Husky Announce Intimate Walking In Your Sleep Tour

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Melbourne indie-folkers Husky are planning a string of intimate shows this April following the release of their latest single “Walking In Your Sleep”.

The track is taken from Husky’s highly successful 2017 album Punchbuzz which we picked as one of our favourites from last year.

“”Walking in Your Sleep” is a song I wrote during a period of intense dreaming brought on by the meticulous recording of my dreams,” frontman Husky Gawenda explained. “I became obsessed with the possibilities of the dream realm – lucid dreaming, self-exploration, unlocking the unconscious – and how that would affect my waking life and perhaps more so, my writing. The more I slipped in and out of this dream realm, the less I knew the difference between dream and reality and the more they mirrored each other. If I listen back to the song now, I hear an exploration of longing that in my waking life I was trying to escape, but was wrestling with every night in my sleep.”

Husky will be hitting the road this April with shows planned in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle – check out the full dates plus a stream of “Walking In Your Sleep” below:

Friday 13th April – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th April – The Landsdowne, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th April – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st April – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

Watch the New First Aid Kit Video “Fireworks”

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Swedish Americana duo First Aid Kit have just released the wonderfully 80s video for their new track “Fireworks”.

The song is taken from First Aid Kit’s upcoming album Ruins which is due for release on the 19th January.

Check out the video for “Fireworks” below:

First Aid Kit will be in Australia this April for Bluesfest and a handful of sideshows supported by Stella Donnelly. The full list of shows are here:

Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 3rd April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th April – Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th April – Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 7th April – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Timber and Steel Premiere: The Ahern Brothers’ singles “There’s A Light” and “Passing Through”

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After a huge 2017 harmony singing folk duo The Ahern Brothers are getting ready to hit the road one last time before they take a well deserved break.

The Ahern Brothers released their amazing self-titled debut album in 2017 to much acclaim – we described it as “a pure delight” and picked it as number three in our top albums of the year – and now they’ve announced plans to release two more singles and a cover before they hit the road.

The two singles, “There’s A Light” and “Passing Through”, will be released next Monday 15th January but Timber and Steel has been given the opportunity to give you a sneak preview.

The songs were written while The Ahern Brothers toured late last year.

“”There’s A Light” is the first song we wrote together after the release of our first album,” Josh Rennie-Hynes explained. “We were getting ready to begin our debut album tour and had a few days to kill in Queensland so we decided to make the most and write – that’s how it was born.”

“It’s a strange and wonderful song, largely inspired by Jim Carey’s parody song “Cold Dead Hand”,” Steve Grady adds. “In the studio we decided to just throw everything at it, full band production, however at the heart of it we still recorded us singing and playing together. That’s the number one rule for The Ahern Brothers – no matter what we add on top of it, we have to be able to perform it solely as a duo.”

Take a listen to “There’s A Light” and “Passing Through” below:

In addition to the new tracks, The Ahern Brothers also recorded a cover of Ryan Adams’ song “Prisoner”.

“We decided to record “Prisoner” by Ryan Adams as a tribute to the influence he’s had on us as artists,” Grady explained. Because the original recording has a full band production we wanted this one to be stripped back to our two guitars and voices.”

Watch a video of “Prisoner” here:

The Ahern Brothers head out on tour this week, kicking things off at the Cygnet Folk Festival. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 12th to Sunday 15th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS
Friday 19th January – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 20th January – Rous Mill Hall, Rous Mill, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, VIC
Wednesday 31st January – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 1st February – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd February – 63 First Ave, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 4th February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 8th February – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 9th February – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 10th February – Major Toms, Kyneton, VIC
Thursday 15th February – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd to Monday 5th March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Watch the New Papa Pilko and the Binrats Video “Surrender”

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Sydney alt-country six piece Papa Pilko and the Binrats are kicking off their 2018 with a brand new single and video “Surrender”.

The track is the first new music from Papa Pilko and the Binrats since 2016 and was produced by Wade Keighran (Wolf & Cub, Polish Club). Check out the dirty-mariachi-meets-country-soul of “Surrender” below:

To celebrate the release of “Surrender” Papa Pilko and the Binrats will be touring up and down the east coast this Summer – the full list of dates are here:

Saturday 27th January – The Wickham Park Hotel, Islington, NSW
Friday 2nd February – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd February – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 24th February – The B.East, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 3rd March – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th March – Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 17th March – Bloodhound Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 18th March – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW

The Porch Sessions on Tour for 2017

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Once again Adelaide’s favourite indie-folk night The Porch Sessions is hitting the road this summer with a bunch of house concert dates through Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

This year’s tour will feature some amazing music from Stu Larsen (QLD) & Natsuki Kurai (Japan), Tim Hart (NSW) and Ryan Martin John (SA). The tour kicked off this weekend just gone but there’s still a whole bunch of dates to come with shows up and down the country over the next couple of weeks.

The Porch Sessions brings live music to porches, verandahs and backyards, presenting some of the countries best artists in an intimate setting.

To get tickets to the tour check out the official page here. The full list of dates is below:

Friday 5th January – House Concert, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 6th January – House Concert, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 7th January – Federal Hall, Jasper Corner, NSW
Tuesday 9th January – Wingham Golf Club, Taree/Wingham, NSW
Thursday 11th January – House Concert, Rodd Point, NSW
Saturday 13th January – House Concert, Wollongong, NSW
Monday 15th January – Nethercote Hall, Pambula Beach, VIC
Wednesday 17th January – House Concert, Mount Martha, VIC
Thursday 18th January – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 20th January – House Concert, Tantanoola, SA
Sunday 21st January – House Concert, Waitpinga, SA

Darol Anger and the Republic of Strings’ Australian Tour Dates

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Legendary American fiddler Darol Anger and his collective The Republic of Strings have just hit the country and is about to head out on tour starting in Brisbane and then heading down through New South Wales.

Anger’s Republic of Strings for the tour will be made up of Tristan Clarridge, Emy Phelps and Monique Clare. Check out the full list of dates below:

Sunday 7th January – Magda Community Arts Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 8th January – Barkersvale Little Big Top, Barkersvale, NSW
Wednesday 10th January – Dorrigo Theatre, Dorrigo, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th January – Araluen Hall, Araluen, NSW

Kelly Brouhaha, Rose Zita Falko and Andrew Thomson Announce Summer Tour

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After meeting at The DAG sheep station just outside of Tamworth earlier this year three of Australia’s most exciting emerging artists, Kelly Brouhaha, Rose Zita Falko and Andrew Thomson, have announced plans to head out on a Summer tour together.

The tour will feature solo performances from all three artists along with their recent collaboration efforts. The tour kicks off this January with dates through Victoria and New South Wales – check out the full list of shows below:

Thursday 4th January – Pistol Pete’s, Geelong, VIC
Friday 5th January – Billy Roy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 6th January – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 7th January – House Concert, Albury, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Stave’s Brewery, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th January – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 13th January – Kincumber Hotel, Kincumber, NSW
Sunday 14th January – No.5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW


Joe Mungovan Announces East Coast Tour

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Kiama based singer-songwriter Joe Mungovan has just released his brand new EP Another Night, A Distance From Here, written while he was traveling on his recent national tour.

“I got back into the writing/recording cycle again at the end of last year,” Mungovan explained. “I had just finished a massive year of touring and was really keen to get some new music out. My initial idea was to release an album, so I demoed about 30 songs but ended up scrapping them all. I kept recording and touring throughout this year and my sound started to grow and move in a bit of a different direction. I’ve ended up with this 7 track EP that I’m super proud of. The songs are all about the hazy memories of drunken nights: from dreams and nightmares to relationships and anxiety.”

The EP contains the single “Steppin Outta Line” which was released earlier this year:

To celebrate the release of Another Night, A Distance From Here Joe Mungovan is heading out on an east coast tour this February – the full list of dates are here:

Friday 23rd February – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 24th February – Rad Bar, Wollongong NSW
Sunday 25th February – Rad Bar, Wollongong NSW
Friday 2nd March – Bloodhound, Brisbane QLD
Thursday 15th March – The Gaso, Melbourne VIC

Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont Announce Album and Tour

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Australian country music giants Adam Eckersley (Adam Eckersley Band) and Brooke McClymont (The McClymonts) are coming together with the announcement of their self titled duo album Adam & Brooke, due on the 9th February.

The husband and wife duo recently released their debut single and video “Train Wreck” which you can watch here:

To celebrate the release of Adam & Brooke, Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont are heading out on a huge tour through the first half of 2018, with more dates still to be announced. The full list of shows announced so far are below:

Friday 9th February – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW
Saturday 10th February – Coast Hotel, Budgewoi, NSW
Friday 23rd February – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 24th February – Southern Cross Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 2nd March – Armidale Ex Serviceman’s Club, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 3rd March – Southwest Rocks Country Club, Southwest Rocks, NSW
Thursday 8th March – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 9th March – Lone Star Tavern, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 10th March – South Acacia Sports Club – Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th March – The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW
Saturday 17th March – The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW
Friday 6th April – Young Services Club, Young, NSW
Saturday 7th April – Civic Theatre, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 12th April – Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 13th April – York on Lilydale, Mt Evelyn, VIC
Saturday 14th April – Gateway Hotel, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 26th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 27th April – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th April – Oaks Hotel, Albion Park Rail, NSW
Friday 11th May – Brothers Leagues, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 12th May – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 13th May – Mt Pleasant Tavern, MacKay, QLD
Tuesday 15th May – Glenmore Tavern, Rockhampton, QLD
Wednesday 16th May – Hervey Road Tavern, Gladstone, QLD
Thursday 17th May – Melbourne Hotel, Bundaberg, QLD
Friday 18th May – Caloundra RSL, Caloundra, QLD
Saturday 19th May – Highfields Tavern, Toowoomba, QLD

Blair Dunlop Announces Australian Tour Dates

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British folk singer-songwriter Blair Dunlop is returning to Australia in March for the Port Fairy Folk Festival and the Blue Mountains Music Festival and fans will be happy to know that he’s added a couple of headline dates as well.

Along with his festival shows Dunlop has announced two shows in Sydney and one in Melbourne (with Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker as part of the Modern Folk! From Britain show) while he’s in the country. He’ll be bringing with him a raft of new tunes, with a new album planned for the first half of 2018.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Wednesday 14th March – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 21st March – LeadBelly, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 22nd March – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

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