The Full Port Fairy Folk Festival Line Up

Port Fairy
Image Courtesy of the Port Fairy Folk Festival

The Port Fairy Folk Festival is undoubtedly one of the biggest events on the folk music calendar and once again 2017 is shaping up to be an amazing event.

The full lineup of the 2017 Port Fairy Folk Festival has been released and it features a bunch of amazing artists including Willie Watson, Melody Pool, Lior, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders, Afenginn, Boo Hewerdine, Charm of Finches, Eddi Reader, Folk Uke, Gretta Ray, Martha Tilston, Mel Parsons, Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen, The Changing Room, The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Dead Maggies, The Waifs, The Wilson Pickers, The Young Folk and many more.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place from the 10th through to the 13th March in Port Fairy, Victoria. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The full Port Fairy Folk Festival lineup is below:

8 Foot Felix, Afenginn, Aoife Scott, Backsliders, Barry Versus Kelly, Bazzookas, Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart, Big Rory & Ochie, Bikerina, Boo Hewerdine, Buckman Coe, Buried Country, Burke & Wills: The Expedition By Ashley Davies, Bush Gothic, Chaos Magnet, Charles Jenkins, Charm of Finches, Christine Collister & Michael Fix, Circular Circus – Heidi Hoops, Cookin’ On 3 Burners with Tex Perkins & Stella Angelico, Danny Spooner, Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier, Dog Trumpet, Don Walker, Dori Freeman, Dubmarine, Eddi Reader, Ewen Baker, Featherhead, Fem Belling, Folk Uke, Gawurra, Giant Seagulls, Graeme James, Gretta Ray, Hey Mammoth, Hollie Smith, Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies, JVG Guitar Method, Karma County, Krazy Koala Puppet Show, Kutcha Edwards Trio, Les Poules a Colin, Lior, Lisnacrieve, Manu Delago, MarimbaTaters, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders, Martha Tilston, Mel Parsons, Melody Pool, Mercan Dede, Mexrrissey, Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission, Miss Amber & Stukulele, Mr Qwirk, Mr Wizowski, Mundy, Nancie Schipper, Neil Murray, Nhatty Man & Gara, Nick Nicholas, Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen, Phil Wiggins & Dom Turner, Red the Clown, Roo Panes, Sarah Carroll & the Left Wing, Seamus Begley Trio, Sport Suzie, Steve Boyd’s Rum Reverie, Suzannah Espie, Kerri Simpson, Barb Waters & Alison Ferrier, Tash Sultana, TEK TEK Ensemble, The Bean Project, The Changing Room, The Chipolatas present ‘Chipolatino’!, The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Dead Maggies, The Drowsy Maggies, The Jerry Cans, The Low Down Riders, The Mik Maks, The Mission Songs Project, The New Savages, The Pinks Play The Blues, The Scrims, The Skeleton Club, The Southern Ocean Sea Band, The Waifs, The Wilson Pickers, The Young Folk, Thomas Hugh, Tim Wheatley, TimTim, Van Morrison’s “Masterpieces” Presented by Vince Jones & The Astral Orchestra, Vika & Linda, Warsaw Village Band, Willie Watson, Yirrmal

The Best Folky Christmas Songs of 2015

Christmas Boots

It’s Christmas Eve which means it’s time for Timber and Steel’s traditional wrap up of the best folky Christmas songs of the year. If you’re like us and you love Christmas songs and carols then you’re in for a treat.

We hope you have a safe and merry Christmas wherever you find yourself this year. We look forward to folking with you in the New Year!

Kaitlyn Baker – “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

Sondre Lerche & Jherek Bischoff – “Surviving Christmas”

The Felice Brothers – “Carriage”
Why The Felice Brothers haven’t thought to do a Christmas album titled Felice Navidad before now is mind boggling. Here’s the first single from the album, “Carriage”.

Red Sky July – “Save Christmas Day for Me”

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant – “Light of Christmas Day”
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant reunite for this contribution to the Christmas movie Love The Coopers. The video is peppered with movie dialogue which can get annoying but it’s still great to see Krauss and Plant together again.

Robert Pollard – “What Begins on New Years Day”

The Bandana Splits – “Silent Night”
The three part harmonies from Annie Nero, Dawn Landes and Lauren Balthrop on their The Bandana Splits are just stunning.

Phil Cunningham feat. Eddi Reader – “Santa Will Find You”
Phil Cunningham brings together some of folk music’s best for his Christmas album Phil’s Christmas Songbook. The lead single, “Santa Will Find You”, features none other than Eddi Reader

Joseph Bradshaw – “Christmas is Always”

Kyle Cox – “Don’t Make My Christmas Blue”

Kids – “In The Bleak Midwinter”

Kate Miller-Heidke ft. The Beards – “I’m Growing A Beard Downstairs For Christmas”
Probably the best comedy Christmas release of the year. Don’t listen to this one too loudly at work.

Peter Joseph Head – “Boxing Day”

Stylus Boy – “Oh Little Town”

The Leisure Society – “2000 Miles”
The Leisure Society cover The Pretenders for their Christmas single this year. I love this track!

Burrowing – “The Morn Of Christmas Day”

Smoke Fairies – “Wild Winter”

Kate Rusby – “The Frost is all Over”
The stunning Kate Rusby brings her amazing voice to this Christmas classic, taken from her Christmas album of the same name.

Lindsay Straw – “It Came Upon The Midnight Clear”

Boom Forest – “The Holly & The Ivy”
I love the way this traditional Christmas song has been given a contemporary sound by Boom Forest.

Matt Costa – “Many Memories Ago”
Roots singer-songwriter Matt Costa turns up the Christmas nostalgia with his track “Many Memories Ago”.

Lily Lambert – “Carol Of The Bells”

Sufjan Stevens – “Christmas Unicorn”
It wouldn’t be a list of Christmas songs without something from Sufjan Stevens. While this track came out in 2012 it’s just been given a brand new lyric video and thus qualifies for our 2015 list.

Amy Yon – “Winter”

Loralee Jessen Nicolay – “Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella”

Leaf Pile – “Deck The Halls”

Tides Of Winter – “Angels”

Sivu – “The Christmas Song”

Unwaxed Raiment – “The First Noel”

Folk Uke – All I Want For Christmas”

Marika Hackman – “River”

Elouise – “Silent Night”

The Maple Trail – “Star Wars (Is Coming Out This Christmas)”
Here it is folks – the most important Christmas song of the year. Not only do we get a Christmas folk song about Star Wars, this is also the first recorded music from The Maple Trail in a long long time.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 14th December


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney musos Packwood, Jack Carty, Achoo! Bless You, Fanny Lumsden and Rosie Catalano have come to write, record and release their original Christmas song “Heading Home (It’s Christmas Time)” to help raise money for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia. Details here

– The Illawarra Folk Festival is holding its annual Sydney showcase this Sunday at The Cat and Fiddle in Balmain. For $15 you get nine hours of music from nine different artists. Details here

– Melbourne duo The Weeping Willows will be launching their debut album in Melbourne this Sunday with a little help from Lachlan Bryan. Details here

– Speaking of Lachlan Bryan the alt-country favourite has announced a residency at Melbourne’s Retreat Hotel throughout January. Details here

– One of our favourite Australian Americana/bluegrass bands, The Wilson Pickers, are reforming for Bluesfest next year and have announced plans for album number three. Details here

– After a year away in Europe Phia is finally returning home and is celebrating with a show at the Grace Darling in Melbourne before Christmas. Details here

– Already announced as part of the 2013 Bluesfest lineup Ben Howard has announced three headline shows next April in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Details here

– London-based indie-folk five piece Eliza and the Bear are streaming “Upon The North”, the first track from their upcoming double A-side. Details here

– “Jangle” the new single and video from Adelaide seven-piece Gemini Downs may well be the catchest song of the summer. Details here

Bluesfest have added a handful more artists to the 2013 lineup including Jason Mraz, Manu Chao and La Ventura, Mark Seymour and the Undertow, Chris Smither, Current Swell, Matt Anderson, Go Jane Go (Kieran Kane, David Fracey and Lucas Kane) and The McMenamins. Details here

– José González’s Junip project have announced plans for a new album next year. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter James Kenyon has just released his brand new video “35 Degrees”. Details here

– Alice Springs native Sally Balfour has released the video for her debut track “Through The Night”. Details here

Graveyard Train also released a brand new video this week for their track “The Sermon”. Details here


“I have wondered many times what would have happened if my past wasn’t corrupted by rock and roll [laughs]. I really do wonder because I listened to just as much Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez as I do Smashing Pumpkins but I guess because of the age I was I chose to – although some of it wasn’t choice, some of it was encouraged forcefully – go in the direction of more modern rock sounds. At the end of the day I don’t think they were as me, they weren’t what I keep coming back to. I’ve gone through those phases and I don’t put on modern rock records anymore but I still put on Joan Baez, I still put on Joni Mitchell or Emmylou or Karen Dalton more than anybody. Those are the things I keep coming back to”Ella Hooper chats to Gareth Hugh Evans about her upcoming solo album. Interview here

“Cathy [Guthrie] and I both work for our dads full time as well so whenever we do a tour together we try and scramble whatever time we can and this time we could only get a week. It’s going to have to be a short one, about 10 days, for the tour but hopefully we’ll be able to do a longer one soon. And we’re really excited about Woodford!” – Amy Nelson from Folk Uke talks to Gareth Hugh Evans about their upcoming Australian tour. Interview here

“The thing we’re most fond of is touring; just playing as much as we can around the country. Especially being from Tassie, you’ve got to make the most of it. When you go on a tour, you’ve just gotta do as many shows as you can” – Ben Wells of Ben Wells and the Middle Names chats to Bill Quinn at their headline gig in Canberra. Interview here



“Admittedly, this gig was the first time that I had heard The Mornings and I was completely taken aback. This inconceivably talented six piece folk band had a strong presence in the room as soon as they took the stage”Janine Estoesta Reviews 4 Singles, 4 Styles in Melbourne. Review here

Releases This Week

Burgh Island
Burgh IslandBen Howard

Bag of Hammers
A Bag of Hammers (Film Score)Johnny Flynn

Timber and Steel Presents

Mustered Courage
Mustered Courage with John Flanagan and The Begin Agains and The Drooling Mouths Of Memphis
Sunday 16th December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Andrew Drummond
Friday 14th December – House Gig, Wyong, NSW
Sunday 16th December – Chords for Lekol, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 18th December – Vineyard, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 19th December – Horse Bazaar, Melbourne, VIC

Darren Hanlon
Friday 14th December –The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 15th December – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 19th December – Mojo’s, Freemantle, WA
Thursday 20th December – Church of the Trinity, Adelaide, SA
Friday 21st December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Sunday 16th December – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Illawarra Folk Festival Sydney Showcase
Sunday 16th December – The Cat and Fiddle, Sydney, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 14th December – Camelot, Sydney, NSW (w/ Katie Noonan)
Sunday 16th December – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Joe Robinson
Saturday 15th December – Festival of The Sun, Port Macquarie, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 14th December – Great Northern Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 15th December – Notes Live, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 16th December – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Friday 14th December – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 15th December – The Little Larder, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 20th December – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Mike McCarthy
Thursday 20th December – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW

Perch Creek Family Jug Band
Friday 14th December – Mullumbimby Drill Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 15th December – The Basement, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Sunday 16th December – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD (4.30pm)
Friday 21st December – Woombye Pub, Woombye, QLD

Regina Spektor
Friday 14th December – The Plenary, Melbourne
Sunday 16th December – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Wednesday 19th December – Belvoir Ampitheatre, Perth

The April Maze
Friday 14th December – The Front Canberra, ACT
Saturday 15th December – Oddfellows Hall, Yass, NSW

The Key of Sea feat. Jinja Safari, The Tiger and Me, etc
Friday 14th December – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 14th December – Pretoria Hotel, Mannum, SA

The Stillsons (duo)
Thursday 20th December – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

The Trouble With Templeton
Friday 14th December – Barcode, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 21st December – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

The Weeping Willows with Lachlan Bryan
Sunday 16th December – Kingston Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Rose Hip” – Fairport Convention

In the late 80s/early 90s my parents pulled my sister and I out of school for three months and took us on an extended trip around the UK and Ireland. Fairport Convention’s Red and Gold album was pretty much the soundtrack of that trip, cementing Ric Sanders as a fiddle icon of mine. Upon returning back to Australia we loaned a copy of the instrumental “The Rose Hip” to my then violin teacher asking him if he could possibly transcribe it to sheet music for me to learn – his reply was “no” because the piece had been performed on an electric violin so wasn’t possible, something which is completely untrue but I believed at the time. Years later “The Rose Hip” was included in a book of Fairport sheet music, by which time I was able to transcribe it myself anyway. Still love this tune to this day.

Interview: Amy Nelson, Folk Uke

Folk Uke
Image Courtesy of Folk Uke

With only three shows announced in their upcoming tour Folk Uke will only be visiting our shores for a very short time over the New Year period so Australian fans only have a handful of chances to catch Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson while they’re here. One of those chances is the Woodford Folk Festival. The other two chances are in Sydney. And then that’s it – the girls have to return home to the states to go back to work for their famous fathers, Arlo Guthrie and Willie Nelson respectively.

Phoning in from Asheville, North Carolina Amy Nelson managed to snatch a couple of moments to chat to Gareth Hugh Evans about the upcoming tour, the duo’s work with Sydney based multi-instrumentalist Leroy Lee and living up to the expectations of their famous fathers’ audience.

Gareth Hugh Evans: I’m pretty excited that you guys are coming to Australia again although it’s only for a couple of shows.

Amy Nelson: Yes. It’s a little too short this time.

GHE: You’re doing the Woodford Folk Festival and then just a couple of other shows in Sydney.

AN: Yeah we just have a couple of other shows in Sydney and then we had to both get back. Cathy [Guthrie] and I both work for our dads full time as well so whenever we do a tour together we try and scramble whatever time we can and this time we could only get a week. It’s going to have to be a short one, about 10 days, for the tour but hopefully we’ll be able to do a longer one soon. And we’re really excited about Woodford!

GHE: You haven’t played Woodford before have you?

AN: No we have not. I’ve just heard legend of it.

GHE: It’s a fantastic festival – probably the biggest folk festival in Australia. I think you’re going to have a lot of fun.

AN: I think so too. We’re honoured to be on the list somehow.

GHE: I’m mates with Leroy Lee who I know plays with you sometimes and earlier this year I was chatting to him and talking about his current trip to the US and he let slip that he’d be back at New Year to play Woodford with Folk Uke. As soon as he said it he realised he probably shouldn’t have – it hadn’t been announced yet – so I’ve been holding that one under my hat for a while.

AN: We really love working with Leroy too. He’s a great musician and a great songwriter too. He’s actually helping put together the Woody Guthrie tribute at Woodford as well. We’re going to do a separate little show there, some of us artists, and do some Woody songs for a tribute so that should be fun.

GHE: How did you hook up with Leroy Lee to begin with – it’s kind of weird a banjo player from Sydney playing country music in the states.

AN: Right? When we came out about two and half years ago we were on the same tour circuit as Leroy and Dan Mangan and it was so fun, all of a sudden it was like we’d known each other for ever, it was like we’d gone to high school with those guys or something. It was really cool to hang out with them – we started to feel too dependent on them at the end of the tour. So when we went back last time we looked up Leroy and he wasn’t busy so we asked him to sit with us. Unfortunately Dan Mangan was back in Canada and he’s being a rock star. So that’s how we first met a few years ago and it was a really wonderful, magical tour.

GHE: I remember he said “I’ve always got a place to crash in the US” which blew my mind that that meant he was crashing with The Nelsons.

AN: Yeah, he fits right in with us Nelsons

GHE: So your latest album is Reincarnation

AN: We put out Reincarnation almost a year ago now, so it’s somewhat new. And we’re also working on our third album but it’s not anywhere close to being put out yet. Except that we have the artwork done. We’ve done it totally backwards this time.

GHE: Get the important stuff done first!

AN: Cindy Bradley our publicist also does the artwork for our CDs and our posters and web site. She’s amazing. When we came up with one of our songs for the next album she’d already come up with the artwork for the cover. And then that inspired us to write towards her work. She’s the third member of the band that doesn’t get mentioned as much.

GHE: If you and Cathy are both spending time working with your respective dads when do you ever find time to sit down and write?

AN: It will usually be in the middle of a conversation or something and then we’ll end up writing a song. The last time we finished a song we were supposed to be practicing for a show that we were about to play in an hour and then all of a sudden the rest of the song came to us. There’s no method to our madness as of yet, there’s no pattern that I can pick out yet. It just happens when it happens. Sometimes we’ll sit down and try to write and we can’t think of anything that way. Usually it has to come out of conversation or has to be some sort of miracle before we can finish something.

GHE: It must be even more of a miracle for both of you to both be in the same place at the same time for long enough in order to record.

AN: Definitely. We’ve been living in different states for so long. Just recently I moved back to Texas so we’re living two miles away from each other now so maybe we can start to do things like practice [laughs]. We could actually get good if we don’t look out.

GHE: One question I did want to ask: Everything I’ve ever read about you guys mentions your famous fathers, Willie Nelson and Arlo Guthrie. And you’ve already mentioned them in this interview without any prompting as well. Do you ever get sick of having to talk about your family? Or is it that you can’t get sick of talking about them because they’re your family?

AN: Maybe if they were bad people [laughs]. I think they’re great guys and we’re really proud of our dads so we’re happy to talk about them. We would only shy away from it if we start to feel we’re giving people expectations that we’re supposed to be as good as them or if people just like us because of them. We don’t every want to come off like that – we’re not anything like our dads except the humour is similar. We don’t claim to be icons of any sort. I don’t think Cathy minds talking about her dad either. And we work for our dads so we have to talk about them in our daily lives – we represent the families whether we like it or not

GHE: Do you ever get people coming to your shows expecting a Willie Nelson show?

AN: We’ve had it before where the crowd will show up and they haven’t heard of us so they’ll be mostly fans of our parents. It depends – it’s a mixed crowd. My dad’s crowds for instance just love him so much that we could do almost anything and they would love us just because they love him. There’s some people that will just be like “oh, that’s sweet”. And then there’s the people who, if they’re expecting something like our dads’ show, they might not come back the next time. We’re a little bit raunchy, we’re not necessarily for kids and we can’t really control what comes out of our mouths or how we play our instruments.

GHE: I was going to mention the rauchiness as well. I’m sure there’s few fans of your dad’s that turn up, not really know what to expect and then are taken aback.

AN: Yeah. And sometimes people don’t expect tones of sarcasm or things in our music – I’m sure people walk away with the wrong idea sometimes.

GHE: So are there any other big plans for 2013?

AN: We do have a couple of videos that we’ve been working on so hopefully we’ll be able to get some of those finished. Our next album is going to be called Starfucker so we’re going to be working on that to and hopefully finishing that up. I think we’re going to be recording that in LA and get help from as many friends who will deal with us. And whatever else comes up – we’ll continue working for our dads and that sort of thing too.

GHE: Nice

AN: And we’re also working on some things for the wild horses. We released a Nelson family version of “Wild Horses” to raise awareness about what’s going on with American wild horses because they’re being rounded up and forced off land that was promised to be reserved for them. And horses in the US are being taken to Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered for consumption overseas. The Nelson family have been fighting that one for a long time and working to pass a law, a federal ban against horse slaughter for the wild horses. My brother’s [Lukas Nelson] got a song out called “All The Pretty Horses” and we’re working on another version of that song to raise awareness for that too. That should be out 2013 as well.

GHE: So I think you’ll have to come out to Australia again soon as well. For a longer run of shows

AN: I hope that we’ll be invited out again. We’ll see how this goes!

GHE: Thank you so much for taking the time out to chat with us!

AN: Thank you for taking the time with us as well!

The full list of upcoming Australian dates for Folk Uke are below:

28th December 2012 to 1st January 2013 – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Thursday 3rd January – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 4th January – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Folk Uke Announce Sydney Shows in 2013

Folk Uke
Image Courtesy of Folk Uke

Cathy Guthrie (yes of those Guthries) and Amy Nelson (daughter of that Nelson) are irreverent folk duo Folk Uke. Playing together for the last decade or so Guthrie and Nelson have carved out a nice little folky niche for themselves that definitely sets them apart from their famous fathers.

No strangers to our shores, Folk Uke have been announced as part of this year’s Woodford Folk Festival. But if you’re holding out for a tour off the back of the Woodford appearance you may have to get yourself to Sydney – Folk Uke only have two sideshows planned and they’re both in the harbour city.

The full list of dates are below with tickets on sale now:

28th December 2012 to 1st January 2013 – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Thursday 3rd January – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 4th January – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th December


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Arlo Guthrie has announced headline dates on top of his appearances at the Blue Mountains Music Festival and Port Fairy Folk Festival next year. Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion will be in support. Details here

– Folk rock legend Richard Thompson will be releasing his new album ELECTRIC in February next year featuring guest appearances from Alison Krauss, Siobhan Maher Kennedy and fiddle player Stuart Duncan. Details here

Mama Kin has released the brand new video for her track “Was It Worth It”, taken from her upcoming album The Magician’s Daughter. Details here

Julia Stone has performed a gorgeous cover of Redgum’s “I Was Only 19” for the History Channel doco The People Speak. Details here

– Speaking of Julia Stone she has been announced as the first artist to tour for Heavenly Sounds in 2013. Details here

– No one quite does a bluegrass cover like The Pigs. Check out their video for Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” to see what we mean. Details here

– The Blue Mountains Music Festival has added a few more artists to its 2013 lineup including Kate Miller-Heidke, Go Jane Go (Keiran Kane, Lucas Kane and David Francey), Baby et Lulu, The Popes, Mama Kin, Jordan Millar and The Barons of Tang. Details here

Emily Barker is home in WA for Christmas and has a handful of local shows planned while she’s here. Details here

– Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson, AKA Folk Uke, will be performing two headline shows in Sydney when they’re in the country for the Woodford Folk Festival. Details here

– The Melbourne leg of international monthly house concert series Sofar Sounds has announced plans for a Christmas party this month featuring Brous, Francolin, Ainslie Wills, The Harpoons and Elana Stone plus five secret guests yet to be announced. Details here

Dropkick Murphys are putting the dysfunctional back into Christmas with their festive track (and video) “The Season’s Upon Us”. Details here

– Currently making his way through Canada, Kim Churchill already has his sight set on home with the announcement of a massive summer tour beginning in January. Details here

– A follow up to the 2006 pirate-themed album Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys, produced by Johnny Depp, Gore Verbinski and Hal Willner, has been announced next for year, titled Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys. Details here

– UK-born, US based singer-songwriter Bobby Long has finally revealed the details of his upcoming album Wishbone. Details here

– Most of the artists that the Peats Ridge Festival added to their lineup this week were electronic in nature but there were a couple of folky gems in there including Charlie Gradon, Elstow, Loren Kate, Zoe Elliot, Jenna Murphy, Sarah Humphreys & The Volunteers and Anna Weatherup. Details here

Glen Hansard revealed his new video “High Hope” ahead of his Australian tour next year. Details here

– Alt-country artists The Stillsons are stripping back to a duo for a handful of shows in and around Adelaide in the lead up to Christmas. Details here

Emmy The Great and Tim Wheeler are re-releasing their This is Christmas album this year and this week revealed the video for the track “Zombie Christmas”. Details here


“I know when I was starting out, seeing Ryan Adams and I listened to his music and loved it so much. The one way I found to not sound like him was to listen to less Ryan Adams! And did more living, and went out on the road, meeting people and stuff like that. And you know that it’s not going to be so much the influences of the sound of other music”Jordie Lane chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“There’s not many jug bands around Melbourne, so we’ve kind of got our own little thing going on” – Camilla and Eileen Hodgkins from The Perch Creek Family Jugband chat to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

Seth Lakeman BBC Concert Orchestra
Live with the BBC Concert OrchestraSeth Lakeman
Proper Music

For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas 2012 – Various

Timber and Steel Presents

Bobby Alu
Bobby Alu with Saritah
Sunday 9th December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You
Friday 7th December – Yah Yahs, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th December – Pure Pop Records, Melbourne, VIC

Andrew Drummond
Saturday 8th December – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW
Friday 14th December – House Gig, Wyong, NSW

Charles Jenkins
Friday 7th December – Notes, Sydney, NSW

Darren Hanlon
Friday 14th December – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS

Finders Keepers Sydney
8th and 9th December – CarriageWorks, Sydney, NSW

Homebake (feat. Angus Stone, Julia Stone, Husky, Jinja Safari)
Saturday 8th December – The Domain, Sydney, NSW

Wednesday 12th December – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 13th December – The Bakery, Perth, WA

Jack Carty
Sunday 9th December – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC (6pm)
Sunday 9th December – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC (8pm w/ Katie Noonan)
Friday 14th December – Camelot, Sydney, NSW (w/ Katie Noonan)

Joe Robinson
Saturday 8th December – Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th December – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Jordie Lane
Wednesday 12th December – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 13th December – Drill Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 14th December – Great Northern Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Friday 7th December – Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie, WA
Saturday 8th December – Mundaring Weir Hotel Amphitheatre, Mundaring, WA
Sunday 9th December – Drakesbrook Hotel, Waroona, WA

Friday 14th December – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Missy Higgins
Saturday 8th December – Fremantle Arts Centre (South Lawn), Perth, WA

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 7th December – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Saturday 8th December – The Royal Exchange, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 9th December – The Newsagency, Marrickville, NSW [Sold out]
Tuesday 11th December – The Newsagency, Marrickville, NSW [Second show added]
Thursday 13th December – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 14th December – Mullumbimby Drill Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW

Regina Spektor
Monday 10th December – Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Friday 14th December – The Plenary, Melbourne

The April Maze
Friday 14th December – The Front Canberra, ACT

The Key of Sea feat. Jinja Safari, The Tiger and Me, etc
Friday 14th December – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 14th December – Pretoria Hotel, Mannum, SA

The Seals with The Davidson Brothers
Saturday 8th December – Amplifier Bar, Perth, WA

The Trouble With Templeton
Friday 7th December – Bon Amici Cafe, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 8th December – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Wednesday 12th December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th December – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 14th December – Barcode, Wollongong, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Sweeney” – Bloodwood

Bit of an indulgent one this week. This Henry Lawson poem about a drunken swaggy has also been sung by Slim Dusty, but is here reimagined in the minor key by Alice Springs band Bloodwood from their 1981 album Man Made Music. What makes this indulgent? Well my Dad is in Bloodwood. Enjoy!

Woodford Announces Over 400 Artists for 2012/13 Lineup

Woodford Folk Festival
Image Courtesy of Woodford Folk Festival

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

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

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

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

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

Sydney’s 49 Goodbyes Score Folk Uke Support

49 Goodbyes
Image Courtesy of 49 Goodbyes

There’s a lot of excitement building around the alt-country scene in Australia at the moment with American duo Folk Uke (Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson) kicking off their national tour this Wednesday 26th October. Filling the support slot for the tour is the relatively new Sydney trio 49 Goodbyes.

In their own words 49 Goodbyes “like harmonies & heartache & minor chords. We like cowboy boots in all shapes and sizes, garage sale gold, classic hits on cassette, scratched up second-hand vinyl & discarded dresses of yesteryear”. As well as scoring the Folk Uke support the folk/alt-country/Americana/sadcore three-piece are also about to launch their debut EP which contains two originals and two covers – Gram Parsons’ “A Song For You” and Big Star’s “Thirteen”. We’ve embedded EP (via youtube) below along with the full list of dates for the Folk Uke tour. Keep an eye out for 49 Goodbyes – these guys are doing some pretty exciting stuff:

Wednesday 26th October – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 27th October – Lizottes, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 28th October – Notes, Newtown, NSW
Saturday 29th to Sunday 30th October – Sydney Blues & Roots Festival, NSW
Wednesday 2nd November – Civic Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW
Thursday 3rd November – Joe’s Waterhole, Eumundi, QLD
Friday 4th November – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 5th November – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Monday 7th November – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Tuesday 8th November – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 9th November – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 10th November – Caravan Club, VIC
Friday 11th November – East Brunswick Club, Brunswick, VIC
Saturday 12th November – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide SA
Sunday 13th November – Currant Shed. Adelaide, SA

Folk Uke Announce Australian Tour

Folk Uke
Image Courtesy of Folk Uke

I want you to take a moment to look at the names of both members of US duo Folk Uke: Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson. Now remember the context of where you’re reading this: Australia’s favourite folk web site. Are you excited yet?

Despite the fairly innocuous band name, Cathy Guthrie (daughter of Arlo, granddaughter of Woody) and Amy Nelson (daughter of Willie) definitely have the genetics behind them when it comes to producing wonderful American folk and country music. And the critics agree with Folk Uke heralded as something very very special.

Folk Uke will be all over the country in October and November this year including a performance at the Sydney Blues and Roots Festival. The band will be joined by The 49 Goodbyes in the support slot. The full dates for the tour are below:

Wednesday 26th October – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 27th October – Lizottes, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 28th October – Notes, Newtown, NSW
Saturday 29th to Sunday 30th October – Sydney Blues & Roots Festival, NSW
Wednesday 2nd November – Civic Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW
Thursday 3rd November – Joe’s Waterhole, Eumundi, QLD
Friday 4th November – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 5th November – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Monday 7th November – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Tuesday 8th November – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 9th November – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 10th November – Caravan Club, VIC
Friday 11th November – East Brunswick Club, Brunswick, VIC
Saturday 12th November – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide SA
Sunday 13th November – Currant Shed. Adelaide, SA

Sydney Blues and Roots Announces Full Lineup

Isaac Graham
Image Courtesy of Isaac Graham

Hot on the heels of last month’s first round of artists for the 2011 Sydney Blues and Roots Festival comes today’s release of the final lineup – and it’s looking pretty damn good. Joining the likes of Jeff Lang, Ash Grunwald, Jeff Martin and Claude Hay this year will be Folk Uke, The Snowdroppers, Kim Churchill, Handsome Young Strangers, Leroy Lee, Eli Wolfe, Isaac Graham (above) and many many more.

Headlining this year’s event will be classic 90s rockers The Baby Animals. The Sydney Blues and Roots Festival will be held in Windsor from the 28th to 30th October with earlybird tickets on sale now. The full lineup is below:

Baby Animals, Diesel, Jeff Lang, Ash Grunwald, Jeff Martin (Canada), Folk Uke – Cathy Guthrie & Amy Nelson (USA), Abby Dobson, The Break, Chain, The Snowdroppers, Kim Churchill, Watussi, The Flood, Tim Chaisson (Canada), The Brewster Brothers, Bondi Cigars, Perry Keyes Band, Dom Turner & Ian Collard, Chase The Sun, Carmen Townsend (Canada), Anna McCue Band, Bushwalla (USA), Ray Beadle Band, Spookyland, Paul Greene, Colin Moore (Canada), Ashleigh Mannix, Hat Fitz And Cara Robinson, Steve Edmonds, Jason Walker Band, The Mick Hart Experience, Claude Hay, The Blues Preachers, Kira Puru & The Bruise, Bridie King, Handsome Young Strangers, Johnny G & The E Types, Widowbirds, Leroy Lee, Sam Shinazzi, The 49 Goodbyes, FisherKing, Declan Kelly, The Firetree, Benjau, Barrel House, Eli Wolfe, Paul Appelkamp, Simon Bruce, Genevieve Chadwick, Isaac Graham Band, Stray Roots, Bones Atlas and Two Girls Will.

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