD
Thursday 24th November – MECC, Mackay, QLD
Friday 25th November – Tanks Art Centre, Cairns, QLD

Broads
Sunday 20th November – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Buffalo Nickel w/ Rachel Baiman
Sunday 20th November – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Crowded House
Friday 25th November – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW

Davey Craddock
Friday 18th November – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC

Eilen Jewell
Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Tuesday 22nd November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th November – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th November – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers
Saturday 19th November – St Stephen’s Church Hall, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Bad French, Lisa Heller & Jordan Millar, Tullara
Wednesday 23rd November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Green Mohair Suits w/ Luke Escombe
Friday 25th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Hat Fitz & Cara
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th November – Mullum Music Festival, NSW

Henry Wagons
Friday 18th & Saturday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Mark Lucas
Sunday 20th November – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan
Friday 18th November – Willie Smiths, Grove, TAS
Saturday 19th November – House Concert, Hobart, TAS

Jordie Lane
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th November – Mullum Music Fest, Mullumbimby, NSW
Thursday 24th November – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans
Thursday 24th November – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 25th November – The Pretoria, Mannum, SA

Julia Jacklin
Friday 18th to Saturday 19th November – Mullumbimby Music Festival, NSW
Wednesday 23rd November – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 24th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th November – Paradise Music Festival, VIC

Ken Nicol
Friday 18th November – West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul, VIC

Laura Jean
Friday 18th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Leah Flanagan
Saturday 19th November – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Liam Gerner & The Sunset Pushers
Friday 18th November – Stone Pony, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 19th November – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 24th November – Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Friday 25th November – Leftys, Brisbane, QLD

Lime and Steel
Friday 18th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 19th November – The Old City Bank, Katoomba, NSW

Little Wise
Friday 18th November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 19th November – Commonground Festival, Seymour, VIC
Thursday 24th November – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th November – Martians Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC

Martin Pearson
Friday 18th November – House Concert, McLaren Vale, SA

Matt Andersen
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th November – Mullum Music Festival, NSW
Wednesday 23rd November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 24th November – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Friday 25th November – Memo Music Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Mel Parsons
Thursday 24th November – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Mountaingrass
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th November – Harrietville, VIC

Mullum Music Festival
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th November – Mullumbimby, NSW

Nigel Wearne
Saturday 19th November – Caz Reitop’s Dirty Secrets, Melbourne, VIC

Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen
Friday 18th November – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 22nd November – St David’s Cathedral, Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 23rd November – St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 24th November – St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC

PJ Michael & The Banditas
Saturday 19th November – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Queenscliff Music Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff, VIC

Ramblin’ Nights feat. Emilee South, Bill Jackson, Brielle Davis
Friday 18th November – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Roadhouse feat. Cruisin’ Deuces
Thursday 24th November – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th November – Mountaingrass Festival, Harrietville, VIC
Monday 21st November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 22nd November – Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, East Melbourne, VIC

Rhythm Hunters
Friday 18th November – Onespace HQ, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 19th November – Katoomba Community Centre, Katoomba, NSW

Steve Poltz
Friday 25th November – The Warrimoo Sound Lounge, Warrimoo, NSW

Taasha Coates
Saturday 19th November – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

The Button Collective
Friday 25th November – The Bellingen Brewery & Co, Bellingen, NSW

The Company
Friday 18th to Saturday 19th November – Mountaingrass Festival, VIC
Saturday 19th November – House Concert, Healesville, VIC
Sunday 20th Novemeber – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Cutting
Friday 18th November – Mr Boogie Man Bar, Abbotsford, VIC
Saturday 19th November – Surrey Hills Music Festival, VIC
Sunday 20th November – Heritage Tavern, Balnarring, VIC

The Haywood Billy Goats w/ The Tawny Owl Stringband
Friday 25th November – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 18th November – Central Hotel, Shellharbour, NSW
Saturday 19th November – Quarterdeck, Narooma, NSW
Friday 25th November – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

The Plot Festival
Saturday 19th November – Parramatta Park, Sydney, NSW

The Wilson Pickers
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Hard To Love” – Old Crow Medicine Show

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th November

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Releases This Week

HYS
Battle of Broken HillHandsome Young Strangers
Folk Til Ya Punk Records

Drylands
DrylandsMel Parsons
iTunes

Metal EP
The Metal EPThe Brothers Comatose
Bandcamp

Will varely
Kingsdown SundownWill Varley
Xtra Mile Recordings

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

FolkSwagon feat. Timber and Steel, Kay Proudlove, Merpire

Folkswagon

Timber and Steel (the band that became the blog) will be performing their last Sydney gig for a very long time so do your best to get down! And stay for the magnificent Kay Proudlove and Merpire for a great night at Folkswagon.

Wednesday 9th November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Adam Eckersley & Band
Friday 11th November – Dubbo RSL, Dubbo, NSW

Áine Tyrrell
Thursday 10th November – The Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 4th November – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Saturday 5th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 6th November – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adeladie, SA

Americana Showcase feat. Key To The Highway, Luke O’Shea, Catherine Britt, James Thomson & The Strange Pilgrims, Little Georgia, The Weeping Willows, Rory Ellis
Friday 4th November – Australian Music Week, Cronulla, NSW

Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival
Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th November – Bendigo, VIC

Blues At Bridgetown
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November – Bridgetown, WA

Boy & Bear
Wednesday 9th November – Regent Theatre, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 10th November – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 11th November – Costa Hall, Geelong, VIC

Cruisin’ Deuces
Thursday 10th November – Rock Lily, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers
Friday 4th November – Carabost Hall, Carabost, NSW
Saturday 5th November – Thowgla Hall, Corryong, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Timber and Steel, Kay Proudlove, Merpire
Wednesday 9th November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Foothills Music Festival
Friday 4th to Saturday 5th November – Brigolong, VIC

Fred Smith
Friday 4th November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 5th November – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers
Friday 11th November – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Mark Moldre, Callum Wylie
Sunday 6th November – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Henry Wagons
Friday 4th November – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 5th November – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 10th November – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 11th November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

HOBOFOPO
Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th November – Hobart, TAS

Hootenanny feat. Chiptooth
Sunday 6th November – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Jep and Dep
Friday 4th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Jordie Lane
Saturday 5th November – Sutton’s House Of Music, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 10th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th November – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW

Ken Nicol
Friday 4th November – Albert Park Port Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 6th November – House Concert, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 9th November – Red Hill Folk Club, Brisbane, QLD

Little Wise
Friday 11th November – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW

Maia Marsh, Swamp Fat Jangles, Crush Hour
Thursday 10th November – Sly Fox, Sydney, NSW

Majors Creek Festival
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November – Majors Creek, NSW

Medusa’s Wake
Friday 4th November – Moore Park View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Nigel Wearne
Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, Bendigo, VIC

Leah Flanagan
Friday 4th November – Bella Union, Melbourne, NSW

Lost Ragas
Friday 4th November – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS

Porch Light Sessions feat. Don McGlashan
Thursday 10th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Riogh
Saturday 5th November – Dundas Sports Club, Sydney, NSW

Six Dollar Willies
Wednesday 9th November – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Strangelove
Friday 4th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Stray Hens
Friday 4th to Saturday 5th November – Foothills Festival, Brigolong, VIC

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-together
Saturday 5th November – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Taasha Coates
Friday 4th November – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Saturday 5th November – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 6th November – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Tay Oskee
Saturday 5th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

The Mae Trio
Friday 4th November – Australian Music Week @ St Andrew’s Church, Cronulla, NSW
Monday 7th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Newsagency 5th B’day Sessions feat. Lola Sola, Jenny Biddle
Thursday 10th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Pigs
Saturday 5th November – Warrumbungle National Park, NSW
Friday 11th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Tom Dockray
Friday 4th November – Taps The Valley, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 5th November – Eumundi Markets, Eumundi, QLD
Saturday 5th November – Humpybong Espresso and Bar, Stafford, QLD
Sunday 6th November – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Thursday 10th November – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, QLD
Friday 11th November – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Tom West
Saturday 5th November – Two Goats Café, Armidale, NSW
Sunday 6th November – The Farm, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 11th November – The Kitchens, Robina, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Within The Rose” – Matthew and the Atlas

The Wilson Pickers Announce National Tour Dates

The Wilson Pickers
Image Courtesy of The Wilson Pickers

Alt-country supergroup The Wilson Pickers released their new album You Can’t Catch Fish From a Train last week after a long, five year hiatus and now they’re planning to take it on the road.

Having already been announced as part of the Dashville Skyline and Mullum Music Festivals, The Wilson Pickers have peppered a bunch of headline dates through their tour schedule from the end of September through to December.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 30th September – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, NSW
Thursday 13th October – Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 14th October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 15th October – Bison Bar, Sunny Coast, QLD
Sunday 16th October – A&I Hall, Bangalow, NSW
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Thursday 1st December – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd December – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 3rd December – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 4th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Watch the New Jack Carty Video “A Way With Me”

Jack Carty
Image Courtesy of Jack Carty

For his new video “A Way With Me” singer-songwriter Jack Carty boldly went where no man has gone before, donning a spacesuit and heading into space. The track is taken from Carty’s excellent new album Home State which was released a couple of weeks ago.

Check out the video for “A Way With Me” below:

Jack Carty is currently touring Home State throughout the country – the remaining dates are here:

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

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