Timber and Steel Premiere: “Names” by Mackenzie Shivers

Mackenzie Shivers
Image Courtesy of Mackenzie Shivers

We’re super chuffed to bring you the first look at New York based folk-pop singer-songwriter Mackenzie Shivers new video “Names”. The video was shot in Australia in the Blue Mountains by filmmaker Lâle Teoman while Shivers was in the country last April.

Just how this came about we’ll let Mackenzie Shivers explain:

“A couple of years ago, I found out about Caitlin Harnett through [Timber and Steel]. I fell completely in love with The River Runs North and was thrilled to see she was playing a show at NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall. I went to see the show (it was fabulous!) and met Caitlin and her friend Lâle Teoman, an actress and filmmaker from Sydney.

Caitlin, Lâle, and I all kept in touch after that via social media. So when I found out that I was going to be in Australia to see family last spring, I reached out to Lâle at her production company River Run Productions to see if she wanted to film a music video together. She said she was game, and we picked the song “Names” from my latest EP Living in My Head. We shot the entire thing in one day near her home in the Blue Mountains.

“Names” was written after a trip to Washington DC and finding the name of a family friend etched in stone at the Vietnam Memorial amongst 2-acres of other names. There was something very stirring about seeing all the beautiful cherry blossoms in the same vicinity as thousands upon thousands of names etched into the memorial. There was this incredible contrast of life and death that I found extremely moving. As the lyrics developed, “Names” turned into a love song – one of the few love songs I’ve written.

Lâle and I wanted to capture the dream-like state being in love and utilize the beauty of the Blue Mountains to their fullest. Lyrics “You by any other name would stay just as kind, you by any other name would be my love” are sung with both whimsy and certainty, birds and sunsets floating between frames. The Blue Mountains were the perfect backdrop.

I’m so proud of this video, and working with Lâle in Australia was in itself a dream come true. I hope you enjoy it – please let me know as soon as you can if you are interested in premiering it!”

Check out the video for “Names” here – let’s hope Mackenzie Shivers makes it back to Australia soon for some shows!

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 3rd March

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Old Crow Medicine Show have announced plans to release their Bob Dylan tribute album 50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde in April. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriters Katie Brianna and Caitlin Harnett released a video of their version of Karl Broadie’s “Drink The Whole Bottle Down”. Details here

Releases This Week

Alison Avron
Tiny Little UniverseAlison Avron
Bandcamp

When We Fall
When We FallAll Our Exes Live In Texas
iTunes

Ed Sheeran
÷Ed Sheeran
iTunes

Noam
Universal FavoriteNoam Pikelny
iTunes

Sun Kil Moon
Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of BloodSun Kil Moon
iTunes

The Waifs
IronbarkThe Waifs
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Summer Hill Folk Festival

Summer Hill Folk Festival

The amazing Summer Hill Folk Festival takes place in Sydney this Saturday with a lineup that includes Brian Campeau, Timothy James Bowen, Bonniesongs, Whoa Mule!, Queen Porter Stomp, Fresh Off The Boat, Richard Ashby Duo, Giffen, The Squeezebox Trio, Chaika, Burrows and more. This is going to be one special day.

Saturday 4th March – Summer Hill Church, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Ackers
Saturday 4th March – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Alison Avron w/ NY Light
Friday 3rd March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Amanda Palmer
Saturday 4th March – Canberra Theatre Playhouse, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 9th March – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th March – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC

Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt w/ Fanny Lumsden
Friday 3rd March – Gloucester Soldiers Club, Gloucester, NSW
Saturday 4th March – Muswellbrook RSL, Muswellbrook, NSW

Aoife Scott
Thursday 9th March – South Coast Folk Club, Port Noarlunga, SA

Ben Mastwyk
Friday 3rd March – The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th March – The Humpybong Distilling Company, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 5th March – Americana Sundays at The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Bluegrass, Old Timey and Acoustic Music Campout Weekend
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th March – Yetholme, NSW

Bohemia feat. Mercan Dede, Archie Roach and More
Saturday 4th March – Collingwood Town Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Brunswick Music Festival
Sunday 5th to Sunday 19th March – Melbourne, VIC

Burke & Wills Folk Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th March – Burke & Wills Winery, Mia Mia, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 3rd March – Magnums, Airlie Beach, QLD
Saturday 4th March – Dalrymples, Townsville, QLD
Thursday 9th March – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 10th March – Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, QLD

Button Collective
Friday 3rd March – Prince Of Wales Hotel, Gulgong, NSW

Carus Thompson
Friday 3rd March – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 4th March – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 5th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th March – The Quarry Ampitheatre, City Beach, WA

Claire Anne Taylor and Lucie Thorne
Friday 3rd March – Myalla Community Centre, Sisters Creek, TAS

Courtyard Sessions Presents Skyscraper Stan
Friday 3rd March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents The Cruisin’ Deuces
Friday 10th March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Devil On The Rooftop
Friday 3rd March – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 9th March – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Domini Forster
Sunday 5th March – Nannup Music Festival, WA
Thursday 9th March – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 10th March – Poinciana, Mullum, NSW

Don Henley w/ Jewel
Sunday 5th March – A Day On The Green, Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA
Wednesday 8th March – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th March – ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Reader
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

Elwood Myre
Friday 3rd March – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Friday 10th March – B-East, Melbourne, VIC

eüsh
Thursday 9th March – The Dock, Sydney, NSW

Folk Uke & Dog Trumpet
Thursday 9th March – Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool, VIC
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Noralyn Darby, Timothy James Bowen
Wednesday 8th March – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Friday Fingerpickers feat. Nick Charles, The Weeping Willows
Friday 3rd March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ
Saturday 4th to Sunday 5th March – Mt Penang Gardens & Event Park, Gosford, NSW

Gordie Tentrees
Friday 3rd March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA
Sunday 5th March – Settler’s Tavern, Margaret RIver, WA

Holly Throsby
Thursday 9th March – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 10th March – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT

James Vincent McMorrow
Friday 3rd March – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 7th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th March – Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Rennie-Hynes
Friday 3rd March – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 9th March – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Karma County
Saturday 5th March – 505, Sydney, NSW

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 10th March – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Kirsty Bromley
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th March – Burke & Wills Folk Festival, Mia Mia, VIC

Les Poules à Colin
Friday 3rd March – Masonic Hall, Lindisfarne TAS
Saturday 4th March – Broadmarsh Hall, Broadmarsh, TAS
Sunday 5th March – Longford Town Hall, Longford, TAS
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Luke Escombe w/ Brian Campeau
Saturday 4th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Martha Tilston
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

Martha Wainwright
Wednesday 8th March – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Friday 10th March – Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne, VIC

Merry Muse feat. Ten Quid Poms
Sunday 5th March – Merry Muse, Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT

Miriam Lieberman Trio w/ The Groove
Friday 10th March – Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong, NSW

Mitch Power
Friday 3rd March – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th March – The Humpybong Distilling Company, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 5th March – Americana Sundays at The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Mundy
Thursday 9th March – The Spotted Mallard, Melborune, VIC
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Nannup Music Festival
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th March – Nannup, WA

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and C.W. Stoneking
Friday 3rd March – Perth International Arts Festival, Perth, WA
Tuesday 7th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 8th March – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 9th March – Shindig By The Sea, Seaworks, Melbourne, VIC

Peasant Moon & Wayward Henrys
Sunday 5th March – Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 3rd March – Friday’s On My Mind, Wodonga, VIC

Porch Light Sessions feat. Bec Bastoli, Hollie Matthew, Direwolf
Thursday 9th March – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Port Fairy Folk Festival
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy, VIC

Riogh
Sunday 5th March – Figgy Bowlo, Figtree, NSW

Skyscraper Stan, Alice Terry, Kev Walsh
Sunday 5th March – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Summer Hill Folk Festival
Saturday 4th March – Summer Hill Church, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-Together
Saturday 4th March – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Black Horses & Nick Payne
Friday 3rd Match – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

The East Pointers
Friday 3rd March – Chudleigh Hall, Chudleigh, TAS
Saturday 4th March – Mountain Mummam, Sheffield, TAS
Sunday 5th March – Dunalley Hall & Reserves, Dunalley, TAS
Wednesday 8th March – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 9th March – Geelong Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA

The Long Johns
Sunday 5th March – Live Spark, The Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

The McClymonts
Friday 3rd March – The Spiegeltent, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 4th March – Coomealla Club, Mildura, VIC
Friday 10th March – The Australian Brewery, Rouse Hill, NSW

The Morrisons
Friday 3rd March – Treehouse On Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 4th March – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

The Séamus Begley Trio
Friday 3rd March – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 4th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 9th March – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

The Shack presents Fred Smith, Edwina and Deko, Shirina H
Saturday 2nd March – The Music Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The String Contingent
Friday 3rd March – CERES Joe’s Garden, Melbourne, VIC

The Waifs
Saturday 4th March – 3 Oceans Winery, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 5th March – Castelli Winery, Denmark, WA
Monday 6th March – Quindanning Hotel, Quindanning, WA
Thursday 9th March – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

The Young Folk
Friday 3rd March – Adelaide’s Fringe Festival, Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 4th March – Bendigo Arts Centre, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 9th March – 13th Beach Golf Clubhouse, Connewarre, VIC
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

This Way North
Saturday 4th March – Aireys Pub, Aireys Inlet, VIC
Sunday 5th March – By the Bay, Mordialloc, VIC
Friday 10th March – Baha Tacos, Rye, VIC

TinPan Orange
Friday 3rd March – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th March – Nannup Music Festival, WA

Winter Wilson
Friday 3rd March – The Hills Folk Club, Lesmurdie, WA
Saturday 4th March – Bindoon Hall, Bindoon, WA
Wednesday 8th March – Club Acoustica, Scarborough, WA
Friday 10th March – Wanneroo Folk Club, Warwick, WA

WOMADelaide
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Blue Bleezin’ Blind Drunk” – Linda Thompson

Katie Brianna and Caitlin Harnett Cover Karl Broadie’s “Drink The Whole Bottle Down”

Katie and Caitlin

Last year Australia’s top musicians came together to pay tribute to the late Karl Broadie with amazing album Leave On A Light: The Songs Of Karl Broadie.

Broadie, who lost his battle with cancer in April last year, was a mentor to so many musicians in Sydney and watching the local community rally around him was a real inspiration.

Sydney Americana artists Katie Brianna and Caitlin Harnett have just released a video of their version of Karl Broadie’s “Drink The Whole Bottle Down” from Leave On A Light: The Songs Of Karl Broadie. The video was shot by Lyn Taylor – check it out below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th November

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Progressive bluegrass five-piece Punch Brothers announced a new EP The Wireless. Details here

Timber and Steel announced that we would be presenting the Best Live Roots Act at the AU Awards. Details here

– A brand new monthly night in Brisbane, The Brisbane Folk Club, will kick off in December featuring Ben Salter, Neighbour and Marcus Blacke. Details here

Marlon Williams released his brand new video “Hello Miss Lonesome”. Details here

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s in Sydney will celebrate its 2nd birthday next week with a tribute to Johnny Cash and Paul Kelly featuring members of Catgut, Two Fat Bastards, The Plough, Bec Bastoli and more, as well as raising money for UNHCR. Details here

John Flanagan released his cameo heavy video for “Whatever Makes You Happy”. Details here

Ruby Boots released her new video “Cola & Wine”. Details here

Passenger has announced headline tour dates for 2016. Details here

– The final AU Sessions are this Tuesday featuring Caitlin Harnett and Jordan Léser. Details here

– Alt-country duo Little Georgia released their new video “Forget Me”. Details here

The Tallest Man on Earth released his new video “Darkness of the Dream”. Details here

Interviews

“What we’ve been calling it is gypsy-swing. Rather than your traditional format which is Django plays the head or Steph plays the head and then they solo for 20 minutes then we’re done, we’ve tried to gear it more towards the swing era where they had those big fancy introductions by the saxes, except the accordion takes that. We’ve been trying to be a lot more arranged with what we do – we still have room for solos but it’s not the highlight of the song or the focus of the song”The Squeezebox Trio chat to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Reviews

Gigs

“Mumford & Sons did not disappoint with a blistering set covering all three of their albums. With the departure from acoustic instrumentation on Wilder Mind I half assumed that the tracks from Sigh No More and Babel would be reworked live to include the two-guitars-bass-keys-and-a-drum-kit set up, but for the older tracks the banjos and double bass were out in full force”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews Mumford & Sons at Gentlemen of the Road, Sydney with photographs by Sarah Turier. Review here

Releases This Week

Andrew Winton
GloryBox MechanicsAndrew Winton
Bandcamp

Punch Brothers
The WirelessPunch Brothers
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

TJB
Timothy James Bowen

Friday 20th November – Australian Music Week Showcase, Shucked, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 20th November – Home Sweet Home, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st November – Australian Music Week Showcase, Rydges, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 21st November – Australian Music Week Showcase, Zinc, Cronulla, NSW
Sunday 22nd November – Beechworth Town Hall, Beechworth, VIC
Monday 23rd November – The Monday Jam, The Beresford Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th November – Secret Show, Jan Juc, VIC
Friday 27th November – Secret Show, Philip Island, VIC

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Squeezebox Trio w/ Snail

Squeezebox

Sydney’s own gypsy-swing masters The Squeezebox Trio launch their highly anticipated debut album And A Hotplate at Sydney’s premiere jazz club. The wonderful Snail will be out in support.

Saturday 21st November – 505, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Thursday 26th November – Schoolhouse Studios, Melbourne, VIC

April Maze
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Majors Creek Festival, Braidwood, NSW

Archie Roach
Saturday 21st November – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 22nd November – Homeground 2015, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Batch Sessions feat. The Daphne Rawling Band, Tim Wheatley
Wednesday 25th November – Batch Brewing Company, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s
Wednesday 25th November – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Clare Valley Carnival of Music
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Auburn, SA

Chris Henry & Hardcore Grass
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – MountainGrass Festival, Harrietville, VIC

Dan Flynn and The State of Things
Sunday 22nd November – Petersham Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Dana Hassall
Friday 20th November – Mansfield Coffee Merchant, Mansfield, VIC
Saturday 21st November – Bos Taurus, Mansfield, VIC
Sunday 22nd November – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th November – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Friday 20th to Saturday 21st November – MountainGrass Bluegrass Festival, VIC

Festival of Small Halls feat. Irish Mythen, Starboard Cannons
Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd November – Mullum Music Festival, NSW
Friday 27th November – Felton Hall, Felton, QLD

FolkSwagon feat. Snail, The Campervan Dancers, Colin Jones
Wednesday 25th November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gorgeous Festival
Friday 27th to Saturday 28th November – Penny’s Hill Estate, McLaren Vale, SA

Handsome Young Strangers
Sunday 22nd November – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Home Sweet Home feat. The Sweet Jelly Rolls, Timothy James Bowen, Maia Jelavic
Friday 20th November – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Joe Hill Centennial Concert feat. George Mann, Maurie Mulheron, Margaret & Bob Fagan, Sydney Trade Union Choir
Saturday 21st November – NSW Teachers Federation, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Sunday 22nd November – Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Loren Kate
Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd November – Mullum Music Festival, NSW

Maia Jelavic
Friday 20th November – Home Sweet Home, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd November – Majors Creek Festival, Braidwood, NSW
Thursday 26th November – Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW

Majors Creek Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Braidwood, NSW

Marlon Williams and The Yarra Benders w/ Ben Salter
Friday 20th November – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 21st November – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd November – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Tuesday 24th November – RAD Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 25th November – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th November – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Mountaingrass
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Harrietville, VIC

Mullum Music Festival
Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd November – Mullumbimby, NSW

Mustered Courage
Friday 20th November – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 21st November – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Sunday 22nd November – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Pierce Brothers
Friday 20th November – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21st November – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

Queenscliff Music Festival
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th November – Queenscliff, VIC

Ron Sexsmith
Friday 20th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 21st November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Monday 23rd November – Basement, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 25th November – Rosemount, Perth, WA
Friday 27th November – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC

Ruby Boots
Friday 20th November – Basso Fridays, The Bassendean Hotel, Perth, WA
Saturday 21st November – The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel
Saturday 21st November – Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 22nd November – Beechworth Town Hall, Beechworth, VIC

Suzannah Espie
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Sweet Jean
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Mullumbimby Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Thursday 26th November – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th November – The Skukum Lounge, Ashgrove, QLD

The AU Sessions feat. Caitlin Harnett, Jordan Léser
Tuesday 24th November – Hive Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Crooked Fiddle Band w/ The Dead Maggies, Scarlet’s Revenge
Thursday 26th November – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

The Daphne Rawling Band
Saturday 21st November – The Blind Bear, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 21st November – JD’s Bar & Grill, Cronulla, NSW
Wednesday 25th November – Batch Brewery, Sydney, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 20th November – The Apple Shed, Grove, TAS
Saturday 21st November – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 26th November – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th November – The Pyrate House, Sydney, NSW

The Morrisons
Saturday 21st November – Aus Music Week, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 27th November – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW

The Snowdroppers
Sunday 22nd November – HiFi Days Festival, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 26th November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 27th and Saturday 28th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC

The Squeezebox Trio
Saturday 21st November – 505, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Majors Creek Festival, NSW

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 20th November – Australian Music Week Showcase, Shucked, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 20th November – Home Sweet Home, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st November – Australian Music Week Showcase, Rydges, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 21st November – Australian Music Week Showcase, Zinc, Cronulla, NSW
Sunday 22nd November – Beechworth Town Hall, Beechworth, VIC
Monday 23rd November – The Monday Jam, The Beresford Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th November – Secret Show, Jan Juc, VIC
Friday 27th November – Secret Show, Philip Island, VIC

TinPan Orange
Friday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Tiny Ruins
Wednesday 25th November – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Joe Hill/Swing Low Sweet Chariot (Live at Woodstock)”- Joan Baez

Yesterday was the 100 year anniversary of the execution of labor activist, folk singer and songwriter Joe Hill. The song “Joe Hill” by Earl Robinson (based on the Alfred Hayes poem “I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night”) has been covered by everyone from Pete Seeger to Bruce Springsteen but we had to include this beautiful, famous version from Joan Baez at her Woodstock performance.

Caitlin Harnett and Jordan Léser Announced for the Final AU Sessions

Cailtlin Harnett
Image Courtesy of Caitlin Harnett

Over the course of 2015 our friends over at The AU Review have been holding a series of intimate shows featuring some of Australia’s best upcoming singer-songwriters under the banner of the AU Sessions.

This season of the AU Sessions is coming to an end this month with a final show on Tuesday 24th November featuring local Sydney ladies Caitlin Harnett and Jordan Léser.

The AU Sessions take place at The Hive Bar in Erskinville, Sydney and have free entry. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.


The Inaugural Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest Announces Its Lineup

Kasey Chambers
Image Courtesy of Kasey Chambers

The brand new kid on the festival block is the Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest and judging by its inaugural lineup it will be making a big splash.

The Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest will this year be headlined by Kasey Chambers (above) as well as featuring a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites including The Audreys, Shane Howard, Archie Roach, Busby Marou, Bill Chambers, Henry Wagons, Pierce Brothers, Good Oak, The Davidson Brothers, Harry Hookey, The Wilson Pickers, Melody Pool, Karl S. Williams, Lachlan Bryan, Caitlin Harnett, The Mid North, Garett Kato, Katie Brianna, Sara Tindley, The Company, Mustered Courage, Gretta Ziller and many many more.

The festival will be held at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds in Northern NSW from the 2nd to 5th October this year. To get more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official web site here.

Sydney Gets a New Regular Americana Night, Heartbreaker Sessions

Heartbreaker Sessions
Image Courtesy of Heartbreaker Sessions

From August Sydney will be treated to a brand new Americana live music night, Heartbreaker Sessions.

The brain child of Chris Familton (the man behind Americana blog Post To Wire) and the mysterious figure only known as “Daz”, Heartbreaker Sessions will take place fortnightly on Sunday evenings at Freda’s in Chippendale. The night will pretty low key with a combination of live artists and Americana DJ sets.

The opening night of Heartbreaker Sessions is set to take place on Sunday 9th August and will feature the one-two Americana punch of Caitlin Harnett and Brielle Davis (Not Good With Horses) singing up a storm along with the alt-country and Americana DJs. The night kicks off at 6pm and entry is free.

For more information on Heartbreaker Sessions check out the official Facebook page here.

Lost Highway Presents Country and Inner Western for July 2015

Caitlin Harnett
Image Courtesy of Caitlin Harnett

Sydney Americana and alt-country night Country and Inner Western (presented by the Lost Highway label) seems to have become somewhat of an institution, especially since changing venues to The Basement a few months ago. Part of the reason has to be the quality of the artists that the night attracts, plus the fact that many on the scene have made it a must-attend part of their monthly calendar.

The July instalment of Country and Inner Western looks set to be a cracker with music from bluegrass larrikins The Green Mohair Suits, the enchanting Caitlin Harnett (who is recently returned from her latest North American jaunt) and singer-songwriter William Crighton.

The night will take place at The Basement in Sydney on Wednesday 29th July. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Watch the New Josh Rennie-Hynes Video “Land of Clouds”

Josh RH
Image Courtesy of Josh Rennie-Hynes

Brisbane singer-songwriter Josh Rennie-Hynes recently released a stunning live video of his track “Land of Clouds” as part of the Black Bear Sessions video series. The track features fellow singer-songwriters (and tour buddies) Liam Gerner and Caitlin Harnett – check it out below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 13th February

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Queensland singer-songwriter Hannah Robinson released her new video “Midnight Hour”. Details here

Justin Townes Earle returns to Australia this April with Sam Outlaw in tow. Details here

– Nashville based, Grammy award winning, alt-country singer-songwriter Kim Richey announced her Australian tour dates. Details here

The Mountain Goats have announced details of their upcoming professional wrestling themed concept album Beat The Champ. Details here

Sam Buckingham released her new single “Down The Rabbit Hole” as well as announcing a raft of Australian tour dates. Details here

– European-based Australian singer-songwriter Phia is back in the country with some tour dates. Details here

Jim Lawrie released his new single “Good Old Days”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Sweet Jean announced the release of a 7″ Vinyl featuring two new songs, “I See Stars” and “Still Here”. Details here

The Felice Brothers have announced headline dates when they’re in the country supporting Conor Oberst. Details here

– Canadian indie-folk band Great Lake Swimmers have released their new single “Zero in the City”. Details here

– Canadian folk singer Ruth Moody has announced an Australian tour. Details here

The Leisure Society released their new video “Tall Black Cabins”. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk night Little Features announced its return with a February lineup that includes Jacob Pearson, Hannah Robinson, Vanessa Caspersz and Josh Chamberlin. Details here

Josh Rennie-Hynes, Liam Gerner and Caitlin Harnett have announced a joint tour this March. Details here

Bear’s Den released their new video “Agape”. Details here

– Adelaide singer-songwriter Timberwolf has announced dates for a national tour starting this month. Details here

The Tallest Man on Earth has announced a new album Dark Bird Is Home. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Taryn La Fauci has announced details for her EP launch show next month. Details here

Sam Lee & Friends released their version of the track “Blackbird”. Details here

Releases This Week

Rhiannon Giddens
Tomorrow Is My TurnRhiannon Giddens
iTunes

Subirdia
SuBIRDiaSparrow-Folk
iTunes

Steve Earle
TerraplaneSteve Earle & The Dukes
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Once w/ Georgia Mooney

The Once

Fresh from their tour supporting Passenger around Australia, Canadian trio The Once are trading in stadiums for the intimate surrounds of Sydney’s Brighton Up Bar tonight for what’s bound to be a very special gig. And even better, they have Georgia Mooney (All Our Exes Live In Texas) opening for them.

Friday 13th February – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Alanna Eileen
Friday 13th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 19th February – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 13th February – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 14th February – Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 15th February – C.EX, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Wednesday 18th February – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 20th February – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW

Ann Vriend
Friday 13th February – Dodges Ferry, Tas
Saturday 14th February – Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart, Tas
Saturday 14th February – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, Tas
Sunday 15th February – Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs, Vic
Monday 16th February – School Concert, Bendigo, Vic
Thursday 19th February – Django Bar, Marrickville, NSW
Friday 20th February – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT

Archer
Wednesday 18th February – Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide, SA

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Stillhouse Union, The Plough
Wednesday 18th February – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Brothers & Sisters – The Music of O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Friday 20th February – Teatro 1, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, WA

CW Stoneking
Friday 13th February – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 14th February – The Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD
Sunday 15th February – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 17th February – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Wednesday 18th February – Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW
Thursday 19th February – Pier One @ Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 20th February – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW

Fairlight Folk feat. Shane Howard, Joe Flower and Harmony Breeze
Saturday 14th February – William Street Studios, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan
Friday 13th February – Live At The Wharf, Gnomon Pavilion, Ulverstone, TAS
Saturday 14th February – Fresh on Charles, Launceston, TAS
Wednesday 18th February – The Yarra Hotel, Abbottsford, VIC

Kim Churchill
Friday 13th February – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC

Kyneton Music Festival
Friday 20th and Saturday 21st February – Kyneton, VIC

Little Bastard
Friday 13th February – Dues Ex Machina, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 19th February – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th February – Kyneton Music Festival, Kyneton, VIC

Mandy Connell with Tom Ciccone
Thursday 19th February – Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Phia
Friday 13th February – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 20th February – Longplay, Melbourne, VIC

Rowena Wise
Friday 20th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Ruth Moody
Thursday 19th February – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th February – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Sam Brittain and Amistat
Friday 13th February – Beavs Bar, Geelong, VIC

The Melbourne Folk Club feat. Machine Translations, Broads
Wednesday 18th February – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Once w/ Georgia Mooney
Friday 13th February – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Last Of The Melting Snow” – The Leisure Society

The announcement of a new album from The Leisure Society had me diving back into their back catalogue which inevitably landed me on the track that made me fall in love with them to begin with.

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