The Fleurieu Folk Festival Announces Headliners for 2017

Image Courtesy of Co-cheòl

South Australia’s premiere folk festival, the Fleurieu Folk Festival, has announced a bunch of really exciting headliners for its 2017 event.

This year’s Fleurieu Folk Festival will feature Kristina Olsen (USA), Ken Nicol (UK), Greg Champion, Co-cheòl (above), The BordererS, Tom Richardson, Alan Gogoll and Fiona Ross (UK).

There obviously a bunch more artists still to be announced but you have to admit that’s a pretty exciting lineup already.

The Fleurieu Folk Festival is held in Willunga, South Australia from the 27th to 29th of October. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Alanna and Alicia Celebrate International Women’s Day with Sing Out Sister

Alana and Alicia
Image Courtesy of Alana and Alicia

Melbourne twin sisters Alana and Alicia create a wonderful blend of folk, jazz and roots that delights audiences wherever they go.

This Thursday 10th March Alana and Alicia will be hosting their traditional International Women’s Day show Sing Out Sister for the forth time, celebrating Melbourne’s finest women singer-songwriters.

Held at the Lomond Hotel in East Brunswick Sing Out Sister will also feature singer-songwriter Lucie Thorne and celtic a cappela group Co-Cheol.

For more information on the show check out the official Facebook event here.

The National Folk Festival Adds More Artists for 2016

Image Courtesy of Catgut

We’ve hit December which means a whole raft of artists have been added to the 2016 National Folk Festival lineup – and we couldn’t be more excited.

This time around we have the addition of The Jerry Cans (CAN), Spiro (UK), Gordie Tentrees (CAN), Keith Donnelly (UK), Joseph Tawadros, Perch Creek, Bush Gothic, Loren Kate, The Chordwainers, Co-cheòl, Catgut (above), Conchillia, Siobhan Owen and Candy Royalle and The Michael Wheatley Band.

The 50th National Folk Festival takes place in Canberra over the Easter long weekend, 24th to 28th March. Earlybird tickets are available now via the official site.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th October


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney singer-songwriter Tom Stephens is launching his new EP next week. Details here

– Victorian Celtic quartet Co-cheòl have just released their new self-titled EP and have a couple of launch dates coming up. Details here

– We premiered “Going Home”, the brand new video from Pepperjack. Details here

Husky’s new album Ruckers Hill is out today and they’re streaming their track “Saint Joan” online. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival have added Sinéad O’Connor to their 2015 lineup. Details here

– The next Bluegrass @ Yulli’s in Sydney falls right in the middle of Sydney Craft Beer Week. Details here

Sam Newton is streaming his new album online and has announced a NSW tour kicking off this weekend. Details here

– Canadian trio The Once have announced plans for a new album plus details of their Australian tour supporting Passenger in January. Details here

– The second round of artists for Bluesfest 2015 is amazing including Bluesfest constant Ben Harper (reunited with The Innocent Criminals), Paolo Nutini, David Gray, Ben Howard, The Counting Crows and many many more. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter, activist and music blogger Les Thomas has announced his debut Sydney show. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Mark Wilkinson has just kicked off his latest Australian solo tour. Details here

– Sydney will play host to the next Country and Inner Western at the end of this month featuring Shane Nicholson, Jenny Queen, Ruby Boots, Andy Golledge and The Morrisons. Details here

– Folktronica artist Caitlin Park released her new single “Hunt for the Young” featuring backing vocals from Aidan Roberts (The Maple Trail). Details here

– We shared four tracks from the upcoming The New Basement Tapes project which pairs lost lyrics from Bob Dylan with songwriters Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons) and producer T Bone Burnett. Details here

– New Zealand alt-country trio The Eastern released their new single “The Stepping Razor” before they head to Australia for the Fleurieu Folk Festival. Details here

– ARIA nominated artist Harry Hooky released his new video “Where I’ll Be Found”. Details here

– The Man From Snowy River Festival announced its musical lineup including The McClymonts, Andrew Wishart, Paul Costa Band, Fanny Lumsden, Pete Denahy and Richard Perso. Details here

– Melbourne indie-folk artist Brighter Later released their new single “Brace”. Details here

– New Zealand’s Tattletale Saints have announced Australian tour dates. Details here

– Melbourne alt-country band The Stetson Family have announced a home town residency in November. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Lisa O’Neill has revealed her new single “Apiana”. Details here

Releases This Week

IslandsBear’s Den

Caitlin Harnett
The River Runs NorthCaitlin Harnett

CW Stoneking
Gon’ BoogalooC.W. Stoneking

Ruckers HillHusky

Sahara Beck
BloomSahara Beck

Sam Newton
Set in StoneSam Newton

Tom Stephens
EmbersTom Stephens

Songs That Made Me
Katie Noonan’s Songs That Made MeVarious

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Out On The Weekend Festival

Out On The Weekend

How could we not choose this as our gig of the week? This festival looks absolutely fantastic – we hope it’s a massive success and it continues for years to come!

Saturday 18th October – Seaworks, Williamstown, VIC

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 17th October – No 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 18th October – Grand Junction, Maitland, NSW
Friday 24th October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Golden Whistler
Wednesday 22nd October – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 17th October – Beach Break Bar, Agnes Waters, QLD
Sunday 19th October – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Wednesday 22nd October – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD (Full Band)
Friday 24th October – Kidgeeridge Music Festival, Conjola, NSW (Full Band)

Cat Canteri
Friday 17th October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th October – Wolseley Wines, Torquay, VIC

Saturday 18th October — Darebin Music Feast, Wesley Anne, Northcote, VIC

Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Andy Brown, The Mae Trio
Friday 17th October – Mt Tamborine, QLD
Saturday 18th October – Tenterfield, NSW
Sunday 19th October – Eudlo, QLD

Fred Smith
Saturday 18th October – Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 17th October – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 18th October – Majestic Theatre, Pomona, QLD
Sunday 19th October – Bon Amici Cafe, Toowoomba, QLD

Jep and Dep
Thursday 23rd October – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th October – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Justin Townes Earle w/ Lindi Ortega, Marlon Williams
Saturday 18th October – Out On The Weekend, Williamstown, VIC
Sunday 19th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Wednesday 22nd October – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th October – Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Lindi Ortega
Saturday 18th October – Out On The Weekend Festival, Williamstown, VIC
Sunday 19th October – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd October – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD w/ Justin Townes Earle
Thursday 23rd October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 17th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd October – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Missy Higgins
Saturday 18th October – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 19th October – Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah, WA
Wednesday 22nd October – Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin, NT

Nikki Lane and The Delines with Ruby Boots
Tuesday 21st October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd October – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, NSW
Thursday 23rd October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, NSW
Friday 24th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

Oh Pep!
Thursday 23rd October – Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford, VIC

One Up, Two Down and Dan Parsons
Tuesday 21st October – House Concert, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd October – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Thursday 23rd October – The Tree House, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 24th October – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Out On The Weekend Festival
Saturday 18th October – Seaworks, Williamstown, VIC

Pepperjack with/ Pear and the Awkward Orchestra, Dash
Saturday 18th October – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Robert Ellis and Jonny Fritz with James Thomson
Tuesday 21st October – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 23rd October – Newton Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Ryan Bingham with Harry Hookey and Tim Wheatley
Friday 17th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 19th October – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Tuesday 21st October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Sahara Beck
Friday 17th October – Cambridge Side Bar, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 18th October – RAD, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 24th October – The Jive, Adelaide, SA

Sam Newton
Saturday 18th October – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd October – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 24th October – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Sydney Blues and Roots Festival
Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th October – Windsor, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 17th October – The Eastern, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 18th October – Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 19th October – The Palace Hotel, Broken Hill, NSW

Tattletale Saints
Thursday 23rd October – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, NSW

The Acfields
Saturday 18th October Taps, Mooloolabah, QLD
Sunday 19th October – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

The Eastern
Thursday 23rd October – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 17th October – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 18th October – Bangalow Bowlo, Bangalow, NSW
Friday 24th October – The Substation, Newport, VIC

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 17th October – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd October – Moonshine, Manly, NSW
Friday 24th October – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC

Tom Stephens
Wednesday 22nd October – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Colorblind” – Counting Crows

I feel like everyone else isn’t as excited about Counting Crows being on the Bluesfest lineup as me. Let me remind you just how good they are.

EP Release and Tour Dates for Co-cheòl

Co Cheol
Image Courtesy of Co-cheòl

Article originally published on Overheard Productions

Victorian Celtic quartet Co-cheòl launched their debut EP (Co-cheòl) at the Boite World Music Café in North Fitzroy on Saturday 11 October 2014.

Boasting a wealth of instrumental skill and experience, a real strength of the group is in their vocal harmonising which comes to the fore in their EP. The group was also recognised with a runner-up award in the recent AUS-ACA A Capella Championships, plus awards for ‘Best Band’ and ‘Best Comedy Song’.

Co-cheòl made their festival debut in January 2014 at the ever-popular Cygnet Folk Festival in Tasmania to rapturous responses from audiences.

Co-cheòl comprises Claire Patti (vocals/harp), Georgina Walton (vocals/ukulele), and twins Merrily Hansen (vocals/flute) and Ginger Hansen (vocals/accordion).The group started singing together in October 2013 and this self-titled EP is their first recording.

Claire Patti was recently awarded the 2014 Female Vocalist of the year in the Australian Celtic Music Awards.

Ginger Hansen provided a little more background on where the band originated and what makes them hum (no pun intended):

“Claire, Merrily and I have all sung together in the past at one point or another in a community choir. Claire has her own solo career as well as singing with Taliska. She was doing a solo album and obviously can’t do harmonies with herself while performing! So she asked Merrily and I if we could give her a hand with concerts. We did the backing tracks on her album and thought this is a good thing; we’ll keep doing this. Claire works at a school where Georgina works, and one day Claire was singing to herself at work and then this other voice, Georgina, joined in with a great harmony line – and that was it! We want to do more original material. We have one or two original numbers, as well as some lyrics that are ready to be put to music. Aside from this, we do all our own arrangements of a mix of traditional and more modern stuff.”

Co-cheòl is pronounced ‘Co-shaal ‘ and appropriately means ‘harmony’ in Scots Gaelic. Ginger spoke briefly about the origins of the band’s chosen music.

The National A Capella Championships were great. The event was incredibly well-organised, really well-attended, and it was just amazing to get in contact and make friends with a lot of other musicians and groups.‘We have a family connection with Celtic music to varying degrees. We’ve all just had different amounts of exposure to it.

Quite of lot of groups from New South Wales and South Australia as well. When we go to Adelaide we’ll be meeting up with those people.

It was great to be in the company of a lot of other music nerds who enjoy singing as much as we do!

A capella is definitely a buzzword at the moment, so people are focussing on that aspect which is fine. They don’t necessarily have a picture of our music when they think of our singing, so that’s a nice surprise for them when they come to see and hear us.’

Victorians and South Australians have several chances to seeCo-cheòl perform starting with the EP launch:

Saturday 18th October — Darebin Music Feast, Wesley Anne, Northcote, VIC
Friday 21st to Saturday 22nd November — Carnival of Music, Clare Valley, SA
Sunday 23rd November — Creatively Celtic, Church of Christ, Aldgate, SA

More details on these dates are on Co-cheòl’s gig page.

You can see and hear more of Co-cheòl on their Youtube channel, Facebook page and Soundcloud site.

The EP is available from 11 October 2014 and pre-sale details are at Bandcamp.

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