Monique Clare Announces Debut Solo EP By The Stars

Monique Clare
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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

Out On The Weekend Announces Headline Shows

Justin Townes Earle
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Every year following the announcement of the Out On The Weekend lineup Americana fans around the country eagerly wait to see if the touring artists will be visiting their fine cities alongside the festival.

This morning the good folks at Love Police have revealed the headline dates for a bunch of the Out On The Weekend artists so it’s time to clear your diaries and start booking these in.

First up is the incomparable Justin Townes Earle who will be touring his latest album Kids In The Street with shows in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Fremantle and Hobart. Joining in support will be the wonderful Joshua Hedley with The Sadies also appearing in Sydney and Brisbane and Ruby Boots taking to the stage in Fremantle. Check out the full dates here:

Justin Townes Earle w/ Joshua Hedley
Friday 13th October – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 14th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 16th October – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 17th October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd October – Peppermint Bay Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 26th October – Crown and Anchor, Adelaide, SA
Friday 27th October – Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle, WA

Robbie Fulks is heading to Australia for the first time and has announced shows in Sydney and Melbourne along with his Out On The Weekend appearance. Joining him for all of his headline shows will be local favourite Liam Gerner. Check out the full dates here:

Robbie Fulks w/ Liam Gerner
Wednesday 11th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 12th October – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 13th October – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC

Alt-country five-piece Son Volt have announced shows in Melbourne (supported by The Sadies and Sean McMahon) and Sydney (supported by Jason Walker and Fallon Cush). Check out the full dates here:

Son Volt
Saturday 14th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th October – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 18th October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

And finally super-group Traveller, made up of Jonny Fritz, Robert Ellis and Cory Chisel, and The Deslondes will be performing a handful of shows around Melbourne and Sydney. The ReChords will be supporting at the Northcote Social Club show and The Andy Golledge Band will take the stage at the Marrickville Bowls Club show. Check out the full dates here:

Traveller & The Deslondes
Saturday 14th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 17th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 18th October – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Thursday 19th October – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Friday 20th October – Marrickville Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Out On The Weekend takes place at Seaworks in Melbourne on Saturday 14th October – check out the official site for more information.

Listen to the New BANFF Single “Act of Misacting”

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Brisbane based singer-songwriter BANFF (aka Benjamin Forbes) has just released his brand new single “Act of Misacting”.

The track was self-produced with help from from Konstantin Kersting (The Belligerents).

“”Act of Misacting” is an evolution of an old guitar lick that sat in another demo, but eventually found its way into this new song,” BANFF explained. “The track reflects on that feeling of guilt and regret when you’re pulled into dealing with someone else’s personal troubles. It’s that inevitable feeling of obligation to support them even though sometimes you don’t quite agree with what they’ve done.”

Take a listen to “Act of Misacting” here:

BANFF will be supporting I Know Leopard on their upcoming Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney shows – full list of dates are below:

Friday 15th September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 16th September – Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 21st September -The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Listen to the New Patrick James Single “Lay It Down”

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Sydney based singer-songwriter Patrick James makes a welcome return this week with the release of his new single “Lay It Down”.

The track sees a departure from Patrick James’ usual folk-pop songs and instead embraces a bombastic, 80s sound reminiscent of Phil Collins era Genesis. This is our first taste of new Patrick James music since his 2015 album Outlier.

“Throughout the entire writing and recording of the song I didn’t pick up the acoustic guitar once, which was strange at first but ultimately gave a new feel and vibe to the music. It’s bigger and bolder,” Patrick James explained.

Listen to “Lay It Down” here:

Along with the new single Patrick James has announced two rare live shows in Sydney and Melbourne – check out the full list if dates below:

Friday 15th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Wallis Bird Returns to Australia for November Tour

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After a hugely successful Australian tour last December – including an appearance at the Woodford Folk Festival – Irish singer-songwriter Wallis Bird has announced plans to make her way back here this November.

Wallis Bird has already been announced on the huge Mullum Music Festival lineup and has now also revealed plans to play shows up and down the east coast.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 9th November – Wauchope Arts, Wauchope, NSW
Friday 10th November – Bellingen Brewery, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 11th November – Pelican Playhouse Theatre, Grafton, NSW
Sunday 12th November – The Lennox Sessions, Lennox Heads, NSW
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Tuesday 21st November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 22nd November – Baroque Room, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th November – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Sunday 26th November – Mechanics’ Institute Hall, Scottsdale, TAS
Tuesday 28th November – Founders Room, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 30th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 1st December – Martians Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC
Saturday 2nd December – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC

Watch the New Valerie June Video “Got Soul”

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If you’ve been reading the overseas music press over the last 12 months then you would know that Valerie June is the most buzz-worthy folk and roots artist in the scene right now.

Valerie June has just released her new single and video “Got Soul” taken from her album The Order of Time. Check out “Got Soul” below:

Valerie June will be in Australia this September and October supporting Old Crow Medicine Show on their Australian tour as well as appearing at the Dashville Skyline Festival – the full list of dates are here:

Thursday 28th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th to Saturday 30th September – Dashville Skyline, NSW
Sunday 1st October – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 3rd October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Declan O’Rourke Announces Australian Tour

Declan O'Rourke
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Celebrated Irish singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke has announced plans to head down to Australia for a tour this Spring.

Having already been announced as part of the Dashville Skyline Festival, Declan O’Rourke has added dates in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 27th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 28th September – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, NSW
Sunday 1st October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 3rd October – Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centre, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 4th October – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 5th October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Elbury Announce East Coast Tour

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Brisbane indie-folk four piece Elbury have announced plans for an east coast tour this month.

Having released their new album Haunting Ground back in May, Elbury are planning to celebrate with five shows in six days from the 16th August.

Check out the fill list of dates below:

Wednesday 16th August – Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 17th August – OxJam House Concert, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 18th August – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 19th August – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 20th August – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

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

Madison Violet Announce 2017 Australian Tour

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Canada based folk duo Madison Violet have just announced plans to head back to Australia for a tour this September and October.

Madison Violet have been firm folk festival favourites in Australia for a number of years and it’s amazing to see them coming our way again.

Check out the full list of dates for the tour below:

Friday 15th September – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 16th September – Courthouse Auburn, Clare Valley, SA
Wednesday 20th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 21st September – Sussex Inlet Surf Club, Sussex Inlet, NSW
Friday 22nd September – The Dungeon, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Irish Club Hotel, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 29th September – Stanthorpe Theatre, Stanthorpe, QLD
Tuesday 3rd October – The Bug, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 4th October – The Shed, Nanango, QLD
Friday 6th October – Geelong Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 7 October – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

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