Watch the New Old Crow Medicine Show Video “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer”

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Image Courtesy of Old Crow Medicine Show

Humour has always been a big part of Old Crow Medicine Show’s music and the perfect example of this from their last album is “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer”. The track has just been released as a single (which also features unreleased B-sides “Mother Church” and “The Warden”) and has a brand new video which we think captures the spirit of the track perfectly.

Check out the video for “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer” and see if you can spot the cameo from Timber and Steel favourite Dom Flemons:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 13th June

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Melody Pool has released her new video for “Somebody You’ve Never Met Before”. Details here

Clare Bowditch has announced details of her annual Winter Secrets tour with special guest Adalita. Details here

– Brisbane’s Drawn From Bees have released their new video “Calling You Out”. Details here

David Gray has released the new video for his track “Back in the World”. Details here

– As well as giving away a couple of tickets for tomorrow’s Sydney show, we also posted the new Wagons video “Beer Barrel Bar”. Details here

– Perth singer-songwriter Sean O’Neill has released his new single “Vienna”. Details here

– The new Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys album, Any Other Morning, came out this week and we have a stream of the track “A Hymn To The Wolves”. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter David Blyth has released the video for his track “A Place To Call Home” featuring TinPan Orange’s Emily Lubitz. Details here

Jen Cloher has announced her only headline shows of 2014. Details here

– Having released his new album Whispers last week, Passenger has now treated us to his new clip “Scare Away The Dark”. Details here

– After making a big splash on the UK folk scene in 2013, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker have announced plans to release a new album this October and have given fans a taster with the live video for “Silverline”. Details here

– Sydney’s Oliver Downes is streaming his new EP At The End online and will be launching it at a show this August. Details here

Caitlin Park is taking her new The Sleeper on tour with dates planned in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Details here

– The official launch of the new Little Wise EP Sweet Rain Falling is this Sunday at the Northcote Social Club in Melbourne. Details here

Emily Barker revealed her new songwriting project with Dom Coyote and Ruben Engzell, Vena Portae, with their first single “Summer Kills”. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Tobias Hengeveld has released the video for his track “Fools Rush In”. Details here

– Another single from Dom Flemons has made its way online, “Hot Chicken”. Details here

The Green Mohair Suits have released their new EP Aubergine along with a video for the title track. Details here

Releases This Week

On So It Goes
On So It GoesBrianna Carpenter
iTunes

Stay Gold
Stay GoldFirst Aid Kit
iTunes

Walking on Skin
Walking On SkinMonument Valley
iTunes

Sam Lee
More For To RiseSam Lee & Friends
Official Site

Favorite Waitress
Favorite WaitressThe Felice Brothers
iTunes

The Yearlings
All The WanderingThe Yearlings
Official Site

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Davidson Brothers w/ Fanny Lumsden, Sweet Jean

Davidson Brothers

The Davidson Brothers will be launching their brand new album Wanderlust at a very special show in Melbourne this Thursday. The album itself is due on the 20th June, so this will be your chance to get a sneak peek at what’s bound to be a cracking record.

Thursday 19th June – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Chaika
Friday 13th June – The Foundry 616, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th June – Red Rattler, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 15th June – River Music, Nowra, NSW

Christopher Coleman Collective
Friday 13th June – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 13th June – St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC

Daniel Champagne
Wednesday 18th June – Howling Wolf Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 19th June – Bluebird Sessions, Milton, NSW

Graveyard Train
Friday 13th June – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 14th June – The Brisbane, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 15th June – The Brisbane, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 19th June – The Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 20th June – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC

Isaac de Heer
Thursday 19th June – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Jackson McLaren
Sunday 15th June – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Jeff Lang
Friday 13th June – The Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 14th June – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 15th June – Dark MOFO, Hobart, TAS

Josh Pyke
Friday 13th June – Fannie Bay Gaol, Darwin, NT
Sunday 15th June – Divers Tavern, Broome, WA
Friday 20th June – Empire Church Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 13th June – The Bendigo Folk Club, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 20th June – Newport Folk Club, Newport, VIC

Kate Bart with Sarlin
Saturday 14th June – The Dancing Dog, Melbourne, VIC

Little Bastard
Friday 13th June – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th June – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 19th June – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Friday 20th June – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA

Little Wise with Susannah Coleman Brown
Sunday 15th June – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne Folk Club feat/ Jack Carty, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Grizzly Jim Lawrie
Wednesday 18th June – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Mustered Courage
Friday 20th June – Turner Bowls Club, Canberra, ACT

Spookyland
Friday 13th June – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Acfields
Saturday 14th June – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW

The April Maze
Friday 13th June – Dundurrabin Community Centre, Dundurrabin, NSW

The Audreys
Saturday 14th June – Ormond Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 19th June – The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW

The Beards
Friday 13th June – Kyneton Town Hall, VIC
Saturday 14th June – Ormond Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th June – Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo VIC
Friday 20th June – Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD

The Davidson Brothers w/ Fanny Lumsden, Sweet Jean
Thursday 19th June – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC

The Paper Kites
Friday 13th June – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 14th June – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 19th Jun – Artbar @ Art Gallery of WA, Perth, WA
Friday 20th June – The Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA

The Pierce Brothers
Saturday 14th June – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, NSW
Friday 20th June – Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC

Todd Sibbin and the Acadian Driftwood
Friday 13th June – Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Tracy McNeil
Friday 20th June – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Wagons
Friday 13th June – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 14th June – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 15th June – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 20th June – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Our Sunshine” – Paul Kelly & Uncle Bill

I think I have seen this song covered by Australian bluegrass bands more often than any other song, which must cement it as a modern Australian bluegrass standard. “Our Sunshine” is taken from Smoke, the 1999 album Paul Kelly collaborated on with Melbourne bluegrass band Uncle Bill.

Listen to the New Dom Flemons Single “Hot Chicken”

Dom Flemons
Image Courtesy of Dom Flemons

Another track from Dom Flemons‘ upcoming solo album Prospect Hill (due on the 22nd July) has emerged online and as expected it’s full of old-timey goodness. The track is “Hot Chicken” and it debuted last week on CMT Edge.

The song is written after a dish at Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville. “Hot chicken is essentially fried chicken with a cayenne pepper batter, rolled in cayenne pepper dust and served on white bread drenched in the stuff,” Flemons told CMT Edge. “We came in hungry, which was our first mistake. After a 40-minute wait in the small, packed restaurant front, we quickly tried our best to fill our hungry bellies. The chicken was burning up with heat and spice, and we all suffered through each glorious bite with tears in our eyes. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to write a song about it, featuring some ripping solos from Brian Horton and Keith Ganz.”

Take a listen to “Hot Chicken” below:

http://www.cmtedge.com/2014/06/04/dom-flemons-satisfies-an-old-time-craving-on-hot-chicken/

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 6th June

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– American newgrass five piece Trampled By Turtles released their new single “Wild Animals”. Details here

Mustered Courage are heading to the US for pretty much the rest of the year, but before they go they have a handful of shows planned on the East Coast. Details here

– UK folk legends Martin & Eliza Carthy have released their new single “Happiness” from their new album The Moral Of The Elephant. Details here

Melody Pool and Marlon Williams have announced a co-headline national tour this July and August. Details here

– Next week Sydney folk night Porch Light Sessions is set to feature Dave Calandra, Christopher Coleman and Elana Stone. Details here

Timber and Steel favourite Imogen Clark is heading out on a three city joint tour with Darcy Fox and Paige Renee Court. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Marmalade Ghost has released his debut single “This Chest of Drawers”. Details here

– Australian singer-songwriter Stu Larsen has released the video to his new track “Thirteen Sad Farewells”. Details here

– NSW duo Siskin River released their debut video “Up”. Details here

– Americana old-timey artist Dom Flemons has confirmed a solo album for July and has released a new single “But They Got It Fixed Right On”. Details here

Matt Walters has released his highly anticipated new single “NightWalk”. Details here

– The UK’s Monument Valley has released his new single “Plans”. Details here

– Monthly Sydney jam night Bluegrass at Yulli’s returns this Wednesday with an appearance from Not Good With Horses. Details here

– Sydney gets the Autumn/Winter Finders Keepers Markets tonight and tomorrow with music from folky artists like Leroy Lee, Brian Campeau, Martha Marlow (above), Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers, Bec Sandridge, Hannah Marjorie, Boy Outside and more. Details here

– We got a stream of the new Kaurna Cronin single “Goodbye to You” ahead of its launch in Adelaide tonight. Details here

– Brisbane’s Brianna Carpenter will help you chase the winter blues away with her new video “In Our Hearts”. Details here

Fanny Lumsden and the Thrillseekers have announced details of their 2014 Country Halls tour with Ruby Boots. Details here

– Sydney’s Huckleberry Hastings has started drip feeding his new mini-album and art project with the release of his track “The Sick”. Details here

Interviews

“After two successful runs in Australia in recent times with Pieta Brown, showcasing the Love Over Gold album, Lucie is back on the road solo, albeit with long time collaborator percussionist Hamish Stuart, and teaming up for a double bill in Bacchus Marsh with Liz Stringer”Lucie Thorne chats to Billy Quinn. Interview here

“From humble beginnings in 1998, in a small venue that sat 20 in the audience, Michael Johnathon has built the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour into a public broadcasting colossus, heard and seen around the globe each week from its current home in the Lyric Theatre, Lexington KY”The Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour’s Michael Johnathon chats to Billy Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

McNeill and Heys
Any Other MorningJack McNeill and Charlie Heys
iTunes

Oliver Downes
At The EndOliver Downes
Bandcamp

Whispers
WhispersPassenger
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Kaurna Cronin

Kaurna Cronin

Adelaide’s Kaurna Cronin has spent the last month touring up and down the east coast and tonight returns to his home town to launch the new single “Goodbye to You”.

Friday 6th June – Pirie & Co. Social Club, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

Bluegrass at Yulli’s feat. Not Good With Horses
Wednesday 11th June – Yulli’s Upstairs, Sydney, NSW

Chaika
Friday 6th June – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 7th June – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 8th June – Upstairs@199, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 12th June – Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, Avoca Beach, NSW
Friday 13th June – The Foundry 616, Sydney, NSW

Christopher Coleman Collective
Thursday 12th June – Porch Light Sessions, Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th June – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

C.W. Stoneking
Wednesday 11th June – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th June – St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC

Daniel Champagne
Tuesday 10th June – Burps, MacKay, QLD
Wednesday 11th June – Bellevue Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Thursday 12th June – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Finders Keepers Sydney w/ Leroy Lee, Brian Campeau, Martha Marlow, Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers, Bec Sandridge, Hannah Marjorie, Boy Outside
Friday 6th and Saturday 7th June – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

Graveyard Train
Wednesday 11th June – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 13th June – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Isaac de Heer
Saturday 7th June – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 8th June – Red Poles Winery, Adelaide, SA

Jeff Lang
Friday 6th June – Nexus Arts Centre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 7th June – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 8th June – Ravenswood Hotel, Ravenswood, WA
Thursday 12th June – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 13th June – The Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
Friday 6th June – Montrose Town Centre, Montrose, VIC
Saturday 7th June – The Memo, Healesville, VIC
Friday 13th June – Fannie Bay Gaol, Darwin, NT

Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 7th June – Pizza and Wine Club, Kyneton, VIC
Friday 13th June – The Bendigo Folk Club, Bendigo, VIC

Kaurna Cronin and Ben Whiting
Friday 6th June – Pirie & Co. Social Club, Adelaide, SA

Kim Churchill
Friday 6th June – The Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 7th June – Alice & Sharni Present: Theth & Gibson, Adelaide, SA

Little Bastard
Thursday 12th June – Rad (Yours & Owls), Wollongong, NSW
Friday 13th June – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Melbourne Folk Club feat/ Matt Walters, Anika Moa, Tim Guy
Wednesday 11th June – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Paul Green and the Other Colours
Saturday 7th June – See Change Festival, Huskisson, NSW

Peak Festival
Friday 6th to Monday 9th June – Perisher, NSW

Ruby Boots
Saturday 7th June – The Astor Lounge, Mount Lawley, WA

Spookyland
Friday 13th June – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Taliska
Friday 6th to Monday 9th June — National Celtic Festival, Port Arlington, VIC
Tuesday 10th June — Vic Folk Music Club, Ringwood, VIC

The April Maze
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Townsville, QLD
Wednesday 11th June – House Concert, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 13th June – Dundurrabin Community Centre, Dundurrabin, NSW

The Audreys
Friday 6th June – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 7th June – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 8th June – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 12th June – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 13th June – Kyneton Town Hall, VIC

The Beards
Friday 6th June – Wollongong Uni, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 7th June – The Abbey, Canberra, NSW
Sunday 8th June – Captains, Batemans Bay, NSW
Wednesday 11th Jun – Carrington, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 12th June, The Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Friday 13th June – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT

The Folk Informal feat. Enola Fall, Karl Christoph, Benjamin James Caldwell, Direwolf
Thursday 12th June – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Paper Kites
Saturday 7th June – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Friday 13th June – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

The Pierce Brothers
Sunday 8th June – Hotel Brunswick, Brunswick Heads, NSW

Todd Sibbin and the Acadian Driftwood
Friday 13th June – Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Top Half Folk Festival
Friday 6th to Monday 9th June – Mary River, NT

Wagons
Friday 6th June – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 7th June – The HiFi, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 8th June – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 12th June – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT
Friday 13th June – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Better Way” – Ben Harper

I’ve always said that one of the positives that comes out of having a government as divisive as the one Australia has right now is that it motivates the previously politically apathetic to take a stand. And one of the best ways to vent our frustration at the political process is through music. I believe in a better way.

Listen to the New Dom Flemons Single “But They Got It Fixed Right On”

Dom Flemons
Image Courtesy of Dom Flemons

Ex-Carolina Chocolate Drops multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons has been doing a lot of amazing solo work recently, and it looks like it’s going to culminate in a brand new album. That album is Prospect Hill and is due on the 22nd July.

The first official single from Prospect Hill is “But They Got It Fixed Right On” which debuted online last week.

“This is a song that comes from the records of Georgia Tom Dorsey and Tampa Red,” Dom Flemons explained to Esquire Magazine. “I picked up a copy of the Yazoo Records album Come on Mama Do That Dance and was floored by this hokum masterpiece! This track features Pura Fé Crescioni on background vocals and Guy Davis playing Mike Seeger’s six-string banjo.”

Listen to “But They Got It Fixed Right On” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th March

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne artist Yuko Nishiyama has revealed her brand new single “Heart of Daisies”. Details here

– The March edition of The Folk Informal in Sydney takes place next Thursday featuring Oliver Downes, Luke Watson’s Golden Bridges project, Lola and the Captain and Jep and Dep. Details here

– UK eight-piece Cocos Lovers released their new single “Walk Among The Ghosts”. Details here

The National Folk Festival shocked everyone with the exclusive addition of folk music legend Martin Carthy to their 2014 lineup. Details here

– Two of Australia’s top trad bands, Sásta and Tolka, will be making Sydney their home on St Patrick’s Day. Details here

The Beards have announced a massive national tour from May through to August. Details here

– Melbourne newgrass quartet Mustered Courage have just released an awesome animated video for their track “Powerlines”. Details here

– Brisbane Americana artist Phil Smith will be launching his new album Year of the Dog this Saturday night. Details here

– Matt Walker’s Americana infused band Lost Ragas have announce tour dates this month. Details here

The Perch Creek Family Jugband have announced a new album, single and tour. Details here

– The amazing Dom Flemons has a new version of the traditional “Po’ Black Sheep”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Kate Crowley will be launching her new album next week. Details here

– Folktronica artist Caitlin Park has released her new single “Hold Your Gaze”. Details here

Timberwolf has released a really nice cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”. Details here

The British Blues have released their debut single and video “2001”. Details here

– Sydney band Arbori have announced a very special EP preview show next week. Details here

– This Sunday Jimmy Watts and Cameron Milford will be facing off in a songwriter showdown. Details here

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes continue their domination of the country scene with their new video “Black Coffee”. Details here

– The new Diane Cluck album came out this week (see below) and she also released a video for the track “Sara”. Details here

– We think you’re really going to like “Tightrope”, the new single and video from UK quintet Boat to Row. Details here

Releases This Week

Boneset
BonesetDiane Cluck
Official Site

Scattered Reflections
Scattered ReflectionsLior
iTunes

Mikhael Paskalev
What’s Life Without LosersMikhael Paskalev
iTunes

Wyatt
Sanitary ApocalypseWyatt Moss-Wellington
Official Site

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

WOMADelaide

Womadelaide

Mad March continues in Adelaide this weekend with the wonderful WOMADelaide festival. Set in the botanic gardens just north of the CBD, WOMADelaide always boasts an impressive lineup, a stunning location and some of the most exciting music you’ll hear all year.

Friday 7th to Monday 10th March – Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

Adelaide Fringe Festival
Friday 14th February to Sunday 16th March – Adelaide, SA

Ash Grunwald
Friday 7th March – Great Northern, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March – Port Fairy Festival, VIC
Thursday 13th March – Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW
Friday 14th March – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT

Billy Bragg
Sunday 8th March – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Monday 10th March – WOMADelaide Festival, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 12th March – Hellenic Hall, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 13th March – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Blue Mountains Music Festival
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th March – Katoomba, NSW

Breabach
Friday 7th and Saturday 8th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Sunday 9th and Monday 10th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 11th March – Brunswick Music Festival, Melbourne, VIC

Brunswick Music Festival
Sunday 2nd to Sunday 16th March – Melbourne, VIC

Christopher Coleman Collective
Friday 7th to Monday 10th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Thursday 13th March – The Spiegeltent, Hobart, TAS

Darren Hanlon
Friday 7th March – Town Hall, Candelo, NSW
Sunday 9th March – Queens College, Melbourne, VIC

Glen Hansard with Lisa O’Neill
Friday 14th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Jordan Millar
Friday 7th March – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 8th March – Boat Harbour Surf Club, Boat Harbour, TAS
Friday 14th March – Free The Wild Presents, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke
Friday 7th March – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 12 March – Live At The Quarry, Perth, WA

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens
Friday 7th March – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 14th March – YouAreHere Festival, Canberra, ACT

Lior
Friday 7th March – York Theatre @ Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th March – Orange Civic Theatre, Orange, NSW

Lost Ragas w/ Raised By Eagles
Friday 14th March – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW

Mikhael Paskalev
Friday 7th March – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Neko Case
Friday 7th March – Fowlers Live, Adelaide, SA

Peter Rowan
Friday 7th March – Canberra Musicians Club, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 8th March – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Monday 9th March – Brisbane Music Bureau, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 12th March – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass, Dorrigo, NSW
Thursday 13th March – Carrington Bowling Club, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 14th March – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW

Pokey LaFarge
Friday 7th and Saturday 8th March – Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, VIC
Sunday 9th and Monday 10th March – WOMADelaide, Botanic Park, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 12th March – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Porch Light Sessions feat. The Morrisons, Lacey Cole, Leroy Lee
Thursday 13th March – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Port Fairy Folk Festival
Friday 7th to Monday 10th March – Port Fairy, VIC

Sam Buckingham
Thursday 13th March – The Front, Canberra, ACT

The Beez
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th March – Burke and Wills Festival, Mia Mia, Vic
Friday 14th March – Old Mill Flour Gallery, Mildura, Vic

The Folk Informal feat. Oliver Downes, Golden Bridges, Lola and the Captain, Jep and Dep
Thursday 13th March – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Good Ship
Friday 7th March – The New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 8th March – Queen St Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 8th March – The Royal Mail, Goodna, QLD

The Little Stevies
Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th March – Burke & Wills Folk Festival, Lancefiled, VIC
Thursday 13th March – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

The Stray Sisters
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Wednesday 12th March – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Thursday 13th March – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Unpaved Sessions w/ Little Rabbit, The Weeping Willows
Monday 9th March – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

WOMADelaide
Friday 7th to Monday 10th March – Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“24” – Emmy The Great

All the talk of the new Diane Cluck album this week has meant I’ve had “24” stuck in my head, mainly because of the lyric “You are still not Charles Bukowski and I am not Diane Cluck”. This is a great song and this live version is a nice take on the track.

Listen to the New Dom Flemons Single “Po’ Black Sheep”

Dom Flemons
Image Courtesy of Dom Flemons

Did you catch Dom Flemons when he was in the country this January? By all reports he was amazing as always – somehow I managed to miss every single one of his shows despite being a regular at the Sydney Festival and the Illawarra Folk Festival.

Since leaving the Carolina Chocolate Drops last year Dom Flemons has been building on his reputation as a solo performer. He’s also put together a new trio with roots musicians Ben Hunter (fiddle) and Joe Seamons (guitar). Their first single together is “Po’ Black Sheep”, a song from the black stringband tradition via Frazier & Patterson and later covered by the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Take a listen below:

Folky Highlights of the 2014 Sydney Festival

The Staves
Image Courtesy of The Staves

As the week rolls so to do the festival announcements. Today’s comes courtesy of the Sydney Festival who have revealed their full 2014 lineup and as usual there’s plenty of folky highlights to be had. Here’s a list of what you need to check out next January:

Chris Thile

Chris Thile

Considered as one of the best mandolin players in the world, Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek frontman Chris Thile is currently touring his classical mando album Bach Sonatas & Partitas Vol. 1.

Tuesday 14th January – The Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 15th January – The Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th January – Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, NSW

The Staves

The Staves

Our love of The Staves is well documented and we’re so chuff the UK trio are hitting our shores in January. If you haven’t been blessed with hearing The Staves yet listen to “Mexico” and then make sure you get tickets to their shows.

Wednesday 22nd January – The Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd January – The Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th January – Sutherland Entertainment Centre, Sutherland, NSW

Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons

Anyone who caught Dom Flemons when he toured Australia earlier this year will know what an amazing talent this man is. Whether he’s in solo mode or as a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Flemons is redefining old time music for a new generation.

Saturday 11th January – Circus Ronaldo Tent, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 12th January – Circus Ronaldo Tent, Sydney, NSW

Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers

Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers

As if Ben Caplan’s beard isn’t enough of a reason to go and see him in concert, his gravelly bluesy voice should draw you right in. If you’re a fan of blues and folk and everything in between Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers are a must.

Wednesday 8th January – The Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

John Grant and John Murry

John Grant and John Murry

Billed by the festival as “heart-wrenching Americana”, John Grant is the essence of a true American singer-songwriter – brutal, honest, funny and eloquent. Grant will be joined by Southern troubadour John Murry who is also playing his own show at The Lennox on 17th January.

Thursday 16th January – Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, NSW

For more information about the Sydney Festival, including how to get your hands on tickets, visit the official site here.

Illawarra Folk Festival Reveals Full 2014 Lineup

Sarah Humphreys
Image Courtesy of Sarah Humphreys

Just a week or so after revealing their first lineup for 2014 the Illawarra Folk Festival has gone the whole hog and given us every single artist for the event. We could call out a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites that have just just joined the lineup – like Martin Pearson, Sarah Humphreys (above), Handsome Young Strangers, Jane Aubourg, Oh Pep! and Chaika – but instead we though we’d bring you one full list of all the musical acts:

Afenginn, Andy Irvine, Dom Flemons, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Harry Manx Band, Jaaleekaay, John John Festival, Klezmorim, London Klezmer Quartet, The Beez, The Hollands!, The Latchikos, The Underscore Orkestra, The Whitetop Mountaineers, Astro Cobalt, Bitchpick, Harman and Hellens, Cassidy’s Ceili, Enda Kenny Band, Riogh, Ange Takats, Another Train, Australian Union Choir, AZ-I-AM, Belle Jar, Bernard Carney, Bygone Error, Chippo Days, Chloe & Jason Roweth, Fly With Me, Graeme Morrison All Stars, Greg Champion, Jim Green, Kavisha Mazzella, Lola Wright’s Keg Night, Martin Pearson, Matthew Fagan “Lord of the Strings”, Merryweather, Rough Red, Sally Harris & Little Big Smoke, Sarah Humphreys, Solidarity Choir, Swingaleles, The Three Sisters, Tia Juana, Wongawilli, Bazinga!, Big Erle, Bruce Mathiske, Frank Povah and Chris Cruise, Funkier Than Alice (and Friends!), Glenn Skuthorpe, Graeme Morrison All Stars, Handsome Young Strangers, Jane Aubourg, Kay Proudlove, Kenny Bartley/Super Kenny, Love In The Jungle, My Secret Window, Oh Pep!, Pete Thomas & Blue Salt Band, Shellie Morris, Smokehouse, The Lazy Farmer’s Sons, The Ribbon Gang, The Timbers, Tracey Bunn, Alison Johnston, David Beniuk, Gemma Glendenning, Glenn Skuthorpe, Kavisha Mazzella, Merryweather, My Secret Window, Patrick Lyons & The American Creek Band, Robbing Steve, Shellie Morris, The Lazy Farmer’s Sons, The Littlest Fox, The Miss Chiefs, The Ribbon Gang, Tracey Bunn, Another Train, Bob Campbell Band, Bush Music Club ‘URBAN SCRUB’, Bygone Error, Chloe & Jason Roweth, Chord-eaux, Christiaan Dolislager, Denis McKay, Franklyn B Paverty, Good Tunes Session, Illawarra Pipe Band, Kavisha Mazzella, Lola Wright’s Keg Night, Louisa Lawson Tribute, Songs you do not sing to children!, The Raglins, The Roberts Family Reunion, Ayanamsha, Beatmeisters, Belle Jar, Chaika, Dall’ Italia All’ AUstralia, I Viaggiatori, Mat Brooker, Mr Cuttlefish, Rapskallion, Ruido, SingGongGo, Somesing Laik Zat, Spirit of Serpentine, Spyglass Gypsies, Taiko no Wa, The Con Artists, Zumpa, Alison Johnston, Caitlin James, Harry O’Brien, Lucette, Melanie April, Nyssa and Alex, Paddy & The Wonderband, Rosie and the Bluesters, Shalani Thomas, Tim Lukey, and many more

The Illawarra Folk Festival will take place from the 16th to 19th January next year – for more information on the festival including how to get your hands on early bird tickets check out the official site here.

Illawarra Folk Festival Drops First 2014 Lineup

Dom Flemons
Image Courtesy of Dom Flemons

The Illawarra Folk Festival, held in January each year in Bulli near Wollongong, NSW, last night announced a very exciting selection of international artists for 2014. The international artists announced so far include Afenginn (Denmark), Andy Irvine (Ireland), The Beez (Germany), Dom Flemons (USA), Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys (Canada), Harry Manx Band (Canada), The Hollands! (USA), Jaaleekaay (Gambia), John John Festival (Japan), Klezmorim (Brazil), London Klezmer Quartet (UK), Underskore Orchestra (USA) and Whitetop Mountaineers (USA).

Along with that pretty impressive group of musos the Illawarra Folk Festival has also announce a bunch of national acts including Belle Jar, Bernard Carney, Bruce Mathis ke, Dave de Hugard, Enda Kenny Band, Frank Povah, Glenn Skuthorpe, Greg Champion, I Viaggiatori, Kavisha Mazzella, The Miss Chiefs, Rapskallion, Rough Red, Shellie Morris, Spyglass Gypsies, Tai ko no Wa, The Timbers, The Wollemi Band and about 100 more to come.

The Illawarra Folk Festival will take place from the 16th to 19th January next year – for more information on the festival including how to get your hands on early bird tickets check out the official site here.

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