Watch the New Michael David Thomas Video “There Must Be Something Else”

Michael David Thomas
Image Courtesy of Michael David Thomas

Brisbane singer-songwriter Michael David Thomas (one half of Breaking Hart Benton) has just announced that he’s been working on his debut solo EP and has just released the first single “There Must Be Something Else”.

The single also has a brand new video – check it out here:

To celebrate the release of “There Must Be Something Else” Michael David Thomas will be launching the single at a special show in Brisbane. The show will take place this Thursday 16th July at The Junk Bar – check out the official Facebook event here for more details.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th July


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Releases This Week

RemedyOld Crow Medicine Show

The Daylight Express
The Daylight ExpressTobias Hengeveld

Nobody Ever Leaves
Nobody Ever LeavesTracy McNeil

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Justin Bernasconi

Justin Bernasconi

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

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

Gigs Next Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Folk Flashback

“Tom Paine’s Bones” – Dick Gaughan

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

Watch the New Breaking Hart Benton Video “More Than You Deserve”

Breaking Hart Benton
Image Courtesy of Breaking Hart Benton

Brisbane band Breaking Hart Benton, who recently became a trio, have been hard at work on their debut album. Titled Love Is Not For You, My Dear, the album was produced by Mark Moffatt at Big Dog Studio, Nashville and will be released “soon” according to the band

The first single from Love Is Not For You, My Dear is “More Than You Deserve” – check out the video bellow:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 2nd August


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Passenger has released the video to his latest single “Holes” – do you reckon this will go to number one as well? Details here

Timber and Steel’s favourite English singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn has announced plans to release his third album, Country Mile, in September. Details here

The Mae Trio are launching their new album Housewarming at The Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne tonight. Details here

– The wonderful Matt Corby announced a list of tour dates in October and , very excitingly, announced London’s Bear’s Den in support. Details here

– The new album from The Civil Wars is out next week and they’ve revealed another one of the tracks, “From This Valley”. Details here

– Brisbane’s Breaking Hart Benton have made their new EP Goodbye To Titanic available to stream online. Details here

– Bluegrass four-piece The Pigs have released their new video “The Colour Of The Light Coming Down”. Details here

– The new Matthew and the Atlas single “Everything That Dies” is simply stunning. Details here

Immigrant Union Are touring their new single “Alison” throughout August. Details here

Mountaingrass has announced its 2013 lineup including Bluegrass Parkway, The Company, Coolgrass, The Davidson Brothers, Oh Pep!, The Strzelecki Stringbusters and more. Details here

– The wonderful Rose Wintergreen has revealed her new single “Feet In The Sand” and tour dates for October. Details here


“Very Excited to see all the [Jamgrass Sydney] acts, we’re really great mates with the Mustered Courage boys who’ve been going from strength to strength since we met the back in 2011, as well as being able to check out all The Streamgrass Boys and The Green Mohair Suits who we haven’t heard much from live so we’ve as keen as the punters to hear those bands on the line up” – Josh Shelton from Rattlehand chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“The festival is definitely growing and getting a reputation for all the right reasons. We’re working on lots of things from stage designs to lighting and decor that will carry on the character of JamGrass 2012 but elevate the whole experience to a new level for JamGrass 2013. It’s going to get a bit wild” – Jason Taylor from the JamGrass Music Festival chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Details here

“We were deliberate in how we arranged [“St Clarity”] to build and demand patience. I’m happy with the production of it and the way it sounds as a piece of music, even without vocals – it’s a cool song” – Dave Powys from The Paper Kites chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here



“Stylistically different from the first album, it feels like he’s come home with this collection of charming country folk pop tunes. Without the time restrictions of a conventional studio the recording has flourished. The arrangements are well thought out, layered delicately, drawing you further in with every new sound. Parsons’ voice has poignant warmth reminiscent of James Taylor, with a familiarity that enables you to feel like two friends”HannahA reviews the self titled album from Dan Parsons. Review here


“It was an enchanting night and a treat to be able to enjoy Mark’s music in such an intimate and magical setting. Surrounded by lanterns hanging from the ceilings and fairy lights draped over furniture. We sat on cushions upon rugs laid over wooden floors, amongst very good company. A group of people with pure love and appreciation for the music that was entertaining them” – Kat Kinnie reviews Mark Wilkinson at High Tea. Review here

“The Supertop was filled to overflowing and I found the best view was actually outside of the tent, ankle-deep in sticky mud and doing my best to dance without moving my feet”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews Splendour in the Grass. Review here

“Considering the somewhat all-star cast, there was very little about the set that I could actually fault. It was my great fortune to have heard the songs of Uncovered Queens of the Stone Age first as a live performance with upstanding female singers like Réaux and Paquereau”Janine Estoesta reviews Oliver Libaux Uncovered QOTSA. Review here

Releases This Week

Goodbye to Titanic
Goodbye To TitanicBreaking Hart Benton

HousewarmingThe Mae Trio
Official Site

TransitionMajor Chord

Country Doors
Country DoorsThe Mountains

Timber and Steel Presents

Fanny Lumsden
Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers
Saturday 3rd August – Woodland Film Festival, Tumbarumba NSW

The Mountains
The Mountains
Wednesday 7th August – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 8th August – Bedlam Barm, Glebe, NSW
Friday 9th August – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW

Tickets From Venues

Gigs Next Week

Bears With Guns
Saturday 3rd August – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 9th August – Gearin Hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Boy Outside
Thursday 8th August – Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW

Breaking Hart Benton
Sunday 4th August – 100 Songs Project CD Launch, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 8th August – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

Immigrant Union
Friday 9th August – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

Isaac Graham
Friday 2nd August – The Purple Carrot, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 3rd August – The Star Hotel, Macksville, NSW
Friday 9th August – Crown And Anchor, Adelaide, SA

JamGrass On The Road feat. Mustered Courage, The Steamgrass Boys, Rattlehand, Green Mohair Suits, Oh Willy Dear
Saturday 3rd August – The Red Rattler, Sydney, NSW

Joan Baez
Tuesday 6th August – Adelaide Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 8th August – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Lachlan Bryan
Friday 2nd August – Zeally & Cliff, Torquoy, VIC
Saturday 3rd August – Post Office Hotel, Coburg, VIC

Little May
Thursday 8th August – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Of Monsters and Men
Friday 2nd August – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 3rd August – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Paul Kelly
Saturday 3rd August – The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, NSW
Monday 5th August – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 7th August – The Playhouse, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 8th August – Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 9th August – Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Brittain
Sunday 4th August – The Ellington, Perth, WA
Thursday 8th August – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Sam Buckingham
Saturday 3rd August – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 7th August – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW

Sarah Blasko
Friday 2nd August – Lighthouse Theatre, Warnambool, VIC
Sunday 4th August – Northern Festival Centre, Port Pirie, SA
Monday 5th August – Middleback Theatre, Whyalla, SA
Tuesday 6th August – Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Mt Gambier, SA
Wednesday 7th August – Chaffey Theatre, Renmark, SA
Friday 9th August – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA

The Mae Trio with John Flanagan & The Begin Agains, The Stray Hens
Friday 2nd August – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Timbers
Friday 2nd August – The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 9th August – The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Woohoo Revue
Friday 2nd August – White Eagle Polish Club, Turner, ACT
Saturday 3rd August – Murrah Hall, Bermagui, NSW
Friday 9th August – The Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Farewell, Johnny Miner” – Battlefield Band

I heard a version of this song the other day and then spent a bunch of time scouring Youtube for all the various recordings. Originally by Ed Pickford, I think the Battlefield Band’s version is my favourite. I wonder as the mining boom starts to wind down we’ll see more songs like this popping up in Australia?

Stream The New Breaking Hart Benton EP Goodbye To Titanic

Breaking Hart Benton
Image Courtesy of Breaking Hart Benton

Brisbane “new time old time” duo Breaking Hart Benton have just released their brand new EP Goodbye To Titanic and in the true folk tradition they’re passing down their songs in the form of a free stream online.

Featuring the duo’s trademark banjo and guitar instrumentation and modern take on traditional forms of folk music Goodbye To Titanic also sees Breaking Hart Benton experimenting with varying levels of production and recording in a multitude of directions. Take a listen to the four tracks below:

Breaking Hart Benton will be touring Goodbye To Titanic in Queensland and Victoria in August – the full list of dates are here:

Sunday 4th August – 100 Songs Project CD Launch, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 8th August – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th August – Kelly Country Pick Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival, Beechworth, VIC
Monday 19 August – Unpaved Songwriter Sessions, Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Artists for Folk Club This Wednesday 24th July

Breaking Hart Benton
Image Courtesy of Breaking Hart Benton

I first met Michael David from Brisbane folk duo Breaking Hart Benton before either that band or the Timber and Steel blog existed. David was playing at the Top Half Folk Festival in Alice Springs with local singer Dom Costello and I was there both playing in and MCing a couple of the concerts. It’s incredible that in the 5 or so years since we’ve kept in touch and our paths will once again cross thanks to folk music with Breaking Hart Benton making an appearance at this week’s Folk Club in Sydney.

This Wednesday will also see the last show in All Our Exes Live in Texas’ July residency and I can tell you now I’m going to miss these lovely ladies – they’ve drawn a massive crowd to Folk Club every week and their music has been incredible each and every time.

Rounding out the lineup for Folk Club this week will be Sydney swamp blues four piece OXBLVD. As always the night will kick off around 8:30pm at The Soda Factory in Surry Hills. Entry is free, there’s a five dollar food menu and the music is going to be sweet.

For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 1st March


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– This week’s live video from Passenger is the gorgeous “Hearts on Fire” featuring none other than Ed Sheeran. Details here

– Swedish trio Junip released the starkly beautiful video to their new track “Line of Fire”. Details here

– 90s Australian rock royalty collides in the excellent new video from Bob Evans, “Go”, featuring a cameo from Tim Rogers. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter Jess Morgan released her brand new video “Richer Thinner Smarter”. Details here

Sam Lee has teamed up with Future Cinema for a brand new video featuring his track “Goodbye My Darling”. Details here

– Queensland duo Laneway are packing their bags for Europe but have released a new video and some tour dates before they go. Details here

Sam Amidon has announced shows in Sydney and Melbourne over the coming week. Details here

– Brisbane duo Breaking Hart Benton are exploring their pop side in their brand new track and video “More Than You Deserve”, plus have a bunch of tour dates coming up. Details here

Cordial Factory have announced a headline show at the Northcote Social Club on the 16th March. Details here

– UK band The Willows posted the video for their track “Bella’s Fury” well over a month ago but we had to post it anyway. Details here

Beth Orton returns to our shores with a series of church dates thanks to Heavenly Sounds. Details here

Bobby Alu has announced a string of tour dates through March, April and May. Details here

Caitlin Rose revealed the video for her brand new single “Only A Clown”. Details here

– Melbourne bluegrass four-piece Mustered Courage have released “Cruel Alibis”, the first single from their highly anticipated new album. Details here

Mama Kin released the beautiful underwater video for her track “Rescue”. Details here


“I know some people get sick of playing their songs over and over but I just really love living in those songs. That’s when I feel most myself, when I’m on stage performing. Which is really artificial – I should probably get counseling or something” – Julia Johnson from Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“In mid-January Timber and Steel contributing editor Bill Quinn (Overheard Productions) managed to sit down with Paul Greene at the Illawarra Folk Festival to discuss his upcoming tour with his band The Other Colours. Tragically a few days later Greene’s drummer and respected member of the Australian music Matt Sykes was involved in a fatal boating accident at Currarong, NSW” – we finally publish the audio of Paul Greene’s interview with Bill Quinn. Interview here



“The genius here is that these fresh arrangements and finely arranged harmonies, beguiling in their simplicity, offer something genuinely original. Lines written hundreds of years ago are made current, wounds reopened, magic rekindled and feuds renewed. Although these songs have crossed an ocean, and are played in a relaxed American folk style, the music has actually been strengthened by this displacement. Mitchell and Hamer have found a way to connect with each song and make it their own”Mackajay reviews Child Ballads from Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer. Review here

Releases This Week

Keaton Henson
BirthdaysKeaton Henson

Melody Pool
The Hurting SceneMelody Pool

Thumbtacks and GlueWoodpigeon

Timber and Steel Presents

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens with Nigel Wearne and James Kenyon
Sunday 3rd March – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Little Wise
Little Wise
Friday 1st March – Martain’s Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC
Saturday 2nd March – Babushka Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Abigail Washburn and Kai Welch
Wednesday 6th March – The Cat and Fiddle, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 7th March – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Arlo Guthrie with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion
Friday 1st March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 2nd March – Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 3rd March – Star Court Theatre, Lismore, NSW
Tuesday 5th March – Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, NSW
Thursday 7th March – National Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Breaking Hart Benton
Saturday 2nd March – Mandala Arts Cafe, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 8th March – The Waiting Room, Brisbane, QLD (with O’Little Sister)

Brett Winterford
Friday 8th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Don’t Mention The Wall
Friday 1st March – Tara Guest House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 2nd March – The Shack, Narabeen, NSW
Friday 8th March – Humph Hall, Allambie Heights, NSW

Donavon Frankenreiter
Friday 1st March – Bateau Bay Hotel, Bateau Bay, NSW
Saturday 2nd March – SOL Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 2nd March – Noosa SLSC, Noosa Heads, QLD
Sunday 3rd March – Story Bridge Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 3rd March – Jubilee Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 3rd March – Eaton’s Hill Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 8th March – Melbas, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Friday 8th March – Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta, QLD

Eli Wolfe
Thursday 7th March – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA

Thursday 7th March – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Jordie Lane with The Yearlings
Friday 8th March – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC

Katie Noonan
Thursday 7th March – Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide, SA

Nannup Music Festival
Friday 1st to Monday 4th March – Nannup, WA

Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Saturday 2nd March – Perth Arena, Perth, WA
Tuesday 5th March – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 7th March – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Nicola Hayes and Hélène Brunet
Sunday 3rd March – 303, Melbourne, VIC

Luka Bloom
Wednesday 6th March – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 8th March – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW

Paul Greene and The Other Colours
Friday 1st March – The Queen St Mall Stage, Brisbane (7pm)
Saturday 2nd March – The Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna (12.30pm)
Saturday 2nd March – Joe’s Waterhole, Eumundi (8pm)
Sunday 3rd March – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour (4pm)

Paul Kelly and Neil Finn
Friday 1st March – Elder Park, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 2nd March – All Saints Winery, Rutherglen, VIC

Port Fairy Folk Festival
8th to 11th March – Port Fairy, VIC

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens with Nigel Wearne and James Kenyon
Sunday 3rd March – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Sally Seltmann
Tuesday 5th March – Doveman’s Burgundy Stain Sessions, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA

Sam Amidon with Packwood
Wednesday 6th March – The Toff In the Town, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 7th March – FBI Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Seth Lakeman
Thursday 7th March – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 8th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

The Tallest Man on Earth
Friday 1st March – Perth International Arts Festival, Perth, WA
Sunday 3rd March – HiFi, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 5th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 6th March – Zierrholz, Canberra, ACT
Friday 8th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA

The Tiger and Me
Friday 1st March – Riverside Live, Melbourne, VIC

The Underscore Orkestra
Friday 8th March – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Parting Glass” – Ed Sheeran

We started the week explaining that we’d made a decision not to cover Ed Sheeran because he was probably a little too “pop” for Timber and Steel, although he’s probably a closet folky. This resulted in a number of readers pointing me in the direction of many an Ed Sheeran song that proves he’s a folky. Including his version of the traditional Irish/Scottish parting song “The Parting Glass” which appeared as a bonus track on his album +. Maybe we should start covering Ed Sheeran a little more from now on?

New Breaking Hart Benton Video, “More Than You Deserve”

Breaking Hart Benton
Image Courtesy of Breaking Hart Benton

Brisbane duo Breaking Hart Benton have just released their new video “More Than You Deserve” full of vintage footage and black and white band shots. This track is a little poppier than we’re used to from Breaking Hart Benton but I really really like it. Check out the video below:

“More Than You Deserve” is the first track from a forthcoming EP from the boys, due for release in May. Breaking Hart Benton also have a bunch of shows coming up – the full list of dates are below:

Saturday 2nd March – Mandala Arts Cafe, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 8th March – The Waiting Room, Brisbane, QLD (with O’Little Sister)
Thursday 14th March – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 15th March – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW (with Sarah Humphreys)
Saturday 16th March – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 20th March – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd March – The Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th March – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Full Lineup for the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival

New Worlds
Image Courtesy of The New Worlds

With the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival less than two weeks away we thought it was far past time that we shared the full lineup with you. Held on the 26th, 27th and 28th October the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival has a reputation as one of the friendliest festivals in the country and the lineup is always of the most amazing quality.

Gracing the festival stage this year will be a bunch Timber and Steel favourites including The New Worlds (above), Mustered Courage, Jimmy The Fish, The Company, Fred Smith and Liz Frencham, The String Contingent, Chaika, The Mid North, Breaking Hart Benton, Nick and Liesl and many many more.

Tickets for the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival are still available via the official web site. The full list of artists is below:

The New Worlds (above), Mustered Courage, Jimmy The Fish, The Company, The Whitetop Mountaineers, Bob Corbett & The Roo Grass Band, Ross Nickerson, Fred Smith and Liz Frencham, Nigel Wearne and the Cast Iron Promises, The String Contingent, Richo & the Rakes feat. Paul Wookey, Chaika, The Mid North, Black Train, Breaking Hart Benton, Buffalo Nickel, Chilly Strings, Citrus Exchange, Innes Campbell, Nick and Liesl, O Willy Dear, Putty Road, Siskin River, Sally Wattle, The Stomp Kats, The Barkers Vale Brothers, Susanna Carmen and Karl Farren, The Blues Angels, Don and John – The Resonator Brothers, Thor Phillips, Two Screws Loose, Shiny Top Strings, 12/88 and more

Breaking Hart Benton Announce Tour

Breaking Hart Benton
Image Courtesy of Breaking Hart Benton

About a year ago we profiled a sort-of-Queensland based artist Michael David after catching his performance at the 2011 Top Half Folk Festival in Alice Springs. Since then we’ve kept in contact with David and we started to get really excited when he announced the beginnings of his folk outfit Breaking Hart Benton.

Breaking Hart Benton was formed by Michael David (vocals and guitar) and Lee James (vocals, guitar and banjo) who are more often than not joined by Alice McDowell on fiddle and vocalist Shani Forrester. Their music is described as “lyrical and poetic” and features a huge range of traditional influences including Irish, English and Appalachian. The band have a few tracks available to stream on their official site if you’re keen to check them out.

The band will be hitting the road later this month for a string of dates to help launch their debut EP New Time Old Time. Check out the full list of upcoming Breaking Hart Benton dates below:

Saturday 23rd June – Sol Bar, Maroochydoore
Sunday 24th June – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Saturday 30th June – Pure Pop Records in-store, Melbourne (3pm)
Saturday 30th June – Wesley Anne, Melbourne (5pm)
Wednesday 11th July – The Joynt, Brisbane
Saturday 14th July – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba
Monday 16th July – The Cave, Gold Coast
Friday 20th July – Upfront Club, Maleny
Sunday 22nd July – St Elmo Sunday Social Club, Byron Bay
Tuesday 24th July – Old Bar, Melbourne

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