The East Pointers Announce Full Australia Festival Dates for 2016

The East Pointers
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Canadian trad trio The East Pointers have already been announced as part of the Illawarra and Port Fairy Folk Festival lineups and as expected they’ve just added a bunch of other festivals to their Australian visit.

Already a favourite on the Australian folk festival circuit after their visit earlier this year, The East Pointers will be touring their debut album Secret Victory (due on the 9th October) in 2016.

Check out the full list of festival tour dates below, with more shows to be added soon:

Friday 8th to Saturday 9th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, TAS
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, NSW
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, NSW
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March – Nannup Music Festival, WA
Friday 11th to 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, VIC
Friday 8th to Monday 11th April – Fairbridge Festival, WA

Michael David Thomas Announces EP Launch Tour Dates

Michael David
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Brisbane singer-songwriter Michael David Thomas released his self-titled debut solo EP last Friday and will be heading out on tour from this week to celebrate.

Thomas is well known as one half of folk duo Breaking Hart Benton but this is his first EP under his own name. Check out the full list of tour dates, plus the new video “Jump In” below:

Wednesday 7th October – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 10th October – Spirit of Bundaberg Festival, Bundaberg, QLD
Thursday 15th October – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 25th October – Triffid Roots, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 29th October – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 5th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Listen to the New Matt Corby Single “Monday” plus National Tour Dates

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After what seems like an age this week Matt Corby released his amazing new single “Monday”. The single is the first taster of Corby’s upcoming debut album which is due for release in early 2016.

“It has been about two years since I released any music,” Matt Corby explained. “I guess I needed to spend that time learning how to practically play, on each instrument, what i would regularly hear in my head. Enough time has now passed now for me to clear my head of everything that I’ve done before, reboot and have the balls to do it again.”

Take a listen to “Monday” below:

Matt Corby will be celebrating the release of “Monday” with a national tour. The full list of dates are here:

Monday 2nd November – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 4th November – HQ, Adelaide, SA
Friday 6th November – Metropolis, Fremantle, WA
Monday 9th November – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 16th November – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Tuesday 17th November – Metro Theatre, Sydney

Festival of Small Halls Announces November and December Tour

Irish Mythen
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With festival season about to ramp up towards the end of the year we’re excited to see the return of the Festival of Small Halls though November and December.

The Festival of Small Halls takes one international and one local touring artist and brings them to small country halls and venues throughout regional Australia. This time around the Festival of Small Halls will feature Canada-based Irish singer songwriter Irish Mythen and local lads Starboard Cannons.

The tour will see Irish Mythen and Starboard Cannons make their way from New South Wales and Queensland taking in the Mullum Music Festival and finishing up at the Woodford Folk Festival.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 13th November – Nymboida Community Hall, Nymboida, NSW
Saturday 14th November – Texas Memorial Hall, Texas, QLD
Sunday 15th November – Brookfield Hall, Brookfield, QLD
Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd November – Mullum Music Festival, NSW
Friday 27th November – Felton Hall, Felton, QLD
Saturday 28th November – St George Amphitheatre, St George, QLD
Sunday 29th November – Tambo Shire Hall, Tambo, QLD
Friday 4th December – Springbrook Community Hall, Springbrook QLD
Saturday 5th December – Mt Nebo Hall, Mt Nebo, QLD
Sunday 6th December – Eudlo Public Hall, Eudlo, QLD
Friday 11th December – CCSA Hall, Caloundra, QLD
Saturday 12th December – Degilbo Hall, Degilbo, QLD
Sunday 13th December – Woodford Hall, Woodford, QLD
Thursday 17th December – Sandgate Hall, Sandgate, QLD
Friday 18th December – Goomeri Hall of Memory, Goomeri, QLD
Saturday 19th December – Eumundi School of the Arts, Eumundi, QLD
Sunday 20th December – Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall, Mudgeeraba, QLD
Sunday 27th December to Friday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Timber and Steel Premiere: Musketeer’s New Video “Fleece”

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I first stumbled across Australian troubadour Musketeer busking at the National Folk Festival earlier this year. He had a wonderfully easy going style that I was immediately drawn to and that made him stand out from the crowd – no easy feat considering the popularity of busking at The National.

After a busking tour of Europe Musketeer has jumped into the studio to record his new single “Fleece”. Timber and Steel are very proud to be the first to bring you the video for “Fleece”, directed by Karl Pearson. Check it out here:

To celebrate the release of “Fleece” Musketeer has announced launch shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle. The full list of dates are below:

Wednesday 7th October – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th October – Parliament on King, Sydney, NSW
Friday 30th October – Lass O’ Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Out On The Weekend Announces Headline Sideshows

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As with last year Americana festival Out On The Weekend has announced a bunch of headline sideshows for its major international artists including supports from some of Australia’s finest.

This morning Out On The Weekend announced sideshows for Dawes (above), Sam Outlaw with Jonny Fritz and Shelly Colvin and Jamestown Revival. The festival itself takes place on the 17th October in Melbourne and the 24th October in Sydney (see details here). Get the full run down of side shows below:


Dawes with Barna Howard & Tracy McNeil

Sunday 18th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Tuesday 20th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 21st October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Sam Outlaw

Sam Outlaw with Jonny Fritz, Shelly Colvin & Friends

Friday 16th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Sunday 18th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 21st October – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 25th October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Jamestown Revival

Jamestown Revival with Raised by Eagles (Melbourne) and Sarah Humphreys & Kris Morris and Little Georgia (Sydney)

Wednesday 21st October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Colm Mac Con Iomaire at the Melbourne Festival

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Irish fiddler Colm Mac Con Iomaire, best known as a member of The Frames and The Swell Season, returns to Australia in October for a couple of shows as part of the Melbourne Festival. I saw Colm Mac Con Iomaire a couple of years ago when he played at the Sydney Festival and it was amazing – here’s a man who is able to combine traditional and contemporary Irish music and create something very new and different.

The full list of Melbourne Festival dates for Colm Mac Con Iomaire are below:

Friday 16th October – Foxtel Festival Hub, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th October – Foxtel Festival Hub, Melbourne, VIC

Watch the New Suzannah Espie Video “I’m Sorry” Plus National Tour

Suzannah Espie
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“I’m Sorry” is the first single from Americana singer-songwriter Suzannah Espie’s acclaimed new album Mother’s Not Feeling Herself Today. The song was inspired by historian Clare Wright’s Wheeler Centre talk under the banner My Epic Fail and features vocal harmonies from Alison Ferrier, Georgia Fields, Kerri Simpson, Sarah Carroll, Kylie Auldist and more.

Check out the video of “I’m Sorry” below:

Suzannah Espie will be taking her new album on the road with a national tour that kicks off in October. Check out the full list of dates here:

Sunday 18th October – Club Mullum, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 30th October – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 1st November – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton, SA
Friday 6th November – Music On The Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Saturday 7th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 8th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 12th November – Django Bar @ Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th November – Gooloogong Log Cabin Hall, Gooloogong, NSW
Sunday 15th November – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 19th November – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 29th November – Courtyard Sessions Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Sam Brittain Announces October Residency

Sam Brittain
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Following an Australian tour at the beginning of the year and then some time overseas singer-songwriter Sam Brittain is once again returning home to Adelaide and has announced a residency at the Grace Emily Hotel through October.

Brittain will be drawing from his extensive back catalogues to perform every Friday at The Grace Emily along with a bunch of very exciting support artists. And best of all every show has free entry.

“It’s great to be given the opportunity to do something like this in my home town,” Sam Brittain explained. “When I first started performing my own music 7 years ago The Grace Emily was always the goal. Coming back has become an absolute highlight of every tour to date, really can’t wait to see everyone.”

Check out the full list of dates and supports below:

Friday 2nd October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA w/ Olivers Army, Paige Renee Court
Friday 9th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA w/ Tim Moore, Sasha March
Friday 16th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA w/ Bryan Rice Dalton, Tara Carragher
Friday 23rd October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA w/ Tom West
Friday 30th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA w/ Amistat

Listen to the New Winterbourne Single “To Get To Know You”

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Sydney nu-folk duo Winterbourne have just released their new single “To Get To Know You”. This is the first new music from the guys since their debut EP All But The Sun and it’s definitely a little more straight up pop than what we’ve come to expect from Winterbourne.

Check out “To Get To Know You” here:

Winterbourne are currently touring with The Rubens and Saskwatch – the full list of remaining dates are as follows:

Friday 25th September – Club 54 Launceston, TAS
Saturday 26th September – Uni Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 2nd October – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 8th October – HQ, Adelaide, SA
Friday 9th October – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 10th Octpber – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Sunday 11th October – Lorne Hotel, Lorne, VIC
Wednesday 14th October – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd October – Max Watt’s, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 24th October – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 25th October – Max Watt’s, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 29th October – Port Macquarie Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 30th October – Entrance Leagues Club, The Entrance, NSW
Saturday 31st Octpber – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th November – Bar on The Hill, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 7th November – C.ex Club, Coffs Harbour, NSW

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