Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th March

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Brisbane alt-folk four-piece Elbury released their new video “Past Life Memories”. Details here

Bob Evans announced a national tour kicking off this April. Details here

– Indie-folk duo Oh Pep! released their new video “Crazy Feels”. Details here

– Queensland duo Busby Marou have announced national tour dates. Details here

– Melbourne electro-folk artist BATTS released her new song “For Now”. Details here

– Melbourne alt-country duo Broads announced national tour dates. Details here

William Crighton announced a May tour plus the release of his new 7-inch vinyl “Hope Recovery”. Details here

Blog

“Trad purists will no doubt look down there nose at Ed Sheeran’s folky offerings on ÷, the same way they have with other pop crossover songs over the years. Some of that will be justified – in reality “Galway Girl” is not a great song despite Beoga’s influence – but much of this will be a knee jerk reaction to a perceived popularisation of the tradition”Gareth Hugh Evans argues that the trad inspired songs on Ed Sheeran’s new album are a good thing for the scene. Blog here

Reviews

Gigs

“The full gamut of natural disasters may have threatened to unleash the doors of doom upon the festival many of times– yet they never have. From deep mud to the high winds that huffed and puffed til they blew Lurline Pav down before opening a few years back, to this year’s demise of the main indoor venue – Katoomba RSL – which burnt to the ground just a couple of weeks ago, this festival, like Katoomba itself, is a foot soldier of survival. You can blow her big top down, you can burn her to the ground, but the show will go on, and the founding Festival Co-Directors Bob Charter and Al Ward are well seasoned masters of the quick switch”Elizabeth Walton reviews this year’s Blue Mountains Music Festival. Review here

Releases This Week

Chapter One
Chapter OneDarcy Fox
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Johnny Flynn
SillionJohnny Flynn
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Button Collective

Button Collective

Folk favourites The Button Collective hit up shows in Wollongong and Byron this week before the official launch of their new album Hall on the Hill in Brisbane next Friday with The Long Johns and Paddy McHugh in support

Friday 24th March – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 30th March – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 31st March – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt
Friday 31st March – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS

Argyle Sun-Sets @ Freds feat. Ackers, Ali Morgan, Nicole Issa
Sunday 26th March – Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW

Belle Jar
Friday 24th March – The Old City Bank, Katoomba, NSW

Boy & Bear
Sunday 26th March – A Day on the Lawn, Hobart, TAS

Burrows w/ James Teague, Happy Axe
Saturday 25th March – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Craig Woodward
Sunday 26th March – Bluebonnet BBQ, Melbourne, VIC

Darcy Fox
Saturday 25th March – House Concert, Gippsland, VIC
Friday 31st March – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Dusty Ravens
Saturday 25th March – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Eddi Reader
Friday 24th March – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA

Elwood Myre
Saturday 25th March – The Stag & Hunter, Mayfield, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Mat Morgan, Mama Schultz, Liam Gale & The Ponytails
Wednesday 29th March – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Frank Sultana and The Sinister Kids
Friday 24th March – Southern Comfort Carnival, Surly’s American BBQ, Burgers & Beer, Sydney, NSW

Get Folked Punk 1st Birthday Party
Thursday 30th March – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Grigoryan Brothers
Saturday 25th March – Prom Coast Seachange Festival, Foster, VIC
Sunday 26th March – Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston, VIC

Hinterlandt
Friday 24th March – Jane’s, Wollongong, NSW

Holly Throsby
Saturday 25th March – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 26th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 30th March – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Friday 31st March – Babushka, Perth, WA

Irish Mythen
Friday 24th March – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th March – Yackandanda Folk Festival, Yackandanda, VIC
Thursday 30th March – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 31st March – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC

Jack Carty
Saturday 25th March – Bella Union Trades Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 31st March – Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 24th March – Golden Vine, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 25th March – Suttons, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 31st March – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Jessie Lloyd: The Mission Songs Project
Friday 24th March – Eltham World Music Cafe, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Rennie-Hynes
Saturday 25th March – Stone Pony, Wilunga, SA
Friday 31st March – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 24th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Friday 31st March – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA

Les Poules à Colin
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC
Friday 31st March – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW

Martha Marlow
Monday 27th March – Nowra, NSW
Wednesday 29th March – Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW

Martha Tilston
Friday 24th March – Newham Hall, Newham, VIC
Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th March – Yackandandah Festival, Yackandandah, VIC
Thursday 30th March – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 31st March – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Martha Wainwright
Friday 24th March – Capital Theatre, Bendigo, VIC

Ocean Rhythms Music Festival
Saturday 25th March – Old Bar Beach, Old Bar, NSW

Peasant Moon w/ Rick Hart
Saturday 25th March – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Papa Pilko And The Binrats
Saturday 25th March – Southern Comfort Carnival, Surly’s American BBQ, Burgers & Beer, Sydney, NSW

Quarry Mountain Death Rats, The Scrims
Friday 24th March – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Raised By Eagles
Saturday 25th March – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

Roland Kay-Smith
Thursday 30th March – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Sancha & the Blue Gypsies
Sunday 26th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Southern Comfort Carnival
Wednesday 15th to Saturday 25th March – Surly’s American BBQ, Burgers & Beer, Sydney, NSW

Steampacket Sessions Irish Music Weekend
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – Steampacket Hotel, Nelligan, NSW

The Basin Music Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – The Basin, VIC

The Button Collective
Friday 24th March – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 30th March – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 31st March – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

The East Pointers
Friday 24th March – Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 25th March – Wauchope Community Arts Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Sunday 26th March – Cedar Bar, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 30th March – Bellevue Hotel: Townsville Folk and Acoustic Music Club, Townsville, QLD
Friday 31st March – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

The Man From Snowy River Festival
Thursday 30th March to Sunday 2nd April – Corryong, VIC

The McClymonts
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – CMC Rocks 2017, Ipswich, QLD

The Morrisons
Friday 24th March – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 25th March – Oceans Rhythm Festival, Old Bar, NSW

The Northern Folk
Thursday 30th March – The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Séamus Begley Trio
Saturday 25th March – The Fly By Night Club, Fremantle, WA

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Friday 24th March – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

The Waifs
Saturday 25th March – The Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 26th March – The Don Centre, Devonport, TAS
Tuesday 28th March – The Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Wednesday 29th March – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 30th March – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC

This Way North
Thursday 30th March – Settlers Tavern, Margret River, WA

Timberwolf
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – The Hills Are Alive, South Gippsland, VIC

TinPan Orange
Friday 24th and Saturday 25th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, VIC
Sunday 26th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Violent Femmes
Friday 24th March – Waves, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 25th March – Annies Lane, Queanbeyan, NSW
Monday 27th March – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Wednesday 29th March – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 31st March – Twin Towns, Coolangatta, QLD

Warrandyte Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – Warrandyte, VIC

Yackandandah Folk Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – Yackandandah, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Minute 5” – Beoga

If you’ve listened to Ed Sheeran’s “Galway Girl” here’s the tune that’s playing behind it.

Ed Sheeran and Beoga: Pop’s Latest Flirtation with Trad Music

Ed Sheeran
Image Courtesy of Ed Sheeran

A couple of weeks ago Ed Sheeran cemented his status as the biggest male popstar on the planet with the release of his smash hit new album ÷ (pronounced Divide).

If you follow the trad music or Irish music press you’ll know that for at least two of the tracks on ÷ Sheeran collaborated with Northern Irish trad group Beoga.

The first of these tracks, “Galway Girl” (not the Steve Earle track of the same name), was actually inspired by Beoga’s fiddle player Niamh Dunne and features their tune “Minute 5” over the chorus. The lyrics of “Galway Girl” are peppered with trad references (this may be the first number one track to reference Irish song “Carrickfergus”) and Dunne gushed about Sheeran’s love of “Planxty, The Chiefains and … Irish music” in recent interviews.

The second track on ÷ with a piece of Beoga trad is “Nancy Mulligan”, inspired by the story of Sheeran’s Irish grandparents. The track has more trad feel than “Galway Girl” and even features a bit of an Irish-pub-like-singalong during the lead break.

“Galway Girl” was released as a single on St Patrick’s Day and hit the top 10 in a bunch of countries. In an interview with The Guardian Sheeran said that he had to fight to keep the “folk” songs on the album.

“They were really, really against “Galway Girl”, because apparently folk music isn’t cool,” Ed Sheeran explained. “But there’s 400 million people in the world that say they’re Irish, even if they’re not Irish. You meet them in America all the time: “I’m a quarter Irish and I’m from Donegal.” And those type of people are going to fucking love it. My argument was always: well, the Corrs sold 20 million records. The label would say, “Oh the Corrs, that was years ago,” but who’s tried it since the Corrs? There’s a huge gap in the market, and I promise you that in two years’ time there will be a big folk band that comes up that’s pop, and that will happen as a result of labels being like: “Oh shit, if he can put a fiddle and uilleann pipe on it, then we can try it as well”.”

As Sheeran points out trad music in pop music isn’t new. The Corrs practically owned the folk-pop genre in the late 90s and early 2000s. B*Witched 1998 hit “C’est la Vie” was has an Irish whistle solo played over DJ scratching. Even the oft-criticised-for-not-being-real-folk-music Mumford and Sons kick off their track “Roll Away Your Stone” with the Irish trad fiddle tune “Merrily Kissed the Quaker”.

Trad purists will no doubt look down there nose at Ed Sheeran’s folky offerings on ÷, the same way they have with other pop crossover songs over the years. Some of that will be justified – in reality “Galway Girl” is not a great song despite Beoga’s influence – but much of this will be a knee jerk reaction to a perceived popularisation of the tradition.

In truth having an artist of Ed Sheeran’s stature declare his love for Irish trad music can only have upside for the genre.

Think of Sheeran as a trad gateway drug. For many of his fans “Galway Girl” and “Nancy Mulligan” will be their first exposure to this kind of music and even if only a small percentage follow the influences of the songs back to Planxty, The Dubliners, The Chieftains and beyond, that’s still a bunch of music fans that may never have discovered this music otherwise.

While trad may have a reputation in the wider community as twee or old fashioned those “in the know” know it’s a vibrant genre with a bunch of really exciting young artists coming up through the ranks. If you’ve ever caught a set from Trouble In The Kitchen, Tolka, Sásta or any of the other amazing local trad bands around the country you’ll know how much their music can capture your attention, can fill you up and most importantly can make you want to dance.

The best case scenario is the local and international trad scene will see a spike in activity and interest thanks to Sheeran’s flirtation with the genre and that can only be positive. Every fan who clicks a “like” button on social media, watches a Youtube video, comes to a gig or session featuring traditional music because they’re new favourite song is “Galway Girl” is a new part of our community.

So when you hear “Galway Girl” and “Nancy Mulligan” blaring on a pop radio station or out of your kid’s Spotify account take a moment to recognise that this could be the first step on the trad music journey for a new fan. That’s got to make you happy.

Kasey Chambers Announces New Album Dragonfly

Kasey Chambers
Image Courtesy of Kasey Chambers

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
Image Courtesy of Foy Vance

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”

Passenger
Image Courtesy of Passenger

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

Passenger
Image Courtesy of Passenger

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

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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

Interviews

“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

Reviews

Recordings

“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
iTunes

Melody Pool
The Hurting SceneMelody Pool
iTunes

Woodpigeon
Thumbtacks and GlueWoodpigeon
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

JDSS
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

Jep&Dep
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

Passenger
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

Mackajay
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

Miladyred
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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