More Artists for the 2014 National Fold Festival

Damien Dempsey
Image Courtesy of Damien Dempsey

This news a little old but exciting none the less. The National Folk Festival last week revealed even more artists for its 2014 event and once again we’re impressed.

Headlining the announcement is Dublin based singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey (above) who joins an already impressive list of international and local guests. The rest of the lineup announcement is just as strong with the addition of The Fiddle Chicks, Takadimi, Danny Spooner, Glover & Sorrensen, Sarah Humphreys, The Lurkers, Rusty Spring Syncopators and many many more.

All of these artists join an already amazing lineup – check out the offcial site here for more information. The National Folk Festival takes place at Exhibition Park in Canberra from the 17th to 21st April. The full list of new artists are below:

Damien Dempsey Tom Lewis (Canada), Valanga Khoza and South African Jive, Rory Faithfield, The Fiddle Chicks, Candy Royalle & Sloppy Joe, Recycled String Band, Penny Davies & Roger Ilott, Damien Thornber and the Orphans, Iris, Justin Walsh & Rhyll Wilson, Bon Accord, Christopher Cady, Geoffrey W Graham, Takadimi, Amazing Drumming Monkeys, Irish Joe Lynch, Coolfinn Mac, Danny Spooner, Dylan Hekimian, Great Big Story Book, Gobsmacked!, The Ladybug Express, Glover & Sorrensen, James Griffin, Mike Martin & Lindsay Martin, Rhys Davies ‘The Trickster’, Riff Raff Radical Marching Band, Sarah Humphreys, Tángalo, 3 Sheets To The Wind, The Lurkers, Rusty Spring Syncopators, The Squeezebox Trio, Tingley Turner

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th January


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Woody Pitney has announce two full band shows in February. Details here

Seth Lakeman has announced sideshows when he’s in the country for Bluesfest including support slots for Suzanne Vega. Details here

Chance McCoy from Old Crow Medicine Show proves that “Hey Brother” by Avicci is actually a decent song with his version. Details here

Midlake have released the new video for their track “The Old & The Young”. Details here

– The story behind the new Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros video “All Wash Out” is both touching and tragic. Details here

Frank Turner’s new single “The Polaroid Picture” will be part of an EP featuring three covers and a brand new track. Details here

James Vincent McMorrow may have wrapped up his Australian tour but he’s left behind his new single “Gold”. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival have added their final acts for 2014 including Glen Hansard, Lisa O’Neill, Beccy Cole, Normie Rowe & The Original Playboys, Melody Pool and many more. Details here

– Sydney folkies The Green Mohair Suits announced details of their EP launch this month with The Morrisons and All Our Exes Live In Texas as well as releasing the video for their new single “Baby, You Just Want To Give Up”. Details here

Bluesfest also added artists to its 2014 lineup including Joss Stone, Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows, Dyson Stringer Cloher, The Beards and many many more. Details here

– Americana favourite Pokey LaFarge has announced tour dates when he’s in the country for WOMADelaide and Port Fairy. Details here

– Melbourne’s The Weeping Willows have released their much anticipated new video “Home for the Broken Soul”. Details here

– England’s Matthew and the Atlas have released the video to their brand new single “Pale Moon Rose”. Details here

Jordan Millar released the homemade video for his excellent new song “If Only…”. Details here

Sally Seltmann has revealed the details of her new album Hey Daydreamer. Details here

– Sydney seven-piece Little Bastard have announced their first Sydney headline show of the year. Details here


“I think it’s the five-part harmonies and that kind of kick-arse Irish-y Australian thing, and the stories about bushrangers and haunted trains and bad women. I think it’s just a combination of everything and it just works. And they’re brilliant musicians these guys, and it’s just such a pleasure playing with them. Nothing ever goes wrong and it really is such a joy” – John Fegan from Rough Red chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“It goes pretty well, as long as there are things happening at the festival that are going to make us funny. Now we’ve had a lot of trouble with Morris Dancers this festival. First up, we wondered why they were called ‘daaaaahhncers’. We called them ‘dancers’ and they said, “No, we’re daaaaahhhncers”. It turns out they’re waaaaahhhnkers. And they’ve been dancing – or daaaaaahhncing – their way up and down the street. And I think they should be banned and I think something should be sprayed to get rid of them.”Glover and Sorensen chat to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

Then We Collide
Then We CollideEmily and the Woods

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Illawarra Folk Festival

Dom Flemons

The Illawarra Folk Festival is unique in a packed calendar of festivals around the country. The festival itself maintains a small, community atmosphere that is present at so many regional events but still manages to pull the big name acts usually reserved for the larger events – this year the highlights include Andy Irvine, Dom Flemmons (above), Archie Roach, Whitetop Mountaineers and many many more. Just a couple of hours on the train from Sydney and a quick drive from Canberra the Illawarra Folk Festival is accessible while still feeling like you’re getting away from it all to immerse yourself in folk music, dance art and culture. Truly one of our favourite festivals of the year.

Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th January – Bulli, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Friday 17th to Saturday 18th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Andy Irvine
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Friday 24th to Monday 27th January – Newstead Festival, Newstead, VIC

Bandito Folk with Drawn From Bees, Dale Peachey
Thursday 23rd January – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Chris Thile
Friday 17th January – MONA FOMA, Hobart, TAS
Monday 20th January – Melbourne Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Communion Melbourne feat. Ainslie Wills, The Hello Morning, Jimmy Tait, The Phoncurves, Little Dreamer, Tigertown
Sunday 19th January – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Emily Barker
Monday 20th January – Sky Terrace at The Star, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 21st January – Sky Terrace at The Star, Sydney, NSW

Illawarra Folk Festival
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th January – Bulli, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 17th January – House Concert, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 18th January – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th January – House Concert, Mitcham, VIC
Monday 20th January – House Concert, Ballarat, VIC
Tuesday 21st January – House Concert, Parkdale, VIC
Thursday 23rd January – House Concert, Croydon Hills, VIC

Jordan Millar
Friday 17th January – Name This Bar, Sydney, NSW

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 17th January – White Star, Albany, WA
Saturday 18th January – Settler Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 19th January – Swanbrook Winery, Swan Valley, WA
Tuesday 21st January – Ya Ya’s, Perth, WA

Kim Churchill
Friday 17th January – The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 18th January – Bon Amici Café, Toowoomba, QLD
Sunday 19th January – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 21st January – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd January – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 24th January – The Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 24th January – Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Little Bastard w/ Grizzly Jim Lawrie, Naked Bodies
Friday 17th January – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Moldre
Thursday 23rd January – The Green Room, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th January – The Rhythm Hut, Central Coast, NSW

Mat McHugh
Friday 17th January – Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Friday 24th January – Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale NSW

Newstead Live
Friday 24th to Monday 27th January – Castlemaine, VIC

Numeralla Folk Festival
Friday 24th to Monday 27th January – Numerella, NSW

Ruby Boots
Friday 17th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th January – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th January – Pure Pop Records, Melbourne, VIC

Ryan Keen
Wednesday 22nd January – Name This Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd January – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Sarah Blasko
Wednesday 22nd January – St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th January – Flinders St Baptist Church, Adelaide, SA

Sweet Jean
Sunday 19th January – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Tamar Valley Folk Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January – George Town, TAS

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 26th January – Tamworth, NSW

The Beez
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Monday 20th to Saturday 25th January – Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW

The Lumineers
Saturday 18th January – The Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 23rd January – The Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Timbers
Wednesday 22nd January – Manly Boatshed, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd January – Phoenix Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 24th January – Tanswell Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January – Thredbo, NSW

Unpaved Sessions feat. Al Parkinson, Chad Mason, Linus Wilson
Monday 20th January – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Zoe Elliot
Friday 17th January – Limonata, Grafton, NSW
Sunday 19th January – Yamba Bowlo, Yamba, NSW
Thursday 23rd January – Ric’s Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 24th January – The Lodge, Bellingen, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Too Many Notes” – Chris Thile

On Wednesday this week I was lucky enough to catch Chris Thile (Punch Brothers) as part of the Sydney Festival. The entire performance was amazing but he finished with this song which might appeal to the folkies out there.

Glover and Sorensen: the (not so) Serious Side of Folk Festivals

Glover and Sorensen
Image Courtesy of Glover and Sorensen

WARNING: The following interview contains multiple gratuitous references to Morris Dancers.

Folk festivals are a serious business. Well, they can be.

Or not, if Alan Glover and S Sorensen are on the program. The comic duo turn up like bad pennies at festivals around the country, and they’re back this weekend at one of their regular haunts, the Illawarra Folk Festival.

Bill Quinn spoke with Alan and S last year about the blend of comedy and folk, after a momentarily passing fascination with the interviewer’s MP3 recorder.

S Sorensen: You’re pointing what looks like… it looks like an electric shaver, doesn’t it? And I’m a bit stubbly, being at the festival for a few days without shaving.

And I believe alcohol makes your beard grow faster.

Bill Quinn: Indeed. Now, we’re at a folk festival. How does it go with comedy at a folk festival?

Alan Glover: It goes pretty well, as long as there are things happening at the festival that are going to make us funny. Now we’ve had a lot of trouble with Morris Dancers this festival. First up, we wondered why they were called ‘daaaaahhncers’. We called them ‘dancers’ and they said, “No, we’re daaaaahhhncers”.

It turns out they’re waaaaahhhnkers.

And they’ve been dancing – or daaaaaahhncing – their way up and down the street. And I think they should be banned and I think something should be sprayed to get rid of them.

SS: Well, they really annoy me. We had a few jokes at their expense, and then we walked out of the show on Friday night and we came down here, and there was a whole bunch of Morris Dancers waiting for us, and they attacked us with their sticks and their hankies.

I got a really bad hanky burn on my neck.

AG: That’s really bad.

SS: I’ve had to rub stuff on it because of this hanky burn from those nasty, aggressive, unattractive jingle-janglers.

BQ: To borrow a phrase from musician John Thompson, is it artistic expression or a cry for help?

AG: I don’t think it’s either. I think these people are deluded. I think they’re pre-Alzheimer’s; I think that’s what’s going on. Someone’s dressed them up and said it will be fun. They don’t know what fun is. They’re just easily pushed-along people.

It’s just typical of the voters in this county. And I don’t want to make a tenuous segue from Morris Dancing to the [then] forthcoming federal election, but I’ve gotta say, if a Morris Daaaaahhncer stood for prime minister of this country, they’d probably get in – that’s how stupid things are at the moment!

SS: That’s right, and the thing about the Morris Dancers is that I, like any sensible person, don’t believe in evolution. I believe that God created the world on six working days and had Sunday off. And I believe that when he was creating stuff, he didn’t create the Morris Dancers. Somehow they were created by accident when he was having Sunday off, going to church. Because on Friday I think it was he created churches as well as planets and all living things.

But then somehow he created Morris Dancers, and they’re a deviant life-form that doesn’t even belong on the planet. So we just avoid them.

BQ: I feel like I’ve learnt so much in two minutes and fifty-six seconds. Getting back to you. I’ve only seen you at festivals from Woodford and south. What’s the life of S and Alan like when you’re not on the circuit?

AG: We basically go into stasis, don’t we?

SS: Yes, we rest a lot and read dictionaries, learn words that we can use to confuse our audience.

AG: And basically do everything we can to undermine ourselves, to white ant ourselves.

SS: Yeah, and when he’s in stasis, I’m usually in the next room reading the books, and I tell him later because he doesn’t like to read. I’m telling him later what Mickey did and what Donald did.

And after a couple of weeks it’s time to do another festival. Stasis isn’t allowed round because she’s a bit ugly.

But that’s generally what we do, and we don’t have any other life. We love coming to festivals because here people are real. They’re turning off the telly, they’re turning off the internet, and that’s what we want. We want people to realise that there’s a real life. There’s a reality. And it needs their help.

AG: It’s not real bad. You know I’ve come to the conclusion that the only people you can really trust to tell you the truth are comedians.

SS: That’s right. People reckon they talk the truth, like politicians, but it’s all bullshit. We talk bullshit but it’s all honest and it’s the truth.

BQ: So while you’re in stasis (or Stasis) and the rest of the world is turning, where can people go to find out more about Glover and Sorensen?

AG: Well, they can Google ‘Glover and Sorensen’ and they’ll get a Youtube clip of us pretending to be at a festival. Well, we are. It looks like we’re in someone’s back room but we’re not; we’re actually at a live festival, aren’t we?

SS: Yes, and you can go to our website which we went to once — it’s lovely — if you ever want to hire us for anything, like you’ve got a big empty space in your life and you want someone to really connect. Because we are against everything, except the stuff we’re not.

AG: And we’re easy to find on the internet. Just type in this: ‘shemuckaruckmuckbeugh dot glergflerk dot comgfhgjkjerr dot au’.


BQ: Gentlemen, the last five minutes and twenty eight seconds has been…..something. I thank you.

SS: ‘Have’ been. Because it’s plural. ‘The last five minutes and twenty eight seconds HAVE been…’ But I don’t want to correct your bad English.

But it’s been rather pleasant for us too.

AG: Hey, I told you not to talk to him like that. Now you’re boiling your ‘Billy’! Now leave it alone!

BQ: I’ve just been ‘Quinned’! Thank you, gentlemen.

SS: Thanks, Billy!

Glover and Sorensen’s gigs at the Illawarra Folk Festival:

 Friday 17th January – Miners Camp, 8pm\
Saturday 18th January – La Petite Grande, 9.30pm
Sunday 19th January – Show Pavilion, 10.30am (Funny Concert)
Sunday 19th January – Grandstand Restaurant
Sunday 19th January – Slacky Flat Bar (Finale Concert)

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