Thank Folk It’s Friday – 25th January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We kicked off the week with a live version of “Timshel” from Mumford and Sons captured by the very talented folks at Sideshow Alley. Details here

Eliza and the Bear have released the official video for their epic track “Upon The North”. Details here

Paul Simon announced Bluesfest sideshows in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and the Hunter Valley with Rufus Wainwright in support. Details here

– In March this year Billy Bragg will release his 10th studio album, Tooth & Nail, which promises to be more personal and less political than what we’re used to. Details here

– WA folk-roots outfit Ruby Boots released their new video “Kellie Anne” and have hit the road for an east coast tour. Details here

– Staying in WA, Perth based indie-folk singer-songwriter Amanda Merdzan has just released her brand new video “Afraid”. Details here

– Sydney based folk singer Brett Winterford is about to head out on tour to support his latest single “Hey Make Believer”. Details here

Bluesfest have added even more artists to the 2013 lineup including Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Kim Churchill, Genevieve Chadwick and much much more. Details here

Passenger revealed another new song via a live video, this time it’s “Stolen Toys”. Details here

The Leisure Society return with their first album in two years, titled Alone Aboard the Ark. The band have put together a trailer for the album, which is due in April, and are giving away a track for free. Details here

– Sydney based folk-pop singer-songwriter Jordan Millar has announced a brand new album, Cold Lights On Curious Minds, that will be launched next month with a show in his home town. Details here

Eli Wolfe is about to head out on a massive national tour in support of his upcoming brand new EP Perfect Moment. Details here

– The latest track to surface from the upcoming pirate music compilation Son of Rogue’s Gallery is the offensive “Asshole Rules the Navy” by Iggy Pop and A Hawk and a Hacksaw. Details here

– Canberra based folk band Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens have announced a tour to support the launch of their “new” album Family Pets. Details here

– The National Folk Festival has added a trio of Irish folk music legends to its lineup in Paul Brady, Andy Irvine and Finbar Furey. Details here

– One of the bands most likely to take out the Hottest 100 tomorrow is Of Monsters and Men, and they’ve just released their new video “King And Lionheart”. Details here

– The Gum Ball added a second round of artists to it’s 2013 lineup including The Hillbilly Killers, The Eastern, Melody Pool and more. Details here

– Californian folk-rock quartet Dawes have announced plans to release a new album, Stories Don’t End, in April. Details here

Bear’s Den, the London-based trio with links to Mumford and Sons and the Communion label, have announced plans to release their new EP Agape in March. Details here

– The trailer for the upcoming Coen Brothers film based around the 60s folk revival, Inside Llewyn Davis, has finally been released. Details here

Interviews

“I’ve been catching up with lots of old friends; it’s been great. Seeing friends’ grandchildren. I remember when I was here years ago, driving down to Myall Lakes, all the way down overnight, then stopping at the lakes just there – like glass. And just lying on a bench, and all the birds – the first time I’d heard any Australian birds: kookaburras, currawongs – they had two voices”Rory McLeod chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Timber and Steel Presents

Jay Hoad
Jay Hoad with Lauren Glezer
Sunday 27th Januray – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Archie Roach
Friday 25th January – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 26th Januray – The Parade Ground @ Old King’s, Sydney, NSW

Don’t Mention The Wall
21st to 26th January – Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW
Sunday 27th January – Dubbo Folk Club, NSW

Kim Churchill
Friday 25th January – The Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 26th January – Widgefest, Jugiong, NSW
Friday 1st February – Melbourne Zoo Twilight Series, Melbourne, VIC

Lachlan Bryan
Wednesday 30th January – The Retreat Hotel, Melbounre, VIC

Little Wise
Friday 1st February – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Numeralla Folk Festival
Friday 25th to Monday 28th January – Numeralla, NSW

Of Monsters and Men
Tuesday 29th January – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 31st January – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Rory McLeod
Friday 25th January – Yackandandah Town Hall, VIC
Friday 1st February – Fremantle Workers Club, WA

Ruby Boots
Thursday 31st January – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 1st February – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Sarah Blasko
Friday 1st February – Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA

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

The April Maze
Wednesday 30th January – Old Kirk Concerts, Yamba, NSW
Friday 1st February – Maleny Upfront Club, Maleny, QLD

The Starry Field
Friday 25th January – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 29th January – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Underscore Orkestra
Sunday 27th January – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Wooden Music Festival feat. The Perch Creek Family Jug Band, The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, The Bearded Gypsy Band
Friday 1st February – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Shelter” – Eric Bogle

I’m sure I’ve posted this before as a FFF but given tomorrow is Australia Day it’s well worth a revisit. No one quite writes a patriotic song like a Scotsman, especially when that Scotsman is Eric Bogle. Hope your weekend is dressed in green and gold.

Watch the New Amanda Merdzan Video, “Afraid”

Amanda Merdzan
Image Courtesy of Amanda Merdzan

Amanda Merdzan is an indie-folk singer-songwriter from Perth who is producing some pretty special music at the moment. Having made a name for herself in her home state playing shows in some of the West’s most famous venues and supporting some pretty impressive artists in the process its now time for the rest of Australia to fall in love with Amanda Merdzan.

Merdzan’s new single is “Afraid” which is taken from her upcoming EP The Map Has Been Redrawn. The video for “Afraid” was directed by Bruce Kentish – check it out below:

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