Thank Folk It’s Friday – 13th June


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

Stay Gold
Stay GoldFirst Aid Kit

Walking on Skin
Walking On SkinMonument Valley

Sam Lee
More For To RiseSam Lee & Friends
Official Site

Favorite Waitress
Favorite WaitressThe Felice Brothers

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

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

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

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.

Watch the New Drawn From Bees Video “Calling You Out”

Drawn From Bees
Image Courtesy of Drawn From Bees

Last month Brisbane’s Drawn From Bees released their brand new EP Web of Thieves and now they have a film clip for the single “Calling You Out”. In typical Drawn From Bees style the video is absolutely stunning and was shot and directed by Sarah Petrasiunas and Max Little. Check out “Calling You Out” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th April


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– New Zealand’s Tiny Ruins will be doing a very quick stop over in Australia as they head to Europe to support Neil Finn and have a handful of appearances planned. Details here

Daniel Champagne has announced a massive national tour to support his new album The Gypsy Moon – Volume II. Details here

– The new video from Huckleberry Hastings for Huckleberry Blues is odd. Details here

– Adelaide seven-piece Gemini Downs are launching their brand new EP Richard Doesn’t Roll Around Much Anymore tonight in Adelaide. Details here

Emily & The Woods have just released their new video “Helios”. Details here

– To celebrate his new single “Bones”, Dustin Tebbutt is heading out on tour this May. Details here

The Crooked Fiddle Band won the internet this week with their new clip covering the Game of Thrones theme. Details here

Andrew Bird has revealed a folky cover of the New Pornographers’ “Fake Headlines” for his contribution to the new Yellow Bird Project covers album Good People Rock. Details here

– Sydney’s Little Bastard are heading out on tour this June and July. Details here

Jinja Safari co-frontman Pepa Knight has released a very cool solo track “Rahh!”. Details here

Beverley Martyn has revealed “Reckless Jane”, the unheard track she co-wrote with Nick Drake in the 70s. Details here

Cocos Lovers released the surreal new clip for their new track “Under The Hawthorn Tree”. Details here

Johnny Flynn released his new live album Live in Washington DC this week. Details here

Drawn from Bees will be releasing their new EP Web of Thieves in May and revealed the first track “Calling You Out”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Graveyard Train have released a brand new video “Takes One To Know One”. Details here

Folk in a Box returns to Australia this weekend with shows in Perth. Details here

– Sydney duo Laura & Susie kick off their east coast tour tonight. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter Blair Dunlop released his new video “Something’s Gonna Give Way”. Details here

– Canadian singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega kicks off her Australian tour this weekend with an appearance at The Gum Ball. Details here


“I think the folk audience really appreciate that the artists are also people and they’re human and there’s none of that “oh wow, there’s a famous person”. People just come up and they talk to you like a human being. They don’t mind if your kid’s on stage with you because they’re upset – everyone’s camping together and everyone’s on the same page”Sarah Humphreys chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“Before the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats we all played music but a couple of the guys were more blues focused. And two of our guys now – our washboard player and our bass player – were more heavy metal influenced. And I played acoustic guitar – I never really played in a band before the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats but I could get around on a guitar. When we got together Sudsey, our banjo player, had just taught himself the banjo and he wanted something to jam along with” – Lachlan Alcorn from the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Johnny Flynn
Live in Washington DCJohnny Flynn

Other Rivers
Other RiversMatthew and the Atlas

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Bad Shepherds

Bad Shepherds

Adrian Edmondson and his band of folk punks The Bad Shepherds are back in the country this month and have a bunch of gigs all over the country. Renowned for their ability to reimagine classic punk and new wave tunes in a folk style, these genre hopping shows are not to be missed.

Friday 11th April – Gum Ball Festival, Belford, NSW
Saturday 12th April – The Factory Floor, Marrickville, NSW
Sunday 13th April – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Monday 14th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Wednesday 16th April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 17th April – The Soundlounge, Curumbin, QLD
Friday 18th April – Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
Sunday 13th April – West Coast Blues ‘n’ Roots, Fremantle Park, Perth WA
Wednesday 16th April – Mackay Entertainment Centre, Mackay, QLD
Thursday 17th April – Magnums, Airlie Beach, QLD

Byron Bay Bluesfest
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st April – Byron Bay, NSW

Christopher Coleman Collective
Friday 11th April – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 12th April – A Music Warehouse Project, Adelaide, SA

Claude Hay
Friday 11th April – The Seaview Tavern, Woolgoolga, NSW
Saturday 12th April – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 13th April – The Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 11th April – Babushka Bar, Balarat, VIC
Saturday 12th April -Martians Café, Deans Marsh, VIC
Sunday 13th April – Bay Hotel, Mornington, VIC
Friday 18th to Saturday 19th April – Byron Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Devendra Banhart
Wednesday 16th April – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 17th April – The Prince Band Room, Melbourne, NSW

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Tuesday 15th April – Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Eleanor McEvoy
Sunday 13th April – Quarterdeck, Narooma, NSW
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st April – National Folk Festival, Canberra

Folk In a Box
Friday 11th April – Wolf Lane, Perth, WA
Saturday 12th April – Wolf Lane, Perth, WA

Gemini Downs
Friday 11th April – Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Gum Ball
Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April – Belford, NSW

Jake Bugg
Wednesday 16th April – Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th April – Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Jason Isbell with Tift Merritt
Sunday 13th April – The Factory, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 18th April – Boogie Festival, Bruzzy’s Farm, Tallarook, VIC

John Butler Trio
Friday 11th April – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th April – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 13th April – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Thursday 17th April – City Hall, Hobart, TAS

John Flanagan
Friday 11th April – House Concert, Copacabana, NSW
Sunday 13th April – House Concert, Wollongong, NSW

Josh Rennie-Hynes
Thursday 17th April – The Dowse Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Katie Harder and the Artful Dodgers
Friday 11th April – Tennant Creek Hotel, Tennant Creek, NT
Sunday 13th April – Monte’s, Alice Springs, NT

Kaurna Cronin and Ben Whiting
Wednesday 16th April – White Pickett Fence Sessions, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 17th April – The Railway Friendly, Byron Bay, NSW

Laura & Susie
Friday 11th April – Arts Space, Wodonga, VIC
Saturday 12th April – Farouk’s Olive, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Leah Flanagan
Saturday 12th April – Pavonia Place, Darwin, NT

Lindi Ortega
Saturday 12th April – Gumball Festival, Hunter Valley, NSW
Tuesday 15th April – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th April – National Folk Festival, ACT

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 11th April – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 12th April – Captains, Bateman’s Bay, NSW
Thursday 17th April – Lizotte’s, Central Coast, NSW

National Folk Festival
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st April – Canberra, ACT

Paul Greene and the Other Colours
Saturday 12th April – The Commercial Hotel, Milton, NSW
Sunday 13th April – The Bird House, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 17th April – The Deniliquin Club, Deniliquin, NSW

Sally Seltmann w/ Wintercoats
Friday 11th April – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 13th April – Kelvin Club, Melbourne, VIC

Seth Lakeman w/ Suzanne Vega
Monday 14th April – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Steve Smyth
Sunday 13th April – Gumball Festival, NSW
Thursday 17th April – Forresters, Sydney, NSW

The Bad Shepherds
Friday 11th April – Gumball Festival, Belford, NSW
Saturday 12th April – The Factory Floor, Marrickville, NSW
Sunday 13th April – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Monday 14th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Wednesday 16th April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 17th April – The Soundlounge, Curumbin, QLD
Friday 18th April – Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC

The Beez
Friday 11th April – Candelo Arts Society, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 11th April – The Angry Pirate, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 13th April – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 11th April – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 12th April – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 13th April – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Monday 14th – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 16th April – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Thursday 17th April – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Tiny Ruins
Monday 14th April – Melbourne Folk Club, Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 15th April – RRR Performance Space, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 15th April – 2SER Live At The Loft, Loft Bar, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Where Did You Sleep Last Night (In The Pines)” – Nirvana

This week a lot of people have been commemorating the 20th anniversary of the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain on the 5th April 1994. Their MTV Unplugged performance is still one of my favourites and it includes the Lead Belly track and folk standard “In The Pines” (recorded by Nirvana as “Where Did You Sleep Last Night”). The raw power in Cobain’s voice still gives me chills to this day.

Details of the New Drawn from Bees EP, Web of Thieves

Drawn From Bees
Image Courtesy of Drawn From Bees

Brisbane indie three-piece Drawn From Bees have recently announced plans for the release of their brand new EP Web of Thieves. Set to be released on the 2nd May, the EP is a return to form for Drawn From Bees with luscious harmonies, beautiful, guitar driven songs and crisp production.

The first single from Web of Thieves is “Calling You Out” – take a listen below:

Drawn From Bees will be heading out for a handful of shows in their home town this May to launch Web of Thieves. The dates are as follows:

Saturday 17th May – Studio 188, Ipswich, QLD
Friday 23rd May – Queen St Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 25th May – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Watch Bandito Folk’s New Video “Don’t Wanna Be Like You”

Bandito Folk
Image Courtesy of Bandito Folk

I opened my inbox this morning to be greeted by this lovely little track from Brisbane folk-rock five-piece Bandito Folk. With a sound somewhere between Midlake, Grizzly Bear and Husky, “Don’t Wanna Be Like You” is the first single from Bandito Folk’s new EP The Embankment (on Bandcamp here). Check out the video below:

Bandito Folk will be headlining a show at the Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane on the 23rd January with Drawn From Bees and Dale Peachey (Dollar Bar) in support – for more details check out the official Facebook event here.

Timber and Steel Presents: Owls of the Swamp National Tour

Owls of the Swamp
Image Courtesy of Owls of the Swamp

Globe trotting singer-songwriter Pete Uhlenbruch, AKA Owls of the Swamp, is returning to Australia for two very important reasons. First is the release of his brand new single “The Hypnotist”, his first release since his 2011 album Go WIth River. Owls of the Swamp is offering up “The Hypnotist” as a free download via Bandcamp – take a listen to it below:

The other reason for his return is the announcement of a national tour presented by none other than you’re favourite folk music blog Timber and Steel. The tour will take in dates in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and will help launch “The Hypnotist” to lovers of fine Australian music.

Joining Owls of the Swamp in support will be Emma Davis (Sydney), Drawn From Bees (Brisbane), Al Parkinson and Aluka (Melbourne). Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 30th May – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 31st May – The Hideaway, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 2nd June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Mass Exodus of Australian Bands for Canadian Music Fest

Image courtesy of Jack Carty

If it gets to mid march and you’re flipping through your gig-guide and wondering where on earth all of your favourite bands have gotten to, then it’s likely that they’re on the bill for Canadian Music Fest 2011. It’s a 5 day festival in Toronto that boasts over 800 artists in 55 venues. You can see as many or as few as you want with the purchase of one wristband costing $75. Yes. That’s not a typo. It’s seriously only $75 Canadian Dollars. Among the migrating Australian artists are Timber & Steel favourites Wagons, Matt Corby, Kim Churchill, Jack Carty, Dan Sultan, Blue King Brown as well as a host of other Aussie acts including The Jezabels, British India, Little Red, The Chemist,The Vasco Era,  Aplonea, Alanna Cherote, Adrian Wilson, The Resignators, Hungry Kids of Hungary, Drawn From Bees, The On Fires, Stone Parade, Ruby Tigers, Rocket Surgery, Toby & Mayfield.

With last year’s line up donning the likes of Great Lake Swimmers, The Trews, Born Ruffians, Bedouin Soundclash, Jason Collett, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Children Collide, Plants and Animals, Jeff Martin, Dan Mangan and Timber Timbre- this year’s can be expected to deliver in much the same way. From a cursory glance I can already see the names Yukon BlondeThe Wilderness of ManitobaMiddle Brother, The Sadies and Cuff The Duke jumping out at me, but I’m sure I’ll find even more as I slowly comb my way through the line-up over the next few weeks.

Timber & Steel would like to congratulate all the Aussie bands that got their names on this bill. We’re sure everyone will enjoy the experience.

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