The Woodford Folk Festival Drops 2014 Lineup

Image Courtesy of Lau

There were a ton of folk festival announcements all over the weekend but the one that everyone is talking about is the 2014 Woodford Folk Festival lineup. The full musical program dropped yesterday with the usual mix of folk, roots, trad, singer-songwriter and I-don’t-know-why-they’re-at-a-folk-festival artists.

The lineup itself is too huge to list here (you can see it for yourself here) but the highlights include the likes of Violent Femmes (USA), The Cat Empire, Archie Roach, Nahko and Medicine for the People (USA), Jeff Lang, Lau (SCOT), Tiny Ruins (NZ), We Two Thieves, Shooglenifty (SCOT), Flap!, Husky, Lior, Mama Kin, Siskin River, Andrew Clermont, The Mae Trio, Fred Smith, Lucy Wise Trio, Oh Pep!, Betty & Oswald, The Company and so so so much more.

The Woodford Folk Festival takes place from the 27th December to the 1st January. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Blue Mountains Music Festival Announces First Lineup

Xavier Rudd
Image Courtesy of Xavier Rudd

The Blue Mountains Music Festival, which will be held from the 14th to the 16th March next year, is one of our favourite events throughout the year. Close enough to Sydney that it’s accessible (we’ve been known to watch the last act on a Sunday and then catch the last train back) yet far enough away that you feel like you’re getting away from it all, the Blue Mountains Music Festival has the best of both worlds.

The first lineup for the 2014 festival was announced this week and as usual it’s the perfect combination of folk, roots, indie and world music from Australia and around the world. Heading up the festival will be Xavier Rudd (above), Ash Grunwald and Lior, who will be joined by the likes of Rory McLeod, Eleanor McEvoy, Hanggai, Blair Dunlop, Peter Rowan Band with Richard Greene, Rose Cousins, Eric Bogle, Jeff Lang, Slava & Leonard Grigoryan, Flap!, Sunas, The Woohoo Revue, The Pigs, The BordererS, The Tiger And Me, Jack Carty, Mustered Courage, George & Noriko, Hat Fitz & Cara, Dan Parsons, The Mae Trio and many many more.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now. For more information check out the official web site here. The full lineup so far is below:

Xavier Rudd, Ash Grunwald, Lior, The Good Lovelies, Rory McLeod, Eleanor McEvoy, Hanggai, Chipolatas, Blair Dunlop, Swamp Thing, Peter Rowan Band with Richard Greene, Rose Cousins, Eric Bogle, Jeff Lang, Slava & Leonard Grigoryan, Flap!, Roesy, Jesse Valach & Blues Mountain, Grace Barbe, Sunas, The Woohoo Revue, The Pigs, The BordererS, The Tiger And Me, Benny Walker, Jack Carty, Mustered Courage, George & Noriko, Hat Fitz & Cara, Dan Parsons, Equus, Circus Solarus, Allan Caswell, Rachael Brady, Snez, Andrea Soler, The Mae Trio, Cole And Van Dijk, Belle Jar, Wagana Dancers, Gregg Borschmann’s Heartland Conversations, Poets’ Breakfasts

Woodford Announces Over 400 Artists for 2012/13 Lineup

Woodford Folk Festival
Image Courtesy of Woodford Folk Festival

With such a busy night of music to be had all around the country this Saturday just gone you’d be forgiven for having missed the lineup announcement for the 2012/13 Woodford Folk Festival. Arguably Australia’s best known folk festival Woodford has this year well over 400 acts.

Woodford will be held over the New Year period from the 27th November to the 1st January in Woodford, Queensland. Constantly stretching the definition of “folk music” (even further than we do) this year’s festival includes acts from a multitude of genres including blues, roots, jazz, rock, pop, soul, hip hop and more. Headliners at Woodford this year include Andrew Clermont, Angus Stone, Ben Sollee, Flap!, Folk Uke, Julia Stone, Mal Webb, Mikelangelo and the Tin Star, Penelope Swales, Shane Howard, Tim Hart, Wagons and more.

Pre-festival early-bird tickets are still available from now until the 24th December.

The full lineup is too big to print here (you’ll have to head to the official site for that) but we though we’d treat you our extensive highlights from the program:

Andrew Clermont
Angus Stone
Archie Roach
Ben Sollee
Emma Louise
Eric Bogle
Evan & Mischa
Folk Uke
George Kamikawa & Noriko Tadano
Hat Fitz and Cara
John Butler Trio
Julia Stone
Kate Miller-Heidke
Luke Escombe
Mal Webb
Mama Kin
Martin Pearson
Mic Conway with Robbie Long
Microwave Jenny
Mikelangelo and the Tin Star
Mr Fibby
Mustered Courage
Nicky Bomba’s BUSTAMENTO
Penelope Swales
Ray Beadle
Rhiannon and Monique
Rory McLeod
Shane Howard
Sharon Shannon
Stiff Gins
The Company
The Good Ship
The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Thelma Plum
Tim Hart
Women in Docs

Flap! Announce New Album This April

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Gypsy-jazz-folk-whatever quartet Flap! have just the announced the release of their second album in what looks to be a massive year for the band. The record, titled A Great Day For The Race is due to hit stores in April and Flap! are planning a national tour to accompany it – details are likely to emerge just as soon as they’ve locked down all the dates.

In the meantime Flap! have announced two special album pre release shows in Victoria (as well as an appearance at this year’s Port Fairy Festival). Those dates are below – we’ll let you all know as soon as we have more details on the album and tour:

Thursday 1st March – Ruby’s Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 2nd March – The Regal Ballroom, Northcote, VIC

Flap! Announce New Single and Tour

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Melbourne jazz/folk/gypsy/pop four piece Flap! have just announced the release of their brand new single “Rock in Space” – a wonderfully joyful piece of music that we just can’t stop tapping our toes along to.

Regulars on the folk festival circuit, and already announced as part of the 2012 Port Fairy Folk Festival, Flap! will be travelling through Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to support “Rock in Space” this December. Have a listen to (and download) the single below and make sure you get along to one of the band’s upcoming dates:

Friday 16th December – The Joynt, Brisbane
Saturday 17th December – The Camelot Lounge, Sydney
Friday 23rd December – The Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

First Official Port Fairy 2012 Artist Announcement

Image of Flap! Courtesy of Port Fairy Folk Festival

After a series of “leaks” over the last couple of weeks the Port Fairy Folk Festival have today announced the first round of their 2012 artists. Leaning heavily to the international side of things this year’s lineup includes Timber and Steel favourites Ami Williamson, Ahab (UK – whom we only just profiled completely unaware of their planned Australian visit), Clare Bowditch, The Davidson Brothers, Eric Bibb & Staffa Astner (USA/Sweden), Flap!, George Kamikawa, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson (Australia/Ireland), Jeff Lang, Lanie Lane, Lucie Thorne, Madison Violet (Canada), Mama Kin, Passenger (UK), The Pigs and the artist we predicted yesterday, Sharon Shannon (Ireland).

The Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place from the 9th to the 12th March 2012 with tickets on sale now via the official web site. The full artist lineup so far is below with more to be added soon:

Abigail Washburn
Ami Williamson
April Verch & Band (Canada)
Ben Sollee (USA)
Blue Heat
Chris While & Julie Matthews (UK)
Clare Bowditch
Eric Bibb & Staffan Astner (USA/Sweden)
George Kamikawa & Noriko Tadano
Harry Manx (Canada)
Jeff Lang
Judy Collins (USA)
Kristina Olsen (USA)
Lanie Lane
Lucie Thorne
Madison Violet (Canada)
Mama Kin
My Friend the Chocolate Cake
Passenger (UK)
Peter Rowan Band (USA)
Pierre Bensusan (French Algeria)
Pieta Brown (USA)
Sharon Shannon Big Band
The Cartridge Family
The Damian Howard Band
The Davidson Brothers
The Junes
The Pigs
The Woohoo Revue

Brunswick Music Festival This March

Lolo Lovina
Image Courtesy of Lolo Lovina

When you think about a folk festival you usually imagine driving to a normally sleepy country or coastal town, setting up a tent on a field somewhere and joining a temporary community of people who are all in the same place for one thing – fantastic live music. All of the major folk festivals, from Woodford to Port Fairy to Blue Mountains, are regional affairs. Even the National Folk Festival is held north of Canberra and one doesn’t have to venture into the urban environment at all to be part of it.

And this is what makes the Brunswick Music Festival different. Set up on Sydney Road in Melbourne’s Brunswick, the Brunswick Music Festival truly is an urban affair, making it one of the biggest (if not the biggest) city-based folk festivals in Australia.

This year the festival, now in it’s 23rd year, will be held from the 16th to the 27th March. The list of artists is pretty impressive and includes the likes of Crooked Still, Tony McManus, Andy Irvine, The Alan Kelly Quartet, Lolo Lovina, Flap!, Eric Bogle, Judy Small, Leah Flanagan, Shane Nicholson, Ted Egan, Vika and Linda Bull and the WooHoo Revue, just to name a few.

Details on the full lineup, playing times and tickets to the various shows can be found on the official Brunswick Music Festival web site. If you’re in Victoria or can get to Melbourne while the festival is on we think it will be well worth a look.

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