Thank Folk It’s Friday – 13th November

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– 18 new artists added to The National Folk Festival lineup including The Young’uns (above), Jaaleekaay, Black Market Tune, Kristina Olsen, Colum Sands, The Rambling Boys, Skipping Girl Vinegar, The April Maze, 19-Twenty, Den Hanrahan, Rowena Wise, Horse & Wood, Kaurna Cronin, Bloodwood, Hayley Shone, Cloudstreet, Latehorse and The Ballpoint Penguins. Details here

Boy & Bear released their brand new video “Limit of Love”. Details here

– A bunch more artists were added to the WOMADelaide lineup including All Our Exes Live in Texas, Calexico, Cedric Burnside Project, Hazmat Modine, Husky, Kev Carmody, Mojo Juju, The Once, Spiro, The Spooky Men’s Chorale and many more. Details here

– NZ based singer-songwriter Tiny Ruins announced details of her new EP and upcoming Australian dates. Details here

– Sydney based gyspy-swing-jazz-folk band The Squeezebox Trio have announced details of their debut album And A Hotplate. Details here

– Although his next album is delayed Radical Face has released a free to download EP, The Bastards Volume 4. Details here

Mustered Courage released their new video “The Future” featuring Audra Mae. Details here

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers will be launching their debut album Small Town Big Shot in Sydney tomorrow night. Details here

– Sydney Northern Beaches regular night Fairlight Folk will be celebrating their 10th anniversary tomorrow night with Catgut and The Owls and the Pussycats. Details here

Dan Flynn and The State of Things have announced Sydney and Melbourne album launch dates. Details here

Josh Pyke announced a national tour for early next year. Details here

– This Sunday the Heartbreaker Sessions in Sydney will feature Perry Keyes and Mark Lucas. Details here

Releases This Week

Eva
NightbirdEva Cassidy
iTunes

The Bastards
The Bastards Volume 4Radical Face
NoiseTrade

Well Hanged
Well HangedThe Dead Maggies
JB Hi-Fi

Timber and Steel Presents

TJB
Timothy James Bowen

Saturday 14th November – Viva La Gong, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 14th November – Secret Show, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 15th November – Edgar’s Inn, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 19th November – Australian Music Week Showcase, Blind Bear, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 20th November – Australian Music Week Showcase, Shucked, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 20th November – Home Sweet Home, Sydney, NSW

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers

Fanny Lumsden

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers bring their country halls tour experience to the big smoke with the Sydney launch of their new album Small Town Big Shot

Saturday 14th November – St Stephens Hall, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

April Maze
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Majors Creek Festival, Braidwood, NSW

Ash Grunwald
Friday 13th November – Blues At Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown WA
Saturday 14th November – The Boston Brewery, Denmark WA

Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME)
Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th November – Melbourne, VIC

Blues at Bridgetown
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th – Bridgetown, WA

Clare Valley Carnival of Music
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Auburn, SA

Chris Henry & Hardcore Grass
Friday 13th November – Bendigo Folk Club, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November – Healesville Music Festival, VIC
Tuesday 17th November – Mountain Pickers Association, Burrinja Café, Upwey, VIC
Thursday 19th Novemver – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – MountainGrass Festival, Harrietville, VIC

CW Stoneking
Friday 13th November – Prince Of Wales, Perth, WA
Saturday 14th November – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Dan Parsons
Saturday 14th November – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Dana Hassall
Friday 13th November – Gypsy Bar, Echuca, VIC
Saturday 14th November – Babushka Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Wednesday 18th November – Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 19th November – Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford, VIC
Friday 20th November – Mansfield Coffee Merchant, Mansfield, VIC

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 14th November – Healesville Music Festival, VIC
Friday 20th to Saturday 21st November – MountainGrass Bluegrass Festival, VIC

Fairlight Folk feat. Catgut, The Owls and the Pussycats
Saturday 14th November – William Street Studios, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Saturday 14th November – St Stephens Hall, Sydney, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Irish Mythen, Starboard Cannons
Friday 13th November – Nymboida Community Hall, Nymboida, NSW
Saturday 14th November – Texas Memorial Hall, Texas, QLD
Sunday 15th November – Brookfield Hall, Brookfield, QLD

FolkSwagon feat. Tom Garble, The Campervan Dancers, Merpire
Wednesday 18th November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gentlemen of the Road feat. Mumford & Sons, Jake Bugg, Future Islands, The Vaccines, The Jungle Giants, Meg Mac, Art of Sleeping
Saturday 14th November – The Domain, Sydney, NSW

Healesville Music Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th November – Healesville, VIC

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Perry Keyes, Mark Lucas
Sunday 15th November – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Home Sweet Home feat. The Sweet Jelly Rolls, Timothy James Bowen, Maia Jelavic
Friday 20th November – Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Wednesday 18th November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Lime and Steel
Friday 13th November – Trade Winds Folk Club, Newcastle, NSW

Loren Kate
Thursday 19th November – No.5, Bellingen, NSW

Majors Creek Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Braidwood, NSW

Marlon Williams and The Yarra Benders w/ Ben Salter
Friday 13th November – Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD
Saturday 14th November – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 15th November – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 17th November – Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW
Friday 20th November – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

Matt Corby
Monday 16th November – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Tuesday 17th November – Metro Theatre, Sydney

Mountaingrass
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Harrietville, VIC

Mullum Music Festival
Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd November – Mullumbimby, NSW

Mustered Courage
Friday 20th November – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Pierce Brothers
Friday 13th November – Blues at Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown, WA
Saturday 14th November – Amplifier, Perth, WA
Sunday 15th November – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Friday 20th November – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC

Ron Sexsmith
Friday 20th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Suzannah Espie
Friday 13th November – Gooloogong Log Cabin Hall, Gooloogong, NSW
Sunday 15th November – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 19th November – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

The Night Sky Is A Jewellery Store Window Showcase
Friday 13th November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Dead Maggies
Friday 13th November – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 14th November – Fresh Cafe, Launceston, TAS
Friday 20th November – The Apple Shed, Grove, TAS

The Timbers
Saturday 14th November – Riverstock, Loxton, SA
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Majors Creek Festival, NSW

Timothy James Bowen
Saturday 14th November – Viva La Gong, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 14th November – Secret Show, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 15th November – Edgar’s Inn, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 19th November – Australian Music Week Showcase, Blind Bear, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 20th November – Australian Music Week Showcase, Shucked, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 20th November – Home Sweet Home, Sydney, NSW

TinPan Orange
Thursday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Flooers o’ the Forest” – Dick Gaughan

“Flooers o’ the Forest” or “Flowers of the Forest” is often played as an instrumental tune known as “The Lament” on solo pipes during Remembrance Day. Lest we forget.

Fairlight Folk To Celebrate Its 10 Year Anniversary

Catgut
Image Courtesy of Catgut

The wonderful folks behind regular acoustic music night Fairlight Folk hit a very important milestone this weekend – their 10th anniversary. That’s a decade of bringing amazing music to the Northern Beaches of Sydney and supporting local, national and international folk and acoustic music in all its various forms.

The 10th anniversary of Fairlight Folk will be marked with a very special performance this Saturday 14th November at the William Street Studios in Fairlight. The lineup for the event includes Northern Beaches based (mostly) a capella choir The Owls and the Pussycats and bluegrass and old time trio Catgut.

The night kicks off at 7:30pm – for more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 6th February

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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

Reviews

Recordings

“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
iTunes

Elwood Myre
Elwood MyreElwood Myre
Bandcamp

Father John Misty
I Love You, HoneybearFather John Misty
iTunes

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

Ryan Bingham
Fear and Saturday NightRyan Bingham
iTunes

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

Passenger
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.

Fairlight Folk Announces February Lineup

Shane Howard
Image Courtesy of Shane Howard

Quarterly Sydney folk music night Fairlight Folk Acoustic Lounge will return this month with an amazing lineup. Held in the city’s Northern Beaches on Saturday the 14th February, Fairlight Folk will this time around feature legendary songwriter Shane Howard (Goanna) and the hippie stylings of Joe Flower and Harmony Breeze.

The night will kick off at 7:30pm at the William Street Studios in Fairlight, Sydney with tickets just $20 on the door. For more information on the night check out the official Facebook event here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th November

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– UK artist Nick Mulvey released his new Australian shot video “I Don’t Want To Go Home”. Details here

Bernard Fanning has announced a solo tour for this January. Details here

The Decemberists announced plans to release their new album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World early next year. Details here

The Gulgong Folk Festival announced its 2014 lineup including The Bearded Gypsy Band, Daniel Champagne, Crooked Fiddle Band, Sweet Jelly Rolls, Freddie White (Ireland), Lexi Marie (Canada), Genevieve Chadwick, Honey (formerly Fig Jam), 19 Twenty, Squeeze Box Trio, The Fruit Trees, Southerly Change, String Theory, Allan Caswell, Out of Albingdon, Terry Serio, The Plough, Slightly Off and many more. Details here

Rufus Wainwright has announced Australian headline shows next year. Details here

– Swedish singer-songwriter José González has announced details of his new solo album. Details here

Kim Churchill released his new video “Single Spark” as well as announcing a headline tour in January. Details here

– Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Mangan has returned with his new project and single “Vessel”. Details here

Pepa Knight released his third single “Coyote Choir”. Details here

David Gray has announced a couple of headline shows when he’s in the country for Bluesfest. Details here

– Tomorrow’s Fairlight Folk in Sydney will feature RAPT, Terry Serio and the Ministry of Truth and Brendan Reed Dennis. Details here

– We premiered the new video from Timothy James Bowen, “Learn to Love Again”. Details here

– Adelaide’s Timberwolf released his new single “It Burns” and announced a national tour. Details here

– More Bluesfest sideshows were announced, this time from Jake Shimabukuro. Details here

Emmy The Great gave us a glimpse of her music with the new single “Swimming Pool”. Details here

– The new EP from Radical Face, The Bastards Volume 3, is available as a free download. Details here

Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo released their new video “Letters”. Details here

– The Blue Mountains Music Festival announced its first round of artists for 2015 including John Butler, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Dan Sultan, Daniel Champagne, Castlecomer, The Bearded Gypsy Band, Wagons, The Company, Leah Flanagan, All Our Exes Live in Texas, We Two Thieves, Jordie Lane, Perch Creek and many more. Details here

– Irish due The Lost Brothers released the video for their new single “Spanish Reprise”. Details here

– UK duo Paper Aeroplanes released the new video for their track “Guessing Game”. Details here

Interviews

“Nashville seems like a cool town. Just like one massive working museum. Everyone walks around in fancy shirts and expensive Stetson hats and they all love country music. I love country music so it was a thrill to hang out on Broadway and see all the places you’ve read about in these country music scrapbooks and biographies”Benjamin Folke Thomas chats to Aiden Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

Damien Rice
My Favourite Faded FantasyDamien Rice
iTunes

Nightwalk
NightWalkMatt Walters
iTunes

The Bastards
The Bastards Volume 3Radical Face
Noisetrade

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Les Thomas w/ Darren Cross, Lisa Caruso, Not Good with Horses

Les Thomas

Melbourne based singer-songwriter, blogger and activist Les Thomas makes his Sydney debut, launching his excelent debut album Survivor’s Tale.

Sunday 9th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Australasian Worldwide Music Expo
Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th November – Melbourne, VIC

Bearded Gypsy Band
Friday 7th November – The Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 8th November – Tell Tale and Vine, McLaren Vale, SA

Busby Marou
Friday 7th November – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 14th November – SSA Club, Albury, NSW

Cat Canteri
Friday 14th November – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

C.W. Stoneking
Thursday 13th November – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 14th November – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Daniel Lee Kendall
Thursday 13th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 14th November – The Shebeen Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 9th November – The B-East, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th November – The Blues at Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown, WA
Wednesday 12th November – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Thursday 13th November – The Swan Basement, Fremantle, WA

Fairlight Folk feat. RAPT, Terry Serio and the Ministry of Truth, Brendan Reed Dennis
Saturday 8th November – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Andy Brown, The Mae Trio
Friday 7th November – Cunnamulla, QLD
Saturday 8th November – Mitchell, QLD
Sunday 9th November – Charleville, QLD
Thursday 13th November – Chinchilla, QLD
Friday 14th November – St George, QLD

Fred Smith
Friday 7th November – Church of Trinity, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 8th November – Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

Georgia Fair
Wednesday 12th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 14th November – Easy Tiger, Sydney, NSW

Hat Fitz and Cara
Friday 7th November – The J, Noosa Junction, QLD
Friday 14th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Husky
Friday 7th November – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 8th November – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 13th November – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th November – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 7th November – Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 9th November – Four 5 Nine, Perth, WA
Thursday 13th November – Lizotte’s, Dee Why, NSW
Friday 14th November – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW

Jep and Dep
Saturday 8th November – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 14th  November – Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Katie Noonan, Angie Hart, Melody Pool, Sam Buckingham
Friday 7th November – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 8th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th November – Joan Sutherland PAC, Penrith, NSW
Friday 14th November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and Harmony James
Friday 14th November – Parkes Services Club, Parkes, NSW

Lanie Lane
Friday 7th November – The Bakery, Perth, WA
Saturday 8th November – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA

Les Thomas w/ Darren Cross, Lisa Caruso, Not Good with Horses
Sunday 9th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Little May
Friday 7th November – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA (Supporting Rodriguez)
Sunday 9th November – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA (Supporting Rodriguez)

Liz Stringer
Friday 7th November – Darwin Railway Club, Parap, NT
Sunday 9th November – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Friday 14th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 7th November – The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 8th November – Arnhem Club, Gove, NT
Sunday 9th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 14th November – Jive, Adelaide, SA

One Up, Two Down and Dan Parsons
Friday 7th November – House Show, Mildura, VIC
Saturday 8th November – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 9th November – Barb Agar’s House, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 12th November – Melbourne Folk Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th November – Quiet Place, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th November – MountainGrass Fest, Harrietville, VIC

Pepa Knight
Sunday 9th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th November – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Newton
Friday 7th November – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW
Saturday 8th November – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT

Steve Smyth
Friday 7th November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 8th November – Royal Hotel, Springwood, NSW
Sunday 9th November – The Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 14th November – No.5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Tattletale Saints
Friday 7th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Acfields
Saturday 8th November – New Tattersalls Hotel, Lismore, NSW
Friday 14th November – Acoustic Picnic (The Music Lounge), Sydney, NSW

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 7th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th November – Djerriwarrh Festival, Melton Recreation Reserve, VIC
Friday 14th November – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

The Stetson Family
Sunday 9th November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Tiger & Me
Friday 7th November – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

The Wilson Pickers
Friday 14th November – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Timberwolf
Friday 7th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 9th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Wagons
Friday 7th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Bedlam Boys” – Heidi Talbot

I heard a version of this song by Green Diesel (titled “Mad Tom of Bedlam”) on FolkCast the other day which sent me down Youtube rabbit hole listening to other people doing it. I think Heidi Talbot’s is one of my favourite versions but The Tiger and Me also have a cracking take on it if you ever get a chance to hear it.

Fairlight Folk Announces November Lineup

RAPT
Image Courtesy of RAPT

Quarterly Sydney folk music evening Fairlight Folk Acoustic Lounge will once again hit the Northern Beaches this weekend and it’s looking like a very special gig. This Saturday 8th November local trio RAPT will be launching their brand new CD at Fairlight Folk. Joining them on the bill will be roots favourites Terry Serio and the Ministry of Truth and poet Brendan Reed Dennis.

The night will kick off at 7pm at the William Street Studios in Fairlight, Sydney with tickets just $20 on the door. For more information on the night check out the official Facebook event here.


Thank Folk It’s Friday – 1st August

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Nick Mulvey has released a series of instructional videos to help you learn the songs from his album First Mind. Details here

– Central Coast singer-songwriter Daniel Lee Kendall released “Under A Spell”, the first single from his upcoming album Daniel Lee Kendall Is Dead. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Direwolf is launching his new EP tonight. Details here

– Melbourne folk-rock artist Tim Wheatley & Crooked Saint have released their new video “Burning The Midnight Oil”. Details here

– Dili based Australian singer-songwriter Cj Shaw and his band The Blow Ins are streaming their long awaited new album Milk Crate Throne online. Details here

– The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival have announced a bunch of artists for October including Annie Lou Band (Canada), Chris Henry and The Hardcore Grass (USA), Colin O’Brien (USA), Kirk Sutphin and Eddie Bond (USA) and Tattletale Saints (NZ), Catgut, CloudStreet, Dan Parsons, Fred Smith, Lucy Wise Trio, Margaret and Bob Fagan, Oh Pep!, One Up Two Down, Stray Hens, The Company (above), The Mid North, The Morrisons and many many more. Details here

– Melbourne duo Turtle & Fox have released their brand new single “I’m A Sardine”. Details here

The Pigs posted a video featuring 14 songs about Lorraine in five minutes. Details here

– The New Joe Mungovan single “Cotton Wool” hit the net this week. Details here

Jack Carty got his dance on in his latest video “The Joneses”. Details here

– The amazing Josh T Pearson has announced his first ever Australian shows. Details here

– Melbourne based trad five-piece Stray Hens have released their new video “Byker Hill”. Details here

– Quarterly Sydney folk night Fairlight Folk has announced its August lineup – Justin Bernasconi and the Dukes of Thornbury, Aaron Lyon and Laura Zarb. Details here

– We fell in love with the new music interview podcast Wait Long By The River and think you should too. Details here

Vance Joy announced plans to launch his new album with a single show in Melbourne this September. Details here

– English folk singer Martha Tilston has announced details of her new album The Sea

– Irish-American supergroup The Gloaming will be making their way to Australia for the Melbourne Festival. Details here

Interviews

“Man I can tell you that’s definitely been a mix dose of unrelenting stress, but I’ve been lucky to have worked with such incredible people that the end result is something I’m 94% happy with, which is quite a lot. I’m sure I’m not the only songwriter to have written a whole EP and then rolled over one day saying “I can’t believe I almost released this. No thanks, bin them all”. That happened twice unfortunately, but after getting out of my head for awhile and taking some time to be inspired the tracks kind of chose themselves. And it felt right”Direwolf chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Angus and Julia Stone
Angus and Julia StoneAngus and Julia Stone
iTunes

Emma Swift
Emma SwiftEmma Swift
iTunes

Weatherboard House
Weatherboard HouseOllie Brown
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Husky

Husky

Friday 1st August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Melody Pool and Marlon Williams

Melody and Marlon

I’ve already stated elsewhere that “this may possibly be one of the most exciting tours of 2014” so if you haven’t been to see Melody Pool and Marlon Williams then you should really jump at the chance. These two are among the best and brightest coming out of the acoustic music scene in Australia and New Zealand right now. Don’t miss out!

Saturday 2nd August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 3rd August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 6th August – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Thursday 7th August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 8th August – St Martin’s Parish Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
Saturday 2nd August – Bangalow Showground, Byron Bay, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 8th August – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Caitlin Park
Friday 1st August – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd August – The Hive, Brisbane, QLD

Clare Bowditch with Adalita
Saturday 2nd August – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th August – Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Dan and Amy
Wednesday 6th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Darren Cross
Thursday 7th August – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Direwolf w/ Brendon Moon, Karl-Christoph
Friday 1st August – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Saturday 2nd August – Mobys Waterfront Lounge, Denmark, WA
Sunday 3rd August – Redcliffe on the Murray, Pinjarra, WA
Friday 8th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Husky
Friday 1st August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Jep and Dep
Sunday 3rd August – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Sunday 3rd August – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 8th August – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT

Melody Pool and Marlon Williams
Saturday 2nd August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 3rd August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 6th August – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Thursday 7th August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 8th August – St Martin’s Parish Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW

Pepa Knight
Friday 1st August – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 7th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Redlands Bluegrass Festival
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th August – The Kindilan Convention Centre, Redland Bay, QLD

Rose Wintergreen
Sunday 3rd August – The Turbine Platform, Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

The Beards
Saturday 2nd August – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 7th August – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Friday 8th August – Spurs Saloon Bar, Devonport, TAS

The Company
Thursday 7th August – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

The Yearlings
Friday 1st August – The Song Room, Barossa Art Gallery, Tanunda, SA
Saturday 2nd August – Rosemount Winery, McLaren Vale, SA
Sunday 3rd August – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton, Adelaide SA

Vincent Cross
Friday 1st August – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 2nd August – The Shack, Narrabeen, NSW
Sunday 3rd August – Radio Folk & Roots, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 7th August – Gnomon Pavilion, Ulverstone, TAS
Friday 8th August – The Gallery, Gignet, TAS

Wagons
Friday 8th August – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Geordie” – Joan Baez

I’ve spent a lot of this week listening to NPR Music’s coverage of last weekend’s Newport Folk Festival. During the Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer set Mitchell introduced her version of “Geordie” by saying “we’re going to give you a ballad that it’s possible barefoot Joan Baez could have done on this stage fifty years ago”. So I hunted out Baez’s version of the Child Ballad and thought I’d share.

Fairlight Folk Announces August Lineup

Justin Bernasconi
Image Courtesy of Justin Bernasconi

Quarterly Sydney folk music evening Fairlight Folk Acoustic Lounge is gearing up for its August event with the announcement of three fantastic artists. Fairlight Folk is held each quarter at the William Street Studios in Fairlight on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and has a reputation as one of the most intimate, welcoming regular nights in the city.

On Saturday 9th August Fairlight Folk will play host to Melbourne singer-songwriter (and band) Justin Bernasconi and the Dukes of Thornbury, blues balladeer Aaron Lyon and local (via the USA) singer-songwriter Laura Zarb.

The night kicks off at 7pm with tickets just $20. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.



Thank Folk It’s Friday – 3rd January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Emily Barker is a very welcome late addition to the Sydney Festival lineup, and she’s bringing the Folk In A Box project with her. Details here

– The Folk Informal at FBi Social in Sydney have announced the lineup for their first show of 2014 including Tom Staniford, Timothy Bowen, Little Bighorn and Huckleberry Hastings. Details here

– Adelaide’s Traveller & Fortune will be launching their new EP I Am Only Snow in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide at the end of January. Details here

– Irish music legend Andy Irvine is in the country and has dates right through January and February. Details here

– Melbourne duo Sweet Jean will be kicking off their 2014 with a gig at the Northcote Social club later this month. Details here

– Tomorrow night the first Fairlight Folk of 2014 will feature Andy Irvine and Señor Cabrales. Details here

– Melbourne based Americana singer-songwriter Tom Dockray has just released his debut EP Iron Suit and has a couple of launch gigs next week. Details here

Releases This Week

Post Tropical
Post TropicalJames Vincent McMorrow
iTunes

Iron Suit
Iron SuitTom Dockray
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

James Vincent McMorrow

James Vincent McMorrow

The new album from Irish singer James Vincent McMorrow, Post Tropical, hits Australian stores today and it’s something pretty special (we’ve had a sneak peak). McMorrow has just finished his appearances at this year’s Falls Festival and is about to hit the stage for a couple of headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney.

Tuesday 7th January – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 9th January – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Andy Irvine
Friday 3rd January – Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham, NSW
Saturday 4th January – Fairlight Folk Lounge, Fairlight, NSW
Sunday 5th January – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 9th January – Cadgee House Concert
Friday 10th January – The Merry Muse, Canberra Southern Cross Club, Canberra, ACT

Anna Smyrk and the Appetites
Friday 3rd January – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 4th January – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Sunday 5th January – Queens St Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 6th January – The Cave, Gold Coast, QLD

Ben Caplan
Wednesday 8th January – The Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

Cygnet Folk Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th January – Cygnet, TAS

Fairlight Folk feat. Andy Irvine, Señor Cabrales
Saturday 4th January – Fairlight Folk Acoustic Lounge, Sydney, NSW

James Vincent McMorrow
Tuesday 7th January – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 9th January – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Mat McHugh
Friday 3rd January – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla NSW
Saturday 4th January – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla NSW
Thursday 9th January – Pacific Palms Recreation Club, Elizabeth Beach NSW
Friday 10th January – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour NSW

Ruby Boots
Sunday 5th January – Graceland, Melbourne, VIC

The Folk Informal feat. Tom Staniford, Timothy Bowen, Little Bighorn, Huckleberry Hastings
Thursday 9th January – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 3rd January – Mac’s Hotel, Mt Gambier, SA
Saturday 4th January – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 5th January – Summer Sunday’s, Ballarat, VIC

Tom Dockray
Thursday 9th January – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Zoe Elliot
Saturday 4th January – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 5th January – Laurieton Markets, Laurieton, NSW
Sunday 5th January – House Concert, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 10th January – The Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT

Friday Folk Flashback

“To The Ghosts Who Write History Books” – The Low Anthem

I read to day that we can expect a brand new album from The Low Album in 2014 and that the band has grown since their last release, 2011’s Smart Flesh. I can’t wait – so I just had to share some of their older stuff in the meantime.

Fairlight Folk This Saturday 4th January

Senor Cabrales
Image Courtesy of Señor Cabrales

Tucked away on Sydney’s northern beaches is the delightful Fairlight Folk Acoustic Lounge, a family friendly venue that showcases some amazing folk, roots and acoustic music throughout the year. Located in Fairlight, next to Manly, the venue holds concerts quarterly and attracts some pretty impressive names.

The first Fairlight Folk of 2014 is this Saturday 4th January and features Irish legend Andy Irvine along with Spanish-Australian celtic seven-pieve Señor Cabrales (above). Tickets for the event are $30 and are likely to sell out ahead of time – you can pick up tickets here.

For more information on Fairlight Folk including upcomign shows make sure you follow them on Facebook here.

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