Not the Usual Americana Gig In Sydney

Echo Deer
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This Thursday 16th March Sydney will be treated to a very special night of music with Not the Usual Americana Gig at the Petersham Bowling Club.

The show will feature local favourites Echo Deer, Luke Collings & Greasy Lake and The Mysterious Universe Band – three bands who offer a slightly more individual take on the Americana and country genres. The night promises to deliver “something a bit different, a bit cosmic, a bit funny, a bit more than sad songs about trucks.”

The night kicks off at 7:30pm. For more information check out the official Facebook page here.

New Americana Venue The Longhorn Saloon Opens in Melbourne

Longhorn Saloon
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While there’s no lack amazing live music venues in Melbourne we’re super excited to hear that a new venue is opening and looking to become the home of Americana in Melbourne.

The band room at The Longhorn Saloon in Carlton is opening this weekend with a series of free gigs including a super-secret international headliner for their launch night on Monday.

They opened last night with a bunch of local DJs (and every Thursday in March will feature DJ Richie 1250 spinning tunes) and the weekend is looking pretty special:

Friday 10th March – Davey Lane
Saturday 11th March – Bonnie Love
Monday 13th March – Secret International Headliner + official opening party

We don’t officially know who the Secret International Headliner is but we reckon it’s not hard to work it out from the blurb they’ve been sending out: “a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and banjo player from upstate New York”. Pretty exciting.

For more information on The Longhorn Saloon check out the official site here.

Alanna and Alicia’s Sing Out Sister Returns This Thursday

Alanna and Alicia
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To celebrate International Women’s Day this week jazz-folk twin sisters Alanna and Alicia will be bringing their annual Sing Out Sister concert at the Lomond Hotel in Melbourne this Thursday 9th March.

The night will celebrate women in music with Alana and Alicia being joined by JoJo Smith and Liz Frencham as well as an all-girl band featuring Jen Hawley (guitar) and Sarah Busuttil (violin). Each artist will perform a set before joining each other on stage as a big band.

The night kicks off at 8pm this Thursday. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Listen to the Debut Luke Collings Single “If You Bring The Whiskey (I’ll Bring The Blues)”

Luke Collings
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Sydney based alt-country singer-songwriter Luke Collings has just released his debut single “If You Bring The Whiskey (I’ll Bring The Blues)”.

The track was produced by Nick Payne (Dear Orphans) and features guest vocals from Brielle Davis (Not Good With Horses) as well as Collings’ band Greasy Lake.

Take a listen to “If You Bring The Whiskey (I’ll Bring The Blues)” here:

To celebrate the release Luke Collings & Greasy Lake will be launching the single at Gasoline Pony in Sydney on the Wednesday 15th February supported by Lyn Taylor (Dear Orphans) and Peter Conaty. For more details check out the official Facebook event here.

1x1x1 Returns to Fringe World This Weekend

Joel Barker
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Following a successful outing last year concept night 1x1x1 returns to Fringe World in Perth this Saturday 4th February.

The show will see five of Perth’s finest singer-songwriters – Timothy Nelson, Helen Shanahan, Joel Barker (above), Jacob Diamond and Billie Rogers – play one song each at a time across two rotating stages. Each artist essentially headlines for a single song before the next artist takes over.

1x1x1 takes place at Fremantle Town Hall kicking off at 2:30pm. For more information and to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The Cake and Cordial Sessions Return to The Tamworth Country Music Festival

Cake and Cordial
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The Tamworth Country Music Festival’s favourite alt-country singer-songwriter mini-festival The Cake and Cordial Sessions returns in 2017 with an amazing lineup of artists.

The Cake and Cordial Sessions will take place on Friday 27th January at St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall in West Tamworth. The lineup includes Ben Salter, Paddy McHugh, Harry Hookey, Megan Cooper, Matt Henry, Melody Moko, Andy Golledge and Sam Newton.

The Cake and Cordial Sessions is alcohol free, gambling free, air conditioned and family-friendly. The night kicks off at 4pm and tickets are just $15.

For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Conor Oberst Announces Intimate Sydney Show

Conor Oberst
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Enigmatic singer-songwriter Conor Oberst has announced a single, intimate performance at The Opera House in Sydney next February.

Oberst, who released his seventh solo record Ruminations this year, will be playing material from throughout his career.

The details are below:

Monday 27th February – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Bernard Fanning and Kasey Chambers Sooner Or Later Tour

Bernard Fanning
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At the start of next year two of Australia’s most renowned singer-songwriters, Bernard Fanning and Kasey Chambers, have announced a co-headlined Sooner Or Later tour.

Fanning and Chambers have collaborated a number of times in the past, sharing stages and appearing on each other’s recordings over the years.

“Bernard and I have collaborated musically on and off over the past ten years and after being asked the question about a double tour for a long time I’m so happy to say it’s finally here,” Kasey Chambers said. “This is not just two artists being thrown together to tour but two friends who have a musical history to share-together and separately-through a night of different styles meeting in the middle. He’s my mate but I’m also his biggest fan, so touring with him in regional Australia is a career highlight for me.”

Check out the full list of dates plus a live version of Bernard Fanning’s track “Sooner Or Later” featuring Kasey Chambers below:

Thursday 26th January – West Tamworth Leagues Club, West Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 14th February – Orange Ex Services Club, Orange, NSW
Wednesday 15th February – Albury Entertainment Centre, Albury, NSW
Friday 17th February – Eastbank Centre, Shepparton, VIC
Saturday 18th February – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 19th February – Lakeside Wendouree, Ballarat, VIC
Tuesday 21st February – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 22nd February – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 24th February – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 25th February 25th – Saraton Theatre, Grafton, NSW

Gallie Announces Sydney Show

Gallie
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Irish born, Melbourne based singer-songwriter Gallie has announced plans to head north to Sydney this weekend for a very special show. Gallie has been getting quite a bit of buzz since the release of his album The Occoquan River and rumour has it he’s not to be missed live.

Gallie will be performing at The Gaelic Club in Sydney this Saturday 26th November. Supporting him will be local trad band Seanchas (most likely known to Timber and Steel constant readers as Folklore). For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Watch the New Joel Barker Video “Make It Good”

Joel Barker
Image Courtesy of Joel Barker & The Low Company

West Australian singer-songwriter Joel Barker and his band The Low Company have had a huge years, touring all over the place and appearing at a bunch of festivals.

The latest feather in Joel Barker’s cap is his brand new single and video “Make It Good”. Check it out below:

Joel Barker & The Low Company will be officially launching “Make It Good” this Thursday at The Bird in Perth – check out the official Facebook event here.

And if you like what you hear you can donate to Joel Barker & The Low Company’s Pozible EP campaign here.

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