Thank Folk It’s Friday – 12th February

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Lumineers announced details of their new album Cleopatra which is due this April. Details here

Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings Machine will perform together with Willie Watson and Haas Kowert Tice at Dream A Highway in Melbourne this month. Details here

The National Folk Festival has programmed a number of events to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Ireland Easter Rising. Details here

– Justin Vernon from Bon Iver released a live video covering Sharon Van Etten’s “Love More”. Details here

– The Meatstock festival in Sydney this weekend has a great musical lineup including Adam Eckersley Band, Mustered Courage, The Snowdroppers, The Beards, Henry Wagons, Davidson Brothers, Big Blind Ray, The Buffalo Grass Boys, The Punk Rock Hillbilly, Sahara Beck, Hussy Hicks, Roy Rose and more. Details here

– The brand new Summer Hill Folk Festival announced its lineup including Pat Drummond, Catgut, Brian Campeau, Fanny Lumsden, The Tawny Owl String Band and many more. Details here

Matt Corby released his new single “Knife Edge” and announced a national tour in April. Details here

– Sydney artist Willowy released her new album and has tour dates in NSW, VIC and SA. Details here

– Melbourne duo Oh Pep! have announced a national tour this April. Details here

Miss Peaches in Sydney has announced a new folk themed night on Sundays titles Hootenany. Details here

– Gold Coast duo Hussy Hicks released their new album Lucky Joe’s Wine (and other tales from Dog River) today. Details here

Interviews

“For the first visit there, I think it’s a lot of fun to try to hit all the records. Of course for me personally, the newer songs tend to be closer to where I’m at emotionally. But there’s this cool thing that happens when you revisit a song you haven’t played in several years. You start to hear it in a different way, almost like it’s not even your song. I have this personal rule that I’ll only play songs which I have a strong emotional connection to at a given time. Old or new, doesn’t matter. If I can’t mean what I’m singing I won’t do it”William Fitzsimmons chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Applewood Road
Applewood RoadApplewood Road
Bandcamp

Yesteryear
YesteryearAriela Jacobs
iTunes

Henry Wagons
After What I Did Last NightHenry Wagons
iTunes

Hussy Hicks
Lucky Joe’s Wine (and other tales from Dog River)Hussy Hicks
iTunes

Pocket Fox
The Brightest LightPocket Fox
Bandcamp

Button Collective
The Lonesome SeaThe Button Collective
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Presents

The Timbers

William Fitzsimmons

Friday 12th February – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 13th February – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 14th February – Braidwood Hotel, Braidwood, VIC

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. A Man Called Stu, Dan & Dan

A Man Called Stu

Regular Sydney night Heartbreaker Sessions returns for 2016 with a new night (Thursday!) and the same heady mix of Americana, alt-country and singer-songwriters. The first Heartbreaker Sessions features local favourites A Man Called Stu and Dan & Dan (Oh Willy Dear) along with DJ sets from Post to Wire and Daz.

Thursday 18th February – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Andrew Phelan
Saturday 13th February – The Grand Junction, Maitland, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Wednesday 17th February – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Boy & Bear
Friday 12th February – Horden Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th February – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Dave Rawlings Machine
Friday 12th February – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 13th February – A&I Hall, Bangalow, NSW
Tuesday 16th February – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 17th February – The Playhouse, Canberra, ACT
Friday 19th February – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Elwood Myre
Thursday 18th February – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Fairlight Folk feat. David Bridie, Jed Rowe
Saturday 13th February – Fairlight Folk Acoustic Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Folkswagon
Wednesday 17th February – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. A Man Called Stu, Dan & Dan
Thursday 18th February – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Hootenany feat. The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Sunday 14th February – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Friday 12th February – Beaches, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 13th February – Lazybones, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 14th February – Meatstock Festival, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 14th February – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 19th February – Seaview Hotel, Woolgoolga, NSW

James Thomson
Friday 12th February – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 13th February – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 14th February – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 12th February – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan and Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel
Friday 12th February – Alexandra Town Hall, Alexandra, VIC
Saturday 13th February – Live at the Bundy, Bundalaguah, VIC
Friday 19th February – Belbrae Hall, Belbrae, VIC

Josh Pyke
Friday 12th February – Melbourne Zoo Twilights, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 13th February – The Wool Exchange, Geelong, VIC
Friday 19th February – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA

José González
Friday 12th February – Perth International Arts Festival, Perth, WA

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 12 February – Ipswich Civic Centre, Ipswich, QLD
Sunday 14th February – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 18th February – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 19th February – Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford, NSW

Lucy Wise and Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 13th February – House on the Hill, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters w/ Buck Loner Revue
Sunday 14th February – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Meatstock
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th February – Sydney Showground, Sydney, NSW

Missy Higgins
Saturday 13th February – Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 14th February – Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 19th February – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Phia w/ Ka-Tya
Wednesday 17th February – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Pocket Fox
Saturday 13th February – White Eagle Polish Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 19th February – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Riverboats Music Festival
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st February – Echuca-Moama, VIC

Ruby Boots
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st February – Riverboats Festival, VIC

Sam Newton
Friday 12th February – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 13th February – Aireys Pub, Aireys Inlet, VIC

The Audreys
Friday 12th February – Speigeltent, Adelaide, SA

The Beards
Saturday 13th February – Meatstock, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 12th February – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 13th February – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 14th February – Braidwood Hotel, Braidwood, VIC

The Weeping Willows
Sunday 14th February – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Vin Garbutt
Thursday 18th February – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA

William Fitzsimmons
Sunday 14th February – Chevron Festival Gardens, Perth, WA

Willowy
Friday 12th February – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Friday 19th February – The Eastern, Ballarat, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Letters” – Matt Corby

Possibly one of my favourite Matt Corby tracks of all time – this is the singer-songwriter at his folky best.

Hussy Hicks Announces New Album and Tour Dates

Hussy Hicks
Image Courtesy of Hussy Hicks

Gold Coast based folk and alt-country duo Hussy Hicks have been making plenty noise on the local scene recently and they’ve announced plans to release their brand new album Lucky Joe’s Wine (and other tales from Dog River) today.

The album was recorded in Alabama by Hall of Fame legend Rick Hirsch and marks an evolution in Hussy Hicks’ sound to a more solid country flavour. For a taster check out their video “That Old Heartache”:

Hussy Hicks are currently touring Lucky Joe’s Wine (and other tales from Dog River) around the country – check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 12th February – Beaches, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 13th February – Lazybones, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 14th February – Meatstock Festival, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 14th February – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 19th February – Seaview Hotel, Woolgoolga, NSW
Thursday 3rd March – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March – Nannup Festival, WA
Wednesday 9th March – Redcliffe on the Murray, Pinjarra, WA
Thursday 10th March – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Friday 11th March – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Saturday 12th March – Sing for the South West, Old Coast Road Brewery, Myalup, WA
Sunday 13th March – Clancy’s, Dunsborough, WA
Tuesday 15th March – Perth Blues Club, Perth, WA
Thursday 16th March – Redcliffe on the Murray, Pinjarra, WA
Saturday 19th March – Nukara Festival, WA
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Details of the New Hootenany Sundays at Miss Peaches

Miss Peaches
Image Courtesy of Miss Peaches

Sydney soul food kitchen and bar Miss Peaches recently launched a brand new bluesgrass, folk and country night, Hootenanny. Held each Sunday from 8pm, Hootenanny is already getting a reputation as the perfect way to close out the weekend.

Hootenanny has already featured the likes of Green Mohair Suits and Ross Tipper and this week will see The Sweet Jelly Rolls take to the stage.

For more information on the night check out the official Miss Peaches site here.

Oh Pep! Announce National Tour

Oh Pep!
Image Courtesy of Oh Pep!

Oh Pep!’s meteoric rise looks set to continue in 2016 after the Australian indie-folk duo have been announced as a showcase artist for his year’s SXSW. But don’t worry – they haven’t forgotten about their fans back home as they’re heading straight back to Australia after SXSW for a national tour.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 11th to Sunday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Wednesday 6th April – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA
Friday 8th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 10th April – The Polish Club, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 13th April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 14 April – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 15th April – Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar, Sydney, NSW

Willowy Announces Debut EP The White Dress

Willowy
Image Courtesy of Willowy

Sydney based nu-folk artist Willowy has been making waves on the local scene recently and it’s all about to come to a head with the announcement of her debut EP The White Dress. The EP is “a conceptual exploration into the charade of a maiden in a white dress” and has just been released.

To celebrate Willowy is currently out on tour with the big launch on the 26th February at Hibernian House in Sydney. Check out all of the remaining dates below plus a stream of The White Dress:

Friday 12th February – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Friday 19th February – The Eastern, Ballarat, VIC
Sunday 21st February – The Hotel Metro, Adelaide, SA
Friday 26th February – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Matt Corby Announces National Tour and New Single “Knife Edge”

Matt Corby
Image Courtesy of Matt Corby

From what we’ve heard from Matt Corby’s upcoming album Telluric (due Friday 11th March) the singer’s debut long player is going to be eclectic. The latest single “Knife Edge” just adds to that with a bunch of influences – folk, psychedelic, blues and rock – smashing together on the track.

Take a listen to “Knife Edge” here:

To celebrate the release of Telluric Matt Corby has announced a national tour kicking off in April. The full list of dates are as follows:

Tuesday 12th April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 13th April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 20th April – QPAC Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th April – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 1st May – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 2nd May – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 5th May – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA

Details of the Summer Hill Folk Festival

Summer Hill
Image Courtesy of Summer Hill Folk Festival

This March a brand new event will be bringing folk music to the inner western suburbs of Sydney and it looks pretty exciting. The brand new Summer Hill Folk Festival is set to take place at the Summer Hill Church on Saturday 5th March.

The lineup for the festival is impressive, bringing together some of Sydney’s best folkies and plenty of Timber and Steel favourites including Pat Drummond, Catgut, Brian Campeau, Fanny Lumsden, The Tawny Owl String Band and many more.

The day kicks off at 10am and along with the music program there will be artisan markets for punters to peruse. And all of this is for free.

For more information check out the official Summer Hill Folk Festival site here or the Facebook event here. The full lineup and set times are below:

10:30am History, Stories and Songs by the venerable Pat Drummond
11:30am Marie & Luke
12:30am Catgut
1:30pm MASTERCLASS: Song writing tips from the artists
2:15pm Matilda Abraham Solo
3:15pm David Thomas
4:15pm OLD INSTRUMENTS: Introduction to the Harp
5:00pm Burrows (Canberra)
6:00pm Brian Campeau Solo
7:00pm Fanny Lumsden
8:00pm Tawny Owl String Band

Folk and Roots Bands Announced for Meatstock

Meatstock
Image Courtesy of Meatstock

This weekend in Sydney prepare to celebrate all things meat with the Meatstock Festival at the Sydney show grounds. Held on the 13th and 14th February Meatstock brings some the cities finest meat based food together with some of Australia’s finest musicians – almost all of which will delight readers of Timber and Steel.

The musical lineup for Meatstock includes Adam Eckersley Band, Mustered Courage, The Snowdroppers, The Beards, Henry Wagons, Davidson Brothers, Big Blind Ray, The Buffalo Grass Boys, The Punk Rock Hillbilly, Sahara Beck, Hussy Hicks, Roy Rose and more. Quite a lineup right? Enough even to entice your vegetarian friends to Meatstock.

For more information on Meatstock including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Watch Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon Cover Sharon Van Etten

Bon Iver
Image Courtesy of Bon Iver

We reckon over the course of 2016 you’re going to be hearing a lot from Bon Iver. With a bunch of tour dates around the world and rumours of new material the internet is going to be awash with Bon Iver in the coming months.

The first cab off the rank is this live video of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon covering Sharon Van Etten’s “Love More” with Bryce and Aaron Dessner from The National, taken from a 2010 performance at the MusicNOW Festival. Audio from this track has already appeared on the MusicNOW compilation from 2015, check out the video below:

The National Folk Festival Announces Special Program to Mark the 100th Anniversary of Ireland’s Easter Rising

Easter Uprising

The National Folk Festival has announced plans to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of Ireland’s Easter Rising with a very special program.

Over the course of the weekend a number of events will take place covering the history of Ireland’s revolutionary cultural and language movement that was born in Easter Rising in 1916. These events include:

National Folk Festival Remembers the Easter Rising

This was one of the most pivotal events in modern Irish history and was an armed insurrection that took place, mostly in Dublin, during Easter Week 1916. This illustrated historical presentation at the Festival’s Trocadero venue focuses on the significance of the 1916 Easter Rising through music and narrative in both English and Irish headed by John Spillane and Band with choir, and will be narrated by Maurice O’Sullivan.

Easter Friday 3:20pm and Easter Monday 10:00am, Trocadero, Exhibition Park

National Folk Festival Celebrates the Journey of a Nation Rising

The Irish have had a significant impact on Australia, its music and its culture from convict days to the present through both forced and free immigration. These concerts celebrate our connection with Ireland in dance, music & song from rich Celtic music to fiddle and concertina tunes, to the otherworldly sounds of the harp.

There will be 4 Events, one for each of the Provinces of Ireland
Fri 12:30pm Lyric (Ulster) Siobhan Owen
Sat 12:30pm Lyric (Connacht) Coolfinn Mac with Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers
Sun 12:30pm Coorong (Munster) Dance Event – An Afternoon of Cork & Kerry Sets
Mon 12:30pm Lyric (Leinster) Ciaran O’Grady, Aifric Boylan and Graeme Newell with Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers

Gala Easter Rising Concert

On Easter Monday the Gala Easter Rising Concert will present two of the Festival’s headline Irish acts, Colum Sands and the Rambling Boys. County Down Grammy-shortlisted songwriter Colum Sands is a poet disguised as a songwriter, and a singer disguised as a storyteller. Colum will bring you an unforgettable intimate performance, enchanting you with classic Irish traditional songs as well as his own original folk songs. The Rambling Boys feature some of Ireland’s finest traditional and folk music exports taking to the stage. Performing blistering infectious tunes and emotional heartfelt ballads, the musicians of The Rambling Boys have played with the likes of Damien Dempsey and Declan O’Rourke.

Easter Monday 2:40pm Colum Sands, & 3:30pm The Rambling Boys, Budawang, Exhibition Park

The 50th National Folk Festival takes place in Canberra over the Easter long weekend, 24th to 28th March. Earlybird tickets are available now via the official site.

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