Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th December

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Tonight The Davidson Brothers will be joined by The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats and Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes for a Summer Pickin’ Party in Melbourne. Details here

– Hunter Valley festival the Gum Ball have announced their first round of artists for 2014 including Jinja Safari, Adrian Edmondson’s Bad Shepherds, Nicky Bomba, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Lindi Ortega and many many more. Details here

Jack Carty is throwing Christmas party in Sydney this Monday with The Falls, Maples, Iluka, Rosie Catalano, Achoo! Bless You, Luke Wellington, Andrew Brown and James Blow. Details here

Imogen Clark has announced a co-headline tour of NSW this January and February with singer-songwriter Joe Mungovan. Details here

– More artists have been added to the Port Fairy Folk Festival lineup including Pieta Brown, The Waifs’ Donna & Vikki’s side project The Stray Sisters, the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, The Flying Emus and many more. Details here

– Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder has announced dates for a solo Australian tour. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Cass McCombs has revealed his new single “Big Wheel”. Details here

Emma Davis has released the stunning new video for her stunning new track “Stand Tall”. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter Robert Ellis has released his new single “Only Lies”. Details here

José González released his new video “Stay Alive” from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty soundtrack. Details here

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes are heading out on tour in January to launch their new album Black Coffee. Details here

– Next April and May Boy & Bear will be heading out on a massive national regional tour. Details here

– Watch the new video from Darren Cross, “Hit The Quit”. Details here

– Adelaide folkies The Timbers have a new single, “Things to Come”, and are hitting the road throughout January. Details here

Simone Felice has revealed his new single “Molly-O!” featuring members of The Lumineers from his upcoming album Strangers. Details here

– The National Folk Festival has added a bunch more artists for 2014 including Rory McLeod, Old Man Luedecke, Tift Merritt, Heath Cullen, The Barons of Tang, Richard Perso and more. Details here

Blog

We revealed the top albums of 2013 according to Timber and Steel’s contributors. Read the piece here

Our favourite artists let us in on what they pick as their top album or EP of 2013. Read the piece here

Our Editor in Chief Gareth Hugh Evans chose his top 25 songs of 2013. Read the piece here

Gigs Next Week

April Maze w/ Cisco James
Tuesday 24th December – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Festival of Small Halls w/ Jordie Lane and Rose Cousins
Friday 20th December – Degilbo Hall, Degilbo, QLD
Saturday 21st December – Boonarga Cactoblastis Hall, Chinchilla, QLD
Sunday 22nd December – Mt Mee Public Hall, Mt Mee, QLD

Jack Carty Christmas Party feat. Jack Carty, The Falls, Maples, Iluka, Rosie Catalano, Achoo! Bless You, Luke Wellington, Andrew Brown, James Blow
Monday 23rd December – 505, Sydney, NSW

Little May
Friday 20th December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Summer Pickin’ Party feat. The Davidson Brothers, The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 20th December – The Curtin Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

The Morrisons
Thursday 26th December – The Vic, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Fairytale Of New York” – Christy Moore

Probably the greatest secular Christmas song ever sung by one of the greatest singers in the world. Merry Christmas everyone!

Eddi Vedder Announces Solo Australian Tour

Eddi Vedder
Image Courtesy of Eddie Vedder

Pearl Jam front man and ukelele enthusiast Eddie Vedder has announced an Australian solo tour next February. Staying behind after Pearl Jam are in the country for the Big Day Out Vedder will be performing tracks from his latest Ukulele Songs along with tracks from his extensive back catalogue.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 7th February – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA
Saturday 8th February – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA
Tuesday 11th February – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th February – Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 16th February – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 18th February – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd February – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 23rd February 2014 – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Folk Features in the Nominees For This Year’s Grammy Awards

Alison  Krauss
Image Courtesy of Alison Krauss

It’s the end of the year and award season is just around the corner and with so many amazing folk, alt-country, acoustic and indie releases this year you can be sure a bunch of Timber and Steel’s favourite artists are going to feature heavily.

The GRAMMY award nominees were just announced and it looks as though folk has done pretty well. While this will no doubt be the year of Adele, there’s plenty of Timber and Steel alumni up for the big awards.

The most notable nominees are:

  • Bon Iver – 4 Nominations (Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best New Artist, Best Alternative Music Album)
  • Mumford and Sons – 4 Nominations (Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song)
  • The Decemberists – 2 Nominations (Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song)
  • Wilco – 1 Nomination (Best Rock Album)
  • The Civil Wars – 2 Nominations (Best Country Duo/Group Performance, Best Folk Album)
  • Emmylou Harris – 1 Nomination (Best Americana Album)
  • Lucinda Williams – 1 Nomination (Best Americana Album)
  • Alison Krauss & Union Station (above) – 2 Nominations (Best Bluegrass Album, Best Engineered Album Non-Classical)
  • Steve Earle – 1 Nomination (Best Folk Album)
  • Fleet Foxes – 1 Nomination (Best Folk Album)
  • Eddie Vedder – 1 Nomination (Best Folk Album)
  • Gillian Welch – 2 Nominations (Best Folk Album, Best Engineered Album Non-Classical)
  • Béla Fleck & The Flecktones – 1 Nomination (Best Instrumental Composition)

The winners of the 54th GRAMMY Awards will be announced on the 12th February. For the full list of nominees check out the official GRAMMY web site.

Eddie Veder’s “Can’t Keep” Video

Eddie Vedder

So we admit we’re about a month late on this one – we’ve been busy, OK? Eddie Vedder’s new album Ukulele Songs has actually been doing really well in the charts with critical acclaim pouring out from all over the music world. Vedder released the video for “Can’t Keep” about a month ago and we’re (finally) posting it below. If you haven’t heard Ukulele Songs yet we suggest you check it out – this isn’t just a gimmick record, we promise you.

Stream Eddie Vedder’s “Ukulele Songs”

Eddie Vedder

I’m still not sure whether to take Eddie Vedder’s latest solo project seriously or not. Vedder’s second solo album, Ukulele Songs features the Pearl Jam front man doing just what it says on the tin – playing songs exclusively on the ukulele. The album also features Glen Hansard (The Frames, The Swell Season) and Chan Marshall (Cat Power).

Ukulele Songs is due for worldwide release on the 31st May but prior to that you can stream the whole thing via NPR.com. Follow this link and have a listen – maybe we should be taking this seriously?

Eddie Vedder’s Solo Ukulele Album

Eddie Veder
Image Courtesy of Pitchfork

We’ve always suspected Pearl Jam front-man Eddie Vedder was a closet folky after his wonderfully rootsy soundtrack to the 2007 film Into The Wild. And it seems that our suspicions may just have been confirmed with the announcement that Vedder will release a solo album of songs (originals and covers) played on the ukulele.

The album, creatively titled Ukulele Songs, is set to be released on the 31st May with the first single “Longing to Belong”. Ukulele Songs will also feature guest spots from Cat Power on the track “Tonight You Belong to Me” and Glen Hansard of The Frames and The Swell Season on “Sleepless Nights”. The full track listing and a random unofficial live Youtube video for “Longing to Belong” is below:

1. Can’t Keep
2. Sleeping by Myself
3. Without You
4. More Than You Know
5. Goodbye
6. Broken Heart
7. Satellite
8. Longing to Belong
9. Hey Fahkah
10. You’re True
11. Light Today
12. Sleepless Nights [ft. Glen Hansard]
13. Once in Awhile
14. Waving Palms
15. Tonight You Belong to Me [ft. Cat Power]
16. Dream a Little Dream

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