Thank Folk It’s Friday – 2nd February

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Jake Bugg has announced acoustic tour dates this April. Details here

– Brisbane based singer-songwriter Paddy McHugh released the video for his latest single “Down To Sydney”. Details here

The Decemberists announced details of their new album I’ll Be Your Girl. Details here. Details here

– Award winning folk duo Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker are touring Australia this April. Details here

– New South Wales based alt-country duo Smith & Jones released their new single and video “Your Achin Heart”. Details here

– Alt-country, folk-noir duo Jep and Dep released their latest clip “Lune Cassee Reve”. Details here

– Groote Eylandt born singer-songwriter Emily Wurramara released her new single “Ngarrukwujenama”. Details here

– Roots music legends Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite announced their second duo album No Mercy in This Land. Details here

Interviews

As always Benji and the Salt Water Sound System have their flock of devotees who seem to follow every event across the land, people who have stayed for the journey as the band evolved out of Ben’s earlier project Southerly Change into the current lineup. The band still has the same feel and a lot of the same personnel, though the tracking of life is leaving the trace of its touch on the face of the band – Elizabeth Walton chats to Benji and the Saltwater Sound System. Interview here

Releases This Week

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José González & The Brite Lites At Svenska GrammofonstudionJosé González
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Newton Faulkner
Hit The Ground RunningNewton Faulkner
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The Wilson Pickers
Live!The Wilson Pickers
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Tim Hart
The Narrow CornerTim Hart
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Xani
2XANI
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Wilson Pickers

The Wilson Pickers

Americana super-group The Wilson Pickers launch their new album Live! in Melbourne.

Saturday 3rd February – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont
Friday 9th February – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW

Aldous Harding
Friday 2nd February – St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Hart’s Mill, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 3rd February – St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 4th February – St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 7th February – The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Alice Skye
Sunday 4th February – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th February – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Andy Golledge Band
Saturday 3rd February – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Appalachian Heaven Stringband
Sunday 4th February – Peninsula Folk Club, Frankston Bowling Club, Frankston, VIC

Ben Salter
Sunday 4th February – The Tramway, Melbourne, VIC

Bighouse Arts 1st Birthday Bash feat. Bob Harrow, Brooke Russell, Jumpin Jack William, Archer, Perch Creek, Immigrant Union, Coastbusters
Saturday 3rd February – Bighouse Arts, Melbourne, VIC

Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th February – Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Brian Campeau
Friday 9th February – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Bungendore Country Music Muster
Saturday 3rd February – Bungendore Showground and Racecourse, Bungendore, NSW

Cass Eager
Friday 2nd February – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Charm of Finches
Friday 2nd February – Selby Folk Club, Melbourne, VIC

Colin Hay
Friday 2nd February – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th February – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC

Courtyard Sessions feat. Lady Lyon
Friday 9th February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Darcy Fox
Friday 2nd February – Red Cup Cafe, Box Hill, VIC
Friday 9th February – Lillies & Lattes, Sawtell, NSW

David Ryan Harris
Saturday 3rd February – The Jazzlab, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 8th February – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 4th February – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Dan Sultan w/ The Teskey Brothers
Saturday 3rd February – Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW

Dan Walsh
Friday 2nd February – Neil Tonkin Park, Perth, WA

Emily Wurramara
Saturday 3rd February – Yalukut Weelam Ngargee Music Festival, O’Donnell Garden, St Kilda, VIC

Emma Russack and Soda Eaves
Thursday 8th February – Fitzroy Library, Melbourne, VIC

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 2nd February – Savernake, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – Tumblong Hall, Tumlong, NSW
Friday 9th February – Neerim Memorial Hall, Neerim, VIC

Father John Misty
Friday 2nd February – Laneway Festival, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 3rd February – Laneway Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 4th February – Laneway Festival, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th February – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour feat. Claire Anne Taylor, The Small Glories
Friday 2nd February – Toormina, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – Eastern Dorrigo Community Hall, Ulong, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Liam Gale & the Ponytails, Mama Schultz, Cookie Baker
Wednesday 7th February – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith & Liz Frencham
Friday 2nd February – Maleny RSL, Maleny, QLD
Saturday 3rd February – Oodies Cafe, Bundaberg, QLD
Sunday 4th February – Brolga Theater River Stagem, Maryborough, QLD
Monday 5th February – House Concert, Cooloola Cove, QLD
Wednesday 7th February – House Concert, Nana Glen, QLD
Thursday 8th February – Dorrigo Wholefoods, Dorrigo, NSW
Friday 9th February – McCrossins Mill, Uralla, NSW

Free Fallin’ – A Tribute To Tom Petty feat. Sweet Jelly Rolls, Jeremy Edwards, Jason Walker, Smith & Jones
Friday 9th February – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Fresh Off the Boat
Friday 9th February – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick
Saturday 3rd February – The Lost Ones, Ballarat, VIC

Giffen
Saturday 3rd February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Gretta Ziller
Sunday 4th February – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Grampians Music Festival
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th February – Halls Gap, VIC

Grizzlee Train
Saturday 3rd February – Miami Marketta, Miami, QLD

Hana and Jessie-Lee
Saturday 3rd February – Thebartonia Summer Festival, Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Hello Tut Tut
Saturday 3rd February – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Honey and Knives
Friday 9th February – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur & James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Thursday 8th February – The Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC

Illawarra Folk Club Volunteer Thank You feat. Pukichi, Witches Leap, The Water Runners
Friday 2nd February – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Imogen Clark
Saturday 3rd February – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th February – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW

James Kenyon
Tuesday 6th February – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Jhana Allan & Mel O’Neill
Wednesday 7th February – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Jim Lawrie
Saturday 3rd February – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Jimi Hocking
Thursday 8th February – Hume Blues Club Inc, Melbourne, VIC

Joe & Harmony’s Trippy Hippy Band
Thursday 8th February – Sutherland Acoustic, Tradies, Gymea, NSW

Kasey Chambers
Saturday 3rd February – Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth, WA

Lady Lyon
Friday 9th February – Courtyard Sessions, Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Leah Flanagan and Alice Skye
Sunday 4th February – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Liam Gerner – Banjo vs Lawson Bulletin Debate
Tuesday 6th February – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Lior
Friday 2nd February – Pop Up Park, Werribee, VIC
Saturday 3rd February – Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth, WA

Live @ The Retreat feat. The Stetson Family, Duncan Phillips, Rosie Burgess Trio, The Special
Sunday 4th February – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC

Lucy Rose
Friday 2nd February – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 4th February – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 5th February – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 7th February – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 9th February – Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan
Thursday 8th February – Bar 303, Melbourne, VIC

Margret RoadKnight and Laura Jean
Saturday 3rd February – MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Lucas & The Deadsetters
Tuesday 6th February – The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney, NSW

Matt Walker
Saturday 3rd February – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Mimi Gilbert & Merpire
Sunday 4th February – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Mitch Power
Sunday 4th February – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Montgomery Church
Saturday 3rd February – Rydges Hotel, Jindabyne, NSW

Mount Eliza Music Festival
Saturday 3rd February – Melbourne, VIC

Mr. Alford & Jess Holland
Sunday 4th February – The Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Neil Murray
Friday 2nd February – Red Velvet Lounge, Cygnet, TAS
Friday 9th February – Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning, Hamilton, VIC

Old Mates Block Party feat. The Lockhearts, Papa Pilko And The Binrats, Neon Heart, Hobo Magic, The Ugly Kings, Fox Company, Andy Golledge Band, Pan-Pacific Grand Prix, Johnny Hunter, Eightball Junkies, Particles, Hello Bones
Saturday 3rd February – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Papa Pilko and the Binrats
Friday 2nd February – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Pickin’ in the Park
Sunday 4th February – Banjo Paterson Park, Sydney, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Saturday 3rd February – Apex Park, Wangaratta, VIC

Porch Light Sessions feat. Mike McCarthy, Stephanie Cherote, Emerald Ruby
Thursday 8th February – Porch Light Sessions, Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Raised by Eagles
Sunday 4th February – Noisy Ritual People-Powered Urban Winery, Melbourne, VIC

Red Dog Studio Session XV feat. Thompson Springs, Alanna Eileen, Steph Miller, Chasing the Dream, Clouydbird
Saturday 3rd February – Red Dog Studio Sessions, Sydney, NSW

Rick Hart
Sunday 4th February – The Taproom, Castlemaine, VIC

Romisounds & Jimothy Andrews
Friday 9th February – Glenorie RSL, Glenorie, NSW

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
Saturday 3rd February – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Buckingham
Thursday 8th February – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Sass The Patriarchy feat. This Way North, Bitch Diesel
Wednesday 7th February – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Simon Rudston-Brown
Sunday 4th February – Bombini, Avoca Beach, NSW

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival
Friday 2nd February – Hart’s Mill, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 3rd February – Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 4th February – Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, NSW

Stella Donnelly
Saturday 3rd February – Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth, WA

Sugartree
Saturday 3rd February – Mount Eliza Music Festival, Melbourne, VIC

TEK TEK Ensemble
Saturday 3rd February – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

The Ahern Brothers
Friday 2nd February – 63 First Ave, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 4th February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 8th February – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 9th February – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

The Backsliders
Saturday 3rd February – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

The Beez
Friday 2nd February – Woodville Hall, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – House Concert, Medowie, NSW
Sunday 4th February – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 8th February – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th February – Arcade Circus Shed, Katoomba, NSW

The Black Sorrows
Friday 9th February – Bird’s Basement, Melbourne, VIC

The Bushwackers
Friday 9th February – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT

The Cat Empire w/ Allysha Joy
Saturday 3rd February – Melbourne Zoo Twilights 2018, Melbourne, VIC

The Demon Drink
Saturday 3rd February – Mt Gravatt Marketta, Brisbane, QLD

The Djangologists
Saturday 4th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

The Drunken Poachers
Friday 2nd February – The Nightjar Festival, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 3rd February – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Emerald Ruby & Stephanie Cherote
Wednesday 7th February – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 8th February – Porch Light Sessions, Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

The Gypsy Scholars
Friday 2nd February – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 9th February – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW

The Long Johns
Friday 2nd February – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

The Shack feat. Joel Havea, Phillip Bracken, The Mighty Resonators
Saturday 3rd February – The Music Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Swamp Stompers
Friday 2nd February – Bellevue Hotel, Tuncurry, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Waifs
Saturday 3rd February – Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth, WA
Sunday 4th February – Mossvale Park, Berrys Creek, VIC

The Wilson Pickers
Saturday 3rd February – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

This is A Robbery w/ Quinton Trembath
Friday 2nd February – Newtown Cemetery, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – Small Shows, Sydney, NSW

Thompson Springs
Saturday 3rd February – Red Dog Studio Sessions, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th February – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

Tim Hart
Saturday 3rd February – Front Bar & Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 9th February – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Tim Hulsman Trio
Saturday 3rd February – Martians Cafe & Bar, Deans Marsh, VIC

Tolka
Sunday 4th February – CERES Joe’s Market Garden, Melbourne, VIC

Vanishing Shapes
Sunday 4th February – The Ori, Newcastle, NSW

Witches Leap and Pukichi
Friday 2nd February – Illawarra Folk Club, City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

XANI
Sunday 4th February – The Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Vincent Black Lightning” – The Del McCoury Band

Shaking Off The Rust

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Ben Fowler, recently returned from the Solomon Islands (photo supplied by artist)

Elizabeth Walton chats to Benji and the Saltwater Sound System

After a song is written you sometimes need to shelve it, forget it for a while, let the dust settle on the shine of a new idea. A good holding period offers time for ideas to go through some mystical metamorphosis which an artist can’t plan or contrive. That’s when that extra dynamic clicks in, that missing factor which takes a project from being just another element of a body of work to being something really interesting. When the artist returns to the shelf to dust off their work, then it can truly come to life.

For Benny Fowler, shelving his work in the sea has meant an accumulation of rust rather than dust, and it’s not just his material but his entire presence that’s been immersed in the salt. An extended break in the Solomons has allowed his material to mature, and infused his unique mix of chilled reggae/ska/funk with even more islander influences than before.

The time has now come to shake off the rust, to scrub and polish his songs, and reveal the metal beneath the surface. The job is well timed with appearances at both The National and Cobargo festivals coming up, as well as a return to the studio with the present lineup and a crowd sourced album due for recording later this month.

To get the show going, Benji and the Salt Water Sound System have announced a small halls tour of the South Coast of New South Wales. The tour kicked off in December with a gig at Murrah Hall on the Tathra-Bermagui highway down the far south coast, and a weekend of seaside events is planned for late February.

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Murrah Hall is a classic old time Aussie bush hall. It’s a hand-hewn timber structure set in a tall dense forest, well away from houses or cranky neighbours with their noise complaints. It’s a place that feels quiet and chilled even when the band gets going. The only road in to the venue meanders from beach to beach, delving inland through lush farms and forests, darting back towards the coast now and then, drifting over a series of wooden bridges that span sandy streams and low tide islands.


The small halls revival returns music to the people at their grass roots – taking live events out of the hands of commercial promoters and placing it at the feet of the community. Along with good tunes, local homemade food is shared for a small price, and people bring their own drinks – and often chairs – to share around the campfire. Dogs, kids, locals and groupies are all part of the blend. The result is an atmosphere that can’t be bought, with a house concert feel extended to reach a wider range of fans.


As always Benji and the Salt Water Sound System have their flock of devotees who seem to follow every event across the land, people who have stayed for the journey as the band evolved out of Ben’s earlier project Southerly Change into the current lineup. The band still has the same feel and a lot of the same personnel, though the tracking of life is leaving the trace of its touch on the face of the band.

“We seem to have a really broad span of ages in our lineup,” Ben says, reflecting on the current sound. Steve “Nello” Russenello still wraps his blues harp around every solo, and missing on this particular evening brass section favourite Mick Elderfield on sax, who is at home facing the challenges of holding a bedside vigil for an ageing relative. “He’s where he needs to be, it’s a good thing,” Nello says, perhaps reflecting on the mindset of musicians younger than Elderfield, now in his 30s, who may feel the music is the more important gig. Sitting in on kit is Alex Dumbrell from Caravana Sun, and Ben’s right hand guitar man, Jonathan Dallimore, whose lead riffs arrive at a relaxed perfection at the height of each tune.


As the life of a long standing band evolves and morphs into a new project, it’s naturally going to mark out the progression of your own time. The dates for the small halls tour are carefully scheduled around the imminent birth of Ben’s first child, with his faithful partner still showing up at every gig despite being rather beautifully overdue. Everyone at this gig is welcomed as a member of the extended saltwater family.

The small halls tour was created to allow the band to dust off the cobwebs, or as they say themselves, to shake off the rust, get back into the groove and give the new tunes a good airing before the band starts recording. If the Murrah Hall event is anything to go by, Benji and the Salt Water Sound System will be lifting the roof off in Canberra at The National.

The full list of upcoming shows are below. Tickets for the small halls shows are available from southcoasttickets.au@gmail.com or https://www.southcoasttickets.com.au

Friday 23rd February – Joyce Wheatley Community Centre, Kiama, NSW
Saturday 24th February – Bega Funhouse, Bega, NSW
Sunday 25th February – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW
Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

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National Folk Festival Adds Even More Artists for 2018

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The next round of artists for the 2018 National Folk Festival were announced this morning featuring a bunch of internationals, returning favourites and local gems.

The announcement is led by Scottish trad-quintet Elephant Sessions (above) who will be in the country for the festival season. Joining them are the likes of WÖR (Belgium), The Young Folk (Ireland), Trouble in the Kitchen, All Our Exes Live in Texas, My Friend The Chocolate Cake, Fiona Ross (Scotland) and Ken Nicol (England), The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Low Down Riders, Jugularity, Davidson Brothers, Electric Tommy Johnston, Frets Patrick, Loren Kate, Zac Saber, Matilda Rose, Meyers and McNamara, Benji and the Saltwater Sound System and The Quick and The Dead along with choirs Grassroots Union Choir of Tasmania, Alleycats Community Choir, InterVarsity and Ukestral Voices plus the inclusion of the Compánach Irish music concert.

This lineup announcement also features a bunch of poets and spoken word including Keith McKenry, Sandra Renew, Andrew Galan, Daniel J Townsend, Peter Mace, Jacqui Malins with cellist Julia Horvath, Dick Warwick, Martin Pearson, BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, Gregory North and Glover and Sorrensen.

The National Folk Festival takes place in Canberra over the Easter long weekend, 29th March to the 2nd April. For more information, including how to pick up early bird tickets, check out the official web site here.

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