Thank Folk It’s Friday – 13th September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Ainsley Farrell, Bobby Alu, Catherine Traicos, Falls, Mark Moldre, Michael Waugh, Montgomery Church, Nathan Power, Robert Cini, Sam Buckingham, The East Pointers, The Teskey Brothers and Vetiver. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Darren Cross
Ecstatic RacquetD.C Cross
Bandcamp

Ma
MaDevendra Banhart
iTunes

Hayden Calnin
A Life You Would ChooseHayden Calnin
iTunes

Want It All
Want it AllLittle Wise
Bandcamp
iTunes

Trucker Caps
Trucker Caps And Heart AttacksMat Black
iTunes

Shelley's Murder Boys
Above is a RawShelley’s Murder Boys
Bandcamp
iTunes

III
IIIThe Lumineers
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Irish & Celtic Music Festival

Yass

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Yass, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Alana and Alicia
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW
Friday 20th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

An Otherwise Quiet Room feat. Teresa Dixon
Thursday 19th September – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Ben Salter
Friday 13th September – The Gunners Arms Tavern, Launceston, TAS

Black Mountain String Band
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Friday 20th September – Music at Street Market, Sydney, NSW

Broads
Saturday 14th September – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Cat Canteri & Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 14th September – House Concert, Eltham, VIC

Charlie Finn
Friday 13th September – Kelly’s On King, Sydney, NSW

Chloe & Jason Roweth
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Danika Smith
Saturday 14th September – Geddes Lane Ballroom, Melbourne, VIC

Desert Song Festival
Friday 6th to Sunday 15th September – Alice Springs, NT

Don Walker
Thursday 19th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Eagle & The Wolf
Friday 13th September – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Emily-Rose & The Wild Things, Vendulka
Friday 20th September – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

Emma Russack
Friday 13th September – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 14th September – Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon, VIC
Sunday 15th September – The Taproom – Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 20th September – Toppy Hall, Wyalong, NSW

Felicity Urquhart & Brad Butcher
Thursday 19th September – Edge Hill Tavern, Cairns, QLD
Friday 20th September – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD

Figgy Folk Session
Monday 16th September – Figtree Hotel, Figtree, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Victor Cripes, Hannah Matysek, Jesse Squire
Wednesday 18th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 13th September – Cygnet Town Hall, Cygnet, TAS
Saturday 14th September – Kunanyi Folk Club, Fern Tree, TAS
Sunday 15th September – Dennes Point, TAS

Greta Stanley
Friday 13th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th September – Tank Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Thursday 19th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 20th September – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Sunday 15th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th September – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW

Harvey Russell
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Hayley Marsten
Saturday 14th September – The Press, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 15th September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Thursday 19th September – Lazybones, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th September – Toppy Hall, Wyalong, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 12th September – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Huckleberry Hastings
Thursday 19th September – Hotel Ravesis, Sydney, NSW

Irish & Celtic Music Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Yass, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 20th September – The Victoria, Bathurst, NSW

Joe Man Murphy
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – The GAS Goats Acoustic Sessions, Brooweena, QLD
Sunday 15th September – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 19th September – Foxy on Coolum, Coolum, QLD
Friday 20th September – Little Boat, Marcoola, QLD

Joe Mungovan
Friday 13th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th September – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Justin Townes Earle
Friday 13th September – Tank Arts Center, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 14th September – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

Kasey Chambers w/ Charlie Collins
Friday 13th September – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th September – Costa Hall GPAC, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 15th September – Performing Arts Centre, Wangaratta, VIC
Thursday 19th September – Lismore City Hall, Lismore, NSW
Friday 20th September – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, VIC

Kris Kristofferson
Tuesday 17th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 19th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th September – Riverlinks, Shepparton, VIC

Leah Flanagan
Friday 20th September – Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, NSW

Lisa Caruso
Friday 13th September – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Lou Bradley
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Lucie Thorne
Friday 13th September – The Corridors Project, Cowra, NSW
Saturday 14th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 15th September – The Town Hall, Candelo, NSW

Mark Lucas & The Dead Setters
Sunday 15th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Mat Black w/ Gretta Ziller, Mr Alford
Sunday 15th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Medusa’s Wake
Saturday 14th September – The Chippo Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Michael Waugh
Saturday 14th September – The Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Montgomery Church
Saturday 14th September – Winter Breaker Country Party, Steampacket Hotel, Nelligen, NSW
Friday 20th September – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW

Narrownecks
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Natalie Henry
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Nathan Power
Friday 13th September – Guildford Family Hotel, Guildford, NSW

Neil Murray
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW
Thursday 19th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th September – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Neurum Creek Music Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, Neurum, QLD

Nimbin Roots Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin, NSW

Obscura Hail
Friday 13th September – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

Paul Dempsey
Tuesday 17th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Rosie McDonald and Nigel Lever
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Round Mountain Girls
Friday 13th September – Southport Sharks, Southport, QLD

Ruby Gilbert
Saturday 14th September – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 18th September – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Seanchas
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Seeker Lover Keeper
Friday 13th September – Narrabeen RSL, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th September – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Shane Nicholson w/ Michael Waugh
Saturday 14th September – The Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Shanty Club
Friday 13th September – The Observer Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th September – The Observer Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Sunday 15th September – Club Millthorpe, Millthorpe, NSW

Soweto Gospel Choir
Saturday 14th September – Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT

The GAS Goats Acoustic Sessions feat. Lily & King, Gypsy Rumble, Hillbilly Goats, Flower & Trengove, The Tuck Shop Ladies, Chris Matthews, Tim Griffin, Tim Woodz, Joe Man Murphy, Rosie Burgess, JC & The Tree, Sean the Noosa Magician
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – The GAS, Brooweena, QLD

The Great Australian Caravan Park Country Music Showcase feat. Andrew Swift, Gretta Ziller, Kevin Bennett, Lyn Bowtell, Montgomery Church
Friday 20th September – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW

The Middle East
Friday 13th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

The Montgomery Brothers
Friday 20th September – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

The Strzelecki Stringbusters
Tuesday 17th September – Mountain Pickers Association, Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, Ferntree Gully, VIC

The Water Runners
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Thelma Plum
Monday 16th September – HBF Stadium, Perth, WA
Wednesday 18th September – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA
Friday 20th September – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW

Tia Gostelow
Saturday 14th September – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Traditional Graffiti
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Ukulele Death Squad
Friday 13th September – SunPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 14th September – SunPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 15th September – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Wagons
Friday 13th September – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th September – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

We Mavericks
Saturday 14th September – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne, NSW

Whoa Mule & Grace Barr
Saturday 14th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Winter Breaker Country Party feat. Catherine Britt, Hurricane Fall, Montgomery Church, Chalkie White, Corey Legge, Lara Duncan Music, Sam Fletcher, Marshall Karaitiana, St Peter’s Anglican College Broulee
Saturday 14th September – Steampacket Hotel, Nelligen, NSW

Witches Leap
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Z-Star Trinity
Friday 13th September – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 14th September – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 15th September – Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 20th September – Maryborough Sports Club, Maryborough, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Needle of Death” – Bert Jansch

New Music Monday – 9th September

Falls
Image Courtesy of Falls

Ainsley Farrell – “Dark Spell”

“Dark Spell” is the new single from Sydney based singer-songwriter Ainsley Farrell. The track captures Farrell’s vulnerability as a songwriter and couples her unique vocal style with electric guitar and a driving rhythm section.

“I wrote “Dark Spell” about losing yourself in a relationship and becoming someone you’re not to appease the other person,” Ainsley Farrell explained. “It’s about taking on the heartbreak of two people.”

Ainsley Farrell self directed the video for “Dark Spell”.

“The idea for the video was to do all these mundane tasks like laundry and showering with different faces, and have the faces take over and consume me,” she said. “The magazine cut out of faces are meant to represent the part of you that’s lost I guess – it ended up being a lot creepier than I imagined.”

Ainsley Farrell will be supporting Asha Jefferies at Low 302 in Sydney on the 21st September.

Bobby Alu – “Fire”

Roots singer-songwriter Bobby Alu recently debuted his new single “Fire”. The sunny track sees Alu pulling from numerous influences, including reggae and soul, to create a sound that’s bound to put a smile on your face.

“”Fire” is about good flow,” Bobby Alu explained. “Searching inside yourself to find the courage to push your energy into things you love. Instead of finding discomfort and fear, you find power and fire. I love these moments and when I started writing this song I was searching for that fire in myself again. This made me realise when this type of feeling comes by, it’s time to strike and make most of the goodness.”

“Fire” taken from Bobby Alu’s newly announced album Flow which hits stands on the 18th October. He’ll also be heading out on tour with Busby Marou in October and November:

Friday 25th October – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 26th October – Venue 114, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 27th October – Home of Arts, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 31st October – Lions Arts Factory, Adelaide, SA
Friday 1st November – The Freo.Social, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 2nd November – The River, Margaret River, WA
Friday 8th November – Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Saturday 9th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 14th November – The Cambridge, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 15th November – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th November – Ettamogah Hotel, Kellyville Ridge, NSW
Friday 22nd November – The Jack, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 23rd November – Kirwan Tavern, Townsville, QLD

Catherine Traicos – “And I Ran”

Celebrated folk singer Catherine Traicos has just released her brand new single “And I Ran”, the first taste of her upcoming album Nobody Could Hear Us to be released on the 25th October. The song’s slightly unconventional chord progression melds wonderfully with Traicos’ sweet if somewhat haunting voice.

“When I wrote this song it was just the music and that unconventional structure that presented itself in about three minutes in someone’s living room, on a borrowed guitar that hadn’t been played in so long the tuning had gone down a tone,” Catherine Traicos explained. “I sat with the song for ages, trying out different lyrics and structures but nothing felt quite right. And then I put it away for almost a year!

“Then there was a definite point of change in my life where I was able to sit back and be angry and that is when most of the songs came together. I feel that often when things are bad you are just engulfed by them and often they can be so bad that you bypass and can’t process emotion. So when I finally wrote the song I was in the post bypass state of utter fury at events, at certain people and mostly at myself. But the piece just couldn’t work as an angry song no matter how much I tried to push it in that direction. I latched onto the amazing bliss that was also concurrently present in my life (go reality!) and wrote about that instead.”

Falls – “On Attack”

There’s a long history between LA based Sydney duo Falls and Timber and Steel. Last Friday they released their new single “On Attack”, their first in far too long. The track features Falls’ trademark harmonies intertwined through a driving, rhythmic melody that had me up and dancing.

“When the idea of home is illusive and you feel like you’ve lost your grounding, you sometimes find yourself clinging to people like life rafts,” Melinda Kirwin explained. “This song is about that moment when you realize that you’re not drowning, you can touch the ocean floor with your feet, and you can save yourself.”

There’s so much nostalgia on this track, I love it. “On Attack” is the first taster of Falls’ upcoming EP Bodega Rose, due in October.

Mark Moldre – “Josephine”

Americana singer-songwriter Mark Moldre has just released his new single and video “Josephine”. Taken from his 2019 album Fever Dreams, “Josephine” is a hypnotic, melancholic, dream-like track and the accompanying video plays up to this tone with strange, somewhat surreal visuals. This is very much modern, Australian Americana – more of this and less of everything else.

Michael Waugh – “Big Things”

No one is capturing the Australian experience at the moment quite like Michael Waugh. His storytelling songwriting style taps into something nostalgic but also delivers an emotional wallop. “Big Things” is not just about the “fibre glass fruit” that dots Australia’s highways, but instead anchors a primal story of growing up in the bush with the familiar archetypes of the Australian road trip.

“Big Things is about family – and the making of this video was a real family affair,” Michael Waugh explained. “My good friend Miguel Rios shot and directed – assisted by his partner, Meredith O’Shea. Though, the real stars are Meredith and Miguel’s kids. My favourite moment in the shoot was when Meredith gave them the direction to ‘look sad like an orphan for mummy’. I was rolling around on the ground laughing too much for the kids to adopt the required look of abandonment.

“The concept was about these kids recreating the family car trip to see the big things of Australia. They use whatever is at hand – coat hangers become the harbour bridge, the fruit bowl raided to create the big banana, teddies duct taped onto the couch to be back seat passengers. Like the goldfish, temporarily displaced so the bowl can be used as an astronaut helmet, two little kids swim around the house – playing out the memory of that family trip. Because in another part of the house there are other big things happening.”

Michael Waugh is currently out on tour – his upcoming dates are below:

Saturday 14th September – The Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Saturday 21st September – Sandy Point Music Club. Sandy Point, VIC
Friday 4th October – Oodies Café, Bundaberg, QLD
Saturday 12th to Saturday 19th October – Cruisin Country 2019
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd November – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC
Saturday 16th November – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th November – Illawarra Folk Club show, Kiama, NSW
Saturday 23rd November – Burke and Wills Winery, Heathcote, VIC
Saturday 30th November – By the Banks Festival, Albury, VIC
Wednesday 11th December – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Montgomery Church – “I Was Young When I Left Home”

Folk and Americana duo Montgomery Church have delivered a stunning cover of Bob Dylan’s “I Was Young When I Left Home” for their latest single. Stripped back to just voice, guitar and dobro Montgomery Church make the song their own. I particularly love the moments of vocal harmony punctuated by James Church’s slide playing – really beautiful stuff.

Nathan Power – “Sparrow Song”

I really like this live version of Nathan Power’s new single “Sparrow Song” courtesy of the Shoelace Sessions. The Bluegrass-folk instrumentation of guitar, bass, fiddle and mandolin perfectly accompanies the song which makes some really interesting chordal twists and turns which still staying very true to the genre.

Nathan Power is currently touring the new single – see the upcoming dates below:

Friday 13th September – Guildford Family Hotel, Guildford, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Tumut River Brewing, Tumut, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Old Bus Depot, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 22nd September – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 26th September – Foghorn Brewhouse, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th September – Charlies Last Stand, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 28th September – 63 First, Sawtell, NSW
Sunday 29th September – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Wednesday 2nd October – Lomond Acoustic, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd November – Blue Bean Love, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th November – Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC

Robert Cini – “Different Road”

Far North Queensland roots singer-songwriter Robert Cini has released the very summery sounding “Different Road”. The track is toe-tappingly catchy but also has a really personal message around what it feels like to be “different” from the mainstream.

“Anyone that feels a little different and out of place, or has life a bit tougher than normal, I think will relate to this song,” Robert Cini explains.

“Different Road” is taken from Cini’s brand new debut album Imaginary Fun which was released last week.

Sam Buckingham – “Real Life”

Singer-songwriter and Timber and Steel favourite Sam Buckingham returns with her gorgeous new song “Real Life”. Buckingham has a knack for writing beautiful acoustic folk songs with catchy choruses and deep lyrics, and “Real Life” is yet another example of her skill.

“This song feels like the fruits of a long inner journey,” Sam Buckingham explains. “I’m kind of just reporting back on some big things that I’ve felt and learnt over the years.”

Sam Buckingham is heading out on tour this October – full dates are below:

Friday 4th October – Junk Bar, Ashgrove, QLD
Saturday 5th October – Dusty Attic, Lismore, NSW
Friday 11th October – Low 302, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th October – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 25th October – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

The East Pointers – “Wintergreen”

“Wintergreen” is the gorgeous new song and video from Canadian folk trio The East Pointers. The song combines the group’s trad-inspired instrumental style with an expansive indie-folk songwriting approach they began to dabble in with their 2017 album What We Leave Behind. The video for “Wintergreen” elevates the song with a stunning AUSLAN dance performance from Emma Watkins.

The East Pointers have announced their new album Yours To Break, which will feature “Wintergreen”, will be released on the 25th October.

The Teskey Brothers – “Paint My Heart”

I feel like we feature The Teskey Brothers every week, but I reckon that’s because they’re releasing some amazing music at the moment, especially since the release of their new album Run Home Slow. “Paint My Heart” is The Teskey Brothers in epic soul mode, from the With-A-Little-Help-From-My-Friends like opening, the slow build towards the double time jam long, right up to the drawn out vocal finish. This is not music for the Spotify generation where you avoid the slow burn or extended instrumental to stop the audience from skipping – this is music that revels in itself and its influences. Delightful.

Vetiver – “To Who Knows Where”

Nu-folk stalwarts Vetiver released their amazing new single “To Who Knows Where”, taken from their upcoming album Up On High which is due on the 1st November. The Nick Drake-esque track is a lush, dreamy song which very much draws you in and wraps you up in warm blanket of folky goodness.

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2015

2015

Ok, so we have one final best of list to round out the week and then I promise you we’re done. Our illustrious Editor in Chief Gareth Hugh Evans has sifted through the wealth of music that’s been released this year and whittled it down to his top 25 tracks of 2015. Some of these are album tracks that haven’t been released as singles, some are singles from albums that were released last year and at least one or two have only seen light as live versions – but one thing that’s certain is that this is a pretty good snapshot of all of the music we’ve been loving throughout the year.

So without further ado please enjoy Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2015.

1. Sufjan Stevens – “Should Have Known Better”
While I loved the direction that Sufjan Stevens took with his Age of Adz album, when “Should Have Known Better” dropped earlier this year I almost wept. This was Stevens leaning back into to his acoustic roots without denying where his sound has evolved in recent years (the electronic middle eight in the track is a nice nod to Age of Adz). Despite the heavy subject matter of the track (“When I was three, three maybe four, She left us at that video store”) it is overwhelmingly uplifting and I can’t help but smile as I let the melody wash over me. It’s good to have you back Sufjan!

2. John Flanagan – “The Last of the Cassette Men”
A core element of “folk music” as an overarching genre is the story song and John Flanagan has written the best story song of the year, recounting the time Flanagan was tasked with driving his songwriting hero Paul Kelly to a show. John Flanagan’s easygoing, personal narrative style works perfectly in this track, almost aping the songwriting style of Kelly without descending into parody. With this track John Flanagan has proven himself a songwriting force to keep an eye on.

3. Packwood – “All Smoke Must Find Its Way Home”
With four EPs released this year there’s a wealth new Packwood material to choose from, but I can’t help but come back to “All Smoke Must Find Its Way Home”, his first single from 2015. The track is everything I want from a Packwood song – soaring melodies, delicate finger-picked guitar, orchestral arrangements (including a choir!) and Bayden Hine’s vulnerable vocal style. Another work of genius from Australia’s king of chamber folk.

4. Patrick James – “Bugs”
“Bugs” has been a standard of Patrick James’ live set for much of his career, including his time as a busker, but it’s only in 2015 that it’s been released as a single thanks to his debut album Outlier. What makes “Bugs” such a great song is hands down the chorus: a catchy, loopy piece of music that always stimulates a sing along. With live versions of “Bugs” available on the internet for years now I’m glad James has not gone crazy on the production of this track, keeping the arrangement subtle and familiar.

5. The Morrisons – “Wild Eleanor”
Despite being probably the most recognisable Bluegrass band in Sydney the amount of recorded music available from The Morrisons is pretty light on the ground. Which is why I’m so chuffed they’ve chosen to record and release one of my favourite of their tracks, “Wild Eleanor”. The frantic single shows off just how skilled each of the members of The Morrisons are. And yes, I even like the hokey clip shot at Sydney’s Hibernian House.

6. Laura Marling – “False Hope”
This is Laura Marling’s Dylan-going-electric moment. When “False Hope” hit earlier this year the first thing that fans noted was just how rock driven it was- Marling has swapped the acoustic guitar for a choppy electric and surrounded herself with a traditional rock lineup. But Laura Marling’s lyrical style and vocals shine through – you know this song is unmistakably a Laura Marling track despite the instrumentation and for that reason alone it’s something special.

7. Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton – “Waly Waly”
I was trying to put my finger on what it is about “Waly Waly” that stands out for me on the excellent album Declaration from Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton and it hit me – about halfway through the song Ruth Hazleton brings in this minor led banjo lick that just, well, grooves. It’s that lick, and the minor arrangement over the chorus, that gets my toe tapping and my head bobbing every time. It’s not often that you mention the word “groove” in reference to a Child Ballad but that’s how clever Declaration from Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton are.

8. Mumford & Sons – “Ditmas”
“But this is all I ever was, And this is all you came across those years ago, Now you go too far, Don’t tell me that I’ve changed because that’s not the truth, And now I’m losing you”. Could this be the catchiest chorus of 2015? Forget that Mumford & Sons ditched the banjo and the acoustic guitar – what they’ve created in “Ditmas” is the perfect Mumford & Sons song. Restrained verses, blistering choruses and lyrics you want to sing along to at the top of your lungs.

9. The Paper Kites – “A Silent Cause”
To be honest “Electric Indigo” has been the track on highest rotation from twelvefour for me this year, but every time I’m listening to the album from start to finish I always have to go back and listen to “A Silent Cause” again and again. It’s such a simple song – lead vocals, guitar and subtle vocal harmonies – but it’s just mesmerising. It’s a nod to The Paper Kites’ earlier work and there’s a real Paul Simon feel to the way its been written. “A Silent Cause” has not (yet) been released as a single from twelvefour but it’s definitely the standout for me.

10. Fanny Lumsden – “Soapbox”
Fanny Lumsden’s incredibly catchy single “Soapbox” is the driving force behind the success of her album Small Town Big Shot. The track’s driving back-beat courtesy of the clapping percussion drives the song forward and that banjo riff is so hum worthy. I love how crisp Lumsden’s vocals are on this track – you get to follow the narrative elements of the song without having to distance yourself from the rest of the instrumentation. It’s a great track to see live as well!

11. William Fitzsimmons – “Pittsburgh”
There’s such a lean-in quality to William Fitzsimmons’ voice – it’s so delicate over the top of his acoustic guitar and the result is beautiful. The album version of this song is supplemented by subtle piano, electric guitar and backing vocals but if you’ve managed to hear any of the live versions floating around Youtube you’ll know just how good this song is with just Fitzsimmons and his guitar.

12. Matt Corby – “Monday”
The first new music from Matt Corby in quite a while ends up being classic Matt Corby. That layered, looped vocal and hand percussion. The blues inspired melody. That voice. It’s good to have you back Matt Corby.

13. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – “S.O.B.”
The transformation of Nathaniel Rateliff from sensitive acoustic singer-songwriter to full blown gospel-blues master has been one of the unexpected joys of 2015. Together with his outstanding band The Night Sweats, Rateliff released one of the year’s catchiest tunes in “S.O.B.” complete with a Blue Brothers inspired video.

14. Bellowhead – “Roll Alabama”
Bellowhead tempered the news that they’d be wrapping things up this year with the release of their new single “Roll Alabama”. The track is filled with Bellowhead’s usual bombast but also manages to balance this with fine arrangement – at no point is the song overwhelmed by the instrumentation. The clip for “Roll Alabama” is a loving ode to Bellowhead as a live band, making me wish they’d made the trip to Australia at least once.

15. The East Pointers – “The Drift”
I love that the tenor banjo, after being maligned by its five stringed cousin in recent years, is making a bit of a resurgence. And Canadian trio The East Pointers are leading the tenor banjo charge. I love the way “The Drift” plays with tempos and instrumentation, building and dropping throughout, providing texture to the traditionally inspired music. A highlight from Secret Victory which is stuffed full of amazing tracks.

16. Yetis – “Luckiest Guy Alive”
Yetis were another band that we said goodbye to in 2015 but who left us with an amazing goodbye track. “Luckiest Guy Alive” is beautiful – five part harmonies over a solo piano – and it just seems to sore. I’m not sure Yetis every really reached their full potential and I would have loved to have seen more from them before they went their seperate ways – but “Luckiest Guy Alive” is a nice way to say goodbye.

17. Boy & Bear – “Walk the Wire”
Boy & Bear have embraced the 70s and early 80s on their new album Limit of Love and the greatest example of this is “Walk the Wire”. Embracing synths and crisp guitars, “Walk the Wire” still has that undeniable Boy & Bear groove to bop your head along to. The video is also hilarious – don’t just listen to this track on YouTube in the backgound, make sure you give it your full attention.

18. Ruby Boots – “Wrap Me In A Fever”
No this is country music. Ruby Boots’ big voice just powers through this track as the drums shuffle, the steel guitar twangs and an organ adds just a touch of class. “Wrap Me In A Fever” is a song full of heartbreak and lonliness but Ruby Boots also imbues a sense of strength into it with her big voice.

19. Gurrumul & Paul Kelly – “Amazing Grace”
The moment I heard that Gurrumul was turning his voice to gospel music for his latest album my first thought was “why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?”. The fact that he’s joined by Paul Kelly on possibly the most iconic gospel song of all time is just incredible. Here are two artists at their best breathing life into a classic and reinventing it for an Australian audience.

20. Passenger – “Fools Gold”
The ever prolific Passenger this year released an album (Whispers II) and then a series of videos for brand new songs that were shot while he toured the world. To be honest I could have picked any number of the songs that Passenger released this year but this is the one that stuck in my head. The song is textbook Passenger – delicate vocals over finger-picked guitar – but that little lick at the start and the “Hey-ey-ey” of the chorus are what gives “Fools Gold” the ear-worm quality.

21. Josh Pyke – “Hollering Hearts”
From the opening ukulele to the “oh oh oh” backing vocals there’s something insanely catchy about this song. No one quite writes folk-flavoured pop music like Josh Pyke and “Hollering Hearts” is pretty much a perfect Josh Pyke tune. I’m not sure how I feel about the lyric video (if you’re going to go to that much effort animating it why not just make a video?) but at the end of the day this is all about the music.

22. Falls – “When We Were Young”
I chose to post the live version of this song purely for the nostalgia of it. This is Falls performing at the Hotel Hollywood in Sydney during one of their rare visits back to our shores – and for these guys this is where it all started. I love how infectious this song is, almost willing you to clap along and stomp your feet. Of all the new material on Omaha this is the track that really captured me – I feel like it’s the bridge between their Hollywood EP and the tracks they’ve been writing since they’ve relocated to the USA.

23. Sam Amidon – “Blue Mountains”
“Blue Mountains” is not taken from Sam Amidon’s 2015 album of home and field recordings Home Alone Inside My Head but is rather the final single from his amazing 2014 record Lily-O. This is Amidon at his most coherent and accessible – the track has a pretty conservative structure and vocal line which is something he’s not always known for. I love the 6/8 drum beat that comes in about half way through this song giving it that extra drive, and of course Amidon’s meandering fiddle lines are just beautiful.

24. We Banjo 3 feat. Sharon Shannon – “The Fox”
This is traditional music at its most polished, with none of the rough edges you’ll find on other versions of this classic track. But that’s not a bad thing – We Banjo 3 have perfectly captured the rollicking fun of “The Fox”. Strangely Sharon Shannon’s accordion seems to be relegated to the back of the mix until they break into the reel two thirds of the way through (known as “Clumsy Lover” for those of you playing at home) – but I guess that’s why this is We Banjo 3 featuring Sharon Shannon and not the other way around.

25. Nick Payne – “Old Sydney Town”
I’ve had the pleasure of watching Nick Payne workshopping his convict folk song at jam sessions and festivals over the past 18 months and what he’s managed to capture on tape is pretty bang on what you’ll get live. I love the old time feel of this track and the fine group of musicians he’s managed to amass to accompany him (including many members of his band Dear Orphans) elevate the song to another level. I love the “behind the music” style of the video as well – very nice.

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2015

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

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

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

Kate and Ruth

1. Kate Burke & Ruth HazletonDeclaration

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

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

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

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

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

Sufjan

2. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell

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

Fanny Lumsden

3. Fanny LumsdenSmall Town Big Shot

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

Paper Kites

4. The Paper Kitestwelvefour

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

Packwood

5. PackwoodAutumnal

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

Laura Marling

6. Laura MarlingShort Movie

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

Pittsburgh

7. William FitzsimmonsPittsburgh

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

Outlier

8. Patrick JamesOutlier

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

Wilder Mind

9. Mumford & SonsWilder Mind

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

Omaha

10. FallsOmaha

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

Omaha

11. TolkaOne House

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

Limit of Love

12. Boy & BearLimit of Love

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

If I Was

11. The StavesIf I Was

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

Secret Victory

12. The East PointersSecret Victory

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

Monterey

13. The Milk Carton KidsMonterey

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

Freewheeler

14. Dougal Adams, Ado Barker & Ben StephensonThe Freewheeler

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

Solitude

15. Ruby BootsSolitude

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

Tomorrow Is My Turn

16. Rhiannon GiddensTomorrow Is My Turn

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

Marlon Williams

17. Marlon WilliamsMarlon Williams

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

Inside Llewyn Davis

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

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

Dream's End

19. Matt BauerDream’s End

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

Punch Brothers

20. Punch BrothersThe Phosphorescent Blues

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

WHITE LIES

21. Mustered CourageWhite Lies and Melodies

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

Hell Breaks Loose

22. Shane NicholsonHell Breaks Loose

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

The Decemberists

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

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

Josh Pyke

24. Josh PykeBut For All These Shrinking Hearts

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

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25. Emmy The GreatS

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

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 23rd October

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The Woodford Folk Festival lineup dropped and it includes the likes of Dougie Maclean, Michael Franti, Harry Manx, The East Pointers, Irish Mythen, Marlon Williams, Kim Churchill, Lanie Lane, Josh Pyke, Katie Noonan, The Paper Kites, Tinpan Orange, Timberwolf, Jacinta Price, Tolka, Starboard Cannons, Davidson Brothers, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Hat Fitz & Cara, Broads, Andrew Clermont, Catgut, Lime and Steel, One Up, Two Down, Kaurna Cronin, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Loren Kate, Totally Gourdgeous, The Little Stevies, Daniel Champagne and many more. Details here

– Sydney bluegrassers The Morrisons released their new live video “Ruby”. Details here

Steve Earle & The Dukes have announced sideshows when they’re in the country for Bluesfest and Port Fairy. Details here

Bluesfest sideshows were also announced for Sturgill Simpson. Details here

The Milk Carton Kids released a version of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter Sam Outlaw, who is in the country this week, released his new video “Ghost Town”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Patrick James has announced a headline tour for early next year. Details here

– So many of our favourite artists will be on the Riverboats Music Festival lineup next year including Missy Higgins, CW Stoneking, Skyscraper Stan & The Commission Flats, Ruby Boots, Jack Carty, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission, The Wilson Pickers, Jess Ribeiro and many more. Details here

– Toronto based Australian singer-songwriter Imogen Bel released her first ever live video. Details here

– LA based Sydney folk duo Falls released their new single “When We Were Young”. Details here

– The Sydney Festival announced its 2016 program. Details here

– Tasmanian folk-punk band The Dead Maggies have announced a new album, released a new video and are heading out on tour. Details here

Releases This Week

Dan Parsons
ValleywoodDan Parsons
iTunes

The Freewheeler
The FreewheelerDougal Adams, Ado Barker & Ben Stephenson
Bandcamp

Imogen Clark
Love & Lovely LiesImogen Clark
iTunes

Divers
DiversJoanna Newsom
iTunes

Tim Guy
ChordsTim Guy
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Americana Hayride feat. Bill Chambers, Justin Bernasconi, Cat Canteri, Dan Waters, Bill Jackson, The Weeping Willows

Americana Hayride

The creme of the crop of Australian alt-country are coming together for a very special show in Melbourne this Sunday

Sunday 25th October – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Alex Edwards
Sunday 25th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Americana Hayride feat. Bill Chambers, Justin Bernasconi, Cat Canteri, Dan Waters, Bill Jackson, The Weeping Willows
Sunday 25th October – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC

April Maze
Saturday 24th October – Shoalhaven River Festival, Nowra, NSW

Arbori
Thursday 29th October – The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney, NSW

Ash Grunwald
Friday 23rd October – Magnums Hotel, Airlie Beach, QLD
Saturday 24th October – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 25th October – The Jack, Cairns, QLD

CW Stoneking
Friday 30th October – Manning Bar, Sydney, NSW

Dan Parsons
Friday 23rd October – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 24th October – Shadow Electric, Abbotsford, VIC
Sunday 25th October – Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Wednesday 28th October – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 29th October – Mudgee Brewery, Mudgee, NSW
Friday 30th October – Home Sweet Home (House Concert), Sydney, NSW

Dana Hassall
Friday 23rd October – Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Saturday 24th October – The Glennie School, Toowoomba, QLD
Wednesday 28th October – Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Friday 30th October – Johnny Cash: The Concert, Redcliffe Cultural Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Davidson Brothers
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, NSW

Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 23rd October – Memo Music Hall, St Kilda, VIC
Wednesday 28th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Fleurieu Folk Festival
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Willunga, SA

Folkswagon
Wednesday 28th October – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Hozier
Wednesday 28th October – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Perth, WA
Friday 30th October – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Rennie-Hynes
Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th October – Fleurieu Folk Festival, SA
Sunday 25th October – Wandi Swagger, Wandiligong, VIC
Thursday 29th October – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 30th October – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

Katie Noonan
Friday 23rd October – The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 24th October – Spicers Hidden Vale, Grandchester, QLD
Sunday 25th October – Majestic Theatre, Pomona, QLD
Wednesday 28th October – Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 29th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 30th October – Australian Institute of Music, Sydney, NSW

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 30th October – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC

Lime and Steel
Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

Lior
Saturday 24th October – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 30th October – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Live ‘n’ Lounging feat. Ciaran Gribbin, Ed Wells, Fleur Wiber, James Van Cooper
Sunday 25th October – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Loren Kate
Friday 23rd October – Red Mill Store, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 24th October – House Concert, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 25th October – Kidogo Arthouse, Fremantle, WA

Lost Ragas
Friday 23rd October – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 24th October – Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 25th October – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW

Maldon Folk Festival
Friday 30th October to Monday 2nd November – Maldon, VIC

Michael David Thomas
Sunday 25th October – Triffid Roots, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 29th October – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD

Musketeer
Friday 30th October – Lass O’ Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Mustered Courage
Wednesday 28th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Out On The Weekend
***CANCELLED***Saturday 24th October – Bella Vista Farm, Sydney, NSW***CANCELLED***

Patrick James
Friday 23rd October – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 24th October – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 29th October – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 30th October – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Ruby Boots
Friday 30th October – Fremantle Festival “Hush”, Fremantle, WA

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel
Friday 30th October to Sunday 1st November – Happy Wanderer Festival, Benalla, VIC

Sam Brittain
Friday 23rd October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 30th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Sam Outlaw with Jonny Fritz, Shelly Colvin & Friends
Sunday 25th October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Suzannah Espie
Friday 30th October – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Tablelands Folk Festival
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th October – Yungaburra, Qld

The Andrew Collins Trio
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, NSW
Tuesday 27th October – The Black Sombrero, Lismore, NSW
Wednesday 28th October – Stokers Siding Art Gallery, Stokers Siding, NSW
Thursday 29th October – House Concert, Forster, NSW
Friday 30th October – Humph Hall, Allambie Heights, NSW

The AU Sessions feat. Rin McArdle, Tom Stephens
Tuesday 27th October – Hive Bar, Sydney, NSW

The BordererS
Saturday 24th October – Victor Dragons Fundraiser, Victor Harbor, SA
Sunday 25th October – Flerieu Folk Festival, SA

The Go Set
Friday 23rd October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Paper Kites
Friday 23rd October – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 24th October – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 29th October – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 30th October – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

The Timbers
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Fleurieu Folk Festival, Willunga, SA

The Waifs
Saturday 24th October – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 25th October – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 28th October – GPAC, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 29th October – Albury Entertainment Centre, Albury, NSW

Winterbourne
Friday 23rd October – Max Watt’s, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 24th October – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 25th October – Max Watt’s, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 29th October – Port Macquarie Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 30th October – Entrance Leagues Club, The Entrance, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Jams O’Donnells Jigs” – Fairport Convention

Listen to the New Single From Falls, “When We Were Young”

Falls
Image Courtesy of Falls

The next single to make its way from the excellent debut album Omaha from Falls is “When We Were Young”. The folksy tune is a perfect example of why we love v.

“We wrote this song after our very first trip to America when we were still unsigned… uneverythinged,” explains one half of Falls, Melinda Kirwin. “Thematically it was very much inspired by the older people in my life – people who have a whole lifetime behind them, who are aching to give you a glimpse at the person obscured by a withered exterior.”

“A lot of the imagery was inspired by New York City,” adds Simon Rudston-Brown. “We tried to recreate the feeling of the city in the lyrics – the snow, the people on the street, the dive bars. It’s about missed opportunities and new ones.”

Take a listen to to “When We Were Young” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 16th October

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The next Heartbreaker Sessions takes place this weekend featuring Leo Rondeau and Skyscraper Stan. Details here

Port Fairy Folk Festival announced its second round of artists including Cedric Burnside Project, Shooglenifty, Kristina Olsen, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Spiro, Archie Roach, Colin Hay, Graeme Connors, Cat Canteri, Damian Howard, Flamenco Fire, Kaurna Cronin, Marcia Howard, Oriel Glennen, Sol Nation, The Barleyshakes, The BordererS, The Furbelows, The Little Stevies, The Mae Trio, The Timbers, The Tolka Big Band and Tinpan Orange. Details here

– The Surfing the Coldstream Festival is this weekend. Details here

Dougal Adams, Ado Barker & Ben Stephenson will release their new album The Freewheeler this weekend. Details here

– American singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons announced his debut Australian tour in 2016. Details here

– Sydney folk night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s announced The Andrew Collins Trio as their feature artist this week. Details here

Falls released their gorgeous new video “Let In The Light”. Details here

José González has announced Australian shows next year. Details here

– Americana singer Aoife O’Donovan has announced plans to release her second solo album In The Magic Hour. Details here

– The Majors Creek Festival announced its 2015 lineup including Heath Cullen, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Women in Docs, The Timbers, Bill Jackson with Pete Fidler, Dear Orphans, Echo Deer, Edema Ruh, Enda Kenny, Little Wise, Maia Jelavic, Riogh, Shiny Bum Singers, Sparrow-Folk, The April Maze and many more. Details here

– More artists have been added to this year’s Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME) including Kutcha Edwards, Three Kings, Raised By Eagles and more. Details here

Releases This Week

Bellowhead
Pandemonium – The Essential BellowheadBellowhead
iTunes

Dan Flynn
Preparing for FlightDan Flynn and The State of Things
Bandcamp

Paddy
OutlierPatrick James
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Dougal Adams, Ado Barker & Ben Stephenson

The Freewheeler

Three of Australia’s finiest Irish musicians, Dougal Adams (flute), Ado Barker (fiddle) and Ben Stephenson (guitar) come together to launch their new album The Freewheeler

Saturday 17th October – Golden Glory Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

April Maze
Friday 16th October – Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW
Saturday 17th October – Surfing the Coldstream Festival, Yamba, NSW

Arbori
Thursday 22nd October – The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney, NSW

Ash Grunwald
Friday 16th October – Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 17th October – Hotel Metropole, Ipswich, QLD
Sunday 18th October – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD
Wednesday 21st October – Sugarland Tavern, Bunderberg, QLD
Thursday 22nd October – Flamingos on Quay, Rockhampton, QLD
Friday 23rd October – Magnums Hotel, Airlie Beach, QLD

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. The Andrew Collins Trio
Wednesday 21st October – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Colm Mac Con Iomaire
Friday 16th October – Foxtel Festival Hub, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th October – Foxtel Festival Hub, Melbourne, VIC

Dan Parsons
Friday 23rd October – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC

Dana Hassall
Friday 23rd October – Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, Surfers Paradise, QLD

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 17th October – Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Kinglake, VIC
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, NSW

Dawes with Barna Howard & Tracy McNeil
Sunday 18th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Tuesday 20th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 21st October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Dougal Adams, Ado Barker & Ben Stephenson
Saturday 17th October – Golden Glory Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 16th October – Pleasant Hills Hall, Pleasant Hills, NSW
Saturday 17th October – Binya Hall, Binya, NSW
Friday 23rd October – Memo Music Hall, St Kilda, VIC

Fleurieu Folk Festival
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Willunga, SA

Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th October – Kinglake, VIC

Folkswaggon
Wednesday 21st October – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Leo Rondeau, Skyscraper Stan
Sunday 18th October – Freda’s Bar, Sydney, NSW

Imogen Clark w/ Timothy James Bowen
Thursday 22nd October – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Jamestown Revival
Wednesday 21st October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Jeff Lang, Lost Ragas, Alison Ferrier
Sunday 18th October – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

John Flanagan and Liz Frencham
Friday 16th October – Live at the Wharf, Gnomon Pavilion, Ulverstone, TAS

Josh Rennie-Hynes
Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th October – Fleurieu Folk Festival, SA

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th October – Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Katie Noonan
Friday 16th October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 17th October – Melbourne Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 18th October – Melbourne Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 23rd October – The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW

Kaurna Cronin
Saturday 17th October – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Friday 9th to Saturday 17th October – Cruisin Country, ex-Sydney, NSW

Laura Marling
Friday 16th October – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Saturday 17th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Monday 19th October – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 20th October – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 21st October – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Lior
Friday 16th October – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Loren Kate
Friday 23rd October – Red Mill Store, Bunbury, WA

Lost Ragas
Saturday 17th October – Out On The Weekend Festival, Williamstown, VIC
Sunday 18th October – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd October – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Musketeer
Saturday 17th October – Parliament on King, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd October – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Out On The Weekend
Saturday 17th October – Seaworks, Melbourne, VIC

Patrick James
Friday 16th October – Amplifier, Perth, WA
Thursday 22nd October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 23rd October – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Brittain
Friday 16th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 23rd October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Sam Outlaw with Jonny Fritz, Shelly Colvin & Friends
Friday 16th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Sunday 18th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 21st October – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Suzannah Espie
Sunday 18th October – Club Mullum, Mullumbimby, NSW

Tablelands Folk Festival
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th October – Yungaburra, Qld

The Andrew Collins Trio
Wednesday 21st October – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, NSW

The BordererS
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October – Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, NSW

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Sunday 18th October – Glebe Town Hall, Sydney, NSW

The Go Set
Friday 23rd October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Paper Kites
Friday 16th October – Amplifier, Perth, WA
Saturday 17th October – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Thursday 22nd October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 23rd October – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC

The Timbers
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Fleurieu Folk Festival, Willunga, SA

The Waifs
Saturday 17th October – Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 18th October – Musica Botanica, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 21st October – Bangalow Town Hall, Bangalow, NSW
Thursday 22nd October – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD

Wingham Akoostik Music Festival
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th October – Wingham, NSW

Winterbourne
Friday 23rd October – Max Watt’s, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Pittsburgh” – William Fitzsimmons

I can’t tell you how excited I am that William Fitzsimmons is finally coming to Australia next year. If you’re not aware of his music let me send you down a YouTube rabbit hole.

Watch the New Falls Video “Let In The Light”

Falls
Image Courtesy of Falls

If you’ve been lucky enough to catch Falls on their recent return to Australia shows, or picked up their brand new debut album Omaha you’ll know that the folk duo are back in a big way.

Their latest video is for the album’s lead single “Let In The Light”, which is beautiful and expansive. Check it out below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th August

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– US based Australian indie-folk duo Falls will be heading home next month to preview their upcoming album Omaha at a couple of intimate shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

Father John Misty has announced plans to head to Australia this December. Details here

– Adelaide roots singer The Brouhaha will return to the stage tonight after a hiatus. Details here

– The inaugural Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest announced a cracking lineup including Kasey Chambers, The Audreys, Shane Howard, Archie Roach, Busby Marou, Bill Chambers, Henry Wagons, Pierce Brothers, Good Oak, The Davidson Brothers, Harry Hookey, The Wilson Pickers, Melody Pool, Karl S. Williams, Lachlan Bryan, Caitlin Harnett, The Mid North, Garett Kato, Katie Brianna, Sara Tindley, The Company, Mustered Courage, Gretta Ziller and many many more. Details here

– Mid-north coast based Galleri released their latest single “Countrylink”. Details here

Fanny Lumsden revealed full details of her debut album Small Town Big Shot. Details here

JamGrass announced their 2015 lineup along with a new format which includes a Friday night launch party and an outdoor one day festival on the Saturday. The lineup for both days includes Harts, TinPan Orange, Mustered Courage, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Richard in Your Mind, The Morrisons, The Imprints, The String Contingent, The Stetson Family, John Flanagan Trio, Mr. Alford Country, The Drunken Poachers, The Scrimshaw Four, The Ramblin’ Roses, Astro Cobalt, Little Rabbit and The Weeping Willows. Details here

Kaurna Cronin has announced show sin South Australia and Victoria when he returns from his European tour. Details here

Beirut have released their new video “Gibraltar”. Details here

– If you’re pining for the National Folk Festival never fear – they will be putting on a concert as part of the Floriade Nightfest. Details here

Perch Creek released their new video “Mama Sings”. Details here

– Indie-folk trio Little May released their new single “Seven Hours”. Details here

– Alt-country favourites Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes have announced plans to release their new album The Mountain next month. Details here

Releases This Week

White Lies and Melodies
White Lies and MelodiesMustered Courage
iTunes

Sam Amidon
Home Alone Inside My HeadSam Amidon
Bandcamp

Paper Kites
twelvefourThe Paper Kites
iTunes

The Business
BusinessThe Snowdroppers
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Brouhaha w/ Caramigo, Corey Stewart

Brouhaha

After suffering adrenal fatigue and burnout that forced her away from the stage The Brouhaha will make a triumphant return tonight.

Friday 28th August – The Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

Anna Cordell
Saturday 29th August – Little and Oliver, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars
Thursday 3rd September – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 4th September – Lennox Point Hotel, Lennox Head, NSW

El Grande
Sunday 30th August – Front Bar, Canberra, ACT

Floyd Thursby & Mandy Connell
Saturday 29th August – La Niche, Melbourne, VIC

Folk By The Sea
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September – Kiama, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Tenderfoot, The Campervan Dancers, Darby
Wednesday 2nd September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gympie Muster
Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th August – Gympie, QLD

Immigrant Union
Friday 28th August – The Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 29th August – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 4th September – David Bowie Late Nights @ ACMI, Melbourne, VIC

James Teague w/Julia Jacklin, Brendon Moon, Danika Smith
Friday 28th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

JD Burgess Band
Sunday 30th August – Proper Music Social, Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 4th September – Red Rattler, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan and Liz Frencham
Saturday 29th August – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 30th August – House Concert, Mount Franklin, VIC
Thursday 3rd September – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW
Friday 4th September – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Katie Wighton
Friday 28th August – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Little Features feat. Brendon Ludlow, Black Bird Hum, Michael Duchesne, Julia Jacklin
Saturday 29th August – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Mary Chapin Carpenter w/ Tift Merritt
Friday 28th August – Gympie Muster, QLD
Saturday 29th August – Whitlam Theatre, Revesby, NSW
Sunday 30th August – Wests New Lambton, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 1st September – Anitas Theatre, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 3rd September – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 4th September – National Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Mustered Courage
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August – Gympie Muster, Gympie, QLD
Sunday 30th August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

NICEFEST feat. We Lost The Sea, The Crooked Fiddle Band, Serious Beak, Dumbsaint
Saturday 29th August – Hermann’s Bar, Sydney, NSW

OXJAM Inner Western feat. Cruisin’ Deuces, Mark Lucas, Katie Brianna, Bree De Rome and Brian Manning
Sunday 30th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

OXJAM Sam Newton and Julian Elia
Friday 28th August – Burwood Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Perch Creek
Friday 4th September – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Redland Spring Festival
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September – Cleveland, QLD

Riley Pearce
Friday 28th August – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA

The Brouhaha w/ Caramigo, Corey Stewart
Friday 28th August – The Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Snowdroppers
Friday 4th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Tim Wheatley
Saturday 29th August – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 30th August – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 2nd September – Cafe Del Mar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 4th September – The Metro, Sydney, NSW

Timberwolf
Friday 28th August – UniBar, Adelaide, SA

Tom West
Friday 4th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September – Wirrina Cove, SA

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Friday 28th August – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 29th August – Central Coast Leagues, Gosford, NSW
Sunday 30th August – Dubbo RSL, Dubbo, NSW
Wednesday 2nd September – Katoomba RSL, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 3rd September – Panthers, Bathurst, NSW
Friday 4th September – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Oklahoma Ponies” – Mark Knopfler

Last week we featured the traditional “Shove The Pig’s Foot (A Little Closer to the Fire)” for our Friday Folk Flashback. This week we thought we’d share the Mark Knopfler song “Oklahoma Ponies”, where he has added lyrics to “Shove The Pig’s Foot…”. The folk process in motion!

Falls Return to Australia with Album Preview Shows, Release New Single “Let In The Light”

Falls
Image Courtesy of Falls

After 18 months of touring and recording in the states Sydney’s favourite folk duo, Falls, are returning home next month to preview tracks from their upcoming album Omaha.

Omaha was recorded by Falls in Omaha, Nebraska (hence the name) and is due for release on the 2nd October. The preview shows in Sydney and Melbourne will see Falls returning to their roots playing initmate shows at Hotel Hollywood and Some Velvet Morning respectively. The Sydney show has actually already sold out with an extra show added almost straight away – the full dates are below:

Tuesday 8th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 16th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW *SOLD OUT*
Thursday 17th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW

Falls have also given us the first taste of Omaha with the track “Let In The Light” – take a listen here:

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