Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Announce Bluesfest Sideshow Dates with Deer Tick

Jason Isbell
Image Courtesy of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

The kings of contemporary Americana music, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, have already been announced as one of the most highly anticipated acts on next year’s Bluesfest lineup and now they’ve announced sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne while they’re in the country.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will be touring their amazing new album The Nashville Sound and have also announced country-infused rock and rollers Deer Tick as their supports.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 24th March – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 25th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

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

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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

Bluesfest Adds 16 More Artists for 2018

Jason Isbell
Image Courtesy of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

The next wave of artists have been added to the Bluesfest lineup this morning and as expected there’s a bunch to get excited about.

This round of artists includes the likes of Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jackson Browne, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Benjamin Booker, Hurray for the Riff Raff and The Teskey Brothers plus Youssou N’Dour, Seal, Gomez, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, The Original Blues Brothers Band, Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers, Canned Heat, Walter Trout and André Cymone.

Bluesfest is held just outside of Byron Bay from the 29th March to 2nd April. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The full announced so far is below:

Lionel Richie, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, John Butler Trio, Tash Sultana, The New Power Generation, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, José González, First Aid Kit, Morcheeba, Gov’t Mule, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The California Honeydrops, Eric Gales, Bobby Rush, Dumpstaphunk, Joe Louis Walker, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Youssou N’Dour, Seal, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jackson Brown, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Gomez, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, The Original Blues Brothers Band, Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers, Benjamin Booker, Hurray for Riff Raff, Canned Heat, Walter Trout, André Cymone, The Teskey Brothers

José González Announces Bluesfest Sideshows

Jose Gonzalez
Image Courtesy of José González

Swedish indie-folk singer-songwriter José González has this week announced headline shows when he’s in Australia for Bluesfest next year.

Along with his Bluesfest appearance González has also added shows in Canberra, Sydney and two in Melbourne. The full list of dates are below:

Thursday 29th March – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 31st March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 1st April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Monday 2nd April – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 3rd April – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

First Aid Kit Announce Bluesfest Sideshows

First Aid Kit
Image Courtesy of First Aid Kit

Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit are returning to Australia next year for Bluesfest, and now it looks like we’re getting a couple of headline shows as well.

Sydney and Melbourne will be lucky enough to host First Aid Kit at the beginning of April.

The full list of dates for the tour are below along with First Aid Kit’s new video “It’s A Shame” which is the first taster for a new album due in 2018:

Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 3rd April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th April – Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 22nd September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We premiered the new single and video from The Acfields, “We’ll Meet Halfway”. Details here

– A huge lineup has been announced for the inaugural Australian Americana Honours Night including Old Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June, Kevin Welch, Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers, Shane Howard, Bernard Fanning, Catherine Britt, Henry Wagons, Emily Barker, Ruby Boots and Jordie Lane & The Sleepers. Details here

The Cobargo Folk Festival announced its 2018 headliners including Eric Bogle, Neil Murray, The Northern Folk, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Christine Collister with Michael Fix and Alan Kelly Gang. Details here

– Playwright and performer Phil Spencer (Story Club) and indie-folk singer Julia Johnson bring their Hooting & Howling show to the Melbourne Fringe this week. Details here

– Canadian alt-country songstress Lindi Ortega announced East Coast tour dates. Details here

Bluesfest revealed their first lineup for 2018 including Lionel Richie, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, John Butler Trio, Tash Sultana, The New Power Generation, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, José González, First Aid Kit, Morcheeba, Gov’t Mule, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The California Honeydrops, Eric Gales, Bobby Rush, Dumpstaphunk, Joe Louis Walker and Rick Estrin & The Nightcats. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Phia released her new single “Oxide”. Details here

– Indie-folk singer-songwriter Alex The Astronaut announced upcoming EP See You Soon and a October and November tour. Details here

– Melbourne Americana band Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds announced their second full length album The Way You Leave. Details here

– The Queenscliff Music Festival revealed its final additions to the 2017 lineup including Russell Morris, Andrea Robertson Band, Bec Goring, Didirri, Heath Robertson Band, Hey Mammoth, Izzy Losi & The Auracles, Rough River, Sagamore, Sweethearts, The Refuge, Tides of Welcome, Tom Richardson, True Spirit Revival Yoga and Yirrmal & The Miliyawutj. Details here

– Melbourne gypsy-folk band The Scrims released their new music video “Show Me Your Moves”. Details here

– South Australian live music night The Porch Sessions has just announced plans to hold its annual festival Porchland in December. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival added a bunch of new artists including Amistat, Ben Waters Band with Derek Nash, Black Sorrows, Blair Dunlop, Davidson Brothers, Frank Burkitt Band, Lily & King, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Rory Ellis Trio, Ted Egan, Victoriana Gaye, Brian Nankervis, 10 String Symphony, The Grigoryan Brothers with Adam Page, Hillbilly Goats, Hussy Hicks, Josienne Clarke & Ben Waters, King Marong & Afro Mandinko, La Busca, Lost Ragas and more. Details here

Releases This Week

Fanny
Real Class ActFanny Lumsden
iTunes

Josh Ritter
GatheringJosh Ritter
iTunes

Katie Harder
BelovedKatie Harder
iTunes

Peasant Moon
Our Timing Was WrongPeasant Moon
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Emily Barker

Emily Barker

Alt-country singer-songwriter Emily Barker returns home to Australia with tour and festival dates kicking off this week.

Tuesday 26th September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 27th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 28th September – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th to Saturday 30th Septmber – Rhythmicana Festival, Murwillumbah, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Saturday 23rd September – Club Mullum, Mullumbimby RSL, Mullumbimby, NSW

AJJ
Wednesday 27th September – Crowbar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th September – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 29th September – The Lair, Sydney, NSW

Alana Patmore
Saturday 24th September – The Blackout, Sydney, NSW

Americana Sessions feat. Great Aunt
Sunday 24th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Angus & Julia Stone w/ Ruel
Saturday 23rd September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 26th September – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Friday 29th September – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA

Anna Smyrk
Friday 22nd September – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Paradiso, Byron Bay, Byron Bat, NSW
Wednesday 27th September – Folkswagon, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Uranquinty Folk Festival, Uranquinty, NSW

Appalachian Heaven Stringband
Sunday 24th September – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Argyle Sun Sets feat. Vanishing Shapes, Stringline Folk Band
Sunday 24th September – Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW

Ashlea Reale
Friday 22nd September – Dôme Waikiki, Waikiki, WA

Barbecue Party feat. Jason P. Walker, Sam Newton
Saturday 23rd September – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Ben Ely
Friday 22nd September – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

Bob Evans
Friday 29th September – Nightfest Floriade Festival, Commonwealth Park, Canberra, ACT

Brad Butcher
Friday 29th September – Red Lion Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD

Caloundra Music Festival
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra, QLD

Carpenter Caswell w/ The Weeping Willows
Saturday 23rd September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Lizotte’s Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW

Carus Thompson w/ Loren
Sunday 24th September – God’s Kitchen, Mornington, VIC
Wednesday 27th September – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 29th September – The Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill, Ocean Grove, VIC

Clare Bowditch
Thursday 28th September – Fondata 1872, Kangaroo Ground, VIC

Corner Unplugged feat. The Vendettas, Julia Johnson
Sunday 24th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Craig Woodward
Sunday 24th September – Bluebonnet Barbecue, Melbourne, VIC

Dan Sultan
Friday 22nd September – Max Watt’s, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th September – Academy, Canberra, ACT
Friday 29th September – Bar On The Hill, Newcastle, NSW

Dana Hassall, Luke O’Shea, Ben Ransom
Sunday 24th September – Wenty Leagues, Wentworthville, NSW

Dashville Skyline
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Belford, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 23rd September – The Union, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 26th September – Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, Ferntree Gully, VIC
Friday 29th September – Deni Ute Muster, Deniliquin, NSW

Declan O’Rourke
Wednesday 27th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 28th September – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, NSW

Deni Ute Muster
Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September – Deniliquin, NSW

Diamond Duck w/ Bonniesongs
Sunday 24th September – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Emily Barker
Tuesday 26th September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 27th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 28th September – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th to Saturday 30th Septmber – Rhythmicana Festival, Murwillumbah, NSW

Emma Russack
Thursday 28th September – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW

eüsh, Nic Cassey & Friends
Thursday 28th September – Blacksheep, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 22nd September – School of Arts Hall, Burren Junction, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Mullaley Hall, Mullaley, NSW
Friday 29th September – Tullamore Memorial Hall, Tullamore, NSW

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

FolkSwagon feat. Anna Smyrk, William Alexander, Archer
Wednesday 27th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fossils Benefit Concert
Friday 29th September – Concordia College Chapel, Adelaide, SA

Garrett Kato
Saturday 23rd September – The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW

Global Rhythms Music Festival
Sunday 24th September – Bicentennial Park, Sydney, NSW

Great Aunt
Sunday 24th September – Americana Sessions, The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 26th September – Ric’s Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th September – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th September – Rick’s Garage, Palmwoods, QLD

Hannah Matysek
Friday 22nd September – Newtown Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Hooting & Howling feat. Julia Johnson
Friday 22nd September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 25th September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC

Immigrant Union
Friday 29th September – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

James Vincent McMorrow
Saturday 23rd September – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 25th September – The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 27th September – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Jen Mize and Mitch Power
Friday 22nd September – Two Goats, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 27th September – Janes, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st September – Dashville Skyline, Belford, NSW

Jim Mongrel w/ Drizabone D, Handsome Young Strangers (duo) playing Weddos
Sunday 24th September – Moshpit, Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan and Greta Stanley
Friday 22nd September – Anitas Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Surry Hills Festival, Sydney, NSW

Julia Johnson
Friday 22nd September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 25th September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC

Karl S Williams
Friday 22nd September – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC

Kasey Chambers
Thursday 28th September – Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cessnock, NSW
Friday 29th September – Club Maitland City, Maitland, NSW

Katie Harder
Friday 22nd September – Epilogue Lounge, Alice Springs, NT

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 22nd September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Cessnock Hotel, Cessnock, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 28th September – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 29th September – Caloundra RSL, Caloundra, QLD

Kim Churchill
Friday 22nd September – The Office, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 23rd September – Timberfest, MacKay, QLD
Friday 29th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Lazy Colts, The Good Boys, Cody and Rob
Saturday 3rd September – Shakespeare Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Liz Stringer & Mel Parsons
Friday 22nd September – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 23rd September – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th September – The Old Priory, Beechworth, VIC
Friday 29th September – Boo Radley’s Hall, Glenreagh, NSW

Lizzie Flynn
Friday 22nd to Saturday 23rd September – Folk By The Sea, Kiama, NSW

Louisa Wise w/ Luke Plumb, Wise Women, Lucy & Mischa Duo
Sunday 24th September – Northcote Uniting Church Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Madison Violet
Friday 22nd September – The Dungeon, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Irish Club Hotel, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 29th September – Stanthorpe Theatre, Stanthorpe, QLD

Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan
Saturday 23rd September – Bar 303, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Olson
Saturday 23rd September – Northern Star Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 24th September – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline Festival, Belford, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 22nd September – House Concert, Wyndham Vale, VIC
Saturday 23rd Septmeber – House Concert, Lara, VIC
Sunday 24th September – House Concert, Wyndham Vale, VIC
Tuesday 26th September – House Concert, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 27th September – House Concert, Marino, SA
Friday 29th September – House Concert, Perth, WA

Melody Moko
Sunday 24th September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Mildura Country Music Festival
Friday 29th September to Sunday 8th October – Mildura, VIC

Mint Julep Thursdays feat. Not a Lemur, Great Aunt
Thursday 28th September – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Monique Clare
Sunday 24th September – House Concert, Armidale, NSW
Tuesday 26th September – House Concert, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Fireside Sessions, Warrandyte, VIC

My Nightingale
Thursday 28th September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th September – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Mr Alford Country
Sunday 24th September – Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Old Crow Medicine Show
Thursday 28th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD

Patrick James
Saturday 23rd September – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Pay It Forward Dinner feat. Aimee Francis, Darcy Fox, Sabrina Salvatore
Thursday 28th September – The Mouldy Fig, Melbourne, VIC

Pierce Brothers
Friday 22nd September – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Raised By Eagles
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Semaphore Music Festival, Adelaide, SA

Ramblin’ Nights Dashville Skyline Special feat. The Roamin’ Jasmine, Tim Easton
Thursday 28th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Richard Perso
Sunday 24th September – Old Canberra Inn, Canberra, ACT

Rolling Stone Live Lounge feat. Josh Pyke
Tuesday 26th September – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Rhythmicana Festival
Friday 29th to Saturday 30th Septmber – Murwillumbah, NSW

Ruby Boots
Wednesday 27th September – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Semaphore Music Festival, Adelaide, SA

Rya Park w/ BATTS, Alana Wilikinson
Friday 22nd September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Newton
Saturday 23rd September – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 27th September – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Semaphore Music Festival
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Adelaide, SA

Songs for Asylum: An Evening of Music to Support Refugee Rights feat. Jep & Dep, Maples, The Latin Ministry
Thursday 28th September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Southern Gentlemen
Sunday 24th September – Caringbah Markets, Caringbah, NSW

Surry Hills Festival
Saturday 23rd September – Ward Park, Sydney, NSW

Teeny Tiny Stevies
Thursday 28th September – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Tex, Don & Charlie
Friday 22nd September – The Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 23rd September – Wave Rock Weekender, Hyden, WA
Sunday 24th September – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

The Acfields w/ Looking for Alaska
Friday 29th September – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

The Black Sorrows
Wednesday 27th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Dee Why RSL Club, Dee Why, NSW

The Buck Loner Revue w/ Jason Walker
Saturday 23rd September – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

The Cope Street Parade
Saturday 23rd September – The Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC

The Gadflys
Friday 22nd September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Tilley’s, Canberra, ACT

The Loaded Dog Folk Club feat. Ecopella, Bod
Saturday 23rd September – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

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

The Quick & the Dead
Friday 22nd September – The Old Flour Mill Gallery, Euroa, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – Glenrowan Scout Hall, Glenrowan, VIC
Sunday 24th September – The Bended Elbow Albury, NSW
Tuesday 26th September – TBC, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 27th September – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – The Valve Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Roamin’ Jasmine
Friday 22nd September – Private Show, Reservoir, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – Billy Roy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 24th September – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Thursday 28th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Dashville Skyline, Lower Belford, NSW

The Scrims w/ Uncle Penny Bags, The Vibe-A-Centrics
Friday 22nd September – B.East, Melbourne, VIC

The Showhall Series feat. Didirri, Tom West
Saturday 23rd September – The Range Hall, The Range, SA

The Tall Grass
Saturday 23rd September – Longplay, Melbourne, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September – Wave Rock Weekender, Hyden, WA
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, Hunter Valley, NSW
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD

The Turner Brown Band w/ Shelley’s Murder Boys
Friday 29th September – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Friday 22nd September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 23rd September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 27th September – The City Sounds, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 27th September – The Triffid Acoustics, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th September: 5 CHURCH STREET, Bellingen (NSW)
Friday 29th September – Sider Diner Sessions, City Sider, Tamworth, NSW

Tim Easton
Thursday 28th September – Ramblin’ Nights, Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Timberfest
Saturday 23rd September – MacKay, QLD

Timothy James Bowen
Sunday 24th September – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Tori Forsyth
Thursday 28th September – The Fox Den, Gloucester, NSW

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife
Friday 22nd September – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Shady Pines Saloon, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Westernport, San Remo, VIC

Under the Covers feat. Jen Mize, Mitch Power, Rhys Scoular
Wednesday 27th September – Jane’s, Wollongong, NSW

Uranquinty Folk Festival
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Uranquinty, NSW

Valerie June
Thursday 28th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, NSW

Vanishing Shapes
Friday 22nd September – The Townie, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 24th September – Argyle Sun Sets, Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW

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

Wallaby Creek Festival
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Homerule Rainforest Lodge, QLD

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

Whoa Mule!
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September – Folk By The Sea, Kiama, NSW
Tuesday 26th September – House Concert, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Widow’s Walk w/ Georgia State Line, Nick Payne & the Wanted Few
Friday 29th September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Winterbourne
Friday 22nd September – Selina’s, Coogee Bay Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Revolution, Como, NSW

XANI
Sunday 24th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Z-Stay Delta
Friday 22nd September – Miami Marketta, Miami, QLD
Sunday 24th September – The Shared, Yandina, QLD
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom/Blackberry Blossom/Red Haired Boy” – Chris Thile & Michael Daves

First Lineup Revealed for Bluesfest 2018

Bluesfest
Image Courtesy of Bluesfest

We’re well and truly into festival announcement season with the first huge reveal for Bluesfest 2018.

Heading up next years lineup is the one-two punch of musical legends Lionel Richie and Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters. That’s definitely going to make a lot of people excited.

Joining them in this lineup are a bunch of Bluesfest regulars plus some first timers including John Butler Trio, Tash Sultana, The New Power Generation, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, José González, First Aid Kit, Morcheeba, Gov’t Mule, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The California Honeydrops, Eric Gales, Bobby Rush, Dumpstaphunk, Joe Louis Walker, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats and many more to be announced.

If previous years are anything to go by then this is just going to be the tip of the iceberg so get excited!

Bluesfest is held just outside of Byron Bay from the 29th March to 2nd April. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 12th May

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Ed Sheeran released the video to his trad-pop track “Galway Girl”. Details here

The Top Half Folk Festival announced it’s full 2017 lineup including The Ten Cent Shooters, Karen & Jacko, Rusty & the Infidels, Neil & Mel Phillips, Dave Oakes, Mary Flynn, Ted Egan, Bloodwood, Edan Baxter, Sally Balfour, Tony Suttor, Paul Stewart, Chris Pemberton, South Of Berrimah Line, Shamrock, Timber & Steel, Barney Foran, Bob Sharp, Phil Beck, Phil & Josh Gray, Ashlea Reale, Peter Bugden, Bob Barford, Ted & Carolynne Burns, Kirsty Robinson and Richard Gorter. Details here

– Melbourne based guitarist and singer-songwriter Justin Bernasconi announced details of his new album plus a bunch of upcoming tour dates. Details here

– New Hunter Valley event The Paddock Sessions announced their lineup including Imogen Clark, Abby Dobson, Joe Mungovan, Martha Marlow, This Way North, Vanishing Shapes, John Flanagan Trio, Finnian Johnson and many more. Details here

– Melbourne bluegrass and Americana duo The Weeping Willows released their new video “The Pale Rider”. Details here

– We premiered the new video from The Morrisons featuring Georgia Mooney (All Our Exes Live In Texas), “Long Time Travelling”. Details here

Husky announced tour dates through June and July. Details here

– Sydney duo Diamond Duck released their new single “Marry Me By The Sea”. Details here

Liz Stringer target=”_blank”>Liz Stringer has announced Big Tuesday String-a-Long featuring live conversations with the likes of Dr Lou Bennett, Deborah Conway, Neil Murray and Mick Thomas. Details here

Reviews

Gigs

“Welcome to Bluesfest, It’s Good Friday and the weather is glorious. Entering from Northern entrance, you’re greeted by an avenue of stalls and people with a vast and exciting line up ahead of you. It’s 12.30pm, the sun is overhead, you’ve got money on your RFID wrist band and the bars are plentiful! Taking a tour through the entire site, past the Juke Joint and Boomerang Stage, Delta Stage, past the enormous Mojo and Crossroad stages”KT Bell takes us through Friday of Bluesfest. Review here

“It’s Saturday and celebration day! Yes, we’re marking a birthday so today includes a sleep in and much frivolity throughout the day”KT Bell takes us through Saturday of Bluesfest. Review here

“It’s chocolate day! And as we enter through the Southern gates the sounds of Lloyd Spiegel making the crowd laugh with his tales welcomes us to another glorious day of Blues, before we can hear Spiegel breaking in to a blistering rendition of “Lucille”. It’s his last tune, so maybe we’ll catch him again tomorrow”KT Bell takes us through Sunday of Bluesfest. Review here

“It’s the final day of Bluesfest and emotions are a mixed bag of excitement for what ahead, sadness that it’s ending and a bit of relief from the continual stimulation and inspiration from so many amazing artists”KT Bell takes us through Monday of Bluesfest. Review here

Releases This Week

Bonnie Prince Billy
Best TroubadorBonnie “Prince” Billy
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Martha Tilston
NomadMartha Tilston
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Mae Trio

Mae Trio

The Mae Trio officially launch their new album Take Care, Take Cover in their home town of Melbourne at their dream venue The Thornbury Theatre.

Friday 12th May – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Adam Young, Sasha March
Saturday 13th May – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt w/ Fanny Lumsden
Saturday 13th May – Ettalong Diggers, Ettalong, NSW
Thursday 18th May – Loxton Club, Loxton, SA
Friday 19th May – Pretoria Hotel, Mannum, SA

Appalachian Heaven
Friday 12th May – The Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 14th May – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

Bluegrass Brunch feat. The Willing Ponies
Sunday 14th May – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 12th May – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 13th May – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Brendon Moon
Saturday 13th May – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Burradise Festival
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th May – Culburra, NSW

Cash Savage & The Last Drinks
Friday 19th May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Daniel Champagne
Friday 12th May – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 13th May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 17th May – Republic Bar & Cafe, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 18th May – Royal Oak, Launceston, TAS
Friday 19th May – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS

Davidson Brothers
Friday 12th May – The Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 13th May – Yinnar Hotel, Yinnar, VIC

Diamond Duck
Friday 12th May – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 13th May – 63 First Ave, Sawtell, NSW
Sunday 14th May – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Fairlight Folk feat. Lime and Steel, Datson Hughes, Jasmine Beth
Saturday 13th May – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Finders Keepers Sydney
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th May – Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Jye Whiteman, Jannah Beth, Coast & Ocean
Wednesday 17th May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

George Washingmachine & Peter Baylor Supper Club on Shakespeare
Friday 12th May – Carlton Scout Group, Melbourne, VIC

Get Folked Punk feat. Medusa’s Wake, Blackie, Isaac Graham
Thursday 18th May – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Harmaniax
Tuesday 16th May – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

Harvest Festival
Saturday 13th May – Bicentennial Park, Melbourne, VIC

Harvey Russell, Sasha March, Matt J Ward
Thursday 18th May – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Helen Shanahan
Saturday 13th May – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Hootenanny feat. Callum Wylie
Sunday 14th May – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

James Fahy, The Burley Griffin
Thursday 18th May – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

James Kenyon Trio w/ Nick Huggins, Ruth Lindsey, Tracey Hogue
Thursday 18th May – Tago Mago, Melbourne, VIC

Jayson Watkin
Sunday 14th May – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Jeff Lang
Friday 12th May – The Agrestic, Orange, NSW
Saturday 13th May – The Gearin, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 18th May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 19th May – Hardys Bay Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW

John Flanagan Trio
Saturday 13th May – Commonground, Hilldene, VIC
Thursday 18th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 19th May – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 19th May – Basement Discs In-Store, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 19th May – Saint Monday, Yackandandah, VIC

Katie Harder
Saturday 13th May – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
Thursday 18th May – Old Museum, Brisbane QLD
Friday 19th May – Meat Market, Melbourne VIC

Kingston Harvest Festival
Saturday 13th May – Bicentennial Park, Melbourne, VIC

Kirsty Bromley
Saturday 13th May – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes and The Weeping Willows
Saturday 13th May – Palais Theatre, Franklin, TAS
Sunday 14th May – MONA, Hobart, TAS
Friday 19th May – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW

Little Wise
Wednesday 17th May – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Man Of Constant Sorrow: The Music of O Brother Where Art Thou feat. The Morrisons, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Brian Campeau, Luke Escombe
Wednesday 17th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 18th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 19th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Mandy Connell w/ Fire in the Head
Sunday 14th May – Tago Mago, Melbourne, VIC

Mick Thomas
Friday 19th May – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Miss Eileen and King Lear w/ Ayleen O’Hanlon, Rich Davies, Forever Son
Thursday 18th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Nat Henry, Mitch Power & Andrew Swift
Friday 12th May – Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC

Peasant Moon
Saturday 13th May – Harvest Festival, Melbourne, VIC

Pierce Brothers
Thursday 18th May – Metro Lair, Sydney, NSW

Raised By Eagles
Friday 19th May – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Rise Above the Flood feat. Gyan, Dustyesky, Hussy Hicks, The Button Collective, Abbie Cardwell, Ben Wilson, Fingal, The Cassettes, Dustyesky
Friday 12th May – Byron Bay Community Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW

Rosie Burgess Trio
Friday 12th May – The Bottlerocket, Nowra, NSW
Saturday 13th May – Burradise Festival, Culburra, NSW
Sunday 14th May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Rough River
Saturday 13th May – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Round Mountain Girls
Saturday 13th May – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Sam Newton
Sunday 14th May – Blacksheep, Sydney, NSW

The April Family w/ Not Good With Horses
Thursday 18th May – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Saturday 13th May – Tanamon Soundscape, Wooli, NSW

The Dusty Millers
Sunday 14th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Mae Trio
Friday 12th May – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Man They Call The Banjo
Saturday 13th May – Melbourne, VIC

The McClymonts
Friday 12th May – Services Club, Young, NSW
Friday 19th May – Brothers Leagues Club, Cairns, QLD

The Peter Daffy & Luke Plumb Band
Saturday 13th May – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Saturday 13th May – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Tim Guy
Saturday 13th May – Charles Weston Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Moxam & Liz Stringer
Friday 12th May – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 13th May – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Sunday 14th May – Saints and Sailors, Portarlington, VIC
Thursday 18th May – House Concert, Fremantle, WA
Friday 19th May – Bassendean Hotel, Perth, WA

Tim Solly
Friday 12th May – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 19th May – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Tony O’Rourke, Nine Mile Creek
Thursday 18th May – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

Totally Gourdgeous
Thursday 18th May – 303, Melbourne, VIC

Wild Honey, Golden Whistler
Friday 19th May – Macquarie Towns Music Club, Richmond, NSW

William Crighton
Friday 12th May – Leadbelly, Newtown, NSW
Saturday 13th May – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Wise Women: Mothers’ Day Concert feat. Louisa Wise, Lucy Wise, Ruth Wise and Rowena Wise
Sunday 14th May – Chalice Northcote Uniting Church Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Generation Rent” – Megson

A timely track from the England duo that could very well have been written about the Australian experience of trying to save for a house.

Bluesfest Review: Monday Monday

St Paul & the Broken Bones at Bluesfest. Photos by Stuart Bucknell Photography

It’s the final day of Bluesfest and emotions are a mixed bag of excitement for what ahead, sadness that it’s ending and a bit of relief from the continual stimulation and inspiration from so many amazing artists.

We have to see Blind Boy Paxton again after last year’s show, so we’re here at 1:30pm at the Delta stage as Paxton starts on the keyboard with a sound sentimental to the golden age of Hollywood, a delightful dash of honky tonk and and old times blues sensation. With a dextrous trill of the keys, he has us all enthralled. Paxton says he’s starting off easy “as you all partied to hardy at the festival” last night, and we all laugh, evidence of how he easily builds rapport with the crowd with delightfully timed jokes and comments. He quips “Y’all let me sit off centre [of the stage] and not tell me. Is there anything on my face!?” and breaks in to a huge grin, we chuckle and settle in to enjoy his acoustic guitar dripping in old time blues. The twinkle of his eye matches the twinkle of the guitar strings before he pulls out the harmonica for a spirited performance with rhythm sticks, which keep the momentum going as he sings the refrains.

As fans of early 2000s rockers, Jet, we thought we’d better check in at Crossroads stage to see where the band’s Nic Chester is at these days, and for a 2:15pm chill out, we’re not disappointed. A delicious blend of indie rock and blues soaked riffs greets. His signature vocals hammer home his comfort and familiarity on stage, bringing the crowd in to the fold of his stories.

At 3pm we wander to the Jambalaya stage for Tony Joe White and the crowd erupts in applause as the legend takes to the stage. It seems appropriate at Easter to have a voice as deep and smooth as chocolate smother you in blues, and we all revel in its seductive tones. White rumbles along like percolating coffee, earthy, enticing and altogether satisfying with tones and tales.

After yesterday’s teaser, we decide to head to Delta stage at 4:30pm to see more of Lloyd Spiegel than a passing glimpse. It’s clear pretty quickly that Spiegel is a tongue in cheek wit as he jests that he “might as well tune my guitar on stage” before showing off fingers moving so fast there we half expect to see smoke rising from the fast finger friction! Clearly this set should have come with a warning sign! Amazing sounds stream out of one guitar, the likes equivalent of multiple guitars, and a stomp box the stamp out a hectic beat. Just as we think it’s reached it’s peak, Spiegel unleashes a laconic voice that dances with his guitar string. Ever the comedian, stories are told between songs making us all laugh. Did you know “the Queen thinks he world smells like fresh paint? Because everywhere she goes has been freshly painted!” And blues isn’t safe as he declares “Jeff Lang has never seen a guitarist play to their full capacity because they all shit themselves when he walks in!” His infectious sense of humour has the crowd in stitches and his ferocious fret work has us all in awe. If you want a real laugh, ask his about the guy who “won” the guitar in the raffle – the story is a corker!

As 5pm rolls around we dash to see St Paul & The Broken Bones at the Mojo stage. Their set flawed us last year and this year they’re up there as a must see! With a pre-recorded intro like something out of old Hollywood, but overtaken by old soul, the melody acts like siren song luring people in to join the crowds eagerly anticipating their show. After their 2016 roustabout style performance, this year they deliver a much more soulful and serene performance. The crowds are absorbed, transfixed and transported to another time through the multilayer musings, the sultry, emotive dalliances, and the standing ovation inspiring instrumentals. As we’re all lulled in to their rhythm, they segue in to an upbeat and energetic full band piece laden with funk, just to wake up all of our senses and have us all moving to the beat!

Noticing a name we recognise, Ashleigh Mannix, as part of the folk-grunge duo line up for Little Georgia, we head to Juke Joint to catch their 6pm set. We’re greeted with “This Old House” in sublime harmonised vocals and one-two combination of an acoustic and an electric guitar working together like the best sweet and sour you’ve ever tasted. Delivering an electrified indie vibe with a side of dirty grunge, the duo still trips lightly along the line between acoustic sensibilities and a fully electric sound. The instruments sonically dance together rather than battling for supremacy and a gutsy, punchy opening cements them within the minds of the crowd. Mannix’s vocals offer a depth of tone and nuance, highlighted by Carter’s higher pitched twang. Together they have an intimacy on stage that connects the two yet invites the crowd in to fully experience the counterpoints of lyrical progression. As they both switch to acoustic guitars, the difference has a significant change to their sound and vibe creating a very upbeat and organic sound. Their set wanders deeply in to the folk and indie realms, revels in its joyousness, crosses in to mournful lament, a sentimental melancholy with the sweetest treatment musically, and dives back in to the grunge element seamlessly. Definitely an act to keep an eye on!

We decide to venture to the Craft Beer Bar and grab a stool out the front to catch some of Kasey Chambers‘ 6:45pm set at Crossroads stage. She has everyone singing, even the guy in the crowd sporting a full beard and passionate rendition of “Not Pretty Enough”. Chambers charms the crowd with her deliciously harmonised songs where country meets blues and spell binding rendition of crowd favourites.

Since it’s the last night, and we saw Sir Rosevelt the other night, we figure we should go and catch Zac Brown Band at 8:15pm on the Mojo stage. Our first reaction? “Holy shit!” That rumbling guitar opening and a whole bunch of country style toe tapping, hand clapping, clear plucking, good-time hoe-down style cacophony hits us like a wave, picking us up and taking us on a wild ride. There is wild fiddle tearing the house down with an electric boost smashing “Whiskey’s Gone” in to the ether. Lead singer Brown has the crowd in palm of hand, we’re cheering at the intro and singing along in a heartbeat, whether we know the words or not. A full spectrum performance where we traverse the upbeat, the solemn, the optimistic, heartfelt and the lamentful touch points of life. And to top it off, for the second time this festival, we are treated to a spirited cover of Bohemian Rhapsody.

To finish the night, and bring our festival to an end, we swing by the Delta stage at 9pm to witness The Record Company. Reminiscent of Ash Grunwald’s vigor with harmonica, distorted mic but with a kicking bass guitar and hefty drums backing up. As a delectable counterpoint, the fine harmonica trills are the main instrument when lead singer Vos is not singing. A powerful rock crescendo to finish our Bluesfest experience.

If you think you’d like to head to Bluesfest 2018, early bird tickets are now available to buy at heavily discounted prices. Essentially, every time we’ve ever been, it’s guaranteed a great line up and festival. If you’ve never been, do what you can to make it one year!

Trip back over our full weekend at Bluesfest:

5 Things We Learned at Bluesfest 2017
Bluesfest Review: Good Friday is a fine day!
Bluesfest Review: Saturday Celebration
Bluesfest Review: Sweet Sunday

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Bluesfest Review: Sweet Sunday

Buddy Guy at Bluesfest. Photos by Stuart Bucknell Photography

It’s chocolate day! And as we enter through the Southern gates the sounds of Lloyd Spiegel making the crowd laugh with his tales welcomes us to another glorious day of Blues, before we can hear Spiegel breaking in to a blistering rendition of “Lucille”. It’s his last tune, so maybe we’ll catch him again tomorrow.

Our main aim is to grab lunch and make haste to see Glenn Cardier and the Sideshow, at 1:30pm on the Delta stage. It’s a modest but keen crowd as Cardier’s moody blues kicks off the day. The Sideshow delivers a tight meld of consummate musicians, producing a slick sound and emotive melody from the album ‘Stranger Than Fiction’. A high energy and animated performance of “Rust in my Tail Fin” has us all going, and you’ve got to love a piano accordion in the mix with electric guitar, acoustic drums and a double bass!

Heading to the Mojo stage for a 2pm grin-fest Jake Shimabukuro and his wicked ukulele. Touting his new album recorded in Nashville, Shimabukuro is accompanied only by an electric bass. The strummy sound of a ukulele can brighten the most melancholy tune and the Beatle’s “Eleanor Rigby” does just that as an opening, a delicate and haunting treatment of a favourite that turns up the energy with smooth bass underpinning. Shimabukuro’s sense of humour and light banter is perfect for the sunny afternoon and he introduces a song inspired by his favourite show growing up. The song is called “Ukelele-5-0” and we all laugh along with the joke as high energy and spirited number traverses tempo and vibe, delivering a sense of emotion, through a journey that awakens the mind and heart of us all. His epic dexterity and speed builds to crescendo and then lulls in to a beautifully entwined and intricate plucked wonder. After a decadent medley of some favourite pop tunes, and something with a Spanish flair, he finishes the set with a crowd sing-a-long to Bohemian Rhapsody!

We make our way to catch Mud Morganfield at 3pm on the Delta stage. With a honky tonk style sound filled with riffing beats, twanging electric guitar, jiving keys and a whole lot of sass pouring forth from the stage, we’re all bopping along before we even know it. A wicked harmonica solo herald the entrance of the man himself, the son of legend Muddy Waters, Mud Morganfield steps out on stage. This is real old school blues, where you can’t help but sway along. The entire crowd is tapping, bopping or swaying to the old time jive sensibilities transporting us to another time.

After grabbing a quick drink and bite to eat, we settle in to witness Buddy Guy take over Bluesfest in his 5:30pm set on the Crossroads stage. His performance is so highly anticipated that the crowd not only packs out the tent and overflows behind, but is also overflowing to the sides, all the way to the big screen and back to the craft beer bar. And Buddy didn’t disappoint. Starting big and only going bigger, he may be 80 but he gives the rest of his band a run for their money. Resplendent in polka dots, Buddy commands the stage with both his presence and his swaggering guitar riffs. His voice shackled the high notes and melted all the way down through every blues note with such passion and showmanship. The extremely talented members of his musical collective frame his iconic style perfectly, as he brings it right down and plays with the audience, teasing us right up to the punchy, powerhouse moments. When an Octogenarian plays the guitar with his goddamn elbow, followed by his “belt buckle” you know this is the cheekiest 80-year-old we’ll ever see.

We pop up to the Juke Joint at 6:30pm to check out Max Jury. Opening with a chilled vibe with just Jury on keyboard and singing a solemn love song, it’s a great stepping stone to the full ensemble as the 5-piece band joins him on stage, complete with two female backing singers. We’re treated to “Numb”, a soul filled tune with glorious backing vocal harmonies and followed by “Little Jean Jacket” a tender melancholy, with sweet backing vocals building a soft cocoon around the sentimentality of the song, as the mellow bass and drums slide in underneath and lift the music to flow out over the crowd. As Jury moves from the keys to strings, glorious uplifting backing vocals presents “Ella’s Moonshine”, a more upbeat tempo shifts the whole vibe to more of a troubadour or journeyman style.

After some delicious dinner, we visit the Mojo stage for Michael Kiwanuka’s 8:30pm set and are greeted with an epic intro full of synth, and eventually Kiwanuka joins the stage with a guitar that sings its way through the crowd, calling us together to join the night. A smooth, soulful “Cold Little Heart” rolls forth with velvet like vocals and the crowd flocks to him, drawn by the enigmatic quality of his music.

We move along, wearied by the days of music to experience, and make one last stop for the day at 9pm to Jambalaya for legend Mavis Staples. We saw her last year and could not miss her this year, even if just for a glimpse. Staples walks on stage oozing style and panache, and gives a cheeky knowing look as she and her retinue blasts out  a cover of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” as a statement opening number with signature beautiful harmonised backing and an edge of funk to the whole delivery. The entire performance demonstrates Staples’ professionalism, working with the backing vocalists and delivering a slick production that is rehearsed and wonderfully collaborative in its style. Opportunities to showcase each vocalist and their contribution or specialty are plentiful and it’s clear that time was taken to plan the set to highlight different members of the ensemble. Staples addresses the crowd, telling us that “at Bluesfest, the people are so warm and beautiful, we are welcomed, hospitality plus, personality plus. It’s our family! We bring you greetings from the Windy City. We’ve come this evening to bring you some joy, some happiness, some inspiration” as the most glorious rendition of “The Weight” then carries us in to the night.

It may have been traditionally a day filled with chocolate, but we’ve filled our senses with spectacular performances and astounding music, and very excited for the last day of Bluesfest still to come.

Catch up on all the action:
Good Friday Review
Easter Saturday Review

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