Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th February

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The National Folk Festival announced four more international acts including Aoife Scott, Flats and Sharps, Accrowbatics Quartet and The New Macedon Rangers. Details here

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s returns for 2017 with The Willing Ponies. Details here

– Central Coast folk-rock duo Elwood Myre announced an East Coast tour. Details here

– We premiered the brand new single from Peasant Moon “Back in Time”. Details here

– American nu-folk artist Radical Face released his visual EP SunnMoonnEclippse. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Imogen Clark released her new video “Drawing Hearts”. Details here

Ryan Adams has announced Australian tour dates this May. Details here

Releases This Week

Windy City
Windy CityAlison Krauss
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Busby Marou
Postcards From The Shell HouseBusby Marou
iTunes

Deer Prudence
Deer PrudenceDeer Prudence
iTunes

Holly Throsby
After A TimeHolly Throsby
iTunes

Jens Lakeman
Life Will See You NowJens Lekman
iTunes

Nikki Lane
Highway QueenNikki Lane
iTunes

Radical Face
SunnMoonnEclippseRadical Face
Official Site

Ryan Adams
PrisonerRyan Adams
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

John Flanagan Trio

Flanagan

Wednesday 22nd February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 23rd February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Amanda Palmer
Wednesday 22nd February – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th February – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Backsliders
Friday 17th February – Holler Music Festival, Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. The Willing Ponies
Wednesday 22nd February – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Brendan Gallagher & SOBs
Thursday 23rd February – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Saturday 18th February – The Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD
Thursday 23rd February – The Reef Casino, Cairns, QLD
Friday 24th February – The Reef Casino, Cairns, QLD

Carus Thompson
Friday 17th February – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

Cobargo Folk Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February – Cobargo, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents Amber Rae Slade
Friday 24th February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents In The Round: Singer/Songwriter Night feat. Taryn La Fauci, Sabrina Soares, Melanie Dyer
Friday 17th February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Devil on the Rooftop, Belle Jar
Monday 20th February – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Elwood Myre
Friday 17th February – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Wednesday 22nd February – Folkswagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fairlight Folk feat. Equus, The Love Machine, Sako Dermenjian & The Groove
Saturday 18th February – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Hannah Robinson, Elwood Myre
Wednesday 22nd February – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Frances Folk Gathering
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February – Frances, SA

Gordie Tentrees
Friday 17th February – Mundaring Folk & Blues Club, Mundaring, WA
Saturday 18th February – Johns House, Gwelup, WA
Sunday 19th February – Redcliffe on Murray, Pinjarra, WA
Tuesday 21st February – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 22nd February – Club Acoustica, Scarbourough, WA
Thursday 23rd February – Lulu Concerts, Duncraig, WA
Friday 24th February – Wintersun Hotel, Geraldton, WA

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 17th February – Nightjar Festival, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 18th February – Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Hootenanny feat. Elwood Myre
Sunday 19th February – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 17th February – Taronga Zoo, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd February – Latin Loafer, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 24th February – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Jep & Dep
Sunday 19th February – Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Jess Locke & Shiny Coin
Friday 17th February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 19th February – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Joe & Harmony’s Magic Carpet Ride feat. Paul Hayward & The Sidekicks, Tony Eardely, The Trippy Hippy Band
Saturday 18th February – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan Trio
Wednesday 22nd February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 23rd February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

Kasey Chambers and Bernard Fanning
Friday 17th February – Eastbank Centre, Shepparton, VIC
Saturday 18th February – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 19th February – Lakeside Wendouree, Ballarat, VIC
Tuesday 21st February – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 22nd February – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 24th February – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD

L1-Boleyn, Huckleberry Hastings, Melancholy Flowers, Annais Paris
Tuesday 21st February – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Les Poules à Colin
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

Lucie Thorne & The Yearlings
Friday 17th February – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 18th February – House Concert, Willow Vale, NSW
Sunday 19th February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Margaret Walters and The Redfern Shanty Club
Saturday 18th February – Loaded Dog Folk Club, Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Mark Lucas
Sunday 19th February – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd February – The Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th February – Old Growler, Sydney, NSW

Mat McHugh
Friday 17th February – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Saturday 18th February – Memo Music Hall, St Kilda, VIC

Mic Conway’s National Junk
Friday 17th February – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Miriam Lieberman
Saturday 18th February – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Friday 24th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

Ray Mann
Wednesday 22nd February – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Riverboats Music Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th February – Echuca Moama, VIC

Sam Brittain w/ BR Dalton, Tara Carragher
Friday 17th February – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Sam Buckingham
Wednesday 22nd February – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Skyscraper Stan
Sunday 19th February – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Taasha Coates
Friday 17th February – Spiegeltent, Adelaide, SA

The McClymonts
Friday 17th February – Country Club, Launceston, TAS
Saturday 18th February – Wrestpoint Ent Centre, Hobart, TAS
Friday 24th February – Doyalson RSL, Doyalson, NSW

The Morrisons
Saturday 18th February – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

The Porch Sessions feat. Mojo Juju
Sunday 19th February – House Concert, Adelaide, SA

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Friday 17th February – Royal Theatre, Quirindi, NSW
Saturday 18th February – Gunnedah Town Hall, Gunnedah, NSW
Sunday 19th February – The Crossing Theatre, Narrabri, NSW
Wednesday 22nd February – Tenterfield School of Arts, Tenterfield, NSW
Thursday 23rd February – Glen Innes Chapel Theatre, Glen Innes, NSW
Friday 24th February – Clarence Valley Conservatorium, Grafton, NSW

The Tall Grass
Friday 24th February – The Union, Sydney, NSW

The Trippy Hippy Band
Friday 17th February – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club, Hornsby, NSW
Saturday 18th February – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

The Young Folk
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

Timberwolf
Saturday 18th February – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th February – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Tubular Bells for Two
Friday 17th February – Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 18th February – Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide, SA

William Crighton
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th February – Riverboats Festival, VIC

Winterbourne
Friday 17th February – 38 Berwick, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 18th February – Nightquarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 19th Feburary – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 23rd February – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 24th February – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Golden Heart” – Mark Knopfler

Watch the New Imogen Clark Video “Drawing Hearts”

Imogen Clark
Image Courtesy of Imogen Clark

At the end of last week alt-country singer-songwriter Imogen Clark released her playful new video “Drawing Hearts”.

The track is taken from the Golden Guitar nominee’s 2016 album Love and Lovely Lies and is already charting on the CMC charts.

Check out “Drawing Hearts” below:

Watch the New Radical Face EP SunnMoonnEclippse

Radical Face
Image Courtesy of Radical Face

Having completed his Family Tree concept album series last year nu-folk artist Radical Face will be trying his hand at new art and music projects over the course of 2017.

The first of these projects is the EP SunnMoonnEclippse which was released at the end of last week to coincide with the full lunar eclipse.

The EP comes with a visual companion piece which is the way Radical Face intends it to be consumed. You can get the full visual experience on http://sunnmoonneclippse.com but we’ve also embedded the YouTube version below.

“I made the SunnMoonnEclippse EP alongside my friend Gordon McBryde, while he was building the visuals,” Ben Cooper of Radical Face explains. “It’s meant to be viewed as well as heard – I let the visuals affect the music, and vice-versa – so it’ll first exist as a website. Then it’ll move on to all the usual culprits, for just regular listening if you’re into the music. But it’s been really fun. Never done the two side-by-side like that. Usually visuals are a totally separate process. Thematically the songs run in a complete loop, so it’s meant to be listened to and/or viewed as a complete circle drawing inspiration from the cycle of the rotation of the Sun and Moon”

Check out SunnMoonnEclippse here:

Timber and Steel Premiere: Peasant Moon’s New Single “Back In Time”

Peasant Moon
Image Courtesy of Peasant Moon

Sydney based Americana duo Peasant Moon have established themselves as an integral part of the local scene over the last few years. Having just returned from their first Tamworth Country Music Festival Peasant Moon are ready to release their brand new single “Back In Time” and we’re super proud to give Timber and Steel readers the first listen

“Back In Time” is taken from the duo’s third EP which is due for release later this year and features a full band.

“”Back In Time” serves partly as a warning to my future self,” says singer and guitarist Harvey Russell. “As Joni Mitchell said, “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”.”

Take a listen to “Back In Time” below:

The single is available on your favourite streaming services or you can download it here.

Peasant Moon have a handful of dates in the coming months – the full list is here:

Sunday 5th March – Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 25th March – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 6th April – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 9th April – Crown & Anchor Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Elwood Myre Announce East Coast Tour

Elwood Myre
Image Courtesy of Elwood Myre

Central Coast folk-rock duo Elwood Myre have just announced a bunch of dates up and down the east coast through the second half of February and into March.

The tour comes off the back of their brand new single “They’re Gonna Get You Too” from their upcoming record. Check out the track plus all of the dates below:

Friday 17th February – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Sunday 26th February – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 3rd March – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Friday 10th March – B-East, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 12th March – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th March – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Saturday 18th March – Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 19th March – The Fox Den, Gloucester, NSW
Saturday 25th March – The Stag & Hunter, Mayfield, NSW

Details for Bluegrass at Yulli’s for February

Willing Ponies
Image Courtesy of The Willing Ponies

Everyone’s favourite Sydney bluegrass jam and performance night, Bluegrass @ Yulli’s, is back with a bang for 2017. After their traditional bluegrass picnic in January, Bluegrass @ Yulli’s will this month head back into the upstairs bar at Yulli’s in Sydney’s Surry Hills.

As always the night will kick off at 6pm with an all-welcome jam sessions where you’re invited to bring your own banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin, fiddle or whatever and get stuck in. Then from 8pm Sydney country and bluegrass band The Willing Ponies will take to the stage with their unique brand of original folk music.

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s takes place on the 22nd February. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

More International Artists Added to the National Folk Festival

Aoife Scott
Image Courtesy of Aoife Scott

The lineup announcements for The National Folk Festival just keep coming with the addition of four more international acts to the event.

The lineup additions this time around include Dublin folk singer/songwriter Aoife Scott (above),
old timey inspired UK band Flats and Sharps, Finnish roots act Accrowbatics Quartet and old time Appalachian-style duo The New Macedon Rangers.

The National Folk Festival is held from the 13th to the 17th April in 2017 – for more information and tickets check out the official site here.


Thank Folk It’s Friday – 10th February

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Roots legend Jeff Lang announced details of his new album Alone In Bad Company as well as national tour dates. Details here

Johnny Flynn released his new video “Raising The Dead”. Details here

All Our Exes Live In Texas released their new video “Boundary Road”. Details here

Reviews

Track by Track

“The long awaited debut album from The Morrisons launched this week full of songs we’ve come to love from their live show over the last few years. James Morrisons, Jimmy Daley and Anna McInerney took some time out to run through the tracks on The Morrisons and give us an insight into the stories behind the songs”The Morrisons take use through their new album The Morrisons. Track by Track here

Recordings

“With the release of The Morrisons this week we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Finally we have something to fill our ears while we wait eagerly for the next round of Morrisons shows. Finally we can own the songs we’ve grown to love as we’ve followed the band since its inception” – we review The Morrisons album The Morrisons. Review here

Releases This Week

Jesca Hoop
Memories Are NowJesca Hoop
iTunes

Best Of
Best OfOld Crow Medicine Show
iTunes

The Morrisons
The MorrisonsThe Morrisons
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Folkswagon feat. Love Note For Gareth

Rosie

Our illustrious Editor in Chief Gareth Hugh Evans is leaving Sydney this month for the folky pastures of Melbourne. To see him off the folks at Folkswagon have put together a very special “Love Note For Gareth” featuring Sydney artists who have had a big impact on him and Timber and Steel over the years including Rosie Catalano (above), Leroy Lee, James Morrison and Jimmy Daley (The Morrisons), Jack Carty and Fanny Lumsden. Come and celebrate the Sydney folk scene and help us say goodbye to Gareth!

Wednesday 15th February – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Amanda Palmer
Friday 10th February – MONA, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 11th February – MONA, Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 15th February – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Backsliders
Friday 17th February – Holler Music Festival, Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Carus Thompson
Sunday 12th February – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 17th February – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

Chelsea Reed w/ Danielle Deckard & Blind Hot Gems
Saturday 11th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents Frank Sultana
Friday 10th February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents In The Round: Singer/Songwriter Night feat. Taryn La Fauci, Sabrina Soares, Melanie Dyer
Friday 17th February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Culture Up Late feat. Shelly’s Murder Boys
Wednesday 15th February – Australian Museum, Sydney, NSW

Elliott Smith Tribute feat. Caitlin Harnett, Hannahband, Wasters, Royal Chant, Rachel Maria Cox, Sam Shinazzi, Black River Bell, Fabels, Lisa Crawley, Donna Amini, Imperial Broads, Katie Brianna, Leroy Lee
Saturday 11th February – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

eüsh
Saturday 11th February – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW

Folkswagon feat. Love Note For Gareth
Wednesday 15th February – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

George w/ Jack Carty
Friday 17th February – Taronga Zoo, Sydney, NSW

Gordie Tentrees
Friday 17th February – Mundaring Folk & Blues Club, Mundaring, WA

Green Mohair Suits
Saturday 11th February – The Union, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 12th February – Palm Beach Golf Club, Sydney, NSW

Gretta Ziller w/ Cyndi Boste
Sunday 12th February – House Concert, VIC

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 17th February – Nightjar Festival, Geelong, VIC

Hootenanny feat. Andy Balor’s Cajun Combo
Sunday 12th February – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

James Taylor w/ Kasey Chambers, Bernard Fanning
Saturday 11th February – Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, QLD
Sunday 12th February – Hope Estate Winery, Pokolbin, NSW

Jess Locke, Shiny Coin, SNAPE, Okin Osan
Friday 17th February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Kasey Chambers w/ Thelma Plumb
Friday 10th February – Taronga Zoo, Mosman, NSW

Kasey Chambers and Bernard Fanning
Tuesday 14th February – Orange Ex Services Club, Orange, NSW
Wednesday 15th February – Albury Entertainment Centre, Albury, NSW
Friday 17th February – Eastbank Centre, Shepparton, VIC

Katie Brianna
Saturday 11th February – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 12th February – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Lucie Thorne & The Yearlings
Friday 10th February – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 12th February – Lot 19, Castlemaine, VIC
Wednesday 15th February – Saint Monday, Yackandandah, VIC
Thursday 16 February – 505, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th February – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW

Luke Collings w/ Lyn Taylor, Peter Conaty
Wednesday 15th February – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Matt McHugh
Thursday 16th February – Baha Tacos, Rye, VIC
Friday 17th February – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band
Friday 17th February – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Miriam Lieberman Trio
Friday 10th February – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Paul Hayward and Sidekicks
Saturday 11th February – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Pekka Kuusisto and the Australian Chamber Orchestra with Sam Amidon
Friday 10th February – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th February – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 12th February – Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney, NSW
Monday 13th February – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 14th February – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Ray Mann
Thursday 16th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Riverboats Music Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th February – Echuca Moama, VIC

Sam Brittain & Meg LaGrande
Saturday 11th February – Rockford Wines, Barossa Valley, SA
Friday 17th February – The Wheatsheaf, Adeladie, SA

Sancha & the Blue Gypsies
Thursday 16th February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Singer-Songwriters Solo feat. Bec Taylor, Evan Buckley, James Fahy
Saturday 11th February – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Sunday Arvo Sesh at Fractangular feat. Mystery Duo, The Stragglers, Quinton Trembath, The Dominic Francis Grief Ensemble, Ryan Garth, GT Mongrel, Spinks, Hannah & Magnus, The Dead Maggies
Sunday 12th February – Fractangular, Buckland, TAS

Sunday Sundown feat. Ngaiire, All Our Exes Live in Texas
Sunday 12th February – The Newport, Sydney, NSW

Taasha Coates
Friday 17th February – Spiegeltent, Adelaide, SA

The Cat Empire & Xavier Rudd
Saturday 11th February – Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 12th February – Stuart Park, Wollongong, NSW

The Jimmy Davis Duo and Luke Escombe
Friday 10th February – The Acoustic Picnic, Sydney, NSW

The McClymonts
Friday 10th February – Village Green Hotel, Mulgrave, VIC
Saturday 11th February – York On Lilydale, Mt Evelyn, VIC
Friday 17th February – Country Club, Launceston, TAS

The Morrisons
Friday 10th February – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 11th February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 12th February – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 16th February – Moonshine @ The Steyne, Manly, NSW

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Wednesday 15th February – TAS Hoskins Centre, Armidale, NSW
Thursday 16th February – Capital Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 17th February – Royal Theatre, Quirindi, NSW

The Trippy Hippy Band
Friday 17th February – Ku-ring-gai Folk Club, Rear Willow Park Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Sunday 12th February – Levantine Hill Estate, Coldstream, VIC

Timberwolf
Thursday 16th February – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Tori Forsyth
Saturday 11th February – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Tubular Bells for Two
Friday 17th February – Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide, SA

William Crighton
Saturday 11th February – McDonald Park, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Sunday 12th February – Wade Park, Orange, NSW
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th February – Riverboats Festival, VIC

Winterbourne
Friday 10th February – Rad, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 11th February – The Lair, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th February – Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Friday 17th February – 38 Berwick, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Never Going Back Again” – Fleetwood Mac

This week is the 40th anniversary of the release of Rumours

Track By Track: The Morrisons – The Morrisons

The Morrisons
Image Courtesy of The Morrisons

The long awaited debut album from The Morrisons launched this week full of songs we’ve come to love from their live show over the last few years. James Morrisons, Jimmy Daley and Anna McInerney took some time out to run through the tracks on The Morrisons and give us an insight into the stories behind the songs.

“Cumberland Plain” – [Jimmy Daley] An old friend of mine from the mountains once told me a story about how when he was young they used to sing “Cumberland Gap” (one of my favourite old time folk songs) and change the lyrics to “leaving Balmain for the Cumberland Plain”. At that time (50’s/60’s), he told me that Sydney was changing, becoming more expensive and people who couldn’t afford it were getting forced out, much like what is going on now. Using his story as its genesis, the song deals with class divide between east and west in Sydney.

“Ruby” – [Jimmy Daley] I wrote this song a long time ago for my old band Bellyache Ben & The Steamgrass Boys. At the time I was listening a lot to the Osborne Brothers and The Country Gentleman. Those bands were so good at merging the sounds and traditions of bluegrass with pop sensibility, songs like ‘Rocky Top’, ‘Matterhorn’, ‘Fox on the Run’. It’s my favorite period of bluegrass music.

“Sugar Cane” – [Jimmy Daley] Another old one from the Steamgrass Boys days. I wrote this song when I was traveling around North Queensland. I was listening to Uncle Dave Macon – in particular his classic tune “Way Down The Old Plank Road” – and wanted to write something like that. In old-time music the hook that just goes ’round and ’round ’til your feet drop off. It’s so infectious. I love it. The claw-hammer banjo intro is a nod to Uncle Dave.

“Two Years In The Mines” – [Jimmy Daley] This song is about Gyzele Osmani, a refugee who came to Australia in 1999 during the Kosovo crisis. I have vivid memories of watching the crisis on the news as a young boy but having no idea of the gravity of what I was seeing. Gyzele’s story was the subject of an award winning essay and radio show. It’s a truly remarkable story of courage and determination in the face of terrible adversity (well worth a read). Unfortunately our own government created a significant amount of that adversity. She was held in detention in Port Headland for 7 months, with her 5 children. One of them had a broken leg and was denied adequate medical treatment. Gyzele was brought to Australia as part of our humanitarian response to the crisis and this is how we treated her, it’s absolutely disgraceful. The thing that made me really angry when I read about her story, was that our government talks about detention centres acting as deterrents to people who come here illegally, but here’s a woman who was brought here by the government under the banner of humanitarianism and she was kept in detention with all her children. It’s absolute bullshit! Thankfully though this story has a happy ending and she now lives and works in Canberra.

“Melina (Not For Long)” – [James Morrison] While in a low point in an in-between, on-again off-again, post separation/pre reparation stage relationship, I fell for a girl. She would remind me intermittently that she knew it wouldn’t be a forever relationship (although I don’t think I was aware of that at the time) because of my mess. She was right, and she was amazing.

“Whisky on the Brain” – [James Morrison] For three hours every Tuesday night for a year (2013-14), our band would wedge ourselves into the corner of Corridor in Newtown. We had to stack our instrument cases on the awning above King St to make space, and even then the room would be full with 50% band members. We would sweat, sing too loud and drink a lot, and this song is the memory.

“Route March” – [Jimmy Daley] As soon as I read Lawson’s poem “The Route March” the rhythm and melody started to form in my head, it just reads like song lyrics. A lot of his poems are like that, I’ve actually been working on a side project of writing an album of a capella music for a bunch of his poems, but knowing how long it takes me to finish stuff I’ll probably have that out in 2030.

“Good Christian Man” – [Jimmy Daley] This is a deeply personal song about doubt, self-reflection and religious contradiction, and about how in the absence of belief we try and find ways to be moral and decent to each other.

“Emmeline (Deeds Not Words)” – [Jimmy Daley] In her mid 30’s my grandmother decided she wanted to become a school teacher. She hadn’t had the opportunity to get much of an education as a child so she had to go back and do her HSC. So as a 30-year-old mother of two she donned the school uniform and did it! She then went to uni and became a primary school teacher. By this time she was married to my grandfather and thus had taken his last name, Pankhurst. The local paper did a story on her saying something like “The ghost of Emmeline Pankhurst rides again”. The surname is no coincidence either; my grandfather is a distant relation of Richard Pankhurst, Emmeline’s husband. The Pankhurst women, Emmeline, and in particular her daughter Sylvia, are some of the most important and inspirational historical figures I have ever encountered. In my mind they should occupy the same space in our cultural psyche as people like Martin Luther King and Ghandi. One thing we are really proud of is that we will be releasing the song as a single in conjunction with the UN Women Australia Group on 8th March, International Women’s Day. It will be a pay what you want thing with all the proceeds going towards UN initiatives to help disenfranchised women around the world. The theme for the day this year is “empower a woman, empower a nation”, very appropriate when speaking of Emmeline Pankhurst.

“Rabbit Skin Cheques” – [Jimmy Daley] My Grandfather grew up on a farm in Tamworth. They didn’t have much money and they also had a problem with rabbits. So he would kill the rabbits, skin them and then sell the skins to a shop in town to make some extra pocket money. What a great topic for a country song!

“Turn the Light On” – [James Morrison] This was one of our first songs, but was long forgotten and buried. After a cathartic moment walking home between recording sessions, it seemed relevant again, not as the lighthearted song about being in the doghouse, but now as a plead to not be shut out of a relationship.

“Wild Eleanor” – [Jimmy Daley] Another old one from The Steamgrass Boys, we released this as a single last year and won an award at the Australian Song Writers Association for folk/acoustic song of the year. We also played it on The Bachelor, ha. It’s been such a staple song for The Morrisons that we decided to record it again and chuck it on there. It’s very live, warts and all. That is a reflection of how we recorded the whole album really. We tried to do it as live as possible, without overdubs etc. That means you have to accept a few mistakes here and there but the spirit and intensity of your performance stays intact, which is much more important than your ego staying intact. Multi tracked, slick folk/bluegrass recordings for me miss the point of what is so powerful about this kind of music.

“Long Time Traveling” – [Jimmy Daley] I love harmony singing! It’s my favourite thing to do in music. If I could, I would sit at my computer all day every day writing, arranging and recording vocal harmonies. I wrote this song whilst traveling around China. I’m not sure where the tune came from but I’d just been humming it to myself the entire trip. The melody has a very pentatonic “asian” quality to it, perhaps it just seeped into my subconscious. We then went up to Inner Mongolia and the lyrics just poured out. It’s an incredible landscape but at the same time it’s marred by destruction and rapid urban development. Like the rest of China it’s a place of insane contrast. I remember sitting waiting for a bus and looking around me at this desolate construction site wasteland and seeing that just over the horizon cows and horses were roaming across the stunning Mongolian steppe the same way they had for centuries. The same grasslands on which Genghis Khan rode his horse. It was bizarre.

“Southern Flavour” – [Anna McInerney] A classic instrumental tune by the father of bluegrass Bill Monroe, “Southern Flavour” is a favourite of The Morrisons and has been in our set list for a long time. It wasn’t originally scheduled for the studio but the idea came up, we did a few takes and we had our album closer.

The Morrisons is available now from all the usual outlets. Download on Bandcamp here. For details of their upcoming tour check out the dates here as well as our review of the album here.

Watch the New All Our Exes Live In Texas Video “Boundary Road”

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Sydney folk singers All Our Exes Live In Texas have just released their brand new video “Boundary Road”. The track is taken from their up coming album When We Fall (due on the 3rd March).

Katie Wighton from the band says the song started at a breakfast with her Mum. “Something happened and all of a sudden we were having this huge fight on Boundary Street, in Brisbane’s West End. I don’t even remember what it was about but eventually she broke down and said “What if I want to be the one to fall apart once in a while?” My mum is pretty amazing at pretending things are okay when they really aren’t. I suppose most parents are. This song is for anyone who feels like they have to be strong and brave for those around them. I hope it gives you permission to fall apart every now and then.”

Check out the video below:

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