Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new streams and videos from the likes of Elephant Sessions, Harmony Byrne, Kate Miller-Heidke, Kaurna Cronin, Little May, Missy Higgins, Neil & Liam Finn and Simon Imrei. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

The Saint of Lost Causes
The Saint of Lost CausesJustin Townes Earle
iTunes
Bandcamp

The Waterboys
Where The Action IsThe Waterboys
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Spunk Records 20th Anniversary feat. The Middle East plus Special Guests

The Middle East

Friday 24th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Alice Night
Sunday 26th May – We Move Studio, Mullumbimby, NSW
Thursday 30th May – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Andrew Swift, Gretta Ziller w/ Ruby Saltbush
Saturday 25th May – Deniliquin Club, Deniliquin, NSW

Archie Roach
Saturday 25th May – Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 26th May – Alexander Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 27th May – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

Ash Grunwald
Friday 24th May – The Bellingen Brewery & Co., Bellingen, NSW

Because The Night feat. JD & The Hunger Man, Darren Cross
Thursday 30th May – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Bush Gothic
Saturday 25th May – Guildford Music Hall, Guildford, VIC

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 24th May – UOW Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Kambri at ANU, Canberra, ACT

Cash Savage and The Last Drinks
Friday 24th May – The Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Cat Canteri & Justin Bernasconi
Wednesday 29th May – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 30th May – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Charley Crockett w/ Sierra Ferrell
Sunday 26th May – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Clare Bowditch
Friday 24th May – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 25th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 29th May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 30th May – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Claude Hay
Friday 24th May – Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW
Sunday 26th May 2019 – Beaches, Thirroul, NSW

Crow Mountain
Friday 24th May – Plantbased Wholefoods, Katoomba, NSW

Dancing on the Darling Festival
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May – Menindee, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 24th May – Dish and Spoon, Nowra, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Mumbulla Hall, Bega, NSW
Sunday 26th May – Nethercote Hall, Eden, NSW
Wednesday 29th May – Agrestic Grocer, Orange, NSW
Thursday 30th May – The Mersh, Dubbo, NSW
Friday 31st May – Conservatorium Chapel, Tamworth, NSW

Dirty Three
Sunday 26th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Ella Belfanti, Andie
Wednesday 29th May – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fairlight Folk feat. Señor Cabrales, Witches Leap, Rayn
Saturday 25th May – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Fallon Cush
Friday 24th May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Family’s Fourth Party feat. The Cashews, Bec Taylor, CJ Shaw
Sunday 26th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Felicity Urquhart & Brad Butcher
Saturday 25th May – The Music Lounge, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 31st May – Hardy’s Bay Community Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Anna & Jordan, Victor Cripes, Morton Choppers
Wednesday 29th May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. CJ Stranger, Bek Sarkoezy, Stephen Chikazaza
Saturday 25th May – 107, Sydney, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick
Friday 24th May – The Ember Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Get Folked Punk feat. Amends, Gutters Grr, Willow Maze, Apprehension Avenue, Ethan Del Carmen, Luke Holmeslice
Thursday 30th May – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Hayley Marsten
Saturday 18th to Friday 24th May – Norfolk Island Country Music Festival, Kingston, QLD

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 23rd May – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Illawarra Folk Club Nostalgia Night feat. New York Public Library, Three Sixty, Emma and Kenny
Friday 24th May – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

James Bennett
Saturday 25th May – House Concert, Airlie Beach, QLD

Jeff Tweedy w/ Jen Cloher
Friday 24th May – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 25th May – The Athenaeum, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 26th May – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 28th May – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA

Jen Mize
Saturday 25th May – Autumn Fall Festival, The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Jimmy Mullarkey & Friends
Saturday 25th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Kate Miller-Heidke & Iain Grandage
Wednesday 29th May – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Keaton Henson: Six Lethargies with the Opera Australia Orchestra
Friday 31st May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Kristen Lee Morris
Saturday 25th May – Avoca Beach Hotel, Avoca Beach, NSW
Sunday 26th May – Coast Hotel Budgewoi, Budgewoi, NSW

Kyle Lionhart
Friday 24th May – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 25th May – The Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Sunday 26th May – The Aardvark, Fremantle, WA

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes w/ Ben Leece
Friday 24th May – Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Paddock Sessions, Wollombi, NSW
Sunday 26th May – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Thursday 30th May – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC
Friday 31st May – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Lee Coulter & Dixie Maxwell
Friday 31st May – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Maggie Rogers w/ Stella Donnelly
Saturday 25th May – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Monday 27th May – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 29th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 30th May – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Magpie Diaries
Friday 24th May – The Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Saturday 25th May – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 26th May – The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW

Monsieur Camembert
Saturday 25th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band
Sunday 26th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Miriam Lieberman Trio
Friday 24th May – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Natalie Henry
Friday 31st May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Neil Murray
Friday 24th May – Mildura Club, Mildura, VIC
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May – Dancing on the Darling Festival, Menindee, NSW

Norfolk Island Country Music Festival
Saturday 18th to Friday 24rd May – Kingston, QLD

Pittwater Bluegrass & Old-time Retreat
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th May – Pittwater YHA, Pittwater, NSW

Rach Brennan & The Pines
Saturday 25th May – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 30th May – Marly Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 31st May – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW

Raising Voices Post-Election Frack Off Fundraiser feat. Mark Lucas, Ricky Pann, Rosie MacDonald & Nigel Lever
Sunday 26th May – Red Bar, Sydney, NSW

Rick Hart Trio
Sunday 27th May – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Ro
Friday 24th May – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 31st May – Crown & Anchor, Adelaide, SA

Russell Morris
Friday 24th May – Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 25th May – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 26th May – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 30th May – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 31st May – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Sancha & The Blue Gypsies
Saturday 25th May – Illawarra Leagues Club, Wollongong, NSW

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 29th May – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Nicholson
Saturday 25th May – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Sunday 26th May – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Sing A Song Of Sixpence – A Songwriter’s Delight feat. Fenn Wilson, Freya Josephine Hollick, Kim Volkman
Fridsy 24th May – The Ember Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Slim Dime
Saturday 25th May – Saints & Sailors, Portarlington, VIC

Spunk Records 20th Anniversary feat. The Middle East plus Special Guests
Friday 24th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Stella Donnelly
Tuesday 28th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 29th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Teeny Tiny Stevies
Saturday 25th May – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 26th May – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Tessa Devine
Saturday 25th May – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Tex Perkins & Matt Walker
Wednesday 29th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 30th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Bottlers
Friday 24th May – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Hillbilly Goats
Friday 24th May – City Golf Club, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 25th May – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

The Little Stevies
Friday 24th May – Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 26th May – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

The Loaded Dog Folk Club feat. Paul Spencer and Garland & Fine
Saturday 25th May – Addison Road Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Maes
Sunday 26th May – Birregurra Arts Group, Birregurra, VIC
Friday 31st May – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

The Mid-North
Friday 31st May – Old Butter Factory Cafe, Bellingen, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 31st May – Highfields Tavern, Toowoomba, QLD

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Friday 31st May – Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle, NSW

The Water Runners
Friday 24th May – Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, NSW

Then Jolene
Sunday 26th May – The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW

Vardos
Friday 24th May – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Z-Star Trinity
Friday 24th May – Yamba Shores Tavern, Yamba, NSW
Friday 31st May – The J, Noosa, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Banjolin Song” – Mumford & Sons

New Music Monday – 20th May

Kate Miller Heidke
Image Courtesy of Kate Miller-Heidke

Elephant Sessions – “Colours”

If you’ve managed to catch Scottish trad-fusion band Elephant Sessions on one of their trips to Australia, most recently for this year’s Bluesfest, you’ll know that you’re no doubt already a fan. The band released their sophomore album What Makes You last week and have also given us their latest single “Colours”, a driving instrumental which perfectly captures their unique sound.

Rumours are that Elephant Sessions will be returning to our shores in 2020 so keep an eye out for more news soon!

Harmony Byrne – “Smoke Inside”

“Smoke Inside”, the crunchy blues waltz from Australian singer-songwriter Harmony Byrne, is definitely worth a listen this week. The track is taken from Byrne’s upcoming album Heavy Doors and features her amazing voice alongside some really slick production.

“As a child I was told that I was a drama queen,” Harmony Byrne says of the track. “Initially, I mistook this as being a negative aspect of my personality and struggled to express myself. But thankfully, I was also taught to have self-worth, honesty, integrity, and that I only ever need be myself in a world full of frauds. “Smoke Inside” is all about valuing who you are, no matter how wild or tame, and that if someone you love doesn’t let you light up inside, then they are not the match for you.”

Kate Miller-Heidke – “Ernie”

If you’ve been devouring all the media surrounding Kate Miller-Heidke and the Eurovision Song Contest you may have caught her on the ABC’s Australian Story program last week. Which means you probably also heard her gorgeous new song “Ernie”.

The track, which is dedicated to Miller-Heidke’s son, is the singer-songwriter at her stripped back best. “Ernie” stands in stark contrast to the bombast of her Eurovision song “Zero Gravity” but the thread that ties the two together is just how intensely personal and vulnerable Kate Miller-Heidke’s songwriting can be.

Kaurna Cronin – “Gotta Get Outta This Place”

Singer-songwriter and Timber and Steel favourite Kaurna Cronin has just released his gorgeous new single “Gotta Get Outta This Place”. The track is the perfrect example of Cronin’s trademark emotive songwriting and also features a groove that definitely sucked me in.

“This song is one I’ve been wanting to write for a long time but had never really managed to get the tone quite right,” Kaurna Cronin explained. “It’s a song about internal battles of a sense of belonging and love for the idea of ‘ones home’ and the ongoing feeling of needing to get away from home to experience the unknown to be inspired by different places, people and ideas. It was important for me to try and capture the sense of passion and inspiration in ones home and not dismiss that – it’s about the conflict of urges that one can associate with not wanting to feel ‘comfort’ anymore.”

Cronin has managed to find some time this June for some Australian shows before he heads out on a national tour – the full list of dates are below:

Thursday 6th June – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th June – Low 302, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th June – Chateau Apollo, Adelaide, SA

Little May – “As Loving Should”

Having just released their new album Blame My Body, indie-pop duo Little May have treated us to their latest single “As Loving Should”. The folk and acoustic influences on Little May’s music are still very much a part of the sound of this new track and I’m loving the retro aesthetic of the video.

Missy Higgins – “Song For Sammy”

For Mother’s Day last week Missy Higgins released her beautiful new song “Song For Sammy”. Written for her son Sammy, the ukulele driven track is classic Missy Higgins, stripped back to basics and lyrically driven. Beautiful stuff.

Neil & Liam Finn – “Meet Me In The Air”

Father-son duo Neil & Liam Finn have released the dreamy new single “Meet Me In The Air”. The video takes the family band vibe even further feating appearances from Sharon Finn and Elroy Finn and was shot after soundcheck at a show in London. If you’re after some transcendent pop music today this could be your jam.

Simon Imrei – “Stand Still”

Melbourne based Americana singer-songwriter Simon Imrei has just released the new single from EP due later this year, the very catchy “Stand Still”. I’m particularly loving the subtle pedal steel spread throughout this track and I can definitely see it making its way onto a bunch of driving playlists with its laidback grove.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 16th February

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The Fairbridge Folk Festival announced their second round of artists including The Collingwood Casanovas, Will Pound and Eddy Jay, Dan Parsons, Catherine Fraser Trio, King Arthur, David Milroy, Via Pangée, Richard Walley, Martin & Coole with Crystal Jade and Praashekh Quartet. Details here

– Scottish indie-trad five piece band Elephant Sessions announced Australian tour dates this March. Details here

– Golden Guitar winning singer-songwriter Brad Butcher released his new single and video “Crawl, Beg & Cry”. Details here

– Hunter Valley festival The Gum Ball added a bunch of artists including Ben Salter, V Tribe, Hana & Jessie-Lee and many more. Details here

Releases This Week

Alison Ferrier
What She KnowsAlison Ferrier
Bandcamp

im With Her
See You AroundI’m With Her
iTunes

Make Way For Love
Make Way For LoveMarlon Williams
Bandcamp

Michael Waugh
The Asphalt & The OvalMichael Waugh
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Concert for Kristin feat. Ben Panucci Band, Ross Tipper, Sam Newton Band, Kev Walsh Band, Brian Campeau, Diamond Duck, Skyscraper Stan, Alice Terry w/ Phil Stack, Caitlin Harnett, Andy Golledge, The Morrisons

The Morrisons

The Sydney folk and country music scene comes together to help one of its biggest supporters in her time of need. With a lineup this good and cause that couldn’t be more noble you have to be at this show.

Sunday 18th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 23rd February – Bowral Bowling Club, Bowral, NSW

Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont
Friday 23rd February – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Americana at the Gasoline Pony feat. Ramblin’ Ash, Ruby Gilbert, Sam Newton
Thursday 22nd February – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

An Otherwise Quiet Room – The Moreland Sessions feat. Gallie, Van Walker, Jane McArthur, Joyce Prescher, Dirt Hand, Mandy Connell
Thursday 22nd February – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Archer
Friday 16th February – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 18th February – House Concert, Bellbrae, VIC
Friday 23rd February – Gin Lane, Belgrave, VIC

Ash Grunwald
Friday 16th February – Kirwan Tavern, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 17th February – The Edge Hill Tavern, Cairns, QLD

Ashlea Reale
Sunday 18th February – Mini Bar, Rockingham, WA
Wednesday 21st February – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA

Ben David
Sunday 18th February – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Benji and the Salt Water Sound System
Friday 23rd February – Joyce Wheatley Community Centre, Kiama, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Meridian
Wednesday 21st February – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Bonnie Doon Music Festival
Friday 16th and Saturday 17th February – Bonnie Doon, VIC

Brad Butcher
Saturday 17th February – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 23rd February – Bayview Country Art Club, Bittern, VIC

Brian Campeau and Julian Abrahams
Thursday 22nd February – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Broads
Sunday 18th February – Noisy Ritual People-Powered Urban Winery, Melbourne, VIC

Cass Eager
Friday 16th February – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC
Saturday 17th February – Rainbow Fitzroy, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 21st February – Catfish, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd February – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC
Friday 23rd February – The Blues Train, Queenscliff, VIC

Casey Barnes & Brad Butcher
Saturday 17th February – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Cecilia Brandolini
Friday 16th February – Mundaring Sporting Club, Perth, WA
Saturday 17th February – Fremantle Markets, Fremantle, WA
Monday 19th February – Mojos Bar Fremantle, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 21st February – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Friday 23rd February – J Shed, Perth, WA

Chicks With Picks at Courtyard Sessions feat. Lola Sola, Colleen Fricker and Cassy Judychair
Friday 23rd February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Cloud Control w/ Julia Jacklin
Saturday 17th February – Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW

Concert for Kristin feat. Ben Panucci Band, Ross Tipper, Sam Newton Band, Kev Walsh Band, Brian Campeau, Diamond Duck, Skyscraper Stan, Alice Terry w/ Phil Stack, Caitlin Harnett, Andy Golledge, The Morrisons
Sunday 18th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions feat. Kid Heron
Friday 16th February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions feat. Harley Mavis & Lady Lyon
Saturday 17th February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions feat. Rachel Maria Cox & Hollow States
Sundat 18th February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Crookwell Irish Heritage Weekend
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th February – The Criterion Hotel, Crookwell, NSW
Saturday 17th February – Services Club, Crookwell, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 18th February – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Devil Country Muster
Saturday 17th February – Smithton, TAS

Faith i Branko
Friday 16th February – Courthouse Arts Centre – Fringe Festival, Adelaide, SA
Friday 23rd February – The Hub, Springwood, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 16th February – Savernake Hall, Savernake, NSW
Saturday 17th February – Ungarie Hall, Ungarie, NSW
Friday 23rd to Saturday 24th February – Silverton Sunsets Music Festival, Silverton, NSW

Figgy Folk Session
Monday 19th February – Figtree Hotel, Figtree, NSW

Folk Federation of NSW BBQ
Sunday 18th February – Sydney Park, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Tullara, The Emerald Ruby, Pilot Hergé
Wednesday 21st February – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. Liz Martin, Vanishing Shapes, Paula Punch
Saturday 17th February – 107, Sydney, NSW

Frances Folk Gathering
Friday 23rd to Sunday 15th February – Frances, SA

Fred Smith
Saturday 17th February – Kindlehill School, Wentworth Falls, NSW
Sunday 18th February – Orange Regional Conservatorium, Orange, NSW

Free Fallin’ – A Tribute to Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
Friday 23rd February – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Gallie & Roesy
Saturday 17th February – House Concert, Healesville, VIC

Gena Rose Bruce
Tuesday 20th February – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Georgia State Line and Patrick Wilson
Saturday 17th February – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 22nd February – Treehouse On Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW

Great Aunt w/ Nathan Seeckts
Saturday 17th February – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Grizzlee Train
Friday 23rd February – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ Thursdays feat. King Arthur, James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Thursday 22nd February – The Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC

Imogen Clark
Friday 23rd February – Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton, QLD

James Bennett
Friday 16th February – Avoca Beach Bowling and Recreation Club, Avoca Beach, NSW
Saturday 17th February – Middle Rock Holiday Resort, One Mile, NSW
Saturday 17th February – The Edwards, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 18th February – Club North Haven, North Haven, NSW

James Kenyon
Tuesday 20th February – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

Jason Walker
Friday 23rd February – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan
Friday 23rd February – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Julia Jacklin
Saturday 17th February – Twilight at Taronga, Taronga Zoo, NSW

Kallidad
Friday 16th February – Republic Bar & Cafe, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 17th February – Saint John Craft Beer, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 18th February – Up York Space, Launceston, TAS

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 23rd February – Ulumburra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC

Kid Heron
Friday 16th February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Lee Kernaghan
Saturday 17th February – Lake Charlegrark Country Music Marathon, Minimay, VIC

Lloyd Spiegel & Charlie A’Court
Wednesday 21st February – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 22nd February – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Lucy Rose
Friday 16th February – Melbourne Zoo Twilights 2018, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th February – Melbourne Zoo Twilights 2018, Melbourne, VIC

Luke Plumb
Friday 23rd February – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Mandy Connell
Friday 16th February – The Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC
Thursday 22nd February – An Otherwise Quiet Room, The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Lucas and the Deadsetters
Sunday 18th February – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Mat Black
Sunday 18th February – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Medusa’s Wake
Sunday 18th February – The George, Sydney, NSW

Megan Cooper & Sam Newton
Saturday 17th February – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Mike McCarthy
Friday 23rd February – House Concert, Matcham, NSW

Neil and Liam Finn
Friday 16th February – Bird in Hand Winery, Woodside, SA
Saturday 17th February – Riverboats Music Festival, Echuca, VIC
Sunday 18th February – Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW

Nick Cunningham
Thursday 22nd February – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW

Papa Pilko and the Binrats
Friday 23rd February – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC

Pierce Brothers
Friday 23rd February – The Grand Hotel, Mornington, VIC

Porch Sessions feat. Zen Panda
Sunday 18th February – House Concert, Woodville, SA

Reflejos
Friday 16th February – The Thornbury Local, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th February – Bar Oussou, Melbourne, VIC

Riverboats Music Festival
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th February – Echuca-Moama, VIC

Romisounds
Thursday 22nd February – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Roy Payne’s Hillbilly Bop Safari
Friday 16th February – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW
Sunday 18th February – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sam Newton
Saturday 17th February – House Concert, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 18th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 22nd February – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sarah Leete
Friday 16th February – The Telegraph Hotel, Molong, NSW
Saturday 17th February – The Metropolitan Hotel, West Wylong, NSW
Sunday 18th February – Empire Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Friday 23rd February – The Trumpet Bar, Cowes, VIC

Sass The Patriarchy feat. This Way North, Hollie Joyce
Wednesday 21st February – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Nicholson
Saturday 17th February – Devil Country Muster, Smithton, TAS

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Friday 16th February – Sunset Sessions, Hornsby Mall, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 18th February – Salisbury Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Silverton Sunsets Music Festival
Friday 23rd to Saturday 24th February – Silverton, NSW

Sparrow-Folk
Friday 16th February – Old Canberra Inn, Canberra, ACT

Sunset Sessions feat. Shelley’s Murder Boys, Lolo Lovina
Friday 16th February – Hornsby Mall, Sydney, NSW

The Audreys
Friday 23rd February – Adelaide Fringe Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide, SA

The Beez
Friday 16th February – Bent on Food Dinner Show, Wingham, NSW
Saturday 17th February – House Concert, Old Bar, NSW
Friday 23rd February – House Concert, Wollongong, NSW

The Black Sorrows
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th February – Riverboats Festival, Echuca-Moama, VIC
Friday 23rd February – Frankston RSL, Frankston, VIC

The Demon Drink
Friday 16th February – Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane, QLD

The Drunken Poachers & Chris Pickering Experiment
Saturday 17th February – Coburg RSL, Melbourne, VIC

The Loaded Dog Folk Club feat. Chaika, Graeme Knights
Saturday 17th February – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

The London Klezmer Quartet
Friday 16th February – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 17th February – Leichhardt Bowling & Recreational Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 18th February – Sydney Jewish Museum, Sydney, NSW

The Morrisons
Sunday 18th February – Sunset20°N, Barangaroo, Sydney, NSW

The Staves
Thursday 22nd February – Perth, Festival Perth, WA

The Twoks
Saturday 17th February – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Water Runners
Friday 16th February – Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, NSW

The Woohoo Revue
Friday 23rd February – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Thelma Plum w/ Tia Gostelow
Saturday 17th February – Sunset20°N, Barangaroo, Sydney, NSW

Tim Hart
Friday 16th February – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd February – Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Friday 23rd February – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Tim McMillan and Rachel Snow
Monday 19th February – House Concert, Candelo, NSW

Timberwolf
Friday 16th February – The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide, SA

Tinpan Orange
Saturday 17th February – Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide, SA
Friday 23rd February 2018 – Hawthorn Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Tori Forsyth
Friday 16th February – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 17th February – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 18th February – Pizza and Wine Café, Kyneton, VIC

Ukulele Death Squad w/ Northern Ukuleles
Sunday 18th February – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Vanishing Shapes
Saturday 17th February – For Folk Sake, 107, Sydney, NSW

Vardos
Sunday 18th February – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

waywardbreed
Saturday 17th February – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Whoa Mule & Witches Leap
Saturday 17th February – Paragon Cafe, Katoomba, NSW

Yarra Junction Fiddlers’ Convention
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th February – Camp Eureka, Yarra Junction, VIC

Zulya and The Children of the Underground
Friday 16th February – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Endless Summer” – Josh Pyke feat. Elana Stone

Elephant Sessions Announce Australian Tour Dates

Elephant Sessions
Image Courtesy of Elephant Sessions

Scottish indie-trad five piece band Elephant Sessions are heading our way for festival season and they’ve just announced a bunch of headline shows while they’re in the country.

Known for the high energy shows and ability to blend traditional and modern indie-folk sounds, Elephant Sessions are gearing up to be one of the most talked about bands at this year’s folk festivals.

Having already been announced for WOMADelaide, Blue Mountains Music Festival, Yackandandah Folk Festival, Bluesfest and The National Folk Festival, Elephant Sessions have a raft of other dates around the country – check out the full list of shows and their new video “Doofer” below:

Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 14th March – The Heritage, Bulli, NSW
Thursday 15th March – Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 21st March – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 22nd March – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC
Wednesday 28th March – The Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 29th to Friday 30th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 31st March to Monday 2nd April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

National Folk Festival Adds Even More Artists for 2018

Elephant Sessions
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The next round of artists for the 2018 National Folk Festival were announced this morning featuring a bunch of internationals, returning favourites and local gems.

The announcement is led by Scottish trad-quintet Elephant Sessions (above) who will be in the country for the festival season. Joining them are the likes of WÖR (Belgium), The Young Folk (Ireland), Trouble in the Kitchen, All Our Exes Live in Texas, My Friend The Chocolate Cake, Fiona Ross (Scotland) and Ken Nicol (England), The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Low Down Riders, Jugularity, Davidson Brothers, Electric Tommy Johnston, Frets Patrick, Loren Kate, Zac Saber, Matilda Rose, Meyers and McNamara, Benji and the Saltwater Sound System and The Quick and The Dead along with choirs Grassroots Union Choir of Tasmania, Alleycats Community Choir, InterVarsity and Ukestral Voices plus the inclusion of the Compánach Irish music concert.

This lineup announcement also features a bunch of poets and spoken word including Keith McKenry, Sandra Renew, Andrew Galan, Daniel J Townsend, Peter Mace, Jacqui Malins with cellist Julia Horvath, Dick Warwick, Martin Pearson, BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, Gregory North and Glover and Sorrensen.

The National Folk Festival takes place in Canberra over the Easter long weekend, 29th March to the 2nd April. For more information, including how to pick up early bird tickets, check out the official web site here.

Bluesfest Drops its Third Artist Announcement

Afro Celt Sound System
Image Courtesy of Afro Celt Sound System

The third artist announcement from Bluesfest dropped today, headed up by a trio of powerful women – Kesha, Sheryl Crow and Melissa Ethridge.

Joining them this time around are a host of artists that will no doubt get Timber and Steel readers excited including Afro Celt Sound System (above), William Crighton, Elephant Sessions, Newton Faulkner, Harry Manx, Juanes, Seu Jorge, Ziggy Alberts, Ásgeir, Harts and Holy Holy.

Bluesfest is held just outside of Byron Bay from the 29th March to 2nd April. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The full announced so far is below:

Lionel Richie, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, John Butler Trio, Tash Sultana, The New Power Generation, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, José González, First Aid Kit, Morcheeba, Gov’t Mule, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The California Honeydrops, Eric Gales, Bobby Rush, Dumpstaphunk, Joe Louis Walker, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Youssou N’Dour, Seal, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jackson Brown, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Gomez, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, The Original Blues Brothers Band, Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers, Benjamin Booker, Hurray for Riff Raff, Canned Heat, Walter Trout, André Cymone, The Teskey Brothers, Kesha, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Ethridge, Afro Celt Sound System, William Crighton, Elephant Sessions, Newton Faulkner, Harry Manx, Juanes, Seu Jorge, Ziggy Alberts, Ásgeir, Harts, Holy Holy

The Blue Mountains Music Festival Adds More Artists to 2018 Lineup

Vikki Thorn
Image Courtesy of Vicki Thorne

The 2018 Blue Mountains Music Festival just got a whole lot bigger with the addition of just over a dozen more artists to the lineup.

This announcement is headlined by Vicki Thorne from The Waifs and Archie Roach along with the likes of All Our Exes Live in Texas, SON (Susan O’Neill) (IRE), Steve Appel & Melanie Horsnell, Elephant Sessions (SCOT), Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker (UK), Faith i Branko (SERB), Frank Burkitt Band (NZ), Linda Mizzi, Monique Clare Duo, Charm of Finches and more.

The Blue Mountains Music Festival will is held from 16th to the 18th March in Katoomba, NSW – head over to their official site for more details and how to get your hands on tickets.

The full list of announced artists are below:

Missy Higgins, Kate Miller-Heidke, Archie Roach Band, Vicki Thorne, Harry Manx, Lior & Paul Grabowsky, All Our Exes Live in Texas, The Backsliders, Peter Rowan Band, The Grigoryan Brothers & Adam Page, Brothers Comatose, SON, Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys, Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence, Flats & Sharps, While & Matthews, Steve Poltz, Blair Dunlop, Steve Appel & Melanie Horsnell, Breabach, Elephant Sessions, Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse, 10 String Symphony, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Faith i Branko, Mel Parsons, Frank Burkitt Band, Hat Fitz & Cara, Malcura Band, Alana Wilkinson, Linda Mizzi, Witches Leap, Monique Clare Duo, Charm of Finches, Mission Songs Project, Heartlands Conversations, Poets Breakfasts

WOMADelaide Announces Full Lineup for 2018

WOMADelaide
Image Courtesy of WOMADelaide

Following on from their first round announcement last month WOMADelaide have this week dropped their entire 2018 program and it’s absolutely huge.

Joining the likes of Le Vent du Nord, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Yirrmal next year will be Scottish neo-Trad quintet Elephant Sessions, country-blues favourites Hat Fitz & Cara, roots collaboration Mama Kin Spender, Australian legends Tex, Don & Charlie, local alt-country duo Hana & Jessie-Lee’s Bad Habits, indigenous collective Mission Songs Project, Adelaide folk-pop singer Naomi Keyte and so much more.

WOMADelaide takes place at the Adelaide Botanic Park from the 9th to the 12th March. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The full lineup announced so far is below:

a Bit na Ta (PNG/Aust), Abbey Howlett (Aust), Ackroyd & Harvey (UK), Adrian Sherwood (UK), Anoushka Shankar (India/UK), Architects of Air (UK), The Avalanches (Aust), Baker Boy (Aust), Bashka (Turkey/Aust), Bedouine (USA/Syria), Cie Bivouac (France), Bixiga 70 (Brazil), Blick Bassy (France/Cameroon), Chico Trujillo (Chile), Constantinople & Ablaye Cissoko (Canada/Iran/Senegal), Dan Sultan (Aust), Daymé Arocena (Cuba), Deborah Conway (Aust), Didirri (Aust), DJ Marky (Brazil), Dustyesky (Aust), Elephant Sessions (Scotland), Eva Quartet (Bulgaria), Francois Knoetze (Sth Africa), Ghada Shbeir (Lebanon), Gogol Bordello (USA), Gratte Ciel (France), Hana & Jessie-Lee’s Bad Habits (Aust), Hartway (Aust), Hat Fitz & Cara (Ireland/Aust), Havana Meets Kingston (Cuba/Jamaica), Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (USA), JAZZ Party (Aust), Jojo Abot (Ghana), Justine Clarke (Aust), Kamasi Washington (USA), Kings & Associates (Aust), Le Vent du Nord (Canada), Lonelyspeck (Aust), Lura (Cape Verde), Mama Kin Spender (Aust), The Manganiyar Seduction (India), Mission Songs Project (Aust), Moussa Diakite & Wassado (Mali/Aust), My Bubba (Sweden/Iceland), Nai Palm (Aust), Nano Stern (Chile), Naomi Keyte (Aust), Nature Village (Aust), Nickodemus (USA), Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritania), Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (Ghana), Peanut Butter Wolf (USA), Cie Pernette (France), The Pin (Aust), POW! Negro (Aust), Rahim AlHaj Trio (Iraq), Rajab Suleiman & Kithara (Zanzibar), Remi x Sampa (Aust), Robyn Davidson in Conversation w/ Roysten Abel (India/Aust), Rodrigo y Gabriela (Mexico), San Lazaro (Aust), Soul Capoeira (Aust), Tank & The Bangas (USA), TAO Dance Theatre (China), Tex, Don & Charlie (Aust), Thievery Corporation (USA), Thundercat (USA), Tim Whitt (Aust), Tinariwen (Mali), Victoria Hanna (Israel), Violons Barbares (France/Mongolia/Bulgaria), Yellow Blue Bus (Aust), YID! (Aust), Yirrmal & the Miliyawutj (Aust)

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