Kasey Chambers Announces New Album Dragonfly

Kasey Chambers
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Australian country music royalty Kasey Chambers has announced a very exciting concept for her upcoming album Dragonfly.

Due for release on the 20th January the album will feature two seperate sessions. The first, The Sing Sing Sessions, was produced by Australian music legend Paul Kelly, whilst the second, The Foggy Mountain Sessions, was produced by Kasey’s brother and longtime collaborator Nash Chambers.

The album also features a who’s who of special guests including Vika & Linda Bull, Keith Urban, Paul Kelly, Foy Vance, Harry Hookey, Ed Sheeran and Grizzlee Train.

“Working with Paul Kelly as my producer on one side of the double album Dragonfly was a dream come true,” Kasey Chambers Explained. “Paul brought out a whole new side of me, but then I also got to enjoy the comforts of recording with the person who knows and has shaped my original sound better than anyone, my brother Nash, along with my live touring band who have become a huge part on my sound. This double album shows who I am as much as any piece of work I have ever done.”

The track listing for Dragonfly along with two videos, “Ain’t No Little Girl” and “Satellite” are below:

Sing Sing Sessions
1. Pompeii
2. Ain’t No Little Girl
3. Summer Pillow
4. Golden Rails
5. Jonestown
6. Romeo & Juliet (with Foy Vance)
7. Talkin’ Baby Blues
8. You Ain’t Worth Suffering For
9. Behind The Eyes of Henri Young
10. Hey (with Paul Kelly)
11. This Is Gonna Be A Long Year

Foggy Mountain Sessions
1. Shackle & Chain
2. Dragonfly
3. If I Died
4. Satellite
5. No Ordinary Man (with Harry Hookey, Vika Bull & Linda Bull)
6. If We Had A Child (with Keith Urban)
7. Annabelle
8. The Devil’s Wheel (with Grizzlee Train)
9. Ain’t No Little Girl (FM Lounge Version)

Kasey Chambers will be touring throughout January on a co-headline tour with Bernard Fanning – the full list of dates are here:

Thursday 26th January – West Tamworth Leagues Club, West Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 14th February – Orange Ex Services Club, Orange, NSW
Wednesday 15th February – Albury Entertainment Centre, Albury, NSW
Friday 17th February – Eastbank Centre, Shepparton, VIC
Saturday 18th February – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 19th February – Lakeside Wendouree, Ballarat, VIC
Tuesday 21st February – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 22nd February – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 24th February – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 25th February 25th – Saraton Theatre, Grafton, NSW

Foy Vance Announces Headline Australian Shows

Foy Vance
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Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance is heading back to Australia this November and December as part of the impressive support lineup for the Ed Sheeran tour. But if you haven’t managed to get tickets to Sheeran’s stadium shows (or don’t want to) never fear – Foy Vance has announced his own headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 16th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th December – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Ed Sheeran Tour:
Saturday 28th November – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 2nd December – Nib Stadium, Perth, WA
Saturday 5th December – AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 9th December – Allianz Stadium, Sydney, NSW

Watch the New Passenger Video “When We Were Young”

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UK singer-songwriter Passenger last week released his new video “When We Were Young”, showcasing his crazy live music schedule.

“Last weekend in London was completely insane,” Passenger explained on his Youtube channel. “On the Saturday night I played my own show at the incredibly beautiful Somerset House​ and then the following day I opened up for Ed Sheeran​ at Wembley Stadium​. The shows were of course very different and both totally amazing in their own way. Massive thank you again to everyone who came along!!”

Watch the video for “When We Were Young” below:

Passenger will be supporting Ed Sheeran on his Australian stadium tour later this year. Full dates here:

Saturday 28th November – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 2nd December – Nib Stadium, Perth, WA
Saturday 5th December – AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 9th December – Allianz Stadium, Sydney, NSW

Passenger Announced as Support For Ed Sheeran Tour

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It looks like everyone’s favourite English singer-songwriter Passenger is heading back to Australia at the end of the year with plans to support his old mate Ed Sheeran. We haven’t covered a lot of Ed Sheeran on Timber and Steel despite his folk leanings but the thought of catching he and Passenger solo in stadium venues is very exciting.

They’ll also be joined in support by Timber and Steel favourite Foy Vance and drum and bass four piece Rudimental. Check out the full list of shows below:

Saturday 28th November – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 2nd December – Nib Stadium, Perth, WA
Saturday 5th December – AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 9th December – Allianz Stadium, Sydney, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 1st March


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– This week’s live video from Passenger is the gorgeous “Hearts on Fire” featuring none other than Ed Sheeran. Details here

– Swedish trio Junip released the starkly beautiful video to their new track “Line of Fire”. Details here

– 90s Australian rock royalty collides in the excellent new video from Bob Evans, “Go”, featuring a cameo from Tim Rogers. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter Jess Morgan released her brand new video “Richer Thinner Smarter”. Details here

Sam Lee has teamed up with Future Cinema for a brand new video featuring his track “Goodbye My Darling”. Details here

– Queensland duo Laneway are packing their bags for Europe but have released a new video and some tour dates before they go. Details here

Sam Amidon has announced shows in Sydney and Melbourne over the coming week. Details here

– Brisbane duo Breaking Hart Benton are exploring their pop side in their brand new track and video “More Than You Deserve”, plus have a bunch of tour dates coming up. Details here

Cordial Factory have announced a headline show at the Northcote Social Club on the 16th March. Details here

– UK band The Willows posted the video for their track “Bella’s Fury” well over a month ago but we had to post it anyway. Details here

Beth Orton returns to our shores with a series of church dates thanks to Heavenly Sounds. Details here

Bobby Alu has announced a string of tour dates through March, April and May. Details here

Caitlin Rose revealed the video for her brand new single “Only A Clown”. Details here

– Melbourne bluegrass four-piece Mustered Courage have released “Cruel Alibis”, the first single from their highly anticipated new album. Details here

Mama Kin released the beautiful underwater video for her track “Rescue”. Details here


“I know some people get sick of playing their songs over and over but I just really love living in those songs. That’s when I feel most myself, when I’m on stage performing. Which is really artificial – I should probably get counseling or something” – Julia Johnson from Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“In mid-January Timber and Steel contributing editor Bill Quinn (Overheard Productions) managed to sit down with Paul Greene at the Illawarra Folk Festival to discuss his upcoming tour with his band The Other Colours. Tragically a few days later Greene’s drummer and respected member of the Australian music Matt Sykes was involved in a fatal boating accident at Currarong, NSW” – we finally publish the audio of Paul Greene’s interview with Bill Quinn. Interview here



“The genius here is that these fresh arrangements and finely arranged harmonies, beguiling in their simplicity, offer something genuinely original. Lines written hundreds of years ago are made current, wounds reopened, magic rekindled and feuds renewed. Although these songs have crossed an ocean, and are played in a relaxed American folk style, the music has actually been strengthened by this displacement. Mitchell and Hamer have found a way to connect with each song and make it their own”Mackajay reviews Child Ballads from Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer. Review here

Releases This Week

Keaton Henson
BirthdaysKeaton Henson

Melody Pool
The Hurting SceneMelody Pool

Thumbtacks and GlueWoodpigeon

Timber and Steel Presents

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens with Nigel Wearne and James Kenyon
Sunday 3rd March – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Little Wise
Little Wise
Friday 1st March – Martain’s Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC
Saturday 2nd March – Babushka Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Abigail Washburn and Kai Welch
Wednesday 6th March – The Cat and Fiddle, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 7th March – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Arlo Guthrie with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion
Friday 1st March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 2nd March – Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 3rd March – Star Court Theatre, Lismore, NSW
Tuesday 5th March – Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, NSW
Thursday 7th March – National Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Breaking Hart Benton
Saturday 2nd March – Mandala Arts Cafe, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 8th March – The Waiting Room, Brisbane, QLD (with O’Little Sister)

Brett Winterford
Friday 8th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Don’t Mention The Wall
Friday 1st March – Tara Guest House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 2nd March – The Shack, Narabeen, NSW
Friday 8th March – Humph Hall, Allambie Heights, NSW

Donavon Frankenreiter
Friday 1st March – Bateau Bay Hotel, Bateau Bay, NSW
Saturday 2nd March – SOL Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 2nd March – Noosa SLSC, Noosa Heads, QLD
Sunday 3rd March – Story Bridge Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 3rd March – Jubilee Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 3rd March – Eaton’s Hill Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 8th March – Melbas, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Friday 8th March – Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta, QLD

Eli Wolfe
Thursday 7th March – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA

Thursday 7th March – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Jordie Lane with The Yearlings
Friday 8th March – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC

Katie Noonan
Thursday 7th March – Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide, SA

Nannup Music Festival
Friday 1st to Monday 4th March – Nannup, WA

Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Saturday 2nd March – Perth Arena, Perth, WA
Tuesday 5th March – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 7th March – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Nicola Hayes and Hélène Brunet
Sunday 3rd March – 303, Melbourne, VIC

Luka Bloom
Wednesday 6th March – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 8th March – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW

Paul Greene and The Other Colours
Friday 1st March – The Queen St Mall Stage, Brisbane (7pm)
Saturday 2nd March – The Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna (12.30pm)
Saturday 2nd March – Joe’s Waterhole, Eumundi (8pm)
Sunday 3rd March – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour (4pm)

Paul Kelly and Neil Finn
Friday 1st March – Elder Park, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 2nd March – All Saints Winery, Rutherglen, VIC

Port Fairy Folk Festival
8th to 11th March – Port Fairy, VIC

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens with Nigel Wearne and James Kenyon
Sunday 3rd March – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Sally Seltmann
Tuesday 5th March – Doveman’s Burgundy Stain Sessions, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA

Sam Amidon with Packwood
Wednesday 6th March – The Toff In the Town, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 7th March – FBI Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Seth Lakeman
Thursday 7th March – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 8th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

The Tallest Man on Earth
Friday 1st March – Perth International Arts Festival, Perth, WA
Sunday 3rd March – HiFi, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 5th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 6th March – Zierrholz, Canberra, ACT
Friday 8th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA

The Tiger and Me
Friday 1st March – Riverside Live, Melbourne, VIC

The Underscore Orkestra
Friday 8th March – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Parting Glass” – Ed Sheeran

We started the week explaining that we’d made a decision not to cover Ed Sheeran because he was probably a little too “pop” for Timber and Steel, although he’s probably a closet folky. This resulted in a number of readers pointing me in the direction of many an Ed Sheeran song that proves he’s a folky. Including his version of the traditional Irish/Scottish parting song “The Parting Glass” which appeared as a bonus track on his album +. Maybe we should start covering Ed Sheeran a little more from now on?

New Passenger Live Video, “Hearts on Fire”, feat. Ed Sheeran

Image Courtesy of Passenger

If you’ve been to a Passenger show in the last couple of years there’s a very good chance you’ve seen him perform today’s track “Hearts on Fire”. And of course Passenger’s duet partner this week needs no introduction – Ed Sheeran.

I remember having a conversation with Timber and Steel contributing editor Thom Owen Miles a couple of years ago about whether to cover Ed Sheeran on the blog – and at the time we decided his music was too pop for us (which, if his exposure on Channel V is anything to go by, is a fair assessment). But if you catch Sheeran at the beginning of this video singing the traditional “Wild Mountains Thyme” it’s pretty obvious that he’s a folky at heart.

Cheack out “Hearts on Fire” below:

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2011

Bob Dylan

For the second time in as many years (funny that) Timber and Steel are following the trend and producing our albums of the year. Once again we’ve asked each of our contributors to come up with their top five folky albums from 2011 and once again they’ve managed to deliver lists that are so diverse it’s a wonder we’ve got anything in common at all. There’s been so much fine music released this year and these lists are only the tip of the iceberg – make sure you scroll through the Timber and Steel archives for everything we’ve been listening to.

But enough about us, let’s get to the music. Ladies and gentlefolk we are proud to present Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2011:

Aiden QuinnThe Crackling

1. The CracklingKeep Full Ambitious
The Crackling were the main support for Dan Mangan on a few pre-glastonbury festival gigs he did in the UK (they both come from Canada). They played a gig I was helping out with and I was completely blown away. The lead vocalist, Kenton Loewen, has a raw rugged voice that is delicious, almost orgasmic, like rich dark chocolate. The album plays that to full effect. The layers of dark mystery, whiskey swilled woe and the feeling of being burnt. It’s an emotional ride, intense, unforgettable, and leaves you wondering what the hell just happened (but in a good way) -gripping stuff. Fave track for me on the album? 5. “Of deceit”.
2. Benjamin Folke ThomasRhythm and Blues
3. Ed Sheeran+
4. Matt CardleLetters
5. Friska Vilijor – The Beginning of The Beginning of The End

Evan HughesThe Decemberists The King is Dead

1.The DecemberistsThe King is Dead
When I first sat down and listened to The King is Dead in January 2011 the comment I made was that it was going to be tough to top as an album of the year. Twelve months and countless amazing releases later I haven’t found anything that’s topped this album. Colin Meloy has fully embraced the folky flavours of his music, incorporating traditional sounding melodies with his trademarked verbosity. With appearances by Gillian Welch and REMs Peter Buck, The King is Dead doesn’t just wear its influences on its sleeve, it actively includes them. With the folk, rock and indie worlds embracing this album The King is Dead truly is the crossover success of the year.
2. Bon IverBon Iver
3. Boy & BearMoonfire
4. Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
5. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues

JDXKing Creosote and Jon Hopkins Diamond Mine

1. King Creosote and Jon HopkinsDiamond Mine
This is the very best that music can do. Every time I hear it, it feels like a revelation. It isn’t an easy one, but it is the truth, and what more could you ask for from folk songs? Jon Hopkins’ soft soundscapes dip and swell, punctuated by the sonorous chime of piano, the echoes of accordion, the awkward gait of paper turned into percussion – as strange and strangely real as anything I’ve ever heard. The spaces he leaves are like deep breaths – like the vast distance between big ideas and bitterness. There’s nothing romantic about this – but there is serenity. Kenny Anderson’s voice is a soft lilt surfacing from the depths of despair. It’s the only sure thing here, set against the crystalline fragility of the music. He sings these songs, written over the course of 20 years, with a weary kind of wisdom, but with that comes acceptance, and it’s gentle, mournful, beautiful.
2. Bon IverBon Iver
3. Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
4. Mike NogaThe Balladeer Hunter
5. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues

KT BellLanie Lane To The Horses

1. Lanie LaneTo the Horses
An impressive debut album from a performer who we’ve watched shoot in to the spotlight over the past 18 months. Her distinct voice matched with some of the more quirky themes we’ve seen in her singles this year, Lanie has managed to create an album which spans across and incorporates a multitude of genres in a record that grabs you, holds you and won’t let you go till you’re just a little bit sullied. I love it.
2. Boy & BearMoonfire
3. Seeker Lover KeeperSeeker Lover Keeper
4. WagonsRumble Shake and Tumble
5. The Little SteviesAttention Shoppers

Jack Carty One Thousand Origami Birds

1. Jack CartyOne Thousand Origami Birds
I could put albums by The Middle East here, or Boy & Bear or many, many other things … In the end it came down to what I chose to play most and I can honestly say that Jack Carty’s One Thousand Origami Birds was THE most frequently played album both on my iPhone and at home. A great mix of old fashioned stories and energetic performances that always left a warm fuzzy glow.
2. Seeker Lover KeeperSeeker Lover Keeper
3. Holly ThrosbyTeam
4. Gillian WelchThe Harrow and the Harvest
5. Bon IverBon Iver

Jack Carty One Thousand Origami Birds

1. Jack CartyOne Thousand Origami Birds
It takes a special album for me to knock off my long term favourites, the Mountain Goats, when they release a new album and Jack Carty’s “One Thousand Origami Birds” was that album. It’s the album I find I’m playing first thing in the morning, last thing at night and it always seems fresh. Crystal clear tunes and amazing wordsmithing, Australian music should be so very proud.
2. Mountain GoatsAll Eternals Deck
3. Josh PykeOnly Sparrows
4. Busby MarouBusby Marou
5. The Little SteviesAttention Shoppers

Serena SkyeHarry James Angus Little Stories

1. Harry James AngusLittle Stories
Little Stories takes you in, from it’s first rolling tragedy of a love song, and holds you, through brilliant vocals and instrumentation all the way through to it’s gentle finish. Both humorous and saddening, each story is different yet equally important and well constructed. It’s certainly not what I expected from Harry as a solo artist, but, full of beautiful melodies and guitar work, it has fast become on of my favourite release of this year.
2. Georgia FairAll through the Winter
3. Lucie ThorneBonfires In Silver city and Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know (tied)
4. Jinja SafariLocked By Land
5. Boy & BearMoonfire

Thom Owen MilesThe Felice Brothers Celebration, Florida

1. The Felice BrothersCelebration, Florida
This is an album I’ve been hoping someone would make for years. Personally, my awareness of indie folk from around the world has more or less been born out of an unrelenting search for an artists or band capable of bringing together the raw, poetic, organic essence of folk/blues/Americana with the wonderful innovative production typical of contemporary indie pop and rock. I’ve never heard an album so beautifully balanced on that fine line before and, to be honest, I wasn’t sure it could even be done.
2. The Low AnthemSmart Flesh
3. Radical FaceThe Family Tree: The Roots
4. Dan ManganOh Fortune
5. Fionn Regan100 Acres of Sycamore

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