The Fleurieu Folk Festival Announces Folkathon Fundraiser

Image Courtesy of Fleurieu Folk Festival

South Australia’s premiere folk event, The Fleurieu Folk Festival, will be holding their annual Folkathon fundraiser event this weekend and it’s going to be bigger than ever.

Held at the Port Noarlunga Bowling Club in Adelaide this Sunday 1st June, Folkathon will feature some of the state’s finest folk performers including AP D’Antionio, Cal Williams Jr, Chris Finnen, Courtney Robb, Emlyn & Jodie O’Regan, Halfway to Forth, Ragged But Right, Saltwater Taffy, Serendipity and Spiral Dance.

Folkathon is just $25 on the door ($20 for concession) with all proceeds going towards the 2014 Fleurieu Folk Festival which will take place this October. For more information on the day check out the official Facebook event here.

The Preloved Folk Project To Launch Album This Friday and Sunday

Preloved Folk
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This Friday and Sunday will see the launch of a very interesting and exciting project for the Adelaide folk scene. The Preloved Folk Project sees ten of Adelaide’s finest folk musicians hand over one of their most treasured songs to one another to be reworked, re-created and re-recorded as their own – the way it should be in the folk tradition.

Preloved Folk features the likes of Cal Williams Jr, Emily Davis, The Yearlings, Courtney Robb, Anthony D’Antonio, Kelly Menhennett, Andy & Marta, Simon Peter, Mary Webb and The Timbers and has been funded thanks to a Pozible campaign (that hit it’s goal long before we were even aware of it).

The album will be launched over two dates, Friday the 2nd and Sunday 4th November at The Wheatsheaf Hotel in Adelaide. For more information on how to get your hands on tickets for the launch or even how to get your hands on one of the albums check out the official Facebook page here.

The Nexus 
 Centre Adelaide 
World Music Series

Carla Lippis
Image Courtesy of Carla Lippis and the Martial Hearts

The Nexus 
 Centre in Adelaide will be presenting a series of Friday night world music events over the next three months celebrating diverse contemporary music from local, national and international acts. The night will feature the best in 
, folk and more and aims to celebrate some of the lesser know musical gems Adelaide has to offer.

The regular Friday nights will kick off this Friday with “Ban Dance” featuring country, folk and rock from Max Savage and the False Idols, The Bakers Digest and Carla Lippis and the Martial Hearts (above). Timber and Steel readers should also check out Banjo Jackson and Golonka! (21st September), Chris Finnen and Cal Williams Jr (12th October) and Le Vent du Nord (19th October) although every one of these nights looks spectacular.

Tickets are $15 with more information available at the official Nexus World Music web site. The full list of dates and performers are below:

Friday 7th September – Max Savage and the False Idols, The Bakers Digest and Carla Lippis and the Martial Hearts
Friday 14th September – Aloysious Leeson, Mike Bevan (Caliente) and Doug de Vries
Friday 21st September – Banjo Jackson and Golonka
Friday 28th September – The Atlantic Street Band and Marmalade Circus
Friday 5th October – Josh Bennett and Jay Dabgar
Friday 12th October – Chris Finnen and Cal Williams jr.
Friday 19th October – Le Vent du Nord with Louise Blackwell.
Friday 26th October – Alex Tsiboulski and Akoustic Odyssey
Friday 2nd November – Sufi Soul and Luminaria
Friday 9th November – Wouter Kellerman
Friday 16th November – Bortier Okoe (Afro Soul), Organic Roots and DJ Earthshaker
Friday 23rd November – A night of traditional and contemporary Persian music featuring a diverse range of Persian artists.
Friday 30th November – Afro Oz Musica

Fleurieu Folk Festival Announces 2012 Lineup

The Go Set
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If you want proof of just how diverse and eclectic music that falls under the “folk” umbrella just look at the Fleurieu Folk Festival lineup. At one end of the scale they have legendary Scottish-Australian singer songwriter Eric Bogle and at the other is Victoria folk punkers The Go Set (above) – and there’s a myriad of artists in between.

The Fleurieu Folk Festival is the event on the South Australian folk calander and it’s easy to see why. Held this year from the 26th to 28th October in Willunga, SA the lineup also boasts interstate acts such as Senor Cabrales (NSW), The Stetson Family (Vic), The Blue Mosquitoes (Tas), Rhiannon and Monique (QLD), Barry Skipsey (NT) and Junior Bowles (WA) as well as favourite locals like The Timbers, Cal Williams Jr, Goldstein, Country Express, Halfway to Forth, Jay Hoad and Yellow Blue Bus.

Tickets start from just $45 for the entire weekend. For more information check out the official site here.

Review: Cal Williams Jr, “King Billy”

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In the calm before the storm of exciting South Australian folk releases expected in the coming months, Cal Williams Jr has dropped a bona fide gem in King Billy. Cal is widely revered as a blues/folk guitarist and his past releases have drawn well deserved attention from the likes of Sarah Howells and Dom Alessio at the music machine headquarters.

Ashamedly, King Billy is the first Cal Williams Jr record I’ve listed to in full. I was surprised to find that, despite Cal’s evidently just reputation as a brilliant and bewildering  guitarist, he’s equally strong in composition, lyricism and arrangement. The likes of “Sun”, “Hollow Lake Blues”, “Death Don’t Have No Mercy”, “Seventh Son” and “Brownsville” all have a timeless soundtrack-to-life like quality. The record has a strong delta-blues persuasion, but with folk enough sensibility so that melody and flow are never sacrificed in the pursuit of a southern, bluesy sound. For this reason, many of the tracks are reminiscent of Jose Gonzalez with a bottleneck slide. Actually, “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” sounds more or less like what I imagine The Bearded Gypsy Band would sound like with a vocalist.

Cal Williams Jr and his talented band of session players are amongst the long list of fine ambassadors for the local South Australian recording studios. King Billy, recorded at Red Brick Studios, retains beautiful quality and clarity through layer upon layer of soft acoustic instrumentation. Even for readers with a stronger interest in indie-folk artists, I’d urge you to give Cal Williams Jr a listen and get along to a show.

Adelaide Music Project Preloved Folk

The Yearlings
Image Courtesy of The Yearlings

Adelaide has one of the most exciting, vibrant folk and acoustic scenes in Australia, a fact that is quite often overlooked by those in the Eastern states. At Timber and Steel we do our best to introduce these artists to the rest of the country and we’re constantly amazed by just how much amazing stuff we uncover.

So we thought we’d share this with you: A group of Adelaide folk artists are coming together under the project name Preloved Folk to record an album of covers of each others songs that will showcase them to the rest of Australia and maybe even the world. Some of the artists involved in the project will be familiar to Timber and Steel readers while others are just waiting to be discovered: Cal Williams Jr, Emily Davis, The Yearlings (above), Courtney Robb, Anthony D’Antonio, Kelly Menhennett, Andy & Marta, Simon Peter, Mary Webb and The Timbers.

To fund the project Preloved Folk have set up a crowdfunding page through Pozible. If you want to support quality South Australian folk music we recommend getting yourself over there and throwing Preloved Folk a couple of bucks. And while you’re doing that check out the introductory video to the project below.

Stobie Sounds Call For Song Contributions For New Concept Compilation Album

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Stobie Sounds is a non-for-profit community record label based in Adelaide, South Australia, which releases music from up-and-coming “roots” artists. The label was set up by volunteers as a means of supporting roots musicians, and has been doing exactly that. Stobie Sounds release limited edition, hand-printed, DIY albums made from recycled materials, and whilst they’ve only been releasing small batches of albums from emerging musicians, their significance or quality of production is not to be underestimated. This label have put out superb albums from some of SA’s biggest talents including Bearded Gypsy Band, Cal Williams Jr and Kirk Special, as well  as (amongst many other things) putting together a concept album last year comprised of reworked versions of songs by Big Joe Williams, by various contributing roots artists and groups.

The concept/compilation project is an annual event for Stobie Sounds, and this year they’ve really broadened the possibilities for contributions. Instead of asking for contributions of re-worked covers, they’ve decided to call for original compositions based around the poetry of Frank The Poet (AKA Francis McNamara). This is a fantastic opportunity for any artist to have their music released by one of the remaining “good guys” is the music industry. If you’re not familiar with Frank The Poet’s work; no matter- it doesn’t take long to learn about. The subject is interesting, engaging, and will provide inspiration by the bucket-load.

Stobie Sounds are seeking submission from anybody- local, interstate, or international. On the subject, the label said; “Apart from celebrating this important body of Australian folk literature, we want to link in local Adelaide artists with like minded scenes around the globe. We did this pretty successfully with the last compilation These Are My Blues: A Tribute To Big Joe Williams.”…”The only thing artists need to know is that we want the album to be dark and brooding. Dirgey. Epic. Intense. We’re not looking for naff garden variety bush balladry or rough imitations. This is an album recorded in 2011 and we want it to sound like that.”

So if you think you can explore the works of classical Australian literature in the language of today’s roots music, then head to this page to learn more about the specifics of the project, or get in touch with Stobie Sounds via this link. If they receive enough quality contributions, their minds are open to making the release a double-disc album with two different artists’ interpretations of each of the 12 poems, so get proactive and get writing.

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