Bluesfest Announces First Round of Artists for 2017

Bluesfest
Image Courtesy of The Lumineers

It may only be August but that doesn’t mean it isn’t time to start thinking about the 2017 festival season. This morning Bluesfest launched their first round of artists for next years festival and it’s huge.

This morning’s announcement includes Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith, The Lumineers (above), Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, Billy Bragg, Jethro Tull, Trombone Shorty, Gregory Porter, Snarky Puppy, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Beth Hart, Laura Mvula, Roy Ayers, Booker T Jones Presents The Stax Records Revue, Andrew Bird, Rickie Lee Jones, Joan Osborne, Turin Brakes, The Strumbellas, Jake Shimabukuro, Dumpstaphunk, Nikki Hill and Irish Mythen with more to be announced.

Bluesfest takes place over the Easter long weekend for the 13th to 17th April. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 1st April

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Andrew Bird released his new video “Roma Fade”. Details here

Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife released their new single “Paradise”. Details here

– US singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham has announced Australian tour dates. Details here

Emmy the Great released her new video “Algorithm”. Details here

José González released his new video “With The Ink of a Ghost”. Details here

– Brisbane based singer-songwriter Sahara Beck released details of her upcoming album Panacea. Details here

Releases This Week

Andrew Bird
Are You SeriousAndrew Bird
iTunes

Sufjan
Illinois: Special 10th Anniversary Blue MarvelSufjan Stevens
Official Site

William Fitzsimmons
Charleroi: Pittsburgh, Volume 2William Fitzsimmons
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

The Timbers

William Fitzsimmons

Friday 1st April – Mt Gambier Hotel, Mt Gambier, SA
Saturday 2nd April – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell could well be one of the greatest songwriters of his generation. Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, you’re in for a treat.

Friday 1st April – The Croxton Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd April – Silver Raven Festival, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 3rd April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

April Maze
Saturday 2nd April – The Rhythm Cafe, Foster, VIC
Thursday 7th April – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Blind Boys of Alabama
Friday 1st April – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd April – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

City and Colour w/ Little May
Saturday 2nd April – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 4th April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 5th April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th April – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 1st April – Canberra Musicians Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 2nd April – Mumbulla School Hall, Bega, NSW
Sunday 3rd April – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 7th April – Townsville Folk and Acoustic Music Club, Currajong, QLD
Friday 8th April – Visy Theatre, New Farm, QLD

El Grande
Wednesday 6th April – Rad, Wollongong, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Vishtèn, The Little Stevies, Rob Longstaff
Friday 1st April – Balgownie Village Community Centre, Balgownie, NSW
Saturday 2nd April – Bloomfield Hall, Orange, NSW
Sunday 3rd April – Simpson Pavilion Grenfell Showground, Grenfell, NSW

FolkSwagon w/ Nikki Steinfeld, The Delta Revue, Liam Gale
Wednesday 6th April – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gordie Tentrees
Friday 1st April – Magda Community Artz, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 2nd April – Hervey Bay Community Centre, Hervey Bay, QLD
Sunday 3rd April – Hervey Bay Community Centre, Hervey Bay, QLD
Monday 4th April – Marion’s Place, Alstonville, NSW
Tuesday 5th April – Wingham Concerts, Wauchope, NSW
Wednesday 6th April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 7th April – Billyroys Blues Bar, Goldmines Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 8th April – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

Hootenanny
Sunday 3rd April – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything
Friday 1st April – Live at The Wharf, Ulverstone, TAS
Saturday 2nd April – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Sunday 3rd April – MONA, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 7th April – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA

Jason Isbell
Friday 1st April – The Croxton Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd April – Silver Raven Festival, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 3rd April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 1st April – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Thursday 7th April – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 8th April – Clancy’s, Fremantle, WA

Liam Gerner
Friday 8th April – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Man From Snowy River Bush Festival
Thursday 31st March to Sunday 3rd April – Corryong, VIC

Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters
Friday 1st April – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Mark Moldre
Friday 8th April – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Mitch Power
Sunday 3rd April – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Paddy McHugh and Andy Golledge
Friday 1st April – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Oh Pep!
Wednesday 6th April – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA
Friday 8th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Riley Pearce
Friday 1st April – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 3rd April – The Workers Club, Melbourne, NSW

Ruby Boots
Sunday 3rd April – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Sahara Beck
Saturday 2nd April- Port Macquarie Blues and BBQ Festival, Port Macquarie, NSW

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel and John Flanagan
Thursday 7th April – Mountain Mama, Sheffield, TAS

Sam Newton and Chris Gillespie
Sunday 3rd April – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Sian Evans
Wednesday 6th April – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-together
Saturday 2nd April – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 8th April – Howlin’ Wolf Bar, Wollongong, NSW

The East Pointers
Friday 1st April – Yamba Community Centre, Yamba, NSW
Saturday 2nd April – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 3rd April – Eatonsville Hall, Eatonsville, NSW
Wednesday 6th April – Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 7th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 8th April – Hotel Gearin, Katoomba, NSW

The Go Set
Friday 8th April – Southern Cross Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD

The Little Stevies
Friday 1st April – Balgownie Village Community Centre, Balgownie, NSW
Saturday 2nd April – Bloomfield Hall, Orange, NSW
Sunday 3rd April – Simpson Pavilion Grenfell Showground, Grenfell, NSW

The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
Friday 1st April – Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 2nd April – Hotel Gearin, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 3rd April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 5th April – Cat & Fiddle Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 1st April – Mt Gambier Hotel, Mt Gambier, SA
Saturday 2nd April – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Weeping Willows
Friday 1st April – Harmonie German Club’s Friday Night Live, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 2nd April – Django Bar, Marrickville, NSW
Monday 4th April – Jane’s, Wollongong, NSW

Tim Guy
Friday 1st April – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 2nd April – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Vaudevillia by Mic Conway’s National Junk Band & Guests
Friday 1st April – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Vishtèn
Friday 1st April – Wooloongong Hall, Wooloongong, NSW
Saturday 2nd April – Bloomfield Hall, Orange, NSW
Sunday 3rd April – Simpson Pavillion, Grenfell, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Rox in the Box” – The Decemberists

If you caught The Decemberists in Sydney this week you would have seen Colin Meloy forget the words to this track before revisiting it later in the set for an absolutely cracking version. I love the way “Rox in the Box” ties into the folk tradition borrowing the tune for “Raggle Taggle Gypsy” as its refrain.

Watch The New Andrew Bird Video “Roma Fade”

Andrew Bird
Image Courtesy of Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird has a new album, Are You Serious, due on the 1st April and it looks like we’re getting a sneak peek at another track, “Roma Fade”.

“”Roma Fade” is about the wordless dialogue between the watcher and the watched and the fine line between romance and creepiness,” Andrew Bird explained. “In this song, “she” is a fortress of solitude, yet the observer can still affect her with his gaze. Whether the attention is welcome or not, something between them has changed. Notice how the song shifts from third person to first person near the end and it’s actually the observer who has transformed.”

Check out “Roma Fade” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th March

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Matthew and The Atlas confirmed details of their new album Temple. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Irish Mythen returns to Australia this month for Bluesfest and the Melissa Etheridge tour support. Details here

– UK big band Bellowhead announced plans to release a live album in April. Details here

– 17 year old singer-songwriter Gretta Ray released her new single “Unexpected Feeling”. Details here

Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow has a new album on the way to go with her new moniker. Details here

– The ANZ Blue Stage Series for Spectrum Now announced their artist lineup including Borneo, Lissa, Dog the Duke, James Englund, Rachel Fahim, Ainsley Farrell, Ella Freestone, Ginger & Drum, Adam Harpaz, Martin Hulbert, I Am Apollo, The Khanz, Christie Lamb, Jaime Lindsay, Mabel, Nova and the Experience, Jarryn Pheagan, Aimee Lou, Planet, Lane Sinclair (Say My Name Band), Sabrina Soares, Tenderfoot, Ed Wells and Dylan Wright. Details here

– The next Festival of Small Halls tour kicked off this week featuring Vishtèn, The Little Stevies and Rob Longstaff. Details here

Sufjan Stevens announced plans to release a 10th anniversary edition of Illinois. Details here

– West Australia’s favourite absent daughter Emily Barker returns home this week for shows on the West and East Coast. Details here

– South Coast singer-songwriter Joe Mungovan released his new single “Rivers”. Details here

– Singer-songwriters Julia Johnson and Vorn Doolette have announced a joint house concert tour. Details here

Andrew Bird has collaborated with Fiona Apple on his new single “Left Handed Kisses”. Details here

– Canadian singer-songwriter The Weather Station released her new video “Floodplain”. Details here

– Celtic-punks The Go Set announced April tour dates. Details here

Releases This Week

M Ward
More RainM. Ward
iTunes

Ouroboros
OuroborosRay LaMontagne
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

The Timbers

William Fitzsimmons

Friday 4th March – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 5th March – The Irish Hotel, Toowoomba, QLD
Monday 7th March – The Yacht Club, Mooloolaba, QLD
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Porchland feat. Lime Cordiale, Winterbourne, Sweet Jean, Benjamin James Caldwell, Ollie English

Porch Sessions

If you don’t have tickets to Porchland, the festival presented by Adelaide’s The Porch Sessions then I’m afraid you’re out of luck because this puppy is sold out. But with a lineup that good it’s time to start begging your friends to sell you their ticket – it’s going to be an amazing show.

Sunday 6th March – Hahndorf, SA

Gigs Next Week

Aldous Harding w/ Jess Ribeiro
Tuesday 8th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 10th March – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

Burke & Wills Folk Festival
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Burke & Wills Winery, VIC

Burnt Creek Deviation
Friday 4th March – The Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Calexico
Friday 4th March – Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Sunday 6th March – Spectrum Now, The Domain, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 8th March – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 9th March – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA

Catherine Traicos
Saturday 5th March – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Colin Hay
Friday 4th March – Melbourne Zoo Twilights, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th March – Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions presents Fanny Lumsden
Friday 4th March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

C.W. Stoneking w/ Marlon Williams
Saturday 5th March – Melbourne Zoo Twilights, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 11th March – Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW

Davey Craddock
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March – Nannup Festival, Nannup, WA

Elwood Myre
Friday 4th March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA
Friday 4th March – The Odd Fellow, Perth, WA

Emily Barker
Friday 4th March – The Bassendean Hotel, Perth, WA

Festival of Small Halls feat. Vishtèn, The Little Stevies, Rob Longstaff
Friday 4th March – Tallangatta Memorial Hall, Tallangatta, VIC
Saturday 5th March – Girgarre Town Hall, Girgarre, VIC
Sunday 6th March – Dookie Arts Hub, Dookie, VIC
Wednesday 9th March – Wauchope Community Arts Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Friday 11th March – Toongi Hall, Toongi, NSW

Folkswagon
Wednesday 9th March – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Helpless – The Songs of Neil Young feat. Todd Sibbin, Tom West, Ryan Martin John, Thoma Henbest, Caleb Williamson
Wednesday 9th March – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Hootenanny feat. Lucky Luke and His Shooting Stars
Sunday 6th March – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March – Nannup Festival, WA
Wednesday 9th March – Redcliffe on the Murray, Pinjarra, WA
Thursday 10th March – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Friday 11th March – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA

James Thomson
Friday 4th March – Baha, Rye, VIC
Saturday 5th March – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 6th March – The Lomond, Melbourne, VIC

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 4th March – J-Shed, Bathers Beach, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 9th March – Montrose Town Centre, Montrose, VIC
Friday 11th March – Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upwey, VIC

Liam Gerner
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA
Wednesday 9th March – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Friday 11th March – Billy Roy Blues, Bendigo, VIC

Luke Morris
Friday 4th March – Noosa Festival of Surfing, Noosa, QLD
Sunday 6th March – The Sunhouse, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 10th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Man of Constant Sorrow: a Tribute to the Music of O Brother Where Art Thou feat. The Morrisons, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Luke Escombe, Brian Campeau
Tuesday 8th March – The Domain, Sydney, NSW

Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters
Thursday 10th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th March – The Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Mary Black
Tuesday 8th March – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Thursday 10th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Moxie
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

Nannup Music Festival
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March – Nannup, WA

Oh Pep!
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

Passenger
Friday 4th March – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 6th March – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Patrick James
Friday 4th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 5th March – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Porchland feat. Lime Cordiale, Winterbourne, Sweet Jean, Benjamin James Caldwell, Ollie English
Sunday 6th March – Hahndorf, SA

Port Fairy Folk Festival
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy, VIC

Queen Porter Stomp and Catgut
Saturday 5th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

RAPT w/ Beautifil Chaos, Scott Cook
Saturday 5th March – The Music Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Ruby Boots
Thursday 10th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

Sam Brittain w/ Maggie Rutjens, Toby Robinson
Thursday 10th March – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Steve Earle & The Dukes w/ The Mastersons
Friday 11th March – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

Sufjan Stevens
Friday 4th March – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Summer Hill Folk Festival
Saturday 5th March – Summer Hill Church, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Road Street Party
Sunday 6th March – Sydney Road, Melbourne, VIC

The Beards
Friday 11th March – Bar Indigo, Rockingham, WA

The Button Collective
Sunday 6th March – Spectrum Now, Sydney, NSW

The Crooked Fiddle Band w/ Devil on the Rooftop
Friday 11th March – The Red Rattler, Sydney, NSW

The East Pointers
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March – Nannup Music Festival, WA
Wednesday 9th March – Fly by Night, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 10th March – South Coast Folk Club, Adelaide, SA
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, VIC

The Little Stevies
Friday 4th March – Tallangatta Memorial Hall, Tallangatta, VIC
Saturday 5th March – Girgarre Town Hall, Girgarre, VIC
Sunday 6th March – Glenferrie Festival, Hawthorn, VIC
Sunday 6th March – Dookie Arts Hub, Dookie, VIC
Thursday 10th March – Peace Concert, Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool, VIC
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

The Once
Friday 4th March – The Music Shack, Donnybrook, WA
Saturday 5th March – Sail & Anchor, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 6th March – Kalamunda Hotel, Kalamunda, WA
Wednesday 9th March – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA

The Rambling Boys
Friday 4th March – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 5th March – Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 8th March – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 10th March – Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th to 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, VIC

The Timbers
Saturday 5th March – The Irish Hotel, Toowoomba, QLD
Sunday 6th March – The Yacht Club, Mooloolaba, QLD
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

The Weeping Willows
Friday 4th March – Basement Discs, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 5th to Sunday 6th March – Snowy Mountains Country Music Festival, NSW
Thursday 10th March – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Friday 11th March – Spring Vale Wines, Cranbrook, TAS

Tim Easton
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March – Nannup Music Festival, WA
Thursday 10th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Vin Garbutt
Friday 11th March – Burke & Wills Folk Festival, Mia Mia, VIC

WOMADelaide
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Black Jack Davey” – The White Stripes

Over the last few weeks we’ve featured various songs in the “Gypsy Davey” tradition. Here’s a relatively modern take featuring The White Stripes covering Bob Dylan’s version of “Black Jack Davey”. This is an acoustic version but there’s an electric version out there in the universe as well.

Listen to the New Andrew Bird Single “Left Handed Kisses” feat. Fiona Apple

Andrew Bird
Image Courtesy of Andrew Bird

I love it when two artists you wouldn’t normally associate with each other come together. Case in point – the new Andrew Bird single “Left Handed Kisses” which features guest vocals from the indomitable Fiona Apple.

“Left Handed Kisses” is taken from Bird’s upcoming album Are You Serious, due on the 1st April, and is a rare love song from the singer-songwriter-violinist.

“My inclination was to write a song about why I can’t write a simple love song,” Andrew Bird explained. “The song began as an internal dialogue. At first it was just my voice. Then another voice came creeping in and I thought “this should be a duet if I can find the right person.” I needed to find someone really indicting. She was totally committed. The session was a long whiskey-fueled night – unhinged, for sure. All worth it, of course. I can’t write simple love songs. People are complex.”

Take a listen to “Left Handed Kisses” below:

Details of the MusicNOW – 10 Years Compilations Album feat. Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes and more

MusicNOW
Image Courtesy of MusicNOW

MusicNOW is a collaborative music festival which is held each year in Ohio in the USA. The festival, founded by Bryce Dessner from The National, will this year reach its tenth anniversary and they’re releasing an amazing compilation CD of live performances to celebrate.

The artists on the compilation CD features a who’s who of Timber and Steel Favourites including Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes), Sufjan Stevens, Owen Pallett, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and many more.

MusicNOW – 10 Years is due for release on the 10th March via Bandcamp. The first track revealed from the compilation is a cover of gospel singer EC Ball’s “Trials, Troubles, Tribulations” from the Sounds of the South musical project (Justin Vernon, Sharon Van Etten, Matthew E. White, Megafaun). Check out the song, plus a full track listing for MusicNOW – 10 Years below:

1. Sounds of the South: “Trials, Troubles, Tribulations”
2. Robin Pecknold: “Silver Dagger”
3. Sufjan Stevens: “The Owl & The Tanager”
4. eighth blackbird: “Omie Wise”
5. My Brightest Diamond: “I Have Never Loved Someone”
6. Dirty Projectors: “Emblem Of The World”
7. Tinariwen: “Imidiwan Ma Tenam”
8. Tim Hecker: “Chimeras (Live) 2011”
9. Colin Stetson: “Nobu Take”
10. Owen Pallett: “E Is For Estranged”
11. Erik Friedlander: “Airstream Envy”
12. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy: “Love Comes to Me”
13. Grizzly Bear: “While You Wait For The Others”
14. The Books with Clogs: “Classy Penguin”
15. Andrew Bird: “Section 8 City”
16. Justin Vernon: “Love More”

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th April

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– New Zealand’s Tiny Ruins will be doing a very quick stop over in Australia as they head to Europe to support Neil Finn and have a handful of appearances planned. Details here

Daniel Champagne has announced a massive national tour to support his new album The Gypsy Moon – Volume II. Details here

– The new video from Huckleberry Hastings for Huckleberry Blues is odd. Details here

– Adelaide seven-piece Gemini Downs are launching their brand new EP Richard Doesn’t Roll Around Much Anymore tonight in Adelaide. Details here

Emily & The Woods have just released their new video “Helios”. Details here

– To celebrate his new single “Bones”, Dustin Tebbutt is heading out on tour this May. Details here

The Crooked Fiddle Band won the internet this week with their new clip covering the Game of Thrones theme. Details here

Andrew Bird has revealed a folky cover of the New Pornographers’ “Fake Headlines” for his contribution to the new Yellow Bird Project covers album Good People Rock. Details here

– Sydney’s Little Bastard are heading out on tour this June and July. Details here

Jinja Safari co-frontman Pepa Knight has released a very cool solo track “Rahh!”. Details here

Beverley Martyn has revealed “Reckless Jane”, the unheard track she co-wrote with Nick Drake in the 70s. Details here

Cocos Lovers released the surreal new clip for their new track “Under The Hawthorn Tree”. Details here

Johnny Flynn released his new live album Live in Washington DC this week. Details here

Drawn from Bees will be releasing their new EP Web of Thieves in May and revealed the first track “Calling You Out”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Graveyard Train have released a brand new video “Takes One To Know One”. Details here

Folk in a Box returns to Australia this weekend with shows in Perth. Details here

– Sydney duo Laura & Susie kick off their east coast tour tonight. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter Blair Dunlop released his new video “Something’s Gonna Give Way”. Details here

– Canadian singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega kicks off her Australian tour this weekend with an appearance at The Gum Ball. Details here

Interviews

“I think the folk audience really appreciate that the artists are also people and they’re human and there’s none of that “oh wow, there’s a famous person”. People just come up and they talk to you like a human being. They don’t mind if your kid’s on stage with you because they’re upset – everyone’s camping together and everyone’s on the same page”Sarah Humphreys chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“Before the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats we all played music but a couple of the guys were more blues focused. And two of our guys now – our washboard player and our bass player – were more heavy metal influenced. And I played acoustic guitar – I never really played in a band before the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats but I could get around on a guitar. When we got together Sudsey, our banjo player, had just taught himself the banjo and he wanted something to jam along with” – Lachlan Alcorn from the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Johnny Flynn
Live in Washington DCJohnny Flynn
iTunes

Other Rivers
Other RiversMatthew and the Atlas
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Bad Shepherds

Bad Shepherds

Adrian Edmondson and his band of folk punks The Bad Shepherds are back in the country this month and have a bunch of gigs all over the country. Renowned for their ability to reimagine classic punk and new wave tunes in a folk style, these genre hopping shows are not to be missed.

Friday 11th April – Gum Ball Festival, Belford, NSW
Saturday 12th April – The Factory Floor, Marrickville, NSW
Sunday 13th April – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Monday 14th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Wednesday 16th April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 17th April – The Soundlounge, Curumbin, QLD
Friday 18th April – Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
Sunday 13th April – West Coast Blues ‘n’ Roots, Fremantle Park, Perth WA
Wednesday 16th April – Mackay Entertainment Centre, Mackay, QLD
Thursday 17th April – Magnums, Airlie Beach, QLD

Byron Bay Bluesfest
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st April – Byron Bay, NSW

Christopher Coleman Collective
Friday 11th April – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 12th April – A Music Warehouse Project, Adelaide, SA

Claude Hay
Friday 11th April – The Seaview Tavern, Woolgoolga, NSW
Saturday 12th April – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 13th April – The Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 11th April – Babushka Bar, Balarat, VIC
Saturday 12th April -Martians Café, Deans Marsh, VIC
Sunday 13th April – Bay Hotel, Mornington, VIC
Friday 18th to Saturday 19th April – Byron Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Devendra Banhart
Wednesday 16th April – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 17th April – The Prince Band Room, Melbourne, NSW

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Tuesday 15th April – Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Eleanor McEvoy
Sunday 13th April – Quarterdeck, Narooma, NSW
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st April – National Folk Festival, Canberra

Folk In a Box
Friday 11th April – Wolf Lane, Perth, WA
Saturday 12th April – Wolf Lane, Perth, WA

Gemini Downs
Friday 11th April – Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

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

Jake Bugg
Wednesday 16th April – Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th April – Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Jason Isbell with Tift Merritt
Sunday 13th April – The Factory, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 18th April – Boogie Festival, Bruzzy’s Farm, Tallarook, VIC

John Butler Trio
Friday 11th April – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th April – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 13th April – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Thursday 17th April – City Hall, Hobart, TAS

John Flanagan
Friday 11th April – House Concert, Copacabana, NSW
Sunday 13th April – House Concert, Wollongong, NSW

Josh Rennie-Hynes
Thursday 17th April – The Dowse Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Katie Harder and the Artful Dodgers
Friday 11th April – Tennant Creek Hotel, Tennant Creek, NT
Sunday 13th April – Monte’s, Alice Springs, NT

Kaurna Cronin and Ben Whiting
Wednesday 16th April – White Pickett Fence Sessions, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 17th April – The Railway Friendly, Byron Bay, NSW

Laura & Susie
Friday 11th April – Arts Space, Wodonga, VIC
Saturday 12th April – Farouk’s Olive, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Leah Flanagan
Saturday 12th April – Pavonia Place, Darwin, NT

Lindi Ortega
Saturday 12th April – Gumball Festival, Hunter Valley, NSW
Tuesday 15th April – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th April – National Folk Festival, ACT

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 11th April – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 12th April – Captains, Bateman’s Bay, NSW
Thursday 17th April – Lizotte’s, Central Coast, NSW

National Folk Festival
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st April – Canberra, ACT

Paul Greene and the Other Colours
Saturday 12th April – The Commercial Hotel, Milton, NSW
Sunday 13th April – The Bird House, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 17th April – The Deniliquin Club, Deniliquin, NSW

Sally Seltmann w/ Wintercoats
Friday 11th April – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 13th April – Kelvin Club, Melbourne, VIC

Seth Lakeman w/ Suzanne Vega
Monday 14th April – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Steve Smyth
Sunday 13th April – Gumball Festival, NSW
Thursday 17th April – Forresters, Sydney, NSW

The Bad Shepherds
Friday 11th April – Gumball Festival, Belford, NSW
Saturday 12th April – The Factory Floor, Marrickville, NSW
Sunday 13th April – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Monday 14th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Wednesday 16th April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 17th April – The Soundlounge, Curumbin, QLD
Friday 18th April – Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC

The Beez
Friday 11th April – Candelo Arts Society, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 11th April – The Angry Pirate, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 13th April – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 11th April – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 12th April – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 13th April – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Monday 14th – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 16th April – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Thursday 17th April – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Tiny Ruins
Monday 14th April – Melbourne Folk Club, Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 15th April – RRR Performance Space, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 15th April – 2SER Live At The Loft, Loft Bar, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Where Did You Sleep Last Night (In The Pines)” – Nirvana

This week a lot of people have been commemorating the 20th anniversary of the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain on the 5th April 1994. Their MTV Unplugged performance is still one of my favourites and it includes the Lead Belly track and folk standard “In The Pines” (recorded by Nirvana as “Where Did You Sleep Last Night”). The raw power in Cobain’s voice still gives me chills to this day.

Listen to Andrew Bird’s Track from Good People Rock

Good People Rock
Image Courtesy of Yellow Bird Project

Good People Rock is the latest project from musical charity organisation the Yellow Bird Project. Featuring a series of covers from the likes of Andrew Bird, Micah P. Hinson, King Creosote, Keaton Henson, Dry the River and more, Good People Rock is currently being crowdfunded to be released as an album.

The first track from Good People Rock is Andrew Bird’s contribution, a cover of “Fake Headlines” from the New Pornographers. Take a listen below:

If you want to contribute to the album or want more details check out Pledge Music here. The full track listen follows:

1. Andrew Bird – “Fake Headlines” (New Pornographers)
2. Hayden – “Family Tree” (TV on the Radio)
3. Elvis Perkins ft. Alec Ounsworth – “Mexican Ritual” (Alec Ounsworth)
4. Whispertown – “Give A Little Love” (Rilo Kiley)
5. Micah P. Hinson – “Not One Bit Ashamed” (King Creosote)
6. King Creosote – “Take It In” (Hot Chip)
7. Alec Ounsworth – “How’s Forever Been Baby” (Elvis Perkins)
8. Keaton Henson – “Take Care” (Beach House)
9. Dry the River – “Satellite Mind” (Metric)
10. T E Morris – “Much More Then That” (Sharon Van Etten)

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 8th November

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

James Vincent McMorrow released the NSFW video for the track “Cavalier”. Details here

– The lineup for November’s Communion Melbourne has been announced including Thomas Calder (The Trouble With Templeton), Castlecomer, Martha Marlow and Dominic Youdan. Details here

– Scottish singer Eddi Reader has just released her new video “Baby’s Boat”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Kate Martin has released the video for her track “Awaken”. Details here

Melody Pool has made a stream of a recent concert at Lizotte’s available online. Details here

– The new single from Vance Joy, “Play With Fire”, was released with a brand new video. Details here

– Fiddle player Andrew Bird has announced a new EP I Want to See Pulaski at Night. Details here

Seth Lakeman also has a new album on the way titled Word of Mouth. Details here

– Sydney trio Little May are heading out on their debut East Coast tour this December. Details here

Josh Pyke is heading out on a solo tour next February and March. Details here

Owls of the Swamp has released his latest b-side – “Ghostflake” featuring Ainslie Wills. Details here

– Sydney sister duo Laura & Susie will be launching their new album Meremba in Sydney next Friday. Details here

– Hayden Calnin has revealed his brand new single “Coward”. Details here

– Our friends over at the Raindrops and Rooftops blog are putting on their first ever house concert featuring Grim Fawkner, Oh Pep! and Christopher Coleman Collective. Details here

Blog

“I’d heard about people recording in a house and liked the ‘vibe’ these albums had, relaxed, warm and organic. All the things we wanted to achieve in our album recording. The perfect house came up through a choir I sing with – a friends family holiday house on the Mornington Peninsula. Surrounded by trees and yet only five minutes walk from the beach, 5 bedrooms, mini grand piano and different spaces conducive to recording. We couldn’t believe our luck!”Hannah Acfield of Dan & Hannah Acfield has put together a journal of their recording process. Blog here

Releases This Week

Antiphon
AntiphonMidlake
iTunes

Radical Face
The Family Tree: The BranchesRadical Face
Official Site

Inside Llewyn Davis
Inside Llewyn Davis (Original Soundtrack Recording)Various Artists
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Luke Legs
Luke Legs & The Midnight Specials with Pheobe & Schina, Charlie Thorpe
Sunday 10th November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Official Site

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
Friday 8th November – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 9th November – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th November – Waves Nightclub, Wollongong, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 8th November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 9th November – The Standard, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 10th November – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Wednesday 13th November – Mecc North Foyer, Mackay, QLD
Friday 15th November – Flinders Social, Townsville, QLD

Damien Dempsey
Sunday 10th November – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 10th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Dyson Stringer Cloher
Friday 8th November – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 9th November – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 10th November – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 13th November – Ararat Hotel Red Room, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 14th November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 15th November – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Emma Davis and Brian Campeau
Friday 8th November – FBI Social, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 9th November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 13th November – Lass O Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Foghorn Stringband
Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, VIC
Sunday 10th November – Blackwood Academy, Blackwood, VIC
Tuesday 12th November – Burrinja Cafe, Upwey, VIC
Wednesday 13th November – Yinnar Hotel, Yinnar, VIC
Friday 15th November – Nerrigundah Ag Bureau, Nerrigundah, NSW

Gossling with Whitaker
Friday 15th November – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, QLD

Gosti
Saturday 9th November – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

James Kenyon
Thursday 14th November – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 15th November – No. 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 8th November – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Satruday 9th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 10th November – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC (Afternoon Show)
Wednesday 13th November – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 14th November – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 15th November – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Kate Martin
Friday 15th November – Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Friday 8th November – The Lambton Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 10th November – Wickam Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 13th November – Revolver Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Laura & Susie with Wartime Sweethearts
Friday 15th November – Cafe Church Space, Sydney, NSW

Little Bastard
Friday 8th November – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Loren Kate
Friday 8th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 9th November – Harvester Moon Café, Bellarine VIC

Love Over Gold
Thursday 14th November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th November – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

MoFo at The Gaelic feat. Takadimi and Catgut
Friday 8th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Newtown Festival
Sunday 10th November – Camperdown Memorial Park, Sydney, NSW

Patrick James
Saturday 9th November – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 14th November – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Friday 15th November – The Fly Trap, Fremantle, WA

Robert Ellis and Cory Chisel with Marlon Williams
Friday 15th November – The Substation, Newport, VIC

Sal Kimber & The Rolling Wheel
Thursday 14th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th November – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Some Folk In Spring feat. Francolin
Sunday 10th November – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Takadimi
Friday 8th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Tanya Batt
Friday 15th November – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA

The Bon Scotts
Saturday 9th November – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 8th November – The Corner. Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 14th November – Moonshine Bar, Manly, NSW
Friday 15th November – Wollongong Diggers Club, Wollongong, NSW

The Little Stevies
Friday 8th November – The Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 9th November – The Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 15th November – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Mountains with Edward Deer, Direwolf
Thursday 14th November – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Whitley
Saturday 9th November – A Day On The Green, Yarra Valley, VIC
Wednesday 13th November – Transit, Canberra ACT
Thursday 14th November – Captains, Batemans Bay, NSW
Friday 15th November – Yours and Owls, Wollongong, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Red Rocking Chair” – Bruce Molsky with Rushad Eggleston, Tatiana Hargreaves and Jim Miller

I must admit that my knowledge of traditional American music is not what I’d like it to be – but that does mean I get to discover a whole swathe of amazing new songs and tunes. “Red Rocking Chair” popped up a couple of times at the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival this year and I’ve heard it on the radio a couple of times since. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Andrew Bird Announces New EP I Want to See Pulaski at Night

Andrew Bird
Image Courtesy of Andrew Bird

Fiddle player extraordinaire Andrew Bird has announced plans to release a brand new EP this month. The EP is called I Want to See Pulaski at Night and will be released on the 19th November. The EP will have seven track, six instrumentals and the first single “Pulaski at Night” which you can listen to below:

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