Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Imogen Clark announced her new EP Love & Lovely Lies along with a launch show in October. Details here

– This Sunday’s Heartbreaker Sessions in Sydney will feature Darren Cross and William Crighton. Details here

Sam Amidon released an album of home recordings titled Home Alone Inside My Head. Details here

– Sydney roots trio Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars released their new video “A Lover And A Fool”. Details here

– We premiered the new video from Ayleen O’Hanlon, “Send Me Spinning”. Details here

– Adelaide band The Timbers have released their new single “All I’ve Got Time For” and have announced a national tour. Details here

The Weeping Willows will be hosting Americana Hayride in Melbourne at the end of October featuring Bill Chambers, Justin Bernasconi, Cat Canteri and Dan Waters, Bill Jackson. Details here

– We premiered the new video from Brisbane’s Youngsmith, “Wither”. Details here

– The September Live ‘n’ Lounging will feature The Bollands, The Campervan Dancers, Kay Proudlove and Huckleberry Hastings. Details here

– Blues rockers The Snowdroppers head out on a national tour from today. Details here

Aldous Harding released her new video “Stop Your Tears”. Details here

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– We contributed to the September mixtape from Americana Australia along with Post To Wire and Unpaved. Take a listen here

Releases This Week

Heath Cullen
OutsidersHeath Cullen
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Packwood
VernalPackwood
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Suzannah Espie
Mothers Not Feeling Herself TodaySuzannah Espie
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Ayleen O’Hanlon w/ Tobias Hengeveld, Georgia Spain

Ayleen O'Hanlon

The stunning Ayleen O’Hanlon will officially launch her brand new album Blend and Spill with a show at The Toff in Town this Sunday. O’Hanlon’s been winning a lot of fans recently and this show is the perfect way to see what all the fuss is about.

Sunday 6th September – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Aldous Harding
Friday 11th September – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Ash Grunwald
Thursday 10th September – The Rosemount Hotel, Nth Perth, WA
Friday 11th September – Divers Tavern, Broome, WA

Ayleen O’Hanlon
Sunday 6th September – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars
Friday 4th September – Lennox Point Hotel, Lennox Head, NSW
Saturday 5th September – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 6th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th September – Helm Bar, Mooloolabah, QLD

Falls
Tuesday 8th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Fanny Lumsden
Thursday 10th September – Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley, QLD

Folk By The Sea
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September – Kiama, NSW

Folkswagon feat. The Bollands, The Campervan Dancers, Big Strong Brute
Wednesday 9th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Darren Cross, William Crighton
Sunday 6th September – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Immigrant Union
Friday 4th September – David Bowie Late Nights @ ACMI, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th September – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 4th September – Red Rattler, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 5th September – Phoenix Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 11th September – Trinity, Adelaide, SA

John Flanagan and Liz Frencham
Friday 4th September – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 5th September – The Stables, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 6th September – Acoustic Sunday @ The Silver Shed, Millthorpe, NSW
Thursday 10th September – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 11th September – Courthouse Cultural Centre, Auburn SA

Mark Lucas
Wednesday 9th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Mary Chapin Carpenter w/ Tift Merritt
Friday 4th September – National Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th September – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Neurum Creek Music Festival
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September – Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, QLD

Perch Creek
Friday 4th September – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 5th September – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 6th September – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Friday 11th September – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 4th September – Arnhem Club, Nhulunbuy, NT
Saturday 5th September – Arnhem Club, Nhulunbuy, NT

Redland Spring Festival
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September – Cleveland, QLD

Sian Evans
Sunday 6th September – Carnival on Collins, Cairns, QLD

The Buck Loner Revue
Sunday 6th September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

The Mae Trio
Friday 11th September – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW

The Snowdroppers
Friday 4th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 5th September – Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 10th September – Bigsound, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th September – Helm Bar, Mooloolaba, QLD

The Timbers
Friday 4th and Saturday 5th September – Folk By The Sea, Kiama, NSW

The Waifs
Thursday 10th September – Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie, WA

Tom West
Friday 4th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th September – Cootha Classic, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 6th September – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 8th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September – Wirrina Cove, SA

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Friday 4th September – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 5th September – Waves, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 6th September – UC Refectory, Canberra, ACT
Friday 11th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Summer Before the War” – Fairport Convention

When I was a child our family went to the UK and Ireland for an extended three month holiday, much of which was spent in the car driving from place to place. Our soundtrack for that trip was a tape of Fairport Convention’s 1988 album Red and Gold. The album itself is over-produced in that 80s let’s-put-synths-on-everything kind of way but the songs are pretty special. Red and Gold always make me think of Summer in England.

Watch the New Aldous Harding Video “Stop Your Tears”

Aldous Harding
Image Courtesy of Aldous Harding

Australian based New Zealand singer-songwriter Aldous Harding is just going from strength to strength. Her latest single “Stop Your Tears” is a throwback to seventies folk music and it has an engaging new video directed by Martin Sagadin.

Watch “Stop Your Tears” below:

Aldous Harding has one date left in her east coast tour:

Friday 11th September – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

The Snowdroppers Announce Album Launch Tour

Snowdroppers
Image Courtesy of The Snowdroppers

Blues-rockers The Snowdroppers last week dropped their highly anticipated new album The Business and will this week head out on a national tour to support it. The Business was recorded with The Snowdroppers’ longtime sound man Ryan Hazell and is purported to come close to capturing the band’s frantic live show.

Speaking of which The Snowdroppers are heading out on tour from this Friday. The full list of dates, along with a stream of their new single “Devil Child” is below:

Friday 4th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 5th September – Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 10th September – Bigsound, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th September – Helm Bar, Mooloolaba, QLD
Saturday 19th September – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th September – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 1st October – Ed Castle, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd October – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 3rd October – The Boston, Perth, WA
Sunday 4th October – Newport Hotel, Fremantle, WA
Friday 9th October – The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 10th October – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Sunday 22nd November – HiFi Days Festival, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 26th November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 27th and Saturday 28th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC

Details of the Next Live ‘n’ Lounging Featuring The Bollands, The Campervan Dancers, Kay Proudlove and Huckleberry Hastings

Kay Proudlove
Image Courtesy of Kay Proudlove

I love what the people behind Live ‘n’ Lounging have created. In Sydney so much of the music scene is concentrated in the inner city and surrounding suburbs, and if you head out to the suburbs it can be a live music wasteland.

But Live ‘n’ Lounging bucks this trend, bringing some of the best singer-songwriters and bands to the Macarthur region into an intimate, house concert environment.

And this month is no different with an absolutely cracking lineup featuring New Zealand folk duo The Bollands, Sydney stalwarts The Campervan Dancers, singer-songwriter Kay Proudlove (above) and dark-folk singer Huckleberry Hastings. The next Live ‘n’ Lounging takes place on Sunday 13th September and is just $10 on the door.

For more information on Live ‘n’ Lounging including how to get your hands on tickets and the night’s actual location check out the official Facebook event here.

Timber and Steel Premiere: Youngsmith’s New Video “Wither”

Youngsmith
Image Courtesy of Youngsmith

Youngsmith is a 33 year old singer-songwriter from Brisbane who has just released his stunning new track “Wither”. Painstakingly recorded over six months with rudimentary studio gear, the final version is a wonderfully stripped back affair with just guitar, stomp box, tambourine and Youngsmith’s resonant baritone.

“The song came to me at a time in my life when I was feeling totally powerless,” Youngsmith explained. “I was trying to hold onto my sanity, my relationship and avoiding all my thoughts and feelings. I kept on waiting for the pain to go away but it wouldn’t. So, I put it into this song.”

Timber and Steel are very proud to be able to premiere the video for “Wither” – check it out below:

Details of the Americana Hayride at the Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh

Americana Hayride
Image Courtesy of The Weeeping Willows

On Sunday 25th October some of Australia’s best and brightest alt-country and Americana artists will be coming to The Caravan Club in Oakleigh for the Americana Hayride.

Hosted by local legends The Weeping Willows, the show will be headlined by Bill Chambers and will also features sets from Justin Bernasconi, Cat Canteri, Dan Waters, Bill Jackson and The Weeping Willows themselves. The artists will be featuring their original material as well as covering hit songs from Louisiana Hayride stars such as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, George Jones and Patsy Cline.

Americana Hayride will kick off at 3pm with tickets available here. For more information check out the official Facebook invite here – the full set times are below:

3pm – The Weeping Willows
3:25pm – Bill Jackson
3:55pm – Dan Waters
4:35pm – Justin Bernasconi + Cat Canteri
5:15pm – Bill Chambers + guests!

Listen to the New Single From The Timbers “All I’ve Got Time For” Plus National Tour Dates

The Timbers
Image Courtesy of The Timbers

The brand new single from Adelaide band The Timbers, “All I’ve Got Time For”, is an absolute cracker. But we’ll let the band explain:

“Recorded in an old church in the Adelaide Hills, “All I’ve Got Time For” is the first taste of The Timbers’ latest album. This is a song with anthemic riffs and heartfelt moments about living in the city of Adelaide. The energy of a Timbers live show is well captured in this track and is bound to get the dance floor pumping.”

Take a listen to “All I’ve Got Time For” below:

The Timbers will be heading out on a national tour from this weekend – check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 4th and Saturday 5th September – Folk By The Sea, Kiama, NSW
Saturday 19th September – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA
Friday 25th September – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 26th September – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 27th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 4th October – Semaphore Music Festival, SA
Friday 9th October – Mount Gambier Hotel, Mount Gambier SA
Saturday 10th October – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 11th October – Newport Bowls Club, Newport, VIC
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Fleurieu Folk Festival, Willunga, SA
Saturday 14th November – Riverstock, Loxton, SA
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Majors Creek Festival, NSW
Sunday 29th November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Timber and Steel Premiere: Ayleen O’Hanlon’s New Video “Send Me Spinning”

Ayleen O'Hanlon
Image Courtesy of Ayleen O’Hanlon

Melbourne alt-country and folk artist Ayleen O’Hanlon has just released her latest video “Send Me Spinning” taken from her debut album, Blend and Spill. Captured while O’Hanlon and a cast of renowned Melbourne musicians worked on the album through winter 2014, it is a heart-warming portrayal of the album recording process. Shot in an intimate, hand-held style, the video features footage of the community hall where recording took place and where the local seniors still attend a monthly old-time dance.

Timber and Steel is very proud to premiere “Send Me Spinning” here:

Ayleen O’Hanlon launches Blend and Spill with a full band show at The Toff In Town, 7.30pm, this Sunday 6th September. Support from special guests Tobias Hengeveld and Georgia Spain.

Tickets through Moshtix here. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Watch the New Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars Video “A Lover And A Fool”

Eddie Boyd
Image Courtesy of Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars

Sydney based blues and roots trip Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars have just released “A Lover And A Fool”, the latest video from their EP of the same name. Check it out here:

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars are currently on a huge east coast tour – the full list of dates are below:

Thursday 3rd September – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 4th September – Lennox Point Hotel, Lennox Head, NSW
Saturday 5th September – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 6th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th September – Helm Bar, Mooloolabah, QLD
Friday 18th September – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW
Saturday 19th September – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 20th September – Beaches, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 25th September – Baroque, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 26th September – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Sam Amidon Releases Album of Home Recordings

Sam Amidon
Image Courtesy of Sam Amidon

Last week American folk singer Sam Amidon released his album Home Alone Inside My Head with almost no fanfare. The album features field recordings but in true Sam Amidon fashion he’s collected them from himself, recording them in his New York apartment.

“It was recorded onto my trusty Marantz tape recorder, mostly at my apartment in Yonkers NY, over the course of winter/spring 2002,” Sam Amidon explained. “I went on a long kayak ride in the northern seas and came back with the idea to make Home Alone Inside My Head. I carried the tape recorder around wherever I went, and made these self-induced field recordings as they emerged from inside. The first song, “Sally Gal,” is a fiddle tune that was first recorded by a Black fiddle player named Will Adam. Most of the other pieces were improvised/composed by myself with a couple other exceptions, including the track where I play along with some women singing; that one is a field recording of Ottawa Indians singing a melody that I had first heard in an old old Shape Note hymn.”

Stream the entirety of Home Alone Inside My Head below:

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