Review: First Annual Australian Americana Honours Night

Americana Honours
Image Courtesy of the Americana Music Association

Australian Americana Honours Night feat. Old Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June, Kevin Welch, Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers, Shane Howard, Yirrmal, Bernard Fanning, Catherine Britt, Henry Wagons, Emily Barker, Ruby Boots, Jordie Lane & The Sleepers
Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 2nd October, 2017

Like many people I woke up Tuesday morning to the horrible news that an evil individual had killed dozens and injured hundreds of people in a mass shooting in Las Vegas. What’s really hit home about this latest atrocity is that it was committed at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival – a festival not unlike the festivals the Timber and Steel community attends all the time here in Australia. Words cannot describe the emotions I’m feeling right now. It’s senseless, just senseless.

As the events in Vegas were unfolding on Monday night night I was sitting in the warm confines of Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre for the first annual Australian Americana Honours Night. It was a coming together of the Australian Americana community and a celebration of a genre that has so much heart and soul behind it. As so often happens with these events I was overwhelmed with the community that’s been created around the music we love.

From the opening marching-band entrance of Old Crow Medicine Show’s live version of “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” to the closing singalong of “May The Circle Be Unbroken” featuring Old Crow, Valerie June, Kasey Chambers and Kevin Welch, the Australian Americana Honours Night was pure joy from start to finish.

Americana Honours

It would be too easy to look at the events in Vegas and decide that you’re not going to music festivals anymore. Despite how irrational it is, despite the fact that hundreds, if not thousands of festivals are held around the world every year without incident, it would be easy to walk away from live music.

If it wasn’t for the Australian Americana Honours Night last night maybe I would have made the easy decision and walked away from live music festivals. At the very least maybe I would’ve reconsidered my bucket list of international festivals, striking all off the US-based events.

But when you’re listening to Kasey Chambers and Bernard Fanning duet on “Watch Over Me”, when you can feel the goosebumps from Yirrmal’s surprise performance with Shane Howard, when Henry Wagons literally owns the entire stage while performing “King Hit”, when artists you’ve been following and supporting for years like Ruby Boots, Emily Barker, Catherine Britt, Jordie Lane and Busby Marou get roaring applause from the gathered fans and industry folk, you know there’s no way you can give this up.

Americana Honours

Kasey Chambers and Brian “BT” Taranto were both honoured with vanguard awards on the night and both of them gave passionate speeches about how important Americana music is. How much the community means. To me it was almost a call to arms – a plea to keep the candle burning for good music. To keep going to festivals, to gigs, to keep buying records and to keep the passion alive.

When I woke up Tuesday morning, before I turned to my smart phone, before I knew the full extent of what had happened in Las Vegas, I was still buzzing from the Australian Americana Honours Night, and the 3+ hours of amazing music I’d witnessed the night before. And even as the world came crashing down around me as I scrolled through the news it wasn’t enough to extinguish the light that is burning for live music.

The best way to not let the bastards win? Keep going to live music. Keep going to festivals. Show your support, be part of the community of amazing people who keep this music alive, and enjoy every minute of it.

Thank you Australian Americana Honours.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 22nd September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We premiered the new single and video from The Acfields, “We’ll Meet Halfway”. Details here

– A huge lineup has been announced for the inaugural Australian Americana Honours Night including Old Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June, Kevin Welch, Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers, Shane Howard, Bernard Fanning, Catherine Britt, Henry Wagons, Emily Barker, Ruby Boots and Jordie Lane & The Sleepers. Details here

The Cobargo Folk Festival announced its 2018 headliners including Eric Bogle, Neil Murray, The Northern Folk, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Christine Collister with Michael Fix and Alan Kelly Gang. Details here

– Playwright and performer Phil Spencer (Story Club) and indie-folk singer Julia Johnson bring their Hooting & Howling show to the Melbourne Fringe this week. Details here

– Canadian alt-country songstress Lindi Ortega announced East Coast tour dates. Details here

Bluesfest revealed their first lineup for 2018 including 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 and Rick Estrin & The Nightcats. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Phia released her new single “Oxide”. Details here

– Indie-folk singer-songwriter Alex The Astronaut announced upcoming EP See You Soon and a October and November tour. Details here

– Melbourne Americana band Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds announced their second full length album The Way You Leave. Details here

– The Queenscliff Music Festival revealed its final additions to the 2017 lineup including Russell Morris, Andrea Robertson Band, Bec Goring, Didirri, Heath Robertson Band, Hey Mammoth, Izzy Losi & The Auracles, Rough River, Sagamore, Sweethearts, The Refuge, Tides of Welcome, Tom Richardson, True Spirit Revival Yoga and Yirrmal & The Miliyawutj. Details here

– Melbourne gypsy-folk band The Scrims released their new music video “Show Me Your Moves”. Details here

– South Australian live music night The Porch Sessions has just announced plans to hold its annual festival Porchland in December. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival added a bunch of new artists including Amistat, Ben Waters Band with Derek Nash, Black Sorrows, Blair Dunlop, Davidson Brothers, Frank Burkitt Band, Lily & King, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Rory Ellis Trio, Ted Egan, Victoriana Gaye, Brian Nankervis, 10 String Symphony, The Grigoryan Brothers with Adam Page, Hillbilly Goats, Hussy Hicks, Josienne Clarke & Ben Waters, King Marong & Afro Mandinko, La Busca, Lost Ragas and more. Details here

Releases This Week

Fanny
Real Class ActFanny Lumsden
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Josh Ritter
GatheringJosh Ritter
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Katie Harder
BelovedKatie Harder
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Peasant Moon
Our Timing Was WrongPeasant Moon
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Emily Barker

Emily Barker

Alt-country singer-songwriter Emily Barker returns home to Australia with tour and festival dates kicking off this week.

Tuesday 26th September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 27th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 28th September – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th to Saturday 30th Septmber – Rhythmicana Festival, Murwillumbah, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Saturday 23rd September – Club Mullum, Mullumbimby RSL, Mullumbimby, NSW

AJJ
Wednesday 27th September – Crowbar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th September – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 29th September – The Lair, Sydney, NSW

Alana Patmore
Saturday 24th September – The Blackout, Sydney, NSW

Americana Sessions feat. Great Aunt
Sunday 24th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Angus & Julia Stone w/ Ruel
Saturday 23rd September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 26th September – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Friday 29th September – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA

Anna Smyrk
Friday 22nd September – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Paradiso, Byron Bay, Byron Bat, NSW
Wednesday 27th September – Folkswagon, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Uranquinty Folk Festival, Uranquinty, NSW

Appalachian Heaven Stringband
Sunday 24th September – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Argyle Sun Sets feat. Vanishing Shapes, Stringline Folk Band
Sunday 24th September – Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW

Ashlea Reale
Friday 22nd September – Dôme Waikiki, Waikiki, WA

Barbecue Party feat. Jason P. Walker, Sam Newton
Saturday 23rd September – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Ben Ely
Friday 22nd September – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

Bob Evans
Friday 29th September – Nightfest Floriade Festival, Commonwealth Park, Canberra, ACT

Brad Butcher
Friday 29th September – Red Lion Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD

Caloundra Music Festival
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra, QLD

Carpenter Caswell w/ The Weeping Willows
Saturday 23rd September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Lizotte’s Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW

Carus Thompson w/ Loren
Sunday 24th September – God’s Kitchen, Mornington, VIC
Wednesday 27th September – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 29th September – The Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill, Ocean Grove, VIC

Clare Bowditch
Thursday 28th September – Fondata 1872, Kangaroo Ground, VIC

Corner Unplugged feat. The Vendettas, Julia Johnson
Sunday 24th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Craig Woodward
Sunday 24th September – Bluebonnet Barbecue, Melbourne, VIC

Dan Sultan
Friday 22nd September – Max Watt’s, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th September – Academy, Canberra, ACT
Friday 29th September – Bar On The Hill, Newcastle, NSW

Dana Hassall, Luke O’Shea, Ben Ransom
Sunday 24th September – Wenty Leagues, Wentworthville, NSW

Dashville Skyline
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Belford, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 23rd September – The Union, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 26th September – Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, Ferntree Gully, VIC
Friday 29th September – Deni Ute Muster, Deniliquin, NSW

Declan O’Rourke
Wednesday 27th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 28th September – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, NSW

Deni Ute Muster
Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September – Deniliquin, NSW

Diamond Duck w/ Bonniesongs
Sunday 24th September – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Emily Barker
Tuesday 26th September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 27th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 28th September – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th to Saturday 30th Septmber – Rhythmicana Festival, Murwillumbah, NSW

Emma Russack
Thursday 28th September – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW

eüsh, Nic Cassey & Friends
Thursday 28th September – Blacksheep, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 22nd September – School of Arts Hall, Burren Junction, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Mullaley Hall, Mullaley, NSW
Friday 29th September – Tullamore Memorial Hall, Tullamore, NSW

Folk By The Sea
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September – Kiama, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Anna Smyrk, William Alexander, Archer
Wednesday 27th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fossils Benefit Concert
Friday 29th September – Concordia College Chapel, Adelaide, SA

Garrett Kato
Saturday 23rd September – The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW

Global Rhythms Music Festival
Sunday 24th September – Bicentennial Park, Sydney, NSW

Great Aunt
Sunday 24th September – Americana Sessions, The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 26th September – Ric’s Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th September – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th September – Rick’s Garage, Palmwoods, QLD

Hannah Matysek
Friday 22nd September – Newtown Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Hooting & Howling feat. Julia Johnson
Friday 22nd September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 25th September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC

Immigrant Union
Friday 29th September – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

James Vincent McMorrow
Saturday 23rd September – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 25th September – The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 27th September – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Jen Mize and Mitch Power
Friday 22nd September – Two Goats, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 27th September – Janes, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st September – Dashville Skyline, Belford, NSW

Jim Mongrel w/ Drizabone D, Handsome Young Strangers (duo) playing Weddos
Sunday 24th September – Moshpit, Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan and Greta Stanley
Friday 22nd September – Anitas Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Surry Hills Festival, Sydney, NSW

Julia Johnson
Friday 22nd September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 25th September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC

Karl S Williams
Friday 22nd September – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC

Kasey Chambers
Thursday 28th September – Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cessnock, NSW
Friday 29th September – Club Maitland City, Maitland, NSW

Katie Harder
Friday 22nd September – Epilogue Lounge, Alice Springs, NT

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 22nd September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Cessnock Hotel, Cessnock, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 28th September – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 29th September – Caloundra RSL, Caloundra, QLD

Kim Churchill
Friday 22nd September – The Office, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 23rd September – Timberfest, MacKay, QLD
Friday 29th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Lazy Colts, The Good Boys, Cody and Rob
Saturday 3rd September – Shakespeare Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Liz Stringer & Mel Parsons
Friday 22nd September – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 23rd September – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th September – The Old Priory, Beechworth, VIC
Friday 29th September – Boo Radley’s Hall, Glenreagh, NSW

Lizzie Flynn
Friday 22nd to Saturday 23rd September – Folk By The Sea, Kiama, NSW

Louisa Wise w/ Luke Plumb, Wise Women, Lucy & Mischa Duo
Sunday 24th September – Northcote Uniting Church Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Madison Violet
Friday 22nd September – The Dungeon, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Irish Club Hotel, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 29th September – Stanthorpe Theatre, Stanthorpe, QLD

Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan
Saturday 23rd September – Bar 303, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Olson
Saturday 23rd September – Northern Star Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 24th September – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline Festival, Belford, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 22nd September – House Concert, Wyndham Vale, VIC
Saturday 23rd Septmeber – House Concert, Lara, VIC
Sunday 24th September – House Concert, Wyndham Vale, VIC
Tuesday 26th September – House Concert, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 27th September – House Concert, Marino, SA
Friday 29th September – House Concert, Perth, WA

Melody Moko
Sunday 24th September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Mildura Country Music Festival
Friday 29th September to Sunday 8th October – Mildura, VIC

Mint Julep Thursdays feat. Not a Lemur, Great Aunt
Thursday 28th September – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Monique Clare
Sunday 24th September – House Concert, Armidale, NSW
Tuesday 26th September – House Concert, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Fireside Sessions, Warrandyte, VIC

My Nightingale
Thursday 28th September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th September – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Mr Alford Country
Sunday 24th September – Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Old Crow Medicine Show
Thursday 28th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD

Patrick James
Saturday 23rd September – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Pay It Forward Dinner feat. Aimee Francis, Darcy Fox, Sabrina Salvatore
Thursday 28th September – The Mouldy Fig, Melbourne, VIC

Pierce Brothers
Friday 22nd September – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Raised By Eagles
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Semaphore Music Festival, Adelaide, SA

Ramblin’ Nights Dashville Skyline Special feat. The Roamin’ Jasmine, Tim Easton
Thursday 28th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Richard Perso
Sunday 24th September – Old Canberra Inn, Canberra, ACT

Rolling Stone Live Lounge feat. Josh Pyke
Tuesday 26th September – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Rhythmicana Festival
Friday 29th to Saturday 30th Septmber – Murwillumbah, NSW

Ruby Boots
Wednesday 27th September – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Semaphore Music Festival, Adelaide, SA

Rya Park w/ BATTS, Alana Wilikinson
Friday 22nd September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Newton
Saturday 23rd September – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 27th September – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Semaphore Music Festival
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Adelaide, SA

Songs for Asylum: An Evening of Music to Support Refugee Rights feat. Jep & Dep, Maples, The Latin Ministry
Thursday 28th September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Southern Gentlemen
Sunday 24th September – Caringbah Markets, Caringbah, NSW

Surry Hills Festival
Saturday 23rd September – Ward Park, Sydney, NSW

Teeny Tiny Stevies
Thursday 28th September – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Tex, Don & Charlie
Friday 22nd September – The Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 23rd September – Wave Rock Weekender, Hyden, WA
Sunday 24th September – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

The Acfields w/ Looking for Alaska
Friday 29th September – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

The Black Sorrows
Wednesday 27th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Dee Why RSL Club, Dee Why, NSW

The Buck Loner Revue w/ Jason Walker
Saturday 23rd September – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

The Cope Street Parade
Saturday 23rd September – The Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC

The Gadflys
Friday 22nd September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Tilley’s, Canberra, ACT

The Loaded Dog Folk Club feat. Ecopella, Bod
Saturday 23rd September – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Maladies
Friday 22nd September – The Botany View, Sydney, NSW

The Quick & the Dead
Friday 22nd September – The Old Flour Mill Gallery, Euroa, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – Glenrowan Scout Hall, Glenrowan, VIC
Sunday 24th September – The Bended Elbow Albury, NSW
Tuesday 26th September – TBC, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 27th September – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – The Valve Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Roamin’ Jasmine
Friday 22nd September – Private Show, Reservoir, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – Billy Roy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 24th September – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Thursday 28th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Dashville Skyline, Lower Belford, NSW

The Scrims w/ Uncle Penny Bags, The Vibe-A-Centrics
Friday 22nd September – B.East, Melbourne, VIC

The Showhall Series feat. Didirri, Tom West
Saturday 23rd September – The Range Hall, The Range, SA

The Tall Grass
Saturday 23rd September – Longplay, Melbourne, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September – Wave Rock Weekender, Hyden, WA
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, Hunter Valley, NSW
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD

The Turner Brown Band w/ Shelley’s Murder Boys
Friday 29th September – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Friday 22nd September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 23rd September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 27th September – The City Sounds, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 27th September – The Triffid Acoustics, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th September: 5 CHURCH STREET, Bellingen (NSW)
Friday 29th September – Sider Diner Sessions, City Sider, Tamworth, NSW

Tim Easton
Thursday 28th September – Ramblin’ Nights, Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Timberfest
Saturday 23rd September – MacKay, QLD

Timothy James Bowen
Sunday 24th September – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Tori Forsyth
Thursday 28th September – The Fox Den, Gloucester, NSW

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife
Friday 22nd September – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Shady Pines Saloon, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Westernport, San Remo, VIC

Under the Covers feat. Jen Mize, Mitch Power, Rhys Scoular
Wednesday 27th September – Jane’s, Wollongong, NSW

Uranquinty Folk Festival
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Uranquinty, NSW

Valerie June
Thursday 28th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, NSW

Vanishing Shapes
Friday 22nd September – The Townie, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 24th September – Argyle Sun Sets, Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW

Vardos
Friday 22nd September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Wallaby Creek Festival
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Homerule Rainforest Lodge, QLD

Wave Rock Weekender
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September – Hyden, WA

Whoa Mule!
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September – Folk By The Sea, Kiama, NSW
Tuesday 26th September – House Concert, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Widow’s Walk w/ Georgia State Line, Nick Payne & the Wanted Few
Friday 29th September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Winterbourne
Friday 22nd September – Selina’s, Coogee Bay Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Revolution, Como, NSW

XANI
Sunday 24th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Z-Stay Delta
Friday 22nd September – Miami Marketta, Miami, QLD
Sunday 24th September – The Shared, Yandina, QLD
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom/Blackberry Blossom/Red Haired Boy” – Chris Thile & Michael Daves

Details of the First Annual Australian Americana Honours Night in Melbourne

Australian Amerciana Honours
Image Courtesy of the Americana Music Association

Americana fans rejoice – Australia is about to get it’s very own Americana Honours Night this October.

The inaugural Australian Americana Honours Night will take place in Melbourne at the Thornbury Theatre on Monday 2nd October. The event is being presented by Michael Chugg, Nash Chambers and the international Americana Music Association and will celebrate the diverse artists that make up the Australian Americana scene.

The Australian Americana Honours Night will feature a raft of performers including international icons Old Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June and Kevin Welch along with Australian favourites Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers, Shane Howard, Bernard Fanning, Catherine Britt, Henry Wagons, Emily Barker, Ruby Boots and Jordie Lane & The Sleepers.

During the night the Americana Music Association will present the inaugural Americana Vanguard Awards to Kasey Chambers for her deep commitment to roots music and to Brian “BT” Taranto, founder of the Out on the Weekend festival, who has been championing the Americana Community for more than a decade.

“For those of us who love roots and Americana Music, this is a dream line-up to have at our inaugural event,” Nash Chambers explained. “We’re mighty proud to be building awareness of Americana Music in Australia with the US Association and Tennessee Tourism. We also believe this is just the beginning of a genre that is exploding worldwide.”

For more information on the night including how to get your hands on tickets head over to Chugg Entertainment here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th August

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne singer-songwriter BATTS released her new single “Little White Lies”. Details here

– Legendary string band Old Crow Medicine Show have announced Australian tour dates with Valerie June in support. Details here

Dashville Skyline revealed the rest of their 2017 lineup including Valerie June,
Oh Mercy, The Teskey Brothers, Declan O’Rourke, Dashville Progress Society, Demi Mitchell, Lyle Dennis Express, Magpie Diaries, Ben Leece, Nicholas Connors, Fallon Cush, Jen Mize, Paddy McHugh, Lucie Thorne and Matt Walker. Details here

– American Americana singer-songwriter Micah P. Hinson released his new single “Oh, Spaceman”. Details here

C.W. Stoneking announced a series of rare solo live shows. Details here

The Mullum Music Festival announced their full 2017 lineup including a bunch of Timber and Steel friendly artists like Marlon Williams, Frazey Ford, Lindi Ortega, Harry James Angus, Z-Star Delta, Tinpan Orange, The Teskey Brothers, Mama Kin Spender, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Vance Gilbert, Liz Stringer, Suzannah Espie, Wallis Bird, Áine Tyrrell, The East Pointers, Irish Mythen, Loren Kate, Hussy Hicks, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Sara Tindley, Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel, The Twoks, Angie Hudson, Rebecca Ireland, Cecilia Brandolini, Domini Forster, Heartworn Highway, Jimmy Dowling, Low Down Riders, Queen Porter Stomp and many more. Details here

– Regular Sydney jam and concert night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s announced their August event with a performance from Gareth Rowan and The Crazy Fools. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Nathan Seeckts released his new video “Ghost In The Fog”. Details here

– UK based Australian singer-songwriter Emily Barker has announced plans to head back home with a series of dates in September and October. Details here

– Ex-Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden has announced plans to release his first post-Bellowhead solo album Afterglow. Details here

– Melbourne based indie-folk singer-songwriter Dan Vogl launched his new single “If I Die”. Details here

Releases This Week

Brad Butcher
From The Bottom Of A WellBrad Butcher
iTunes

SMB
Troubled Thoughts Keep Her FedShelley’s Murder Boys
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Stray Hens

Stray Hens

Melbourne modern trad-folk group Stray Hens have announced that after tonight’s performance at the Selby Folk Club they’re going on hiatus. If you can get to Selby tonight for their last show you won’t be disappointed.

Friday 4th August – Selby Folk Club, Selby, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
Friday 11th and Saturday 12 August – Bangalow Showground, Bangalow, NSW

BEMAC presents World Music Cafe: MZAZA & Vardos
Friday 4th July – Queensland Multicultural Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Ben Catley
Friday 4th August – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Bill Chambers
Friday 11th August – Sunset Studio, Mayfield, NSW

Central Coast Country Music Festival
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th August – Memorial Park, The Entrance, NSW

Charm of Finches
Saturday 5th August – Golden Age Cinema, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 6th August – Bendigo Folk Club, The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Daggy Man
Friday 11th August – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Dead Men Talking feat. Max Cullen & Warren Fahey as Henry Lawson & Banjo Paterson
Sunday 6th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Devil Goat Family String Band
Sunday 6th August – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Folk On The Mountain feat. Catwalk City, Melanie April, Luke Collings, Mem Davis, Hannah Park
Saturday 5th August – The Yo-Yo Bar, Wollongong, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Dan Crestani, Gentle Leader, Tradición
Wednesday 9th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. Alice Terry, Christine Jane, Stephanie Cherote
Friday 11th August – 107 Projects, Sydney, NSW

Forever Son
Friday 4th August – Quicksilver Bar 61, Torquay, VIC
Friday 11th August – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Georgia Fields and Phia
Saturday 5th August – Baby Black Espresso Bar, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Sunday 6th August – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 11th August – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Georgia State Line
Saturday 5th August – Torquay Bowls Club, Torquay, VIC
Sunday 6th August – Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Thursday 10th August – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 11th August – Saints + Sailors, Portarlington, VIC

Grigoryan Brothers
Friday 4th August – St Peter’s Anglican College, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 5th August – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Sunday 6th August – Cooma School of Music, Cooma, NSW

Hinterlandt
Friday 11th August – Bomaderry Presbyterian Church, Bomaderry, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Rachael Brady & The Moonshine Special
Sunday 6th August – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Husky
Friday 11th August – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Penny and Roger Illot, Sally Forth
Friday 4th August – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

In The Round at Leadbelly feat. Maples, Timothy James Bowen, Rosie Catalano, Andy Golledge
Wednesday 9th August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Jep and Dep
Friday 11th August – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Joseph Tawadros Trio
Thursday 10th August – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke w/ Kyle Lionhart
Friday 4th August – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th August – The Wool Exchange, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 10th August – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 11th August – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Julia Johnson w/ Brooke Russell, James Fahy
Monday 7th August – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Lloyd Spiegel
Saturday 5th August – The Melbourne Guitar Show, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 11th August – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Loren Kate, Ben Church
Sunday 6th August – House Concert, Eltham, VIC

Martha Marlow
Monday 7th August – Clovelly Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Marrickville Shanty Club
Tuesday 8th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Miles and Simone
Friday 4th August – Major Toms, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 5th August – King Valley VIC

Mitch Power
Tuesday 8th August – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mzaza and Vardos
Friday 4th July – Queensland Multicultural Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 5th August – Mapleton Community Hall, Mapleton, QLD

Pete Murray
Friday 4th August – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 5th August – Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool, VIC
Wednesday 9th August – Eastbank Theatre, Shepparton, VIC
Thursday 10th August – Chelsea Heights Hotel, Chelsea Heights, VIC
Friday 11th August – Wrest Point Showroom, Hobart, TAS

Porch Light Sessions feat. Caitlin Harnett Band, Giffen, Willowy
Thursday 10th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Raised By Eagles w/ Charles Jenkins
Friday 11th August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Red-Eyed and Blue feat. Jo Meares Band, WACO (Womens Auxiliary Choir)
Sunday 6th August – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Rich Davies & The Low Road / Rachel & Ben, Emily Davis
Saturday 5th August – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Sam Buckingham w/ Evan Buckley, Kent Eastwood
Monday 7th August – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Sarah Carroll plays Merle Haggard
Tuesday 8th August – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Howard
Thursday 10th August – Divers Tavern, Broome, WA

Shane Nicholson
Friday 4th August – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 5th August – Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club, Wonthaggi, VIC
Friday 11th August – Anita’s Theatre, Thiroul, NSW

Sofar Sounds Brisbane
Monday 7th August – House Concert, Brisbane, QLD

Someday June w/ Zac Saber
Friday 4th August – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC
Saturday 5th August – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Sunday 6th August – Blue Bean Love Cafe, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Friday 11th August – Analogue Academy, Geelong, VIC

Steve Smyth
Friday 4th August – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th August – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC

Stray Hens
Friday 4th August – Selby Folk Club, Selby, VIC

Sydney Bluegrass & Old Time Music Get-Together
Saturday 5th August – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Taryn La Fauci
Saturday 5th August – Sunset Sessions on top of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 6th August – Sunset Sessions on top of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

The Ahern Brothers
Friday 4th August – Wild Vinegar, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 5th August – Secret Show, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 6th August – Secret Show, Perth, WA

The Bean Project
Friday 4th August – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Saturday 5th August – Modus Operandi, Mona Vale, NSW

The Demon Drink
Thursday 10th August – Jubilee Hotel, Brisbane, QLD

The Morrisons w/ Not Good With Horses
Friday 4th August – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

The Ramalamas w/ Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes
Thursday 10th August – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 4th July – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Settlement
Friday 4th August – Nightquarter, Gold Coast, QLD

The Shack Presents Narrownecks, Penny Davies & Roger Illot, Niq Reefman
Saturday 5th August – The Shack, Brookvale, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 4th August – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Saturday 5th August – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

The Twoks
Saturday 5th August – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC
Friday 11th August – House Concert, Adelaide, SA

The Water Runners, The Lurkers
Friday 4th August – The Yo-Yo Bar, Wollongong, NSW

The West End Sessions feat. The Company and Tin Star
Saturday 5th August – Uniting Church, West End, Brisbane, QLD

The Whiskey Jam feat. Dana Hassall
Thursday 10h August – Made By The Hill, Rooty Hill, NSW

Timothy James Bowen
Wednesday 9th August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Tobias
Friday 4th August – The Grand Hotel, Clermont, QLD
Saturday 5th August – The Maraboon Tavern, Emerald, QLD
Friday 11th August – Irish Club, Emerald, QLD

Tomato/tomato
Saturday 5th August – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 6th August – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife w/ Georgia State Line
Thursday 10th August – Sooki Loung, Belgrave, VIC

Vanishing Shapes, As of Sky, Jono B-Smith
Saturday 5th August – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Waterloo Sunset Sessions feat. The Fibro Cowboys
Sunday 6th August – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Zulya and The Children of the Underground
Wednesday 9th August – Paris Cat, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Willie O Winsbury” – Ye Vagabonds

Emily Barker Announces More Australian Shows

Emily Barker
Image Courtesy of Emily Barker

After sneaking into the country earlier this year for a handful of shows, UK based Australian singer-songwriter Emily Barker has announced plans to head back our way with a series of dates in September and October.

Barker recently released her album Sweet Kind of Blue (which we reckon you should own) and she’s promising to pull heavily from it on the tour as well as mixing in some oldies.

Check out the full list of upcoming Emily Barker shows below:

Tuesday 26th September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 27th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 28th September – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th to Saturday 30th Septmber – Rhythmicana Festival, Murwillumbah, NSW
Sunday 1st October – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 6th October – The Warehouse, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 7th October – The Bird, Perth, WA

Ten Albums and EPs From the First Half of 2017 You Should Own

Records

Can you believe we’re more than halfway through 2017? What a crazy year it’s been so far – and what a year of music we’ve had!

For us at here at Timber and Steel 2017 has been a lot about reconnecting with new music from the amazing folk artists who first inspired us to start writing about this music, as well as the debut albums from a bunch of artists that we’ve been patiently waiting to release music for what feels like years.

So we thought we’d continue our tradition of the last couple of years to highlight ten albums and EPs we think should be part of your collection – as well as tell you exactly what it is about these records that we love.

So without further ado here’s our Ten Albums and EPs From the First Half of 2017 You Should Own:

When We FallAll Our Exes Live In Texas

AOELIT
Watching All Our Exes Live In Texas transform from a one-off coming together of Sydney singer-songwriters a few years ago to the musical powerhouse they are today has been just a joy. When their debut album When We Fall dropped this year fans were rewarded with some fine fine songwriting, pitch perfect production and a true celebration of the four part harmony. Despite the disparate styles of each member’s solo work, When We Fall is a beautiful, cohesive album that demands to be listened to over and over again.

Cover My TracksCharlie Fink

Charlie Fink
Noah and The Whale’s 2009 concept album The First Days of Spring is easily one of my favourite releases of the last 10 years. Its sprawling dissection of frontman Charlie Fink’s break up with Laura Marling is a true masterpiece. So when Fink’s promo around his new solo album Cover My Tracks likened it as an unofficial sequel to The First Days of Spring I was more than a little skeptical, especially given the Springsteen-light pop direction Noah and The Whale took in its final years. But the truth is that Cover My Tracks delivers. It still doesn’t hold a candle to The First Days of Spring but Charlie Fink has captured some of his early magic with his solo album. The release is another concept album (which also comes accompanied by a play written by David Greig) and it deserves to be listened to from start to finish. It’s great to have Charlie Fink back doing what he does best.

Sweet Kind of BlueEmily Barker

Emily Barker
I was lucky enough to see Emily Barker at a super intimate show in Melbourne back in April, just as she was about to release Sweet Kind of Blue. Watching Barker on stage with just herself, her guitar and an accompanying double bass just solidified how good she is as a songwriter – when you strip back the production of Sweet Kind of Blue there’s still something amazing at the core. She deftly combines country, blues and folk styles, harkening back to a tradition while still producing a sound that is fresh and engaging. It’s about time Australia started paying more attention to Emily Barker, esepcially if she keeps producing music like Sweet Kind of Blue.

Crack-UpFleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes
Following a six-year break Fleet Foxes return with their very special brand of 70’s folk nostalgia on Crack-Up. Robin Pecknold and co’s harmonic, sweet vocals over Fleet Foxes’ epic, rhythmic melodies have been sorely missed and it’s great to see them balancing the nostalgia of their earlier work with their need to grow artistically. Despite the off-putting opening track “I Am All That I Need/Arroyo Seco/Thumbprint Scar” Crack-Up is a solid album that can stand proudly next to Helplessness Blues and their self titled debut. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait another six years for album number four.

SillionJohnny Flynn

Johnny Flynn
The return of Johnny Flynn to folk-singing this year came as a bit of surprise given his recent focus on his screen and stage acting career (if you haven’t seen Lovesick on Netflix we can recommend giving it a crack). But we’re so glad Flynn’s picked up the resonator again because Sillion is an absolute gem of an album. Johnny Flynn’s distinctive voice is once again front and centre on the album but he seems to be playing with the production a bit more, adding more texture and nuance to each of the tracks. I don’t know if this is the start of a new direction for Johnny Flynn – if it is I’m interested to see where he goes next.

DragonflyKasey Chambers

Kasey Chambers
There are two big things that excited me about Kasey Chambers’ new album Dragonfly. Firstly the fact that the double album had two different producers – Paul Kelly and Nash Chambers respectively – giving each disc a distinct sound. And secondly the raft of collaborations with really interesting artists such as Vika & Linda Bull, Keith Urban, Paul Kelly, Foy Vance, Harry Hookey, Ed Sheeran and Grizzlee Train – many of those, you’d agree, wouldn’t normally be associated with Kasey Chambers’ music. The result is one of Kasey Chambers’ most interesting and dare we say best albums to date.

Semper FeminaLaura Marling

Laura Marling
Laura Marling has gone deep on her exploration of the feminine in her brand new album Semper Femina and I love it. It was really interesting watching Marling explore feminine creativity in her podcast series Reversal of the Muse earlier this year and Semper Femina seems to be the artistic extension of the conversations she was having with the likes of Marika Hackman, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris. The album is yet another example of Laura Marling’s skills as a songwriter, guitarist and singer – each song is perfectly crafted. Laura Marling truly is one of the greatest artists of our generation.

The Ahern BrothersThe Ahern Brothers

The Ahern Brothers
The Ahern Brothers is the perfect coupling of singer-songwriters Josh Rennie-Hynes and Steve Grady, bringing two-part male harmony singing in the vein of The Everly Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel and more recently The Milk Carton Kids to an Australian audience. Their self-titled debut album is a pure delight and elevates everything we’ve heard from Rennie-Hynes and Grady individually to date. I have a sneaking suspicion this album is going to make it onto a lot of people’s best of end of year lists. Beautiful.

The MorrisonsThe Morrisons

The Morrisons
We’ve already said plenty about The Morrisons’ long awaited self-titled debut album but there was no way it was going to get left off this list. The Morrisons are easily one of Australia’s best bluegrass and alt-country bands, it’s just a pity it takes them so long to get a record in stores. The Morrisons is an album of quintessentially Australian songs set to the familiar chop of a quintessentially American musical style. And it doesn’t hurt that individually each of The Morrisons is a master of their respective instrument making the album as technically brilliant as it is artistically brilliant. Now what do we have to do to get The Morrisons back in the studio for a followup?

BloomTimothy James Bowen

Timothy James Bowen
If you’ve been following Timothy James Bowen’s story over the last couple of years you’ll know it’s not been an easy journey for the singer songwriter. Diagnosed with Primary Mediastinal B Cell Lymphoma (a type of blood cancer), Bowen spent much of 2016 in treatment before going into remission. Bloom bookends this massive upheaval in his life, but it also shows how a songwriter of Timothy James Bowen’s talent is able to channel his experience into his art. Even without the personal context Bloom is an amazing EP – here are five incredible songs from a master songwriter.

And of course special mention also has to go to so many other albums and EPs that were released in the first six months of 2017 including (but not limited to):

VacancyBroads
Postcards From The Shell HouseBusby Marou
All You Need Is MusicDavidson Brothers
÷Ed Sheeran
PunchbuzzHusky
The Nashville SoundJason Isbell & The 400 Unit
UnchartedJoel Barker & The Low Company
Jordan Ireland With Purple OrchestraJordan Ireland With Purple Orchestra
Barefoot WonderlandJustin Bernasconi
Universal FavoriteNoam Pikelny
50 Years Of Blonde On BlondeOld Crow Medicine Show
Good Days, These DaysQuinton Trembath
Freedom HighwayRhiannon Giddens
The WaterSam Buckingham
PlanetariumSufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, James McAlister
CyclingTaryn La Fauci
Take Care Take CoverThe Mae Trio
IronbarkThe Waifs
A Fair WindTrioc

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th April

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Irish songstress Lisa Hannigan announced Australian tour dates this May. Details here

– Melbourne alt-country legends Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes and The Weeping Willows are heading out on a joint tour. Details here

– Tasmanian convict punks The Dead Maggies announced tour dates in NSW, ACT, VIC. Details here

– A joint tour has been announced from indie singer-songwriters Lisa Mitchell and Dustin Tebbutt this June. Details here

Interviews

“When I was starting out I relied more on boundless energy, now days I tend to rely on experience a bit more, which is probably to say I’m not as blindly convinced about every idea I have anymore. In terms of song writing, I used to try and explain things more than I should, and now I think I’m trying to create a genuine echo in things I don’t understand so much”Felix Riebl chats to KT Bell. Interview here

“The calibre of artists at a festival like Bluesfest speaks for itself so that and Woodford are unlike any other in the world. You just have to go because words don’t do them justice”Irish Mythen chats to KT Bell. Interview here

Releases This Week

Davidson Brothers
All You Need Is MusicDavidson Brothers
Official Site

Father John Misty
Pure ComedyFather John Misty
iTunes

Outlaw
Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings – Various
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Emily Barker

Emily Barker

UK based Australian singer-songwriter Emily Barker heads to the east coast for rare shows in Sydney and Melbourne.

Tuesday 11th April – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 12th April – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Acoustics Anonymous feat. Frank Sultana and Andy Golledge
Wednesday 12th April – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Alan Reid & Rob van Sante
Friday 7th April – Illawara Folk Club, Wollongong City Diggers Club, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt w/ Fanny Lumsden
Friday 7th April – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW
Saturday 8th April – Soul Central, Dee Why, NSW
Sunday 9th April – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

B-Benders Honky Tonk
Saturday 8th April – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

BATTS
Sunday 9th April – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Benny Walker
Sunday 9th April – MV Mary Ann, Echuna, VIC

Bill Chambers & Raechel Whitchurch
Friday 7th April – Club Mudgee, Mudgee, NSW
Saturday 8th April – Dubbo RSL, Dubbo, NSW
Sunday 9th April – Orange Ex-Services’ Club, Orange, NSW
Thursday 13th April – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Bluesfest
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Byron Bay, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. The Galax Bogtrotters
Wednesday 12th April – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Bonnie Raitt
Friday 7th April – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 8th April – Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Monday 10th April – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 12th April – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Busby Marou
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Colin Lillie
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Datson Hughes, Terry Serio’s Half Truth
Sunday 9th April – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Darcy Fox
Sunday 9th April – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Emily Barker
Tuesday 11th April – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 12th April – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Sally Balfour, Ed Wells, MoSoul
Wednesday 12th April – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Garrett Kato
Friday 7th April – The Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th April – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Grigoryan Brothers
Friday 7th April – Bellingen Memorial Hall, Bellingen, NSW

Hinterlandt
Saturday 8th April – Smalls, Berrima, NSW
Saturday 8th April – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW

Iluka
Friday 7th April – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 8th April – Hudson Ballroom, Sydney, NSW

Irish Mythen
Friday 7th April – The Heritage, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 8th April – Revamp The Amp, Kuranda, QLD
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 7th April – Always Good Nights, Bunbury, WA
Thursday 13th April – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Jake Shimabukuro
Sunday 9th April – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Monday 10th April – Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 12th April – The Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th April – The Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 7th April – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 7th April – Kingsbury Bowls Club, Melbourne, VIC

Kasey Chambers
Friday 7th April – Theatre Royal, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 8th April – Country Club Showroom, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 9th April – Burnie Arts Centre, Burnie, TAS

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 7th April – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 11th April Federation Concery Hall, Hobart, TAS

Kirsty Bromley
Sunday 9th April – Marakoopa Café, Mayberry, TAS

Les Poules à Colin
Saturday 8th April – New Farm Bowls Club, New Farm, QLD
Sunday 9th April – Nanango Shed, Nanago QLD
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Little Features: The Real Last Show
Saturday 8th April – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Mandy Connell
Saturday 8th April – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Sunday 9th April – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Martha Tilston
Friday 14th to Monday 17th April – National Folk Festival, ACT

Michael Kiwanuka
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Nahko and Medicine for the People
Wednesday 12th April – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th April – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Nathan Brailey & The Big Southern w/ Craig Coburn & Whiskey Dram
Sunday 9th April – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

National Folk Festival
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Canberra, ACT

Oh Willy Dear & Katie Brianna
Sunday 9th April – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Old Guard Of The North
Saturday 8th April – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Peasant Moon w/ Matt Ward
Sunday 9th April – Crown & Anchor Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Pierce Brothers
Friday 14th April – Barwon Heads Hotel, Barwon Heads, VIC

Porch Light Sessions feat. Chris Gillespie, Bonniesongs, Naomi Nash
Thursday 13th April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Rhiannon Giddens
Saturday 8th April – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 11th April – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Rich Davies & The Low Road
Saturday 8th April – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 9th April – Goldmines Hotel, Bendigo, VIC

Rick Hart
Friday 7th April – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Roesy, Gallie, Liz Stringer
Wednesday 19th April – The Very Round Robin, Hamilton, VIC

Sally Balfour
Wednesday 12th April – Folkswagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Sweet Creeps & Outlaws Tour feat. Henry Wagons, Jonny Fritz, Ruby Boots
Thursday 13th April – Porteno Restaurant and Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th April – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

The Bean Project w/ Patrick Wilson
Friday 7th April – The B.East, Melbourne, VIC

The Button Collective
Friday 7th April – The Two Goats, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 8th April – The Bellingen Brewing Co., Bellingen, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 14th April – The Brunswick Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The East Pointers
Friday 7th April – Eatonsville Hall, Eatonsville, NSW
Saturday 8th April – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 9th April – BLEACH* Festival, Mudgeeraba Hall, Gold Coast, QLD

The McClymonts
Friday 7th April – Goulburn Workers, Goulburn, NSW
Saturday 8th April – Civic Theatre, Wagga Wagga, NSW

The Mountain Goats
Friday 7th April – Fowlers Live, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 8th April – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 9th April – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 11th April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 12th April – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

The Sauerkrauts
Friday 7th April – House Concert, Nowra, NSW

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

The String Contingent
Saturday 8th April – Nest, Tumbarumba, NSW

The Waifs
Saturday 8th April – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 9th April – Munro Martin Parklands, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 12th April – Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT
Thursday 13th April – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

Tim Guy
Friday 7th April – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 14th April – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Tony Joe White
Wednesday 12th April – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 13th April – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Turin Brakes
Monday 10th April – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Zulya and The Children of the Underground
Thursday 13th April – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Rare Ould Times” – Imelda May, Karan Casey and The Dubliners

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 31st March

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Laura Marling added Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne dates to her tour schedule this June. Details here

Folk ‘Til Ya Punk Records announced Brisbane folk-punk festival BRISFOPO featuring The Dead Maggies, Fox n Firkin, The Button Collective, The Rogue Scholars, Andy Paine, The Dangerous Folk, Quinton Trembath and Jim Mongrel and more. Details here

– The Davidson Brothers released their new video “Take A Little Drive”. Details here

Emily Barker released her new video “Sunrise” and announced that she’s in Australia this week and next with tour dates in south west WA, Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

Releases This Week

Imelda May
Life Love Flesh BloodImelda May
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Broads

Broads

Melbourne alt-country duo Broads launch their new album Vacancy in their home town.

Saturday 1st April – Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt
Friday 31st March – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Saturday 1st April – Granada Tavern, Hobart, TAS
Friday 7th April – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW

Archer, Sweet Jelly Rolls, Simone East
Saturday 1st April – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

BATTS
Sunday 2nd April – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Bill Chambers, Raechel Whitchurch
Thursday 6th April – House Concert, Parkes, NSW
Friday 7th April – Club Mudgee, Mudgee, NSW

Bonnie Raitt
Friday 7th April – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Broads
Saturday 1st April – Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Brigadoon Highland Gathering
Saturday 1st April – Bundanoon, NSW

Darcy Fox
Friday 31st March – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 5th April – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Emily Barker
Tuesday 4th April – The Cidery and Blackwood Valley Brewing Company, Bridgetown, WA
Wednesday 5th April – Little Village Music, Dunsborough, WA
Thursday 6th April – Babushka, Perth, WA

Eveleigh Works Grand Opening feat. The Sweet Jelly Rolls, Indigo Rising, Skyscraper Stan
Sunday 2nd April – Eveleigh Works, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 7th April – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Georgie Fisher, Burden Man, Maia Marsh
Wednesday 5th April – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Grigoryan Brothers
Saturday 1st April – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 2nd April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 4th April – Macquarie Conservatorium of Music, Dubbo, NSW
Wednesday 5th April – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 6th April – TAS Hoskins Centre, Armidale, NSW
Friday 7th April – Bellingen Memorial Hall, Bellingen, NSW

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. De’May, Bill Hunt
Sunday 2nd April – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Hinterlandt
Saturday 1st April – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 2nd April – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW

Hollie Matthew, Swamp Fat Jangles
Saturday 1st April – Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Holly Throsby
Friday 31st March – Babushka, Perth, WA

Irish Mythen
Friday 31st March – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 1st April – Baby Black, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Sunday 2nd April – Old Church on The Hill, Bendigo, VIC
Wednesday 5th April – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 6th April – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 7th April – The Heritage, Bulli, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 31st March – Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 6th April – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Friday 7th April – Always Good Nights, Bunbury, WA

Jeff Lang
Friday 31st March – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 1st April – Lefties, Whyalla, SA
Thursday 6th April – Royal Oak, Launceston, TAS
Friday 7th April – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Josh Rennie-Hynes
Friday 31st March – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Kasey Chambers
Friday 7th April – Theatre Royal, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 8th April – Country Club Showroom, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 9th April – Burnie Arts Centre, Burnie, TAS

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 31st March – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Friday 7th April – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Kasey Chambers
Thursday 6th April – Devonport Entertainment Centre, Devonport, TAS
Friday 7th April – Theatre Royal, Hobart, TAS

Last Weekend at The Newsagency
Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd April – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Les Poules à Colin
Friday 31st March – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 5th April – Upper Landsdowne Memorial Hall, Upper Landsdowne, NSW
Thursday 6th April – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW

Liv Cartledge
Saturday 1st April – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan
Sunday 3rd April – Bar 303, Melbourne, VIC

Martha Tilston
Friday 31st March – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 1st April – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 2nd April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Peasant Moon w/ Sam Shinazzi and Arna Georgia
Thursday 6th April – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Rick Hart’s Bare Bones Quartet
Friday 7th April – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Sarah Belkner
Friday 31st March – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 6th April – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Sleepy West, James Franklin, Cat Canteri
Saturday 1st April – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-together
Friday 1st April – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Bean Project w/ Patrick Wilson
Friday 7th April – The B.East, Melbourne, VIC

The Button Collective
Friday 31st March – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th April – The Two Goats, Armidale, NSW

The East Pointers
Friday 31st March – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 1st April – Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Thursday 6th April – Club Mullum (Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club), Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 7th April – Eatonsville Hall, Eatonsville, NSW

The Man From Snowy River Festival
Thursday 30th March to Sunday 2nd April – Corryong, VIC

The McClymonts
Friday 7th April – Goulburn Workers, Goulburn, NSW

The Mountain Goats
Thursday 6th April – Badlands, Perth, WA
Friday 7th April – Fowlers Live, Adelaide, SA

The Sauerkrauts
Friday 7th April – House Concert, Nowra, NSW

The Waifs
Saturday 1st April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 2nd April – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 4th April – Bangalow Hall, Bangalow, NSW
Wednesday 5th April – Bangalow Hall, Bangalow, NSW
Thursday 6th April – The Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

This Way North
Saturday 1st April – Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 2nd April – The Carine, Duncraig, WA

Tim Guy
Friday 7th April – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Violent Femmes
Friday 31st March – Twin Towns, Coolangatta, QLD
Saturday 1st April – The Shed at Aussie World, Sunshine Coast, QLD

William Crighton
Friday 5th May – Bella Union Trades Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Stags Bellow” – Martha Tilston

Emily Barker Releases New Video and Announces Australian Tour Dates

Emily Barker
Image Courtesy of Emily Barker

The wonderful Emily Barker has just released her cute new video “Sunrise”. Barker is an Australian ex-pat based in the UK who creates country-leaning folk music and “Sunrise” is her latest output:

“I wrote this song when I was on a road trip through Sweden,” Emily Barker explained on her Youtube channel. “I was sleeping in my car and doing what I call a “slow-tour”, when you have equal part holiday and shows. It was the peak of summer and the light was gorgeous; long lasting and gentle. There is so much water in Sweden; so many lakes and beautiful beaches; you feel like you’re on the edge of the world when you’re that far north. “Sunrise” is a song about escaping and it seemed very fitting to record it in Memphis, with the road trip being such a feature in American literature, music and popular culture.”

“Sunrise” is the new single from Emily Barker’s upcoming album Sweet Kind of Blue which is due on the 19th May. Check it out below:

In extra exciting news Emily Barker is flying back into Australia this week and has organised a bunch of shows in her home state of WA plus gigs in Sydney and Melbourne. The full list of dates are below:

Tuesday 4th April – The Cidery and Blackwood Valley Brewing Company, Bridgetown, WA
Wednesday 5th April – Little Village Music, Dunsborough, WA
Thursday 6th April – Babushka Leederville, Perth, WA
Tuesday 11th April – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 12th April – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 19th August

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Bon Iver announced their first album in 5 years with 22, A Million plus a stream of the first two singles. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter Passenger has announced plans to come back to Australia in January for a series of full band shows. Details here

– US fiddle duo 10 String Symphony will be coming to Australia for the first time this October. Details here

– Canadian singer Irish Mythen returns to Australia for a tour this October. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Rowena Wise will be launching her debut album in September and is heading out on a national tour. Details here

– Tasmanian folk-punk festival HOBOFOPO announced a bunch of lineups including The Dead Maggies, The Go-Set, The Ramshackle Army, Handsome Young Strangers, The Australian Beefweek Show, Fox ‘N’ Firkin, The Stragglers, This Is A Robbery, Squid Fishing and Hairyman. Details here

– Acclaimed Melbourne singer-songwriter Jordie Lane has revealed details of his new album and upcoming national tour. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Seth Lakeman released his new single “Meet Me In The Twilight”. Details here

Boy & Bear announced a massive regional tour from October. Details here

Releases This Week

Katie
Victim Or The HeroineKatie Brianna
iTunes

Lisa
At SwimLisa Hannigan
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Jack Carty, Emily Barker & Jordan Millar

Jack Carty

Jack Carty kicks off his Home State album tour this week with gigs in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. And equally exciting is the fact Emily Barker and Jordan Millar are supporting the tour.

Friday 19th August – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 20th August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th August – Shebeen Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 26th August – Boo Radley’s Hall, Glenreagh, NSW

Bill Chambers & Lachlan Bryan
Friday 19th August – Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Saturday 20th August – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Corey Harris w/ Kris Morris
Friday 19th August – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 20the August – Harvester Moon Cafe, Bellarine, VIC
Sunday 21st August – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 23rd August – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Wednesday 24th August – Harmonie-German Club, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 25th August – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th August – Blues & Roots Stage, Gympie Muster, QLD

DEAR Monday feat. waywardbreed, Nigel Wearne, Ma Petite, Erik Parker
Monday 22nd August – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Devil on the Rooftop
Sunday 21st August – Lounge Sessions at Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 24th August – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Dustin Tebbutt w/ Robbie Miller, Woodes
Friday 19th August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th August – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 26th August – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth, WA

Eddie Boyd
Wednesday 24th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th August – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Kwinton Trembath, The Dead Maggies, The Delta Revue
Wednesday 24th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

GrandMasterMonk w/ Crazy Old Maurice
Saturday 20th August – Bald Faced Stag, Sydney, NSW

Gympie Muster
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th August – Gympie, QLD

Hootenanny feat. Jep & Dep
Sunday 21st August – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Illawarra Folk Club Concert feat. The Thomsons, Olympic Mystery Act
Sunday 21st August – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Imogen Clark
Sunday 21st August – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Jack Carty, Emily Barker & Jordan Millar
Friday 19th August – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 20th August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th August – Shebeen Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

John Flanagan Trio
Saturday 20th August – Kelly Country Pick, Beechworth, VIC
Friday 26th August – Suttons House of Music, Ballarat, VIC

Kelly Country Pick
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st August – Beechworth, VIC

Lazy Colts
Saturday 20th August – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Liam Gale with Henry Manuell
Thursday 25th August – The Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW

Lime and Steel
Friday 19th August – Hornsby Folk Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 21st August – Lounge Sessions at Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW

Marrickana feat. Andy Baylor and His Cajun Roots Trio, Not Good With Horses, Brother Jimmy
Saturday 20th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Nick Payne
Friday 26th August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Oh Willy Dear & Peter Head
Sunday 21st August – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Songwriters In The Round feat. Leroy Lee, Caitlin Rose Harnett, Colin Jones
Tuesday 23rd August – The Captain Cook Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 19th August – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th August – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 21st August – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 26th August – Psyfari Festival, Capertree Valley, NSW

The Willing Ponies w/ Don Drapers Sofa
Friday 19th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Big Country” – Béla Fleck

From what I’m hearing “Big Country” has been a highlight of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn’s recent Australian shows. So I thought I’d share one of my favourite versions from the Transatlantic Sessions.

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