Thank Folk It’s Friday – 27th February

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The National Folk Festival revealed their full 2015 lineup including headliners Bob Fox and The Outside Track. Details here

The Audreys announced a national tour through March and April. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Andrew Swift released his new video “Sound The Alarm”. Details here

Sean Watkins revealed his cover of “Banks of the Ohio” featuring Fiona Apple. Details here

All Our Exes Live In Texas released their new single “Sailboat”. Details here

– Adelaide singer-songwriter Timberwolf released his new single “Fallen Sun”. Details here

– We got full details of the new Joe Pug album Windfall. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Jess Locke announced a tour to support her album release. Details here

Steve Smyth and The Outlaws have announced a national headline tour. Details here

– Indie-folk icon Matthew E. White has announced plans for his new album Fresh Blood. Details here

– Country singer Aleyce Simmonds released her new video “Joshua”. Details here

Old Crow Medicine Show released their new video “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer”. Details here

– The Lucy Wise Trio announced plans to release their new EP A Painting of the Universe next month. Details here

– Alt-country singer Davey Craddock released his new single “Better Alone”. Details here

– Irish trad singer and musician Nuala Kennedy announced her Australian tour dates. Details here

– Victorian singer Harrison Storm released his new single “Be Yourself” which was produced by Timber and Steel favourite Hayden Calnin. Details here

Releases This Week

Tomorrow Will Follow Today
Tomorrow Will Follow TodayKathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
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And The War Came
And The War CameShakey Graves
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Cobargo Folk Festival

Cobargo

Nestled on the NSW South Coast the Cobargo Folk Festival has built itself a reputation as one of the best small festivals in the country. This year will feature the likes of Archie Roach, Ken Nicol, Daniel Champagne, Ann Vriend, Folklore, Heartstring Quartet, The Bon Scotts and many more.

Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March – Cobargo, NSW

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 6th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 27th February – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th February – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS

Ann Vriend
Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March – Cobargo Folk Festival, NSW

April Maze
Saturday 28th February – Northcote Uniting Church Town Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Brunswick Music Festival
Sunday 1st to Sunday 15th March – Brunswick, VIC

Cobargo Folk Festival
Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March – Cobargo, NSW

Conor Oberst with The Felice Brothers
Saturday 28th February – Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne VIC
Wednesday 4th March – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th March – Anitas, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 6th March – Taronga Zoo, Sydney, NSW

CW Stoneking
Friday 27th February – The Substation, Newport, VIC
Saturday 28th February – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 1st March – The Memo, Healesville, VIC

Darren Hanlon
Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March – Nannup Festival, WA
Monday 2nd March – Mojos Bar, Freemantle, WA
Tuesday 5th March – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th March – Panama Festival, TAS

Davey Craddock
Wednesday 4th March – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

First Aid Kit
Friday 6th March – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Frances Folk Gathering
Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March – Frances, SA

Heartstring Quartet
Friday 27th February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th February – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Sunday 1st March – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW
Friday 6th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

Husband
Saturday 28th February and Sunday 1st March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA

Jess Locke
Friday 6th March – Blackwire Records, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan
Thursday 5th March – The Tree House, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 6th March – Upfront Bar, Maleny, QLD

Jordie Lane
Friday 27th February – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 28th February to Monday 2nd March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA
Friday 6th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Kim Richey
Friday 27th February to Monday 2nd March – Nannup Music Festival, WA
Thursday 5th March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th March – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW

Lake Street Dive
Friday 27th February – Enlighten Festival, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 28th February – Secret Garden Festival, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 3rd March – Perth Festival, Perth, WA
Wednesday 4th March – Perth Festival, Albany WA
Friday 6th March – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan VIC

Little Bastard
Thursday 5th March – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Friday 6th March – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA

Little Features feat. Jacob Pearson, Hannah Robinson, Vanessa Caspersz, Josh Chamberlin
Saturday 28th February – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Lucy Wise Trio
Friday 6th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Nannup Music Festival
Friday 27th February to Monday 2nd March – Nannup, WA

Port Fairy Folk Festival
Friday 6th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy, VIC

Richard Thompson
Wednesday 4th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 5th March – Adelaide Festival, Adelaide, SA

Rowena Wise
Friday 27th February – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 28th February to Monday 2nd March – Nannup Music Festival, WA

Rufus Wainwright
Wednesday 4th March – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Ruth Moody
Friday 27th February – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 28th Feruary and Sunday 1st March – Nannup Folk Festival, WA
Wednesday 4th March – Melbourne Folk Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 5th March – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival

Sam Buckingham
Saturday 28th February to Sunday 1st March – Nannup Folk Festival, Nannup, WA
Thursday 5th March – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

Shakey Graves with Shovels and Rope
Wednesday 4th March – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 5th March – The Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th March – Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Skyscraper Stan And The Commission Flats
Friday 6th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Steve Smyth
Saturday 28th February – Secret Garden Festival, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th March – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC

Sweet Jean
Saturday 28th February – Between the Bays Festival, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

The Felice Brothers
Sunday 1st March – Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

The Melbourne Folk Club feat. Ruth Moody & Band, Scott Cook, Nadia Reid
Wednesday 4th March – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Timberwolf
Friday 27th February – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 28th February – Nannup Festival, Nannup, WA

Vance Joy
Thursday 5th March – Arts Centre, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 6th March – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“The False Knight on the Road” – Fleet Foxes

I love it when indie-folk bands show their “folk cred” by releasing versions of traditional songs. Many Fleet Foxes fans don’t even realise that “The False Knight on the Road” is a traditional (from the Child Ballads) as it fits so well with their original material. Such a great version of this song – very reminiscent of the Tim Hart and Maddy Prior version.

Listen to the New Harrison Storm Single “Be Yourself”

Harrison Storm
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Harrison Storm is an indie-folk singer-songwriter from Vitoria who has just released his stunning new single “Be Yourself”. The single is taken from Storm’s upcoming debut EP which was produced and mixed by Timber and Steel favourite Hayden Calnin and is due for release in the next couple of months.

We think you’re really going to like “Be Yourself” – take a listen below:

Nuala Kennedy Announces Australian Tour

Nuala Kennedy
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Irish traditional singer and flautist Nuala Kennedy will be in the country for a bunch of festivals this season and has announced a handful of headline dates which she’s here. Nuala Kennedy is a celebrated proponent of the Irish and Scottish traditions and to have her on our shores is going to be a real treat.

Check out the full list of tour dates below:

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Tuesday 17th March – Newcastle University, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 19th March – TBC, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 21st March – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd March – Kiama Community Hall, Kiama, NSW
Saturday 28th March – Candelo Village Festival, Candelo, NSW
Friday 3rd to Monday 8th April – The National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Friday 14th April – Fairbridge Music Festival, Fairbridge, WA

Listen to the New Davey Craddock & The Spectacles Single “Better Alone”

Davey Craddock
Image Courtesy of Davey Craddock & The Spectacles

Since I first made a note to write about the new Davey Craddock & The Spectacles single “Better Alone” a bunch of buzz has built around them. They walked away with the Best Group award at the WA Country Music Awards. Their name has been plastered all over the blogosphere and everyone seems to be singing their praises.

Not sure what all the fuss is about? Then you need to listen to “Better Alone”, which is taken from Davey Craddock & The Spectacles’ upcoming debut album below:

Davey Craddock has just kicked off a solo tour of Victoria (as well as some WA dates with the rest of the band) – the remaining dates are here:

Tuesday 24th February – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th February – The Drunken Poet, Melbounre, VIC
Wednesday 4th March – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 8th March – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 19th March – Defectors Bar, Perth, WA
Saturday 21st March – Bunbury Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA

Lucy Wise Trio Announce New Live EP

Lucy Wise
Image Courtesy of Lucy Wise Trio

Celebrated Melbourne based folk band the Lucy Wise Trio have announced plans to release a very special live EP. Titled A Painting of the Universe, the EP comprises of five tracks each telling a different story about life in Australia and all inspired by the winning poems of The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards. I’ve seen the Lucy Wise Trio perform a couple of these tracks live and they’re stunning.

The story behind the EP is really interesting. According to the press release “The songs on the EP were commissioned by the Gunnedah Conservatorium to celebrate thirty years of the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards. In August 2014, the trio read through winning poems of the competition and were exposed to the different voices, perspectives and creative minds of hundreds of young Australians, eventually choosing five poems as prompts for songs.”

A Painting of the Universe is due for release on 4th March. The Lucy Wise Trio will be launching the EP at a bunch of headline and festival gigs in March – check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 6th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Thursday 19th March – Northcote Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – The National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April – Fairbridge Festival, WA

The Lucy Wise Trio have revealed the first track from A Painting of the Universe, “My Library” which you can listen to here:

Watch the New Old Crow Medicine Show Video “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer”

OCMS
Image Courtesy of Old Crow Medicine Show

Humour has always been a big part of Old Crow Medicine Show’s music and the perfect example of this from their last album is “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer”. The track has just been released as a single (which also features unreleased B-sides “Mother Church” and “The Warden”) and has a brand new video which we think captures the spirit of the track perfectly.

Check out the video for “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer” and see if you can spot the cameo from Timber and Steel favourite Dom Flemons:

Watch the New Aleyce Simmonds Video “Joshua”

Aleyce Simmonds
Image Courtesy of Aleyce Simmonds

Australian country music singer-songwriter Aleyce Simmonds has just released “Joshua”, the latest single from her award winning album Believe. The song is one of Simmonds’ most personal, written for her brother who passed away 21 years ago as a infant. And we love it – especially the wonderful mandolin accompaniment.

Check out the video for “Joshua” below:

Matthew E. White Announces New Album, Fresh Blood

Matthew E White
Image Courtesy of Matthew E. White

American indie-folk icon Matthew E. White has just announced Fresh Blood, his first album in three years. The album is due for release on the 6th March and is the followup to his acclaimed debut Big Inner.

Fresh Blood was produced by Matthew E. White and Spacebomb studio partner Trey Pollard. The full track list is as follows:

1. Take Care My Baby
2. Rock & Roll Is Cold
3. Fruit Trees
4. Holy Moly
5. Circle ‘Round The Sun
6. Feeling Good Is Good Enough
7. Tranquility
8. Golden Robes
9. Vision
10. Love Is Deep

The first single from Fresh Blood is “Rock & Roll Is Cold” which also has a brand new video – check it out here:

Steve Smyth Announces National Headline Tour

Steve Smyth
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Blues and roots rocker Steve Smyth had a massive 2014 and it looks like that’s set to continue into 2015 with the announcement of a massive national headline tour kicking off this week. Smyth has some big appearances coming up – spots at Port Fairy, Bluesfest and SXSW are definite highlights – so this is definitely a chance to see an artist on the rise.

Steve Smyth will be touring with his band The Outlaws. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 20th February – Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 21st February – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 28th February – Secret Garden Festival, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th March – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Saturday 14th March – Elsewhere Festival, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 4th to Monday 6th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 10th April – Four 5 Nine, Perth, WA
Saturday 11th April – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 12th April – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 18th April – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Sunday 19th April – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Friday 24th April – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 25th April – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 30th April – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 1st May – Kidgeeridge Music Festival, Lake Conjola, NSW
Saturday 2nd May – Stratton Room, Wollongong Uni, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 8th May – The Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD

Jess Locke Announces Album Launch Tour

Jess Locke
Image Courtesy of Jess Locke

We’re super excited that Melbourne singer-songwriter Jess Locke has a brand new album, Words That Seem To Slip Away, due on the 5th March. And we’re doubley excited that she’s planning an east coast tour, taking Locke to Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane and Melboure through the first half of March.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 6th March – Blackwire Records, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 7th March – Hamilton Hotel Station, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 8th March – House Show, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th March – The End, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 15th March – House Show, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 19th March – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

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