Thank Folk It’s Friday – 8th December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The Blue Mountains Music Festival added more artists to its 2018 lineup including Vicki Thorne from The Waifs, Archie Roach, All Our Exes Live in Texas, SON (Susan O’Neill), Steve Appel & Melanie Horsnell, Elephant Sessions, Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Faith i Branko, Frank Burkitt Band, Linda Mizzi, Monique Clare Duo, Charm of Finches and more. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter BATTS released her new single “Somedays”. Details here

– The last Bluegrass @ Yulli’s for the year is this week featuring The Water Runners. Details here

Blair Dunlop announced Sydney and Melbourne shows when he’s in the for the Port Fairy Folk Festival and the Blue Mountains Music Festival. Details here

Sufjan Stevens released his self-directed video for “The Greatest Gift”. Details here

– Australian country music giants Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont are releasing a duo album and heading out on a huge tour. Details here

– Kiama based singer-songwriter Joe Mungovan announced east coast tour dates. Details here

– American nu-folk legends Calexico released their new video “Voices In The Field”. Details here

Bluesfest dropped its third artist announcement including Kesha, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Ethridge, Afro Celt Sound System, William Crighton, Elephant Sessions, Newton Faulkner, Harry Manx, Juanes, Seu Jorge, Ziggy Alberts, Ásgeir, Harts and Holy Holy. Details here

Releases This Week

Jim James
Tribute To 2Jim James
iTunes

Jo Mungovan
Another Night, A Distance From HereJoe Mungovan
iTunes

Dear John
Dear John – A Tribute to the Songs of John HartfordRobert Ellis and Courtney Hartman
iTunes

Shovels and Rope
Busted Jukebox Volume 2Shovels & Rope
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Trouble In The Kitchen w/ Cat & Clint

Trouble in the Kitchen

Australia’s premiere Irish trad quartet celebrate their 20th anniversary with a very special show in Melbourne this Thursday

Thursday 14th December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Saturday 9th December – Mangrove Mountain Public Hall, Mangrove Mountain, NSW
Friday 15th December – The Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS

Aleyce Simmonds, Tori Forsythe, The Spurs
Sunday 10th December – Made By The Hill, Rooty Hill, NSW

Andrew Swift and Gretta Ziller
Saturday 9th December – Ceres, Echuca, VIC

Andy Golledge
Saturday 9th December – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW

Bahamas w/ Slow Dancer
Saturday 9th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

BATTS
Wednesday 13th December – Secret Show, Melbourne, VIC

Ben Camden
Friday 8th December – The Royal Mail, Goodna, QLD
Saturday 9th December – The Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Sunday 10th December – The Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th December – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. The Water Runners
Wednesday 13th December – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass Pub Pick feat. The Willing Ponies, The Jimmies, The Southern Gentlemen
Sunday 10th December – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

By The Banks Festival
Saturday 9th December – Albury, NSW

Candice McLeod
Saturday 9th December – By the Banks Music Festival, Albury, NSW
Thursday 14th December – The Front Gallery and Cafe, Canberra, ACT

Canyon
Sunday 10th December – The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick, VIC

Catherine Traicos
Friday 15th December – Bassendean Hotel, Perth, WA

Celtic Sessions at the Cardigan Bar
Saturday 9th December – Cardigan Bar, Brisbane, QLD

CK & the 45’s
Friday 8th December – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Darren Hanlon
Friday 8th 
December – TBC, Birchip, VIC
Saturday 9th December – North Perth Town Hall, Perth, WA
Sunday 10th December – House Show, Nannup, WA
Friday 15th
 December – Ainslie Main Hall

, Canberra, ACT

Dean Lewis
Friday 8th December – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 9th December – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 10th December – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Dusty Ravens & Jason Walker
Sunday 10th December – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Ella Belfanti
Sunday 10th December – Little Blowhole Art Bar, Kiama, NSW

Emma Swift w/ Jason Walker, Simone East, Oh Willy Dear.
Sunday 10th December – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

End of Year Folk Bash feat. Sue Gee, Peter Miller-Robinson, Kate Maclurcan and her combined choirs, Black Joak Morris: Mummers Play, Christina Mimmocchi with Corella & Scales of Justice choirs, Andsome Friends, Sheffield Carols
Sunday 10th December – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Fairgrounds Festival
Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December – Berry, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Vance Gilbert, Liz Stringer
Friday 8th December – Queen Street Community Hall, Yeppoon, QLD
Saturday 9th December – Degilbo Hall, Degilbo, QLD
Sunday 10th December – Rainbow Beach Community Hall, Rainbow Beach, QLD
Wednesday 13th December – Kandanga Public Hall, Kandanga, QLD
Thursday 14th December – Perseverance Hall, Perseverance, QLD
Friday 15th December – Woodford Memorial Hall, Woodford, QLD

Festival of the Sun
Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th December – Port Macquarie, NSW

Finders Keepers Sydney Market
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th December – Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney, NSW

Fired Up On Climate Change feat. Whoa Mule, Narrownecks, Snail, Andie Isalie with Ollie from Paperhill
Sunday 10th December – Carrington Hotel Gardens and Junction 142, Katoomba, NSW

Fox n Firkin
Saturday 9th December – Nevermind The Warp’d Tour, New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Gary Óg
Friday 8th December – The Adelaide Irish Club, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 9th December – The Boston, Perth, WA
Sunday 10th December – The Boston, Perth, WA

Great Aunt
Saturday 9th December – Charles Weston Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Hannah Cameron & Ryan Downey Joint
Sunday 10th December – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Harrison Storm
Friday 8th December – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 9th December – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Sunday 10th December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Thursday 14th December – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Harvey Russell and the Widowmakers, Matt J Ward
Sunday 10th December – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Heartaches and Hangovers feat. Small Town Romance
Saturday 9th December – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Hussy Hicks & Raphael White
Friday 8th December – Tintenbar Hall, Tintenbar, NSW
Saturday 9th December – House with No Walls, Eumundi, QLD

Imogen Pemberton and Oliver Downes
Saturday 9th December – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 10th December – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 12th December – House Concert, Hamilton North, NSW
Thursday 14th December – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW
Friday 15th December – House Concert, Toormina, NSW

Jack Johnson
Friday 8th December – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC

Jackie Marshall w/ Raychel Stone
Wednesday 13th December – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th December – The Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD

James Bennett
Friday 8th December – JJ’s at The Marina, Batemens Bay, NSW
Saturday 9th December – Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory, Junee, NSW
Friday 15th December – The Aztec, Forster, NSW

James Hickey
Saturday 9th December – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

James Kenyon
Friday 8th December – House Concert, Benalla, VIC
Saturday 9th December – By The Banks Festival, Albury, NSW
Sunday 10th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Jordan Merrick
Friday 8th December – Black Bear, Brisbane, QLD

Josh Pyke w/ Harrison Storm
Friday 8th December – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 9th December – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Sunday 10th December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Kyle Lionhart
Friday 8th December – Forth Pub, Forth, TAS
Saturday 9th December – The Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS

Leah Flanagan
Sunday 10th December – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Lizzie Flynn
Friday 8th December – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Meredith Music Festival
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th December – Meredith, VIC

Mia Dyson
Friday 8th December – Black Bear, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 9th December – Imperial Hotel, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 10th December – Hotel Brunswick, Brunswick Heads, NSW
Friday 15th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission
Friday 8th December – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 9th December – Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 10th December – The Oxford, Leederville, WA
Thursday 14th December – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 15th December – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Milk Xmas Party
Wednesday 13th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 14th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Miriam Lieberman
Sunday 10th December – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Monthly Oldtime Jam
Sunday 10th December – The Brothers Public House, Melbourne, VIC

My Friend the Chocolate Cake
Sunday 9th December – Theatre Royal, Hobart, TAS

Neil Murray
Friday 8th December – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Saturday 9th December – The Royal Hotel, Portland, VIC
Sunday 10th December – Macarthur Hotel, Macarthur, VIC

Nigel Wearne
Friday 8th December – Flying Brick Cider Co, Wallington, VIC
Saturday 9th December – House Concert, Ocean Grove, VIC
Sunday 10th December – House Concert, Drysdale, VIC
Wednesday 13th December – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

Niq Reefman w/ Muso Yetzka
Saturday 9th December – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Open Folk’n
Friday 8th December – Bendigo Folk Club, The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Outlaw Country Christmas feat. Lachlan Bryan, Dan Waters, Bell Street Delays
Sunday 10th December – Fitzroy Bowling Club, Melbourne, VIC

Phia
Friday 8th December – The Flying Cock, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 9th December – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Pierce Brothers
Saturday 9th December – 3 Oceans Winery, Margaret River, WA
Thursday 14th December – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC

Riogh
Friday 15th December – The Yo Yo Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Robyn Hitchcock
Wednesday 13th December – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Roy Payne
Friday 8th December – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Sam Outlaw
Friday 8th December – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC

Scott Cook & Liz Frencham
Saturday 9th December – By The Banks Festival, Albury, NSW
Sunday 10th December – House Concert, Staghorn Flat, VIC

Sid Berry
Sunday 10th December – The Bellingen Brewery & Co., Bellingen, NSW

Sparrow-Folk
Friday 8th December – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 8th December – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Stanley Records Xmas Party feat. Adam Young & The Down Main, Mick Daley Versus The Wayshegoes, Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes
Saturday 9th December – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Stella Donnelly
Friday 8th December – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 9th December – Fairgrounds Festival, Berry, NSW

Stu Larsen
Friday 8th December – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 9th December – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

Tennyson King
Friday 8th December – Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 9th December – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 12th December – Cally Hotel, Warrnambool, VIC
Wednesday 13th December – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 8th December – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Saturday 9th December – Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough, WA
Sunday 10th December – The Northshore Tavern, Hillarys, WA

The Black Sorrows
Sunday 10th December – Terminus Hotel, Healesville, VIC

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 15th December – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW

The Demon Drink
Friday 15th December – The Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane, QLD

The East Pointers
Friday 8th December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 9th December – Metropole, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 14th December – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Friday 15th December – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT

The Genni Kane Trio and String Theories
Sunday 10th December – Orange Regional Conservatorium, Orange, NSW

The Go Set
Friday 15th December – The Cardigan Bar, Brisbane, QLD

The Grenadiers
Saturday 9th December – Cronulla RSL, Cronulla, NSW

The Mae Trio
Friday 8th December – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

The Northern Folk
Saturday 9th December – By The Banks Festival, Albury, NSW

The Rhythm Section Christmas Party feat. Claude Hay, Marshall Okell, Cass Eager & The Mo’ Debleys, Justin Yap, Matty T Wall
Thursday 14th December – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

The Shins
Friday 8th December – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 9th December – Fairgrounds Festival, Berry, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December – Fairgrounds, Berry, NSW
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th December – Meredith Music Festival, Meredith, VIC

The Waifs
Saturday 9th December – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Sunday 10th December – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA

The Water Runners
Wednesday 13th December – Bluegrass @ Yulli’s, Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th December – The Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Sunday 10th December – Music in the Library, Chelsea Library, Chelsea, VIC

The Wise Women
Friday 8th December – CERES Joe’s Market Garden, Melbourne, VIC

This Way North
Friday 8th December – Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Saturday 9th December – By the Banks Festival, Albury, NSW
Sunday 10th December – Bright Brewery, Bright, VIC
Friday 15th December – The Golden Vine, Bendigo, VIC

Tori Forsyth
Friday 8th December – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW
Saturday 9th December – North Haven Bowling Club, North Haven, NSW

Trouble In The Kitchen w/ Cat & Clint
Thursday 14th December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Ukulele Death Squad
Friday 8th December – Pepper Tree, Aldinga, SA

Wifey w/ Garry David, Darren Cross
Friday 15th December – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Yusuf / Cat Stevens
Saturday 9th December – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Will You Marry Me” – Gemini Downs

Blair Dunlop Announces Australian Tour Dates

Blair Dunlop
Image Courtesy of Blair Dunlop

British folk singer-songwriter Blair Dunlop is returning to Australia in March for the Port Fairy Folk Festival and the Blue Mountains Music Festival and fans will be happy to know that he’s added a couple of headline dates as well.

Along with his festival shows Dunlop has announced two shows in Sydney and one in Melbourne (with Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker as part of the Modern Folk! From Britain show) while he’s in the country. He’ll be bringing with him a raft of new tunes, with a new album planned for the first half of 2018.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Wednesday 14th March – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 21st March – LeadBelly, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 22nd March – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

The Blue Mountains Music Festival Adds More Artists to 2018 Lineup

Vikki Thorn
Image Courtesy of Vicki Thorne

The 2018 Blue Mountains Music Festival just got a whole lot bigger with the addition of just over a dozen more artists to the lineup.

This announcement is headlined by Vicki Thorne from The Waifs and Archie Roach along with the likes of All Our Exes Live in Texas, SON (Susan O’Neill) (IRE), Steve Appel & Melanie Horsnell, Elephant Sessions (SCOT), Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker (UK), Faith i Branko (SERB), Frank Burkitt Band (NZ), Linda Mizzi, Monique Clare Duo, Charm of Finches and more.

The Blue Mountains Music Festival will is held from 16th to the 18th March in Katoomba, NSW – head over to their official site for more details and how to get your hands on tickets.

The full list of announced artists are below:

Missy Higgins, Kate Miller-Heidke, Archie Roach Band, Vicki Thorne, Harry Manx, Lior & Paul Grabowsky, All Our Exes Live in Texas, The Backsliders, Peter Rowan Band, The Grigoryan Brothers & Adam Page, Brothers Comatose, SON, Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys, Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence, Flats & Sharps, While & Matthews, Steve Poltz, Blair Dunlop, Steve Appel & Melanie Horsnell, Breabach, Elephant Sessions, Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse, 10 String Symphony, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Faith i Branko, Mel Parsons, Frank Burkitt Band, Hat Fitz & Cara, Malcura Band, Alana Wilkinson, Linda Mizzi, Witches Leap, Monique Clare Duo, Charm of Finches, Mission Songs Project, Heartlands Conversations, Poets Breakfasts

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 27th October

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival added three more artists – Archie Roach, Jordie Lane & The Sleepers and Stella Donnelly. Details here.

– NZ folk duo Great North released their new video “Better Days”. Details here

– We premiered the new live video from American folk-singer Rachel Baiman, “Something to Lose” ahead of her Australian tour with One Up, Two Down this January. Details here

– Melbourne alt-country band The Stetson Family released their new single “Brother”. Details here

Bluesfest added 16 more artists including Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jackson Browne, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Benjamin Booker, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Teskey Brothers and more. Details here

– The Blue Mountains Music Festival revealed its first round of artists including Missy Higgins, Kate Miller-Heidke, Lior with Paul Grabowsky, The Grigoryan Brothers with Adam Page, The Backsliders, Harry Manx, Steve Poltz, Chris While and Julie Matthews, Breabach, Peter Rowan Band, 10 String Symphony, Flats and Sharps, The Brothers Comatose, Lamine Sonko and the African Intelligence, Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys, Blair Dunlop, Mel Parsons, Malcura, Hat Fitz & Cara, Witches Leap, Alana Wilkinson, The Mission Songs Project and more. Details here

– Melbourne’s The Teskey Brothers released their latest video “Louisa”. Details here

– Newgrass favourites The Infamous Stringdusters announced plans to release their latest covers EP Undercover Vol. 2. Details here

Mama Kin Spender announced Melbourne and Sydney tour dates. Details here

Sufjan Stevens will be releasing an album of outakes and remixes, The Greatest Gift. Details here

– Sydney-based singer-songwriter Matt Boylan-Smith released his new video “We Can Be Together”. Details here

Alex The Astronaut released her new video “Not Worth Hiding”. Details here

– The folks behind Dashville will be showcasing at the Australian Music Week next week featuring William Crighton, Terra Lightfoot, Melody Pool, Magpie Diaries and Dave Wells. Details here

Billy Bragg released his new single “Saffiyah Smiles”. Details here

Releases This Week

Lankum
Between The Earth & SkyLankum
iTunes

Infamous Stringdusters
Undercover Vol. 2The Infamous Stringdusters
iTunes

Timberwolf
ÍkarosTimberwolf
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival

Foghorn

Australia’s favourite bluegrass festival kicks off in Dorrigo over the weekend featuring the likes of Foghorn Stringband, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Mile Twelve, The Freewheeler, The New Macedon Rangers, Freya Josephine Hollick, Golden Whistler, Kaurna Cronin, Loren Kate, Mandy Connell, Monique Clare, The Mae Trio, The Northern Folk, The Tawny Owl Stringband, Twin Peaks, Whoa Mule and many more.

Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 27th October – The Founders Room Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 28th October – Red Velvet Lounge, Cygnet, TAS
Sunday 29th October – The Jetty House, Southport, TAS

Alex The Astronaut
Friday 27th October – Uni Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 28th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 3rd November – Jack Rabbit Slim’s, Perth, WA

Americana Music Association of Australia Birthday Bash feat. Anne Kirkpatrick, Gretta Ziller, Small Town Romance, The Ahern Brothers, Andrew Swift, Georgia State Line, Hana and Jessie-Lee, The April Family
Friday 3rd November – Cronulla, NSW

Americana Music Association Conference
Wednesday 1st November – Sydney, NSW

Andrew Swift, Peasant Moon
Sunday 29th October – Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Angie McMahon
Thursday 2nd November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Anna Cordell
Thursday 2nd November – Edinburgh Castle Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Appalachian Heaven Stringband
Tuesday 31st October – Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, Ferntree Gully, VIC

Argyle Sun-Sets at Fred’s feat. Rebecca Hatch, Billsbry, Dom Diaz
Sunday 29th October – Fred’s, Camden, NSW

Ashlea Reale
Friday 27th October – Ravenswood Hotel, Ravenswood, WA

Australian Music Week
Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd November – Sydney, NSW

Belle Harvey
Friday 27th October – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 28th October – Nannup Hotel, Nannup, WA
Sunday 29th October – The Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA

Ben Salter
Friday 27th October – Marrickville Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th October – Gooloogong Log Cabin Hall, Gooloogong, NSW
Sunday 29th October – The Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 2nd November – The Eastern, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 3rd November – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC

Benny Walker
Saturday 28th October – Bendigo Bank Theatre at The Capital, Bendigo, VIC

Bernard Fanning
Friday 27th October – The Croxton, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th October – The Factory, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th October – The Factory, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 1st November – The Cambridge, Newcastle, NSW

Blackwood Festival of Music and Culture
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th November – Blackwood, VIC

Bob Evans
Saturday 28th October – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Brad Butcher
Friday 27th October – Oodies Cafe, Bundaberg North, QLD
Thursday 2nd November – The City Sider Motel, Tamworth, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 27th October – The Burvale Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th October – Lorne Hotel, Lorne, VIC
Sunday 29th October – Riverlinks Westside, Shepparton, VIC
Friday 3rd November – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 27th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th October – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th October – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Candice McLeod
Friday 3rd November – House Concert, Wakerie, SA

Cass Eager
Friday 27th October – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Chris Jagger
Thursday 2nd November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 3rd November – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 27th October – Illume at Killynaught, Boat Harbour, TAS

Clarence Town River Country Hoedown
Saturday 28th October – Clarence Town Footy Oval, Clarence Town, NSW

Claude Hay
Friday 3rd November – Family Hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Craig Woodward
Sunday 29th October – Loretta’s, Melbourne, VIC

Clio
Thursday 2nd November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Colin Lillie
Friday 3rd November – El Sol, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 3rd November – St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Cronulla, NSW

Dashville Does the Monkey feat. William Crighton, Terra Lightfoot, Melody Pool, Magpie Diaries and Dave Wells
Thursday 2nd November – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Devil Goat Family String Band
Saturday 28th October – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Diana Anaid
Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd November – Australian Music Week, Cronulla, NSW

Eden Whale Festival
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Eden, NSW

Elbury
Friday 27th October – The Brat Cave, Brisbane, QLD

Ella Belfanti, The Vectors
Tuesday 31st October – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Emma Russack
Saturday 28th October – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 31st October – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 3rd November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 3rd November – Giant Dwarf, Sydney, NSW

Fleurieu Folk Festival
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Willunga, SA

Foghorn Stringband
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW
Monday 30th October – Pitts House Concert, Barkers Vale, NSW
Tuesday 31st October – Boo Radley’s Hall, Glenreagh, NSW
Wednesday 1st November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 2nd November – The Home Tavern, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Blackwood Festival of Music and Culture, Blackwood, VIC

Folk Alliance Australia Conference
Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd November – Cronulla, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Mr Collins, Hollie Matthew, Alice Terry
Wednesday 1st November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Four In The Morning
Thursday 2nd November – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Garrett Kato
Friday 3rd November – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD

Gasoline Pony 4th Birthday feat. Rogue Company, Bonnie & Wayne, Bernie & Co, AccaPony in-house Choir, Villebillies, Low Down Riders, Reuben’s Ego Boost, Apache, Los Romeos
Saturday 28th October – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Saturday 28th October – Welcome to Morrisonville, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 29th October – Rochester Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 31st October – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC

Grizlee Train
Friday 27th October – Long Jetty Hotel, Long Jetty, NSW

Harry Hookey
Friday 27th October – House Concert, Clare Valley, SA

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 3rd November – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne, NSW

Hermitage Green
Wednesday 1st November – Prince Ballroom, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 2nd November – Finn McCools, Brisbane, QLD

High Tea feat. Snail
Thursday 2nd November – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Holly Throsby
Friday 27th October – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 28th October – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 3rd November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Inland Sea of Sound Festival
Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th November – Mount Panorama, Bathurst, NSW

J M S Harrison & Cabin Inn, Sam Shinazzi, Key Out
Sunday 29th October – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

James Kenyon
Friday 27th October – Tanswells Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 28th October – Mita Pub, Mita Mita, VIC
Sunday 29th October – Wandi Hotel, Wandilagong, VIC
Friday 3rd November – The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Jason Walker
Saturday 28th October – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Jed Rowe
Friday 3rd November – Skylark Lounge, Upwey, VIC

Jess Ribeiro w/ Akubra, Jade Imagine
Tuesday 31st October – The Tote Front Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Jo Jo Smith w/ Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart
Sunday 29th October – Grainstore, Nathalia, VIC

John Butler Trio
Friday 3rd November – Corxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Joseph Tawadros Trio
Saturday 28th October – Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Casula, NSW
Sunday 29th October – The Regent Cinema, Murwillumbah, NSW

Josh Pyke w/ Harrison Storm
Friday 3rd November – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Justin Townes Earle w/ Joshua Hedley, Ruby Boots
Friday 27th October – Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle, WA

Kasey Chambers
Sunday 29th October – Gladstone Entertainment Centre, Gladstone, QLD
Tuesday 31st October – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton, QLD
Wednesday 1st November – Farview Tavern, MacKay, QLD
Thursday 2nd November – Townsville Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD
Friday 3rd November – Tank Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 27th to Monday 30th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

Ken Nicol
Friday 27th October – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th to Sunday 29th October – Fleurieu Folk Festival, SA

Kim Churchill
Friday 27th October – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 28th October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Kristina Olsen
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Fleurieu Folk Festival, SA

Liam Gerner
Friday 27th October – Royal Theatre, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 29th October – The Dogs Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Lizzie Flynn
Friday 27th October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 29th October – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 27th October – The Camelot Lounge, Marrickville, NSW
Saturday 28th October – Sounds Delicious, Jervis Bay, NSW
Sunday 29th October – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Lyall Moloney
Friday 27th October – The Chippo Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 2nd November – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 3rd November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Maldon Folk Festival
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th November – Maldon, VIC

Mama Kin Spender
Thursday 2nd November – Australian Music Week, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 3rd November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Medusa’s Wake, Fleur Wiber, Kellie Lloyd, Manners Park, Married Man
Sunday 29th October – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Mia Dyson
Friday 3rd November – Inland Sea of Sound Festival, Bathurst, NSW

Mihka Chee w/ Martha Chess-Phelps, Black Iguana
Friday 27th October – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Mile Twelve
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW
Tuesday 31st October – 63 First Avenue, Sawtell, NSW
Wednesday 1st November – Wauchope Arts Council, Wauchope, NSW
Thursday 2nd November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, NSW

Monique Clare
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October, Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW
Tuesday 31st October – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd November – Australian Music Week, Sydney, NSW

Moonee Valley Drifters
Saturday 28th October – Memo Music Hall, St Kilda, VIC

Mr Alford Country
Friday 27th October – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 2nd November – Newport Bowls Club, Newport, VIC

My Nightingale
Friday 27th October – Illume at Killynaught, Boat Harbour, TAS

Nick Cunningham and Luke Morris
Saturday 28th October – Port Lincoln Hotel, Port Lincoln, SA

Out of Abingdon
Friday 27th October – Northern Illawarra Neighbour Aid Inc, Helensburgh, NSW
Saturday 28th October – Mechanics Institute, Lawson, NSW
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Eden Whale Festival, Eden, NSW

Paddy McHugh
Friday 27th October – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd November – Australian Music Week, Cronulla, NSW

Paper Mouse
Saturday 28th October – Ballarat Mechanics Institute, Ballarat, VIC

Paul Kelly
Friday 3rd November – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

Peasant Moon
Friday 27th October – Blue Bean, Daylesford, VIC
Saturday 28th October – Kangaroo Hotel, Maldon, VIC
Sunday 29th October – Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 1st November – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 2nd November – Australian Music Week, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 3rd November – Orient, Newcastle, NSW

Ralway Bell
Friday 27th October – Harvey Dickson’s Rodeo, Boyup Brook, WA

Rowena Wise
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Fleurieu Folk Festival, Willunga, SA
Tuesday 31st October – Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Sásta
Friday 3rd November – Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane, QLD

Save The Reef Tote Show feat. Zoë Fox and the Rocket Clocks, FERLA, Sugar Fed Leopards, Hollow Everdaze, Leah Senior, Forever Son, Davey Lane, Emma Russack, 19th Century Strongmen, If You See Her, Say Hello
Saturday 28th October – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC

Shaky Stills
Saturday 28th October – Rainbow Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Nicholson
Friday 27th October – Lonestar Tavern, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 28th October – Welcome to Morrisonville, Brisbane, QLD

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Thursday 2nd November – The Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW

Simon Imre
Sunday 29th October – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Songbird – A Musical Tribute to Eva Cassidy
Thursday 2nd October – Chapel off Chapel, Melbourne, VIC

Stella Donnelly
Friday 27th October – Fremantle Festival, St John’s Church, Fremantle, WA
Friday 3rd November – Code Red Festival, Murdoch, WA

Stockley
Friday 3rd November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Tablelands Folk Festival
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Yungaburra, QLD

Tesse, Post Paint, CCXO
Tuesday 31st October – Cobra Club, Sydney, NSW

Tex Perkins – The Man In Black, The Songs of Johnny Cash
Wednesday 1st November – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 2nd November – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 3rd November – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Austracana Travelling Revue feat. Carpenter Caswell, Smith & Jones, The April Family
Friday 27th October – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW

The Black Sorrows
Saturday 28th October – Harley Days, North Wollongong, NSW
Friday 3rd November – The Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW

The Bushwackers
Friday 27th October – Gumbramorra Hall, Sydney, NSW

The Crooked Fiddle Band w/ The Mouldy Lovers
Friday 3rd November – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Excellent Smithers
Saturday 28th October – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 2nd November – Boilermaker House, Melbourne, VIC

The Gasoline Pony Forth Birthday Celebration
Saturday 28th October – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Gypsyjazz Project
Tuesday 31st October – ANU, Canberra, ACT

The Harts
Saturday 28th October – House Concert, Carrum Downs, VIC

The Loaded Dog Folk Club feat. Solidarity Choir, The Fossickers
Saturday 28th October – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Northern Folk
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

The Nukes
Friday 3rd November – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Snowdroppers
Saturday 28th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Stetson Family
Monday 30th October – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
Thursday 2nd November – St John’s Anglican Church, Fremantle Arts Festival, Fremantle, WA
Friday 3rd November – Ravenswood Tavern, Mandurah, WA

The Village Festival
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th – Edinburgh Gardens, Melbourne, VIC

Timberwolf
Friday 3rd November – Secret Location, Adelaide, SA

TinPan Orange
Friday 3rd November – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Tom Dockray w/ Mitch Power
Wednesday 1st November – The Paragon Theatre, Queenstown, TAS
Thursday 2nd November – House Concert, Hobart, TAS
Friday 3rd November – Red Velvet Lounge, Cygnet, TAS

Tom West
Friday 3rd November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Tori Forsyth
Friday 27th October – Johnny Ringos, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 28th October – Johnny Ringos, Brisbane. QLD

Tristen Bird
Friday 27th October – The Taproom – Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 28th October – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th October – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 30th October – Streets Of Harlem, Noosa Heads, QLD
Tuesday 31st October – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Wednesday 1st November – National Theatre, Braidwood, NSW
Thursday 2nd November – Oh Jean Records, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 3rd November – Willie Smith’s Organic Cider, Grove, TAS

Tullara
Friday 27th October – Cambridge Hotel, Parkes, NSW
Saturday 28th October – Wambuul Macquarie Riverfest, Dubbo, NSW
Saturday 28th October – Tullamore Hotel, Tullamore, NSW
Sunday 29th October – Thomas Blamey Tavern, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Twin Peaks
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

Vanishing Shapes
Friday 27th October – House Concert, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 28th October – Phoenix Rising Cafe, Nimbin, NSW
Sunday 29th October – Pacific Hotel, Yeppoon, QLD

Wambuul Macquarie Riverfest
Saturday 28th October – Dubbo, NSW

Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Wangaratta, VIC

Welcome To Morrisonville feat. Shane Nicholson, Henry Wagons & The Only Children, Tracy McNeil & The Good Life, Gretta Ziller, Jen Mize
Saturday 28th October – Morrison Hotel, Brisbane, QLD

William Crighton and Terra Lightfoot
Thursday 2nd November – Australian Music Week, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 3rd November – Central Bar, Newcastle, NSW

Z-Stay Delta
Friday 27th October – Sound Feast @ The J, Noosa Heads, QLD
Thursday 2nd November – The Spa Bar, Daylesford, VIC
Friday 3rd November – Baha, Rye, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Bonnie Ship, The Diamond” – Beoga

Blue Mountains Music Festival Reveals First Artists for 2018 Lineup

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Image Courtesy of Kate Miller-Heidke

The Blue Mountains Music Festival this week began to announce the lineup for its 2018 event.

Held in Katoomba over the St Patrick’s Day weekend, the Blue Mountains Music Festival always has a decent folk and roots music presence on their lineup along with the best and brightest artists from across all genres.

Headliners for the 2018 Blue Mountains Music Festival include the one-two punch of Missy Higgins and Kate Miller-Heidke – two of Australia’s most celebrated singer-songwriters.

Joining them will be Lior with Paul Grabowsky, The Grigoryan Brothers with Adam Page, The Backsliders, Harry Manx (Can), Steve Poltz (Can), Chris While and Julie Matthews (UK), Breabach (Scot), Peter Rowan Band (US), 10 String Symphony (US), Flats and Sharps (UK), The Brothers Comatose (US), Lamine Sonko and the African Intelligence (Senegal), Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys (Canada), Blair Dunlop (UK), Mel Parsons (NZ), Malcura, Hat Fitz & Cara, Witches Leap, Alana Wilkinson, The Mission Songs Project and more to be announced.

The Blue Mountains Music Festival will is held from 16th to the 18th March in Katoomba, NSW. They’ll be announcing more artists via their Facebook page so make sure you like them there. And head over to their official site for more details and how to get your hands on tickets.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th March

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Brisbane alt-folk four-piece Elbury released their new video “Past Life Memories”. Details here

Bob Evans announced a national tour kicking off this April. Details here

– Indie-folk duo Oh Pep! released their new video “Crazy Feels”. Details here

– Queensland duo Busby Marou have announced national tour dates. Details here

– Melbourne electro-folk artist BATTS released her new song “For Now”. Details here

– Melbourne alt-country duo Broads announced national tour dates. Details here

William Crighton announced a May tour plus the release of his new 7-inch vinyl “Hope Recovery”. Details here

Blog

“Trad purists will no doubt look down there nose at Ed Sheeran’s folky offerings on ÷, the same way they have with other pop crossover songs over the years. Some of that will be justified – in reality “Galway Girl” is not a great song despite Beoga’s influence – but much of this will be a knee jerk reaction to a perceived popularisation of the tradition”Gareth Hugh Evans argues that the trad inspired songs on Ed Sheeran’s new album are a good thing for the scene. Blog here

Reviews

Gigs

“The full gamut of natural disasters may have threatened to unleash the doors of doom upon the festival many of times– yet they never have. From deep mud to the high winds that huffed and puffed til they blew Lurline Pav down before opening a few years back, to this year’s demise of the main indoor venue – Katoomba RSL – which burnt to the ground just a couple of weeks ago, this festival, like Katoomba itself, is a foot soldier of survival. You can blow her big top down, you can burn her to the ground, but the show will go on, and the founding Festival Co-Directors Bob Charter and Al Ward are well seasoned masters of the quick switch”Elizabeth Walton reviews this year’s Blue Mountains Music Festival. Review here

Releases This Week

Chapter One
Chapter OneDarcy Fox
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Johnny Flynn
SillionJohnny Flynn
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Button Collective

Button Collective

Folk favourites The Button Collective hit up shows in Wollongong and Byron this week before the official launch of their new album Hall on the Hill in Brisbane next Friday with The Long Johns and Paddy McHugh in support

Friday 24th March – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 30th March – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 31st March – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt
Friday 31st March – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS

Argyle Sun-Sets @ Freds feat. Ackers, Ali Morgan, Nicole Issa
Sunday 26th March – Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW

Belle Jar
Friday 24th March – The Old City Bank, Katoomba, NSW

Boy & Bear
Sunday 26th March – A Day on the Lawn, Hobart, TAS

Burrows w/ James Teague, Happy Axe
Saturday 25th March – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Craig Woodward
Sunday 26th March – Bluebonnet BBQ, Melbourne, VIC

Darcy Fox
Saturday 25th March – House Concert, Gippsland, VIC
Friday 31st March – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Dusty Ravens
Saturday 25th March – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Eddi Reader
Friday 24th March – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA

Elwood Myre
Saturday 25th March – The Stag & Hunter, Mayfield, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Mat Morgan, Mama Schultz, Liam Gale & The Ponytails
Wednesday 29th March – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Frank Sultana and The Sinister Kids
Friday 24th March – Southern Comfort Carnival, Surly’s American BBQ, Burgers & Beer, Sydney, NSW

Get Folked Punk 1st Birthday Party
Thursday 30th March – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Grigoryan Brothers
Saturday 25th March – Prom Coast Seachange Festival, Foster, VIC
Sunday 26th March – Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston, VIC

Hinterlandt
Friday 24th March – Jane’s, Wollongong, NSW

Holly Throsby
Saturday 25th March – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 26th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 30th March – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Friday 31st March – Babushka, Perth, WA

Irish Mythen
Friday 24th March – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th March – Yackandanda Folk Festival, Yackandanda, VIC
Thursday 30th March – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 31st March – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC

Jack Carty
Saturday 25th March – Bella Union Trades Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 31st March – Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 24th March – Golden Vine, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 25th March – Suttons, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 31st March – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Jessie Lloyd: The Mission Songs Project
Friday 24th March – Eltham World Music Cafe, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Rennie-Hynes
Saturday 25th March – Stone Pony, Wilunga, SA
Friday 31st March – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 24th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Friday 31st March – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA

Les Poules à Colin
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC
Friday 31st March – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW

Martha Marlow
Monday 27th March – Nowra, NSW
Wednesday 29th March – Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW

Martha Tilston
Friday 24th March – Newham Hall, Newham, VIC
Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th March – Yackandandah Festival, Yackandandah, VIC
Thursday 30th March – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 31st March – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Martha Wainwright
Friday 24th March – Capital Theatre, Bendigo, VIC

Ocean Rhythms Music Festival
Saturday 25th March – Old Bar Beach, Old Bar, NSW

Peasant Moon w/ Rick Hart
Saturday 25th March – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Papa Pilko And The Binrats
Saturday 25th March – Southern Comfort Carnival, Surly’s American BBQ, Burgers & Beer, Sydney, NSW

Quarry Mountain Death Rats, The Scrims
Friday 24th March – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Raised By Eagles
Saturday 25th March – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

Roland Kay-Smith
Thursday 30th March – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Sancha & the Blue Gypsies
Sunday 26th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Southern Comfort Carnival
Wednesday 15th to Saturday 25th March – Surly’s American BBQ, Burgers & Beer, Sydney, NSW

Steampacket Sessions Irish Music Weekend
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – Steampacket Hotel, Nelligan, NSW

The Basin Music Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – The Basin, VIC

The Button Collective
Friday 24th March – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 30th March – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 31st March – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

The East Pointers
Friday 24th March – Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 25th March – Wauchope Community Arts Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Sunday 26th March – Cedar Bar, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 30th March – Bellevue Hotel: Townsville Folk and Acoustic Music Club, Townsville, QLD
Friday 31st March – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

The Man From Snowy River Festival
Thursday 30th March to Sunday 2nd April – Corryong, VIC

The McClymonts
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – CMC Rocks 2017, Ipswich, QLD

The Morrisons
Friday 24th March – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 25th March – Oceans Rhythm Festival, Old Bar, NSW

The Northern Folk
Thursday 30th March – The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Séamus Begley Trio
Saturday 25th March – The Fly By Night Club, Fremantle, WA

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Friday 24th March – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

The Waifs
Saturday 25th March – The Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 26th March – The Don Centre, Devonport, TAS
Tuesday 28th March – The Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Wednesday 29th March – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 30th March – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC

This Way North
Thursday 30th March – Settlers Tavern, Margret River, WA

Timberwolf
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – The Hills Are Alive, South Gippsland, VIC

TinPan Orange
Friday 24th and Saturday 25th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, VIC
Sunday 26th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Violent Femmes
Friday 24th March – Waves, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 25th March – Annies Lane, Queanbeyan, NSW
Monday 27th March – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Wednesday 29th March – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 31st March – Twin Towns, Coolangatta, QLD

Warrandyte Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – Warrandyte, VIC

Yackandandah Folk Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – Yackandandah, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Minute 5” – Beoga

If you’ve listened to Ed Sheeran’s “Galway Girl” here’s the tune that’s playing behind it.

2017 Blue Mountains Music Festival – The Wrap

Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen doing Funeral Songs

Words and Pictures by Elizabeth Walton

“Can’t wait for this to start – Paul Kelly is Australia’s answer to Bob Dylan.”  So the murmur of the audience flows while revelers wait in the light filled entrance to the Lurline Pavilion at the 2017 Blue Mountains Music Festival.

“Nah mate, Bob Dylan is America’s answer to Paul Kelly,” comes the well whittled retort, a fitting reflection on the loyalty of the Australian pilgrimage to the Blue Mountains Music Festival, where Australia’s tower of song – Paul Kelly – has appeared many times.

The punters flood the moment with favourite festival stories, washed down with a good pint of Guinness. Mustering the strength to move past the thousands to the front of stage where you can really get lost in the experience – that’s what they are pausing at the entrance to do, for this is the festival’s main event – and that’s all part of the show.

Katoomba may be the original decaf soy latte kinda town, but the Blue Mountains Music Festival is still a double ristretto kind of event. Headliners including Kelly and The Waifs may have returned countless times, but you’d wonder why you would want to change something that clearly ain’t broke.

As the rain pours down, the mud slides up. The cafes flow with conversations filled with passionate responses to Gregg Borschmann’s Heartland Conversations, the virtues of six dollar gumboots, and the best fashion statement you can make with a plastic yellow poncho without face planting in the mud.

Paul Kelly hit the stage with his latest project, Death’s Dateless Night, an album of funeral songs recorded with collaborator Charlie Owen on dobro and keys, tenderly harmonized by Kelly’s own clan of daughters, the beautiful Memphis ad Maddie. The audience loved it, but loved it even more when the band eventually visited the song man’s own material. Though Kelly invited the audience to lay him down a pallet on the floor, and to just let it be, the cheers definitely grew louder when “To her Door” finally opened on centre stage.

The festival opened with acts including Caiti Baker, whose vocal style leaves you feeling that she wants to blow the walls of the theatre down, get out into the open where she can feel the  wind moving in her hair. The space seems a little small for her raging sound, verging from lyrical blues to a good decent growl. She tells us on Saturday she’ll be down on the Lurline Pavilion, the main outdoor stage at the show, though she pronounces it less like the colloquial Lur-lign, and more like Lur-Leene, rhyming the venue with Dolly Parton’s Joe-line, and soon has the audience singing along with her to an impromptu bash at Dolly’s favourite tune.

On Saturday night the Big Tent looks like it might fill with water, instead it’s a flood of grey hair and beanies, people moshing around in the mud in their comfy hand-made  knits and sensible weather wear. But if that gives a distinctively silver streaked view of the pilgrims, that’s only because the young ones are moshing at the front of the Main Stage, grooving out to Urthboy with his dub overlays and ultra chill. If you’re lucky this weekend you’ll only have gone through three pairs of water-ready shoes a day, your children won’t have sunk chin-deep in the mud, and you will be very happy with the new era of sounds washed in by Urthboy – where it’s standing room only up near the doof as the crowd gets all up close and personal like, pressed in so close that they leave the rest of the pavilion entirely empty. Up close and personal is the real thing when techo fans assemble to watch a row of straight standing personnel in front of a giant DJ desk, laying down the riffs over a deep sonic tonic.  Meanwhile,  a raft of festival volunteers politely excuse themselves from duty so they can catch the last 15 minutes of boyfilled Urth. This has always been a festival that knew its demographic well, and takes no umbrance with serving up something for everyone. From Blue Grass to Trad Folk, the genres represented expand the very notion of what seems like a 360 degree perpetually evolving spectrum of musical styles.

In a world where festivals are born, reach their peak and quickly fade, this event is now hosting third generation folk who wouldn’t have this gig played out any other way. The audience is right at home with the cabaret style humour of The Loveys, who’ve flown all the way from Mullum, bringing along their jokes about yoga and farmers’ market twee. They clink their way through a set in German,  which slips past their too-red lips and over-stated eyewear, their gentrified hats, and putt great-grandma’s Royal Doulton to a new, unintended use as the china tinkers out a syncopated funk. Midway through the gig one of the ladies asks for LSD – but it turns out she isn’t craving the hallucinatory type, she’s just after a Latte Soy Dandelion. Nailing the piss-take on all things modern circa 2017, from transgender marital departures to personality disorders – even the pursuit of happiness isn’t spared from their material. But they’re not popular just for their good humour, they’re a festival highlight because they’re absolutely gorgeous and very bloody good – especially the well grounded Bass Uke of Madeleine Liddy, who churns out a phat sound reminiscent of McCartney’s Hoffman – a sound others in the same venue struggled to achieve.

Perhaps that’s just down to luck, or it could be technique, but Liddy doesn’t think so. “It’s because it’s preloved,” she says. “And it’s well-worn in,” she adds with a cheeky wink, much like the general spirit of these grand duchies. “Oh, and it hasn’t got any varnish”.  Well that’s definitely it, wouldn’t you think? Some might think it’s just a great attitude shared amongst these ladies, including Janet Swain, who appears clad in a spectacular green velvet robe, reclaimed from some Victorian widow’s wardrobe.  She wears her threads comfortably as she honks and hauls her bassoon like a baritone sax.

A honkin and a yankin in some unintended direction is all par for the course, from the street buskers grooving overdubbed percussive raps on part-filled glass bottles, to Mic Conway’s Junk Band, giving himself an onstage vasectomy with a saw played so nostalgically that the audience asks “who is that woman singing with that distinctive voice”. It’s not a woman singing, it’s Conway’s vitals begging for mercy as he slashes out his aptly nervous and wobbly tune. His side kick is the amazing sousaphone player dubbed “Marjorie Snodgrass” for this line up, who sometimes cameos in the Cope Street Parade.  She spends an hour after the event lavishing praise upon Lewis the Sound Guy for “getting” that she is the bass – whether she’s pumping her sousa, or an impeccably rendered mouth-impro bass jug. They don’t call it a junk band for nothing. The mutual admiration continues until Lewis and most of the band discover they’re all neighbours in Sydney’s eclectic inner west.

Lewis covers the event every year, bringing his own mics to work his room, The Clarendon Theatre, whose plush trim is renowned for delivering a distinctively flat sound that Lewis successfully overcomes without the aid of the high end, crystal clear gear and production values of the main stages. It’s a challenge, but like all Blue Mountains Festival devotees, one which he could perhaps best be described as pathologically drawn to. The rigors of the job are largely performed by the unknown and the unthanked, but the dooers of these unseen tasks are usually destined to return.  Once the festival gets into the blood, it’s a well fixed hooked.

True to form the mountains throws its unaustralian weather – unaustralian because even folk from the Arctic Circle cry that it’s freezing cold. In the Arctic at least when it rains it falls as snow – a dry white dust that easily brushes off. The Blue Mountains offer a unique kind of soak that seeps right into your soul. Then come the complaints from the uninitiated, rain weary after three days trudging around in it. “I’d rather live in Canada than live in this!” Yes, you probably would, but that’s part of the attraction of the mountains, and it’s why all those silver streaks are standing there happily in their sensible outdoor gear. There’s a saying in the mountains – there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear. Get the good gear and you’re right to go.

Yet for the musos actually from the Arctic Circle such as The Jerry Cans, they’ve found their ‘other world’, a far departure from the Australian places they’ve previously played, melting  in the heat, discovering only then that the reason they developed a style of playing so fast was to stop themselves from freezing to death. From Adelaide to Darwin they preserved their organs from overheating on frenetic energy at a gazillion degrees. The weather doesn’t seem to have impeded their throat singing, electrified fiddle and squeeze box filled riot of a style. Here they discover they can finally crank it up and get back to their original pace. And the crowd rises to meet them, foot stomping in the newly created dance pit at the front of the Guinness tent – a welcome inclusion in an event that has always been considered a  ”concert” festival – one where you can expect to be able to sit comfortably in your bucket seats without your view being jiggled into obscurity – now there is room for both kinds of audience – the dancers and the dedicated listeners, and a wonderful world it is that can comfortably accommodate the two.

David Ross Macdonald presents a twangy six strings of metal  guitar that looks as if it could do with a bit of new brass, but it comes across sweet like a classical guitar, using a capo fretted style so soft and light that the end result is not unlike a uke. He invites the audience to join him as he croons upon how badly he craves to be held, and though his guitar looks like it might have seen better days, it’s perfect for such a setting on a night like this, offering a sound that’s subtle yet delivers a surprising level of depth.

The Mission Songs Project brings new life to the voices of the stolen generation and indigenous Australians who were splintered from their cultures when they were made to sing in a foreign language. Today, traditional languages are so far removed from their vernacular that singing in English has become the mainstay, the local languages have become the foreign tongue. Yet everything has its resurgence if you can claim it before it achieves vanishing point. The stories are heartfelt and beautifully sung – perhaps not with the campfire instruments of their natural settings, but the end result is one that adapts well to the contemporary stage and travels to a diverse and broad audience – for The Mission Songs Project, this is mission accomplished, and accomplished incredibly well.

In a festival world where every  outfit seems to have developed the mandatory uke moment, comes the strident yards of  a bush ranging balladeer – uke man William Crighton – nine parts murderer and one part hipster, tantalising the drama enthralled-audience, half of whom are  scared out of their minds that he might wield his tiny stringed box like an axe and murder them on the spot as he thumps between the rows– the other half of whom are hoping to hell that he will! Yet William makes his way back to the stage and continues his conquest to drown you in his jaded and heartbroke view of the world without ever shedding even a drop of blood.

Meanwhile the ground becomes a cup more filled with water-making-mud than one half empty, and the deserted stalls and food courts in the school grounds stand forgotten as no-one can reach them without a plank.

The 2016 Youth Award Winners The Bean Project  pulled off a surprisingly sorrowful set of sadness for ones who’ve yet to spend their youth. The brass section of this mighty duo invokes the gentlest French horn, muted the old fashioned way, with a palm holding back the full force of the sound. It is reserved, civilized, and remains gentlemanly, until Bryce Turcato takes away his hand and builds to a punchy solo, fluid with delicately placed 9ths and unresolved 7ths, while his mate Ben Langdon stares at him earnestly through his horn rimmed glasses, and flicks back his long blonde bob as he deftly states to his departed love, “I’ve never been alone more than I am here in your bed”.  The rays of light reached down and kissed him when she left, he says, before telling us that they cut their teeth in noisy pubs where not even the walls were listening. It’s an unsettling surprise now, here, in this theatre, he tells us, to finally have our attention. After Bryce finishes ripping through his brass staccato, he falls back into a noble style, summoning images of a call to hunt, all regal caps and whips and beagles.

“This next song will be sung in Islamic,” says the singer from My Bubba. This is a duo of damsels, one of whom looks like she’s emerged from legal secretarial school, with her closed-toe cloth pumps and knee length linen black shift, a look finished with a single strand of plastic aqua coloured pearls. They sing with the restraint of those who might be found in the dusty chambers of the law academy, yet the result of all that restraint produces something akin to an angelic ascendance, with soft harmonies beautifully entwined around a heavenly, harp like instrumental style. They look as though they might butterfly kiss each other at any moment with a naked eyelash.  These are the kind of virginal maidens that can maintain their composure and remain incongruously well groomed amidst a sea of people with wet hair and faces flung with splats of rain. If you can imagine the restraint that may invoke in their vocalising, then you’ve grasped the concept.

By Sunday, Stage 6 is dubbed Big Top Lake, and the Tantric Turtle along with all the other venues on the green are pulled.  A quick rethink and the audience and most of the acts are all reshuffled. No-one who has already played misses out. A new program is issued, the details are publicised on social media, and everyone is right to go. According to the seasoned stage crew who have built this mini city countless times and painstakingly pack it all down at festival end, this decision was more to do with the indoor lake and wanting to make sure everyone had a great time than anything else. Though folklore may want it remembered differently, it was less to do with the depth of the mud, which as far as outdoor events go, wasn’t as bad as it might have been. You might say it was deep enough, but not as deep as the festival from somewhere up north, where once upon a time some chick went so far down in the mud that she completely disappeared and has never been seen since, or so the story goes. Perhaps she showed up sometime later in the Manning Bar at Sydney Uni. But this is the Blue Mountains, where you’d have to think she selected her moment of re-emergence to coincide with first beers at the ever popular Boho Bar, run by all the dedicated mums and dads and rank and file members of Katoomba’s P & Cs. The festival is the major fund raiser, and the flush of funds surging through the veins of the schools for the past 21 years has made for a formidable contribution to a cash strapped cultural enclave of a town that couldn’t have achieved this in any other way. It’s an undeniable contribution to the advancement of wellbeing for the local munchkins, but you’ve got to wonder how they get on when the playground is as trashed as this – yet Katoomba is a town with a can-do kind of pride, a place where people are going to make do with whatever they’re handed to make do with. At least there’s no cars bogged in at 3am with volunteers desperately trying to pull them out, in a push-me-pull-you kind of experience never to be forgotten. And never to be repeated, now that parking is banned from the grounds.

The full gamut of natural disasters may have threatened to unleash the doors of doom upon the festival many of times– yet they never have. From deep mud to the high winds that huffed and puffed til they blew Lurline Pav down before opening a few years back, to this year’s  demise of the main indoor venue – Katoomba RSL – which burnt to the ground just a couple of weeks ago, this festival, like Katoomba itself,  is a foot soldier of survival. You can blow her big top down, you can burn her to the ground, but the show will go on, and the founding Festival Co-Directors Bob Charter and Al Ward are well seasoned masters of the quick switch.

Though this year sees the departure of co-founder Al Ward after 21 successful years in production, Bob still managed to pull off the switch and brought the shy wallflower that is the Palais Royale into play while the cinders at the RSL were still hot. Even the most established K-Town aficionados were not yet acquainted with this grand old dame of art deco Katoomba, who willingly submitted her services to the impromptu role of third venue for the festival.  The plush comfort and stately grandeur of the Palais Royale was well admired by all – a venue whose grandiose chandeliers set  the mood for dulcet tones that could woo even the most jaded festival goer.

Reaching out to this venue is a master stroke for the festival, and you can be sure bands and revelers alike will definitely want her back. It’s too good a venue to refuse for a festival that stands proud amongst a battlefield of fallen events. And as the much loved Blue Mountains Music Festival heads towards her quarter century of service, long may she reign.  All hail The Festival, and all she represents.

– Elizabeth Walton is a freelance writer, photographer and musician

Quebec Folk-Trad Group Les Poules à Colin Announce Australian Tour

Les Poules a Colin
Image Courtesy of Les Poules à Colin

You may have seen Quebec folk-trad group Les Poules à Colin popping up on a few festival lineups recently, and now it looks like we’re getting a national tour.

As well as spots on the lineups appearances at Cobargo Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Yackandandah Folk Festival, National Folk Festival and Fairbridge Folk Festival, Les Poules à Colin have a bunch of headline dates that will take them around the country.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW
Thursday 2nd March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 3rd March – Masonic Hall, Lindisfarne TAS
Saturday 4th March – Broadmarsh Hall, Broadmarsh, TAS
Sunday 5th March – Longford Town Hall, Longford, TAS
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC
Friday 31st March – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 5th April – Upper Landsdowne Memorial Hall, Upper Landsdowne, NSW
Thursday 6th April – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 8th April – New Farm Bowls Club, New Farm, QLD
Sunday 9th April – Nanango Shed, Nanago QLD
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 20th April – South Coast Folk Club, Adelaide, SA
Friday 21st to Monday 24th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Fairbridge, WA

Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything Australian Tour Dates

Jaron Freeman Fox
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Canadian prog-folk band Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything return to Australia this week for a couple of festival shows – Blue Mountains Music Festival and Fairbridge Festival – as well as shows all over the country including Sydney (with Edema Ruh and The Jerry Cans), Melbourne (with The Willie Wagtails) and Perth (with Turin Robinson).

Check out the full list of upcoming dates below:

Thursday 17th March – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
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
Sunday 27th March – The Who Club, Warburton, VIC
Monday 28th March – The Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 31st March – The Homestead Tasmania, Hobart, TAS
Friday 1st April – Live at The Wharf, Ulverstone, TAS
Saturday 2nd April – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Sunday 3rd April – MONA, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 7th April – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 10th April – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Tuesday 12th April – The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Wednesday 13th April – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Fairbridge Festival, Pinjarra, WA

National Folk Festival Interview: Kaurna Cronin

Kaurna Cronin
Image Courtesy of Kaurna Cronin

After winning the Folk Alliance Youth Award at last year’s National Folk Festival Adelaide singer-songwriter Kaurna Cronin returns with a full band and a new album. We sat down with Cronin to talk about the massive year he’s had.

Gareth Hugh Evans: You released Glass Fool in July last year. It’s been getting a lot of really good press – how are you feeling 6 months on? Has the album settled into itself?

Kaurna Cronin: It was such a lengthy process going into it I kind of felt, just after recording process, that it was a little bit stale. But then going on tour and releasing it with the band we adapted it for a live performance and that really gave it a lot more life and energy – that felt really good. Six months down the track it’s still a pleasure travelling around playing it. And we’re adding a lot of new songs that will be coming with the release of the new album too. We’re excited to do that too after The National.

GHE: I didn’t realise there was a new album in the works.

KC: Yeah. We’re piecing it all together now. I think it will be around July this year that we try to get it out to everybody.

GHE: Last year a massive year for you with quite a big overseas tour through Europe, the album release, a couple of Australian tours and of course you scored the Folk Alliance Youth Award at The National last year. Have you recovered yet?

KC: It was an amazing year and it was amazing to have the support of the team at Folk Alliance too. That was really amazing. And to be able to do Woodford and the Fleurieu Folk Festival and all these amazing festivals. It’s been amazing to keep really busy. All of those European shows were a lot of fun with the band over there. The Christmas period was lovely for a bit of recovery but it’s really never ending. We’ve been working on the new album pretty intensively and we’re coming up to The National and Port Fairy and the Blue Mountains Folk Festival so that’s going to be a pretty busy period too.

GHE: What was the process behind winning the Folk Alliance Youth Award?

KC: It was unexpected really. We got nominated to be a part of the showcase at the National Folk Festival last year. I’d never been to The National so it was more just going along and being part of it – we didn’t really realise it was a competition as such. So we went up and played a couple of songs and at the end they said “you guys are the winners”. It was kind of weird and we didn’t really know what we got. But it’s been amazing working with them – they’re super helpful.

GHE: What’s the prize for that?

KC: It’s essentially a collaborative work with them for twelve months. They’ve got a lot of connections with a lot of festival bookers. And a big part of it is going over to the Folk Alliance International showcase in Kansas City in the United States. That’s industry meets and establishing a network over in the States.

GHE: I first came across your music through the rest of the Adelaide folk scene – people like Tom West and Todd Sibbin. It’s a really interconnected scene down there with everyone playing together and recording on each other’s albums. And it feels like everyone from that scene has really started to focus on the Folk Festival circuit – has that been a conscious effort from you?

KC: I don’t know if it was conscious but it’s definitely sort of evolved in that way. A lot of the projects I’ve been involved with have really pushed for that triple j market or national touring but I think for me I really just wanted to release an album that I was proud of and working collaboratively with different musicians who could add different, unique styles. I think through that, and keeping on writing songs, we’ve been lucky enough to land lots of these folk festivals and keen engaging with people.

GHE: And the folk festival audiences seem to really like you. They’re a pretty unique audience in that they’re a listening audience. You go and play at a folk festival, whether it’s Woodford or Cygnet or whatever, and the people who come to your shows are there to hear you and are super attentive and engaged.

KC: They are the best crowds for sure. At a folk festival in particular people are going along to be there, to have the experience. I think it’s really beautiful, the appreciation for the artist, that comes from a folk festival.

GHE: And people a very open to different types of music as well.

KC: It’s an eclectic mix. I thought it was amazing up at Woodford – you had Marlon Williams and then you walk around the corner and it’s MC Briggs. The diversity was crazy.

GHE: So talking about The National in particular: You’re back this year in an officially capacity. Are you looking forward to playing the 50th anniversary of the festival?

KC: Yeah! Last year was my first time at The National and I was blown away. It’s an amazing festival and there’s so many great artists. I’m really excited – this is going to be the first major festival that I’ll be playing with the full band. We’ll be doing songs from the Glass Fool album and also new songs that will be on the latest album too. It’s going to be a really good opportunity to play them live to one of those beautiful folk festival audiences.

GHE: And then after The National are there more shows planned?

KC: We’ll be touring for the single in May. But other than that we’ve just got Port Fairy and the Blue Mountains Folk Festival. After this run of festivals we’ll start releasing all the singles and then we’ll be going overseas in July/August touring Germany, Belgium and Sweden for a couple of months.

GHE: You just can’t get enough of Europe.

KC: It’s always good to get away from the winter blues.

GHE: That so much Kaurna for chatting with me today. Hopefully we’ll catch up at The National. Good luck with everything you’ve got on this year!

KC: Cheers Gareth, appreciate it.

Upcoming dates for Kaurna Cronin, including all of his shows at the National Folk Festival, are below:

Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
– Friday 4pm – Scrumpy
– Saturday 10:30am – The Majestic
– Sunday 1am – Scrumpy

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