Thank Folk It’s Friday – 3rd October


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Josh Pyke announced the third and final round of dates for his Lone Wolf tour through regional NSW and VIC. Details here

– New Melbourne duo Broads featuring Kelly Day (The Nymphs, Wagons) and Jane Hendry (The Tiger & Me, The Nymphs) launch their debute EP tonight. Details here

– Candian alt-country songstress Lindi Ortega has announced headline shows when she’s in the country for Out On The Weekend. Details here

Rose Wintergreen is launching her new album in Melbourne this weekend. Details here

– The new clip for Rosie Catalano’s track “Hearts” featuring Jack Carty was released. Details here

Eddie Berman and Laura Marling have covered Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”. Details here

– Brisbane bluegrass quartet The Company released a video for “The Red Bow”. Details here

Kasey Chambers released the new video for her track “Bittersweet” featuring Bernard Fanning. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival has announced its first round of artists for 2015 including Christine Anu, John Butler Trio, Charlie Musselwhite, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Ami Williamson, Ash & Bloom, Bobby & the Pins, Catherine Britt, Chris While & Julie Matthews, Enda Kenny Band, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, Himmerland, Jan Preston’s Boogie Circus, Jeff Lang, Jodi Martin, Jordie Lane, Lake Street Dive, Mark Seymour & the Undertow, Marlon Williams, Maru Tarang, Sharon Shannon Band, Steve Poltz, The Black Sorrows, The Chipolatas, The Orbweavers, The Yearlings and We Two Thieves. Details here

– The Porch Light Sessions have announced their October lineup including The Button Collective, Miss Elm and Direwolf. Details here

– Irish duo The Lost Brothers released their new video “Derridae”. Details here

Arbori released their new album Home and Homeless and have made it available as a free download. Details here

You+Me released their new video “Break the Cycle”. Details here

Katie Noonan’s curated Songs That Made Me album is released this month and she kicks off a tour with Angie Hart, Melody Pool and Sam Buckingham at the end of October. Details here

One Up, Two Down and Dan Parsons are hitting the road for a national spring tour. Details here

Lisa Mitchell released her new single “Wah-Ha”. Details here


“Most of the songs as well are performed live which I think was important for us. We really wanted to make it representative. What you hear, apart from a couple of overdubs, is what was played in the room” – Sime Nugent and Alice Keath from Sweet Jean chat to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We’re very very tailored for busking. It’s just what made the most sense for our sort of act. But it’s different with everyone. Jack running around, doing all his flips, having the didgeridoo out are all good things to make people stop and buy a CD. And that’s what’s kept us going. If you don’t have those gimmicks it’s harder to make the money to keep it up”The Pierce Brothers chat to Gareth Hugh Evans. Details here

“I don’t think any of us were actively looking to make it a project. It was fun the first time we did it and then people kept asking us to play and then asking us to record a CD. Then we got a really great booking agent recently and he sort of made it a bit more serious. It’s still really fun and that’s kind of the main aim. We want to stay friends and we want to still have fun”All Our Exes Live In Texas chat to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Home and Homeless
Home and HomelessArbori

Greatest HitsLevellers

Lily O
Lily-OSam Amidon

Timber and Steel Presents

Rosie and Julia
Rosie Catalano and Julia Why?
Wednesday 8th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Porch Light Sessions feat. The Button Collective, Miss Elm, Direwolf


The October edition of Sydney’s Porch Light Sessions hits The Petersham Bowling Club this Thursday and will feature sweet tunes from trad-inspired folk band The Button Collective, gypsy-pop quartet Miss Elm and indie folk singer-songwriter Direwolf. Sounds pretty good to us!

Thursday 9th October – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Thursday 9th October – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th October – Main Bar, Ballarat, VIC

Friday 3rd November – Boney, Melbourne, VIC

Cat Canteri
Friday 3rd October – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 4th October – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Sunday 5th October – Shady Pines Saloon, Surry Hills, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Andy Brown, The Mae Trio
Friday 3rd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Saturday 4th October – Wolvi, QLD
Sunday 5th October – Maryborough, QLD
Thursday 9th October – Childers, QLD
Friday 10th October – Sandgate, QLD

Follow The Sun
Sunday 5th October – Glenelg, SA

Fred Smith
Friday 3rd October – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 4th October – The Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Green Mohair Suits
Friday 3rd October – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 4th October – Paynesville Winebar, Paynesville, VIC
Sunday 5th October – Bruthen Inn Hotel, Bruthen, VIC
Friday 10th October – Smith’s Alternative Bookstore, Canberra, ACT

John Butler Trio w/ Mama Kin
Saturday 4th October – Caloundra Music Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 5th October – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Tuesday 7th October – Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, Bundaberg, QLD
Thursday 9th October – Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, Mackay, QLD
Friday 10th October – The Venue, Townsville, QLD

Lacey Cole
Friday 3rd October – St John’s Glebe, Sydney, NSW

Missy Higgins
Friday 3rd October – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 4th October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Monday 6th October – The Concourse, Chatswood, NSW
Tuesday 7th October – Joan Sutherland PAC – Concert Hall, Penrith, NSW
Thursday 9th October – Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong, NSW

Oh Pep!
Thursday 9th October – Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford, VIC

Olivers Army
Friday 10th October – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Porch Light Sessions feat. The Button Collective, Miss Elm, Direwolf
Thursday 9th October – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Rose Wintergreen
Sunday 5th October – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Rosie Catalano and Julia Why?
Wednesday 8th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Sahara Beck
Friday 3rd October – Studio 188, Ipswich, QLD
Friday 10th October – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD

Steve Smyth
Friday 3rd October – The Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 4th October – Westernpoint Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Sunday 5th October – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC
Thursday 9th October – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 10th October – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC

The Folk Informal w/ Recal, Arbori, Caitlin Harnett, Lacey Cole and the Lazy Colts
Thursday 9th October – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Grahams with The Morrisons
Wednesday 8th October – The Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 9th October – The Wesley Anne, Northcote, VIC
Friday 10th October – The Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 3rd October – Turner Bowls Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 4th October – Great Southern Blues Festival, Narooma, NSW
Sunday 5th to Monday 6th October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Thursday 9th October – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 10th October – Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 3rd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Friday 10th October – Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Banks of Marble” – Ewan McLennan

For much of the country this weekend we’ll be celebrating Labour Day. As usual our Labour Day FFF is dedicated to the workers song tradition – this time the great Pete Seeger classic “Banks of Marble” performed by the wonderful Ewan McLennan.

Watch Eddie Berman and Laura Marling Cover “Like A Rolling Stone”

Laura Marling
Image Courtesy of Eddie Berman

The latest collaboration between singer-songwriters Eddie Berman and Laura Marling is on a reimagined cover of the Dylan classic “Like A Rolling Stone”. The track is the second time we’ve seen Berman and Marling collaborate with their version of “Dancing in the Dark” hitting youtube last year.

“Like A Rolling Stone” is taken from Eddie Berman’s upcoming album Polyhymnia (due on the 21st October) and is currently available as a free download from his Facebook page. Check out the video below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th May


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne’s John Flanagan & The Begin Agains have released their brand new video for the track “Autumn Song”. Details here

Achoo! Bless You have managed to find the time during their current east coast tour to release their new video “No Way Of Knowing”. Details here

Thelma Plum has announced plans for a national tour this July. Details here

– The first lineup announcement for the 2013 JamGrass Music Festival reads like a who’s who of Timber and Steel favourites – Patt and Possum (USA), The Company, The Steamgrass Boys, The Green Mohair Suits, Papa Pilko & The Binrats, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Hardrive Bluegrass Band, Strzelecki Stringbusters, James Kenyon and John Flanagan & The Begin Agains. Details here

Communion Melbourne have revealed the lineup for their May show this Sunday including Five Mile Town, Garrett Kato, Miles and Simone, Sean O’Neill and Zack Buchanan. Details here

– UK troubadour Johnny Flynn is making a welcome return to the musical stage after a couple of years concentrating on his acting career – and he’s got an brand new song to share. Details here

– Tom Busby’s (Busby Marou) Americana side-project Good Oak has a new video for “The Bear Song”. Details here

Tom West plays in Adelaide folk band Traveller and Fortune but has a solo project as well – and he’s just released his new single “Jonathan’s Farm” with a tour to go along with it. Details here

Laura Marling has announced a Heavenly Sounds tour as her Splendour in the Grass sideshows. Details here

– Speaking of Laura Marling, there’s a lovely video of her and Eddie Berman covering Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” online at the moment. Details here

– Experimental folk six piece Tunng have revealed plans to release a new album as well as sharing the first single. Details here

– Next weekend monthly Sydney folk night Little Features turns one and they’re celebrating with an amazing lineup – Mark Bulmer, Colin Jones, Arbori, Charlie Gradon, Bec Sandridge and Yetis. Details here

– After attributing the wrong video to Emily Barker last week (so embarrassing) we’re making up for it by posting her new video “Dear River”. Details here


“It’s almost like we’re getting used to playing in the duo form again. It’s almost as though we have to simplify everything. We’re so used to playing with a band now because we’ve been doing so for the last six months – and it’s been so fun playing with those guys – at the same time it’s really cool to challenge ourselves as a duo”Patrick James chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“Finding an opportunity to bail Jeff up in the green room (ie the grass behind the tent), Bill whipped out the all-terrain microphone and quizzed Jeff on the sound matter, among others”Jeff Lang chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“The tour has been amazing so far. Kicking off in Sydney in front of our buddies was so rad. It was a real high point for us as a band. It’s so easy when your touring with good mates and sick bands. We have just been losing our shit to each others each night, too fun”The Mountains chat to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I think it has something to do with our longing for a more simplistic life, something to do with a bunch of the younger city kids actually coming from rural areas, and something to do with the music just being honest, tuneful, and great to dance and drink to”Lucky Luke chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Spotlight On

Winter Mountain

“It’s been a while since we’ve seen a solid male duo on the scene. With boots to fill of the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, these two manage to blend their voices in delicious harmonies, complementing their emotive melodies quite simply but effectively, while still retaining their young and contemporary vibe. It’s kind of like Indie-folk without actually stepping into the indie realm”KTBell profiles Winter Mountain. Spotlight here


“Suddenly, there seem to be people everywhere crowd-funding. I’ve just become one of those people. But we’re all still learning about it. I’m half-way through a 30 day crowd-funding campaign for my new record, and even though they’ve helped multitudes of people raise over $10 million in crowd-funding, even the directors of Pozible, an Australian crowd-funding platform, can’t be sure whether my campaign will succeed”Rose Wintergreen talks Crowd Funding in the first of a four part series. Blog here



“As soon as this a capella vocal trio started to sing, the room was reduced to complete silence. Unaccompanied, these three talented young women use their voices as diverse instruments, using harmonies, percussive sounds, ooo’s, ahh’s and combined with hand percussion create a sweet, full sound”Hannah Acfield reviews the album launch from Aluka. Review here

Releases This Week

Bright Sunny South
Bright Sunny SouthSam Amidon

Timber and Steel Presents

The Stillsons
The Stillsons with Little Wise, Victoriana Gaye
Sunday 19th May – The Worker’s Club, Fitzroy, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You and The Mountains
Friday 17th May – Woody’s Surf Shack, Byron Bay, NSW
Wednesday 22nd May – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 17th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th May – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

Communion Melbourne feat. Five Mile Town, Garrett Kato, Miles and Simone, Sean O’Neill, Zack Buchanan
Sunday 19th May – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Good Oak
Thursday 23rd May – Gov’s Espresso, Mermaid Beach, QLD
Friday 24th May – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW

Matt Corby with Grace Woodroofe
Thursday 23rd May – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

MoFo Speakeasy feat. The Rusty Spring Syncopators, Hayfever
Saturday 18th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage
Friday 17th May – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Saturday 18th May – Karuah Music Festival, Karuah, NSW
Sunday 19th May – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 24th May – The Polish Club, Canberra, ACT

Sarah Humphreys
Saturday 18th May – Lizotte’s Kincumber, Kincumber, NSW

The Starry Field (solo)
Friday 17th May – Jet Black Cat Records, West End, QLD
Saturday 18th May – Pure Pop Records, St Kilda, VIC
Sunday 19th May – The Newsagency, Sydney NSW

The Stillsons
Saturday 18th May – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 19th May – The Worker’s Club, Fitzroy, VIC

Tom West
Sunday 19th May – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“As I Roved Out” – Planxty (Christy Moore’s version)

I love how songs, both contemporary and traditional, evolve and change in the world of folk music. I’ve been listening to Sam Amidon’s new album Bright Sunny South and his version of “As I Roved Out” which led me back to the version I know best from Christy Moore and Planxty. They’re so different from each other they could be completely different songs. And they’re both amazing – great stuff!

Watch Eddie Berman and Laura Marling Cover Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark”

Laura Marling

That Laura Marling is everywhere at the moment! The latest place she’s turned up is in this live video for The Lab TV, guesting on Eddie Berman’s cover of “Dancing in the Dark”:

The track is set to feature on Berman’s new EP Blood & Rust.

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