Thank Folk It’s Friday – 12th June

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Jenny Lewis released her new video “She’s Not Me”. Details Jenny Lewis

Tracey McNeil gave us a taste of the unreleased track “Middle of the Night” with a live video. Details here

– The latest video from Angus and Julia, “From The Stalls”, was released. Details here

Isaac de Heer released his new video “Helicopter Spins”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Tim Guy released his brand new track “St Petersburg”. Details here

– Sydney bluegrass jam night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s returns this coming Wednesday. Details here

Releases This Week

Of Monsters and Men
Beneath The SkinOf Monsters and Men
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Sleepy Dreamers with Run Rabbit Run, Open Swimmer

Sleepy Dreamers

Melbourne indie-folk four-piece Sleepy Dreamers are throwing a massive party for their fifth birthday next Friday featuring Run Rabbit Run and Open Swimmer (solo) in support.

Friday 19th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Not Good With Horses
Wednesday 17th June – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Bunker Bluegrass
Thursday 18th June – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW

Immigrant Union
Saturday 13th June – £1000 Pound Bend, Melbourne, VIC

James Kenyon and Tobias Hengeveld
Friday 19th June – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Jed Rowe
Friday 12th June – Selby Folk Club, Selby VIC
Friday 19th June – Basement Discs, Melbourne VIC

Patrick James
Saturday 13th June – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel
Friday 12th June – Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 13th June – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Sunday 14th June – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 18th June – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 19th June – Ex-Services Club, Mullumbimby, NSW

Sleepy Dreamers with Run Rabbit Run, Open Swimmer
Friday 19th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 12th June – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 13th June – Norths Leagues Club, Kallangur, QLD
Friday 19th June – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Pass It Along” – Scott Cook

I saw this song performed by Kirsty Robinson at the Top Half Folk Festival over the weekend and was swept up in the chorus as the audience sang along. This version, taken from the Moon Mountain Sessions and filmed in Australia, is just stunning.

Watch the New Angus & Julia Stone Video “From The Stalls”

Angus and Julia
Image Courtesy of Angus & Julia Stone

The amazing Angus & Julia Stone have just released their brand new video for the track “From The Stalls”. Shot at sunrise and sunset over several days in South Australia the video is visually stunning. “From The Stalls” is taken from Angus & Julia Stone’s self titled 2014 album – watch the video below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 23rd January

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne based chamber-folk singer Packwood released his brand new single “All Smoke Must Find Its Way Home”. Details here

– The upcoming Fringe World festival in Perth will feature three tribute nights to O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Details here

– Celebrated trad singers Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton has revealed details of their upcoming album Declaration. Details here

Ruby Boots has kicked off her 2015 signing to Lost Highway and announcing her new album Solitude. Details here

– The The National Folk Festival have announced a bunch of US artists for their 2015 lineup including Kim Richey, Joe Filisko & Eric Noden, Kipori Baby Wolf Woods New Orleans Band, Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller and Whitetop Mountaineers. Details here

The Decemberists released their new video “A Beginning Song”. Details here

– Sydney band Citizen of the World released their new video “Done”. Details here

– Melbourne’s John Flanagan has announced a massive tour beginning this February. Details here

Laura Marling revealed her new track “False Hope”. Details here

Little Georgia, the alt-country duo project from Justin Carter and Ashleigh Mannix, released their new video “Heartbreak”. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter and activist Les Thomas released his new single “Guantanamo Blues”. Details here

– Alt-country singer-songwriter Jenny Queen released her new video “Hell No”. Details here

– Six more artists have been added to the Port Fairy Folk Festival lineup including Luluc, Mike Brady, Frank Yamma, The Bearded Gypsy Band, Fiona Ross and Skipping Girl Vinegar. Details here

Punch Brothers revealed their new track “My Oh My”. Details here

The Staves went back in time for their new video “Black & White”. Details here

Trampled by Turtles released their new video “Repetition”. Details here

The April Maze announced a new album and 2015 tour dates. Details here

Bell St Delays, the duo project of singer-songwriters Tracy McNeil and Luke Sinclair (Raised By Eagles), released their new video “Not This Time”. Details here

Marlon Williams released his new video “Dark Child” and announced an Australian tour in April. Details here

Angus and Julia Stone have announced the final dates for their summer tour. Details here

Rhiannon Giddens released “She’s Got You” from her forthcoming album. Details here

– Swedish singer-songwriter José González released his new single “Leaf Off/The Cave”. Details here

Interviews

“On an afternoon when frying eggs on the pavement in rural Queensland was definitely an option, Bill Quinn spoke with Ann from her sick bed in Edmonton, as she was putting the final touches on her tour, and readying to hop on a plane the following week”Ann Vriend chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Blog

“As we emerge from the haze of the Christmas and New Year period I can tell you right now that the future is looking bright indeed. So many of our favourite artists spent last year in the studio and the next six months is going to be thick with exciting releases. With so much good music on the way I thought I’d try and distill a list of ten artists that I’m excited to hear from in the first half of this year. This list is by no means exhaustive and I could probably spend hours talking about every release on the calendar, but hopefully this gives you a jumping off point to get as excited as I am for 2015”Gareth Hugh Evans picks his ten artists to watch in the first half of 2015. Find out who he chose and why here

“Here’s a question, though: how many have been to a small regional folk festival? … I ask this because I believe it is important for the folk movement that people younger than me – which is lot of people – get involved in the smaller festivals, either through volunteering, applying to perform, just turning up and doing a blackboard, or paying the usually small amount to attend” – guest contributor Peter Logue recounts the joy of the small folk festival. Read about it here

Releases This Week

Alanna Eileen
AbsenceAlanna Eileen
Bandcamp

Punch Brothers
The Phosphorescent BluesPunch Brothers
iTunes

Husband
The MoneyHusband
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Black Market Tune

Black Market Tune

Black Market Tune was a highlight at this year’s Illawarra Folk Festival so I urge anyone who hasn’t seen them live yet to get along to one of their shows. This week they’ll be bringing their uniquely European take on Scottish traditional music to Victoria – see them before they leave the country!

Sunday 25th January – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 30th January – Albert Park Yacht Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Alanna Eileen
Saturday 24th January – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 25th January – The Front Gallery and Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 29th January – The Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Ann Vriend
Saturday 24th January – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 29th January – The Reef Casino, Cairns, Qld
Friday 30th January – Sovereign Resort Hotel, Cooktown, Qld

April Maze
Friday 23rd January – Tomerong Hall, Shoalhaven, NSW

Australia Day at The Rocks
Monday 26th January – The Rocks, Sydney, NSW

Bell St Delays
Thursday 29th January – Three Chimneys, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 30th January – Petersham Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Bernard Fanning with Little May
Saturday 24th January – Leeuwin Estate Winery, Margaret River, WA
Thursday 29th January – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 30th January – Twilight At Taronga, Sydney, NSW

Black Market Tune
Sunday 25th January – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 30th January – Albert Park Yacht Club, Melbourne, VIC

Charm of Finches
Friday 23rd to Monday 26th January – Newstead Live Music Festival, VIC
Wednesday 28th January – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Husband
Friday 23rd January – Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA
Friday 30th January – The Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA

Kim Churchill
Friday 23rd January – The Cambridge, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 24th January – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 29th January – The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 30th January – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Lachlan Bryan w/ Jack Henderson, Sam York, Aleyce Simmonds
Tuesday 27th January – The Glasshouse Theatre, Port Macquarie, NSW
Wednesday 28th January – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 30th January – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Mandy Connell
Tuesday 27th January – Retreat, Melbourne, VIC

Newstead Live
Friday 23rd to Monday 26th January – Castlemaine, VIC

Numberalla Folk Festival
Friday 23rd to Monday 26th January – Numberalla, NSW

Passenger
Friday 23rd January – Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 25th January – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 27th January – Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, QLD

Peasant Moon
Friday 30th January – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Roger Knox
Sunday 25th January – The Aurora, Sydney, NSW

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 16th to Sunday 25th January – Tamworth, NSW

The Melbourne Folk Club feat. Darren Hanlon, Laura Jean, Single Twin
Wednesday 28th January – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Wild Comforts
Saturday 24th January – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Tim Edey
Friday 23rd to Monday 26th January – Newstead Live, VIC
Wednesday 28th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 29th January – Vencia Hall, Briagalong, VIC
Friday 30th January – Harvest Moon, Bellarine, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Shady Grove” – Crooked Still

Someone pointed out to me this week that old timey/bluegrass standard “Shady Grove” is likely derived from the English ballad “Matty Groves” and my mind was blown. How could I not have noticed this before? Now I can’t think about/sing either song without getting it mixed up with the other.

Angus & Julia Stone Announce Final Summer Shows

Angus and Julia Stone
Image Courtesy of Angus & Julia Stone

Angus & Julia Stone had a massive 2014 with their brand new album and tours all over the world. The brother-sister duo are now wrapping up this tour cycle with the announcement of a string of summer shows all over the country.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 4th February – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA
Friday 6th February – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Saturday 7th Fenruary – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Tuesday 10th February – Convention Centre, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 11th February – Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD
Friday 13th February – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 14th February – Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 15th February – C.EX, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Wednesday 18th February – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 20th February – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st February – Panthers, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 24th February – AEC Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 26th February – Costa Hall, Geelong, VIC
Friday 27th February – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th February – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th November

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney singer-songwriter Caitlin Harnett will be launching her new album in a hometown show this week. Details here

– Next February Angus and Julia Stone will be heading out on tour with Cloud Control, Jarryd James and Little May. Details here

– For his new video, “I Forget Where We Were”, Ben Howard stepped behind the camera for his directorial debut. Details here

– Carolina Chocolate Drops founding member Rhiannon Giddens will be releasing her debut solo album next February. Details here

– UK duo Slow Club have announced Australian tour dates in January. Details here

– Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini has announced Bluesfest sideshows next year. Details here

Little Bastard announced a 2015 tour and released their new video “Desert Roller”. Details here

– The latest Hunger Games film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, features the track “The Hanging Tree” which was co-written by The Lumineers. Details here

– Country and Inner Western becomes Christmas and Inner Western in December featuring The Morrisons, Tim Chaisson, Catherine Britt, A Man Called Stu, Jenny Queen and Fanny Lumsden and The Thrillseekers. Details here

Bear’s Den released their new single “Think of England”. Details here

Emmy The Great released the slightly creepy video for her new track “Swimming Pool”. Details here

Aldous Harding released her new video “No Peace”. Details here

Stu Larsen released his new video “King Street”. Details here

CW Stoneking has announced plans for a east coast regional tour this coming February. Details here

Releases This Week

Pepa Knight
Hypnotized Vol.1Pepa Knight
iTunes

Local Football
Local FootballSleepy Dreamers
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Kruger Brothers w/ The Company

Kruger Brothers

Renowned American bluegrass trio The Kruger Brothers will be making their Australian debut this week and they’re taking The Company along for the ride. The award winning trio have announced only a handful of shows and all of them are in Queensland so if you’re in town make the most of this opportunity

Friday 28th November – The Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 29th November – The Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 30th November – Samford Hall, Samford, QLD
Friday 5th December – Maleny Community Hall, Maleny QLD

Gigs Next Week

Bearded Gypsy Band
Thursday 4th December – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th December – Bennett’s Lane, Melbourne, VIC

Betty & Oswald
Friday 28th November – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC
Sunday 30th November – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 4th December – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 5th December – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Brad Butcher
Thursday 4th December – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Busby Marou
Friday 28th November – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 29th November – Gorgeous Festival, Adelaide, SA

Caitlin Harnett w/ Lacey Cole & The Lazy Colts
Wednesday 3rd December – Easy Tiger, Sydney, NSW

Daniel Lee Kendall
Saturday 29th November – Loo Loo’s Warehouse, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 5th December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 30th November – The B-East, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Saturday 29th November – Station Bar, Katoomba, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 28th November – Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle, WA

Gorgeous Festival
Friday 28th and Saturday 29th November – McLaren Vale, SA

Hat Fitz and Cara
Saturday 29th November – The Basement @ Gold Coast Arts Centre, Gold Coast, QLD

Husky
Friday 28th November – Adelaide Uni Bar, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 29th November – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 30th November – Queenscliff Music Fest, VIC
Thursday 4th December – Dunsborough Hotel, Dunsborough, WA
Friday 5th December – The Bakery, Perth, WA

Jack Carty
Friday 28th November – Captains at Mariners, Batemans Bay, NSW
Saturday 29th November – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 30th November – Birdhouse Bar, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 4th December – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th December – Kay St Saloon Bar, Traralgon, VIC

Jep and Dep
Sunday 30th November – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke
Friday 28th November – The Astor Hotel, Goulburn, NSW
Saturday 29th November – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 30th November – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW

Little Features feat. The Starry Field, Alex Gibson, Yetis, Daniel Tomalaris, Jesse Brand, Sarah Rowan Dahl
Saturday 29th November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Little May
Friday 28th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 29th November – Gorgeous Music Festival, McLaren Vale, SA
Friday 5th December – Solbar, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Liz Stringer
Friday 28th November – Manly Fig, Manly, NSW

Mark Moldre
Saturday 29th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Pepa Knight
Friday 28th November – Baker St, Gosford, NSW
Saturday 29th November – Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Sarah Humphreys
Saturday 29th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 28th November – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Saturday 29th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, QLD
Sunday 30th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, QLD
Thursday 4th December – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 5th December – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, VIC

The Kruger Brothers w/ The Company
Friday 28th November – The Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 29th November – The Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 30th November – Samford Hall, Samford, QLD
Friday 5th December – Maleny Community Hall, Maleny QLD

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 28th November – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC
Saturday 29th November – Gorgeous Festival, SA
Thursday 4th December – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Friday 5th December – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA

The Stetson Family
Sunday 30th November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Timberwolf
Saturday 29th November – Gorgeous Festival, Serafino Winery, McLaren Vale, SA
Thursday 4th December – Great Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Massacre of Glencoe” – Don Bruce

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing South Australian based Scottish-Australian singer Don Bruce perform a number of times at folk festivals and I love the way he interprets songs. With St Andrew’s Day being this Sunday this I’ve chosen Bruce’s version of Jim McLean’s tragic tale of the 1692 massacre of the clan MacDonald as today’s FFF – not the happiest of songs but an important part of Scottish history.

Angus and Julia Stone Announce Summer 2015 Tour

Angus and Julia Stone
Image Courtesy of Angus and Julia Stone

After a recent sold-out tour of Australia off the back of their critcally acclaimed self-titled album Angus and Julia Stone have announced plans to hit the road again this February. For this tour Angus and Julia Stone will be joined by Cloud Control and Jarryd James plus Little May for the shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 4th February – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA
Saturday 7th Fenruary – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Tuesday 10th February – Convention Centre, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 11th February – Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD
Friday 13th February – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 20th February – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 24th February – AEC Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Friday 27th February – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 5th September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Audreys kicked off a duo tour of New South Wales this week. Details here

– Victorian bluegrass duo The Davidson Brothers have released their new single “Take Me To The Mountains”. Details here

– Boston based sister act Ari & Mia are heading to Australia for a tour with The Lucy Wise Trio. Details here

– A new weekly folk night, Bare Bones, has kicked off in Perth at The Swan Basement every Saturday night. Details here

JamGrass announced their next round of artists including Marlon Williams, Raised by Eagles, Sweet Jean, Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats, The Ramblin’ Roses, Cat and Clint, James Kenyon and Brunswick Bluegrass Collective. Details here

– Sydney alt-country four-piece All Our Exes Live In Texas are heading out on tour this October. Details here

Jack Carty released his new single “Be Like The Water” as well as announcing a national tour over the next few months. Details here

Passenger has been releasing live videos as part of his US tour. Details here

Angus and Julia Stone have released their new video “Get Home”. Details here

– Swampy bluesman C.W. Stoneking has a new album on the way and a tour this November. Details here

– To celebrate their 30th anniversary The Illawarra Folk Festival are running a song contest. Details here

– Sydney folk night MoFo is branching out with their new MoFo at the Crate event, the first of which features Ari & Mia and The Lucy Wise Trio. Details here

– A new family friendly musical, The Vegetable Plot, from Luke Escombe and All Our Exes Live In Texas is about to hit Sydney and we have a stream of the accompanying EP. Details here

Vance Joy will be headlining his own tour this coming March. Details here

Bear’s Den released their stunning new single “Above The Clouds Of Pompeii”. Details here

– The first round of artists for Bluesfest 2015 have been announced including The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Xavier Rudd, Frank Turner, Pokey LaFarge and many more. Details here

The Pierce Brothers have just kicked off a massive national tour that goes right through until December. Details here

Reviews

Gigs

“Probably my favourite small (and surprising) space was the Amish Barn. In 2013, artist Bennet Miller ran a live installation called Barnraiser, where volunteers dressed as Amish people to raise a Barn. I kid you not. And this year, since the barn is complete, they opened it to the Splendour patrons for Rumspringer. Walk in to the barn at any point in the day and not only were you surrounded by Amish folk relaxing and enjoying the weather, but you could buy a drink from the bar and catch snippets of their pop-up bands playing folk in a ‘session’ style, or playing heavy rock like they were in their Barn’s garage band”KTBell reviews Splendour in the Grass. Review here

Releases This Week

When We Were Young
When We Were YoungCat Canteri
Bandcamp

Daniel Allars
Singing for LogsDaniel Allars
iTunes

Single Mothers
Single MothersJustin Townes Earle
iTunes

Where We Go
Where We GoNova and The Experience

All Or Nothin'
All Or Nothin’Nikki Lane
iTunes

Exits
ExitsSteve Smyth
iTunes

Wooden Duck
Wooden DuckThe Green Mohair Suits
iTunes

Dream Your Life Away
Dream Your Life AwayVance Joy
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

BIGSOUND 2014

BigSound

While the BIGSOUND conference might have sold out the official live program still has tickets left (plus plenty of unofficial music going on) and the folk, acoustic and roots program this year is really strong with showcases from The Pierce Brothers, Marlon Williams, Hayden Calnin, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Ruby Boots, Sweet Jean, Ash Grunwald, Devon Sproule, Fraser A Gorman, Little May, Spookyland, Steve Smyth and many many more.

Wednesday 10th to Friday 12th September – Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, NSW
Official Site

Gigs Next Week

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 12th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Bare Bones feat. The Wishers, Maverick, Cyclone Tess
Saturday 6th September – The Swan Basement, Perth, WA

BIGSOUND
Wednesday 10th to Friday 12th September – Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, NSW

Bob Dylan
Friday 5th September – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 7th September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 8th September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Boy & Bear
Friday 5th September – The Palais, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 6th September – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Friday 12th September – The Arts Centre, Gold Coast, QLD

Castlecomer
Thursday 11th September – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Cat Canteri
Friday 5th September – Basement Disc’s, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th September – The Star, Yackandandah, VIC
Saturday 6th September – Tanswell’s, Beechworth, VIC
Sunday 7th September – Bridge Rd Brewery, Beechworth, VIC

Darren Cross
Friday 5th September – Padre, Brisbane, QLD

Folklore, George Callaghan, Hooper and O’Toole
Saturday 6th September – The Shack, Narrabeen, NSW

Jep and Dep
Friday 5th September – Padre Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Katie Noonan w/ Jack Carty
Friday 12th September – Bangalow Bowlo, Banglow, NSW

MoFo feat. Laura and Susie, Golden Whistler
Friday 12th September – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Olivers Army
Wednesday 10th September – Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 5th September – A Music Warehouse Project, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 6th September – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Friday 12th September – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Spookyland
Friday 5th September – Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 10th September – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – Boney, Melbourne, VIC

Steve Smyth
Friday 5th September – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 6th September – Taps, Mooloolaba, QLD
Tuesday 9th September – Mushroom x Sonos Party, BIGSOUND, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 10th September – BIGSOUND, The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 11th September – Brisbane Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW

Sweet Jean
Sunday 7th September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 11th September – Bigsound, Brisbane, QLD

The Audreys
Friday 5th September – Art of Espresso, Young, NSW
Saturday 6th September – Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 7th September – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

The Folk Informal feat. Imogen Bel, Amela, Black River Bell, Angharad Drake
Thursday 11th September – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Living Room feat. Laura Zarb, Two Girls Will
Sunday 7th September – Lewisham Hotel, Sydney

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 5th September – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 11th September – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 5th September – Nelson Hotel, Nelson, VIC
Saturday 6th September – Boney, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 7th September – Newport Bowls Club, Newport, VIC
Friday 12th September – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW

Todd Sibbin and The Acadian Driftwood
Friday 5th September – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 7th September – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Tom West
Friday 5th September – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 7th September – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Vance Joy
Friday 5th September – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Stable Song” – Gregory Alan Isakov

Tomorrow a very special lady in my life hits a landmark birthday so I thought I’d treat her to one of her favourite songs as our FFF. Happy Birthday Tuz!

Watch the New Angus and Julia Stone Video “Get Home”

Angus and Julia
Image Courtesy of Angus and Julia Stone

Angus and Julia Stone have released another video from their brand new self-titled album. This time it’s for the very cruisey “Get Home” – check out the video below:

Angus and Julia Stone kick off their Australian tour this month. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 12th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 13th September – Llewellyn Hall, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 14th September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 15th September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 17th September – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 18th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 19th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 21st September – Arts Centre, Gold Coast, QLD
Tuesday 23rd September – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Thursday 25th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Splendid Splendour

Splendid crop - SITG by A CattPhoto by A. Catt

Having never been to a Splendour but having been to a great number of other festivals up and down the eastern seaboard, I can say I went in with a particular set of expectations and was delighted to have many of those absolutely smashed by my Splendour in the Grass experience.

The venue itself is huge and surprisingly well laid out and the flow of the nearly 30,000 punters was so smooth that I could have been forgiven thinking the numbers were less. Except for when we saw any of the amazing acts, then it became abundantly clear that the festival was at capacity with thousands of very happy festival goers rocking out at any given stage.

This year’s line up offered a great variety, so much so that there really were three distinct precincts within the site that allowed people to hang around stages that floated their genre boats.

The Timber and Steel friendly acts were evenly spread across the three main days and over two of the main three stages, so lets take a look at the folkier side of Splendour in the Grass.

Friday.

Photo by Justin Ma.
sitg14_HeadAndTheHeart_justinma-28The first act we caught was The Head and The Heart who delivered a really tight set and hearty performance for what was a modest crowd. “Ghosts” showed off their great harmonies in the live setting and the audience was treated to loads of favourites throughout their set list.  They were a solid start to the festival and I feel like loads of people missed out by not catching them. They don’t often get to come to Australia so they profusely thanked the crowd for coming to watch to much cheering and applause from said crowd. They tried out a new song with a bouncy tempo and happy vibe which was all very well received. “Sound Like Hallelujah” created a chilled vibe but with an immensely satisfying full sound. “Lost In My Mind” drew a rousing cheer from audience as it begun and took over the space with great drum build up before the crowd took over with a sing-along. The last song was an emphatic rendition of “Rivers and Roads” complete with epic drums thumping before stripping back to a delicate a Capella ending. And tumultuous applause.

We checked out Asgier, who has cropped up on the scene while I was away, but who commanded a huge and somewhat vocal crowd, all comfortably held in the palm of his hand. They sang along in crystal clarity. They swayed, sang, cheered and danced through a beautifully balanced set of both chilled tracks and up tempo songs. His popularity is clear as a really responsive crowd eagerly anticipated every song, with cheers of recognition in each of the opening bars and a seemingly constant surge forward of people to join the throng. “Going Home” delivered a beautiful mix of earthy drums, clear cut piano and haunting vocals undercut by subtle harmonies. The entire tent would clap along at poignant points of a slow song before the whole vibe would morph through the build up to a huge all encompassing piano and drums sound sphere. And to top it off, he pulled out a stunning cover of “Heart Shaped Box”, wow, just wow! His manipulation of piano and chillingly delicate treatment of vocals had everyone hanging on every lyric and every note. Definitely worth seeing any time you can.

We’ve all been hotly anticipating the return of Angus and Julia Stone and they did not disappoint. Starting with some of their new stuff, their set came wrapped in schmick presentation with a tight and polished sound with an obvious comfort on stage, oozing cool. Their new music is a few more steps away from the folky sound they originally brought to the scene and accomplishes a more indie vibe. While the crowd lapped up the new materials, it’s the old favourites so many know and love that really stirred the crowd with mega sing-along to “For You” melding beautifully with the song’s acoustic style. Julia seems really strong and playful in her style rather than the breathy, demure self we’ve known, which was a lovely counterpoint to previous performances. As an alternate opening and sound for “Big Jet Plane” dawned on the crowd, it was clear that their Hottest 100 winning track will always be a staple, crowd favourite that they are so comfortable playing and can completely turn on its head for both our and their pleasure. Their playfulness with their back catalogue was evident and jovial, with “Private Lawns” amping up the reggae vibe and syncopation. Julia pulled out a brilliant performance of “You’re The One That I Want” capturing the audience’s imagination with it’s fragility, building in to a full band resonance that proves they really own it as their own track now, it is no longer a cover. And if that wasn’t enough, they proved without a doubt that “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”! A rousing set and a great way to welcome Angus and Julia Stone back in to the festival rounds.

Saturday.

One of the great things about Splendour in the Grass is the sheer space available to absorb the almost 30,000 punters that flock to Byron Bay in search of great music and a good time. Aside from the 3 main stages, there’s a multitude of smaller spaces where all manner of performances take place, from the exciting extravagance of the colourful Dr Sketchy’s Burlesque Life Drawing, to the ukulele classes, to the buskers stage and its revolving selection of grunge, blues, roots, rock and alt bands, even dancing to the wee hours of the morning at the Tipi Forest full of dance DJs and electronica.

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Probably my favourite small (and surprising) space was the Amish Barn. In 2013, artist Bennet Miller ran a live installation called Barnraiser, where volunteers dressed as Amish people to raise a Barn. I kid you not. And this year, since the barn is complete, they opened it to the Splendour patrons for Rumspringer. Walk in to the barn at any point in the day and not only were you surrounded by Amish folk relaxing and enjoying the weather, but you could buy a drink from the bar and catch snippets of their pop-up bands playing folk in a ‘session’ style, or playing heavy rock like they were in their Barn’s garage band.

The sheer diversity of Splendour makes it an amazing experience. I hope to see the Amish again soon.

I haven’t seen anything of Darren Middleton’s new solo offerings, but as a Powderfinger fan, I was keen to see what he was serving up. As a duo with a stripped back setting on an enormous stage, their acoustic opening of guitar accompanied by violin and stomp pedal surrounded the small crowd with beautiful two part harmonies. Middleton is a humble performer, thanking the audience for coming to see him as he has played Splendour approximately 10 times in different acts, which must be some kind of record, and this time he plays it with his musical off-sider, Kelly. Picking through a back catalogue of numerous bands meant that the set was diverse and varied but sewn together with clever harmonies and a pristine acoustic style. His tracks from recent solo album, “Transition”, demonstrated the intimacy of close harmonies, plucky violin, upbeat acoustic guitar and stomp pedal in a big stage setting.  While touring, they have taken to playing a cover, a track Middleton never thought he would play again, “Falling Slowly” from the movie musical Once which drew a hush over the crowd and the occasional quiet lyrics sung along by individuals in the crowd. Middleton is currently touring with Busby Marou, and with such a solid set from Middleton, the tour will be a strong 1-2 combination definitely worth catching.

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Little May was new to me and they struck me as a sort of a combination of Lisa Mitchell, Gosling and Julia Stone all wrapped up in an indie pop 5 piece. They delivered great sound and a solid stage presence with a range of tracks including a rockier number with fabulous femme vocal harmonies.

Dustin Tebbutt drew a huge crowd in anticipation of his set. Opening with an ethereal quality and acoustic guitar built over top, he looked comfortable surrounded by his band creating a sensational blanket of music and melding sound. They make a cohesive group working together to scale the emotive heights of his body of work through the sweet ballads to the poignant numbers and his flawless falsetto. Tebbutt has the makings of a true balladeer. 12 months ago he was in Armidale planning to come to Splendour, and just starting to put out music. Sadly he wasn’t able to make it to Splendour that year but a friend reassured him not to worry, as next year he’d be playing Splendour. And there he was. The crowd loved it.

Tune Yards were a wild card on our list and if folkies wanted to go clubbing, this is what they’d see. Layered sounds and folky instruments looped to create danceable tracks and quirky grooves creating a somewhat “tribal tea party” soundtrack. They slip through genres, even the rnb and hip hop styles, with confidence and flair. In a nutshell, they are weird and quirky folktronica!

VanceJoy_SITG_26JUL2014_StephenBooth-56Vance Joy. Photo by Stephen Booth

Vance Joy has the potential to be a one hit wonder or a rising star and attracted a huge crowd to prove it. The audience were animated and engaged throughout, a sure sign of good things to come. With a full band behind him, new tracks like “Georgia” soared as a ballad with beautiful accompaniment, a troubled love song. His set was full of sing-a-long’s with the audience including “Snaggletooth” and “From Afar” proving popular. Special guests from Sasquatch created a hullabaloo on stage with a full, robust sound, tangy horn section, altogether a bit like a hoe down vibe a la Mumford and Sons. New songs and old songs, everything was eagerly devoured by the devoted audience. Huge cheers and clapping along carried him on high throughout his set, and then, out came the ukelele to a huge roar from the crowd who sang along, word for word. He wrapped up the set with a cover of “Stand by me” to an enthusiastic crowd. Definitely a star rising performance.

Sunday.

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This year was the first year the site featured the enormous amphitheater, and while punters complained about the huge hill to scale, the reward of that stage was worth all the huffing and puffing to get there. We realised that the amphitheater was large enough to contain the entire main stages area of The Falls Festival, Lorne and the absolute scale of the space really hit home. While the Timber and Steel friendly acts were predominantly on the GW McLennan stage, the entire festival benefits from the innovations and expansion of the site.

Nick Mulvey, SITG_2014-1Nick Mulvey. Photo by Splendour Official

Nick Mulvey is someone I was told to keep an eye out for. An expectant audience gathered early with eager fans right up at the barrier claiming their spot. A small but dedicated crowd cheered him as he walked on stage. He opened with amazing classical guitar work, reminiscent of flamenco, and a really sweet voice with a low level resonance. As a soloist, his guitar style and confident voice really filled the space. The audience had tripled in size halfway through the first song, with a steady stream of people still coming in. Transitioning to a more bluesy, plucking style effortlessly for his next song showed off his diverse range and skill. He creates a really amazing presence through one instrument with really cool syncopation for emphasis and effect. With the crowd swaying along fluidly and the playful lyrics beckoning, I think every girl there wanted to do as his lyrics asked, and maybe some of the guys too… As his first trip as a solo artist to Australia and he could see a few people singing along and it’s obvious he is genuinely flattered by the audience appreciation which is evident throughout the set. Mulvey will be a force to be reckoned with on the scene. Watch this space!

Mikhail Paskalev is a Norwegian/ Bulgarian pop troubador by all accounts, and has a real mix of styles and variety of songs in his back catalogue which had the crowd pumping. He gave a very chilled out and mellow set with a woven sound of thrumming bass and vocal harmonies. Certainly a multifaceted act to look further in to.

I had heard of First Aid Kit, but hadn’t caught up with any of their music until Splendour. Their clear, crisp vocals attracted a decent sized crowd, complete with sparklers and incense. They have a beautiful on stage energy and presence and a light, airy delightful sound with an indie pop beat keeping it all trundling along. With a cover of Paul Simon and the occasional Carpenters-esque sound, their set was rounded out with a tinkly, delightful, angelic melding of voices and harmonies, even for their upbeat tracks.

Ben Howard, SITG_2014-3Ben Howard. Photo by Splendour Official

Rarely have I ever seen a folky act that the crowd chants their name to get them to come on stage, but it worked and Ben Howard presented himself, centre stage with steel string guitar and a cheeky “G’day Splendour!” He instantly had the crowd beside themselves. His set was peppered with a bit of everything, something a little poppy, something a little indie, something bordering on a Placebo track, and a great blend of indie pop layers and strings. A plucky rendition of “Black Flies” had the crowd going mid way through the set. I felt like sometimes his music and performance was moody introversion on public display but then a quick switch would see the entire set move in direction. The upbeat, twangy riffs of “The Wolves” had the crowd cheering and clapping, singing along, rallying the entire tent and surrounds to an almost frenzied state of hoe down style dance. Truly a highlight of Splendour.

All in all, if I could have cloned myself, I could have had 3 or 4 entirely different Splendour experiences – from the Splendour in the Craft tent and it’s Craft singles speed dating event, to the comedy and forum stage, to the crazy fashions punters strut in, the art installations and amazing range of bars with their own DJs and themes, or spending a fortune at the amazing array of stalls selling handmade and bespoke coolness in all it’s forms – each experience would have been just as amazing (plus I could have seen far more of the amazing musical line up). But in a nutshell, I think the 2014 Splendour in the Grass is quite possibly the best festival I have been too. Do anything you can to get to the next one, it’s truly Splendid!

Splendour crop - SITG by LachlanJohnstonPhoto by Lachlan Johnstone

Watch the New Angus and Julia Stone Video “A Heartbreak”

Angus and Julia Stone
Image Courtesy of Angus and Julia Stone

Angus and Julia Stone are really getting into the swing of things with the release of another new video “A Heartbreak”. The video is the latest from their new self-titled album with is due on the 1st August. Watch it below:

Angus and Julia Stone are touring this September with brand new Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne shows announced. The full dates are here:

Friday 12th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 13th September – Llewellyn Hall, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 14th September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 15th September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 17th September – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 18th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 19th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 21st September – Arts Centre, Gold Coast, QLD
Tuesday 23rd September – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Thursday 25th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

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