Thank Folk It’s Friday – 15th September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Bush music legends The Bushwackers released their new single “Waltzing Australia” featuring guest vocals from Sara Storer and John Williamson. Details here

– The Mullum Music Festival has announced the Mullum Music Festival Opening Night Gala lineup including Mama Kin, Harry James Angus, Suzannah Espie, Lindi Ortega, The Teskey Brothers, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Wallis Bird, Greg Sheehan, Ethno Folk Orchestra and the Youth Mentorship winner. Details here

– Indie-folk singer-songwriter Diana Anaid released her new video “Can’t Apologise”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Gretta Stanley released her new single “Spin Around”. Details here

Billy Bragg covered Anaïs Mitchell’s track “Why We Build The Wall”, slotting it very well into today’s political climate. Details here

– American bluegrassers Foghorn Stringband return to Australia for a tour this October. Details here

– This week’s Bluegrass @ Yulli’s will feature Golden Whistler. Details here

– Dashville Skyline announced additional artists for their Sunday Wind Down including Ben Ely, The Safety Of Life At Sea, Burger Joint, Dave Wells, James Thomson, Ahlia Rain and Georgie Jones. Details here

TinPan Orange released their new single “Wanderers” and announced an October and November tour. Details here

– Melbourne Americana and bluegrass duo The Weeping Willows announced an East Coast tour. Details here

– The John Butler Trio released their new single “Bully”. Details here

– The Fleurieu Folk Festival announced their 2017 headliners including Kristina Olsen, Ken Nicol, Greg Champion, Co-cheòl, The BordererS, Tom Richardson, Alan Gogoll and Fiona Ross. Details here

Angus & Julia Stone released their new video “Chateau”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Mitch Power released his new video “Do It Till I Die”. Details here

Releases This Week

Angus and Julia Stone
SnowAngus & Julia Stone
iTunes

Ben Ely
Strange Tales of Drugs & Lost LoveBen Ely
Official Site

My Queen
My QueenDiana Anaid
iTunes

Lisa Mitchell
When They Play That SongLisa Mitchell
iTunes

The Lone Bellow
Walk Into A StormThe Lone Bellow
iTunes

The Orbweavers
Deep LeadsThe Orbweavers
iTunes

Willie Watson
Folksinger Vol. 2Willie Watson
iTunes

Cat Stevens
The Laughing AppleYusuf Islam
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Americana Music Association of Australia Newcastle and WA Launch

AMA

The Americana Music Association of Australia is going out all guns blazing this week with launch shows in York, WA and Newcastle, NSW. The York show features Wayward Johnson, Helen Shanahan, The Jaycos, The Justin Walshe Folk Machine and Tom Fisher & The Layabouts while over in Newcastle you’ll be able to catch Eagle & The Wolf, Magpie Diaries, Lou Bradley, Nicholas Connors, Dearly Departed and Dan Southward. Two shows definitely not to be missed.

Saturday 16th September – York Castle Hotel, York, WA
Thursday 21st September – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 15th to Monday 18th September – Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Festival, Kandanga, QLD

A Medieval Affayre feat. The Crooked Fiddle Band
Sunday 17th September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Áine Tyrrell
Thursday 21st September – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Alanna and Alicia
Friday 15th September – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 15th to Saturday 17th September – Turning Wave Festival, Yass, NSW

Alice Terry
Friday 15th September – Secret Show, Sydney, NSW

Americana Music Association of Australia Newcastle Launch feat. Eagle & The Wolf, Magpie Diaries, Lou Bradley, Nicholas Connors, Dearly Departed, Dan Southward
Thursday 21st September – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Americana Music Association of Australia WA Launch feat. Wayward Johnson, Helen Shanahan, The Jaycos, The Justin Walshe Folk Machine, Tom Fisher and the Layabouts
Saturday 16th September – York Castle Hotel, York, WA

Americana Sunday Sessions feat. Karin Page
Sunday 17th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Angus & Julia Stone w/ Ruel
Thursday 21st September – Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Anna Smyrk
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW
Tuesday 19th September – Queen St Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 20th September – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 22nd September – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Ashlea Reale
Friday 15th September – The Bank Gallery Space, Carnamah, WA
Wednesday 20th September – Indi Bar, Perth, WA
Friday 22nd September – Dôme Waikiki, Waikiki, WA

BANFF
Friday 15th September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 16th September – Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 21st September -The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Ben Ely
Thursday 21st September – Record Crate, Sydney, NSW
Friday 22nd September – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Benny Walker
Friday 15th September – Basement Discs Instore, Melbourne, VIC

Best Music Girls feat. Merpire, Christine Jane, Hannah Robinson
Thursday 21st September – Best Music Warehouse, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Golden Whistler
Wednesday 20th September – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Canyon
Friday 15th September – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Captain Apples
Friday 15th September – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Clare Bowditch
Friday 15th September – The Sound Doctor Presents, Anglesea, VIC

Co-cheòl
Friday 15th September – St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 17th September – Yarrunga Community Centre, Croydon Hills, VIC

Coast Acoustics Music Festival
Saturday 16th September – Gold Coast, QLD

Cyclo Timik, The Old Married Couple, Jemma Nicole
Friday 15th September – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Damien Dempsey
Friday 15th September – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th September – Manning Bar, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th September – Badlands Bar, Perth, WA

Dan Sultan
Friday 15th September – HQ, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 16th September – Metro City, Perth, WA
Thursday 21st September – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 22nd September – Max Watt’s, Brisbane, QLD

Dan Tuffy
Thursday 21st September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Diana Anaid
Sunday 17th September – Nimbin Roots Fest, Nimbin, NSW

Emma Russack
Saturday 16th September – The Fitzroy Pinnacle, Melbourne, VIC

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 22nd September – School of Arts Hall, Burren Junction, NSW

Folk By The Sea
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September – Kiama, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. John Mason, Hannah Matysek, Paul Mason
Wednesday 20th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gallie
Thursday 21st September – Star Hotel, Yackandandah, VIC

Garrett Kato
Thursday 21st September – Albury Entertainment Centre, Albury, NSW

Gold Coast Acoustics Music Festival
Saturday 16th September – Gold Coast, QLD

Grant Arthur and the Jazz Musicians
Sunday 17th September – The Fitzroy Pinnacle, Melbourne, VIC

Great Aunt
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW
Thursday 21st September – The Bellingen Brewery & Co., Bellingen, NSW

Guildford Banjo Jamboree
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Guildford, VIC

Hannah Matysek
Wednesday 20th September – FolksWagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 22nd September – Newtown Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Harry Hookey
Thursday 21st September – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Hooting & Howling feat. Julia Johnson
Wednesday 20th September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 21st September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC

Irish Rebel Night
Saturday 16th September – The Quiet Man, Melbourne, VIC

James Bennett
Friday 15th September – Latin Loafer, Port Macquarie, NSW
Sunday 17th September – Leadbelly Newtown, Sydney, NSW

Jed Rowe
Friday 15th September – The Chapel, Burnie, TAS
Saturday 16th September – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS

Jen Mize and Mitch Power
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW
Friday 22nd September – Two Goats, Armidale, NSW

Joe Mungovan and Greta Stanley
Friday 15th September – Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd September – Anitas Theatre, Thirroul, NSW

Jordan Merrick
Saturday 16th September – Kilcoy BBQ and Beer Festival, Kilcoy, QLD

Justin Bernasconi & Cookie Baker
Saturday 16th September – Bayview Country Art Club, Bittern, VIC

Karl S Williams
Friday 15th September – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 16th September – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 22nd September – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Kate Wadey & George Washingmachine
Wednesday 20th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Kelly Brouhaha
Saturday 16th September – The Muswellbrook Hotel, Muswellbrook, NSW
Sunday 17th September – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 22nd September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Kilcoy BBQ and Beer Festival
Saturday 16th September – Kilcoy, QLD

Kim Churchill
Friday 15th September – Unibar, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 16th September – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 21st September – The Jack, Cairns, QLD
Friday 22nd September – The Office, Townsville, QLD

Kimberley Wheeler & Roz Girvan
Sunday 17th September – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Lazy Colts
Sunday 17th September – Labour In Vain, Melbourne, VIC

Lily & King
Saturday 16th September – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Lizzie Flynn
Friday 15th September – Coast Acoustics Festival Fringe, Nerang, QLD
Saturday 16th September – House Concert, Rathdownie, QLD
Sunday 17th September – Irons & Craig Cafe, Yamba, NSW
Tuesday 19th September – Queen St. Hall, Wingham, NSW
Wednesday 20th September – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Taree, NSW
Thursday 21st September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 22nd to Saturday 23rd September – Folk By The Sea, Kiama, NSW

Madison Violet
Friday 15th September – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 16th September – Courthouse Auburn, Clare Valley, SA
Wednesday 20th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 21st September – Sussex Inlet Surf Club, Sussex Inlet, NSW
Friday 22nd September – The Dungeon, Newcastle, NSW

Mark Olson
Friday 22nd September – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Saturday 16th September – House Concert, Kew, VIC
Sunday 17th September – House Concert, Doncaster East, VIC
Thursday 21st September – House Concert, Belmont, VIC
Friday 22nd September – House Concert, Wyndham Vale, VIC

Mat Black
Sunday 17th September – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne Celtic Piping Session
Sunday 17th September – Exford Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Melody Moko
Sunday 17th September – The Black Sheep, Corryong, VIC
Friday 22nd September – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Mem Davis
Saturday 16th September – The Yo-Yo Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Fest
Friday 15th to Monday 18th September – Upper Kandanga, Mary Valley, QLD

Montgomery Church
Friday 15th September – Blackheath Community Hall, Blackheath, NSW

Nimbin Roots Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin, NSW

Oscar Lush
Saturday 16th September – The Diggers Store, Castlemaine, VIC

Out of Abingdon
Friday 15th September – Brisbane Jazz Club, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 16th September – Gold Coast Acoustic Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 17th September – Iron and Craig Café, Yamba, NSW

Papa Pilko and The Binrats w/ Hemmingway
Thursday 21st September – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 15th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 15th September – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th September – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Thursday 21st September – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 22nd September – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Queen Porter Stomp
Friday 15th September – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Raised By Eagles
Saturday 16th September – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 17th September – Torquay Bowls Club, Torquay, VIC

Roadhouses
Sunday 17th September – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Rockabilly Night of Mayhem feat. Voodoo Rhythm Shakers, Fire Down Below, That Red Head
Saturday 16th September – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Skyscraper Stan w/ Georgia State Line, The Weeping Willows
Sunday 17th September – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Tempus Sun, Obscura Hail, High Society
Friday 15th September – Ding Dong Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Tex, Don & Charlie
Friday 15th September – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 16th September – Brisbane Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 19th September – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 20th September – Badlands Bar, Perth, WA
Friday 22nd September – The Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA

The Blues Tram feat. Geoffrey Williams, DIGG
Saturday 16th September – The Blues Tram, Bendigo, VIC

The Button Collective
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW
Thursday 21st September – Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW

The Cope Street Parade
Saturday 16th September – The Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC

The Demon Drink
Sunday 17th September – Limes Hotel, Brisbane, QLD

The Gadflys
Friday 22nd September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Johnny Can’t Dance Cajun Band w/ Craig Woodward & Jeremy Marcotte
Sunday 17th September – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Maladies
Friday 22nd September – The Botany View, Sydney, NSW

The Roamin’ Jasmine
Sunday 17th September – Hardy’s Bay Club, Hardys Bay, NSW
Wednesday 20th September – Gin Lane, Belgrave, VIC
Thursday 21st September – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd September – Private Show, Reservoir, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September – Wave Rock Weekender, Hyden, WA

The Weeping Willows
Sunday 17th September – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Tim Guy
Friday 15th September – The Taproom Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC

Timothy James Bowen
Thursday 21st September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Tobias
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Tori Forsyth
Saturday 16th September – Cobar Golf Club, Cobar, NSW

Triffid Acoustics feat. Byron Short
Wednesday 20th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Turning Wave Festival
Friday 15th to Saturday 17th September – Yass, NSW

Twilight in Tulsa
Friday 15th September – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave, VIC

Ukes of Hazard
Saturday 16th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Vanishing Shapes, Ungus Ungus Ungus, Deepsea Lights
Friday 22nd September – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

Vardos
Friday 22nd September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Wave Rock Festival
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September – Hyden, WA

Wilson & White
Friday 15th September – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 17th September – Yarra Valley Grand Hotel, Yarra Glen, VIC

Z-Stay Delta
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Fest, QLD
Thursday 21st September – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 22nd September – Miami Marketta, Miami, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Aragon Mill” – Transatlantic Sessions feat. Karen Matheson, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Tim O’Brien

Listen to the New Billy Bragg Single “Why We Build the Wall”

Billy Bragg
Billy Bragg Photo By Stuart Bucknell Photography

The Anaïs Mitchell song “Why We Build the Wall”, despite being part of her 2010 ancient greek folk-opera Hadestown has turned out to be surprisingly prescient in today’s global political climate.

So it’s probably no surprise that social activist and folk singer Billy Bragg has chosen to cover “Why We Build the Wall”, taking it out of its operatic context and turning it into something more. The cover has a brand new lyric video – take a listen below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th August

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Josh Pyke has announced he’s taking a hiatus after his upcoming regional tour. Details here

– English indie-folk singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey released his new single “Mountain to Move”. Details here

– Australian folk super group The Maggie Darlings release their new album Wishing Well today. Details here

The Kyneton Music Festival announced their first round of artists including Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, Karl S. Williams, Freya Josephine Hollick, Dan Parsons, The Twoks and many more. Details here

– Sydney venue The Newsagency relaunches in its new space next week with a show from Sarah Belkner and Alison Avron. Details here

The Queenscliff Music Festival announced a bunch of international artists for 2017 including The East Pointers, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Irish Mythen, Lindi Ortega, Ron Artis II & The Truth, Too Many Zooz and Travis Bowlin. Details here

– Canadian duo Madison Violet announced plans to tour Australia this Spring. Details here

Kim Churchill announced his new album Weight_Falls as well as releasing the video for “Second Hand Car” and revealing a huge Spring tour. Details here

Iron & Wine released the gorgeous new video “Thomas County Law”. Details here

– Melbourne based alt-country singer Gretta Ziller has announced album launch dates in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle and Tamworth. Details here

David Rawlings released his new single “Cumberland Gap” ahead of his album release. Details here

– Brisbane indie-folk four piece Elbury have announced plans for an east coast tour kicking off this week. Details here

– The legendary Paul Kelly released his new video “Firewood And Candles”. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke has announced plans to head to Australia for a tour this Spring. Details here

Valerie June released her new video “Got Soul” ahead of her upcoming Australian tour. Details here

Releases This Week

Ben Sollee
Ben Sollee And Kentucky NativeBen Sollee
iTunes

David Rawlings
Poor David’s AlmanackDavid Rawlings
iTunes

Jen Cloher
Jen CloherJen Cloher
iTunes

KMH
Live at the Sydney Opera HouseKate Miller-Heidke & The Sydney Symphony Orchestra
iTunes

Maggie Darlings
Wishing WellThe Maggie Darlings
Bandcamp

Paul Kelly
Life Is FinePaul Kelly
iTunes

Richard Thompson
Acoustic Classics Vol. IIRichard Thompson
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Newsagency Sessions feat. Sarah Belkner, Alison Avron

Sarah Belkner

Sydney’s favourite intimate venue officially reopens in its new Camperdown space with a show from Sarah Belkner and Alison Avron

Wednesday 16th August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Asha Jefferies
Friday 18th August – The Flying Cock, Brisbane, QLD

Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
Friday 11th and Saturday 12th August – Bangalow Showground, Bangalow, NSW

BATTS
Thursday 17th August – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Bek Sarkoezy and Sam Newton
Saturday 12th August – The Joshua Tree, Sydney, NSW

Ben Salter
Wednesday 16th August – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Bill Chambers
Friday 11th August – Sunset Studio, Mayfield, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Diggers, The Entrance, NSW

Bill Jackson and Pete Fidler
Friday 11th August – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 12th August – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass Pub Pick feat. Whoa Mule
Sunday 13th August – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Central Coast Country Music Festival
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th August – Memorial Park, The Entrance, NSW

Daggy Man
Friday 11th August – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Darwin Festival
Thursday 10th to Sunday 27th August – Darwin, NT

Echo Deer w/ Holza & Pez
Sunday 13th August – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Elbury
Wednesday 16th August – Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 17th August – OxJam House Concert, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 18th August – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave, VIC

Emily Davis Band w/ Sam Reiher, Kate Alexander, Hana Brenecki
Sunday 13th August – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Emma Davis
Thursday 17th August – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW

Fairlight Folk feat. Bill Jackson, Pete Fidler, Strangelove, Melanie Horsnell
Saturday 12th August – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Fallon Cush
Sunday 13th August – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Daniel Cherote, Alana Wilkinson, MoSoul
Wednesday 16th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. Alice Terry, Christine Jane, Stephanie Cherote
Friday 11th August – 107 Projects, Sydney, NSW

Forever Son
Friday 11th August – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Georgia Fields and Phia
Friday 11th August – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 12th August – Glen Helen Homestead Lodge, Alice Springs, NT

Georgia State Line
Friday 11th August – Saints + Sailors, Portarlington, VIC
Saturday 12th August – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Sunday 13th August – Martians Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC

Handasyd Williams w/ Levi Burr, Nik Philpott
Sunday 13th August – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

High Tea feat. Adam Miller
Thursday 17th August – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Hinterlandt
Friday 11th August – Bomaderry Presbyterian Church, Bomaderry, NSW

Hollie Matthew
Saturday 12th August – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Horns of Leroy’s Jukebox feat. The Collingwood Casanovas
Wednesday 16th August – Belleville, Melbourne, VIC

Husky
Friday 11th August – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th August – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Shellie Morris, Troy Jungaji Brady
Friday 18th August – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Friday 18th August – Lulie St Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Jason Roweth
Friday 11th August – Addison Rd Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

Jen Cloher
Friday 11th August – Readings Carlton, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th August – Rocksteady Records, Melbourne, VIC

Jep and Dep
Friday 11th August – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Halcyon Daze Records, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th August – The Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke w/ Kyle Lionhart
Friday 11th August – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 12th August – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Thursday 17th August – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 18th August – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Kelly Brouhaha
Sunday 13th August – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Tuesday 15th August – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 17th August – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 18th August – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC

Kelly Country Pick
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th August – Beechworth, VIC

Liam Gale & The Ponytails
Friday 11th August – Kingsway Bar, Launceston, TAS

Liam Gerner
Sunday 13th August – Noisy Ritual People-Powered Urban Winery, Melbourne, VIC

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 11th August – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th August – The Old Church On The Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Madeline Leman and The Desert Swells, Freya Josephine Hollick
Thursday 17th August – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Maia Marsh w/ Sisco Electro, Huckleberry Hastings, Lachlan Vines
Tuesday 15th August – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Saturday 12th August – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th August – The Log Cabin Hall, Gooloogong, NSW

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band
Thursday 17th August – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

My Friend The Chocolate Cake
Friday 11th August – Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, Springwood, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th August – Theatre Royal Castlemaine, Castlemaine, VIC

Nathan Seeckts and Great Aunt
Saturday 12th August – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Nuet & Nic Cassey
Thursday 17th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

O’Shea
Saturday 12th August – Mount Isa Rodeo, Mount Isa, QLD

Open Folk’n
Friday 11th August – The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Packwood
Friday 18th August – Plant By Packwood, Melbourne, VIC

Paul Hayward & The Sidekicks
Saturday 12th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Paul Kelly
Friday 11th August – Red Eye Records, Sydney, NSW
Monday 14th August – Readings Carlton, Melbourne, VIC

Pete Murray
Friday 11th August – Wrest Point Showroom, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 12th August – Launceston Country Club, Launceston, TAS
Thursday 17th August – Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, Batemans Bay, NSW
Friday 18th August – Waves, Wollongong, NSW

Queen Porter Stomp
Friday 18th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Raised By Eagles
Friday 11th August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th August – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 18th August – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC

Reuben Stone w/ Dan Vogl
Wednesday 16th August – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Rick Hart’s Bare Bones w/ Ben Leece
Friday 11th August – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Scarlet’s Revenge
Thursday 17th August – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW

Shane Nicholson
Friday 11th August – Anita’s Theatre, Thiroul, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th August – Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Sunday 13th August – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Shellie Morris, Wityana Marika and Dhapanbal Yunupingu
Tuesday 15th August – Darwin Festival, The Lighthouse, Darwin, NT

Sofar Sounds Gold Coast
Friday 18th August – House Concert, Mermaid Beach, QLD

Someday June w/ Zac Saber
Friday 11th August – Analogue Academy, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 12th August – The Basement Bar, Bendigo, VIC

South Coast Folk Club Hall of Famers
Thursday 17th August – South Coast Folk Club, Port Noarlunga, SA

Tami Nelson
Thursday 17th August – Darwin Festival, The Lighthouse, Darwin, NT
Friday 18th August – The Flamin’ Galah, Brisbane, QLD

Taryn La Fauci
Friday 11th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

The Co-Ground Folk Show feat. Amistat, Ariela Jacobs, Mia Wray
Friday 18th August – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

The Cope Street Parade
Saturday 12th August – Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC

The Demon Drink
Saturday 12th August – Jubilee Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 18th August – Yandina Hotel, Yandina, QLD

The Newsagency Sessions feat. Sarah Belkner, Alison Avron
Wednesday 16th August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Round Up feat. Nigel Wearne and Ayleen O’Hanlon
Wednesday 16th August – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Settlement
Saturday 12th August – Commercial Hotel, Hamilton, VIC

The Slipdixies
Sunday 13th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Slowdowns
Friday 18th August – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 11th August – Mojo Record Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th August – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Ed Castle, Adelaide, SA

The Twoks
Friday 11th August – House Concert, Adelaide, SA

The Willie Wagtails
Saturday 12th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 11th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 12th August – The Bluebee Room, Adelaide, SA

Tobias
Friday 11th August – Irish Club, Emerald, QLD
Saturday 12th August – Irish McGanns, Eoma, QLD

Tori Forsyth
Friday 18th August – The Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW

Untamed Ceilidh
Saturday 12th August – Northcote Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC

Wanneroo Folk Club feat. Dingo’s Breakfast, Ashlea Reale
Friday 11th August – Dorchester Hall, Perth, WA

Whoa Mule
Saturday 12th August – Lentil as Anything, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 13th August – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Between The Wars” – Billy Bragg

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th July

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Billy Bragg released his new single “The Sleep of Reason”. Details here

Willie Watson has announced plans to release his second solo album Folksinger Vol. 2 in September. Details here

Vance Joy released his first new music in three years with the video “Lay It On Me”. Details here

– American super-trio I’m With Her released their new video “Little Lies”. Details here

– Melbourne indie-folk duo Charm of Finches are celebrating the one year of their debut album with a home town show tonight. Details here

– Americana festival Out On The Weekend announced their 2017 lineup including Justin Townes Earle, Son Volt, Traveller (Jonny Fritz, Robert Ellis & Cory Chisel), All Our Exes Live In Texas, The Deslondes, Robbie Fulks, Fanny Lumsden, The Sadies, Joshua Hedley, Raised by Eagles, Freya Josephine Hollick, Davidson Brothers and The Moonee Valley Drifters. Details here

– Speaking of Fanny Lumsden she just announced her massive 2017 Country Halls Tour. Details here

– Hobart folk-punk festival HOBOFOPO announced its first 12 artists including AJJ, Paddy McHugh, The Dead Maggies, This Is A Robbery, The Berkeley Hunts, Fox ‘N’ Firkin, Medusa’s Wake, Quinton Trembath, Wilson and The Castaways (NSW), The Dominic Francis Grief Ensemble, BrodyGreg and Hairyman. Details here

The Queenscliff Music Festival has added a bunch more artists to its 2017 lineup including Allysha Joy, The Bamboos, Beccy Cole, Bob Evans, Hat Fitz & Cara, Jazz Party, Little Georgia, Mia Dyson, Sammy J, The Southern River Band, Stella Donnelly and The Wilson Pickers. Details here

The Cake & Cordial Sessions comes to Brisbane today featuring Paddy McHugh, Kelly Cork, Megan Cooper and Fanny Lumsden. Details here

Blog

We pick the top ten albums and EPs you should own from the first half of 2017 including releases from All Our Exes Live in Texas, Charlie Fink, Emily Barker, Fleet Foxes, Johnny Flynn, Kasey Chambers, Laura Marling, The Ahern Brothers, The Morrisons and Timothy James Bowen. Blog here

Releases This Week

Dan Sultan
KillerDan Sultan
iTunes

Come All Ye
Come All Ye – The First 10 YearsFairport Convention

Gillian Welch
The Harrow & The Harvest LPGillian Welch
Official Site

Passenger
The Boy Who Cried WolfPassenger
iTunes

Shane
Love and BloodShane Nicholson
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Charm of Finches w/ Loren Kate

Charm of Finches

Sister duo Charm of Finches celebrate the one year anniversary of their debut album Staring at the Starry Ceiling with a home town show supported by Loren Kate

Friday 28th July – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

245T, Rick Hart’s Bare Bones, Michael Plater, Tom Redwood
Sunday 30th July – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

America
Friday 28th July – International Convention Centre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 29th July – The Events Centre, Caloundra, QLD
Sunday 30th July – Broadbeach Country Festival, Broadbeach, QLD
Wednesday 2nd August – WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 3rd August – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Arygle Sun-Sets feat. Ackers, Dale Ostridge, Dande & The Lion
Sunday 30th July – Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW

BEMAC presents World Music Cafe: MZAZA & Vardos
Friday 4th July – Queensland Multicultural Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Bluestone Junction
Friday 28th July – Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 29th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Broadbeach Country Music Festival
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July – Broadbeach, QLD

Cake and Cordial Sessions feat. Fanny Lumsden, Kelly Cork, Megan Cooper, Paddy McHugh
Friday 28th July – Ashgrove Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD

Charm of Finches w/ Loren Kate
Friday 28th July – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Claire Patti w/ Mandy Connell, Kelly Auty
Wednesday 2nd August – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Echuca Winter Blues Festival
Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July – Echuca, VIC

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 28th July – Cake and Cordial Sessions, Ashgrove Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 29th to Sunday 30th July – Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Broadbeach, QLD

FolkSwagon feat. Liam Gale, The Burley Griffin, Julia Johnson
Wednesday 2nd July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Forever Son
Friday 4th August – Quicksilver Bar 61, Torquay, VIC

Georgia Fields and Phia
Friday 28th July – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 30th July – Point Lonsdale, VIC
Thursday 3rd August – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Grigoryan Brothers
Wednesday 2nd August – Orbost Exhibition Centre, Orbost, VIC
Thursday 3rd August – Twyford Hall Merimbula, Canberra, ACT
Friday 4th August – St Peter’s Anglican College, Canberra, ACT

Heath Cullen
Saturday 29th July – Majors Creek, NSW

High Tea feat. Brett Winterford
Thursday 3rd August – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Jeff Lang
Saturday 29th July – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Jim Lawrie
Friday 28th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke w/ Kyle Lionhart
Friday 28th July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 29th July – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 4th August – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Julia Johnson
Wednesday 2nd August – FolkSwagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 28th July – The Austral Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July – Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Broadbeach, QLD

Loren Kate
Friday 28th July – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 31st July – Rosanna Fire Station Community House, Melbourne, VIC

Lucy Wise
Friday 28th July – St Margaret’s Anglican Church, Eltham, VIC

Mick Flanagan
Sunday 30th July – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

Miles and Simone
Saturday 29th July – Balmoral, NSW
Friday 4th August – Major Toms, Kyneton, VIC

Nigel Wearne
Friday 4th August – Saint Monday, Yackandandah, VIC

Not Good With Horses w/ Jason Walker
Sunday 30th July – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

O’Shea
Friday 28th July – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 29th July – Centro CBD, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 30th July – Lizotte’s Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 3rd August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Paul Reid
Sunday 30th July – Fox Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Pete Murray
Friday 28th July – The Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Saturday 29th July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 3rd August – Nautilus Theatre, Port Lincoln, SA
Friday 4th August – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Ramblin’ Nights feat. James Thomson & The Strange Pilgrims, The Sweet Jelly Rolls, Swamp Fat Jangles
Thursday 3rd August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Rich Davies & The Low Road w/ The Jaycos, Belle Harvey
Sunday 30th July – Four5Nine, Perth, WA

Shane Nicholson
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July – Broadbeach Country Music Festival, QLD
Wednesday 2nd August – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 3rd August – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 4th August – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Sofar Sounds Melbourne
Saturday 29th July – Melbourne, VIC

Songwriters in the Round feat. Amber Lawrence, Steve Passfield, Katie Brianna
Sunday 30th July – Wenty Leagues, Wentworthville, NSW

Steve Smyth
Wednesday 2nd August – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 4th August – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Stray Hens
Friday 4th July – Selby Folk Club, Selby, VIC

The Ahern Brothers
Friday 28th July – Green Door Wines, Ferguson Valley, WA
Saturday 29th July – The Church, Donnybrook, WA
Sunday 30th July – The Pottery-Restaurant, Bridgetown, WA
Thursday 3rd August – Secret Show, Mandurah, WA
Friday 4th August – Wild Vinegar, Bunbury, WA

The Bean Project
Friday 28th July – No. 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 29th July – Sun Bistro, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 1st August – The B.U.G, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 2nd August – Cambus Wallace, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 4th August – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW

The Collingwood Casanovas
Friday 28th July – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Demon Drink
Saturday 29th July – Club Hotel Motel, Lowood, QLD

The Morrisons
Friday 4th August – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 4th July – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Settlement
Saturday 29th July – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 3rd August – Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 4th August – Nightquarter, Gold Coast, QLD

The Teskey Brothers
Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July – Echuca Winter Blues Festival, Echuca, VIC
Friday 4th August – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC

The Water Runners, The Lurkers
Friday 4th July – The Yo-Yo Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Tim Guy
Saturday 29th July – Rainbow Fitzroy, Melbourne, VIC

Tobias
Saturday 29th July – The Old Gregory Hotel, Winton, QLD
Friday 4th August – The Grand Hotel, Clermont, QLD

Tori Forsyth
Friday 28th to Sunday 31st July – Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Broadbeach, QLD

Vinod Prasanna, John Flanagan Trio
Sunday 30th July – St Paul’s Anglican Church, Clunes, VIC

Waterloo Sunset Sessions feat. The Fibro Cowboys
Sunday 30th July – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Kettle” – Killing Heidi

Listen to the New Billy Bragg Single “The Sleep of Reason”

Billy Bragg
Photo by Stuart Bucknell Photography

Renowned protest singer Billy Bragg has just released his brand new single “The Sleep of Reason”. Inspired by a visit to The Prado gallery in Madrid where he saw Goya’s etching The Sleep Of Reason Produces Monsters the track is a noise laden piece of Billy Bragg goodness.

“Life comes at you real fast these days. What’s a singer-songwriter to do when events keep challenging the way that we see the world?” Billy Bragg says. “Before we’ve had a chance to digest one startling development, along comes another to throw us off balance again. I’ve been grubbing up songs for the past 12 months, but without the time to get an album together due to other projects, so I’ve decided to start dropping tracks as they become ready. As always, they’re my way of trying to make some sense of what’s going on.”

Check out the lyric video for “The Sleep of Reason” below:

Bluesfest Review: Saturday Celebration


Vintage Trouble at Bluesfest. Photos by Stuart Bucknell Photography

It’s Saturday and celebration day! Yes, we’re marking a birthday so today includes a sleep in and much frivolity throughout the day.

After arriving via the southern car park and gate, you stroll straight to The Wilson Pickers’ 2pm set at Jambalaya to be greeted by a decadent, slow building guitar intro coupled with the howling harmonica and sublime close harmonies of “Man of Misery.” It’s a striking and beautiful balance between the full sound of 5 part harmonies and 5 stringed instruments all having their moment to shine and lead the way. Through you’re treated to their playful interaction with the audience and every opportunity to clap along. In particular, they give a real gift with a stunning, spine tingling rendition of Jolene!

After stopping to grab a doughnut (who needs birthday cake when you can have a hot, chocolate filled doughnut!?) you’re ready to kick back and take in the sparkling wit and cheek of Billy Bragg. It’s 4:30pm and the Crossroads stage is already overflowing for this sure fire favourite. Sitting outside, we’re bathed in afternoon sun with an enormous Bragg on screen in front of us. He’s jovial, tongue firmly in cheek, and you would hardly even notice he’s performing solo, his sheer personality and presence fills the stage. Irreverent and political as always, he’s not shy of poking fun at himself, especially when he gets his own songs wrong. His sarcastic wit is razor sharp as he quips “thank goodness it’s not one of those gigs with great big screens either side of stage that show the worried look on your face!” to which we all laugh heartily.

We all expect a Dylan cover, but Bragg’s signature mischief makes it current, changing lyrics to become “But the times, they are a changing BACK!” much to the glee of the audience. Bragg continues to make every piece of his set relevant to right now. One of the more pertinent moments is when he claims “Sexuality rules do not apply to me. There is a crisis in masculinity. This weekend, men all over will be pressurised in to doing things they don’t want to. For many, many years our sisters have rightly fought against the pressure to be a domestic goddess. Now it’s our turn to resist the pressure to be a DIY demon. Admit we’re never going to be as good at shit as our Dad’s were. To a man with a hammer in their hand, everything looks like a nail. That nail will never go in straight no matter how many times we bang it in. There are other ways to express your innate masculine creativity.” He has personality in spades and it’s the first time we’ve seen him live. It’s not his musicality hat commands attention, but his personality and attitude of inclusion and solidarity. He even gets a rarity at festivals, an encore, with the entire crowd singing along to “A New England”.

With our stomachs and cheeks hurting from laughing, we head back to the Crossroads stage at 6pm to catch Vintage Trouble’s guaranteed wowser of a show. They astounded us last year and this year is no different. Blasting on to the stage, they are full of energy and aim to please. A non-stop soul overload, with a cherry on top as Beth Hart joins the extravaganza on stage for “Run Baby, Run”.

We pop over to the neighbouring Jambalaya stage to catch the end of feisty Irish Mythen’s set, whom we lost our minds over last year. The atmosphere is thick with joy and the jovial feel only increases as we step inside, just in time for a stirring, completely a Capella rendition of Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz”, with every voice joining and all hands clapping. Mythen delivers a powerhouse, gut wrenching finale to  such a well known and loved song, complete with huge notes and a deserved enormous crowd response. In a delightful surprise finish, Mythen is joined on stage by an adorable toddler, Lois, the daughter of Cass Eager (who also joins them on stage). Mythen comments that “Four walls are very special to me. If the people around you are happy and healthy and you’ve got a roof over your head, you’re too goddamn rich” to introduce Eager giving a stunning a Capella performance of “None of that Matters” and to finish the set, Mythen tears the house down and fires up the crowd with her signature “Jesus Be Reasonable”.

We swing by the Crossroads stage to catch Beth Hart’s 7.30pm set and are met with a sassy, powerful, soulful performance with a delicate balance between the power and energy of the full band and the intimacy of her solo moments. The soul soaked blues wrap us all in familiarity while the funky piano riffs as Hart takes to the keyboard picks us all up in mood and energy for “Spirit of God”. The way Hart strikes a harmony between solemn piano interludes and the visceral, earthy backing from the band is mesmerising.

At 9pm we stop in at the Mojo stage and watch curiously as Sir Rosevelt’s video intro sets the scene, complete with moody tones and high production values. The crowd welcomes the band to the stage, the dapper gents and their instant impact of powerful, punctuated lyrics from lead singer Zac Brown energises the crowd and takes us in a direction we really didn’t anticipate! Some really divine slide guitar has their sound soaked in strings and attitude. Here we were thinking this was going to be an electrified pop-folk showcase, but then they bring on the dance! The instant reaction from us all is, “Woah!!” as a full scale dance track, complete with choreographed dancers smashes expectations and takes over the stage. We can hardly believe the combination of the funk laden dance with acoustic guitars! It’s a crazy, weird but funky meld of the two genres, pop-folk and dance, but we like it as we groove into the night.

To finish the night, we indulge in a quick stop to see Nahko and Medicine for the People at 9.30pm at the Jambalaya stage. We caught glimpses of them last year so make an effort to take in some of their set before departing for home. Filling the stage with energy and the vibe of fully intertwined workings of a 6-piece ensemble, the diversity is all encompassing with lots of influences and sounds melding together to create musical medicine for the people. They pack a punch with a very upbeat and full sound, enveloping us with their combination of rock and horns and strings. It feels like Power-folk!

After another huge day, we head for home and look forward to what is still to come over the next two days.

Missed Friday? Come for a walk with us through Bluesfest on Good Friday.
View our full Bluesfest photo gallery on our Facebook Page.

Highlights from Saturday at Bluesfest

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Thank Folk It’s Friday – 13th January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Indie folk duo Husky released their new video “Late Night Store”. Details here

– Sydney summer concert series Courtyard Sessions announced their 2017 lineup including Imogen Clark, Leroy Lee, Jordie Lane, Taryn La Fauci, Skyscraper Stan, The Cruisin’ Deuces and more. Details here

– Sahara Beck released her new single “Crack Bang Bang”. Details here

– Ex-member of The Middle East Jordan Ireland announced his new album Jordan Ireland With Purple Orchestra and beautiful new single “East Coaster”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Jack Carty announced a tour through February, March and April. Details here

William Crighton released his new video “Jesus Blues”. Details here

– Indie-folk duo The Campervan Dancers released their new video “St⭐️rlight (Pickin’ Pears)”. Details here

– Canadian folk and trad trio The East Pointers have announced a massive Australian tour kicking off in March. Details here

– We posted the latest video from bluegrass duo The Weeping Willows, “Fallen Ring”. Details here

– Australia’s queen of country Kasey Chambers announced her new double album Dragonfly. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Kathleen Mary Lee released her video “Hey, Very Good Friend”. Details here

– Australian tour dates were announced for Billy Bragg and Joe Henry. Details here

Blog

With the new year upon us it’s time to look ahead at some of the great folk, roots and acoustic music that will be coming our way in 2017. We had a stab at picking 10 artists we think you should be keeping an eye on in the coming months including All Our Exes Live in Texas, Davidson Brothers, Fleet Foxes, Husky, Jordan Ireland, Laura Marling, Punch Brothers, Rhiannon Giddens, The Morrisons and Timberwolf. Blog here

Releases This Week

Flo Morrissey
Gentlewoman, Ruby ManFlo Morrissey & Matthew E. White
iTunes

Laws of Gravity
Laws of GravityThe Infamous Stringdusters
iTunes

The McClymonts
EndlessThe McClymonts
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Illawarra Folk Festival

Illawarra FF

Our favourite mid size folk festival kicks off this weekend with an amazing lineup including Andy Irvine and Luke Plumb, FourWinds, Tattletale Saints, The Whitetop Mountaineers, Tim O’Brien, Wallis Bird, Daniel Champagne, Echo Deer, Handsome Young Strangers, Lime and Steel, Mandy Connell, Martin Pearson, Nigel Wearne, Shanty Club, The Squeezebox Trio, Tinpan Orange, Big Erle, Jane Aubourg, Joe Mungovan, Kay Proudlove, Shelley’s Murder Boys, The Lurkers and many many more.

Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th January – Bulli, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 13th January – Rosny Barn, TAS
Saturday 14th January – Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Friday 20th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Alanna and Alicia
Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Alice Terry
Thursday 19 January – Village Stage, Meriton Festival Village, Sydney, NSW

Andy Irvine w/ Luke Plumb
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, NSW
Thursday 19th January – Bathurst City Community Club, Bathurst, NSW
Friday 20th January – Fairlight Folk Acoustic Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Backsliders w/ Shelly’s Murder Boys
Saturday 14th January – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Banjo Jackson
Thursday 19th January – Hither & Yon, Willunga, SA

Ben Salter
Thursday 19th January – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Blue King Brown
Friday 13th January – Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s Bluegrass Picnic
Wenesday 18th January – Balls Head Reserve, Sydney, NSW

Broads
Sunday 15th January – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Cash Savage & The Last Drinks
Wednesday 18th January – Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents Imogen Clark
Friday 13th January – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents Leroy Lee
Friday 20th January – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Don McGlashan
Friday 13th January – Brookfields Shed, Margate, TAS
Saturday 20th January – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January – Mofo, Mona Foma, Hobart, TAS

eüsh, Nic Cassey & Friends
Thursday 19th January – Marlborough Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Fairlight Folk feat. Andy Irvine & Luke Plumb, Seanchas
Friday 20th January – Fairlight Folk Acoustic Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 20th January – Fanzone Performance, Tamworth, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. GG Music, Ben Camden, Julia Johnson
Wednesday 18th January – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fourwinds
Wednesday 11th to Sunday 15th January – Illawara Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Tuesday 17th January – Wauchope Arts Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Wednesday 18th January – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 20th January – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW

George & Noriko
Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, NSW

Gregory Page
Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers
Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Friday 20th January – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Hat Fitz & Cara
Thursday 19th January – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo, NSW

High and Lonesome feat. Katie Crane, Scott Collins, John Woolhouse
Saturday 14th January – The Bellingen Brewery & Co., Bellingen, NSW

Hinterlandt
Thursday 19th January – Alpha House Artist Co, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January – Mofo, Mona Foma, Hobart, TAS

HONK! Oz
Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st January – Wollongong, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters
Sunday 15th January – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Illawarra Folk Festival
Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th January – Bulli, NSW

Jenny Biddle
Thursday 19th January – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Joe & Harmony’s Trippy Hippy Band
Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans
Friday 13th January – Esk BeerFest, Launceston, TAS

Kenta Hayashi
Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Wednesday 18th January – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 20th January – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

King Arthur
Thursday 19th January – The Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC

Kirsty Bromley
Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, NSW

Kyle Taylor
Friday 13th January – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 14th January – The Exeter, Adelaide, SA

Lake Street Dive
Friday 13th January – Sydney Festival, Sydney, NSW

Lime & Steel
Wednesday 11th to Sunday 15th January – Illawara Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

MANE
Sunday 15th January – Hither & Yon, Willunga, SA

Matt Henry
Thursday 19th January – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Matt J Ward & The Rising Sons w/ Alana Jagt, Sam Newton
Sunday 15th January – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Melody Moko, The Wayward Henrys & Andrew Swift
Thursday 19th January – The Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW

Missy Higgins
Sunday 15th January – Australian Open Sessions, Melbourne, VIC

Mofo
Friday 20th to Sunday 21st January – Mona Foma, Hobart, TAS

Nigel Wearne
Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Friday 20th January – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS

Numeralla Folk Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January – Numberalla, NSW

Passenger
Friday 20th January – Riverstage Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Pierce Brothers
Friday 13th January – The Grand, Morngington, VIC
Saturday 14th January – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Thursday 19th January – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th January – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Roesy
Saturday 14th January – Salt Contemporary Art Gallery, Queenscliff, VIC
Sunday 15th January – Long Play, Melbourne, VIC

Sahara Beck
Friday 13th January – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Sharon Shannon
Friday 13th January – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 14th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, NSW
Saturday 14th January – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Thursday 19th January – Mr Falcon’s, Sydney, NSW

Tamar Valley Folk Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January – Georgetown, TAS

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 29th January – Tamworth, NSW

Tattletale Saints
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, NSW

The Outside Track
Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, NSW

The Porch Sessions On Tour feat. Stu Larsen, Luke Thompson, Tim Moore
Friday 13th January – Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th January – Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Wednesday 18th January – Wollongong, NSW
Friday 20th January – Sydney (Croydon Park), NSW

The Snakemen
Sunday 19th January – Wayward Brewing Company, Sydney, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Sunday 15th January – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Whitetop Mountaineers
Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Wednesday 18th January – Yinnar Community Hall, Yinnar, VIC
Thursday 19th January – Valencia Creek Hall, Brigalong, VIC
Friday 20th January – Harvester Moon Café, Bellarine, VIC

Thompson Springs w/ Maia Marsh
Friday 13th January – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 15th January – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 16th January – Cherry Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 17th January – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th January – Club 54, Launceston, TAS

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January – Thredbo, NSW

Tim O’Brien
Friday 13th to Saturday 14th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 15th January – The Quarter Deck, Narooma, NSW
Thursday 19th January – The Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

TinPan Orange
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Vanishing Shapes
Sunday 15th January – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 16th January – Camp Davey, Lismore, NSW
Wednesday 18th January – Phoenix Rising Café, Nimbin, NSW
Thursday 19th January – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 20th January – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD

Wallis Bird
Friday 13th and Sunday 15th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

We Lost the Sea w/ The Crooked Fiddle Band
Saturday 14th January – Northcote Social Club, Sydney, NSW

William Crighton
Saturday 14th January – Quarterdeck, Narooma, NSW

Winter Wilson
Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Thursday 19th January – Braidwood Folk Club, Braidwood, NSW
Friday 20th January – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Bonny Ship, The Diamond” – Beoga

English superstar Ed Sheeran dropped details of his upcoming album ÷. The album will include collaborations with Irish trad band Beoga so we think it’s time you got acquainted.

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry Announce Australian Tour Dates

Billy Bragg
Image Courtesy of Billy Bragg and Joe Henry

Following the success of their amazing 2016 album Shine a Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad folk music legends Billy Bragg and Joe Henry have announced plans to tour Australia this March.

The two singers will be in the country for Bluesfest followed by shows in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adleaide and Fremantle.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Wednesday 19th April – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 20th April – The Playhouse, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 22nd April – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd April – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 24th April – Fowler’s Live, Adelaide, SA
Friday 28th April – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 23rd December

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We picked our top 25 albums and EPs of 2016 including releases from Applewood Road, Mumford & Sons with Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, Bon Iver22, A Million, Burrows, Eagle & The Wolf, Foy Vance, Gregory Alan Isakov, Imogen Clark, Jack Carty, James Kenyon, Melody Pool, Michael Kiwanuka, Oh Pep!, One Up, Two Down, Passenger, Paul Kelly, Radical Face, Rowena Wise, Seth Lakeman feat. Wildwood Kin, The Company, The Staves, The Weeping Willows and William Fitzsimmons. Details here

– We reached out to the Timber and Steel community to get them to pick their top albums of the year. The results are wonderful with well over 100 artists contributing. Details here

– Our Editor In Chief Gareth Hugh Evans picked his top 25 tracks of 2016 including songs from Ariela Jacobs, Bon Iver, Burrows, Eagle & The Wolf, Emmy The Great, Fanny Lumsden, Foy Vance, Gretta Ray, Imogen Clark, James Kenyon, Laura Marling, Matthew And The Atlas, Melody Pool, Michael Kiwanuka, Mumford and Sons with Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg, One Up, Two Down, Passenger with All Our Exes Live in Texas & Luke Thompson, Paul Kelly with Alice Keath, Rowena Wise, Sam Newton, Seth Lakeman with Wildwood Kin, Sian Evans, The Campervan Dancers, The Weeping Willows and William Fitzsimmons. Details here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford

Tuesday 27th December to Sunday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Tuesday 27th December to Sunday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Amerrycana Christmas feat. Catherine Britt, Gregory Page, Katie Brianna, Adam Young, Brielle Davis, Arna Georgia
Friday 23rd December – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Get Folked 2016 New Years Eve Eve feat. Peter ‘Blackie’ Black, Dan Kemp(UK), Jim Mongrel, Whiskey Jeff Larson, James Seymour, Sooze, Jim Lynch
Friday 30th December – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Boyd
Friday 23rd December – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

James Thomson & The Strange Pilgrims w/ Magpie Diaries
Friday 23rd December – Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 24th December – City Sounds, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 27th December to Sunday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

PJ Michael & The Banditas
Thursday 29th December – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Steve Poltz
Friday 23rd December – The Govenor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 24th December – Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick, VIC

The Whitetop Mountaineers
Tuesday 27th December to Sunday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Woodford Folk Festival
Tuesday 27th December to Sunday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Wexford Carol” – Yo-Yo Ma & Alison Krauss

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2016

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For me 2016 was the year where the singer-songwriter reigned supreme and where the more experimental edges of the folk genres got my attention. I’m actually surprised there’s not a lot more bluegrass and Americana music on this list given that’s been my focus over the last few years, but I think this is a pretty nice collection of what’s been on high rotation in the Timber and Steel bullpen throughout 2016.

As always it’s hard to pick just 25 albums and no doubt your favourite hasn’t made this list. But as always there’s a few more “best of” lists to come this week so stay tunes.

So without further ado here are Timber and Steel’s top albums of 2016.

Foy Vance
1. Foy VanceThe Wild Swan
From the opening blues of “Noam Chomsky Is A Soft Revolution” through the rootsy folk of “She Burns” to the sixties folk of “Fire It Up (The Silver Spear)” The Wild Swan is a simply cracking album from Northern Irish troubadour Foy Vance.

Never one to be confined by expectation The Wild Swan takes you on a journey through blues, soul, Americana, folk and more, with Vance deftly weaving everything together in a single coherent piece of joy. I love how individual each and every song is while still having enough of a through line that the album is utterly listenable from start to finish.

I’ve been across Foy Vance for some time now but the lead single from this album, “She Burns”, was my way into his music. The Wild Swan was the perfect soundtrack for a driving holiday I took in New Zealand earlier in the year, rolling with the landscape and sinking deep into my bones.

Almost every track is a standout but “She Burns” and “Bangor Town” are the tracks I keep coming back to. The Wild Swan has turned me into a life-long Foy Vance fan – I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Burrows
2. BurrowsBurrows
I didn’t realise this when I first heard it but I’ve been waiting for Burrows’ self titled album for about three years. I saw Sam King perform at the 2013 National Folk Festival and fell in love with his delicate folk music. Little did I know that that appearance would be the beginning of the Burrows project and that their debut album would become a firm favourite this year. King’s voice, the beautiful harmonies from the rest of the band, the understated instrumentation all come together to build an amazing piece of art. Standout track is without a doubt “Falling Apart”.

The Company
3. The CompanySix & Five
Six & Five is a thoroughly modern bluegrass album from a local band at the top of their game. This is bluegrass without the play-as-fast-as-you-can gimmickry so many modern bluegrassers rely on. Instead this is solid songwriting backed by some of the best musicians in the country. “Another Season”, “Six and Five” and “Androids” are all standout tracks but to be honest my list of favourites changes on every listen. And can I just say that I think Michael Patrick has my favourite bluegrass voice in Australia.

Bon Iver
4. Bon Iver22, A Million
Part of me expected the new Bon Iver album would be an extension of the cinematic indie-folk of 2011’s self-titled opus. So when 22, A Million landed I was more than a little blindsided – but in a wonderful way. All glitches, samples, electronics and overdubs, the album is completely immersive and a giant leap forward for Justin Vernon. At the heart of it all is Vernon’s unique voice and some pretty amazing songwriting which stands up regardless of the beeps and bops.

Melody Pool
5. Melody PoolDeep Dark Savage Heart
Melody Pool delivers an amazingly red raw new album dealing with her own experiences of depression and mental illness. The songwriting is mature and complex and requires the listener to engage, not passively sit by as the music washes over you. I’ve picked Pool as an artist to watch for many years now and I feel with Deep Dark Savage Heart she’s delivering completely on her potential. Just listen to “Black Dog” or “Love, She Loves Me” and try not to fall for Melody Pool.

William Fitz
6. William FitzsimmonsCharleroi: Pittsburgh, Volume 2
Pittsburgh was easily one of my favourite albums of 2015 so when William Fitzsimmonsfollowed it up with a mini-album featuring a bunch of unreleased tracks from the same recording session earlier this year I was a very happy man. Fitzsimmons’ beautiful, melancholic songs draw you in and keep you captivated. I love his hushed vocal style – this is definitely lean in music.

One Up Two Down
7. One Up, Two DownA Day On The Quay
Two of Australia’s most talented folk musicians – George Jackson and Daniel Watkins – join forces with American bassist Andrew Small for this wonderful mini album from the beginning of this year. Stuffed full of amazing instrumentals like “Kansas City Railroad Blues” and “The Ways Of The World”, it’s actually the traditional song “Bury Me Not On The Lone Praire” that keeps me returning to A Day On The Quay again and again.

Radical Face
8. Radical FaceThe Family Tree: The Leaves
The final chapter of Radical Face’s The Family Tree series is a triumphant bookend to an amazing project. The album is full to the brim with Radical Face’s trademark layered vocals, finger-picked guitars and soundscapes making this a unique indie-folk experience. The rumour is that Radical Face will be changing stylistic direction now that The Family Tree is done so I can recommend immersing yourself in this album before getting ready for his next adventure.

Paul Kelly
9. Paul KellySeven Sonnets & A Song
Pairing Paul Kelly with The Bard is absolutely inspired. For the most part Seven Sonnets & A Song sees Kelly flex is folk muscles when adapting the sonnets into songs and the results are lovely. The two singles – “Sonnet 18” and “Sonnet 73” – are by far my favourite tracks on the album with the latter featuring beautiful backing vocals from Sweet Jean’s Alice Keath. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – this album is pure magic.

Seth Lakeman
10. Seth Lakeman feat. Wildwood KinBallads Of The Broken Few
Teaming with up-and-coming trio Wildwood Kin was a stroke of genius for Seth Lakeman’s new album Ballads Of The Broken Few. Their three-part harmonies elevate Lakeman’s classic folk sound to something more. I’ve been a fan of Seth Lakeman since I saw him on his last Australian tour and I can honestly say this is my favourite album of his to date – and that is one 100% down to the collaboration with Wildwood Kin. As always Lakeman is able to draw on the tradition to inspire his music while still creating something that is wonderfully modern.

Eagle and the Wolf
11. Eagle & The WolfEagle & The Wolf
The crunchy blues of Kris Morris and the indie-folk of Sarah Humphreys come together for a project that is greater than the sum of its parts

Mumford
12. Mumford & Sons with Baaba Maal, The Very Best & BeatenbergJohannesburg
The combination of Mumford & Sons’ big nu-folk sound with afro-beats and electronic music makes this one of the most joyful releases of the year.

GAI
13. Gregory Alan IsakovGregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony
While the songs may not be new, the arrangements with the Colorado Symphony give Gregory Alan Isakov’s beautiful music a wonderful depth.

Oh Pep
14. Oh Pep!Stadium Cake
Oh Pep! shake off the shackles of straight up indie-folk and embrace all out pop on their debut album.

Billy Bragg
15. Billy Bragg and Joe HenryShine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad
Billy Bragg and Joe Henry dive into the American songbook for their Railway themed album – I especially love their version of “Midnight Special”.

Passenger
16. PassengerYoung As The Morning Old As The Sea
Passenger once again demonstrates why he’s one of the best folk singer-songwriters in the world with the release of Young As The Morning Old As The Sea.

Michael Kiwanuka
17. Michael KiwanukaLove & Hate
Michael Kiwanuka’s melting pot of influences – folk, blues, jazz, soul and R&B – come together on an album that is instantly timeless.

Rowena Wise
18. Rowena WiseRowena Wise
The new queen of quirky indie-folk Rowena Wise delights with her stunning debut.

Matt Corby
19. Matt CorbyTelluric
The long-awaited debut from Matt Corby sees him refusing to be boxed in by genre or convention and creating some stunning music in the process.

Imogen Clark
20. Imogen ClarkLove & Lovely Lies
One of the hardest working singer-songwriters in Sydney releases a debut to be proud of, paving the way for bigger things to come.

Home State
21. Jack CartyHome State
Another solid, positive outing from Jack Carty following a big year of touring (and marrying!) for the singer-songwriter.

Applewood Road
22. Applewood RoadApplewood Road
Singer-songwriters Emily Barker, Amber Rubarth and Amy Speace come together to celebrate their love of classic country music in this wonderful side project.

Weeping Willows
23. The Weeping WillowsBefore Darkness Comes A-Callin’
The Melbourne based duo deliver a heady mix of folk, bluegrass and classic country in their best release yet – no wonder they’ve been nominated for four Golden Guitars

James Kenyon
24. James KenyonImagine You Are Driving
Australia’s most under-rated singer-songwriter delivers a stunning new album that is making the local industry sit up and take notice.

The Staves
25. The StavesSleeping In A Car
The Staves follow up their 2015 debut with a three track EP that continues to prove they are one of the most exciting voices coming out of the UK indie-folk scene.

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