Timberwolf Announces Debut Album Íkaros

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Adelaide based, electro-folk singer-songwriter Timberwolf has announced plans to finally release his debut album Íkaros on the 27th October.

Recorded between the NSW Central Coast, L.A. and Adelaide, Íkaros has been a long time coming. Despite his prolific output and touring schedule in recent years, recent hospital trips for vocal surgeries have delayed the release. But now Timberwolf is fully recovered and the record is not far away.

Íkaros sees Timberwolf exploring his Greek heritage.

“The record follows the journey of this one character – Íkaros – (a character re-interpreted from ancient Greek mythology) – from a life of self-preservation and fear of connection, to embracing vulnerability and trust in new connections with fellow humans, especially in romance,” Timberwolf explains. “It can be a pretty dull and lonely survival if you’re living for self-preservation, and as humans we build and expand into emotional connection and company”

Listen to the title track (and latest single) “Íkaros” here:

To celebrate the release of Íkaros Timberwolf will be performing an intimate, secret listening party in Melbourne on the 19th October which will be live streamed on Facebook – check out the official Facebook event for the live stream here.

The Americana Music Association of Australia Birthday Bash

Birthday Bash

The Americana Music Association of Australia (AMAA) will be taking over Australian Music Week in Cronulla, Sydney this year with a bunch of conference and live music events throughout the week.

As well as the Americana Music Association of Australia Conference on the 4th November, the AMAA is set to announce a raft of live music events in the days prior, the first of which is their first Birthday Bash concert on Friday 3rd November.

The Birthday Bash will feature live performances from Gretta Ziller, Small Town Romance, The Ahern Brothers, Andrew Swift, Georgia State Line, Hana and Jessie-Lee, The April Family and special guest Anne Kirkpatrick.

More details about the Birthday Bash and other Australian Music Week events will be announced soon. To stay up to date, and get your hands on tickets, visit the official AMAA website here.

M.E. Baird Announces One Off Melbourne Show

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Singer-songwriter M.E. Baird is returning to his former hometown of Melbourne for a one off show this October.

M.E. Baird will be performing at the Tago Mago Club in Thornbury on the 5th October.

It’s been a a long time since M.E. Baird took to the stage in Melbourne so fans will be excited to know that as an added bonus the show will be free.

For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Details of the 2018 Stringmania Camp Finale

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
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This October the Victorian town of Warburton will play host to the annual Stringmania traditional music camp.

Co-directed by Scottish fiddle legend Alasdair Fraser and local favourite Chris Stone (The String Contingent), Stringmania takes place from the 1st to the 8th October and features a who’s who of local and international tutors including Adam Sutherland, Shane Lestideau, Paddy Montgomery, George Vardakis, Natalie Haas, Monique Bartkowiak, Michael Bryan, Holly Downes, Davydd McDonald, Greg Sheehan, Kavisha Mazzella, Cheryl Davison and more.

If you’re a string player and you want to attend the rumour is there’s a still a few places left at the camp – check out the official site here.

At the end of the camp, on Saturday 7th October, Stringmania will be celebrating with a grand finale concert. Taking place at the Warburton East Public Hall, the finale concert will feature performances from all of the camp participants as well as all of the tutors. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Warburton and Reefton CFA.

For more information on the finale concert, including how to get your hands on tickets, check out the official Stringmania site here.

Watch the New Video from The Scrims “Show Me Your Moves”

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Melbourne gypsy-folk band The Scrims have just released their brand new music video “Show Me Your Moves”.

Taken from their debut album Sing To Me Sweet Sunny One, the “Show Me Your Moves” video tells the surreal story of a man reminiscing on his youthful party days. Check it out here:

To celebrate the release of “Show Me Your Moves” The Scrims want you to show them your moves with a party at The B.East in Melbourne this Friday 22nd September. For more information check out the official Facebook event here

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds Announce New Album The Way You Leave

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Melbourne Americana band Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds have announced plans to release their second full length album The Way You Leave on the 18th October this year.

Written between Nashville and Melbourne, The Way You Leave features co-writes with Andrew Combs, Clare Reynolds and Tobias Hengeveld as well as covers of JD Souther and Tom Waits.

The second single from The Way You Leave is “Take A Little Time”, following on from “Loose Change” released back in June – take a listen below:

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds will be launching The Way You Leave at The Spotted Mallard in Melbourne on the 21st October with Xani and Cookie Baker in support. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Details of the First Annual Australian Americana Honours Night in Melbourne

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Americana fans rejoice – Australia is about to get it’s very own Americana Honours Night this October.

The inaugural Australian Americana Honours Night will take place in Melbourne at the Thornbury Theatre on Monday 2nd October. The event is being presented by Michael Chugg, Nash Chambers and the international Americana Music Association and will celebrate the diverse artists that make up the Australian Americana scene.

The Australian Americana Honours Night will feature a raft of performers including international icons Old Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June and Kevin Welch along with Australian favourites Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers, Shane Howard, Bernard Fanning, Catherine Britt, Henry Wagons, Emily Barker, Ruby Boots and Jordie Lane & The Sleepers.

During the night the Americana Music Association will present the inaugural Americana Vanguard Awards to Kasey Chambers for her deep commitment to roots music and to Brian “BT” Taranto, founder of the Out on the Weekend festival, who has been championing the Americana Community for more than a decade.

“For those of us who love roots and Americana Music, this is a dream line-up to have at our inaugural event,” Nash Chambers explained. “We’re mighty proud to be building awareness of Americana Music in Australia with the US Association and Tennessee Tourism. We also believe this is just the beginning of a genre that is exploding worldwide.”

For more information on the night including how to get your hands on tickets head over to Chugg Entertainment here.

Alanna and Alicia Announce Album Launch Show in Melbourne

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Melbourne based jazz-folk sister duo Alanna and Alicia will be officially launching their latest album Songs I’m Singing with Me with a hometown show at the Thornbury Theatre on the 2nd September.

The duo launched the album at the National Folk Festival earlier this year but this will be the first chance for Melbourne audiences to hear it live.

Songs I’m Singing with Me is a celebration of the songs of celebrated John Beavis who Alanna and Alicia and their family got to know as part of the local folk scene.

Joining Alanna and Alicia in support for the launch will be Michael Waugh. For more information including how to gte your hands on tickets check out the official Facebook event here.

Trouble in the Kitchen and Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton Announce Rare Double Bill

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It’s impossible to overstate the impact Trouble in the Kitchen and Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton have had on traditional music scene in Australia.

Trouble in the Kitchen, made up of Ado Barker (fiddle), Ben Stephenson (flute, whistle, bodhran), Kate Burke (guitar) and Joe Ferguson (bouzouki), brought a fresh, exciting take to Irish trad tunes when they first emerged in the lat 90s. The four piece has since become the gold standard by which all other Australian Irish-trad groups have been compared.

At the same time as Trouble in the Kitchen was making waves at folk festivals around the country guitarist Kate Burke joined with Ruth Hazleton on their duo project, exploring and reinterpreting traditional songs from the British Isles and the United States (and the occasional contemporary or self penned song).

To celebrate both bands’ second decade in the folk scene they’re playing their first ever double bill on the 9th September at Open Studio. If anyone has been to Open Studio before you’ll know it’s a super intimate space so we recommend getting to this gig early to avoid disappointment. For more details check out the official Facebook event here.

Listen to the New Luke Collings Single “Who’s Gonna Vote For Me?”

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Sydney based alt-country singer-songwriter Luke Collings has just released his brand new single “Who’s Gonna Vote For Me?”.

Produced by Nick Payne (Dear Orphans) and featuring Collings’ band The Greasy Lake, “Who’s Gonna Vote For Me?” follows up his debut single from earlier this year “If You Bring The Whiskey (I’ll Bring The Blues)”.

Take a listen to “Who’s Gonna Vote For Me?” below:

Luke Collings will be launching “Who’s Gonna Vote For Me?” at The Gaelic Club in Sydney on Saturday 26th August with Cloudbird and Mem Davis in support – check out the official Facebook event here for more details.

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