Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th June


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney singer-songwriter Jordan Millar returns after a year long hiatus with his new single “Run Away, Runaway”. Details here

– Nu-folk duo Bear’s Den released their new video “Auld Wives”. Details here

The Little Stevies’ side project Teeny Tiny Stevies released their video “On The Toilet”. Details here

Dashville Skyline dropped its first lineup for 2016 including Brian Cadd, The Brothers Comatose, The Wilson Pickers, Melody Pool, Raised by Eagles, The Hello Morning, Jess Ribeiro, Davey Craddock & the Spectacles, Karl S. Williams, Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats, Irish Mythen and Andy Golledge Band. Details here

The Avett Brothers released their new single “Satan Pulls The Strings”. Details here

– Adelaide based singer-songwriter Todd Sibbin released his new single “Firetrain”. Details here

– The Adelaide Guitar Festival announced a lineup that includes Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Punch Brothers, Daniel Champagne, Genevieve Chadwick, Matt Walker, Slava Grigoryan, The Panics, Dr Zane Banks (The Morrisons, Cruisin’ Deuces) and many more. Details here

– As well as being announced for the Adelaide Guitar Festival, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn have Australian tour dates in Melbourne and Sydney. Details here

Bob Evans announced a bunch of August tour dates with Melody Pool in support. Details here

– Two of Australia’s hottest singer-songwriters, William Crighton and Claire Anne Taylor, are heading out on tour this July and August. Details here

– Alice Springs based singer-songwriter Colin Lillie is heading to NSW and QLD to launch his latest singles. Details here

– Irish troubadour Glen Hansard has announced an Australian tour this October. Details here

Matt Corby released his video “Oh Oh Oh”. Details here

Releases This Week

Avett Brothers
True SadnessThe Avett Brothers

Felice Brothers
Life In The DarkThe Felice Brothers

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife

Tracy McNeil

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife will laucnh their brand new album Thieves in Melbourne tomorrow night before heading out on tour

Saturday 25th June – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 30th June – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st July – Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 24 June – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 26th June – Cobargo Pub, Cobargo, NSW

Batch Sessions feat. The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Wednesday 29th June – Batch Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Bill Jackson
Thursday 28th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Brooke Russell and Megan Cooper
Wednesday 29th June – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 1st July – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC

Citizen of the World
Friday 1st July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Colin Lillie
Wednesday 29th June – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 30th June – Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 1st July – Night Quarter, Gold Coast, QLD

Coopers After Dark feat. Ash Grunwald
Wednesday 29th June – The Great Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 30th June – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Merpire, Renetta Joy, The Delta Revue
Wednesday 29th June – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Green Room Banjo Sessions
Wednesday 29th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Hayden Calnin
Friday 24th June – Jimmy’s Den, Perth, WA

Hootenanny feat. Mark Lucas & The Dead Setters
Sunday 26th June – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Joe & Harmony’s Magic Carpet Ride BE-IN #6 feat. Jeremy Smith, Ionia, Catgut
Saturday 25th June – Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan
Friday 24th June – House Concert, Perth, WA
Saturday 25th June – Good Nights, Bunbury, WA

Josh Pyke w/ Jack Carty
Friday 24th June – Chelsea Heights Hotel, Chelsea Heights, VIC
Saturday 25th June – Village Green Hotel, Mulgrave, VIC
Sunday 26th June – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

Justin Bernasconi & The Chocolate Lilies
Friday 24th June – St Margaret’s Anglican Church, Melbourne, VIC

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 24th June – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th June – Hotel Steyne, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 26th June – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Little Features feat. Bonniesongs, Nick Kingswell, Michael Duschesne
Saturday 25th June – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 24th June – The Agrestic Grocer, Orange, NSW
Saturday 25th June – The Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 26th June – Canberra Blues Society, The Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 1st July – The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC

Matt Glass and the Loose Cannons
Sunday 26th June – Nauti Studios, Sydney, NSW

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band
Friday 24th June – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Richard Cuthbert
Friday 24th June – Oxford Circus, Sydney, NSW

Roadhouses w/ Lisa Caruso
Thursday 30th June – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Sam Brittain
Sunday 26th June – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 24th June – Farmer’s Arms Hotel, Creswick, VIC
Sunday 25th June – Baby black Café, Bacchus Marsh, VIC

Sweet Jean
Friday 1st July – Music on The Hill, Red Hill, VIC

Swerve Society feat. Jack Elias, Darren Cross, Luke O’Farrell
Monday 27th June – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

The Beards
Friday 24th June – The Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 25th June – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 30th June – Beachcomber Hotel, Toukley, NSW
Friday 1st July – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Bottlers (Acoustic) w/ Jim Mongrel, Olivia McAuliffe
Thursday 30th June – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Paper Kites
Friday 24th June – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 25th June – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 1st July – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Tom Dockray, Mitch Power
Friday 24th June – Six String Brewing Company, Erina, NSW

Rechords w/ The Cruisin Deuces
Friday 24th June – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Tuesday 28th June – Jane’s, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 29th June – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 30th June – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st July – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Timothy Bowen w/ Jorja Carroll
Thursday 30th June – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife
Saturday 25th June – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 30th June – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st July – Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Vanishing Shapes w/ The Squeezebox Trio, Ess-Em
Friday 1st July – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Friday 24th June – Shebeen Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 1st July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Woody Pitney w/ Rowena Wise, Lachie Ranford
Wednesday 29th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Yarramundi Music Club feat. Kit & Cub, Two Doors Down
Wednesday 29th June – University Of Western Sydney Hawkesbury Campus, Richmond, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Barrett’s Privateers” – Stan Rogers

You know when you come back from a festival with a song stuck in your head? This song has been on a constant loop since Top Half Folk Festival – with thanks to Dave Oakes for continually requesting it at sessions and for Phil Beck for acquiescing and singing it even while losing his voice.

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Announce Australian Tour Dates

Bela Fleck
Image Courtesy of Béla Fleck

Following their announcement as part of the Adelaide Guitar Festival banjo masters Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn have announced shows in Sydney and Melbourne this August.

Amazing artists in their own right, the coming together of husband and wife Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn on their self titled 2014 album was inspired. Getting the chance to see them live should not be missed.

The full list of Australian tour dates are below:

Wednesday 10th August – Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th August – Adelaide Guitar Festival, Adelaide, SA
Monday 15th August – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Punch Brothers and More Announced for the Adelaide Guitar Festival

Bela Fleck
Image Courtesy of Punch Brothers

Looks like it’s time to book tickets to Adelaide. The Adelaide Guitar Festival has this year announced a killer lineup that could well be its best ever with plenty for Timber and Steel fans to enjoy.

American banjo maestros Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn have been announced as co-headliners along with progressive bluegrassers Punch Brothers. That alone should be enough to get you down south but the lineup has plenty more to offer with 18 international acts, 66 national artists and almost 200 local musicians including Daniel Champagne, Genevieve Chadwick, Matt Walker, Slava Grigoryan, The Panics, Dr Zane Banks (The Morrisons, Cruisin’ Deuces) and many more.

The Adelaide Guitar Festival takes place from the 11th to 14th August. For more information check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 12th December


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Folktronica artist Quintessential Doll have released their new video “Take Your Medication” featuring Fox & Fowl. Details here

Lisa Mitchell has announced three intimate acoustic shows next March. Details here

– We now have details of the upcoming Punch Brothers album The Phosphorescent Blues. Details here

– Another new song from The Decemberists has hit the web this week and it’s really really good. Details here

– Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros frontman Alex Ebert will release his soundtrack for the movie A Most Violent Year today. Details here

– Listen to the new Dan Mangan + Blacksmith single “Kitsch”. Details here

– The latest video from Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn is “New South Africa”. Details here

Father John Misty released his new track “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)”. Details here

The National Folk Festival added a bunch of artists to it’s 2015 lineup including London Klezmer Quartet, Nuala Kennedy, Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen, Lucie Thorne, Mustered Courage, Oh Pep!, Spooky Men’s Chorale, Mike McClellan, Jan Preston’s Boogie Circus, Christine Wheeler and Friends, Andrew Hull, Helen Webby and Davy Stuart and Pekka Mikkola. Details here

The Davidson Brothers released their new video “Take Me To The Mountains”. Details here


“Yeshe is inculcated in the instruments and rhythms of Africa, and in a raw interview using a couple of cans and a piece of hemp string stretched from Liverpool to the far north coast of NSW, Yeshe explained a bit about what’s going in his musical world, and what Sydney audiences can expect on Wednesday 17 December at 505 in Surry Hill”Yeshe Reiners chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

A Most Violent Year
A Most Violent YearAlex Ebert

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Jack Carty

Jack Carty

Jack Carty wraps up his mammoth national tour this weekend with shows in Parramatta, Sydney and Bulli. It’s been a big year for the singer-songwriter with the release of his album Esk and a pretty relentless tour schedule and these shows are bound to be as much celebration as they are performance.

Friday 12th December – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW
Saturday 13th December – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 14th December – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bearded Gypsy Band
Friday 12th December – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 13th December – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 16th December – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD

Betty & Oswald
Saturday 13th December – Peregian Originals, Peregian Beach, QLD
Sunday 14th December – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s
Wednesday 17th December – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 12th December – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 13th December – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 14th December – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 19th December – The Great North Trading Post, Laguna, NSW

Finders Keepers Markets Sydney feat. Kay Proudlove, Direwolf, Peasant Moon, Bonnie Stewart, Laura Zarb, The Maple Trail, Maia Jelavic
Friday 12th December – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th December – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

Saturday 13th December – Studio Theatre, Darwin, NT

Jack Carty
Friday 12th December – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW
Saturday 13th December – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 14th December – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Jep and Dep
Friday 12th December – Smiths Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT

Josh Pyke
Friday 12th December – Baroque, Katoomba, NSW

MoFo feat. Catgut, The Button Collective
Friday 12th December – Nauti Studios, Sydney, NSW

Steve Smyth
Saturday 13th December – Festival of the Sun, Port Macquarie, NSW

Friday 12th December – Festival Of The Sun, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 19th December – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Yeshe Reiners
Wednesday 17th December – 505, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Dives and Lazarus” – Martin Simpson

Our Christmas themed flashback continues with the Child Ballad and Christmas Carol “Dives and Lazarus”. There are so many amazing versions of this song out there (and the melody is shared with a number of other folk songs including “The Star of the County Down”) but I decided to go with this Simpson’s stripped back and slowed down take on the track.


Watch the New Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn Video “New South Africa”

Bela Fleck
Image Courtesy of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Do you know what today needs? More banjos! Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have just released “New South Africa”, the new video taken from their collaborative self titled album. The video demonstrates just how amazing these guys are together and will leave you pretty astounded. Check it out below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 22nd August


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Banjo legends Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have announced their first album together to be released this October. Details here

– A bunch more sideshows for the Out On The Weekend festival were announced including tours from Ryan Bingham (with Harry Hookey and Tim Wheatley), Robert Ellis and Jonny Fritz (with James Thomson) and Nikki Lane and The Delines (with Ruby Boots). Details here

Cat Canteri, drummer for Melbourne alt-country outfit The Stillsons, has announced plans for a solo album and national tour. Details here

– The first lineup announcement from the Falls Festival is light on the folk – just The John Butler Trio, Kim Churchill and Vance Joy on the lineup so far. Details here

– Our good friends at the Seek Stumble Listen Live blog have announced their first ever multi-media music event featuring Fanny Lumsden and The Thrillseekers, Little Fox and more. Details here

– The Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME) have announced the first round of artists for 2014 including Hiatus Kaiyote, Ash Grunwald, Bart Willoughby, Jimblah, Pierce Brothers, Ms Murphy, Bullhorn, Nahko and Medicine for the People (USA), Digging Roots (Canada), Estere (NZ) and Myele Manzanza (NZ). Details here

– Adelaide folk four-piece The Timbers released their new video “Mean Streak” and announced an east coast tour. Details here

The Mullum Music Festival has announced its 2014 lineup including Harry James Angus, Husky, Kim Churchill, Frank Yamma, Bobby Alu, Marlon Williams, Liz Stringer, Siskin River, The Mae Trio, The Twoks, Starboard Cannons, The Mid North, Tracy McNeil, The Yearlings and many more. Details here

Jack Carty has announced details of his upcoming album Esk. Details here

– I had to admit that I sometimes watch So You Think You Can Dance when I wrote a piece about the upcoming Hozier album. Details here

Olivers Army will be launching their new album with a tour this September. Details here

Yuko Nishiyama has just released her new album Parade and has a couple of shows left of her launch tour. Details here

Missy Higgins released the video for her beautiful version of “Shark Fin Blues” as well as announcing a massive national tour. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Patrick James is streaming his new single “Fight With Me” featuring Olympia. Details here

– Sydney’s Little May have announced details of their debut EP. Details here

Ben Howard has provided details of his upcoming album along with a stream of the title track “I Forget Where We Were”. Details here

– The wonderful Lanie Lane is back with a brand new video “Celeste”. Details here

– Watch folk, hip-hop and dance combine in the new Arbori video “Walls”. Details here

Folk By The Sea have announced their 2014 lineup including Mic Conway & Phil Donnison, The Bottlers, The Button Collective, Big Erle, Joe Mungovan and many many more. Details here

Releases This Week

Vena Portae
Vena PortaeVena Portae

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Yuko Nishiyama


I first saw Yuko Nishiyama a few months ago and I was so impressed with her brand of folk-pop. Having just released her new album Parade Yuko Nishiyama is finishing up her launch tour in Sydney and Canberra this weekend.

Friday 22nd August – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd August – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Gigs Next Week

Bob Dylan
Monday 25th August – Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th August – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Busby Marou
Friday 22nd August – The Cambridge, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 23rd August – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th August – Waves, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 29th August – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Darren Cross
Saturday 23rd August – Rhino Room, Adelaide, SA

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Dan Waters and The Weeping Willows
Friday 22nd August – Baha in Rye, Rye, VIC

Melody Pool and Marlon Williams
Saturday 23rd August – X-Wray Café, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 24th August – Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Tuesday 26th August – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA

Nova and the Experience
Saturday 23rd August – Trainspotters, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th August – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT

Olivers Army
Friday 29th August – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Patrick James
Friday 29th August – Beavs Bar, Geelong, VIC

Seek Stumble Listen Live feat. Fanny Lumsden, Little Fox
Friday 29th August – The Corner Store, Sydney, NSW

Friday 22nd August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Friday 29th August — Conservatory Café, Wyreena, VIC

The Timbers
Friday 29th August – The World’s End, Adelaide, SA

Todd Sibbin and The Acadian Driftwood
Saturday 23rd August – Cranker, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 24th August – Evelyn, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 26th August – Record Crate, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th August – The Lass O Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Tom West
Saturday 23rd August – Crown & Anchor, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 24th August – Evelyn, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 26th August – Record Crate, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th August – The Lass O Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Tracy McNeil
Friday 22nd August – Lefties Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 23rd August – The Courthouse, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 24th August – TBC, Melbourne, VIC

Vincent Cross
Friday 22nd August – The Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 23rd August – Troubadour Folk & Acoustic Club, Woy Woy, NSW

Yuko Nishiyama
Friday 22nd August – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd August – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Friday Folk Flashback

“Rattlin’ Bog” – The Makem Brothers

I love it when fiddle tunes have words. I’d always played “Rattlin’ Bog” as a reel but found in sessions that people would sing along. So I’ve done my best to learn the words as well – although I doubt I could get it this fast!

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn Announce New Album

Bela Fleck
Image Courtesy of Béla Fleck

As well as being a married couple, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn are considered two of the best contemporary banjo players in the business so it’s exciting to hear they’re teaming up professionally on a new, self titled album.

The debut album from Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn will be released on the 7th October.

“We didn’t want any other instruments on there, because we’re into this idea that we’re banjo players, and that should be enough,” Béla Fleck explained about the album. “Sometimes when you add other instruments, you take away from the ability of the banjo to show all its colours, which are actually quite beautiful.”

The full track list plus a stream of their first single “Railroad” is below:

1. Railroad
2. Ride to You
3. What’cha Gonna Do
4. Little Birdie
5. New South Africa
6. Pretty Polly
7. Shotgun Blues
8. For Children: No. 3 Quasi adagio, No 10 Allegro Molto – Children’s Dance”
9. And Am I Born to Die
10. What Are They Doing in Heaven Today?
11. banjo banjo
12. Bye Bye Baby Blues

Folk Features in the Nominees For This Year’s Grammy Awards

Alison  Krauss
Image Courtesy of Alison Krauss

It’s the end of the year and award season is just around the corner and with so many amazing folk, alt-country, acoustic and indie releases this year you can be sure a bunch of Timber and Steel’s favourite artists are going to feature heavily.

The GRAMMY award nominees were just announced and it looks as though folk has done pretty well. While this will no doubt be the year of Adele, there’s plenty of Timber and Steel alumni up for the big awards.

The most notable nominees are:

  • Bon Iver – 4 Nominations (Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best New Artist, Best Alternative Music Album)
  • Mumford and Sons – 4 Nominations (Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song)
  • The Decemberists – 2 Nominations (Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song)
  • Wilco – 1 Nomination (Best Rock Album)
  • The Civil Wars – 2 Nominations (Best Country Duo/Group Performance, Best Folk Album)
  • Emmylou Harris – 1 Nomination (Best Americana Album)
  • Lucinda Williams – 1 Nomination (Best Americana Album)
  • Alison Krauss & Union Station (above) – 2 Nominations (Best Bluegrass Album, Best Engineered Album Non-Classical)
  • Steve Earle – 1 Nomination (Best Folk Album)
  • Fleet Foxes – 1 Nomination (Best Folk Album)
  • Eddie Vedder – 1 Nomination (Best Folk Album)
  • Gillian Welch – 2 Nominations (Best Folk Album, Best Engineered Album Non-Classical)
  • Béla Fleck & The Flecktones – 1 Nomination (Best Instrumental Composition)

The winners of the 54th GRAMMY Awards will be announced on the 12th February. For the full list of nominees check out the official GRAMMY web site.

Bluegrass: A Tribute to Bill Monroe

Bill Monroe

Bill Monroe, the undisputed father of bluegrass music, was born 100 years ago last week in rural Kentucky. Monroe’s influence on modern music has been incredible with generations of bluegrass, country, folk and rock and roll artists citing him as an influence. To celebrate his centenary milestone and the music Monroe created we asked local bluegrass duo the Davidson Brothers to come up with ten of their favourite songs in the genre. “I could list 100 songs,” Lachie Davidson told Timber and Steel, “but by hands would get worn out typing about them all!”. I think we’ll keep it to ten and save Lachie’s fingers for the mandolin.

“Roving Gambler” – The Stanley Brothers
Classic bluegrass at it’s best. When we hear this song it’s usually right in the centre of a bluegrass festival in the deep south.

“Old Home Place” – Tony Rice
This song is well played and is so true to working people’s living in the country where bluegrass rose from. This is a classic line of JD Crowe and the new south. Featuring Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice and Jerry Douglas. This line was a huge influence on so many of today’s greats. Just like when the formation of The Bluegrass Boys included Flatt & Scruggs.

“Train 45” – Jim VanCleve
This is a banjo tune which always grabs attention! Usually heard at 3am in a stand-up jam session circle! I’m getting pumped up listening to it while talking about it! WHOO! Some of the fellas on this recording are from Mountain Heart who are a powerhouse of young pickers. We’ve also recorded with a few of them on our records.

“Graveyard Shift” – Steve Earle and The Del McCoury Band
This is when Steve Earle paired up with 9 time IBMA Entertainers of the Year, The Del McCoury Band. A huge boost for bluegrass in our lifetime shortly before the “O Brother…” era.

“Blue Trail of Sorrow” – Vince Gill with Alison Krauss & Union Station
One of our favourite modern lonesome bluegrass songs! What a line up. Vince grew up on the music and on his first two and only trips to Australia were playing bluegrass when he was a teenager we were only just born. We now get to see these guys in person every year in Nashville!

“Long Gone” – Lonesome River Band
This is one of the first songs we learned and this band is one of our biggest influences! Dan Tyminksi on mando well before he joined AKUS. We travelled with an elecric bass for many years after seeing these guys perform back in 1997 in northern Kentucky.

“Close By” – Bill Monroe
Great Monroe original about heartbreak with triple fiddles!! Had to include a performance from his ‘hey-day’. TV was rare in 1945 when they first took the ORPY.

“Freeborn Man” – Tony Rice, Béla Fleck and more
All-star line up on this Jimmy Martin hit. Once again leaving home looking for love and a better life.

“Rye Whiskey” – Punch Brothers
Punch Brothers – some elite bluegrass musicians at the head of today’s acoustic revival front.

“I Miss The Sound Of Rain” – Davidson Brothers
Had to include a Davidson Brothers track. This did well in the Aussie scene and got a bunch of airplay in the US and still gets requested at our shows. We wrote and recorded it in September 2007, which shows our influences throughout the years as we evolve through our music career.

A lovely tribute to the late great Bill Monroe can be found over at The Davidson Brothers’ latest album Here to Stay is available now.

Laura Veirs Announces Children’s Album

Laura Veirs
Image Courtesy of Laura Veirs

If you haven’t heard of Laura Veirs don’t worry too much – her brand of post-punk folk music hasn’t managed to reach our shores as yet. Veirs’ 2010 album July Flame was very well received in her native USA and across the pond in the UK garnering critical acclaim across the board. To follow up Laura Veirs has decided to switch gears and has announced plans to produce an album of children’s folk songs titled Tumble Bee.

Tumble Bee

Despite the fairly lighthearted subject material Laura Veirs has managed to rope in some pretty heavy hitting collaborators for Tumble Bee including Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Jim James and Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), Basia Bulat, Béla Fleck, Karl Blau and members of Blind Pilot among many others. With that kind of alumni this album will be worth picking up for kids and adults alike.

Laura Veirs’ Tumble Bee is due for release on the 7th November this year.

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