Thank Folk It’s Friday – 13th September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Ainsley Farrell, Bobby Alu, Catherine Traicos, Falls, Mark Moldre, Michael Waugh, Montgomery Church, Nathan Power, Robert Cini, Sam Buckingham, The East Pointers, The Teskey Brothers and Vetiver. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Darren Cross
Ecstatic RacquetD.C Cross
Bandcamp

Ma
MaDevendra Banhart
iTunes

Hayden Calnin
A Life You Would ChooseHayden Calnin
iTunes

Want It All
Want it AllLittle Wise
Bandcamp
iTunes

Trucker Caps
Trucker Caps And Heart AttacksMat Black
iTunes

Shelley's Murder Boys
Above is a RawShelley’s Murder Boys
Bandcamp
iTunes

III
IIIThe Lumineers
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Irish & Celtic Music Festival

Yass

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Yass, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Alana and Alicia
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW
Friday 20th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

An Otherwise Quiet Room feat. Teresa Dixon
Thursday 19th September – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Ben Salter
Friday 13th September – The Gunners Arms Tavern, Launceston, TAS

Black Mountain String Band
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Friday 20th September – Music at Street Market, Sydney, NSW

Broads
Saturday 14th September – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Cat Canteri & Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 14th September – House Concert, Eltham, VIC

Charlie Finn
Friday 13th September – Kelly’s On King, Sydney, NSW

Chloe & Jason Roweth
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Danika Smith
Saturday 14th September – Geddes Lane Ballroom, Melbourne, VIC

Desert Song Festival
Friday 6th to Sunday 15th September – Alice Springs, NT

Don Walker
Thursday 19th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Eagle & The Wolf
Friday 13th September – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Emily-Rose & The Wild Things, Vendulka
Friday 20th September – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

Emma Russack
Friday 13th September – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 14th September – Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon, VIC
Sunday 15th September – The Taproom – Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 20th September – Toppy Hall, Wyalong, NSW

Felicity Urquhart & Brad Butcher
Thursday 19th September – Edge Hill Tavern, Cairns, QLD
Friday 20th September – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD

Figgy Folk Session
Monday 16th September – Figtree Hotel, Figtree, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Victor Cripes, Hannah Matysek, Jesse Squire
Wednesday 18th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 13th September – Cygnet Town Hall, Cygnet, TAS
Saturday 14th September – Kunanyi Folk Club, Fern Tree, TAS
Sunday 15th September – Dennes Point, TAS

Greta Stanley
Friday 13th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th September – Tank Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Thursday 19th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 20th September – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Sunday 15th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th September – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW

Harvey Russell
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Hayley Marsten
Saturday 14th September – The Press, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 15th September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Thursday 19th September – Lazybones, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th September – Toppy Hall, Wyalong, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 12th September – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Huckleberry Hastings
Thursday 19th September – Hotel Ravesis, Sydney, NSW

Irish & Celtic Music Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Yass, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 20th September – The Victoria, Bathurst, NSW

Joe Man Murphy
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – The GAS Goats Acoustic Sessions, Brooweena, QLD
Sunday 15th September – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 19th September – Foxy on Coolum, Coolum, QLD
Friday 20th September – Little Boat, Marcoola, QLD

Joe Mungovan
Friday 13th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th September – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Justin Townes Earle
Friday 13th September – Tank Arts Center, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 14th September – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

Kasey Chambers w/ Charlie Collins
Friday 13th September – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th September – Costa Hall GPAC, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 15th September – Performing Arts Centre, Wangaratta, VIC
Thursday 19th September – Lismore City Hall, Lismore, NSW
Friday 20th September – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, VIC

Kris Kristofferson
Tuesday 17th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 19th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th September – Riverlinks, Shepparton, VIC

Leah Flanagan
Friday 20th September – Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, NSW

Lisa Caruso
Friday 13th September – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Lou Bradley
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Lucie Thorne
Friday 13th September – The Corridors Project, Cowra, NSW
Saturday 14th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 15th September – The Town Hall, Candelo, NSW

Mark Lucas & The Dead Setters
Sunday 15th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Mat Black w/ Gretta Ziller, Mr Alford
Sunday 15th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Medusa’s Wake
Saturday 14th September – The Chippo Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Michael Waugh
Saturday 14th September – The Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Montgomery Church
Saturday 14th September – Winter Breaker Country Party, Steampacket Hotel, Nelligen, NSW
Friday 20th September – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW

Narrownecks
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Natalie Henry
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Nathan Power
Friday 13th September – Guildford Family Hotel, Guildford, NSW

Neil Murray
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW
Thursday 19th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th September – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Neurum Creek Music Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, Neurum, QLD

Nimbin Roots Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin, NSW

Obscura Hail
Friday 13th September – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

Paul Dempsey
Tuesday 17th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Rosie McDonald and Nigel Lever
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Round Mountain Girls
Friday 13th September – Southport Sharks, Southport, QLD

Ruby Gilbert
Saturday 14th September – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 18th September – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Seanchas
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Seeker Lover Keeper
Friday 13th September – Narrabeen RSL, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th September – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Shane Nicholson w/ Michael Waugh
Saturday 14th September – The Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Shanty Club
Friday 13th September – The Observer Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th September – The Observer Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Sunday 15th September – Club Millthorpe, Millthorpe, NSW

Soweto Gospel Choir
Saturday 14th September – Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT

The GAS Goats Acoustic Sessions feat. Lily & King, Gypsy Rumble, Hillbilly Goats, Flower & Trengove, The Tuck Shop Ladies, Chris Matthews, Tim Griffin, Tim Woodz, Joe Man Murphy, Rosie Burgess, JC & The Tree, Sean the Noosa Magician
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – The GAS, Brooweena, QLD

The Great Australian Caravan Park Country Music Showcase feat. Andrew Swift, Gretta Ziller, Kevin Bennett, Lyn Bowtell, Montgomery Church
Friday 20th September – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW

The Middle East
Friday 13th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

The Montgomery Brothers
Friday 20th September – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

The Strzelecki Stringbusters
Tuesday 17th September – Mountain Pickers Association, Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, Ferntree Gully, VIC

The Water Runners
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Thelma Plum
Monday 16th September – HBF Stadium, Perth, WA
Wednesday 18th September – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA
Friday 20th September – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW

Tia Gostelow
Saturday 14th September – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Traditional Graffiti
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Ukulele Death Squad
Friday 13th September – SunPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 14th September – SunPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 15th September – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Wagons
Friday 13th September – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th September – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

We Mavericks
Saturday 14th September – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne, NSW

Whoa Mule & Grace Barr
Saturday 14th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Winter Breaker Country Party feat. Catherine Britt, Hurricane Fall, Montgomery Church, Chalkie White, Corey Legge, Lara Duncan Music, Sam Fletcher, Marshall Karaitiana, St Peter’s Anglican College Broulee
Saturday 14th September – Steampacket Hotel, Nelligen, NSW

Witches Leap
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Z-Star Trinity
Friday 13th September – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 14th September – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 15th September – Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 20th September – Maryborough Sports Club, Maryborough, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Needle of Death” – Bert Jansch

New Music Monday – 9th September

Falls
Image Courtesy of Falls

Ainsley Farrell – “Dark Spell”

“Dark Spell” is the new single from Sydney based singer-songwriter Ainsley Farrell. The track captures Farrell’s vulnerability as a songwriter and couples her unique vocal style with electric guitar and a driving rhythm section.

“I wrote “Dark Spell” about losing yourself in a relationship and becoming someone you’re not to appease the other person,” Ainsley Farrell explained. “It’s about taking on the heartbreak of two people.”

Ainsley Farrell self directed the video for “Dark Spell”.

“The idea for the video was to do all these mundane tasks like laundry and showering with different faces, and have the faces take over and consume me,” she said. “The magazine cut out of faces are meant to represent the part of you that’s lost I guess – it ended up being a lot creepier than I imagined.”

Ainsley Farrell will be supporting Asha Jefferies at Low 302 in Sydney on the 21st September.

Bobby Alu – “Fire”

Roots singer-songwriter Bobby Alu recently debuted his new single “Fire”. The sunny track sees Alu pulling from numerous influences, including reggae and soul, to create a sound that’s bound to put a smile on your face.

“”Fire” is about good flow,” Bobby Alu explained. “Searching inside yourself to find the courage to push your energy into things you love. Instead of finding discomfort and fear, you find power and fire. I love these moments and when I started writing this song I was searching for that fire in myself again. This made me realise when this type of feeling comes by, it’s time to strike and make most of the goodness.”

“Fire” taken from Bobby Alu’s newly announced album Flow which hits stands on the 18th October. He’ll also be heading out on tour with Busby Marou in October and November:

Friday 25th October – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 26th October – Venue 114, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 27th October – Home of Arts, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 31st October – Lions Arts Factory, Adelaide, SA
Friday 1st November – The Freo.Social, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 2nd November – The River, Margaret River, WA
Friday 8th November – Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Saturday 9th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 14th November – The Cambridge, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 15th November – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th November – Ettamogah Hotel, Kellyville Ridge, NSW
Friday 22nd November – The Jack, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 23rd November – Kirwan Tavern, Townsville, QLD

Catherine Traicos – “And I Ran”

Celebrated folk singer Catherine Traicos has just released her brand new single “And I Ran”, the first taste of her upcoming album Nobody Could Hear Us to be released on the 25th October. The song’s slightly unconventional chord progression melds wonderfully with Traicos’ sweet if somewhat haunting voice.

“When I wrote this song it was just the music and that unconventional structure that presented itself in about three minutes in someone’s living room, on a borrowed guitar that hadn’t been played in so long the tuning had gone down a tone,” Catherine Traicos explained. “I sat with the song for ages, trying out different lyrics and structures but nothing felt quite right. And then I put it away for almost a year!

“Then there was a definite point of change in my life where I was able to sit back and be angry and that is when most of the songs came together. I feel that often when things are bad you are just engulfed by them and often they can be so bad that you bypass and can’t process emotion. So when I finally wrote the song I was in the post bypass state of utter fury at events, at certain people and mostly at myself. But the piece just couldn’t work as an angry song no matter how much I tried to push it in that direction. I latched onto the amazing bliss that was also concurrently present in my life (go reality!) and wrote about that instead.”

Falls – “On Attack”

There’s a long history between LA based Sydney duo Falls and Timber and Steel. Last Friday they released their new single “On Attack”, their first in far too long. The track features Falls’ trademark harmonies intertwined through a driving, rhythmic melody that had me up and dancing.

“When the idea of home is illusive and you feel like you’ve lost your grounding, you sometimes find yourself clinging to people like life rafts,” Melinda Kirwin explained. “This song is about that moment when you realize that you’re not drowning, you can touch the ocean floor with your feet, and you can save yourself.”

There’s so much nostalgia on this track, I love it. “On Attack” is the first taster of Falls’ upcoming EP Bodega Rose, due in October.

Mark Moldre – “Josephine”

Americana singer-songwriter Mark Moldre has just released his new single and video “Josephine”. Taken from his 2019 album Fever Dreams, “Josephine” is a hypnotic, melancholic, dream-like track and the accompanying video plays up to this tone with strange, somewhat surreal visuals. This is very much modern, Australian Americana – more of this and less of everything else.

Michael Waugh – “Big Things”

No one is capturing the Australian experience at the moment quite like Michael Waugh. His storytelling songwriting style taps into something nostalgic but also delivers an emotional wallop. “Big Things” is not just about the “fibre glass fruit” that dots Australia’s highways, but instead anchors a primal story of growing up in the bush with the familiar archetypes of the Australian road trip.

“Big Things is about family – and the making of this video was a real family affair,” Michael Waugh explained. “My good friend Miguel Rios shot and directed – assisted by his partner, Meredith O’Shea. Though, the real stars are Meredith and Miguel’s kids. My favourite moment in the shoot was when Meredith gave them the direction to ‘look sad like an orphan for mummy’. I was rolling around on the ground laughing too much for the kids to adopt the required look of abandonment.

“The concept was about these kids recreating the family car trip to see the big things of Australia. They use whatever is at hand – coat hangers become the harbour bridge, the fruit bowl raided to create the big banana, teddies duct taped onto the couch to be back seat passengers. Like the goldfish, temporarily displaced so the bowl can be used as an astronaut helmet, two little kids swim around the house – playing out the memory of that family trip. Because in another part of the house there are other big things happening.”

Michael Waugh is currently out on tour – his upcoming dates are below:

Saturday 14th September – The Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Saturday 21st September – Sandy Point Music Club. Sandy Point, VIC
Friday 4th October – Oodies Café, Bundaberg, QLD
Saturday 12th to Saturday 19th October – Cruisin Country 2019
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd November – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC
Saturday 16th November – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th November – Illawarra Folk Club show, Kiama, NSW
Saturday 23rd November – Burke and Wills Winery, Heathcote, VIC
Saturday 30th November – By the Banks Festival, Albury, VIC
Wednesday 11th December – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Montgomery Church – “I Was Young When I Left Home”

Folk and Americana duo Montgomery Church have delivered a stunning cover of Bob Dylan’s “I Was Young When I Left Home” for their latest single. Stripped back to just voice, guitar and dobro Montgomery Church make the song their own. I particularly love the moments of vocal harmony punctuated by James Church’s slide playing – really beautiful stuff.

Nathan Power – “Sparrow Song”

I really like this live version of Nathan Power’s new single “Sparrow Song” courtesy of the Shoelace Sessions. The Bluegrass-folk instrumentation of guitar, bass, fiddle and mandolin perfectly accompanies the song which makes some really interesting chordal twists and turns which still staying very true to the genre.

Nathan Power is currently touring the new single – see the upcoming dates below:

Friday 13th September – Guildford Family Hotel, Guildford, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Tumut River Brewing, Tumut, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Old Bus Depot, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 22nd September – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 26th September – Foghorn Brewhouse, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th September – Charlies Last Stand, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 28th September – 63 First, Sawtell, NSW
Sunday 29th September – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Wednesday 2nd October – Lomond Acoustic, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd November – Blue Bean Love, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th November – Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC

Robert Cini – “Different Road”

Far North Queensland roots singer-songwriter Robert Cini has released the very summery sounding “Different Road”. The track is toe-tappingly catchy but also has a really personal message around what it feels like to be “different” from the mainstream.

“Anyone that feels a little different and out of place, or has life a bit tougher than normal, I think will relate to this song,” Robert Cini explains.

“Different Road” is taken from Cini’s brand new debut album Imaginary Fun which was released last week.

Sam Buckingham – “Real Life”

Singer-songwriter and Timber and Steel favourite Sam Buckingham returns with her gorgeous new song “Real Life”. Buckingham has a knack for writing beautiful acoustic folk songs with catchy choruses and deep lyrics, and “Real Life” is yet another example of her skill.

“This song feels like the fruits of a long inner journey,” Sam Buckingham explains. “I’m kind of just reporting back on some big things that I’ve felt and learnt over the years.”

Sam Buckingham is heading out on tour this October – full dates are below:

Friday 4th October – Junk Bar, Ashgrove, QLD
Saturday 5th October – Dusty Attic, Lismore, NSW
Friday 11th October – Low 302, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th October – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 25th October – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

The East Pointers – “Wintergreen”

“Wintergreen” is the gorgeous new song and video from Canadian folk trio The East Pointers. The song combines the group’s trad-inspired instrumental style with an expansive indie-folk songwriting approach they began to dabble in with their 2017 album What We Leave Behind. The video for “Wintergreen” elevates the song with a stunning AUSLAN dance performance from Emma Watkins.

The East Pointers have announced their new album Yours To Break, which will feature “Wintergreen”, will be released on the 25th October.

The Teskey Brothers – “Paint My Heart”

I feel like we feature The Teskey Brothers every week, but I reckon that’s because they’re releasing some amazing music at the moment, especially since the release of their new album Run Home Slow. “Paint My Heart” is The Teskey Brothers in epic soul mode, from the With-A-Little-Help-From-My-Friends like opening, the slow build towards the double time jam long, right up to the drawn out vocal finish. This is not music for the Spotify generation where you avoid the slow burn or extended instrumental to stop the audience from skipping – this is music that revels in itself and its influences. Delightful.

Vetiver – “To Who Knows Where”

Nu-folk stalwarts Vetiver released their amazing new single “To Who Knows Where”, taken from their upcoming album Up On High which is due on the 1st November. The Nick Drake-esque track is a lush, dreamy song which very much draws you in and wraps you up in warm blanket of folky goodness.

The Mullum Music Festival Announce First Lineup for 2016

Eilen Jewell
Image Courtesy of Eilen Jewell

The Mullum Music Festival has long been held up as one of the country’s best and it has a long history supporting of folk, country, roots and Americana artists throughout the years.

It looks like 2016 is going to be another cracking festival with the first round of artists announced today. The lineup includes plenty of Timber and Steel friendly music including Eilen Jewell (above), The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, Julien Baker, Henry Wagons & The Only Children, Matt Andersen, Suzannah Espie, William Crighton, Lior, Bobby Alu and the Palm Royale, Sahara Beck, Hat Fitz & Cara, Jordie Lane and many more.

The Mullum Music Festival takes place in the northern NSW town of Mullumbimby from the 17th to 20th November. Tickets are already on sales – check the official site for details.

The full lineup of artists announced this morning is below:

Eilen Jewell (USA), The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer (CAN), Julien Baker (USA), Henry Wagons & The Only Children, Olympia, Gareth Liddiard, Matt Andersen (CAN), Tash Sultana, Suzannah Espie, William Crighton, Lior, Epizo Bangoura (West Africa), The Meltdown, Bobby Alu and the Palm Royale, Sahara Beck, Hat Fitz & Cara, Jordie Lane

Folk Music on the 2016 Bello Winter Music Festival Lineup

Willie Watson
Image Courtesy of Willie Watson

After a massively successful debut last year the Bello Winter Music festival returns this July and once again the lineup is full of folky and rootsy goodness.

First of all, if you haven’t heard, the headliner this year is the fantastic Willie Watson. Watson, who was a founding member of Old Crow Medicine Show, was recently in the country as part of the Dave Rawlings Machine but will return this time around in solo mode. And we’ve also heard he’ll be a part of the Gram Parsons Project event at the festival with a bunch of other artists.

Other folk leaning artists on the Bello Winter Music lineup include Jeff Lang, Jaaleekaay, Joshua Hedley, Bobby Alu, Sahara Beck, Yirrmal, The Twoks, Miss Eileen & King Lear, All Our Exes Live in Texas, William Crighton, Inga Liljestrom, Merryn Jeann, Loren Kate, Raised By Eagles, Sweet Jean, Green Mohair Suits, Aine Tyrrell, The Mid North, Brian Campeau, Claire Anne Taylor, Tullara Connors, Madeline Leman and The Desert Swells, Diamond Duck and many many more.

The Bello Winter Music festival takes place in Bellingen, NSW from the 7th to 10th July. Check out the offical web site for more details.

The full lineup is as follows:

Willie Watson (USA), Jeff Lang, Kylie Auldist, Tijuana Cartel, Mojo Juju, L-FRESH The LION, Jaaleekaay (W Afr/Aus), Joshua Hedley (USA), Jazz Party, Bullhorn, Allensworth (US), Tora, Bobby Alu (solo), Sahara Beck, Yirrmal, TEK TEK Ensemble, King Tide, Majiwa (KEN), The Twoks, Miss Eileen & King Lear, All Our Exes Live in Texas, William Crighton, Inga Liljestrom, The Seven Ups, Desmond Cheese, New Venusians, Merryn Jeann, Loren Kate, Gyan, Jo Jo Smith, Raised By Eagles, Sweet Jean, Greg Sheehan, Brian Nankervis, Liam Power, Joel Salom, Mandy Nolan, Mae Wilde, Green Mohair Suits, Aine Terrell, The Grand Magoozi, The Mid North, Ilona Harker, Bunya, Brian Campeau, Claire Anne Taylor, Tullara Connors, Madeline Leman and The Desert Swells, Diamond Duck, Baby Blue, Levingstone, Noam Blat, Drama King, Then Joelene, STAV, The Brothers, The Spangled Drongos, Kaya Boom’s Love Songs, Fish on Fire, Tim Porter, Siobhan Corcoran, Honey & Knives, Horns on Helium, Bellingen Afrobeat Ensemble, The Cassettes, How Deep is Your Love?, Bollywood Sisters, The Amazing Drumming Monkeys, Roundabout Theatre, The BlueSkillet Rover Van, Tales & Songs

Port Fairy Announces Forth Round of Artists

The Morrisons
Image Courtesy of The Morrisons

The festival announcements keep coming with the forth round of artists added to next year’s Port Fairy Folk Festival.

This time around we have a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites on the lineup including Aine Tyrell, Bobby Alu & The Palm Royal Royale, Bullhorn, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Greg Champion, Little Georgia, The Mastersons (USA), The Morrisons (above), Oh Pep!, The Paper Kites, Mick McHugh & The Gathering and The Grand Magoozi.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival is held from the 11th to the 14th March in Port Fairy, Victoria. Tickets for 2016 are already on sale – check out the official web site for more information.

The Mullum Music Festival Announces 2014 Lineup

Harry James Angus
Image Courtesy of Harry James Angus

The other big festival announcement this week comes from our friends at The Mullum Music Festival. Held in Mullumbimby in northern New South Wales from the 20th to the 23rd November, the Mullum Music Festival has a reputation as one of the best events on the calendar.

The headliners this year are The Church, but it’s the rest of the lineup that we’re excited about.

Firstly none other than Cat Empire frontman and singer-songwriter Harry James Angus (above) has been announced as the festival patron, taking over from Mama Kin.

“Every year Mullum Music Festival shows me wonderful artists I haven’t seen before, and the artists that I have seen before doing things they don’t usually do – playing in the street parade, spinning out spontaneous collaborations, singing with the local choir. I’m proud to be the patron of a festival that does such a great job getting its artists out of the industry and into the community, where music belongs,” Harry James Angus said of the role.

And then secondly there’s a lineup that boasts a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites including Husky, Kim Churchill, Frank Yamma, Bobby Alu, Marlon Williams, Liz Stringer, Siskin River, The Mae Trio, The Twoks, Starboard Cannons, The Mid North, Tracy McNeil, The Yearlings and many more.

For more information on the Mullum Music Festival including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here. The full lineup of artists is below:

The Church, Hurray For the Riff Raff (US), Harry James Angus Band, Saskwatch, Husky, The Bombay Royale, Mia Dyson, Nai Palm, Kim Churchill, Bongeziwe Mabandla (SA), Bustamento, Nahko (US), Dubmarine, Darren Percival, Frank Yamma, Fourplay String Quartet, Bobby Alu, Andy Brown (Can), Del Barber (Can), Marlon Williams (NZ), Suzannah Espie, Mojo Juju & T Bone, C.R.Avery (Can), Holy Holy, Baby et Lulu, Kristy Lee (US), Declan Kelly & The Rising Sun, Bullhorn, Jordan Rakei, Liz Stringer, Sara Tindley, Wild Marmalade feat. Paul George, Gabriel and Cecilia, Jackie Marshall, Melotonins, Siskin River, Tora, The Mae Trio, Archer, Hussy Hicks, Mario Martini, Louie and Patrick, The Twoks, Starboard Cannons, The Mid North, Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife, Laura Targett, Walrus and the Carpenter, SistaGurl, Potato Potato, Mr Cassidy, The Yearlings, Warren Earl Band, Tim Stokes, Hue Blanes, Guy Kachel, The Buckleys, Ilona Harker and her Occasional Gentlemen, Asha Jefferies, Weatherless, Miss Amber & Stukulele, Three Little Sisters, Comedians: Mandy Nolan, Ellen Briggs, Greg Sullivan, Mark McConville, Paul McMahon, Fiona McGary, Nick Penn, Mario Queen of the Circus, Spaghetti Circus, St John’s Singers, Northern Rivers Ukulele Orchestra, Fiddlestrings, Mae Wildes Rock Quiz, a c.a.s.e for adaptation, The Bollywood Sisters, The Cassettes, The Mix Tape Crew, Byron Youth theatre, The Biggest Little Town Choir, Dustyesky Male Choir, Mullumbimby High showcase and many more.

Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2013

Listening to Records

In what is now an end of year tradition Timber and Steel are following up our own list of the top albums of 2013 with a piece that opens the floor to some of our favourite artists.

We reached out to musicians far and wide, from big international names to local up-and-comers, to get their thoughts on the best albums and EPs of the year and the result is once again incredible. If you ever wanted to know what the artists you listen to are listening to then look no further as we present to you Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2013:

Back on the MilksThomas Busby (Busby Marou)
The Starry FieldBack on the Milks
It’s almost impossible to slot this album into a genre because it covers almost all styles yet somehow it works perfectly. Mark Myers could be from another planet, because this seems to be a soundtrack from another world.

Picture of YouDarren Cross (Jep & Dep, Darren Cross Band)
Guy ClarkMy Favorite Picture of You
Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt have to be mentioned in the same sentence. The masters of the Texan Troubadour Genre- minimal powerful melodies and stories that change your mood-help you live. Townes is no longer around – Guy Clark is in his 70s, his songs getting stronger and more powerful. These guys wrote the rule book. Guy Clark’s latest album is amazing. In a world of autotune – Racscal Flatts / Taylor Swift mediocrity – a true country artist without any of the rhinestone cowboy bullshit is still alive and kicking and relevant and still breaking our hearts. I dare you to listen to “My Favorite Picture of You” or “Hell Bent On A Heartache” and not feel something. A true Inspiration.

Sam AmidonDevon Leger (Hearth Music)
Sam AmidonBright Sunny South
Because Sam Amidon is the most visionary folk artist of his generation. He understands musical traditions deep into his bones, and though he goes very far afield in his interpretations, he’s so grounded in the traditions that his experimentation serves as a vehicle to delve farther into the source material than ever before. He’s an uncompromising artist that reminds me again why I love folk music.

Melody PoolKristy Cox
Melody PoolThe Hurting Scene
The Hurting Scene has to be one of the most amazing debut releases of an Australian artist in a long time. It’s an album that more often than not touches on the topics of hurt and sadness – yet a notion of positivity shines through each of the songs. Melody’s vocals are shine on each track, however it’s her lyrics and the melody in each song that draw you in so you have to keep on listening! By far my favourite release of 2013! This girl is amazing!

Tiny RuinsOscar Lush
Tiny RuinsHaunts
For me, this six track EP has more depth and honesty than any other full length album of 2013. Tiny Ruins is the moniker of UK born, New Zealand based, singer-songwriter Hollie Fullbrook. Following up from her 2011 album Some Were Meant For Sea, the Haunts EP is a beautifully flowing fusion of modern folk, jazz and old-school country blues. Fullbrook’s rich and captivating vocals roll so smoothly over her laid back picking style as she draws you further and further into the veil of fog that hovers over this charming collection of songs. What I love most about Haunts is the way it pays tribute to so many traditional styles, from the Townes Van Zandt style of guitar on “Cold Comfort” to Fullbrook’s flawless cover of “Rolling Mill Blues”, yet I fail to compare the sound of Tiny Ruins to anything else because it’s also completely of its own world. I promise that this one really is worth all of your time.

Daft PunkKim Churchill
Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
Whilst I’ve been dancing around possible answers in my head I really have to go for one which I’ve barely stopped playing since I bought it. I know the whole world seems to have been won over, but Random Access Memories by Daft Punk has been my favourite album this year. It has such respect for music and its evolution over the past 50 years. It also has most of my favourite session players from as far back as the 60’s as well. Using drummers like JR Robinson and Omar Hakim and experimenting with things like Gorgio Moroder’s monologue over the top of those drums was incredible. Its the kind of music I dream of hearing and the ultimate experimentation in excess. Over a million dollars, 5 years the best studios and session players in the world and the occasional full orchestral and choir movements! Finally though, what mainly draws me to an album is the songs. Though I never thought I would look to Daft Punk for inspiration, the songwriting is really exquisite. Particularly the Paul Williams collaboration, “Touch’.

StreetsMike McCarthy
Isaac de HeerStreets
I am a huge fan of Isaac De Heer, his records are on high rotation here. On Streets Isaac continues on this well built path of unorthodox folk songwriting. Again, as on his previous two records, the production captures his quirky approach to writing and performing music. The melodies are strong, the lyrics are the kind you want to pore over and try to understand. Every broken piano sound and haunting backing vocal has it’s place in a very well thought out and enjoyable EP.

The PreaturesAshleigh Mannix
The PreaturesIs This How You Feel?
I cannot tell you how may times I have listened to this EP since it’s release. Its absolute killer first single “Is This How You Feel?” still has me shamelessly breaking out in dance wherever and whenever I hear it. I actually cannot stop myself! The entire EP is filled with a catalogue of influences – Fleetwood Mac, Prince and Neil Young are a few that I immediately note. Yet at the same time, The Preatures have their own captivating sound that I personally cannot get enough of. Listening to female lead, Isabella Manfredi’s voice makes me want to put on my LBD and leather jacket and paint the town red. While the lead vocals of Gideon Benson in “Dark Times” leaves me completely devastated that I’m not single … It’s funny where music can take you. Is This How You Feel? is the sound of a band doing what they do, and doing it fecking well!

Jim JamesIsaac de Heer
Jim JamesRegions of Light and Sound of God
A couple of years back I was struck by the Yim Yames EP Tribute To which is a collection of George Harrison songs – I loved how rushed the recording sounded, full of pure longing blasted into its delivery. I hadn’t heard anything about the Regions… album but bought it on a whim when I was wandering through Polyester Records, judging from the strength of that EP. What I found was a real grower with a gospel sorta vibe, mixed with huge drum sounds and wonderful imaginative lyrics and soundscapes. The whole album has a naivety and innocence about it that is captivating, flowing from song to song effortlessly, with a great instrumental track halfway through that lets it breathe. It’s well worth a few listens!

Stolen ViolinMark Myers (The Starry Field)
Stolen ViolinTemperate touch, Tropical Tears
I don’t listen to much music outside of the studio but I spent a lot of time with this album. It might not be everyone’s thing with it’s lofi guitars and hard to hear lyrics but I had tears in my eyes by the end of it.

Jimi HendrixJustin Thurgur (Bellowhead)
Jimi HendrixPeople, Hell and Angels
My album for 2013 is Jimi Hendrix’s People, Hell and Angels a previously unreleased studio album that was supposed to be the follow up to Electric Ladyland. This album is full of refreshingly strong, raw, bluesy songs with a healthy funk influence played by instrumentalists who are true virtuosos and unafraid of expressing themselves. The soul pours out of these recordings.

Keston Cobblers ClubRachael McShane – (Bellowhead)
Keston Cobblers’ ClubA Scene of Plenty
This sounds like a really fun band to be in! The rich instrumentation featuring tuba, squeeze-box, banjo, strings, percussion and vocals, coupled with catchy melodies and massed group vocals on the song “Beam” make you want to sing along, put on your dancing shoes and join the party. Keston Cobblers’ Club have a very refreshing DIY attitude to recording and packaging. They designed their CD case as a train set with cut-out-and-stick trains, tents and animals. Well worth checking out their videos on YouTube too.

Jimi HendrixBenji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead)
Jimi HendrixPeople, Hell and Angels
I would have to say People, Hell and Angels by Jimi Hendrix is my favourite album of 2013. The reasons being I’m a massive Hendrix fan and although there’s nothing really very new on this release it’s a great collection of Hendrix tunes and displays his fluid mastery of the guitar very well. Also some nice cameos from the likes of Stephen Stills and Lonnie Youngblood. Essential stuff for us Hendrix geeks.

Midnight Follows MeJulian Cue (The Barons of Tang)
BJ MorriszonkleMidnight Follows Me
Ridiculous and beautiful, this album is essentially the mad ramblings of a one man band let loose in a studio. I love the every changing and complex compositions, demented keyboard sounds and the delicate balance between “tongue in cheek” and sincerity. Also it seems to me that BJ Morriszonkle is one of the finest male vocalists / crooners playing around at the moment. His voice makes this album. 5 out of 5 exploding cakes

Vance JoyWoody Pitney
Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
Since first hearing a demo of “Riptide” in 2012, i’ve been a big fan of VJ’s music and his debut EP didn’t disappoint! James Keogh has a killer voice and there isn’t a dull moment throughout the entire 5-track EP. All of the songs are beautifully written, yet simple enough to have you singing along after one listen. With catchy melodies, slinky ukelele strumming and powerful storytelling, it’s clear to see why people compare the great man to the likes of Paul Kelly and Bernard Fanning.

Vic ManuelScott Collins (The Mid North)
Vic ManuelBury Me Deep
Vic Manuel is someone you probably would not have heard of……yet. ‘Bury Me Deep’ is his first solo album and it is a cracker. A melding of folk, old-time and Americana, with lyrics that are as good as Leonard Cohen and Dylan. He can rip your heart out and have you horny as a hound in a matter of a few words. There are road trip songs, ballads, bluegrass toe tappers and dark tales from older days. The song ‘Oh Mother’ will have the hardest of you shedding tears. As a songwriter myself, i hold Vic in awe. I am amazed by him and a little bit (ummm…..whole lot) envious of his talent, he is quite simply Brilliant.

Vance JoyThelma Plum
Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
Because it makes me feel sad, but good sad.

Liz StringerCara Robinson (Hat Fitz and Cara)
Liz StringerSoon
I actually have been listening to the album Soon by Liz Stringer with its powerful tales of personal experiences written so poetically that grasps my attention every time it is played. With its beautiful delicate and honest intent it is a raw masterpiece. I love this.

Abbe MayEli Wolfe
Abbe MayKiss My Apocalypse
A diverse and experimental artist from WA, with quite few different releases. This album evokes an intense feel, from a strong and highly expressive woman – cathartic in love and release – in a lemon juice squeezed on a paper cut kinda way.

Chance McCoyJimmy Daley (The Morrisons)
Chance McCoy & The Appalachian String BandChance McCoy & The Appalachian String Band
I love old time music and this album by Chance McCoy & The Appalachian String Band is packed full of it. The newest member of Old Crow (replacing Willie Watson), and educator of Old Time Music at The Augusta Heritage Centre, West Virginia, Chance McCoy really knows his stuff. He is an amazing old time fiddle and banjo player with a really sweet sounding voice to top it of. The collection of tunes here feature some of my favourite old time numbers like “Lazy John”, “Greasy Coat”, “Little Birdie” and “Gospel Plow”, while also introducing me to some great tunes I had never heard before, like “Davy Come Back and Act Like You Ought To”. That’s the thing about old time music, it’s an endless well of incredible songs, I don’t think I’ll ever stop digging through them. With fantastic playing and singing, this album has a more slick sound that what you usually get with old time music and in that sense would be a great introduction for someone looking to get into this genre.

CapercaillieEddi Reader
CapercaillieAt The Heart of it All
This is a beautiful traditional album using the tradition and bringing it right up to date. Karen is one of my favourite Scottish vocalists and this album is class as is their live performances. A little bit of Scotland for your ears.

Josh PykeChris Collins (Tigertown)
Josh PykeThe Beginning and the End of Everything
One of the best song writers that we have in Australia, Josh has been a major influence on our music since the start. All four albums are filled with honest stories so it’s cool to be able to follow someone through different stages of their life. For a fourth album, this one seems to have a certain youthfulness and energy to it, which could come from having a toddler running around in this record. It’s a very Australian sounding record which is something we love and would love to harness ourselves one day. This album makes you excited about love, life and family.

Bobby AluBrianne Curran (Takadimi)
Bobby AluTake it Slow
Refreshing, groovy and chilled out all in one. Bobby Alu’s album of 2013 just makes you feel like having a great day!

Melody PoolKevin Mitchell (Bob Evans)
Melody PoolThe Hurting Scene
This is an insanely good debut album. The lyrics and songwriting are so good it’s hard to believe they come from a someone of such a tender age. The production is subtle and honest and Melody’s voice is weighty and substantial. She must be an old soul or something. I can’t get enough of this album.

Katie BriannaAndrew Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates (The Weeping Willows)
Katie BriannaDark Side of the Morning
Katie’s voice will instantly capture you but it’s her lyrics that will hold you; one part heartbreak, two parts introspection, a dash of sass and one hundred percent original. Her tone may evoke some of the greats (Iris DeMent, Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffith, Kasey Chambers…) but Katie holds her own and her album packs a punch. It’s definitely one of those rare finds you can appreciate from beginning to end without any temptation to reach for the “skip” button. Dark Side of the Morning is Americana at its best; at times dark and moody, other times hopeful, even audacious. Our favourite tracks are “What It Means”, “Dark Side of the Morning” and the vulnerable last track, “Risk it All”.

The VaccinesAndrew Davie (Bear’s Den)
The VaccinesMelody Calling
I bloody love this EP. We recently had the honour of touring with The Vaccines on the Mumford and Sons Full English Tour and we just had the best time. An amazing group of people and an incredible band. We listened to this EP religiously in the van between shows and I constantly had “Melody Calling” and “Everybody’s Gonna Let You Down” stuck in my head. Freddie’s guitar parts are so unconventional and interesting and the chord progressions and band dynamics flow in such a beautiful and unpredictable kind of way. It’s an incredibly inspiring piece of work and Justin’s songwriting has always been brilliant but just keeps getting better and better.

Kurt VileJordan Wilson and Benjamin Riley (Georgia Fair)
Kurt VileWakin’ on a Pretty Daze
It’s a beautiful sounding record. He’s a cool cat and has been a favourite of ours for a while. It’s a great record to get you through whatever you’ve been dealt, especially when combined with wine and cigarettes in your lounge room.

0Roscoe James Irwin
Ichiko Aoba0
A super beautiful (if not odd) collection of tracks from this Japanese alt/folk singer-songwriter. It’s strikingly bare, but really intimate as a result. You feel like you’re there with her, listening to her play her songs in your bedroom. The classically inspired nylon string guitar parts, mixed with Ichiko’s etherial vocal melodies create something really unique and honest, (even though I have no idea what she’s singing about). Track 8, “Haru Natsu Aki Fuyu” is a standout.

Ghost BoyGregory Alan Isakov
Sanders BohlkeGhost Boy
Beautiful and dark electric landscapes behind songs that make you dream, and remember how important music is.

The DronesMark “Looch” Lewis (Handsome Young Strangers)
The DronesI See Seaweed
This band is so far ahead of the pack it scares me. I didn’t think the Drones could top their last album Havilah – but they have. Gareth Lilliard’s lyrics slowly weave into your brain as always whilst the delivery and more specifically the passion in the delivery still kills me everytime. The final track “Why Write A Letter That You’ll Never Send” (all 9 minutes of it) is stunning. The best album from 2013 from Australia’s best band. Simple really.

Anna CalviBity Booker
Anna CalviOne Breath
Anna did not start singing until she was in her mid twenties. Now she is singing her hearth out. Her songs explode like colour onto a canvas. She slowly draws the listener into her world. Her guitar is like a voice, sometimes a weep, sometimes a laugh. This album makes me feel close to the beautiful beast she has within.

Josh PykeJackson McLaren
Josh PykeThe Beginning And The End Of Everything
(Ok I might be a bit biased but it’s a great album!). Josh sets the bar high and this record is an absolute cracker. Grappling poetically with legacy and morality. The BIG themes! Beautiful harmonies and clever arrangements. It sounds like Josh is having fun and that’s what I like about it.

Katy PerryGemini Downs
Katy PerryPrism
Yes I know we’re in an indie band and our taste is music is meant to be all indie and alternative – and primarily it is – but everyone has their guilty pleasures, right? For what it’s worth – chuckling at the new “Roar” film clip, feeling creative when looking at the fairyland live sets that this chick pulls off and winding up the windows in the car in order to sing along as loudly as possible was enough to bring Katy Perry to the top of the pile. Plus she got dumped by a tonne of record labels before she cracked it which makes her success all the more impressive.

Cloud ControlJosh Pyke
Cloud ControlDream Cave
I love Cloud Control, and this record really saw them push themselves, whilst still remaining true to the almost primitive innocence that their music captures for me. Al’s voice has taken on a strangled desperation in some songs that makes the whole thing a lot tougher in a very engaging way. Love it.

Sam AmidonBayden Hine (Packwood)
Sam AmidonBright Sunny South
An artist who’s work I’d been meaning to listen to for a few years dropped into my lap when I was asked to support his Australian tour earlier this year. I couldn’t have been happier! His albums are effortlessly beautiful, and his live set all the more so. Sam Amidon reworks American trad tunes from way back when into his own brand of contemporary folk. On his previous two albums he paired up with one of my favourite composers Nico Muhly (Grizzy Bear, Jonsi, Sufjan Stevens), but on Bright Sunny South he mirrored his live set – recording with minimal instrumentation as well as a few guest accompanists (most notably Jazz trumpet legend Kenny Wheeler – so, so cool). The winning track for me is “As I Roved Out” – my favourite choice for singing along to in the car when stuck in traffic. Freaks people out every time!

Christy MooreDamien Dempsey
Christy MooreWhere I Come From
A legendary Irish folk singer. 45 tracks that he wrote or had a hand in. An incredible album full of human spirit and empathy and stories and wisdom and humour, Christy is everything I aspire to be as a singer, a great role model, check out “Viva La Quint Brigada”, “Johnny Connors”, “The Boy from Tamlaghtduff”, “Lisdoonvarna”, “Whacker Humphries” or “Strange Ways”. Sublime.

The NationalIsaac Graham
The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
My brother bought me Trouble Will Find Me for my birthday this year. On his way to buy it he fell off his push bike and fractured his wrist in two places and ended up in hospital for a few days. He was all fine but the whole incident totally overshadowed my birthday. Fortunately he’d bought me such a great present so I forgave him. I’ve always had a passing interest in The National but for me this album is the perfect combination great songwriting, considered progressions, beautiful arrangements and flawless production. Not a bad song on the whole thing.

John SmithGibson Bull
John SmithGreat Lakes
There is something very honest about John’s music. You get the feeling he really believes in the songs he sings. This is certainly the case with Great Lakes. A beautiful album.

Sam BuckinghamHeyMun
Sam BuckinghamI’m A Bird
An album that tickles the senses with its dreamy folk-sical setting whilst hitting the high notes of honesty is one of the valiant traits of Sam as a musician. If she’s in love Oh, Bahbo she’ll say it’s so. If she’s got to Leave This Town, she will, but not without a song. A spirited gem in the indie music scene here in Australia, her recent live performance of this album when on tour with Buffalo Tales was a beautiful delivery of tunes that draws smiles on faces.

Kacey MusgravesFanny Lumsden
Kacey MusgravesSame Trailer Different Park
It surprised me how much I love this album so “trying to be a cool indie kid” wont fly this year for me as it’s a major label country pop album that has done it. It’s my hell yeah to “small town up-bringings” and overall is just a really well crafted album that lyrically has the right percentage of sass, apple pie and trailer parks. (Also I have serious caravan plans so it teams with the theme).

Vampire WeekendRoland K Smith
Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
I’ve been pretty slack at keeping up with new music this year, but I’m okay with that, the good stuff I missed will find its way to me eventually. One record I did enjoy was Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City. The too-cool-for-school Indie rockers seem to have made the jump out of ironic subject matter and into more emotionally effective territory. I think it works for them. The production’s great too – mixing hard blues with vocal pitch shifters in “Diane Young”, the harpsichord is put to good use in album highlight “Step”, and industrial percussion in “Obvious Bicycle”. I’ll get around to listening to more new music once Bob Dylan stops releasing his excellent Bootleg series.

Big ScaryLittle May
Big ScaryNot Art
This is an album that I can listen to on repeat for hours on end, and it reminds me of staying up until 4am drawing and drinking red wine. It is a collection of beautiful songs produced perfectly with everything in it’s rightful place.

Rhye WomanBec Sandridge
RhyeWoman
Great title, magical album cover, a beyond brilliant opening track and sob-worthy film clips. Being a sucker for tales of heartbreaking romances, understated vocal melodies and gentle synths, this Canadian duo definitely have my vote. They had me like a fool playing “Open” on repeat for weeks. (Note: I may very-well still be sobbing and smiling and listening to this track whilst typing this).

VasenGeorge Jackson (The Company)
VäsenMindset
Swedish super group Väsen have produced a new album this year featuring their trademark melodic invention and effortless virtuosity, it’s simultaneously modern while still tradition based, balancing on that fine line, like they always do, with ease. The Fiddle, Nyckelharpa and Guitar trio offers unending creativity of textures throughout the album, defying their seemingly minimal lineup, and of course, there’s plenty of Polska’s to get your feet tapping to. These guys are simply, brilliant. I’ve had Mindset on repeat in my car and on my computer and have even learnt four of the tunes already. If you haven’t heard Väsen, do yourself a favor, this is a good place to start. If you know and love them already, this new offering is another classic.

Frank SolivanMustered Courage
Frank Solivan and Dirty KitchenFrank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
This album has everything we appreciate in modern bluegrass. Flawless three part harmonies and the kind of virtuosic pickin’ that makes you wanna sell your shit on eBay, or work a lot harder. The band has a unique and modern take of bluegrass, while still maintaining integrity to the tradition.

Buffalo TalesPerch Creek Family Jugband
Buffalo TalesRoadtrip Confessions
We first had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with Wes (aka Mr Buffalo Tales) at Wintermoon Folk Festival in May this year. Great voice, great guy, great songs, great performer, and (you guessed it) great album! It’s a gold mine of catchy, rootsy folk gems that always end up stuck in our heads!

Volcano ChoirMatthew Oastler (Little Bighorn)
Volcano ChoirReprave
I thought my fascination/addiction to anything Justin Vernon did hadn’t carried over when I first listened to Repave by The Volcano Choir, however his genius, and the emotions that come with it are slow burning. It has now been the only thing I’ve listened to for 3 months, and I hear something new every time. It feels a lot more anthemic and hopeful than any of his previous works. Only a special few can make you feel like Vernon does, and this album is a classic example.

CirclesLachlan Bryan
Chris PickeringCircles
I got to know Chris on the road in the USA and each night he quietly blew me away with not only his songs, but the way he played and sang them. His music is subtle – delicate but nourishing – filled with the warmth and self-deprecation that are trademarks of his live performance. Whenever Circles comes on my iPod I am reminded that CP is a proper artist, and I can’t imagine paying a fellow songwriter a greater compliment. Bravo Sir!

Kurt VileEdward Deer
Kurt VileWakin’ on a Pretty Daze
Whenever I describe Kurt Vile’s music to someone, I manage to make it sound like something to be avoided. Really long, meandering songs with numerous guitar solos and a guy mumble-singing in almost a monotone. But the textures and atmosphere in his music are so rich and evocative. I kept coming back to this record this year, and it has to be one of my fave driving albums ever.

Volcano ChoirImogen Clark
Volcano ChoirReprave
I’ve never found another artist whose songwriting moves me quite as much as Justin Vernon of Volcano Choir and Bon Iver, which is why I couldn’t wait for this album’s release. I think the best songs often take a couple of listens before you say “yes, I get it, and I love it”, which is what happens to me every time I listen to a project Vernon has been a part of. In Repave, the vocals are so raw and the dynamics so great that it just builds you up and tears you down in a kind of frenzy of emotion. To me, the album sounds like how I imagine listening to someone’s soul would sound – completely pure, heart-wrenching, honest, complex and unpredictable. That’s why I think this record is magic.

Loren KateSarah Humphreys
Loren KateMoving On
Loren is a folk artist like no other, her songs punch me right in the heart til I’m crying my eyes out and her voice is like honey. A beautiful record.

Neko CaseAchoo! Bless You
Neko CaseThe Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
We’ve both been huge fans of Neko Case for a few years, in particular her ’06 album Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, what an album. This record is just awesome as well. Her voice is beautiful as usual, and her lyrics are bad ass! “Man” is a particular fave. She writes absolute cracking pop songs, and the production of her records are always really rich and lush. I particularly love the edgier kind of grit and distortion that features a fair bit on this one, Neko gettin’ back to her punk roots via whimsical pop. So good!

Ainslie WillsAlison Avron
Ainslie WillsYou Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine
This record gives me all I need in music: tingles and toe taps. The subtle and sexy grooves combined with the beautiful and rich tone of Ainslie’s vocals get me every time. “Weighing The Promises” and “Liquid Paper” are the standout tracks for me. Miss Wills is representing everything that is right about the Australian music scene.

NgaiireSam Buckingham
NgaiireLamentations
I can’t quite say why I love this album. I think it’s a combination of her voice, interesting production and the fact that it’s not like anything I’ve listened to before. It feels experimental but perfectly thought out, bold but humble, surprising but familiar … truly creative and original.

DaughterHayden Calnin
DaughterIf You Leave
I played this album on repeat for the few weeks after hearing it for the first time. It’s depressing, but motivating, which is totally my kind of jam. Stand out track was, and still is “Smother”, with the lyric “I wish I’d stayed inside my mother, never to come out” it pretty much sums up the whole album. Daughter’s blend of shoegazey guitar lines, slow bass and simple, yet well composed drum lines, matched up with her gorgeous vocals and lyrics, is so mature, intricate and worth a listen.

Ainslie WillsAll Our Exes Live In Texas
Ainslie WillsYou Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine
The vocals and arrangements are incredible and Ainslie’s lyrics are so evocative. We particularly love “Liquid Paper” – such a universal sentiment. We listened to the entire album about a million times in the van on the way back to Sydney after we played a show with her in Melbourne. She also happens to be an amazingly good egg.

Mark KnopflerThe April Maze
Mark KnopflerPrivateering
This is actually a 2012 release but we only just discovered it … So it is new to us! A friend of ours who had toured with Mark Knopfler made us a mix CD for our Canadian tour and one of his songs was on there – we loved it, so we went online and bought the rest of the album. It is fantastic. It really takes you on a journey – lots of ups and downs and there are lots of goosebump moments. Our favourite tracks are “Haul Away” and “Kingdom of Gold” – these songs are super folky, just the way we like it. The production and instrumentation are spot on. This is a truly inspirational album for any songwriter. 100 stars.

JoJo SmithLucie Thorne
JoJo SmithStanding In The Lovelight
When it comes to soul not much beats being in the same room as JoJo Smith singing straight in to your heart. But this mighty collection – from one of our mightiest vocalists – comes pretty darn close. A national treasure!

Abbe MaySweet Jean
Abbe MayKiss My Apocalypse
Abbe May’s album is a blistering synth pop romp that takes you through all the ups and downs of imploding love. One of the many great things about this album is that she doesn’t “tell you about her feelings”. Instead, every song actually makes you feel something as a listener, which can be both uncomfortable and uplifting. It’s a funny, dark, smart, poignant and really well put together album.

The NationalEmily Barker
The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
I picked up this record just before heading out on a solo tour across the UK. It was a beautiful summer and I was driving myself around the country doing record shop in-stores and promoting our new record. Trouble Will Find Me quickly became my driving soundtrack. The songs are fantastic. Brilliant lyrics: a combination of abstract, ironic, heartfelt and just plain silly sometimes (ie. “I was teething on roses, I was in guns and noses”). I love the effortlessly, out-of-the-ordinary time signatures they use; the epic, but still intimate, production value; the melodies and arrangements; and Matt Berninger’s croonery, deep voice is always killer. A great record to drive to!

LordeRosie Catalano
LordePure Heroine
Given that we’re in an age where number one singles are as much about taking bootylicious selfies as writing good music, it took me a while to figure out how Lorde managed to dominate the Billboard charts, especially as my initial listen to her album Pure Heroine didn’t register highly on the excitement scale. I’ve happily eaten my words since then as Lorde and her producer Joel Little are a match made in heaven – the harmonies are beautiful, her lyrics take me to another world (albeit a teen world that I’m not sure I’d like to go back to), and I have a soft spot for Kiwis.

Mali MaliJack Carty
Mali MaliGather ’round the Goose Clock
I love this record because it feels anxious and intimate and fragile. The songs are strong, and tell their stories, but they go about it quietly so you really have to tune in to catch them. “Peace In My Chest” is the highlight for me, it feels like an affirmation.

Vance JoyPierce Brothers
Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
Since seeing him at The Hills Are Alive festival earlier this year, we picked up this EP. It’s a soulful and beautifully paced EP with awesome range from the indie pop rhythms of “Riptide” to the heartfelt and intimate lyrics of “Snaggletooth”. The crescendo in “From Afar” is our favourite. Well done sir. Well done indeed.

PikeletRose Wintergreen
PikeletCalluses
Entrancing from the very first listen (start with the track “Calluses”), this album still tickles my brain in unexpected and exciting ways. I’m not sure I understand it, but it’s unlike anything else I’ve heard, and I keep going back for more. YES!

Mark MoldreJessica Cassar (Jep & Dep)
Mark MoldreAn Ear To The Earth
If Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and Jeff Tweedy were pushed out to sea in a rickety old boat they’d come up with something like this. Mark Moldre’s An Ear to the Earth is a boisterous yet soulful musical journey worth the fare. You’ll be stomping and crying and laughing, and if you’re lucky to catch Moldre live, you’ll be doing all three with a whiskey in hand.

PowerlinesBeth Stephen (The Little Stevies)
Mustered CouragePowerlines
I’m a sucker for great harmonies and catchy melodies, and Mustered Courages’ album Powerlines has both, so I’m a big fan. Powerlines was produced by Jimi Maroudas, who also produced our first album Love Your Band. And for me it ticks all the boxes of a great album. The songs remind me of those off Foggy Highway, by Paul Kelly and The Stormwater Boys; strong and well-constructed, front and centre. Followed secondly by great musicianship and vocal harmony to present the full kick-ass package. And although their musicianship is apparent, luckily for these talented lads their songs don’t need to be dressed up head to toe in an overkill of instrumental licks to try and hide a weak song, but instead have successfully shown off their musicianship when it counts and in a very tasteful way. When I listen to the album I hear it as a collection of great pop songs first, and secondly as a bluegrass album. And in my opinion I think that’s clever, and the sign of good bunch of songwriters. There’s also nothing more impressive than when a group can reproduce an already top-notch studio album to an even higher standard live, and that’s what Mustered Courage can do. It’s a tasteful album, one of great energy and diversity in mood and who sings the lead on each song, and I recommend a listen to anyone who calls themselves a music lover.

ArcWhitaker
Everything EverythingArc
The perfect sophomore release, Arc built on all that was good about Everything Everything’s punchy, dramatic and down-right enviable musical style presented by their debut album three years prior. It’s the kind of record we listen to and think “Man, how did they do this? How can we do this?” as we listen through every track on repeat. Incredible production – good luck topping that one boys (they will)!

Vance JoyMark Wilkinson
Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
Emotive vocals and great songs. “Riptide” has obviously been huge, but the rest of the EP really stands up as well.

AgapeCastlecomer
Bear’s DenAgape
Bear’s Den produce an organic brand of music that resonates in its beautiful and powerful simplicity. Disarmingly honest lyrics accompany soaring and often haunting melodies backed by 3-part harmonies, and there are obvious folk influences to their songwriting. These guys are a must-see live act, and seem to be going from strength to strength, recently following up in magnificent style with their new EP Without/Within. There is an unassuming and captivating charm in this EP that is hard to resist.

HaimImogen Bel
HAIMDays Are Gone
There seemed to be a lot of highly anticipated releases this year, and for whatever reason, I missed out on a lot of them! One band that caught my attention early on however, was HAIM. This is a really solid album – so many hooks jam packed into each song, both melodically and rhythmically. I love that these girls obviously love pop music, but they play around with structures and mix things up to keep it fresh and surprising. They are obviously very accomplished musicians but they never let it get in the way of creating fun, interesting pop music. Standout tracks: “The Wire”, “Don’t Save Me”, “Go Slow” (no filler on this album though!).

Steal The LightKyle Vause (The Timbers)
The Cat EmpireSteal The Light
This is my favorite Cat Empire album to date. I seriously can’t fault this album, every song is a winner. My top three tracks off this album are “Still Young”, “Open Up Your Face” and probably the first single “Brighter Than Gold”.

Lucy WiseNigel Wearne
Lucy Wise & The B’GolliesWhen We Wander Far From Home
It makes me very happy to nominate this album as my favourite for 2013. The first time I heard Lucy Wise, I was struck by the originality and honesty of her songwriting. There are so many layers at work in this ten song offering. She’s included songs about organic farming and broken families, sailing, family connections, sculpture gardens and even Google Earth! Three members of the B’Gollies double in their own right as The Sting Contingent and they, with Mischa Herman on accordion, bring sophistication and tastefully woven arrangements to Lucy’s beautiful songs. “Lay of the Land” and “Mother’s Song” are stand-out tracks. A slow-burner that keeps giving.

InnocentsKate Martin
MobyInnocents
This was difficult to narrow down so I’ll say that ONE of my favourite LPs of 2013 is Innocents by Moby. Seven of the twelve tracks are collabs, it’s nice cross-pollination. The highlight track for me is a very moving instrumental called “Going Wrong”.

Step BrothersAidan Cooney (Boy Outside)
PalmsStep Brothers
A vehicle back to care free summers that lasted for ever. Yes that feeling. Play loud! Jump around aimlessly. Throw shapes at friends. A real shot in the arm. This shit works.

Josh PykeDan Acfield (Dan and Hannah Acfield)
Josh PykeThe Beginning And The End Of Everything
I must admit that although I’ve been listening to lots of music that’s new to me this year, most of it was not actually released this year! However, I have been enjoying Josh Pyke’s recent release The Beginning and End of Everything. After watching Josh Pyke perform tunes from this album from side of stage earlier in the year, I went home and immediately purchased the album. It’s deliciously folk-pop with that special (but evolved) Josh flavour which is quite difficult to not enjoy.

Josh RitterJack McNeill and Charlie Heys
Josh RitterThe Beast in Its Tracks
Josh Ritter has always been a favourite listen, he seems to grow more subtly insightful with each new album. A thoughtfully connected collection with the ghost of the Golden Age of Radio walking quietly through it. Ritter has the knack of catching you off-guard, gifted with a quiet wit, a sharper tongue than most and a real eye for the detail.

Warp and WeftEmma Davis
Laura VeirsWarp and Weft
Laura Veirs makes me happy. In fact, I think I would go as far as saying, I love her. Her unique way of phrasing things, her incredible ability to put into words the way that nature effects us, the delicate but interesting production- I couldn’t get enough. Laura’s newest release, Warp and Weft once again seems to deliver that Veirs-y charm that I have grown fond of. It is definitely a more mature album than Saltbreakers and the slightly Fleet-Foxy previous album July Flame. Some of the tracks are a little rockier with the beefy sounds of her Gibson shining through, and the arrangements are loaded full of weird and wonderful instruments, but the songs don’t seem to get lost at any point. Every little thing has its place and works together to carry her strong melodies and endearing way with words. As with her past releases, the album works well as a entire composition, so a little listening time is needed to start appreciating the tracks separately, but I think it makes this record a real grower. Overall, it’s a beautiful and carefully produced album that seems to communicate the warmth of nature and our place in it, so darn well.

Melt Yourself DownJoe Gould (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
Melt Yourself DownMelt Yourself Down
This debut is most original album I heard all year, a mix of electronics and afrobeat that is dark and danceable. Saturated sax riffs and tribal drums collide and make me feel euphoric that there’s still sounds out there I haven’t heard. What a great feeling to evoke in a listener!

LuxGordon Wallace (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
AfenginnLux
My album pick of 2013 is Lux by Danish band Afenginn. I have been a fan of the band’s “bastard ethnopunk” for a while now and their back catalog is well worth checking out. Lux is their latest offering and has quite a chilled out/ambient vibe and the most amazing fold-the-cd-digipak-into-a-lantern I have ever seen! Last year we realized we would cross paths at a festival in Sweden, so met Kim the main composer and became friends. The outcome of that is that they will be in Sydney playing at the Basement on the 16th January and Crooked Fiddle are lucky enough to be playing support! A great success of cross-continental mutual musical appreciation!

Big ScaryMark Leahy The Twoks
Big ScaryNot Art
After listening to Not Art I cannot help but walk around with a bounce in my step. This album is so confident, so diverse, so intricate and yet really simple. Fantastic production and really great songwriting. The performances have such dark commitment and awesome personality about them that I cannot help but love it.

Lucy WiseEmily-Rose Sarkova (Chaika)
Lucy Wise & The B’GolliesWhen We Wander Far From Home
I would say Lucy Wise’s newest album, When We Wander Far From Home. Her incredibly personal way of writing songs seems to capture so perfectly the very small delicate goings on of everyday life as well as the touching poignantly on deep environmental and social issues. All in a collection of songs that are truly beautiful and you cannot help but want to sing along with her.

The HeistCJ Shaw (CJ Shaw and the Blow Ins)
I have two:
Big ScaryNot Art
Beautiful and purposeful. Every nook and cranny of this album has been sculpted with the up most of care.
Macklemore and Ryan LewisThe Heist
A powerhouse. Big sound, big ego, big belief, big purpose. It is big and wonderful, makes you think and groove. It enlights and inspires.

Port Fairy Unveils First Artists for 2014

Port Fairy
Image Courtesy of Port Fairy Folk Festival

It looks like the festival announcements are set to continue this week with the Port Fairy Folk Festival the latest event to release its lineup. Port Fairy have been “leaking” the lineup over the last couple of weeks but today the first round of artists was officially released.

On the international side of things we have the likes of Altan (Ireland), Blair Dunlop (UK), Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen (USA), Madeline Peyroux (USA), Rory McLeod (UK), Rose Cousins (Canada) and many many more.

And while that’s pretty impressive, the list of local artists on the lineup is just as impressive including Archie Roach, Ash Grunwald, Bobby Alu, Daniel Champagne, The Mae Trio, The Pigs, The Tealeaves, The Tiger & Me, Things of Stone and Wood and many more.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place in Port Fairy from the 7th to 10th March. For more information check out the official site here. The full lineup so far are below:

Alaska String Band, Altan, Antonio Serrano, Archie Roach, Ash Grunwald, Ben Salter, Blair Dunlop, Bobby Alu, Chris Wilson’s Crown of Thorns, Daniel Champagne, David Bridie & The Pills, Dog Trumpet, Gleny Rae Virus & her Playboys, Grace Barbé, Jaaleekay, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Lunasa, Madeline Peyroux, Margret RoadKnight, Marisa Quigley, Mic Conway’s National Junk Band, Pokey La Farge, Rory McLeod, Rose Cousins, The Band Who Knew Too Much, The JVG Guitar Method, The Mae Trio, The Pigs, The Tealeaves, The Tiger & Me, The Topp Twins, Things of Stone and Wood

Mullum Music Festival Announces Very Folky Lineup

Tinpan Orange
Image Courtesy of Mullum Music Festival

The Mullum Music Festival always has a quality lineup and the 2013 event is no different. Amongst the dozens and dozens of artists announced are more Timber and Steel favourites than you can throw a banjo at including Mama Kin, Tinpan Orange, Love Over Gold, Bobby Alu, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Old Man Luedecke, Jordie Lane, Lucie Thorne, Elana Stone, Jack Carty, The Perch Creek Family Jug Band, Loren Kate, Aluka, Miles and Simone, Mustered Courage, Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel, Green Mohair Suits, James Kenyon and so many many more.

The Mullum Music Festival takes place in Mullumbimby, NSW from the 21st to 24th Novemember. For more information check out the official site here. The full lineup is below:

Raul Midon (US), The Basics, The Barefoot Divas, Blue Grassy Knoll, Pieta Brown (US), Swamp Thing (NZ), Robert Ellis (US), Arte Kanela Flamenco, Jaaleekaay (Gambia), Rose Cousins (Can), Mama Kin, Tinpan Orange, Love Over Gold (Pieta Brown & Lucie Thorne), Dubmarine, Bobby Alu, King Tide, Kingfisha, Sticky Fingers, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Sketch The Rhyme, Caitlin Park, Corey Chisel & The Wandering Sons (US), Old Man Luedecke (Can), Marlon Williams (NZ), Jordie Lane, Lucie Thorne, Elana Stone produced by Zebra Zap, Declan Kelly & the Rising Sun, Kooii, Chocolate Strings, Ray Mann 3, Potato Potato, Lifeline, Jack Carty, Rebecca Ireland, The Junes, The Perch Creek Family Jug Band, Loren Kate, Greg Sheehan, Ben Walsh: Loop Zero, Teatro Matita (Slav), Aluka, Miles and Simone, JoJo Smith, Leah Carriage, Starboard Cannons, Mustered Courage, Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel, The Lucky Wonders, Round Mountain Girls, Lez Karski Band, Green Mohair Suits, Annie Plummer, The Sugar Spinner, Walrus & The Carpenter, Sister Mary’s Acoustic Mullum,Victoriana Gaye, James Kenyon, Mr Cassidy, James Teague, Muberry Bend, The Hottentots, Gabriel and Cecilia, Clelia Adams & River Express, Three Little Sisters, Northern Rivers Ukulele Orchestra, Spaghetti Circus, The Pitts, Raise the Roof Community Gospel Choir, The Biggest Little Town Choir, St John’s Singers, Stukulele and Miss Amber’s Chocolate Wheel, MC Mandy Nolan, Roundabout Theatre Company, a c.a.s.e for correlation, The Curly Cousins, The Magic Bus.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 22nd March

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– New Sydney gypsy folk duo Betty & Oswald have a bunch of local dates over the coming weeks. Details here

– Made up of half of Brisbane-based celtic band Súnas, Two Crows are a brand new duo project and have a bunch of east coast dates coming up. Details here

– For the second year in a row Fanny Lumsden is going to the country in April for a tour of country halls. Details here

– Melbourne-based experimental vocal trio Aluka have announced a debut album and upcoming tour. Details here

– Melbourne trio The Walters have released the new animated video for their single “Bring Me Water”. Details here

– We’re big fans of “Pot Of Honey” the new single and video from The Mid-North. Details here

– The JamGrass Music Festival folks posted a bunch of videos on their Youtube channel from 2012 and we’ve selected a couple to embed on the blog. Details here

– Aussie supergroup The Hillybilly Killers – Bill Chambers, Tim Rogers and Catherine Britt – have an east coast tour planned for March and April. Details here

– One of our favourite regular folk nights, Sydney’s Little Features, is back for 2013 with an awesome lineup this Saturday – Jacob Pearson, Charlie Gradon, Arbori, Mimi Gilbert and Achoo! Bless You. Details here

Bluesfest, which is just a week away, has added a handful of artists to its lineup and a brand new venue. Details here

– Sydney’s Boy Outside has teased his new single ahead of a launch this April. Details here

Skipping Girl Vinegar have released their new video “Making Our Way” ahead of their appearance at Bluesfest next week. Details here

Stu Larsen and Natsuki Kurai are teaming together for a national tour this April. Details here

Interviews

“It’s kind of getting to a – kind of – a really good stage at the moment. We’re recording another album, a new album and that just – everything’s just kind of falling into place a bit. It’s not like – it all feels nice. Everyone, the vibes are great, you know. Like anything it’s hard work, but all the hard work got a lot of return”Bobby Alu chats to Janine Estoesta. Interview here

“I think the thing with this record, Sugaring Season, is there are no bells and whistles, there are no tricks and gadgets. It’s probably one of the most straight ahead records I’ve ever made. It’s also one of the deepest records I’ve ever made – and I’m not entirely sure what I mean by that. It’s not like I’ve reinvented the wheel or anything but I’ve got rid of anything extraneous”Beth Orton chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Blog

“It’s St Patrick’s Day again and like good folkies we’re celebrating with a few pints of the black stuff and more jigs and reels than you can poke a bodhrán at. And of course St Patrick’s day means our traditional St Patrick’s playlist. This year we’ve taken the playlist “in house” (after a couple of years of guest writers) to bring you some of our favourite contemporary Irish singer-songwriters, bands and artists. Enjoy your day and enjoy the music” – St Patrick’s Day playlist by Gareth Hugh Evans. Blog here

“There’s nowhere near enough room here to list the richness of Warren’s contribution to Australia’s culture. That contribution will be formally recognised at this year’s National Folk Festival with a preview showing of Larrikin Lad, a one-hour biographical documentary about Warren, produced by by Rebel Penfold Russell, Pat Fiske and Adam Bayliss” – Peter Logue talks about the upcoming documentary on Australian legend Warren Fahey, Larrikin Lad. Blog here

Reviews

Recordings

“This trio are truly delightful and charming to watch and listening to the tad bits of stories about lady dance troupes, playing alongside Rage Against the Machine, a kidnapped tram, remind me of the extra features parts you get with the latest movie you purchase on DVD”Nikita Andrea reviews Most Requested: Live 2009 – 2012 from The Little Stevies. Review here

Gigs

“The joys of social media, a couple of weeks ago I stumbled across an unassuming Facebook event for ‘Wales @ Cecil Sharp House’. I’ve been to Wales and liked it, and I live in London, so it seemed a good combination to investigate”KTBell reviews Wales in London at the Cecil Sharp House, London. Review here

“I think the band were as surprised as we were. I think they are every night. In 1979, when she recorded her first album, producers Lenny Waronker and Russ Titelman told the top-class session musicians they’d hired just to follow her lead”JDX and Serena Skye review Rickie Lee Jones at The Old Museum, Brisbane. Review here

Releases This Week

Child Ballads
Child BalladsAnaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer
iTunes

Tooth and Nail
Tooth & NailBilly Bragg
iTunes

Back on the Milks
Back on the MilksThe Starry Field
iTunes

Gigs Next Week

Betty & Oswald
Monday 25th March – 505, Surry Hills, NSW

Breaking Hart Benton
Friday 22nd March – The Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th March – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Brighter Later
Sunday 24th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Counting Crows
Wednesday 27th March – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Communion Melbourne feat. Jack Donne, I, a Man, Kathryn Rollins, House of Laurence, Mustered Courage
Sunday 24th March – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Dave Di Marco
Friday 22nd March – The Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 23rd March – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 24th March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Damien Dempsey
Tuesday 26th March – The Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Wednesday 27th March – The Contemporary Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Thursday 28th March – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Don’t Mention The Wall
Friday 22nd March – Springwood, NSW (house concert)
Thursday 28th March – Newcastle University, NSW (lunchtime show)

Eli Wolfe
Friday 22nd March – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 23rd March – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Glen Hansard and The Frames with Lisa Hannigan
Saturday 23rd March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 25th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 26th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th March – BluesFest, Byron Bay, NSW

Jack Carty and Jordan Millar
Friday 22nd March – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd March – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Sunday 24th March – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 28th March – Manhattans Wine Bar, Launceston, TAS

Jake Shimabukuro
Wednesday 27th March – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Jordie Lane
Friday 22nd to Saturday 23rd March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC
Sunday 24th March – Hills Are Alive Festival, South Gippsland, VIC
Tuesday 26th March – Lizottes Central Coast, Dee Why, NSW w/ Ruthie Foster
Wednesday 27th March – Lizottes Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW w/ Ruthie Foster
Thursday 28th March – Memorial Hall, Bellingen, NSW w/ Ruthie Foster
Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Little Features feat. Jacob Pearson, Charlie Gradon, Arbori, Mimi Gilbert, Achoo! Bless You
Saturday 23rd March – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Luka Bloom
Friday 22nd March – Wrest Point Showroom, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 23rd March – National Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 25th March – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th March – The J, Noosa, QLD

Michael Kiwanuka
Tuesday 26th March – St Michael’s Church, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 27th March – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

MoFo feat. The Underscore Orkestra and Chaika
Friday 22nd March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Nick and Liesl
Sunday 24th March – Gratitude Day, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Passenger
Sunday 24th March – The Playhouse Theatre, Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 27th March – Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide, SA

Patrick James
Saturday 23rd March – Baby Black Cafe, Baccus Marsh, VIC
Sunday 24th March – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 29th March – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Paul Brady
Friday 22nd March – The Fly By Night, Perth, WA
Sunday 24th March – Brunswick Music Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 28th March – The Irish Club, Brisbane, QLD

Paul Simon with Rufus Wainwright
Wednesday 27th March – Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 28th March – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC

Seth Lakeman
Friday 22nd March – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 23rd March – Lizottes, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th March – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Wednesday 27th March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 29th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Simone Felice with Jess Ribeiro
Thursday 28th March – The Exeter, Adelaide, SA

The Lumineers with The Falls
Thursday 28th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th March – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Starry Field
Friday 29th March – The Clever Duck, Cairns, QLD

The Tiger and Me
Friday 22nd March – The Brisbane Markets, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 23rd March – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 24th March – The Brisbane Markets, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 26th March – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th March – Hotel Steyne, Sydney, NSW

Two Crows
Friday 22nd March – Australian Celtic Studies Centre, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 23rd March – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 24th March – Mt Kembla Village Hotel, Mt Kembla, NSW
Wednesday 27th March – Front Gallery and Cafe, Canberra, ACT

Wilco
Wednesday 27th March – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC

William Elliott Whitmore
Saturday 23rd March – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 24th March – Enigma Bar, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 26th March – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 27th March – Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th and Friday 29th March – Byron Bay Bluesfest, NSW

Yackandandah Folk Festival
Friday 22nd to Saturday 23rd March – Yackandandah, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Barrett’s Privateers” – Stan Rogers

I heard this song the other day and it brought back so many memories of growing up in folk clubs and folk festivals – I’m sure this song was a mainstay of singing sessions in my childhood. Now I just want to go out and learn it!

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