Thank Folk It’s Friday – 8th August

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The August edition of the Porch Light Sessions in Sydney will feature Betty & Oswald and Andy Golledge. Details here

– Australian country artist Aleyce Simmonds released her new video “My Life Drives Me To Drink” featuring and directed by Lachlan Bryan. Details here

– NSW Central Coast singer-songwriter Daniel Allars has announced a new EP Singing for Logs. Details here

– Melbourne alt-country duo The Mockingbird are streaming their new album This Is The Mockingbird online. Details here

– Melbourne artist HOWQUA released an amazing video for his new track “Fishing For Gold” where he plays to an empty Forum Theatre. Details here

– The 2014 Sunshine Fiddle Camp will be held in September and will feature tutoring from Casey Driessen, Ariel Friedman and George Jackson. Details here

– LA based singer-songwriter Xander Smith shared his new video “Say Anything” ahead of his upcoming visit to Australia. Details here

– The Wollombi Music Festival has a raft of folk and roots artists on its lineup this year including Claude Hay & The Gentle Enemies, The Morrisons, Shaun Kirk, Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars, Benny Walker Band, Big Erle and many more. Details here

– American fiddling genius Casey Driessen is heading to Australia this September. Details here

– New Zealand lap steel guitarist and singer-songwriter Thomas Oliver released his new video “Boy”. Details here

– We premiered the new video from Tom Stephens, “Nowhere to Roam”, to help bring awareness to Homeless Persons’ Week. Details here

– We also got to premiere the brand new Jack Carty single “The Universe” featuring Katie Noonan. Details here

– Melbourne artist Oscar Lush released his brand new track “Please Come Back Soon”. Details here

– Direwolf released his brand new video “Alone on a Hill”. Details here

– Americana-rock five-piece Olivers Army have announced details of their new album Nothing Ever Really Stays The Same. Details here

Nova & The Experience announced details of their new EP Where We Go. Details here

Missy Higgins has announced details of her new album of Australian covers, OZ. Details here

The Ellis Collective released the video for their heartbreaking new song “Black Words”. Details here

Bec Sandridge is heading overseas but left us a parting gift with her new video “Over The Sea”. Details here

– Perth musician David Craft released his beautiful new video “Smokey Lungs & Dirty Puns”. Details here

Boy & Bear have released their new video “Old Town Blues”. Details here

Interviews

“Yeah, I do try and make little licks up. I only learnt that because I loved Joni Mitchell and would just go on Youtube and watch her play guitar. People would comment “what tuning is this in” and someone would comment back with the tuning and I’d just tune my guitar to it and watch where her fingers went. That’s kind of where I learnt that side of guitar playing”Melody Pool chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Direwolf
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The Brouhaha
Smile It’s FreeThe Brouhaha
iTunes

The Company
TroubleThe Company
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Folk Informal feat. Dan and Amy, Big Smoke, Katie Wighton, Sweet Jean

Dan and Amy

For anyone who hasn’t been to The Folk Informal is a really nice regular monthly night in Sydney that I would always recommend checking out. But this month especially as they’ve outdone themselves on the lineup featuring some of Timber and Steel’s favourite up and coming artists – Dan and Amy (above), Big Smoke, Katie Wighton and Sweet Jean.

Thursday 14th August – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
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Gigs Next Week

Bob Dylan
Wednesday 13th August – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA
Thursday 14th August – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA
Friday 15th August – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA

Bree De Rome
Thursday 14th August – Dowse Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th August – Rabbit and Cocoon, Gold Coast, QLD

Busby Marou
Friday 8th August – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 9th August – Wrest Point SHowroom, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 10th August – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 14th August – Baroque, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 15th August – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT

Clare Bowditch with Adalita
Friday 8th August – Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Dan and Amy
Wednesday 13th August – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 14th August – The Folk Informal at FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Fairlight Folk Acoustic Lounge feat. Justin Bernasconi and the Dukes of Thornbury, Aaron Lyon, Laura Zarb
Saturday 9th August – William Street Studios, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 8th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th August – Happy Yess, Darwin, NT

Jep and Dep
Friday 8th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Joel Barker
Saturday 9th August – The Astor Lounge, Perth, WA

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 8th August – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 9th August – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 10th August – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Dan Waters and The Weeping Willows
Saturday 9th August – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Luke Morris
Wednesday 13th August – Marble Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 14th August – The Bucket List, Bondi, NSW

Melody Pool and Marlon Williams
Friday 8th August – St Martin’s Parish Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 9th August – No. 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 10th August – Lizotte’s, Central Coast, NSW
Tuesday 12th August – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 14th August – Ararat Hotel, Ararat, VIC
Friday 15th August – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC

Nova and the Experience
Saturday 9th August – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th August – The Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC

Porch Light Sessions feat. Betty & Oswald, Andy Golledge
Thursday 14th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Redlands Bluegrass Festival
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th August – The Kindilan Convention Centre, Redland Bay, QLD

The Beards
Friday 8th August – Spurs Saloon Bar, Devonport, TAS
Saturday 9th August – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS

The Folk Informal feat. Dan and Amy, Big Smoke, Katie Wighton, Sweet Jean
Thursday 14th August – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Tobias Hengeveld
Friday 15th August – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Tom West
Tuesday 12th August – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Vincent Cross
Friday 8th August – The Gallery, Gignet, TAS
Friday 8th August – ABC Radio, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 9th August – The Royal Yacht Club, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 10th August – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 11th August – Dear Mondays, Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 12th August – Barb’s House Concert, Melbourne, Victoria
Thursday 14th August – Sutherland Acoustic Music Club, Gymea, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th August – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club, Hornsby, NSW

Wagons
Friday 8th August – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 9th August – The Substation, Newport, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Shark Fin Blues” – Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens

This week Missy Higgins announced her new album OZ along with with releasing her version of the track “Shark Fin Blues”, orignially by The Drones (see this piece). The track is considered one of the best Australian songs ever, and I’m a little obsessed with it to be honest. I was originally introduced to “Shark Fin Blues” by Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens so I hunted out this video of them performing it live at National Folk Festival – and it turns out I was probably in the audience when this video was shot!

Watch the New Bec Sandridge Video “Over The Sea”

Bec Sandridge
Image Courtesy of Bec Sandridge

Sydney singer-songwriter Bec Sandridge has just jumped on a plane to head to Europe in order to ply her trade there for a while but she’s left us a parting gift – her brand new single and video “Over The Sea”. Directed by Will Edgar and Bec Sandridge, the video is simply stunning and the perfect accompany for this track.

Watch “Over The Sea” below:

Musical Lineup for AW14 Finders Keepers Markets Sydney This Weekend

Martha Marlow
Image Courtesy of Martha Marlow

This weekend the Autumn/Winter Finders Keepers Markets hit Sydney and as usual they have a fantastic lineup of folky musical guests to keep us entertained. If you haven’t attended a Finders Keepers Markets before you’re in for a treat – the event, held twice a year showcases the best in local and national designers and creative folk as well as a host of food trucks, music and more.

The AW14 event will take place at the Australian Technology Park on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th June and will feature music from the likes of Leroy Lee, Brian Campeau, Martha Marlow (above), Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers, Bec Sandridge, Hannah Marjorie, Boy Outside and more.

For more information on Finders Keepers check out the official site here. The full musical program is below:

Friday 6th June
6:00pm – Leroy Lee
7:00pm – Brian Campeau
8:00pm – Martha Marlow
9:00pm – Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers

Saturday 7th June
10:00am – Jack Shit (DJ)
12:00pm – Bec Sandridge
12:45pm – Hannah Marjorie
1:30pm – Boy Outside
2:30pm – DJ Dylabolical

Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2013

Listening to Records

In what is now an end of year tradition Timber and Steel are following up our own list of the top albums of 2013 with a piece that opens the floor to some of our favourite artists.

We reached out to musicians far and wide, from big international names to local up-and-comers, to get their thoughts on the best albums and EPs of the year and the result is once again incredible. If you ever wanted to know what the artists you listen to are listening to then look no further as we present to you Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2013:

Back on the MilksThomas Busby (Busby Marou)
The Starry FieldBack on the Milks
It’s almost impossible to slot this album into a genre because it covers almost all styles yet somehow it works perfectly. Mark Myers could be from another planet, because this seems to be a soundtrack from another world.

Picture of YouDarren Cross (Jep & Dep, Darren Cross Band)
Guy ClarkMy Favorite Picture of You
Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt have to be mentioned in the same sentence. The masters of the Texan Troubadour Genre- minimal powerful melodies and stories that change your mood-help you live. Townes is no longer around – Guy Clark is in his 70s, his songs getting stronger and more powerful. These guys wrote the rule book. Guy Clark’s latest album is amazing. In a world of autotune – Racscal Flatts / Taylor Swift mediocrity – a true country artist without any of the rhinestone cowboy bullshit is still alive and kicking and relevant and still breaking our hearts. I dare you to listen to “My Favorite Picture of You” or “Hell Bent On A Heartache” and not feel something. A true Inspiration.

Sam AmidonDevon Leger (Hearth Music)
Sam AmidonBright Sunny South
Because Sam Amidon is the most visionary folk artist of his generation. He understands musical traditions deep into his bones, and though he goes very far afield in his interpretations, he’s so grounded in the traditions that his experimentation serves as a vehicle to delve farther into the source material than ever before. He’s an uncompromising artist that reminds me again why I love folk music.

Melody PoolKristy Cox
Melody PoolThe Hurting Scene
The Hurting Scene has to be one of the most amazing debut releases of an Australian artist in a long time. It’s an album that more often than not touches on the topics of hurt and sadness – yet a notion of positivity shines through each of the songs. Melody’s vocals are shine on each track, however it’s her lyrics and the melody in each song that draw you in so you have to keep on listening! By far my favourite release of 2013! This girl is amazing!

Tiny RuinsOscar Lush
Tiny RuinsHaunts
For me, this six track EP has more depth and honesty than any other full length album of 2013. Tiny Ruins is the moniker of UK born, New Zealand based, singer-songwriter Hollie Fullbrook. Following up from her 2011 album Some Were Meant For Sea, the Haunts EP is a beautifully flowing fusion of modern folk, jazz and old-school country blues. Fullbrook’s rich and captivating vocals roll so smoothly over her laid back picking style as she draws you further and further into the veil of fog that hovers over this charming collection of songs. What I love most about Haunts is the way it pays tribute to so many traditional styles, from the Townes Van Zandt style of guitar on “Cold Comfort” to Fullbrook’s flawless cover of “Rolling Mill Blues”, yet I fail to compare the sound of Tiny Ruins to anything else because it’s also completely of its own world. I promise that this one really is worth all of your time.

Daft PunkKim Churchill
Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
Whilst I’ve been dancing around possible answers in my head I really have to go for one which I’ve barely stopped playing since I bought it. I know the whole world seems to have been won over, but Random Access Memories by Daft Punk has been my favourite album this year. It has such respect for music and its evolution over the past 50 years. It also has most of my favourite session players from as far back as the 60’s as well. Using drummers like JR Robinson and Omar Hakim and experimenting with things like Gorgio Moroder’s monologue over the top of those drums was incredible. Its the kind of music I dream of hearing and the ultimate experimentation in excess. Over a million dollars, 5 years the best studios and session players in the world and the occasional full orchestral and choir movements! Finally though, what mainly draws me to an album is the songs. Though I never thought I would look to Daft Punk for inspiration, the songwriting is really exquisite. Particularly the Paul Williams collaboration, “Touch’.

StreetsMike McCarthy
Isaac de HeerStreets
I am a huge fan of Isaac De Heer, his records are on high rotation here. On Streets Isaac continues on this well built path of unorthodox folk songwriting. Again, as on his previous two records, the production captures his quirky approach to writing and performing music. The melodies are strong, the lyrics are the kind you want to pore over and try to understand. Every broken piano sound and haunting backing vocal has it’s place in a very well thought out and enjoyable EP.

The PreaturesAshleigh Mannix
The PreaturesIs This How You Feel?
I cannot tell you how may times I have listened to this EP since it’s release. Its absolute killer first single “Is This How You Feel?” still has me shamelessly breaking out in dance wherever and whenever I hear it. I actually cannot stop myself! The entire EP is filled with a catalogue of influences – Fleetwood Mac, Prince and Neil Young are a few that I immediately note. Yet at the same time, The Preatures have their own captivating sound that I personally cannot get enough of. Listening to female lead, Isabella Manfredi’s voice makes me want to put on my LBD and leather jacket and paint the town red. While the lead vocals of Gideon Benson in “Dark Times” leaves me completely devastated that I’m not single … It’s funny where music can take you. Is This How You Feel? is the sound of a band doing what they do, and doing it fecking well!

Jim JamesIsaac de Heer
Jim JamesRegions of Light and Sound of God
A couple of years back I was struck by the Yim Yames EP Tribute To which is a collection of George Harrison songs – I loved how rushed the recording sounded, full of pure longing blasted into its delivery. I hadn’t heard anything about the Regions… album but bought it on a whim when I was wandering through Polyester Records, judging from the strength of that EP. What I found was a real grower with a gospel sorta vibe, mixed with huge drum sounds and wonderful imaginative lyrics and soundscapes. The whole album has a naivety and innocence about it that is captivating, flowing from song to song effortlessly, with a great instrumental track halfway through that lets it breathe. It’s well worth a few listens!

Stolen ViolinMark Myers (The Starry Field)
Stolen ViolinTemperate touch, Tropical Tears
I don’t listen to much music outside of the studio but I spent a lot of time with this album. It might not be everyone’s thing with it’s lofi guitars and hard to hear lyrics but I had tears in my eyes by the end of it.

Jimi HendrixJustin Thurgur (Bellowhead)
Jimi HendrixPeople, Hell and Angels
My album for 2013 is Jimi Hendrix’s People, Hell and Angels a previously unreleased studio album that was supposed to be the follow up to Electric Ladyland. This album is full of refreshingly strong, raw, bluesy songs with a healthy funk influence played by instrumentalists who are true virtuosos and unafraid of expressing themselves. The soul pours out of these recordings.

Keston Cobblers ClubRachael McShane – (Bellowhead)
Keston Cobblers’ ClubA Scene of Plenty
This sounds like a really fun band to be in! The rich instrumentation featuring tuba, squeeze-box, banjo, strings, percussion and vocals, coupled with catchy melodies and massed group vocals on the song “Beam” make you want to sing along, put on your dancing shoes and join the party. Keston Cobblers’ Club have a very refreshing DIY attitude to recording and packaging. They designed their CD case as a train set with cut-out-and-stick trains, tents and animals. Well worth checking out their videos on YouTube too.

Jimi HendrixBenji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead)
Jimi HendrixPeople, Hell and Angels
I would have to say People, Hell and Angels by Jimi Hendrix is my favourite album of 2013. The reasons being I’m a massive Hendrix fan and although there’s nothing really very new on this release it’s a great collection of Hendrix tunes and displays his fluid mastery of the guitar very well. Also some nice cameos from the likes of Stephen Stills and Lonnie Youngblood. Essential stuff for us Hendrix geeks.

Midnight Follows MeJulian Cue (The Barons of Tang)
BJ MorriszonkleMidnight Follows Me
Ridiculous and beautiful, this album is essentially the mad ramblings of a one man band let loose in a studio. I love the every changing and complex compositions, demented keyboard sounds and the delicate balance between “tongue in cheek” and sincerity. Also it seems to me that BJ Morriszonkle is one of the finest male vocalists / crooners playing around at the moment. His voice makes this album. 5 out of 5 exploding cakes

Vance JoyWoody Pitney
Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
Since first hearing a demo of “Riptide” in 2012, i’ve been a big fan of VJ’s music and his debut EP didn’t disappoint! James Keogh has a killer voice and there isn’t a dull moment throughout the entire 5-track EP. All of the songs are beautifully written, yet simple enough to have you singing along after one listen. With catchy melodies, slinky ukelele strumming and powerful storytelling, it’s clear to see why people compare the great man to the likes of Paul Kelly and Bernard Fanning.

Vic ManuelScott Collins (The Mid North)
Vic ManuelBury Me Deep
Vic Manuel is someone you probably would not have heard of……yet. ‘Bury Me Deep’ is his first solo album and it is a cracker. A melding of folk, old-time and Americana, with lyrics that are as good as Leonard Cohen and Dylan. He can rip your heart out and have you horny as a hound in a matter of a few words. There are road trip songs, ballads, bluegrass toe tappers and dark tales from older days. The song ‘Oh Mother’ will have the hardest of you shedding tears. As a songwriter myself, i hold Vic in awe. I am amazed by him and a little bit (ummm…..whole lot) envious of his talent, he is quite simply Brilliant.

Vance JoyThelma Plum
Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
Because it makes me feel sad, but good sad.

Liz StringerCara Robinson (Hat Fitz and Cara)
Liz StringerSoon
I actually have been listening to the album Soon by Liz Stringer with its powerful tales of personal experiences written so poetically that grasps my attention every time it is played. With its beautiful delicate and honest intent it is a raw masterpiece. I love this.

Abbe MayEli Wolfe
Abbe MayKiss My Apocalypse
A diverse and experimental artist from WA, with quite few different releases. This album evokes an intense feel, from a strong and highly expressive woman – cathartic in love and release – in a lemon juice squeezed on a paper cut kinda way.

Chance McCoyJimmy Daley (The Morrisons)
Chance McCoy & The Appalachian String BandChance McCoy & The Appalachian String Band
I love old time music and this album by Chance McCoy & The Appalachian String Band is packed full of it. The newest member of Old Crow (replacing Willie Watson), and educator of Old Time Music at The Augusta Heritage Centre, West Virginia, Chance McCoy really knows his stuff. He is an amazing old time fiddle and banjo player with a really sweet sounding voice to top it of. The collection of tunes here feature some of my favourite old time numbers like “Lazy John”, “Greasy Coat”, “Little Birdie” and “Gospel Plow”, while also introducing me to some great tunes I had never heard before, like “Davy Come Back and Act Like You Ought To”. That’s the thing about old time music, it’s an endless well of incredible songs, I don’t think I’ll ever stop digging through them. With fantastic playing and singing, this album has a more slick sound that what you usually get with old time music and in that sense would be a great introduction for someone looking to get into this genre.

CapercaillieEddi Reader
CapercaillieAt The Heart of it All
This is a beautiful traditional album using the tradition and bringing it right up to date. Karen is one of my favourite Scottish vocalists and this album is class as is their live performances. A little bit of Scotland for your ears.

Josh PykeChris Collins (Tigertown)
Josh PykeThe Beginning and the End of Everything
One of the best song writers that we have in Australia, Josh has been a major influence on our music since the start. All four albums are filled with honest stories so it’s cool to be able to follow someone through different stages of their life. For a fourth album, this one seems to have a certain youthfulness and energy to it, which could come from having a toddler running around in this record. It’s a very Australian sounding record which is something we love and would love to harness ourselves one day. This album makes you excited about love, life and family.

Bobby AluBrianne Curran (Takadimi)
Bobby AluTake it Slow
Refreshing, groovy and chilled out all in one. Bobby Alu’s album of 2013 just makes you feel like having a great day!

Melody PoolKevin Mitchell (Bob Evans)
Melody PoolThe Hurting Scene
This is an insanely good debut album. The lyrics and songwriting are so good it’s hard to believe they come from a someone of such a tender age. The production is subtle and honest and Melody’s voice is weighty and substantial. She must be an old soul or something. I can’t get enough of this album.

Katie BriannaAndrew Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates (The Weeping Willows)
Katie BriannaDark Side of the Morning
Katie’s voice will instantly capture you but it’s her lyrics that will hold you; one part heartbreak, two parts introspection, a dash of sass and one hundred percent original. Her tone may evoke some of the greats (Iris DeMent, Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffith, Kasey Chambers…) but Katie holds her own and her album packs a punch. It’s definitely one of those rare finds you can appreciate from beginning to end without any temptation to reach for the “skip” button. Dark Side of the Morning is Americana at its best; at times dark and moody, other times hopeful, even audacious. Our favourite tracks are “What It Means”, “Dark Side of the Morning” and the vulnerable last track, “Risk it All”.

The VaccinesAndrew Davie (Bear’s Den)
The VaccinesMelody Calling
I bloody love this EP. We recently had the honour of touring with The Vaccines on the Mumford and Sons Full English Tour and we just had the best time. An amazing group of people and an incredible band. We listened to this EP religiously in the van between shows and I constantly had “Melody Calling” and “Everybody’s Gonna Let You Down” stuck in my head. Freddie’s guitar parts are so unconventional and interesting and the chord progressions and band dynamics flow in such a beautiful and unpredictable kind of way. It’s an incredibly inspiring piece of work and Justin’s songwriting has always been brilliant but just keeps getting better and better.

Kurt VileJordan Wilson and Benjamin Riley (Georgia Fair)
Kurt VileWakin’ on a Pretty Daze
It’s a beautiful sounding record. He’s a cool cat and has been a favourite of ours for a while. It’s a great record to get you through whatever you’ve been dealt, especially when combined with wine and cigarettes in your lounge room.

0Roscoe James Irwin
Ichiko Aoba0
A super beautiful (if not odd) collection of tracks from this Japanese alt/folk singer-songwriter. It’s strikingly bare, but really intimate as a result. You feel like you’re there with her, listening to her play her songs in your bedroom. The classically inspired nylon string guitar parts, mixed with Ichiko’s etherial vocal melodies create something really unique and honest, (even though I have no idea what she’s singing about). Track 8, “Haru Natsu Aki Fuyu” is a standout.

Ghost BoyGregory Alan Isakov
Sanders BohlkeGhost Boy
Beautiful and dark electric landscapes behind songs that make you dream, and remember how important music is.

The DronesMark “Looch” Lewis (Handsome Young Strangers)
The DronesI See Seaweed
This band is so far ahead of the pack it scares me. I didn’t think the Drones could top their last album Havilah – but they have. Gareth Lilliard’s lyrics slowly weave into your brain as always whilst the delivery and more specifically the passion in the delivery still kills me everytime. The final track “Why Write A Letter That You’ll Never Send” (all 9 minutes of it) is stunning. The best album from 2013 from Australia’s best band. Simple really.

Anna CalviBity Booker
Anna CalviOne Breath
Anna did not start singing until she was in her mid twenties. Now she is singing her hearth out. Her songs explode like colour onto a canvas. She slowly draws the listener into her world. Her guitar is like a voice, sometimes a weep, sometimes a laugh. This album makes me feel close to the beautiful beast she has within.

Josh PykeJackson McLaren
Josh PykeThe Beginning And The End Of Everything
(Ok I might be a bit biased but it’s a great album!). Josh sets the bar high and this record is an absolute cracker. Grappling poetically with legacy and morality. The BIG themes! Beautiful harmonies and clever arrangements. It sounds like Josh is having fun and that’s what I like about it.

Katy PerryGemini Downs
Katy PerryPrism
Yes I know we’re in an indie band and our taste is music is meant to be all indie and alternative – and primarily it is – but everyone has their guilty pleasures, right? For what it’s worth – chuckling at the new “Roar” film clip, feeling creative when looking at the fairyland live sets that this chick pulls off and winding up the windows in the car in order to sing along as loudly as possible was enough to bring Katy Perry to the top of the pile. Plus she got dumped by a tonne of record labels before she cracked it which makes her success all the more impressive.

Cloud ControlJosh Pyke
Cloud ControlDream Cave
I love Cloud Control, and this record really saw them push themselves, whilst still remaining true to the almost primitive innocence that their music captures for me. Al’s voice has taken on a strangled desperation in some songs that makes the whole thing a lot tougher in a very engaging way. Love it.

Sam AmidonBayden Hine (Packwood)
Sam AmidonBright Sunny South
An artist who’s work I’d been meaning to listen to for a few years dropped into my lap when I was asked to support his Australian tour earlier this year. I couldn’t have been happier! His albums are effortlessly beautiful, and his live set all the more so. Sam Amidon reworks American trad tunes from way back when into his own brand of contemporary folk. On his previous two albums he paired up with one of my favourite composers Nico Muhly (Grizzy Bear, Jonsi, Sufjan Stevens), but on Bright Sunny South he mirrored his live set – recording with minimal instrumentation as well as a few guest accompanists (most notably Jazz trumpet legend Kenny Wheeler – so, so cool). The winning track for me is “As I Roved Out” – my favourite choice for singing along to in the car when stuck in traffic. Freaks people out every time!

Christy MooreDamien Dempsey
Christy MooreWhere I Come From
A legendary Irish folk singer. 45 tracks that he wrote or had a hand in. An incredible album full of human spirit and empathy and stories and wisdom and humour, Christy is everything I aspire to be as a singer, a great role model, check out “Viva La Quint Brigada”, “Johnny Connors”, “The Boy from Tamlaghtduff”, “Lisdoonvarna”, “Whacker Humphries” or “Strange Ways”. Sublime.

The NationalIsaac Graham
The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
My brother bought me Trouble Will Find Me for my birthday this year. On his way to buy it he fell off his push bike and fractured his wrist in two places and ended up in hospital for a few days. He was all fine but the whole incident totally overshadowed my birthday. Fortunately he’d bought me such a great present so I forgave him. I’ve always had a passing interest in The National but for me this album is the perfect combination great songwriting, considered progressions, beautiful arrangements and flawless production. Not a bad song on the whole thing.

John SmithGibson Bull
John SmithGreat Lakes
There is something very honest about John’s music. You get the feeling he really believes in the songs he sings. This is certainly the case with Great Lakes. A beautiful album.

Sam BuckinghamHeyMun
Sam BuckinghamI’m A Bird
An album that tickles the senses with its dreamy folk-sical setting whilst hitting the high notes of honesty is one of the valiant traits of Sam as a musician. If she’s in love Oh, Bahbo she’ll say it’s so. If she’s got to Leave This Town, she will, but not without a song. A spirited gem in the indie music scene here in Australia, her recent live performance of this album when on tour with Buffalo Tales was a beautiful delivery of tunes that draws smiles on faces.

Kacey MusgravesFanny Lumsden
Kacey MusgravesSame Trailer Different Park
It surprised me how much I love this album so “trying to be a cool indie kid” wont fly this year for me as it’s a major label country pop album that has done it. It’s my hell yeah to “small town up-bringings” and overall is just a really well crafted album that lyrically has the right percentage of sass, apple pie and trailer parks. (Also I have serious caravan plans so it teams with the theme).

Vampire WeekendRoland K Smith
Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
I’ve been pretty slack at keeping up with new music this year, but I’m okay with that, the good stuff I missed will find its way to me eventually. One record I did enjoy was Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City. The too-cool-for-school Indie rockers seem to have made the jump out of ironic subject matter and into more emotionally effective territory. I think it works for them. The production’s great too – mixing hard blues with vocal pitch shifters in “Diane Young”, the harpsichord is put to good use in album highlight “Step”, and industrial percussion in “Obvious Bicycle”. I’ll get around to listening to more new music once Bob Dylan stops releasing his excellent Bootleg series.

Big ScaryLittle May
Big ScaryNot Art
This is an album that I can listen to on repeat for hours on end, and it reminds me of staying up until 4am drawing and drinking red wine. It is a collection of beautiful songs produced perfectly with everything in it’s rightful place.

Rhye WomanBec Sandridge
RhyeWoman
Great title, magical album cover, a beyond brilliant opening track and sob-worthy film clips. Being a sucker for tales of heartbreaking romances, understated vocal melodies and gentle synths, this Canadian duo definitely have my vote. They had me like a fool playing “Open” on repeat for weeks. (Note: I may very-well still be sobbing and smiling and listening to this track whilst typing this).

VasenGeorge Jackson (The Company)
VäsenMindset
Swedish super group Väsen have produced a new album this year featuring their trademark melodic invention and effortless virtuosity, it’s simultaneously modern while still tradition based, balancing on that fine line, like they always do, with ease. The Fiddle, Nyckelharpa and Guitar trio offers unending creativity of textures throughout the album, defying their seemingly minimal lineup, and of course, there’s plenty of Polska’s to get your feet tapping to. These guys are simply, brilliant. I’ve had Mindset on repeat in my car and on my computer and have even learnt four of the tunes already. If you haven’t heard Väsen, do yourself a favor, this is a good place to start. If you know and love them already, this new offering is another classic.

Frank SolivanMustered Courage
Frank Solivan and Dirty KitchenFrank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
This album has everything we appreciate in modern bluegrass. Flawless three part harmonies and the kind of virtuosic pickin’ that makes you wanna sell your shit on eBay, or work a lot harder. The band has a unique and modern take of bluegrass, while still maintaining integrity to the tradition.

Buffalo TalesPerch Creek Family Jugband
Buffalo TalesRoadtrip Confessions
We first had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with Wes (aka Mr Buffalo Tales) at Wintermoon Folk Festival in May this year. Great voice, great guy, great songs, great performer, and (you guessed it) great album! It’s a gold mine of catchy, rootsy folk gems that always end up stuck in our heads!

Volcano ChoirMatthew Oastler (Little Bighorn)
Volcano ChoirReprave
I thought my fascination/addiction to anything Justin Vernon did hadn’t carried over when I first listened to Repave by The Volcano Choir, however his genius, and the emotions that come with it are slow burning. It has now been the only thing I’ve listened to for 3 months, and I hear something new every time. It feels a lot more anthemic and hopeful than any of his previous works. Only a special few can make you feel like Vernon does, and this album is a classic example.

CirclesLachlan Bryan
Chris PickeringCircles
I got to know Chris on the road in the USA and each night he quietly blew me away with not only his songs, but the way he played and sang them. His music is subtle – delicate but nourishing – filled with the warmth and self-deprecation that are trademarks of his live performance. Whenever Circles comes on my iPod I am reminded that CP is a proper artist, and I can’t imagine paying a fellow songwriter a greater compliment. Bravo Sir!

Kurt VileEdward Deer
Kurt VileWakin’ on a Pretty Daze
Whenever I describe Kurt Vile’s music to someone, I manage to make it sound like something to be avoided. Really long, meandering songs with numerous guitar solos and a guy mumble-singing in almost a monotone. But the textures and atmosphere in his music are so rich and evocative. I kept coming back to this record this year, and it has to be one of my fave driving albums ever.

Volcano ChoirImogen Clark
Volcano ChoirReprave
I’ve never found another artist whose songwriting moves me quite as much as Justin Vernon of Volcano Choir and Bon Iver, which is why I couldn’t wait for this album’s release. I think the best songs often take a couple of listens before you say “yes, I get it, and I love it”, which is what happens to me every time I listen to a project Vernon has been a part of. In Repave, the vocals are so raw and the dynamics so great that it just builds you up and tears you down in a kind of frenzy of emotion. To me, the album sounds like how I imagine listening to someone’s soul would sound – completely pure, heart-wrenching, honest, complex and unpredictable. That’s why I think this record is magic.

Loren KateSarah Humphreys
Loren KateMoving On
Loren is a folk artist like no other, her songs punch me right in the heart til I’m crying my eyes out and her voice is like honey. A beautiful record.

Neko CaseAchoo! Bless You
Neko CaseThe Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
We’ve both been huge fans of Neko Case for a few years, in particular her ’06 album Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, what an album. This record is just awesome as well. Her voice is beautiful as usual, and her lyrics are bad ass! “Man” is a particular fave. She writes absolute cracking pop songs, and the production of her records are always really rich and lush. I particularly love the edgier kind of grit and distortion that features a fair bit on this one, Neko gettin’ back to her punk roots via whimsical pop. So good!

Ainslie WillsAlison Avron
Ainslie WillsYou Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine
This record gives me all I need in music: tingles and toe taps. The subtle and sexy grooves combined with the beautiful and rich tone of Ainslie’s vocals get me every time. “Weighing The Promises” and “Liquid Paper” are the standout tracks for me. Miss Wills is representing everything that is right about the Australian music scene.

NgaiireSam Buckingham
NgaiireLamentations
I can’t quite say why I love this album. I think it’s a combination of her voice, interesting production and the fact that it’s not like anything I’ve listened to before. It feels experimental but perfectly thought out, bold but humble, surprising but familiar … truly creative and original.

DaughterHayden Calnin
DaughterIf You Leave
I played this album on repeat for the few weeks after hearing it for the first time. It’s depressing, but motivating, which is totally my kind of jam. Stand out track was, and still is “Smother”, with the lyric “I wish I’d stayed inside my mother, never to come out” it pretty much sums up the whole album. Daughter’s blend of shoegazey guitar lines, slow bass and simple, yet well composed drum lines, matched up with her gorgeous vocals and lyrics, is so mature, intricate and worth a listen.

Ainslie WillsAll Our Exes Live In Texas
Ainslie WillsYou Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine
The vocals and arrangements are incredible and Ainslie’s lyrics are so evocative. We particularly love “Liquid Paper” – such a universal sentiment. We listened to the entire album about a million times in the van on the way back to Sydney after we played a show with her in Melbourne. She also happens to be an amazingly good egg.

Mark KnopflerThe April Maze
Mark KnopflerPrivateering
This is actually a 2012 release but we only just discovered it … So it is new to us! A friend of ours who had toured with Mark Knopfler made us a mix CD for our Canadian tour and one of his songs was on there – we loved it, so we went online and bought the rest of the album. It is fantastic. It really takes you on a journey – lots of ups and downs and there are lots of goosebump moments. Our favourite tracks are “Haul Away” and “Kingdom of Gold” – these songs are super folky, just the way we like it. The production and instrumentation are spot on. This is a truly inspirational album for any songwriter. 100 stars.

JoJo SmithLucie Thorne
JoJo SmithStanding In The Lovelight
When it comes to soul not much beats being in the same room as JoJo Smith singing straight in to your heart. But this mighty collection – from one of our mightiest vocalists – comes pretty darn close. A national treasure!

Abbe MaySweet Jean
Abbe MayKiss My Apocalypse
Abbe May’s album is a blistering synth pop romp that takes you through all the ups and downs of imploding love. One of the many great things about this album is that she doesn’t “tell you about her feelings”. Instead, every song actually makes you feel something as a listener, which can be both uncomfortable and uplifting. It’s a funny, dark, smart, poignant and really well put together album.

The NationalEmily Barker
The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
I picked up this record just before heading out on a solo tour across the UK. It was a beautiful summer and I was driving myself around the country doing record shop in-stores and promoting our new record. Trouble Will Find Me quickly became my driving soundtrack. The songs are fantastic. Brilliant lyrics: a combination of abstract, ironic, heartfelt and just plain silly sometimes (ie. “I was teething on roses, I was in guns and noses”). I love the effortlessly, out-of-the-ordinary time signatures they use; the epic, but still intimate, production value; the melodies and arrangements; and Matt Berninger’s croonery, deep voice is always killer. A great record to drive to!

LordeRosie Catalano
LordePure Heroine
Given that we’re in an age where number one singles are as much about taking bootylicious selfies as writing good music, it took me a while to figure out how Lorde managed to dominate the Billboard charts, especially as my initial listen to her album Pure Heroine didn’t register highly on the excitement scale. I’ve happily eaten my words since then as Lorde and her producer Joel Little are a match made in heaven – the harmonies are beautiful, her lyrics take me to another world (albeit a teen world that I’m not sure I’d like to go back to), and I have a soft spot for Kiwis.

Mali MaliJack Carty
Mali MaliGather ’round the Goose Clock
I love this record because it feels anxious and intimate and fragile. The songs are strong, and tell their stories, but they go about it quietly so you really have to tune in to catch them. “Peace In My Chest” is the highlight for me, it feels like an affirmation.

Vance JoyPierce Brothers
Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
Since seeing him at The Hills Are Alive festival earlier this year, we picked up this EP. It’s a soulful and beautifully paced EP with awesome range from the indie pop rhythms of “Riptide” to the heartfelt and intimate lyrics of “Snaggletooth”. The crescendo in “From Afar” is our favourite. Well done sir. Well done indeed.

PikeletRose Wintergreen
PikeletCalluses
Entrancing from the very first listen (start with the track “Calluses”), this album still tickles my brain in unexpected and exciting ways. I’m not sure I understand it, but it’s unlike anything else I’ve heard, and I keep going back for more. YES!

Mark MoldreJessica Cassar (Jep & Dep)
Mark MoldreAn Ear To The Earth
If Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and Jeff Tweedy were pushed out to sea in a rickety old boat they’d come up with something like this. Mark Moldre’s An Ear to the Earth is a boisterous yet soulful musical journey worth the fare. You’ll be stomping and crying and laughing, and if you’re lucky to catch Moldre live, you’ll be doing all three with a whiskey in hand.

PowerlinesBeth Stephen (The Little Stevies)
Mustered CouragePowerlines
I’m a sucker for great harmonies and catchy melodies, and Mustered Courages’ album Powerlines has both, so I’m a big fan. Powerlines was produced by Jimi Maroudas, who also produced our first album Love Your Band. And for me it ticks all the boxes of a great album. The songs remind me of those off Foggy Highway, by Paul Kelly and The Stormwater Boys; strong and well-constructed, front and centre. Followed secondly by great musicianship and vocal harmony to present the full kick-ass package. And although their musicianship is apparent, luckily for these talented lads their songs don’t need to be dressed up head to toe in an overkill of instrumental licks to try and hide a weak song, but instead have successfully shown off their musicianship when it counts and in a very tasteful way. When I listen to the album I hear it as a collection of great pop songs first, and secondly as a bluegrass album. And in my opinion I think that’s clever, and the sign of good bunch of songwriters. There’s also nothing more impressive than when a group can reproduce an already top-notch studio album to an even higher standard live, and that’s what Mustered Courage can do. It’s a tasteful album, one of great energy and diversity in mood and who sings the lead on each song, and I recommend a listen to anyone who calls themselves a music lover.

ArcWhitaker
Everything EverythingArc
The perfect sophomore release, Arc built on all that was good about Everything Everything’s punchy, dramatic and down-right enviable musical style presented by their debut album three years prior. It’s the kind of record we listen to and think “Man, how did they do this? How can we do this?” as we listen through every track on repeat. Incredible production – good luck topping that one boys (they will)!

Vance JoyMark Wilkinson
Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
Emotive vocals and great songs. “Riptide” has obviously been huge, but the rest of the EP really stands up as well.

AgapeCastlecomer
Bear’s DenAgape
Bear’s Den produce an organic brand of music that resonates in its beautiful and powerful simplicity. Disarmingly honest lyrics accompany soaring and often haunting melodies backed by 3-part harmonies, and there are obvious folk influences to their songwriting. These guys are a must-see live act, and seem to be going from strength to strength, recently following up in magnificent style with their new EP Without/Within. There is an unassuming and captivating charm in this EP that is hard to resist.

HaimImogen Bel
HAIMDays Are Gone
There seemed to be a lot of highly anticipated releases this year, and for whatever reason, I missed out on a lot of them! One band that caught my attention early on however, was HAIM. This is a really solid album – so many hooks jam packed into each song, both melodically and rhythmically. I love that these girls obviously love pop music, but they play around with structures and mix things up to keep it fresh and surprising. They are obviously very accomplished musicians but they never let it get in the way of creating fun, interesting pop music. Standout tracks: “The Wire”, “Don’t Save Me”, “Go Slow” (no filler on this album though!).

Steal The LightKyle Vause (The Timbers)
The Cat EmpireSteal The Light
This is my favorite Cat Empire album to date. I seriously can’t fault this album, every song is a winner. My top three tracks off this album are “Still Young”, “Open Up Your Face” and probably the first single “Brighter Than Gold”.

Lucy WiseNigel Wearne
Lucy Wise & The B’GolliesWhen We Wander Far From Home
It makes me very happy to nominate this album as my favourite for 2013. The first time I heard Lucy Wise, I was struck by the originality and honesty of her songwriting. There are so many layers at work in this ten song offering. She’s included songs about organic farming and broken families, sailing, family connections, sculpture gardens and even Google Earth! Three members of the B’Gollies double in their own right as The Sting Contingent and they, with Mischa Herman on accordion, bring sophistication and tastefully woven arrangements to Lucy’s beautiful songs. “Lay of the Land” and “Mother’s Song” are stand-out tracks. A slow-burner that keeps giving.

InnocentsKate Martin
MobyInnocents
This was difficult to narrow down so I’ll say that ONE of my favourite LPs of 2013 is Innocents by Moby. Seven of the twelve tracks are collabs, it’s nice cross-pollination. The highlight track for me is a very moving instrumental called “Going Wrong”.

Step BrothersAidan Cooney (Boy Outside)
PalmsStep Brothers
A vehicle back to care free summers that lasted for ever. Yes that feeling. Play loud! Jump around aimlessly. Throw shapes at friends. A real shot in the arm. This shit works.

Josh PykeDan Acfield (Dan and Hannah Acfield)
Josh PykeThe Beginning And The End Of Everything
I must admit that although I’ve been listening to lots of music that’s new to me this year, most of it was not actually released this year! However, I have been enjoying Josh Pyke’s recent release The Beginning and End of Everything. After watching Josh Pyke perform tunes from this album from side of stage earlier in the year, I went home and immediately purchased the album. It’s deliciously folk-pop with that special (but evolved) Josh flavour which is quite difficult to not enjoy.

Josh RitterJack McNeill and Charlie Heys
Josh RitterThe Beast in Its Tracks
Josh Ritter has always been a favourite listen, he seems to grow more subtly insightful with each new album. A thoughtfully connected collection with the ghost of the Golden Age of Radio walking quietly through it. Ritter has the knack of catching you off-guard, gifted with a quiet wit, a sharper tongue than most and a real eye for the detail.

Warp and WeftEmma Davis
Laura VeirsWarp and Weft
Laura Veirs makes me happy. In fact, I think I would go as far as saying, I love her. Her unique way of phrasing things, her incredible ability to put into words the way that nature effects us, the delicate but interesting production- I couldn’t get enough. Laura’s newest release, Warp and Weft once again seems to deliver that Veirs-y charm that I have grown fond of. It is definitely a more mature album than Saltbreakers and the slightly Fleet-Foxy previous album July Flame. Some of the tracks are a little rockier with the beefy sounds of her Gibson shining through, and the arrangements are loaded full of weird and wonderful instruments, but the songs don’t seem to get lost at any point. Every little thing has its place and works together to carry her strong melodies and endearing way with words. As with her past releases, the album works well as a entire composition, so a little listening time is needed to start appreciating the tracks separately, but I think it makes this record a real grower. Overall, it’s a beautiful and carefully produced album that seems to communicate the warmth of nature and our place in it, so darn well.

Melt Yourself DownJoe Gould (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
Melt Yourself DownMelt Yourself Down
This debut is most original album I heard all year, a mix of electronics and afrobeat that is dark and danceable. Saturated sax riffs and tribal drums collide and make me feel euphoric that there’s still sounds out there I haven’t heard. What a great feeling to evoke in a listener!

LuxGordon Wallace (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
AfenginnLux
My album pick of 2013 is Lux by Danish band Afenginn. I have been a fan of the band’s “bastard ethnopunk” for a while now and their back catalog is well worth checking out. Lux is their latest offering and has quite a chilled out/ambient vibe and the most amazing fold-the-cd-digipak-into-a-lantern I have ever seen! Last year we realized we would cross paths at a festival in Sweden, so met Kim the main composer and became friends. The outcome of that is that they will be in Sydney playing at the Basement on the 16th January and Crooked Fiddle are lucky enough to be playing support! A great success of cross-continental mutual musical appreciation!

Big ScaryMark Leahy The Twoks
Big ScaryNot Art
After listening to Not Art I cannot help but walk around with a bounce in my step. This album is so confident, so diverse, so intricate and yet really simple. Fantastic production and really great songwriting. The performances have such dark commitment and awesome personality about them that I cannot help but love it.

Lucy WiseEmily-Rose Sarkova (Chaika)
Lucy Wise & The B’GolliesWhen We Wander Far From Home
I would say Lucy Wise’s newest album, When We Wander Far From Home. Her incredibly personal way of writing songs seems to capture so perfectly the very small delicate goings on of everyday life as well as the touching poignantly on deep environmental and social issues. All in a collection of songs that are truly beautiful and you cannot help but want to sing along with her.

The HeistCJ Shaw (CJ Shaw and the Blow Ins)
I have two:
Big ScaryNot Art
Beautiful and purposeful. Every nook and cranny of this album has been sculpted with the up most of care.
Macklemore and Ryan LewisThe Heist
A powerhouse. Big sound, big ego, big belief, big purpose. It is big and wonderful, makes you think and groove. It enlights and inspires.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 18th October

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Lachlan Bryan will be touring his new album Black Coffee from tomorrow night. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Gosti has revealed her latest single “Charlie”. Details here

– Australian-born, English-based singer-songwriter Emily Barker has revealed her new single “Ghost Narrative”. Details here

– Legendary Scottish trad group The Battlefield Band are returning to Australia for a national tour this November. Details here

– The new album from The Avett Brothers is out today and they’ve also got a brand new clip for the track “Another is Waiting”. Details here

– The debut single from Newcastle based singer-songwriter Imogen Bel is really sweet and features Elana Stone on backing vocals and accordion. Details here

Jordie Lane has a brand new video for his single “Here She Comes” ahead of his massive national tour. Details here

– The new album from James Vincent McMorrow, Post Tropical, will be released in Australia two months before anywhere else in the world. Details here

– And the first single from James Vincent McMorrow’s Post Tropical, “Cavalier”, was also revealed this week. Details here

The Perch Creek Family Jugband have released “Big Things Calling”, their first ever official video clip. Details here

The Festival of Small Halls brings folk music to the country halls of Australia. In November and December Jordie Lane and Rose Cousins will head out for the first tour. Details here

heart.beats.mind. is the brand new acoustic pop duo project from Sydney based singer songwriters Elle May and Jordan Millar and they’ve just released their first video for “Our Song”. Details here

– The Newtown Festival has announced its musical lineup for 2013 including plenty of Timber and Steel friendly acts like The Green Mohair Suits, The Little Stevies, Swamp Phat Jangles, Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers, The Morrisons, Hobo Bordeaux and much much more. Details here

Eddi Reader has released a new single “Baby’s Boat”. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance does nothing to dispel indie-folk stereotypes in his new video for the track “Closed Hand, Full of Friends”. Details here

– Sydney’s Bec Sandridge has revealed the video for “Stones” ahead of the release of her new EP. Details here

– The Illawarra Folk Festival have announced their full 2014 lineup. Details here

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have just released their fan-made video for the track “In The Lion”. Details here

Interviews

“It feels like a triumph to have completed it actually. I mean, every album has felt like a huge triumph in their own way but this one … feels like a defining moment for Beth and I” – Sibylla Stephen from The Little Stevies chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“It makes it really exciting when you play with the band again, but is also fun playing as a duo. It’s like a different sound again. It’s the same songs, but it’s a different sound. Some people prefer that and some people prefer the band, which is kind of nice as well to have the option of it I guess” – Pepita “Pepi” Emmerichs from Oh Pep! chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Blog

“What if you’re not after a big and busy festival for your New Year’s celebrations? Well, let’s take a look at what’s on offer, both the big guns and the ones you might not have come across yet”KT Bell takes us through your options for New Years Eve. Blog here

Releases This Week

Cass McCombs
Big Wheel And OthersCass McCombs
iTunes

The Breach
The BreachDustin Tebbutt
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Trapped Flame
Trapped FlameGeorgia Fair
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Not Built to Last
Not Built To LastJordie Lane
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Magpie and the Dandelion
Magpie and the DandelionThe Avett Brothers
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The Full English
The Full EnglishThe Full English
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Timber and Steel Presents

Arbori
Arbori
Friday 18th October – The Loft, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Saturday 19th October – Hideaway, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 20th October – Location TBA, Brisbane, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
Thursday 24th October – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 25th October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Thursday 24th October – The Soundlodge, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 25th October – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD

Caitlin Rose
Wednesday 23rd October – Melbourne Festival Hub, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 24th October – Melbourne Festival Hub, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Communion Melbourne feat. Bear’s Den, The Tiger and Me, Grizzly Jim Lawrie, Kate Martin
Sunday 20th October – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Dyson Stringer Cloher
Thursday 24th October – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 25th October – The Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD

Folklore
Saturday 19th October – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Saturday 19th October – No 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 24th October – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW

Loren Kate
Friday 18th October – Tingrith Meeting House, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 19th October – Red Mill Store, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 20th October – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Matt Corby with Bear’s Den
Friday 18th October – Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 23rd October – GPAC Playhouse, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 24th October – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October – Patchewollock Music Festival, Patchewollock, VIC
Thursday 24th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 25th October – The Polish Club, Canberra, ACT

Rose Wintergreen with Rosie Catalano, Dan and Hannah Acfield
Friday 18th October – The Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Buckingham and Buffalo Tales
Thursday 24th October – Dowswe Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Tanya Batt
Friday 18th October – The Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 20th October – The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Bon Scotts
Friday 18th October – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 20th October – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 25th October – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

The Little Stevies
Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th October – Anglesea Music Festival, Anglesea, VIC
Friday 25th October – The Velvet Room, Melbourne, VIC

Whitley
Friday 18th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th October – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 24th October – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 25th October – Bendigo Bank Theatre, Bendigo, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“That’s The Way” – Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin’s connections to the 60s and 70s folk revival is well documented and we thought it was about time to include them in our weekly flashback. Gotta love John Paul Jones’ mandolin work on this one.

Watch the New Bec Sandridge Video, “Stones”

Bec Sandridge
Image Courtesy of Bec Sandridge

Sydney singer-songwriter Bec Sandridge has been hard at work recently on her brand new EP Wild Heart which is due for release on Thursday 24th October. The new single from Wild Heart is “Stones” which comes with a brand new nostalgia laced video courtesy of director Dustin Carroll – check it out below:

Little Features in Sydney Turns One

Yetis
Image Courtesy of Yetis

Can you believe that Sydney monthly folk and acoustic night Little Features has been going for a year now? At times it feels as though these guys have always been a part of the local music scene and at other times it feels as though they’ve just arrived with a breath of fresh air. If you live in Sydney haven’t stopped by Little Features then that needs to change right now – the night is something special.

The Little Features first birthday celebrates some of Sydney’s finest talent with many favourites returning and a couple of new faces in the mix as well. Taking place at their spiritual home of Hibernian House on Saturday 25th May, this month’s Little Features will see Mark Bulmer, Colin Jones, Arbori, Charlie Gradon, Bec Sandridge and Yetis (above) grace the stage. The doors open at 6pm with tickets $20 on the door – and don’t forget, Hibernian House is a BYO venue.

For more information on the show make sure you check out the official Facebook invite here.

Peats Ridge Adds New Artists to 2012 Lineup

Little Bastard
Image Courtesy of Little Bastard

The Peats Ridge Festival just made the decision of what to do this New Years Eve either a little easier. Yesterday the NSW festival added a dizzying amount of artists to it’s 2012 lineup and folk, acoustic, alt country and singer songwriters are once again well represented.

For fans of Timber and Steel’s favourite genres Peats Ridge is offering up the likes of Tin Sparrow, Brian Campeau, Sam Buckingham, Bec Sandridge, Little Bastard (above), Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers, The Green Mohair Suits, Traveller & Fortune, Belle and the Bone People and more to entice you.

The Peats Ridge Festival takes place in the Glenworth Valley from the 29th December to 1st January. Tickets are available from the official web site. The full list of artists added to the lineup is below:

Luke Slater
Blood Red Shoes
Theo Parrish
Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes
GAUDI
Tijuana Cartel
Electric Empire
Hey Geronimo
The Tongue
Young Magic
Wild Marmalade
Skryptcha
The Griswolds
Ganga Giri
The Liberators
Sensient
Current Swell
All The Colours
The Delta Riggs
Winter People
The Crooked Fiddle Band
MUM DJs
Kingfisha
Pigeon
Cass Eager & The Velvet Rope
Half Moon Run
Gung Ho
Tokyo Denmark Sweden
Claude Hay
The Falls
Glass Towers
Tin Sparrow
Royston Vasie
Woe & Flutter
Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseakers
Meniscus
Rockets
The Guppies
Traveller & Fortune
Little Bastard
Kate Martin
Pear Shape
Enola Fall
The Green Mohaire Suits
MASTER OF RIBONGIA
Nic Cassey
George & O’Sullivan
Richard Cuthbert
Brian Campeau
Belle and the Bone People
Anabelle Kay
Roesy
Deseven Zyklus
oblongmonster
Stuart Ridley (emagica)
The Atlas Room
Bec Sandridge
Elwood Myre
persianlovecake
Salta
Sam Buckingham
Sam Westphalen
Tim Humphreys
Valley Of Kings
LAPKAT

Timber and Steel Presents: Artists for Don’t Think Twice on 23rd September

Don't Think Twice
Image Courtesy of The Annandale Hotel

After launching at the start of the month the Timber and Steel presented Don’t Think Twice evening of folk music at The Annandale Hotel in Sydney returns this Sunday. The show will feature three of Sydney’s brightest female singer-songwriters with Fanny Lumsden, Bec Sandridge and Bity Booker gracing the stage and best of all it’s absolutely free.

Kicking off at 4pm, with the music starting around 6pm, the show will take place in the newly renevated side bar at The Annandale. The Wok ‘n’ Roll Thai restaurant will be cookin’ up a storm out the back and the beers will be cold (and cheap) so why not get the week off to a folkin’ good start.

For more information check out The Annandale Hotel web site.

Artists For Sydney’s Folk Club This Wednesday 15th August

Bec Sandridge
Image Courtesy of Bec Sandridge

With their EP launch this Saturday just gone and the Passenger support slot on Friday this week’s Folk Club at the Oxford Art Factory will make it three times you’ll be able to see The Falls in Sydney in less than seven days. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Joining the Folk Club regulars will be singer-songwriters Bec Sandridge (above) and Karl-Christoph bringing together a night of wonderfully fresh lyrical folk music.

As usual the Wednesday night will kick off around 8pm in the OAF’s Gallery Bar. Entry is free (there’s a tip jar to show some love to the artists) and the night will be hosted by FBi’s Emma Swift. For full details check out the official Facebook event here.

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