Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th April

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Matthew and the Atlas revealed their new track “Nowhere Now”. Details here

– Fiddle player and looper Owen Pallett has released his new video “The Riverbed”. Details here

– Regular Sydney bluegrass jam and performance Bluegrass @ Yulli’s kicks off it’s April show next week featuring John Flanagan. Details here

– Tomorrow afternoon the Newtown Hotel in Sydney is holding the Cider Fair, featuring over 25 ciders to taste and music from Achoo! Bless You and Betty & Oswald. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey released his new track “Meet Me There”. Details here

– We were very proud to premiere the brand new video from The Pierce Brothers, “It’s My Fault”, on Tuesday. Details here

– This May the Vanguard in Sydney is holding another couple of tribute nights to O Brother Where Art Thou? featuring performances from The Morrisons, Ngaiire, Elana Stone, Brian Campeau, Lucky Luke, Marcus Holden and All Our Exes Live In Texas. Details here

– Tomorrow night some of the best young Irish musicians living in Australia including Mairead Hurley, Louise Phelan, Maeve Moynihan and Ben Stephenson will be performing at The Gaelic Club in Sydney. Details here

– Another new Passenger track, “Scare Away The Dark”, has made its way online. Details here

– The Newtown Social Club in Sydney is finally throwing open the doors of its band room with a bunch of folky artists already announced for May and June. Details here

Fraser A. Gorman is streaming his brand new single “Book of Love”. Details here

– The marvelous Kim Churchill has announced a string of dates through May and June. Details here

Leah Flanagan is in the middle of a bunch of dates in New South Wales and Victoria but she’s also managed to release a really sweet video for her single “Everything”. Details here

The Folk Informal at FBi Social in Sydney will hold their April show this Thursday with the lineup including John Flanagan, Maia Jelavic, Telegraph Tower and Forster Anderson. Details here

– Melbourne’s Tanya Batt has just released her brand new video “Fools”. Details here

The Stillsons’ guitarist Justin Bernasconi has announced a new solo record and tour. Details here

– Alice Springs based singer-songwriter Katie Harder is heading out on an NT wide tour from today. Details here

– This week the Porch Light Sessions in Sydney return for their second show featuring The British Blues, Brian Campeau and Wartime Sweethearts. Details here

– The latest video from Sideshow Alley features Bear’s Den performing “Don’t Let The Sun Steal You Away”. Details here

– Adelaide based singer-songwriter Kaurna Cronin has announced plans for an east coast tour this month. Details here

– Swedish duo First Aid Kit have announced plans for a brand new album in June and have revealed their first single “My Silver Lining”. Details here

Blog

Apologies to anyone who fell for our Justin Bieber related April Fools post. We promise that’s the last time we’ll mention Bieber’s name on this blog. You can read the piece here

Releases This Week

Ariela Jacobs
ThisAriela Jacobs
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The Big Jig feat. Restless Legs

Big Jig

Fans of traditional Irish music should not miss this opportunity to see some of Ireland’s best young Australian based performers – including Mairead Hurley, Louise Phelan, Maeve Moynihan and Ben Stephenson – performing together in the intimate surrounds of Sydney’s Gaelic Club.

Saturday 5th April – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. John Flanagan
Wednesday 9th April – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Breabach
Saturday 5th April – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Christopher Coleman Collective
Friday 4th April – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 5th April – No 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 10th April – Dowse Bar, Paddington, QLD
Friday 11th April – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

Claude Hay
Friday 4th April – The Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 5th April – The Commercial Hotel, Milton, NSW
Friday 11th April – The Seaview Tavern, Woolgoolga, NSW

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Thursday 10th April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Eleanor McEvoy
Friday 4th April – HATS-Courthouse Cultural Centre, Auburn, SA
Saturday 5th April – The Song Room, Tanunda, SA
Sunday 6th April – Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Thursday 10th April – Carrington Bowling Club, Newcastle, NSW

Ella Hooper
Friday 4th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gum Ball
Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April – Belford, NSW

John Butler Trio
Saturday 5th April – Botanic Gardens Amphitheatre, Darwin, NT
Monday 7th April – Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 9th April – Newcastle Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 11th April – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan
Friday 4th April – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 5th April – House concert, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 6th April – “The Stables” House Concert, Glebe, NSW
Wednesday 9th April – Yulli’s, Surrey Hills, NSW
Thursday 10th April – Folk Informal @ FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th April – House Concert, Copacabana, NSW

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens
Friday 4th April – Polish White Eagle Club, Canberra, ACT

Katie Harder and the Artful Dodgers
Friday 4th April – Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Saturday 5th April – Katherine Sport and Recreation Club, Katherine, NT
Sunday 6th April – Timber Creek Hotel, Timber Creek, NT
Tuesday 8th April – Yarralin Community Youth, Yarralin, NT
Wednesday 9th April – Yarralin Community Basketball Court, Yarralin, NT
Friday 11th April – Tennant Creek Hotel, Tennant Creek, NT

Leah Flanagan
Saturday 5th April – Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 6th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Lior
Sunday 6th April – The Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool, VIC
Monday 7th April – Portland Arts Centre, Portland, VIC
Tuesday 8th April – Hamilton Performing Arts Centre, VIC
Wednesday 9th April – Wesley Performing Arts Centre, Horsham, VIC

Little Wise and Megan Bernard
Friday 4th April – Café Troppo, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 5th April – Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 4th April – The Studio Underground, Perth, WA
Saturday 5th April – Redhill Concert, Redhill, WA
Thursday 10th April – Mars Hill Café, Parramatta, NSW
Friday 11th April – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW

Porch Light Sessions feat. The British Blues, Brian Campeau, Wartime Sweethearts
Thursday 10th April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Sally Seltmann w/ Wintercoats
Friday 4th April – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 5th April – The Clarendon Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 10th April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th April – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

The Beez
Saturday 5th April – Wachope Arts, NSW
Sunday 6th April – The Royal Exchange, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 8th April – Newcastle University, NSW
Friday 11th April – Candelo Arts Society, NSW

The Big Jig feat. Restless Legs
Saturday 5th April – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

The Folk Informal feat. John Flanagan, Maia Jelavic, Telegraph Tower, Forster Anderson
Thursday 10th April – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 4th April – The Star Court Theatre, Lismore, NSW
Saturday 5th April – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Yetis
Friday 4th April – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Fairytales & Firesides” – Passenger

With a new album on the way I’ve been revisiting Passenger’s back catalogue with gusto this week. Divers and Submarines is a seminal album for Passenger, seeing Mike Rosenberg really break away from the band sound and embrace his inner singer-songwriter and this is one of the album’s best tracks.

Cider and Folk at the Newtown Hotel Cider Fair

Cider Fair
Image Courtesy of The Newtown Hotel

If you like cider and you like folk music (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?) then you’d do well to get down to the Newtown Hotel in Sydney this Saturday 5th April for the one day Cider Fair.

The fair will feature over 25 ciders to try throughout the day while enjoying the folky tones of local artists Achoo! Bless You and Betty & Oswald.

The cider fair kicks off at 1pm and entry is free. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 14th February

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Stream the new EP from One Up, Two Down. Details here

Achoo! Bless You have released the video for their new track “Wild Eyes”. Details here

– Canberra duo Sparrow-Folk combine folk music and boobs for their latest video “Ruin Your Day”. Details here

– Sydney indie folk night Little Features returns this month with a lineup that includes Mimi Gilbert, The Maple Trail, Packwood and Charlie Gradon. Details here

WOMADelaide’s final lineup addition for 2014 is singer-songwriter Lior. Details here

Vance Joy may be seeing success overseas but he hasn’t forgotten us with national headline dates this April and May. Details here

– Cabaret-folk big band The Good Ship are heading out on a national tour this March. Details here

Leroy Lee will be hosting a new monthly folk night at the Petersham Bowling Club, Porch Light Sessions, starting in March. The first night features Lee, The Morrisons and Lacey Cole and the Lazy Colts. Details here

The Audreys have released the video “My Darlin’ Girl”, the first track from their upcoming new album. Details here

Frank Turner released a video for his new song “Sweet Albion Blues”. Details here

Conor Oberst has announced plans for his new album Upside Down Mountain. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn has released his new video “Bottom of the Sea Blues” plus news of a deluxe version of his new album Country Mile. Details here

Interviews

“I’m actually recording songs now from people that have never been recorded before, songs that may have been noted back in the time of the nineteenth century by Cecil Sharp but have never been sound recorded. I’m also discovering songs that have no known origin, that have never been documented before. It is like finding these undiscovered species that nobody knew existed, happily living in their native habitat in the minds of old gypsies – it’s wonderful! So there are discoveries to be made”Sam Lee chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We definitely keep the live show very varied. We play to our audiences – we’ll have slower, poignant moments but towards the end of the set we like to ramp it up. We’ve got two sets of bagpipes and Megan [Henderson] our fiddle player does step dancing as well so we get all of these things combined and hopefully create a bit of a noise, a bit of energy” – James Lindsay from Breabach chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Reviews

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Gigs

“I don’t recall much of the actual New Year, with MGMT running over time, a quick countdown before kissing and hugging your nearest and dearest, or the random crowd members beside you, and then finally The Wombats hitting us with an onslaught of hits and subsequent dancing frenzy, it all just blurs together to be an energy filled night of frivolity with a matching hangover the next morning” – Part 2 of KTBell’s Falls Festival review. Review here

Releases This Week

It's all Good
It’s All GoodDamien Dempsey
iTunes

Lets Go Extinct
Let’s Go ExtinctFanfarlo
iTunes

The Wheel EP
The Wheel EPJordan Millar
Bandcamp

One Up Two Down
One Up, Two DownOne Up, Two Down
Bandcamp

Robert Ellis
The Lights from the Chemical PlantRobert Ellis
iTunes

Between Bars
Between BarsThe Civil Wars
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Little Bastard w/ OXBLVD, Ranger Spacey

Little Bastard

Sydney folk renegades Little Bastard will be taking to the stage at the Factory Floor for their first hometown headline show of the year. Fresh from conquering the Falls Festival in Lorne and laying down tracks for their debut album (due in May) the seven-piece are ready to make 2014 theirs and this gig is going to be a cracker.

Saturday 15th February – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Adelaide Fringe Festival
Friday 14th February to Sunday 16th March – Adelaide, SA

Andy Irvine
Thursday 20th February – Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, VIC
Friday 21st February – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Ann Vriend
Friday 14th February — The Homestead, North Hobart, TAS
Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th February — MONA, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 20th February — Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW

Cobargo Folk Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd February – Cobargo, NSW

Eddie Vedder
Sunday 16th February – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 18th February – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Frances Folk Gathering
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd February – Frances, SA

Jack Carty
Saturday 15th February – House Concert, Hazelwood Park, SA
Sunday 16th February – House Concert, Grange, SA

James Teague
Wednesday 19th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke
Friday 14th February – The Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 15th February – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st February – Paradiso Spiegeltent @ The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide, SA

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 14th February – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW

Leah Flanagan w/ Kieren Glasgow
Thursday 20th February – Vic on the Park, Enmore, NSW

Lior
Friday 21st February – Southern Peninsula Arts Centre, Rosebud, VIC

Little Bastard w/ OXBLVD, Ranger Spacey
Saturday 15th February – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

Okkervil River
Wednesday 19th February – Chevron Festival Gardens, Perth, WA
Friday 21st February – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

One Up Two Down and Oh Pep!
Friday 14th February – The Danish Club, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 16th February – Eudlo Hall, Eudlo, QLD
Wednesday 19th February – Anglican Church, Dorrigo, NSW
Thursday 20th February – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Friday 21st February – No.5, Bellingen, NSW

Packwood
Saturday 15th February – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 16th February – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 19th February – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Sam Buckingham
Wednesday 19th February – Revolver, Prahran, VIC
Thursday 20th February – Baha’s, Mornington Peninsula, VIC
Friday 21st February 0 Fringe Festival, Adelaide, SA

The Beez
Friday 14th February – Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club, NSW
Saturday 15th February – Blackheath, NSW
Sunday 16th February – Bundanoon, NSW (house concert)
Wednesday 19th February – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, ACT

Unpaved Sessions w/ Matt Green, Emilee South, James Kenyon, Lisa Wood, Ruth Kateleros and Monique Kenny
Monday 17th February – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“First Day of My Life” – Bright Eyes

Three years we published a couple of Valentine’s Day related playlists – one for the loved up and one for the heartbroken – that always get a lot of hits at this time of year. Given FFF has fallen on Valentine’s Day this year we thought we’d share one of our favourite loved up tracks (with one of the sweetest loved up videos) with you. Enjoy the love!

Watch the New Achoo! Bless You Video “Wild Eyes”

Achoo Bless You
Image Courtesy of Achoo! Bless You

Sydney duo Achoo! Bless You have followed up the release of their new single “Wild Eyes” with a brand new video for the same song. The video is directed by Michael Haydon – check it out below:

Achoo! Bless You will be officially launching “Wild Eyes” at Brighton Up Bar in Sydney this Thursday the 13th February with All Our Exes Live in Texas. For more information on the launch check out the official Facebook event here

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th February

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Eels have announced a new album this April – no word on whether it will be acoustic leaning. Details here

– US alt-country singer Micah P. Hinson has announced the release of his new album Micah P. Hinson and the Nothing in March this year. Details here

Neil Young will reportedly be releasing a new album this March via Jack White’s Third Man Records. Details here

Mark Moldre has another new video on the web for “Everything I Need”. Details here

The Falls have moved to the US and finally posted a recorded version of their much loved song “Into The Fire”. Details here

– Sydney-based progressive folk group Takadimi will be performing a series of pop up gigs every Thursday in February (their first one was yesterday). Details here

Sally Seltmann released her latest video “Catch of the Day”. Details here

– The great Nickel Creek have announced a return to the spotlight this year with a new album in the works. Details here

Glen Hansard has finally announced the Australian release of his new EP Drive All Night, and it’s today! Details here

– Sydney via Darwin based songstress Leah Flanagan released her new single “Everything”. Details here

Bluesfest announced a bunch more artists including Hat Fitz & Cara, Claude Hay, Genevieve Chadwick, Daniel Champagne and many more. Details here

– The new Achoo! Bless You single “Wild Eyes” hit the web this week. Details here

– More artists have been added to The National Folk Festival including Damien Dempsey, The Fiddle Chicks, Takadimi, Danny Spooner, Glover & Sorrensen, Sarah Humphreys, The Lurkers, Rusty Spring Syncopators and many many more. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Roscoe James Irwin released his new video “One Eye Open”. Details here

– UK five piece Feldspar released their new track “Young And Invincible”. Details here

Interviews

“Some of the shows I’ll be doing solo, but more than half of them I’ll have a rhythm section, the same rhythm section that I had in Sydney last year”Ann Vriend chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Reviews

Gigs

“If Woodford is too far away for you, or a little too folk heavy for your liking, then Falls Festival Marion Bay is a perfect alternative which still gives you a lot of similar experiences yet has a personality and style all of it’s own” – Part 1 of KTBell’s Falls Festival review. Review here

“Traveller & Fortune choose the right instrumentation for the song. Even if only six notes are played on a xylophone or the harmonica only makes a single appearance across the entire set, their inclusion on the songs is perfectly placed makes dragging them all the way to Sydney worthwhile. The way Traveller & Fortune layer their songs is just masterful”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews Traveller & Fortune at FBi Social in Sydney. Review here

Releases This Week

Vagabond
VagabondEddi Reader
iTunes

Frank Turner
The Polaroid PictureFrank Turner
iTunes

Glen Hansard
Drive All NightGlen Hansard
iTunes

Flesh and Blood
Flesh & BloodJohn Butler Trio
iTunes

Seth Lakeman
Word of MouthSeth Lakeman
iTunes

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One Up Two Down and Oh Pep!

One Up Two Down

If bluegrass is your poison then there’s no way you can miss One Up Two Down on their first big east coast tour which kicked off this week. Made up of George Jackson (fiddle and banjo) and Daniel Watkins (guitar) and Andrew Small (bass), One Up Two Down is a bringing together of some of the finest musicians in the country. Joining them on tour are Timber and Steel favourites Oh Pep!.

Friday 7th February – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 8th February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 9th February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Monday 10 February – The Cave, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 12th February – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 13th February – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 14th February – The Danish Club, Brisbane, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You w/ All Our Exes Live in Texas
Thursday 13th February – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Andy Irvine
Saturday 8th February – Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre, Katherine, NT
Sunday 9th February – The Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Ann Vriend
Friday 7th February — Albert Park Yacht Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th February — The Rumpus Room, Maribyrnong, VIC
Sunday 9th February — On The Green at Gumly Gumly, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Wednesday 12th February — Django Bar, Marrickville, NSW
Friday 14th February — The Homestead, North Hobart, TAS

Daughter
Monday 10th February – St Michael’s Church, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Vedder
Friday 7th February – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA
Saturday 8th February – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA
Tuesday 11th February – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th February – Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Imogen Clark and Joe Mungovan
Friday 7th February – The Corner Store, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 12th February – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 7th February – House Concert, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 8th February – House Concert, Berrima, NSW
Sudnay 9th February – House Concert, Leumeah, NSW
Thursday 13th February – House Concert, Glebe, NSW

James Teague
Wednesday 12th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke
Friday 14th February – The Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 14th February – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW

Laneway Festival
Friday 7th February – Harts Mill, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 8th February – Esplanade Park and West End, Fremantle, WA

Leah Flanagan w/ Jess Beck Duo
Thursday 13th February – Vic on the Park, Enmore, NSW

Lime and Steel w/ Vendulka
Saturday 8th February – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Mat McHugh
Friday 7th February – Torquay Hotel, Torquay VIC
Saturday 8th February – Westernport Hotel, Hastings VIC

One Up Two Down and Oh Pep!
Friday 7th February – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 8th February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 9th February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Monday 10 February – The Cave, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 12th February – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 13th February – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 14th February – The Danish Club, Brisbane, QLD

Sam Buckingham
Thursday 13th February – Twilight Markets, Albury, NSW

The Beez
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th February – National Multicultural Festival, ACT
Friday 14th February – Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club, NSW

The Folk Informal feat. James Kelly, Ryan Collings, Betty & Oswald, Timberwolf
Thursday 13th February – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Woody Pitney w/ Ariela Jacobs
Thursday 13th February – The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Raglan Road” – Glen Hansard and Colm Mac Con Iomaire

Glen Hansard is in the country at the moment, supporting Eddie Vedder and performing his own shows so I thought it might be nice to share this video of he and The Frames bandmate Colm Mac Con Iomaire performing the Irish classic “Raglan Road”.

Listen to the New Achoo! Bless You Single “Wild Eyes”

Achoo! Bless You
Image Courtesy of Achoo! Bless You

The brand new Achoo! Bless You single “Wild Eyes” debuted on the Home and Hosed blog today so we thought we’d share because we love these guys! Take a listen to “Wild Eyes” below:

Achoo! Bless You will be officially launching “Wild Eyes” at Brighton Up Bar in Sydney on the 13th February with All Our Exes Live in Texas. For more information on the launch check out the official Facebook event here

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 31st January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The great Pete Seeger passed away from natural causes on the 27th January, aged 94. We collected some of our favourite obits from around the web. Details here

– We round up all of the folk, alt-country and roots winners in the triple j Hottest 100, The Grammys and The Golden Guitars last weekend. Details here

– The new Seth Lakeman album hits stores today and you can get a taster with his new video for “The Courier”. Details here

Matt Corby revealed his new single “What The Devil Has Made” from the Spirit of Akasha surf documentary soundtrack. Details here

– The National Folk Festival has added a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites to its 2014 lineup including Archie Roach, Lindi Ortega, Ange Takats, Castlecomer, Leah Flanagan, The Little Stevies, Martin Pearson, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, The Morrisons, The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Stetson Family, Tolka, Zeptepi and many many more. Details here

– Regular Sydney night The Folk Informal has announced its lineup for February including James Kelly, Ryan Collings, Betty & Oswald and Timberwolf. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Tim Guy released his new video “Armour Weight”. Details here

Dustin Tebbutt has released a mesmerizing new video for his track “White Lines”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Mark Wilkinson is heading out on a massive national tour this March, April and May. Details here

– Melbourne’s James Teague has scored a residency at The Workers Club every Wednesday through February. Details here

– Blue Mountains based folk-bluegrass four piece Lime and Steel have announced a show in Canberra next Saturday with Vendulka in support. Details here

Timber and Steel favourites Achoo! Bless You will be launching their new single “Wild Eyes” in Sydney this February. Details here

– The wonderful Sam Buckingham has announced a national tour as well as the launch of her Patreon crowd sourcing campaign. Details here

– The new Nick Mulvey track “Cucurucu” now has an expansive new video. Details here

– UK duo Paper Aeroplanes released their new video for “Circus” along with details of their new EP. Details here

– Brisbane based roots singer Jimmy Watts released his new video “Driving”. Details here

– Chamber folk singer-songwriter Packwood has announced a handful of album preview shows this February. Details here

– Donna and Vikki from The Waifs are touring this March as The Stray Sisters. Details here

– The new William Fitzsimmons track “Fortune” has a beautiful new video. Details here

Releases This Week

Asgeir
In The SilenceÁsgeir
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The Green Mohair Suits w/ The Morrisons, All Our Exes Live in Texas

Green Mohair Suits

After a successful tilt at the Tamworth Country Music Festival earlier this month The Green Mohair Suits return to Sydney in time to launch their latest EP Baby, You Just Want To Give Up. Along for the ride are their fellow Tamworth stage mates The Morrisons and All Our Exes Live in Texas – so it looks like it’s going to be a huge night of pickin’ and harmonies. We’ll be there for sure!

Friday 31st January – The Loft at UTS, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Andy Irvine
Friday 31st January – Music in the Park, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 2nd February – Trinity Sessions at Trinity Church, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 6th February – House Concert, Alice Springs, NT

Cass McCombs
Thursday 6th February – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Daughter
Tuesday 4th February – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Vedder
Friday 7th February – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA

Emily Barker
Sunday 2nd February – Astor Lounge, Perth, WA

Imogen Clark and Joe Mungovan
Sunday 2nd February – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, NSW
Friday 7th February – Corner Store, Sydney, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 31st January – House Concert, Pemulwuy, NSW
Saturday 1st February – House Concert, Sutherland Shire, NSW
Sunday 2nd February – House Concert, Morisset, NSW.
Monday 3rd February – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 6th February – House Concert, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Friday 7th February – House Concert, Canberra, ACT

James Teague
Wednesday 5th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
Friday 31st January – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd February – Festival of King Island, King Island, TAS

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Saturday 1st February – Lefty’s Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Laneway Festival
Friday 31st January – Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 1st February ­- Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 2nd February – Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), Sydney, NSW
Friday 7th February – Harts Mill, Adelaide, SA

Mat McHugh
Friday 7th February – Torquay Hotel, Torquay VIC

One Up Two Down and Oh Pep!
Thursday 6th February – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 7th February – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

The Beez
Saturday 1st Febraury – Tilba Winery, NSW
Sunday 2nd February – The Artists Shed, Queanbeyan, NSW
Thursday 6th February – Braidwood Folk Club, NSW
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th February – National Multicultural Festival, ACT

The Green Mohair Suits w/ The Morrisons, All Our Exes Live in Texas
Friday 31st January – The Loft at UTS, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 31st January – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Traveller & Fortune
Friday 31st January – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st February – JIVE, Adelaide, SA

Unpaved Sessions feat. Justin Bernasconi (The Stillsons), Nia Robertson, Sophie Klein, Kaidee Grzankowski and more
Monday 3rd February – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Woody Pitney with Zoe Elliot, James Kelly
Thursday 6th February – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“To My Old Brown Earth” – Pete Seeger

When choosing a FFF track this week I knew it had to be something from the late Pete Seeger. I settled on this track after it was posted by Billy Bragg with the following blurb: “One last thing about Pete Seeger before I turn in: if anyone’s planning to make a tribute to the great man, I would heartily suggest playing this song. Everyone knows the 60s classics, but this, from 1996, is the song we should be listening to as we contemplate with his passing.” RIP Pete Seeger.

Achoo! Bless You Announce Single Launch Show

Achoo Bless You
Image Courtesy of Achoo! Bless You

Sydney folk duo Achoo! Bless You have a brand new single on the way and they want you to help them celebrate. The single is “Wild Eyes” and Achoo! Bless You You will be launching it on the 13th February at Brighton Up Bar in Sydney.

Joining Achoo! Bless You in support will be the lovely ladies of All Our Exes Live in Texas. For more information on the launch check out the official Facebook event here.

And stay tuned for “Wild Eyes” which should be hitting the webs next week.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th December

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Tonight The Davidson Brothers will be joined by The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats and Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes for a Summer Pickin’ Party in Melbourne. Details here

– Hunter Valley festival the Gum Ball have announced their first round of artists for 2014 including Jinja Safari, Adrian Edmondson’s Bad Shepherds, Nicky Bomba, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Lindi Ortega and many many more. Details here

Jack Carty is throwing Christmas party in Sydney this Monday with The Falls, Maples, Iluka, Rosie Catalano, Achoo! Bless You, Luke Wellington, Andrew Brown and James Blow. Details here

Imogen Clark has announced a co-headline tour of NSW this January and February with singer-songwriter Joe Mungovan. Details here

– More artists have been added to the Port Fairy Folk Festival lineup including Pieta Brown, The Waifs’ Donna & Vikki’s side project The Stray Sisters, the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, The Flying Emus and many more. Details here

– Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder has announced dates for a solo Australian tour. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Cass McCombs has revealed his new single “Big Wheel”. Details here

Emma Davis has released the stunning new video for her stunning new track “Stand Tall”. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter Robert Ellis has released his new single “Only Lies”. Details here

José González released his new video “Stay Alive” from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty soundtrack. Details here

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes are heading out on tour in January to launch their new album Black Coffee. Details here

– Next April and May Boy & Bear will be heading out on a massive national regional tour. Details here

– Watch the new video from Darren Cross, “Hit The Quit”. Details here

– Adelaide folkies The Timbers have a new single, “Things to Come”, and are hitting the road throughout January. Details here

Simone Felice has revealed his new single “Molly-O!” featuring members of The Lumineers from his upcoming album Strangers. Details here

– The National Folk Festival has added a bunch more artists for 2014 including Rory McLeod, Old Man Luedecke, Tift Merritt, Heath Cullen, The Barons of Tang, Richard Perso and more. Details here

Blog

We revealed the top albums of 2013 according to Timber and Steel’s contributors. Read the piece here

Our favourite artists let us in on what they pick as their top album or EP of 2013. Read the piece here

Our Editor in Chief Gareth Hugh Evans chose his top 25 songs of 2013. Read the piece here

Gigs Next Week

April Maze w/ Cisco James
Tuesday 24th December – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Festival of Small Halls w/ Jordie Lane and Rose Cousins
Friday 20th December – Degilbo Hall, Degilbo, QLD
Saturday 21st December – Boonarga Cactoblastis Hall, Chinchilla, QLD
Sunday 22nd December – Mt Mee Public Hall, Mt Mee, QLD

Jack Carty Christmas Party feat. Jack Carty, The Falls, Maples, Iluka, Rosie Catalano, Achoo! Bless You, Luke Wellington, Andrew Brown, James Blow
Monday 23rd December – 505, Sydney, NSW

Little May
Friday 20th December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Summer Pickin’ Party feat. The Davidson Brothers, The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 20th December – The Curtin Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

The Morrisons
Thursday 26th December – The Vic, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Fairytale Of New York” – Christy Moore

Probably the greatest secular Christmas song ever sung by one of the greatest singers in the world. Merry Christmas everyone!

Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2013

Listening to Records

In what is now an end of year tradition Timber and Steel are following up our own list of the top albums of 2013 with a piece that opens the floor to some of our favourite artists.

We reached out to musicians far and wide, from big international names to local up-and-comers, to get their thoughts on the best albums and EPs of the year and the result is once again incredible. If you ever wanted to know what the artists you listen to are listening to then look no further as we present to you Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2013:

Back on the MilksThomas Busby (Busby Marou)
The Starry FieldBack on the Milks
It’s almost impossible to slot this album into a genre because it covers almost all styles yet somehow it works perfectly. Mark Myers could be from another planet, because this seems to be a soundtrack from another world.

Picture of YouDarren Cross (Jep & Dep, Darren Cross Band)
Guy ClarkMy Favorite Picture of You
Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt have to be mentioned in the same sentence. The masters of the Texan Troubadour Genre- minimal powerful melodies and stories that change your mood-help you live. Townes is no longer around – Guy Clark is in his 70s, his songs getting stronger and more powerful. These guys wrote the rule book. Guy Clark’s latest album is amazing. In a world of autotune – Racscal Flatts / Taylor Swift mediocrity – a true country artist without any of the rhinestone cowboy bullshit is still alive and kicking and relevant and still breaking our hearts. I dare you to listen to “My Favorite Picture of You” or “Hell Bent On A Heartache” and not feel something. A true Inspiration.

Sam AmidonDevon Leger (Hearth Music)
Sam AmidonBright Sunny South
Because Sam Amidon is the most visionary folk artist of his generation. He understands musical traditions deep into his bones, and though he goes very far afield in his interpretations, he’s so grounded in the traditions that his experimentation serves as a vehicle to delve farther into the source material than ever before. He’s an uncompromising artist that reminds me again why I love folk music.

Melody PoolKristy Cox
Melody PoolThe Hurting Scene
The Hurting Scene has to be one of the most amazing debut releases of an Australian artist in a long time. It’s an album that more often than not touches on the topics of hurt and sadness – yet a notion of positivity shines through each of the songs. Melody’s vocals are shine on each track, however it’s her lyrics and the melody in each song that draw you in so you have to keep on listening! By far my favourite release of 2013! This girl is amazing!

Tiny RuinsOscar Lush
Tiny RuinsHaunts
For me, this six track EP has more depth and honesty than any other full length album of 2013. Tiny Ruins is the moniker of UK born, New Zealand based, singer-songwriter Hollie Fullbrook. Following up from her 2011 album Some Were Meant For Sea, the Haunts EP is a beautifully flowing fusion of modern folk, jazz and old-school country blues. Fullbrook’s rich and captivating vocals roll so smoothly over her laid back picking style as she draws you further and further into the veil of fog that hovers over this charming collection of songs. What I love most about Haunts is the way it pays tribute to so many traditional styles, from the Townes Van Zandt style of guitar on “Cold Comfort” to Fullbrook’s flawless cover of “Rolling Mill Blues”, yet I fail to compare the sound of Tiny Ruins to anything else because it’s also completely of its own world. I promise that this one really is worth all of your time.

Daft PunkKim Churchill
Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
Whilst I’ve been dancing around possible answers in my head I really have to go for one which I’ve barely stopped playing since I bought it. I know the whole world seems to have been won over, but Random Access Memories by Daft Punk has been my favourite album this year. It has such respect for music and its evolution over the past 50 years. It also has most of my favourite session players from as far back as the 60’s as well. Using drummers like JR Robinson and Omar Hakim and experimenting with things like Gorgio Moroder’s monologue over the top of those drums was incredible. Its the kind of music I dream of hearing and the ultimate experimentation in excess. Over a million dollars, 5 years the best studios and session players in the world and the occasional full orchestral and choir movements! Finally though, what mainly draws me to an album is the songs. Though I never thought I would look to Daft Punk for inspiration, the songwriting is really exquisite. Particularly the Paul Williams collaboration, “Touch’.

StreetsMike McCarthy
Isaac de HeerStreets
I am a huge fan of Isaac De Heer, his records are on high rotation here. On Streets Isaac continues on this well built path of unorthodox folk songwriting. Again, as on his previous two records, the production captures his quirky approach to writing and performing music. The melodies are strong, the lyrics are the kind you want to pore over and try to understand. Every broken piano sound and haunting backing vocal has it’s place in a very well thought out and enjoyable EP.

The PreaturesAshleigh Mannix
The PreaturesIs This How You Feel?
I cannot tell you how may times I have listened to this EP since it’s release. Its absolute killer first single “Is This How You Feel?” still has me shamelessly breaking out in dance wherever and whenever I hear it. I actually cannot stop myself! The entire EP is filled with a catalogue of influences – Fleetwood Mac, Prince and Neil Young are a few that I immediately note. Yet at the same time, The Preatures have their own captivating sound that I personally cannot get enough of. Listening to female lead, Isabella Manfredi’s voice makes me want to put on my LBD and leather jacket and paint the town red. While the lead vocals of Gideon Benson in “Dark Times” leaves me completely devastated that I’m not single … It’s funny where music can take you. Is This How You Feel? is the sound of a band doing what they do, and doing it fecking well!

Jim JamesIsaac de Heer
Jim JamesRegions of Light and Sound of God
A couple of years back I was struck by the Yim Yames EP Tribute To which is a collection of George Harrison songs – I loved how rushed the recording sounded, full of pure longing blasted into its delivery. I hadn’t heard anything about the Regions… album but bought it on a whim when I was wandering through Polyester Records, judging from the strength of that EP. What I found was a real grower with a gospel sorta vibe, mixed with huge drum sounds and wonderful imaginative lyrics and soundscapes. The whole album has a naivety and innocence about it that is captivating, flowing from song to song effortlessly, with a great instrumental track halfway through that lets it breathe. It’s well worth a few listens!

Stolen ViolinMark Myers (The Starry Field)
Stolen ViolinTemperate touch, Tropical Tears
I don’t listen to much music outside of the studio but I spent a lot of time with this album. It might not be everyone’s thing with it’s lofi guitars and hard to hear lyrics but I had tears in my eyes by the end of it.

Jimi HendrixJustin Thurgur (Bellowhead)
Jimi HendrixPeople, Hell and Angels
My album for 2013 is Jimi Hendrix’s People, Hell and Angels a previously unreleased studio album that was supposed to be the follow up to Electric Ladyland. This album is full of refreshingly strong, raw, bluesy songs with a healthy funk influence played by instrumentalists who are true virtuosos and unafraid of expressing themselves. The soul pours out of these recordings.

Keston Cobblers ClubRachael McShane – (Bellowhead)
Keston Cobblers’ ClubA Scene of Plenty
This sounds like a really fun band to be in! The rich instrumentation featuring tuba, squeeze-box, banjo, strings, percussion and vocals, coupled with catchy melodies and massed group vocals on the song “Beam” make you want to sing along, put on your dancing shoes and join the party. Keston Cobblers’ Club have a very refreshing DIY attitude to recording and packaging. They designed their CD case as a train set with cut-out-and-stick trains, tents and animals. Well worth checking out their videos on YouTube too.

Jimi HendrixBenji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead)
Jimi HendrixPeople, Hell and Angels
I would have to say People, Hell and Angels by Jimi Hendrix is my favourite album of 2013. The reasons being I’m a massive Hendrix fan and although there’s nothing really very new on this release it’s a great collection of Hendrix tunes and displays his fluid mastery of the guitar very well. Also some nice cameos from the likes of Stephen Stills and Lonnie Youngblood. Essential stuff for us Hendrix geeks.

Midnight Follows MeJulian Cue (The Barons of Tang)
BJ MorriszonkleMidnight Follows Me
Ridiculous and beautiful, this album is essentially the mad ramblings of a one man band let loose in a studio. I love the every changing and complex compositions, demented keyboard sounds and the delicate balance between “tongue in cheek” and sincerity. Also it seems to me that BJ Morriszonkle is one of the finest male vocalists / crooners playing around at the moment. His voice makes this album. 5 out of 5 exploding cakes

Vance JoyWoody Pitney
Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
Since first hearing a demo of “Riptide” in 2012, i’ve been a big fan of VJ’s music and his debut EP didn’t disappoint! James Keogh has a killer voice and there isn’t a dull moment throughout the entire 5-track EP. All of the songs are beautifully written, yet simple enough to have you singing along after one listen. With catchy melodies, slinky ukelele strumming and powerful storytelling, it’s clear to see why people compare the great man to the likes of Paul Kelly and Bernard Fanning.

Vic ManuelScott Collins (The Mid North)
Vic ManuelBury Me Deep
Vic Manuel is someone you probably would not have heard of……yet. ‘Bury Me Deep’ is his first solo album and it is a cracker. A melding of folk, old-time and Americana, with lyrics that are as good as Leonard Cohen and Dylan. He can rip your heart out and have you horny as a hound in a matter of a few words. There are road trip songs, ballads, bluegrass toe tappers and dark tales from older days. The song ‘Oh Mother’ will have the hardest of you shedding tears. As a songwriter myself, i hold Vic in awe. I am amazed by him and a little bit (ummm…..whole lot) envious of his talent, he is quite simply Brilliant.

Vance JoyThelma Plum
Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
Because it makes me feel sad, but good sad.

Liz StringerCara Robinson (Hat Fitz and Cara)
Liz StringerSoon
I actually have been listening to the album Soon by Liz Stringer with its powerful tales of personal experiences written so poetically that grasps my attention every time it is played. With its beautiful delicate and honest intent it is a raw masterpiece. I love this.

Abbe MayEli Wolfe
Abbe MayKiss My Apocalypse
A diverse and experimental artist from WA, with quite few different releases. This album evokes an intense feel, from a strong and highly expressive woman – cathartic in love and release – in a lemon juice squeezed on a paper cut kinda way.

Chance McCoyJimmy Daley (The Morrisons)
Chance McCoy & The Appalachian String BandChance McCoy & The Appalachian String Band
I love old time music and this album by Chance McCoy & The Appalachian String Band is packed full of it. The newest member of Old Crow (replacing Willie Watson), and educator of Old Time Music at The Augusta Heritage Centre, West Virginia, Chance McCoy really knows his stuff. He is an amazing old time fiddle and banjo player with a really sweet sounding voice to top it of. The collection of tunes here feature some of my favourite old time numbers like “Lazy John”, “Greasy Coat”, “Little Birdie” and “Gospel Plow”, while also introducing me to some great tunes I had never heard before, like “Davy Come Back and Act Like You Ought To”. That’s the thing about old time music, it’s an endless well of incredible songs, I don’t think I’ll ever stop digging through them. With fantastic playing and singing, this album has a more slick sound that what you usually get with old time music and in that sense would be a great introduction for someone looking to get into this genre.

CapercaillieEddi Reader
CapercaillieAt The Heart of it All
This is a beautiful traditional album using the tradition and bringing it right up to date. Karen is one of my favourite Scottish vocalists and this album is class as is their live performances. A little bit of Scotland for your ears.

Josh PykeChris Collins (Tigertown)
Josh PykeThe Beginning and the End of Everything
One of the best song writers that we have in Australia, Josh has been a major influence on our music since the start. All four albums are filled with honest stories so it’s cool to be able to follow someone through different stages of their life. For a fourth album, this one seems to have a certain youthfulness and energy to it, which could come from having a toddler running around in this record. It’s a very Australian sounding record which is something we love and would love to harness ourselves one day. This album makes you excited about love, life and family.

Bobby AluBrianne Curran (Takadimi)
Bobby AluTake it Slow
Refreshing, groovy and chilled out all in one. Bobby Alu’s album of 2013 just makes you feel like having a great day!

Melody PoolKevin Mitchell (Bob Evans)
Melody PoolThe Hurting Scene
This is an insanely good debut album. The lyrics and songwriting are so good it’s hard to believe they come from a someone of such a tender age. The production is subtle and honest and Melody’s voice is weighty and substantial. She must be an old soul or something. I can’t get enough of this album.

Katie BriannaAndrew Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates (The Weeping Willows)
Katie BriannaDark Side of the Morning
Katie’s voice will instantly capture you but it’s her lyrics that will hold you; one part heartbreak, two parts introspection, a dash of sass and one hundred percent original. Her tone may evoke some of the greats (Iris DeMent, Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffith, Kasey Chambers…) but Katie holds her own and her album packs a punch. It’s definitely one of those rare finds you can appreciate from beginning to end without any temptation to reach for the “skip” button. Dark Side of the Morning is Americana at its best; at times dark and moody, other times hopeful, even audacious. Our favourite tracks are “What It Means”, “Dark Side of the Morning” and the vulnerable last track, “Risk it All”.

The VaccinesAndrew Davie (Bear’s Den)
The VaccinesMelody Calling
I bloody love this EP. We recently had the honour of touring with The Vaccines on the Mumford and Sons Full English Tour and we just had the best time. An amazing group of people and an incredible band. We listened to this EP religiously in the van between shows and I constantly had “Melody Calling” and “Everybody’s Gonna Let You Down” stuck in my head. Freddie’s guitar parts are so unconventional and interesting and the chord progressions and band dynamics flow in such a beautiful and unpredictable kind of way. It’s an incredibly inspiring piece of work and Justin’s songwriting has always been brilliant but just keeps getting better and better.

Kurt VileJordan Wilson and Benjamin Riley (Georgia Fair)
Kurt VileWakin’ on a Pretty Daze
It’s a beautiful sounding record. He’s a cool cat and has been a favourite of ours for a while. It’s a great record to get you through whatever you’ve been dealt, especially when combined with wine and cigarettes in your lounge room.

0Roscoe James Irwin
Ichiko Aoba0
A super beautiful (if not odd) collection of tracks from this Japanese alt/folk singer-songwriter. It’s strikingly bare, but really intimate as a result. You feel like you’re there with her, listening to her play her songs in your bedroom. The classically inspired nylon string guitar parts, mixed with Ichiko’s etherial vocal melodies create something really unique and honest, (even though I have no idea what she’s singing about). Track 8, “Haru Natsu Aki Fuyu” is a standout.

Ghost BoyGregory Alan Isakov
Sanders BohlkeGhost Boy
Beautiful and dark electric landscapes behind songs that make you dream, and remember how important music is.

The DronesMark “Looch” Lewis (Handsome Young Strangers)
The DronesI See Seaweed
This band is so far ahead of the pack it scares me. I didn’t think the Drones could top their last album Havilah – but they have. Gareth Lilliard’s lyrics slowly weave into your brain as always whilst the delivery and more specifically the passion in the delivery still kills me everytime. The final track “Why Write A Letter That You’ll Never Send” (all 9 minutes of it) is stunning. The best album from 2013 from Australia’s best band. Simple really.

Anna CalviBity Booker
Anna CalviOne Breath
Anna did not start singing until she was in her mid twenties. Now she is singing her hearth out. Her songs explode like colour onto a canvas. She slowly draws the listener into her world. Her guitar is like a voice, sometimes a weep, sometimes a laugh. This album makes me feel close to the beautiful beast she has within.

Josh PykeJackson McLaren
Josh PykeThe Beginning And The End Of Everything
(Ok I might be a bit biased but it’s a great album!). Josh sets the bar high and this record is an absolute cracker. Grappling poetically with legacy and morality. The BIG themes! Beautiful harmonies and clever arrangements. It sounds like Josh is having fun and that’s what I like about it.

Katy PerryGemini Downs
Katy PerryPrism
Yes I know we’re in an indie band and our taste is music is meant to be all indie and alternative – and primarily it is – but everyone has their guilty pleasures, right? For what it’s worth – chuckling at the new “Roar” film clip, feeling creative when looking at the fairyland live sets that this chick pulls off and winding up the windows in the car in order to sing along as loudly as possible was enough to bring Katy Perry to the top of the pile. Plus she got dumped by a tonne of record labels before she cracked it which makes her success all the more impressive.

Cloud ControlJosh Pyke
Cloud ControlDream Cave
I love Cloud Control, and this record really saw them push themselves, whilst still remaining true to the almost primitive innocence that their music captures for me. Al’s voice has taken on a strangled desperation in some songs that makes the whole thing a lot tougher in a very engaging way. Love it.

Sam AmidonBayden Hine (Packwood)
Sam AmidonBright Sunny South
An artist who’s work I’d been meaning to listen to for a few years dropped into my lap when I was asked to support his Australian tour earlier this year. I couldn’t have been happier! His albums are effortlessly beautiful, and his live set all the more so. Sam Amidon reworks American trad tunes from way back when into his own brand of contemporary folk. On his previous two albums he paired up with one of my favourite composers Nico Muhly (Grizzy Bear, Jonsi, Sufjan Stevens), but on Bright Sunny South he mirrored his live set – recording with minimal instrumentation as well as a few guest accompanists (most notably Jazz trumpet legend Kenny Wheeler – so, so cool). The winning track for me is “As I Roved Out” – my favourite choice for singing along to in the car when stuck in traffic. Freaks people out every time!

Christy MooreDamien Dempsey
Christy MooreWhere I Come From
A legendary Irish folk singer. 45 tracks that he wrote or had a hand in. An incredible album full of human spirit and empathy and stories and wisdom and humour, Christy is everything I aspire to be as a singer, a great role model, check out “Viva La Quint Brigada”, “Johnny Connors”, “The Boy from Tamlaghtduff”, “Lisdoonvarna”, “Whacker Humphries” or “Strange Ways”. Sublime.

The NationalIsaac Graham
The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
My brother bought me Trouble Will Find Me for my birthday this year. On his way to buy it he fell off his push bike and fractured his wrist in two places and ended up in hospital for a few days. He was all fine but the whole incident totally overshadowed my birthday. Fortunately he’d bought me such a great present so I forgave him. I’ve always had a passing interest in The National but for me this album is the perfect combination great songwriting, considered progressions, beautiful arrangements and flawless production. Not a bad song on the whole thing.

John SmithGibson Bull
John SmithGreat Lakes
There is something very honest about John’s music. You get the feeling he really believes in the songs he sings. This is certainly the case with Great Lakes. A beautiful album.

Sam BuckinghamHeyMun
Sam BuckinghamI’m A Bird
An album that tickles the senses with its dreamy folk-sical setting whilst hitting the high notes of honesty is one of the valiant traits of Sam as a musician. If she’s in love Oh, Bahbo she’ll say it’s so. If she’s got to Leave This Town, she will, but not without a song. A spirited gem in the indie music scene here in Australia, her recent live performance of this album when on tour with Buffalo Tales was a beautiful delivery of tunes that draws smiles on faces.

Kacey MusgravesFanny Lumsden
Kacey MusgravesSame Trailer Different Park
It surprised me how much I love this album so “trying to be a cool indie kid” wont fly this year for me as it’s a major label country pop album that has done it. It’s my hell yeah to “small town up-bringings” and overall is just a really well crafted album that lyrically has the right percentage of sass, apple pie and trailer parks. (Also I have serious caravan plans so it teams with the theme).

Vampire WeekendRoland K Smith
Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
I’ve been pretty slack at keeping up with new music this year, but I’m okay with that, the good stuff I missed will find its way to me eventually. One record I did enjoy was Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City. The too-cool-for-school Indie rockers seem to have made the jump out of ironic subject matter and into more emotionally effective territory. I think it works for them. The production’s great too – mixing hard blues with vocal pitch shifters in “Diane Young”, the harpsichord is put to good use in album highlight “Step”, and industrial percussion in “Obvious Bicycle”. I’ll get around to listening to more new music once Bob Dylan stops releasing his excellent Bootleg series.

Big ScaryLittle May
Big ScaryNot Art
This is an album that I can listen to on repeat for hours on end, and it reminds me of staying up until 4am drawing and drinking red wine. It is a collection of beautiful songs produced perfectly with everything in it’s rightful place.

Rhye WomanBec Sandridge
RhyeWoman
Great title, magical album cover, a beyond brilliant opening track and sob-worthy film clips. Being a sucker for tales of heartbreaking romances, understated vocal melodies and gentle synths, this Canadian duo definitely have my vote. They had me like a fool playing “Open” on repeat for weeks. (Note: I may very-well still be sobbing and smiling and listening to this track whilst typing this).

VasenGeorge Jackson (The Company)
VäsenMindset
Swedish super group Väsen have produced a new album this year featuring their trademark melodic invention and effortless virtuosity, it’s simultaneously modern while still tradition based, balancing on that fine line, like they always do, with ease. The Fiddle, Nyckelharpa and Guitar trio offers unending creativity of textures throughout the album, defying their seemingly minimal lineup, and of course, there’s plenty of Polska’s to get your feet tapping to. These guys are simply, brilliant. I’ve had Mindset on repeat in my car and on my computer and have even learnt four of the tunes already. If you haven’t heard Väsen, do yourself a favor, this is a good place to start. If you know and love them already, this new offering is another classic.

Frank SolivanMustered Courage
Frank Solivan and Dirty KitchenFrank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
This album has everything we appreciate in modern bluegrass. Flawless three part harmonies and the kind of virtuosic pickin’ that makes you wanna sell your shit on eBay, or work a lot harder. The band has a unique and modern take of bluegrass, while still maintaining integrity to the tradition.

Buffalo TalesPerch Creek Family Jugband
Buffalo TalesRoadtrip Confessions
We first had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with Wes (aka Mr Buffalo Tales) at Wintermoon Folk Festival in May this year. Great voice, great guy, great songs, great performer, and (you guessed it) great album! It’s a gold mine of catchy, rootsy folk gems that always end up stuck in our heads!

Volcano ChoirMatthew Oastler (Little Bighorn)
Volcano ChoirReprave
I thought my fascination/addiction to anything Justin Vernon did hadn’t carried over when I first listened to Repave by The Volcano Choir, however his genius, and the emotions that come with it are slow burning. It has now been the only thing I’ve listened to for 3 months, and I hear something new every time. It feels a lot more anthemic and hopeful than any of his previous works. Only a special few can make you feel like Vernon does, and this album is a classic example.

CirclesLachlan Bryan
Chris PickeringCircles
I got to know Chris on the road in the USA and each night he quietly blew me away with not only his songs, but the way he played and sang them. His music is subtle – delicate but nourishing – filled with the warmth and self-deprecation that are trademarks of his live performance. Whenever Circles comes on my iPod I am reminded that CP is a proper artist, and I can’t imagine paying a fellow songwriter a greater compliment. Bravo Sir!

Kurt VileEdward Deer
Kurt VileWakin’ on a Pretty Daze
Whenever I describe Kurt Vile’s music to someone, I manage to make it sound like something to be avoided. Really long, meandering songs with numerous guitar solos and a guy mumble-singing in almost a monotone. But the textures and atmosphere in his music are so rich and evocative. I kept coming back to this record this year, and it has to be one of my fave driving albums ever.

Volcano ChoirImogen Clark
Volcano ChoirReprave
I’ve never found another artist whose songwriting moves me quite as much as Justin Vernon of Volcano Choir and Bon Iver, which is why I couldn’t wait for this album’s release. I think the best songs often take a couple of listens before you say “yes, I get it, and I love it”, which is what happens to me every time I listen to a project Vernon has been a part of. In Repave, the vocals are so raw and the dynamics so great that it just builds you up and tears you down in a kind of frenzy of emotion. To me, the album sounds like how I imagine listening to someone’s soul would sound – completely pure, heart-wrenching, honest, complex and unpredictable. That’s why I think this record is magic.

Loren KateSarah Humphreys
Loren KateMoving On
Loren is a folk artist like no other, her songs punch me right in the heart til I’m crying my eyes out and her voice is like honey. A beautiful record.

Neko CaseAchoo! Bless You
Neko CaseThe Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
We’ve both been huge fans of Neko Case for a few years, in particular her ’06 album Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, what an album. This record is just awesome as well. Her voice is beautiful as usual, and her lyrics are bad ass! “Man” is a particular fave. She writes absolute cracking pop songs, and the production of her records are always really rich and lush. I particularly love the edgier kind of grit and distortion that features a fair bit on this one, Neko gettin’ back to her punk roots via whimsical pop. So good!

Ainslie WillsAlison Avron
Ainslie WillsYou Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine
This record gives me all I need in music: tingles and toe taps. The subtle and sexy grooves combined with the beautiful and rich tone of Ainslie’s vocals get me every time. “Weighing The Promises” and “Liquid Paper” are the standout tracks for me. Miss Wills is representing everything that is right about the Australian music scene.

NgaiireSam Buckingham
NgaiireLamentations
I can’t quite say why I love this album. I think it’s a combination of her voice, interesting production and the fact that it’s not like anything I’ve listened to before. It feels experimental but perfectly thought out, bold but humble, surprising but familiar … truly creative and original.

DaughterHayden Calnin
DaughterIf You Leave
I played this album on repeat for the few weeks after hearing it for the first time. It’s depressing, but motivating, which is totally my kind of jam. Stand out track was, and still is “Smother”, with the lyric “I wish I’d stayed inside my mother, never to come out” it pretty much sums up the whole album. Daughter’s blend of shoegazey guitar lines, slow bass and simple, yet well composed drum lines, matched up with her gorgeous vocals and lyrics, is so mature, intricate and worth a listen.

Ainslie WillsAll Our Exes Live In Texas
Ainslie WillsYou Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine
The vocals and arrangements are incredible and Ainslie’s lyrics are so evocative. We particularly love “Liquid Paper” – such a universal sentiment. We listened to the entire album about a million times in the van on the way back to Sydney after we played a show with her in Melbourne. She also happens to be an amazingly good egg.

Mark KnopflerThe April Maze
Mark KnopflerPrivateering
This is actually a 2012 release but we only just discovered it … So it is new to us! A friend of ours who had toured with Mark Knopfler made us a mix CD for our Canadian tour and one of his songs was on there – we loved it, so we went online and bought the rest of the album. It is fantastic. It really takes you on a journey – lots of ups and downs and there are lots of goosebump moments. Our favourite tracks are “Haul Away” and “Kingdom of Gold” – these songs are super folky, just the way we like it. The production and instrumentation are spot on. This is a truly inspirational album for any songwriter. 100 stars.

JoJo SmithLucie Thorne
JoJo SmithStanding In The Lovelight
When it comes to soul not much beats being in the same room as JoJo Smith singing straight in to your heart. But this mighty collection – from one of our mightiest vocalists – comes pretty darn close. A national treasure!

Abbe MaySweet Jean
Abbe MayKiss My Apocalypse
Abbe May’s album is a blistering synth pop romp that takes you through all the ups and downs of imploding love. One of the many great things about this album is that she doesn’t “tell you about her feelings”. Instead, every song actually makes you feel something as a listener, which can be both uncomfortable and uplifting. It’s a funny, dark, smart, poignant and really well put together album.

The NationalEmily Barker
The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
I picked up this record just before heading out on a solo tour across the UK. It was a beautiful summer and I was driving myself around the country doing record shop in-stores and promoting our new record. Trouble Will Find Me quickly became my driving soundtrack. The songs are fantastic. Brilliant lyrics: a combination of abstract, ironic, heartfelt and just plain silly sometimes (ie. “I was teething on roses, I was in guns and noses”). I love the effortlessly, out-of-the-ordinary time signatures they use; the epic, but still intimate, production value; the melodies and arrangements; and Matt Berninger’s croonery, deep voice is always killer. A great record to drive to!

LordeRosie Catalano
LordePure Heroine
Given that we’re in an age where number one singles are as much about taking bootylicious selfies as writing good music, it took me a while to figure out how Lorde managed to dominate the Billboard charts, especially as my initial listen to her album Pure Heroine didn’t register highly on the excitement scale. I’ve happily eaten my words since then as Lorde and her producer Joel Little are a match made in heaven – the harmonies are beautiful, her lyrics take me to another world (albeit a teen world that I’m not sure I’d like to go back to), and I have a soft spot for Kiwis.

Mali MaliJack Carty
Mali MaliGather ’round the Goose Clock
I love this record because it feels anxious and intimate and fragile. The songs are strong, and tell their stories, but they go about it quietly so you really have to tune in to catch them. “Peace In My Chest” is the highlight for me, it feels like an affirmation.

Vance JoyPierce Brothers
Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
Since seeing him at The Hills Are Alive festival earlier this year, we picked up this EP. It’s a soulful and beautifully paced EP with awesome range from the indie pop rhythms of “Riptide” to the heartfelt and intimate lyrics of “Snaggletooth”. The crescendo in “From Afar” is our favourite. Well done sir. Well done indeed.

PikeletRose Wintergreen
PikeletCalluses
Entrancing from the very first listen (start with the track “Calluses”), this album still tickles my brain in unexpected and exciting ways. I’m not sure I understand it, but it’s unlike anything else I’ve heard, and I keep going back for more. YES!

Mark MoldreJessica Cassar (Jep & Dep)
Mark MoldreAn Ear To The Earth
If Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and Jeff Tweedy were pushed out to sea in a rickety old boat they’d come up with something like this. Mark Moldre’s An Ear to the Earth is a boisterous yet soulful musical journey worth the fare. You’ll be stomping and crying and laughing, and if you’re lucky to catch Moldre live, you’ll be doing all three with a whiskey in hand.

PowerlinesBeth Stephen (The Little Stevies)
Mustered CouragePowerlines
I’m a sucker for great harmonies and catchy melodies, and Mustered Courages’ album Powerlines has both, so I’m a big fan. Powerlines was produced by Jimi Maroudas, who also produced our first album Love Your Band. And for me it ticks all the boxes of a great album. The songs remind me of those off Foggy Highway, by Paul Kelly and The Stormwater Boys; strong and well-constructed, front and centre. Followed secondly by great musicianship and vocal harmony to present the full kick-ass package. And although their musicianship is apparent, luckily for these talented lads their songs don’t need to be dressed up head to toe in an overkill of instrumental licks to try and hide a weak song, but instead have successfully shown off their musicianship when it counts and in a very tasteful way. When I listen to the album I hear it as a collection of great pop songs first, and secondly as a bluegrass album. And in my opinion I think that’s clever, and the sign of good bunch of songwriters. There’s also nothing more impressive than when a group can reproduce an already top-notch studio album to an even higher standard live, and that’s what Mustered Courage can do. It’s a tasteful album, one of great energy and diversity in mood and who sings the lead on each song, and I recommend a listen to anyone who calls themselves a music lover.

ArcWhitaker
Everything EverythingArc
The perfect sophomore release, Arc built on all that was good about Everything Everything’s punchy, dramatic and down-right enviable musical style presented by their debut album three years prior. It’s the kind of record we listen to and think “Man, how did they do this? How can we do this?” as we listen through every track on repeat. Incredible production – good luck topping that one boys (they will)!

Vance JoyMark Wilkinson
Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
Emotive vocals and great songs. “Riptide” has obviously been huge, but the rest of the EP really stands up as well.

AgapeCastlecomer
Bear’s DenAgape
Bear’s Den produce an organic brand of music that resonates in its beautiful and powerful simplicity. Disarmingly honest lyrics accompany soaring and often haunting melodies backed by 3-part harmonies, and there are obvious folk influences to their songwriting. These guys are a must-see live act, and seem to be going from strength to strength, recently following up in magnificent style with their new EP Without/Within. There is an unassuming and captivating charm in this EP that is hard to resist.

HaimImogen Bel
HAIMDays Are Gone
There seemed to be a lot of highly anticipated releases this year, and for whatever reason, I missed out on a lot of them! One band that caught my attention early on however, was HAIM. This is a really solid album – so many hooks jam packed into each song, both melodically and rhythmically. I love that these girls obviously love pop music, but they play around with structures and mix things up to keep it fresh and surprising. They are obviously very accomplished musicians but they never let it get in the way of creating fun, interesting pop music. Standout tracks: “The Wire”, “Don’t Save Me”, “Go Slow” (no filler on this album though!).

Steal The LightKyle Vause (The Timbers)
The Cat EmpireSteal The Light
This is my favorite Cat Empire album to date. I seriously can’t fault this album, every song is a winner. My top three tracks off this album are “Still Young”, “Open Up Your Face” and probably the first single “Brighter Than Gold”.

Lucy WiseNigel Wearne
Lucy Wise & The B’GolliesWhen We Wander Far From Home
It makes me very happy to nominate this album as my favourite for 2013. The first time I heard Lucy Wise, I was struck by the originality and honesty of her songwriting. There are so many layers at work in this ten song offering. She’s included songs about organic farming and broken families, sailing, family connections, sculpture gardens and even Google Earth! Three members of the B’Gollies double in their own right as The Sting Contingent and they, with Mischa Herman on accordion, bring sophistication and tastefully woven arrangements to Lucy’s beautiful songs. “Lay of the Land” and “Mother’s Song” are stand-out tracks. A slow-burner that keeps giving.

InnocentsKate Martin
MobyInnocents
This was difficult to narrow down so I’ll say that ONE of my favourite LPs of 2013 is Innocents by Moby. Seven of the twelve tracks are collabs, it’s nice cross-pollination. The highlight track for me is a very moving instrumental called “Going Wrong”.

Step BrothersAidan Cooney (Boy Outside)
PalmsStep Brothers
A vehicle back to care free summers that lasted for ever. Yes that feeling. Play loud! Jump around aimlessly. Throw shapes at friends. A real shot in the arm. This shit works.

Josh PykeDan Acfield (Dan and Hannah Acfield)
Josh PykeThe Beginning And The End Of Everything
I must admit that although I’ve been listening to lots of music that’s new to me this year, most of it was not actually released this year! However, I have been enjoying Josh Pyke’s recent release The Beginning and End of Everything. After watching Josh Pyke perform tunes from this album from side of stage earlier in the year, I went home and immediately purchased the album. It’s deliciously folk-pop with that special (but evolved) Josh flavour which is quite difficult to not enjoy.

Josh RitterJack McNeill and Charlie Heys
Josh RitterThe Beast in Its Tracks
Josh Ritter has always been a favourite listen, he seems to grow more subtly insightful with each new album. A thoughtfully connected collection with the ghost of the Golden Age of Radio walking quietly through it. Ritter has the knack of catching you off-guard, gifted with a quiet wit, a sharper tongue than most and a real eye for the detail.

Warp and WeftEmma Davis
Laura VeirsWarp and Weft
Laura Veirs makes me happy. In fact, I think I would go as far as saying, I love her. Her unique way of phrasing things, her incredible ability to put into words the way that nature effects us, the delicate but interesting production- I couldn’t get enough. Laura’s newest release, Warp and Weft once again seems to deliver that Veirs-y charm that I have grown fond of. It is definitely a more mature album than Saltbreakers and the slightly Fleet-Foxy previous album July Flame. Some of the tracks are a little rockier with the beefy sounds of her Gibson shining through, and the arrangements are loaded full of weird and wonderful instruments, but the songs don’t seem to get lost at any point. Every little thing has its place and works together to carry her strong melodies and endearing way with words. As with her past releases, the album works well as a entire composition, so a little listening time is needed to start appreciating the tracks separately, but I think it makes this record a real grower. Overall, it’s a beautiful and carefully produced album that seems to communicate the warmth of nature and our place in it, so darn well.

Melt Yourself DownJoe Gould (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
Melt Yourself DownMelt Yourself Down
This debut is most original album I heard all year, a mix of electronics and afrobeat that is dark and danceable. Saturated sax riffs and tribal drums collide and make me feel euphoric that there’s still sounds out there I haven’t heard. What a great feeling to evoke in a listener!

LuxGordon Wallace (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
AfenginnLux
My album pick of 2013 is Lux by Danish band Afenginn. I have been a fan of the band’s “bastard ethnopunk” for a while now and their back catalog is well worth checking out. Lux is their latest offering and has quite a chilled out/ambient vibe and the most amazing fold-the-cd-digipak-into-a-lantern I have ever seen! Last year we realized we would cross paths at a festival in Sweden, so met Kim the main composer and became friends. The outcome of that is that they will be in Sydney playing at the Basement on the 16th January and Crooked Fiddle are lucky enough to be playing support! A great success of cross-continental mutual musical appreciation!

Big ScaryMark Leahy The Twoks
Big ScaryNot Art
After listening to Not Art I cannot help but walk around with a bounce in my step. This album is so confident, so diverse, so intricate and yet really simple. Fantastic production and really great songwriting. The performances have such dark commitment and awesome personality about them that I cannot help but love it.

Lucy WiseEmily-Rose Sarkova (Chaika)
Lucy Wise & The B’GolliesWhen We Wander Far From Home
I would say Lucy Wise’s newest album, When We Wander Far From Home. Her incredibly personal way of writing songs seems to capture so perfectly the very small delicate goings on of everyday life as well as the touching poignantly on deep environmental and social issues. All in a collection of songs that are truly beautiful and you cannot help but want to sing along with her.

The HeistCJ Shaw (CJ Shaw and the Blow Ins)
I have two:
Big ScaryNot Art
Beautiful and purposeful. Every nook and cranny of this album has been sculpted with the up most of care.
Macklemore and Ryan LewisThe Heist
A powerhouse. Big sound, big ego, big belief, big purpose. It is big and wonderful, makes you think and groove. It enlights and inspires.

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