Thank Folk It’s Friday – 23rd December


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We picked our top 25 albums and EPs of 2016 including releases from Applewood Road, Mumford & Sons with Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, Bon Iver22, A Million, Burrows, Eagle & The Wolf, Foy Vance, Gregory Alan Isakov, Imogen Clark, Jack Carty, James Kenyon, Melody Pool, Michael Kiwanuka, Oh Pep!, One Up, Two Down, Passenger, Paul Kelly, Radical Face, Rowena Wise, Seth Lakeman feat. Wildwood Kin, The Company, The Staves, The Weeping Willows and William Fitzsimmons. Details here

– We reached out to the Timber and Steel community to get them to pick their top albums of the year. The results are wonderful with well over 100 artists contributing. Details here

– Our Editor In Chief Gareth Hugh Evans picked his top 25 tracks of 2016 including songs from Ariela Jacobs, Bon Iver, Burrows, Eagle & The Wolf, Emmy The Great, Fanny Lumsden, Foy Vance, Gretta Ray, Imogen Clark, James Kenyon, Laura Marling, Matthew And The Atlas, Melody Pool, Michael Kiwanuka, Mumford and Sons with Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg, One Up, Two Down, Passenger with All Our Exes Live in Texas & Luke Thompson, Paul Kelly with Alice Keath, Rowena Wise, Sam Newton, Seth Lakeman with Wildwood Kin, Sian Evans, The Campervan Dancers, The Weeping Willows and William Fitzsimmons. Details here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Woodford Folk Festival


Tuesday 27th December to Sunday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Tuesday 27th December to Sunday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Amerrycana Christmas feat. Catherine Britt, Gregory Page, Katie Brianna, Adam Young, Brielle Davis, Arna Georgia
Friday 23rd December – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Get Folked 2016 New Years Eve Eve feat. Peter ‘Blackie’ Black, Dan Kemp(UK), Jim Mongrel, Whiskey Jeff Larson, James Seymour, Sooze, Jim Lynch
Friday 30th December – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Boyd
Friday 23rd December – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

James Thomson & The Strange Pilgrims w/ Magpie Diaries
Friday 23rd December – Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 24th December – City Sounds, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 27th December to Sunday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

PJ Michael & The Banditas
Thursday 29th December – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Steve Poltz
Friday 23rd December – The Govenor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 24th December – Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick, VIC

The Whitetop Mountaineers
Tuesday 27th December to Sunday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Woodford Folk Festival
Tuesday 27th December to Sunday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Wexford Carol” – Yo-Yo Ma & Alison Krauss

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2016


To round out our week of “best of” lists our illustrious Editor in Chief Gareth Hugh Evans once again whittles down the ton of releases that crossed his ears this year to pick his 25 favourite tracks of 2016.

We’re going to get out of the way and let Gareth throw some music your way – enjoy!

1. Foy Vance – “She Burns”
Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance has always been on my radar but when he released his album The Wild Swan earlier this year I was floored. The standout track, I think most people would agree, is the wonderful “She Burns”, with its pizzicato guitar, slow build percussion and choral backing vocals. Foy Vance is a singer-songwriter at the top of his game.

2. One Up, Two Down – “Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie”
It seems almost unfair that I would choose a traditional song as my favourite from a band that are not only accomplished songwriters in their own right but also amazing musicians whose instrumental tracks are incredibly special. But I challenge you to listen to Dan Watkins singing “Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie” and not melt into a puddle. His voice and guitar, combined with George Jackson and Andrew Small’s long bowed fiddle and bass, turn this cowboy ballad into something more. Simply beautiful.

3. Burrows – “Falling Apart”
When I saw Burrows play at this year’s Summer Hill Folk Festival I was floored. Every song they played was a piece of harmonic brilliance, enhanced by the acoustics of the Summer Hill Church. When they came around to “Falling Apart” I murmured “that’s the song” – and I still maintain that this track is near perfect. I love Sam King’s understated vocals and the harmonies in the chorus are just divine.

4. Eagle & The Wolf – “Mama, Son and the Holy Ghost”
The pairing of Kris Morris’ dirty blues and roots with Sarah Humphreys’ big folk voice, “Mama, Son and the Holy Ghost” was the perfect introduction to Eagle & The Wolf. Individually Kris Morris and Sarah Humphreys are firm favourites of Timber and Steel but Eagle & The Wolf is greater than the sum of its parts and “Mama, Son and the Holy Ghost” is the epitome of their collaboration. This is rootsy blues done right – all crunchy guitars, clipped percussion and keyboard and big, bluesy voices.

5. Bon Iver – “22 (OVER S∞∞N)”
With its glitchy opening, distorted Mahalia Jackson samples, saxaphone solos and weird lyrics it would appear on the surface that Justin Vernon has well and truly moved on from the acoustic folk of For Emma, Forever Ago and embraced the more electronic elements of the self-titled Bon Iver. But at its core “22 (OVER S∞∞N)” is still classic Bon Iver with Vernon’s double-tracked, falsetto voice coming through loud and clear. Strip back all the beeps and bops and “22 (OVER S∞∞N)” could sit alongside any of the classic Bon Iver folk tracks.

6. Melody Pool – “Love, She Loves Me”
Since first seeing Melody Pool perform at the Gulgong Folk Festival back in 2013 I’ve been predicting big things for her. To say that her new album Deep Dark Savage Heart was highly anticipated in the Timber and Steel bullpen is an understatement and when it dropped earlier this year it was on solid repeat for ages. “Love, She Loves Me” is definitely a standout track on the album (although “Black Dog” is a close second), perfectly demonstrating Pool’s skill as a songwriter and singer. What a voice!

7. Rowena Wise – “Then We Met”
Rowena Wise owns the quirky indie-folk genre this year this this wonderfully catchy track from her 2016 self titled album. I love the twisted, bluesy finger-picked riff throughout this track and that chorus is a definite ear worm. I’ve been watching Rowena Wise cloesly since she launched a serious solo career and it’s songs like “Then We Met” that will see her successfully straddle the folk and indie worlds in the coming years

8. Matthew and the Atlas – “Elijah”
I love Matt Hegarty’s voice. “Elijah” is probably the most stripped back, acoustic track on Matthew and the Atlas’ latest album Temple and is easily my favourite as well. I love the finger-picked guitar over the swelling piano and orchestral elements and the subtle backing vocals. But most of all I love Matt Hegarty’s voice – I just can’t get passed that.

9. Paul Kelly feat. Alice Keath – “Sonnet 73”
To be honest I could have chosen any of the tracks from Paul Kelly’s marvelous album Shakespeare inspired Seven Sonnets And A Song. The reason I finally settled on “Sonnet 73” is two fold: Firstly it has a wonderful, folk-country feel with Kelly’s strummed acoustic guitar over a plucked pedal steel; And second the backing vocals from Alice Keath (Sweet Jean) are pitch perfect. Who knew you could improve on The Bard?

10. Seth Lakeman feat. Wildwood Kin – “Meet Me In The Twilight”
More than any other song on this list “Meet Me In The Twilight” gets lodged in my head and refuses to leave. Lakeman’s percussive guitar work coupled with an instantly singable (or yellable) chorus are what makes this song so catchy. Wildwood Kin add an extra level of sophistication to this track as well as the rest of Lakeman’s album Ballads of the Broken Few. I have a feeling that this track would be amazing to see live and have the crowd foot stomping and singing along.

11. Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal, The Very Best, Beatenberg – “Wona”
This collaboration between Mumford & Sons, Senegalese musician Baaba Maal, Swedish-Malawian electronic band The Very Best and South African afro-beat masters Beatenberg is just pure joy. All afro-beat goodness and nu-folk bombast, you can’t help but smile when listening to “Wona”, it’s such a breath of fresh air. I know that liking Mumford & Sons is definitely no longer “cool” but when they’re collaborating and producing music like this then you’ll still find me first in line for their next release.

12. James Kenyon – “The Motorbike Song”
I feel like James Kenyon might be one of the most underrated singer-songwriters in Australia right now. Songs like “The Motorbike Song”, with its rootsy groove and Paul Kelly-esque lyrical style, should see Kenyon a firm favourite amongst music lovers everywhere. I also have to give props to the wonderful video from Ed Bracey – it even makes Melbourne’s Docklands look stunning.

13. Michael Kiwanuka – “Black Man In A White World”
Michael Kiwanuka has always deftly woven together elements of folk, gospel, blues and old-school R&B and his single “Black Man In A White World” is the epitome of that sound. I love the gospel clapping accompanying the disco-like string stabs and R&B guitar. This could well have come straight out of the 70s – one of those songs that sound immediately timeless.

14. Fanny Lumsden – “Land of Gold”
At the time of writing Fanny Lumsden had been nominated for an ARIA award, has 4 Golden Guitar nominations and has gone to number one on the Country Music Channel charts twice. Incredible work for a singer-songwriter from the Riverina. One of those top charting songs is the nostalgic “Land of Gold”, a deceptively simple storytelling song with a big heart that has quickly become one of my favourite Fanny tracks ever. Whether she’s playing with a full band or with just her bassist Dan, “Land of Gold” always pops live. I really love this song.

15. Passenger feat. All Our Exes Live in Texas & Luke Thompson – “Caravan (Live)”
It’s a bit cheeky choosing a live version of a track that’s seven years old as one of my favourites of 2016 but this video has been on serious high rotation since it was posted earlier this year. When you take possibly my favourite Passenger track of all time and throw a collaboration between All Our Exes Live in Texas and Luke Thompson into the mix you strike pure gold. Just listen to those harmonies on the choruses – magic stuff.

16. Imogen Clark – “You’ll only Break My Heart”
Imogen Clark has had a pretty big year built on the bedrock of her debut album Love & Lovely Lies and its two lead singles “Take Me For A Ride” and “You’ll only Break My Heart”. The latter is Clark’s most mature offering to date, making the most of her big voice and lyric driven song writing. I’m not sure why Imogen Clark gets lumped into the Country crowd – to my ears her music is straight up acoustic pop – but regardless of the genre “You’ll only Break My Heart” heralds big things to come from the Sydney singer-songwriter.

17. Ariela Jacobs – “Lost”
The way that Ariela Jacobs plays with melody and syncopation on “Lost” is so intriguing. The rhythmic, unpredictable verses give way to simple 4/4 choruses and then a middle eight that just launches itself at you and takes you by surprise. This song is all about Jacobs’ voice with the accompaniment – simple piano chords for the most part – taking a back seat to her lyrics. This track is powerful and vulnerable all at the same time.

18. Sian Evans – “Cold Feet”
I got to meet Sian Evans at the National Folk Festival this year where she got me to act as roadie for her as she rushed to one of her gigs. She’s spent much of 2016 carving out a solo career for herself after her work with The Rusty Datsuns and part of that has involved developing her own distinct sound. The result is the single “Cold Feat” which has a pop sensibility with a heart of folk.

19. The Weeping Willows – “River of Gold”
The Weeping Willows embrace their bluegrass side with their huge single “River of Gold”. I love Andrew Wrigglesworth flat picking guitar on this song, accentuated with a subtle banjo over the entire track. And then of course there’s the harmonies between Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates which The Weeping Willows are renowned for.

20. Gretta Ray – “Unexpected Feeling”
Triple J Unearthed High winner Gretta Ray has quite rightly had a massive year with high rotation on the national broadcaster and lots of love from the music press. Her track “Unexpected Feeling” is such a joy to listen to – and to be honest when I first heard it I had no idea that Ray was still in high school. There’s a definite maturity in her songwriting and I just love her guitar work on this track.

21. Sam Newton – “Hold You Down”
The Americana vibes of “Hold You Down” coupled with Sam Newton’s sweet, unassuming voice make this track instantly attractive. I love the way you can’t help but tap your toe along with the brushed snare drum and thumping bass. The production on this track really pulls it all together – it could well have been a straight up acoustic song but the addition of drums, bass and trembling electric guitar turn the song into something more.

22. William Fitzsimmons – “Hear Your Heart”
I was so happy that William Fitzsimmons released his mini album Charleroi: Pittsburgh Vol. 2 this year (as well as a live album) because it meant more songs like “Hear Your Heart” out in the world. Rolling fingerpicking, hushed vocals, sad subject matter – this is William Fitzsimmons in a nutshell and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

23. Laura Marling – “Soothing”
I don’t know why I was surprised when we got a new Laura Marling song this year – she’s been insanely prolific throughout her relatively short career having released five albums in the last eight years. “Soothing” is the first taste from her upcoming seventh album Semper Femina and it sees Marling depart from her usual acoustic guitar driven songwriting with a bass and percussion loop that wouldn’t be out of place on a Radiohead release. This track also sees Marling’s first foray into directing on the accompanying video (that is borderline NSFW so maybe wait until you get home to play this one).

24. The Campervan Dancers – “Slow Down Butterfly”
From what I understand “Slow Down Butterfly” was gestating for quite a while before Sydney duo The Campervan Dancers launched it at the beginning of the year. This is a track that tumbles over itself with vocals, samples, instrumentation popping up all over the place. I love the injection of chaos into what could have just been a standard piece of indie-folk pop. Let’s hope there’s more gestating where this came from.

25. Emmy The Great – “Algorithm”
My need to squeeze Emmy The Great’s recent output into the genre of “folk” so that I can justify posting it on Timber and Steel continues with “Algorithm”. The first Emmy The Great song in a while to contain a decent amount of acoustic guitar, “Algorithm” is a lovely example of the direction Emmy The Great’s songwriting has taken recently – more obscure, more pop but still with her fragile voice front and centre.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 1st April


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Andrew Bird released his new video “Roma Fade”. Details here

Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife released their new single “Paradise”. Details here

– US singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham has announced Australian tour dates. Details here

Emmy the Great released her new video “Algorithm”. Details here

José González released his new video “With The Ink of a Ghost”. Details here

– Brisbane based singer-songwriter Sahara Beck released details of her upcoming album Panacea. Details here

Releases This Week

Andrew Bird
Are You SeriousAndrew Bird

Illinois: Special 10th Anniversary Blue MarvelSufjan Stevens
Official Site

William Fitzsimmons
Charleroi: Pittsburgh, Volume 2William Fitzsimmons

Timber and Steel Presents

The Timbers

William Fitzsimmons

Friday 1st April – Mt Gambier Hotel, Mt Gambier, SA
Saturday 2nd April – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell could well be one of the greatest songwriters of his generation. Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, you’re in for a treat.

Friday 1st April – The Croxton Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd April – Silver Raven Festival, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 3rd April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

April Maze
Saturday 2nd April – The Rhythm Cafe, Foster, VIC
Thursday 7th April – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Blind Boys of Alabama
Friday 1st April – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd April – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

City and Colour w/ Little May
Saturday 2nd April – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 4th April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 5th April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th April – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 1st April – Canberra Musicians Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 2nd April – Mumbulla School Hall, Bega, NSW
Sunday 3rd April – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 7th April – Townsville Folk and Acoustic Music Club, Currajong, QLD
Friday 8th April – Visy Theatre, New Farm, QLD

El Grande
Wednesday 6th April – Rad, Wollongong, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Vishtèn, The Little Stevies, Rob Longstaff
Friday 1st April – Balgownie Village Community Centre, Balgownie, NSW
Saturday 2nd April – Bloomfield Hall, Orange, NSW
Sunday 3rd April – Simpson Pavilion Grenfell Showground, Grenfell, NSW

FolkSwagon w/ Nikki Steinfeld, The Delta Revue, Liam Gale
Wednesday 6th April – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gordie Tentrees
Friday 1st April – Magda Community Artz, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 2nd April – Hervey Bay Community Centre, Hervey Bay, QLD
Sunday 3rd April – Hervey Bay Community Centre, Hervey Bay, QLD
Monday 4th April – Marion’s Place, Alstonville, NSW
Tuesday 5th April – Wingham Concerts, Wauchope, NSW
Wednesday 6th April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 7th April – Billyroys Blues Bar, Goldmines Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 8th April – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

Sunday 3rd April – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything
Friday 1st April – Live at The Wharf, Ulverstone, TAS
Saturday 2nd April – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Sunday 3rd April – MONA, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 7th April – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA

Jason Isbell
Friday 1st April – The Croxton Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd April – Silver Raven Festival, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 3rd April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 1st April – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Thursday 7th April – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 8th April – Clancy’s, Fremantle, WA

Liam Gerner
Friday 8th April – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Man From Snowy River Bush Festival
Thursday 31st March to Sunday 3rd April – Corryong, VIC

Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters
Friday 1st April – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Mark Moldre
Friday 8th April – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Mitch Power
Sunday 3rd April – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Paddy McHugh and Andy Golledge
Friday 1st April – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Oh Pep!
Wednesday 6th April – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA
Friday 8th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Riley Pearce
Friday 1st April – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 3rd April – The Workers Club, Melbourne, NSW

Ruby Boots
Sunday 3rd April – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Sahara Beck
Saturday 2nd April- Port Macquarie Blues and BBQ Festival, Port Macquarie, NSW

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel and John Flanagan
Thursday 7th April – Mountain Mama, Sheffield, TAS

Sam Newton and Chris Gillespie
Sunday 3rd April – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Sian Evans
Wednesday 6th April – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-together
Saturday 2nd April – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 8th April – Howlin’ Wolf Bar, Wollongong, NSW

The East Pointers
Friday 1st April – Yamba Community Centre, Yamba, NSW
Saturday 2nd April – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 3rd April – Eatonsville Hall, Eatonsville, NSW
Wednesday 6th April – Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 7th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 8th April – Hotel Gearin, Katoomba, NSW

The Go Set
Friday 8th April – Southern Cross Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD

The Little Stevies
Friday 1st April – Balgownie Village Community Centre, Balgownie, NSW
Saturday 2nd April – Bloomfield Hall, Orange, NSW
Sunday 3rd April – Simpson Pavilion Grenfell Showground, Grenfell, NSW

The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
Friday 1st April – Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 2nd April – Hotel Gearin, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 3rd April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 5th April – Cat & Fiddle Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 1st April – Mt Gambier Hotel, Mt Gambier, SA
Saturday 2nd April – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Weeping Willows
Friday 1st April – Harmonie German Club’s Friday Night Live, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 2nd April – Django Bar, Marrickville, NSW
Monday 4th April – Jane’s, Wollongong, NSW

Tim Guy
Friday 1st April – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 2nd April – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Vaudevillia by Mic Conway’s National Junk Band & Guests
Friday 1st April – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Friday 1st April – Wooloongong Hall, Wooloongong, NSW
Saturday 2nd April – Bloomfield Hall, Orange, NSW
Sunday 3rd April – Simpson Pavillion, Grenfell, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Rox in the Box” – The Decemberists

If you caught The Decemberists in Sydney this week you would have seen Colin Meloy forget the words to this track before revisiting it later in the set for an absolutely cracking version. I love the way “Rox in the Box” ties into the folk tradition borrowing the tune for “Raggle Taggle Gypsy” as its refrain.

Watch the New Emmy The Great Video “Algorithm”

Emmy The Great
Image Courtesy of Emmy The Great

Emmy The Great released her new album Second Love last week and with that came her brand new video “Algorithm”. Now we know it’s been a long while since Emmy The Great released anything that could be called “folk music” but we love everything she does (and there’s a decent amount of acoustic guitar in this track).

Check out the video for “Algorithm” below:

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2015

Record Player

If anything has characterised 2015 for me in terms of new albums it’s that we finally saw debuts from some of our favourite artists. So many bands these days are serial EP releasers so it’s great to see the likes of Patrick James, Falls Marlon Williams and more knuckle down and get into the studio. It’s also great to see the return of firm favourites after time away and an explosion of traditional music that pushes boundaries and challenges our perception of what trad music can be.

Coming up with a top 25 list is always a challenge (let alone putting them in some kind of order) but I think what we’ve come up with is a wonderful cross section of all the genres of “folk” music we cover on Timber and Steel – from singer-songwriter to Americana to indie folk to traditional and beyond.

So without further ado here it is – our top 25 albums and EPs from 2015!

Kate and Ruth

1. Kate Burke & Ruth HazletonDeclaration

What a year 2015 has been for traditional music. Maybe it’s just me but it seems like a lot more trad is breaking through at the moment and the icing on the cake this year has been the incredible new album from Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Declaration.

This is the duo’s first album in about eight years and their return to the studio has been a welcome one. Once again teaming with producer Luke Plumb, Declaration is loosely themed around traditional music from the female perspective with a few contemporary tracks thrown in for good measure.

The tracks are rich, heartbreaking, emotional and beautiful. So many of the songs deal with pretty heavy themes such as domestic violence (“Bleezin’ Blind Drunk”), false accusations of adultery (“Waly Waly”) and the disintegration of a woman’s public reputation (“Katy Cruel”) and these are conveyed with resonance by Burke and Hazleton. Hearing these two singing together again reminds me of why I fell in love with their harmonies all those years ago.

The two originals on the album – “The Freeze” and “Hearts Of Sorrow” – are two of my favourites and they make me wish Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton were more prolific as songwriters. Maybe one day we’ll get a full album of self penned tracks?

I love how much Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton have matured as performers over the last 15 years. Gone is the rigid need to stick 100% to the tradition and instead we have a fluid take on the material that draws as much from contemporary music as it does from Anglo, Celtic and American music. A simply wonderful album


2. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell

Touted as the return to Folk Music for Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell is in fact the next step in his musical evolution. Rather than shrugging off the electronic chaos of his recent albums, Stevens has merely toned it down and brought back his acoustic guitar to dive into the complex relationship with his mother following her passing. This album is so raw, so nuanced and deserved of every bit of praise that has been heaped upon it.

Fanny Lumsden

3. Fanny LumsdenSmall Town Big Shot

I’ve always predicted big things for Fanny Lumsden ever since I saw her perform at a rooftop bar in Sydney many moons ago. Small Town Big Shot is the album that is currently turning Lumsden from Sydney’s alt-country darling to a favourite of the Australian country scene. The album is full of Fanny Lumsden’s true-to-life accounts of growing up in rural Australia while never straying into the Americanised, dust kicking ideal of country life so often portrayed by Australian country artists. Not to be ignored, Lumsden’s band The Thrillseekers add a rich musical tapestry to her songs and really seem to have gelled as group. Only released in September there’s a lot of life in Small Town Big Shot so we’ll continue to see Fanny Lumsden riding high off it’s ever growing success in 2016.

Paper Kites

4. The Paper Kitestwelvefour

The Paper Kites have produced what has to be one of the most interesting concept albums of recent years. twelvefour was written exclusively between the hours of 12am and 4am as frontman Sam Bentley believed this is when people are at their most creative. The result is stunning – a patchwork of eighties electro influences and the band’s trademark indie-folk – and will no doubt go down as a high watermark in their career. twelvefour feels very deliberately structured moving from the straight up electro of “Electric Indigo” and “Relevator Eyes” to more folky numbers in the second half of the album (“A Silent Cause” is a standout for me). I’m interested to see where The Paper Kites take their sound next.


5. PackwoodAutumnal

This year chamber-folk artist Packwood released four seasonally themed EPs as part of his Vertumnus album project. The first of these was Autumnal which has remained my firm favourite through all of the subsequent releases. Gone is Packwood’s trademark sparsely plucked banjo (don’t worry, it returns in later EPs) and instead we get delicately fingerpicked guitar accompanied by choir and chamber orchestra. The songs are delicate and sumptuous and Packwood has really come a long way as a songwriter since his debut. Put on Autumnal, close your eyes and let the world fall away.

Laura Marling

6. Laura MarlingShort Movie

We’re now five albums into Laura Marling’s career and her songwriting has never been stronger. On her latest release Short Movie Marling’s songwriting takes on a freeform, Dylan-esque mode only hinted at on previous albums and it takes her into some very ineteresting places. There’s a lot more electric guitar on Short Movie and at times she descends into beat-poet-like spoken word phrases (like on the amazing “Gurdjieff’s Daughter”) yet no one is crying that Marling’s turned her back on her folk roots (like Marling’s old band Mumford & Sons). Instead Short Movie is being praised as an evolution of her sound and while it is miles away from her 2008 debut Alas, I Cannot Swim, both musically and stylistically, this is 100% a Laura Marling album.


7. William FitzsimmonsPittsburgh

In his ode to his recently passed Grandmother and her home town of Pittsburgh, William Fitzsimmons has created a delicate, beautiful piece of magic. This is his first self-produced album since 2006’s Goodnight and it does feel markedly different from his recent releases – the production is not a slave to his voice and guitar, instead it sits more comfortably as part of each song. At only seven tracks long Pittsburgh leaves you warm and fuzzy and wanting more.


8. Patrick JamesOutlier

It seems like 2015 saw a lot of long time favourite Timber and Steel artists finally got around to releasing their debut album – and one of the debuts we were most excited about was from Patrick James. Over the course of a bunch of EPs Patrick James has refined his James Taylor-esque folk songs and Outlier is the culmination of years of solid songwriting. The production on Outlier makes the most of James’ unique voice and elevates his solo singer-songwriter roots into a rich, luscious landscape.

Wilder Mind

9. Mumford & SonsWilder Mind

With all of the attention on Mumford & Sons “ditching the banjo” and turning their back on folk music when Wilder Mind came out very little attention was paid to the album itself. Which is a shame because it’s another solid outing for the boys. If you push through the electric guitars and drums you discover that Wilder Mind is unmistakably a Mumford record with big choruses, melodies dripping with four part harmonies and festival ready lyrical hooks. And anyone who has seen Mumford & Sons this year will know they have in no way ditched the banjo – Wilder Mind sits perfectly within their entire catalogue.


10. FallsOmaha

It took Falls moving to LA 18 months ago (and dropping the “The”) to produce their gorgeous debut album Omaha. Falls have expanded their two-voices-and-a-guitar sound to an almost orchestral level, but at the forefront is still their lyrically driven melodies and beautiful harmonies. I’m actually really impressed that all of the tracks on Omaha having seen them perform almost exclusively from their Hollywood EP before their big move Stateside. Now we just need a national Australian tour off the back of the album!


11. TolkaOne House

The stunning result of trad band Tolka’s trip to Belfast last year to write and record a new album – one of the tightest trad bands in the country.

Limit of Love

12. Boy & BearLimit of Love

Boy & Bear return with a 70s vibe and a bunch of new tracks that saw the band collaborating on the songwriting duties.

If I Was

11. The StavesIf I Was

The Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) production on The Staves’ debut elevates their sound from simple three part harmonies to full blown indie-folk goodness.

Secret Victory

12. The East PointersSecret Victory

The result of writing sessions on their summer tour of Australia, The East Pointers have written 10 original tracks that sound as if they’ve been ripped directly from the tradition.


13. The Milk Carton KidsMonterey

Monterey is the closest The Milk Carton Kids have come to capturing their mesmerising live show on record – this is something special.


14. Dougal Adams, Ado Barker & Ben StephensonThe Freewheeler

Instead of complaining that it’s been too long between albums for Trouble in the Kitchen get your trad fix with the debut album from Dougal Adams, Ado Barker & Ben Stephenson.


15. Ruby BootsSolitude

The Perth songstress has nailed down an amazing band and has produced one of the best alt-country albums of the last few years.

Tomorrow Is My Turn

16. Rhiannon GiddensTomorrow Is My Turn

In her debut solo album Rhiannon Giddens has built on the trad and old time of her work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and spun it into something new and very exciting.

Marlon Williams

17. Marlon WilliamsMarlon Williams

With a voice that has reduced grown men and women to tears, there’s a lot to love about Marlon Williams’ debut record – this man is taking country music back to its roots and winning fans every step of the way.

Inside Llewyn Davis

18. VariousAnother Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis

The folk and Americana industry’s best come together for a night of music inspired by the 60s folk scene and to a lesser extent the Cohen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis.

Dream's End

19. Matt BauerDream’s End

On his latest album Matt Bauer has upped the production stakes, forgoing his normally sparse folk songs and the result is wonderful.

Punch Brothers

20. Punch BrothersThe Phosphorescent Blues

I think it’s time to stop referring to Punch Brothers as “bluegrass” or “nu-grass” or anything at all – with The Phosphorescent Blues they have proven they are undefinable.


21. Mustered CourageWhite Lies and Melodies

Mustered Courage have always been the most polished bluegrass band in Australia but they’ve upped the ante with their new album adding a pop sheen to their sound.

Hell Breaks Loose

22. Shane NicholsonHell Breaks Loose

The godfather of the Australian Americana scene released one of the year’s best country albums – all heartbreak and whisky and everything that’s good about this kind of music.

The Decemberists

23. The DecemberistsWhat A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

A welcome return to the studio from The Decemberists to follow up their amazing 2011 album The King Is Dead – a little less folk, a little more rock and all sorts of goodness.

Josh Pyke

24. Josh PykeBut For All These Shrinking Hearts

Australia’s premiere troubadour delivers yet another stunning album with his trademark wry lyrics and hooky melodies.


25. Emmy The GreatS

Emmy The Great slides into electro music while maintaining the folk-inspired melodies she’s become known for.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th December


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Finders Keepers Markets Sydney announced their lineup for this weekend including Ollie Brown, Katie Brianna, Luke Escombe, Catgut, Maia Jelavic, Taryn La Fauci, Lisa Caruso, The Maple Trail and many more. Details here

Jinja Safari released their new single “Kilimanjaro”. Details here

– UK artist King Charles released his new video “Gamble for a Rose”. Details here

Calexico have announced sideshows when they’re in Australia for WOMADelaide. Details here

The John Butler Trio announced dates for WA in January. Details here

– Alt-country favourite Fanny Lumsden has announced a bunch of Tamworth Country Music Festival shows. Details here

-Icelandic nu-folkers Of Monsters and Men are returning to our shores in 2016. Details here

Aoife O’Donovan released her fuzzy new single “The King of All Birds”. Details here

Emmy The Great has given us the first taste of her upcoming album Second Love. Details here

– Australian Americana singer Henry Wagons released the first taster of his upcoming solo album. Details here


“We set out to play traditional music but put a modern spin on it. We’ve always loved listening to trad music and it started to feel like a lot of people out there would like it too if they had access to it. Maybe some of these new ideas would make it more accessible to some people. We just had a lot of new tunes on the go and decided why not make a full album” – Jake Charron from The East Pointers chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Factory Girl
Factory GirlRhiannon Giddens

Little Stevies
Useful Songs For Little PeopleTeeny Tiny Stevies (The Little Stevies)

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

TinPan Orange


TinPan Orange will be officially launching their new single “Your Not There” at The Melbourne Folk Club this Sunday.

Sunday 13th December – Melbourne Folk Club, Bakehouse Studios, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

A Day on the Green feat. Paul Kelly Presents: The Merri Soul Sessions, Lucinda Williams, Kasey Chambers and Marlon Williams
Saturday 12th December – Peter Lehmann Wines, Barossa Valley, SA
Sunday 13th December – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA

Archie Roach
Friday 11th December – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Friday 18th December – The Majestic Theatre, Pomona, QLD

Be’Loved feat. Direwolf, Colin Jones, The Campervan Dancers, Liam Gale & the Ponytails
Friday 18th December – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Kentucky Fried Picken’
Wednesday 16th December – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Bunker Bluegrass feat. Dear Orphans, The Southern Gentleman, Burnt Creek Deviation Bluegrass Band, Stillhouse Union
Thursday 17th December – The Bunker, Sydney, NSW

Chaika with Pickpockets & Rascals Orchestra and Lucy Wise Trio
Friday 11th December – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Dana Hassall
Sunday 13th December – Christmas Wonderland of Lights, Toowoomba, QLD

Darren Hanlon
Friday 11th December – TBD, Nannup, WA
Saturday 12th December – Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 16th December – Ararat Hotel Red Room, Ararat, VIC
Friday 18th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

End of Year Folk Bash feat. Darlo After Dark, Southern Cross Trawlers, Men With Day Jobs, Black Joak Morris, Kate Maclurcan, Grace Chiundiza, Cap in Hand
Sunday 13th December – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Saturday 12th December – Harvest Cut out Party Downside Hall, Downside, NSW

Father John Misty
Saturday 12th December – Meredith Music Festival, VIC

Festival of Small Halls feat. Irish Mythen, Starboard Cannons
Friday 11th December – CCSA Hall, Caloundra, QLD
Saturday 12th December – Degilbo Hall, Degilbo, QLD
Sunday 13th December – Woodford Hall, Woodford, QLD
Thursday 17th December – Sandgate Hall, Sandgate, QLD
Friday 18th December – Goomeri Hall of Memory, Goomeri, QLD

Finders Keepers Market feat. Ollie Brown, Katie Brianna, Luke Escombe, Catgut, Maia Jelavic, Taryn La Fauci, Lisa Caruso, The Maple Trail
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th December – Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

Foy Vance
Wednesday 16th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th December – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Fraser A. Gorman
Thursday 17th December – GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th December – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Home Sweet Home feat. Caitlin Harnett, Andrew Phelan
Friday 11th December – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Jim Lawrie
Friday 18th December – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Lucinda Williams
Saturday 12th December – A Day on the Green, Peter Lehmann Wines, Barossa Valley, SA
Sunday 13th December – A Day on the Green Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA

Marlon Williams and The Yarra Benders w/ Ben Salter
Friday 11th December – The Substation, Newport, VIC
Saturday 12th December – A Day on the Green, Peter Lehmann Wines, Barossa Valley, SA
Sunday 13th December – A Day on the Green Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA

Meredith Music Festival
Saturday 12th December – Meredith, VIC

The Gaelic Club Christmas Party feat. Bears With Guns
Friday 18th December – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

The Morrisons
Friday 11th December – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 12th December – No.5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 17th December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Stray Hens
Saturday 12th December – Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

TinPan Orange
Sunday 13th December – Melbourne Folk Club, Bakehouse Studios, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Eleanor Rigby” – De Dannan

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a contemporary song transformed into a trad tune as deftly as this.

Emmy the Great Announces New Album Second Love

Emmy The Great
Image Courtesy of Emmy The Great

If 2015 EP S is anything to go by UK based singer-songwriter Emmy The Great is very quickly stepping away from her indie-folk roots and is instead embracing more electronic soundscapes, albeit with a definite focus on melody and lyricism.

Emmy The Great has announced that on the 11th March she will be releasing her brand new album Second Love and from what we’re hearing it will be along the same lines of S.

We don’t have much more information on Second Love other than a taster of one of the tracks “Dance w Me” – take a listen below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 6th February


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The original nu-folk band Calexico have announced plans to release a new album Edge of the Sun. Details here

– Adelaide’s Sam Brittain has headed out on an east coast tour with Amistat. Details here

– Brisbane duo Hollow Coves released their new single “The Woods”. Details here

The Heartstring Quartet are definitely a band to watch when they make their way to Australia this month. Details here

– NSW based singer-songwriter Alex Hallahan released his new single “Tangle For Two”. Details here

– Old-time troubadour Archer released his new video “Garden”. Details here

Hozier announced two headline dates when he’s here for Bluesfest in, you guessed it, Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– Brisbane band Elbury are streaming their new EP Demasquerade. Details here

– American folk acts Shakey Graves and Shovels & Rope will be touring Australia in March. Details here

The Timbers will be performing at The Jade Monkey in Adelaide tonight supported by … themselves? Details here

– New York based singer-songwriter MacKenzie Shivers released her new single “Orphan Song”. Details here

– Iconic Sydney folk venue The Shack turns 50 this weekend with a celebratory concert. Details here

– The Festival of Small Halls Australia is back again this Autumn taking Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys and Siskin River from the Port Fairy Folk Festival to the National Folk Festival via regional towns and centres. Details here

– Regular Sydney jam night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s returns for 2015 with performances from Stillhouse Union and The Plough. Details here

– American singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge has announced an Australian tour in April. Details here

Iron & Wine and Rhiannon Giddens released a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”. Details here

– The very buzz worthy Rowena Wise has released a new single, “Words”, and added a bunch of tour dates. Details here

– Brisbane singer-songwriter Clea released her single “Polyester”. Details here

– UK chamber-folk band The Leisure Society have announced a new album The Fine Art of Hanging On. Details here

– Sydney duo Elwood Myre released their new video “California”. Details here

– Regular Sydney night Fairlight Folk has announced its February lineup including Shane Howard (Goanna) and Joe Flower & Harmony Breeze. Details here

José González released his new video “Leaf Off / The Cave”. Details here



“Not to say this isn’t a great album – it certainly is. There are a lot of highlights throughout. But it’s not the kind of album I can enjoy from start to finish, not the way I can with Down from the Mountain or even the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack (the intentionally terrible “Please Mr. Kennedy” aside). And I think it’s for a number of reasons”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the live album Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis. Review here

“Deep in the heart of the EP’s four tracks I can still hear the same singer-songwriter strumming away on her guitar that I fell in love with five years ago”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the new EP from Emmy The Great, S. Review here

Releases This Week

The April Maze
Sleeping StormThe April Maze

Elwood Myre
Elwood MyreElwood Myre

Father John Misty
I Love You, HoneybearFather John Misty

The Pigs
The Pigs’ Home Brew: 13 Aussie ClassicsThe Pigs

Ryan Bingham
Fear and Saturday NightRyan Bingham

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Timbers

The Timbers

Tonight Adelaide folk stalwarts The Timbers will be putting on a very special gig supported by themselves. That’s right – each member of The Timbers – Joe Man Murphy, Simon Basey and Benjamin Roberts – will be performing a solo set before the band get on stage. Has to be seen to be believed.

Friday 6th February – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

Alanna Eileen
Friday 13th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 6th February – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Saturday 7th Fenruary – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Tuesday 10th February – Convention Centre, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 11th February – Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD
Friday 13th February – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Ann Vriend
Friday 6th February – Mother’s Milk, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 7th February – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 8th February – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Tuesday 10th February – House Concert, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 12th February – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, Vic
Friday 13th February – Dodges Ferry, Tas

April Maze
Wednesday 11th February – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

CW Stoneking
Friday 6th February – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 7th February – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 8th February – Lizotte’s, Dee Why, NSW
Tuesday 10th February – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 11th February – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 13th February – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

Joel Barker
Saturday 7th February – The Bird, Northbridge, WA

John Flanagan
Friday 6th February – The Bluebee room, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 7th February – The Exeter, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 11th February – The Yarra Hotel, Abbottsford, VIC
Thursday 12th February – Homestead Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Friday 13th February – Live At The Wharf, Gnomon Pavilion, Ulverstone, TAS

Kim Churchill
Friday 6th February – Amplifier Bar, Perth, WA
Saturday 7th February – City of Stirling Summerset Arts Festival, Scarborough WA
Friday 13th February – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC

Little Bastard
Friday 13th February – Dues Ex Machina, Sydney, NSW

Mandy Connell with Tom Ciccone
Wednesday 11th February – Bar Oussou, Melbourne, VIC

Saturday 7th February – Red Hill Auditorium, Perth, WA

Sam Brittain and Amistat
Sunday 8th February – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 10th February – Wood St House Concert, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 12th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th February – Beavs Bar, Geelong, VIC

The Melbourne Folk Club feat. The Mae Trio, The Once
Wednesday 11th February – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Shack 50th Anniversary feat. Dave Calandra, New York Public Library, Grimick, Jim Jarvis, The Original Myd Lyfe Crysys
Saturday 7th February – The Shack, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 6th February – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Butterfly” and “Ships Are Sailing” – Nick Metcalf

“The Butterfly” is a standard in so many sessions and I’m trying to learn it. Which means watching a lot of videos on Youtube like this one.

Review: Emmy The Great, S

Emmy The Great
Image Courtesy of Emmy The Great

So I guess our little folk singer has really grown up.

Well to be honest Emmy The Great has been shedding her folk-singer skin ever since the release of her 2011 album Virtue, but with her new EP S she’s well and truly left folk behind in favour of pop music. And not just any pop music – 80s synth-pop to be exact.

Which may lead you to question why we’re reviewing S in the first place. Well the main reason is deep in the heart of the EP’s four tracks I can still hear the same singer-songwriter strumming away on her guitar that I fell in love with five years ago. So let’s break this down track by track shall we?

“Swimming Pool”: The first single from the EP and probably the closest track to anything from Virtue, “Swimming Pool” showcases Emmy The Great’s delicate vocals over muted, retro production. It’s very easy to hear the influence of artists like Lana Del Rey and Lorde on the track with the minimalist rhythm section, glissando harps and generous reverb. I love the chorus in this track where the male voice (courtesy of Wild Beasts’ Tom Fleming) adds a complimentary bass to Emmy The Great’s melodies. One of my favourite tracks from her in a long time.

“Social Halo”: The looping and sampling at the start of this track actually gives way to the kind of simple fingerpicking typical of early Emmy The Great tracks – only this time on an electric guitar. The finger-picking continues the rest of the track but is overshadowed by the production – sweeping eighties rock guitar, ambient loops and restrained synth base. Emmy The Great’s lyrics are still front and centre on this track and it makes me wonder if the track is written about anyone in particular – who’s social halo is Emmy referring to? And does she even want to be there in the first place?

“Solar Panels”: And so the transformation into 80s synth-pop princess is complete. “Solar Panels” ignores any pretense of lyrical complexity and dives straight into thumping base, repetitive verses and choruses and choppy synth. There’s no folk singer here – this is pure dancefloor baiting pop. All I can picture is fluro when I hear this song

“Somerset (I Can’t Get Over)”: The synth-pop trend continues on “Somerset (I Can’t Get Over)”, albeit in a more subdued fashion. The track is an ode to an ex-lover who Emmy The Great pleads with “please don’t get over me”. There’s something almost broadway about the lyrics and melody of this track – you could imagine it being slotted into a musical complete with jazzy big band score and dance solo over the “da da da” break. But obviously it’s not a broadway number – it’s a pop song and it’s a wonderful way to wrap up the EP.

With all the synth-pop in S maybe it’s time for Timber and Steel to well and truly break up with Emmy The Great, accept the fact that she’s not the acoustic folk singer she once was. But I’m still going to buy this EP and I’m still going to be the first to geek out every time she releases something new. Because I can’t just get over Emmy The Great.

S from Emmy The Great is available online now via Rough Trade. You can also stream the EP on Rookie Mag here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th November


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney singer-songwriter Caitlin Harnett will be launching her new album in a hometown show this week. Details here

– Next February Angus and Julia Stone will be heading out on tour with Cloud Control, Jarryd James and Little May. Details here

– For his new video, “I Forget Where We Were”, Ben Howard stepped behind the camera for his directorial debut. Details here

– Carolina Chocolate Drops founding member Rhiannon Giddens will be releasing her debut solo album next February. Details here

– UK duo Slow Club have announced Australian tour dates in January. Details here

– Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini has announced Bluesfest sideshows next year. Details here

Little Bastard announced a 2015 tour and released their new video “Desert Roller”. Details here

– The latest Hunger Games film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, features the track “The Hanging Tree” which was co-written by The Lumineers. Details here

– Country and Inner Western becomes Christmas and Inner Western in December featuring The Morrisons, Tim Chaisson, Catherine Britt, A Man Called Stu, Jenny Queen and Fanny Lumsden and The Thrillseekers. Details here

Bear’s Den released their new single “Think of England”. Details here

Emmy The Great released the slightly creepy video for her new track “Swimming Pool”. Details here

Aldous Harding released her new video “No Peace”. Details here

Stu Larsen released his new video “King Street”. Details here

CW Stoneking has announced plans for a east coast regional tour this coming February. Details here

Releases This Week

Pepa Knight
Hypnotized Vol.1Pepa Knight

Local Football
Local FootballSleepy Dreamers

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Kruger Brothers w/ The Company

Kruger Brothers

Renowned American bluegrass trio The Kruger Brothers will be making their Australian debut this week and they’re taking The Company along for the ride. The award winning trio have announced only a handful of shows and all of them are in Queensland so if you’re in town make the most of this opportunity

Friday 28th November – The Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 29th November – The Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 30th November – Samford Hall, Samford, QLD
Friday 5th December – Maleny Community Hall, Maleny QLD

Gigs Next Week

Bearded Gypsy Band
Thursday 4th December – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th December – Bennett’s Lane, Melbourne, VIC

Betty & Oswald
Friday 28th November – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC
Sunday 30th November – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 4th December – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 5th December – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Brad Butcher
Thursday 4th December – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Busby Marou
Friday 28th November – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 29th November – Gorgeous Festival, Adelaide, SA

Caitlin Harnett w/ Lacey Cole & The Lazy Colts
Wednesday 3rd December – Easy Tiger, Sydney, NSW

Daniel Lee Kendall
Saturday 29th November – Loo Loo’s Warehouse, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 5th December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 30th November – The B-East, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Saturday 29th November – Station Bar, Katoomba, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 28th November – Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle, WA

Gorgeous Festival
Friday 28th and Saturday 29th November – McLaren Vale, SA

Hat Fitz and Cara
Saturday 29th November – The Basement @ Gold Coast Arts Centre, Gold Coast, QLD

Friday 28th November – Adelaide Uni Bar, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 29th November – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 30th November – Queenscliff Music Fest, VIC
Thursday 4th December – Dunsborough Hotel, Dunsborough, WA
Friday 5th December – The Bakery, Perth, WA

Jack Carty
Friday 28th November – Captains at Mariners, Batemans Bay, NSW
Saturday 29th November – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 30th November – Birdhouse Bar, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 4th December – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th December – Kay St Saloon Bar, Traralgon, VIC

Jep and Dep
Sunday 30th November – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke
Friday 28th November – The Astor Hotel, Goulburn, NSW
Saturday 29th November – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 30th November – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW

Little Features feat. The Starry Field, Alex Gibson, Yetis, Daniel Tomalaris, Jesse Brand, Sarah Rowan Dahl
Saturday 29th November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Little May
Friday 28th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 29th November – Gorgeous Music Festival, McLaren Vale, SA
Friday 5th December – Solbar, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Liz Stringer
Friday 28th November – Manly Fig, Manly, NSW

Mark Moldre
Saturday 29th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Pepa Knight
Friday 28th November – Baker St, Gosford, NSW
Saturday 29th November – Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Sarah Humphreys
Saturday 29th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 28th November – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Saturday 29th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, QLD
Sunday 30th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, QLD
Thursday 4th December – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 5th December – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, VIC

The Kruger Brothers w/ The Company
Friday 28th November – The Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 29th November – The Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 30th November – Samford Hall, Samford, QLD
Friday 5th December – Maleny Community Hall, Maleny QLD

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 28th November – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC
Saturday 29th November – Gorgeous Festival, SA
Thursday 4th December – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Friday 5th December – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA

The Stetson Family
Sunday 30th November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Saturday 29th November – Gorgeous Festival, Serafino Winery, McLaren Vale, SA
Thursday 4th December – Great Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Massacre of Glencoe” – Don Bruce

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing South Australian based Scottish-Australian singer Don Bruce perform a number of times at folk festivals and I love the way he interprets songs. With St Andrew’s Day being this Sunday this I’ve chosen Bruce’s version of Jim McLean’s tragic tale of the 1692 massacre of the clan MacDonald as today’s FFF – not the happiest of songs but an important part of Scottish history.

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