Thank Folk It’s Friday – 30th August

TFIF

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 Bear’s Den, Bon Iver, D.C Cross, Harvey Russell, Hayden Calnin, Joe Mungovan, Lost Ragas, Pieta Brown feat. Mark Knopfler, The Lumineers and Tori Forsyth. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Harvey Russell
Liquid DamageHarvey Russell
iTunes
Bandcamp

Lucie Thorne
Kitty & FrankLucie Thorne
Bandcamp

Threads
ThreadsSheryl Crow
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

King Street Crawl feat. Amber Rae Slade & The Mighty Big Noise, Brielle Davis, Caitlin Harnett, Charlie Gradon, Charlie Finn, Chris Neto, D.C Cross, Darby, Georgia Mulligan, JD & The Hunger Men, Julia Johnson, Katie Brianna, Lady Lyon, Lisa Caruso, Little Quirks, Rich Davies & The Low Road, Ross Tipper, Ruben Neeson, The Andy Golledge Band, The Bottlers and many more

King Street Crawl

Sunday 1st September – King Street Newtown, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 6th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Ainslie Wills
Friday 30th August – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Andy Nelson
Thursday 5th September – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Amber Rae Slade & The Mighty Big Noise
Sunday 1st September – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Ben Salter
Friday 30th August – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 31st August – Dashville, Belford, NSW

Big Sky Mountain
Sunday 1st September – The Townie, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 4th September – Folkswagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 30th August – Geddes Lane Ballroom, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 31st August – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 1st September – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 6th September – Forth Pub, Forth, TAS

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Friday 30th August – Manly Fig, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 31st August – Sydney Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Brendon Moon
Friday 30th August – Parliament on King, Sydney, NSW

Broads
Friday 30th August – Polish White Eagle Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 31st August – Majors Creek Pub, Majors Creek, NSW
Sunday 1st September – Franks Wild Years, Wollongong, NSW

Caitlin Harnett
Sunday 1st September – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Charlie Gradon
Sunday 1st September – Parliament on King, Sydney, NSW

Charlie Finn
Sunday 1st September – Good Times Vintage, Sydney, NSW

Chris Neto
Sunday 1st September – Parliament on King, Sydney, NSW

Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 30th August – House Concert, Tambourine Mountain, QLD
Saturday 31st August – Boo Radley’s Hall, Glenreagh, NSW
Sunday 1st September – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW
Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th September – Junction Arts Festival, Launceston, TAS

D.C Cross
Sunday 1st September – Parliament on King, Sydney, NSW

Darby
Sunday 1st September – Good Times Vintage, Sydney, NSW

Didirri w/ Ro
Friday 30th August – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 31st August – UC Hub, Canberra, ACT

Don Walker
Friday 30th August – Memo Music Hall, St Kilda, VIC
Saturday 31st August – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Thursday 5th September – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 6th September – Imperial Hotel Bunker, Eumundi, QLD

Fleetwood Mac
Monday 2nd September – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 4th September – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC

Folk by the Sea Launch Concert feat. Dear Violet, Gallie
Friday 30th August – Joyce Wheatley Hall, Kiama, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Devorah, Big Sky Mountain, Cilla Jane
Wednesday 4th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Georgia Mulligan
Sunday 1st September – Parliament on King, Sydney, NSW

Harvey Russell
Saturday 31st August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Hayley Marsten
Saturday 31st August – Crow Street Creative, Gladstone, QLD
Thursday 5th September – Oodies Cafe, Bundaberg, QLD
Friday 6th September – Captain Cook Holiday Village, Seventeen Seventy, QLD

Hein Cooper
Friday 30th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 5th September – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Horizon Sounds feat. The View from Madeleine’s Couch, The Barleyshakes, Cigany Weaver
Saturday 31st August – Horizon Festival Central, Maroochydore, QLD

Jacob Diamond
Saturday 31st August – Grumpy’s Music Bar, Perth, WA
Friday 6th September – Si Paradiso, Perth, WA

James Van Cooper
Friday 30th August – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 31st August – Little Alberts at the Victoria, Bathurst, NSW

JD & The Hunger Men
Sunday 1st September – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 30th August – SWR Primary School Hall, South West Rocks, NSW
Saturday 31st August – Wauchope Community Arts Council, Wauchope, NSW
Sunday 1st September – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Julia Johnson
Sunday 1st September – Read & Bell, Sydney, NSW

Junction Arts Festival
Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th September – Launceston, TAS

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 6th September – The George Kerferd, Beechworth, VIC

Justin Townes Earle
Friday 30th August – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 31st August – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 1st September – Peppermint Bay Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Tuesday 3rd September – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 4th September – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th September – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 6th September – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Katie Brianna & Brielle Davis
Sunday 1st September – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

King Street Crawl
Sunday 1st September – King Street Newtown, Sydney, NSW

Kristen Lee Morris
Friday 30th August – Howlin’ Wolf Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 1st September – Coast Hotel, Budgewoi, NSW

Lady Lyon
Sunday 1st September – Milk & Thistle, Sydney, NSW

Lisa Caruso
Sunday 1st September – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Little Quirks
Sunday 1st September – Gurdy’s, Sydney, NSW

Matt Ward
Saturday 31st August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 1st September – The Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Margaret Walters & Emma Norton
Sunday 1st September – House Concert, Bundanoon, NSW

Merpire
Friday 30th August – Bank Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band
Sunday 1st September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Natalie Henry w/ Matt Ward
Sunday 1st September – The Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Newcastle Country Music Festival feat. Bob Corbett & The Roo Grass Band, Catherine Britt, Viper Creek Band, Katie Jayne, Karen Oshea, Lyn Bowtell & Band, Hurricane Fall
Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September – Honeysuckle Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Paddy McHugh
Friday 30th August – House Concert, Tambourine Mountain, QLD
Saturday 31st August – Boo Radley’s Hall, Glenreagh, NSW
Sunday 1st September – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW

Ramblin’ Nights feat. Mark Moldre, Kate Alexander, Hana Brenecki
Thursday 5th September – Slyfox, Sydney, NSW

Rich Davies & The Low Road
Sunday 1st September – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Rose Zita Falko
Friday 6th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Ross Tipper
Sunday 1st September – Good Times Vintage, Sydney, NSW

Ruben Neeson
Sunday 1st September – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 4th September – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Sean McMahon
Friday 30th August – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 1st September – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Seeker Lover Keeper
Thursday 5th September – Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, Springwood, NSW
Friday 6th September – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT

Smith & Jones
Friday 30th August – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Sydney Shanty Club
Wednesday 4th September – Spawnpoint, Sydney, NSW

The Andy Golledge Band
Sunday 1st September – The Union, Sydney, NSW

The Audreys
Thursday 5th September – Publican, Mornington, VIC
Friday 6th September – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC

The BordererS
Sunday 1st September – Arkaba Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Bottlers
Sunday 1st September – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Fed Bluesfest feat. Z-Star Trinity, Fiona Boyes, Burning Hands Quartet, Pastro Aird Baker, Daryl James, The Shufflemen
Saturday 31st August – Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW

The Montgomery Brothers
Friday 30th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 31st August – Rainbow Fitzroy, Melbourne, VIC

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 30th August – Penrose Village Hall, Penrose, NSW
Saturday 31st August – House Concert, Bangalee, NSW
Sunday 1st September – House Concert, Blackheath, NSW

Thelma Plum
Friday 30th August – Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 31st August – Freo.Social, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 1st September – Freo.Social, Fremantle, WA

Turkey In The Mountain – An Old Time Music Gathering
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September – Nimbin Rox YHA, Nimbin, NSW

Whoa Mule
Sunday 1st September – McCrossin’s Mill Museum, Uralla, NSW

Z-Star Trinity
Saturday 31st August – Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 6th September – The Scottish Prince, Gold Coast, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Blue Eyed Rascal/Kinnity Castle/Geantraí Nollaig” – Téada

New Music Monday – 26th August

Hayden Calnin
Image Courtesy of Hayden Calnin

Bear’s Den – “Hiding Bottles”

For the video for their new single “Hiding Bottles”, English indie-folk band Bear’s Den tackle the very confronting reality of living with an alcoholic parent. It’s a confronting track but tackled deftly by the band with their usual high standard of songwriting and musicianship. “Hiding Bottles” is taken from the album So That You Might Hear Me.

Bon Iver – “Naeem”

In a surprise move Bon Iver released their new album i,i digitally almost three weeks earlier than was originally announced, delighting fans worldwide. Alongside the album release was the new single and lyric video “Naeem”. The track is more vocally driven than a lot of the other music from i,i, featuring Justin Vernon’s voice driven by a soulful piano and softly strummed acoustic guitar. But of course the experimentation and glitchy instrumentation we’ve come to expect from Bon Iver isn’t far away, and the combination makes this one of my favourite songs from the new album.

D.C Cross – “Presslufthammer Catfight”

D.C Cross is the latest moniker from Sydney based singer-songwriter Darren Cross (Gerling, Jep & Dep, Darren Cross Band) covering his latest foray into instrumental folk guitar. In the single “Presslufthammer Catfight” Cross appears to have moved on from the alt-country of his recent output to embrace the type of fingerpicked folk guitar popular with practitioners of the Anglo-Celtic tradition. His playing is full of open-tuned resonance and interesting chordal and finger-picking choices that come together in a really special piece of instrumental music.

Harvey Russell – “Please Don’t Pretend”

Sydney based alt-country singer-songwriter Harvey Russell has been making quite a splash since launching his solo project – and that’s set to continue with the announcement of his debut album Liquid Damage to be released this Friday 30th August. His latest single “Please Don’t Pretend” borrows heavily from traditional country, with its heart firmly planted in the artists of yesteryear.

“Traditional country is pure in the sense that it seems to be able to tap into universal truths and themes which have always appealed to me.” Harvey Russell explained. “Although country songs can sound simple, writing quality country songs is far from easy! I guess that’s a challenge I’m attracted to; refining my songwriting in a genre to which I’ve always been drawn.”

Harvey Russell will be launching in Sydney this Saturday as well as a handful of shows through September:

Saturday 31st August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 26th September – Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Hayden Calnin – “Warm with You”

“Warm With You” is the latest single and video from ambient electro-folk singer-songwriter Hayden Calnin, taken from his upcoming EP A Life You Would Choose which is due for release on the 13th September. The track is classic Hayden Calnin, combining his folk sensibilities, indie influences and production skills to build a beautiful song and an equally beautiful video.

“”Warm With You” is a song about escapism,” Calnin explains. “It’s an expression of wanting to run and get away from everything, live off of the land if you will and start a life with someone. But as life goes on, things change, and those dreams start to take a turn and sometimes it never really happens. I ended up recording 9 different versions of the song before I finally settled on a final version which I think is a record number for me. I’ve never really been that particular about a song before.”

Joe Mungovan – “Be With You”

South Coast based singer-songwriter Joe Mungovan has just released “Be With You”, an etherial indie-pop track full of deep emotions written raw all of his incredible voice.

“I had been living and recording in the bush by myself for a long time when I wrote this song,” Mungovan explained. “It came about because I was in such a beautiful place and having a wonderful time and I wanted to share the experience with another human. The natural environment that surrounded me and the sense of solitude I felt inspired me to write this song.”

Joe Mungovan has a handful of upcoming dates:

Sunday 8th September – A Day On The Hill, Gerringong, NSW
Friday 13th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th September – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Lost Ragas – “Keeping Up With Yesterday”

“Keeping Up With Yesterday” is the brand new, trippy single from Melbourne four-piece Lost Ragas, taken from their upcoming album This Is Not A Dream, due on the 2nd September. The trippy chord progression and bendy slide guitar gives the track a psychedelic quality which seems to be the sound we can expect from This Is Not A Dream if their last single “Just Wastin’ Time” is anything to go on.

Pieta Brown feat. Mark Knopfler – “The Hard Way”

American singer-songwriter Pieta Brown has teamed with the legendary Mark Knopfler for her latest single “The Hard Way”. The track is taken from her upcoming S.Carey produced album Freeway, due on the 20th September, and perfectly combines Brown’s songwriting talents with the laconic guitar style that is so distinctly Mark Knopfler.

“I kept sonically envisioning, ‘If I could just get Mark Knopfler on there…’,” Pieta Brown told Billboard, who featured the track. “Mark is a very sweet, amazing musician and has become a friend through music. So one day I just wrote him a message and asked if he would consider taking a listen to this track. I said I felt like it wasn’t quite done yet, but I wasn’t sure what it needed. I said, ‘I’m hearing the sound of you or something like what you do, and I can’t give you specifics beyond that.’ And he said, ‘Yeah, of course,’ and came up with a great part that made the song undeniable.”

The Lumineers – “Leader Of The Landslide” & “Left For Denver”

We’re now up to the fifth and sixth videos in the series from The Lumineers ahead of their new album III, due on the 13th September. The band are describing “Leader Of The Landslide” as their folk “Starway to Heaven” due to the epic quality of the track whereas “Left For Denver” is a lot more straightforward and stripped back.


Tori Forsyth – “Be Here”

For “Be Here”, the first single since her debut album, Hunter Valley based singer-songwriter Tori Forsyth has shrugged off the alt-country sound in favour of a blistering, grunge inspired track. “Be Here” is crunchy snarly and full of attitude – definitely a new and welcome side to Forsyth’s music.

“Recording this song was one of the smoothest recording sessions I’ve ever done,” Explained Forsyth. “We went in and left five hours later with the song near finished. We knew before we went, where it was going and the influences behind it, PJ Harvey, Soundgarden. It was pretty magic how it just came together so easily. I’ve never been so inspired coming away from the studio. ”

Tori Forsyth is heading out this October and November for an east coast tour:

Friday 18th October – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 19th October – The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD
Sunday 20th October – Vinnies Dive Bar, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 25th October – The Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 26th October – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 27th October – Frank’s Wild Years, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 1st November – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 2nd November – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 3rd November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 16th August

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our first ever New Music Monday featured new tracks from the last few weeks from the likes of Alfí, Amy Vee, Devandra Banhart, Dori Freeman, Phia feat. Melbourne Indie Voices, Pieta Brown and Sam Shinazzi. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Bon Iver
i,iBon Iver
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Sydney Folk Festival

Sydney Folk Festival

Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 16th August – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 17th August – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne, NSW

Ainsley Farrell
Friday 16th August – Bank Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd August – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

Allan Caswell
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Amy Nelson
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Andrew Swift
Friday 16th August – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th August – Grand Ridge Brewery, Mirboo North, VIC

Bec Willis & Matt Ward
Friday 16th August – Limestone Coast Pantry, Mount Gambier, SA
Saturday 17th August – Crossley Hall, Warrnambool, VIC

Benson and the Outlaws w/ Jesse Redwing, Kristen Lee Morris
Friday 23rd August – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 16th August – Indian Ocean Hotel, Perth, WA
Saturday 17th August – The Aardvark, Fremantle, WA
Friday 23rd September – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Saturday 17th August – Cauliflower Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Boy & Bear
Friday 16th August – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th August – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd August – The Astor, Perth, WA

Brendon Moon
Sunday 18th August – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Caiti Baker
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Canberra Shanty Club
Monday 19th August – Old Canberra Inn, Canberra, ACT

Chaika
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Chloe & Jason Roweth
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 16th August – The Golden Wattle, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 17th August – Cooee Arthouse, Aldinga, SA
Sunday 18th August – Deviation Road Winery, Longwood, SA

Darwin Festival
Thursday 8th to Sunday 25th August – Darwin, NT

Davidson Brothers
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Den Hanrahan & the Rum Runners
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Didirri w/ Ro
Thursday 22nd August – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd August – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Dope Lemon
Saturday 17th August – Metropolis, Fremantle, WA

Eric Bogle
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Fallon Cush
Sunday 18th August – Beaches Hotel, Thirroul, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 16th August – Thargomindah Hall, Thargomindah, QLD

Figgy Folk Session
Monday 19th August – Figtree Hotel, Figtree, NSW

Felicity Urquhart
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

FolkSwagon feat, Emily Rigz, Jesse Squire, Machine on a Break
Wednesday 21st August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. Ben Fink & Mark Eliott, Spindles, Callum Wylie
Friday 16th August – 107, Sydney, NSW

Forty Degrees South
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Fleetwood Mac
Saturday 17th August – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 20th August – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 22nd August – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Fred Smith
Friday 23rd August – Tallimba Hall, Tallimba, NSW

Gareth Leach & Michaela Jenke
Friday 23rd August – The Catfish, Melbourne, VIC

Greta Stanley
Friday 23rd August – Darwin Festival, Darwin, NT

Gympie Music Muster
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie, QLD

Harrison Storm
Friday 16th August – Heya Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 17th August – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Harvey Russell & The Widowmakers
Saturday 17th August – The Fitzroy Pinnacle, Melbourne, VIC

Hayseed Dixie
Tuesday 20th August – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 21st August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Hein Cooper
Friday 16th August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 17th August – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW
Friday 23rd August – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA

Honey
Sunday 18th August- Bodalla Dairy Shed, Bodalla, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 22nd August – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Huckleberry Hastings
Friday 23rd August – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

Jacob Diamond
Friday 16th August – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th August – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 18th August – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd August – Brewhouse, Margaret River, WA

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Jeff Lang
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Kasey Chambers
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Kate Burke and Luke Plumb
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Kay Proudlove
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Kelly Country Pick
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – The Old Priory, Beechworth, VIC

Kirsty Lee Akers
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Little Quirks
Friday 16th August – Lo-Fi, Newcastle, NSW

Luke Plumb and The Circuit
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Mark Lucas & The Dead Setters
Friday 23rd August – Merton Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Saturday 17th August – The Acoustic Picnic, Sydney, NSW

Melody Moko
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Neil Murray
Friday 23rd August – Prairie Hotel, Parachilna, SA

Paddy McHugh
Friday 16th August – The Golden Wattle, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 17th August – Cooee Arthouse, Aldinga, SA
Sunday 18th August – Deviation Road Winery, Longwood, SA
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Papa Pilko And The Binrats w/ Caitlin Harnett, The Good Boys
Friday 23rd August – Landsdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Rose Zita Falko
Friday 16th August – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 18th August – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Rosie McDonald
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Sarah Humphreys
Sunday 18th August – Club Millthorpe, Millthorpe, NSW

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 21st August – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Sean McMahon and The Owls
Friday 23rd August – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Seanchas
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Shantily Clad
Sunday 18th August – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 21st August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Smith & Jones
Sunday 18th August – Beaches Hotel, Thirroul, NSW
Thursday 22nd August – Little Alberts at the Victoria, Bathurst, NSW

Stu Tyrrell
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Folk Festival
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney, NSW

Taste Of Tamworth feat. Carter & Carter, Lyn Bowtell, Jayne Denham, The Weeping Willows
Friday 16th August – The Wedge, Sale, VIC
Saturday 17th August – Moe RSL, Moe, VIC
Sunday 18th August – Frankston RSL, Melbourne, VIC

Tessa Devine
Friday 16th August – Bingil Bay Cafe, Bingil Bay, QLD

Tex Perkins and his Fat Rubber Band
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

The Black Sorrows
Friday 16th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 17th August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 18th August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

The Bottlers
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

The Last Aurochs
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

The McClymonts
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

The Montgomery Brothers
Friday 16th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Shanty Club
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

The Water Runners
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

The Willing Ponies
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

The Wilson Pickers
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Thelma Plum
Friday 16th August – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 17th August – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 22nd August – Sooki Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd August – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Victoria Vigenser & Lindsay Martin
Friday 16th August – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club, Beatrice Taylor Hall, Hornsby, NSW

Wednesday Winter Warmer feat. Highfalutin, Nick Payne and the Incorrigible Rascals, Shelley’s Murder Boys
Wednesday 21st August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Wifey w/ Restless Leg, Nighttime & Child
Friday 23rd August – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Yulli’s Sessions feat. Not Good With Horses
Wednesday 21st August – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Stay (Wasting Time)” – Dave Matthews Band

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 19th July

TFIF

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 Bon Iver, Boy & Bear, Great Aunt, Josh Rennie-Hynes, Matt Corby & Tash Sultana, The Maes and The Teskey Brothers. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Better Grow Up
Better Grow UpAngharad Drake
iTunes
Bandcamp

Joe Pug
The Flood in ColorJoe Pug
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Lumineers

The Lumineers

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW
Monday 22nd July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Saturday 20th July – Jamberoo Music Festival, Jamberoo, NSW
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July – Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival, Echuca, Victoria

Adam Eckersley Band
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Amber Lawrence
Friday 26th July – Gunnedah Hotel, Gunnedah, NSW

Andrew Swift
Friday 19th July – Captain Cook Holiday Village, Seventeen Seventy, QLD
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Angharad Drake
Wednesday 24th July – The J, Noosa, QLD

Because The Night feat. Sean Simmons, Jessica Cassar
Thursday 25th July – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Big Sky Mountain
Friday 26th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July – Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival, Echuca, Victoria

Bonniesongs w/ Elizabeth Fader, Ollie Thorpe
Thursday 25th July – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Brad Butcher
Friday 19th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Brad Cox
Friday 19th July – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 25th July – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 26th July – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Casey Atkins & his Press Studs
Sunday 21st July – Shady Pines Saloon, Sydney, NSW

CJ Shaw
Tuesday 23rd July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Courtney Barnett
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Dan Sultan presents Nali & Friends
Saturday 20th July – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 20th July – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

Daniel Champagne
Saturday 20th July – Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Davidson Brothers
Friday 19th July – True Brew, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 20th July – St Ambrose Hall, Woodend, VIC
Sunday 21st July – The Curtin, Melbourne, VIC

Dean Lewis
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July – Echuca, Victoria

Ettalong Jazz Festival
Saturday 20th July – Galleria, Ettalong Beach, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Felicity Urquhart
Friday 19th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

FolkSwagon feat. Blain Cunneen, Georgia Mulligan, Daniel Cherote
Wednesday 24th July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Gary & James Daley
Saturday 20th July – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Genevieve Chadwick & The Stones Throw
Friday 19th July – Music at Street Market, Sydney, NSW

Great Aunt
Saturday 20th July – Hardy’s Bay Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW
Sunday 21st July – Little Alberts, Bathurst, NSW
Thursday 25th July – Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Grizzlee Train
Saturday 20th July – Jamberoo Music Festival, Jamberoo, NSW

Groundwater Country Music Festival
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Gold Coast, QLD

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 25th July – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Ireland Rocks featuring Ciaran Gribbin
Saturday 20th July – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Jamberoo Music Festival
Saturday 20th July – Jamberoo, NSW

Jeff Lang
Sunday 21st July – Newport Bowls Club, Newport, VIC
Friday 26th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 19th July – Franks Wild Years, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 26th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Jesse Younan Tribute Show
Friday 19th July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

John Schumann and Shane Howard
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Kay Proudlove
Saturday 20th July – Jamberoo Music Festival, Jamberoo, NSW

Little Georgia
Sunday 21st July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 26th July – The Lennox Sessions, Lennox Head, NSW

Little Quirks
Saturday 20th July – Jamberoo Music Festival, Jamberoo, NSW

Magpie Diaries
Friday 19th July – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 20th July – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Mandy Connell & Liz Frencham
Sunday 21st July – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Oats and Matty Zarb
Friday 26th July – Django at Camelot, Sydney, NSW

Matt Corby
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Mick Hart
Friday 26th and Saturday 27th July – Winter Blues Festival, Echuca, VIC

Montgomery Church
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Mustered Courage
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Nathan Seeckts
Saturday 20th July – The Fitzroy Pinnacle, Melbourne, VIC

Paddy McHugh & Andy Golledge
Friday 26th July – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Queen Porter Stomp w/ Michigan Waters
Friday 19th July – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th July – Galleria, Ettalong Beach, NSW

Round Mountain Girls
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Sahara Beck
Wednesday 24th July – The J, Noosa, QLD
Friday 26th July – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Scottish Trad Session
Saturday 20th July – The Pipers Inn, Halls Head, WA

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 24th July – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Sean McMahon and The Owls
Thursday 25th July – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 19th July – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Saturday 20th July – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 21st July – Caves House, Yallingup, WA
Friday 26th July – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Smith & Jones
Saturday 20th July – Hardy’s Bay Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW
Sunday 21st July – Little Alberts, Bathurst, NSW

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay, NSW

Taste Of Tamworth feat. Carter & Carter, Lyn Bowtell, Jayne Denham, The Weeping Willows
Friday 19th July – Burrinja, Upwey, VIC
Saturday 20th July – Gateway Hotel, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 21st July – Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, Wonthaggi, VIC

Tessa Devine
Friday 19th July – The ORB, Atherton, QLD
Thursday 25th July – Elixir Music Bar, Cairns, QLD

The Bushwackers
Sunday 21st July – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 26th July – Outback Queensland Masters, Mount Isa, QLD

The Little Lord Street Band
Friday 19th July – Four5Nine Bar, Perth, WA
Saturday 20th July – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 21st July – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA
Friday 26th July – Grumpy’s Music Bar, Perth, WA

The Lumineers
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW
Monday 22nd July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Slowdowns
Friday 26th July – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

The Water Runners
Saturday 20th July – Jamberoo Music Festival, Jamberoo, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Friday 19th July – Burrinja, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 20th July – Gateway Hotel, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 21st July – Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, Wonthaggi, VIC

Thelma Plum
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 26th July – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Tori Forsyth
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Vardos Trio
Friday 26th July – 24 Moons Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Witches Leap
Friday 19th July – Tintenbar Up Front, Tintenbar, NSW
Saturday 20th July – Studio Folk Club, Armidale, NSW
Sunday 21st July – House Concert, Maitland, NSW

Woman Enough feat. Catherine Britt, Melody Moko, Natalie Henry
Wednesday 24th July – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 25th July – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th July – Great Northern Trading Post, Laguna, NSW

Ziggy Alberts
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Blue Mountains” – Sam Amidon

New Music Monday – 15th July

The Maes
Image Courtesy of The Maes

Bon Iver – “Jelmore” & “Faith”

The internet lost its mind this week with Bon Iver not only dropping two more songs, but also announcing their new album i,i, due on the 30th August. After releasing “Hey, Ma” and “U (Man Like)” last month, the new Bon Iver tracks are the glitchy “Jelmore” and the anthemic “Faith”. Justin Vernon’s sound continues to evolve away from the gentle folk of his earlier work with him fully embracing samples, loops and more on his new music. But front and centre is still Vernon’s amazing voice and pitch perfect songwriting and that’s what makes anything new from Bon Iver something to get excited about.


Boy & Bear – “Hold Your Nerve”

Since “Hold Your Nerve” was released in the last couple of weeks I’ve been hearing it all over the radio. It’s great that a band like Boy & Bear is still able to pump out songs that get the radio listening public excited. And “Hold Your Nerve” deserves the success its been getting – the track is classic Boy & Bear, combining their love of 70s folk-rock with the anthemic indie-pop they’ve becoming known for.

The track is taken from Boy & Bear’s newly announced album Suck On Light which will hit our ears on the 27th September. They also have a bunch of shows announced in August with tickets selling fast:

Thursday 15th August – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th August – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th August – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd August – The Astor, Perth, WA

Great Aunt – “FOMO”

Melbourne based folk and Americana duo Great Aunt tackle the modern anxiety of missing out on their latest track “FOMO”. with bluesy slide resonator guitar and thumping bass, the vocals in this track are actually more understated than you’d imagine. This is a very modern folk song that pays tribute to the roots of the music it draws from.

“FOMO” is taken from Great Aunt’s upcoming album So Not Right Now which is due for release in November. The duo are currently on tour – check out their upcoming dates here:

Tuesday 16th July – BUG Acoustic, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 17th July – Element Bar, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Thursday 18th July – The Middle, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 20th July – Hardy’s Bay Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW
Sunday 21st July – Little Alberts, Bathurst, NSW
Thursday 25th July – Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th July – The Cambus Wallace, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 4th and Saturday 5th October – Deni Ute Muster Festival, Deniliquin, NSW
Friday 15th to Sunday 16th November – Healesville Music Festival, Healesville, VIC

Josh Rennie-Hynes – “Chapter”

Australian singer-songwriter Josh Rennie-Hynes has just unveiled his latest solo single “Chapter”, his first since his work as one half of The Ahern Brothers. Josh Rennie-Hynes moved to Nashville to write and record his upcoming album Patterns, due on the 27th September, and you can hear that towns influence all over “Chapter”. This is straight up Americana songwriting, with Rennie-Hynes voice accompanied by a cracking band.

Matt Corby & Tash Sultana – “Talk It Out”

Australian roots music darlings Matt Corby and Tash Sultana have come together for an amazing collaboration in “Talk It Out”. The funky, soulful track is very smooth and plays on the unique voice of both artists.

“I wrote the song during the sessions for Rainbow Valley, but in a different way to the rest of the album,” Corby explains. “It didn’t feel like it was a fit for the record so I revisited it with Tash recently. Tash has a giant musical beast living inside of her, so I knew she could deal with whatever I threw at her. It was amazing to collaborate with someone like that, and have her throw her musical styling’s over the song.”

“We originally started having a jam in early 2017, then life came between making music together,” Tash Sultana adds. “This track came about because Matt didn’t include it on Rainbow Valley. He sent it to me to fill in the blanks, and it’s the first collaboration I’ve done with another artist that I’ve released. Matt is an amazing songwriter and instrumentalist. He’s also an absolutely awesome guy with a huge soul so it was a privilege to be a part of this project.”

Matt Corby plays Splendour in the Grass this weekend.

The Maes – “Treat You Better”

I know it’s pretty early to call, but “Treat You Better” from Melbourne duo The Maes is close to being my favourite song of 2019. Taken from their self-titled album, “Treat You Better” is some absolutely fine songwriting, with sweet harmonies entwining themselves around guitar, bass and mandolin. The song’s storytelling lyrics are deceptively simple (as all great lyrics are), but have a depth to them that grows on every listen. But where “Treat You Better” really shines in the chorus, which builds to a chant as the track crescendos and lodges itself firmly in your head for days to come. The Maes have released the official video for “Treat You Better” featuring live footage from festivals and shows from across the world and it’s a wonderful accompaniment to amazing song.

The Teskey Brothers – “So Caught Up”

And so we have yet another single and video from The Teskey Brothers’ upcoming album Run Home Slow, due on the 2nd August. This time it’s the soulful “So Caught Up”, described by the band as the centrepiece to the upcoming album. The track has a pop sensibility without losing The Teskey Brothers’ innate love of the blues, soul and gospel music that’s inspired them.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 14th June

TFIF

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 Andrew Swift, Bon Iver, Gareth Leach, Harrison Storm, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes and This Way North. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Bill Callahan
Shepherd in a Sheepskin VestBill Callahan
iTunes

Calexico Iron and Wine
Years to BurnCalexico and Iron & Wine
iTunes

Garrett Kato
Distant LandsGarrett Kato
iTunes

Jordan Millar
Side AJordan Millar
Bandcamp

Lucas Nelson
Turn Off The News (Build A Garden)Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
iTunes

Skyscraper Stan
Golden BoySkyscraper Stan
Spotify

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Young Folk, INYAL

The Young Folk

Saturday 15th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 14th June – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 14th June – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 15th June – Carrington Bowling Club, Carrington, NSW

Ainsley Farrell
Saturday 15th June – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

All About The Song feat. Melanie Horsnell, Andy Gordon, Genni Kane
Sunday 16th June – Club Millthorpe, Millthorpe, NSW

Amber Lawrence
Friday 14th June – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 15th June – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW
Friday 21st June – Laurieton United Services Club, Laurieton, NSW

Anna Smyrk, STAV
Friday 14th June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Ash Grunwald
Friday 14th June – Milton Theatre, Milton, VIC
Saturday 15th June – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT

Bob Evans
Friday 14th June – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th June – Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, NSW
Thursday 20th June – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 21st June – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Bobby Alu
Friday 14th June – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 15th June – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 16th June – Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Sunday 16th June – The Pyrmont Bridge Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Bonniesongs
Friday 14th June – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 15th June – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Brian Campeau, Clio
Sunday 16th June – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Bush Gothic
Thursday 20th June – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Cigány Weaver
Friday 21st June – The Grand Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

D.C. Cross, Wifey, Jessica Cassar
Sunday 16th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Dan Sultan
Saturday 15th June – Queenscliff Town Hall, Queenscliff, VIC

Daniel Champagne
Friday 14th June – Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW
Saturday 15th June – Tintenbar Hall, Tintenbar, NSW
Sunday 16th June – Oddfellows Hall, Kempsey, NSW

Dave Wells
Friday 14th June – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

David Bridie
Friday 14th June – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th June – Wauchope Arts Centre, Wauchope, NSW

Figgy Folk Session
Monday 17th June – Figtree Hotel, Figtree, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Liam Gale & The Ponytails, Storm & Stone, Jarrah
Wednesday 19th June – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick
Saturday 15th June – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 18th June – Pride of our Footscray Community Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Grigoryan Brothers
Thursday 20th June – Llewellyn Hall ANU, Canberra, ACT

Hannah Cameron
Friday 14th June – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 20th June – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Huckleberry Hastings
Saturday 15th June – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks w/ Kristy Lee
Friday 14th June – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th June – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Jeff Lang
Thursday 20th June – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 20th June – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st June – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

John Grant
Wednesday 19th June – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 20th June – Odeon Theatre, Dark Mofo, Hobart, TAS

Joseph Tawadros
Friday 14th June – Blue Mountains Theatre, Springwood, NSW
Thursday 20th June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Friday 21st June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Julian James
Friday 14th June – Red Rock Bowlo, Red Rock, NSW
Sunday 16th June – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Katie Bates
Saturday 15th June – The Lost Ones, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 21st June – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 14th June – Chateau Apollo, Adelaide, SA

Kelly Brouhaha
Saturday 15th June – The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 16th June – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
Saturday 15th June – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 21st June – Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide, SA

Lee Coulter & Dixie Maxwell
Saturday 15th June – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Lizzie Flynn & The Reckoning
Saturday 15th June – West End Markets, Brisbane, QLD

Lucie Thorne
Friday 14th June – House Concert, Duranbah, NSW
Sunday 16th June – House Concert, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st June – House Concert, Mittagong, NSW

Magpie Diaries, Katie Brianna, Kyle Jenkins
Thursday 20th June – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Mick Hart
Saturday 15th June – Harrington Hotel, Harrington, NSW
Sunday 16th June – Harrington Hotel, Harrington, NSW
Friday 21st June- The Bunker Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW

Mundaring Folk ‘n’ Blues Club feat. JarrahCelts
Friday 21st June – Mundaring Folk and Blues Club, Mundaring, WA

Nerds & Music
Friday 14th June – Bush Music Club, Addison Road Centre, Sydney, NSW

Nick Payne & The Incorrigible Rascals, Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes, Justine Wahlin
Friday 14th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Rose Zita Falko
Friday 21st June – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC

Russell Morris
Friday 14th June – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th June – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 16th June – Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 19th June – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Smith & Jones
Friday 14th June – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 15th June – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 16th June – Gunnedah Hotel, Gunnedah, NSW

STAV.
Friday 14th June – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Teeny Tiny Stevies
Saturday 15th June – Hurstville Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW

Tessa Devine
Saturday 15th June – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 16th June – Old Canberra Inn, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 20th June – Jindy Sessions, Jindabyne, NSW

The Maes
Friday 14th June – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 15th June – The Barn, Wombat Flat, SA
Sunday 16th June – Emily’s Bistro, Quornm SA

The Pantry Sessions feat. Gretta Ziller & Ryan Daykin
Sunday 16th June – The Kitchen Door, Barjarg, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 21st June – South Kolan Hotel Motel, South Kolan, QLD

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Thursday 20th June – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

The Trippy Hippy Band
Saturday 15th June – Everglades Country Club, Woy Woy, NSW

The Young Folk, INYAL
Saturday 15th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

This Way North
Friday 14th June – Stay Gold, Melbourne, VIC

Tracy McNeil & Dan Parsons
Saturday 15th June – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 21st June – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

WestSet MusicFestival feat. Allara Briggs Pattison, Tracy McNeil, Freya Josephine Hollick
Tuesday 18th June – Pride of our Footscray Community Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Witches Leap
Sunday 16th June – Katoomba Family Hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Yarrabah Music and Cultural Festival
Saturday 15th June – Jilara Oval, Yarrabah, QLD

Yulli’s Sessions feat. Narrownecks
Wednesday 19th June – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Z-Star Trinity
Friday 14th June – The Retro Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 15th June – Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 16th June – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 19th June – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Boots of Spanish Leather” – Mandolin Orange

New Music Monday – 10th June

Bon Iver
Image Courtesy of Bon Iver

Andrew Swift – “Ball & Chain”

“Ball & Chain” is pure country. Golden Guitar winner Andrew Swift has unleashed this latest track ahead of a massive Australian kicking off this July.

I’m loving the instrumentation on this one, with fiddle and lap steel soloing over the top of Swift who is in-turn accompanied by a choir. Check out his upcoming tour dates and the video for “Ball & Chain” below:

Friday 5th July – The Bridport Hotel, Bridport, TAS
Saturday 6th July – The Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 7th July – Longley International, Longley, TAS
Wednesday 10th July – Peppertown Jam, Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 12th July – Desk & Studio, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th July – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Sunday 14th July – Wests Leagues Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 18th July – Oodies Café, Bundaberg, QLD
Friday 19th July – Captain Cook Holiday Village, 1770, QLD
Tuesday 23rd July – Mackay Masonic Temple, Mackay, QLD
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Broadbeach, QLD
Saturday 3rd August – Braidwood Theatre, Braidwood, NSW
Friday 16th August – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th August – The Grand Ridge Brewery, Mirboo North, VIC
Saturday 24th August – Noojee Hotel, Noojee, VIC
Saturday 28th September – C2C Country to Country, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th September – C2C Country to Country, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 18th October – Wingham Akoostik Festival, Wingham, NSW

Bon Iver – “Hey, Ma” and “U (Man Like)”

Out of nowhere beloved indie-folk legend Bon Iver has dropped two brand new tracks, “Hey, Ma” and “U (Man Like)”. The tracks see Justin Veron and co continue their musical evolution, layering electronic music, samples, loops and more with folk sensibilities. “Hey, Ma” is the most similar to previous Bon Iver work, while “U (Man Like)” takes us down a neo-soul route that feels ripe to be sampled by Kanye.


Gareth Leach – “Better or Worse?”

Victorian alt-country singer Gareth Leach tackles anxiety and depression with the release of this new single “Better or Worse?”.

“Without tiptoeing around the subject, “Better or Worse?” is about personal anxiety and depression, something that I have personally been struggling with for as long as I can remember,” Leach explained. “It’s about dealing with living with your own high expectations of what life is supposed to be.”

The heavy subject matter on the track works really well with the shimmering guitars and Gareth Leach’s emotional vocal delivery. This is country music at its deeply personal best.

Harrison Storm – “Falling Down”

I’m always excited for new music from singer-songwriter Harrison Storm and with his latest release I’ve not been disappointed.

“Falling Down”, taken from the upcoming EP of the same name due on the 26th July, is the type of epic indie-folk that Australian artists do so well (and which always proves to be very radio friendly). I love his finger picked guitar throughout and the soulful resonance of his voice.

“Falling Down is a song about those times in a relationship where there seems to be a shadow looming overhead and you’re desperately trying to see through it and hang on,” Harrison Storm explained. Full dates for his upcoming Australian tour are below:

Thursday 8th August – Grace Emily, Adelaide, NSW
Friday 9th August – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Saturday 10th August – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th August – Heya Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 17th August – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes – “The Road”

My deep affection for the songwriting of Lachlan Bryan continues with the release of “The Road”, the latest single with his band The Wildes. Tackling a tried and true subject, “The Road” is beautifully put together with Bryan’s finger-picked guitar and vocals front and centre, adeptly accompanied by subtle base and lap steel.

“I’m a kind of restless person,” Lachlan Bryan explains. “and in my adult life I’ve chosen the road – both literally and figuratively, over just about everything else. Of course I’ve always felt that this probably isn’t a healthy thing, but I’ve come to accept that it is who I am. That’s really what this song is about – it’s kind of a meditation for all of us restless spirits out there.”

This Way North – “Night Terrors”

Indie duo This Way North explore sleeping disorders and the “intersection between dreams and reality” with their rocking new single and video “Night Terrors”. The pounding track is relentless in its driving rhythms and the vocals are next level.

This Way North are launching “Night Terrors” on Friday 14th June at Stay Gold in Melbourne.

Watch the New Pieta Brown Video “Rosine”

Pieta Brown
Image Courtesy of Pieta Brown

Celebrated American singer-songwriter Pieta Brown released her latest album Postcards last month featuring collaborations with Mark Knopfler, Calexico, Mason Jennings, Carrie Rodriguez, David Lindley and more.

The first official video from the album is the stunning “Rosine” which features Mike Lewis (of Bon Iver).

“I’ve done a lot of experimentation with Super 8 cameras and polaroids over the years, and before I started taking my songs out and making albums I had experimented with ‘performance art’ using narratives and pieces of poems I had written,” Brown explained. “In the video I was exploring the themes of traveling, colour, and layers. I was playing with some of those traditional feminist ideas like ‘gaze’…I decided not to wear makeup and started filming in what I was wearing that day – a sliders t-shirt and jeans.”

Check out the video for “Rosine” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 23rd December

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We picked our top 25 albums and EPs of 2016 including releases from Applewood Road, Mumford & Sons with Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, Bon Iver22, A Million, Burrows, Eagle & The Wolf, Foy Vance, Gregory Alan Isakov, Imogen Clark, Jack Carty, James Kenyon, Melody Pool, Michael Kiwanuka, Oh Pep!, One Up, Two Down, Passenger, Paul Kelly, Radical Face, Rowena Wise, Seth Lakeman feat. Wildwood Kin, The Company, The Staves, The Weeping Willows and William Fitzsimmons. Details here

– We reached out to the Timber and Steel community to get them to pick their top albums of the year. The results are wonderful with well over 100 artists contributing. Details here

– Our Editor In Chief Gareth Hugh Evans picked his top 25 tracks of 2016 including songs from Ariela Jacobs, Bon Iver, Burrows, Eagle & The Wolf, Emmy The Great, Fanny Lumsden, Foy Vance, Gretta Ray, Imogen Clark, James Kenyon, Laura Marling, Matthew And The Atlas, Melody Pool, Michael Kiwanuka, Mumford and Sons with Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg, One Up, Two Down, Passenger with All Our Exes Live in Texas & Luke Thompson, Paul Kelly with Alice Keath, Rowena Wise, Sam Newton, Seth Lakeman with Wildwood Kin, Sian Evans, The Campervan Dancers, The Weeping Willows and William Fitzsimmons. Details here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford

Tuesday 27th December to Sunday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Tuesday 27th December to Sunday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Amerrycana Christmas feat. Catherine Britt, Gregory Page, Katie Brianna, Adam Young, Brielle Davis, Arna Georgia
Friday 23rd December – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Get Folked 2016 New Years Eve Eve feat. Peter ‘Blackie’ Black, Dan Kemp(UK), Jim Mongrel, Whiskey Jeff Larson, James Seymour, Sooze, Jim Lynch
Friday 30th December – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Boyd
Friday 23rd December – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

James Thomson & The Strange Pilgrims w/ Magpie Diaries
Friday 23rd December – Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 24th December – City Sounds, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 27th December to Sunday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

PJ Michael & The Banditas
Thursday 29th December – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Steve Poltz
Friday 23rd December – The Govenor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
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Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2016

2016

To round out our week of “best of” lists our illustrious Editor in Chief Gareth Hugh Evans once again whittles down the ton of releases that crossed his ears this year to pick his 25 favourite tracks of 2016.

We’re going to get out of the way and let Gareth throw some music your way – enjoy!

1. Foy Vance – “She Burns”
Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance has always been on my radar but when he released his album The Wild Swan earlier this year I was floored. The standout track, I think most people would agree, is the wonderful “She Burns”, with its pizzicato guitar, slow build percussion and choral backing vocals. Foy Vance is a singer-songwriter at the top of his game.

2. One Up, Two Down – “Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie”
It seems almost unfair that I would choose a traditional song as my favourite from a band that are not only accomplished songwriters in their own right but also amazing musicians whose instrumental tracks are incredibly special. But I challenge you to listen to Dan Watkins singing “Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie” and not melt into a puddle. His voice and guitar, combined with George Jackson and Andrew Small’s long bowed fiddle and bass, turn this cowboy ballad into something more. Simply beautiful.

3. Burrows – “Falling Apart”
When I saw Burrows play at this year’s Summer Hill Folk Festival I was floored. Every song they played was a piece of harmonic brilliance, enhanced by the acoustics of the Summer Hill Church. When they came around to “Falling Apart” I murmured “that’s the song” – and I still maintain that this track is near perfect. I love Sam King’s understated vocals and the harmonies in the chorus are just divine.

4. Eagle & The Wolf – “Mama, Son and the Holy Ghost”
The pairing of Kris Morris’ dirty blues and roots with Sarah Humphreys’ big folk voice, “Mama, Son and the Holy Ghost” was the perfect introduction to Eagle & The Wolf. Individually Kris Morris and Sarah Humphreys are firm favourites of Timber and Steel but Eagle & The Wolf is greater than the sum of its parts and “Mama, Son and the Holy Ghost” is the epitome of their collaboration. This is rootsy blues done right – all crunchy guitars, clipped percussion and keyboard and big, bluesy voices.

5. Bon Iver – “22 (OVER S∞∞N)”
With its glitchy opening, distorted Mahalia Jackson samples, saxaphone solos and weird lyrics it would appear on the surface that Justin Vernon has well and truly moved on from the acoustic folk of For Emma, Forever Ago and embraced the more electronic elements of the self-titled Bon Iver. But at its core “22 (OVER S∞∞N)” is still classic Bon Iver with Vernon’s double-tracked, falsetto voice coming through loud and clear. Strip back all the beeps and bops and “22 (OVER S∞∞N)” could sit alongside any of the classic Bon Iver folk tracks.

6. Melody Pool – “Love, She Loves Me”
Since first seeing Melody Pool perform at the Gulgong Folk Festival back in 2013 I’ve been predicting big things for her. To say that her new album Deep Dark Savage Heart was highly anticipated in the Timber and Steel bullpen is an understatement and when it dropped earlier this year it was on solid repeat for ages. “Love, She Loves Me” is definitely a standout track on the album (although “Black Dog” is a close second), perfectly demonstrating Pool’s skill as a songwriter and singer. What a voice!

7. Rowena Wise – “Then We Met”
Rowena Wise owns the quirky indie-folk genre this year this this wonderfully catchy track from her 2016 self titled album. I love the twisted, bluesy finger-picked riff throughout this track and that chorus is a definite ear worm. I’ve been watching Rowena Wise cloesly since she launched a serious solo career and it’s songs like “Then We Met” that will see her successfully straddle the folk and indie worlds in the coming years

8. Matthew and the Atlas – “Elijah”
I love Matt Hegarty’s voice. “Elijah” is probably the most stripped back, acoustic track on Matthew and the Atlas’ latest album Temple and is easily my favourite as well. I love the finger-picked guitar over the swelling piano and orchestral elements and the subtle backing vocals. But most of all I love Matt Hegarty’s voice – I just can’t get passed that.

9. Paul Kelly feat. Alice Keath – “Sonnet 73”
To be honest I could have chosen any of the tracks from Paul Kelly’s marvelous album Shakespeare inspired Seven Sonnets And A Song. The reason I finally settled on “Sonnet 73” is two fold: Firstly it has a wonderful, folk-country feel with Kelly’s strummed acoustic guitar over a plucked pedal steel; And second the backing vocals from Alice Keath (Sweet Jean) are pitch perfect. Who knew you could improve on The Bard?

10. Seth Lakeman feat. Wildwood Kin – “Meet Me In The Twilight”
More than any other song on this list “Meet Me In The Twilight” gets lodged in my head and refuses to leave. Lakeman’s percussive guitar work coupled with an instantly singable (or yellable) chorus are what makes this song so catchy. Wildwood Kin add an extra level of sophistication to this track as well as the rest of Lakeman’s album Ballads of the Broken Few. I have a feeling that this track would be amazing to see live and have the crowd foot stomping and singing along.

11. Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal, The Very Best, Beatenberg – “Wona”
This collaboration between Mumford & Sons, Senegalese musician Baaba Maal, Swedish-Malawian electronic band The Very Best and South African afro-beat masters Beatenberg is just pure joy. All afro-beat goodness and nu-folk bombast, you can’t help but smile when listening to “Wona”, it’s such a breath of fresh air. I know that liking Mumford & Sons is definitely no longer “cool” but when they’re collaborating and producing music like this then you’ll still find me first in line for their next release.

12. James Kenyon – “The Motorbike Song”
I feel like James Kenyon might be one of the most underrated singer-songwriters in Australia right now. Songs like “The Motorbike Song”, with its rootsy groove and Paul Kelly-esque lyrical style, should see Kenyon a firm favourite amongst music lovers everywhere. I also have to give props to the wonderful video from Ed Bracey – it even makes Melbourne’s Docklands look stunning.

13. Michael Kiwanuka – “Black Man In A White World”
Michael Kiwanuka has always deftly woven together elements of folk, gospel, blues and old-school R&B and his single “Black Man In A White World” is the epitome of that sound. I love the gospel clapping accompanying the disco-like string stabs and R&B guitar. This could well have come straight out of the 70s – one of those songs that sound immediately timeless.

14. Fanny Lumsden – “Land of Gold”
At the time of writing Fanny Lumsden had been nominated for an ARIA award, has 4 Golden Guitar nominations and has gone to number one on the Country Music Channel charts twice. Incredible work for a singer-songwriter from the Riverina. One of those top charting songs is the nostalgic “Land of Gold”, a deceptively simple storytelling song with a big heart that has quickly become one of my favourite Fanny tracks ever. Whether she’s playing with a full band or with just her bassist Dan, “Land of Gold” always pops live. I really love this song.

15. Passenger feat. All Our Exes Live in Texas & Luke Thompson – “Caravan (Live)”
It’s a bit cheeky choosing a live version of a track that’s seven years old as one of my favourites of 2016 but this video has been on serious high rotation since it was posted earlier this year. When you take possibly my favourite Passenger track of all time and throw a collaboration between All Our Exes Live in Texas and Luke Thompson into the mix you strike pure gold. Just listen to those harmonies on the choruses – magic stuff.

16. Imogen Clark – “You’ll only Break My Heart”
Imogen Clark has had a pretty big year built on the bedrock of her debut album Love & Lovely Lies and its two lead singles “Take Me For A Ride” and “You’ll only Break My Heart”. The latter is Clark’s most mature offering to date, making the most of her big voice and lyric driven song writing. I’m not sure why Imogen Clark gets lumped into the Country crowd – to my ears her music is straight up acoustic pop – but regardless of the genre “You’ll only Break My Heart” heralds big things to come from the Sydney singer-songwriter.

17. Ariela Jacobs – “Lost”
The way that Ariela Jacobs plays with melody and syncopation on “Lost” is so intriguing. The rhythmic, unpredictable verses give way to simple 4/4 choruses and then a middle eight that just launches itself at you and takes you by surprise. This song is all about Jacobs’ voice with the accompaniment – simple piano chords for the most part – taking a back seat to her lyrics. This track is powerful and vulnerable all at the same time.

18. Sian Evans – “Cold Feet”
I got to meet Sian Evans at the National Folk Festival this year where she got me to act as roadie for her as she rushed to one of her gigs. She’s spent much of 2016 carving out a solo career for herself after her work with The Rusty Datsuns and part of that has involved developing her own distinct sound. The result is the single “Cold Feat” which has a pop sensibility with a heart of folk.

19. The Weeping Willows – “River of Gold”
The Weeping Willows embrace their bluegrass side with their huge single “River of Gold”. I love Andrew Wrigglesworth flat picking guitar on this song, accentuated with a subtle banjo over the entire track. And then of course there’s the harmonies between Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates which The Weeping Willows are renowned for.

20. Gretta Ray – “Unexpected Feeling”
Triple J Unearthed High winner Gretta Ray has quite rightly had a massive year with high rotation on the national broadcaster and lots of love from the music press. Her track “Unexpected Feeling” is such a joy to listen to – and to be honest when I first heard it I had no idea that Ray was still in high school. There’s a definite maturity in her songwriting and I just love her guitar work on this track.

21. Sam Newton – “Hold You Down”
The Americana vibes of “Hold You Down” coupled with Sam Newton’s sweet, unassuming voice make this track instantly attractive. I love the way you can’t help but tap your toe along with the brushed snare drum and thumping bass. The production on this track really pulls it all together – it could well have been a straight up acoustic song but the addition of drums, bass and trembling electric guitar turn the song into something more.

22. William Fitzsimmons – “Hear Your Heart”
I was so happy that William Fitzsimmons released his mini album Charleroi: Pittsburgh Vol. 2 this year (as well as a live album) because it meant more songs like “Hear Your Heart” out in the world. Rolling fingerpicking, hushed vocals, sad subject matter – this is William Fitzsimmons in a nutshell and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

23. Laura Marling – “Soothing”
I don’t know why I was surprised when we got a new Laura Marling song this year – she’s been insanely prolific throughout her relatively short career having released five albums in the last eight years. “Soothing” is the first taste from her upcoming seventh album Semper Femina and it sees Marling depart from her usual acoustic guitar driven songwriting with a bass and percussion loop that wouldn’t be out of place on a Radiohead release. This track also sees Marling’s first foray into directing on the accompanying video (that is borderline NSFW so maybe wait until you get home to play this one).

24. The Campervan Dancers – “Slow Down Butterfly”
From what I understand “Slow Down Butterfly” was gestating for quite a while before Sydney duo The Campervan Dancers launched it at the beginning of the year. This is a track that tumbles over itself with vocals, samples, instrumentation popping up all over the place. I love the injection of chaos into what could have just been a standard piece of indie-folk pop. Let’s hope there’s more gestating where this came from.

25. Emmy The Great – “Algorithm”
My need to squeeze Emmy The Great’s recent output into the genre of “folk” so that I can justify posting it on Timber and Steel continues with “Algorithm”. The first Emmy The Great song in a while to contain a decent amount of acoustic guitar, “Algorithm” is a lovely example of the direction Emmy The Great’s songwriting has taken recently – more obscure, more pop but still with her fragile voice front and centre.

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