Watch the New Dope Lemon Video “Uptown Folks”

Dope Lemon
Image Courtesy of Dope Lemon

In case you haven’t heard Angus Stone (Angus & Julia Stone) has a new solo project titled Dope Lemon. There’s an album on the way called Honey Bones (due on the 10th June) and a fuzzy new single titled “Uptown Folks”.

Check out the video for “Uptown Folks” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 9th November


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Willy Mason has released his new single, “Carry On”, which is also available as a free download. Details here

Mumford and Sons debuted the video to their second Babel single “Lover of the Light” on Monday. Details here

– Having produced music with Killing Heidi and The Verses, Ella Hooper has now gone solo. Her first single, “High Low”, features the talents of alt-country favourites Graveyard Train. Details here

– This Sunday the 11th November is the Newtown Festival in Sydney and a bunch of our favourite artists will be performing across the various stages including The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Rescue Ships, Little Bastard, Caitlin Park, Battleships, The Rusty Spring Syncopators, Bellyache Ben & The Steamgrass Boys, The Lurkers, Green Mohair Suits and so many more. Details here

– As her latest crowd-funding endeavour drew to a close Sydney singer-songwriter Rosie Catalano offered up her brand new video as well as a free download for the track “In The Dark”. Details here

Heavenly Sounds have announced a tour from Michael Kiwanuka when he’s in the country next March for Bluesfest. Details here

Andrew Bird released the video to his latest single “Three White Horses”, taken from his recent album Hands of Glory. Details here

– We have the brand new video from Angus Stone for the track “Monsters”. Details here

– The Falls Festival added a bunch of new artists to the Lorne leg of the event including Daniel Champagne (above), Fraser A. Gorman, Husky, The Trouble With Templeton and Tinpan Orange. Details here

– Folk and acoustic may be pretty thin on the ground when it comes to next year’s Laneway Festivals but two of the bands that do fit somewhat into that genre – Kings of Convenience and Of Monsters and Men – have announced sideshows. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Gosti has just released her new video “Victorian” and has a couple of shows planned in Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– Tonight sees the second of three Christmas shows from underground indie-folk night Little Features at Hibernian House, Sydney. The show will feature Bity Booker, Matt Sztyk and Ryan Collings with a couple more acts yet to be confirmed and is only $10. Details here

– The clip for “Coat Tails” may be the most restrained you’ll ever see the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats. Details here

– Colonial folk punk legends Handsome Young Strangers are launching their new single “Thunderbolt” tonight in Sydney (see the gig guide below) and have a cracking new video to go along with it. Details here

Kim Churchill has finally reversed my thoughts on songs called “Sarah” with his new single and its sweet new video. Details here

– A bunch of Bluesfest sideshows were announced this week including tours from Dropkick Murphys, Frank Turner, Seth Lakeman and Jake Shimabukuro. Details here

Live ‘n’ Lounging, the house concert series based in Sydney’s South-West have announced a very special show featuring Vorn Doolette on the 1st December. Details here

– Check out the sweet new video from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros for “That’s What’s Up”. Details here

Folk Club in Sydney may have finished up at the Oxford Art Factory a couple of weeks ago but they have announced plans for four pop-up shows at Arcadia Liquors in Redfern to see out the year. The first show is this Wednesday and features Jep&Dep, The Falls and Jackson McClaren. Details here

Paul Kelly and Neil Finn, two giants of antipodean songwriting, will be touring together in February and March next year. Details here


“People have this idea of “country music” here – people think it’s just big hats and rhinestones. If they come along to the shows, they hear good songs with good melodies and lyrics and that’s what it’s about” – Peter Davies and Gabrielle Monk from The Good Intentions chat to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“It’s sort of hard to say what comes first, the idea or the song – I think they happen at the same time – but at some point I realised I had Spring type songs, new love, beginning of love, and I had Fall type songs with love on the turn or a break up. I thought if I can keep writing songs that fit into that design I’ll have something more than the sum of its parts”Paul Kelly chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Stitches in the Flag
Stitches in the FlagCrowns

The Travel Tree
The Travel TreeGosti

Sacred Hills
Sacred HillsMatt Costa
Official Site

Timber and Steel Presents

Emma Wall
Emma Wall & The Urban Folk with Little Wise
Sunday 11th November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Henry Wagons
Henry Wagons
Friday 9th November – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 10th November – The Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 15th November – Lismore City Bowling Club, Lismore, NSW
Friday 16th November – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Andrew Morris with Zac Gunthorpe
Saturday 10th November – Courthouse Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW

Angus Stone
Friday 9th November – The Hi Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 10th November – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 11th November – Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Monday 12th November – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 14th November – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Ben Harper
Friday 9th November – Convention Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 10th November – The Plenary, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 12th November – Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 13th November – Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 14th November – Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 15th November – Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Bob Evans with Thelma Plum
Friday 9th November – The Waiting Room, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th November – Rhino Room, Adelaide, SA

Crooked Saint and Ashleigh Mannix
Friday 9th November – Bon Amici, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 10th November – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 11th November – Ric’s Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Eli Wolfe
Saturday 10th November – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Sunday 11th November – Rockford Wines, SA (with Jeff Lang)
Wednesday 14th November – FBI Social, Kings Cross, NSW
Thursday 15th November – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 16th November – The Aztec Forster, NSW

Elliot The Bull
Saturday 10th November – Phoenix Bar, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 11th November – The Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney NSW

Emmylou Harris
Saturday 10th November – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 12th November – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 15th November – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th November – Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Folk Club feat. Jep&Dep, The Falls, Jackson McLaren
Wednesday 14th November – Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW

Saturday 10th November – The Empress, Melbourne, VIC

Grizzly Bear
Monday 12th November – Billboard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th November – Metro, Sydney, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers
Friday 9th November – The Green Room, Sydney, NSW

Harvest Festival (Grizzly Bear, Beirut)
Sunday 11th November – Werribee Park, Melbourne, VIC

Jen Cloher with Courtney Barnett
Friday 9th November – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Joe Robinson
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th November – Blues at Bridgetown, Bridgetown, WA
Friday 16th November – The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 9th November – Barwon Heads Bowling Club, Barwon Heads, VIC
Friday 16th November – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
Friday 9th November – Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Thursday 15th November – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Friday 16th November – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD

Little Features feat. Bity Booker, Matt Sztyk, Ryan Collings
Friday 9th November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Lucy Wise and The B’Gollies
Friday 9th November – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 9th November – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW
Saturday 10th November – Jamberoo Pub, Jamberoo, NSW
Sunday 11th November – Bottlerocket, Nowra, NSW
Thursday 15th November – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 16th November – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Merri Creek Pickers with Perch Creek Family Jugband and Jackals
Saturday 10th November – The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mike Compton
Friday 9th November – Cat and Fiddle Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 11th November – Wollongong, NSW

Mike McCarthy
Friday 9th November – The Glass Onion Society, Long Jetty, NSW
Tuesday 13th Novemebr – The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 15th November – The Royal Oak, Launceston, TAS

MoFo feat Siskin River and Takadimi
Friday 9th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Newtown Festival feat. The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Rescue Ships, Little Bastard, Caitlin Park, Battleships, The Rusty Spring Syncopators, Bellyache Ben & The Steamgrass Boys, The Lurkers, Green Mohair Suits
Sunday 11th November – Camperdown Memorial Park, Sydney, NSW

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Wouter Kellerman

Friday 9th November – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
feat. Bortier Okoe (Afro Soul), Organic Roots and DJ Earthshaker
Friday 16th November – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Nigel Wearne and The Cast Iron Promises
Friday 9th November – The Front Gallery & Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 11th November – Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th November – Harrietville Bluegrass Convention, Harrietville, VIC

Patrick James and Texture Like Sun
Friday 9th November – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 15th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbounre, VIC

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
Wednesday 14th November – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 15th November – Steyne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th November – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW

The Pigs
Saturday 10th November – Katoomba RSL, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 16th November – Newcastle Leagues, Newcastle, NSW

The Tiger and Me
Friday 9th November – Braidwood Hotel, Braidwood, NSW
Saturday 10th November – The Red Rattler, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 11th November – Majors Creek Pub, Majors Creek, NSW
Thursday 15th November – High Tea, Sydney, NSW

Sarah Humphreys
Friday 9th November – The Glass Onion Society, Long Jetty, NSW
Friday 16th November – The Lass O’ Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

TinPan Orange
Friday 16th November – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – Jake Shimabukuro

With over 11 million hits on Youtube since 2006 I think it’s safe to say that Jake Shimabukuro and this song in particular were instrumental in showing off the limitless possibilities of the ukulele and making it “cool” again. Shimabukuro is touring Australia again next year, and you have to go and see him – we can’t recommend his live show enough.

New Angus Stone Video, “Monsters”

Angus Stone
Image Courtesy of Angus Stone

Did you hear Angus Stone covering Alabama Shakes on triple j’s like a version last week? It’s pretty cool – you can check it out here with the video here.

And while you’re at it, if you’re in the mood for more music from Angus Stone, he has a brand new video out for the track “Monsters”. This one featues Stone being pursued through a forest – I reckon he had a lot of fun making this clip. Watch it below:

Woodford Announces Over 400 Artists for 2012/13 Lineup

Woodford Folk Festival
Image Courtesy of Woodford Folk Festival

With such a busy night of music to be had all around the country this Saturday just gone you’d be forgiven for having missed the lineup announcement for the 2012/13 Woodford Folk Festival. Arguably Australia’s best known folk festival Woodford has this year well over 400 acts.

Woodford will be held over the New Year period from the 27th November to the 1st January in Woodford, Queensland. Constantly stretching the definition of “folk music” (even further than we do) this year’s festival includes acts from a multitude of genres including blues, roots, jazz, rock, pop, soul, hip hop and more. Headliners at Woodford this year include Andrew Clermont, Angus Stone, Ben Sollee, Flap!, Folk Uke, Julia Stone, Mal Webb, Mikelangelo and the Tin Star, Penelope Swales, Shane Howard, Tim Hart, Wagons and more.

Pre-festival early-bird tickets are still available from now until the 24th December.

The full lineup is too big to print here (you’ll have to head to the official site for that) but we though we’d treat you our extensive highlights from the program:

Andrew Clermont
Angus Stone
Archie Roach
Ben Sollee
Emma Louise
Eric Bogle
Evan & Mischa
Folk Uke
George Kamikawa & Noriko Tadano
Hat Fitz and Cara
John Butler Trio
Julia Stone
Kate Miller-Heidke
Luke Escombe
Mal Webb
Mama Kin
Martin Pearson
Mic Conway with Robbie Long
Microwave Jenny
Mikelangelo and the Tin Star
Mr Fibby
Mustered Courage
Nicky Bomba’s BUSTAMENTO
Penelope Swales
Ray Beadle
Rhiannon and Monique
Rory McLeod
Shane Howard
Sharon Shannon
Stiff Gins
The Company
The Good Ship
The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Thelma Plum
Tim Hart
Women in Docs

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st September


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Grammy award winning mandolinist Mike Compton is heading to Australia this October and November for a national tour. During his Perth leg he will be joined on stage at the WA State Theatre with the likes of Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton, Andrew and Karen Winton, Bluegrass Parkway, Bernard Carney and David Hyams, Jane Germain and Ian Simpson and Clarke’s Grey Vest for In Constant Sorrow – A Night of Bluegrass. Details here

– Virtuosic instrumental folk trio The String Contingent have confirmed the dates for their massive spring tour. Details here

– The Surry Hills Sacred Harp Singers will be holding the first ever Australian Sacred Harp Convention this October long weekend in Sydney. Details here

Sarah Blasko revealed the first single from her forthcoming album I Awake to be the title track. Details here

Mama Kin seemed to disappear for a while but it looks as though it was just to record a brand new album, due in 2013. The first single from the album hits stores this month with a massive tour planned for October. Details here

– The first two artists announced for the 2013 Port Fairy Folk Festival are folk legends Eric Bogle and Arlo Guthrie. Early-bird tickets for the festival are now on sale. Details here

The Staves strapped on their cowboy boot and stetson hats for their latest western inspired video for “Tongue Behind My Teeth”. Details here

– Blues-folk troubadour Ashleigh Mannix has just released her second live album Ashleigh Mannix – LIVE at The Vanguard and its available to stream and purchase online. Details here

– After her appearance at Communion Melbourne this Sunday Melbourne songstress Ainslie Wills has announced shows in Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart and Brisbane. Details here

Holland recently released their brand new single “Without You”. Details here

Elliot The Bull have a massive tour throughout the east coast planned this spring. Details here

– The first round of artists for Bluesfest 2013 have been announced and they’re pretty impressive – Ben Harper, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Dropkick Murphys, Glen Hansard with The Frames, William Elliott Whitmore, Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls and more. Bluesfest will be rolling out their full program over four announcements in the coming weeks. Details here

Angus Stone shot and directed his latest video for the track “Clouds Above” in southern India. Details here

– Swedish sisters First Aid Kit have ventured into the forest to shoot their new video for the track “Wolf”. Details here

Wilco also released a brand new video this week for the track “Sunloathe”. Details here

Martha Tilston will be releasing her brand new album Machines of Love and Grace next month and has just dropped the first video “Stags Bellow”. Details here

– The lineup for the 2013 Gulgong Folk Festival is stuffed full of Timber and Steel favourites including Wes Carr’s Buffalo Tales (above), Jack Carty, The Falls, April Maze, Daniel Champagne, Fanny Lumsden, Bellyache Ben and Mustered Courage. Details here

– US folk singer-songwriter Matt Bauer will be releasing his new EP No Shape Can Hold Me Now on the 23rd October. The first single from the EP is “Andaman Sea” which has a gorgeous new video. Details here

Paul Kelly has revealed the details of his 19th studio album, due for release next month. Details here


“Tinpan has never been a very self-conscious band. I mean, we have never set out to make a certain type of music or capture a certain sound. However, this album, Over the Sun, was a little more considered when it came to the recording process. We wanted it to be a bit more epic, a little further from the folky production we have had in the past. Also, I wanted to jump around on stage a bit more so we had to make the music accordingly.” – Emily Lubitz from TinPan Orange chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“Since releasing Woodland, we have toured relentlessly around the country, experimented with all sorts of instruments and writing techniques, and feel we’ve grown massively. To release Young North was our chance to showcase where we are at and what we have learnt over the last year” – Sam Rasmussen from The Paper Kites chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Live at the Vanguard
Ashleigh Mannix – LIVE at The Vanguard – Ashleigh Mannix

Love Your Crooked Neighbour
Love Your Crooked Neighbour With Your Crooked Heart – Charles Jenkins & The Zhivagos

I Love Hate You
I Love Hate You – Claude Hay

Babel – Mumford and Sons

Hello – Sarah Humphreys

Before The Morning
Before The Morning – Tigertown

Over The Sun
Over The Sun – TinPan Orange

Timber and Steel Presents

Fanny Lumsden
Don’t Think Twice feat. Fanny Lumsden, Bec Sandridge and Bity Booker
Sunday 23rd September – The Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Patrick James
Patrick James
Saturday 22nd September – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Eastern
The Eastern
Thursday 27th September – Clancy’s, Fremantle, WA

The Tiger and Me
The Tiger and Me with Al Parkinson and James Kenyon
Sunday 23rd September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Charlie Mayfair with The Falls
Friday 21st September – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 27th September – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 28th September – Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW

Communion Melbourne feat. Battleships, Ainslie Wills, Packwood, Haydin Calnin, Grizzly Jim Lawrie
Sunday 23rd September – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Elliot The Bull
Friday 21st September – Lizottes, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 28th September – Revolver, Melbourne, VIC

Julia Stone
Friday 21st September – Community Centre, Byron Bay NSW
Saturday 22nd September – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns QLD
Friday 28th September – Astor Theatre, Perth WA

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp
Friday 21st September – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd September – Wangaratta P.A.C., Wangaratta, VIC
Thursday 27th September – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Friday 28th September – Winthrop Hall, Perth, WA

Krystle Warren
Sunday 23rd September – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 25th September – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW
Thursday 27th September – Northcote Social, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 21st September – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 22nd September – The Great Northern, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 23rd September – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 26th September – Folk Club, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th September – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Lanie Lane
Friday 21st September – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Saturday 22nd September – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Thursday 27th September – Courier-Mail Spiegeltent, Brisbane Festival, QLD

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Banjo Jackson and Golonka

Friday 21st September – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
feat. The Atlantic Street Band and Marmalade Circus
Friday 28th September – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Nick and Liesl
Saturday 22nd September – The Berry Hotel, Berry, NSW
Sunday 23rd September – Jamberoo Pub, Jamberoo, NSW

The Stillsons
Wednesday 26th September – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 27th September – The Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 28th September – The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD

The String Contingent
Friday 21st September – The Court House, Camperdown, VIC
Saturday 22nd September – The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick, VIC
Sunday 23rd September – Stoves for Africa, Torquay Uniting Church, Torquay, VIC
Friday 28th September to Monday 1st October 1 – Rose’s Gap Music Camp, Rose’s Gap, VIC & Sunshine Fiddle Camp, Alexandra Headland, QLD

Tim Hart
Friday 21st September – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd September – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 23rd September – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 27th September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 28th September – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD

TinPan Orange
Saturday 22nd September – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Boxer” – Simon and Garfunkel

If you’ve picked up the deluxe edition of the new Mumford and Sons album Babel today you’ll have been treated to their version (with Jerry Douglas and Paul Simon) of this classic track. The Mumford version has gone a long way to reminding us just how amazingly well written this song is. Check out Simon and Garfunkel performing “The Boxer” live in Central Park in 1981.

New Angus Stone Video, “Clouds Above”

Angus Stone
Image Courtesy of Angus Stone

The latest video from Angus Stone, for the track “Clouds Above”, was actually shot by Stone himself while her was travelling in India. The blurb that comes with the video perfectly captures Stone’s mindset when he was shooting it:

“I was living with a family in the hills in the South of India and I brought my camera along and I filmed my stay. The one thing I spent most energy on was sitting by the hornets nest for hours with my camera just waiting for them to hatch. When I think back I was very much coming to life again through my journey to india just as the hornet was seeing the world for the first time in this clip for clouds above.”

Watch “Clouds Above” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 31st August


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Paper Kites gave us their new Jefferton James co-directed video for “A Maker Of My Own Time”, the first single off their upcoming EP Young North. Details here

– Melbournites The Stillsons are taking the unusual step of recording their next album in Brisbane – the reason being that it will provide “No Distractions”. On their way up the coast the band will be stopping off in a number of places as part of their Spring tour. Details here

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson are revealing a track a day in the lead up to the release of their new album Wreck and Ruin and as of today we’re seven songs in. Details here

– The one man blues machine that is Claude Hay has just released his new single “I Love Hate You” and is giving it away for free. Details here

TinPan Orange have announced a national tour kicking off this September to launch their upcoming album Over The Sun. Details here

– Canberra based indie folkers Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens will be officially releasing their debut album Family Pets later this year and they’re offering up the first single, “Little Surprises”, as a free download. Details here

Husky have been touring through the US and Europe but are heading home this October for a headline tour to launch their new single “Tidal Wave”. Details here

– Canadian five-piece The Wooden Sky are offering their new single “Take Me Out” as a free download ahead of their new album Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun. Details here

– The second Key of Sea album will hit stores on the 19th October featuring tracks from Jinja Safari, Paul Kelly, The Tiger and Me, Lanie Lane and many more. Details here

– Regular Sydney night Upstairs and Underground are showcasing some of the city’s best progressive folk at The Gaelic Club tomorrow night. The lineup includes Bears With Guns, Liam Gale and the Ponytails, Edema Ruh and The Oliver Thorpe Quintet. Details here

Angus Stone, in partnership with Guinness Australia, has recorded versions of “The Blowers Daughter” by Damien Rice and “Dreams” by The Cranberries to be debuted on Guinness’ facebook page next Monday 3rd September. Fans will get a chance to choose which track is their favourite and the winner will be available on iTunes on the 28th September with all proceeds going to SurfAid International. Details here

Trevor Dann has racked up his 50th podcast with and it’s a killer – an hour of some of the best live music recorded by Dann and the team. If you don’t listen to the Propercast we reckon this is the perfect jumping on point. Details here

– After some recent lineup changes Adelaide folk artists Traveller & Fortune have decided to rerelease their single “Little Plastic People” and will be touring it in September. Details here

– Blues-folk duo Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson are currently wrapping up a massive US and European tour and have just announced a bunch of Australian dates in October. Details here

Sarah Humphreys has announced the details of her brand new album Hello. To celebrate the release Humphreys has a spring tour planned through NSW, VIC and SA. Details here

– Two of UK indie-folk’s biggest buzz bands – The Staves and Keaton Henson – have teamed up to rerecord “Icarus” originally from The Staves’ EP Mexico. The result is a nice little video and the track can be downloaded for free. Details here

Martha Tilston truly was a “find” at the National Folk Festival a couple of years ago so we’re pretty stoked to learn she has a new album on the way this October. Details here

Michael Kiwanuka just keeps getting better and better this week releasing his brand new video “Bones”. Details here

Communion Melbourne have announced possibly the best lineup yet for their September show – Battleships, Ainslie Wills, Packwood, Hayden Calnin and Grizzly Jim Lawrie. It’s all happening at the Toff in Town on the 23rd September. Details here

The Trouble With Templeton have gone through a lot of changes lately and have morphed from a solo project to a duo, trio and now a five piece. Their new song “Six Months In A Cast” is a great example of their new sound. Details here


“I can’t get enough of collaborating with people … In Sydney there’s a real community of singer-songwriters at the moment who are willing to get together and jam out on a few songs. Which makes the whole experience really refreshing especially when you get caught up in trying to write songs by yourself. It’s always cool to get together a group of mates and do it”Patrick James chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here


Track by Track

“[Hello Bright Eyes] was written when I was driving a Chaser bin (which is a tractor with a tailored trailor that follows the header to pick up the grain at harvest time) for a neighbour two summers ago. I was all day in lovely big paddocks and I think the sunlight made me a little vague”Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers, Autumn Lawn EP. Track By Track here

Releases This Week

Fanny Lumsden
Autumn LawnFanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers

Timber and Steel Presents

Fanny Lumsden
Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers
Sunday 2nd September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Thursday 6th September – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 7th September – Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart, TAS

Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers
Saturday 1st September – Pure Pop Records, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 2nd September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Julia Stone
6th September – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine VIC
7th September – Forum Theatre, Melbourne VIC

Lanie Lane
Friday 31st August – Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD
Saturday 1st September – A&I Hall, Bangalow, NSW
Thursday 6th September – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 7th September – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW

Nick and Liesl
Saturday 1st September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 31st August – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 1st September – Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Thursday 6th September – Hotel New York, Launceston, TAS
Friday 7th September – Spurs, Devonport, TAS

Tim Hart
Friday 31st August – The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Saturday 1st September – The Newport Hotel (upstairs), Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 5th September – The Front Gallery & Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 6th September – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 7th September – Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Upstairs and Underground feat. Bears With Guns, Liam Gale and the Ponytails, Edema Ruh, The Oliver Thorpe Quintet
Saturday 1st September – The Gaelic Club (Upstairs), Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Nancy Spain” – Christy Moore

So much of my early folk music education centres around my Dad’s obsession with Christy Moore. This song in particular was a favourite in our house and if you’re a fan of Irish contemporary folk music it doesn’t get much better than this.

Angus Stone Reinterprets Irish Tracks for SurfAid International and Guinness

Angus Stone
Image Courtesy of Guinness Australia

Last night this week I found myself at The Rose Hotel in Chippendale, Sydney watching a very exclusive performance from none other than Angus Stone. I was there at the invitation of Guinness Australia who were launching their forth annual “Arthur’s Day” celebration due to take place on the 28th September.

Angus Stone has partnered with Guinness to reinterpret and record his own version of two songs originally by Irish artists – “Dreams” by The Cranberries and “The Blowers Daughter” by Damien Rice. These two songs will be streamed on the Guinness Facebook page from next Monday 3rd September where fans are encouraged to vote for their favourite track. The winner, decided by the “likes” as well as an expert judging panel, will be released as the Australian Arthur’s Day anthem at 17:59 on 28th September in pubs around the country and will be made available for download on iTunes. All proceeds of the single will go to Stone’s charity of choice – SurfAid International.

During the performance Angus Stone treated us to a couple of tracks from his current album Broken Brights before launching into his reinterpretations of “The Blowers Daughter” and “Dreams”. And reinterpret them he had. Under Stone’s guidance “The Blowers Daughter” became a Dylan-esque twelve bar blues while “Dreams” entered psychedelic jam space. These were two very unique takes on two well loved songs – it will be interesting to see how fans react when they hit Facebook on Monday.

The Rose Hotel is one of my favourite pubs in Sydney. Guinness is one of my favourite drinks. And Angus Stone? I can’t think of a better way to spend a Tuesday night.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 10th August


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The Falls Festival kicked off the week with their third artist announcement which included a bunch of Timber and Steel friendly acts including Angus Stone, Ash Grunwald, Jinja Safari, Lisa Mitchell and Matt Corby. Details here.

Leroy Lee gifted us with two tracks “Morning Ballad” and “Arcadia” from his new EP Arcadia. The former features backing vocals from the wonderful Lanie Lane. If you managed to catch Lee at his EP launch last night you’ll know what a talent this man is. Details here and here.

– The remarkable Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers announced the details of the their upcoming EP Autumn Lawn which was produced by Ian Pritchett (Angus & Julia Stone, The Beautiful Girls). Lumsden and co will be launching the EP with shows in Sydney and Melbourne at the end of the month with regional dates still to be announced. Details here.

– New Zealand alt-country stars The Eastern are returning to our shores at the end of September and Timber and Steel is very proud to be presenting their national tour, including a Sunday afternoon slot at The Workers Club in Melbourne. Details here.

– Speaking of presenting tours, Timber and Steel have also been tapped to present the upcoming All About To Change tour from Patrick James. He is one of our favourite singer-songwriters coming out of Sydney at the moment and we’re so proud to be involved. Details here.

The April Maze went the homemade route when creating the video for their cover of The Beatles’ “I’ve Just Seen a Face”. Shot entirely on an iPhone App the video is very cute and well worth a view. Details here.

– Canadian folkies The Wooden Sky have announced their brand new album Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun to be released on the 1st October. Details here.

– As a thank you for all the support his fans have given him over the years John Butler has re-recorded his iconic instrumental track “Ocean” and is offering it as a free download. Details here.

Mumford and Sons revealed the details of their Australian Gentlemen of the Road mini-festival, set to take place in Dungog, NSW. Joining them on the bill are Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Sarah Blasko, Matt Corby, Husky, Willy Mason and Yacht Club DJs. Details here.

– In other Mumford and Sons news the band have released a stream of the first track off the upcoming album Babel, “I Will Wait”. Details here.

– The first single from Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson’s new duo album Wreck and Ruin, “Adam & Eve”, has a pretty strange but wonderful video. Details here.

– After a successful launch last month Communion Melbourne is back with their August lineup including Fraser A. Gorman, Castlecomer, Roller One and Elle Graham as well as screenings of the latest Sideshow Alley videos. Details here.

– UK folk supergroup Bellowhead have announced the followup to their wildly successful 2010 album Hedonism. Titled Broadside, the album is due for release on the 15th October. Details here.

– Bluegrass five-piece Trampled by Turtles teamed up with the team behind Adult Swim’s animated show Squidbillies to create their brand new blip “Walt Whitman”. Details here.

– To increase his profile in Australia Frank Turner has announced a brand new 15 track album Last Minutes and Lost Evenings featuring favourites and rarities. Details here.

The Paper Kites have announced a massive national tour this October to celebrate their new EP Young North. Supporting them will be Art of Sleeping and Battleships. Details here.

– The Fleurieu Folk Festival in SA has announced their 2012 with something for everyone. The festival takes place from the 26th to 28th October in Willunga, SA and features the likes of Eric Bogle, The Go Set, The Stetson Family, The Timbers, Barry Skipsey and more. Details here.

– Country and bluegrass singer Kristy Cox released her brand new video for the track “Miles and Timezones”. The song was co-written by Lachlan Davidson, one half of Timber and Steel favourites The Davidson Brothers. Details here.


“I cut my teeth doing small theatre shows in Canberra, you know, friends doing theatre and doing opening gigs for their shows. Sometimes you might get three, four people. And it is harder to play to three or four people because there’s nowhere to hide! So small doesn’t scare me”Fred Smith chats to Bill Quinn.
Interview here

Releases This Week

ArcadiaLeroy Lee

Gigs Next Week

Darwin Festival
9th to 26th August – Darwin, NT

Faith Lee
Sunday 12th August – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith & A Few Good Spooky Men (with Liz Frencham)
Friday 10th August – Notes, Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th August – The Lobby, Parkes, Canberra, ACT

Jinja Safari
Friday 10th August – The Hi-fi, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 11th August – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 15th August – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 16th August – Bar On the Hill, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 17th August – Metro, Sydney, NSW

Lanie Lane
Friday 10th August – Stones of the Yarra Valley, Coldstream, VIC
Saturday 11th August – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Sunday 12th August – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Thursday 16th August – The Lighthouse, Darwin Festival, NT
Friday 17th August – The Lighthouse, Darwin Festival, NT

Little Bastard (with The Mountains, Jack Dawson and Callithump)
Thursday 16th August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

MoFo feat. The Leichhardt International Ukestra and Stephen O’Hern
Friday 10th August – The Gaelic Club (Upstairs), Sydney, NSW

Nick and Liesl
Friday 10th August – Catharsis at The J Theatre – Noosa, QLD
Sunday 12th August – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 15th August – Astra Lodge, Falls Creek, VIC
Friday 17th August – The Albion, Albury, NSW

Passenger (with The Falls)
Thursday 16th August – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 17th August – The Hi-Fi, Sydney, NSW

Punch Brothers
Friday 10th August – Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Adelaide, SA

Roland K Smith & The Sinners with Handsome Young Strangers and Handasyd Williams and the Brothers Primitive
Wednesday 15th August – Sandringham Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 10th August – Coolum Civic Centre, Coolum, QLD
Saturday 11th August – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 15th August – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Thursday 16th August – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Friday 17th August – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA

The Falls
Saturday 11th August – Hellen Rose Schauersberger Laboratorium, Sydney, NSW

The Good Ship
Saturday 11th August – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 12th August – Nimbin Hotel, Nimbin, NSW

The Rescue Ships
Saturday 11th August – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

TinPan Orange
Saturday 11th August – Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Space Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Sailing to Philadelphia” – Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler has, in his solo work, revealed his love of folk music. This story song chronicles the coming to America of Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon to survey the Mason-Dixon line. The original recording features a duet with James Taylor.

Third Round of Falls Festival Artists Revealed

Angus Stone
Image Courtesy of Angus Stone

Monday mornings are never the most exciting time of the week but that’s all about to change as we reveal the third artist announcement for this year’s Falls Festival. A whopping 12 artists have been revealed this morning including a smattering of Timber and Steel favourites – Angus Stone, Ash Grunwald, Jinja Safari, Lisa Mitchell and Matt Corby.

They join the likes of First Aid Kit and Boy & Bear it what is shaping up to be a really exciting festival. The Falls Festival takes place each New Year at Marion Bay in Tasmania and Lorne in Victoria. The full lineup (so far) is below with more to be announced soon:

Angus Stone, Ash Grunwald, Ball Park Music, Beach House, Best Coast, Bombay Bicycle Club, Boy & Bear, Coolio, Cosmo Jarvis, Django Django, First Aid Kit, Hilltop Hoods, Hot Chip, Jinja Safari, Lisa Mitchell, Matt Corby, Maxïmo Park, Millions, Sampology Presents A Falls Anniversary Live AV Show, SBTRKT, Sharon Van Etten, The Flaming Lips, The Hives, The Vaccines, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Two Door Cinema Club, Willis Earl Beal

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