The Best Folky Christmas Songs of 2017

Christmas Cats

It’s Christmas Eve which means its time to publish our favourite Christmas tracks released this year with a folky flavour.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone! Looking forward to folking with you in 2018

Amber Lawrence – “Aussie Aussie Christmas”

Jennifer Hanson – “Only Thing I Really Need”

Balsam Range – “Christmas Lullaby”

Paul Mosley & the Red Meat Orchestra – “Wintersun”

Bradley Palermo – “Christmas In Las Vegas”

Courtney Marie Andrews – “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”

Lori McKenna – “Mama’s Cooking”

Sera Cahoone – “Last Christmas”

Phoebe Bridgers – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

Amilia K Spicer – “Love’s For Living”

Audio Mozaik – “(They Say) It’s Christmastime”

SUSTO – “Feliz Navidad”

Okkervil River – “What Friends Do”

Rich Krueger – “And It’s That Time Again”

Katie Garibaldi – “Silent Night”

Gregor McEwan – “Home For Christmas”

Butch Parnell – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

Renée Jonas – “My Man In Red”

Kate Rusby – “Deck the Halls”

Emma Charleston – “O Holy Night”

Waterloo Revival – “All I Want for Christmas”

Edan Archer– “It Just Wasn’t Christmas”

Prosecco Socialist (David Rotheray, Eleanor McEvoy & Mike Greaves) – “This Dog’s Just For Christmas (Not For Life)”

Catherine McGrath – “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

Lisa Prank & Seattle’s Little Helpers – “All I Want For Christmas (Is To Be With You)”

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis – “Just One Kiss”

The Emerald Ruby – “Here Comes Santa Claus”

Lindsey Stirling – “Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy”

Pentatonix – “Away in a Manger”

The Heathen and the Holy – “When Christmas Comes Around”

Licking the Moose – “Longing For Snow”

Skinner and T’witch – “I Don’t Want an iPad (I Just Want World Peace)”

Michael Carpenter – “Another Xmas Song”

Kina Grannis and Imaginary Future – “Let It Snow”

mhm. – “White Winter Hymnal”

O’Hooley & Tidow – “We Sing Hallelujah”

Ryanhood – “Sleigh Ride”

Tesse – “Fat Man In A Red Suit”

The Heather Findlay Quartet – “The Snows That Melt The Soonest/Gaudete”

James Hoffman – “Go Tell it On the Mountain”

Blake Flattley – “Silent Night”

The Human Uniform Choir feat. Julianna Zachariou, Joelton Mayfield, tinkers, Dennis McCarke – “Happy Xmas (War is Over)”

Emma Huntington and Hunter Montgomery – “Once in Royal David’s City”

Villagers – “White Christmas”

Jeff Tweedy, The Staves, Sarah Jarosz, Punch Brothers, Rich Dworsky and Ted Poor – “Fairytale of New York”

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th November

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne based alt-folk-rock duo This Way North announced a huge national tour. Details here

– Folk super-group I’m With Her announced details of their debut album See You Around. Details here

– Jennifer Hankin from Vanishing Shapes and The Button Collective has started releasing solo indie-folk music under the name The Emerald Ruby. Details here

Vance Joy announced plans to release a new album, Nation of Two, in February. Details here

– Roots singer Nahko released his new single “Be Here Now”. Details here

– Irish folk-singing duo The Lost Brothers released their new video “Echoes In The Wind”. Details here

– English post-punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner released his new video “There She Is”. Details here

The Ahern Brothers announced a huge January and February tour. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter BATTS announced plans to release her debut EP 62 Moons next week. Details here

– Melbourne alt-country singer-songwriter Freya Josephine Hollick released her new single “The Pearly Gates of the Landfill”. Details here

WOMADelaide revealed their full 2018 lineup including Le Vent du Nord, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Yirrmal, Elephant Sessions, Hat Fitz & Cara, Mama Kin Spender, Tex, Don & Charlie, Hana & Jessie-Lee’s Bad Habits, Mission Songs Project, Naomi Keyte and many many more. Details here

– Irish music legend Eleanor McEvoy has announced an Australian tour this January. Details here

The National Folk Festival added 13 more artists to its lineup including Ryanhood, Chrysoula K. & Púrpura, Faith i Branko, Flats and Sharps, John McSherry and Donal O’Connor Trio, Damian Howard, Miriam Lieberman, The Black Swans of Trespass, The Button Collective, Royal High Jinx, Horns of Leroy, Squeebz and Dinosaur Time Machine. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Alanna Eileen announced her upcoming EP Keepsake. Details here

Releases This Week

Four in the Morning
Half AsleepFour In The Morning
Bandcamp

Frank Turner
SongbookFrank Turner
iTunes

Sufjan
The Greatest GiftSufjan Stevens
Official Site

The Staves
The Way Is ReadThe Staves & yMusic
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Snowdroppers

The Snowdroppers

The blues-rock powerhouse that is The Snowdroppers are calling it quits with two final, huge shows in their hometown of Sydney

Friday 24th November – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th November – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Alanna and Alicia
Saturday 25th Novemebr – The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Americana Saturday Sessions feat. Jemma Nicole
Saturday 25th November – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Appalachian Heaven Stringband w/ Knott Family Band, Luke Plumb
Sunday 26th November – The Lomond, Melbourne, VIC

Argyle Sun-Sets @ Freds feat. Handful Of Thorns, Sid Berry, Willowy
Sunday 26th November – Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW

Ashlea Reale
Friday 24th November – Dôme Waikiki, Waikiki, WA

Babaganoush Spring Gypsy & Balkan Music Fest
Saturday 25th November – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

BANFF
Friday 24th November – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

Batch Sessions feat. Direwolf, Kane Muir
Wednesday 29th November – Batch Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Bernard Fanning
Friday 24th November – Granada Tavern, Hobart, TAS
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds
Friday 24th November – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 24th November – Parkes Leagues Club, Parkes, NSW
Saturday 25th November – Dubbo RSL, Dubbo, NSW
Sunday 26th November – Armatree Hotel, Armatree, NSW

Candice McLeod
Wednesday 29th November – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Colleen O’Connell
Saturday 25th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Claire Anne Taylor
Saturday 25th November – Red Velvet Lounge, Cygnet, TAS
Tuesday 28th November – The Founders Room, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 30th November – National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT

Claymore
Friday 24th November – The Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 1st December – The Quiet Man Irish Pub, Melbourne, VIC

Co-cheòl
Friday 24th November – Wyreena Music Cafe, Melbourne, VIC

Craig Woodward
Sunday 26th November – Loretta’s, Melbourne, VIC

Darren Hanlon
Friday 24th November – Happy Yess, Darwin, NT

Dean Lewis
Friday 24th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 25th November – Spilt Milk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 30th November – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 1st December – UOW Uni Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Devil Goat Family String Band
Saturday 25th November – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Don’t Do Me Like That – A Tribute to Tom Petty feat. Alannah Russack, Bow Campbell, Morgana Ancone, Jason Walker, Johnny G, Lozz Benson, Sam Shinazzi, Maxine Kauter, Bryan Estepa, Peta Caswell, Mark NaNa, Monica McMahon, Tom Stone, Adam Young
Friday 24th November – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Ella Belfanti
Saturday 25th November – The William Wallace Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Emma Russack
Saturday 25th November – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Monday 27th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 24th November – Lacmalac Soldiers Memorial Hall, Lacmalac, NSW
Saturday 25th November – Bowna Hall, Mullengandra, NSW
Thursday 30th November – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 1st December – Clovass McKees Hill Hall, McKees Hill, NSW

Feist
Tuesday 28th November – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 1st December – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Festival of Small Halls feat. Vance Gilbert, Liz Stringer
Friday 24th November – Nymboida Hall, Nymboida, NSW
Saturday 25th November – Valla Hall, Valla, NSW
Sunday 26th November – Wauchope Community Arts Centre, Wauchope, NSW
Thursday 30th November – Texas Memorial Hall, Texas, QLD
Friday 1st December – Cooranga North Memorial Hall, Bell, QLD

FolkSwagon feat. Mat Morgan, Stephanie Grace, Mandy Connell
Wednesday 29th November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Four In The Morning
Thursday 30th November – Club Voltaire, Melbourne, VIC

Fox n Firkin
Thursday 30th November – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st December – The Front Gallery and Cafe, Canberra, ACT

Frazey Ford
Friday 24th November – Badlands, Perth, WA
Saturday 25th November – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

Gallie
Sunday 26th November – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Gary Óg
Thursday 30th November – Finn McCools, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 30th Novemebr – Sands Tavern, Maroochydore, QLD

Georgia Fields and The Andromeda String Quartet
Sunday 26th November – The Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Get Folked Punk feat. Fox n Firkin, Wilson and the Castaways, Semen and Garfuckel, Operation Ibis, Jim Lynch, Catholic Guilt
Thursday 30th November – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Grizzlee Train
Friday 1st December – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC

Homeground feat. Yothu Yindi, Gavin Campbell, Yirrmal, Constantina Bush, Yirrnga Yunupingu
Sunday 26th November – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

HONK! Oz Official Launch
Friday 24th November – Wollongong CBD Mall Stage, Wollongong, NSW

Hussy Hicks & Raphael White
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Irish Mythen
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC

Jack Johnson
Thursday 30th November – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st November – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Jackie Marshall
Saturday 25th November – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 26th November – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

James Bennett
Friday 24th November – Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 26th November – The Artist Market, Port Macquarie, NSW

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Thursday 30th November – The Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC

James Kenyon
Friday 24th November – House Concert, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 25th November – Queen St Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 26th November – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 27th November – The Great Western Hotel, Cobar, NSW
Wednesday 29th November – The Palace Hotel, Broken Hill, NSW

Jess Cornelius
Friday 24th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Jess Locke
Friday 24th November – The Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 25th November – The Firestation Specialty Beer and Wine Bar, Busselton, WA
Sunday 26th November – Norfolk Hotel, Fremantle, WA

Jo Jo Smith w/ Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart
Thursday 30th November – St John’s Craft Beer, Launceston, TAS
Friday 1st December – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS

John Flannagan
Saturday 25th November – CERES Joe’s Market Garden, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke w/ Harrison Storm
Friday 24th November – Norwood Hotel, Norwood, SA
Thursday 30th November – Mt Pleasant Tavern, Mackay, QLD
Friday 1st December – Dalrymple Hotel, Garbutt, QLD

Joyce Prescher
Saturday 25th November – Charles Weston Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 26th November – Bar 303, Melbourne, VIC

Jungle Love Music and Arts Festival
Thursday 30th November to Saturday 2nd December – Sunshine Coast, QLD

Kane Muir
Wednesday 29th November – Batch Brewery, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 30th November – Black Sheep, Sydney, NSW

Karin Page
Thursday 30th November – Fox Den, Gloucester, NSW

Kasey Chambers
Friday 24th November – Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, Traralgon, VIC
Saturday 25th November – York on Lilydale, Mount Evelyn, VIC
Sunday 26th November – Grand Hotel, Mornington, VIC

Kyle Lionhart
Friday 24th November – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 25th November – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 26th November – The Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Thursday 30th November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 1st December – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA

Lindi Ortega
Friday 24th November – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC

Lior
Thursday 30th November – St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC

Little Georgia
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Liv Cartledge
Friday 24th November – Taphouse, Bendigo, VIC

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 24th November – The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 1st December – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Mama Kin Spender
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Mandy Connell
Sunday 26th November – Wandi Pub, Wandiligong, VIC
Wednesday 29th November – FolksWagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st December – The Paragon, Katoomba, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 24th November – House Concert, Perth, WA
Saturday 25th November – House Concert, Woodlands, WA
Sunday 256th November – House Concert, Burwood, WA

Martin Pearson
Saturday 25th November – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Matt J Ward, Gretta Ziller & Andrew Swift
Sunday 26th November – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Mia Dyson
Friday 24th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC
Saturday 25th November – Balnarring Town Hall, Balnarring, VIC
Friday 1st December – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission
Saturday 25th November – Cheshunt Hall, Cheshunt, VIC
Friday 1st December – Saints and Sailors, Portarlington, VIC

Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen
Sunday 26th November – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Modern Sounds In Alt Country Music feat. Jason P. Walker, Raechel Whitchurch, James Van Cooper
Sunday 26th November – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

My Friend the Chocolate Cake
Saturday 25th November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 26th November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

My Nightingale
Friday 24th November – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 25th November – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC

Nathan Seeckts & Joshua Seymour
Saturday 25th November – Labor in Vain, Melbourne, VIC

Niksta, Camille and Stuie, The Morrisons
Friday 24th November – The Manly Fig, Balgowlah Heights, NSW

Oh Pep!
Friday 24th November – Secret Show, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 26th November – Archies Couch, Archies Creek, VIC

Paul Kelly
Saturday 25th November – Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, Perth, WA
Sunday 26th November – Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, Perth, WA

Phia w/ Josh The Cat, Merpire
Thursday 30th November – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Pierce Brothers
Friday 1st December – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW

Port Fairy Spotlight Sessions feat. Marcia Howard, The Ahern Brothers, Mission Songs Project
Friday 24th November – Memo Music Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Queenscliff Music Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff, VIC

Quinton Trembath
Sunday 26th November – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 1st December – Mulgara, Canberra, ACT

Ramblin’ Nights feat. Nicholas Connors, Jep and Dep, Mercurists
Wednesday 29th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Rezza’s House Concert feat. Grazy’s Country, Lloyd M Clarke
Sunday 26th November – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Rick Hart Trio
Sunday 26th November – Bellbrae Estate, Bellbrae, VIC

Run Rabbit Run
Saturday 25th November – The Captain Cook Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Sásta
Saturday 25th November – Mick O’Malley’s Irish Pub, Brisbane, QLD

Scott Cook
Monday 27th November – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 1st December – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Sunday 26th November – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Sid Berry
Sunday 26th November – Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW
Friday 1st December – Black Duck Brewery, Port Macquarie, NSW

Songs In The Round feat. Claire Anne Taylor, Tom Vincent, Hairyman
Saturday 25th November – Red Velvet Lounge, Cygnet, TAS

Stella Donnelly
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC
Thursday 30th November – The Toff, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 1st December – Waves, Wollongong, NSW

Steve Tyson & The Train Rex
Friday 24th November – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 26th November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

SummerSalt feat. The Cat Empire, Xavier Rudd
Saturday 25th November – Hope Estate, Pokolbin, NSW
Sunday 26th November – Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Blues & Roots Festival
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd December – Hawkesbury Hotel, Windsor, NSW

Tesse
Tuesday 28th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

The Audreys
Friday 24th November – Lyrebird Arts Council, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 25th November – Memo Music Hall, Melbourne, VIC

The Band Who Knew Too Much
Sunday 26th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

The Beautiful Girls
Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC
Thursday 30th November – Narrabeen RSL, Narrabeen, NSW
Friday 1st December – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Black Sorrows
Friday 24th November – North Sydney Leagues Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th November – Castle Hill RSL, Castle Hill, NSW
Friday 1st November – Astor Hotel, Goulburn, NSW

The Campervan Dancers
Sunday 26th November – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW

The Cat Empire
Saturday 25th November – SummerSalt, Hope Estate, Pokolbin, NSW
Sunday 26th November – SummerSalt, Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW

The Demon Drink
Friday 1st December – Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane, QLD

The East Pointers
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Thursday 30th November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

The Loaded Dog Folk Club feat. Martin Pearson, Barbara Sanders
Saturday 25th November – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Morrisons
Friday 24th November – The Manly Fig, Sydney, NSW

The Shifties, Joyce Prescher, Greg Steps, Hannah Potter
Sunday 26th November – Bar 303, Melbourne, VIC

The Snowdroppers
Friday 24th November – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th November – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC
Thursday 30th November – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Friday 1st December – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

The Waifs
Saturday 25th November – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 26th November – Newcastle Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 28th November – Saraton Theatre, Grafton, NSW
Wednesday 29th November – The Events Centre, Caloundra, QLD
Thursday 30th November – The Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD

The Willie Wagtails
Saturday 25th November – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Willing Ponies
Sunday 26th November – The George, Sydney, NSW

Three Chords and the Truth 25th Show Listening Party
Thursday 30th November – The Humpybong Distilling Company, Brisbane, QLD

This Way North
Friday 24th November – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 25th November – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 29th November – 61st 3rd Ave, Sawtell, NSW
Thursday 30th November – Bellingen Brewery, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 1st December – Record Crate, Sydney, NSW

TinPan Orange
Saturday 25th November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Tom West
Friday 24th November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Toni Swain
Friday 24th November – Paynesville Wine Bar, Paynesville, VIC
Saturday 25th November – Snowy River Historic Bakery, Orbost, VIC
Sunday 26th November – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC

Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife w/ The Stetson Family
Friday 1st December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Tristen Bird
Saturday 25th November – The Bridgewater Mill, Bridgewater, SA

Tullara
Friday 24th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 26th November – A Day On The Grass, Port Lincoln, SA
Tuesday 28th November – Saraton Theatre, Grafton, NSW
Thursday 30th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 1st December – The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW

Twin Peaks
Friday 24th November – The George Kerferd Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 25th November – Cheshunt Hall, Cheshunt, VIC
Sunday 26th November – Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Ukulele Death Squad
Friday 24th November – Newport Bowls Club, Newport, VIC
Monday 27th November – Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House, Queenscliff, VIC
Tuesday 28th November – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Vance Joy
Saturday 25th November – Spilt Milk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Vanishing Shapes
Saturday 25th Novemeber – Trobadour Folk Club, Woy Woy CWA Hall, Woy Woy, NSW

Wallis Bird
Friday 24th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th November – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Sunday 26th November – Mechanics’ Institute Hall, Scottsdale, TAS
Tuesday 28th November – Founders Room, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 30th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 1st December – Martians Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC

Whiskey Dram
Sunday 26th November – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

William Crighton
Saturday 25th November – Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Wilson and the Castaways
Thursday 30th November – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st December – The Front Gallery and Cafe, Canberra, ACT

Xavier Rudd
Friday 24th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC
Saturday 25th November – SummerSalt, Hope Estate, Pokolbin, NSW
Sunday 26th November – SummerSalt, Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW

Yusuf / Cat Stevens
Saturday 25th November – Botanic Park, Adelaide, SA
Monday 27th November – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 28th November – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Temperance Reel” – Sierra Hull & Justin Moses

Eleanor McEvoy Returns for January Tour

Eleanor McEvoy
Image Courtesy of Eleanor McEvoy

Irish music legend Eleanor McEvoy has announced she’ll be back in Australia this January with a bunch of East coast dates.

Having already been announced for the Woodford Folk Festival, the Cygnet Folk Festival and the Illawarra Folk Festival, Eleanor McEvoy is rounding out her visit with a bunch of headline shows in New South Wales, Tasmania and the ACT. Check out the full list oif dates below:

Friday 29th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD
Saturday 6th January – Sussex Inlet Surf Club, Sussex Inlet, NSW
Sunday 7th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham, NSW
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS
Monday 15th January – Masonic Hall, Lindisfarne, TAS
Tuesday 16th January – Mountain Mumma, Launceston, TAS
Wednesday 17th January – Jack Duggans, Bathurst, NSW
Thursday 18th January – Irish Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st March

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– To celebrate their new album Til My Tears Roll Away The Audreys have announced a string of tour dates this June and July. Details here

– This May will see a brand new album for Wagons. Details here

– A new video directed by Australian filmmaker John Hillcoat for the late Johnny Cash has been released. Details here

The Pierce Brothers have released their new single “It’s My Fault” and are in the middle of a national tour. Details here

– It may not be too folky but we really like the new Kate Miller-Heidke video “Share Your Air” featuring Passenger. Details here

– Roots-rocker Claude Hay is heading out on tour at the end of this month. Details here

– As they wing their way back home for their upcoming regional tour Boy & Bear have released their new video “Bridges”. Details here

Bluesfest announced their ninth and final additions to the 2014 lineup. Details here

Timber and Steel were lucky enough to premiere “Lost in Two Minds”, the new single from The Acfields. Details here

Nickel Creek have revealed “21st of May”, the third track from their upcoming album A Dotted Line. Details here

– Roots duo Little Wise released their brand new track “My Pocket” and announced a tour with Megan Bernard. Details here

– The very hot-right-now Dustin Tebbutt released his very hot-right-now single “Bones”. Details here

Interviews

“On St Patrick’s night, Monday 17 March 2014, Eleanor was a very special guest of Riogh and the Illawarra Folk Club at what’s starting to look a lot like a Paddy tradition in this south coast of New South Wales town centre”Eleanor McEvoy chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Blog

– We celebrated St Patrick’s Day by brining you the entire The Craic live at The Quiet Man documentary series which explores Irish culture in Australia. Read the blog here

Releases This Week

Measured in Moons
Measured In MoonsKate Crowley
Bandcamp

Jumping on the high wire
Jumping On The HighwireThe Perch Creek Family Jugband
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

British Blues
The British Blues w/ Boy Outside, Emma Davis
Friday 21st March – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Facebook Event

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Perch Creek Family Jugband

Perch Creek

Their new album dropped this week (see above) so next Thursday and Friday is the perfect time to catch The Perch Creek Family Jugband as they kick off their national tour in Tasmania.

Thursday 27th March – Fresh On Charles, Launceston, TAS
Friday 28th March – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Gigs Next Week

Ash Grunwald
Saturday 22nd March – Bleach Festival, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 26th March – Harvey Rd Tavern, Gladstone, QLD
Thursday 27th March – Magnums, Airlie Beach, QLD
Friday 28th March – Tanks Art Centre, Cairns, QLD

Billy Bragg
Friday 21st March – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Breabach
Sunday 23rd March – 10 Days on the Island Festival, TAS

Caitlin Park
Friday 21st March – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 27th March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Christopher Coleman Collective
Friday 21st March – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 27th March – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 28th March – Royal Exchange, Newcastle, NSW

Claude Hay
Friday 28th March – The Old Manly Boatshed, Manly, NSW

Eleanor McEvoy
Friday 21st March – Albert Park Yacht Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd March – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC
Sunday 23rd March – St Cuthbert’s Chapel at Menzies Creek, Dandenong Ranges, VIC
Sunday 23rd March – Northcote Social Club, Northcote, VIC
Friday 28th March – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW

John Butler Trio
Thursday 27th March – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Friday 28th March – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Swan Valley, WA

Jordan Millar
Friday 21st March – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 22nd March – The Fig, Port Macquarie, NSW
Sunday 23rd March – The Fig, Port Macquarie, NSW
Thursday 27th March – Railway Friendly Bar, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 28th March – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD

Josh Pyke
Friday 21st March – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 22nd March – Zierholz @ UC, Canberra, ACT

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens
Friday 21st March – Rad @ Yours n Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 28th March – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Leah Flanagan
Thursday 27th March – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

Lior
Saturday 22nd March – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 25th March – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Wednesday 26th March – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 28th March – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Lost Ragas w/ Raised By Eagles
Friday 21st March – The Tote, Collingwood, VIC
Saturday 29th Mar – Old Drouin Butter Factory, Drouin, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 21st March – Spirit Bar & Lounge, Traralgon, VIC
Saturday 22nd March – Bennett’s Lane, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd March – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Wednesday 26th March – Port Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Thursday 27th March – No.5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 28th March – The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Peter Rowan
Saturday 22nd March – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd March – Burke & Wills Winery, Mia Mia, VIC

The Beez
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Vic
Friday 28th March – Taste Canowindra, NSW

The British Blues w/ Boy Outside, Emma Davis
Friday 21st March – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

The Good Ship
Friday 21st March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 27th March – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW
Friday 28th March – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

The Little Stevies
Thursday 27th March – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Friday 28th March – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Thursday 27th March – Fresh On Charles, Launceston, TAS
Friday 28th March – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

The Pierce Brothers
Saturday 22nd March – Amplifier Capitol, Perth, WA
Sunday 23rd March – Newport Hotel, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 27th March – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

The Stray Sisters
Friday 21st March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd March – Tilley’s Devine Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 23rd March – The Elbow Room, McLaren Vale, SA
Wednesday 26th March – The Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 27th March – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle WA (with John Butler Trio)
Friday 28th March – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Swan Valley, WA (with John Butler Trio)

TinPan Orange
Friday 21st March – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd March – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA

Yackandandah Folk Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March – Yackandandah, VIC

Yetis
Thursday 27th March – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Martin Wynne’s/The Longford Tinker” and “Old Hag You Have Killed Me/Dinny Delaneys/Morrisons” – The Bothy Band

St Patrick’s Day may have been way back on Monday but let’s keep the craic alive with some jigs and reels from none other than The Bothy Band.

Interview: Eleanor McEvoy On Tour In Australia

Eleanor McEvoy
Image Courtesy of Eleanor McEvoy

Interview reprinted with permission from Overheard Productions

Eleanor McEvoy landed in Australia this week on tour from now until … well, until Ireland warms up again in roughly six weeks’ time.

On St Patrick’s night, Monday 17 March 2014, Eleanor was a very special guest of Riogh and the Illawarra Folk Club at what’s starting to look a lot like a Paddy tradition in this south coast of New South Wales town centre. Accessible from anywhere and a short walk from the train station 😉

(Our correspondent Bill Quinn later that night ventured down the road to another raucous Irish venue, and couldn’t help but notice that, despite the number of prone young bodies decked out in over-sized corporate green Irish hats, the music on the tannoy was Canadian Scots.)

But before that, and after one or three very large jars of piping cold very special St Patrick’s Day tea, Bill spoke a little with Eleanor about the tour:

Eleanor McEvoy’s tour is in the country up to and including Fairbridge Folk Festival in late April. The full list of remaining tour dates are below:

Friday 21st March – Albert Park Yacht Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd March – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC
Sunday 23rd March – St Cuthbert’s Chapel at Menzies Creek, Dandenong Ranges, VIC
Sunday 23rd March – Northcote Social Club, Northcote, VIC
Friday 28th March – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 29th March – Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham, NSW
Sunday 30th March – St David’s Church, Dee Why, NSW
Thursday 3rd April – South Coast Folk Club, Port Noarlunga, SA
Friday 4th April – HATS-Courthouse Cultural Centre, Auburn, SA
Saturday 5th April – The Song Room, Tanunda, SA
Sunday 6th April – Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Thursday 10th April – Carrington Bowling Club, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 13th April – Quarterdeck, Narooma, NSW
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st April – National Folk Festival, Canberra
Wednesday 23rd April – Rosie O’Grady’s, Perth, WA
Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Pinjarra, WA

The Full National Folk Festival Program Revealed

Old Man Leudecke
Image Courtesy of Old Man Luedecke

Can you believe Easter is under two months away? Crazy times! With that in mind The National Folk Festival last week officially launched their 2014 program with well over 200 artists announced.

To recap the international contingent includes Woody Mann (USA), Damien Dempsey (Ireland), Tift Merritt (USA), Lindi Ortega (Canada), Old Man Luedecke (Above, Canada), Eleanor McEvoy (Ireland), Fásta (Quebec/Ireland/Scotland) and The Alaskan String Band (Alaska).

Not to be outdone the local additions to the lineup include a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites including Jordie Lane, Kate Fagan, The Little Stevies, Heath Cullen, The Crooked Fiddle Band, Castlecomer, The Mae Trio, The Barons of Tang, The Davidson Brothers, Tolka, Bernard Carney, The Ellis Collective, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Archie Roach, Joseph Tawadros Trio, Leah Flanagan, The Lurkers, Margaret Walters, Martin Pearson, The Morrisons, The Rusty Spring Syncopators, Sarah Humphreys, Sparrow Folk, The Stetson Family, Takadimi, Trouble in the Kitchen, Zeptepi and many many more.

The National Folk Festival has also announced the recipient of the National Folk Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award is folk veteran Margret Roadknight.

The National Folk Festival takes place at Exhibition Park in Canberra from the 17th to 21st April. Check out the official web site for more information.

The National Folk Festival Announces First Artists For 2014

Trouble In The Kitchen
Image Courtesy of Trouble In The Kitchen

The National Folk Festival, held each year over the Easter long weekend in Canberra, is getting into the lineup announcement game early with the release of their first round of artists over the weekend. The National Folk Festival is considered by many to be Australia’s top folk event and it’s definitely a must on our yearly festival calendar.

The first round of artists for 2014 demonstrates just how diverse the National Folk Festival is each and every year. Among the first artist announcement are Eleanor McEvoy, Rose Cousins, Jordie Lane, Kate Fagan, Bernard Carney, The Mae Trio, The Davidson Brothers, Luke Plumb (Shooglenifty) and many many more.

But probably the most exciting announcement of all is the return of trad legends Trouble In The Kitchen (above) who have been on a break since 2008 (the band appeared at the festival in 2010 without guitarist Kate Burke). Trouble In The Kitchen were at the forefront of my re-introduction to traditional music in the early 2000’s and it’s great to see the original lineup back – and they’re promising some brand new material. Check out more information about the band’s return here.

The National Folk Festival takes place at Exhibition Park in Canberra from the 17th to 21st April. The full lineup announced so far are below:

Alaska String Band (USA), Australian Chinese Music Ensemble, Barleyshakes, Bernard Carney and David Hyams (WA), Chris Duncan & Chatherine Strutt, Cole and Van Dijk, Darcy Welsh, Davidson Brothers, Eleanor McEvoy (Ireland), Fásta (Ire/Can/Scot), Frank Yamma, Gina Williams with Guy Ghouse (WA), Jan “Yarn” Wositsky, Jordie Lane, Joseph Tawadros Trio, Kate Fagan, Luke Plumb with Peter Daffy, The Mae Trio, The Pepperjacks (WA), The Raglins, Rose Cousins (Canada), Trouble in the Kitchen

Blue Mountains Music Festival Announces First Lineup

Xavier Rudd
Image Courtesy of Xavier Rudd

The Blue Mountains Music Festival, which will be held from the 14th to the 16th March next year, is one of our favourite events throughout the year. Close enough to Sydney that it’s accessible (we’ve been known to watch the last act on a Sunday and then catch the last train back) yet far enough away that you feel like you’re getting away from it all, the Blue Mountains Music Festival has the best of both worlds.

The first lineup for the 2014 festival was announced this week and as usual it’s the perfect combination of folk, roots, indie and world music from Australia and around the world. Heading up the festival will be Xavier Rudd (above), Ash Grunwald and Lior, who will be joined by the likes of Rory McLeod, Eleanor McEvoy, Hanggai, Blair Dunlop, Peter Rowan Band with Richard Greene, Rose Cousins, Eric Bogle, Jeff Lang, Slava & Leonard Grigoryan, Flap!, Sunas, The Woohoo Revue, The Pigs, The BordererS, The Tiger And Me, Jack Carty, Mustered Courage, George & Noriko, Hat Fitz & Cara, Dan Parsons, The Mae Trio and many many more.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now. For more information check out the official web site here. The full lineup so far is below:

Xavier Rudd, Ash Grunwald, Lior, The Good Lovelies, Rory McLeod, Eleanor McEvoy, Hanggai, Chipolatas, Blair Dunlop, Swamp Thing, Peter Rowan Band with Richard Greene, Rose Cousins, Eric Bogle, Jeff Lang, Slava & Leonard Grigoryan, Flap!, Roesy, Jesse Valach & Blues Mountain, Grace Barbe, Sunas, The Woohoo Revue, The Pigs, The BordererS, The Tiger And Me, Benny Walker, Jack Carty, Mustered Courage, George & Noriko, Hat Fitz & Cara, Dan Parsons, Equus, Circus Solarus, Allan Caswell, Rachael Brady, Snez, Andrea Soler, The Mae Trio, Cole And Van Dijk, Belle Jar, Wagana Dancers, Gregg Borschmann’s Heartland Conversations, Poets’ Breakfasts

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th May

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney alt-country duo Jep and Dep released their brand new video “Bluebird Skies”. Details here

Timber and Steel had an exclusive first play of the new track “Amsterdam” from Wes Carr’s Buffalo Tales project. Details here

Ella Hooper and Texture Like Sun have announced a Tuesday night residency at The Toff in Town throughout June. Details here

Once I Was An Eagle from Laura Marling comes out today (see below) but if you want to try before you buy you can stream it on NPR Music. Details here

– Irish music legend Eleanor McEvoy returns to Australia at the end of this month for an east coast tour. Details here

– The Palm Creek Folk Festival has just announced its 2013 lineup including Mal Webb, Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento, Penny Larkins and Carl Pannuzzo, Richard Perso, Siskin River and Totally Gourdgeous. Details here

– Sydney alt-country songstress Katie Brianna has just released her new video “Oh Night”. Details here

Matt Corby released a brand new single, “Resolution”, ahead of his Australian tour. Details here

Xavier Rudd, Donavon Frankenreiter and Nahko and Medicine for the People are teaming up for a tour this September and October. Details here

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros revealed “Better Days” the first single from their upcoming self-titled album. Details here

Boy Outside celebrates the Australian outback in his new video “River Runs To The Sea”. Details here

The April Maze released a really sweet, vintage style video for their cover of “Two of Us”. Details here

– Our favourite bluegrass festival JamGrass is heading “On The Road” with a warm up event in Sydney this August. The lineup includes Mustered Courage, The Steamgrass Boys, Rattlehand, Green Mohair Suits and Oh Willy Dear. Details here

Interviews

“In a certain sense I definitely am a folk singer because I sing folk songs, but in a certain sense I’m not a folk singer at all because I’m not trying to sing them at all in the way that other people would expect. I’m using that as the source material to make music”Sam Amidon talks to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Blog

“I am freaking out. I’m 20 days into my 30 day crowd-funding campaign for my new record. It’s sitting at 30%, and pledges seem to have slowed to a drip. I’ve been warned it would be like this, I’ve watched Packwood manage to successfully raise the last $3,000 in the last few days of his crowd-funding campaign to reach his target (plus an extra $2,000 on top), but I’m freaking out anyway. I’m a perfectionist and a control-freak, I’m doing everything I can, and it still doesn’t feel like enough”Rose Wintergreen talks Crowd Funding in the second of a four part series. Blog here

“While there have been artists interpreting and refining the traditional folk music canon since the first collectors ventured out in the late 19th century every now and then an artist will emerge who takes traditional music in a completely new and exciting direction – away from the simple guitar or harmonic singing”Gareth Hugh Evans explores the artists that are on the cutting edge of the traditional music scene. Blog here

Reviews

Recordings

“Obvious comparisons are made of their careful, gentle contemporary folk sound with the likes of Simon and Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers. Such comparisons are useful and accurate in a descriptive sense, but also stifling and reductive to the level of recognition deserved of the band’s creativity, imaginativeness and craft”Thom Owen Miles reviews The Ash & Clay from The Milk Carton Kids. Review here

Releases This Week

Stories from a Porcelain City
Stories from a Porcelain CityImogen Clark
iTunes

Once I Was An Eagle
Once I Was An EagleLaura Marling
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Owls of the Swamp
Owls of the Swamp
Thursday 30th May – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 31st May – The Hideaway, Brisbane, QLD

Tickets

Papa Pilko
Pilko and the Binrats with Max Savage & The False Idols, Cherrywood
Sunday 26th May – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You and The Mountains
Sunday 26th May – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Wednesday 29th May – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 30th May – The Espy, Melbourne, VIC

Eleanor McEvoy
Friday 31st May – Wollongong Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Folk Club feat. Boy Outside, The Falls, Little Bighorn
Wednesday 29th May – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW

Good Oak
Friday 24th May – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 26th May – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Little Features feat. Mark Bulmer, Colin Jones, Arbori, Charlie Gradon, Bec Sandridge, Yetis
Saturday 25th May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Matt Corby with Grace Woodroofe
Sunday 26th May – HQ, Adelaide, SA
Friday 31st May – Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Mustered Courage
Friday 24th May – The Polish Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 31st May – Clancy’s Fish Bar, Fremantle, WA

The Stillsons
Saturday 25th May – Mars Hill Café, Parramatta, NSW
Sunday 26th May – The Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Run On” – Moby

If you’ve been following Timber and Steel over the last few weeks you know we’ve been a little obsessed with the early collectors of traditional music. That inevitably leads us to Moby’s 1999 album Play which featured a number of tracks containing samples from the field recordings of Alan Lomax. The track “Run On” is inspired by the traditional “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” and features a sample from Bill Landford & The Landfordaires.

Eleanor McEvoy Returns Australian Tour

Eleanor McEvoy
Image Courtesy of Eleanor McEvoy

Irish songstress Eleanor McEvoy is returning to our shores at the end of the month for a national tour. McEvoy’s song “A Woman’s Heart”, made famous by the compilation CD of the same, is recognised as one of the best contemporary folk songs of recent years and her live show is not to be missed.

The full list of dates for Eleanor McEvoy’s Australian tour are below:

Friday 31st May – Wollongong Diggers, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 1st June – Cat & Fiddle, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 2nd June – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 5th June – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 6th June – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – The National Celtic Festival, Port Arlington, VIC
Wednesday 12th June – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 15th June – The Polish Club, Hobart, TAS

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