Thank Folk It’s Friday – 18th March

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Singer songwriter William Crighton released his new single “Priest” from his brand new, self titled album. Details here

– St Patrick’s Day may have been yesterday but The Gaelic Club in Sydney is still celebrating with a session tonight, The Button Collective tomorrow night and a film on Sunday. Details here

– Canadian songstress Ann Vriend is currently touring Australia. Details here

– Sydney band Bears With Guns released their new single “Let Go”. Details here

– Newcastle based alt-country duo The Wayward Henrys released their new video “Early Grave”. Details here

– Alice Springs based singer-songwriter Colin Lillie released his new video “Give Thanks”. Details here

Radical Face released “The Ship In Port” ahead of his album release next week. Details here

– Sydney bluegrassers The Buffalo Grass Boys released their new video “Lonely Nights”. Details here

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros released their new video “No Love Like Yours”. Details here

– Canadian prog-folk band Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything have announced Australian tour dates. Details here

Daniel Champagne has announced a massive Australian tour through March and April. Details here

– Brisbane based singer-songwriter Sian Evans released her new single “Cold Feet”. Details here

Bon Iver announce that they’re returning to Australia as part of Vivid Sydney this year. Details here

Passenger, All Our Exes Live In Texas and Luke Thompson shared a live version of “Caravan”. Details here

Interviews

“We’ve just recorded our third album of thirteen original tracks, some of which you’d call bluegrass and some of which I don’t know what you’d call it. But it’s all great music and we’ve pulled it off – it’s a really fun band in that respect” – George Jackson from The Company chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We started playing music together as friends and then came across the Bluegrass and Old Time Society and started going there a lot. We’d learn three songs to play at that gig – every month we’d learn three more songs. And we slowly built up a set and we ended up having enough to do a gig on our own. It was pretty slow but also really nice” – John Healy and Francis Duffy from The Plough chat to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“For the 1979 National Festival, which was in Melbourne, one of the reasons Bloodwood got together in the first place was to promote the 1980 festival which was to be held in Alice Springs. We went down there and had a fabulous reception. We had terrific posters and terrific t-shirts and all that stuff designed by a lady in Alice Springs. It was a knock out design and the strange thing is we were actually asked to stop promoting the 1980 festival by the Melbourne organisers because no one was buying their t-shirts. That is deadset true!” – Bob Barford from Bloodwood chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I have a deep relationship with Scottish music, as I spent one year of my life in Glasgow, to absorb the music from its source. The music can be really gentle and smooth, when it comes to ballads but also really ferocious and rythmically driving in strathspeys or reels – I really like the broad spectrum of expression and energy when it comes to Scottish Music” – Paul Dangl from Black Market Tune chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

William Crighton
William CrightonWilliam Crighton
iTunes

Way Down South
Way Down SouthJoe Mungovan
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

The Timbers

William Fitzsimmons

Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Bloodwood

Bloodwood

Seminal Australian bush band Bloodwood have reformed for The National Folk Festival next week and are performing two shows in their hometown of Alice Springs in preparation. If you’re in either of Australia’s Territories this week these are gigs not to be missed.

Friday 18th March – The Watertank Cafe, Alice Springs, NT
Saturday 19th March – The Watertank Cafe, Alice Springs, NT
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Gigs Next Week

Adam Young w/ Den Hanrahan, Not Good With Horses
Saturday 19th March – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Ann Vriend
Tuesday 22nd March – The Toff, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th March – The Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW

April Maze
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Black Market Tune
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Yacandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC
Monday 21st – Kedron State High School Auditorium, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Blind Boys of Alabama
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Bloodwood
Friday 18th March – The Watertank Cafe, Alice Springs, NT
Saturday 19th March – The Watertank Cafe, Alice Springs, NT
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Blue Mountains Music Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Katoomba, NSW

Blue Mts Festival Hillbilly Fringe
Saturday 19th March – Old City Bank, Katoomba, NSW

Bluesfest
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Byron Bay, NSW

Bob Barford
Sunday 20th March – Ooraminna Supper Club, Ooraminna, NT

Broadie Bunker Benefit
Wednesday 23rd March – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW

Brunswick Music Festival
Tuesday 15th to Sunday 20th March – Melbourne, VIC

Daniel Champagne
Friday 18th March – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Saturday 19th March – The Royal Oak Hotel – Boat Shed, LauncestonTAS
Sunday 20th March – Marakoopa Cafe, Mayberry, TAS

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 19th March – Terang Country Music Festival, VIC

Emily Barker
Friday 18th March – Margaret River Cultural Centre, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 20th March – The Bakehouse, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 21st March – Sun Theatre, Yarraville, VIC
Tuesday 22nd March – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Vishtèn, The Little Stevies, Rob Longstaff
Friday 18th March – Willaura Memorial Hall, Willaura, VIC
Saturday 19th March – Dalgety Hall, Dalgety, NSW
Sunday 20th March – Murrah Hall, Murrah, NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Folkswagon feat. Leroy Lee, The Delta Revue, Carlos Arango
Wednesday 23rd March – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gaelic Club Session
Friday 18th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Goin’ Back – Moreland’s History in Song feat. Jeff Lang, Alison Ferrier, Tracy McNeil, Luke Sinclair, Van Walker, Gretta Ray, Mandy Connell
Friday 18th March – Metanoia Theatre at The Mechanic’s Institute, Melbourne, VIC

Gordie Tentrees
Friday 18th to Monday 21st March – Yachandandah Folk Festival, Yachandandah VIC
Wednesday 23rd March – Murrah Hall, Murrah NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. The Sweet Jelly Rolls, Whiskey Jeff
Thursday 24th March – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Holler & Haul’s Backyard Picnic feat. The Button Collective, Rebecca Bastoli, Grace Turner
Sunday 20th March – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Echo Deer
Sunday 20th March – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Saturday 19th March – Nukara Festival, WA
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Imogen Clark
Thursday 24th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Irish Mythen
Wednesday 23rd March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Irish Trad Workshops
Friday 18th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney

James Thomson w/ Ruby Boots
Friday 18th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Tuesday 22nd March – Araluen Gold Concert Series, Araluen, NSW
Wednesday 23rd March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 24th March – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW
Friday 25th March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Jason Isbell
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, NSW

Jimi Beavis
Friday 18th March – Pistol Pete’s Food ‘n’ Blues, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 19th March – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Jordie Lane
Friday 18th March – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Saturday 19th March – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Liam Gerner
Friday 18th March – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Sunday 20th March – Leftys Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Luke Morris
Saturday 19th March – No. 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters
Friday 18th March – The Merton Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Mary Black
Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, NSW

Moxie
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW
Wednesday 23rd March – Cat & Fiddle Hotel, Balmain, NSW
Friday 25th March – Fly By Night Club, Fremantle, WA

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 18th March – Pirie & Co Social Club, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 19th March – Jimmy’s Den, Perth WA

Pocket Fox
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Ruby Boots
Friday 18th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 19th March – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Sahara Beck
Sunday 20th March – Bleach Festival, Brisbane, QLD

Sian Evans
Friday 18th March – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 19th March – Peregian Hotel, Peregian Beach, QLD
Saturday 19th March – The Porch Project, Yandina Creek, QLD
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Steve Earle & The Dukes w/ The Mastersons
Friday 18th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 22nd March – Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, Mackay QLD
Thursday 24th March – Tanks, Cairns, QLD
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Sturgill Simpson
Tuesday 22nd March – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW **CANCELLED**
Wednesday 23rd March – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC **CANCELLED**

The Button Collective
Saturday 19th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

The Decemberists
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

The East Pointers
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC
Wednesday 23rd March – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

The Little Stevies
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Warrandyte Festival, Warrandyte, VIC
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

The National Anti-Folk Festival
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

The National Folk Festival
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – Canberra, ACT

The Once
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW

The Peninsula Picnic
Sunday 20th March – Mornington Racecourse, Mornington, VIC

The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
Saturday 19th March – Courthouse Café, Camperdown, VIC
Sunday 20th March – Burke & Wills Winery, Mia Mia, VIC
Tuesday 22nd March – TBA, Upwey, VIC
Wednesday 23rd March – Valencia Creek Hall, Valencia Creek, VIC
Friday 25th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

The Rambling Boys
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – National Folk Festival, ACT

The Sydney String Band Hootenanny feat. Devil on the Rooftop, Dear Orphans, Squeeze Box Trio, Burnt Creek Deviation
Sunday 20th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

The Weeping Willows
Friday 18th March – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th March – The Basin Music Festival, The Basin, VIC
Friday 25th March – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC

The Young’uns
Friday 18th to Friday 20th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Tuesday 22nd March – The Cat and Fiddle, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Tim Guy
Friday 18th March – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 19th March – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 20th March – Melbourne Folk Club, Bakehouse, Melbourne, VIC

Tweedy
Sunday 20th March – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Monday 21st March – Recital Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 22nd March – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, NSW

Yackandandah Folk Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Yackandandah, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Solsbury Hill” – Peter Gabriel

Ann Vriend Announces Australian Tour

Ann Vriend
Image Courtesy of Ann Vriend

Celebrated Canadian songstress Ann Vriend returns to Australia this month with a bunch of East Coast dates planned. Vriend’s unique retro-soul sound has captured audiences around the world and her Australian release coincides with the vinyl release of her album For The People In The Mean Time.

“I love that it’s your summer when it’s our winter, I love the Aussie hospitality, and I have made some really great friends- er- mates down there,” Ann Vriend says of the tour. “No one other than Aussies would shout out something like ‘good onya, mate’ after a song, that’s for sure … although up until a few tours ago I thought people were saying ‘good onion, mate,’ which was a bit perplexing, but still better than a BAD onion, I thought to myself. Aussies are the opposite of reserved – I like the banter back and forth between me and the audience. I get people singing along on songs and I really like it when shows are interactive.”

Check out all of the Ann Vriend Australian tour dates below:

Wednesday 16th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 17th March – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 22nd March – The Toff, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th March – The Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW
Saturday 26th March – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

More shows to be announced

Interview: Ann Vriend (Canada) 2015 Australian Tour

Ann Vriend
Image Courtesy of Ann Vriend

Interview originally published on Overheard Productions

Ann Vriend is always a popular visitor to Australia at about this time every year.

The contrasts between frozen Alberta, Canada and sizzling Australia are rarely more stark than in January/February, so Ann can hopefully leave the tissues and cough syrup behind, and look forward to sandy beaches, dazzling coral reefs, and the inside of a string of popular Australian venues.

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.

Tour dates for Ann Vriend in Australia:

Saturday 24th January – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 29th January – The Reef Casino, Cairns, Qld
Friday 30th January – Sovereign Resort Hotel, Cooktown, Qld
Saturday 31st January – The Reef Casino, Cairns, Qld
Sunday 1st February – Brisbane Jazz Club, Fortitude Valley, Qld
Thursday 5th February – House Concert, Tallai, Qld
Friday 6th February – Mother’s Milk, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 7th February – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 8th February – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Tuesday 10th February – House Concert, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 12th February – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, Vic
Friday 13th February – Dodges Ferry, Tas
Saturday 14th February – Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart, Tas
Saturday 14th February – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, Tas
Sunday 15th February – Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs, Vic
Monday 16th February – School Concert, Bendigo, Vic
Thursday 19th February – Django Bar, Marrickville, NSW
Friday 20th February – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March – Cobargo Folk Festival, NSW

Keep tabs on any changes and additions at Ann’s gig page.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th February

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Eels have announced a new album this April – no word on whether it will be acoustic leaning. Details here

– US alt-country singer Micah P. Hinson has announced the release of his new album Micah P. Hinson and the Nothing in March this year. Details here

Neil Young will reportedly be releasing a new album this March via Jack White’s Third Man Records. Details here

Mark Moldre has another new video on the web for “Everything I Need”. Details here

The Falls have moved to the US and finally posted a recorded version of their much loved song “Into The Fire”. Details here

– Sydney-based progressive folk group Takadimi will be performing a series of pop up gigs every Thursday in February (their first one was yesterday). Details here

Sally Seltmann released her latest video “Catch of the Day”. Details here

– The great Nickel Creek have announced a return to the spotlight this year with a new album in the works. Details here

Glen Hansard has finally announced the Australian release of his new EP Drive All Night, and it’s today! Details here

– Sydney via Darwin based songstress Leah Flanagan released her new single “Everything”. Details here

Bluesfest announced a bunch more artists including Hat Fitz & Cara, Claude Hay, Genevieve Chadwick, Daniel Champagne and many more. Details here

– The new Achoo! Bless You single “Wild Eyes” hit the web this week. Details here

– More artists have been added to The National Folk Festival including Damien Dempsey, The Fiddle Chicks, Takadimi, Danny Spooner, Glover & Sorrensen, Sarah Humphreys, The Lurkers, Rusty Spring Syncopators and many many more. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Roscoe James Irwin released his new video “One Eye Open”. Details here

– UK five piece Feldspar released their new track “Young And Invincible”. Details here

Interviews

“Some of the shows I’ll be doing solo, but more than half of them I’ll have a rhythm section, the same rhythm section that I had in Sydney last year”Ann Vriend chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Reviews

Gigs

“If Woodford is too far away for you, or a little too folk heavy for your liking, then Falls Festival Marion Bay is a perfect alternative which still gives you a lot of similar experiences yet has a personality and style all of it’s own” – Part 1 of KTBell’s Falls Festival review. Review here

“Traveller & Fortune choose the right instrumentation for the song. Even if only six notes are played on a xylophone or the harmonica only makes a single appearance across the entire set, their inclusion on the songs is perfectly placed makes dragging them all the way to Sydney worthwhile. The way Traveller & Fortune layer their songs is just masterful”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews Traveller & Fortune at FBi Social in Sydney. Review here

Releases This Week

Vagabond
VagabondEddi Reader
iTunes

Frank Turner
The Polaroid PictureFrank Turner
iTunes

Glen Hansard
Drive All NightGlen Hansard
iTunes

Flesh and Blood
Flesh & BloodJohn Butler Trio
iTunes

Seth Lakeman
Word of MouthSeth Lakeman
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

One Up Two Down and Oh Pep!

One Up Two Down

If bluegrass is your poison then there’s no way you can miss One Up Two Down on their first big east coast tour which kicked off this week. Made up of George Jackson (fiddle and banjo) and Daniel Watkins (guitar) and Andrew Small (bass), One Up Two Down is a bringing together of some of the finest musicians in the country. Joining them on tour are Timber and Steel favourites Oh Pep!.

Friday 7th February – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 8th February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 9th February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Monday 10 February – The Cave, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 12th February – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 13th February – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 14th February – The Danish Club, Brisbane, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You w/ All Our Exes Live in Texas
Thursday 13th February – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Andy Irvine
Saturday 8th February – Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre, Katherine, NT
Sunday 9th February – The Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Ann Vriend
Friday 7th February — Albert Park Yacht Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th February — The Rumpus Room, Maribyrnong, VIC
Sunday 9th February — On The Green at Gumly Gumly, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Wednesday 12th February — Django Bar, Marrickville, NSW
Friday 14th February — The Homestead, North Hobart, TAS

Daughter
Monday 10th February – St Michael’s Church, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Vedder
Friday 7th February – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA
Saturday 8th February – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA
Tuesday 11th February – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th February – Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Imogen Clark and Joe Mungovan
Friday 7th February – The Corner Store, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 12th February – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 7th February – House Concert, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 8th February – House Concert, Berrima, NSW
Sudnay 9th February – House Concert, Leumeah, NSW
Thursday 13th February – House Concert, Glebe, NSW

James Teague
Wednesday 12th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke
Friday 14th February – The Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 14th February – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW

Laneway Festival
Friday 7th February – Harts Mill, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 8th February – Esplanade Park and West End, Fremantle, WA

Leah Flanagan w/ Jess Beck Duo
Thursday 13th February – Vic on the Park, Enmore, NSW

Lime and Steel w/ Vendulka
Saturday 8th February – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Mat McHugh
Friday 7th February – Torquay Hotel, Torquay VIC
Saturday 8th February – Westernport Hotel, Hastings VIC

One Up Two Down and Oh Pep!
Friday 7th February – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 8th February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 9th February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Monday 10 February – The Cave, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 12th February – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 13th February – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 14th February – The Danish Club, Brisbane, QLD

Sam Buckingham
Thursday 13th February – Twilight Markets, Albury, NSW

The Beez
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th February – National Multicultural Festival, ACT
Friday 14th February – Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club, NSW

The Folk Informal feat. James Kelly, Ryan Collings, Betty & Oswald, Timberwolf
Thursday 13th February – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Woody Pitney w/ Ariela Jacobs
Thursday 13th February – The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Raglan Road” – Glen Hansard and Colm Mac Con Iomaire

Glen Hansard is in the country at the moment, supporting Eddie Vedder and performing his own shows so I thought it might be nice to share this video of he and The Frames bandmate Colm Mac Con Iomaire performing the Irish classic “Raglan Road”.

Interview: Ann Vriend (Canada), 2014 Australian Tour

Ann Vriend
Image Courtesy of Ann Vriend

Interview originally published on Overheard Productions.

Not too many summers go by in Australia these days without a tour by Canadian singer-songwriter-keyboardian Ann Vriend.

2014 continues that rich tradition.

Ann has already started this year’s tour on the Gold Coast and she’s heading south to Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales before winding things up in Brisbane later this month.

In between dips in the pool on a Saturday afternoon (and no doubt a stack of photos on social media back home to envious and shivering Albertans), Ann talked to Bill Quinn about this year’s Australian tour.

Bill Quinn: Ann, from memory this is your ninth tour of Australia. Does it get easier, or harder or different?

Ann Vriend: I definitely think it’s getting easier. I have more and more people coming on board to help me out, and the fan base is slowly growing. And also different because I’m getting more and more used to being here!

Every tour I have different shows and different itineraries, so it doesn’t get boring.

BQ: Do you have someone who helps, like an agent here in Australia?

AV: I’ve had a couple of tries with a couple of different people. I’ve kind of gone back to doing it myself which is a lot of work. And I definitely don’t have the time to be a proper agent , of course.

BQ: So how difficult is it to line up dates from half a world away?

AV: Well, I do a lot on email, so it doesn’t really matter that it’s so far away. Agents that have a roster with a whole bunch of artists on their roster that are at different levels of fame can wheel and deal and trade, whereas I don’t have anything except, “Please give me a gig!”

There are certain festivals and certain venues that only take acts from certain agents they work with, otherwise it’s closed doors to others, or so I’ve been realising. You can get into small things, but not into anything that gives you some real money and lots of attendance in bigger places.

But I’m lucky I have a company helping me out down here now. They’re starting up their own production company where they want to sponsor artists to help them with their careers.

I’m the very first artist that they’re helping. The company’s called David Hand Productions. They’re basically helping me out with logistics and some promotion stuff.

And then next year we’re going to do a full-on tour that they’re helping me plan. So this year is basically laying the groundwork for the big one next year.

Ann VriendBQ: And for this year, have you got venues that want you back and have become regulars for you?

AV: Yeah. Sometimes — especially this one — I didn’t get around to booking it very much in advance, because I was so busy working on finishing my CD, and I was on tour in Europe, so I didn’t really get enough time to properly sit down and do the booking. So a lot of the places wanted to have me back, but it didn’t work with their schedules.

So I took what I could get for this tour, but people have been pretty good about helping me out where they can, for sure.

The big thing about this tour is promoting the single from my new album, and getting the new album [For The People In The Mean Time] out there, so that for next year it’s already been played and people know the songs.

For the People in the Mean Time
For the People in the Mean Time

BQ: And tell us about the album; it’s been a while in the pipeline, hasn’t it?

AV: Oh, that’s an understatement. Yes!

It’s kind of for a good reason. My producer (Tino Zolfo) just got busy with other artists because he started getting a lot of recognition. Suddenly his phone’s ringing and everybody wanted him to produce their record.

Some of those were artists who had big labels behind them who could pay more than Ann Vriend could!

But he says it’s one of the best records he’s ever made and he’s super-proud of it, He put 130% effort into it. He said, “I don’t want to rush to get it done and not do the best job that we can do”. He was committed to it, but he had to pay the bills as well!

BQ: When people listen to the new album, are they going to say, “This is what we expect from Ann Vriend”, or is it taking you in a new direction?

AV: I think both.

It’s a retro-soul record, in a sort of an indie way. It’s full of beats and loops and that kind of thing. Someone from Germany told me he got his copy in the mail and called it an ‘old/new soul record with a Motown feel’. And that’s pretty much what it is.

In that way, people who expect me just to be playing folkie songs, it’s going to be different than that. But if you’ve listened to my records from the beginning (like someone like you!) you know there’s always some soul and blues on every album, and I always sing in a bluesy way. And that’s been a big influence on my music.

So that’s coming through very loud and clear, and we try to be very consistent about the sound of this whole record, that they’re all in that kind of vein.

BQ: And on the tour is it just Ann plus keyboard or do you have support players as well?

AV: Some of the shows I’ll be doing solo, but more than half of them I’ll have a rhythm section, the same rhythm section that I had in Sydney last year. They’re guys from the band Peregrine that’s based in Sydney. So drums and bass and me. It should be fun.

This sort of music really needs a rhythm section; it’s all groove-oriented stuff. Old school soul.

BQ: And after you leave our shores, what does the rest of 2014 have in store for you?

AV: I’m going to be touring the hell out of this record. So I get home and then I have a week or two before we do a mini Canada tour to promote the album and release it. The official release date is March 11.

And then from there we go straight to Europe and do a five week tour of Europe. Then we come back and do some shows in Canada, festivals and more touring.

And then in 2015, I’ll be back in Australia! So I won’t be bored in 2014!

BQ: We’ll look forward to seeing you!

Ann Vriend’s remaining Australian tour dates:

Thursday 6th February — The Musicman Megastore, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 7th February — Albert Park Yacht Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th February — The Rumpus Room, Maribyrnong, VIC
Sunday 9th February — On The Green at Gumly Gumly, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Wednesday 12th February — Django Bar, Marrickville, NSW
Friday 14th February — The Homestead, North Hobart, TAS
Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th February — MONA, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 20th February — Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 22nd February — Tree House, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 23rd February — Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley, QLD

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 29th March

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne singer-songwriter James Kenyon has announced a string of dates up and down the east coast this April. Details here

Fiddlers Feast released the video for their fantastic track “The Devil Went Down To Tamworth”. Details here

Timber and Steel favourites The Falls scored the support slot for The Lumineers’ sold out shows this weekend. Details here

– Country supergroup The Hillbilly Killers have revealed their first three tracks online. Details here

Darren Cross, one half of Sydney alt-country duo Jep and Dep, has just released his new solo single. Details here

– Details of the 2013 Festival Folk Sing album, Festival Folk Sing Judy Small have been released ahead of this weekend’s National Folk Festival. Details here

– We finally have an official video for the track “Run Boy” from Kaurna Cronin. Details here

The Snowy Mountains of Music have revealed the first artists on their 2013 lineup including Jeff Lang, Mikelangelo and the Tin Star and Mustered Courage. Details here

MoFo in Sydney announced its special April lineup that includes Lucy Wise and the B’Gollies and Mem Davis and the Kindred Spirits. Details here

– Next Saturday sees World Musician Day take over Sydney Park in Sydney’s inner-south with a lineup that includes The Crooked Fiddle Band, Betty & Oswald, The Lunch Mothers and more. Details here

– Regular Sydney night Upstairs and Underground is returning for 2013 with a folk-flavoured lineup. Details here

Communion Melbourne announced a massive lineup for next weekend including Willy Mason, Deap Vally, Jordie Lane and Playwrite. Details here

Interviews

“Ann Vriend (Canada) is a very regular and very welcome visitor to Australia and this week she’s touched down in Sydney to kick off a month of shows that will take her south to Tasmania and north to Queensland — with appropriate stops along the way”Ann Vriend chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“You could say that singer-songwriters are being opportunistic in that some of our traditional avenues might have even closed down. But then you could say the folk club scene is being opportunistic because they’re getting young, fresh, interesting talent to just revitalise their thing. It’s a happy marriage I think”Brett Winterford chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“Interviewing Andrew Cronshaw is a bit like watching Waragamba Dam in flood. There’s a mighty capacity, but the volume contained therein and the urge for it to surge out means there’s a fair old splashing and cascading over the spillway”Andrew Cronshaw from SANS chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“They’re just my favourites and I adore their music and I’ll hunt them down at every festival and sing along, and sometimes dance along, and that’s just the way it is and ever shall be, Wheezer World without end, amen. So yeah, I quite like the Wheeze and Suck Band” – Tony Pyzarkowski from The Wheeze and Suck Band chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“I interviewed Griff at Punchbowl Boys’ High School in Sydney’s south-west earlier this week and we spent a bit of time talking about the benefits to be had from inter-meshing music and education. And by and by we did discuss music, and Grimick’s first foray to the National Folk Festival this weekend” – Chris “Griff” Griffiths from Grimick chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Blog

“It’s no secret that we’re fans of beards here at Timber & Steel. From Joe Purdy to Ray LaMontagne, William Fitzsimmons to Josh T Pearson and obviously the likes of The Beards, we find beards to be synonymous with folk, blues and roots music. While at Womadelaide this year (which is essentially beard paradise) we took the opportunity to take some photos of some pretty cool beards”Thom Owen Miles and Arcade Photo document the Beards of WOMADelaide. Blog here

“At the beginning of the new year I drove to Melbourne for three days. There were no hot meals and we only stopped to sleep in the closest located motel off the Hume highway. If you’re road tripping this year to a festival, a new city or even just heading home; I recommend pillows, pit stops and a well-considered soundtrack for your journey. Behold – my tried and true top 10”Laurenandmoore gives us her top road trip tunes. Blog here

Reviews

Gigs

“After a couple of years of mud-inducing torrential rain the Blue Mountains Music Festival was this year blessed with un-seasonally warm sunny days and crisp clear nights – a combination that drew some of the biggest crowds I’d ever seen at the festival. The market stalls were humming, the venues were pumping and the atmosphere was electric – and of course the music was spectacular”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the Blue Mountains Music Festival. Review here

“WOMADelaide has been running for 21 years now and I suppose they’ve essentially perfected it because for as long as I’ve been attending the festival it’s kept the same site layout, precincts, stages and amenities, which definitely contributes to the comfort levels of repeat attendees”Thom Owen Miles reviews WOMADelaide. Review here

“As the throng of spectators pushes to the front, I’m not the only one feeling claustrophobic. There’s dudes with dark armpit patches sharing stories about ex-lovers, a few oldies leaning on the far wall with a modest beer, groups of excited girls wielding handbags and a clear backwards cap to energy drink ratio. I get the impression that most of these people know each other. A crew of friends and family whistles and barks as The Pierce Brothers enter with a traditional, “G’day!””Laurenandmoore reviews The Pierce Brothers at The Evelyn in Melbourne. Review here

“There was so much happening on stage that I struggled to write it all down. One minute the horn section were dancing; then they were jumping; then they abandoned their instruments altogether as the piano had a jazz aneurysm. A few false endings and they finished with flashing lights and wailing. His Merry Men are such a visually engaging band and definitely brought their own house party tonight. I would love to catch these guys again on a bigger stage, with or without the pajamas”Laurenandmoore reviews His Merry Men at The Empress Hotel in Melbourne. Review here

Releases This Week

The Ash and Clay
The Ash & ClayThe Milk Carton Kids
iTunes

Gigs Next Week

Ann Vriend
Saturday 30th March – The Stage, Hobart, Tas
Sunday 31st March – Jazz at Mona, Hobart, Tas
Monday 1st April – private rural house concert, Tas
Tuesday 2nd April – Skwiz Cafe Gallery, Sheffield, Tas
Friday 5th April – The Upfront Club, Maleny, Qld

Ben Howard
Wednesday 3rd April – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Friday 5th April – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD

Bluesfest
Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April – Byron Bay, NSW

Bobby Alu
Friday 5th April – Nayri Niara Festival, Bruny Island, TAS

Counting Crows
Saturday 30th March – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 3rd April – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA

Dropkick Murphys, Frank Turner and Swingin’ Utters
Sunday 31st March – Panthers, Newcastle, NSW
Monday 1st April – Big Top Luna Park, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 2nd April – Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 3rd April – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Eli Wolfe
Wednesday 3rd April – The Old Kirk, Yamba, NSW

Jack Carty and Jordan Millar
Saturday 30th March – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 3rd April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 4th April – Cafe Le Monde, Noosa Heads, QLD
Friday 5th April – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD

Jake Shimabukuro
Sunday 31st March – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Monday 1st April – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Wednesday 3rd April – Lizottes, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 4th April – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 5th April – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens
Friday 5th April – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW

Laneway
Sunday 31st March – The End, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 4th April – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW

Luka Bloom
Sunday 31st March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 2nd April – Fly By Night Musician’s Club, Fremantle, WA

Michael Kiwanuka
Tuesday 2nd April – St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, QLD

National Folk Festival
Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April – Canberra, ACT

Passenger
Saturday 30th March – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Wednesday 3rd April – Conservatorium Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Patrick James
Friday 29th March – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 20th March – Barcode, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 3rd April – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Paul Simon with Rufus Wainwright
Saturday 30th March – Hope Estate, Hunter Valley, NSW
Tuesday 2nd April – Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW

Seth Lakeman
Friday 29th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 31st March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Monday 1st April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Simone Felice with Jess Ribeiro
Saturday 30th March – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Sunday 31st March – Boogie Festival, Tallarook, VIC
Wednesday 3rd April – Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 4th April – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 5th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Sleepy Dreamers with Brightly, Run Rabbit Run
Thursday 4th April – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Hillbilly Killers
Saturday 30th March – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 31st March – Boogie Festival, VIC
Thursday 4th April- Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Friday 5th April – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT

The Lumineers
Friday 29th March – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 30th March – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD

The Starry Field
Friday 29th March – The Clever Duck, Cairns, QLD
Sunday 31st March – The Old Magistrates Courthouse, Townsville, QLD
Wednesday 3rd April – The Beetle Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 5th April – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Tim Guy
Thursday 4th April – Lock n Load Bistro, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 5th April – Sol Bar, Maroochydoore, QLD

Wilco
30th March to 1st April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Japanese Whaling Song” – Martin Pearson with Liz Frencham

In 1999 I volunteered at the National Folk Festival after spending my teenage years ignoring folk music for the most part. The experience was amazing – when I wasn’t working I was absorbing every single artist and experience I could. And I’ve been going back whenever I can, including this year. So I thought I’d give you a little bit of a Folk Festival experience from the wonderful Martin Pearson – a man whose intros are always longer than his songs.

Interview: Ann Vriend (Canada) 2013 Australian Tour

Ann Vriend
Image Courtesy of Ann Vriend

Piece Originally Published by Bill Quinn on Overheard Productions

Ann Vriend (Canada) is a very regular and very welcome visitor to Australia and this week she’s touched down in Sydney to kick off a month of shows that will take her south to Tasmania and north to Queensland — with appropriate stops along the way.

Ann’s first shows are in Sydney at The Basement where she’s received some great support from David Hand and Newport Consulting; the tour opener was fairly bursting with staff thereof.

In between set-list writing, sound-checking and dress-up* for the show, Ann took some time out to talk with me about weather, Aus-stray-lee-an pronunciation, more weather and suburb names. And music.

* When Ann came back in for the show, I dead-set wondered who was this elegant woman who looked like she was off to the races. And why was she waving at me from across the room?

I’m blaming it on jet lag.

P.S. Check out Ann Vriend on Facebook and that photo she was talking about of leaving Edmonton for sunny Australia!

Ann Vriend’s Australian tour dates:

Wednesday 27th March – Bulli Heritage Hotel, NSW
Saturday 30th March – The Stage, Hobart, Tas
Sunday 31st March – Jazz at Mona, Hobart, Tas
Monday 1st April – private rural house concert, Tas
Tuesday 2nd April – Skwiz Cafe Gallery, Sheffield, Tas
Friday 5th April – The Upfront Club, Maleny, Qld
Saturday 6th April – Music by the Sea, Sandgate, Qld
Friday 12th April – Albert Park Yacht Club, Vic
Saturday 13th April – Candelo Music Festival, NSW
Monday 15th April – venue TBA, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Wednesday 17th April – private concert, Jan Juc, Vic
Thursday 18th April – private concert, Geelong, Vic
19th to 21st April – Mt Beauty Music Festival, Vic

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