National Folk Festival Announces First Major Lineup for 2018

Ten Strings and a Goat Skin
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After teasing us with six artists for 2018, The National Folk Festival has finally revealed its highly anticipated first major lineup announcement.

Headlining the 2018 lineup are Scottish superstars Breabach, Nashville singer-songwriter Lindsay Lou, American favourite Steve Poltz, Celtic band Cara, acclaimed Canadian trio Ten Strings and A Goat Skin and Indigenous performer Gina Williams.

Joining them will be a bunch of festival favourites along with a few first-timers including Amistat (VIC), Bush Gothic (VIC), Cat and Clint (VIC), Chaika (NSW), Charm of Finches (VIC), Chordwainers (TAS), Chris Duncan, Catherine and Jennifer Strutt (NSW), Chris While and Julie Matthews (UK), The Coconut Kids (SA), Daniel Champagne (NSW), Fred Smith (ACT), The Good Lovelies (Canada), Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys (Canada), Hat Fitz and Cara (QLD), John Flanagan Trio (VIC), Marcia Howard (VIC), Ryan Garth and Emily Wolfe (TAS), Sparrow-Folk (ACT), The Tassie Devil’s Own Band (TAS), The Western Flyers (US) and more.

The National Folk Festival takes place in Canberra over the Easter long weekend, 29th March to the 2nd April. For more information, including how to pick up early bird tickets, check out the official web site here.

The full list of artists announced so far are below:

Amazing Drumming Monkeys, Amistat, Belshazzar’s Feast, Breabach, Bush Gothic, Cara, Cat and Clint, Chaika, Charm of Finches, Chordwainers, Chris Duncan, Catherine and Jennifer Strutt, Chris While and Julie Matthews, The Coconut Kids, Daniel Champagne, Faustus, Fred Smith Band, Frumious, Gina Williams, The Good Lovelies, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Hat Fitz and Cara, John Flanagan Trio, Katey Brooks, Lindsay Lou, Madhouse Circus, Marcia Howard Quartet, Mick Thomas and The Roving Commission, 19-Twenty, Pirateman Michael, Ryan Garth and Emily Wolfe, Sparrow-Folk, Steve Poltz, The Tassie Devil’s Own Band, Ten Strings and A Goat Skin, The Western Flyers

More Acts Announced for The National Folk Festival

Trouble In The Kitchen
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33 more acts have just been announced for 2017’s National Folk Festival and once again they’re bringing out the big guns.

From an international point of view The National has added folk-fusion band Harpeth Rising from the USA, Ghanan multi-instrumentalist Bortier Okoe, The Changing Room and from the UK, Norwegian-Swedish group SVER, Greek blues quartet Apodimi Compania, New Zealand duo Gilly Darbey and Vikki Clayton, German comic band The Sauerkrauts and the wonderful Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante from Scotland.

The Australian componant of the announcement is just as strong with Trouble in the Kitchen (above), Greshka, Ben Whiting, Mal Webb with Kyle Morrigan, GhostNoises, Fred Smith, Señor Cabrales, Siobhan Owen, The NEO, Old Empire Band, Wedderburn Charming Emus, Direwolf, Saoirse, Martin Doherty & Leigh Birkett, The Rhymer from Ryde and many many more.

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.

Full Lineup for the 2016 Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival

10 String Symphony
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Australian bluegrass lovers are about to get excited as we slide into festival season. Spring is all about the pickin’ and pluckin’ with a bunch of weekends dedicated to bluegrass festivals in the country – and one of the jewels in the bluegrass crown has to be the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival.

Held from the 21st to 23rd October in the beautiful mountain town of Dorrigo, NSW, the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival manages to attract the best and brightest artists every single year. This year’s lineup is no different with 10 String Symphony (USA), Bluegrass Parkway, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West (USA) and Mike Compton (USA) headlining the festival and a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites also announced including Catgut, Fred Smith, John Flanagan, Liz Frencham & Robbie Melville, Rebecca Bastoli, Rowena Wise, String Theories, The Barkers Vale Brothers, The Black Mountain String Band, The Company, The Mae Trio, The Plough, The Squeezebox Trio, Wayward Angels and many more.

Tickets are now on sale – check out the official site for more details. The full lineup for the 2016 Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival is below:

Rose&theSea, 10 String Symphony, Alesa Lajana, Appalachian Heaven Stringband, Ash & Andy, Bluegrass Parkway, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, Carl Pannuzzo, Catgut, Chloë & Jason Roweth, Cielle Montgomery, Den Hanrahan, Enda Kenny, Farmer Mick & Miss Jane, Fireside Celts & Friends, Fred Smith, Harry Jakamarra, Haywood Billy Goats, Honey and Knives, Jed Rowe, Jerry Salley, John Flanagan, Katie Crane, Kazoobafak Jug Band, Kimberly Wheeler, Kristy Cox, Liz Frencham & Robbie Melville, Mick Daley, Mike Compton, Montz Matsumoto and Friends, Omados, Pitts Family, Rebecca Bastoli, Redlands Bluegrass Boys, Rowena Wise, Ruby Gilbert, Slim Dime, String Theories, Sunny and the Dark Corners, The Barkers Vale Brothers, The Black Mountain String Band, The Company, The FruiTTrees, The Mae Trio, The Mulberry Collective, The Plough, The Squeezebox Trio, Vic Manuel, Watling & Bates, Wayward Angels

Details of the 2016 Cobargo Folk Festival

Cobargo
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By Peter Logue

As it is for many things in life, for folk festivals, timing is everything. With the festival calendar now stretching from September through to late April, it becomes difficult to keep festival artistic programs fresh and exciting.

I have attended hundreds of folk festivals, here and in Europe, over the past 45 years and – I know it’s a big call and I’ll be accused of bias because I’m on the organising committee – I’ve never seen such an outstanding small festival line-up as you’ll see late in February in Cobargo.

Cobargo, in the magnificent Bega Valley, this year boasts eight world-class international acts, most of whom will go on to headline at major festivals like Port Fairy, Blue Mountains and the National in Canberra.

This includes heavy Celtic influences from the likes of Ireland’s Rambling Boys – lead by Four Men and a Dog bodhran master Gino Lupari – Canada’s exciting East Pointers, Irish bouzouki whiz Beth Patterson from the US and Nicola Hayes and Hélène Brunet, now based in Brittany.

The English tradition is also strongly represented with the multi-talented Kirsty Bromley, troubadour Alistair Brown who’s becoming a Cobargo regular, and one of my personal favourites Vin Garbutt – still making people laugh and cry at the same time.

A late and welcome inclusion from the US is the punk/bluegrass/soul duo Truckstop Honeymoon. I’d need a whole article to describe what they do – but here’s a clip that might explain them better than any words.

When you add local talents like Trouble in the Kitchen, Fred Smith and Liz Frenchman, blues legends The Backsliders (in acoustic mode), Daniel Champagne, Danny Spooner, the outrageous Old Empire Band and many, many more – it’s quite festival for such a small, but perfectly formed, village.

We’re particularly pleased to receive a grant Arts NSW’s Country Arts Support Program for Neil Murray, formerly of the Warumpi band, to run workshops in the Dhurga language with the local Yuin Community.

Back to the issue of timing. Cobargo Festival does not have deep pockets or particularly wealthy sponsors.

Most international acts tour for a month to six weeks at the most and generally time their run to take in the major festivals in March and early April.

Cobargo does well because it has a great reputation for hospitality, great scenery not far from a hundred pristine beaches, and knowledgeable audiences – many of whom have been coming to the festival for the 21 years it has been going.

It gives acts time to settle in, shake off the jet lag and get their sets in order, plus they can cover expenses and seel a lot of CDs to the 3000 plus people who attended.

Run by volunteer from the community, Cobargo spends any profits it makes wisely. Since last year it has worked closely with co-venue partners the Showground Trust to improve facilities, adding a big new shower and toilet block and improving camping areas at the Showground.

We’re expecting a bumper crowd this year and are thankful for a grant from Destination NSW to help promote the festival outside our area. Of course, we don’t want to get too big and lose that wonderful intimate atmosphere of the small festival.

Dates are February 26th-28th: so get in early and look for tickets on www.cobargofolkfestival.com

Mullum Music Festival Announces Its 2015 Lineup

Ron Sexsmith
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The Mullum Music Festival returns this November with a lineup that once again boasts some of Australia and the world’s favourite artists, with plenty of folky goodness for the Timber and Steel readers.

The festival will this year be headlined by legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith who is returning to Australia for the first time in six years.

Joining Ron Sexsmith will be the likes of We Two Thieves, Ben Ottewell, Suzannah Espie, Harry James Angus, TinPan Orange, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Hat Fitz and Cara, Lucie Thorne and Hamish Stuart, Starboard Cannons, Sweet Jean, Oh Pep!, Raised By Eagles, Loren Kate, The Button Collective, Fred Smith and many many more.

The Mullum Music Festival takes place in Mullumbimby NSW from the 19th to 22nd November. For more details check out the official site here.

Nannup Music Festival Announces 2015 Lineup

Fanny Lumsden
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The Nannup Music Festival in Western Australia has a reputation of one of the undiscovered gems of the folk festival circuit, and considering the lineup they get every year it’s easy to see why. Held in Nannup, three hours from Perth, the festival will be held in 2015 from Friday 27th February to Monday 2nd March.

The full lineup of the Nannup Music Festival was revealed this week and it features a bunch of Timber and Steel’s favourite artists including Marlon Williams, Darren Hanlon, Fanny Lumsden (above), Al Parkinson, Stray Hens, Ruby Boots, Husband, Fred Smith and Liz Frencham, Colin Lillie, Melody Pool, Daniel Champagne, The Pierce Brothers, Jacinta Price and many many more.

For more information on the Nannup Music Festival including how to get your tickets check out the official site here. The full list of artists on the 2015 lineup are below:

Kim Richey, Lynda Smyth & The Borrowed Few, Archer & Light, Jay Hoad, Riley Pearce, The Tommyhawks, Marlon Williams, Darren Hanlon, Rose Parker and Phoebe Corke, Fanny Lumsden, Manu Pozzi, The Mucky Duck Bush Band, Steve Turner, Al Parkinson, Leoh, Stray Hens, Alexandra Pye, Anna Hebblewhite, Ruby Boots, Ruth Moody, Flying Heart Productions, Simon and Tammy London, Pete Mathews, Yirrmal and the Yolngu Boys, Dan Sultan, Tanu Hudson, Shaun Kirk, Husband, Kat Wilson, Jane Tyrrell, Fred Smith and Liz Frencham, Siobhan Cotchin, Colin Lillie, Melody Pool, Tom Richardson, Daniel Champagne, Hein Cooper, The Pierce Brothers, Albert Gray, Gertrude WellEase – Obsessive, Compulsive, Disorder, Morgan Bain, Kallidad, Anabelle Kay, Hey Geronimo, Jacinta Price, Tjintu Desert Band, Greg Hastings, Stella Kelly, Peter Capp – Bush Poets Breakfast

30th Illawarra Folk Festival Announces First Round of Artists

Eric Bogle
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This coming January is the pearl anniversary of the Illawarra Folk Festival and they’ve just announced a “pearler” of a first lineup announcement – their pun, not mine! The festival, held in Bulli just north of Wollongong in New South Wales, boasts 13 onsite venues and is easily one of our favourite events of the year.

The first round of artists for the 30th Illawarra Folk Festival include a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites including Afenginn, Eric Bogle (above), Ted Egan, Big Erle, The Bottlers, The BordererS, Chloë and Jason Roweth, Claude Hay, Cloudstreet, Fred Smith, The Go Set, Lime & Steel, The Lurkers, The Mae Trio, Margaret & Bob Fagan, Martin Pearson, The Morrisons, Sparrow-Folk, Stray Hens, Takadimi, Timothy James Bowen and many many more.

The Illawarra Folk Festival will be held at the Bulli showground from the 15th to the 18th January. For more information check out the official site here.

The full lineup announcement so far is below:

International:
Afenginn (DENMARK), Anna Ludlow Band (CANADA), Bettina Schelker (SWITZ), Black Market Tune (SCOT/AUSTRIA), David Francey (CANADA), Debasis Chakroborty & Kriti Ensemble (INDIA), The East Pointers (CANADA), George Mann (USA), Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything (CANADA), Kristina Olsen (USA), Melisande – Electrotrad (CANADA), Reg Meuross (UK), Scott Cook (CANADA), Tim Edey Trio (UK)

National:
Stephan Pigram, Eric Bogle, Ted Egan, Folkaphonic Youth Orchestra (premiere), Allez-gator, Appalachian Heaven String Band, Azadoota, Bernard Carney, Big Erle, The Bottlers, The BordererS, Chloe & Jason Roweth, Claude Hay, Cloudstreet, Curragh, Dave de Hugard, David Beniuk, Deep River, Choir, Don Jarmey, Enda Kenny & Lindsay Martin, Fred Smith, Guerilla Zingari, Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse, The Go Set, Greg Champion, John Broomhall, Jordan C. Thomas, Junior, Lagoon Hill Zydeco, The Lazy Farmer’s Sons, Lime & Steel, The Lurkers, The Mae Trio, Margaret & Bob Fagan, Martin Pearson, Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Michael Fix, Mike Martin, The Morrisons, Neil Adam & Judy Turner, Nick Rheinberger, On The Stoop, Pat Drummond, Sally Harris, Sparrow-Folk, Springtide, The Squeezebox Trio, Stray Hens, Takadimi, Terry Serio’s Half Truths, Timothy James Bowen, The Transylvaniacs and Kengugro, Vardos, The Wish List

The National Folk Festival Announce Six Acts for 2105

Mark Moldre
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We consider The National Folk Festival as our “home” folk festival – the one we get to every year and the one where we know everyone and everyone knows us. So we’re pretty excited that late last week they revealed the first six artists for their 2015 lineup.

Those artists include the likes of Scottish trad masters Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, central coast singer-songwriter Mark Moldre (above), Canadian bluegrass and old timey outfit Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys, the incomparable Fred Smith, festival favourites Chloë and Jason Roweth and contemporary UK folk duo Dark Horses.

“We’re looking forward to bringing you an A-list of folk, roots and acoustic music from around the world and Australia at next year’s Festival” Festival Director Pam Merrigan explained. “Everything you love about The National Folk Festival will be there with 5 magical days of intimate performances, iconic legends, surprising new music, and the vibrant sights and sounds of the Festival streetscape.”

The National Folk Festival takes place over the Easter Long Weekend from the 2nd to the 6th April 2015. For more information check out the official site here.

The Woodford Folk Festival Drops 2014 Lineup

Lau
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There were a ton of folk festival announcements all over the weekend but the one that everyone is talking about is the 2014 Woodford Folk Festival lineup. The full musical program dropped yesterday with the usual mix of folk, roots, trad, singer-songwriter and I-don’t-know-why-they’re-at-a-folk-festival artists.

The lineup itself is too huge to list here (you can see it for yourself here) but the highlights include the likes of Violent Femmes (USA), The Cat Empire, Archie Roach, Nahko and Medicine for the People (USA), Jeff Lang, Lau (SCOT), Tiny Ruins (NZ), We Two Thieves, Shooglenifty (SCOT), Flap!, Husky, Lior, Mama Kin, Siskin River, Andrew Clermont, The Mae Trio, Fred Smith, Lucy Wise Trio, Oh Pep!, Betty & Oswald, The Company and so so so much more.

The Woodford Folk Festival takes place from the 27th December to the 1st January. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 26th September

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Genre defying singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow released his new video “Look Out”. Details here

– Sydney trio Little May have released their new video “Dust” and have a national tour planned this November with Winterbourne. Details here

– The next Little Features takes place in Sydney this Saturday featuring Caitlin Harnett, Hannah Rosa and Jon Reichardt along with poetry from Kaveh and live art from Sally Conwell. Details here

Dallas Green and Pink gave us a little more information on what went into their new folk project You+Me. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Jack Carty has announced 25 additional dates for his album launch tour this October, November and December. Details here

Ryan Adams released his new video “My Wrecking Ball”. Details here

Fred Smith kicked off his album launch tour yesterday. Details here

The Perch Creek Family Jugband are hitting the road when they return to Australia next month for an east coast tour. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter Hattie Briggs released her new video “Old Eyes”. Details here

– Canadian singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega released her new video “Lived and Died Alone”. Details here

– Folk rock legends The Levellers have collaborated with Imelda May, Frank Turner and Billy Bragg on new versions of their classic tracks. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Hozier has released his new single “Take Me To Church”. Details here

All Our Exes Live In Texas have released their hilarious new clip for “Tell Me” staring Jake Stone, Phil Jamieson, Jackson Gallagher and Lawrence Leung. Details here

– We premiered the new video from Ruby Boots, “Oh Lover”. Details here

– Sydney’s Jep and Dep revealed details of their new album Word Got Out along with the video for “Granted” and tour dates from this October. Details here

– Folk trio RAPT will be launching their self-titled album at Folk By The Sea tomorrow. Details here

Interviews

“I enjoyed writing songs and when I went to record the first album I’ll be honest, I didn’t have a great deal of direction. I had the songs that were acoustic and that was the way they were so I didn’t want to stray too far from the way that I’d written them. Luckily Anthony Lycenko and Ben McCarthy who co-produced that one, they got me onto people like Ray LaMontagne and Ryan Adams, along those sort of Americana, alt-country lines. It fit very well. Those guys knew what they were doing so under their guidance and advice, off I went”Brad Butcher chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I’ve come to terms with the fact that I love country music. It’s only been this year. I recently went away to Europe and all I listened to was Gillian Welch, Bill Callahan, Johnny Cash – all my favourites. And I was like “You know what Bree? You loved country music. Don’t be ashamed of it anymore”. I used to be really apologetic about it but now I know that I love it”Bree De Rome chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Billy The Kid
Horseshoes & Hand GrenadesBilly The Kid
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New Songs Of Dawn and DustThe Lost Brothers
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Folk By The Sea

Button Collective

Today, Saturday and Sunday Kiama in NSW will be getting its folk on with the Folk By The Sea festival hitting town. A bunch of Timber and Steel’s favourite artists are playing including Mic Conway & Phil Donnison, The Bottlers, The Button Collective, Big Erle, Joe Mungovan, RAPT and many more. Who’s thinking road trip?

Friday 26th to Sunday 27th September – Kiama, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 26th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Boy & Bear
Friday 26th September – Bunbury Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 28th September – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Castlecomer
Friday 26th September – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 27th September – Spring Soiree, Toowoomba, QLD
Sunday 28th September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Cat Canteri
Friday 26th September – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Saturday 27th September – Queens St Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 27th September – St Martin’s Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 28th September – LiveSpark, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 28th September – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 2nd October – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 3rd October – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Andy Brown, The Mae Trio
Thursday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Friday 3rd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD

Folk By The Sea
Friday 26th to Sunday 27th September – Kiama, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 26th September – Taste Canowindra, Canowindra, NSW
Saturday 27th September – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 3rd October – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW

Green Mohair Suits
Friday 26th September – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 28th September – The Junction hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 3rd October – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Helen Begley and Penny Larkin
Sunday 28th September – Sappho Books Cafe, Sydney, NSW

Lacey Cole
Friday 3rd October – St John’s Glebe, Sydney, NSW

Little Features feat. Caitlin Harnett, Hannah Rosa, Jon Reichardt
Saturday 27th October – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Missy Higgins
Friday 26th September – The Events Centre Theatre, Caloundra, QLD
Saturday 27th September – BCEC – Great Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 28th September – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Tuesday 30th September – GCAC – Arts Theatre, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 1st October – Lismore City Hall – Churchill Auditorium, Lismore, NSW
Friday 3rd October – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 26th September – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Sahara Beck
Sunday 28th September – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 3rd October – Studio 188, Ipswich, QLD

Steve Smyth
Friday 26th September – Baroque Bar, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 28th September – The Rhythm Hut, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 3rd October – The Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 3rd October – Turner Bowls Club, Canberra, ACT

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 3rd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD

Wagons
Friday 26th September – Under the Clothesline, Perth, WA
Saturday 27th September – Wave Rock Festival, WA

Wollombi Music Festival
Saturday 27th September – Wollombi, NSW

Xander Smith
Sunday 28th September – Wave Rock Weekender, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Big Sciota” – David Benedict

So I get obsessed with fiddle tunes and this is my current obsession. There’s literally hundreds of versions out there (it’s a bluegrass and old timey standard) but I just like the clean recording on David Benedict’s recording.

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