Old Crow Medicine Show Announce Bob Dylan Tribute Album

Old Crow
Image Courtesy of Old Crow Medicine Show

Last May Old Crow Medicine Show took to the stage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville to perform a tribute to Bob Dylan’s classic album Blonde On Blonde. Now, to celebrate signing to Columbia Nashville, Old Crow Medicine Show will be releasing a recording of the concert as 50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde on the 28th April this year.

Old Crow Medicine Show have a long association with the music of Bob Dylan having turned two of his bootlegs into fan favourite songs – “Wagon Wheel” and “Sweet Amarillo”.

To get a taste of 50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde check out Old Crow Medicine Show’s “invasion” of the Sony Music Nashville offices while they sing “”Everybody Must Get Stoned”.

Review: 5 things we learned at Bluesfest

Kale plays at Bluesfest 2016Kaleo playing Bluesfest
Photos by Stuart Bucknell

Year after year, Bluesfest manages to bring the big names and the impressive acts to Byron Bay for the annual Easter pilgrimage. Heading to Bluesfest this year, we really didn’t know many of the acts listed on the bill and wondered just what was in store for us, Timber and Steel wise. So here’s 5 things we learned at this year’s wildly successful, ultimate music sampler opportunity that is, Bluesfest.

#1 – Peter Noble knows how to program…

One thing is for sure, Peter Noble knows how to curate an inclusive, diverse and engaging festival. The big names drew enormous crowds to all their sets. City and Colour had the crowd from the first note and Dallas Green was on form all night.  The Decemberists gave their usual charming set delving in to a fabulous back catalogue of favourites. Not to go without a bit of political comment, they also played a song they thought to offer Donald Trump as his new campaign tune, ‘The Calamity Song’. The Cat Empire delivered a solid hour and a half set jam packed with both new tracks and past hits and favourites to wow the crowd. The biggest coup was probably The Original Blues Brothers Band closing out the weekend with a stellar set of their signature blues.

The festival was dappled with big names throughout the program. Archie Roach was in fine form, weaving his musical spell over the crowd and telling the tales of the land with strength and beauty, and a focus on songs from Charcoal Lane, the title track being a particular stand out moment of the set. Jason Isbell had his one an only set up against The Original Blues Brothers Band, so splitting our time between the two was challenging but rewarding as Isbell’s enigmatic style caught watchers in it’s thrall delivering a contemporary counterpoint to the old school blues on the other stage.

Kim Churchill plays BluesfestBut one of the most notable names for me, still playing midday sets, was Kim Churchill. Getting his big break on the Bluesfest Buskers stage all those years ago, Churchill has been a staple name on the line up ever since. His absence in 2015 was noted and the crowds that gathered for this sets this year spoke strongly of his popularity for the Bluesfest crowd. Watching him command the stage, with the occasional accompaniment of a fiddle player or percussionists, was a joy to witness and testament to the following he has. It felt like he had come home, and in the process had evolved from a keen boy with a guitar to a passionate man with a solid musical career stretching before him.

#2 – It’s never just about the Blues. Folk, Country, and Americana all strongly represented in 2016

Strolling from stage to stage, the peeling licks and plucky chords of the more folky persuasion were both notable and popular with punters, letting us stumble across all kinds of gems.  LA based Lord Huron made quite the entrance with a tension building soundscape and crescendo, an upbeat strummy and infectious style, inventive percussion beneath the acoustic lead and an ability to morph between styles, from the old school feel reminiscent of the 50s and 60s summer soundtracks, through alt country and indie folk rock vibes. A particular highlight from the four-piece was ‘Hurricane’, billed as a song about “getting in trouble”, turns out it was aptly named.

Described as an Icelandic Indie pop/rock/folk band, Kaleo was a light and lyrical delight. Building from their delicate opening style to gutsy, rhythm driven choruses, through alt-country sensibilities to deep southern style blues, and a soulful cover of Bang Bang, Kaleo didn’t hesitate to transcend styles and genres to sign off with a blues rock riff and howling vocals when warranted.

The Bros Landreth, hailing from Canada, brought their alt-country and folk laden cover of Wings’ ‘Let ‘Em In’ to break the ice and then let the Americana tinged goodness flow forth. A family affair, big brother David couldn’t attend so father Wally came in his place and whipped the crowd in to a cheering craze.

The Mastersons were touring with Steve Earle & The Dukes, and made appearances both on Earle’s sets and one of their own solo shows for Bluesfest. Their lyrical country styling, featuring voices working together in diverse melodic harmony gave their day opening set a contemplative mood, transporting the crowd to simpler days. Earle’s set was one great big treat of blues soaked tunes with toe-tapping jivey bluegrass edge, all with the sweet country counterpoint of The Mastersons.

Hound mouth playing Bluesfest 2016

It seemed to be a fatherly affair this Bluesfest, with Hussy Hicks welcoming Julz’s dad Greg to their set to deliver some blistering harmonica to their upbeat tempo and at times Joplin-esque wails and passion. Indiana’s Houndmouth however had no dad’s on their line up but did have plenty of twangy blues and American drawl to open their show and unravel your soul where you stood.

#3 – Word of Mouth is King

You know when you look at a line up and you’re not really sure what acts to check out? Well Bluesfest was that way inclined for many but within the first 8 hours, gossip was abuzz with recommendations and wild tales of phenomenal shows and must see acts to catch. So here’s what we checked out based purely on word of mouth.

Steve Smyth plays at Bluesfest 2016

OK, so Steve Smyth isn’t exactly news to us, but the stir on site had his name on the tips of peoples tongues and boy did he live up to the hype. Sheer genius stood on that stage in the form of master lyricist and vibrant stage presence. Smyth’s beautiful voice and stunning vibrato was just powerful solo as with the support backing instrumentalists. His performance of ‘Southland’ blew socks off across the festival.

Shooglenifty, also known as ‘that band I can’t pronounce’, was not what you expect when you read “Celtic” on the program, but a glorious blend of traditional highland derived tunes that were heavy on the fiddle and a mandolin at the ready, intricately twined with modern rhythms, a few electric guitars and a toe tapping beat, drew punters in before they could saunter too far past the heaving tent.

Blind Boy Paxton plays at Bluesfest 2016

The was no way to walk through the site without hearing the name, Blind Boy Paxton. Listening to his set was like a walk through time, from a fiddle calling a country dance and bransles, to a lightning speed banjo frenzy, a soothing guitar tune and even a lone harmonica telling you it’s tale. All this from one man on stage – simply astonishing.

#4 – The Ladies are out in force! And you should catch all of them live

There was a lot of talk about various acts, and word of mouth certainly got us to see some great performers, but thanks to emphatic and multiple recommendations from all kinds of punters, we discovered some of the most phenomenal women who stamped their mark and left as some of the powerhouses of Bluesfest.

We caught Sahara Beck for her last set and were immediately struck by her stage presence, the smooth set up with band and back up singers added the pizazz to her swag and gave her sultry vibe a ‘pop’ on stage.

Elle King had tongues wagging as word spread that after her first, expletive laden set, her set list had to be ‘revised’. However her husky, growling vocal licks were well and truly flowing when we caught her set in a heaving tent overflowing in to the customary Bluesfest rain. Sass and attitude would be the plainest way of describing King, her vibrancy comes from her musical versatility and ability to weave country vibes and bluegrassy panache throughout her ballsy bluesy set. A chameleon of style, King bowled over crowds with big notes, fiery wit and feisty repartee.

Elle King plays at Bluesfest 2016

Hailing from Ireland, via Canada, Irish Mythen is a modern troubadour equipped with a powerhouse voice and emphatic lyrics. Mythen might have been the grittiest, most real musician seen at Bluesfest this year, armed only with her guitar and her stories, she held hundreds of people spellbound, hanging on her every word any time she took to the stage. We caught her multiple times, and laughed, cried, cheered and sung along to songs we had only heard the first time days before. She regularly had the crowd in stitches with her sense of humour and story telling capers, and woe betide any punter brave enough to heckle her! Four stand out moments stayed with me, even though I saw them all more than once. Her performance of ‘Tullamore Blues’ almost defies description, except that the crowd was with her, in that space, singing every word and feeling every sentiment. Jesus is an experience to behold, hilarious in it’s explanation and empowering in it’s performance, I sincerely hope every person gets to experience it live. Her a Capella rendition of ‘The Auld Triangle’ gives me chills and is simply astounding.  And finally ’55 Years’ had me (and most in the crowd) in tears for the beauty it captures in it’s tale. A truly moving experience. Irish Mythen is awe inspiring and we’re excited she’ll be visiting Australia again soon.

Rhiannon Giddens plays at Bluesfest 2016

And finally, probably the all-singing, all-dancing highlight of the ladies was Rhiannon Giddens. Establishing herself originally as a part of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giddens’ solo work is a sight to behold and a treat to hear. Her stunning vocals are soulful yet soar high in beautiful arcs and trills of an almost Celtic style. The skill of her band melds electric with acoustic in wonderful instrumental breaks, bouncing off one another jamming to a crescendo and returning the spotlight to her lead when the time was right. Her banjo crept through tunes to pounce on you unawares, yet could alternate and become the hero of the song. Old Bob Dylan lyrics never previously turned in to songs until Giddens got her hands on them offered a treasure trove to discover. Doing a Dolly Parton cover can be tough, but Giddens’ rendition of ‘Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind’ saw her own the song completely, from every element of style through to her emotive connection with both lyrics and sentiment. From start to finish and for each and every set, she wowed the crowd with fiddle, banjo, modern takes on traditional style, soul stirring lyrics and even a step back in time to the 1920s. Her fancy footwork went down a treat and her ability to connect with the audience and tether them to her tale as the most exquisite experience to behold. She could chat to the crowd but make you feel like she spoke to you and you alone, and yet at all times Rhiannon Giddens continued to exist as her own ineffable self.

#5 – Soul is in, along with BIG bands

Now strictly speaking, Timber and Steel doesn’t really cover Soul, but the prevalence of the big band style soul injections at Bluesfest is worthy of admiration and appreciation, so it gets a gong here.

Emma Donovan & The Putbacks were a sight to behold as Donovan put her own stamp on soul, with earthy tones and a voice that rolled over the crowd, calling to them, beckoning them to hear her story. The combination of her stories and passionate, soulful delivery made for a tight set and profound performance.

I wrote down 4 words when seeing The Word, and two of them were expletives… “holy f***ing sh*t wow.” The couple of songs we caught were incredible, full of funky groves and some sweet slide guitar, all topped off with an electric organ. Very smooth and cool indeed.

Ash Grunwald plays at Bluesfest 2016Ash Grunwald hasn’t moved in to soul, but his Bluesfet setup did resemble the big backing bands of the soul acts and boy did it compliment his wailing blues. Never conforming to just one genre, Grunwald drew on bluegrass vibes, some indie rock to his blues and of course his signature commentary on Australian life. Playing River from his new album, Grunwald spoke about the anti-CSG message prevalent throughout his most recent recordings and confirmed he was among friends int he Bluesfest crowd. His set was punctuated with old favourites as highlights, crowds rollicking in his passionate performance and joining in to sing along on choruses, and the utter delight when Kasey Chambers joined him on stage for a brand new song was palpable.

Another of the tongue wagging recommendations was for Vintage Trouble, and my first impression was that lead singer Ty Taylor was sex on legs, with enough swagger stuffed in to a cravat and suit to fell an army. And when the full band kicked in, it blew the show off the Richter scale. A set full of southern blues, call and response, screaming and wailing blues breaks and enough on stage antics to warrant a lie down after watching. This was my kind of place, 1950s style jazzy blues, complete with energy and onstage charisma!

Vintage Trouble plays Bluesfest 2016

Now, if you haven’t yet heard of the phenomenal popularity and praise for Bluesfest debutants St. Paul and The Broken Bones, then you haven’t been doing the internet properly. Of all the word of mouth recommendations, St Paul and The Broken Bones was THE most talked about act at Bluesfest, and not without good reason. A big band blues-laden soul outfit, oozing funk, with a big personality for a front man in Paul Janeway. Opening with an almighty wail and sliding in to a crooning style track, the crowd knew exactly where they stood and were rooted to the spot to witness the explosive show by one of the most engaging acts we’ve seen in years. Janeway, on behalf of the entire band, exclaimed that Bluesfest was the best experience they had ever had and they would definitely be coming back to Australia, to which the crowd erupted with delight. A set filled with rumbling soul, emotive ballads and big, ballsy blues, St Paul and The Broken Bones is sure to be a high rotation favourite on many punters playlists for some time to come.

St Paul and The Broken Bones plays Bluesfest 2016

Without a doubt, Bluesfest’s skillfully curated 2016 lineup was a smash hit success, sure to be spoken of for years to come. Can’t wait to see what Peter Noble comes up with for 2017!

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th July

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Davey Craddock & The Spectacles released their new single “Girls Light Fires”. Details here

– Sydney duo Ivanhoe released their new single “O’Donaghues”. Details here

The Waifs announced their new album Beautiful You, released their new single “6000 Miles” and revealed dates for a WA tour. Details here

– Sydney folk singers Direwolf and Willowy celebrated the end of their joint tour with a live video for the track “The Naked Tree”. Details here

– Melbourne newgrass masters Mustered Courage released their new video “Honesty”. Details here

– Melbourne and Sydney dates have been announced for the 2015 Out On The Weekend Americana festival this October. Details here

– Sydney blues and roots trio Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars have announced a massive tour kicking off this August. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Ayleen O’Hanlon announced details of her upcoming debut album Blend and Spill. Details here

Little May announced their debut album For The Company. Details here

– Over the weekend Laura Marling released a new version of her latest album, Short Movie (Director’s Cut). Details here

The Paper Kites released their new video “Electric Indigo” and announced a national tour. Details here

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats released their Blues Brothers inspired video “S.O.B.”. Details here

Katie Noonan’s Vanguard released her new video “Quicksand”. Details here

– Brisbane folk singer Sian Evans has a bunch of east coast dates this week. Details here

– New Zealand singer Aldous Harding has announced her first ever Australian headline tour. Details here

Releases This Week

Jane Cameron
The Mercy of the TideJane Cameron
Bandcamp

Transmutant
TransmutantKatie Noonan’s Vanguard
iTunes

Laura Marling
Short Movie (Director’s Cut)Laura Marling
iTunes

Old Man Luedecke
Domestic EccentricOld Man Luedecke
iTunes

Soft Faces to Hold
Soft Faces To HoldToby Graham
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Country and Inner Western feat. Green Mohair Suits, Caitlin Harnett, William Crighton

Caitlin

Country and Inner Western returns to The Basement in Sydney this week with the amazing lineup of Green Mohair Suits, Caitlin Harnett and William Crighton. Definitely not one to be missed

Wednesday 29th July – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bronte
Friday 24th July – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Country and Inner Western feat. Green Mohair Suits, Caitlin Harnett, William Crighton
Wednesday 29th July – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Davey Craddock
Friday 24th July – Perfect Drop, Daylesford, VIC
Saturday 25th July – Sofar Sounds, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 30th July – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC

Folklore w/ MaD aDaM
Saturday 25th July – Loaded Dog Folk Club, Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon w/ Billie McCarthy, The Campervan Dancers, Astrid Zeman
Wednesday 29th July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fraser A. Gorman
Friday 24th July – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC

Gurrumul
Wednesday 29th July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Jinja Safari
Friday 31st July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke
Wednesday 29th July – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW

Katie Noonan
Friday 24th July – Camelot, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Friday 31st July – Cellar Bar, St Kilda, VIC

Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters
Friday 31st July – Hotel Gearin, Katoomba, NSW

Lacey Cole & the Lazy Colts
Thursday 30th July – Moonshine Cider and Rum Bar, Manly, NSW

Little Features feat. Make Like a Tree, Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars, Baby Lips and The Silhouettes, Jon Cotton
Saturday 25th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Not Good With Horses w/ Katie Brianna
Sunday 26th July – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Rubber Soul Revolver feat. Marlon Williams, Husky Gawenda, Jordie Lane, Fergus Linacre
Thursday 30th July – Concert Hall, QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Sian Evans
Sunday 26th July – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 30th July – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July – North Byron Parklands, NSW

The Acfields
Friday 24th July – House Concert, Lismore, NSW
Saturday 25th July – Mandala Organic Arts, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 26th July – Bohemian Bungalow, Eumundi, QLD
Friday 31st July – Pizza Paradiso, Byron Bay, NSW

The Stetson Family
Sunday 26th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

The Stillsons
Friday 24th July – Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Tom StephensTom Stephens, Obscura Hail, Brendon Moon
Friday 24th July – The Bridge Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Tom West
Sunday 26th July – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Maggie’s Farm” – Bob Dylan

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the day Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival. This video is footage from the actual show although I’ve heard the booing crowd at the end of the audio was spliced in from the end of Dylan’s set, not from the end of “Maggie’s Farm”. A moment of folk and rock history.

Listen to Rhiannon Giddens and Iron & Wine Cover “Forever Young”

Iron and Wine
Image Courtesy of Iron and Wine

Now isn’t this stunning. Carolina Chocolate Drops front-woman Rhiannon Giddens has teamed up with Iron & Wine for a beautiful cover of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” which appeared on the series finale of the TV show Parenthood. I’ve never watched the who so I have no idea how this would have played out on it, but in isolation I love this track.

Take a listen to Rhiannon Giddens and Iron & Wine cover “Forever Young” below:

Watch the New Video From The New Basement Tapes, “Liberty Street”

The New Basement Tapes
Image Courtesy of The New Basement Tapes

The latest single from The New Basement Tapes, made up of Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons), is “Liberty Street” which has its own lyric video. The track is taken from the upcoming T Bone Burnett produced album Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes which sees the band putting music to “lost” Bob Dylan lyrics from 1967. The album is due for release on the 6th November.

Check out the lyric video for “Liberty Street” below:

Listen to Four Tracks From Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes

The New Basement Tapes
Image Courtesy of The New Basement Tapes

Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes is the upcoming album that brings together a treasure trove of recently discovered lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan in 1967 with icons of modern folk, roots and popular music Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons).

The group, billed as The New Basement Tapes, came together this March to put 26-year old Dylan’s words to music for the project, all produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett. The result, Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, is due for release on the 6th November. Check out the track listing here:

1. Down On The Bottom
2. Married To My Hack
3. Kansas City
4. Spanish Mary
5. Liberty Street
6. Nothing To It
7. Golden Tom – Silver Judas
8. When I Get My Hands On You
9. Duncan and Jimmy
10. Florida Key
11. Hidee Hidee Ho #11
12. Lost On The River #12
13. Stranger
14. Card Shark
15. Quick Like A Flash
16. Hidee Hidee Ho #16
17. Diamond Ring
18. The Whistle Is Blowing
19. Six Months In Kansas City (Liberty Street)
20. Lost On The River #20

So far four of the tracks have been revealed form the album in the form of lyric videos and we thought we’d collect them here for your easy viewing pleasure. Take a listen to “Nothing To It”, “Married To My Hack”, “When I Get My Hands On You” and “Spanish Mary” below and tell us what you think:




Watch Eddie Berman and Laura Marling Cover “Like A Rolling Stone”

Laura Marling
Image Courtesy of Eddie Berman

The latest collaboration between singer-songwriters Eddie Berman and Laura Marling is on a reimagined cover of the Dylan classic “Like A Rolling Stone”. The track is the second time we’ve seen Berman and Marling collaborate with their version of “Dancing in the Dark” hitting youtube last year.

“Like A Rolling Stone” is taken from Eddie Berman’s upcoming album Polyhymnia (due on the 21st October) and is currently available as a free download from his Facebook page. Check out the video below:

Watch the New Old Crow Medicine Show Video “Sweet Amarillo”

OCMS
Image Courtesy of Old Crow Medicine Show

We reckon Old Crow Medicine Show are onto a winning formula. Probably their biggest “hit” ever is 2004’s “Wagon Wheel”, a reworking of an unfinished Bob Dylan demo, “Rock Me Mama”, and for their new single Old Crow Medicine Show are hoping lightening strikes twice.

After the success of “Wagon Wheel” Bob Dylan offered Old Crow Medicine Show songwriter Ketch Secor another unfinished song from the same writing session (for the Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid soundtrack) to see if he could do anything with it.

“I was working with about 26 seconds in which there’s a lot of giggling in the background and it just sounds like a pretty high time down in Monterey, or Durango, or wherever they are making this Western movie,” Secor explained.

The result is “Sweet Amarillo” which appears on the brand new Old Crow Medicine Show album Remedy. The track has a brand new video as well which has plenty of dust kicking, roadside diners and horse-riding – everything you’d want in a song about a cowboy. Check out “Sweet Amarillo” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th July

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne’s Husky released their new single “I’m Not Coming Back” ahead of their Timber and Steel presented national tour. Details here

– The brand new Old Crow Medicine Show album Remedy hits stores today. Details here

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Dan Waters and The Weeping Willows are heading out on a tour of Victoria this month. Details here

– Enigmatic singer-songwriter Keaton Henson released a surprise instrumental album Romantic Works. Details here

Castlecomer released their brand new video “Fugitive” – and a warning, it contains beard-acide. Details here

– Singer-songwriter and radio presenter Emma Swift has a new a EP on the way this August. Details here

– Sydney trio Little May have released their new single “Dust”. Details here

Midlake finally brings folk music and jogging together with their new video “Aurora Gone”. Details here

Angus and Julia Stone will be touring their brand new album this September. Details here

Bob Dylan has added a Sydney Opera House show to his Australian tour this September. Details here

– UK trio Peggy Sue have re-recorded their track “Longest Day Of The Year Blues” with Willy Mason. Details here

– Central Coast singer-songwriter Pepa Knight has released his new single “Clams”. Details here

– Melbourne siblings Dan and Amy have released their new single “Sometimes Life” along with details of their new EP and upcoming tour dates. Details here

The Eels released their new NSFW video for their track “Lockdown Hurricane”. Details here

– Brisbane Breaking Hart Benton have expanded into a trio and have released a new video “More Than You Deserve”. Details here

– A brand new celtic music session has kicked off in Sydney on Saturdays at The Merton Hotel led by Folklore. Details here

Nickel Creek released the animated video for their latest single “Hayloft”. Details here

– With his new album out this week Tobias Hengeveld has released a video for the title track “The Daylight Express”. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter HeyMun released her new video “Sailor”. Details here

– A brand new Bluegrass festival in the Byron area, The Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival, has just been announced for this August. The lineup includes The Mid North, The Stetson Family, The Morrisons, Starboard Cannons, Heartworn Highway and Barkers Vale Brothers. Details here

– Sydney based singer-songwriter Ollie Brown is launching his new EP Weatherboard House at the end of the month. Details here

– The new William Fitzsimmons album still isn’t out in Australia. We shared his video for “Lions” just to make us feel a little better. Details here

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We’re halfway through the year and we’ve picked 10 albums and EPs from 2014 you should own including releases from First Aid Kit, Davidson Brothers, Green Mohair Suits, Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys, James Vincent McMorrow, Justin Bernasconi, Nick Mulvey, Nickel Creek, One Up, Two Down and Passenger. Blog here

Releases This Week

Remedy
RemedyOld Crow Medicine Show
iTunes

The Daylight Express
The Daylight ExpressTobias Hengeveld
Bandcamp

Nobody Ever Leaves
Nobody Ever LeavesTracy McNeil
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Justin Bernasconi

Justin Bernasconi

Justin Bernasconi continues hois tour around Australia to promote his amazing new solo album Winter Pick. If you’re a fan of singer-songwriter-guitarists then these shows are not to be missed.

Friday 4th July – Taps, Mooloolaba, QLD
Saturday 5th July – The Royal Mail, Goodna, QLD
Sunday 6th July – Queens St Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 6th July – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 10th July – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 11th July – MoFo Folk Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Caitlin Park
Friday 11th July – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Clare Bowditch with Adalita
Friday 11th July – Festival of Voices Tasmania, Federation Concert Hall, Hobart TAS

Elbury
Friday 11th July – Mandala Organic Arts Café, Gold Coast, QLD

Graveyard Train
Friday 4th July – The Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 5th July – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 6th July – The Loft, Warnambool, VIC

Husband with David Craft, The Lammas Tide
Friday 4th July – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA

Imogen Clark, Darcy Fox and Paige Renee Court
Wednesday 9th July – Revolver Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 10th July – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC

Jeff Lang
Friday 4th July – The Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 5th July – Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC
Sunday 6th July – The Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Friday 11th July – Mullumbimby Town Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
Friday 4th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 5th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 4th July – Taps, Mooloolaba, QLD
Saturday 5th July – The Royal Mail, Goodna, QLD
Sunday 6th July – Queens St Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 6th July – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 10th July – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 11th July – MoFo Folk Club, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Dan Waters and The Weeping Willows
Friday 4th July – Revolver Bandroom, Prahan, VIC

Little Bastard
Friday 4th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th July – Baha’s, Rye, VIC
Thursday 10th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th July – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

Mark Wilkinson
Saturday 5th July – The Forum II, Melbourne, VIC

MoFo at The Gaelic feat. Justin Bernasconi, Sloe Gin Junkies, Brendan Reed Dennis
Friday 11th July – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage
Saturday 5th July – The Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, VIC
Friday 11th July – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Peasant Moon
Sunday 6th July – Menagerie at The Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Solid Air – A Tribute to Nick Drake
Thursday 10th July – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Audreys
Friday 4th July – Fly By Night, Perth, WA
Saturday 5th July – Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough, WA
Friday 11th July – Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA

The Beards
Friday 4th July – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 5th July – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Sunday 6th July – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 10th July – Armidale Uni, Armidale, NSW
Friday 11th July – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Folk Informal feat. Kay Proudlove, Dylan Orsborn, Ainsley Farrell, Tom Stephens
Thursday 10th July – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 11th July – Hotel High Plains, Dinner Plain, VIC

The Yearlings
Saturday 5th July – Courthouse Hotel, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 6th July – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 9th July – Old Kirks, Yamba, NSW
Friday 11th July – No 5, Bellingen, NSW

Tiny Ruins
Friday 4th July – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 5th July – Mojos Bar, Perth, WA
Sunday 6th July – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 8th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Tom Stephens
Thursday 10th July – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th July – The Aztec, Forster, NSW

Tracy McNeil
Friday 4th July – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 5th July – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 10th July – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th July – The Stag & Hunter, Mayfield, Maitland, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Tom Paine’s Bones” – Dick Gaughan

To celebrate the American Independence Day today we thought we’d pay tribute to Tom Paine, one of the key figures in the revolution. An Englishman, Paine’s writing is said to have partly inspired the revolution and he is also credited as one of the writers of the American constitution. There’s a couple of great folk songs about Tom Paine including this one performed here by the great Dick Gaughan. If you’re interested in hearing more of Tom Paine’s story and how it’s been captured in folk song we can recommend listening to the FolkCast episode 083 where their folk historian Babba choses the Fairport Convention track “Here’s To Tom Paine” for his story behind the song segment.

Bob Dylan Announces Sydney Opera House Show

Bob Dylan
Image Courtesy of Bob Dylan

We all know Bob Dylan will be in the country this August and September. We also know that the venues that he’s playing will be considerably smaller than those he’s played on past Australian tours. But did you know he’s just announced a show at the Sydney Opera House on the 7th September? Now that’s going to be something special.

Tickets for the Opera House show go on sale this Friday. Check out the full Bob Dylan dates below:

Wednesday 13th August – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA
Thursday 14th August – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA
Monday 18th August – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 19th August – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 20th August – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 25th August – Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th August – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 31st August – Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 3rd September – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 4th September – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 5th September – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 7th September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

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