Watch the New Ollie Brown Video “Backroads”

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It’s been a while since we posted about Sydney based singer-songwriter Ollie Brown. Over the last few years Brown has been quietly playing live shows and writing new material for his upcoming EP Backroads, and now we’re getting the first taste of these new songs.

Backroads has been announced for release on the 8th October.

“I needed to capture what was going on in my head so I left Sydney with a car full of instruments and recording gear and drove to a friend’s cabin on the Mid-North Coast,” Ollie Brown said of the new EP. “I spent a week there by the river, exploring and finding different ways to record what I was spitting out. I got very lost in the songs and the whole recording process and I think it brought out a certain kind of honesty that you can hear in the music.”

The first single from the EP is also the title track, “Backroads”, an expansive song that slowly builds to a driving crescendo.

“For me, Backroads is about the fear of losing yourself,” Brown explained. “I’ve never felt more involved and attached to my own work. This EP is one hundred percent me. It’s the first time that I’ve engineered, produced and played everything with a little help from some special friends. Backroads is free-spoken and partly stream of consciousness. It is the most open and honest I have ever been and my songs will always be that way.”

Watch the video for “Backroads” below:

Monique Clare Announces Debut Solo EP By The Stars

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Earlier this year Brisbane based cellist and songwriter Monique Clare was named by the Folk Alliance Australia as the 2017 Young Artist of the Year. Since then she’s also managed to successfully crowd-fund her debut EP which will be released this Friday 18th August.

Titled By The Stars the EP was partially recorded in the USA by Patrick Laird (Break of Reality) and completed back in Brisbane with Luke Woollett at Hunting Ground Studios. The first taster from By The Stars is the beautiful “Two Birds” which you can watch the video of below:

To celebrate the release of By The Stars Monique Clare will be launching the EP at the Brisbane Powerhouse this Saturday 19th August as part of the Restrung Festival. She’ll also be appearing at the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival and is promising some more festival announcements to come – check out the full list of announced dates below:

Saturday 19th August – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 20th August – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th September – Fireside Sessions, Warrandyte, VIC
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October, Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

Ian Felice (Felice Brothers) Announces Debut Solo Album In The Kingdom Of Dreams

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If you’re a constant reader of Timber and Steel you’ll know we’re big fans of American indie-folk band The Felice Brothers. So we’re super excited that Ian Felice from the band is planning on releasing his debut solo album.

Titled In The Kingdom Of Dreams the album is due for release on 25th August. And Felice Brothers fans will be happy to hear that not only is the album produced by Ian Felice’s brother Simone Felice, the band on the album will also feature James Felice on keys, Simone Felice on drums and Josh Rawson on bass.

In The Kingdom of Dreams is a collection of songs Felice wrote in 2016 and recorded over the course of 4 days earlier this year.

“When I began writing the songs that would become In The Kingdom Of My Dreams many were based on memories of my past but not necessarily all literal or in a logical sequence,” Ian Felice explained. “I became interested in the pull between reality and unreality and also in how time affects memory. By the end of 2016 I was run down from touring America, riding out the storm of political mania and juggling a few personal dilemmas (including the revelation that I would soon be a father). In The Kingdom Of Dreams became a place where I could escape from the numbing flood of data that permeates modern life and try to unravel pieces of my past, rearrange memories with dreams or lines from my imagination and construct something that functioned outside the limits of reality. Many of the songs deal with childhood memories of Palenville and its people, like the song “In Memoriam” which is partly about the death of my stepfather when I was 8, “Water Street” that confronts my fears of becoming a father, or “21st Century” that deals with mental illness and politics on a more universal level. It only seemed right that I should make the album there, along the green banks of the Katterskill Creek and with my brother Simone as producer. The result is a pretty reflective record that hopefully blows some cobwebs from the window of my psyche. Many of the things that I was writing at the time didn’t work as songs and so I published a companion book of poetry, Hotel Swampland.”

Check out the full track listing for In the Kingdom of Dreams below:

1. In the Kingdom of Dreams
2. Will I Ever Reach Laredo
3. 21st Century
4. In Memoriam
5. Signs of Spring
6. Mt. Despair
7. Road to America
8. Water Street
9. Ten to One
10. In the Final Reckoning

Kim Churchill Announces New Album Weight_Falls

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Long time Timber and Steel favourite Kim Churchill has just announced plans to release his new album Weight_Falls on the 25th August.

Churchill spent 18 months working on a followup to 2014’s amazing Silence/Win but at the last minute decided to scrap it and start again. The result is the highly anticipated Weight_Falls.

The first single from Weight_Falls is “Second Hand Car” which has a brand new video you can watch here:

To celebrate the release of Weight_Falls Kim Churchill will be heading out on tour this September and October – the full list of dates is below:

Thursday 14th September – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 15th September – Unibar, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 16th September – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 21st September – The Jack, Cairns, QLD
Friday 22nd September – The Office, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 23rd September – Timberfest, MacKay, QLD
Friday 29th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 30th September – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Sunday 1st October – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Thursday 5th October – Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA
Friday 6th October – Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 7th October – Royal Oak, Launceston, TAS
Friday 13th October – Fremantle Arts Centre Front Lawn, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 14th October – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 15th October – Red Room @ Clancys Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Friday 20th October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th October – Solbar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Friday 27th October – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 28th October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

The Maggie Darlings to Release New Album Wishing Well

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Melbourne’s The Maggie Darlings is the folk-noir super-group made up of Mandy Connell (Stray Hens), Layla Fibbins (The Sideshow Brides) and Alysia Manceau.

Their new album Wishing Well, hits stores this Friday 11th August and from the taste we’ve had so far it’s going to be something special. Recorded and mixed Thirty Mill Studio over 12 months the album is full of rich harmonies, beautiful songwriting and just a little bit of darkness.

Wishing Well can be pre-ordered over on Bandcamp – take a listen to streams of the first two songs “About Your Business” and “Modern Love” below:

Jon Boden Announces New Solo Album Afterglow

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Ex-Bellowhead frontman and all round folk music legend Jon Boden has announced plans to release his first post-Bellowhead solo album Afterglow on the 6th October.

Afterglow is a companion release to Boden’s 2009 concept album Songs From The Floodplain. But while Songs From The Floodplain largely dealt with the rural setting, Afterglow looks to juxtapose this by being set in post-apocalyptic street carnival

“Like my previous album Songs From The Floodplain, Afterglow imagines a near-future world where the luxuries and comfort of 21st century life have become scarce, and a harder, simpler existence now prevails,” Jon Boden explained. “Afterglow is the story of a couple who are trying to find each other in the middle of a bonfire-night street carnival in a crumbling, derelict city. I had a wonderful time recording it in Sheffield with the help of my band the Remnant Kings and Andy Bell in the producer’s chair.”

The first taste of Afterglow is the single “Moths In The Gas Light” – take a listen below:

The full track listing for Afterglow is as follows:

1. Moths In The Gas Light
2. Afterglow
3. Bee Sting
4. Wrong Side of Town
5. Fires of Midnight
6. All The Stars Are Coming Out Tonight
7. Dancing In The Ruin
8. Burning Streets
9. Yellow Lights
10. Aubade

Willie Watson Announces Details of Folksinger Vol. 2

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Since Willie Watson kicked off his solo career he’s been lauded as one of the most exciting American trad folk and country artists in the world. Watson’s 2014 solo album Folksinger Vol. 1 is considered by many to be a masterpiece and the good news is there’s a Volume Two on the way featuring a bunch of folk favourites.

Produced by David Rawlings and featuring collaborations with The Fairfield Four, Gillian Welch, Morgan Jahnig (Old Crow Medicine Show) and Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers), Folksinger Vol. 2 is due for release on the 15th September.

“I’m not trying to prove any point here and I’m not trying to be a purist” Willie Watson explained. “There’s so much beauty in this old music, and it affects me on a deep level. It moves me and inspires me. I heard Leadbelly singing with the Golden Gate Quartet and it sounded fantastic, and I thought, “I want to do that.” I heard the Grateful Dead doing their version of “On the Road Again”, and it sounded like a dance party in 1926, and I wanted to do that, too. That’s the whole reason I ever played music in the first place—because it looked and sounded like it was going to be a lot of fun.”

Check out the full track listing for Folksinger Vol. 2 below:

1. Samson And Delilah (feat. The Fairfield Four)
2. Gallows Pole
3. When My Baby Left Me
4. Dry Bones
5. Walking Boss
6. On The Road Again (feat. The Fairfield Four)
7. The Cuckoo Bird
8. Always Lift Him Up And Never Knock Him Down
9. John Henry
10. Leavin’ Blues
11. Take This Hammer (feat. The Fairfield Four)

Paul Brady Announces New Album Unfinished Business

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Legendary Irish folk singer Paul Brady has announced plans to release his new album Unfinished Business on the 8th September.

Unfinished Business is Brady’s 15th solo album and his first since 2010’s Hooba Dooba. The album will feature nine new songs from Paul Brady along with two traditionals, “Lord Thomas And Fair Ellender” and “The Cocks Are Crowing”.

Check out the track listing for Unfinished Business below:

1. Unfinished Business
2. I Love You But You Love Him
3. Something To Change
4. Say You Don’t Mean
5. Oceans Of Time
6. Harvest Time
7. The Cocks Are Crowing
8. I Like How You Think
9. Maybe Tomorrow
10. Once In A Life Time
11. Lord Thomas And Fair Ellender

Fanny Lumsden Announces Second Album

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Alt-country singer-songwriter and Timber and Steel favourite Fanny Lumsden this week announced plans to release her highly anticipated second album on Friday 22nd September.

Titled Real Class Act, the album is the result of a successful crowd source campaign and was produced by the legendary Matt Fell.

The first single from Real Class Act is “Roll On” which you can get your hands on when you pre-order the album – Fanny Lumsden has posted a snippet to her Facebook which you can check out here:

Keep an eye out for more Fanny Lumsden news soon including the announcement of her 6th Annual Country Halls Tour.

Angus and Julia Stone Announce Details of New Album

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Having already released their new single “Snow” and announcing a September tour it’s no surprise that this week Angus & Julia Stone also revealed details of a brand new album.

Also titled Snow, the new album is due to be released on the 15th September. The album follows their 2014 self titled release which was produced by Rick Rubin.

“That was the first time that we actually started writing together, in the same room, and I guess we took a leaf from that chapter into this record,” Angus Stone explained. “This time round though, every song on the record we wrote together”

Snow is self produced by the pair and was recorded in Angus Stone’s Byron Bay hinterland cottage studio.

“It was quite magical because Angus and I have never spent that much time together, just the two of us,” says Julia Stone. “There’s always at least an engineer or tour manager but the last phase of writing and recording was just eight weeks of him and me and the quiet of the land. It was a beautiful time.”

The full track listing and album teaser for Snow are below:

1. Snow
2. Oakwood
3. Chateau
4. Cellar Door
5. Sleep Alone
6. Make It Out Alive
7. Who Do You Think You Are
8. Nothing Else
9. My House Your House
10. Bloodhound
11. Baudelaire
12. Sylvester Stallone

Angus & Julia Stone will be touring this September – the full dates are here:

Thursday 21st September – Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 23rd September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 26th September – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Friday 29th September – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA

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