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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch a video of “Prisoner” here:

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

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

Review: Falls Festival Byron Bay, Part 2 – The Main Event

Photos by Stuart Bucknell Photography

The Falls Festival is increasingly trying to be everything to everyone, stretching across the East Coast and now hopping to the West, it’s a broad canvas to wash but we are still always delighted to spot some more folkier acts gracing the main line up. After checking out The Grove and finding some great local folk acts, it’s always nice to see what acts are gaining the attention of festival organisers and audiences alike. Falls Festival Byron Bay had a nice little selection to tide over the inner folky.

We’re going to start with the big guns. Not necessarily Folk, but the storytelling style and lyricism of Darryl Braithwaite’s glorious return certainly deserves a mention, as well as the sheer nostalgia of it all. We have to admit, when we first saw Braithwaite on the line up, we had to take a second look, then embraced the choice in all it’s glory. The veteran looked really happy on stage, and the crowd were going absolutely nuts, though we’re not sure how many of them were actually born in time for Braithwaite’s hey day. A true performer, he introduced his band with great humour and cracked open the set with an old favourite, “Rise”, with its rich with harmonica and the bulging crowd at front of stage clapped along enthusiastically. Braithwaite delivers a very different speed and sound to the rest of the festival but a joyful, rousing set, perfect for a celebration like New Years Eve.

Not pausing to breath, he and the band rolled straight in to “Not Too Late” then joked about doing ‘that song’ right then and being along with questioning the age of ever person in the audience.

It was a rollicking time as “Howzat”, “As The Days Go By” and “One Summer” made the most of their big synth moments, entire amphitheatre singalongs, rousing the crowd into a euphoric haze. And then those tell tale chords rang out across the crowd and sheer joy erupted for the entire amphitheatre to sing out every lyric of “The Horses”. A sentimental win, right there.

Continuing with the not-really-folk-but-we-want-to-include-them bandwagon are the wicked lyricists and activists Camp Cope. We couldn’t even get in to the tent it was so overflowing with eager punters before their set even began. But from their first syllables on stage, acknowledging the stolen land that the festival was on, imploring their audience to clean up and pick up after themselves, and calling out the atrocious behaviour and assaults at another Falls site, we knew Camp Cope were a whole other kind of band.

“Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams” lashed out in the hot afternoon and the crowd went crazy, begging for more from the rapidly rising outfit. Their spirited performance, strong vocals and confident engaging performance drew comparisons the likes of Courtney Barnett meets The Smith Street Band. Definitely an act worth catching live. They have also taken heat after their call for events like Fall Festival to have a more diverse line up. We noted similar inequalities at Bluesfest last year and look forward to watching the industry and scene continue to evolve to better represent all musicians.

We had to dash from Camp Cope’s set to catch Julia Jacklin. A significant change to catch her tranquil vocals, soft as caramel, oozing out from the stage, sweetening the audience up immediately with dreamy tones of “Lead Light”. The anthemic ballad “Cold Caller” filled the space with catchy riffs and made the audience move together.

From emotive choruses, to beautiful moments of quiet among the electricity of the band, Jacklin had it all going on. Her rendition of folk song “Wonderland” showcased the solace of her voice accompanied by only her electric guitar, and the vibrato timbre to her voice had an enchanting effect on the audience. We’re looking forward to hearing more from Jacklin soon.

The much anticipated set from Fleet Foxes delivered a mix of old and new tracks to an albeit smaller than anticipated crowd. The weather, the relentless humidity and the hangovers from the previous night probably all had a lot to do with it. But the crowd that did arrive, were happily ensconced in the all too familiar Indi folk twists and turns of Fleet Foxes.

The glorious harmonies of “Grown Ocean” washed forth from the stage as the digital back drop changed continuously, carrying their songs visually through sunrises, abstract colours, and emotive pulses. Flowing from one song in to the next, “White Winter Hymnal” transfixed the amphitheatre, followed swiftly with rich red, bright backdrop and emphatic calling opening of “Ragged Wood”. A mix of old and new was on the set list, and once the final notes of “Your Protector” rung across the field, the newer transidentel tracks moved over the crowd in an ocean of sounds, trills, and unbridled experimental cohesion.

In stark contrast to the inclement weather and oppressive grey skies, the monumental crowd for homegrown favourites Angus & Julia Stone were bright and cheerful in the Valley Stage’s amphitheatre, in spite of the gloom. Their set was a graceful mix of both new and old, with the familiar trumpet solo of “Private Lawns” to the cool, calming choruses of “Chateau” echoing across the grounds.

“My House Your House” had a mass, emphatic singalong in the amphitheatre only to be outshone by “Big Jet Plane”, the song everyone had been waiting for. The hit track, delivered in a relaxed and melodic fashion, had everyone is enraptured in spite of the steady rain. The enormous, spirit lifting cheers at it’s finish heralded the true love for our homegrown Angus & Julia Stone. To finish off a set, virtual flurries and soft white snowflakes overwhelmed the backdrop and the soothing, feminine refrains of current hit “Snow” were a perfect counterpoint to the humid, rainy northern NSW climate. A hallmark performance cementing the place of the folk, indie and alt genres at one Australia’s most loved music events, The Falls Festival.

You can check out all of our Falls Festival photos on our Facebook Page, and read Part 1 of our Falls Festival Review featuring great acts from The Grove stages.

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

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

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

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

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

Listen to the New Sam Newton Single “Hazel Eyes”

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Hardworking Sydney based singer-songwriter Sam Newton released his brand new single “Hazel Eyes” right before Christmas.

The track is taken from Newton’s forthcoming album Stare Into The Dark which is expected early this year.

“Hazel Eyes” waltzes into your ear drums with Sam Newton’s laid back vocal style and the lovely surprise of a live, five-piece band.

“”Hazel Eyes” is a song that seeks to combine the raw energy of Dylan with the lyrical prowess of Van Zandt,” Sam Newton explained. “It was written about the helplessness and desperation that we all experience when someone that we deeply care about is crying. Recorded in one take, “Hazel Eyes” goes straight for the jugular and offers no apologies.”

Take a listen to “Hazel Eyes” below:

Review: Falls Festival Byron Bay, Part 1 – The Grove

Photos by Stuart Bucknell Photography

The Falls Festival is an annual institution for many, with people waiting with baited breath to see if they land a coveted ticket. Most of what we see is all about the Main Stage acts and tight scheduling to see all your favourites, or to toss up who the best act to see at Midnight in the 31st will be (for the record, we had Flume and he was most excellent).

But one of the things we’ve always noticed and made mention of is the other performance areas, often known as The Village in Lorne and Marion Bay, and The Grove in Byron Bay. So what happens when you deviate away from the main stages and check out the other options? You discover a trove of delightful, folky acts!

Here’s a selection of some of the great local acts we caught at the other Falls stages in The Grove, at the Cafe de Rude, and Lola’s Bar.

Let’s start with the Singer/Songwriters.

First on our radar was singer/songwriter Reilly Fitzalan. An unassuming and modest chap who shares intimate thoughts with the small crowd. The venue, a small cafe in the Grove surrounded by a Peep Show, a Japanese Cocktail Bar, and Lola’s Bar (another stage), has to battle with the neighbouring music which is disappointing but to be expected.

Unperturbed, Fitzalan introduced himself and moved straight in to a ballad. Lovely affected vocals layered over the acoustic guitar, not dissimilar to a young Xavier Rudd. He introduces a new song, about his Dad (“a little bit”) which had a solid construction and lyrics over a subtle and subdued guitar. Fitzalan gave us short tracks without any pretentious attitude. His versatility was on show as he switched to a lower register vocal alongside sentimental plucky opening that sounds simultaneously familiar and new. A truly intimate and private moment, shared with a hushed crowd.

Next, we fortuitously heard about Damien Cooper. He was walking from his campsite to The Grove singing and our friends followed him like the Pied Piper of Hamlin to the Cafe stage, we joined them and weren’t disappointed! Cooper had a laid back air, perfect for the suffocating heat of Byron Falls. His songs were straight from life, like his track inspired by his brother, who he loves but also pisses him off, appropriately named “Love You Anyway”. Strummy and sentimental, with a stomp box for emphasis, we couldn’t help but smile at a quintessential lyric, “Sometimes I get what I deserve, sometimes you just get on my nerves”.

“Pale Blue Dot” was a curious song about how insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things, complete with a beach indie pop vibe and Cooper beatboxing in the instrumental! At 24yrs old, Cooper is more thoughtful than his years. His track “Patience”, about knowing the right time to act, had tones of a travel or journey song with strong, driven vocals, supported by stripped back acoustic to focus on the tale. A troubadour in the making.

We trekked to the cafe on the final day to catch Maisy Taylor and arrived in the middle of her beautiful rendition of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” followed swiftly by her enchanting vocals on “Sink or Swim”, her flowing melody not at odds with the drenching rain outside.

Knowing how to please a crowd, Taylor gave a fun, folky cover of “Blame it on the Boogie” in all its Acoustic glory, which become a songalong in the intimate enclosure of the cafe. Taylor took a moment to thank her Dad for introducing her to the music of Tristan Pettyman before launching in to his “In Bloom”. To finish we were treated with a strummy upbeat performance of “Little Birdy” – the epitome of happiness on a grey day, with mischievous tones on lilting notes.

While there were solid singer/ songwriters at The Grove, we can’t ignore the bands and groups who also squeezed on to tiny stages over the three days.

Over at Lola’s Bar, we came across 3-piece cum 4-piece, Banksia. Amongst the splendour of couches set both on stage and off for musician and listener alike to recline on, funky percussion and electric guitar with delicious vocals trickling over the chords, along with beautiful vocals in an indie singer/songwriter style was a welcome change from the maelstrom of Falls Festival humidity and crowds. They introduced their newest band member on what seemed to be almost every kind of instrument from keys and synth, to vocals and sax! Their diverse tastes were on display, first with their track “Vulnerable”, a light, lilting tune with a Kate Miller Heidke like vocal quality, haunting yet sweet and comforting, then moving in to another tune, a lackadaisical ballad with a bop to it

 

The Button Collective must be one of the hardest working bands on any festival line up. At Falls Byron they played multiple times, sometimes twice in one day! They squeezed on to the tiny Cafe de Rude stage, and ran rampant on the Lola’s Bar stage. In a tight formation on the Cafe stage, their plucky bluegrass merriment oozed joy, clustered around one mic, reminiscent of scenes in O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Whether on a stage large, or small, every player had their part, from the flautist trilling gayly, to the cheeky violinists, or the plucky banjo player and the boisterous lead guitarist. They brought everything, from sea shanties with an Aussie twang, to trad pieces and original larrikin works. As a tight group, they rolled with the punches, whether a broken guitar string and shake up to the set list to facilitate a restring, or pouring rain, suffocating humidity, or just plain fitting in to the rough and tumble of the Falls line up. Whether more subdued than usual and cramped on a tiny stage, or rollicking with more space on Lola’s stage, they’re a thoroughly entertaining act not to be missed!

And our pick of the Falls Festival Byron Bay programming at The Grove was Ben Wilson – performing as a 3 piece act that had us hooked from from the first strum of a string. Between them, the outfit sported double bass, violin, acoustic guitar and harmonica, plus their fabulous harmonised vocals, crowded round a very vintage microphone, managing to capture their tunes before the breeze could. Their sweet lilting sound competed with the boisterous Lola’s Bar next door, but the trio were unperturbed. Wilson’s folk felt like it had a dash of country and a splash of old time style to keep things moving. Pitched on the tiny Cafe de Rude stage, it was like watching a delicate dance for them to all manoeuvre around the one mic that delivered such a sweet and true voice. Their harmonies were terrific, and they hit their stride in spite of challenging neighbours. Buddy Holly’s “Peggy Sue Got Married” was a true testament to Wilson’s love of 50s & 60s pop writing and a burning desire for some hearty folk, rolling along with an almost honky tonk sensibility. Choosing in difficult conditions to switch to trad covers for a bit of fun, we were treated to an upbeat gritty rendition of “Hesitation Blues”, a plucky and cheeky “Old Black Dog” and a delightful rendition of “Strawberry Fields”. To finish an entrancing set, Wilson and co finished with an original, “Big River” complete with beautiful a Capella refrains to end. Bonus props to Ben Wilson et al for also featuring in The Button Collective, we’re not sure if they actually stopped playing at all over the 3 days!

Check out our Photo Gallery on Facebook for more photos, and stay tuned for Part 2 of our Falls Festival Byron Bay Review, coming soon!

The Porch Sessions on Tour for 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Peak Festival Announces First Round of Artists for 2018

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It may be the height of Summer but it’s time to start planning your Winter escapades with the first round of artists announced for the Peak Festival in New South Wales.

So far nine artists have been revealed including Hot Potato Band, Sahara Beck (above), Electrik Lemonade, His Merry Men, Hussy Hicks, Aliensworth, Felicity Lawless, Matiu, Lizzie Flynn & The Reckoning and Pete Denahy. And you know there’s a lot more goodness to come especially as this is the Peak Festival’s 10th anniversary.

Peak Festival is held in Perisher, NSW over the Queens Birthday Long Weekend from the 8th to the 11th June. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Watch the New Fallon Cush Video “Achilles Heel”

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Sydney based folk-rock band Fallon Cush have just released their latest single and video “Achilles Heel”. The track is taken from their 2017 album Morning and the video is shot and directed by local stalwarts MCMI – Music Imaging featuring Fallon Cush frontman Steve Smith.

Check out “Achilles Heel” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 5th January

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Gum Ball announced its first round of artists for 2017 including Hat Fitz and Cara, Terra Lightfoot, Coda Chroma and many more. Details here

David Rawlings released the video for his track “Cumberland Gap”. Details here

– Folk music legend Joan Baez announced plans to release an album of covers titled Whistle Down The Wind. Details here

– Australian folk-punk favourites The Bottlers and The Go Set released videos to enter Flogging Molly’s Salty Dog Cruise. Details here

– Legendary American fiddler Darol Anger & The Republic of Strings kick off their east coast tour of Australia this weekend. Details here

Releases This Week

Precious Memories
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Rachel Baiman w/ One Up, Two Down

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US based folk singer Rachel Baiman tours her new album Shame with trans-pacific bluegrass trio One Up, Two Down in tow

Friday 5th January – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne, NSW
Saturday 6th January – Thirroul Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 7th January -Metropole Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Monday 8th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 12th January – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Alana Wilkinson
Saturday 6th January – Trims Restaurant, Frankston, VIC

Alexander Biggs
Sunday 7th January – Sunset Sounds, Victoria Gardens, Melbourne, VIC

Angus & Julia Stone
Saturday 6th January – Falls Festival, Fremantle, WA

Anna Smyrk and Jhana Allan Singer
Saturday 6th Januray – Compass Pizza, Melbourne, VIC

Ash Grunwald
Saturday 6th January – Under The Southern Stars, Harry Elliott Oval, Forster Tuncurry, NSW
Sunday 7th January – Under The Southern Stars, Hastings Foreshore Reserve, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

Baltic Bar Mitzvah
Saturday 6th January – Junction 142, Katoomba, NSW

Bayview Country Picnic Festival feat. Grazy’s Country, Chris Newman, Cookie Baker, Justin Bernasconi, Lloyd Clarke, Young Vincent, Amanda Keck, Rick Hart, Ryan Shore, Bill Chambers
Saturday 6th January – Bayview Country Art Club, Bittern, VIC

Bob Evans
Wednesday 10th January – Ocean Grove Hotel, Ocean Grove, VIC

Breaking Trad
Friday 5th January – Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 6th January – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 7th January – The Black Malabar, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Yuin Folk Club, Cobargo, NSW
Friday 12th January – Heyfield War Memorial Hall, Heyfield, VIC

Brooke Russell & Ben Franz play Linda Ronstadt
Tuesday 9th January – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Candice McLeod
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Cat and Clint
Friday 5th January – Blue Bean Love Restaurant, Hepburn Springs, VIC

CK & the 45’s
Saturday 6th January – The Old City Bank, Katoomba, NSW

Cygnet Folk Festival
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet, TAS

Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings
Sunday 31st December to Saturday 6th January – Sunshine Fiddle Camp, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 7th January – Magda Community Arts Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 8th January – Barkersvale Little Big Top, Barkersvale, NSW
Wednesday 10th January – Dorrigo Theatre, Dorrigo, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th January – Araluen Hall, Araluen, NSW

Dane Overton and the Joy Williams Band
Thursday 11th January – The Gasoline Pony, Marrickville, NSW
Friday 12th January – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

Domini Forster & Lucy Wise
Sunday 7th January – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Edgelarks
Friday 5th January – Live at The Wharf, Ulverstone, TAS
Saturday 6th January – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Eleanor McEvoy
Saturday 6th January – Sussex Inlet Surf Club, Sussex Inlet, NSW
Sunday 7th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham, NSW
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Elvis meets Patsy feat. Sarah Carroll, Girl Friday
Sunday 7th January – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Emily Barker
Sunday 7th January – Bar 459, Perth, WA

Faith i Branko
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Falls Festival
Saturday 6th to Sunday 7th January – Fremantle, WA

Festival of Small Halls feat. Claire Anne Taylor, The Small Glories
Friday 5th January – Rowella Hall, Rowella, TAS
Saturday 6th January – Longford Hall, Longford, TAS
Sunday 7th January – Rosevale Hall, Rosevale, TAS
Monday 8th January – Memorial Hall, Sulphur Creek, TAS
Tuesday 9th January – The Wynyard Theatre, Wynyard, TAS
Wednesday 10th January – Stanley Town Hall, Stanley, TAS
Thursday 11th January – The Paragon Theatre, Queenstown, TAS

Fiona Boyes
Friday 5th December – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 7th December – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Fleet Foxes
Saturday 6th to Sunday 7th January – Falls Festival, Fremantle, WA

FolkSwagon feat. Paul Mason, Ed Wells, Cilla Jane Arsenic and Old Lace, John Mason
Wednesday 10th January – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gabe Levin
Friday 5th January – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Grizzlee Train
Friday 12th January – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift
Friday 5th January – Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park, Torquay, VIC
Saturday 6th January – Eastern Beach Caravan Park, Lakes Entrance, VIC
Sunday 7th January – Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park, Malacoota, VIC
Monday 8th January – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW
Tuesday 9th January – Merimbula Holiday Park, Merimbula, NSW
Wednesday 10th January – Tathra Beachside, Tathra, NSW
Thursday 11th January – South Coast Holiday Parks, Bermagui, NSW
Friday 12th January – BIG4 Narooma Easts Holiday Park, Narooma, NSW

Gypsy Romp feat. Greshka, Hello Tut Tut, Vanishing Shapes
Friday 12th January – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Hank Williams Tribute
Friday 5th Januray – Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Hein Cooper
Saturday 6th January – Woodlands Farm Milton, Woodstock, NSW

Hinterlandt
Sunday 7th January – MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, TAS
Monday 8th January – MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, TAS

Honey
Friday 12th January – Bingie Pottery, Bingie, NSW

Honk! Oz Street Music Festival
Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th January – Wollongong, NSW

Hussy Hicks & Raphael White
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo, NSW

James Bennett
Saturday 6th January – Bermi’s Beachside Cafe, Bermagui, NSW
Sunday 7th January – The Farm’s Market, Shellharbour, NSW

Julia Jacklin
Saturday 6th to Sunday 7th January – Falls Festival, Fremantle, WA

Kallidad
Friday 5th January – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 7th January – Camel Rock Brewery, Wallaga Lake, NSW

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 12th January – Arts Theatre at QSU, Toowoomba, QLD

Kelly Brouhaha, Rose Zita Falko, Andrew Thomson
Friday 5th January – Billy Roy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 6th January – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 7th January – House Concert, Albury, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Stave’s Brewery, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th January – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW

Lucy Wise
Sunday 7th January – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 10th January – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Lucas, Dane Overton & The Joy Williams Band, Lucas Road
Thursday 11th January – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters
Friday 5th January – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 6th January – Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 7th January – Django Club, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 9th January – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 10th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 11th January – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folks Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Mr Alford & The Merry Men
Saturday 6th January – Rainbow, Melbourne, VIC

Oi Dipnoi & Lucy Wise
Wednesday 10th January – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Phia, Melbourne Indie Voices
Thursday 11th January – Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne, VIC

Porch Sessions On Tour feat. Stu Larsen & Natsuki Kurai, Tim Hart, Ryan Martin John
Friday 5th January – House Concert, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 6th January – House Concert, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 7th January – Federal Hall, Jasper Corner, NSW
Tuesday 9th January – House Concert, Taree/Wingham, NSW
Thursday 11th Januray – House Concert, Rodd Point, NSW

Rachel Baiman w/ One Up Two Down
Friday 5th January – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne, NSW
Saturday 6th January – Thirroul Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 7th January -Metropole Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Monday 8th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Raised By Eagles
Friday 5th January – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Saturday 6th January – Tranquility Fair, Ocean Grove, VIC
Wednesday 10th January – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Rising Appalachia
Friday 5th January – Byron Community Centre, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 6th January – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 7th January – Paradise One, Coorabell Creek, NSW
Tuesday 9th January – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 12th January – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Rooftop Sessions feat. Nick Murray, Jasmine Beth, PJ Orr
Sunday 7th January – Oatley Hotel, Oatley, NSW

Sam Shinazzi Music, Buddy Glass, Restless Leg, The Manpains
Sunday 7th January – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

The Ahern Brothers
Friday 12th to Sunday 15th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 5th January – Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 6th January – Coffs Harbour Hotel, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Sunday 7th January – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Villa Noosa, Noosaville, QLD
Friday 12th January – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

The Djangologists
Thursday 11th January – Django Bar, Marrickville, NSW
Friday 12th January – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW

The East Pointers
Friday 5th January – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 6th January – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 7th January – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

The Gypsy Scholars w/ Tenderfoot, Room
Thursday 11th January – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

The Songwriter Sessions feat. Penelope Swales, Alice Williams, Paul Andrew Carey
Sunday 7th January – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Friday 5th January – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW
Sunday 7th January – The Lady Hampshire, Sydney, NSW

The Railsplitters
Tuesday 9th January – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 10th January – No 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Wauchope Arts Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

The Ramshackle Army
Saturday 6th January – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Thredbo, NSW

Tom Cooney & Angharad Drake
Friday 5th January – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 7th January – Brunswick Picture House, Brunswick Heads, NSW
Wednesday 10th January – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Twilight in Tulsa
Sunday 7th January – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Vanishing Shapes
Friday 5th January – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW
Friday 12th January – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Waiting For Guinness
Saturday 6th January – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project
Friday 12th January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Red Dirt Girl” – First Aid Kit

Darol Anger and the Republic of Strings’ Australian Tour Dates

Darol Anger
Image Courtesy of Darol Anger and the Republic of Strings

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

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

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

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