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

Listen to Fraser A Gorman Cover “Blues Run The Game”

Fraser A Gorman
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“Blues Run The Game” is one of those songs that has been covered by everyone but is always a joy hear a new version of. Melbourne folk-rock singer Fraser A Gorman is the latest artist to tackle the Jackson C. Frank 60s classic with Leah Senior contributing backing vocals. The track is a B-Side for Gorman’s new single “Broken Hands” – take a listen to “Blues Run The Game” below:

Watch the New Dan Mangan + Blacksmith Video “Mouthpiece”

Dan Mangan
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Dan Mangan + Blacksmith have just released their brand new video “Mouthpiece”, taken from their new album Club Meds. Check it out below:

The Milk Carton Kids Announce New Album Monterey

Milk Carton Kids
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US folk duo The Milk Carton Kids have announced plans to release a new album this year. Titled Monterey, the album is due for release on the 19th May – check out the track listing and a very funny launch video below:

1. Asheville Skies
2. Getaway
3. Monterey
4. Secrets Of The Stars
5. Freedom
6. High Hopes
7. Deadly Bells
8. Shooting Shadows
9. The City Of Our Lady
10. Sing, Sparrow, Sing
11. Poison Tree

The first taste of Monterey is the titled track which you can stream here:

Watch the New Bellowhead Video “Roll Alabama”

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“Roll Alabama” is probably my favourite track from the new Bellowhead album Revival and it’s such an obvious single, I’m surprised it’s taken them this long to release it as one. The band have just revealed the brand new video for “Roll Alabama” following on from a nomination for best group in this years BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Check out the video below:

Passenger Announces New Album Whispers II

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Uk based singer-songwriter Passenger last week announced plans to release his new album Whispers II. The album is a follow on from his highly successful 2014 record Whispers.

“The truth is I’ve been sitting on this album for ages as all of the songs were written and recorded at the same time as Whispers which is the reason why it feels right to make it a follow up rather than a separate entity all together,” Passenger explained via social media. “There are ten songs on the album (plus 6 bonus tracks if you get the deluxe edition … no pressure haha) and as I said these songs have been around for a while so some of you might know a few of them already.”

Passenger has also announced that 100% of all profits of the album will go towards Unicef.

Whispers II is due for release on the 20th April. Check out the first single and video “Travelling Alone” below:

Watch the New April Verch Video “Belle Election”

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With her new album The Newpart due on the 7th April, Canadian fiddler, step dancer and folk singer April Verch, it’s great that we have a taste of what’s to come with her new live video “Belle Election”. The traditional track opens up the album – check out the video below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 27th March


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Alt-country singer-songwriter Gretta Ziller released her new video “Some Kind of Habit”. Details here

– The National Folk Festival added Daniel Ho as their final exclusive headliner for 2015. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Brian Campeau revealed details of his new solo album. Details here

– Indie-folk duo Betty & Oswald released their new single “King of Bohemia”. Details here

– UK nu-folk band Stornoway released their new video “Get Low”. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Lucie Thorne released her new single “The Rushing Dark”. Details here

Michael Kiwanuka covered Led Zeppelin’s “Ten Year’s Gone” for Mojo Magazine. Details here

William Fitzsimmons released his new single “Pittsburgh”. Details here

Emily Barker released her new video “Little Deaths”. Details here

Ruby Boots released her new single “Wrap Me In A Fever”. Details here

– Seth Avett of The Avett Brothers and singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield have released a tribute album to Elliott Smith. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter Blair Dunlop released his new single “Fifty Shades of Blue”. Details here

Bill Jackson released his new Double A side “Try/Somebody’s Darlin'” online. Details here

– Irish music legend Paul Brady will be releasing his new live album Paul Brady: The Vicar Street Sessions Volume 1 featuring collaborations with the like of Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler, Sinead O’Connor and many more. Details here


“I am definitely writing more about my experiences in America. There is a few place name drops in there. And that’s kind of a weird thing at first – it feels like a betrayal or something – and I’m just trying to work out what to do with that. These are songs that are in the very early stages. But coming back here right now there’s still a whole lot of stories that I’ve only half told in my head about Australia and that’s what I love doing when I’m in America with American audiences”Jordie Lane chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Details here

“For me as a young person writing music in this genre in Australia [Paul Kelly’s] the best at it. Writing songs that evoke some kind of feeling about being Australian and it’s very genuine and sincere so it resonates with me just as a person in Australia. And as a musician I admire him for doing something that I’m trying to do as well. And why these two albums? Because I like bluegrass better than I like pop music”The Morrisons chat to Gareth Hugh Evans ahead of their Paul Kelly tribute show tonight. Interview here

“All the playing that we’ve done together over the past year and a half as a trio has led us to approach this new project with a whole lot more experience of arranging together and of telling stories together”Lucy Wise chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“After recording the three albums just with us three – Graham [McLeod], Holly [Downes] and I – we really felt like we spent a lot of years and time and effort growing together musically. Learning a lot from each other. Coming from different backgrounds – Holly classical, me folk and Graham rock and pop – we had a huge amount of ground to cover to be as good as each other at various elements of music making. We had a lot of material to work with and a lot of growth and over those three albums we really felt like we did that. We sort of got to a point where we felt like significantly we could move into each other’s territory, hold our own and make that work. We had so much fun really developing and growing and struggling – actually being really inspired and forced to learn and grow – that we kind of looked around for something for our next project that would continue that direction for all of us, so that we wouldn’t stagnate and make the same album again” – Chris Stone from The String Contingent chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“The [Alice Springs] folk club, there’s nothing like it. There’s nothing to compare with it now in any way whatsoever. You could write a song in a week and go and perform it in front of people and get feedback as to what they thought it was like. You can’t do that anymore hence the reason it takes me a long time to write songs” – Dave Oakes chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here



“The Blue Mountains Music Festival seems to have found the perfect balance. Wedging itself between the Port Fairy and National Folk Festival/Bluesfest guarantees a high calibre of artists not normally seen at a small town event. And its proximity to Sydney makes it easy for day trippers or weekend getaways from the big city. But it still feels like an intimate, community focused event, probably because it’s mostly set on the grounds of a school and the local volunteers are front and centre”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the Blue Mountains Music Festival. Details here

Releases This Week

Brad Butcher
JamestownBrad Butcher

Short Movie
Short MovieLaura Marling

The Wild
The WildRoscoe James Irwin

Seasick Steve
Sonic Soul SurferSeasick Steve

Radium Death
Radium DeathWilliam Elliot Whitmore

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Morrisons play Paul Kelly

The Morrisons

Tonight Sydney pickers The Morrisons take on the bluegrass albums of Paul Kelly, Smoke and Foggy Highway, in a very special one off show

Friday 27th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Alabama Shakes
Thursday 2nd April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 27th March – Spiegeltent, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – Byron Bay, NSW

Brad Butcher
Friday 27th March – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 28th March – Currumbin Creek Tavern, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 29th March – TAPS, Mooloolooba, QLD

Candelo Village Festival
Saturday 28th March – Candelo, NSW

Darren Hanlon
Saturday 28th March – Candelo Festival, NSW
Sunday 29th March – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 2nd April – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Friday 3rd April – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

David Gray
Wednesday 1st April – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 2nd April -State Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Elwood Myre
Saturday 28th March – Cast Off! Festival, Woy Woy, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Siskin River
Tuesday 31st March – Coramba Community Hall, Coramba, NSW
Wednesday 1st April – Bayldon Community Centre, Toormina, NSW
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Heartstring Quartet
Friday 27th March – Southern Folk Club, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 28th March – Fowlers Live, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 1st to Monday 6th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Saturday 28th March – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 30th March – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Jake Shimabukuro
Thursday 2nd April – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Jack Carty
Saturday 28th March – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW (Early Show)
Saturday 28th March – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th March – The Porch Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Jordie Lane
Friday 27th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th March – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Josh Rennie-Hynes, Liam Gerner, Caitlin Harnett
Friday 27th March – The Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 28th March – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

Justin Townes Earle
Thursday 2nd April – Byron Bay Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 3rd April – Boogie, Tallarook, VIC

Kim Richey
Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Lisa Mitchell
Friday 27th March – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 2nd April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Lucie Thorne
Friday 27th March – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemain, VIC
Saturday 28th March – The Velvet Room, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Lucy Wise Trio
Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – The National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

National Folk Festival
Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – Canberra, ACT

Nuala Kennedy
Saturday 28th March – Candelo Village Festival, Candelo, NSW
Friday 3rd to Monday 8th April – The National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Saturday 28th March – Vinyl, Adelaide, SA

Paolo Nutini
Tuesday 31st March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 1st April – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Rowena Wise
Friday 27th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th March – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Sam Buckingham
Saturday 28th March – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Skyscraper Stan And The Commission Flats
Friday 27th March – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 28th March – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Solar Saturday Lounge Party
Saturday 28th March – Heidelberg Heights, Melbourne, VIC

Taryn La Fauci
Friday 27th March – The Bunker Room at Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW

The Morrisons play Paul Kelly
Friday 27th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 27th March – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Saturday 28th March – Mallee Fire Recovery Festival, Rainbow, VIC

The Seals
Saturday 28th March – Quarry Amphitheatre, Perth, WA

Friday 27th March – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th March – The Hills Are Alive, VIC
Friday 3rd April – Blenheim Camping and Music Festival, SA

Vance Joy
Friday 27th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th March – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW

Friday 27th March – Rad, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 28th March – The Front Gallery & Café, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 2nd April – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Friday 27th March – HQ Complex, Adelaide. SA
Sunday 29th March – West Coast Blues & Roots, Fremantle, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Wrote & The Writ” – Laura Marling

Remember that time Laura Marling used the triple j Like A Version segment to sing her mate Johnny Flynn’s song “The Wrote and The Writ”? Awesome.

Paul Brady Announces New Collaborative Live Album Paul Brady: The Vicar Street Sessions Volume 1

Paul Brady
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Paul Brady is well and truly a legend of the Irish music scene having performed his music at home and all over the world since the late 60s. In 2001 Brady put on a series of 23 concerts at the legendary Dublin venue Vicar Street where he asked artists who has sung his songs over the years to come and play with him including Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler, Sinead O’Connor and many more.

“At times I was a spectator in my own show as my guests, my friends, took the roof off Vicar Street,” Paul Brady says of the shows. “I knew then we’d captured something special.”

On the 27th April Paul Brady will be releasing Paul Brady: The Vicar Street Sessions Volume 1 featuring performances from the 2001 shows. Check out the full track listing below:

1. I Want You To Want Me
2. Baloney Again (feat. Mark Knopfler)
3. The Soul Commotion
4. Nobody Knows (feat. Gavin Friday and Maurice Seltzer)
5. Believe In Me
6. In This Heart (feat. Sinead O’Connor)
7. Irish Heartbeat (feat. Van Morrison)
8. Not The Only One (feat. Bonnie Raitt)
9. Don’t Go Far (feat. Curtis Stigers)
10. The Long Goodbye (feat. Ronan Keating)
11. Last Seen October 9th (feat. Eleanor McEvoy)
12. The World Is What You Make It (feat. Bonnie Raitt)
13. Forever Young

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