The Fleurieu Folk Festival Announces Winter Warmup Mini-Festival

Eric Bogle
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While we wait patiently for the return of the Fleurieu Folk Festival in October South, Australian folk fans can rejoice with the announcement of the Fleurieu Folk Festival Winter Warm Up on the 28th May.

The mini-festival will take place at the Port Noarlunga Bowling Club in Port Noarlunga, south of Adelaide and promises a day of folky goodness from some of South Australia’s top artists.

Headlining the Winter Warmup will be folk music legend Eric Bogle who has called South Australia home for much of his life in Australia. Joining Bogle will be a lineup of amazing South Australian artists including Soursob Bob, Astráil, Courtney Robb, Gillian Murray, The Cajun Band, Hut and many more.

The Winter Warmup is the Fleurieu Folk Festival’s major annual fundraising event so get along to support some amazing local music. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

The Paddock Sessions In The Hunter Valley

Paddock Sessions
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On the 20th May the Hunter Valley will come to life with sweet sweet music at the first ever Paddock Sessions hit the Taer Angwidd farm in the beautiful Wollombi Valley.

The day will feature music from a who’s who of Timber and Steel favourites including Imogen Clark, Abby Dobson, Joe Mungovan, Martha Marlow, This Way North, Vanishing Shapes, John Flanagan Trio, Finnian Johnson and many more.

Music kicks off at 1pm and there is camping available on site. For more information check out the official Facebook page here.

The Top Half Folk Festival Reveals 2017 Lineup

Ten Cent Shooters
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After announcing WA country-blues trio The Ten Cent Shooters as their 2017 feature artist a few weeks ago The Top Half Folk Festival have revealed their lineup ahead of the June event.

The local Alice Springs lineup includes Karen & Jacko, Rusty & the Infidels, Neil & Mel Phillips, Dave Oakes, Mary Flynn, Ted Egan, Bloodwood and Edan Baxter as well as fellow Territorians Sally Balfour, Tony Suttor, Paul Stewart, Chris Pemberton and South Of Berrimah Line.

The interstate lineup includes Shamrock, Timber & Steel, Barney Foran, Bob Sharp, Phil Beck, Phil & Josh Gray, Ashlea Reale, Peter Bugden, Bob Barford, Ted & Carolynne Burns, Kirsty Robinson and Richard Gorter.

The Top Half Folk Festival takes place at the Glen Helen Homestead, west of Alice Springs, from the 9th to the 12th June. For more information check out the official Facebook page here.

The Top Half Folk Festival Announces 2017 Feature Artist

Ten Cent Shooters
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Over the Queens Birthday long weekend in June the Top Half Folk Festival will be making its way to the Glen Helen Homestead on the banks of the Finke River, about an hour west of Alice Springs. The boutique, family festival will be celebrating its 47th year with a weekend packed full of amazing music from the NT and around Australia.

This year’s feature artist at the Top Half Folk Festival is WA country-blues trio Ten Cent Shooters. Comprising Peter Woodward (guitar, vocals), Scott Wise (vocals, mandolin, guitars and harmonica), and Sean Diggins (double bass), the Ten Cent Shooters are celebrating 25 years together in 2017.

The Top Half Folk Festival takes place from the 9th to the 12th June. For more information check out the official Facebook page here.

Folk ‘Til Ya Punk Records Announce BRISFOPO Folk Punk Festival

BRISFOPO
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Following the huge success of the inaugural folk-punk festival HOBOFOPO (Hobart’s Original Folk Punk Orgy) Folk ‘Til Ya Punk Records are heading north and doing it all again in Brisbane this May.

BRISFOPO will celebrate Brisbanes burgeoning folk-punk scene from the 25th to 28th May. The festival will take place in venues across Brisbane with a focus across the wide rand of folk-punk sub genres (sub sub genres?) – from Celtic punk to Australiana bluegrass to acoustic protest songs and more.

A number of bands have already been announced for BRISFOPO including The Dead Maggies, Fox n Firkin, The Button Collective, The Rogue Scholars, Andy Paine, The Dangerous Folk, Quinton Trembath and Jim Mongrel with many more to be announced.

To find out more information check out the official BRISFOPO site here.

Laura Marling, Lisa Hannigan, Beth Orton, Bill Callahan and More Added to VIVID Sydney

Laura Marling
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The full music lineup for this year’s VIVID event in Sydney was just announced and it’s one of the most Timber and Steel friendly line ups to date.

Joining the previously announced Fleet Foxes this year will be a raft of international acts including indie-folk goddess Laura Marling, Irish favourite Lisa Hannigan, celebrated singer-songwriter Bill Callahan, folktronica pioneer Beth Orton and many more.

The local lineup is equally as impressive including Taasha Coates, Crooked Fiddle Band, Mick Thomas, Brian Campeau, Nic Cassey, Swamp Fat Jangles, Sarah Belkner and more.

VIVID takes place around Sydney, with the VIVID LIVE events at the Sydney Opera House, from the 26th May to the 10th June. Below is a list of the the folk-leaning shows – check out the official site for a full list of artists and dates.

107 Presents For Folk Sake feat. Brian Campeau, Nic Cassey & Friends, Swamp Fat Jangles, Sarah Belkner
Saturday 10th June – 107 Projects, Sydney, NSW

Beth Orton
Tuesday 13th June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Bill Callahan: Smog to Dream River
Friday 2nd June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 26th May – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th May – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 9th June – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Fleet Foxes
Friday 26th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 29th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Laura Marling
Monday 12th June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Lisa Hannigan
Tuesday 30th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Mick Thomas
Friday 2nd June – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Taasha Coates
Friday 16th June – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Fleet Foxes Announced As First Artist for VIVID Live 2017

Fleet Foxes
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Last week Sydney’s VIVID LIVE Festival dropped its first artist for 2017 and it’s time to get excited. After an almost 5 year hiatus indie folk band Fleet Foxes return to Australia for a series of shows at the Sydney Opera House from the 26th to 29th May.

Fleet Foxes will be playing material from their third album which is expected later this year.

“We are unbelievably excited to perform songs from our new album, and to revisit songs from across our catalogue, at the Sydney Opera House in May,” Fleet Foxes vocalist, Robin Pecknold said. “In this time, when all action towards unity is vital, our means of engendering union is through music, collective communal performance, on any stage that will have us, and there is no better stage in the world than the Opera House. We really hope to see you there.”

A ticket ballot for Fleet Foxes at VIVID LIVE went live over the weekend but has since ended. If any mor Australian dates are announced for Fleet Foxes we’ll let you know!

The Summer Hill Folk Festival Returns for 2017

Summer Hill
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One of my most unexpected favourite gigs last year was the inaugural Summer Hill Folk Festival in Sydney. Set in the Summer Hill Church, the event featured a wide breadth of folk acts in an acoustically perfect setting – it was such a magic day.

The Summer Hill Folk Festival has announced its return in 2017 with a lineup of 13 different acts over the course of a single Saturday. Headlining this year will be local legends Brian Campeau, Timothy James Bowen and Bonniesongs who will be joined by a who’s who of Timber and Steel favourites including Whoa Mule!, Queen Porter Stomp, Fresh Off The Boat, Richard Ashby Duo, Giffen, The Squeezebox Trio, Chaika and Burrows.

The day will also feature Irish Dancing, a couple of workshops and a tribute to Simon & Garfunkel from the Summer Hill Community Choir.

Artisan markets, food and drink stalls and kids activities will be happening in and around the Summer Hill Church from 11am and best of all the whole thing is free. The event is also alcohol and smoke free.

The Summer Hill Folk Festival takes place on Saturday 4th March from 11am. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

The full program for the day is below:

11:30am – Whoa Mule! (Old-timey/Appalachian)
12:00pm – Queen Porter Stomp (Gypsy Jazz)
12:30pm – Bonniesongs (New folk/songwriter)
1:00pm – Fresh Off The Boat (Traditional Irish)
1:30pm – Timothy James Bowen (Singer Songwriter)
2:00pm – Richard Ashby Duo (Gypsy Guitars)
2:30pm – Giffen (Indi Country Folk)
2:30pm – Irish Dance Workshop
3:30pm – Summer Hill Community Choir sing Simon and Garfunkel
4:15pm – Vocal workshop with Giffen Choral
5:00pm – The Squeezebox Trio (Gypsy)
6:00pm – Brian Campeau (Solo Folk/Singer Songwriter)
6:30pm – Irish Ceili Dance
7:00pm – Chaika (World)
8:00pm – Burrows (New Folk)

More International Artists Added to the National Folk Festival

Aoife Scott
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The lineup announcements for The National Folk Festival just keep coming with the addition of four more international acts to the event.

The lineup additions this time around include Dublin folk singer/songwriter Aoife Scott (above),
old timey inspired UK band Flats and Sharps, Finnish roots act Accrowbatics Quartet and old time Appalachian-style duo The New Macedon Rangers.

The National Folk Festival is held from the 13th to the 17th April in 2017 – for more information and tickets check out the official site here.


The National Folk Festival Announces Over 40 More Acts for 2017

Jessie Lloyd
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As the first hot cross buns hit our supermarkets you know that Easter is not that far away – and that means neither is The National Folk Festival.

And now it’s time to get even more excited because The National has just added 30 more artists to its lineup.

First up we have the First Peoples’ program celebrating Aboriginal artists. This lineup includes Genise and Nicholas Williams, The Mission Songs Project (curated by Jessie Lloyd, above), Tilly Thomas, David Spry, Dr Jared Thomas, Kutcha Edwards, Dubmarine, Wiradjuri Echoes and The Djaadjawan Dancers.

As well as the First Peoples’ program The National has added a bunch more artists from around the country including Mic Conway’s National Junk Band, The Mae Trio, Heath Cullen, The String Contingent, The Barleyshakes, Kate Burke, Luke Plumb & Ruth Hazleton, The Morrisons and many more.

The National Folk Festival is held from the 13th to the 17th April in 2017 – for more information and tickets check out the official site here.

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