Thank Folk It’s Friday – 29th May


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– It looks like Bon Iver will return for their third cycle with Justin Vernon confirming their headline spot at the first annual Eaux Claires Music Festival. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk night Little Features celebrate their 3rd Birthday tomorrow with appearances from Justin Robinson, Charlie Gradon, The Button Collective and Ed Wells. Details here

– Canadian alt-country singer Lindi Ortega announced her new album Faded Gloryville. Details here

Jed Rowe and Alison Ferrier have announced a joint tour this July. Details here

– Singer-songwriters Jack Carty and Jordan Millar have announced a joint tour this August. Details here

– The Top Half Folk Festival announced their full lineup including Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers, Ted Egan, Colin Lillie, Barry Skipsey, Sally Balfour, Margaret Walters, Bob Sharp, Scott Balfour, Dave Oakes, Don Bruce, Neil & Mel Phillips, Rusty & The Infidels, Malarkey, Watershed Players, Edan Baxter, Chris Pemberton & Tony Suttor, Peter Bate, Paul Stewart, South Of The Berrimah Line, Phil Beck, Phil Gray, Kirsty Evans, Ted & Carolynne Burns and the-band-that-became-a-blog Timber & Steel. Details here

– Melbourne band Husky released their new video “Drunk”. Details here

The Milk Carton Kids released their new video “Poison Tree”. Details here

– London folk-rock five-piece Feldspar released their new single “Five Years”. Details here

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations released their new video “Flag” and announced a national tour. Details here

Packwood released his stunning new video for “Obstinate”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Sal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel have released their new video “Stumble in the Dark”. Details here

Releases This Week

Cold Moon
Cold MoonJames Thomson

Jed Rowe
The Last Day of WinterJed Rowe

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Little Features feat. Justin Robinson, Charlie Gradon, The Button Collective, Ed Wells

Button Collective

This Sunday Sydney indie-folk night Little Features celebrates it’s third birthday with a lineup that includes American singer-songwriter Justin Robinson, Little Features mainstay Charlie Gradon, local folk heroes The Button Collective (above) and the buzzworthy Ed Wells.

Saturday 30th May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Ben Howard
Friday 29th May – Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 30th May – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Monday 1st June – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 3rd June – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Davey Craddock & The Spectacles
Friday 29th May – Petersham Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Direwolf and Willowy
Friday 5th June – Rad, Wollongong, NSW

Iris DeMent with Pieta Brown
Friday 29th May – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

James Kenyon and Tobias Hengeveld
Friday 29th May – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Little Features feat. Justin Robinson, Charlie Gradon, The Button Collective, Ed Wells
Saturday 30th May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Planet Dungog Music Festival
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st May – Dungog, NSW

Ruby Boots
Friday 29th May – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

The Pigs
Friday 29th May – The Spirit, Traralgon, VIC
Saturday 30th May – The Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne, VIC

Saturday 30th May – Big Pineapple Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Top Half Folk Festival
Friday 5th to Monday 8th June – Glen Helen via Alice Springs, NT

Friday Folk Flashback

“Sister” – Sufjan Stevens

“What the water wants is hurricanes, and sailboats to ride on its back”. Could those hushed opening lines, over 4 minutes into the track, be some of the best in modern times? I saw Sufjan perform this in Sydney this week and it was magic.

Listen to the New Feldspar Single “Five Years”

Image Courtesy of Feldspar

London folk-rock five-piece Feldspar return this June with the release of their new EP If We’re Still Together. The EP will be released on the 29th June and the first single, “Five Years”, is an epic taste of what’s to come.

Take a listen to “Five Years” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th February


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Peter Rowan touched down in Australia this week to kick off his latest tour of the country. Details here

– The latest Timber and Steel favourite artist to get the Third Man Records Blue Series treatment is UK soul-folk artist Michael Kiwanuka. Details here

– To celebrate her new single “Everything” Leah Flanagan has shows planned in Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin. Details here

– New Zealand’s Tiny Ruins have announced details of their new album, Brightly Painted One, due this May. Details here

– The new album from Warren Fahey, Great Australian Bush & Folk Songs, is the perfect introduction to Australian traditional and folk music. Details here

– Details have finally emerged about the new Matthew and the Atlas album Other Rivers along with a stream of the new track “Another Way” featuring Matt Corby. Details here

– The UK’s Feldspar have released the video for their new track “Young & Invincible”. Details here

– We have the full date’s of Adrian Edmondson’s punk folk project The Bad Shepherds’ Australian tour this April. Details here

Hayden Calnin released his new video “Comatose”. Details here

– The full lineup of The National Folk Festival has been announced with so many Timber and Steel favourites on the list. Details here

Nick Mulvey has finally revealed the details for his debut album First Mind. Details here

Timber and Steel will be presenting the single launch show from The British Blues for “2001” next month. Details here

The Head and the Heart released the gorgeous new video for their track “Another Story”. Details here

Bluesfest offered up its eighth lineup announcement (with still more to come) that includes Matt Corby, Foy Vance, Kim Churchill, Tim Rogers and many more. Details here

– Melbourne’s TinPan Orange have announced a March tour to promote their new remix EP. Details here

– Canberra’s Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens have released their new single “Lake George” and have announced tour dates in March. Details here

– Monthly Sydney folk night MoFo at the Gaelic returns in March with the launch of the new Catgut CD. Details here

Ella Hooper is heading out on tour through the next few months. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter Will Varley has released an awesome 8 bit video for his track “Weddings & Wars”. Details here

Jordan Millar is taking his new EP The Wheel out on the road from tonight. Details here

– European based Australian artist Owls of the Swamp has released his new single “Garden”. Details here

Darren Hanlon has a new album in the works and is previewing it with a tour this March. Details here

– The latest Sideshow Alley video features Roscoe James Irwin singing his song “Bottles of June”. Details here

Releases This Week

EchoesEmily Smith

Into The FireFalls

Hey Daydreamer
Hey DaydreamerSally Seltmann

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Sam Buckingham

Sam Buckingham

Sam Buckingham is embarking on a new chapter in her artistic journey, signing up with the new on-going crowdfunding platform Patreon. To celebrate she’s been hitting the road for a national tour and this weekend finds her in Sydney. If you’re in the area this weekend make sure you check out this amazing artist.

Saturday 1st March – The Shack, Narrabeen, NSW
Sunday 2nd March – The Newsagency, Marrickville, NSW

Gigs Next Week

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

Apollo Bay Music Festival
Friday 28th February to Sunday 2nd March – Apollo Bay, VIC

Ash Grunwald
Thursday 6th March – The Unibar, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 7th March – Great Northern, Newcastle, NSW

Friday 7th and Saturday 8th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

Brunswick Music Festival
Sunday 2nd to Sunday 16th March – Melbourne, VIC

Darren Hanlon
Monday 3rd March – Conservatorium of Music, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Tuesday 4th March – Leichhardt Town Hall, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 6th March – Old Parliament House, Canberra, ACT
Friday 7th March – Town Hall, Candelo, NSW

Jordan Millar
Friday 28th February – The Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 6th March – Irish Murphy’s, Launceston, TAS
Friday 7th March – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS

Josh Pyke
Friday 28th February – Twilight Series @ Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 7th March – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens
Friday 28th February to Monday 3rd March – Nannup Music Festival, WA
Thursday 6th March – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th March – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 28th February – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 28th February – Devonport Tas Entertainment Centre, TAS
Saturday 1st March – Burnie Arts & Function Centre, Burnie, TAS
Thursday 6th March – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th March – York Theatre @ Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Mikhael Paskalev
Tuesday 4th March – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 5th March – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 7th March – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Nannup Music Festival
Friday 28th February to Monday 3rd March – Nannup, WA

Neko Case
Sunday 2nd March – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 3rd March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 5th March – Hi Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th March – Fowlers Live, Adelaide, SA

Peter Rowan
Friday 28th February – Theatre Royal, Camperdown, VIC
Saturday 1st March – Turtle Bend, Teesdale, VIC
Sunday 2nd March – The Blackwood Academy, Blackwood, VIC
Tuesday 4th March – Brunswick Music Festival, Brunswick, VIC
Wednesday 5th March – Yinnar Hotel, Yinnar, VIC
Thursday 6th March – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 7th March – Canberra Musicians Club, Canberra, ACT

Pokey LaFarge
Friday 7th and Saturday 8th March – Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, VIC

Port Fairy Folk Festival
Friday 7th to Monday 10th March – Port Fairy, VIC

Sam Buckingham
Saturday 1st March – The Shack, Narrabeen, NSW
Sunday 2nd March – The Newsagency, Marrickville, NSW

The Beez
Friday 28th February – The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, Vic
Saturday 1st March – Bendigo Folk Club, Vic
Sunday 2nd March – Mildura Arts Festival, Vic
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th March – Burke and Wills Festival, Mia Mia, Vic

The Good Ship
Friday 7th March – The New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Unpaved Sessions w/ Nick O’Mara, Jed Rowe, Sophie Klein
Monday 3rd March – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Travel Light” – Diane Cluck and Jeffrey Lewis

Diane Cluck is a legendary singer from the anti/nu/neo/freak folk revival of the early to mid 2000s, inspiring many of the current crop of indie-folk singers. Cluck has a new album on the way (more news on that soon) so I thought it was about time to revisit this wonderful song featuring fellow New Yorker Jeffrey Lewis.

Watch the New Feldspar Video “Young & Invincible”

Image Courtesy of Feldspar

UK indie-folk group Feldspar released their new single “Young & Invincible” a couple of weeks ago and now it has a brand new video. The video is really stunning and was directed by Craig Heathcote – check it out below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th February


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

Releases This Week

VagabondEddi Reader

Frank Turner
The Polaroid PictureFrank Turner

Glen Hansard
Drive All NightGlen Hansard

Flesh and Blood
Flesh & BloodJohn Butler Trio

Seth Lakeman
Word of MouthSeth Lakeman

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

One Up Two Down and Oh Pep!

One Up Two Down

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

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

Gigs Next Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Folk Flashback

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

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

Listen to the New Feldspar Single “Young And Invincible”

Image Courtesy of Feldspar

The latest single from UK based folk-rock five-piece Feldspar is “Young And Invincible”. The single debuted on The Mad Mackerel blog this week and is the result of a success crowdfunding effort from the band. Take a listen below:

The Best Folky Christmas Songs of 2012

Santa Banjo

Christmas music is folk music. You can’t deny it. So as a result we love Christmas music here at Timber and Steel – both the traditional carols and songs and the wealth of brand new material that is released by our favourite artists every year. 2012 has been somewhat of a bumper year from Christmas songs so rather than bore you with this introduction let’s get right into it shall we?

Merry Christmas everyone!

Sufjan Stevens – “Christmas Unicorn”
Sufjan Stevens took his obsession with all things Christmas to a new level this year realeasing the second part of his Christmas boxset Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Volumes 6-10. “Christmas Unicorn” was the first new track to emerge from the boxset and we kind of like it – despite being strange in only the way a Sufjan Stevens Christmas song can be.

Rufus Wainwright feat. Sharon Van Etten – “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
The Starbuck’s owned label Hear Music this year released the Holiday’s Rule Christmas compilation featuring a number of our favourite artists (The Civil Wars, Calexico, Punch Brothers, The Head & the Heart, Andrew Bird and more) and was produced by The Decemberists’ Chris Funk. Check out this duet between Rufus Wainwright and Sharon Van Etten from the album.

Punch Brothers – “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
And with a lineup like that we just have to include another track from Holiday’s Rule. Checkout this take on “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” from the Punch Brothers.

Emmy The Great and Tim Wheeler – “Zombie Christmas”
Last year Emmy the Great and her real life/musical partner Tim Wheeler (Ash) produced the wonderful This is Christmas album of original indie-Christmas songs. This year they’ve re-released the album on vinyl and have a brand new video for the festive and violent “Zombie Christmas”.

She & Him – “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
Another indie-folk duo milking last year’s Christmas album (in this case A Very She & Him Christmas), She & Him have this season released a brand new animated video for their track “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. I wonder how many more Christmases they can get out of a single album? Maybe She & Him and Emmy The Great and Tim Wheeler could team up to create the ultimate indie-folk Christmas album?

Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – “Christmas Eve Can Kill You”
Longtime collaborators Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy released a split single featuring two Everly Brothers’ tracks “Christmas Eve Can Kill You” and “Lovey Kravezit”. The former has this lovely video directed by Lara Miranda.

Roland K Smith & The Sinners – “This Could Be The End (Merry Christmas)”
While this track and video were released last year we’re including it in this year’s list because it appeared on Roland K Smith & The Sinners’ 2012 album Breaking Hearts and Saving Souls. That and you can’t ignore a Christmas song with a bracketed title.

Tom Rosenthal – Christmas Quiet
I have to thank Lachy over at And Pluck Your Strings for bringing this sweet indie-folk Christmas song to my attention (also, you need to be reading his blog – seriously). I don’t know much about Tom Rosenthal but I would have to say this is pretty close to my favourite Christmas song of the year.

Gibson Bull and Carmen – “The Holly and the Ivy”
For the last few years I’ve really enjoyed the annual Christmas compilation album from UK blog For Folk’s Sake. Gibson Bull is an artist that For Folk’s Sake have been pushing fairly heavily this year – and when you hear his version of “The Holly and the Ivy” with Carmen from the compilation you’ll see why.

Dropkick Murphys – “The Season’s Upon Us”
For many the Christmas season is just as much about dysfunction as it is about family and coming together. And who better to capture that in song than folk-punks Dropkick Murphys.

Huey and the New Yorkers – “Christmas By The Side Of The Road”
Huey and the New Yorkers may be the new project from Fun Lovin’ Criminals frontman Huey Morgan but don’t be fooled – this isn’t “Scoobie Snacks”. “Christmas By The Side Of The Road” is a wonderful piece of country Christmas goodness and it’s raising money for veterans charity Help For Heroes. To purchase the single head to the officiel Huey and the New Yorkers web site.

Packwood, Jack Carty, Achoo! Bless You, Fanny Lumsden and Rosie Catalano – “Heading Home (It’s Christmas Time)”
Another charity single, this one a little more local, “Heading Home (It’s Christmas Time)” was put together by some of Timber and Steel’s favourite musicians and raises money for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy. To pick up the track head to the bandcamp page here.

Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo – “Christmas Time Is Here”
Our favourite ex-pat Aussie musician living in the UK, Emily Barker recorded her own version of “Christmas Time Is Here”, originally the 1965 Christmas episode of Charlie Brown. Backing vocals for the track are care of Rumer, Ren Harvieu and Kristina Train.

Friend of all the World – “The Huron Carol”
Canadian’s Friend of all the World have this year released their second Christmas themed EP, cleverly titled Christmas Time – Volume 2. “The Huron Carol” has a real solemn feel to it but I really like it – I would file this along side the likes of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” or “Dives and Lazarus”.

Leftover Cuties – “Winter Wonderland”
Taken from their EP Christmas Time Is Here, Leftover Cuties have infused a heavy dose of New Orleans into their up tempo version of “Winter Wonderland”. If this doesn’t get you up and dancing on Christmas day nothing will!

Terry Emm – “Gently”
There’s something really sweet about UK singer-songwriter Terry Emm. He reminds me a a little of The Staves or The Leisure Society and his Christmas track, “Gently”, is just beautiful.

Karine Polwart – “Merry Xmas Everybody”
Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart may not have featured too heavily on Timber and Steel this year but 2012 has been absolutely blinding year, following the release of her album Traces, that’s culminated in nominations in the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Album of the Year, Folk Singer of the Year and Best Original Song. To celebrate the year Polwart has released a folky version of Slade’s infamous tune “Merry Xmas Everybody”.

Grant Arthur – “Santa Went Down To Georgia”
Choosing just one track from Grant Arthur’s folky Christmas album A Very Grant Arthur Christmas proved tricky but we went with “Santa Went Down To Georgia” due to its obvious connection to the classic “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”. Enjoy!

Feldspar – “In the Bleak Midwinter”
We had to finish up with one more track from For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas 2012, this time from London five-piece Feldspar and their track “In the Bleak Midwinter”.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st December


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– NSW festival the Gum Ball announced their first round of artists for 2013 including Turin Brakes, Mia Dyson, The Beards, Jordie Lane, Little Bastard and more. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey has announced a handful of headline shows when he’s in the country for Bluesfest next year. Details here

– A new album is on the way from Canadian nu-folk artist Woodpigeon. The album, titled Thumbtacks and Glue, is due for release on the 25th February. Details here

– Our adopted son Passenger has announced plans to return to Australia next year with a national tour. Details here

– US based singer-songwriter Josh Ritter has announced plans to release a brand new album in March next year. Details here

– UK five-piece Feldspar have just released the video for their beautiful a capella track “The Flat and Paper Sky”. Details here

TinPan Orange have released a video covering “Dumb Ways To Die” by Tangerine Kitty (which features TinPan’s Emily Lubitz). Details here

Bellyache Ben and the Streamgrass Boys’ banjo player Grant Arthur is launching his Christmas album A Very Grant Arthur Christmas at The Vanguard in Sydney this Saturday help from The Pretty Big Band, The Cope Street Parade, Geoff Bull And The Finer Cuts, Bellyache Ben and The Daley Brothers. Details here

– Banjo player Packwood has delivered an early Christmas present with the release of his brand new video “Bats”. Details here


“Yeah, it’s very different from when we both made our first solo records, which were I think for both of us more side projects to Angus and me as a duo. This time around we definitely wanted to go and tour as solo artists and we wanted to play the songs that we had worked on. We felt really inspired to do that at the same time which was really a simple decision to make – it was just a conversion Angus and I had at the end of touring the last record Down the Way. We toured that for long I think it was pretty natural to want to explore the other stuff that we had been working on, even while we were on tour together”Julia Stone chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here


“As always rather than give you a definitive “Best of 2012″ list we asked each of our contributors to give us their own top five albums that fall into the genres we love here at Timber and Steel – folk, acoustic, alt-country, bluegrass, Americana, trad, singer-songwriter and everything else in between. And as always our contributors have each given us a unique insight into the music they’ve loved in 2012” – See our Best Albums of 2012 here

“Not satisfied with just providing you with our own opinions around the best albums of 2012 we have once again put the call out to some of our favourite artists to find out what they’ve been listening to this year. And the response to this call has been simply astounding – over 90 artists sent us their number one album of 2012, along with a couple of sentences as to why it’s their number one, almost tripling the amount of submissions from last year and demonstrating once again just how personal and diverse everyone’s relationship to music can be” – see what our favourite artists picked as their Favourite Albums of 2012 here

Releases This Week

Ruckus Juice
Ruckus JuiceThe Seals
Official Site

Gigs Next Week

Darren Hanlon
Friday 21st December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd December – St Stephens Anglican Church, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 23rd December – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Emily Barker
Thursday 27th December – MOJO’s, Fremantle, WA

Grant Arthur’s Big Swingin’ Christmas Extravaganza feat. The Pretty Big Band, Grant Arthur and The Baubles, The Cope Street Parade, Geoff Bull And The Finer Cuts, Bellyache Ben, The Daley Brothers
Saturday 22nd December – The Vanguard, Sydney NSW

Jack Carty
Sunday 23rd December – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 21st December – Woombye Pub, Woombye, QLD
Saturday 22nd December – Cooran Hall, Cooran, QLD
Sunday 23rd December – Uki Hall, Uki, NSW [Hillbilly Christmas]
Thursday 27 December – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Phia with Mez Medallion and Brightly
Sunday 23rd December – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

The April Maze
Sunday 23rd December – Coal Cliff Surf Club, Wollongong, NSW

The Stillsons (duo)
Saturday 22nd December – The Wheatsheaf, Thebarton, SA
Sunday 23rd December – La Mar’s Sundays, Glenelg Surf Club, Glenelg, SA

The Trouble With Templeton
Friday 21st December – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 22nd December – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW
Sunday 23rd December – Lizotte’s, Dee Why, NSW
Friday 28th December – Worker’s Club, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth” – The Priests feat. Shane MacGowan

Being the last Friday before Christmas I just had to share the most surreal Christmas song collaboration in recent years. No words are needed – just watch and enjoy.

New Video from Feldspar, “The Flat and Paper Sky”

Image Courtesy of Feldspar

UK folk-rock five-piece Feldspar have been inundating a number of best of 2012 lists this month as a result of their recently released EP The Flat and Paper Sky Vol II – and with good reason as the EP is really something special. The latest single from The Flat and Paper Sky Vol II is the title track “The Flat and Paper Sky”, a beautiful a capella, two minute piece of folky goodness.

Watch “The Flat and Paper Sky” below:

For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas 2012

For Folk's Sake It's Christmas 2012
Image Courtesy of For Folk’s Sake

For the last few years the wonderful guys and girls at UK blog For Folk’s Sake have put together one of the best Christmas compilations around and 2012 is no different.

This year’s For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas compilation is due for digital release on the 3rd of December and includes tracks from Olly Knights (Turin Brakes), Feldspar, Admiral Fallow and many many more. All profits from the album go to the Evelina Children’s Hospital.

To get your hands on For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas head to For Folk’s Sake’s Bandcamp here and take a listen to a stream of the album below:

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