Watch the New Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds Video “Take A Little Time”

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The new album from Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds, The Way You Leave, is due for release on the 18th October and to get you excited the alt-country band have just released their new video “Take A Little Time”.

The track is pairs Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds unique indie-meets-country sound with some wonderful vintage footage. Check it out below:

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds will be launching The Way You Leave at The Spotted Mallard in Melbourne on the 21st October with Xani and Cookie Baker in support. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds Announce New Album The Way You Leave

Brooke Russell
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Melbourne Americana band Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds have announced plans to release their second full length album The Way You Leave on the 18th October this year.

Written between Nashville and Melbourne, The Way You Leave features co-writes with Andrew Combs, Clare Reynolds and Tobias Hengeveld as well as covers of JD Souther and Tom Waits.

The second single from The Way You Leave is “Take A Little Time”, following on from “Loose Change” released back in June – take a listen below:

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds will be launching The Way You Leave at The Spotted Mallard in Melbourne on the 21st October with Xani and Cookie Baker in support. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Listen to the New Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds Single “Loose Change”

Brooke Russell
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Melbourne alt-country darlings Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds are just about to release their brand new single “Loose Change”. Taken from their second full-length album (due later this year), “Loose Change” is a sultry, grimy piece of alt-country goodness.

Take a listen to “Loose Change” here:

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds are heading out for a string of tour dates supporting Larissa Tandy from the middle of this month – full list of dates are below:

Friday 16th June – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 17th June – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Thursday 22nd June – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 23rd June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 30th June – Baha, Rye, VIC
Sunday 2nd July – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 1st July

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Alt-country singer-songwriters Megan Cooper and Brooke Russell have teamed up for a Victorian tour this week. Details here

– Sydney nu-folk stompers Citizen of the World released their new video “Embers”. Details here

The Weeping Willows are currently on tour through ACT, New South Wales and Queensland. Details here

Aidan D. Cooney released his new single “When the Shadows Are Long and There’s a Blood Red Sky”. Details here

Mumford & Sons released their video “Wona” featuring collaborations with Baaba Maal, The Very Best and Beatenberg

– Irish born singer-songwriter Áine Tyrrell is currently heading up the east coast on a bunch of tour dates. Details here

– Alt-country singer-songwriter Tori Forsyth released her amazing new single “Black Bird”. Details here

Taasha Coates from The Audreys is heading out on a solo tour this month. Details here

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry announced their album Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad. Details here

Leah Flanagan released her new single “Chills” and announced a national tour. Details here

– Sydney alt-country singer-songwriter Katie Brianna released her new video “Birmingham”. Details here

Gregory Alan Isakov released his new single “Master And A Hound” with the Colorado Symphony. Details here

Caitlin Park and BANFF released their collaborative video for “My Love, My Lover”. Details here

Reviews

Gigs

“James “Morri” Morrison is an affable front man whose easygoing stage presence kept the audience enthralled throughout. I love the way he personalised Paul Kelly’s songs with his introductions, espousing his personal connections to the material. Morri was joined by a band of fine musicians – Anna McInerey on fiddle, Jimmy Daley on mandolin, Dr Zane Banks on banjo (and even a little bit of guitar!), Iain Tallis on bass and Miles Fraser on lead guitar – who in turn reproduced the musical accompaniment of Paul Kelly’s bluegrass albums and also made the songs their own. For a brief moment I wondered how close the players were getting to the solos and melodies of the original albums and then I realised it didn’t matter – each song was pitch perfect”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews The Morrisons’ show Smoke on a Foggy Highway: The Bluegrass Albums of Paul Kelly. Review here

Releases This Week

Liz Stringer
All The BridgesLiz Stringer
iTunes

Oh Pep
Stadium CakeOh Pep!
iTunes

Todd Sibbin
The Bottled Ship Got FreedomTodd Sibbin
Bandcamp

Tracy McNeil
ThievesTracy McNeil & The GoodLife
Bandcamp

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Aidan D. Cooney

Aidan D Cooney

Aidan D. Cooney brings us some brand new music with the official launch of his new single “When the Shadows Are Long and There’s a Blood Red Sky” in Sydney.

Saturday 2nd July – Golden Stage, Golden Age Cinema, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Aidan D. Cooney
Saturday 2nd July – Golden Stage, Golden Age Cinema, Sydney, NSW

Áine Tyrrell
Saturday 2nd July – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 3rd July – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 6th July – FogHorn Brewhouse, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th July – Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen, NSW

BBQ & Blues feat. The Plough
Wednesday 6th July – Surly’s American BBQ, Burgers & Beer, Sydney, NSW

Bello Winter Music Festival
Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th July – Bellingen, NSW

Brooke Russell and Megan Cooper
Friday 1st July – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC
Saturday 2nd July – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 3rd July – The Post Office Hotel, Coburg, VIC

Citizen of the World
Friday 1st July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Colin Jones w/ Lazy Colts, Grand Oyster Parade
Thursday 7th July – Slyfox, Sydney, NSW

Colin Lillie
Friday 1st July – Night Quarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 8th July – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Coopers After Dark feat. Ash Grunwald
Thursday 7th July – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Finders Keepers Markets Brisbane
Saturday 2nd July – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

FolkSwagon feat. Joseph Van Der Hurk, Olly Friend, The Cafe Loungers
Wednesday 6th July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. The New Savages
Sunday 3rd July – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Imogen Clark
Friday 8th July – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD

Joe Mungovan
Sunday 3rd July – Little Village, Margaret River, WA

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 1st July – The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC
Saturday 2nd July – Baby Black, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Friday 8th July – Hickinbotham Winery, Mornington, VIC

Music Makers Club feat. Citizen Of The World, Love Drunk Hearts, The Talentless, Youngsmith
Friday 1st July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Shifting Sands, Jep and Dep
Sunday 3rd July – The Lord Gladstone, Sydney, NSW

Strayaway Child
Saturday 2nd July – Winterfest, Parramatta, NSW

Sweet Jean
Friday 1st July – Music on The Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th July – Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen, NSW

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-Together
Saturday 2nd July – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Beards
Friday 1st July – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 2nd July – The Metro, Sydney, NSW

The Paper Kites
Friday 1st July – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Saturday 2nd July – Norwood Town Hall, Adelaide, SA

The Weeping Willows
Friday 1st July – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Saturday 2nd July – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 3rd July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 6th July – The Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Thursday 7th July – Bangalow Hotel, Bangalow, NSW
Friday 8th July – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW

Todd Sibbin
Saturday 2nd July – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife
Friday 1st July – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Mayfield, NSW
Saturday 2nd July – Grand Junction, The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Sunday 3rd July – The Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th July – Baha’s, Rye, VIC

Vanishing Shapes w/ The Squeezebox Trio, Ess-Em
Friday 1st July – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Vincent Cross
Friday 1st July – Illawara Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 2nd July – The Shack, Narrabeen, NSW
Sunday 3rd July – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 6th July – House Concert, Nabiac, NSW

Winterbourne
Friday 1st July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“O Death” – Ralph Stanley

Brooke Russell and Megan Cooper Announce Victorian Dates

Megan Cooper
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Alt-country singer Brooke Russell (Melbourne) and Megan Cooper (Brisbane) met in Tamworth this year and bonded over “a shared penchant for a pretty frock, as well as a love of decent wine and a sad country song”. So it make sense that they’ve decided to head out on tour together.

This week will see Brooke Russell and Megan Cooper taking in dates around Victoria for the Winter Twinset Tour. The tour will wrap up with a show a The Post Office Hotel, Coburg this Sunday where they will be joined by Russell’s full band The Mean Reds.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 29th June – Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill, VIC
Friday 1st July – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC
Saturday 2nd July – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 3rd July – The Post Office Hotel, Coburg, VIC

If You See Her, Say Hello Comes to the Adelaide Fringe

If You See Her, Say Hello
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After an amazing event at the Melbourne Fringe Festival some of the nations finest female singer songwriters will be heading to SA for the If You See Her, Say Hello event as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Held at The Garden of Unearthly Delights on Saturday 27th February, If You See Her, Say Hello will feature the likes of Ali E, Al Parkinson, Amarina Waters, Amy Parkinson, Brooke Russell, Cookie Baker, Elizabeth Barker, Emilee South, Gretta Ray, Jac Tonks (Amarillo), Jemma Nicole, Kate McMahon, Kelsey James, Layla Fibbins (The Sideshow Brides), Loni Rae, PHIA and more.

The show kicks off at 5pm with tickets just $25. For more details including getting your hands on tickets visit the official Adelaide Fringe Festival site here.

Brunswick Music Festival Announces 2016 Lineup

Blind Boy Paxton
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I feel like the Brunswick Music Festival is the quiet achiever of the folk festival season. Taking place just after the Port Fairy Folk Festival from the 15th to 20th March, the Brunswick Music Festival in Melbourne always manages to mix the best of Melbourne’s folk and acoustic talent with the incredible touring international artists.

This year the Brunswick Music Festival has announced a raft of exciting artists including Blind Boy Paxton (above), Jeff Lang, Alison Ferrier, Kim Salmon, Mandy Connell, Mick Thomas, Charles Jenkins, Cat Canteri & Justin Bernasconi, Sean McMahon, Jemma Rowlands, Rich Davies, Brooke Russell, Ayleen O’Hanlon, Hat Fitz & Cara, Zourouna, Lala Shouha, Sweet Mona’s Choir, Ajak Kwai, Jawa Pitu Band, Santa Taranta, Cumbia Cosmonauts, Los Kumbia Killers, La Descarga, Sonidero Esperanza, Alsarah and the Nubatones, Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro, Mànran, Spiro, Moxie, Shane Howard Trio, Emma Donovan and the PutBacks, Yirrmal, Mia Dyson, Jess Ribeiro and many more.

The traditional Sydney Road Street Party takes place on the 6th March with the full Brunswick Music Festival held from the 15th to 20th March. Check out the official site for all the events taking place during the Brunswick Music Festival.

If You See Her, Say Hello at the Melbourne Fringe Festival

If You See Her Say Hello
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Next week the Melbourne Fringe Festival will play host to a very special event featuring some of the city’s finest female voices.

If You See Her, Say Hello is an event like no other, bringing together 21 independent Melbourne-based solo artists and duos to each sing their own song accompanied by the rest of the group as their own backing choir.

The nights will feature a bunch of artists Timber and Steel readers would be familiar with including Ali E, Al Parkinson, Amarina Waters, Ayleen O’Hanlon, BABY BLUE, Bek Street, Brooke Russell, Claire Hendry, Cookie Baker, Emilee South, Georgia Spain, Gretta Ray, Jemma Nicole, Jemma Rowlands (Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies), Kate Boston-Smith (Modesty), Kate McMahon, Kelly Day (Broads), Ladie Dee (Howl at the Moon), Loni Rae and Shannon Busch (WILSN) plus special guests.

If You See Her, Say Hello takes place at the Toff in Town on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th September. For more details including getting your hands on tickets visit the official Melbourne Fringe Festival site here.

Listen to the New John Flanagan Single “Whatever Makes You Happy”

John Flanagan
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Melbourne singer-songwriter John Flanagan released his brand new single “Whatever Makes You Happy” late last week and we absolutely love it.

The single, co-written by Sydney singer-songwriter Timothy James Bowen, was recorded in Nashville and features harmonies from alt-country singer Brooke Russell.

“It is a story about the end of a relationship and a selfless love that endures beyond jealousy and separation,” John Flanagan explained.

The single will eventually appear on John Flanagan’s highly anticipated album There’s Another Way to Where You’re Going which is due early next year. Listen to “Whatever Makes You Happy” below:

The Musical Lineup for Finders Keepers Melbourne This Weekend

Pepperjack
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This weekend will see the Autumn/Winter edition of the Finders Keepers Markets hit Melbourne and like its Sydney counterpart it’s been extended to three days, taking in Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

And with the Finders Keepers Markets come a weekend of amazing live music, most of which is of the folky nature. The markets will see the likes of Ayleen O’Hanlon, Danika Smith, Pepperjack (above), Brooke Russell, Forrest Falls and many more there to entertain you.

The Finders Keepers Markets are held in Melbourne twice a year and feature some of the best in local design and art stalls. This weekend’s market will take place at The Royal Exhibition Building on Friday 17th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July.

For more information on the artists and the markets check out the official site here. The full musical lineup for the three days is below:

Friday 17th July
6pm: May Day(DJ)
6.30pm: Ayleen O’Hanlon
7.30pm: Danika Smith
8.45pm: Pepperjack
9.30pm: May Day(DJ)

Saturday 18th July
10am: Pat Monaghan (DJ)
11.30am: Bek Chapman
12.45pm: Brooke Russell
2pm: Car Park Choir
3.15pm: Monique Di Mattina
4.30pm: Carry Nation
5.15pm: Pat Monaghan (DJ)

Sunday 19th July
10am: Pat Monaghan (DJ)
12pm: Cat House
1.15pm: Emma Heeney
2.30pm: Forest Falls
3.15pm: Pat Monaghan (DJ)

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