Thank Folk It’s Friday – 16th May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The UK’s VerseChorusVerse released the new video for their track “Three”. Details here

– Bi-State brother-sister acoustic duo The Acfields released their brand new track “Grabbed Me By The Heart”. Details here

– The lack of Splendour sideshows for Nick Mulvey has been remedied with his announcement as Ben Howard’s support. Details here

The April Maze only have a handful of dates left before they head back overseas. Details here

– The wonderful new single from Pepa Knight, “Rahh!”, has a gorgeous new video. Details here

– The UK’s Monument Valley has just released his new single “Tattooed Fists”. Details here

Claude Hay and The Gentle Enemies are currently on tour and have just released their new animated clip “Borracho”. Details here

The Audreys have a new video out, “Baby, Are You There”, and a regional tour planned for June and July. Details here

– Seeing Sydney duo Falls (now with a dropped “The”) on Daytrotter was a “They’ve Made It!” moment for me. Details here

– In the last few weeks First Aid Kit have released two new videos for their tracks “My Silver Lining” and “Cedar Lane”. Details here

– Sydney’s Spookyland released their long awaited new single “The Silly Fucking Thing”. Details here

Al Parkinson released the video to her new single “Like This”. Details here

– While they’re in the middle of a regional tour Boy & Bear have announced another tour of capital cities this September. Details here

– The hugely successful Melbourne Folk Club have announced their June lineup including sets from Jack Carty, Lucie Thorne, Steve Smyth, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Matt Walters, Jackson McLaren, Grizzly Jim Lawrie, Tim Guy and many more. Details here

– To launch his new album Jackson McLaren & The Triple Threat has announced appearances at regular folk and accoustic nights in Sydney and Melbourne – The Melbourne Folk Club, Little Features and Menagerie at The Welcome Hotel. Details here

– Berlin based Australian singer Phia has teamed up with her producer Josh the Cat to cover David Bowie’s track “As The World Falls Down” from the movie Labyrinth. Details here

– Bluesgrass trio Nickel Creek have released the video for their new single “Destination”. Details here

– There’s a new Tracy McNeil album on the way, Nobody Ever Leaves, as well as a launch tour this June and July. Details here

Tiny Ruins return to Australia this July for a string of dates. Details here

– Doom folkers Graveyard Train are taking their new album Takes One To Know One on the road this June. Details here

– Sydney folk rock four-piece The Mountains have just released their new video “Amends”. Details here

Releases This Week

Conor Oberst
Upside Down MountainConor Oberst
iTunes

Jeff Lang
I Live A Lot In My Head These DaysJeff Lang
iTunes

Wagons
Acid Rain and Sugar CaneWagons
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Scott Matthew

Scott Matthew

Sunday 18th May -The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Al Parkinson w/ James Kenyon

Al Parkinson

This Saturday is the single launch for the wonderful Al Parkinson. If you’ve been to a folk gig in Melbourne the last year or so you’ve no doubt seen this very talented lady in the support slot. Now it’s time to support her headline show.

Saturday 17th May – The Aviary Creative Hub, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Al Parkinson w/ James Kenyon
Saturday 17th May – The Aviary Creative Hub, Melbourne, VIC

Boy & Bear
Friday 16th May – Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 17th May – Panthers, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 18th May – Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Wednesday 21st May – The Crow Bar @ CSU, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 22nd May – Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra, NSW
Friday 23rd May – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT

Christopher Coleman Collective
Tuesday 20th May – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd May – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 23rd May – Saints and Sailors, Portarlington, VIC

Claude Hay
Friday 16th May – O’Neill’s Pub, Dickson, ACT
Saturday 17th May – The Lewisham Hotel, Lewisham, NSW
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th May – The Blues on Broadbeach Festival, QLD

Daniel Champagne
Friday 16th May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 17th May – Diggers Tavern, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 18th May – Bangalow Bowling Club, Bangalow, NSW
Wednesday 21st May – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 22nd May – Four5Nine Bar, Perth, WA

Drawn From Bees
Saturday 17th May – Studio 188, Ipswich, QLD
Friday 23rd May – Queen St Mall, Brisbane, QLD

Dustin Tebbutt
Friday 16th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd May – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd May – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, QLD

Ella Hooper
Friday 16th May – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 17th May – Star Court Theatre, Lismore, NSW

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers w/ Lacey Cole & The Lazy Colts
Thursday 22nd May – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW

James Vincent McMorrow
Wednesday 21st May – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Friday 23rd May – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Kim Churchill
Friday 16th May – Electric Playground, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 17th May – Big Pineapple Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 18th May – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 23rd May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Little Wise and Megan Bernard
Thursday 22nd May – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 16th May – Brothers Leagues Club, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 17th May – Conrad Jupiters Ballroom, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 18th May – Mission Beach Resort, Airlie Beach, QLD
Tuesday 20th May – Maraboon Tavern, Emerald, QLD
Wednesday 21st May – The Lionleigh Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD
Thursday 22nd May – Harvey Road Tavern, Gladstone, QLD
Friday 23rd May – Gympie Civic Centre, Gympie, QLD

Melbourne Folk Club w/ Sal Kimber, Brendan Welch, Grand Salvo
Wednesday 21st May – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Owen Campbell
Friday 16th May — Goondiwindi River Jam, Goondiwindi, QLD
Saturday 17th May — Queensland Hotel, Goondiwindi, QLD
Sunday 18th May — Royal Mail, Goodna, QLD
Wednesday 21st May — The Joynt, South Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 22nd May — Blues on Broadbeach Festival, QLD

Paul Greene and the Other Colours
Friday 23rd May – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Sam Brittain
Friday 16th May – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17th May – The Promethean Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 22nd May – The Ellington, Perth, WA

Scott Matthew
Sunday 18th May -The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Blues and Roots Festival Autumn Edition
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th May – Windsor, NSW

The Acfields
Friday 23rd May – Babushka Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

The April Maze
Saturday 17th May – Sea Change Festival, Tomerong Hall, NSW
Sunday 18th May – Sea Change Festival, Tomerong Hall, NSW
Friday 23rd May – House Concert, Hunters Hill Tennis Club, Sydney, NSW

The Mountains
Saturday 17th May – The Great Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 22nd May – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Timbers
Saturday 17th May – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

The Waifs
Wednesday 21st May – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA
Thursday 22nd May – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 16th May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Todd Sibbin and the Acadian Driftwood
Friday 23rd May – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Vance Joy
Friday 16th May – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd May – The Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Wagons
Thursday 22nd May – Pirie & Co Social Club, Adelaide, SA
Friday 23rd May – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Keep on the Sunny Side” – The Carter Family

Since going to the Bluegrass at Yulli’s jam on Wednesday I’ve had this song stuck in my head. Now it’s your turn.

Graveyard Train Announce Takes One To Know One Tour

Graveyard Train
Image Courtesy of Graveyard Train

The new Graveyard Train album Takes One To Know One is well and truly out now and the boys have been getting a lot of buzz – I’ve definitely been hearing them regularly on local and national radio. With the album under their belt Graveyard Train have announced a tour this June taking them all over the country.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 11th June – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 13th June – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 14th June – The Brisbane, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 15th June – The Brisbane, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 19th June – The Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 20th June – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21st June – The Rosemount, Perth, WA
Sunday 22nd June – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 25th June – Transit, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 26th June – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th June – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th June – RAD [Yours N Owls Presents], Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 29th June – The Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Friday 4th July – The Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 5th July – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 6th July – The Loft, Warnambool, VIC

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th April

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– New Zealand’s Tiny Ruins will be doing a very quick stop over in Australia as they head to Europe to support Neil Finn and have a handful of appearances planned. Details here

Daniel Champagne has announced a massive national tour to support his new album The Gypsy Moon – Volume II. Details here

– The new video from Huckleberry Hastings for Huckleberry Blues is odd. Details here

– Adelaide seven-piece Gemini Downs are launching their brand new EP Richard Doesn’t Roll Around Much Anymore tonight in Adelaide. Details here

Emily & The Woods have just released their new video “Helios”. Details here

– To celebrate his new single “Bones”, Dustin Tebbutt is heading out on tour this May. Details here

The Crooked Fiddle Band won the internet this week with their new clip covering the Game of Thrones theme. Details here

Andrew Bird has revealed a folky cover of the New Pornographers’ “Fake Headlines” for his contribution to the new Yellow Bird Project covers album Good People Rock. Details here

– Sydney’s Little Bastard are heading out on tour this June and July. Details here

Jinja Safari co-frontman Pepa Knight has released a very cool solo track “Rahh!”. Details here

Beverley Martyn has revealed “Reckless Jane”, the unheard track she co-wrote with Nick Drake in the 70s. Details here

Cocos Lovers released the surreal new clip for their new track “Under The Hawthorn Tree”. Details here

Johnny Flynn released his new live album Live in Washington DC this week. Details here

Drawn from Bees will be releasing their new EP Web of Thieves in May and revealed the first track “Calling You Out”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Graveyard Train have released a brand new video “Takes One To Know One”. Details here

Folk in a Box returns to Australia this weekend with shows in Perth. Details here

– Sydney duo Laura & Susie kick off their east coast tour tonight. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter Blair Dunlop released his new video “Something’s Gonna Give Way”. Details here

– Canadian singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega kicks off her Australian tour this weekend with an appearance at The Gum Ball. Details here

Interviews

“I think the folk audience really appreciate that the artists are also people and they’re human and there’s none of that “oh wow, there’s a famous person”. People just come up and they talk to you like a human being. They don’t mind if your kid’s on stage with you because they’re upset – everyone’s camping together and everyone’s on the same page”Sarah Humphreys chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“Before the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats we all played music but a couple of the guys were more blues focused. And two of our guys now – our washboard player and our bass player – were more heavy metal influenced. And I played acoustic guitar – I never really played in a band before the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats but I could get around on a guitar. When we got together Sudsey, our banjo player, had just taught himself the banjo and he wanted something to jam along with” – Lachlan Alcorn from the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Johnny Flynn
Live in Washington DCJohnny Flynn
iTunes

Other Rivers
Other RiversMatthew and the Atlas
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Bad Shepherds

Bad Shepherds

Adrian Edmondson and his band of folk punks The Bad Shepherds are back in the country this month and have a bunch of gigs all over the country. Renowned for their ability to reimagine classic punk and new wave tunes in a folk style, these genre hopping shows are not to be missed.

Friday 11th April – Gum Ball Festival, Belford, NSW
Saturday 12th April – The Factory Floor, Marrickville, NSW
Sunday 13th April – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Monday 14th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Wednesday 16th April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 17th April – The Soundlounge, Curumbin, QLD
Friday 18th April – Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
Sunday 13th April – West Coast Blues ‘n’ Roots, Fremantle Park, Perth WA
Wednesday 16th April – Mackay Entertainment Centre, Mackay, QLD
Thursday 17th April – Magnums, Airlie Beach, QLD

Byron Bay Bluesfest
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st April – Byron Bay, NSW

Christopher Coleman Collective
Friday 11th April – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 12th April – A Music Warehouse Project, Adelaide, SA

Claude Hay
Friday 11th April – The Seaview Tavern, Woolgoolga, NSW
Saturday 12th April – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 13th April – The Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 11th April – Babushka Bar, Balarat, VIC
Saturday 12th April -Martians Café, Deans Marsh, VIC
Sunday 13th April – Bay Hotel, Mornington, VIC
Friday 18th to Saturday 19th April – Byron Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Devendra Banhart
Wednesday 16th April – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 17th April – The Prince Band Room, Melbourne, NSW

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Tuesday 15th April – Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Eleanor McEvoy
Sunday 13th April – Quarterdeck, Narooma, NSW
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st April – National Folk Festival, Canberra

Folk In a Box
Friday 11th April – Wolf Lane, Perth, WA
Saturday 12th April – Wolf Lane, Perth, WA

Gemini Downs
Friday 11th April – Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Gum Ball
Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April – Belford, NSW

Jake Bugg
Wednesday 16th April – Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th April – Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Jason Isbell with Tift Merritt
Sunday 13th April – The Factory, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 18th April – Boogie Festival, Bruzzy’s Farm, Tallarook, VIC

John Butler Trio
Friday 11th April – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th April – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 13th April – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Thursday 17th April – City Hall, Hobart, TAS

John Flanagan
Friday 11th April – House Concert, Copacabana, NSW
Sunday 13th April – House Concert, Wollongong, NSW

Josh Rennie-Hynes
Thursday 17th April – The Dowse Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Katie Harder and the Artful Dodgers
Friday 11th April – Tennant Creek Hotel, Tennant Creek, NT
Sunday 13th April – Monte’s, Alice Springs, NT

Kaurna Cronin and Ben Whiting
Wednesday 16th April – White Pickett Fence Sessions, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 17th April – The Railway Friendly, Byron Bay, NSW

Laura & Susie
Friday 11th April – Arts Space, Wodonga, VIC
Saturday 12th April – Farouk’s Olive, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Leah Flanagan
Saturday 12th April – Pavonia Place, Darwin, NT

Lindi Ortega
Saturday 12th April – Gumball Festival, Hunter Valley, NSW
Tuesday 15th April – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th April – National Folk Festival, ACT

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 11th April – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 12th April – Captains, Bateman’s Bay, NSW
Thursday 17th April – Lizotte’s, Central Coast, NSW

National Folk Festival
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st April – Canberra, ACT

Paul Greene and the Other Colours
Saturday 12th April – The Commercial Hotel, Milton, NSW
Sunday 13th April – The Bird House, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 17th April – The Deniliquin Club, Deniliquin, NSW

Sally Seltmann w/ Wintercoats
Friday 11th April – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 13th April – Kelvin Club, Melbourne, VIC

Seth Lakeman w/ Suzanne Vega
Monday 14th April – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Steve Smyth
Sunday 13th April – Gumball Festival, NSW
Thursday 17th April – Forresters, Sydney, NSW

The Bad Shepherds
Friday 11th April – Gumball Festival, Belford, NSW
Saturday 12th April – The Factory Floor, Marrickville, NSW
Sunday 13th April – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Monday 14th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Wednesday 16th April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 17th April – The Soundlounge, Curumbin, QLD
Friday 18th April – Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC

The Beez
Friday 11th April – Candelo Arts Society, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 11th April – The Angry Pirate, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 13th April – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 11th April – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 12th April – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 13th April – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Monday 14th – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 16th April – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Thursday 17th April – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Tiny Ruins
Monday 14th April – Melbourne Folk Club, Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 15th April – RRR Performance Space, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 15th April – 2SER Live At The Loft, Loft Bar, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Where Did You Sleep Last Night (In The Pines)” – Nirvana

This week a lot of people have been commemorating the 20th anniversary of the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain on the 5th April 1994. Their MTV Unplugged performance is still one of my favourites and it includes the Lead Belly track and folk standard “In The Pines” (recorded by Nirvana as “Where Did You Sleep Last Night”). The raw power in Cobain’s voice still gives me chills to this day.

Watch the New Graveyard Train Video “Takes One To Know One”

Graveyard Train
Image Courtesy of Graveyard Train

Melbourne horror country band Graveyard Train return with a brand new album on the way (due on the 1st May) and a brand new video for their track “Takes One To Know One”. Check out “Takes One To Know One” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 14th December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney musos Packwood, Jack Carty, Achoo! Bless You, Fanny Lumsden and Rosie Catalano have come to write, record and release their original Christmas song “Heading Home (It’s Christmas Time)” to help raise money for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia. Details here

– The Illawarra Folk Festival is holding its annual Sydney showcase this Sunday at The Cat and Fiddle in Balmain. For $15 you get nine hours of music from nine different artists. Details here

– Melbourne duo The Weeping Willows will be launching their debut album in Melbourne this Sunday with a little help from Lachlan Bryan. Details here

– Speaking of Lachlan Bryan the alt-country favourite has announced a residency at Melbourne’s Retreat Hotel throughout January. Details here

– One of our favourite Australian Americana/bluegrass bands, The Wilson Pickers, are reforming for Bluesfest next year and have announced plans for album number three. Details here

– After a year away in Europe Phia is finally returning home and is celebrating with a show at the Grace Darling in Melbourne before Christmas. Details here

– Already announced as part of the 2013 Bluesfest lineup Ben Howard has announced three headline shows next April in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Details here

– London-based indie-folk five piece Eliza and the Bear are streaming “Upon The North”, the first track from their upcoming double A-side. Details here

– “Jangle” the new single and video from Adelaide seven-piece Gemini Downs may well be the catchest song of the summer. Details here

Bluesfest have added a handful more artists to the 2013 lineup including Jason Mraz, Manu Chao and La Ventura, Mark Seymour and the Undertow, Chris Smither, Current Swell, Matt Anderson, Go Jane Go (Kieran Kane, David Fracey and Lucas Kane) and The McMenamins. Details here

– José González’s Junip project have announced plans for a new album next year. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter James Kenyon has just released his brand new video “35 Degrees”. Details here

– Alice Springs native Sally Balfour has released the video for her debut track “Through The Night”. Details here

Graveyard Train also released a brand new video this week for their track “The Sermon”. Details here

Interviews

“I have wondered many times what would have happened if my past wasn’t corrupted by rock and roll [laughs]. I really do wonder because I listened to just as much Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez as I do Smashing Pumpkins but I guess because of the age I was I chose to – although some of it wasn’t choice, some of it was encouraged forcefully – go in the direction of more modern rock sounds. At the end of the day I don’t think they were as me, they weren’t what I keep coming back to. I’ve gone through those phases and I don’t put on modern rock records anymore but I still put on Joan Baez, I still put on Joni Mitchell or Emmylou or Karen Dalton more than anybody. Those are the things I keep coming back to”Ella Hooper chats to Gareth Hugh Evans about her upcoming solo album. Interview here

“Cathy [Guthrie] and I both work for our dads full time as well so whenever we do a tour together we try and scramble whatever time we can and this time we could only get a week. It’s going to have to be a short one, about 10 days, for the tour but hopefully we’ll be able to do a longer one soon. And we’re really excited about Woodford!” – Amy Nelson from Folk Uke talks to Gareth Hugh Evans about their upcoming Australian tour. Interview here

“The thing we’re most fond of is touring; just playing as much as we can around the country. Especially being from Tassie, you’ve got to make the most of it. When you go on a tour, you’ve just gotta do as many shows as you can” – Ben Wells of Ben Wells and the Middle Names chats to Bill Quinn at their headline gig in Canberra. Interview here

Reviews

Gigs

“Admittedly, this gig was the first time that I had heard The Mornings and I was completely taken aback. This inconceivably talented six piece folk band had a strong presence in the room as soon as they took the stage”Janine Estoesta Reviews 4 Singles, 4 Styles in Melbourne. Review here

Releases This Week

Burgh Island
Burgh IslandBen Howard
iTunes

Bag of Hammers
A Bag of Hammers (Film Score)Johnny Flynn
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Mustered Courage
Mustered Courage with John Flanagan and The Begin Agains and The Drooling Mouths Of Memphis
Sunday 16th December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Andrew Drummond
Friday 14th December – House Gig, Wyong, NSW
Sunday 16th December – Chords for Lekol, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 18th December – Vineyard, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 19th December – Horse Bazaar, Melbourne, VIC

Darren Hanlon
Friday 14th December –The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 15th December – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 19th December – Mojo’s, Freemantle, WA
Thursday 20th December – Church of the Trinity, Adelaide, SA
Friday 21st December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Husky
Sunday 16th December – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Illawarra Folk Festival Sydney Showcase
Sunday 16th December – The Cat and Fiddle, Sydney, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 14th December – Camelot, Sydney, NSW (w/ Katie Noonan)
Sunday 16th December – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Joe Robinson
Saturday 15th December – Festival of The Sun, Port Macquarie, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 14th December – Great Northern Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 15th December – Notes Live, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 16th December – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Laneway
Friday 14th December – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 15th December – The Little Larder, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 20th December – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Mike McCarthy
Thursday 20th December – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW

Perch Creek Family Jug Band
Friday 14th December – Mullumbimby Drill Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 15th December – The Basement, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Sunday 16th December – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD (4.30pm)
Friday 21st December – Woombye Pub, Woombye, QLD

Regina Spektor
Friday 14th December – The Plenary, Melbourne
Sunday 16th December – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Wednesday 19th December – Belvoir Ampitheatre, Perth

The April Maze
Friday 14th December – The Front Canberra, ACT
Saturday 15th December – Oddfellows Hall, Yass, NSW

The Key of Sea feat. Jinja Safari, The Tiger and Me, etc
Friday 14th December – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 14th December – Pretoria Hotel, Mannum, SA

The Stillsons (duo)
Thursday 20th December – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

The Trouble With Templeton
Friday 14th December – Barcode, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 21st December – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

The Weeping Willows with Lachlan Bryan
Sunday 16th December – Kingston Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Rose Hip” – Fairport Convention

In the late 80s/early 90s my parents pulled my sister and I out of school for three months and took us on an extended trip around the UK and Ireland. Fairport Convention’s Red and Gold album was pretty much the soundtrack of that trip, cementing Ric Sanders as a fiddle icon of mine. Upon returning back to Australia we loaned a copy of the instrumental “The Rose Hip” to my then violin teacher asking him if he could possibly transcribe it to sheet music for me to learn – his reply was “no” because the piece had been performed on an electric violin so wasn’t possible, something which is completely untrue but I believed at the time. Years later “The Rose Hip” was included in a book of Fairport sheet music, by which time I was able to transcribe it myself anyway. Still love this tune to this day.

New Graveyard Train Video, “The Sermon”

Graveyard Train
Image Courtesy of Graveyard Train

Fresh from their recent collaboration with Ella Hooper on her latest single “Low High” Melbourne based “horror-country” six-piece Graveyard Train are rounding out the year with the release of their latest video. Put together by Oh Yeah Wow the video is for the track “The Sermon” and is taken from Graveyard Train’s latest album Hollow. Check out the video below:

Interview: Ella Hooper

Ella Hooper
Image Courtesy of Ella Hooper

Ella Hooper has been writing and performing music since she was 13 yet it’s taken her half her life to get to a point where she’s able to release her first solo single. That single is “Low High”, the first track from Hooper’s upcoming 2013 album In Tongues, and is somewhat of a departure from the pop-punk stylings of Killing Heidi or the alt-country-rock of The Verses. Hooper sat down with Gareth Hugh Evans to chat about the new album, working without her brother Jesse and what we can expect from the inevitable tour next year.

Gareth Hugh Evans: Let’s start by chatting about your new single “Low High” and the upcoming album.

Ella Hooper: My new single, and the whole album behind it which is going to be called In Tongues, is really the first indicator of the stuff that I’m looking at and the areas I’m exploring both sonically and lyrically are much more raw and much darker than probably what people are used to hearing from me.

GHE: It’s quite different to both Killing Heidi and The Verses. Like the new single – you’ve described it as having a chain gang feel.

EH: Yeah absolutely. I was listening to a lot of Folkways and to field recordings, Harry Smith kind of anthologies of folk music, and all sorts of things were influencing that chain gang rhythm – although I was trying to be a bit wary of being too politically incorrect if you know what I mean so I thought I’d also go for a bit of a shanty type vibe seeing as I was going to get white boys to do the singing in the Graveyard Train. I didn’t want it to be like anyone doing a sonic version of black face or anything! For me that set the song off on this path where it perfectly represented what I’m singing about which is having good and bad forces inside of you and having negative and postive, push and pull, within your character and within your hormones even. “Low High” for me is about not being yourself and specifically I was relating it to a few of my closest, nearest and dearest people who have mood disorders, as many many people do, bipolar or manic depression or whatever you would like to call it. And also, on another kind of wave length, even women every time they go into that time of the month there’s certain chemical changes and hormonal changes that really can make you feel like you are not yourself and feel like you could do things that are not sane and not typical of your nature. So that’s what “Low High”‘s kind of looking at and that’s why I had the boys chanting and representing that kind of negative-positive energy.

GHE: Did the decision to involve Graveyard Train on “Low High” come early on in the writing of it or were they included later in the process when you thought “this would really work with a bunch of guys who like to hit things with hammers and chains and stuff”?

EH: When we struck upon them it was a bit of a eureka moment. We actually already had the part down so it wasn’t written for them but they fit so perfectly that we were like “yes! This is great!”. I wasn’t eager doing the [puts on a low voice] “low high, low high” and I was literally putting on that voice which didn’t sound convincing at all. I was thinking “who can we get to replace this and who can we get to take it all away from that cheesiness”. I think it was Jan [Skubizewski], the producer, who said “aren’t you mates with the Graveyard Train boys?” and the penny hadn’t dropped. And I was like “yes, I am mates with them and I can get them in!”. So I called them up and of course they were happy to oblige because they owed me a few favours and it was really good to get together,

GHE: We’ve been following those guys for a while now and they’re doing big things. It was really neat to hear them pop up on your track.

EH: I can’t believe how well they’re doing, well I can believe how well they’re doing, but it’s funny – it reminds me of a conversation I had when they were just starting. I was chatting with my brother [Jesse Hooper] who is literally their number one fan, doesn’t miss a gig, and he said “do you think these guys could ever actually make it and be bigger than just a North Melbourne party band?”. We were just wondering that years ago, chuckling, and having a joke about it – and look at them now! It’s just so funny to see how successful they’ve become!

GHE: Is “Low High” a good example of what we can expect from the rest of the album?

EH: It was indicators but then the album goes a lot further than that. It definitely has more intense moments than “Low High”. There’s some darker, more twisted, more angsty songs than “Low High” and there’s some lighter moments. I think when choosing a first single you often go for the median and something that shows a bit of both – so you can expect a bit more to the left and a bit more to the right – and when I say left I mean some wailing electric guitars and more of the darkness is amplified and some banshee moments as well.

GHE: That sounds like quite a departure from what you’ve done before.

EH: Yeah it definitely is. The album is a huge leap into a new arena for me. Funnily enough it’s the I’m into – I know it’s weird to say but I feel like I’m getting closer and closer to making what I actually listening to. I tend to like lo-fi, I tend to like raw – when I look at my record collection I don’t see a lot of high gloss, modern rock-pop records, I see more of The Kills and Lykke Lee and PJ Harvey, especially her latest album Let England Shake. And then of course a lot of old recordings – 99% of my record collection is very old and very rootsy and dusty so I feel like that’s finally coming out too.

GHE: I remember when Killing Heidi first won triple j Unearthed with “Kettle” and I was thinking “there’s a new rootsy, acoustic band coming out” and then you disappeared and came back with the pop-punk stuff. So I realise there were always other influences there.

EH: Absolutely. I have wondered many times what would have happened if my past wasn’t corrupted by rock and roll [laughs]. I really do wonder because I listened to just as much Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez as I do Smashing Pumpkins but I guess because of the age I was I chose to – although some of it wasn’t choice, some of it was encouraged forcefully – go in the direction of more modern rock sounds. At the end of the day I don’t think they were as me, they weren’t what I keep coming back to. I’ve gone through those phases and I don’t put on modern rock records anymore but I still put on Joan Baez, I still put on Joni Mitchell or Emmylou or Karen Dalton more than anybody. Those are the things I keep coming back to.

GHE: You’re releasing the album independently yeah?

EH: Yeah, completely. It’s a pretty wild change – so many changes on so many fronts I’m kind of spinning.

GHE: Has that freed you up to tap into the music you really want to play?

EH: I think so. I can’t point the finger too much because record companies have encouraged me in the past or given free reign to go and make an album like with The Verses when we were signed with Warner – they didn’t control us too much or anything and we did explore a bit down different avenues there. But I do feel like now I’m kind of just representing myself I don’t feel as obliged to stick to the middle so much. I don’t have end points in mind like radio play or making back an advance that’s been given to me. I think even if it’s subconscious that has freed me up even more in my writing

GHE: Does it feel weird not working with Jesse?

EH: Yeah it felt really weird. It was a big change and quite traumatic in a way. We had some interesting months there where I was like “whoa, I think I’ve got to do this thing” and I was really scared and also really excited and also really reticent and hesitant to change something that’s been so good for me over the years. But I just knew it was time – sounds a bit cliched but I knew it was time to make that change so I spoke to him about it and for all my nervous anticipation he was actually quite supportive. It wasn’t the armageddon that I thought it would be!

GHE: Does he appear on the album at all?

EH: He does actually. There’s one track, one of my favourite tracks actually, that I thought somehow fitted into this batch of writing predominantly by myself. There’s one track called “Last Rites” that I’m pretty sure the last song, it’s kind of a lullaby, a dark lullaby. It’s a Jesse and Ella song that we wrote when we were in-between bands – this was way post Verses, post Ella and Jesse playing acoustically together, it just kind of popped out one time. The recording is done in Jesse’s lounge room – it’s just a little thing we were working on and I really loved it and thought that’s my nod to Jesse and that’s my thanks and that shows the bridge where he’s helped me become the solo artist that I am now.

GHE: That’s awesome – so you’ve got this bridge from what you’ve done before, you’re getting closer to the music that you want to music you want to play and you’ve got no end point in mind where the world is your oyster.

EH: That’s exactly right – that’s how I feel about the selection completely. I’m a bit naughty as an artist, I do kind of come out with these wildly different images and sounds every couple of years and I know lots of people would say that’s confusing to your audience, you shouldn’t do that because you lose momentum but that’s just who I am. I thought by including a little of both sides of the journey I could at least show how it has come across from working with Jesse to being solo.

GHE: You can look at someone like Katie Noonan who reinvents herself every few years and does a jazz album or does a folk album or whatever…

EH: I think that’s part of being independent too. It’s like who am I trying to please? Why can’t I let my do these things rather than choose? Because that’s what I really enjoy about being a musician. I don’t enjoy being tethered to an image.

GHE: The album is due for release in early 2013. I’m assuming you don’t have a date yet?

EH: Unfortunately we don’t.

GHE: Is the plan to take it on the road?

EH: Definitely. I’m itching to play and I really have to hold myself back a bit and make sure I get all my ducks in a row. I’d like to come at it with some really lovely and special shows. I feel like, and this might sound a little arrogant, that I’m too old to schlep and play your average pub gig. And also I’ve done that for so many years it doesn’t hold much special interest for me. Again part of this journey is about doing what I want and not pleasing the people around me which I’ve been a bit of a shocker for in the past. So I’m trying to work up a really special show with some fantastic musicians and then come at it at a different level.

GHE: I’m looking forward to it. If “Low High” is anything to go by it should be a pretty special show.

EH: Thank you! I love playing live and it’s something I haven’t been able to do for quite a while. I pop up here and there doing a couple of songs as favours or charities but it’s not the same as doing your own show and controlling the mood so I’m really excited about that too.

GHE: Thanks so much for chatting to me today Ella!

EH: It’s been a pleasure.

The video for “Low High” is below. Check out Ella Hooper’s Facebook page for info on the upcoming album and tour.

New Ella Hooper Solo Single “Low High”

Ella Hooper
Image Courtesy of Ella Hooper

Ella Hooper is name many people would recognise either from her break out in the 90s with Killing Heidi or her recent dabble into the world of folk and Americana with The Verses. Well now Hooper is going it alone with the release of her brand new single “Low High”.

For the single Ella Hooper enlisted the help of producer Jan Skubizewski as well as recruiting Melbourne alt-country outfit (and Timber and Steel favourites) Graveyard Train as her backing band. “Low High” is the first single from Hooper’s upcoming solo album In Tongues which is due for release in 2013.

Check out the video for “Low High” below:

Darwin Festival Launches Program

Holly Throsby

The Darwin Festival launched its 2012 program today and there’s plenty for top end folk fans to be excited about. With a full schedule of events from dance to theatre to Comedy to visual arts and of course music The Darwin Festival is set to take place from the 9th to 26th August.

The musical lineup is headed up by the one and only Kenny Rogers with appearances from Colin Hay, Graveyard Train, Holly Throsby (above, presenting music from her children’s album See!), Lanie Lane, Ngaiire, Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento, TinPan Orange and many more.

August is the perfect time to visit the Darwin and The Darwin Festival is the perfect excuse to go. For more information including the full lineup check out the official Darwin Festival web site.

Graveyard Train Announce Hollow Album Launch Tour

Graveyard Train
Image Courtesy of Graveyard Train

Melbourne seven piece alt-country/horror/blues band Graveyard Train have a brand new album, Hollow, due for release on the 11th May. You’ve probably already heard their new single “I’m Gone” (below), because quite frankly it’s been all over the place, and now you have the chance to see them live as they tour Hollow all around the country.

The full list of Graveyard Train dates are below:

Thursday 10th May – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 11th May – The Loft, Warnambool, VIC
Thursday 24th May – The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 25th May – The Hi-fi Bar, Brisbane
Saturday 26th May – Woombye Hotel, Woombye, QLD
Friday 1st June – The Hi-fi Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd June – The Hi-fi Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 14th June – Great Northern Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 15th June – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th June – The Claredon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 28th June – Bended Elbow, Geelong, VIC
Friday 29th June – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 30th June – The Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

http://www.theaureview.com/news/graveyard-train-announce-hollow-album-launch-tour

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