Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th November


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The National Folk Festival dropped a huge lineup in their first major announcement for 2018 including Breabach, Lindsay Lou, Steve Poltz, Cara, Ten Strings and A Goat Skin, Gina Williams, Amistat, Bush Gothic, Cat and Clint, Chaika, Charm of Finches, Chordwainers, Chris Duncan, Catherine and Jennifer Strutt, Chris While and Julie Matthews, The Coconut Kids, Daniel Champagne, Fred Smith, The Good Lovelies, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Hat Fitz and Cara, John Flanagan Trio, Marcia Howard, Ryan Garth and Emily Wolfe, Sparrow-Folk, The Tassie Devil’s Own Band, The Western Flyers and more. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Tom Stephens unveiled his new project Tesse including the new single “I’ll Tell You In The Morning”. Details here

– English indie-folk trio The Staves finally make it to Australia next year for a headline tour. Details here

– Gospel-folk duo The Welcome Wagon released their new album Light Up the Stairs. Details here

– We premiered a stream of the new Andrew Swift single “Reckless Desires” as well as sharing details about his upcoming album. Details here

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit announced Bluesfest sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne with Deer Tick in support. Details here

Grizzly Bear announced full Australian tour dates. Details here

– Kiwi country singer Marlon Williams revealed details of his upcoming album as well as announcing Australian tour dates next year with The Weather Station. Details here

The Pierce Brothers release their new EP My Tired Mind today. Details here

Releases This Week

Karine Polwart
A Pocket Of Wind ResistanceKarine Polwart

Leah Flanagan
Oceanic SessionsLeah Flanagan

Pierce Brothers
My Tired MindPierce Brothers

The Welcome Wagon
Light Up the StairsThe Welcome Wagon

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Lindi Ortega

Lindi Ortega

Canadian alt-country queen Lindi Ortega bookends her shows in Sydney and Melbourne this week with spots at the Mullum Music Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival

Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 19th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 21st November – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th November – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Gigs Next Week

A Weekend in The Gardens feat. Paul Kelly, Steve Earle, Middle Kids
Friday 17th November – Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, VIC

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 17th November – CullyFest, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Tuesday 21st November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 22nd November – Metropole, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Alex The Astronaut
Saturday 18th November – The Plot, Parramatta Park, NSW

Ash Grunwald
Friday 17th November – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Sunday 19th November – Theatre Royal Castlemaine, Castlemaine, VIC

Ashlea Reale
Sunday 19th November – Rockingham Spring Fair, Rockingham, WA
Friday 24th November – Dôme Waikiki, Waikiki, WA

Ayleen O & The Croxton City Shake-Up
Saturday 18th November – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th November – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Friday 24th November – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

Ben Salter
Sunday 19th November – MONA, Hobart, TAS

Bernard Fanning
Friday 24th November – Granada Tavern, Hobart, TAS
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Brian Campeau & Alice Terry
Thursday 23rd November – The Fitzroy Pinnacle, Melbourne, VIC

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds
Friday 17th November – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 21st November – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th November – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 17th November – Towradgi Beach Hotel & Waves, Towradgi, NSW
Saturday 18th November – Lighthouse Folk Festival, Norah, NSW
Sunday 19th November – Moorebeer Brewing Co, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 24th November – Parkes Leagues Club, Parkes, NSW

Candice McLeod
Friday 17th November – House Concert, Warrnambool, VIC

Cat & Clint
Sunday 19th November – The Taproom – Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC

Catherine Traicos
Friday 17th November – Petersham Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Chris Jagger
Friday 17th November – Retreat Hotel, Brunswick, VIC
Saturday 18th November – Saints & Sailors, Portarlington, VIC
Sunday 19th November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Christian Patey w/ Sepora, Elizabeth Hughes
Friday 17th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Clare Bowditch
Sunday 19th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Claude Hay
Friday 17th November – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Claymore, Rich Davies and the Low Road
Friday 24th November – The Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 24th November – Wyreena Music Cafe, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Toowoomba, QLD

Datson Hughes
Friday 17th November – Live and free @ Brat Cave, Brisbane, QLD

Dean Lewis
Friday 17th November – Adelaide Uni Bar, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 22nd November – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 24th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Devil Goat Family String Band
Saturday 18th November – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Devil on the Rooftop
Friday 17th November – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th November – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, VIC

Don’t Do Me Like That – A Tribute to Tom Petty feat. Alannah Russack, Bow Campbell, Morgana Ancone, Jason Walker, Johnny G, Lozz Benson, Sam Shinazzi, Maxine Kauter, Bryan Estepa, Peta Caswell, Mark NaNa, Monica McMahon, Tom Stone, Adam Young
Friday 24th November – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Echo Deer w/ Whiskey Dram and Hannah Czaban
Saturday 18th November – The Pinnacle, Melbourne, VIC

Ella Belfanti
Saturday 18th November – Republica, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd November – Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Fairlight Folk feat. Sancha & the Blue Gypsies, Dave Calandra
Saturday 18th November – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 24th November – Lacmalac Soldiers Memorial Hall, Lacmalac, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Vance Gilbert, Liz Stringer
Wednesday 22nd November – Mount Nimmel Hall, Austinville, QLD
Thursday 23rd November – The Channon Public Hall, The Channon, NSW
Friday 24th November – Nymboida Hall, Nymboida, NSW

Figgy Folk Session
Tuesday 21st November – Figtree Pub, Figtree, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. North Easton,, Mimi Gilbert
Wednesday 22nd November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Four In The Morning
Friday 17th November – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th November – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
Tuesday 21st November – Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, Melbourne, VIC

Fraser A. Gorman w/ Tesse
Friday 17th November – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW

Frazey Ford
Friday 17th November – The Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 18th November – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Wednesday 22nd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 23rd November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 24th November – Badlands, Perth, WA

Fred Smith
Friday 17th November – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club, Hornsby, NSW
Saturday 18th November – Tradewinds Folk, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 19th November – Upper Landsdowne Hall, Upper Landsdowne, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Tuesday 21st November – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC

Grizzlee Train
Friday 17th November – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Harry James Angus
Tuesday 21st November – St Paul’s Cathedral Carpark, Melbourne, VIC

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 17th November – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC

Hollow Coves
Saturday 18th November – Parramatta Park, Parramatta, NSW

Sunday 19th November – Mudgee Brewing Co., Mudgee, NSW

Hussy Hicks & Raphael White
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Illawarra Folk Club Singer, Songwriter, Food Night
Sunday 19th November – Passionate Palate, Kanahooka, NSW

Irish Mythen
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC

James Bennett
Saturday 18th November – Rockpools, One Mile, NSW

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Saturday 18th November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

James Kenyon
Friday 17th November – House Concert, Mudgee, NSW
Saturday 18th November – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 19th November – The Junkyard Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 24th November – House Concert, Mullumbimby, NSW

JD Burgess Band
Sunday 19th November – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Jed Rowe
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Cullyfest, Toowoomba, QLD

Jemma Nicole
Saturday 18th November – Charles Weston, Melbourne, VIC

Jess Cornelius
Thursday 23rd November – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Jess Locke
Friday 17th November – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 23rd November – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Friday 24th November – The Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 17th November – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Jo Jo Smith w/ Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

John Butler Trio
Friday 17th November – The Domain, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 18th November – SummerSalt, Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, SA

Jordan Merrick
Saturday 18th November – The Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 23rd November – Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Josh Pyke w/ Harrison Storm
Thursday 23rd November – Ramsgate Hotel, Henley Beach, SA
Friday 24th November – Norwood Hotel, Norwood, SA

Jemma Beech
Sunday 19th November – George IV Inn, Picton, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 17th November – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Kasey Chambers
Wednesday 22nd November – Horsham Town Hall, Horsham, VIC
Thursday 23rd November – Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, Wangaratta, VIC
Friday 24th November – Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, Traralgon, VIC

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 17th November – Trumpet Bar, Cowes, VIC

Kirsty Lee Akers
Friday 17th November – Lithgow Workies Club & Motel, Lithgow, NSW
Saturday 18th November – Hawkesbury Hotel, Windsor, NSW
Sunday 19th November – East Cessnock Bowling Club, Cessnock, NSW

Kutcha Edwards
Friday 17th November – St Paul’s Cathedral Carpark, Melbourne, VIC

Kyle Lionhart
Friday 17th November – Leadbelly Newtown, Sydney, NSW

Liam Gerner
Friday 17th November – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 18th November – Ashbourne Memorial Hall, Ashbourne, SA
Sunday 19th November – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Lighthouse Folk Festival
Saturday 18th November – Norah Head Lighthouse, Norah Head, NSW

Likely Celts
Friday 17th November – Mozart Hall, Warrnambool, VIC

Lindi Ortega
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 19th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 21st November – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th November – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Little Georgia
Friday 17th November – Indi Bar, Perth, WA
Saturday 18th November – Settlers Tavern Margaret River, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 19th November – Clancy’s Fish Pub Dunsborough, Dunsborough, WA
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Liv Cartledge
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November – Spring Festival, Milawa, VIC
Friday 24th November – Taphouse, Bendigo, VIC

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 17th November – The Wonderland Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th November – The Montrose Cricket Club, Montrose, VIC
Sunday 19th November – St Cuthbert’s, Menzies Creek, VIC
Friday 24th November – The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Long Jetty Street Festival
Saturday 19th November – Long Jetty, NSW

Luke Escombe
Saturday 18th November – The Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW

Maddy Jane
Friday 17th November – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 18th November – Parramatta Park, Parramatta, NSW

Mandy Connell & Ben Smith
Saturday 18th November – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Mama Kin Spender
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Saturday 18th November – House Concert, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 19th November – House Concert, Marino, SA
Friday 24th November – House Concert, Perth, WA

Marlon Williams
Friday 17th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 19th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 20th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Martin Pearson
Friday 17th November – House Concert, Canberra, ACT

Melbourne Music Week
Friday 17th to Friday 24th November – Melbourne, VIC

Mia Dyson
Friday 24th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Michelle Little
Sunday 19th November – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen
Friday 17th November – Canberra Theatre Playhouse, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 18th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 19th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Monsieur Camembert
Saturday 18th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Harrietville, VIC

Mullum Music Festival
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullumbimby, NSW

My Nightingale
Saturday 18th November – The House with No Walls, Eumundi, QLD
Friday 24th November – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mustered Courage
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Mountaingrass, Harrietville, VIC

Neil Murray
Saturday 18th November – Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 19th November – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Niksta, Camille and Stuie, The Morrisons
Friday 24th November – The Manly Fig, Balgowlah Heights, NSW

Oh Pep!
Friday 24th November – Secret Show, Melbourne, VIC

Paul Kelly
Friday 17th November – Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th November – MONA Mainstage & Lawns, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 19th November – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Monday 20th November – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd November – Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 23rd November – Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Piece Brothers
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – CullyFest, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 18th November – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA

Port Fairy Spotlight Sessions feat. Marcia Howard, The Ahern Brothers, Mission Songs Project
Friday 24th November – Memo Music Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Queen Porter Stomp, Slow Ships
Friday 17th November – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Queenscliff Music Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff, VIC

Rare Child
Thursday 23rd November – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Rick Hart Trio
Sunday 19th November – The Public Brewery, Melbourne, VIC

Scott Cook & Liz Frencham
Thursday 23rd November – The Pizza and Wine Club, Kyneton, VIC

Slow Dancer
Sunday 19th November – The Porch Sessions, Hawthorn, SA
Thursday 23rd November – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW

Stella Donnelly
Friday 17th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 18th November – The Plot, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, VIC

Steve Tyson & The Train Rex
Friday 17th November – FogHorn Brewhouse, Erina, NSW
Saturday 18th November – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 19th November – The Commercial Boutique Hotel, Tenterfield, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Kave Bar, Newport, NSW
Friday 24th November – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Strawberry Fields
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Tocumwal, NSW

SummerSalt feat. John Butler Trio, Missy Higgins
Saturday 18th November – Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, SA

Surrey Hills Music Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre, Melbourne, VIC

The Audreys
Friday 24th November – Lyrebird Arts Council, Meeniyan, VIC

The Band Who Knew Too Much
Sunday 19th November – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

The Black Sorrows
Friday 17th November – Bird’s Basement, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th November – The Jam Bar, Barooga, NSW
Wednesday 22nd November – Windsor Leagues Club, Windsor, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Centro CBD, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 24th November – North Sydney Leagues Club, Sydney, NSW

The East Pointers
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC

The FruiTTrees
Sunday 19th November – The Commercial Hotel, Morpeth, NSW

The Go Set
Friday 17th November – Baha, Rye, VIC

The Johnny Can’t Dance Cajun Band
Sunday 19th November – The Catfish, Melbourne, VIC

The Mouldy Lovers
Friday 17th November – The Homestead Tasmania, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 18th November – The Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS

The Nukes
Saturday 18th November – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC

The Plot
Saturday 18th November – Parramatta Park, Parramatta, NSW

The Porch Sessions feat. Slow Dancer
Sunday 19th November – House Concert, Hawthorn, SA

The ReChords
Saturday 18th November – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Snowdroppers
Saturday 18th November – The Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Stetson Family
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November – MountainGrass Festival, Harrietville, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Strawberry Fields, Tocumwal, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

The Waifs
Sunday 19th November – Moruya High School, Moruya, NSW
Monday 20th November – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Tuesday 21st November – Young Town Hall, Young, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Friday 17th November – Surrey Hills Music Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th November – Hawkesbury Hotel, Windsor, NSW
Sunday 19th November – East Cessnock Bowling Club, Cessnock, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

This Way North
Wednesday 22nd November – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 24th November – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

TinPan Orange
Friday 17th November – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Tom Dockray w/ Mitch Power
Friday 17th November – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Saturday 18th November – Two Goats Cafe & Baa, Armidale, NSW
Sunday 19th November – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Tom West
Friday 17th November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 24th November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Toni Swain Quintet
Thursday 23rd November – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, VIC

Trent Modern, Luke O’Farrell, Darren Cross
Thursday 23rd November – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Tristen Bird
Friday 17th November – The Old Union Chapel, Angaston, SA
Saturday 18th November – The Caledonian Inn, Robe, SA
Sunday 19th November – Red Poles Gallery-Restaurant-B&B, McLaren Vale, SA

Twin Peaks
Friday 17th November – Corporate Moose, Mildura, VIC
Sunday 19th November – Kingsbury Bowls Club, Kingsbury, VIC
Friday 24th November – The George Kerferd Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Two Screws Loose w/ Mangrove Swamp
Sunday 19th November – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Vance Joy
Wednesday 22nd November – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 23rd November – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Vardos Trio
Friday 17th November – German Austrian Australian Club, Wodonga, VIC

Wallis Bird
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Tuesday 21st November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 22nd November – Baroque Room, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Whiskey Dram
Saturday 18th November – CERES Organic Market & Grocery, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th November – The Fitzroy Pinnacle, Melbourne, VIC

William Crighton
Saturday 18th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project
Sunday 19th November – Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Yusuf/Cat Stevens
Wednesday 22nd November – Perth Arena, Perth, WA

Z-Stay Delta
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Shoals of Herring” – Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac)

Grizzly Bear Announced Headline Australian Tour

Grizzly Bear
Image Courtesy of Grizzly Bear

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

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

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

Details of the MusicNOW – 10 Years Compilations Album feat. Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes and more

Image Courtesy of MusicNOW

MusicNOW is a collaborative music festival which is held each year in Ohio in the USA. The festival, founded by Bryce Dessner from The National, will this year reach its tenth anniversary and they’re releasing an amazing compilation CD of live performances to celebrate.

The artists on the compilation CD features a who’s who of Timber and Steel Favourites including Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes), Sufjan Stevens, Owen Pallett, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and many more.

MusicNOW – 10 Years is due for release on the 10th March via Bandcamp. The first track revealed from the compilation is a cover of gospel singer EC Ball’s “Trials, Troubles, Tribulations” from the Sounds of the South musical project (Justin Vernon, Sharon Van Etten, Matthew E. White, Megafaun). Check out the song, plus a full track listing for MusicNOW – 10 Years below:

1. Sounds of the South: “Trials, Troubles, Tribulations”
2. Robin Pecknold: “Silver Dagger”
3. Sufjan Stevens: “The Owl & The Tanager”
4. eighth blackbird: “Omie Wise”
5. My Brightest Diamond: “I Have Never Loved Someone”
6. Dirty Projectors: “Emblem Of The World”
7. Tinariwen: “Imidiwan Ma Tenam”
8. Tim Hecker: “Chimeras (Live) 2011”
9. Colin Stetson: “Nobu Take”
10. Owen Pallett: “E Is For Estranged”
11. Erik Friedlander: “Airstream Envy”
12. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy: “Love Comes to Me”
13. Grizzly Bear: “While You Wait For The Others”
14. The Books with Clogs: “Classy Penguin”
15. Andrew Bird: “Section 8 City”
16. Justin Vernon: “Love More”

Review: The Falls Festival, Marion Bay, Tasmania

Ponchos are the latest fashionPhotos by Stu B.

So now to the fun bit, the music!

Day 2, Monday 30th December, rolled around and as we planned our day, we were a bit excited about some unknowns and some stalwart festival acts, it was going to be a great day.

First up, on the Field Stage, at a very reasonable lunch hour was local Foster a Band competition winner Lulu an The Paige Turners. Knowing little but what I gleaned from the Falls Festival App description, I was hopeful for something interesting, lo and behold, the Paige-Turners turned out to be a bigger than expected group of young men, resplendent in white dress shirts, black suspenders and bowties complete with drums, cello, banjo, acoustic guitar, keyboard and who knows what else! Lulu herself stepped on to stage looking like she stepped out of an old timey movie in a frilled lavender dress that would either float beautifully or become her own personal parachute in the windy conditions. Obviously a lot of friends were in the crowd, or at least local and loyal fans, as many shouts of encouragement met them before they even played a note.

Lulu and The Paige Turners Opening with ‘Begin-agains’ from their EP Bookends and Begin-again delivered a strong, strummy guitar intro, quivering vocals, subtle backing harmonies and touches of a soul pitch to her vocals. It’s a very indie pop style but very easy to lose yourself in. To follow up their opening, the slower track, ‘The Mean Reds’ also from the EP mellowed out the audience, becoming solemn at times. With a strong banjo melody and sweet, hushed tones of the harmonies, it was more like the lullaby style we’ve seen from a number of singer/songwriters but with a surprise build with drum and electric bass almost reminiscent of a Mumford and Sons hoedown.

The rest of her set was equally diverse with bluesy bass lines, cool vibes, raspy, rolling, gravely gutsy verses, sentiments stripped down to a Capella accompanied by clicks and whistling, and of course, many a banjo solo from probably the happiest Banjo player I’ve seen of late.

It’s a wonderful mix on stage, of piano intros, rhythm on a snare drum played by Lulu, tales of a broken heart, dischordant harmonies to really set the tone, not to be out done by angsty, angry, passionate vocals. Lulu is a multi-instrumentalist playing percussion, guitar and violin, but also delivering vocals reminiscent of Kate Miller Heidke or Tori Amos. All of this she achieves while also performing with a cold that would likely render her voiceless after her set.

Well in with the audience, they brought out a brand new song, ‘Bright Eyes’, a song she was not sure what it was actually about but “sometimes the universe gives you a song for a reason”. Beautiful lightly treated, stripped back sound with just the simplest of accompaniment graced the enraptured field. Their musicianship was all about the lyric weaving it’s way across the melody, and the 3 piece harmonies by the Paige-Turners with room for an instrumental break and some epic violin by Lulu, like she and it had a private dance to complete. ‘A Little Secret’ changed the mood, with a very country feel to the full instrumental sound and beat yet cleverly walked the fine line mixing between full sound and stripped back line “little secret”. Amusingly, keyboard and the banjo had almost a russian dance off mid song.

Their final song was full of thanks and appreciation for the crowds support, and delivered their first single release, a definite favourite, ‘The Music Box’. A stuccato piano intro, great harmony based vocals  and full band sound behind string and catchy melody had us all nodding to the beat. There was even an instrumental break showcasing the cello and of course a huge violin presence Lulu in breaks. I found it really catchy and could easily hum it all day with it’s killer vocals, Lulu’s passionate stage presence, it all makes for a warning: keep an eye out, Lulu and the Paige-Turners should take stages by storm.

Big Scary at Falls Festival Marion BayWe popped over to the Valley stage to check out Big Scary with their big piano and drum sound and 2 part harmonies. They’re certainly genre-defying and on the Falls stage, combining their slow piano stylings with heavy base and drums, created an ethereal quality to their set and sound. A really pleasant poppy, chill out band for the setting and time.

Paper Kites at the Falls Festival Marion BayWe headed back to the Field stage to catch The Paper Kites and watching their band tune a banjo, it struck me that I wanted to renaming this stage the Banjo Stage! It’s always promising when a banjo is sound checked, almost guaranteed a good hoedown. The five piece, opened with a strong drum beat/line and mellow guitar over the top and calm vocals wafting on the breeze. The crowd grew quickly, attracted to their ethereal indie quality. Their set saw great cohesion of vocal and instruments, working as one, blending when needed, separating when wanted.

They played “Young”, a more synth based track with finger plucking strings over the top. There was a steady crowd dancing up the front, from within, someone releases glitter across the top of the crowd and it floated over them much like the lyrics and vocals. A very mellow set with a solid under current of instrumental indie cool.

At times their set is airy, with floaty piano intros and breathy yet strong vocals. Other times, like when playing “Bloom”, an older song that the crowd can sing along too, a more plucky vibe sets the the crowd screaming and intensifies the atmosphere while still delivering beautiful harmonies that even a crowd can carry. Then they effortlessly add drums and banjo to truly catchy effect. I love the whistling break, crowd tried to whistle along and ended up sounding like drunk birds.

Their new song, “Cold Kind Hand”, is a more indie rock vibe with the femanine vocals playing beautifully off the big earthy drums beats. Staying true to their sound, their new stuff is as equally welcome as their old stuff. Take that Regurgitator.

James Vincent McMorrow at Falls Festival Marion BayI’m a complete novice when it comes to  James Vincent McMorrow, so when we headed to the Valley stage to catch his set, I was delighted to see a crowd had already formed, eagerly anticipating his set. Walking on stage to a rousing welcome from the audience, McMorrow opened with his breathtaking falsetto, reminiscent of early Matt Corby ethereal vocals, over simple piano chords, building to a faster speed with clapping, percussion and backing vocals. I saw in an instant the appeal and why so many are clamouring for his music. The crowd continued to stream in to the field as overall sound, now filled with bass to round out the effect, rolled up the ampitheatre. His voice delivers tones of Bon Iver but devled deeper within himself, ultimately creating an earthy, grounded effect.

His set celivered variety, with synth beat under harmonised vocals, the simplicity and stripped back nature of which was mezmerising. He is skilled at gently bringing new instruments in to the tracks, I didn’t even notice the piano build in to one song, and yet it ended solely on a tight vocal/piano harmony. He claimed nervousness as it had been a year and a half since his last big performance. He merely hoped his nerves were endearing, but to everyone present, not a nervous moment had been witnessed. Launching back in to his moody and soft, almost tentative vocals and delicious piano, echoing drum beats herald crowd favourites and everyone is lost in the performance.

London Grammar at Falls Festival Marion BayI’m one of those people who has heard of London Grammar, and has probably even heard their hits, but having been a bit of a musical hermit of late, I was keen to catch them in full swing on the Valley stage. The haunting intro and her voice flowing off the stage accompanied by keyboard and little else told me I was in for a wonderful show. “Hey Now” had a hypnotic effect on every member of the audience, ending in the kind of silence where you can hear a pin drop. And then there was the rapturous applause.

I can see why Hannah has been compared to Florence Welsh and Kate Bush, her voice dominates over the bass, electric guitar and djembe. But, not just a beautiful voice, she can take on the keys, build a melody that emerges alone only to wend through her soulful, lilting lyrics. She is a statuesque leading lady, yet manages stillness, poise, focus and delivers pitch perfect, stunning vocals that had the audience entranced. Whether they need to engage the audience with more in the way of stage presence is debatable, what they don’t have in presence, they make up for with atmosphere and sheer soundscape.

Hannah was experiencing the worst hayfever she has ever had because there is a unique type of grass in Tasmania and nowhere else in the world. With that revelation, it was amazing her vocals weren’t affected. Their wildly popular cover of Kavinsky’s “Nightcall” was to be expected, a popular choice with the crowd with it’s keys opening making way for the whining, stripped back electric guitar, reminiscent of The xx’s sparse production style.

With the crowd thoroughly in the mood, a staffer comes on stage with a giant birthday cake to celebrate Hannah’s birthday, for which the crowd sang happy birthday and she was incredibly excited as the cake was gluten free meaning she could actually enjoy eating it after their set. Fittingly, they celebrated the moment with a song the crowd could all sing along to, “Caught in the Middle”. To wrap up, they delighted the audience with “Metal and Dust” with it’s midway upbeat synth beats and keys which created a wall of sound crawling up the hill from the valley stage.

Violent Femmes at Falls Festival Marion BayI am of the age to have just been alive when their first, and arguably most famous, album was released, but I sure as hell knew about them and have danced in to many a late night with Blister In The Sun blaring. So needless to say, I was at the Valley stage for the Violent Femmes set. Just walking on stage they received a huge welcome from the crowd. And with out any ado at all, they cracked straight in to it with “Blister in the Sun”. They played like their album release was last year, like they do it all the time, and most of the crowd was up and dancing without a second thought. Naturally, with their time in the industry and their experience, they could play each track with a kind of laid back delivery, but full of cheer and that cool swagger attitude. Effortless in fact. They dubbed themselves the Grandfathers of folk-punk and to be blunt, they’re dead right on that call. And of course, they are one of those acts that can play their album from start to finish and hold every person in the palm of their hands for every single track, in spite of us all knowing what would come next. “Kiss Off” went off, the big slappy bass tones of “Please Do Not Go” had the crowd going crazy,  “Add It Up” had everyone singing every word at the top of their voice, and I was having a bit of a Reality Bites flashback. It was a glorious set, they sounded almost exactly like they did the day it was released and they were such a joy to watch, clearly having a great time on stage.

The Cat Empire at Falls Festival Marion BayOur final folky act of the night was our name sake and one of our favourite acts, The Cat Empire. I wanted to make notes and recall all they played, highlight the nuances of their set, but in true Cat Empire style, they just nailed it. They have this ability to cheer a crowd as soon as they walk on stage, talk to us all like we’re personal friends just jamming at their place, and have us all singing, dancing, grooving and jumping along to every track. They played a great selection of their back catalogue interspersed with tracks from Steal The Light and they generally got the party really pumping. We, as a crowd moved and grooved as one, loving every second. They, as always, nailed it. I read a Faster Louder review of the Marion Bay Falls  that put the Cat Empire down to a “pale imitation of The Roots” due to their scheduling, but clearly the reviewer was at an alternate universe version of the same gig, because we saw nothing of that. In fact, The Roots were a disappointment to us, nothing like we expected, so much so, that we left half way through their set and headed to bed. We must have missed the good bit.

Finally the penultimate day rolled around. Day 3, Tuesday 31st December – New Years Eve and the reason we were all there.

Gossling at Falls Festival Marion BayAfter a lazy lie-in, we headed to the Field stage to see one of our favourites, Gossling who we enjoyed seeing back in 2011. What a difference 2 years makes, from opening spot on the main stage at Lorne to a modest crowd, to a mid afternoon Marion Bay Field Stage spot absolutely packed with punters. Having not yet caught the latest offering from Gossling, I wasn’t quite that sure what to expect but bouyed by her unassuming start and complete skipping of any kind of chattering intro, Helen and band kicked straight in to the set with glee and abandon. Her set was heartfelt yet forthright, pulling tracks predominantly from the new album Harvest of Gold. The intimate setting allowed Helen to tell the stories behind the songs; the  love song about a couple who had been together a long time, whose spark was there in the beginning but is no longer there and the resulting mutual break up; her early experiences with social media as an artist and that anyone can say anything they want online and she just has to stop being a little pussy; and the day to day observations and experiences of life. Particular highlights included “Songs of Summer” (co-written with Steve Parkin) and that lamentable opening line “On a  Friday night, a thousand weeks ago” replete with male vocals (by Alexander Burnett of Sparkadia on the record) as well as the sheer frustration meets pop sensibilities of “Challenge” and it’s social media mayhem. All in all, another delightful afternoon spent with Gossling.

The John Steel Singers at Falls Festival Marion BayHustling from one stage to the next meant we could get a glimpse of The John Steel Singers on the Valley stage and their dedicated fans clamouring to tyhe front of the stage. Their set was upbeat and at times delivered a psychedelic vibe to the over all indie sound. I’ve heard a bit about the group, especially because TnS contributor Haz is a bit of a fan boy, but I was truly delighted by their tight harmonies and elegant guitar work. An oldie but a goodie, “Strawberry Wine” was a particular favourite with the crowd and as we made our way to our next stop, the set was in full swing, crowd singing and dancing along and glimpses of harmonised spleandour taunted us.

Later in the day we found ourselves back at the Field stage to catch complete unknowns, Bombino. Within an instant, our reaction was “They’re so cool!” Rocking traditional garb albeit of shiny material, and sporting electric guitars, this was an outfit set to impress. Opening rocky riffs drew an instant crowd to dance along. Singing in their native language, inspite of having no clue what was being said, their music translated with a sense of storytelling that spoke directly to the soul each member of the audience.

Bombino at Falls Festival Marion BayThe easiest way to describe their sound is a kind of a meeting of world music and indie stylings. Band members hail from West Africa, Niger, so it’s desert music that they play with touches of a Reggae feel to their beat. Bombino delivered a consistent energy and tempo throughout their set, holding the crowd in their groove through to the end, with a huge cheer from the audience to thank them for the performance. This is the kind of group I think Ash Grunwald would love to jam with!

Emma Louise at Falls Festival Marion BayRecovering from Bombino, we were set put to catch Emma Louise at the Field stage. Having missed a lot locally for the last 18months, I was curious to see just how far from folk Emma Louise had moved. With a heady mix of synth keyboard, acoustic guitar and stripped back drum kit, it was hard to predict just what would arrive. She walked out on stage looking super slick, breathy backing vocals began and she strapped on her acoustic guitar, much to the appreciation of the volminous audience. Stunning, breathy harmonised vocals wafted over the crowd creating a haunting and still opening. She has really matured and grasped the ethereal indie sound that Matt Corby toyed with a few years ago but delivers it with strength, confidence and delicate handling of the style.

“Toys”  gave a clever meld of synth, guitar and those evocative vocals, smooth as butter and just as addictive. Her stage presence has come leaps and bounds since I last saw her at Falls in Lorne, a true professional graces the stage now and captures the audience, holding them with every lick of a lyric.

The crowd, as one, responded to each synth-laden ethereal moment creating a sense of anticipation. “Tessalate” erupted from a mournful synth opening, trilling guitar and tantalising snare that broke in to a solid bass drum rhythm. Emma Louise’s Florence-esque vocals wound their way through the soundscape, met with harmonised backing, building to a beautiful crescendo before a delicate ending.

The set was peppered with new and old tracks including the strong keyboard, drum rhythms and intertwined angelic vocals of “Atlasize” and the rolling intimacy of “Keep Me Warm” allowed her great vocal range to tip in to and out of melancholic, interlocking harmonies to create an incredible, dreamlike atmosphere. And naturally, she ended with that favourite and original hit, “Jungle” which had the already large crowd heaving with enthusiasm and joy.

Crystal Fighters at Falls Festival Marion BayWhen we headed to the Valley stage for the Crystal Fighters, we had no real idea what to expect except that their bio included the word folktronica, so of course, I was there. The crowd were very excited for them and as they entered the stage they made an amazing visual impact as they were all dressed for the occassion. It seems this is what happens when a strange mix of percussion, glittery costumes and acoustic meets electric cohesion. No matter their cross-genre mix, the crowd were instantly dancing.

It all got a bit folkalicious when their txalaparta came into it’s fore (for those playing along, it’s like a giant xylophone played by two people at once), it was almost tribal in nature, matched with a thumping drum rhythm in an altogether stripped backing style to the vocals before the synth and full ensemble sound built in to a massive presence with crowd jumping and dancing feverishly. Did I mention they manage to include a ukelele in their dance music ensemble?

Love is all I’ve got for this act. Infectiously fun and impossible not to enjoy! I mean, you’ve got to love a bit of electric, hyper ukelele. They managed the crowd beautifully, taking us musically down to the beach (the real beach we could see from our vantage point), down through a
mellow, strummy intro in to the calyspo feel backing and harmonised vocals of “Plage”, where the synth builds before a big electric guitar line joins the party. I also adored the epic cow bell that features in “I Love London”. I think this is one of my favourite, highlight acts from the whole festival, a must see and a must to track down some of their back catalogue!

Grizzly Bear at Falls Festival Marion BayComing down from such a high energy set, we stayed at the Valley stage to catch Grizzly Bear
It was their second New Year’s Eve in Tassie and they seemed quite happy with their lot. Their opening number, “Speak in Rounds” brought with it the haunting quality of their vocals and the woozy atmospherics their sets are renowned for. They moved from one set to the next with such grace and ease that at times you’d forgotten that one song ended and another begun. The inextricably mellow and chilled resonance segued effortlessly in to echoey lament only to give way occasionally to a bluesy rock beat or to a revel in synthesizer gait.

Their performance is one of those truly enrapturing experiences, where their dreamy set can transport you to another reality, parrallel to the often frenetic energy of Marion Bay on a special occasion.

Neil Finn at Falls Festival Marion BayThe final folkishly influenced act on the Valley stage that night was the irrepressible, Neil Finn. We saw Finn take the stage back in Lorne and while that was a fun set, there was something more this time around. Whether the vibe of the Marion Bay festival or the hubbub of New Year’s Eve, either way, in that inimitable personality and presence, the audience was putty in Finn’s hands.

He crafted together a set filled with nostalgia, of hits and favourites as well as braw new works from recent album Dizzy Heights. Of the old songs, there was once voice as the crowd sang in unison, word for word, proving just how timeless Crowded House and Split Enz are. Of the new works, my favourite was the transidental temporary insantiy of “Pony Ride”, or that could just have been Finn’s explanation for the song and somehow we were all suddenly riding rainbows on unicorns with him, likely in hysterics. Title track “Dizzy Heights” and “Flying in the Face of Love” also were received well, but it was moments like Kirin J Callinan jumping in for a guitar solo on the Crowded House track “Locked Out” that made the set memorable. The spine tingling closer, one man on his knees and one guitar with no amped sound while crew changed over behind him for the next set, the thousands strong crowd with just the utterance of it’s opening  had us off singing “Better Be Home Soon” and claimed the defining moment of the night.

I don’t recall much of the actual New Year, with MGMT running over time, a quick countdown before kissing and hugging your nearest and dearest, or the random crowd members beside you, and then finally The Wombats hitting us with an onslaught of hits and subsequent dancing frenzy, it all just blurs together to be an energy filled night of frivolity with a matching hangover the next morning.

But, if you’re going to wake up with a hangover anywhere in the world, Falls Festival Marion Bay just moved up my list of acceptable places to do so.

The New Year Conundrum

Every year as the calendar days roll by, friends and family start asking the inevitable questions about what you are doing for Christmas and New Year. In the past, there has been a good range of folk friendly festivals stretching up and down the East Coast of Australia for eager punters to choose from, but with the demise of both Pyramid Rock Festival and Peats Ridge Festival, it shrinks the obvious choices down to Woodford Folk Festival and The Falls Festival (which has conveniently added a new venue/ location for the 2013/14 event).

But, what if you’re not after a big and busy festival for your New Year’s celebrations? Well, let’s take a look at what’s on offer, both the big guns and the ones you might not have come across yet.

Woodford Folk Festival – Woodford, QLD

Woodford Cart

Undeniably one of the largest festivals in Australia, it has been repeatedly nominated for all kinds of awards in the events and tourism industries and remains one of my favourite festivals of all time, even if only for a 35 hour experience, I’d love to go back (but sadly, not this year). Based on their own site (Woodfordia, about one hour north of Brisbane), The Queensland Folk Federation have delivered outstanding line ups year after year and offer a range of musical acts and arts activities for all ages making this festival easy for the whole family to attend. While this year’s line up hasn’t yet been announced, we would put money on it being another outstanding list of great musicians from around the world, a quick glance through the 2012/13 programme book will attest to that.

Tickets and camping are still available at pre-festival web prices up until Christmas Eve, or if you’re feeling the pinch, they are always looking for willing volunteers who gain free entry in return for their help before, during or after the festival. Highlights of Woodford, apart from the amazing line up (in which we would name almost ever artist we’ve covered on  Timber and Steel if we were to list past festival performers), includes the huge range of workshops, crafts and activities for all ages to participate in, the exciting range of food and stalls available on site, the breathtaking lantern parade and the penultimate fire event bringing in the New Year. Completely safe for the whole family with plenty for the young and young at heart, if you haven’t been to Woodford, it is probably the festival I would tell everyone to go to no matter what their musical leaning. Don’t believe me? Check out their latest promo video:

The Falls Festival – Lorne Vic, Marion Bay Tas and Byron Bay NSW

Falls Festival, Lorne, 2008, Music Festival

Now, before I get you all excited, tickets for two of the three sites have sold out, tickets are now only available for Marion Bay in Tasmania. So, for those of you already with tickets to Lorne or Byron Bay, I’m only going to be reaffirming your excellent choice in festival for the New Year period. I went along for the 2011/12 festival in Lorne Vic and discovered an experience I had not anticipated, it was so big it required multiple small reviews, no single post could encapsulate it all. 2013 is the first year they’ve expanded to Byron Bay (which has successfully hosted Splendor in the Grass and nearby is the home of Bluesfest) so there is no hesitation that a New Year’s festival will have any trouble in such esteemed company.

Just like Woodford, The Falls Festival is not just a music festival, it has a vast array of arts workshops and experiences to keep every punter engaged no matter their hangover or musical interests, from themed days and fiesta’s through to art attacks. For those thinking still and wondering about Marion Bay, we can confirm it is a kid friendly event meaning, like Woodford, the whole family can come along and enjoy the line up.

Speaking of line ups, since The Falls Festival is not exclusively a folk festival, it means the artists cover a range of styles but still features some of our favourites including Emma Louise, Gossling, Grizzly Bear, Neil Finn, The Cat Empire, The Paper Kites, The Preachers and a whole lot more that we’d love to check out live. For the full line up, visit the listing on their website.

If you’re heading to the Byron Bay site and haven’t decided whether to camp, glamp or swag it, all the accomodation options are available on the Falls Festival travel page including the incredibly groovy Tepee Life village (Tepee Life also available in Marion Bay).

And if the idea of heading to Tasmania isn’t immediately appealing, just pause for a moment to consider the great adventure you could embark on. Not only do you get to head to one of the most pristine and beautiful forest areas within Australia and see some of the best acts around (including voting by Oct 31 in the Foster A Band competition to choose a local band to grace the stage), you can also take advantage of the 29 December start date to have an adventure around Hobart and broader Tasmania before bringing in the New Year!

If you’re struggling to decide, or wish you’d got a ticket to Lorne or Byron Bay, don’t despair, there are a few more options including applying for an Art Camp at any of the three sites to create the artistic heart and soul of the festival, and includes a coveted ticket to the festival. If you’re not so artistically inclined, but don’t mind a bit of work, volunteer applications are still open for Marion Bay.

Now, I move out of my comfort zone to two festival’s I’ve never been to!

Gulgong Folk Festival – Gulgong NSW

Dancing Gulgong Folk Festival by Flickr member farmgrovePhoto courtesy of Flickr member farmgrove

Technically not actually a New Year’s festival, the Gulgong Festival (which Gareth enjoyed earlier this year) takes place over the weekend immediately prior, 28 and 29 December 2013, making it a good option for those who have to work those pesky week days between the public holidays – if you’re in NSW and can manage a drive out to Gulgong that is. However, it’s also a great option for people that want a folky fix AND their big city New Year’s party as you could manage both pretty easily. If a nice jaunt out to Mudgee isn’t tempting enough, what if I told you tickets were free? I kid you not.

There’s no obvious camping options unless you seek out a camping ground but their website does list a number of motels and accommodation options, and really who doesn’t like a trip out in to the countryside and a good B&B to see you through?

Again, their line up is not announced yet, but with past acts like Jack Carty, The Falls, Mustered Courage, April Maze, we’re pretty confident it will be an impressive selection. A little birdy has shared some inside information that Daniel Champagne, Melanie Horsnell, Alan Caswell, Big Erle and Matt Southon may well make appearances *nudge, nudge, wink, wink*

Nariel-Creek Folk Festival – Nariel Creek Vic

Vendulka performing at the Nariel-Creek Folk FestivalVendulka on stage. Photo courtesy of Nariel-Creek Folk Festival

A beaut little festival in regional Victoria (North East for those playing at home) which looks to be the kind of scale of The Gum Ball or Corinbank and equally delightful feel for all the family. They went simple in their online presence – a facebook page only, having pulled down their website earlier in the year. Tickets are cheap at $20 a head and available at the door, camping is an incredibly low $5/ night and you can turn up early and stay late if you really want. No idea who is on their bill, but in honesty, it just looks like an amazing and relaxed way to spend a New Year’s, especially if you want to avoid the crowds! Plus there is ample opportunity to dress up for the fun of it with plenty of great shots of their past New Year’s Even cocktail parties on their facebook page.

Gum Ball Crowd

An honourable mention goes to The Gum Ball, who last month put the call out online to see who might be inclined to turn up at their Dashville property for a New Year’s Gum Ball-esque event. Unfortunately they didn’t get enough interest to make anything happen this year, but if you’re keen to see a New Year festival in the Hunter Valley for future years, we think heading to the 2014 Gum Ball and making noises at the organisers might help them decide to go ahead in 2014.

So, where are you spending New Year’s? We’re still considering the conundrum ourselves!

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2012

Folk Record Store

What an amazing year 2012 has been for music. Australian artists are dominating international charts, fan favourites have released long awaited new albums and the wealth of new talent on the folky side of the musical fence is growing almost every day. At Timber and Steel we’ve seen our biggest year to date in 2012, both in terms of site traffic and our reach, and we know it’s only going to get bigger and better in 2013.

As always rather than give you a definitive “Best of 2012” list we asked each of our contributors to give us their own top five albums that fall into the genres we love here at Timber and Steel – folk, acoustic, alt-country, bluegrass, Americana, trad, singer-songwriter and everything else in between. And as always our contributors have each given us a unique insight into the music they’ve loved in 2012.

So without further ado we bring you Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2012:

Bill QuinnMermaid Avenue

1. Billy Bragg and WilcoMermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions
Any contender for my #1 album this year was going to have to do well to beat this one. (In fairness to the competition, we’re talking three CDs plus a documentary DVD here.) But albums that can span time and evoke memories always attract me. And this collection covers not just the 13 years or so of the collection, but also evokes and brings alive images of the Oklahoma dustbowl and 50s New York, and times and places foreign to me. And they’re imagined and realised by someone who also came from right outside Woody Guthrie’s traditions and era. That’s a skill. It probably helped to be there (twice!) as Bragg explained and truly did bring to life the stories behind the collection live.
2. Craig and SimoneWhere Cedars Grew
3. Beth OrtonSugaring Season
4. John ThompsonAn Australian Folk Song a Day
5. No HausfrauNo Hausfrau

Catherine MayBreak Your Own Heart

1. Jack CartyBreak Your Own Heart
Considering I only discovered Carty’s music a few months into this year, he’s had a huge impact on my most played list. Break Your Own Heart combines everything music should be: heartaching, honest lyrics, soothing guitar playing and a catchiness that doesn’t wear thin on you. It took a lot to top my all time favourite Missy, but somehow he’s done it. I might be late to the party, but Jack Carty quickly became the soundtrack to my six months in Australia and every time I hear his familiar melodies, I can’t help but recollect fond memories of the best six months of my life.
2. Missy HigginsThe Ol’ Razzle Dazzle
3. Kate Miller-HeidkeNightflight
4. Joshua RadinUnderwater
5. Tom CopsonWoven

Gareth Hugh EvansCarry Me Back

1. Old Crow Medicine ShowCarry Me Back
In picking my favourite album of 2012 I had to think long and hard about which records I had revisited most throughout the year – and which records I listen to the whole way through without hitting the skip or Genius buttons on my iPod. And with stakes like that the clear winner has to be the latest album from Nashville stringband Old Crow Medicine Show. Vibrant, exciting, challenging and familiar, Carry Me Back is OCMS at their best – making music in the traditional American style about traditional American subjects (war, poverty, bootlegging, tobacco farming) without ever sounding contrived or derivative. In a year where I have really embraced bluegrass, old timey and Americana music, moreso than ever before (although you wouldn’t know it from the rest of my list), this has been without a doubt the standout and will continue to be on high rotation for some time to come.
2. The ChieftainsVoice of Ages
3. Jack CartyBreak Your Own Heart
4. PassengerAll The Little Lights
5. The FallsHollywood

HazThe Lumineers

1. The LumineersThe Lumineers
I spent much of 2012 catching up on albums that I had missed out on in 2011, so there is a lot of music that I couldn’t include in my Top 5, including recent releases by My Morning Jacket, Paul Simon, and Iron and Wine. There was also those that didn’t quite fit the folky mold, including Of Monsters and Men, and Alt-J. I made an exception with Band of Horses, as to me ‘Mirage Rock’ is a tribute to the classic Americana of the late 20th Century that would contribute to what would become Alt- Country. JUST beating Band of Horses to #1 is The Lumineers’ self titled album, which at the time was just a chance online find. A collection of stories put to song, which encompasses the folk tradition, following the journeys of the band’s leader through the trials and triumphs of love, lies, war, and belief. Nostalgic and relevant, reminiscent and remorseful. A fun yet emotional collection of songs, delivered with a wry smile, a knowing glance, and a familiar nod. Descriptions aside, this has been my most frequent roadtrip album of choice, to sing along to, and accompany the landscapes along the way. An album with a great life span that will get me through to their Aus tour in early 2013, and beyond.
2. Band of HorsesMirage Rock
3. The Avett BrothersThe Carpenter
4. Mumford and SonsBabel
5. CalexicoAlgiers

JDXThere's No Leaving Noe

1. The Tallest Man on EarthThere’s No Leaving Now
“I was more than just a coward. I was handsome too”. One of the best opening lyrics I’ve ever heard. I was in a doctors’ waiting room; the venue for many of my musical discoveries. Kristian Matsson’s intricate chords, his sweeping melodies, his metaphors, sharp, yet brittle, stole me from the moment, as my favourite folk music always does. Matsson said There’s No Leaving Now was about wanting to deal with your own weaknesses. I felt weak. This album made me feel stronger. I could write reams about imagery, or interpretation, about how “Bright Lanterns” is the world’s best post-colonial protest song, about how this isn’t The Wild Hunt and whether that matters. But then I’d be saying too much.
2. Father John MistyFear Fun
3. Paul KellySpring and Fall
4. Tim HartMilling the Wind
5. Willy MasonCarry On

Jules StentonFive Lights

1. Nick HugginsFive Lights
When I first heard Five Lights my brain did a little backflip. “What IS this music?”, it asked. “I dunno,” I replied, “But let’s listen to it again and again until we figure this shit out”. The album stops at all stations. Half-spoken vocals make the songs tricky to sing along to. The out-of-tune, repetitive plinking of an old piano is both corrugated and comforting. The lyrics are beguiling and at times, just plain weird. If I had to compare Five Lights to a physical thing – it’d be a state of Australia – with city and country and birds and house parties and trains and ordinary folk falling in love. Nick Huggins clearly has a giant musical brain, and his brain took my brain on holiday to the aforementioned state and showed it a thing or two (a trip preferable to the guided Contiki tour of singalongability, I think).
2. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
3. David Byrne & St. VincentLove This Giant
4. Grizzly BearShields
5. The Green Mohair SuitsThe Green Mohair Suits

KT BellDetail of Distance

1. Kim ChurchillDetail of Distance
I had been eagerly anticipating the next installment from Kim, and in such circumstances, sometimes hopes can get too high. Happily Kim has delivered a solid album which has been an anthem of my recent travels through Europe. Building on his strengths, Kim has delivered an album full of rhythmic tracks and enigmatic tales that move you enchant you throughout your day. This album never fails to make me smile.
2. Jack CartyBreak Your Own Heart
3. Mumford and SonsBabel
4. The LumineersThe Lumineers
5. The April MazeTwo

Serena SkyeFear Fun

1. Father John MistyFear Fun
The richness of this album for me lies in all of its differences, a gleaming tapestry of songs, Tillman’s voice the golden thread holding them all together. While each piece is vastly different from the last, in instrumentation and production, they fit together seamlessly, each laced with the same sharp wit, dry observation, acerbic humour and intense imagery that Tillman presents. Lyrically, one might be forgiven for thinking Fear Fun was going to be a harsh listening experience; However, perhaps the most enchanting and surprising part of this record, amid tales of waste and questionable activities, is the sublime vocal lines and sweeping melodies. Such vast emotion and beauty is poured into each fragment of song, with harmonies that slip over one another, cloaking the brutality, creating an experience that is both thought- provoking and moving.
2. Tim HartMilling The Wind
3. Paul KellySpring and Fall
4. The Tallest Man On EarthThere’s No Leaving Now
5. Xavier RuddSpirit Bird

Thom Owen MilesHome Again

1. Michael KiwanukaHome Again
Michael Kiwanuka’s debut album Home Again stands out as 2012’s highlight for me because I suppose I’ve never heard a record quite like it. Soul, folk and jazz influences all combine spectacularly in a soothing collection of songs. Unlike other albums in my top 5, and most of the “folk” albums in my collection, Home Again is not the musing of a troubled artist. It’s far from poetic or philosophical, which I suspect is the reason it hasn’t been met with the critical acclaim it deserves. What it does bring to the table is a timeless and stylistically vast listening experience that bridges sounds as distant as Tracey Chapman from King Crimson or Bill Withers from Paul Simon, and does so without ever overreaching.
2. Beth OrtonSugaring Season
3. Punch BrothersWho’s Feeling Young Now?
4. The Tallest Man on EarthThere’s No Leaving Now
5. Jack CartyBreak Your Own Heart

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 5th October


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Matt Bauer revealed the second track from his upcoming EP No Shape Can Hold Me Now titled “Tonight We Get To Sing Our Songs”. Details here

Lisa Mitchell rocks out in the video for “Bless This Mess”, the title track from her upcoming album. Details here

– With under three weeks to go JamGrass has released the individual day lineups for its two day festival of progressive bluegrass. Details here

– Bluegrass legends The Pigs will be launching their brand new album The Great Bluegrass Swindle at Notes in Sydney this Friday before a string of dates through NSW and QLD. Details here

Grizzly Bear revealed their brand new video “Yet Again” from their new album Shields. Details here

– Recent Old Crow Medicine Show recruit Chance McCoy has decided to let his fans download his debut album for free. Details here

Willy Mason has announced a couple of headline shows when he’s out here supporting Mumford and Sons this month. Details here

– Swedish duo First Aid Kit have announced headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne when they’re in the country for Falls Festival. Details here

Darren Cross, one half of folk duo Jep&Dep, is currently working on his solo album Freak Out Inn III and is busy uploading videos of some of the tracks to YouTube. Details here

– Canadian folkies The Wooden Sky released their new video “I’m Your Man” ahead of their new album Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun which hits stands next week. Details here

– Following an appearance on Letterman wearing an Aboriginal flag t-shirt Neil Young debuted his new psychedelic video for “Walk Like A Giant”. Details here

Folk In the Foothills announced their lineup for the 2012 festival. Details here

– The first Christmas song of the year has arrived in the form of Sufjan Stevens’ “Christmas Unicorn”. Stevens will be releasing a new boxset of Christmas EPs this November. Details here

– Last week Mumford and Sons and Emmylou Harris (along with master dobro player Jerry Douglas) got together to perform for the CMT Crossroads TV series. The full episode is available to stream online (but may require a US IP). Details here

– The talented folks at Sideshow Alley released their live video of Laura Marling shot earlier this year. Details here

Communion Melbourne announced their October lineup which includes Howl at the Moon, Mike Noga, The Falls and Jordan Leser as well as a very special guest appearance from Communion founder and Mumford and Sons keyboard player Ben Lovett. Details here


“The planets aligned for us and some amazing opportunities have come our way. But the task is the same as it always was – to write good songs and play good shows” – Husky Gawenda from Husky chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We’ve had such an incredible response from bands that played last year and new bands wanting to be part of it and the audience from last year. The amount of support and private emails from those that were at JamGrass 2011 have been so encouraging. People definitely want more of this. That has given us the confidence to expand to a two stage, two day format. This means we can accommodate a massive 17 band lineup” – Jason Taylor from JamGrass Music Festival chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Sugaring Season
Sugaring SeasonBeth Orton

Big City Low
Big City LowBillgoat & The Mongrels

Last Minutes and Lost Evenings
Last Minutes and Lost EveningsFrank Turner

Trancendental Youth
Transcendental YouthThe Mountain Goats

The Great Bluegrass Swindle
The Great Bluegrass SwindleThe Pigs

Timber and Steel Presents

Patrick James
Patrick James
Friday 5th October – The Waiting Room, Brisbane, QLD

The Eastern
The Eastern
Friday 5th October – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 6th October – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC
Sunday 7th October – Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 9th October – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 11th October – Camelot Longue, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th October – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Ainslie Wills
Friday 12th October – The Metro, Adelaide, SA

Billy Goat & the Mongrels
Friday 5th October – The Sandringham Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Buffalo (Wes Carr)
Saturday 6th October – Clarendon Guest house, Katoomba, NSW

Busby Marou with Slip On Stereo
Friday 12th October – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Crooked Saint and Ashleigh Mannix
Friday 12th October – Western Port Hotel, Westernport, VIC

Elliot The Bull
Saturday 6th October – Rics Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Hat Fitz and Cara
Friday 5th October – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 6th October – Seaview Tavern, Woolgoolga, NSW
Sunday 7th October – Oddfellows Hot Club, West Kempsey, NSW
Wednesday 10th October – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Thursday 11th October – Lizotte’s, Dee Why, NSW
Friday 12th October – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Thursday 11th October – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th October – The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
Thursday 11th October – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 12th October – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, NSW

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp
Friday 5th October – Empire Church Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 6th October – Starcourt Theatre, Lismore, NSW
Thursday 11th October – Lizottes Restaurant, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 12th October – Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford, NSW

Mama Kin
Saturday 6th October – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Josh Bennett and Jay Dabgar

Friday 5th October – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
feat. Chris Finnen and Cal Williams jr.
Friday 12th October – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Rosie Catalano
Thursday 11th October – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Sarah Humphreys
Friday 5th October – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Paper Kites (with Art of Sleeping, Battleships)
Thursday 11th October – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 12th October – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 5th October – Notes Live, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th October – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

The Stillsons
Saturday 6th October – The Lodge 241 Cafe, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 7th October – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

The String Contingent
Friday 5th October – Concert for Wesley Warragul, Warragul, VIC
Saturday 6th October – Escape Art Festival, Milton, NSW
Sunday 7th October – Concert in the Cave, Wee Jasper, NSW

Friday 5th October – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 7th October – Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 11th October – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th October – Side Bar @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

TinPan Orange
Saturday 6th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 7th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Our Town” – Iris DeMent feat. Emmylou Harris and Jerry Douglas

I remember hearing this song over the final episode of Northern Exposure in the 90s and thinking “I have to own that”. Beautiful.

New Grizzly Bear Video, “Yet Again”

Grizzly Bear
Image Courtesy of Grizzly Bear

The latest video from Brooklyn four piece Grizzly Bear is for the track “Yet Again”. Directed by Emily Kai Bock and shot in Montreal, “Yet Again” is taken from Sheilds, the latest album from Grizzly Bear. Check it out below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 14th September


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The video for Jinja Safari and Kinfe’s collaboration on The Key of Sea Vol. 2 hit the interwebs and is a lovely insight into the making of this album. Details here

– The new Mumford and Sons video for “I Will Wait” hit the interwebs a day before we expected it which was a lovely little surprise on our Monday morning. Details here

– Folk-pop chanteuse Lisa Mitchell announced the details of her brand new album Bless This Mess along with the dates for a national tour in October and November. Details here

Corinbank Festival in Canberra is returning at the end of November after flash-flooding and landslides took out the festival site earlier in the year. Details here

– Tomorrow night The Vanguard in Sydney will be transformed into The Gem Saloon as the iconic venue pays tribute to the TV series Deadwood. What’s this got to do with folk? Well, Bellyache Ben and The Steamgrass Boys are providing the music for one thing. And there’ll be whiskey. What more do you want? Details here

Krystle Warren is in the country currently touring with Rufus Wainwright. But when that tour ends she has a handful of solo headline dates that your going to not want to miss. Details here

– The brand new album from Calexico, Algiers, hit stores this week and we have the first video from it for the track “Splitter”. Details here

– The new track from The Trouble With Templeton, “Six Months In A Cast”, has a brand new bloody video from director Josh Calder. Details here

Simone Felice has revealed details of a new EP featuring outtakes from his debut album and is offering up the track “War Movie” as a free download. Details here

– Alice Springs based Scottish ex-pat Colin Lillie has released the video to his heartbreaking song “Man’s Broken Heart”. Details here

Sarah Blasko has teased out the details for her upcoming new album I Awake which will hit shelves in October. Details here

Tigertown have released the video to go with their new single “Morning Has Finally Come” along with the dates of their upcoming national tour this October. Details here

The Mumford & Sons General Store & Saloon opens in Sydney today with streams of the new Mumford and Sons album Babel, screenings of The Big Easy Express documentary, live music and more. The location was revealed this week. Details here

Neil Young and Crazy Horse have revealed the details for their second album of 2012, the double D/triple vinyl Psychedelic Pill (you’ll see why when you see the length of the songs). Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey has just signed to local label FOUR | FOUR and is set to release his new album Almighty Love in October. Details here

– The two most Timber and Steel friendly artists on the Harvest Festival lineup, Grizzly Bear and Beirut, have announced sideshows this November. Details here

– The annual Ameircana Music Honors and Awards took place in Nahville yesterday with gongs going to the likes of The Civil Wars, Gillian Welch, Richard Thompson and more. Details here

– Check out the new video from folk/bluegrass trio Lime and Steel (no relation). Details here

– Sydney based singer-songwriter Catherine Traicos has announced a mini tour to promote her new album and released a brand new video. Details here

Billygoat & the Mongrels will be launching their new album Big City Low in Sydney on the 5th October. Details here


“One of the strengths of Corinbank is that it will showcase artists to Canberrans; artists that those Canberrans have never heard of and have never seen before. We guarantee that you will come away with a whole bunch of new favourite bands. I think this year especially, people will be in for a unique experience”Corinbank Festival General Manager Amy Moon chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“[It’s] particularly ironic in that [“New England”] says, I don’t want to change the world and I’m not looking for a new cultural identity – because that’s exactly what I’ve spent doing for the last 30 years. There’s a wonderful irony in that being my best-known song”Billy Bragg chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Spotlight On

Coty Hogue

Coty Hogue
Coty Hogue plays traditionally influenced, banjo led Appalachian folk music with a voice that is simply stunning. Infusing her music with the whole range of American roots styles – blues, swing, country, bluegrass – Hogue is all at once refreshingly new and instantly timelesss
Spotlight Here

Releases This Week

TempestBob Dylan


SheildsGrizzly Bear

The Carpenter
The CarpenterThe Avett Brothers

Timber and Steel Presents

Laneway (album launch) with The Promises, Cookie Baker, The Wild Ripping Hail Collective DJs
Sunday 16th September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Friday 14th September – WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 15th September – Twin Towns Auditorium, Tweed Heads, NSW

Charlie Mayfair with The Falls
Saturday 15th September – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 20th September – Queens Wharf Brewery, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 21st September – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Hayden Calnin
Wednesday 19th September – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

John Williamson
Friday 14th September – Juniors, Kingsford, NSW
Saturday 15th September – Penrith Panthers, Penrith, NSW
Wednesday 19th September – 99 on York, Sydney, NSW

Julia Stone
Saturday 15th September – The Metro, Sydney NSW
Wednesday 19th September – The Spiegeltent, Brisbane Festival, QLD
Thursday 20th September – The Spiegeltent, Brisbane Festival, QLD
Friday 21st September – Community Centre, Byron Bay NSW

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp
Friday 14th September – Jetty Theatre, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Saturday 15th September – Glasshouse Theatre, Port MacQuarie, NSW
Wednesday 19th September – Captital Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 20th September – Wellers Restaurant, Kangaroo Ground, VIC
Friday 21st September – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 14th September – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 15th September – The Palais Theatre, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Sunday 16th September – Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 20th September – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Friday 21st September – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Lanie Lane
Friday 14th September – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 15th September – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 20th September – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 21st September – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

MoFo feat. Ash Hansen and Little Big Wolf
Friday 14th September – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Aloysious Leeson, Mike Bevan (Caliente) and Doug de Vries

Friday 14th September – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
Banjo Jackson and Golonka
Friday 21st September – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Nick and Liesl
Saturday 15th Septembver – Living Smart Festival, Lake Macquarie, NSW

R.L. Jones
Wednesday 19th September – The Mumford & Sons General Store & Saloon, Sydney, NSW

Rufus Wainwright with Krystle Warren and Teddy Thompson
Saturday 15th September – Hamer Hall, Arts Centre, Melbourne
Monday 17th September – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide
Wednesday 19th September – Riverside Theatre, Perth

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 14th September – Port Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 15th September – Plantation Hotel, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Tim Hart
Wednesday 19th September – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Thursday 20th September – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 21st September – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Traveller and Fortune
Saturday 15th September – JIVE, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Jolene” – Ray LaMontagne

In the past month I think I have seen more live covers of Ray LaMontagne‘s “Jolene” than any other. It seems to be the cover of choice at the moment and it’s easy to see why – it’s a really amazing song.

Grizzly Bear and Beirut Announce Harvest Sideshows

Grizzly Bear
Image Courtesy of Grizzly Bear

The two most Timber and Steel friendly artists on this year’s Harvest Festival bill, Grizzly Bear and Beirut, have today announced plans for sideshows while they’re in the country. Grizzly Bear will be keeping their headline shows to Sydney and Melbourne whereas Beirut will be touching down in Sydney and Adelaide.

The full list of dates for both tours, plus the Harvest Festivals, are below:

Monday 12th November – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 14th November – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Grizzly Bear
Monday 12th November – Billboard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th November – Metro, Sydney, NSW

Harvest Festival
Sunday 11th November – Werribee Park, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th November – Parramatta Park, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 18th November – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

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