Thank Folk It’s Friday – 31st January


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The great Pete Seeger passed away from natural causes on the 27th January, aged 94. We collected some of our favourite obits from around the web. Details here

– We round up all of the folk, alt-country and roots winners in the triple j Hottest 100, The Grammys and The Golden Guitars last weekend. Details here

– The new Seth Lakeman album hits stores today and you can get a taster with his new video for “The Courier”. Details here

Matt Corby revealed his new single “What The Devil Has Made” from the Spirit of Akasha surf documentary soundtrack. Details here

– The National Folk Festival has added a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites to its 2014 lineup including Archie Roach, Lindi Ortega, Ange Takats, Castlecomer, Leah Flanagan, The Little Stevies, Martin Pearson, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, The Morrisons, The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Stetson Family, Tolka, Zeptepi and many many more. Details here

– Regular Sydney night The Folk Informal has announced its lineup for February including James Kelly, Ryan Collings, Betty & Oswald and Timberwolf. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Tim Guy released his new video “Armour Weight”. Details here

Dustin Tebbutt has released a mesmerizing new video for his track “White Lines”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Mark Wilkinson is heading out on a massive national tour this March, April and May. Details here

– Melbourne’s James Teague has scored a residency at The Workers Club every Wednesday through February. Details here

– Blue Mountains based folk-bluegrass four piece Lime and Steel have announced a show in Canberra next Saturday with Vendulka in support. Details here

Timber and Steel favourites Achoo! Bless You will be launching their new single “Wild Eyes” in Sydney this February. Details here

– The wonderful Sam Buckingham has announced a national tour as well as the launch of her Patreon crowd sourcing campaign. Details here

– The new Nick Mulvey track “Cucurucu” now has an expansive new video. Details here

– UK duo Paper Aeroplanes released their new video for “Circus” along with details of their new EP. Details here

– Brisbane based roots singer Jimmy Watts released his new video “Driving”. Details here

– Chamber folk singer-songwriter Packwood has announced a handful of album preview shows this February. Details here

– Donna and Vikki from The Waifs are touring this March as The Stray Sisters. Details here

– The new William Fitzsimmons track “Fortune” has a beautiful new video. Details here

Releases This Week

In The SilenceÁsgeir

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Green Mohair Suits w/ The Morrisons, All Our Exes Live in Texas

Green Mohair Suits

After a successful tilt at the Tamworth Country Music Festival earlier this month The Green Mohair Suits return to Sydney in time to launch their latest EP Baby, You Just Want To Give Up. Along for the ride are their fellow Tamworth stage mates The Morrisons and All Our Exes Live in Texas – so it looks like it’s going to be a huge night of pickin’ and harmonies. We’ll be there for sure!

Friday 31st January – The Loft at UTS, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Andy Irvine
Friday 31st January – Music in the Park, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 2nd February – Trinity Sessions at Trinity Church, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 6th February – House Concert, Alice Springs, NT

Cass McCombs
Thursday 6th February – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Tuesday 4th February – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Vedder
Friday 7th February – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA

Emily Barker
Sunday 2nd February – Astor Lounge, Perth, WA

Imogen Clark and Joe Mungovan
Sunday 2nd February – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, NSW
Friday 7th February – Corner Store, Sydney, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 31st January – House Concert, Pemulwuy, NSW
Saturday 1st February – House Concert, Sutherland Shire, NSW
Sunday 2nd February – House Concert, Morisset, NSW.
Monday 3rd February – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 6th February – House Concert, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Friday 7th February – House Concert, Canberra, ACT

James Teague
Wednesday 5th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
Friday 31st January – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd February – Festival of King Island, King Island, TAS

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Saturday 1st February – Lefty’s Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Laneway Festival
Friday 31st January – Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 1st February ­- Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 2nd February – Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), Sydney, NSW
Friday 7th February – Harts Mill, Adelaide, SA

Mat McHugh
Friday 7th February – Torquay Hotel, Torquay VIC

One Up Two Down and Oh Pep!
Thursday 6th February – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 7th February – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

The Beez
Saturday 1st Febraury – Tilba Winery, NSW
Sunday 2nd February – The Artists Shed, Queanbeyan, NSW
Thursday 6th February – Braidwood Folk Club, NSW
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th February – National Multicultural Festival, ACT

The Green Mohair Suits w/ The Morrisons, All Our Exes Live in Texas
Friday 31st January – The Loft at UTS, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 31st January – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Traveller & Fortune
Friday 31st January – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st February – JIVE, Adelaide, SA

Unpaved Sessions feat. Justin Bernasconi (The Stillsons), Nia Robertson, Sophie Klein, Kaidee Grzankowski and more
Monday 3rd February – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Woody Pitney with Zoe Elliot, James Kelly
Thursday 6th February – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“To My Old Brown Earth” – Pete Seeger

When choosing a FFF track this week I knew it had to be something from the late Pete Seeger. I settled on this track after it was posted by Billy Bragg with the following blurb: “One last thing about Pete Seeger before I turn in: if anyone’s planning to make a tribute to the great man, I would heartily suggest playing this song. Everyone knows the 60s classics, but this, from 1996, is the song we should be listening to as we contemplate with his passing.” RIP Pete Seeger.

Weekend Awards Round Up

Golden Guitars
Image Courtesy of the CMAA

The long weekend was also a massive weekend for awards with the Golden Guitars, triple j’s Hottest 100 and The Grammys all vying for attention. If you were too busy to take everything in never fear – we have a nice little Timber and Steel friendly wrap up for you here:

triple j Hottest 100

Vance Joy

As you’re no doubt aware the top spot was taken out this year by the folky “Riptide” from Australia’s Vance Joy, pipping favourites “Royals” by Lorde and “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk at the post. Vance Joy also came in at number 95 with his track “Play With Fire”.

Other notable Timber and Steel faves to make it into the list include Boy & Bear, Josh Pyke, Matt Corby, Dustin Tebbutt and more. The full list of winners can be found here with a snap shot of our favourites below:

1. Vance Joy – “Riptide”
8. Matt Corby – “Resolution”
41. Boy & Bear – “Southern Sun”
44. Dustin Tebbutt – “The Breach”
55. Boy & Bear – “Harlequin Dream”
75. Mikhael Paskalev – “I Spy”
87. John Butler Trio – “Only One”
88. Josh Pyke – “Leeward Side”
95. Vance Joy – “Play With Fire”

The Grammys

The Grammys

Due to the sheer number of categories at The Grammy’s it’s very easy to look past the glitz, glamour and mounty hats to find some amazing music being recognised. Big winners on the folk, roots and country side of the fence include The Civil Wars, Ben Harper, Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell and many more.

We’ve listed our top categories below – check out the full winners here.

Best Country Solo Performance
Darius Rucker – “Wagon Wheel”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
The Civil Wars – “From This Valley”

Best Country Song
Kacey Musgraves – “Merry Go ‘Round”

Best Country Album
Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park

Best American Roots Album
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell – Love Has Come For You

Best Americana Album
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – Old Yellow Moon

Best Bluegrass Album
Del McCoury Band – The Streets Of Baltimore

Best Blues Album
Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite – Get Up!

Best Folk Album
Guy Clark – My Favorite Picture Of You

Best Regional Roots Music Album
Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience – Dockside Sessions

Best World Music Album
Gipsy Kings – Savor Flamenco

The Golden Guitars

Lachlan Bryan

So many of our favourite artists have spent the last couple of weeks up in Tamworth for the Country Music Festival which culminated in the Golden Guitar awards on 25th Januray.

We’re really proud that Timber and Steel favourite Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes walked away with Alternative Country Album of the Year for Black Coffee, Ashleigh Dallas was named the Qantaslink New Talent of the Year and that Ted Egan was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Check out the full list of winners here.

Finally Timber and Steel favourite, The Mid North, also walked away from Tamworth winners with both the Battle of the Bands and Buskers Competition gongs under their belt. Definitely a well deserved win!

The Mid North

2012 Golden Guitar Winners

Davidson Brothers
Image Courtesy of Country Music Awards of Australia

Another Golden Guitars has come and gone and once again a host of Timber and Steel favourites made the grade. Among the big winners at this year’s Country Music Awards were Kasey Chambers, Shane Nicholson, The Bushwackers and Davidson Brothers (above).

The full list of winners is below:

Falling Into Place – Adam Harvey
Get Closer – Keith Urban
Keith Urban
Beccy Cole
Jetty Road
“Millionaires” – Beccy Cole & Kasey Chambers
“Bad Machines” – Shane Nicholson
“Children Of The Gurindji” – Sara Storer & Kev Carmody
“Sweet Emmylou” – Catherine Britt
“I Am Australian” – The Bushwackers
OMFG – Davidson Brothers
“Channel Country Ground” – Written by Merv Maltman, recorded by Dean Perrett & Lee Kernaghan
Matt Fell
Ted Howard
Mark Punch

Golden Guitars Mixup

Graeme Conners
Image Courtesy of the Herald Sun

It seems that yesterday’s report on the Golden Guitar winners was a little inaccurate. Apparently a blunder with the winners envelopes at the Saturday night awards show saw Lee Kernaghan incorrectly awarded Best Album – the award was meant to go to Graeme Connors (above with his Best Male Artist award) for Still Walking. When presenting the award host Ray Hadley was incorrectly given the envelope for the Top Selling Album catagory (won by Kernaghan) – the mistake has since been rectified with Kernaghan and Connors not holding any grudges.

Kasey Chambers Sweeps Golden Guitars

Kasey Chambers
Image Courtesy of The Australian

Australia’s queen of country, Kasey Chambers, has no doubt woken up smiling this morning after taking out four Golden Guitars at last night Country Music Awards including Song of the Year for “Little Bird”. The other big names who also took out awards included Lee Kernaghan, Sara Storer and The McClymonts.

A full list of winners is below:

Best album
Planet Country – Lee Kernaghan
Best male artist
Graeme Connors
Best female artist
Kasey Chambers
Best new talent
McAlister Kemp
Best group or duo
The McClymonts
Best vocal collaboration
“Love Like a Hurricane” – Kasey Chambers and Kevin Bennett
Best heritage song
“Sacred Bones” – written by Luke Austen and Troy Cassar-Daley, sung by Luke Austen
Best instrumental
“Dixie Breakdown” – Ian Simpson and John Kane
Song of the year
“Little Bird” – Kasey Chambers
Best video clip
“Calling Me Home” – Sara Storer
Horizon award
The Sunny Cowgirls
Best single
“Little Bird” – Kasey Chambers
Best bush ballad
“Every Time He Travels Through Cloncurry” – written by Peter Denahy, sung by Luke Austen
Top selling album
Planet Country – Lee Kernaghan

Kasey Chambers Up for Seven Golden Guitars

Kasey Chambers
Image Courtesy of Kasey Chambers

Country darling Kasey Chambers walked away with seven Golden Guitar nominations today including Album of the Year for Little Bird. The nominations were held in Sydney and also saw nods to The McClymonts and Lee Kernaghan. The full list of nominations is below:

Album of the Year
Keep Breathing – Dianna Corcoran
Little Bird – Kasey Chambers
Planet Country – Lee Kernaghan
Still Walking – Graeme Connors
Wrapped Up Good – The McClymonts

Male Artist of the Year
Luke Austen – She’s So You
Adam Brand – It’s Gonna Be OK
Graeme Connors – A Good Life
Lee Kernaghan – Planet Country
Markus Meier – A Different Land

Female Artist of the Year
Catherine Britt – Can’t Change A Thing
Kasey Chambers – Little Bird
Dianna Corcoran – Thank You For Cheating On Me
Tracy Killeen – Brave
Melinda Schneider – The Deadwood Stage

Maton New Talent of the Year
Luke Austen – She’s So You
Tracy Killeen – Brave
McAlister Kemp – All Kinds Of Tough
Markus Meier – A Different Land
Peter McWhirter – I Will Stand By You

Group or Duo of the Year
The Bostocks – Not By A Long Shot
Jonah’s Road – End Of The World
McAlister Kemp – All Kinds Of Tough
The McClymonts – Wrapped Up Good
The Sunny Cowgirls – Summer

Vocal Collaboration of the Year
“Both Sides Now” – Adam Harvey & The McClymonts
“Here We Are” – Anne Kirkpatrick & Bill Chambers
“Love Like A Hurricane” – Kasey Chambers & Kevin Bennett
“Seven Spanish Angels” – Adam Harvey & Troy Cassar-Daley
“Sing Me Home” – McAlister Kemp & Adam Brand

Toyota Heritage Song of the Year
“Angels Without Halos” – written & recorded by Graham Rodger
“Australian Boy” – written by Lee Kernaghan, Col Buchanan & Garth Porter, recorded by Lee Kernaghan
“Children Of The Gurindji” – written by Sara Storer, recorded by Sara Storer & Kev Carmody
“Nullabor (The Biggest Backyard)” – written & recorded by Kasey Chambers
“Sacred Bones” – written by Luke Austen & Troy Cassar-Daley, recorded by Luke Austen

Fender Instrumental of the Year
“Badl Bounce” – Steve Passfield
“Dixie Breakdown” – Ian Simpson & John Kane
“Optimystical” – Michael Fix
“Pronto Tonto” – Brendan Radford
“Run And Hide” – The Bostocks

APRA Song of the Year
“All The Money’s Gone” – written by Graeme Connors
“Better Than This” – written by Rod McCormack & Adam Harvey
“It Don’t Buy You Love” – written by Drew McAlister & Mike Carr
“Little Bird” – written by Kasey Chambers
“Planet Country” – written by Lee Kernaghan, Matt Scullion, Garth Porter, Colin Buchanan

Video Clip of the Year
“Australian Boy” – Lee Kernaghan, directed by Jesse Frazer
“Calling Me Home” – Sara Storer, directed by Duncan Toombs
“Girl In The Mall” – Felicity Urquhart, directed by Erica Davis
“Little Bird” – Kasey Chambers, directed by Gemma Lee, Blackeberry Films
“Wrapped Up Good” – The McClymonts, directed by Conti Brothers

Single of the Year
“A Beach House in the Blue Mountains” – Graeme Connors
“Little Bird” – Kasey Chambers
“Planet Country” – Lee Kernaghan
“Thank You For Cheating On Me” – Dianna Corcoran
“Wrapped Up Good” – The McClymonts

Bush Ballad of the Year
“The Battered Billy Tin” – written by Shaza Leigh & Ben Jacobs, recorded by Brian Letton
“The Cooper Coming Down” – written & recorded by Graham Rodger
“Every Time He Travels Through Cloncurry” – written by Peter Denahy, recorded by Luke Austen
“Kings Without A Crown” – written by Ray Rose, recorded by Tom Maxwell
“Say G’Day From Me” – written & recorded Ian Quinn

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