Thank Folk It’s Friday – 16th August

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our first ever New Music Monday featured new tracks from the last few weeks from the likes of Alfí, Amy Vee, Devandra Banhart, Dori Freeman, Phia feat. Melbourne Indie Voices, Pieta Brown and Sam Shinazzi. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Bon Iver
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Sydney Folk Festival

Sydney Folk Festival

Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 16th August – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 17th August – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne, NSW

Ainsley Farrell
Friday 16th August – Bank Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd August – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

Allan Caswell
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Amy Nelson
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Andrew Swift
Friday 16th August – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th August – Grand Ridge Brewery, Mirboo North, VIC

Bec Willis & Matt Ward
Friday 16th August – Limestone Coast Pantry, Mount Gambier, SA
Saturday 17th August – Crossley Hall, Warrnambool, VIC

Benson and the Outlaws w/ Jesse Redwing, Kristen Lee Morris
Friday 23rd August – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 16th August – Indian Ocean Hotel, Perth, WA
Saturday 17th August – The Aardvark, Fremantle, WA
Friday 23rd September – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Saturday 17th August – Cauliflower Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Boy & Bear
Friday 16th August – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th August – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd August – The Astor, Perth, WA

Brendon Moon
Sunday 18th August – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Caiti Baker
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Canberra Shanty Club
Monday 19th August – Old Canberra Inn, Canberra, ACT

Chaika
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Chloe & Jason Roweth
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 16th August – The Golden Wattle, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 17th August – Cooee Arthouse, Aldinga, SA
Sunday 18th August – Deviation Road Winery, Longwood, SA

Darwin Festival
Thursday 8th to Sunday 25th August – Darwin, NT

Davidson Brothers
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Den Hanrahan & the Rum Runners
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Didirri w/ Ro
Thursday 22nd August – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd August – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Dope Lemon
Saturday 17th August – Metropolis, Fremantle, WA

Eric Bogle
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Fallon Cush
Sunday 18th August – Beaches Hotel, Thirroul, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 16th August – Thargomindah Hall, Thargomindah, QLD

Figgy Folk Session
Monday 19th August – Figtree Hotel, Figtree, NSW

Felicity Urquhart
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

FolkSwagon feat, Emily Rigz, Jesse Squire, Machine on a Break
Wednesday 21st August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. Ben Fink & Mark Eliott, Spindles, Callum Wylie
Friday 16th August – 107, Sydney, NSW

Forty Degrees South
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Fleetwood Mac
Saturday 17th August – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 20th August – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 22nd August – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Fred Smith
Friday 23rd August – Tallimba Hall, Tallimba, NSW

Gareth Leach & Michaela Jenke
Friday 23rd August – The Catfish, Melbourne, VIC

Greta Stanley
Friday 23rd August – Darwin Festival, Darwin, NT

Gympie Music Muster
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie, QLD

Harrison Storm
Friday 16th August – Heya Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 17th August – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Harvey Russell & The Widowmakers
Saturday 17th August – The Fitzroy Pinnacle, Melbourne, VIC

Hayseed Dixie
Tuesday 20th August – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 21st August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Hein Cooper
Friday 16th August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 17th August – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW
Friday 23rd August – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA

Honey
Sunday 18th August- Bodalla Dairy Shed, Bodalla, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 22nd August – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Huckleberry Hastings
Friday 23rd August – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

Jacob Diamond
Friday 16th August – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th August – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 18th August – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd August – Brewhouse, Margaret River, WA

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Jeff Lang
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Kasey Chambers
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Kate Burke and Luke Plumb
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Kay Proudlove
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Kelly Country Pick
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – The Old Priory, Beechworth, VIC

Kirsty Lee Akers
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Little Quirks
Friday 16th August – Lo-Fi, Newcastle, NSW

Luke Plumb and The Circuit
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Mark Lucas & The Dead Setters
Friday 23rd August – Merton Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Saturday 17th August – The Acoustic Picnic, Sydney, NSW

Melody Moko
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Neil Murray
Friday 23rd August – Prairie Hotel, Parachilna, SA

Paddy McHugh
Friday 16th August – The Golden Wattle, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 17th August – Cooee Arthouse, Aldinga, SA
Sunday 18th August – Deviation Road Winery, Longwood, SA
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Papa Pilko And The Binrats w/ Caitlin Harnett, The Good Boys
Friday 23rd August – Landsdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Rose Zita Falko
Friday 16th August – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 18th August – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Rosie McDonald
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Sarah Humphreys
Sunday 18th August – Club Millthorpe, Millthorpe, NSW

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 21st August – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Sean McMahon and The Owls
Friday 23rd August – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Seanchas
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Shantily Clad
Sunday 18th August – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 21st August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Smith & Jones
Sunday 18th August – Beaches Hotel, Thirroul, NSW
Thursday 22nd August – Little Alberts at the Victoria, Bathurst, NSW

Stu Tyrrell
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Folk Festival
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney, NSW

Taste Of Tamworth feat. Carter & Carter, Lyn Bowtell, Jayne Denham, The Weeping Willows
Friday 16th August – The Wedge, Sale, VIC
Saturday 17th August – Moe RSL, Moe, VIC
Sunday 18th August – Frankston RSL, Melbourne, VIC

Tessa Devine
Friday 16th August – Bingil Bay Cafe, Bingil Bay, QLD

Tex Perkins and his Fat Rubber Band
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

The Black Sorrows
Friday 16th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 17th August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 18th August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

The Bottlers
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

The Last Aurochs
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

The McClymonts
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

The Montgomery Brothers
Friday 16th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Shanty Club
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

The Water Runners
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

The Willing Ponies
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August – Sydney Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW

The Wilson Pickers
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Thelma Plum
Friday 16th August – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 17th August – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 22nd August – Sooki Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd August – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Victoria Vigenser & Lindsay Martin
Friday 16th August – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club, Beatrice Taylor Hall, Hornsby, NSW

Wednesday Winter Warmer feat. Highfalutin, Nick Payne and the Incorrigible Rascals, Shelley’s Murder Boys
Wednesday 21st August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Wifey w/ Restless Leg, Nighttime & Child
Friday 23rd August – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Yulli’s Sessions feat. Not Good With Horses
Wednesday 21st August – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Stay (Wasting Time)” – Dave Matthews Band

New Music Monday – 12th August

Alfi
Image Courtesy of Alfí

Alfí – “The Drink Song”

“The Drink Song” has featured on a couple of the folk music podcasts I listen to and now I can’t get it out of my head. Alfí, like the much lauded Lankum, are part of a new breed of Irish trad and folk bands who are embrassing the rougher, rawer side of Irish music. “The Drink Song” is taken from Alfí’s EP Wolves in the Woods which is wonderful and well worth you picking up.

Amy Vee – “Paper and Wood”

“Paper and Wood” is the latest single from award-winning singer-songwriter Amy Vee, taken from her new album Same Skin. The track is sumtuous piece of acoustic pop music, highlighting Amy Vee’s unique vocal style.

To celebrate the release of Same Skin Amy Vee is heading out on tour this October and November:

Wednesday 9th October – Memo Music Hall, St. Kilda, VIC
Sunday 13th October – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th October – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 20th October – Royal Exchange Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 1st November – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW
Saturday 2nd November – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Devendra Banhart – “Memorial”

Freak-folk singer Devendra Banhart released “Memorial”, the latest single from his upcoming album Ma, due on the 13th September. “Memorial” is a melancholy waltz, showcasing a songwriter who is trying to grapple with the finality of death and the process of mourning.

“”Memorial” is about loss and the strangeness of feeling so numb, and yet so completely heart-broken-open,” Banhart wrote on the song. “It’s about three people I loved very much, and some of it happened just like it says in the song. Someone really did propose at one of the memorials – we all thought they would have loved how surreal, romantic, and inappropriate that was. It’s about those last moments, how painful and perfect they were, all the tears, all the tears. I don’t know what else to say, except that I wrote the song for you to tell you about it, see if maybe you know what I mean, tell you everything, see if maybe it brings us closer, makes it easier to tell each other how much we love and appreciate one another.”

Dori Freeman – “That’s How I Feel”

Alt-country singer Dori Freeman dropped a surprise new track from her upcoming album Every Single Star, due on the 27th September. “That’s How I Feel” is a syncopated gem, showcasing Freeman’s stunning voice and just how tight her band is on the upcoming album.

Phia – “Full Circle”

Indie-pop singer Phia has teamed with the Melbourne Indie Voices for her latest single “Full Circle”. This is Phia at her full powers, channelling her knack for a catchy pop arrangement into a quirky track with interesting and exciting instrumental and vocal choices. The addition of the Melbourne Indie Voices adds something special without being overpowering. Lovely stuff.

Pieta Brown – “Ask For More”

American singer-songwriter Pieta Brown has released the tender new single and video “Ask For More”. The singer is a favourite with Australian audiences and its easy to why – there’s a fragility to her songwriting which draws the listener in and the music is simply beautiful.

“Ask For More” is taken from the upcoming album Freeway, co-produced by S. Carey (Bon Iver) and due for release on the 20th September.

Sam Shinazzi – “I Wrote A Book For You”

Sydney based singer-songwriter Sam Shinazzi released his brand new single “I Wrote A Book For You”, a straight forward love song accentuated by some amazing slide guitar from Michael Carpenter. The track also featured in the recent film Book Week.

“Writer/director Heath Davis asked me to write a song for the closing credits to his film Book Week – a brand new song about a film I was yet to see,” Shinazzi explained. “He gave me the movie title and some genre direction, which ended up being SAM-like anyway. The song came easily enough to me, and thankfully all those involved with the film loved it too. I then asked Michael Carpenter to put his touch on it, which he did brilliantly at Love HZ Studios. The song fits directly with the other new songs and works in progress for the next album, both musically and thematically. This is a special song for me with a tonne of meaning; I hope others get some feelings out of it too.”

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 26th July

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Big Sky Mountain, Devandra Banhart, Harley Mavis, Hein Cooper, Joe Man Murphy, Joe Pug, Karine Polwart, The Brother Brothers feat. Sarah Jarosz & Jeff Picker, Wallis Bird and Witches Leap. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Greta Stanley
Sun In My EyesGreta Stanley
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Fever Dream
Fever DreamOf Monsters and Men
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Groundwater Country Music Festival

Groundwater

Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Gold Coast, QLD

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July – Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival, Echuca, Victoria

Adam Eckersley Band
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Amber Lawrence
Friday 26th July – Gunnedah Hotel, Gunnedah, NSW
Saturday 27th July – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 28th July – Dubbo RSL Memorial Club, Dubbo, NSW
Friday 2nd August – Deniliquin Club, Deniliquin, NSW

Andrew Swift
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Big Sky Mountain
Friday 26th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July – Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival, Echuca, Victoria
Friday 2nd August – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Brad Cox
Friday 2nd August – Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 26th July – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Catherine Britt w/ The Weeping Willows
Saturday 27th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

David Bridie
Saturday 27th July – The Peacock Theatre, Hobart, TAS

Doc & the Delegates
Saturday 27th July – Clarendon Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Dope Lemon
Friday 2nd August – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July – Echuca, Victoria

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 1st August – The Drawing Room on Flinders, Townsville, QLD
Friday 2nd August – Herbert River Crushers Hall, Ingham, QLD

Felicity Urquhart
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

FolkSwagon feat. Julia Johnson, Ruben Neeson, Sebastian Field
Wednesday 31st July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Gary & James Daley
Saturday 27th July – Nolan On Lovel Gallery, Katoomba, NSW

Great Aunt
Sunday 28th July – The Cambus Wallace, Gold Coast, QLD

Greta Stanley
Saturday 29th June – Neck of the Woods Festival, Townsville, QLD

Gretta Ziller
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Groundwater Country Music Festival
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Gold Coast, QLD

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 1st August – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Victor Mishalow
Sunday 28th July – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 26th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 27th July – Candelo Town Hall, Candelo, NSW
Sunday 28th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 26th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th July – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd August – The Rye Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

John Schumann and Shane Howard
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Jordan Ireland with Purple Orchestra w/ Babey, Soda Eaves
Thursday 1st August – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Katie Brianna
Friday 2nd August – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Kay Proudlove
Sunday 28th July – Succulent Sessions, Sydney, NSW

Kim Wheeler & Roadside Holiday
Tuesday 30th July – Mountain Pickers Association, Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, Ferntree Gully, VIC

Little Georgia
Friday 26th July – The Lennox Sessions, Lennox Head, NSW
Friday 2nd August – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC

M.E. Baird
Thursday 27th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Mark Oats and Matty Zarb
Friday 26th July – Django at Camelot, Sydney, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Sunday 28th July – Old Canberra Inn, Canberra, ACT

Mick Hart
Friday 26th and Saturday 27th July – Winter Blues Festival, Echuca, VIC
Sunday 28th July – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Miriam Lieberman
Wednesday 31st July – Peach Black, Sydney, NSW

Montgomery Church
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 2nd August – Hume Conservatorium, Goulburn, NSW

Mustered Courage
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Neil Murray
Saturday 27th July – Victoria Hotel, Dimboola, VIC
Sunday 28th July – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 30th July – Woomera Heritage Centre, Woomera, SA

Oly Sherman w/ Dom Youdan, James Campbell
Saturday 27th July – Low 302, Sydney, NSW

Paddy McHugh & Andy Golledge
Friday 26th July – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Peta Caswell & The Lost Cause
Friday 2nd August – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Round Mountain Girls
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Sahara Beck
Friday 26th July – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 31st July – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Simon Imrei
Friday 2nd August – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 26th July – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 27th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd August – Scottish Price, Gold Coast, QLD

Taste Of Tamworth feat. Carter & Carter, Lyn Bowtell, Jayne Denham, The Weeping Willows
Thursday 1st August – The Forge Theatre and Arts Hub, Bairnsdale, VIC
Friday 2nd August – Alexandra Town Hall, Alexandra, VIC

The Bluebird Sings
Saturday 27th July – Dashville, Belford, NSW

The Bottlers
Sunday 28th July – The Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Bushwackers
Friday 26th July – Outback Queensland Masters, Mount Isa, QLD

The Hillbilly Goats
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 27th July – Esk Club Hotel, Esk, QLD

The Little Lord Street Band
Friday 26th July – Grumpy’s Music Bar, Perth, WA
Sunday 28th July – Otherside Brewing Co, Perth, WA

The Loaded Dog Folk Club feat. Chloe & Jason Roweth, Buck & Deanne
Saturday 27th July – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 2nd August – Tabcorp Park, Melton South, VIC

The Slowdowns
Friday 26th July – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Saturday 27th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 1st August – The Forge Theatre and Arts Hub, Bairnsdale, VIC
Friday 2nd August – Alexandra Town Hall, Alexandra, VIC

Thelma Plum
Friday 26th July – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Tori Forsyth
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Vardos
Friday 26th July – 24 Moons Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Witches Leap w/ Lisa Richards
Saturday 27th July – Troubadour Folk Club, St Lukes Hall, Woy Woy, NSW

Woman Enough feat. Catherine Britt, Melody Moko, Natalie Henry
Friday 26th July – Great Northern Trading Post, Laguna, NSW
Saturday 27th July – House Concert, Kiama, NSW
Sunday 28th July – House Concert, Caves Beach, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Gambler” – First Aid Kit

New Music Monday – 22nd July

Harely Mavis
Image Courtesy of Harley Mavis

Big Sky Mountain – “Cover My Tracks”

The latest single from seven-piece, Sydney-based alt-country and Americana band Big Sky Mountain is the rollicking “Cover My Tracks”. I love how this track just drives forward with the rhythmic chug drums, bass and ukulele while still showcasing the band’s beautiful harmonies and diverse instrumentation – the subtle trumpet parts throughout the song are spot on.

Big Sky Mountain have a bunch of gigs coming up – the full list is here:

Friday 26th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th August – Club Willoughby, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th September – Crack ‘N’ Jack Spring Music Festival, Port Stephens, NSW
Saturday 19th Octover – Fusion Multicultural Street Festival, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Devendra Banhart – “Abre Las Manos”

Freak folk pioneer Devendra Banhart has just given us a taste of his upcoming album Ma (due on the 13th September) with the latin inspired track “Abre Las Manos”. Sung entirely in Spanish, “Abre Las Manos” was inspired by Banhart’s motherland, Venezuela with the title translating to “Open Your Hands”. In typical Devendra Banhart style the song takes traditional musical forms and plays with them, adding a trippy, ethereal feel to the song.

“My brother is in Venezuela, my cousins, my aunts and uncles,” Devendra Banhart explained. “They are just holding their breath, in gridlock standstill. Maybe there is more Spanish writing on Ma because of the helplessness I’m feeling, it’s on my mind more than ever. I was thinking about the sorrow of having to put a child up for adoption, loving that child but not being with them, for whatever reason. That child is out in the world and you have to love them from afar. And that is exactly how I have felt observing the situation in Venezuela. There’s this helplessness, this place that has been a mother to you, that you’re a mother to as well, and it’s suffering so much. There is nothing you can do but send out love and remain in that sorrowful state.”

Harley Mavis – “Thief”

Sydney based alt-folk artist Harley Mavis (who previously performed under the name Hannah Robinson) is channeling her inner Stevie Nicks for her latest single “Thief”. The folk rock song combines Harley Mavis’ big voice with a cracking band that really drives the pace forward.

“”Thief” is a reflection of being in a really emotionally manipulative relationship and constantly feeling like that person has a hold on you regardless of having broken up,” Harley Mavis explained. “It’s a song that really encapsulates my mental health at that time in my life.”

Hein Cooper – “Invincible”

From it’s atmospheric opening right through to its huge crescendo, “Invincible” from singer-songwriter Hein Cooper is a beautiful piece of work. The single, which also has a power, cinematic video, once agains demonstrates just what a talent Cooper is.

If you want to catch Hein Cooper live there’s a bunch of dates in August supported by Leonie Kingdom:

Saturday 3rd August – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Thursday 8th August – Cambridge Warehouse, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 9th August – Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 10th August – The Basement, Canberra, ACT
Friday 16th August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 17th August – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW
Friday 23rd August – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 24th August – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 25th August – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Thursday 29th August – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 30th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Joe Man Murphy – “The Old Pine Tree”

Irish born, Australian based singer-songwriter (and one quarter of Adelaide band The Timbers) Joe Man Murphy has released his brand new single “The Old Pine Tree”. The track has an expansive sound typical of Australian folk music with some Mark Knopfler-esque electric guitar that helps to elevate Murphy’s songwriting. The video for “The Old Pine Tree” combines Joe Man Murphy’s music with his other passion of visual art.

Joe Pug – “The Flood in Color”

Joe Pug’s highly anticipated new album The Flood in Color landed last week and it’s truly magical. Pug also released the lead single which sees the songwriter at his best – guitar, harmonica and a simple backing band to highlight his stunning lyrics. Pug’s songwriting economy is really a true talent – here’s a song that is under 3 minutes long and lyrically sparse but is still able to convey so much emotion.

Karine Polwart – “Chance”

Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart releases her tribute to Scottish pop, Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook, on the 2nd August and everything we’ve heard so far from it has been really interesting. Here Polwart reinterprets Big Country’s classic track “Chance”, stripping it back to its core with really beautiful instrumentation including flutes and glockenspiel.

The Brother Brothers feat. Sarah Jarosz, Jeff Picker – “Colorado”

I love this. Folk duo The Brother Brothers have teamed with singer and guitarist Sarah Jarosz and bassist Jeff Picker for the gorgeous new single “Colorado”. Sitting somewhere between the songwriting of Paul Simon and the vocal delivery of Dylan in his quieter moments, the song has everything you want from modern folk music.

Wallis Bird – “Salve!”

“Salve!” is the latest taster of the upcoming album Woman from Irish singer-songwriter Wallis Bird. The soul and funk of “Salve!” is a whole lot of fun, and will immediately have you up and dancing – such a fun track. Woman is due for release on the 27th September.

Witches Leap – “Mountain Road / Rocky Road to Megalong”

Blue Mountains based trio Witches Leap provide one of first instrumental tracks for New Music Monday with their reels “Mountain Road / Rocky Road to Megalong”. The combination of flute, pipes and guitar evokes a magical landscape that could be Ireland or could also be the wilderness of the Mountains – and the video compliments this perfectly.

First Artists Announced for Bluesfest 2014

John Mayer
Image Courtesy of John Mayer

It may seem a little early to start talking about Easter 2014 but when Bluesfest reveals the first artists on their 25th anniversary lineup we stand up and take notice. And what a lineup! Made up of a couple of big US headliners – John Mayer and The Dave Matthews Band – a bunch of national and international Timber and Steel favourites – John Butler Trio, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Iron & Wine, Michael Franti & Spearhead and Devendra Banhart – and some names that are bound to get a lot of people excited – Erykah Badu, Morcheeba, Gary Clark Jr, KT Tunstall, Allen Stone, Valerie June and Nikki Hill – it’s definitely very very impressive. And that’s just the beginning!

Bluesfest will be held just north of Byron Bay from the 17th to the 21st of April 2014. Tickets to the festival are already on sale via the official site.

Stay tuned for more artists to be announced from here until next Easter – looks like it’s going to be a pretty amazing event!

Beck/Devendra Banhart Movie Soundtrack Collaboration

Beck and Devandra Banhart
Image Courtesy of Pitchfork

The latest movie from director Todd Solondz Life During Wartime will see a collaboration between two of the worlds best loved anti-folk artists on the sound track – Beck and Devandra Banhart. The movie, which is a sequel to 1998’s Happiness is about “friends, family, and lovers [who] struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in a war-torn world riddled with comedy and pathos” according to IMDB. Check out the title track from Beck and Banhart below:

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