The Falls Do Daytrotter

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It’s funny what we consider measures of success. I’ve been listening to US live music series Daytrotter for as long as I’ve been writing this blog, so to see Sydney duo Falls turn up there was really exciting. Despite all the success Falls have had since moving to the States, seeing their cartoon Daytrotter faces appear in my email was a “they’ve made it” moment for me.

Falls performed four tracks for their Daytrotter session – “Please”, “Home”, “Hollywood” and “Into The Fire”. To listen (and download if you’re a member) check out the session here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 12th October


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– If you’re heading to the Mullum Music Festival this year make sure you catch the Jesse Younan tribute concert featuring Jordie Lane, Jen Cloher, Greg J Walker (Machine Translations), Emily Lubitz (TinPan Orange) and M Jack Bee. Details here

– Sydney folk-pop duo Achoo! Bless You released their catchy new single “Before We Say Goodbye” as a free download ahead of their new EP later this year. Details here

Mumford and Sons got together with some friends to record a Daytrotter session filled with traditionals and covers. Details here

– Melbourne six-piece The Tiger and Me have finally announced the details of their upcoming tour to support their new album The Drifter’s Dawn. Details here

Jen Cloher revealed her brand new video and single “Mount Beauty” this week. Details here

Roland Kay-Smith of Roland K Smith & The Sinners and Smitty & B. Good fame has released his debut solo acoustic EP Blue and Green. Details here

Corinbank Festival announced its “Take 2” 2012 lineup on Wednesday morning after the original event was washed out earlier this year. The lineup includes Busby Marou, Dallas Frasca, The Barons of Tang, Jack Carty, Heath Cullen, Lucie Thorne, Julia & The Deep Sea Sirens, The Ellis Collective and more. Details here

– In other festival news WOMADelaide revealed the first four acts in its 2013 lineup – The Cat Empire, Hugh Masekela, Jimmy Cliff and The Herd. Details here

– Yet another festival to make a lineup announcement this week was the Falls Festival who added a bunch of artists including Rodrigo Y Gabriela. Details here

– Old-time blues and folk master William Elliott Whitmore has announced a handful of sideshows when he’s in the country for Bluesfest next year. Details here

– In other Bluesfest sideshow news Glen Hansard and The Frames have announced headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne and are bringing Lisa Hannigan along in the support slot. Details here

– And then of course Bluesfest itself revealed its second artist lineup including Luka Bloom, Seth Lakeman, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Michael Kiwanuka and more

– Not to be outdone the Blue Mountains Music Festival also revealed their first round of artists for 2013 including Arlo Guthrie, Gurrumul, Luka Bloom, Seth Lakeman, Ngaiire, Spooky Men’s Chorale, Kim Churchill, The April Maze, Perch Creek Family Jug Band, Jack Carty, Nick And Liesl, Bellyache Ben And The Steamgrass Boys and many more. Details here

– As if there weren’t enough festival announcements this week Peats Ridge also added a bunch of artists including Tin Sparrow, Brian Campeau, Sam Buckingham, Bec Sandridge, Little Bastard, Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers, The Green Mohair Suits, Traveller & Fortune, Belle and the Bone People and more. Details here

– Sydney nu-folk four-piece Tin Sparrow revealed their new single “The Beast” from the upcoming EP Fair & Verdant Woods. Details here

TinPan Orange have released their beautiful new video for the track “Flowers”. Details here

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros released their new video for the track “Child”. The video was directed by Michal Byra, a fan who won a competition to make a clip to any Edward Sharpe track off the new album Here. Details here

Willy Mason touches down in Australia today to start his support slot with Mumford and Sons and has just released his new single “I Got Gold”. Details here

– Two of Australia’s most exciting neo-folk artists, Patrick James and Texture Like Sun, have announced a co-headline tour this November. Details here


“It sounds like I have dreamed of sounding in my head for many many years. I’ve been happy with every single recording I’ve done but this one is just a little bit more beautiful to my ears”Sarah Humphreys chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here



“Opening with the waltz “Birdy” the first thing you notice, as always with TinPan Orange, is Emily Lubitz glorious, sumptuous voice. Part Edith Piaf, part indie-pop chanteuse Lubitz’s voice has always been the centre upon which the rest of TinPan Orange revolves and it’s great to hear her up the front of the mix in almost every track on Over The Sun – producer Steven Schram has done a fantastic job here”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews TinPan Orange’s new album Over The Sun. Review here

Releases This Week

Bless This Mess
Bless This MessLisa Mitchell

Blue and Green
Blue and GreenRoland Kay-Smith

Fragile Heart
Fragile HeartSam Buckingham

Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun
Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a SunThe Wooden Sky

Timber and Steel Presents

Don’t Think Twice feat. Hayfever
Sunday 14th October – The Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Eastern
The Eastern
Friday 12th October – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 13th October – The Block, Hunter Valley, NSW
Sunday 14th October – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Ainslie Wills
Friday 12th October – The Metro, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 18th October – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Billy Bragg
Friday 19th October – Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC

Busby Marou with Slip On Stereo
Friday 12th October – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 13th October – Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 14th October – Andergrove Tavern, MacKay, QLD
Thursday 18th October – The Irish Village, Emerald, QLD
Friday 19th October – Gladstone Entertainment Centre, Gladstone, QLD

Crooked Saint and Ashleigh Mannix
Friday 12th October – Western Port Hotel, Westernport, VIC
Saturday 13th October – Baby Black Café, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Wednesday 17th October – Lizotte’s, Central Coast, NSW
Thursday 18th October – Front Gallery & Café, Canberra, ACT
Friday 19th October – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Elliot the Bull
Friday 19th October – Burdekin Upstairs, Sydney, NSW

Folk In The Foothills feat. Le Vent Du Nord, Gregory Page, Sunas, The Stetson Family and more
Sunday 14th October – Jamberoo Valley Lodge, Jamberoo, NSW

Hat Fitz and Cara
Friday 12th October – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th October – Katoomba RSL, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 14th October – Lizotte’s, Lambton, NSW
Thursday 18th October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 19th October – The Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC

Friday 12th October – The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 14th October – Uni Bar, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 18th October – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
Friday 12th October – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, NSW
Saturday 13th October – Zierholz @ UC, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 14th October – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Friday 19th October – Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
19th to 21st October – Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp
Friday 12th October – Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford, NSW
Saturday 13th October – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 14th October – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 18th October – The Majestic Theatre, Pomona, QLD
Friday 19th October – Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Lisa Mitchell with Alpine and Danco
Thursday 18th October – Bar on the Hill, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 19th October – The Metro, Sydney, NSW

Little Features feat. Arbori, Miss Elm, Lyall Moloney and Charlie Gradon
Saturday 13th October – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Mama Kin
Friday 19th October – Town Hall Nannup, Nannup, WA

Mark Wilkinson
Wednesday 17th October – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 18th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 19th October – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW

Mumford and Sons and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Saturday 13th October – Belvoir Ampitheatre, Perth, WA
Monday 15th October – Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 17th October – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 18th October – Entertainment Center, Sydney, NSW

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Chris Finnen and Cal Williams jr.

Friday 12th October – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
feat. Le Vent du Nord with Louise Blackwell
Friday 19th October – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

The New Worlds with George Jackson
Wednesday 17th October – The Cat and Fiddle, Sydney, NSW

The Paper Kites (with Art of Sleeping, Battleships)
Friday 12th October – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th October – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 18th October – Fowlers, Adelaide, SA
Friday 19th October – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA

The Pigs
Friday 12th October – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 13th October – Kinross Woolshed, Albury, NSW

The String Contingent
Saturday 13th October – Wauchope Arts Council, Wauchope, NSW

Friday 12th October – Side Bar @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 13th October – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong NSW
Sunday 14th October – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 18th October – Ya–Ya’s, Perth, WA
Friday 19th October – Norfolk Basement, Fremantle, WA

TinPan Orange
Saturday 13th October – Woombye Pub, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 14th October – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Music For A Found Harmonium” – Patrick Street

When I was living in Dublin a number of years ago I would sit in on the céilí at my local pub every Tuesday night and the musicians there would always play this tune. It wasn’t until a few years later that I discovered it wasn’t a traditional piece and was actually written by Simon Jeffes from The Penguin Café Orchestra and made famous by Patrick Street. Versions of this song have been used everywhere from ads to TV and movies. You might recognise Patrick Street’s version from Napolean Dynamite.

Mumford and Sons (and Friends) Do Daytrotter

Mumford and Sons
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If you’re getting sick of all the Mumford and Sons related articles on here of late I’m deeply sorry. Given the band played a vital part in inspiring this blog to begin with coupled with the fact that they have a new album and are about to tour the country the Mumford and Sons references are not likely to disappear anytime soon – but we promise to write about other artists as well!

To help celebrate the new album Babel the excellent folks over at Daytrotter last week unveiled their Mumford and Sons and Friends live session. Recorded at the Gentlemen of the Road stopover show in Dixon, Illinois in a local high school and on the tour bus the session also features the likes of Abigail Washburn, Ross Holmes, Nathaniel Rateliff and Taylor Goldsmith from Dawes.

This Daytrotter session is a mixture of traditionals and covers and can be listened to and downloaded (if you’re a member) here. The full track listing is below:

1. “Not With Haste”
2. “Little Birdie” – with Ross Holmes, Abigail Washburn and Nathaniel Rateliff
3. “Angel Band” – with Ross Holmes, Abigail Washburn and Nathaniel Rateliff
4. “Not In Nottingham” – with Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes.
5. “Reincarnation” with Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes.
6. “I Was Young When I Left Home” with Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes.
7. “Partner Nobody Chose” with Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes.
8. “Atlantic City” with Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes.

Johnny Flynn Does Daytrotter

Johnny Flynn
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The Johnny Flynn news is coming thick and fast at the moment – probably due to the fact he has a new album in the works. This morning Daytrotter released their latest session featuring Johnny Flynn and diehard fans will be pleased to hear it include new songs, “After Elliot” and “Einstein’s Idea” as well as the track we were treated to live yesterday “The Lady Is Risen” and firm favourite “Been Listening”.

The session was recorded in Crouch End, London on the 1st March. You can listen to and download it here. Stay tuned to more Johnny Flynn news as it comes to hand.

Joe Pug Does Daytrotter

Joe Pug
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After his latest visit to our shores last year I think it’s safe to say that Australia is officially in love with Joe Pug. As we said in our review of his show in Sydney with Wagons “the raw passion that Pug sings with is just astounding”.

While there’s no lack of Joe Pug material available online we always welcome more which is why we thought we’d send you the way of his latest session with Daytrotter. With versions of “Those Thankless Years”, “Hymn #76”, “How Good You Are” and “A Gentle Few” the session is worth the membership fee and more. You can listen and download Joe Pug’s Daytrotter Session here.

The Punch Brothers Do Daytrotter

Punch Brothers
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Thanks to a little movie called The Hunger Games progressive bluegrass five-piece The Punch Brothers have pretty much become a household name and we couldn’t be happier. These guys are so super talented they deserve to be heard by as many people as possible.

And one more way they’re going to achieve that is via their Daytrotter session released today. Comprised of 4 songs (“Sexx Laws / Train On The Island”, “Patchwork Girlfriend”, “Movement And Location” and “Clara”) The Punch Brothers’ Daytrotter session is the perfect way to connect with a band that is reportedly even better live than recorded. Check out the session here.

Yim Yames, Will Johnson, Jay Farrar and Anders Parker Do Daytrotter

New Multitudes
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We’ve told you a couple of times about the Woody Guthrie tribute album New Multitudes from Jay Farrar, Will Johnson (Centro-Matic), Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket) and Anders Parker and now you have the chance to get a little more out of the project. The guys have managed to get together and recorded four of the tracks from New Multitudes for Daytrotter – “Chorine My Sheba Queen”, “Hoping Machine”, “Old L.A.” and “Talking Empty Bed Blues”.

You can listen and download the tracks here – as long as you’re a member.

Kyla La Grange Does Daytrotter

Kyla La Grange
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Daytrotter Sessions, the wonderful online live music resource, recently teamed up with Communion Records to start recording out of London and provide its subscribers with an even more diverse range of music. One of the first sessions to be recorded by Communion gurus Ian Grimble and Richard Matthews was this wonderful set from Kyla La Grange.

Despite the electric guitars La Grange definitely has a folk sensibility surrounding her music which you can easily see come through on her tracks for Daytrotter: “Been Better”, “Courage”, “Sympathy” and “Vampire Smile”. If you’re a Daytrotter member you can listen to and download the session here.

New Noah and the Whale Daytrotter Session

Noah and the Whale
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Noah and the Whale have moved far enough along the musical spectrum away from folk and closer to pop that we probably shouldn’t be covering them anymore. But when they’re writing songs as Springsteen-catchy as “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.” and “Tonight’s The Kind of Night” they’re really hard to ignore. Plus we have such a soft spot for the boys being one of the bands that really got us back into folk music in a big way.

The latest string to Noah and the Whale’s bow is their second Daytrotter session (you can listen to the first one from 2008 here). You can really see how much the band has grown between the two sessions. Their latest Daytrotter Session contains the tracks “Wild Thing”, “The Line”, “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.” and “Tonight’s The Kind of Night” – listen to it right here (after you sign up!).

Teddy Thompson on Daytrotter

Teddy Thompson
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The latest Daytrotter Session we thought we thought we’d throw your way comes from UK singer songwriter Teddy Thompson. The son of folk legends Richard and Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson has carved out a nice little nu-folk niche for himself singing songs steeped in heartbreak and loss.

Check out Teddy Thompson’s Daytrotter Session here (and make sure you join the site so you can download for your collection).

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