The Bottlers’ and The Go Set’s Submissions for the Salty Dog Cruise Competition 2018

Salty Dog Cruise
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This April folk-punk giants Flogging Molly will be hitting the high seas for their annual Salty Dog Cruise.

The cruise will feature some of the biggest names in punk music aboard The Norwegian Sky and Flogging Molly are giving artists a chance to join them by uploading a video to YouTube and begging their adoring fans for likes.

Two Australian folk-punk favourites – The Bottlers and The Go Set – have thrown their hats in the ring for the competition with a couple of cracking tunes.

First up is The Bottlers with their frenetic “Hades’ Way” from their self titled EP – check it out here:

The Go Set’s submission is the rock-and-pipes laden “Raise A Glass” – check it out here:

If you want to support getting some cracking Aussie folk-punk talent on the Salty Dog Cruise make sure you “like” the videos above and tell your friends.

Watch the New Frank Turner Video “There She Is”

Frank Turner
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English post-punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner has just released his new video “There She Is”.

The video was filmed at the legendary RAK Studios and is taken from his upcoming retrospective album Songbook which reimagines songs from across Turner’s six albums, due on the 24th November.

Check out “There She Is” below:

Watch the New Fox n Firkin Video “Bastard Brigade”

Fox N Firkin
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Brisbane based folk-punk foursome Fox n Firkin have just released their new single and video “Bastard Brigade”. The track is taken from their 2016 album No Vacancy and was shot while the band were in Tasmania with label mates The Dead Maggies (who cameo in the clip).

If you like your folk full of crunchy guitars and naughty words check out the video for “Bastard Brigade” below:

Fox n Firkin have been announced as part of the HOBOFOPO festival of folk punk music in Hobart this October as well as scoring the support for The Dead Milkmen (USA) and a spot on the Nevermind The Warp’d Tour. Full upcoming dates are below:

Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th October – HOBOFOPO, Hobart, TAS
Tuesday 14th November – Currumbin Pub, Currumbin, QLD
Wednesday 15th November – Crowbar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 9th December – Nevermind The Warp’d Tour, New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

HOBOFOPO Returns With First 12 Acts for 2017

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Last year saw the successful birth of Australia’s premiere folk-punk festival HOBOFOPO (HOBart’s Original FOlk Punk Orgy) in Tasmania thanks to the talented folks behind Folk ‘Til Ya Punk Records.

This year HOBOFOPO is set to return to Hobart on the 5th to 8th October and this time the best in Australian folk-punk will be joined by USA legends AJJ (above).

11 other artists have also been announced covering the full spectrum of folk punk including Paddy McHugh (QLD), The Dead Maggies (TAS), This Is A Robbery (TAS), The Berkeley Hunts (VIC), Fox ‘N’ Firkin (QLD), Medusa’s Wake (NSW), Quinton Trembath (NSW), Wilson and The Castaways (NSW), The Dominic Francis Grief Ensemble (TAS), BrodyGreg (TAS) and Hairyman (TAS) with more to be announced soon.

To get more information on HOBOFOPO, including how to get your hands on tickets, check out the official Facebook page here.

Track By Track: Good Days, These Days – Quinton Trembath

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Avid journaler, constant traveller and part time accordionist, Quinton Trembath, has returned to punk influenced acoustic guitar to chronicle his stories of friends and places. Just six months after releasing his first EP, Tuns of Fun, Trembath is back with new EP Good days, These Days, recorded in Hobart with the help of Cal Young and Hannah Morrell.

For some added context to the new songs, he has provided us with a photo and anecdote for each song.

1. “Glenorchy” – Glenorchy is a suburb fifteen minutes north of Hobart where I was blessed to spend a week sharing a lounge-room floor with these ten smelly punks. The friendship was cemented one stormy night when Elliott rescued me from the rushing storm-water I had fallen into while we drunkenly explored Hobart’s underground rivulets.


2. “Footscray” – Footscray is a suburb fifteen minutes west of Melbourne where I have spent the past three months making friends, writing songs and sleeping on couches. The few uninspiring months I spent working in Coffs Harbour at the end of last year filled me with a craving for a life more inspiring and I am stoked to be now living in a place where I can see my all my favourite bands both on stage as well as in the local Savers store.


3. “Hazelbrook” – Hazelbrook is a suburb twenty minutes east of Katoomba in the Blue Mountains where my friend Maizy keeps herself busy with a myriad of jobs, bands, studies and other things. We often try to catch up, but due to her unaccommadating schedule of endless commitments and my penchant for constant travel, we’ve found writing letters to be by and far the sweetest way to keep in touch.


4. “Bonville” – Bonville is a suburb 15 minutes south of Coffs Harbour, where on a particularly depressing afternoon in December, my long time friend Rae and I were lucky to find that sometimes all it takes to lift a horrendous mood and derail a suicide pact is an old friend, a case of cheap tins and a rickety swinging garden chair dumped on a curbside.


5. “Glebe” – Glebe is a suburb ten minutes out of Sydney’s CBD where my bicycle frequently spent the night locked up to the front railing of my friend Ellen’s charming terrace home last year. I wrote this song in Vietnam after spending a number of days with her in Indonesia where she nursed me back to health from a bad case of food poisoning.


Good Days, These Days can be downloaded for “name your price” at Quinton Trembath’s Bandcamp.

Quinton Trembath has a number of New South Wales gigs coming up this week – check out the full list below:

Thursday 27th April – Get Folk Punked @ Lazybones, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 29th April – Station Bar, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 30th April – The Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Dead Maggies Head to NSW, VIC and ACT for April Tour

Dead Maggies
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As the weather gets colder Tasmanian folk punks The Dead Maggies are heading north with a series of shows this month in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT.

Over Easter The Dead Maggies will be at The National Folk Festival and then throughout the rest of April you can catch them in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Katoomba and the Central Coast. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 14th April – The Brunswick Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 15th to Monday 17th April – The National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 20th April – The Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 21st April – Junction 142, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 22nd April – Foghorn Brewhouse, Erina, NSW
Sunday 23rd April – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 25 April – Marrickville Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Folk ‘Til Ya Punk Records Announce BRISFOPO Folk Punk Festival

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Following the huge success of the inaugural folk-punk festival HOBOFOPO (Hobart’s Original Folk Punk Orgy) Folk ‘Til Ya Punk Records are heading north and doing it all again in Brisbane this May.

BRISFOPO will celebrate Brisbanes burgeoning folk-punk scene from the 25th to 28th May. The festival will take place in venues across Brisbane with a focus across the wide rand of folk-punk sub genres (sub sub genres?) – from Celtic punk to Australiana bluegrass to acoustic protest songs and more.

A number of bands have already been announced for BRISFOPO including The Dead Maggies, Fox n Firkin, The Button Collective, The Rogue Scholars, Andy Paine, The Dangerous Folk, Quinton Trembath and Jim Mongrel with many more to be announced.

To find out more information check out the official BRISFOPO site here.

Watch the new Handsome Young Strangers Video “Fisherman’s Blues”

Handsome Young Strangers
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For their new single Sydney folk-punks Handsome Young Strangers have broken their own unwritten rule of only playing Australian songs by covering The Waterboys’ classic track “Fisherman’s Blues”.

The track is taken from Handsome Young Strangers’ latest EP Battle Of Broken Hill. The accompanying video for “Fisherman’s Blues” features footage from a bunch of recent live shows – check it out below:

Listen to The New Single from The Dead Maggies “She”

The Dead Maggies
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While Tasmanian folk-punks The Dead Maggies are hard at work on their upcoming EP they have decided to release their new single “She”.

The song features quotes from women who have been victims of domestic violence – take a listen below:

“She” is available to download via Bandcamp with all proceeds going to Tasmanian anti-domestic violence group “Support Help Empowerment” (SHE).

Listen to the New Handsome Young Strangers Single “Mrs Jones”

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Sydney folk-punks Handsome Young Strangers have just released a second track for streaming from their new mini album Battle Of Broken Hill. The track is “Mrs Jones” and was apparently inspired by the Lee Marvin tune “Stabitha Jones”.

Take a listen below:

Handsome Young Strangers will be performing a rare acoustic show this Thursday 8th December at The Hideaway Bar in Sydney. Check out the official Facebook invite for more details.

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