Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th June


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– French-Canadian trad trio Genticorum released their brand new live album Enregistré Live. Details here

– Last night saw the first show in the Timber and Steel presented June single-launch tour from Jep and Dep. Details here

– We finally got a taste of some new music from Boy & Bear with their new single “Southern Sun” and it’s very very 70s. Details here

The Perch Creek Family Jugband have released a new single, “Big Things Calling”, and are heading out on tour this month. Details here

– The ever prolific Laura Veirs has announced plans to release a new album in August and has already revealed the first song, “Sun Song”, featuring Neko Case on backing vocals. Details here

– Sydney’s MoFo have announced an amazing lineup for their June event including Karl Christoph and Jacky Wotton. Details here

Josh Pyke has announced a full national tour this August and September. Details here

– Up-and-coming Sydney singer-songwriter Imogen Clark will be showcasing her new EP at a June residency in Glebe. Details here

– Melbourne trio The Stillsons have revealed a brand new single, “Feel So Young”, plus live dates in NSW, VIC and ACT. Details here

– The new Billy Bragg video features a who’s who of English comedic actors and was directed by Johnny Vegas. Details here

Sarah Blasko revealed the slightly NSFW clip for her latest single “All Of Me”. Details here

– And sticking with Sarah Blasko, the songwriter has announced plans for a regional tour in July and August. Details here

Edward Deer revealed a new song, “High Roller”, written with Jess Chalker. Details here

– The enigmatic Father John Misty has released his latest video “Funtimes in Babylon”. Details here

Buffalo Tales revealed his brand new, slightly surreal video for the track “Amsterdam”. Details here

The Gov in Adelaide will be starting up weekly old time fiddle sessions from next Friday. Details here


“People keep telling me I must feel wonderful. I do! But I’m also more tired than I think I’ve ever been in my entire life”Rose Wintergreen talks Crowd Funding in the forth of a four part series. Blog here

Releases This Week

Wayward Daughter
Wayward DaughterEliza Carthy

Enregistré LiveGenticorum
Official Site

Timber and Steel Presents

Jep and Dep
Jep and Dep
Friday 7th June – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Eleanor McEvoy
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – The National Celtic Festival, Port Arlington, VIC
Wednesday 12th June – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Evan and the Brave
Friday 14th June – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Folk Club feat. Liam Gale & the Ponytails, Lily So & The Bellows, Martha Marlow
Wednesday 12th June – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW

Imogen Clark
Sunday 9th June – The Toxteth Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Martha Wainwright
Saturday 8th June Lizotte’s, Newcastle NSW
Sunday 9th June Lizotte’s, Newcastle NSW
Friday 14th June Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC

Matt Corby with Grace Woodroofe
Friday 7th June – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

MoFo feat. Karl Christoph, Jacky Wotton
Friday 14th – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Palm Creek Folk Festival
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Palm Creek, QLD

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 7th June – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 9th June – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Texture Like Sun, Ella Hooper, Ariela Jacobs
Tuesday 11th June – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

The Milk Carton Kids with Melody Pool
Friday 7th June – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 8th June – St Kilda Memo, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 9th June – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Thursday 13th June – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 14th June – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Top Half Folk Festival
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June – Glen Helen Resort, NT

Tom West
Friday 7th June – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 8th June – The Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“I Am A Youth That’s Inclined To Ramble” – Cara Dillon

Like so many traditional songs that I love I first came across “I Am A Youth That’s Inclined To Ramble” thanks to Kate Burke and Ruth Hazelton, but most people probably know the track thanks to versions from Paul Brady or this one from Cara Dillon.

Canada’s Genticorum Release New Live Album

Image Courtesy of Genticorum

French-Canadian three piece Genticorum have just released their brand new live album Enregistré Live. If you’ve been lucky enough to catch Genticorum when they’ve been in Australia you’ll know just how amazing the trio is – and especially how amazing they are live.

Enregistré Live is jam packed with a treasure trove of traditional Québécois music and is peppered with Genticorum’s stage banter (which we assume is very witty – it is in French). The album was recorded in Farnham, a small historic town in the Eastern Townships of Québec, and out now. For more information check out the official Genticorum site here.

Spotlight On: Genticorum

Image Courtesy of Genticorum

If folk music is as much about the lyrics as it is about the melodies is it possible to appreciate folk music not in a language you understand? After seeing French-Canadian trio Genticorum at this year’s National Folk Festival in Canberra I would have to say the answer is decidedly yes.

Part of this probably comes down to the fact that prior to each song the band describes its story in full in English. But I bought the band’s 2008 album La Bibournoise after seeing the band and three months later, having forgotten all the English translations (there was one song about sausages?), I still have it on high rotation on my iPod – a testament to the quality of the music and the trans-cultural nature of music.

Genticorum, made up of Pascal Gemme (Fiddle, Feet Tapping, Vocals), Alex de Grosbois-Garand (Flute, Bass, Vocals) and Yann Falquet (Guitar, Jaw Harp, Vocals), hail from Montreal, Canada and are primarily French speaking (although they tend to mainly tour English speaking countries). According to the band’s official bio they began in 2000 “when Alex, Yann and Pascal discovered their common love for late night poutine and French Canadian crooked fiddle tunes”. The crooked fiddle tunes have been replaced with tunes of the much straighter variety, the poutine probably still remains on the menu and some traditional folk songs have been added to the repertoire.

Specialising in traditional Québécois music Genticorum’s sound is similar to traditional Scottish and Irish music but with a particular French style. Montreal in Canada is a melting pot of European cultures and this comes through heavily in the music with the band’s celtic roots mixing well with other forms of traditional music. Alternating between fiddle tunes (with a heavy dose of foot tapping) and songs rich with harmonies, Genticorum are definitely at the top of their game when it comes to traditional music.

With the band already visiting Australia this year for the National don’t expect Genticorum to tour here again any time soon. But they have played in Australia a number of times and are firm festival favourites so don’t be surprised if they pop up on the bill somewhere next year or the year after.

Country of Origin: Canada
Sounds Like: Asterix and Obelix crash a Irish music session
File Under: Trad
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