Review: St Jeromes Laneway Festival Sydney, A Folkie’s Perspective

Laneway Festival
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Ever since the St Jeromes Laneway Festival booked Mumford and Sons for their 2010 event right before they became the world dominating band they are today I’ve been a fan. My friends had been telling me to go for a few years prior but it was the 2010 lineup – that also included Sarah Blasko, The Middle East and Florence and the Machine – plus its move to the Sydney College of the Arts venue that clinched it for me. While Laneway is an indie festival at heart it always brings me back for the smattering of folky, acoustic goodness that features on the lineup each and every year

As I wandered into the newly extended Callan Park venue is Rozelle the sweet sounds of Little May filtered over the treetops from the Garden Stage. I’m really proud of these guys – a firm Timber and Steel favourite – for the trajectory their musical career is taking at the moment. Their appearance at Laneway came as a result of taking out the triple j Unearthed and while their early opening spot meant the crowds were no where near as big as they would be later in the day, there was a definite buzz around the park for Little May. A couple of years ago Tigertown had the same slot and it just seems like the perfect way to ease you into Laneway – there’s nothing like the mid morning sun, finding your festival bearings and listening to indie-folk.

Next on my “to see” was Cass McCombs, an artist I have a passing knowledge of but whom many of my peers rave about. Standing in the exposed Courtyard Stage (the limited shade of the peppercorn tree was already well populated) I listened to the American singer-songwriter make his way through a set of country inspired rock tunes. I thought the same thing when I saw Jake Bugg at Splendour in the Grass last year – what Cass McCombs presented was good, I just don’t think it was any better or any more deserving of a place on the Laneway stage than any of the hundreds of country-inspired singer-songwriters I see playing to half empty clubs around the country every week. His talent is obvious, his performance was solid and there were a few people really excited about his set (the guy next to me turned to me unsolicited and said “Who is this? It’s great! So country!”) but for the most part I failed to see what the buzz was about.

From the Cass McCombs set we made our way to hill overlooking the side-by-side Garden and Park stages to catch an afternoon of folky goodness from Vance Joy, Frightened Rabbit and Daughter. I really like the way that Laneway Festival has expanded outside of the walls of the Sydney College of the Arts and into Callan Park for the “main” stages rather than cramming everyone into what is now the Courtyard Stage. Having the elevation of the hill rolling down into the stages was superb, allowing us “older” patrons to have a bit of a sit down on the grass with a clear view of the stage while the young’uns danced up a storm at the front. I hope this is extension of the festival grounds is here to stay – and that the council is listening!

Vance Joy was the man of the hour when he walked on stage in front of a massive crowd for his 2:30pm set. I’d seen him last year at Splendour in the Grass at the height of his “Riptide” stardom and it looks as though he has his festival performance – with his full band behind him – down to a perfect science. Kicking off with God Loves You When You’re Dancing opener “Emmylou” and then deftly moving through the rest of his EP throughout his set Vance Joy had the crowd jumping and singing in the afternoon sun. When the ukulele appeared for “Play With Fire” the crowd went wild, a state of excitement they managed to maintain as Vance Joy wrapped up proceedings with “Riptide”. I think the crowd might have been bigger later in the day when Lorde performed her highly anticipated set, but the energy during Vance Joy’s appearance would not be replicated for the rest of the festival.

Next up were Frightened Rabbit who have managed to shake their comparison Mumford and Sons (which seems solely based on front man Scott Hutchison’s rythmic acoustic guitar sound) and instead earning their reputation as an amazing live band. For a group that boasts more guitarists than is usually recommended Frightened Rabbit still manage to make their sound melodic, complex and layered. This isn’t just a wall of sound, it’s a considered presentation of songs with every instrument playing its part. Hutchison’s reputation as a mouthy Scotsman was fully realised with plenty of in between song banter, berating of the audience and swearing in that charming way that only a Scotsman can. A fantastic performance and the perfect follow on from the sweet folk of Vance Joy.

I’ve been following a writing about Daughter since they first popped up as part of the Communion scene in 2011. Their simple instrumentation – vocals, guitars and percussion – lends itself very well to the indie-folk scene but in truth these guys have firmly moved on from any folk roots they may have once had and have more in common with bands like The XX and Alt-J. I still thoroughly enjoyed their Laneway set as the sun dipped behind the college and the intense heat of the day started to abate. Drawing heavily from their 2013 album If You Leave – which in turn draws heavily from their earlier EPs – Daughter definitely won over the crowd with select cuts like “Youth” and “Amsterdam”.

Daughter were the last of the folkier bands on the line – despite the recent announcement of an acoustic tour Cloud Control have long since shed any folk leanings – so we settled in at the Garden and Park stages and watched the crowds ebb and flow while the likes of Lorde, Haim, Chvrches and The Jezabels played on. I love this festival for so many reasons – its location in Sydney’s inner-west away from the bigger parks and stadiums, its ability to book acts like Lorde and Vance Joy before they’re massive, the relaxed vibe of the bigger stages, the fact I could sit on the grass and enjoy the music – and I’m so glad that indie-folk is still an important part of it. As long as Laneway is able to maintain this quality, both in lineup and presentation, they’ll have me as a lifetime fan.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th December

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Tonight The Davidson Brothers will be joined by The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats and Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes for a Summer Pickin’ Party in Melbourne. Details here

– Hunter Valley festival the Gum Ball have announced their first round of artists for 2014 including Jinja Safari, Adrian Edmondson’s Bad Shepherds, Nicky Bomba, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Lindi Ortega and many many more. Details here

Jack Carty is throwing Christmas party in Sydney this Monday with The Falls, Maples, Iluka, Rosie Catalano, Achoo! Bless You, Luke Wellington, Andrew Brown and James Blow. Details here

Imogen Clark has announced a co-headline tour of NSW this January and February with singer-songwriter Joe Mungovan. Details here

– More artists have been added to the Port Fairy Folk Festival lineup including Pieta Brown, The Waifs’ Donna & Vikki’s side project The Stray Sisters, the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, The Flying Emus and many more. Details here

– Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder has announced dates for a solo Australian tour. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Cass McCombs has revealed his new single “Big Wheel”. Details here

Emma Davis has released the stunning new video for her stunning new track “Stand Tall”. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter Robert Ellis has released his new single “Only Lies”. Details here

José González released his new video “Stay Alive” from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty soundtrack. Details here

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes are heading out on tour in January to launch their new album Black Coffee. Details here

– Next April and May Boy & Bear will be heading out on a massive national regional tour. Details here

– Watch the new video from Darren Cross, “Hit The Quit”. Details here

– Adelaide folkies The Timbers have a new single, “Things to Come”, and are hitting the road throughout January. Details here

Simone Felice has revealed his new single “Molly-O!” featuring members of The Lumineers from his upcoming album Strangers. Details here

– The National Folk Festival has added a bunch more artists for 2014 including Rory McLeod, Old Man Luedecke, Tift Merritt, Heath Cullen, The Barons of Tang, Richard Perso and more. Details here

Blog

We revealed the top albums of 2013 according to Timber and Steel’s contributors. Read the piece here

Our favourite artists let us in on what they pick as their top album or EP of 2013. Read the piece here

Our Editor in Chief Gareth Hugh Evans chose his top 25 songs of 2013. Read the piece here

Gigs Next Week

April Maze w/ Cisco James
Tuesday 24th December – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Festival of Small Halls w/ Jordie Lane and Rose Cousins
Friday 20th December – Degilbo Hall, Degilbo, QLD
Saturday 21st December – Boonarga Cactoblastis Hall, Chinchilla, QLD
Sunday 22nd December – Mt Mee Public Hall, Mt Mee, QLD

Jack Carty Christmas Party feat. Jack Carty, The Falls, Maples, Iluka, Rosie Catalano, Achoo! Bless You, Luke Wellington, Andrew Brown, James Blow
Monday 23rd December – 505, Sydney, NSW

Little May
Friday 20th December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Summer Pickin’ Party feat. The Davidson Brothers, The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 20th December – The Curtin Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

The Morrisons
Thursday 26th December – The Vic, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Fairytale Of New York” – Christy Moore

Probably the greatest secular Christmas song ever sung by one of the greatest singers in the world. Merry Christmas everyone!

Listen to the New Cass McCombs Single “Big Wheel”

Cass McCombs
Image Courtesy of Cass McCombs

US singer-songwriter Cass McCombs has just released the latest single “Big Wheel”, the sort-of title track from his album Big Wheel And Others released in October this year. Take a listen to the track below:

Cass McCombs will be in the country next month for the Laneway festivals. He’s announced a couple of sideshows while he’s here – check out the list of dates below:

Thursday 30th January – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 6th February – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 1st November

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival revealed the first lineup of artists for 2014 including Altan (Ireland), Blair Dunlop (UK), Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen (USA), Madeline Peyroux (USA), Rory McLeod (UK), Rose Cousins (Canada), Archie Roach, Ash Grunwald, Bobby Alu, Daniel Champagne, The Mae Trio, The Pigs, The Tealeaves, The Tiger & Me, Things of Stone and Wood and many more. Details here

The Head and The Heart have released their brand new video “Shake”. Details here

– The new EP from Bear’s Den, Without/Within, is out today (see below) and they have released a video for the track “Sahara” to celebrate. Details here

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers also released their long-awaited new video “Sea Elephant School”. Details here

Cass McCombs has announced a couple of sideshows when he’s in the country for Laneway. Details here

– Alt-country singer-songwriter James Kenyon has announced plans for a November tour. Details here

– This Sunday will see The Davidson Brothers kick off their November residency at The Spotted Mallard in Melbourne. Details here

– Alice Springs based singer-songwriter Jacinta Price will be launching her Bill Chambers produced debut album Dry River this month. Details here

– Scottish trad group Breabach will be in the country for Woodford and WOMADelaide this Summer and are streaming their brand new album Ùrlar online. Details here

– The very buzz worthy, very quirky Mikhael Paskalev will be releasing his new EP I Spy in Australia this month. Details here

Bob Evans has announced his Good Evans It’s Xmas! residency at the Northcote Social Club this December. Details here

– Melbourne trio Whitaker are releasing their new EP Wichita this month. Details here

Daughter have released their brand new video “Amsterdam”. Details here

– Sydney’s MoFo at The Gaelic have announced their November lineup for next Friday including Takadimi and Catgut. Details here

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros have released yet another new video, this time for “Country Calling”. Details here

– When she’s in the country for Golden Plains next year Neko Case has a bunch of sideshows planned. Details here

Interviews

“Lucie and I met in Sydney, and we met through the music really. Lucie played a big part in bringing me to Australia. When we met, I knew we would be friends. When I heard Lucie play a solo show at the Mullum Festival before I went back to the states, I caught a spark – it was like a vision – I could see as clear as day that we would collaborate. When I told Lucie about my vision/idea she was wide open and it rolled on out from there”Pieta Brown from Love Over Gold chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Blog

“Next week Patrick James will be hitting the road for his 2013 Spring Tour. We thought we’d ask the Aussie troubadour for his top ten tracks you’re likely to hear on his tour bus as he makes his way around the country and he came back with a pretty impressive list”Patrick James shares his top 10 tour bus tracks. Blog here

Releases This Week

Within Without
Without/WithinBear’s Den
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Arbori
Arbori
Saturday 2nd November – Bom Funk Studio, Canberra, ACT
Friday 8th November – Smiths Alternative Bookstore, Canberra, ACT

Gigs Next Week

Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions Presents Sally Balfour
Sunday 3rd November – Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, Alice Springs, NT

Boy & Bear
Friday 1st November – Wool Exchange, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 2nd November – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 3rd November – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 4th November – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 7th November – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 8th November – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD

Busby Marou
Thursday 7th November – Zierholz @ UC, Canberra, ACT
Friday 8th November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

Clannad
Friday 1st November – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 3rd November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Dyson Stringer Cloher
Friday 1st November – Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 2nd November – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 3rd November – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW
Tuesday 5th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Wednesday 6th November – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 7th November – Lizotte’s, Dee Why, NSW
Friday 8th November – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Emma Davis and Brian Brian Campeau
Friday 8th November – FBI Social, Sydney, NSW

Foghorn Stringband
Friday 1st November – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 2nd November – Sydney Bluegrass & Old Tim, Annandale, NSW
Sunday 3rd November – Roxbury Hotel, Glebe, NSW
Tuesday 5th November – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 6th November – Yea Community House, Yea, VIC
Thursday 7th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, VIC

heart.beats.mind.
Friday 1st November – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 2nd November – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

James Kenyon
Saturday 2nd November – The Labour in Vain, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 5th November – The Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Jordie Lane
Friday 1st November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 2nd November – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Sunday 3rd November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS (Afternoon Show)
Thursday 7th November – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 8th November – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Lachlan Bryan
Friday 1st November – Burleigh Underground Drummers, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 7th November – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW
Friday 8th November – The Lambton Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Little Bastard
Friday 8th November – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Loren Kate
Friday 8th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

MoFo at The Gaelic feat. Takadimi and Catgut
Friday 8th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Patrick James
Thursday 7th November – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW

Sam Buckingham and Buffalo Tales
Friday 1st November – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

Takadimi
Friday 8th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

The Bon Scotts
Saturday 2nd November – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 3rd November – The Surf Club, Glenelg, SA

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 1st November – Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Saturday 2nd November – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 8th November – The Corner. Melbourne, VIC

The Little Stevies
Saturday 2nd November – Portland Music Festival, Portland, VIC
Thursday 7th November – The Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th November – The Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW

Whitley
Saturday 2nd November – A Day On The Greeen, Hunter Valley, NSW
Sunday 3rd November – A Day On The Green, Mount Cotton, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Lanigan’s Ball” – Christy Moore

This was the first fiddle tune I ever learnt on my violin when I was a kid and still one of my favourites. Christy Moore has such a rhythmic way of singing and is perfectly suited to this track.

Cass McCombs Announces Laneway Sideshows

Cass McCombs
Image Courtesy of Cass McCombs

American singer-songwriter Cass McCombs will be in the country next year for the Laneway Festivals and while he’s here he’s announced a couple of sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne. In sideshows McCombs will be supported by Ross McLennan (Melbourne) and Melodie Nelson (Sydney). Check out both dates below:

Thursday 30th January – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 6th February – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th October

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Nick Mulvey debuted his brand new video for the track “Nitrous”. Details here

– The new video from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, “Life Is Hard”, shows the band doing what they do best – playing live. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Cass McCombs, who will be in the country next year for Laneway, has released his new single “Brighter” featuring Karen Black on vocals. Details here

– To celebrate the release of his new album Country Mile this week Johnny Flynn has released the title track as his new video. Details here

– Two of Timber and Steel’s favourites, Sam Buckingham and Buffalo Tales, are heading out on tour together. Details here

– Melbourne’s Kate Martin has released her new single “Awaken” and will be touring this November. Details here

Arbori have released their new single “Flannelette and Feather Beds” ahead of their tour for Timber and Steel. Details here

Mark Moldre has a new video, “Four Winds”, and a free NSW south coast tour with Sarah Humphreys. Details here

Tomas Strode and The Tour Guides are streaming their new album Graceful Mistake online before the official launch in Melbourne this Wednesday. Details here

Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer and Jen Cloher are teaming up to tour as Dyson Stringer Cloher this October, November and December and are streaming a stunning tour EP to get you in the mood. Details here

– The Illawarra Folk Festival revealed the first artists for 2014 including Andy Irvine, The Beez, Dom Flemons, Whitetop Mountaineers, The Miss Chiefs, The Timbers and many many more. Details here

– This month’s MoFo at The Gaelic in Sydney will feature All Our Exes Live in Texas and Oh Pep! Details here

– We exclusively debuted “Feet In The Sand”, the new video from Rose Wintergreen. Details here

– The new single from The Head and the Heart, “Another Story”, is just stunning. Details here

– Two of the Falls Festival’s more folky acts, James Vincent McMorrow and Tom Odell, have announced sideshows. Details here

Interviews

“I do feel joy in my life. I don’t live in that place of my music all the time. Even though, it’s totally always just under the surface. It’s just here (touches chest under vest) and it can come out very easily”Scott Matthew spends an evening with Janine Estoesta. Interview here

“I stopped listening to the album a little while ago. Occasionally I’ll see it there and spin one or two tracks but I want to start again with everyone else. When it [comes out] I’ll start listening with everyone else to feel like it’s new for me as well” – Thomas Busby of Busby Marou chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“The first reason why I started to do the house concert tours is because I just wanted to be able to play more and I felt like I was exhausting all my options around the country. The size of venue that I was playing at at the time and how I was doing things meant I couldn’t necessarily go to Melbourne and play three or four gigs and actually make that work for me. I thought what if I did one gig in Melbourne and a couple of gigs in people’s homes around Melbourne so that I could spend three or four days there, I could play to more people and potentially not lose money by doing that”Sam Buckingham chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Busby Marou
Farewell FitzroyBusby Marou
iTunes

Rosie Catalano
Dreams Are Just MoviesRosie Catalano
Bandcamp

Crooked Fiddle Band
Moving Pieces of the SeaThe Crooked Fiddle Band
Bandcamp

Little Stevies
Diamonds For Your TeaThe Little Stevies
iTunes

Afterdust
AfterdustWoody Pitney
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Arbori
Arbori
Friday 4th October – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th October – Revolt Studios, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 8th October – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Friday 11th October – Triple Menace Studio, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Foy Vance
Thursday 10th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 4th October – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 5th October – The Heritage, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 6th October – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Jinja Safari
Friday 4th October – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 5th October – The Astor, Perth, WA
Sunday 6th October – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Liz Frencham
Friday 4th October – Humph Hall, Nth Sydney, NSW
Sunday 6th October – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Loren Kate
Thursday 10th October – Kidgo Arthouse, Fremantle, WA
Friday 11th October – Nanga Music Festival, Dwellingup, WA

Mark Moldre and Sarah Humphreys
Thursday 10th October – Bottlerocket Bar & Cafe, Nowra, NSW
Friday 11th October – Shellharbour Workers Club, Shellharbour, NSW

Matt Corby with Bear’s Den
Wednesday 9th October – Wollongong University, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 10th October – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 11th October – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW

Nigel Wearne
Friday 4th October – Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah, ACT
Saturday 5th October – St Leonards Vineyard, Wahgunyah, VIC
Saturday 5th October – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Olivers Army
Friday 4th October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Oscar Lush
Thursday 10th October – Sofar Sounds, Sydney, NSW

Potato Potato
Friday 4th October – Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick Heads, NSW

Roscoe James Irwin
Thursday 10th October – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Rose Wintergreen with Rosie Catalano
Friday 4th October – The Hideaway, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 10th October – The Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW

Takadimi
Friday 4th October – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th October – Ceres Markets (morning), Brunswick East, VIC
Saturday 5th October – Secret House Concert, Brunswick East, VIC
Sunday 6th October – Popup Gig, Melbourne, VIC

Tanya Batt
Saturday 5th October – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Bon Scotts
Thursday 10th October – The Front Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 11th October – Grand Junction, Maitland, NSW

The Lamplights and Buffalo Tales
Friday 4th October – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 5th October – Greenslopes Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD

The Stillsons
Friday 4th October – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 5th October – The Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 6th October – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides with Aluka, Amy Alex
Wednesday 9th October – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Whitley
Friday 11th October – Hotel New York, Launceston, TAS

Xavier Rudd, Donavon Frankenreiter and Nahko and Medicine for the People
Friday 4th October – Big Top, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 6th October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Monday 7th October – YAC Ampitheatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 8th October – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“October” – Tunng

Can you believe it’s October already? My how the year flies.

New Cass McCombs Single “Brighter” feat. Karen Black

Cass McCombs
Image Courtesy of Cass McCombs

Singer-songwriter Cass McCombs is releasing his new album Big Wheel And Others on the 14th October and has just revealed the next single “Brighter” online. The single features the late actress Karen Black on vocals, to whom the track is dedicated to. Cass McCombs will be in the country for the Laneway festivals next year. Check out “Brighter” below:

A Smattering of Indie-Folk for Laneway 2014

Vance Joy
Image Courtesy of Vance Joy

The other major festival to drop a lineup bomb today is of course Laneway. As always the touring festival has it’s finger on the indie-pulse and scattered amongst the electro, pop and rock of the lineup are always a number of folky gems, and 2014 is no different.

The artists Timber and Steel recommends you definitely go and see while you’re dodging hipsters at Laneway next year is UK indie darlings Daughter, Scottish alt-folk group Frightened Rabbit, elusive singer-songwriter Cass McCombs and of course the one and only Vance Joy (above).

The full lineup for Laneway, plus the list of dates for the festival, is below:

Adalita, Autre Ne Veut,­ Cashmere Cat,­ Cass McCombs,­ Chvrches, Cloud Control,­ Danny Brown,­ Daughter, Dick Diver,­ Drenge, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet,­ Frightened Rabbit, Haim, Jagwar Ma, Jamie XX, King Krule,­ Kirin J Callinan,­ Kurt Vile,­ Lorde, Mount Kimbie,­ MT Warning, Parquet Courts, Run The Jewels (EL-P & Killer Mike),­ Savages, Scenic, The Growl,­ The Jezabels,­ Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Vance Joy, Warpaint, XXYYXX,­ Youth Lagoon

Friday 31st January – Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 1st February ­- Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 2nd February – Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), Sydney, NSW
Friday 7th February – Harts Mill, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 8th February – Esplanade Park and West End, Fremantle, WA

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