The Tallest Man On Earth Announces Australian Dates

Tallest Man On Earth
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If anyone was paying attention to the Fairgrounds Festival lineup announcement that was floating around social media last week you may have seen a very exciting name on the bill – Swedish folk singer-songwriter The Tallest Man On Earth.

Since the Fairgounds Festival announcement more dates have dribbled through for The Tallest Man On Earth for Melbourne and Brisbane – we can only assume there’s some more to come.

Check out the full list if dates (so far) below:

Wednesday 30th November – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 1st December – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December – Fairgrounds Festival, Berry, NSW
Wednesday 7th December – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

All Our Exes Live In Texas Announce The Devil’s Part Tour

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Sydney’s favourite four part harmony folk powerhouse All Our Exes Live In Texas have announced plans for a massive national tour this October.

All Our Exes Live In Texas have been putting the finishing touches on their upcoming debut album When We Fall so are promising lots of new music including their soon-to-be-released single “The Devil’s Part”. The tour will also see them sporting a full rhythm section for that stadium rock flavour.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th September – Lorne Festival of Performing Arts, Lorne, VIC
Saturday 1st October – Beyond Festival, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 9th October – Metro Social @ The Metropole, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 12th October – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 13th October – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th October – Melton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 15th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 20th October – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA
Friday 21st October – Jimmy’s Den, Perth, WA
Saturday 22nd October – Dirk Hartog Voyage of Discovery, Shark Bay, WA
Friday 28th October – Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 29th October – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD
Thursday 3rd November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
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

Watch the New Eddie Boyd Video “Stoned”

Eddie Boyd
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For his latest video “Stoned” Sydney singer-songwriter Eddie Boyd has set his sights on a very clear inspiration – the world of Harry Potter. Set at the annual presentation of a small time Harry Potter Society, the video features a cosplaying Boyd descend into a drunken rage.

Check out the clip here:

Eddie Boyd has a handful of dates in the next few weeks to support the new video. All remaining dates for his tour are below:

Thursday 18th August – Selina’s, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 24th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th August – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Saturday 27th August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Bluesfest Announces First Round of Artists for 2017

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It may only be August but that doesn’t mean it isn’t time to start thinking about the 2017 festival season. This morning Bluesfest launched their first round of artists for next years festival and it’s huge.

This morning’s announcement includes Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith, The Lumineers (above), Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, Billy Bragg, Jethro Tull, Trombone Shorty, Gregory Porter, Snarky Puppy, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Beth Hart, Laura Mvula, Roy Ayers, Booker T Jones Presents The Stax Records Revue, Andrew Bird, Rickie Lee Jones, Joan Osborne, Turin Brakes, The Strumbellas, Jake Shimabukuro, Dumpstaphunk, Nikki Hill and Irish Mythen with more to be announced.

Bluesfest takes place over the Easter long weekend for the 13th to 17th April. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Mullum Music Festival Adds New Artists to 2016 Lineup

Julia Jacklin
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As if the Mullum Music Festival lineup wasn’t exciting enough they’ve gone ahead and announced a bunch more amazing artists.

And as always there’s a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites littered throughout the latest announcement including Yirrmal, The Wilson Pickers, Jordie Lane & The Sleepers, Julia Jacklin (above), Áine Tyrrell, Ethno Folk Orchestra, Claire Anne Taylor, Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel, Liz Stringer, The Button Collective and many more.

The Mullum Music Festival takes place in the northern NSW town of Mullumbimby from the 17th to 20th November. Tickets are already on sales – check the official site for details.

The full lineup of artists announced so far are below:

Eilen Jewell (USA), The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer (Canada), Julien Baker (USA), Skunkhour, Lior, Tash Sultana, Henry Wagons & The Only Children, Olympia, Gareth Liddiard (The Drones), Matt Andersen (Canada), Fourplay String Quartet, Suzannah Espie, Yirrmal, Ajak Kwai (South Sudan), William Crighton, Bobby Alu & The Palm Royale, King Tide, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, The Wilson Pickers, Jordie Lane & The Sleepers, Epizo Bangor (West Africa), Julia Jacklin, Sahara Beck, The Meltdown, Áine Tyrrell, Allensworth (USA), Ethno Folk Orchestra, Claire Anne Taylor, King Curly, Tina Harrod, Yeshe, TEK TEK Ensemble, Arakwal Dancers, Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel, Jo Jo Smith, Madeline Leman and The Desert Swells, Liz Stringer, The Buckleys, Mandy Nolan, Laura Targett, The Windy Hills, Hamish Stuart: ‘Someone Else’s Child’, Round Mountain Girls, The Old School Funk Band, Miss Renee Simone, The Golden Mile, Ladyslug, The Button Collective, Shelly Brown, Honey & Knives, Mrs Miyagi, Lez Karski Trio, Tullara, Levingstone, The Hottentots, Two Lions, Ben Wilson and The Job Seekers, Sali Bracewell, Aloha Baby, Dustyesky, Mario Queen of the Circus, Spaghetti Circus, Funmaker Silent Disco, Sal Kimber Bush Dance, Raise The Roof Gospel Choir, Wild Science, Roundabout Theatre, The Biggest Little Town Choir, The Cassettes, The Magic Bus

Jen Cloher Announces Dead Wood Falls 10 Year Anniversary Shows

Jen Cloher
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It’s been 10 years since Melbourne singer-songwriter Jen Cloher and The Endless Sea released their debut album Dead Wood Falls. The acoustically tinged album is getting an anniversary treatment with a new vinyl pressing and a couple of very special shows. And even better Jen Cloher is getting the The Endless Sea back together for the performances.

If you’re in Sydney or Melbourne we recommend getting along to one of these shows which promise to include performances of Dead Wood Falls in its entirety as well as some Endless Sea classics.

The full dates for the shows are below:

Friday 14th October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Cutthroat Folk Fest Announced for Sydney

The Bottlers
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This September some of the country’s finest folk-punk and raucous folk-rock bands are coming together in Sydney for the first ever Cutthroat Folk Fest.

Taking place at The Annandale Hotel on the 10th September, Cutthroat Folk Fest will feature the likes of The Bottlers (above), Scarlet’s Revenge, Sailors Grave and Medusa’s Wake. And best of the all the event is completely free.

For full details on Cutthroat Folk Fest check out the official Facebook event here.

William Fitzsimmons Announces First Even Live Album

William Fitzsimmons
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On the 21st October American folk-singer William Fitzsimmons will be releasing his first ever live album, appropriately titled William Fitzsimmons Live.

The album will feature 15 tracks spanning Fitzsimmons’ entire career including fan favorites like “Passion Play”, “I Don’t Feel It Anymore”, and “Beautiful Girl” as well as a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Everywhere”.

Stay turned for more details!

Patrick James Announces Spring Solo Tour

Patrick James
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This spring Sydney based singer-songwriter Patrick James will be heading out on a run of solo dates throughout the country. These dates will be your last chance to see James in many of these cities before the end of the year so we recommend getting along to one of them.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 15th September – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 16th September – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 17th September – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 22nd September – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 23rd September – The Tap House, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 24th September – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 25th September – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Thursday 29th September – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 30th September – Four5Nine @ The Rosemount, Perth, WA
Saturday 1st October – Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 2nd October – Highway Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Thursday 6th October – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th October – Nightquarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 8th October – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 19th August


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Bon Iver announced their first album in 5 years with 22, A Million plus a stream of the first two singles. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter Passenger has announced plans to come back to Australia in January for a series of full band shows. Details here

– US fiddle duo 10 String Symphony will be coming to Australia for the first time this October. Details here

– Canadian singer Irish Mythen returns to Australia for a tour this October. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Rowena Wise will be launching her debut album in September and is heading out on a national tour. Details here

– Tasmanian folk-punk festival HOBOFOPO announced a bunch of lineups including The Dead Maggies, The Go-Set, The Ramshackle Army, Handsome Young Strangers, The Australian Beefweek Show, Fox ‘N’ Firkin, The Stragglers, This Is A Robbery, Squid Fishing and Hairyman. Details here

– Acclaimed Melbourne singer-songwriter Jordie Lane has revealed details of his new album and upcoming national tour. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Seth Lakeman released his new single “Meet Me In The Twilight”. Details here

Boy & Bear announced a massive regional tour from October. Details here

Releases This Week

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At SwimLisa Hannigan

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Jack Carty, Emily Barker & Jordan Millar

Jack Carty

Jack Carty kicks off his Home State album tour this week with gigs in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. And equally exciting is the fact Emily Barker and Jordan Millar are supporting the tour.

Friday 19th August – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 20th August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th August – Shebeen Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 26th August – Boo Radley’s Hall, Glenreagh, NSW

Bill Chambers & Lachlan Bryan
Friday 19th August – Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Saturday 20th August – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Corey Harris w/ Kris Morris
Friday 19th August – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 20the August – Harvester Moon Cafe, Bellarine, VIC
Sunday 21st August – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 23rd August – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Wednesday 24th August – Harmonie-German Club, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 25th August – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th August – Blues & Roots Stage, Gympie Muster, QLD

DEAR Monday feat. waywardbreed, Nigel Wearne, Ma Petite, Erik Parker
Monday 22nd August – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Devil on the Rooftop
Sunday 21st August – Lounge Sessions at Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 24th August – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Dustin Tebbutt w/ Robbie Miller, Woodes
Friday 19th August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th August – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 26th August – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth, WA

Eddie Boyd
Wednesday 24th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th August – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Kwinton Trembath, The Dead Maggies, The Delta Revue
Wednesday 24th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

GrandMasterMonk w/ Crazy Old Maurice
Saturday 20th August – Bald Faced Stag, Sydney, NSW

Gympie Muster
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th August – Gympie, QLD

Hootenanny feat. Jep & Dep
Sunday 21st August – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Illawarra Folk Club Concert feat. The Thomsons, Olympic Mystery Act
Sunday 21st August – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Imogen Clark
Sunday 21st August – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Jack Carty, Emily Barker & Jordan Millar
Friday 19th August – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 20th August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th August – Shebeen Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

John Flanagan Trio
Saturday 20th August – Kelly Country Pick, Beechworth, VIC
Friday 26th August – Suttons House of Music, Ballarat, VIC

Kelly Country Pick
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st August – Beechworth, VIC

Lazy Colts
Saturday 20th August – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Liam Gale with Henry Manuell
Thursday 25th August – The Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW

Lime and Steel
Friday 19th August – Hornsby Folk Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 21st August – Lounge Sessions at Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW

Marrickana feat. Andy Baylor and His Cajun Roots Trio, Not Good With Horses, Brother Jimmy
Saturday 20th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Nick Payne
Friday 26th August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Oh Willy Dear & Peter Head
Sunday 21st August – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Songwriters In The Round feat. Leroy Lee, Caitlin Rose Harnett, Colin Jones
Tuesday 23rd August – The Captain Cook Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 19th August – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th August – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 21st August – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 26th August – Psyfari Festival, Capertree Valley, NSW

The Willing Ponies w/ Don Drapers Sofa
Friday 19th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Big Country” – Béla Fleck

From what I’m hearing “Big Country” has been a highlight of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn’s recent Australian shows. So I thought I’d share one of my favourite versions from the Transatlantic Sessions.

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