Watch the New Ben Sollee Video “Pieces of You”

Ben Sollee
Image Courtesy of Ben Sollee

Americana singer-songwriter Ben Sollee has just released his new single and video “Pieces of You”.

The track is a taster of Sollee’s upcoming album Ben Sollee And Kentucky Native, due for release on the 11th August.

Check out the video for “Pieces of You” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th January

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Folk cellist Ben Sollee has sadly had to postpone his January Australian tour due to unforeseen family circumstances. Hopefully we’ll see him again later in 2013. Details here

– Ex-BBC Radio 2 folk show host Mike Harding, who was unceremoniously dumped from the station this year after 15 years on the air, has launched a brand new, globally available folk podcast. Details here

The Crooked Fiddle Band are holding their annual Post-Festival Party in Sydney tonight with the Warsaw Village Band, Gregory Page, The Rusty Spring Syncopators and some yet to be announced special guests. Details here

– We were a couple of weeks late in posting Sideshow Alley’s video of The Staves performing their track “Icarus” – but it’s still well worth watching! Details here

Bob Evans (AKA AKA Jebediah frontman Kevin Mitchell) has announced plans for a new album in March, the first outside of his “suburban” series. Details here

– Melbourne duo Brighter Later have just released the video for their beautiful track “The Woods”. Details here

Stornoway have given us a sneak peak at their upcoming album Tales From Terra Firma, streaming the new track “Knock Me On My Head” online. Details here

– Sydney folk quintet Chaika have announced a massive tour this February. Details here

Interviews

“It’s really good because it’s a completely different feel, a different personality. It’s not a competition thing; it’s two completely different people. And The Beez will be a different band for six months” – Rob Rayner from The Beez and Don’t Mention The Wall chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“We like to think we have a lot more energy than talent! Most of us aren’t classically trained, so we have to rely a lot on being really energetic, to feed off the crowd and get them all dancing and really enjoy the music. One or two of the members are classically trained, but for myself – I play accordion – I’ve never had a single music lesson in my life.” – Louis Whelan from The Mouldy Lovers chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Gigs Next Week

Emily Barker
Friday 4th January – Transmission Lounge, CWA Hall, Denmark, WA

Folk Uke
Friday 4th January – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Gulgong Folk Festival
Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th January – Gulgong, NSW

Kim Churchill
Saturday 5th January – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 6th January – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Wednesday 9th January – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 10th January – Cambridge Hotel Side Bar, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 11th January – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Wednesday 9th January – The Retreat Hotel, Melbounre, VIC

Post-Festival Party feat. The Crooked Fiddle Band, Warsaw Village Band, Gregory Page, The Rusty Spring Syncopators
Friday 4th January – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Sharon Shannon
Friday 4th January – The Irish Club, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 5th January – Lizotte’s Sydney, Dee Why, NSW
Sunday 6th January – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 8th January – The Clarendon Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 9th January – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 10th January – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 11th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Sharon Van Etten
Sunday 6th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Monday 7th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 8th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 9th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

The Mouldy Lovers
Thursday 10th January – La Paz, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 11th January – Notes Live, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Shape of Love” – Passenger feat. Boy & Bear

Why not start the year with the song that first turned me on to Passenger? It’s going to be a great 2013!

Ben Sollee Postpones Australian Tour

Ben Sollee
Image Courtesy of Ben Sollee

Due to unforeseen family circumstances cellist Ben Sollee has had to postpone his planned Australian tour through January until further. This includes his appearance at the Woodford Folk Festival.

If you have tickets to any of Ben Sollee’s shows refunds are available from the venues. The list of cancelled dates are below – we’ll let you know as soon as we hear about a new tour later in the year:

30th December to 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Thursday 3rd January – Community Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 4th January – Memorial Hall, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 5th January – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW
Sunday 6th January – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 9th January – Notes, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 10th January – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 11th January – Meeniyan Town Hall, South Gippsland, VIC
Saturday 12th January – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Wednesday 16th January – Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 26th October

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Civil Wars have announced they will release a seven track EP of their VH1 Unplugged session featuring covers of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and Portishead’s “Sour Times”. Details here

– With over 400 acts on the lineup this year the Woodford Folk Festival may just have announced the biggest program we’ve seen. Headliners include Andrew Clermont, Angus Stone, Ben Sollee, Flap!, Folk Uke, Julia Stone, Mal Webb, Mikelangelo and the Tin Star, Penelope Swales, Shane Howard, Tim Hart, Wagons and more. Details here

– Another new track from Sufjan Stevens’ upcoming Christmas release Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Volumes 6-10, titled “Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling” has found its way online. Details here

Andrew Morris kicked off his East Coast tour supported by Zac Gunthorpe at this week’s Folk Club in Sydney. He has dates all the way through November. Details here

– Sydney duo Achoo! Bless You have released their new video “Before We Say Goodbye” after it debuted at Folk Club last week. Achoo! Bless You will be promoting the single with a handful of gigs in Sydney before supporting Henry Wagons on his NSW and ACT shows. Details here

– After teasing us with a trickle of names the Port Fairy Folk Festival has finally revealed it’s official first round of artists form 2013 including Arlo Guthrie, Eric Bogle, Finbar Furey, Glen Hansard, Gurrumul, Kim Churchill, Lisa Hannigan, The Little Stevies, Tuba Skinny and many more. Details here

– Cello virtuoso Ben Sollee revealed dates for a January tour of Australia. Details here

– The Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions will be closing off the year with a celebration of the songs of Ted Egan. Egan himself will be joined by some of the brightest talents in the red centre including Jeanette Wormald, Colin Lillie, Sally Balfour, Katie Harder and more. Details here

– The new video from The April Maze is for a cover of The Hooters’ track “And We Danced” which will appear on their next album Two. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Martha Tilston released the second video from her new album Machines of Love and Grace, the beautiful “Survival Guide”. Details here

– 13 months after it was first recorded Arbori will finally be launching their single “In The Places You Fold” in Sydney next Friday. Joining them will be Yetis, Little Big Horn and Ryan Collings. Details here

– The brand new video from Julia Stone features “Blind Side” actor Quinton Aaron and is really really sweet. Details here

Liz Frencham is looking for double bass players to send her videos of how difficult it is playing such a large instrument for the clip to her next song. Details here

– A week out from releasing their self-titled EP Texture Like Sun have revealed their brand new video “One Great Prize”. Details here

Interviews

“I find it a little frustrating sometimes that the first time people hear music is often just on the Internet these days. It’s a bit of an anticlimax when I can stream the entire album before it comes out. Maybe I’m just old fashioned, I don’t know”Sarah Blasko chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We’ve been going for nearly 19 years now, and I was just talking with someone today – Gabi, she’s our backing vocalist – and I said that after 19 years, we should be doing the reunion tour now, rather than still going!”Bill Quinn chats to Jim Paterson from The BordererS. Interview here

Reviews

Track by Track

“We are big fans of C.S.Lewis. His stories were a big part of our childhood and the idea of brothers and sisters running through another world resonated strongly with us as a band, being all related. Making music that creates another world to go to is pretty important to us”Tigertown take us through Before The Morning. Track By Track here

Gigs

“Gone was the chair, music stand and placid setting of the night before to make way for a standing height mic and two large amps on stage. When Billy Bragg took the stage, seemingly enlivened and energised by the fact it was Saturday night, one riff across the strings of his Dyson guitar for the opening of “St Swithin’s Day” was enough to announce that Woody Guthrie had left the building”Bill Quinn reviews Billy Bragg in Melbourne. Review here

“Festival goers awoke the next day feeling different. Crawling out of vans, squirming from under collapsed tents, we were now on Dungog time, moving slowly and still tingling with contentment from the previous days events”Lillian Mercanti reviews the Gentlemen of the Road Dungog Stopover. Review here

Releases This Week

Machines of Love and Grace
Machines of Love and GraceMartha Tilston
Online Store

No Shape Can Hold Me Now
No Shape Can Hold Me NowMatt Bauer
Bandcamp

Psychedelic Pill
Psychedelic PillNeil Young and Crazy Horse
iTunes

I Awake
I AwakeSarah Blasko
iTunes

New York Times
New York TimesSimone Felice
Online Store

The Staves
Dead & Born & GrownThe Staves
Online Store

Timber and Steel Presents

Catherin Traicos
Catherine Traicos with Anna Smyrk & The Appetites, Tracy McNeil
Sunday 28th October (Matinée) – The Workers Club, Melbourne VIC

Jack Carty
Jack Carty with Jackson McLaren, Pinky Beecroft
Sunday 28th October (Evening) – The Workers Club, Melbourne VIC

ILUKA
Don’t Think Twice feat. Iluka, We Are The Birdcage, Ross Henry
Sunday 28th October – Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You
Thursday 1st November – FBi Social, Kings Cross, NSW

Ainslie Wills
Friday 26th October – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 28th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Andrew Morris with Zac Gunthorpe
Saturday 27th October – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Angus Stone
Thursday 1st November – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Friday 2nd November – Level One Newcastle Leagues, Newcastle

Arbori with Yetis, Little Big Horn, Ryan Collings
Friday 2nd November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Billy Bragg
Saturday 27th October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 30th October – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 31st October – Town Hall, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd November – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Charles Jenkins
Friday 26th October – The Velvet Lounge, Mt Lawley, WA

Crooked Saint and Ashleigh Mannix
Friday 26th October – The Beresford Hotel, Surry Hills, NSW
Saturday 27th October – Sydney Blues & Roots Festival, Windsor, NSW
Thursday 1st November – Railway Friendly Bar, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 2nd November – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW

Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival feat. The New Worlds, Mustered Courage, Jimmy The Fish, The Company, Fred Smith and Liz Frencham, The String Contingent, Chaika, The Mid North, Breaking Hart Benton, Nick and Liesl
26th to 28th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Elliot The Bull
Friday 26th October – The Lass, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 27th October – The Patch, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 28th October – Old Manly Boat Shed, Manly, NSW

Fleurieu Folk Festival feat. Eric Bogle, The Go Set, The Stetson Family, Barry Skipsey, The Timbers
26th to 28th October – Willunga, SA

Hat Fitz and Cara
Friday 26th October – Kidgeeridge Festival, Lake Conjola, NSW
Saturday 27th October – Illawarra Builder’s Club, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 28th October – Lizotte’s, Kincumber NSW

Jen Cloher with Courtney Barnett
Thursday 1st November – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 2nd November – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Joe Robinson
Saturday 27th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

John Williamson
Friday 26th October – Crown Casino, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th October – Crown Casino, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
Friday 26th October -Bended Elbow, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 27th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Thursday 1st November – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Friday 2nd Novemrber – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp
Friday 26th October – Illawarra P.A.C., Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 27th October – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Friday 26th October – Ballarat Regent Multiplex, North Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 27th October – Regent Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 30th October – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 31st October – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 1st November – Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra, NSW
Friday 2nd November – York Theatre Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Laneway
Saturday 27th October – Drill Hall, Mullumbimby NSW

Lisa Mitchell with Alpine and Danco
Friday 26th October – The Astor, Perth, WA
Saturday 27th October – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 28th October – HQ, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 31st October – Anthenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd November – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Mama Kin
Friday 26th October – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Sunday 28th October – Island Vibes Festival, North Stradbroke Island, QLD
Tuesday 30th October – Camelot, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 31st October – Clarendon Guesthouse Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 1st November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 26th October – The Ellington, Perth, WA
Wednesday 31st October – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 1st November – Cafe Le Monde, Noosa, QLD
Friday 2nd November – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD

Mike Compton
Friday 26th October – Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 28th October – State Theatre of Western Australia, Perth, WA
Friday 2nd November – Albany Town Hall, Albany, WA

Mumford and Sons and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Friday 26th October – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 28th October – Kurunda Ampitheatre, Cairns, QLD
Monday 29th October – Convention Centre, Townsville, QLD
Wednesday 31st October – Convention Centre, Gold Coast, QLD

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Alex Tsiboulski and Akoustic Odyssey

Friday 26th October – Nexus 
Multicultural
 Arts
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
feat. Sufi Soul and Luminaria
Friday 2nd November – Nexus 
Multicultural
 Arts
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Sarah Humphreys
Friday 26th October – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th October – Pure Pop Records, St Kilda, VIC
Saturday 27th October – Elwood Lounge, Elwood, VIC

Surry Hills Festival
Saturday 27th October – Prince Alfred Park, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Blues & Roots Festival (Lanie Lane, Mia Dyson, Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, Chase The Sun, Microwave Jenny, Ashleigh Mannix, Hat Fitz and Cara)
25th to 28th October – Sydney, NSW

Tablelands Folk Festival
26th to 28th October – Yungaburra, QLD

The Borderers
Sunday 28th October – Sunday by the Lake, Tuggeranong, ACT
Sunday 28th October – King O’Malley’s, Canberra City, ACT

The Paper Kites (with Art of Sleeping, Battleships)
Friday 26th October – The SoundLounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 27th October – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 2nd November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The String Contingent
Friday 26th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW
Saturday 27th October – Restrung Chamber Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 28th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

The Tiger and Me
Saturday 27th October – Revolt, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 1st November – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

Tigertown
Friday 26th October – Barsoma, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 27th October – Bon Amici Café, Toowoomba, QLD

Tin Sparrow
Friday 26th October – The Standard, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th October – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

TinPan Orange
Friday 26th October – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Danse Macabre” – Béla Fleck feat. Ben Sollee

After Ben Sollee announced his Australian tour this week I was reminded of this track he recorded with Béla Fleck to accompany the Neil Gaiman book The Graveyard Book. You can buy this as a single or its also available as part of the audio book.

Ben Sollee Announces Australian Tour

Ben Sollee
Image Courtesy of Ben Sollee

To try and define the music that cellist Ben Sollee creates is near impossible. Combing elements of bluegrass, jazz, folk, indie, world and rock Sollee is truly creating music that is completely unique.

Ben Sollee is returning to Australia at the end of this year for the Woodford Folk Festival and has just announced a tour though January with hyper-versatile percussionist Jordon Ellis. The full list of dates is below:

30th December to 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Thursday 3rd January – Community Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 4th January – Memorial Hall, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 5th January – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW
Sunday 6th January – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 9th January – Notes, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 10th January – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 11th January – Meeniyan Town Hall, South Gippsland, VIC
Saturday 12th January – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Wednesday 16th January – Sessions, Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA

Woodford Announces Over 400 Artists for 2012/13 Lineup

Woodford Folk Festival
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With such a busy night of music to be had all around the country this Saturday just gone you’d be forgiven for having missed the lineup announcement for the 2012/13 Woodford Folk Festival. Arguably Australia’s best known folk festival Woodford has this year well over 400 acts.

Woodford will be held over the New Year period from the 27th November to the 1st January in Woodford, Queensland. Constantly stretching the definition of “folk music” (even further than we do) this year’s festival includes acts from a multitude of genres including blues, roots, jazz, rock, pop, soul, hip hop and more. Headliners at Woodford this year include Andrew Clermont, Angus Stone, Ben Sollee, Flap!, Folk Uke, Julia Stone, Mal Webb, Mikelangelo and the Tin Star, Penelope Swales, Shane Howard, Tim Hart, Wagons and more.

Pre-festival early-bird tickets are still available from now until the 24th December.

The full lineup is too big to print here (you’ll have to head to the official site for that) but we though we’d treat you our extensive highlights from the program:

Andrew Clermont
Angus Stone
Archie Roach
Ben Sollee
Emma Louise
Eric Bogle
Evan & Mischa
Flap!
Folk Uke
George Kamikawa & Noriko Tadano
Hat Fitz and Cara
John Butler Trio
Julia Stone
Kate Miller-Heidke
Luke Escombe
Mal Webb
Mama Kin
Martin Pearson
Mic Conway with Robbie Long
Microwave Jenny
Mikelangelo and the Tin Star
Mr Fibby
Mustered Courage
Ngaiire
Nicky Bomba’s BUSTAMENTO
Penelope Swales
Ray Beadle
Rhiannon and Monique
Rory McLeod
Shane Howard
Sharon Shannon
Stiff Gins
The Company
The Good Ship
The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Thelma Plum
Tim Hart
Wagons
Women in Docs

Ben Sollee Announces National Tour

Ben Sollee
Image Courtesy of Ben Sollee

Kentucky based folk cellist (you read that right) Ben Sollee has just announced a string of dates in Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT when he hits the country for the Port Fairy, Brunswick and Blue Mountains music festivals. Described by Bela Fleck as “up to his neck in creativity” Sollee’s unique brand of experimental, jazz infused folk and bluegrass is a must for all fans of the genre.

Joining him on his solo dates will be Sydney based experimental folkie Piers Twomey. The full list of dates are below – check Ben Sollee’s official site for more details:

Wednesday 7th March – The Basement, Sydney NSW
Saturday 10th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival VIC
Wednesday 14th March – The Toff in Town, Melbourne VIC
Friday 16th March – Brunswick Music Festival VIC
Saturday 17th March – Mossvale Music Festival VIC
Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival NSW
Wednesday 21st March – Street Theatre, Canberra ACT
Thursday 22nd March – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Blue Mountains Music Festival Announces First Artist Lineup

Beoga
Image Courtesy of Beoga

The Blue Mountains Music Festival was by far one of our favourite events on this year’s music calendar (despite the torrential rain – check out our review here) so we got pretty excited this morning when the first round of artists for next years event landed in our inbox. The Blue Mountains Music Festival celebrates music from a variety of genres but it definitely always has a strong folk, roots, blues and bluegrass contingent on its roster and next year is no different.

Rather than try and single out our favourites from the first announcement we though we’d just give it to you in one hit and let you see just how good it is. Ready? Here we go:

Judy Collins (USA), Abigail Washburn (USA), Harry Manx (UK/Canada), Pierre Bensusan (French Algeria), Staffan Astner (Sweden), Krystle Warren (USA), Ben Sollee (USA), Blue King Brown, The Shane Howard Band, Fred Smith, Eddi Reader (Scotland), April Verch (Canada), Noriana Kennedy (Ireland), Truckstop Honeymoon (USA) While and Matthews (UK), My Friend the Chocolate Cake, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band (USA), The Beez (Germany), Frigg (Finland), Beoga (above – Ireland), ahab (UK), Afro Mandinko, The Buddy Knox Blues Band, Alwan, The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Chris Wilson, Fiona Boyes, Rescue Ships, Claude Hay, George Kamikawa and Noriko Tadano, Cass Eager, Phil Davidson, Daniel Champagne, Tonks Green, The Simpson 3 and more.

Pretty impressive eh? The Blue Mountains Music Festival is held in Katoomba, NSW from the 16th to the 18th March. Earlybird tickets are available from now until the 31st December. Check out the official site for more information.

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