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– Our Editor in Chief Gareth Hugh Evans released his traditional top 25 songs of the year including tracks from Aldous Harding, Bear’s Den, Big Sky Mountain, Bon Iver, Chaika, Charm of Finches, Falls, Fanny Lumsden, Garrett Kato, George Jackson, Joe Pug, John Smith, Julia Jacklin, Luke Plumb & Kate Burke, Mandolin Orange, Matthew And The Atlas, Michael Waugh, Passenger, Seeker Lover Keeper, Stella Donnelly, The East Pointers, The Maes, The Teskey Brothers, Tia Gostelow and Vetiver. Check it out here

– Our annual Chritsmas Eve list of the best folky Christmas and Holiday songs of the year dropped on Tuesday with tracks from Al Parkinson, Anais Mitchell w/ Thomas “Doveman” Bartlett, Arielle Silver, Bear’s Den, Ben Sollee, Courteous Thief, Fanny Lumsden, Good Lovelies, Jackie Marshall and Emma Bosworth, Jesse Blake Rundle, Joe Pug, Lady Maisery w/ Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith, Judy Collins & Jonas Fjeld, Lana Winterhalt, Noah, Mitch, & Kate, Phoebe Bridgers w/ Fiona Apple and Matt Berninger (The National), Richard Walters, Skinner & T’witch, Sophie Jones (Smith and Jones), Stella Donnelly, The Lone Bellow and The Shut-ins. Check out the list here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Andrew Swift and Gretta Ziller

Caravan Park

Friday 27th December – Amberlee Holiday Park, Rosebud, VIC
Saturday 28th December – Inverloch Foreshore Camping Reserve, Inverloch, VIC
Sunday 29th December – Seaspray Caravan Park, Seaspray, VIC
Monday 30th December – Eagle Point Caravan Park, Eagle Point, VIC
Tuesday 31st December – Marlo Ocean Views, Marlo, VIC
Wednesday 1st January – Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park, Mallacoota, VIC
Thursday 2nd January – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW
Friday 3rd January – Tathra Beachside, Tathra, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Alana Wilkinson
Saturday 28th December – Inverloch Sounds of Summer, Inverloch, VIC

Alice Skye
Monday 30th December to Wednesday 1st January – NYE on the Hill, Loch, VIC

Amanda Palmer
Monday 30th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Andrew Swift and Gretta Ziller
Friday 27th December – Amberlee Holiday Park, Rosebud, VIC
Saturday 28th December – Inverloch Foreshore Camping Reserve, Inverloch, VIC
Sunday 29th December – Seaspray Caravan Park, Seaspray, VIC
Monday 30th December – Eagle Point Caravan Park, Eagle Point, VIC
Tuesday 31st December – Marlo Ocean Views, Marlo, VIC
Wednesday 1st January – Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park, Mallacoota, VIC
Thursday 2nd January – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW
Friday 3rd January – Tathra Beachside, Tathra, NSW

Archie Roach
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Austral
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Barleyshakes
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Ben Mastwyk
Tuesday 31st December – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Blair Dunlop
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Bluegrass and Boilermakers
Thursday 2nd January – Rio Bar, Sydney, NSW

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Friday 27th December – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th December – Shady Pines Saloon, Sydney, NSW

Brooke Russell & the Canyon Callers
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Cat & Clint
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Charlie Collins
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Chloe & Jason Roweth
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Cigány Weaver
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Cloudstreet
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Colin Lillie
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Dave Wright & The Midnight Ramblers
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Dope Lemon
Saturday 28th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Tuesday 31st December to Thursday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Dyson Stringer Cloher
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Elephant Sessions
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD
Thursday 2nd January – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 3rd January – The Bellingen Brewery Co, Bellingen, NSW

Emily Barker
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Falls Festival
Saturday 28th to Tuesday 31st December – Lorne, VIC
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Marion Bay, TAS
Tuesday 31st December to Thursday 2nd January – Byron Bay, NSW

Fiona Ross and Shane O’Mara
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Fred Smith
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Freya Josephine Hollick
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Gareth Leach
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Georgia State Line
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Great Aunt
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Gretta Ray
Monday 30th December to Wednesday 1st January – NYE on the Hill, Loch, VIC

Gulgong Folk Festival
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Gulgong, NSW

Harry James Angus
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Hat Fitz and Cara
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Inverloch Sounds of Summer
Saturday 28th December – Thompson Reserve, Inverloch, VIC

Jack Carty
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

James Ellis & the Jealous Guys
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Jeff Lang
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

John Thompson
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Jordie Lane
Tuesday 31st December – Secret Show, VIC

Kasey Chambers
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Kay Proudlove
Sunday 29th December – Red Dog on the Green, Figtree, NSW

Kyle Lionhart
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Lachlan Bryan & the Wildes
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Lior
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Little Wise
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Mal Webb
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Martin Pearson
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Matt Joe Gow
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission
Wednesday 1st January – The Archies Creek Hotel, Archies Creek, VIC

Milky Chance
Saturday 28th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Tuesday 31st December to Thursday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Nariel Creel Folk Festival
Tuesday 31st December to Wednesday 1st January – Nariel Creek, VIC

Narrownecks
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Nathan Seeckts
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Niq Reefman
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

NYE on the Hill
Monday 30th December to Wednesday 1st January – Loch, VIC

Of Monsters and Men
Saturday 28th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Tuesday 31st December to Thursday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Monday 30th December to Wednesday 1st January – NYE on the Hill, Loch, VIC

Raised By Eagles
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

RAPT
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Gulgong Folk Festival, Gulgong, NSW

Rick Hart Trio
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Rose Zita Falko
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Round Mountain Girls
Tuesday 31st December – Seagulls Club, Tweed Heads, NSW

Russell Morris
Thursday 2nd December – Malt Shovel Taphouse, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Friday 3rd December – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Sahara Beck
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Sean McMahon
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Stag 2020 NYE feat. Magpie Diaries, Johnston City, James Thomson, Lyle Dennis Express, Dashville Progress Society
Tuesday 31st December – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Stu Tyrrell
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Gulgong Folk Festival, Gulgong, NSW

The Black Sorrows
Saturday 28th December – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 29th December – Wonderland Spiegeltent, Barwon Heads, VIC
Thursday 2nd January – The Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 3rd January – Ballina RSL Club, Ballina, NSW

The BordererS
Tuesday 31st December – Para Hills Community Club, Adelaide, SA

The Brother Brothers
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD
Friday 3rd December – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

The Bushwackers
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Gulgong Folk Festival, Gulgong, NSW

The East Pointers w/ Laura Hyde
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD
Friday 3rd January – The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

The Little Lord Street Band
Saturday 28th December – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 29th December – Margaret River Brewhouse, Margaret River, WA

The New Graces
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Swamp Stompers
Friday 3rd December – Murrah Hall, Murrah, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – Western Weekender, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Thelma Plumb
Saturday 28th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Tuesday 31st December to Thursday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

This Way North
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Tia Gostelow
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Tin Star
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Western Weekender
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Woodford Folk Festival
Friday 27th December to Wednesday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Z-Star Trinity
Saturday 28th December – Mansfield Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Tuesday 31st December – Riley, Cairns, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Woodfordia” – The East Pointers

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2019

2019

It’s been a very quiet year on the blogging front from Timber and Steel but I couldn’t let the season go past with at least on of my traditional best of lists.

Here’s 25 of the tracks I’ve been digging this year from across the folk spectrum – everything from trad to bluegrass, singer-songwriter to Americana. Hopefully you’ll agree that 2019 was a bumper year for the music we love.

Without further ado we present Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2019.

1. The Maes – “Treat You Better”

2. Aldous Harding – “The Barrel”

3. John Smith – “Hummingbird”

4. Joe Pug – “The Flood in Color”

5. Bon Iver – “Hey, Ma”

6. The East Pointers – “Wintergreen”

7. Bear’s Den – “Crow”

8. Luke Plumb & Kate Burke – “Billy Boy”

9. Julia Jacklin – “Pressure to Party”

10. Seeker Lover Keeper – “Let It Out”

11. Garrett Kato – “River Mouth”

12. The Teskey Brothers – “Hold Me”

13. Tia Gostelow – “Get To It”

14. Mandolin Orange – “Time We Made Time”

15. Fanny Lumsden – “These Days”

16. Vetiver – “To Who Knows Where”

17. Falls – “On Attack”

18. Chaika – “Arrow”

19. George Jackson – “Dorrigo”

20. Big Sky Mountain – “Cover My Tracks”

21. Charm of Finches – “Lies”

22. Stella Donnelly – “Die”

23. Passenger – “Rosie”

24. Michael Waugh – “Big Things”

25. Matthew and the Atlas – “Calling Long Distance”

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 26th July

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– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Big Sky Mountain, Devandra Banhart, Harley Mavis, Hein Cooper, Joe Man Murphy, Joe Pug, Karine Polwart, The Brother Brothers feat. Sarah Jarosz & Jeff Picker, Wallis Bird and Witches Leap. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

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Fever Dream
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Groundwater Country Music Festival

Groundwater

Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Gold Coast, QLD

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July – Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival, Echuca, Victoria

Adam Eckersley Band
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Amber Lawrence
Friday 26th July – Gunnedah Hotel, Gunnedah, NSW
Saturday 27th July – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 28th July – Dubbo RSL Memorial Club, Dubbo, NSW
Friday 2nd August – Deniliquin Club, Deniliquin, NSW

Andrew Swift
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Big Sky Mountain
Friday 26th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July – Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival, Echuca, Victoria
Friday 2nd August – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Brad Cox
Friday 2nd August – Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 26th July – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Catherine Britt w/ The Weeping Willows
Saturday 27th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

David Bridie
Saturday 27th July – The Peacock Theatre, Hobart, TAS

Doc & the Delegates
Saturday 27th July – Clarendon Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Dope Lemon
Friday 2nd August – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July – Echuca, Victoria

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 1st August – The Drawing Room on Flinders, Townsville, QLD
Friday 2nd August – Herbert River Crushers Hall, Ingham, QLD

Felicity Urquhart
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

FolkSwagon feat. Julia Johnson, Ruben Neeson, Sebastian Field
Wednesday 31st July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Gary & James Daley
Saturday 27th July – Nolan On Lovel Gallery, Katoomba, NSW

Great Aunt
Sunday 28th July – The Cambus Wallace, Gold Coast, QLD

Greta Stanley
Saturday 29th June – Neck of the Woods Festival, Townsville, QLD

Gretta Ziller
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Groundwater Country Music Festival
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Gold Coast, QLD

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 1st August – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Victor Mishalow
Sunday 28th July – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 26th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 27th July – Candelo Town Hall, Candelo, NSW
Sunday 28th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 26th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th July – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd August – The Rye Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

John Schumann and Shane Howard
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Jordan Ireland with Purple Orchestra w/ Babey, Soda Eaves
Thursday 1st August – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Katie Brianna
Friday 2nd August – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Kay Proudlove
Sunday 28th July – Succulent Sessions, Sydney, NSW

Kim Wheeler & Roadside Holiday
Tuesday 30th July – Mountain Pickers Association, Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, Ferntree Gully, VIC

Little Georgia
Friday 26th July – The Lennox Sessions, Lennox Head, NSW
Friday 2nd August – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC

M.E. Baird
Thursday 27th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Mark Oats and Matty Zarb
Friday 26th July – Django at Camelot, Sydney, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Sunday 28th July – Old Canberra Inn, Canberra, ACT

Mick Hart
Friday 26th and Saturday 27th July – Winter Blues Festival, Echuca, VIC
Sunday 28th July – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Miriam Lieberman
Wednesday 31st July – Peach Black, Sydney, NSW

Montgomery Church
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 2nd August – Hume Conservatorium, Goulburn, NSW

Mustered Courage
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Neil Murray
Saturday 27th July – Victoria Hotel, Dimboola, VIC
Sunday 28th July – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 30th July – Woomera Heritage Centre, Woomera, SA

Oly Sherman w/ Dom Youdan, James Campbell
Saturday 27th July – Low 302, Sydney, NSW

Paddy McHugh & Andy Golledge
Friday 26th July – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Peta Caswell & The Lost Cause
Friday 2nd August – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Round Mountain Girls
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Sahara Beck
Friday 26th July – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 31st July – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Simon Imrei
Friday 2nd August – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 26th July – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 27th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd August – Scottish Price, Gold Coast, QLD

Taste Of Tamworth feat. Carter & Carter, Lyn Bowtell, Jayne Denham, The Weeping Willows
Thursday 1st August – The Forge Theatre and Arts Hub, Bairnsdale, VIC
Friday 2nd August – Alexandra Town Hall, Alexandra, VIC

The Bluebird Sings
Saturday 27th July – Dashville, Belford, NSW

The Bottlers
Sunday 28th July – The Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Bushwackers
Friday 26th July – Outback Queensland Masters, Mount Isa, QLD

The Hillbilly Goats
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 27th July – Esk Club Hotel, Esk, QLD

The Little Lord Street Band
Friday 26th July – Grumpy’s Music Bar, Perth, WA
Sunday 28th July – Otherside Brewing Co, Perth, WA

The Loaded Dog Folk Club feat. Chloe & Jason Roweth, Buck & Deanne
Saturday 27th July – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 2nd August – Tabcorp Park, Melton South, VIC

The Slowdowns
Friday 26th July – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Saturday 27th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 1st August – The Forge Theatre and Arts Hub, Bairnsdale, VIC
Friday 2nd August – Alexandra Town Hall, Alexandra, VIC

Thelma Plum
Friday 26th July – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Tori Forsyth
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Vardos
Friday 26th July – 24 Moons Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Witches Leap w/ Lisa Richards
Saturday 27th July – Troubadour Folk Club, St Lukes Hall, Woy Woy, NSW

Woman Enough feat. Catherine Britt, Melody Moko, Natalie Henry
Friday 26th July – Great Northern Trading Post, Laguna, NSW
Saturday 27th July – House Concert, Kiama, NSW
Sunday 28th July – House Concert, Caves Beach, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Gambler” – First Aid Kit

New Music Monday – 22nd July

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Big Sky Mountain – “Cover My Tracks”

The latest single from seven-piece, Sydney-based alt-country and Americana band Big Sky Mountain is the rollicking “Cover My Tracks”. I love how this track just drives forward with the rhythmic chug drums, bass and ukulele while still showcasing the band’s beautiful harmonies and diverse instrumentation – the subtle trumpet parts throughout the song are spot on.

Big Sky Mountain have a bunch of gigs coming up – the full list is here:

Friday 26th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th August – Club Willoughby, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th September – Crack ‘N’ Jack Spring Music Festival, Port Stephens, NSW
Saturday 19th Octover – Fusion Multicultural Street Festival, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Devendra Banhart – “Abre Las Manos”

Freak folk pioneer Devendra Banhart has just given us a taste of his upcoming album Ma (due on the 13th September) with the latin inspired track “Abre Las Manos”. Sung entirely in Spanish, “Abre Las Manos” was inspired by Banhart’s motherland, Venezuela with the title translating to “Open Your Hands”. In typical Devendra Banhart style the song takes traditional musical forms and plays with them, adding a trippy, ethereal feel to the song.

“My brother is in Venezuela, my cousins, my aunts and uncles,” Devendra Banhart explained. “They are just holding their breath, in gridlock standstill. Maybe there is more Spanish writing on Ma because of the helplessness I’m feeling, it’s on my mind more than ever. I was thinking about the sorrow of having to put a child up for adoption, loving that child but not being with them, for whatever reason. That child is out in the world and you have to love them from afar. And that is exactly how I have felt observing the situation in Venezuela. There’s this helplessness, this place that has been a mother to you, that you’re a mother to as well, and it’s suffering so much. There is nothing you can do but send out love and remain in that sorrowful state.”

Harley Mavis – “Thief”

Sydney based alt-folk artist Harley Mavis (who previously performed under the name Hannah Robinson) is channeling her inner Stevie Nicks for her latest single “Thief”. The folk rock song combines Harley Mavis’ big voice with a cracking band that really drives the pace forward.

“”Thief” is a reflection of being in a really emotionally manipulative relationship and constantly feeling like that person has a hold on you regardless of having broken up,” Harley Mavis explained. “It’s a song that really encapsulates my mental health at that time in my life.”

Hein Cooper – “Invincible”

From it’s atmospheric opening right through to its huge crescendo, “Invincible” from singer-songwriter Hein Cooper is a beautiful piece of work. The single, which also has a power, cinematic video, once agains demonstrates just what a talent Cooper is.

If you want to catch Hein Cooper live there’s a bunch of dates in August supported by Leonie Kingdom:

Saturday 3rd August – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Thursday 8th August – Cambridge Warehouse, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 9th August – Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 10th August – The Basement, Canberra, ACT
Friday 16th August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 17th August – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW
Friday 23rd August – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 24th August – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 25th August – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Thursday 29th August – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 30th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Joe Man Murphy – “The Old Pine Tree”

Irish born, Australian based singer-songwriter (and one quarter of Adelaide band The Timbers) Joe Man Murphy has released his brand new single “The Old Pine Tree”. The track has an expansive sound typical of Australian folk music with some Mark Knopfler-esque electric guitar that helps to elevate Murphy’s songwriting. The video for “The Old Pine Tree” combines Joe Man Murphy’s music with his other passion of visual art.

Joe Pug – “The Flood in Color”

Joe Pug’s highly anticipated new album The Flood in Color landed last week and it’s truly magical. Pug also released the lead single which sees the songwriter at his best – guitar, harmonica and a simple backing band to highlight his stunning lyrics. Pug’s songwriting economy is really a true talent – here’s a song that is under 3 minutes long and lyrically sparse but is still able to convey so much emotion.

Karine Polwart – “Chance”

Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart releases her tribute to Scottish pop, Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook, on the 2nd August and everything we’ve heard so far from it has been really interesting. Here Polwart reinterprets Big Country’s classic track “Chance”, stripping it back to its core with really beautiful instrumentation including flutes and glockenspiel.

The Brother Brothers feat. Sarah Jarosz, Jeff Picker – “Colorado”

I love this. Folk duo The Brother Brothers have teamed with singer and guitarist Sarah Jarosz and bassist Jeff Picker for the gorgeous new single “Colorado”. Sitting somewhere between the songwriting of Paul Simon and the vocal delivery of Dylan in his quieter moments, the song has everything you want from modern folk music.

Wallis Bird – “Salve!”

“Salve!” is the latest taster of the upcoming album Woman from Irish singer-songwriter Wallis Bird. The soul and funk of “Salve!” is a whole lot of fun, and will immediately have you up and dancing – such a fun track. Woman is due for release on the 27th September.

Witches Leap – “Mountain Road / Rocky Road to Megalong”

Blue Mountains based trio Witches Leap provide one of first instrumental tracks for New Music Monday with their reels “Mountain Road / Rocky Road to Megalong”. The combination of flute, pipes and guitar evokes a magical landscape that could be Ireland or could also be the wilderness of the Mountains – and the video compliments this perfectly.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th June

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Big Sky Mountain, Freya Josephine Hollick, Saint Sister, Sufjan Stevens and Tunng. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Kelly Brouhaha
Kelly BrouhahaKelly Brouhaha
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Top Half Folk Festival

Pete Tichener

Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June – Glen Helen, NT

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 14th June – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT

99 Stories Singer/Songwriter Showcase feat. Rayn McDonald, Zoe Hormovas, Jonah Vogelman, Hanna Matysek, Billy Green, M’leigh, Matt Gold, Dani Erassi, Gabe Levin, Elizabeth Fader, Ollie Thorpe
Saturday 8th June – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Áine Tyrrell
Thursday 13th June – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th June – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Alpha Box & Porch feat. Milan Ring, Didier Kumalo, Jordan Ruru
Saturday 8th June – AB&D Cellar Door, McLaren Vale, SA

Amber Lawrence
Thursday 13th June – Robertson Public House, Robertson, NSW
Friday 14th June – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT

Anna Smyrk, STAV
Friday 14th June – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Ash Grunwald
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW
Friday 14th June – Milton Theatre, Milton, VIC

Barunga Festival
Friday 7th June to Sunday 9th June – Barunga, NT

BATTS
Friday 7th June – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 11th June – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Ben Mastwyk
Sunday 9th June – Daintonfest, Dainton Beer, Carrum Downs, VIC

Big Sky Mountain
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 7th June – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 14th June – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Bobby Alu
Friday 7th to Saturday 8th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD
Sunday 9th June – The Loft, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 14th June – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Bush Gothic
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Cigány Weaver
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD

Clare Bowditch
Friday 7th June – Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Claude Hay
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

Clio
Sunday 9th June – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Colin Jones
Tuesday 11th June – In The Round, The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 12th June – Folkswagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Colin Lillie
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Crawfish Po’Boys
Thursday 13th June – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 7th June – Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June – Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW
Wednesday 12th June – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 13th June – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 14th June – Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW

Dave Wells
Friday 14th June – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

David Bridie
Friday 7th June · Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Friday 14th June · Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Didirri
Saturday 8th June – Sea N Sound Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Ella Belfanti
Tuesday 11th June – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Ess-Em
Saturday 8th June – The Captain Cook Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Famous Will
Saturday 8th June – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC

Fiona Ross and Shane O’Mara
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Flying Seamen
Sunday 9th June – Jimmy’s Bar and Restaurant, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Colin Jones & The Delta Revue, Naked Strangers
Wednesday 12th June – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Frozen Water Trade w/ Mark Lucas
Sunday 9th June – Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Friday 7th June – Captain Cook Holiday Village, Seventeen Seventy, QLD
Sunday 9th June – The Junk Bar’s Skukum Lounge, Brisbane, QLD

Hannah Blackburn
Sunday 9th June – Secret Show, Melbourne, VIC

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 13th June – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Huckleberry Hastings
Saturday 8th June – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Lizzie Benne, Stringline, CJ Shaw
Friday 7th June – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

In The Round feat. Colin Jones, Spookyland, Maia Marsh, Sasha March
Tuesday 11th June – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

JD And The Hunger Men w/ Demi Mitchell
Friday 7th June – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Jordan Merrick
Friday 7th June – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Joseph Tawadros
Saturday 8th June – Woodend Winter Arts Festival, Woodend, VIC
Friday 14th June – Blue Mountains Theatre, Springwood, NSW

Julian James
Friday 7th June – Snack Shack, Tin Pan Bay, QLD
Saturday 8th June – Arkarra Gardens Cafe Restaurant, Dundowran Beach, QLD
Saturday 8th June – Rick’s Garage, Palmwoods, QLD
Sunday 9th June – Dusty Attic, Lismore NSW
Tuesday 11th June – New Brighton Farmers’ Markets, New Brighton, NSW
Friday 14th June – Red Rock Bowlo, Red Rock, NSW

Kaurna Cronin
Saturday 8th June – Low 302, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th June – Chateau Apollo, Adelaide, SA

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 7th June – Cooee Arthouse, Aldinga, SA
Saturday 8th June – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 12th June – Pistol Pete’s, Geelong, VIC

Kim Churchill
Friday 7th June – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 8th June – Wooly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD

Korumburra Southern Lights Festival feat. Aleyce Simmonds, The Weeping Willows, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Streeton Court Big Band, Mik Maks
Sunday 9th June – Korumburra Showgrounds, Korumburra, VIC

Lee Coulter & Dixie Maxwell
Friday 7th June – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 9th June – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th June – Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW

Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart
Friday 7th June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th June – Dusty Attic, Lismore, NSW
Friday 14th June – House Concert, Duranbah, NSW

Lucy Rose
Saturday 8th June – Freo.Social, Fremantle, WA

M.E. Baird
Thursday 13th June – Republic Bar & Cafe, Hobart, TAS

Maggie Carty and Mairtin Staunton
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Mark Lucas
Friday 7th June – Sappho Books Cafe & Wine Bar, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 9th June – Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Miriam Lieberman
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD

Mustard Courage
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

National Celtic Festival
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Portarlington, VIC

Nerds & Music
Friday 14th June – Bush Music Club, Addison Road Centre, Sydney, NSW

Palm Creek Folk Festival
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Mountain View Lake Holiday Park, Mount Surround, QLD

Perisher Peak Festival
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher, NSW

Peta Caswell and The Lost Cause w/ Bryan Estepa, Eddie Lawlor
Thursday 13th June – Slyfox, Sydney, NSW

Porchlight Sessions feat. King Curly
Thursday 13th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Rezza House Concerts feat. The Junes, John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special
Friday 7th June – House Concery, Melbourne, VIC

Rich Davies and the Low Road
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Rosie Burgess Trio
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD

Russell Morris
Friday 7th June – Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 8th June – Princess Theatre, Launceston, TAS
Thursday 13th June – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 14th June – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Ryan Oliver w/ Tessa Devine
Thursday 13th June – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Sasta
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Sea N Sound feat. Busby Marou, Didirri, Kyle Lionhart
Saturday 8th June – The Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, QLD

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 12th June – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Señor Cabrales
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Sharon Van Etten
Friday 7th June – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 9th June – Dark Mofo, Hobart, TAS
Tuesday 11th June – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Slim Dime, Blue Limit
Friday 7th June – South Coast Brewing Co., Willunga, SA
Saturday 8th June – Auburn Courthouse Cultural Centre, Auburn, SA
Sunday 9th June – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Smith & Jones
Friday 14th June – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

STAV.
Saturday 8th June – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 14th June – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Stu Tyrrell
Thursday 13th June – James Craig Music Club, Sydney, NSW

The BUg – Brisbane Unplugged Folk/Acoustic Music Night feat. Watling & Bates, Pine Mountain Cartel
Tuesday 11th June – New Farm Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD

The Grubby Urchins
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD
Wednesday 12th June – The Brothers Public House, Melbourne, VIC

The Maes
Friday 7th June – Music on the Hill, Red Hill Pavilion, Red Hill, VIC
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC
Thursday 13th June – The Mildura Club, Mildura, VIC
Friday 14th June – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA

The Slipdixies
Sunday 9th June – Castlemaine Jazz Festival, Castlemaine, VIC

The Water Runners
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

The Young Folk
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC
Wednesday 12th June – Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT

This Way North
Friday 14th June – Stay Gold, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Scanlan Trio
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Tobias Hengeveld
Sunday 9th June – The Gaso Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Top Half Folk Festival
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June – Glen Helen, NT

Vaudeville Smash
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

Z-Star Trinity
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD
Friday 14th June – The Retro Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Tom Paines Bones” – The Young’uns

New Music Monday – 3rd June

Big Sky Mountain
Image Courtesy of Big Sky Mountain

Big Sky Mountain – “Homeland”

Sydney alt-country seven piece Big Sky Mountain released their first single “Homeland”, which is taken from their upcoming debut album All Our Minutes. “Homeland” is a wonderful song – expansive but not overcrowded, modern while still paying tribute to the traditions that have come before. Their harmonies remind me of The Little Stevies in places, while the songwriting is reminiscent of The Waifs.

Big Sky Mountain will be appearing at the Perisher Peak festival this weekend as well as a bunch of other gigs and festivals on the east coast:

Thursday 6th June – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW
Friday 5th July – The Townie, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 6th July – Bundanoon Winterfest, Bundanoon, NSW
Fridat 26th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th August – Club Willoughby, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th September – Crack ‘N’ Jack Spring Music Festival, Port Stephens, NSW
Saturday 19th Octover – Fusion Multicultural Street Festival, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick – “Jesus Hates It When You Smoke”

Alt-country crooner Freya Josephine Hollick is channelling David Lynch with her new video and single “Jesus Hates It When You Smoke”. The slightly twisted aesthetic of the video fits really well with the track, which feels just slightly left of a typical country song – probably mostly down to the shimmering guitars and Hollick’s unique voice.

Freya Josephine Hollick will be playing the Gasometer in Melbourne on Saturday 15th June.

Saint Sister – “Is It Too Early? (Kilmainham)”

Irish duo Saint Sister have just dropped their amazing new single “Is It Too Early? (Kilmainham)”. The beautiful layered vocals are amplified by hip hop beats and subtle synths courtesy of producers Diffusion Lab and the result is something that breaks through any genre constraints.

“We were very open going into Diffusion Lab, we went into the studio willing to go somewhere with the song that we possibly wouldn’t have gone had we worked on it by ourselves,” Gemma Doherty from the band explained. “They suggested sounds outside of our instincts. In the end, I think the song perfectly represents the best of both worlds and our respective musical sensibilities.”

Sufjan Stevens – “Love Yourself”

To celebrate Pride Month Sufjan Stevens has released two new songs on the topic of love – “Love Yourself” and “With My Whole Heart”. The first of those two tracks, “Love Yourself”, is based on a sketch Stevens wrote 20 years ago and definitely has him flexing his electro and synth muscles rather than the softer folk he’s been returning to lately. It’s still a cracking song though and has everything you’ve come to love from new Sufjan Stevens music.

Tunng – “Bank Holiday”

Folktronica pioneers Tunng will be releasing an album of b-sides and obscurities spanning their entire career on the 28th June titled This Is Tunng … Magpie Bites and Other Cuts. The band have revealed a couple of tracks from the album already, one of which is the decidedly chunky “Bank Holiday”.

The track is full of weird samples, big drums and bass and Tunng’s signature melding of folk instrumentation with electronica elements. Strange and lots of fun.

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