Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We published our traditional list of our favourite Christmas carols and songs from the year including tracks from Kay Proudlove, The Low Anthem, The Staves, Brian Lambert, Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission, William Fitzsimmons, William Fitzsimmons, Allison Lupton feat. The Young’uns, Paden, Kirsty Lee Akers, Rodney Crowell, Lowland Hum, Grant Maloy Smith, Skinner and T’witch, Jimmy Lee Morris, Keston Cobblers Club, The Lumineers, Alessi’s Ark, The Selkie Girls, Rum Ragged, Cara Dillon and Rebecca Loebe & Findlay Napier. Details here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford FF

Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Monday 31st December – Shoalhaven Heads Bowling & Recreation Club, Shoalhaven Heads, NSW

Alex the Astronaut
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Alice Skye
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Monday 31st December to Wednesday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Andrew Swift, Gretta Ziller & Brad Cox
Friday 28th December – Ocean Grove Holiday Park, Ocean Grove, VIC
Saturday 29th December – Kangerong Holiday Park, Dromana, VIC
Sunday 30th December – Inverloch Foreshore Camping Reserve, Inverloch, VIC
Monday 31st December – Marlo Ocean Views, Marlo, VIC
Tuesday 1st January – Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park, Mallacoota, VIC
Wednesday 2nd January – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden NSW
Thursday 3rd January – NRMA Jindabyne Holiday Park, Jindabyne NSW
Friday 4th January – Jingellic Showgrounds, Jingellic NSW

Archer
Friday 4th January – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Saturday 29th December – The Cauliflower Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 3rd January – Rock Lily, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Saturday 29th December – One Hot Night, Rockhampton, QLD
Sunday 30th December – Tropical Vibes Gki, The Keppels, QLD

Cassidy’s Ceili
Monday 31st December – The Burns Club, Canberra, ACT

Cat Canteri
Thursday 3rd January – Red Lion Brewery, Kilmore, VIC
Friday 4th January – Empire Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Dan Sultan
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Dean Lewis
Friday 28th December – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Dermot Kennedy w/ Sam Fender
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Monday 31st December to Wednesday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Echo Deer
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Gulgong Folk Festival, Gulgong, NSW

Emily Wurramara
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Falls Festival
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Lorne, VIC
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Marion Bay, TAS
Monday 31st December to Wednesday 2nd January – Byron Bay, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Old Man Luedecke, Lucy Wise
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

First Aid Kit
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Monday 31st December to Wednesday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Gulgong Folk Festival
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Gulgong, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers
Monday 31st December – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Hat Fitz and Cara
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Honey
Friday 4th January – Bermi’s Beachside Cafe, Bermagui, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Irish Mythen
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Wednesday 2nd January – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 3rd January – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 4th January – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Jen Cloher
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Jess Locke
Sunday 30th December to Tuesday 1st January – NYE On The Hill, VIC

Julia Jacklin
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Karl S Williams
Sunday 30th December – The Scottish Prince, Palm Beach, QLD

Les Poules a Colin
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Thursday 3rd January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 4th January – Le Penelope’s @ Kirwans Bridge Estate, Nagambie, VIC

Liam Gerner
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Lucy Wise
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Magpie Diaries
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD
Thursday 3rd January – Nimbin Bush Theatre, Nimbin, NSW
Thursday 3rd January – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 4th January – Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW

Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Mark Lucas
Thursday 3rd January – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Mel Parsons
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Mick Thomas and the Roving Commission
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Monique Clare
Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th January – Tree Folk String Camp, Paddington Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 4th January – The BrisWest Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Nariel Creek Folk Festival
Thursday 27th December to Thursday 3rd January – Nariel Creek Recreation Reserve, Nariel Valley, VIC

Neil Murray
Friday 28th December – The Sewing Room, Perth, WA
Thursday 3rd January – Ronnie Nights, Fremantle, WA

NYE On The Hill
Sunday 30th December to Tuesday 1st January – The Farm, Loch Village, VIC

Old Man Luedecke
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Paddy McHugh
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Pete Murray
Thursday 3rd January – The Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, QLD
Friday 4th January – The Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, QLD

Porch Sessions on Tour feat. Jack The Fox, Harrison Storm & Alana Wilkinson
Wednesday 2nd January – House Concert, Gold Coast Hinterland, Mount Nathan, QLD

Sean McMahon
Saturday 29th December – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Shantily Clad w/ Jam Jar Trio
Saturday 29th December – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Shaun Kirk
Monday 31st December – Queenscliff Harbour, Queenscliff, VIC

Shawn Lidster & Pay the Fiddler
Friday 4th January – Halekulani Bowling Club, Budgewoi, NSW

Stella Donnelly
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Sunday 30th December to Tuesday 1st January – NYE On The Hill, VIC

Stiff Gins
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Beautiful Girls
Thursday 3rd January – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 4th January – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD

The Black Sorrows
Friday 28th December – Bird’s Basement, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 29th December – Westernport-Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Sunday 30th December – Wonderland Spiegeltent, Barwon Heads, VIC
Monday 31st December – Coolalinga Tavern, Coolalinga, NT
Thursday 3rd January – Panthers Port Macquarie, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 4th January – Bowlo Sports & Leisure, Yamba, NSW

The Bushwackers
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Cat Empire
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Emerald Ruby
Sunday 30th December – Chicks with Picks, The Townie, Sydney, NSW

The Fretless
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Friday 4th January – The BrisWest Centre, Brisbane, QLD

The Little Lord St Band
Friday 4th January – The Sewing Room, Perth, WA

The Little Stevies
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Maes
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Montgomery Brothers
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Northern Folk
Thursday 27 December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD
Thursday 3rd January – Upper Lansdowne Hall & Happenings, Upper Lansdowne, NSW

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Teskey Brothers
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Waifs
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Water Runners
Friday 28th December – The Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, NSW

Tree Folk String Camp
Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th January – Paddington Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Vance Joy
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Monday 31st December to Wednesday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Woodford Folk Festival
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Xavier Rudd
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Charlie Darwin” – The Low Anthem

The Best Folky Christmas Songs of 2018

Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve which means its time to publish our favourite Christmas tracks released this year with a folky flavour.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone! Looking forward to folking with you in 2019

Kay Proudlove – “Gift Card”

The Low Anthem – “Fairy On The Christmas Tree”

The Staves – “Home Alone, Too”

Brian Lambert – “All I Want For Christmas”

Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission – “Boxing Day Drive”

William Fitzsimmons – “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

William Fitzsimmons – “Will Christmas Come for Me (Child of God)”

William Fitzsimmons – “Where Are You Christmas?”

William Fitzsimmons – “Warmer in the Cold”

Allison Lupton feat. The Young’uns – “The Eve of Christmas Day”

Paden – “Christmas Chorus”

Kirsty Lee Akers – “I Never Want Christmas To End”

Rodney Crowell – “Clement’s Lament (We’ll See You In The Mall)”

Lowland Hum – “Joy To The World”

Grant Maloy Smith feat. EmiSunshine – “Fly Possum Fly”

Skinner and T’witch – “Silent, the Night”

Jimmy Lee Morris – “Christmas 1914”

Keston Cobblers Club – “Let It Snow”

The Lumineers – “Pretty Paper”

Alessi’s Ark – “Winter’s Grace”

The Selkie Girls – “Good King Wenceslas”

Rum Ragged – “Pop’s New Accordion”

Cara Dillon – “River”

Rebecca Loebe & Findlay Napier – “Joy to the World, I Guess”

Eric Coomer – “Snow”

The Best Folky Christmas Songs of 2016

Little Drummer Boy

It’s Christmas Eve which means its time to publish our favourite Christmas tracks released this year with a folky flavour.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone! Looking forward to folking with you in 2017

The Lumineers – “Blue Christmas”
This year we were treated to a couple of versions of the Elvis Presley track “Blue Christmas” – a stripped back version from The Lumineers and an indie version from Builder of the House & Robyn Adele Anderson. We like ’em both!

Builder of the House (ft. Robyn Adele Anderson) – “Blue Christmas”

Trampled by Turtles – “Christmas in Prison”
Jone Prine’s “Christmas in Prison” is a go to cover for Americana, country and bluegrass bands each year – we like this version from Trampled by Turtles

Bonnie & The Barrows – “Christmas Brand New”

Sara Watkins – “The Holidays With You”
Sara Watkins adds a touch of ukulele to Christmas with her track “The Holidays With You”.

David Brent & Foregone Conclusion – “Don’t Cry It’s Christmas”
Ok, this isn’t folk. But you have to agree that Ricky Gervais’ David Brent owns the Christmas number one with “Don’t Cry It’s Christmas”

Brooke Annibale – “This Holiday”

Caroline Pennell Feat. Aaron Espe – “This Year”

Miranda Dodson – “Christmas Glow”

Jessica Martindale & Tyler Huston – “Angels We Have Heard”

She & Him – “Christmas Memories”
She & Him are determined to corner the indie market each and every year and their 2016 track “Christmas Memories” is another gem.

Freedom Fry – “Oh Santa (Bad World)”

Woodsy Pride – “It’s Merry Christmas”

Marié Digby – “Venice Beach Christmas”

Cara Dillon – “Upon a Winter’s Night”
A truly wonderful piece of Christmas folk music – what more would you expect from Cara Dillon?

Low – “Some Hearts (at Christmas Time)”

Jack Skuller – “Stuck In This Holiday”

The Washington Squares – “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)”
“The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” gets a 60s folk makeover care of The Washington Squares.

Loretta Lynn – “To Heck with Ole Santa Claus”

Skinner and T’witch – “The Winter Song”

Jethro Tull – “Pass The Bottle (A Christmas Song)”

The Changing Room – “There’s Magic In Christmas Eve”

Ange Hardy – “Mary’s Robin”
Ange Hardy released a double A side for Christmas and both tracks – “The Quantock Carol” and “Mary’s Robin” – are magnificent. We chose “Mary’s Robin” because most other outlets are chosing the former.

The Gothard Sisters – “Christmas Flower”
Tightly polished Irish folk music at its best.

Jennifer Licko – “The Holly and the Ivy”

Cherish the Ladies – “Ding Dong! Merrily On High/The Cordal Jig/Old Apples In Winter/Con Cassidy’s”

Ben Abraham and Missy Higgins – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
A wonderful slice of Australian Christmas. Ben Abraham, Missy Higgins, a kiddy pool and a dog are all you need.

The Secret Sisters – “The Little Drummer Boy”

Hattie Briggs & Natalie Holmes – “Christmas Bells”

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th June

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– French-Canadian trad trio Genticorum released their brand new live album Enregistré Live. Details here

– Last night saw the first show in the Timber and Steel presented June single-launch tour from Jep and Dep. Details here

– We finally got a taste of some new music from Boy & Bear with their new single “Southern Sun” and it’s very very 70s. Details here

The Perch Creek Family Jugband have released a new single, “Big Things Calling”, and are heading out on tour this month. Details here

– The ever prolific Laura Veirs has announced plans to release a new album in August and has already revealed the first song, “Sun Song”, featuring Neko Case on backing vocals. Details here

– Sydney’s MoFo have announced an amazing lineup for their June event including Karl Christoph and Jacky Wotton. Details here

Josh Pyke has announced a full national tour this August and September. Details here

– Up-and-coming Sydney singer-songwriter Imogen Clark will be showcasing her new EP at a June residency in Glebe. Details here

– Melbourne trio The Stillsons have revealed a brand new single, “Feel So Young”, plus live dates in NSW, VIC and ACT. Details here

– The new Billy Bragg video features a who’s who of English comedic actors and was directed by Johnny Vegas. Details here

Sarah Blasko revealed the slightly NSFW clip for her latest single “All Of Me”. Details here

– And sticking with Sarah Blasko, the songwriter has announced plans for a regional tour in July and August. Details here

Edward Deer revealed a new song, “High Roller”, written with Jess Chalker. Details here

– The enigmatic Father John Misty has released his latest video “Funtimes in Babylon”. Details here

Buffalo Tales revealed his brand new, slightly surreal video for the track “Amsterdam”. Details here

The Gov in Adelaide will be starting up weekly old time fiddle sessions from next Friday. Details here

Blog

“People keep telling me I must feel wonderful. I do! But I’m also more tired than I think I’ve ever been in my entire life”Rose Wintergreen talks Crowd Funding in the forth of a four part series. Blog here

Releases This Week

Wayward Daughter
Wayward DaughterEliza Carthy
iTunes

Genticorum
Enregistré LiveGenticorum
Official Site

Timber and Steel Presents

Jep and Dep
Jep and Dep
Friday 7th June – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Eleanor McEvoy
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – The National Celtic Festival, Port Arlington, VIC
Wednesday 12th June – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Evan and the Brave
Friday 14th June – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Folk Club feat. Liam Gale & the Ponytails, Lily So & The Bellows, Martha Marlow
Wednesday 12th June – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW

Imogen Clark
Sunday 9th June – The Toxteth Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Martha Wainwright
Saturday 8th June Lizotte’s, Newcastle NSW
Sunday 9th June Lizotte’s, Newcastle NSW
Friday 14th June Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC

Matt Corby with Grace Woodroofe
Friday 7th June – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

MoFo feat. Karl Christoph, Jacky Wotton
Friday 14th – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Palm Creek Folk Festival
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Palm Creek, QLD

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 7th June – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 9th June – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Texture Like Sun, Ella Hooper, Ariela Jacobs
Tuesday 11th June – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

The Milk Carton Kids with Melody Pool
Friday 7th June – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 8th June – St Kilda Memo, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 9th June – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Tigertown
Thursday 13th June – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 14th June – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Top Half Folk Festival
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June – Glen Helen Resort, NT

Tom West
Friday 7th June – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 8th June – The Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“I Am A Youth That’s Inclined To Ramble” – Cara Dillon

Like so many traditional songs that I love I first came across “I Am A Youth That’s Inclined To Ramble” thanks to Kate Burke and Ruth Hazelton, but most people probably know the track thanks to versions from Paul Brady or this one from Cara Dillon.

Spotlight On: Winter Mountain

Winter MountainImage courtesy of Winter Mountain

An Englishman and an Irishman walk in to a bar… well not quite, but pretty close. This duo met by complete chance having boarded the same Memphis bound train in Chicago, IL. Clearly they shared a lot in common, neither of them had a penny to their names, both had a love of singing and songwriting, keen folk stylings and apparent insomnia as they sat talking to the wee hours of the morning of musical influences and passions.

By the time they arrived at their destination they had named themselves Winter Mountain and decided to travel together, jamming, playing and storytelling as a duo. Some more famous unions that have occurred on the spur of the moonlight moment in the USA *cough*Brittany Spears*cough* have lasted a blink of an eye and delivered about as much talent, but Winter Mountain is definitely a keeper. Good thing they got home from the USA still talking to each other and headed straight to Ireland for two weeks of intense songwriting. Serendipity landed them a spot on a Battle of the Bands line up, which they won, and consequently saw them booked to open for one of Ireland’s favourites, Cara Dillon. Upon hearing the duo, Cara promptly signed them to her record label Charcoal Records which she runs with her husband and producer, Sam Lakeman.

That fateful train ride has since resulted in their debut EP, Find, Follow, which is set to release on iTunes this coming Monday, 20th May. I’ve had the privilege of having an early listen and I can’t find any reason not to pick up or even pre-order this little gem, it’s been on repeat for days delighting me with each spin. Featuring three tracks, it spans their folky range, from the more countryesque Shed a Little Light, through the upbeat yet lamentably lovestruck Sarah (which I find myself constantly humming), and wrapping up with a sweet, lilting ballad of Whenever You Lay Your Head Down.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a solid male duo on the scene. With boots to fill of the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, these two manage to blend their voices in delicious harmonies, complementing their emotive melodies quite simply but effectively, while still retaining their young and contemporary vibe. It’s kind of like Indie-folk without actually stepping in to the indie realm.

In short, they’ve got great people behind them, swags of natural talent and a clear road laying ahead of them.

Country of Origin: Donegal, Ireland and West Cornwall, UK.
File Under: Contemporary Folk
Sounds Like: Simon and Garfunkel and Fleet Foxes on summer holiday.
Facebook: facebook.com/wintermountain
Website: www.wintermountain.co.uk
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