Hat Fitz & Cara Announce National Tour This January

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Celebrated folk-blues duo Hat Fitz & Cara just released their amazing new album After The Rain and have announced plans to head out on tour this January.

Hat Fitz & Cara have already appeared at the Bridgetown Blues and Mullum Music Festival’s this month and the buzz is that their live show is as tight and entertaining as ever.

Check out the full list of upcoming tour dates below:

Thursday 19th January – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Yackandandah Hall, Yackandandah, VIC
Wednesday 25th January – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th January – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Friday 27th January – Bowral Bowling Club, Bowral, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Blues on the Water Cruise, Manly, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th January – Odd Fellows Hot Club, Kempsey, NSW
Friday 3rd February – The J, Noosa, QLD
Saturday 4th February – The New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 5th February – Nimbin Bush Theatre, Nimbin, NSW
Friday 17th February – Nightjar Festival, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 18th February – Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 26th February – Kurunda Amphitheatre, Kurunda, QLD

Michael Kiwanuka Announces Bluesfest Sideshows

Michael Kiwanuka
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Our love for English folk-soul singer Michael Kiwanuka is well documented so we’re pretty excited that he’ll be in the country next year for Bluesfest.

And if you’re lucky enough to live in either Sydney or Melbourne count yourself lucky as Michael Kiwanuka has a couple of sideshows coming your world. Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 18th April – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 19th April – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 20th April – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

The Cat Empire & Xavier Rudd Announce Co-Headline Tour

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Two of Australia’s most loved roots artists The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd and teaming for a co-headline tour this summer.

The tour will see The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd perform a bunch of open-air concerts around the country supported by Sahara Beck, Ocean Valley and Harts.

“We’ve been crossing paths with Xavier Rudd at festivals in Australia and internationally for many years, and we’ve always had a great time together,” Felix Riebl from The Cat Empire explained. “Add Sahara Beck and Harts to the mix, it should be an amazing summer. We’re very excited about this one, it’ll be a full and colourful stage.”

“I’ve always had a tonne of respect for The Cat Empire guys since the start,” Xavier Rudd added. “Deadly musicians and lovely people. Over the last 15 or so years touring around the world and seeing their posters in so many different towns and countries has always brought me a smile. I guess it’s about time that we teamed up to do some shows together & I’m stoked to share a stage with these legends back on home soil early in 2017!”

Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 26th January – St David’s Park, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 29th January2017 – North Gardens, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 4th February – Red Devil Park, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 5th February – Sandstone Point, Bribie Island, QLD
Saturday 11th February – Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 12th February – Stuart Park, Wollongong, NSW

Kate Miller-Heidke Announces The Best Of: Act One

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Kate Miller-Heidke is one of those artists who has managed to straddle folk, pop and indie genres and become one of the most beloved singer-songwriters in the country.

On the 2nd December Kate Miller-Heidke will be releasing her retrospective album The Best Of: Act One featuring tracks from throughout her career.

Check out the track listing and video for the single “You’ve Underestimated Me, Dude” here:

Disc One:
1. Space They Cannot Touch
2. Words
3. Mama
4. Little Adam
5. Can’t Shake It
6. Caught In The Crowd
7. The Last Day On Earth
8. Are You Fucking Kidding Me?
9. Walking On A Dream
10. Ride This Feeling
11. Sarah
12. I’ll Change Your Mind
13. The Tiger Inside Will Eat The Child
14. O Vertigo!
15. Share Your Air ft. Passenger
16. Drama ft. Drapht
17. Sing To Me (Denzal Park Mix)
18. I’m Growing A Beard Downstairs For Christmas ft. The Beards
19. You’ve Underestimated Me, Dude
20. Where? with Iain Grandage

Disc Two: Rarities, Covers and Live Versions
1. Dreams/I Love You
2. Australian Idol
3. Southern Cross Tattoo *
4. White Wine In The Sun
5. Hey Little Girl (Live)
6. Love Is A Stranger (Live)
7. Hornets (Live)
8. God’s Gift To Women (Live)
9. The Devil Wears A Suit (Live)
10. Humiliation (Live)
11. In The Dark (Live)
12. Bliss (Live)
13. Yours Was The Body (Live)
14. O Vertigo! (Live)
15. Sarah (Live)
16. Can’t Shake It (Live)
17. Elysian Fields (Live with the TSO)

Kate Miller-Heidke will be heading out on tour at gthe beginning of next year performing a bunch of shows with orchestras around the country. The full list of dates are here:

Saturday 28th January – Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th March – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 24th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Friday 31st March – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Friday 7th April – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 11th April Federation Concery Hall, Hobart, TAS

The Mountain Goats Announce Australian Tour Dates

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Having been announced for next year’s Bluesfest acoustic troubadours The Mountain Goats have revealed their first Australian headlinr tour dates for five years.

The Mountain Goats will be making their way around the country visiting Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide for their 2017 tour. Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 6th April – Badlands, Perth, WA
Saturday 8th April – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 9th April – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 12th April – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bar, NSW

Pekka Kuusisto and the Australian Chamber Orchestra Perform with Sam Amidon in Murder Redemption

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This coming February classical music mastermind Pekka Kuusisto will be teaming with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and American folkster Sam Amidon for a series of shows titled Murder Redemption.

The shows are being billed as “a stunning concert experience that takes the listener on a vivid journey from darkness into light” and will see the artists reimagine folk masterpieces reimagined by indie-classical composer Nico Muhly and Sam Amidon himself.

Murder Redemption will be performed around the country through the first half of February – check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 2nd February – Newcastle City Hallm Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 4th February – Llewellyn Hall, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 5th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 6th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 7th February – Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 8th February – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th February – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th February – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 12th February – Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney, NSW
Monday 13th February – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 14th February – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Willie Watson Returns to Australia in 2017

Willie Watson
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When Willie Watson was in Australia earlier this year the buzz around his shows was palpable. Everyone in the local Americana and folk scenes came away from Watson’s gigs with glowing reviews.

So it’s very exciting to here that Willie Watson is returning to our shores in March 2017, with shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Mullumbimby, Fremantle and Perth as well as an appearance at the Port Fairy Folk Festival.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back to Oz,” Willie Watson explains. “Some of the most gracious fans I’ve ever had the pleasure of singing to and you guys ruined coffee for me at home.”

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Wednesday 15th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th March – The Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th March – Mullumbimby Civic Memorial Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW
Tuesday 21st March – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 22nd March – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA

Headline Tour Dates for Rhiannon Giddens

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Having wowed crowds at Bluesfest last year the marvelous Rhiannon Giddens has announced she’s back for 2017’s festival.

And even better Giddens has announced headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne – check out the full list of dates below and make sure you get to one of these gigs:

Saturday 8th April – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 11th April – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, NSW

Watch the New Video from The Lumineers “Sleep On The Floor”

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The latest video from The Lumineers album Cleopatra is the wonderful “Sleep On The Floor”. Check it out here:

The Lumineers will in the country next year for Bluesfest and a bunch of headline shows – the full list of dates are below:

Thursday 13th April to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Monday 17th April – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 18th April – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 19th April – State Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd April – Metro City, Perth, WA

Sharon Shannon Announces Australian Tour

Sharon Shannon
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Irish music legend Sharon Shannon has announced plans to return to Australia this January with a bunch of dates on the east coast. Shannon will be joined by Jim Murray, Sean Regan and Jack Maher – check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 6th January – Mick O’Malley’s Irish Pub, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 7th January – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th January – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 14th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

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