Grizzly Bear Announced Headline Australian Tour

Grizzly Bear
Image Courtesy of Grizzly Bear

We’ve known that US nu-folk quartet Grizzly Bear would be returning to our shores next year for the last couple of months after their name started appearing on the lineups of Golden Plains and the Melbourne Zoo Twilights. And now we can confirm that the band have added Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide shows plus an appearance at A Festival Called Panama in Tasmania.

Grizzly Bear will be touring their latest record Painted Ruins when they’re in the country. Check out the full list of dates below:

Tuesday 6th March – The Palais, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 7th March – The Palais, Adelaide, SA
Friday 9th March – Melbourne Zoo
, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March – A Festival Called Panama, Lone Star Valley, TAS
Saturday 10th to Monday 12th March – Golden Plains, Meredith, VIC
Monday 12th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 14th March – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Conor Oberst Announces Australian Tour With The Felice Brothers

Conor Oberst
Image Courtesy of Conor Oberst

Renowned singer-songwriter Conor Oberst has announced plans to return to Australia for a tour in February and March next year. As well as a spot at Golden Plains, Oberst will be taking in shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Thirroul. Joining him on the tour will be acclaimed US folk/rock band The Felice Brothers.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 25th February – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 26th February – Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 28th February – Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne VIC
Wednesday 4th March – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th March – Anitas, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 6th March – Taronga Zoo, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 8th March – Golden Plains Festival, Meredith, VIC

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 25th October


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The week kicked off with over 500 artists being announced for this year’s Woodford Folk Festival. Details here

WOMADelaide also added eleven new artists to its 2014 lineup including Timber and Steel favourite Sam Lee and Scottish trad specialists Breabach. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk night Little Features have announced their October lineup including Hushka, Colin Jones, Little Bighorn and Jacob Pearson. Details here

Bluesfest announced their third lineup additions for 2014 including Jack Johnson, Elvis Costello, Passenger and Kasey Chambers. Details here

– We posted the full lineup for the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival which kicks off today. Details here

Busby Marou revealed their new video “Get You Out Of Here”. Details here

– Australian-born, Berlin-based folk-pop singer Phia has released her new single “Do You Ever?”. Details here

– Another festival to announce its 2014 lineup is Golden Plains 8, whose folky artists include Neko Case, The Orbweavers, Archer and the Long Gone Daddies and The Perch Creek Family Jugband. Details here

Patrick James has revealed a brand new track “Wait” ahead of his Spring tour. Details here

Dustin Tebbutt, who is heading out on tour with Boy & Bear, has revealed his new video “Where I Find You” from his new EP The Breach. Details here

Timber and Steel has an exclusive stream of “Streets”, the new EP from Isaac de Heer that is officially released today. Details here

Emma Davis released her new single “Stand Tall” and announced an east coast tour with Brian Campeau in November. Details here

– Sydney’s The Mountains have announced their last headline show for 2013 with Edward Deer and Direwolf. Details here

Daughter have announced Laneway sideshows next year. Details here

– The Sydney Festival announced its 2014 lineup including a bunch of folk acts like Chris Thile, The Staves, Dom Flemons and more. Details here

Midlake released their brand new video “Antiphon”. Details here

– On the 21st November Timber and Steel will be presenting a very special night of music featuring Boy Outside, The British Blues and All Our Exes Live In Texas. Details here


“I just don’t think we worked out what we were trying to do with Cherbourg. I think we learnt a lot of lessons from it. It was quite a set formula with Cherbourg and I think we’re all multi-instrumentalists in Bear’s Den and it allows us to be a lot more fluid with the sort of sounds we can make and what we choose to do with them” – Kev Jones from Bear’s Den chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Wild Heart
Wild HeartBec Sandridge

Isaac De Heer Streets
StreetsIsaac de Heer

The Head and the Heart
Let’s Be StillThe Head And The Heart

Timber and Steel Presents

Saturday 26th October – Festival at Mezzanine Styles, Parkes, NSW
Sunday 27th October – Balcony TV, Coolum Beach, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
Friday 25th October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sundey 27th October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st November – Wool Exchange, Geelong, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 25th October – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 26th October – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD

Caitlin Rose
Friday 25th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Saturday 26th October – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 28th October – City Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 30th October – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st November – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Dyson Stringer Cloher
Friday 25th October – The Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD
Saturday 26th October – Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 27th October – Woombye Pub, Eumundi, QLD
Thursday 31st October – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 1st November – Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW

Fleurieu Folk Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October – Willunga, SA

Foghorn Stringband
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, NSW
Tuesday 29th October – Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall, Kyogle, NSW
Thursday 31st October – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 1st November – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 1st November – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Jordie Lane
Friday 25th to Saturday 26th October – Fleurieu Folk Festival, SA
Sunday 27th October – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA (Afternoon show)
Sunday 27the October – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Thursday 31st October – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 1st November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October – Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Sunday 27th October – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 31st October – Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 1st November – Burleigh Underground Drummers, Gold Coast, QLD

Little Features feat. Hushka, Colin Jones, Little Bighorn, Jacob Pearson
Saturday 26th October – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Matt Corby with Bear’s Den
Sunday 27th October – Arts centre, Fremantle, WA

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 25th October – The Polish Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 26th October – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 27th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Sam Buckingham and Buffalo Tales
Wednesday 30th October – Royal Exchange Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 31st October – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Friday 1st November – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 25th October – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 1st November – Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast, QLD

The Little Stevies
Friday 25th October – The Velvet Room, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 25th October – Bendigo Bank Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 26th October – A Day On The Green, Mudgee, NSW
Sunday 27th October – Ed Castle, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Forever Young” – Joan Baez

Proof that my wife has far better music taste than me – this song was playing in our house the other day and I had to ask her what it was

Golden Plains 8 Announces Lineup

Neko Case
Image Courtesy of Neko Case

The Golden Plains 8 festival announced its lineup overnight and once again it’s managed to sprinkle some folky magic into the mix. As well as some pretty major indie, hip hop and electronic artists Golden Plains 8 is also set to feature American singer-songwriter Neko Case (above), Melbourne folkies The Orbweavers, alt-country star Archer and the Long Gone Daddies and Timber and Steel favourites The Perch Creek Family Jugband.

Golden Plains 8 will take place in Meredith, Vitoria from the 8th to the 10th March, 2014. For tickets and more information check out the official site here.

Bon Iver Announces Australian Tour

Bon Iver
Image Courtesy of Bon Iver

Hot off the news that Bon Iver has been announced for the Golden Plains Sixxx Festival we now have a confirmation of solo dates for the US artist. Let’s cut straight to them shall we?

Saturday, 3rd March – Perth International Arts Festival, Red Hill Auditorium, Perth, WA (Tix on Sale 7th November)
Tuesday, 6th March – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA (Tix on Sale 30th September)
Thursday, 8th March – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC (Tix on Sale 30th September)
Saturday, 10 March – Golden Plains Sixxx, Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, VIC (Ticket Ballot Open Now)
Sunday, 11th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW (Tix on Sale 5th October)
Monday, 12th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW (Tix on Sale 5th October)
Tuesday, 13th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW (Tix on Sale 5th October)
Thursday, 15th March – Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD (Tix on Sale 30th September)
Friday, 16th March – Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD (Tix on Sale 30th September)
Saturday, 17th March – Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD (Tix on Sale 30th September)

Is you mind blown?

Bon Iver Announced for Golden Plains Sixxx

Bon Iver
Image Courtesy of Golden Plains Sixxx

While you’ve probably been spending your morning eying off some other festival announcement it’s probably best you pay attention right here, right now. Because none other than Bon Iver has just been announced for 2012’s Golden Plains Sixxx festival. How awesome is that?????

Golden Plains Sixxx will be held in Meredith, Victoria from the 10th to the 12th March next year. The only other artist announced so far is psychedelic rocker Roky Erickson – the rest of the lineup is due on or before the 17th October.

The festival sells tickets via a ballot system (much like it’s sister festival Meredith) which you have to enter before the 14th October via the official Golden Plains Sixxx website. Which you’re going to do right now – because it’s friggin’ Bon Iver!

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