Thank Folk It’s Friday – 30th November


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– After months of speculation the Johnny Flynn penned A Bag of Hammers movie soundtrack finally has an international digital release date. Details here

– While Jackson McLaren will be finishing up his seven date, two city residency at Folk Club next week you can get even more of his music by checking out his new Jefferton James directed video for “This Be The Place”. Details here

– WA twang enthusiasts The Seals have announced plans to launch their new EP Ruckus Juice on the 8th December with a little help from The Davidson Brothers. Details here

Seth Lakeman is playing at almost every major festival next March and April and he’ll have a brand new EP, Live with the BBC Concert Orchestra, under his belt when he gets here. We have the stream of the new single from the EP, “Blacksmith’s Prayer”. Details here

– Swedish folk sensation The Tallest Man on Earth is returning to our shores in 2013 with a bunch of dates throughout March. Details here

– Tonight is your final chance to catch Sydney indie-folk night Little Features in 2012. The lineup includes Jacob Pearson, Matt Dewar, Charlie Gradon and Bexley De Lion. Details here

– The Illawarra Folk Festival announced their 2013 lineup including Gregory Page, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, Rory Mcleod, Christine Anu, Jeff Lang, Barry Skipsey, Big Erle, Cj Shaw & The Blow Ins, Lime & Steel, Mal Webb, Fred Smith & Liz Frencham, The Lurkers, Handsome Young Strangers, The Go Set, The Woohoo Revue, The Simpson Three, Mustered Courage and more. Details here

Andrew Drummond kicks off his December City Lights tour this Sunday. Details here

– Adrian Edmondson (The Young Ones, Bottom) led folk-punk trio The Bad Shepherds have announced they’ll be touring Australia in April and May next year. Details here

– Yet another Bluesfest lineup addition was announced this week including The Lumineers, Jake Shimabukuro, Ben Harper (solo), Ben Howard, Damien Dempsey, Counting Crows and more. Details here

– UK folk blog For Folk’s Sake has once again produced a fabulous Christmas album for 2012 and we have the stream for you. Details here

– Queensland based duo Laneway are releasing their excellent album Turn Up Your Love as a limited edition vinyl and are touring in December to celebrate. Details here

– The National Folk Festival added a handful of artists to its 2013 roster with the reveal of the full lineup likely due next week. Artists added today include Go Jane Go, The Miss Chiefs, Old Man Luedecke, Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson, Sásta and Freddie White. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Katie Wighton released the gorgeous video to her new single “Grey Clouds”. Details here

Justin Townes Earle has announced he will be returning to our shores next February for an east coast tour. Details here

– The ARIA Awards went off as usual on Thursday night. Of the Timber and Steel friendly bands there were wins for Jeff Lang (Best Blues & Roots Album), Missy Higgins (Best Adult Contemporary Album and Best Video) and Matt Corby (ARIA Song of the Year). Details here

Jack Carty has jammed his December full of shows including two festivals (Corinbank and Gulgong Folk Festival), a spot at the Folk Club 2012 fianle, a couple of shows supporting Katie Noonan and a Melbourne residency on Sundays. Way to rack up the frequent flyers! Details here

Sharon Shannon enlisted the help of her many dogs to put together the new video for her track “Top Dog Gaffo”. Details here


“Yeah, I needed to continue that story. I got into a lot of trouble with the first album and it’s taken me two albums to get out of it”Willy Mason chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here


“When Gareth asked me if a wid like ti write a top 15 fir St. Andrew’s Day an after aw the excitement had wore off, a was left wi a sudden loss o memory an a mind that wis completely void o aw hings St. Andrew an aw hings Scottish. See ave been living in Alice Springs now fir 7yrs playing an working on ma ayn music, that a had firgotten where ma musical journey had began. I mean a spoke aboot certain songs but I had no really reflected on those influences that lie deep in wha a am”Colin Lillie puts together a St Andrew’s Day Playlist for us (complete with Scottish commentary) featuring the likes of The Corries, Eric Bogle, Eddi Reader, Paolo Nutini, The Battlefield Band and more. Check out the playlist here

Releases This Week

Carry OnWilly Mason

Timber and Steel Presents

Loren with Freya Hanly
Sunday 2nd December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You
Saturday 1st December – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 2nd December – Barsoma, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th December – Yah Yahs, Melbourne, VIC

Andrew Drummond
Sunday 2nd December – Super Bon Wine Bar, St Ives, NSW

Buffalo (Wes Carr)
Friday 30th November – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Charles Jenkins
Thursday 6th December – The Hideaway, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th December – Notes, Sydney, NSW

Corinbank Festival
Friday 30th November to Sunday 2nd December – Corin Forest, ACT

Dan and Hannah Acfield
Friday 30th Nov – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 2nd December – Barsoma, Brisbane, QLD

Davidson Brothers
Friday 30th November – Prospect Town Hall, Prospect, SA

Eli Wolfe
Friday 30th November – The Up Front Club, Maleny, QLD
Saturday 1st December – Mandala Cafe, Gold Coast, QLD

Folk Club Pop Up feat. Jackson McLaren, Jack Carty, The Falls and Friends
Wednesday 5th December – Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW

Saturday 1st December – Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Jack Carty
Sunday 2nd December – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 5th December – Folk Club at Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW

Jackson McLaren with The Falls, Jack Carty, Special Guests
Wednesday 5th December – Folk Club at Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW

Jen Cloher with Courtney Barnett
Saturday 1st December – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Joe Robinson
Saturday 1st December – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 30th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st December – Baby Black Café, Bacchus Marsh, VIC (Solo)
Sunday 2nd December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC (Matinee)

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Friday 30th November – Middleback Theatre, Whyalla, SA
Saturday 1st December – Norhern Festival Centre, Port Pirie, SA
Sunday 2nd December – Chaffey Theatre, Renmark, SA
Wednesday 5th December – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Thursday 6th December – Esperance Civic Centre, Esperance, WA
Friday 7th December – Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie, WA

Little Features feat. Jacob Pearson, Matt Dewar, Charlie Gradon, Bexley De Lion
Friday 30th November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Missy Higgins (with Gurrumul and Emma Louise)
Friday 30th November – Jupiter’s Theatre, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 1st December – Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 4th December – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Nexus World Music Series feat. Afro Oz Musica
Friday 30th November – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Nigel Wearne and The Cast Iron Promises
Friday 30th November – The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC

Regina Spektor
Thursday 6th December – Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane, QLD

The Bushwackers
Saturday 1st December – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 30th November – Cobar Bowling & Golf Club, Cobar, NSW
Saturday 1st December – Night Train, Broken Hill, NSW

The Tiger and Me
Saturday 1st December – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

The Trouble With Templeton
Thursday 6th December – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th December – Bon Amici Cafe, Toowoomba, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Charlie is My Darling” – Eddi Reader

Today is St Andrew’s Day so I thought we better have a Scottish flashback for you. Eddi Reader interprets this cheeky Robert Burns song (with help from Alan Kelly) and is a real treat live. This is from Live at The Basement in 2006 with the song appearing on Reader’s album The Songs of Robert Burns. Look out for the what-a-Scotsman-wears-under-his-kilt reference in the forth verse.

ARIA Award Wrap Up

Jeff Lang
Image Courtesy of Jeff Lang

Last night was the 2012 ARIA Awards and as expected the majority of the gongs went to Gotye for his fine album Making Mirrors. As always the two categories we were most interested in were Best Adult Contemporary Album and Best Blues & Roots Album which went to Timber and Steel favourites Missy Higgins for The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle and Jeff Lang for Carried In Mind respectively. Best Country Album was taken out by The McClymonts for Two Worlds Collide.

The other Timber and Steel friendly award winners were in public voted awards with Matt Corby taking home ARIA Song of the Year for “Brother” and Missy Higgins scooping Best Video for the Natasha Pincus directed “Everyone’s Waiting”.

For a full list of winners check out the official ARIA Awards web site.

The Falls Are Giving Away Tickets to the MGM and SPA Independent Music ARIA Week Showcase

The Falls
Image Courtesy of The Falls

Next week is going to be a huge one for Australian music with a whole host of gigs taking place across Sydney in the lead up to the annual ARIA awards. Almost all of these shows (the full list is here) are invite only and getting your hands on tickets to any of them is going to be tricky.

And that’s where Sydney duo The Falls come in. The Falls have been announced as part of the MGM and SPA Independent Music ARIA Week Showcase upstairs at The Beresford Hotel in Sydney next Wednesday 28th November along with The Trouble With Templeton, Battleships and Oceanics and they’re got 20 exclusive tickets to give away to the event.

To get your hands on these must-have tickets you need to head to the official Facebook event page here and follow the instructions. The tickets are limited (and very very precious) so make sure you get in soon!

Boy & Bear Sweep ARIAs

Boy & Bear

If you tune into the ARIA Awards each year expecting to be surprised by the winners then you must be eternally disappointed. Despite the size of out recording industry in Australia it’s usually pretty easy to pick who will take out the top awards and which band will end up bringing home the most pointy statues.

Last night’s ceremony was no different but the Timber and Steel was cheering as once again folk-inspired music rose to the top of the heap. The big news of course is the five gongs that Sydney based five piece Boy & Bear finished up with five awards including Album Of The Year, Best Group, Breakthrough Artist – Album, Breakthrough Artist – Single and Best Adult Alternative Album. Other notable Timber and Steel friendly winners from the night were The Audreys for Best Blues & Roots Album and Kasey Chambers for Best Country Album.

The night also included a magical duet between Missy Higgins and Gurrumul as well as a performance from the band of the moment, Boy & Bear. The winners from the major categories are below – for a full list check out the official ARIA web site.

Album Of The Year
Boy & Bear – Moonfire
Single Of The Year
Gotye Featuring Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used To Know”
Best Male Artist
Best Female Artist
Best Group
Boy & Bear
Breakthrough Artist – Album
Boy & Bear – Moonfire
Breakthrough Artist – Single
Boy & Bear – “Feeding Line”
Best Independent Release
Art Vs Science – The Experiment
Best Adult Alternative Album
Boy & Bear – Moonfire
Best Adult Contemporary Album
Billy Thorpe – Billy Thorpe’s Tangier
Best Blues & Roots Album
The Audreys – Sometimes The Stars
Best Children’s Album
The Wiggles – Ukulele Baby!
Best Comedy Release
Hamish & Andy – Celebrating 50 Glorious Years
Best Country Album
Kasey Chambers – Little Bird
Best Dance Release
Cut Copy – Zonoscope
Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album
Front End Loader – Ritardando
Best Pop Release
Gotye – “Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra)”
Best Rock Album
The Living End – The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating
Best Urban Album
Drapht – The Life Of Riley
Highest Selling Album
Altiyan Childs – Altiyan Childs
Highest Selling Single
Guy Sebastian Featuring Eve – “Who’s that Girl”

ARIA Award Winners and Nominations


The ARIA Awards announced their main nominations this morning as well as announcing the winners of some of the minor categories. Among those winners were Timber and Steel favourites Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (Best World Music Album) and Katie Noonan (Best Jazz Album).

The nominations that may be of interest to our readers are below with the winners announced on the 27th November:

Album Of The Year
Boy & Bear – Moonfire
Cut Copy – Zonoscope
Eskimo Joe – Ghosts of the Past
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – Rrakala
Grinderman – 2

Single Of The Year
Birds Of Tokyo – “Wild At Heart”
Boy & Bear – “Feeding Line”
Drapht- “Rapunzel”
Gotye Featuring Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used To Know”
Guy Sebastian Featuring Eve – “Who’s That Girl”
The Jezabels – “Dark Storm”

Best Male Artist
Drapht – The Life Of Riley
Gareth Liddiard – Strange Tourist
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – Rrakala
Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
Josh Pyke – No One Wants A Lover

Best Female Artist
Adalita – Adalita
Clare Bowditch – Are You Ready Yet?
Kasey Chambers – Little Bird
Kimbra – Cameo Lover
Washington – Holy Moses

Best Group
Birds Of Tokyo – Wild At Heart
Boy & Bear – Moonfire
Eskimo Joe – Ghosts Of The Past
Grinderman – 2
The Living End – The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating

Breakthrough Artist – Album
Boy & Bear – Moonfire
Drapht – The Life Of Riley
Gypsy & The Cat – Gilgamesh
Oh Mercy – Great Barrier Grief
The Middle East – I Want That You Are Always Happy

Breakthrough Artist – Single
Boy & Bear – “Feeding Line”
Drapht – “Rapunzel”
Havana Brown – “We Run The Night”
The Jezabels – “Dark Storm”
Zoe Badwi – “Freefallin’”

Best Independent Release
Art Vs Science – The Experiment
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – Rrakala
John Butler Trio – Live At Red Rocks
Tex Perkins & The Dark Horses – Tex Perkins & The Dark Horses
The Jezabels – Dark Storm

Best Adult Alternative Album
Boy & Bear – Moonfire
Grinderman – 2
Little Red – Midnight Remember
Seeker Lover Keeper – Seeker Lover Keeper
The Panics – Rain On The Humming Wire

Best Blues & Roots Album
Backsliders – Starvation Box
Blue King Brown – Worldwize Part 1 – North And South
John Butler Trio – Live At Red Rocks
The Audreys – Sometimes The Stars
The Waifs – Temptation

Best Country Album
Jasmine Rae – Listen Here
Kasey Chambers – Little Bird
Keith Urban – Get Closer
Shane Nicholson – Bad Machines
Troy Cassar-Daley – Live

The full list of winners and nominations will no doubt appear on the official ARIA web site shortly (and around the rest of the media). Congratulations to all the Timber and Steel featured artists for their nominations/wins!

Winners, Grinners and Public Cringers

Image courtesy of Calgary Herald

There have been a lot of music awards announced in the last month or so and I have to say I am quite disappointed in the public negativity surrounding the sometimes ‘surprise’ winners. In a time where music piracy is high, CD sales are down, online purchasing and sharing are the new black, it’s become the norm for every man and his internet connection to bag out musicians that they don’t like or haven’t even heard just because their precious favourite didn’t win. In short, our online society have become a bunch of whingers.

However, here at Timber and Steel,  we don’t subscribe to that norm, in fact we go out of our way not to say a negative word about anyone who gives their craft a red hot go. We aim to Spotlight new artists and let you know all the latest news from the folk, indie and trad (among other genres) world. So sure, we’re not going to be writing about the latest pop hit, but we do still recognise the excellence of musicians not from our chosen genres. And if we don’t know an artist, we google them!

So what am I on about today? Well two instances come to mind, Angus & Julia Stone winning the Triple J Hottest 100 and Arcade Fire‘s wins at the Grammy‘s and Brit awards. I noticed the day after Australia Day my facebook feed was full of people commenting on the hottest 100 being lame this year and many not agreeing that ‘Big Jet Plane’ should have won. And I’m sure many of you have now seen the amusing compilation of online backlash about the Grammy Awards.

Angus & Julia Stone won many accolades in 2010 and their song ‘Big Jet Plane’ came in at Number 1 in the Triple J Hottest 100. Amid the online whining that it was not the ‘hottest’ or ‘best’ song of the year, I could only think that the top spot can’t be that far off as Angus & Julia Stone won both Album of the Year and Single of the Year for ‘Big Jet Plane’ at the 2010 ARIA awards out a total 6 nominations. The ARIA’s are voted for by the industry with a mix of artists, manager, media, record companies and a variety of industry members having their say. The hottest 100 this year received a record number of votes from the public, over 1.2 million if I remember rightly. I am sure a number of people vote in the hottest 100 who are not avid Triple J listeners. Yet both the ARIAs and the hottest 100 yielded the same result.

And Pluck Your Strings blogged their thoughts on the problems with the current way the hottest 100 is carried out. While I agree partially with some points and I’m sure there are a number of other opinions out there in cyberland about who should have won, the point is that Angus & Julia Stone had the most people include ‘Big Jet Plane’ in their personal top 10 songs of the year through which they voted it in to the top spot of the count down. There was some backlash last year when Mumford & Sons took out the coveted spot with ‘Little Lion Man’ saying that people only voted because it had the F word in it. I have to admit I voted for it without having really ever heard it, I just knew the hype around it and the way people spoke about it meant the song was deserving for such a title. But that is the point, the award is for the song that impacted the most people – through whatever means. Heck, Cee Lo Green’s ever poppy ‘F you’ came in at number 7 arguably for the same reason, but it doesn’t mean people did not enjoy the entire song surrounding that word. And Mumford & Sons are still largely popular selling out concerts throughout the past year.

Arcade Fire are a group that admittedly I have not heard much of, though I have heard of them. For their album The Suburbs to beat out some of the industries biggest heavyweight (Lady Gaga and Eminem being the main contenders) is a huge nod to the independent Canadian group, especially as the Grammy’s are also peer-voted awards for the industry to recognise talent. To back that up with two Brit awards for Best International Group and Best International Album is surely a sign that they are doing something right musically. The Grammy win seems to have spurned a huge negative reaction in cyberspace, a hateful display of bad losers really. The only good things to come out of such negativity is this amusing youtube creation (for those who haven’t yet seen it)

So I guess my point is that I’d like to see all those online negative nellies to suck it up – your favourite act will never win every award, so learn to deal with it like a big kid. Congratulate the winners and if you don’t know who they are, google them and have a listen – you might even discover why they’ve been recognised. And if you’re still not happy you can sulk, but don’t take it out on the internet – there’s enough bad news and negativity out there already. Why not be constructive and write something positive about your favourite act and why you believe people should check them out or why they should win awards.

Celebrate the positive things in life, even if it’s not your favourite act getting a gong. The negative comments only serve to make us cringe.

So, in the spirit of celebrating winners and because I’m a great big Gleek (Glee fan for those not in the know) imagine my delight when, to celebrate winning Sectionals, the Glee characters chose to cover Florence & the Machine’s ‘Dog Days Are Over’. In the spirit of sharing the love, I thought I’d pop this short footage for you all to check out.

Folk Duo Nab Top Two ARIAs

Angus and Julia Stone
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If like many you couldn’t sit through the awkwardness that was last night’s ARIA Awards you missed what ended up being a big night for folk music. Brother and sister due Angus and Julia Stone (above) took out the top two ARIAs (Single of the Year, Album of the Year) last night on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. Angus and Julia Stone were not the only Timber and Steel favourites to make the winners list with Dan Sultan winning Best Male Artist and Mumford and Sons snatching the audience voted Most Popular International Artist award.

For the full list of awards check out the official ARIA site.

Angus and Julia Stone Win Best Alternative ARIA

Angus and Julia Stone
Image Courtesy of Mandy Hook (via Angus and Julia Stone’s Facebook)

The ARIA awards wrapped up their pre concert series on Friday night with a show featuring folk darlings Angus and Julia Stone and Old Man River. And it’s lucky the Stones were there as they also managed to score the award for Best Adult Alternative Album beating out the likes of Basement Birds, Washington, Clare Bowditch, The Cat Empire and Whitley.

The main event takes off tonight. Don’t be surprised if Friday wasn’t the only time Angus and Julia Stone have to make an acceptance speech.

More ARIA Winners

The McClymonts
Image Courtesy of The McClymonts

Folk fans were treated to two more important ARIA Award announcements last night at a pre-awards concert featuring Sia and Sally Seltmann. The award for Best Country Album was taken out by popular trio The McClymonts (above) while Crowded House received the Best Adult Contemporary Album award with their latest offering.

There will be one more lead up concert tonight featuring Angus and Julia Stone and Old Man River and then the main event is on this weekend.

Dan Sultan Takes out Blues and Roots ARIA

Dan Sultan
Image Courtesy of Dan Sultan

This year in an effort to shake up the format of the ARIA Awards organisers have chosen to announce many of the “genre” category winners in a series of concerts leading up to the main event. Last night saw Dan Sultan took out the award for Best Blues and Roots Album beating the likes of Ash Grunwald, Jeff Lang, The John Butler Trio and The Wilson Pickers. The award was announced during a concert that featured Washington and Boy & Bear described by one Timber and Steel fan as “amazing” (thanks Lee!).

The next folk-type ARIAs to keep an eye on are the categories for Best Country Album and Best Adult Contemporary Album, both announced this Thursday the 4th November.

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