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All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Allison Forbes, Ash Grunwald with The Teskey Brothers, Asha Jefferies, Danika Smith, Hayley Marsten, Jenny Mitchell, Little Quirks, Michael Kiwanuka, Milky Chance & Tash Sultana, Pat Tierney and Thomas Oliver. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

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This Is Not A DreamLost Ragas
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The Weir
The WeirMichael Waugh
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Shelley’s Murder Boys w/ The Sweet Jelly Rolls, Kay Proudlove

Shelley's Murder Boys

Saturday 7th September – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 6th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 7th September – The Bundy Hall, Bundalaguah, VIC

Alana and Alicia
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Amber Lawrence
Saturday 7th September – Pulse of the Earth Festival, Bingara Showgrounds, Bingara, NSW

Andy Nelson
Friday 6th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 7th September – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 8th September – Charles Weston Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Black Mountain String Band
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 6th September – Forth Pub, Forth, TAS
Saturday 7th September – Republic Bar & Cafe, Hobart, TAS

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Sunday 8th September – Shady Pines Saloon, Sydney, NSW

Charlie Finn
Friday 13th September – Kelly’s On King, Sydney, NSW

Chloe & Jason Roweth
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Cigány Weaver
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September – Redfest Strawberry Festival, Cleveland, QLD
Tuesday 10th September – Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Claire Anne Taylor
Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th September – Junction Arts Festival, Launceston, TAS

Darby
Tuesday 10th September – In The Round, The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 12th September – Marlborough Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Desert Song Festival
Friday 6th to Sunday 15th September – Alice Springs, NT

Didirri w/ Ro
Saturday 7th September – Lions Arts Factory, Adelaide, SA

Don Walker
Friday 6th September – Imperial Hotel Bunker, Eumundi, QLD
Saturday 7th September – Club Mullum, Mullumbimby, NSW

Eagle & The Wolf
Friday 13th September – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Emma Russack
Friday 13th September – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC

Fleetwood Mac
Saturday 7th September – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 9th September – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Rosewood, Harry Love, Sunday Lemonade
Wednesday 11th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 13th September – Cygnet Town Hall, Cygnet, TAS

Greta Stanley
Friday 13th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Harvey Russell
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Hayley Marsten
Friday 6th September – Captain Cook Holiday Village, Seventeen Seventy, QLD

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 12th September – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

In The Round feat. Frank Sultana, Hollie Matthew, Darby, Chris Neto
Tuesday 10th September – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Irish & Celtic Music Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Yass, NSW

Jacob Diamond
Friday 6th September – Si Paradiso, Perth, WA

Jo Meares and Michael Bridges
Sunday 8th September – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan
Sunday 8th September – A Day On The Hill, Gerringong, NSW
Friday 13th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 6th September – The George Kerferd, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 7th September – St Leonards Vineyard, Wahgunyah, VIC

Justin Townes Earle
Friday 6th September – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 7th September – Indian Ocean Hotel, Perth, WA
Sunday 8th September – Mojo’s Bar, Perth, WA
Thursday 12th September – Brisbane Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 13th September – Tank Arts Center, Cairns, QLD

Kasey Chambers w/ Charlie Collins
Thursday 12th September – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 13th September – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne, VIC

Kay Proudlove
Friday 6th September – Jose Jones, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 7th September – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 12th September – Franks Wild Years, Wollongong, NSW

Lisa Caruso
Friday 13th September – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Lou Bradley
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Lucie Thorne
Friday 13th September – The Corridors Project, Cowra, NSW

Matt Joe Gow
Saturday 7th September – The Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 8th September – Rezza House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Medusa’s Wake, Handsome Young Strangers, Steph Miller
Sunday 8th September – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Sunday 8th September – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Michael Waugh
Saturday 7th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 8th September – Maffra Memorial Hall, Maffra, VIC

Narrownecks
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Natalie Henry
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Neil Murray
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Neurum Creek Music Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, Neurum, QLD

Nimbin Roots Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin, NSW

Obscura Hail
Friday 6th September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 7th September – Nighthawks, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 12th September – Backyard Boogie, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 13th September – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

Porch Light Sessions feat. Leroy Lee, Witches Leap, Heirs
Thursday 12th September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Rezza House Concert feat. Matt Joe Gow
Sunday 8th September – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Rose Zita Falko
Friday 6th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 7th September – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Rosie McDonald and Nigel Lever
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Round Mountain Girls
Friday 13th September – Southport Sharks, Southport, QLD

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 11th September – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Seanchas
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Seeker Lover Keeper
Friday 6th September – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 7th September – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 13th September – Narrabeen RSL, Sydney, NSW

Shaky Stills
Saturday 7th September – The Rainbow, Melbourne, VIC

Shanty Club
Friday 6th September – The Observer Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th September – The Observer Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys w/ The Sweet Jelly Rolls, Kay Proudlove
Saturday 7th September – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

Strings on King Bluegrass Night feat. Grace Barr
Tuesday 10th September – Moshpit, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-Together
Saturday 7th September – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Audreys
Friday 6th September – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 8th September – Sooki Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

The Bushwackers
Saturday 7th September – Showground, Trundle, NSW

The Last Aurochs
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

The Middle East
Friday 13th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

The Royal High Jinx
Sunday 8th September – Mantra Studio Kitchen and Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

The Water Runners
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Traditional Graffiti
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Turkey In The Mountain – An Old Time Music Gathering
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September – Nimbin Rox YHA, Nimbin, NSW

Wagons
Friday 6th September – The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 7th September – The Waratah, Hobart, TAS
Friday 13th September – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Witches Leap
Thursday 12th September – Porch Light Sessions, Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Z-Star Trinity
Friday 6th September – The Scottish Prince, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 7th September – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 8th September – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 13th September – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Now I’m Easy” – Eric Bogle, Ted Egan, Smoky Dawson

New Music Monday – 2nd September

Hayley Marsten
Image Courtesy of Hayley Marsten

Allison Forbes – “Hell Freezes Over”

Australian country singer Allison Forbes has released her brand new single “Hell Freezes Over”, taken from her upcoming album Bonedigger, due this November. The track delves more into the country-rock side of Forbes’ sound than we’ve seen in the past and is full of grit and fire.

“The song is about finding a place where you’re comfortable to accept things that have happened and the preparation of not lying down to die because of it,” Allison Forbes explains.

Ash Grunwald feat. The Teskey Brothers – “Ain’t My Problem”

For his latest single “Ain’t My Problem” blues and roots singer Ash Grunwald has enlisted the myriad talents of current buzz band The Teskey Brothers. The result is a track full of foot stomping blues goodness, accentuated by the distinct vocals of Ash Grunwald and Josh Teskey.

“”Ain’t My Problem” is written about the concept that comes up often when we relive old relationships, we literally re-live emotionally everything that we went through. And there is no point, it’s holding you back and it ain’t your problem anymore!” Ash Grunwald explained. “It was a conglomeration of stories from friends and personal experiences about moving on. It was such a great honour to have Josh Teskey and The Teskey Brothers play on this track. Josh has one of the greatest voices to ever come out of Australia and I have such respect for the band, I love them both as people and as musicians.”

“Ain’t My Problem” is taken from Ash Grunwald’s latest album Mojo, released last week. He’s heading out on tour this October and November – the full list of dates are below:

Friday 4th October – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 5th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 11th October – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Friday 18th October – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 19th October – The Zoo | Brisbane, QLD
Friday 1st November – Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 2nd November – The Royal Oak, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 3rd November – Forth Pub, Forth, TAS
Friday 22nd November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Asha Jefferies – “Bad Kisser”

Brisbane based singer-songwriter Asha Jefferies has just released the delitelful new single “Bad Kisser”. The coming of age song couples a sweet, catching melody with some biting lyrics and poignant observations. I really like the production on this track as well, the way it jumps from just Jefferies and her guitar to full string arrangements alongside a band.

“I wrote [the song] about an extremely euphoric and tragic moment involving a festival; lust, longing, intoxication & one ultra-big insult,” Asha Jefferies explains. “It takes a bit of growing up to realise not every interaction you have with a stranger you like and meet will be romantic.”

Asha Jefferies is touring “Bad Kisser” from the middle of this month:

Saturday 21st September – Low 302, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th September – Brisbane Festival @ Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 4th October – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 26th October – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Danika Smith – “Suit of Armour”

Melbourne based singer-songwriter Danika Smith has just released her new single “Suit of Armour”. Combining classic folk finger-picking with modern lo-fi production, the track takes Smith’s sound in a really interesting and mesmerising direction.

“”Suit Of Armour” is a track that I wrote when love and fear collided, and left me feeling confused and avoidant,” Danika Smith explained. “It’s a song that observes the reservations I have, when there is something potentially beautiful in front of me, and I look for the cracks and flaws, as a protective method to avoid pain. It is melancholic that the beauty of love is shadowed by so much skepticism and mistrust, but there is an optimistic message too. I have the power to move through the weight of these experiences, remove the armour, and eventually be more open to connection, in time.”

Danika Smith will be launching “Suit of Armour” at the Geddes Lane Ballroom in Melbourne on the 14th September as well as being announced for the Strawberry Fields Festival at the end of November.

Hayley Marsten – “Red Wine, White Dress”

Country singer-songwriter Hayley Marsten has released the amazingly titled “Red Wine, White Dress”, which she co-wrote with Timber and Steel favourite Brad Butcher. The track is a perfect piece of modern country rock music without any of the cringyness that sometimes plagues the genre. Marsten’s amazing voice shines through, accentuated by her amazing band.

“Red Wine, White Dress” is taken from Hayley Marsten’s new album Spectacular Heartbreak which came out last week. She’s currently out on tour – check out the remaining dates here:

Thursday 5th September – Oodies Cafe, Bundaberg, QLD
Friday 6th September – Captain Cook, 1770, QLD
Saturday 14th September – The Press, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 15th September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Thursday 19th September – Lazybones, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th September – Toppy Hall, Wyalong, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Palladiam Palace Theatre, Morundah, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Servo Bar, Woollongong, NSW
Saturday 12th October – VDM Fest, Biloela, QLD
Friday 18th October – Apple Cider Shed, Grove, TAS
Saturday 19th October – Royal Oak, Launceston, TAS
Friday 25th October – Springdale Hall, Springdale, NSW
Saturday 26th October – Gunbar Hall, Gunbar, NSW
Thursday 7th November – Wesley Ann, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 8th November – Bayview Country Art Club, Bittern, VIC
Friday 15th November – Loomberah Hall, Loomberah, NSW
Saturday 16th November – Glen Innes Hall, Glen Innes, NSW

Jenny Mitchell – “Let Me Be”

“Let Me Be” is the stunning new single and video from NZ based folk and country singer-songwriter Jenny Mitchell. Mitchell has crafted a sweeping, expansive song with a driving rhythm and beautiful lyrical quality.

The track is taken from Jenny Mitchell’s 2018 album Wildfires and tells the story of her parents. “It’s definitely a track on the album which crosses genre boundaries, and I’m really proud of it” she explains.

Jenny Mitchell will be joining Fanny Lumsden on a handful of Australian tour dates this December:

Friday 6th December – Jamieson Hall, Jamieson, VIC
Saturday 7th December – Newham Hall, Newham, VIC
Sunday 8th December – The Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, VIC

Little Quirks – “Life Wouldn’t Be”

Central Coast based indie-folk trio Little Quirks have released their catchy new single and video “Life Wouldn’t Be”. The track, taken from their upcoming EP Cover My Eyes, perfectly captures the Australian indie-folk sound of so many of their contemporaries, combining a pop sensibility with folky songwriting and harmonies.

Little Quirks are heading out on an east coast tour from this week – full dates are below:

Tuesday 3rd to Thursday 5th September – BIGSOUND, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 5th October – Dashville Skyline, Dashville, NSW
Friday 11th October – Oxford Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th October – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 2nd November – The Espy, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 3rd November – Lost Lands Festival, VIC

Michael Kiwanuka – “You Ain’t The Problem”

UK based singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka embraces the full sound of the seventies with his neo-soul track “You Ain’t The Problem”. Taken from his recently announced album Kiwanuka, due on the 25th October, “You Ain’t The Problem” is a funk-filled sonic feast combining Kiwanuka’s love of vintage sounds and his expert songwriting.

Milky Chance & Tash Sultana – “Daydreaming”

German indie-folk oddities Milky Chance have teamed with Australian roots legend Tash Sultana for their new single and video “Daydreaming”. The track is infused with a mish mash of genres, held together with Milky Chance’s quirky vocals and the wonderfulness that is Tash Sultana’s incredible voice.

“Daydreaming” is taken from Milky Chance’s upcoming album Mind The Moon, due on the 15th November.

Pat Tierney – “My Sweet Love”

Celebrated singer-songwriter and lap slide guitarist Pat Tierney has released the blissful new single “My Sweet Love”. The track is a a laid back, rootsy gem that you can get lost in – and with a really sweet video featuring Tierney’s son.

“I wrote the beginnings of the song when my partner and I found out we were having our first child.,” Pat Tierney explains. “We’d just gotten back from an overseas trip, we were a bit lost, out of money and unsure of what we were going to do and where we would live. I wrote the song as, kind of a letter to my partner just to tell her everything was going to work out. When It came time to record the song, it just flowed together really seamlessly in the studio. I wanted the feel and vibe to remind me of my partner and son. Happy, dreamy and full of sunshine. That was also a big part of the video clip, showing the feel and story behind the song and what we’ve built for ourselves over the past few years. It’s definitely one of my favourite songs on the album.”

Pat Tierney has a bunch of tour dates towards the end of the year – check them out here:

Thursday 24th October – The Homestead, Hobart, TAS
Friday 25th October – Willie Smiths, Huon Valley, TAS
Thursday 7th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 10th November – Peregian Originals, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Friday 15th November – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th November – Livefast Cafe, Halls Gap, VIC
Thursday 21st November – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd November – No 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 30th November – Good Nights, Bunbury, WA
Sundauy 1st December – Redcliffe On The Murray, Pinjarra, WA

Thomas Oliver – “Bulgarian Mountains”

“Bulgarian Mountains” is the super catchy new song from Kiwi singer-songwriter Thomas Oliver, taken from his upcoming album The Brightest Light, due in March next year. The track is an upbeat, soulful roots song with lots of rhythm and lots of heart.

Review: 5 things we learned at Bluesfest

Kale plays at Bluesfest 2016Kaleo playing Bluesfest
Photos by Stuart Bucknell

Year after year, Bluesfest manages to bring the big names and the impressive acts to Byron Bay for the annual Easter pilgrimage. Heading to Bluesfest this year, we really didn’t know many of the acts listed on the bill and wondered just what was in store for us, Timber and Steel wise. So here’s 5 things we learned at this year’s wildly successful, ultimate music sampler opportunity that is, Bluesfest.

#1 – Peter Noble knows how to program…

One thing is for sure, Peter Noble knows how to curate an inclusive, diverse and engaging festival. The big names drew enormous crowds to all their sets. City and Colour had the crowd from the first note and Dallas Green was on form all night.  The Decemberists gave their usual charming set delving in to a fabulous back catalogue of favourites. Not to go without a bit of political comment, they also played a song they thought to offer Donald Trump as his new campaign tune, ‘The Calamity Song’. The Cat Empire delivered a solid hour and a half set jam packed with both new tracks and past hits and favourites to wow the crowd. The biggest coup was probably The Original Blues Brothers Band closing out the weekend with a stellar set of their signature blues.

The festival was dappled with big names throughout the program. Archie Roach was in fine form, weaving his musical spell over the crowd and telling the tales of the land with strength and beauty, and a focus on songs from Charcoal Lane, the title track being a particular stand out moment of the set. Jason Isbell had his one an only set up against The Original Blues Brothers Band, so splitting our time between the two was challenging but rewarding as Isbell’s enigmatic style caught watchers in it’s thrall delivering a contemporary counterpoint to the old school blues on the other stage.

Kim Churchill plays BluesfestBut one of the most notable names for me, still playing midday sets, was Kim Churchill. Getting his big break on the Bluesfest Buskers stage all those years ago, Churchill has been a staple name on the line up ever since. His absence in 2015 was noted and the crowds that gathered for this sets this year spoke strongly of his popularity for the Bluesfest crowd. Watching him command the stage, with the occasional accompaniment of a fiddle player or percussionists, was a joy to witness and testament to the following he has. It felt like he had come home, and in the process had evolved from a keen boy with a guitar to a passionate man with a solid musical career stretching before him.

#2 – It’s never just about the Blues. Folk, Country, and Americana all strongly represented in 2016

Strolling from stage to stage, the peeling licks and plucky chords of the more folky persuasion were both notable and popular with punters, letting us stumble across all kinds of gems.  LA based Lord Huron made quite the entrance with a tension building soundscape and crescendo, an upbeat strummy and infectious style, inventive percussion beneath the acoustic lead and an ability to morph between styles, from the old school feel reminiscent of the 50s and 60s summer soundtracks, through alt country and indie folk rock vibes. A particular highlight from the four-piece was ‘Hurricane’, billed as a song about “getting in trouble”, turns out it was aptly named.

Described as an Icelandic Indie pop/rock/folk band, Kaleo was a light and lyrical delight. Building from their delicate opening style to gutsy, rhythm driven choruses, through alt-country sensibilities to deep southern style blues, and a soulful cover of Bang Bang, Kaleo didn’t hesitate to transcend styles and genres to sign off with a blues rock riff and howling vocals when warranted.

The Bros Landreth, hailing from Canada, brought their alt-country and folk laden cover of Wings’ ‘Let ‘Em In’ to break the ice and then let the Americana tinged goodness flow forth. A family affair, big brother David couldn’t attend so father Wally came in his place and whipped the crowd in to a cheering craze.

The Mastersons were touring with Steve Earle & The Dukes, and made appearances both on Earle’s sets and one of their own solo shows for Bluesfest. Their lyrical country styling, featuring voices working together in diverse melodic harmony gave their day opening set a contemplative mood, transporting the crowd to simpler days. Earle’s set was one great big treat of blues soaked tunes with toe-tapping jivey bluegrass edge, all with the sweet country counterpoint of The Mastersons.

Hound mouth playing Bluesfest 2016

It seemed to be a fatherly affair this Bluesfest, with Hussy Hicks welcoming Julz’s dad Greg to their set to deliver some blistering harmonica to their upbeat tempo and at times Joplin-esque wails and passion. Indiana’s Houndmouth however had no dad’s on their line up but did have plenty of twangy blues and American drawl to open their show and unravel your soul where you stood.

#3 – Word of Mouth is King

You know when you look at a line up and you’re not really sure what acts to check out? Well Bluesfest was that way inclined for many but within the first 8 hours, gossip was abuzz with recommendations and wild tales of phenomenal shows and must see acts to catch. So here’s what we checked out based purely on word of mouth.

Steve Smyth plays at Bluesfest 2016

OK, so Steve Smyth isn’t exactly news to us, but the stir on site had his name on the tips of peoples tongues and boy did he live up to the hype. Sheer genius stood on that stage in the form of master lyricist and vibrant stage presence. Smyth’s beautiful voice and stunning vibrato was just powerful solo as with the support backing instrumentalists. His performance of ‘Southland’ blew socks off across the festival.

Shooglenifty, also known as ‘that band I can’t pronounce’, was not what you expect when you read “Celtic” on the program, but a glorious blend of traditional highland derived tunes that were heavy on the fiddle and a mandolin at the ready, intricately twined with modern rhythms, a few electric guitars and a toe tapping beat, drew punters in before they could saunter too far past the heaving tent.

Blind Boy Paxton plays at Bluesfest 2016

The was no way to walk through the site without hearing the name, Blind Boy Paxton. Listening to his set was like a walk through time, from a fiddle calling a country dance and bransles, to a lightning speed banjo frenzy, a soothing guitar tune and even a lone harmonica telling you it’s tale. All this from one man on stage – simply astonishing.

#4 – The Ladies are out in force! And you should catch all of them live

There was a lot of talk about various acts, and word of mouth certainly got us to see some great performers, but thanks to emphatic and multiple recommendations from all kinds of punters, we discovered some of the most phenomenal women who stamped their mark and left as some of the powerhouses of Bluesfest.

We caught Sahara Beck for her last set and were immediately struck by her stage presence, the smooth set up with band and back up singers added the pizazz to her swag and gave her sultry vibe a ‘pop’ on stage.

Elle King had tongues wagging as word spread that after her first, expletive laden set, her set list had to be ‘revised’. However her husky, growling vocal licks were well and truly flowing when we caught her set in a heaving tent overflowing in to the customary Bluesfest rain. Sass and attitude would be the plainest way of describing King, her vibrancy comes from her musical versatility and ability to weave country vibes and bluegrassy panache throughout her ballsy bluesy set. A chameleon of style, King bowled over crowds with big notes, fiery wit and feisty repartee.

Elle King plays at Bluesfest 2016

Hailing from Ireland, via Canada, Irish Mythen is a modern troubadour equipped with a powerhouse voice and emphatic lyrics. Mythen might have been the grittiest, most real musician seen at Bluesfest this year, armed only with her guitar and her stories, she held hundreds of people spellbound, hanging on her every word any time she took to the stage. We caught her multiple times, and laughed, cried, cheered and sung along to songs we had only heard the first time days before. She regularly had the crowd in stitches with her sense of humour and story telling capers, and woe betide any punter brave enough to heckle her! Four stand out moments stayed with me, even though I saw them all more than once. Her performance of ‘Tullamore Blues’ almost defies description, except that the crowd was with her, in that space, singing every word and feeling every sentiment. Jesus is an experience to behold, hilarious in it’s explanation and empowering in it’s performance, I sincerely hope every person gets to experience it live. Her a Capella rendition of ‘The Auld Triangle’ gives me chills and is simply astounding.  And finally ’55 Years’ had me (and most in the crowd) in tears for the beauty it captures in it’s tale. A truly moving experience. Irish Mythen is awe inspiring and we’re excited she’ll be visiting Australia again soon.

Rhiannon Giddens plays at Bluesfest 2016

And finally, probably the all-singing, all-dancing highlight of the ladies was Rhiannon Giddens. Establishing herself originally as a part of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giddens’ solo work is a sight to behold and a treat to hear. Her stunning vocals are soulful yet soar high in beautiful arcs and trills of an almost Celtic style. The skill of her band melds electric with acoustic in wonderful instrumental breaks, bouncing off one another jamming to a crescendo and returning the spotlight to her lead when the time was right. Her banjo crept through tunes to pounce on you unawares, yet could alternate and become the hero of the song. Old Bob Dylan lyrics never previously turned in to songs until Giddens got her hands on them offered a treasure trove to discover. Doing a Dolly Parton cover can be tough, but Giddens’ rendition of ‘Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind’ saw her own the song completely, from every element of style through to her emotive connection with both lyrics and sentiment. From start to finish and for each and every set, she wowed the crowd with fiddle, banjo, modern takes on traditional style, soul stirring lyrics and even a step back in time to the 1920s. Her fancy footwork went down a treat and her ability to connect with the audience and tether them to her tale as the most exquisite experience to behold. She could chat to the crowd but make you feel like she spoke to you and you alone, and yet at all times Rhiannon Giddens continued to exist as her own ineffable self.

#5 – Soul is in, along with BIG bands

Now strictly speaking, Timber and Steel doesn’t really cover Soul, but the prevalence of the big band style soul injections at Bluesfest is worthy of admiration and appreciation, so it gets a gong here.

Emma Donovan & The Putbacks were a sight to behold as Donovan put her own stamp on soul, with earthy tones and a voice that rolled over the crowd, calling to them, beckoning them to hear her story. The combination of her stories and passionate, soulful delivery made for a tight set and profound performance.

I wrote down 4 words when seeing The Word, and two of them were expletives… “holy f***ing sh*t wow.” The couple of songs we caught were incredible, full of funky groves and some sweet slide guitar, all topped off with an electric organ. Very smooth and cool indeed.

Ash Grunwald plays at Bluesfest 2016Ash Grunwald hasn’t moved in to soul, but his Bluesfet setup did resemble the big backing bands of the soul acts and boy did it compliment his wailing blues. Never conforming to just one genre, Grunwald drew on bluegrass vibes, some indie rock to his blues and of course his signature commentary on Australian life. Playing River from his new album, Grunwald spoke about the anti-CSG message prevalent throughout his most recent recordings and confirmed he was among friends int he Bluesfest crowd. His set was punctuated with old favourites as highlights, crowds rollicking in his passionate performance and joining in to sing along on choruses, and the utter delight when Kasey Chambers joined him on stage for a brand new song was palpable.

Another of the tongue wagging recommendations was for Vintage Trouble, and my first impression was that lead singer Ty Taylor was sex on legs, with enough swagger stuffed in to a cravat and suit to fell an army. And when the full band kicked in, it blew the show off the Richter scale. A set full of southern blues, call and response, screaming and wailing blues breaks and enough on stage antics to warrant a lie down after watching. This was my kind of place, 1950s style jazzy blues, complete with energy and onstage charisma!

Vintage Trouble plays Bluesfest 2016

Now, if you haven’t yet heard of the phenomenal popularity and praise for Bluesfest debutants St. Paul and The Broken Bones, then you haven’t been doing the internet properly. Of all the word of mouth recommendations, St Paul and The Broken Bones was THE most talked about act at Bluesfest, and not without good reason. A big band blues-laden soul outfit, oozing funk, with a big personality for a front man in Paul Janeway. Opening with an almighty wail and sliding in to a crooning style track, the crowd knew exactly where they stood and were rooted to the spot to witness the explosive show by one of the most engaging acts we’ve seen in years. Janeway, on behalf of the entire band, exclaimed that Bluesfest was the best experience they had ever had and they would definitely be coming back to Australia, to which the crowd erupted with delight. A set filled with rumbling soul, emotive ballads and big, ballsy blues, St Paul and The Broken Bones is sure to be a high rotation favourite on many punters playlists for some time to come.

St Paul and The Broken Bones plays Bluesfest 2016

Without a doubt, Bluesfest’s skillfully curated 2016 lineup was a smash hit success, sure to be spoken of for years to come. Can’t wait to see what Peter Noble comes up with for 2017!

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st August

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Boy & Bear announced details of their new album Limit of Love. Details here

– Adelaide singer-songwriter Tom West released his new single “Big Balloon” and added September tour dates. Details here

– Swedish nu-folk band Of Monsters and Men released their new video “Empire”. Details here

– Adelaide four piece The Timbers will be launching their new single at a show in September. Details here

– Anti-folk hero Joanna Newsom released her new video “Sapokanikan” from her upcoming album Divers. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Katie Wighton released her quirky new video “Little Dove”. Details here

– The next edition of the Heartbreaker Sessions in Sydney is this Sunday featuring Andy Golledge and Kris Morris. Details here

– Canadian folk rockers Great Lake Swimmers released their new video “I Must Have Someone Else’s Blues”. Details here

MountainGrass dropped their 2015 lineup headlined by Laurie Lewis and featuring Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass, Orpheus Supertones, Bluegrass Parkway, Paul Wookey, Pete Denahy, Davidson Brothers, Karen Lynne, The Weeping Willows, The Kissin’ Cousins, The Pipi Pickers, John Flanagan, Old South, Buffalo Nickel, Coolgrass, The Strzelecki Stringbusters and many more. Details here

Lucinda Williams has announced Australian headline shows and appearances at A Day On The Green this November and December. Details here

– Perth based singer-songwriter Bernardine released her new video “I Don’t Mind”. Details here

Ash Grunwald released his new single “Second Guess” and announced a national tour. Details here

– Sydney venue The Petersham Bowling Club is holding an OXJAM concert at the end of the month featuring Cruisin’ Deuces, Mark Lucas, Katie Brianna, Bree De Rome and Brian Manning. Details here

Releases This Week

Nathaniel Rateliff
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsNathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
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Oh Pep!
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Macquarie Arms’ 200th Birthday Party feat. Imogen Clark & The Lonely Hearts

The historic Macquarie Arms Hotel at the base of the Blue Mountains in Windsor, west of Sydney, will this weekend celebrate its 200th Birthday. Hometown girl and Timber and Steel favourite Imogen Clark will be singing up a storm with her band The Lonely Hearts to celebrate – this gig is going to be a cracker!

Saturday 22nd August – Macquarie Arms Hotel, Windsor NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bronte
Saturday 22nd August – Sappho’s, Sydney, NSW

Day Ravies, Wireheads, Thigh Master, Weak Boys
Friday 21st August – Proper Music Social, Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Echo Deer, Yhan Leal
Sunday 23rd August – Proper Music Social, Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars
Thursday 27th August – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW

El Grande
Friday 21st August – The Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Saturday 22nd August – Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick Heads, NSW
Saturday 23rd August – House Concert, Holgate, NSW
Wednesday 26th August – RAD, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 27th August – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Fitzroyalty feat. Ben Mitchell, Toby Robinson
Tuesday 25th August – Little & Oliver, Melbourne, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. The Tawny Owl String Band, The Campervan Dancers, Colin Jones
Wednesday 26th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Good Counsel, The High Ceilings, Prints
Saturday 22nd August – Proper Music Social, Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Gympie Muster
Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th August – Gympie, QLD

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Andy Gollege, Kris Morris
Sunday 23rd August – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Hucker Brown
Thursday 27th August – Proper Music Social, Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Immigrant Union
Thursday 27th August – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 28th August – The Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW

Imogen Clark
Saturday 22nd August – Macquarie Arms Hotel, Windsor NSW

Jack Carty and Jordan Millar
Friday 21st August – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd August – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS

James Teague
Sunday 23rd August – Mill Hall, Rous Mill, NSW
Thursday 27th August – The Music Hunter Experience, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 28th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Jane Cameron
Friday 21st August – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Jed Rowe
Friday 21st August – Ararat Live, Ararat VIC
Saturday 22nd August – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide SA
Sunday 23rd August – Red Poles, McLaren Vale SA

Josh Rennie-Hynes & Caitlin Harnett
Saturday 22nd August – Woodford Open Space, Woodford, QLD

Katie Wighton
Friday 28th August – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Kelly Country Pick
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd August – Beechworth, VIC

Not Good With Horses, Fanny Lumsden
Thursday 27th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Mary Chapin Carpenter w/ Tift Merritt
Thursday 27th August – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th August – Gympie Muster, QLD

Riley Pearce
Friday 21st August – Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 22nd August – White Star Hotel, Albany, WA
Sunday 23rd August – Caves House Hotel, Yallingup, WA
Friday 28th August – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA

Ruby Boots
Sunday 23rd August – Darwin Festival “Big Country”, Darwin, NT
Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th August – Dowerin Field Day Festival, The Wheatbelt WA

Sian Evans
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd August – Townsville Culture Fest, Townsville, QLD

The AU Sessions feat. Elwood Myre, Max Marvell
Tuesday 25th August – Hive Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Brouhaha
Friday 28th August – The Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Scrimshaw Four w/ Uncle Bobby​, Senivoda​​
Monday 24th August – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Wheatley
Friday 21st August – Illawarra Brewery, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 22nd August – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 23rd August – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 27th and Friday 28th August – Gympie Muster, Gympie, QLD

Timberwolf
Friday 21st August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 28th August – UniBar, Adelaide, SA

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Friday 21st August – Coffs Ex Services, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Sunday 23rd August – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 27th August – Club Forsters, Forster, NSW
Friday 28th August – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Shove The Pig’s Foot (A Little Closer to the Fire)” – Bruce Molsky with Tim O’Brien, Aly Bain, John McCustker, Jerry Douglas, Dirk Powell, Mike McGoldrick, Phil Cunningham, Donald Shaw, Russ Barenberg, John Doyle, Todd Parks, Pat McInerney and James McIntosh

I’ve been playing tune at a few jams recently (with the intention of eventually learning it properly) and it’s so catchy! Just had to share the Transatlantic Sessions version just because of all of the amazing musos on this track.

Listen to the New Ash Grunwald Single “Second Guess”

Ash Grunwald
Image Courtesy of Ash Grunwald

Ash Grunwald has returned from a massive tour of Canada with a brand new single in tow, the wonderfully bluesy “Second Guess”. The track is taken from his upcoming album NOW which is due for release on the 25th September.

Take a listen to “Second Guess” here:

Ash Grunwald has also announced 28 date national tour to celebrate the release of NOW. Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 10th September – The Rosemount Hotel, Nth Perth, WA
Friday 11th September – Divers Tavern, Broome, WA
Saturday 12th September – The Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Sunday 13th September – Mojos Bar, Nth Fremantle, WA
Thursday 24th September – The Grand, Mornington, VIC
Friday 25th September – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 26th September – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Thursday 1st October – Wickham, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 2nd October – Yours and Owls Festival, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 3rd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Thursday 8th October – Rolling Stone Live Lodge, Newtown Social, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th October – Entrance Leagues, Bateau Bay, NSW
Saturday 10th October – Gearins Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
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
Saturday 24th October – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 25th October – The Jack, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 31st October – Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Wangaratta, VIC
Wednesday 4th November – Fresh On Charles, Launceston, TAS
Thursday 5th November – Tapas Bar, Devonport, TAS
Friday 6th November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 7th November – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 13th November – Blues At Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown WA
Saturday 14th November – The Boston Brewery, Denmark WA

The Bello Winter Music Festival Announces Inaugural Lineup

Milk Carton Kids
Image Courtesy of The Milk Carton Kids

This week a brand new festival slipped onto the scene with a lineup that is bound to make any readers of Timber and Steel squeal with excitement.

The Bello Winter Music Festival is a brand new weekend festival held in Bellingen, NSW from the 2nd to 5th July this year. Bello is the sister festival to the magnificent Mullum Music Festival so you know it’s going to be pretty special.

This year’s lineup is headed up by US folk duo The Milk Carton Kids (who are yet to announce any other Australian dates) and also features Timber and Steel favourites like Ash Grunwald, TinPan Orange, Marlon Williams, The Wilson Pickers, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Perch Creek, Jack Carty, Karl S Williams, The Mid North, The Button Collective, Starboard Cannons, Sara Tindley, Oh Pep! and many many more.

“Bellingen has a similar counter-culture to Mullumbimby; it’s just back from the coastal tourist destinations and it’s a naturally beautiful area.” Glenn Wright, director of Bello Winter Music Festival and Mullum Music Festival explained. “Just like Mullumbimby, Bellingen has a diverse community, a long history of environmentalism and a vibrant local music scene. A third of the Bello line-up is made up of local musicians from Bellingen and the Coffs Coast area. Both festivals are dedicated to programming new and emerging artists – local, national and international – I’m sure Bello Winter Music, like Mullum Music Festival, will become ‘one to watch’ for exciting new acts. Creating a partner winter festival in Bellingen rather than expanding Mullum Music Festival means another community can reap the benefits of a small scale, community run festival. The Bellingen community is deeply involved in every aspect of the festival. It has been inspiring working with them to create a unique, authentic celebration of their town.”

For more information about the Bello Winter Music Festival check out the official web site here. The full lineup is below:

The Milk Carton Kids (US), Ash Grunwald, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Tinpan Orange, Dubmarine, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders, Ainslie Wills, Bullhorn, Arte Kanela Flamenco, Rasa Duende, Fourplay String Quartet, The Wilson Pickers, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Perch Creek, Jack Carty, Sketch The Rhyme, Jones Jnr, The Seven Ups, Captain Dreamboat, Gabriel & Cecilia, Karl S Williams, Yeshe, Greg Sheehan, Kym Pitman with Chris Judd, The Mid North, The Button Collective, Starboard Cannons, Sara Tindley, Oh Pep!, The Ninth Chapter, Ebb n Flo, Golden Zephyr, Bunya, Jealous Wolfe, Mr Pip, Horns On Helium, DidJital, Tim Stokes, Honey & Knives, Shanteya & Jo, Tegan Wiseman, Yhan Leal, Fish on Fire, The Bollywood Sisters, The Cassettes, Sohum Women’s Choir, Voices From The Vacant Lot, Roundabout Theatre, talks, workshops, Bellingen LeaF (Learning Festival), THE MAGIC BUS and much more to be announced

More Artists Added to the Bluesfest Fifth Lineup Announcement

Bluesfest
Image Courtesy of Bluesfest

Artist announcement number five for Bluesfest was announced yesterday with more exciting names added to an already bursting lineup.

Timber and Steel is most excited about the inclusions of Justin Townes Earle, Steve Smyth, Donavon Frankenreiter, Ash Grunwald and Karl S. Williams with the announcement also featuring Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Augie March, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Declan Kelly presents Diesel n’ Dub ft. Emma Donovan, Alex Lloyd, Pat Powell, Radical Son & Tony Hughes, Blue King Brown and The Beautiful Girls.

Bluesfest is set to take place north of Byron Bay from the 2nd to the 6th of April. Tickets for the festival are already on sale – check out the details on the official site here.

Australasian Worldwide Music Expo Announces First Round of Artists for 2014

The Pierce Brothers
Image Courtesy of Pierce Brothers

The Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME) last week announced the first round of artists for 2014. The AWME will showcase the finest in Australian and international roots music across four days in Melbourne from the 13th to 16th November.

Local artists announced so far include Hiatus Kaiyote, Ash Grunwald, Bart Willoughby, Jimblah, Pierce Brothers (above), Ms Murphy and Bullhorn with the international contingent made up of Nahko and Medicine for the People (USA), Digging Roots (Canada), Estere (NZ) and Myele Manzanza (NZ).

Early bird tickets for the festival are already on sale – for more information check out the offical AWME site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st February

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Michael Franti and Spearhead have announced a single Bluesfest sideshow in Brisbane with Nahko and Medicine For The People in support. Details here

– Melbourne duo The Little Stevies released their ode to unattached – the video for their single “I Hold My Breath”. Details here

– A brand new Laura Marling track – “Born to Love” – made its way onto the internet thanks to NPR’s eTown show. Details here

– Canadian born, Melbourne based singer-songwriter Tracy McNeil has a video out “Wilcats”. Details here

Sally Seltmann will be taking her album Hey Daydreamer out on tour this April. Details here

Georgia Fair have released the video to their new single “Are We Not Alive”. Details here

– If you’re into folk music and helping sick animals (and who isn’t?) get along to the Lomand Hotel in Melbourne this Saturday for the Wombat Orphanage Bushfire Benefit. The live music lineup includes Lucy Wise, Stray Hens, Rob Zielinski, Staffan & Rowie and more to be announced. Details here

– Tasmania’s Christopher Coleman Collective have released their new video “Go Home” along with details of their new album and a bunch of tour dates in March. Details here

– Sydney prog-folk artist Wyatt Moss-Wellington is set to release his new album Sanitary Apocalypse in March with guests that include a who’s who of the local scene. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Huckleberry Hastings released his debut single “Huckleberry Blues”. Details here

Nickel Creek revealed all the juicy details of their upcoming album A Dotted Line including cover art, track listing, release date and a stream of the song “Love of Mine”. Details here

– The Snowy Mountains of Music has changed its name to Peak Festival and has announced the first artists for its 2014 lineup. Details here

– Tonight up-and-coming singer-songwriter Martha Marlow will be launching her new EP These Days in Sydney. Details here

– Another new Simone Felice track, “Running Through My Head”, has surfaced online. Details here

The Paper Kites have announced a massive tour this May and June. Details here

– Blues and roots legend Ash Grunwald is heading out on a solo tour. Details here

– The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards were held this week and we collected all the winners and videos of the perfomances in one place. Details here

– If you’re looking for something a little heavier this St Patrick’s day Sydney folk-punk outfit The Bottlers have a series of gigs over the weekend. Details here

Reviews

Gigs

“While Laneway is an indie festival at heart it always brings me back for the smattering of folky, acoustic goodness that features on the lineup each and every year”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the Sydney leg of St Jeromes Laneway Festival. Review here

Releases This Week

Oh Hunter
Oh HunterHayden Calnin
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Wombat Orphanage Bushfire Benefit feat. Lucy Wise, Stray Hens, Rob Zielinski, Staffan & Rowie

Lucy Wise

Listen to folk music and help raise money for sick and injured animals? Sounds like a productive night out! We recommend heading down to the Lomond Hotel in Melbourne on Saturday to watch Lucy Wise (above) and co. helping the world one folk song at a time. Love it!

Saturday 22nd February – Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Adelaide Fringe Festival
Friday 14th February to Sunday 16th March – Adelaide, SA

Apollo Bay Music Festival
Friday 28th February to Sunday 2nd March – Apollo Bay, VIC

Andy Irvine
Friday 21st February – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd Febraury – House Concert, Harcourt North, VIC

Ann Vriend
Saturday 22nd February — Tree House, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 23rd February — Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley, QLD

Cobargo Folk Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd February – Cobargo, NSW

Eddie Vedder
Saturday 22nd February – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 23rd February 2014 – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Frances Folk Gathering
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd February – Frances, SA

James Teague
Wednesday 26th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke
Friday 21st February – Paradiso Spiegeltent @ The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 22nd February – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th February – Twilight Series @ Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne, VIC

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 28th February – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Leah Flanagan w/ Tom Hespie
Thursday 27th February – Vic on the Park, Enmore, NSW

Lior
Friday 21st February – Southern Peninsula Arts Centre, Rosebud, VIC
Thursday 27th February – The Playhourse Theatre, Hobart, TAS
Friday 28th February – Devonport Tas Entertainment Centre, TAS

Little Features feat. Mimi Gilbert, The Maple Trail, Packwood, Charlie Gradon
Saturday 22nd February – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Martha Marlow w/ Jess Pollard
Friday 21st February – 505, Sydney, NSW

Nannup Music Festival
Friday 28th February to Monday 3rd March – Nannup, WA

Neko Case
Thursday 27th February – Fly By Night, Perth, WA

Okkervil River
Friday 21st February – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd February – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

One Up Two Down and Oh Pep!
Friday 21st February – No.5, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 22nd February, Carrington Bowling Club, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 23rd February – House Concert, Karuah, NSW

Sam Buckingham
Friday 21st February – Fringe Festival, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 26th February – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

The Beez
Saturday 22nd February – George Kerford Hotel, Beechworth, Vic
Sunday 23rd February – Gerogary, VIC
Friday 28th February – The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, Vic

The Little Stevies
Saturday 22nd February – Summersault Festival, Melbourne, VIC

Wombat Orphanage Bushfire Benefit feat. Lucy Wise, Stray Hens, Rob Zielinski, Staffan & Rowie
Saturday 22nd February – Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Slipjigs and Reels” – Steve Tilston

It’s the Fairport Convention version of this song I’m most familiar with but I just had to reach back to the song’s writer, Steve Tilston, for today’s FFF. Such a good song!

Ash Grunwald Announces Autumn Tour

Ash Grunwald
Image Courtesy of Ash Grunwald

Australian blues and roots legend Ash Grunwald is returning to his roots this March with plans for a solo, one man tour throughout the country. Grunwald has been touring recently with the Living End’s rhythm section in support of his new album Gargantua so he’s taking the opportunity with his next tour to return to some of his favourite haunts as the lone troubadour he’s best known as.

Check out the full list of dates for the tour below:

Thursday 6th March – The Unibar, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 7th March – Great Northern, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March – Port Fairy Festival, VIC
Thursday 13th March – Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW
Friday 14th March – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW
Thursday 20th March – Ramsgate Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 22nd March – Bleach Festival, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 26th March – Harvey Rd Tavern, Gladstone, QLD
Thursday 27th March – Magnums, Airlie Beach, QLD
Friday 28th March – Tanks Art Centre, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 29th March – Base Backpackers, Magnetic Island, QLD
Thursday 24th April – The Espy, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th April – Barwon Heads Hotel, Barwon Heads, VIC
Saturday 26th April – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

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