Thank Folk It’s Friday – 5th January

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Gum Ball announced its first round of artists for 2017 including Hat Fitz and Cara, Terra Lightfoot, Coda Chroma and many more. Details here

David Rawlings released the video for his track “Cumberland Gap”. Details here

– Folk music legend Joan Baez announced plans to release an album of covers titled Whistle Down The Wind. Details here

– Australian folk-punk favourites The Bottlers and The Go Set released videos to enter Flogging Molly’s Salty Dog Cruise. Details here

– Legendary American fiddler Darol Anger & The Republic of Strings kick off their east coast tour of Australia this weekend. Details here

Releases This Week

Precious Memories
Precious MemoriesEmily Barker
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Rachel Baiman w/ One Up, Two Down

Rachel Baiman

US based folk singer Rachel Baiman tours her new album Shame with trans-pacific bluegrass trio One Up, Two Down in tow

Friday 5th January – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne, NSW
Saturday 6th January – Thirroul Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 7th January -Metropole Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Monday 8th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 12th January – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Alana Wilkinson
Saturday 6th January – Trims Restaurant, Frankston, VIC

Alexander Biggs
Sunday 7th January – Sunset Sounds, Victoria Gardens, Melbourne, VIC

Angus & Julia Stone
Saturday 6th January – Falls Festival, Fremantle, WA

Anna Smyrk and Jhana Allan Singer
Saturday 6th Januray – Compass Pizza, Melbourne, VIC

Ash Grunwald
Saturday 6th January – Under The Southern Stars, Harry Elliott Oval, Forster Tuncurry, NSW
Sunday 7th January – Under The Southern Stars, Hastings Foreshore Reserve, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

Baltic Bar Mitzvah
Saturday 6th January – Junction 142, Katoomba, NSW

Bayview Country Picnic Festival feat. Grazy’s Country, Chris Newman, Cookie Baker, Justin Bernasconi, Lloyd Clarke, Young Vincent, Amanda Keck, Rick Hart, Ryan Shore, Bill Chambers
Saturday 6th January – Bayview Country Art Club, Bittern, VIC

Bob Evans
Wednesday 10th January – Ocean Grove Hotel, Ocean Grove, VIC

Breaking Trad
Friday 5th January – Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 6th January – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 7th January – The Black Malabar, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Yuin Folk Club, Cobargo, NSW
Friday 12th January – Heyfield War Memorial Hall, Heyfield, VIC

Brooke Russell & Ben Franz play Linda Ronstadt
Tuesday 9th January – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Candice McLeod
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Cat and Clint
Friday 5th January – Blue Bean Love Restaurant, Hepburn Springs, VIC

CK & the 45’s
Saturday 6th January – The Old City Bank, Katoomba, NSW

Cygnet Folk Festival
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet, TAS

Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings
Sunday 31st December to Saturday 6th January – Sunshine Fiddle Camp, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 7th January – Magda Community Arts Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 8th January – Barkersvale Little Big Top, Barkersvale, NSW
Wednesday 10th January – Dorrigo Theatre, Dorrigo, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th January – Araluen Hall, Araluen, NSW

Dane Overton and the Joy Williams Band
Thursday 11th January – The Gasoline Pony, Marrickville, NSW
Friday 12th January – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

Domini Forster & Lucy Wise
Sunday 7th January – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Edgelarks
Friday 5th January – Live at The Wharf, Ulverstone, TAS
Saturday 6th January – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Eleanor McEvoy
Saturday 6th January – Sussex Inlet Surf Club, Sussex Inlet, NSW
Sunday 7th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham, NSW
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Elvis meets Patsy feat. Sarah Carroll, Girl Friday
Sunday 7th January – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Emily Barker
Sunday 7th January – Bar 459, Perth, WA

Faith i Branko
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Falls Festival
Saturday 6th to Sunday 7th January – Fremantle, WA

Festival of Small Halls feat. Claire Anne Taylor, The Small Glories
Friday 5th January – Rowella Hall, Rowella, TAS
Saturday 6th January – Longford Hall, Longford, TAS
Sunday 7th January – Rosevale Hall, Rosevale, TAS
Monday 8th January – Memorial Hall, Sulphur Creek, TAS
Tuesday 9th January – The Wynyard Theatre, Wynyard, TAS
Wednesday 10th January – Stanley Town Hall, Stanley, TAS
Thursday 11th January – The Paragon Theatre, Queenstown, TAS

Fiona Boyes
Friday 5th December – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 7th December – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Fleet Foxes
Saturday 6th to Sunday 7th January – Falls Festival, Fremantle, WA

FolkSwagon feat. Paul Mason, Ed Wells, Cilla Jane Arsenic and Old Lace, John Mason
Wednesday 10th January – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gabe Levin
Friday 5th January – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Grizzlee Train
Friday 12th January – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift
Friday 5th January – Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park, Torquay, VIC
Saturday 6th January – Eastern Beach Caravan Park, Lakes Entrance, VIC
Sunday 7th January – Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park, Malacoota, VIC
Monday 8th January – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW
Tuesday 9th January – Merimbula Holiday Park, Merimbula, NSW
Wednesday 10th January – Tathra Beachside, Tathra, NSW
Thursday 11th January – South Coast Holiday Parks, Bermagui, NSW
Friday 12th January – BIG4 Narooma Easts Holiday Park, Narooma, NSW

Gypsy Romp feat. Greshka, Hello Tut Tut, Vanishing Shapes
Friday 12th January – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Hank Williams Tribute
Friday 5th Januray – Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Hein Cooper
Saturday 6th January – Woodlands Farm Milton, Woodstock, NSW

Hinterlandt
Sunday 7th January – MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, TAS
Monday 8th January – MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, TAS

Honey
Friday 12th January – Bingie Pottery, Bingie, NSW

Honk! Oz Street Music Festival
Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th January – Wollongong, NSW

Hussy Hicks & Raphael White
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo, NSW

James Bennett
Saturday 6th January – Bermi’s Beachside Cafe, Bermagui, NSW
Sunday 7th January – The Farm’s Market, Shellharbour, NSW

Julia Jacklin
Saturday 6th to Sunday 7th January – Falls Festival, Fremantle, WA

Kallidad
Friday 5th January – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 7th January – Camel Rock Brewery, Wallaga Lake, NSW

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 12th January – Arts Theatre at QSU, Toowoomba, QLD

Kelly Brouhaha, Rose Zita Falko, Andrew Thomson
Friday 5th January – Billy Roy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 6th January – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 7th January – House Concert, Albury, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Stave’s Brewery, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th January – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW

Lucy Wise
Sunday 7th January – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 10th January – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Lucas, Dane Overton & The Joy Williams Band, Lucas Road
Thursday 11th January – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters
Friday 5th January – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 6th January – Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 7th January – Django Club, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 9th January – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 10th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 11th January – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folks Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Mr Alford & The Merry Men
Saturday 6th January – Rainbow, Melbourne, VIC

Oi Dipnoi & Lucy Wise
Wednesday 10th January – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Phia, Melbourne Indie Voices
Thursday 11th January – Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne, VIC

Porch Sessions On Tour feat. Stu Larsen & Natsuki Kurai, Tim Hart, Ryan Martin John
Friday 5th January – House Concert, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 6th January – House Concert, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 7th January – Federal Hall, Jasper Corner, NSW
Tuesday 9th January – House Concert, Taree/Wingham, NSW
Thursday 11th Januray – House Concert, Rodd Point, NSW

Rachel Baiman w/ One Up Two Down
Friday 5th January – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne, NSW
Saturday 6th January – Thirroul Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 7th January -Metropole Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Monday 8th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Raised By Eagles
Friday 5th January – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Saturday 6th January – Tranquility Fair, Ocean Grove, VIC
Wednesday 10th January – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Rising Appalachia
Friday 5th January – Byron Community Centre, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 6th January – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 7th January – Paradise One, Coorabell Creek, NSW
Tuesday 9th January – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 12th January – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Rooftop Sessions feat. Nick Murray, Jasmine Beth, PJ Orr
Sunday 7th January – Oatley Hotel, Oatley, NSW

Sam Shinazzi Music, Buddy Glass, Restless Leg, The Manpains
Sunday 7th January – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

The Ahern Brothers
Friday 12th to Sunday 15th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 5th January – Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 6th January – Coffs Harbour Hotel, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Sunday 7th January – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Villa Noosa, Noosaville, QLD
Friday 12th January – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

The Djangologists
Thursday 11th January – Django Bar, Marrickville, NSW
Friday 12th January – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW

The East Pointers
Friday 5th January – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 6th January – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 7th January – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

The Gypsy Scholars w/ Tenderfoot, Room
Thursday 11th January – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

The Songwriter Sessions feat. Penelope Swales, Alice Williams, Paul Andrew Carey
Sunday 7th January – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Friday 5th January – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW
Sunday 7th January – The Lady Hampshire, Sydney, NSW

The Railsplitters
Tuesday 9th January – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 10th January – No 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Wauchope Arts Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

The Ramshackle Army
Saturday 6th January – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Thredbo, NSW

Tom Cooney & Angharad Drake
Friday 5th January – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 7th January – Brunswick Picture House, Brunswick Heads, NSW
Wednesday 10th January – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Twilight in Tulsa
Sunday 7th January – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Vanishing Shapes
Friday 5th January – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW
Friday 12th January – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Waiting For Guinness
Saturday 6th January – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project
Friday 12th January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Red Dirt Girl” – First Aid Kit

Watch the New David Rawlings Video “Cumberland Gap”

David Rawlings
Image Courtesy of David Rawlings

If you read my Top 25 Tracks of 2017 you’ll know how much love I have for David Rawlings’ track “Cumberland Gap”. So I feel like I got an extra Christmas present this year with Rawlings dropping the video for the song over the holidays.

The video, which was originally only available on Apple Music but is now streamable on YouTube, was directed by James Lees and is full of the same old-time vibe the song itself evokes.

Check out the video for “Cumberland Gap” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 22nd December

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We picked our top 25 albums and EPs of 2017 including releases from All Our Exes Live in Texas, BATTS, Billy Bragg, Charlie Fink, David Rawlings, Emily Barker, Fanny Lumsden, Gretta Ziller, Husky, Johnny Flynn, Kasey Chambers, Lankum, Laura Marling, Lisa Mitchell, Nick Mulvey, Offa Rex, Old Crow Medicine Show, Packwood, Paul Kelly, Stu Larsen, The Ahern Brothers, The East Pointers, The Morrisons, Timothy James Bowen and Willie Watson. Details here

– We reached out to the Timber and Steel community to get them to pick their top albums of the year. The results are wonderful with well over 100 artists contributing. Details here

– Our Editor In Chief Gareth Hugh Evans picked his top 25 tracks of 2016 including songs from All Our Exes Live in Texas, BATTS, Billy Bragg, Charlie Fink, David Rawlings, Diamond Duck, Emma Davis, Fanny Lumsden, Gretta Ziller, I’m With Her, Johnny Flynn, Julia Johnson, Laura Marling, Nick Mulvey, Offa Rex, Paul Kelly, Stella Donnelly, Stu Larsen, Taryn La Fauci, The Ahern Brothers, The East Pointers, The Morrisons feat. Georgia Mooney, The Northern Folk, The Young’uns, and Willie Watson. Details here

– We review The Beautiful Girls in Sydney. Details here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift

Gretta Ziller

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift kick off their summer holiday tour of caravan parks around the nation. Will they stumble across your holiday park?

Wednesday 27th December – Discovery Parks Lake Hume, Ebden, VIC
Thursday 28th December – Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park, Porepunkah, VIC
Friday 29th December – Omeo Caravan Park, Omeo, VIC

Gigs Next Week

A Celtic Christmas feat. Damien Leith, Claymore
Saturday 23rd December – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne, VIC

A Country Christmas Revue feat. Raised By Eagles, Lost Ragas, The Ahern Brothers, Sarah Carroll
Friday 22nd December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

A Very Country Christmas feat. James Ellis, Cold Heart, Roz Girvan, Bakersfield Glee Club
Saturday 23rd December – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

A Xmas Happening Love In! feat. Zoùkeys, Hippy Trippy Trio, Jewels’ Blues Explosion
Friday 22nd December – The Bank, Melbourne, VIC

Alex The Astronaut
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Lost Paradise, Glenworth Valley, NSW

Andrew Swift
Saturday 23rd December – King Island Club, Currie, TAS
Wednesday 27th December – Discovery Parks Lake Hume, Ebden, VIC
Thursday 28th December – Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park, Porepunkah, VIC
Friday 29th December – Omeo Caravan Park, Omeo, VIC

Andy Baylor
Friday 22nd December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Benjamin Roberts w/ Daniel J. Townsend
Thursday 27th December – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Breaking Trad
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Cat Canteri and Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 23rd December – The Bridge, Castlemaine, VIC

Craig Woodward
Sunday 24th December – Loretta’s, Melbourne, VIC

Dane Blacklock, Velvajayne
Saturday 23rd December – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Darren Hanlon
Friday 22nd December –
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd December – The Old Museum
, Brisbane, QLD

Edgelarks
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Eleanor McEvoy
Friday 29th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Falls Festival
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Lorne, VIC
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Marion Bay, TAS

Fleet Foxes
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS

Get Folked Punk Xmas Blowout feat. Vetty Vials & The Sandpit Turtles, Whispering Jackie, Jonno Read, Billy Demos, Billy Puntton, Uke-paley, Jethro Morris, Ess-em, Sooze
Friday 22nd December – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Good Option
Friday 22nd December – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift
Wednesday 27th December – Discovery Parks Lake Hume, Ebden, VIC
Thursday 28th December – Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park, Porepunkah, VIC
Friday 29th December – Omeo Caravan Park, Omeo, VIC

Handsome Young Strangers, Steph Miller and Jim Mongrel’s Anti-Christmas Bash
Saturday 23rd December – MoshPit, Sydney, NSW

Helen Townsend
Friday 22nd December – Amble Inn, Corindi, NSW
Saturday 23rd December – The Naked Bean, South Grafton, NSW

Honey
Monday 25th December – Parklands Resort, Mudgee, NSW

James Bennett
Friday 22nd December – Avoca Beach Hotel & Resort, Avoca Beach, NSW
Saturday 23rd December – The Lounge Room, Port Macquarie, NSW
Sunday 24th December – Town Green Inn Port Macquarie, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 29th December – Sacred Tree Markets, Nelson Bay, NSW

Jess Locke
Saturday 23rd December – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

John Butler
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Julia Jacklin
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 22nd December – The Guildford Family Hotel, Guildford, VIC
Saturday 23rd December – The Bridge, Castlemaine, VIC

Kallidad
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC

Lost Paradise
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Glenworth Valley, NSW

Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission
Friday 22nd December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd December – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th December – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC

Microwave Jenny
Sunday 24th December – Bombini, Avoca Beach, NSW

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

One Hot Night feat. Busby Marou, Amy Shark, Timberwolf, Pandamic
Friday 29th December – Rockhampton Showgrounds, Rockhampton, QLD

Pam Hata
Sunday 24th December – The Duck on Clarence, Port Macquarie, NSW
Thursday 28th December – Oasis by the River, North Haven, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 29th December – Lorne Hotel, Lorne, VIC

Rita B
Saturday 23rd December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sleepy Dreamers, Arbes, Sean Watson
Friday 22nd December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

That Red Head
Saturday 23rd December – Wayward Brewing Company, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th December – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Beautiful Girls
Thursday 28th December – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Bluegrass Playgirls with GlenyRae & JennyShimmin, Robbie Long & Smithy
Saturday 23rd December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Demon Drink
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Drunken Poachers
Saturday 23rd December – Labour in Vain, Melbourne, VIC

The East Pointers
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Heggarties and Matt J Ward
Friday 22nd December – Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Railsplitters
Friday 29th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS

This Way North
Saturday 23rd December – Aireys Pub, Aireys Inlet, VIC
Friday 29th December – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Woodford Folk Festival
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford, QLDFriday Folk Flashback

“How to Make Gravy” – Paul Kelly

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2017

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The final of our traditional end of year lists sees Timber and Steel Editor-in-Chief Gareth Hugh Evans sifts through all of the amazing music that was produced this year and pick his top 25 tracks. As always he’s tried to only pick one track per artist, although as you’ll see there’s some exceptions with different artists collaborating on different projects through 2017.

But enough of our jabbering – it’s time to get to the music. Without further ado we present Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2017.

1. Emma Davis – “Danger in Me”
Emma Davis just has a way of writing a song which draws you in and never lets go. With just a finger picked guitar, understated rhythm section, muted organ and reverbed vocals, Davis has created a piece of music that I genuinely put on repeat. The fact that there’s a very relevant social message underpinning “Danger in Me” just adds a depth to my appreciation of it. Thank you Emma Davis for producing one of the most beautiful three and a half minutes of 2017.

2. The East Pointers – “82 Fires”
For a band I almost exclusively associated with fiddle tunes, The East Pointers have delivered one of the best songs of the year with “82 Fires”. Co-written with our very own Liz Stringer about fires in Tasmania, “82 Fires” may be the most Australian song written by a trio of Canadians. There’s an epic feel to the song that shouldn’t be possible from three guys playing (mostly) acoustic instruments – but I’ve seen this song live and they get pretty close to reproducing the recording on stage. Try to listen to “82 Fires” on not have it stir something inside.

3. Willie Watson – “Gallows Pole”
No one interprets traditional American music quite like Willie Watson. Here he’s managed to take the Leadbelly classic “Gallows Pole” and turn it into a thoroughly modern, haunting piece of music which is a definite standout on his latest album, Folksinger Vol. 2.

4. The Morrisons feat. Georgia Mooney – “Long Time Travelling”
It seems odd to choose an a cappella song from a band that features some of the best bluegrass musicians in the country. But I just can’t get passed how delightful it is hear James Morrison singing over the combined voices of The Morrisons plus Georgia Mooney (All Our Exes Live In Texas). The harmonies, the dynamic variations, the passion – “Long Time Travelling” is pure joy.

5. Offa Rex – “Sheepcrook and Black Dog”
As you probably know by now we have A LOT of love for the 2017 Offa Rex album The Queen of Hearts. The collaboration between The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney is full of highlights and to be honest songs like “The Old Churchyard”, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and “Willie o’ Winsbury” are more likely to hit this year’s best of lists. But for me “Sheepcrook and Black Dog” captures the nostalgia of the late-60s/early-70s British folk revival better than any other track on The Queen of Hearts with its Steeleye Span style arrangement, crunchy Black Sabbath style guitars and Sandy Denny style vocal performance. “Sheepcrook and Black Dog” is vintage folk-rock for the modern era.

6. Laura Marling – “Next Time”
Laura Marling goes full Nick Drake on “Next Time”. The orchestral arrangement over the top of Marling’s inventive guitar tunings and finger-picking, along with her hushed but powerful vocal performance is so reminiscent of the late English singer-songwriter it can’t not have been inspired by his work. This is definitely the highlight of Semper Femina for me and it even comes with a video directed by Laura Marling herself.

7. The Young’uns – “Be the Man”
“Be The Man” was inspired by the story of Matthew Ogston, founder of the Naz and Matt Foundation which tackles religious and cultural homophobia, following the tragic death of his fiancé (you can read the full story here). The Young’uns have written a song which is not only powerful in its message, and deeply respectful to its subject matter, but also a wonderful compliment to the rest of their harmony-driven catalogue. Check out the video featuring Matthew Ogston himself.

8. Billy Bragg – “Why We Build the Wall”
When Anaïs Mitchell wrote “Why We Build the Wall” for her 2010 folk-opera Hadestown I doubt she knew how precient it was considering the build-the-wall platform Donald Trump ran on during his 2016 presidential campaign. Billy Bragg has been singing “Why We Build the Wall” for a few years now but it’s taken until this year for him to officially release it as a single. The political singer-songwriter has purposefully politicised the track and filled it with a jarring, electric guitar to great effect. Could this be the folk anthem for the Trump era?

9. David Rawlings – “Cumberland Gap”
The genius of David Rawlings and Gillian Welch is their ability to write songs that sound like they’ve existed forever and then produce those songs in such a way that makes it sound like they’re being “modernised”. “Cumberland Gap” is the perfect example of this – the track sounds so timeless yet so fresh at exactly the same time. That’s probably why it’s been getting so many comparisons to Neil Young.

10. Stu Larsen – “Chicago Song”
“Chicago Song” is exactly the kind of song you want from a singer-songwriter like Stu Larsen. Simple, catchy and foot-tappingly joyful, “Chicago Song” captures a little piece of magic.

11. The Ahern Brothers – “Comb That River”
Whoever decided to pair singer-songwriters Josh Rennie-Hynes and Steve Grady as The Ahern Brothers deserves all of my adulation. Their self titled debut album is an homage to the close harmony singing of The Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel, with “Comb That River” exemplifying their sound. Listen to this track and be transported back to another time.

12. Charlie Fink – “Firecracker”
I’m sure I’ve printed this elsewhere on Timber and Steel but for the reader’s benefit: Noah and The Whale’s 2009 album The First Days of Spring is one of my favourite albums of all time. So when ex-Noah and The Whale lead singer Charlie Fink releases a single like “Firecracker” that sounds like it’s been ripped directly from The First Days of Spring there’s no way this song wasn’t going to make my best of 2017 list.

13. All Our Exes Live in Texas – “Boundary Road”
“What if I want to be the one to fall apart once in a while?” has somehow become one of my favourite chorus lines of 2017. All Our Exes Live in Texas have taken on the lyrical challenge of the line, as well as the fight songwriter Katie Wighton had with her mum that inspired the line, and crafted one of the best songs from one of the best albums of the year. There is All Our Exes Live in Texas magic all over this song – with a simple “ooh” and “ahh” the quartet can elevate every song they touch. Lovely stuff.

14. Nick Mulvey – “Mountain To Move”
I’m going to make a prediction: “Mountain To Move” is the song most likely to appear on the soundtrack of sweet and quirky rom coms over the 12 months. Nick Mulvey continues to impress me with the way he crafts a song over a repeating melody line or guitar rhythm, building the simplicity into something more.

15. Julia Johnson – “Melissa”
I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the new direction that Julia Johnson has taken with her songwriting in 2017. Moving beyond her work with Julia and The Deep Sea Sirens and working with producer Sarah Belkner, Johnson is producing some of the most interesting music of her career. I have a feeling “Melissa” is only the tip of the iceberg for what’s coming next from Julia Johnson and I can’t wait.

16. The Northern Folk – “Get On”
Despite the wealth of shows they’ve done this year I only managed to catch Melbourne folk 10 piece The Northern Folk live for the first time really recently. They manage to combine the indie folk sound of bands like The Middle East with the distinct groove that comes with having a saxophone heavy horn section. “Get On” epitomises The Northern Folk’s unique sound for me and was one of those songs that made me hit the repeat button again and again the first time I heard it.

17. Fanny Lumsden – “Roll On”
Want to know what it’s like to be an Australian artist on an endless tour of our country? Listen to the lyrics of “Roll On”. What I love about this track is its authenticity. This isn’t the Americanised version of the Australian outback full of dust kicking cowboys and pickup trucks. And this isn’t the romanticised nostalgic version of Australia either with its drovers and men-of-the-land. Instead “Roll On” is a song about about what its like to hit the road in 2017 complete with speeding fines, Gaytimes, roadtrains and small town bowlos. Keep writing songs like this Fanny Lumsden.

18. Paul Kelly – “Firewood and Candles”
After a few years of genre and experimental albums Paul Kelly announced his return to the classic Paul Kelly with the killer track “Firewood and Candles”. That rocking riff with Kelly’s vocals (ably supported by Vikka and Linda Bull) is just so damn catchy. If you wonder why everyone’s making such a fuss over Paul Kelly at the moment, why he’s winning awards and being praised at every turn, just listen to the songs on his 2017 album Life Is Fine, starting with “Firewood and Candles”.

19. Gretta Ziller – “Slaughterhouse Blues”
If someone asks you for the best voice in Australian Americana music then just show them Gretta Ziller. There may be some artists earlier in this list who you could squeeze into the genre, but as far as pure Americana music goes you can’t get much better than Ziller’s “Slaughterhouse Blues”. This is a modern track with its feet firmly in roots music. And that production! Perfection! More of this please Gretta Ziller.

20. I’m With Her – “Little Lies”
Before the release of “Little Lies” the American super-goup I’m With Her were really known for interpreting traditional music or covers of contemporary songs. But then this track comes along and solidifies the (probabaly assumed) fact that I’m With Her are a band to watch. Aoife O’Donovan has one of the best voices in Americana music, and it’s all the sweeter combined with the voices of Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz. And Watkins’ fiddle playing on this track is some of my favourite instrumental work in 2017.

21. BATTS – “Little White Lies”
I’ve been a fan of Tanya Batt’s music for some time, but it’s been her transformation into BATTS and the lo-fi, shoe-gaze, lyric driven songwriting that has come with it that has really caught my attention in 2017. “Little White Lies” is the second single released under the BATTS moniker and it’s by far my favourite, with its etherial production and confessional lyrics. I have a feeling we’re going to be hearing a lot more from BATTS in the coming months and I can’t wait.

22. Taryn La Fauci – “Winter”
When her EP Cycling came out I messaged Taryn La Fauci and told her “Just wanted to tell you that I’m in love with your track “Winter”.” Above every other song on the EP “Winter” struck me, most likely because this year I lost my cat as well and the lyrics just resonated. This song was on repeat for a lot of this year – thank you for sharing it with me Taryn La Fauci.

23. Diamond Duck – “Marry Me By The Sea”
Another collaboration (this time between The Morrisons’ Jimmy Daley and Canadian-Australian singer-songwriter Brian Campeau) that evokes the close harmony singing of The Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel, Diamond Duck have made quite an impression with their first single “Marry Me By The Sea”. What makes this stand out for me is the way the Diamond Duck boys explore unusual, almost twisted chords in their accompaniment while maintaining a sweetness in their vocal delivery. Listen to the piano “solo” in the middle of the song and you’ll see what I mean – there’s something a little off kilter in the track and it’s absolutely delicious.

24. Stella Donnelly – “Boys Will Be Boys”
In the wake of the #metoo movement and everything that’s been coming out in the media over the last few months I think Australia needed a song like “Boys Will Be Boys”. Stella Donnelly has made quite a splash this year and with her amazing voice and lyrical chops I can imagine there’s big things on the horizon for the singer-songwriter.

25. Johnny Flynn – “Wandering Aengus”
The return of Johnny Flynn to music this year was heralded by this really quirky track and promised much from his new album Sillion. All the elements of what makes a classic Johnny Flynn song are here – his amazing voice, jangly guitar and subtle horn accompaniment – but there’s also something a little twisted about the structure of this track that I really really like. Definitely up there with my favourite Johnny Flynn songs.

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2017

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It’s difficult to find an overriding theme in our picks for this year’s top albums. There’s a bit of trad in there, a lot of singer-songwriter and a decent amount Americana and country music. Overall 2017 has been another amazing year for folk music and we couldn’t be happier.

As always we have more “best of” lists coming this week so please stay tuned for them. But in the meantime check out Timber and Steel’s top albums of

Offa Rex
1. Offa RexThe Queen of Hearts
When you get nostalgia right the result can be pure gold. As someone who was brought up on late-60s/early-70s English folk-rock (think Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Pentangle, etc) The Queen of Hearts feels like home and, as my friends and family can attest, the album has truly been on constant rotation since its release in July.

Offa Rex is the coming together of Portland nu-folk heroes The Decemberists and English folk-singer Olivia Chaney, inspired by the second-wave folk revival of the British isles. Somehow they’ve managed to capture this very distinct period of music, staying true to the instrumentation, production values and aesthetic of the time without descending into kitsch or parody (as many of the bands from the time ended up doing themselves in the 70s and 80s). Rigid rock rhythm sections over murder ballads, harpsichords and reverb-heavy electric guitars, ethereal vocals – The Queen of Hearts feels more like a rediscovered gem than an album recorded and released in 2017.

And let’s make one thing clear – it’s Olivia Chaney who makes this record. While The Decemberists are obviously the driving force behind The Queen of Hearts it is Chaney’s vocals that pull you right back into the early 70s. She somehow channels the likes of Maddy Prior, Sandy Denny, Anne Briggs, et al, while still bringing her own unique sound to the vocals. The tracks where Colin Meloy takes the lead (such as “Black Leg Minor”) or the instrumental “Constant Billy (Oddington) / I’ll Go Enlist (Sherborne)”, while still amazing in their own right, just don’t have the same impact as “The Queen of Hearts”, “Flash Company”, “The Old Churchyard” or any of the other amazing songs with Olivia Chaney front and centre.

Picking favourite songs from an album of standouts is very very hard. I love the nods to early Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath on “Sheepcrook and Black Dog”, probably the most epic of all the songs on the album. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” is a beautiful tribute to Anne Briggs, with Chaney’s voice just resonating over the drone of a harmonium. And Offa Rex’s version of “Willie o’ Winsbury” may be my favourite of all time.

Even if you only have a passing interest in British folk music, in the second wave folk revival or in The Decemberists’ ongoing evolution as one of the most interesting folk bands in the world, give The Queen of Hearts a listen and see exactly why this is our album of the year for 2017.

The East Pointers
2. The East PointersWhat We Leave Behind
Canadian trio The East Pointers up the production ante with their new album What We Leave Behind, expanding their sound with new instrumentation, increasing their song-to-tune ratio and generally producing one of the most interesting folk albums of the year. And the best part about it is there’s still a focus on ensuring that every bit of the album can be reproduced live with just the three of them – something I can confirm is the case having caught them in Melbourne recently. What We Leave Behind sees The East Pointers grow as a band, deftly straddling the worlds of traditional and modern fold music.

The Ahern Brothers
3. The Ahern BrothersThe Ahern Brothers
Josh Rennie-Hynes and Steve Grady are two voices that seem destined to be together. The Ahern Brothers are the latest in collection of modern artists taking inspiration from close harmony singing in the vein of The Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel and the result is really something special. Their self-titled debut album is a pure delight and elevates everything we’ve heard from Rennie-Hynes and Grady individually to date. There’s a reason these guys are selling out shows and taking the country by storm.

Fanny Lumsden
4. Fanny LumsdenReal Class Act
Fanny Lumsden continues her domination of Australian country music with the 2017 release of Real Class Act. The album is very strongly informed by Lumsden’s decision to live her life on the road with husband Dan Stanley Freeman rather than opting for the relative comfort of a major Australian city (where, let’s be honest, the vast majority of Australia’s country music is produced), and you can really hear the expanse of our wide brown land all over the album. With each release Fanny Lumsden’s songwriting just gets better and better, adding a modern sensibility to a genre that all to often falls into cliche or nostalgia. Real Class Act is what Australian country music should be about.

The Morrisons
5. The MorrisonsThe Morrisons
Australia’s premiere bluegrass and alt-country band The Morrisons released their long-awaited and highly anticipated debut album this year and it has fast become one of my favourite album’s of ever. No one quite takes such a quintessentially American genre like bluegrass and passes it through the Australian lens in the way The Morrisons do. And it doesn’t hurt that individually each of The Morrisons is a master of their respective instrument making the album as technically brilliant as it is artistically brilliant.

Willie Watson
6. Willie WatsonFolksinger Vol. 2
Willie Watson’s exploration of America’s rich vein of traditional folk music continues with the second volume in his Folksinger series. Somehow he finds a way to take traditional and vintage folk and blues songs and modernise them without losing what makes them great songs to begin with. Watson treats this material with respect and reverance, almost taking a step back and letting each song speak for itself. When Willie Watson left Old Crow Medicine Show he expressed a desire to find a softer side of the folk genre, and that’s something he’s truly captured with Folksinger Vol. 2.

All Our Exes Live In Texas
7. All Our Exes Live In TexasWhen We Fall
Taking out this year’s ARIA for Best Blues and Roots Album was just the icing on the cake for what has been a massive year for All Our Exes Live In Texas. When We Fall is an album of fine songwriting, pitch perfect production and a true celebration of the four part harmony. Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney each bring a unique set of influences and musical styles to All Our Exes Live In Texas which somehow all blend together into something sublime. With the momentum on When We Fall expect All Our Exes Live In Texas to continue crushing it into 2018 and beyond

Laura Marling
8. Laura MarlingSemper Femina
Laura Marling goes deep on her exploration of the feminine and what it means to be a female artist. It’s amazing to watch Marling grow with every album she releases while never really losing track of what drew us all to her in the first place – beautifully written songs and masterful guitar work. Laura Marling truly is one of the greatest artists of our generation.

Charlie Fink
9. Charlie FinkCover My Tracks
My love for Cover My Tracks one hundred per cent stems from my nostalgia for Noah and The Whale’s 2009 concept album The First Days of Spring. Charlie Fink revisits the style and feeling from The First Days of Spring throughout his 2017 solo outing and it’s a welcome return to form for a songwriter that had definitely strayed a little far from his strengths towards the end of Noah and The Whale’s time, prefering a Springsteen-light pop sound to substantial, heart-on-his-sleeve songwriting. The album is raw, emotional, beautiful and heartbreaking – everything I want from a Charlie Fink record.

Packwood
10. PackwoodVertumnus
The culmination four seasonally focused EPs from the last couple of years, Vertumnus is a beautiful opus to the natural world. Packwood’s unique brand of chamber folk has reached its pinnacle with this record, filled with lush compositions and stunning musicianship. Bayden Hyne, along with his arrangers Tilman Robinson (orchestral) and Miriam Crellin (choral) have pefectly crafted each track on Vertumnus making the most of choirs, strings, pianos, finger-picked guitars and banjos and more to compliment Packwood’s trademark fragile vocal style. Taking this work out of the studio and onto the stage is an expensive undertaking but I still hold out hope that we’ll see Vertumnus live before too long.

Kasey Chambers
11. Kasey ChambersDragonfly
Kasey Chambers mixes things up on her latest double album working with two different producers – Paul Kelly and Nash Chambers – and collaborating with a diverse range of artists from multiple genres, resulting in one of her most interesting releases in recent years.

David Rawlings
12. David RawlingsPoor David’s Almanack
David Rawlings and Gillian Welch find a way to write original Americana songs that sound like traditional songs that have been re-discovered and updated for a modern audience – and why can’t I get “Money is the Meat in the Coconut” out of my head?

Billy Bragg
13. Billy BraggBridges Not Walls
Billy Bragg returns to his activist roots on this EP with his electric guitar turned up and his wit as sharp as ever.

Lisa Mitchell
14. Lisa MitchellWhen They Play That Song
Out of no where Australia’s queen of indie-folk delivers the sweetest covers EP of the year, with quirky takes on 90s favourites from Phantom Planet, Spice Girls, Placebo, Letters To Cleo and The Cardigans

Timothy James Bowen
15. Timothy James BowenBloom
Bloom bookends a couple of years of massive upheaval in Timothy James Bowen’s life, while capturing an artist at the peak of his powers as a singer and songwriter.

Husky
16. HuskyPunchbuzz
Husky continue to push the boundaries of their indie-folk sound with an album that borrows as much from eighties pop as it does from lyric-driven singer-songwriter music.

BATTS
17. BATTS62 Moons
Moving away from her electro-folk roots toward a stripped back sound has proven a success for BATTS who’s delivered an EP of really stunning songs.

Gretta Ziller
18. Gretta ZillerQueen of Boomtown
Gretta Ziller has delivered one of the best Americana albums of the year that deserves all the nominations, awards and accolades it will no doubt continue to receive over the coming months

Paul Kelly
19. Paul KellyLife Is Fine
After a couple of genre projects Paul Kelly returns with his most Paul Kelly album in recent memory, further cementing him as Australia’s greatest living songwriter.

Nick Mulvey
20. Nick MulveyWake Up Now
The English singer-songwriter continues to produce interesting, acoustic driven indie music full of weird guitar tunings, multi-tracked vocals and songs just waiting to hit a Hollywood soundtrack.

Emily Barker
21. Emily BarkerSweet Kind of Blue
Emily Barker deftly combines country, blues and folk styles, harkening back to a tradition while still producing a sound that is fresh and engaging.

Stu Larsen
22. Stu LarsenResolute
Australia’s favourite troubadour produces another album of straight up singer-songwriter gems documenting his travels around the world.

Lankum
23. LankumBetween The Earth & Sky
Lankum, the band formally known as Lynched, are producing some of the most raw traditional Irish music going around, complete with the thickest Dublin accent you’re likely to hear this year.

Old Crow Medicine Show
24. Old Crow Medicine Show50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde
Old Crow Medicine Show pay homage to Dylan with this live stringband version of the classic Blonde On Blonde

Johnny Flynn
25. Johnny FlynnSillion
An absolute gem of an album that sees Johnny Flynn’s distinctive voice and resonator front and centre, but a willingness to play with production a bit more than previous releases, adding more texture and nuance to each of the tracks.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th August

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Josh Pyke has announced he’s taking a hiatus after his upcoming regional tour. Details here

– English indie-folk singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey released his new single “Mountain to Move”. Details here

– Australian folk super group The Maggie Darlings release their new album Wishing Well today. Details here

The Kyneton Music Festival announced their first round of artists including Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, Karl S. Williams, Freya Josephine Hollick, Dan Parsons, The Twoks and many more. Details here

– Sydney venue The Newsagency relaunches in its new space next week with a show from Sarah Belkner and Alison Avron. Details here

The Queenscliff Music Festival announced a bunch of international artists for 2017 including The East Pointers, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Irish Mythen, Lindi Ortega, Ron Artis II & The Truth, Too Many Zooz and Travis Bowlin. Details here

– Canadian duo Madison Violet announced plans to tour Australia this Spring. Details here

Kim Churchill announced his new album Weight_Falls as well as releasing the video for “Second Hand Car” and revealing a huge Spring tour. Details here

Iron & Wine released the gorgeous new video “Thomas County Law”. Details here

– Melbourne based alt-country singer Gretta Ziller has announced album launch dates in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle and Tamworth. Details here

David Rawlings released his new single “Cumberland Gap” ahead of his album release. Details here

– Brisbane indie-folk four piece Elbury have announced plans for an east coast tour kicking off this week. Details here

– The legendary Paul Kelly released his new video “Firewood And Candles”. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke has announced plans to head to Australia for a tour this Spring. Details here

Valerie June released her new video “Got Soul” ahead of her upcoming Australian tour. Details here

Releases This Week

Ben Sollee
Ben Sollee And Kentucky NativeBen Sollee
iTunes

David Rawlings
Poor David’s AlmanackDavid Rawlings
iTunes

Jen Cloher
Jen CloherJen Cloher
iTunes

KMH
Live at the Sydney Opera HouseKate Miller-Heidke & The Sydney Symphony Orchestra
iTunes

Maggie Darlings
Wishing WellThe Maggie Darlings
Bandcamp

Paul Kelly
Life Is FinePaul Kelly
iTunes

Richard Thompson
Acoustic Classics Vol. IIRichard Thompson
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Newsagency Sessions feat. Sarah Belkner, Alison Avron

Sarah Belkner

Sydney’s favourite intimate venue officially reopens in its new Camperdown space with a show from Sarah Belkner and Alison Avron

Wednesday 16th August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Asha Jefferies
Friday 18th August – The Flying Cock, Brisbane, QLD

Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
Friday 11th and Saturday 12th August – Bangalow Showground, Bangalow, NSW

BATTS
Thursday 17th August – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Bek Sarkoezy and Sam Newton
Saturday 12th August – The Joshua Tree, Sydney, NSW

Ben Salter
Wednesday 16th August – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Bill Chambers
Friday 11th August – Sunset Studio, Mayfield, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Diggers, The Entrance, NSW

Bill Jackson and Pete Fidler
Friday 11th August – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 12th August – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass Pub Pick feat. Whoa Mule
Sunday 13th August – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Central Coast Country Music Festival
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th August – Memorial Park, The Entrance, NSW

Daggy Man
Friday 11th August – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Darwin Festival
Thursday 10th to Sunday 27th August – Darwin, NT

Echo Deer w/ Holza & Pez
Sunday 13th August – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Elbury
Wednesday 16th August – Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 17th August – OxJam House Concert, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 18th August – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave, VIC

Emily Davis Band w/ Sam Reiher, Kate Alexander, Hana Brenecki
Sunday 13th August – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Emma Davis
Thursday 17th August – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW

Fairlight Folk feat. Bill Jackson, Pete Fidler, Strangelove, Melanie Horsnell
Saturday 12th August – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Fallon Cush
Sunday 13th August – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Daniel Cherote, Alana Wilkinson, MoSoul
Wednesday 16th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. Alice Terry, Christine Jane, Stephanie Cherote
Friday 11th August – 107 Projects, Sydney, NSW

Forever Son
Friday 11th August – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Georgia Fields and Phia
Friday 11th August – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 12th August – Glen Helen Homestead Lodge, Alice Springs, NT

Georgia State Line
Friday 11th August – Saints + Sailors, Portarlington, VIC
Saturday 12th August – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Sunday 13th August – Martians Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC

Handasyd Williams w/ Levi Burr, Nik Philpott
Sunday 13th August – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

High Tea feat. Adam Miller
Thursday 17th August – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Hinterlandt
Friday 11th August – Bomaderry Presbyterian Church, Bomaderry, NSW

Hollie Matthew
Saturday 12th August – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Horns of Leroy’s Jukebox feat. The Collingwood Casanovas
Wednesday 16th August – Belleville, Melbourne, VIC

Husky
Friday 11th August – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th August – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Shellie Morris, Troy Jungaji Brady
Friday 18th August – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Friday 18th August – Lulie St Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Jason Roweth
Friday 11th August – Addison Rd Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

Jen Cloher
Friday 11th August – Readings Carlton, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th August – Rocksteady Records, Melbourne, VIC

Jep and Dep
Friday 11th August – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Halcyon Daze Records, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th August – The Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke w/ Kyle Lionhart
Friday 11th August – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 12th August – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Thursday 17th August – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 18th August – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Kelly Brouhaha
Sunday 13th August – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Tuesday 15th August – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 17th August – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 18th August – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC

Kelly Country Pick
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th August – Beechworth, VIC

Liam Gale & The Ponytails
Friday 11th August – Kingsway Bar, Launceston, TAS

Liam Gerner
Sunday 13th August – Noisy Ritual People-Powered Urban Winery, Melbourne, VIC

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 11th August – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th August – The Old Church On The Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Madeline Leman and The Desert Swells, Freya Josephine Hollick
Thursday 17th August – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Maia Marsh w/ Sisco Electro, Huckleberry Hastings, Lachlan Vines
Tuesday 15th August – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Saturday 12th August – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th August – The Log Cabin Hall, Gooloogong, NSW

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band
Thursday 17th August – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

My Friend The Chocolate Cake
Friday 11th August – Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, Springwood, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th August – Theatre Royal Castlemaine, Castlemaine, VIC

Nathan Seeckts and Great Aunt
Saturday 12th August – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Nuet & Nic Cassey
Thursday 17th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

O’Shea
Saturday 12th August – Mount Isa Rodeo, Mount Isa, QLD

Open Folk’n
Friday 11th August – The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Packwood
Friday 18th August – Plant By Packwood, Melbourne, VIC

Paul Hayward & The Sidekicks
Saturday 12th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Paul Kelly
Friday 11th August – Red Eye Records, Sydney, NSW
Monday 14th August – Readings Carlton, Melbourne, VIC

Pete Murray
Friday 11th August – Wrest Point Showroom, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 12th August – Launceston Country Club, Launceston, TAS
Thursday 17th August – Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, Batemans Bay, NSW
Friday 18th August – Waves, Wollongong, NSW

Queen Porter Stomp
Friday 18th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Raised By Eagles
Friday 11th August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th August – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 18th August – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC

Reuben Stone w/ Dan Vogl
Wednesday 16th August – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Rick Hart’s Bare Bones w/ Ben Leece
Friday 11th August – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Scarlet’s Revenge
Thursday 17th August – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW

Shane Nicholson
Friday 11th August – Anita’s Theatre, Thiroul, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th August – Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Sunday 13th August – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Shellie Morris, Wityana Marika and Dhapanbal Yunupingu
Tuesday 15th August – Darwin Festival, The Lighthouse, Darwin, NT

Sofar Sounds Gold Coast
Friday 18th August – House Concert, Mermaid Beach, QLD

Someday June w/ Zac Saber
Friday 11th August – Analogue Academy, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 12th August – The Basement Bar, Bendigo, VIC

South Coast Folk Club Hall of Famers
Thursday 17th August – South Coast Folk Club, Port Noarlunga, SA

Tami Nelson
Thursday 17th August – Darwin Festival, The Lighthouse, Darwin, NT
Friday 18th August – The Flamin’ Galah, Brisbane, QLD

Taryn La Fauci
Friday 11th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

The Co-Ground Folk Show feat. Amistat, Ariela Jacobs, Mia Wray
Friday 18th August – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

The Cope Street Parade
Saturday 12th August – Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC

The Demon Drink
Saturday 12th August – Jubilee Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 18th August – Yandina Hotel, Yandina, QLD

The Newsagency Sessions feat. Sarah Belkner, Alison Avron
Wednesday 16th August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Round Up feat. Nigel Wearne and Ayleen O’Hanlon
Wednesday 16th August – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Settlement
Saturday 12th August – Commercial Hotel, Hamilton, VIC

The Slipdixies
Sunday 13th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Slowdowns
Friday 18th August – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 11th August – Mojo Record Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th August – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Ed Castle, Adelaide, SA

The Twoks
Friday 11th August – House Concert, Adelaide, SA

The Willie Wagtails
Saturday 12th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 11th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 12th August – The Bluebee Room, Adelaide, SA

Tobias
Friday 11th August – Irish Club, Emerald, QLD
Saturday 12th August – Irish McGanns, Eoma, QLD

Tori Forsyth
Friday 18th August – The Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW

Untamed Ceilidh
Saturday 12th August – Northcote Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC

Wanneroo Folk Club feat. Dingo’s Breakfast, Ashlea Reale
Friday 11th August – Dorchester Hall, Perth, WA

Whoa Mule
Saturday 12th August – Lentil as Anything, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 13th August – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Between The Wars” – Billy Bragg

Listen to the New David Rawlings Single “Cumberland Gap”

David Rawlings
Image Courtesy of David Rawlings

David Rawlings has given us the first taste from his upcoming album Poor David’s Almanack (due tis Friday 11th August) with the track “Cumberland Gap”.

The track has a very cool 70s vibe to it and of course features Gillian Welch on co-vocals. Take a listen to “Cumberland Gap” below:

Willie Watson Announces Details of Folksinger Vol. 2

Willie Watson
Image Courtesy of Willie Watson

Since Willie Watson kicked off his solo career he’s been lauded as one of the most exciting American trad folk and country artists in the world. Watson’s 2014 solo album Folksinger Vol. 1 is considered by many to be a masterpiece and the good news is there’s a Volume Two on the way featuring a bunch of folk favourites.

Produced by David Rawlings and featuring collaborations with The Fairfield Four, Gillian Welch, Morgan Jahnig (Old Crow Medicine Show) and Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers), Folksinger Vol. 2 is due for release on the 15th September.

“I’m not trying to prove any point here and I’m not trying to be a purist” Willie Watson explained. “There’s so much beauty in this old music, and it affects me on a deep level. It moves me and inspires me. I heard Leadbelly singing with the Golden Gate Quartet and it sounded fantastic, and I thought, “I want to do that.” I heard the Grateful Dead doing their version of “On the Road Again”, and it sounded like a dance party in 1926, and I wanted to do that, too. That’s the whole reason I ever played music in the first place—because it looked and sounded like it was going to be a lot of fun.”

Check out the full track listing for Folksinger Vol. 2 below:

1. Samson And Delilah (feat. The Fairfield Four)
2. Gallows Pole
3. When My Baby Left Me
4. Dry Bones
5. Walking Boss
6. On The Road Again (feat. The Fairfield Four)
7. The Cuckoo Bird
8. Always Lift Him Up And Never Knock Him Down
9. John Henry
10. Leavin’ Blues
11. Take This Hammer (feat. The Fairfield Four)

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 14th July

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney singer-songwriter Julia Johnson released her debut solo single “Melissa”. Details here

– The legendary Richard Thompson is releasing Acoustic Classics Vol. II later this year. Details here

– Sydney rock and alt-country artist Fallon Cush released their new video “Long Shot”. Details here

Mama Kin and Spender revealed their new collaboration and single “Air Between Us”. Details here

– The legendary David Rawlings has shed the machine and announced a new album Poor David’s Almanack. Details here

– Melbourne based alt-country singer-songwriter Rick Hart released the video to his new single “To The Grave”. Details here

– Old-time string band Shelley’s Murder Boys have been announced as the headline act for this week’s Bluegrass @ Yulli’s in Sydney. Details here

– Melbourne electro-folk singer-songwriter Hayden Calnin released his new single “Collision” ahead of the release of his new EP Dirt today. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Anna Cordell released her new lo-fi single “The Moon”. Details here

– Folk cellist Ben Sollee released his new video “Pieces of You”. Details here

Releases This Week

Dirt
DirtHayden Calnin
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Offa Rex
The Queen of HeartsOffa Rex
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

FolkSwagon feat. Leroy Lee, Caitlin Harnett, Andy Golledge Band

Andy

It’s the 100th show for Sydney weekly night FolkSwagon and they’ve pulled out the big guns in the form of Leroy Lee, Caitlin Harnett and the Andy Golledge Band. If you’re not at this show then you’re missing out.

Wednesday 19th July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Adam Young & Katie Brianna
Sunday 16th July – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Ainsley Farrell
Friday 14th July – OAF Gallery Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th July – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th July – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW

Ainslie Wills
Thursday 20th July – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 14th July – Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Saturday 15th July – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Amaya Laucirica
Wednesday 19th July – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

An Otherwise Quiet Room – The Yarra Sessions Video Series Launch feat. Mandy Connell, Sarah Carrol, Matt Glass, Girl Friday, Brent Parlane
Sunday 16th July – Yarra Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Anna Cordell w/ Obscura Hail, Rough River
Saturday 15th July – Kew Courthouse, Melbourne, VIC

Baby Blue & Leah Senior
Saturday 15th July – Gin Lane, Belgrave, VIC

Ben Salter
Saturday 15th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 16th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival Showcase feat. The Deans of Soul, Catfish Voodoo, Nardia Rose Band, Matt Katsis, Kelly Brouhaha, Cameron James Henderson, The Barren Spinsters, Tasha Zappala, Tim Hulsman, Wayne Jury, Savannah Rose, William Alexander, Bill Barber & The Revellators, Dave Diprose, Mariah McCarthy, Mr Wilby & Me
Sunday 16th July – Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Shelley’s Murder Boys
Wednesday 19th July – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Brad Butcher
Friday 14th July – House Concert, Burnie, TAS
Saturday 15th July – Little Rivers Brewing, Scottsdale, TAS
Sunday 16th July – Regional Flavours Fest. – City Sounds Stage, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st July – Nambour RSL, Nambour, QLD

Broads
Saturday 15th July – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Brunswick Scottish Society’s July Ceilidh
Saturday 15th July – Fleming Park Community Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Clare Bowen w/ Timothy James Bowen
Friday 14th July – The Star, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 15th July – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton, QLD

Clea w/ Nice Biscuit, Rory J Dawson
Saturday 15th July – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Demi Mitchell & Katie Brianna
Saturday 15th July – Grand Junction, The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Devil Goat Family String Band
Sunday 16th July – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Dope Lemon
Friday 14th July – UOW UniBar, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 16th July – Long Jetty Hotel, Long Jetty, NSW

Fanny Lumsden and Tobias
Thursday 20th July – Longreach Civic Centre, Longreach, QLD
Friday 21st July – Ilfracombe Hall, Ilfracombe, QLD

Father John Misty
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Finders Keepers Market Melbourne
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July – Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Leroy Lee, Caitlin Harnett, Andy Golledge Band
Wednesday 19th July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Forever Son
Saturday 15th July – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 16th July – The Oriental Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Georgia Fields and Phia
Friday 14th July – Candelo General Store, Candelo, NSW
Saturday 15th July – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW
Friday 21st July – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Grace Turner, Alice Williams, Imogen Pemberton
Monday 17th July – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Grigoryan Brothers
Saturday 15th July – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 16th July – Mitchell Wines, Sevenhill, SA
Tuesday 18th July – The Plenary, Melbourne Convention Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 20th July – Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC

Harvey Russell & Sam Shinazzi
Saturday 15th July – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Helen Townsend
Thursday 20th July – Gypsy Tapas House, Fremantle, WA
Friday 21st July – Sunset Studio, Mayfield, NSW

Husky
Saturday 15th July – Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS

Jen Mize
Thursday 20th July – Kedron Wavell Services Club, Brisbane, QLD

Jess Locke & Ainsley Farrell
Saturday 15th July – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Joe Pug w/ Courtney Marie Andrews
Friday 14th July – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 15th July – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Sunday 16th July – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 18th July – Labour in Vain, Melbourne, VIC

John Flanagan
Sunday 16th July – CERES Organic Market & Grocery, Melbourne, VIC

Joseph Tawadros and James Tawadros
Wednesday 19th July – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Josh Owen, Cameron James Henderson & Tim Hulsman
Saturday 15th July – The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Katie Brianna
Sunday 16th July – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th July – Grand Junction, The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 14th July – The Basement Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 15th July – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 16th July – The Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 20th July – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 21st July – No 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Lazy L String Band, Stillhouse Union
Sunday 16th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Liam Gerner
Sunday 16th July – Noisy Ritual People-Powered Urban Winery, Melbourne, VIC

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 14th July – Suttons House of Music, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 20th July – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st July – The Mullumbimby ex-Services Club, Mullumbimby, NSW

Lost Ragas
Friday 21st July – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Luke Legs
Saturday 15th July – Winter Wild Festival, Great Ocean Road Brewhouse, Apollo Bay, VIC

Maia Marsh
Friday 14th July – Vic on the Park Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th July – The Naked Bean, Grafton, NSW

Mark Di Marzio & the Weary Kind
Saturday 15th July – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Lucas and the Lazy L, Stillhouse Union
Sunday 16th July – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Friday 14th July – Candelo General Store, Candelo, NSW
Saturday 15th July – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW

Melbourne Celtic Piping Session
Sunday 16th July – Exford Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mikri Kompania
Thursday 20th July – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Miles and Simone
Friday 14th July – Moira, VIC
Saturday 15th July – Yarck, VIC
Sunday 16th July – The Theatre Royal, Castlemaine VIC
Thursday 20th July – The Gem, PBS FM, Acid Country OB, Leaps and Bounds, Melbourne VIC

Nigel Wearne
Sunday 16th July – The Taproom, Castlemaine, VIC

Parvyn and Josh Bennett
Saturday 15th July – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Pete Murray
Friday 14th July – The Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 20th July – Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD
Friday 21st July – Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich, QLD

Quinton Trembath
Friday 14th July – Melbourne St Laundromat, Adelaide, SA

Riley Pearce w/ Elli Schoen, The Hunting Birds
Friday 21st July – Secret Warehouse Show, Perth, WA

Roller One
Sunday 16th July – Labour in Vain, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Buckingham
Thursday 20th July – Chapel Theatre, Glen Innes, NSW

Sean McMahon and the MoonMen
Friday 14th July – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 15th July – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Shaky Stills
Saturday 15th July – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Wednesday 19th July – Bluegrass @ Yullis, Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 20th July – Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW

Sime Nugent & Joshua Cook
Sunday 16th July – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Slow Dancer
Friday 14th July – OAF Gallery, Sydney, NSW

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July – Byron Bay, NSW

Supper Clubs at CERES feat. Alison Ferrier, Sarah Carroll, Ian Collard
Friday 14th July – CERES Environment Park, Melbourne, VIC

Taryn La Fauci
Saturday 15th July – Sunset Sessions on top of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 16th July – Sunset Sessions on top of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 21st July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Ahern Brothers
Friday 14th July – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Sunday 16th July – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 20th July – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Bean Project
Friday 21st July – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

The Darling Downs
Saturday 15th July – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

The Low Down Riders
Friday 14th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Muso Next Door
Saturday 15th July – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

The New Savages
Saturday 15th July – Catfish, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 16th July – The Elephant & Castle Hotel, Geelong, VIC

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 14th July – Jambo Bar & Cafe, Melbourne, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 14th July – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 20th July – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 21st July – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Guy
Tuesday 18th July – Tramway Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Timberwolf
Friday 14th July – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 15th July – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 21st July – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Tori Forsyth
Thursday 20th July – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, VIC
Friday 21st July – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Vanishing Shapes
Friday 14th July – Paragon Cafe, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 15th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 21st July – Foghorn Brewhouse, Erina, NSW

Vardos
Friday 14th July – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Whimsy
Sunday 16th July – Apollo Bay Hotel, Apollo Bay, VIC

Yarra’s Women of Country feat. Freya Hollick w/ Jemma Nicole, Jemma Rowlands
Sunday 16th July – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Writers’ Block #29 feat. Alison Ferrier, Melissa Main, Cate Taylor, Les Thomas, Tony Leonard, Tom Bolton
Thursday 20th July – Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Hymn 101” – Joe Pug

David Rawlings Announces New Album Poor David’s Almanack

David Rawlings
Image Courtesy of David Rawlings

Celebrate Americana singer-songwriter David Rawlings has announced plans to release his third album Poor David’s Almanack on the 11th August.

The album is Rawlings’ first without the Dave Rawlings Machine moniker and but still features longtime compatriot Gillian Welch as well as many of the his regular collaborators including Willie Watson, Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers), Brittany Haas (Crooked Still), Ketch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show) and Taylor & Griffin Goldsmith (Dawes).

Check out the full track listing for Poor David’s Almanack here:

1. Midnight Train
2. Money Is The Meat In The Coconut
3. Cumberland Gap
4. Airplane
5. Lindsey Button
6. Come On Over My House
7. Guitar Man
8. Yup
9. Good God A Woman
10. Put ‘Em Up Solid

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