The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney Announce Trad Project Offa Rex and New Album

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Portland-based indie-folk darlings The Decemberists and English singer-songwriter Olivia Chaney have announced their new collaborative project Offa Rex and their upcoming album The Queen of Hearts.

The project will see The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney reimagine a number of traditional British songs in their own unique style.

“There’s this weird relationship between British and American music, this interesting trade and theft that goes back and forth,” Colin Meloy from The Decemberists explained. “My hope was that if we — the neophytes, the dilettantes, the pretenders — brought Olivia to Portland to work with Tucker, perhaps these traditional British songs would be infused with something different.”

The Queen of Hearts is due for release on the 7th July. The full track listing and the video for the sixties-English-folk-revival-esque title track “The Queen of Hearts” is below:

1. The Queen of Hearts
2. Blackleg Miner
3. The Gardener
4. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
5. Flash Company
6. Old Churchyard
7. Constant Billy (Oddington) / I’ll Go Enlist (Sherborne)
8. Willie o’ Winsbury
9. Bonny May
10. Sheepcrook and Black Dog
11. To Make You Stay

The Ahern Brothers Announce Self Titled Album and National Tour

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The Ahern Brothers is the new project from Timber and Steel favourite singer-songwriters Josh Rennie-Hynes and Steve Grady. Formed after an impromptu trip to the US last year the new duo have announced plans to launch their self-titled album on the 23rd June.

“Steve and I hadn’t written anything together before, but as soon as we got to San Francisco we pulled out our guitars, and the songs just came pouring out,” Rennie-Hynes said. “We’d wake up, make a Coffee and work on writing a song for that day. At the end of three weeks, we had a bunch of material that we were so proud of.”

The first single from the album is the beautiful “Comb That River” which has a real Everly Brothers vibe. Check out the video below:

The Ahern Brothers are also heading out on a national tour, kicking off at the end of June. The full list of dates are as follows:

Thursday 29th June – Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 30th June – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 1st July – Royal Mail Hotel, Ipswich, QLD
Friday 7th July – Woodford Open Space, Woodford, QLD
Friday 14th July – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Thursday 20th July – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd July – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 28th July – Green Door Wines, Ferguson Valley, WA
Saturday 29th July – The Church, Donnybrook, WA
Sunday 30th July – The Pottery-Restaurant, Bridgetown, WA
Thursday 3rd August – Secret Show, Mandurah, WA
Friday 4th August – Wild Vinegar, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 5th August – Secret Show, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 6th August – Secret Show, Perth, WA

Watch the New Gillian Welch Video “Dark Turn of Mind”

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Last week Americana music legend Gillian Welch announced plans to re-release her amazing 2011 album The Harrow & The Harvest on vinyl for the first time on the 28th July.

“We have been working and waiting 20 years to bring you our music on phonograph record. It took a while, because we wanted to do it the right way, the absolute best way humanly possible, and I believe that’s what we’ve done,” Welch explained. “No sonic stone was left unturned, no nuance let fall by the wayside. There is honestly nothing else I can imagine hoping to hear out of the original tapes. It is all there in the groove. As people whose lives were changed by the sound of music coming off turntables, we humbly invite you to include us in your record collection.”

To celebrate the release Gillian Welch has released the official video for the track “Dark Turn Of Mind” – check it out below:

Lloyd Spiegel Announces New Album and East Coast Tour

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If you read our review of this year’s Bluesfest you’ll know that Lloyd Spiegel was one our favourite artists of festival. So we’re super excited to hear that Spiegel has just announced a new album and an east coast tour.

The album is titled This Time Tomorrow and is due for release on the 3rd July. Lloyd Spiegel wrote the album while travelling through Europe, Central and North America, all of which had a influence on his blues and roots sound.

“I’ve never written at home,” Spiegel explained. “I find it hard to be creative in my lounge room looking at bills and checking footy scores – and find that the inspiration to write comes from those few quiet hours in a hotel room on tour, the airport transit lounge or the long bus ride. This is where I can reflect and put those experiences into lyric. I’ve travelled most of my life so really, they’re like letters home.”

To celebrate the release of This Time Tomorrow Lloyd Spiegel is heading out on an east coast tour this June and July. Check out the full list of dates, plus the new track “Devil On My Shoulder”, below:

Friday 16th June – The Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17th June – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 18th June – The Sydney Blues and Roots Festival, Windsor, NSW
Friday 23rd June – The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC
Friday 30th June – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC
Friday 7th July – Hickinbotham Winery, Dromana, VIC
Friday 14th July – Suttons House of Music, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 20th July – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st July – The Mullumbimby ex-Services Club, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 22nd July – The Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD
Saturday 5th August – The Melbourne Guitar Show, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 11th August – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th August – The Old Church On The Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Justin Bernasconi Announces New Album Barefoot Wonderland

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Melbourne based singer-songwriter and celebrated finger-picking guitarist Justin Bernasconi has announced plans to release his second album Barefoot Wonderland on the 19th May.

The album was recorded at Jeff Lang’s Enclave Record Facility, mixed by Shane O’Mara at #Yikesville and mastered by Adam Dempsey at Deluxe Mastering. As well as Bernasconi himself Barefoot Wonderland also features some of the country’s top musicians including Ben Franz, Pete Fidler and Cat Canteri.

For a taster of Barefoot Wonderland check out the wonderful track “Careless Shells” below:

Justin Bernasconi will of course be heading out on tour to support the release of Barefoot Wonderland. The full list of dates are as follows:

Friday 19th May – Basement Discs In-Store, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 19th May – Saint Monday, Yackandandah, VIC
Saturday 20th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 21st May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th May – The Shared, Yandina, QLD
Sunday 28th May – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 2nd June – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 3rd June – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 8th June – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 9th June – The Skylark Lounge, Upwey, VIC
Saturday 10th June – Baby Black Espresso Bar, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Saturday 26th August – Wauchope Community Arts Councilty Arts Council, Wauchope, NSW
Sunday 27th August – McCrossin’s Mill Museum, Uralla, NSW
Friday 8th September – Selby Folk Club, Selby, VIC

Pierce Brothers Announce New EP The Records Were Ours

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Fan favourite folk-pop duo Pierce Brothers have announced plans to release their new EP The Records Were Ours on the 19th May. The EP is the first in a planned trilogy of releases featuring material recorded in the studio and live over the last couple of years.

To celebrate the release of The Records Were Ours the Pierce Brothers will be heading out on a national tour through May before flying over to Europe for the Summer festival season. Check out the full list of dates here:

Thursday 18th May – Metro Lair, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th May – Lorne Hotel, Lorne, VIC
Thursday 25th May – The Academy, Canberra, ACT
Friday 26th May – The Croxton, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th May – Big Pineapple Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Justin Townes Earle Announces New Album Kids In The Street

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Fan favourite American folk singer Justin Townes Earle has announced his return with the new album Kids In The Street. The album, due for release on the 26th May, is the first since Earle’s companion albums Single Mothers (2014) and Absent Fathers (2015) and sees Justin Townes Earle now embracing sobriety, marriage and impending fatherhood.

“Life has changed a lot for me in the last few years,” Earle said. “I got married and am getting ready to become a father, and this is the first record that I’ve written since I’ve been married. There’s definitely an uplifting aspect to this record in a lot of ways, because I’m feeling pretty positive. When I wrote songs in the past, I was looking in on what I was feeling, but this record’s more about looking outward on what’s happening, and writing about subjects like gentrification and inner-city strife. This record also has more of a soul influence to it, and it’s got a deeper connection to the blues than anything I’ve done before.”

The first taste of Kids In The Street is the opener “Champagne Corolla” – check out the track listing for the album and the lyric video for “Champagne Corolla” below:

1. Champagne Corolla
2. Maybe A Moment
3. What’s She Crying For
4. 15-25
5. Kids In The Street
6. Faded Valentine
7. What’s Goin’ Wrong
8. Short Hair Woman
9. Same Old Stagolee
10. If I Was The Devil
11. Trouble Is
12. There Go A Fool

Husky Announce Details of New Album Punchbuzz

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Melbourne based alt-folk duo Husky have just announced plans to release their highly anticipated new album Punchbuzz on the 2nd June this year.

Following the success of their single “Late Night Store” and a sold out east coast tour, Husky have said to expect a more indie-rock feel from their third album.

The duo offered up their new single “Ghost” as a taste of what to expect from Punchbuzz:

Check out the full track listing for Punchbuzz here:

1. Ghost
2. Shark Fin
3. Punchbuzz
4. Late Night Store
5. Cut The Air
6. Splinters In The Fire
7. Walking In Your Sleep
8. Cracks In The Pavement
9. Flower Drum
10. Spaces Between Heartbeats

Charlie Fink (Noah and The Whale) Announces Solo Album

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When we first started Timber and Steel way back when Noah and The Whale were one of a handful of nu-folk bands we wanted the world to know about. In the years since Noah and The Whale drifted away from their folk roots and eventually disbanded back in 2013.

Now Noah and The Whale lead-singer Charlie Fink has returned with the announcement of his debut solo album Cover My Tracks.

“What does 10 years of being in a touring band give you permission to do afterwards?” Charlie Fink said of Noah and The Whale’s breakup. “If you decide you want a break from music, it’s not a great CV item. But the really scary thing was that at that moment I didn’t feel passionate about wanting to write.”

As well as being an album Cover My Tracks is also a play by the award-winning playwright David Greig, which will debut in London this June. The album is being likened to Noah and The Whale’s second (and in my opinion most outstanding) record The First Days of Spring in its delicate, yet expansive narrative.

“I think the sound of this record is the natural place I go to when I pick up a guitar,” Fink says. “The idea of simple, storytelling songs appealed to me. I feel like we could have followed up The First Days of Spring quite naturally with this record.”

Cover My Tracks is set to be released on the 2nd June and will feature string arrangements by Trey Pollard (Natalie Prass, Matthew White), backing vocals from The Staves, and the acclaimed classical guitarist Laura Snowden.

Check out the full track listing and the first single “Firecracker” below:

1. Firecracker
2. Anywhere You’re Going Is On My Way
3. I Was Born To Be A Cowboy
4. The End Of The Legendary Hearts
5. Give Me The Road
6. Orpheus Is Playing The Troubadour
7. The Howl
8. I’m Through
9. Someone Above Me Tonight
10. Here Is Where We’ll Meet
11. Firecracker Pt II
12.

Emily Barker Releases New Video and Announces Australian Tour Dates

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The wonderful Emily Barker has just released her cute new video “Sunrise”. Barker is an Australian ex-pat based in the UK who creates country-leaning folk music and “Sunrise” is her latest output:

“I wrote this song when I was on a road trip through Sweden,” Emily Barker explained on her Youtube channel. “I was sleeping in my car and doing what I call a “slow-tour”, when you have equal part holiday and shows. It was the peak of summer and the light was gorgeous; long lasting and gentle. There is so much water in Sweden; so many lakes and beautiful beaches; you feel like you’re on the edge of the world when you’re that far north. “Sunrise” is a song about escaping and it seemed very fitting to record it in Memphis, with the road trip being such a feature in American literature, music and popular culture.”

“Sunrise” is the new single from Emily Barker’s upcoming album Sweet Kind of Blue which is due on the 19th May. Check it out below:

In extra exciting news Emily Barker is flying back into Australia this week and has organised a bunch of shows in her home state of WA plus gigs in Sydney and Melbourne. The full list of dates are below:

Tuesday 4th April – The Cidery and Blackwood Valley Brewing Company, Bridgetown, WA
Wednesday 5th April – Little Village Music, Dunsborough, WA
Thursday 6th April – Babushka Leederville, Perth, WA
Tuesday 11th April – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 12th April – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

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