Nick Mulvey Announces Melbourne Headline Show

Nick Mulvey
Image Courtesy of Communion Melbourne

If anyone’s been following our coverage of the Splendour in the Grass lineup you’ll know the artist we’re most interested in seeing is UK singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey. At first we were worried he’d been forgotten in the round sideshows. Then we got excited that he’d been announced as the support for Ben Howard’s Splendour sideshows which have been selling out fast. And now we’re over the moon that Mulvey has revealed plans for a single headline show.

The folks at Communion Melbourne will be hosting Nick Mulvey at a very special show at the Toff in Town in Melbourne on Tuesday 29th July. Nick Mulvey recently released his new album First Mind which has generated a lot buzz (we picked as one of our top ten of 2104 so far) so this gig is going to be pretty special.

For full details check out the official Facebook event here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 10th January

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Stream the self-titled debut album for Sydney brother duo Forgonia. Details here

James Vincent McMorrow wrapped up his Australian tour this week and released his new video “Red Dust”. Details here

– After you listen to the Redvers track “Impressions” make sure you reach out to the man himself for an exclusive stream of his new album. Details here

– Danish ethnopunk band Afenginn are in the country and have a bunch of shows around the place that you need to get to. Details here

– To showcase his upcoming album Jack Carty is heading out on a national house concert tour from this week. Details here

– London’s Emily and The Woods released their new single “Helios”. Details here

– Today marks the release of Sarah Blasko’s new live album I Awake Live at Sydney Opera House. Details here

– Brisbane five-piece Bandito Folk released their new video for the track “Don’t Wanna Be Like You”. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard has announced Australian dates in March with Lisa O’Neill in support. Details here

– It may be a shameless cash-in on the buzz surrounding Inside Llewyn Davis but the upcoming compilation Greenwich Village in the ‘60s has a pretty impressive track listing. Details here

Jordan Millar has released his new single “If Only…” which he’s offering as a free download. Details here

– Scottish singer Emily Smith has released the video for her new single “My Darling Boy”. Details here

– Following the sad news that The Staves have cancelled their Australian tour due to illness, Communion Melbourne have added Ainslie Wills and Tigertown (DJ set) to their January lineup. Details here

Interviews

“It’s great to get away from a Berlin winter and if work is slow, you might as well be able to visit your friends and family, be in good weather, and actually have some work to do” – Peter D’Elia from The Beez chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

Sarah Blasko
I Awake Live at Sydney Opera HouseSarah Blasko
JB HiFi

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Chris Thile

Chris Thile

Arguably the best mandolinist in the world, Chris Thile returns to Australia in solo mode with his new album Bach: Sonatas & Partitas Vol. 1 in tow. Thile will reportedly be dipping into his back catalogue along with his new album which will make for some pretty special shows

Tuesday 14th January – The Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 15th January – The Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th January – Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, NSW
Friday 17th January – MONA FOMA, Hobart, TAS

Gigs Next Week

Afenginn
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, TAS
Monday 13th January – MONA, Hobart, TAS
Tuesday 14th January – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 15th January – Lizotte’s, Central Coast, NSW
Thursday 16th January – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th to Saturday 18th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Andy Irvine
Friday 10th January – The Merry Muse, Southern Cross Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 11th – Katinya Environmental Centre, Moruya, NSW
Sunday 12th – Cobargo Folk Club, Cobargo, NSW
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Chris Thile
Tuesday 14th January – The Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 15th January – The Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th January – Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, NSW
Friday 17th January – MONA FOMA, Hobart, TAS

Cygnet Folk Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th January – Cygnet, TAS

Dom Flemons
Saturday 11th January – Circus Ronaldo Tent, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 12th January – Circus Ronaldo Tent, Sydney, NSW

Emily Barker
Monday 13th January – Sky Terrace at The Star, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 14th January – Sky Terrace at The Star, Sydney, NSW

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

Jack Carty
Wednesday 15th January – House Concert, Thornlands, QLD
Thursday 16th January – House Concert, Fig Tree Pocket, QLD
Friday 17th January – House Concert, Brisbane, QLD

John Grant and John Murry
Thursday 16th January – Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, NSW

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

Kaurna Cronin
Wednesday 15th January – The Moon Cafe, Perth, WA
Friday 17th January – White Star, Albany, WA

Kim Churchill
Thursday 16th January – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 17th January – The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Mat McHugh
Friday 10th January – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour NSW
Saturday 11th January – Great Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 16th January – Live at Lizottes, Lambton, NSW
Friday 17th January – Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW

Ruby Boots
Friday 17th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Sarah Blasko
Tuesday 14th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 15th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th January – St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, QLD

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
Saturday 11th January – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

The Timbers
Saturday 11th January – Crown and Anchor Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

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

Tom Dockray
Saturday 11th January – The Vic Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Unpaved Sessions feat. Samantha Stephens, Trevor Shard, Sophie Rose, Leo Kahans, Kaidee Grzankowski
Monday 13th January – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Zoe Elliot
Friday 10th January – The Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT
Monday 13th January – Smiths Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Friday 17th January – Limonata, Grafton, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Untitled” – Ben Stephenson (Trouble in the Kitchen)

A couple of years ago the National Museum of Australia put together a series of videos on Youtube, hosted by Jimeoin, on Irish Music in Australia. In this clip Ben Stephenson from Trouble in the Kitchen talks about his research into Irish music at the National Library of Australia and plays an untitled jig he learnt from a recording of box and harmonica player Sally Sloane. You can link to the full series of videos here.

Communion Announce Replacement for The Staves

Communion Melbourne
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If you haven’t heard yet UK trio The Staves have had to cancel their Australian tour this month due to illness, including appearances at the Sydney Festival and Communion Melbourne. The band has said “we are working on rescheduling our visit as soon as we possibly can” – so keep a look out for dates in the future.

This morning Communion Melbourne announced their replacements and they’ve outdone themselves – scoring Ainslie Wills along with a DJ set from Tigertown. They join an already impressive lineup that includes The Hello Morning, Jimmy Tait, The Phoncurves and Little Dreamer.

Communion Melbourne takes place at the Toff in Town on the 19th January. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 29th November

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Mike McCarthy has announced plans to release a new surf-folk compilation CD next month titled Seaside. Details here

– The National Folk Festival has announced the first lineup of artists for 2014 including Eleanor McEvoy, Rose Cousins, Jordie Lane, Kate Fagan, Bernard Carney, The Mae Trio, The Davidson Brothers, Luke Plumb (Shooglenifty), Trouble In The Kitchen and more. Details here

– The new video for “Billy” from Sally Seltmann has been released. Details here

– Watch the new video from Eli Wolfe, “Dante”. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival have revealed their second round of artists for 2014 including Breabach, Damien Dempsey, Love Over Gold, Hanggai, Mama Kin, Oh Pep!, Sásta, Shane Nicholson, Tolka, Totally Gourdgeous, The Twoks and many many more. Details here

– Watch “Grace”, the new video from Adelaide’s Timberwolf. Details here

– Sydney’s All Our Exes Live In Texas have a new EP on the way plus a couple of shows to launch it. Details here

Jen Cloher has released a beautiful new video for the very personal song “Hold My Hand”. Details here

– The final MoFo at The Gaelic Club takes place next week featuring The Bearded Gypsy Band and The Tiger and Me. Details here

Jake Bugg has announced sideshows while he’s in the country for Bluesfest. Details here

Micah P. Hinson is releasing a charity Christmas EP, Wishing for a Christmas Miracle, with the Yellow Bird Project. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Woody Pitney is the latest folk artist to cover the INXS track “Don’t Change”. Details here

The Lumineers have announced a handful of headline shows when they’re out here for The Big Day Out. Details here

Communion Melbourne have announced the lineup for their January show including The Staves, The Hello Morning, Jimmy Tait, The Phoncurves and Colourwheel. Details here

Blog

“To celebrate Christmas Bob Evans will be taking on a Wednesday night residency at the Northcote Social Club throughout December featuring some very special guests such as Ella Hooper, Ali Barter and Hayden Calnin. We thought we’d take the opportunity to ask Bob Evans for a list of his favourite Christmas songs but the man has turned things on its head providing us his top ten non-Xmas songs to play on Xmas Day”Bob Evans picks his top 10 non-Xmas songs. Blog here

Releases This Week

Catherine Traicos
The Earth, the Sea, the Moon, the SkyCatherine Traicos
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Susy Blue
Susy Blue with Anne of the Wolves, Oh, Deanna
Sunday 1st December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas w/ The Phoncurves, Richard Cuthbert
Thursday 5th December – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

April Maze w/ Benny Walker
Tuesday 3rd December – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Bob Evans
Wednesday 4th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 29th November – Fowlers, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 30th November – Fly By Night, Freemantle, WA

Dyson Stringer Cloher
Friday 29th November – Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda, SA
Saturday 30th November – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 1st December – Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Thursday 5th December – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Friday 6th December – The Bakery, Perth, WA

Festival of Small Halls w/ Jordie Lane and Rose Cousins
Friday 29th November – Sandgate Town Hall, Sandgate, QLD
Saturday 30th November – Wolvi and District Hall, Wolvi, QLD
Sunday 1st December – Eudlo Hall, Eudlo, QLD
Thursday 5th December – Eulo Hall, Eulo, QLD

Georgia Fair
Friday 29th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 30th November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 1st December – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Hayden Calnin
Friday 6th December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Passenger
Sunday 1st December – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 4th December – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th December – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 29th November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 30th November – Diggers Tavern, Bellingen, NSW

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 29th November – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Sunday 1st December – The Arts Factory, Byron Bay, NSW

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel
Friday 29th November – The Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Buckingham and Buffalo Tales
Wednesday 4th December – Revolver, Melbourne, VIC

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Saturday 30th November – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 1st December – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Friday 6th December – Polish Club, Canberra, ACT

Timberwolf
Friday 29th November – The Junkyard, Forster, NSW
Sunday 1st December – The Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Whitaker
Friday 29th November – Revolver, Melbourne, VIC

Whitley
Friday 29th November – Woombye Pub, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Saturday 30th November – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Cruel Sister” – Pentangle

Following on from last week’s “Riddles Wisely Expounded” we thought we’d offer up another Child Ballad (number 10) for FFF – one with the same melody and same refrain (“Lay the bent to the bonny broom”) but with a completely different story. The folk process at work!

Communion Melbourne Announces Massive January Lineup

Communion Melbourne
Image Courtesy of Communion Melbourne

Communion Melbourne have definitely scored a coupe for their first night of 2014. UK trio The Staves have announced Communion Melbourne in January as their first ever Australian show.

If you haven’t come across The Staves before (which is unlikely if you’re a constant reader of Timber and Steel) we think you’ll fall in love with their breathtaking, harmonic folk music and that Australia will too.

Joining them at Communion Melbourne in January will be Melbourne six-piece The Hello Morning, five-piece Jimmy Tait, indie-pop duo The Phoncurves and singer-songwriter Colourwheel.

Communion Melbourne takes place at The Toff in Town on Sunday 19th January. Tickets are $18 and are available here. For more information check out the official Communion Melbourne facebook page here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 8th November

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

James Vincent McMorrow released the NSFW video for the track “Cavalier”. Details here

– The lineup for November’s Communion Melbourne has been announced including Thomas Calder (The Trouble With Templeton), Castlecomer, Martha Marlow and Dominic Youdan. Details here

– Scottish singer Eddi Reader has just released her new video “Baby’s Boat”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Kate Martin has released the video for her track “Awaken”. Details here

Melody Pool has made a stream of a recent concert at Lizotte’s available online. Details here

– The new single from Vance Joy, “Play With Fire”, was released with a brand new video. Details here

– Fiddle player Andrew Bird has announced a new EP I Want to See Pulaski at Night. Details here

Seth Lakeman also has a new album on the way titled Word of Mouth. Details here

– Sydney trio Little May are heading out on their debut East Coast tour this December. Details here

Josh Pyke is heading out on a solo tour next February and March. Details here

Owls of the Swamp has released his latest b-side – “Ghostflake” featuring Ainslie Wills. Details here

– Sydney sister duo Laura & Susie will be launching their new album Meremba in Sydney next Friday. Details here

– Hayden Calnin has revealed his brand new single “Coward”. Details here

– Our friends over at the Raindrops and Rooftops blog are putting on their first ever house concert featuring Grim Fawkner, Oh Pep! and Christopher Coleman Collective. Details here

Blog

“I’d heard about people recording in a house and liked the ‘vibe’ these albums had, relaxed, warm and organic. All the things we wanted to achieve in our album recording. The perfect house came up through a choir I sing with – a friends family holiday house on the Mornington Peninsula. Surrounded by trees and yet only five minutes walk from the beach, 5 bedrooms, mini grand piano and different spaces conducive to recording. We couldn’t believe our luck!”Hannah Acfield of Dan & Hannah Acfield has put together a journal of their recording process. Blog here

Releases This Week

Antiphon
AntiphonMidlake
iTunes

Radical Face
The Family Tree: The BranchesRadical Face
Official Site

Inside Llewyn Davis
Inside Llewyn Davis (Original Soundtrack Recording)Various Artists
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Luke Legs
Luke Legs & The Midnight Specials with Pheobe & Schina, Charlie Thorpe
Sunday 10th November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Official Site

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
Friday 8th November – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 9th November – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th November – Waves Nightclub, Wollongong, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 8th November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 9th November – The Standard, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 10th November – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Wednesday 13th November – Mecc North Foyer, Mackay, QLD
Friday 15th November – Flinders Social, Townsville, QLD

Damien Dempsey
Sunday 10th November – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 10th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Dyson Stringer Cloher
Friday 8th November – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 9th November – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 10th November – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 13th November – Ararat Hotel Red Room, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 14th November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 15th November – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Emma Davis and Brian Campeau
Friday 8th November – FBI Social, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 9th November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 13th November – Lass O Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Foghorn Stringband
Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, VIC
Sunday 10th November – Blackwood Academy, Blackwood, VIC
Tuesday 12th November – Burrinja Cafe, Upwey, VIC
Wednesday 13th November – Yinnar Hotel, Yinnar, VIC
Friday 15th November – Nerrigundah Ag Bureau, Nerrigundah, NSW

Gossling with Whitaker
Friday 15th November – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, QLD

Gosti
Saturday 9th November – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

James Kenyon
Thursday 14th November – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 15th November – No. 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 8th November – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Satruday 9th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 10th November – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC (Afternoon Show)
Wednesday 13th November – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 14th November – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 15th November – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Kate Martin
Friday 15th November – Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Friday 8th November – The Lambton Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 10th November – Wickam Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 13th November – Revolver Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Laura & Susie with Wartime Sweethearts
Friday 15th November – Cafe Church Space, Sydney, NSW

Little Bastard
Friday 8th November – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Loren Kate
Friday 8th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 9th November – Harvester Moon Café, Bellarine VIC

Love Over Gold
Thursday 14th November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th November – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

MoFo at The Gaelic feat. Takadimi and Catgut
Friday 8th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Newtown Festival
Sunday 10th November – Camperdown Memorial Park, Sydney, NSW

Patrick James
Saturday 9th November – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 14th November – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Friday 15th November – The Fly Trap, Fremantle, WA

Robert Ellis and Cory Chisel with Marlon Williams
Friday 15th November – The Substation, Newport, VIC

Sal Kimber & The Rolling Wheel
Thursday 14th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th November – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Some Folk In Spring feat. Francolin
Sunday 10th November – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Takadimi
Friday 8th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Tanya Batt
Friday 15th November – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA

The Bon Scotts
Saturday 9th November – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 8th November – The Corner. Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 14th November – Moonshine Bar, Manly, NSW
Friday 15th November – Wollongong Diggers Club, Wollongong, NSW

The Little Stevies
Friday 8th November – The Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 9th November – The Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 15th November – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Mountains with Edward Deer, Direwolf
Thursday 14th November – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Whitley
Saturday 9th November – A Day On The Green, Yarra Valley, VIC
Wednesday 13th November – Transit, Canberra ACT
Thursday 14th November – Captains, Batemans Bay, NSW
Friday 15th November – Yours and Owls, Wollongong, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Red Rocking Chair” – Bruce Molsky with Rushad Eggleston, Tatiana Hargreaves and Jim Miller

I must admit that my knowledge of traditional American music is not what I’d like it to be – but that does mean I get to discover a whole swathe of amazing new songs and tunes. “Red Rocking Chair” popped up a couple of times at the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival this year and I’ve heard it on the radio a couple of times since. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Communion Melbourne Announces November Lineup

Communion Melbourne
Image Courtesy of Communion Melbourne

Having successfully returned last month Communion Melbourne are keeping the momentum going with a massive lineup for November. Taking place at The Toff in Town on the 24th November, Communion Melbourne will this month feature the likes of Thomas Calder (The Trouble With Templeton), Castlecomer, Martha Marlow and Dominic Youdan.

The night kicks off at 6pm with tickets just $18. For more information on the night check out the official web site here.

Interview: Bear’s Den, Without/Within

Bear's Den
Image Courtesy of Bear’s Den

Our love of UK nu-folk trio Bear’s Den is older than the band itself. Cherbourg, a band which featured two of Bear’s Den’s members (Andrew Davie and Kevin Jones), was one of the first artists we covered on Timber and Steel and we’ve been following the work of its members ever since they parted ways in in 2010.

Bear’s Den are currently in Australia supporting Matt Corby on his national tour as well as a couple of headline shows. We caught up with multi-instrumentalist Kev Jones from the band after their Sydney shows to discuss the tour, the new EP Without/Within and Jones’ role as founder of record label and music community Communion.

Gareth Hugh Evans: Welcome to Australia! How are you finding it so far?

Kev Jones: We’re having a lovely time. We played the Horden Pavilion three nights ago and then we had one show two nights ago but then we’ve actually had some time off in Sydney which is quite unusual. We’ve been exploring a little bit, seeing the sites, getting some rest. It’s really nice to be here.

GHE: Is this your first trip to Australia? As Bear’s Den?

KJ: For all of us it’s our first time to Australia as a band and as individuals.

GHE: I’ve big fans of you guys right from the very beginning. When I first started Timber and Steel it was just as your and Andrew Davie’s previous band Cherbourg had finished. I started following Davie’s solo stuff and then when Bear’s Den came out of that I continued to make sure I was on top of everything you guys were doing. It feels like it’s been its been a fairly slow burn for Bear’s Den – it feels like you’ve taken to the slow and steady approach.

KJ: I think we’ve been quite careful. It’s very easy get over excited about the music you’re making and trying to push it too hard, too quickly. I was the bass player in Cherbourg so Davie and I have been working together for six or seven years now. It was always for us the question of “are we getting it right” before we really start running with it. Releasing little EPs has allowed ourselves to grow organically – that’s quite important to us.

GHE: Can I ask what the decision behind creating Bear’s Den as a new band rather than continuing with Cherbourg given both you and Davie are in both bands and the sound has its similarities? What makes Bear’s Den distinctive?

KJ: I just don’t think we worked out what we were trying to do with Cherbourg. I think we learnt a lot of lessons from it. It was quite a set formula with Cherbourg and I think we’re all multi-instrumentalists in Bear’s Den and it allows us to be a lot more fluid with the sort of sounds we can make and what we choose to do with them. The dynamics make more sense to us. It was really fun being in Cherbourg and we’re still close with the other guys – in fact Chris Maas who was the drummer in Cherbourg is now Matt Corby’s drummer so we’re actually hanging out at the moment. I think the way everything slots in with Bear’s Den makes more sense to us.

GHE: It feels like with Bear’s Den as well that you’re not tied to that indie-folk sound. The latest single, “Writing On The Wall”, is probably the least folky I’ve heard you guys. Was that a conscious decision – that’s Bear’s Den isn’t going to be pigeonholed as indie-folk?

KJ: To a point that’s true but I don’t think it’s conscious as such. It’s more just evolved from the fundamental philosophy that we’ve adopted to make sure we’re servicing a song correctly. Having a lot of multi-instrumentalists in the band means that we can decide to put some synth bass in it or drums or we can do little tiny instruments and the banjo thing. It’s not like a statement intent – it’s more “what does the song need?”.

GHE: You mentioned that you’re out here touring with Matt Corby. You’ve played with him in the UK as well yeah?

KJ: We have yeah. We toured with him last year.

GHE: Matt’s part of the same community as you guys with Communion and having similar friends through bands like Mumford and Sons. How’s it been touring with your mates?

KJ: It makes such a difference. For us as a band we’ve been on the road for eight weeks now so to arrive in a new country and deal with a whole new set of instruments and gear you have to get used to and getting in front of so many people can be quite intimidating. To be able to walk into a room and immediately be with your best mates really takes the edge off from a touring perspective. You’re able to slot in and everything runs much more fluidly. It’s really nice. And we’re working so hard at the moment the only way we get to see our friends is to tour with them. It’s the best thing every – it’s so nice to do that.

GHE: In Australia Matt Corby comes with a very very loyal fan base – and it’s a fan base that really embraces the other bands that Matt Corby tours and plays with. Have found that his fans have adopted you?

KJ: Yeah I think they have. It is quite early to say for sure. On the UK tour I certainly felt that we had a very warm welcome. His fans are all lovely.

GHE: You’re also playing Communion Melbourne while you’re out here which is part of the global Communion record label and community that you’re one of the founders of. It’s taken a while for Communion to kick off properly in Australia – there was Communion Sydney for a couple of months and then Communion Melbourne kicked off last year. Why do you think it’s take so long to establish in Australia?

KJ: I think it’s the same as anything that the label does – it’s all about finding the right people. Same philosophy that we have with Bear’s Den to be honest – you have to find the right combination of people. Melbourne Communion are just the greatest guys so as soon as we found them we were like “that makes sense” and off we go.

GHE: What I love about Communion as well is that it’s a global community. Obviously you guys are in the country this month so you’re able to play Communion Melbourne. And then when an Australian band who’s part of the Communion family here tours overseas they are invited to play at Communion in other cities.

KJ: Absolutely. What we’re trying to do is extend that family vibe wherever we go. That support network is crucial. It’s hard work being in a band – obviously it’s lots of fun as well – but there’s a lot of difficult times and when you’re able to refer to someone else who’s experienced the same thing as you or has advice, the stronger that network of people is the more everyone benefits from it and gets the support they need.

GHE: I’m chuffed that you guys chose to play a couple of headline shows while you’re out here, on top of the Matt Corby supports, in these smaller spaces.

KJ: The dream is to come back all the time and build relationships with our potential fans over here.

GHE: At the end of this month your new EP Without/Within comes out which follows on from Agape. Is the plan continue releasing EPs or is an album in the works?

KJ: We’re definitely working on an album in our heads. I don’t want to say for sure but I think when we get off this tour we’ll start looking at how we might approach making that. So yeah, we”re getting to a point where we’re ready to start I think.

GHE: I’m really liking what I’ve heard of Without/Within so far. When you’re putting together these EPs are they just a collection of your latest songs or are you putting tracks that “go together” on them?

KJ: It’s a very painstaking process actually. We like to tie things together lyrically and are very much always trying to create a body of work that exists. For us it’s important that we create something that’s hopefully bigger than just a bunch of songs. In terms of sonically and lyrically it’s quite a meticulous process for us.

GHE: Kev, thanks so much for taking to time to chat to me on one of your days off.

KJ: It’s lovely to speak to you.

Without/Within is due for release on the 1st November. The remaining dates of Bear’s Den’s tour with Matt Corby are below:

Wednesday 23rd October – GPAC Playhouse, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 24th October – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 27th October – Arts centre, Fremantle, WA

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 27th September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Award winning Sydney singer-songwriter HeyMun shared a live version of her new single “Sailor”. Details here

Jordie Lane has released his new single “Here She Comes” ahead of his upcoming national tour. Details here

Mumford & Sons have announced they are going on hiatus for the foreseeable future. Details here

– The Fleurieu Folk Festival have announced a cracker of a lineup including Old Man Luedecke (above), Jordie Lane, The Seals, The BordererS, Siskin River, Danny Spooner, The Mae Trio, The Timbers, Kaurna Cronin, The Weeping Willows and many many more. Details here

Bluesfest announced their second round of artists including The Doobie Brothers, Boz Scaggs, Steve Earle, CW Stoneking and so so so many more. Details here

– And yet another festival lineup announcement hit this week with Laneway revealing their 2014 artists. On the folky end of the spectrum was Daughter, Frightened Rabbit, Cass McCombs and Vance Joy. Details here

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel are working on their third album and have a tour planned this November. Details here

– Sydney’s Oscar Lush released his new album The World Is Round So I’ll Go Round last week and will be officially launching it at a secret gig next week. Details here

Damien Dempsey is returning to Australia this November with an appearance at the Australian World Music Expo as well as shows in Sydney and Perth. Details here

– Sydney folk band Arbori are touring for Timber and Steel this October and November. Details here

Robert Ellis is returning to Australia for a headline tour with Cory Chisel this November. Details here

– Sydney’s Little May have released their new single “Hide” and have announced their debut EP. Details here

Communion Melbourne are back this October with a lineup that includes Bear’s Den, The Tiger and Me, Grizzly Jim Lawrie and Kate Martin. Details here

– And Communion Melbourne is not the only headline show Bear’s Den are doing while they’re in town – they’ve announced shows in Sydney and Brisbane as well. Details here

Isaac de Heer has released his latest video “Streets of del Mino”. Details here

Timber and Steel favourite Johnny Flynn has released a gorgeous lyric video for his track “After Eliot”. Details here

– The new EP from Woody Pitney arrives on Monday but in the meantime we have a stream of his latest single “When You Go”. Details here

Whitley is heading out on a massive national tour this November. Details here

Interviews

“Liz Frencham starts her Joy Spring tour in Newtown this week and continues through September along the Eastern Coast and hinterland, stopping in at Newcastle, Canberra, Wollongong, Newtown, Glebe, Allambie Heights and Katoomba and then continues into Queensland with more dates to be announced”Liz Frencham chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Blog

“How can anyone recharge creatively if your only input is stepping out onto an arena stage every night and playing the same 12 songs over and over again?”Gareth Hugh Evans discusses why a hiatus is a good thing for Mumford & Sons. Blog here

Reviews

Recordings

“If I had to explain why Oh the Light hasn’t got the recognition it deserves, I’d say it was down to its unusual blend of flavours. At times, it’s reminiscent of the country rock and rich harmonies of the Eagles or America. But carefully as he wields it, Luke O’Connor’s blue-eyed soul singing cuts starkly against that. It’s too loud and glitzy to be soft rock, mixed wide and full, like Jeff Lynne’s version of the wall of sound. The songs have strong momentum, and are sometimes catchy like the best pop music. But they’re also quite long, and, perhaps, too self-consciously verbose for that label”JDX reviews the Steelbirds album Oh The Light. Review here

Releases This Week

Black Coffee
Black CoffeeLachlan Bryan and The Wildes
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Timber and Steel Presents

Arbori
Arbori
Friday 4th October – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Ashleigh Mannix
Friday 27th September – The Up Front Bar, Maleny, QLD
Saturday 28th September – The Valley Markets, Fortitude Valley, QLD
Saturday 28th September – The Loft, Chevron Island, Gold Coast, QLD

Calexico
Friday 27th September – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Saturday 28th September – Wave Rock Weekender, Hyden, WA

Jack Carty
Friday 27th September – Ya Ya’s, Perth, WA
Saturday 28th September – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Thursday 3rd October – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 4th October – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW

Jinja Safari
Friday 27th September – Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th September – Karova, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 3rd October – Adelaide Uni Bar, Adelaide, SA
Friday 4th October – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA

Liz Frencham
Friday 27th September – The Royal Exchange, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 28th September – Canberra Southern Cross Club, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 29th September – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 3rd October – Colbourne Ave, Glebe, NSW
Friday 4th October – Humph Hall, Nth Sydney, NSW

Loren Kate
Friday 27th September – Maleny Community Centre, Maleny, QLD
Saturday 28th September – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 28th September – Majestic Theatre, Pomona, QLD

Nigel Wearne
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Wallaby Creek Festival, Rossville, QLD
Thursday 3rd October – Bottlerocket Bar & Cafe, Nowra, NSW
Friday 4th October – Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah, ACT

Olivers Army
Friday 4th October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Potato Potato
Friday 4th October – Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick Heads, NSW

Rose Wintergreen with Rosie Catalano, Dan and Hannah Acfield
Friday 4th October – The Hideaway, Brisbane, QLD

Takadimi
Sunday 29th September – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Monday 30th September – The Front Gallery & Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 1st October – Temora Town Hall Theatre, Temora, NSW
Wednesday 2nd October – Batlow Garden Cafe, Batlow, NSW
Thursday 3rd October – The Mill Echuca, Echuca, VIC
Friday 4th October – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Lamplights and Buffalo Tales
Thursday 3rd October – Bangalow Bowls Club, Bangalow, NSW
Friday 4th October – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

The Paper Kites
Friday 27th September – The Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 28th September – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

The Stillsons
Friday 27th September – The Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD
Saturday 28th September – The Royal Mail, Goodna, QLD
Saturday 28th September – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 29th September – The Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 3rd October – The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 4th October – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

The Woohoo Revue
Friday 27th September – Nexus Arts Centre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 28th September – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

Xavier Rudd, Donavon Frankenreiter and Nahko and Medicine for the People
Saturday 28th September – Oceans Winery, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 29th September – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 3rd October – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 4th October – Big Top, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Sister” – Mumford and Sons

We were sad to hear the (not at all unexpected) news this week that Mumford and Sons would be taking a hiatus. So we thought we’d celebrate the band with one of our favourite non-album tracks, “Sister”.

Bear’s Den Announce Two More Headline Shows

Bear's Den
Image Courtesy of Bear’s Den

After being announced as the headline act for Communion Melbourne this October when they’re in the country to support Matt Corby’s national tour we thought we we done for Bear’s Den news for you this week. But apparently not, with the band announcing two more headline shows, one in Sydney and one in Brisbane.

Bear’s Den will be releasing their new EP Without/Within in Australia on the 1st November. The full list of dates, both headline and Matt Corby supports, are below:

Headline:
Saturday 12th October – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 20th October – Communion, The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Matt Corby Supports:
Wednesday 9th October – Wollongong University, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 10th October – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 11th October – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 15th October – Convention Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 17th October – City Hall, Hobart, TAS
Friday 18th October – Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 23rd October – GPAC Playhouse, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 24th October – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 27th October – Arts centre, Fremantle, WA

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