Thank Folk It’s Friday – 5th 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 Chaika, Hayden Calnin, JEFFE feat. Ro, Didirri and Washington, Seeker Lover Keeper, The Morrisons feat. William Barton and The Weeping Willows. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Brad Butcher
Traveling SalesmanBrad Butcher
iTunes

Emma Russack
Winter BluesEmma Russack
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Bello Winter Music

Bello

Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Belligen, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Acid County Live Broadcast feat. Sarah Carroll, Rose Zita Falko, Kate Alexander & Hana Brenecki
Thursday 11th July – Tramway Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Ainsley Farrell
Friday 12th July – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Andrew Swift
Friday 5th July – The Bridport Hotel, Bridport, TAS
Saturday 6th July – The Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 7th July – Longley International Hotel, Longley, TAS
Friday 12th July – Desk and Studio, Sydney, NSW

Angharad Drake
Friday 5th July – Dust Temple, Currumbin Waters, QLD
Saturday 6th July – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 7th July – House Concert, Kingscliff, QLD

Alana Wilkinson
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Archer
Friday 5th July – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Archie Roach
Friday 5th July – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th July – Topham Mall, Adelaide, SA

Because The Night feat. Sam Shinazzi, Ben Leece
Thursday 11th July – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Bello Winter Music
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Belligen, NSW

Cigány Weaver
Sunday 7th July – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Claire Anne Taylor
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 5th July – Mount Nimmel Hall, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 6th July – Heads Shed, Gympie, QLD
Sunday 7th July – Seabreeze, Mackay, QLD
Thursday 11th July – Bellevue, Townsville, QLD
Friday 12th July – Clink Theatre, Port Douglas, QLD

Doc & the Delegates
Saturday 6th July – Customs House, Newcastle, NSW

Emily Rigz, Big Sky Mountain
Friday 5th July – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

Emily Wurramara
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. The Weeping Willows, Goldheist, Great Aunt
Wednesday 10th July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Front Yard Sessions: Blues, Roots & Beyond feat. Tashi Hall, Fields
Wednesday 10th July – Freo.Social, Fremantle, WA

Great Aunt
Saturday 6th July – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 7th July – Tumut River Brewing Co, Tumut, NSW
Tuesday 9th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 10th July – FolkSwagon, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 11th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th July – House Concert, Sawtell, NSW

Harley Mavis w / Ainsley Farrell, Lisa Caruso
Friday 12th July – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Harmony James
Friday 5th July – The Bridport Hotel, Bridport, TAS
Saturday 6th July – The Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 7th July – Longley International Hotel, Longley, TAS

Hat Fitz and Cara
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Hats Off To Country
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Tamworth, NSW

Hein Cooper
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

High Tea feat. Melanie Horsnell, Tobias Hengeveld
Thursday 11th July – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Honey
Saturday 6th June – Saturnalia Winter Feast, Cobargo, NSW
Sunday 7th June – Cobargo School of Arts Hall, Cobargo, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 11th July – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

In The Round feat. Elizabeth Fader, Ollie Thorpe, Blain Cunneen, Miles T
Tuesday 9th July – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 5th July – Sounds Delicious, Huskisson, NSW
Saturday 6th July – Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 7th July – Dangar Island Bowling Club, Dangar Island, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW
Friday 12th July – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Jordan Merrick
Friday 5th July – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Joseph Tawadros
Friday 5th July – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

Kelly Brouhaha w/ Andrea Kirwin
Friday 5th July – Marty’s, Cabarita Beach, NSW
Saturday 6th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Kristen Lee Morris
Sunday 7th July – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Laura Jean
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Leah Flanagan
Sunday 7th July – The Lennox Sessions, Lennox Head, NSW
Wednesday 10th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Lisa Caruso
Friday 12th July – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Lloyd Spiegel
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

M.E. Baird
Thursday 11th July – Bangalow Hotel, Bangalow, NSW

Magpie Diaries
Friday 5th July – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 12th July – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Maizy Coombes
Friday 5th July – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 11th July – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Mandy Connell & Liz Frencham
Friday 12th July – Chez Kerby, Melbourne, VIC

Melanie Horsnell
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Merpire
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Mic Conway
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Nadia Reid
Thursday 11th July – Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th and Sunday 13th July – Bello Winter Music, Bellingen, NSW

Nathan Seeckts
Friday 5th July – The Wharf Barrel Shed, Goolwa, SA
Saturday 6th July – The Exeter, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 7th July – The Royal Oak, Penola, SA

Porch Light Sessions feat. Kavisha, Darren Cross, Maizy Coombes
Thursday 11th July – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Rose Zita Falko
Sunday 7th July – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 11th July – Tramway Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Round Mountain Girls
Saturday 6th July – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 10th July – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Sean McMahon and The Owls
Thursday 11th July – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Sebastian Field
Saturday 6th July – Gorman Arts Centre, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 10th July – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 11th July – Four5Nine, Perth, WA

Seeker Lover Keeper
Friday 12th July – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Skyscraper Stan
Saturday 6th July – Willunga Show Hall, Willunga, SA
Thursday 11th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 12th July – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Strings on King Bluegrass Night feat. Corn Nut Creek
Tuesday 9th July – Moshpit, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-Together
Saturday 6th July – Annandale Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

Teeny Tiny Stevies
Sunday 7th July – Glen Eira Town Hall, Caulfield, VIC

Tessa Devine
Saturday 6th July – Bargara Brewing Company, Bundaberg, QLD

The Hillbilly Goats
Friday 5th July – Seabreeze Hotel, Mackay, QLD

The Little Lord Street Band
Friday 5th July – Whalebone Brewing Company, Exmouth, WA
Saturday 6th July – Potshot Hotel, Exmouth, WA
Sunday 7th July – Froth Craft Brewery, Exmouth, WA
Wednesday 10th July – Yardie Homestead Caravan Park, North West Cape, WA
Friday 12th July – Whalebone Brewing Company, Exmouth, WA

The Maes
Friday 5th July – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 7th July – Southern Sydney Folk Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

The Montgomery Brothers
Saturday 6th July – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 12th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

The Slipdixies
Sunday 7th June – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Stetson Family
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Saturday 6th July – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 7th July – House Concert, Sassafras, VIC
Tuesday 9th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 10th July – FolkSwagon, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 11th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th July – House Concert, Sawtell, NSW

Then Jolene
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Tobias Hengeveld
Thursday 11th July – House Concert, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Tully John & Liza-Jane
Friday 5th July – Dust Temple, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 6th July – House Concert, Byron Bay, NSW

Yarra’s Women of Country feat. Rose Zita Falko, Katie Bates, Georgia State Line
Sunday 7th July – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Yulli’s Sessions feat. Smith & Jones
Wednesday 10th July – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Diamonds & Rust” – Joan Baez feat. Judy Collins

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th May

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new streams and videos from the likes of Brad Butcher, Calexico & Iron & Wine, Clio, Emma Russack, Garrett Kato, Hayden Calnin, Lucy Roleff, Mumford & Sons, Paul Kelly & Dan Sultan, Stella Donnelly, The Head and The Heart, The Teskey Brothers and Tobias Hengeveld. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Edgelarks
FeatherEdgelarks
iTunes
Bandcamp

The Captain
The Captain (Deluxe Edition)Kasey Chambers
iTunes

Left Open In a Room
Left Open in a RoomLucy Roleff
iTunes
Bandcamp

The Head and the Heart
Living MirageThe Head and the Heart
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Bluegrass & Old Timey Festival feat. Richard Galluzzi, Flat Rock Boys, The Plough, Whoa Mule, Shelley’s Murder Boys

Bluegrass

Sunday 19th May – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Ash Grunwald
Saturday 18th May – Harrington Hotel, Harrington, NSW
Sunday 19th May – Gosford City Park, Gosford, NSW
Sunday 19th May – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Friday 24th May – The Bellingen Brewery & Co., Bellingen, NSW

Bluegrass & Old Timey Festival feat. Richard Galluzzi, Flat Rock Boys, The Plough, Whoa Mule, Shelley’s Murder Boys
Sunday 19th May – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

Blues on Broadbeach
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th May – Broadbeach, QLD

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Saturday 18th May – The Cauliflower Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Brain Romance w/ Clio
Thursday 23rd May – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Bulga Beats Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May – Bulga, NSW

Bush Gothic
Friday 17th May – Butcher’s Brew, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 18th May – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 19th May – Jamberoo Chapel, Kiama, NSW

C.W. Stoneking
Saturday 18th May – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th May – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th May – UOW Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys
Thursday 23rd May – The Landsdowne, Sydney, NSW

Cash Savage and The Last Drinks
Friday 24th May – The Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Charley Crockett w/ Sierra Ferrell
Thursday 23rd May – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Clare Bowditch
Friday 24th May – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC

Claude Hay
Friday 24th May – Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Crow Mountain
Friday 24th May – Plantbased Wholefoods, Katoomba, NSW

Dani Young
Friday 17th May – Mantra Studio Kitchen and Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th May – House Concert, Carrum Downs, VIC
Sunday 19th May – The Fat Goat, Upwey, VIC

Daniel Champagne
Friday 17th May – Smiths, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 18th May – Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Sunday 19th May – Live ‘n’ Lounging, Camden, NSW
Wednesday 22nd May – Smokey Dan’s, Tomakin, NSW
Thursday 23rd May – Lush Factory, Tilba, NSW
Friday 24th May – Dish and Spoon, Nowra, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 18th May – White Cliffs Music Festival, White Cliffs, NSW

Dean Lewis w/ Winterbourne
Friday 17th May – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th May – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th May – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

Dearly Departed
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May – Bulga Beats Festival, Bulga, NSW

Fallon Cush
Friday 24th May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Saturday 18th May – Soulful, Grafton, NSW

Felicity Urquhart & Brad Butcher
Friday 17th May – House Concert, Torquay, VIC
Saturday 18th May – House Concert, Healesville, VIC
Sunday 19th May – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC

Figgy Folk Session
Monday 20th May – Figtree Hotel, Figtree, NSW

Flats and Sharps
Friday 17th May – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 18th May – Thirroul Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 19th May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Flying Seamen
Sunday 19th May – Jimmy’s Bar and Restaurant, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Braden Evans, Mat Morgan, James Mcq
Wednesday 22nd May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick
Friday 24th May – The Ember Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Georgie Currie
Thursday 23rd May – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Hayley Marsten
Saturday 18th to Friday 24th May – Norfolk Island Country Music Festival, Kingston, QLD

Honey
Saturday 18th Saturday – Tathra Hotel, Tathra, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 23rd May – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Hussy Hicks
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th May – Blues on Broadbeach, Broadbeach, QLD

Illawarra Folk Club Nostalgia Night feat. New York Public Library, Three Sixty, Emma and Kenny
Friday 24th May – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Jake and Jaden
Friday 17th May – Ryan’s Hotel, Thirroul, NSW

James Bennett
Saturday 18th May – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Jeff Tweedy w/ Jen Cloher
Monday 20th May – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd May – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 24th May – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

Kallidad
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th May – Blues on Broadbeach, Broadbeach, QLD
Friday 17th May – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

King Arthur
Sunday 19th May – Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 23rd May – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Kyle Lionhart
Friday 17th May – Soundlounge, Currumbin, QLD
Saturday 18th May – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 19th May – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 24th May – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes w/ Ben Leece
Friday 17th May – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 18th May – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 23rd May – Sly Fox, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th May – Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW

Last Aurochs, Witches Leap
Sunday 19th May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Live ‘n’ Lounging feat. Daniel Champagne, Stringline Folk Band
Sunday 19th May – House Concert, Camden, NSW

Luke O’Shea w/ Dana Hassall
Saturday 18th May – Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT

Maggie Rogers w/ Stella Donnelly
Tuesday 21st May – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Thursday 23rd May – Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Magpie Diaries
Wednesday 22nd May – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW
Friday 24th May – The Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD

Mandy Connell, Bonnie Smith, Pablo Rivas
Thursday 23rd May – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Matt Joe Gow w/ Dani Young
Saturday 18th May – House Concert, Carrum Downs, VIC

Neil Murray
Friday 24th May – Mildura Club, Mildura, VIC

Norfolk Island Country Music Festival
Saturday 18th to Friday 24rd May – Kingston, QLD

Pittwater Bluegrass & Old-time Retreat
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th May – Pittwater YHA, Pittwater, NSW

Rick Hart w/ Dani Young
Sunday 19th May – The Fat Goat, Upwey, VIC

Riley Pearce
Friday 17th May – Secret Show, Perth, WA
Saturday 18th May – Secret Show, Yallingup, WA

Ro
Friday 17th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th May – Hobart Brewing Company, Hobart, TAS
Friday 24th May – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW

Round Mountain Girls
Saturday 18th May – Seagulls Club, Tweed Heads, NSW

Ruby Gilbert
Sunday 19th May – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Russell Morris
Friday 17th May – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Saturday 18th May – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Friday 24th May – Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong, VIC

Sara Storer
Friday 17th May – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 18th May – Club Sapphire, Merimbula, NSW

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 22nd May – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Smith & Jones w/ Montgomery Church
Saturday 18th May – Junction 142, Katoomba, NSW

Spunk Records 20th Anniversary feat. The Middle East plus Special Guests
Friday 24th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Stella Donnelly
Tuesday 21st May – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Thursday 23rd May – Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Sun Kil Moon
Friday 17th May – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 18th May – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 19th May – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd May – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd May – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Tobias Hengeveld
Sunday 19th May – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

The Bottlers
Friday 24th May – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

The BUg Weekly Tues New Farm Folk Night feat. Robert Perrier & Dave Maguire, The Trespassers
Tuesday 21st May – New Farm Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD

The Emerald Ruby
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May – Bulga Beats Festival, Bulga, NSW

The Hillbilly Goats
Friday 24th May – City Golf Club, Toowoomba, QLD

The Little Stevies
Saturday 18th May – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th May – Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

The Maes
Friday 17th May – Wauchope Community Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Saturday 18th May – The Old Gazette Theatre, Dorrigo, NSW
Sunday 19th May – Leftys, Brisbane, QLD

The Ocelots
Friday 17th May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 18th May – Prince Albert Hotel, Gawler, SA
Sunday 19th May – The Cheese Factory Studio Gallery, Meadows, SA

The Pigs
Saturday 18th May – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

The Plough
Friday 17th May – Plantbased Wholefoods, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 19th May – Bluegrass & Old Timey Festival, Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

The Porch Sessions feat. All Secret Line Up
Sunday 19th May – House Concert, Oakbank, SA

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 17th May – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

The Settlement
Friday 17th May – Seanchai Irish Pub, Warrnambool, VIC

The Water Runners
Friday 24th May – Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, NSW

Tobias Hengeveld
Sunday 19th May – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Vardos
Friday 24th May – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Z-Star Trinity
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th May – Blues on Broadbeach, Broadbeach, QLD
Friday 24th May – Yamba Shores Tavern, Yamba, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“California Stars” – Wilco w/ Jason Isbell

New Music Monday – 13th May

Paul Kelly Dan Sultan
Image Courtesy of Paul Kelly and Dan Sultan

Brad Butcher – “Nature’s Course”

I’m really liking “Nature’s Course”, the new song from Queensland country artist Brad Butcher. As well as evoking classic country sounds (loving the subtle mandolin picking throughout the song) there’s also an epic quality that has echos of The Go Betweens. The track is tacken from Butcher’s upcoming album Travelling Salesman, due on the 5th July.

“It’s frustration,” Brad Butcher said of the song. “Now I believe in some pretty out-there stuff but I think there’s more that we can be doing as a human race to be smarter about technology and about everything moving forward. The song is a global idea but I also tried to humanise it so there’s this couple who are the narrative of the song and that was one way for people to understand this relationship [between humanity and the environment].”

Brad Butcher is heading out on tour with Felicity Urquhart from next week – the full list of dates are here:

Thursday 16th May – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th May – House Concert, Torquay, VIC
Saturday 18th May – House Concert, Healesville, VIC
Sunday 19th May – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 25th May – The Music Lounge, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 31st May – Hardy’s Bay Community Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW
Saturday 1st June – Acoustic Picnic, Dee Why, NSW
Saturday 22nd June – Cowora RSL, Cowora, NSW
Sunday 23rd June – House Concert, Carrum Downs, VIC
Saturday 13th July – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 19th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Thursday 19th September – Edge Hill Tavern, Cairns, QLD
Friday 20th September – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Thursday 3rd October – Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton, QLD
Friday 4th October – Highfields Tavern, Toowoomba, QLD

Calexico and Iron & Wine – “Midnight Sun”

The ongoing collaborations between Calexico and Iron & Wine are some of my favourite in the folk music world. The artists have a joint album, titled Years to Burn, due on the 14th June and “Midnight Sun” is the latest single from it. The track combines Iron & Wine’s haunting lyrical style with Calexico’s deep cut traditional and Americana influences to create something really specia.

Clio – “Silly Girls”

Melbourne singer-songwriter Clio returns with her lush new single “Silly Girls”, a comment on the trivialization of women in the music industry. I’m loving the layers in this track, with the harmonies building through the bridge and into the chorus.

“This is a song for anyone whose love of silliness and absurdity has ever been hijacked and used as a pretext to reduce, rein in and patronize; for all the ‘silly girls’ who have been made to feel trivial, given help they didn’t want and advice they didn’t need,” Clio explained. “I wrote it for myself and to encourage all those girls to embrace the joy and strength of their silliness and LAUGH at anybody who tries to change them.”

Clio is launching her new single with a handfull of upcoming shows – the full dates are below:

Tuesday 4th June – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 9th June – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 16th June – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Emma Russack – “Winter Blues”

The title track from singer-songwriter Emma Russack’s upcoming fifth album Winter Blues (due on the 5th July) has just been released and it’s stunning. The track’s stripped back accompaniment compliments Russack unique vocals and invokes the sombre themes of the song.

“Thematically, the songs deal with love, loss and confusion in the context of a fairly confusing, complex world,” Emma Russack said of the upcoming album. “The songs pose many questions but refuse to give answers, and that’s the way I like it. That is not to say that the songs aren’t hopeful; they are – but it is my hope that the listener can engage with the songs freely, answering (or not answering) the questions for themselves in relation to their own lives and experiences.”

Garrett Kato – “Where the Vampires Hide”

Australian-Canadian folk-pop singer-songwriter Garrett Kato has gifted us with another live track, this time the stunning “Where the Vampires Hide”. This track, along with his previous track “River Mouth” will appear on Garrett Kato’s upcoming EP Distant Land which is due on the 14th June.

“It is a track about those things in your life that you feel are sucking your soul a bit. Pulling away from who you are. The vices that we sometimes can’t get a hold of that hide them selves in this mythological place like where the vampires are,” Kato explained.

Hayden Calnin – “Of Collingwood (Reworks)”

Electro-folk producer and singer-songwriter Hayden Calnin has released new reworkings of three of his songs: “Coward”, “Caution Cares” and “For My Help”. Each of the tracks are a different take on the original songs and not only show off Calnin’s skills as a producer, but also just how good the bones of these songs are.

“Musical reworks are something that in one way or another I’ve always done,” Hayden Calnin explained. “With a lot of my existing songs, they’ve gone through about 3 or 4 different versions of it before I ever release them. I like to try all angles on any song and try to make it fit into my world as best I can. These 3 tracks, were beginning to get a little dated and I hadn’t thought about them in quite a while, so getting back in to the emotional state that I was in while writing them was quite challenging. That being said, it was a brilliant exercise and a chance to give them some new life and a new sound”

Lucy Roleff – “Sometimes Do”

Melbourne harpist and folk singer Lucy Roleff delivers her haunting new single “Sometimes Do”. The track is taken from her upcoming album Open in a Room which will be available this week. This song seems so otherworldly – its the type of track that makes me want to close my eyes and emerse myself in – but from a lyrical point of view it’s very grounded in the here and now. Beautiful stuff.

Mumford & Sons – “Devil In Your Eye”

So you may not know that there’s a “music inspired by Game of Thrones” album titled For The Throne and its not good. But if you’re willing to look past the questionable RnB tracks detailing the exploits of Jon Snow and co you do stumble across the occasional gem, including this inclusion from Mumford & Sons. As I mentioned last week, when Mumford & Sons return to their acoustic roots their music is a lot more palatable, and “Devil In Your Eye” is a lot more classic Mumford than it is recent Mumford

Paul Kelly & Dan Sultan – “Every Day My Mother’s Voice”

When you have an artist of the calibre of Paul Kelly teaming up with the equally amazing Dan Sultan it’s hard not to sit up and take notice. This collaborative track, written by Kelly, is taken from the documentary film The Final Quarter which documents the final three years of champion AFL footballer and Indigenous leader Adam Goodes.

Stella Donnelly – “Die”

Indie pop favourite Stella Donnelly gifted us with her latest single and video, “Die” – a sugary sweet track with definite dark undertones. The song is taken from Donnelly’s debut album Beware of the Dogs.

Having just completed a successful run of shows overseas Stella Donnelly is back on home soil and has bunch of shows coming up in the next few weeks including feature shows in Sydney’s VIVID festival and a support slot with Maggie Rogers – full dates are below:

Tuesday 21st May – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Thursday 23rd May – Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 25th May – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Monday 27th May – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 28th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 28th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 29th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 30th May – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

The Head And The Heart – “People Need a Melody”

“People Need a Melody” is the third single from The Head And The Heart’s upcoming album Living Mirage which is set to be released this Friday 17th May. What The Head And The Heart do best is craft timeless sounding pop songs, taking the storytelling aspects of folk music and combining them with hooks and choruses that are ripped directly from the acoustic rock of the 1970s. I can see this song soundtracking a Cameron Crowe movie.

The Teskey Brothers – “Hold Me”

The buzz around Melbourne band The Teskey Brothers is undeniable and its easy to see why with their latest single “Hold Me”. With their sound mostly stripped back to its bare minimum – harmonising vocals, foot stomps and body percussion for the most part – “Hold Me” is magical. The track is taken from their upcoming album Run Home Slow, due on the 2nd August.

The Teskey Brothers are currently on a mostly sold out tour of the east coast – if you have tickets catch them at one of these upcoming shows:

Monday 13th May – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 14th May – The Night Cat, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Tobias Hengeveld – “Separation Street”

Melbourne singer-songwriter Tobias Hengeveld celebrates the release of his new album Naughts & Ones with his brand new single and video “Separation Street”. The video’s retro roller skate vibe sits really well with the old school sounds of the track – not as folky as some of Hengeveld’s other work but we’re digging it all the same.

If you like what you’re hearing Tobias Hengeveld has a couple of album launch shows in Victoria that you don’t want to miss:

Sunday 19th May – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 9th June – The Gaso Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 16th February

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The Fairbridge Folk Festival announced their second round of artists including The Collingwood Casanovas, Will Pound and Eddy Jay, Dan Parsons, Catherine Fraser Trio, King Arthur, David Milroy, Via Pangée, Richard Walley, Martin & Coole with Crystal Jade and Praashekh Quartet. Details here

– Scottish indie-trad five piece band Elephant Sessions announced Australian tour dates this March. Details here

– Golden Guitar winning singer-songwriter Brad Butcher released his new single and video “Crawl, Beg & Cry”. Details here

– Hunter Valley festival The Gum Ball added a bunch of artists including Ben Salter, V Tribe, Hana & Jessie-Lee and many more. Details here

Releases This Week

Alison Ferrier
What She KnowsAlison Ferrier
Bandcamp

im With Her
See You AroundI’m With Her
iTunes

Make Way For Love
Make Way For LoveMarlon Williams
Bandcamp

Michael Waugh
The Asphalt & The OvalMichael Waugh
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Concert for Kristin feat. Ben Panucci Band, Ross Tipper, Sam Newton Band, Kev Walsh Band, Brian Campeau, Diamond Duck, Skyscraper Stan, Alice Terry w/ Phil Stack, Caitlin Harnett, Andy Golledge, The Morrisons

The Morrisons

The Sydney folk and country music scene comes together to help one of its biggest supporters in her time of need. With a lineup this good and cause that couldn’t be more noble you have to be at this show.

Sunday 18th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 23rd February – Bowral Bowling Club, Bowral, NSW

Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont
Friday 23rd February – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Americana at the Gasoline Pony feat. Ramblin’ Ash, Ruby Gilbert, Sam Newton
Thursday 22nd February – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

An Otherwise Quiet Room – The Moreland Sessions feat. Gallie, Van Walker, Jane McArthur, Joyce Prescher, Dirt Hand, Mandy Connell
Thursday 22nd February – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Archer
Friday 16th February – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 18th February – House Concert, Bellbrae, VIC
Friday 23rd February – Gin Lane, Belgrave, VIC

Ash Grunwald
Friday 16th February – Kirwan Tavern, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 17th February – The Edge Hill Tavern, Cairns, QLD

Ashlea Reale
Sunday 18th February – Mini Bar, Rockingham, WA
Wednesday 21st February – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA

Ben David
Sunday 18th February – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Benji and the Salt Water Sound System
Friday 23rd February – Joyce Wheatley Community Centre, Kiama, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Meridian
Wednesday 21st February – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Bonnie Doon Music Festival
Friday 16th and Saturday 17th February – Bonnie Doon, VIC

Brad Butcher
Saturday 17th February – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 23rd February – Bayview Country Art Club, Bittern, VIC

Brian Campeau and Julian Abrahams
Thursday 22nd February – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Broads
Sunday 18th February – Noisy Ritual People-Powered Urban Winery, Melbourne, VIC

Cass Eager
Friday 16th February – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC
Saturday 17th February – Rainbow Fitzroy, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 21st February – Catfish, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd February – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC
Friday 23rd February – The Blues Train, Queenscliff, VIC

Casey Barnes & Brad Butcher
Saturday 17th February – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Cecilia Brandolini
Friday 16th February – Mundaring Sporting Club, Perth, WA
Saturday 17th February – Fremantle Markets, Fremantle, WA
Monday 19th February – Mojos Bar Fremantle, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 21st February – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Friday 23rd February – J Shed, Perth, WA

Chicks With Picks at Courtyard Sessions feat. Lola Sola, Colleen Fricker and Cassy Judychair
Friday 23rd February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Cloud Control w/ Julia Jacklin
Saturday 17th February – Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW

Concert for Kristin feat. Ben Panucci Band, Ross Tipper, Sam Newton Band, Kev Walsh Band, Brian Campeau, Diamond Duck, Skyscraper Stan, Alice Terry w/ Phil Stack, Caitlin Harnett, Andy Golledge, The Morrisons
Sunday 18th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions feat. Kid Heron
Friday 16th February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions feat. Harley Mavis & Lady Lyon
Saturday 17th February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions feat. Rachel Maria Cox & Hollow States
Sundat 18th February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Crookwell Irish Heritage Weekend
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th February – The Criterion Hotel, Crookwell, NSW
Saturday 17th February – Services Club, Crookwell, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 18th February – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Devil Country Muster
Saturday 17th February – Smithton, TAS

Faith i Branko
Friday 16th February – Courthouse Arts Centre – Fringe Festival, Adelaide, SA
Friday 23rd February – The Hub, Springwood, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 16th February – Savernake Hall, Savernake, NSW
Saturday 17th February – Ungarie Hall, Ungarie, NSW
Friday 23rd to Saturday 24th February – Silverton Sunsets Music Festival, Silverton, NSW

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

Folk Federation of NSW BBQ
Sunday 18th February – Sydney Park, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Tullara, The Emerald Ruby, Pilot Hergé
Wednesday 21st February – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. Liz Martin, Vanishing Shapes, Paula Punch
Saturday 17th February – 107, Sydney, NSW

Frances Folk Gathering
Friday 23rd to Sunday 15th February – Frances, SA

Fred Smith
Saturday 17th February – Kindlehill School, Wentworth Falls, NSW
Sunday 18th February – Orange Regional Conservatorium, Orange, NSW

Free Fallin’ – A Tribute to Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
Friday 23rd February – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Gallie & Roesy
Saturday 17th February – House Concert, Healesville, VIC

Gena Rose Bruce
Tuesday 20th February – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Georgia State Line and Patrick Wilson
Saturday 17th February – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 22nd February – Treehouse On Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW

Great Aunt w/ Nathan Seeckts
Saturday 17th February – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Grizzlee Train
Friday 23rd February – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ Thursdays feat. King Arthur, James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Thursday 22nd February – The Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC

Imogen Clark
Friday 23rd February – Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton, QLD

James Bennett
Friday 16th February – Avoca Beach Bowling and Recreation Club, Avoca Beach, NSW
Saturday 17th February – Middle Rock Holiday Resort, One Mile, NSW
Saturday 17th February – The Edwards, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 18th February – Club North Haven, North Haven, NSW

James Kenyon
Tuesday 20th February – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

Jason Walker
Friday 23rd February – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan
Friday 23rd February – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Julia Jacklin
Saturday 17th February – Twilight at Taronga, Taronga Zoo, NSW

Kallidad
Friday 16th February – Republic Bar & Cafe, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 17th February – Saint John Craft Beer, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 18th February – Up York Space, Launceston, TAS

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 23rd February – Ulumburra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC

Kid Heron
Friday 16th February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Lee Kernaghan
Saturday 17th February – Lake Charlegrark Country Music Marathon, Minimay, VIC

Lloyd Spiegel & Charlie A’Court
Wednesday 21st February – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 22nd February – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Lucy Rose
Friday 16th February – Melbourne Zoo Twilights 2018, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th February – Melbourne Zoo Twilights 2018, Melbourne, VIC

Luke Plumb
Friday 23rd February – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Mandy Connell
Friday 16th February – The Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC
Thursday 22nd February – An Otherwise Quiet Room, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Lucas and the Deadsetters
Sunday 18th February – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Mat Black
Sunday 18th February – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Medusa’s Wake
Sunday 18th February – The George, Sydney, NSW

Megan Cooper & Sam Newton
Saturday 17th February – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Mike McCarthy
Friday 23rd February – House Concert, Matcham, NSW

Neil and Liam Finn
Friday 16th February – Bird in Hand Winery, Woodside, SA
Saturday 17th February – Riverboats Music Festival, Echuca, VIC
Sunday 18th February – Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW

Nick Cunningham
Thursday 22nd February – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW

Papa Pilko and the Binrats
Friday 23rd February – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC

Pierce Brothers
Friday 23rd February – The Grand Hotel, Mornington, VIC

Porch Sessions feat. Zen Panda
Sunday 18th February – House Concert, Woodville, SA

Reflejos
Friday 16th February – The Thornbury Local, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th February – Bar Oussou, Melbourne, VIC

Riverboats Music Festival
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th February – Echuca-Moama, VIC

Romisounds
Thursday 22nd February – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Roy Payne’s Hillbilly Bop Safari
Friday 16th February – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW
Sunday 18th February – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sam Newton
Saturday 17th February – House Concert, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 18th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 22nd February – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sarah Leete
Friday 16th February – The Telegraph Hotel, Molong, NSW
Saturday 17th February – The Metropolitan Hotel, West Wylong, NSW
Sunday 18th February – Empire Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Friday 23rd February – The Trumpet Bar, Cowes, VIC

Sass The Patriarchy feat. This Way North, Hollie Joyce
Wednesday 21st February – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Nicholson
Saturday 17th February – Devil Country Muster, Smithton, TAS

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Friday 16th February – Sunset Sessions, Hornsby Mall, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 18th February – Salisbury Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Silverton Sunsets Music Festival
Friday 23rd to Saturday 24th February – Silverton, NSW

Sparrow-Folk
Friday 16th February – Old Canberra Inn, Canberra, ACT

Sunset Sessions feat. Shelley’s Murder Boys, Lolo Lovina
Friday 16th February – Hornsby Mall, Sydney, NSW

The Audreys
Friday 23rd February – Adelaide Fringe Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide, SA

The Beez
Friday 16th February – Bent on Food Dinner Show, Wingham, NSW
Saturday 17th February – House Concert, Old Bar, NSW
Friday 23rd February – House Concert, Wollongong, NSW

The Black Sorrows
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th February – Riverboats Festival, Echuca-Moama, VIC
Friday 23rd February – Frankston RSL, Frankston, VIC

The Demon Drink
Friday 16th February – Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane, QLD

The Drunken Poachers & Chris Pickering Experiment
Saturday 17th February – Coburg RSL, Melbourne, VIC

The Loaded Dog Folk Club feat. Chaika, Graeme Knights
Saturday 17th February – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

The London Klezmer Quartet
Friday 16th February – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 17th February – Leichhardt Bowling & Recreational Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 18th February – Sydney Jewish Museum, Sydney, NSW

The Morrisons
Sunday 18th February – Sunset20°N, Barangaroo, Sydney, NSW

The Staves
Thursday 22nd February – Perth, Festival Perth, WA

The Twoks
Saturday 17th February – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Water Runners
Friday 16th February – Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, NSW

The Woohoo Revue
Friday 23rd February – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Thelma Plum w/ Tia Gostelow
Saturday 17th February – Sunset20°N, Barangaroo, Sydney, NSW

Tim Hart
Friday 16th February – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd February – Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Friday 23rd February – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Tim McMillan and Rachel Snow
Monday 19th February – House Concert, Candelo, NSW

Timberwolf
Friday 16th February – The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide, SA

Tinpan Orange
Saturday 17th February – Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide, SA
Friday 23rd February 2018 – Hawthorn Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Tori Forsyth
Friday 16th February – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 17th February – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 18th February – Pizza and Wine Café, Kyneton, VIC

Ukulele Death Squad w/ Northern Ukuleles
Sunday 18th February – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Vanishing Shapes
Saturday 17th February – For Folk Sake, 107, Sydney, NSW

Vardos
Sunday 18th February – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

waywardbreed
Saturday 17th February – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Whoa Mule & Witches Leap
Saturday 17th February – Paragon Cafe, Katoomba, NSW

Yarra Junction Fiddlers’ Convention
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th February – Camp Eureka, Yarra Junction, VIC

Zulya and The Children of the Underground
Friday 16th February – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Endless Summer” – Josh Pyke feat. Elana Stone

Watch The New Brad Butcher Video “Crawl, Beg & Cry”

Brad Butcher
Image Courtesy of Brad Butcher

Queensland based singer-songwriter Brad Butcher has kicked off 2018 in a big way, taking out the Best New Talent gong at the Golden Guitars in January.

And now Butcher is releasing his brand new single and video “Crawl, Beg & Cry”. The track is the third single from Brad Butcher’s latest album Well Dressed Man and was co-written with Nash Chambers and Harry Hookey.

Check out the video for “Crawl, Beg & Cry” below:

Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2017

Record Collection

Always our most popular post of the year! Once again we’ve sent out the request to the incredible community of folk and acoustic musicians covered on Timber and Steel and they’ve responded overwhelmingly with their favourite albums of 2017.

We’ve already given you our top 25 albums and EPs – now we turn it over to the artists. So much new music still to discover! So without further waffle may we present to you this year’s Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2017.

Sarah BelknerAlison Avron
Sarah BelknerBut You Are, But it Has
This album release was a long time coming and it was totally worth the wait. The lyrics are so easy to relate to, the production is sophisticated, warm and intriguing. Sarah’s voice and songwriting are absolutely sublime.

Gretta ZillerMichael Carpenter (Carpenter Caswell)
Gretta ZillerQueen Of Boomtown
Apart from having one of the most honest and accomplished voices in the Australian alt-country world, Gretta Ziller has developed into a world class writer in the genre. This album showcases how far she’s come in such a short time, combining her take on contemporary writing, with the amazing production of Paul Ruske. The album is strong and sensitive, ballsy and ambitious, without losing any of the heart you’d expect with the songwriting content. An outstanding release from an artist who has truly arrived, and drawn a line in the sand for the genre.

The East PointersÁine Tyrrell
The East PointersWhat We Leave Behind
What an impossible task, top albums, as I am only just sinking my teeth into so many of the amazing 2017 albums at the moment like Jen Cloher’s Jen Cloher, Declan O’Rourke’s Chronicles of The Great Irish Famine and so many more. But one album that has been top of my play list since release has been The East Pointers’ What We Leave Behind and I never tire of it, which is a sign of a great album. This album has great depth to it musically, lyrically and in production. There is a stunning simplicity to the way the three lads work together that creates a joyous sound much bigger than a three piece and I think they have captured it on CD which is sometimes hard to do. I love that they have been able to honour and respect their tradition and push its boundaries into some modern places. One of the stand out tracks for me is their co-write with Liz Stringer, “82 Fires”.

SOHNRosie Evelyn (Liam Gale and The Ponytails)
SOHNRennen
The general vibe is darkly sexy future blues, with simple, soulful vocals, driving percussion, major synth, and just enough movement to keep you going. A little bit James Blake, a little bit Allan Rayman.

Jed RoweLes Thomas
Jed RoweA Foreign Country
This album grabbed me instantly with the strength of its songwriting, quality of musicianship and directness of emotion. Very few songwriters I know can deliver the goods as writers and players like Jed can. The song “Tailem Bend” – a small town story with universal resonance – shows the level of accomplishment and expression he’s achieved and it’s a beautiful thing to hear.

Stu LarsenAMISTAT
Stu LarsenResolute
Not only is Stu a beautiful human being but also an incredible singer songwriter! Every song on this album is just beautiful and comes from a very honest and humble place.

Mexico CityM.E. Baird
Mexico CityWhen The Day Goes Dark
Why? Because they represent the real deal to me – no ego, no frills, no pretense, just damn good songs and tunes.

Hiss Golden MessengerBrooke Russell and the Mean Reds
Hiss Golden MessengerHallelujah Anyhow
There’s something about MC Taylor’s voice that makes me so happy. I’m fairly new to his music and while I’m diving into his back catalogue, this new one has arrived and I’m in love. Beautiful band sound, fab songs – something sentimental in it that feels warm to me. My rekkid for the summer!

Ryan AdamsRyan Oliver (Oliver’s Army)
Ryan AdamsPrisoner
I love that it’s a revered, adored singer-songwriter at the top of his fame, dealing with genuine emotions and pain in the public spotlight. It may be tragic, it might be self inflicted, but I still feel like he’s a true artist who is his own worst enemy and that comes across in his heart-break ballads.

The Homeless Gospel ChoirFrank Turner
The Homeless Gospel ChoirNormal
I’ve been doing shows with Derek in Pittsburgh for a few years and he’s always been good, but this record is the sound of an artist finding his voice and spreading his creative wings. It’s been absolutely jammed in my stereo since I got hold of it.

Brooke RussellKelly Day (Broads)
Brooke Russell and the Mean RedsThe Way You Leave
This year one album really ticked all my boxes – which sounds too clinical really for something that made me splashy cry while I was driving. I particularly love that it sits outside the kind of music I tend to lean towards, but great albums are often the ones that transcend your usual inclinations. Brooke has absolutely NAILED it with this release. Stunning production, exquisite songwriting, and the most luscious, authentic, rich voice that feels like someone blowing softly on the back of your neck.

Gretta ZillerMandy Connell
Gretta ZillerQueen Of Boomtown
Put together with care and love, produced beautifully, and full of arrangements that feel perfect, unpredictable and just right. Every song inspires a depth of feeling, making it a really rich listen all the way through.

Offa RexMackenzie Shivers
Offa RexQueen of Hearts
Being a true lover of Celtic music, this album inspired me as an artist more than any other. From quirky folk-rock (“Queen of Hearts”) to haunting ballads (“The First Time I Ever Saw Her Face”), there is just enough variety of instrumentation and mood to keep the listener completely captivated. And Olivia Chaney’s voice is arrestingly beautiful. Favorite track: “The Old Churchyard”

Fanny LusdenMelody Moko
Fanny LumsdenReal Class Act
I love the way Fanny has cemented her unique way of writing with the record, her blend of social commentary, vivid imagery and Australian culture is unlike anyone else. The production is lush and thoughtful and brings the album together beautifully.

Moses SumneyTulalah
Moses SumneyAromanticism
Choosing a favourite album is a hard ask, the first one that comes to mind (probably because I’m currently listening to it) is Moses’ masterpiece, Aromanticism. It’s impeccably well constructed; colour, texture, mood, feel, groove – it ticks all of the boxes and ticks them damn well.

The War On DrugsThe Once
The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
A super strong, sonically rich and atmospheric follow up to previous album, Lost in the Dream. Sounds like Ryan Adams, Bryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen adopted a kid in the seventies and this is the result of that happy home.

Jason IsbellBrad Butcher
Jason Isbell & the 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound
To make my decision for album of the year I simply refer to which album I’ve listen to most. It’s an easy choice really – The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit. All class as usual, amazing sounds all throughout the record and Isbell’s songwriting is up there with the best of the best.

Jed RoweCat Canteri
Jed RoweA Foreign Country
Jed paints a beautiful and lush portrait of predominantly Australian characters and landscapes, past and present on this record. The depth of field and attention to detail in his songwriting is just wonderful and comes across as completely effortless. Sonically the album is paired back, which allows the strength and quality of the songs, performances and Jed’s voice to shine. If I can write a song like “Where The Water Meets The Sky” or “Tailem Bend” some day, I’ll be well pleased.

LordePepi Emmerichs (Oh Pep!)
LordeMelodrama
Melodrama hits me in the heart every time. It’s lush, poignant, groovy and the songs make me think, all the while being incredibly catchy. Those are pretty much most of my favourite things in music!

TajMoLloyd Spiegel
TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ BandTajMo
The first time I heard Keb’ Mo’ I said “Man, this guy should sit in with Taj”. It’s about time they listened to me. Both these artists have the rare ability to modernise the blues genre while still giving it’s roots and traditions their rightful respect. Combined, this CD hit a nerve with me, in particular the gutbucket tracks “Don’t Leave Me Here” and “Diving Duck Blues”. Really though, you can’t put those two in a room and expect anything less.

Valerie JuneEmily Barker
Valerie JuneThe Order of Time
I learned about Valerie June on my trips to Memphis as she lived there for many years and has worked with a lot of the musicians I know out there. I heard “Long, Lonely Road”, the first song on the record, and I knew from then on I was going to love it. There’s so much space in the recordings and her unusual but beautiful vocals grabbed me instantly. I love how the production and her songs seamlessly blend a mix a folk, soul, pop and desert blues. It sounds fresh and cool, powerful and feminine.

The Ahern BrothersJoel Barker & The Low Company
The Ahern BrothersThe Ahern Brothers
Charming and insightful songwriting combining two voices made to sing together. Deserves to be in front of the masses. Astonishing live performances to boot!

Cigarettes After SexHusky
Cigarettes After SexCigarettes After Sex
It’s a fog of romance and nostalgia you can’t help but get lost in. Reminds me of being 16 and love sick, listening to Mazzy Star.

Lisa KnappSam Lee
Lisa KnappTill April Is Dead – A Garland of May
English folk singer Lisa Knapp has captured in this album a stunning insight into the melodic and archaic realms of May-time when all of England is blooming and the sense of ancient rites and mysticism is emerging from the dark winter. It’s an album that casts a rich and hauntingly magical spell and gives that sense of contemporary ancientness that all good folk singers are masters of.

Greg StepsFour In The Morning
Greg Steps & The Not For ProphetsThe Overland
There have been a lot of great releases this year, but our favourite from around Melbourne has to be The Overland by Greg Steps. The songs just scream of someone who has worked hard at honing their craft. Tightly woven lyrics painting little snapshots of Australia, from early morning walks in Melbourne to trains clattering across Queensland. It’s all underlaid with a warm, folky vibe that feels authentic without being derivative. The stand out track for us is “Famous Last Words”. It’s a folk song in the true sense of the word and weaves together thoughts on fame, colonialism, and folk heroes. It also introduced us to the amazing story of Breaker Morant.

Novo Amor and Ed TullettWildwood Kin
Novo Amor & Ed TullettHeiress
This is the perfect album to listen to when in need of some peace and tranquility amongst a busy schedule. They have released a set of live performance videos that capture their sound together so well; the two voices blend harmoniously together, creating an unbelievable sound of completeness and perfection. You can’t help feeling relaxed when hearing their music!

Leif VollebekkRiley Pearce
Leif VollebekkTwin Solitude
You know how people say they’ve had this CD in their car and have listened to it on repeat since they got it and you’re like “yeh right, no you didn’t”. Well now I understand that feeling. This album is everything. It’s emotive, it’s clever, it’s stripped and simple and it’s f#@king great!

The Teskey BrothersPaddy McHugh
The Teskey BrothersHalf Mile Harvest
When I first heard the track “Crying Shame” I thought that I was listening to a bunch of old African American soul men from Memphis. Then I saw a picture of the band and thought I was listening to a bunch of young white soul dudes from Memphis. Then I read they are from bloody Warrandyte in Victoria. I invited them to play live on my radio show Three Chords & The Truth and they absolutely killed it. Since then I have had the pleasure of playing on a few bills with them and can also report that they are top blokes to boot.

Big TheifFraser A. Gorman
Big ThiefCapacity
Adrianne Lenker is easily the most eloquent and beautiful songwriter I’ve heard in years.

Neil McSweeneyJon Boden
Neil McSweeneyA Coat Worth Wearing
I’ve chosen an album by Neil McSweeney, a stalwart of the Sheffield scene for many years. A Coat Worth Wearing is a fantastically literate collection of songs beautifully arranged and produced, and displaying the talents of a brilliant band of musicians including renowned folk stalwarts Ben Nicholls and Sam Sweeney. It’s an excellent album on so many levels and definitely my pick for album of 2017.

YirrmalKetch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show)
YirrmalYoungblood
I met Yirrmal Marika in Melbourne at the Australian Americana Honors Awards this past October. Yirrmal stole the show. He is a culture man. I picked up Yirrmal’s new EP Youngblood; it is the best Americana record I heard all year long. It’s got 50,000 years of soul. Crank it up.

Nadia ReidTaryn La Fauci
Nadia ReidPreservation
This record was on repeat for many many months in my car this year. I had really been craving an exquisite, cohesive and beautiful album that I could fall for, hard. This album did all of that and more, which is why it is my album of the year for 2017. I also got to see Nadia play in Sydney at The Golden Age Cinema in April and the show was stunning, it made me want to run home and learn how to play my guitar with that kind of verve.

Ryan AdamsImogen Clark
Ryan AdamsPrisoner
This album sounds to me like beautiful chaos and distress. Ryan Adams has a way of tapping into human vulnerability and woe like I don’t think I’ve ever heard from another artist. This record is just another example of his way with words and melodies that together, form the most melancholy but simultaneously kick-ass comments on the human condition you’ll ever hear from any modern day songwriter.

Sgt PepperJames Daley (The Morrisons, Diamond Duck, Tawny Owl String Band)
The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 50th Anniversary Edition
I feel a bit a strange choosing a reissue as album of the year, but who cares, it’s Sgt Peppers. After all the music I have listened to in my life, nothing has ever captured my imagination the way The Beatles have. It is the most astonishing body of work in pop music, the same way Bach is to classical music or Shakespeare to literature. I discovered The Beatles as a teenager after I got a copy of The White Album for xmas one year and my life has never been the same. Hearing all the remastered tracks and outtakes on this reissue was a wild journey and reinvigorated my love for this music in a way I hadn’t anticipated – I have been listening to The Beatles non stop since it came out, like I’m rediscovering it all over again. There are some absolute pearlers on this – the alternate takes of “Strawberry Fields”, “Lucy In The Sky” and “Day In The Life” are really interesting. Hearing how they built these songs into what we know and love is a fascinating process. However the most astonishing track is the instrumental take of “She’s Leaving Home”. Being able to hear all the subtlety, intricacy and beauty of George Martin’s arrangement for strings/harp was such a joy. A real masterclass in arranging – plus you can sing over and pretend you are Paul McCartney, ha.

The War On DrugsDirewolf
The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
Don’t you just adore things that need only a moment to take a firm grip around your mind, heart and/or soul? Like a one in a million barista made coffee or takeaway Thai? Not that I’m directly drawing comparisons between those things and what I consider to be a modern day classic album. However that is how my body reacted when the first second of “Up All Night” passed by. The unmistakable soundscape, verb soaked /grunge driven guitars, the synergy of acoustic/electronic driving “Dire Straights” percussion, Adam Granofsky’s/Bob Dylan’s often confused voices are but the tip of a very large and colourful iceberg that make up the record at large. We’re only supposed to be confined to one sentence, and since I’ve already profoundly broken that line I’m going to insist you put this record on in the background and see how long it takes you to stop needle poking around on the internet and gain A Deeper Understanding.

Scott CookLiz Frencham
Scott CookFurther Down The Line
I listen repeatedly to a lot of albums for my work as an accompanist. Rarely does such an album make it past that stage into my ‘listening
for pleasure’ category let alone become my favourite. But Scott Cook’s warm and beautiful Further Down The Line is one such album. It captures his arresting live delivery and the songs are rich in detail and real, visceral experience.

Dermot KennedyHarrison Storm
Dermot KennedyDoves & Ravens
I remember stumbling upon Dermot’s music on Spotify and instantly connecting with it. I became really intrigued with his music and read in an interview where he explains his sound as a cross between Bon Iver and Drake, which is pretty accurate. This EP is full of rich lyrics and interesting sounds and each listen uncovers a phrase or sound you may have missed in the previous listen. This EP definitely inspired me this year and I am looking forward to what he releases in 2018.

Laura CorteseThe East Pointers
Laura Cortese & The Dance CardsCalifornia Calling
If there’s one album we could pick from 2017, we’d have to choose California Calling by Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards. These girls are ridiculously talented (watching them perform live makes you want to go home, practice and write better songs). Their latest album combines Americana, trad, pop and folk so perfectly. Organic, yet slick. Can’t see how anyone wouldn’t like it!

FeistAinsley Farrell
FeistPleasure
Pleasure is so intimate and fragile, yet very powerful. It tugs at all my heartstrings. I recently got the chance to see her live performance at The Opera House and it blew me away.

Leif VollebekkDustin Tebbutt
Leif VollebekkTwin Solitude
My good friend Hayden Calnin introduced me to this guy over a late night whisky, and I have been listening ever since. The lyrics verge on stream of consciousness without being aimless, while vocally, Leif somehow manages to ride the line between being completely vulnerable and completely in control at the same time. Put this on top of some of the tastiest drum sounds I’ve heard in a long while, and simple but stunning keyboard playing, and you’ve got yourself one hell of an album. There are few bells and whistles, there aren’t really any production tricks or shoe shine here, just honest stories, and raw but precisely executed sounds.

Phoebe BridgersWilliam Fitzsimmons
Phoebe BridgersStranger in the Alps
I came upon Bridgers from my bandmate, who had done some touring with her and I was pretty caught up in it immediately. Her voice is special and there is a wisdom in her words beyond her young years. The most exciting thing for me, however, isn’t the album itself, it’s knowing that there is only more and even better from her to come. Listen to “Smoke Signals”.

The Mae TrioThe Northern Folk
The Mae TrioTake Care Take Cover
We finally caught The Mae Trio at Dorrigo Folk this year after hearing good things for so long, and they blew us away. This is the kind of album that reminds you of how amazing our folk scene can be- heartspoken, cleverly arranged, beautifully performed and catchy as anything. “Call Me Stranger” is a particular favourite of ours, but each song on this record is so strong.

R.L. BoyceDom Turner (The Backsliders)
R.L. BoyceRoll and Tumble
It is the second album from a man at the heart of the Mississippi hill country blues tradition. It contains all the style and swagger, grit and power that comes from a musician who sets perfectly gritty grooves overlain with heartfelt vocals to achieve maximum emotion.

The Button CollectiveJoe Glover (Shelley’s Murder Boys, The Backsliders)
The Button CollectiveHall on the Hill
This album has been on constant repeat in my car, my workshop, and my Spotify from the first day I bought it – so beautifully recorded so that you feel like you are in the room with them as they emotionally belt out fantastic songs written by Brodie and brought to life by a bunch of great musicians. Hall on the Hill is an absolute cracker of an album and I think I’ll be religiously listening to it for some time to come – perhaps until their next one is released.

Willie WatsonShelley Eves (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
Willie WatsonFolksinger Vol.2
This album is such a clear winner for me, I’ve had it on high rotation since its release. Once again Willie brought his own feel to some classic folk songs, from the delightfully joyful harmonies in “Samson and Delilah” to his haunting take on “Gallows Pole”.

All Our Exes Live in TexasJimmy Murray (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
All Our Exes Live in TexasWhen We Fall
Such a pleasure to finally hear this debut album after hearing the band grow and play over the past few years. What an amazing collection of songs and of course the incredible vocal performances from all 4 of these superstars. I really loved the production on the album as well by producer Wayne Connolly which added lovely colour to the beautiful songs. ARIA award winners 2017!

Kat GoldmanRuth Hazleton (Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton, Bill Jackson)
Kat GoldmanWorking Man’s Blues
Nina Simone once said “It’s an artist’s duty … to reflect the times [in which we live]”. It’s been a fantastic year of new releases, though I’d like to highlight an album that nails the above brief and more. Canadian writer Kat Goldman’s Working Man’s Blues is challenging, at times fragile, brutally honest and incredibly insightful. Collectively, the songs explore contemporary working-class culture, often from the perspective of a lover who struggles to understand and accommodate the struggles of the working man. I’ve long been a fan of Kat Goldman’s writing. Her unique sound, mesmerising voice, distinctive compositions and feet-on-the-ground approach to her music make her a formidable artist of great integrity. Working Man’s Blues has been on high rotation here, and will be for some time to come.

Jed RoweBill Jackson
Jed RoweA Foreign Country
First thing that struck me about this record was the vocals and these songs provide a beautiful vehicle for a great voice. Next thing, the sparseness – the way I have been accustomed to hearing Jed over his journey. Jed Rowe has something to say – I admire that and this record puts him up there with the very best. Standout track for me is “Tailem Bend”. Beautifully produced by Jeff Lang.

Lilly HiattJames Allsopp (Ralway Bell)
Lilly HiattTrinity Lane
Picking one standout release for 2017 was pretty impossible in what was a year of exceptional music. Locally, Joel Barker and the Low Company’s Unchartered EP was a stand out. Otherwise, I’ve been talking up Lilly Hiatt since the moment I finished listening to Trinity Lane. Like all my favourite albums, it’s rooted in personal struggle, ebbs and flows perfectly, is filled with outstanding musicianship, and doesn’t try too hard sound like any one genre in particular. 10 stars!

Body CountMatt Black (The Bottlers)
Body CountBloodlust
Body Count’s sixth studio album Bloodlust emblazons a brutally honest sociopolitical conscience and fire eyed world view, teetering on the honed end of a pistol sight. I feel this is Ice T and band’s tried and true return to form with pinpoint, stand out tracks such as the narrative charged, “Black Hoody” and controversy ladened, “No Lives Matter”. A must listen for those thirsting for the truth beyond a media blurred world.

Bob DylanThe Welcome Wagon
Bob DylanTrouble No More – The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981
You might call this choice dirty pool, as the music was recorded nearly 40 years ago, but it’s only now getting a proper release, so I’m technically in the clear. This is a collection of live tracks, demos, and outtakes from Bob Dylan’s so-called “Born Again” period, stuff folks (me included) have been downloading from various sketchy websites for years, and for good reason. The songs are great – check “Solid Rock” for a straight Gospel stomper, cue up “I Believe in You” for an arresting spiritual ballad – and so are many of the live performances (the backing choir is consistently blistering). Whether you’re a believer or not, Dylan clearly is here, and it makes all the difference.

The Mae TrioJohn Flanagan
The Mae TrioTake Care Take Cover
Sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby have such beautifully contrasting songwriting styles, Maggie is a stone cold killer Americana writer and Elsie writes stunningly original melodies with uplifting pop hook choruses. With (no exaggeration) some of the best folk harmonies in the WORLD and Anita’s impressive rhythmic cello playing, this is a truly unique and heart-grabbing band and this album is them going all out with tasteful and at times epic production.

Georgia State LineNick Payne (Dear Orphans)
Georgia State LineHeaven Knows
These guys applied to play at the Americana Music Association of Australia’s takeover of Late Night Alt at Tamworth in January. Paul Heggart from The Heggarties chose them site unseen from the applications purely based on what he heard when he listened to their pre-release recordings of this album. Hailing from country Victoria these guys are a six piece featuring Georgia Delves on vocals, and songwriting. They’re all accomplished instrumentalists in their own right and Georgia’s songwriting authentically channels the best of sophisticated country songwriting from the 60s and 70s.

Fanny LusdenSam Buckingham
Fanny LumsdenReal Class Act
I’m not just picking this album because Fanny and Dan are two of my favourite people! This album is, as the title suggests, all class. Fanny’s songwriting is beautifully Australian and the album is joyful, brilliantly performed by all involved, and completely without any ego – despite the outstanding success these guys have been earning. Fanny gives us all a lesson on how to be a ripper indie artist and how to make music that’s undoubtedly, authentically, your own. Roll on kids

LCD SoundsystemEm George
LCD SoundsystemAmerican Dream
I was moderately (read as *very*) excited when there were rumblings of talk about a new album from these guys, but like anything that was laid to rest, one always is slightly concerned that the revival won’t live up to what has come before it. So when LCD Soundsystem released their new album, I cautiously gave it a first listen and it did not disappoint. Every beat and melodic turn is so completely in tune to what has become their signature sound; that build up of tension and release, excitement and sadness, with inflections of irony that James Murphy grabs the listener with in his choice of lyrics marked with wit. There’s a touch of darkness and melancholy as each song seems to question the ending of things, the loss of once was, but that bright spark of beat this band is known for keeps it somewhere higher and closer within reach, slightly unobtainable so you keep wanting to hear it on repeat from start to finish again and again.

Aldous HardingCharm of Finches
Aldous HardingParty
Party swept us off our feet. Moody and textural, impeccable production awash with aural spectres. Horizon is addictive and moving. Aldous’ compelling voice and haunting poetics have us in thrall.

The Teskey BrothersMark Wilkinson
The Teskey BrothersHalf Mile Harvest
Amazing vocals and killer tracks full of old school soul. Sounds like neat whiskey and smokey bars.

The NationalBANFF
The NationalSleep Well Beast
I eagerly awaited The National’s next record, after Trouble Will Find Me kept me wrapped me up in its flawlessness for the last four years or there abouts. This year Sleep Well Beast won me over, with Matt Berninger’s candid yet agitated words luring me back into that deeply thoughtful, emotional and hauntingly beautiful sound I would’ve always come back for. The National perfectly blend understated harmony with organised chaos throughout all of their records, and this was no exception by any means. The meticulous musicianship and purposeful, but somewhat ambiguous lyrics continue unravelling more layers to this beast in itself every time I listen. This was the best record of 2017 for mine.

LankumKarine Polwart
LankumBetween The Earth and Sky
I can’t get enough of the murky drone-scapes and vocal edges of Lankum’s Between The Earth and Sky. In particular, the raw, reedy singing of Radie Peat on album opener “What Shall We Do When We Have No Money?” sounds like the ages. It’s the absolute antithesis of sweet.

The Wood BrothersBen Prest (Echo Deer)
The Wood BrothersLive at the Barn
I know it’s a live album but this release was my first exposure to the brother’s amazing songs, chops and harmonies. Their sound owes a lot to The Band, and “the barn” is at Levon Helm’s farm where he held concerts before he died, making the fantastic closing cover of “Ophelia” and dedication on “Postcards from Hell” all the more meaningful.

Jess LockeHollie Matthew (Echo Deer)
Jess LockeUniverse
A revisiting of the 80’s Australian rock sound ala Go Betweens with more sadness and slacker vibe. Killer matter of fact lyrics and chorus-y guitar sounds. Even better live. 5 Stars.

SamphaSimon Wegman (Echo Deer)
SamphaProcess
I hadn’t been aware of Sampha’s previous EP releases, but after Shazaming “Blood on Me” while in a tragically trendy sneaker store, I was moved to hunt down the British singer and producer’s debut LP. Sampha Sisay’s sensitive, soulful vocals and meditative piano (reminiscent of James Blake at his best) form the backbone of this record, while the thoughtful production touches throughout make me want to hit “play” again the second it finishes.

All Them WitchesAlexi Grivas (Echo Deer)
All Them WitchesSleeping Through the War
The latest album by All Them Witches has been my most played record this year. A four piece from Nashville – but they aren’t a country band – All Them Witches is a great new-wave heavy psychedelic band, with moments of light and shade. This record has them growing as writers and players, bringing new instruments and sounds into the mix. Can’t wait to see it live.

Sam OutlawRick Hart
Sam OutlawTenderheart
Simple, yet endearing melodies, layered with beautiful storytelling. It’s an album that is strong from start to end, in many ways reminding me of some of the great traditional country songwriters whom I love. Favourite tracks are “Now She Tells Me”, “She’s Playing Hard To Get (Rid Of)” and “Bougainvillea, I Think”.

Courtney Marie AndrewsJames Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Courtney Marie AndrewsHonest Life
I knew what my favourite album of the year was going to be when I saw Courtney Marie Andrews play in Melbourne in July this year. She’s got a tremendous voice and the lyrics stand apart from almost everything else I’ve heard this year in their insight and honesty. What makes her songs exceptional is the way they all seem to come directly from her own story and experience. These are her songs and this is her life. It’s an honest life.

Mike BarnettHamish Davidson (Davidson Brothers)
Mike BarnettPortraits in Fiddles
As a fiddle player and bluegrass fanatic, I am thrilled to see Mike Barnett create a record which to me is like a cross section of all the bluegrass fiddle music I’ve devoured in the last 27 years. He collaborates with some of bluegrass music’s most vibrant talent and shines new light on a great selection of fiddle masterpieces.

Angel OlsenKate Barker (Whoa Mule, Golden Whistler)
Angel OlsenPhases
I just can’t seem to get enough of Angel Olsen’s vocals and songwriting. Her work inspires me to sing like there’s no tomorrow!

George HarrisonTim Guy
George HarrisonWonderwall Music
I know this is a turn up for the books, this was released in 1968. I was in India a few weeks back, and as we descended into the ancient blue city of Jodhpur, I had this on in my headphones and seriously guys, it was incred. Place and time – but you know what I mean.

Sarah BelknerMel Parsons
Sarah BelknerBut You Are, But It Has
Sydney producer and songwriter Sarah Belkner knocks it out of the park with But You Are, But It Has. This record and its predecessor the Humans EP have been on high rotation for me all year. Brilliant songwriting, interesting and super clever arrangements and impeccable production. I will continue to listen obsessively.

Bill OrcuttMark Moldre
Bill OrcuttBill Orcutt
Orcutt wanders in and around the destruction, renovations and construction sites of melody. Tearing a well worn musical phrase apart and rebuilding it. Disassembling a traditional like it’s a jigsaw puzzle and putting the pieces back together in all the wrong places with gaffer tape and super glue. Attacking the guitar with a ferocious tenacity, short angry, dogged outbursts are followed by meditative beauty. “When You Wish Upon A Star” dances about the melody without ever really clearly stating the theme. “Ol’ Man River” is soft and dripping with the peaceful lapping of the Mississippi whist remaining dark and haunting, broken and fractured. Reminiscent of the solo work of Marc Ribot, Fred Frith or even the sonic explorations of Tom Verlaine in its angular assault to the senses. Jazz, traditional folk and the avant-garde smash headlong into each other with little regard for the trail of damage and re-creation left in their wake. Dissonant yet sweet, contemplative while remaining challenging. Bravely free and uncensored.

Loene CarmenCatherine Traicos
Loene CarmenLovers Dreamers Fighters
I’ve always loved the way Lo’s voice manages to be strong, vulnerable, sassy, gentle and flirty all at the same time, and on this record it achieves that in spades. Also the pacing and the production of this record are spot on.

King Gizzard And The Lizard WizardJeff Lang
King Gizzard And The Lizard WizardFlying Microtonal Banana
This is a rocking album, really fun to listen to. The band gets up quite a head of steam, the rhythm section powering with a relentless forward momentum and the various microtonal electric guitars stabbing and chattering over the top. Great riffs all over the album, fantastic energy and an adventurous, explorative mood throughout. It sounds to me like they’re having a load of fun.

Ryan AdamsJosh Rennie-Hynes (The Ahern Brothers)
Ryan AdamsPrisoner
Adams has so many albums and this is one of his best. Great songs, production and tones

Pony FaceCat Leahy (This Way North)
Pony FaceDeja Vu
I’ve always been fascinated with the sonic scapes that Pony Face create. I’m a massive fan of Shane Omara’s musical mind too, so when I heard he was a new member of Pony Face, it just made so much sense. This album really speaks to me. The way the songs tail in and out, the mesmerising, pulsing tremolo on “Mt Deja Vu” the driving groove in “Justine”. It’s pretty magical. Simon’s voice is just heavenly. He’s like some kind of grungy, modern-day crooner.

Nikki LaneRuby Boots
Nikki LaneHighway Queen
I tried to pick another album for fear of seeming biased, but I really do love Nikki’s album from back to front and no matter how I tried, I couldn’t get past it for this year’s top pick, I fell in love with it on first listen and over 50 listens later it still remains my fave. There’s a storyline in every song that is so easy to latch on to and make your own whilst still being cleverly written, that and the infectious melodies that take up the prime real estate on this record are the things that almost make you feel like she’s written the album just for you, the listener, yet there is enough sincerity in there to know that it’s just as much for her as it is for you, the perfect balance really! Fave song on the album: “Foolish Heart”.

Nai palmTommy Spender (Mama Kin Spender)
Nai PalmNeedle Paw
I started listening to this record while I was having a bath and it felt like it really complimented the complete surrender to the hot water. I love Nai’s passion to her artistry. She is truly gifted with a confidence and commitment to her voice that verges on punk, but her vocal has such a developed technicality, it blows me away. It’s so great hearing where she is at without the sinewy and muscular musicality of Haitus Kaiyote winding around her sound.

Scott CookAlanna and Alicia
Scott CookFurther Down The Line
Scott Cook is a natural storyteller; his songs glow with empathy, wit and warmth. This is a beautiful album, but he is even better live.
His performance on the porch at Enda Kennedy’s house concert in Northcote, Melbourne was a passport to the heartland of folk songs as they should be, as they have always been.

Colter WallHarvey Russell (Peasant Moon)
Colter WallColter Wall
This is a sparse, flawless debut from an extraordinarily talented 22 year-old Canadian possessing an absurdly weathered baritone. Arranged mostly with acoustic guitar and pedal steel only, these songs are written with the assuredness and self-knowing of a veteran songwriter. At times channelling Haggard, others Townes, the dark, vivid storytelling is magnetic and stunning. These songs feel lived in, shaped by wisdom and experience. Here we have a voice of country music’s future.

Caroline SpenceJosie Rothwell (Peasant Moon)
Caroline SpenceSpades and Roses
I’ve adored Spades and Roses this year. The songs are gentle, personal, universal, with gorgeous, sonically diverse but simple instrumentation. From the gender politics of “Softball” to the twang of “Hotel Armarillo” to the cute, lyrically playful “Wishing Well” and yearning of “Slow Dancer”, they’re songs I love to listen to, to be swept away by – what a songwriter!

Bad // DreemsMark “Looch” Lewis (Wifey, Handsome Young Strangers)
Bad // DreemsGutful
A cracking second effort from the best thing to come out of Adelaide in a long time. Big old school pub rock sound, quality songs, gruff vocals and a solid rhythm section make these guys a step above the other contenders. Bad // Dreems have always been a fantastic live act and this album gets closer to nailing that intensity and rawness. There is a reason they supported Midnight Oil recently! Can’t wait to see what comes next.

Gang of YourhsGretta Ray
Gang of YouthsGo Farther In Lightness
It wasn’t a challenge in the slightest to fall completely, head over heels in love with Gang Of Youths’ record Go Father In Lightness. The lyrics throughout this album are phenomenal, philosophical, pegging together lines of innovative poetry such as “a weight that’s in youth” soon to be followed by more casual, laid-back slang “..that makes a dick of us all”. I felt that the literature, interwoven with conversational speech in this way served to make this album, an album that discusses and reflects on the pros and cons of one’s “limited life” as well as the exploration of what it is to be “human”, unbelievably moving and relatable. As a writer myself, but more importantly a listener, I perceived it to be nothing less of an honour to see the world through writer and frontman Dave Le’aupepe’s eyes whilst listening to this record, that is more than deserving of all of the acclaim it has received over the duration of this year.

Kasey ChambersTom Busby (Busby Marou)
Kasey ChambersDragonfly
I’ve spent a bit of time with Kasey and the Chambers family over the last couple of years and the more I’ve been able to watch her off stage, the more I have realised that she is a true and prolific songwriter. Constantly singing, always creating, forever exploring. That is what this record is, just like her, brave and genuine!

Kendrick LamarSahara Beck
Kendrick LamarDamn
This album has worked for me no matter what mood I’ve been in all through 2017. It’s one of those albums that, to me, will always be a classic. Driving down to the lake with the windows down loving every moment of each song. Thank you for making my 2017 that much better Kendrick.

Leif VollebekkHayden Calnin
Leif VollebekkTwin Solitude
Never has an album been so important. I’ve listened to this every second day, and it still feels as good as the first listen. It’s come to the point that I’ve started a petition to bring this talent to Melbourne. I’m addicted to the feeling Leif gives to me. Enjoyed best walking through chaos on a sunny day, forgetting the world around you.

Ulrika SpacekTom Stephens (Tesse)
Ulrika SpacekModern English Decoration
A lesson in the art of denial, an element is there and then it’s not. It’s driving and heavy, commanding attention, but somehow you can drift away at the same time. Melodies that have to be revisited again and again and then again.

Valerie JuneMatt Golotta (The Sweet Jelly Rolls)
Valerie JuneThe Order of Time
I listened to the first few songs online of The Order of Time when it first came out, then began calling record stores instantly to see if they had it in stock because I had to own it. This record seriously has everything I look for, its soulful, rocky, bluesy and country, with the right amount of sadness. I think I’ve listened to “Love You Once Made” every day this year since buying the record. “Got Soul” is a stunning pairing of soul and country that is this perfect happy way to close the record.

Daniel RomanoTamara Lindeman (The Weather Station)
Daniel RomanoModern Pressure
Definitely the record I listened to most this year. Just great. Perfect pop songwriting, wonderful wild drumming, insane bass playing, great solos, crazy organ jams, great everything (and every note played by Romano of course). What else do you want?

Big ThiefCy Winstanley (Tattletale Saints)
Big ThiefCapacity
After being introduced to ‘Paul’ from 2016’s Masterpiece on a late night drive, and subsequently watching their Tiny Desk concert, I have been enthralled with this band. I love Adrianne Lenker’s poetic, yet coherent and often confronting lyrics, and the stark arrangements of harmonically rich songs played with a nonchalance that belies their mastery.

Sara TindleyLucie Thorne
Sara TindleyWild & Unknown
There’s an extraordinary richness and directness to Tindley’s voice that is truly stunning. Wild & Unknown is a brave and beautiful collection of songs that’ll have you dancing one moment, weeping the next. A quiet masterpiece that creeps up under your skin and plants itself in your soul. I love this album.

Jen CloherAlison Ferrier
Jen CloherJen Cloher
I love everything about Jen Cloher’s self-titled fourth album. This comes close to the perfect album for me, it’s brilliantly written, performed, recorded and produced. Jen’s bare-faced honesty is incredibly brave and inspiring. Favourite tracks: “I Forgot Myself” and “Strong Woman”.

The Secret SistersThe Weeping Willows
The Secret SistersYou Don’t Own Me Anymore
Selecting your favourite album of the past 12 months is made all the more difficult when three of your favourite acts (Jason Isbell, David Rawlings and The Secret Sisters) all release LPs within the same calendar year. But whilst Isbell and Rawlings delivered sublime albums (as to be expected), the Sisters’ album is “all killer, no filler”, their best work yet, with no temptation to reach for the “skip” button! You Don’t Own Me Anymore is the charming trad-country harmony duo’s third album and most personal project to date. The writing is at times confessional, at others, nostalgic for simpler times; strength juxtaposed with vulnerability. Their soulful songs were lovingly and tastefully produced by good friend Brandi Carlile. Stand out tracks include “Tennessee River Runs Low”, murder ballad “Mississippi” (sister song to the wonderfully haunting, “Iuka” from their 2014 album, Put Your Needle Down), “Little Again” and title track, “You Don’t Own Me Anymore”. Check them out if you’re fans of sibling harmony (eg. The Everly Brothers) and/or the southern gothic stylings of Gillian Welch and The Civil Wars.

Lilly HiattSophie Klein (Little Wise)
Lilly HiattTrinity Lane
I saw Lilly perform at Third Man Records at AmericanaFest in Nashville, but the gravity of her songwriting only hit me afterwards, listening to her rocking 2017 album Trinity Lane on my headphones traveling around the States. The production, by Michael Trent of Shovels and Rope, is big, loud, gritty and more indie rock than Nashville alt-country. But Lilly’s voice still has a southern twang to it though and the melodies and words kick around my brain for days on end. “I just wanna rock n’ roll, scream out my and burn real slow” she sings on “Records”, and it makes me want to do the same.

Jamie WyattGretta Ziller
Jamie WyattFelony Blues
Although it’s been out for most of the year I’ve only just discovered Jamie Wyatt’s Felony Blues! It’s a rare thing for me to listen to something on repeat but since I’ve discovered her it’s all I’m listening to!!! It’s unashamed, uncomplicated, catchy, good old fashioned country music.

Christopher Coleman CollectiveThe Dead Maggies
Christopher Coleman CollectiveAh Winter
This is a work of art, from a guy that’s had a hard run and put his heart on his sleeve. The result is a deep, personal and moving album of mature songwriting. Musically it sits somewhere between Bright Eyes and Neil Young.

Steve EarleTristan Goodall (The Audreys)
Steve Earle & The DukesSo You Wanna Be An Outlaw
Equal parts devilish invitation and cautionary tale, this killer record was a tour van favourite as we hit the road after a break this year. Steve is in fine form, as usual, and while the album is boisterous and swaggering, it also manages to highlight his songwriting craft. Highlight: Willie Nelson growling “if you wanna be an outlaw you can never go home”. Giddy-up!

LogicSteve Barnard (Jon Cotton and The Book Keepers)
LogicEverybody
Riding my push bike past all the kids and their mothers, heads adorned in their icon of piety, devotion and religious identity. The burka is far more common in this corner of Sydney than most and it puts a smile on my face to see children enjoying their walk home from school with Mum. An old bogan crossing the road to the pub yells racial cliches about going back where you came from and then turns to me for my approval of his vitriol. I inform him I’m from overseas too, I just happen to be white and he is guilty of the grossest and purest type of racism. Racism is as blatant as the inability to see past difference and as subtle as the apathy that accompanies privilege. Everybody suffers either in their oppression or privilege. Everybody.

Lawrence GreenwoodTanya Batt (BATTS)
Lawrence GreenwoodP.S. I’m Haunted
Lawrence has been a favourite of mine for a long time with his previous project. It feels so nice to have a new album from him and my gosh wow. The melodic and lyrical genius within this album actually made me cry the first time I heard it. The journey this takes you on from start to finish is incredibly special. All of the amazing detail within the album leaves you finding something new each listen.

Gretta ZillerAndrew Swift
Gretta ZillerQueen Of Boomtown
Maybe I’m a little biased after spending so much time on the road with Gretta, but credit where credit’s due. Queen Of Boomtown is a solid record from start to finish. With underlying blues tones throughout, Queen Of Boomtown will have you tapping your feet, singing along and wiping away a tear or two again and again. Ziller is quickly being recognised as one of this country’s best songwriters and without a doubt one of its best vocalists.

Raise By EaglesSam Newton
Raised By EaglesI Must Be Somewhere
There is a great mix of upbeat and slow-burner tracks with a sprinkle of country here and there. The record is filled with great songwriting and heartfelt lyrics.

Ben SalterShane Nicholson
Ben SalterBack Yourself
I have a lot of favourite albums of 2017. It’s been a good year. But for me, one stands above the rest – Ben Salter’s Back Yourself. It’s equal parts diverse, brave, accomplished, intelligent, exciting, original, and just plain incredible, superior record-making.

Frank OceanThe Campervan Dancers
Frank OceanBiking
Ryan is arrested by the nostalgic visions of meatophorical bike-riding. Chelsea is delighted by how they manage to execute an extensive shouting outro with great aplomb.

The East PointersThe Little Stevies/Teeny Tiny Stevies
The East PointersWhat We Leave Behind
This recommendation is just as much about the album as it is about the live show, because TEP have done what is often very difficult to do and that’s to capture the energy and magic of their live show on record. As a band they’ve got the full package; great songs, impressive multi-instrumental musicianship, rich 3-part harmony, and to top it off they’re genuinely nice people. My favourites on the album are the vocal lead songs because I love a catchy melody and riff. But I also really enjoy the instrumentals because they include some super interesting harmonic changes through them that don’t always go where you’re expecting them to go. It’s an album that’s made a non-fiddler make it their new years resolution to learn how to play the fiddle, so it must be pretty good.

Songs From DanMelanie Horsnell
Dan TuffySongs from Dan
I loved Dan Tuffy’s record Songs from Dan because I love the quiet back of the valley live sound and the song “The biggest bastard who ever rode the west” is every musician-having-a-low-down-day’s anthem. And I loved King Curly’s new EP but biased as now we are making a record together, so not allowed to vote for that.

Les Poules a ColinJesse Periard (Ten Strings and a Goat Skin)
Les Poules à ColinMorose
Les Poules à Colin have never been a band to limit themselves. They are constantly pushing boundaries and exploring uncharted territory, which sets them apart from so many traditional music groups. They’ve grown so much as a band and Morose is a true representation of where they stand in the realm of traditional Québécois music and I couldn’t be more proud of them. This album has so many complex and beautiful layers to it, and has inspired me and taken me to places I didn’t expect.

Sarah BelknerJulia Johnson
Sarah BelknerBut You Are, But It Has
A record I have returned to repeatedly, finding more with every listen. The textures and arrangements glisten, but have this earthy, warm undercurrent. Her lyrics unfolded the more I honed in on them. Where I was wondering of their meaning upon first listen, months later her songs are resonating deeply with chapters and moments in my life. For me, there’s nothing more wondrous than finding a song that exposes one’s painful or wonderful experience as universal, and this album is rich with those gems. Standout track: “Cellophane”.

Jesca HoopAinslie Wills
Jesca HoopMemories Are Now
I describe this album to other people as “assertive folk” in that it has folk sensibilities and instrumentation but the song ideas are quite robust and angular at times which make it really memorable (ha! Pun not intended). Also, It has no drums which to me was really refreshing as most things these days are so banger/beat driven.

Trad AttackJoe Gould (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
Trad.Attack!Kullakarva / Shimmer Gold
Every so often I spend some time seeking out what’s happening in other local scenes around the world, and Crooked Fiddle’s musical equivalents therein – thus leading me to Estonia’s Trad.Attack! (punctuation included). Part melodic folk pop, part updated trad folk complete with Estonian bagpipes, they sometimes come across as a Baltic equivalent to Ireland’s Kila, especially on the epic title track.

Big ThiefAngie McMahon
Big ThiefCapacity
I’ve fallen in love with this band and this album. The intimacy of the songwriting has captured me, and the so many moments in the lyrics and music have brought me to moments of realisation and clarity. Some albums make you really grateful for music and the power it has over your mind, and this year, for me, it’s been this one.

Lana Del ReyTori Forsyth
Lana Del RayLust for Life
I love that Stevie Nicks has a little part of this record, she also experiments with some rad sounds. Also, lyrically this record is incredible.

This Is The KitEmily Staveley-Taylor (The Staves)
This Is The KitMoonshine Freeze
We met Kate, Rozi and Jamie at The Funkhaus during the Michelberger festival in Berlin last year and thought they were all wonderful people making wonderful music. Then we saw them play this album live at Eaux Claires festival in the summer and were blown away. The record has so many lovely, rounded sounds on it. It feels soft, but it has a driving energy that keeps pushing it forward. Kate’s voice has a familiar, kind quality when she sings – who doesn’t want to feel like they’re having a conversation with a friend when they listen to music? It’s a self-assured album by a band who seem to really know who they are. And that’s a comforting presence to be in. Plus the tunes are fucking banging. And the horns rule.

Sun Kil MoonNigel Wearne
Sun Kil MoonCommon As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood
This year Sun Kil Moon has been on high rotation. Common As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood is so different, that I honestly can’t remember hearing anything else like it. Spoken word poetry, prose, and random stories (including a Chameleon vs a Cat), diary entries, muses on David Bowie and Ali augmented by busted-up Dad hip hop. It’s completely whacked and compelling. A slow burn that requires the lyrics booklet.

Details of the Upcoming Brad Butcher Album From The Bottom Of A Well

Brad Butcher
Image Courtesy of Brad Butcher

Brisbane based alt-country singer-songwriter Brad Butcher has announced plans to release his new album From The Bottom Of A Well on the 4th August.

The album will feature Butcher’s latest single “Well Dressed Man” which was inspired by his grandfather Norm, who grew up as one of 13 kids in a can cutters cottage in Northern Queensland.

“It takes a unique strength and character to raise a family, create your own future and leave behind a lasting legacy from the most unlikely of beginnings, and it feels like the perfect fit to dedicate this album to my Pop, Norman George Butcher,” Brad Butcher explains.

Check out the video for “Well Dressed Man” here:

Brad Butcher is currently on tour with The Weeping Willows – the remain dates are below:

Friday 23rd June – House Concert, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 24th June – House Concert, Carrum, VIC
Sunday 25th June – House Concert, Bittern, VIC
Friday 30th June – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 1st July – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 7th July – Two Goats Cafe & Baa, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 8th July – New England Brewing Co., Uralla, NSW
Friday 14th July – House Concert, Burnie, TAS
Saturday 15th July – Little Rivers Brewing, Scottsdale, TAS
Sunday 16th July – Regional Flavours Fest. – City Sounds Stage, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st July – Nambour RSL, Nambour, QLD
Sunday 23rd July – Burleigh Brewing Co., Burleigh, QLD

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 26th May

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Kids music duo Teeny Tiny Stevies released their new video “Family (Love Is Love)”. Details here

– Brisbane alt-country singer-songwriter Brad Butcher has announced a national tour with The Weeping Willows. Details here

– Electro-folk singer Hayden Calnin
released his new single “Waves”. Details here

– Nashville based Americana duo Sally & George have announced Australian tour dates. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey released his new single and video “Unconditional”. Details here

– Victorian Americana band Georgia State Line released their new single “Older Than I Am”. Details here

– Perth singer-songwriter Helen Shanahan released her new video “Camouflaged”. Details here

The Gasoline Pony in Sydney announced the first round of artists for their Get Folked Mini Festival including The Button Collective, Toot, Queen Porter Stomp, The Low Down Riders, The Villebillies, Acca-Pony, Craig Edmondson and more to be announced soon. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Leah Senior released her new video “You Were Not Fit For The Day”. Details here

Releases This Week

Party
PartyAldous Harding
iTunes

Ann Vriend
Anybody’s DifferentAnn Vriend
iTunes

Bernard Fanning
Brutal DawnBernard Fanning
iTunes

JTE
Kids In The StreetJustin Townes Earle
iTunes

Leah Senior
Pretty FacesLeah Senior
iTunes

The Unthanks
Diversions Vol.4 – The Songs & Poems of Molly DrakeThe Unthanks
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

BRISFOPO feat. The Dead Maggies, Fox n Firkin, The Button Collective, All Strings Attached, James Brook, Wilson and The Castaways, Andy Paine, The Dangerous Folk, Quinton Trembath, Jim Mongrel, Laura Mardon, Steve Reed

BRISFOPO

The best of Queensland and national folk-punk come together for a four day orgy of music in Brisbane

Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th May – Brisbane, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Acoustic Sunday Sessions feat. Sam Newton, Weatherboard Heart
Sunday 28th May – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 2nd June – The Naked Bean Cafe, Grafton, NSW

Ainsley Farrell
Friday 26th May – World Bar, Sydney, NSW

Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt w/ Fanny Lumsden
Friday 26th May – Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Grafton, NSW
Saturday 27th May – Sawtell RSL, Sawtell, NSW

Arygle Sun-Sets at Fred’s feat. Starla, Ben Camden
Sunday 28th May – Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW

Big Pineapple Festival
Saturday 27th May – Sunshine Coast, QLD

Bill Callahan: Smog to Dream River
Friday 2nd June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Bob Evans
Thursday 1st June – Baha, Rye, VIC
Friday 2nd June – The Croxton Front Bar, Melbourne, VIC

BRISFOPO
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th May – Brisbane, QLD

Broads
Saturday 27th May – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th May – Hardy’s Bay Club, Central Coast, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 26th May – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th May – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th May – Heritage Hotel,Bulli, NSW
Thursday 1st June – Canberra Southern Cross Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 2nd June – Launceston Country Club, Launceston, TAS

Busk for a Cure
Saturday 27th May – Newtown, Sydney, NSW

Cash Savage & The Last Drinks
Friday 26th May – Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

Craig Woodward
Sunday 28th May – Bluebonnet Barbecue, Melbourne, VIC

Daniel Champagne
Saturday 27th May – Baby Black Espresso Bar, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Sunday 28th May – Bayview Country Art Club, Bittern, VIC
Tuesday 30th May – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 1st June – Unwined Cellar Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 2nd June – Saints & Sailors, Portarlington, VIC

Darcy Fox
Sunday 28th May – Fitzroy Beer Garden, Melbourne, VIC

Devil on the Rooftop & Opal Ocean
Sunday 28th May – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Elwood Myre w/ CLEWS, Kay Proudlove
Wednesday 31st May – RAD, Wollongong, NSW

Emilee South & Swamp Fat Jangles
Saturday 27th May – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Enda Kenny & Dave O’Neill w/ Glenys Eddy
Saturday 27th May – Loaded Dog Folk Club, Sydney, NSW

Fleet Foxes
Friday 26th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 29th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Fleurieu Folk Festival Winter Warmup feat. Eric Bogle, Pete Titchener, Soursob Bob, Courtney Robb Music, Astráil​
Sunday 28th May – Port Noarlunga Bowling Club, Port Noarlunga, SA

FolkSwagon w/ Liam Gale, Mama Schultz, St Joan
Wednesday 31st May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Georgia State Line
Sunday 28th May – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Georgia Fields w/ Jessie L. Warren
Friday 26th May – Some Velvet Moment, Melbourne, VIC

Helen Shanahan
Thursday 1st June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Drey Rollan Acoustic Blues
Sunday 28th May – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Jane Cameron & the Crazy Carnival
Friday 26th May – Oscar’s Alehouse, Melbourne, VIC

Jeff Lang
Friday 26th May – Bowral Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th May – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th May – Thirroul Village Hall, Thirroul, NSW

Jen Mize
Sunday 28th May – Mt Coot-tha Songwriters Festival, Brisbane, QLD

John Flanagan Trio
Wednesday 31st May – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 1st June – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd June – Courthouse Cultural Centre, Auburn, SA

Julia Jacklin
Sunday 28th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 26th May – The Shared, Yandina, QLD
Sunday 28th May – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 2nd June – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Kevin Crawford, Colin Farrell & Patrick Doocey
Saturday 27th May – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 28th May – The Fifth Province, St Kilda, VIC

Kirsty Bromley
Saturday 27th May – House Concert, Healseville, VIC

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes and The Weeping Willows
Saturday 27th May – Bunbury Good Nights, Bunbury, WA

Leah Senior
Friday 26th May – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

Les Thomas and Bill Jackson
Friday 2nd June – Kingsbury Bowls Club, Melbourne, VIC

Lisa Caruso and Donna Amini
Thursday 1st June – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Lisa Hannigan
Friday 26th May – Angelsea Memorial Hall, Angelsea, VIC
Saturday 27th May – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 30th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Liz Frencham and Claire Patti
Sunday 28th May – Uniting Church in Australia Rosanna, Melbourne, VIC

Mandy Connell w/ Ruth Hazleton & Luke Pumb
Sunday 28th May – Tago Mago, Melbourne, VIC

Mary Coughlan
Wednesday 31st May – Jack Duggan’s Irish Pub, Bathurst, NSW
Thursday 1st June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd June – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW

M.E. Baird
Saturday 27th May – Tintenbar Hall, Tintenbar, NSW

Mick Thomas
Friday 26th May – Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 27th May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 28th May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 31st May – Methodist Church, Adelong, NSW
Thursday 1st June – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 1st June – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 2nd June – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Mt Coot-tha Songwriters Festival
Sunday 28th May – Brisbane, QLD

Music on The Hill feat. Liz Stringer, Liam Gerner
Friday 2nd June – Red Hill Pavillion, Red Hill, VIC

Nigel Wearne
Saturday 27th May – House Concert, Freshwater Creek, VIC
Sunday 28th May – Rezza House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Papa Pilko And The Binrats
Saturday 27th May – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 26th May – The Croxton, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th May – Big Pineapple Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Quinton Trembath
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th May – BRISFOPO, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 1st June – House Concert, Lismore, NSW

Radical Face
Friday 26th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th May – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 31st May – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 1st June – Badlands, Perth, WA

Raised By Eagles
Saturday 27th May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 28th May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd June – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Rough River
Sunday 28th May – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Ryan Adams
Friday 26th May – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th May – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW

Sally & George
Wednesday 31st May – Triffid Roots, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 1st June – Tree House, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 2nd June – No. 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Wednesday 31st May – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Simpson Espie Ferrier Waters
Sunday 28th May – Cherry Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Small Town Romance & The Bakersfield Glee Club
Saturday 27th May – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Sun Kil Moon
Tuesday 30th May – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 31st May – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 1st June – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Taasha Coates
Saturday 27th May – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 1st June – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd June – Kingston Town Hall, Moorabbin, VIC

The April Family
Saturday 27th May – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 28th May – Panton Hill Hotel, Panton Hill, VIC

The Bushwackers: Giant Family Bush Dance
Saturday 27th May – Addison Rd Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Saturday 27th May – Folk til ya Punk “Brisfopo”, Common House, Brisbane, QLD

The Mae Trio
Sunday 28th May – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

The McClymonts
Saturday 27th May – Ord Valley Muster, Kununurra, WA
Friday 2nd June – Commercial Club, Albury, NSW

The Round Up feat. Sara Tindley and John Flanagan
Wednesday 31st May – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Moxam & Liz Stringer
Saturday 27th May – The Good Cartel, Broome WA

Tim Solly
Friday 26th May – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW
Saturday 27th May – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 28th May – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD

Tom West, Domini Forster & Jon the Obscure
Sunday 28th May – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Vanishing Shapes
Saturday 27th May – Foghorn Brewhouse, Newcastle, NSW

Whoa Mule w/ Su Morley & George Woods
Friday 26th May – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW

William Crighton
Saturday 27th May – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW

Yirrmal
Saturday 27th May – Garrmalang Festival, Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

Friday Folk Flashback

“Mad Tom of Bedlam” – Stray Hens

Brad Butcher Announces Well Dress Man Tour with The Weeping Willows

Brad Butcher
Image Courtesy of Brad Butcher

Brisbane based alt-country singer-songwriter Brad Butcher has announced plans to head out on tour this June and July. The tour will celebrate Butcher’s upcoming single “Well Dressed Man” which is taken from his highly anticipated album From The Bottom Of A Well.

Joining Brad Butcher on the tour with be Melbourne based folk and bluegrass favourites The Weeping Willows. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 16th June – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC
Saturday 17th June – Americana Sessions @ The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th June – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd June – House Concert, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 24th June – House Concert, Carrum, VIC
Sunday 25th June – House Concert, Bittern, VIC
Friday 30th June – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 1st July – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 7th July – Two Goats Cafe & Baa, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 8th July – New England Brewing Co., Uralla, NSW
Friday 14th July – House Concert, Burnie, TAS
Saturday 15th July – Little Rivers Brewing, Scottsdale, TAS
Sunday 16th July – Regional Flavours Fest. – City Sounds Stage, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st July – Nambour RSL, Nambour, QLD
Sunday 23rd July – Burleigh Brewing Co., Burleigh, QLD

Brisbane’s Finest Come Together for Country Conquers Cancer – A Love Song for Garry R Wood

Country Conquers Cancer

At the end of January some of the finest artists from the Brisbane Americana and alt-country scene will be coming together for Country Conquers Cancer – A Love Song for Garry R Wood. The show is set to take place at The Zoo on the 28th January and will be raising funds for the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland and musician Garry R Wood.

The event is just $15 and will feature music from Paddy McHugh, Pat Tierney, Megan Cooper, Dana Hassall, Sian Evans, Josh Rennie-Hynes, Brad Butcher, Dana Gehrman, The Mighty Kind, Jen Mize, The Floyd Family Breakdown, Ben Bunting, Andy McDonnell, Cameron Milford, Emma Bosworth, Hayley Marsten, Ellie Jane and Boatkeeper all backed by the brilliant Byron Short and the Sunset Junkies.

For more information on Country Conquers Cancer – A Love Song for Garry R Wood check out the official Facebook event here.

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