Watch the New Georgia State Line Video “Older Than I Am”

Georgia State Line
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The new single from alt-country six-piece Georgia State Line, “Older Than I Am”, now has a brand new video filmed and directed by Agostino Soldati. Set at a suburban bowls club the video is wonderfully retro.

“We crashed Saturday morning bowls at the Glenroy Bowls Club to film a video with the brilliant Agostino Soldati, aiming to reiterate the idea that age is never a factor nor a limit, plus we got a bit of help from our wonderful actors Violet and John busting out some moves,” front woman Georgia Delves explained.

“Older Than I Am” is taken from Georgia State Line’s upcoming EP Heaven Knows due on the 7th July. Check it out below:

Georgia State Line will be officially launching “Older Than I Am” at the Union Hotel in Melbourne on the 17th June with Small Town Romance in support – check out the official Facebook event for more details.

Watch the New Catherine Traicos Video “Crashing”

Catherine Traicos
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Singer-songwriter Catherine Traicos has just released the video for her haunting tracking “Crashing”, the first taste of her upcoming sixth album.

“Crashing just kind of presented itself to me mid solo jam late at night as songs often do,” Traicos explained. “Mostly they are forgotten or just fill up my phone until I delete them to make space for more. I remember reading somewhere that Duke Ellington never wrote anything down, saying that the good songs will stick around. And this song did just that. Everywhere I went over the next few days it would nudge me and prod me to go home and finish it. There was a moment when it was just “now or never” and I jumped on a bus, abandoning my commitment that day in favour of completing the song. It was almost as if had I not gone home and finished it then, I would have lost it forever.”

Check out the video for “Crashing” here:

To celebrate the release of “Crashing” Catherine Traicos will be heading out on tour with shows in Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne. Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 8th June – The White Horse, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 11th June – The Two Sisters, Adelaide, SA
Friday 16th June – Bassendean Hotel, Perth, WA
Saturday 17th June – Fremantle Winter Music Festival, Swan Lounge, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 25th June – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Review: The Morrisons, The Morrisons

The Morrisons
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To call The Morrisons’ debut self titled album “long awaited” would be an understatement. For a band that’s been kicking around for well over five years (and longer if you count their previous incarnations) and has developed a loyal fanbase in the process, recorded music has been something of a rarity.

But now with the release of The Morrisons this week we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Finally we have something to fill our ears while we wait eagerly for the next round of Morrisons shows. Finally we can own the songs we’ve grown to love as we’ve followed the band since its inception.

Kicking off with live favourite “Cumberland Plain” The Morrisons establish themselves as a uniquely Australian (and for that matter Sydney-centric) bluegrass band. Singing about the working class being pushed out of areas of Sydney like “Surry Hills, Newtown, Redfern, Balmain” right up front is a nice way of declaring your intention to not fall into the American tropes that often burden the bluegrass genre in this country. It’s also a banger of a track (as the kids say) and the perfect way to suck you in.

The Australian themes continue with tracks like “Sugar Cane” (a rollicking number firmly planted on the northern Australian sugar cane fields), “Two Years In The Mines” (following the story of a refugee from the Kosovo crisis coming to Australia), “Rabbit Skin Cheques” (about a rabbit trapper), “Route March” (adapted from the Henry Lawson poem “The Route March”) and more. The Morrisons have managed to take a purely American genre and refocused it through a local lens without making it sound laboured or trite.

Firm live favourites “Ruby” and “Wild Eleanor” are highlights of the album with the band at the peak of their powers. A surprising highlight for me is the stripped back “Good Christian Man” which has so much Paul Kelly influence I almost had to double check that it wasn’t an obscure cover version of one his songs. Closing the album with the instrumental “Southern Flavour” is a lovely touch as well, giving the listener the feeling that The Morrisons are just getting warmed up and will be jamming through the night once the recording is switched off.

Stylistically The Morrisons has a wonderful live feel to it. I’m not sure how the album was recorded but all I can picture the band crowded around a single condenser microphone belting out each track in one tack with practiced ease. Each player is given their time to shine on the album with Anna McInerney on fiddle taking a lot of the limelight. Selfishly I would love to have heard more from Jimmy Daley’s mandolin in the overall mix but that’s just down to how much I enjoy his playing. When you have the best bluegrass players in Sydney together in one band that is so in sync with itself it’s hard to put a step wrong. And can I just say that the harmony singing is simply sublime.

The Morrisons is everything I want from an Australian bluegrass record – fun, engaging, emotional, tight and insanely listenable. I’m not going to lie – since I received my copy of The Morrisons just over a week ago I’ve been reluctant to listen to anything else. We may have been waiting for five years for this album but the result is something pretty special.

The Morrisons is available now from all the usual outlets. Listen and download on Bandcamp here. For details of their upcoming tour check out the dates here.

More Acts Announced for The National Folk Festival

Trouble In The Kitchen
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33 more acts have just been announced for 2017’s National Folk Festival and once again they’re bringing out the big guns.

From an international point of view The National has added folk-fusion band Harpeth Rising from the USA, Ghanan multi-instrumentalist Bortier Okoe, The Changing Room and from the UK, Norwegian-Swedish group SVER, Greek blues quartet Apodimi Compania, New Zealand duo Gilly Darbey and Vikki Clayton, German comic band The Sauerkrauts and the wonderful Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante from Scotland.

The Australian componant of the announcement is just as strong with Trouble in the Kitchen (above), Greshka, Ben Whiting, Mal Webb with Kyle Morrigan, GhostNoises, Fred Smith, Señor Cabrales, Siobhan Owen, The NEO, Old Empire Band, Wedderburn Charming Emus, Direwolf, Saoirse, Martin Doherty & Leigh Birkett, The Rhymer from Ryde and many many more.

The National Folk Festival is held from the 13th to the 17th April in 2017 – for more information and tickets check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th November

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Releases This Week

HYS
Battle of Broken HillHandsome Young Strangers
Folk Til Ya Punk Records

Drylands
DrylandsMel Parsons
iTunes

Metal EP
The Metal EPThe Brothers Comatose
Bandcamp

Will varely
Kingsdown SundownWill Varley
Xtra Mile Recordings

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

FolkSwagon feat. Timber and Steel, Kay Proudlove, Merpire

Folkswagon

Timber and Steel (the band that became the blog) will be performing their last Sydney gig for a very long time so do your best to get down! And stay for the magnificent Kay Proudlove and Merpire for a great night at Folkswagon.

Wednesday 9th November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Adam Eckersley & Band
Friday 11th November – Dubbo RSL, Dubbo, NSW

Áine Tyrrell
Thursday 10th November – The Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 4th November – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Saturday 5th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 6th November – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adeladie, SA

Americana Showcase feat. Key To The Highway, Luke O’Shea, Catherine Britt, James Thomson & The Strange Pilgrims, Little Georgia, The Weeping Willows, Rory Ellis
Friday 4th November – Australian Music Week, Cronulla, NSW

Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival
Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th November – Bendigo, VIC

Blues At Bridgetown
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November – Bridgetown, WA

Boy & Bear
Wednesday 9th November – Regent Theatre, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 10th November – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 11th November – Costa Hall, Geelong, VIC

Cruisin’ Deuces
Thursday 10th November – Rock Lily, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers
Friday 4th November – Carabost Hall, Carabost, NSW
Saturday 5th November – Thowgla Hall, Corryong, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Timber and Steel, Kay Proudlove, Merpire
Wednesday 9th November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Foothills Music Festival
Friday 4th to Saturday 5th November – Brigolong, VIC

Fred Smith
Friday 4th November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 5th November – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers
Friday 11th November – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Mark Moldre, Callum Wylie
Sunday 6th November – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Henry Wagons
Friday 4th November – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 5th November – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 10th November – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 11th November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

HOBOFOPO
Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th November – Hobart, TAS

Hootenanny feat. Chiptooth
Sunday 6th November – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Jep and Dep
Friday 4th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Jordie Lane
Saturday 5th November – Sutton’s House Of Music, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 10th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th November – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW

Ken Nicol
Friday 4th November – Albert Park Port Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 6th November – House Concert, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 9th November – Red Hill Folk Club, Brisbane, QLD

Little Wise
Friday 11th November – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW

Maia Marsh, Swamp Fat Jangles, Crush Hour
Thursday 10th November – Sly Fox, Sydney, NSW

Majors Creek Festival
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November – Majors Creek, NSW

Medusa’s Wake
Friday 4th November – Moore Park View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Nigel Wearne
Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, Bendigo, VIC

Leah Flanagan
Friday 4th November – Bella Union, Melbourne, NSW

Lost Ragas
Friday 4th November – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS

Porch Light Sessions feat. Don McGlashan
Thursday 10th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Riogh
Saturday 5th November – Dundas Sports Club, Sydney, NSW

Six Dollar Willies
Wednesday 9th November – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Strangelove
Friday 4th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Stray Hens
Friday 4th to Saturday 5th November – Foothills Festival, Brigolong, VIC

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-together
Saturday 5th November – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Taasha Coates
Friday 4th November – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Saturday 5th November – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 6th November – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Tay Oskee
Saturday 5th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

The Mae Trio
Friday 4th November – Australian Music Week @ St Andrew’s Church, Cronulla, NSW
Monday 7th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Newsagency 5th B’day Sessions feat. Lola Sola, Jenny Biddle
Thursday 10th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Pigs
Saturday 5th November – Warrumbungle National Park, NSW
Friday 11th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Tom Dockray
Friday 4th November – Taps The Valley, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 5th November – Eumundi Markets, Eumundi, QLD
Saturday 5th November – Humpybong Espresso and Bar, Stafford, QLD
Sunday 6th November – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Thursday 10th November – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, QLD
Friday 11th November – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Tom West
Saturday 5th November – Two Goats Café, Armidale, NSW
Sunday 6th November – The Farm, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 11th November – The Kitchens, Robina, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Within The Rose” – Matthew and the Atlas

HOBOFOPO Release Full Lineup

Quinton

Tasmanian folk-punk festival HOBOFOPO have revealed their final lineup additions and the whole event looks like it’s going to be huge.

Joining the HOBOFOPO lineup will be Craicpot, FOPO DJ, Runebilly Rattle, The Dominic Francis Grief Ensemble, Quinton Trembath (above), Andy Paine, All The Best, The Dead Peasants, Ryan Garth & Emily Wolfe Duo, BrodyGreg and GT Mongrel.

HOBOFOPO takes place in Hobart from the 10th to 13th November across a number of the city’s venues. For more information about HOBOFOPO check out the official Folk ‘Til Ya Punk site here. The full lineup is below:

The Dead Maggies, The Go-Set, The Ramshackle Army, Handsome Young Strangers, The Australian Beefweek Show, Fox ‘N’ Firkin, The Stragglers, This Is A Robbery, Squid Fishing, Hairyman, Craicpot, FOPO DJ, Runebilly Rattle, The Dominic Francis Grief Ensemble, Quinton Trembath, Andy Paine, All The Best, The Dead Peasants, Ryan Garth & Emily Wolfe Duo, BrodyGreg and GT Mongrel

New Tasmanian Folk Punk Festival HOBOFOPO Announces

Dead Maggies
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The geniuses behind Tasmanian convict-folk band The Dead Maggies and folk-punk label Folk ‘Til Ya Punk Records have announced Australia’s first folk-punk dedicated festival HOBOFOPO.

Taking place in Hobart from the 10th to 13th November HOBOFOPO promises a four day folk-punk orgy across the cities many pubs and venues including The Republic Bar, Willie Smiths Apple Shed, The Brisbane Hotel, Big Dan’s Franklin Tavern, Frankies Empire Cafe and more.

So far the festival has revealed a who’s who of Australian folk-punk bands on its lineup including The Dead Maggies (above), The Go-Set, The Ramshackle Army, Handsome Young Strangers, The Australian Beefweek Show, Fox ‘N’ Firkin, The Stragglers, This Is A Robbery, Squid Fishing and Hairyman with more announcements coming soon.

For more information about HOBOFOPO check out the official Folk ‘Til Ya Punk site here.

Rowena Wise Announces Debut Album Tour

Rowena Wise
Image by Sarah Turier

Melbourne based singer-songwriter Rowena Wise is currently hard at work putting the finishing touches on her self-titled debut album. The album is due for release on the 10th September and to celebrate Wise will be heading out on tour with her trio band.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 15th September – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 17th September – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 23rd September – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 24th September – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 25th September – The Homestead Tasmania, Hobart, TAS

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 5th August

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Releases This Week

First Light
First LightDustin Tebbutt
iTunes

Home State
Home StateJack Carty
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Punch Brothers

Tuesday 9th August – Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 11th August – Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Adelaide, SA
Friday 12th August – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Adelaide Guitar Festival
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th August – Adelaide, SA

Áine Tyrrell
Sunday 7th August – Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick Heads, NSW
Friday 12th August – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD

BANFF x Caitlin Park
Friday 12th August – Oxford Circus, Sydney, NSW

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Wednesday 10th August – Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th August – Adelaide Guitar Festival, Adelaide, SA

Bob Evans w/ Melody Pool
Friday 5th August – Dunsborought Hotel, Dunsborough, WA
Saturday 6th August – Jack Rabbit Slims, Northbridge, WA
Sunday 7th August – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 11th August – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Bluestone Junction
Friday 12th August – The Lomond, Melbourne, VIC

Cash Savage and The Last Drinks
Saturday 6th August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Charm of Finches
Saturday 6th August – Wonderland Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

Dan Brodie and James Thomson with The Strange Pilgrims
Wednesday 10th August – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th August – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Dustin Tebbutt w/ Robbie Miller, Woodes
Friday 5th August – Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 6th August – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 12th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Melancholy Flowers, TJ Eckleberg, The Delta Revue
Wednesday 10th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Sweet Jelly Rolls
Sunday 7th August – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Imogen Clark
Sunday 7th August – Quarterdeck, Narooma, NSW

James Kenyon
Wednesday 10th August – Queen Vic Night Market, VIC
Thursday 11th August – Porchlight Sessions, Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th August – The Hinton Hotel, Hinton, NSW

John Flanagan Trio
Friday 12th August – Our Little Caravan, Notting Hill, VIC

Josh Pyke w/ Jack Carty
Friday 5th August – Kinross Woolshed Hotel, Kinross, NSW
Saturday 6th August – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Sunday 7th August – Whalers Hotel, Warrnambool, VIC
Wednesday 10th August – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 12th August – Baroque Bar, Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Lazy Colts
Saturday 6th August – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 7th August – Labour In Vain, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Lucas & The Dead Setters
Friday 12th August – The Merton Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Porch Light Sessions feat. James Kenyon, Christine Jane, Happy Axe
Thursday 11th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Punch Brothers
Tuesday 9th August – Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 11th August – Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Adelaide, SA
Friday 12th August – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Sweet Jean
Saturday 6th August – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Taasha Coates
Saturday 6th August – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 12th August – The Grand Hotel, Gayndah, QLD

The Peeks, Stockley, Ainsley Farrell
Thursday 11th August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

The Wayward Henrys
Friday 5th – The Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW

Tom Stephens
Friday 5th August – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th August – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife
Friday 12th August – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Vanishing Shapes
Saturday 6th August – Newcastle & Hunter Valley Folk Club, Newcastle, NSW

William Crighton and Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 5th August – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Saturday, 6th August – Wharf Hotel Theatre, Wynyard, TAS

Women of Rockabilly Night feat. Lozz Benson, Little Bee, Bonnie Kay, Fanny Lumsden, Rachael Brady, Bec Callander & Billie McCarthy
Thursday 11th August – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Rye Whiskey” – Punch Brothers

Dashville Skyline 2016 Announces First Lineup

The Brothers Comatose
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Hunter Valley Americana, folk and alt-country festival Dashville Skyline dropped its 2016 lineup last week and it’s pretty sweet.

The organisers are backing up a fantastic 2015 event with a lineup headlined by music royalty Brian Cadd and San Francisco folk and bluegrass band The Brothers Comatose. Joining them will be plenty of names Timber and Steel readers will be familiar with including The Wilson Pickers, Melody Pool, Raised by Eagles, The Hello Morning, Jess Ribeiro, Davey Craddock & the Spectacles, Karl S. Williams, Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats, Irish Mythen and Andy Golledge Band with many more still to be announced.

Dashville Skyline takes place in the Hunter Valley Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October – for more information check out the official site here.

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