National Folk Festival Announces First Major Lineup for 2018

Ten Strings and a Goat Skin
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After teasing us with six artists for 2018, The National Folk Festival has finally revealed its highly anticipated first major lineup announcement.

Headlining the 2018 lineup are Scottish superstars Breabach, Nashville singer-songwriter Lindsay Lou, American favourite Steve Poltz, Celtic band Cara, acclaimed Canadian trio Ten Strings and A Goat Skin and Indigenous performer Gina Williams.

Joining them will be a bunch of festival favourites along with a few first-timers including Amistat (VIC), Bush Gothic (VIC), Cat and Clint (VIC), Chaika (NSW), Charm of Finches (VIC), Chordwainers (TAS), Chris Duncan, Catherine and Jennifer Strutt (NSW), Chris While and Julie Matthews (UK), The Coconut Kids (SA), Daniel Champagne (NSW), Fred Smith (ACT), The Good Lovelies (Canada), Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys (Canada), Hat Fitz and Cara (QLD), John Flanagan Trio (VIC), Marcia Howard (VIC), Ryan Garth and Emily Wolfe (TAS), Sparrow-Folk (ACT), The Tassie Devil’s Own Band (TAS), The Western Flyers (US) and more.

The National Folk Festival takes place in Canberra over the Easter long weekend, 29th March to the 2nd April. For more information, including how to pick up early bird tickets, check out the official web site here.

The full list of artists announced so far are below:

Amazing Drumming Monkeys, Amistat, Belshazzar’s Feast, Breabach, Bush Gothic, Cara, Cat and Clint, Chaika, Charm of Finches, Chordwainers, Chris Duncan, Catherine and Jennifer Strutt, Chris While and Julie Matthews, The Coconut Kids, Daniel Champagne, Faustus, Fred Smith Band, Frumious, Gina Williams, The Good Lovelies, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Hat Fitz and Cara, John Flanagan Trio, Katey Brooks, Lindsay Lou, Madhouse Circus, Marcia Howard Quartet, Mick Thomas and The Roving Commission, 19-Twenty, Pirateman Michael, Ryan Garth and Emily Wolfe, Sparrow-Folk, Steve Poltz, The Tassie Devil’s Own Band, Ten Strings and A Goat Skin, The Western Flyers

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 6th February


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The original nu-folk band Calexico have announced plans to release a new album Edge of the Sun. Details here

– Adelaide’s Sam Brittain has headed out on an east coast tour with Amistat. Details here

– Brisbane duo Hollow Coves released their new single “The Woods”. Details here

The Heartstring Quartet are definitely a band to watch when they make their way to Australia this month. Details here

– NSW based singer-songwriter Alex Hallahan released his new single “Tangle For Two”. Details here

– Old-time troubadour Archer released his new video “Garden”. Details here

Hozier announced two headline dates when he’s here for Bluesfest in, you guessed it, Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– Brisbane band Elbury are streaming their new EP Demasquerade. Details here

– American folk acts Shakey Graves and Shovels & Rope will be touring Australia in March. Details here

The Timbers will be performing at The Jade Monkey in Adelaide tonight supported by … themselves? Details here

– New York based singer-songwriter MacKenzie Shivers released her new single “Orphan Song”. Details here

– Iconic Sydney folk venue The Shack turns 50 this weekend with a celebratory concert. Details here

– The Festival of Small Halls Australia is back again this Autumn taking Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys and Siskin River from the Port Fairy Folk Festival to the National Folk Festival via regional towns and centres. Details here

– Regular Sydney jam night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s returns for 2015 with performances from Stillhouse Union and The Plough. Details here

– American singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge has announced an Australian tour in April. Details here

Iron & Wine and Rhiannon Giddens released a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”. Details here

– The very buzz worthy Rowena Wise has released a new single, “Words”, and added a bunch of tour dates. Details here

– Brisbane singer-songwriter Clea released her single “Polyester”. Details here

– UK chamber-folk band The Leisure Society have announced a new album The Fine Art of Hanging On. Details here

– Sydney duo Elwood Myre released their new video “California”. Details here

– Regular Sydney night Fairlight Folk has announced its February lineup including Shane Howard (Goanna) and Joe Flower & Harmony Breeze. Details here

José González released his new video “Leaf Off / The Cave”. Details here



“Not to say this isn’t a great album – it certainly is. There are a lot of highlights throughout. But it’s not the kind of album I can enjoy from start to finish, not the way I can with Down from the Mountain or even the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack (the intentionally terrible “Please Mr. Kennedy” aside). And I think it’s for a number of reasons”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the live album Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis. Review here

“Deep in the heart of the EP’s four tracks I can still hear the same singer-songwriter strumming away on her guitar that I fell in love with five years ago”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the new EP from Emmy The Great, S. Review here

Releases This Week

The April Maze
Sleeping StormThe April Maze

Elwood Myre
Elwood MyreElwood Myre

Father John Misty
I Love You, HoneybearFather John Misty

The Pigs
The Pigs’ Home Brew: 13 Aussie ClassicsThe Pigs

Ryan Bingham
Fear and Saturday NightRyan Bingham

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Timbers

The Timbers

Tonight Adelaide folk stalwarts The Timbers will be putting on a very special gig supported by themselves. That’s right – each member of The Timbers – Joe Man Murphy, Simon Basey and Benjamin Roberts – will be performing a solo set before the band get on stage. Has to be seen to be believed.

Friday 6th February – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

Alanna Eileen
Friday 13th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 6th February – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Saturday 7th Fenruary – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Tuesday 10th February – Convention Centre, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 11th February – Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD
Friday 13th February – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Ann Vriend
Friday 6th February – Mother’s Milk, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 7th February – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 8th February – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Tuesday 10th February – House Concert, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 12th February – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, Vic
Friday 13th February – Dodges Ferry, Tas

April Maze
Wednesday 11th February – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

CW Stoneking
Friday 6th February – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 7th February – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 8th February – Lizotte’s, Dee Why, NSW
Tuesday 10th February – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 11th February – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 13th February – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

Joel Barker
Saturday 7th February – The Bird, Northbridge, WA

John Flanagan
Friday 6th February – The Bluebee room, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 7th February – The Exeter, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 11th February – The Yarra Hotel, Abbottsford, VIC
Thursday 12th February – Homestead Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Friday 13th February – Live At The Wharf, Gnomon Pavilion, Ulverstone, TAS

Kim Churchill
Friday 6th February – Amplifier Bar, Perth, WA
Saturday 7th February – City of Stirling Summerset Arts Festival, Scarborough WA
Friday 13th February – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC

Little Bastard
Friday 13th February – Dues Ex Machina, Sydney, NSW

Mandy Connell with Tom Ciccone
Wednesday 11th February – Bar Oussou, Melbourne, VIC

Saturday 7th February – Red Hill Auditorium, Perth, WA

Sam Brittain and Amistat
Sunday 8th February – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 10th February – Wood St House Concert, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 12th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th February – Beavs Bar, Geelong, VIC

The Melbourne Folk Club feat. The Mae Trio, The Once
Wednesday 11th February – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Shack 50th Anniversary feat. Dave Calandra, New York Public Library, Grimick, Jim Jarvis, The Original Myd Lyfe Crysys
Saturday 7th February – The Shack, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 6th February – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Butterfly” and “Ships Are Sailing” – Nick Metcalf

“The Butterfly” is a standard in so many sessions and I’m trying to learn it. Which means watching a lot of videos on Youtube like this one.

Festival of Small Halls Announces Autumn Tour

Gordie Mackeeman
Image Courtesy of Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys

The Festival of Small Halls returns this Autumn with some fantastic music in store. If you haven’t come across the Festival of Small Halls before the idea is simple – world class musicians make their way between folk festivals via small towns and regional centres where they perform in traditional country halls.

This Autumn’s Festival of Small Halls will make its way from the Port Fairy Folk Festival in March through to the National Folk Festival in April. The tour is set to feature Canadian fiddle tune masters Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys and local sister duo Siskin River.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Sunday 8th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy Music Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Wednesday 11th March – Glenorchy Memorial Community Hall, Glenorchy, VIC
Thursday 12th March – Barwon Heads Primary School, Barwon Heads, VIC
Tuesday 17th March – Orange Showground Pavillion, Orange, NSW
Wednesday 18th March – The Simpson Pavillion, Grenfell, NSW
Thursday 19th March – The Rand School of Arts, Rand, NSW
Friday 20th March – Girgarre Town Hall, Girgarre, VIC
Saturday 21st March – Moyston Hall, Moyston, VIC
Wednesday 25th March – Adelonia Theatre, Adelong, NSW
Thursday 26th March – Bonegilla Migrant Experience, Bonegilla, VIC
Tuesday 31st March – Coramba Community Hall, Coramba, NSW
Wednesday 1st April – Bayldon Community Centre, Toormina, NSW
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Port Fairy Adds Its Second Round of Artists for 2015

Trouble in the Kitchen
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After drip feeding a couple of big name headliners (Buffy Sainte-Marie, Richard Thompson and Sinéad O’Connor) The Port Fairy Folk Festival released their official second round of artists for 2015.

The new additions include the likes of Davidson Brothers, Shane Howard, Wagons, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Lucy Wise Trio, Steve Smyth, The Company, Tracey McNeil & The Goodlife, Trouble in the Kitchen and many more.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place in Port Fairy, Victoria from the 6th to 9th March. For more information and tickets check out the official site here.

Check out the full list of second round additions below:

Davidson Brothers, Fiona Boyles & The Fortune Tellers, Shane Howard, Frankie J Holden & Wilbur Wilde, Wagons, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Jo Jo Smith Band, Jodi Martin Band, Kamerunga, Kieran O’Connell & Shanakee, Lucy Wise Trio, Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence, Microwave Jenny, Steve Smyth, Sweethearts, The Baker Suite, Sky Scraper Stan & The Commission Flats, The Company, Tracey McNeil & The Goodlife, Trouble in the Kitchen, Whitetop Mountaineers

The National Folk Festival Announce Six Acts for 2105

Mark Moldre
Image Courtesy of Mark Moldre

We consider The National Folk Festival as our “home” folk festival – the one we get to every year and the one where we know everyone and everyone knows us. So we’re pretty excited that late last week they revealed the first six artists for their 2015 lineup.

Those artists include the likes of Scottish trad masters Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, central coast singer-songwriter Mark Moldre (above), Canadian bluegrass and old timey outfit Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys, the incomparable Fred Smith, festival favourites Chloë and Jason Roweth and contemporary UK folk duo Dark Horses.

“We’re looking forward to bringing you an A-list of folk, roots and acoustic music from around the world and Australia at next year’s Festival” Festival Director Pam Merrigan explained. “Everything you love about The National Folk Festival will be there with 5 magical days of intimate performances, iconic legends, surprising new music, and the vibrant sights and sounds of the Festival streetscape.”

The National Folk Festival takes place over the Easter Long Weekend from the 2nd to the 6th April 2015. For more information check out the official site here.

WOMADelaide Announces First Artists for 2015 Lineup

The Gloaming
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We’ve said it multiple times before but WOMADelaide is easily one of our favourite festivals in Australia. From its setting in the stunning Botanic Park in Adelaide to the wonderful eclectic lineup it boasts each year, WOMADelaide continues to live up to the hype.

The next WOMADelaide will be held from the 6th to 9th March next year and they’ve just announced their first round of artists. The lineup next years boasts the likes of blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, indie-acoustic darlings Lake Street Dive, bluegrass and old time stringband Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys, the incomparable Rufus Wainwright, Irish trad supergroup The Gloaming and so much more.

For information on how to get your hands on tickets for WOMADelaide check out the official site here. The full first round of artists are below:

Abdullah Ibrahim Quartet (South Africa), Balkan Beat Box (Brooklyn/Tel Aviv), Bombino (Niger), Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Italy), Charlie Musselwhite (USA), Che Sudaka (Spain), Criolo (Brazil), Fanfare Ciocarlia (Romania), Flavia Coelho (Brazil), Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys (Canada), Jambinai (South Korea), Jupiter & Okwess International (Democratic Republic of Congo), Lake Street Dive (USA), Live Live Cinema (New Zealand), Luzmila Carpio (Bolivia), Marrugeku Theatre Company – Cut The Sky (Australia), Malawi Mouse Boys (Malawi), Meeta Pandit (India), Neneh Cherry w/ RocketNumberNine+ (Sweden/UK), Public Service Broadcasting (UK), Ramzi Aburedwan (Palestine), Rufus Wainwright (Canada), Soil and “Pimp” Sessions (Japan), The Gloaming (Ireland), Youssou N’Dour (Senegal)

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