Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th January

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney bluegrass band The Morrisons announced an east coast tour to support their upcoming album. Details here

– We posted the full lineup for this year’s Port Fairy Folk Festival including Willie Watson, Melody Pool, Lior, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders, Afenginn, Boo Hewerdine, Charm of Finches, Eddi Reader, Folk Uke, Gretta Ray, Martha Tilston, Mel Parsons, Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen, The Changing Room, The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Dead Maggies, The Waifs, The Wilson Pickers, The Young Folk and many more. Details here

– Rising alt-country star Tori Forsyth released her new video “New Wall”. Details here

– Alt-country singer-songwriter night The Cake & Cordial Sessions returns to the Tamworth Country Music Festival with a lineup that includes Ben Salter, Paddy McHugh, Harry Hookey, Megan Cooper, Matt Henry, Melody Moko, Andy Golledge and Sam Newton. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Musketeer has announced plans to release EP Seven Long Years. Details here

Laura Marling released her new single “Wild Fire”. Details here

– Queensland singer-songwriter Josh Rennie-Hynes has announced an Autumn east coast tour. Details here

– Adelaide based singer songwriter Ryan Martin John released his new single “Mexico”. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn announced plans to release his new album Sillion. Details here

Amber Lawrence released her single “Cheers to the Girls” featuring Catherine Britt and Fanny Lumsden and the three ladies are heading out on tour. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Trent Williams released his new single “What Do You Call a Man”. Details here

– Folk legends The Waifs announced a huge 25th anniversary tour. Details here

Releases This Week

Jordan Ireland
Jordan Ireland With Purple Orchestra – Jordan Ireland With Purple Orchestra
Spunk Records

Dragonfly
DragonflyKasey Chambers
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The Long Johns
Last Man StandingThe Long Johns
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Handsome Young Strangers w/ Sim Shame & Jim Mongrel, Steph Miller

HYS

Sydney folk-punk legends Handsome Young Strangers bid farewell to their long time bass player Jim Mongrel at fan favourite venue The Botany View Hotel in Newtown, Sydney

Friday 20th January – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Acoustics Anonymous feat Duncan Woods, Sabrina Soares
Wednesday 25th January – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Adam Young
Thursday 26th January – The Loft, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Peel Inn, Nundle, NSW

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 20th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Alice Terry
Wednesday 25 January – Village Stage, Meriton Festival Village, Sydney, NSW

Allison Forbes
Friday 20th January – Shoppingworld, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 20th January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Country Music Cocktails, SSS Bar, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 21st January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Royal Flying Doctor Fundraiser, Stockmans Motel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Tamworth Nashville Sister City Show, The Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Hopscotch, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Australia Day Concert, Bicentennial Park, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Amanda Palmer
Saturday 21st January – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Americana in the Park feat. Tim Wheatley, Peasant Moon, Small Town Romance, Andrew Swift, Tori Forsyth, Jason Walker, Katie Brianna, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Tuesday 23rd January – Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW

Andrew Swift
Saturday 21st January – Peppertown Cafe, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 21st January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Toyota Star Maker Grand Final, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Americana in the Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Hogs Breath Cafe, Tamworth NSW

Andy Irvine w/ Luke Plumb
Friday 20th January – Fairlight Folk Acoustic Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Kindlehill Performance Space, Wentworth Falls, NSW
Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th January – Newstead Live! Music Festival, VIC

Australia Day Celtic Festival
Thursday 26th January – St Leonards Park, Sydney, NSW

Barren Roots feat. Lou Bradley and The Wayward Henrys
Friday 27th January – Frog & Toad, Tamworth, NSW

Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart
Wednesday 25th January – Wests Blazes, Tamworth, NSW

Bernard Fanning and Kasey Chambers
Thursday 26th January – Wests Blazes, Tamworth, NSW

Bluegrass Comes to Tamworth feat. Pete Denahy, Kristy Cox, Karen Lynne, Dean Perrett, The Weeping Willows
Friday 27th January – Capitoal Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Brad Butcher
Sunday 22nd January – Country Turns Pink, Wests Blazes, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Southgate Songwriters, Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Fly Doctor Fly, Stockmans Motel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – The Medicine Show Sessions, The Tudor, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Rich’s Roundup, Dag Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Thursday 26th January – In Store Performance, Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Songwriter Round, Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Toyota Fanzone, Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW

Busby Marou & Harry Hookey
Wednesday 25th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Cake & Cordial Sessions feat. Ben Salter, Paddy McHugh, Harry Hookey, Megan Cooper, Matt Henry, Melody Moko, Andy Golledge and Sam Newton
Friday 27th January – St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Tamworth, NSW

CloudBird
Sunday 22nd January – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Coda, Veronique
Friday 27th January – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Colin Buchcanan & Fanny Lumsden
Friday 27th January – North Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents Jordie Lane
Friday 27th January – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents Leroy Lee
Friday 20th January – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Deep Down South feat. Ange Boxall, Jed Rowe, Jemma Nicole, Bill Jackson Music with Pete Fidler, Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Sunday 22nd January – Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Deep Down South feat. The Weeping Willows, Jemma Nicole, Jed Rowe, Ange Boxall, Bill Jackson
Tuesday 24th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Don McGlashan
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January – Mofo, Mona Foma, Hobart, TAS

Easy Street
Wednesday 25th January – The Tamworth Hotel,
Thurs 26 – 2pm – 3pm

Fairlight Folk feat. Andy Irvine and Luke Plumb
Friday 20th January – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 20th January – Fanzone Performance, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – TCMF Secret Pop-Up Show, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

Fly Doctor Fly feat. Jen Mize, Gretta Ziller, Allison Forbes, Andrew Swift, Brad Butcher, Brendan Nawrocki, Renae Nawrocki, Kevin Bennett, Jeff Gibson, Kelly Cork, Megan Cooper, Hayley Wilson, Emma Dykes, Kalesti Butler, Graham Howle, Brett Clarke, Brendan Smoother, Jasmine Atkins, Tammy Moxon, Matt Thomson, Jason Kearney, Mackenzie Timms
Monday 23rd January – Stockmans Motel, Tamworth, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Colin Jones and The Delta Revue, MoSoul
Wednesday 25th January – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fourwinds
Friday 20th January – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 24th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 25th January – House Concert, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 26th January – Four Winds Festival, Bermagui, NSW

GG
Monday 23rd Januray – The Front, Canberra, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Mr Falcon’s, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th January – House Concert, Jindivick, VIC

Gretta Ziller
Sunday 22nd January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – The Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Stockman’s Motel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Richo’s Round Up at The Dag, Dag Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Hog’s Breath Cafe, Tamworth, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers w/ Sim Shame & Jim Mongrel, Steph Miller
Friday 20th January – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Yackandandah Hall, Yackandandah, VIC
Wednesday 25th January – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th January – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Friday 27th January – Bowral Bowling Club, Bowral, NSW

Heath Cullen
Saturday 21st January – House Concert, Mittagong, NSW

Hideaway 2nd B’Day feat. The Dead Love, The Red Gazelle, Arteries, Scarlett’s Revenge, The Bottlers
Saturday 21st January – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Hinterlandt
Sunday 22nd January – Mona Foma, Hobart, TAS

HONK! Oz
Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st January – Wollongong, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Mark Lucas & The Dead Setters
Sunday 22nd January – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

James Thompson & The Strange Pilgrims
Thursday 26th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Jen Mize
Monday 23rd January – Fly Doctor Fly, Stockman’s Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Stockman’s Songwriters, Stockman’s Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Richo’s Roundup, Dag Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Late Night Alt, Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Jeremiah Johnson
Saturday 21st January – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW

Kasey Chambers and Bernard Fanning
Thursday 26th January – West Tamworth Leagues Club, West Tamworth, NSW

Katie Brianna
Monday 23rd January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Americana In The Park, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Frog & Toad Listening Room, Tamworth, NSW

Kenta Hayashi
Friday 20th January – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Kristy Cox
Saturday 21st January – The Tamworth Opry, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Great Country Love Songs, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Bluegrass Comes To Tamworth, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Monday 23rd January – Americana in the Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Songhouse Sessions – Downstairs at The Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – The Frog and Toad Listening Room, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Wests Diggers, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Country Music Cares Charity Concert, Tamworth Townhall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Alt Country at The Dag, Nundle, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Scullion Sessions, The Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Frog and Toad Listening Room, Tamworth, NSW

Late Night Alt
Wednesday 25th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW

Lime & Steel
Thursday 26th January – Foghorn Brewhouse, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 27th Jauary – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW

Live n Lounging feat. Winter Wilson, Bill Hunt, Niq Reefman
Sunday 22nd January – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Mat McHugh
Friday 20th January – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 21st January – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Mayumi Mullins, Willowy, Slow Ships
Wednesday 25th January – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Melody Moko
Friday 20th January – Gina Timms Ladies of Country, Wests Leagues, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 21st January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Secret Pop Up Show, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Writers in The Round, South Tamworth Bowlo, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – ABC Stage Peel St, Nundle, NSW
Friday 27th January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Tamworth, NSW

Melody Pool & William Crighton
Monday 23rd January – Grand Junction Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 24rd January – Grand Junction Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Tamworth Regional Art Gallery, Tamworth, NSW

Michael Carpenter
Wednesday 25th January – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – ABC Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – The Longyard, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Econolodge, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Concert in the Park, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Late Night Alt, Service Club, Tamworth, NSW

Mike Love, Bobby Alu
Wednesday 25th January – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Newstead Live Music Festival
Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th January – Castlemaine, VIC

Nigel Wearne
Friday 20th January – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS

Numeralla Folk Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January – Numberalla, NSW

Paul Dempsey
Friday 20th January – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Friday 27th January – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

Passenger
Friday 20th January – Riverstage Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st January – Munro Martin Parklands, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 25th January – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Peasant Moon
Saturday 21st January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Peel Street, Nundle, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Americana In the Park, Tamworth, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 20th January – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st January – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 27th January – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC

PJ Harvey
Sunday 22nd January – ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Russell Morris, Luke Escombe
Wednesday 25th January – Camelor Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Shane Nicholson
Wednesday 25th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW

She Was Real feat. Amy Vee, Emma Beau and Deb Leaney
Saturday 21st January – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Smith & Jones
Saturday 21st January – The Glasshouse at Goonoo Goonoo Station, NSW
Saturday 21st January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – The Peel Inn, Nundle, NSW
Thursday 26th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW

Some Singer Songwriters on Sunday feat. Dan Crestani, Peppermint & Fox, Bronwyn Æather Music, sooze, Luke Escombe, Richard Cuthbert, Sam Newton
Sunday 22nd January – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

Songhouse Sessions
Monday 23rd January – Tamworth Service Club, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Tamworth Service Club, Tamworth, NSW

Southgate Songwriters
Monday 23rd January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW

Summer Sets at Hither & Yon feat. Banjo Jackson
Sunday 22nd January – Hither & Yon, Willunga, SA

Taasha Coates
Friday 27th January – Robert Johnson Winery, Lobethal, SA

Tamar Valley Folk Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January – Georgetown, TAS

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 29th January – Tamworth, NSW

The Tamworth Opry feat. Catherine Britt, Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart, Dean Perrett & Jeff Brown, Kirsty Lee Akers, Kristy Cox, Roo Arcus, The Weeping Willows, Travis List, Liam Kennedy-Clark, Rebecca Lee Nye, Billy Bridge
Saturday 21st January – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

The Cat Empire & Xavier Rudd
Thursday 26th January – St David’s Park, Hobart, TAS

The Drowsy Maggies, Rebecca Bastoli
Tuesday 24th January – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The First Annual Afternoon of Americana Music on Australia Day feat. The April Family, Michael Carpenter, The House Band
Thursday 26th January – The Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Glorious North
Thursday 26th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW

The McClymonts
Wednesday 25th January – TRECC, Tamworth, NSW

The Medicine Show Sessions
Friday 20th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Ocean Party w/ Milk Teddy, Jordan Ireland, Hot Palms
Thursday 26th January – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th January – Frank’s Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW

The Pigs
Wednesday 25th January – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW
Friday 27th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW

The Porch Sessions On Tour feat. Stu Larsen, Luke Thompson, Tim Moore
Friday 20th January – Sydney (Croydon Park), NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Sydney (Chatswood), NSW

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Saturday 21st January – Village Stage, Meriton Festival Village, Sydney, NSW

The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Friday 20th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Glasshouse Restaurant, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Peel Inn, Nundle, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Vanns, Elwood Myre
Thursday 26th January – Hotel Steyne, Sydney, NSW

The Vegetable Plot
Friday 20th January – Summer Playground at the Opera House, Sydney, NSW

The Wayward Henrys
Saturday 21st January – Harrington Hotel, Harrington, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – The Muswellbrook Hotel, Muswellbrook, NSW
Friday 27th January – Frog & Toad, Tamworth, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Saturday 21st January – Country Music Cocktails – SSS BBQ Barn, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Tamworth Opry – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Peel Street Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Medicine Show Sessions – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Toyota Festival FM 106.1, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Toyota FanZone – Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Deep Down South – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – ABC Stage – Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Bill Chambers Sessions – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – TSA Songwriter Sessions – City Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Country Music Cares – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – The Songwriters Showcase with Melissa Robertson & Friends – South Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – The DAG Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Friday 27th January – Bluegrass Comes to Tamworth – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Deep Down South – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Whitetop Mountaineers
Friday 20th January – Harvester Moon Café, Bellarine, VIC
Saturday 21st January – Caravan Music Club, Oakley, VIC
Wednesday 25th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th January – Newstead Live Festival, VIC

The Wilson Pickers
Wednesday 25th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Thompson Springs w/ Maia Marsh
Friday 20th January – Club 54, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 22nd January – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 22nd January – Suburban Bar, Hobart, TAS

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January – Thredbo, NSW

TinPan Orange
Thursday 26th January – The Rocks Australia Day Festival, Sydney, NSW

Tom Dockray and Mitch Power
Fruday 20th January – Billy Roys Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 26th January – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th January – Antojitos, Newcastle, NSW

Tori Forsyth
Saturday 21st January – Tamworth Family Support Service Family Concert, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Americana in the Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Toyota Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Frog and Toad, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Barn, Tamworth, NSW

Underground Roots
Tuesday 24th January – The Loft Art Studio, Tamworth, NSW

Vanishing Shapes
Friday 20th January – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 21st January – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW

We Lost the Sea w/ Crooked Fiddle Band, Wartime Sweethearts
Saturday 21st January – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Winter Wilson
Friday 20th January – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 22nd January – Live ‘N’ Lounging, Leumeah, NSW
Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th January – Newstead Live Festival, Castlemaine, VIC

Yabun Festival
Thursday 26th January – Victoria Park, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Within The Rose” – Matthew And The Atlas

Amber Lawrence and Catherine Britt Announce Tour with Fanny Lumsden

Amber Lawrence
Image Courtesy of Amber Lawrence

Award winning country singer Amber Lawrence last month released her boppy new single “Cheers to the Girls” featuring guest vocals from Catherine Britt and Fanny Lumsden.

“I’m really proud of this song,” Lawrence explained. “A lot of courage went into writing this song, and telling it how it actually is for some women. This song in part eludes to domestic abuse, but also praises women of all types – those that were bullied at school, those that didn’t know their inner strength until the only choice left was to rely on and stand up for themselves. It’s a rousing song of strength and is already a crowd favourite – add to this, the stunning vocals of Catherine Britt and Fanny Lumsden, and this is also one of my favourites.”

Check out the video for “Cheers to the Girls” below:

And now Amber Lawrence has announced plans to hit the road and she’s bringing Catherine Britt and Fanny Lumsden with her.

The tour kicks off in March and will see the trio performing shows all over the country. Check out the full list of dates here:

Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt w/ Fanny Lumsden
Friday 3rd March – Gloucester Soldiers Club, Gloucester, NSW
Saturday 4th March – Muswellbrook RSL, Muswellbrook, NSW
Friday 31st March – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Saturday 1st April – Granada Tavern, Hobart, TAS
Friday 7th April – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW
Saturday 8th April – Soul Central, Dee Why, NSW
Sunday 9th April – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 13th May – Ettalong Diggers, Ettalong, NSW
Thursday 18th May – Loxton Club, Loxton, SA
Friday 19th May – Pretoria Hotel, Mannum, SA
Saturday 20th May – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 25th May – Glen Innes District Services Club, Glen Innes, NSW
Friday 26th May – Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Grafton, NSW
Saturday 27th May – Sawtell RSL, Sawtell, NSW
Thursday 15th June – The Reef Hotel &Casino, Cairns, QLD
Friday 16th June – Innisfail RSL, Innisfail, QLD
Saturday 17th June – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Wednesday 21st June – McGuires CBD Hotel, Mackay, QLD
Thursday 22nd June – Dooley’s Tavern & Motel, Capella, QLD
Friday 23rd June – Rainforest Ranch, Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 24th June – Carrier’s Arms Hotel Motel, Maryborough, QLD
Friday 30th June – Commercial Club, Albury, NSW
Thursday 29th June – Club Barham, Barham, VIC
Saturday 1st July – Club Mulwala, Mulwala, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 23rd December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We picked our top 25 albums and EPs of 2016 including releases from Applewood Road, Mumford & Sons with Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, Bon Iver22, A Million, Burrows, Eagle & The Wolf, Foy Vance, Gregory Alan Isakov, Imogen Clark, Jack Carty, James Kenyon, Melody Pool, Michael Kiwanuka, Oh Pep!, One Up, Two Down, Passenger, Paul Kelly, Radical Face, Rowena Wise, Seth Lakeman feat. Wildwood Kin, The Company, The Staves, The Weeping Willows and William Fitzsimmons. Details here

– We reached out to the Timber and Steel community to get them to pick their top albums of the year. The results are wonderful with well over 100 artists contributing. Details here

– Our Editor In Chief Gareth Hugh Evans picked his top 25 tracks of 2016 including songs from Ariela Jacobs, Bon Iver, Burrows, Eagle & The Wolf, Emmy The Great, Fanny Lumsden, Foy Vance, Gretta Ray, Imogen Clark, James Kenyon, Laura Marling, Matthew And The Atlas, Melody Pool, Michael Kiwanuka, Mumford and Sons with Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg, One Up, Two Down, Passenger with All Our Exes Live in Texas & Luke Thompson, Paul Kelly with Alice Keath, Rowena Wise, Sam Newton, Seth Lakeman with Wildwood Kin, Sian Evans, The Campervan Dancers, The Weeping Willows and William Fitzsimmons. Details here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford

Tuesday 27th December to Sunday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Tuesday 27th December to Sunday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Amerrycana Christmas feat. Catherine Britt, Gregory Page, Katie Brianna, Adam Young, Brielle Davis, Arna Georgia
Friday 23rd December – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Get Folked 2016 New Years Eve Eve feat. Peter ‘Blackie’ Black, Dan Kemp(UK), Jim Mongrel, Whiskey Jeff Larson, James Seymour, Sooze, Jim Lynch
Friday 30th December – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Boyd
Friday 23rd December – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

James Thomson & The Strange Pilgrims w/ Magpie Diaries
Friday 23rd December – Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 24th December – City Sounds, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 27th December to Sunday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

PJ Michael & The Banditas
Thursday 29th December – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Steve Poltz
Friday 23rd December – The Govenor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 24th December – Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick, VIC

The Whitetop Mountaineers
Tuesday 27th December to Sunday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Woodford Folk Festival
Tuesday 27th December to Sunday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Wexford Carol” – Yo-Yo Ma & Alison Krauss

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2016

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To round out our week of “best of” lists our illustrious Editor in Chief Gareth Hugh Evans once again whittles down the ton of releases that crossed his ears this year to pick his 25 favourite tracks of 2016.

We’re going to get out of the way and let Gareth throw some music your way – enjoy!

1. Foy Vance – “She Burns”
Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance has always been on my radar but when he released his album The Wild Swan earlier this year I was floored. The standout track, I think most people would agree, is the wonderful “She Burns”, with its pizzicato guitar, slow build percussion and choral backing vocals. Foy Vance is a singer-songwriter at the top of his game.

2. One Up, Two Down – “Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie”
It seems almost unfair that I would choose a traditional song as my favourite from a band that are not only accomplished songwriters in their own right but also amazing musicians whose instrumental tracks are incredibly special. But I challenge you to listen to Dan Watkins singing “Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie” and not melt into a puddle. His voice and guitar, combined with George Jackson and Andrew Small’s long bowed fiddle and bass, turn this cowboy ballad into something more. Simply beautiful.

3. Burrows – “Falling Apart”
When I saw Burrows play at this year’s Summer Hill Folk Festival I was floored. Every song they played was a piece of harmonic brilliance, enhanced by the acoustics of the Summer Hill Church. When they came around to “Falling Apart” I murmured “that’s the song” – and I still maintain that this track is near perfect. I love Sam King’s understated vocals and the harmonies in the chorus are just divine.

4. Eagle & The Wolf – “Mama, Son and the Holy Ghost”
The pairing of Kris Morris’ dirty blues and roots with Sarah Humphreys’ big folk voice, “Mama, Son and the Holy Ghost” was the perfect introduction to Eagle & The Wolf. Individually Kris Morris and Sarah Humphreys are firm favourites of Timber and Steel but Eagle & The Wolf is greater than the sum of its parts and “Mama, Son and the Holy Ghost” is the epitome of their collaboration. This is rootsy blues done right – all crunchy guitars, clipped percussion and keyboard and big, bluesy voices.

5. Bon Iver – “22 (OVER S∞∞N)”
With its glitchy opening, distorted Mahalia Jackson samples, saxaphone solos and weird lyrics it would appear on the surface that Justin Vernon has well and truly moved on from the acoustic folk of For Emma, Forever Ago and embraced the more electronic elements of the self-titled Bon Iver. But at its core “22 (OVER S∞∞N)” is still classic Bon Iver with Vernon’s double-tracked, falsetto voice coming through loud and clear. Strip back all the beeps and bops and “22 (OVER S∞∞N)” could sit alongside any of the classic Bon Iver folk tracks.

6. Melody Pool – “Love, She Loves Me”
Since first seeing Melody Pool perform at the Gulgong Folk Festival back in 2013 I’ve been predicting big things for her. To say that her new album Deep Dark Savage Heart was highly anticipated in the Timber and Steel bullpen is an understatement and when it dropped earlier this year it was on solid repeat for ages. “Love, She Loves Me” is definitely a standout track on the album (although “Black Dog” is a close second), perfectly demonstrating Pool’s skill as a songwriter and singer. What a voice!

7. Rowena Wise – “Then We Met”
Rowena Wise owns the quirky indie-folk genre this year this this wonderfully catchy track from her 2016 self titled album. I love the twisted, bluesy finger-picked riff throughout this track and that chorus is a definite ear worm. I’ve been watching Rowena Wise cloesly since she launched a serious solo career and it’s songs like “Then We Met” that will see her successfully straddle the folk and indie worlds in the coming years

8. Matthew and the Atlas – “Elijah”
I love Matt Hegarty’s voice. “Elijah” is probably the most stripped back, acoustic track on Matthew and the Atlas’ latest album Temple and is easily my favourite as well. I love the finger-picked guitar over the swelling piano and orchestral elements and the subtle backing vocals. But most of all I love Matt Hegarty’s voice – I just can’t get passed that.

9. Paul Kelly feat. Alice Keath – “Sonnet 73”
To be honest I could have chosen any of the tracks from Paul Kelly’s marvelous album Shakespeare inspired Seven Sonnets And A Song. The reason I finally settled on “Sonnet 73” is two fold: Firstly it has a wonderful, folk-country feel with Kelly’s strummed acoustic guitar over a plucked pedal steel; And second the backing vocals from Alice Keath (Sweet Jean) are pitch perfect. Who knew you could improve on The Bard?

10. Seth Lakeman feat. Wildwood Kin – “Meet Me In The Twilight”
More than any other song on this list “Meet Me In The Twilight” gets lodged in my head and refuses to leave. Lakeman’s percussive guitar work coupled with an instantly singable (or yellable) chorus are what makes this song so catchy. Wildwood Kin add an extra level of sophistication to this track as well as the rest of Lakeman’s album Ballads of the Broken Few. I have a feeling that this track would be amazing to see live and have the crowd foot stomping and singing along.

11. Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal, The Very Best, Beatenberg – “Wona”
This collaboration between Mumford & Sons, Senegalese musician Baaba Maal, Swedish-Malawian electronic band The Very Best and South African afro-beat masters Beatenberg is just pure joy. All afro-beat goodness and nu-folk bombast, you can’t help but smile when listening to “Wona”, it’s such a breath of fresh air. I know that liking Mumford & Sons is definitely no longer “cool” but when they’re collaborating and producing music like this then you’ll still find me first in line for their next release.

12. James Kenyon – “The Motorbike Song”
I feel like James Kenyon might be one of the most underrated singer-songwriters in Australia right now. Songs like “The Motorbike Song”, with its rootsy groove and Paul Kelly-esque lyrical style, should see Kenyon a firm favourite amongst music lovers everywhere. I also have to give props to the wonderful video from Ed Bracey – it even makes Melbourne’s Docklands look stunning.

13. Michael Kiwanuka – “Black Man In A White World”
Michael Kiwanuka has always deftly woven together elements of folk, gospel, blues and old-school R&B and his single “Black Man In A White World” is the epitome of that sound. I love the gospel clapping accompanying the disco-like string stabs and R&B guitar. This could well have come straight out of the 70s – one of those songs that sound immediately timeless.

14. Fanny Lumsden – “Land of Gold”
At the time of writing Fanny Lumsden had been nominated for an ARIA award, has 4 Golden Guitar nominations and has gone to number one on the Country Music Channel charts twice. Incredible work for a singer-songwriter from the Riverina. One of those top charting songs is the nostalgic “Land of Gold”, a deceptively simple storytelling song with a big heart that has quickly become one of my favourite Fanny tracks ever. Whether she’s playing with a full band or with just her bassist Dan, “Land of Gold” always pops live. I really love this song.

15. Passenger feat. All Our Exes Live in Texas & Luke Thompson – “Caravan (Live)”
It’s a bit cheeky choosing a live version of a track that’s seven years old as one of my favourites of 2016 but this video has been on serious high rotation since it was posted earlier this year. When you take possibly my favourite Passenger track of all time and throw a collaboration between All Our Exes Live in Texas and Luke Thompson into the mix you strike pure gold. Just listen to those harmonies on the choruses – magic stuff.

16. Imogen Clark – “You’ll only Break My Heart”
Imogen Clark has had a pretty big year built on the bedrock of her debut album Love & Lovely Lies and its two lead singles “Take Me For A Ride” and “You’ll only Break My Heart”. The latter is Clark’s most mature offering to date, making the most of her big voice and lyric driven song writing. I’m not sure why Imogen Clark gets lumped into the Country crowd – to my ears her music is straight up acoustic pop – but regardless of the genre “You’ll only Break My Heart” heralds big things to come from the Sydney singer-songwriter.

17. Ariela Jacobs – “Lost”
The way that Ariela Jacobs plays with melody and syncopation on “Lost” is so intriguing. The rhythmic, unpredictable verses give way to simple 4/4 choruses and then a middle eight that just launches itself at you and takes you by surprise. This song is all about Jacobs’ voice with the accompaniment – simple piano chords for the most part – taking a back seat to her lyrics. This track is powerful and vulnerable all at the same time.

18. Sian Evans – “Cold Feet”
I got to meet Sian Evans at the National Folk Festival this year where she got me to act as roadie for her as she rushed to one of her gigs. She’s spent much of 2016 carving out a solo career for herself after her work with The Rusty Datsuns and part of that has involved developing her own distinct sound. The result is the single “Cold Feat” which has a pop sensibility with a heart of folk.

19. The Weeping Willows – “River of Gold”
The Weeping Willows embrace their bluegrass side with their huge single “River of Gold”. I love Andrew Wrigglesworth flat picking guitar on this song, accentuated with a subtle banjo over the entire track. And then of course there’s the harmonies between Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates which The Weeping Willows are renowned for.

20. Gretta Ray – “Unexpected Feeling”
Triple J Unearthed High winner Gretta Ray has quite rightly had a massive year with high rotation on the national broadcaster and lots of love from the music press. Her track “Unexpected Feeling” is such a joy to listen to – and to be honest when I first heard it I had no idea that Ray was still in high school. There’s a definite maturity in her songwriting and I just love her guitar work on this track.

21. Sam Newton – “Hold You Down”
The Americana vibes of “Hold You Down” coupled with Sam Newton’s sweet, unassuming voice make this track instantly attractive. I love the way you can’t help but tap your toe along with the brushed snare drum and thumping bass. The production on this track really pulls it all together – it could well have been a straight up acoustic song but the addition of drums, bass and trembling electric guitar turn the song into something more.

22. William Fitzsimmons – “Hear Your Heart”
I was so happy that William Fitzsimmons released his mini album Charleroi: Pittsburgh Vol. 2 this year (as well as a live album) because it meant more songs like “Hear Your Heart” out in the world. Rolling fingerpicking, hushed vocals, sad subject matter – this is William Fitzsimmons in a nutshell and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

23. Laura Marling – “Soothing”
I don’t know why I was surprised when we got a new Laura Marling song this year – she’s been insanely prolific throughout her relatively short career having released five albums in the last eight years. “Soothing” is the first taste from her upcoming seventh album Semper Femina and it sees Marling depart from her usual acoustic guitar driven songwriting with a bass and percussion loop that wouldn’t be out of place on a Radiohead release. This track also sees Marling’s first foray into directing on the accompanying video (that is borderline NSFW so maybe wait until you get home to play this one).

24. The Campervan Dancers – “Slow Down Butterfly”
From what I understand “Slow Down Butterfly” was gestating for quite a while before Sydney duo The Campervan Dancers launched it at the beginning of the year. This is a track that tumbles over itself with vocals, samples, instrumentation popping up all over the place. I love the injection of chaos into what could have just been a standard piece of indie-folk pop. Let’s hope there’s more gestating where this came from.

25. Emmy The Great – “Algorithm”
My need to squeeze Emmy The Great’s recent output into the genre of “folk” so that I can justify posting it on Timber and Steel continues with “Algorithm”. The first Emmy The Great song in a while to contain a decent amount of acoustic guitar, “Algorithm” is a lovely example of the direction Emmy The Great’s songwriting has taken recently – more obscure, more pop but still with her fragile voice front and centre.

Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2016

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You’ve heard what we think the top albums of 2016 were, but lets be honest this is the piece you’ve really been waiting for.

Every year we reach out to the community of folk and acoustic musicians in Australia and around the world to ask them to pick their favourite album or EP of the year, and this year they came through in spades.

So without further waffle may we present to you this year’s Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2016.

Bill ChambersEagle & The Wolf
Bill ChambersCold Trail
What a record. Bill just turns up when he feels like it and shows us all how it’s done. The title track is one of the best driving songs ever written and we’ve done A LOT of driving this year! This record has been with us on every trip and inspires us as artists of the alt. country genre to dig deep and keep being real, in life and in music. He’s the baddest and the best.

James KenyonAnna Cordell
James KenyonImagine You Are Driving
This album takes me into such a beautiful space, it is so beautifully written and produced, I find myself smiling every time I listen to it – I’m entranced and inspired.

Joe MungovanImogen Clark
Joe MungovanWay Down South
Joe totally embodies the Joni Mitchell quote about songwriting, “The closer you get to your heart is the closer you get to everyone else’s”. This EP is an evolution for him, the production is so sparse and spacey, almost Bon Iver-ish, and very different from the folky style of his first EP. But what remains is Joe’s amazing ability to capture so perfectly the melancholy of the human condition with his beautiful melodies and heart-wrenching lyrics. A big 5 stars from me. Love ya, Joe!

Piers FacciniSam Lee
Piers FacciniI Dreamed An Island
This album only came out a couple of weeks ago but I think needs mentioning in this years crop. Piers is one of the finest male singers and his musicianship is exquisite. It’s an album of great sensitivity with deep thought and poetry inside. The songs are so well formed, he has a knack at creation of timeless soundings orgs.

DD DumboDan Flynn
D.D DumboUtopia Defeated
Oliver has really found his own unique sound while incorporating some diverse influences including folk, electronic and world music. I was really impressed with his songwriting and his ability to draw you in to his strange little world. I also love the production with all those sonic layers that reveal themselves over repeated listens. Amazing debut.

Michael KiwanukaSkyscraper Stan
Michael KiwanukaLove and Hate
I got hooked on this album while touring around New Zealand. The songwriting is melodic, the dynamics are masterful and the closing track, “Final Frame”, kicks me in the guts.

William CrightonJosh Rennie-Hynes
William CrightonWilliam Crighton
I first heard William at Nannup at the start of this year and loved it. He’s a great performer and his songs are top notch. This album captures all of that perfectly. The production is spot on and is a testament to the benefits of what a more DIY approach to recording can achieve.

Bon IverTanya Batt (BATTS)
Bon Iver22, A Million
There have been a lot of amazing releases this year, Canary, Braille Face and Hayden Calnin were three I wanted to choose too. However, it had to be Bon Iver. The most highly anticipated album in my life, it did not disappoint. This album means so much to me, It’s an extremely innovative album within soundscapes and also so raw, filled with emotion. Many tears were shed when I first listened.

MoulettesClaude Hay
MoulettesPreternatural
Moulettes new album Preternatural really grabed me from the first second, Distorted Cello, Oboe, guitar bass drums and they all sing insane harmonies perfectly live….Audio candy

Bill HuntLiam Gale (Liam Gale & the Ponytails)
Bill HuntUpwey
Conversational, melodic, witty and hooky songwriting flood through the beautiful ebb and flow of Upwey, Hunt’s first of many offerings. The songs are hued by a consistent arrangement of drums, bass, violin and Hunt’s subtle and precise guitar style. But they don’t rely on these arrangements; each song a story, assisted by the swell of instrumentation to convey the tales that swing from the near Latin grooves of “Odalik” to the slow sexy grind of “Sea of Love”. At six tracks long, it leaves you wanting more. Perfect.

Childish GambinoSahara Beck
Childish GambinoAwaken, My Love!
Listening to this album is like switching off the real world and stepping into an original and new world. I find it very inspiring.

Oh PepThe Little Stevies
Oh Pep!Stadium Cake
I think the songwriting on Stadium Cake is really interesting. The songs take me to a place that I’m not expecting both lyrically and musically when I begin listening to them and they keep me guessing, which I absolutely love. The arrangements and production are also super cool, and I’m simply just a big fan of talented women and female partnerships doing great things in the arts.

Side PonyFanny Lumsden
Lake Street DiveSide Pony
It seriously makes me the most joy filled human ever. Side Pony is possibly my biggest songwriting envy of late and they just really nail that motown meets pop retro good times.

Nick CaveMiles O’Neil (Miles and Simone)
Nick Cave and The Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
I was scared to listen to this album due to the tragic circumstances surrounding it. Finally
mustering the courage one bright morning I listened to it through while walking beside the sea.
I stopped many times during that walk to sit and, floored, marvel at the breathtakingly
sadness and beauty captured in what is, to me and I’m sure many others, a masterpiece.

Hayden CalninForest Falls
Hayden CalninCut Love Pt 1/2
Hayden is an absolute stayer of the Melbourne music scene, but it’s for good reason. This record is world-class. Sparse, rich, cinematic, and desperate in its feel, it holds on to you long after the first listen.

Button CollectiveThe Bottlers
The Button CollectiveThe Lonesome Sea
As a softly lilting mandolin emerges from the silence of the opening track, Brodie’s haunting lyrical ballad begins to unravel the story of the heartbreak of a man, torn between travelling the lonesome sea and those who he has left behind. This beautiful yet bittersweet combination of well-travelled wordsmithing and an instrumental palate carrying a nostalgically truthful warmth, could be heard in any far-flung tavern in the dead of night, as tired candles flicker. Finishing with a raucous fling titled “Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy”, the Button Collective’s release concludes on a stirring high, twisting your arm to crave another ale. The EP’s recording, mixing and mastering add a special flair, as you hear the charismatic live-elements that give you a heart-swelling, beer-swilling singalong that you can partake in at any time. Well done fellas!

The Dreaming RoomPhia
Laura MvulaThe Dreaming Room
Her lyrics explore feminism, faith, self-worth, race, and her harmonies, arrangements and production are deep and multi-hued. One of the most exciting songwriters around, unafraid to experiment with multi-genre collaborations, like the London Symphony Orchestra and Nile Rodgers.

JoyGordon Wallace (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
The Peep TempelJoy
This is a great third album by the Melbourne based three piece that has initial flavours of 90s Aussie pub punk/bloke rock (like Cosmic Psychos) but that is just the beginning – the album is musically quite varied, with intelligent, dark, caustically humorous and often political lyrics with moments of honest beauty.

Wartime SweetheartsJoe Gould (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
Wartime SweetheartsSo Long Sparta
It’s always great when a local artist drops something as fully formed and self-assured as Louise Nutting’s second album under the Wartime Sweethearts moniker. Experimental without forgetting the songcraft, it deserves its rightful place amongst the St Vincents, Dirty Projectors and My Brightest Diamonds of the art pop world. Props to local label Art As Catharsis, whose releases in October alone spanned from Wartime Sweethearts to Hashashin’s eastern mathrock and No Haven’s dark hardcore. Eclecticism rules the day!

BeyonceTaryn La Fauci
BeyoncéLemonade
To create and release a piece of work that is so intricately linked and ordered, one you must listen to from start to finish to understand the whole was really refreshing! The film that accompanied the album was also richly interesting, deep and powerful. To address themes such as infidelity and race and then to weave them powerfully into a full album, which on release caused so much controversy and started a conversation world wide, I thought was really great.

Melody PoolKevin Mitchell (Bob Evans)
Melody PoolDeep Dark Savage Heart
Another beautiful record from the most under-rated songwriter in Australia. “Love, She Loves Me” gives me goose bumps every time.

Winter WheatFrank Turner
John K SamsonWinter Wheat
I am a long term partisan of John’s work, so it’s not surprising that I liked this record. But god-DAMN, the man just keeps delivering. This record had me in tears three times on my first listen through, and it gets better with age.

David BowieWilliam Crighton
David BowieBlackstar
My favourite album from 2016 is Blackstar from David Bowie. There were a lot of great albums but I listened to it the most.

TigallerroSteven Barnard (Arbori, Jon Cotton)
Phonte and Eric RobersonTigallerro
Smooth grooves, dope rhymes, sweet melodies. You’d be hard pressed to find another 2016 record his year that has this flow, though Anderson Paaks’ Malibu is a close second. It rolls effortlessly from track to track and the inevitable ass shaking comes with a no “slutty table top twerking” guarantee. It’s rare that a hip hop record explores what it means to be a man of sexual fidelity, a family man, and even man of faith in higher power. Getting hype or turning down, my morning wake up or my party starter, this record has been a solid find.

Julia JacklinJesse Lubitz (TinPan Orange)
Julia JacklinDon’t Let The Kids Win
This album is a gem. The more I listen to this record, the more the songs shimmer and shine with a beautiful honesty. Jacklin’s songwriting is earnest and her voice perfect – it feels like an important voice which dances delicately on a wire between mundanity and profundity.

Bon IverOliver’s Army
Bon Iver22, A Million
Although becoming more and more electronic heavy, Justin Vernon’s signature haunting melodies and dynamic vocals remain consistently endearing. I found the production to be quite bold and experimental, and I love that they’re continuing to explore their sound and push it in new directions. Sonically, it’s spacious and beautiful.

RadioheadKim Churchill
RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
My top album of 2016 has probably got to go to A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead. It really hit me at the perfect moment. I was deep in the studio and sometimes getting a bit overly flustered by how complex the process of recording can be. I think Radiohead have done something incredible in the way this album is so relaxed, so subtle, but so powerful. There is this beautiful calm confidence that I am completely in awe of. To be alive whilst their legacy is still being added to is a real treat!

Conor OberstThomas Busby (Busby Marou)
Conor OberstRuminations
Brave, personal and heart achingly real. It feels like you’re in the room with him as he’s pouring his heart out.

Iggy PopEm George
Iggy PopPost Pop Depression
It would be a total lie for me to say that I have been patiently and politely waiting for a new Iggy Pop record because I’ve been extremely impatient and downright rude, mouthing off to my vinyl copy of Lust for Life, begging to the Iggy Pop gods for a new release and then Post Pop Depression hit in March this year. Produced by Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), the entire album is gritty and dark, sharp and tight with that small hint of sadness that lies just under the surface of Iggy Pop’s music. However in true Iggy fashion, the melodies and heavy drums lift the album into something that is hard to define, taking you to another place. My pick for 2016!

KaleoGerrit Gmel (Citizen of the World)
KaleoA/B
I came across these guys on Spotify a few months ago as they were our number one associated artist then. I had never heard of them before but their album has been on repeat ever since. Their album is incredibly varied, with high-energy songs like “Way Down We Go” and soft ballads like “Save Yourself”. An emotional rollercoaster from start to finish.

Gregory PorterJoe Glover (Shelley’s Murder Boys, Backsliders)
Gregory PorterTake me to the Alley
I watched a YouTube clip of Gregory Porter performing on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert and watched it several times over, absolutely mesmerised. The album is just as mesmerising; full of soul, jazz and RnB, beautiful arrangements and Porter’s effortless delivery; just enough grit and soul to keep the jazz interesting! I listen to this album when I want something that will absolutely zone me out of where I am and what I am doing, Porter’s soothing voice is like being wrapped up in blanket and given a cup of hot cocoa.

Bruce MolskyShell Eves (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
Bruce MolskyCan’t Stay Here This a-Way
Bruce Molsky always manages to bring such a rich, unique sound to the old-time classics. His latest album is no exception. His fiddle-singin’ gives me warm fuzzies akin to sitting by a campfire under a starry sky.

David BowieJimmy Murray (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
David BowieBlackstar
It was hot, humid January afternoon driving through a sun-shower when I first listened to David Bowie’s Blackstar album. Released just 2 days after his death aged 69 this is an amazing final piece of work from this incredible artist. The hauntingly beautiful voice and instrumentation echos with songs about finality and death. Listening to this I was filled pure joy, sadness and reflection of this artist’s inspirational legacy.

Black Mountain String bandThe Plough
Black Mountain String BandTime Traveller
This year The Plough discovered the Canberra based Black Mountain String Band and can’t get enough of them. The exuberance and variety they bring to a live show is showcased beautifully in their recording. Their mix of traditional and original songs and instrumentals take the listener back in time through a landscape of high energy Old Time, Western Swing, triangle pumping Cajun and plucky Fiddle polkas. This CD’s been on high rotation in the Lancer’s CD stacker ever since it was launched in the bush capital on a chilly winters night.

TyrannamenFraser A Gorman
TyrannamenTyrannamen
A brilliant, gruff mixture of Memphis Garage-soul blended deep in a gravel filled, VB bottle of Australian 70’s pub rock. Eight tracks long, all killer no filler.

Margo PriceNick Payne (Dear Orphans)
Margo PriceMidwest Farmer’s Daughter
Margo is one of the first of a new breed of Americana artists to come out of the new epicentre of country music in East Nashville. Alongside Cale Tyson, Michaela Anne, Erin Rae, et al., these guys are playing authentic honky-tonk reminiscent of 1970s outlaw country, yet with their own fresh take. Midwest Farmer’s Daughter reminds me of the edgiest tracks from Dolly Parton, and the fact she is the first country act signed to Jack White’s Third Man Records is a testament to the quality of this album.

Oh PepJames Kenyon
Oh Pep!Stadium Cake
Stadium Cake is a brilliant album – brave arrangements, tight pop writing, great lyrics and Liv’s voice is a pleasure. I love the ambition of the album, and the assuredness the result. It’s an inspiring record

Julia JacklinAinsley Farrell
Julia JacklinDon’t Let The Kids Win
I’ve had the chance to see Julia perform these songs over the past couple years so I’ve been very excited for her album. She has an incredible songwriting talent topped by this powerful yet vulnerable voice that’ll break your heart and put it back together again all in one go. If you get the chance to see her and her band live I wouldn’t miss it.

Liz StringerMel Parsons
Liz StringerAll The Bridges
I have been a fan of Liz for a good few years now, I’m completely smitten with her voice – all husk, beauty and pain. I had high expectations for her new album, and All The Bridges delivers and then some, it’s been on repeat in my house since it arrived.

CanaryKathleen Mary Lee
CanaryI Am Lion
I like this because it is a celebration of very big, very beautiful feelings that I reckon have no other way of being celebrated other than through this kind of emotionally epic music. The lyrics are attempts at honesty and the music is always their non verbal emotional equivalent, making the album a very cathartic experience. If you want it to be. A bit of a masterpiece

Eagle and the WolfSam Buckingham
Eagle & The WolfEagle & The Wolf
Sarah brings out Kris’s sweetness and Kris brings out Sarah’s no bullshit strength – making this album the perfect balance of heart and “fuck you”. It just sounds like two musicians being real and having a ball. Awesome songwriting, perfect harmonies – it’s golden.

Sian EvansTori Forsyth
Sian EvansHow Time Has Treated Thee
This EP has only swept across my table recently but it is hands down a stand out. It makes me feel happy, sad and inspired all in one hit!

Songs From DanLucie Thorne
Dan TuffySongs From Dan
Aussie expat (now Dutch resident) and legend Dan Tuffy (Big Low, Wild Pumpkins at Midnight) has made one of my favourite albums not just of 2016 but of all time (seriously!). Co-produced by Melbourne’s Matt Walker, and recorded partly here in Melbourne, and partly in Holland, this album is an extraordinary collection from a true poet who sings straight to the heart of it all. Check it out folks!

Sian EvansHusky Gawenda (Husky)
Damien JuradoVisions Of Us On The Land
While this is Damien Jurado’s twelth album, it is the first I heard of him. Visions is a psychedelic, mystical odyssey, one that takes place within and without. The internal wanderings, the struggles and revelations, mirror an external landscape that is both beautiful and haunting. Each listen draws you further into these mirror worlds and all the while Jurado’s songs and sounds are immediately and undeniably striking.

Tracy McNeilLeah Flanagan
Tracy McNeil and the Good LifeThieves
Thieves is such an enjoyable record to listen to. It’s poppy and catchy yet underneath the veneer of fun singalong good times the songs themselves incredibly well crafted and arranged. Tracey writes a damn good song and if you’re lucky enough to see her band live, you’ll see them play those songs damn well too.

Adora EyeMusketeer
Adora EyeIf You Need A King, I’ve Been Prepared All My Life
This is probably the most raw and enduring folk album I have listened to all year. I am sure that this Swedish singer-songwriter was up all night writing this album in a smokey boat in the Stockholm harbour somewhere. You can almost see him clutching that ink pen with a red right hand, as his pet raven swings in a cage above his head eating dead beetles.

Hiss Golden MessengerDave Powys (The Paper Kites)
Hiss Golden MessengerHeart Like A Levee
I heard this album playing in a record store in London, and as I flicked through racks of vinyl I was drawn into the melodies and depth of his song writing. Every now and then you come across an artist who really moves you, or scratches an itch you never knew you had – this album has done both for me.

The Kill Devil HillsCatherine Traicos
The Kill Devil HillsIn On Under Near Water
This album encapsulates all that I love about the The Kill Devil Hills. A mad racket of noise, it pulses with life and is as ripe with heartfelt ballads as it is with sexy, sinister, badass, guitar driven numbers. Enjoy with whiskey.

Robert Ellis10 String Symphony
Robert EllisRobert Ellis
His first self-produced effort combines thoughtfully crafted songs with unique and interesting arrangements, expertly performed by him and his killer band. It’s the full package real deal and we love it so much.

The Dead MaggiesThe Dead Maggies
The Cloves and The TobaccoAcross The Horizon
TCATT are one of many celt-punk bands making great music in Java, and this album is a standout. It’s straight up driving celtic punk, with big powerful singalong choruses that tug the heartstrings. Good arrangements and musicianship help make this album great. We played with them in their hometown of JogJakarta, in the attic of a vegetarian cafe. The power cut out just before the gig, so the bands went ahead and played unplugged, it was a great moment of sweaty singalongs.

Howe GelbMark Moldre
Howe GelbFuture Standards
Late night meanderings. Laid back, whisky infused jazz piano. Wordplay and lyrical twists that stand alongside the wit of Ira Gershwin and Hoagy Carmichael with the quiet phrasing of Chet Baker. Gelb continues to walk to his own beat – confounding expectations whilst smashing and recreating genres. His history has always hinted towards a love of jazz and occasionally detoured into Monk style musings – here Gelb embraces it wholeheartedly.

TullaraSian Evans
TullaraBetter Hold On
Earthy folk and roots with a dash of dirty grunge, Tullara presents her debut EP Better Hold On. Featuring her superb guitar slinging and percussive finger tapping wizardry, genius pop-roots arrangements and powdery vocals; it’s as if an Aussie Taylor Swift, John Butler and Andy Mckee were entrapped in a love triangle and spawned gold threads of wild honesty weaving together this admirable little Roots record. It’ll jerk a tear and invoke a bit of primal badass equally.

TaliskJake Pember (The Button Collective)
TaliskAbyss
Ever since first hearing Mohsen Amini’s amazing concertina playing earlier this year I have been a little bit obsessed with this band. They have the perfect blend of traditional and modern styles, and each member has such command of their instruments that every track feels as natural and flowing as a conversation.

Max SavageKaurna Cronin
Max SavageTrue Believers
Max has a brilliant ability to invite his audiences into the narrative of his works. With brilliant imagery and musicianship True Believers captures a great snapshot of true Australian culture, while also creating a great sense of nostalgia by grasping that 80’s Australian rock sound perfectly. The perfect soundtrack for an Australian road trip or any suburban household.

Nick CaveAlex L’Estrange
Nick Cave and The Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
Amongst all the huge artists that dropped albums in 2016, and the loads of Australian artists that arguably dropped career highlights (Ball Park Music, These Guy, D.D Dumbo), there was one album that I found myself frequently listening to, uninterrupted, alone on the hi-fi, and that was Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. It’s not necessarily my favourite, I think it’s an impossible task to name a favourite, but it was the first album that came to mind for this list, and that means more than anything. Hearing it coupled with the film One More Time With Feeling was challenging, given its subject matter. But its atmosphere was expertly executed; dynamic, fluid, smooth and heartbreaking. The rooms of Air, La Frette and Retreat studios are beautifully on display in songs like “Girl in Amber”, where the wispy backing vocals of The Bad Seeds hauntingly resonate across the walls. These contrast the desperate and almost maddening mantras of “I Need You”. What makes it a truly extraordinary album, is that it isn’t just doom and gloom. ‘Skeleton Tree’ doesn’t dwell on tragedy, it addresses it as part of the human condition, and there is an underlying beauty in that.

William CrightonClaire Ann Taylor
William CrightonWilliam Crighton
The storytelling and the whole atmosphere created by Crighton on this album is incredible. His dark, brooding voice and emotive style of delivery, commanded my attention from the first moment I heard it.

Andy ShaufWilliam Fitzsimmons
Andy ShaufThe Party
This was my favorite album of the year for one simple reason: MELODY!!! Andy is everything that’s right about classic “pop” music; never playing a note without a damn good reason for doing so, and songwriting that makes you feel something deep in your gut. He’s the worthy musical son of Harry Nilsson that we’ve longingly been waiting for.

LuciusRuby Boots
LuciusGood Grief
I have to choose this album because I’m still, since its release, pulling away the layers on it. Although it’s a predominantly pop record, the lyrical content and melodic arrangements are so intelligent and accessible all at once – a fine line that is hard to walk. The girls’ voices are otherworldly and tend to make me forget where I am and what I’m doing every time I put this album on. I still can’t get enough of it.

WetLacey Cole (Lazy Colts)
WetDon’t You
If you have a soft spot for B-grade pop ballads/R&B this Brooklyn-based three piece may just have written the soundtrack of your 90s-nostalgia drenched dreams. Their latest album Don’t You is a not-so-guilty pleasure of mine. Helmed by the stunning front-woman Kelly Zutrau, her unusual vocal inflections and impassioned delivery suggest an emotional complexity in what may otherwise be confused as banal sentiments (one song is called “Baby, You’re The Best”). Once combined with the lush production and rhythms of the band – assigned with the noble task of turning tears into toe-tappers – these songs are wonderfully earnest, rarely overwrought and exactly what you need right now.

James KenyonJoe Murphy (The Timbers)
James KenyonImagine You Are Driving
I have been lucky enough to see James play a couple of times. His beautifully crafted songs are reminiscent of great songwriters like Paul Kelly. The album is a stunning representation of his work.

JRHMabel Windred-Wornes (Charm of Finches)
Josh Rennie-HynesFurthermore
I love this album. It’s got so much warmth, it’s spacious. I listen to it late at night doing my homework and it’s so calming. It’s like the energy he captured recording it in the hills of Woodford transmits. We met him at Bendigo Blues and Roots Fest this year and felt we’d discovered a rare gem. He’s an amazing songwriter.

Tom BrosseauMatt Bauer
Tom BrosseauNorth Dakota Impressions
Beautiful storytelling, vivid imagery, and an incredible sense of place. I’ve always loved Tom’s records and he’s at the top of his game here writing about his native North Dakota.

Jim JamesTimberwolf
Jim JamesEternally Even
It’s a pretty passionate political plea and America needed a timely voice. He even released it the day before election day. I think his voice is very much from another world, so that’s an important “third person” kind of perspective. It’s a well sequenced collection of songs, and I really love the warm psych and soul inspired production/composition. Maybe I’m just biased because I know that Jim James and Blake Mills would make up my sonic dream-team.

Nigel WearneJustin Bernasconi (The Stillsons)
Nigel WearneDrawing Circles
Nigel has really forged his own fingerpicking techniques on both the banjo and guitar on this album, and his voice tenderly delivers every song with intense concern and passion. Just check out the live version of the title track.

The Kill Devil HillsMark ‘Looch’ Lewis – (Wifey/Handsome Young Strangers)
The Kill Devil HillsIn On Under Near Water
I have always loved this band. In all their incarnations and styles whether that is folk, country, gospel, rock or what I call the “WA dirge” (Kim Salmon, Drones type bass driven tunes). Hard to believe it is now 12 years since the release of their debut Heathen Songs when that “Drinkin’ Too Much” song first got my attention. And while it has been 7 years since the last studio album Man You Should Explode, the good news is that I reckon this is the most cohesive album yet. Cracking harmonies, great playing and strong tunes. Tracks like “The Nets”, “Chinese Burns” and notably “The Kid” are 3 of the best tunes they have released. Let’s hope there is more output and touring to come.

Austin LucasMatt Golotta (The Sweet Jelly Rolls)
Austin LucasBetween the Moon & the Midwest
I spend a fair bit of time on the road traveling to see my partner and this record became the perfect traveling companion for me. Took a few listens to get into and also realise it’s a concept album which draws from Lucas’ own past experiences. Without spoiling the outcome, it follows the luckless musician Richard, his partner Kristie Rae and his best friend William. It features killer song writing with pedal steel, twangy tele, country influences with punk rock subtlety, numerous guest vocals from the likes of John Moreland and Corey Brannan, and a cracker duet with Lydia Loveless “Wrong Side of the Dream”, dealing with the struggles and plights that many musicians face. My song of the record is “William”, the solo acoustic number at the end that makes you feel like you’ve just been kicked in the guts. Songwriting at its finest.

Cody JinksAndrew Cavalieri (The Sweet Jelly Rolls)
Cody JinksI’m Not the Devil
Raw, honest and heartache. That is this album! The first track really sets the mood for the rest of the album, but is broken up by “Chase This Song” which is a damn banger of a driving song! The outlaw vibe flowing from Junks’ music really prepares you for some hard times and disappointment in life. Bloody hell I love this album! Honorable mentions: Murlocs – Young Blindness, Jonny Fritz – Sweet Creep and Mudcrutch – 2.

Wartime SweetheartsLaura Bishop (Chaika)
Wartime SweetheartsSo Long Sparta
A killer voice, some super awesome writing skills, and an obsession with bodybuilders (hello Ms Olympia!) make this my favourite album of 2016. Wartime Sweethearts, aka singer-keyboardist-loop artist-songwriter Louise Nutting, signed to Art As Catharsis Records this year and released an album full of all the beats and electric piano and vocal harmony sounds that I like to hear (and I wish I could make) – and my favourite track “Figure It In, Figure It Out” has all the unexpected twistings and turnings of chord progressions that I wish I could write. One day Chaika will make sounds like this! One day…

Neil YoungTristan Goodall (The Audreys)
Neil YoungPeace Trail
Well with everyone saying we should just put 2016 behind us (although to be honest we should probably be approaching 2017 with a little trepidation too) I’ve decided not to dig too deeply into the past when thinking of my favorite record release of the year. I’ve loved many, but my recent love is the just-released 37th album by Neil Young. Peace Trail is short, musically experimental within its tight three piece band approach, and lyrically angry and poignant. I love it for the drummer’s drummer Jim Keltner and the way his delicate touch chases Neil’s quirky phrasing around the songs. I love it because it captures another freeze frame moment from a restless and undaunted songwriter, and I love it, of course, for those mighty guitar tones.

Davey CraddockLachlan Bryan
Davey CraddockCity West
2016 was a great year for my friends releasing good music. Melody Pool comes to mind, as do The Weeping Willows, Henry Wagons, Ange Boxall and Bill Jackson. It’s actually really hard to contribute to a “best of” list when you’re close to many of the artists – it’s hard to be objective – even after I rule out the records I was actually involved in making. Actually – it’s always hard to be objective, whether you know the artists or not. Furthermore, judging a whole body of work is hard – and for me, more than ever, 2016 was the year of the song (as opposed to the album or EP). And as songs go, the one that’s really stuck with me this year is the song “Number 9” by Davey Craddock. I love the cricket references. I asked Davey if he was a diehard cricket fan like me. He’s not. I was bitterly disappointed.

The Stray BirdsThe Mae Trio
The Stray BirdsMagic Fire
The Stray Birds made our fave album of 2014 and they’ve done it again in spectacular style with Magic Fire. It’s everything about this album and this band, the playing, the three part harmony and songs that are unabashed, true and unadorned. Magic Fire is a reminder of the things that matter, it’s definitely a fire and maybe a little bit magic.

Tori ForsythAndrew Swift
Tori ForsythBlack Bird
This EP is right up there as one of my favourite releases of 2016. From the moment I heard the opening title track, “Black Bird”, I knew that I was in for a treat. The diversity on display within the 5 tracks of Tori Forsyth’s debut release excites me. The songs are so well crafted and presented with such a mature sound, especially for someone so young. I’m eagerly awaiting the next release from one of Australia’s most promising young songwriters.

Hayden CalninRoscoe James Irwin
Hayden CalninCut Love Pt 1
A beautiful album from Melbourne artist Hayden Calnin. Drenched in melancholy and ambient awesomeness, this album had me at hello. (One of my favourite live shows of 2016 as well).

Jordie LaneNadine Budge (The Stetson Family)
Jordie Lane & The SleepersGLASSELLLAND
Have to say I’ve been particularly digging Jordie Lane’s GLASSELLLAND this last couple of months – with mighty input from the multi-talented Clare Reynolds. Let’s face it, Jordie’s a bit of an all-round talented guy!

Melody PoolDavey Craddock
Melody PoolDeep Dark Savage Heart
One of my fave local album’s of the year was Melody Pool’s Deep Dark Savage Heart. I’m a sucker for strings and a massive chorus and I love the way the songs build from really intimate, delicate and ornate passages into full-blown, wailing-on-a-mountain top with Stevie Nicks, 100 soaring bats and a thunderstorm moments. I saw her launch it at the Abbotsford Convent earlier this year and it was a really powerful and affecting show for me.

Methyl EthylTim Guy
Methyl Ethel – “No.28”
I know it’s not an album, but I’ve listened to this song more than any other this year, and it only came out a little while back. It has a lot going for it – great rhythm behind a smart piece of songwriting and then the whole thing is bathed in a deep silver mercury type thing. An Australian classic I swear.

DocksThe Staves
Amanda BergmanDocks
Our favourite album of 2016 is Docks by Amanda Bergman. Her voice is utterly sublime. You want to listen to every word she says. The music is dreamy, deep, soft, moody with melodies that whirr deliciously around your mind for days and weeks on end.

Katie BriannaRaechel Whitchurch
Katie BriannaVictim or the Heroine
I picked this album up when Katie and I did a songwriters showcase together. Sitting beside her listening to her songs was so magical – her voice is one of the most enchanting I have ever heard and her lyrics hit you right in the feels every time. Reminds me of a young Lucinda!

James KenyonMandy Connell (Stray Hens)
James KenyonImagine You Are Driving
James’ lyrics have that magic of time and place usually associated with voices like Paul Kelly or Bruce Springsteen. You can practically smell his scenes. You’re there. This album captures the voice but better than that, like a Tim Winton book, its a record that makes you present in Kenyon’s stories.

Jordie LaneLiz Stringer
Jordie Lane & The SleepersGLASSELLLAND
It’s no secret that Jordie Lane and I are good mates. We grew up together, musically speaking, and I am more familiar with his work than with most other artist’s. His new album, his first full-length release in five years, is called GLASSELLLAND, recorded by Jordie himself in various make-shift recording spaces in North Los Angeles and co-produced by his fiercely talented partner, Clare Reynolds, who also co-wrote half of the songs and sings and plays a heap of instruments on the record. Jordie’s songwriting and musicianship continue to evolve and stretch out with the years and these songs, and the way they’re recorded, ache with longing while driving forward with a swagger and a playful showmanship, melodically rich and hooky as fuck. I always become a bit weepy listening to Jordie sing. And, now, the combination of him and Clare ruins me every time. Beautiful.

David BowieColin Jones (Colin Jones & The Delta Review)
David BowieBlackstar
An exceptional reflection on final days and the unknown. Every note by Bowie, McCaslin and the band emphasize the chaos and fragility of life. There is no better swansong for an artist.

A Moon Shaped PoolEmma Anglesey
RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
A Moon Shaped Pool completely surrenders to simple truths that both lie in plain sight and in the messy tangled, kicking and screaming realities of life. The epic levels of angst in the opening track “Burn the Witch” are like an exorcism – Jonny Greenwood’s sharp string arrangement take you right to the edge – and then from there it’s like Alice falling through the rabbit hole of raw emotion and you go deeper and deeper.

DawesTim Hart (Boy & Bear)
DawesWe’re All Gonna Die
Some of the best lyric writing welded on to some pretty simple, but catchy, pop songs. Produced by Blake Mills (Alabama shakes, Laura Marling), this is a great record start to finish if you can forgive some slightly John Mayer sounding guitars that pop their head up from time to time. This I the record I keep coming back to this year

Oh PepRebecca Bastoli
Oh Pep!Stadium Cake
I don’t think I have ever been so entranced, excited or exhausted by the journey of listening to an album start to finish.

Bon IverDustin Tebbutt
Bon Iver22, A Million
Bon Iver has once again exceeded expectations on this release. It’s both familiar and foreign, delicately coloured, softly focused yet angular and stark. It’s brave, honest and all the things that I loved about Justin’s earlier works, without coming close to formulaic. It’s colloquial and conversational, yet inherently profound. Incredible stuff both musically and sonically.

Margo PriceJosie Rothwell (Peasant Moon)
Margo PriceMidwest Farmer’s Daughter
There’s something comforting about Margo Price’s debut album, almost like I’d listened to it before, but not in an overly familiar sort of way. Perhaps there’s something in her glorious voice that reminds me of my parent’s Dolly Parton records. She’s a great story teller, and I want to know more about her heartaches and headaches, particularly when accompanied by her crack band. I’m also proud to say my 4 year daughter keeps calling for “Hurtin’ (on the Bottle)” when we’re in the car – and I can’t think of anything else I’d want her to be listening to right now.

BJ BarthamHarvey Russell (Peasant Moon)
BJ BarhamRockingham
It pains me to say this but BJ Barham’s new-found sobriety has coincided with a serious coming of age as a songwriter. Taking a (very) short break from American Aquarium duties, BJ’s solo release (a genuine side-project) is seriously hard-hitting stuff. It rivals Aquarium’s 2012 release Burn. Flicker. Die. for intensity, but of a completely different nature. With sparse arrangements (often acoustic) Barham, as storyteller, gives you an uncensored and unashamed glimpse into how rural America has been left behind. Not for the faint hearted.

William CrightonSam Newton
William CrightonWilliam Crighton
I’d caught Crighton perform a bunch of times at local venues around Sydney and really dug his tune (and especially the music video) “Woman Like You” prior to this album’s release. So I was anticipating this release. Really excited for it. I was stoked when I heard that he and producer Matt Sherrod came through with the goods. Big time. Highlights for me are “Riverina Kid”, “Priest” and “2000 Clicks”. In my mind, this one is about as strong as debut albums get.

Chaim TannenbaumEliza Carthy
Chaim TannenbaumChaim Tannenbaum
The album that I have most enjoyed and most visited this year is the debut of the kind, quiet genius Chaim Tannenbaum (Storysound Records). I’ve had the privilege of working with Chaim over the years but it was only recently I realised that I have lived with his distinctive voice and gorgeous humility since I first began to love music. It’s his voice that forms the third harmony in “Complainte pour St Catherine” on the first McGarrigle sisters’ album, a song I played over and over as a child until you could almost see through the record, and he has been quiet companion and producer to theirs and their extended family’s work ever since. It’s somewhat typical of his humility that he has waited this long to make an album, produced by his dear longtime friend and collaborator Loudon Wainwright III. It’s a collection of avuncular stories told in his gorgeously expressive voice with beautiful, minimal production. Some trad, some conversational originals covering everything from the fate of the baseball stadium Ebbets Field to living in a depressing grey London in the endless rain in the 1960s. An album to listen to with your eyes closed by the fire. Again and again, and again.

PinegroveQuinton Trembath
PinegroveCardinal
The lyrics on this album read like the private diary of a well spoken (and well read) guy filled with both anxiety and excitement for life. The musicianship and dynamics complement this introspectiveness well, making it perfectly suited for intense solo listening as well as for being cranked on road trips with friends.

Sean McMahonAlison Ferrier
Sean McMahon and the MoonMenShiner
Sean McMahon’s laid back yet somehow intense vocal brings this fantastic collection of songs to life in my living room. Shiner’s ragged elegance is full of the sort of raunchy country rock I can’t get enough of. Stand out tracks for me: “Shiner” and “Here Comes the Night Again”.

WhitneyEddie Boyd
WhitneyLight Upon the Lake
This album just grew and grew on me since my first listen. Simple, catchy tunes that make me wanna dance or go driving for a long time. I think Whitney nailed everything about this album – the instrumentation, the production, obviously the songs. Also, they’re heaps good live.

Secret PathThe Once
Gord DownieSecret Path
The Tragically HipMan Machine Poem
This year was a hard year in Canadian Music. We have a fella here by the name of Gord Downie. He is a legend. He has helped raise Canadians to be more real with his music. He is the frontman for the band The Tragically Hip. There are not many people in Canada who don’t know who The Hip are. Their music has become part of our DNA. Gord, this year, made a statement saying he has terminal brain cancer so he obviously fighting for the men and women of the north. The folks that have needed a voice for far too long. He is being that voice. He is showing us how to be Canadian and that we can’t be without acknowledging the needs of all of our people, without respecting all of our people. This year, instead of succumbing to his illness, he put out two albums. One with The Hip and one solo. Here they are. They are magic and will go down in history in our great nation. It’s amazing to watch one man build his second legacy.

Cash SavageJessica Cassar (Jep and Dep)
Cash Savage & The Last DrinksOne Of Us
This has everything you want from a record. It’s dirty and beautiful, and dark as hell. Cash sings with a thunderous anguish that cracks, rumbles and echoes so perfectly any sorrow you might have ever had. And like any good storm, the album’s darkness reveals a little light, one that roars some sort of painful end, or much needed beginning. I love this record!

Tracy McNeilGretta Ziller
Tracy McNeil & The GoodlifeThieves
I’ll be the first to admit I’m late to the game when it comes to Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife. I caught their set at Out on the Weekend and was captivated! Their 2016 album Thieves is just so dang easy to listen to, I will confess it is turning into a “chilling on the deck summer favourite” of mine! Please, if you haven’t already, pick up or download a copy of this album and chill!!

Bill JacksonRosie McDonald (RAPT, Trippy Hippy Band, Seanchas)
Bill JacksonThe Wayside Ballads Vol. 2
Bills’ reputation had preceded him before I heard him at Fairlight folk with Ruth Hazelton and Pete Fiddler. I grabbed the opportunity to contribute to his The Wayside Ballads Vol. 2 crowd funding campaign to get Bill and Pete over to Nashville to record with some very fine session players. Bill kept me updated with postcards and messages so I felt like a sideline cheerer in this whole project. Then the CD arrived! Magnificent songs, co-written with Bills’ brother Ross. Bills’ time worn voice, rich and mellow, rootsy, Americana-ish but very very homegrown, local accent, stories big and small, tender and big hearted. Pete’s playing shines in amongst the session guys, a great listen. Music for travel, the cabin, the verandah, anywhere.

Kate Burke and Pete WildMelanie Horsnell
Kate Burke and Pete WildLive at St Peters
In my small town we have the most marvellous artists touring through, but I also love our sweet locals, and I adore this live record by Kate Burke and Pete Wild. Pete Wild’s “Mars 1” is a love song about a person who goes on the Mars mission leaving his forever love behind, the Martin-Martin song is an old village favourite and the last love song between Doris and Arthur makes me giggle and lament at the same time. And I adore playing Kate Burkes version of Frozen Man on repeat when everything in life gets a bit much.

MontaigneGretta Ray
MontaigneGlorious Heights
My favourite record that was released in 2016 is without a doubt, Montaigne’s Glorious Heights. What impresses me most about this record is the fact that it is rather evident that the artist went into this project with the intention of experimenting with her sound and taking risks, drawing inspiration from a range of her influences and assuring that each song conveyed a slightly different emotion from the previous track. I believe it was this approach of 20-year-old Jess Sero’s (Montainge) that resulted in the production of what I perceive to be a very imaginative and bold debut album. This record showcases the fact that Jess has, unquestionably, one of the strongest and most commanding voices in the Australian music industry, this being exemplified through the outstanding production and arrangements of the songs that make up Glorious Heights. As well as this, each song is demonstrative of Jess’ incredibly clever and unique songwriting, which I cannot wait to hear more of in years to come; the simplicity yet complexity and quirkiness of a lyric such as “when you touch my skin, I think ‘this isn’t boring'” makes one ponder on such a line, as Jess’ way of writing is different, daring and something that never fails to make me smile. Glorious Heights made me so very excited about how extravagant pop music is becoming in this day and age, and on the whole made me very proud to be a young woman in the Australian music scene.

WhitneyTreetop Flyers
WhitneyLight Upon the Lake
I first started hearing about this band online, so was waiting for the album with anticipation. When it dropped I must have played it back to back straight away, which rarely happens. They are hard to put in a genre, which is really great. No Woman is one of our faves of the year. They are great live and do a version’s of NRBQ’s Magnet, so happy campers over here.

Drive By TruckersShane Nicholson
Drive-By TruckersAmerican Band
In a year of many great records, this stands tall above the crowd. It’s everything I love about the Truckers: gutsy and raw, clever and thoughtful, sometimes irreverent and full of attitude, and sometimes tender and restrained. Imagine a bastard-child born to Son Volt, Matthew Ryan and Uncle Tupelo, but all dressed up in those well-worn and unmistakable Drive-By Truckers clothes. How could that not make for the coolest kid on the block this year?

Conor OberstJack Carty
Conor OberstRuminations
It’s bloody beautiful in its simplicity. Gorgeous songs performed honestly. It seems like every track is a complete performance and any imperfections only enhance the sincerity of it all for me. Such an incredibly good songwriter.

Hayes CarllThe Weeping Willows
Hayes CarllLovers and Leavers
Lovers and Leavers is Hayes Carll’s most personal, introspective and “exposed” album to date, both in terms of the intimate, confessional songwriting and the stripped back arrangements, reminiscent of Heartbreaker era Ryan Adams, never saying too much – or too little. This intimacy draws you in, while Carll’s vulnerability captures you and takes you on a journey through heartache and reflection. Hayes was always in good hands with dynamic duo Joe Henry (producer) and Ryan Freeland (engineer) at the wheel, steering gently towards a common, graceful goal. Henry’s arrangements are characteristically unique yet elegant and tasteful, while Freeland brings his trademark clarity and warmth. Check it out if you’re fans of the late, great Guy Clark and/or Townes Van Zandt or fellow Texans, Steve Earle and Kevin Welch. Stand out tracks: “Sake of The Song”, “The Magic Kid” and “Drive”.

Iggy PopKelly Day (Broads)
Iggy PopPost Pop Depression
Sometimes you’ll find a record that makes you feel high from the moment it begins. Iggy’s new album, channelled through the hooky sounds of Josh Homme and given a Bowie-esque lean, made me grin like a mad person. And then immediately take it for another spin.

Robert EllisMegan Cooper
Robert EllisRobert Ellis
I was waiting to go on air for an interview. While we were pfaffing around getting ready “The High Road” came on. I pretended I knew who Robert Ellis was when I was advised who the artist was that had pretty much hypnotised me in 30 seconds flat. I went out and paid cash money for the album the next day. Every song got me on first listen. Cinematic moments. Super personal bits. Non-standard approaches. Aspirational.

PassengerSam Brittain
PassengerYoung As The Morning, Old As The Sea
Mike has always had a wonderful way of crafting simple and memorable melodies. Combine this with his always captivating lyrics and you have a master songwriter who’s tunes that sneak their way into your day. Songs that sooner or later without realising you find yourself humming whilst waiting in line for your morning coffee. Although often his storytelling veers on on the darker side of heartbreak and loss this latest album has a lighter touch, proving Passenger is and a yard stick for the aspiring modern folk troubadour. A dynamic artist who’s albums have been true to his own brand since day one. Additionally his band on this record are also fantastic live. I recently caught his show to a sold out Vicar Street in Dublin, it was one I won’t soon forget.

Bon IverAde Vincent (The Tiger and Me)
Bon Iver22, A Million
Another great record from Bon Iver – I have loved all three so far. I like how it also pushes into some new and interesting territory with the production. The auto-tuned a cappella of “715 – CR∑∑KS” is a particular highlight

Margaret GlaspyMaia Marsh
Margaret GlaspyEmotions and Math
It makes me feel really empowered whenever I listen to it, as a woman myself playing music. The songs are strong, guitar tone is great and her voice has this amazing growl that cuts through a sincere sensitivy at the same time.

BlondDirewolf
Frank OceanBlond
My hat is profusely off to an artist who can seamlessly bridge so many facets of musical integrity. What I mean by that nonsensical shit is that the entire record is some kind of highly strung soundboard (literally) which either sends you flying high just to get high, or high because you’re just too fucking upset. “Skyline To” and “Seigfried” are perfect examples. The whole collective arrangement kills me too, it’s like listening to recent Bon Iver whilst playing Sega in a radio store – the musicality is superb. I could say a lot more, but I’ll safely surrender by saying it definitely influenced the direction of my mind in doing another record.

Bon IverWildwood Kin
Bon Iver22, A Million
Easily. We’ve never heard anything quite like it. It’s just genius.

Tattletale SaintsGeorge Jackson (The Company, Buffalo Nickel, One Up, Two Down)
Tattletale SaintsTattletale Saints
Nashville based, New Zealand duo Tattletale Saints released their self-titled, second album this year, and it’s beautiful. Cy Winstanley (Guitars, Vocals) can pen songs with the best of them, his offerings on this album range from self-reflective and insightful, to sometimes cynical and cutting but always with a masterful craftsmanship. Vanessa McGown (Double Bass, Vocals) provides both solid and virtuosic Double Bass playing and vintage tinged country vocals. The new album is definitely a departure from their earlier acoustic recordings – but for a new fan, like me coming along, this is a bold and engaging listen complete with a production dripping in vintage tones and depth. Listen, and enjoy!

Genni KaneBill Jackson
Genni KaneSelfies
Ex-member of seminal Australian band, The Flying Emus, Genni Kane has a voice that can’t be denied. This long awaited record shows she is also a very gifted songwriter and the opening track “Little White Dog” is the beginning of a beautiful journey that deserves your attention.

Nancy KerrRuth Hazleton (http://www.billjacksonmusic.com/, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton)
Nancy KerrInstar
A heady mix of poetry, politics and social commentary, Nancy Kerr’s Instar is an achingly beautiful collection of original songs framed within the landscape of traditional folk music. Beautifully performed and produced, Instar is, without doubt, one of the masterpieces of folk from 2016 and a work that will inform the tradition for a long time to come.

Fanny LumsdenThe Pigs
Fanny LumsdenSmall Town Big Shot
This album is full of great songs written from Fanny’s heart. She’s the real McCoy. Whenever we see her play live her songs get stuck in our head for weeks after. “Bravest Of Hearts”, “Soapbox” and “Don’t Let The Bastards Get You Down” are just a few of the crackers on this rekid. This is a breath of fresh air for Australian Country Music. We love Fanny! More… More…

Side PonyHannah Acfield (The Acfields)
Lake Street DiveSide Pony
Give me a bit of 60’s sounding soul any day of the week! The songs are catchy, nice melodies and make you wanna move. I’m a sucker for a sterling vocalist. This was fav album for me.

Julia JacklinWillowy
Julia JacklinDon’t Let The Kids Win
An album about the little things in life that somehow manages to sum up the bigger things as well, cutting right through the mess to the heart of it all. Beautifully written and perfectly executed. It’s lovely to see an artist from the Sydney folk music family reaching great heights with an exceptional debut album.

John FlanaganSal Kimber (Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel)
John FlanaganThere’s Another Way To Where You’re Going

Bill ChambersRicky Pann (The Willing Ponies)
Bill ChambersCold Trail
Jen MizeWarnings and Wisdom
Sam BushStoryman
Bill Chambers is an Australian Journeyman troubadour. Songwriter, producer, sideman and front man, Bills live shows have influenced many and earned him a legion of devoted fans. Cold trail is Bills first studio album in four years and reminds the rock pop acts infiltrating modern country of where the heart of country lies. Cold Trail is a collection of honky-tonk “life lived” country that is the real deal. Produced by Bill and Recorded at his son Nash Chambers foggy mountain studios, Cold Trail is a world class record that draws on many influences to deliver country authenticity with Aussie perspective. A cracker record.
It’s a long way from Jen Mize roots in the Appliacian mountains of Georgia and North Carolina as a decedent of Lumbee Tribe of native Americans to the Sunshine coast of Queensland. Jen Mize is the real deal in every respect. An American songwriter with an incredible voice delivering an album packed with dynamic, well-crafted songs that’s all killer no filler. Shane Nicholson’s earthy production, arrangments and playing provide a tastefully rich sonic pallet that does this fine singer justice. The album glides from old-timey to traditional country and honky tonk, setting a very high bar of authenticity. An absolute stand out record.
Sixty-four-year-old Sam Bush has many stories to tell as a musician, innovator, writer and singer. One of my favourite musicians on the planet, Sam is a bluegrass master and the father of newgrass music spawned from his groundbreaking band the New Grass Revival. Sam is arguably one of the most influential mandolin players in history having played with just about everyone from Bill Monroe to Leon Russell. This record is a collection of finely crafted songs with a crack band featuring vocals from Emmylou Harris and Alison Kraus. A masterful record.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 18th November

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The National Folk Festival announced its first round of artists for 2017 including The Bridge Project, Daoiri Farrell Trio, The Galax Bogtrotters, Himmerland, Les Poules à Colin, Martha Tilston, Phil Wiggins & Dom Turner, The Rheingans Sisters, Ami Williamson, Barry Skipsey, Charm of Finches, The Dead Maggies, Fanny Lumsden, Loren Kate, The Low Down Riders, Sally Balfour, The Spooky Men’s Chorale, Stray Hens and many more. Details here

– Folk-punks Handsome Young Strangers released their new single “Battle of Broken Hill”. Details here

Josh Pyke and Bob Evans announced a co-headline tour. Details here

– Alt-country duo Eagle & The Wolf released their new video “Hips”. Details here

– Folk and bluegrass trio Buffalo Nickel will release their self titled EP this Sunday. Details here

Releases This Week

Levellers
Levelling The Land: 25th Anniversary EditionThe Levellers
Official Site

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers

Fanny

Fanny Lumsden wraps up her Country Halls tour with a massive show in Sydney, in the same week she’s up for an ARIA award

Saturday 19th November – St Stephen’s Church Hall, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th November – Mullum Music Festival, NSW

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Tuesday 22nd November – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th November – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Boy & Bear w/ All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 18th November – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 19th November – Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 20th November – The Mills Precinct, Toowoomba, QLD
Wednesday 23rd Novemeber – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton, QLD
Thursday 24th November – MECC, Mackay, QLD
Friday 25th November – Tanks Art Centre, Cairns, QLD

Broads
Sunday 20th November – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Buffalo Nickel w/ Rachel Baiman
Sunday 20th November – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Crowded House
Friday 25th November – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW

Davey Craddock
Friday 18th November – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC

Eilen Jewell
Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Tuesday 22nd November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th November – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th November – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers
Saturday 19th November – St Stephen’s Church Hall, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Bad French, Lisa Heller & Jordan Millar, Tullara
Wednesday 23rd November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Green Mohair Suits w/ Luke Escombe
Friday 25th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Hat Fitz & Cara
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th November – Mullum Music Festival, NSW

Henry Wagons
Friday 18th & Saturday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Mark Lucas
Sunday 20th November – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan
Friday 18th November – Willie Smiths, Grove, TAS
Saturday 19th November – House Concert, Hobart, TAS

Jordie Lane
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th November – Mullum Music Fest, Mullumbimby, NSW
Thursday 24th November – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans
Thursday 24th November – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 25th November – The Pretoria, Mannum, SA

Julia Jacklin
Friday 18th to Saturday 19th November – Mullumbimby Music Festival, NSW
Wednesday 23rd November – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 24th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th November – Paradise Music Festival, VIC

Ken Nicol
Friday 18th November – West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul, VIC

Laura Jean
Friday 18th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Leah Flanagan
Saturday 19th November – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Liam Gerner & The Sunset Pushers
Friday 18th November – Stone Pony, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 19th November – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 24th November – Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Friday 25th November – Leftys, Brisbane, QLD

Lime and Steel
Friday 18th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 19th November – The Old City Bank, Katoomba, NSW

Little Wise
Friday 18th November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 19th November – Commonground Festival, Seymour, VIC
Thursday 24th November – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th November – Martians Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC

Martin Pearson
Friday 18th November – House Concert, McLaren Vale, SA

Matt Andersen
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th November – Mullum Music Festival, NSW
Wednesday 23rd November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 24th November – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Friday 25th November – Memo Music Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Mel Parsons
Thursday 24th November – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Mountaingrass
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th November – Harrietville, VIC

Mullum Music Festival
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th November – Mullumbimby, NSW

Nigel Wearne
Saturday 19th November – Caz Reitop’s Dirty Secrets, Melbourne, VIC

Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen
Friday 18th November – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 22nd November – St David’s Cathedral, Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 23rd November – St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 24th November – St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC

PJ Michael & The Banditas
Saturday 19th November – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Queenscliff Music Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff, VIC

Ramblin’ Nights feat. Emilee South, Bill Jackson, Brielle Davis
Friday 18th November – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Roadhouse feat. Cruisin’ Deuces
Thursday 24th November – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th November – Mountaingrass Festival, Harrietville, VIC
Monday 21st November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 22nd November – Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, East Melbourne, VIC

Rhythm Hunters
Friday 18th November – Onespace HQ, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 19th November – Katoomba Community Centre, Katoomba, NSW

Steve Poltz
Friday 25th November – The Warrimoo Sound Lounge, Warrimoo, NSW

Taasha Coates
Saturday 19th November – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

The Button Collective
Friday 25th November – The Bellingen Brewery & Co, Bellingen, NSW

The Company
Friday 18th to Saturday 19th November – Mountaingrass Festival, VIC
Saturday 19th November – House Concert, Healesville, VIC
Sunday 20th Novemeber – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Cutting
Friday 18th November – Mr Boogie Man Bar, Abbotsford, VIC
Saturday 19th November – Surrey Hills Music Festival, VIC
Sunday 20th November – Heritage Tavern, Balnarring, VIC

The Haywood Billy Goats w/ The Tawny Owl Stringband
Friday 25th November – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 18th November – Central Hotel, Shellharbour, NSW
Saturday 19th November – Quarterdeck, Narooma, NSW
Friday 25th November – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

The Plot Festival
Saturday 19th November – Parramatta Park, Sydney, NSW

The Wilson Pickers
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Hard To Love” – Old Crow Medicine Show

First Major Artists Announcement for the 2017 National Folk Festival

Sally Balfour
Image Courtesy of Sally Balfour

The National Folk Festival, held in Canberra over the Easter long weekend, has announced their first official round of artists for 2017 and it’s very very exciting.

As always there’s also a bunch of international acts making their way to Canberra next year including The Bridge Project (TUR/ISR), Daoiri Farrell Trio (IRL), The Galax Bogtrotters (USA), Himmerland (DNK), Les Poules à Colin (CAN), Martha Tilston (UK), Phil Wiggins & Dom Turner (USA) and The Rheingans Sisters (UK).

Joining them will be local artists and Timber and Steel favourites including Ami Williamson, Barry Skipsey, Charm of Finches, The Dead Maggies, Fanny Lumsden, Loren Kate, The Low Down Riders, Sally Balfour (above), The Spooky Men’s Chorale, Stray Hens and many more.

The National Folk Festival is held from the 13th to the 17th April in 2017 – for more information and tickets check out the official site here. The feature states for next year’s National Folk Festival are South Australia and the Northern Territory.

The full lineup so far is below:

Ami Williamson, Andrew Galan with Okinawa Girls, Barry Skipsey, The Bridge Project (TUR/ISR), Charm of Finches, Claymore, Conchillia, Daoiri Farrell Trio (IRL), The Dead Maggies, Desert Child, The Drowsy Maggies, Fanny Lumsden, Forté, The Galax Bogtrotters (USA), Greg Champion, Himmerland (DNK), Les Poules à Colin (CAN), Loren Kate, Low Down Riders, Martha Tilston (UK), Phil Wiggins & Dom Turner (USA), Rheingans Sisters (UK), Rory Faithfield, Sally Balfour, The Spooky Men’s Chorale, Stray Hens, Tracey Bunn and her Band of Handsome Devils, Trioc

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 12th August

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Singer-songwriter Taasha Coates released her new video “This House Is Gonna Burn”. Details here

Fanny Lumsden announced the dates for her 2016 Country Halls tour. Details here

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry released their version of “The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore”. Details here

– English folk singer Seth Lakeman announced details of his eighth studio album Ballads Of The Broken Few. Details here

– The second round of artists were announced for Dashville Skyline including Henry Wagons & The Only Children, Jordie Lane, William Crighton, Spookyland, Charles Jenkins, The Eastern, James Thomson & The Strange Pilgrims, Tracy McNeil & the GoodLife, Leah Flanagan, Frank Sultana & the Sinister Kids, Jason Walker, Magpie Diaries, Lyle Dennis Express, William John Jr, The Bluegrass Breakfast and Dashville Progress Society. Details here

Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife released their new video “Paradise”. Details here

Releases This Week

Trojan
TrojanLazy Colts
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Katie Brianna

Katie Brianna

I’ve had a chance to listen to Katie Brianna’s upcoming album Victim Or The Heroine and I can tell you its something special. Brianna will be launching the album in her home town of Sydney this Thursday at a show that’s bound to be one of the live highlights of 2016.

Thursday 18th August – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

1916 Show
Sunday 14th August – Club Rose Bay, Sydney, NSW

Adelaide Guitar Festival
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th August – Adelaide, SA

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 12th August – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 13th – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 14th August – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD

Bad!Slam!No!Biscuit!: Heat 1 Canberra National Poetry Slam! feat. Pocket Fox
Wednesday 17th August – The Phoenix, Canberra, ACT

BANFF x Caitlin Park
Friday 12th August – Oxford Circus, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th August – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Friday 12th August – Adelaide Guitar Festival, Adelaide, SA
Monday 15th August – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Ben Ransom, Sabrina Soares, Mark Lucas, Bill Hunt
Sunday 14th August – The Duck Inn, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass at Yulli’s feat. Southern Gentlemen
Wednesday 17th August – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Bluestone Junction
Friday 12th August – The Lomond, Melbourne, VIC

Bob Evans w/ Melody Pool
Friday 12th August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th August – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Charm of Finches
Friday 12th August – The Acoustic Picnic, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Corey Harris w/ Kris Morris
Friday 19th August – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Dan Brodie and James Thomson with The Strange Pilgrims
Friday 12th August – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th August – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 14th August – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Dustin Tebbutt w/ Robbie Miller, Woodes
Friday 12th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 13th August – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 19th August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Fairlight Folk feat. The Faraway Eyes, RAPT, Gallie
Saturday 13th August – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Dominic Youdan, Mimi Gilbert, The Delta Revue
Wednesday 17th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gallie with Rebecca Bastoli
Sunday 14th August – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Callum Wylie
Sunday 14th August – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Imogen Clark
Wednesday 17th August – The Red Room, Ararat, VIC

Jack Carty, Emily Barker & Jordan Millar
Friday 19th August – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

James Kenyon
Friday 12th August – The Hinton Hotel, Hinton, NSW
Saturday 13th August – House Concert, Maitland, NSW
Sunday 14th August – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

John Flanagan Trio
Friday 12th August – Our Little Caravan, Notting Hill, VIC

Josh Pyke w/ Jack Carty
Friday 12th August – Baroque Bar, Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 13th August – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Katie Brianna
Thursday 18th August – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Kelly Country Pick
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st August – Beechworth, VIC

Lazy Colts
Saturday 13th August – Sancho’s Dirty Laundry, Canberra, ACT

Lime and Steel
Friday 19th August – Hornsby Folk Club, Hornsby, NSW

Little Big Wolf
Friday 12th August – Old Dave’s Soul, Sydney, NSW

Live n Lounging feat. Danielle Deckard, The Hollands, Renetta Joy
Sunday 14th August – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Mark Lucas & The Dead Setters
Friday 12th August – The Merton Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Mimi Gilbert, Lissa
Thursday 18th August – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Mythra Ensemble
Thursday 18th August – 505, Sydney, NSW

Punch Brothers
Friday 12th August – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th August – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Shearer’s Dream Bush Band
Sunday 14th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Taasha Coates
Saturday 13th August – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 14th August – The Jade, Adelaide, SA

The Dead Maggies
Friday 12th August – The Grand Hotel, Gayndah, QLD
Saturday 13th August – Sonnys, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 14th August – Pub Paradise, Macleay Island, QLD
Tuesday 16th August – Ponyland, Nimbin, NSW
Wednesday 17th August – New Tattersalls, Lismore, NSW
Thursday 18th August – The Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 19th August – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

The Green Mohair Suits w/ Charm of Finches
Friday 12th August – The Acoustic Picnic, Sydney, NSW

Tom Stephens
Friday 12th August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 19th August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife
Friday 12th August – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Winter Jazz: Sanctuary w/ Gary & James Daley
Saturday 13th August – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“1952 Vincent Black Lightning” – Josh Turner & Carson McKee

Turning this Richard Thompson classic into a bluegrass tune is inspired.

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 – 19th February

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Alt-country favourite Fanny Lumsden released her new video “Land of Gold”. Details here

– Central coast duo Eagle & The Wolf released their new video “Mama, Son and the Holy Ghost”. Details here

– Indie-folker Radical Face released his new single “Secrets (Cellar Door)”. Details here

– UK five-piece Boat To Row released their new video “Handsome Beats”. Details here

Sufjan Stevens released a live video for “Carrie & Lowell” ahead of next week’s Australian tour. Details here

Henry Wagons released his new video “Santa Fe” and announced a national tour for May. Details here

Releases This Week

Eagle and the Wolf
Eagle & The WolfEagle & The Wolf
Bandcamp

Side Pony
Side Pony – Lake Street Dive
iTunes

Restless
RestlessThe Timbers
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Caravansary feat. Tom Stephens, Slow Loris, Direwolf & Maia Jelavic, Lee Sullivan & The Sleepers, Liam Gale & The Ponytails, Liz Hughes, Matt Murchie, Rosaline Letford, Kev’s House Band & the Ub Ubbo All Stars

Ub Ubbo presents The Caravansary, a showcase of some of Sydney’s finest musicians in an intimate environment.

Sunday 21st February – Summer Hill Mansion, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

1x1x1 feat. Brendon Humphries (The Kill Devil Hills), Jacob Diamond, Matt Cal, Leah Michelle (The Regular Hunters), Joel Barker, Elli Schoen, David Craft, Bedouin Sea
Saturday 20th February – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA

Beth Patterson
Saturday 20th February – Paynesville Wine Bar, Paynesville, VIC
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

Cobargo Folk Festival
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February – Cobargo, NSW

Courtyard Sessions presents Jordan Millar
Friday 19th February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Dave Rawlings Machine
Friday 19th February – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 20th February – Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Davey Craddock
Thursday 25th February – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th February – Major Toms, Kyneton, VIC

Dawn Landes
Sunday 21st February – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Dream A Highway feat. Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings Machine, Willie Watson, Haas Kowert Tice
Saturday 20th February – Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Elwood Myre
Saturday 20th February – Mountain Sounds, Somersby, NSW
Friday 26th February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Exile: Songs & Tales of Irish Australia
Saturday 20th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 21st February – Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 24th February – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Folkswagon feat. Scott Cook, Willowy, The Bean Project
Wednesday 24th February – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Frances Folk Gathering
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February – Frances, SA

Hootenanny feat. The Button Collective
Sunday 21st February – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Friday 19th February – Seaview Hotel, Woolgoolga, NSW

James Thomson
Sunday 21st February – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th February – The Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW

John Flanagan and Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel
Friday 19th February – Belbrae Hall, Belbrae, VIC
Saturday 20th February – Buangor Cobb & Co, Buangor, VIC
Sunday 21st February – The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Josh Pyke
Friday 19th February – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 20th February – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 19th February – Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford, NSW
Saturday 20th February – Estonian House, Melbourne, VIC

Keep Sydney Open Rally
Sunday 21st February – Belmore Park, Sydney, NSW

Lime and Steel
Saturday 20th February – Old City Bank, Katoomba, NSW

Live ‘n’ Lounging feat. Colin Jones, Lissa, Andrew Drummond
Sunday 21st February – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Nicola Hayes & Hélène Brunet, Doctor Stovepipe
Wednesday 24th February – The Famous Spiegeltent, Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT

Passenger
Sunday 21st February – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 25th February – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 19th February – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 25th February – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 26th February – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Peasant Moon w/ Mark Lucas, Dear Orphans
Sunday 21st February – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW

Phia w/ Ayawatamaya
Wednesday 24th February – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Pocket Fox
Friday 19th February – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Riverboats Music Festival
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st February – Echuca-Moama, VIC

Ruby Boots
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st February – Riverboats Festival, VIC

Sam Newton
Saturday 20th February – The Roundabout Inn, Gloucester, NSW

SINners Sunday feat. Stillhouse Union
Sunday 21st February – Town and Country Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Sufjan Stevens
Tuesday 23rd February – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Summer in the Hills
Saturday 20th February – York On Lilydale, Mt Evelyn, VIC

The Audreys
Saturday 20th February – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT

The Beards
Thursday 25th February – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Friday 26th February – Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS

The Bottlers, Mail Day, Scarlet’s Revenge
Saturday 20th February – The Captain Cook Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Thursday 25th February – Phoenix Bar, Canberra, ACT

The Caravansary feat. Tom Stephens, Slow Loris, Direwolf & Maia Jelavic, Lee Sullivan & The Sleepers, Liam Gale & The Ponytails, Liz Hughes, Matt Murchie, Rosaline Letford, Kev’s House Band & the Ub Ubbo All Stars
Sunday 21st February – Summer Hill Mansion, Sydney, NSW

The East Pointers
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, NSW

The Melbourne Folk Club feat. Broads, Dan Parsons
Sunday 21st February – Bakehouse Studios, Melbourne, VIC

The Rambling Boys
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, NSW

Tim Easton
Wednesday 24th February – Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford, VIC
Thursday 25th February – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th February – Major Tom’s, Melbourne, VIC

Vin Garbutt
Saturday 20th February – The Fly by Night, Perth, WA
Wednesday 24th February – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

Willowy
Friday 19th February – The Eastern, Ballarat, VIC
Sunday 21st February – The Hotel Metro, Adelaide, SA
Friday 26th February – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Gypsy Davy” – Emily Smith

One of the most prolific songs in the Scottish, Irish and American traditions (it’s commonly known as “The Raggle Taggle Gypsy”, “The Raggle Taggle Gypsies O”, “The Gypsy Laddie(s)”, “Black Jack David” (or “Davy”), “Seven Yellow Gypsies” and more) “Gypsy Davy” is evidence of the folk process hard work with a broad theme of a lady running away with a gypsy retold in numerous ways. I might post some other versions over the coming weeks.

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