Thank Folk It’s Friday – 12th July

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Brittany Howard, Chance McCoy, Joe Pug, Little Wise, Lost Ragas, Mumford and Sons & Gang of Youths, Sheryl Crow feat. Stevie Nicks & Maren Morris, and The Little Lord Street Band. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Better in Blak
Better In BlakThelma Plum
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Punch Brothers

Punch Brothers

Sunday 14th July – Woodville Town Hall, Adelaide, SA
Monday 15th July – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 16th July – Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 17th July – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Saturday 13th July – Sydney Harbour Cruise, Sydney, NSW

Ainsley Farrell
Friday 12th July – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Allan Caswell & Andrew Swift
Saturday 13th July – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Alana Wilkinson
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Andrew Swift
Friday 12th July – Desk and Studio, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th July – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Sunday 14th July – West Tamworth Leagues Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 18th July – Oodies Cafe, Bundaberg, QLD
Friday 19th July – Captain Cook Holiday Village, Seventeen Seventy, QLD

Anna Smyrk
Saturday 13th July – Megan Hall, Dorrigo, NSW
Sunday 14th July – Flow Bar, Old Bar

Archer
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Bello Winter Music
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Belligen, NSW

Birdsville Big Red Bash
Tuesday 16th to Friday 18th July – Simpson Desert, Birdsville, QLD

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Saturday 13th July – Cauliflower Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 14th July – Co op Club, Sydney, NSW

Brad Cox
Saturday 13th July – Moonshiners Bar, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 19th July – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Busby Marou
Tuesday 16th to Friday 18th July – Birdsville Big Red Bash, Birdsville, QLD

Bush To Bay Country Music Festival
Saturday 13th July – Bay Central Tav, Hervey Bay, QLD

Cigany Weaver
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Claire Anne Taylor
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Courtney Barnett
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Dan Sultan presents Nali & Friends
Saturday 13th July – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 12th July – Clink Theatre, Port Douglas, QLD
Saturday 13th July – Brother Jenkins, Cairns, QLD
Sunday 14th July – Riverbend, Cooktown, QLD
Monday 15th July – Misty Mountains Music, Ravenshoe, QLD
Thursday 18th July – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD

Davidson Brothers
Friday 19th July – True Brew, Bendigo, VIC

Dean Lewis
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Emily Wurramara
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Felicity Urquhart & Brad Butcher
Saturday 13th July – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 19th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Figgy Folk Session
Monday 15th July – Figtree Hotel, Figtree, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Tate Sheridan, Bella Fiorentino, Rebecca Mann
Wednesday 17th July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Front Yard Sessions: Blues, Roots & Beyond feat. Steve Hensby, Elk Bell
Wednesday 17th July – Freo.Social, Fremantle, WA

Genevieve Chadwick & The Stones Throw
Friday 19th July – Music at Street Market, Sydney, NSW

Great Aunt
Friday 12th July – House Concert, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 13th July – City Sider, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 16th July – New Farm Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 17th July – Element Bar, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Thursday 18th July – The Middle Pub, Mullumbimby, NSW

Harley Mavis
Friday 12th July – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 17th July – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Hat Fitz and Cara
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Hats Off To Country
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Tamworth, NSW

Hein Cooper
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Honey
Saturday 13th July – Walter Wines, Mudgee, NSW
Tuesday 16th July – Bright & Balanced Living, Blackheath, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 18th July – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Teri Young, Evan Buckley
Saturday 13th July – Shellharbour Village Exhibition Space, Shellharbour, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW
Friday 12th July – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 18th July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 19th July – Franks Wild Years, Wollongong, NSW

Jesse Younan Tribute Show
Friday 19th July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Kasey Chambers
Tuesday 16th to Friday 18th July – Birdsville Big Red Bash, Birdsville, QLD

Lachlan Jacques w/ Clayton Frick
Saturday 13th July – Sappho Books, Sydney, NSW

Laura Jean
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Leah Flanagan
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Lisa Caruso
Friday 12th July – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Little Wise
Thursday 18th July – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Liz Martin Band
Thursday 18th July – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Lloyd Spiegel
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Luke O’Shea
Saturday 13th July – North Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

M.E. Baird
Wednesday 17th July – Byron School of Art, Mullumbimby, NSW

Magpie Diaries
Friday 12th July – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Wednesday 17th July – The Rock Bar, Alice Springs, NT
Friday 19th July – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Mandy Connell & Liz Frencham
Friday 12th July – Chez Kerby, Melbourne, VIC

Matt Corby
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Merpire
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Merry Muse feat. Silvertonic
Sunday 14th July – Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT

Mic Conway
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Nadia Reid
Friday 12th and Sunday 13th July – Bello Winter Music, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 14th July – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Nathan Seeckts
Saturday 13th July – Pistol Pete’s, Geelong, VIC

Neil Murray
Tuesday 16th to Friday 18th July – Birdsville Big Red Bash, Birdsville, QLD

Punch Brothers
Sunday 14th July – Woodville Town Hall, Adelaide, SA
Monday 15th July – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 16th July – Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 17th July – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Queen Porter Stomp w/ Michigan Waters
Friday 19th July – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sebastian Field
Wednesday 17th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 17th July – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Sean McMahon and The Owls
Thursday 18th July – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Seeker Lover Keeper
Friday 12th July – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 12th July – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 14th July – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 19th July – Four5Nine, Perth, WA

Sound Feast feat. The Long Johns, Dangerous Song, Barry Charles & Peter Wells, Niq Reefman
Friday 12th July – The J, Noosa, QLD

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay, NSW

Sunday Road Sessions feat. Emma Jones
Saturday 13th July – Sunday Road Brewing, Sydney, NSW

Taste Of Tamworth feat. Carter & Carter, Lyn Bowtell, Jayne Denham, The Weeping Willows
Friday 19th July – Burrinja, Upwey, VIC

The Bushwackers
Saturday 13th July – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Furbelows
Friday 12th July – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Hillbilly Goats
Saturday 13th July – Beerwah Hotel, Beerwah, QLD

The Little Lord Street Band
Friday 12th July – Whalebone Brewing Company, Exmouth, WA
Tuesday 16th July – House Concert, Exmouth, WA
Wednesday 17th July – RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, Monkey Mia, WA
Thursday 18th July – Finlay’s, Kalbarri, WA
Friday 19th July – Four5Nine, Perth, WA

The Lumineers
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

The Maes
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

The Montgomery Brothers
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 12th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 13th July – Bush To Bay Music Festival, Hervey Bay, QLD

The Stetson Family
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Friday 12th July – House Concert, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 13th July – City Sider, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 19th July – Burrinja, Melbourne, VIC

Thelma Plum
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Then Jolene
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Tobias Hengeveld
Friday 12th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 14th July – Franks Wild Years, Wollongong, NSW

Witches Leap
Thursday 18th July – House Concert, Valla Beach, NSW
Friday 19th July – Tintenbar Up Front, Tintenbar, NSW

Yarra’s Women of Country feat. Madeline Leman & The Desert Swells, Sarah Carroll, Brooke Taylor
Sunday 14th July – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Ziggy Alberts
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Lua” – Conor Oberst feat. First Aid Kit and Dawes

New Music Monday – 8th July

Joe Pug
Image Courtesy of Joe Pug

Brittany Howard – “History Repeats”

Brittany Howard has stepped away from her amazing band The Alabama Shakes and will be launching her debut solo album Jaime on the 20th September. “History Repeats” is the funky first single from the album which seems to be mashing Prince, Beck and Howard’s own bluesy influences together into something really interesting.

“History Repeats is as much a personal song as it is a song about us as a human species,” Howard explains. “Our times of success may propel us forward, but our repeating failures hold us back from evolving into harmony.”

Chance McCoy – “Wander Wide”

Old Crow Medicine Show’s Chance McCoy is channelling Neil Young in his latest solo single “Wander Wide”. The track has a laid back, indie folk feel with finger-picked electric guitar and pedal steel coupled with McCoy’s double tracked vocals.

“Wander Wide” is taken from Chance McCoy’s upcoming solo album of the same name, due on the 20th September.

Joe Pug – “Exit”

I’ve been really getting back into Joe Pug recently thanks to his amazing The Working Songwriter podcast. So I’m pretty excited that he’s announced his new album The Flood of Color due on the 19th July. “Exit” is the first single from that album and its just stunning. This is Joe Pug at the height of his songwriting powers, wrenching an emotional truth from just his acoustic guitar and voice, with just a touch of accompaniment. If this is just the first single, I can’t wait to hear the rest of The Flood of Color.

Little Wise – “Devil off My Back”

Melbourne based singer-songwriter Sophie Klein, AKA Little Wise, returns with her latest single “Devil off My Back”. The folk-rock track is instantly catchy with its sing-along chorus and driving rhythm. This is the first taste of Little Wise’s upcoming album
Want it All which is due on the 20th August.

“The song is about trying to quiet that inner voice that says ‘you can’t do it’,” Klein explained. “It’s about trying to remove the distractions and escapism that allow us to ignore what’s really going on.”

Little Wise will be launching the new single next Thursday 18th July at The Merri Creek Tavern in Melbourne.

Lost Ragas – “Just Wastin’ Time”

Melbourne four-piece Lost Ragas have announced plans to release their latest album This Is Not A Dream on the 2nd September. “Just Wastin’ Time” is the first taster of that album, providing listeners with a slightly psychedelic sound alongside Lost Ragas’ unique brand of alt-country. A weird, twisty sound which definitely sets a lot expectations of the album to come.

Mumford & Sons and Gang Of Youths – “Blood (Live in Stockholm)”

When The Recordings of The Middle East came out in 2009 it brought Australian indie-folk to the world stage. It showed that a band from Far North Queensland could stand side by side with the world’s biggest nu-folk bands who were exploding at the time. The history of The Middle East has been well documented over the years so does not really need repeating here, however its been nice to see them getting a lot of attention recently with the 10 year anniversary of The Recordings of The Middle East.

Seeing The Middle East’s contemporaries Mumford & Sons team with Australian stadium rockers Gang Of Youths on a cover of the band’s epic track “Blood” is magical. The two bands have paid fitting tribute to the original track while still giving it their own stamp.

Having reformed recently for VIVID, The Middle East have also just announced a show at The Tivoli in Brisbane on the 13th September.

Sheryl Crow feat. Stevie Nicks, Maren Morris – “Prove You Wrong”

“Prove You Wrong” is a taster from Sheryl Crow’s upcoming collaboration lead album Threads, due on the 30th August. This track features the powerhouse vocals of Stevie Nicks along with up and coming singer-songwriter Maren Morris. Overall its pretty inoffensive, middle of the road country-rock which showcases the unique vocals of each singer.

“Stevie exudes art, she is at all times authentic. She’s the sister I don’t see enough, but she never leaves my heart,” Crow explained of the song. “I invited Maren to perform on “Prove You Wrong” with Stevie and I because she belongs in our ‘club’ of strong female rockers who tell it like it is.”

The Little Lord Street Band – “Frankie’s Back In Town”

WA based indie-folk five-piece The Little Lord Street Band have released the video for their catchy new single “Frankie’s Back In Town”. The jangle-rock track will definitely put a smile on your face and stir all sorts of pining for the summer months. This track is pure joy – it’s easy to see why The Little Lord Street Band have been killing it on the live circuit recently.

Speaking of the live circuit The Little Lord Street Band are currently touring “Frankie’s Back In Town” – the remaining dates are here:

Wednesday 10th July – Yardie Creek Homestead, Exmouth, WA
Friday 12th July – Whalebone Brewing Co, Exmouth, WA
Saturday 13th July – Froth Craft Brewery Fundraiser, Exmouth, WA
Sunday 14th July – Yardie Creek Homestead, Exmouth, WA
Tuesday 16th July – House Concert, Exmouth, WA
Wednesday 17th July – Monkey Bar, Monkey Mia, WA
Thursday 18th July – Finlay’s, Kalbarri, WA
Friday 19th July – 459 Bar, Perth, WA
Saturday 20th July – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 21st July – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA
Friday 26th July – Grumpy’s Music Bar, Perth, WA
Sunday 28th July – Otherside Brewing Co, Perth, WA

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 31st May

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new streams and videos from the likes of Chance McCoy, Emma Beau, Glen Hansard, Hannah Blackburn, Jordie Lane & Yirrmal, Lucie Thorne, Passenger, Seeker Lover Keeper, The Lumineers and The Pigs. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Luke Plumb
Luke Plumb & Kate BurkeLuke Plumb & Kate Burke
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Diamond Duck with Strings

Diamond Duck

Saturday 1st June – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

99 Stories Singer/Songwriter Showcase feat. Jordan Kenny, Justin Webber, Andy Calvert, Pearl Herbert, Kieran Morris, Paul Mason, Rhyen, Claudie Grace, Nat James, Rita B, Leroy Lee
Saturday 1st June – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Andy Golledge, Caitlin Harnett & Ruben Neeson
Saturday 1st June – Station Bar, Katoomba, NSW

Archie Roach
Friday 31st May – Centenary Square, Parramatta, NSW
Saturday 1st June – Meeanjin Markets, Brisbane, QLD

Ash Grunwald
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

Barunga Festival
Friday 7th June to Sunday 9th June – Barunga, NT

BATTS
Friday 7th June – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Big Sky Mountain
Thursday 6th June – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Bobby Alu
Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Sunday 2nd June – Collaroy Beach Club, Sydney, NSW

Bush Gothic
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Cat Canteri
Saturday 1st June – Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon, VIC
Thursday 6th June – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC

Chris Neto
Friday 31st May – Beatdisc Records, Sydney, NSW

Cigány Weaver
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD

Clare Bowditch
Friday 7th June – Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Claude Hay
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

Clio
Tuesday 4th June – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Colin Lillie
Friday 31st May – Ettalong Diggers, Ettalong, NSW
Saturday 1st June – Laurieton Services Club, Laurieton, NSW
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Daniel Champagne
Friday 31st May – Conservatorium Chapel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 1st June – Metro Social, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 2nd June – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Wednesday 5th June – T Guitars, Bowral, NSW
Thursday 6th June – RAD, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 7th June – Factory, Sydney, NSW

Dave Wright & The Midnight Ramblers
Saturday 1st June – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

David Bridie
Saturday 1st June · Chapel off Chapel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 7th June · Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Diamond Duck with Strings
Saturday 1st June – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Felicity Urquhart & Brad Butcher
Friday 31st May – Hardy’s Bay Community Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW
Saturday 1st June – Acoustic Picnic, Dee Why, NSW

Fiona Ross and Shane O’Mara
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Folk and Fire feat. STAV, Corey Theatre
Saturday 1st June – Nexus Arts, Adelaide, SA

Folk Like Us feat. Ally Palmer, Phil & Tilley, Rhiannon, Andaman, Hollie Col
Sunday 2nd June – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Harley Mavis, Tess Guthrie, Sam Joole
Wednesday 5th June – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Friends & Acquaintances End Of Tour Party feat. Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Ben Leece, The Good the Beard & the Ugly, Georgia State Line, Freya Josephine Hollick, The Weeping Willows, Kate Alexander, Hana Breneck
Sunday 2nd June – Billyroy’s Grassroots Music Club, Allsaints, Bendigo, VIC

Giffen Play Paul Simon feat. Zeke Cameron
Friday 31st May – Tomerong School of the Arts, Tomerong, NSW
Saturday 1st June – House Concert, Little Forest, NSW
Sunday 2nd June – Lord Roberts Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Thursday 6th June – Oodies Café, Bundaberg, QLD
Friday 7th June – Captain Cook Holiday Village, Seventeen Seventy, QLD

Grizzlee Train
Saturday 1st June – Avoca Beach Hotel, Avoca Beach, NSW
Thursday 6th June – Slyfox, Sydney, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers, Eddie Lawlor
Sunday 2nd June – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Hinterlandt
Sunday 2nd June – Servo Food Truck Bar, Port Kembla, NSW
Thursday 6th June – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 6th June – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Huck Hastings
Saturday 1st June – The Dock, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

JD And The Hunger Men w/ Demi Mitchell
Friday 7th June – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

John Flanagan String Band
Saturday 1st June – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Jordan Merrick
Friday 7th June – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Julian James
Friday 31st May – KCs Bar and Grill, Airlie Beach, QLD
Saturday 1st June – KCs Bar and Grill, Airlie Beach, QLD
Sunday 2nd June – Seabreeze Tavern, Mackay, QLD
Friday 7th June – Snack Shack, Tin Pan Bay, QLD

Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 1st June – Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon, VIC

Kay Proudlove
Thursday 6th June – Jose Jones, Thirroul, NSW

Keaton Henson: Six Lethargies with the Opera Australia Orchestra
Friday 31st May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Kim Churchill
Friday 7th June – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Kristen Lee Morris
Thursday 6th June – Slyfox, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes w/ Ben Leece
Friday 31st May – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st June – Rezza House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 2nd June – Billyroy’s Grassroots Music Club, Allsaints, Bendigo, VIC

Lee Coulter & Dixie Maxwell
Friday 31st May – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 5th June – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 6th June – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 7th June – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart
Friday 7th June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Lucy Rose
Tuesday 4th June – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 5th June – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 6th June – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

M.E. Baird
Saturday 1st June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Maggie Carty and Mairtin Staunton
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Miriam Lieberman
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD

Mustered Courage
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

Natalie Henry
Friday 31st May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

National Celtic Festival
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Portarlington, VIC

Neil Murray
Saturday 1st June – The Hungry Spirit, Lightning Ridge, NSW

Palm Creek Folk Festival
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Mountain View Lake Holiday Park, Mount Surround, QLD

Paul Kelly
Saturday 1st June – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Perisher Peak Festival
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher, NSW

Rach Brennan & The Pines
Friday 31st May – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 1st June – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

Rezza House Concerts feat. Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes w/ Ben Leece
Saturday 1st June – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Rich Davies and the Low Road
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Ro
Friday 31st May – Crown & Anchor, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 1st June – Sewing Room, Perth, WA

Rosie Burgess Trio
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD

Russell Morris
Friday 31st May – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 1st June – Twin Towns, Tweed Heads, NSW
Sunday 2nd June – Twin Towns, Tweed Heads, NSW
Friday 7th June – Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart, TAS

Sásta
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 5th June – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Señor Cabrales
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Sharon Van Etten
Saturday 1st June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Friday 7th June – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Slim Dime, Blue Limit
Thursday 6th June – The Main Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 7th June – South Coast Brewing Co., Willunga, SA

Southern Flavour
Sunday 3rd June – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-Together
Saturday 1st June – Annandale Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

Teeny Tiny Stevies
Saturday 1st June – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st June – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

The Grubby Urchins
Wednesday 5th June – The Borthers Public House, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD

The Hillbilly Goats
Sunday 2nd June – The Bearded Dragon Hotel, Tamborine, QLD

The Maes
Friday 31st May – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 2nd June – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 7th June – Music on the Hill, Red Hill Pavilion, Red Hill, VIC
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

The Mid-North
Friday 31st May – Old Butter Factory Cafe, Bellingen, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 31st May – Highfields Tavern, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 1st June – Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich, QLD

The Slipdixies
Sunday 2nd June – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Friday 31st May – Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 1st June – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Water Runners
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

The Young Folk
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Tim Scanlan Trio
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

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

Vaudeville Smash
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

Z-Star Trinity
Friday 31st May – The J, Noosa, QLD
Saturday 1st June – RoyalMail, Goodna, QLD
Sunday 2nd June – Maroochydore Rotary Club Park, Maroochydore, QLD
Wednesday 5th June – Langford’s Hotel, Mackay, QLD
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD

Zumpa, All Strings Attached, Lizzie Flynn
Saturday 1st June – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Lock Keeper” – Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar

New Music Monday – 27th May

Jordie and Yirramal
Image Courtesy of Jordie Lane and Yirrmal

Chance McCoy – “Lonesome Pines”

More new music from Old Crow Medicine Show multi-instrumentalist Chance McCoy’s solo project, this time the dreamy “Lonesome Pines”. Straddling somewhere between Neil Young and The Doors, “Lonesome Pines” is definitely a departure from his last single “No One Loves You (The Way That I Do)” and definitely a stark contrast to his Old Crow output.

Emma Beau – “Leading Me Astray”

Go-to country fiddle player Emma Beau is showing off just how talented a songwriter she is with the release of her new single and video “Leading Me Astray”. This is Beau’s latest taste from her crowd-funded self-titled alum due for release on the 28th June, and may favourite so far – I can definitely hear overtones of Joy Williams (The Civil Wars) in her vocal delivery and I’m loving the simple country production choices throughout.

“This track explains a relationship,” Emma Beau explained. “The start, present, and future, and the quirks of the time spent together, particularly the notion that someone can lead you away from the life you may have imagined – and that’s a good thing.”

Glen Hansard – “Don’t Settle”

Irish troubadour Glen Hansard released “Don’t Settle” this week, his piano driven new single from the album This Wild Willing. If you’ve been enjoying the direction Hansard’s songwriting has been taking recently then you’ll love this track. It’s emotional and lyric driven with a jazz inspired undertone and beautiful production.

Hannah Blackburn – “Did You Always Know”

Melbourne singer-songwriter Hannah Blackburn released her brand new single “Did You Always Know” last week and I’m really digging it. The retro feel coupled with Blackburn’s beautiful voice is going to elicit comparisons to Julia Jacklin – and that should definitely be taken as a compliment. A singer-songwriter to be watched.

Jordie Lane & Yirrmal – “For Everyone”

To kick off National Reconciliation Week this week singer-songwriters Jordie Lane and Yirrmal have come together to release their new single and video “For Everyone”. The song charts the journey of young indigenous man Clinton Pryor who walked 6,000km from Perth to Canberra to meet with the Prime Minister and stand for Justice of indigenous people.

The talents of both Jordie Lane and Yirrmal are undeniable and this track celebrates both of their unique voices.

Lucie Thorne – “Wheogo Hill”

Celebrated singer-songwriter Lucie Thorne has announced her new album Kitty & Frank will be in our ears on the 10th August and has released the dreamy, spacious “Wheogo Hill” as a welcome appetiser. With ambient synths, jazzy piano and Thorne’s captivating vocal style, this track is going to completely draw you in.

Lucie Thorne is heading out on tour with long time collaborator Hamish Stuart this June – check out the dates here:

Friday 7th June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th June – Dusty Attic, Lismore, NSW
Friday 14th June – House Concert, Duranbah, NSW
Sunday 16th June – House Concert, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st June – House Concert, Mittagong, NSW
Saturday 22nd June – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 23rd June – Django @ Camelot, Sydney, NSW

Passenger – “Rosie”

With a bunch of artists sharing songs and videos inspired by their children lately its also nice to see an artist like Passenger creating a piece of art to celebrate that other special person in his life – his cat Rosie.

Passenger describes the video for the track “Rosie” as “possibly the silliest and definitely the most adorable video we’ve ever released” – and I’ve watched it now more times than I care to admit.

Seeker Lover Keeper – “Let It Out”

Australia’s premiere super-group Seeker Lover Keeper, made up of the amazingly talented Sarah Blasko, Sally Seltmann and Holly Throsby, have made a triumphant return this week with the release of their new single “Let It Out”. The track is the group’s first in eight years and features a stunning video featuring Australian acting legend Magda Szubanski.

What I’ve always loved about Seeker Lover Keeper is just how raw their music is, and its ability to celebrate the unique voices of Blasko, Seltmann and Throsby while also bringing them together to create something unique. “Let It Out” is no different, with the trio’s beautuful vocals weaving in and out over the minimal accompaniment.

Seeker Lover Keeper have announced a couple of intimate shows this July:

Friday 12th July – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Lumineers – “Gloria”

We finally have some new music from indie-folk favourites The Lumineers with their track “Gloria”. The song is the first from the band’s upcoming full-length album III, due on the 13th September, and is full of the footstomping goodness you’ve come to expect from The Lumineers.

“Gloria” is the first in a series of 3 videos released by the band over the last week – you can watch “Donna” here and “Life In The City” here. Collectively they tell the visual story of 3 generations of the same family.

The Lumineers will be in the country later this year for Splendour in the Grass as well as a single intimate show in Sydney – dates below:

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW
Monday 22nd July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Pigs – “Olive, Call Me”

You know you’re going to be in for a chuckle when there’s new music from Bluegrass larrikins The Pigs, and their latest single “Olive, Call Me” doesn’t disappoint. The track details the way a romantic rival may accidentally die and is darkly hilarious.

“I’ve realised that I don’t stand a chance with Olive, because this guy is perfect for her in every way,” explains Stretch Pig from the band. “And you know, I don’t wish him any harm. I’m just sayin’ that if he gets hit by a runaway Winnebago some day, I’m good to go.”

The track is taken from The Pigs’ latest album Hillbilly Synthesiser. The band are, as always, touring the country – you can catch them at one of these upcoming Queensland dates:

Friday 31st May – Highfields Tavern, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 1st May – Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich, QLD
Friday 21st June – South Kolan Hotel, South Kolan, QLD
Saturday 22nd June – D’Aguilar Hotel, D’Aguilar, QLD
Friday 12th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 13th July – Bush To Bay Music Festival, Hervey Bay, QLD

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 10th May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new streams and videos from the likes of Chance McCoy, Fanny Lumsden, Fred Smith, Joy Williams, Justin Townes Earle, Karine Polwart, Kay Proudlove, Matt Ward and Mumford and Sons with Jerry Douglas. Listen and watch them here

– The first Bluegrass & Old Timey Festival featuring Richard Galluzzi, Flat Rock Boys, The Plough, Whoa Mule and Shelley’s Murder Boys is hitting Sydney next week. Details here

Releases This Week

Hell or Heal
Hell or HealAlice Night
Bandcamp

Dawn Landes
My Tiny TwilightDawn Landes
iTunes

Lowland Hum
GlyphonicLowland Hum
iTunes
Bandcamp

Matthew and the Atlas
Morning DancerMatthew and the Atlas
iTunes

Tobias Hengeveld
Naughts & OnesTobias Hengeveld
iTunes
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Teskey Brothers

The Teskey Brothers

Friday 10th May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th May – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 13th May – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 14th May – The Night Cat, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 10th May – Murrah Hall, Murrah, NSW
Saturday 11th May – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 10th May – Pomonal Community Hall, Pomonal, VIC
Saturday 11th May – St Brigids, Crossley, VIC
Sunday 12th May – Caravan Music Club, Bentleigh East, VIC

Aisling Vaughan & Friends
Friday 10th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Alice Night
Sunday 12th May – Longplay, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th May – The Red Rattler, Sydney, NSW

An Acoustic Tribute to Bruce Springsteen feat. Luke Yeoward, Ruby Gilbert, Brad Butcher
Saturday 11th May – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Anna Smyrk
Friday 10th May – Dusty Attic, Lismore, NSW

Archer
Saturday 11th May – Major Toms, Kyneton, VIC

Ash Grunwald
Saturday 11th May – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Ben Mastwyk
Friday 10th May – Coburg RSL, Coburg, VIC

Big Country Festival
Saturday 11th May – Berry Showgrounds, Berry, NSW

Blues on Broadbeach
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th May – Broadbeach, QLD

Bulga Beats Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May – Bulga, NSW

Bush Gothic
Saturday 11th May – Jazzlab, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th May – Butcher’s Brew, Sydney, NSW

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 10th May – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 11th May – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys
Thursday 16th May – The Landsdowne, Sydney, NSW

Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 10th May – Pomonal Community Hall, Pomonal, VIC
Saturday 11th May – St Brigids, Crossley, VIC
Sunday 12th May – Caravan Music Club, Bentleigh East, VIC

Colin Lillie
Friday 10th May – The Royal Hotel, Queenbeyan, NSW
Saturday 11th May – The Royal Hotel, Queenbeyan, NSW

Dan Sultan
Friday 10th May – The Conservatorium, Newcastle, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 10th May – Town Hall, Deans Marsh, VIC
Saturday 11th May – Baby Black, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Sunday 12th May – Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 15th May – Jindy Sessions, Jindabyne, VIC
Thursday 16th May – Smokey Horse, Braidwood, NSW
Friday 17th May – Smiths, Canberra, ACT

Dean Lewis w/ Winterbourne
Saturday 11th May – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 12th May – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 14th May – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 15th May – HBF Stadium, Perth, WA
Friday 17th May – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

Dearly Departed
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May – Bulga Beats Festival, Bulga, NSW

Dr Coocachoo
Saturday 11th May – Flat Rock Brew Cafe, Sydney, NSW

Echo Deer, C.J Shaw, Hollie Matthew
Saturday 11th May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Felicity Urquhart & Brad Butcher
Thursday 16th May – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th May – House Concert, Torquay, VIC

Flats and Sharps
Wednesday 15th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 16th May – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 17th May – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Brain Romance, Brian Campeau, Kay Proudlove
Wednesday 15th May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 10th May – House Concert, Boreen Point, QLD
Saturday 11th May – House Concert, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 12th May – Brothers Café, Kingscliff, NSW

Green Mohairs Suits
Sunday 12th May – The Black Sheep, Sydney, NSW

Grigoryan Brothers
Friday 10th May – St Peter’s Anglican College, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 11th May – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Hannah Acfield w/ Berniece Peeauake
Saturday 11th May – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 16th May – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Huckleberry Hastings
Friday 10th May – Gertrude & Alice Cafe Bookstore, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 14th May – In The Round, The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th May – Blues on Broadbeach, Broadbeach, QLD

In The Round feat. Huck Hastings, Charlie Gradon, Ainsley Farrell, Rita B
Tuesday 14th May – In The Round, The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Jake and Jaden
Friday 17th May – Ryan’s Hotel, Thirroul, NSW

James Bennett
Friday 10th May – Gunnedah Hotel, Gunnedah, NSW
Saturday 11th May – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 12th May – Tatts Hotel, Inverell, NSW

Jason Owen
Sunday 12th May – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 12th May – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Kallidad
Friday 10th May – Magnums Hotel, Airlie Beach, QLD
Saturday 11th May – Picnic Bay Hotel, Picnic Bay, QLD
Sunday 12th May – Gilligan’s Hotel and Resort, Cairns, QLD
Friday 17th May – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

Kyle Lionhart
Friday 17th May – Soundlounge, Currumbin, QLD

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes w/ Ben Leece
Friday 17th May – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Little Quirks
Friday 10th May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th May – Central Coast Comicon, The Entertainment Grounds, Gosford, NSW

Mandy Connell
Friday 10th May – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 10th May – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 11th May – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Merry Muse feat. Ichoyennisi
Sunday 12th May – Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT

Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission
Friday 10th May – Banyena Town Hall, Banyena, VIC
Saturday 11th May – Cabaret Club, Ballarat, VIC

Montgomery Church
Saturday 11th May – Brungle Memorial Hall, Brungle, NSW

Natalie Henry
Friday 10th May – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Saturday 11th May – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW

Nathan Power, Mandy Connell
Friday 10th May – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Nicefest 2019
Saturday 11th May – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Red Hillbilly Hoe-down feat. Slim Dime, Teresa Dixon
Saturday 11th May – Red Hill Mechanics Hall, Red Hill, VIC

Riley Pearce
Friday 10th May – Secret Show, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th May – Secret Show, Adelaide, SA
Friday 17th May – Secret Show, Perth, WA

Ro
Friday 17th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Ruby Gilbert
Saturday 11th May – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 11th May – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD
Sunday 12th May – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Ruby Gill
Friday 10th May – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Russell Morris
Friday 10th May – Paddington RSL, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th May – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 12th May – Toronto Hotel, Toronto, NSW
Thursday 16th May – Bunbury Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA
Friday 17th May – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA

Sara Storer
Friday 10th May – Hamilton Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 11th May – Caloundra RSL Club, Caloundra, QLD
Thursday 16th May – Southern Cross Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 17th May – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 15th May – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Strings on King Bluegrass Night feat. The Methylated Chicken Collective
Tuesday 14th May – MoshPit, Sydney, NSW

Sun Kil Moon
Wednesday 15th May – The Espy, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th May – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

The Blues Tram feat. Lily & King, Alister Turrill
Saturday 11th May – The Blues Tram, Bendigo, VIC

The BUg Weekly Tues New Farm Folk Night feat. Sue Wighton and the Margaritas, Tin Star
Tuesday 14th May – New Farm Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD

The Emerald Ruby
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May – Bulga Beats Festival, Bulga, NSW

The Hillbilly Goats
Friday 10th May – The Surf Club Palm Cove, Cairns, QLD

The Long Johns
Friday 10th May – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 11th May – Hawkers Beer, Melbourne, VIC

The Maes
Friday 10th May – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th May – Wauchope Community Hall, Wauchope, NSW

The Ocelots
Friday 10th May – Duke of George, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 11th May – The Sewing Room, Perth, WA
Thursday 16th May – NOLA Craft Beer & Whiskey, Adelaide, SA
Friday 17th May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Pantry Sessions feat. The Weeping Willows, Ryan Daykin
Saturday 11th May – The Kitchen Door, Barjarg, VIC

The Plough
Friday 17th May – Plantbased Wholefoods, Katoomba, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 10th May – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 17th May – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

The Settlement
Friday 17th May – Seanchai Irish Pub, Warrnambool, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 10th May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th May – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 13th May – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 14th May – The Night Cat, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Tiny Ruins w/ Ryan Downey
Friday 10th May – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 11th May – Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA

Whiskey Dram
Friday 10th May – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

William Crighton
Friday 10th May – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 11th May – South West Roxy Cinema, South West Rocks, NSW

Witches Leap
Friday 10th May – The Old City Bank, Katoomba, NSW

Yulli’s Sessions feat. Good Tom Wallace
Wednesday 15th May – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Z-Star Trinity
Saturday 11th May – Mangrove Mountain Public Hall, Mangrove Mountain, NSW
Sunday 12th May – Tomerong School of Arts, Tomerong, NSW
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th May – Blues on Broadbeach, Broadbeach, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“All The Pretty Horses” – Calexico

New Music Monday – 6th May

Fanny Lumsden
Image Courtesy of Fanny Lumsden

Chance McCoy – “No One Loves You (The Way That I Do)”

Old Crow Medicine show fiddler, banjo player and guitarist Chance McCoy has just released his brand new solo single “No One Loves You (The Way That I Do)”. Leaning heavily into atmospheric indie-folk reminiscent of The Beta Band or The Shins, the track stands in stark contrast to Old Crow’s old time and bluegrass sound. Interestingly McCoy has announced he won’t be touring with Old Crow Medicine Show in 2019 to focus on his solo work, so I’d say we can expect a lot more from him in the coming months.

Fanny Lumsden – “Pretty Little Fools”

Alt-country singer and Timber and Steel’s mate Fanny Lumsden released the highly anticipated new video for her track “Pretty Little Fools”. Directed by longtime collaborator Sam Brumby the video is the sequel to 2017’s “Totem Tennis” and features Fanny and her friends competing in some amazingly dodgy synchronised swimming in a local pool. Lovely stuff from Australia’s alt-country queen.

Fanny Lumsden has also announced the 2019/20 tour dates for their annual Country Hall tour. As well as a bunch of local, regional dates throughout Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia punters will be able to catch Lumsden and her band at Country Hall style shows in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. The full list of dates are below:

Saturday 18th May – Soulful, Grafton, NSW
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 2nd August – Herbert River Crushers Hall, Ingham, QLD
Saturday 3rd August – Dimbulah Memorial Hall, Dimbulah, QLD
Saturday 10th August – Isisford Hall, Isisford, QLD
Sunday 11th August – Tambo Hall, Tambo, QLD
Thursday 15th August – Evening Star Tourist Park, Charleville, QLD
Friday 16th August – Thargomindah Hall, Thargomindah, QLD
Friday 20th September – Toppy Hall, Wyalong, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Palladium Palace Theatre, Morundah, NSW
Friday 27th September – Eugowra Hall, Eugowra, NSW
Saturday 28th September – Tooraweenah Hall, Tooraweenah, NSW
Friday 4th October – Old Junee Hall, Old Junee, NSW
Friday 11th October – Marthaguy Hall, Marthaguy, NSW
Saturday 12th October – Spring Ridge, NSW
Friday 25th October – Springdale Memorial Hall, Springdale, NSW
Saturday 26th October – Gunbar Hall, Gunbar, NSW
Friday 1st November – Mumbanna Hall, Mumbannar, VIC
Saturday 2nd November – Joanna Hall, Joanna, SA
Friday 8th November – Polish Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 9th November – Giant Dwarf Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th November – Loomberah Hall, Loomberah, NSW
Saturday 16th November – Glen Innes Hall, Glen Innes, NSW
Friday 6th December – Jamieson Hall, Jamieson, VIC
Sunday 8th December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 13th December – Globe Theatre, Winchelsea, VIC
Friday 17th January – Curban Community Hall, Curban, NSW
Friday 14th February – Lake Cargelligo, NSW
Saturday 15th February – Boree Creek Hall, Boree Creek, NSW
Friday 21st February – The Risk Hall, Kyogle, NSW
Saturday 22nd February – Asgrove Bowlo, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 29th February – Warra Memorial Hall, Warra, QLD

Fred Smith – “Scots of the Riverina”

Celebrated Australian singer-songwriter Fred Smith released his new single and video “Scots of the Riverina” to coincide with Anzac Day week. The track, originally a poem by Henry Lawson put to music by John Schumann (Redgum), is taken from Smith’s new album Warries which he describes as “a collection of songs from conflict zones that aren’t on [2010 album] Dust of Uruzgan“.

Joy Williams – “No Place Like You”

Last week singer-songwriter Joy Williams (of The Civil Wars fame) released her brand new solo album Front Porch. “No Place Like You” is the latest single from that album and is a beautiful piece of soul-infused folk blues, pitting Williams’ amazing vocals with just a stripped back guitar.

Justin Townes Earle – “Appalachian Nightmare”

Another week, another track from Justin Townes Earle’s upcoming album The Saint Of Lost Causes (due on the 24th May). The track is a semi-autobiographical, very-fictional Americana durge and has a new video directed by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard.

“I want this song to say that if you are marginalized, you will find anyway you can to survive,” Earle explained. “Drug problems and criminal behavior are not a problem of color, creed or race.”

Karine Polwart – “Since Yesterday”

Acclaimed Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart gives us a taste of her upcoming album Scottish Songbook (due on the 2nd August) with the new single “Since Yesterday”. The track, originally by Strawberry Switchblade, is released ahead of this year’s Dementia Awareness Week (15-21 May) and features a recording of Polwart’s grandfather singing.

“To me now, this song isn’t about teenage anxiety,” Polwart explained. “It’s about ageing and dementia, remembrance and loss. That’s partly because I’ve got older and life and meaning changes. Even tracks that you might remember as saccharine pop, they’re altered by time. And the real challenge and joy for me is getting inside them, because the lyrics & melodies are often so powerful and resonant.”

Kay Proudlove – “May The Fourth”

Wollongong based singer-songwriter Kay Proudlove released her Star Wars themed single “May The Fourth” over the weekend (naturally) and it’s really fun. More a parody of Star Wars and the people who love it rather than a tribute, Proudlove deftly straddles the line between corniness and mocking creating a track that’s really fun and well worth a repeat listen.

Matt Ward – “Take Me Home”

Adelaide based Americana singer-songwriter Matt Ward has released his new single “Take Me Home”, from the brand new album Heartland. “Take Me Home” hits all the required notes of modern Americana songwriting – Whiskey, faith, aging, traveling and a yearning for place – but elevates them through top notch production and impressive musicianship.

Mumford & Sons feat. Jerry Douglas – “Forever”

I’m on record as not being a fan of Mumford & Sons’ latest album Delta. But I’ll also admit when you strip all the noise out of the tracks on Delta and approach them in a raw, acoustic way, they do reveal good bones.

Case in point is this live version of “Forever”. When it’s just vocals, acoustic guitar and the unmistakable slide playing of the legendary Jerry Douglas, “Forever” leans a lot more towards Paul Simon than it does Coldplay. Here’s hoping Mumford & Sons get back to their acoustic roots the next time they head back into the studio.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Woody Pitney has announce two full band shows in February. Details here

Seth Lakeman has announced sideshows when he’s in the country for Bluesfest including support slots for Suzanne Vega. Details here

Chance McCoy from Old Crow Medicine Show proves that “Hey Brother” by Avicci is actually a decent song with his version. Details here

Midlake have released the new video for their track “The Old & The Young”. Details here

– The story behind the new Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros video “All Wash Out” is both touching and tragic. Details here

Frank Turner’s new single “The Polaroid Picture” will be part of an EP featuring three covers and a brand new track. Details here

James Vincent McMorrow may have wrapped up his Australian tour but he’s left behind his new single “Gold”. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival have added their final acts for 2014 including Glen Hansard, Lisa O’Neill, Beccy Cole, Normie Rowe & The Original Playboys, Melody Pool and many more. Details here

– Sydney folkies The Green Mohair Suits announced details of their EP launch this month with The Morrisons and All Our Exes Live In Texas as well as releasing the video for their new single “Baby, You Just Want To Give Up”. Details here

Bluesfest also added artists to its 2014 lineup including Joss Stone, Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows, Dyson Stringer Cloher, The Beards and many many more. Details here

– Americana favourite Pokey LaFarge has announced tour dates when he’s in the country for WOMADelaide and Port Fairy. Details here

– Melbourne’s The Weeping Willows have released their much anticipated new video “Home for the Broken Soul”. Details here

– England’s Matthew and the Atlas have released the video to their brand new single “Pale Moon Rose”. Details here

Jordan Millar released the homemade video for his excellent new song “If Only…”. Details here

Sally Seltmann has revealed the details of her new album Hey Daydreamer. Details here

– Sydney seven-piece Little Bastard have announced their first Sydney headline show of the year. Details here

Interviews

“I think it’s the five-part harmonies and that kind of kick-arse Irish-y Australian thing, and the stories about bushrangers and haunted trains and bad women. I think it’s just a combination of everything and it just works. And they’re brilliant musicians these guys, and it’s just such a pleasure playing with them. Nothing ever goes wrong and it really is such a joy” – John Fegan from Rough Red chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“It goes pretty well, as long as there are things happening at the festival that are going to make us funny. Now we’ve had a lot of trouble with Morris Dancers this festival. First up, we wondered why they were called ‘daaaaahhncers’. We called them ‘dancers’ and they said, “No, we’re daaaaahhhncers”. It turns out they’re waaaaahhhnkers. And they’ve been dancing – or daaaaaahhncing – their way up and down the street. And I think they should be banned and I think something should be sprayed to get rid of them.”Glover and Sorensen chat to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

Then We Collide
Then We CollideEmily and the Woods
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Illawarra Folk Festival

Dom Flemons

The Illawarra Folk Festival is unique in a packed calendar of festivals around the country. The festival itself maintains a small, community atmosphere that is present at so many regional events but still manages to pull the big name acts usually reserved for the larger events – this year the highlights include Andy Irvine, Dom Flemmons (above), Archie Roach, Whitetop Mountaineers and many many more. Just a couple of hours on the train from Sydney and a quick drive from Canberra the Illawarra Folk Festival is accessible while still feeling like you’re getting away from it all to immerse yourself in folk music, dance art and culture. Truly one of our favourite festivals of the year.

Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th January – Bulli, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Afenginn
Friday 17th to Saturday 18th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Andy Irvine
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Friday 24th to Monday 27th January – Newstead Festival, Newstead, VIC

Bandito Folk with Drawn From Bees, Dale Peachey
Thursday 23rd January – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Chris Thile
Friday 17th January – MONA FOMA, Hobart, TAS
Monday 20th January – Melbourne Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Communion Melbourne feat. Ainslie Wills, The Hello Morning, Jimmy Tait, The Phoncurves, Little Dreamer, Tigertown
Sunday 19th January – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Emily Barker
Monday 20th January – Sky Terrace at The Star, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 21st January – Sky Terrace at The Star, Sydney, NSW

Illawarra Folk Festival
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th January – Bulli, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 17th January – House Concert, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 18th January – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th January – House Concert, Mitcham, VIC
Monday 20th January – House Concert, Ballarat, VIC
Tuesday 21st January – House Concert, Parkdale, VIC
Thursday 23rd January – House Concert, Croydon Hills, VIC

Jordan Millar
Friday 17th January – Name This Bar, Sydney, NSW

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 17th January – White Star, Albany, WA
Saturday 18th January – Settler Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 19th January – Swanbrook Winery, Swan Valley, WA
Tuesday 21st January – Ya Ya’s, Perth, WA

Kim Churchill
Friday 17th January – The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 18th January – Bon Amici Café, Toowoomba, QLD
Sunday 19th January – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 21st January – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd January – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 24th January – The Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 24th January – Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Little Bastard w/ Grizzly Jim Lawrie, Naked Bodies
Friday 17th January – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Moldre
Thursday 23rd January – The Green Room, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th January – The Rhythm Hut, Central Coast, NSW

Mat McHugh
Friday 17th January – Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Friday 24th January – Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale NSW

Newstead Live
Friday 24th to Monday 27th January – Castlemaine, VIC

Numeralla Folk Festival
Friday 24th to Monday 27th January – Numerella, NSW

Ruby Boots
Friday 17th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th January – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th January – Pure Pop Records, Melbourne, VIC

Ryan Keen
Wednesday 22nd January – Name This Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd January – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Sarah Blasko
Wednesday 22nd January – St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th January – Flinders St Baptist Church, Adelaide, SA

Sweet Jean
Sunday 19th January – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Tamar Valley Folk Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January – George Town, TAS

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 26th January – Tamworth, NSW

The Beez
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Monday 20th to Saturday 25th January – Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW

The Lumineers
Saturday 18th January – The Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 23rd January – The Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Timbers
Wednesday 22nd January – Manly Boatshed, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd January – Phoenix Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 24th January – Tanswell Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January – Thredbo, NSW

Unpaved Sessions feat. Al Parkinson, Chad Mason, Linus Wilson
Monday 20th January – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Zoe Elliot
Friday 17th January – Limonata, Grafton, NSW
Sunday 19th January – Yamba Bowlo, Yamba, NSW
Thursday 23rd January – Ric’s Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 24th January – The Lodge, Bellingen, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Too Many Notes” – Chris Thile

On Wednesday this week I was lucky enough to catch Chris Thile (Punch Brothers) as part of the Sydney Festival. The entire performance was amazing but he finished with this song which might appeal to the folkies out there.

Chance McCoy and Sharayah Spears cover “Hey Brother” by Avicci

Chance McCoy
Image Courtesy of Chance McCoy

Over the weekend I managed to catch the clip for the Avicci track “Hey Brother”. Starting out ok with a sample from bluegrass singer Dan Tyminski of Alison Krauss and Union Station fame (which initially sparked my interest), but quickly descends into generic EDM which had me switching off before the end of the song.

Then this morning I found this gem in my inbox of Chance McCoy (Old Crow Medicine Show) and Sharayah Spears covering “Hey Brother”. The result is something so much better than the original – check it out below:

Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2013

Listening to Records

In what is now an end of year tradition Timber and Steel are following up our own list of the top albums of 2013 with a piece that opens the floor to some of our favourite artists.

We reached out to musicians far and wide, from big international names to local up-and-comers, to get their thoughts on the best albums and EPs of the year and the result is once again incredible. If you ever wanted to know what the artists you listen to are listening to then look no further as we present to you Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2013:

Back on the MilksThomas Busby (Busby Marou)
The Starry FieldBack on the Milks
It’s almost impossible to slot this album into a genre because it covers almost all styles yet somehow it works perfectly. Mark Myers could be from another planet, because this seems to be a soundtrack from another world.

Picture of YouDarren Cross (Jep & Dep, Darren Cross Band)
Guy ClarkMy Favorite Picture of You
Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt have to be mentioned in the same sentence. The masters of the Texan Troubadour Genre- minimal powerful melodies and stories that change your mood-help you live. Townes is no longer around – Guy Clark is in his 70s, his songs getting stronger and more powerful. These guys wrote the rule book. Guy Clark’s latest album is amazing. In a world of autotune – Racscal Flatts / Taylor Swift mediocrity – a true country artist without any of the rhinestone cowboy bullshit is still alive and kicking and relevant and still breaking our hearts. I dare you to listen to “My Favorite Picture of You” or “Hell Bent On A Heartache” and not feel something. A true Inspiration.

Sam AmidonDevon Leger (Hearth Music)
Sam AmidonBright Sunny South
Because Sam Amidon is the most visionary folk artist of his generation. He understands musical traditions deep into his bones, and though he goes very far afield in his interpretations, he’s so grounded in the traditions that his experimentation serves as a vehicle to delve farther into the source material than ever before. He’s an uncompromising artist that reminds me again why I love folk music.

Melody PoolKristy Cox
Melody PoolThe Hurting Scene
The Hurting Scene has to be one of the most amazing debut releases of an Australian artist in a long time. It’s an album that more often than not touches on the topics of hurt and sadness – yet a notion of positivity shines through each of the songs. Melody’s vocals are shine on each track, however it’s her lyrics and the melody in each song that draw you in so you have to keep on listening! By far my favourite release of 2013! This girl is amazing!

Tiny RuinsOscar Lush
Tiny RuinsHaunts
For me, this six track EP has more depth and honesty than any other full length album of 2013. Tiny Ruins is the moniker of UK born, New Zealand based, singer-songwriter Hollie Fullbrook. Following up from her 2011 album Some Were Meant For Sea, the Haunts EP is a beautifully flowing fusion of modern folk, jazz and old-school country blues. Fullbrook’s rich and captivating vocals roll so smoothly over her laid back picking style as she draws you further and further into the veil of fog that hovers over this charming collection of songs. What I love most about Haunts is the way it pays tribute to so many traditional styles, from the Townes Van Zandt style of guitar on “Cold Comfort” to Fullbrook’s flawless cover of “Rolling Mill Blues”, yet I fail to compare the sound of Tiny Ruins to anything else because it’s also completely of its own world. I promise that this one really is worth all of your time.

Daft PunkKim Churchill
Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
Whilst I’ve been dancing around possible answers in my head I really have to go for one which I’ve barely stopped playing since I bought it. I know the whole world seems to have been won over, but Random Access Memories by Daft Punk has been my favourite album this year. It has such respect for music and its evolution over the past 50 years. It also has most of my favourite session players from as far back as the 60’s as well. Using drummers like JR Robinson and Omar Hakim and experimenting with things like Gorgio Moroder’s monologue over the top of those drums was incredible. Its the kind of music I dream of hearing and the ultimate experimentation in excess. Over a million dollars, 5 years the best studios and session players in the world and the occasional full orchestral and choir movements! Finally though, what mainly draws me to an album is the songs. Though I never thought I would look to Daft Punk for inspiration, the songwriting is really exquisite. Particularly the Paul Williams collaboration, “Touch’.

StreetsMike McCarthy
Isaac de HeerStreets
I am a huge fan of Isaac De Heer, his records are on high rotation here. On Streets Isaac continues on this well built path of unorthodox folk songwriting. Again, as on his previous two records, the production captures his quirky approach to writing and performing music. The melodies are strong, the lyrics are the kind you want to pore over and try to understand. Every broken piano sound and haunting backing vocal has it’s place in a very well thought out and enjoyable EP.

The PreaturesAshleigh Mannix
The PreaturesIs This How You Feel?
I cannot tell you how may times I have listened to this EP since it’s release. Its absolute killer first single “Is This How You Feel?” still has me shamelessly breaking out in dance wherever and whenever I hear it. I actually cannot stop myself! The entire EP is filled with a catalogue of influences – Fleetwood Mac, Prince and Neil Young are a few that I immediately note. Yet at the same time, The Preatures have their own captivating sound that I personally cannot get enough of. Listening to female lead, Isabella Manfredi’s voice makes me want to put on my LBD and leather jacket and paint the town red. While the lead vocals of Gideon Benson in “Dark Times” leaves me completely devastated that I’m not single … It’s funny where music can take you. Is This How You Feel? is the sound of a band doing what they do, and doing it fecking well!

Jim JamesIsaac de Heer
Jim JamesRegions of Light and Sound of God
A couple of years back I was struck by the Yim Yames EP Tribute To which is a collection of George Harrison songs – I loved how rushed the recording sounded, full of pure longing blasted into its delivery. I hadn’t heard anything about the Regions… album but bought it on a whim when I was wandering through Polyester Records, judging from the strength of that EP. What I found was a real grower with a gospel sorta vibe, mixed with huge drum sounds and wonderful imaginative lyrics and soundscapes. The whole album has a naivety and innocence about it that is captivating, flowing from song to song effortlessly, with a great instrumental track halfway through that lets it breathe. It’s well worth a few listens!

Stolen ViolinMark Myers (The Starry Field)
Stolen ViolinTemperate touch, Tropical Tears
I don’t listen to much music outside of the studio but I spent a lot of time with this album. It might not be everyone’s thing with it’s lofi guitars and hard to hear lyrics but I had tears in my eyes by the end of it.

Jimi HendrixJustin Thurgur (Bellowhead)
Jimi HendrixPeople, Hell and Angels
My album for 2013 is Jimi Hendrix’s People, Hell and Angels a previously unreleased studio album that was supposed to be the follow up to Electric Ladyland. This album is full of refreshingly strong, raw, bluesy songs with a healthy funk influence played by instrumentalists who are true virtuosos and unafraid of expressing themselves. The soul pours out of these recordings.

Keston Cobblers ClubRachael McShane – (Bellowhead)
Keston Cobblers’ ClubA Scene of Plenty
This sounds like a really fun band to be in! The rich instrumentation featuring tuba, squeeze-box, banjo, strings, percussion and vocals, coupled with catchy melodies and massed group vocals on the song “Beam” make you want to sing along, put on your dancing shoes and join the party. Keston Cobblers’ Club have a very refreshing DIY attitude to recording and packaging. They designed their CD case as a train set with cut-out-and-stick trains, tents and animals. Well worth checking out their videos on YouTube too.

Jimi HendrixBenji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead)
Jimi HendrixPeople, Hell and Angels
I would have to say People, Hell and Angels by Jimi Hendrix is my favourite album of 2013. The reasons being I’m a massive Hendrix fan and although there’s nothing really very new on this release it’s a great collection of Hendrix tunes and displays his fluid mastery of the guitar very well. Also some nice cameos from the likes of Stephen Stills and Lonnie Youngblood. Essential stuff for us Hendrix geeks.

Midnight Follows MeJulian Cue (The Barons of Tang)
BJ MorriszonkleMidnight Follows Me
Ridiculous and beautiful, this album is essentially the mad ramblings of a one man band let loose in a studio. I love the every changing and complex compositions, demented keyboard sounds and the delicate balance between “tongue in cheek” and sincerity. Also it seems to me that BJ Morriszonkle is one of the finest male vocalists / crooners playing around at the moment. His voice makes this album. 5 out of 5 exploding cakes

Vance JoyWoody Pitney
Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
Since first hearing a demo of “Riptide” in 2012, i’ve been a big fan of VJ’s music and his debut EP didn’t disappoint! James Keogh has a killer voice and there isn’t a dull moment throughout the entire 5-track EP. All of the songs are beautifully written, yet simple enough to have you singing along after one listen. With catchy melodies, slinky ukelele strumming and powerful storytelling, it’s clear to see why people compare the great man to the likes of Paul Kelly and Bernard Fanning.

Vic ManuelScott Collins (The Mid North)
Vic ManuelBury Me Deep
Vic Manuel is someone you probably would not have heard of……yet. ‘Bury Me Deep’ is his first solo album and it is a cracker. A melding of folk, old-time and Americana, with lyrics that are as good as Leonard Cohen and Dylan. He can rip your heart out and have you horny as a hound in a matter of a few words. There are road trip songs, ballads, bluegrass toe tappers and dark tales from older days. The song ‘Oh Mother’ will have the hardest of you shedding tears. As a songwriter myself, i hold Vic in awe. I am amazed by him and a little bit (ummm…..whole lot) envious of his talent, he is quite simply Brilliant.

Vance JoyThelma Plum
Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
Because it makes me feel sad, but good sad.

Liz StringerCara Robinson (Hat Fitz and Cara)
Liz StringerSoon
I actually have been listening to the album Soon by Liz Stringer with its powerful tales of personal experiences written so poetically that grasps my attention every time it is played. With its beautiful delicate and honest intent it is a raw masterpiece. I love this.

Abbe MayEli Wolfe
Abbe MayKiss My Apocalypse
A diverse and experimental artist from WA, with quite few different releases. This album evokes an intense feel, from a strong and highly expressive woman – cathartic in love and release – in a lemon juice squeezed on a paper cut kinda way.

Chance McCoyJimmy Daley (The Morrisons)
Chance McCoy & The Appalachian String BandChance McCoy & The Appalachian String Band
I love old time music and this album by Chance McCoy & The Appalachian String Band is packed full of it. The newest member of Old Crow (replacing Willie Watson), and educator of Old Time Music at The Augusta Heritage Centre, West Virginia, Chance McCoy really knows his stuff. He is an amazing old time fiddle and banjo player with a really sweet sounding voice to top it of. The collection of tunes here feature some of my favourite old time numbers like “Lazy John”, “Greasy Coat”, “Little Birdie” and “Gospel Plow”, while also introducing me to some great tunes I had never heard before, like “Davy Come Back and Act Like You Ought To”. That’s the thing about old time music, it’s an endless well of incredible songs, I don’t think I’ll ever stop digging through them. With fantastic playing and singing, this album has a more slick sound that what you usually get with old time music and in that sense would be a great introduction for someone looking to get into this genre.

CapercaillieEddi Reader
CapercaillieAt The Heart of it All
This is a beautiful traditional album using the tradition and bringing it right up to date. Karen is one of my favourite Scottish vocalists and this album is class as is their live performances. A little bit of Scotland for your ears.

Josh PykeChris Collins (Tigertown)
Josh PykeThe Beginning and the End of Everything
One of the best song writers that we have in Australia, Josh has been a major influence on our music since the start. All four albums are filled with honest stories so it’s cool to be able to follow someone through different stages of their life. For a fourth album, this one seems to have a certain youthfulness and energy to it, which could come from having a toddler running around in this record. It’s a very Australian sounding record which is something we love and would love to harness ourselves one day. This album makes you excited about love, life and family.

Bobby AluBrianne Curran (Takadimi)
Bobby AluTake it Slow
Refreshing, groovy and chilled out all in one. Bobby Alu’s album of 2013 just makes you feel like having a great day!

Melody PoolKevin Mitchell (Bob Evans)
Melody PoolThe Hurting Scene
This is an insanely good debut album. The lyrics and songwriting are so good it’s hard to believe they come from a someone of such a tender age. The production is subtle and honest and Melody’s voice is weighty and substantial. She must be an old soul or something. I can’t get enough of this album.

Katie BriannaAndrew Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates (The Weeping Willows)
Katie BriannaDark Side of the Morning
Katie’s voice will instantly capture you but it’s her lyrics that will hold you; one part heartbreak, two parts introspection, a dash of sass and one hundred percent original. Her tone may evoke some of the greats (Iris DeMent, Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffith, Kasey Chambers…) but Katie holds her own and her album packs a punch. It’s definitely one of those rare finds you can appreciate from beginning to end without any temptation to reach for the “skip” button. Dark Side of the Morning is Americana at its best; at times dark and moody, other times hopeful, even audacious. Our favourite tracks are “What It Means”, “Dark Side of the Morning” and the vulnerable last track, “Risk it All”.

The VaccinesAndrew Davie (Bear’s Den)
The VaccinesMelody Calling
I bloody love this EP. We recently had the honour of touring with The Vaccines on the Mumford and Sons Full English Tour and we just had the best time. An amazing group of people and an incredible band. We listened to this EP religiously in the van between shows and I constantly had “Melody Calling” and “Everybody’s Gonna Let You Down” stuck in my head. Freddie’s guitar parts are so unconventional and interesting and the chord progressions and band dynamics flow in such a beautiful and unpredictable kind of way. It’s an incredibly inspiring piece of work and Justin’s songwriting has always been brilliant but just keeps getting better and better.

Kurt VileJordan Wilson and Benjamin Riley (Georgia Fair)
Kurt VileWakin’ on a Pretty Daze
It’s a beautiful sounding record. He’s a cool cat and has been a favourite of ours for a while. It’s a great record to get you through whatever you’ve been dealt, especially when combined with wine and cigarettes in your lounge room.

0Roscoe James Irwin
Ichiko Aoba0
A super beautiful (if not odd) collection of tracks from this Japanese alt/folk singer-songwriter. It’s strikingly bare, but really intimate as a result. You feel like you’re there with her, listening to her play her songs in your bedroom. The classically inspired nylon string guitar parts, mixed with Ichiko’s etherial vocal melodies create something really unique and honest, (even though I have no idea what she’s singing about). Track 8, “Haru Natsu Aki Fuyu” is a standout.

Ghost BoyGregory Alan Isakov
Sanders BohlkeGhost Boy
Beautiful and dark electric landscapes behind songs that make you dream, and remember how important music is.

The DronesMark “Looch” Lewis (Handsome Young Strangers)
The DronesI See Seaweed
This band is so far ahead of the pack it scares me. I didn’t think the Drones could top their last album Havilah – but they have. Gareth Lilliard’s lyrics slowly weave into your brain as always whilst the delivery and more specifically the passion in the delivery still kills me everytime. The final track “Why Write A Letter That You’ll Never Send” (all 9 minutes of it) is stunning. The best album from 2013 from Australia’s best band. Simple really.

Anna CalviBity Booker
Anna CalviOne Breath
Anna did not start singing until she was in her mid twenties. Now she is singing her hearth out. Her songs explode like colour onto a canvas. She slowly draws the listener into her world. Her guitar is like a voice, sometimes a weep, sometimes a laugh. This album makes me feel close to the beautiful beast she has within.

Josh PykeJackson McLaren
Josh PykeThe Beginning And The End Of Everything
(Ok I might be a bit biased but it’s a great album!). Josh sets the bar high and this record is an absolute cracker. Grappling poetically with legacy and morality. The BIG themes! Beautiful harmonies and clever arrangements. It sounds like Josh is having fun and that’s what I like about it.

Katy PerryGemini Downs
Katy PerryPrism
Yes I know we’re in an indie band and our taste is music is meant to be all indie and alternative – and primarily it is – but everyone has their guilty pleasures, right? For what it’s worth – chuckling at the new “Roar” film clip, feeling creative when looking at the fairyland live sets that this chick pulls off and winding up the windows in the car in order to sing along as loudly as possible was enough to bring Katy Perry to the top of the pile. Plus she got dumped by a tonne of record labels before she cracked it which makes her success all the more impressive.

Cloud ControlJosh Pyke
Cloud ControlDream Cave
I love Cloud Control, and this record really saw them push themselves, whilst still remaining true to the almost primitive innocence that their music captures for me. Al’s voice has taken on a strangled desperation in some songs that makes the whole thing a lot tougher in a very engaging way. Love it.

Sam AmidonBayden Hine (Packwood)
Sam AmidonBright Sunny South
An artist who’s work I’d been meaning to listen to for a few years dropped into my lap when I was asked to support his Australian tour earlier this year. I couldn’t have been happier! His albums are effortlessly beautiful, and his live set all the more so. Sam Amidon reworks American trad tunes from way back when into his own brand of contemporary folk. On his previous two albums he paired up with one of my favourite composers Nico Muhly (Grizzy Bear, Jonsi, Sufjan Stevens), but on Bright Sunny South he mirrored his live set – recording with minimal instrumentation as well as a few guest accompanists (most notably Jazz trumpet legend Kenny Wheeler – so, so cool). The winning track for me is “As I Roved Out” – my favourite choice for singing along to in the car when stuck in traffic. Freaks people out every time!

Christy MooreDamien Dempsey
Christy MooreWhere I Come From
A legendary Irish folk singer. 45 tracks that he wrote or had a hand in. An incredible album full of human spirit and empathy and stories and wisdom and humour, Christy is everything I aspire to be as a singer, a great role model, check out “Viva La Quint Brigada”, “Johnny Connors”, “The Boy from Tamlaghtduff”, “Lisdoonvarna”, “Whacker Humphries” or “Strange Ways”. Sublime.

The NationalIsaac Graham
The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
My brother bought me Trouble Will Find Me for my birthday this year. On his way to buy it he fell off his push bike and fractured his wrist in two places and ended up in hospital for a few days. He was all fine but the whole incident totally overshadowed my birthday. Fortunately he’d bought me such a great present so I forgave him. I’ve always had a passing interest in The National but for me this album is the perfect combination great songwriting, considered progressions, beautiful arrangements and flawless production. Not a bad song on the whole thing.

John SmithGibson Bull
John SmithGreat Lakes
There is something very honest about John’s music. You get the feeling he really believes in the songs he sings. This is certainly the case with Great Lakes. A beautiful album.

Sam BuckinghamHeyMun
Sam BuckinghamI’m A Bird
An album that tickles the senses with its dreamy folk-sical setting whilst hitting the high notes of honesty is one of the valiant traits of Sam as a musician. If she’s in love Oh, Bahbo she’ll say it’s so. If she’s got to Leave This Town, she will, but not without a song. A spirited gem in the indie music scene here in Australia, her recent live performance of this album when on tour with Buffalo Tales was a beautiful delivery of tunes that draws smiles on faces.

Kacey MusgravesFanny Lumsden
Kacey MusgravesSame Trailer Different Park
It surprised me how much I love this album so “trying to be a cool indie kid” wont fly this year for me as it’s a major label country pop album that has done it. It’s my hell yeah to “small town up-bringings” and overall is just a really well crafted album that lyrically has the right percentage of sass, apple pie and trailer parks. (Also I have serious caravan plans so it teams with the theme).

Vampire WeekendRoland K Smith
Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
I’ve been pretty slack at keeping up with new music this year, but I’m okay with that, the good stuff I missed will find its way to me eventually. One record I did enjoy was Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City. The too-cool-for-school Indie rockers seem to have made the jump out of ironic subject matter and into more emotionally effective territory. I think it works for them. The production’s great too – mixing hard blues with vocal pitch shifters in “Diane Young”, the harpsichord is put to good use in album highlight “Step”, and industrial percussion in “Obvious Bicycle”. I’ll get around to listening to more new music once Bob Dylan stops releasing his excellent Bootleg series.

Big ScaryLittle May
Big ScaryNot Art
This is an album that I can listen to on repeat for hours on end, and it reminds me of staying up until 4am drawing and drinking red wine. It is a collection of beautiful songs produced perfectly with everything in it’s rightful place.

Rhye WomanBec Sandridge
RhyeWoman
Great title, magical album cover, a beyond brilliant opening track and sob-worthy film clips. Being a sucker for tales of heartbreaking romances, understated vocal melodies and gentle synths, this Canadian duo definitely have my vote. They had me like a fool playing “Open” on repeat for weeks. (Note: I may very-well still be sobbing and smiling and listening to this track whilst typing this).

VasenGeorge Jackson (The Company)
VäsenMindset
Swedish super group Väsen have produced a new album this year featuring their trademark melodic invention and effortless virtuosity, it’s simultaneously modern while still tradition based, balancing on that fine line, like they always do, with ease. The Fiddle, Nyckelharpa and Guitar trio offers unending creativity of textures throughout the album, defying their seemingly minimal lineup, and of course, there’s plenty of Polska’s to get your feet tapping to. These guys are simply, brilliant. I’ve had Mindset on repeat in my car and on my computer and have even learnt four of the tunes already. If you haven’t heard Väsen, do yourself a favor, this is a good place to start. If you know and love them already, this new offering is another classic.

Frank SolivanMustered Courage
Frank Solivan and Dirty KitchenFrank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
This album has everything we appreciate in modern bluegrass. Flawless three part harmonies and the kind of virtuosic pickin’ that makes you wanna sell your shit on eBay, or work a lot harder. The band has a unique and modern take of bluegrass, while still maintaining integrity to the tradition.

Buffalo TalesPerch Creek Family Jugband
Buffalo TalesRoadtrip Confessions
We first had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with Wes (aka Mr Buffalo Tales) at Wintermoon Folk Festival in May this year. Great voice, great guy, great songs, great performer, and (you guessed it) great album! It’s a gold mine of catchy, rootsy folk gems that always end up stuck in our heads!

Volcano ChoirMatthew Oastler (Little Bighorn)
Volcano ChoirReprave
I thought my fascination/addiction to anything Justin Vernon did hadn’t carried over when I first listened to Repave by The Volcano Choir, however his genius, and the emotions that come with it are slow burning. It has now been the only thing I’ve listened to for 3 months, and I hear something new every time. It feels a lot more anthemic and hopeful than any of his previous works. Only a special few can make you feel like Vernon does, and this album is a classic example.

CirclesLachlan Bryan
Chris PickeringCircles
I got to know Chris on the road in the USA and each night he quietly blew me away with not only his songs, but the way he played and sang them. His music is subtle – delicate but nourishing – filled with the warmth and self-deprecation that are trademarks of his live performance. Whenever Circles comes on my iPod I am reminded that CP is a proper artist, and I can’t imagine paying a fellow songwriter a greater compliment. Bravo Sir!

Kurt VileEdward Deer
Kurt VileWakin’ on a Pretty Daze
Whenever I describe Kurt Vile’s music to someone, I manage to make it sound like something to be avoided. Really long, meandering songs with numerous guitar solos and a guy mumble-singing in almost a monotone. But the textures and atmosphere in his music are so rich and evocative. I kept coming back to this record this year, and it has to be one of my fave driving albums ever.

Volcano ChoirImogen Clark
Volcano ChoirReprave
I’ve never found another artist whose songwriting moves me quite as much as Justin Vernon of Volcano Choir and Bon Iver, which is why I couldn’t wait for this album’s release. I think the best songs often take a couple of listens before you say “yes, I get it, and I love it”, which is what happens to me every time I listen to a project Vernon has been a part of. In Repave, the vocals are so raw and the dynamics so great that it just builds you up and tears you down in a kind of frenzy of emotion. To me, the album sounds like how I imagine listening to someone’s soul would sound – completely pure, heart-wrenching, honest, complex and unpredictable. That’s why I think this record is magic.

Loren KateSarah Humphreys
Loren KateMoving On
Loren is a folk artist like no other, her songs punch me right in the heart til I’m crying my eyes out and her voice is like honey. A beautiful record.

Neko CaseAchoo! Bless You
Neko CaseThe Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
We’ve both been huge fans of Neko Case for a few years, in particular her ’06 album Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, what an album. This record is just awesome as well. Her voice is beautiful as usual, and her lyrics are bad ass! “Man” is a particular fave. She writes absolute cracking pop songs, and the production of her records are always really rich and lush. I particularly love the edgier kind of grit and distortion that features a fair bit on this one, Neko gettin’ back to her punk roots via whimsical pop. So good!

Ainslie WillsAlison Avron
Ainslie WillsYou Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine
This record gives me all I need in music: tingles and toe taps. The subtle and sexy grooves combined with the beautiful and rich tone of Ainslie’s vocals get me every time. “Weighing The Promises” and “Liquid Paper” are the standout tracks for me. Miss Wills is representing everything that is right about the Australian music scene.

NgaiireSam Buckingham
NgaiireLamentations
I can’t quite say why I love this album. I think it’s a combination of her voice, interesting production and the fact that it’s not like anything I’ve listened to before. It feels experimental but perfectly thought out, bold but humble, surprising but familiar … truly creative and original.

DaughterHayden Calnin
DaughterIf You Leave
I played this album on repeat for the few weeks after hearing it for the first time. It’s depressing, but motivating, which is totally my kind of jam. Stand out track was, and still is “Smother”, with the lyric “I wish I’d stayed inside my mother, never to come out” it pretty much sums up the whole album. Daughter’s blend of shoegazey guitar lines, slow bass and simple, yet well composed drum lines, matched up with her gorgeous vocals and lyrics, is so mature, intricate and worth a listen.

Ainslie WillsAll Our Exes Live In Texas
Ainslie WillsYou Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine
The vocals and arrangements are incredible and Ainslie’s lyrics are so evocative. We particularly love “Liquid Paper” – such a universal sentiment. We listened to the entire album about a million times in the van on the way back to Sydney after we played a show with her in Melbourne. She also happens to be an amazingly good egg.

Mark KnopflerThe April Maze
Mark KnopflerPrivateering
This is actually a 2012 release but we only just discovered it … So it is new to us! A friend of ours who had toured with Mark Knopfler made us a mix CD for our Canadian tour and one of his songs was on there – we loved it, so we went online and bought the rest of the album. It is fantastic. It really takes you on a journey – lots of ups and downs and there are lots of goosebump moments. Our favourite tracks are “Haul Away” and “Kingdom of Gold” – these songs are super folky, just the way we like it. The production and instrumentation are spot on. This is a truly inspirational album for any songwriter. 100 stars.

JoJo SmithLucie Thorne
JoJo SmithStanding In The Lovelight
When it comes to soul not much beats being in the same room as JoJo Smith singing straight in to your heart. But this mighty collection – from one of our mightiest vocalists – comes pretty darn close. A national treasure!

Abbe MaySweet Jean
Abbe MayKiss My Apocalypse
Abbe May’s album is a blistering synth pop romp that takes you through all the ups and downs of imploding love. One of the many great things about this album is that she doesn’t “tell you about her feelings”. Instead, every song actually makes you feel something as a listener, which can be both uncomfortable and uplifting. It’s a funny, dark, smart, poignant and really well put together album.

The NationalEmily Barker
The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
I picked up this record just before heading out on a solo tour across the UK. It was a beautiful summer and I was driving myself around the country doing record shop in-stores and promoting our new record. Trouble Will Find Me quickly became my driving soundtrack. The songs are fantastic. Brilliant lyrics: a combination of abstract, ironic, heartfelt and just plain silly sometimes (ie. “I was teething on roses, I was in guns and noses”). I love the effortlessly, out-of-the-ordinary time signatures they use; the epic, but still intimate, production value; the melodies and arrangements; and Matt Berninger’s croonery, deep voice is always killer. A great record to drive to!

LordeRosie Catalano
LordePure Heroine
Given that we’re in an age where number one singles are as much about taking bootylicious selfies as writing good music, it took me a while to figure out how Lorde managed to dominate the Billboard charts, especially as my initial listen to her album Pure Heroine didn’t register highly on the excitement scale. I’ve happily eaten my words since then as Lorde and her producer Joel Little are a match made in heaven – the harmonies are beautiful, her lyrics take me to another world (albeit a teen world that I’m not sure I’d like to go back to), and I have a soft spot for Kiwis.

Mali MaliJack Carty
Mali MaliGather ’round the Goose Clock
I love this record because it feels anxious and intimate and fragile. The songs are strong, and tell their stories, but they go about it quietly so you really have to tune in to catch them. “Peace In My Chest” is the highlight for me, it feels like an affirmation.

Vance JoyPierce Brothers
Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
Since seeing him at The Hills Are Alive festival earlier this year, we picked up this EP. It’s a soulful and beautifully paced EP with awesome range from the indie pop rhythms of “Riptide” to the heartfelt and intimate lyrics of “Snaggletooth”. The crescendo in “From Afar” is our favourite. Well done sir. Well done indeed.

PikeletRose Wintergreen
PikeletCalluses
Entrancing from the very first listen (start with the track “Calluses”), this album still tickles my brain in unexpected and exciting ways. I’m not sure I understand it, but it’s unlike anything else I’ve heard, and I keep going back for more. YES!

Mark MoldreJessica Cassar (Jep & Dep)
Mark MoldreAn Ear To The Earth
If Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and Jeff Tweedy were pushed out to sea in a rickety old boat they’d come up with something like this. Mark Moldre’s An Ear to the Earth is a boisterous yet soulful musical journey worth the fare. You’ll be stomping and crying and laughing, and if you’re lucky to catch Moldre live, you’ll be doing all three with a whiskey in hand.

PowerlinesBeth Stephen (The Little Stevies)
Mustered CouragePowerlines
I’m a sucker for great harmonies and catchy melodies, and Mustered Courages’ album Powerlines has both, so I’m a big fan. Powerlines was produced by Jimi Maroudas, who also produced our first album Love Your Band. And for me it ticks all the boxes of a great album. The songs remind me of those off Foggy Highway, by Paul Kelly and The Stormwater Boys; strong and well-constructed, front and centre. Followed secondly by great musicianship and vocal harmony to present the full kick-ass package. And although their musicianship is apparent, luckily for these talented lads their songs don’t need to be dressed up head to toe in an overkill of instrumental licks to try and hide a weak song, but instead have successfully shown off their musicianship when it counts and in a very tasteful way. When I listen to the album I hear it as a collection of great pop songs first, and secondly as a bluegrass album. And in my opinion I think that’s clever, and the sign of good bunch of songwriters. There’s also nothing more impressive than when a group can reproduce an already top-notch studio album to an even higher standard live, and that’s what Mustered Courage can do. It’s a tasteful album, one of great energy and diversity in mood and who sings the lead on each song, and I recommend a listen to anyone who calls themselves a music lover.

ArcWhitaker
Everything EverythingArc
The perfect sophomore release, Arc built on all that was good about Everything Everything’s punchy, dramatic and down-right enviable musical style presented by their debut album three years prior. It’s the kind of record we listen to and think “Man, how did they do this? How can we do this?” as we listen through every track on repeat. Incredible production – good luck topping that one boys (they will)!

Vance JoyMark Wilkinson
Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
Emotive vocals and great songs. “Riptide” has obviously been huge, but the rest of the EP really stands up as well.

AgapeCastlecomer
Bear’s DenAgape
Bear’s Den produce an organic brand of music that resonates in its beautiful and powerful simplicity. Disarmingly honest lyrics accompany soaring and often haunting melodies backed by 3-part harmonies, and there are obvious folk influences to their songwriting. These guys are a must-see live act, and seem to be going from strength to strength, recently following up in magnificent style with their new EP Without/Within. There is an unassuming and captivating charm in this EP that is hard to resist.

HaimImogen Bel
HAIMDays Are Gone
There seemed to be a lot of highly anticipated releases this year, and for whatever reason, I missed out on a lot of them! One band that caught my attention early on however, was HAIM. This is a really solid album – so many hooks jam packed into each song, both melodically and rhythmically. I love that these girls obviously love pop music, but they play around with structures and mix things up to keep it fresh and surprising. They are obviously very accomplished musicians but they never let it get in the way of creating fun, interesting pop music. Standout tracks: “The Wire”, “Don’t Save Me”, “Go Slow” (no filler on this album though!).

Steal The LightKyle Vause (The Timbers)
The Cat EmpireSteal The Light
This is my favorite Cat Empire album to date. I seriously can’t fault this album, every song is a winner. My top three tracks off this album are “Still Young”, “Open Up Your Face” and probably the first single “Brighter Than Gold”.

Lucy WiseNigel Wearne
Lucy Wise & The B’GolliesWhen We Wander Far From Home
It makes me very happy to nominate this album as my favourite for 2013. The first time I heard Lucy Wise, I was struck by the originality and honesty of her songwriting. There are so many layers at work in this ten song offering. She’s included songs about organic farming and broken families, sailing, family connections, sculpture gardens and even Google Earth! Three members of the B’Gollies double in their own right as The Sting Contingent and they, with Mischa Herman on accordion, bring sophistication and tastefully woven arrangements to Lucy’s beautiful songs. “Lay of the Land” and “Mother’s Song” are stand-out tracks. A slow-burner that keeps giving.

InnocentsKate Martin
MobyInnocents
This was difficult to narrow down so I’ll say that ONE of my favourite LPs of 2013 is Innocents by Moby. Seven of the twelve tracks are collabs, it’s nice cross-pollination. The highlight track for me is a very moving instrumental called “Going Wrong”.

Step BrothersAidan Cooney (Boy Outside)
PalmsStep Brothers
A vehicle back to care free summers that lasted for ever. Yes that feeling. Play loud! Jump around aimlessly. Throw shapes at friends. A real shot in the arm. This shit works.

Josh PykeDan Acfield (Dan and Hannah Acfield)
Josh PykeThe Beginning And The End Of Everything
I must admit that although I’ve been listening to lots of music that’s new to me this year, most of it was not actually released this year! However, I have been enjoying Josh Pyke’s recent release The Beginning and End of Everything. After watching Josh Pyke perform tunes from this album from side of stage earlier in the year, I went home and immediately purchased the album. It’s deliciously folk-pop with that special (but evolved) Josh flavour which is quite difficult to not enjoy.

Josh RitterJack McNeill and Charlie Heys
Josh RitterThe Beast in Its Tracks
Josh Ritter has always been a favourite listen, he seems to grow more subtly insightful with each new album. A thoughtfully connected collection with the ghost of the Golden Age of Radio walking quietly through it. Ritter has the knack of catching you off-guard, gifted with a quiet wit, a sharper tongue than most and a real eye for the detail.

Warp and WeftEmma Davis
Laura VeirsWarp and Weft
Laura Veirs makes me happy. In fact, I think I would go as far as saying, I love her. Her unique way of phrasing things, her incredible ability to put into words the way that nature effects us, the delicate but interesting production- I couldn’t get enough. Laura’s newest release, Warp and Weft once again seems to deliver that Veirs-y charm that I have grown fond of. It is definitely a more mature album than Saltbreakers and the slightly Fleet-Foxy previous album July Flame. Some of the tracks are a little rockier with the beefy sounds of her Gibson shining through, and the arrangements are loaded full of weird and wonderful instruments, but the songs don’t seem to get lost at any point. Every little thing has its place and works together to carry her strong melodies and endearing way with words. As with her past releases, the album works well as a entire composition, so a little listening time is needed to start appreciating the tracks separately, but I think it makes this record a real grower. Overall, it’s a beautiful and carefully produced album that seems to communicate the warmth of nature and our place in it, so darn well.

Melt Yourself DownJoe Gould (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
Melt Yourself DownMelt Yourself Down
This debut is most original album I heard all year, a mix of electronics and afrobeat that is dark and danceable. Saturated sax riffs and tribal drums collide and make me feel euphoric that there’s still sounds out there I haven’t heard. What a great feeling to evoke in a listener!

LuxGordon Wallace (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
AfenginnLux
My album pick of 2013 is Lux by Danish band Afenginn. I have been a fan of the band’s “bastard ethnopunk” for a while now and their back catalog is well worth checking out. Lux is their latest offering and has quite a chilled out/ambient vibe and the most amazing fold-the-cd-digipak-into-a-lantern I have ever seen! Last year we realized we would cross paths at a festival in Sweden, so met Kim the main composer and became friends. The outcome of that is that they will be in Sydney playing at the Basement on the 16th January and Crooked Fiddle are lucky enough to be playing support! A great success of cross-continental mutual musical appreciation!

Big ScaryMark Leahy The Twoks
Big ScaryNot Art
After listening to Not Art I cannot help but walk around with a bounce in my step. This album is so confident, so diverse, so intricate and yet really simple. Fantastic production and really great songwriting. The performances have such dark commitment and awesome personality about them that I cannot help but love it.

Lucy WiseEmily-Rose Sarkova (Chaika)
Lucy Wise & The B’GolliesWhen We Wander Far From Home
I would say Lucy Wise’s newest album, When We Wander Far From Home. Her incredibly personal way of writing songs seems to capture so perfectly the very small delicate goings on of everyday life as well as the touching poignantly on deep environmental and social issues. All in a collection of songs that are truly beautiful and you cannot help but want to sing along with her.

The HeistCJ Shaw (CJ Shaw and the Blow Ins)
I have two:
Big ScaryNot Art
Beautiful and purposeful. Every nook and cranny of this album has been sculpted with the up most of care.
Macklemore and Ryan LewisThe Heist
A powerhouse. Big sound, big ego, big belief, big purpose. It is big and wonderful, makes you think and groove. It enlights and inspires.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 5th October

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Matt Bauer revealed the second track from his upcoming EP No Shape Can Hold Me Now titled “Tonight We Get To Sing Our Songs”. Details here

Lisa Mitchell rocks out in the video for “Bless This Mess”, the title track from her upcoming album. Details here

– With under three weeks to go JamGrass has released the individual day lineups for its two day festival of progressive bluegrass. Details here

– Bluegrass legends The Pigs will be launching their brand new album The Great Bluegrass Swindle at Notes in Sydney this Friday before a string of dates through NSW and QLD. Details here

Grizzly Bear revealed their brand new video “Yet Again” from their new album Shields. Details here

– Recent Old Crow Medicine Show recruit Chance McCoy has decided to let his fans download his debut album for free. Details here

Willy Mason has announced a couple of headline shows when he’s out here supporting Mumford and Sons this month. Details here

– Swedish duo First Aid Kit have announced headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne when they’re in the country for Falls Festival. Details here

Darren Cross, one half of folk duo Jep&Dep, is currently working on his solo album Freak Out Inn III and is busy uploading videos of some of the tracks to YouTube. Details here

– Canadian folkies The Wooden Sky released their new video “I’m Your Man” ahead of their new album Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun which hits stands next week. Details here

– Following an appearance on Letterman wearing an Aboriginal flag t-shirt Neil Young debuted his new psychedelic video for “Walk Like A Giant”. Details here

Folk In the Foothills announced their lineup for the 2012 festival. Details here

– The first Christmas song of the year has arrived in the form of Sufjan Stevens’ “Christmas Unicorn”. Stevens will be releasing a new boxset of Christmas EPs this November. Details here

– Last week Mumford and Sons and Emmylou Harris (along with master dobro player Jerry Douglas) got together to perform for the CMT Crossroads TV series. The full episode is available to stream online (but may require a US IP). Details here

– The talented folks at Sideshow Alley released their live video of Laura Marling shot earlier this year. Details here

Communion Melbourne announced their October lineup which includes Howl at the Moon, Mike Noga, The Falls and Jordan Leser as well as a very special guest appearance from Communion founder and Mumford and Sons keyboard player Ben Lovett. Details here

Interviews

“The planets aligned for us and some amazing opportunities have come our way. But the task is the same as it always was – to write good songs and play good shows” – Husky Gawenda from Husky chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We’ve had such an incredible response from bands that played last year and new bands wanting to be part of it and the audience from last year. The amount of support and private emails from those that were at JamGrass 2011 have been so encouraging. People definitely want more of this. That has given us the confidence to expand to a two stage, two day format. This means we can accommodate a massive 17 band lineup” – Jason Taylor from JamGrass Music Festival chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Sugaring Season
Sugaring SeasonBeth Orton
iTunes

Big City Low
Big City LowBillgoat & The Mongrels
iTunes

Last Minutes and Lost Evenings
Last Minutes and Lost EveningsFrank Turner
iTunes

Trancendental Youth
Transcendental YouthThe Mountain Goats
iTunes

The Great Bluegrass Swindle
The Great Bluegrass SwindleThe Pigs
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Patrick James
Patrick James
Friday 5th October – The Waiting Room, Brisbane, QLD

The Eastern
The Eastern
Friday 5th October – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 6th October – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC
Sunday 7th October – Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 9th October – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 11th October – Camelot Longue, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th October – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Ainslie Wills
Friday 12th October – The Metro, Adelaide, SA

Billy Goat & the Mongrels
Friday 5th October – The Sandringham Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Buffalo (Wes Carr)
Saturday 6th October – Clarendon Guest house, Katoomba, NSW

Busby Marou with Slip On Stereo
Friday 12th October – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Crooked Saint and Ashleigh Mannix
Friday 12th October – Western Port Hotel, Westernport, VIC

Elliot The Bull
Saturday 6th October – Rics Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Hat Fitz and Cara
Friday 5th October – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 6th October – Seaview Tavern, Woolgoolga, NSW
Sunday 7th October – Oddfellows Hot Club, West Kempsey, NSW
Wednesday 10th October – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Thursday 11th October – Lizotte’s, Dee Why, NSW
Friday 12th October – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Husky
Thursday 11th October – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th October – The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
Thursday 11th October – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 12th October – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, NSW

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp
Friday 5th October – Empire Church Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 6th October – Starcourt Theatre, Lismore, NSW
Thursday 11th October – Lizottes Restaurant, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 12th October – Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford, NSW

Mama Kin
Saturday 6th October – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Josh Bennett and Jay Dabgar

Friday 5th October – Nexus 
Multicultural
 Arts
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
feat. Chris Finnen and Cal Williams jr.
Friday 12th October – Nexus 
Multicultural
 Arts
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Rosie Catalano
Thursday 11th October – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Sarah Humphreys
Friday 5th October – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Paper Kites (with Art of Sleeping, Battleships)
Thursday 11th October – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 12th October – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 5th October – Notes Live, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th October – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

The Stillsons
Saturday 6th October – The Lodge 241 Cafe, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 7th October – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

The String Contingent
Friday 5th October – Concert for Wesley Warragul, Warragul, VIC
Saturday 6th October – Escape Art Festival, Milton, NSW
Sunday 7th October – Concert in the Cave, Wee Jasper, NSW

Tigertown
Friday 5th October – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 7th October – Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 11th October – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th October – Side Bar @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

TinPan Orange
Saturday 6th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 7th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Our Town” – Iris DeMent feat. Emmylou Harris and Jerry Douglas

I remember hearing this song over the final episode of Northern Exposure in the 90s and thinking “I have to own that”. Beautiful.

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