The Cake and Cordial Sessions Return to The Tamworth Country Music Festival

Cake and Cordial
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The Tamworth Country Music Festival’s favourite alt-country singer-songwriter mini-festival The Cake and Cordial Sessions returns in 2017 with an amazing lineup of artists.

The Cake and Cordial Sessions will take place on Friday 27th January at St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall in West Tamworth. The lineup includes Ben Salter, Paddy McHugh, Harry Hookey, Megan Cooper, Matt Henry, Melody Moko, Andy Golledge and Sam Newton.

The Cake and Cordial Sessions is alcohol free, gambling free, air conditioned and family-friendly. The night kicks off at 4pm and tickets are just $15.

For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Dashville Skyline 2016 Announces First Lineup

The Brothers Comatose
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Hunter Valley Americana, folk and alt-country festival Dashville Skyline dropped its 2016 lineup last week and it’s pretty sweet.

The organisers are backing up a fantastic 2015 event with a lineup headlined by music royalty Brian Cadd and San Francisco folk and bluegrass band The Brothers Comatose. Joining them will be plenty of names Timber and Steel readers will be familiar with including The Wilson Pickers, Melody Pool, Raised by Eagles, The Hello Morning, Jess Ribeiro, Davey Craddock & the Spectacles, Karl S. Williams, Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats, Irish Mythen and Andy Golledge Band with many more still to be announced.

Dashville Skyline takes place in the Hunter Valley Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October – for more information check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st August

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Boy & Bear announced details of their new album Limit of Love. Details here

– Adelaide singer-songwriter Tom West released his new single “Big Balloon” and added September tour dates. Details here

– Swedish nu-folk band Of Monsters and Men released their new video “Empire”. Details here

– Adelaide four piece The Timbers will be launching their new single at a show in September. Details here

– Anti-folk hero Joanna Newsom released her new video “Sapokanikan” from her upcoming album Divers. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Katie Wighton released her quirky new video “Little Dove”. Details here

– The next edition of the Heartbreaker Sessions in Sydney is this Sunday featuring Andy Golledge and Kris Morris. Details here

– Canadian folk rockers Great Lake Swimmers released their new video “I Must Have Someone Else’s Blues”. Details here

MountainGrass dropped their 2015 lineup headlined by Laurie Lewis and featuring Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass, Orpheus Supertones, Bluegrass Parkway, Paul Wookey, Pete Denahy, Davidson Brothers, Karen Lynne, The Weeping Willows, The Kissin’ Cousins, The Pipi Pickers, John Flanagan, Old South, Buffalo Nickel, Coolgrass, The Strzelecki Stringbusters and many more. Details here

Lucinda Williams has announced Australian headline shows and appearances at A Day On The Green this November and December. Details here

– Perth based singer-songwriter Bernardine released her new video “I Don’t Mind”. Details here

Ash Grunwald released his new single “Second Guess” and announced a national tour. Details here

– Sydney venue The Petersham Bowling Club is holding an OXJAM concert at the end of the month featuring Cruisin’ Deuces, Mark Lucas, Katie Brianna, Bree De Rome and Brian Manning. Details here

Releases This Week

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Macquarie Arms’ 200th Birthday Party feat. Imogen Clark & The Lonely Hearts

The historic Macquarie Arms Hotel at the base of the Blue Mountains in Windsor, west of Sydney, will this weekend celebrate its 200th Birthday. Hometown girl and Timber and Steel favourite Imogen Clark will be singing up a storm with her band The Lonely Hearts to celebrate – this gig is going to be a cracker!

Saturday 22nd August – Macquarie Arms Hotel, Windsor NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bronte
Saturday 22nd August – Sappho’s, Sydney, NSW

Day Ravies, Wireheads, Thigh Master, Weak Boys
Friday 21st August – Proper Music Social, Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Echo Deer, Yhan Leal
Sunday 23rd August – Proper Music Social, Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars
Thursday 27th August – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW

El Grande
Friday 21st August – The Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Saturday 22nd August – Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick Heads, NSW
Saturday 23rd August – House Concert, Holgate, NSW
Wednesday 26th August – RAD, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 27th August – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Fitzroyalty feat. Ben Mitchell, Toby Robinson
Tuesday 25th August – Little & Oliver, Melbourne, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. The Tawny Owl String Band, The Campervan Dancers, Colin Jones
Wednesday 26th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Good Counsel, The High Ceilings, Prints
Saturday 22nd August – Proper Music Social, Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Gympie Muster
Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th August – Gympie, QLD

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Andy Gollege, Kris Morris
Sunday 23rd August – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Hucker Brown
Thursday 27th August – Proper Music Social, Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Immigrant Union
Thursday 27th August – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 28th August – The Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW

Imogen Clark
Saturday 22nd August – Macquarie Arms Hotel, Windsor NSW

Jack Carty and Jordan Millar
Friday 21st August – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd August – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS

James Teague
Sunday 23rd August – Mill Hall, Rous Mill, NSW
Thursday 27th August – The Music Hunter Experience, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 28th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Jane Cameron
Friday 21st August – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Jed Rowe
Friday 21st August – Ararat Live, Ararat VIC
Saturday 22nd August – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide SA
Sunday 23rd August – Red Poles, McLaren Vale SA

Josh Rennie-Hynes & Caitlin Harnett
Saturday 22nd August – Woodford Open Space, Woodford, QLD

Katie Wighton
Friday 28th August – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Kelly Country Pick
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd August – Beechworth, VIC

Not Good With Horses, Fanny Lumsden
Thursday 27th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Mary Chapin Carpenter w/ Tift Merritt
Thursday 27th August – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th August – Gympie Muster, QLD

Riley Pearce
Friday 21st August – Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 22nd August – White Star Hotel, Albany, WA
Sunday 23rd August – Caves House Hotel, Yallingup, WA
Friday 28th August – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA

Ruby Boots
Sunday 23rd August – Darwin Festival “Big Country”, Darwin, NT
Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th August – Dowerin Field Day Festival, The Wheatbelt WA

Sian Evans
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd August – Townsville Culture Fest, Townsville, QLD

The AU Sessions feat. Elwood Myre, Max Marvell
Tuesday 25th August – Hive Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Brouhaha
Friday 28th August – The Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Scrimshaw Four w/ Uncle Bobby​, Senivoda​​
Monday 24th August – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Wheatley
Friday 21st August – Illawarra Brewery, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 22nd August – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 23rd August – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 27th and Friday 28th August – Gympie Muster, Gympie, QLD

Timberwolf
Friday 21st August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 28th August – UniBar, Adelaide, SA

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Friday 21st August – Coffs Ex Services, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Sunday 23rd August – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 27th August – Club Forsters, Forster, NSW
Friday 28th August – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Shove The Pig’s Foot (A Little Closer to the Fire)” – Bruce Molsky with Tim O’Brien, Aly Bain, John McCustker, Jerry Douglas, Dirk Powell, Mike McGoldrick, Phil Cunningham, Donald Shaw, Russ Barenberg, John Doyle, Todd Parks, Pat McInerney and James McIntosh

I’ve been playing tune at a few jams recently (with the intention of eventually learning it properly) and it’s so catchy! Just had to share the Transatlantic Sessions version just because of all of the amazing musos on this track.

Andy Golledge and Kris Morris Announced for the Next Heartbreaker Sessions

Andy Golledge
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Did you manage to get down to the first of the Heartbreaker Sessions in Sydney last week? From all accounts it sounds like it was an absolutely cracking night – and they’re going to do it all again this weekend.

The Heartbreaker Sessions are the brainchild of Sydney Americana and alt-country music lovers Chris and Daz. Held fortnightly at Freda’s, the night features two artists, Americana DJs and is 100% free.

This Sunday 23rd August the Heartbreaker Sessions are set to feature two of New South Wales’ most enduring Americana and alt-country singer-songwriters, Andy Golledge (above) and Kris Morris. The night kicks off at 6pm – for more details check out the official Facebook event here.


Details of the Next Country and Inner Western In Sydney

Country and Inner Western
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The next edition of Sydney based alt-country showcase Country & Inner Western is again on the Wednesday 29th October. Presented by Lost Highway Records Australia the night will see some sweet Americana, alt-country, bluegrass, roots and folk music from the likes of Shane Nicholson, Jenny Queen, Ruby Boots and Andy Golledge with Sydney stalwarts The Morrisons acting as house band and jamming all night long.

Country & Inner Western is set to take place at the Goodgod Small Club in Sydney’s CBD with tickets just $10 on the door. Make sure you get along to this one – it’s going to be so much fun!





Porch Light Sessions Announces August Lineup

Betty and Oswald
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Regular Sydney folk and alt-country night the Porch Light Sessions just keeps on trucking withe the announcement of their August lineup. Curated by the incomparable Leroy Lee, these nights are very quickly becoming an institution on the Sydney folk scene.

The August edition will take place on Thursday 14th August at the Petersham Bowling Club and will feature sets from local folksters Betty & Oswald and Andy Golledge.

The music kicks off at 7:20pm with tickets just $10 on the door. For more information on the Porch Light Sessions check out the official facebook event here.


Fanny Lumsden Announces May Residency in Sydney

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The marvelous Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers have announced plans for a residency right the way through May. The alt-country band will be taking over the Vic on the Park Hotel in Sydney every Thursday in May and they’ve announced a bunch of their friends including Huckleberry Hastings, Andy Golledge, Katie Brianna, Emma Beau, Lacey Cole & The Lazy Colts and some more surprises in the support slot.

The gigs will be absolutely free and will see Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers showcasing brand new music before they head into the studio to record their debut album. The full list of shows is below – for more information check out the official Fanny Lumsden facebook page here.

Thursday 1st May – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW w/ Huckleberry Hastings
Thursday 8th May – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW w/ Andy Golledge
Thursday 15th May – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW w/ Katie Brianna and Emma Beau
Thursday 22nd May – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW w/ Lacey Cole & The Lazy Colts
Thursday 29th May – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW w/ Surprise Acts

Musical Lineup for the Sydney Finders Keepers Markets This Weekend

Melanie Horsnell
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The glorious bi-annual Finders Keepers Markets are returning to Sydney for their Autumn/Winter event this weekend. If you haven’t been to a Finders Keepers before you should make an effort to check it out – loads of artists and designers showcasing their wares, some fantastic food and drink and of course live music of the acoustic variety.

Finders Keepers Sydney will take place at Carriageworks in Eveleigh (near Redfern) on Friday evening and during the day on Saturday. Entry is via a $2 donation. The musical lineup this time around includes Melanie Horsnell, The Green Mohair Suits, 200K, Andy Golledge and more.

For more information on Finders Keepers check out the official site here. The full live music scheduled is below:

Friday Evening
6:00pm – Melanie Horsnell
7:00pm – Annie Mckinnon
8:00pm – Jackie Marshall
9:00pm – The Green Mohair Suits

Saturday
10:00am – Jack Shit
12:00pm – Night 0wl
12:45pm – 200K
1:30pm – Andy Golledge
2:30pm – DJ Dylabolical

Interview: Lucky Luke

Lucky Luke
Image Courtesy of Lucky Luke and His Shooting Stars

If you’ve been to an alt-country show in Sydney recently your almost guaranteed to have stumbled across Lucky Luke and His Shooting Stars. If you haven’t yet, you’re in for a treat as the band are headlining this months Country Roads night at the Oxford Art Factory on Thursday 16th May. We managed to grab Lucky Luke himself for a quick chat about the state of country music in Sydney.

Gareth Hugh Evans: Your bio says you were drawn to country music thanks to the records your granddaddy used to play. What is it about this music that has connected with you through into your adulthood?

Lucky Luke: This music really started connecting with me as my nostalgia for my childhood and the time I spent in Greensboro North Carolina started to grow. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and the occasional visits to the south whetted my appetite for country music, and the food, the hospitality, and style of that culture. I find that country music is bottomless – the further you dig, the more gold you find (for want of a better metaphor).

GHE: There’s a bustling underground country music in Sydney at the moment. City kids are not usually the target market for this music – why do you think it’s seeing a surge in popularity here?

LL: I think it has something to do with our longing for a more simplistic life, something to do with a bunch of the younger city kids actually coming from rural areas, and something to do with the music just being honest, tuneful, and great to dance and drink to.

GHE: People would probably recognise several members of your band from other Sydney based folk, country and bluegrass outfits. How important is the collaborative element of the scene in Sydney?

LL: I think it’s crucial to have a scene. Like any passion, you need support to feed your hunger to share and learn. We play each other new songs when we have all night jams and three hour shows – that’s really what it’s all about, sharing a culture and growing the community.

GHE: You’re playing at the Country Roads night this Thursday at The Oxford Art Factory with Fanny Lumsden and Andy Golledge. That’s a hell of a lineup! How are you feeling ahead of the show?

LL: Any chance to play is exciting to me, can’t wait. The other acts are in fine form and we’re excited to share the stage with Fanny and Andy.

GHE: Along with the Country Roads show are there any other gigs we should know about featuring Lucky Luke and His Shooting Stars? What’s next on the horizon for you?

LL: We’re playing The Bourbon in Potts Point on Sunday 26th May and launching our debut record on the 12th July at The Basement. Plenty of shows in between which we post on our Facebook page as we go. Thank for the chat Gareth and see you around brother!

Country Roads featuring Lucky Luke and His Shooting Stars, Fanny Lumsden and The Thrillseekers and Andy Golledge will take place tomorrow night at the Oxford Art Factory. For more info check out the official Facebook invite here.

Country Roads Lineup for May

Country Roads
Image Courtesy of The Steamgrass Boys

This month’s Steamgrass Boys curated night of folk, bluegrass and alt-country music in Syndey, Country Roads, has a massive lineup and is definitely shaping up to be a highlight of the May music calendar. On Thursday 16th May The Oxford Art Factory will be transformed into an old time inn with plenty of whiskey and even more bootscootin’.

On the lineup for Country Roads this month are alt-country favourites Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers, Lucky Luke & His Shooting Stars and Andy Golledge. The music will kick off at 8pm with tickets only $10 on the door.

For more information make sure you head over to the official Facebook invite here.

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