Woodford in a Nutshell


Photos by Stuart Bucknell, full album on our Facebook page

Timber and Steel loves a good festival, and Woodford is no exception. The premiere Folk Festival is forever growing and developing to highlight and showcase both the beauty of the natural surrounds, and a diverse array of musical greats and emerging artists.

The beauty of Woodford is it’s a week long festival, culminating in a liminal Fire Event timed to usher in the new year rising from the ashes of the old. However, even someone only able to attend for two to three days can still catch a majority of the performers, and be immersed in a whole other world, where music reigns supreme, and almost every interest is catered too.

For the 2018/19 Woodford experience, our intrepid reporters spent a little over 2 days exploring Woodford’s many stages and acts.

Bright and early on the Friday morning of Woodford, our two trepidation reporters trundled in to Woodfordia. It’s been an age since we last visited but it still felt like home. In our brief visit, we caught as many acts as we could, here are our highlights.

Our first stop was to catch the Hussy Hicks and in spite of the early time of day, The Pineapple Lounge was PACKED! Their healthy rhythms kept every foot tapping as the days’ heat began to rise. Their musical passion was on display as Through The Windmill enthralled the throngs and the hot guitar interlude had the crowd cheering. The dynamic duo’s strong connection on stage commanded all attention and ensured rapturous applause. See our photos online.

Mark Lang (of Skipping Girl Vinegar fame)’s only Woodford set had something for everyone, whether you were a fan or new to Lang’s melodic storytelling. With tunes “for our good friend Donald Trump”, to songs about “letting go of all your frustrations”, or just a true reminder of “living in the now, living in the present”, Lang proved time and time again how his music welcomes audiences, connects, and entices them to participate, punching the air hammering home political commentary, or singing along in full voice. See our photos online.

The Strangest Dreamers delivered a dreamy set of layers and stories to entreat and enchant. They had us with a bluesy lament, kept us with a song from the history books of Joe Hill, about The Rebel Girl Elizabeth Gurley Flynn; and delighted us as they trilled through their eclectic set of fun and frivolity. See our photos online.

Scandinavian fiddle trio Fru Skagerrak had the crowd clapping along from the very opening. Their trad style fiddle to warmed up the crowd as we all enjoyed a refreshing brew. Their skill and prowess shone on stage, the sensitivity of every nuance and note had us enraptured, and Scandinavia’s best was truly in fine form for all to see. Though something tells me this may have been their mellow set, for the daytime crowd… See our photos online.

Lindsay Lou gave us a delectable Americana, full of sass treating us to a set full of songs like Sugar with beautiful harmonised backing vocals, mandolin, and just the right amount of funk to give it that tap along beat. Her delightful accent trilled through the lyrics giving them a lively interplay amongst the skilled musicianship of the tight knit group. Stunt Double, written for her brother, gave a deeper, more earthy opening with lyrics and vibe reminiscent of a Missy Higgins style tale. Her cover of Bill Withers’ I Wish You Well showcased that she is sunshine personified on stage. See our photos online.

The Halcyon stage, we could hardly catch a view of The Fergies as they absolutely packed out the place, and the humans filling the space moved as one to their fun, upbeat, frivolity. They were the name on lips around the festival, ‘did you see The Fergies??’ See our photos online.

Tullara seemed like a dark horse, but the beautiful harmonies proved it was a golden set to capture. Joined on stage at times by additional friends, she delivered heartfelt and raw honesty with tales of her life through song. Particularly beautiful and melancholic was the emotive Five Weeks which then lead in to Six Months – a powerful storytelling experience for the audience.

The Loveys were perhaps the most aptly named act, with classic one liners, witty remarks and sensational sense of style teamed with dulcet tones and a European Cabaret vibe. I never thought I would say the words “she is rocking the bassoon” but here I was, saying them out loud to a bassoon solo. Their set had everything from a comedic lament about old age, to a lullaby about dementia Daddy Joined The Circus, and the terrific harmonies in Beautiful Woman dedicated to a French cross dresser.It was a set that caught you off guard at the same time as being completely in tune with the vivacious women. At one point I realised the drummer was playing a tea cup. Literally, rhythm section on a tea cup – and that of course was perfectly normal and in tune. They had the whole audience clapping along, and to no surprise, inspired a standing ovation.

The Cat Empire can always be relied on to bring the party to any hill, dale or amphitheatre, and Woodford was no exception. With an extensive back catalog mixed in with new album songs, their set was utter decadence from start to finish. Their new songs like Killer, and unreleased Anybody, demonstrated the enthusiasm for their infectious brand of music, playing homage to The Cat Empire of old while injecting some of their newer sound and style melding is infinitely danceable, clap-alongable. Steal The Light, written as joyful instead of happy, featured a chorus horn interlude that was spine tingling, and a call to action that the crowd wilfully answered with their cheers and dancing. As always, a world class entertainment.

Les Poules a Colin brought delicate fiddle and mandolin intricately woven with electric instruments in a blanket of sound that wrapped the audience up and drew them closer. Singing songs in native French, the group from Quebec somehow made French sound more musical than English, especially lifted by stunning twin harmonies. A real stand out was a kind of murder story, performed in bi-lingual tandem with haunting banjo, occasional stomp box, and dual vocals telling the tale, punctuated with stunning three part harmonies. By their own admission, their final song was “very danceable” – they weren’t kidding, the dance floor was full within seconds!

We could only stop in briefly by for Hat Fitz and Cara’s Breakfast BBQ, with Sally and the sizzling sausages already well underway! Cara gave us a new song never played live, played with a “we’ll just see how it goes” finesse that charmed the morning crowd.

Irish Mythen, one of our all time favourite performers, delivered yet another powerhouse set on the Woodford Grande stage. Starting out with something a bit political in What If We Built A Wall, it didn’t matter the time of day, or the lack of sunglasses, Irish was on fire with lyrical passion and gutsy guitar filling one of the largest venues, and taking every audience member along for the ride. Mythen has such a powerful voice, and a Capella prowess that makes your spine tingle, inspiring rapturous rounds of applause. Between songs, her wit and banter is so effective, we could mistake her for a stand up comedian. We were transfixed as she effortlessly brought us to tears with 55 Years, elated by a spirited rendition of I Wanna Dance With You, and a moved with the gravitas of Little Bones. As always, Tullamore Blues had the entire crowd singing along enthusiastically, only to be surpassed by a rousing, a Capella rendition of Mercedes Benz that everyone stood and sang along too.

Lucy Wise was the epitome of sweet and pure as her voice descended on the expanding crowd, infused with good humour delivered in earnest. She shared her New Year song, inspired by her mother, accompanied by ukulele. Her set was down to earth and personal, with You Are Here about facing anxiety, Winter Sun about the affects of Melbourne’s weather and accompanied by her sister Rowena, and the heartbreaking Where Did You Go with her other sister Ruth – glorious harmony woven with beautiful sentimentality and sense of loss.

Trad Attack, a blast of energy from Estonia, used archival recordings alongside lead vocals creating the most fascinating soundscapes. Immediately the dance floor is full and enthusiastic. Most of their set was full energy with moment where we simply wondered what next crazy instrument would be brought to the fray. The fact the crowd can sing along with an archival recording how to make butter demonstrated they are clearly the party folk band – reminiscent of Australia’s own Crooked Fiddle Band.

The Spooky Men’s Chorale were the cheeky chaps as we always expect, taking great pleasure in testing the Auslan interpreter with the many abstract concepts in We Are Not A Men’s Group. Ever a popular act, the audience was large, and delighted with the quirks and perks of the Chorale and all their interpretations of everyday life.

The Raglins poured copious harmonies you could drown in with renditions of favourites like The Palmers Song, and The North Country Maid getting everyone in the mood. Song after song delivered in a spellbinding performance. Particular highlights were Robert’s admission that he’d always promised himself he’d never write a love song, that was until he fell in love, inspiring Luna, and the performance of an old Bush Ranger ballad rewritten with new melody and less racism, Ben Halls Gang.

Glenn Cardier and Christian Marsh at Pineapple Lounge had the bluesy goodness rolling forth with licks of harmonica on A Case of Mistaken Identity. Their set was peppered with fun, moving in to rockabilly swamp thing with a raucous jam in Ringmaster Blues, and sliding through mellow, energetic, enchantment and more.

Mel Parsons unleashed a voice and style so mellow, yet steeped in luxury and richness. Opening with some slow songs to warm up the crowd, then picked up the tempo and vibrancy with I Got The Lonely, and a great selection of tracks from her new album, Glass Heart.

Julia Jacklin treated everyone at the Ampitheatre to a spellbinding night of favourites, like Eastwick, Leadlight, and Don’t Let The Kids Win. Her laid back style soothed the audience as the days heat was swiftly replaced with a cool evening chill. Everything about Jacklin is enchanting, her guitar  declared “You Got This!!” on a hand written tape sticker, and she certainly did, the picture of cool, calm and collected. Hay Plain had the crowds transfixed and swaying along in pure bliss, awakened as the intensity pops and Jackson’s vocals oozed over the audience.

The Little Stevies battled adversity as Byl’s voice had gone AWOL and they were down on numbers as Cliff on electric guitar had been too sick to make Woodford. But Beth stepped in to the spotlight and delivered exquisite lead vocals throughout the set, while Byl managed to bring harmonies and jovial, if quiet, banter between. Old favourites like Accidentally and I hold My Breath had everyone delighted, while the new tracks were a fresh and exciting journey to explore. 

The Waifs were much anticipated and the Ampitheatre was alive with energy and enthusiasm. Old favourite Lighthouse struck a note with everyone singing along, while Sun, Dirt, Water gave a sexy and sassy edge. Love Serenade was a bit more lighthearted and playful, while London Still was breathlessly perfect, much to the acclaim of the audience.

Two days at Woodford were glorious, and we couldn’t leave without squeezing just a couple of last acts in the morning of our departure.

The Bushwhackers were a blast with a shanty, a whirl and jig, a sparkly coat and largaphone, a hoedown and everything in between. Leave it in the Ground elicited a positive response from the gathering crowd in spite of the early time. The most amusing highlight was the enthusiastic Auslan interpreter who was literally dancing and sign-singing along with each and every song. Another Trip To Bunnings now comes with its own audience participation thanks to the Auslan sign for Bunnings (bunny ears).

The final set we caught at Woodford was a firm favourite, the Stiff Gins. As always, their music is storytelling and evocative, we could see the east win gently stir the blossoms over the land, their glorious harmonies had us winging our way home with them, and we witnessed the leaves turning in  Narrandera. You know you’re a part of the band when you’re allowed to sing a song, and Lucas on guitar also brought to the stage Chance Meeting. It was a delightful start to the day, and still a wonderful way to end our festival visit.

As always, Woodford Folk Festival delivered diversity, beauty, and glorious memories in a world made perfect by music. If you’ve never been, you really must put it on your bucket list!

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 18th January

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19-Twenty
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo, NSW

A Tribute to the Music of Tom Petty feat. Michael Carpenter, Smith & Jones, Lachlan Bryan, Sam Hawksley. Gretta Ziller, Kylie Whitney, James Van Cooper, The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Friday 25th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Aleyce Simmonds
Wednesday 23rd January – The Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – The Barn, Tamworth, NSW

Allan Caswell
Saturday 19th January – The Tamworth Opry, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Allison Forbes
Sunday 20th January – Write Like A Girl, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – R U OK? Music for Mates, Diggers, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Storytellers Midnight Murder Ballads, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – The Medicine Show Sessions, The Press Tamworth, NSW

Americana in the Park feat. Lachlan Bryan, Kristy Cox, Megan Cooper, Rose Zita Falko, Montgomery Church, Hannah Aldridge
Monday 21st January – Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW

Andrew Swift
Friday 18th January – The Welders Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 19th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 19th January – The Tamworth Opry, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – The Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – The Press 2340, Tamworth, NSW

Andy Baylor
Friday 25th to Monday 28th January – Newstead Live, Castlemaine, VIC

Andy Golledge
Saturday 19th January – The Welder’s Dog Tamworth, Tamworth, NSW

Andy Nelson
Saturday 19th January – The Peel Inn, Nundle, NSW
Sunday 20th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW

Archer
Saturday 19th January – Australiana in Nundle, Nundle Town Hall, Nundle, NSW
Friday 25th to Monday 28th January – Newstead Live, Castlemaine, VIC

Ashlea Reale
Wednesday 23rd January – Club Acoustica, Perth, WA

Australiana in Nundle feat. Paddy McHugh, Archer, Lou Bradley, Born in October, Dave Davies, Browny, Jeff Gibson, John Krsulja
Saturday 19th January – Nundle Town Hall, Nundle, NSW

Beaso
Friday 18th January – Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 19th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 19th January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – The Family, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Shopping World, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – 40 Years of Star Maker, TRECC, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – The Welders Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – The Welders Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – City Sider, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW

Ben Leece
Monday 21st January – Take Me to Town Showcase, Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, St Paul’s Church, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – DAG Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW

Ben Mastwyk
Friday 18th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 19th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – The Press 2340, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW

Bennett Bowtell & Urquhart
Wednesday 23rd January – Wests, Tamworth, NSW

Benny Allen
Saturday 19th January – Moonshiners, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – Escape Into Song, Hopscotch, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – The Sunday Sessions, Moonshiners, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – RAB Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – CMAA Academy Reunion, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Songwriters Sessions, Tamworth City Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Bill Chambers
Friday 25th January – The Tamworth Opry, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Bluegrass Comes To Tamworth feat. Kristy Cox, Pete Denahy, Amanda Cook, Mustered Courage, Montgomery Church, The Weeping Willows
Friday 25th January – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Brad Butcher
Monday 21st January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – West Tamworth Leagues Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – The Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW

Brad Cox
Friday 18th January – Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – 40 Years of Star Maker, TRECC, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Broads
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Brothers3
Saturday 19th January – Wests, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 22nd January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW

Burralow
Sunday 20th January – Aunty Jack’s, Katoomba, NSW

Busby Marou
Wednesday 23rd January – The Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Cake & Cordial Sessions feat. Paddy McHugh, Megan Cooper, Michael Waugh, Jenny Mitchell, Ben Leece, Jess Holland
Thursday 24th January – St Paul’s Church, Tamworth, NSW

Calexico
Saturday 19th January – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Sunday 20th January – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Monday 21st January – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 22nd January – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th January – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Catherine Britt
Friday 18th January – CMAA Academy Grad Concert, Wests, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 19th January – The Tamworth Opry, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Chloe & Jason Roweth
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

CK and The 45s
Sunday 20th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January – Tamar Valley Folk Festival, George Town, TAS
Thursday 24th January – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Friday 25th January – Rowella Hall, Rowella, TAS

Cloudstreet
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

CMAA Academy Grad Concert
Friday 18th January – Wests, Tamworth, NSW

Co-cheol
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Craig-Lee Smith
Sunday 20th January – Town Hall Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Cruisin’ Deuces
Wednesday 23rd January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW

Dana Hassall
Friday 18th January – The Press 2340, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Writers in the Round, Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW

Dennis J. Leise
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC

Emily Wurramara
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Emma Beau
Saturday 19th January – Songwriter Sessions, Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – Shopping World, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – Write Like A Girl, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Songwriter Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – In The Round, Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – In The Round, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Thursday 24th January – The Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW

Felicity Urquhart & Brad Butcher
Tuesday 22nd January – West Tamworth Leagues Club, Tamworth, NSW

Figgy Folk Session
Monday 21st January – Figtree Hotel, Figtree, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Tom West, Sasha March, Daryl James
Wednesday 23rd January – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Sunday 20th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW

Georgia State Line
Wednesday 23rd January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Great Aunt
Saturday 19th January – The Press 2340, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – RAB Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – RAB Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Storyteller – Duos, City Sider Motor Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 24th January – Element Bar, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Friday 25th January – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Friday 18th January – DAG Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Friday 18th January – The Welders Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 19th January – The Tamworth Opry, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – The Press 2340, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Diggers, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Peel Street Mall, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Woman Enough: A Celebration Of Women In Americana, The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Storytellers Midnight Murder Ballads, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – The Welders Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – The Press 2340, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – Tom Petty Tribute Show, The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Hana & Jessie-Lee
Saturday 19th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Take Me to Town Showcase, Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Storytellers Sessions, City Side Motor Inn, Tamworth, NSW

Harvey Russell
Saturday 19th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 19th January – The Press 2340, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – RAB Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW

Hayley Marsten
Sunday 20th January – Write Like A Girl, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Writers in the Round, Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – Court House Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Hello Tut Tut
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 25th January – Rainbow Serpent Festival, Lexton, VIC
Friday 25th to Monday 28th January – Newstead Live, Castlemaine, VIC

Honey
Friday 25th January – Bingie Pottery, Bingie, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. James Ellis and the Jealous Guys, King Arthur
Thursday 24th January – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Hussy Hicks
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW

Illawarra Folk Festival
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Bulli, NSW

Imogen Clarke
Sunday 20th January – Write Like A Girl, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – The Loft, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – The Tamworth Opry, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Innocent Eve
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January – Tamar Valley Folk Festival, George Town, TAS
Tuesday 22nd January – Writers in the Round, Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – RAB Stage, Tamworth, NSW

Irish Music Session
Thursday 24th January – Toowong Bowls, Brisbane, QLD

Irish Mythen
Friday 18th January – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

James Edge
Friday 18th January – Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 18th January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW

James Ellis & The Jealous Guys
Friday 18th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Honky Tonkin’, The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Jed Rowe
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo, NSW
Friday 25th to Monday 28th January – Newstead Live, Castlemaine, VIC

Jeff Lang
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo, NSW

Jen Cloher
Saturday 19th January – Ocean Sounds Festival, Phillip Island, VIC

Jen Mize
Friday 18th January – Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 19th January – DAG Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Saturday 19th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Take Me to Town Showcase, Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – City Sider, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – The Press, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Peel Inn, Tamworth, NSW

Jenny Mitchell
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Storrytellers, City Sider Motor Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – West Tamworth Leagues Club, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Kiwi Country Showcase, Bicentennial Park, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Southgate Songwriters, Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Storytellers Midnight Murder Ballads, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, St Paul’s Church, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Jess Holland
Thursday 24th January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, St Paul’s Church, Tamworth, NSW

John Butler Trio & Missy Higgins
Friday 25th January – Wignalls Winery, Albany, WA

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 25th to Monday 28th January – Newstead Live, Castlemaine, VIC

Karl S Williams
Sunday 20th January – Mo’s Desert Clubhouse, Burleigh Heads, QLD

Katie Brianna
Monday 21st January – Take Me to Town Showcase, Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Kay Proudlove
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Kevin Bennett & The Flood
Saturday 19th January – DAG Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Monday 21st January – Songhouse Sessions, Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Wests Leagues, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – DAG Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Friday 25th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Kim Churchill
Friday 18th January – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC

Kirsty Lee-Akers
Tuesday 22nd January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – Diggers, Tamworth, NSW

Knott Family Band
Friday 18th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 19th January – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 20th January – Harrigan’s Irish Bar, Pokolbin, NSW
Monday 21st January – House Concert, Dorrigo, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Brisbane Unplugged, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 24th January – Currumbin Community Markets, Currumbin, QLD
Thursday 24th January – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 25th January – Sound Feast, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Kristy Cox
Monday 21st January – Great Country Love Songs, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Americana in the Park, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – JB HiFi, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Wests League Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – ABC Radio Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – Bluegrass Comes To Tamworth, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – The Tamworth Opry, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Monday 21st January – Americana in the Park, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Take Me to Town Showcase, Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – Tom Petty Tribute Show, The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – The Tamworth Opry, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Leon Bridges
Saturday 19th January – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Liam Gerner
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Lindsay Lou
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Liz Frencham
Friday 25th to Monday 28th January – Newstead Live, Castlemaine, VIC

Luluc
Friday 18th January – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 20th January – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Sunday 21st January – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle, WA
Friday 25th January – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Magpie Diaries
Saturday 19th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Servo Food Truck, Port Kembla, NSW
Friday 25th January – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW

Mandy Connell
Saturday 19th January – Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon, VIC
Sunday 20th January – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th to Monday 28th January – Newstead Live, Castlemaine, VIC

Marlon Williams w/ Florence & The Machine
Friday 18th January – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th January – A Day On The Green, Geelong, VIC
Tuesday 22nd January – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 23rd January – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Martha
Sunday 20th January – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Matt Ward
Sunday 20th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Hopscotch Cafe, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – DAG Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Whiskey Bar, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – DAG Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW

Megan Cooper
Monday 21st January – Americana in the Park, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Woman Enough: A Celebration Of Women In Americana, The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Songwriters, Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, St Paul’s Church, Tamworth, NSW

Melody Moko
Saturday 19th January – The Tamworth Opry, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – Write Like A Girl, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Woman Enough: A Celebration Of Women In Americana, The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW

Mic Conway & Robbie Long
Friday 18th January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 19th January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW

Michael Waugh
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Monday 21st January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – City Sider Motor Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, St Paul’s Church, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – The Medicine Show Sessions, The Press Tamworth, NSW

Michaela Jenke
Saturday 19th January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Capitol Music Store, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Tamworth Square Stage, Tamworth, NSW

Mitch Power
Sunday 20th January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Take Me to Town Showcase, Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Americana in the Park, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Storytellers – Bearded Blokes, City Sider Motor Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – RAB Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Country Music Cares, Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Midnight Murder Ballads, City Sider Motor Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, St Paul’s Church, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Storytellers, City Sider Motor Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Storytellers, City Sider Motor Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – Roadshow Deluxe, The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW

Montgomery Church
Saturday 19th January – TFSS Family Concert, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – R U OK? Music for Mates, Diggers, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Americana in the Park, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Wests Leagues, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Storyteller – Duos, City Sider Motor Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – The Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Medicine Show Sessions, The Press 2340, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – JB HiFi, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – The Press 2340
Friday 25th January – Bluegrass Comes To Tamworth, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – The Barn, Tamworth, NSW

Mr Alford
Friday 18th January – Mudgee Brewing Co., Mudgee, NSW
Saturday 19th January – Old Bank Restaurant & Bar, Dubbo, NSW
Sunday 20th January – The Agrestic Grocer, Orange, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Element Bar, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Mumford & Sons w/ Michael Kiwanuka
Friday 18th January – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 19th January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 24th January – Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA

Mustered Courage
Wednesday 23rd January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – Bluegrass Comes To Tamworth, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Nat Henry
Tuesday 22nd January – Woman Enough: A Celebration Of Women In Americana, The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Nathan Seeckts
Saturday 19th January – Sider Diner, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 19th January – The Press 2340, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 19th January – Storytellers – Love & Loss, Sider Diner, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – RAB Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Tamworth City Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Element Bar, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Friday 25th January – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Newstead Live
Friday 25th to Monday 28th January – Castlemaine, VIC

Nick Payne
Saturday 19th January – The Press 2340, Tamworth, NSW

Nigel Wearne
Wednesday 23rd January – Storytellers Midnight Murder Ballads, Tamworth, NSW

Numeralla Folk Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th January – Numeralla, NSW

Ocean Sounds Festival
Saturday 19th January – Phillip Island, VIC

Oh Pep!
Saturday 19th January – Ocean Sounds Festival, Phillip Island, VIC

Out of Abingdon
Friday 18th January – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 25th January – John the Potter’s, Bingie, NSW

Paddy McHugh
Saturday 19th January – Australiana in Nundle, Nundle Town Hall, Nundle, NSW
Saturday 19th January – The Welder’s Dog Tamworth, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Southgate, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, St Paul’s Church, Tamworth, NSW

Paul Dempsey
Saturday 19th January – Bundanon Trust, Illaroo, NSW

Pete Murray
Friday 18th November – The Grand Hotel, Mornington Peninsula, VIC
Saturday 19th November – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Sunday 20th January – The Grand Hotel, Mornington Peninsula, VIC
Wednesday 23rd January – Whalers Inn, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 24th January – Wool Exchange, Geelong, VIC

Pierce Brothers
Saturday 19th January – Ocean Sounds Festival, Phillip Island, VIC

Porch Sessions on Tour feat. Jack The Fox, Harrison Storm & Alana Wilkinson
Friday 18th January – House Concert, Millicent, SA
Sunday 20th January – House Concert, Normanville, SA

Redfern Shanty Club
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Richard Lawson
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Rory Phillips
Friday 18th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 19th January – TSA Songwriters Sing, The Square Man Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 19th January – Bushwackers Bogan Beach Party, The Longyard, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – Junior Graduates Showcase, Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – Williamsburg Tamworth, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Escape Into Song, Hopscotch Restaurant, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Williamburg Tamworth, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Battle of the Young Stars, Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – ICMA Showcase & Awards, South Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW

Rose Zita Falko
Monday 21st January – Americana in the Park, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Familyzone, RAB Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Storytellers Midnight Murder Ballads, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Storyteller Sessions, City Sider, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW

Round Mountain Girls
Saturday 19th January – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW
Friday 25th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Sam Newton
Saturday 19th January – The Welder’s Dog Tamworth, Tamworth, NSW

Sarah Humphreys
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Shane Nicholson
Wednesday 23rd January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – The Tamworth Opry, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Sheilas: The Renegade Women of Country Music feat. Bec Willis, Ilona Harker, Jess Holland, Melanie Horsnell, Toni Swain, Wanita Queen of Honky Tonk, Sheila Knackers
Sunday 20th January – North Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

Skyscraper Stan
Saturday 19th January – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 20th January – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Smith & Jones
Friday 18th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 19th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Storyteller – Duos, City Sider Motor Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – JB HiFi Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – Tom Petty Tribute Show, The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW

Steel City Sue
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 19th January – Sunset Soirée, Hunter Valley, NSW
Sunday 20th January – Peel Inn, Nundle, NSW

Steve Smyth
Sunday 20th January – Mo’s Desert Clubhouse, Burleigh Heads, QLD
Wednesday 23rd January – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 25th January – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW

Take Me to Town Showcase feat. Ben Leece, Katie Brianna, The Weeping Willows, Hana & Jessie-Lee, Lachlan Byan, Jen Mize, Mitch Power
Monday 21st January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Tamar Valley Folk Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January – George Town, TAS

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 27th January – Tamworth, NSW

Ted Egan
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

The Anecdote
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

The April Family
Wednesday 23rd January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – JB HiFi, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – Tom Petty Tribute Show, The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Backsliders
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo, NSW

The Bean Project
Friday 25th to Monday 28th January – Newstead Live, Castlemaine, VIC

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 18th January – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 19th January – Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Sunday 20th January – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Granada Tavern, Hobart, TAS
Friday 25th January – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Black Sorrows
Thursday 24th January – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 25th January – Bowral Bowling Club, Bowral, NSW

The Bottlers
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

The Bushwackers
Saturday 19th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – DAG Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Friday 25th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 18th January – Whian Whian Memorial Hall, Whian Whian, NSW

The Chicken Train Skifflers
Tuesday 22nd January – Court House Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Fretless
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

The Grubby Urchins
Friday 25th to Monday 28th January – Newstead Live, Castlemaine, VIC

The Hillbilly Goats
Sunday 20th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Shoppingworld, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – The Longyard, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW

The Long Johns
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

The McClymonts
Wednesday 23rd January – Tamworth Regional Entertainment & Conference Centre, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW

The Northern Folk
Friday 25th to Monday 28th January – Newstead Live Music Festival, Newstead, VIC

The Pigs
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Longyard, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – Longyard, Tamworth, NSW

The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Sunday 20th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 20th January – The Tamworth, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – Tom Petty Tribute Show, The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Tall Stories w/ Jess Holland
Wednesday 23rd January – Peel Inn, Nundle, NSW

The Tamworth Opry feat. Felicity Urquhart, Catherine Britt, Luke O’Shea, Camille and Stuie, Andrew Swift, Gretta Ziller, Allan Caswell, Tori Forsyth, Travis List, Neilly Rich, Abbie Ferris, Melody Moko
Saturday 19th January – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

The Tamworth Opry feat. Shane Nicholson, Too Arcus, James Blundell, Bill Chambers, Kristy Cox, Amanda Cook, Paul Costa, The Weeping Willows, Ben Ransom, Gina Timms, Imogen Clark, Liam Brew, Sam Hawksley, Lachlan Bryan
Friday 25th January – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

The Water Runners
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Monday 21st January – R U OK? Music for Mates, Wests Diggers, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Take Me to Town Showcase, Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 21st January – Great Country Love Songs, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 22nd January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – JB HiFi, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Country Music Cares, Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 23rd January – Storytellers Midnight Murder Ballads, City Sider Diner, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – The Loft, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – Bluegrass Comes To Tamworth, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – Medicine Show Sessions, The Press, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 25th January – The Tamworth Opry, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

The Willing Ponies
Friday 18th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 19th January – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Then Jolene
Friday 18th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 19th January – Peel Inn, Nundle, NSW
Sunday 20th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January – Thredbo, NSW

Timothy James Bowen
Thursday 24th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Tom West
Friday 18th January – Miss Moses, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 23rd January – FolksWagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Tori Forsyth
Saturday 19th January – The Tamworth Opry, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Whoa Mule
Friday 25th January – Tumbarumba Wines Escape, Tumbarumba, NSW
Friday 25th to Monday 28th January – Newstead Live, Castlemaine, VIC

Winter Wilson
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Friday 25th January – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW

Woman Enough: A Celebration Of Women In Americana feat. Melody Moko, Gretta Ziller, Megan Cooper, Nat Henry
Tuesday 22nd January – The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Write Like A Girl feat. Arna Georgia, Melody Moko, Bec Willis, Hayley Marsten, Imogen Clark, Allison Forbes, Sarah Ledet, Emma Beau, Brook Lambert
Sunday 20th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Hares on the Mountain” – Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Releases This Week

Winners
CMAA: Winners 2019 – Various
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Fretless

The Fretless

Friday 11th to Sunday 13th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS
Wednesday 16th January – Rosny Farm, Rosny Park, TAS
Thursday 17th January – Django at Camelot, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 11th January – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 12th January – Currarong Bowling & Recreation Club, Currarong, NSW
Saturday 12th January – Nellijam Music Festival, Nellijam, NSW
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo, NSW

Andrew Swift
Friday 18th January – The Welders Dog, Tamworth, NSW

Andrew Swift, Gretta Ziller & Brad Cox
Friday 11th January – Murramarang Nature Tourist Resort, Murramarang NSW
Saturday 12th January – Holiday Haven Lake Conjola, Lake Conjola NSW
Sunday 13th January – Toowoon Bay Holiday Park, Toowoon Bay NSW
Monday 14th January – Reflections Holiday Park, Hawks Nest NSW
Tuesday 15th January – Reflections Holiday Park, Seal Rocks NSW
Wednesday 16th January – Reflections Holiday Park, Tuncurry NSW

Ashlea Reale
Friday 11th January – Dome, Waikiki, WA

Ayleen O
Saturday 12th January – The Cabaret Club, Ballarat, VIC
Sunday 13th January – Lulie St Tavern, Abbotsford, VIC

Ben Mastwyk
Friday 18th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Bill Chambers & Leah Briggs
Saturday 12th January – The Border Inn, Apsley, VIC

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s Presents Bluegrass Bush Picnic
Wednesday 16th January – Balls Head, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass Oldtime Jam
Sunday 13th January – The Old City Bank, Katoomba, NSW

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Sunday 13th January – Quarterdeck, Narooma, NSW

Broads
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Calexico
Tuesday 15th January – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Thursday 17th January – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Catherine Britt
Friday 18th January – CMAA Academy Grad Concert, Wests, Tamworth, NSW

Chaika
Sunday 13th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Chloe & Jason Roweth
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 11th January – Stanley Town Hall, Stanley, TAS
Saturday 12th January – Two Oaks, Somerset, TAS
Sunday 13th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January – Tamar Valley Folk Festival, George Town, TAS

Cloudstreet
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Co-cheol
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Cygnet Folk Festival
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th January – Cygnet, TAS

Dana Hassall
Friday 18th January – The Press 2340, Tamworth, NSW

Dennis J. Leise
Sunday 13th January – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th January – El Sol, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Elsen Price w/ Bruce Cale
Saturday 12th January – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW

Emily Wurramara
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Emma Russack
Sunday 13th January – Miss Moses, Melbourne, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Mr Alford, TJ Eckleberg, Amie G
Wednesday 16th January – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Georgia State Line
Sunday 13th January – Noisy Ritual Urban Winery, Melbourne, VIC

Greta Stanley
Saturday 12th January – Pineapple Fields, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Gretta Ziller
Friday 18th January – DAG Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Friday 18th January – The Welders Dog, Tamworth, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Hello Tut Tut
Friday 11th January – The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW
Saturday 12th January – Hardy’s Bay Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW
Sunday 13th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th January – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Honk! OZ
Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th January – Wollongong, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo, NSW

Illawarra Folk Festival
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Bulli, NSW

In The Round at Leadbelly feat. Kim Churchill, Ruby Gill, Tyne-James Organ
Tuesday 15th January – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Irish Music Session
Thursday 17th January – Toowong Bowls, Brisbane, QLD

Irish Mythen
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS
Thursday 17th January – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 18th January – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

James Ellis & The Jealous Guys
Friday 18th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Jed Rowe
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo, NSW

Jeff Lang
Sunday 13th January – Wolseley Wines, Paraparap, VIC
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo, NSW

Jenny Mitchell
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 11th January – Chapel Off Chapel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th January – The Cabaret Club, Ballarat, VIC

Kay Proudlove
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Kim Churchill
Friday 11th January – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Saturday 12th January – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Tuesday 15th January – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th January – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC

Knott Family Band
Wednesday 16th January – Star Hotel, Yackandandah, VIC
Friday 18th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Leon Bridges
Monday 14th January – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 15th January – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th January – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW

Les Poules à Colin
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS
Wednesday 16th January – Lindisfarne Masonic Hall, Lindisfarne, TAS

Liam Gerner
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Lindsay Lou
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Lloyd Spiegel
Saturday 12th January – Nellijam Music Festival, Nellijam, NSW

Luluc
Friday 11th January – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th January – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 18th January – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Magpie Diaries
Friday 11th January – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 12th January – Sly Fox, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 13th January – Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay, NSW

Marlon Williams w/ Florence & The Machine
Saturday 12th January – Perth Arena, Perth, WA
Wednesday 16th January – Botanic Park, Adelaide, SA
Friday 18th January – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC

Mic Conway & Robbie Long
Friday 18th January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW

Michael Waugh
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Mr Alford
Friday 11th January – Longstocking Brewery, Pambula, NSW
Saturday 12th January – Ollie Masons Cafe, Eden, NSW
Sunday 13th January – Cobargo Hotel Motel, Cobargo, NSW
Wednesday 16th January – Folkswagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 17th January – The Black Sheep, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th January – Mudgee Brewing Co., Mudgee, NSW

Mumford & Sons w/ Michael Kiwanuka
Tuesday 15th January – Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 18th January – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW

Nat Henry
Saturday 12th January – Desk and Studio, Sydney, NSW

Nellijam Music Festival
Saturday 12th January – The Steampacket Hotel, Nellijam, NSW

Oh Pep!
Friday 11th January – The Landsdowne, Sydney, NSW

Out of Abingdon
Friday 11th January – Spaghetti & Jazz, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 18th January – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW

Paul Dempsey
Thursday 17th January – The Factory, Sydney, NSW

Pete Murray
Friday 11th January – Shoal Bay Country Club, Shoal Bay, NSW
Saturday 12th January – Sunken Monkey Car Park, Erina, NSW
Sunday 13th January – Summersalt, Rottnest Island, WA
Wednesday 16th January – Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, Batemans Bay, NSW
Thursday 17th January – Club Sapphire, Merimbula, NSW
Friday 18th November – The Grand Hotel, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

Porch Sessions on Tour feat. Jack The Fox, Harrison Storm & Alana Wilkinson
Saturday 12th January – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 13th January – House Concert, Geelong, VIC
Monday 14th January – House Concert, Anglesea, VIC
Wednesday 16th January – House Concert, Warnambool, VIC
Friday 18th January – House Concert, Millicent, SA

Raechel Whitchurch
Friday 11th January – Barkley Park, Parkes, NSW

Redfern Shanty Club
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Richard Lawson
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Rick Hart Trio
Sunday 13th January – Red Lion Brewery, Kilmore, VIC

Rory Phillips
Friday 18th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW

Sarah Humphreys
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Shamworth feat. Matt Ward, The Heggarties, Michaela Jenke
Saturday 12th January – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Smith & Jones
Friday 18th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 11th January – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 17th January – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Stillhouse Union, Nick Payne & Harvey Russell
Friday 11th January – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Tamar Valley Folk Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January – George Town, TAS

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 27th January – Tamworth, NSW

Ted Egan
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

The Andy Golledge Band
Friday 11th January – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

The Anecdote
Friday 11th January – The Purple Carrot, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

The Backsliders
Saturday 12th January – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo, NSW

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 11th January – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Saturday 12th January – The Whalers Hotel, Warrnambool, VIC
Sunday 13th January – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Thursday 17th January – Narrabeen RSL, Narrabeen, NSW
Friday 18th January – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Black Sorrows
Thursday 17th January – Wonderland Spiegeltent, Barwon Heads, VIC

The Bottlers
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 18th January – Whian Whian Memorial Hall, Whian Whian, NSW

The Fretless
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS
Wednesday 16th January – Rosny Farm, Rosny Park, TAS
Thursday 17th January – Django at Camelot, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

The Long Johns
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

The Pigs
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

The Swamp Stompers
Friday 11th January – Murrah Hall, Murrah, NSW
Saturday 12th January – Nellijam Music Festival, Nellijam, NSW
Sunday 13th January – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW

The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Thursday 17th January – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

The Teskey Brothers
Wednesday 16th January – Australian Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Water Runners
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Sunday 13th January – Cheltenham Library, Melbourne, VIC

The Willing Ponies
Friday 18th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January – Thredbo, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Young Bride” – Midlake

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Les Poules à Colin

Les Poules a Colin

Friday 4th January – Le Penelope’s @ Kirwans Bridge Estate, Nagambie, VIC
Saturday 5th January – Fireside Sessions House Concert, Warrandyte, VIC
Sunday 6th January – WinexSam, Seymour, VIC
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Gigs Next Week

Alice Skye
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th January – Falls Festival, Fremantle, WA

Andrew Swift, Gretta Ziller & Brad Cox
Friday 4th January – Jingellic Showgrounds, Jingellic NSW
Saturday 5th January – Tumut River Brewing Company, Tumut NSW
Sunday 6th January – Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park, Porepunkah VIC
Monday 7th January – Omeo Caravan Park, Omeo VIC
Tuesday 8th January – Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park, Mallacoota VIC
Wednesday 9th January – Tathra Beachside, Tathra NSW
Thursday 10th January – Reflections Holiday Park, Bermagui NSW
Friday 11th January – Murramarang Nature Tourist Resort, Murramarang NSW

Archer
Friday 4th January – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Sunday 6th January – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Ashlea Reale
Saturday 5th January – Good Folk Festival, Ravenswood Hotel, Ravenswood, WA
Friday 11th January – Dome, Waikiki, WA

Bayview Country Picnic Festival feat. Matt Joe Gow, The Hollands, Lloyd & Jason Clarke, Lachlan Bryan, Khristian Mizzi, Deborah Helen Wright, Rick Hart, Tim Woodz, Simon Trist, Chris Newman & Ryan Shore, Grazy’s Country, Michael Waugh
Saturday 5th January – Bayview Country Art Club, Bittern, VIC

Cat Canteri
Friday 4th January – Empire Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 5th January – Bridge Road Brewers, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 5th January – Tanswells Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Sunday 6th January – Empire Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Cygnet Folk Festival
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th January – Cygnet, TAS

Dermot Kennedy w/ Sam Fender
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th January – Falls Festival, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 9th January – Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 10th January – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Falls Festival
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th January – Fremantle, WA

First Aid Kit
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th January – Falls Festival, Fremantle, WA

FolkOnStage feat. Michael Inglis, Traditional Graffiti, Stu Tyrrell, MaD aDaM
Sunday 6th January – Red Bar, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Ed Wells, Liv Cartledge, Cilla Jane
Wednesday 9th January – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Good Folk Festival feat. Justin Walshe Folk Machine, Tracey Barnett, The Holly Smoke, Ashlea Reale & the Outlaws
Saturday 5th January – Ravenswood Hotel, Ravenswood, WA

Honey
Friday 4th January – Bermi’s Beachside Cafe, Bermagui, NSW

Honk! OZ
Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th January – Wollongong, NSW

Irish Mythen
Friday 4th January – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 5th January – Odd Fellows Hall, Kempsey, NSW
Sunday 6th January – Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Thursday 10th January – Rosny Barn, Hobart, TAS
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Jordie Lane
Friday 11th January – Chapel Off Chapel, Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
Wednesday 9th January – No. 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 11th January – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Les Poules à Colin
Friday 4th January – Le Penelope’s @ Kirwans Bridge Estate, Nagambie, VIC
Saturday 5th January – Fireside Sessions House Concert, Warrandyte, VIC
Sunday 6th January – WinexSam, Seymour, VIC
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Lindsay Lou
Saturday 5th January – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 6th January – Kave Bar, Newport, NSW
Monday 7th January – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 9th January – Caravan Music Club, Bentleigh East, VIC
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Luluc
Friday 11th January – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Magpie Diaries
Friday 4th January – Bellingen Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 5th January – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Friday 11th January – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Manus McGuire & Ben Stephenson
Sunday 6th January – The Doss House, Sydney, NSW

Michael Waugh
Saturday 5th January – Bayview Country Art Club, Bittern, VIC
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Monique Clare
Friday 4th January – The BrisWest Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Neil Murray
Saturday 5th January – The River, Margaret River, WA

Oh Pep!
Friday 11th January – The Landsdowne, Sydney, NSW

Pete Murray
Friday 4th January – The Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, QLD
Saturday 5th January – Night Quarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 6th January – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW
Wednesday 9th January – C.Ex Coffs, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Thursday 10th January – United Services Club, Laurieton, NSW
Friday 11th January – Shoal Bay Country Club, Shoal Bay, NSW

Porch Sessions on Tour feat. Jack The Fox, Harrison Storm & Alana Wilkinson
Saturday 5th January – House Concert, Bangalow, NSW
Sunday 6th January – House Concert, Emerald Beach, NSW
Tuesday 8th January – House Concert, Glenbrook, NSW
Wednesday 9th January – House Concert, Bulli, NSW

Queen Porter Stomp
Sunday 6th January – Dangar Island Bowling Club, Dangar Island, NSW

Raechel Whitchurch
Friday 11th January – Barkley Park, Parkes, NSW

River Matthews w/ Colin Lillie
Saturday 5th January – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 6th January – Servo Food Truck Bar, Port Kembla, NSW

Sam Martin and the Sundowners w/ Gleny Rae
Friday 4th January – Tathra Hotel, Tathra, NSW
Saturday 5th January – Tathra Hotel, Tathra, NSW
Sunday 6th January – Tathra Hotel, Tathra, NSW
Monday 7th January – Tathra Hotel, Tathra, NSW
Tuesday 8th January – Tathra Hotel, Tathra, NSW
Wednesday 9th January – Tathra Hotel, Tathra, NSW

ShantyDay in the Rocks
Saturday 5th January – The Doss House, Sydney, NSW

Shawn Lidster & Pay the Fiddler
Friday 4th January – Halekulani Bowling Club, Budgewoi, NSW

Smith & Jones
Saturday 5th January – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Stillhouse Union, Nick Payne & Harvey Russell
Friday 11th January – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 4th January – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 5th January – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, QLD
Sunday 6th January – Sol Bar, Maroochydoore, QLD
Thursday 10th January – Grand Hotel, Mornington, VIC
Friday 11th January – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

The Black Sorrows
Friday 4th January – Bowlo Sports & Leisure, Yamba, NSW
Saturday 5th January – The Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta, QLD
Sunday 6th January – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW

The Fretless
Friday 4th January – The BrisWest Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 5th January – The Minya Winery, Connewarre, VIC
Sunday 6th January – House Concert, Woodford, VIC
Thursday 10th January – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

The Little Lord St Band w/ Helen Townsend, Belle Harvey, The Justin Walshe Folk Machine
Friday 4th January – The Sewing Room, Perth, WA

The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Friday 4th January – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Saturday 5th January – Mossvale Park, Berrys Creek, VIC

Vance Joy
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th January – Falls Festival, Fremantle, WA

XANI
Saturday 5th January – The Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Young Folks Two feat. Riordan, Anyes, Willy Challis, Kiri, Rhyen
Wednesday 9th January – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Hazel Eyes” – Sam Newton

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th December

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We published our traditional list of our favourite Christmas carols and songs from the year including tracks from Kay Proudlove, The Low Anthem, The Staves, Brian Lambert, Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission, William Fitzsimmons, William Fitzsimmons, Allison Lupton feat. The Young’uns, Paden, Kirsty Lee Akers, Rodney Crowell, Lowland Hum, Grant Maloy Smith, Skinner and T’witch, Jimmy Lee Morris, Keston Cobblers Club, The Lumineers, Alessi’s Ark, The Selkie Girls, Rum Ragged, Cara Dillon and Rebecca Loebe & Findlay Napier. Details here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford FF

Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Monday 31st December – Shoalhaven Heads Bowling & Recreation Club, Shoalhaven Heads, NSW

Alex the Astronaut
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Alice Skye
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Monday 31st December to Wednesday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Andrew Swift, Gretta Ziller & Brad Cox
Friday 28th December – Ocean Grove Holiday Park, Ocean Grove, VIC
Saturday 29th December – Kangerong Holiday Park, Dromana, VIC
Sunday 30th December – Inverloch Foreshore Camping Reserve, Inverloch, VIC
Monday 31st December – Marlo Ocean Views, Marlo, VIC
Tuesday 1st January – Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park, Mallacoota, VIC
Wednesday 2nd January – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden NSW
Thursday 3rd January – NRMA Jindabyne Holiday Park, Jindabyne NSW
Friday 4th January – Jingellic Showgrounds, Jingellic NSW

Archer
Friday 4th January – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Saturday 29th December – The Cauliflower Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 3rd January – Rock Lily, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Saturday 29th December – One Hot Night, Rockhampton, QLD
Sunday 30th December – Tropical Vibes Gki, The Keppels, QLD

Cassidy’s Ceili
Monday 31st December – The Burns Club, Canberra, ACT

Cat Canteri
Thursday 3rd January – Red Lion Brewery, Kilmore, VIC
Friday 4th January – Empire Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Dan Sultan
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Dean Lewis
Friday 28th December – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Dermot Kennedy w/ Sam Fender
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Monday 31st December to Wednesday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Echo Deer
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Gulgong Folk Festival, Gulgong, NSW

Emily Wurramara
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Falls Festival
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Lorne, VIC
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Marion Bay, TAS
Monday 31st December to Wednesday 2nd January – Byron Bay, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Old Man Luedecke, Lucy Wise
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

First Aid Kit
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Monday 31st December to Wednesday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Gulgong Folk Festival
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Gulgong, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers
Monday 31st December – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Hat Fitz and Cara
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Honey
Friday 4th January – Bermi’s Beachside Cafe, Bermagui, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Irish Mythen
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Wednesday 2nd January – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 3rd January – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 4th January – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Jen Cloher
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Jess Locke
Sunday 30th December to Tuesday 1st January – NYE On The Hill, VIC

Julia Jacklin
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Karl S Williams
Sunday 30th December – The Scottish Prince, Palm Beach, QLD

Les Poules a Colin
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Thursday 3rd January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 4th January – Le Penelope’s @ Kirwans Bridge Estate, Nagambie, VIC

Liam Gerner
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Lucy Wise
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Magpie Diaries
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD
Thursday 3rd January – Nimbin Bush Theatre, Nimbin, NSW
Thursday 3rd January – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 4th January – Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW

Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Mark Lucas
Thursday 3rd January – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Mel Parsons
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Mick Thomas and the Roving Commission
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Monique Clare
Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th January – Tree Folk String Camp, Paddington Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 4th January – The BrisWest Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Nariel Creek Folk Festival
Thursday 27th December to Thursday 3rd January – Nariel Creek Recreation Reserve, Nariel Valley, VIC

Neil Murray
Friday 28th December – The Sewing Room, Perth, WA
Thursday 3rd January – Ronnie Nights, Fremantle, WA

NYE On The Hill
Sunday 30th December to Tuesday 1st January – The Farm, Loch Village, VIC

Old Man Luedecke
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Paddy McHugh
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Pete Murray
Thursday 3rd January – The Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, QLD
Friday 4th January – The Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, QLD

Porch Sessions on Tour feat. Jack The Fox, Harrison Storm & Alana Wilkinson
Wednesday 2nd January – House Concert, Gold Coast Hinterland, Mount Nathan, QLD

Sean McMahon
Saturday 29th December – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Shantily Clad w/ Jam Jar Trio
Saturday 29th December – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Shaun Kirk
Monday 31st December – Queenscliff Harbour, Queenscliff, VIC

Shawn Lidster & Pay the Fiddler
Friday 4th January – Halekulani Bowling Club, Budgewoi, NSW

Stella Donnelly
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Sunday 30th December to Tuesday 1st January – NYE On The Hill, VIC

Stiff Gins
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Beautiful Girls
Thursday 3rd January – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 4th January – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD

The Black Sorrows
Friday 28th December – Bird’s Basement, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 29th December – Westernport-Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Sunday 30th December – Wonderland Spiegeltent, Barwon Heads, VIC
Monday 31st December – Coolalinga Tavern, Coolalinga, NT
Thursday 3rd January – Panthers Port Macquarie, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 4th January – Bowlo Sports & Leisure, Yamba, NSW

The Bushwackers
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Cat Empire
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Emerald Ruby
Sunday 30th December – Chicks with Picks, The Townie, Sydney, NSW

The Fretless
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Friday 4th January – The BrisWest Centre, Brisbane, QLD

The Little Lord St Band
Friday 4th January – The Sewing Room, Perth, WA

The Little Stevies
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Maes
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Montgomery Brothers
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Northern Folk
Thursday 27 December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD
Thursday 3rd January – Upper Lansdowne Hall & Happenings, Upper Lansdowne, NSW

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Teskey Brothers
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Waifs
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Water Runners
Friday 28th December – The Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, NSW

Tree Folk String Camp
Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th January – Paddington Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Vance Joy
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Monday 31st December to Wednesday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Woodford Folk Festival
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Xavier Rudd
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Charlie Darwin” – The Low Anthem

The Best Folky Christmas Songs of 2018

Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve which means its time to publish our favourite Christmas tracks released this year with a folky flavour.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone! Looking forward to folking with you in 2019

Kay Proudlove – “Gift Card”

The Low Anthem – “Fairy On The Christmas Tree”

The Staves – “Home Alone, Too”

Brian Lambert – “All I Want For Christmas”

Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission – “Boxing Day Drive”

William Fitzsimmons – “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

William Fitzsimmons – “Will Christmas Come for Me (Child of God)”

William Fitzsimmons – “Where Are You Christmas?”

William Fitzsimmons – “Warmer in the Cold”

Allison Lupton feat. The Young’uns – “The Eve of Christmas Day”

Paden – “Christmas Chorus”

Kirsty Lee Akers – “I Never Want Christmas To End”

Rodney Crowell – “Clement’s Lament (We’ll See You In The Mall)”

Lowland Hum – “Joy To The World”

Grant Maloy Smith feat. EmiSunshine – “Fly Possum Fly”

Skinner and T’witch – “Silent, the Night”

Jimmy Lee Morris – “Christmas 1914”

Keston Cobblers Club – “Let It Snow”

The Lumineers – “Pretty Paper”

Alessi’s Ark – “Winter’s Grace”

The Selkie Girls – “Good King Wenceslas”

Rum Ragged – “Pop’s New Accordion”

Cara Dillon – “River”

Rebecca Loebe & Findlay Napier – “Joy to the World, I Guess”

Eric Coomer – “Snow”

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st December

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We picked our top 25 albums and EPs of 2018 including releases from Courtney Marie Andrews, Emma Davis, First Aid Kit, Gregory Alan Isakov, I’m With Her, Imogen Clark, Iron & Wine, Jack Carty & Gus Gardiner, John Flanagan Trio, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, Kasey Chambers, Laura Veirs, Lúnasa, Marlon Williams, The Milk Carton Kids, Mustered Courage, Old Crow Medicine Show, Passenger, Sam Newton, The Low Anthem, The Paper Kites, Tim Hart, Whoa Mule, William Fitzsimmons and more. Details here

– Our Editor In Chief Gareth Hugh Evans picked his top 25 tracks of 2018 including songs from Cat Canteri, Courtney Marie Andrews, Emma Davis, Fanny Lumsden, Gregory Alan Isakov, Husky, I’m With Her, Imogen Clark, Jack Carty & Gus Gardiner, John Flanagan Trio, Kasey Chambers & The Fireside Disciples, Laura Veirs, Marlon Williams, Missy Higgins, Mustered Courage feat. Mark Gable , Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Paddy McHugh, Sufjan Stevens, The Ahern Brothers, The Decemberists, The Low Anthem, Tim Hart, Whoa Mule, William Fitzsimmons, Willie Watson & Tim Blake Nelson and more. Details here

Releases This Week

Traveling On
Traveling OnThe Decemberists
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

A Celtic Christmas feat. Claymore, Colin Lillie, Saoirse, Hawthorn City Pipe Band, Glenbrae Celtic Dancers

A Celtic Christmas

Saturday 22nd December – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

A Celtic Christmas feat. Claymore, Colin Lillie, Saoirse, Hawthorn City Pipe Band, Glenbrae Celtic Dancers
Saturday 22nd December – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Adam Young and Sam Shinazzi
Sunday 23rd December – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Alex the Astronaut
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Alice Skye
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC

Andrew Swift, Gretta Ziller & Brad Cox
Thursday 27th December – Anglesea Family Caravan Park, Anglesea, VIC
Friday 28th December – Ocean Grove Holiday Park, Ocean Grove, VIC

Angus & Julia Stone
Friday 21st December – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Ben Leece
Friday 21st December – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Dan Sultan
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Darren Hanlon
Friday 21st December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd December – Church in the Graveyard, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 23rd December – Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Dean Lewis
Friday 21st December – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 23rd December – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th December – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Dermot Kennedy w/ Sam Fender
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC

Emily Wurramara
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Falls Festival
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Lorne, VIC

Festival of Small Halls feat. Old Man Luedecke, Lucy Wise
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

First Aid Kit
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC

Hat Fitz and Cara
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Hussy Hicks
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Irish Mythen
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

James Thomson
Sunday 23rd December – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Jen Cloher
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Jess Locke
Friday 21st December – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd December – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Julia Jacklin
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Kallidad
Friday 21st December – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 22nd December – Diggers Tavern, Bellingen, NSW

Karl S Williams
Sunday 23rd December – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Les Poules a Colin
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Liam Gerner
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Lucy Wise
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Magpie Diaries
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 21st December – Leichhardt Town Hall, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd December – Leichhardt Town Hall, Sydney, NSW

Matt Joe Gow
Friday 21st December – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Mel Parsons
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band
Friday 21st December – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Mick Thomas and The Roving Commission w/ Ayleen O’Hanlon
Saturday 22nd December – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd December – The Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Monday 24th December – The Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Mojo Juju
Friday 21st December – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Monique Clare
Friday 21st December – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Nariel Creek Folk Festival
Thursday 27th December to Thursday 3rdt January – Nariel Creek Recreation Reserve, Nariel Valley, VIC

Neil Murray
Friday 28th December – The Sewing Room, Perth, WA

Old Man Luedecke
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Paddy McHugh
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Paul Kelly – Making Gravy feat. Angus & Julia Stone, Alex Lahey, Mojo Juju
Friday 21st December – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Richard Lawson
Wednesday 26th December – Bermagui Beach Hotel, Bermagui, NSW

Round Mountain Girls
Saturday 22nd December – Cabarita Sports Club, Cabarita Beach, QLD

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 26th December – The Brothers, Melbourne, VIC

Southern Gentlemen
Sunday 23rd December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sparrow-Folk
Friday 21st December – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Stella Donnelly
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Stiff Gins
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Andy Golledge Band
Saturday 22nd December – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

The Black Sorrows
Saturday 22nd December – Caravan Music Club, Bentleigh East, VIC
Friday 28th December – Bird’s Basement, Melbourne, VIC

The Bushwackers
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Cat Empire
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Little Stevies
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Maes
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Montgomery Brothers
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Northern Folk
Thursday 27 December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Teskey Brothers
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Waifs
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Water Runners
Friday 21st December – Servo Food Truck Bar, Port Kembla, NSW
Friday 28th December – The Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, NSW

Timberwolf
Friday 21st December – Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA

Top End Folk Club Sunday Sessions
Sunday 23rd December – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Vance Joy
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC

Whiskey Dram
Saturday 22nd December – Bombay Rock, Melbourne, VIC

Woodford Folk Festival
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Xavier Rudd
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Fairytale of New York” – Jeff Tweedy, Punch Brothers, Sarah Jarosz, The Staves

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2018

2018

As is tradition the Timber and Steel Editor-in-Chief Gareth Hugh Evans brings you his top 25 tracks of the year. As always he’s tried to only pick one song per artist with the occasional album track trumping the singles from the same release. We think you’ll agree it’s been an amazing year for folk, roots, acoustic and singer-songwriter based music

But enough of our jabbering – it’s time to get to the music. Without further ado we present Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2017.

1. Courtney Marie Andrews – “May You Kindness Remain”

2. Missy Higgins – “Futon Couch”

3. The Low Anthem – “Give My Body Back”

4. Jack Carty & Gus Gardiner – “Antipodes”

5. Emma Davis – “Best of Times”

6. Cat Canteri – “Fitzroy Bowl”

7. Sufjan Stevens – “Mystery of Love”

8. Fanny Lumsden – “Real Men Don’t Cry (War On Pride)”

9. The Decemberists – “Severed”

10. Kasey Chambers & The Fireside Disciples – “Go On Your Way”

11. Whoa Mule – “Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom”

12. John Flanagan Trio – “Something To Complain About”

13. Paddy McHugh – “Down To Sydney”

14. I’m With Her – “Game to Lose”

15. Imogen Clark – “Collide”

16. Marlon Williams – “What’s Chasing You”

17. The Ahern Brothers – “There’s a Light”

18. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – “You Worry Me”

19. William Fitzsimmons – “Angela”

20. Gregory Alan Isakov – “San Luis”

21. Laura Veirs – “The Lookout”

22. Husky – “Walking In Your Sleep”

23. Tim Hart – “All in All”

24. Mustered Courage feat. Mark Gable – “Run to Paradise”

25. Willie Watson & Tim Blake Nelson – “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings”

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2018

Steeleye Span

Despite a quiet year on the blogging front from Timber and Steel 2018 was still a huge year for folk, roots, singer-songwriter and acoustic music with some amazing albums and EPs dropping throughout the year.

So we couldn’t resist continuing the tradition and once again bring you our top albums of the year.

Emma Davis
1. Emma DavisDemons
When we picked her single “Danger in Me” as our top track of 2017, it was almost a forgone conclusion that Emma Davis’ 2018 follow up album Demons would rank highly in this list.

Davis is one of the most talented lyricists in Australia right now and Demons is testament to her talents.

The singles that Emma Davis has drip fed us throughout the last few years have always had stunning production values and this album ties those earlier songs together seamlessly with her newer material to create 38 minutes of pitch-perfect folk-pop.

Go out and listen to Demons from start to finish right now.

Laura Veirs
2. Laura VeirsThe Lookout
Laura Veirs takes a huge leap forward as a singer and a songwriter with an album that’s more complex than her earlier work without losing sight of everything we’ve always loved about her music.

Hospital Hill
3. Jack Carty & Gus GardinerHospital Hill
The passion project from BFF’s Jack Carty and Gus Gardiner, Hospital Hill perfectly marries Carty’s beautiful songs with the string arrangements they’ve always deserved.

I'm With Her
4. I’m With HerSee You Around
Three of the best Americana singer-songwriters coming together for a collaborative album that manages to feel totally modern while still having its roots firmly in folk.

Courtney Marie Andrews
5. Courtney Marie AndrewsMay Your Kindness Remain
Courtney Marie Andrews is easily the most buzz-worthy Americana artist coming out of the US at the moment and if you listen to May Your Kindness Remain you’ll understand why.

Honest Man
6. John Flanagan TrioHonest Man
The evolution of John Flanagan continues with his trio (plus more) coming together for an album that leads with its lyrics and then knocks you over with the sheer mastery of the musicianship.

Passenger
7. PassengerRunaway
If there’s a year that Passenger releases an album then you can guarantee that’s a year he appears on this list – one of our favourite songwriters.

Evening Machines
8. Gregory Alan IsakovEvening Machines
The long awaited new album from Gregory Alan Isakov lives up to the expectations. Seriously can’t wait to see him when he hits these shores next year.

Johnny Flynn
9. Johnny Flynn & The Sussex WitLive At The Roundhouse
While live albums are not usually our cup of tea, Johnny Flynn has delivered something very special here – a career retrospective with all the “hits”, masterfully arranged with The Sussex Wit. Plus we finally have a recording of all three verses of “Detectorists”

Iron & Wine
10. Iron & WineWeed Garden
A beautiful EP featuring everything you want from Iron & Wine. This one was on repeat for much of this year.

The Low Anthem
11. The Low AnthemThe Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea
We feel like we’ve been waiting for a new album from The Low Anthem for far too long and when The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea we were delighted with the result. A stunning, stripped back piece of nu-folk

OCMS
12. Old Crow Medicine ShowVolunteer
OCMS have doubled down on their old time and bluegrass roots with Volunteer which may be one of their best albums to date.

Collide
13. Imogen ClarkCollide
With Collide Imogen Clark has really started to embrace her country, pop and Americana roots without losing her confessional singer-songwriter style.

First Aid Kit
14. First Aid KitRuins
The Swedish sisters have done it again with an album that wears its influences like a badge of honor.

Sam Newton
15. Sam NewtonStare Into The Dark
Sydney’s hardest working singer-songwriter has really delivered with his latest album, leaning in on the full band sound and giving us 11 amazing songs to play over and over again.

Milk Carton Kids
16. The Milk Carton KidsAll The Things That I Did and All The Things That I Didn’t Do
The masters of the two part harmony release another gem of an album with All The Things That I Did and All The Things That I Didn’t Do.

William Fitzsimmons
17. William FitzsimmonsMission Bell
Our love for William Fitzsimmons continues to grow with his latest release. Less stripped back than his previous albums, Mission Bell still captures his wistful, ethereal folk sounds.

The Paper Kites
18. The Paper KitesOn The Corner Where You Live
The 80s influences have once again be ramped up on The Paper Kites 2018 album On The Corner Where You Live, but their folk roots are still there to be uncovered.

Marlon Williams
19. Marlon WilliamsMake Way For Love
A big part of me hopes that half the people who saw Marlon Williams’ cameo in A Star Is Born went out and bought Make Way For Love and fell in love with the New Zealand crooner. This man deserves to be a superstar.

Whoa Mule
20. Whoa MuleGet You House In Order
Possibly our favourite bluegrass and old time group in Australia right now. Their musicianship is outstanding and sets the bar very high for the rest of us.

Mustered Courage
21. Mustered CourageWe Played With Fire
The boys make a huge splash on their latest album with some tight bluegrass inspired tunes including a killer collaboration with Fanny Lumsden on “Best Impressions”.

Cas
22. LúnasaCas
There’s a reason that Lúnasa are considered the premiere trad band in the world right now – Cas is a truly a masterpiece.

Campfire
23. Kasey ChambersCampfire
With each album Kasey Chambers is leaning more heavily on the roots and Americana parts of her sound and we love it.

Take Me To Town
24. VariousTake Me To Town: An Australian Alternative Country Compilation
Take Me To Town: An Australian Alternative Country Compilation captures an important point in the Australian Americana and alt-country story, showcasing the quality songwriters and artists who make up the local scene. A must have for anyone who considers themselves a fan of Australian country music.

Tim Hart
25. Tim HartThe Narrow Corner
The long awaited new solo album from Boy & Bear alumni Tim Hart is another lesson in heart-on-sleeve lyrics and understated folk song writing.

A Note On Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2018

For almost as long as Timber and Steel has existed I’ve brought you an annual “Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums” list, where we ask the community of artists we cover from across the folk spectrum to name their favourite album or EP from the year.

Here’s last year’s list if you haven’t had the pleasure of reading one of these before

As you may have noticed I’ve pulled back from posting a lot this year due to a number of personal factors. In fact for most of 2018 pretty much the only post that went live was the weekly “Thank Folk It’s Friday” gig guide (and even that was often late).

So that’s meant I haven’t had the time to curate the “Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums” post for 2018, which is actually really sad as it’s above and beyond my favourite thing to publish on the site every year.

I just wanted to thank all of the artists and readers who have reached out over the year to check in and make sure that Timber and Steel is still a thing – it’s meant a lot. I’m also sorry if I’ve caused any of the regular contributors anxiety thinking they’d been left off the list this year because I hadn’t sent them the standard “would you like to be involved” email.

I always say this but it bears repeating – I love the community that Timber and Steel has opened me up to and I love the music more than anything. I can’t thank you enough for letting me and my little blog be part of it.

As things settle down on my side I’ll be able to take a step back and work out what the next step on the road is for Timber and Steel. In the meantime keep an eye out for our Top Albums and Top Singles of 2018 lists which I’ll be publishing over the next couple of days (albeit in a much more stripped down fashion that in previous years).

Here’s to another amazing year of music and here’s to a 2019 that’s sure to be even better.

Folk On!

Gareth Hugh Evans
Editor in Chief
Timber and Steel

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