National Celtic Festival Announces First Round of Artists for 2018

Trouble in the Kitchen
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Well this is very very exciting. The National Celtic Festival has just announced its first round of artists for 2018 and its full to the brim with some of our favourite Australian and international artists.

Joining the National Celtic Festival lineup from across the seas this year are Irish stalwarts Altan, banjo and flute pair Maggie Carty & Máirtín Staunton who also hail from Ireland and Scotland’s own Paul McKenna Band.

The Australian contingent is just as strong with the likes of Colin Lillie, Hat Fitz and Cara, Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Rich Davies & The Low Road, Siobhan Owen, Tim Scanlan Trio, Trouble in the Kitchen (above) and Zeon announced.

The National Celtic Festival is held in picturesque Portarlington, VIC over the Queens Birthday weekend – Friday 8th to Monday 11th June. For more information including how to get your hands on early bird tickets check out the official site here.

The Wingham Akoostik Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

Russell Morris
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Every October the small town of Wingham on the NSW mid north coast comes alive with some amazing folk and acoustic music for the Wingham Akoostik Festival.

The lineup for this year’s Wingham Akoostik Festival has just dropped and it’s absolutely huge with artists from around the country (and around the world) representing. The festival will be headlined by country legend Kasey Chambers, multiple-ARIA award winning roots artist Russell Morris and Killing Heidi front-woman Ella Hooper. These guys will be joined by the likes of The Turner Brown Band, Eagle & The Wolf, Sara Tindley, Colin Lillie, Matt Joe Gow and many many more.

The Wingham Akoostik Festival is held on Friday 13th to Sunday 15th October – for more information check out the official site here. The full lineup is below:

Kasey Chambers, Russell Morris, Eurogliders, Ella Hooper, The Turner Brown Band, Eagle & The Wolf, The Kava Kings, Glen Mead Band, Harry’s Lookout, The Trapps, Riley Phillips, Twin Peaks, Minnie Marks, Bad Pon, James Bennett, Sara Tindley, Ralway Bell, Colin Lillie, Matt Joe Gow, Roy Rose, D’Boyzos, James Van Cooper, Sam Hasty, Scott Darlow, Jake Davey, Hillbilly Hoppers, The Travelling Teardrops, Soar, L’Wren, Waang Djarii Dancers, Josh Needs, Lexi Jade, Wingsong, Reece Lalor

The National Folk Festival Adds More Artists

Mel Parsons
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The National Folk Festival have just added a bunch more artists to its already exciting lineup for 2017.

Heading up the announcement this time around include international artists like Jarlath Henderson (Northern Ireland), Katey Brooks (England), Mel Parsons (above, NZ) and Melisande (Canada).

Joining them from around Australia will be Andy Salvanos, Catherine Fraser Trio, David Spry, Colin Lillie, YuNiOn with Stonewave Taiko, Dubmarine, Kutcha Edwards, Zulya and the Children of the Underground, Sparrow-Folk, The Martins and 19-Twenty.

The National Folk Festival is held from the 13th to the 17th April in 2017 – for more information and tickets check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th June

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney singer-songwriter Jordan Millar returns after a year long hiatus with his new single “Run Away, Runaway”. Details here

– Nu-folk duo Bear’s Den released their new video “Auld Wives”. Details here

The Little Stevies’ side project Teeny Tiny Stevies released their video “On The Toilet”. Details here

Dashville Skyline dropped its first lineup for 2016 including Brian Cadd, The Brothers Comatose, The Wilson Pickers, Melody Pool, Raised by Eagles, The Hello Morning, Jess Ribeiro, Davey Craddock & the Spectacles, Karl S. Williams, Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats, Irish Mythen and Andy Golledge Band. Details here

The Avett Brothers released their new single “Satan Pulls The Strings”. Details here

– Adelaide based singer-songwriter Todd Sibbin released his new single “Firetrain”. Details here

– The Adelaide Guitar Festival announced a lineup that includes Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Punch Brothers, Daniel Champagne, Genevieve Chadwick, Matt Walker, Slava Grigoryan, The Panics, Dr Zane Banks (The Morrisons, Cruisin’ Deuces) and many more. Details here

– As well as being announced for the Adelaide Guitar Festival, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn have Australian tour dates in Melbourne and Sydney. Details here

Bob Evans announced a bunch of August tour dates with Melody Pool in support. Details here

– Two of Australia’s hottest singer-songwriters, William Crighton and Claire Anne Taylor, are heading out on tour this July and August. Details here

– Alice Springs based singer-songwriter Colin Lillie is heading to NSW and QLD to launch his latest singles. Details here

– Irish troubadour Glen Hansard has announced an Australian tour this October. Details here

Matt Corby released his video “Oh Oh Oh”. Details here

Releases This Week

Avett Brothers
True SadnessThe Avett Brothers
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Felice Brothers
Life In The DarkThe Felice Brothers
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife

Tracy McNeil

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife will laucnh their brand new album Thieves in Melbourne tomorrow night before heading out on tour

Saturday 25th June – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 30th June – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st July – Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 24 June – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 26th June – Cobargo Pub, Cobargo, NSW

Batch Sessions feat. The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Wednesday 29th June – Batch Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Bill Jackson
Thursday 28th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Brooke Russell and Megan Cooper
Wednesday 29th June – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 1st July – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC

Citizen of the World
Friday 1st July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Colin Lillie
Wednesday 29th June – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 30th June – Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 1st July – Night Quarter, Gold Coast, QLD

Coopers After Dark feat. Ash Grunwald
Wednesday 29th June – The Great Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 30th June – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Merpire, Renetta Joy, The Delta Revue
Wednesday 29th June – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Green Room Banjo Sessions
Wednesday 29th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Hayden Calnin
Friday 24th June – Jimmy’s Den, Perth, WA

Hootenanny feat. Mark Lucas & The Dead Setters
Sunday 26th June – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Joe & Harmony’s Magic Carpet Ride BE-IN #6 feat. Jeremy Smith, Ionia, Catgut
Saturday 25th June – Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan
Friday 24th June – House Concert, Perth, WA
Saturday 25th June – Good Nights, Bunbury, WA

Josh Pyke w/ Jack Carty
Friday 24th June – Chelsea Heights Hotel, Chelsea Heights, VIC
Saturday 25th June – Village Green Hotel, Mulgrave, VIC
Sunday 26th June – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

Justin Bernasconi & The Chocolate Lilies
Friday 24th June – St Margaret’s Anglican Church, Melbourne, VIC

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 24th June – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th June – Hotel Steyne, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 26th June – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Little Features feat. Bonniesongs, Nick Kingswell, Michael Duschesne
Saturday 25th June – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 24th June – The Agrestic Grocer, Orange, NSW
Saturday 25th June – The Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 26th June – Canberra Blues Society, The Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 1st July – The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC

Matt Glass and the Loose Cannons
Sunday 26th June – Nauti Studios, Sydney, NSW

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band
Friday 24th June – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Richard Cuthbert
Friday 24th June – Oxford Circus, Sydney, NSW

Roadhouses w/ Lisa Caruso
Thursday 30th June – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Sam Brittain
Sunday 26th June – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 24th June – Farmer’s Arms Hotel, Creswick, VIC
Sunday 25th June – Baby black Café, Bacchus Marsh, VIC

Sweet Jean
Friday 1st July – Music on The Hill, Red Hill, VIC

Swerve Society feat. Jack Elias, Darren Cross, Luke O’Farrell
Monday 27th June – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

The Beards
Friday 24th June – The Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 25th June – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 30th June – Beachcomber Hotel, Toukley, NSW
Friday 1st July – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Bottlers (Acoustic) w/ Jim Mongrel, Olivia McAuliffe
Thursday 30th June – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Paper Kites
Friday 24th June – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 25th June – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 1st July – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Tom Dockray, Mitch Power
Friday 24th June – Six String Brewing Company, Erina, NSW

Rechords w/ The Cruisin Deuces
Friday 24th June – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Tuesday 28th June – Jane’s, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 29th June – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 30th June – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st July – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Timothy Bowen w/ Jorja Carroll
Thursday 30th June – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife
Saturday 25th June – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 30th June – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st July – Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Vanishing Shapes w/ The Squeezebox Trio, Ess-Em
Friday 1st July – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Winterbourne
Friday 24th June – Shebeen Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 1st July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Woody Pitney w/ Rowena Wise, Lachie Ranford
Wednesday 29th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Yarramundi Music Club feat. Kit & Cub, Two Doors Down
Wednesday 29th June – University Of Western Sydney Hawkesbury Campus, Richmond, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Barrett’s Privateers” – Stan Rogers

You know when you come back from a festival with a song stuck in your head? This song has been on a constant loop since Top Half Folk Festival – with thanks to Dave Oakes for continually requesting it at sessions and for Phil Beck for acquiescing and singing it even while losing his voice.

Colin Lillie Announces The Renegade Gives Thanks Tour

Colin Lillie
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Alice Springs based folk-rock singer-songwriter Colin Lillie has been busy over the last couple of months releasing his most excellent singles “Give Thanks” and “Renegade”.

Now Colin Lillie is heading east with a small tour planned for Sydney, Brisbane and Gold Coast at the end of the month followed by a shows in Darwin and Alice Springs.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 29th June – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 30th June – Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 1st July – Night Quarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 8th July – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Saturday 23rd July – Epilogue, Alice Springs, NT

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 27th May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Indie-folk duo Oh Pep! released two new tracks, “Doctor Doctor” and “Bushwick”. Details here

– Alice Springs based singer-songwriter Colin Lillie released his new single “Renegade”. Details here

– This Saturday some of Sydney’s finest folkies are coming together for the Get Folked Mini Festival at the Gasoline Pony. Details here

– Indie-folk band Forest Falls released their new video “Archipelago Heart”. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk night Little Features celebrates its fourth birthday this Saturday with performances from Em George, Liam Gale, Maia Marsh and Lacey Cole and The Lazy Colts. Details here

– The new Angus Stone project Dope Lemon released a new video “Uptown Folks”. Details here

– Hunter Valley Americana festival Dashville Skyline has announced its return in 2016. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Woody Pitney returns home to Melbourne in June announcing a residency at The Workers Club. Details here

– We premiered the self titled debut EP from Sydney singer-songwriter Em George. Details here

Releases This Week

Em George
Em GeorgeEm George
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Pendulum
PendulumWinterbourne
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Get Folked Mini Festival

Button Collective

For just $25 Sydney will be treated to some of the best local folk artists, across two stages for an entire day of music. Get down to Get Folked for the likes of The Button Collective, The Low Down Riders, Steve Wernick, Shelley’s Murder Boys, Black Vat Trio, The Villebillies, Andy Baylor, Brother Jimmy, Queen Porter Stomp, Tawny Owl String Band, Bleeding Gums Murphy, The Marrickville Shanty Club and many more.

Saturday 28th May – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bob Dylan 75th Birthday Bash feat. Al Grigg, Ben Horder, Brian Campeau, Cameron James Henderson, Chris Porter, Christine Jane, Gabby Huber, Georgia Mooney, Hollie Matthew, Maia Marsh, Max S. Porter, Maxine Kauter, Richard Cuthbert, Ross Tipper, Sam Newton, Tom Hume
Sunday 29th May – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Bon Iver
Friday 27th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 30th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Clare Bowen
Friday 27th May – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 28th May – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Monday 30th May – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 31st May – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Claude Hay
Friday 27th May – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 28th May – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD

Conal Duffy w/ Fresh Off the Boat
Friday 3rd June – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Dr TAOS’ Medicine Show at Lazybones Lounge w/ Hannah Robinson, Taryn La Fauci
Thursday 2nd June – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Get Folked Mini Festival
Saturday 28th May – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Crusin’ Deuces
Sunday 29th May – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Jack Flash
Friday 3rd June – The Beetle Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Jed Rowe
Monday 30th May – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, NSW

Joe & Harmony’s Magic Carpet Ride BE-IN feat. The Green Mohair Suits, The Faraway Eyes, Glen and Glenda
Saturday 28th May – Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan
Thursday 2nd May – The Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Josh Pyke
Thursday 2nd June – Waves, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 3rd June – Laycock Theatre, Gosford NSW

Kit & The Cub
Sunday 29th May – The Midnight Special, Sydney, SNW

Little Features feat. Em George, Liam Gale, Maia Marsh, Lacey Cole and The Lazy Colts
Saturday 28th May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Little May
Friday 27th May – Solbar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Saturday 28th May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 29th May – Studio 56 @ Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 27th May – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 28th May – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 29th May – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Wednesday 1st June – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 2nd June – The Oxley Wine Bar, Cowra, NSW
Friday 3rd June – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Melody Pool
Sunday 29th May – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Sahara Beck
Friday 27th May – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 28th May – Big Pineapple Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 27th May – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Saturday 28th May – Roth’s Wine Bar, Mudgee, NSW
Wednesday 1st June – The Cambus Wallace, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 2nd June – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 3rd June – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Songwriters in the Round feat. Kelly Brouhaha, Forte, Kylie Brice
Friday 27th May – The Bluebee Room, Adelaide, SA

Sundown Sounds feat. Tawny Old String Band, Midnight Run
Saturday 28th May – Evergreen Music, Sydney, NSW

The April Family, Mark Lucas, Andy Gordon, Dear Orphans
Sunday 29th May – The Record Crate Cafe, Sydney, NSW

The Beards
Friday 27th May – SS & A Club, Albury, NSW
Saturday 28th May – The Area Hotel, Griffith, NSW

TinPan Orange
Saturday 28th May – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Tiny Ruins
Wednesday 1st June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Wheeze & Suck Band
Sunday 29th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Woody Pitney w/ Royal East
Wednesday 1st June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Darkest Side” – The Middle East

The Middle East seem to be getting a lot of attention from the media this week with interviews and radio features and this sent us down a Youtube rabbit hole.

Listen to the New Colin Lillie Single “Renegade”

Colin Lillie
Image Courtesy of Colin Lillie

Central Australian singer-songwriter Colin Lillie has just released his brand new single “Renegade”. Drawing on his folk, country and rock roots Lillie has crafted an amazing track with the help of the amazing Mark Myers.

Check out “Renegade” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 18th March

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Singer songwriter William Crighton released his new single “Priest” from his brand new, self titled album. Details here

– St Patrick’s Day may have been yesterday but The Gaelic Club in Sydney is still celebrating with a session tonight, The Button Collective tomorrow night and a film on Sunday. Details here

– Canadian songstress Ann Vriend is currently touring Australia. Details here

– Sydney band Bears With Guns released their new single “Let Go”. Details here

– Newcastle based alt-country duo The Wayward Henrys released their new video “Early Grave”. Details here

– Alice Springs based singer-songwriter Colin Lillie released his new video “Give Thanks”. Details here

Radical Face released “The Ship In Port” ahead of his album release next week. Details here

– Sydney bluegrassers The Buffalo Grass Boys released their new video “Lonely Nights”. Details here

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros released their new video “No Love Like Yours”. Details here

– Canadian prog-folk band Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything have announced Australian tour dates. Details here

Daniel Champagne has announced a massive Australian tour through March and April. Details here

– Brisbane based singer-songwriter Sian Evans released her new single “Cold Feet”. Details here

Bon Iver announce that they’re returning to Australia as part of Vivid Sydney this year. Details here

Passenger, All Our Exes Live In Texas and Luke Thompson shared a live version of “Caravan”. Details here

Interviews

“We’ve just recorded our third album of thirteen original tracks, some of which you’d call bluegrass and some of which I don’t know what you’d call it. But it’s all great music and we’ve pulled it off – it’s a really fun band in that respect” – George Jackson from The Company chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We started playing music together as friends and then came across the Bluegrass and Old Time Society and started going there a lot. We’d learn three songs to play at that gig – every month we’d learn three more songs. And we slowly built up a set and we ended up having enough to do a gig on our own. It was pretty slow but also really nice” – John Healy and Francis Duffy from The Plough chat to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“For the 1979 National Festival, which was in Melbourne, one of the reasons Bloodwood got together in the first place was to promote the 1980 festival which was to be held in Alice Springs. We went down there and had a fabulous reception. We had terrific posters and terrific t-shirts and all that stuff designed by a lady in Alice Springs. It was a knock out design and the strange thing is we were actually asked to stop promoting the 1980 festival by the Melbourne organisers because no one was buying their t-shirts. That is deadset true!” – Bob Barford from Bloodwood chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I have a deep relationship with Scottish music, as I spent one year of my life in Glasgow, to absorb the music from its source. The music can be really gentle and smooth, when it comes to ballads but also really ferocious and rythmically driving in strathspeys or reels – I really like the broad spectrum of expression and energy when it comes to Scottish Music” – Paul Dangl from Black Market Tune chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

William Crighton
William CrightonWilliam Crighton
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Way Down South
Way Down SouthJoe Mungovan
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

The Timbers

William Fitzsimmons

Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Bloodwood

Bloodwood

Seminal Australian bush band Bloodwood have reformed for The National Folk Festival next week and are performing two shows in their hometown of Alice Springs in preparation. If you’re in either of Australia’s Territories this week these are gigs not to be missed.

Friday 18th March – The Watertank Cafe, Alice Springs, NT
Saturday 19th March – The Watertank Cafe, Alice Springs, NT
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Gigs Next Week

Adam Young w/ Den Hanrahan, Not Good With Horses
Saturday 19th March – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Ann Vriend
Tuesday 22nd March – The Toff, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th March – The Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW

April Maze
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Black Market Tune
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Yacandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC
Monday 21st – Kedron State High School Auditorium, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Blind Boys of Alabama
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Bloodwood
Friday 18th March – The Watertank Cafe, Alice Springs, NT
Saturday 19th March – The Watertank Cafe, Alice Springs, NT
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Blue Mountains Music Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Katoomba, NSW

Blue Mts Festival Hillbilly Fringe
Saturday 19th March – Old City Bank, Katoomba, NSW

Bluesfest
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Byron Bay, NSW

Bob Barford
Sunday 20th March – Ooraminna Supper Club, Ooraminna, NT

Broadie Bunker Benefit
Wednesday 23rd March – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW

Brunswick Music Festival
Tuesday 15th to Sunday 20th March – Melbourne, VIC

Daniel Champagne
Friday 18th March – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Saturday 19th March – The Royal Oak Hotel – Boat Shed, LauncestonTAS
Sunday 20th March – Marakoopa Cafe, Mayberry, TAS

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 19th March – Terang Country Music Festival, VIC

Emily Barker
Friday 18th March – Margaret River Cultural Centre, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 20th March – The Bakehouse, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 21st March – Sun Theatre, Yarraville, VIC
Tuesday 22nd March – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Vishtèn, The Little Stevies, Rob Longstaff
Friday 18th March – Willaura Memorial Hall, Willaura, VIC
Saturday 19th March – Dalgety Hall, Dalgety, NSW
Sunday 20th March – Murrah Hall, Murrah, NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Folkswagon feat. Leroy Lee, The Delta Revue, Carlos Arango
Wednesday 23rd March – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gaelic Club Session
Friday 18th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Goin’ Back – Moreland’s History in Song feat. Jeff Lang, Alison Ferrier, Tracy McNeil, Luke Sinclair, Van Walker, Gretta Ray, Mandy Connell
Friday 18th March – Metanoia Theatre at The Mechanic’s Institute, Melbourne, VIC

Gordie Tentrees
Friday 18th to Monday 21st March – Yachandandah Folk Festival, Yachandandah VIC
Wednesday 23rd March – Murrah Hall, Murrah NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. The Sweet Jelly Rolls, Whiskey Jeff
Thursday 24th March – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Holler & Haul’s Backyard Picnic feat. The Button Collective, Rebecca Bastoli, Grace Turner
Sunday 20th March – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Echo Deer
Sunday 20th March – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Saturday 19th March – Nukara Festival, WA
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Imogen Clark
Thursday 24th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Irish Mythen
Wednesday 23rd March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Irish Trad Workshops
Friday 18th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney

James Thomson w/ Ruby Boots
Friday 18th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Tuesday 22nd March – Araluen Gold Concert Series, Araluen, NSW
Wednesday 23rd March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 24th March – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW
Friday 25th March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Jason Isbell
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, NSW

Jimi Beavis
Friday 18th March – Pistol Pete’s Food ‘n’ Blues, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 19th March – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Jordie Lane
Friday 18th March – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Saturday 19th March – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Liam Gerner
Friday 18th March – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Sunday 20th March – Leftys Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Luke Morris
Saturday 19th March – No. 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters
Friday 18th March – The Merton Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Mary Black
Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, NSW

Moxie
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW
Wednesday 23rd March – Cat & Fiddle Hotel, Balmain, NSW
Friday 25th March – Fly By Night Club, Fremantle, WA

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 18th March – Pirie & Co Social Club, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 19th March – Jimmy’s Den, Perth WA

Pocket Fox
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Ruby Boots
Friday 18th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 19th March – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Sahara Beck
Sunday 20th March – Bleach Festival, Brisbane, QLD

Sian Evans
Friday 18th March – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 19th March – Peregian Hotel, Peregian Beach, QLD
Saturday 19th March – The Porch Project, Yandina Creek, QLD
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Steve Earle & The Dukes w/ The Mastersons
Friday 18th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 22nd March – Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, Mackay QLD
Thursday 24th March – Tanks, Cairns, QLD
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Sturgill Simpson
Tuesday 22nd March – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW **CANCELLED**
Wednesday 23rd March – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC **CANCELLED**

The Button Collective
Saturday 19th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

The Decemberists
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

The East Pointers
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC
Wednesday 23rd March – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

The Little Stevies
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Warrandyte Festival, Warrandyte, VIC
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

The National Anti-Folk Festival
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

The National Folk Festival
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – Canberra, ACT

The Once
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW

The Peninsula Picnic
Sunday 20th March – Mornington Racecourse, Mornington, VIC

The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
Saturday 19th March – Courthouse Café, Camperdown, VIC
Sunday 20th March – Burke & Wills Winery, Mia Mia, VIC
Tuesday 22nd March – TBA, Upwey, VIC
Wednesday 23rd March – Valencia Creek Hall, Valencia Creek, VIC
Friday 25th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

The Rambling Boys
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – National Folk Festival, ACT

The Sydney String Band Hootenanny feat. Devil on the Rooftop, Dear Orphans, Squeeze Box Trio, Burnt Creek Deviation
Sunday 20th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Thursday 24th to Monday 27th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

The Weeping Willows
Friday 18th March – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th March – The Basin Music Festival, The Basin, VIC
Friday 25th March – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC

The Young’uns
Friday 18th to Friday 20th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Tuesday 22nd March – The Cat and Fiddle, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Tim Guy
Friday 18th March – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 19th March – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 20th March – Melbourne Folk Club, Bakehouse, Melbourne, VIC

Tweedy
Sunday 20th March – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Monday 21st March – Recital Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 22nd March – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, NSW

Yackandandah Folk Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Yackandandah, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Solsbury Hill” – Peter Gabriel

Watch the New Colin Lillie Video “Give Thanks”

Colin Lillie
Image Courtesy of Colin Lillie

Singer-songwriter Colin Lillie has a lot to be thankful for. A lifetime full of battles, including overcoming alcohol abuse, led the Scottish singer to his home in Alice Springs and his new life.

Known for his heartfelt folk songs Colin Lillie has just released his new single “Give Thanks”, a slightly rockier affair than we’re used to. The track is full of Lillie’s trademark passion and comes complete with a video shot by fellow Alice Springs based singer-songwriter Eden Mulholland.

Check out “Give Thanks” below:

Full Lineup for the Top Half Folk Festival Revealed

Fanny Lumsden
Image Courtesy of Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers

We’re less than two weeks away from our favourite little folk festival, the Top Half Folk Festival in Central Australia, and it’s shaping up to be an amazing event.

The Top Half has already announced headliners Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers (above) but this week they announced a raft of other artists including Ted Egan, Colin Lillie, Barry Skipsey, Sally Balfour, Margaret Walters, Bob Sharp, Scott Balfour, Dave Oakes, Don Bruce, Neil & Mel Phillips, Rusty & The Infidels, Malarkey, Watershed Players, Edan Baxter, Chris Pemberton & Tony Suttor, Peter Bate, Paul Stewart, South Of The Berrimah Line, Phil Beck, Phil Gray, Kirsty Evans, Ted & Carolynne Burns and the-band-that-became-a-blog Timber & Steel.

The Top Half Folk Festival is held from the 5th to the June at the Glen Helen Resort west of Alice Springs. As well as the festival there will be an informal welcome drinks in Alice Springs at the Gap View Hotel on Thursday 4th June. For more information on the Top Half Folk Festival including how to get your hands on tickets and accommodation check out the Central Australia Folk Society web site here.

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