Thank Folk It’s Friday – 19th May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Alt-country singer-songwriter Jen Mize released her new video “Forget Her” featuring Duncan Toombs. Details here

– Former Noah and the Whale frontman Charlie Fink released two more tracks from his upcoming solo album, “Anywhere You’re Going Is On My Way” and “I Was Born To Be A Cowboy”. Details here

– Jazz-folk sister duo Alanna and Alicia released their new video “Mockingbird Hill”. Details here

Fleet Foxes released their new video “Fool’s Errand” ahead of their visit to Australia. Details here

– Trad music trio Trioc announced plans to launch their album in Melbourne. Details here

Lloyd Spiegel announced details of his upcoming album This Time Tomorrow. Details here

– To celebrate the vinyl release of The Harrow & The Harvest in July Gillian Welch has a new video for “Dark Turn Of Mind”. Details here

– The Fleurieu Folk Festival have announced their Winter Warmup mini festival featuring Eric Bogle, Soursob Bob, Astráil, Courtney Robb, Gillian Murray, The Cajun Band, Hut and many more. Details here

– New duo The Ahern Brothers (made up of Josh Rennie-Hynes and Steve Grady) have announced their debut album and national tour. Details here

– American roots singer Pokey LaFarge released his new video “Riot in the Streets”. Details here

Taasha Coates announced her High Times tour. Details here

The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney announced details of their new Offa Rex trad-folk project and upcoming album The Queen of Hearts. Details here

Releases This Week

Barefoot Wonderland
Barefoot WonderlandJustin Bernasconi
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The Records Were Ours
The Records Were OursPierce Brothers
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Pokey LaFarge
Manic RevelationsPokey Lafarge
iTunes

The Mountain Goats
GothsThe Mountain Goats
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Paddock Sessions feat. Imogen Clark, Abby Dobson, Joe Mungovan, Martha Marlow, This Way North, Vanishing Shapes, John Flanagan Trio, Finnian Johnson

Paddock Sessions

Some of our favourite musicians head out to the Hunter Valley for a day of amazing music.

Saturday 20th May – Taer Angwidd Farm, Wollombi, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 19th May – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD

Ainsley Farrell w/ Aldous Monroe, Lady Lyon
Tuesday 23rd May – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Alan Gogoll w/ Small Town Romance
Friday 19th May – Wirra Creek Music, Willunga, SA

Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt w/ Fanny Lumsden
Friday 19th May – Pretoria Hotel, Mannum, SA
Saturday 20th May – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 25th May – Glen Innes District Services Club, Glen Innes, NSW
Friday 26th May – Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Grafton, NSW

Banquet feat. Ainsley Farrell
Friday 26th May – World Bar, Sydney, NSW

Ben Whiting
Thursday 25th May – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Blues on Broadbeach
Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st May – Gold Coast, QLD

BRISFOPO
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th May – Brisbane, QLD

Busby Marou
Thursday 25th May – 48 Watt Street, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 26th May – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Cash Savage & The Last Drinks
Friday 19th May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 20th May – Blues at Broadbeach, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 26th May – Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

Celebrate with Us feat. Yirrmal and Black Rock Band
Wednesday 24th May – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

Craig Woodward’s Flying Engine String Band
Saturday 20th May – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

Daniel Champagne
Friday 19th May – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Saturday 20th May – Red Velvet Lounge, Cygney, TAS
Sunday 21st May – Marakoopa Cafe, Mayberry, TAS
Wednesday 24th May – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 25th May – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC

De’May
Saturday 20th May – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Echo Deer, Paco Wolfe, Burralow
Sunday 21st May – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Elbury
Saturday 20th May – The Haunt, Brisbane, QLD

FolkSwagon feat. Joey Marsh, Sasha March, Ollie Brown
Wednesday 24th May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fleet Foxes
Friday 26th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Georgia Fields w/ Jessie L. Warren
Friday 26th May – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Hana & Jessie-Lee
Sunday 21st May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

HeART of Annandale Music Festival feat. Leichhardt International Ukestra, Bo0ze Hounds, Yutrio, Glenn Lumanta Trio, Gene Fehlberg Trio, Cruisin’ Deuces, Cameron James Henderson Band, My Perfect Sunday, Alan Watters, Naomi Nash, Nick Payne, Pat O’Grady, Chris Gillespie, Lee and Me
Saturday 20th May – Village Church Annandale, Sydney, NSW

High Tea feat. Broads
Thursday 25th May – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Drey Rollan Acoustic Blues
Sunday 21st May – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Sunday 21st May – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 19th May – Hardys Bay Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW
Saturday 20th May – Wauchope Community Arts Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Sunday 21st May – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 26th May – Bowral Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Jen Mize
Sunday 21st May – Bohemian Bungalow, Eumundi, QLD

Jep and Dep w/ Swamp Fat Jangles
Thursday 25th May – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW

Jess Locke
Friday 19th May – Beatdisc Records, Parramatta, NSW
Saturday 20th May – Barbara, Brisbane, QLD

John Flanagan Trio
Friday 19th May – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th May – Paddock Sessions, Wollombi, NSW
Saturday 20th May – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 21st May – Coffee Whole, Berkley Vale, NSW

Julia Jacklin
Wednesday 24th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 25th May – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 19th May – Basement Discs In-Store, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 19th May – Saint Monday, Yackandandah, VIC
Saturday 20th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 21st May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th May – The Shared, Yandina, QLD

Kim Churchill
Friday 19th May – Meat Market, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 20th May – Verbruggen Hall, Sydney NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes and The Weeping Willows
Friday 19th May – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th May – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT

Lalor and Plumb
Saturday 20th May – Boite World Music Cafe, Melbourne, VIC

Leah Senior
Friday 26th May – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

Lisa Hannigan
Tuesday 23rd May – Fly by Night, Perth, WA
Thursday 25th May – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th May – Angelsea Memorial Hall, Angelsea, VIC

Man Of Constant Sorrow: The Music of O Brother Where Art Thou feat. The Morrisons, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Brian Campeau, Luke Escombe
Friday 19th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Mandy Connell w/ Layla Jean and Alysia Manceau
Sunday 21st May – Tago Mago, Melbourne, VIC

Mick Thomas
Friday 19th May – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 20th May – Suttons House Of Music, Ballarat, VIC
Sunday 21st May – Capital Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 25th May – Hobart Gaol, Hobart, TAS
Friday 26th May – Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS

Paddock Sessions feat. Imogen Clark, Abby Dobson, Joe Mungovan, Martha Marlow, This Way North, Vanishing Shapes, John Flanagan Trio, Finnian Johnson
Saturday 20th May – Taer Angwidd Farm, Wollombi, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Saturday 20th May – Lorne Hotel, Lorne, VIC
Thursday 25th May – The Academy, Canberra, ACT
Friday 26th May – The Croxton, Melbourne, VIC

Radical Face
Friday 26th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Raised By Eagles
Friday 19th May – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 20th May – Suttons House Of Music, Ballarat, VIC
Sunday 21st May – Capital Theatre, Bendigo, VIC

Rough River
Wednesday 24th May – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Ryan Adams
Tuesday 23rd May – The Tivol, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 26th May – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC

Sarah Blasko
Thursday 25th May – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 26th May – GPAC, Geelong, VIC

The Button Collective
Thursday 25th May – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

The Fitzgerald All Stars
Sunday 21st May – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

The Hampshire Hoedown feat. Cruisin’ Deuces
Sunday 21st May – The Lady Hampshire, Sydney, NSW

The McClymonts
Friday 19th May – Brothers Leagues Club, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 20th May – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 21st May – Proserpine Entertainment Centre, Proserpine, QLD

The Squeezebox Trio
Thursday 25th May – Johnson St Jazz, Annandale Creative Arts Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Sunday 21st May – Shady Pines Saloon, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 24th May – Different Drummer, Sydney, NSW

This Way North
Friday 19th May – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th May – Paddock Sessions, Wollombi, NSW

Tim Guy & Alex Lashlie
Tuesday 23rd May – The Tramway, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Moxam & Liz Stringer
Friday 19th May – Bassendean Hotel, Perth, WA
Saturday 20th May – House Concert, Denmark, WA
Sunday 21st May – House Concert, Albany, WA
Tuesday 23rd May – Kooljaman at Cape Leveque, WA
Wednesday 24th May – Kooljaman at Cape Leveque, WA

Tim Solly
Friday 19th May – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 21st May – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th May – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW

Whoa Mule w/ Su Morley & George Woods
Friday 26th May – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW

Wild Honey & Golden Whistler
Friday 19th May – Mac Towns Music Club, Richmond, NSW

William Crighton
Saturday 20th May – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Birmingham” – Shovels and Rope

The Fleurieu Folk Festival Announces Winter Warmup Mini-Festival

Eric Bogle
Image Courtesy of Eric Bogle

While we wait patiently for the return of the Fleurieu Folk Festival in October South, Australian folk fans can rejoice with the announcement of the Fleurieu Folk Festival Winter Warm Up on the 28th May.

The mini-festival will take place at the Port Noarlunga Bowling Club in Port Noarlunga, south of Adelaide and promises a day of folky goodness from some of South Australia’s top artists.

Headlining the Winter Warmup will be folk music legend Eric Bogle who has called South Australia home for much of his life in Australia. Joining Bogle will be a lineup of amazing South Australian artists including Soursob Bob, Astráil, Courtney Robb, Gillian Murray, The Cajun Band, Hut and many more.

The Winter Warmup is the Fleurieu Folk Festival’s major annual fundraising event so get along to support some amazing local music. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne folkies The Mae Trio released their new single, an acoustic cover of Lorde’s “Buzzcut Season”. Details here

– Next week’s Bluegrass @ Yulli’s in Sydney will feature a performance from The Tawny Owl Stringband. Details here

Jinja Safari released their new single “Accident”. Details here

– Before they call it a day Bellowhead will be releasing a greatest hits album. Details here

Loren Kate announced details of her new EP, single and national tour. Details here

Damien Rice released his new video “Hypnosis” from the Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet soundtrack. Details here

– The artist previously known as Major Chord has revealed his new project Dan Flynn and The State of Things plus plans for a new album in October. Details here

– Folk-roots duo Pierce Brothers have announced a new EP Into The Dirt. Details here

– The 2015 lineup for The Fleurieu Folk Festival was announced featuring Beccy Cole, Senor Cabrales, Appalachian Heaven String Band, Liz Stringer, The Timbers, The BordererS, Danny Spooner, Charm of Finches, Josh Rennie-Hynes, Kaurna Cronin, Tom West, Scott Balfour and many more. Details here

Passenger released his new video “The Long Road”. Details here

Gurrumul and Paul Kelly have come together for a stunning version of “Amazing Grace”. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Tim Guy released his new video “Footsteps”. Details here

– Cosmic country band Lost Ragas announced a tour through October. Details here

Releases This Week

Beirut
No No NoBeirut
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Falls

Falls

Timber and Steel favourites Falls return to their home town of Sydney after 18 months in the USA to play three very special and intimate shows at the Hotel Hollywood. The Hollywood is where it all began for Falls all those years ago so seeing them back in there will be something special.

Tuesday 15th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW *SOLD OUT*
Thursday 17th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW *SOLD OUT*

Gigs Next Week

Aldous Harding
Friday 11th September – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Ash Grunwald
Friday 11th September – Divers Tavern, Broome, WA
Saturday 12th September – The Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Sunday 13th September – Mojos Bar, Nth Fremantle, WA

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. The Tawny Owl Stringband
Wednesday 16th September – Upstairs at Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

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

Dustin Tebbutt w/ Jesse Davidson, Caitlin Park
Friday 18th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars
Friday 11th September – Helm Bar, Mooloolabah, QLD
Friday 18th September – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW

Falls
Tuesday 15th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 17th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW

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

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 11th September – Trinity, Adelaide, SA

Joan Baez
Thursday 17th September – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT

John Blake w/ Ben Stephenson
Tuesday 15th September – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan and Liz Frencham
Friday 11th September – Courthouse Cultural Centre, Auburn SA
Saturday 12th September – Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Thursday 17th September – House Concert, Healesville, VIC
Friday 18th September – Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, Maleny, QLD

Little May
Friday 18th September – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Live ‘n’ Lounging feat. The Bollands, The Campervan Dancers, Kay Proudlove, Huckleberry Hastings
Sunday 13th September – Macarthur, Sydney, NSW

Neurum Creek Music Festival
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September – Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, QLD

Perch Creek
Friday 11th September – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th September – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

The Mae Trio
Friday 11th September – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 13th September – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 17th September – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 18th September – 63 First Avenue, Sawtell, NSW

The Snowdroppers
Friday 11th September – Helm Bar, Mooloolaba, QLD

The Waifs
Saturday 12th September – Esperance Civic Centre, Esperance, WA
Sunday 13th September – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Tuesday 15th September – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Wednesday 16th September – Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton, WA
Thursday 17th September – Carnarvon Civic Centre, Carnavon, WA

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

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Friday 11th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th September – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 13th September – Country Club, Launceston, TAS
Tuesday 15th September – The Capitol, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 17th September – Kay St Saloon, Traralgon, VIC
Friday 18th September – Costa Hall, Geelong, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Flax in Bloom/The Wind That Shakes The Barley” – Tommy Peoples and Liam O’Flynn

I felt this Friday called for trad. You’re welcome.

Fleurieu Folk Festival Announces 2015 Lineup

Beccy Cole
Image Courtesy of Beccy Cole

The Fleurieu Folk Festival is one of Australia’s hidden folk gems and they’ve just announced a lineup that’s bound to get you excited. Held in Willunga, South Australia from the 23rd to 25th October, the Fleurieu Folk Festival has built a reputation as one of the states premiere events.

This year’s lineup will be headlined by country music star Beccy Cole (above) and will also feature the likes of Senor Cabrales, Appalachian Heaven String Band, The Timbers, The BordererS, Danny Spooner, Charm of Finches, Josh Rennie-Hynes, Kaurna Cronin, Tom West, Scott Balfour and a host of other local and interstate acts.

“The Fleurieu Folk Festival brings together a whole range of great acts across genres, from traditional folk to Celtic, country and blues,” festival organizer Peter Thornton explained. “We’re excited to have Beccy Cole at the festival this year. Beccy is an outstanding performer and songwriter. Given the strong list of performers we’ve included in this year’s program, festival goers will be spoilt for choice across the entire weekend”

For more information on the festival and lineup, including how to get your hands on tickets, make sure you check out the official Fleurieu Folk Festival site here.

The Joy of Small Folk Festivals

Top Half
Photo of The Top Half Folk Festival by Barry Skipsey

By Guest Contributor Peter Logue*, repurposed political journalist, festival tragic and accordion pest

It’s probably safe to assume that almost all readers of Timber and Steel have been to a music festival: most will have been to a large folk festival e.g. Woodford, Port Fairy, Blue Mountains or The National in Canberra.

Here’s a question, though: how many have been to a small regional folk festival? By small, I’m talking about the likes of Fleurieu in South Australia, Cygnet in Tasmania, Maldon in Victoria, Gulgong in NSW, The Top Half in NT (above), or the one I’m now involved in after eight years on the Board of the National – Cobargo, in the glorious Bega Valley on the NSW Far South Coast.

(There are many, many more small festivals, most of which are listed here)

I ask this because I believe it is important for the folk movement that people younger than me – which is lot of people – get involved in the smaller festivals, either through volunteering, applying to perform, just turning up and doing a blackboard, or paying the usually small amount to attend.

Why? Well, firstly they are just great fun, full of surprises and creators of those special memories that stay with you until you’re dribbling.

Take as an example the Cobargo Festival, in its 20th year this year.

For the pittance you pay, the program is just outstanding, musically diverse, challenging at times, international in flavour and inclusive.

That last word “inclusive” is the key to the success of the smaller festivals. Unlike some of the larger events (I exclude The National because of (a) the session bar and (b) its focus on learning and participation), smaller festivals are family, along with crazy uncles who play the banjo, daft grannies who play the one row button box, and the multi-talented kids who seem to be, and are, much better musicians than were around when I was their age.

Artists are approachable, usually do more than they’re asked to do, the sessions are diverse and sometimes really hot, and most people retire late at night to playing around a campfire, or sometimes a LED lamp.

At Cobargo this year you can meet the cream of Irish musicians, like Arty McGlynn and his wife Nollaig Casey, part of the Heart Strings Quartet. Arty started off playing covers in Showbands and spent many years as Van Morrison’s lead guitarist. (He must be a very patient man).

He wrote the book on guitar accompaniment for Irish music, though Paul Brady reckons – half jokingly – he taught has old friend Arty everything he knows.

Nollaig is an outstanding fiddler, her sister Maire NiChathasaigh is a world class harpist, and if you haven’t seen Chris Newman flat pick a guitar, you’re missing one of life’s big treats.
Cobargo will be their first festival in Eastern Australia, but you will never get as close to them as you will at this festival.

This excellent clip recorded by ABC Radio National on their short visit last year gives you a taste:

That’s the thing about small festivals; international and top level local performers love them, not because they pay well (they don’t) but because it gives them a chance to warm up before the big gigs, to perfect new material, and to see parts of the country they wouldn’t normally see.

Small festivals are also places for new or relatively inexperienced soloists or bands to get noticed. There is a formal and an informal network on the folk scene of promoters, staff and organisers from the big and small festivals and “wise heads” who spread reputations by word of mouth.

That’s how bands like The Waifs, Riogh and The Lurkers and countless others got noticed and built a name.

All of the many small festivals I go to each year have workshops, sessions, spoken word, blackboards and dancing as well as concerts.

Most have good food on site and a bar for relaxing in or singing or playing tunes.

All of them have major local involvement. In the case of Cobargo – which I’ve attended for 14 years – the community engagement is extensive.

Small festivals also build the folk community. Those locals who volunteer without any real knowledge of the folk scene, get the bug. They like that a few thousand people can get together for two or three days, have a rip roaring time, get maggotted, laugh sing and dance, and not a bad word is spoken or a punch thrown.

And they suddenly hear the quality of the music that they would never hear on their local commercial radio station or even on the ABC.

Small festivals are the modern day meeting places for our diverse folk tribes. They are also places of great learning. Ask anyone involved in the running and programming of any of our large folk festivals where they learned their skills and you’ll find a vast majority started with the small festivals.

If you haven’t been, try Cobargo from February 27th to March 1st. www.cobargofolkfestival.com

As well as the Heart Strings Quartet, you can see class acts like Archie Roach, Shellie Morris, Steeleye Span’s Ken Nichol, Chaika, Daniel Champagne, Ami Williamson, Nick Charles, Fiona Boyes and dozens more, all in a geographical setting that will take your breath away. And you can join or meet a very special family.

*Peter Logue is a member of the Cobargo Folk Festival organising committee

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 30th May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Passenger has announced Australia as part of his Whispers world tour with dates in January and February 2015. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Noah Earp has released his new single “Bound for Glory”. Details here

– The incomparable Patrick James has released his new single “Message”. Details here

– Sydney seven-piece Little Bastard have released their brand new video “Be My Kind”. Details here

– The one and only Bob Dylan is returning to Australia this August and September for a series of intimate theatre shows. Details here

The Davidson Brothers will be launching their new album Wanderlust at a very special show in Melbourne next month. Details here

– English folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman has released his new video “Last Rider”. Details here

– New York folk-pop singer-songwriter Mackenzie Shivers has released her new track “Nothing to Fear”. Details here

– World music six piece Chaika have a new album, a new video and are currently on a tour of the east coast. Details here

The Pierce Brothers are embarking on a tour following today’s new EP release. Details here

Jackson McLaren and the Triple Threat have released their new video “Here’s A Memory”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Isaac de Heer recently released his new album Summer which is streaming online. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk night Little Features will be celebrating its second birthday tomorrow with a show featuring The Former Love, Joshua Chamberlin, Baby Lips and the Silhouettes, Charlie Gradon and Bexley De Lion. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Roo Panes released the video to his stunning track “Tiger Striped Sky”. Details here

– This Sunday the Fleurieu Folk Festival’s annual Folkathon fundraising event hits Adelaide. Details here

Angus and Julia Stone released the first single from their highly anticipated new album, “Heart Beats Slow”. Details here

– Sydney’s Spookyland will be launching their new single “The Silly Fucking Thing” at FBi Social next month. Details here

– Adelaide duo The Yearlings have a new album on the way and national tour planned for July. Details here

Interviews

“Claire Patti has a voice that has to be heard to be believed and she plays the harp (the stringed one), french horn and piano accordion. Claire sings harmonies with the guitar-playing band leader Marcus de Rijk (note the strong Scottish influence in that name — mmm, maybe not so much), while Geoff Jones plays pipes, whistles and bodhran. Angus Downing makes the whole thing fly with his wonderful fiddle playing. Taliska’s traditional Ceilidh will have your feet pounding the tiles” – Marcus de Rijk from Taliska chats to Billy Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

House of Jacks
House of JacksBlair Dunlop
Official Site

Pierce Brothers
The Night TreeThe Pierce Brothers
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Little Features feat. The Former Love, Joshua Chamberlin, Baby Lips and the Silhouettes, Charlie Gradon, Bexley De Lion

Josh Camberlin

Sydney indie-folk night Little Features celebrate their second birthday this weekend with a show packed full of amazing folky talent.

Saturday 31st May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
Friday 30th May – Orange Ex Services Club, Orange, NSW
Saturday 31st May – Dubbo Ex Services Club, Dubbo, NSW

Chaika
Friday 30th May – The Breslin Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 31st May – Farouk’s Olive, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th June – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW

Claude Hay
Friday 30th May – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 1st June – The Towradgi Beach Hotel, Wollongong, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 30th May – Mumbulla School Hall, Bega, NSW
Saturday 31st May – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 1st June – Beyond Q, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 4th June – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Folkathon feat. AP D’Antionio, Cal Williams Jr, Chris Finnen, Courtney Robb, Emlyn & Jodie O’Regan, Halfway to Forth, Ragged But Right, Saltwater Taffy, Serendipity and Spiral Dance
Sunday 1st June – Port Noarlunga Bowling Club, Adelaide, SA

Jackson McLaren & The Triple Threat
Wednesday 4th June – The Melbourne Folk Club, Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

James Vincent McMorrow
Saturday 31st May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 6th June – Nexus Arts Centre, Adelaide, SA

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
Friday 6th June – Montrose Town Centre, Montrose, VIC

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 30th May – The Ranges Concert Lounge, Upway, VIC

Kaurna Cronin and Ben Whiting
Friday 6th June – Pirie & Co. Social Club, Adelaide, SA

Kim Churchill
Friday 30th May – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 31st May – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 1st June – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Wednesday 4th June – Indi Bar, Perth, WA
Thursday 5th June – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Friday 6th June – The Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Little Features feat. The Former Love, Joshua Chamberlin, Baby Lips and the Silhouettes, Charlie Gradon, Bexley De Lion
Saturday 31st May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Little Wise and Megan Bernard
Friday 30th May – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 31st May – Sheoak Shack, Fingal Head, NSW

Melbourne Folk Club feat/ Lucie Thorne, Jackson McLaren, Luka Lesson
Wednesday 4th June – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Paul Greene and the Other Colours
Sunday 1st June – Lizotte’s Central Coast, Kincumber, NSW
Thursday 5th June – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Peak Festival
Friday 6th to Monday 9th June – Perisher, NSW

Ruby Boots
Sunday 1st June – The Hundred Club, Collie, WA

Sam Brittain
Friday 30th May – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 1st June – Garden Party, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 5th June – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW

The Acfields
Saturday 31st May – Taps, Mooloolaba, QLD
Sunday 1st June – Frankie Brown, Byron Bay NSW

The April Maze
Saturday 31st May – Clifton Beach Tennis Club, Clifton Beach, QLD
Sunday 1st June – Quincan Cottage, Yungaburra, QLD
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Townsville, QLD

The Audreys
Thursday 5th June – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT
Friday 6th June – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

The Beards
Friday 30th May – Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 31st May – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 1st June – Astor Theatre, Perth WA
Thursday 5th June – Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale, NSW
Friday 6th June – Wollongong Uni, Wollongong, NSW

The Mountains
Friday 30th May – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 31st May – The Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW

The Paper Kites
Friday 30th May – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 31st May – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 1st June – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW

The Pierce Brothers
Saturday 31st May – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Wednesday 4th June – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 5th June – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 30th May – TBC, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 31st May – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Top Half Folk Festival
Friday 6th to Monday 9th June – Mary River, NT

Wagons
Saturday 31st May – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 6th June – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Girl That I Love” – The Falls

This week a little duo from Sydney topped 10,000 Facebook likes and has been celebrating all week with a bunch of flashback’s on social media. We thought we’d join in by posting this live track from April 2012 when The Falls still had a “The” and played every week at the Hotel Hollywood in Surry Hills, Sydney.

The Fleurieu Folk Festival Announces Folkathon Fundraiser

Folkathon
Image Courtesy of Fleurieu Folk Festival

South Australia’s premiere folk event, The Fleurieu Folk Festival, will be holding their annual Folkathon fundraiser event this weekend and it’s going to be bigger than ever.

Held at the Port Noarlunga Bowling Club in Adelaide this Sunday 1st June, Folkathon will feature some of the state’s finest folk performers including AP D’Antionio, Cal Williams Jr, Chris Finnen, Courtney Robb, Emlyn & Jodie O’Regan, Halfway to Forth, Ragged But Right, Saltwater Taffy, Serendipity and Spiral Dance.

Folkathon is just $25 on the door ($20 for concession) with all proceeds going towards the 2014 Fleurieu Folk Festival which will take place this October. For more information on the day check out the official Facebook event here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 27th September

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Award winning Sydney singer-songwriter HeyMun shared a live version of her new single “Sailor”. Details here

Jordie Lane has released his new single “Here She Comes” ahead of his upcoming national tour. Details here

Mumford & Sons have announced they are going on hiatus for the foreseeable future. Details here

– The Fleurieu Folk Festival have announced a cracker of a lineup including Old Man Luedecke (above), Jordie Lane, The Seals, The BordererS, Siskin River, Danny Spooner, The Mae Trio, The Timbers, Kaurna Cronin, The Weeping Willows and many many more. Details here

Bluesfest announced their second round of artists including The Doobie Brothers, Boz Scaggs, Steve Earle, CW Stoneking and so so so many more. Details here

– And yet another festival lineup announcement hit this week with Laneway revealing their 2014 artists. On the folky end of the spectrum was Daughter, Frightened Rabbit, Cass McCombs and Vance Joy. Details here

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel are working on their third album and have a tour planned this November. Details here

– Sydney’s Oscar Lush released his new album The World Is Round So I’ll Go Round last week and will be officially launching it at a secret gig next week. Details here

Damien Dempsey is returning to Australia this November with an appearance at the Australian World Music Expo as well as shows in Sydney and Perth. Details here

– Sydney folk band Arbori are touring for Timber and Steel this October and November. Details here

Robert Ellis is returning to Australia for a headline tour with Cory Chisel this November. Details here

– Sydney’s Little May have released their new single “Hide” and have announced their debut EP. Details here

Communion Melbourne are back this October with a lineup that includes Bear’s Den, The Tiger and Me, Grizzly Jim Lawrie and Kate Martin. Details here

– And Communion Melbourne is not the only headline show Bear’s Den are doing while they’re in town – they’ve announced shows in Sydney and Brisbane as well. Details here

Isaac de Heer has released his latest video “Streets of del Mino”. Details here

Timber and Steel favourite Johnny Flynn has released a gorgeous lyric video for his track “After Eliot”. Details here

– The new EP from Woody Pitney arrives on Monday but in the meantime we have a stream of his latest single “When You Go”. Details here

Whitley is heading out on a massive national tour this November. Details here

Interviews

“Liz Frencham starts her Joy Spring tour in Newtown this week and continues through September along the Eastern Coast and hinterland, stopping in at Newcastle, Canberra, Wollongong, Newtown, Glebe, Allambie Heights and Katoomba and then continues into Queensland with more dates to be announced”Liz Frencham chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Blog

“How can anyone recharge creatively if your only input is stepping out onto an arena stage every night and playing the same 12 songs over and over again?”Gareth Hugh Evans discusses why a hiatus is a good thing for Mumford & Sons. Blog here

Reviews

Recordings

“If I had to explain why Oh the Light hasn’t got the recognition it deserves, I’d say it was down to its unusual blend of flavours. At times, it’s reminiscent of the country rock and rich harmonies of the Eagles or America. But carefully as he wields it, Luke O’Connor’s blue-eyed soul singing cuts starkly against that. It’s too loud and glitzy to be soft rock, mixed wide and full, like Jeff Lynne’s version of the wall of sound. The songs have strong momentum, and are sometimes catchy like the best pop music. But they’re also quite long, and, perhaps, too self-consciously verbose for that label”JDX reviews the Steelbirds album Oh The Light. Review here

Releases This Week

Black Coffee
Black CoffeeLachlan Bryan and The Wildes
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Arbori
Arbori
Friday 4th October – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Ashleigh Mannix
Friday 27th September – The Up Front Bar, Maleny, QLD
Saturday 28th September – The Valley Markets, Fortitude Valley, QLD
Saturday 28th September – The Loft, Chevron Island, Gold Coast, QLD

Calexico
Friday 27th September – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Saturday 28th September – Wave Rock Weekender, Hyden, WA

Jack Carty
Friday 27th September – Ya Ya’s, Perth, WA
Saturday 28th September – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Thursday 3rd October – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 4th October – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW

Jinja Safari
Friday 27th September – Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th September – Karova, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 3rd October – Adelaide Uni Bar, Adelaide, SA
Friday 4th October – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA

Liz Frencham
Friday 27th September – The Royal Exchange, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 28th September – Canberra Southern Cross Club, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 29th September – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 3rd October – Colbourne Ave, Glebe, NSW
Friday 4th October – Humph Hall, Nth Sydney, NSW

Loren Kate
Friday 27th September – Maleny Community Centre, Maleny, QLD
Saturday 28th September – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 28th September – Majestic Theatre, Pomona, QLD

Nigel Wearne
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Wallaby Creek Festival, Rossville, QLD
Thursday 3rd October – Bottlerocket Bar & Cafe, Nowra, NSW
Friday 4th October – Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah, ACT

Olivers Army
Friday 4th October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Potato Potato
Friday 4th October – Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick Heads, NSW

Rose Wintergreen with Rosie Catalano, Dan and Hannah Acfield
Friday 4th October – The Hideaway, Brisbane, QLD

Takadimi
Sunday 29th September – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Monday 30th September – The Front Gallery & Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 1st October – Temora Town Hall Theatre, Temora, NSW
Wednesday 2nd October – Batlow Garden Cafe, Batlow, NSW
Thursday 3rd October – The Mill Echuca, Echuca, VIC
Friday 4th October – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Lamplights and Buffalo Tales
Thursday 3rd October – Bangalow Bowls Club, Bangalow, NSW
Friday 4th October – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

The Paper Kites
Friday 27th September – The Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 28th September – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

The Stillsons
Friday 27th September – The Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD
Saturday 28th September – The Royal Mail, Goodna, QLD
Saturday 28th September – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 29th September – The Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 3rd October – The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 4th October – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

The Woohoo Revue
Friday 27th September – Nexus Arts Centre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 28th September – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

Xavier Rudd, Donavon Frankenreiter and Nahko and Medicine for the People
Saturday 28th September – Oceans Winery, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 29th September – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 3rd October – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 4th October – Big Top, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Sister” – Mumford and Sons

We were sad to hear the (not at all unexpected) news this week that Mumford and Sons would be taking a hiatus. So we thought we’d celebrate the band with one of our favourite non-album tracks, “Sister”.

The Fleurieu Folk Festival Announces Artist Lineup for 2013

Old Man Luedecke
Image Courtesy of Old Man Luedecke

The Fleurieu Folk Festival in Willunga, SA is rolling around again this October and once again they’ve managed to score one of the most impressive lineups on the folk calendar. Held from the 25th to 27th October the Fleurieu Folk Festival is just 50kms south of Adelaide making it both accessible and far enough away from the big city to truly make a weekend of it.

The 2013 lineup is made up of over 60 artists from around the country (and around the world) with more Timber and Steel favourites than you can throw a banjo at including Old Man Luedecke (above), Jordie Lane, The Seals, The BordererS, Siskin River, Danny Spooner, The Mae Trio, The Timbers, Kaurna Cronin, The Weeping Willows and many many more.

Tickets for the Fleurieu Folk Festival are available now. For more infomation check out the official site here.

The Timbers Announce East Coast Tour

The Timbers
Image Courtesy of The Timbers

Adelaide folk favourites The Timbers are heading east in support of their brand new single “Gallantry”. Well known of their high energy, up-tempo live show, The Timbers will be taking in shows in Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra, Melbourne and more throughout October before heading home for the Fleurieu Folk Festival. Check out the full list of dates (so far), plus a stream of “Gallantry” below:

Saturday 12th October – Wollombi Music Festival, NSW
Sunday 13th October – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 16th October – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 17th October – The Phoneix Room, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th October – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 20th October – The Albion Hotel, Albury, NSW
Tuesday 22nd October – The Espy, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th to Saturday 26th October – Fleurieu Folk Festival, SA

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