The Melbourne Folk Club Announces Summer Season

Melbourne Folk Club
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The Melbourne Folk Club is one of the success stories of 2014 – bringing amazing folk music, both Australian and international, to a regular night right in the heart of Melbourne.

The night takes place at Bella Union in Melbourne’s inner-North, mostly on Wednesdays but sometimes throughout the week to accommodate touring artists. The Melbourne Folk Club this week announced its summer season and the lineup is looking as strong as ever.

Check out the full line up from January through to the end of March below:

Wednesday 7th January – John Smith (UK) + Caitlin Harnett
Thursday 8th January – Unplugged show w/ The East Pointers (Canada) + Tolka
Wednesday 14th January – David Francey (CAN) + James Kenyon + Lucy Wise
Wednesday 21st January – Oh Pep! + Open Swimmer
Wednesday 28th January – Darren Hanlon + Laura Jean + Single Twin
Wednesday 4th February – Jeff Lang + Emma Swift + Matt Langley
Wednesday 11th February – The Mae Trio + The Once (Canada)
Wednesday 18th February – Machine Translations + Broads
Wednesday 25th February – Shane Howard (Album Launch) + Skyscraper Stan
Wednesday 4th March – Ruth Moody & Band (Canada) + Scott Cook (Canada) + Nadia Reid (NZ)
Wednesday 11th March – Jordie Lane (In Conversation + Concert)
Wednesday 18th March – Breabach (Scotland) + Stray Hens
Wednesday 25th March – All Our Exes Live in Texas + Kim Richey (US)

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2014

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It that’s time of year again when we sit down and wade through the wealth of amazing releases from throughout 2014 and try to put them into some sort of order. For the past few years we’ve asked Timber and Steel contributors to list their top five albums or EPs from the past 12 months, but this year we thought it was time to provide a single, consolidated list.

It was another cracker year for folk and acoustic music and putting this list together was so difficult – you’ll notice that there’s a few omissions that were on our Ten Albums and EPs From the First Half of 2014 You Should Own showing just how strong the last six months were.

So here it is, our top 25 albums and EPs from 2014. Hopefully your favourite is here or you’ll discover some of the fantastic music from the year that was.

Nick Mulvey

1. Nick MulveyFirst Mind
While Timber and Steel skews towards Australian music I’m always interested to see what’s happening in the folk scenes around the world, in particular the UK and USA. The amount of music from overseas can be overwhelming so I usually go to sources I trust – and the top of that list is the Communion community which is where I discovered Nick Mulvey.

There’s something really special about the way Nick Mulvey approaches songwriting – manipulating his guitar into non-standard tunings with multiple capos, building rhythms and riffs on top of each other and layering in his understated vocals. The entire album is insanely listenable and while highlights are hard to pick the singles – “First Mind”, “Fever to the Form”, “Cucurucu” and “Meet Me There” – always stand out.

I hope that when Nick Mulvey visited our shores earlier this year he gained more than a handful of Australian fans because I’d love to see him back here at some point. His music is simply magical.

Caitlin Harnett

2. Caitlin HarnettThe River Runs North
Where did you come from Caitlin Harnett? Well, I know where you came from. I’ve seen you a number of times over the years in and around Sydney. But when The River Runs North came out it completely blindsided me. Here is one of the most powerful, sensitive, eloquent and strong releases of the year. Caitlin Harnett has a clear musical voice that shines through on the most exciting debut in Australia in 2014.

Sam Amidon

3. Sam AmidonLily-O
2013’s Bright Sunny South was such a revelation for me, the way Sam Amidon was able to reinvent traditional music. I thought it would be impossible to top but then Lily-O came along and all my epectations were blown out of the water. Maybe it’s his work with jazz guitarist Bill Frisell this time around. Or that Lily-O is a little more rhythm section driven than Amidon’s previous effort. Whatever it is, this album is a masterpiece that I just can’t stop listening to. Can’t wait to see you try and top this one Sam Amidon!

Husky

4. HuskyRuckers Hill
“I’m Not Coming Back” announced Husky’s triumphant return with their second full length album Ruckers Hill, giving us another slice of indie-folk goodness. Husky Gawenda’s songwriting is at its best with gutsy melodies and sweet harmonies all over this album. I feel like Husky’s sound has been cemented here – they’ve grown up without losing their essence, without feeling the need to reinvent. I was lucky enough to make it to the Sydney launch of Ruckers Hill and I can say that all of the tracks translate really well live which is just the icing on the cake.

Sweet Jean

5. Sweet JeanGreetings From Goodbye
Sime and Alice from Sweet Jean refer to Greetings From Goodbye as their “folk album” – a strange turn of phrase considering folk is at the heart of pretty much everything they produce. But when you sit down and listen to Greetings From Goodbye you understand exactly what they mean. Recording in the duo’s converted-laundry studio and featuring traditionals, covers and originals, the album is a laid back, stripped back, heartbreaking masterpiece that sucks you in and leaves you wanting more (seven tracks is never enough).

Bears Den

6. Bear’s DenIslands
When I asked Kevin Jones why he and Andrew Davie ended their original band Cherbourg to only then start Bear’s Den he said “It was quite a set formula with Cherbourg and I think we’re all multi-instrumentalists in Bear’s Den and it allows us to be a lot more fluid with the sort of sounds we can make and what we choose to do with them”. And this fluidity has culminated in Islands. The album has some really touching folky moments in tracks like “Elysium”, “Above The Clouds of Pompeii” and “Isaac” but is not afraid to embrace the rock side of the spectrum as well with the likes of “Think of England”. A wonderful album that I just can’t put down.

JVM

7. James Vincent McMorrowPost Tropical
Post Tropical would have made my best of list last year if its release wasn’t delayed until January – even though I had an advance copy at the end of 2013 I still consider this a 2014 release. Post Tropical is the evolution of James Vincent McMorrow from acoustic singer-songwriter to synth-driven, pop purveyor. This will likely be the last album of McMorrow’s that we cover – there’s an essence of folk in tracks like “Look Out”, “Gold” and “Red Dust” but it feels like he’s saying goodbye to the genre. As a transitional record I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

OCMS

8. Old Crow Medicine ShowRemedy
When this album came out I listened to it non-stop for two weeks. Everything else fell by the wayside as I found myself transported to Tennessee and beyond, travelling with the world’s best string band. Sure, some tracks are silly (“Brushy Mountain Conjugal Visit”, “8 Dogs 8 Banjos”) and their latest Bob Dylan collaboration on “Sweet Amarillo” is no “Wagon Wheel”, but the album as a whole is one of my favourites to date from Old Crow Medicine Show and is well worth investing time in. In fact I might go and listen to it right now.

Passenger

9. PassengerWhispers
Passenger has faced down the pressure of following up the massive international success of All The Little Lights by producing another classic in Whispers. It’s a little more slickly produced than his previous work but at the core of Whispers is the solid songwriting and storytelling that Passenger is renowned for. And the more I listen to it the more I’m convinced that “Heart’s on Fire” is my favourite Passenger song to date.

Bellowhead

10. BellowheadRevival
I love Bellowhead dearly but sometimes their bombasity makes it difficult to make it through an entire album in one sitting. But with Revival this all changes making it their most listenable album to date. Jon Boden’s voice is still in fine form (and fast becoming synonymous with modern English traditional music) and the arrangement of each track is pitch perfect. I love their version of Richard Thompson’s “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight”, the only contemporary song amongst eleven traditionals but its the instrumental “Jack Lintel’s Jig” that is by far and away my favourite.

Jack and Charlie

11. Jack McNeill and Charlie HeysAny Other Morning
A contemporary folk gem, combining fiddle, guitar and the Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys’ beautiful voices in some of the best music of the year.

Jack Carty

12. Jack CartyEsk
Jack Carty finally seems happy in his 2014 offering, but don’t let that scare you away – Esk is his most mature record to date and confirms Carty as one of the finest songwriters in the country.

First Aid Kit

13. First Aid KitStay Gold
Filled with lush arrangements, beautiful harmonies and First Aid Kit’s trademark cascading lyrics, Stay Gold transports you to a 70s summer somewhere on the west coast of the USA.

Patrick James

14. Patrick JamesBroken Lines
Patrick James’ output is consistently brilliant and Broken Lines sees him continue to shine as a songwriter creating little drops of folk gold with every lyric, chord and melody.

The Staves

15. The StavesBlood I Bled
It may only be a precursor to their upcoming Justin Vernon produced album If I Was, due in January next year, but Blood I Bled is three songs of pure harmonic wonder and joy that you need to buy right now.

One Up Two Down

16. One Up, Two DownOne Up, Two Down
On the surface this is a bluegrass release but One Up, Two Down are so well versed in the folk traditions that you can feel celtic, blues and country influences creeping in to make a wonderful, folky mess.

Davidson Brothers

17. Davidson BrothersWanderlust
The Davidson Brothers are not only some of the best musicians – of any genre – in Australia but they’re also amazing bluegrass songwriters – I just couldn’t stop listening to Wanderlust when it was released this year.

Jordan Millar

18. Jordan MillarThe Wheel EP
The song “If Only…” sucked me into this EP early and I stayed because I love the way Jordan Millar writes pop music – although I suspect he’s a folkie at heart.

Kasey Chambers

19. Kasey ChambersBittersweet
There’s so much to love about Bittersweet, from its old-timey Americana influences to the collaborations with Bernard Fanning, Dan Kelly, Bill Chambers and more, that I reckon it could be Kasey Chambers’ best solo effort yet.

Stu Larsen

20. Stu LarsenVagabond
Travelling the world, playing to thousands of people every night – none of this deterred Stu Larsen from creating an intimate, stripped back album with Vagabond, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

New Moon

21. Sarah HumphreysNew Moon
This has been a big year of change for Sarah Humphreys and this has bled into her music – the cutesy pop-folk princess has been dismantled and in her place a confident, mature singer-songwriter has emerged.

Emma Swift

22. Emma SwiftEmma Swift
There’s nothing technically amazing about Emma Swift’s self titled EP, but its simple, stripped back, three-chords-and-the-truth style harkens back to country music of old and is one of the most honest releases of the year.

Little May

23. Little MayLittle May
Epic indie-folk from the Sydney trio whose star is most definitely on the rise, the EP is full of hamonies, building crescendos and catchy melodies.

Winter Pick

24. Justin BernasconiWinter Pick
Justin Bernasconi is one of the best folk/country/blues guitarists in the business right now and Winter Pick is full to the brim with awe inspiring instrumentals and deceptively laidback songs.

Aubergine

25. Green Mohair SuitsAubergine
I honestly wasn’t expecting to like Aubergine as much as I do but I was so impressed with just how tight it is, how good the songwriting is and how much fun The Green Mohair Suits are having taking Bluegrass seriously.

WOMADelaide Announces Second Round of Artists for 2015

Sinead
Image Courtesy of Sinead O’Connor

The second round of artists has been announced for the 2015 WOMADelaide festival there’s so much goodness for folk fans. Joining the likes of Charlie Musselwhite, Lake Street Dive, Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys, Rufus Wainwright and The Gloaming will be Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robyn Hitchcock with Emma Swift, First Aid Kit, Gruff Rhys, Sinead O’Connor (above), Timberwolf, Sharon Van Etten and many many more.

WOMADelaide takes place in Adelaide from the 6th to 9th March. For information on how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here. The full second round of artists are below:

Astronomy Class feat. Srey Channthy (Australia), Buffy Sainte-Marie (Canada), Depedro (Spain), Emma Donovan and The PutBacks (Australia), Emma Swift and Robyn Hitchcock (Australia / UK), First Aid Kit (Sweden), FourPlay (Australia), Gruff Rhys (Wales), Julia Henning (Australia), Kamerunga (Australia), Margaret Leng Tan (Singapore), Max Savage and The False Idols (Australia), Myele Manzanza and The Eclectic (New Zealand), Nick Waterhouse (USA), Robert Forster with Jherek Bishoff and Zephyr Quartet (Australia / USA), Sharon Van Etten (USA), Sinead O’Connor (Ireland), Soley (Iceland), Tara Tiba (Australia / Iran), The Painted Ladies (Australia), Timberwolf (Australia), Tjintu Desert Band (Australia), Toumani & Sidiki Diabate (Mali), Typhoon 台风 (Australia / China), Willow Beats (Australia)

The first round of artists were:

Abdullah Ibrahim Quartet, Balkan Beat Box, Bombino, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Charlie Musselwhite, Che Sudaka, Criolo, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Flavia Coelho, Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys, Jambinai, Jupiter & Okwess International, Lake Street Dive, Live Live Cinema, Luzmila Carpio, Malawi Mouse Boys, Marrugeku – Cut the Sky, Meeta Pandit, Neneh Cherry and rocketnumbernine+, Public Service Broadcasting, Ramzi Aburedwan, Rufus Wainwright, Soil and Pimp, The Gloaming, Youssou N’Dour

Out on the Weekend Announces Brisbane Show

Out on the Weekend
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The announcements connected with the upcoming Out on the Weekend Festival in Victoria just keep coming! The latest news is that along with the show at Seaworks Williamstown and the various headline sideshows around the country, Out on the Weekend will also be heading north for a big festival show at The Brightside in Brisbane.

The show will feature some of the best in Americana and folk including Nikki Lane, Robert Ellis, The Delines, Jonny Fritz, Emma Swift, Halfway, Paddy McHugh and Warren Earl Band and will take place on the 26th October.

For more details check out the official site here.

Details of the New Americana Festival Out On The Weekend

Out On The Weekend
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In possibly the most exciting news of the week a brand new festival focusing on Americana music has been announced for this October. Out On The Weekend, a new concept from the folks behind Love Police, is set to debut at Seaworks, Williamstown in Victoria on Saturday the 18th October.

The Out On The Weekend lineup so far features some names that are going to be very exciting for Timber and Steel readers including Justin Townes Earle, Henry Wagons, Ryan Bingham, Robert Ellis, Lindi Ortega, Nikki Lane, The Delines, Jonny Fritz, Emma Swift, Chris Altmann, Raised By Eagles and The Morrisons.

Early bird tickets for the event go on sale on Friday 25th July. For more information check out the official site here.

Oxford & Co To Play Final Show Before Heading to the USA

Oxford & Co
Image Courtesy of Oxford & Co

I’m kind of a bit miffed that I’m only just discovering Sydney nu-folk duo Oxford & Co now as they’re about to relocate to the USA. They play a really infectious brand of folk and twang infused indie pop music and everyone I chat to says they’re well worth catching live.

Oxford & Co are also about to release their new EP on the 22nd July so this final show is going to doubly as exciting. The gig takes place this Thursday 10th July at the Brass Monkey in Cronulla, Sydney and will feature Timber and Steel favourite Emma Swift in support. For more details about the gig check out the official Facebook event here.

For a taster of the upcoming EP check out the track “Love is Gone” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th July

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne’s Husky released their new single “I’m Not Coming Back” ahead of their Timber and Steel presented national tour. Details here

– The brand new Old Crow Medicine Show album Remedy hits stores today. Details here

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Dan Waters and The Weeping Willows are heading out on a tour of Victoria this month. Details here

– Enigmatic singer-songwriter Keaton Henson released a surprise instrumental album Romantic Works. Details here

Castlecomer released their brand new video “Fugitive” – and a warning, it contains beard-acide. Details here

– Singer-songwriter and radio presenter Emma Swift has a new a EP on the way this August. Details here

– Sydney trio Little May have released their new single “Dust”. Details here

Midlake finally brings folk music and jogging together with their new video “Aurora Gone”. Details here

Angus and Julia Stone will be touring their brand new album this September. Details here

Bob Dylan has added a Sydney Opera House show to his Australian tour this September. Details here

– UK trio Peggy Sue have re-recorded their track “Longest Day Of The Year Blues” with Willy Mason. Details here

– Central Coast singer-songwriter Pepa Knight has released his new single “Clams”. Details here

– Melbourne siblings Dan and Amy have released their new single “Sometimes Life” along with details of their new EP and upcoming tour dates. Details here

The Eels released their new NSFW video for their track “Lockdown Hurricane”. Details here

– Brisbane Breaking Hart Benton have expanded into a trio and have released a new video “More Than You Deserve”. Details here

– A brand new celtic music session has kicked off in Sydney on Saturdays at The Merton Hotel led by Folklore. Details here

Nickel Creek released the animated video for their latest single “Hayloft”. Details here

– With his new album out this week Tobias Hengeveld has released a video for the title track “The Daylight Express”. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter HeyMun released her new video “Sailor”. Details here

– A brand new Bluegrass festival in the Byron area, The Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival, has just been announced for this August. The lineup includes The Mid North, The Stetson Family, The Morrisons, Starboard Cannons, Heartworn Highway and Barkers Vale Brothers. Details here

– Sydney based singer-songwriter Ollie Brown is launching his new EP Weatherboard House at the end of the month. Details here

– The new William Fitzsimmons album still isn’t out in Australia. We shared his video for “Lions” just to make us feel a little better. Details here

Blog

We’re halfway through the year and we’ve picked 10 albums and EPs from 2014 you should own including releases from First Aid Kit, Davidson Brothers, Green Mohair Suits, Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys, James Vincent McMorrow, Justin Bernasconi, Nick Mulvey, Nickel Creek, One Up, Two Down and Passenger. Blog here

Releases This Week

Remedy
RemedyOld Crow Medicine Show
iTunes

The Daylight Express
The Daylight ExpressTobias Hengeveld
Bandcamp

Nobody Ever Leaves
Nobody Ever LeavesTracy McNeil
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Justin Bernasconi

Justin Bernasconi

Justin Bernasconi continues hois tour around Australia to promote his amazing new solo album Winter Pick. If you’re a fan of singer-songwriter-guitarists then these shows are not to be missed.

Friday 4th July – Taps, Mooloolaba, QLD
Saturday 5th July – The Royal Mail, Goodna, QLD
Sunday 6th July – Queens St Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 6th July – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 10th July – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 11th July – MoFo Folk Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Caitlin Park
Friday 11th July – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Clare Bowditch with Adalita
Friday 11th July – Festival of Voices Tasmania, Federation Concert Hall, Hobart TAS

Elbury
Friday 11th July – Mandala Organic Arts Café, Gold Coast, QLD

Graveyard Train
Friday 4th July – The Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 5th July – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 6th July – The Loft, Warnambool, VIC

Husband with David Craft, The Lammas Tide
Friday 4th July – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA

Imogen Clark, Darcy Fox and Paige Renee Court
Wednesday 9th July – Revolver Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 10th July – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC

Jeff Lang
Friday 4th July – The Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 5th July – Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC
Sunday 6th July – The Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Friday 11th July – Mullumbimby Town Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
Friday 4th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 5th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 4th July – Taps, Mooloolaba, QLD
Saturday 5th July – The Royal Mail, Goodna, QLD
Sunday 6th July – Queens St Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 6th July – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 10th July – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 11th July – MoFo Folk Club, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Dan Waters and The Weeping Willows
Friday 4th July – Revolver Bandroom, Prahan, VIC

Little Bastard
Friday 4th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th July – Baha’s, Rye, VIC
Thursday 10th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th July – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

Mark Wilkinson
Saturday 5th July – The Forum II, Melbourne, VIC

MoFo at The Gaelic feat. Justin Bernasconi, Sloe Gin Junkies, Brendan Reed Dennis
Friday 11th July – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage
Saturday 5th July – The Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, VIC
Friday 11th July – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Peasant Moon
Sunday 6th July – Menagerie at The Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Solid Air – A Tribute to Nick Drake
Thursday 10th July – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Audreys
Friday 4th July – Fly By Night, Perth, WA
Saturday 5th July – Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough, WA
Friday 11th July – Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA

The Beards
Friday 4th July – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 5th July – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Sunday 6th July – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 10th July – Armidale Uni, Armidale, NSW
Friday 11th July – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Folk Informal feat. Kay Proudlove, Dylan Orsborn, Ainsley Farrell, Tom Stephens
Thursday 10th July – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 11th July – Hotel High Plains, Dinner Plain, VIC

The Yearlings
Saturday 5th July – Courthouse Hotel, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 6th July – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 9th July – Old Kirks, Yamba, NSW
Friday 11th July – No 5, Bellingen, NSW

Tiny Ruins
Friday 4th July – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 5th July – Mojos Bar, Perth, WA
Sunday 6th July – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 8th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Tom Stephens
Thursday 10th July – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th July – The Aztec, Forster, NSW

Tracy McNeil
Friday 4th July – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 5th July – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 10th July – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th July – The Stag & Hunter, Mayfield, Maitland, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Tom Paine’s Bones” – Dick Gaughan

To celebrate the American Independence Day today we thought we’d pay tribute to Tom Paine, one of the key figures in the revolution. An Englishman, Paine’s writing is said to have partly inspired the revolution and he is also credited as one of the writers of the American constitution. There’s a couple of great folk songs about Tom Paine including this one performed here by the great Dick Gaughan. If you’re interested in hearing more of Tom Paine’s story and how it’s been captured in folk song we can recommend listening to the FolkCast episode 083 where their folk historian Babba choses the Fairport Convention track “Here’s To Tom Paine” for his story behind the song segment.

Emma Swift Announces Self Titled EP

Emma Swift
Image Courtesy of Emma Swift

Australian singer-songwriter and radio presenter Emma Swift has just announced the release of her new, self-titled EP. The EP was produced by Australian expat Anne McCue at The Rendering Plant in Nashville while Swift was living in the States and is due for release on the 1st August.

That’s the cover art at the top of the piece. The full track listing plus a stream of the single “Bittersweet” are below:

1. Bittersweet
2. Woodland Street
3. King of America
4. Seasons
5. James
6. Total Control

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 9th May

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Felice Brothers have released their first single in three years, “Cherry Licorice”. Details here

– NSW based singer-songwriter Timothy James Bowen has a bunch of east coast dates this month as well as a brand new live video for the track “Breathe Easy”. Details here

– The new folk and Americana show on Double J, hosted by Emma Swift, kicked off this week. Details here

– South Australian singer-songwriter Sam Brittain is heading out on tour to launch his new album. Details here

– The one and only Stu Larsen will be releasing his debut album Vagabond in July. Details here

– Tonight the May edition of Sydney’s MoFo will take place at The Gaelic Club featuring Huckleberry Hastings and Brendon Moon. Details here

– We gave you the exclusive first look at the new Dan and Amy video “Pretend”. Details here

Splendour in the Grass sideshows have been announced for Ben Howard, First Aid Kit, Mikhael Paskalev and The Head and the Heart. Details here

Nick Mulvey has released another new video in the form of “Meet Me There”. Details here

Mark Wilkinson has added some major city dates to his current national tour this July. Details here

– Perth’s Ruby Boots has just released her new EP which you can stream online. Details here

The Lurkers have just released their new clip “Mining Man”. Details here

– The new Al Parkinson single “Like This” has been officially released. Details here

– Get a taster of Nick Payne’s (Dear Orphans) solo material with a live clip for “My Darling” featuring Katie Brianna. Details here

– Folktronica artist Caitlin Park has released her new gender-bending video “Lemonade”. Details here

Busby Marou have released their new video for “My Second Mistake” and announced a tour this July and August. Details here

– Adeladie’s Todd Sibbin has returned with his new band Todd Sibbin and the Acadian Driftwood sharing a new clip and tour dates. Details here

– Alt-country duo Jep and Dep have released their brand new video “Babe Come Down”. Details here

– Next weekend the Sydney Blues and Roots Festival is holding an Autumn edition in Sydney’s west. Details here

Blog

On Sunday Timber and Steel celebrated its forth birthday. Check out our annual editorial from Editor in Chief Gareth Hugh Evans here

Releases This Week

Little Bastard
Little BastardLittle Bastard
iTunes

Luka Bloom
Head and HeartLuka Bloom
iTunes

First Mind
First MindNick Mulvey
iTunes

Atlas
ATLASOwls of the Swamp
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Presents

Scott Matthew

Scott Matthew

Sunday 11th May – Brew, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 12th May – Mandala Organic Arts Cafe, Gold Coast, QLD
Tuesday 13th May – Pure Pop Records, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 14th May – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Timothy James Bowen

TJB

We’ve been fans of singer-songwriter Timothy James Bowen for a while now, even though he hasn’t featured a lot on the blog. If you’re in NSW you should check out one of these shows to see just why we think he’s something special

Sunday 11th May – House concert, Bulli, NSW
Friday 16th May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
Friday 9th May – Regent Cinema, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 10th May – Deakin’s Costa Hall, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 11th May – Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool, VIC
Wednesday 14th May – Lismore Workers Club, Lismore, NSW
Thursday 15th May – C.ex Club, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Friday 16th May – Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW

Claude Hay
Thursday 15th May – Venue TBC, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th May – O’Neill’s Pub, Dickson, ACT

Daniel Champagne
Friday 9th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 10th May – Tattersalls Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 15th May – Lizottes, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 16th May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Dustin Tebbutt
Friday 16th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Ella Hooper
Friday 9th May – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 15th May – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th May – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers w/ Katie Brianna and Emma Beau
Thursday 15th May – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW

Hayden Calnin w/ Eliza Hull
Friday 9th May – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Jep and Dep w/ The Weeping Willows
Saturday 10th May – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
Thursday 15th May – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 16th May – Electric Playground, Brisbane, QLD

Little Wise
Sunday 11th May – Kingston City Arts Festival, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 9th May – Glebe Cafe Church, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 10th May – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 16th May – Brothers Leagues Club, Cairns, QLD

Melbourne Folk Club w/ Mick Thomas, Suzannah Espie, Marlon Williams
Wednesday 14th May – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

MoFo feat. Huckleberry Hastings, Brendon Moon
Friday 9th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Owen Campbell
Friday 9th May — Mudgee Brewing Company, Mudgee, NSW
Saturday 10th May — TAB Garden Hotel, Dubbo, NSW
Sunday 11th May — Towradgi Beach Hotel, NSW
Thursday 15th May — The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Friday 16th May — Goondiwindi River Jam, Goondiwindi, QLD

Paul Greene and the Other Colours
Friday 9th May – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 10th May – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Sam Brittain
Friday 9th May – Revolver, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th May – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Scott Matthew
Sunday 11th May – Brew, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 12th May – Mandala Organic Arts Cafe, Gold Coast, QLD
Tuesday 13th May – Pure Pop Records, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 14th May – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Sydney Blues and Roots Festival Autumn Edition
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th May – Windsor, NSW

The Beards
Friday 9th May – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW
Saturday 10th May – Collector Tavern, Parramatta, NSW

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 9th May – Yours and Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 10th May – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 11th May – Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW
Monday 12th May – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 9th May – Albion Hotel, Albury, NSW
Saturday 10th May – Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC

Timothy James Bowen
Sunday 11th May – House concert, Bulli, NSW
Friday 16th May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Todd Sibbin and the Arcadian Driftwood
Saturday 10th May – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Vance Joy
Friday 16th May – The Metro, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Youth” – Daughter

Daughter have become a favourite on the indie scene worldwide but for us our love affair began with the band’s early, folky single “Youth”

Emma Swift Brings the Folk to Double J

Emma Swift
Image Courtesy of Double J

Has anyone been listening to Double J, triple j’s new older demographic skewed digital radio station, since it launched last week? I have and I have to say I’ve been very very impressed with the playlist thus far. There’s a lot of folk-related artists getting a spin on the network and plenty of great music of all genres to soundtrack your days.

And in even more exciting news for folk music fans Double J last week announced their lineup of specialist shows and presenters including Timber and Steel favourite Emma Swift presenting folk, alt-country, Americana, roots, rockabilly and folk rock show Revelator on Monday nights. Emma Swift is well known as a singer-songwriter both in her native Sydney and in Nashville where she’s been living on and off for the last year or so. She’s also the original host of the FBi Radio’s fantastic In The Pines program, so you know Revelator is going to be filled with some fantastic tunes.

The first show kicks off tonight at 8pm EST – so make sure you tune in and show your support for folk music on national digital radio! For more information check out the official Double J site here.

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