Nuala Kennedy Announces Australian Tour

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Irish traditional singer and flautist Nuala Kennedy will be in the country for a bunch of festivals this season and has announced a handful of headline dates which she’s here. Nuala Kennedy is a celebrated proponent of the Irish and Scottish traditions and to have her on our shores is going to be a real treat.

Check out the full list of tour dates below:

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Tuesday 17th March – Newcastle University, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 19th March – TBC, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 21st March – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd March – Kiama Community Hall, Kiama, NSW
Saturday 28th March – Candelo Village Festival, Candelo, NSW
Friday 3rd to Monday 8th April – The National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Friday 14th April – Fairbridge Music Festival, Fairbridge, WA

Listen to the New Davey Craddock & The Spectacles Single “Better Alone”

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Since I first made a note to write about the new Davey Craddock & The Spectacles single “Better Alone” a bunch of buzz has built around them. They walked away with the Best Group award at the WA Country Music Awards. Their name has been plastered all over the blogosphere and everyone seems to be singing their praises.

Not sure what all the fuss is about? Then you need to listen to “Better Alone”, which is taken from Davey Craddock & The Spectacles’ upcoming debut album below:

Davey Craddock has just kicked off a solo tour of Victoria (as well as some WA dates with the rest of the band) – the remaining dates are here:

Tuesday 24th February – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th February – The Drunken Poet, Melbounre, VIC
Wednesday 4th March – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 8th March – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 19th March – Defectors Bar, Perth, WA
Saturday 21st March – Bunbury Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA

Steve Smyth Announces National Headline Tour

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Blues and roots rocker Steve Smyth had a massive 2014 and it looks like that’s set to continue into 2015 with the announcement of a massive national headline tour kicking off this week. Smyth has some big appearances coming up – spots at Port Fairy, Bluesfest and SXSW are definite highlights – so this is definitely a chance to see an artist on the rise.

Steve Smyth will be touring with his band The Outlaws. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 20th February – Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 21st February – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 28th February – Secret Garden Festival, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th March – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Saturday 14th March – Elsewhere Festival, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 4th to Monday 6th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 10th April – Four 5 Nine, Perth, WA
Saturday 11th April – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 12th April – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 18th April – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Sunday 19th April – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Friday 24th April – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 25th April – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 30th April – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 1st May – Kidgeeridge Music Festival, Lake Conjola, NSW
Saturday 2nd May – Stratton Room, Wollongong Uni, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 8th May – The Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD

Jess Locke Announces Album Launch Tour

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We’re super excited that Melbourne singer-songwriter Jess Locke has a brand new album, Words That Seem To Slip Away, due on the 5th March. And we’re doubley excited that she’s planning an east coast tour, taking Locke to Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane and Melboure through the first half of March.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 6th March – Blackwire Records, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 7th March – Hamilton Hotel Station, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 8th March – House Show, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th March – The End, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 15th March – House Show, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 19th March – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Listen to the New All Our Exes Live In Texas Single “Sailboat”

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Sydney alt-country and folk four-piece All Our Exes Live In Texas last week released their brand new single “Sailboat”. The track is the second from All Our Exes Live In Texas’ promised upcoming album – take a listen to “Sailboat” below:

All All Our Exes Live In Texas are celebrating the release of “Sailboat” with a bunch of shows through March and April – check out the full list of dates here:

Friday 6th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Wednesday 25th March – The Melbourne Folk Club, Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th March – Spiegeltent, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 9th April – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Friday 10th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Perth, WA
Saturday 18th April – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 19th April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Watch the New Andrew Swift Video “Sound The Alarm”

Andrew Swift
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Melbourne singer-songwriter Andrew Swift has just released his brand new single “Sound The Alarm”, a raw, stripped back tune that I really like.

“My songs have always been of a personal storytelling nature, but “Sound The Alarm” is about as honest and personal as it’s been so far,” Swift explained. “It was written during the hardest break up I’ve had to go through, but rather than write a heartbroken, woe is me type of break up song, what came out was a reflection of the night that that we met.”

Check out the video for “Sound The Alarm” below:

Andrew Swift has a bunch of Melbourne and Adelaide dates to celebrate the release of “Sound The Alarm” – check out the list of shows below:

Saturday 21st February – Berwick Show, Berwick, VIC
Saturday 21st February – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 22nd February – Bonnie Doon Music Festival, VIC
Thursday 26th February – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 19th March – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th March – Crown + Anchor, Adelaide, SA

The Audreys Announce Australian Tour

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Award winning folk duo The Audreys have just released a vinyl edition of their latest album Til My Tears Roll Away and are hitting the road to celebrate. The Audreys kick off their tour in Adelaide at the start of March before winding their way around the country through April and into May. Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 4th March – Aurora Spiegeltent, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 19th March – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 20th March – Wellers, Kangaroo Ground, VIC
Saturday 21st March – Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th March – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Sunday 29th March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 9th April – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 10th April – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th April – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 12th April – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Friday 17th April – Fresh on Charles, Launceston, TAS
Saturday 18th April – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 25th April – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 26th April – Ravenswood Hotel, Ravenswood, WA
Friday 1st May – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 2nd May – Kidgeeridge Festival, Milton, NSW

Skyscraper Stan And The Commission Flats Announce National Tour

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Alt-country-rock favourites Skyscraper Stan And The Commission Flats have announced plans for a massive national tour to celebrate their 2014 debut album Last Year’s Tune. The album will be officially launched by the band at this year’s Port Fairy Folk Festival before Skyscraper Stan And The Commission Flats head out around the country.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 6th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Wednesday 11the March – Railway Friendly Bar, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 12th March – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 13th March – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 14th March – Lazy Bones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th March – The Illawarra Brewery, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 21st March – The Commercial Hotel, Milton, NSW
Sunday 22nd March – Birdhouse Bar, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Friday 27th March – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 28th March – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4th April – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 5th April – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

Alabama Shakes Announce New Album Sound & Color

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When Alabama Shakes burst onto the scene in 2012 with their retro roots rock album Boys & Girls I made the very difficult decision to not cover it – I made the call that Boys & Girls wasn’t “folk” enough for Timber and Steel. But almost every other folk blog covered the band and I regretted my decision – I wanted everyone to know how much I loved Alabama Shakes but I’d missed the boat.

Well I’m not going to make that mistake twice. Alabama Shakes have just announced the release of their second album Sound & Color which is due for release on the 17th April.

“We took our time to write this record, and I’m really glad we did,” Alabama Shakes’ front-woman Brittany Howard explained. “We were able to sit down and think about what’s exciting to us. This record is full of genre-bending songs.”

Alabama Shakes have been announced for Bluesfest this year and a sideshow in Sydney as well. The full list of dates, the album track listing and a stream of their new single “Don’t Wanna Fight” are below:

Thursday 2nd April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

1. Sound and Color
2. Don’t Wanna Fight
3. Dunes
4. Future People
5. Gimme All Your Love
6. This Feeling
7. Guess Who
8. The Greatest
9. Shoegaze
10. Miss You
11. Gemini
12. Over My Head

Timberwolf Announces National Tour

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Adelaide based indie-folk Timberwolf will be releasing his new single “Fallen Sun” at the end of this month and is about to hit the road to celebrate. “Fallen Sun” is taken from Timberwolf’s upcoming EP Flux which is due for release on the 20th February and was co-produced by none other than Mark Myers.

Check out the full list of upcoming tour dates below:

Friday 27th February – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 28th February – Nannup Festival, Nannup, WA
Monday 9th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 12th March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 14th March – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 20th March – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th March – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th March – The Hills Are Alive, VIC
Friday 3rd April – Blenheim Camping and Music Festival, SA

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