The Full Port Fairy Folk Festival Line Up

Port Fairy
Image Courtesy of the Port Fairy Folk Festival

The Port Fairy Folk Festival is undoubtedly one of the biggest events on the folk music calendar and once again 2017 is shaping up to be an amazing event.

The full lineup of the 2017 Port Fairy Folk Festival has been released and it features a bunch of amazing artists including Willie Watson, Melody Pool, Lior, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders, Afenginn, Boo Hewerdine, Charm of Finches, Eddi Reader, Folk Uke, Gretta Ray, Martha Tilston, Mel Parsons, Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen, The Changing Room, The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Dead Maggies, The Waifs, The Wilson Pickers, The Young Folk and many more.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place from the 10th through to the 13th March in Port Fairy, Victoria. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The full Port Fairy Folk Festival lineup is below:

8 Foot Felix, Afenginn, Aoife Scott, Backsliders, Barry Versus Kelly, Bazzookas, Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart, Big Rory & Ochie, Bikerina, Boo Hewerdine, Buckman Coe, Buried Country, Burke & Wills: The Expedition By Ashley Davies, Bush Gothic, Chaos Magnet, Charles Jenkins, Charm of Finches, Christine Collister & Michael Fix, Circular Circus – Heidi Hoops, Cookin’ On 3 Burners with Tex Perkins & Stella Angelico, Danny Spooner, Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier, Dog Trumpet, Don Walker, Dori Freeman, Dubmarine, Eddi Reader, Ewen Baker, Featherhead, Fem Belling, Folk Uke, Gawurra, Giant Seagulls, Graeme James, Gretta Ray, Hey Mammoth, Hollie Smith, Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies, JVG Guitar Method, Karma County, Krazy Koala Puppet Show, Kutcha Edwards Trio, Les Poules a Colin, Lior, Lisnacrieve, Manu Delago, MarimbaTaters, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders, Martha Tilston, Mel Parsons, Melody Pool, Mercan Dede, Mexrrissey, Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission, Miss Amber & Stukulele, Mr Qwirk, Mr Wizowski, Mundy, Nancie Schipper, Neil Murray, Nhatty Man & Gara, Nick Nicholas, Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen, Phil Wiggins & Dom Turner, Red the Clown, Roo Panes, Sarah Carroll & the Left Wing, Seamus Begley Trio, Sport Suzie, Steve Boyd’s Rum Reverie, Suzannah Espie, Kerri Simpson, Barb Waters & Alison Ferrier, Tash Sultana, TEK TEK Ensemble, The Bean Project, The Changing Room, The Chipolatas present ‘Chipolatino’!, The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Dead Maggies, The Drowsy Maggies, The Jerry Cans, The Low Down Riders, The Mik Maks, The Mission Songs Project, The New Savages, The Pinks Play The Blues, The Scrims, The Skeleton Club, The Southern Ocean Sea Band, The Waifs, The Wilson Pickers, The Young Folk, Thomas Hugh, Tim Wheatley, TimTim, Van Morrison’s “Masterpieces” Presented by Vince Jones & The Astral Orchestra, Vika & Linda, Warsaw Village Band, Willie Watson, Yirrmal

The Best Folky Christmas Songs of 2015

Christmas Boots

It’s Christmas Eve which means it’s time for Timber and Steel’s traditional wrap up of the best folky Christmas songs of the year. If you’re like us and you love Christmas songs and carols then you’re in for a treat.

We hope you have a safe and merry Christmas wherever you find yourself this year. We look forward to folking with you in the New Year!

Kaitlyn Baker – “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

Sondre Lerche & Jherek Bischoff – “Surviving Christmas”

The Felice Brothers – “Carriage”
Why The Felice Brothers haven’t thought to do a Christmas album titled Felice Navidad before now is mind boggling. Here’s the first single from the album, “Carriage”.

Red Sky July – “Save Christmas Day for Me”

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant – “Light of Christmas Day”
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant reunite for this contribution to the Christmas movie Love The Coopers. The video is peppered with movie dialogue which can get annoying but it’s still great to see Krauss and Plant together again.

Robert Pollard – “What Begins on New Years Day”

The Bandana Splits – “Silent Night”
The three part harmonies from Annie Nero, Dawn Landes and Lauren Balthrop on their The Bandana Splits are just stunning.

Phil Cunningham feat. Eddi Reader – “Santa Will Find You”
Phil Cunningham brings together some of folk music’s best for his Christmas album Phil’s Christmas Songbook. The lead single, “Santa Will Find You”, features none other than Eddi Reader

Joseph Bradshaw – “Christmas is Always”

Kyle Cox – “Don’t Make My Christmas Blue”

Kids – “In The Bleak Midwinter”

Kate Miller-Heidke ft. The Beards – “I’m Growing A Beard Downstairs For Christmas”
Probably the best comedy Christmas release of the year. Don’t listen to this one too loudly at work.

Peter Joseph Head – “Boxing Day”

Stylus Boy – “Oh Little Town”

The Leisure Society – “2000 Miles”
The Leisure Society cover The Pretenders for their Christmas single this year. I love this track!

Burrowing – “The Morn Of Christmas Day”

Smoke Fairies – “Wild Winter”

Kate Rusby – “The Frost is all Over”
The stunning Kate Rusby brings her amazing voice to this Christmas classic, taken from her Christmas album of the same name.

Lindsay Straw – “It Came Upon The Midnight Clear”

Boom Forest – “The Holly & The Ivy”
I love the way this traditional Christmas song has been given a contemporary sound by Boom Forest.

Matt Costa – “Many Memories Ago”
Roots singer-songwriter Matt Costa turns up the Christmas nostalgia with his track “Many Memories Ago”.

Lily Lambert – “Carol Of The Bells”

Sufjan Stevens – “Christmas Unicorn”
It wouldn’t be a list of Christmas songs without something from Sufjan Stevens. While this track came out in 2012 it’s just been given a brand new lyric video and thus qualifies for our 2015 list.

Amy Yon – “Winter”

Loralee Jessen Nicolay – “Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella”

Leaf Pile – “Deck The Halls”

Tides Of Winter – “Angels”

Sivu – “The Christmas Song”

Unwaxed Raiment – “The First Noel”

Folk Uke – All I Want For Christmas”

Marika Hackman – “River”

Elouise – “Silent Night”

The Maple Trail – “Star Wars (Is Coming Out This Christmas)”
Here it is folks – the most important Christmas song of the year. Not only do we get a Christmas folk song about Star Wars, this is also the first recorded music from The Maple Trail in a long long time.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

William Fitzsimmons released “Fortune” the first official single from his album Lions. Details here

The Perch Creek Family Jugband have released the very fun video for their track “Party on the Farm”. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey released his catchy new single “Cucurucu”. Details here

Johnny Flynn released another stunning lyric video, this time for “Bottom of the Sea Blues”. Details here

– The newly renamed One Up Two Down (previously George, Andrew and Daniel) are teaming up with Oh Pep! for a co-headlined east coast tour this February. Details here

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have another new video out for “Let’s Get High (On Love)” which features the band on tour with a bunch of cameos. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Hayden Calnin has just released his new single “Comatose” from his upcoming EP Oh, Hunter. Details here

– Alt-country singer-songwriter Katie Brianna has released her new video for the track “Dark Side of the Morning”. Details here

– Bon Iver’s S. Carey has released “Fire-Scene” from his upcoming solo album Range of Light. Details here

– Folk-roots duo The Audreys have announced their first album in almost 4 years, Til My Tears Roll Away. Details here

– UK folk royalty Blair Dunlop will be in Australia this month for Port Fairy Folk Festival, The Brunswick Music Festival and the Blue Mountains Music Festival. Details here

The Merri Creek Pickers have just released their new video “Frankie Marlboro”. Details here

– WA based singer-songwriter Sam Buckingham has released a quirky homemade video for her track “Shackles”. Details here

Mikhael Paskalev has released his awesome new clip for the track “Jive Babe”. Details here

– Scottish singer Eddi Reader has released her new video “I’ll Never Be The Same”. Details here

– Check out the video for Gibson Bull’s track “Skin and Bones”. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff has released the video for his new single “Still Trying”. Details here

Interviews

“We definitely have fans here but Australia’s so big. Wallander was broadcast here and that definitely helped. And I think with the latest record Dear River having a lot more exposure than previous records has definitely helped build a fan base. I’m constantly getting messages saying “you’ve got to come home!” and I’d love to particularly with this new record Dear River because so much of it is about the subject of home. It is an album that I would like a lot of Australians to hear”Emily Barker chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“That’s what folk music is. It’s very broad. It’s something that you can never quite explain and it’s something that you can never sum up. I’m glad you guys are continuing to follow modern folk music as well – some traditionalists get really boggled done and are closed minded, think that music hasn’t gotten any better since the 20s and 30s and 40s and 50s. To a certain extent I’d agree with them but there’s a lot of new music out there to listen to and appreciate”Pokey LaFarge chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Green Mohair Suits
Baby, You Just Want To Give UpThe Green Mohair Suits
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Timbers

The Timbers

Adelaide favourites The Timbers are on the home stretch of Januray tour showcasing their new single “Things to Come”. The boys wrap up the tour in their home town next Friday after laying waste to Victoria over the long weekend – these shows are definitely not to be missed

Friday 24th January – Tanswell Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 25th January – Festival of the Sails, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 26th January – Penny Black Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 31st January – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

Andy Irvine
Friday 24th to Monday 27th January – Newstead Festival, Newstead, VIC
Friday 31st January – Music in the Park, Bendigo, VIC

Cass McCombs
Thursday 30th January – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Imogen Clark and Joe Mungovan
Sunday 26th January – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Wednsday 29th January – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

Jack Carty
Sunday 26th Jan – House Content, Dunsborough, WA
Tuesday 28th January – House Content, Gelorup, WA
Wednesday 29th January – House Content, Palmyra, WA
Friday 31st January – House Content, Pemulwuy, NSW

Kim Churchill
Friday 24th January – The Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 25th January – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 26th January – Flow Café, Old Bar, NSW
Thursday 30th January – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 31st January – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 24th January – Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Laneway Festival
Friday 31st January – Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, QLD

Mark Moldre
Friday 24th January – The Rhythm Hut, Central Coast, NSW

Mat McHugh
Friday 24th January – Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale NSW
Saturday 25th January – Heritage Hotel, Bulli NSW

Newstead Live
Friday 24th to Monday 27th January – Castlemaine, VIC

Numeralla Folk Festival
Friday 24th to Monday 27th January – Numerella, NSW

Redvers
Thursday 30th January – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Sarah Blasko
Friday 24th January – Flinders St Baptist Church, Adelaide, SA

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 26th January – Tamworth, NSW

The Beez
Monday 20th to Saturday 25th January – Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW

The Green Mohair Suits w/ The Morrisons, All Our Exes Live in Texas
Friday 31st January – The Loft at UTS, Sydney, NSW

The Lumineers
Tuesday 28th January – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 24th January – Tanswell Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 25th January – Festival of the Sails, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 26th January – Penny Black Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 31st January – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Traveller & Fortune
Thursday 30th January – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Friday 31st January – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Unpaved Sessions feat. Joel Stibbard
Monday 27th January – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Zoe Elliot
Friday 24th January – The Lodge, Bellingen, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Auld Triangle” – The Dubliners

Have you heard the version of “The Auld Triangle” on the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack? It’s pretty special. But it really pales in comparison to The Dubliners’ version because, well, they’re The Dubliners.

Watch the New Eddi Reader Video, “I’ll Never Be The Same”

Eddi Reader
Image Courtesy of Eddi Reader

The wonderful Eddi Reader has just released her new video for the track “I’ll Never Be The Same” which once again features the Scottish artist dancing around the outdoors. The song is the latest track from Reader’s upcoming album Vagabond which is due for release on the 3rd February. Check out the video below:

Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2013

Listening to Records

In what is now an end of year tradition Timber and Steel are following up our own list of the top albums of 2013 with a piece that opens the floor to some of our favourite artists.

We reached out to musicians far and wide, from big international names to local up-and-comers, to get their thoughts on the best albums and EPs of the year and the result is once again incredible. If you ever wanted to know what the artists you listen to are listening to then look no further as we present to you Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2013:

Back on the MilksThomas Busby (Busby Marou)
The Starry FieldBack on the Milks
It’s almost impossible to slot this album into a genre because it covers almost all styles yet somehow it works perfectly. Mark Myers could be from another planet, because this seems to be a soundtrack from another world.

Picture of YouDarren Cross (Jep & Dep, Darren Cross Band)
Guy ClarkMy Favorite Picture of You
Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt have to be mentioned in the same sentence. The masters of the Texan Troubadour Genre- minimal powerful melodies and stories that change your mood-help you live. Townes is no longer around – Guy Clark is in his 70s, his songs getting stronger and more powerful. These guys wrote the rule book. Guy Clark’s latest album is amazing. In a world of autotune – Racscal Flatts / Taylor Swift mediocrity – a true country artist without any of the rhinestone cowboy bullshit is still alive and kicking and relevant and still breaking our hearts. I dare you to listen to “My Favorite Picture of You” or “Hell Bent On A Heartache” and not feel something. A true Inspiration.

Sam AmidonDevon Leger (Hearth Music)
Sam AmidonBright Sunny South
Because Sam Amidon is the most visionary folk artist of his generation. He understands musical traditions deep into his bones, and though he goes very far afield in his interpretations, he’s so grounded in the traditions that his experimentation serves as a vehicle to delve farther into the source material than ever before. He’s an uncompromising artist that reminds me again why I love folk music.

Melody PoolKristy Cox
Melody PoolThe Hurting Scene
The Hurting Scene has to be one of the most amazing debut releases of an Australian artist in a long time. It’s an album that more often than not touches on the topics of hurt and sadness – yet a notion of positivity shines through each of the songs. Melody’s vocals are shine on each track, however it’s her lyrics and the melody in each song that draw you in so you have to keep on listening! By far my favourite release of 2013! This girl is amazing!

Tiny RuinsOscar Lush
Tiny RuinsHaunts
For me, this six track EP has more depth and honesty than any other full length album of 2013. Tiny Ruins is the moniker of UK born, New Zealand based, singer-songwriter Hollie Fullbrook. Following up from her 2011 album Some Were Meant For Sea, the Haunts EP is a beautifully flowing fusion of modern folk, jazz and old-school country blues. Fullbrook’s rich and captivating vocals roll so smoothly over her laid back picking style as she draws you further and further into the veil of fog that hovers over this charming collection of songs. What I love most about Haunts is the way it pays tribute to so many traditional styles, from the Townes Van Zandt style of guitar on “Cold Comfort” to Fullbrook’s flawless cover of “Rolling Mill Blues”, yet I fail to compare the sound of Tiny Ruins to anything else because it’s also completely of its own world. I promise that this one really is worth all of your time.

Daft PunkKim Churchill
Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
Whilst I’ve been dancing around possible answers in my head I really have to go for one which I’ve barely stopped playing since I bought it. I know the whole world seems to have been won over, but Random Access Memories by Daft Punk has been my favourite album this year. It has such respect for music and its evolution over the past 50 years. It also has most of my favourite session players from as far back as the 60’s as well. Using drummers like JR Robinson and Omar Hakim and experimenting with things like Gorgio Moroder’s monologue over the top of those drums was incredible. Its the kind of music I dream of hearing and the ultimate experimentation in excess. Over a million dollars, 5 years the best studios and session players in the world and the occasional full orchestral and choir movements! Finally though, what mainly draws me to an album is the songs. Though I never thought I would look to Daft Punk for inspiration, the songwriting is really exquisite. Particularly the Paul Williams collaboration, “Touch’.

StreetsMike McCarthy
Isaac de HeerStreets
I am a huge fan of Isaac De Heer, his records are on high rotation here. On Streets Isaac continues on this well built path of unorthodox folk songwriting. Again, as on his previous two records, the production captures his quirky approach to writing and performing music. The melodies are strong, the lyrics are the kind you want to pore over and try to understand. Every broken piano sound and haunting backing vocal has it’s place in a very well thought out and enjoyable EP.

The PreaturesAshleigh Mannix
The PreaturesIs This How You Feel?
I cannot tell you how may times I have listened to this EP since it’s release. Its absolute killer first single “Is This How You Feel?” still has me shamelessly breaking out in dance wherever and whenever I hear it. I actually cannot stop myself! The entire EP is filled with a catalogue of influences – Fleetwood Mac, Prince and Neil Young are a few that I immediately note. Yet at the same time, The Preatures have their own captivating sound that I personally cannot get enough of. Listening to female lead, Isabella Manfredi’s voice makes me want to put on my LBD and leather jacket and paint the town red. While the lead vocals of Gideon Benson in “Dark Times” leaves me completely devastated that I’m not single … It’s funny where music can take you. Is This How You Feel? is the sound of a band doing what they do, and doing it fecking well!

Jim JamesIsaac de Heer
Jim JamesRegions of Light and Sound of God
A couple of years back I was struck by the Yim Yames EP Tribute To which is a collection of George Harrison songs – I loved how rushed the recording sounded, full of pure longing blasted into its delivery. I hadn’t heard anything about the Regions… album but bought it on a whim when I was wandering through Polyester Records, judging from the strength of that EP. What I found was a real grower with a gospel sorta vibe, mixed with huge drum sounds and wonderful imaginative lyrics and soundscapes. The whole album has a naivety and innocence about it that is captivating, flowing from song to song effortlessly, with a great instrumental track halfway through that lets it breathe. It’s well worth a few listens!

Stolen ViolinMark Myers (The Starry Field)
Stolen ViolinTemperate touch, Tropical Tears
I don’t listen to much music outside of the studio but I spent a lot of time with this album. It might not be everyone’s thing with it’s lofi guitars and hard to hear lyrics but I had tears in my eyes by the end of it.

Jimi HendrixJustin Thurgur (Bellowhead)
Jimi HendrixPeople, Hell and Angels
My album for 2013 is Jimi Hendrix’s People, Hell and Angels a previously unreleased studio album that was supposed to be the follow up to Electric Ladyland. This album is full of refreshingly strong, raw, bluesy songs with a healthy funk influence played by instrumentalists who are true virtuosos and unafraid of expressing themselves. The soul pours out of these recordings.

Keston Cobblers ClubRachael McShane – (Bellowhead)
Keston Cobblers’ ClubA Scene of Plenty
This sounds like a really fun band to be in! The rich instrumentation featuring tuba, squeeze-box, banjo, strings, percussion and vocals, coupled with catchy melodies and massed group vocals on the song “Beam” make you want to sing along, put on your dancing shoes and join the party. Keston Cobblers’ Club have a very refreshing DIY attitude to recording and packaging. They designed their CD case as a train set with cut-out-and-stick trains, tents and animals. Well worth checking out their videos on YouTube too.

Jimi HendrixBenji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead)
Jimi HendrixPeople, Hell and Angels
I would have to say People, Hell and Angels by Jimi Hendrix is my favourite album of 2013. The reasons being I’m a massive Hendrix fan and although there’s nothing really very new on this release it’s a great collection of Hendrix tunes and displays his fluid mastery of the guitar very well. Also some nice cameos from the likes of Stephen Stills and Lonnie Youngblood. Essential stuff for us Hendrix geeks.

Midnight Follows MeJulian Cue (The Barons of Tang)
BJ MorriszonkleMidnight Follows Me
Ridiculous and beautiful, this album is essentially the mad ramblings of a one man band let loose in a studio. I love the every changing and complex compositions, demented keyboard sounds and the delicate balance between “tongue in cheek” and sincerity. Also it seems to me that BJ Morriszonkle is one of the finest male vocalists / crooners playing around at the moment. His voice makes this album. 5 out of 5 exploding cakes

Vance JoyWoody Pitney
Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
Since first hearing a demo of “Riptide” in 2012, i’ve been a big fan of VJ’s music and his debut EP didn’t disappoint! James Keogh has a killer voice and there isn’t a dull moment throughout the entire 5-track EP. All of the songs are beautifully written, yet simple enough to have you singing along after one listen. With catchy melodies, slinky ukelele strumming and powerful storytelling, it’s clear to see why people compare the great man to the likes of Paul Kelly and Bernard Fanning.

Vic ManuelScott Collins (The Mid North)
Vic ManuelBury Me Deep
Vic Manuel is someone you probably would not have heard of……yet. ‘Bury Me Deep’ is his first solo album and it is a cracker. A melding of folk, old-time and Americana, with lyrics that are as good as Leonard Cohen and Dylan. He can rip your heart out and have you horny as a hound in a matter of a few words. There are road trip songs, ballads, bluegrass toe tappers and dark tales from older days. The song ‘Oh Mother’ will have the hardest of you shedding tears. As a songwriter myself, i hold Vic in awe. I am amazed by him and a little bit (ummm…..whole lot) envious of his talent, he is quite simply Brilliant.

Vance JoyThelma Plum
Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
Because it makes me feel sad, but good sad.

Liz StringerCara Robinson (Hat Fitz and Cara)
Liz StringerSoon
I actually have been listening to the album Soon by Liz Stringer with its powerful tales of personal experiences written so poetically that grasps my attention every time it is played. With its beautiful delicate and honest intent it is a raw masterpiece. I love this.

Abbe MayEli Wolfe
Abbe MayKiss My Apocalypse
A diverse and experimental artist from WA, with quite few different releases. This album evokes an intense feel, from a strong and highly expressive woman – cathartic in love and release – in a lemon juice squeezed on a paper cut kinda way.

Chance McCoyJimmy Daley (The Morrisons)
Chance McCoy & The Appalachian String BandChance McCoy & The Appalachian String Band
I love old time music and this album by Chance McCoy & The Appalachian String Band is packed full of it. The newest member of Old Crow (replacing Willie Watson), and educator of Old Time Music at The Augusta Heritage Centre, West Virginia, Chance McCoy really knows his stuff. He is an amazing old time fiddle and banjo player with a really sweet sounding voice to top it of. The collection of tunes here feature some of my favourite old time numbers like “Lazy John”, “Greasy Coat”, “Little Birdie” and “Gospel Plow”, while also introducing me to some great tunes I had never heard before, like “Davy Come Back and Act Like You Ought To”. That’s the thing about old time music, it’s an endless well of incredible songs, I don’t think I’ll ever stop digging through them. With fantastic playing and singing, this album has a more slick sound that what you usually get with old time music and in that sense would be a great introduction for someone looking to get into this genre.

CapercaillieEddi Reader
CapercaillieAt The Heart of it All
This is a beautiful traditional album using the tradition and bringing it right up to date. Karen is one of my favourite Scottish vocalists and this album is class as is their live performances. A little bit of Scotland for your ears.

Josh PykeChris Collins (Tigertown)
Josh PykeThe Beginning and the End of Everything
One of the best song writers that we have in Australia, Josh has been a major influence on our music since the start. All four albums are filled with honest stories so it’s cool to be able to follow someone through different stages of their life. For a fourth album, this one seems to have a certain youthfulness and energy to it, which could come from having a toddler running around in this record. It’s a very Australian sounding record which is something we love and would love to harness ourselves one day. This album makes you excited about love, life and family.

Bobby AluBrianne Curran (Takadimi)
Bobby AluTake it Slow
Refreshing, groovy and chilled out all in one. Bobby Alu’s album of 2013 just makes you feel like having a great day!

Melody PoolKevin Mitchell (Bob Evans)
Melody PoolThe Hurting Scene
This is an insanely good debut album. The lyrics and songwriting are so good it’s hard to believe they come from a someone of such a tender age. The production is subtle and honest and Melody’s voice is weighty and substantial. She must be an old soul or something. I can’t get enough of this album.

Katie BriannaAndrew Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates (The Weeping Willows)
Katie BriannaDark Side of the Morning
Katie’s voice will instantly capture you but it’s her lyrics that will hold you; one part heartbreak, two parts introspection, a dash of sass and one hundred percent original. Her tone may evoke some of the greats (Iris DeMent, Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffith, Kasey Chambers…) but Katie holds her own and her album packs a punch. It’s definitely one of those rare finds you can appreciate from beginning to end without any temptation to reach for the “skip” button. Dark Side of the Morning is Americana at its best; at times dark and moody, other times hopeful, even audacious. Our favourite tracks are “What It Means”, “Dark Side of the Morning” and the vulnerable last track, “Risk it All”.

The VaccinesAndrew Davie (Bear’s Den)
The VaccinesMelody Calling
I bloody love this EP. We recently had the honour of touring with The Vaccines on the Mumford and Sons Full English Tour and we just had the best time. An amazing group of people and an incredible band. We listened to this EP religiously in the van between shows and I constantly had “Melody Calling” and “Everybody’s Gonna Let You Down” stuck in my head. Freddie’s guitar parts are so unconventional and interesting and the chord progressions and band dynamics flow in such a beautiful and unpredictable kind of way. It’s an incredibly inspiring piece of work and Justin’s songwriting has always been brilliant but just keeps getting better and better.

Kurt VileJordan Wilson and Benjamin Riley (Georgia Fair)
Kurt VileWakin’ on a Pretty Daze
It’s a beautiful sounding record. He’s a cool cat and has been a favourite of ours for a while. It’s a great record to get you through whatever you’ve been dealt, especially when combined with wine and cigarettes in your lounge room.

0Roscoe James Irwin
Ichiko Aoba0
A super beautiful (if not odd) collection of tracks from this Japanese alt/folk singer-songwriter. It’s strikingly bare, but really intimate as a result. You feel like you’re there with her, listening to her play her songs in your bedroom. The classically inspired nylon string guitar parts, mixed with Ichiko’s etherial vocal melodies create something really unique and honest, (even though I have no idea what she’s singing about). Track 8, “Haru Natsu Aki Fuyu” is a standout.

Ghost BoyGregory Alan Isakov
Sanders BohlkeGhost Boy
Beautiful and dark electric landscapes behind songs that make you dream, and remember how important music is.

The DronesMark “Looch” Lewis (Handsome Young Strangers)
The DronesI See Seaweed
This band is so far ahead of the pack it scares me. I didn’t think the Drones could top their last album Havilah – but they have. Gareth Lilliard’s lyrics slowly weave into your brain as always whilst the delivery and more specifically the passion in the delivery still kills me everytime. The final track “Why Write A Letter That You’ll Never Send” (all 9 minutes of it) is stunning. The best album from 2013 from Australia’s best band. Simple really.

Anna CalviBity Booker
Anna CalviOne Breath
Anna did not start singing until she was in her mid twenties. Now she is singing her hearth out. Her songs explode like colour onto a canvas. She slowly draws the listener into her world. Her guitar is like a voice, sometimes a weep, sometimes a laugh. This album makes me feel close to the beautiful beast she has within.

Josh PykeJackson McLaren
Josh PykeThe Beginning And The End Of Everything
(Ok I might be a bit biased but it’s a great album!). Josh sets the bar high and this record is an absolute cracker. Grappling poetically with legacy and morality. The BIG themes! Beautiful harmonies and clever arrangements. It sounds like Josh is having fun and that’s what I like about it.

Katy PerryGemini Downs
Katy PerryPrism
Yes I know we’re in an indie band and our taste is music is meant to be all indie and alternative – and primarily it is – but everyone has their guilty pleasures, right? For what it’s worth – chuckling at the new “Roar” film clip, feeling creative when looking at the fairyland live sets that this chick pulls off and winding up the windows in the car in order to sing along as loudly as possible was enough to bring Katy Perry to the top of the pile. Plus she got dumped by a tonne of record labels before she cracked it which makes her success all the more impressive.

Cloud ControlJosh Pyke
Cloud ControlDream Cave
I love Cloud Control, and this record really saw them push themselves, whilst still remaining true to the almost primitive innocence that their music captures for me. Al’s voice has taken on a strangled desperation in some songs that makes the whole thing a lot tougher in a very engaging way. Love it.

Sam AmidonBayden Hine (Packwood)
Sam AmidonBright Sunny South
An artist who’s work I’d been meaning to listen to for a few years dropped into my lap when I was asked to support his Australian tour earlier this year. I couldn’t have been happier! His albums are effortlessly beautiful, and his live set all the more so. Sam Amidon reworks American trad tunes from way back when into his own brand of contemporary folk. On his previous two albums he paired up with one of my favourite composers Nico Muhly (Grizzy Bear, Jonsi, Sufjan Stevens), but on Bright Sunny South he mirrored his live set – recording with minimal instrumentation as well as a few guest accompanists (most notably Jazz trumpet legend Kenny Wheeler – so, so cool). The winning track for me is “As I Roved Out” – my favourite choice for singing along to in the car when stuck in traffic. Freaks people out every time!

Christy MooreDamien Dempsey
Christy MooreWhere I Come From
A legendary Irish folk singer. 45 tracks that he wrote or had a hand in. An incredible album full of human spirit and empathy and stories and wisdom and humour, Christy is everything I aspire to be as a singer, a great role model, check out “Viva La Quint Brigada”, “Johnny Connors”, “The Boy from Tamlaghtduff”, “Lisdoonvarna”, “Whacker Humphries” or “Strange Ways”. Sublime.

The NationalIsaac Graham
The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
My brother bought me Trouble Will Find Me for my birthday this year. On his way to buy it he fell off his push bike and fractured his wrist in two places and ended up in hospital for a few days. He was all fine but the whole incident totally overshadowed my birthday. Fortunately he’d bought me such a great present so I forgave him. I’ve always had a passing interest in The National but for me this album is the perfect combination great songwriting, considered progressions, beautiful arrangements and flawless production. Not a bad song on the whole thing.

John SmithGibson Bull
John SmithGreat Lakes
There is something very honest about John’s music. You get the feeling he really believes in the songs he sings. This is certainly the case with Great Lakes. A beautiful album.

Sam BuckinghamHeyMun
Sam BuckinghamI’m A Bird
An album that tickles the senses with its dreamy folk-sical setting whilst hitting the high notes of honesty is one of the valiant traits of Sam as a musician. If she’s in love Oh, Bahbo she’ll say it’s so. If she’s got to Leave This Town, she will, but not without a song. A spirited gem in the indie music scene here in Australia, her recent live performance of this album when on tour with Buffalo Tales was a beautiful delivery of tunes that draws smiles on faces.

Kacey MusgravesFanny Lumsden
Kacey MusgravesSame Trailer Different Park
It surprised me how much I love this album so “trying to be a cool indie kid” wont fly this year for me as it’s a major label country pop album that has done it. It’s my hell yeah to “small town up-bringings” and overall is just a really well crafted album that lyrically has the right percentage of sass, apple pie and trailer parks. (Also I have serious caravan plans so it teams with the theme).

Vampire WeekendRoland K Smith
Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
I’ve been pretty slack at keeping up with new music this year, but I’m okay with that, the good stuff I missed will find its way to me eventually. One record I did enjoy was Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City. The too-cool-for-school Indie rockers seem to have made the jump out of ironic subject matter and into more emotionally effective territory. I think it works for them. The production’s great too – mixing hard blues with vocal pitch shifters in “Diane Young”, the harpsichord is put to good use in album highlight “Step”, and industrial percussion in “Obvious Bicycle”. I’ll get around to listening to more new music once Bob Dylan stops releasing his excellent Bootleg series.

Big ScaryLittle May
Big ScaryNot Art
This is an album that I can listen to on repeat for hours on end, and it reminds me of staying up until 4am drawing and drinking red wine. It is a collection of beautiful songs produced perfectly with everything in it’s rightful place.

Rhye WomanBec Sandridge
RhyeWoman
Great title, magical album cover, a beyond brilliant opening track and sob-worthy film clips. Being a sucker for tales of heartbreaking romances, understated vocal melodies and gentle synths, this Canadian duo definitely have my vote. They had me like a fool playing “Open” on repeat for weeks. (Note: I may very-well still be sobbing and smiling and listening to this track whilst typing this).

VasenGeorge Jackson (The Company)
VäsenMindset
Swedish super group Väsen have produced a new album this year featuring their trademark melodic invention and effortless virtuosity, it’s simultaneously modern while still tradition based, balancing on that fine line, like they always do, with ease. The Fiddle, Nyckelharpa and Guitar trio offers unending creativity of textures throughout the album, defying their seemingly minimal lineup, and of course, there’s plenty of Polska’s to get your feet tapping to. These guys are simply, brilliant. I’ve had Mindset on repeat in my car and on my computer and have even learnt four of the tunes already. If you haven’t heard Väsen, do yourself a favor, this is a good place to start. If you know and love them already, this new offering is another classic.

Frank SolivanMustered Courage
Frank Solivan and Dirty KitchenFrank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
This album has everything we appreciate in modern bluegrass. Flawless three part harmonies and the kind of virtuosic pickin’ that makes you wanna sell your shit on eBay, or work a lot harder. The band has a unique and modern take of bluegrass, while still maintaining integrity to the tradition.

Buffalo TalesPerch Creek Family Jugband
Buffalo TalesRoadtrip Confessions
We first had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with Wes (aka Mr Buffalo Tales) at Wintermoon Folk Festival in May this year. Great voice, great guy, great songs, great performer, and (you guessed it) great album! It’s a gold mine of catchy, rootsy folk gems that always end up stuck in our heads!

Volcano ChoirMatthew Oastler (Little Bighorn)
Volcano ChoirReprave
I thought my fascination/addiction to anything Justin Vernon did hadn’t carried over when I first listened to Repave by The Volcano Choir, however his genius, and the emotions that come with it are slow burning. It has now been the only thing I’ve listened to for 3 months, and I hear something new every time. It feels a lot more anthemic and hopeful than any of his previous works. Only a special few can make you feel like Vernon does, and this album is a classic example.

CirclesLachlan Bryan
Chris PickeringCircles
I got to know Chris on the road in the USA and each night he quietly blew me away with not only his songs, but the way he played and sang them. His music is subtle – delicate but nourishing – filled with the warmth and self-deprecation that are trademarks of his live performance. Whenever Circles comes on my iPod I am reminded that CP is a proper artist, and I can’t imagine paying a fellow songwriter a greater compliment. Bravo Sir!

Kurt VileEdward Deer
Kurt VileWakin’ on a Pretty Daze
Whenever I describe Kurt Vile’s music to someone, I manage to make it sound like something to be avoided. Really long, meandering songs with numerous guitar solos and a guy mumble-singing in almost a monotone. But the textures and atmosphere in his music are so rich and evocative. I kept coming back to this record this year, and it has to be one of my fave driving albums ever.

Volcano ChoirImogen Clark
Volcano ChoirReprave
I’ve never found another artist whose songwriting moves me quite as much as Justin Vernon of Volcano Choir and Bon Iver, which is why I couldn’t wait for this album’s release. I think the best songs often take a couple of listens before you say “yes, I get it, and I love it”, which is what happens to me every time I listen to a project Vernon has been a part of. In Repave, the vocals are so raw and the dynamics so great that it just builds you up and tears you down in a kind of frenzy of emotion. To me, the album sounds like how I imagine listening to someone’s soul would sound – completely pure, heart-wrenching, honest, complex and unpredictable. That’s why I think this record is magic.

Loren KateSarah Humphreys
Loren KateMoving On
Loren is a folk artist like no other, her songs punch me right in the heart til I’m crying my eyes out and her voice is like honey. A beautiful record.

Neko CaseAchoo! Bless You
Neko CaseThe Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
We’ve both been huge fans of Neko Case for a few years, in particular her ’06 album Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, what an album. This record is just awesome as well. Her voice is beautiful as usual, and her lyrics are bad ass! “Man” is a particular fave. She writes absolute cracking pop songs, and the production of her records are always really rich and lush. I particularly love the edgier kind of grit and distortion that features a fair bit on this one, Neko gettin’ back to her punk roots via whimsical pop. So good!

Ainslie WillsAlison Avron
Ainslie WillsYou Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine
This record gives me all I need in music: tingles and toe taps. The subtle and sexy grooves combined with the beautiful and rich tone of Ainslie’s vocals get me every time. “Weighing The Promises” and “Liquid Paper” are the standout tracks for me. Miss Wills is representing everything that is right about the Australian music scene.

NgaiireSam Buckingham
NgaiireLamentations
I can’t quite say why I love this album. I think it’s a combination of her voice, interesting production and the fact that it’s not like anything I’ve listened to before. It feels experimental but perfectly thought out, bold but humble, surprising but familiar … truly creative and original.

DaughterHayden Calnin
DaughterIf You Leave
I played this album on repeat for the few weeks after hearing it for the first time. It’s depressing, but motivating, which is totally my kind of jam. Stand out track was, and still is “Smother”, with the lyric “I wish I’d stayed inside my mother, never to come out” it pretty much sums up the whole album. Daughter’s blend of shoegazey guitar lines, slow bass and simple, yet well composed drum lines, matched up with her gorgeous vocals and lyrics, is so mature, intricate and worth a listen.

Ainslie WillsAll Our Exes Live In Texas
Ainslie WillsYou Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine
The vocals and arrangements are incredible and Ainslie’s lyrics are so evocative. We particularly love “Liquid Paper” – such a universal sentiment. We listened to the entire album about a million times in the van on the way back to Sydney after we played a show with her in Melbourne. She also happens to be an amazingly good egg.

Mark KnopflerThe April Maze
Mark KnopflerPrivateering
This is actually a 2012 release but we only just discovered it … So it is new to us! A friend of ours who had toured with Mark Knopfler made us a mix CD for our Canadian tour and one of his songs was on there – we loved it, so we went online and bought the rest of the album. It is fantastic. It really takes you on a journey – lots of ups and downs and there are lots of goosebump moments. Our favourite tracks are “Haul Away” and “Kingdom of Gold” – these songs are super folky, just the way we like it. The production and instrumentation are spot on. This is a truly inspirational album for any songwriter. 100 stars.

JoJo SmithLucie Thorne
JoJo SmithStanding In The Lovelight
When it comes to soul not much beats being in the same room as JoJo Smith singing straight in to your heart. But this mighty collection – from one of our mightiest vocalists – comes pretty darn close. A national treasure!

Abbe MaySweet Jean
Abbe MayKiss My Apocalypse
Abbe May’s album is a blistering synth pop romp that takes you through all the ups and downs of imploding love. One of the many great things about this album is that she doesn’t “tell you about her feelings”. Instead, every song actually makes you feel something as a listener, which can be both uncomfortable and uplifting. It’s a funny, dark, smart, poignant and really well put together album.

The NationalEmily Barker
The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
I picked up this record just before heading out on a solo tour across the UK. It was a beautiful summer and I was driving myself around the country doing record shop in-stores and promoting our new record. Trouble Will Find Me quickly became my driving soundtrack. The songs are fantastic. Brilliant lyrics: a combination of abstract, ironic, heartfelt and just plain silly sometimes (ie. “I was teething on roses, I was in guns and noses”). I love the effortlessly, out-of-the-ordinary time signatures they use; the epic, but still intimate, production value; the melodies and arrangements; and Matt Berninger’s croonery, deep voice is always killer. A great record to drive to!

LordeRosie Catalano
LordePure Heroine
Given that we’re in an age where number one singles are as much about taking bootylicious selfies as writing good music, it took me a while to figure out how Lorde managed to dominate the Billboard charts, especially as my initial listen to her album Pure Heroine didn’t register highly on the excitement scale. I’ve happily eaten my words since then as Lorde and her producer Joel Little are a match made in heaven – the harmonies are beautiful, her lyrics take me to another world (albeit a teen world that I’m not sure I’d like to go back to), and I have a soft spot for Kiwis.

Mali MaliJack Carty
Mali MaliGather ’round the Goose Clock
I love this record because it feels anxious and intimate and fragile. The songs are strong, and tell their stories, but they go about it quietly so you really have to tune in to catch them. “Peace In My Chest” is the highlight for me, it feels like an affirmation.

Vance JoyPierce Brothers
Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
Since seeing him at The Hills Are Alive festival earlier this year, we picked up this EP. It’s a soulful and beautifully paced EP with awesome range from the indie pop rhythms of “Riptide” to the heartfelt and intimate lyrics of “Snaggletooth”. The crescendo in “From Afar” is our favourite. Well done sir. Well done indeed.

PikeletRose Wintergreen
PikeletCalluses
Entrancing from the very first listen (start with the track “Calluses”), this album still tickles my brain in unexpected and exciting ways. I’m not sure I understand it, but it’s unlike anything else I’ve heard, and I keep going back for more. YES!

Mark MoldreJessica Cassar (Jep & Dep)
Mark MoldreAn Ear To The Earth
If Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and Jeff Tweedy were pushed out to sea in a rickety old boat they’d come up with something like this. Mark Moldre’s An Ear to the Earth is a boisterous yet soulful musical journey worth the fare. You’ll be stomping and crying and laughing, and if you’re lucky to catch Moldre live, you’ll be doing all three with a whiskey in hand.

PowerlinesBeth Stephen (The Little Stevies)
Mustered CouragePowerlines
I’m a sucker for great harmonies and catchy melodies, and Mustered Courages’ album Powerlines has both, so I’m a big fan. Powerlines was produced by Jimi Maroudas, who also produced our first album Love Your Band. And for me it ticks all the boxes of a great album. The songs remind me of those off Foggy Highway, by Paul Kelly and The Stormwater Boys; strong and well-constructed, front and centre. Followed secondly by great musicianship and vocal harmony to present the full kick-ass package. And although their musicianship is apparent, luckily for these talented lads their songs don’t need to be dressed up head to toe in an overkill of instrumental licks to try and hide a weak song, but instead have successfully shown off their musicianship when it counts and in a very tasteful way. When I listen to the album I hear it as a collection of great pop songs first, and secondly as a bluegrass album. And in my opinion I think that’s clever, and the sign of good bunch of songwriters. There’s also nothing more impressive than when a group can reproduce an already top-notch studio album to an even higher standard live, and that’s what Mustered Courage can do. It’s a tasteful album, one of great energy and diversity in mood and who sings the lead on each song, and I recommend a listen to anyone who calls themselves a music lover.

ArcWhitaker
Everything EverythingArc
The perfect sophomore release, Arc built on all that was good about Everything Everything’s punchy, dramatic and down-right enviable musical style presented by their debut album three years prior. It’s the kind of record we listen to and think “Man, how did they do this? How can we do this?” as we listen through every track on repeat. Incredible production – good luck topping that one boys (they will)!

Vance JoyMark Wilkinson
Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
Emotive vocals and great songs. “Riptide” has obviously been huge, but the rest of the EP really stands up as well.

AgapeCastlecomer
Bear’s DenAgape
Bear’s Den produce an organic brand of music that resonates in its beautiful and powerful simplicity. Disarmingly honest lyrics accompany soaring and often haunting melodies backed by 3-part harmonies, and there are obvious folk influences to their songwriting. These guys are a must-see live act, and seem to be going from strength to strength, recently following up in magnificent style with their new EP Without/Within. There is an unassuming and captivating charm in this EP that is hard to resist.

HaimImogen Bel
HAIMDays Are Gone
There seemed to be a lot of highly anticipated releases this year, and for whatever reason, I missed out on a lot of them! One band that caught my attention early on however, was HAIM. This is a really solid album – so many hooks jam packed into each song, both melodically and rhythmically. I love that these girls obviously love pop music, but they play around with structures and mix things up to keep it fresh and surprising. They are obviously very accomplished musicians but they never let it get in the way of creating fun, interesting pop music. Standout tracks: “The Wire”, “Don’t Save Me”, “Go Slow” (no filler on this album though!).

Steal The LightKyle Vause (The Timbers)
The Cat EmpireSteal The Light
This is my favorite Cat Empire album to date. I seriously can’t fault this album, every song is a winner. My top three tracks off this album are “Still Young”, “Open Up Your Face” and probably the first single “Brighter Than Gold”.

Lucy WiseNigel Wearne
Lucy Wise & The B’GolliesWhen We Wander Far From Home
It makes me very happy to nominate this album as my favourite for 2013. The first time I heard Lucy Wise, I was struck by the originality and honesty of her songwriting. There are so many layers at work in this ten song offering. She’s included songs about organic farming and broken families, sailing, family connections, sculpture gardens and even Google Earth! Three members of the B’Gollies double in their own right as The Sting Contingent and they, with Mischa Herman on accordion, bring sophistication and tastefully woven arrangements to Lucy’s beautiful songs. “Lay of the Land” and “Mother’s Song” are stand-out tracks. A slow-burner that keeps giving.

InnocentsKate Martin
MobyInnocents
This was difficult to narrow down so I’ll say that ONE of my favourite LPs of 2013 is Innocents by Moby. Seven of the twelve tracks are collabs, it’s nice cross-pollination. The highlight track for me is a very moving instrumental called “Going Wrong”.

Step BrothersAidan Cooney (Boy Outside)
PalmsStep Brothers
A vehicle back to care free summers that lasted for ever. Yes that feeling. Play loud! Jump around aimlessly. Throw shapes at friends. A real shot in the arm. This shit works.

Josh PykeDan Acfield (Dan and Hannah Acfield)
Josh PykeThe Beginning And The End Of Everything
I must admit that although I’ve been listening to lots of music that’s new to me this year, most of it was not actually released this year! However, I have been enjoying Josh Pyke’s recent release The Beginning and End of Everything. After watching Josh Pyke perform tunes from this album from side of stage earlier in the year, I went home and immediately purchased the album. It’s deliciously folk-pop with that special (but evolved) Josh flavour which is quite difficult to not enjoy.

Josh RitterJack McNeill and Charlie Heys
Josh RitterThe Beast in Its Tracks
Josh Ritter has always been a favourite listen, he seems to grow more subtly insightful with each new album. A thoughtfully connected collection with the ghost of the Golden Age of Radio walking quietly through it. Ritter has the knack of catching you off-guard, gifted with a quiet wit, a sharper tongue than most and a real eye for the detail.

Warp and WeftEmma Davis
Laura VeirsWarp and Weft
Laura Veirs makes me happy. In fact, I think I would go as far as saying, I love her. Her unique way of phrasing things, her incredible ability to put into words the way that nature effects us, the delicate but interesting production- I couldn’t get enough. Laura’s newest release, Warp and Weft once again seems to deliver that Veirs-y charm that I have grown fond of. It is definitely a more mature album than Saltbreakers and the slightly Fleet-Foxy previous album July Flame. Some of the tracks are a little rockier with the beefy sounds of her Gibson shining through, and the arrangements are loaded full of weird and wonderful instruments, but the songs don’t seem to get lost at any point. Every little thing has its place and works together to carry her strong melodies and endearing way with words. As with her past releases, the album works well as a entire composition, so a little listening time is needed to start appreciating the tracks separately, but I think it makes this record a real grower. Overall, it’s a beautiful and carefully produced album that seems to communicate the warmth of nature and our place in it, so darn well.

Melt Yourself DownJoe Gould (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
Melt Yourself DownMelt Yourself Down
This debut is most original album I heard all year, a mix of electronics and afrobeat that is dark and danceable. Saturated sax riffs and tribal drums collide and make me feel euphoric that there’s still sounds out there I haven’t heard. What a great feeling to evoke in a listener!

LuxGordon Wallace (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
AfenginnLux
My album pick of 2013 is Lux by Danish band Afenginn. I have been a fan of the band’s “bastard ethnopunk” for a while now and their back catalog is well worth checking out. Lux is their latest offering and has quite a chilled out/ambient vibe and the most amazing fold-the-cd-digipak-into-a-lantern I have ever seen! Last year we realized we would cross paths at a festival in Sweden, so met Kim the main composer and became friends. The outcome of that is that they will be in Sydney playing at the Basement on the 16th January and Crooked Fiddle are lucky enough to be playing support! A great success of cross-continental mutual musical appreciation!

Big ScaryMark Leahy The Twoks
Big ScaryNot Art
After listening to Not Art I cannot help but walk around with a bounce in my step. This album is so confident, so diverse, so intricate and yet really simple. Fantastic production and really great songwriting. The performances have such dark commitment and awesome personality about them that I cannot help but love it.

Lucy WiseEmily-Rose Sarkova (Chaika)
Lucy Wise & The B’GolliesWhen We Wander Far From Home
I would say Lucy Wise’s newest album, When We Wander Far From Home. Her incredibly personal way of writing songs seems to capture so perfectly the very small delicate goings on of everyday life as well as the touching poignantly on deep environmental and social issues. All in a collection of songs that are truly beautiful and you cannot help but want to sing along with her.

The HeistCJ Shaw (CJ Shaw and the Blow Ins)
I have two:
Big ScaryNot Art
Beautiful and purposeful. Every nook and cranny of this album has been sculpted with the up most of care.
Macklemore and Ryan LewisThe Heist
A powerhouse. Big sound, big ego, big belief, big purpose. It is big and wonderful, makes you think and groove. It enlights and inspires.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 8th November

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

James Vincent McMorrow released the NSFW video for the track “Cavalier”. Details here

– The lineup for November’s Communion Melbourne has been announced including Thomas Calder (The Trouble With Templeton), Castlecomer, Martha Marlow and Dominic Youdan. Details here

– Scottish singer Eddi Reader has just released her new video “Baby’s Boat”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Kate Martin has released the video for her track “Awaken”. Details here

Melody Pool has made a stream of a recent concert at Lizotte’s available online. Details here

– The new single from Vance Joy, “Play With Fire”, was released with a brand new video. Details here

– Fiddle player Andrew Bird has announced a new EP I Want to See Pulaski at Night. Details here

Seth Lakeman also has a new album on the way titled Word of Mouth. Details here

– Sydney trio Little May are heading out on their debut East Coast tour this December. Details here

Josh Pyke is heading out on a solo tour next February and March. Details here

Owls of the Swamp has released his latest b-side – “Ghostflake” featuring Ainslie Wills. Details here

– Sydney sister duo Laura & Susie will be launching their new album Meremba in Sydney next Friday. Details here

– Hayden Calnin has revealed his brand new single “Coward”. Details here

– Our friends over at the Raindrops and Rooftops blog are putting on their first ever house concert featuring Grim Fawkner, Oh Pep! and Christopher Coleman Collective. Details here

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“I’d heard about people recording in a house and liked the ‘vibe’ these albums had, relaxed, warm and organic. All the things we wanted to achieve in our album recording. The perfect house came up through a choir I sing with – a friends family holiday house on the Mornington Peninsula. Surrounded by trees and yet only five minutes walk from the beach, 5 bedrooms, mini grand piano and different spaces conducive to recording. We couldn’t believe our luck!”Hannah Acfield of Dan & Hannah Acfield has put together a journal of their recording process. Blog here

Releases This Week

Antiphon
AntiphonMidlake
iTunes

Radical Face
The Family Tree: The BranchesRadical Face
Official Site

Inside Llewyn Davis
Inside Llewyn Davis (Original Soundtrack Recording)Various Artists
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Luke Legs
Luke Legs & The Midnight Specials with Pheobe & Schina, Charlie Thorpe
Sunday 10th November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Official Site

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
Friday 8th November – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 9th November – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th November – Waves Nightclub, Wollongong, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 8th November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 9th November – The Standard, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 10th November – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Wednesday 13th November – Mecc North Foyer, Mackay, QLD
Friday 15th November – Flinders Social, Townsville, QLD

Damien Dempsey
Sunday 10th November – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 10th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Dyson Stringer Cloher
Friday 8th November – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 9th November – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 10th November – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 13th November – Ararat Hotel Red Room, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 14th November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 15th November – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Emma Davis and Brian Campeau
Friday 8th November – FBI Social, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 9th November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 13th November – Lass O Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Foghorn Stringband
Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, VIC
Sunday 10th November – Blackwood Academy, Blackwood, VIC
Tuesday 12th November – Burrinja Cafe, Upwey, VIC
Wednesday 13th November – Yinnar Hotel, Yinnar, VIC
Friday 15th November – Nerrigundah Ag Bureau, Nerrigundah, NSW

Gossling with Whitaker
Friday 15th November – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, QLD

Gosti
Saturday 9th November – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

James Kenyon
Thursday 14th November – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 15th November – No. 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 8th November – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Satruday 9th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 10th November – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC (Afternoon Show)
Wednesday 13th November – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 14th November – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 15th November – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Kate Martin
Friday 15th November – Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Friday 8th November – The Lambton Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 10th November – Wickam Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 13th November – Revolver Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Laura & Susie with Wartime Sweethearts
Friday 15th November – Cafe Church Space, Sydney, NSW

Little Bastard
Friday 8th November – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Loren Kate
Friday 8th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 9th November – Harvester Moon Café, Bellarine VIC

Love Over Gold
Thursday 14th November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th November – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

MoFo at The Gaelic feat. Takadimi and Catgut
Friday 8th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Newtown Festival
Sunday 10th November – Camperdown Memorial Park, Sydney, NSW

Patrick James
Saturday 9th November – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 14th November – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Friday 15th November – The Fly Trap, Fremantle, WA

Robert Ellis and Cory Chisel with Marlon Williams
Friday 15th November – The Substation, Newport, VIC

Sal Kimber & The Rolling Wheel
Thursday 14th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th November – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Some Folk In Spring feat. Francolin
Sunday 10th November – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Takadimi
Friday 8th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Tanya Batt
Friday 15th November – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA

The Bon Scotts
Saturday 9th November – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 8th November – The Corner. Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 14th November – Moonshine Bar, Manly, NSW
Friday 15th November – Wollongong Diggers Club, Wollongong, NSW

The Little Stevies
Friday 8th November – The Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 9th November – The Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 15th November – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Mountains with Edward Deer, Direwolf
Thursday 14th November – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Whitley
Saturday 9th November – A Day On The Green, Yarra Valley, VIC
Wednesday 13th November – Transit, Canberra ACT
Thursday 14th November – Captains, Batemans Bay, NSW
Friday 15th November – Yours and Owls, Wollongong, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Red Rocking Chair” – Bruce Molsky with Rushad Eggleston, Tatiana Hargreaves and Jim Miller

I must admit that my knowledge of traditional American music is not what I’d like it to be – but that does mean I get to discover a whole swathe of amazing new songs and tunes. “Red Rocking Chair” popped up a couple of times at the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival this year and I’ve heard it on the radio a couple of times since. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Watch the New Eddi Reader Video “Baby’s Boat”

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Eddi Reader on a canal boat singing “Perfect” with Fairground Attraction on Rage is one of my favourite childhood music video memories so I’m always keen for a new Eddi Reader clip.

Reader’s new clip is for “Baby’s Boat” and features the Scottish singer dancing in a sequin dress out in a field – very folk. The track is taken from Eddi Reader’s upcoming album Vagabond which is due in February 2014 – check it out below:

Listen to the New Eddi Reader Single “Baby’s Boat”

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Legendary Scottish folk singer Eddi Reader has released a gorgeous new single “Baby’s Boat”, the first from her upcoming album Vagabond which is due in February 2014. The single has an interesting story behind it – we’ll let Reader explain:

“The words for “Baby’s Boat” are from a lullaby I heard in the Robert de Niro film, Awakenings. I’ve always wanted to use them. They were written around 1898 by a woman called Alice Riley who encouraged young women to learn to dance, sing, act, and to be involved in public affairs.

She died in 1953 in Pasadena, which is now my brother’s home. We were inspired after a run in with our little babes now turning into adults and teaching us how to let go. We all started jamming with it in my house, Mark captured it on tape, and I spent time editing it into a song. John came up with this melody from one I improvised.

Upon finishing recording I symbolically chucked a bottle with a message in it off the pier at Clydebank. I whispered a prayer into the bottle before screwing down the lid. I watched it float towards the Clyde estuary and on to Argyll and someplace other…Sail Baby Sail.”

Take a listen to “Baby’s Boat” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 30th November

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– After months of speculation the Johnny Flynn penned A Bag of Hammers movie soundtrack finally has an international digital release date. Details here

– While Jackson McLaren will be finishing up his seven date, two city residency at Folk Club next week you can get even more of his music by checking out his new Jefferton James directed video for “This Be The Place”. Details here

– WA twang enthusiasts The Seals have announced plans to launch their new EP Ruckus Juice on the 8th December with a little help from The Davidson Brothers. Details here

Seth Lakeman is playing at almost every major festival next March and April and he’ll have a brand new EP, Live with the BBC Concert Orchestra, under his belt when he gets here. We have the stream of the new single from the EP, “Blacksmith’s Prayer”. Details here

– Swedish folk sensation The Tallest Man on Earth is returning to our shores in 2013 with a bunch of dates throughout March. Details here

– Tonight is your final chance to catch Sydney indie-folk night Little Features in 2012. The lineup includes Jacob Pearson, Matt Dewar, Charlie Gradon and Bexley De Lion. Details here

– The Illawarra Folk Festival announced their 2013 lineup including Gregory Page, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, Rory Mcleod, Christine Anu, Jeff Lang, Barry Skipsey, Big Erle, Cj Shaw & The Blow Ins, Lime & Steel, Mal Webb, Fred Smith & Liz Frencham, The Lurkers, Handsome Young Strangers, The Go Set, The Woohoo Revue, The Simpson Three, Mustered Courage and more. Details here

Andrew Drummond kicks off his December City Lights tour this Sunday. Details here

– Adrian Edmondson (The Young Ones, Bottom) led folk-punk trio The Bad Shepherds have announced they’ll be touring Australia in April and May next year. Details here

– Yet another Bluesfest lineup addition was announced this week including The Lumineers, Jake Shimabukuro, Ben Harper (solo), Ben Howard, Damien Dempsey, Counting Crows and more. Details here

– UK folk blog For Folk’s Sake has once again produced a fabulous Christmas album for 2012 and we have the stream for you. Details here

– Queensland based duo Laneway are releasing their excellent album Turn Up Your Love as a limited edition vinyl and are touring in December to celebrate. Details here

– The National Folk Festival added a handful of artists to its 2013 roster with the reveal of the full lineup likely due next week. Artists added today include Go Jane Go, The Miss Chiefs, Old Man Luedecke, Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson, Sásta and Freddie White. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Katie Wighton released the gorgeous video to her new single “Grey Clouds”. Details here

Justin Townes Earle has announced he will be returning to our shores next February for an east coast tour. Details here

– The ARIA Awards went off as usual on Thursday night. Of the Timber and Steel friendly bands there were wins for Jeff Lang (Best Blues & Roots Album), Missy Higgins (Best Adult Contemporary Album and Best Video) and Matt Corby (ARIA Song of the Year). Details here

Jack Carty has jammed his December full of shows including two festivals (Corinbank and Gulgong Folk Festival), a spot at the Folk Club 2012 fianle, a couple of shows supporting Katie Noonan and a Melbourne residency on Sundays. Way to rack up the frequent flyers! Details here

Sharon Shannon enlisted the help of her many dogs to put together the new video for her track “Top Dog Gaffo”. Details here

Interviews

“Yeah, I needed to continue that story. I got into a lot of trouble with the first album and it’s taken me two albums to get out of it”Willy Mason chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

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“When Gareth asked me if a wid like ti write a top 15 fir St. Andrew’s Day an after aw the excitement had wore off, a was left wi a sudden loss o memory an a mind that wis completely void o aw hings St. Andrew an aw hings Scottish. See ave been living in Alice Springs now fir 7yrs playing an working on ma ayn music, that a had firgotten where ma musical journey had began. I mean a spoke aboot certain songs but I had no really reflected on those influences that lie deep in wha a am”Colin Lillie puts together a St Andrew’s Day Playlist for us (complete with Scottish commentary) featuring the likes of The Corries, Eric Bogle, Eddi Reader, Paolo Nutini, The Battlefield Band and more. Check out the playlist here

Releases This Week


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Timber and Steel Presents

Loren
Loren with Freya Hanly
Sunday 2nd December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You
Saturday 1st December – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 2nd December – Barsoma, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th December – Yah Yahs, Melbourne, VIC

Andrew Drummond
Sunday 2nd December – Super Bon Wine Bar, St Ives, NSW

Buffalo (Wes Carr)
Friday 30th November – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Charles Jenkins
Thursday 6th December – The Hideaway, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th December – Notes, Sydney, NSW

Corinbank Festival
Friday 30th November to Sunday 2nd December – Corin Forest, ACT

Dan and Hannah Acfield
Friday 30th Nov – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 2nd December – Barsoma, Brisbane, QLD

Davidson Brothers
Friday 30th November – Prospect Town Hall, Prospect, SA

Eli Wolfe
Friday 30th November – The Up Front Club, Maleny, QLD
Saturday 1st December – Mandala Cafe, Gold Coast, QLD

Folk Club Pop Up feat. Jackson McLaren, Jack Carty, The Falls and Friends
Wednesday 5th December – Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW

Husky
Saturday 1st December – Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Jack Carty
Sunday 2nd December – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 5th December – Folk Club at Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW

Jackson McLaren with The Falls, Jack Carty, Special Guests
Wednesday 5th December – Folk Club at Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW

Jen Cloher with Courtney Barnett
Saturday 1st December – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Joe Robinson
Saturday 1st December – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 30th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st December – Baby Black Café, Bacchus Marsh, VIC (Solo)
Sunday 2nd December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC (Matinee)

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Friday 30th November – Middleback Theatre, Whyalla, SA
Saturday 1st December – Norhern Festival Centre, Port Pirie, SA
Sunday 2nd December – Chaffey Theatre, Renmark, SA
Wednesday 5th December – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Thursday 6th December – Esperance Civic Centre, Esperance, WA
Friday 7th December – Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie, WA

Little Features feat. Jacob Pearson, Matt Dewar, Charlie Gradon, Bexley De Lion
Friday 30th November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Missy Higgins (with Gurrumul and Emma Louise)
Friday 30th November – Jupiter’s Theatre, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 1st December – Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 4th December – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Nexus World Music Series feat. Afro Oz Musica
Friday 30th November – Nexus 
Multicultural
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 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Nigel Wearne and The Cast Iron Promises
Friday 30th November – The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC

Regina Spektor
Thursday 6th December – Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane, QLD

The Bushwackers
Saturday 1st December – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 30th November – Cobar Bowling & Golf Club, Cobar, NSW
Saturday 1st December – Night Train, Broken Hill, NSW

The Tiger and Me
Saturday 1st December – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

The Trouble With Templeton
Thursday 6th December – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th December – Bon Amici Cafe, Toowoomba, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Charlie is My Darling” – Eddi Reader

Today is St Andrew’s Day so I thought we better have a Scottish flashback for you. Eddi Reader interprets this cheeky Robert Burns song (with help from Alan Kelly) and is a real treat live. This is from Live at The Basement in 2006 with the song appearing on Reader’s album The Songs of Robert Burns. Look out for the what-a-Scotsman-wears-under-his-kilt reference in the forth verse.

St Andrew’s Day Playlist: Colin Lillie

Colin Lillie
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Today is St Andrew’s Day, the day we celebrate all things Scottish. With so much amazing folk music coming out of Scotland over the years and so much international folk music being inspired by the songs and artists of Caledonia we thought we better take some time out to celebrate the day.

And what better way to celebrate St Andrew’s Day than to ask Scottish-born, Alice Springs-based singer-songwriter Colin Lillie to present to us his favourite Scottish songs – and he’s delivered in his best Scots accent. If you’re in need of subtitles hit up Colin Lillie via his Facebook page (and have a listen to some of his fabulous music while you’re there).

When Gareth asked me if a wid like ti write a top 15 fir St. Andrew’s Day an after aw the excitement had wore off, a was left wi a sudden loss o memory an a mind that wis completely void o aw hings St. Andrew an aw hings Scottish. See ave been living in Alice Springs now fir 7yrs playing an working on ma ayn music, that a had firgotten where ma musical journey had began. I mean a spoke aboot certain songs but I had no really reflected on those influences that lie deep in wha a am.

Now once a got oor the panic an began ti hink an got through yon school years that whole pick yer partner fir the Gay Gordon’s got through the shortbread commercial an whiskey drinking image. A began ti remember some songs that took me back ti the days o going through mum an da’s record collection. A wis lucky wi ma mother as she had a great taste in music and when a wis younger a thought ma da had nay taste. He had pipe bands and Jimmy Shand and his accordion band, that he aw ways took wi him on the tours as he wis a bus driver. An so its wi him a begin this journey.
A remember this day as clear mum an dad wir oot an a wis going through there vinyl records and cassettes (yes a time when music came wi sleeves an covers) A came across a tape wi twa fellas wi big wooly jumpers an these two strange looking instruments. A slid the cassette in ti the wee drawer closed it shut and began ti listen.

As the music began to play I read the cover I knew most of the title o the songs so a fast forward to the song titles a had never heard and there a found song number one.

1. “The strangest Dream” – The Corries
This is the first song that made me hink aboot the words made me listen an feel its the song that helped me descover the power o the story teller a was aboot thirteen when this happend. The song its sell was writen by American Ed McCurdy in the 50s an as been coverd by many a famous folk and country star but ti me this is by far the best.

2. “Jock O Braidsoly” – The Corries
When a did go ti school history wis one o ma fav subjects but as ye grow ye learn and discover that no aw history wis told. An fir me songs like this wan an others told me ma country’s history in a way that opened ma eyes. Great story this one!

3. “The Ark” – Gerry Rafferty
This song just reminds me that no matter where we are from or where we are going there is a place where we are all known (Alice Springs). Also it shows how an incredible song writer Gerry was. I don’t think when he started playing wi Billy Connolly in the folk clubs of Scotland that he quite knew where is music would go.

4. “St Anne’s Reels” – Aly Bain and friends
Now this is just some gid auld fiddle tunes Aly wis aw ways on the telly. But a love the way he is no afraid ti experiment wi new and auld sounds an no be to traditional.

5. “Now I’m Easy” – Eric Bogle
Ti be honest a never really listened ti Eric until a came ti Alice. A thought his songs were written by others how wrong wis a!!!! As before music for me has been the best teacher, fir me the song writer seems ti record moments in time to be rediscovered by a new generation an like many Mr Bogle leaves many a stories for people like me ti find and look in to the past and see how life was fir others. This song is just magic!

6. “Let’s Start a Band” – Amy MacDonald
I first heard Amy because ma mum sent me her CD an as a listened ti it a thought ti ma self whit and incredible mature voice an song writer then a discovered her age and was blown away. She is a folkie has won a number of folk awards and a love her. A great wee Scottish lass wi a huge voice.

7. “Parcel O Rogues” – Luke Kelly
A lived off an on in Ireland for 3yr and a wis lucky ti be introduced ti same great music an fir me a don’t think any wan has sung this Burns poem with as much soul. I think it speaks fir its sell!!

8. “A Man’s A Man Fir Aw That” – Robert Burns
This is a poem buy Burns that a feel is a gid way ti hink about life.

9. “The Galent Grahams” – Battlefield Band
Reminds me of auld family friends that were aw ways there fir me as a boy.

10. “Growing Up Beside You” – Paolo Nutini
First time a heard this guy sing a just was flattened and this song fir me just shows how good a songwriter he is. In many ways it just reminds me how a feel about me and my Son a grow each day with him in my life.

11. “When Ye Go Away” – The Waterboys
This is a song I play often in Alice as Alice is a place where you meet new folks all the time make friends quickly but as quickly as you make them they leave just as quick and that can be hard but that is the magic of Alice Springs, the Territory and music. Am blessed ti perform as its aw ways gid ti make new friends.

12. “Ae Fond Kiss” – Eddi Reader
The moment you hear Eddi sings this ye ken that she has made this song her own. That ti me is whit being a performer is aw about sure we can sing others songs but its when you make it yer ayn that when the song becomes timeless.

13. “Green Fields of France” – The Fureys
I always loved this song from the moment I heard it on a tape of my mothers. I have saw Finbar Furey perform this song as well as the whole family in Ireland and Australia. When i foond oot a Scotsman actually wrote it it took it ti another level.

14. “Take You Home” – Emily Smith
There is not much i know about Emily I just know that she has a voice that I can only describe as home!!!

15. “Caladonia” – Dougie Maclean
This song wis first used fir a Tenants Lager Ad in the 80s which wis rocked up so a grew up no hearing Dougie performing it until later years. But ti me when ever am home sick missing a bit o the auld country I get ma guitar and sing this song wi aw that a am. A love ti perform it and always get a great reception from the listeners.

Well a hope ye enjoyed ma choice an a hope we get ti meet wan day. Take care an Happy St Andrews Day!!!!!

And as a special bonus we just had to include the clip for Colin Lillie’s own “Man’s Broken Heart”.

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