Watch the New Miss Eileen and King Lear Video “Held By The Air”

Miss Eileen and King Lear
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Miss Eileen and King Lear is the new side project from Perch Creek siblings Eileen and Lear Hodgkins. The project was originally started so that the brother and sister could explore songwriting outside of Perch Creek but has since gained a bunch of momentum with significant supports and festival appearances.

The new single from Miss Eileen and King Lear is “Held By The Air” which has a really sweet live video – check it out here:

Miss Eileen and King Lear will be launching “Held By The Air” at the Northcote Social Club in Melbourne on the 18th May with Ayleen O’Hanlon, Rich Davies and Forever Son in support. Check out the official Facebook event for more details.

Brunswick Music Festival Announces 2016 Lineup

Blind Boy Paxton
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I feel like the Brunswick Music Festival is the quiet achiever of the folk festival season. Taking place just after the Port Fairy Folk Festival from the 15th to 20th March, the Brunswick Music Festival in Melbourne always manages to mix the best of Melbourne’s folk and acoustic talent with the incredible touring international artists.

This year the Brunswick Music Festival has announced a raft of exciting artists including Blind Boy Paxton (above), Jeff Lang, Alison Ferrier, Kim Salmon, Mandy Connell, Mick Thomas, Charles Jenkins, Cat Canteri & Justin Bernasconi, Sean McMahon, Jemma Rowlands, Rich Davies, Brooke Russell, Ayleen O’Hanlon, Hat Fitz & Cara, Zourouna, Lala Shouha, Sweet Mona’s Choir, Ajak Kwai, Jawa Pitu Band, Santa Taranta, Cumbia Cosmonauts, Los Kumbia Killers, La Descarga, Sonidero Esperanza, Alsarah and the Nubatones, Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro, Mànran, Spiro, Moxie, Shane Howard Trio, Emma Donovan and the PutBacks, Yirrmal, Mia Dyson, Jess Ribeiro and many more.

The traditional Sydney Road Street Party takes place on the 6th March with the full Brunswick Music Festival held from the 15th to 20th March. Check out the official site for all the events taking place during the Brunswick Music Festival.

The Musical Lineup for Finders Keepers Melbourne This Weekend

Ayleen O'Hanlon
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This weekend will see the Spring/Summer edition of the Finders Keepers Markets hit Melbourne and as always the event will feature a bunch of amazing live music, most of which is of the folky nature.

This time around the markets markets will see the likes of Paul McManus, Captain Apples, Floyd Thursby, Aluka, Danika Smith, Ayleen O’Hanlon (above), Forest Falls and many more.

The Finders Keepers Markets are held in Melbourne twice a year and feature some of the best in local design and art stalls. This weekend’s market will take place at The Royal Exhibition Building on Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October.

For more information on the artists and the markets check out the official site here. The full musical lineup for the three days is below:

Friday 2nd October
6 – 6.30pm: Fabadelica (DJ)
6.30 – 7.15pm: Paul McManus
7.30 – 8.15pm: The Thin White Ukes
8.45 – 9.30pm: Captain Apple
9.30pm – End: Fabadelica (DJ)

Saturday 3rd October
10 – 11.30am Pastizzi (DJ)
11.30 – 12.15pm: Floyd Thursby
12.45 – 1.30pm: Aluka
2 – 2.45pm: Ayawatamaya
3.15 – 4.15pm: Lanks
4.30 – 5.15pm: Danika Smith Band
5.15 – 5.45pm Pastizzi (DJ)

Sunday 4th October
10am – 12pm: Pat Monaghan (DJ)
12 – 12.45pm: Early Music
1.15 – 2pm: Ayleen O’Hanlon
2.30 – 3.15pm: Forest Falls
3.15pm – 3.45pm: Pat Monaghan (DJ)

First Round Of Artists Announced for Port Fairy Folk Festival 2016

Mary Black
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It looks like we’re well and truly into that time of year when the major folk festivals start announcing their lineups. The next cab off the rank is the Port Fairy Folk Festival, arguably one of Australia’s top folk events, which next year will be held from the 11th to the 14th March.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival enters its 40th year in 2016 so as you’d expect the lineup is going to be huge. The first round of artists did not disappoint either – announced this time around were Ayleen O’Hanlon, Claymore, DakhaBrakha (Ukraine), Dave Arden, Eric Bogle, Fourplay, Grigoryan Brothers, John McCutcheon (USA), Katie Noonan’s Vanguard, Lloyd Spiegel, Manran (Scotland), Mary Black (Ireland, above), Moxie (Ireland), Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento, Pierce Brothers, Ruby Boots, Steve Poltz (USA), Sara Storer, Shellie Morris, Suzannah Espie, The Bushwackers, The East Pointers (Canada), The Ugly Uncles, Truckstop Honeymoon (USA), Three Kings, The Woohoo Revue and The Young’uns (UK) with plenty more to come.

Tickets for the 2016 Port Fairy Folk Festival are already on sale. Check out the official web site for more information.

If You See Her, Say Hello at the Melbourne Fringe Festival

If You See Her Say Hello
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Next week the Melbourne Fringe Festival will play host to a very special event featuring some of the city’s finest female voices.

If You See Her, Say Hello is an event like no other, bringing together 21 independent Melbourne-based solo artists and duos to each sing their own song accompanied by the rest of the group as their own backing choir.

The nights will feature a bunch of artists Timber and Steel readers would be familiar with including Ali E, Al Parkinson, Amarina Waters, Ayleen O’Hanlon, BABY BLUE, Bek Street, Brooke Russell, Claire Hendry, Cookie Baker, Emilee South, Georgia Spain, Gretta Ray, Jemma Nicole, Jemma Rowlands (Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies), Kate Boston-Smith (Modesty), Kate McMahon, Kelly Day (Broads), Ladie Dee (Howl at the Moon), Loni Rae and Shannon Busch (WILSN) plus special guests.

If You See Her, Say Hello takes place at the Toff in Town on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th September. For more details including getting your hands on tickets visit the official Melbourne Fringe Festival site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Imogen Clark announced her new EP Love & Lovely Lies along with a launch show in October. Details here

– This Sunday’s Heartbreaker Sessions in Sydney will feature Darren Cross and William Crighton. Details here

Sam Amidon released an album of home recordings titled Home Alone Inside My Head. Details here

– Sydney roots trio Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars released their new video “A Lover And A Fool”. Details here

– We premiered the new video from Ayleen O’Hanlon, “Send Me Spinning”. Details here

– Adelaide band The Timbers have released their new single “All I’ve Got Time For” and have announced a national tour. Details here

The Weeping Willows will be hosting Americana Hayride in Melbourne at the end of October featuring Bill Chambers, Justin Bernasconi, Cat Canteri and Dan Waters, Bill Jackson. Details here

– We premiered the new video from Brisbane’s Youngsmith, “Wither”. Details here

– The September Live ‘n’ Lounging will feature The Bollands, The Campervan Dancers, Kay Proudlove and Huckleberry Hastings. Details here

– Blues rockers The Snowdroppers head out on a national tour from today. Details here

Aldous Harding released her new video “Stop Your Tears”. Details here

Blog

– We contributed to the September mixtape from Americana Australia along with Post To Wire and Unpaved. Take a listen here

Releases This Week

Heath Cullen
OutsidersHeath Cullen
Bandcamp

Packwood
VernalPackwood
Bandcamp

Suzannah Espie
Mothers Not Feeling Herself TodaySuzannah Espie
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Ayleen O’Hanlon w/ Tobias Hengeveld, Georgia Spain

Ayleen O'Hanlon

The stunning Ayleen O’Hanlon will officially launch her brand new album Blend and Spill with a show at The Toff in Town this Sunday. O’Hanlon’s been winning a lot of fans recently and this show is the perfect way to see what all the fuss is about.

Sunday 6th September – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Aldous Harding
Friday 11th September – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Ash Grunwald
Thursday 10th September – The Rosemount Hotel, Nth Perth, WA
Friday 11th September – Divers Tavern, Broome, WA

Ayleen O’Hanlon
Sunday 6th September – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars
Friday 4th September – Lennox Point Hotel, Lennox Head, NSW
Saturday 5th September – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 6th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th September – Helm Bar, Mooloolabah, QLD

Falls
Tuesday 8th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Fanny Lumsden
Thursday 10th September – Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley, QLD

Folk By The Sea
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September – Kiama, NSW

Folkswagon feat. The Bollands, The Campervan Dancers, Big Strong Brute
Wednesday 9th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Darren Cross, William Crighton
Sunday 6th September – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Immigrant Union
Friday 4th September – David Bowie Late Nights @ ACMI, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th September – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 4th September – Red Rattler, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 5th September – Phoenix Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 11th September – Trinity, Adelaide, SA

John Flanagan and Liz Frencham
Friday 4th September – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 5th September – The Stables, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 6th September – Acoustic Sunday @ The Silver Shed, Millthorpe, NSW
Thursday 10th September – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 11th September – Courthouse Cultural Centre, Auburn SA

Mark Lucas
Wednesday 9th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Mary Chapin Carpenter w/ Tift Merritt
Friday 4th September – National Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th September – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Neurum Creek Music Festival
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September – Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, QLD

Perch Creek
Friday 4th September – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 5th September – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 6th September – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Friday 11th September – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 4th September – Arnhem Club, Nhulunbuy, NT
Saturday 5th September – Arnhem Club, Nhulunbuy, NT

Redland Spring Festival
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September – Cleveland, QLD

Sian Evans
Sunday 6th September – Carnival on Collins, Cairns, QLD

The Buck Loner Revue
Sunday 6th September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

The Mae Trio
Friday 11th September – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW

The Snowdroppers
Friday 4th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 5th September – Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 10th September – Bigsound, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th September – Helm Bar, Mooloolaba, QLD

The Timbers
Friday 4th and Saturday 5th September – Folk By The Sea, Kiama, NSW

The Waifs
Thursday 10th September – Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie, WA

Tom West
Friday 4th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th September – Cootha Classic, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 6th September – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 8th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September – Wirrina Cove, SA

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Friday 4th September – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 5th September – Waves, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 6th September – UC Refectory, Canberra, ACT
Friday 11th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Summer Before the War” – Fairport Convention

When I was a child our family went to the UK and Ireland for an extended three month holiday, much of which was spent in the car driving from place to place. Our soundtrack for that trip was a tape of Fairport Convention’s 1988 album Red and Gold. The album itself is over-produced in that 80s let’s-put-synths-on-everything kind of way but the songs are pretty special. Red and Gold always make me think of Summer in England.

Timber and Steel Premiere: Ayleen O’Hanlon’s New Video “Send Me Spinning”

Ayleen O'Hanlon
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Melbourne alt-country and folk artist Ayleen O’Hanlon has just released her latest video “Send Me Spinning” taken from her debut album, Blend and Spill. Captured while O’Hanlon and a cast of renowned Melbourne musicians worked on the album through winter 2014, it is a heart-warming portrayal of the album recording process. Shot in an intimate, hand-held style, the video features footage of the community hall where recording took place and where the local seniors still attend a monthly old-time dance.

Timber and Steel is very proud to premiere “Send Me Spinning” here:

Ayleen O’Hanlon launches Blend and Spill with a full band show at The Toff In Town, 7.30pm, this Sunday 6th September. Support from special guests Tobias Hengeveld and Georgia Spain.

Tickets through Moshtix here. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th July

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Davey Craddock & The Spectacles released their new single “Girls Light Fires”. Details here

– Sydney duo Ivanhoe released their new single “O’Donaghues”. Details here

The Waifs announced their new album Beautiful You, released their new single “6000 Miles” and revealed dates for a WA tour. Details here

– Sydney folk singers Direwolf and Willowy celebrated the end of their joint tour with a live video for the track “The Naked Tree”. Details here

– Melbourne newgrass masters Mustered Courage released their new video “Honesty”. Details here

– Melbourne and Sydney dates have been announced for the 2015 Out On The Weekend Americana festival this October. Details here

– Sydney blues and roots trio Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars have announced a massive tour kicking off this August. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Ayleen O’Hanlon announced details of her upcoming debut album Blend and Spill. Details here

Little May announced their debut album For The Company. Details here

– Over the weekend Laura Marling released a new version of her latest album, Short Movie (Director’s Cut). Details here

The Paper Kites released their new video “Electric Indigo” and announced a national tour. Details here

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats released their Blues Brothers inspired video “S.O.B.”. Details here

Katie Noonan’s Vanguard released her new video “Quicksand”. Details here

– Brisbane folk singer Sian Evans has a bunch of east coast dates this week. Details here

– New Zealand singer Aldous Harding has announced her first ever Australian headline tour. Details here

Releases This Week

Jane Cameron
The Mercy of the TideJane Cameron
Bandcamp

Transmutant
TransmutantKatie Noonan’s Vanguard
iTunes

Laura Marling
Short Movie (Director’s Cut)Laura Marling
iTunes

Old Man Luedecke
Domestic EccentricOld Man Luedecke
iTunes

Soft Faces to Hold
Soft Faces To HoldToby Graham
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Country and Inner Western feat. Green Mohair Suits, Caitlin Harnett, William Crighton

Caitlin

Country and Inner Western returns to The Basement in Sydney this week with the amazing lineup of Green Mohair Suits, Caitlin Harnett and William Crighton. Definitely not one to be missed

Wednesday 29th July – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bronte
Friday 24th July – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Country and Inner Western feat. Green Mohair Suits, Caitlin Harnett, William Crighton
Wednesday 29th July – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Davey Craddock
Friday 24th July – Perfect Drop, Daylesford, VIC
Saturday 25th July – Sofar Sounds, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 30th July – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC

Folklore w/ MaD aDaM
Saturday 25th July – Loaded Dog Folk Club, Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon w/ Billie McCarthy, The Campervan Dancers, Astrid Zeman
Wednesday 29th July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fraser A. Gorman
Friday 24th July – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC

Gurrumul
Wednesday 29th July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Jinja Safari
Friday 31st July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke
Wednesday 29th July – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW

Katie Noonan
Friday 24th July – Camelot, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Friday 31st July – Cellar Bar, St Kilda, VIC

Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters
Friday 31st July – Hotel Gearin, Katoomba, NSW

Lacey Cole & the Lazy Colts
Thursday 30th July – Moonshine Cider and Rum Bar, Manly, NSW

Little Features feat. Make Like a Tree, Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars, Baby Lips and The Silhouettes, Jon Cotton
Saturday 25th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Not Good With Horses w/ Katie Brianna
Sunday 26th July – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Rubber Soul Revolver feat. Marlon Williams, Husky Gawenda, Jordie Lane, Fergus Linacre
Thursday 30th July – Concert Hall, QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Sian Evans
Sunday 26th July – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 30th July – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July – North Byron Parklands, NSW

The Acfields
Friday 24th July – House Concert, Lismore, NSW
Saturday 25th July – Mandala Organic Arts, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 26th July – Bohemian Bungalow, Eumundi, QLD
Friday 31st July – Pizza Paradiso, Byron Bay, NSW

The Stetson Family
Sunday 26th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

The Stillsons
Friday 24th July – Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Tom StephensTom Stephens, Obscura Hail, Brendon Moon
Friday 24th July – The Bridge Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Tom West
Sunday 26th July – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Maggie’s Farm” – Bob Dylan

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the day Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival. This video is footage from the actual show although I’ve heard the booing crowd at the end of the audio was spliced in from the end of Dylan’s set, not from the end of “Maggie’s Farm”. A moment of folk and rock history.

Ayleen O’Hanlon Announces Debut Album Blend and Spill

Ayleen O'Hanlon
Image Courtesy of Ayleen O’Hanlon

Melbourne based singer-songwriter Ayleen O’Hanlon plans to release her debut album. Titled Blend and Spill, the album will be released on the 27th July.

O’Hanlon is crowdfunding the release of Blend and Spill by offering orders of the album via PledgeMusic. She’s also just released the video for the gorgeous new track North of Nowhere – check it out here:

To celebrate the release of Blend and Spill Ayleen O’Hanlon will be throwing a launch show at the Toff in Town in Melbourne on Sunday 6th September – get more details on the official Facebook event here.

The Musical Lineup for Finders Keepers Melbourne This Weekend

Pepperjack
Image Courtesy of Pepperjack

This weekend will see the Autumn/Winter edition of the Finders Keepers Markets hit Melbourne and like its Sydney counterpart it’s been extended to three days, taking in Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

And with the Finders Keepers Markets come a weekend of amazing live music, most of which is of the folky nature. The markets will see the likes of Ayleen O’Hanlon, Danika Smith, Pepperjack (above), Brooke Russell, Forrest Falls and many more there to entertain you.

The Finders Keepers Markets are held in Melbourne twice a year and feature some of the best in local design and art stalls. This weekend’s market will take place at The Royal Exhibition Building on Friday 17th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July.

For more information on the artists and the markets check out the official site here. The full musical lineup for the three days is below:

Friday 17th July
6pm: May Day(DJ)
6.30pm: Ayleen O’Hanlon
7.30pm: Danika Smith
8.45pm: Pepperjack
9.30pm: May Day(DJ)

Saturday 18th July
10am: Pat Monaghan (DJ)
11.30am: Bek Chapman
12.45pm: Brooke Russell
2pm: Car Park Choir
3.15pm: Monique Di Mattina
4.30pm: Carry Nation
5.15pm: Pat Monaghan (DJ)

Sunday 19th July
10am: Pat Monaghan (DJ)
12pm: Cat House
1.15pm: Emma Heeney
2.30pm: Forest Falls
3.15pm: Pat Monaghan (DJ)

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