Angus & Julia Stone Add More Dates to 2018 Tour

Angus and Julia Stone
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If you were a little disappointed when Angus & Julia Stone only announced three dates for their 2018 tour (and to be honest, we thought it was light on) then never fear – the brother-sister duo have just added a whole bunch more shows throughout May.

Of course if you have tickets to the Falls Festival you’ll get to see Angus & Julia Stone much earlier than May. The full list of upcoming dates for the duo are below:

Saturday 30th December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Tuesday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 6th January – Falls Festival, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 28th April – Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 29th May – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton, QLD
Tuesday 1st May – Entertainment Centre, MacKay, QLD
Wednesday 2nd May – Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD
Friday 4th May – Munro Martin Parklands, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 5th May – Ski Club, Darwin, NT
Wednesday 9th May – Anitas Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Thursday 10th May – UC Refectory, Canberra, ACT
Friday 11th May – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 12th May – Horden Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 17th May – Ulumbarra, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 18th May – Costa Hall, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 19th May – Festival Hall, Melblourne, VIC
Tuesday 22nd May – Odeon, Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 23rd May – Princess Theatre, Launceston, TAS
Friday 25th May – Flinders University Plaza, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 26th May – Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Fleet Foxes Announce Falls Sideshow in Melbourne

Fleet Foxes
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When Fleet Foxes were announced for this year’s Falls Festivals in Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle there was no guarantee we’d be getting any headline shows. When Fleet Foxes were last in the country earlier this year for VIVID they didn’t tour any further than Sydney.

But never fear! Fleet Foxes have announced today a single Falls sideshow in Melbourne at the Palais Theatre on the 3rd January. Whether there are more show announcements on the way remains to be seen, but a show in Melbourne is definitely a start.

The full list of dates (including Falls Festival) are below:

Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Sunday 31st December to Tuesday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW
Wednesday 3rd January – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 6th to Sunday 7th January – Falls Festival, Fremantle, WA

Watch the New Angus and Julia Stone Video “Chateau”

Angus and Julia
Image Courtesy of Angus & Julia Stone

Angus & Julia Stone have just dropped the latest video from their new album Snow, the dreamy “Chateau”.

The video is set in Mexico City and features Australian actors Courtney Eaton and Dacre Montgomery. Check out the video for “Chateau” below:

The upcoming tour from Angus & Julia Stone is completely sold out but the pair have been added to the Falls Festival lineup – the full list of dates is here:

Thursday 21st September – Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 23rd September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 26th September – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Friday 29th September – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Saturday 30th December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Tuesday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 6th January – Falls Festival, Fremantle, WA

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 1st September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Audreys have announced the end of their hiatus with a series of shows celebrating the anniversary of their debut album Between Last Night & Us. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Stu Larsen released the gorgeous new video for his track “Chicago Song”. Details here

Joe Mungovan released his new single “Steppin Outta Line” and announced tour dates with Greta Stanley. Details here

– Indie-folk singer-songwriter Tim Wheatley released his new video “Her Wicked Ways”. Details here

– New York’s The Lone Bellow released their new video “Time’s Always Leaving”. Details here

– The Mullum Music Festival added Husky, Caiti Baker, Stella Donnelly and Strange Daddy to its already full lineup. Details here

– Teeth & Tongue singer Jess Cornelius released her new solo single “Jealousy”. Details here

– Indie-folker Dean Lewis announced a tour this November. Details here

– Tonight is the first show for Sydney folk night Slow Train Presents. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Martha Tilston released her new video “Stories”. Details here

– Brisbane singer-songwriter Jordan Merrick released his brand new single “Travelin’”. Details here

– Brisbane based folk-punk foursome Fox n Firkin released their new video “Bastard Brigade”. Details here

Fleet Foxes were announced as headliners for this year’s Falls Festival. Details here

Releases This Week

Ben Salter
Back YourselfBen Salter
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Giffen
Hiding PlacesGiffen
Bandcamp

Gretta Ziller
Queen of BoomtownGretta Ziller
iTunes

Jake Bugg
Hearts That StrainJake Bugg
iTunes

Joan Osborne
Songs Of Bob DylanJoan Osborne
iTunes

Trails and Tribulations
Trails & TribulationsMartin Simpson
iTunes

The Wreckage
The WreckageMelody Moko
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Neil Finn
Out of SilenceNeil Finn
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Slow Train Presents feat. Jed Rowe, Leroy Lee, Sam Newton

Jed Rowe

New Sydney folk, Americana and acoustic night Slow Train Presents debits tonight. The show is aimed at audiences who are engaged, listening and looking to connect with the artists. The kick off show will feature sets from Jed Rowe, Leroy Lee and Sam Newton

Friday 1st September – Village Church Annandale, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

A Tribute to Bob Dylan Feat. Oh Mercy
Friday 8th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Alanna and Alicia
Saturday 2nd September – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Andy Golledge
Sunday 3rd September – The Lady Hampshire, Sydney, NSW

Anna Smyrk
Wednesday 6th September – Front Bar, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 7th September – House Concert, Maryville, NSW
Friday 8th September – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Ben Mastwyk
Friday 8th September – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

BigSound
Tuesday 5th to Thursday 8th September – Brisbane, QLD

Bill Chambers w/ Arna Georgia
Thursday 7th September – The Royal Hotel, Portland, VIC

Bluegrass Banjo Workshop with Dave Hellens
Saturday 2nd September – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass Guitar Workshop with Tommy Chandler
Saturday 2nd September – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Brooke Russell
Saturday 2nd September – Charles Weston Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 8th September – Junction Arts Festival, Launceston, TAS

Dan Sultan
Friday 1st September – Wool Exchange, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 2nd September – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 8th September – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS

Davidson Brothers, Brad Cox, El Cosgrove
Saturday 2nd September – Katherine Outback Experience, Katherine, NT

Elwood Myre w/ Maia Marsh
Thursday 7th September – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Sunday 3rd September – 48 Watt Street, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 5th September to Friday 8th September – Bigsound, Brisbane, QLD

FolkSwagon feat. Suami Amabel, Sasha March, Shelley’s Murder Boys
Wednesday 6th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Garrett Kato
Friday 1st September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 2nd September – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 8th September – Four5Nine, Perth, WA

Giffen
Friday 1st September – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 2nd September – Gorman House, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 3rd September – Thirroul Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Thursday 7th September – “Whiskey Jam”, Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th September – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW

Hannah Matysek
Sunday 3rd September – Newtown Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 7th September – Since I Left You, Sydney, NSW

Hinterlandt
Saturday 2nd September – Urge Records, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 2nd September – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 3rd September – Jura Books, Sydney, NSW

Imogen Clark
Friday 1st September – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW

Ight Club Folk Til Ya Don’t Staysafe feat. Quinton Trembath, The Berkeley Hunts, Dead Peasants, Ian Flood, Vernon Surly, Jacob Thomas
Sunday 3rd September – Aeso Studio, Melbourne, VIC

James Bennett
Friday 8th September – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD

Jed Rowe
Friday 1st September – Slow Train Presents @ Village Church, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 2nd September – The Shack, Brookvale NSW
Sunday 3rd September – Cobargo Hotel, Cobargo, NSW
Friday 8th September – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

JD & The Hunger Men, The Roadside Ashes, Peta Caswell
Sunday 3rd September – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Junction Arts Festival
Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th September – Launceston, TAS

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 8th September – Selby Folk Club, Selby, VIC

Karl S Williams
Saturday 2nd September – Wintermoon Spring Festival, Camerons Pocket, QLD
Thursday 7th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th September – The Edwards, Newcastle, NSW

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 1st September – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 2nd September – Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Sunday 3rd September – Ballimore Inn, Ballimore, NSW

Kev Walsh w/ Ash Steel
Saturday 2nd September – The House Dining, Sydney, NSW

Lime & Steal
Saturday 2nd September – Paragon Cafe, Katoomba, NSW

Lizzie Flynn
Saturday 2nd September – Maleny Music Festival, QLD

Maggie Carty
Friday 8th September – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Maleny Music Festival
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd September – Maleny Showgrounds, Maleny, QLD

Mama Kin Spender
Tuesday 5th to Thursday 8th September – Bigsound, Brisbane, QLD

Mark Olson
Wednesday 6th September – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 7th September – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 8th September – Shambles Brewery, Hobart, TAS

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 1st September – House Concert, Kincumber, NSW
Saturday 2nd September – House Concert, Segenhoe, NSW
Sunday 3rd September – House Concert, Gillieston Heights, NSW
Friday 8th September – House Concert, Oakdale, NSW

MOTH 3rd Birthday Show feat. James Kenyon, Broads, Amarina Waters
Friday 1st September – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC

Mr Alford Country
Sunday 3rd September – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Neurum Creek Music Festival
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th September – Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, Neurum Creek, QLD

NGV Friday Nights feat. Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 8th September – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC

Paddy McHugh
Tuesday 5th September – Bigsound, Brisbane, QLD

Papa Pilko And The Binrats
Thursday 7th September – Frankies Pizza, Sydney, NSW

Pete Murray
Friday 1st September – Wintersun Hotel, Geraldton, WA
Saturday 2nd September – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 3rd September – Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough, WA
Wednesday 6th September – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Thursday 7th September – The Ville, Townsville, QLD
Friday 8th September – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Pierce Brothers
Friday 1st September – UNO Danceclub, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 2nd September – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Thursday 7th September – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 8th September – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD

Psycho Zydeco w/ Chris Allan
Friday 8th September – The Acoustic Picnic, Sydney, NSW

Rachel Caddy
Tuesday 5th September – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Red-Eyed and Blue feat. The Ramalamas, The Tawny Owl Stringband
Sunday 3rd September – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Redland Spring Festival
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th September – Redland, QLD

Russell Morris
Thursday 7th September – Centro CBD, Wollongong, NSW

Shane Nicholson
Friday 1st September – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Shir Madness
Sunday 3rd September – Temple Beth Israel, Melbourne, VIC

Skyscraper Stan, Dominic “Tourettes” Hoey, Hayley Couper
Wednesday 6th September – Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Slow Train Presents feat. Jed Rowe, Leroy Lee, Sam Newton
Friday 1st September – Village Church Annandale, Sydney, NSW

Spring Acoustics feat. Jim Lawrie, Jess Locke, Daggy Man
Tuesday 5th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Sydney Bluegrass & Traditional Country Music Get-Together
Saturday 2nd September – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Tex, Don & Charlie
Sunday 3rd September – Memo Music Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 5th September – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 6th September – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 7th September – Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford, NSW
Friday 8th September – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Dead Setters
Sunday 3rd September – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Dusty Millers w/ The Collingwood Casanovas, Lucky Oceans
Saturday 2nd September – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Montgomery Brothers
Friday 1st September – Brisbane Eat Street Markets, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 2nd September – Scarborough Originals, Scarborough, QLD
Saturday 2nd September – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 3rd September – Moffat Beach, Caloundra, QLD
Thursday 7th September – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 8th September – The Basement Bar, Townsville, QLD

The Newsagency Sessions feat. Sarah Belkner w/ Diamond Duck
Wednesday 6th September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Shack Presents Ami Williamson, Jed Rowe, The Pumps
Saturday 2nd September – The Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW

The Slipdixies
Sunday 3rd September – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Twoks
Friday 1st September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 2nd September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Tim Wheatley
Saturday 2nd September – John Curtin Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 8th September – Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar, Sydney, NSW

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 1st September – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 2nd September – Gorman House, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 3rd September – Thirroul Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW

Tori Forsyth
Sunday 3rd September – Longley International Hotel, Longley, TAS

Two if by Sea
Saturday 2nd September – Paragon Cafe, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 3rd September – Club Millthorpe, Millthorpe, NSW

Wintermoon Spring Festival
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd September – Camerons Pocket, QLD

Wirrina Bluegrass & Acoustic Roots Festival
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd September – Wirrina Cove Holiday Park, Wirrina Cove, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Flash Company” – June Tabor and Martin Simpson

Fleet Foxes Announced as Falls Festival Headliners

Fleet Foxes
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While it’s definitely not a folk festival every year the Falls Festival manages to deliver a smattering of really exciting artists for Timber and Steel readers.

For 2017 the Falls Festival has really outdone itself with indie-folk legends Fleet Foxes amongst the headliners. Joining them on the folky and acoustic side of things will be Angus & Julia Stone and Julia Jacklin with more artists promised to be announced soon.

Falls Festival is held in Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle over New Year with Lorne and Byron Bay already sold out. For more details including the full list of artists on the lineup so far check out the official site here.

The full list of festival dates are below:

Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Lorne, VIC
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Marion Bay, TAS
Sunday 31st December to Tuesday 2nd January – Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 6th to Sunday 7th January – Fremantle, WA

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 15th January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney singer-songwriter Lissa released her first new music in ages, the single “Run”. Details here

– New Sydney chamber-folk project OM Collective released their cover of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble”. Details here

Catherine Traicos released her new video “Stolen Wings”. Details here

– Central Coast based band Elwood Myre have announced a full band tour. Details here

– The Cobargo Folk Festival announced its 2016 lineup including The Rambling Boys, The East Pointers, Beth Patterson,Nicola Hayes & Hélène Brunet, Kirsty Bromley, Alistair Brown, Vin Garbutt, Truckstop Honeymoon, Trouble in the Kitchen, Fred Smith & Liz Frenchman, The Backsliders, Daniel Champagne, Danny Spooner, Old Empire Band and many, many more. Details here

– Newcastle duo The Wayward Henrys released their new single “Early Grave”. Details here

– The final artists have been added to the WOMADelaide lineup including De La Soul, Asha Bhosle, Ainslie Wills, Ajak Kwai, Alpine, Apy Choir, Eska, Marcellus Pittman, Sarah Blasko, 숨[su:m] and Tek Tek Ensemble. Details here

– The Top Half Folk Festival have announced their 2016 headliners including Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton, Bill Jackson and Sonsy. Details here

Reviews

Gigs

“Upon arrival, the utter beauty of the organisation struck us plain and simple – from excellent signage on the roads leading to the venue, through to the process of getting in to the festival, it was all sweet and no fuss. We had wondered how a 3 day festival, that is usually a build up to the penultimate celebration on New Years Eve, would fare when the night in question was in fact the first night of the 3 day affair. It seems that for Byron Bay, the crowd for New Years was good, but instead the numbers grew significantly for the 1st and 2nd January days”KT Bell gives us an overview of this year’s Falls Festival in Byron Bay. Review here

“Over in Lola’s Bar, on New Years Eve, we stumbled upon a likely scene of rag-tag musicians and a tent full of eager punters. It was 2pm but the Button Collective soon had the dance floor packed with joyful revelry. Appearing as a 6-piece line up each day of the Byron stint, the sheer energy and cheer emanating from the stage was infectious”KT Bell chronicles her highlights of this year’s Falls Festival in Byron Bay. Review here

“I feel like I have waited my entire adult life to see a collaboration like Paul Kelly presents The Merri Soul Sessions. On the first day of the new year, I lined myself up in the perfect spot to soak up their entire Valley Stage show. From the get go, it was clear this is a slick set of friends who can bounce off each other and share the stage equally. A cool, soulful beat introduced the ladies and gents to the stage, Vika and Linda Bull, Clairy Browne, Kira Puru and Dan Sultan! The Bull sisters took the reigns with their contributions What You Want and Smells Like Rain that held the crowd captivated. I’ve never seen Dan Sultan as a backup singer but he took to the role well and provided his beautiful timbre to the depths of the harmonies”KT Bell reviews the unmissable acts at this year’s Falls Festival in Byron Bay. Review here

“I think my favourite find for the whole of Festival has to be Oh Wonder, a London-based duo who were performing in Australia for the first time thanks to the Falls Festival. You’ve got to love a band who brings their own stage backdrop, a 2-metre-tall set of light up initials for their band name… which read ‘OW’, It’s probably an appropriate sentiment for the level of hangovers, hair of the dog’s and sunburns that were evident post NYE celebrations”KT Bell recounts the artists she discovered at this year’s Falls Festival in Byron Bay. Review here

“A very special moment was when Out of Abingdon joined Honey on stage for a set including the beautiful rendition of “Blue” by Vince Jones sung by Elizabeth Walton and a haunting stirring version of “Amazing Grace” with Tina from Out of Abingdon’s arced bass. An audience member Craig from Mudgee remarked it was the most moving part of the whole event” – we review Mudgee Music Festival’s Mudsling event. Review here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Deep Down South feat. Lachlan Bryan, Les Thomas, Mr Alford Country, Jemma Nicole, Andrew Swift, Brooke Russell, Tom Dockray, Gretta Ziller

Deep Down South

The best of the Melbourne alt-country scene meander their way up the east coast before arriving in Tamworth for the Tamworth Country Music Festival

Friday 15th January – Hotel Nicholas, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 16th January – Encore, Wollongong, NSW
Tuesday 19th January – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 20th January – The Tudor, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Dag Sheep Station, Tamworth, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Allison Forbes
Friday 15th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 15th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 16th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 17th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 17th January – Toyota Star Maker Final, Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 18th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 18th January – The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 19th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Southgate Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW

Andrew Swift
Sunday 17th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 18th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 19th January – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 19th January – Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 20th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 20th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Dag Sheep Station, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – Hogs Breath Stage, Tamworth, NSW

Beth Patterson
Tuesday 12th to Sunday 17th January – Ilawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th January – Newstead Live Folk Festival, Newstead, VIC

Bluegrass @ Balls Head
Wednesday 20th January – Balls Head Reserve, Sydney, NSW

Boy & Bear
Friday 22nd January – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS

Cake & Cordial Sessions ft. Paddy McHugh, Megan Cooper, Gretta Ziller, Andy Golledge, Brad Butcher
Friday 22nd January – St Paul’s Anglican Church, Tamworth, NSW

Dana Hassall
Friday 15th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 16th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 17th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 17th January – Country Turns Pink, Blazes @ Wests, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 18th January – City Plaza, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 18th January – Songhouse Sessions, Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 20th January – This One’s For The Girls, South Tamworth Bowls Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Writer’s in the Round, Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Late Night Alt, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – City Plaza, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – FanZone, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – The Songwriters Round, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Deep Down South feat. Lachlan Bryan, Les Thomas, Mr Alford Country, Jemma Nicole, Andrew Swift, Brooke Russell, Tom Dockray, Gretta Ziller
Friday 15th January – Hotel Nicholas, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 16th January – Encore, Wollongong, NSW
Tuesday 19th January – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 20th January – The Tudor, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Dag Sheep Station, Tamworth, NSW

Dirty Three
Friday 15th January – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Eagle & The Wolf
Wednesday 20th January – House Concert, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – The Longyard, Tamworth, NSW

Elwood Myre
Sunday 17th January – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Monday 18th January – Frog and Toad, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 18th January – Fanzone Stage, Peel St, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 19th January – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 19th January – Frog and Toad, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 20th January – Late Night Alt at the Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Blazes Showroom at Wests, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – Capitol Theatre, The Songwriters Round, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – Longyard Deck, Tamworth, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Mystery Guest Headliner, Elliot Maginot, The Campervan Dancers
Wednesday 20th January – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Illawarra Folk Festival
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th January – Bulli, NSW

Imogen Clark
Sunday 17th January – Tudor Front Bar, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 18th January – Songhouse Sessions @ Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Americana in the Park, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – Tudor Upstairs, Tamworth, NSW

Irish Mythen
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th January – The Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Wednesday 20th January – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 22nd January – The Django Bar, Marrickville, NSW

Joanna Newsom
Thursday 21st January – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

John Butler Trio
Friday 22nd January – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Upper Swan, WA

Julia Jacklin
Monday 18th January – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 19th January – Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Kev Carmody
Sunday 17th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Friday 22nd January – The Tamworth, Tamworth, NSW

Late Night Library: Library Folk feat. Alex Guthrie, Taryn La Fauci
Wednesday 20th January – Hyde Park North, Sydney, NSW

Liam Gale & the Ponytails w/ Direwolf
Thursday 21st January – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Matthew E White
Friday 15th January – Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th January – Lennox Theatre, Parramatta, NSW

Megan Cooper
Saturday 16th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 19th January – TSA Awards Show, Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 20th January – Richo’s Roundup, Dag Sheep Station, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Tamworth, NSW

Melody Feder
Sunday 17th January – South Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 17th January – Cafe Retro, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 17th January – Country Turns Pink, Blazes @ Wests, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 20th January – Pig & Tinder, Tamworth, NSW

Newstead Live! Music Festival
Friday 22nd to Monday 25th January – Castlemaine, VIC

Numeralla Folk Festival
Friday 22nd to Monday 25th January – Numeralla, NSW

One Up, Two Down
Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd January – Andrew Clemont’s Supper Club, Tamworth, NSW

Out of Abingdon
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Peasant Moon, Ben Horder, Matt Ward
Friday 15th January – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Ryley Walker
Friday 22nd January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

Sir Richard Bishop and Daniel Bachman
Sunday 17th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Songhouse Sessions feat. Luke O’Shea, Felicity Urquhart, Darren Coggan, Michael Bryers, Katie Brianna
Tuesday 17th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW

Tamar Valley Folk Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Georgetown, TAS

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Saturday 15th to Sunday 24th January – Tamworth, NSW

The Beards
Wednesday 20th January – West Tamworth Leagues, Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Friday 22nd January – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

The East Pointers
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, NSW
Monday 18th January – Bagdad Community Hall, TAS
Tuesday 19th January – Sulphur Creek Hall, TAS
Wednesday 20th January – Wynard Wharf Hotel Theatre, TAS
Thursday 21st January – Longford Town Hall, TAS
Friday 22nd January – Chudleigh Community Hall, TAS

The Franklin Electric
Friday 15th January – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th January – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 19th January – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 20th January – Indi Bar, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 21st January – The Rosemount, Perth, WA
Friday 22nd January – The Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA

The Plough
Sunday 17th January – The Coach and Horses, Sydney, NSW

The Wayward Henrys
Friday 15th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 17th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 17th January – FanZone, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 18th January – Dag Sheep Station, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 20th January – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Courthouse Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Cafe Retro, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – Hogs Breath Cafe, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Thredbo, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

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Falls Festival Review: Falls Festival Finds

Goodnight from Falls general_20160101-19Festival: Falls Music and Arts Festival
Location: Byron Bay – North Byron Parklands
Date(s): Thursday 31st Dec 2015 – Saturday 2nd Jan 2016
Featured Artists: The Imprints, Merry Jeann, The Scrimshaw Four, Vardos, Soak and Oh Wonder.
Photos by Stuart Bucknell

At festivals like Falls, there’s always big name acts, there’s always Timber and Steel style acts we’re anticipating, and then there’s always a raft of acts we’ve not come across or had an opportunity to see before. It’s one of our utter pleasures to go out of our way to check out the quirky and unknown acts on festival line ups and see what’s new to discover. As I mentioned in my Overview, Lola’s Bar in the Festival Village was a gold mine for the kinds of acts we love here at Timber and Steel.

imprints_20160101-1The Imprints, a two-piece hailing from Melbourne, played Lola’s Bar on New Year’s Day with their quirky strings and drums combo to a quiet crowd recovering from their midnight revelry. Their clever use of looping pedals made for intricate fiddle tracks that melded together in beautiful harmonies. Their set featured opportunities for them to build up multi tracks of fiddle plucking, playing, strumming and harmonizing, along with a retinue of drum beats, and then strip the sound right back to a simple beat and chord. Watching them, it was clear they had a strong link, feeding off each other throughout their live performances, no doubt developed from their time playing pure improvisation. Part way through the set, Violinist Willow asked for people to come forward, even just to lay down on the dance floor and chill, because it was always weird to play to people sitting so far away. Without dropping a beat, there was a mass movement of people, and their chairs, forward. The Imprints had made a good impression.

merrynjean_20160101-2Merryn Jeann played a 10am set in Lola’s Bar on the last day of the festival, the perfect start to a day clouded in sleepiness and people just coming terms with the day. Merryn was the epitome of a folk musician, clad in an embroidered blouse, long skirt, bare feet and jaunty flat cap. Freshly arrived home from performing at the Woodford Folk Festival, Merryn started the last day of Falls with a cover of Bombay Bicycle Club’s Dust on the Ground. Her lulling, husky voice wrapped the gathering crowd in the comfort of lyrics and time, at times haunting, at times humming around you like a bumble bee. Her set included tracks like Death at Lincoln Park, usually sung with her folk band, but with a different blues style lament when performed as a solo. Having recently returned from a 6-month stint living in Berlin, Merryn took advantage of the opportunity to perform in her home town by bringing along a friend or two to join her on stage. Maeve and her violin joined the set with haunting violin chords that supplied liquid undertones to Merryn’s finger plucking.

Merryn has an unassuming, raw and honest style, playing direct from the heart. She had people transfixed, woke them to the day, and lulled them through the morning, and drew people in to sit and chill, taking in her tunes.

scrimshawfour_20160101-2The Scrimshaw Four had the lunchtime shift at Lola’s Bar on the last day of the festival. We turned up to count 5 performers on stage and figured it was a happy bonus. Or maybe they can’t count. With a line up of guitar, fiddle, bass drum, double bass, banjo and Hawaiian Lei, we knew it was going to be a vibrant show from the Melbourne lads. They kicked off the set with the country-esque fiddle and boppy vocal harmonies of Stealin’. Once the audience was properly warmed up, it was time to get down to the real business of party tunes! When a song is introduced as being about a ‘romantic day’ on the beach and starts off with the line “I don’t want to give you a diamond ring”, you know it’s going to be a fun story-telling style set. I Just Wanna Give You My Heart turned out to be just that, with a bluegrass jam, upbeat tempo and a Mic Conway like frivolity. To follow that up with an hilarious cover of The Little Mermaid’s Under the Sea but at a fast, almost manic pace, was exactly the right formula for a happy crowd.

The Scrim deftly swung through country, folk, gypsy jazz, and everthing else on the old and gutsy jazz spectrum, to ragtime beats and high energy dance tracks. They reminded me of The WooHoo Revue but with their own brand of quirk. They have stellar stories that create their songs and make for great anticipation-laced intros, like the one about the girl who misheard his invitation to show him her moves, instead as show him her boobs! The Scrimshaw Four are a solid festival band sure to get you dancing, whether it’s to a polka, some Roma gypsy jazz, some hillbilly and bluegrass, or just some country and folk, you won’t be able to stop your toes from tapping.

vardos_20160101-6We came across the witty, character filled trio Vardos at Lola’s bar early in the afternoon of New Years Day. All kinds of gypsy music, from Transylvanian Romanian to “Modern” flowed from the lively crew with fiddle, accordion and double bass ablaze. From the outset it was clear they genuinely have fun on stage, moving and dancing round each other with some fun choreographed moments of teasing and taunting. All three took turns singing songs and the fake accents that tended to slip in and out were all a fun part of the ruse. They sing about love, beauty, life, ups and downs, all the while maintaining a vibrant and direct connection with audience, picking out people to play to in each song. The three are playful on stage and fun to watch, like witnessing a battle of wills between the violin and bass and an accordion playing the referee.

But, finding something new wasn’t just restricted to the small stages of the festival, both the Forest and Valley Stages also offered a little something to discover.

soak_20160101-5Irish songstress Bridie Monds-Watson, aka Soak, had the unenviable task of opening the main stage for the final day of Falls. But once the Valley was open to punters for the day, a steady stream of eager listeners made their way to a grassy spot to soak up her sounds. “Soak” comes from a phonetic mash-up of ‘Soul’ and ‘Folk’ but her style is still more genre defying than such a straight forward combination. Her set traversed her musical explorations, through floaty chill-out moments, ethereal soundscapes, indie infused sounds and haunting vocal melodies. Sea Creatures and Blud, her most signature tunes to date, washed over the crowds and set the tone of the day.

As Soak, Bridie has a strong sense of her vocal diversity, engaging a delightful head voice when it fits, and smashing out those power driven notes when the point needs to be hammered home. She reminded me of both Lisa Mitchell and Emma Louise (in her Jungle days) in ways, her vocal stylings in particular. I think ultimately the physical enormity of the Valley Stage meant she could not engage authentically with the audience, she could have benefitted from a more intimate setting, like the Forest Stage, to really allow the audience in to her realm. She does have potential to grow and emerge as a staple festival act, so keep your eyes on Soak!

ohwonder_20160101-1I think my favourite find for the whole of Festival has to be Oh Wonder, a London-based duo who were performing in Australia for the first time thanks to the Falls Festival. You’ve got to love a band who brings their own stage backdrop, a 2-metre-tall set of light up initials for their band name… which read ‘OW’, It’s probably an appropriate sentiment for the level of hangovers, hair of the dog’s and sunburns that were evident post NYE celebrations.

Oh Wonder created instant atmosphere with a smoke machine and tension filled hanging notes as they entered the stage to launch their set. The assembled crowd  gave huge cheers for each of the duo as they took to the stage. Described as electric folk, their style encapsulated the nuances achievable with looping tones and beats, while layering piano and electric guitar over the top. Their vocal unison was compelling, more so when they slipped seamlessly in to close harmonies and back out to unison again. Their voices compliment each other tonally, Josephine is the lead vocalist but Anthony’s smooth, silky voice wraps her delicate breathy beauty and grounds it in the electro beats they employ. Both are multi skilled, multi instrumentalists that lend their talents to each others musical moments, creating thick, rich tones to lose yourself in. Highlights of their set were the heavy bass and rolling piano melodies of Livewire, and the at times reggae-like bass and sparkling impact of Dazzle. The one descriptor that keeps coming to mind for Oh Wonder, is “gorgeous”. Check them out and cross your fingers for another visit down under from them soon.

So, that wraps up our 2015 Falls Festival Byron Bay experience. A wealth of acts to see and one of the best festival experiences we’ve ever had. Byron Bay is a definite contender for anyone looking for a great way to spend New Years Eve, no matter the line up.

Read our other Falls Music & Arts Festival reviews:

Overview of Falls Festival Byron Bay 2015

Timber and Steel Highlights

Unmissable Acts

Falls Festival Review: Timber and Steel Highlights

The Valley Stage at Falls Festival Byron BayFestival: Falls Music and Arts Festival
Location: Byron Bay – North Byron Parklands
Date(s): Thursday 31st Dec 2015 – Saturday 2nd Jan 2016
Feature Artists: Courtney Barnett, Little May, The Button Collective, Gary Clark Jr.
Photos by Stuart Bucknell

The line up was a great collection of many talented musicians from a vast array of genres. In terms of Timber and Steel acts, there were four main highlight acts to catch at Falls.

Courtney BarnettIt’s been a big year for Courtney Barnett, 2015 has seen her juggernaut debut grow in to dominance of the charts and the hearts of Australians of almost all musical persuasions. Clad in desert boots, jeans and a hat that only lasted a song and a half, Barnett didn’t hesitate to launch with full energy in to her huge set on the Valley Stage for the first day of the new year. The audience sprawled across the lawns, from the raptured fans at the front, to the chilled punters on the grassy slopes at the back, all completely fixated on the multi award winning yet demure figure. Highlights from her set include that rare quiet moment as the entire Valley hushed for the opening notes of Depreston only to then have every voice heard singing along in unison, and her huge hit Pedestrian at best close her set in full rock-goddess energy while the crowd reached the peak of their high spirited, dancing frenzy.

Little May on the Forest Stage at Falls Festival Byron Little May is an act I’ve seen popping up time and time again on my social media feeds and have been keen to catch. The trio took to the Forest Stage on the last day of the festival, with their backing band at the ready and strong audience numbers eagerly anticipating their set. And the ladies did not disappoint. With honey golden vocals trickling through the all encompassing tones of the full band’s live act festival sound, Little May treated the crowd to a full course of sweet temptations. With highlights including a beautiful rendition of the ballad, Seven Hours, to the new track Cease, the trio gave a consistent, high quality musical spectrum for the crowd to relax too, from the folk tinged to the indie pop and alternative sounds. Their repertoire allowed them range from their silky, harmonised ballads to bold, anthemic tones of Dust, through the tale telling of Hide and finishing off the performance with a stellar performance of their Great Southern Land Like a Version cover. I can only hope that Paul Kelly himself caught even a glimpse of this up tempo take on his classic track with  their clever use of vocal layering as it’s the last time they will be playing it for a while.

Button collectiveOver in Lola’s Bar, on New Years Eve, we stumbled upon a likely scene of rag-tag musicians and a tent full of eager punters. It was 2pm but the Button Collective soon had the dance floor packed with joyful revelry. Appearing as a 6-piece line up each day of the Byron stint, the sheer energy and cheer emanating from the stage was infectious. With everything from the traditional folk, to country-tinged tracks that invoke foot stomping, the Collective had a winning combination on their set list. With Barn-dance like hoedowns springing up on the dance floor, and multiple Irish tunes mashed-up to treat the crowd, Lola’s Bar was the scene of frivolity for their entire set. The Button Collective brought sea shanties, bluegrass, folk and an array of short, punchy, fast paced tracks and still bowed to the whim of the crowd, playing more dance tracks whenever the crowd demanded. So spirited was the audience, that a conga-line formed and snaked its way around the dance floor until every punter was a part of the line, and then spontaneously erupted in to a mass hoedown. To say The Button Collective put on a good show would be an understatement… I’m sure the word ‘rollicking’ should be used.

garyclarkjr_20160101-3Finally, on the last night of the festival, I had the pleasure of witnessing the sheer ‘cool’ of Gary Clark Jr. His live sound reminds me of Ash Grunwald sans distortion, they both clearly dig a similar edgy blues style. Clark Jr. weaves effortlessly between styles, from a Lenny Kravitz swagger, to an occasional Hendrix vibe and all while navigating through blues soaked solos. The crowd grew steadily as his wavering wails swept the Valley. Dipping now and then in to old school rock, and then rolling through the blues to keep the audience on edge, it was like watching a master at work. Clark Jr. saturated the audience with electric riffs and transcended into another world onstage, so steeped in the moment and the music. He seamlessly melds his music on stage, from cool blues to upbeat jump around funk blues. Gary Clark Jr. is worth every moment you can fit on your festival planner.

While these four were some of the main focuses of us Timber and Steelers, there was a wealth of talent throughout the Falls line up to whet the appetite.

Read our Overview of the entire Falls Festival Byron Bay event.

Unmissable Falls Acts

Falls Festival Finds

Falls Festival Review: Overview

Welcome to the FallsFestival: Falls Music and Arts Festival
Location: Byron Bay – North Byron Parklands
Date(s): Thursday 31st Dec 2015 – Saturday 2nd Jan 2016
Genre(s): Rock, Dance, Alternative
Photos by Stuart Bucknell

Having been to both Lorne and Marion Bay Falls Festivals in the past, it felt like it was time to complete the trilogy and visit Byron Bay for the New Years Bonanza. We enjoyed Splendour back in 2014 and so wondered how The Falls Festival would use the site for their festival antics. Lorne had sold out but to our surprise, Byron Bay had not reached ticket capacity, the previous year’s mud was apparently a deterrent.

Upon arrival, the utter beauty of the organisation struck us plain and simple – from excellent signage on the roads leading to the venue, through to the process of getting in to the festival, it was all sweet and no fuss. We had wondered how a 3 day festival, that is usually a build up to the penultimate celebration on New Years Eve, would fare when the night in question was in fact the first night of the 3 day affair. It seems that for Byron Bay, the crowd for New Years was good, but instead the numbers grew significantly for the 1st and 2nd January days.

FlashCampWe splashed out and stayed in FlashCamp – an investment well worth it given its proximity to a festival entry, the high quality facilities that were cleaned throughout the day, and the luxurious tents, services and on site bar.

We were pretty fortunate with the weather – Byron Bay New Years’ are famous for either blistering sunshine or mud inducing rain. With cool temperatures and overcast days, we cruised through the mid 20s all festival and everyone was very happy about it. That’s not to say that the Festival’s latest addition, Palm Springs, didn’t go to waste, far from it. The pop up water park, complete with inflatable flamingos and water slide, was a quiet on New Years Eve, undoubtedly due to people getting prepped for the big night, but come January 1, that place was packed to the gills, regularly reaching peak capacity and turning away punters. With a line up that predominantly began at or after lunch time, Palm Springs was a genius way to combat the heat and give bored punters something to do before the main stage lit up.

Punter in Palm SpringsBut let’s be fair, the Byron Bay site was not a place that one could be bored in for long. With multiple ‘streets’ of vendors offering food and goods, there was plenty to explore in any down time, from ping pong and human foosball (table soccer), to the famous misting tent, a Pirate Ship Bar with DJ was always a good option for a drink and to look out from the upper decks over the entire festival, multiple themed bars to sate your thirst, a mini movie cinema on site and the untold wonders encapsulated within The Village meant that almost any fancy could be fed all on the one festival site. And if your heart really desired, there were regular shuttles to nearby Byron township so you could soak up the sun, the surf, the beach and take in the tourist sights of Byron Bay.

The crowd in attendance across the three days was in high spirits, with only a few of the usual suspects wiping themselves out before the stroke of midnight. But overall, the crowd attending the festival were fantastic, courteous and very chilled out. The whole festival had a very relaxed vibe full of happy people, a very different experience from the sometimes frenetic Splendour crowd. I think Halsey summed it up best, when at the beginning of her set on the last day, she claimed that “Australian music festival crowds are my favourite audiences to perform too” which had the crowd cheering.

The line up was eclectic and offered options for many types of music lovers. With the Valley Stage being the main focus, and the Forest Stage the shady place to escape too, the one stage we paid extra attention to was Lola’s Bar in The Village – with no pre-advertised schedule, our morning ritual was to drop by and see what exciting finds were in store each day. Not only was Lola’s Bar a great source of folky goodness, but it was an excellent drawcard for The Village – a place of wonder with circus, cabaret and quirky shows in their miniature theatres, including an impromptu wedding in the Le Petite Grande. From yoga in the morning to crafty costume making and building giant puppets for the parade, to circus, drumming and dance workshops under the big top, or even the ten minute disco, The Village was a hive of activity throughout the festival.

Punters in the ValleyIn short, of all the festivals we have been to over the years, Falls Festival Byron Bay came out on top. My only down point was the seemingly excessive noise restrictions on the Valley stage – which also finished at midnight every night, except one song past the New Years Eve stroke of midnight. In past years, neighbours of the venue have complained about the levels of noise from other festivals and a volume limit has been placed on the venue for all events. Sitting at the far side of the Valley, this meant that the sound did not travel well and was muddy and quiet by the time it got to us. I guess it’s just to encourage us to get closer for our favourite acts! Hopefully the issues can be resolved and future festivals won’t be quite so hampered by such strict noise limitations in the future.

All in all, the layout of the site, the organisation of the festival, the behaviour of the punters and the choice of line up made for the best festival yet. When you’ve got celebrities like the Hemsworth’s, Miley Cyrus, supermodels and even rumours of Vance Joy in the crowd, you know you’re on a winning ticket. And we haven’t even told you about the music!

Click through to read our reviews:

Timber and Steel Falls Highlights

Unmissable Falls Acts

Falls Festival Finds

 

 

 

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 22nd August

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Banjo legends Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have announced their first album together to be released this October. Details here

– A bunch more sideshows for the Out On The Weekend festival were announced including tours from Ryan Bingham (with Harry Hookey and Tim Wheatley), Robert Ellis and Jonny Fritz (with James Thomson) and Nikki Lane and The Delines (with Ruby Boots). Details here

Cat Canteri, drummer for Melbourne alt-country outfit The Stillsons, has announced plans for a solo album and national tour. Details here

– The first lineup announcement from the Falls Festival is light on the folk – just The John Butler Trio, Kim Churchill and Vance Joy on the lineup so far. Details here

– Our good friends at the Seek Stumble Listen Live blog have announced their first ever multi-media music event featuring Fanny Lumsden and The Thrillseekers, Little Fox and more. Details here

– The Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME) have announced the first round of artists for 2014 including Hiatus Kaiyote, Ash Grunwald, Bart Willoughby, Jimblah, Pierce Brothers, Ms Murphy, Bullhorn, Nahko and Medicine for the People (USA), Digging Roots (Canada), Estere (NZ) and Myele Manzanza (NZ). Details here

– Adelaide folk four-piece The Timbers released their new video “Mean Streak” and announced an east coast tour. Details here

The Mullum Music Festival has announced its 2014 lineup including Harry James Angus, Husky, Kim Churchill, Frank Yamma, Bobby Alu, Marlon Williams, Liz Stringer, Siskin River, The Mae Trio, The Twoks, Starboard Cannons, The Mid North, Tracy McNeil, The Yearlings and many more. Details here

Jack Carty has announced details of his upcoming album Esk. Details here

– I had to admit that I sometimes watch So You Think You Can Dance when I wrote a piece about the upcoming Hozier album. Details here

Olivers Army will be launching their new album with a tour this September. Details here

Yuko Nishiyama has just released her new album Parade and has a couple of shows left of her launch tour. Details here

Missy Higgins released the video for her beautiful version of “Shark Fin Blues” as well as announcing a massive national tour. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Patrick James is streaming his new single “Fight With Me” featuring Olympia. Details here

– Sydney’s Little May have announced details of their debut EP. Details here

Ben Howard has provided details of his upcoming album along with a stream of the title track “I Forget Where We Were”. Details here

– The wonderful Lanie Lane is back with a brand new video “Celeste”. Details here

– Watch folk, hip-hop and dance combine in the new Arbori video “Walls”. Details here

Folk By The Sea have announced their 2014 lineup including Mic Conway & Phil Donnison, The Bottlers, The Button Collective, Big Erle, Joe Mungovan and many many more. Details here

Releases This Week

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Yuko Nishiyama

Yuko

I first saw Yuko Nishiyama a few months ago and I was so impressed with her brand of folk-pop. Having just released her new album Parade Yuko Nishiyama is finishing up her launch tour in Sydney and Canberra this weekend.

Friday 22nd August – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd August – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Gigs Next Week

Bob Dylan
Monday 25th August – Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th August – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Busby Marou
Friday 22nd August – The Cambridge, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 23rd August – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th August – Waves, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 29th August – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Darren Cross
Saturday 23rd August – Rhino Room, Adelaide, SA

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Dan Waters and The Weeping Willows
Friday 22nd August – Baha in Rye, Rye, VIC

Melody Pool and Marlon Williams
Saturday 23rd August – X-Wray Café, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 24th August – Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Tuesday 26th August – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA

Nova and the Experience
Saturday 23rd August – Trainspotters, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th August – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT

Olivers Army
Friday 29th August – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Patrick James
Friday 29th August – Beavs Bar, Geelong, VIC

Seek Stumble Listen Live feat. Fanny Lumsden, Little Fox
Friday 29th August – The Corner Store, Sydney, NSW

Spookyland
Friday 22nd August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Taliska
Friday 29th August — Conservatory Café, Wyreena, VIC

The Timbers
Friday 29th August – The World’s End, Adelaide, SA

Todd Sibbin and The Acadian Driftwood
Saturday 23rd August – Cranker, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 24th August – Evelyn, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 26th August – Record Crate, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th August – The Lass O Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Tom West
Saturday 23rd August – Crown & Anchor, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 24th August – Evelyn, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 26th August – Record Crate, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th August – The Lass O Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Tracy McNeil
Friday 22nd August – Lefties Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 23rd August – The Courthouse, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 24th August – TBC, Melbourne, VIC

Vincent Cross
Friday 22nd August – The Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 23rd August – Troubadour Folk & Acoustic Club, Woy Woy, NSW

Yuko Nishiyama
Friday 22nd August – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd August – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Friday Folk Flashback

“Rattlin’ Bog” – The Makem Brothers

I love it when fiddle tunes have words. I’d always played “Rattlin’ Bog” as a reel but found in sessions that people would sing along. So I’ve done my best to learn the words as well – although I doubt I could get it this fast!

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