Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We picked our top 25 albums and EPs of 2018 including releases from Courtney Marie Andrews, Emma Davis, First Aid Kit, Gregory Alan Isakov, I’m With Her, Imogen Clark, Iron & Wine, Jack Carty & Gus Gardiner, John Flanagan Trio, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, Kasey Chambers, Laura Veirs, Lúnasa, Marlon Williams, The Milk Carton Kids, Mustered Courage, Old Crow Medicine Show, Passenger, Sam Newton, The Low Anthem, The Paper Kites, Tim Hart, Whoa Mule, William Fitzsimmons and more. Details here

– Our Editor In Chief Gareth Hugh Evans picked his top 25 tracks of 2018 including songs from Cat Canteri, Courtney Marie Andrews, Emma Davis, Fanny Lumsden, Gregory Alan Isakov, Husky, I’m With Her, Imogen Clark, Jack Carty & Gus Gardiner, John Flanagan Trio, Kasey Chambers & The Fireside Disciples, Laura Veirs, Marlon Williams, Missy Higgins, Mustered Courage feat. Mark Gable , Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Paddy McHugh, Sufjan Stevens, The Ahern Brothers, The Decemberists, The Low Anthem, Tim Hart, Whoa Mule, William Fitzsimmons, Willie Watson & Tim Blake Nelson and more. Details here

Releases This Week

Traveling On
Traveling OnThe Decemberists
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

A Celtic Christmas feat. Claymore, Colin Lillie, Saoirse, Hawthorn City Pipe Band, Glenbrae Celtic Dancers

A Celtic Christmas

Saturday 22nd December – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

A Celtic Christmas feat. Claymore, Colin Lillie, Saoirse, Hawthorn City Pipe Band, Glenbrae Celtic Dancers
Saturday 22nd December – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Adam Young and Sam Shinazzi
Sunday 23rd December – The Midnight Special, Sydney, 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

Andrew Swift, Gretta Ziller & Brad Cox
Thursday 27th December – Anglesea Family Caravan Park, Anglesea, VIC
Friday 28th December – Ocean Grove Holiday Park, Ocean Grove, VIC

Angus & Julia Stone
Friday 21st December – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Ben Leece
Friday 21st December – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

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

Darren Hanlon
Friday 21st December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd December – Church in the Graveyard, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 23rd December – Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Dean Lewis
Friday 21st December – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 23rd December – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th December – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Dermot Kennedy w/ Sam Fender
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC

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

Falls Festival
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Lorne, VIC

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

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

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

James Thomson
Sunday 23rd December – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

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

Jess Locke
Friday 21st December – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd December – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

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

Kallidad
Friday 21st December – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 22nd December – Diggers Tavern, Bellingen, NSW

Karl S Williams
Sunday 23rd December – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Les Poules a Colin
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

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, QLD

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

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 21st December – Leichhardt Town Hall, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd December – Leichhardt Town Hall, Sydney, NSW

Matt Joe Gow
Friday 21st December – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

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

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band
Friday 21st December – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Mick Thomas and The Roving Commission w/ Ayleen O’Hanlon
Saturday 22nd December – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd December – The Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Monday 24th December – The Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Mojo Juju
Friday 21st December – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Monique Clare
Friday 21st December – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

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

Neil Murray
Friday 28th December – The Sewing Room, Perth, WA

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

Paul Kelly – Making Gravy feat. Angus & Julia Stone, Alex Lahey, Mojo Juju
Friday 21st December – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Richard Lawson
Wednesday 26th December – Bermagui Beach Hotel, Bermagui, NSW

Round Mountain Girls
Saturday 22nd December – Cabarita Sports Club, Cabarita Beach, QLD

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 26th December – The Brothers, Melbourne, VIC

Southern Gentlemen
Sunday 23rd December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sparrow-Folk
Friday 21st December – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

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

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

The Andy Golledge Band
Saturday 22nd December – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

The Black Sorrows
Saturday 22nd December – Caravan Music Club, Bentleigh East, VIC
Friday 28th December – Bird’s Basement, Melbourne, VIC

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 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

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 21st December – Servo Food Truck Bar, Port Kembla, NSW
Friday 28th December – The Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, NSW

Timberwolf
Friday 21st December – Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA

Top End Folk Club Sunday Sessions
Sunday 23rd December – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Vance Joy
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC

Whiskey Dram
Saturday 22nd December – Bombay Rock, Melbourne, VIC

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

“Fairytale of New York” – Jeff Tweedy, Punch Brothers, Sarah Jarosz, The Staves

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2018

2018

As is tradition the Timber and Steel Editor-in-Chief Gareth Hugh Evans brings you his top 25 tracks of the year. As always he’s tried to only pick one song per artist with the occasional album track trumping the singles from the same release. We think you’ll agree it’s been an amazing year for folk, roots, acoustic and singer-songwriter based music

But enough of our jabbering – it’s time to get to the music. Without further ado we present Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2017.

1. Courtney Marie Andrews – “May You Kindness Remain”

2. Missy Higgins – “Futon Couch”

3. The Low Anthem – “Give My Body Back”

4. Jack Carty & Gus Gardiner – “Antipodes”

5. Emma Davis – “Best of Times”

6. Cat Canteri – “Fitzroy Bowl”

7. Sufjan Stevens – “Mystery of Love”

8. Fanny Lumsden – “Real Men Don’t Cry (War On Pride)”

9. The Decemberists – “Severed”

10. Kasey Chambers & The Fireside Disciples – “Go On Your Way”

11. Whoa Mule – “Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom”

12. John Flanagan Trio – “Something To Complain About”

13. Paddy McHugh – “Down To Sydney”

14. I’m With Her – “Game to Lose”

15. Imogen Clark – “Collide”

16. Marlon Williams – “What’s Chasing You”

17. The Ahern Brothers – “There’s a Light”

18. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – “You Worry Me”

19. William Fitzsimmons – “Angela”

20. Gregory Alan Isakov – “San Luis”

21. Laura Veirs – “The Lookout”

22. Husky – “Walking In Your Sleep”

23. Tim Hart – “All in All”

24. Mustered Courage feat. Mark Gable – “Run to Paradise”

25. Willie Watson & Tim Blake Nelson – “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings”

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 2nd March

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Summer Hill Folk Festival announced its 2018 lineup including Chaika, eüsh, Giffen, Gary & Jimmy Daley, Montgomery Church, Nic Cassey, Queen Porter Stomp, The Restless Legs, Roaring Forties, Summer Hill Community Choir, Tangalo Duo, Whoa Mule and more. Details here

Vikki Thorn (The Waifs) kicks off her debut solo tour this week. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Cat Canteri released her new video “Fitzroy Bowl”. Details here

Vance Joy announced Australian tour dates and released his new video “Call If You Need Me”. Details here

Releases This Week

Altan
The Gap of DreamsAltan
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Andrew Swift
Call Out For The CavalryAndrew Swift
iTunes

HJA
Struggle With GloryHarry James Angus
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Joan Baez
Whistle Down The WindJoan Baez
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Sing out Sister feat. Alanna and Alicia, Sarah Carroll, Brooke Russell

Sing Out Sister

Melbourne jazz-folk duo Alanna and Alicia hold their 7th annual Sing Out Sister concert for International Women’s Day with special guests from Sarah Carroll and Brooke Russell

Thursday 8th March – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

A Festival Called Panama
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March – Lone Star Valley, TAS

Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont
Friday 2nd March – Armidale Ex Serviceman’s Club, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 3rd March – Southwest Rocks Country Club, Southwest Rocks, NSW
Thursday 8th March – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 9th March – Lone Star Tavern, Gold Coast, QLD

Andrew Swift
Friday 2nd March – The Skylark Room, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 3rd March – City Sider, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 4th March – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Andrew Winton
Saturday 3rd March – Act-Belong-Commit, City of Canning, Cannington, WA

Ann Vriend
Friday 2nd March – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 4th March – The Bended Elbow, Albury, NSW
Thursday 8th March – House Concert, Healesville, VIC

Archer
Saturday 3rd March – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 4th March – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 7th March – The Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 8th March – Tapp Bar, Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 9th March – 63 First Avenue, Sawtell, NSW

Argyle Sun-Sets feat. The Lazy Picks, The Safety of Life at Sea, The Wallens
Sunday 4th March – Upstairs @ Fred’s, Camden, NSW

Arsenic and Old Lace, Archer, Liam Gale
Sunday 4th March – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Ash Grunwald
Saturday 3rd March – BeerFest, Catani Gardens, Melbourne, VIC

Bedouine
Wednesday 7th March – Cake Wines Cellar Door, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 8th March – Northcote Social Club, Northcote, VIC

Benji and the Salt Water Sound System
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

Big Country
Friday 9th March – Newport Hotel, Fremantle, WA

Big Sky Mountain w/ Mary Webb
Friday 2nd March – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Blair Dunlop
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Bluestone Junction
Friday 2nd March – Austrian Australian Club, Canberra, ACT

Boolarra Folk Festival
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March – Boolarra, VIC

Brendan Gallagher
Saturday 3rd March – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Brian Campeau
Saturday 3rd March – The Tramway Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Broads
Saturday 3rd March – The Tramway Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 8th March – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Brunswick Music Festival
Sunday 4th to Sunday 18th March – Brunswick, Melbourne, VIC

Carus Thompson
Thursday 8th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Cecilia Brandolini
Wednesday 7th March – Fly By Night Musicians Club, Fremantle, WA

Charm of Finches
Wednesday 7th March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Chris While and Julie Matthews
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW
Tuesday 6th March – House Concert, Glen Iris, VIC
Wednesday 7th March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Cobargo Folk Festival
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March – Cobargo, NSW

Corin Raymond and Scott Cook
Friday 9th March – The Skylark Room, Upwey, NSW

Country Rocks Festival
Saturday 3rd March – Bella Vista Farm, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions feat. Letters to Lions, Oly Sherman
Friday 2nd March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions feat. Nicole Brophy
Friday 9th March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 3rd March – Rhyll Wooden Boat Festival, Phillip Island, VIC
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Eagle and The Wolf w/ Dearly Departed
Friday 9th March – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Ed Sheeran
Friday 2nd March – Perth Stadium, Perth, WA
Saturday 3rd March – Perth Stadium, Perth, WA
Wednesday 7th March – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, SA
Friday 9th March – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC

Elephant Sessions
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA

Evergreen Ensemble
Wednesday 7th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Faith i Branko
Friday 2nd March – Malaney Hall, Malaney, QLD
Wednesday 7th March – Wollongong, NSW
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Fallon Cush, Jason Walker
Sunday 4th March – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 2nd March – Andamooka Community Hall, Andamooka, SA
Saturday 3rd March – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Festival of Small Halls feat. Dave Gunning, Claire Anne Taylor
Wednesday 7th March – Balaklava Town Hall, Balaklava, SA
Thursday 8th March – Allendale East Public Hall, Allendale East, SA

FolkSwagon feat. Merpire, Mimi Gilbert, Hannah Matysek, Suami Amabel
Wednesday 7th March – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 2nd March – Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah, WA

Freya Josephine Hollick
Friday 2nd March – The Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD

Georgia State Line and Patrick Wilson
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

Germein w/ Julia Johnson, Rachael Fahim
Wednesday 7th March – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Girrakool Blues and BBQ Festival
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March – Mt Penang Event Park, Mt Penang, NSW

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys
Friday 2nd March – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA
Wednesday 7th March – Lost Ones Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 8th March – Saints & Sailors, Portarlington, VIC
Friday 9th March – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Gretta Ziller
Saturday 3rd March – City Sider, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 9th March – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Grizzly Bear
Tuesday 6th March – The Palais, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 7th March – The Palais, Adelaide, SA
Friday 9th March – Melbourne Zoo Twilights 2018, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March – A Festival Called Panama, Lone Star Valley, TAS

Hello Tut Tut
Friday 9th March – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Hinterlandt
Friday 2nd March – 107, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd March – Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Imogen Clark
Friday 2nd March – Shoppingtown Hotel, Doncaster, VIC
Saturday 3rd March – Macs Hotel, Melton, VIC
Friday 9th March – Villa Noosa Hotel, Sunshine Coast, QLD

International Women’s Day at The Old Bar feat. Broads, Hana & Jessie-Lee w/ Kat Mear, Jess Parker & The Troubled Waters
Thursday 8th March – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

James Bennett
Friday 2nd March – Twilight Food Market, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Saturday 3rd March – Wooli Hotel Motel, Wooli, NSW
Sunday 4th March – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Thursday 8th March – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 9th March – Chinderah Tavern, Chinderah, NSW

Jed Rowe
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

Jess Locke
Thursday 8th March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 9th March – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 2nd March – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Joe Mungovan
Friday 2nd March – Bloodhound, Brisbane QLD

Jordie Lane
Friday 2nd March – Melbourne Museum, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Joyce Prescher
Friday 9th March – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Kallidad
Friday 2nd March – Barracks Lane Piazza, Mandurah, WA
Saturday 3rd to Monday 5th March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA
Thursday 8th March – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA
Friday 9th March – Southerlys Tavern, Port Denison, WA

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 9th March – Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide, SA

Katie Brianna & Rose Zita Falko
Saturday 3rd March – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 2nd March – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Saturday 3rd March – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC
Sunday 4th March – Sands Hotel, Carrumdowns, VIC
Thursday 8th March – Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 9th March – The Teller Collective, Shepparton, VIC

Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March – Kiama, NSW

Lee Kernaghan
Saturday 3rd March – Country Rocks Sydney, Bella Vista, NSW

Letters to Lions, Oly Sherman
Friday 2nd March – Courtyard Sessions, Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Live N’ Local w/ Duncan Woods Band, Looseleaf IV, The Emerald Ruby
Wednesday 7th March – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Lotsa Folkpunk Bands at the Brisbane feat. Holy Locust, Mama’s Broke, Aidan Jazzy Jones, The Dead Maggies, This Is A Robbery, The Stragglers, Quinton Trembath, BrodyGreg
Saturday 3rd March – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS

Mandy Connell
Friday 9th March – Burke and Wills Winery, Mia Mia, VIC

Martin Pearson
Saturday 3rd March – West Footscray, VIC

Merpire
Saturday 3rd March – Bank Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 7th March – Folkswagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

My Bubba
Wednesday 7th March – Brunswick Music Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 9th and Saturday 10th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA

Nannup Music Festival
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March – Nannup, WA

Neil Murray
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW
Thursday 8th March – The Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool, VIC

Nick Cunningham
Friday 2nd March – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 9th March – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Nicole Brophy
Friday 9th March – Courtyard Sessions, Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Papa Pilko and the Binrats
Saturday 3rd March – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Peta Caswell, Adam Young and Eddie Lawlor
Sunday 4th March – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Saturday 3rd March – Act-Belong-Commit, City of Canning, Cannington, WA
Thursday 8th March – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Friday 9th March – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA

Porch Light Sessions feat. Frank Sultana, Aislinn Young
Thursday 8th March – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Port Fairy Folk Festival
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy, VIC

Queen Porter Stomp, The Swingin’ Rosellas
Friday 9th March – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Rick and Vanessa Hart
Sunday 4th March – The Public Brewery, Croydon, VIC

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Friday 9th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA

Sarah Leete
Friday 2nd March – The Foundry Hotel & Mister Bobs Sports Bar, Golden Square, VIC
Saturday 4th March – Shamrock Hotel, Elmore, VIC
Sunday 4th March – Gypsy Bar, Echuca, VIC

Sásta
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Scott Darlow
Friday 2nd March – The Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Nicholson
Sunday 4th March – Memo Music Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Sing out Sister feat. Alanna and Alicia, Sarah Carroll, Brooke Russell
Thursday 8th March – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Skyscraper Stan
Saturday 3rd March – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Wednesday 7th March – Ayres Hotel Ballroom, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 8th March – Palace Hotel, Broken Hill, NSW
Friday 9th March – Old Bank Bar, Dubbo, NSW

So Li in Folk Fantasia
Friday 9th March – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Sparrow-Folk
Friday 2nd March – Gluttony, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 4th March – Gluttony, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 5th March – Gluttony, Adelaide, SA

Sydney Road Street Party
Sunday 4th March – Sydney Road, Brunswick, VIC

The Ahern Brothers
Friday 2nd to Monday 5th March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

The Americana Express feat. Matt Joe Gow, The Weeping Willows, Gretta Ziller, Lachlan Bryan
Friday 9th March – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

The Backsliders
Saturday 3rd March – Girrakool Blues and BBQ Festival, Central Coast, NSW

The Beez
Friday 2nd March – Bemboka Hall, Bemboka, NSW
Saturday 3rd March – Orbost Exhibition Centre, Orbost VIC
Sunday 4th March – House Concert, Tarwin Lower, VIC
Friday 9th March – House Concert, Talbot, VIC

The Black Sorrows
Friday 2nd March – Hysteria Lounge, Lilydale, VIC
Saturday 3rd March – Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga, NSW

The Bottlers w/ The Swamp Stompers
Friday 9th March – Tumut River Brewing Co, Tumut, NSW

The Brothers Comatose
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

The Emerald Ruby
Saturday 3rd March – Erina Fair, Erina, NSW
Wednesday 7th March – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 9th March – The Oriental Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Eskies
Friday 2nd March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 3rd March – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 4th March – Mordialloc by the Bay Fine Food & Wine Festival, Mordialloc, VIC
Thursday 8th March – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC

The Gadflys
Saturday 3rd March – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Little Jokers
Thursday 8th March – The Little Guy, Sydney, NSW

The London Klezmer Quartet
Friday 2nd March – Tenterfield Cinema & Theatre, Tenterfield, NSW
Saturday 3rd March – Sandgate Town Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 4th March – Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 7th March – Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 8th March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th March – Wauchope Community Arts Council, Wauchope, NSW

The Northern Folk
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

The Shack Presents Chris Rhodnrijs, Master Tiger, The Charcol Band
Saturday 3rd March – The Music Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Songwriter Sessions feat. Paul Andrew Carey, Ben Mastwyk, Alysia Manceau
Saturday 3rd March – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Water Runners
Saturday 3rd March – Gerringong Bowlo, Gerringong, NSW
Friday 9th March – The Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, NSW

Timberwolf
Friday 2nd March – The Landsdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd March – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 4th March – Revolution at Como, Como, NSW
Friday 9th March – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Tobias Hengeveld & Anthems To The Fall
Sunday 4th March – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Tori Forsyth
Sunday 4th March – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Tullara
Monday 5th March – The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 7th March – Jindy Sessions, Jindabyne, NSW
Thursday 8th March – QEII Square, Albury, NSW

Ukulele Death Squad
Sunday 4th March – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 4th March – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 7th March – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 7th March – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Vikki Thorn
Wednesday 7th March – The Courtyard Studio, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 8th March – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 9th March – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

WOMADelaide
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Botanic Park, Adelaide, SA

Z-Star Delta
Saturday 3rd March – Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ, Mt Penang Gardens, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Mother Nature’s Son” – Sheryl Crow

Watch the New Cat Canteri Video “Fitzroy Bowl”

Cat Canteri
Image Courtesy of Cat Canteri

Melbourne singer-songwriter Cat Canteri has just released her amazing home made video “Fitzroy Bowl”. Fusing together the seemingly disparate notions of country music and skateboarding, the track is poignant and melancholy. And as someone who has spent a bit of time in the inner north of Melbourne it’s amazing to watch Canteri skating through so many familiar locations.

“Fitzroy Bowl” is taken from Cat Canteri’s upcoming album which is due out this March. Check out the video below and then head over to Cat Canteri’s blog to read more about the track and the clip:

Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2017

Record Collection

Always our most popular post of the year! Once again we’ve sent out the request to the incredible community of folk and acoustic musicians covered on Timber and Steel and they’ve responded overwhelmingly with their favourite albums of 2017.

We’ve already given you our top 25 albums and EPs – now we turn it over to the artists. So much new music still to discover! So without further waffle may we present to you this year’s Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2017.

Sarah BelknerAlison Avron
Sarah BelknerBut You Are, But it Has
This album release was a long time coming and it was totally worth the wait. The lyrics are so easy to relate to, the production is sophisticated, warm and intriguing. Sarah’s voice and songwriting are absolutely sublime.

Gretta ZillerMichael Carpenter (Carpenter Caswell)
Gretta ZillerQueen Of Boomtown
Apart from having one of the most honest and accomplished voices in the Australian alt-country world, Gretta Ziller has developed into a world class writer in the genre. This album showcases how far she’s come in such a short time, combining her take on contemporary writing, with the amazing production of Paul Ruske. The album is strong and sensitive, ballsy and ambitious, without losing any of the heart you’d expect with the songwriting content. An outstanding release from an artist who has truly arrived, and drawn a line in the sand for the genre.

The East PointersÁine Tyrrell
The East PointersWhat We Leave Behind
What an impossible task, top albums, as I am only just sinking my teeth into so many of the amazing 2017 albums at the moment like Jen Cloher’s Jen Cloher, Declan O’Rourke’s Chronicles of The Great Irish Famine and so many more. But one album that has been top of my play list since release has been The East Pointers’ What We Leave Behind and I never tire of it, which is a sign of a great album. This album has great depth to it musically, lyrically and in production. There is a stunning simplicity to the way the three lads work together that creates a joyous sound much bigger than a three piece and I think they have captured it on CD which is sometimes hard to do. I love that they have been able to honour and respect their tradition and push its boundaries into some modern places. One of the stand out tracks for me is their co-write with Liz Stringer, “82 Fires”.

SOHNRosie Evelyn (Liam Gale and The Ponytails)
SOHNRennen
The general vibe is darkly sexy future blues, with simple, soulful vocals, driving percussion, major synth, and just enough movement to keep you going. A little bit James Blake, a little bit Allan Rayman.

Jed RoweLes Thomas
Jed RoweA Foreign Country
This album grabbed me instantly with the strength of its songwriting, quality of musicianship and directness of emotion. Very few songwriters I know can deliver the goods as writers and players like Jed can. The song “Tailem Bend” – a small town story with universal resonance – shows the level of accomplishment and expression he’s achieved and it’s a beautiful thing to hear.

Stu LarsenAMISTAT
Stu LarsenResolute
Not only is Stu a beautiful human being but also an incredible singer songwriter! Every song on this album is just beautiful and comes from a very honest and humble place.

Mexico CityM.E. Baird
Mexico CityWhen The Day Goes Dark
Why? Because they represent the real deal to me – no ego, no frills, no pretense, just damn good songs and tunes.

Hiss Golden MessengerBrooke Russell and the Mean Reds
Hiss Golden MessengerHallelujah Anyhow
There’s something about MC Taylor’s voice that makes me so happy. I’m fairly new to his music and while I’m diving into his back catalogue, this new one has arrived and I’m in love. Beautiful band sound, fab songs – something sentimental in it that feels warm to me. My rekkid for the summer!

Ryan AdamsRyan Oliver (Oliver’s Army)
Ryan AdamsPrisoner
I love that it’s a revered, adored singer-songwriter at the top of his fame, dealing with genuine emotions and pain in the public spotlight. It may be tragic, it might be self inflicted, but I still feel like he’s a true artist who is his own worst enemy and that comes across in his heart-break ballads.

The Homeless Gospel ChoirFrank Turner
The Homeless Gospel ChoirNormal
I’ve been doing shows with Derek in Pittsburgh for a few years and he’s always been good, but this record is the sound of an artist finding his voice and spreading his creative wings. It’s been absolutely jammed in my stereo since I got hold of it.

Brooke RussellKelly Day (Broads)
Brooke Russell and the Mean RedsThe Way You Leave
This year one album really ticked all my boxes – which sounds too clinical really for something that made me splashy cry while I was driving. I particularly love that it sits outside the kind of music I tend to lean towards, but great albums are often the ones that transcend your usual inclinations. Brooke has absolutely NAILED it with this release. Stunning production, exquisite songwriting, and the most luscious, authentic, rich voice that feels like someone blowing softly on the back of your neck.

Gretta ZillerMandy Connell
Gretta ZillerQueen Of Boomtown
Put together with care and love, produced beautifully, and full of arrangements that feel perfect, unpredictable and just right. Every song inspires a depth of feeling, making it a really rich listen all the way through.

Offa RexMackenzie Shivers
Offa RexQueen of Hearts
Being a true lover of Celtic music, this album inspired me as an artist more than any other. From quirky folk-rock (“Queen of Hearts”) to haunting ballads (“The First Time I Ever Saw Her Face”), there is just enough variety of instrumentation and mood to keep the listener completely captivated. And Olivia Chaney’s voice is arrestingly beautiful. Favorite track: “The Old Churchyard”

Fanny LusdenMelody Moko
Fanny LumsdenReal Class Act
I love the way Fanny has cemented her unique way of writing with the record, her blend of social commentary, vivid imagery and Australian culture is unlike anyone else. The production is lush and thoughtful and brings the album together beautifully.

Moses SumneyTulalah
Moses SumneyAromanticism
Choosing a favourite album is a hard ask, the first one that comes to mind (probably because I’m currently listening to it) is Moses’ masterpiece, Aromanticism. It’s impeccably well constructed; colour, texture, mood, feel, groove – it ticks all of the boxes and ticks them damn well.

The War On DrugsThe Once
The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
A super strong, sonically rich and atmospheric follow up to previous album, Lost in the Dream. Sounds like Ryan Adams, Bryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen adopted a kid in the seventies and this is the result of that happy home.

Jason IsbellBrad Butcher
Jason Isbell & the 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound
To make my decision for album of the year I simply refer to which album I’ve listen to most. It’s an easy choice really – The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit. All class as usual, amazing sounds all throughout the record and Isbell’s songwriting is up there with the best of the best.

Jed RoweCat Canteri
Jed RoweA Foreign Country
Jed paints a beautiful and lush portrait of predominantly Australian characters and landscapes, past and present on this record. The depth of field and attention to detail in his songwriting is just wonderful and comes across as completely effortless. Sonically the album is paired back, which allows the strength and quality of the songs, performances and Jed’s voice to shine. If I can write a song like “Where The Water Meets The Sky” or “Tailem Bend” some day, I’ll be well pleased.

LordePepi Emmerichs (Oh Pep!)
LordeMelodrama
Melodrama hits me in the heart every time. It’s lush, poignant, groovy and the songs make me think, all the while being incredibly catchy. Those are pretty much most of my favourite things in music!

TajMoLloyd Spiegel
TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ BandTajMo
The first time I heard Keb’ Mo’ I said “Man, this guy should sit in with Taj”. It’s about time they listened to me. Both these artists have the rare ability to modernise the blues genre while still giving it’s roots and traditions their rightful respect. Combined, this CD hit a nerve with me, in particular the gutbucket tracks “Don’t Leave Me Here” and “Diving Duck Blues”. Really though, you can’t put those two in a room and expect anything less.

Valerie JuneEmily Barker
Valerie JuneThe Order of Time
I learned about Valerie June on my trips to Memphis as she lived there for many years and has worked with a lot of the musicians I know out there. I heard “Long, Lonely Road”, the first song on the record, and I knew from then on I was going to love it. There’s so much space in the recordings and her unusual but beautiful vocals grabbed me instantly. I love how the production and her songs seamlessly blend a mix a folk, soul, pop and desert blues. It sounds fresh and cool, powerful and feminine.

The Ahern BrothersJoel Barker & The Low Company
The Ahern BrothersThe Ahern Brothers
Charming and insightful songwriting combining two voices made to sing together. Deserves to be in front of the masses. Astonishing live performances to boot!

Cigarettes After SexHusky
Cigarettes After SexCigarettes After Sex
It’s a fog of romance and nostalgia you can’t help but get lost in. Reminds me of being 16 and love sick, listening to Mazzy Star.

Lisa KnappSam Lee
Lisa KnappTill April Is Dead – A Garland of May
English folk singer Lisa Knapp has captured in this album a stunning insight into the melodic and archaic realms of May-time when all of England is blooming and the sense of ancient rites and mysticism is emerging from the dark winter. It’s an album that casts a rich and hauntingly magical spell and gives that sense of contemporary ancientness that all good folk singers are masters of.

Greg StepsFour In The Morning
Greg Steps & The Not For ProphetsThe Overland
There have been a lot of great releases this year, but our favourite from around Melbourne has to be The Overland by Greg Steps. The songs just scream of someone who has worked hard at honing their craft. Tightly woven lyrics painting little snapshots of Australia, from early morning walks in Melbourne to trains clattering across Queensland. It’s all underlaid with a warm, folky vibe that feels authentic without being derivative. The stand out track for us is “Famous Last Words”. It’s a folk song in the true sense of the word and weaves together thoughts on fame, colonialism, and folk heroes. It also introduced us to the amazing story of Breaker Morant.

Novo Amor and Ed TullettWildwood Kin
Novo Amor & Ed TullettHeiress
This is the perfect album to listen to when in need of some peace and tranquility amongst a busy schedule. They have released a set of live performance videos that capture their sound together so well; the two voices blend harmoniously together, creating an unbelievable sound of completeness and perfection. You can’t help feeling relaxed when hearing their music!

Leif VollebekkRiley Pearce
Leif VollebekkTwin Solitude
You know how people say they’ve had this CD in their car and have listened to it on repeat since they got it and you’re like “yeh right, no you didn’t”. Well now I understand that feeling. This album is everything. It’s emotive, it’s clever, it’s stripped and simple and it’s f#@king great!

The Teskey BrothersPaddy McHugh
The Teskey BrothersHalf Mile Harvest
When I first heard the track “Crying Shame” I thought that I was listening to a bunch of old African American soul men from Memphis. Then I saw a picture of the band and thought I was listening to a bunch of young white soul dudes from Memphis. Then I read they are from bloody Warrandyte in Victoria. I invited them to play live on my radio show Three Chords & The Truth and they absolutely killed it. Since then I have had the pleasure of playing on a few bills with them and can also report that they are top blokes to boot.

Big TheifFraser A. Gorman
Big ThiefCapacity
Adrianne Lenker is easily the most eloquent and beautiful songwriter I’ve heard in years.

Neil McSweeneyJon Boden
Neil McSweeneyA Coat Worth Wearing
I’ve chosen an album by Neil McSweeney, a stalwart of the Sheffield scene for many years. A Coat Worth Wearing is a fantastically literate collection of songs beautifully arranged and produced, and displaying the talents of a brilliant band of musicians including renowned folk stalwarts Ben Nicholls and Sam Sweeney. It’s an excellent album on so many levels and definitely my pick for album of 2017.

YirrmalKetch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show)
YirrmalYoungblood
I met Yirrmal Marika in Melbourne at the Australian Americana Honors Awards this past October. Yirrmal stole the show. He is a culture man. I picked up Yirrmal’s new EP Youngblood; it is the best Americana record I heard all year long. It’s got 50,000 years of soul. Crank it up.

Nadia ReidTaryn La Fauci
Nadia ReidPreservation
This record was on repeat for many many months in my car this year. I had really been craving an exquisite, cohesive and beautiful album that I could fall for, hard. This album did all of that and more, which is why it is my album of the year for 2017. I also got to see Nadia play in Sydney at The Golden Age Cinema in April and the show was stunning, it made me want to run home and learn how to play my guitar with that kind of verve.

Ryan AdamsImogen Clark
Ryan AdamsPrisoner
This album sounds to me like beautiful chaos and distress. Ryan Adams has a way of tapping into human vulnerability and woe like I don’t think I’ve ever heard from another artist. This record is just another example of his way with words and melodies that together, form the most melancholy but simultaneously kick-ass comments on the human condition you’ll ever hear from any modern day songwriter.

Sgt PepperJames Daley (The Morrisons, Diamond Duck, Tawny Owl String Band)
The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 50th Anniversary Edition
I feel a bit a strange choosing a reissue as album of the year, but who cares, it’s Sgt Peppers. After all the music I have listened to in my life, nothing has ever captured my imagination the way The Beatles have. It is the most astonishing body of work in pop music, the same way Bach is to classical music or Shakespeare to literature. I discovered The Beatles as a teenager after I got a copy of The White Album for xmas one year and my life has never been the same. Hearing all the remastered tracks and outtakes on this reissue was a wild journey and reinvigorated my love for this music in a way I hadn’t anticipated – I have been listening to The Beatles non stop since it came out, like I’m rediscovering it all over again. There are some absolute pearlers on this – the alternate takes of “Strawberry Fields”, “Lucy In The Sky” and “Day In The Life” are really interesting. Hearing how they built these songs into what we know and love is a fascinating process. However the most astonishing track is the instrumental take of “She’s Leaving Home”. Being able to hear all the subtlety, intricacy and beauty of George Martin’s arrangement for strings/harp was such a joy. A real masterclass in arranging – plus you can sing over and pretend you are Paul McCartney, ha.

The War On DrugsDirewolf
The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
Don’t you just adore things that need only a moment to take a firm grip around your mind, heart and/or soul? Like a one in a million barista made coffee or takeaway Thai? Not that I’m directly drawing comparisons between those things and what I consider to be a modern day classic album. However that is how my body reacted when the first second of “Up All Night” passed by. The unmistakable soundscape, verb soaked /grunge driven guitars, the synergy of acoustic/electronic driving “Dire Straights” percussion, Adam Granofsky’s/Bob Dylan’s often confused voices are but the tip of a very large and colourful iceberg that make up the record at large. We’re only supposed to be confined to one sentence, and since I’ve already profoundly broken that line I’m going to insist you put this record on in the background and see how long it takes you to stop needle poking around on the internet and gain A Deeper Understanding.

Scott CookLiz Frencham
Scott CookFurther Down The Line
I listen repeatedly to a lot of albums for my work as an accompanist. Rarely does such an album make it past that stage into my ‘listening
for pleasure’ category let alone become my favourite. But Scott Cook’s warm and beautiful Further Down The Line is one such album. It captures his arresting live delivery and the songs are rich in detail and real, visceral experience.

Dermot KennedyHarrison Storm
Dermot KennedyDoves & Ravens
I remember stumbling upon Dermot’s music on Spotify and instantly connecting with it. I became really intrigued with his music and read in an interview where he explains his sound as a cross between Bon Iver and Drake, which is pretty accurate. This EP is full of rich lyrics and interesting sounds and each listen uncovers a phrase or sound you may have missed in the previous listen. This EP definitely inspired me this year and I am looking forward to what he releases in 2018.

Laura CorteseThe East Pointers
Laura Cortese & The Dance CardsCalifornia Calling
If there’s one album we could pick from 2017, we’d have to choose California Calling by Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards. These girls are ridiculously talented (watching them perform live makes you want to go home, practice and write better songs). Their latest album combines Americana, trad, pop and folk so perfectly. Organic, yet slick. Can’t see how anyone wouldn’t like it!

FeistAinsley Farrell
FeistPleasure
Pleasure is so intimate and fragile, yet very powerful. It tugs at all my heartstrings. I recently got the chance to see her live performance at The Opera House and it blew me away.

Leif VollebekkDustin Tebbutt
Leif VollebekkTwin Solitude
My good friend Hayden Calnin introduced me to this guy over a late night whisky, and I have been listening ever since. The lyrics verge on stream of consciousness without being aimless, while vocally, Leif somehow manages to ride the line between being completely vulnerable and completely in control at the same time. Put this on top of some of the tastiest drum sounds I’ve heard in a long while, and simple but stunning keyboard playing, and you’ve got yourself one hell of an album. There are few bells and whistles, there aren’t really any production tricks or shoe shine here, just honest stories, and raw but precisely executed sounds.

Phoebe BridgersWilliam Fitzsimmons
Phoebe BridgersStranger in the Alps
I came upon Bridgers from my bandmate, who had done some touring with her and I was pretty caught up in it immediately. Her voice is special and there is a wisdom in her words beyond her young years. The most exciting thing for me, however, isn’t the album itself, it’s knowing that there is only more and even better from her to come. Listen to “Smoke Signals”.

The Mae TrioThe Northern Folk
The Mae TrioTake Care Take Cover
We finally caught The Mae Trio at Dorrigo Folk this year after hearing good things for so long, and they blew us away. This is the kind of album that reminds you of how amazing our folk scene can be- heartspoken, cleverly arranged, beautifully performed and catchy as anything. “Call Me Stranger” is a particular favourite of ours, but each song on this record is so strong.

R.L. BoyceDom Turner (The Backsliders)
R.L. BoyceRoll and Tumble
It is the second album from a man at the heart of the Mississippi hill country blues tradition. It contains all the style and swagger, grit and power that comes from a musician who sets perfectly gritty grooves overlain with heartfelt vocals to achieve maximum emotion.

The Button CollectiveJoe Glover (Shelley’s Murder Boys, The Backsliders)
The Button CollectiveHall on the Hill
This album has been on constant repeat in my car, my workshop, and my Spotify from the first day I bought it – so beautifully recorded so that you feel like you are in the room with them as they emotionally belt out fantastic songs written by Brodie and brought to life by a bunch of great musicians. Hall on the Hill is an absolute cracker of an album and I think I’ll be religiously listening to it for some time to come – perhaps until their next one is released.

Willie WatsonShelley Eves (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
Willie WatsonFolksinger Vol.2
This album is such a clear winner for me, I’ve had it on high rotation since its release. Once again Willie brought his own feel to some classic folk songs, from the delightfully joyful harmonies in “Samson and Delilah” to his haunting take on “Gallows Pole”.

All Our Exes Live in TexasJimmy Murray (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
All Our Exes Live in TexasWhen We Fall
Such a pleasure to finally hear this debut album after hearing the band grow and play over the past few years. What an amazing collection of songs and of course the incredible vocal performances from all 4 of these superstars. I really loved the production on the album as well by producer Wayne Connolly which added lovely colour to the beautiful songs. ARIA award winners 2017!

Kat GoldmanRuth Hazleton (Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton, Bill Jackson)
Kat GoldmanWorking Man’s Blues
Nina Simone once said “It’s an artist’s duty … to reflect the times [in which we live]”. It’s been a fantastic year of new releases, though I’d like to highlight an album that nails the above brief and more. Canadian writer Kat Goldman’s Working Man’s Blues is challenging, at times fragile, brutally honest and incredibly insightful. Collectively, the songs explore contemporary working-class culture, often from the perspective of a lover who struggles to understand and accommodate the struggles of the working man. I’ve long been a fan of Kat Goldman’s writing. Her unique sound, mesmerising voice, distinctive compositions and feet-on-the-ground approach to her music make her a formidable artist of great integrity. Working Man’s Blues has been on high rotation here, and will be for some time to come.

Jed RoweBill Jackson
Jed RoweA Foreign Country
First thing that struck me about this record was the vocals and these songs provide a beautiful vehicle for a great voice. Next thing, the sparseness – the way I have been accustomed to hearing Jed over his journey. Jed Rowe has something to say – I admire that and this record puts him up there with the very best. Standout track for me is “Tailem Bend”. Beautifully produced by Jeff Lang.

Lilly HiattJames Allsopp (Ralway Bell)
Lilly HiattTrinity Lane
Picking one standout release for 2017 was pretty impossible in what was a year of exceptional music. Locally, Joel Barker and the Low Company’s Unchartered EP was a stand out. Otherwise, I’ve been talking up Lilly Hiatt since the moment I finished listening to Trinity Lane. Like all my favourite albums, it’s rooted in personal struggle, ebbs and flows perfectly, is filled with outstanding musicianship, and doesn’t try too hard sound like any one genre in particular. 10 stars!

Body CountMatt Black (The Bottlers)
Body CountBloodlust
Body Count’s sixth studio album Bloodlust emblazons a brutally honest sociopolitical conscience and fire eyed world view, teetering on the honed end of a pistol sight. I feel this is Ice T and band’s tried and true return to form with pinpoint, stand out tracks such as the narrative charged, “Black Hoody” and controversy ladened, “No Lives Matter”. A must listen for those thirsting for the truth beyond a media blurred world.

Bob DylanThe Welcome Wagon
Bob DylanTrouble No More – The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981
You might call this choice dirty pool, as the music was recorded nearly 40 years ago, but it’s only now getting a proper release, so I’m technically in the clear. This is a collection of live tracks, demos, and outtakes from Bob Dylan’s so-called “Born Again” period, stuff folks (me included) have been downloading from various sketchy websites for years, and for good reason. The songs are great – check “Solid Rock” for a straight Gospel stomper, cue up “I Believe in You” for an arresting spiritual ballad – and so are many of the live performances (the backing choir is consistently blistering). Whether you’re a believer or not, Dylan clearly is here, and it makes all the difference.

The Mae TrioJohn Flanagan
The Mae TrioTake Care Take Cover
Sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby have such beautifully contrasting songwriting styles, Maggie is a stone cold killer Americana writer and Elsie writes stunningly original melodies with uplifting pop hook choruses. With (no exaggeration) some of the best folk harmonies in the WORLD and Anita’s impressive rhythmic cello playing, this is a truly unique and heart-grabbing band and this album is them going all out with tasteful and at times epic production.

Georgia State LineNick Payne (Dear Orphans)
Georgia State LineHeaven Knows
These guys applied to play at the Americana Music Association of Australia’s takeover of Late Night Alt at Tamworth in January. Paul Heggart from The Heggarties chose them site unseen from the applications purely based on what he heard when he listened to their pre-release recordings of this album. Hailing from country Victoria these guys are a six piece featuring Georgia Delves on vocals, and songwriting. They’re all accomplished instrumentalists in their own right and Georgia’s songwriting authentically channels the best of sophisticated country songwriting from the 60s and 70s.

Fanny LusdenSam Buckingham
Fanny LumsdenReal Class Act
I’m not just picking this album because Fanny and Dan are two of my favourite people! This album is, as the title suggests, all class. Fanny’s songwriting is beautifully Australian and the album is joyful, brilliantly performed by all involved, and completely without any ego – despite the outstanding success these guys have been earning. Fanny gives us all a lesson on how to be a ripper indie artist and how to make music that’s undoubtedly, authentically, your own. Roll on kids

LCD SoundsystemEm George
LCD SoundsystemAmerican Dream
I was moderately (read as *very*) excited when there were rumblings of talk about a new album from these guys, but like anything that was laid to rest, one always is slightly concerned that the revival won’t live up to what has come before it. So when LCD Soundsystem released their new album, I cautiously gave it a first listen and it did not disappoint. Every beat and melodic turn is so completely in tune to what has become their signature sound; that build up of tension and release, excitement and sadness, with inflections of irony that James Murphy grabs the listener with in his choice of lyrics marked with wit. There’s a touch of darkness and melancholy as each song seems to question the ending of things, the loss of once was, but that bright spark of beat this band is known for keeps it somewhere higher and closer within reach, slightly unobtainable so you keep wanting to hear it on repeat from start to finish again and again.

Aldous HardingCharm of Finches
Aldous HardingParty
Party swept us off our feet. Moody and textural, impeccable production awash with aural spectres. Horizon is addictive and moving. Aldous’ compelling voice and haunting poetics have us in thrall.

The Teskey BrothersMark Wilkinson
The Teskey BrothersHalf Mile Harvest
Amazing vocals and killer tracks full of old school soul. Sounds like neat whiskey and smokey bars.

The NationalBANFF
The NationalSleep Well Beast
I eagerly awaited The National’s next record, after Trouble Will Find Me kept me wrapped me up in its flawlessness for the last four years or there abouts. This year Sleep Well Beast won me over, with Matt Berninger’s candid yet agitated words luring me back into that deeply thoughtful, emotional and hauntingly beautiful sound I would’ve always come back for. The National perfectly blend understated harmony with organised chaos throughout all of their records, and this was no exception by any means. The meticulous musicianship and purposeful, but somewhat ambiguous lyrics continue unravelling more layers to this beast in itself every time I listen. This was the best record of 2017 for mine.

LankumKarine Polwart
LankumBetween The Earth and Sky
I can’t get enough of the murky drone-scapes and vocal edges of Lankum’s Between The Earth and Sky. In particular, the raw, reedy singing of Radie Peat on album opener “What Shall We Do When We Have No Money?” sounds like the ages. It’s the absolute antithesis of sweet.

The Wood BrothersBen Prest (Echo Deer)
The Wood BrothersLive at the Barn
I know it’s a live album but this release was my first exposure to the brother’s amazing songs, chops and harmonies. Their sound owes a lot to The Band, and “the barn” is at Levon Helm’s farm where he held concerts before he died, making the fantastic closing cover of “Ophelia” and dedication on “Postcards from Hell” all the more meaningful.

Jess LockeHollie Matthew (Echo Deer)
Jess LockeUniverse
A revisiting of the 80’s Australian rock sound ala Go Betweens with more sadness and slacker vibe. Killer matter of fact lyrics and chorus-y guitar sounds. Even better live. 5 Stars.

SamphaSimon Wegman (Echo Deer)
SamphaProcess
I hadn’t been aware of Sampha’s previous EP releases, but after Shazaming “Blood on Me” while in a tragically trendy sneaker store, I was moved to hunt down the British singer and producer’s debut LP. Sampha Sisay’s sensitive, soulful vocals and meditative piano (reminiscent of James Blake at his best) form the backbone of this record, while the thoughtful production touches throughout make me want to hit “play” again the second it finishes.

All Them WitchesAlexi Grivas (Echo Deer)
All Them WitchesSleeping Through the War
The latest album by All Them Witches has been my most played record this year. A four piece from Nashville – but they aren’t a country band – All Them Witches is a great new-wave heavy psychedelic band, with moments of light and shade. This record has them growing as writers and players, bringing new instruments and sounds into the mix. Can’t wait to see it live.

Sam OutlawRick Hart
Sam OutlawTenderheart
Simple, yet endearing melodies, layered with beautiful storytelling. It’s an album that is strong from start to end, in many ways reminding me of some of the great traditional country songwriters whom I love. Favourite tracks are “Now She Tells Me”, “She’s Playing Hard To Get (Rid Of)” and “Bougainvillea, I Think”.

Courtney Marie AndrewsJames Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Courtney Marie AndrewsHonest Life
I knew what my favourite album of the year was going to be when I saw Courtney Marie Andrews play in Melbourne in July this year. She’s got a tremendous voice and the lyrics stand apart from almost everything else I’ve heard this year in their insight and honesty. What makes her songs exceptional is the way they all seem to come directly from her own story and experience. These are her songs and this is her life. It’s an honest life.

Mike BarnettHamish Davidson (Davidson Brothers)
Mike BarnettPortraits in Fiddles
As a fiddle player and bluegrass fanatic, I am thrilled to see Mike Barnett create a record which to me is like a cross section of all the bluegrass fiddle music I’ve devoured in the last 27 years. He collaborates with some of bluegrass music’s most vibrant talent and shines new light on a great selection of fiddle masterpieces.

Angel OlsenKate Barker (Whoa Mule, Golden Whistler)
Angel OlsenPhases
I just can’t seem to get enough of Angel Olsen’s vocals and songwriting. Her work inspires me to sing like there’s no tomorrow!

George HarrisonTim Guy
George HarrisonWonderwall Music
I know this is a turn up for the books, this was released in 1968. I was in India a few weeks back, and as we descended into the ancient blue city of Jodhpur, I had this on in my headphones and seriously guys, it was incred. Place and time – but you know what I mean.

Sarah BelknerMel Parsons
Sarah BelknerBut You Are, But It Has
Sydney producer and songwriter Sarah Belkner knocks it out of the park with But You Are, But It Has. This record and its predecessor the Humans EP have been on high rotation for me all year. Brilliant songwriting, interesting and super clever arrangements and impeccable production. I will continue to listen obsessively.

Bill OrcuttMark Moldre
Bill OrcuttBill Orcutt
Orcutt wanders in and around the destruction, renovations and construction sites of melody. Tearing a well worn musical phrase apart and rebuilding it. Disassembling a traditional like it’s a jigsaw puzzle and putting the pieces back together in all the wrong places with gaffer tape and super glue. Attacking the guitar with a ferocious tenacity, short angry, dogged outbursts are followed by meditative beauty. “When You Wish Upon A Star” dances about the melody without ever really clearly stating the theme. “Ol’ Man River” is soft and dripping with the peaceful lapping of the Mississippi whist remaining dark and haunting, broken and fractured. Reminiscent of the solo work of Marc Ribot, Fred Frith or even the sonic explorations of Tom Verlaine in its angular assault to the senses. Jazz, traditional folk and the avant-garde smash headlong into each other with little regard for the trail of damage and re-creation left in their wake. Dissonant yet sweet, contemplative while remaining challenging. Bravely free and uncensored.

Loene CarmenCatherine Traicos
Loene CarmenLovers Dreamers Fighters
I’ve always loved the way Lo’s voice manages to be strong, vulnerable, sassy, gentle and flirty all at the same time, and on this record it achieves that in spades. Also the pacing and the production of this record are spot on.

King Gizzard And The Lizard WizardJeff Lang
King Gizzard And The Lizard WizardFlying Microtonal Banana
This is a rocking album, really fun to listen to. The band gets up quite a head of steam, the rhythm section powering with a relentless forward momentum and the various microtonal electric guitars stabbing and chattering over the top. Great riffs all over the album, fantastic energy and an adventurous, explorative mood throughout. It sounds to me like they’re having a load of fun.

Ryan AdamsJosh Rennie-Hynes (The Ahern Brothers)
Ryan AdamsPrisoner
Adams has so many albums and this is one of his best. Great songs, production and tones

Pony FaceCat Leahy (This Way North)
Pony FaceDeja Vu
I’ve always been fascinated with the sonic scapes that Pony Face create. I’m a massive fan of Shane Omara’s musical mind too, so when I heard he was a new member of Pony Face, it just made so much sense. This album really speaks to me. The way the songs tail in and out, the mesmerising, pulsing tremolo on “Mt Deja Vu” the driving groove in “Justine”. It’s pretty magical. Simon’s voice is just heavenly. He’s like some kind of grungy, modern-day crooner.

Nikki LaneRuby Boots
Nikki LaneHighway Queen
I tried to pick another album for fear of seeming biased, but I really do love Nikki’s album from back to front and no matter how I tried, I couldn’t get past it for this year’s top pick, I fell in love with it on first listen and over 50 listens later it still remains my fave. There’s a storyline in every song that is so easy to latch on to and make your own whilst still being cleverly written, that and the infectious melodies that take up the prime real estate on this record are the things that almost make you feel like she’s written the album just for you, the listener, yet there is enough sincerity in there to know that it’s just as much for her as it is for you, the perfect balance really! Fave song on the album: “Foolish Heart”.

Nai palmTommy Spender (Mama Kin Spender)
Nai PalmNeedle Paw
I started listening to this record while I was having a bath and it felt like it really complimented the complete surrender to the hot water. I love Nai’s passion to her artistry. She is truly gifted with a confidence and commitment to her voice that verges on punk, but her vocal has such a developed technicality, it blows me away. It’s so great hearing where she is at without the sinewy and muscular musicality of Haitus Kaiyote winding around her sound.

Scott CookAlanna and Alicia
Scott CookFurther Down The Line
Scott Cook is a natural storyteller; his songs glow with empathy, wit and warmth. This is a beautiful album, but he is even better live.
His performance on the porch at Enda Kennedy’s house concert in Northcote, Melbourne was a passport to the heartland of folk songs as they should be, as they have always been.

Colter WallHarvey Russell (Peasant Moon)
Colter WallColter Wall
This is a sparse, flawless debut from an extraordinarily talented 22 year-old Canadian possessing an absurdly weathered baritone. Arranged mostly with acoustic guitar and pedal steel only, these songs are written with the assuredness and self-knowing of a veteran songwriter. At times channelling Haggard, others Townes, the dark, vivid storytelling is magnetic and stunning. These songs feel lived in, shaped by wisdom and experience. Here we have a voice of country music’s future.

Caroline SpenceJosie Rothwell (Peasant Moon)
Caroline SpenceSpades and Roses
I’ve adored Spades and Roses this year. The songs are gentle, personal, universal, with gorgeous, sonically diverse but simple instrumentation. From the gender politics of “Softball” to the twang of “Hotel Armarillo” to the cute, lyrically playful “Wishing Well” and yearning of “Slow Dancer”, they’re songs I love to listen to, to be swept away by – what a songwriter!

Bad // DreemsMark “Looch” Lewis (Wifey, Handsome Young Strangers)
Bad // DreemsGutful
A cracking second effort from the best thing to come out of Adelaide in a long time. Big old school pub rock sound, quality songs, gruff vocals and a solid rhythm section make these guys a step above the other contenders. Bad // Dreems have always been a fantastic live act and this album gets closer to nailing that intensity and rawness. There is a reason they supported Midnight Oil recently! Can’t wait to see what comes next.

Gang of YourhsGretta Ray
Gang of YouthsGo Farther In Lightness
It wasn’t a challenge in the slightest to fall completely, head over heels in love with Gang Of Youths’ record Go Father In Lightness. The lyrics throughout this album are phenomenal, philosophical, pegging together lines of innovative poetry such as “a weight that’s in youth” soon to be followed by more casual, laid-back slang “..that makes a dick of us all”. I felt that the literature, interwoven with conversational speech in this way served to make this album, an album that discusses and reflects on the pros and cons of one’s “limited life” as well as the exploration of what it is to be “human”, unbelievably moving and relatable. As a writer myself, but more importantly a listener, I perceived it to be nothing less of an honour to see the world through writer and frontman Dave Le’aupepe’s eyes whilst listening to this record, that is more than deserving of all of the acclaim it has received over the duration of this year.

Kasey ChambersTom Busby (Busby Marou)
Kasey ChambersDragonfly
I’ve spent a bit of time with Kasey and the Chambers family over the last couple of years and the more I’ve been able to watch her off stage, the more I have realised that she is a true and prolific songwriter. Constantly singing, always creating, forever exploring. That is what this record is, just like her, brave and genuine!

Kendrick LamarSahara Beck
Kendrick LamarDamn
This album has worked for me no matter what mood I’ve been in all through 2017. It’s one of those albums that, to me, will always be a classic. Driving down to the lake with the windows down loving every moment of each song. Thank you for making my 2017 that much better Kendrick.

Leif VollebekkHayden Calnin
Leif VollebekkTwin Solitude
Never has an album been so important. I’ve listened to this every second day, and it still feels as good as the first listen. It’s come to the point that I’ve started a petition to bring this talent to Melbourne. I’m addicted to the feeling Leif gives to me. Enjoyed best walking through chaos on a sunny day, forgetting the world around you.

Ulrika SpacekTom Stephens (Tesse)
Ulrika SpacekModern English Decoration
A lesson in the art of denial, an element is there and then it’s not. It’s driving and heavy, commanding attention, but somehow you can drift away at the same time. Melodies that have to be revisited again and again and then again.

Valerie JuneMatt Golotta (The Sweet Jelly Rolls)
Valerie JuneThe Order of Time
I listened to the first few songs online of The Order of Time when it first came out, then began calling record stores instantly to see if they had it in stock because I had to own it. This record seriously has everything I look for, its soulful, rocky, bluesy and country, with the right amount of sadness. I think I’ve listened to “Love You Once Made” every day this year since buying the record. “Got Soul” is a stunning pairing of soul and country that is this perfect happy way to close the record.

Daniel RomanoTamara Lindeman (The Weather Station)
Daniel RomanoModern Pressure
Definitely the record I listened to most this year. Just great. Perfect pop songwriting, wonderful wild drumming, insane bass playing, great solos, crazy organ jams, great everything (and every note played by Romano of course). What else do you want?

Big ThiefCy Winstanley (Tattletale Saints)
Big ThiefCapacity
After being introduced to ‘Paul’ from 2016’s Masterpiece on a late night drive, and subsequently watching their Tiny Desk concert, I have been enthralled with this band. I love Adrianne Lenker’s poetic, yet coherent and often confronting lyrics, and the stark arrangements of harmonically rich songs played with a nonchalance that belies their mastery.

Sara TindleyLucie Thorne
Sara TindleyWild & Unknown
There’s an extraordinary richness and directness to Tindley’s voice that is truly stunning. Wild & Unknown is a brave and beautiful collection of songs that’ll have you dancing one moment, weeping the next. A quiet masterpiece that creeps up under your skin and plants itself in your soul. I love this album.

Jen CloherAlison Ferrier
Jen CloherJen Cloher
I love everything about Jen Cloher’s self-titled fourth album. This comes close to the perfect album for me, it’s brilliantly written, performed, recorded and produced. Jen’s bare-faced honesty is incredibly brave and inspiring. Favourite tracks: “I Forgot Myself” and “Strong Woman”.

The Secret SistersThe Weeping Willows
The Secret SistersYou Don’t Own Me Anymore
Selecting your favourite album of the past 12 months is made all the more difficult when three of your favourite acts (Jason Isbell, David Rawlings and The Secret Sisters) all release LPs within the same calendar year. But whilst Isbell and Rawlings delivered sublime albums (as to be expected), the Sisters’ album is “all killer, no filler”, their best work yet, with no temptation to reach for the “skip” button! You Don’t Own Me Anymore is the charming trad-country harmony duo’s third album and most personal project to date. The writing is at times confessional, at others, nostalgic for simpler times; strength juxtaposed with vulnerability. Their soulful songs were lovingly and tastefully produced by good friend Brandi Carlile. Stand out tracks include “Tennessee River Runs Low”, murder ballad “Mississippi” (sister song to the wonderfully haunting, “Iuka” from their 2014 album, Put Your Needle Down), “Little Again” and title track, “You Don’t Own Me Anymore”. Check them out if you’re fans of sibling harmony (eg. The Everly Brothers) and/or the southern gothic stylings of Gillian Welch and The Civil Wars.

Lilly HiattSophie Klein (Little Wise)
Lilly HiattTrinity Lane
I saw Lilly perform at Third Man Records at AmericanaFest in Nashville, but the gravity of her songwriting only hit me afterwards, listening to her rocking 2017 album Trinity Lane on my headphones traveling around the States. The production, by Michael Trent of Shovels and Rope, is big, loud, gritty and more indie rock than Nashville alt-country. But Lilly’s voice still has a southern twang to it though and the melodies and words kick around my brain for days on end. “I just wanna rock n’ roll, scream out my and burn real slow” she sings on “Records”, and it makes me want to do the same.

Jamie WyattGretta Ziller
Jamie WyattFelony Blues
Although it’s been out for most of the year I’ve only just discovered Jamie Wyatt’s Felony Blues! It’s a rare thing for me to listen to something on repeat but since I’ve discovered her it’s all I’m listening to!!! It’s unashamed, uncomplicated, catchy, good old fashioned country music.

Christopher Coleman CollectiveThe Dead Maggies
Christopher Coleman CollectiveAh Winter
This is a work of art, from a guy that’s had a hard run and put his heart on his sleeve. The result is a deep, personal and moving album of mature songwriting. Musically it sits somewhere between Bright Eyes and Neil Young.

Steve EarleTristan Goodall (The Audreys)
Steve Earle & The DukesSo You Wanna Be An Outlaw
Equal parts devilish invitation and cautionary tale, this killer record was a tour van favourite as we hit the road after a break this year. Steve is in fine form, as usual, and while the album is boisterous and swaggering, it also manages to highlight his songwriting craft. Highlight: Willie Nelson growling “if you wanna be an outlaw you can never go home”. Giddy-up!

LogicSteve Barnard (Jon Cotton and The Book Keepers)
LogicEverybody
Riding my push bike past all the kids and their mothers, heads adorned in their icon of piety, devotion and religious identity. The burka is far more common in this corner of Sydney than most and it puts a smile on my face to see children enjoying their walk home from school with Mum. An old bogan crossing the road to the pub yells racial cliches about going back where you came from and then turns to me for my approval of his vitriol. I inform him I’m from overseas too, I just happen to be white and he is guilty of the grossest and purest type of racism. Racism is as blatant as the inability to see past difference and as subtle as the apathy that accompanies privilege. Everybody suffers either in their oppression or privilege. Everybody.

Lawrence GreenwoodTanya Batt (BATTS)
Lawrence GreenwoodP.S. I’m Haunted
Lawrence has been a favourite of mine for a long time with his previous project. It feels so nice to have a new album from him and my gosh wow. The melodic and lyrical genius within this album actually made me cry the first time I heard it. The journey this takes you on from start to finish is incredibly special. All of the amazing detail within the album leaves you finding something new each listen.

Gretta ZillerAndrew Swift
Gretta ZillerQueen Of Boomtown
Maybe I’m a little biased after spending so much time on the road with Gretta, but credit where credit’s due. Queen Of Boomtown is a solid record from start to finish. With underlying blues tones throughout, Queen Of Boomtown will have you tapping your feet, singing along and wiping away a tear or two again and again. Ziller is quickly being recognised as one of this country’s best songwriters and without a doubt one of its best vocalists.

Raise By EaglesSam Newton
Raised By EaglesI Must Be Somewhere
There is a great mix of upbeat and slow-burner tracks with a sprinkle of country here and there. The record is filled with great songwriting and heartfelt lyrics.

Ben SalterShane Nicholson
Ben SalterBack Yourself
I have a lot of favourite albums of 2017. It’s been a good year. But for me, one stands above the rest – Ben Salter’s Back Yourself. It’s equal parts diverse, brave, accomplished, intelligent, exciting, original, and just plain incredible, superior record-making.

Frank OceanThe Campervan Dancers
Frank OceanBiking
Ryan is arrested by the nostalgic visions of meatophorical bike-riding. Chelsea is delighted by how they manage to execute an extensive shouting outro with great aplomb.

The East PointersThe Little Stevies/Teeny Tiny Stevies
The East PointersWhat We Leave Behind
This recommendation is just as much about the album as it is about the live show, because TEP have done what is often very difficult to do and that’s to capture the energy and magic of their live show on record. As a band they’ve got the full package; great songs, impressive multi-instrumental musicianship, rich 3-part harmony, and to top it off they’re genuinely nice people. My favourites on the album are the vocal lead songs because I love a catchy melody and riff. But I also really enjoy the instrumentals because they include some super interesting harmonic changes through them that don’t always go where you’re expecting them to go. It’s an album that’s made a non-fiddler make it their new years resolution to learn how to play the fiddle, so it must be pretty good.

Songs From DanMelanie Horsnell
Dan TuffySongs from Dan
I loved Dan Tuffy’s record Songs from Dan because I love the quiet back of the valley live sound and the song “The biggest bastard who ever rode the west” is every musician-having-a-low-down-day’s anthem. And I loved King Curly’s new EP but biased as now we are making a record together, so not allowed to vote for that.

Les Poules a ColinJesse Periard (Ten Strings and a Goat Skin)
Les Poules à ColinMorose
Les Poules à Colin have never been a band to limit themselves. They are constantly pushing boundaries and exploring uncharted territory, which sets them apart from so many traditional music groups. They’ve grown so much as a band and Morose is a true representation of where they stand in the realm of traditional Québécois music and I couldn’t be more proud of them. This album has so many complex and beautiful layers to it, and has inspired me and taken me to places I didn’t expect.

Sarah BelknerJulia Johnson
Sarah BelknerBut You Are, But It Has
A record I have returned to repeatedly, finding more with every listen. The textures and arrangements glisten, but have this earthy, warm undercurrent. Her lyrics unfolded the more I honed in on them. Where I was wondering of their meaning upon first listen, months later her songs are resonating deeply with chapters and moments in my life. For me, there’s nothing more wondrous than finding a song that exposes one’s painful or wonderful experience as universal, and this album is rich with those gems. Standout track: “Cellophane”.

Jesca HoopAinslie Wills
Jesca HoopMemories Are Now
I describe this album to other people as “assertive folk” in that it has folk sensibilities and instrumentation but the song ideas are quite robust and angular at times which make it really memorable (ha! Pun not intended). Also, It has no drums which to me was really refreshing as most things these days are so banger/beat driven.

Trad AttackJoe Gould (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
Trad.Attack!Kullakarva / Shimmer Gold
Every so often I spend some time seeking out what’s happening in other local scenes around the world, and Crooked Fiddle’s musical equivalents therein – thus leading me to Estonia’s Trad.Attack! (punctuation included). Part melodic folk pop, part updated trad folk complete with Estonian bagpipes, they sometimes come across as a Baltic equivalent to Ireland’s Kila, especially on the epic title track.

Big ThiefAngie McMahon
Big ThiefCapacity
I’ve fallen in love with this band and this album. The intimacy of the songwriting has captured me, and the so many moments in the lyrics and music have brought me to moments of realisation and clarity. Some albums make you really grateful for music and the power it has over your mind, and this year, for me, it’s been this one.

Lana Del ReyTori Forsyth
Lana Del RayLust for Life
I love that Stevie Nicks has a little part of this record, she also experiments with some rad sounds. Also, lyrically this record is incredible.

This Is The KitEmily Staveley-Taylor (The Staves)
This Is The KitMoonshine Freeze
We met Kate, Rozi and Jamie at The Funkhaus during the Michelberger festival in Berlin last year and thought they were all wonderful people making wonderful music. Then we saw them play this album live at Eaux Claires festival in the summer and were blown away. The record has so many lovely, rounded sounds on it. It feels soft, but it has a driving energy that keeps pushing it forward. Kate’s voice has a familiar, kind quality when she sings – who doesn’t want to feel like they’re having a conversation with a friend when they listen to music? It’s a self-assured album by a band who seem to really know who they are. And that’s a comforting presence to be in. Plus the tunes are fucking banging. And the horns rule.

Sun Kil MoonNigel Wearne
Sun Kil MoonCommon As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood
This year Sun Kil Moon has been on high rotation. Common As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood is so different, that I honestly can’t remember hearing anything else like it. Spoken word poetry, prose, and random stories (including a Chameleon vs a Cat), diary entries, muses on David Bowie and Ali augmented by busted-up Dad hip hop. It’s completely whacked and compelling. A slow burn that requires the lyrics booklet.

Justin Bernasconi Announces New Album Barefoot Wonderland

Justin Bernasconi
Image Courtesy of Justin Bernasconi

Melbourne based singer-songwriter and celebrated finger-picking guitarist Justin Bernasconi has announced plans to release his second album Barefoot Wonderland on the 19th May.

The album was recorded at Jeff Lang’s Enclave Record Facility, mixed by Shane O’Mara at #Yikesville and mastered by Adam Dempsey at Deluxe Mastering. As well as Bernasconi himself Barefoot Wonderland also features some of the country’s top musicians including Ben Franz, Pete Fidler and Cat Canteri.

For a taster of Barefoot Wonderland check out the wonderful track “Careless Shells” below:

Justin Bernasconi will of course be heading out on tour to support the release of Barefoot Wonderland. The full list of dates are as follows:

Friday 19th May – Basement Discs In-Store, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 19th May – Saint Monday, Yackandandah, VIC
Saturday 20th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 21st May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th May – The Shared, Yandina, QLD
Sunday 28th May – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 2nd June – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 3rd June – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 8th June – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 9th June – The Skylark Lounge, Upwey, VIC
Saturday 10th June – Baby Black Espresso Bar, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Saturday 26th August – Wauchope Community Arts Councilty Arts Council, Wauchope, NSW
Sunday 27th August – McCrossin’s Mill Museum, Uralla, NSW
Friday 8th September – Selby Folk Club, Selby, VIC

Brunswick Music Festival Announces 2016 Lineup

Blind Boy Paxton
Image Courtesy of Blind Boy Paxton

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.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 8th January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Calexico have added a Sydney date to their Australian tour. Details here

– Folk punk singer-songwriter Isaac Graham kicked off the new year with his new song “Resolutions”. Details here

– Sydney nu-folkers Citizen of the World released their new video “Setting Out”. Details here

– Brisbane acoustic-groove duo Out of Abingdon will be touring through NSW and ACT this month. Details here

– Milk Records released a new Fraser A Gorman track, Skyscraper Skyline Blues”. Details here

– The new Dan Lethbridge single “Everybody Says” features Taasha Coates from The Audreys. Details here

Oscar Lush revealed his new video “Nightmare Song”. Details here

Shovels & Rope teamed with The Milk Carton Kids to cover the Guns N’ Roses classic “Patience”. Details here

– Kris Morris and Sarah Humphreys have finally announced details of their duo project Eagle & The Wolf. Details here

HeyMun released her ethereal new single “Drift”. Details here

– A bunch of US artists were added to the National Folk Festival lineup including Sheila Kay Adams, Steve Poltz, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Phil Wiggins & Dom Turner and Kristina Olsen. Details here

Cat Canteri has announced a new EP and revealed the first single “What I Need”. Details here

– The Country Conquers Cancer event in Brisbane later this month will feature the likes of Paddy McHugh, Pat Tierney, Megan Cooper, Dana Hassall, Sian Evans, Josh Rennie-Hynes, Brad Butcher, Dana Gehrman, The Mighty Kind, Jen Mize, The Floyd Family Breakdown, Ben Bunting, Andy McDonnell, Cameron Milford, Emma Bosworth, Hayley Marsten, Ellie Jane, Boatkeeper and Byron Short and the Sunset Junkies. Details here

Ruby Boots has announced her I Miss You Already tour that kicks off at the end of this month. Details here

Interviews

“All the shows are heavy on improvising so I guess solo it might be a bit more concise. There’s so many different tools musically that you can use when you have keys or a drummer, bassist or a second guitar. Solo is definitely more of a challenge to be honest. How many dumpy white guys do you want to see playing acoustic guitar? There’s just so many. I try to just make as much energy as I can, as much far out shit as I can acoustically”Ryley Walker chats to Gareth Hugh Evans ahead of his appearance at the Sydney Festival. Interview here

Reviews

Track by Track

“I wrote this song aboard the 107ft two mast banks schooner that The Button Collective help crew every couple of months or so. Inspired by the hunger pains I was suffering after forgetting to bring any food aboard with me, I wrote about sailors suffering from scurvy and starving at sea while they reminisced about love left behind” – Brodie Buttons from The Button Collective takes us through their new EP The Lonesome Sea. Track by track here

Releases This Week

One Up Two Down
A Day On The QuayOne Up, Two Down
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Mudsling Festival

Mudsling

The Mudgee Music Festival give you a taster of what to expect from their 2016 event with a mini festival featuring the likes of Daniel Champagne, Saltwater Sound System, April Maze, Out of AbingdonBig ErleHoney, Euripi, Nick Wall and more playing over the course of the day. If you can get out to Mudgee for the weekend this will be well worth the trip

Saturday 9th January – Roths Wine Bar, Mudgee, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Allison Forbes
Friday 15th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 15th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Archie Roach and My Friend the Chocolate Cake
Saturday 9th January – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Banjo BBQ feat. Mustered Courage and Special Guests
Sunday 10th January – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Cygnet Folk Festival
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th January – Cygnet, TAS

Dana Hassall
Friday 15th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Deep Down South feat. Lachlan Bryan, Les Thomas, Mr Alford Country, Jemma Nicole, Andrew Swift, Brooke Russell, Tom Dockray, Gretta Ziller
Saturday 9th January – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 15th January – Hotel Nicholas, Beechworth, VIC

Dirty Three
Friday 15th January – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW

FBi SMACS
Sunday 10th January – Carriageworks, Sydney, NSW

Hana Maru with The General Assembly, Mijo Biscan
Thursday 14th January – The Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

HONK! Oz
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th January – Wollongong, NSW

Illawarra Folk Festival
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th January – Bulli, NSW

Irish Mythen
Friday 8th January – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Saturday 9th January – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th January – The Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Julia Jacklin
Sunday 10th January – Porch Sessions, Adelaide, NSW

Kasey Chambers w/ Eagle & The Wolf
Friday 8th January – Sawtell RSL Club, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 9th January – Laurieton United Services, Laurieton, NSW

Maru Tarang
Sunday 10th January – Lennox Theatre, Parramatta, NSW

Matthew E White
Friday 15th January – Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

Mirel Wagner and Nadia Reid
Sunday 10th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Mudsling Festival
Saturday 9th January – Roths Wine Bar, Mudgee, NSW

One Up, Two Down
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Out of Abingdon
Saturday 9th January – Mudsling Mini Music Festival, Mudgee, NSW
Sunday 10th January – Lounge Sessions @ Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Peasant Moon, Ben Horder, Matt Ward
Friday 15th January – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sunshine Fiddle Camp
Sunday 10th to Friday 15th January – Alexandra Park Conference Centre, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Tamar Valley Folk Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Georgetown, TAS

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Saturday 15th to Sunday 24th January – Tamworth, NSW

The Audreys
Sunday 10th January – Victoria Gardens, Prahran, VIC

The Brisbane Folk Club feat. Garrett Kato, Sissybones, O’ Little Sister
Wednesday 13th January – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

The Buffalo Grass Boys, The Belle Havens, The Howles, Tom Martin
Saturday 8th January – Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Thursday 14th January – Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

The Franklin Electric
Sunday 10th January – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 14th January – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 15th January – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

The East Pointers
Friday 8th to Saturday 9th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, TAS
Thursday 14th January – Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, NSW

The Plough
Sunday 10th January – Coach and Horses Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Porch Sessions feat. Julia Jacklin, Merryn Jeann, Louis Donnarumma
Sunday 10th January – Adelaide, SA

The Wayward Henrys
Friday 15th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

TinPan Orange
Friday 8th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Thredbo, NSW

Willowy
Thursday 14th January – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Tippin’ It Up To Nancy” – Christy Moore

There’s something special about the rhythmic way Christy Moore sings accompanied by a bodhrán. And for those of you playing at home – this song is also famously known as “Marrowbones”

Cat Canteri Previews New EP with New Track “What I Need”

Cat Canteri
Image Courtesy of Cat Canteri

Melbourne alt-country singer Cat Canteri has revealed plans to release a brand new solo EP this February. The EP was recorded live by none other than Jeff Lang and features The Stillsons bandmate Justin Bernasconi along with Danny Boy and Justin Olsson.

The first taster from the new EP is the track “What I Need” – take a listen below:

Cat Canteri will be launching the new new EP in Melbourne in February (date to be confirmed) and will also be appearing at this year’s Port Fairy Folk Festival.

Port Fairy Announces Second Round of Artists

Steve Earle
Image Courtesy of Steve Earle

This week the second round of artists were announced for the Port Fairy Folk Festival and once again we’re looking at some big hitters to join the already announced Ayleen O’Hanlon, Eric Bogle, Manran, Mary Black, Pierce Brothers, Ruby Boots, The Bushwackers, The East Pointers, The Young’uns and more.

On the international front Port Fairy has revealed the likes of Cedric Burnside Project (USA), Shooglenifty (Scotland), Kristina Olsen (Canada), Steve Earle & The Dukes (USA, above) Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin (UK) and Spiro (UK).

Locally the aditional artists are just as strong with Archie Roach, Colin Hay, Graeme Connors, Cat Canteri, Damian Howard, Flamenco Fire, Kaurna Cronin, Marcia Howard, Oriel Glennen, Sol Nation, The Barleyshakes, The BordererS, The Furbelows, The Little Stevies, The Mae Trio, The Timbers, The Tolka Big Band and Tinpan Orange all added.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival is held from the 11th to the 14th March in Port Fairy, Victoria. Tickets for 2016 are already on sale – check out the official web site for more information.

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