Thank Folk It’s Friday – 18th March

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Singer songwriter William Crighton released his new single “Priest” from his brand new, self titled album. Details here

– St Patrick’s Day may have been yesterday but The Gaelic Club in Sydney is still celebrating with a session tonight, The Button Collective tomorrow night and a film on Sunday. Details here

– Canadian songstress Ann Vriend is currently touring Australia. Details here

– Sydney band Bears With Guns released their new single “Let Go”. Details here

– Newcastle based alt-country duo The Wayward Henrys released their new video “Early Grave”. Details here

– Alice Springs based singer-songwriter Colin Lillie released his new video “Give Thanks”. Details here

Radical Face released “The Ship In Port” ahead of his album release next week. Details here

– Sydney bluegrassers The Buffalo Grass Boys released their new video “Lonely Nights”. Details here

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros released their new video “No Love Like Yours”. Details here

– Canadian prog-folk band Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything have announced Australian tour dates. Details here

Daniel Champagne has announced a massive Australian tour through March and April. Details here

– Brisbane based singer-songwriter Sian Evans released her new single “Cold Feet”. Details here

Bon Iver announce that they’re returning to Australia as part of Vivid Sydney this year. Details here

Passenger, All Our Exes Live In Texas and Luke Thompson shared a live version of “Caravan”. Details here

Interviews

“We’ve just recorded our third album of thirteen original tracks, some of which you’d call bluegrass and some of which I don’t know what you’d call it. But it’s all great music and we’ve pulled it off – it’s a really fun band in that respect” – George Jackson from The Company chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We started playing music together as friends and then came across the Bluegrass and Old Time Society and started going there a lot. We’d learn three songs to play at that gig – every month we’d learn three more songs. And we slowly built up a set and we ended up having enough to do a gig on our own. It was pretty slow but also really nice” – John Healy and Francis Duffy from The Plough chat to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“For the 1979 National Festival, which was in Melbourne, one of the reasons Bloodwood got together in the first place was to promote the 1980 festival which was to be held in Alice Springs. We went down there and had a fabulous reception. We had terrific posters and terrific t-shirts and all that stuff designed by a lady in Alice Springs. It was a knock out design and the strange thing is we were actually asked to stop promoting the 1980 festival by the Melbourne organisers because no one was buying their t-shirts. That is deadset true!” – Bob Barford from Bloodwood chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I have a deep relationship with Scottish music, as I spent one year of my life in Glasgow, to absorb the music from its source. The music can be really gentle and smooth, when it comes to ballads but also really ferocious and rythmically driving in strathspeys or reels – I really like the broad spectrum of expression and energy when it comes to Scottish Music” – Paul Dangl from Black Market Tune chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

William Crighton
William CrightonWilliam Crighton
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Way Down South
Way Down SouthJoe Mungovan
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

The Timbers

William Fitzsimmons

Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Bloodwood

Bloodwood

Seminal Australian bush band Bloodwood have reformed for The National Folk Festival next week and are performing two shows in their hometown of Alice Springs in preparation. If you’re in either of Australia’s Territories this week these are gigs not to be missed.

Friday 18th March – The Watertank Cafe, Alice Springs, NT
Saturday 19th March – The Watertank Cafe, Alice Springs, NT
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Gigs Next Week

Adam Young w/ Den Hanrahan, Not Good With Horses
Saturday 19th March – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Ann Vriend
Tuesday 22nd March – The Toff, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th March – The Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW

April Maze
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Black Market Tune
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Yacandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC
Monday 21st – Kedron State High School Auditorium, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Blind Boys of Alabama
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Bloodwood
Friday 18th March – The Watertank Cafe, Alice Springs, NT
Saturday 19th March – The Watertank Cafe, Alice Springs, NT
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Blue Mountains Music Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Katoomba, NSW

Blue Mts Festival Hillbilly Fringe
Saturday 19th March – Old City Bank, Katoomba, NSW

Bluesfest
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Byron Bay, NSW

Bob Barford
Sunday 20th March – Ooraminna Supper Club, Ooraminna, NT

Broadie Bunker Benefit
Wednesday 23rd March – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW

Brunswick Music Festival
Tuesday 15th to Sunday 20th March – Melbourne, VIC

Daniel Champagne
Friday 18th March – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Saturday 19th March – The Royal Oak Hotel – Boat Shed, LauncestonTAS
Sunday 20th March – Marakoopa Cafe, Mayberry, TAS

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 19th March – Terang Country Music Festival, VIC

Emily Barker
Friday 18th March – Margaret River Cultural Centre, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 20th March – The Bakehouse, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 21st March – Sun Theatre, Yarraville, VIC
Tuesday 22nd March – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Vishtèn, The Little Stevies, Rob Longstaff
Friday 18th March – Willaura Memorial Hall, Willaura, VIC
Saturday 19th March – Dalgety Hall, Dalgety, NSW
Sunday 20th March – Murrah Hall, Murrah, NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Folkswagon feat. Leroy Lee, The Delta Revue, Carlos Arango
Wednesday 23rd March – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gaelic Club Session
Friday 18th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Goin’ Back – Moreland’s History in Song feat. Jeff Lang, Alison Ferrier, Tracy McNeil, Luke Sinclair, Van Walker, Gretta Ray, Mandy Connell
Friday 18th March – Metanoia Theatre at The Mechanic’s Institute, Melbourne, VIC

Gordie Tentrees
Friday 18th to Monday 21st March – Yachandandah Folk Festival, Yachandandah VIC
Wednesday 23rd March – Murrah Hall, Murrah NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. The Sweet Jelly Rolls, Whiskey Jeff
Thursday 24th March – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Holler & Haul’s Backyard Picnic feat. The Button Collective, Rebecca Bastoli, Grace Turner
Sunday 20th March – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Echo Deer
Sunday 20th March – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Saturday 19th March – Nukara Festival, WA
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Imogen Clark
Thursday 24th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Irish Mythen
Wednesday 23rd March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Irish Trad Workshops
Friday 18th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney

James Thomson w/ Ruby Boots
Friday 18th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Tuesday 22nd March – Araluen Gold Concert Series, Araluen, NSW
Wednesday 23rd March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 24th March – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW
Friday 25th March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Jason Isbell
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, NSW

Jimi Beavis
Friday 18th March – Pistol Pete’s Food ‘n’ Blues, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 19th March – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Jordie Lane
Friday 18th March – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Saturday 19th March – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Liam Gerner
Friday 18th March – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Sunday 20th March – Leftys Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Luke Morris
Saturday 19th March – No. 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters
Friday 18th March – The Merton Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Mary Black
Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, NSW

Moxie
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW
Wednesday 23rd March – Cat & Fiddle Hotel, Balmain, NSW
Friday 25th March – Fly By Night Club, Fremantle, WA

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 18th March – Pirie & Co Social Club, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 19th March – Jimmy’s Den, Perth WA

Pocket Fox
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Ruby Boots
Friday 18th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 19th March – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Sahara Beck
Sunday 20th March – Bleach Festival, Brisbane, QLD

Sian Evans
Friday 18th March – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 19th March – Peregian Hotel, Peregian Beach, QLD
Saturday 19th March – The Porch Project, Yandina Creek, QLD
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Steve Earle & The Dukes w/ The Mastersons
Friday 18th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 22nd March – Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, Mackay QLD
Thursday 24th March – Tanks, Cairns, QLD
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Sturgill Simpson
Tuesday 22nd March – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW **CANCELLED**
Wednesday 23rd March – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC **CANCELLED**

The Button Collective
Saturday 19th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

The Decemberists
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

The East Pointers
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC
Wednesday 23rd March – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

The Little Stevies
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Warrandyte Festival, Warrandyte, VIC
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

The National Anti-Folk Festival
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

The National Folk Festival
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – Canberra, ACT

The Once
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW

The Peninsula Picnic
Sunday 20th March – Mornington Racecourse, Mornington, VIC

The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
Saturday 19th March – Courthouse Café, Camperdown, VIC
Sunday 20th March – Burke & Wills Winery, Mia Mia, VIC
Tuesday 22nd March – TBA, Upwey, VIC
Wednesday 23rd March – Valencia Creek Hall, Valencia Creek, VIC
Friday 25th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

The Rambling Boys
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – National Folk Festival, ACT

The Sydney String Band Hootenanny feat. Devil on the Rooftop, Dear Orphans, Squeeze Box Trio, Burnt Creek Deviation
Sunday 20th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

The Weeping Willows
Friday 18th March – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th March – The Basin Music Festival, The Basin, VIC
Friday 25th March – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC

The Young’uns
Friday 18th to Friday 20th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Tuesday 22nd March – The Cat and Fiddle, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Tim Guy
Friday 18th March – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 19th March – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 20th March – Melbourne Folk Club, Bakehouse, Melbourne, VIC

Tweedy
Sunday 20th March – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Monday 21st March – Recital Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 22nd March – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, NSW

Yackandandah Folk Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Yackandandah, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Solsbury Hill” – Peter Gabriel

National Folk Festival Interview: Black Market Tune

Black Market Tune
Image Courtesy of Black Market Tune

Austro-Scottish trad band Black Market Tune return to Australia this month for The National Folk Festival after wowing croweds over the 2014/15 summer. We sat down with fiddle player and singer Paul Dangl to talk through the band’s influences and what Australian audiences can expect from the band this time around.

Gareth Hugh Evans: Black Market Tune draws on a lot of European influences but as you say yourself, the backbone of the band is Scottish. What is it about this music that attracts you?

Paul Dangl: I have a deep relationship with Scottish music, as I spent one year of my life in Glasgow, to absorb the music from its source. The music can be really gentle and smooth, when it comes to ballads but also really ferocious and rythmically driving in strathspeys or reels – I really like the broad spectrum of expression and energy when it comes to Scottish Music.

GHE: When you’re playing music with influences from around Europe what similarities do you see in the way the songs and tunes are constructed?

PD: I found lots of similarities between Austrian and Swedish songs and tunes, both traditions have those driving, fast 3/4 tunes – in Austria they’re called “Schleunige”, in Sweden polskas. Also you find waltzes and polkas all over The European Folk traditions. I find it really interesting to look for similar kind of melodies from different folk traditions, and to combine them.

GHE: You were in Australia just over a year ago for the Woodford Folk Festival – how did you find that experience? What’s brought you back?

PD: We had a great time at Woodford Folk Festival, it was really stunning to see so many types of music and styles of playing in one place called Woodfordia – I think that’s the thing that made it really special, and one reason why we came back – to meet so many musicians, for jamming, chatting and laughing and of course, exchanging music!

GHE: The lineup is a little different from the last time you were here – can you talk us through all of the players in Black Market Tune for the Australian tour?

PD: Box player Colin J Nicholson from Orkney and myself from Austria (fiddle & vocals) were here last year. This year we’re delighted to have Scots singer & fiddle player Lori Watson on board, as well as Graeme Armstrong on guitar. Both musicians hail from the Scottish Borders (South of Scotland), enriching the repertoire of Black Market Tune with great Scots and Borders songs and tunes.

GHE: You’re playing at The National Folk Festival as part of their 50th Anniversary. This festival is well known for it’s jamming and sessions – will we likely see Black Market Tune jamming in the session bar?

PD: Yes, as I mentioned before, the exchange of music is an important aspect of this journey, so it’s very likely you’ll spot some Black Market Tuners around the session bar at any time of the night!

GHE: After your Australian tour what’s next for Black Market Tune?

PD: In May the festival season starts in Europe, and we have a few festivals lined-up so far, among them a very special one where I’ve been founding member – it’s called Wackelstein Festival and it’s from 22nd to 24th of
July, 120km north of Vienna. Our next big project will be our second CD, which will be recorded in Fall 2016 and released on Galileo Records by the beginning of next year.

The upcoming dates for Black Market Tune’s Australian tour, including their shows at The National Folk Festival, are below:

Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Yacandandah Folk Festival, VIC
Monday 21st March – Kedron State High School Auditorium, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
– Friday 5pm – Marquee
– Saturday 12:50pm – Billy Moran Tent
– Saturday 2:20pm – The Terrace
– Sunday 9pm – Budawang
– Monday 10:30am – Budawang
Tuesday 29th March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 30th March – The Exchange Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Full Australian Dates for Black Market Tune

Black Market Tune
Image Courtesy of Black Market Tune

Last year Timber and Steel had the absolute pleasure of catching Austro-Scottish trad band Black Market Tune a couple of times while they were touring around the 2014/15 Woodford Folk Festival. It was amazing to see this young, European band inspired by the music of Scotland, the Brittish Isles and beyond.

Black Market Tune are back in the country from this week with a tour built around festival appearances at the Yackandandah Folk Festival, the Burke and Wills Folk Festival and The National Folk Festival. If you get a chance to see these guys do it – they’re amazing.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 11th March – Pirates Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th to Monday 14th March – Bourke & Wills Folk Festival, Mia Mia, VIC
Thursday 17th March – Goldmines Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Yacandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC
Monday 21st – Kedron State High School Auditorium, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 29th March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 30th March – The Exchange Hotel, Sydney, NSW


The National Folk Festival Announces 18 More Artists for 2016

The Young'uns
Image Courtesy of The Young’uns

Having already revealed six of their 2016 artists The National Folk Festival has upped the ante with the revelation of 18 more acts for their 50th anniversary.

The announcement spans the history of The National with new and favourite local and international artists making the cut. Adding to the 2016 lineup are The Young’uns (above), Jaaleekaay, Black Market Tune, Kristina Olsen, Colum Sands, The Rambling Boys, Skipping Girl Vinegar, The April Maze, 19-Twenty, Den Hanrahan, Rowena Wise, Horse & Wood, Kaurna Cronin, Bloodwood, Hayley Shone, Cloudstreet, Latehorse and The Ballpoint Penguins. These artists join the likes of The East Pointers, Jacinta Price, The Company, The Mae Trio, Andrew Winton and Mànran.

The National Folk Festival takes place in Canberra over the Easter long weekend, 24th to 28th March. Earlybird tickets are available now via the official site.

12 Hours at the 2015 Illawarra Folk Festival

Illawarra Folk Festival
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Every year as my train pulls away from Bulli station after another successful tilt at the Illawarra Folk Festival I promise myself “next year will be the year I come for the whole weekend, not just a day”.

Then when January finally rolls around again and my pockets are empty following the excess of the Christmas period I always find myself whittling down my expectations and deciding “just one day at Illawarra will do”.

But one day is never enough.

The Illawarra Folk Festival is no longer the little festival I first started going to when I moved to New South Wales 10 years ago. And 10 years ago it had already outgrown its life as a “little festival” having moved to Bulli from Jamberoo to accommodate a much larger audience. This year saw more than 11,000 people make their way through the gates of Bulli Showground proving once and for all that the Illawarra Folk Festival is one of the big guys.

There’s plenty of reasons why I’ve always loved Illawarra. The fact it’s an easy train ride from Sydney for one. It’s mid-January timing meaning it manages to attract the best talent from the New Year’s festivals for another. And that despite the fact that there were 11,000 people through the door I can spend my day walking around the site bumping into old friends, making new ones and feeling right at home.

This year I chose Sunday as my one day at Illawarra for no other reason than it fitted my schedule best and the timing of the final concert – around 6pm – meant I wouldn’t be ridiculously late home. I caught the first train down, rocking into the festival before 9am and before, it turns out, most of the music had started. I parked myself where I could see a blackboard session featuring Mandy Connell in the Tantric Turtle, studied the program intently and let the upcoming day wash over me.

And then I was off! Having just a day at the festival meant I needed to see as much as possible in a small amount of time. Anyone tracking my progress around the showground would have seen me almost running between venues, ducking in halfway into sets, saying g’day to the artists as they clambered off stage only to then piss-bolt to the next gig.

This sort of program onslaught meant I missed more than a few of the artists I wanted to see because of clashes including The Mae Trio, Cloudstreet, Fred Smith, Sparrow-Folk and Big Erle. It also meant I managed to catch snippets of artists that I originally didn’t have down on my list like the Tim Edey Trio as I cut through the Slacky Flat Bar on my way to another gig. Plus it meant that by the time I realised I should really eat something most of the stalls had shut up shop for the weekend and I was left with the option of chip-on-a-stick or a sandwich when I got home. I chose the latter.

But I did see some amazing music. And the variety! This is what is special about the Illawarra Folk Festival – in one moment you can watch a contemporary singer-songwriter like Joe Mungovan (who slipped a James Taylor number into his set because he felt is was the only folk song he knew), run between competing folk-punk shows from The Go Set, The Bottlers and Handsome Young Strangers (who were strangely playing at exactly the same time in different venues) or soak up the jazzed up trad of Stray Hens. Artistic director David De Santi is obviously a lover of folk music in all it’s various guises and this flows through to possibly the most eclectic lineup of any festival in Australia.

Of the international guests I was most impressed with Canadian trad trio The East Pointers and the Euro-Scottish folk of Black Market Tune. The former were just a powerhouse live – one of the tightest bands I’ve seen in a very long time and so charismatic! I can imagine they won the hearts of many young ladies in the audience and may even have inspired more than one person to pick up the tenor banjo (well, I was inspired, so that counts). The latter ingratiated themselves with the crowd with the simple charm and ability to switch their Austrian accents to Scottish brogue as their music demanded. I can’t recommend either of these bands enough.

The Stray Hens were my pick of the local acts. I’m sure I’ve seen these guys at The National before but this was the gig that truly made me fall in love with them. Mandy, Sally and Rowena (along with Richard and Ryan in their rhythm section) are interpreting and elevating traditional songs in a way I’m not seeing many Australian artists do and it’s mesmerising. Festival bookers take note – get the Stray Hens on your lineup or forever be sorry.

And then there’s Eric Bogle. I tried not to fill my Illawarra Folk Festival seeing artists I’d seen 100 times before but somehow I still managed to find myself in the Black Diamond Marquee listening to the songwriting legend. And he was everything you’d expect – funny, passionate, engaging and beautiful. When he played “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda” introduced with an explanation that he’d been asked to sing the song at the Anzac Day 100 year anniversary sans the final verse (“bugger that”) it was just magic.

As the Finale Parade made it’s way through the Showground I ducked out of the festival and dragged myself up the road to catch the train back to Sydney, exhausted but ultimately satisfied. Once again the Illawarra Folk Festival had exceeded my expectations and left me wanting more – exactly what I want from a folk festival.

My train wound its way through the mountains back to the big smoke and I made a promise to myself – next year “next year will be the year I come for the whole weekend, not just one day”.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 23rd January

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne based chamber-folk singer Packwood released his brand new single “All Smoke Must Find Its Way Home”. Details here

– The upcoming Fringe World festival in Perth will feature three tribute nights to O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Details here

– Celebrated trad singers Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton has revealed details of their upcoming album Declaration. Details here

Ruby Boots has kicked off her 2015 signing to Lost Highway and announcing her new album Solitude. Details here

– The The National Folk Festival have announced a bunch of US artists for their 2015 lineup including Kim Richey, Joe Filisko & Eric Noden, Kipori Baby Wolf Woods New Orleans Band, Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller and Whitetop Mountaineers. Details here

The Decemberists released their new video “A Beginning Song”. Details here

– Sydney band Citizen of the World released their new video “Done”. Details here

– Melbourne’s John Flanagan has announced a massive tour beginning this February. Details here

Laura Marling revealed her new track “False Hope”. Details here

Little Georgia, the alt-country duo project from Justin Carter and Ashleigh Mannix, released their new video “Heartbreak”. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter and activist Les Thomas released his new single “Guantanamo Blues”. Details here

– Alt-country singer-songwriter Jenny Queen released her new video “Hell No”. Details here

– Six more artists have been added to the Port Fairy Folk Festival lineup including Luluc, Mike Brady, Frank Yamma, The Bearded Gypsy Band, Fiona Ross and Skipping Girl Vinegar. Details here

Punch Brothers revealed their new track “My Oh My”. Details here

The Staves went back in time for their new video “Black & White”. Details here

Trampled by Turtles released their new video “Repetition”. Details here

The April Maze announced a new album and 2015 tour dates. Details here

Bell St Delays, the duo project of singer-songwriters Tracy McNeil and Luke Sinclair (Raised By Eagles), released their new video “Not This Time”. Details here

Marlon Williams released his new video “Dark Child” and announced an Australian tour in April. Details here

Angus and Julia Stone have announced the final dates for their summer tour. Details here

Rhiannon Giddens released “She’s Got You” from her forthcoming album. Details here

– Swedish singer-songwriter José González released his new single “Leaf Off/The Cave”. Details here

Interviews

“On an afternoon when frying eggs on the pavement in rural Queensland was definitely an option, Bill Quinn spoke with Ann from her sick bed in Edmonton, as she was putting the final touches on her tour, and readying to hop on a plane the following week”Ann Vriend chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Blog

“As we emerge from the haze of the Christmas and New Year period I can tell you right now that the future is looking bright indeed. So many of our favourite artists spent last year in the studio and the next six months is going to be thick with exciting releases. With so much good music on the way I thought I’d try and distill a list of ten artists that I’m excited to hear from in the first half of this year. This list is by no means exhaustive and I could probably spend hours talking about every release on the calendar, but hopefully this gives you a jumping off point to get as excited as I am for 2015”Gareth Hugh Evans picks his ten artists to watch in the first half of 2015. Find out who he chose and why here

“Here’s a question, though: how many have been to a small regional folk festival? … I ask this because I believe it is important for the folk movement that people younger than me – which is lot of people – get involved in the smaller festivals, either through volunteering, applying to perform, just turning up and doing a blackboard, or paying the usually small amount to attend” – guest contributor Peter Logue recounts the joy of the small folk festival. Read about it here

Releases This Week

Alanna Eileen
AbsenceAlanna Eileen
Bandcamp

Punch Brothers
The Phosphorescent BluesPunch Brothers
iTunes

Husband
The MoneyHusband
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Black Market Tune

Black Market Tune

Black Market Tune was a highlight at this year’s Illawarra Folk Festival so I urge anyone who hasn’t seen them live yet to get along to one of their shows. This week they’ll be bringing their uniquely European take on Scottish traditional music to Victoria – see them before they leave the country!

Sunday 25th January – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 30th January – Albert Park Yacht Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Alanna Eileen
Saturday 24th January – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 25th January – The Front Gallery and Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 29th January – The Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Ann Vriend
Saturday 24th January – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 29th January – The Reef Casino, Cairns, Qld
Friday 30th January – Sovereign Resort Hotel, Cooktown, Qld

April Maze
Friday 23rd January – Tomerong Hall, Shoalhaven, NSW

Australia Day at The Rocks
Monday 26th January – The Rocks, Sydney, NSW

Bell St Delays
Thursday 29th January – Three Chimneys, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 30th January – Petersham Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Bernard Fanning with Little May
Saturday 24th January – Leeuwin Estate Winery, Margaret River, WA
Thursday 29th January – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 30th January – Twilight At Taronga, Sydney, NSW

Black Market Tune
Sunday 25th January – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 30th January – Albert Park Yacht Club, Melbourne, VIC

Charm of Finches
Friday 23rd to Monday 26th January – Newstead Live Music Festival, VIC
Wednesday 28th January – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Husband
Friday 23rd January – Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA
Friday 30th January – The Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA

Kim Churchill
Friday 23rd January – The Cambridge, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 24th January – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 29th January – The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 30th January – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Lachlan Bryan w/ Jack Henderson, Sam York, Aleyce Simmonds
Tuesday 27th January – The Glasshouse Theatre, Port Macquarie, NSW
Wednesday 28th January – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 30th January – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Mandy Connell
Tuesday 27th January – Retreat, Melbourne, VIC

Newstead Live
Friday 23rd to Monday 26th January – Castlemaine, VIC

Numberalla Folk Festival
Friday 23rd to Monday 26th January – Numberalla, NSW

Passenger
Friday 23rd January – Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 25th January – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 27th January – Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, QLD

Peasant Moon
Friday 30th January – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Roger Knox
Sunday 25th January – The Aurora, Sydney, NSW

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 16th to Sunday 25th January – Tamworth, NSW

The Melbourne Folk Club feat. Darren Hanlon, Laura Jean, Single Twin
Wednesday 28th January – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Wild Comforts
Saturday 24th January – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Tim Edey
Friday 23rd to Monday 26th January – Newstead Live, VIC
Wednesday 28th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 29th January – Vencia Hall, Briagalong, VIC
Friday 30th January – Harvest Moon, Bellarine, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Shady Grove” – Crooked Still

Someone pointed out to me this week that old timey/bluegrass standard “Shady Grove” is likely derived from the English ballad “Matty Groves” and my mind was blown. How could I not have noticed this before? Now I can’t think about/sing either song without getting it mixed up with the other.

The Woodford Files 2014-15: New Year’s Eve at The Duck with Black Market Tune

Black Market Tune
Image courtesy of Black Market Tune

You’re spoilt for choice as to where to spend those last moments of the year at Woodford Folk Festival.

I had probably my most memorable NYE a few years ago in the then Duck and Shovel, at a Beatles Singalong of all things, but this year, it was a case of same venue, completely different music on offer.

Enjoy these guys’ new year vicariously again!

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 2nd January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The Gaelic Club in Sydney has some awesome Woodford sideshows coming up this month including appearances from Betty & Oswald, Black Market Tunes and The East Pointers. Details here

– Following his appearance at Woodford UK singer-songwriter John Smith will be making his way around the east coast for a string of dates. Details here

– Austro-Scottish celtic folk four-piece Black Market Tune will be touring throughout January. Details here

Tim Edey has a bunch of Woodford sideshows this January. Details here

– Trad four-piece Tolka announced their new album One House. Details here

Interviews

“And this led to a meeting with the just as lovely Deborah Suckling, the brains and organisational braun behind The Soldier’s Wife. Currently an irregularly performed concert, matching female singer-songwriters with ‘..the partners of Australian servicemen – both past and present – and putting the experience, emotions and lives of those women into song'” – Deborah Suckling chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“Mixing music, theatre, improv and audience participation, The Travelling Sisters fill that little caravan-y void where some punters might remember a couple of late night clowns used to perform out back of The Duck (the venue formerly known as The Duck and Shovel)”The Travelling Sisters chat to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“Andrew, like many folkies, wears many hats (some of them at the same time) and at Woodford he’s virtually juggling them. His supper club has two showings at Bill’s Bar every day, and Totally Gourdgeous are launching their new live DVD”Andrew Clermont chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“Bill and Joey were seated in the most salubrious of surrounds (on the slippery slope at the back of the gent’s toilets next to The Duck and The Travelling Sisters‘ caravan), chatting about performance spaces, and radio, and grass roots music development” – Joey Channon from Rabbit Radio chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“About 3.6 minutes later, David and Bill were outside the donga by the Spirit of Woodford office, standing variously on the wooden palets or in the mud, dodging dangerous ants the size of small cats, and speaking over the sound spill creeping up the hill from Bluestown, chatting about Paper Lions, music advocacy and the wondrous, wonderful Woodford” – David Cyrus MacDonald from Paper Lions chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“Bill Quinn stopped on his amble along the individually decorated paving bricks to chat with Aly de Groot about her workshops”Aly de Groot chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“John Smith is performing at Woodford Folk Festival, and at the time of writing has just finished his last show at The Duck. While that’s bad news for anyone on site who missed his gigs, or for anyone who got along and just wants to see more, the good news for John is that he can now find a shady tree and try to keep cool for the rest of the festival. “This weather is too hot for my blood!” he observed to the lunchtime crowd of Duck Eggs, as he referred to them, in a friendly way”John Smith chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Blog

“Bill Quinn was sitting having his ritual cup of peppermint tea in Fine Earth Foods at Woodford Folk Festival when a postie came into the venue and started attempting to deliver letters. To people”Bill Quinn discovers The Lettering House at the Woodford Folk Festival. Read his piece here

“At probably my first Woodford Folk Festival, I got a treasured copy of the then very new The Next Turn album by Trouble in the Kitchen. As I set off down the D’Aguilar Highway on 3 January, processing eight days’ worth of festy wonderfullness, I was in an emotional, impressionable state, making listening to the 14 tracks all the more powerful”Bill Quinn details his love for Trouble in the Kitchen. Read more here

Bill Quinn captures the traditional Woodford Folk Festival three minutes of silence. Experience it here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

John Smith

John Smith

UK folk singer John Smith has wrapped up an amazing New Year and is heading down the coast for his first ever Australian tour including shows at The Melbourne Folk Club (with Caitlin Harnett) and the Cygnet Folk Festival.

Saturday 3rd January – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 7th January -The Melbourne Folk Club @ Bella Union, Melbourne VIC
Thursday 8th January – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Gigs Next Week

Afenginn w/ Crooked Fiddle Band, Leroy Lee
Thursday 8th January – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Alela Diane
Thursday 8th January – City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney, NSW

Black Market Tune
Thursday 8th January – Jetty Cafe, Dennes Point, Bruny Island, TAS
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th – Cygnet Folk Festival, TAS

Brass Knuckle Brass Band
Saturday 3rd January – The Milk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 4th January – Bellingen, NSW

Cygnet Folk Festival
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th January – Cygnet, TAS

John Smith
Saturday 3rd January – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 7th January -The Melbourne Folk Club @ Bella Union, Melbourne VIC
Thursday 8th January – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Nariel Creek Festival
Saturday 27th December to Saturday 3rd January – Nariel Creek, VIC

Paper Lions
Friday 2nd January – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 3rd January – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 4th January – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Wednesday 7th January – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 8th January – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 9th January – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Melbourne Folk Club feat. John Smith, Caitlin Harnett
Wednesday 7th January – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Melbourne Folk Club feat. The East Pointers, Tolka
Thursday 8th January – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Edey
Saturday 3rd January – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 7th January – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 8th January – Mountain Mummas, Sheffield, TAS
Friday 9th and Saturday 10th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, TAS

Friday Folk Flashback

“Auld Lang Syne” – Andrew Bird

Happy New Year folk fans! Here’s to a massive 2015!

Black Market Tune’s Woodford Sideshows

Black Market Tune
Image Courtesy of Black Market Tune

If you’ve been up at the Woodford Folk Festival this year you may have been lucky enough to catch European Celtic four piece Black Market Tune. And if you haven’t managed to catch them don’t worry – they have plenty more dates to come.

With members from Austria and Scotland, Black Market Tune draw on a rich tradition of music blending Ethno, American and European folk. In the band’s own words this is “modern folk music with a Scottish backbone”.

Make sure you catch Black Market Tune at one of the upcoming dates:

Monday 29th December to Thursday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Thursday 8th January – Jetty Cafe, Dennes Point, Bruny Island, TAS
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th – Cygnet Folk Festival, TAS
Tuesday 13th January – Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 14th January – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Wednesday 21st January – Sale Performing Arts, Sale, VIC
Thursday 22nd January – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 25th January – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 30th January – Albert Park Yacht Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 31st January – Roxby Hotel, Sydney, NSW

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