Folk on the 2015 Sydney Festival Program

Tiny Ruins
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The Sydney Festival program was launched last week and as usual there’s a bunch of folk, roots, traditional and world music on the program to keep Timber and Steel readers happy. We thought to save you some time and pick through the program to find you the little folky nuggets. Just make sure you get in quick as tickets are now on sale.

Thursday 8th January – City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney, NSW

  • Jessica Pratt – Tranquil-voiced San Franciscan singer-songwriter

Saturday 10th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

  • Archie Roach: Creation – One of Australia’s greatest singer-songwriters and storytellers revisits his first four albums

Saturday 10th January – The Aurora, Sydney, NSW

Sunday 11th January – The Aurora, Sydney, NSW

  • Olivia Chaney – Other-worldly traditional and contemporary folk tunes from the UK singer

Sunday 11th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

Thursday 15th January – City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney, NSW

  • Tiny Ruins – The buzz-worthy New Zealand alt-country singer (above) returns to Australia. Definitely a must see.

Friday 16th January – The Aurora, Sydney, NSW

  • Far From Folsom Tex Perkins reprises the role of Johnny Cash in this tribute to the late great father of modern country and rock and roll.

Saturday 17th January – Parramatta Gaol, Parramatta, NSW

  • Iva Bittová – Traditional, classical and avant-garde music from the renowned Czech experimental violinist

Wednesday 21st January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

  • Roger Knox – The Koori King of Country brings his 2013 album Stranger in My Land to the Festival with his full band

Sunday 25th January – The Aurora, Sydney, NSW

For more information on the Sydney Festival including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 26th July


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Ashleigh Mannix released her brand new video “Devil In My Hometown”. Details here

Timber and Steel will be presenting the August tour for Sydney alt-country four-piece The Mountains. Details here

– Sydney trio Little May have released their brand new single and video “Boardwalks”. Details here

Whitley has revealed his new single “TV” ahead of his appearance at Splendour tomorrow. Details here

Timber and Steel favourite Jack Carty has released his new video “What Does Your Heart Say” as well as announcing a massive national tour. Details here

– Central Coast singer-songwriter Mark Moldre is heading south in September for a tour in the ACT and VIC and has released a new video. Details here

Frank Turner released the video to his track “Losing Days”. Details here

– Brisbane singer-songwriter Hannah Karydas released her new video “Heavy”. Details here

Timber and Steel had the exclusive first listen to the brand new Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers single “Sea Elephant School”. Details here

Les Thomas is one of the busiest men in folk music – he writes the awesome Unpaved blog, does a lot of work with for refugees through These Machines Cut Razorwire and is a singer-songwriter as well. We have his new video “Song for Selva”. Details here

Gregory Alan Isakov has released the video for his brand new video “Living Proof”. Details here


“We love getting guests up with us, it’s a big part of the jambands/bluegrass scene to us. Surrounded by so many talented pickers you can expect plenty of special guests on stage alongside us” – Julian Abrahams from Mustered Courage chats to Gareth Hugh Evans about JamGrass Sydney. Interview here

“Speaking from my own experience, [Bluegrass] is music that can easily be participated in. Brother Jimmy played me some bluegrass once, I went out and bought a guitar and a Carter Family record within a day” – James Morrison from The Morrisons chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I think the reason that there are things called “folk songs” and “country songs” is mainly for marketing reasons. If I had my way I wouldn’t be pigeon holed at all”John Williamson chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I think at its core people are really attracted to the spirit of this music. It’s not pretentious, it’s energetic and uplifting, it’s a connection to the past, and it is focused on community and shared experience. People are always looking for more authentic experiences and they don’t have to look too hard to find it in this kind of music” – Jimmy Daley of The Steamgrass Boys chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We’re hoping to get some dancing going too – we really go nuts when there’s dancing” – J. B. Latime from The Rusty Spring Syncopators chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We just released a single and we’re finishing off the rest of the album, so hopefully we’ll tour to promote that. In the meantime, more beer more whiskey more songs” – Jason Mannell from The Green Mohair Suits chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

By Your Side
By Your SideAlison Avron

Edward Sharpe
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic ZerosEdward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Timber and Steel Presents

Fanny Lumsden
Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers w/The British Blues, The Burley Griffin
Wednesday 31st July – Folk Club at The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW

Sam Buckingham
Sam Buckingham w/Whitaker, Tom Kline
Sunday 28th July – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Bears With Guns
Saturday 27th July – Ex Servicemans, Grafton, NSW
Sunday 28th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Thursday 1st August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Fraser A Gorman w/ Forever Son
Wednesday 31st July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Grizzly Jim Lawrie
Friday 26th July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Isaac Graham
Friday 26th July – The Bunker, Coogee, NSW
Saturday 27th July – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 1st August – Crowbar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 2nd August – The Purple Carrot, Bellingen, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Wednesday 31st July – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd August – Zeally & Cliff, Torquoy, VIC

Laura Marling
Friday 26th July – St Joseph’s Church, Perth WA
Tuesday 30th July – St Michael’s Church, Melbourne VIC
Wednesday 31st July – St Michael’s Church, Melbourne VIC

Of Monsters and Men
Monday 29th July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 30th July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 31st July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd August – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Paul Kelly
Friday 26th July – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 27th July – Moncieff Ent. Centre, Bundaberg, QLD
Sunday 28th July – Brolga Theatre, Maryborough, QLD
Tuesday 30th July – Arts Theatre, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 31st Juluy – Community Centre, Lake Kawana, QLD
Thursday 1st August – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Sam Brittain
Friday 26th July – The Wheatsheaf, Adealaide, SA

Sam Buckingham
Sunday 28th July – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 1st August – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Sarah Blasko
Saturday 27th July – Splendour In The Grass, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 28th July – The Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Tuesday 30th July – Eastbank Centre, Shepparton, VIC
Wednesday 31st July – The Capital, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 1st August – Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 2nd August – Lighthouse Theatre, Warnambool, VIC

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay, NSW

The Tiger & Me
Friday 26th July – Blue Beat, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th July – City Digger’s Club, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 28th July – Beyond Q, Canberra, ACT

The Timbers
Friday 2nd August – The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Woohoo Revue
Friday 26th July – The Hot Club, Blackheath, NSW
Saturday 27th July – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 1st August – White Eagle Polish Club, Turner, ACT
Friday 2nd August – White Eagle Polish Club, Turner, ACT

Thelma Plum
Friday 26th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 28th July – The Aviary Rooftop Sessions, Perth, WA

Twang: A Night of American Bluegrass
Tuesday 30th July – The Festival Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Pirate’s Gospel” – Alela Diane

Thought you might want some pirate music to get your Friday night started.

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