Fanny Lumsden Announces Her 2016 Country Halls Tour Dates

Fanny
Image Courtesy of Fanny Lumsden

Every year alt-country singer-songwriter Fanny Lumsden packs her bags and heads bush in search of little-used town halls in country towns and regional centres. Her Country Halls tour has become the stuff of legend and 2016 will mark its fifth outing.

The Country Halls tour kicks off this September and will feature Fanny Lumsden’s full band The Thrillseekers. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 2nd September – Ladysmith Hall, Ladysmith, NSW
Saturday 3rd September – Whitton Hall, Whitton, NSW
Friday 9th September – Majors Creek Hall, Majors Creek, NSW
Saturday 10th September – Sandigo Hall, Sandigo, NSW
Friday 23rd September – Camooweal Hall, Camooweal, QLD
Friday 7th October – Yeoval Hall, Yeoval, NSW
Saturday 8th October – Walla Walla Hall, Walla-Walla, NSW
Friday 21 October – Savernake School of the Arts, Savernake, NSW
Saturday 22nd October – Downside Hall, Downside, NSW
Friday 4th November – Carabost Hall, Carabost, NSW
Saturday 5th November – Thowgla Hall, Corryong, VIC
Saturday 19th November – St Stephen’s Church Hall, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th November – Spring Plains Hall, Wee Waa, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 13th November

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Releases This Week

Eva
NightbirdEva Cassidy
iTunes

The Bastards
The Bastards Volume 4Radical Face
NoiseTrade

Well Hanged
Well HangedThe Dead Maggies
JB Hi-Fi

Timber and Steel Presents

TJB
Timothy James Bowen

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

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers

Fanny Lumsden

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

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

Gigs Next Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Folk Flashback

“Flooers o’ the Forest” – Dick Gaughan

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

Fanny Lumsden’s Sydney Album Launch

Fanny Lumsden
Image Courtesy of Fanny Lumsden

For the last few weeks Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers have been working their way around rural New South Wales and Victoria on one of their regular Country Halls tours. Lumsden and co have been taking their unique brand of alt-country music to Australia’s country halls for a number of years now, bringing music to spaces that have otherwise gone ignored by regular touring artists.

This Saturday 14th November Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers will be taking the country halls experience to the big smoke with the official launch of the their new album Small Town Big Shot at the St Stephens Church Hall in Newtown Sydney.

“It’s such a wonderful tour,” Fanny Lumsden explained. “We have kids to Grandmas coming to our shows and everyone in between and everyone gets in and has good go. We also run workshops for the kids, get local support acts and the local footy club or P&C run the BBQ – its an ‘all in community night out’ and I just can’t wait to bring it to Sydney.”

The Sydney show will feature Kris Morris and Sarah Humphreys in the support slots. For more information on the show check out the official Facebook event here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 18th September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME) in Melbourne has announced its first and second round of artists including Henry Wagons, HOWQUA, Jess Ribeiro, Ruby Boots, Skipping Girl Vinegar, The Audreys and many more. Details here

– Brisbane singer-songwriter Alex Edwards released his new video “Revolutions”. Details here

– The next Heartbreaker Sessions in Sydney is this Sunday featuring James Thomson and Katie Brianna. Details here

Lime and Steel are hitting the road for a string of dates from this weekend. Details here

– Queensland alt-country singer Dana Hassall released her new video “Spinning Wheels”. Details here

– We very proudly debuted the new live EP from Forest Falls. Details here

The April Maze are back and hitting the road from this weekend. Details here

The Decemberists are going to release a new EP Florasongs at the start of October. Details here

– We premiered “My Jumpers”, the new single from Kiama based singer-songwriter Joe Mungovan. Details here

Boy & Bear released their new video “Walk The Wire” and announced a January tour. Details here

– Perth singer-songwriter Riley Pearce released his new video “Brave”. Details here

– The Northern Beaches Music Festival has announced a bunch of artists for 2015 including Dave Calandra and The Min Min Lights, Folklore, Green Mohair Suits, Luke Escombe, The Vegetable Plot, Wheeze & Suck Band and many more. Details here

– Jazz-folk singer Girl Friday released her new video “Forget You Not”. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Hannah Blackburn released her new single “Beach House”. Details here

– Brisbane singer-songwriter Rowen is packing up and heading to the states, but not before a farewell show. Details here

Sufjan Stevens announced plans to return to Australia next year. Details here

Releases This Week

Nashville Obsolete
Nashville ObsoleteDave Rawlings Machine
iTunes

Dustin Tebbutt
HomeDustin Tebbutt
iTunes

Fanny Lumsden
Small Town Big ShotFanny Lumsden
iTunes

Glen Hansard
Didn’t He RambleGlen Hansard
iTunes

Madeleine Duke
Madeleine DukeMadeleine Duke
Bandcamp

Simone Felice
From the Violent Banks of the KaaterskillSimone Felice
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Timbers w/ Wasted Wanderers, Koral

The Timbers

Adelaide folk favourites The Timbers will be launching their brand new single “All I’ve Got Time For” in a massive home town show before heading out on tour. The boys will be joined by Wasted Wanderers and Koral

Saturday 19th September – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

Alex Edwards
Friday 18th September – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

April Maze
Saturday 19 September, Kuranda Amphitheatre Understage, Kuranda, QLD
Sunday 20th September – Private House Concert, QLD
Thursday 24th September – Townsville Folk Club, Bellevue Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Friday 25th September – Private House Concert, QLD

Ash Grunwald
Thursday 24th September – The Grand, Mornington, VIC
Friday 25th September – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC

Bony Mountain Folk Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September – Bony Mountain, QLD

Catgut
Friday 18th September – Lord Raglan, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th September – The Little Guy, Sydney, NSW

Dana Hassall
Saturday 19th September – Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Thursday 24th September – The Walrus Club, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 25th September – Johnny Cash: The Concert, The Events Centre, Caloundra, QLD

Dustin Tebbutt
Friday 18th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th September – Adelaide Uni, Adelaide, SA
Friday 25th September – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars
Friday 18th September – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW
Saturday 19th September – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 20th September – Beaches, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 25th September – Baroque, Katoomba, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 25th September – Wanganella Hall, Wanganella, NSW

Folkswagon w/Betty & Oswald, The Campervan Dancers, Davy Simony
Wednesday 23rd September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Forest Falls
Friday 18th September – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Gold Coast Folk Festival
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September – Nerang, QLD

Guildford Banjo Jamboree
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September – Guildford, VIC

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. James Thomson, Katie Brianna
Sunday 20th September – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Saturday 19th September – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Joan Baez
Sunday 20th September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th September – Arts Centre Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC

John Flanagan and Liz Frencham
Friday 18th September – Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, Maleny, QLD
Saturday 19th September – Bison Bar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 20th September – Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Lime and Steel
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September – Turning Wave Festival, Yass, NSW

Little May
Friday 18th September – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 19th September – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 24th September – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mildura Country Music Festival
Friday 25th September to Sunday 4th October – Mildura, VIC

National Folk Festival at Floriade Nightfest
Wednesday 23rd September – Inspiration Hub, Canberra, ACT

Not Good With Horses & Friends w/ Leah Flanagan
Thursday 24th September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Riley Pearce
Saturday 19th September – Hunt & Gather Markets, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 24th September – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Newton, Hollie Matthews, William Alexander
Thursday 24th September – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The BordererS
Friday 25th September – The Polish White Eagle Club, Canberra, ACT

The Mae Trio
Friday 18th September – 63 First Avenue, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 19th September – Beer InCider Experience, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 20th September – Beachside Manor, Suffolk Park, NSW

The Plough
Wednesday 23rd September – The Corridor, Sydney, NSW

The Snowdroppers
Saturday 19th September – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th September – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Saturday 19th September – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA
Friday 25th September – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD

The Vegetable Plot
Saturday 19th September – Marrickville Town Hall, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 20th September – Marrickville Town Hall, Sydney, NSW

The Waifs
Sunday 20th September – Roebuck Bay Hotel, Broome, WA

Turning Wave Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September – Yass, NSW

Upstairs and Underground feat. Liam Gale & The Ponytails, Chloe Harrison, Echo Deer, Mama Schultz, Swords
Friday 18th September – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Wallaby Creek Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th September – Rossville, QLD

Winterbourne
Friday 18th September – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Saturday 19th September – Red Earth Arts Festival, Karratha, WA
Friday 25th September – Club 54, Launceston, TAS

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Friday 18th September – Costa Hall, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 19th September – Mt Gambier Gaol, Mt Gambier, SA
Sunday 20th September – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 23rd September – Goldfields Art Centre, Kalgoorlie, WA
Thursday 24th September – Civic Centre, Esperance, WA
Friday 25th September – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Rattle & Your Roll” – Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers

Today our dear friend Fanny Lumsden releases her amazing debut album Small Town Big Shot. We’ve been following Fanny’s career since she reached out to Timber and Steel 4 years ago to present her first single launch in Sydney. We’re so proud of everything Fanny Lumsden and the boys have achieved over the years and are looking forward to celebrating her success for years to come.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th August

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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!

Fanny Lumsden Announces Full Details of Her Debut Album Small Town Big Shot

Fanny Lumsden
Image Courtesy of Fanny Lumsden

Our love of Sydney based alt-country singer Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers is well documented so we’re over the moon that her debut album is almost here.

Titled Small Town Big Shot, the album was produced by Matt Fell at Love Hz Studios and will be released on Friday 18th September.

That’s the cover art by Thrillseeker Dan Stanley Freeman up top. The full track listing and the first single “Soapbox” is below:

1. Bravest of Hearts
2. Soapbox
3. Small Town Big Shot
4. Land of Gold
5. Weatherman
6. Totem Tennis
7. Rattle & Your Roll
8. Sea Elephant School
9. I Choose You
10. Bastards
11. Sunstate

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers will be touring throughout September, October and November. The full list of dates are below:

Thursday 10th September – Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley, QLD
Friday 25th September – Wanganella Hall, Wanganella, NSW
Saturday 26th September – Sandigo Hall, Sandigo, NSW
Sunday 27th September – The Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Saturday 3rd October – Quandialla Hall, Quandialla, NSW
Friday 9th October – Tumbarumba Hall, Tumbarumba, NSW
Saturday 10th October – Guerie Community Hall, Guerie, NSW
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*
Wednesday 28th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW*
Thursday 5th November – Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill, VIC
Friday 6th November – Garibaldi Hall, Garibaldi, VIC
Saturday 7th November – Willaura Hall, Willaura, VIC
Saturday 14th November – St Stephens Hall, Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th December – Harvest Cut out Party Downside Hall, Downside, NSW

* Supporting Suze DeMarchi

Timber and Steel Premiere: New Fanny Lumsden Video “Soapbox”, Country Halls Tour Announcement

Soapbox
Image Courtesy of Fanny Lumsden

Sydney based alt-country singer Fanny Lumsden has been an integral part of Timber and Steel‘s history for the last four years so we’re immensely proud to be the first to present her brand new single and video “Soapbox”.

“I am so thrilled to finally let Soapbox out into the world, however, as the first single off our debut album it’s also pretty frightening,” Fanny Lumsden explained. “We have worked long and hard on getting this collection of songs together and I am just so proud of it. Finally releasing it is going to feel like a Frosty Fruit on a hot day.”

The video for “Soapbox” was shot by the incredibly talented Sam Brumby & Anna Phillips in Lumsden hometown of Tallimba, NSW. Check it out here:

Fanny Lumsden’s debut album is due to hit shelves in late September. She’s also heading out on one of her “Country Halls” tour this September, October and November where she takes her band The Thrillseekers back to the country and puts on shows in the local community halls, as well as showcasing at BIGSOUND, supporting Suze DeMarchi in Melbourne and Sydney and officially launching the single at St Stephens Hall in Newtown, Sydney.

Check out the full list of dates here:

Thursday 10th September – Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley, QLD
Friday 25th September – Wanganella Hall, Wanganella, NSW
Saturday 26th September – Sandigo Hall, Sandigo, NSW
Sunday 27th September – The Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Saturday 3rd October – Quandialla Hall, Quandialla, NSW
Friday 9th October – Tumbarumba Hall, Tumbarumba, NSW
Saturday 10th October – Guerie Community Hall, Guerie, NSW
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*
Wednesday 28th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW*
Thursday 5th November – Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill, VIC
Friday 6th November – Garibaldi Hall, Garibaldi, VIC
Saturday 7th November – Willaura Hall, Willaura, VIC
Saturday 14th November – St Stephens Hall, Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th December – Harvest Cut out Party Downside Hall, Downside, NSW

* Supporting Suze DeMarchi

Full Lineup for the Top Half Folk Festival Revealed

Fanny Lumsden
Image Courtesy of Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers

We’re less than two weeks away from our favourite little folk festival, the Top Half Folk Festival in Central Australia, and it’s shaping up to be an amazing event.

The Top Half has already announced headliners Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers (above) but this week they announced a raft of other artists including Ted Egan, Colin Lillie, Barry Skipsey, Sally Balfour, Margaret Walters, Bob Sharp, Scott Balfour, Dave Oakes, Don Bruce, Neil & Mel Phillips, Rusty & The Infidels, Malarkey, Watershed Players, Edan Baxter, Chris Pemberton & Tony Suttor, Peter Bate, Paul Stewart, South Of The Berrimah Line, Phil Beck, Phil Gray, Kirsty Evans, Ted & Carolynne Burns and the-band-that-became-a-blog Timber & Steel.

The Top Half Folk Festival is held from the 5th to the June at the Glen Helen Resort west of Alice Springs. As well as the festival there will be an informal welcome drinks in Alice Springs at the Gap View Hotel on Thursday 4th June. For more information on the Top Half Folk Festival including how to get your hands on tickets and accommodation check out the Central Australia Folk Society web site here.

The Top Half Folk Festival Announces Headliner for 2015

Fanny Lumsden
Image Courtesy of Fanny Lumsden

If you venture to Alice Springs over the Queens Birthday long weekend this year (the 5th to 8th June) you’ll be greeted at the airport with an interesting juxtaposition. Collecting their bags and swags from the baggage carrousel will be Australia’s off-road motor sport enthusiest, in town for the Finke Desert Race – two days of bikes and buggies roaring through the desert at breakneck speeds. But dotted amongst the rev-heads will be the odd banjo and fiddle case, fisherman cap and bearded faces as folkies flock to the red centre for the 2015 Top Half Folk Festival.

Held on alternate years in Mary River near Darwin and Glen Helen, 130kms west of Alice Springs, the Top Half Folk Festival is one of the best small, community run festivals in the country. As mentioned it’s Central Australia’s turn this year and the venue couldn’t be more stunning – the beautiful Glen Helen gorge on the banks of the Finke River (the same river that gives its name to the motor race – although thankfully the revs of engines and the twangs of folkies are separated by hundreds of kilometres and won’t disturb each other.

Glen Helen

This is the Top Half Folk Festival’s 45th year and they’ve announced a very special headliner in Sydney alt-country singer-songwriter Fanny Lumsden along with as many of her Thrillseekers she can drag north. The rest of the lineup this year is still being finalised (and the organisers are still taking expressions of interest from musician’s willing to donate their talents) and there will be a focus on youth performers with many of the town’s ex-pat folkies making the trip home especially. Yours truly included.

For more information on the Top Half Folk Festival including how to get your hands on tickets and accommodation check out the Central Australia Folk Society web site here.

Ten Artists to Watch in the First Half of 2015

Bob Dylan

As we emerge from the haze of the Christmas and New Year period I can tell you right now that the future is looking bright indeed. So many of our favourite artists spent last year in the studio and the next six months is going to be thick with exciting releases. With so much good music on the way I thought I’d try and distill a list of ten artists that I’m excited to hear from in the first half of this year. This list is by no means exhaustive and I could probably spend hours talking about every release on the calendar, but hopefully this gives you a jumping off point to get as excited as I am for 2015.

Fanny Lumsden
Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers

After smashing her Pozible campaign goal in 2014 Sydney’s Fanny Lumsden has headed into the studio with her band The Thrillseekers and producer Matt Fell to record her debut album. Details of the album are still few and far between but expect to hear Lumsden’s trademark big vocals. And if 2014 was anything to go by Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers will be performing all over the country and gaining fans everywhere they go.

Kate and Ruth
Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton

When I interviewed Kate Burke as part of Trouble in the Kitchen before last year’s National Folk Festival she confirmed that after some time off to raise a family she’d be heading back into the studio with Ruth Hazleton to record the duo’s fifth album. Since then a slow trickle of photos and status updates have emerged via Kate and Ruth’s previously quiet Facebook page from their recording sessions with producer Luke Plumb. The album, titled Declaration, is due for release in April this year and will feature a collection of traditional and original songs. Expect the see Kate Burke and Ruth Hazelton popping up on the live circuit in the coming months as well – can’t wait!

Mumford and Sons
Mumford and Sons

When Mumford and Sons went on hiatus in 2013 many assumed that was it for the English nu-folk superstars. But then rumours began to emerge in October last year that the band had headed back into the studio with producer James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Haim). And now that they’ve been named as the headliners of the 2015 Bonnaroo festival this June I think we’ll be hearing a lot from Mumford and Sons in the next six months.

Packwood
Packwood

2014 was a pretty quiet year for the now Melbourne based chamber-folk singer-songwriter Packwood. In 2013 Packwood successfully ran a crowd funding campaign and then hunkered down to write and record his ambitious four part seasonal album series, Vertumnus, complete with his trademark orchestral and choral accompaniment. The first part of the album series, Autumnal, is due in March and promises a lot more guitar than the banjo-based songs of his previous recordings – and will also hopefully mean a return to live music for Packwood as well.

Rhiannon Giddens
Rhiannon Giddens

Rhiannon Giddens’ starring role in both The New Basement Tapes project and the Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis live concert and album has definitely raised her profile. And now the Carolina Chocolate Drops singer and musician will be releasing her debut solo album Tomorrow Is My Turn on the 10th February featuring traditional songs, covers and original material and from what we’ve heard so far it’s going to be very unique and very very good.

Ruby Boots
Ruby Boots

After a massive 2014 touring the country and showcasing at festivals and conference WA’s Ruby Boots has kicked off 2015 with some massive news – a signing to the Lost Highway Australia record label and the announcement of a new album, Solitude, which will be due for release in April. Ruby Boots is the poster child for the burgeoning Australian alt-country scene and her success will only bring more attention to the genre and increase the profile of her contemporaries. Go and see Ruby Boots in 2015 and find out exactly what all the fuss is about.

Sam Lee
Sam Lee & Friends

No one is producing traditional music like Sam Lee. His 2012 debut album Ground of its Own brought together the songs Lee had collected throughout Britain, many from the UK traveller community, with a very modern arrangement and production. Over the last two years Sam Lee has brought together a band and now performs under Sam Lee & Friends, and has announced his second album The Fade In Time to be released on the 16th March. If you managed to catch Sam Lee & Friends at WOMADelaide last year you’ll know exactly why we’re so excited for The Fade In Time.

Sufjan
Sufjan Stevens

Let’s be honest, Sufjan Stevens has always been a little bit odd. So when he asked his fans to go on an experimental journey with him for his 2010 albums All Delighted People and The Age of Adz I think he alienated a lot of people who loved his folkier side. On the 31st March Sufjan Stevens has announced he’ll release his brand new album Carrie & Lowell which promises a return to his folky roots, an announcement which no doubt was met with a sigh of relief from many of his fans. We’ve only heard a few snippets from Carrie & Lowell so far so the next couple of months will be very very interesting as more of the album is revealed.

The Staves
The Staves

The Staves have always been Timber and Steel favourites but they may have outdone themselves in 2015, choosing none other than Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) as the producer of their debut album If I Was, due for release on the 30th January. We’ve already heard a couple of tracks from If I Was and it’s everything you’d expect from a collaboration between The Staves and Bon Iver – beautiful three part harmonies, sweet folk songs and dense, dramatic production. Now we just need to convince The Staves to make it down to Australia at some point this year.

Tolka
Tolka

In 2014 Melbourne trad-folk quartet Tolka travelled to Northern Ireland thanks to a grant from the Australia Council to write and and record their second album with Dónal O’Connor and producer Brian Finnegan. The result is One House, due for release on the 1st March and featuring ten original tunes and songs that feel like they’re pulled directly from the tradition. With One House under their belt Tolka are set to become the darlings of the Australian folk scene this year.

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