Thank Folk It’s Friday – 12th January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney based folk-rock band Fallon Cush released their latest single and video “Achilles Heel”. Details here

– The Peak Festival in Perisher this June announced its first nine artists including Hot Potato Band, Sahara Beck, Electrik Lemonade, His Merry Men, Hussy Hicks, Aliensworth, Felicity Lawless, Matiu, Lizzie Flynn & The Reckoning and Pete Denahy. Details here

– Adelaide indie-folk night The Porch Sessions has headed out on tour again this month with Stu Larsen & Natsuki Kurai, Tim Hart and Ryan Martin John hitting the road. Details here

– Sydney based singer-songwriter Sam Newton released his new single “Hazel Eyes”. Details here

– Sydney alt-country six-piece Papa Pilko and the Binrats released their new video “Surrender”. Details here

– We premiered two new songs from The Ahern Brothers, “There’s A Light” and “Passing Through”. Details here

First Aid Kit released their new 80s inspired video “Fireworks”. Details here

– Folk trio I’m With Her released their new single “Game To Lose”. Details here

Reviews

Gigs

“Our pick of the Falls Festival Byron Bay programming at The Grove was Ben Wilson – performing as a 3 piece act that had us hooked from from the first strum of a string. Between them, the outfit sported double bass, violin, acoustic guitar and harmonica, plus their fabulous harmonised vocals, crowded round a very vintage microphone, managing to capture their tunes before the breeze could” – Part 1 of our Falls Festival Byron Bay Review here

“From emotive choruses, to beautiful moments of quiet among the electricity of the band, Julia Jacklin had it all going on. Her rendition of folk song “Wonderland” showcased the solace of her voice accompanied by only her electric guitar, and the vibrato timbre to her voice had an enchanting effect on the audience” – Part 2 of our Falls Festival Byron Bay Review here

Releases This Week

Bahamas
EarthtonesBahamas
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Winners 2018
Winners 2018 – Various
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Illawarra Folk Festival

Illawarra Folk Festival

January means it’s Illawarra Folk Festival time. The intimate event takes advantage of being right in the middle of Folk Festival season with a bunch of international touring artists and local favourites. If you live in Sydney take advantage of the musical trains to get you to the festival.

Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st January – Bulli, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 12th January – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 13th January – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 14th January – Upper Lansdowne Hall & Happenings, Upper Lansdowne, NSW
Friday 19th January – Thredbo Resort, Thredbo, NSW

Allison Forbes
Friday 19th January – Tamworth Shopping World, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 19th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 19th January – Fanzone Stage, Tamworth, NSW

Backsliders
Saturday 13th January – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Sunday 14th January – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Batch Sessions feat. Andy Golledge Band, Emma Russack, The Sweet Jelly Rolls, The Singing Skies
Sunday 14th January – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass at Yulli’s Presents Bluegrass at Balls Head
Wednesday 17th January – Balls Head Reserve, Sydney, NSW

Brad Butcher
Friday 19th January – The Green Owl, Brisbane, QLD

Breaking Trad
Friday 12th January – Heyfield War Memorial Hall, Heyfield, VIC
Saturday 13th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 14th January – Old Kilmore Gaol, Kilmore, VIC
Sunday 14th January – Hotel Nicholas, Beechworth, VIC
Monday 15th January – Tathra Hotel, Tathra, NSW
Tuesday 16th January – Tathra Hotel, Tathra, NSW
Wednesday 17th January – Tathra Hotel, Tathra, NSW
Thursday 18th January – Tathra Hotel, Tathra, NSW
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds
Sunday 14th January – The Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 19th January – Whitsundays Clipper Race Party, Airlie Beach, QLD

Candice McLeod
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Catgut
Saturday 13th January – CERES Joe’s Market Garden, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 13th January – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Courtyard Sessions feat. Timothy James Bowen
Friday 19th January – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Cygnet Folk Festival
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet, TAS

Dan Vogl
Friday 12th January – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Dane Overton and the Joy Williams Band
Friday 12th January – The Townie, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th January – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Darby w/ Audrey MacAlpine, Rachel Ellis
Thursday 18th January – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings
Friday 12th January – Araluen Hall, Araluen, NSW
Saturday 13th January – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Darren Cross
Friday 12th January – Katoomba Social Club, Katoomba, NSW

Deadwood 76, Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes, Ben Leece
Saturday 13th January – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Devil Goat Family String Band
Saturday 13th January – House On The Hill, Melbourne, VIC

Devil on the Rooftop
Wednesday 17th January – Bank Corner Espresso and Bar, Newcastle, NSW

Edgelarks
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS
Tuesday 16th January – Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 17th January – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 18th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Eleanor McEvoy
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS
Monday 15th January – Masonic Hall, Lindisfarne, TAS
Tuesday 16th January – Mountain Mumma, Launceston, TAS
Wednesday 17th January – Jack Duggans, Bathurst, NSW
Thursday 18th January – Irish Club, Canberra, ACT

Emma Russack
Friday 12th January – The Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 14th January – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 16th January – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Faith i Branko
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS
Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 19th January – Ben Lomond War Memorial Hall, Ben Lomond, NSW

Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour feat. Claire Anne Taylor, The Small Glories
Tuesday 16th January – Dunalley Hall, Dunalley, TAS
Wednesday 17th January – Triabunna Hall, Triabunna, TAS
Thursday 18th January – Broadmarsh Hall, Broadmarsh, TAS

Folk & Americana Acoustic Sessions feat. John Maddox, Banks Brothers, When Hawk Met Sparrow, That Red Head
Thursday 18th January – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Frank Sultana, Jessy Wadeson, Gentle Leader
Wednesday 17th January – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Georgia State Line
Sunday 14th January – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift
Friday 12th January – BIG4 Narooma Easts Holiday Park, Narooma, NSW
Saturday 13th January – Murramarang Beachfront Nature Resort, South Durras, NSW
Sunday 14th January – Lake Conjola Entrance Holiday Park, Lake Conjola, NSW
Monday 15th January – Shoalhaven Heads Holiday Park, Shoalhaven Heads, NSW
Tuesday 16th January – Easts Beach Holiday Park, Kiama, NSW
Wednesday 17th January – Toowoon Bay Holiday Park, Toowoon Bay, NSW
Friday 19th January – Opening Concert, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW

Grizzlee Train
Friday 12th January – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW

Gypsy Romp feat. Greshka, Hello Tut Tut, Vanishing Shapes
Friday 12th January – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Hello Tut Tut
Friday 12th January – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 14th January – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Wednesday 17th January – Bank Corner Espresso and Bar, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 19th January – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Honey
Friday 12th January – Bingie Pottery, Bingie, NSW

Honk! Oz Street Music Festival
Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th January – Wollongong, NSW

Hussy Hicks & Raphael White
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo, NSW

Illawarra Folk Festival
Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st January – Bulli, NSW

Illawarra Folk Festival – Folk School
Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th January – Illawarra Uniting Church, Thirroul, NSW

James Bennett
Saturday 13th January – Seabreeze Hotel, South West Rocks, NSW
Sunday 14th January – Tacking Point Tavern, Port Macquarie, NSW

Jana Garjana Dhol Pathak, Newport Gypsy Djangos, The Mudcakes
Saturday 13th January – Summer Sounds, McCormack Park, Melbourne, VIC

Jane Aubourg
Saturday 13th January – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Jed Rowe
Saturday 13th January – Bond Street Event Centre, Sale, VIC

Jess Cornelius
Friday 12th January – Polyester Records, Melbourne, VIC

Jess Holland
Friday 19th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 12th January – Arts Theatre at QSU, Toowoomba, QLD

Katie Brianna
Friday 19th January – FanZone Stage, Tamworth, NSW

Kelly Brouhaha, Rose Zita Falko, Andrew Thomson
Friday 12th January – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 13th January – Kincumber Hotel, Kincumber, NSW
Sunday 14th January – No.5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Kim Churchill
Friday 12th January – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 13th January – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Sunday 14th January – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Thursday 18th January – The Tea Club, Nowra, NSW
Friday 19th January – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Lucy Wise
Sunday 14th January – CERES Joe’s Market Garden, Melbourne, VIC

Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan
Friday 12th January – The Dungeon, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 14th January – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folks Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Mofo at Mona
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – MONA, Hobart, TAS

Montgomery Church
Saturday 13th January – Rydges Hotel, Jindabyne, NSW

Mustered Courage
Saturday 13th January – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Oi Dipnoi
Wednesday 17th January – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Paddy McHugh
Thursday 18th January – Junkyard Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Paul Hayward and Sidekicks
Saturday 13th January – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Porch Sessions On Tour feat. Stu Larsen & Natsuki Kurai, Tim Hart, Ryan Martin John
Saturday 13th January – House Concert, Wollongong, NSW
Monday 15th January – Nethercote Hall, Pambula Beach, VIC
Wednesday 17th January – House Concert, Mount Martha, VIC
Thursday 18th January – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Quinton Trembath
Saturday 13th January – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Ramblin’ Nights feat. Rich Davies & The Low Road, The Weeping Willows, Peta Caswell
Wednesday 17th January – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Ramblin’ Nights feat. Rich Davies & The Low Road, Peta Caswell, Sam Shinazzi
Thursday 18th January – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Rich Davies & The Low Road
Wednesday 17th January – Ramblin’ Nights, Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 18th January – Ramblin’ Nights, Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 19th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Rising Appalachia
Friday 12th January – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Saturday 13th January – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 14th January – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 18th January – The Joinery, Adelaide, SA
Friday 19th January – Church of The Trinity Uniting Church, Clarence Park, SA

Rooftop Sessions feat. Craig Woodward, Jeremiah Johnson, Katherine Vavahea
Sunday 14th January – Oatley Hotel, Oatley, NSW

Shawn Lidster
Friday 19th January – Halekulani Bowling Club, Budgewoi, NSW

Smith & Jones
Saturday 13th January – Betties, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 14th January – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 16th January – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Tamar Valley Folk Festival
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Georgetown, TAS

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 19th to Sunday 28th January – Tamworth, NSW

Tamworth Country Music Festival Opening Concert
Friday 19th January – Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW

That Red Head
Sunday 14th January – The Orient Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 18th January – Folk & Americana Acoustic Sessions, Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 19th January – North Sydney Twilight Food Festival, Sydney, NSW

The Ahern Brothers
Friday 12th to Sunday 15th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS
Friday 19th January – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 12th January – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 14th January – Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay, QLD
Thursday 18th January – Wool Exchange, Geelong, VIC
Friday 19th January – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

The Black Sorrows
Saturday 13th January – Satellite Lounge, Wheelers Hill, VIC

The Djangologists
Friday 12th January – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW

The Glorious North
Saturday 13th January – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Gypsy Scholars w/ Joe Oppenheimer, FÎntan, Ben K
Friday 19th January – Bar 303, Melbourne, VIC

The Johnny Can’t Dance Cajun Band w/ Craig Woodward & Jeremy Marcotte
Sunday 14th January – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Tuesday 16th January – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Railsplitters
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS
Friday 19th January – Rosny Barn, Hobart, TAS

The Swamp Stompers
Friday 12th January – Club Sapphire, Merimbula, NSW
Saturday 13th January – Steampacket Hotel, Nelligen, NSW
Sunday 14th January – Dromedary Hotel, Central Tilba, NSW
Friday 19th January – Katoomba, NSW

The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Sunday 14th January – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Monday 15th January – Ramblin’ Nights, Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 17th January – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 18tth January – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

The Weeping Willows
Sunday 14th January – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 17th January – Ramblin’ Nights, Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 18th January – The Fox Den, Gloucester, NSW
Friday 19th January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW

The Willing Ponies
Sunday 14th January – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Thredbo, NSW

This Way North
Friday 19th January – The Taproom, Castlemaine, VIC

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 19th January – Courtyard Sessions, Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Twin Caverns w/ Deepsea Lights
Saturday 13th January – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Ukulele Death Squad
Friday 19th January – Circa 1902, Queenscliff, VIC

Vanishing Shapes
Friday 12th January – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 13th January – House Concert, Byron Bay, NSW

Wartime Sweethearts and Ben Panucci Band
Sunday 14th January – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Whiskey Dram
Friday 12th January – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 13th January – The Old Factory, Myrtleford, VIC
Saturday 13th January – Empire Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Sunday 14th January – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Wine, Whiskey, Women feat. Cookie Baker, Ash Sumpter
Wednesday 17th January – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project
Friday 12th January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Wildflowers” – The Wailin’ Jennys

Watch the New First Aid Kit Video “Fireworks”

First Aid Kit
Image Courtesy of First Aid Kit

Swedish Americana duo First Aid Kit have just released the wonderfully 80s video for their new track “Fireworks”.

The song is taken from First Aid Kit’s upcoming album Ruins which is due for release on the 19th January.

Check out the video for “Fireworks” below:

First Aid Kit will be in Australia this April for Bluesfest and a handful of sideshows supported by Stella Donnelly. The full list of shows are here:

Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 3rd April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th April – Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th April – Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 7th April – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th October

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The National Folk Festival revealed its first six artists including Faustus, Belshazzar’s Feast, Katey Brooks, Mick Thomas and The Roving Commission, 19-Twenty and Frumious. Details here

– Folk music super group Haas Kowert Tice have added mandolin player Dominick Leslie to their lineup, changed their name to Hawktail and released their new single “Unless”. Details here

– Adelaide based electro-folk singer-songwriter Timberwolf announced his long awaited debut album Íkaros. Details here

Justin Townes Earle added two more Melbourne dates to his current Australian tour. Details here

– English nu-folk band Matthew and the Atlas released their new single “Palace”. Details here

– Swedish Americana duo First Aid Kit announced Sydney and Melbourne shows when they’re in the country for Bluesfest. Details here

José González also announced sideshows when he’s in town for Bluesfest. Details here

– The 2017/18 Woodford Folk Festival lineup dropped including John Butler, Kate Miller-Heidke, The Beautiful Girls, Husky, Holy Holy, The East Pointers, The Babe Rainbow, Timberwolf, Montaigne, Mama Kin Spender, Vaudeville Smash, The Hi-Boys, Cheap Fakes, Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, The Small Glories, Baker Boy, Apakatjah, Joanna Wallfisch, AMISTAT, TinPan Orange, Sampa The Great, My Bubba, Lior & Paul Grabowsky, POW Negro!, The Railsplitters, Yirrmal and the Miliyawutj, Breaking Trad, Jeff Lang, Liz Stringer, Charm of Finches and many more. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson released his new video “I Don’t Dance”. Details here

– The Illawarra Folk Festival dropped its huge 2018 lineup including Eric Bogle, Cass Eager, The Go Set, Breaking Trad, Maggie Carty and Mairtin Staunton, Claire Anne Taylor, Devil on the Rooftop, Golden Whistler, Handsome Young Strangers, Lizzie Flynn, Paddy McHugh, Shelley’s Murder Boys, The Button Collective, The Northern Folk, The Raglins, The Royal High Jinx, The Scrims, Big Erle, Jane Aubourg, Kay Proudlove and many many more. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival added even more artists including Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Breabach, Sásta, SugaTree and Fiona Kershaw. Details here

– We premiered the new live video from Áine Tyrrell “Burn Up Those Notes”. Details here

– Canadian singer-songwriter Terra Lightfoot released her new single “Norma Gale”. Details here

WOMADelaide announced its first round of artists for 2018 including Le Vent du Nord, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Anoushka Shankar, Dan Sultan, Yirrmal & the Miliyawutj Band and many more. Details here

– Mexican instrumental virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela added to their WOMADelaide appearance with dates in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane. Details here

– Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Georgia Fields announced her chamber-folk mini-album Afloat, Adrift in collaboration with The Andromeda String Quartet. Details here

– Folk super-group I’m With Her, with bassist Paul Kowert covered Adele’s track “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”. Details here

– Roots singer-songwriter Nahko released his new video “Dragonfly”. Details here

Interviews

“We’re always trying to grow our sound, trying to find new ways to help us get a bigger sound. Tim (Chaisson) plays the fiddle and has a bit of foot percussion going on with the stomp box and tambourine. Koady (Chaisson) plays the banjo but also does a bit of pedal work with some effects, some bass stuff with his feet. I’ve mostly played guitar over the past couple of years but I play keyboard as well and we’ve been slowly bringing that into the show as well. We just try to see what we come up with”Gareth Hugh Evans chats to Jake Charron from The East Pointers. Interview here

Releases This Week

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds
The Way You LeaveBrooke Russell and The Mean Reds
iTunes

Great North
The Golden AgeGreat North
Bandcamp

Husky
Bedroom RecordingsHusky
iTunes

Jess Locke
UniverseJess Locke
iTunes

Jordan Merrick
Songs From House ArrestJordan Merrick
Bandcamp

My Name Is Bear
My Name Is BearNahko
iTunes

Pete Wild
CalmPete Wild
Bandcamp

Terra Lightfoot
New MistakesTerra Lightfoot
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Downtown Folk Festival feat. Hollow Coves, Garrett Kato, Harry Hookey, Grizzlee Train, Tullara, Luke Morris, Asha Jefferies, Nick Cunningham, Alana Wilkinson, Feelds and Darby.

Downtown Folk

The boutique Downtown Folk Festival hits Sydney this Saturday with a huge lineup including Hollow Coves, Garrett Kato, Harry Hookey, Grizzlee Train, Tullara, Luke Morris, Asha Jefferies, Nick Cunningham, Alana Wilkinson, Feelds and Darby.

Saturday 21st October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Saturday 21st October – The Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 22nd October – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th October – Meander Valley Performing Arts Centre, Deloraine, TAS
Friday 27th October – The Founders Room Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, TAS

Ainsley Farrell
Friday 20th October – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th October – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Alex The Astronaut
Saturday 21st October – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 26th October – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th October – Uni Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Alexander Biggs
Saturday 21st October – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Angie McMahon w/ Ainsley Farrell
Thursday 26th October – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Ariela Jacobs w/ Jack the Fox
Tuesday 24th October – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Ashlea Reale
Sunday 22nd October – Rustico Tapas, Rockingham, WA
Friday 27th October – Ravenswood Hotel, Ravenswood, WA

Belle Harvey
Thursday 26th October – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Friday 27th October – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA

Ben Salter
Friday 20th October – House Concert, Lennox Head, NSW
Saturday 21st October – The Flamin’ Galah, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 22nd October – The Flamin’ Galah, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 25th October – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 26th October – Details TBA, NSW
Friday 27th October – Marrickville Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Benny Walker
Sunday 22nd October – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Bernard Fanning
Friday 20th October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 26th October – The Croxton, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th October – Thursday 26th October – The Croxton, Melbourne, VIC

Bob Evans
Saturday 21st October – Rock the Boat, Queenscliff, VIC

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds w/ Xani, Cookie Baker
Saturday 21st October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 20th October – Norwood Hotel, Norwood, SA
Saturday 21st October – Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Mount Gambier, SA
Thursday 26th October – Pier Live Pelly Bar, Frankston, VIC
Friday 27th October – The Burvale Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 20th October – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st October – Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 26th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Candice McLeod
Thursday 26 October – Night Market, Alice Springs, NT

Cass Eager
Friday 20th October – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd October – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 27th October – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Chris Pickering
Sunday 22nd October – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Claire Anne Taylor
Saturday 21st October – Delamere Music Fest, Delamere Vineyard, Pipers Brooke, TAS
Friday 27th October – Illume at Killynaught, Boat Harbour, TAS

Darcy Fox
Friday 20th October – Star Bar, Traralgon, VIC
Saturday 21st October – The Precinct Bar at Eastridge, Chirnside Park, VIC
Sunday 22nd October – The Bay, Mordialloc, VIC

Darebin Music Feast
Thirsday 12th to Sunday 22nd October – Melbourne, VIC

Delamere Music Fest feat. Halfway to Forth, Thieves, Claire Anne Taylor
Saturday 21st October – Delamere Vineyard, Pipers Brooke, TAS

Devil on the Rooftop
Friday 20th October – Compass Pizza, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21st October – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Diana Anaid
Sunday 22nd October – Cruelty Free Festival, Sydney, NSW

Docklands Blues Music Festival
Sunday 22nd October – Wonderland Spiegeltent Blues Garden, Melbourne, VIC

Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Downtown Folk Festival feat. Hollow Coves, Garrett Kato, Harry Hookey, Grizzlee Train, Tullara, Luke Morris, Asha Jefferies, Nick Cunningham, Alana Wilkinson, Feelds and Darby
Saturday 21st October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Elbury
Friday 27th October – The Brat Cave, Brisbane, QLD

Elizabeth Hughes
Sunday 22nd October – Jam Gallery, Sydney, NSW

Fallon Cush
Friday 20th October – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 20th October – Wharf Hotel, Munyard, TAS
Sunday 22nd October – St Johns Craft Beer Bar, Launceston, TAS
Wednesday 25th October – Sheffield Town Hall, Sheffield, TAS

Fergus Bailey and The Teeth
Friday 20th October – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW

Finders Keepers Melbourne Market
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC

Fleurieu Folk Festival
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Willunga, SA

Foghorn Stringband
Friday 20th October – Canberra Musicians Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 21st October – Metropole Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 22nd October – Thirroul Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW
Monday 23rd October – Nerrigundah Ag Bureau, Nerrigundah, NSW
Tuesday 24th October – Leichhardt Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 25th October – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 26th October – House Show, Uralla, NSW
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Tullara, Maia Marsh, Cecilia Brandolini
Wednesday 25th October – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Franklin Folk Club feat. Matthew Dames and Anna Talbot
Saturday 21st October – Palais Theatre, Franklin, TAS

Gareth Brannigan
Friday 20th October – The Brothers Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Get Folked Punk
Thursday 26th October – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gretta Stanley
Saturday 21st October – The Grass Is Greener Festival, Mackay, QLD

Gretta Ziller & Andrew Swift
Saturday 21st October – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 22nd October – Ceres, Echuca, VIC

Hannah Matysek
Sunday 22nd October – The Lady Hampshire, Sydney, NSW

Harry Hookey
Saturday 21st October – Downtown Folk Festival, Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd October – Secret Garden Concert, Camden, NSW
Friday 27th October – House Concert, Clare Valley, SA

Hello Tut Tut
Friday 20th October – The Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21st October – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Holly Throsby
Friday 27th October – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Hush: An Evening of Quiet Music feat. East Brunswick All Girls Choir, Davey Lane, Sean Pollard, Kelso
Wednesday 25th October – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

James Thomson & the Band of Free Love
Friday 20th October – Dashville, Upper Belford, NSW

Jed Rowe
Friday 20th October – The Wheatsheaf, Thebarton, SA
Saturday 21st October – Patchewollock Music Festival, Patchewollock VIC

Jeff Lang
Saturday 21st October – Baha, Rye, VIC

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 20th October – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 21st October – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 24th October – The Tote Front Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th October – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

Jim Lawrie & Robert Muinos
Friday 20th October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Jo Jo Smith w/ Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart
Friday 20th October – Numurkah Foodbowl Festival, Shepparton, VIC
Saturday 21st October – Under the Sun Cafe, Strathbogie, VIC
Sunday 22nd October – House Concert, Castlemaine, VIC

Joseph Tawadros Trio
Thursday 26th October – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Justin Townes Earle w/ Joshua Hedley
Friday 20th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 21st October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 22nd October – Peppermint Bay Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 25th October – Crown and Anchor, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 26th October – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th October – Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle, WA

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Karl S Williams
Saturday 21st October – Kyneton Music Festival, Kyneton, VIC

Karin Page
Saturday 21st October – Rush Festival, Gympie, QLD

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 20th October – The Bassandean, Perth, WA
Sunday 22nd October – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 26th October – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th to Monday 30th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

Ken Nicol
Friday 20th October – Albert Park Port Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21st October – VRI Hall, Warragul, VIC
Friday 27th October – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
Friday 20th October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th October – Solbar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Friday 27th October – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Kristina Olsen
Sunday 22nd October – The Cheese Factory, Meadows, SA
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Fleurieu Folk Festival, SA

Kyneton Music Festival
Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October – Kyneton, VIC

Lambchop
Saturday 21st October – Badlands Bar, Perth, WA

LEO
Sunday 22nd October – Coledale Markets, Wollongong, NSW

Les Thomas
Friday 20th October – Kingsbury Bowls, Melbourne, VIC

Liam Gerner
Sunday 22nd October – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th October – Royal Theatre, Castlemaine, VIC

Lime & Steel
Saturday 21st October – Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba, NSW

Lisa Crawley w/ Herriot Row
Friday 20th October – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Lizzie Flynn
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, NSW
Thursday 26th October – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Lloyd Spiegel
Sunday 22nd October – Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend, Marysville, VIC
Thursday 26th October – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th October – The Camelot Lounge, Marrickville, NSW

Luke Morris
Friday 20th October – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st October – Downtown Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th October – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Lyall Moloney
Thursday 26th October – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th October – The Chippo Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Marrickville Festival
Sunday 21st October – Marrickville, Sydney, NSW

Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Marysville, VIC

Michael S. Galloway, Eush, Soda Eaves
Sunday 22nd October – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Mihka Chee w/ Martha Chess-Phelps, Black Iguana
Friday 27th October – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Mile Twelve
Friday 20th October – Patchewollock Music Festival, Patchewollock, VIC
Saturday 21st October – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Sunday 22nd October – Brookfield Shed, Margate, TAS
Tuesday 24th October – Mountain Pickers Club, Ferntree Gully, VIC
Wednesday 25th October – Yinnar Pub, Yinnar, VIC
Thursday 26th October – Smith’s Alternative Bookstore, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

Mitch King
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Swagger Music Festival, Wandiligong, VIC
Thursday 26th October – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Monique Clare
Sunday 22nd October – Bellingen Brewery, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October, Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

Musical Response to Precipice Exhibition feat. The String Contingent
Saturday 21st October – Australian National Capital Artists, Canberra, ACT

My Nightingale
Friday 20th October – Pop-Up at ANU, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 21st October – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th October – Illume at Killynaught, Boat Harbour, TAS

Mysterious Universe
Saturday 21st October – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Nick Cunningham and Luke Morris
Saturday 21st October – Downtown Folk Festival, The Factory Theatre, Marrickville, NSW
Thursday 26th October – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Numurkah Foodbowl Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Shepparton, VIC

Oktoberwest
Sunday 22nd October – Factory Theatre, Sydney NSW

Old-Time Music School
Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Out of Abingdon
Friday 20th October – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Paddy McHugh
Friday 20th October – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Friday 27th October – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Patchewollock Music Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Patchewollock, VIC

Pete Wild
Friday 20th October – Candelo Town Hall, Candelo, NSW
Saturday 21st October – Windsong Pavilion, Barragga Bay, NSW

Queen Porter Stomp w/ Whoa Mule
Friday 20th October – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Ralway Bell
Friday 20th October – Riverside Hotel, Northam, WA
Saturday 21st October – North Perth Town Hall, Perth, WA
Thursday 26th October – Quindanning Inne, Quindanning, WA
Friday 27th October – Harvey Dickson’s Rodeo, Boyup Brook, WA

Rock This Country Blue
Saturday 21st October – The Kuranda Billabong, Kuranda, QLD

Richard Perso
Sunday 22nd October – Star Hotel, Yackandandah, VIC

Rick Hart w/ The Weeping Willows
Sunday 22nd October – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC

Riley Pearce
Friday 20th October – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Swagger Music Festival, Wandiligong, VIC

Rowena Wise w/ Ben Whiting​, Peter Sonic
Tuesday 24th October – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Nicholson
Monday 16th to Monday 23rd October – Rock The Boat Pacific Cruise Pacific
Friday 27th October – Lonestar Tavern, Gold Coast, QLD

Sime Nugent & The Capes
Sunday 22nd October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Slim Dusty Country Music Festival
Tuesday 16th to Sunday 22nd October – Kempsey Showground, Kempsey, NSW

Songs Inspired by Americana feat. Mitch Power, Alison Ferrier, Bill Jackson
Sunday 22nd October – Tago Mago, Melbourne, VIC

Sparrow-Folk & My Nightingale
Friday 20th October – Pop-Up at ANU, Canberra, ACT

Stella Donnelly
Friday 27th October – Fremantle Festival, St John’s Church, Fremantle, WA

Stillhouse Union
Friday 20th October – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club, Hornsby, NSW

Swagger Music Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Wandiligong, VIC

Sydney Social Square Dance feat. Narrownecks, Mac Traynham and Shay Garriock
Saturday 21st October – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Tablelands Folk Festival
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Yungaburra, QLD

The Austracana Travelling Revue feat. Carpenter Caswell, Smith & Jones, The April Family
Friday 27th October – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW

The Black Sorrows
Friday 20th October – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD
Saturday 21st October – Wynnum RSL Club, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 22nd October – Sandstone Point Hotel, Sandstone Point, QLD

The Bottlers
Saturday 21st October – The Phoenix, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 22nd October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Bushwackers
Sunday 22nd October – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th October – Gumbramorra Hall, Sydney, NSW

The Grass Is Greener Festival
Saturday 21st October – Botanic Gardens, Mackay, QLD

The Morrisons
Sunday 22nd October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Northern Folk
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, Kangaroo Valley, NSW
Monday 23rd October – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 25th October – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th October – The Black Malabar, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

The Orbweavers
Sunday 22nd October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Royal High Jinx
Sunday 22nd October – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Snowdroppers
Saturday 21st October – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

The Stetson Family
Monday 23rd October – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Village Festival
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th – Edinburgh Gardens, Melbourne, VIC

The Weeping Willows
Sunday 22nd October – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC

Tim Guy
Sunday 22nd October – Rochester Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Timberwolf
Sunday 22nd October – Secret Location, Sydney, NSW

TinPan Orange w/ Jess Ribeiro
Friday 20th October – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 21st October – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Tori Forsyth
Saturday 21st October – The Playhouse Hotel, Barraba, NSW
Friday 27th October – Johnny Ringos, Brisbane, QLD

Traveller & The Deslondes w/ Andy Golledge Band
Friday 20th October – Marrickville Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Tristen Bird
Friday 20th October – Rocksteady Records, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21st October – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 22nd October – 90 Mile Wines: Wharf Barrel Shed, Goolwa, SA
Thursday 26th October – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 27th October – The Taproom – Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC

Tullara
Friday 20th October – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st October – Downtown Folk Festival, The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd October – Jam Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 25th October – FolkSwagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th October – The Black Malabar, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th October – Cambridge Hotel, Parkes, NSW

Twin Peaks
Friday 20th October – Eat Street Markets, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st October – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

Vanishing Shapes
Friday 27th October – House Concert, Sawtell, NSW

Xani w/ Brooke Russell, Cookie Baker
Saturday 21st October – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Yirrmal and the Miliyawutj
Sunday 22nd October – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Z-Stay Delta
Saturday 21st October – The Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 22nd October – Hardys Bay Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW
Wednesday 25th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th October – Sound Feast @ The J, Noosa Heads, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Both Sides Now” – The Tallest Man On Earth

First Aid Kit Announce Bluesfest Sideshows

First Aid Kit
Image Courtesy of First Aid Kit

Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit are returning to Australia next year for Bluesfest, and now it looks like we’re getting a couple of headline shows as well.

Sydney and Melbourne will be lucky enough to host First Aid Kit at the beginning of April.

The full list of dates for the tour are below along with First Aid Kit’s new video “It’s A Shame” which is the first taster for a new album due in 2018:

Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 3rd April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th April – Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

First Lineup Revealed for Bluesfest 2018

Bluesfest
Image Courtesy of Bluesfest

We’re well and truly into festival announcement season with the first huge reveal for Bluesfest 2018.

Heading up next years lineup is the one-two punch of musical legends Lionel Richie and Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters. That’s definitely going to make a lot of people excited.

Joining them in this lineup are a bunch of Bluesfest regulars plus some first timers including John Butler Trio, Tash Sultana, The New Power Generation, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, José González, First Aid Kit, Morcheeba, Gov’t Mule, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The California Honeydrops, Eric Gales, Bobby Rush, Dumpstaphunk, Joe Louis Walker, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats and many more to be announced.

If previous years are anything to go by then this is just going to be the tip of the iceberg so get excited!

Bluesfest is held just outside of Byron Bay from the 29th March to 2nd April. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 30th January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– London based Australian singer-songwriter Emily Barker has announced a new solo album The Toerag Sessions. Details here

Timothy James Bowen released his new video “Let Me Be Your Fire”. Details here

First Aid Kit released their new video “Master Pretender”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Jess Locke released her new video “Change The Sheets” from her forthcoming album Words That Seem To Slip Away. Details here

Bear’s Den have released their new video “Think of England”. Details here

– Bluegrassers The Pigs released their new video “You Just Like Me ‘Cos I’m Good In Bed” featuring Fanny Lumsden and Red Symons. Details here

– English husband-wife duo Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman released their video for the track “Child Owlet”. Details here

Brad Butcher confirmed his new album Jamestown will be out in March along with dates for a national tour. Details here

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations have announced a new album plus dates for a national tour. Details here

The Wild Comforts released their new video “Better Off Dead”. Details here

– UK four-piece Stornoway have released the video for “The Road You Didn’t Take” along with details of their new album. Details here

– Perth Bluegrassers The Seals have announced their plans to finish up this year but not before a final show in their hometown. Details here

– English folk darling Bella Hardy has announced her new album With The Dawn. Details here

– Sydney old-timey three-piece Catgut are streaming their new album Flying Spiders Over Texas online. Details here

The National Folk Festival added more artists to its 2015 including Kutcha Edwards, Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, the Djaadjawan Dancers, My Friend The Chocolate Cake, Shane Howard, Christopher Coleman Collective, Restless Legs, The Button Collective, Folklore, Lime and Steel, The String Contingent and many more. Details here

– Sydney duo Winterbourne have announced their first ever national headline tour. Details here

Darren Hanlon has announced details of his new album Where Did You Come From? as well as a national tour this March and April. Details here

Reviews

Recordings

“One House is an outstanding release from one of the true rising stars of the Australian folk scene. A completely contemporary folk album that is rooted heavily in the tradition, One House is Tolka at the peak of their powers”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews One House by Tolka. Review here

Gigs

“And then I was off! Having just a day at the festival meant I needed to see as much as possible in a small amount of time. Anyone tracking my progress around the showground would have seen me almost running between venues, ducking in halfway into sets, saying g’day to the artists as they clambered off stage only to then piss-bolt to the next gig”Gareth Hugh Evans recounts his 12 hours at the Illawarra Folk Festival. Review here

Releases This Week

Catgut
Flying Spiders Over TexasCatgut
Bandcamp

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SEmmy The Great
Rough Trade

Sailing By The Stars
Sailing By The StarsRoland Kay-Smith
Bandcamp

The Lone Bellow
Then Came The MorningThe Lone Bellow
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Bell St Delays

Bell St Delays

Bell St Delays, the duo project of singer-songwriters Tracy McNeil and Luke Sinclair (Raised By Eagles) make their way to Sydney and Maitland this weekend bringing their beautiful harmonies and stunning folk songs to their NSW fans

Friday 30th January – Petersham Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 31st January – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Alanna Eileen
Wednesday 4th February – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Angus and Julia Stone
Wednesday 4th February – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA
Friday 6th February – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

Ann Vriend
Friday 30th January – Sovereign Resort Hotel, Cooktown, Qld
Saturday 31st January – The Reef Casino, Cairns, Qld
Sunday 1st February – Brisbane Jazz Club, Fortitude Valley, Qld
Thursday 5th February – House Concert, Tallai, Qld
Friday 6th February – Mother’s Milk, Sawtell, NSW

Bernard Fanning with Little May
Friday 30th January – Twilight At Taronga, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 31st January – Melbourne Zoo Twilights, Melbourne, VIC

Bell St Delays
Friday 30th January – Petersham Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 31st January – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Black Market Tune
Friday 30th January – Albert Park Yacht Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 31st January – Roxby Hotel, Sydney, NSW

CW Stoneking
Friday 6th February – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Husband
Friday 30th January – The Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA

John Flanagan
Wednesday 4th February – The Yarra Hotel, Abbottsford, VIC
Thursday 5th February – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Friday 6th February – The Bluebee room, Adelaide, SA

Kim Churchill
Friday 30th January – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 31st January – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Sunday 1st February – Festival of King Island, TAS
Thursday 5th February – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Friday 6th February – Amplifier Bar, Perth, WA

Lachlan Bryan w/ Jack Henderson, Sam York, Aleyce Simmonds
Friday 30th January – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Monday 2nd February – The Loft, Melbourne, VIC

Mandy Connell with Tom Ciccone
Saturday 31st January – Retreat, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 4th February – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Melody Pool
Tuesday 3rd February – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Passenger
Thursday 5th February – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

Peasant Moon
Friday 30th January – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Melbourne Folk Club feat. Jeff Lang, Emma Swift, Matt Langley
Wednesday 4th February – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Wild Comforts
Saturday 31st January – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Edey
Friday 30th January – Harvest Moon, Bellarine, VIC
Saturday 31st January – Flying Saucer Club, Caulfield RSL, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“‘S iomadh rud tha dhith orm/Ciamar a ni mi ‘n dannsa direach” – Carolina Chocolate Drops

This is one of my favourite tracks from the Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis live album where Carolina Chocolate Drops singer Rhiannon Giddens performs it which then prompted me to hunt out some CCD versions on Youtube. Look out for the traditional “raising of the foot” to signify the change in songs in this video!

Watch the New First Aid Kit Video “Master Pretender”

First Aid Kit
Image Courtesy of First Aid Kit

In a only a couple of months Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit will be gracing our shores. To help you get excited First Aid Kit have just released their brand new video “Master Pretender” – check it out below:

First Aid Kit will be touring Australia in March. Check out the full list of dates here:

Friday 6th March – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th to Monday 9th – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 10th March – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 11th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2014

2014

Ok we promise one more list and then we’re done. For the second year in a row our illustrious editor-in-chief Gareth Hugh Evans has picked his top 25 tracks from the entirety of 2014.

Most of these tracks were singles although some are just taken from albums released this year and others are previews of releases due next year. But if this list proves anything folk music is a wide and varied genre that is going from strength to strength. We hope you enjoy – let’s do it all again next year!

1. Passenger – “Heart’s On Fire”
“Heart’s On Fire” has been my favourite Passenger track live for many years so it’s fantastic to see it finally “officially” released. I’ve seen this song silence a sold out, 1,000 capacity crowd at the HiFi in Sydney and it sent chills down my spine. I love the simplicity of this song, the way the fiddle dances over the finger-picked guitar, the rousing harmonies in the chorus, the subltle strings and mandolin – it all comes together to create something magical.
Watch an early video of “Heart’s On Fire” here

2. Nick Mulvey – “Meet Me There”
To be honest I could have picked any of the tracks from Nick Mulvey’s album First Mind for this list so picking just one (to give tracks from other artists a chance) was agonising. I chose “Meet Me There” because I think it showcases Mulvey’s unique guitar style as well as the gorgeous production that’s all over First Mind. I’m so sour I missed Nick Mulvey when he was in the country earlier this year and just hope he’ll be back soon.
Learn to play all of the songs from First Mind here

3. Bellowhead – “Jack Lintel’s Jig”
First of all this is not a jig, it’s a hornpipe. Secondly it’s not commonly known as “Jack Lintel’s…” – most people probably know it as “Cam Ye O’er Frae France”. But when you listen to the way Bellowhead have constructed this track as a round that builds and builds on the hornpipe’s three parts before abruptly halting leaving the rhythmic fiddle hanging in the air you can forgive all this. It makes me wish Bellowhead did more instrumentals.
Watch Bellowhead take you through their album Revival track by track

4. James Vincent McMorrow – “Gold”
I saw James Vincent McMorrow at the Sydney Opera House earlier this year and it was one of the most spellbinding performances I’ve seen in years. “Gold” is a highlight from his album Post Tropical showcasing his rich falsetto, punctuated by harps and horns and backing vocals. Is this folk? Probably not in the strictest sense but it’s a definite evolution of James Vincent McMorrow’s sound from his earlier incarnation as an acoustic singer-songwriter.
Watch James Vincent McMorrow’s latest video “Look Out” here

5. Oh Pep! – “Rest Assured”
There’s something insanely catchy about the syncopated melody of this mandolin driven folk-pop song. It’s just so listenable and is definitely one of my favourite songs to see them perform live. The clip for “Rest Assured” is a little surreal but there’s something I like about it – it has a quirky appeal.
Read our interview with Pepi Emmerichs from Oh Pep! here

6. Pepa Knight – “Rahh!”
I love the fact that Pepa Knight’s solo effort feels like he’s taken all the world music influences of his band Jinja Safari, thrown them into a big pot, distilled them into something pure and then produced what is one of the most unique releases in 2014. “Rahh!” packs such a musical punch and is the perfect addition to any mixtape or playlist to make your listener sit up and take notice.
Find out more about Pepa Knight’s EP Hypnotized here

7. Husky – “I’m Not Coming Back”
“I’m Not Coming Back” announced Husky’s triumphant return to our eardrums and heralded the coming of their amazing new album Ruckers Hill. This track is classic Husky, all interwoven harmonies and intricate melodies. I especially love the bridge, which has almost a call-and-reply gospel feel to it. Superb.
Find out more about Husky’s new album here

8. Patrick James – “Message”
“Message” continues Patrick James’ winning streak as far as I’m concerned. James consitently writes some of the best indie-folk tunes in Australia and with astounding frequency as well. The clip for “Message” is one of my favourites of the year as well.
Find out more about Patrick James’ EP Broken Lines here

9. Gregory Alan Isakov – “Amsterdam”
The Weatherman was one of my favourite albums of 2013, and “Amsterdam” is one of my favourite tracks on the album, having been released as a single this year. I love the lo-fi sound of this track – the whole thing feels like it was recorded in an echo chamber which gives the song a real ethereal feel.
There’s more information on the animated video for Amsterdam here

10. Dan and Amy – “Pretend”
This song transports me back to the sounds of the 60s and 70s English folk revival with its medieval melodies and liberal use of woodwind. Again, the bridge of this track is what makes it with Dan’s gregorian vocals and strange time signatures driving the song forward.
Find out more about Dan and Amy’s EP Sometimes Life here

11. Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys – “A Hymn to the Wolves”
I’ve said it before but I love what Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys are doing with for contemporary folk music in the UK. Songs like “A Hymn to the Wolves” are just stunning – taking the tradition well and truly into the twenty-first century on the backs of guitar, fiddle and their stunning voices.
Listen to more tracks from Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys’ new album Any Other Morning here.

12. Missy Higgins – “Shark Fin Blues”
It was Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens who first introduced me to “Shark Fin Blues” (check out their version here) and I immediately fell in love. However when I hunted out the original version from The Drones I have to admit I wasn’t too impressed – unlike a lot of music lovers I just can’t get into Gareth Liddiard’s distinctive voice. This didn’t diminish the song however and as Missy Higgins’s version proves it is one of best Australian songs ever written.
Find out more about Missy Higgins’ covers album and book OZ here.

13. Bear’s Den – “Above The Clouds Of Pompeii”
The new Bear’s Den album Islands really stretches the UK trio, seeing them move beyond the indie-folk of their earlier EPs. But it’s the indie-folk sounds that I love about Bear’s Den so I’m glad there’s a couple of gems like “Above The Clouds Of Pompeii” on Islands – this is the band at its best.
Read our interview with Kev Jones from Bear’s Den here

14. Jordan Millar – “If Only…”
Every time I play “If Only…” on loud speakers anyone who is within earshot immediately looks up from whatever they’re doing and enquires who is singing. It goes to show just how catchy Jordan Millar’s single is. This is probably my favourite Jordan Millar song to date, and it can be picked up for nothing as part of the free EP The Wheel.
Stream and download The Wheel EP online here.

15. Lisa Mitchell – “Wah Ha”
“Wah Ha” is Lisa Mitchell’s return to acoustic, folk-inspired pop music and I love it. The track seems to take its cue from 70’s Burt Bacharach tracks in its writing, arrangement and production. I really hope that Lisa Mitchell has a lot more tracks like this in her because it’s this kind of music that I love hearing her produce.
The full dates for Lisa Mitchell’s 2015 acoustic tour are here.

16. Kim Churchill – “Window to the Sky”
Ah, the song that brought Kim Churchill to a wider audience. I’ve been a fan of Churchill’s since Timber and Steel contributor KT Bell first badgered me to listen to his music a number of years ago but honestly I think “Window to the Sky” is his catchiest track yet and deserves all the attention it’s been getting. The track sits somewhere between the roots of the John Butler Trio and Xavier Rudd and the indie-folk of Matt Corby and Boy and Bear and will definitely get stuck in your head when you press play.
Check out the full dates for Kim Churchill’s 2015 tour here

17. Kasey Chambers – “Wheelbarrow”
My favourite albums from Kasey Chambers’ back catalogue are those she recorded with then husband Shane Nicholson, Rattlin’ Bones and Wreck & Ruin. I feel like “Wheelbarrow” takes a lot of their rootsy Americana elements and layers them with some of the crunchiest guitar I’ve ever heard on a country track. Kasey Chambers has never been a conventional country songwriter but with tracks like “Wheelbarrow” she’s challenging all expectations and is producing some of her best music to date in the process.
Listen to Kasey Chamber’s duet with Bernard Fanning, “Bittersweet”, here.

18. The New Basement Tapes – “Spanish Mary”
What happens when you take the “forgotten” lyrics of 1967’s Bob Dylan and give them to a supergroup made up of Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons) plus super producer T Bone Burnett to put to music? Pure magic. This is by far and away my favourite track on the album from The New Basement Tapes – part old timey picker (courtesy of Rhiannon Giddens’ beautiful vocals), part psychedelic romp, the track feels as much 1867 as it does 1967 or even 2014. Love it!
Check out full details of The New Basement Tapes project here.

19. First Aid Kit – “My Silver Lining”
“My Silver Lining” transports you back to the 70s, invoking early Neil Young mixed with a heavy doses of Emmylou Harris. The lush strings and reverb heavy melodies wouldn’t be out of place in a Western movie and I love the way First Aid Kit pace their lyrics throughout the track – at some points they manage to fit more words than should be possible into a phrase, at other points they drag a single word out over an entire melody. It’s amazing that some of the best Americana in the world is coming out of Sweden.
Check out the full 2015 Australian tour dates for First Aid Kit here.

20. Jack Carty – “What Am I Gonna Do With All Of My Love Now?”
You’d be hard pressed to find a Timber and Steel “Best of” list without some mention of Jack Carty. And there’s a reason or that – Carty is the master of the story song and Timber and Steel loves a story song. “What Am I Gonna Do With All Of My Love Now?” is just one of the many gems on the new album Esk and only really pipped songs like “Be Like The Water”, “The Universe” and “The Joneses” at the post because of the Lord of the Rings reference.
Listen to Jack Carty’s duet with Katie Noonan, “The Universe”, here

21. All Our Exes Live in Texas – “Tell Me”
“Tell Me” is what happens when four of Sydney’s best songwriters – Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney – get together and write a folk song. The track is insanely catchy and makes the most of All Our Exes Live in Texas’ stunning four part harmonies. If “Tell Me” is a taste of what we can expect from All Our Exes Live in Texas in 2015 then I’m very excited.
Read our interview with All Our Exes Live in Texas here.

22. The Staves – “Blood I Bled”
I’d argue that “Blood I Bled” is The Staves’ most traditional-folk inspired track to date. The melody sounds like it could have been written 100 years ago. And the production is exquisite – which it should be considering it was brought to life by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. I love the way this song builds from a picked ukulele to driving horns, all the while never overpowering the vocal harmonies. I’m so excited about the releae of If I Was next year.
Find out more about the new album from The Staves If I Was here.

23. Ruby Boots – “Oh, Lover”
When Ruby Boots asked Timber and Steel to debut the video for “Oh, Lover” I was overcome by just how good the track was. I love Ruby Boots’ music live but “Oh, Lover” is just on another level – the unconventional verse structure, the Spanish inspires rhythm section, the surf-guitar riff. The video is wonderfully surreal as well with Ruby Boots floating on a bed through a flooded forest. You’ll want to listen to this song over and over again.
Stream Ruby Boots’ self titled EP here.

24. Stu Larsen – “San Francisco”
“San Francisco” is what pop music should be. A simple melody. A story told through verse. Stu Larsen (with Mike Rosenberg, AKA Passenger, and Chris Vallejo on production duties) has produced a little bit of magic with this track. There’s something effortlessly classic about the song from beginning to end and it’s the perfect accompaniment to long drives on hot summer days.
Watch Stu Larsen’s latest video “King Street” here.

25. Vena Portae – “Flames & Fury”
This is probably the newest song on the list, having only been released in the last few weeks, but when I heard it I couldn’t stop playing it over and over again. I guess it’s kind of country music. It’s kind of folk. It’s kind of pop. But whatever it is it’s super catchy and Emily Barker’s voice is in fine form. Listen to this song twice straight through and I can guarantee by the third time you’ll be singing along.
Read our interview with Vena Portae’s Emily Barker here.

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2014

Records

It that’s time of year again when we sit down and wade through the wealth of amazing releases from throughout 2014 and try to put them into some sort of order. For the past few years we’ve asked Timber and Steel contributors to list their top five albums or EPs from the past 12 months, but this year we thought it was time to provide a single, consolidated list.

It was another cracker year for folk and acoustic music and putting this list together was so difficult – you’ll notice that there’s a few omissions that were on our Ten Albums and EPs From the First Half of 2014 You Should Own showing just how strong the last six months were.

So here it is, our top 25 albums and EPs from 2014. Hopefully your favourite is here or you’ll discover some of the fantastic music from the year that was.

Nick Mulvey

1. Nick MulveyFirst Mind
While Timber and Steel skews towards Australian music I’m always interested to see what’s happening in the folk scenes around the world, in particular the UK and USA. The amount of music from overseas can be overwhelming so I usually go to sources I trust – and the top of that list is the Communion community which is where I discovered Nick Mulvey.

There’s something really special about the way Nick Mulvey approaches songwriting – manipulating his guitar into non-standard tunings with multiple capos, building rhythms and riffs on top of each other and layering in his understated vocals. The entire album is insanely listenable and while highlights are hard to pick the singles – “First Mind”, “Fever to the Form”, “Cucurucu” and “Meet Me There” – always stand out.

I hope that when Nick Mulvey visited our shores earlier this year he gained more than a handful of Australian fans because I’d love to see him back here at some point. His music is simply magical.

Caitlin Harnett

2. Caitlin HarnettThe River Runs North
Where did you come from Caitlin Harnett? Well, I know where you came from. I’ve seen you a number of times over the years in and around Sydney. But when The River Runs North came out it completely blindsided me. Here is one of the most powerful, sensitive, eloquent and strong releases of the year. Caitlin Harnett has a clear musical voice that shines through on the most exciting debut in Australia in 2014.

Sam Amidon

3. Sam AmidonLily-O
2013’s Bright Sunny South was such a revelation for me, the way Sam Amidon was able to reinvent traditional music. I thought it would be impossible to top but then Lily-O came along and all my epectations were blown out of the water. Maybe it’s his work with jazz guitarist Bill Frisell this time around. Or that Lily-O is a little more rhythm section driven than Amidon’s previous effort. Whatever it is, this album is a masterpiece that I just can’t stop listening to. Can’t wait to see you try and top this one Sam Amidon!

Husky

4. HuskyRuckers Hill
“I’m Not Coming Back” announced Husky’s triumphant return with their second full length album Ruckers Hill, giving us another slice of indie-folk goodness. Husky Gawenda’s songwriting is at its best with gutsy melodies and sweet harmonies all over this album. I feel like Husky’s sound has been cemented here – they’ve grown up without losing their essence, without feeling the need to reinvent. I was lucky enough to make it to the Sydney launch of Ruckers Hill and I can say that all of the tracks translate really well live which is just the icing on the cake.

Sweet Jean

5. Sweet JeanGreetings From Goodbye
Sime and Alice from Sweet Jean refer to Greetings From Goodbye as their “folk album” – a strange turn of phrase considering folk is at the heart of pretty much everything they produce. But when you sit down and listen to Greetings From Goodbye you understand exactly what they mean. Recording in the duo’s converted-laundry studio and featuring traditionals, covers and originals, the album is a laid back, stripped back, heartbreaking masterpiece that sucks you in and leaves you wanting more (seven tracks is never enough).

Bears Den

6. Bear’s DenIslands
When I asked Kevin Jones why he and Andrew Davie ended their original band Cherbourg to only then start Bear’s Den he said “It was quite a set formula with Cherbourg and I think we’re all multi-instrumentalists in Bear’s Den and it allows us to be a lot more fluid with the sort of sounds we can make and what we choose to do with them”. And this fluidity has culminated in Islands. The album has some really touching folky moments in tracks like “Elysium”, “Above The Clouds of Pompeii” and “Isaac” but is not afraid to embrace the rock side of the spectrum as well with the likes of “Think of England”. A wonderful album that I just can’t put down.

JVM

7. James Vincent McMorrowPost Tropical
Post Tropical would have made my best of list last year if its release wasn’t delayed until January – even though I had an advance copy at the end of 2013 I still consider this a 2014 release. Post Tropical is the evolution of James Vincent McMorrow from acoustic singer-songwriter to synth-driven, pop purveyor. This will likely be the last album of McMorrow’s that we cover – there’s an essence of folk in tracks like “Look Out”, “Gold” and “Red Dust” but it feels like he’s saying goodbye to the genre. As a transitional record I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

OCMS

8. Old Crow Medicine ShowRemedy
When this album came out I listened to it non-stop for two weeks. Everything else fell by the wayside as I found myself transported to Tennessee and beyond, travelling with the world’s best string band. Sure, some tracks are silly (“Brushy Mountain Conjugal Visit”, “8 Dogs 8 Banjos”) and their latest Bob Dylan collaboration on “Sweet Amarillo” is no “Wagon Wheel”, but the album as a whole is one of my favourites to date from Old Crow Medicine Show and is well worth investing time in. In fact I might go and listen to it right now.

Passenger

9. PassengerWhispers
Passenger has faced down the pressure of following up the massive international success of All The Little Lights by producing another classic in Whispers. It’s a little more slickly produced than his previous work but at the core of Whispers is the solid songwriting and storytelling that Passenger is renowned for. And the more I listen to it the more I’m convinced that “Heart’s on Fire” is my favourite Passenger song to date.

Bellowhead

10. BellowheadRevival
I love Bellowhead dearly but sometimes their bombasity makes it difficult to make it through an entire album in one sitting. But with Revival this all changes making it their most listenable album to date. Jon Boden’s voice is still in fine form (and fast becoming synonymous with modern English traditional music) and the arrangement of each track is pitch perfect. I love their version of Richard Thompson’s “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight”, the only contemporary song amongst eleven traditionals but its the instrumental “Jack Lintel’s Jig” that is by far and away my favourite.

Jack and Charlie

11. Jack McNeill and Charlie HeysAny Other Morning
A contemporary folk gem, combining fiddle, guitar and the Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys’ beautiful voices in some of the best music of the year.

Jack Carty

12. Jack CartyEsk
Jack Carty finally seems happy in his 2014 offering, but don’t let that scare you away – Esk is his most mature record to date and confirms Carty as one of the finest songwriters in the country.

First Aid Kit

13. First Aid KitStay Gold
Filled with lush arrangements, beautiful harmonies and First Aid Kit’s trademark cascading lyrics, Stay Gold transports you to a 70s summer somewhere on the west coast of the USA.

Patrick James

14. Patrick JamesBroken Lines
Patrick James’ output is consistently brilliant and Broken Lines sees him continue to shine as a songwriter creating little drops of folk gold with every lyric, chord and melody.

The Staves

15. The StavesBlood I Bled
It may only be a precursor to their upcoming Justin Vernon produced album If I Was, due in January next year, but Blood I Bled is three songs of pure harmonic wonder and joy that you need to buy right now.

One Up Two Down

16. One Up, Two DownOne Up, Two Down
On the surface this is a bluegrass release but One Up, Two Down are so well versed in the folk traditions that you can feel celtic, blues and country influences creeping in to make a wonderful, folky mess.

Davidson Brothers

17. Davidson BrothersWanderlust
The Davidson Brothers are not only some of the best musicians – of any genre – in Australia but they’re also amazing bluegrass songwriters – I just couldn’t stop listening to Wanderlust when it was released this year.

Jordan Millar

18. Jordan MillarThe Wheel EP
The song “If Only…” sucked me into this EP early and I stayed because I love the way Jordan Millar writes pop music – although I suspect he’s a folkie at heart.

Kasey Chambers

19. Kasey ChambersBittersweet
There’s so much to love about Bittersweet, from its old-timey Americana influences to the collaborations with Bernard Fanning, Dan Kelly, Bill Chambers and more, that I reckon it could be Kasey Chambers’ best solo effort yet.

Stu Larsen

20. Stu LarsenVagabond
Travelling the world, playing to thousands of people every night – none of this deterred Stu Larsen from creating an intimate, stripped back album with Vagabond, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

New Moon

21. Sarah HumphreysNew Moon
This has been a big year of change for Sarah Humphreys and this has bled into her music – the cutesy pop-folk princess has been dismantled and in her place a confident, mature singer-songwriter has emerged.

Emma Swift

22. Emma SwiftEmma Swift
There’s nothing technically amazing about Emma Swift’s self titled EP, but its simple, stripped back, three-chords-and-the-truth style harkens back to country music of old and is one of the most honest releases of the year.

Little May

23. Little MayLittle May
Epic indie-folk from the Sydney trio whose star is most definitely on the rise, the EP is full of hamonies, building crescendos and catchy melodies.

Winter Pick

24. Justin BernasconiWinter Pick
Justin Bernasconi is one of the best folk/country/blues guitarists in the business right now and Winter Pick is full to the brim with awe inspiring instrumentals and deceptively laidback songs.

Aubergine

25. Green Mohair SuitsAubergine
I honestly wasn’t expecting to like Aubergine as much as I do but I was so impressed with just how tight it is, how good the songwriting is and how much fun The Green Mohair Suits are having taking Bluegrass seriously.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 31st October

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Sarah Humphreys released “Take Your Time”, the first single from her forthcoming album New Moon as well as tour dates in November and December. Details on the single here and album here

The Port Fairy Folk Festival revealed their second round of artists for 2015 including Davidson Brothers, Shane Howard, Wagons, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Lucy Wise Trio, Steve Smyth, The Company, Tracey McNeil & The Goodlife, Trouble in the Kitchen and many more. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Brendon Moon has released his new video “Augustine”. Details here

– Melbourne’s The Tiger & Me have released their brand new single “Call Me On Your Own” and a couple of launch shows in November. Details here

– Adelaide folk singer Kaurna Cronin has released his new video “Fearless”. Details here

– The Sydney Festival announced its 2015 program and we’ve picked our favourite folk acts. Details here

– Get a peak into what Jack Carty gets up to on tour with this new video “What Am I Gonna Do With All Of My Love Now?”. Details here

WOMADelaide has added a bunch more artists to its 2015 lineup including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robyn Hitchcock with Emma Swift, First Aid Kit, Gruff Rhys, Sinead O’Connor (above), Timberwolf, Sharon Van Etten and many many more. Details here

The Davidson Brothers have announced a November residency and a one of show with US bluegrassers Special Consensus. Details here

– Adelaide singer-songwriter Thom Lion and the Tamers released his new single “Fruition”. Details here

First Aid Kit released the video for their track “Stay Gold” and announced a 2015 Australian tour. Details here

– This January will see the release of Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis, a double live album with tracks from the likes of Punch Brothers, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings Machine, The Milk Carton Kids, Secret Sisters, Lake Street Dive, Elvis Costello, Oscar Isaac, Conor Oberst, Colin Meloy, Joan Baez, The Avett Brothers, Jack White, Marcus Mumford and more. Details here

Conor Oberst has announced an Australian tour next year with The Felice Brothers in support. Details here

– The third lineup announcement from Bluesfest is pretty light on the folk. Details here

Damien Rice has just released the video for his new track “I Don’t Want To Change You”. Details here

Jordan Millar released his new video “Advice From Beyonce”. Details here

– The Nannup Music Festival announced its 2015 lineup including Marlon Williams, Darren Hanlon, Fanny Lumsden, Al Parkinson, Stray Hens, Ruby Boots, Husband, Fred Smith and Liz Frencham, Colin Lillie, Melody Pool, Daniel Champagne, The Pierce Brothers, Jacinta Price and many many more. Details here

– UK duo Paper Aeroplanes released their new single “Guessing Game”. Details here

– NSW bluegrass band The Mid-North released their new video “Carry Me Home”. Details here

Hat Fitz and Cara will be kicking off a national tour this week. Details here

Marlon Williams has announced full band headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne along with a bunch of festival dates. Details here

– The latest track from The New Basement Tapes, “Liberty Street” was released. Details here

– The legendary Richard Thompson has announced headline shows when he’s in Australia next year. Details here

– The Gaelic Club in Sydney is relaunching after a a facelift with an Upstairs and Underground gig featuring Bears with Guns, Liam Gale & the Ponytails and Aether Beach. Details here

Daniel Lee Kendall released his new single “Emptiness”. Details here

Releases This Week

Lisa O'Neill
Same Cloth Or NotLisa O’Neill
Bandcamp

The Eastern
The TerritoryThe Eastern
iTunes

The Once
DeparturesThe Once
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

JamGrass Music Festival

Jamgrass

Every year Jamgrass delivers one of the best weekends of contempory bluegrass, folk and jam music in the country and this weekend is no different. With a lineup that boasts the likes of Mustered Courage, The Perch Creek Family Jugband, Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel, The Morrisons, The Seals, One Up, Two Down, Marlon Williams, Sweet Jean, James Kenyon and many many more you know you’re going to have a pluckin’ good time. The festival kicks off tonight and goes right through the weekend – if you’re in Melbourne make sure you check it out!

Friday 31st October to Sunday 2nd November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Bearded Gypsy Band
Saturday 1st November – Nexus, Adelaide, SA
Friday 7th November – The Factory, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 31st October – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 1st November – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Sunday 2nd November – The Fig, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 7th November – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 31st October – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 1st November – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 2nd November – The B-East, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 31st October – The Crown and Sceptre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 1st November – Grottofest, Marburg, QLD
Saturday 1st November – The Factory, Maroocydore, QLD
Thursday 6th November – The North Shore Tavern, Perth, WA
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th November – The Blues at Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown, WA

Festival of Small Halls feat. Andy Brown, The Mae Trio
Friday 31st October – Isisford, QLD
Saturday 1st November – Winton, QLD
Sunday 2nd November – Barcaldine, QLD
Friday 7th November – Cunnamulla, QLD

Folklore
Friday 31st October – The Merton Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Saturday 1st November – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC
Friday 7th November – Church of Trinity, Adelaide, SA

Hat Fitz and Cara
Thursday 6th November – SOL Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 7th November – The J, Noosa Junction, QLD

Husky
Friday 7th November – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Jack Carty
Saturday 1st November – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 2nd November – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 6th Novmeber – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA
Friday 7th November – Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA

JamGrass Music Festival
Friday 31st October to Sunday 2nd November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Jep and Dep
Friday 31st October – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 1st November – Jet Black Cat Music, Brisbane, QLD

Katie Noonan, Angie Hart, Melody Pool, Sam Buckingham
Friday 7th November – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Lanie Lane
Friday 31st October – Anita’s, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 7th November – The Bakery, Perth, WA

Little May
Thursday 6th November – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA (Supporting Rodriguez)
Friday 7th November – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA (Supporting Rodriguez)

Liz Stringer
Friday 31st October – Basement Discs In Store, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 31st October – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 1st November – The Song Room, Barossa Valley, SA
Sunday 2nd November – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 7th November – Darwin Railway Club, Parap, NT

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 31st October – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 1st November – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 2nd November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 7th November – The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD

One Up, Two Down and Dan Parsons
Friday 31st October – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd November – JamGrass Music Fest, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 6th November – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 7th November – House Show, Mildura, VIC

Sam Newton
Friday 31st October – Roundabout Inn, Gloucester, NSW
Saturday 1st November – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Sunday 2nd November – The Heritage Hotel, Gladstone, NSW
Friday 7th November – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 31st October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 2nd November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

The Acfields
Friday 31st October – Rainbow Beach Hotel, Rainbow Beach, QLD

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 31st October – Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Thursday 6th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 7th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Porch Sessions feat. Winterbourne and Special Guests
Sunday 2nd November – House Concert, Adelaide, SA

The Stetson Family
Sunday 2nd November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Tiger & Me
Friday 7th November – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

Wagons
Monday 3rd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 6th November – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Twa Corbies” – Steeleye Span

We thought we’d choose a nice creepy folk song for your All Hallows’ Eve. Happy Samhain one and all!

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