Details of the Welcome to Morrisonville Americana Festival

Shane Nicholson
Image Courtesy of Shane Nicholson

For the second year in a row iconic Brisbane venue The Morrison Hotel will be playing host to Welcome To Morrisonville, a festival featuring some of the best artists on the Americana music scene.

Taking place on the 28th October Welcome To Morrisonville will feature live performances from Shane Nicholson (above), Henry Wagons & The Only Children, Tracy McNeil & The Good Life, Gretta Ziller and Jen Mize.

To get more information about Welcome To Morrisonville including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official Facebook event here.

The Americana Music Association of Australia Birthday Bash

Birthday Bash

The Americana Music Association of Australia (AMAA) will be taking over Australian Music Week in Cronulla, Sydney this year with a bunch of conference and live music events throughout the week.

As well as the Americana Music Association of Australia Conference on the 4th November, the AMAA is set to announce a raft of live music events in the days prior, the first of which is their first Birthday Bash concert on Friday 3rd November.

The Birthday Bash will feature live performances from Gretta Ziller, Small Town Romance, The Ahern Brothers, Andrew Swift, Georgia State Line, Hana and Jessie-Lee, The April Family and special guest Anne Kirkpatrick.

More details about the Birthday Bash and other Australian Music Week events will be announced soon. To stay up to date, and get your hands on tickets, visit the official AMAA website here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 18th August

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Irish singer-songwriter Wallis Bird returns to Australia for a tour this November. Details here

– Sydney duo Peasant Moon released their new single “Our Timing Was Wrong”. Details here

– Alt-country singer-songwriter Jed Rowe released a live video for his new single “Tailem Bend”. Details here

The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival announced their massive 2017 lineup including Foghorn Stringband, Genni Kane, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Luke Plumb and Peter Daffy, The Freewheeler, The New Macedon Rangers, Cat and Clint, Chloë & Jason Roweth, Freya Josephine Hollick, Golden Whistler, Kaurna Cronin, Loren Kate, Mandy Connell, Michael Waugh, Monique Clare, The Mae Trio, The Tawny Owl Stringband, Whoa Mule and many more. Details here

Ian Felice (Felice Brothers) announced his debut solo album In The Kingdom Of Dreams. Details here

– Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Mangan released his new video “Whistleblower”. Details here

– Sydney alt-country singer-songwriter Luke Collings released his new single “Who’s Gonna Vote For Me?”. Details here

– We premiered the amazing new Gretta Ziller video “Queen of Boomtown”. Details here

Patrick James released his 80s inspired single “Lay It Down”. Details here

– The Wingham Akoostik Festival in northern NSW announced its 2017 lineup including Kasey Chambers, Russell Morris, Ella Hooper, The Turner Brown Band, Eagle & The Wolf, Sara Tindley, Colin Lillie, Matt Joe Gow and many many more. Details here

– Brisbane based singer-songwriter BANFF released his new single “Act of Misacting”. Details here

Out On The Weekend announced headline shows for their touring artists including Justin Townes Earle, Joshua Hedley, The Sadies, Robbie Fulks, Son Volt, Traveller (Jonny Fritz, Robert Ellis and Cory Chisel) and The Deslondes. Details here

– Award winning singer-songwriter and cellist Monique Clare announced details of her new EP By The Stars. Details here

– Sydney based singer-songwriter Ollie Brown released his new video “Backroads”. Details here

Father John Misty released his new video “Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution”. Details here

– Music events company Gypsyheart Live announced details of their Downtown Folk Festival in Sydney featuring Hollow Coves, Garrett Kato, Harry Hookey, Grizzlee Train, Tullara, Luke Morris, Asha Jefferies, Nick Cunningham, Alana Wilkinson, Feelds and Darby. Details here

Releases This Week

Monique Clare
By The StarsMonique Clare

Bandcamp

Vertumnus
VertumnusPackwood
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Shelley’s Murder Boys w/ Bec Bastoli

Shelley's Murder Boys

Sydney bluegrass and old time trio Shelley’s Murder Boys launch their amazing new EP Troubled Thoughts Keep Her Fed in their home town with Bec Bastoli in support

Thursday 24th August – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Acoustic Sessions feat. Angel Tairua
Thursday 24th August – The Beresford, Sydney, NSW

Acoustic Sessions feat. Marissa & Lloyd
Tuesday 22nd August – Angel Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Acoustic Sessions feat. Merpire
Sunday 20th August – The Paddington, Sydney, NSW

Adam Young w/ Wifey
Saturday 19th August – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Anna Smyrk
Friday 18th August – Billy Roy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC

Asha Jefferies
Friday 18th August – The Flying Cock, Brisbane, QLD

Bec Bastoli
Sunday 20th August – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 24th August – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Ben Camden, 500 Pounds of Joy
Friday 25th August – Howlin’ Wolf Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Gareth Rowan and The Crazy Fools
Wednesday 23rd August – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Brad Butcher
Wednesday 23rd August – Willie the Boatman, Sydney, NSW

Brian Campeau
Thursday 24th August – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Collard Greens and Gravy
Friday 25th August – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Daggy Man
Thursday 24th August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Dan Brodie
Sunday 20th August – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Darwin Festival
Thursday 10th to Sunday 27th August – Darwin, NT

Dave Alexander 20th Anniversary Concert feat. Siobhán Ní Phinder, The Roaring Forties
Saturday 19th August – The Loaded Dog Folk Club, Sydney, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 19th August – Paragon Cafe, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 20th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th August – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Devil Goat Family String Band
Saturday 19th August – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Donna Amini, Visiting Aliens, Chris Neto
Wednesday 23rd August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Dreamboogie and Bonnie Kay & The Bonafides
Saturday 19th August – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

East of Everything w/ Alana Jagt, BR Dalton
Wednesday 23rd August – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Elbury
Friday 18th August – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 19th August – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 20th August – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD

Folk Party feat. Vanishing Shapes, Bec Bastoli, My Friend Rupert
Sunday 20th August – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Portia Briana, Ainsley Farrell, Direwolf
Wednesday 23rd August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Get Blind With Brian feat. Brian Campeau
Friday 25th August – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Georgia State Line
Saturday 19th August – Old Church On The Hill, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 20th August – Echo Tone, Melbourne, VIC

Girl Friday
Saturday 19th August – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 22nd August – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Guyy and Richard Perso
Friday 25th August – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT

Gympie Music Muster
Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th August – Gympie, NSW

Gympie Muster Mary St Pre-Party feat. Bill Chambers
Wednesday 23rd August – Mary St, Gympie, NSW

Harry Hookey
Friday 18th August – The Old Hepburn, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Sunday 20th August – Star Hotel Yackandandah, Yackandandah, VIC
Thursday 24th August – Rooty Hills RSL Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 25th August – Neon Garage, Kincumber, NSW

Husky
Friday 18th August – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 19th August – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Thursday 24th August – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Ight Club Folk Til Ya Don’t Staysafe Fundraiser feat. Quinton Trembath, The Berkeley Hunts, Dead Peasants, Ian Flood, Vernon Surly, Jacob Thomas
Wednesday 23rd August – Tago Mago Club, Melbourne, VIC

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Shellie Morris, Troy Jungaji Brady
Friday 18th August – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Imogen Clark
Saturday 19th August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 20th August – Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay, NSW
Friday 27th August – Hawkesbury Hotel, Windsor, NSW

INA Céilí feat. The Coast Ceili Band
Saturday 19th August – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

James Bennett
Saturday 19th August – JJ’s at The Marina, Batemans Bay, NSW
Sunday 20th August – Foragers Market, Bulli, NSW
Thursday 24th August – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Friday 25th August – The Elwood Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Friday 18th August – Lulie St Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 20th August – Echo Tone, Melbourne, VIC

Jen Cloher
Thursday 24th August – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 25th August – Oxford Art factory, Sydney, NSW

Jep and Dep
Friday 18th August – The Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th August – Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 20th August – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke w/ Kyle Lionhart
Friday 18th August – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 19th August – The Capitol, Perth, WA
Friday 25th August – Launceston Country Club, Launceston, TAS

Justin Bernasconi w/ Cat Canteri
Friday 25th August – House Concert, Maitland, NSW

Kasey Chambers
Sunday 20th August – The Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival, Dooomadgee, QLD

Katie Brianna
Wednesday 23rd August – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 18th August – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 19th August – Cheeky Goose Cafe, Cowes, VIC
Sunday 20th August – Bright Brewery, Bright, VIC

Kelly Country Pick
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th August – Beechworth, VIC

Little Georgia
Saturday 19th August – Narrawong Mechanics Institute Hall, Narrawong, VIC
Sunday 20th August – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th August – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Melanie Horsnell
Friday 18th August – The Log Cabin Hall, Gooloogong, NSW

Merpire
Sunday 20th August – The Paddington, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 23rd August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 25th August – The Oxford Circus, Sydney, NSW

Monique Clare
Saturday 19th August – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 20th August – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

My Friend The Chocolate Cake
Friday 18th August – Theatre Royal Castlemaine, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 19th August – Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Sunday 20th August – Griffith Regional Theatre, Griffith, NSW
Friday 25th August – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Paddy McHugh
Friday 18th August – Flamin Galah, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 19th August – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 20th August – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Peninsula Music Showcase feat. The Weeping Willows, Young Vincent, Sam O’Connell Mia Grunden
Thursday 24th August – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC

Pete Murray
Friday 18th August – Waves, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 19th August – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 20th August – Beer Deluxe, Albury, NSW
Wednesday 23rd August – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 24th August – Regent Multiplex Theatre, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 25th August – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Queen Porter Stomp
Friday 18th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Raised By Eagles
Friday 18th August – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 19th August – The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th August – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Restrung Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th August – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Rueben Stone w/ Alana Wilkinson
Wednesday 23rd August – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

Riley Pearce
Saturday 19th August – Secret Warehouse Show, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 20th August – Secret Warehouse Show, Bunbury, WA

Sancha and the Blue Gypsies
Saturday 19th August – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW

Santa Taranta
Friday 18h August – Farouk’s Olive, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Nicholson
Friday 18th August – Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW
Saturday 19th August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 20th August – Hardys Bay Club, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 25th August – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD

Shelley’s Murder Boys w/ Bec Bastoli
Thursday 24th August – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sofar Sounds Gold Coast
Friday 18th August – House Concert, Mermaid Beach, QLD

Sofar Sounds Melbourne
Saturday 19th August – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Sofar Sounds Sydney
Monday 20th August – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Sunday Sessions feat. Shaun Black
Sunday 20th August – The Public Brewery, Melbourne, VIC

Sydney Guitar Festival
Wednesday 23rd to Sunday 27th August – Sydney, NSW

Tami Nelson w/ Paddy McHugh
Friday 18th August – The Flamin’ Galah, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 19th August – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 20th August – The Basement Sydney, Sydney, NSW

Tex, Don & Charlie
Tuesday 22nd August – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 25th August – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

The Co-Ground Folk Show feat. Amistat, Ariela Jacobs, Mia Wray
Friday 18th August – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

The Cope Street Parade
Friday 18th August – Howlin’ Wolf Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 19th August – The Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC

The Demon Drink
Friday 18th August – Yandina Hotel, Yandina, QLD
Sunday 20th August – Limes Hotel & Rooftop Bar, Brisbane, QLD

The Hut’s Fourth Birthday feat Ash Grunwald, Rhythm Hunters, Tullara
Saturday 19th August – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

The Little Lord Street Band
Sunday 20th August – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 23rd August – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Montgomery Brothers
Friday 18th August – Canberra Blues Society at Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 19th August – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 20th August – The Beat Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 24th August – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 25th August – Grand Junction – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

The Newsagency Sessions feat. Sarah Belkner w/ Merpire
Wednesday 23rd August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 25th August – Jambo Bar and Cafe, Melbourne, VIC

The Slipdixies
Sunday 20th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Slowdowns
Friday 18th August – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Twoks
Saturday 19th August – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Sunday 20th August – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 25th August – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Willie Wagtails
Saturday 19th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Whiskey Gypsies
Saturday 19th August – Ryans Hotel, Traralgon, VIC

Tim Guy
Sunday 20th August – The Westernport, San Remo, VIC

Tim Wheatley
Friday 25th and Saturday 26th August – Gympie Music Muster, QLD

Tori Forsyth
Friday 18th August – The Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW

Vardos Trio
Saturday 19th August – Bocskai Complex, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 20th August – Little Creatures, Geelong, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“I Go Off” – Diana Anaid

Timber and Steel Video Premiere: “Queen of Boomtown” by Gretta Ziller

Gretta Ziller
Image Courtesy of Gretta Ziller

We’re really excited to be the first to share the brand new video from alt-country singer-songwriter Gretta Ziller, “Queen of Boomtown”.

The powerful song is the title track from Ziller’s upcoming debut album, due for release on the 1st September through independent record label Social Family Records.

The video was filmed in Dural, just outside of Sydney, and was produced and directed by Joyce Ong and Michael Tan of New Heights Media.

“When Joyce and I started talking about the video, it was an easy transition, with both of us having a similar idea about the sort of outdoor location we wanted to shoot, the grand piano…the crown…the whole lot,” explains Gretta Ziller “On the day of filming, everything ran together seamlessly and I think that comes across in the clip, which I’m incredibly proud of.”

Check out the video for “Queen of Boomtown” below:

Queen of Boomtown is available for pre-order now. Gretta Ziller will be launching the album from the end of August – the full list of dates are here:

Thursday 31st August – Croxton Front Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 7th September – “Whiskey Jam”, Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th September – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 9th September – Sider Diner Sessions, City Sider CBD Motel, Tamworth, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th August

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Josh Pyke has announced he’s taking a hiatus after his upcoming regional tour. Details here

– English indie-folk singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey released his new single “Mountain to Move”. Details here

– Australian folk super group The Maggie Darlings release their new album Wishing Well today. Details here

The Kyneton Music Festival announced their first round of artists including Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, Karl S. Williams, Freya Josephine Hollick, Dan Parsons, The Twoks and many more. Details here

– Sydney venue The Newsagency relaunches in its new space next week with a show from Sarah Belkner and Alison Avron. Details here

The Queenscliff Music Festival announced a bunch of international artists for 2017 including The East Pointers, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Irish Mythen, Lindi Ortega, Ron Artis II & The Truth, Too Many Zooz and Travis Bowlin. Details here

– Canadian duo Madison Violet announced plans to tour Australia this Spring. Details here

Kim Churchill announced his new album Weight_Falls as well as releasing the video for “Second Hand Car” and revealing a huge Spring tour. Details here

Iron & Wine released the gorgeous new video “Thomas County Law”. Details here

– Melbourne based alt-country singer Gretta Ziller has announced album launch dates in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle and Tamworth. Details here

David Rawlings released his new single “Cumberland Gap” ahead of his album release. Details here

– Brisbane indie-folk four piece Elbury have announced plans for an east coast tour kicking off this week. Details here

– The legendary Paul Kelly released his new video “Firewood And Candles”. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke has announced plans to head to Australia for a tour this Spring. Details here

Valerie June released her new video “Got Soul” ahead of her upcoming Australian tour. Details here

Releases This Week

Ben Sollee
Ben Sollee And Kentucky NativeBen Sollee
iTunes

David Rawlings
Poor David’s AlmanackDavid Rawlings
iTunes

Jen Cloher
Jen CloherJen Cloher
iTunes

KMH
Live at the Sydney Opera HouseKate Miller-Heidke & The Sydney Symphony Orchestra
iTunes

Maggie Darlings
Wishing WellThe Maggie Darlings
Bandcamp

Paul Kelly
Life Is FinePaul Kelly
iTunes

Richard Thompson
Acoustic Classics Vol. IIRichard Thompson
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Newsagency Sessions feat. Sarah Belkner, Alison Avron

Sarah Belkner

Sydney’s favourite intimate venue officially reopens in its new Camperdown space with a show from Sarah Belkner and Alison Avron

Wednesday 16th August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Asha Jefferies
Friday 18th August – The Flying Cock, Brisbane, QLD

Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
Friday 11th and Saturday 12th August – Bangalow Showground, Bangalow, NSW

BATTS
Thursday 17th August – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Bek Sarkoezy and Sam Newton
Saturday 12th August – The Joshua Tree, Sydney, NSW

Ben Salter
Wednesday 16th August – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Bill Chambers
Friday 11th August – Sunset Studio, Mayfield, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Diggers, The Entrance, NSW

Bill Jackson and Pete Fidler
Friday 11th August – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 12th August – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass Pub Pick feat. Whoa Mule
Sunday 13th August – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Central Coast Country Music Festival
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th August – Memorial Park, The Entrance, NSW

Daggy Man
Friday 11th August – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Darwin Festival
Thursday 10th to Sunday 27th August – Darwin, NT

Echo Deer w/ Holza & Pez
Sunday 13th August – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Elbury
Wednesday 16th August – Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 17th August – OxJam House Concert, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 18th August – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave, VIC

Emily Davis Band w/ Sam Reiher, Kate Alexander, Hana Brenecki
Sunday 13th August – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Emma Davis
Thursday 17th August – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW

Fairlight Folk feat. Bill Jackson, Pete Fidler, Strangelove, Melanie Horsnell
Saturday 12th August – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Fallon Cush
Sunday 13th August – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Daniel Cherote, Alana Wilkinson, MoSoul
Wednesday 16th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. Alice Terry, Christine Jane, Stephanie Cherote
Friday 11th August – 107 Projects, Sydney, NSW

Forever Son
Friday 11th August – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Georgia Fields and Phia
Friday 11th August – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 12th August – Glen Helen Homestead Lodge, Alice Springs, NT

Georgia State Line
Friday 11th August – Saints + Sailors, Portarlington, VIC
Saturday 12th August – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Sunday 13th August – Martians Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC

Handasyd Williams w/ Levi Burr, Nik Philpott
Sunday 13th August – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

High Tea feat. Adam Miller
Thursday 17th August – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Hinterlandt
Friday 11th August – Bomaderry Presbyterian Church, Bomaderry, NSW

Hollie Matthew
Saturday 12th August – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Horns of Leroy’s Jukebox feat. The Collingwood Casanovas
Wednesday 16th August – Belleville, Melbourne, VIC

Husky
Friday 11th August – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th August – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Shellie Morris, Troy Jungaji Brady
Friday 18th August – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Friday 18th August – Lulie St Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Jason Roweth
Friday 11th August – Addison Rd Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

Jen Cloher
Friday 11th August – Readings Carlton, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th August – Rocksteady Records, Melbourne, VIC

Jep and Dep
Friday 11th August – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Halcyon Daze Records, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th August – The Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke w/ Kyle Lionhart
Friday 11th August – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 12th August – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Thursday 17th August – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 18th August – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Kelly Brouhaha
Sunday 13th August – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Tuesday 15th August – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 17th August – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 18th August – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC

Kelly Country Pick
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th August – Beechworth, VIC

Liam Gale & The Ponytails
Friday 11th August – Kingsway Bar, Launceston, TAS

Liam Gerner
Sunday 13th August – Noisy Ritual People-Powered Urban Winery, Melbourne, VIC

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 11th August – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th August – The Old Church On The Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Madeline Leman and The Desert Swells, Freya Josephine Hollick
Thursday 17th August – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Maia Marsh w/ Sisco Electro, Huckleberry Hastings, Lachlan Vines
Tuesday 15th August – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Saturday 12th August – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th August – The Log Cabin Hall, Gooloogong, NSW

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band
Thursday 17th August – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

My Friend The Chocolate Cake
Friday 11th August – Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, Springwood, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th August – Theatre Royal Castlemaine, Castlemaine, VIC

Nathan Seeckts and Great Aunt
Saturday 12th August – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Nuet & Nic Cassey
Thursday 17th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

O’Shea
Saturday 12th August – Mount Isa Rodeo, Mount Isa, QLD

Open Folk’n
Friday 11th August – The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Packwood
Friday 18th August – Plant By Packwood, Melbourne, VIC

Paul Hayward & The Sidekicks
Saturday 12th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Paul Kelly
Friday 11th August – Red Eye Records, Sydney, NSW
Monday 14th August – Readings Carlton, Melbourne, VIC

Pete Murray
Friday 11th August – Wrest Point Showroom, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 12th August – Launceston Country Club, Launceston, TAS
Thursday 17th August – Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, Batemans Bay, NSW
Friday 18th August – Waves, Wollongong, NSW

Queen Porter Stomp
Friday 18th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Raised By Eagles
Friday 11th August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th August – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 18th August – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC

Reuben Stone w/ Dan Vogl
Wednesday 16th August – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Rick Hart’s Bare Bones w/ Ben Leece
Friday 11th August – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Scarlet’s Revenge
Thursday 17th August – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW

Shane Nicholson
Friday 11th August – Anita’s Theatre, Thiroul, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th August – Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Sunday 13th August – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Shellie Morris, Wityana Marika and Dhapanbal Yunupingu
Tuesday 15th August – Darwin Festival, The Lighthouse, Darwin, NT

Sofar Sounds Gold Coast
Friday 18th August – House Concert, Mermaid Beach, QLD

Someday June w/ Zac Saber
Friday 11th August – Analogue Academy, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 12th August – The Basement Bar, Bendigo, VIC

South Coast Folk Club Hall of Famers
Thursday 17th August – South Coast Folk Club, Port Noarlunga, SA

Tami Nelson
Thursday 17th August – Darwin Festival, The Lighthouse, Darwin, NT
Friday 18th August – The Flamin’ Galah, Brisbane, QLD

Taryn La Fauci
Friday 11th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

The Co-Ground Folk Show feat. Amistat, Ariela Jacobs, Mia Wray
Friday 18th August – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

The Cope Street Parade
Saturday 12th August – Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC

The Demon Drink
Saturday 12th August – Jubilee Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 18th August – Yandina Hotel, Yandina, QLD

The Newsagency Sessions feat. Sarah Belkner, Alison Avron
Wednesday 16th August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Round Up feat. Nigel Wearne and Ayleen O’Hanlon
Wednesday 16th August – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Settlement
Saturday 12th August – Commercial Hotel, Hamilton, VIC

The Slipdixies
Sunday 13th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Slowdowns
Friday 18th August – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 11th August – Mojo Record Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th August – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Ed Castle, Adelaide, SA

The Twoks
Friday 11th August – House Concert, Adelaide, SA

The Willie Wagtails
Saturday 12th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 11th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 12th August – The Bluebee Room, Adelaide, SA

Tobias
Friday 11th August – Irish Club, Emerald, QLD
Saturday 12th August – Irish McGanns, Eoma, QLD

Tori Forsyth
Friday 18th August – The Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW

Untamed Ceilidh
Saturday 12th August – Northcote Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC

Wanneroo Folk Club feat. Dingo’s Breakfast, Ashlea Reale
Friday 11th August – Dorchester Hall, Perth, WA

Whoa Mule
Saturday 12th August – Lentil as Anything, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 13th August – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Between The Wars” – Billy Bragg

Gretta Ziller Announces Album Launch Shows

Gretta
Image Courtesy of Gretta Ziller

Americana singer-songwriter Gretta Ziller will be releasing her highly anticipated debut album Queen of Boomtown on the 1st September and we’re excited that she’s planning to celebrate with a huge shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle and Tamworth.

On the 31st August Gretta Ziller will be performing all of the songs from Queen of Boomtown at The Croxton in her home town of Melbourne with a select group of guests joining her on stage during the night – the first of which she’s announced as The Weeping Willows. Following that show Ziller will hit the road for her New South Wales gigs through September. Check out the full list of shows below:

Thursday 31st August – Croxton Front Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 7th September – “Whiskey Jam”, Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th September – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 9th September – Sider Diner Sessions, City Sider CBD Motel, Tamworth, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 30th June

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne chamber-folk singer-songwriter Packwood announced the release date for his sprawling concept album Vertumnus. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Sam Buckingham released her new video “Living In The Dark” featuring Fanny Lumsden, Timothy James Bowen, Kent Eastwood, Syd Green, Dan Stanley Freeman and Christina Mullany. Details here

– Regional Queensland tour dates were announced for Tobias and Fanny Lumsden. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter Gretta Ziller released her new video “Slaughterhouse Blues”. Details here

Shane Nicholson released his new video “Safe” plus announced a whole bunch of tour dates. Details here

– New York based trio The Lone Bellow announced details of their new album Walk Into A Storm. Details here

– Perth singer-songwriter Riley Pearce has announced a series of secret warehouse shows in South West WA. Details here

– Vancouver based Australian singer-songwriter Larissa Tandy released her new single “The River”. Details here

– Singer-songwriters Georgia Fields and Phia will be kicking off a co-headline tour this week. Details here

– Alt-country singer-songwriter Jed Rowe has announced plans to release his fourth studio album A Foreign Country. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Taryn La Fauci announced a bunch of tour dates to launch her new album Cycling. Details here

Tom Stephens released his new video “Wake Me When The Day’s Gone”. Details here

Reviews

Track by Track

“Last week The Ahern Brothers released their self-titled debut album and we sat down with the boys to get a run down on each of the tracks, with Josh Rennie-Hynes and Steve Grady taking a side each”The Ahern Brothers take use through their self titled debut album. Track by Track here

Releases This Week

Josh Pyke
The Best of Josh PykeJosh Pyke
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Cycling
CyclingTaryn La Fauci
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Tex Don and Charlie
You Don’t Know LonelyTex, Don & Charlie
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

All Our Exes Live In Texas

AOELIT

The All Our Exes Live In Texas national tour kicks into high gear with massive shows in Sydney and Melbourne. These shows are selling out (or sold out depending on when this is published) so get in quick.

Friday 30th June – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 1st July – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 7th July – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 30th June – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 1st July – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 7th July – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Amber Lawrence
Friday 7th July – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW

Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt w/ Fanny Lumsden
Friday 30th June – Commercial Club, Albury, NSW
Saturday 1st July – Club Mulwala, Mulwala, NSW

Andy Golledge Band, Caitlin Harnett, Ruben Neeson
Friday 30th June – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Ayleen O’Hanlon & Rich Davies and The Low Road
Friday 7th July – Music on the Hill, Red Hill Showgrounds, Red Hill, VIC

Bello Winter Music Festival
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th July – Bellingen, NSW

Ben Ottewell
Friday 30th June – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st July – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 2nd July – Peppermint Bay, Hobart, TAS
Tuesday 4th July – The Landsdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 6th July – The Bunker, Coogee, NSW
Friday 7th July – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Bluegrass Parkway
Friday 30th June – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 1st July – Thirroul Railway Institute, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 2nd July – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Bonniesongs, Emma Davis, Rachael Comte
Sunday 2nd July – Secret Show, Melbourne, VIC

Brad Butcher w/ The Weeping Willows
Friday 30th June – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 1st July – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 7th July – Two Goats Cafe & Baa, Armidale, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 30th June – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

Cecilia Brandolini
Thursday 6th June – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Clare Bowen w/ Timothy James Bowen
Monday 3rd July – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 4th July – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 5th July – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 7th July – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW

Claymore
Friday 7th July – Croydon Bowling Club, Melbourne, VIC

Cyclo Timik, Whiskey Dram, Quinton Trembath
Friday 30th June – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Daniel Champagne
Friday 30th June – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 2nd July – Solbar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Thursday 6th July – Bellevue Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Friday 7th July – The Shed Tablelands Music Lovers, Atherton, QLD

Dashville On The Road feat. James Thomson, Baghead, Melody Pool, Magpie Diaries, Dave Wells, Deanna Rose, Demi Mitchell, Jason Walker, Lyle Dennis
Friday 7th July – Royal Federal Hotel, Branxton, NSW

Dave Favours and the Roadside Ashes
Thursday 6th July – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Dusty Ravens & Low Down Riders
Friday 30th June – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Emma Davis
Saturday 1st July – LongPlay, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 2nd July – Secret Show, Melbourne, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. James Campbell, Tashi, Sam Newton
Wednesday 5th July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Georgia Fields and Phia
Thursday 6th July – Suttons House Of Music, Ballarat, VIC

Handsome Young Strangers, Medusa’s Wake
Thursday 6th July – Royal Albert Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Harvey Russell & Natalie Henry
Wednesday 5th July – The White Horse, Sydney, NSW

Hayden Calnin
Friday 30th June – Hudson Ballroom, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 6th July – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

High Tea feat. Charm of Finches
Thursday 6th July – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Honey & Knives
Friday 30th June – 63 First Ave, Sawtell, NSW

Humbug, Slim Dime
Friday 7th July – Illawarra Folk Club, City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Husky
Thursday 6th July – Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 7th July – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD

Jacob Diamond
Friday 30th June – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 1st July – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 2nd July – Bar 303, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 5th July – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Joe Pug w/ Courtney Marie Andrews
Thursday 6th July – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July – Bello Winter Music, Bellingen, NSW

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 30th June – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Larissa Tandy w/ Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds
Friday 30th June – Baha, Rye, VIC
Sunday 2nd July – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

Leah Senior
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July – Bello Winter Festival, Bellingen, NSW

Les Thomas w/ Small Town Romance, Damon Smith
Friday 30th June – Kingsbury Bowls Club, Melbourne, VIC

Lisa Crawley & Ben Mastwyk
Sunday 2nd June – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC

Lisa Mitchell and Dustin Tebbutt w/ Alex The Astronaut
Friday 30th June – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st July – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Little Wise
Thursday 6th July – When She Believes, Winter Sessions, Launceston TAS
Friday 7th July – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 30th June – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC
Friday 7th July – Hickinbotham Winery, Dromana, VIC

Makuru Arts Festival feat. The Merindas and live band, Phil Bartlett, Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse, Kobi Morrison, Ronald Dick, Chloe Maynard, Moombaki, Madjitil Moorna, Kwarbah Djookian Dancers, Beat Walkers, Yirra Yaakin Noongar Sonnets with Della Rae Morrison and Maitland Schnaars
Saturday 1st July – Kalamunda Performing Art Centre, Kalamunda, WA

Mark Lucas & The Lazy L Quartet, Andy Gordon
Saturday 1st July – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Mat Black Band w/ Rough Sauce, Mr Alford Country
Saturday 1st July – The Brunswick Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Miles and Simone
Sunday 2nd July – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC
Friday 7th July – Festival of Voices, Hobart, TAS

Mitch Power
Sunday 2nd July – The Taproom – Castlemaine Brewing Company, Castlemaine, VIC

Newport Folk Festival
Friday 30th to Sunday 2nd July – Newport, VIC

Phia
Wednesday 5th July – Kew Court House, Kew, VIC
Thursday 6th July – Suttons House Of Music, Ballarat, VIC

Quinton Trembath
Friday 30th June – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st July – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Red-Eyed and Blue feat. The Singing Skies, Sam Newton
Sunday 2nd July – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Richard Cuthbert & Darren Cross
Thursday 6th July – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Rick Hart and The Sweet Addictions
Saturday 1st July – The Elwood Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Newton
Sunday 2nd July – Red-Eyed and Blue, The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 5th July – Folkswagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Saoirse
Sunday 2nd July – St John’s Mitcham, Melbourne, VIC

Shaky Stills
Sunday 2nd July – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Singing Up Country feat. Yirrmal, Kahl Wallis, Emily Wurramara
Friday 7th July – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Skyscraper Stan
Sunday 2nd July – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC
Tuesday 4th July – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 7th July – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC

Slim Dime
Sunday 2nd July – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 7th July – Illawarra Folk Club, City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Sneaky Jams feat. Trash Vortex, Baiylaw, So-li, Jethro Morris
Wednesday 5th July – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-together
Saturday 1st July – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Ahern Brothers
Friday 30th June – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 1st July – Royal Mail Hotel, Ipswich, QLD
Friday 7th July – Woodford Open Space, Woodford, QLD

The Coconut Kids
Saturday 1st July – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 2nd July – Junction 142, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 6th July – Strangelove, Sydney, NSW
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July – Bello Winter Festival, Bellingen, NSW

The Grigoryan Brothers
Friday 30th June – Kyneton Town Hall, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 1st July – Kerang Golf Club, Kerang, VIC

The McClymonts
Thursday 6th July – Big Red Bash, Birdsville, QLD

The Teskey Brothers
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th July – Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen, NSW

Tom Stephens
Saturday 1st July – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, NSW

Trioc
Friday 7th July – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC

Twilight in Tulsa
Saturday 1st July – Son of Run, Belgrave, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye” – Firkin

Watch the New Gretta Ziller Video “Slaughterhouse Blues”

Gretta Ziller
Image Courtesy of Gretta Ziller

Melbourne based alt-country singer-songwriter Gretta Ziller has just released the video for her new single “Slaughterhouse Blues”.

“Slaughterhouse Blues” is a taster of what we can expect from Ziller’s upcoming debut album Queen of Boomtown, due on the 1st September.

“I didn’t want to make an album that sounded like anything in the Americana scene right now,” explains Gretta Ziller. “I wanted my album to reflect the soundtrack of my childhood, yet sonically and lyrically sound like who I am now. I really wanted to push the boundaries of what country music, or Americana, alt-country – whatever you want to call it – can sound like. I didn’t want to fit neat and tidy into the country music box.”

Check out the video for “Slaughterhouse Blues” below:

Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2016

Child Records

You’ve heard what we think the top albums of 2016 were, but lets be honest this is the piece you’ve really been waiting for.

Every year we reach out to the community of folk and acoustic musicians in Australia and around the world to ask them to pick their favourite album or EP of the year, and this year they came through in spades.

So without further waffle may we present to you this year’s Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2016.

Bill ChambersEagle & The Wolf
Bill ChambersCold Trail
What a record. Bill just turns up when he feels like it and shows us all how it’s done. The title track is one of the best driving songs ever written and we’ve done A LOT of driving this year! This record has been with us on every trip and inspires us as artists of the alt. country genre to dig deep and keep being real, in life and in music. He’s the baddest and the best.

James KenyonAnna Cordell
James KenyonImagine You Are Driving
This album takes me into such a beautiful space, it is so beautifully written and produced, I find myself smiling every time I listen to it – I’m entranced and inspired.

Joe MungovanImogen Clark
Joe MungovanWay Down South
Joe totally embodies the Joni Mitchell quote about songwriting, “The closer you get to your heart is the closer you get to everyone else’s”. This EP is an evolution for him, the production is so sparse and spacey, almost Bon Iver-ish, and very different from the folky style of his first EP. But what remains is Joe’s amazing ability to capture so perfectly the melancholy of the human condition with his beautiful melodies and heart-wrenching lyrics. A big 5 stars from me. Love ya, Joe!

Piers FacciniSam Lee
Piers FacciniI Dreamed An Island
This album only came out a couple of weeks ago but I think needs mentioning in this years crop. Piers is one of the finest male singers and his musicianship is exquisite. It’s an album of great sensitivity with deep thought and poetry inside. The songs are so well formed, he has a knack at creation of timeless soundings orgs.

DD DumboDan Flynn
D.D DumboUtopia Defeated
Oliver has really found his own unique sound while incorporating some diverse influences including folk, electronic and world music. I was really impressed with his songwriting and his ability to draw you in to his strange little world. I also love the production with all those sonic layers that reveal themselves over repeated listens. Amazing debut.

Michael KiwanukaSkyscraper Stan
Michael KiwanukaLove and Hate
I got hooked on this album while touring around New Zealand. The songwriting is melodic, the dynamics are masterful and the closing track, “Final Frame”, kicks me in the guts.

William CrightonJosh Rennie-Hynes
William CrightonWilliam Crighton
I first heard William at Nannup at the start of this year and loved it. He’s a great performer and his songs are top notch. This album captures all of that perfectly. The production is spot on and is a testament to the benefits of what a more DIY approach to recording can achieve.

Bon IverTanya Batt (BATTS)
Bon Iver22, A Million
There have been a lot of amazing releases this year, Canary, Braille Face and Hayden Calnin were three I wanted to choose too. However, it had to be Bon Iver. The most highly anticipated album in my life, it did not disappoint. This album means so much to me, It’s an extremely innovative album within soundscapes and also so raw, filled with emotion. Many tears were shed when I first listened.

MoulettesClaude Hay
MoulettesPreternatural
Moulettes new album Preternatural really grabed me from the first second, Distorted Cello, Oboe, guitar bass drums and they all sing insane harmonies perfectly live….Audio candy

Bill HuntLiam Gale (Liam Gale & the Ponytails)
Bill HuntUpwey
Conversational, melodic, witty and hooky songwriting flood through the beautiful ebb and flow of Upwey, Hunt’s first of many offerings. The songs are hued by a consistent arrangement of drums, bass, violin and Hunt’s subtle and precise guitar style. But they don’t rely on these arrangements; each song a story, assisted by the swell of instrumentation to convey the tales that swing from the near Latin grooves of “Odalik” to the slow sexy grind of “Sea of Love”. At six tracks long, it leaves you wanting more. Perfect.

Childish GambinoSahara Beck
Childish GambinoAwaken, My Love!
Listening to this album is like switching off the real world and stepping into an original and new world. I find it very inspiring.

Oh PepThe Little Stevies
Oh Pep!Stadium Cake
I think the songwriting on Stadium Cake is really interesting. The songs take me to a place that I’m not expecting both lyrically and musically when I begin listening to them and they keep me guessing, which I absolutely love. The arrangements and production are also super cool, and I’m simply just a big fan of talented women and female partnerships doing great things in the arts.

Side PonyFanny Lumsden
Lake Street DiveSide Pony
It seriously makes me the most joy filled human ever. Side Pony is possibly my biggest songwriting envy of late and they just really nail that motown meets pop retro good times.

Nick CaveMiles O’Neil (Miles and Simone)
Nick Cave and The Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
I was scared to listen to this album due to the tragic circumstances surrounding it. Finally
mustering the courage one bright morning I listened to it through while walking beside the sea.
I stopped many times during that walk to sit and, floored, marvel at the breathtakingly
sadness and beauty captured in what is, to me and I’m sure many others, a masterpiece.

Hayden CalninForest Falls
Hayden CalninCut Love Pt 1/2
Hayden is an absolute stayer of the Melbourne music scene, but it’s for good reason. This record is world-class. Sparse, rich, cinematic, and desperate in its feel, it holds on to you long after the first listen.

Button CollectiveThe Bottlers
The Button CollectiveThe Lonesome Sea
As a softly lilting mandolin emerges from the silence of the opening track, Brodie’s haunting lyrical ballad begins to unravel the story of the heartbreak of a man, torn between travelling the lonesome sea and those who he has left behind. This beautiful yet bittersweet combination of well-travelled wordsmithing and an instrumental palate carrying a nostalgically truthful warmth, could be heard in any far-flung tavern in the dead of night, as tired candles flicker. Finishing with a raucous fling titled “Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy”, the Button Collective’s release concludes on a stirring high, twisting your arm to crave another ale. The EP’s recording, mixing and mastering add a special flair, as you hear the charismatic live-elements that give you a heart-swelling, beer-swilling singalong that you can partake in at any time. Well done fellas!

The Dreaming RoomPhia
Laura MvulaThe Dreaming Room
Her lyrics explore feminism, faith, self-worth, race, and her harmonies, arrangements and production are deep and multi-hued. One of the most exciting songwriters around, unafraid to experiment with multi-genre collaborations, like the London Symphony Orchestra and Nile Rodgers.

JoyGordon Wallace (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
The Peep TempelJoy
This is a great third album by the Melbourne based three piece that has initial flavours of 90s Aussie pub punk/bloke rock (like Cosmic Psychos) but that is just the beginning – the album is musically quite varied, with intelligent, dark, caustically humorous and often political lyrics with moments of honest beauty.

Wartime SweetheartsJoe Gould (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
Wartime SweetheartsSo Long Sparta
It’s always great when a local artist drops something as fully formed and self-assured as Louise Nutting’s second album under the Wartime Sweethearts moniker. Experimental without forgetting the songcraft, it deserves its rightful place amongst the St Vincents, Dirty Projectors and My Brightest Diamonds of the art pop world. Props to local label Art As Catharsis, whose releases in October alone spanned from Wartime Sweethearts to Hashashin’s eastern mathrock and No Haven’s dark hardcore. Eclecticism rules the day!

BeyonceTaryn La Fauci
BeyoncéLemonade
To create and release a piece of work that is so intricately linked and ordered, one you must listen to from start to finish to understand the whole was really refreshing! The film that accompanied the album was also richly interesting, deep and powerful. To address themes such as infidelity and race and then to weave them powerfully into a full album, which on release caused so much controversy and started a conversation world wide, I thought was really great.

Melody PoolKevin Mitchell (Bob Evans)
Melody PoolDeep Dark Savage Heart
Another beautiful record from the most under-rated songwriter in Australia. “Love, She Loves Me” gives me goose bumps every time.

Winter WheatFrank Turner
John K SamsonWinter Wheat
I am a long term partisan of John’s work, so it’s not surprising that I liked this record. But god-DAMN, the man just keeps delivering. This record had me in tears three times on my first listen through, and it gets better with age.

David BowieWilliam Crighton
David BowieBlackstar
My favourite album from 2016 is Blackstar from David Bowie. There were a lot of great albums but I listened to it the most.

TigallerroSteven Barnard (Arbori, Jon Cotton)
Phonte and Eric RobersonTigallerro
Smooth grooves, dope rhymes, sweet melodies. You’d be hard pressed to find another 2016 record his year that has this flow, though Anderson Paaks’ Malibu is a close second. It rolls effortlessly from track to track and the inevitable ass shaking comes with a no “slutty table top twerking” guarantee. It’s rare that a hip hop record explores what it means to be a man of sexual fidelity, a family man, and even man of faith in higher power. Getting hype or turning down, my morning wake up or my party starter, this record has been a solid find.

Julia JacklinJesse Lubitz (TinPan Orange)
Julia JacklinDon’t Let The Kids Win
This album is a gem. The more I listen to this record, the more the songs shimmer and shine with a beautiful honesty. Jacklin’s songwriting is earnest and her voice perfect – it feels like an important voice which dances delicately on a wire between mundanity and profundity.

Bon IverOliver’s Army
Bon Iver22, A Million
Although becoming more and more electronic heavy, Justin Vernon’s signature haunting melodies and dynamic vocals remain consistently endearing. I found the production to be quite bold and experimental, and I love that they’re continuing to explore their sound and push it in new directions. Sonically, it’s spacious and beautiful.

RadioheadKim Churchill
RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
My top album of 2016 has probably got to go to A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead. It really hit me at the perfect moment. I was deep in the studio and sometimes getting a bit overly flustered by how complex the process of recording can be. I think Radiohead have done something incredible in the way this album is so relaxed, so subtle, but so powerful. There is this beautiful calm confidence that I am completely in awe of. To be alive whilst their legacy is still being added to is a real treat!

Conor OberstThomas Busby (Busby Marou)
Conor OberstRuminations
Brave, personal and heart achingly real. It feels like you’re in the room with him as he’s pouring his heart out.

Iggy PopEm George
Iggy PopPost Pop Depression
It would be a total lie for me to say that I have been patiently and politely waiting for a new Iggy Pop record because I’ve been extremely impatient and downright rude, mouthing off to my vinyl copy of Lust for Life, begging to the Iggy Pop gods for a new release and then Post Pop Depression hit in March this year. Produced by Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), the entire album is gritty and dark, sharp and tight with that small hint of sadness that lies just under the surface of Iggy Pop’s music. However in true Iggy fashion, the melodies and heavy drums lift the album into something that is hard to define, taking you to another place. My pick for 2016!

KaleoGerrit Gmel (Citizen of the World)
KaleoA/B
I came across these guys on Spotify a few months ago as they were our number one associated artist then. I had never heard of them before but their album has been on repeat ever since. Their album is incredibly varied, with high-energy songs like “Way Down We Go” and soft ballads like “Save Yourself”. An emotional rollercoaster from start to finish.

Gregory PorterJoe Glover (Shelley’s Murder Boys, Backsliders)
Gregory PorterTake me to the Alley
I watched a YouTube clip of Gregory Porter performing on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert and watched it several times over, absolutely mesmerised. The album is just as mesmerising; full of soul, jazz and RnB, beautiful arrangements and Porter’s effortless delivery; just enough grit and soul to keep the jazz interesting! I listen to this album when I want something that will absolutely zone me out of where I am and what I am doing, Porter’s soothing voice is like being wrapped up in blanket and given a cup of hot cocoa.

Bruce MolskyShell Eves (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
Bruce MolskyCan’t Stay Here This a-Way
Bruce Molsky always manages to bring such a rich, unique sound to the old-time classics. His latest album is no exception. His fiddle-singin’ gives me warm fuzzies akin to sitting by a campfire under a starry sky.

David BowieJimmy Murray (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
David BowieBlackstar
It was hot, humid January afternoon driving through a sun-shower when I first listened to David Bowie’s Blackstar album. Released just 2 days after his death aged 69 this is an amazing final piece of work from this incredible artist. The hauntingly beautiful voice and instrumentation echos with songs about finality and death. Listening to this I was filled pure joy, sadness and reflection of this artist’s inspirational legacy.

Black Mountain String bandThe Plough
Black Mountain String BandTime Traveller
This year The Plough discovered the Canberra based Black Mountain String Band and can’t get enough of them. The exuberance and variety they bring to a live show is showcased beautifully in their recording. Their mix of traditional and original songs and instrumentals take the listener back in time through a landscape of high energy Old Time, Western Swing, triangle pumping Cajun and plucky Fiddle polkas. This CD’s been on high rotation in the Lancer’s CD stacker ever since it was launched in the bush capital on a chilly winters night.

TyrannamenFraser A Gorman
TyrannamenTyrannamen
A brilliant, gruff mixture of Memphis Garage-soul blended deep in a gravel filled, VB bottle of Australian 70’s pub rock. Eight tracks long, all killer no filler.

Margo PriceNick Payne (Dear Orphans)
Margo PriceMidwest Farmer’s Daughter
Margo is one of the first of a new breed of Americana artists to come out of the new epicentre of country music in East Nashville. Alongside Cale Tyson, Michaela Anne, Erin Rae, et al., these guys are playing authentic honky-tonk reminiscent of 1970s outlaw country, yet with their own fresh take. Midwest Farmer’s Daughter reminds me of the edgiest tracks from Dolly Parton, and the fact she is the first country act signed to Jack White’s Third Man Records is a testament to the quality of this album.

Oh PepJames Kenyon
Oh Pep!Stadium Cake
Stadium Cake is a brilliant album – brave arrangements, tight pop writing, great lyrics and Liv’s voice is a pleasure. I love the ambition of the album, and the assuredness the result. It’s an inspiring record

Julia JacklinAinsley Farrell
Julia JacklinDon’t Let The Kids Win
I’ve had the chance to see Julia perform these songs over the past couple years so I’ve been very excited for her album. She has an incredible songwriting talent topped by this powerful yet vulnerable voice that’ll break your heart and put it back together again all in one go. If you get the chance to see her and her band live I wouldn’t miss it.

Liz StringerMel Parsons
Liz StringerAll The Bridges
I have been a fan of Liz for a good few years now, I’m completely smitten with her voice – all husk, beauty and pain. I had high expectations for her new album, and All The Bridges delivers and then some, it’s been on repeat in my house since it arrived.

CanaryKathleen Mary Lee
CanaryI Am Lion
I like this because it is a celebration of very big, very beautiful feelings that I reckon have no other way of being celebrated other than through this kind of emotionally epic music. The lyrics are attempts at honesty and the music is always their non verbal emotional equivalent, making the album a very cathartic experience. If you want it to be. A bit of a masterpiece

Eagle and the WolfSam Buckingham
Eagle & The WolfEagle & The Wolf
Sarah brings out Kris’s sweetness and Kris brings out Sarah’s no bullshit strength – making this album the perfect balance of heart and “fuck you”. It just sounds like two musicians being real and having a ball. Awesome songwriting, perfect harmonies – it’s golden.

Sian EvansTori Forsyth
Sian EvansHow Time Has Treated Thee
This EP has only swept across my table recently but it is hands down a stand out. It makes me feel happy, sad and inspired all in one hit!

Songs From DanLucie Thorne
Dan TuffySongs From Dan
Aussie expat (now Dutch resident) and legend Dan Tuffy (Big Low, Wild Pumpkins at Midnight) has made one of my favourite albums not just of 2016 but of all time (seriously!). Co-produced by Melbourne’s Matt Walker, and recorded partly here in Melbourne, and partly in Holland, this album is an extraordinary collection from a true poet who sings straight to the heart of it all. Check it out folks!

Sian EvansHusky Gawenda (Husky)
Damien JuradoVisions Of Us On The Land
While this is Damien Jurado’s twelth album, it is the first I heard of him. Visions is a psychedelic, mystical odyssey, one that takes place within and without. The internal wanderings, the struggles and revelations, mirror an external landscape that is both beautiful and haunting. Each listen draws you further into these mirror worlds and all the while Jurado’s songs and sounds are immediately and undeniably striking.

Tracy McNeilLeah Flanagan
Tracy McNeil and the Good LifeThieves
Thieves is such an enjoyable record to listen to. It’s poppy and catchy yet underneath the veneer of fun singalong good times the songs themselves incredibly well crafted and arranged. Tracey writes a damn good song and if you’re lucky enough to see her band live, you’ll see them play those songs damn well too.

Adora EyeMusketeer
Adora EyeIf You Need A King, I’ve Been Prepared All My Life
This is probably the most raw and enduring folk album I have listened to all year. I am sure that this Swedish singer-songwriter was up all night writing this album in a smokey boat in the Stockholm harbour somewhere. You can almost see him clutching that ink pen with a red right hand, as his pet raven swings in a cage above his head eating dead beetles.

Hiss Golden MessengerDave Powys (The Paper Kites)
Hiss Golden MessengerHeart Like A Levee
I heard this album playing in a record store in London, and as I flicked through racks of vinyl I was drawn into the melodies and depth of his song writing. Every now and then you come across an artist who really moves you, or scratches an itch you never knew you had – this album has done both for me.

The Kill Devil HillsCatherine Traicos
The Kill Devil HillsIn On Under Near Water
This album encapsulates all that I love about the The Kill Devil Hills. A mad racket of noise, it pulses with life and is as ripe with heartfelt ballads as it is with sexy, sinister, badass, guitar driven numbers. Enjoy with whiskey.

Robert Ellis10 String Symphony
Robert EllisRobert Ellis
His first self-produced effort combines thoughtfully crafted songs with unique and interesting arrangements, expertly performed by him and his killer band. It’s the full package real deal and we love it so much.

The Dead MaggiesThe Dead Maggies
The Cloves and The TobaccoAcross The Horizon
TCATT are one of many celt-punk bands making great music in Java, and this album is a standout. It’s straight up driving celtic punk, with big powerful singalong choruses that tug the heartstrings. Good arrangements and musicianship help make this album great. We played with them in their hometown of JogJakarta, in the attic of a vegetarian cafe. The power cut out just before the gig, so the bands went ahead and played unplugged, it was a great moment of sweaty singalongs.

Howe GelbMark Moldre
Howe GelbFuture Standards
Late night meanderings. Laid back, whisky infused jazz piano. Wordplay and lyrical twists that stand alongside the wit of Ira Gershwin and Hoagy Carmichael with the quiet phrasing of Chet Baker. Gelb continues to walk to his own beat – confounding expectations whilst smashing and recreating genres. His history has always hinted towards a love of jazz and occasionally detoured into Monk style musings – here Gelb embraces it wholeheartedly.

TullaraSian Evans
TullaraBetter Hold On
Earthy folk and roots with a dash of dirty grunge, Tullara presents her debut EP Better Hold On. Featuring her superb guitar slinging and percussive finger tapping wizardry, genius pop-roots arrangements and powdery vocals; it’s as if an Aussie Taylor Swift, John Butler and Andy Mckee were entrapped in a love triangle and spawned gold threads of wild honesty weaving together this admirable little Roots record. It’ll jerk a tear and invoke a bit of primal badass equally.

TaliskJake Pember (The Button Collective)
TaliskAbyss
Ever since first hearing Mohsen Amini’s amazing concertina playing earlier this year I have been a little bit obsessed with this band. They have the perfect blend of traditional and modern styles, and each member has such command of their instruments that every track feels as natural and flowing as a conversation.

Max SavageKaurna Cronin
Max SavageTrue Believers
Max has a brilliant ability to invite his audiences into the narrative of his works. With brilliant imagery and musicianship True Believers captures a great snapshot of true Australian culture, while also creating a great sense of nostalgia by grasping that 80’s Australian rock sound perfectly. The perfect soundtrack for an Australian road trip or any suburban household.

Nick CaveAlex L’Estrange
Nick Cave and The Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
Amongst all the huge artists that dropped albums in 2016, and the loads of Australian artists that arguably dropped career highlights (Ball Park Music, These Guy, D.D Dumbo), there was one album that I found myself frequently listening to, uninterrupted, alone on the hi-fi, and that was Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. It’s not necessarily my favourite, I think it’s an impossible task to name a favourite, but it was the first album that came to mind for this list, and that means more than anything. Hearing it coupled with the film One More Time With Feeling was challenging, given its subject matter. But its atmosphere was expertly executed; dynamic, fluid, smooth and heartbreaking. The rooms of Air, La Frette and Retreat studios are beautifully on display in songs like “Girl in Amber”, where the wispy backing vocals of The Bad Seeds hauntingly resonate across the walls. These contrast the desperate and almost maddening mantras of “I Need You”. What makes it a truly extraordinary album, is that it isn’t just doom and gloom. ‘Skeleton Tree’ doesn’t dwell on tragedy, it addresses it as part of the human condition, and there is an underlying beauty in that.

William CrightonClaire Ann Taylor
William CrightonWilliam Crighton
The storytelling and the whole atmosphere created by Crighton on this album is incredible. His dark, brooding voice and emotive style of delivery, commanded my attention from the first moment I heard it.

Andy ShaufWilliam Fitzsimmons
Andy ShaufThe Party
This was my favorite album of the year for one simple reason: MELODY!!! Andy is everything that’s right about classic “pop” music; never playing a note without a damn good reason for doing so, and songwriting that makes you feel something deep in your gut. He’s the worthy musical son of Harry Nilsson that we’ve longingly been waiting for.

LuciusRuby Boots
LuciusGood Grief
I have to choose this album because I’m still, since its release, pulling away the layers on it. Although it’s a predominantly pop record, the lyrical content and melodic arrangements are so intelligent and accessible all at once – a fine line that is hard to walk. The girls’ voices are otherworldly and tend to make me forget where I am and what I’m doing every time I put this album on. I still can’t get enough of it.

WetLacey Cole (Lazy Colts)
WetDon’t You
If you have a soft spot for B-grade pop ballads/R&B this Brooklyn-based three piece may just have written the soundtrack of your 90s-nostalgia drenched dreams. Their latest album Don’t You is a not-so-guilty pleasure of mine. Helmed by the stunning front-woman Kelly Zutrau, her unusual vocal inflections and impassioned delivery suggest an emotional complexity in what may otherwise be confused as banal sentiments (one song is called “Baby, You’re The Best”). Once combined with the lush production and rhythms of the band – assigned with the noble task of turning tears into toe-tappers – these songs are wonderfully earnest, rarely overwrought and exactly what you need right now.

James KenyonJoe Murphy (The Timbers)
James KenyonImagine You Are Driving
I have been lucky enough to see James play a couple of times. His beautifully crafted songs are reminiscent of great songwriters like Paul Kelly. The album is a stunning representation of his work.

JRHMabel Windred-Wornes (Charm of Finches)
Josh Rennie-HynesFurthermore
I love this album. It’s got so much warmth, it’s spacious. I listen to it late at night doing my homework and it’s so calming. It’s like the energy he captured recording it in the hills of Woodford transmits. We met him at Bendigo Blues and Roots Fest this year and felt we’d discovered a rare gem. He’s an amazing songwriter.

Tom BrosseauMatt Bauer
Tom BrosseauNorth Dakota Impressions
Beautiful storytelling, vivid imagery, and an incredible sense of place. I’ve always loved Tom’s records and he’s at the top of his game here writing about his native North Dakota.

Jim JamesTimberwolf
Jim JamesEternally Even
It’s a pretty passionate political plea and America needed a timely voice. He even released it the day before election day. I think his voice is very much from another world, so that’s an important “third person” kind of perspective. It’s a well sequenced collection of songs, and I really love the warm psych and soul inspired production/composition. Maybe I’m just biased because I know that Jim James and Blake Mills would make up my sonic dream-team.

Nigel WearneJustin Bernasconi (The Stillsons)
Nigel WearneDrawing Circles
Nigel has really forged his own fingerpicking techniques on both the banjo and guitar on this album, and his voice tenderly delivers every song with intense concern and passion. Just check out the live version of the title track.

The Kill Devil HillsMark ‘Looch’ Lewis – (Wifey/Handsome Young Strangers)
The Kill Devil HillsIn On Under Near Water
I have always loved this band. In all their incarnations and styles whether that is folk, country, gospel, rock or what I call the “WA dirge” (Kim Salmon, Drones type bass driven tunes). Hard to believe it is now 12 years since the release of their debut Heathen Songs when that “Drinkin’ Too Much” song first got my attention. And while it has been 7 years since the last studio album Man You Should Explode, the good news is that I reckon this is the most cohesive album yet. Cracking harmonies, great playing and strong tunes. Tracks like “The Nets”, “Chinese Burns” and notably “The Kid” are 3 of the best tunes they have released. Let’s hope there is more output and touring to come.

Austin LucasMatt Golotta (The Sweet Jelly Rolls)
Austin LucasBetween the Moon & the Midwest
I spend a fair bit of time on the road traveling to see my partner and this record became the perfect traveling companion for me. Took a few listens to get into and also realise it’s a concept album which draws from Lucas’ own past experiences. Without spoiling the outcome, it follows the luckless musician Richard, his partner Kristie Rae and his best friend William. It features killer song writing with pedal steel, twangy tele, country influences with punk rock subtlety, numerous guest vocals from the likes of John Moreland and Corey Brannan, and a cracker duet with Lydia Loveless “Wrong Side of the Dream”, dealing with the struggles and plights that many musicians face. My song of the record is “William”, the solo acoustic number at the end that makes you feel like you’ve just been kicked in the guts. Songwriting at its finest.

Cody JinksAndrew Cavalieri (The Sweet Jelly Rolls)
Cody JinksI’m Not the Devil
Raw, honest and heartache. That is this album! The first track really sets the mood for the rest of the album, but is broken up by “Chase This Song” which is a damn banger of a driving song! The outlaw vibe flowing from Junks’ music really prepares you for some hard times and disappointment in life. Bloody hell I love this album! Honorable mentions: Murlocs – Young Blindness, Jonny Fritz – Sweet Creep and Mudcrutch – 2.

Wartime SweetheartsLaura Bishop (Chaika)
Wartime SweetheartsSo Long Sparta
A killer voice, some super awesome writing skills, and an obsession with bodybuilders (hello Ms Olympia!) make this my favourite album of 2016. Wartime Sweethearts, aka singer-keyboardist-loop artist-songwriter Louise Nutting, signed to Art As Catharsis Records this year and released an album full of all the beats and electric piano and vocal harmony sounds that I like to hear (and I wish I could make) – and my favourite track “Figure It In, Figure It Out” has all the unexpected twistings and turnings of chord progressions that I wish I could write. One day Chaika will make sounds like this! One day…

Neil YoungTristan Goodall (The Audreys)
Neil YoungPeace Trail
Well with everyone saying we should just put 2016 behind us (although to be honest we should probably be approaching 2017 with a little trepidation too) I’ve decided not to dig too deeply into the past when thinking of my favorite record release of the year. I’ve loved many, but my recent love is the just-released 37th album by Neil Young. Peace Trail is short, musically experimental within its tight three piece band approach, and lyrically angry and poignant. I love it for the drummer’s drummer Jim Keltner and the way his delicate touch chases Neil’s quirky phrasing around the songs. I love it because it captures another freeze frame moment from a restless and undaunted songwriter, and I love it, of course, for those mighty guitar tones.

Davey CraddockLachlan Bryan
Davey CraddockCity West
2016 was a great year for my friends releasing good music. Melody Pool comes to mind, as do The Weeping Willows, Henry Wagons, Ange Boxall and Bill Jackson. It’s actually really hard to contribute to a “best of” list when you’re close to many of the artists – it’s hard to be objective – even after I rule out the records I was actually involved in making. Actually – it’s always hard to be objective, whether you know the artists or not. Furthermore, judging a whole body of work is hard – and for me, more than ever, 2016 was the year of the song (as opposed to the album or EP). And as songs go, the one that’s really stuck with me this year is the song “Number 9” by Davey Craddock. I love the cricket references. I asked Davey if he was a diehard cricket fan like me. He’s not. I was bitterly disappointed.

The Stray BirdsThe Mae Trio
The Stray BirdsMagic Fire
The Stray Birds made our fave album of 2014 and they’ve done it again in spectacular style with Magic Fire. It’s everything about this album and this band, the playing, the three part harmony and songs that are unabashed, true and unadorned. Magic Fire is a reminder of the things that matter, it’s definitely a fire and maybe a little bit magic.

Tori ForsythAndrew Swift
Tori ForsythBlack Bird
This EP is right up there as one of my favourite releases of 2016. From the moment I heard the opening title track, “Black Bird”, I knew that I was in for a treat. The diversity on display within the 5 tracks of Tori Forsyth’s debut release excites me. The songs are so well crafted and presented with such a mature sound, especially for someone so young. I’m eagerly awaiting the next release from one of Australia’s most promising young songwriters.

Hayden CalninRoscoe James Irwin
Hayden CalninCut Love Pt 1
A beautiful album from Melbourne artist Hayden Calnin. Drenched in melancholy and ambient awesomeness, this album had me at hello. (One of my favourite live shows of 2016 as well).

Jordie LaneNadine Budge (The Stetson Family)
Jordie Lane & The SleepersGLASSELLLAND
Have to say I’ve been particularly digging Jordie Lane’s GLASSELLLAND this last couple of months – with mighty input from the multi-talented Clare Reynolds. Let’s face it, Jordie’s a bit of an all-round talented guy!

Melody PoolDavey Craddock
Melody PoolDeep Dark Savage Heart
One of my fave local album’s of the year was Melody Pool’s Deep Dark Savage Heart. I’m a sucker for strings and a massive chorus and I love the way the songs build from really intimate, delicate and ornate passages into full-blown, wailing-on-a-mountain top with Stevie Nicks, 100 soaring bats and a thunderstorm moments. I saw her launch it at the Abbotsford Convent earlier this year and it was a really powerful and affecting show for me.

Methyl EthylTim Guy
Methyl Ethel – “No.28”
I know it’s not an album, but I’ve listened to this song more than any other this year, and it only came out a little while back. It has a lot going for it – great rhythm behind a smart piece of songwriting and then the whole thing is bathed in a deep silver mercury type thing. An Australian classic I swear.

DocksThe Staves
Amanda BergmanDocks
Our favourite album of 2016 is Docks by Amanda Bergman. Her voice is utterly sublime. You want to listen to every word she says. The music is dreamy, deep, soft, moody with melodies that whirr deliciously around your mind for days and weeks on end.

Katie BriannaRaechel Whitchurch
Katie BriannaVictim or the Heroine
I picked this album up when Katie and I did a songwriters showcase together. Sitting beside her listening to her songs was so magical – her voice is one of the most enchanting I have ever heard and her lyrics hit you right in the feels every time. Reminds me of a young Lucinda!

James KenyonMandy Connell (Stray Hens)
James KenyonImagine You Are Driving
James’ lyrics have that magic of time and place usually associated with voices like Paul Kelly or Bruce Springsteen. You can practically smell his scenes. You’re there. This album captures the voice but better than that, like a Tim Winton book, its a record that makes you present in Kenyon’s stories.

Jordie LaneLiz Stringer
Jordie Lane & The SleepersGLASSELLLAND
It’s no secret that Jordie Lane and I are good mates. We grew up together, musically speaking, and I am more familiar with his work than with most other artist’s. His new album, his first full-length release in five years, is called GLASSELLLAND, recorded by Jordie himself in various make-shift recording spaces in North Los Angeles and co-produced by his fiercely talented partner, Clare Reynolds, who also co-wrote half of the songs and sings and plays a heap of instruments on the record. Jordie’s songwriting and musicianship continue to evolve and stretch out with the years and these songs, and the way they’re recorded, ache with longing while driving forward with a swagger and a playful showmanship, melodically rich and hooky as fuck. I always become a bit weepy listening to Jordie sing. And, now, the combination of him and Clare ruins me every time. Beautiful.

David BowieColin Jones (Colin Jones & The Delta Review)
David BowieBlackstar
An exceptional reflection on final days and the unknown. Every note by Bowie, McCaslin and the band emphasize the chaos and fragility of life. There is no better swansong for an artist.

A Moon Shaped PoolEmma Anglesey
RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
A Moon Shaped Pool completely surrenders to simple truths that both lie in plain sight and in the messy tangled, kicking and screaming realities of life. The epic levels of angst in the opening track “Burn the Witch” are like an exorcism – Jonny Greenwood’s sharp string arrangement take you right to the edge – and then from there it’s like Alice falling through the rabbit hole of raw emotion and you go deeper and deeper.

DawesTim Hart (Boy & Bear)
DawesWe’re All Gonna Die
Some of the best lyric writing welded on to some pretty simple, but catchy, pop songs. Produced by Blake Mills (Alabama shakes, Laura Marling), this is a great record start to finish if you can forgive some slightly John Mayer sounding guitars that pop their head up from time to time. This I the record I keep coming back to this year

Oh PepRebecca Bastoli
Oh Pep!Stadium Cake
I don’t think I have ever been so entranced, excited or exhausted by the journey of listening to an album start to finish.

Bon IverDustin Tebbutt
Bon Iver22, A Million
Bon Iver has once again exceeded expectations on this release. It’s both familiar and foreign, delicately coloured, softly focused yet angular and stark. It’s brave, honest and all the things that I loved about Justin’s earlier works, without coming close to formulaic. It’s colloquial and conversational, yet inherently profound. Incredible stuff both musically and sonically.

Margo PriceJosie Rothwell (Peasant Moon)
Margo PriceMidwest Farmer’s Daughter
There’s something comforting about Margo Price’s debut album, almost like I’d listened to it before, but not in an overly familiar sort of way. Perhaps there’s something in her glorious voice that reminds me of my parent’s Dolly Parton records. She’s a great story teller, and I want to know more about her heartaches and headaches, particularly when accompanied by her crack band. I’m also proud to say my 4 year daughter keeps calling for “Hurtin’ (on the Bottle)” when we’re in the car – and I can’t think of anything else I’d want her to be listening to right now.

BJ BarthamHarvey Russell (Peasant Moon)
BJ BarhamRockingham
It pains me to say this but BJ Barham’s new-found sobriety has coincided with a serious coming of age as a songwriter. Taking a (very) short break from American Aquarium duties, BJ’s solo release (a genuine side-project) is seriously hard-hitting stuff. It rivals Aquarium’s 2012 release Burn. Flicker. Die. for intensity, but of a completely different nature. With sparse arrangements (often acoustic) Barham, as storyteller, gives you an uncensored and unashamed glimpse into how rural America has been left behind. Not for the faint hearted.

William CrightonSam Newton
William CrightonWilliam Crighton
I’d caught Crighton perform a bunch of times at local venues around Sydney and really dug his tune (and especially the music video) “Woman Like You” prior to this album’s release. So I was anticipating this release. Really excited for it. I was stoked when I heard that he and producer Matt Sherrod came through with the goods. Big time. Highlights for me are “Riverina Kid”, “Priest” and “2000 Clicks”. In my mind, this one is about as strong as debut albums get.

Chaim TannenbaumEliza Carthy
Chaim TannenbaumChaim Tannenbaum
The album that I have most enjoyed and most visited this year is the debut of the kind, quiet genius Chaim Tannenbaum (Storysound Records). I’ve had the privilege of working with Chaim over the years but it was only recently I realised that I have lived with his distinctive voice and gorgeous humility since I first began to love music. It’s his voice that forms the third harmony in “Complainte pour St Catherine” on the first McGarrigle sisters’ album, a song I played over and over as a child until you could almost see through the record, and he has been quiet companion and producer to theirs and their extended family’s work ever since. It’s somewhat typical of his humility that he has waited this long to make an album, produced by his dear longtime friend and collaborator Loudon Wainwright III. It’s a collection of avuncular stories told in his gorgeously expressive voice with beautiful, minimal production. Some trad, some conversational originals covering everything from the fate of the baseball stadium Ebbets Field to living in a depressing grey London in the endless rain in the 1960s. An album to listen to with your eyes closed by the fire. Again and again, and again.

PinegroveQuinton Trembath
PinegroveCardinal
The lyrics on this album read like the private diary of a well spoken (and well read) guy filled with both anxiety and excitement for life. The musicianship and dynamics complement this introspectiveness well, making it perfectly suited for intense solo listening as well as for being cranked on road trips with friends.

Sean McMahonAlison Ferrier
Sean McMahon and the MoonMenShiner
Sean McMahon’s laid back yet somehow intense vocal brings this fantastic collection of songs to life in my living room. Shiner’s ragged elegance is full of the sort of raunchy country rock I can’t get enough of. Stand out tracks for me: “Shiner” and “Here Comes the Night Again”.

WhitneyEddie Boyd
WhitneyLight Upon the Lake
This album just grew and grew on me since my first listen. Simple, catchy tunes that make me wanna dance or go driving for a long time. I think Whitney nailed everything about this album – the instrumentation, the production, obviously the songs. Also, they’re heaps good live.

Secret PathThe Once
Gord DownieSecret Path
The Tragically HipMan Machine Poem
This year was a hard year in Canadian Music. We have a fella here by the name of Gord Downie. He is a legend. He has helped raise Canadians to be more real with his music. He is the frontman for the band The Tragically Hip. There are not many people in Canada who don’t know who The Hip are. Their music has become part of our DNA. Gord, this year, made a statement saying he has terminal brain cancer so he obviously fighting for the men and women of the north. The folks that have needed a voice for far too long. He is being that voice. He is showing us how to be Canadian and that we can’t be without acknowledging the needs of all of our people, without respecting all of our people. This year, instead of succumbing to his illness, he put out two albums. One with The Hip and one solo. Here they are. They are magic and will go down in history in our great nation. It’s amazing to watch one man build his second legacy.

Cash SavageJessica Cassar (Jep and Dep)
Cash Savage & The Last DrinksOne Of Us
This has everything you want from a record. It’s dirty and beautiful, and dark as hell. Cash sings with a thunderous anguish that cracks, rumbles and echoes so perfectly any sorrow you might have ever had. And like any good storm, the album’s darkness reveals a little light, one that roars some sort of painful end, or much needed beginning. I love this record!

Tracy McNeilGretta Ziller
Tracy McNeil & The GoodlifeThieves
I’ll be the first to admit I’m late to the game when it comes to Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife. I caught their set at Out on the Weekend and was captivated! Their 2016 album Thieves is just so dang easy to listen to, I will confess it is turning into a “chilling on the deck summer favourite” of mine! Please, if you haven’t already, pick up or download a copy of this album and chill!!

Bill JacksonRosie McDonald (RAPT, Trippy Hippy Band, Seanchas)
Bill JacksonThe Wayside Ballads Vol. 2
Bills’ reputation had preceded him before I heard him at Fairlight folk with Ruth Hazelton and Pete Fiddler. I grabbed the opportunity to contribute to his The Wayside Ballads Vol. 2 crowd funding campaign to get Bill and Pete over to Nashville to record with some very fine session players. Bill kept me updated with postcards and messages so I felt like a sideline cheerer in this whole project. Then the CD arrived! Magnificent songs, co-written with Bills’ brother Ross. Bills’ time worn voice, rich and mellow, rootsy, Americana-ish but very very homegrown, local accent, stories big and small, tender and big hearted. Pete’s playing shines in amongst the session guys, a great listen. Music for travel, the cabin, the verandah, anywhere.

Kate Burke and Pete WildMelanie Horsnell
Kate Burke and Pete WildLive at St Peters
In my small town we have the most marvellous artists touring through, but I also love our sweet locals, and I adore this live record by Kate Burke and Pete Wild. Pete Wild’s “Mars 1” is a love song about a person who goes on the Mars mission leaving his forever love behind, the Martin-Martin song is an old village favourite and the last love song between Doris and Arthur makes me giggle and lament at the same time. And I adore playing Kate Burkes version of Frozen Man on repeat when everything in life gets a bit much.

MontaigneGretta Ray
MontaigneGlorious Heights
My favourite record that was released in 2016 is without a doubt, Montaigne’s Glorious Heights. What impresses me most about this record is the fact that it is rather evident that the artist went into this project with the intention of experimenting with her sound and taking risks, drawing inspiration from a range of her influences and assuring that each song conveyed a slightly different emotion from the previous track. I believe it was this approach of 20-year-old Jess Sero’s (Montainge) that resulted in the production of what I perceive to be a very imaginative and bold debut album. This record showcases the fact that Jess has, unquestionably, one of the strongest and most commanding voices in the Australian music industry, this being exemplified through the outstanding production and arrangements of the songs that make up Glorious Heights. As well as this, each song is demonstrative of Jess’ incredibly clever and unique songwriting, which I cannot wait to hear more of in years to come; the simplicity yet complexity and quirkiness of a lyric such as “when you touch my skin, I think ‘this isn’t boring'” makes one ponder on such a line, as Jess’ way of writing is different, daring and something that never fails to make me smile. Glorious Heights made me so very excited about how extravagant pop music is becoming in this day and age, and on the whole made me very proud to be a young woman in the Australian music scene.

WhitneyTreetop Flyers
WhitneyLight Upon the Lake
I first started hearing about this band online, so was waiting for the album with anticipation. When it dropped I must have played it back to back straight away, which rarely happens. They are hard to put in a genre, which is really great. No Woman is one of our faves of the year. They are great live and do a version’s of NRBQ’s Magnet, so happy campers over here.

Drive By TruckersShane Nicholson
Drive-By TruckersAmerican Band
In a year of many great records, this stands tall above the crowd. It’s everything I love about the Truckers: gutsy and raw, clever and thoughtful, sometimes irreverent and full of attitude, and sometimes tender and restrained. Imagine a bastard-child born to Son Volt, Matthew Ryan and Uncle Tupelo, but all dressed up in those well-worn and unmistakable Drive-By Truckers clothes. How could that not make for the coolest kid on the block this year?

Conor OberstJack Carty
Conor OberstRuminations
It’s bloody beautiful in its simplicity. Gorgeous songs performed honestly. It seems like every track is a complete performance and any imperfections only enhance the sincerity of it all for me. Such an incredibly good songwriter.

Hayes CarllThe Weeping Willows
Hayes CarllLovers and Leavers
Lovers and Leavers is Hayes Carll’s most personal, introspective and “exposed” album to date, both in terms of the intimate, confessional songwriting and the stripped back arrangements, reminiscent of Heartbreaker era Ryan Adams, never saying too much – or too little. This intimacy draws you in, while Carll’s vulnerability captures you and takes you on a journey through heartache and reflection. Hayes was always in good hands with dynamic duo Joe Henry (producer) and Ryan Freeland (engineer) at the wheel, steering gently towards a common, graceful goal. Henry’s arrangements are characteristically unique yet elegant and tasteful, while Freeland brings his trademark clarity and warmth. Check it out if you’re fans of the late, great Guy Clark and/or Townes Van Zandt or fellow Texans, Steve Earle and Kevin Welch. Stand out tracks: “Sake of The Song”, “The Magic Kid” and “Drive”.

Iggy PopKelly Day (Broads)
Iggy PopPost Pop Depression
Sometimes you’ll find a record that makes you feel high from the moment it begins. Iggy’s new album, channelled through the hooky sounds of Josh Homme and given a Bowie-esque lean, made me grin like a mad person. And then immediately take it for another spin.

Robert EllisMegan Cooper
Robert EllisRobert Ellis
I was waiting to go on air for an interview. While we were pfaffing around getting ready “The High Road” came on. I pretended I knew who Robert Ellis was when I was advised who the artist was that had pretty much hypnotised me in 30 seconds flat. I went out and paid cash money for the album the next day. Every song got me on first listen. Cinematic moments. Super personal bits. Non-standard approaches. Aspirational.

PassengerSam Brittain
PassengerYoung As The Morning, Old As The Sea
Mike has always had a wonderful way of crafting simple and memorable melodies. Combine this with his always captivating lyrics and you have a master songwriter who’s tunes that sneak their way into your day. Songs that sooner or later without realising you find yourself humming whilst waiting in line for your morning coffee. Although often his storytelling veers on on the darker side of heartbreak and loss this latest album has a lighter touch, proving Passenger is and a yard stick for the aspiring modern folk troubadour. A dynamic artist who’s albums have been true to his own brand since day one. Additionally his band on this record are also fantastic live. I recently caught his show to a sold out Vicar Street in Dublin, it was one I won’t soon forget.

Bon IverAde Vincent (The Tiger and Me)
Bon Iver22, A Million
Another great record from Bon Iver – I have loved all three so far. I like how it also pushes into some new and interesting territory with the production. The auto-tuned a cappella of “715 – CR∑∑KS” is a particular highlight

Margaret GlaspyMaia Marsh
Margaret GlaspyEmotions and Math
It makes me feel really empowered whenever I listen to it, as a woman myself playing music. The songs are strong, guitar tone is great and her voice has this amazing growl that cuts through a sincere sensitivy at the same time.

BlondDirewolf
Frank OceanBlond
My hat is profusely off to an artist who can seamlessly bridge so many facets of musical integrity. What I mean by that nonsensical shit is that the entire record is some kind of highly strung soundboard (literally) which either sends you flying high just to get high, or high because you’re just too fucking upset. “Skyline To” and “Seigfried” are perfect examples. The whole collective arrangement kills me too, it’s like listening to recent Bon Iver whilst playing Sega in a radio store – the musicality is superb. I could say a lot more, but I’ll safely surrender by saying it definitely influenced the direction of my mind in doing another record.

Bon IverWildwood Kin
Bon Iver22, A Million
Easily. We’ve never heard anything quite like it. It’s just genius.

Tattletale SaintsGeorge Jackson (The Company, Buffalo Nickel, One Up, Two Down)
Tattletale SaintsTattletale Saints
Nashville based, New Zealand duo Tattletale Saints released their self-titled, second album this year, and it’s beautiful. Cy Winstanley (Guitars, Vocals) can pen songs with the best of them, his offerings on this album range from self-reflective and insightful, to sometimes cynical and cutting but always with a masterful craftsmanship. Vanessa McGown (Double Bass, Vocals) provides both solid and virtuosic Double Bass playing and vintage tinged country vocals. The new album is definitely a departure from their earlier acoustic recordings – but for a new fan, like me coming along, this is a bold and engaging listen complete with a production dripping in vintage tones and depth. Listen, and enjoy!

Genni KaneBill Jackson
Genni KaneSelfies
Ex-member of seminal Australian band, The Flying Emus, Genni Kane has a voice that can’t be denied. This long awaited record shows she is also a very gifted songwriter and the opening track “Little White Dog” is the beginning of a beautiful journey that deserves your attention.

Nancy KerrRuth Hazleton (http://www.billjacksonmusic.com/, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton)
Nancy KerrInstar
A heady mix of poetry, politics and social commentary, Nancy Kerr’s Instar is an achingly beautiful collection of original songs framed within the landscape of traditional folk music. Beautifully performed and produced, Instar is, without doubt, one of the masterpieces of folk from 2016 and a work that will inform the tradition for a long time to come.

Fanny LumsdenThe Pigs
Fanny LumsdenSmall Town Big Shot
This album is full of great songs written from Fanny’s heart. She’s the real McCoy. Whenever we see her play live her songs get stuck in our head for weeks after. “Bravest Of Hearts”, “Soapbox” and “Don’t Let The Bastards Get You Down” are just a few of the crackers on this rekid. This is a breath of fresh air for Australian Country Music. We love Fanny! More… More…

Side PonyHannah Acfield (The Acfields)
Lake Street DiveSide Pony
Give me a bit of 60’s sounding soul any day of the week! The songs are catchy, nice melodies and make you wanna move. I’m a sucker for a sterling vocalist. This was fav album for me.

Julia JacklinWillowy
Julia JacklinDon’t Let The Kids Win
An album about the little things in life that somehow manages to sum up the bigger things as well, cutting right through the mess to the heart of it all. Beautifully written and perfectly executed. It’s lovely to see an artist from the Sydney folk music family reaching great heights with an exceptional debut album.

John FlanaganSal Kimber (Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel)
John FlanaganThere’s Another Way To Where You’re Going

Bill ChambersRicky Pann (The Willing Ponies)
Bill ChambersCold Trail
Jen MizeWarnings and Wisdom
Sam BushStoryman
Bill Chambers is an Australian Journeyman troubadour. Songwriter, producer, sideman and front man, Bills live shows have influenced many and earned him a legion of devoted fans. Cold trail is Bills first studio album in four years and reminds the rock pop acts infiltrating modern country of where the heart of country lies. Cold Trail is a collection of honky-tonk “life lived” country that is the real deal. Produced by Bill and Recorded at his son Nash Chambers foggy mountain studios, Cold Trail is a world class record that draws on many influences to deliver country authenticity with Aussie perspective. A cracker record.
It’s a long way from Jen Mize roots in the Appliacian mountains of Georgia and North Carolina as a decedent of Lumbee Tribe of native Americans to the Sunshine coast of Queensland. Jen Mize is the real deal in every respect. An American songwriter with an incredible voice delivering an album packed with dynamic, well-crafted songs that’s all killer no filler. Shane Nicholson’s earthy production, arrangments and playing provide a tastefully rich sonic pallet that does this fine singer justice. The album glides from old-timey to traditional country and honky tonk, setting a very high bar of authenticity. An absolute stand out record.
Sixty-four-year-old Sam Bush has many stories to tell as a musician, innovator, writer and singer. One of my favourite musicians on the planet, Sam is a bluegrass master and the father of newgrass music spawned from his groundbreaking band the New Grass Revival. Sam is arguably one of the most influential mandolin players in history having played with just about everyone from Bill Monroe to Leon Russell. This record is a collection of finely crafted songs with a crack band featuring vocals from Emmylou Harris and Alison Kraus. A masterful record.

Sam Newton Announces East Coast Tour

Sam Newton
Image Courtesy of Sam Newton

Sydney based singer-songwriter Sam Newtown has announced that he’s hitting the road next month to support his latest album Set In Stone with a string of east coast dates. Newton will be joined on stage by a bunch of amazing artists including Gretta Ziller (Melbourne), Mogadishu Family Band (Coogee), Kyle Taylor (Aireys Inlet), Collingwood Casanovas (Canberra) and more.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 5th February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 11th February – The Bunker, Coogee, NSW
Friday 12th February – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 13th February – Aireys Pub, Aireys Inlet, VIC
Saturday 20th February – The Roundabout Inn, Gloucester, NSW
Saturday 27th February – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 28th February – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW

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