Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st February


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



“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

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

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

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!

Winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

The 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards were held at the Royal Albert Hall in London last night in a ceremony which featured a ton of Timber and Steel favourites both as winners and as performers.

The winners on the night included the likes of Bella Hardy, The Full English and Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer picking up gongs. This year the Young Folk Award, always a one-to-watch artist, went to The Mischa Macpherson Trio while the first ever recipient of the Hall of Fame award went to Cecil Sharp. Check out the full list of winners below:

Lifetime Achievement Award
Clannad & Martin Carthy

Good Tradition Award
Cambridge Folk Festival

Folk Singer of the Year
Bella Hardy

Best Duo
Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin

Best Group
The Full English

Best Album
The Full English – The Full English

Horizon Award
Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

Musician of the Year
Aidan O’Rourke

Best Original Song
“Two Ravens” – Lisa Knapp

Best Traditional Track
“Willie of Winsbury” – Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer

BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award
The Mischa Macpherson Trio

Hall of Fame
Cecil Sharp

And of course the night also showcased a bunch of great performances that the BBC has already made available online. Check out hightlights from Peggy Seeger, Martin Carthy & Eliza Carthy, Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, The Fisherman’s Friends, Clannad, The Full English, Suzanne Vega, Martin Simpson & Richard Hawley and Bellowhead. Watch them all below

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 1st February


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The Brunswick Music Festival announced their full 2013 lineup which includes Seth Lakeman, Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies, Vin Garbutt, Enda Kenny, Dougie MacLean, Mike Compton, Eric Bogle, Archie Roach, Finbar Furey, Bill Jackson, Andy Irvine, Paul Brady and many more. Details here

Sarah Blasko revealed her new video “God-Fearing” from her sumptuous album I Awake. Details here

– Sydney monthly modern folk night MoFo kicks off again in 2013 with a February show featuring Modhan and Candice McLeod. Details here

– The king of English trad song, Sam Lee, released his brand new video “Good Bye My Darling”. Details here

– The final artists have been added to the 2013 Port Fairy Folk FestivalTim Finn, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Jackson McLaren & The Triple Threat, Siskin River, Shaun Kirk and Alanna & Alicia Egan. Details here

Mustered Courage have announced a Thursday night residency at The Wesley Anne in Melbourne throughout February. Details here

– UK trio Daughter released their brand new video “Still” from their upcoming debut album If You Leave. Details here

– Sydney based singer-songwriter Tom Stephens is launching his 2012 EP Wintry West at the Newsagency in Sydney next Thursday. Details here

M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel are teaming up again for the forth She & Him album, Volume 3, due this May. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter De’Borah caught my attention with her beautiful new song and video “A Thousand Tongues”. Details here

Brighter Later have revealed another track from their upcoming album The Wolves, “Come and Go”. Details here

Iron and Wine have announced plans to release a brand new album, Ghost on Ghost, in April this year and are already streaming one of the tracks, “Lovers’ Revolution”. Details here

– The winners from the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards were announced and some lovely videos from the ceremony have made their way online. Details here

Passenger revealed another new track, “I’ll Be Your Man”, via a live video featuring Stu Larsen, Emma Stevens and Jack Williams. Details here


“I’m basically going to go further than I did, just a little deeper into the Memphis sound. My music’s pushing more toward a blues and a soul kind of area and I’m finding a lot more comfort in that then I did in country. I can write a country song but I grew up in the city – I’m not a big fan of cows [laughs]. I think that’s the main reason it didn’t effect me the same way that soul and blues and more urban forms of music did”Justin Townes Earle chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I suppose it depends on what kind of opportunities. What you want and how you want to live your life – everyone says that Melbourne’s the music centre of Australia and it’s just abundant, so full of people. Ed [Ammendola] from Augie March once said to me ‘Melbourne is like a fruit orchard. Melbourne’s where you grow the fruit and you have to export it – if you don’t export the fruit it’ll just go to waste'” – Jess Ribeiro from Jess Ribeiro & The Bone Collectors chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Laylam – Carthy, Hardy, Farrell, Young

Jim James
Regions of Light and Sound of GodJim James

Friend and Lover
Friend and LoverNick and Liesl
Official Site

TalkThe String Contingent

Timber and Steel Presents

Little Wise
Little Wise
Friday 1st February – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 2nd February – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Tuesday 5th February – St Kilda Live ‘n Local Festival, The Vineyard, St Kilda, VIC
Thursday 7th February – Red Lime Shack Cafe, Port Adelaide, SA
Friday 8th February – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

Gigs Next Week

AMP Alive feat. Jess Ribeiro & The Bone Collectors, Hermitude, Urthboy
Friday 1st February – Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC

Saturday 2nd February – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Sunday 3rd February – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW
Thursday 7th February – Arc, Yinnar, VIC
Friday 8th February – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Country Roads feat. Bellyache Ben and the Steamgrass Boys, The Green Mohair Suits, The River and The Road, All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 1st February – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Deer Tick with Two Gallants
Friday 8th February – The Annandale, Sydney, NSW

Don’t Mention The Wall
Saturday 2nd February – Mildura Arts Centre, Vic
Friday 8th February – Gunnedah, NSW

Justin Townes Earle with Robert Ellis
Saturday 2nd February – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 3rd February – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 5th February – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 6th February – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th February – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Kim Churchill
Friday 1st February – Melbourne Zoo Twilight Series, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd February – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Kings of Convenience
Tuesday 5th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 7th February – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage with Lachlan Bryan
Thursday 7th February – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Nick and Liesl
Saturday 2nd February – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 3rd February – Bermagui Mudworks, Bermagui, NSW
Thursday 7th February – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC

Of Monsters and Men
Tuesday 5th February – Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Rory McCleod
Friday 1st February – Fremantle Workers Club, WA
Sunday 3rd February – Divers, Broome, WA
Wednesday 6th February — Guthries, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 7th February — Briagalong Hotel, Vic
Friday 8th February – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, Vic

Ruby Boots
Friday 1st February – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 2nd February – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 3rd February – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 7th February – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 8th February – Baha Taco, Rye, VIC

Sarah Blasko
Friday 1st February – Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
Monday 4th February – Wrest Point Casino, Hobart, TAS

The April Maze
Friday 1st February – Maleny Upfront Club, Maleny, QLD
Saturday 2nd February – West End Markets, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 3rd February – Dowse Bar, Brisbane, QLD

The Wooden Music Festival feat. The Perch Creek Family Jug Band, The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, The Bearded Gypsy Band
Friday 1st February – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 2nd February – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 3rd February – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 6th February – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th February – Diggers Club, Wollongong, NSW

Tom Stephens with Joe Knott
Thursday 7th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Wes Carr
Wednesday 6th February – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 7th February – Bon Amici, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 8th February – The Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Blue Murder” – Ado Barker (Trouble in the Kitchen)

Trouble in the Kitchen’s fiddle player and sometimes vocalist Ado Barker singing a haunting a cappella version of the mining song “Blue Murder” by the late Alistair Hulett at National Folk Festival in 2010. Stunning.

Winners At the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
Image Courtesy of BBC Radio 2

UK folk’s night of nights, the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, took place in Glasgow yesterday with a number of high profile artists claiming gongs and some absolutely steller performances.

The winners from the night were as follows:

Nic Jones

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman


Broadside – Bellowhead

Blair Dunlop

Kathryn Tickell

Greg Russell & Ciaran Alger

“Lord Douglas” – Jim Moray

“Hatchlings” – Emily Portman

Billy Bragg

Roy Harper and Ali Bain

Dougie MacLean

Being the BBC we’ve also got some wonderful footage from the night including performances from Lau, Billy Bragg, Dougie MacLean and Mary Chapin Carpenter (ARIA and Channel 9 take not – this is how you record an awards show). We’ve embedded our favourites below but you can watch a whole lot more on the BBC Radio 2 Youtube Channel here.

Watch Video Highlights From the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

The Dubliners

Following on from the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards the other night the BBC has been kind enough to share all the live performances from the night on Youtube. We thought we’d help you out and put them all here in one place for your viewing pleasure. There’s so much good stuff here and we’d hate to play favourites but you can’t really go past The Dubliners (above) singing “Whisky In The Jar”. Enjoy!

Tim Edey & Brendan Power – “Wriggle & Writhe” / “Celtic Thunder”

June Tabor & Oysterband – “Fountains”

Don McLean – “Homeless Brother”

Seth Lakeman – “Blacksmith’s Prayer”

The Unthanks – “King of Rome”

Christy Moore – “On Morecambe Bay”

Martin Simpson – “Lakes Of Ponchartrain”

The Dubliners – “Dirty Old Town” / “Whisky In The Jar”

June Tabor Sweeps BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

June Tabor and Oysterband
Image Courtesy of June Tabor and Oysterband

If you’ve read any of the mainstream folk press over the last year you’ll no doubt be very familiar with the praise that June Tabor’s been receiving for her latest collaboration with Oysterband. So it probably comes as no surprise that Tabor has swept this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the most prestigious awards of their kind in the UK, taking out four categories including Folk Singer of the Year, Best Group, Best Album and Best Traditional Track.

The full list of winners from the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards are below:

June Tabor
Tim Edey & Brendan Power
June Tabor & Oysterband
Ragged Kingdom – June Tabor & Oysterband
“The Herring Girl” – Bella Hardy
“Bonny Bunch of Roses” – June Tabor & Oysterband
Lucy Ward
Tim Edey
The Home Service
The Dubliners
Don McLean
Ian Campbell
Bill Leader
Malcolm Taylor

Don McLean and The Dubliners Awarded BBC Radio 2 Lifetime Folk Awards

Don McLean
Image Courtesy of Don McLean

In the lead up to this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards two absolutely living folk legends have been honoured with lifetime achievement awards.

Don McLean, best known for his iconic pub singalong “American Pie” and the oft covered “Vincent”, and Irish trad greats The Dubliners are both being recognised at this year’s award ceremony to be held on the 8th February in the UK.

We’ll be sure to bring you all the other winners after they have been announced. Until then enjoy this slice of classic Dubliners:

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Nominees

Christy Moore
Image Courtesy of Christy Moore

The nominees for this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the UK’s most prestigious folk and traditional music awards have been announced and they once again include a few familiar faces. Jon Boden is the most recognised contributor with nominations in Folk Singer of the Year, Best Duo (for Spiers & Boden), Best Group and Best Live Act (both for Bellowhead). Other notable inclusions are Martin Simpson, Christy Moore (above) and The Unthanks.

Check out the full list of nominees below. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 8th February 2012.

Jon Boden
Jackie Oates
Emily Smith
June Tabor

Tim Edey & Brendan Power
Jonny Kearney & Lucy Farrell
Spiers & Boden
Marry Waterson & Oliver Knight

The Home Service
June Tabor & Oysterband
The Unthanks

Last – The Unthanks
Purpose & Grace – Martin Simpson
Ragged Kingdom – June Tabor & Oysterband
Saturnine – Jackie Oates

“The Herring Girl” – Bella Hardy
“Last” – Adrian McNally (performed by The Unthanks)
“On Morecambe Bay” – Kevin Littlewood (performed by Christy Moore)
“The Reckoning” – Steve Tilston

“Bonny Bunch of Roses” – June Tabor & Oysterband
“Lakes of Ponchartrain” – Martin Simpson
“Maids When You’re Young” – Lucy Ward
“Sweet Lover of Mine” – Emily Smith

Megan Henwood
Lady Maisery
Pilgrims’ Way
Lucy Ward

Andy Cutting
Tim Edey
Will Pound
Martin Simpson

The Home Service
Peatbog Faeries
The Unthanks

Sunjay Brayne
Blair Dunlop
Graham Mackenzie

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Winners

BBC 2 Folk Awards
Image Courtesy of

With a swanky ceremony last night that included performances from Donovan, Levellers, Bellowhead and more, The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards are over for another year. This year’s winners included Timber and Steel favourites Bellowhead (Best Group, Best Live Act) and Nancy Kerr & James Fagan (Best Duo) but sadly failed to recognise Laura Marling in the category of Best Original Song (for “Rambling Man”). The night also saw folk legend Donovan accept his lifetime achievement award, announced mid last month.

Head to the to hear the broadcast and see photos from the awards. The full list of winners is below (the full nominations can be found here):

Best Duo
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan

Best Traditional Track
“Poor Wayfaring Stranger” – Eliza Carthy & Norma Waterson

Best Group

Young Folk Award
Moore, Moss and Rutter

Musician of the Year
Andy Cutting

Best Original Song
“Hollow Point” – Chris Wood

Horizon Award
Ewan McLennan

Best Album
Gift – Eliza Carthy & Norma Waterson

Lifetime Achievement Award

Best Live Act

Good Tradition Award
Fisherman’s Friends

Roots Award

Folk Singer of the Year
Chris Wood

Donovan Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award

Image Courtesy of Folk Radio UK

Sixties folk-pop icon Donovan will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the UK. Donovan is best known as for his collaborations with The Beatles and also recognised as a legend on the folk scene. He has rubbed shoulders with the likes of Pete Seeger, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan throughout his amazing career.

Fisherman’s Friends have also been announced as recipients of this year’s Good Tradition Award. The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards will be presented on the 7th of February. You can find a full list nominees for the main categories here.

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