Full Lineup for the Top Half Folk Festival Revealed

Fanny Lumsden
Image Courtesy of Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers

We’re less than two weeks away from our favourite little folk festival, the Top Half Folk Festival in Central Australia, and it’s shaping up to be an amazing event.

The Top Half has already announced headliners Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers (above) but this week they announced a raft of other artists including Ted Egan, Colin Lillie, Barry Skipsey, Sally Balfour, Margaret Walters, Bob Sharp, Scott Balfour, Dave Oakes, Don Bruce, Neil & Mel Phillips, Rusty & The Infidels, Malarkey, Watershed Players, Edan Baxter, Chris Pemberton & Tony Suttor, Peter Bate, Paul Stewart, South Of The Berrimah Line, Phil Beck, Phil Gray, Kirsty Evans, Ted & Carolynne Burns and the-band-that-became-a-blog Timber & Steel.

The Top Half Folk Festival is held from the 5th to the June at the Glen Helen Resort west of Alice Springs. As well as the festival there will be an informal welcome drinks in Alice Springs at the Gap View Hotel on Thursday 4th June. For more information on the Top Half Folk Festival including how to get your hands on tickets and accommodation check out the Central Australia Folk Society web site here.

Jack Carty and Jordan Millar Announce Intimate + By Request National Tour

Jack Carty
Image Courtesy of Jack Carty

Following the success of a couple of intimate shows in Sydney in March singer-songwriters Jack Carty and Jordan Millar are jumping back in the van for a series of shows this August. The Intimate + By Request show will see Carty and Millar doing what they do best in small venues all around the country.

Check out the full list of dates below – and get in quick because these shows are bound to sell out very very quickly:

Saturday 1st August – The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Thursday 6th August – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 7th August – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 8th August – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th August – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 15th August – Rous Mill Hall, Rous Mill, NSW
Thursday 20th August – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 21st August – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd August – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS

Jed Rowe Announces Tour with Alison Ferrier

Jed Rowe
Image Courtesy of Jed Rowe

Both Jed Rowe and Alison Ferrier are about to release album produced by Jeff Lang and featuring The StillsonsThe Last Day of Winter (29th May) and Be Here Now (5th June) respectively – so it makes sense that the two Melbourne singer-songwriters have planned a joint tour in July.

The tour will take the singers through New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria with Rowe supplementing it with a couple of solo shows as well. Check out the full list of dates below along with an exclusive stream of the new Jed Rowe track “Fire”:

Friday 12th June – Selby Folk Club, Selby VIC*
Friday 19th June – Basement Discs, Melbourne VIC*
Wednesday 1st July – The Front, Canberra NSW
Thursday 2nd July – The Union, Sydney NSW
Friday 3rd July – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay NSW
Saturday 4th July – City Sounds at Queens St Mall, Brisbane QLD
Sunday 5th July – City Sounds at Brisbane Square, Brisbane QLD
Sunday 5th July – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane QLD
Thursday 9th July – 5 Church St, Bellingen NSW
Friday 10th July – Wauchope Arts, Wauchope NSW
Saturday 11th July – McCrossin Mill, Uralla NSW
Sunday 12th July – The Junkyard, Maitland NSW
Saturday 1st August – Bella Union, Melbourne VIC
Friday 21st August – Ararat Live, Ararat VIC*
Saturday 22nd August – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide SA*
Sunday 23rd August – Red Poles, McLaren Vale SA*
*Jed Rowe solo

Lindi Ortega Announces New Album Faded Gloryville

Lindi Ortega
Image Courtesy of Lindi Ortega

Canadian alt-country favourite Lindi Ortega has announced plans to release her fourth album. The album, titled Faded Gloryville, will be released on the 7th August and features collaborations with award winning producers Dave Cobb, Colin Linden and Ben Tanner & John Paul White.

Faded Gloryville isn’t just about music,” Ortega recently told Rolling Stone Country. “It’s about anything that brings you down, whether it’s dreams not coming true or relationships not working out, and its message is this: you can go to place where you’re feeling really down about things, but it’s what you do afterwards — do you decide to reside there forever, or do you leave and make the situation better — that matters. You have to travel through Faded Gloryville to get to Paradise.”

Check out the full track listing and a stream of “To Love Somebody” below:

1. Ashes
2. Faded Gloryville
3. Tell It Like It Is
4. Someday Soon
5. To Love Somebody
6. When You Ain’t Home
7. Run-down Neighborhood
8. I Ain’t The Girl
9. Run Amuck
10. Half Moon

Little Features Announces Lineup for Third Birthday

Little Features
Image Courtesy of The Button Collective

Little Features is hands down one of our favourite regular indie-folk nights in Sydney. Whether it’s their intimate house concert shows at Hibernian House, their recent showcases at Cafe Lounge or their various other spinoffs, Little Features has always delivered some of the best live music in the city.

This Saturday 30th May Little Features celebrates their third birthday with a celebration at Hibernian House. The show will feature a very exciting lineup including American singer-songwriter Justin Robinson, Little Features mainstay Charlie Gradon, local folk heroes The Button Collective (above) and the buzzworthy Ed Wells.

Little Features is BYO and just $15 on the door, so definitely the best value for money birthday in town. For more information check out the official Facebook invite here.

Bon Iver Announce Return with Third Cycle

Bon Iver
Image Courtesy of Bon Iver

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from Bon Iver and in all honesty I think most people had assumed that was it for the project. Following extensive touring off the back of the 2011 self titled album, Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon seemed to take a hiatus, involving himself in a bunch of other projects and production work.

But this week Vernon confirmed that Bon Iver will return to headline the first annual Eaux Claires Music Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and the show will be the start of Bon Iver’s third cycle.

“It’s the perfect platform for us to be like, this is how we’re starting this new cycle, new life of the band. It makes so much sense to start it here,” Vernon explained to Minneapolis television show KARE 11.

The full interview is on Consequence of Sound here. We can’t wait to see what the third cycle of Bon Iver looks like!

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 22nd May


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Packwood announced details of Hibernal, the second album in his seasonal series Vertumnus. Details here

Marlon Williams, Husky Gawenda (Husky), Jordie Lane and Fergus Linacre (Kingswood) will be taking to the stage to pay tribute to The Beatles’ albums Rubber Soul and Revolver. Details here

Richard Thompson has announced plans to release his new Jeff Tweedy produced album Still. Details here

Releases This Week

Milk Carton Kids
MontereyThe Milk Carton Kids

william fitzsimmons
PittsburghWilliam Fitzsimmons

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Good Ship

Good Ship

Folk favourites The Good Ship bid farewell with their final show in their home town of Brisbane. This is bound to be a rollicking affair!

Saturday 23rd May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Ben Howard
Thursday 28th May – Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th May – Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Brad Butcher
Friday 22nd May – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 23rd May – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 24th May – The Homestead, Hobart, TAS

Dan Parsons and Steve Grady
Friday 22nd May – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC

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

Direwolf and Willowy
Wednesday 27th May – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 28th May – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Elwood Myre
Sunday 24th May – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC

Forest Falls
Wednesday 27th May – Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Iris DeMent with Pieta Brown
Friday 22nd May – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 23rd May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 24th May – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th May – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 29th May – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

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

Liam Gale & The Ponytails
Saturday 23rd May – *Secret Show*, Sydney, NSW

Peasant Moon w/ Katie Brianna, Lisa Caruso
Sunday 24th May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

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

Ruby Boots
Friday 22nd May – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd May – Major Toms, Kyneton, VIC
Sunday 24th May – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Friday 29th May – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Sufjan Stevens
Friday 22nd May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 25th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

The Good Ship
Saturday 23rd May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

The Pigs
Friday 22nd May – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd May – Katoomba RSL, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 29th May – The Spirit, Traralgon, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Way It Goes” – Gillian Welch

Richard Thompson Announces New Album Still

Richard Thompson
Image Courtesy of Richard Thompson

Folk-rock legend Richard Thompson has announced plans to release his brand new album Still. Produced by Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) the album is due for release on the 29th June.

“Richard’s been one of my favorite guitar players for a very long time,” Tweedy explained. “When I think about it, he’s also one of my favorite songwriters and favorite singers. He’s the Ultimate Triple Threat. Getting to work closely with him on this record was a truly rewarding experience, not to mention a great thrill. And he keeps alive my streak of working exclusively with artists who make me look good as a producer.”

“I really tried to not have any preconceived ideas, but of course you do,” Thompson said of working with Tweedy. “I tried to shove those to the back of my mind. You don’t really know until you turn up — what the studio is like, what the gear is like. It ended up being a nice unfolding of surprises.”

Check out the full track listing for Still below:

1. She Never Could Resist A Winding Road
2. Beatnik Walking
3. Patty Don’t You Put Me Down
4. Broken Doll
5. All Buttoned Up
6. Josephine
7. Long John Silver
8. Pony In The Stable
9. Where’s Your Heart
10. No Peace No End
11. Dungeons For Eyes
12. Guitar Heroes

Some of Folk’s Best Come Together for Rubber Soul and Revolver Tribute Concert Series

Rubber Soul

This July and August some of Timber and Steel’s favourite singers are coming together to pay tribute to two of the most celebrated Beatles albums – Rubber Soul and Revolver.

Marlon Williams, Husky Gawenda (Husky), Jordie Lane and Fergus Linacre (Kingswood) will take to the stage in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra to perform the albums back to back.

“If it wasn’t for my school friend introducing The Beatles’ music to me when I was 10, I don’t think I would have become a singer and songwriter,” Jordie Lane explained. “Their influence on me was really that important.”

To hear these artists cover classic tracks like “Drive My Car”, “Nowhere Man”, “Norwegian Wood”, “Yellow Submarine”, “Eleanor Rigby” and more check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 30th July – Concert Hall, QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 1st August – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA
Sunday 2nd August – Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 4th August – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 5th August – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 6th August- Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 7th August – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 8th August – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Packwood Reveals Details of New Mini-Album Hibernial

Image Courtesy of Packwood

Having already wowed us with his amazing mini-album Autumnal (review here), Packwood returns with the next instalment of his seasonal epic Vertumnus, the winter themed Hibernal.

Due for release on the 1st June Hibernal promises to be more expansive and theatrical than the previous release with layered orchestral and choral arrangements. Packwood is already offering a taste of the album with the track “Obstinate” – listen to it below:

For more information on Hibernal, including how to order it, check out Packwood’s Bandcamp here.

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