Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne folkies The Mae Trio released their new single, an acoustic cover of Lorde’s “Buzzcut Season”. Details here

– Next week’s Bluegrass @ Yulli’s in Sydney will feature a performance from The Tawny Owl Stringband. Details here

Jinja Safari released their new single “Accident”. Details here

– Before they call it a day Bellowhead will be releasing a greatest hits album. Details here

Loren Kate announced details of her new EP, single and national tour. Details here

Damien Rice released his new video “Hypnosis” from the Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet soundtrack. Details here

– The artist previously known as Major Chord has revealed his new project Dan Flynn and The State of Things plus plans for a new album in October. Details here

– Folk-roots duo Pierce Brothers have announced a new EP Into The Dirt. Details here

– The 2015 lineup for The Fleurieu Folk Festival was announced featuring Beccy Cole, Senor Cabrales, Appalachian Heaven String Band, Liz Stringer, The Timbers, The BordererS, Danny Spooner, Charm of Finches, Josh Rennie-Hynes, Kaurna Cronin, Tom West, Scott Balfour and many more. Details here

Passenger released his new video “The Long Road”. Details here

Gurrumul and Paul Kelly have come together for a stunning version of “Amazing Grace”. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Tim Guy released his new video “Footsteps”. Details here

– Cosmic country band Lost Ragas announced a tour through October. Details here

Releases This Week

Beirut
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Falls

Falls

Timber and Steel favourites Falls return to their home town of Sydney after 18 months in the USA to play three very special and intimate shows at the Hotel Hollywood. The Hollywood is where it all began for Falls all those years ago so seeing them back in there will be something special.

Tuesday 15th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW *SOLD OUT*
Thursday 17th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW *SOLD OUT*

Gigs Next Week

Aldous Harding
Friday 11th September – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Ash Grunwald
Friday 11th September – Divers Tavern, Broome, WA
Saturday 12th September – The Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Sunday 13th September – Mojos Bar, Nth Fremantle, WA

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. The Tawny Owl Stringband
Wednesday 16th September – Upstairs at Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Bony Mountain Folk Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September – Bony Mountain, QLD

Dustin Tebbutt w/ Jesse Davidson, Caitlin Park
Friday 18th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars
Friday 11th September – Helm Bar, Mooloolabah, QLD
Friday 18th September – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW

Falls
Tuesday 15th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 17th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW

Guildford Banjo Jamboree
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September – Guildford, VIC

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 11th September – Trinity, Adelaide, SA

Joan Baez
Thursday 17th September – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT

John Blake w/ Ben Stephenson
Tuesday 15th September – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan and Liz Frencham
Friday 11th September – Courthouse Cultural Centre, Auburn SA
Saturday 12th September – Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Thursday 17th September – House Concert, Healesville, VIC
Friday 18th September – Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, Maleny, QLD

Little May
Friday 18th September – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Live ‘n’ Lounging feat. The Bollands, The Campervan Dancers, Kay Proudlove, Huckleberry Hastings
Sunday 13th September – Macarthur, Sydney, NSW

Neurum Creek Music Festival
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September – Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, QLD

Perch Creek
Friday 11th September – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th September – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

The Mae Trio
Friday 11th September – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 13th September – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 17th September – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 18th September – 63 First Avenue, Sawtell, NSW

The Snowdroppers
Friday 11th September – Helm Bar, Mooloolaba, QLD

The Waifs
Saturday 12th September – Esperance Civic Centre, Esperance, WA
Sunday 13th September – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Tuesday 15th September – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Wednesday 16th September – Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton, WA
Thursday 17th September – Carnarvon Civic Centre, Carnavon, WA

Turning Wave Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September – Yass, NSW

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Friday 11th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th September – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 13th September – Country Club, Launceston, TAS
Tuesday 15th September – The Capitol, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 17th September – Kay St Saloon, Traralgon, VIC
Friday 18th September – Costa Hall, Geelong, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Flax in Bloom/The Wind That Shakes The Barley” – Tommy Peoples and Liam O’Flynn

I felt this Friday called for trad. You’re welcome.

Watch the New Damien Rice Video “Hypnosis” from the Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet Soundtrack

Damien Rice
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The new feature film Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet has been getting a lot attention recently, not just because of the stunning annimation and all-star cast but also for the soundtrack which features tracks from Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan & Glen Hansard and The Goat Rodeo Sessions collaborators Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer.

Last week the lead single, Damien Rice’s “Hypnosis”, was revealed with its stunning animated video – check it out below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 31st October

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Sarah Humphreys released “Take Your Time”, the first single from her forthcoming album New Moon as well as tour dates in November and December. Details on the single here and album here

The Port Fairy Folk Festival revealed their second round of artists for 2015 including Davidson Brothers, Shane Howard, Wagons, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Lucy Wise Trio, Steve Smyth, The Company, Tracey McNeil & The Goodlife, Trouble in the Kitchen and many more. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Brendon Moon has released his new video “Augustine”. Details here

– Melbourne’s The Tiger & Me have released their brand new single “Call Me On Your Own” and a couple of launch shows in November. Details here

– Adelaide folk singer Kaurna Cronin has released his new video “Fearless”. Details here

– The Sydney Festival announced its 2015 program and we’ve picked our favourite folk acts. Details here

– Get a peak into what Jack Carty gets up to on tour with this new video “What Am I Gonna Do With All Of My Love Now?”. Details here

WOMADelaide has added a bunch more artists to its 2015 lineup including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robyn Hitchcock with Emma Swift, First Aid Kit, Gruff Rhys, Sinead O’Connor (above), Timberwolf, Sharon Van Etten and many many more. Details here

The Davidson Brothers have announced a November residency and a one of show with US bluegrassers Special Consensus. Details here

– Adelaide singer-songwriter Thom Lion and the Tamers released his new single “Fruition”. Details here

First Aid Kit released the video for their track “Stay Gold” and announced a 2015 Australian tour. Details here

– This January will see the release of Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis, a double live album with tracks from the likes of Punch Brothers, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings Machine, The Milk Carton Kids, Secret Sisters, Lake Street Dive, Elvis Costello, Oscar Isaac, Conor Oberst, Colin Meloy, Joan Baez, The Avett Brothers, Jack White, Marcus Mumford and more. Details here

Conor Oberst has announced an Australian tour next year with The Felice Brothers in support. Details here

– The third lineup announcement from Bluesfest is pretty light on the folk. Details here

Damien Rice has just released the video for his new track “I Don’t Want To Change You”. Details here

Jordan Millar released his new video “Advice From Beyonce”. Details here

– The Nannup Music Festival announced its 2015 lineup including Marlon Williams, Darren Hanlon, Fanny Lumsden, Al Parkinson, Stray Hens, Ruby Boots, Husband, Fred Smith and Liz Frencham, Colin Lillie, Melody Pool, Daniel Champagne, The Pierce Brothers, Jacinta Price and many many more. Details here

– UK duo Paper Aeroplanes released their new single “Guessing Game”. Details here

– NSW bluegrass band The Mid-North released their new video “Carry Me Home”. Details here

Hat Fitz and Cara will be kicking off a national tour this week. Details here

Marlon Williams has announced full band headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne along with a bunch of festival dates. Details here

– The latest track from The New Basement Tapes, “Liberty Street” was released. Details here

– The legendary Richard Thompson has announced headline shows when he’s in Australia next year. Details here

– The Gaelic Club in Sydney is relaunching after a a facelift with an Upstairs and Underground gig featuring Bears with Guns, Liam Gale & the Ponytails and Aether Beach. Details here

Daniel Lee Kendall released his new single “Emptiness”. Details here

Releases This Week

Lisa O'Neill
Same Cloth Or NotLisa O’Neill
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The Eastern
The TerritoryThe Eastern
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The Once
DeparturesThe Once
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JamGrass Music Festival

Jamgrass

Every year Jamgrass delivers one of the best weekends of contempory bluegrass, folk and jam music in the country and this weekend is no different. With a lineup that boasts the likes of Mustered Courage, The Perch Creek Family Jugband, Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel, The Morrisons, The Seals, One Up, Two Down, Marlon Williams, Sweet Jean, James Kenyon and many many more you know you’re going to have a pluckin’ good time. The festival kicks off tonight and goes right through the weekend – if you’re in Melbourne make sure you check it out!

Friday 31st October to Sunday 2nd November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Bearded Gypsy Band
Saturday 1st November – Nexus, Adelaide, SA
Friday 7th November – The Factory, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 31st October – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 1st November – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Sunday 2nd November – The Fig, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 7th November – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 31st October – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 1st November – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 2nd November – The B-East, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 31st October – The Crown and Sceptre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 1st November – Grottofest, Marburg, QLD
Saturday 1st November – The Factory, Maroocydore, QLD
Thursday 6th November – The North Shore Tavern, Perth, WA
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th November – The Blues at Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown, WA

Festival of Small Halls feat. Andy Brown, The Mae Trio
Friday 31st October – Isisford, QLD
Saturday 1st November – Winton, QLD
Sunday 2nd November – Barcaldine, QLD
Friday 7th November – Cunnamulla, QLD

Folklore
Friday 31st October – The Merton Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Saturday 1st November – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC
Friday 7th November – Church of Trinity, Adelaide, SA

Hat Fitz and Cara
Thursday 6th November – SOL Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 7th November – The J, Noosa Junction, QLD

Husky
Friday 7th November – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Jack Carty
Saturday 1st November – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 2nd November – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 6th Novmeber – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA
Friday 7th November – Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA

JamGrass Music Festival
Friday 31st October to Sunday 2nd November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Jep and Dep
Friday 31st October – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 1st November – Jet Black Cat Music, Brisbane, QLD

Katie Noonan, Angie Hart, Melody Pool, Sam Buckingham
Friday 7th November – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Lanie Lane
Friday 31st October – Anita’s, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 7th November – The Bakery, Perth, WA

Little May
Thursday 6th November – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA (Supporting Rodriguez)
Friday 7th November – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA (Supporting Rodriguez)

Liz Stringer
Friday 31st October – Basement Discs In Store, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 31st October – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 1st November – The Song Room, Barossa Valley, SA
Sunday 2nd November – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 7th November – Darwin Railway Club, Parap, NT

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 31st October – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 1st November – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 2nd November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 7th November – The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD

One Up, Two Down and Dan Parsons
Friday 31st October – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd November – JamGrass Music Fest, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 6th November – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 7th November – House Show, Mildura, VIC

Sam Newton
Friday 31st October – Roundabout Inn, Gloucester, NSW
Saturday 1st November – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Sunday 2nd November – The Heritage Hotel, Gladstone, NSW
Friday 7th November – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 31st October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 2nd November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

The Acfields
Friday 31st October – Rainbow Beach Hotel, Rainbow Beach, QLD

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 31st October – Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Thursday 6th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 7th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Porch Sessions feat. Winterbourne and Special Guests
Sunday 2nd November – House Concert, Adelaide, SA

The Stetson Family
Sunday 2nd November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Tiger & Me
Friday 7th November – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

Wagons
Monday 3rd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 6th November – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Twa Corbies” – Steeleye Span

We thought we’d choose a nice creepy folk song for your All Hallows’ Eve. Happy Samhain one and all!

Watch the New Damien Rice Video “I Don’t Want To Change You”

Damien Rice
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If you’ve been listening to the new Damien Rice single “I Don’t Want To Change You” you’ll be happy to know it now has a brand new video. The track is taken from Rice’s upcoming album My Favourite Faded Fantasy which is due for release next week on the 7th November. Check out the video below:

Listen to the New Damien Rice Single “I Don’t Want To Change You”

Damien Rice
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The highly anticipated new Damien Rice album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, is due for release on the 7th November this year. The first official single from the album is “I Don’t Want To Change You” and it’s already streaming on line.

Take a listen to “I Don’t Want To Change You” below and tell us what you think:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 12th September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Green Mohair Suits have announced an east coast tour in support of their new album Wooden Duck. Details here

– Sydney quartet All Our Exes Live In Texas have released their new single “Tell Me”. Details here

– To support his new album Daniel Lee Kendall has announced an east coast tour this November. Details here

MountainGrass announced their 2014 lineup including Special Consensus, The Flying Emus, Lonesome Still, String Theories, Little Rabbit, The Davidson Bros, Pipi Pickers, Old South, Coolgrass, Bluegrass Parkway, Appalachian Heaven, Karen Lynne, The Company, Fat Cousin Skinny, Flying Engine Stringband, Pete Denahy, One Up, Two Down, Chris Henry & the Hard Core Grass, Harman and Hellens, Banjo Boys and more. Details here

– Roots troubadour Steve Smyth has just kicked off a truly massive national tour from now until December. Details here

Damien Rice has announced plans to release his first album in eight years. Details here

Dallas Green (City and Colour) and Pink have been secretly recording as brand new folk duo You+Me, and it’s sounding pretty good! Details here

– Sydney’s Liam Gale & the Ponytails released their new single “Self Righteous Blues”. Details here

Reviews

Recordings

“Interestingly, the songs I most enjoyed on the album are those that break it from the steadiness of its groove. Live Simply delves less deeply into blues than his debut, but its single foray delivers the goods in the form of “Rats” – the dirtiest song on the record”Thom Owen Miles reviews the new Sam Brittain album Live Simply. Read the review here

Releases This Week

Dabiel Lee Kendall
Daniel Lee Kendall Is DeadDaniel Lee Kendall
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Ryan Adams
Ryan AdamsRyan Adams
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Ari & Mia with Lucy Wise Trio

Ari and Mia

Boston duo Ari & Mia will join local favourites the Lucy Wise Trio for their east coast tour of Australia this week and their shows are not to be missed.

Monday 15th September – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 16th September – Smiths Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 17th September – Mechanics Institute Hall, Moruya, NSW
Thursday 18th September – House Concert, Araluen, NSW
Friday 19th September – Mofo at The Crate, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 12th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 13th September – Llewellyn Hall, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 14th September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 15th September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 17th September – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 18th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 19th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Ari & Mia with Lucy Wise Trio
Monday 15th September – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 16th September – Smiths Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 17th September – Mechanics Institute Hall, Moruya, NSW
Thursday 18th September – House Concert, Araluen, NSW
Friday 19th September – Mofo at The Crate, Sydney, NSW

Bare Bones feat. Limbo, Little Lord St Band, Husband
Saturday 13th September – The Swan Basement, Perth, WA

Boy & Bear
Friday 12th September – The Arts Centre, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 13th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Casey Driessen
Wednesday 17th September – Melbourne Folk Club, Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 18th September – Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 19th September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Castlecomer
Friday 12th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Cat Canteri
Friday 19th September – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC

Green Mohair Suits
Friday 19th September – South Side Tea Room, Brisbane, QLD

Jep and Dep
Friday 12th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Katie Noonan w/ Jack Carty
Friday 12th September – Bangalow Bowlo, Banaglow, NSW
Saturday 13th September – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 14th September – Pier One @ Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW

MoFo feat. Laura and Susie, Golden Whistler
Friday 12th September – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

MoFo at the Crate feat. Ari & Mia, Lucy Wise Trio
Friday 19th September – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW

Olivers Army
Friday 12th September – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 12th September – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 13th September – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 18th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Sahara Beck
Saturday 13th September – The Originals Music Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 14th September – The Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Wednesday 17th September – Sunshine Coast University, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Spookyland
Friday 12th September – Boney, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 19th September – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 12th September – The Pier, Pt. Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 13th September – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 14th September – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 18th September – The Front Gallery & Café, Canberra, ACT
Friday 19th September – Howlin Wolf, Wollongong, NSW

The Living Room feat. Laura Zarb, Brother Jimmy, The Morrisons
Sunday 14th September – Lewisham Hotel, Sydney

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 12th September – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 19th September – Mitchell Creek Rock and Blues Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

The Timbers
Friday 12th September – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 14th September – Queen St Mall, Brisbane, QLD

Todd Sibbin and The Acadian Driftwood
Saturday 13th September – Secret Rooftop Party, Adelaide, SA

Tom West
Saturday 13th September – Secret Party, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Florida Rain” – Matt Bauer

Damien Rice Announces New Album

Damien Rice
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After eight years away from the spotlight the incomparable Damien Rice has announced plans to release a brand new album this year. Titled My Favourite Faded Fantasy, the album was produced by Rick Rubin and is due for release on the 3rd November.

My Favourite Faded Fantasy is Rice’s first album since the critically acclaimed O so the anticipation behind the release is palpable. To get a taster of what we can expect from My Favourite Faded Fantasy check out the teaser video below:

St Patrick’s Day Playlist: Contemporary Irish Folk

Irish Instruments

It’s St Patrick’s Day again and like good folkies we’re celebrating with a few pints of the black stuff and more jigs and reels than you can poke a bodhrán at. And of course St Patrick’s day means our traditional St Patrick’s playlist. This year we’ve taken the playlist “in house” (after a couple of years of guest writers) to bring you some of our favourite contemporary Irish singer-songwriters, bands and artists. Enjoy your day and enjoy the music!

“Knots” – Lisa Hannigan
I first heard Lisa Hannigan’s gorgeous voice about 10 years ago when she performed a cover of Pink’s “Get The Party Started” with Damien Rice on Irish radio. She’s since carved an impressive career for herself and makes some of the best videos in the business, including this one for “Knots”

“Cannonball” – Damien Rice
No list of contemporary Irish singer-songwriters would be complete without Mr Damien Rice. His songs have graced Hollywood films, been covered on numerous TV “talent” shows and always garner a reaction when they make their way onto Timber and Steel – and this is one of our favourites

“Blue Shoes (Broga Gorma)” – Colm Mac Con Iomaire
I went and saw Colm Mac Con Iomaire at The Sydney Festival a couple of years ago on the strength of the fact that he’s the fiddle player for The Frames and was taken aback at just how amazing a solo artist he is. Utilising looping pedals and a combination of voice and fiddle Colm Mac Con Iomaire is redefining traditional and contemporary folk music – beautiful stuff.

“Bustin Outta Here” – Damien Dempsey
The “other” Irish singer-songwriter called Damien, Dempsey has been a fan favourite in his native Dublin for years now and is just starting to make a name for himself overseas, especially in Australia. Damien Dempsey’s music is powerful, gutsy and more than a little rough around the edges (much like his home town) and his thick accent gives his music an edge you wont find in most of his contemporaries.

“Philander” – Glen Hansard
Glen Hansard will appear more than once in this list – and with good reason. The man writes hauntingly beautiful songs buoyed by his heart-on-his-sleeve emotion. Despite the fact he’s been in the business for years Glen Hansard is one of the most exciting artists coming out of Ireland at the moment.

“Johnny Got A Boom Boom” – Imelda May
Rockabilly music with a thick Dublin accent and a generous dose of bodhrán thrown in for good measure. Imelda May might not exactly be a folky but she’s one hell of a performer (she was a highlight at WOMADelaide a couple of years ago) and we think folk fans are going to dig this song.

“Low Rising” – The Swell Season
With The Swell Season basically underpinned by the now defunct relationship between Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová we probably won’t see any more new music from this project (with both artists pursuing solo careers). But their impact lives on, especially through the success of the Once Broadway musical.

Téada
I first saw Téada when I was living in Dublin a few years back and was mesmerised. Traditional Irish music was fast becoming the bastion of grey haired men in smokey bars in my eyes so to see these young guys tearing it up on the stage of a rock club was outstanding. A more informed man than me probably knows the names of these tunes – enjoy.

“Lay Me Down” – The Frames
The final Glen Hansard entry (and the final entry) is of course The Frames, a band that are about to grace our shores and who really are the backbone of soi much of the amazing music that’s coming out of Ireland at the moment.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 23rd November

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The National Folk Festival released a bunch of names from their 2013 festival lineup including Seth Lakeman, Husky, Jordie Lane, Bluegrass Parkway, Danny Spooner, Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens, Lime and Steel, The Simpson Three, The String Contingent and more plus changes to the layout of the festival site. Details here

– The End of the Line Festival kicks off in Belgrave, Victoria tomorrow with an awesome lineup that includes The Twoks (above), Daniel Champagne, Oli Dear, The April Maze, The Heel Toe Express, The Snowdroppers and many many more. Details here

– Folk punks Dropkick Murphys have dedicated fans. They asked their fans to tattoo the artwork for their upcoming album Signed and Sealed in Blood on themselves and then send in photos and videos of the work to be used in the clip “Rose Tattoo”. Details here

– Sydney four-piece Aerobi are offering up their catchy new single “Willow” as a free download. Details here

Michael Kiwanuka released the gorgeous new video “Always Waiting” from his fantastic Home Again album. Details here

Sam Lee may not have been the ultimate winner of this year’s Mercury Prize (that honour wen to Alt-J) but his performance at the awards ceremony was pretty special. Details here

– That train safety video with the catchy “Dumb Ways to Die” song in it that you’ve been sharing? Well the song was written by Ollie McGill from The Cat Empire and performed by Emily Lubitz from TinPan Orange. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose has announced plans to release her latest album The Stand-In in February next year. Details here

– UK indie-folk-pop band Stornoway have announced plans to release their new album in earlier 2013. Details here

Bluesfest added a bunch of Aussie and Kiwi artists to its 2013 lineup yesterday including The Cat Empire, Xavier Rudd, The Beards, The Snowdroppers, Busby Marou, The Wilson Pickers, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson and more. Details here

– Another festival releasing its lineup (in fact its full lineup) this week was WOMADelaide. Details here

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You
Wednesday 28th November – Yours and Owls, Wollongong, NSW

Andrew Morris with Zac Gunthorpe
Friday 23rd November – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 26th November – Embassy XO, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Angus Stone
Friday 23rd November – Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully, VIC
Saturday 24th November – Pier Live, Frankston, VIC
Wednesday 28th November – Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Bob Evans with Thelma Plum
Friday 23rd November – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Buffalo (Wes Carr)
Friday 23rd November – Notes @ Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Friday 30th November – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Communion Melbourne feat. The Trouble With Templeton, The Hello Morning, Buffalo Tales, Lima Spitz
Sunday 25th November – The Toff, Melbourne, VIC

Corinbank Festival
Friday 30th November to Sunday 2nd December – Corin Forest, ACT

Dan and Hannah Acfield
Friday 30th Nov – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Friday 23rd November – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 24th November – Yinnar Hotel, Yinnar, VIC
Friday 30th November – Prospect Town Hall, Prospect, SA

Eli Wolfe
Friday 23rd November – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 24th November – 5 Chuch St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 30th November – The Up Front Club, Maleny, QLD

End of the Line Festival (The Twoks, Daniel Champagne, Oli Dear, The April Maze, The Heel Toe Express, The Snowdroppers)
Saturday 24th November – Belgrave, Victoria

Husky
Sunday 25th November – Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Jackson McLaren with The Falls and Special Guests
Wednesday 28th November – Folk Club at Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 29th November – Gertrudes Brown Couch, Melbourne, VIC

Joe Pug
Friday 23rd November – The Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 24th November – The Waiting Room, Brisbane, QLD

Jordie Lane
Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Thursday 29th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 30th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Friday 23rd November – Wrest Point Showroom, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 24th November – Country Club, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 25th November – Country Club – Launceston, TAS
Wednesday 28th November – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 29th November – Nautilus Theatre,Port Lincoln, SA
Friday 30th November – Middleback Theatre, Whyalla, SA

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 23rd November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Missy Higgins (with Gurrumul and Emma Louise)
Friday 23rd November – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 24th November – Gorgeous Music Festival, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 25th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC
Tuesday 27th November – WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 30th November – Jupiter’s Theatre, Gold Coast, QLD

Mullumbimby Music Festival (Husky, TinPan Orange, Mama Kin, Gossling, Joe Pug, Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer, Stiff Gins, Hat Fitz and Cara, Sara Tindley, The Rescue Ships, Rosey, Jack Carty)
22nd to 25th November – Mullumbimby, NSW

Nexus World Music Series
feat. A night of traditional and contemporary Persian music featuring a diverse range of Persian artists

Friday 23rd November – Nexus 
Multicultural
 Arts
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
feat. Afro Oz Musica
Friday 30th November – Nexus 
Multicultural
 Arts
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Nigel Wearne and The Cast Iron Promises
Sunday 25th November – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton, SA
Friday 30th November – The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 30th November – Cobar Bowling & Golf Club, Cobar, NSW

The Tiger and Me
Sunday 25th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Sarah Humphreys
Thursday 29th November – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Cannonball” – Damien Rice

Very few singer-songwriters in the last 10 years come close to the sheer beauty of Damien Rice. The movie Closer saw Rice’s track “The Blower’s Daughter” jump into a lot of people’s favourite-song-of-all-time lists but personally I’ve always always preferred “Cannonball” from the O album. The original version I mean – please ignore all X Factor related versions of this song.

Review: Communion, “The Flowerpot Sessions”

Flowerpot Sessions
Image Courtesy of Communion

In July last year Communion, the UK based nu-folk club night and burgeoning record label started by Ben Lovett (Mumford and Sons), Kevin Jones (Cherbourg, The Bear’s Den) and producer Ian Grimble took over London venue The Flowerpot for a series of very special shows. The shows, featuring the likes of Pete Roe, Passenger, The Staves, Mt. Desolation, Damien Rice, Marcus Foster, Matthew and the Atlas plus Australians Angus and Julia Stone and Sarah Blasko, saw the performers not only play their usual live sets but also had Communion encouraging them to collaborate with each other and write brand new material.

The result is the two or three (depending which version you buy) disc album The Flowerpot Sessions bursting with awesome folky goodness. The copy I managed to get my hot little hands was the standard, two CD edition but I’m not complaining – that’s over two hours of music from some of my favourtie up and coming bands.

Beginning with Kill it Kid and The Joker and the Thief collaborating on the awesome blues number “Something Funny”, you know that The Flowerpot Sessions is going to be something special. For a live recording I’m surprised at how crystal clear the production is on the album and how little audience noise has been captured. The skills of the performers combined with the outstanding mixing/production means a very polished album that could well have been put together in a studio.

It’s almost impossible to do justice to just how many standout tracks there are on The Flowerpot Sessions. Almost every single song is a masterpiece but a few do need a special mention:

The Treetop Flyers, a group that hasn’t been featured on Timber and Steel yet but really should be, contribute their track “It’s About Time” to the first CD and it’s an absolute gem. The opening guitar riff is almost Celtic in the way it dances over the guitar but Reid Morrison’s lead vocals drag the song straight into the twenty first century with a sense of pain and longing.

The two contributions from Angus and Julia Stone, “To Let Go” performed with Sarah Blasko and the Grease cover “You’re The One That I Want” performed with Damien Rice, are at the standard you’d expect from the brother/sister duo. I’ve heard “You’re The One That I Want” so many times from the Stones so this version is almost passe (even with the inclusion of Rice) but “To Let go”, which was written for the performance, is just mesmerising.

Probably my favourite track off the entire compilation is the brand new Passenger song “Patient Love”. Mike Rosenberg’s ability to craft a seemingly simple song with the lyrical depth and maturity of “Patient Love” is a true gift – I really hope this one makes his next album.

Other highlights include “Mexico” by The Staves, “Bellina” by Pete Roe, “Movement” by Marcus Foster, “For Birds” by James Moss (featuring harmonies from The Staves), “All I Want” by Sarah Blasko, “Beneath The Sea” by Matthew and the Atlas, “Little Eyes” by Crowns and the awesome Blind-Boys-Of-Alabama-esque “Old Fashioned Morphine” by Tom McKean & The Emperors.

Overall a stunning album from start to finish – and I’ve only heard two of the possible three discs. If this is an example of the talent that Communion is able to muster it’s no wonder that they’re one of the hottest labels in the UK right now.

The Flowerpot Sessions currently has no Australian release date (despite the inclusion of the Stones and Sarah Blasko). If you’re keen to have a listen to tracks from The Treetop Flyers, Kyla La Grange, Passenger and Matthew and the Atlas head over to this I-D Magazine article and scroll down to the end for a link to some free downloads. Other than that you have to scour the interwebs for a download or hard copy site that delivers to Australia. If we hear anything about a local release you’ll be the first to know.

Watch the “trailer” to The Flowerpot Sessions below:

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