Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th April

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Morrisons will be heading to The Vanguard in Sydney for a series of O Brother Where Art Thou? tribute shows featuring Brian Campeau, Lucky Luke, Georgia Mooney, Hannah Crofts, Katie Wighton, Luke Escombe and more. Details here

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell have announced their new album The Traveling Kind ahead of their Australian tour. Details here

– Melbourne country-rock four-piece Raised By Eagles released their new album this week and gave us a taste with a stream of two of the tracks. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk band Yetis have called it a day releasing a final video for their track “Luckiest Guy Alive”. Details here

Sam Amidon released his new video “Blue Mountains”. Details here

– To celebrate the release of his new album Whispers II Passenger has released a short film. Details here

– Adelaide band Oliver’s Army released their stunning new video “Liquor Store”. Details here

The Milk Carton Kids finally revealed their Australian tour dates. Details here

– And The Milk Carton Kids also revealed a new track “The Secrets of the Stars”. Details here

Mumford & Sons will celebrate the release of their new album in Australia with a Sydney pop up bar, and they’ve also started streaming a live version of the track “Snake Eyes”. Details here

– Sydney Americana artist James Thomson announced details of his new album Cold Moon. Details here

Dan Parsons released the video for his new track “I’ll Live and I’ll Die”. Details here

Ryan Adams announced Splendour sideshows with Jenny Lewis. Details here

Of Monsters and Men also announced Splendour sideshows. Details here

Releases This Week

Great Lake Swimmers
A Forest of ArmsGreat Lake Swimmers
iTunes

Marlon Williams
Marlon WilliamsMarlon Williams
iTunes

Passenger
Whispers IIPassenger
iTunes

Raised By Eagles
Diamonds in the BloodstreamRaised By Eagles
iTunes

Ruby Boots
SolitudeRuby Boots
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

These Machines Cut Razor Wire feat. Jeff Lang Band, Kavisha Mazzelia, Les Thomas Band, Little Foot

Jeff Lang

Watching some of the best in folk music while raising money for a good cause? Yes please! These Machines Cut Razor Wire will be holding it’s fifth annual event to raise money for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre with performances from Jeff Lang Band, Kavisha Mazzelia, Les Thomas Band and Little Foot

Sunday 26th April – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Alex Edwards
Friday 24th April – Tall Poppy Studios, Brisbane, QLD

Australian Celtic Festival
Thursday 30th April to Sunday 3rd May – Glen Innes, NSW

Betty & Oswald
Saturday 25th April – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD
Sunday 26th April – The Milk Factory, Brisbane QLD

Brad Butcher
Friday 24th April – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW
Saturday 25th April – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Buffalo Nickel
Wednesday 29th April – Yinnar Pub, Gippsland, VIC
Thursday 30th April – House Concert, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd May – Karuah Bluegrass Music Festival, Karuah, NSW

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 24th April – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Saturday 25th April – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Sunday 26th April – The Workers Club, Fitzroy, VIC

Elwood Myre
Saturday 25th April – Private Event, Kangaroo Valley, NSW
Sunday 26th April – Rad, Wollongong, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – Mt Beauty Music Festival, Mt Beauty, VIC

Laura Jean and Aldous Harding
Saturday 25th April – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Liam Gale & the Ponytails
Friday 24th April – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Sunday 26th April – Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 30th April – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Mt Beauty Music Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – Mt Beauty, VIC

Ruby Boots, Fanny Lumsden, Cookie Baker, Amber Rae Slade
Saturday 25th April – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

St Albans Folk Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – St Albans, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 24th April – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 25th April – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 30th April – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 1st May – Kidgeeridge Music Festival, Lake Conjola, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 1st May – Lithgow Workies, Lithgow, NSW

The String Contingent
Monday 27th April – Yackandandah House Concert, Yackandandah, VIC
Wednesday 29th April – Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 30th April – Temora Town Hall Theatre, Temora, NSW
Friday 1st May – Mechanics Institute Hall, Moruya, NSW

These Machines Cut Razor Wire feat. Jeff Lang, Les Thomas, Kavisha Mazzelia and Little Foot
Sunday 26th April – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Wintermoon Festival
Thursday 30th April to Sunday 3rd May – Cameron’s Pocket, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Lark In The Clear Air/Olam Punch” – The Chieftains with Punch Brothers

I’ve been trying to learn the stunning waltz “The Lark In The Clear Air” this week after hearing it on a podcast. I thought I’d share this stunning version from The Chieftains amazing T Bone Burnett produced album Voice of Ages.

Listen to the New Track From The Milk Carton Kids, “Secrets Of The Stars”

Milk Carton Kids
Image Courtesy of The Milk Carton Kids

It’s all been about The Milk Carton Kids this week! Having announced the full dates for their Australian tour this June and July, The Milk Carton Kids have also just released another track off their upcoming album Monterey (due on the 19th May). The track is “Secrets Of The Stars” – take a listen below:

Full dates for the upcoming Australian tour from The Milk Carton Kids are below:

Sunday 28th June – City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 30th June – The Athenaeum, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 3rd July – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th July – Bello Winer Music Weekender, Bellingen, NSW

Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis Announce Splendour Sideshows

Ryan Adams
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It was only a matter of time before genre-bending alt-country singer-songwriter Ryan Adams announced his Splendour in the grass sideshows and as expected he’s taking longtime touring companion Jenny Lewis along for the ride. Adams has announced shows in Sydney and Melbourne this July – check out the full details below:

Sunday 19th July – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 23rd July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July – Splendour in the Grass, NSW

Watch the New Dan Parsons Video “I’ll Live and I’ll Die”

Dan Parsons
Image Courtesy of Dan Parsons

The brand new Dan Parsons track, “I’ll Live and I’ll Die”, now has a brand new clip. The video is a pretty simple concept – Parsons singing straight to a handheld camera in black and white – but we reckon it suits the song perfectly.

Check it out here:

Dan Parsons is heading out on tour with Steve Grady this May – the full list of dates are below:

Saturday 2nd May – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 3rd May – The Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Wednesday 6th May – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 7th May – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 8th May – Live N Lounging, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 9th May – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 14th May – The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 15th May – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Thursday 21st May – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd May – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC

James Thomson Announces Details of New Album

James Thomson
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Sydney based folk and Americana singer James Thomson has announced plans to release his brand new album Cold Moon on the 25th May. The album was recorded and part produced by Grant Shanahan at Leisure Suit Studios and features 12 tracks blending blues, folk, country and soul.

To get a taster of the album check out the video for the track “Can’t Go Home This Way” below:

Listen to the New Mumford & Sons Track “Snake Eyes” and Get Details of Their Pop Up Bar

Mumford
Image Courtesy of Mumford & Sons

As the final taste of their rock-leaning new album Wilder Mind before its release on the 1st May, Mumford & Sons have released a live video of the track “Snake Eyes”. The track is probably their most “recognisable” to date with the classic Mumford & Sons slow build, albeit with electric instruments rather than acoustic.

Check out “Snake Eyes” below:

As with their previous album Babel, Mumford & Sons will be launching Wilder Mind in Australia with a Sydney based pop-up bar. The bar will be part of the Newtown Hotel in Newtown every night from the 27th April to 10th May. The bar will feature live music, DJs, local artists, dedicated cocktails, whiskey tasting, 3D album artwork, album listening sessions and, probably best of all, a limited edition Wilder Mind Ale from the folks at Young Henrys.

Sounds like our kind of watering hole!

Australian Dates Confirmed for The Milk Carton Kids

Milk Carton Kids
Image Courtesy of The Milk Carton Kids

After being announced as the headliners of the inaugural Bello Winter Music Festival, Australian tour dates for The Milk Carton Kids were inevitable. The duo will be releasing their highly anticipated new album Monterey on the 19th May and now it looks like Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane will be treated to their sweet tunes and nutty banter in June and July.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Sunday 28th June – City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 30th June – The Athenaeum, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 3rd July – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th July – Bello Winer Music Weekender, Bellingen, NSW

I saw The Milk Carton Kids in Sydney when they toured Australia last time and they are not to be missed.

Watch the New Oliver’s Army Video “Liquor Store”

Olivers Army
Image Courtesy of Oliver’s Army

South Australian five-piece Oliver’s Army have just released their new video “Liquor Store” and both the track and the clip are stunning. The clip is directed by Sean Kirkpatrick with the track taken from Oliver’s Army 2014 album Nothing Ever Really Stays The Same – check it out below:

Watch the Passenger Whispers II Short Film

Passenger
Image Courtesy of Passenger

The new Passenger album Whispers II got its worldwide release yesterday and to celebrate the English singer-songwriter released an epic 25 minute short film.

“The video below is in my opinion some of my friend Bryan Dos Reis’s best work (and that is saying something!),” Passenger explained in his Youtube notes. “It’s a short film which includes the four videos that we have already released plus the fifth and final one and links them all together with more footage from my european tour and some music from some of my fellow busking buddies that we met along the way. I’m so lucky to have worked with Bryan on this and I really hope you enjoy it.”

All proceeds from the album are going to UNICEF. Check out the Whispers II short film below:

Watch the New Sam Amidon Video “Blue Mountains”

Sam Amidon
Image Courtesy of Sam Amidon

American folk-singer Sam Amidon has just released his stunning new video “Blue Mountains”. The track is taken from Amidon’s amazing new album Lily-O and is a fine example of the innovative traditional music that he’s creating right now.

Check out the video for “Blue Mountains” below:

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