Thank Folk It’s Friday – 2nd February

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Jake Bugg has announced acoustic tour dates this April. Details here

– Brisbane based singer-songwriter Paddy McHugh released the video for his latest single “Down To Sydney”. Details here

The Decemberists announced details of their new album I’ll Be Your Girl. Details here. Details here

– Award winning folk duo Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker are touring Australia this April. Details here

– New South Wales based alt-country duo Smith & Jones released their new single and video “Your Achin Heart”. Details here

– Alt-country, folk-noir duo Jep and Dep released their latest clip “Lune Cassee Reve”. Details here

– Groote Eylandt born singer-songwriter Emily Wurramara released her new single “Ngarrukwujenama”. Details here

– Roots music legends Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite announced their second duo album No Mercy in This Land. Details here

Interviews

As always Benji and the Salt Water Sound System have their flock of devotees who seem to follow every event across the land, people who have stayed for the journey as the band evolved out of Ben’s earlier project Southerly Change into the current lineup. The band still has the same feel and a lot of the same personnel, though the tracking of life is leaving the trace of its touch on the face of the band – Elizabeth Walton chats to Benji and the Saltwater Sound System. Interview here

Releases This Week

Jose
José González & The Brite Lites At Svenska GrammofonstudionJosé González
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Newton Faulkner
Hit The Ground RunningNewton Faulkner
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The Wilson Pickers
Live!The Wilson Pickers
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Tim Hart
The Narrow CornerTim Hart
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Xani
2XANI
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Wilson Pickers

The Wilson Pickers

Americana super-group The Wilson Pickers launch their new album Live! in Melbourne.

Saturday 3rd February – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont
Friday 9th February – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW

Aldous Harding
Friday 2nd February – St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Hart’s Mill, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 3rd February – St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 4th February – St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 7th February – The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Alice Skye
Sunday 4th February – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th February – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Andy Golledge Band
Saturday 3rd February – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Appalachian Heaven Stringband
Sunday 4th February – Peninsula Folk Club, Frankston Bowling Club, Frankston, VIC

Ben Salter
Sunday 4th February – The Tramway, Melbourne, VIC

Bighouse Arts 1st Birthday Bash feat. Bob Harrow, Brooke Russell, Jumpin Jack William, Archer, Perch Creek, Immigrant Union, Coastbusters
Saturday 3rd February – Bighouse Arts, Melbourne, VIC

Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th February – Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Brian Campeau
Friday 9th February – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Bungendore Country Music Muster
Saturday 3rd February – Bungendore Showground and Racecourse, Bungendore, NSW

Cass Eager
Friday 2nd February – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Charm of Finches
Friday 2nd February – Selby Folk Club, Melbourne, VIC

Colin Hay
Friday 2nd February – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th February – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC

Courtyard Sessions feat. Lady Lyon
Friday 9th February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Darcy Fox
Friday 2nd February – Red Cup Cafe, Box Hill, VIC
Friday 9th February – Lillies & Lattes, Sawtell, NSW

David Ryan Harris
Saturday 3rd February – The Jazzlab, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 8th February – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 4th February – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Dan Sultan w/ The Teskey Brothers
Saturday 3rd February – Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW

Dan Walsh
Friday 2nd February – Neil Tonkin Park, Perth, WA

Emily Wurramara
Saturday 3rd February – Yalukut Weelam Ngargee Music Festival, O’Donnell Garden, St Kilda, VIC

Emma Russack and Soda Eaves
Thursday 8th February – Fitzroy Library, Melbourne, VIC

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 2nd February – Savernake, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – Tumblong Hall, Tumlong, NSW
Friday 9th February – Neerim Memorial Hall, Neerim, VIC

Father John Misty
Friday 2nd February – Laneway Festival, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 3rd February – Laneway Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 4th February – Laneway Festival, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th February – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour feat. Claire Anne Taylor, The Small Glories
Friday 2nd February – Toormina, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – Eastern Dorrigo Community Hall, Ulong, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Liam Gale & the Ponytails, Mama Schultz, Cookie Baker
Wednesday 7th February – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith & Liz Frencham
Friday 2nd February – Maleny RSL, Maleny, QLD
Saturday 3rd February – Oodies Cafe, Bundaberg, QLD
Sunday 4th February – Brolga Theater River Stagem, Maryborough, QLD
Monday 5th February – House Concert, Cooloola Cove, QLD
Wednesday 7th February – House Concert, Nana Glen, QLD
Thursday 8th February – Dorrigo Wholefoods, Dorrigo, NSW
Friday 9th February – McCrossins Mill, Uralla, NSW

Free Fallin’ – A Tribute To Tom Petty feat. Sweet Jelly Rolls, Jeremy Edwards, Jason Walker, Smith & Jones
Friday 9th February – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Fresh Off the Boat
Friday 9th February – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick
Saturday 3rd February – The Lost Ones, Ballarat, VIC

Giffen
Saturday 3rd February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Gretta Ziller
Sunday 4th February – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Grampians Music Festival
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th February – Halls Gap, VIC

Grizzlee Train
Saturday 3rd February – Miami Marketta, Miami, QLD

Hana and Jessie-Lee
Saturday 3rd February – Thebartonia Summer Festival, Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Hello Tut Tut
Saturday 3rd February – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Honey and Knives
Friday 9th February – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur & James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Thursday 8th February – The Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC

Illawarra Folk Club Volunteer Thank You feat. Pukichi, Witches Leap, The Water Runners
Friday 2nd February – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Imogen Clark
Saturday 3rd February – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th February – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW

James Kenyon
Tuesday 6th February – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Jhana Allan & Mel O’Neill
Wednesday 7th February – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Jim Lawrie
Saturday 3rd February – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Jimi Hocking
Thursday 8th February – Hume Blues Club Inc, Melbourne, VIC

Joe & Harmony’s Trippy Hippy Band
Thursday 8th February – Sutherland Acoustic, Tradies, Gymea, NSW

Kasey Chambers
Saturday 3rd February – Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth, WA

Lady Lyon
Friday 9th February – Courtyard Sessions, Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Leah Flanagan and Alice Skye
Sunday 4th February – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Liam Gerner – Banjo vs Lawson Bulletin Debate
Tuesday 6th February – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Lior
Friday 2nd February – Pop Up Park, Werribee, VIC
Saturday 3rd February – Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth, WA

Live @ The Retreat feat. The Stetson Family, Duncan Phillips, Rosie Burgess Trio, The Special
Sunday 4th February – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC

Lucy Rose
Friday 2nd February – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 4th February – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 5th February – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 7th February – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 9th February – Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan
Thursday 8th February – Bar 303, Melbourne, VIC

Margret RoadKnight and Laura Jean
Saturday 3rd February – MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Lucas & The Deadsetters
Tuesday 6th February – The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney, NSW

Matt Walker
Saturday 3rd February – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Mimi Gilbert & Merpire
Sunday 4th February – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Mitch Power
Sunday 4th February – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Montgomery Church
Saturday 3rd February – Rydges Hotel, Jindabyne, NSW

Mount Eliza Music Festival
Saturday 3rd February – Melbourne, VIC

Mr. Alford & Jess Holland
Sunday 4th February – The Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Neil Murray
Friday 2nd February – Red Velvet Lounge, Cygnet, TAS
Friday 9th February – Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning, Hamilton, VIC

Old Mates Block Party feat. The Lockhearts, Papa Pilko And The Binrats, Neon Heart, Hobo Magic, The Ugly Kings, Fox Company, Andy Golledge Band, Pan-Pacific Grand Prix, Johnny Hunter, Eightball Junkies, Particles, Hello Bones
Saturday 3rd February – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Papa Pilko and the Binrats
Friday 2nd February – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Pickin’ in the Park
Sunday 4th February – Banjo Paterson Park, Sydney, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Saturday 3rd February – Apex Park, Wangaratta, VIC

Porch Light Sessions feat. Mike McCarthy, Stephanie Cherote, Emerald Ruby
Thursday 8th February – Porch Light Sessions, Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Raised by Eagles
Sunday 4th February – Noisy Ritual People-Powered Urban Winery, Melbourne, VIC

Red Dog Studio Session XV feat. Thompson Springs, Alanna Eileen, Steph Miller, Chasing the Dream, Clouydbird
Saturday 3rd February – Red Dog Studio Sessions, Sydney, NSW

Rick Hart
Sunday 4th February – The Taproom, Castlemaine, VIC

Romisounds & Jimothy Andrews
Friday 9th February – Glenorie RSL, Glenorie, NSW

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
Saturday 3rd February – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Buckingham
Thursday 8th February – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Sass The Patriarchy feat. This Way North, Bitch Diesel
Wednesday 7th February – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Simon Rudston-Brown
Sunday 4th February – Bombini, Avoca Beach, NSW

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival
Friday 2nd February – Hart’s Mill, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 3rd February – Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 4th February – Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, NSW

Stella Donnelly
Saturday 3rd February – Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth, WA

Sugartree
Saturday 3rd February – Mount Eliza Music Festival, Melbourne, VIC

TEK TEK Ensemble
Saturday 3rd February – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

The Ahern Brothers
Friday 2nd February – 63 First Ave, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 4th February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 8th February – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 9th February – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

The Backsliders
Saturday 3rd February – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

The Beez
Friday 2nd February – Woodville Hall, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – House Concert, Medowie, NSW
Sunday 4th February – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 8th February – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th February – Arcade Circus Shed, Katoomba, NSW

The Black Sorrows
Friday 9th February – Bird’s Basement, Melbourne, VIC

The Bushwackers
Friday 9th February – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT

The Cat Empire w/ Allysha Joy
Saturday 3rd February – Melbourne Zoo Twilights 2018, Melbourne, VIC

The Demon Drink
Saturday 3rd February – Mt Gravatt Marketta, Brisbane, QLD

The Djangologists
Saturday 4th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

The Drunken Poachers
Friday 2nd February – The Nightjar Festival, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 3rd February – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Emerald Ruby & Stephanie Cherote
Wednesday 7th February – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 8th February – Porch Light Sessions, Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

The Gypsy Scholars
Friday 2nd February – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 9th February – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW

The Long Johns
Friday 2nd February – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

The Shack feat. Joel Havea, Phillip Bracken, The Mighty Resonators
Saturday 3rd February – The Music Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Swamp Stompers
Friday 2nd February – Bellevue Hotel, Tuncurry, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Waifs
Saturday 3rd February – Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth, WA
Sunday 4th February – Mossvale Park, Berrys Creek, VIC

The Wilson Pickers
Saturday 3rd February – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

This is A Robbery w/ Quinton Trembath
Friday 2nd February – Newtown Cemetery, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – Small Shows, Sydney, NSW

Thompson Springs
Saturday 3rd February – Red Dog Studio Sessions, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th February – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

Tim Hart
Saturday 3rd February – Front Bar & Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 9th February – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Tim Hulsman Trio
Saturday 3rd February – Martians Cafe & Bar, Deans Marsh, VIC

Tolka
Sunday 4th February – CERES Joe’s Market Garden, Melbourne, VIC

Vanishing Shapes
Sunday 4th February – The Ori, Newcastle, NSW

Witches Leap and Pukichi
Friday 2nd February – Illawarra Folk Club, City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

XANI
Sunday 4th February – The Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Vincent Black Lightning” – The Del McCoury Band

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite Announce New Album No Mercy in This Land

Ben Harper
Image Courtesy of Ben Harper

Grammy award winning, roots music legends Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite are coming together again with the announcement of their new duo album No Mercy in This Land, due for release on the 30th March.

This will be the pair’s first release since their hugely successful 2013 release Get Up!.

Charlie Musselwhite is that very rare and hallowed place where blues past, present and future collide,” Ben Harper explained. “He transforms notes into emotions that feel both hauntingly familiar and brand new, as if hearing them for the first time every time. He is a living legend whose harmonica playing should be beamed into outer space to search for other life forms.”

“On stage or in the studio – working with Ben Harper holds the same excitement I experienced working with Chicago blues legends back in the day,” says Charlie Musselwhite. “I think it is safe to say that Ben has reinvented the Blues in a great way: playing modern while preserving the feel. I am honored and privileged to be a participant in this project.”

The full track listing for No Mercy in This Land along with a trailer for the album is below:

1. When I Go
2. Bad Habits
3. Love And Trust
4. The Bottle Wins Again
5. Found The One
6. When Love Is Not Enough
7. Trust You To Dig My Grave
8. No Mercy In This Land
9. Movin’ On
10. Nothing At All

WOMADelaide Announces First Artists for 2015 Lineup

The Gloaming
Image Courtesy of The Gloaming

We’ve said it multiple times before but WOMADelaide is easily one of our favourite festivals in Australia. From its setting in the stunning Botanic Park in Adelaide to the wonderful eclectic lineup it boasts each year, WOMADelaide continues to live up to the hype.

The next WOMADelaide will be held from the 6th to 9th March next year and they’ve just announced their first round of artists. The lineup next years boasts the likes of blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, indie-acoustic darlings Lake Street Dive, bluegrass and old time stringband Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys, the incomparable Rufus Wainwright, Irish trad supergroup The Gloaming and so much more.

For information on how to get your hands on tickets for WOMADelaide check out the official site here. The full first round of artists are below:

Abdullah Ibrahim Quartet (South Africa), Balkan Beat Box (Brooklyn/Tel Aviv), Bombino (Niger), Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Italy), Charlie Musselwhite (USA), Che Sudaka (Spain), Criolo (Brazil), Fanfare Ciocarlia (Romania), Flavia Coelho (Brazil), Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys (Canada), Jambinai (South Korea), Jupiter & Okwess International (Democratic Republic of Congo), Lake Street Dive (USA), Live Live Cinema (New Zealand), Luzmila Carpio (Bolivia), Marrugeku Theatre Company – Cut The Sky (Australia), Malawi Mouse Boys (Malawi), Meeta Pandit (India), Neneh Cherry w/ RocketNumberNine+ (Sweden/UK), Public Service Broadcasting (UK), Ramzi Aburedwan (Palestine), Rufus Wainwright (Canada), Soil and “Pimp” Sessions (Japan), The Gloaming (Ireland), Youssou N’Dour (Senegal)

Port Fairy Announces First Round of Artists for 2015

John Butler
Image Courtesy of John Butler Trio

March 2014 feels like an age away but that doesn’t mean it’s not time to start planning for the folk festival season – and to make your life a little easier the Port Fairy Folk Festival has announced its first round of artists for next year.

The lineup is headed up by Christine Anu, John Butler Trio and Charlie Musselwhite and also includes the likes of All Our Exes Live In Texas, Ami Williamson, Ash & Bloom, Bobby & the Pins, Catherine Britt, Chris While & Julie Matthews, Enda Kenny Band, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, Himmerland, Jan Preston’s Boogie Circus, Jeff Lang, Jodi Martin, Jordie Lane, Lake Street Dive, Mark Seymour & the Undertow, Marlon Williams, Maru Tarang, Sharon Shannon Band, Steve Poltz, The Black Sorrows, The Chipolatas, The Orbweavers, The Yearlings and We Two Thieves.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place in Port Fairy, Victoria from the 6th to 9th March. For more information and tickets check out the official site here.

Bluesfest Reveals More Artists in Fourth Lineup Announcement

Jake Bugg
Image Courtesy of Jake Bugg

The fourth round of artists were announced for Bluesfest last night with a mixture of living legends and some up and comers. The announment is as follows:

Buddy Guy
Jake Bugg
The James Cotton Blues Band
Booker T. Jones
Charlie Musselwhite
Eric Bibb
Beth Hart
North Mississippi Allstars
Devon Allman
Walter Trout
Candye Kane Band feat. Laura Chavez
Saidah Baba Talibah

Bluesfest will be held just north of Byron Bay from the 17th to the 21st of April 2014. Tickets to the festival are already on sale via the official site.

First Listen: Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite, Get Up!

get-up

image courtesy Ben Harper

Those lucky enough to catch Ben Harper’s recent solo shows were treated to an eclectic mix of songs that showcased more than his exceptional song-writing, vocal and slide guitar talents.  Audiences were given a peek behind the curtain into his life and process through covers of Eddie Vedder or Bob Marley songs, or or through stories of working with Jeff Buckley or Heath Ledger. A wide diversity of influences, a history rooted in the folk tradition and collaborations with many key artists of our time mean that audiences have come to expect a Ben Harper album to shift between rock, blues, roots, folk, funk and soul in a heartbeat, often within the same song.

Get up! is Harper’s twelfth Studio Album, and follows last years By My Side.  By My Side was referred to as a “retrospective” to accompany the solo tour, rather than a “Greatest Hits”, but when an artist has such a substantial body of work, any greatest hits style compilation can come to be seen as a full stop in a musician’s career, rather than an exclamation mark. Those afraid of a post-greatest-hits-lull will be dissapointed, as this collaboration with master harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite carves out new sonic territory for Harper and contains some great songs to boot.

Opening track “Don’t look twice” is a standout, and blends a confident and understated vocal with a catchy, rumbling bass and remarkably restrained harmonica from Charlie Musselwhite, it also sets the tone for an album firmly rooted in blues.  Tracks like the gorgeous “All that Matters Now” or aggressive “blood side out” stick close to the traditional blues formula, but modern arrangements and wonderful harmonica hooks stop them becoming stuck in an old-time blues rut.

At the less traditional end of the spectrum  “I ride at Dawn” is structured like a standard 12-bar blues, but the arrangement of echoing slide guitars lends it an ethereal and ghostly quality and a bleak, stark ending.  “We can’t end this way” is a Bluesy polka beat overlaid with gospel backing vocals, country guitar and slightly unhinged harmonica.  The vibe is curiously optimistic and energetic and you can’t help smiling at the sheer exuberance of the track that somehow becomes more than the sum of it’s parts…

Title track “Get Up” is a great title track, not only because it’s a great song but because it best exempifies the feel of the entire album.  Here a bubbling baseline and restrained percussion fuels lends this track a 70’s psychedelic drive to the low-end,  before a guitar break that first tickles at the subconscious, and then reinvents itself in the second break to haunt and pry at the edges of melody whilst the harmonica eggs it on.  From here a game of musical cat and mouse ensues that seems to spontaneously avoid ever becoming a riff or tune – This is enjoyable modern blues from two masters of their craft, with the band (comprising Jason Mozersky on guitar, Jesse Ingalls on bass and Jordan Richardson on drums) providing a solid backbone for Harper and Musselwhite’s musical dialog.

For this reviewer the highpoints of this album are in it’s less traditional arrangements, whereas the driving roadhouse-style blues of “I’m in, I’m Out, And I’m Gone” or the angry “I don’t believe a word you say” don’t really offer much that is new.

If you are looking for the memorable folk alternative riffs of ‘burn one down’ or the magestic  outpouring of ‘Morning Yearning’ you’ll find that here in more measured amounts, Get Up! is an album that stays firmly in blues territory, and has a sound all of it’s own.   Harper’s vocals are set back in the mix a little and Musselwhite’s harmonica is restrained, confident and strong throughout – here’s an artist who knows how to play as part of an ensemble.  Perhaps because of Musselwhite’s contribution, Get Up!  is truly an album where vocals, slide guitar and harmonica are given shared responsibility in pulling the tracks together and songwriting is given a back-seat to a joyful explosion of musicianship.

Whilst this album seldom strays from the blues, Harper’s eclectic musical loves and broad array of inspirations means there is little here that feels formulaic or stale.  A worthy step in Ben Harper’s continuing journey, Get Up reinforces that Harper is a musician at the top of his game, with many suprises left in store.

Get Up! is available now. Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite will be appearing at this year’s Bluesfest.

Bluesfest Gets Even More Lineup Additions

Ben Harper
Image Courtesy of Bluesfest

Yes that’s Ben Harper at the top of this article. Yes Harper has already been announced on the Bluesfest lineup. Twice. But he’s going for round three as his duo show with Charlie Musselwhite heads up the latest round of artists added to this year’s Bluesfest.

Ben Harper first came together with Charlie Musselwhite at Bluesfest in 1996 so it’s kind of poetic that the two of them are back 13 years later to play a duo show at the festival. Also in this round of artists are Timber and Steel favourites Skipping Girl Vinegar, Kim Churchill and Genevieve Chadwick plus a whole lot more.

Bluesfest takes place in Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend, Thursday 28th March to Monday 1st April. Check out the full list of artists added today below (with the full lineup over at the official site):

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Zac Brown Band, Manu Chao La Ventura (Second Show), The Music Maker Blues Revue, Ironing Board Sam, Major Handy, Pat Wilder & Dr. Burt, Leonardo’s Brdie, Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Allen Stone, Kim Churchill, Shaun Kirk, Genevieve Chadwick, Brother Fox

Sydney Blues & Roots Festival Anounces First Artists for 2012

Sydney Blues & Roots Festival
Image Courtesy of Sydney Blues & Roots Festival

At midnight on Friday the fine folks from the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival announced the first round of artists for the 2012 event. Held from the 25th to 28th October in the scenic Hawkesbury region of Sydney’s west, 2012 marks the 4th time we have been graced with the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival and the lineup is looking pretty special already.

Headlining the festival this year are ex-Cold Chisel guitarist and Australian legend Ian Moss, celebrated US bluesman Charlie Musselwhite and the ever-wonderful Timber and Steel favourite Lanie Lane. The three headliners will be joined by an astounding list of local and international talent including (but not limited to) Mia Dyson, Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, Chase The Sun, Microwave Jenny, Ashleigh Mannix and more.

Early-bird tickets for the festival are available until the 30th June. For more information and tickets check out the official Sydney Blues & Roots Festival website. The full first artist announcement is below:

Ian Moss
Charlie Musselwhite (USA)
Lanie Lane
Mia Dyson
Ray Beadle
The Trews (Canada)
Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band
Backsliders
Chase The Sun
Jill Barber (Canada)
Billy TK Junior (NZ)
The Darren Jack Hammond Trio
Sam Cutler (UK)
Dave Tice and Mark Evans
Microwave Jenny
8 Ball Aitken
Benjalu
Lloyd Speigel
The Lazys
Ashleigh Mannix
Marshall Okell
Genevieve Chadwick
Two Girls Will

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