Thank Folk It’s Friday – 12th July

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The Gulgong Folk Festival has had the majority of its funding pulled for this year’s event so is appealing to folk fans via a crowd funding campaign. Details here

– Tonight marks the second of three Peace in the Pacific shows Fred Smith is putting on in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. Details here

– Also tonight is the July edition of MoFo in Sydney featuring Little Bighorn and Mimi Gilbert. Details here

– We announced that Timber and Steel will be presenting the upcoming Sea Elephant School single launch tour from Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers. Details here

Mumford and Sons revealed the new video to their track “Babel” ahead of their Splendour in the Grass show this month. Details here

Gosti also released her new video “Boy” which she’s officially launching in Melbourne next month. Details here

– Sydney alt-country quartet The Mountains gave us the exclusive first listen to their brand new track “Sun”. Details here

Ashleigh Mannix has revealed details of her new EP From The Mountains plus tour dates through August and September. Details here

Matt Corby revealed the track “Evangelist” from his Resolution EP which is released today. Details here

– Melbourne alt-country super-group Immigrant Union released their new single “Alison”. Details here

– Melbourne twin-brother duo The Pierce Brothers released their brand new video “Blind Boys Run”. Details here

– Sydney monthly alt-country night Country Roads has announced its July lineup including The Green Mohair Suits, Luke Escombe and the Corporation and The British Blues. Details here

Aoife O’Donovan has finally released the official video for her single “Red & White & Blue & Gold”. Details here

– English folk singer Lucy Ward released her new video “Icarus”. Details here

Interviews

“It was going to be Lawrence Greenwood for quite a while really until the eleventh hour. It was just like “ahh f**k, it just sounds like a Whitely album. I wouldn’t want to put it out as anything else”.” – Lawrence Greenwood from Whitley chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Castlecomer
Lone SurvivorCastlecomer
iTunes

Dan Parsons
Dan ParsonsDan Parsons
iTunes

Emily Barker
Deep RiverEmily Barker & The Red Clay Halo
Official Store

Gregory Alan Isakov
The WeathermanGregory Alan Isakov
iTunes

Matt Corby
ResolutionMatt Corby
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Buffalo Tales
Buffalo Tales
Friday 12th July – Mudgee Brewing Company, Mudgee, NSW
Sunday 14th July – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 19th July – The Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood, VIC

Official Site

Traveller and Fortune
Traveller & Fortune with Oliver’s Army, Colourwheel
Sunday 14th July – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Country Roads feat. The Green Mohair Suits, Luke Escombe and the Corporation, The British Blues
Thursday 18th July – The Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Folk Club feat. Little Bighorn, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Rainee Lyleson
Wednesday 17th July – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW

Fraser A Gorman w/ Mike Skinner (Mallee Songs)
Wenesday 17th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Fred Smith
Friday 12th July – Cat & Fiddle, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th July – The Playhouse, Canberra, ACT

Isaac Graham
Friday 19th July – Yours And Owls, Wollongong, NSW

MoFo feat. Little Bighorn, Mimi Gilbert
Friday 12h July – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Sam Brittain
Sunday 14th July – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Sweet Jean
Friday 12th July – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 13th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday, 18th July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 19th July – Singing Gallery, McLaren, SA

The Jed Rowe Band
Friday 12th July – The Gollan Hotel, Lismore, NSW
Sunday 14th July – The Channon Markets, The Channon, NSW

Thelma Plum
Saturday 13th July – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Whitley
Friday 12th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 13th July – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 18th July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 19th July – The Hi Fi, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Chemical Worker’s Song” – Great Big Sea

The struggle-of-the-worker genre of folk song is no where near as prevalent as it once was in our world of OH&S, high paid mining gigs and award wages. But there’s some great tracks out their still being recorded by contemporary artists like this version of “The Chemical Worker’s Song” by Ron Angel (also known at “Process Man”) performed here by Canadian folk-rockers Great Big Sea

Country Roads Sydney Announces July Lineup

Luke Escombe
Image Courtesy of Luke Escombe

Country Roads, Sydney’s awesome new monthly alt-country night curated by The Steamgrass Boys, have just announced their July lineup and it’s an absolute cracker. Headlined by bluegrass/alt-country stalwarts The Green Mohair Suits, who will be launching their new single “We’ll Surely Die”, the night will also feature the soulful groves of Luke Escombe and the Corporation (above) and indie-folk five piece The British Blues.

As always Country Roads will take place at The Oxford Arts Factory’s Gallery Bar with the July edition set for Thursday 18th July. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Country Roads Interview: Katie Wighton, All Our Exes Live In Texas

All Our Exes
Image Courtesy of All Our Exes Live In Texas

This Thursday will see a homecoming of sorts with Sydney all girl super-group All Our Exes Live In Texas headlining Country Roads at The Oxford Art Factory – the same regular night they debuted at earlier this year. Made up of acclaimed singer-songwriters Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney, All Our Exes Live In Texas have spent 2013 building a solid fan base and wowing the local alt-country scene. We managed to catch five minutes with one quarter of the band, singer/guitarist Katie Wighton, to chat about the band with the best name in Australia.

Gareth Hugh Evans: All Our Exes Live In Texas is a Sydney indie supergroup – how’d you guys get together in the first place? And why country music?

Katie Wighton: How did we get together? A bottle of wine, a couple of episodes of HBO’s Girls, an accordion solo and bam! The band was born! We all fell in love with country music at different moments in our lives but I think the main attraction was the potential for some sweet, sweet harmonies. The song titles get us too – my personal favourite is “I Don’t Know Whether to Kill Myself or Go Bowling.”

GHE: You do a lot of covers of country (and non-country) songs. How do All Our Exes Live In Texas choose the songs in your repertoire?

KW: Our first gig was quite frightening. Singing felt totally natural to all of us but instrumentally it was fairly confronting! George [Mooney] picked up her mando about a month before the gig and I’d only ever played guitar for about a minute, in my room, 10 years ago. So we decided to stick to songs we knew for that gig. Since then we’ve been writing a lot and so a good portion of our set now is made up of our originals. One of us will bring in a tune we’ve written or we think will suit us and then the four of us arrange it together. Our rehearsals are fairly productive – I’ve been named the benevolent dictator. But they do go well into the night and involve a lot of laughter, wine and episodes of whatever TV series we’re into at the time.

GHE: There seems to be a really vibrant country music scene in Sydney at the moment. I always ask this of country artists but why do you think this kind of music is appealing to audiences in Australia’s largest city?

KW: Oh me oh my, I have no idea! I mean it’s about time – the genre has been around for long enough. I think people always love a sing-a-long, all-in-together situation and country music practically begs for that. Loads of killer harmonies, sung to often hilarious lyrics and some real opportunities for daggy dancing. What’s not to love?!

GHE: One of your first gigs as a band (if not your first) was at the very first Country Roads night. How are you feeling about returning to the Country Roads stage in its new home at the Oxford Art Factory? What can the audience expect from your set?

KW: It was our first gig, yes! We are super excited about returning to the Country Roads stage. It was such a fun night last time I can only imagine it’ll be great this time too. As a band we have a really fun time and bliss out fairly hard when we sing together. Hopefully that’s what happens to the audience too!

GHE: I also hear a rumour that you’ve scored the July residency at Folk Club. That’s got to be pretty exciting?

KW: When Melinda [Kirwin, The Falls] asked us to do Folk Club in July we leapt at the chance. It’s such a great vibe down there and it has a reputation of hosting some seriously awesome artists. We’re also looking forward to a solid month of gigs. We’ve got some pretty exciting acts coming to play with us too!

GHE: Finally, do you have the best band name in Australia?

KW: I think it’s entirely possible! I have to admit, when the girls suggested it to me (I was in Brisbane at the time) I wrote a text back saying “I’m not sure … Got anything else?” I’m the first to admit I was so very wrong!

Catch All Our Exes Live In Texas at the Oxford Art Factory this Thursday for Country Roads – more info here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 14th June

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Paul Kelly has announced a mammoth national tour with dates all through July and August. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Grizzly Jim Lawrie is two weeks into his June residency at The Old Bar on Wednesday nights. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter John Flanagan is hitting the road with Begin Agains fiddle player Jane Patterson for a series of dates through NSW in July. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Matt Walters is about to head back into the studio but before he does he’s got three very special shows planned. Details here

Neko Case has revealed details of her new album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You including the first single “Man” featuring M. Ward. Details here

The Civil Wars have revealed the first single from their forthcoming self titled album, “The One That Got Away”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Fraser A Gorman has released his new video “Dark Eyes” and has a residency planned at The Spotted Mallard in July. Details here

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros have dusted off some awesome 80s break dancing footage for their new video “Better Days”. Details here

– Country Roads in Sydney have announced a really exciting June lineup – The Morrisons, The Rusty Spring Syncopators and All Our Exes Live in Texas. Details here

Timber and Steel are presenting the national tour for Mark Wilkinson this August and September. Details here

Isaac Graham is hitting the road in July and August to tour his upcoming album Glorious Momentum. Details here

– Folktronica six-piece Tunng have released their new video “The Village”. Details here

– Check out the new video from Castlecomer for “Forrest”. Details here

Interviews

“Country music and the melodies just really resonate to me” – Darren Cross from Jep and Dep chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Fossils
FossilsAoife O’Donovan
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Buffalo Tales
Buffalo Tales
Friday 21st June – The Bucket List, Sydney, NSW
The Bucket List

The Teskey Brothers
The Teskey Brothers with The Scrimshaw Four, Super Deluxe
Sunday 16th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC (afternoon)
Tickets on The Door

Captain Apples
Captain Apples with Pepperjack, Beloved Elk
Sunday 16th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC (evening)
Tickets on The Door

Gigs Next Week

Country Roads feat. The Morrisons, The Rusty Spring Syncopators, All Our Exes Live In Texas
Thursday 20th June – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Eleanor McEvoy
Saturday 15th June – The Polish Club, Hobart, TAS

Evan and the Brave
Friday 14th June – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Grizzly Jim Lawrie w/ Brave Face, Kashmere Club, Venice Music, New Gods DJs
Wednesday 19th June – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Imogen Clark
Sunday 16th June – The Toxteth Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Martha Wainwright
Friday 14th June – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 15th June – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC
Sunday 16th June – Memorial Hall, Leongatha VIC

Matt Walters
Thursday 20th June – The Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

MoFo feat. Karl Christoph, Jacky Wotton
Friday 14th – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage
Saturday 15th June – Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna, QLD
Saturday 15th June – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 16th June – Nimbin Hotel, Nimbin, NSW

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Saturday 15th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Texture Like Sun, Ella Hooper, Krista Polvere
Tuesday 18th June – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

The BordererS
Saturday 15th June – Wollongong City Diggers Club, Wollongong, NSW

The Stillsons
Friday 21st June – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Tigertown
Friday 14th June – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 15th June – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 20th June – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st June – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD

Wagons
Saturday 15th June – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“City of New Orleans” – Steve Goodman

This week the “Top Half Times” – the newsletter from the annual Top Half Folk Festival – found its way into my inbox and part of the content was a list of 10 essential folk songs. Among the usual Guthrie’s, Dylan’s and Seeger’s I came across “City of New Orleans” and just had to revisit. Good morning America, how are you?

Country Roads in Sydney Announces June Lineup

The Morrisons
Image Courtesy of The Morrisons

Country Roads, the monthly alt-country night at The Oxford Art Factory, has definitely cemented itself as a must-see event on the Sydney alt-country and folk calendar and June’s show is shaping up to be one of the best yet.

On Thursday 20th June three of the country’s best contemporary folk, bluegrass, roots, blues and country musicians take the stage including country-soul five-piece The Morrisons (above), junk-blues favourites The Rusty Spring Syncopators and all-girl country super-group All Our Exes Live In Texas.

The night kicks off at 8pm and entry is free. For more information check out the official Facebook invite here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 10th May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Gregory Alan Isakov has revealed plans to release a new album in July and is streaming its first single “Saint Valentine”. Details here

– Our “home” festival, The Top Half Folk Festival at Glen Helen near Alice Springs has announced Hugh McDonald (Redgum) as the headliner for 2013. Details here

– The first of the folk-orientated artists from the Splendour line up to announce side shows is Of Monsters And Men. Details here

– And next up on the Splendour sideshow front is UK trio Daughter with shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– The monthly Country Roads night in Sydney has revealed its May lineup and it’s looking pretty special – Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers, Lucky Luke & His Shooting Stars and Andy Golledge. Details here

Tigertown have announced plans for a national tour this June with The Starry Field in support. Details here

– Speaking of The Starry Field, Mark Myers is heading out on a stripped back solo tour this week. Details here

– More details have emerged about the upcoming self-titled album from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros including Australian release date, cover art and track listing. Details here

Mustered Courage have released their new video “Standing By Your Side” ahead of their album launch tonight. Details here

– The promised video for Arbori’s track “Polar Bear Swim” has debuted online – and it’s stunning. Details here

Blog

“Happy 3rd Birthday Timber and Steel!” – Blog here

Reviews

Track by Track

“I wrote “Reckless” when I was 18 or 19, it’s the oldest song on the record. Looking back I was in the midst of a transformation from my teenage self into my adult self and was struggling with some difficult emotions”Kathryn Rollins takes us through her EP Reckless. Track by Track here

“When I listen to the EP, it feels like this [Burn Away] is almost the turning point in the mood. It’s a very simple song but again we wanted to create a build up in sound and production, this time in a more gentle way”Patrick James takes us through his EP All About to Change. Track By Track here

Releases This Week

Heart of Nowhere
Heart Of NowhereNoah and the Whale
iTunes

Volume 3
Volume 3She & Him
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Sal Kimber
Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel with Dan Parsons
Sunday 12th May – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You and The Mountains
Friday 10th May – The Junkyard Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 11th May – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Sunday 12th May – The Bellevue Hotel, Tuncurry, NSW
Wednesday 15th May – STRO Armidale Uni, Armidale, NSW
Thursday 16th May – Dowse Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 17th May – Woody’s Surf Shack, Byron Bay, NSW

Beth Orton
Friday 10th May – St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 14th May – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 10th May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th May – Zierholz @ UC, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 12th May – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 16th May – Yarra Hotel Geelong, VIC
Friday 17th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Country Roads feat. Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers, Lucky Luke & His Shooting Stars, Andy Golledge
Thursday 16th May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke
Friday 10th May – Southside Tea Room, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 11th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

MoFo feat. Chris Gillespie and Nick Street
Friday 10th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage with The Nymphs
Friday 10th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th May – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW

The Starry Field (solo)
Wednesday 15th May – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 16th May – Dowse Bar, Paddington, QLD
Friday 17th May – Jet Black Cat Records, West End, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Diamantina Drover” – Hugh McDonald

We were pretty stoked to see that Redgum legend Hugh McDonald will be headlining the Top Half Folk Festival this year so we thought we’d share a version of probably his most famous song.

Interview: James Daley from The Steamgrass Boys and Country Roads

Steamgrass Boys
Image Courtesy of Bellyache Ben and The Steamgrass Boys

Over the last couple of years Bellyache Ben and the Steamgrass Boys have become somewhat of an institution in Sydney. Bringing bluegrass and old timey music to the fans, heading to a Steamgrass Boys show means you’re always guaranteed a night of amazing, real music. We sat down with James Daley, mando player, singer and multi-instrumentalist for the band, about their music and their upcoming regular night Country Roads at The Oxford Arts Factory.

Gareth Hugh Evans: The first obvious question is how you got into bluegrass/old timey music to begin with? You’re family is musical right?

James Daley: Yeah I come from a very musical background, my father is responsible for that. He is an amazing piano and accordion player, as well as being a great composer of jazz and art music. My brother, sister and I all have him to thank for the musical genes. Music was everywhere when I was growing up it was hard to escape at times. I got into folk music in high school through all the usual suspects, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell etc, and from there I started to explore the less commercial American folk music, The Carter Family, Uncle Dave Macon, Doc Watson, and just fell in love with that sound. I also inherited a Mandolin from our great Grandfather, also very musical, who was responsible for getting my Dad into music – he bought my Dad he’s first accordion when he was 8 years old. After getting hold of the Mandolin I began to research and learn the kind of the music it was commonly associated which ultimately led me to bluegrass and old timey, and from there I have never looked back.

GHE: What I love about The Steamgrass Boys is the Australian influence you put on music that is so typically American. While so many other Australian bluegrass bands take on faux-American themes and tales your songs are uniquely Australian. How important is injecting an Australian heart into this music for you?

JD: Well from a song writing perspective it’s the most important thing. I love the sound of American folk music, but I’m not American. All my experiences are as an Australian, so to write about anything else just wouldn’t do. I see all to often though Australian songwriters, perpetuating American clichés and avoiding writing about what’s on their doorstep. We have such rich culture and history here that is really worth looking at. As I said I love the sound of American music, so negotiating that with my own experiences to find a unique and contemporary Australian voice, is my main focus and my biggest challenge as a songwriter.

GHE: This kind of music is exploding at the moment with more and more players coming out of the woodwork every day, especially in Australia’s cities. What do you think it is about right now and this kind of music that seems to have captured the cultural zeitgeist?

JD: It’s hard to pin point these types of movements, especially when you are in the middle of them. Social trends are incredibly complex with so many factors at play. Perhaps when it has passed we will be able to understand it a bit better. There are definitely a few things that have had a big impact though. A little movie called O Brother Where Art Thou might have something to do with it. If you can get George Clooney to legitimize something you’re on the right track. I think the banjo has a bit to do with it as well. It seems to be popping up everywhere in all sorts of music. Whenever an instrument has a revival, the music that is commonly associated with it, in this case bluegrass and old-timey is never far behind. I think the fiddle will be the next one, there seems to be a shortage of good young fiddle players at the moment. Also folk revivals just happen all the time not just through music either, and we are in one at the moment, which is great. People get to a point where they want to reconnect with the past and feel like they are part of a shared cultural heritage, or they want to simplify things to try and create more “authentic” experiences. It happens in pop music and culture all the time, the low-fi simplicity of 90’s grunge in response to the excess and extravagance of 80’s glam rock.

GHE: Let’s talk about Country Roads, the regular night you’re kicking off at the Oxford Art Factory. The night started as a one off concert featuring some of Sydney’s best alt-country acts, right? What inspired you to make it a regular night?

JD: There are so many great young bands popping up all over Australia playing this kind of music, so I came up with the idea to put on a concert showcasing some of Sydney’s best. I never intended for it to be regular thing but Oxford Arts had approached me about the Steamgrass Boys doing a monthly residency there. After the success of the first Country Roads show at the Vangaurd, I thought, what a great opportunity to make it a regular event, firstly, to showcase all of these amazing young country bands, and secondly to put a big spotlight on the scene. I really hope it will take off and turn into something that really galvanizes the community. It’s also a great opportunity for bands to support each other and work together.

GHE: The first one kicks off on the 18th April and features yourselves, Mustered Courage from Melbourne and 200K. That’s a pretty impressive lineup – how did you feel when you locked down these guys?

JD: Yeah it’s going to be a killer show. Those guys are all good friends of mine and they put their hands up straight away to be involved. I was always sure it was going to be a strong line up as there are just so many great bands floating around. I am really looking forward to seeing 200k, I have seen Johnny with Little Bastard and Matty with Fanny Lumsden, but not together, there is always something special about a brother duo. I’ve spent a bit of time with Mustered Courage, they are the real deal, amazing players and singers and the ultimate professionals, so great to have them on board. Comedian Luke Escombe will also be there on the night as the MC. He is a great person to have involved, ridiculously clever and very funny. Having the MC makes the show unique and more than just a gig. It almost gives it a grand Ole Opry feeling.

GHE: The bluegrass and old timey community seems pretty tight knit. How has the response been to the announcement of Country Roads? Have many of the local and national bands put there hands up to perform at upcoming nights?

JD: Yeah it is. One of the great things about playing this kind of music is the community you get to belong to. You meet so many great people and musicians. With bluegrass especially, there is this shared language among the musicians. You could be in an amazing bluegrass jam with people who you don’t even know their names and you are communicating in a very sincere and sophisticated way. It’s really special and I love that! I think you were there at Gulgong, when we were jamming with Mustered Courage and a few others from the festival. That was the perfect example – amazing! The response to putting the show together has been really positive. As I said Mustered Courage and 200k put their hands up straight away, and we have already locked in Fanny Lumsden and the Thrillseekers, The Green Mohair Suits, Lucky Luke and the Shooting Stars, Andy Golledge, The Morrisons, and British Blues for the upcoming months. I have also been in conversation with the people from Jamgrass in Melbourne about doing a joint event just prior to this years Jamgrass festival in October to help promote the festival to Sdyney siders. I think the idea at this stage is to have a small 1-day festival with about 7 or 8 bands, some Melbourne, some Sydney as ‘Country Roads presents The Road To Jamgrass 2013’. That sounds like a pretty good day out to me! So all the musicians are on board, now we just have to convince the punters.

GHE: What’s next for the Steamgrass Boys? Surely there’s an album on the way soon?

We have a few festivals coming up, a tour planned for later in the year, and obviously I’ll be running the Country Roads shows each month. There has been an album on the way for about 2 years. The songs are all there, we just need to raise the funds and assemble the right people. One thing I really don’t want to do is rush it, I am content to wait for the right time so we can produce the best album possible. Though sooner rather than later would be good.

Country Roads featuring Bellyache Ben and the Steamgrass Boys will take place at The Oxford Art Factory on the Thursday 18th April. Tickets here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 15th March

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The week kicked off with a bang with the announcement of a brand new Laura Marling album in May, titled Once I Was An Eagle, with the first single “Where Can I Go?” already streaming online. Details here

– Monthly Sydney folk night MoFo has announced its March lineup including The Underscore Orkestra, The Rusty Spring Syncopators and Godfrey Uke and his Orchestra. Details here

Mumford and Sons revealed their brand new video “Whispers in the Dark”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Sleepy Dreamers will be officially launching their brand new EP Winter Make Way at The Workers Club in April. Details here

– US folk duo The Milk Carton Kids released their latest video “Honey, Honey”. Details here

Crooked Still front-woman Aoife O’Donovan has confirmed plans to release her debut solo album Fossils this June. Details here

– UK trio The Staves released their brand new video “Facing West”. Details here

Jep and Dep celebrated the release of their new EP Through The Night with a brand new video for the track “Ain’t Coming Back”. Details here

– For the first time since 2011 the full lineup of alt-country legends Wagons will be playing at two special shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– The new project from ex-Middle East member Mark Myers, The Starry Field, has a debut album on the way and a national tour. Details here

The Steamgrass Boys are taking their Country Roads night in Sydney Monthly. The April lineup also includes Mustered Courage and 200k plus the MCing skills of Luke Escombe. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Tim Guy has announced a brand new album (Dreaming of a Night Mango), a new video (“Many People I Know”) and dates for an April tour. Details here

The Tiger and Me finally released their brand new video for “Made it to the Harbour”. Details here

– New and classic folk collide with Joanna Newsom covering Sandy Denny’s “The North Star Grassman and the Ravens”. Details here

Interviews

“Basement Birds, you know we were just trying to make a rootsy sounding kind of folk record, you know, making four part harmonies. With Jebediah’s last record we were, you know, we had so many years between records we were really trying to recreate ourselves a bit. Do a really adventurous, for us anyway, studio album that wasn’t about trying to capture our live sound. With this Bob Evans record, I was really just trying to start all over again” – Kevin Mitchell (AKA Bob Evans) chats to Janine Estoesta. Interview here

“At the Cobargo Folk Festival in February, Kim Churchill was the recipient of my vicarious joy at this news, and we spontaneously had a chat, leaning on someone’s trailer, outside a venue, out in the open — which was a bit of a mistake because as I now know: don’t try to do these things in a flukey, swirling breeze”Kim Churchill chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“At Canberra’s One Very Big Day this week to celebrate the city’s centenary, Fun Machine played to a heaving, sweaty mess of young and old beautiful people, as the last of the fireworks fell away (some into the crowd, allegedly!) as they put a fairly massive stamp on their cross-genre and cross-market universal appeal”Fun Machine chat to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Blog

“It’s the National Folk Festival. Arrayed in a slightly different configuration this year, with some changes, tweaks and sundry twists and turns. If you were sat at home thinking, aw, might give it a miss this year, my suggestion would be this: Don’t” – Bill Quinn reminds us it’s just two weeks until The National Folk Festival. Blog here

Reviews

Recordings

“There is a precision in the way these sounds are arranged which could only have been crafted. All the elements are carefully mixed to create a unique and fascinating texture, which surprises at every listen. It’s the kind of sound you’d expect from a dozen musicians in a world-class studio” – JDX reviews The Wolves by Brighter Later. Review here

Releases This Week

Bob Evans
Familiar StrangerBob Evans
iTunes

The Stand In
The Stand-InCaitlin Rose

Deep and Down These Walls
Deep and Down These WallsDave Di Marco
iTunes

Mala
MalaDevendra Banhart
iTunes

Through the Night
Through The NightJep and Dep
Bandcamp

Rosie
RosieThelma Plum
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Kaurna Cronin
Kaurna Cronin with Ben Whiting and Hamish Anderson
Sunday 17th March – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions feat. Sally Balfour, Katie Harder & Dom Costello, Damien Armstrong and Scotty Balfour and the Diddly e’ Dees
Sunday 17th March – Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, Alice Springs, NT

Blue Mountains Music Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Katoomba, NSW

Bobby Alu
Friday 15th March – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Saturday 16th March – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 17th March – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA

Breaking Hart Benton
Friday 15th March – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW (with Sarah Humphreys)
Saturday 16th March – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 20th March – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd March – The Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Brett Winterford
Friday 15th March – Mars Hill Cafe, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 21st March – The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA

Cordial Factory with Bexley De Lion and Al Parkinson
Saturday 16th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Damien Dempsey
Friday 15th March – The Bakery, Northbridge, WA
Saturday 16th March – The HI FI, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 17th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Dave Di Marco
Friday 15th March – The Espy, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th March – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 21st March – Cafe Le Monde, Noosa, QLD
Friday 22nd March – The Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Don’t Mention The Wall
15th to 16th March – Beechworth, Vic
Friday 22nd March – Springwood, NSW (house concert)

Eli Wolfe
Friday 22nd March – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW

Frogfest feat. The Barons of Tang, Takadimi, GrandMasterMonk and Dave Bova Band: Divina Commedia
Friday 15th March – Red Rattler Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Glen Hansard and The Frames with Lisa Hannigan
Wednesday 20th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 21st March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Jack Carty and Jordan Millar
Friday 22nd March – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Jep&Dep
Sunday 17th March – The Green Room, Sydney, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 15th March – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC w/ Ruthie Foster
Saturday 16th March – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Sunday 17th March – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC, w/ Ruthie Foster
Thursday 21st March – The Factory, Sydney, NSW w/ Ruthie Foster
Friday 22nd to Saturday 23rd March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC

Luka Bloom
Saturday 16th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Monday 18th March – Tilley’s, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 19th March – Tilley’s, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 20th March – Tilley’s, Canberra, ACT
Friday 22nd March – Wrest Point Showroom, Hobart, TAS

MoFo feat. The Underscore Orkestra and Chaika
Friday 22nd March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Friday 15th March – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th March – The Hill Winery, Geelong, VIC

Nicola Hayes and Hélène Brunet
Friday 15th March – The Spotted Mallard, Brunswick Music Festival, VIC

Passenger
Thursday 21st March – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Patrick James
Friday 15th March – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 16th March – The Waiting Room, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 21st March – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC

Paul Brady
Friday 15th March – Celtic Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 17th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 21st March – Guthrie’s, Adelaide, SA
Friday 22nd March – The Fly By Night, Perth, WA

Sally Seltmann
Wednesday 20th March – The Famous Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 21st March – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Seth Lakeman
Saturday 16th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, VIC
Saturday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, VIC
Wednesday 20th March – Notes, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 21st March – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 22nd March – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

The Tiger and Me
Friday 15th March – Elsternwick Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 21st March – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 22nd March – The Brisbane Markets, Brisbane, QLD

The Underscore Orkestra
Friday 15th March – The Upfront Club, Maleny, Qld

Two Crows
Thursday 21st March – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 22nd March – Australian Celtic Studies Centre, Newcastle, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Sonny” – Mary Black, Emmylou Harris and Dolores Keane

My Mum’s birthday happens to fall on St. Patrick’s Day (this Sunday) which has its pros and cons – the pro being there’s always a party with loads of music and dancing, the con being that mum is rarely the focus of those celebrations. For her birthday I thought I’d dedicate the track “Sonny” as a FFF to her – a song I know she loves. And the fact that this version features two of Irelands greatest singers, Mary Black and Dolores Keane, is a little nod to the other celebration that’s happening this weekend (despite the fact it was written by a Canadian). Happy Birthday Mum!

Country Roads Goes Monthly at The Oxford Art Factory in Sydney

Steamgrass Boys
Image Courtesy of The Steamgrass Boys

After a massive, sell-out night at The Vanguard last month Sydney’s Steamgrass Boys are taking their Country Roads night monthly. The shows will now take place at the Oxford Art Factory and will feature the best in folk, bluegrass, Americana and alt-country from around the country.

The first of the regular Country Roads nights is set to take place on Thursday 18th April. Along with The Steamgrass Boys the night will feature Melbourne Bluegrass legends Mustered Courage and local folkers 200K (brothers Johnny and Matty Took of Little Bastard fame). As with the original Country Roads the night will be MC’d by musician, comedian, pimp, and “Sydney’s sexiest man voice” Luke Escombe. Tickets are $10 and can be picked up here.

For more information on the first of these regular nights check out the official Facebook event here. And make sure you get your hands on tickets soon as the last show sold out well before the night.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Timber and Steel are proud to be presenting the upcoming tour from Melbourne trio Little Wise. Details here

Anaïs Mitchell and collaborator Jefferson Hamer will be releasing an album of traditional ballads taken from the Francis James Child collection, due this March. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Sam Buckingham shot the video for her track “Let’s Go Home” on a phone while she was at the Peats Ridge Festival over new year. Details here

– Adelaide singer-songwriter Kaurna Cronin has revealed a brand new track, “Run Boy”, via a video shot live in the secret underground tunnels under Victoria Square. Details here

– Aussie-Swedish folk duo Nick and Liesl have announced plans to release a brand new EP, Friend and Lover, and have a bunch of East Coast tour dates through February and March. Details here

Matt Walters continues the trend of indie-folk videos of the artist walking through the woods with his latest single “I Would Die For You”. Details here

– The 2013 Port Fairy Folk Festival has added a bunch more artists including Xavier Rudd, Mustered Courage and The Stillsons. Details here

– Intimate Sydney venue The Newsagency is presenting a very special songwriting workshop in February featuring Sarah Humphreys, Jack Carty and Alison Avron. Details here

– On the 1st February Country Roads hits the Vanguard in Sydney for a night of folk, country and bluegrass featuring Bellyache Ben and the Steamgrass Boys, The Green Mohair Suits, The River and the Road and All Our Exes Live In Texas. Details here

Luka Bloom will be touring the country in March after already being confirmed for the Blue Mountains Music Festival and Bluesfest. Details here

– The Northern Beaches Music Festival will be holding a pop-up fundraiser this Sunday in Sydney featuring RAPT trio feat. Ben Palumbo, Spasm Band, Renny Field and Ryan Collings. Details here

Crooked Still banjo player Greg Liszt also plays with experimental jam-folk five piece The Deadly Gentlemen who have just released their new single – a cover of Vampire Weekend’s “The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance”. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk quartet Tin Sparrow have released their first ever official music video, the zombie film inspire “The Beast”. Details here

The Lumineers treated us to a live video covering Bob Dylan’s classic “Boots of Spanish Leather”. Details here

– The Cobargo Folk Festival has a pretty exciting lineup this year including David Ross Macdonald, Don’t Mention The Wall, Kim Churchill, Martin Pearson, Modhan, The Bon Scotts, The Perch Creek Family Jug Band (above), Vin Garbutt and many many more. Details here

– Nashville based singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose has released another track from her forthcoming album The Stand-In titled “I Was Cruel”. Details here

Interviews

“I’ve been playing music my whole life. I really started taking it serious a few years ago. I put out an album called False Alarm. I had a lot of success with that; had it featured in a big show that was all over the world, and went to number one iTunes”Andy Brown chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“The festival! Wonderful! We’ve got our program up, and we’re just doing our last scheduling with the last few volunteers, trying to fill in a few gaps. But looking absolutely fantastic. I’ve got a taste of a few of the artists at Woodford Folk Festival when I was there — it’s looking absolutely magnificent.”Illawarra Folk Festival Artistic Director David de Santi chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Spotlight On

Melody Pool

Melody Pool

“Hailing from the Hunter Valley in NSW Melody Pool’s music is equal parts country and folk and she has one of those voices you just want to listen to for hours. My first reaction to Pool’s music was how strongly it resembled that of Laura Marling (a fact not lost on the reviewers on her Unearthed Page) but upon listening to her Awake, You’re All Around Me EP more closely it’s clear that she is more than a Marling clone weaving elements of country and indie music throughout her songs”Spotlight on Melody Pool here

Releases This Week

Dropkick Murphys
Signed and Sealed in BloodDropkick Murphys
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Gigs Next Week

Davidson Brothers and Mustered Courage
Friday 11th January – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Don’t Mention The Wall
Thursday 17th January – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
18th to 20th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

East Coast Canadian Showcase feat. Andy Brown, Dave Gunning
Friday 11th January – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Illawarra Folk Festival
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th Januray – Bulli, NSW

Kim Churchill
Friday 11th January – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 12th January – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th January – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA

Lachlan Bryan
Wednesday 16th January – The Retreat Hotel, Melbounre, VIC

Lianne La Havas
Friday 18th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

Northern Beaches Music Festival Pop-Up Fundraiser feat. RAPT Trio feat. Ben Palumbo, Spasm Band, Renny Field and Ryan Collings
Saturday 12th January – William Street Studios, Sydney, NSW

Sam Buckingham
Friday 11th January – Moree Plains Gallery, Moree, NSW

Sharon Shannon
Friday 11th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

The April Maze
Saturday 12th January – The Glass Onion Society, Longjety, NSW

The Mouldy Lovers
Friday 11th January – Notes Live, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th January – Phoenix Bar, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 13th January – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th January – Bon Amici’s, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 18th January – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Tin Sparrow
Friday 11th January – Front Gallery Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 12th January – Yours and Owls, Wollongong, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“No Gods (and Precious Few Heroes)” – Dick Gaughan

This week’s FFF is dedicated to sometime Timber and Steel contributor MackaJay who was obsessed with this song for some time. Originally written by Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), I’ve chosen Dick Gaughan’s version for the man’s amazing voice (and the fact it was featured on the very first podcast from The Mike Harding Folk Show).

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