Thank Folk It’s Friday – 22nd August


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

Vena Portae
Vena PortaeVena Portae

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Yuko Nishiyama


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

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

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!

Not Much Folk and Acoustic on the First Falls and Southbound Announcements

John Butler
Image Courtesy of John Butler Trio

Ok, we know that if you want to go and see folk music over the New Years period your best bet is head north to the Woodford Folk Festival. But we’re also big supporters of The Falls Festival and Southbound Festival as they always manage to get some big name indie-folk and acoustic names on their lineups – check out our review of last year’s Falls Festival here.

The first lineup announcement for Falls and Southbound 2014/15 hit this morning and surprisingly this year folk, acoustic and roots based musicians are pretty thin on the ground. Outside of The John Butler Trio (above), Kim Churchill and Vance Joy there’s not a lot else that’s too Timber and Steel friendly – although as fans of music of all genres the lineup does look pretty good.

We’re hoping that as more artists are added we’ll start to see more acoustic seep into the lineup. If you’re keen to head to Falls the ticket ballot is now open. Check out the full lineup so far below:

Alt-J, Big Freedia, The Black Lips, Bluejuice, Cold War Kids, DMAs, Glass Animals, George Ezra, Jagwar Ma, Jamie XX, Joey Bada$$, John Butler Trio, Kim Churchill, The Kite String Tangle, Milky Chance, Movement, The Presets, Remi, Röyksopp & Robyn, Run The Jewels, Safia, SBTRKT (Live), Spiderbait, Sticky Fingers, The Temper Trap, Tensnake, Tkay Maidza, Todd Terje (Live), Tycho, Vance Joy, Wolf Alice + More To Be Announced.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 14th February


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Stream the new EP from One Up, Two Down. Details here

Achoo! Bless You have released the video for their new track “Wild Eyes”. Details here

– Canberra duo Sparrow-Folk combine folk music and boobs for their latest video “Ruin Your Day”. Details here

– Sydney indie folk night Little Features returns this month with a lineup that includes Mimi Gilbert, The Maple Trail, Packwood and Charlie Gradon. Details here

WOMADelaide’s final lineup addition for 2014 is singer-songwriter Lior. Details here

Vance Joy may be seeing success overseas but he hasn’t forgotten us with national headline dates this April and May. Details here

– Cabaret-folk big band The Good Ship are heading out on a national tour this March. Details here

Leroy Lee will be hosting a new monthly folk night at the Petersham Bowling Club, Porch Light Sessions, starting in March. The first night features Lee, The Morrisons and Lacey Cole and the Lazy Colts. Details here

The Audreys have released the video “My Darlin’ Girl”, the first track from their upcoming new album. Details here

Frank Turner released a video for his new song “Sweet Albion Blues”. Details here

Conor Oberst has announced plans for his new album Upside Down Mountain. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn has released his new video “Bottom of the Sea Blues” plus news of a deluxe version of his new album Country Mile. Details here


“I’m actually recording songs now from people that have never been recorded before, songs that may have been noted back in the time of the nineteenth century by Cecil Sharp but have never been sound recorded. I’m also discovering songs that have no known origin, that have never been documented before. It is like finding these undiscovered species that nobody knew existed, happily living in their native habitat in the minds of old gypsies – it’s wonderful! So there are discoveries to be made”Sam Lee chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We definitely keep the live show very varied. We play to our audiences – we’ll have slower, poignant moments but towards the end of the set we like to ramp it up. We’ve got two sets of bagpipes and Megan [Henderson] our fiddle player does step dancing as well so we get all of these things combined and hopefully create a bit of a noise, a bit of energy” – James Lindsay from Breabach chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here




“I don’t recall much of the actual New Year, with MGMT running over time, a quick countdown before kissing and hugging your nearest and dearest, or the random crowd members beside you, and then finally The Wombats hitting us with an onslaught of hits and subsequent dancing frenzy, it all just blurs together to be an energy filled night of frivolity with a matching hangover the next morning” – Part 2 of KTBell’s Falls Festival review. Review here

Releases This Week

It's all Good
It’s All GoodDamien Dempsey

Lets Go Extinct
Let’s Go ExtinctFanfarlo

The Wheel EP
The Wheel EPJordan Millar

One Up Two Down
One Up, Two DownOne Up, Two Down

Robert Ellis
The Lights from the Chemical PlantRobert Ellis

Between Bars
Between BarsThe Civil Wars

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Little Bastard w/ OXBLVD, Ranger Spacey

Little Bastard

Sydney folk renegades Little Bastard will be taking to the stage at the Factory Floor for their first hometown headline show of the year. Fresh from conquering the Falls Festival in Lorne and laying down tracks for their debut album (due in May) the seven-piece are ready to make 2014 theirs and this gig is going to be a cracker.

Saturday 15th February – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Adelaide Fringe Festival
Friday 14th February to Sunday 16th March – Adelaide, SA

Andy Irvine
Thursday 20th February – Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, VIC
Friday 21st February – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Ann Vriend
Friday 14th February — The Homestead, North Hobart, TAS
Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th February — MONA, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 20th February — Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW

Cobargo Folk Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd February – Cobargo, NSW

Eddie Vedder
Sunday 16th February – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 18th February – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Frances Folk Gathering
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd February – Frances, SA

Jack Carty
Saturday 15th February – House Concert, Hazelwood Park, SA
Sunday 16th February – House Concert, Grange, SA

James Teague
Wednesday 19th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke
Friday 14th February – The Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 15th February – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st February – Paradiso Spiegeltent @ The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide, SA

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 14th February – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW

Leah Flanagan w/ Kieren Glasgow
Thursday 20th February – Vic on the Park, Enmore, NSW

Friday 21st February – Southern Peninsula Arts Centre, Rosebud, VIC

Little Bastard w/ OXBLVD, Ranger Spacey
Saturday 15th February – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

Okkervil River
Wednesday 19th February – Chevron Festival Gardens, Perth, WA
Friday 21st February – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

One Up Two Down and Oh Pep!
Friday 14th February – The Danish Club, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 16th February – Eudlo Hall, Eudlo, QLD
Wednesday 19th February – Anglican Church, Dorrigo, NSW
Thursday 20th February – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Friday 21st February – No.5, Bellingen, NSW

Saturday 15th February – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 16th February – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 19th February – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Sam Buckingham
Wednesday 19th February – Revolver, Prahran, VIC
Thursday 20th February – Baha’s, Mornington Peninsula, VIC
Friday 21st February 0 Fringe Festival, Adelaide, SA

The Beez
Friday 14th February – Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club, NSW
Saturday 15th February – Blackheath, NSW
Sunday 16th February – Bundanoon, NSW (house concert)
Wednesday 19th February – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, ACT

Unpaved Sessions w/ Matt Green, Emilee South, James Kenyon, Lisa Wood, Ruth Kateleros and Monique Kenny
Monday 17th February – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“First Day of My Life” – Bright Eyes

Three years we published a couple of Valentine’s Day related playlists – one for the loved up and one for the heartbroken – that always get a lot of hits at this time of year. Given FFF has fallen on Valentine’s Day this year we thought we’d share one of our favourite loved up tracks (with one of the sweetest loved up videos) with you. Enjoy the love!

Review: The Falls Festival, Marion Bay, Tasmania

Ponchos are the latest fashionPhotos by Stu B.

So now to the fun bit, the music!

Day 2, Monday 30th December, rolled around and as we planned our day, we were a bit excited about some unknowns and some stalwart festival acts, it was going to be a great day.

First up, on the Field Stage, at a very reasonable lunch hour was local Foster a Band competition winner Lulu an The Paige Turners. Knowing little but what I gleaned from the Falls Festival App description, I was hopeful for something interesting, lo and behold, the Paige-Turners turned out to be a bigger than expected group of young men, resplendent in white dress shirts, black suspenders and bowties complete with drums, cello, banjo, acoustic guitar, keyboard and who knows what else! Lulu herself stepped on to stage looking like she stepped out of an old timey movie in a frilled lavender dress that would either float beautifully or become her own personal parachute in the windy conditions. Obviously a lot of friends were in the crowd, or at least local and loyal fans, as many shouts of encouragement met them before they even played a note.

Lulu and The Paige Turners Opening with ‘Begin-agains’ from their EP Bookends and Begin-again delivered a strong, strummy guitar intro, quivering vocals, subtle backing harmonies and touches of a soul pitch to her vocals. It’s a very indie pop style but very easy to lose yourself in. To follow up their opening, the slower track, ‘The Mean Reds’ also from the EP mellowed out the audience, becoming solemn at times. With a strong banjo melody and sweet, hushed tones of the harmonies, it was more like the lullaby style we’ve seen from a number of singer/songwriters but with a surprise build with drum and electric bass almost reminiscent of a Mumford and Sons hoedown.

The rest of her set was equally diverse with bluesy bass lines, cool vibes, raspy, rolling, gravely gutsy verses, sentiments stripped down to a Capella accompanied by clicks and whistling, and of course, many a banjo solo from probably the happiest Banjo player I’ve seen of late.

It’s a wonderful mix on stage, of piano intros, rhythm on a snare drum played by Lulu, tales of a broken heart, dischordant harmonies to really set the tone, not to be out done by angsty, angry, passionate vocals. Lulu is a multi-instrumentalist playing percussion, guitar and violin, but also delivering vocals reminiscent of Kate Miller Heidke or Tori Amos. All of this she achieves while also performing with a cold that would likely render her voiceless after her set.

Well in with the audience, they brought out a brand new song, ‘Bright Eyes’, a song she was not sure what it was actually about but “sometimes the universe gives you a song for a reason”. Beautiful lightly treated, stripped back sound with just the simplest of accompaniment graced the enraptured field. Their musicianship was all about the lyric weaving it’s way across the melody, and the 3 piece harmonies by the Paige-Turners with room for an instrumental break and some epic violin by Lulu, like she and it had a private dance to complete. ‘A Little Secret’ changed the mood, with a very country feel to the full instrumental sound and beat yet cleverly walked the fine line mixing between full sound and stripped back line “little secret”. Amusingly, keyboard and the banjo had almost a russian dance off mid song.

Their final song was full of thanks and appreciation for the crowds support, and delivered their first single release, a definite favourite, ‘The Music Box’. A stuccato piano intro, great harmony based vocals  and full band sound behind string and catchy melody had us all nodding to the beat. There was even an instrumental break showcasing the cello and of course a huge violin presence Lulu in breaks. I found it really catchy and could easily hum it all day with it’s killer vocals, Lulu’s passionate stage presence, it all makes for a warning: keep an eye out, Lulu and the Paige-Turners should take stages by storm.

Big Scary at Falls Festival Marion BayWe popped over to the Valley stage to check out Big Scary with their big piano and drum sound and 2 part harmonies. They’re certainly genre-defying and on the Falls stage, combining their slow piano stylings with heavy base and drums, created an ethereal quality to their set and sound. A really pleasant poppy, chill out band for the setting and time.

Paper Kites at the Falls Festival Marion BayWe headed back to the Field stage to catch The Paper Kites and watching their band tune a banjo, it struck me that I wanted to renaming this stage the Banjo Stage! It’s always promising when a banjo is sound checked, almost guaranteed a good hoedown. The five piece, opened with a strong drum beat/line and mellow guitar over the top and calm vocals wafting on the breeze. The crowd grew quickly, attracted to their ethereal indie quality. Their set saw great cohesion of vocal and instruments, working as one, blending when needed, separating when wanted.

They played “Young”, a more synth based track with finger plucking strings over the top. There was a steady crowd dancing up the front, from within, someone releases glitter across the top of the crowd and it floated over them much like the lyrics and vocals. A very mellow set with a solid under current of instrumental indie cool.

At times their set is airy, with floaty piano intros and breathy yet strong vocals. Other times, like when playing “Bloom”, an older song that the crowd can sing along too, a more plucky vibe sets the the crowd screaming and intensifies the atmosphere while still delivering beautiful harmonies that even a crowd can carry. Then they effortlessly add drums and banjo to truly catchy effect. I love the whistling break, crowd tried to whistle along and ended up sounding like drunk birds.

Their new song, “Cold Kind Hand”, is a more indie rock vibe with the femanine vocals playing beautifully off the big earthy drums beats. Staying true to their sound, their new stuff is as equally welcome as their old stuff. Take that Regurgitator.

James Vincent McMorrow at Falls Festival Marion BayI’m a complete novice when it comes to  James Vincent McMorrow, so when we headed to the Valley stage to catch his set, I was delighted to see a crowd had already formed, eagerly anticipating his set. Walking on stage to a rousing welcome from the audience, McMorrow opened with his breathtaking falsetto, reminiscent of early Matt Corby ethereal vocals, over simple piano chords, building to a faster speed with clapping, percussion and backing vocals. I saw in an instant the appeal and why so many are clamouring for his music. The crowd continued to stream in to the field as overall sound, now filled with bass to round out the effect, rolled up the ampitheatre. His voice delivers tones of Bon Iver but devled deeper within himself, ultimately creating an earthy, grounded effect.

His set celivered variety, with synth beat under harmonised vocals, the simplicity and stripped back nature of which was mezmerising. He is skilled at gently bringing new instruments in to the tracks, I didn’t even notice the piano build in to one song, and yet it ended solely on a tight vocal/piano harmony. He claimed nervousness as it had been a year and a half since his last big performance. He merely hoped his nerves were endearing, but to everyone present, not a nervous moment had been witnessed. Launching back in to his moody and soft, almost tentative vocals and delicious piano, echoing drum beats herald crowd favourites and everyone is lost in the performance.

London Grammar at Falls Festival Marion BayI’m one of those people who has heard of London Grammar, and has probably even heard their hits, but having been a bit of a musical hermit of late, I was keen to catch them in full swing on the Valley stage. The haunting intro and her voice flowing off the stage accompanied by keyboard and little else told me I was in for a wonderful show. “Hey Now” had a hypnotic effect on every member of the audience, ending in the kind of silence where you can hear a pin drop. And then there was the rapturous applause.

I can see why Hannah has been compared to Florence Welsh and Kate Bush, her voice dominates over the bass, electric guitar and djembe. But, not just a beautiful voice, she can take on the keys, build a melody that emerges alone only to wend through her soulful, lilting lyrics. She is a statuesque leading lady, yet manages stillness, poise, focus and delivers pitch perfect, stunning vocals that had the audience entranced. Whether they need to engage the audience with more in the way of stage presence is debatable, what they don’t have in presence, they make up for with atmosphere and sheer soundscape.

Hannah was experiencing the worst hayfever she has ever had because there is a unique type of grass in Tasmania and nowhere else in the world. With that revelation, it was amazing her vocals weren’t affected. Their wildly popular cover of Kavinsky’s “Nightcall” was to be expected, a popular choice with the crowd with it’s keys opening making way for the whining, stripped back electric guitar, reminiscent of The xx’s sparse production style.

With the crowd thoroughly in the mood, a staffer comes on stage with a giant birthday cake to celebrate Hannah’s birthday, for which the crowd sang happy birthday and she was incredibly excited as the cake was gluten free meaning she could actually enjoy eating it after their set. Fittingly, they celebrated the moment with a song the crowd could all sing along to, “Caught in the Middle”. To wrap up, they delighted the audience with “Metal and Dust” with it’s midway upbeat synth beats and keys which created a wall of sound crawling up the hill from the valley stage.

Violent Femmes at Falls Festival Marion BayI am of the age to have just been alive when their first, and arguably most famous, album was released, but I sure as hell knew about them and have danced in to many a late night with Blister In The Sun blaring. So needless to say, I was at the Valley stage for the Violent Femmes set. Just walking on stage they received a huge welcome from the crowd. And with out any ado at all, they cracked straight in to it with “Blister in the Sun”. They played like their album release was last year, like they do it all the time, and most of the crowd was up and dancing without a second thought. Naturally, with their time in the industry and their experience, they could play each track with a kind of laid back delivery, but full of cheer and that cool swagger attitude. Effortless in fact. They dubbed themselves the Grandfathers of folk-punk and to be blunt, they’re dead right on that call. And of course, they are one of those acts that can play their album from start to finish and hold every person in the palm of their hands for every single track, in spite of us all knowing what would come next. “Kiss Off” went off, the big slappy bass tones of “Please Do Not Go” had the crowd going crazy,  “Add It Up” had everyone singing every word at the top of their voice, and I was having a bit of a Reality Bites flashback. It was a glorious set, they sounded almost exactly like they did the day it was released and they were such a joy to watch, clearly having a great time on stage.

The Cat Empire at Falls Festival Marion BayOur final folky act of the night was our name sake and one of our favourite acts, The Cat Empire. I wanted to make notes and recall all they played, highlight the nuances of their set, but in true Cat Empire style, they just nailed it. They have this ability to cheer a crowd as soon as they walk on stage, talk to us all like we’re personal friends just jamming at their place, and have us all singing, dancing, grooving and jumping along to every track. They played a great selection of their back catalogue interspersed with tracks from Steal The Light and they generally got the party really pumping. We, as a crowd moved and grooved as one, loving every second. They, as always, nailed it. I read a Faster Louder review of the Marion Bay Falls  that put the Cat Empire down to a “pale imitation of The Roots” due to their scheduling, but clearly the reviewer was at an alternate universe version of the same gig, because we saw nothing of that. In fact, The Roots were a disappointment to us, nothing like we expected, so much so, that we left half way through their set and headed to bed. We must have missed the good bit.

Finally the penultimate day rolled around. Day 3, Tuesday 31st December – New Years Eve and the reason we were all there.

Gossling at Falls Festival Marion BayAfter a lazy lie-in, we headed to the Field stage to see one of our favourites, Gossling who we enjoyed seeing back in 2011. What a difference 2 years makes, from opening spot on the main stage at Lorne to a modest crowd, to a mid afternoon Marion Bay Field Stage spot absolutely packed with punters. Having not yet caught the latest offering from Gossling, I wasn’t quite that sure what to expect but bouyed by her unassuming start and complete skipping of any kind of chattering intro, Helen and band kicked straight in to the set with glee and abandon. Her set was heartfelt yet forthright, pulling tracks predominantly from the new album Harvest of Gold. The intimate setting allowed Helen to tell the stories behind the songs; the  love song about a couple who had been together a long time, whose spark was there in the beginning but is no longer there and the resulting mutual break up; her early experiences with social media as an artist and that anyone can say anything they want online and she just has to stop being a little pussy; and the day to day observations and experiences of life. Particular highlights included “Songs of Summer” (co-written with Steve Parkin) and that lamentable opening line “On a  Friday night, a thousand weeks ago” replete with male vocals (by Alexander Burnett of Sparkadia on the record) as well as the sheer frustration meets pop sensibilities of “Challenge” and it’s social media mayhem. All in all, another delightful afternoon spent with Gossling.

The John Steel Singers at Falls Festival Marion BayHustling from one stage to the next meant we could get a glimpse of The John Steel Singers on the Valley stage and their dedicated fans clamouring to tyhe front of the stage. Their set was upbeat and at times delivered a psychedelic vibe to the over all indie sound. I’ve heard a bit about the group, especially because TnS contributor Haz is a bit of a fan boy, but I was truly delighted by their tight harmonies and elegant guitar work. An oldie but a goodie, “Strawberry Wine” was a particular favourite with the crowd and as we made our way to our next stop, the set was in full swing, crowd singing and dancing along and glimpses of harmonised spleandour taunted us.

Later in the day we found ourselves back at the Field stage to catch complete unknowns, Bombino. Within an instant, our reaction was “They’re so cool!” Rocking traditional garb albeit of shiny material, and sporting electric guitars, this was an outfit set to impress. Opening rocky riffs drew an instant crowd to dance along. Singing in their native language, inspite of having no clue what was being said, their music translated with a sense of storytelling that spoke directly to the soul each member of the audience.

Bombino at Falls Festival Marion BayThe easiest way to describe their sound is a kind of a meeting of world music and indie stylings. Band members hail from West Africa, Niger, so it’s desert music that they play with touches of a Reggae feel to their beat. Bombino delivered a consistent energy and tempo throughout their set, holding the crowd in their groove through to the end, with a huge cheer from the audience to thank them for the performance. This is the kind of group I think Ash Grunwald would love to jam with!

Emma Louise at Falls Festival Marion BayRecovering from Bombino, we were set put to catch Emma Louise at the Field stage. Having missed a lot locally for the last 18months, I was curious to see just how far from folk Emma Louise had moved. With a heady mix of synth keyboard, acoustic guitar and stripped back drum kit, it was hard to predict just what would arrive. She walked out on stage looking super slick, breathy backing vocals began and she strapped on her acoustic guitar, much to the appreciation of the volminous audience. Stunning, breathy harmonised vocals wafted over the crowd creating a haunting and still opening. She has really matured and grasped the ethereal indie sound that Matt Corby toyed with a few years ago but delivers it with strength, confidence and delicate handling of the style.

“Toys”  gave a clever meld of synth, guitar and those evocative vocals, smooth as butter and just as addictive. Her stage presence has come leaps and bounds since I last saw her at Falls in Lorne, a true professional graces the stage now and captures the audience, holding them with every lick of a lyric.

The crowd, as one, responded to each synth-laden ethereal moment creating a sense of anticipation. “Tessalate” erupted from a mournful synth opening, trilling guitar and tantalising snare that broke in to a solid bass drum rhythm. Emma Louise’s Florence-esque vocals wound their way through the soundscape, met with harmonised backing, building to a beautiful crescendo before a delicate ending.

The set was peppered with new and old tracks including the strong keyboard, drum rhythms and intertwined angelic vocals of “Atlasize” and the rolling intimacy of “Keep Me Warm” allowed her great vocal range to tip in to and out of melancholic, interlocking harmonies to create an incredible, dreamlike atmosphere. And naturally, she ended with that favourite and original hit, “Jungle” which had the already large crowd heaving with enthusiasm and joy.

Crystal Fighters at Falls Festival Marion BayWhen we headed to the Valley stage for the Crystal Fighters, we had no real idea what to expect except that their bio included the word folktronica, so of course, I was there. The crowd were very excited for them and as they entered the stage they made an amazing visual impact as they were all dressed for the occassion. It seems this is what happens when a strange mix of percussion, glittery costumes and acoustic meets electric cohesion. No matter their cross-genre mix, the crowd were instantly dancing.

It all got a bit folkalicious when their txalaparta came into it’s fore (for those playing along, it’s like a giant xylophone played by two people at once), it was almost tribal in nature, matched with a thumping drum rhythm in an altogether stripped backing style to the vocals before the synth and full ensemble sound built in to a massive presence with crowd jumping and dancing feverishly. Did I mention they manage to include a ukelele in their dance music ensemble?

Love is all I’ve got for this act. Infectiously fun and impossible not to enjoy! I mean, you’ve got to love a bit of electric, hyper ukelele. They managed the crowd beautifully, taking us musically down to the beach (the real beach we could see from our vantage point), down through a
mellow, strummy intro in to the calyspo feel backing and harmonised vocals of “Plage”, where the synth builds before a big electric guitar line joins the party. I also adored the epic cow bell that features in “I Love London”. I think this is one of my favourite, highlight acts from the whole festival, a must see and a must to track down some of their back catalogue!

Grizzly Bear at Falls Festival Marion BayComing down from such a high energy set, we stayed at the Valley stage to catch Grizzly Bear
It was their second New Year’s Eve in Tassie and they seemed quite happy with their lot. Their opening number, “Speak in Rounds” brought with it the haunting quality of their vocals and the woozy atmospherics their sets are renowned for. They moved from one set to the next with such grace and ease that at times you’d forgotten that one song ended and another begun. The inextricably mellow and chilled resonance segued effortlessly in to echoey lament only to give way occasionally to a bluesy rock beat or to a revel in synthesizer gait.

Their performance is one of those truly enrapturing experiences, where their dreamy set can transport you to another reality, parrallel to the often frenetic energy of Marion Bay on a special occasion.

Neil Finn at Falls Festival Marion BayThe final folkishly influenced act on the Valley stage that night was the irrepressible, Neil Finn. We saw Finn take the stage back in Lorne and while that was a fun set, there was something more this time around. Whether the vibe of the Marion Bay festival or the hubbub of New Year’s Eve, either way, in that inimitable personality and presence, the audience was putty in Finn’s hands.

He crafted together a set filled with nostalgia, of hits and favourites as well as braw new works from recent album Dizzy Heights. Of the old songs, there was once voice as the crowd sang in unison, word for word, proving just how timeless Crowded House and Split Enz are. Of the new works, my favourite was the transidental temporary insantiy of “Pony Ride”, or that could just have been Finn’s explanation for the song and somehow we were all suddenly riding rainbows on unicorns with him, likely in hysterics. Title track “Dizzy Heights” and “Flying in the Face of Love” also were received well, but it was moments like Kirin J Callinan jumping in for a guitar solo on the Crowded House track “Locked Out” that made the set memorable. The spine tingling closer, one man on his knees and one guitar with no amped sound while crew changed over behind him for the next set, the thousands strong crowd with just the utterance of it’s opening  had us off singing “Better Be Home Soon” and claimed the defining moment of the night.

I don’t recall much of the actual New Year, with MGMT running over time, a quick countdown before kissing and hugging your nearest and dearest, or the random crowd members beside you, and then finally The Wombats hitting us with an onslaught of hits and subsequent dancing frenzy, it all just blurs together to be an energy filled night of frivolity with a matching hangover the next morning.

But, if you’re going to wake up with a hangover anywhere in the world, Falls Festival Marion Bay just moved up my list of acceptable places to do so.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th February


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Eels have announced a new album this April – no word on whether it will be acoustic leaning. Details here

– US alt-country singer Micah P. Hinson has announced the release of his new album Micah P. Hinson and the Nothing in March this year. Details here

Neil Young will reportedly be releasing a new album this March via Jack White’s Third Man Records. Details here

Mark Moldre has another new video on the web for “Everything I Need”. Details here

The Falls have moved to the US and finally posted a recorded version of their much loved song “Into The Fire”. Details here

– Sydney-based progressive folk group Takadimi will be performing a series of pop up gigs every Thursday in February (their first one was yesterday). Details here

Sally Seltmann released her latest video “Catch of the Day”. Details here

– The great Nickel Creek have announced a return to the spotlight this year with a new album in the works. Details here

Glen Hansard has finally announced the Australian release of his new EP Drive All Night, and it’s today! Details here

– Sydney via Darwin based songstress Leah Flanagan released her new single “Everything”. Details here

Bluesfest announced a bunch more artists including Hat Fitz & Cara, Claude Hay, Genevieve Chadwick, Daniel Champagne and many more. Details here

– The new Achoo! Bless You single “Wild Eyes” hit the web this week. Details here

– More artists have been added to The National Folk Festival including Damien Dempsey, The Fiddle Chicks, Takadimi, Danny Spooner, Glover & Sorrensen, Sarah Humphreys, The Lurkers, Rusty Spring Syncopators and many many more. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Roscoe James Irwin released his new video “One Eye Open”. Details here

– UK five piece Feldspar released their new track “Young And Invincible”. Details here


“Some of the shows I’ll be doing solo, but more than half of them I’ll have a rhythm section, the same rhythm section that I had in Sydney last year”Ann Vriend chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here



“If Woodford is too far away for you, or a little too folk heavy for your liking, then Falls Festival Marion Bay is a perfect alternative which still gives you a lot of similar experiences yet has a personality and style all of it’s own” – Part 1 of KTBell’s Falls Festival review. Review here

“Traveller & Fortune choose the right instrumentation for the song. Even if only six notes are played on a xylophone or the harmonica only makes a single appearance across the entire set, their inclusion on the songs is perfectly placed makes dragging them all the way to Sydney worthwhile. The way Traveller & Fortune layer their songs is just masterful”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews Traveller & Fortune at FBi Social in Sydney. Review here

Releases This Week

VagabondEddi Reader

Frank Turner
The Polaroid PictureFrank Turner

Glen Hansard
Drive All NightGlen Hansard

Flesh and Blood
Flesh & BloodJohn Butler Trio

Seth Lakeman
Word of MouthSeth Lakeman

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

One Up Two Down and Oh Pep!

One Up Two Down

If bluegrass is your poison then there’s no way you can miss One Up Two Down on their first big east coast tour which kicked off this week. Made up of George Jackson (fiddle and banjo) and Daniel Watkins (guitar) and Andrew Small (bass), One Up Two Down is a bringing together of some of the finest musicians in the country. Joining them on tour are Timber and Steel favourites Oh Pep!.

Friday 7th February – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 8th February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 9th February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Monday 10 February – The Cave, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 12th February – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 13th February – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 14th February – The Danish Club, Brisbane, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You w/ All Our Exes Live in Texas
Thursday 13th February – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Andy Irvine
Saturday 8th February – Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre, Katherine, NT
Sunday 9th February – The Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Ann Vriend
Friday 7th February — Albert Park Yacht Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th February — The Rumpus Room, Maribyrnong, VIC
Sunday 9th February — On The Green at Gumly Gumly, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Wednesday 12th February — Django Bar, Marrickville, NSW
Friday 14th February — The Homestead, North Hobart, TAS

Monday 10th February – St Michael’s Church, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Vedder
Friday 7th February – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA
Saturday 8th February – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA
Tuesday 11th February – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th February – Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Imogen Clark and Joe Mungovan
Friday 7th February – The Corner Store, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 12th February – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 7th February – House Concert, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 8th February – House Concert, Berrima, NSW
Sudnay 9th February – House Concert, Leumeah, NSW
Thursday 13th February – House Concert, Glebe, NSW

James Teague
Wednesday 12th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke
Friday 14th February – The Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 14th February – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW

Laneway Festival
Friday 7th February – Harts Mill, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 8th February – Esplanade Park and West End, Fremantle, WA

Leah Flanagan w/ Jess Beck Duo
Thursday 13th February – Vic on the Park, Enmore, NSW

Lime and Steel w/ Vendulka
Saturday 8th February – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Mat McHugh
Friday 7th February – Torquay Hotel, Torquay VIC
Saturday 8th February – Westernport Hotel, Hastings VIC

One Up Two Down and Oh Pep!
Friday 7th February – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 8th February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 9th February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Monday 10 February – The Cave, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 12th February – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 13th February – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 14th February – The Danish Club, Brisbane, QLD

Sam Buckingham
Thursday 13th February – Twilight Markets, Albury, NSW

The Beez
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th February – National Multicultural Festival, ACT
Friday 14th February – Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club, NSW

The Folk Informal feat. James Kelly, Ryan Collings, Betty & Oswald, Timberwolf
Thursday 13th February – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Woody Pitney w/ Ariela Jacobs
Thursday 13th February – The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Raglan Road” – Glen Hansard and Colm Mac Con Iomaire

Glen Hansard is in the country at the moment, supporting Eddie Vedder and performing his own shows so I thought it might be nice to share this video of he and The Frames bandmate Colm Mac Con Iomaire performing the Irish classic “Raglan Road”.

The New Year Conundrum

Every year as the calendar days roll by, friends and family start asking the inevitable questions about what you are doing for Christmas and New Year. In the past, there has been a good range of folk friendly festivals stretching up and down the East Coast of Australia for eager punters to choose from, but with the demise of both Pyramid Rock Festival and Peats Ridge Festival, it shrinks the obvious choices down to Woodford Folk Festival and The Falls Festival (which has conveniently added a new venue/ location for the 2013/14 event).

But, what if you’re not after a big and busy festival for your New Year’s celebrations? Well, let’s take a look at what’s on offer, both the big guns and the ones you might not have come across yet.

Woodford Folk Festival – Woodford, QLD

Woodford Cart

Undeniably one of the largest festivals in Australia, it has been repeatedly nominated for all kinds of awards in the events and tourism industries and remains one of my favourite festivals of all time, even if only for a 35 hour experience, I’d love to go back (but sadly, not this year). Based on their own site (Woodfordia, about one hour north of Brisbane), The Queensland Folk Federation have delivered outstanding line ups year after year and offer a range of musical acts and arts activities for all ages making this festival easy for the whole family to attend. While this year’s line up hasn’t yet been announced, we would put money on it being another outstanding list of great musicians from around the world, a quick glance through the 2012/13 programme book will attest to that.

Tickets and camping are still available at pre-festival web prices up until Christmas Eve, or if you’re feeling the pinch, they are always looking for willing volunteers who gain free entry in return for their help before, during or after the festival. Highlights of Woodford, apart from the amazing line up (in which we would name almost ever artist we’ve covered on  Timber and Steel if we were to list past festival performers), includes the huge range of workshops, crafts and activities for all ages to participate in, the exciting range of food and stalls available on site, the breathtaking lantern parade and the penultimate fire event bringing in the New Year. Completely safe for the whole family with plenty for the young and young at heart, if you haven’t been to Woodford, it is probably the festival I would tell everyone to go to no matter what their musical leaning. Don’t believe me? Check out their latest promo video:

The Falls Festival – Lorne Vic, Marion Bay Tas and Byron Bay NSW

Falls Festival, Lorne, 2008, Music Festival

Now, before I get you all excited, tickets for two of the three sites have sold out, tickets are now only available for Marion Bay in Tasmania. So, for those of you already with tickets to Lorne or Byron Bay, I’m only going to be reaffirming your excellent choice in festival for the New Year period. I went along for the 2011/12 festival in Lorne Vic and discovered an experience I had not anticipated, it was so big it required multiple small reviews, no single post could encapsulate it all. 2013 is the first year they’ve expanded to Byron Bay (which has successfully hosted Splendor in the Grass and nearby is the home of Bluesfest) so there is no hesitation that a New Year’s festival will have any trouble in such esteemed company.

Just like Woodford, The Falls Festival is not just a music festival, it has a vast array of arts workshops and experiences to keep every punter engaged no matter their hangover or musical interests, from themed days and fiesta’s through to art attacks. For those thinking still and wondering about Marion Bay, we can confirm it is a kid friendly event meaning, like Woodford, the whole family can come along and enjoy the line up.

Speaking of line ups, since The Falls Festival is not exclusively a folk festival, it means the artists cover a range of styles but still features some of our favourites including Emma Louise, Gossling, Grizzly Bear, Neil Finn, The Cat Empire, The Paper Kites, The Preachers and a whole lot more that we’d love to check out live. For the full line up, visit the listing on their website.

If you’re heading to the Byron Bay site and haven’t decided whether to camp, glamp or swag it, all the accomodation options are available on the Falls Festival travel page including the incredibly groovy Tepee Life village (Tepee Life also available in Marion Bay).

And if the idea of heading to Tasmania isn’t immediately appealing, just pause for a moment to consider the great adventure you could embark on. Not only do you get to head to one of the most pristine and beautiful forest areas within Australia and see some of the best acts around (including voting by Oct 31 in the Foster A Band competition to choose a local band to grace the stage), you can also take advantage of the 29 December start date to have an adventure around Hobart and broader Tasmania before bringing in the New Year!

If you’re struggling to decide, or wish you’d got a ticket to Lorne or Byron Bay, don’t despair, there are a few more options including applying for an Art Camp at any of the three sites to create the artistic heart and soul of the festival, and includes a coveted ticket to the festival. If you’re not so artistically inclined, but don’t mind a bit of work, volunteer applications are still open for Marion Bay.

Now, I move out of my comfort zone to two festival’s I’ve never been to!

Gulgong Folk Festival – Gulgong NSW

Dancing Gulgong Folk Festival by Flickr member farmgrovePhoto courtesy of Flickr member farmgrove

Technically not actually a New Year’s festival, the Gulgong Festival (which Gareth enjoyed earlier this year) takes place over the weekend immediately prior, 28 and 29 December 2013, making it a good option for those who have to work those pesky week days between the public holidays – if you’re in NSW and can manage a drive out to Gulgong that is. However, it’s also a great option for people that want a folky fix AND their big city New Year’s party as you could manage both pretty easily. If a nice jaunt out to Mudgee isn’t tempting enough, what if I told you tickets were free? I kid you not.

There’s no obvious camping options unless you seek out a camping ground but their website does list a number of motels and accommodation options, and really who doesn’t like a trip out in to the countryside and a good B&B to see you through?

Again, their line up is not announced yet, but with past acts like Jack Carty, The Falls, Mustered Courage, April Maze, we’re pretty confident it will be an impressive selection. A little birdy has shared some inside information that Daniel Champagne, Melanie Horsnell, Alan Caswell, Big Erle and Matt Southon may well make appearances *nudge, nudge, wink, wink*

Nariel-Creek Folk Festival – Nariel Creek Vic

Vendulka performing at the Nariel-Creek Folk FestivalVendulka on stage. Photo courtesy of Nariel-Creek Folk Festival

A beaut little festival in regional Victoria (North East for those playing at home) which looks to be the kind of scale of The Gum Ball or Corinbank and equally delightful feel for all the family. They went simple in their online presence – a facebook page only, having pulled down their website earlier in the year. Tickets are cheap at $20 a head and available at the door, camping is an incredibly low $5/ night and you can turn up early and stay late if you really want. No idea who is on their bill, but in honesty, it just looks like an amazing and relaxed way to spend a New Year’s, especially if you want to avoid the crowds! Plus there is ample opportunity to dress up for the fun of it with plenty of great shots of their past New Year’s Even cocktail parties on their facebook page.

Gum Ball Crowd

An honourable mention goes to The Gum Ball, who last month put the call out online to see who might be inclined to turn up at their Dashville property for a New Year’s Gum Ball-esque event. Unfortunately they didn’t get enough interest to make anything happen this year, but if you’re keen to see a New Year festival in the Hunter Valley for future years, we think heading to the 2014 Gum Ball and making noises at the organisers might help them decide to go ahead in 2014.

So, where are you spending New Year’s? We’re still considering the conundrum ourselves!

James Vincent McMorrow and Tom Odell Announce Falls Sideshows

James Vincent McMorrow
Image Courtesy of James Vincent McMorrow

So far this year’s Falls Festival lineup hasn’t yielded too many folky artists, but two that it has included have this week announced side shows.

First up is the incredible James Vincent McMorrow (above) who will be touring his album Post Tropical, due for release on the 14th January. Along with shows at Falls and its sister festival Southbound, McMorrow will also be playing in Melbourne and Sydney. Headline dates are below:

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

The second artist to announce Falls side shows this week is London based singer-songwriter Tom Odell. Odell will also be doing shows in Melbourne and Sydney (as well as Southbound) and has announced Timber and Steel favourite Melody Pool in support. The full list of dates are below:

Saturday 28th December – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 2nd January – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

For more information on Falls Festival check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 9th November


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Willy Mason has released his new single, “Carry On”, which is also available as a free download. Details here

Mumford and Sons debuted the video to their second Babel single “Lover of the Light” on Monday. Details here

– Having produced music with Killing Heidi and The Verses, Ella Hooper has now gone solo. Her first single, “High Low”, features the talents of alt-country favourites Graveyard Train. Details here

– This Sunday the 11th November is the Newtown Festival in Sydney and a bunch of our favourite artists will be performing across the various stages including The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Rescue Ships, Little Bastard, Caitlin Park, Battleships, The Rusty Spring Syncopators, Bellyache Ben & The Steamgrass Boys, The Lurkers, Green Mohair Suits and so many more. Details here

– As her latest crowd-funding endeavour drew to a close Sydney singer-songwriter Rosie Catalano offered up her brand new video as well as a free download for the track “In The Dark”. Details here

Heavenly Sounds have announced a tour from Michael Kiwanuka when he’s in the country next March for Bluesfest. Details here

Andrew Bird released the video to his latest single “Three White Horses”, taken from his recent album Hands of Glory. Details here

– We have the brand new video from Angus Stone for the track “Monsters”. Details here

– The Falls Festival added a bunch of new artists to the Lorne leg of the event including Daniel Champagne (above), Fraser A. Gorman, Husky, The Trouble With Templeton and Tinpan Orange. Details here

– Folk and acoustic may be pretty thin on the ground when it comes to next year’s Laneway Festivals but two of the bands that do fit somewhat into that genre – Kings of Convenience and Of Monsters and Men – have announced sideshows. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Gosti has just released her new video “Victorian” and has a couple of shows planned in Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– Tonight sees the second of three Christmas shows from underground indie-folk night Little Features at Hibernian House, Sydney. The show will feature Bity Booker, Matt Sztyk and Ryan Collings with a couple more acts yet to be confirmed and is only $10. Details here

– The clip for “Coat Tails” may be the most restrained you’ll ever see the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats. Details here

– Colonial folk punk legends Handsome Young Strangers are launching their new single “Thunderbolt” tonight in Sydney (see the gig guide below) and have a cracking new video to go along with it. Details here

Kim Churchill has finally reversed my thoughts on songs called “Sarah” with his new single and its sweet new video. Details here

– A bunch of Bluesfest sideshows were announced this week including tours from Dropkick Murphys, Frank Turner, Seth Lakeman and Jake Shimabukuro. Details here

Live ‘n’ Lounging, the house concert series based in Sydney’s South-West have announced a very special show featuring Vorn Doolette on the 1st December. Details here

– Check out the sweet new video from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros for “That’s What’s Up”. Details here

Folk Club in Sydney may have finished up at the Oxford Art Factory a couple of weeks ago but they have announced plans for four pop-up shows at Arcadia Liquors in Redfern to see out the year. The first show is this Wednesday and features Jep&Dep, The Falls and Jackson McClaren. Details here

Paul Kelly and Neil Finn, two giants of antipodean songwriting, will be touring together in February and March next year. Details here


“People have this idea of “country music” here – people think it’s just big hats and rhinestones. If they come along to the shows, they hear good songs with good melodies and lyrics and that’s what it’s about” – Peter Davies and Gabrielle Monk from The Good Intentions chat to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“It’s sort of hard to say what comes first, the idea or the song – I think they happen at the same time – but at some point I realised I had Spring type songs, new love, beginning of love, and I had Fall type songs with love on the turn or a break up. I thought if I can keep writing songs that fit into that design I’ll have something more than the sum of its parts”Paul Kelly chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Stitches in the Flag
Stitches in the FlagCrowns

The Travel Tree
The Travel TreeGosti

Sacred Hills
Sacred HillsMatt Costa
Official Site

Timber and Steel Presents

Emma Wall
Emma Wall & The Urban Folk with Little Wise
Sunday 11th November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Henry Wagons
Henry Wagons
Friday 9th November – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 10th November – The Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 15th November – Lismore City Bowling Club, Lismore, NSW
Friday 16th November – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Andrew Morris with Zac Gunthorpe
Saturday 10th November – Courthouse Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW

Angus Stone
Friday 9th November – The Hi Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 10th November – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 11th November – Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Monday 12th November – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 14th November – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Ben Harper
Friday 9th November – Convention Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 10th November – The Plenary, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 12th November – Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 13th November – Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 14th November – Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 15th November – Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Bob Evans with Thelma Plum
Friday 9th November – The Waiting Room, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th November – Rhino Room, Adelaide, SA

Crooked Saint and Ashleigh Mannix
Friday 9th November – Bon Amici, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 10th November – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 11th November – Ric’s Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Eli Wolfe
Saturday 10th November – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Sunday 11th November – Rockford Wines, SA (with Jeff Lang)
Wednesday 14th November – FBI Social, Kings Cross, NSW
Thursday 15th November – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 16th November – The Aztec Forster, NSW

Elliot The Bull
Saturday 10th November – Phoenix Bar, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 11th November – The Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney NSW

Emmylou Harris
Saturday 10th November – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 12th November – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 15th November – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th November – Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Folk Club feat. Jep&Dep, The Falls, Jackson McLaren
Wednesday 14th November – Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW

Saturday 10th November – The Empress, Melbourne, VIC

Grizzly Bear
Monday 12th November – Billboard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th November – Metro, Sydney, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers
Friday 9th November – The Green Room, Sydney, NSW

Harvest Festival (Grizzly Bear, Beirut)
Sunday 11th November – Werribee Park, Melbourne, VIC

Jen Cloher with Courtney Barnett
Friday 9th November – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Joe Robinson
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th November – Blues at Bridgetown, Bridgetown, WA
Friday 16th November – The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 9th November – Barwon Heads Bowling Club, Barwon Heads, VIC
Friday 16th November – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
Friday 9th November – Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Thursday 15th November – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Friday 16th November – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD

Little Features feat. Bity Booker, Matt Sztyk, Ryan Collings
Friday 9th November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Lucy Wise and The B’Gollies
Friday 9th November – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 9th November – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW
Saturday 10th November – Jamberoo Pub, Jamberoo, NSW
Sunday 11th November – Bottlerocket, Nowra, NSW
Thursday 15th November – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 16th November – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Merri Creek Pickers with Perch Creek Family Jugband and Jackals
Saturday 10th November – The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mike Compton
Friday 9th November – Cat and Fiddle Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 11th November – Wollongong, NSW

Mike McCarthy
Friday 9th November – The Glass Onion Society, Long Jetty, NSW
Tuesday 13th Novemebr – The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 15th November – The Royal Oak, Launceston, TAS

MoFo feat Siskin River and Takadimi
Friday 9th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Newtown Festival feat. The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Rescue Ships, Little Bastard, Caitlin Park, Battleships, The Rusty Spring Syncopators, Bellyache Ben & The Steamgrass Boys, The Lurkers, Green Mohair Suits
Sunday 11th November – Camperdown Memorial Park, Sydney, NSW

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Wouter Kellerman

Friday 9th November – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
feat. Bortier Okoe (Afro Soul), Organic Roots and DJ Earthshaker
Friday 16th November – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Nigel Wearne and The Cast Iron Promises
Friday 9th November – The Front Gallery & Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 11th November – Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th November – Harrietville Bluegrass Convention, Harrietville, VIC

Patrick James and Texture Like Sun
Friday 9th November – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 15th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbounre, VIC

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
Wednesday 14th November – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 15th November – Steyne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th November – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW

The Pigs
Saturday 10th November – Katoomba RSL, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 16th November – Newcastle Leagues, Newcastle, NSW

The Tiger and Me
Friday 9th November – Braidwood Hotel, Braidwood, NSW
Saturday 10th November – The Red Rattler, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 11th November – Majors Creek Pub, Majors Creek, NSW
Thursday 15th November – High Tea, Sydney, NSW

Sarah Humphreys
Friday 9th November – The Glass Onion Society, Long Jetty, NSW
Friday 16th November – The Lass O’ Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

TinPan Orange
Friday 16th November – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – Jake Shimabukuro

With over 11 million hits on Youtube since 2006 I think it’s safe to say that Jake Shimabukuro and this song in particular were instrumental in showing off the limitless possibilities of the ukulele and making it “cool” again. Shimabukuro is touring Australia again next year, and you have to go and see him – we can’t recommend his live show enough.

Falls Festival Adds Even More Artists to the Lorne Leg

Daniel Champagne
Image Courtesy of Daniel Champagne

Just when you thought the Falls Festival lineup couldn’t get any better they’ve gone and added a bunch of new artists to the Lorne lineup including a handful of Timber and Steel favourites. Daniel Champagne (above), Fraser A. Gorman, Husky, The Trouble With Templeton and Tinpan Orange have all been added along with a bunch of other artists.

Add this to the list of artists already announced for both Lorne and Marion Bay, including Angus Stone, Ash Grunwald, Boy & Bear, First Aid Kit, Jinja Safari, Lisa Mitchell, Matt Corby, Rodrigo Y Gabriela and Sharon Van Etten, and we would say readers of Timber and Steel have their folk, acoustic, singer-songwriter and alt-country bases covered.

The Falls Festival takes place each New Year at Marion Bay in Tasmania and Lorne in Victoria. The full list of artists added to the Lorne lineup this morning are below:

Airwolf, Ajax, Alison Wonderland, Bleeding Knees Club, Cactus Channel, Cassian, Cub Scouts, Daniel Champagne, DZ Deathrays, Elizabeth Rose, Flume, Fraser A. Gorman, Grey Ghost, Howlin’ Steam Train, Husky, Indian Summer DJs, Jen Tutty & Katie Drover, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Miami Horror DJs, Parachute Youth, Peking Duk, Regular John, The Rechords, The Trouble With Templeton, Tinpan Orange, Soccer Mum DJs, World’s End Press.

Rodrigo y Gabriela Announce One Off Sydney Sideshow

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Image Courtesy of Rodrigo y Gabriela

Having already been announced as part of the lineup for both the Falls Festival and Southbound, Mexican guitar-wielding duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have also added a single sideshow to their Australian visit.

On the 2nd of January Rodrigo y Gabriela are planning to take the stage at the Sydney Opera House. Tickets for the show go on sale tomorrow, 19th October. The full list of dates for Rodrigo y Gabriela’s Australian visit are below:

Saturday 29th December – Falls Music and Arts Festival
Monday 31st December – Falls Music and Arts Festival
Wednesday 2nd January – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 5th January – Southbound Festival, Busselton, WA

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