Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2017

2017

The final of our traditional end of year lists sees Timber and Steel Editor-in-Chief Gareth Hugh Evans sifts through all of the amazing music that was produced this year and pick his top 25 tracks. As always he’s tried to only pick one track per artist, although as you’ll see there’s some exceptions with different artists collaborating on different projects through 2017.

But enough of our jabbering – it’s time to get to the music. Without further ado we present Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2017.

1. Emma Davis – “Danger in Me”
Emma Davis just has a way of writing a song which draws you in and never lets go. With just a finger picked guitar, understated rhythm section, muted organ and reverbed vocals, Davis has created a piece of music that I genuinely put on repeat. The fact that there’s a very relevant social message underpinning “Danger in Me” just adds a depth to my appreciation of it. Thank you Emma Davis for producing one of the most beautiful three and a half minutes of 2017.

2. The East Pointers – “82 Fires”
For a band I almost exclusively associated with fiddle tunes, The East Pointers have delivered one of the best songs of the year with “82 Fires”. Co-written with our very own Liz Stringer about fires in Tasmania, “82 Fires” may be the most Australian song written by a trio of Canadians. There’s an epic feel to the song that shouldn’t be possible from three guys playing (mostly) acoustic instruments – but I’ve seen this song live and they get pretty close to reproducing the recording on stage. Try to listen to “82 Fires” on not have it stir something inside.

3. Willie Watson – “Gallows Pole”
No one interprets traditional American music quite like Willie Watson. Here he’s managed to take the Leadbelly classic “Gallows Pole” and turn it into a thoroughly modern, haunting piece of music which is a definite standout on his latest album, Folksinger Vol. 2.

4. The Morrisons feat. Georgia Mooney – “Long Time Travelling”
It seems odd to choose an a cappella song from a band that features some of the best bluegrass musicians in the country. But I just can’t get passed how delightful it is hear James Morrison singing over the combined voices of The Morrisons plus Georgia Mooney (All Our Exes Live In Texas). The harmonies, the dynamic variations, the passion – “Long Time Travelling” is pure joy.

5. Offa Rex – “Sheepcrook and Black Dog”
As you probably know by now we have A LOT of love for the 2017 Offa Rex album The Queen of Hearts. The collaboration between The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney is full of highlights and to be honest songs like “The Old Churchyard”, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and “Willie o’ Winsbury” are more likely to hit this year’s best of lists. But for me “Sheepcrook and Black Dog” captures the nostalgia of the late-60s/early-70s British folk revival better than any other track on The Queen of Hearts with its Steeleye Span style arrangement, crunchy Black Sabbath style guitars and Sandy Denny style vocal performance. “Sheepcrook and Black Dog” is vintage folk-rock for the modern era.

6. Laura Marling – “Next Time”
Laura Marling goes full Nick Drake on “Next Time”. The orchestral arrangement over the top of Marling’s inventive guitar tunings and finger-picking, along with her hushed but powerful vocal performance is so reminiscent of the late English singer-songwriter it can’t not have been inspired by his work. This is definitely the highlight of Semper Femina for me and it even comes with a video directed by Laura Marling herself.

7. The Young’uns – “Be the Man”
“Be The Man” was inspired by the story of Matthew Ogston, founder of the Naz and Matt Foundation which tackles religious and cultural homophobia, following the tragic death of his fiancé (you can read the full story here). The Young’uns have written a song which is not only powerful in its message, and deeply respectful to its subject matter, but also a wonderful compliment to the rest of their harmony-driven catalogue. Check out the video featuring Matthew Ogston himself.

8. Billy Bragg – “Why We Build the Wall”
When Anaïs Mitchell wrote “Why We Build the Wall” for her 2010 folk-opera Hadestown I doubt she knew how precient it was considering the build-the-wall platform Donald Trump ran on during his 2016 presidential campaign. Billy Bragg has been singing “Why We Build the Wall” for a few years now but it’s taken until this year for him to officially release it as a single. The political singer-songwriter has purposefully politicised the track and filled it with a jarring, electric guitar to great effect. Could this be the folk anthem for the Trump era?

9. David Rawlings – “Cumberland Gap”
The genius of David Rawlings and Gillian Welch is their ability to write songs that sound like they’ve existed forever and then produce those songs in such a way that makes it sound like they’re being “modernised”. “Cumberland Gap” is the perfect example of this – the track sounds so timeless yet so fresh at exactly the same time. That’s probably why it’s been getting so many comparisons to Neil Young.

10. Stu Larsen – “Chicago Song”
“Chicago Song” is exactly the kind of song you want from a singer-songwriter like Stu Larsen. Simple, catchy and foot-tappingly joyful, “Chicago Song” captures a little piece of magic.

11. The Ahern Brothers – “Comb That River”
Whoever decided to pair singer-songwriters Josh Rennie-Hynes and Steve Grady as The Ahern Brothers deserves all of my adulation. Their self titled debut album is an homage to the close harmony singing of The Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel, with “Comb That River” exemplifying their sound. Listen to this track and be transported back to another time.

12. Charlie Fink – “Firecracker”
I’m sure I’ve printed this elsewhere on Timber and Steel but for the reader’s benefit: Noah and The Whale’s 2009 album The First Days of Spring is one of my favourite albums of all time. So when ex-Noah and The Whale lead singer Charlie Fink releases a single like “Firecracker” that sounds like it’s been ripped directly from The First Days of Spring there’s no way this song wasn’t going to make my best of 2017 list.

13. All Our Exes Live in Texas – “Boundary Road”
“What if I want to be the one to fall apart once in a while?” has somehow become one of my favourite chorus lines of 2017. All Our Exes Live in Texas have taken on the lyrical challenge of the line, as well as the fight songwriter Katie Wighton had with her mum that inspired the line, and crafted one of the best songs from one of the best albums of the year. There is All Our Exes Live in Texas magic all over this song – with a simple “ooh” and “ahh” the quartet can elevate every song they touch. Lovely stuff.

14. Nick Mulvey – “Mountain To Move”
I’m going to make a prediction: “Mountain To Move” is the song most likely to appear on the soundtrack of sweet and quirky rom coms over the 12 months. Nick Mulvey continues to impress me with the way he crafts a song over a repeating melody line or guitar rhythm, building the simplicity into something more.

15. Julia Johnson – “Melissa”
I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the new direction that Julia Johnson has taken with her songwriting in 2017. Moving beyond her work with Julia and The Deep Sea Sirens and working with producer Sarah Belkner, Johnson is producing some of the most interesting music of her career. I have a feeling “Melissa” is only the tip of the iceberg for what’s coming next from Julia Johnson and I can’t wait.

16. The Northern Folk – “Get On”
Despite the wealth of shows they’ve done this year I only managed to catch Melbourne folk 10 piece The Northern Folk live for the first time really recently. They manage to combine the indie folk sound of bands like The Middle East with the distinct groove that comes with having a saxophone heavy horn section. “Get On” epitomises The Northern Folk’s unique sound for me and was one of those songs that made me hit the repeat button again and again the first time I heard it.

17. Fanny Lumsden – “Roll On”
Want to know what it’s like to be an Australian artist on an endless tour of our country? Listen to the lyrics of “Roll On”. What I love about this track is its authenticity. This isn’t the Americanised version of the Australian outback full of dust kicking cowboys and pickup trucks. And this isn’t the romanticised nostalgic version of Australia either with its drovers and men-of-the-land. Instead “Roll On” is a song about about what its like to hit the road in 2017 complete with speeding fines, Gaytimes, roadtrains and small town bowlos. Keep writing songs like this Fanny Lumsden.

18. Paul Kelly – “Firewood and Candles”
After a few years of genre and experimental albums Paul Kelly announced his return to the classic Paul Kelly with the killer track “Firewood and Candles”. That rocking riff with Kelly’s vocals (ably supported by Vikka and Linda Bull) is just so damn catchy. If you wonder why everyone’s making such a fuss over Paul Kelly at the moment, why he’s winning awards and being praised at every turn, just listen to the songs on his 2017 album Life Is Fine, starting with “Firewood and Candles”.

19. Gretta Ziller – “Slaughterhouse Blues”
If someone asks you for the best voice in Australian Americana music then just show them Gretta Ziller. There may be some artists earlier in this list who you could squeeze into the genre, but as far as pure Americana music goes you can’t get much better than Ziller’s “Slaughterhouse Blues”. This is a modern track with its feet firmly in roots music. And that production! Perfection! More of this please Gretta Ziller.

20. I’m With Her – “Little Lies”
Before the release of “Little Lies” the American super-goup I’m With Her were really known for interpreting traditional music or covers of contemporary songs. But then this track comes along and solidifies the (probabaly assumed) fact that I’m With Her are a band to watch. Aoife O’Donovan has one of the best voices in Americana music, and it’s all the sweeter combined with the voices of Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz. And Watkins’ fiddle playing on this track is some of my favourite instrumental work in 2017.

21. BATTS – “Little White Lies”
I’ve been a fan of Tanya Batt’s music for some time, but it’s been her transformation into BATTS and the lo-fi, shoe-gaze, lyric driven songwriting that has come with it that has really caught my attention in 2017. “Little White Lies” is the second single released under the BATTS moniker and it’s by far my favourite, with its etherial production and confessional lyrics. I have a feeling we’re going to be hearing a lot more from BATTS in the coming months and I can’t wait.

22. Taryn La Fauci – “Winter”
When her EP Cycling came out I messaged Taryn La Fauci and told her “Just wanted to tell you that I’m in love with your track “Winter”.” Above every other song on the EP “Winter” struck me, most likely because this year I lost my cat as well and the lyrics just resonated. This song was on repeat for a lot of this year – thank you for sharing it with me Taryn La Fauci.

23. Diamond Duck – “Marry Me By The Sea”
Another collaboration (this time between The Morrisons’ Jimmy Daley and Canadian-Australian singer-songwriter Brian Campeau) that evokes the close harmony singing of The Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel, Diamond Duck have made quite an impression with their first single “Marry Me By The Sea”. What makes this stand out for me is the way the Diamond Duck boys explore unusual, almost twisted chords in their accompaniment while maintaining a sweetness in their vocal delivery. Listen to the piano “solo” in the middle of the song and you’ll see what I mean – there’s something a little off kilter in the track and it’s absolutely delicious.

24. Stella Donnelly – “Boys Will Be Boys”
In the wake of the #metoo movement and everything that’s been coming out in the media over the last few months I think Australia needed a song like “Boys Will Be Boys”. Stella Donnelly has made quite a splash this year and with her amazing voice and lyrical chops I can imagine there’s big things on the horizon for the singer-songwriter.

25. Johnny Flynn – “Wandering Aengus”
The return of Johnny Flynn to music this year was heralded by this really quirky track and promised much from his new album Sillion. All the elements of what makes a classic Johnny Flynn song are here – his amazing voice, jangly guitar and subtle horn accompaniment – but there’s also something a little twisted about the structure of this track that I really really like. Definitely up there with my favourite Johnny Flynn songs.

I’m With Her Announce Debut Album See You Around

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US folk super-group I’m With Her, made up of singers Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan, have finally announced plans to release their debut album See You Around on the 16th February.

The album was co-produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Paul McCartney) and features 11 original tracks plus a version of the never before released Gillian Welch-penned “Hundred Miles”.

“We all feel immensely fortunate to be in this band together,” says I’m With Her. “As longtime friends and fans of each other’s music, it’s been wonderful to realize that writing and collaborating together fits so seamlessly into our lives. And now, we’re so excited to get to tour and share the work we’ve done as a band with our debut album, See You Around.”

The full track listing for See You Around plus a stream of the title track below:

1. See You Around
2. Game To Lose
3. Ain’t That Fine
4. Pangaea
5. I-89
6. Wild One
7. Waitsfield
8. Ryland (Under The Apple Tree)
9. Overland
10. Crescent City
11. Close It Down
12. Hundred Miles

Watch the New I’m With Her Video “Little Lies”

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I’m With Her, the trio project from American folk favourites Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan have just released their new video “Little Lies”.

Despite the trio being around for the last couple of years “Little Lies” is their first original release and was written and recorded over three days back in May.

Check out the video below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 6th May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Aoife O’Donovan has released the video for her new single “Porch Light”. Details here

– Celebrated singer-songwriter Liz Stringer released her new single “Anyone”. Details here

– New alt-country singer Raechel Whitchurch released her new video “Kerobokan Blues”. Details here

Mumford & Sons will collaborate with The Very Best, Baaba Maal and Beatenberg on a brand new EP Johannesburg. Details here

– NZ singer-songwriter Tiny Ruins released her new single “Dream Wave”. Details here

– English four piece Turin Brakes released their new video “Save You”. Details here

Paul Kelly released videos for his tracks “Sonnet 73” and “My True Love Hath My Heart”. Details here

Blog

“The truth is that Timber and Steel didn’t start life as a blog. The first incarnation of Timber and Steel was a band playing covers of artists that we’d discovered through Laura Marling and the burgeoning UK nu-folk scene” – Editor in Chief Gareth Hugh Evans reflects on Timber and Steel‘s sixth birthday. Read the blog here

Releases This Week

Wayside
Wayside Ballads Vol 2Bill Jackson
iTunes

Blair Dunlop
GildedBlair Dunlop
iTunes

Imogen
Love & Lovely LiesImogen Clark
iTunes

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Old Man Luedecke

Old Man

Canadian folk singer and banjo plucker Old Man Luedecke returns to Australia for a series of shows which this week take in Tasmania and New South Wales

Friday 6th May – Mountain Mumma Restaurant, Sheffield, TAS
Saturday 7th May – Brookfield Winery, Margate, TAS
Tuesday 10th May – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 11th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th May – Illawara Folk Club, Bulli, NSW

Gigs Next Week

A Man Walks Into A Bar feat. Sam Newton
Friday 6th May – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 7th May – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW

Andy Golledge w/ Direwolf
Thursday 12th May – Union Hotel, Sydney NSW

Chaika
Thursday 12th May – Sutherland Acoustic, Gymea, NSW
Friday 13th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Claude Hay
Friday 6th May – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 7th May – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 8th May – Towradgi Beach Hotel, Towradgi, NSW
Thursday 12th May – The Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 13th May – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Cornerbrook
Sunday 8th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Davey Craddock
Sunday 8th May – Four5Nine, Perth, WA

FolkSwagon feat. Tate Sheridan, Colin Jones & The Delta Revue
Wednesday 11th May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Henry Wagons
Friday 6th May – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 7th May – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 8th May – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Thursday 12th May – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 13th May – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Callum Wylie
Sunday 8th May – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan
Saturday 7th May – Front Bar and Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 8th May – The Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Friday 13th May – Billyroy’s Blues Bar Bendigo, Bendigo, VIC

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Friday 6th May – TBA, ACT
Saturday 7th May- The Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 8th May- Shady Pines, Sydney, NSW

Little May
Friday 6th May – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 7th May – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 12th May – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 13th May – Max Watts, Melbourne, VIC

Luke Watt and Nigel Wearne
Sunday 8th May – The Red Hill Hotel, Chewton, VIC

Mark Lucas & the Dead Setters w/ Brielle Davis
Thursday 12th May – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Thursday 12th May – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 13th May – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Melody Pool
Friday 13th May – Shadow Electric, Melbourne, VIC

Miriam Lieberman Trio
Friday 13th May – House Concert, Katoomba, NSW

Mountains Gothic feat. Lime & Steel
Saturday 7th May – Paragon Cafe, Katoomba, NSW

Old Man Luedecke
Friday 6th May – Mountain Mumma Restaurant, Sheffield, TAS
Saturday 7th May – Brookfield Winery, Margate, TAS
Tuesday 10th May – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 11th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th May – Illawara Folk Club, Bulli, NSW

Porch Light Sessions feat. Lucie Thorne, Suzannah Espie, Colin Jones
Thursday 12th May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Sahara Beck
Thursday 12th May – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 13th May – Sooki Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel and John Flanagan
Friday 6th May – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Speakeasy feat. The Squeezebox Trio
Saturday 7th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Tara Carragher
Friday 6th May – The Guildford, Guilford, NSW
Saturday 7th May – The Reverence, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 8th May – Bridge Rd Brewers, Beechworth, VIC
Wednesday 11th May – Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 12th May – East Street Markets, Wollongong, NSW

The Beards
Wednesday 11th May – Gladstone Events Centre, Gladstone, QLD
Thursday 12th May – Lionleigh Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD
Friday 13th May – Magnum’s, Airlie Beach, QLD

The Wayward Henrys
Friday 6th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Friday 6th May – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Sunday 8th May – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton, SA

TinPan Orange
Saturday 7th May – Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 8th May – Rattlers Hotel, Wallan, VIC

Vorn Doolette and Julia Johnson
Sunday 8th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

William Crighton
Friday 6th May – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 7th May – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Why We Build The Wall” – Billy Bragg

Given the likelihood that Donal Trump will become the Republican presidential candidate I thought it was about time to revisit Billy Bragg’s version of the prophetic Anais Mitchell track “Why We Build The Wall”.

Watch the New Aoife O’Donovan Video “Porch Light”

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Image Courtesy of Aoife O’Donovan

American folk singer Aoife O’Donovan has just released her video for track “Porch Light” created by her cousin Alex Henes.

“I’d been thinking of some sort of weird animation for ‘Porch Light’ with a very literal take on the lyrics and what he created is perfect,” O’Donovan explained. “I love the splashes of color — they really evoke the “life of restlessness” mood.”

“Porch Light” is taken from Aoife O’Donovan’s latest album In The Magic Hour. Check out the video below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Finders Keepers Markets Sydney announced their lineup for this weekend including Ollie Brown, Katie Brianna, Luke Escombe, Catgut, Maia Jelavic, Taryn La Fauci, Lisa Caruso, The Maple Trail and many more. Details here

Jinja Safari released their new single “Kilimanjaro”. Details here

– UK artist King Charles released his new video “Gamble for a Rose”. Details here

Calexico have announced sideshows when they’re in Australia for WOMADelaide. Details here

The John Butler Trio announced dates for WA in January. Details here

– Alt-country favourite Fanny Lumsden has announced a bunch of Tamworth Country Music Festival shows. Details here

-Icelandic nu-folkers Of Monsters and Men are returning to our shores in 2016. Details here

Aoife O’Donovan released her fuzzy new single “The King of All Birds”. Details here

Emmy The Great has given us the first taste of her upcoming album Second Love. Details here

– Australian Americana singer Henry Wagons released the first taster of his upcoming solo album. Details here

Interviews

“We set out to play traditional music but put a modern spin on it. We’ve always loved listening to trad music and it started to feel like a lot of people out there would like it too if they had access to it. Maybe some of these new ideas would make it more accessible to some people. We just had a lot of new tunes on the go and decided why not make a full album” – Jake Charron from The East Pointers chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Factory Girl
Factory GirlRhiannon Giddens
iTunes

Little Stevies
Useful Songs For Little PeopleTeeny Tiny Stevies (The Little Stevies)
Bandcamp

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TinPan Orange

Tinpan

TinPan Orange will be officially launching their new single “Your Not There” at The Melbourne Folk Club this Sunday.

Sunday 13th December – Melbourne Folk Club, Bakehouse Studios, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

A Day on the Green feat. Paul Kelly Presents: The Merri Soul Sessions, Lucinda Williams, Kasey Chambers and Marlon Williams
Saturday 12th December – Peter Lehmann Wines, Barossa Valley, SA
Sunday 13th December – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA

Archie Roach
Friday 11th December – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Friday 18th December – The Majestic Theatre, Pomona, QLD

Be’Loved feat. Direwolf, Colin Jones, The Campervan Dancers, Liam Gale & the Ponytails
Friday 18th December – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Kentucky Fried Picken’
Wednesday 16th December – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Bunker Bluegrass feat. Dear Orphans, The Southern Gentleman, Burnt Creek Deviation Bluegrass Band, Stillhouse Union
Thursday 17th December – The Bunker, Sydney, NSW

Chaika with Pickpockets & Rascals Orchestra and Lucy Wise Trio
Friday 11th December – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Dana Hassall
Sunday 13th December – Christmas Wonderland of Lights, Toowoomba, QLD

Darren Hanlon
Friday 11th December – TBD, Nannup, WA
Saturday 12th December – Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 16th December – Ararat Hotel Red Room, Ararat, VIC
Friday 18th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

End of Year Folk Bash feat. Darlo After Dark, Southern Cross Trawlers, Men With Day Jobs, Black Joak Morris, Kate Maclurcan, Grace Chiundiza, Cap in Hand
Sunday 13th December – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Saturday 12th December – Harvest Cut out Party Downside Hall, Downside, NSW

Father John Misty
Saturday 12th December – Meredith Music Festival, VIC

Festival of Small Halls feat. Irish Mythen, Starboard Cannons
Friday 11th December – CCSA Hall, Caloundra, QLD
Saturday 12th December – Degilbo Hall, Degilbo, QLD
Sunday 13th December – Woodford Hall, Woodford, QLD
Thursday 17th December – Sandgate Hall, Sandgate, QLD
Friday 18th December – Goomeri Hall of Memory, Goomeri, QLD

Finders Keepers Market feat. Ollie Brown, Katie Brianna, Luke Escombe, Catgut, Maia Jelavic, Taryn La Fauci, Lisa Caruso, The Maple Trail
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th December – Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

Foy Vance
Wednesday 16th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th December – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Fraser A. Gorman
Thursday 17th December – GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th December – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Home Sweet Home feat. Caitlin Harnett, Andrew Phelan
Friday 11th December – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Jim Lawrie
Friday 18th December – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Lucinda Williams
Saturday 12th December – A Day on the Green, Peter Lehmann Wines, Barossa Valley, SA
Sunday 13th December – A Day on the Green Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA

Marlon Williams and The Yarra Benders w/ Ben Salter
Friday 11th December – The Substation, Newport, VIC
Saturday 12th December – A Day on the Green, Peter Lehmann Wines, Barossa Valley, SA
Sunday 13th December – A Day on the Green Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA

Meredith Music Festival
Saturday 12th December – Meredith, VIC

The Gaelic Club Christmas Party feat. Bears With Guns
Friday 18th December – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

The Morrisons
Friday 11th December – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 12th December – No.5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 17th December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Stray Hens
Saturday 12th December – Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

TinPan Orange
Sunday 13th December – Melbourne Folk Club, Bakehouse Studios, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Eleanor Rigby” – De Dannan

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a contemporary song transformed into a trad tune as deftly as this.

Listen to the New Aoife O’Donovan Single “In The Magic Hour”

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Image Courtesy of Aoife O’Donovan

American singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan has revealed another track from her forthcoming album In the Magic Hour, due for release on the 22nd January.

The track is “The King of All Birds” and comes with a pretty lyric video – check it out below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 16th October

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The next Heartbreaker Sessions takes place this weekend featuring Leo Rondeau and Skyscraper Stan. Details here

Port Fairy Folk Festival announced its second round of artists including Cedric Burnside Project, Shooglenifty, Kristina Olsen, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Spiro, Archie Roach, Colin Hay, Graeme Connors, Cat Canteri, Damian Howard, Flamenco Fire, Kaurna Cronin, Marcia Howard, Oriel Glennen, Sol Nation, The Barleyshakes, The BordererS, The Furbelows, The Little Stevies, The Mae Trio, The Timbers, The Tolka Big Band and Tinpan Orange. Details here

– The Surfing the Coldstream Festival is this weekend. Details here

Dougal Adams, Ado Barker & Ben Stephenson will release their new album The Freewheeler this weekend. Details here

– American singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons announced his debut Australian tour in 2016. Details here

– Sydney folk night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s announced The Andrew Collins Trio as their feature artist this week. Details here

Falls released their gorgeous new video “Let In The Light”. Details here

José González has announced Australian shows next year. Details here

– Americana singer Aoife O’Donovan has announced plans to release her second solo album In The Magic Hour. Details here

– The Majors Creek Festival announced its 2015 lineup including Heath Cullen, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Women in Docs, The Timbers, Bill Jackson with Pete Fidler, Dear Orphans, Echo Deer, Edema Ruh, Enda Kenny, Little Wise, Maia Jelavic, Riogh, Shiny Bum Singers, Sparrow-Folk, The April Maze and many more. Details here

– More artists have been added to this year’s Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME) including Kutcha Edwards, Three Kings, Raised By Eagles and more. Details here

Releases This Week

Bellowhead
Pandemonium – The Essential BellowheadBellowhead
iTunes

Dan Flynn
Preparing for FlightDan Flynn and The State of Things
Bandcamp

Paddy
OutlierPatrick James
iTunes

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Dougal Adams, Ado Barker & Ben Stephenson

The Freewheeler

Three of Australia’s finiest Irish musicians, Dougal Adams (flute), Ado Barker (fiddle) and Ben Stephenson (guitar) come together to launch their new album The Freewheeler

Saturday 17th October – Golden Glory Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

April Maze
Friday 16th October – Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW
Saturday 17th October – Surfing the Coldstream Festival, Yamba, NSW

Arbori
Thursday 22nd October – The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney, NSW

Ash Grunwald
Friday 16th October – Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 17th October – Hotel Metropole, Ipswich, QLD
Sunday 18th October – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD
Wednesday 21st October – Sugarland Tavern, Bunderberg, QLD
Thursday 22nd October – Flamingos on Quay, Rockhampton, QLD
Friday 23rd October – Magnums Hotel, Airlie Beach, QLD

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. The Andrew Collins Trio
Wednesday 21st October – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Colm Mac Con Iomaire
Friday 16th October – Foxtel Festival Hub, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th October – Foxtel Festival Hub, Melbourne, VIC

Dan Parsons
Friday 23rd October – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC

Dana Hassall
Friday 23rd October – Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, Surfers Paradise, QLD

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 17th October – Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Kinglake, VIC
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, NSW

Dawes with Barna Howard & Tracy McNeil
Sunday 18th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Tuesday 20th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 21st October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Dougal Adams, Ado Barker & Ben Stephenson
Saturday 17th October – Golden Glory Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 16th October – Pleasant Hills Hall, Pleasant Hills, NSW
Saturday 17th October – Binya Hall, Binya, NSW
Friday 23rd October – Memo Music Hall, St Kilda, VIC

Fleurieu Folk Festival
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Willunga, SA

Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th October – Kinglake, VIC

Folkswaggon
Wednesday 21st October – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Leo Rondeau, Skyscraper Stan
Sunday 18th October – Freda’s Bar, Sydney, NSW

Imogen Clark w/ Timothy James Bowen
Thursday 22nd October – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Jamestown Revival
Wednesday 21st October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Jeff Lang, Lost Ragas, Alison Ferrier
Sunday 18th October – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

John Flanagan and Liz Frencham
Friday 16th October – Live at the Wharf, Gnomon Pavilion, Ulverstone, TAS

Josh Rennie-Hynes
Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th October – Fleurieu Folk Festival, SA

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th October – Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Katie Noonan
Friday 16th October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 17th October – Melbourne Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 18th October – Melbourne Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 23rd October – The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW

Kaurna Cronin
Saturday 17th October – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Friday 9th to Saturday 17th October – Cruisin Country, ex-Sydney, NSW

Laura Marling
Friday 16th October – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Saturday 17th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Monday 19th October – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 20th October – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 21st October – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Lior
Friday 16th October – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Loren Kate
Friday 23rd October – Red Mill Store, Bunbury, WA

Lost Ragas
Saturday 17th October – Out On The Weekend Festival, Williamstown, VIC
Sunday 18th October – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd October – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Musketeer
Saturday 17th October – Parliament on King, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd October – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Out On The Weekend
Saturday 17th October – Seaworks, Melbourne, VIC

Patrick James
Friday 16th October – Amplifier, Perth, WA
Thursday 22nd October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 23rd October – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Brittain
Friday 16th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 23rd October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Sam Outlaw with Jonny Fritz, Shelly Colvin & Friends
Friday 16th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Sunday 18th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 21st October – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Suzannah Espie
Sunday 18th October – Club Mullum, Mullumbimby, NSW

Tablelands Folk Festival
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th October – Yungaburra, Qld

The Andrew Collins Trio
Wednesday 21st October – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, NSW

The BordererS
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October – Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, NSW

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Sunday 18th October – Glebe Town Hall, Sydney, NSW

The Go Set
Friday 23rd October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Paper Kites
Friday 16th October – Amplifier, Perth, WA
Saturday 17th October – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Thursday 22nd October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 23rd October – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC

The Timbers
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Fleurieu Folk Festival, Willunga, SA

The Waifs
Saturday 17th October – Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 18th October – Musica Botanica, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 21st October – Bangalow Town Hall, Bangalow, NSW
Thursday 22nd October – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD

Wingham Akoostik Music Festival
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th October – Wingham, NSW

Winterbourne
Friday 23rd October – Max Watt’s, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Pittsburgh” – William Fitzsimmons

I can’t tell you how excited I am that William Fitzsimmons is finally coming to Australia next year. If you’re not aware of his music let me send you down a YouTube rabbit hole.

Aoife O’Donovan Announces New Album In The Magic Hour

Aoife
Image Courtesy of Aoife O’Donovan

Americana and folk singer Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still) has announced plans to release her second solo album In The Magic Hour on the 22nd January.

A followup to O’Donovan’s highly successful debut Fossils, In The Magic Hour will see contributions from the likes of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Chris Thile (Punch Brothers), Nate Query (The Decemberists), Brooklyn Rider, Gabriel Kahane and more.

The full track listing is below along with the video for the first single “Magic Hour”:

1. Stanley Park
2. Magic Hour
3. Porch Light
4. Hornets
5. Magpie
6. Donal Óg
7. The King of All Birds
8. Not The Leaving
9. Detour Sign
10. Jupiter

Watch Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan Cover “Crossing Muddy Waters”

I'm With Her
Image Courtesy of I’m With Her

I’m With Her is the latest collaboration from American alt-country stars Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still). The trio have been busy touring the US and have also released a limited edition vinyl 7″ featuring a cover of “Crossing Muddy Waters” by John Hiatt and an a cappella version of “Be My Husband” by Andy Stroud.

“Crossing Muddy Waters” comes with a video which we love – check it out below:

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