Folk Music on the 2016 Bello Winter Music Festival Lineup

Willie Watson
Image Courtesy of Willie Watson

After a massively successful debut last year the Bello Winter Music festival returns this July and once again the lineup is full of folky and rootsy goodness.

First of all, if you haven’t heard, the headliner this year is the fantastic Willie Watson. Watson, who was a founding member of Old Crow Medicine Show, was recently in the country as part of the Dave Rawlings Machine but will return this time around in solo mode. And we’ve also heard he’ll be a part of the Gram Parsons Project event at the festival with a bunch of other artists.

Other folk leaning artists on the Bello Winter Music lineup include Jeff Lang, Jaaleekaay, Joshua Hedley, Bobby Alu, Sahara Beck, Yirrmal, The Twoks, Miss Eileen & King Lear, All Our Exes Live in Texas, William Crighton, Inga Liljestrom, Merryn Jeann, Loren Kate, Raised By Eagles, Sweet Jean, Green Mohair Suits, Aine Tyrrell, The Mid North, Brian Campeau, Claire Anne Taylor, Tullara Connors, Madeline Leman and The Desert Swells, Diamond Duck and many many more.

The Bello Winter Music festival takes place in Bellingen, NSW from the 7th to 10th July. Check out the offical web site for more details.

The full lineup is as follows:

Willie Watson (USA), Jeff Lang, Kylie Auldist, Tijuana Cartel, Mojo Juju, L-FRESH The LION, Jaaleekaay (W Afr/Aus), Joshua Hedley (USA), Jazz Party, Bullhorn, Allensworth (US), Tora, Bobby Alu (solo), Sahara Beck, Yirrmal, TEK TEK Ensemble, King Tide, Majiwa (KEN), The Twoks, Miss Eileen & King Lear, All Our Exes Live in Texas, William Crighton, Inga Liljestrom, The Seven Ups, Desmond Cheese, New Venusians, Merryn Jeann, Loren Kate, Gyan, Jo Jo Smith, Raised By Eagles, Sweet Jean, Greg Sheehan, Brian Nankervis, Liam Power, Joel Salom, Mandy Nolan, Mae Wilde, Green Mohair Suits, Aine Terrell, The Grand Magoozi, The Mid North, Ilona Harker, Bunya, Brian Campeau, Claire Anne Taylor, Tullara Connors, Madeline Leman and The Desert Swells, Diamond Duck, Baby Blue, Levingstone, Noam Blat, Drama King, Then Joelene, STAV, The Brothers, The Spangled Drongos, Kaya Boom’s Love Songs, Fish on Fire, Tim Porter, Siobhan Corcoran, Honey & Knives, Horns on Helium, Bellingen Afrobeat Ensemble, The Cassettes, How Deep is Your Love?, Bollywood Sisters, The Amazing Drumming Monkeys, Roundabout Theatre, The BlueSkillet Rover Van, Tales & Songs

Northern Beaches Music Festival Reveal Artists for their 2015 Lineup

Luke Escombe
Image Courtesy of Luke Escombe

The Northern Beaches Music Festival has been something of a quiet achiever on the festival circuit. Held at Collaroy Beach on Sydney’s norther beaches, the festival showcases some of the best roots and folk music about and is only spitting distance from Australia’s largest captital city.

Held from the 9th to 11th October, the lineup for this year’s festival has been slowly revealing itself and so far features Anne Ridgway, Beautiful chaos, Belle Jar, Ben Osmo, Burnt Creek Deviation, Chantal&Cesar, Chich and The Soul Messengers, Christina Crofts, Dave Calandra and The Min Min Lights, Folklore, Green Mohair Suits, green tea serenade, Helmut Uhlmann, Jack Derwin, Jackie Brown Jr, Jake Berry, Jim & Kaz Pike, Juicy Ones, Julien Joel Clement, KNOX, Lagoon Hill Zydeco, Los Skeletone Blues, Luke Escombe (above), MaD aDaM, Men With Day Jobs, The Hollands!, The Mutual Acquaintances, The Scarlet Pymps, The Vegetable Plot, Wheeze & Suck Band and Wolf-Arrow Rain with more to be announced.

For more information on the Northern Beaches Music Festival, including how to get your hands on tickets, check out the official site here.

Lost Highway Presents Country and Inner Western for July 2015

Caitlin Harnett
Image Courtesy of Caitlin Harnett

Sydney Americana and alt-country night Country and Inner Western (presented by the Lost Highway label) seems to have become somewhat of an institution, especially since changing venues to The Basement a few months ago. Part of the reason has to be the quality of the artists that the night attracts, plus the fact that many on the scene have made it a must-attend part of their monthly calendar.

The July instalment of Country and Inner Western looks set to be a cracker with music from bluegrass larrikins The Green Mohair Suits, the enchanting Caitlin Harnett (who is recently returned from her latest North American jaunt) and singer-songwriter William Crighton.

The night will take place at The Basement in Sydney on Wednesday 29th July. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Bangalow BBQ and Bluegrass Announces First Round of Artists for 2015

Wilson Pickers
Image Courtesy of The Wilson Pickers

After a successful inaugural event in 2014 the Bangalow BBQ and Bluegrass returns in 2015 with an already amazing lineup. Held in Bangalow in the Byron hinterland, the Bangalow BBQ and Bluegrass will this year take place on the 7th and 8th August.

The first round of artists for Bangalow BBQ and Bluegrass were announced last week and it’s looking pretty exciting. The lineup so far includes the likes of The Wilson Pickers (above), The Company, Green Mohair Suits, Hussy Hicks, Sian Evans, The Button Collective and the Cath Cooper All-Stars.

The Bangalow BBQ and Bluegrass will feature an old-time variety show on the opening night, a picker’s competition and of course the now famous low ‘n’ slow BBQ competition.

For more information about Bangalow BBQ and Bluegrass check out the official site here.

Dashville Skyline Announces First Round of Artists

Image Courtesy of Wagons

Brand new Americana festival Dashville Skyline, brought together by the folks behind The Gum Ball, have announced the first round of artists for their debut event. Held in Lower Belford, NSW on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October, the festival has been tantalising us with hints over the last few weeks, and with this lineup the wait has paid off.

The first round of artists for this year’s Dashville Skyline include a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites – Wagons, Bahamas (CAN), All Our Exes Live in Texas, Green Mohair Suits, Melody Pool, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, The Lonesome Heroes (USA), Olympia, Bell St Delays, Papa Pilko & The Bin Rats, Perry Keyes, Ben Wright Smith and Elwood Myre.

“This is the first taste of a line up designed to reflect the sparse musical lineage between traditional roots music and modern Americana,” explains event organiser Matt Johnston. “We’ve already sold out of our early-bird ticket allocation without an artist announcement, which is fantastic. I think that people connect with the genre and are excited about the concept of this festival.”

The second round of artists for Dashville Skyline is due for announcement at the end of the month. For more information check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th April


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Darren Hanlon released his new video “The Chattanooga Shoot Shoot”. Details here

– Sydney psych-folk band Liam Gale & The Ponytails have announced details of their debut album and east coast tour. Details here

– WA alt-country queen Ruby Boots releases her debut album next week and has a tour in May. Details here

Dear Orphans guitarist Nick Payne released his solo video “Old Sydney Town”. Details here

– Four of Australia’s brightest alt-country stars, Ruby Boots, Fanny Lumsden, Cookie Baker and Amber Rae Slade, have announced shows in Sydney and Melbourne as She Hangs Brightly. Details here

The Green Mohair Suits are throwing a good old fashioned bush dance in Sydney next week. Details here

– Sydney folk night MoFo at the Gaelic is holding its last show for “quite a while” tonight featuring Fat Cousin Skinny, Mandy Connell and Rebecca Bastoli. Details here

Joe Pug released his new video “Bright Beginnings”. Details here

Splendour in the Grass dropped their 2015 lineup including many Timber and Steel friendly artists like Of Monsters & Men, Ryan Adams, Boy & Bear, Xavier Rudd & The United Nations, Dustin Tebbutt, Jenny Lewis, C.W. Stoneking and more. Details here

These Machines Cut Razor Wire have announced their 2015 fundraiser show featuring Jeff Lang Band, Kavisha Mazzelia, Les Thomas Band and Little Foot. Details here

The Tallest Man On Earth released the title track to his upcoming album “Dark Bird Is Home”. Details here

– Legendary Sydney alt-country singer Mark Lucas has released his new video “Tell The DJ”. Details here

The Melbourne Folk Club celebrates its first birthday this week with a sold out show and a super secret lineup. Details here

I’m With Her, the collaboration between Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still), released their video for the track “Crossing Muddy Waters”. Details here

– Scottish trio Lau released their new video “The Bell That Never Rang”. Details here

– Irish superstar Hozier has announced plans to tour Australia again in Spring. Details here

– Brisbane folk-rockers The Good Ship are calling it a day with farewell shows in Melbourne and Brisbane this May. Details here

Releases This Week

Alabama Shakes
Sound & ColorAlabama Shakes

Mark Lucas
Little Town BluesMark Lucas
Laughing Outlaw Records

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Melbourne Folk Club’s First Birthday Extravaganza

Melbourne Folk Club

Look we know this gig is sold out but if you have any way to beg, borrow or steal a ticket do it. The Melbourne Folk Club has become an institution and their their first birthday show, featuring 10 secret acts, is going to be amazing.

Wednesday 22nd April – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Alex Edwards
Friday 24th April – Tall Poppy Studios, Brisbane, QLD

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Saturday 18th April – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 19th April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Betty & Oswald
Friday 17th April – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave VIC
Saturday 18th April – The Espy, Melbourne VIC
Wednesday 22nd April – Lass O’Growrie, Newcastle NSW
Thursday 23rd April – No. 5 Church St, Bellingen NSW

Bush Turkey Bush Dance w/ The Green Mohair Suits
Thursday 23rd April – GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Brad Butcher
Thursday 23rd April – Frankies Pizza by the Slice, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th April – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW

Saturday 18th April – Sappho Books Cafe & Wine Bar, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 19th April – The Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, NSW

Darren Hanlon
Friday 17th April – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 17th April – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW
Saturday 18th April – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 19th April – Towradgi Beach Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 23rd April – The Espy, St Kilda, VIC
Friday 24th April – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

Elwood Myre
Friday 17th April – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Sunday 19th April – Steamfest, Hunter Valley, NSW
Thursday 23rd April – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Jordie Lane
Friday 17th April – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 18th April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd April – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 23rd April – Beav’s Bar, Geelong VIC
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – Mt Beauty Music Festival, Mt Beauty, VIC

Justin Townes Earle w/ Sam Outlaw
Friday 17th April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 18th April – Anitas, Thirroul, NSW

Laura Jean and Aldous Harding
Saturday 18th April – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Liam Gale & the Ponytails
Friday 24th April – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW

Marlon Williams
Friday 17th April – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 18th April – Jimmy’s Den, Perth, WA

MoFo at the Gaelic feat. Fat Cousin Skinny, Mandy Connell, Rebecca Bastoli
Friday 17th April – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mt Beauty Music Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – Mt Beauty, VIC

Friday 17th April – Smith’s Alternative Book Shop, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 18th April – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 19th April – Black Bear Lodge, Bribane, QLD

Roland Kay-Smith
Wednesday 22nd April – Customs House Library, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd April – Junk Bar, Ashgrove, QLD

Rowena Wise
Friday 17th April – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 18th April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd April – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 23rd April – Beav’s Bar, Geelong VIC
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – Mt Beauty Music Festival, Mt Beauty, VIC

St Albans Folk Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – St Albans, NSW

Steve Smyth
Saturday 18th April – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Sunday 19th April – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Friday 24th April – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 17th April – Magpies City Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 18th April – The Brunswick Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th April – The Reverencem, Melbourne, VIC

The Melbourne Folk Club’s First Birthday Extravaganza
Wednesday 22nd April – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 17th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 18th April – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

The String Contingent
Friday 17th April – On The Rocks, North Rocks Community Church, North Rocks, NSW
Saturday 18th April – Berrima Smalls, Berrima, NSW
Wednesday 22nd April – Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 23rd April – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Friday 10 April – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 11th April – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 17th April – Warrumbungle Food Festival, Coonabarabran, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Half Of What We Know” – Crooked Still

This is one of the songs that first introduced me to the wonderful music of Crooked Still and the amazing voice of Aoife O’Donovan.

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2014


It that’s time of year again when we sit down and wade through the wealth of amazing releases from throughout 2014 and try to put them into some sort of order. For the past few years we’ve asked Timber and Steel contributors to list their top five albums or EPs from the past 12 months, but this year we thought it was time to provide a single, consolidated list.

It was another cracker year for folk and acoustic music and putting this list together was so difficult – you’ll notice that there’s a few omissions that were on our Ten Albums and EPs From the First Half of 2014 You Should Own showing just how strong the last six months were.

So here it is, our top 25 albums and EPs from 2014. Hopefully your favourite is here or you’ll discover some of the fantastic music from the year that was.

Nick Mulvey

1. Nick MulveyFirst Mind
While Timber and Steel skews towards Australian music I’m always interested to see what’s happening in the folk scenes around the world, in particular the UK and USA. The amount of music from overseas can be overwhelming so I usually go to sources I trust – and the top of that list is the Communion community which is where I discovered Nick Mulvey.

There’s something really special about the way Nick Mulvey approaches songwriting – manipulating his guitar into non-standard tunings with multiple capos, building rhythms and riffs on top of each other and layering in his understated vocals. The entire album is insanely listenable and while highlights are hard to pick the singles – “First Mind”, “Fever to the Form”, “Cucurucu” and “Meet Me There” – always stand out.

I hope that when Nick Mulvey visited our shores earlier this year he gained more than a handful of Australian fans because I’d love to see him back here at some point. His music is simply magical.

Caitlin Harnett

2. Caitlin HarnettThe River Runs North
Where did you come from Caitlin Harnett? Well, I know where you came from. I’ve seen you a number of times over the years in and around Sydney. But when The River Runs North came out it completely blindsided me. Here is one of the most powerful, sensitive, eloquent and strong releases of the year. Caitlin Harnett has a clear musical voice that shines through on the most exciting debut in Australia in 2014.

Sam Amidon

3. Sam AmidonLily-O
2013’s Bright Sunny South was such a revelation for me, the way Sam Amidon was able to reinvent traditional music. I thought it would be impossible to top but then Lily-O came along and all my epectations were blown out of the water. Maybe it’s his work with jazz guitarist Bill Frisell this time around. Or that Lily-O is a little more rhythm section driven than Amidon’s previous effort. Whatever it is, this album is a masterpiece that I just can’t stop listening to. Can’t wait to see you try and top this one Sam Amidon!


4. HuskyRuckers Hill
“I’m Not Coming Back” announced Husky’s triumphant return with their second full length album Ruckers Hill, giving us another slice of indie-folk goodness. Husky Gawenda’s songwriting is at its best with gutsy melodies and sweet harmonies all over this album. I feel like Husky’s sound has been cemented here – they’ve grown up without losing their essence, without feeling the need to reinvent. I was lucky enough to make it to the Sydney launch of Ruckers Hill and I can say that all of the tracks translate really well live which is just the icing on the cake.

Sweet Jean

5. Sweet JeanGreetings From Goodbye
Sime and Alice from Sweet Jean refer to Greetings From Goodbye as their “folk album” – a strange turn of phrase considering folk is at the heart of pretty much everything they produce. But when you sit down and listen to Greetings From Goodbye you understand exactly what they mean. Recording in the duo’s converted-laundry studio and featuring traditionals, covers and originals, the album is a laid back, stripped back, heartbreaking masterpiece that sucks you in and leaves you wanting more (seven tracks is never enough).

Bears Den

6. Bear’s DenIslands
When I asked Kevin Jones why he and Andrew Davie ended their original band Cherbourg to only then start Bear’s Den he said “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”. And this fluidity has culminated in Islands. The album has some really touching folky moments in tracks like “Elysium”, “Above The Clouds of Pompeii” and “Isaac” but is not afraid to embrace the rock side of the spectrum as well with the likes of “Think of England”. A wonderful album that I just can’t put down.


7. James Vincent McMorrowPost Tropical
Post Tropical would have made my best of list last year if its release wasn’t delayed until January – even though I had an advance copy at the end of 2013 I still consider this a 2014 release. Post Tropical is the evolution of James Vincent McMorrow from acoustic singer-songwriter to synth-driven, pop purveyor. This will likely be the last album of McMorrow’s that we cover – there’s an essence of folk in tracks like “Look Out”, “Gold” and “Red Dust” but it feels like he’s saying goodbye to the genre. As a transitional record I couldn’t have asked for anything more.


8. Old Crow Medicine ShowRemedy
When this album came out I listened to it non-stop for two weeks. Everything else fell by the wayside as I found myself transported to Tennessee and beyond, travelling with the world’s best string band. Sure, some tracks are silly (“Brushy Mountain Conjugal Visit”, “8 Dogs 8 Banjos”) and their latest Bob Dylan collaboration on “Sweet Amarillo” is no “Wagon Wheel”, but the album as a whole is one of my favourites to date from Old Crow Medicine Show and is well worth investing time in. In fact I might go and listen to it right now.


9. PassengerWhispers
Passenger has faced down the pressure of following up the massive international success of All The Little Lights by producing another classic in Whispers. It’s a little more slickly produced than his previous work but at the core of Whispers is the solid songwriting and storytelling that Passenger is renowned for. And the more I listen to it the more I’m convinced that “Heart’s on Fire” is my favourite Passenger song to date.


10. BellowheadRevival
I love Bellowhead dearly but sometimes their bombasity makes it difficult to make it through an entire album in one sitting. But with Revival this all changes making it their most listenable album to date. Jon Boden’s voice is still in fine form (and fast becoming synonymous with modern English traditional music) and the arrangement of each track is pitch perfect. I love their version of Richard Thompson’s “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight”, the only contemporary song amongst eleven traditionals but its the instrumental “Jack Lintel’s Jig” that is by far and away my favourite.

Jack and Charlie

11. Jack McNeill and Charlie HeysAny Other Morning
A contemporary folk gem, combining fiddle, guitar and the Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys’ beautiful voices in some of the best music of the year.

Jack Carty

12. Jack CartyEsk
Jack Carty finally seems happy in his 2014 offering, but don’t let that scare you away – Esk is his most mature record to date and confirms Carty as one of the finest songwriters in the country.

First Aid Kit

13. First Aid KitStay Gold
Filled with lush arrangements, beautiful harmonies and First Aid Kit’s trademark cascading lyrics, Stay Gold transports you to a 70s summer somewhere on the west coast of the USA.

Patrick James

14. Patrick JamesBroken Lines
Patrick James’ output is consistently brilliant and Broken Lines sees him continue to shine as a songwriter creating little drops of folk gold with every lyric, chord and melody.

The Staves

15. The StavesBlood I Bled
It may only be a precursor to their upcoming Justin Vernon produced album If I Was, due in January next year, but Blood I Bled is three songs of pure harmonic wonder and joy that you need to buy right now.

One Up Two Down

16. One Up, Two DownOne Up, Two Down
On the surface this is a bluegrass release but One Up, Two Down are so well versed in the folk traditions that you can feel celtic, blues and country influences creeping in to make a wonderful, folky mess.

Davidson Brothers

17. Davidson BrothersWanderlust
The Davidson Brothers are not only some of the best musicians – of any genre – in Australia but they’re also amazing bluegrass songwriters – I just couldn’t stop listening to Wanderlust when it was released this year.

Jordan Millar

18. Jordan MillarThe Wheel EP
The song “If Only…” sucked me into this EP early and I stayed because I love the way Jordan Millar writes pop music – although I suspect he’s a folkie at heart.

Kasey Chambers

19. Kasey ChambersBittersweet
There’s so much to love about Bittersweet, from its old-timey Americana influences to the collaborations with Bernard Fanning, Dan Kelly, Bill Chambers and more, that I reckon it could be Kasey Chambers’ best solo effort yet.

Stu Larsen

20. Stu LarsenVagabond
Travelling the world, playing to thousands of people every night – none of this deterred Stu Larsen from creating an intimate, stripped back album with Vagabond, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

New Moon

21. Sarah HumphreysNew Moon
This has been a big year of change for Sarah Humphreys and this has bled into her music – the cutesy pop-folk princess has been dismantled and in her place a confident, mature singer-songwriter has emerged.

Emma Swift

22. Emma SwiftEmma Swift
There’s nothing technically amazing about Emma Swift’s self titled EP, but its simple, stripped back, three-chords-and-the-truth style harkens back to country music of old and is one of the most honest releases of the year.

Little May

23. Little MayLittle May
Epic indie-folk from the Sydney trio whose star is most definitely on the rise, the EP is full of hamonies, building crescendos and catchy melodies.

Winter Pick

24. Justin BernasconiWinter Pick
Justin Bernasconi is one of the best folk/country/blues guitarists in the business right now and Winter Pick is full to the brim with awe inspiring instrumentals and deceptively laidback songs.


25. Green Mohair SuitsAubergine
I honestly wasn’t expecting to like Aubergine as much as I do but I was so impressed with just how tight it is, how good the songwriting is and how much fun The Green Mohair Suits are having taking Bluegrass seriously.

JamGrass Announces Final Round of Artists for 2014

Image Courtesy of JamGrass

The finishing touches have been put on the 2014 JamGrass lineup with the final artists added last Friday. And what an addition! The already jam-packed festival now boasts the considerable talents of Tracy McNeil and The Goodlife, Green Mohair Suits, Parvyn and Josh Bennett (from The Bombay Royale), Willow Darling and Broads.

You can also get excited about the addition of Sam Cutler, author and former manager of The Rolling Stones and The Grateful Dead, as the official MC for the festival.

JamGrass takes place over three days from the 31st October to the 2nd November at the Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne. For more information check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 12th September


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Green Mohair Suits have announced an east coast tour in support of their new album Wooden Duck. Details here

– Sydney quartet All Our Exes Live In Texas have released their new single “Tell Me”. Details here

– To support his new album Daniel Lee Kendall has announced an east coast tour this November. Details here

MountainGrass announced their 2014 lineup including Special Consensus, The Flying Emus, Lonesome Still, String Theories, Little Rabbit, The Davidson Bros, Pipi Pickers, Old South, Coolgrass, Bluegrass Parkway, Appalachian Heaven, Karen Lynne, The Company, Fat Cousin Skinny, Flying Engine Stringband, Pete Denahy, One Up, Two Down, Chris Henry & the Hard Core Grass, Harman and Hellens, Banjo Boys and more. Details here

– Roots troubadour Steve Smyth has just kicked off a truly massive national tour from now until December. Details here

Damien Rice has announced plans to release his first album in eight years. Details here

Dallas Green (City and Colour) and Pink have been secretly recording as brand new folk duo You+Me, and it’s sounding pretty good! Details here

– Sydney’s Liam Gale & the Ponytails released their new single “Self Righteous Blues”. Details here



“Interestingly, the songs I most enjoyed on the album are those that break it from the steadiness of its groove. Live Simply delves less deeply into blues than his debut, but its single foray delivers the goods in the form of “Rats” – the dirtiest song on the record”Thom Owen Miles reviews the new Sam Brittain album Live Simply. Read the review here

Releases This Week

Dabiel Lee Kendall
Daniel Lee Kendall Is DeadDaniel Lee Kendall

Ryan Adams
Ryan AdamsRyan Adams

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Ari & Mia with Lucy Wise Trio

Ari and Mia

Boston duo Ari & Mia will join local favourites the Lucy Wise Trio for their east coast tour of Australia this week and their shows are not to be missed.

Monday 15th September – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 16th September – Smiths Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 17th September – Mechanics Institute Hall, Moruya, NSW
Thursday 18th September – House Concert, Araluen, NSW
Friday 19th September – Mofo at The Crate, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 12th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 13th September – Llewellyn Hall, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 14th September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 15th September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 17th September – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 18th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 19th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Ari & Mia with Lucy Wise Trio
Monday 15th September – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 16th September – Smiths Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 17th September – Mechanics Institute Hall, Moruya, NSW
Thursday 18th September – House Concert, Araluen, NSW
Friday 19th September – Mofo at The Crate, Sydney, NSW

Bare Bones feat. Limbo, Little Lord St Band, Husband
Saturday 13th September – The Swan Basement, Perth, WA

Boy & Bear
Friday 12th September – The Arts Centre, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 13th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Casey Driessen
Wednesday 17th September – Melbourne Folk Club, Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 18th September – Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 19th September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Friday 12th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Cat Canteri
Friday 19th September – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC

Green Mohair Suits
Friday 19th September – South Side Tea Room, Brisbane, QLD

Jep and Dep
Friday 12th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Katie Noonan w/ Jack Carty
Friday 12th September – Bangalow Bowlo, Banaglow, NSW
Saturday 13th September – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 14th September – Pier One @ Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW

MoFo feat. Laura and Susie, Golden Whistler
Friday 12th September – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

MoFo at the Crate feat. Ari & Mia, Lucy Wise Trio
Friday 19th September – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW

Olivers Army
Friday 12th September – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 12th September – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 13th September – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 18th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Sahara Beck
Saturday 13th September – The Originals Music Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 14th September – The Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Wednesday 17th September – Sunshine Coast University, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Friday 12th September – Boney, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 19th September – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 12th September – The Pier, Pt. Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 13th September – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 14th September – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 18th September – The Front Gallery & Café, Canberra, ACT
Friday 19th September – Howlin Wolf, Wollongong, NSW

The Living Room feat. Laura Zarb, Brother Jimmy, The Morrisons
Sunday 14th September – Lewisham Hotel, Sydney

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 12th September – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 19th September – Mitchell Creek Rock and Blues Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

The Timbers
Friday 12th September – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 14th September – Queen St Mall, Brisbane, QLD

Todd Sibbin and The Acadian Driftwood
Saturday 13th September – Secret Rooftop Party, Adelaide, SA

Tom West
Saturday 13th September – Secret Party, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Florida Rain” – Matt Bauer

The Green Mohair Suits Announce The Wooden Duck Tour

Green Mohair
Image Courtesy of Green Mohair Suits

The Green Mohair Suits released their spectacular new album Wooden Duck last week and have announced plans to hit the road this month with a bunch of dates up and down the east coast.

Check out the full list of shows below:

Friday 19th September – South Side Tea Room, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 20th September – Cardigan Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 21st September – The End, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 24th September – Mother’s Milk, Sawtell, NSW
Thursday 25th September – Cafe 2340, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th September – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 28th September – The Junction hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 3rd October – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 4th October – Paynesville Winebar, Paynesville, VIC
Sunday 5th October – Bruthen Inn Hotel, Bruthen, VIC
Friday 10th October – Smith’s Alternative Bookstore, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 11th October – The Vanguard, Newtown, NSW
Sunday 12th October – Modus Operandi Brewery, Mona Vale, NSW

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