Thank Folk It’s Friday – 15th December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Victorian acoustic duo Slim Dime released their new video “That Ole Train”. Details here

– Americana duo Carpenter Caswell released their new video “Too Young, Too Cute, Too Pretty”. Details here

Ruby Boots released her brand new single “Don’t Talk About It”. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Hannah Cameron released her new single “Just Leave Me Here”. Details here

– Emerging singer-songwriters Kelly Brouhaha, Rose Zita Falko and Andrew Thomson announced a joint summer tour. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival announced the lineup for its Women Out Loud 2018 concert hosted by Sarah Carroll and featuring Chris While & Julie Matthews, Faith Ristic, Gina Williams, Josienne Clarke, Pauline Scanlon, Rebecca Barnard, Sophie Koh and Yolanda Brown. Details here

Sufjan Stevens released his new single “Tonya Harding”. Details here

Raised By Eagles released their new video “Night Wheels” ahead of their Christmas shows with The Ahern Brothers and Lost Ragas. Details here

– The National Folk Festival added a huge amount of artists to its 2018 lineup including Elephant Sessions, WÖR (Belgium), The Young Folk, Trouble in the Kitchen, All Our Exes Live in Texas, My Friend The Chocolate Cake, Fiona Ross with Ken Nicol, The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Low Down Riders, Jugularity, Davidson Brothers, Electric Tommy Johnston, Frets Patrick, Loren Kate, Zac Saber, Matilda Rose, Meyers and McNamara, Benji and the Saltwater Sound System and The Quick and The Dead, Grassroots Union Choir of Tasmania, Alleycats Community Choir, InterVarsity, Ukestral Voices, Compánach, Keith McKenry, Sandra Renew, Andrew Galan, Daniel J Townsend, Peter Mace, Jacqui Malins with Julia Horvath, Dick Warwick, Martin Pearson, BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, Gregory North and Glover & Sorrensen. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Alison Ferrier released her new video “Waiting For The Rain”. Details here

Releases This Week

Keepsake
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

A Country Christmas Revue feat. Raised By Eagles, Lost Ragas, The Ahern Brothers, Sarah Carroll

A Country Christmas Revue

Three of the country’s best alt-country bands – Raised By Eagles, Lost Ragas and The Ahern Brothers – come together with host Sarah Carroll to sing in the season

Sunday 17th December – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 15th December – The Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Saturday 16th December – Bridge Hotel, Forth, TAS
Sunday 17th December – Longley International Hotel, Longley, TAS

A Country Christmas Revue feat. Raised By Eagles, Lost Ragas, The Ahern Brothers, Sarah Carroll
Sunday 17th December – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

A Honky Tonk Christmas with Hana & Jessie-Lee feat. Max Savage & The False Idols, Koral & The Goodbye Horses, Ryan Underhill
Sunday 17th December – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Adam Young and Sam Shinazzi
Sunday 17th December – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Belle Harvey
Friday 15th December – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th December – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 17th December – Billyroys Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC

Ben Abraham
Friday 15th December – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 19th Decemnber – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 20th December – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Ben Camden
Friday 15th December – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 16th December – The Landsdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Brian’s Big Christmas BBQ feat. Nick Barker, Tracy McNeil, Suzannah Espie, Charles Jenkins, Jac Tonks and Wisey’s Dream Set
Sunday 17th December – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Candice McLeod
Saturday 16th December – Funhouse Studio, Bega, NSW
Sunday 17th December – The Lush Factory, Tilba, NSW

Cat Canteri
Saturday 16th December – The Guildford Family Hotel, Guildford, VIC

Catherine Traicos
Friday 15th December – Bassendean Hotel, Perth, WA

Christmas At Shady Pines feat. The Sweet Jelly Rolls, Extension Chord
Sunday 17th December – Shady Pines Saloon, Sydney, NSW

Darren Hanlon
Friday 15th
 December – Ainslie Main Hall

, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 16th
 December – St Stephens Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th December – St John’s Church Hall, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 19th December – Thirroul Railway Hall, Thirroul, NSW
Thursday 21st December – The Eastern Hotel, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 22nd December – 
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Festival of Small Halls feat. Vance Gilbert, Liz Stringer
Friday 15th December – Woodford Memorial Hall, Woodford, QLD
Saturday 16th December – Mt Nebo Community Hall, Mt Nebo, QLD
Sunday 17th December – Eudlo Public Hall, Eudlo, QLD

Freya Josephine Hollick
Saturday 16th December – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 17th December – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Georgia State Line
Sunday 17th December – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Get Folked Punk Xmas Blowout feat. Vetty Vials & The Sandpit Turtles, Whispering Jackie, Jonno Read, Billy Demos, Billy Puntton, Uke-paley, Jethro Morris, Ess-em, Sooze
Friday 22nd December – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Green Mohair Suits
Friday 15th December – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Sunday 17th December – Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay, NSW

Hannah Cameron & Ryan Downey Joint
Sunday 17th December – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Harrison Storm
Saturday 16th December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Helen Townsend
Friday 15th December – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th December – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 17th December – Billyroys Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 22nd December – Amble Inn, Corindi, NSW

Imogen Pemberton and Oliver Downes
Friday 15th December – House Concert, Toormina, NSW
Saturday 16th December – House Concert, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 19th December – Old Quarter Coffee Merchants, Ballina, NSW

James Bennett
Friday 15th December – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Saturday 16th December – Sunset Gather, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 17th December – Tacking Point Tavern, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 22nd December – Avoca Beach Hotel & Resort, Avoca Beach, NSW

Kallidad
Friday 15th December – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 16th December – Toronto Hotel, Toronto, NSW

Lloyd Spiegel
Sunday 17th December – Bermagui Country Club, Bermagui, NSW

Madeline Leman & The Desert Swells
Friday 15th December – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 17th December – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Wednesday 20th December – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Melbourne Celtic Piping Session
Sunday 17th December – Exford Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mia Dyson
Friday 15th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th December – The Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission
Friday 15th December – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th December – Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 17th December – Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Friday 22nd December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Music for the Mind feat. Jamie Hay, Lennie Tranter & The Bagism Revelation, Lachlan X Morris, Boots Porter & The Pacinos, Ben Leece, Tori Forsyth, Carl The Bartender, Deanna Rose
Saturday 16th December – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Obscura Hail
Sunday 17th December – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC

Pierce Brothers
Saturday 16th December – Noosa AFL Grounds, Noose, QLD

Paul Kelly w/ Gang Of Youths, Meg Mac and Gretta Ray
Saturday 16th December – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC

Queen Porter Stomp, Frogwash
Friday 15th December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Raychel Stone & Melissa Fraser
Friday 15th December – The Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD

Rick Hart and The Sweet Addictions
Sunday 17th December – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Riogh
Friday 15th December – The Yo Yo Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Sam Brittain w/ Sasha March, Ryan Martin John
Thursday 21st December – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Sancha & The Blue Gypsies
Friday 15th December – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club, Hornsby, NSW

Sleepy Dreamers, Arbes, Sean Watson
Friday 22nd December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Stella Donnelly
Saturday 16th December – The Rosemount, Perth, WA

The Beautiful Girls
Saturday 16th December – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 15th December – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW
Saturday 16th December – Hotel Gearin, Katoomba, NSW

The Demon Drink
Friday 15th December – The Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane, QLD

The East Pointers
Friday 15th December – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Saturday 16th December – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Sunday 17th Dec – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

The Go Set
Friday 15th December – The Cardigan Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 16th December – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

The Heggarties and Matt J Ward
Friday 22nd December – Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Lazy Picks w/ Carly Mozsny
Sunday 17th December – Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW

The Long Johns
Saturday 16th December – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD

The Porch Sessions feat. Angie McMahon, Direwolf, Jordan Ruru
Sunday 17th December – House Concert, Adelaide, SA

The Water Runners
Friday 15th December – The Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, NSW

The Wild Wild Inner West Revue Alt.Country Xmas Special feat. Katie Briana, Nick Payne, Kylie Whitney, Smith & Jones, Michael Carpenter, Peta Caswell and more
Sunday 17th December – Marickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

The Willie Wagtails
Sunday 17th December – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Willing Ponies
Sunday 17th December – The George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

This Way North
Friday 15th December – The Golden Vine, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 16th December – The Corporate Moose, Mildura, VIC
Sunday 17th December – The Metro, Adelaide, SA

Tom & Jerry
Saturday 16th December – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Village Christmas Bash feat. Bec Bastoli, Night Kite, Heirs
Saturday 16th December – Village Church Annandale, Sydney, NSW

Wifey w/ Garry David, Darren Cross
Friday 15th December – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

ZoüKeys w/ Antheas Rubies
Monday 18th December – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Gallows Pole” – Led Zepplin

Watch the New Alison Ferrier Video “Waiting For The Rain”

Alison Ferrier
Image Courtesy of Alison Ferrier

Singer-songwriter Alison Ferrier has just released her new single and video “Waiting For The Rain”.

The track is taken from Ferrier’s upcoming album What She Knows, due on the 16th February, and features a really interesting country sound.

Check out the video here:

National Folk Festival Adds Even More Artists for 2018

Elephant Sessions
Image Courtesy of Elephant Sessions

The next round of artists for the 2018 National Folk Festival were announced this morning featuring a bunch of internationals, returning favourites and local gems.

The announcement is led by Scottish trad-quintet Elephant Sessions (above) who will be in the country for the festival season. Joining them are the likes of WÖR (Belgium), The Young Folk (Ireland), Trouble in the Kitchen, All Our Exes Live in Texas, My Friend The Chocolate Cake, Fiona Ross (Scotland) and Ken Nicol (England), The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Low Down Riders, Jugularity, Davidson Brothers, Electric Tommy Johnston, Frets Patrick, Loren Kate, Zac Saber, Matilda Rose, Meyers and McNamara, Benji and the Saltwater Sound System and The Quick and The Dead along with choirs Grassroots Union Choir of Tasmania, Alleycats Community Choir, InterVarsity and Ukestral Voices plus the inclusion of the Compánach Irish music concert.

This lineup announcement also features a bunch of poets and spoken word including Keith McKenry, Sandra Renew, Andrew Galan, Daniel J Townsend, Peter Mace, Jacqui Malins with cellist Julia Horvath, Dick Warwick, Martin Pearson, BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, Gregory North and Glover and Sorrensen.

The National Folk Festival takes place in Canberra over the Easter long weekend, 29th March to the 2nd April. For more information, including how to pick up early bird tickets, check out the official web site here.

Listen to the New Sufjan Stevens Single “Tonya Harding”

Sufjan
Image Courtesy of Sufjan Stevens

Sujan Stevens has surprised everyone with the release of “Tonya Harding”, a tribute to the former US figure skater. To accompany the release Stevens penned a small piece detailing why he wrote the song:

“I’ve been trying to write a Tonya Harding song since I first saw her skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1991,” Sufjan Stevens explained. “She’s a complicated subject for a song partly because the hard facts of her life are so strange, disputable, heroic, unprecedented, and indelibly American. She was one of the greatest figure skaters of her time, and the first American woman to perform a triple axle in an international competition. She was an unlikely skating star, having been raised working class in Portland, Oregon. Being a poor outsider, her rise to fame in the skating rink was seen, by some, as a blemish on a sport that favored sophistication and style. Tonya’s skating technique was feisty, fierce, and full of athleticism, and her flamboyant outfits were often hand-made by her mother (who was abusive and overbearing). (They couldn’t afford Vera Wang.) And then there was the Nancy Kerrigan incident. In January 1994, Tonya’s then-boyfriend Jeff Gillooly hired an assailant, Shane Stant, to break fellow figure skater Nancy Kerrigan’s leg at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Cobo Arena in Detroit, so that she would be unable to compete at the upcoming Winter Olympics. The after-math of the attack was recorded on camera and ultimately set off a media frenzy (and an FBI investigation). Gillooly and Stan were eventually found guilty, and Tonya pleaded guilty to hindering the prosecution, and was subsequently banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association. Nancy Kerrigan recovered from her injury and won a silver medal at the Winter Olympics. Tonya Harding finished eighth.

“But that’s not even half the story. When Tonya and Gillooly got married, they filmed themselves having sex on their wedding night and produced one of the first-ever celebrity sex tapes (which they sold to Penthouse for $200,000 each). Tonya also had a brief career as a boxer, and is most famous for her bout with former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones (whose sexual harassment suit against Bill Clinton precipitated his impeachment in 1998). Tonya was also (very briefly) in a band called the Golden Blades (they were allegedly booed off the stage during their first and only performance). She also raced vintage automobiles (setting a record by driving a Ford Model A over 97 miles per hours on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah). And in 1996 Tonya used mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to revive an 81-year-old woman who collapsed at a bar in Portland while playing video poker. That’s a lot to accomplish before the age of 30!

“Tonya Harding’s dramatic rise and fall was fiercely followed by the media, and she very quickly became the brunt of jokes, the subject of tabloid headlines and public outcry. She was a reality TV star before such a thing even existed. But she was also simply un-categorical: American’s sweetheart with a dark twist. But I believe this is what made her so interesting, and a true American hero. In the face of outrage and defeat, Tonya bolstered shameless resolve and succeeded again and again with all manners of re-invention and self-determination. Tonya shines bright in the pantheon of American history simply because she never stopped trying her hardest. She fought classism, sexism, physical abuse and public rebuke to become an incomparable American legend.

“I admit, early drafts of this song contained more than a few puns, punch lines and light-hearted jabs—sex tapes and celebrity boxing make for an entertaining narrative arc. But the more I edited, and the more I meditated, and the more I considered the wholeness of the person of Tonya Harding, I began to feel a conviction to write something with dignity and grace, to pull back the ridiculous tabloid fodder and take stock of the real story of this strange and magnificent America hero. At the end of the day, Tonya Harding was just an ordinary woman with extraordinary talent and a tireless work ethic who set out to do her very best. She did that and more. I hope the same can be said of us all.”

Listen to “Tonya Harding” here:

Watch the New Raised By Eagles Video “Night Wheels”

Raised By Eagles
Image Courtesy of Raised By Eagles

Melbourne based alt-country band Raised By Eagles have just released the cracking new video for their single “Night Wheels”.

The track is taken from their award winning and critically acclaimed 2017 album I Must Be Somewhere – check out the video here:

Raised By Eagles will be seeing in the holiday season with two very special Christmas shows in Victoria, A Country Christmas Revue. Raised By Eagles will be joined by The Ahern Brothers and Lost Ragas, with very special guest MC Sarah Carroll, in Melbourne and Castlemaine – the full list of dates are below:

Sunday 17th December – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Port Fairy Folk Festival Announces Women Out Loud 2018 Lineup

Port Fairy
Image Courtesy of Port Fairy Folk Festival

As we get closer to next year’s Port Fairy Folk Festival the lineup continues to grow, with this year’s Women Out Loud 2018 concert announced.

The Women Out Loud 2018 concert will take place on the 11th March and will be hosted by Sarah Carroll. The concert will feature a really exciting list of artists including Chris While & Julie Matthews, Faith Ristic, Gina Williams, Josienne Clarke, Pauline Scanlon, Rebecca Barnard, Sophie Koh and Yolanda Brown.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival is held in Port Fairy, Victoria from the 9th to the 12th March. For more information check out the official site here.

Kelly Brouhaha, Rose Zita Falko and Andrew Thomson Announce Summer Tour

Kelly Brouhaha
Image Courtesy of Kelly Brouhaha

After meeting at The DAG sheep station just outside of Tamworth earlier this year three of Australia’s most exciting emerging artists, Kelly Brouhaha, Rose Zita Falko and Andrew Thomson, have announced plans to head out on a Summer tour together.

The tour will feature solo performances from all three artists along with their recent collaboration efforts. The tour kicks off this January with dates through Victoria and New South Wales – check out the full list of shows below:

Thursday 4th January – Pistol Pete’s, Geelong, VIC
Friday 5th January – Billy Roy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 6th January – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 7th January – House Concert, Albury, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Stave’s Brewery, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th January – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 13th January – Kincumber Hotel, Kincumber, NSW
Sunday 14th January – No.5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW


Listen to the New Hannah Cameron Single “Just Leave Me Here”

Hannah Cameron
Image Courtesy of Hannah Cameron

Singer-songwriter Hannah Cameron has just released a live video of her latest single “Just Leave Me Here”. The track is a taster of Cameron’s album upcoming I Lay Where You Lie and was inspired by a conversation with a friend.

“It’s about feelings of hopelessness and defeat but it was actually written as a song of comfort,” Hannah Cameron explained. “I think sometimes we don’t want to be told that things are okay, we want to be heard and to feel understood.”

Check out the stunning live video for “Just Leave Me Here” here:

Hannah Cameron will be playing at Some Velvet Morning this Sunday 17th December.

Listen to the New Ruby Boots Single “Don’t Talk About It”

Ruby Boots
Image Courtesy of Ruby Boots

The latest single from Ruby Boots’ upcoming album Don’t Talk About It, due on the 9th February, is the wonderful title track “Don’t Talk About It”.

As usual Ruby Boots’ amazing voice is front and centre on the track, which is a little more laid back than the rocking numbers we’ve heard from the Americana singer son far.

Take a listen to “Don’t Talk About It” below:

Watch the New Carpenter Caswell Video “Too Young, Too Cute, Too Pretty”

Carpenter Caswell
Image Courtesy of Carpenter Caswell

Americana duo Carpenter Caswell are capping off a huge 2018 with the release of their new single “Too Young, Too Cute, Too Pretty”. The track is the fifth offering from the duo’s self titled debut album and has just been nominated in the Best Bluegrass Song category of the Golden Guitar Awards.

“Too Young, Too Cute, Too Pretty” also features a collaboration with Zane Banks (banjo), Anna McInerny (fiddle) and James Daley (mandolin) from The Morrisons – check out the video for the track below:

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