Jim Lawrie Announces Second Album EONS

Jim Lawrie
Image Courtesy of Jim Lawrie

Melbourne singer-songwriter Jim Lawrie (now without his “Grizzly” moniker) has just wrapped up appearances at the Falls Festival and Southbound and has announced plans to release his second album. Titled EONS, the album will be released on the 28th February this year.

To give his fans a taster of what EONS has to offer Jim Lawrie is previewing two of the tracks online – “Midnight Run” and “Just Like Normal”. Both the tracks demonstrate just what a talent Lawrie is, showcasing his wonderful folk-rock songwriting.

Take a listen to “Midnight Run” and “Just Like Normal” below:

The Melbourne Folk Club Announces June Program

Jack Carty
Image Courtesy of Jack Carty

The new weekly folk night The Melbourne Folk Club has gotten off to a flying start with a couple of sold out shows and plenty of buzz online. With such a strong start it’s no surprise they’ve just announced a June program that looks set to match, if not top, what’s already scheduled for May.

The Melbourne Folk Club in June is set to feature the likes of Jack Carty (above), Lucie Thorne, Steve Smyth, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Matt Walters, Jackson McLaren, Grizzly Jim Lawrie, Tim Guy and many more. The night takes place every Wednesday at Bella Union in Carlton with two sets – the first being a collaboration between two artists and the second being a solo set.

The remaining May program as well as the newly announce June program is below. For more information check out the official Facebook page here:

Wednesday 21st May – Sal Kimber, Brendan Welch, Grand Salvo
Wednesday 28th May – Davey Lane, Sara Retallick, Sweet Jean
Wednesday 4th June – Lucie Thorne, Jackson McLaren, Luka Lesson
Wednesday 11th June – Matt Walters, Anika Moa, Tim Guy
Wednesday 18th June – Jack Carty, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Grizzly Jim Lawrie
Wednesday 25th June – Raised By Eagles, Steve Smyth, Rowena Wise

James Teague Announces Workers Club Residency

James Teague
Image Courtesy of James Teague

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Perth born, Melbourne based singer-songwriter James Teague, so I’m pretty stoked to hear he’s scored a residency at The Workers Club in Fitzroy throughout February.

James Teague will be taking over The Workers Club every Wednesday night joined by a special guests every week including the likes of Al Parkinson, Grizzly Jim Lawrie, Linus Wilson (Beautiful Change) and more.

The full list of dates for the residency are below:

Wednesday 5th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 12th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 19th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 26th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Communion Melbourne is Back With October Lineup

Communion Melbourne
Image Courtesy of Communion Melbourne

After taking a break for a few months the folks from Communion Melbourne are returning this October with one hell of a lineup in tow.

On Sunday the 20th October Communion Melbourne will once again make its home at The Toff in Town in the centre of the city. The lineup includes none other than Communion co-founder Kevin Jones’ band Bear’s Den who are in the country to support Matt Corby on his upcoming tour, Timber and Steel favourites The Tiger and Me, local indie-folk singer-songwriter Grizzly Jim Lawrie and the very buzz worthy Kate Martin.

Tickets for the night are just $18 and can be picked up at the newly minted Communion Australia web site here (which also has a bunch of details on the gig). If you’re in Melbourne on the weekend of the 20th October we can’t recommend this gig enough!

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th June

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Grizzly Jim Lawrie released his brand new video “Midnight Run”. Details here

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros treated us to another brand new song in the form of “This Life”. Details here

– UK trio Daughter released the much anticipated official video for their track “Youth”. Details here

Lachlan Bryan has apparently got The Wildes back together for a new album and is touring in NSW and VIC before its release. Details here

The Civil Wars released the video for their brand new track “The One That Got Away”. Details here

Boy & Bear have revealed the cover art and release date for their new album Harlequin Dream as well as tour dates this October and November. Details here

Alison Avron, singer-songwriter and the brains behind Sydney venue The Newsagency, is launching her new EP next month. Details here

Josh Pyke released his new video “Leeward Side”. Details here

– The Adrian Edmondson fronted folk-punk band The Bad Shepherds have a new album on the way. Details here

– Details of the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack have been revealed. Details here

Sideshow Alley have posted their latest video with Nathaniel Rateliff in NYC. Details here

Folk By The Sea has announced its first round of artists for the debut festival this September including Ted Egan, Casey Donovan, Pat Drummond, Nick Rheinberger, The Rusty Datsuns, Fintan Vallely (Ireland), Riogh and more to come. Details here

Interviews

“I was initially attracted to the sound of Tolka as they reminded me strongly of possibly one of my favourite Australian folk bands. I won’t say which one, though it was mentioned in dispatches and a subject of some discussion when we spoke — press Play to find out”Tolka chat to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

Isaac Graham
Glorious MomentumIsaac Graham
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Presents

Alicia Adkins
Alicia Adkins with Lucy Wise, Alex Hamilton
Sunday 30th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Buffalo Tales
Buffalo Tales
Saturday 29th June – The Kent, Newcastle, NSW
Monday 1st July – 505, Surry Hills, NSW
Thursday 4th July – Roundabout Inn, Glouster, NSW
Friday 5th July – The Courthouse Hotel, Tamworth NSW

Official Site

Gigs Next Week

Dan & Hannah Acfield
Friday 28th June – The Loft Chevron Island, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 29th June – Solbar, Maroocydoore, QLD
Sunday 30th June – The Powerhouse (Livespark), Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 4th July – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Friday 5th July – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC

Fraser A Gorman w/ Stu Mackenzie (King Gizzard)
Wednesday 3rd July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Imogen Clark
Sunday 30th June – The Toxteth Hotel, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan
Saturday 29th June – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 30th June – House Concert, Glebe, NSW
Tuesday 2nd July – House Concert, Central Coast, NSW
Wednesday 3rd July – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 5th July – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Wednesday 3rd July – The Song Factory, Blacktown, NSW
Thursday 4th July – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 5th July – The Aero Club, Tamworth, NSW

Little Features feat. Matt De, Liam Gale, Baby Lips and The Silhouettes, Charlie Gradon, Fanny Lumsden
Saturday 29th June – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage
Friday 28th June – Molly Malones, Devonport, TAS
Sunday 30th June – Brookefield Margate, Margate, TAS
Sunday 30th June – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Patrick James
Saturday 29th June – Sub Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th July – Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 28th June – Bangalow Bowling Club, Bangalow, NSW

The Stillsons
Friday 5th July – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Thelma Plum
Thursday 4th July – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Tigertown
Friday 28th June – The Weatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 29th June – Ya-Ya’s, Perth, WA
Sunday 30th June – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Friday 5th July – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Tom West
Thursday 4th July – Ya Ya’s, Perth, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Thumper” – The Wedding Band

A few years back Mumford and Sons (and some friends) released a limited EP as The Wedding Band which was only available with tickets to one of their tours. I’ve been falling back in love with this track which is intersected with some reels – if anyone knows the name(s) of the reels would love to know!

Watch the New Grizzly Jim Lawrie Video, “Midnight Run”

Grizzly Jim Lawrie
Image Courtesy of Grizzly Jim Lawrie

Melbourne based singer-songwriter Grizzly Jim Lawrie recently emerged from the studio having recorded a brand new single “Midnight Run” along with the B-side “My Pal”, a cover of the cult classic from 90s rockers God.

“Midnight Run” has a really surreal video directed by Lucy McCallum – check it out below:

As well as his current Wednesday night residency at The Old Bar in Melbourne Grizzly Jim Lawrie has a couple of dates in July to support the release of “Midnight Run”:

Wednesday 26th June – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 25th July – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 14th June

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Paul Kelly has announced a mammoth national tour with dates all through July and August. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Grizzly Jim Lawrie is two weeks into his June residency at The Old Bar on Wednesday nights. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter John Flanagan is hitting the road with Begin Agains fiddle player Jane Patterson for a series of dates through NSW in July. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Matt Walters is about to head back into the studio but before he does he’s got three very special shows planned. Details here

Neko Case has revealed details of her new album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You including the first single “Man” featuring M. Ward. Details here

The Civil Wars have revealed the first single from their forthcoming self titled album, “The One That Got Away”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Fraser A Gorman has released his new video “Dark Eyes” and has a residency planned at The Spotted Mallard in July. Details here

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros have dusted off some awesome 80s break dancing footage for their new video “Better Days”. Details here

– Country Roads in Sydney have announced a really exciting June lineup – The Morrisons, The Rusty Spring Syncopators and All Our Exes Live in Texas. Details here

Timber and Steel are presenting the national tour for Mark Wilkinson this August and September. Details here

Isaac Graham is hitting the road in July and August to tour his upcoming album Glorious Momentum. Details here

– Folktronica six-piece Tunng have released their new video “The Village”. Details here

– Check out the new video from Castlecomer for “Forrest”. Details here

Interviews

“Country music and the melodies just really resonate to me” – Darren Cross from Jep and Dep chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Fossils
FossilsAoife O’Donovan
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Buffalo Tales
Buffalo Tales
Friday 21st June – The Bucket List, Sydney, NSW
The Bucket List

The Teskey Brothers
The Teskey Brothers with The Scrimshaw Four, Super Deluxe
Sunday 16th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC (afternoon)
Tickets on The Door

Captain Apples
Captain Apples with Pepperjack, Beloved Elk
Sunday 16th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC (evening)
Tickets on The Door

Gigs Next Week

Country Roads feat. The Morrisons, The Rusty Spring Syncopators, All Our Exes Live In Texas
Thursday 20th June – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Eleanor McEvoy
Saturday 15th June – The Polish Club, Hobart, TAS

Evan and the Brave
Friday 14th June – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Grizzly Jim Lawrie w/ Brave Face, Kashmere Club, Venice Music, New Gods DJs
Wednesday 19th June – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Imogen Clark
Sunday 16th June – The Toxteth Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Martha Wainwright
Friday 14th June – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 15th June – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC
Sunday 16th June – Memorial Hall, Leongatha VIC

Matt Walters
Thursday 20th June – The Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

MoFo feat. Karl Christoph, Jacky Wotton
Friday 14th – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage
Saturday 15th June – Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna, QLD
Saturday 15th June – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 16th June – Nimbin Hotel, Nimbin, NSW

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Saturday 15th June – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Texture Like Sun, Ella Hooper, Krista Polvere
Tuesday 18th June – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

The BordererS
Saturday 15th June – Wollongong City Diggers Club, Wollongong, NSW

The Stillsons
Friday 21st June – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Tigertown
Friday 14th June – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 15th June – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 20th June – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st June – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD

Wagons
Saturday 15th June – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“City of New Orleans” – Steve Goodman

This week the “Top Half Times” – the newsletter from the annual Top Half Folk Festival – found its way into my inbox and part of the content was a list of 10 essential folk songs. Among the usual Guthrie’s, Dylan’s and Seeger’s I came across “City of New Orleans” and just had to revisit. Good morning America, how are you?

Grizzly Jim Lawrie’s June Residency at The Old Bar

Grizzly Jim Lawrie

Image Courtesy of Grizzly Jim Lawrie

Celebrated Melbourne singer-songwriter Grizzly Jim Lawrie last week kicked off a month long residency at The Old Bar in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Grizzly Jim Lawrie will be taking to the stage with his full band every Wednesday night in June (meaning we’ve missed on already!) with a host of supports and some guest DJs in tow. Entry into the nights is $7 on the door with the music kicking off at 8pm.

For more information check out the Facebook event here. The remaining dates (and supports) are below:

Wednesday 12th June – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC w/ Big Smoke, Wilderbeast, Alex Lashlie, Toot Toot Toots DJs
Wednesday 19th June – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC w/ Brave Face, Kashmere Club, Venice Music, New Gods DJs
Wednesday 26th June – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC w/ Canary, Tin Lion, Yeo, Money For Rope DJs

Timber and Steel Presents: Sunday 20th January at The Workers Club

Grizzly Jim Lawrie

Image Courtesy of Grizzly Jim Lawrie

The Timber and Steel presented Workers Club Sunday matinee shows in Melbourne are back for 2013 and for the first show of the year we’ve got an absolute treat for you. Melbourne local Grizzly Jim Lawrie has been playing around the local scene for some time now both as a singer-songwriter and as the drummer for indie band Eagle and the Worm. We’re big fans of Lawrie’s work melodic folk music and we’re honoured to have him taking the stage at The Workers Club this Sunday 20th January.

Joining Grizzly Jim Lawrie will be singer-songwriter Kat Arditto who will be performing for the first time with her full band. Tickets for the show are $8 with doors opening at 1:30pm. Set times for the show are below – check out the official Workers Club web site for more info.

Kat Arditto – 2pm
Grizzly Jim Lawrie – 3pm

Communion Melbourne Announces September Lineup

Communion Melbourne
Image Courtesy of Communion Melbourne

Can you believe that Communion Melbourne will be hosting its third show in September? My how time flies. And do they have a show for you with the lineup of artists confirmed yesterday.

Gracing the Communion Melbourne stage at the Toff in Town on the 23rd of September will be Battleships, Ainslie Wills, Packwood, Hayden Calnin and Grizzly Jim Lawrie. I don’t know about you but that lineup just blew our collective socks off – we reckon tickets for this one are going to sell out really fast.

To get your hands on said tickets make sure you jump on this link – they’re a mere $20 (incl. booking fee). The night will kick off around 6pm. Check out the official Facebook invite for more details.

%d bloggers like this: