Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th November

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Progressive bluegrass five-piece Punch Brothers announced a new EP The Wireless. Details here

Timber and Steel announced that we would be presenting the Best Live Roots Act at the AU Awards. Details here

– A brand new monthly night in Brisbane, The Brisbane Folk Club, will kick off in December featuring Ben Salter, Neighbour and Marcus Blacke. Details here

Marlon Williams released his brand new video “Hello Miss Lonesome”. Details here

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s in Sydney will celebrate its 2nd birthday next week with a tribute to Johnny Cash and Paul Kelly featuring members of Catgut, Two Fat Bastards, The Plough, Bec Bastoli and more, as well as raising money for UNHCR. Details here

John Flanagan released his cameo heavy video for “Whatever Makes You Happy”. Details here

Ruby Boots released her new video “Cola & Wine”. Details here

Passenger has announced headline tour dates for 2016. Details here

– The final AU Sessions are this Tuesday featuring Caitlin Harnett and Jordan Léser. Details here

– Alt-country duo Little Georgia released their new video “Forget Me”. Details here

The Tallest Man on Earth released his new video “Darkness of the Dream”. Details here

Interviews

“What we’ve been calling it is gypsy-swing. Rather than your traditional format which is Django plays the head or Steph plays the head and then they solo for 20 minutes then we’re done, we’ve tried to gear it more towards the swing era where they had those big fancy introductions by the saxes, except the accordion takes that. We’ve been trying to be a lot more arranged with what we do – we still have room for solos but it’s not the highlight of the song or the focus of the song”The Squeezebox Trio chat to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Reviews

Gigs

“Mumford & Sons did not disappoint with a blistering set covering all three of their albums. With the departure from acoustic instrumentation on Wilder Mind I half assumed that the tracks from Sigh No More and Babel would be reworked live to include the two-guitars-bass-keys-and-a-drum-kit set up, but for the older tracks the banjos and double bass were out in full force”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews Mumford & Sons at Gentlemen of the Road, Sydney with photographs by Sarah Turier. Review here

Releases This Week

Andrew Winton
GloryBox MechanicsAndrew Winton
Bandcamp

Punch Brothers
The WirelessPunch Brothers
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

TJB
Timothy James Bowen

Friday 20th November – Australian Music Week Showcase, Shucked, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 20th November – Home Sweet Home, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st November – Australian Music Week Showcase, Rydges, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 21st November – Australian Music Week Showcase, Zinc, Cronulla, NSW
Sunday 22nd November – Beechworth Town Hall, Beechworth, VIC
Monday 23rd November – The Monday Jam, The Beresford Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th November – Secret Show, Jan Juc, VIC
Friday 27th November – Secret Show, Philip Island, VIC

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Squeezebox Trio w/ Snail

Squeezebox

Sydney’s own gypsy-swing masters The Squeezebox Trio launch their highly anticipated debut album And A Hotplate at Sydney’s premiere jazz club. The wonderful Snail will be out in support.

Saturday 21st November – 505, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Thursday 26th November – Schoolhouse Studios, Melbourne, VIC

April Maze
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Majors Creek Festival, Braidwood, NSW

Archie Roach
Saturday 21st November – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 22nd November – Homeground 2015, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Batch Sessions feat. The Daphne Rawling Band, Tim Wheatley
Wednesday 25th November – Batch Brewing Company, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s
Wednesday 25th November – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Clare Valley Carnival of Music
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Auburn, SA

Chris Henry & Hardcore Grass
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – MountainGrass Festival, Harrietville, VIC

Dan Flynn and The State of Things
Sunday 22nd November – Petersham Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Dana Hassall
Friday 20th November – Mansfield Coffee Merchant, Mansfield, VIC
Saturday 21st November – Bos Taurus, Mansfield, VIC
Sunday 22nd November – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th November – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Friday 20th to Saturday 21st November – MountainGrass Bluegrass Festival, VIC

Festival of Small Halls feat. Irish Mythen, Starboard Cannons
Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd November – Mullum Music Festival, NSW
Friday 27th November – Felton Hall, Felton, QLD

FolkSwagon feat. Snail, The Campervan Dancers, Colin Jones
Wednesday 25th November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gorgeous Festival
Friday 27th to Saturday 28th November – Penny’s Hill Estate, McLaren Vale, SA

Handsome Young Strangers
Sunday 22nd November – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Home Sweet Home feat. The Sweet Jelly Rolls, Timothy James Bowen, Maia Jelavic
Friday 20th November – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Joe Hill Centennial Concert feat. George Mann, Maurie Mulheron, Margaret & Bob Fagan, Sydney Trade Union Choir
Saturday 21st November – NSW Teachers Federation, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Sunday 22nd November – Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Loren Kate
Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd November – Mullum Music Festival, NSW

Maia Jelavic
Friday 20th November – Home Sweet Home, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd November – Majors Creek Festival, Braidwood, NSW
Thursday 26th November – Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW

Majors Creek Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Braidwood, NSW

Marlon Williams and The Yarra Benders w/ Ben Salter
Friday 20th November – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 21st November – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd November – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Tuesday 24th November – RAD Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 25th November – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th November – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Mountaingrass
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Harrietville, VIC

Mullum Music Festival
Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd November – Mullumbimby, NSW

Mustered Courage
Friday 20th November – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 21st November – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Sunday 22nd November – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Pierce Brothers
Friday 20th November – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21st November – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

Queenscliff Music Festival
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th November – Queenscliff, VIC

Ron Sexsmith
Friday 20th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 21st November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Monday 23rd November – Basement, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 25th November – Rosemount, Perth, WA
Friday 27th November – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC

Ruby Boots
Friday 20th November – Basso Fridays, The Bassendean Hotel, Perth, WA
Saturday 21st November – The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel
Saturday 21st November – Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 22nd November – Beechworth Town Hall, Beechworth, VIC

Suzannah Espie
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Sweet Jean
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Mullumbimby Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Thursday 26th November – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th November – The Skukum Lounge, Ashgrove, QLD

The AU Sessions feat. Caitlin Harnett, Jordan Léser
Tuesday 24th November – Hive Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Crooked Fiddle Band w/ The Dead Maggies, Scarlet’s Revenge
Thursday 26th November – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

The Daphne Rawling Band
Saturday 21st November – The Blind Bear, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 21st November – JD’s Bar & Grill, Cronulla, NSW
Wednesday 25th November – Batch Brewery, Sydney, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 20th November – The Apple Shed, Grove, TAS
Saturday 21st November – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 26th November – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th November – The Pyrate House, Sydney, NSW

The Morrisons
Saturday 21st November – Aus Music Week, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 27th November – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW

The Snowdroppers
Sunday 22nd November – HiFi Days Festival, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 26th November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 27th and Saturday 28th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC

The Squeezebox Trio
Saturday 21st November – 505, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Majors Creek Festival, NSW

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 20th November – Australian Music Week Showcase, Shucked, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 20th November – Home Sweet Home, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st November – Australian Music Week Showcase, Rydges, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 21st November – Australian Music Week Showcase, Zinc, Cronulla, NSW
Sunday 22nd November – Beechworth Town Hall, Beechworth, VIC
Monday 23rd November – The Monday Jam, The Beresford Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th November – Secret Show, Jan Juc, VIC
Friday 27th November – Secret Show, Philip Island, VIC

TinPan Orange
Friday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Tiny Ruins
Wednesday 25th November – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Joe Hill/Swing Low Sweet Chariot (Live at Woodstock)”- Joan Baez

Yesterday was the 100 year anniversary of the execution of labor activist, folk singer and songwriter Joe Hill. The song “Joe Hill” by Earl Robinson (based on the Alfred Hayes poem “I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night”) has been covered by everyone from Pete Seeger to Bruce Springsteen but we had to include this beautiful, famous version from Joan Baez at her Woodstock performance.

Mumford & Sons Announce Australian Tour, New Video “The Wolf”

Mumford and Sons
Image Courtesy of Mumford & Sons

So the rumours appear to be true – Mumford & Sons will be gracing our shores before the year is out. The band, who released their rock-driven third album Wilder Mind earlier this year have plans for shows in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

And to add to the excitement that Sydney show will be an all day, Gentlemen of the Road event in the Domain featuring the likes of Jake Bugg, Future Islands, The Vaccines, The Jungle Giants, Meg Mac and Art of Sleeping. The Vaccines will also join Mumford & Sons on the other shows with Meg Mac appearing in Brisbane and Future Islands appearing in Melbourne.

Tickets for the shows go on sale on Wednesday 8th July – check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 7th November – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 12th November – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th November – Gentlemen Of The Road, The Domain, Sydney, NSW

Mumford & Sons also released their new video “The Wolf” overnight which documents their two days at the Bonnaroo in the USA. Check it out here:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 26th October

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Civil Wars have announced they will release a seven track EP of their VH1 Unplugged session featuring covers of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and Portishead’s “Sour Times”. Details here

– With over 400 acts on the lineup this year the Woodford Folk Festival may just have announced the biggest program we’ve seen. Headliners 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. Details here

– Another new track from Sufjan Stevens’ upcoming Christmas release Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Volumes 6-10, titled “Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling” has found its way online. Details here

Andrew Morris kicked off his East Coast tour supported by Zac Gunthorpe at this week’s Folk Club in Sydney. He has dates all the way through November. Details here

– Sydney duo Achoo! Bless You have released their new video “Before We Say Goodbye” after it debuted at Folk Club last week. Achoo! Bless You will be promoting the single with a handful of gigs in Sydney before supporting Henry Wagons on his NSW and ACT shows. Details here

– After teasing us with a trickle of names the Port Fairy Folk Festival has finally revealed it’s official first round of artists form 2013 including Arlo Guthrie, Eric Bogle, Finbar Furey, Glen Hansard, Gurrumul, Kim Churchill, Lisa Hannigan, The Little Stevies, Tuba Skinny and many more. Details here

– Cello virtuoso Ben Sollee revealed dates for a January tour of Australia. Details here

– The Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions will be closing off the year with a celebration of the songs of Ted Egan. Egan himself will be joined by some of the brightest talents in the red centre including Jeanette Wormald, Colin Lillie, Sally Balfour, Katie Harder and more. Details here

– The new video from The April Maze is for a cover of The Hooters’ track “And We Danced” which will appear on their next album Two. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Martha Tilston released the second video from her new album Machines of Love and Grace, the beautiful “Survival Guide”. Details here

– 13 months after it was first recorded Arbori will finally be launching their single “In The Places You Fold” in Sydney next Friday. Joining them will be Yetis, Little Big Horn and Ryan Collings. Details here

– The brand new video from Julia Stone features “Blind Side” actor Quinton Aaron and is really really sweet. Details here

Liz Frencham is looking for double bass players to send her videos of how difficult it is playing such a large instrument for the clip to her next song. Details here

– A week out from releasing their self-titled EP Texture Like Sun have revealed their brand new video “One Great Prize”. Details here

Interviews

“I find it a little frustrating sometimes that the first time people hear music is often just on the Internet these days. It’s a bit of an anticlimax when I can stream the entire album before it comes out. Maybe I’m just old fashioned, I don’t know”Sarah Blasko chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We’ve been going for nearly 19 years now, and I was just talking with someone today – Gabi, she’s our backing vocalist – and I said that after 19 years, we should be doing the reunion tour now, rather than still going!”Bill Quinn chats to Jim Paterson from The BordererS. Interview here

Reviews

Track by Track

“We are big fans of C.S.Lewis. His stories were a big part of our childhood and the idea of brothers and sisters running through another world resonated strongly with us as a band, being all related. Making music that creates another world to go to is pretty important to us”Tigertown take us through Before The Morning. Track By Track here

Gigs

“Gone was the chair, music stand and placid setting of the night before to make way for a standing height mic and two large amps on stage. When Billy Bragg took the stage, seemingly enlivened and energised by the fact it was Saturday night, one riff across the strings of his Dyson guitar for the opening of “St Swithin’s Day” was enough to announce that Woody Guthrie had left the building”Bill Quinn reviews Billy Bragg in Melbourne. Review here

“Festival goers awoke the next day feeling different. Crawling out of vans, squirming from under collapsed tents, we were now on Dungog time, moving slowly and still tingling with contentment from the previous days events”Lillian Mercanti reviews the Gentlemen of the Road Dungog Stopover. Review here

Releases This Week

Machines of Love and Grace
Machines of Love and GraceMartha Tilston
Online Store

No Shape Can Hold Me Now
No Shape Can Hold Me NowMatt Bauer
Bandcamp

Psychedelic Pill
Psychedelic PillNeil Young and Crazy Horse
iTunes

I Awake
I AwakeSarah Blasko
iTunes

New York Times
New York TimesSimone Felice
Online Store

The Staves
Dead & Born & GrownThe Staves
Online Store

Timber and Steel Presents

Catherin Traicos
Catherine Traicos with Anna Smyrk & The Appetites, Tracy McNeil
Sunday 28th October (Matinée) – The Workers Club, Melbourne VIC

Jack Carty
Jack Carty with Jackson McLaren, Pinky Beecroft
Sunday 28th October (Evening) – The Workers Club, Melbourne VIC

ILUKA
Don’t Think Twice feat. Iluka, We Are The Birdcage, Ross Henry
Sunday 28th October – Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You
Thursday 1st November – FBi Social, Kings Cross, NSW

Ainslie Wills
Friday 26th October – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 28th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Andrew Morris with Zac Gunthorpe
Saturday 27th October – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Angus Stone
Thursday 1st November – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Friday 2nd November – Level One Newcastle Leagues, Newcastle

Arbori with Yetis, Little Big Horn, Ryan Collings
Friday 2nd November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Billy Bragg
Saturday 27th October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 30th October – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 31st October – Town Hall, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd November – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Charles Jenkins
Friday 26th October – The Velvet Lounge, Mt Lawley, WA

Crooked Saint and Ashleigh Mannix
Friday 26th October – The Beresford Hotel, Surry Hills, NSW
Saturday 27th October – Sydney Blues & Roots Festival, Windsor, NSW
Thursday 1st November – Railway Friendly Bar, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 2nd November – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW

Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival feat. The New Worlds, Mustered Courage, Jimmy The Fish, The Company, Fred Smith and Liz Frencham, The String Contingent, Chaika, The Mid North, Breaking Hart Benton, Nick and Liesl
26th to 28th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Elliot The Bull
Friday 26th October – The Lass, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 27th October – The Patch, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 28th October – Old Manly Boat Shed, Manly, NSW

Fleurieu Folk Festival feat. Eric Bogle, The Go Set, The Stetson Family, Barry Skipsey, The Timbers
26th to 28th October – Willunga, SA

Hat Fitz and Cara
Friday 26th October – Kidgeeridge Festival, Lake Conjola, NSW
Saturday 27th October – Illawarra Builder’s Club, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 28th October – Lizotte’s, Kincumber NSW

Jen Cloher with Courtney Barnett
Thursday 1st November – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 2nd November – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Joe Robinson
Saturday 27th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

John Williamson
Friday 26th October – Crown Casino, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th October – Crown Casino, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
Friday 26th October -Bended Elbow, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 27th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Thursday 1st November – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Friday 2nd Novemrber – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp
Friday 26th October – Illawarra P.A.C., Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 27th October – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Friday 26th October – Ballarat Regent Multiplex, North Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 27th October – Regent Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 30th October – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 31st October – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 1st November – Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra, NSW
Friday 2nd November – York Theatre Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Laneway
Saturday 27th October – Drill Hall, Mullumbimby NSW

Lisa Mitchell with Alpine and Danco
Friday 26th October – The Astor, Perth, WA
Saturday 27th October – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 28th October – HQ, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 31st October – Anthenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd November – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Mama Kin
Friday 26th October – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Sunday 28th October – Island Vibes Festival, North Stradbroke Island, QLD
Tuesday 30th October – Camelot, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 31st October – Clarendon Guesthouse Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 1st November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 26th October – The Ellington, Perth, WA
Wednesday 31st October – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 1st November – Cafe Le Monde, Noosa, QLD
Friday 2nd November – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD

Mike Compton
Friday 26th October – Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 28th October – State Theatre of Western Australia, Perth, WA
Friday 2nd November – Albany Town Hall, Albany, WA

Mumford and Sons and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Friday 26th October – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 28th October – Kurunda Ampitheatre, Cairns, QLD
Monday 29th October – Convention Centre, Townsville, QLD
Wednesday 31st October – Convention Centre, Gold Coast, QLD

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Alex Tsiboulski and Akoustic Odyssey

Friday 26th October – Nexus 
Multicultural
 Arts
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
feat. Sufi Soul and Luminaria
Friday 2nd November – Nexus 
Multicultural
 Arts
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Sarah Humphreys
Friday 26th October – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th October – Pure Pop Records, St Kilda, VIC
Saturday 27th October – Elwood Lounge, Elwood, VIC

Surry Hills Festival
Saturday 27th October – Prince Alfred Park, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Blues & Roots Festival (Lanie Lane, Mia Dyson, Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, Chase The Sun, Microwave Jenny, Ashleigh Mannix, Hat Fitz and Cara)
25th to 28th October – Sydney, NSW

Tablelands Folk Festival
26th to 28th October – Yungaburra, QLD

The Borderers
Sunday 28th October – Sunday by the Lake, Tuggeranong, ACT
Sunday 28th October – King O’Malley’s, Canberra City, ACT

The Paper Kites (with Art of Sleeping, Battleships)
Friday 26th October – The SoundLounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 27th October – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 2nd November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The String Contingent
Friday 26th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW
Saturday 27th October – Restrung Chamber Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 28th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

The Tiger and Me
Saturday 27th October – Revolt, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 1st November – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

Tigertown
Friday 26th October – Barsoma, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 27th October – Bon Amici Café, Toowoomba, QLD

Tin Sparrow
Friday 26th October – The Standard, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th October – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

TinPan Orange
Friday 26th October – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Danse Macabre” – Béla Fleck feat. Ben Sollee

After Ben Sollee announced his Australian tour this week I was reminded of this track he recorded with Béla Fleck to accompany the Neil Gaiman book The Graveyard Book. You can buy this as a single or its also available as part of the audio book.

Review: Gentlemen of the Road – Bringing the Party to the Rural Town of Dungog

Gentlemen of the Road

This Review Was Originally Published on The Verb Unheard

On Saturday October 20th, Mumford and Sons held their one and only stopover show in Australia, as part of the Gentlemen of the Road tour in the rural town of Dungog, NSW. It brought the population of the town from its usual 2200 people to about 14,000 with 10,000 tickets sold and an estimated 2000 people brought in for security, police force and festival crew. This is what Gentlemen of the Road is all about – exploring and supporting small rural towns that may often be overlooked, bringing them a robust temporary community that spills through the streets and fields, celebrating the small town and of course, celebrating music.

Mumford and Sons handpicked the line up for their Gentlemen of the Road tour, creating a line up of folk and rock bands of “old and new friends”. It is clear Mumford and Sons picked a winning lineup, as the Dungog show sold out in just two hours and many people who had already purchased tickets for the Mumford and Sons show at the Sydney Entertainment Center on the 18th October opted to sell those tickets and purchase tickets for the Dungog Stopover instead.

The festival opened with a pre-festival party on Friday 19th October, where festival campers were invited to come to Dungog one night early and settle into the town. There was live music and a screening of Big Easy Express, a film by Emmett Malloy featuring Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show. The film documents the bands touring by train from California to New Orleans, Louisiana and celebrates the musical creativity that ensues when these three bands are packed together in tiny train cars with nothing to do but play. They call it the ‘train that was bound for glory.’

Bank Hotel

Festival goers enjoy a cold beverage on their way to the festival grounds at Dungog’s Bank Hotel.

On Saturday morning those who attended the pre-festival party had time to meander through the easy streets of Dungog as the first act of the festival started at 2:30pm. Many crowded in and around The Bank Hotel on Dungog’s main strip. Those who were driving into town that morning from Sydney, Newcastle or Wollongong – or maybe further, as some Victoria plates were spotted – had the beautiful ride from the turn on to Bucketts Way through Wallaroo State Forest to Dungog to enjoy. With the freeway behind them, it was all golden grassy hills, winding roads and a sunshine that would not quit. The slow curves of the dusty roads, and the warm air blowing through rolled down windows, sets you up perfectly, as you sink low into your car seat and into country living on the road to Dungog.

Waterhole

Campers cool off in this hidden gem at the general campgrounds

Festival goers had the option of VIP camping which was limited and on the festival grounds, or using the general campsite which was created for the event in a field not far from the festival, just a stroll down the main strip and hop over the train tracks and you were there. A secret treasure of the general campsite (which the VIPers may be envious to hear of) was the local waterhole, slightly hidden at the base of the campground. In the sweltering heat, a glimpse of a few in swimsuits and wet from water (surely that couldn’t be sweat) was a glimpse of hope. Just a quick search around the perimeter of the campgrounds and it could be found, down a narrow dirt path, that glorious creek. Campers swayed and splashed around in the creek, that was waist high at its deepest point, finding refuge from the sun.

At the festival grounds there were other means for refuge. While Husky, the opening act, a four piece band from Melbourne drew a crowd, another sizeable crowd was forming around one sprinkler and one giddy 4 or 5 year old boy having the time of his life. A circle formed around him, as he swung and targeted the sprinkler at whom he pleased, putting his fingers over the sprinkler to expand the reach of the water and giggling all the while. The people rejoiced with screams and laughter. He had the sprinkler, and he was king. After a few minutes of glory, the majority of the circle soaked and refreshed, his mom rushed in to grab him, the crowd cheering and applauding the sprinkler king as he was whisked away. The Dungog Fire Brigade also provided relief from the heat, at a slightly higher pressure – a hose that not so many were as brave to stand in front of. Another delightful treat was the fresh, cold watermelon for sale by the tubload. A few bites into the watermelon, a spray from a firie and you had beat the heat for a few glorious minutes.

Crowds

Crowds stand in the 35 degree plus heat on Saturday October 20th

While many were racing around in quest for refreshment, many were entranced at centre stage by Husky playing songs from their album ‘Forever So,’ released in Australia in October 2011 and more recently in Europe and North America. The set was followed by Willy Mason, who will be releasing his third album Carry On on 3rd December. Mason played a raw, folky set with songs from his albums If The Ocean Gets Rough and Where The Humans Eat. He championed those in the crowd supporting immigration in Australia and then went into his moving song “Where The Humans Eat”, introducing it as a commentary on US foreign policy. A talented lyricist with deep and rugged vocals, Willy Mason calls to mind the likes of Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam frontman. His Carry On release in December is something to look out for.

Australia singer-songwriters, Matt Corby and Sarah Blasko continued the reel of indie/folk music as the sun’s heat at last began to wane. Corby’s “Brother”, which won FBi Radio SMAC Awards Song of the Year had the crowd up and dancing, while Sarah Blasko offered a dreamy set with a highlight being “We Won’t Run” from her 2009 album As Day Follows Night.

And then it was time for the heavy hitters to dawn the stage. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, the American band led by frontman Alex Ebert, were a contagious force of energy. In 2011 they joined Mumford and Sons on their Railroad Revival Tour in the United States, and while they didn’t travel by train for this tour, their show held the steady momentum of a train chugging along, with Alex Ebert dancing as if possessed by music but completely free. Playing a mix of songs from Up From Below, including fan-favourite “Forty Day Dream”, and newly released album Here, the band was received with complete adoration. Near the end of the set, the band played an unrecorded song, “If You Wanna…” despite incessant heckling for mega-hit “Home” by one unruly fan in the crowd. Alex Ebert was like a puppeteer, getting the crowd to sing, laugh, scream – and his favourite – dance, at his command with this feel-good song that won over the crowd, and evidently the heckler as well. But he didn’t need to wait too long as ‘Home’ was next on the bill.

As the crowd awaited Mumford and Sons in the evening dusk, a small moment was paid to Australian band, The Temper Trap, as their song “Sweet Disposition” played on the speakers and had the crowd singing loudly in unison just as though The Temper Trap were there.

Mumford and Sons entered the stage to an ecstatic and eager crowd, and performed with a fervour and power that isn’t quite heard on their albums. Crowds listened with an intensity, and stepping outside of the moshpit, many sat, alone in a meditative state listening to the harmonic vocals that sliced through night air, while others frolicked in the grass under the night stars. Mumford and Sons had complete command of the festival field. A few locals were lucky enough to enjoy the show from their porches, friends gathered on patio chairs looking out over the festival grounds. Mumford and Sons, who spearheaded the Gentlemen of the Road tour, did not disappoint.

Coffee Bean

People line up at Coffee Bean Cafe after the big night

Festival goers awoke the next day feeling different. Crawling out of vans, squirming from under collapsed tents, we were now on Dungog time, moving slowly and still tingling with contentment from the previous days events. The cafes on the main strip of Dungog were buzzing and experiencing volumes of business they would rarely see. Lorraine Turner, manager of Coffee Bean Cafe, says her sales tripled over the weekend and that she would certainly welcome more events like this to the community. She said she had no complaints about any customers and that they did a fantastic job with the festival. She was able to catch Edward Sharpe and Mumford and Sons, although she mentioned she could hear it from her home anyways. Lorraine informed her staff that no one would be getting time off for the festival, and only lost one staff in the process, the Gentlemen of the Road festival possibly being a motive. She says all the talk of the festival in the town has been very positive.

Alex Ebert strolled into the local IGA that morning, turning a few heads on his way out, and briskly walking down the main road and out of sight without being pursued. A woman crouched over on her front lawn, picking up crushed beer cans. Hopefully only one of a very few negatives for the locals of Dungog.

Just like that, the crowds trickled out just as they had trickled in a day or two before, bringing Dungog back to its original size. Mumford and Sons plan to “start early, and go late, taking the party from the stage to the town” was executed flawlessly, and all those who spent the weekend in Dungog are better for it, and we hope that the local residents of Dungog are better for it too. A warm thank you to our hosts in Dungog, for opening your little town to many wanderers of the earth, the seekers of adventure, the lovers of the music.

Interview: Husky – Gentlemen of the Road

Husky
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It’s always a little surreal to think that Melbourne four-piece Husky, whom we first stumbled across online and first saw playing third billing at a tiny show in Sydney, are now seeing a huge amount of success with national airplay, a milestone record deal and international tours. Husky will be returning to Asutralia this month after a string of dates overseas and are immediately jumping into their national Tidal Wave tour, including a spot on the lineup of Mumford and Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road event in Dungog, NSW. We thought the timing was right to sit down again with frontman and band namesake Husky Gawenda to talk about the Husky’s successes and what’s coming up next.

Gareth Hugh Evans: It seems like every time I chat to you guys either in an interview or at a gig I always start by saying “it’s been a massive few months for you” – which seems to have been true for so long now. Did you ever think you’d be in a place where you have national airplay, are touring internationally, signed to a well respected label and playing alongside some of the best known acts world? Do you have to pinch yourself sometimes?


Husky Gawenda: The last year has far exceeded my expectations. I never imagined any of those things. The planets aligned for us and some amazing opportunities have come our way. But the task is the same as it always was – to write good songs and play good shows.

GHE: 

You’re heading back to Australia for a national tour in October before festival season hits. Does it feel good to be getting back to some familiar crowds?



HG: Yeah we have missed home and it will be a great feeling to play on home soil again. Home is still where the heart is.



GHE: The Gentlemen of the Road stop over at Dungog is part of that tour – how does it feel to be invited to play alongside the likes of Mumford and Sons and Edward Sharpe as well as some of the country’s most highly respected acts?

HG: 

It’s an honour to receive the call. Gentlemen of the Road focuses on bringing music to places that don’t normally see international acts or even high profile national acts.

GHE: How important, as a high profile act yourself, to get out and play these regional shows?



It’s really important. I feel very drawn to any place where there are people who want to see the show and hear the songs. And often the shows in more remote places are the most memorable.

GHE: 

You have a few other festivals coming up and no doubt some more to be announced – how is playing to a festival crowd now that your music has had national exposure? Do you find the crowds are less about discovering your music and more coming to your set because they’re already fans?



HG: Yeah there’s still a mixture of both. It’s always nice to have the support of those who know the songs but also nice to think that some people are discovering our music at the same time. Festivals are great places to discover music, sometimes by accident. 



GHE: With everything that’s going on – the album, touring, press – do you ever find time just to relax or even write new songs?



HG: We’ve had a really busy year. There hasn’t been much time to relax. But working hard at something you love is a hell of a lot easier than working at something you don’t care much about, or even dislike. I’ve been writing along the way. We plan to start making our next album when we get home for the summer.


Husky’s Tidal Wave tour kicks off next week in Melbourne. The full list of dates are below.

Thursday 11th October – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th October – The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 14th October – Uni Bar, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 18th October – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 20th October – Gentlemen of the Road, Dungog NSW
Sunday 21st October – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Husky Return to Australia with Tidal Wave Tour

Husky
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“Heading for Europe tonight. Thanks to everyone who crossed our paths and made us feel so welcome. America, it’s been an honour!”

That was Husky’s Facebook status last night. It’s crazy to think these guys who we first stumbled across two years ago playing intimate shows in Sydney and Melbourne have since signed to Sub-Pop and are now touring the world.

As the overseas tour wraps up Husky are already planning their return to Australia with spots on the lineups of both the Mullum Music Festival and Mumford and Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road stopover in Dungog, NSW. And now we can add to this a headline national tour this October to celebrate their brand new single “Tidal Wave”. Tickets for the Tidal Wave Tour are already on sale with the full list of dates below:

Thursday 11th October – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th October – The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 14th October – Uni Bar, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 18th October – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 20th October – Gentlemen of the Road, Dungog NSW
Sunday 21st October – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Mumford and Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road Details Announced

Mumford and Sons
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Here is it for – the festival announcement you’ve been waiting for. Details of the Mumford and Sons curated Gentlemen of the Road mini-festival have just been announced. Here we go:

Where? Of the 20 towns shortlisted last week the winner was Dungog in NSW just north of Newcastle. The event is set to take place at the Dungog Showgrounds and camping will be available.

When? The show will will land on the 20th October from 1pm until Midnight. Tickets go on sale on the 15th August via the official Gentlemen of the Road web site.

Who? Joining Mumford and Sons will be a veritable who’s who of Timber and Steel favourites: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Sarah Blasko, Matt Corby, Husky, Willy Mason and Yacht Club DJs.

So there you have it kids. Bookmark the Gentlemen of the Road web site, pencil in the 15th August to buy your tickets and we’ll see you there!

Guess Where the Mumford and Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Will Be

Gentlemen of the Road
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When Mumford and Sons announced their upcoming Australian tour in June they also revealed they’d be performing a one-off installment of the their Gentlemen of the Road concert series while they’re here. Gentlemen of the Road sees Mumford and Sons curate a mini-festival featuring themselves and a bunch of their musical friends in a a regional or rural area that doesn’t normally see acts of this calibre come their way.

Chugg Entertainment have today revealed a short list of 20 towns where Gentlemen of the Road could be taking place in Australia and they’re asking you to guess which you think it will be. The Gentlemen of the Road App on Chugg Entertainment’s Facebook page lets you pick from a the 20 possibilities. If you guess the right town you go into the draw to win the first 4 tickets to the event plus VIP camping passes and the chance to watch the Mumford and Sons set from the photo pit right in front of the stage.

To choose the town you think will host Gentlemen of the Road visit the App here.

All of the details of the Gentlemen of the Road stopover will be revealed on the 8th August – we’ll be sure to keep you up to date with everything!

Mumford and Sons Bringing Gentlemen of the Road to Australia

Gentlemen of the Road
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One thing we forgot to mention in all the excitement that was the Mumford and Sons tour announcement yesterday was that the band will also be bringing a one-off installment of the their Gentlemen of the Road concert series.

If you’re not across Gentlemen of the Road it’s basically a mini-festival curated by and staring Mumford and Sons plus some of their favourite bands in a location that isn’t normally known for live music.

We’ve been told to wait for “another big announcement” about the Australian one-off Gentlemen of the Road in the coming weeks. In the meantime check out the official Gentlemen of the Road site for more information.

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