Port Fairy Second Announcement

Port Fairy
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Another festival to announce their lineup over the weekend was Port Fairy, who released their second round of artists on Sunday night. Joining an already packed lineup are the likes of Breabach, Damien Dempsey, Love Over Gold, Hanggai, Mama Kin, Oh Pep!, Sásta, Shane Nicholson, Tolka, Totally Gourdgeous, The Twoks and many many more.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place in Port Fairy, Victoria from the 7th to 10th March. For more information check out the official site here. The full second lineup announcement is below:

International: Breabach (Scotland), Damien Dempsey (Ireland), Love Over Gold (USA), The Good Lovelies (Canada), Hanggai (Mongolia), The Jammin’ Divas (USA)

National: Bruce Mathiske, Claymore, Cole & Van Dijk, Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier, John Patrick & The Keepers, Mama Kin, Nick Charles, Oh Pep!, Rapskallion, Saoirse, Sammy J, Sásta, Shane Nicholson, Suzette Herft & The Heartstrings, Tolka, Totally Gourdgeous, Tom Richardson, The Twoks, Yirrmal And The Yolngu Boys.

Blue Mountains Music Festival Announces First Lineup

Xavier Rudd
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The Blue Mountains Music Festival, which will be held from the 14th to the 16th March next year, is one of our favourite events throughout the year. Close enough to Sydney that it’s accessible (we’ve been known to watch the last act on a Sunday and then catch the last train back) yet far enough away that you feel like you’re getting away from it all, the Blue Mountains Music Festival has the best of both worlds.

The first lineup for the 2014 festival was announced this week and as usual it’s the perfect combination of folk, roots, indie and world music from Australia and around the world. Heading up the festival will be Xavier Rudd (above), Ash Grunwald and Lior, who will be joined by the likes of Rory McLeod, Eleanor McEvoy, Hanggai, Blair Dunlop, Peter Rowan Band with Richard Greene, Rose Cousins, Eric Bogle, Jeff Lang, Slava & Leonard Grigoryan, Flap!, Sunas, The Woohoo Revue, The Pigs, The BordererS, The Tiger And Me, Jack Carty, Mustered Courage, George & Noriko, Hat Fitz & Cara, Dan Parsons, The Mae Trio and many many more.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now. For more information check out the official web site here. The full lineup so far is below:

Xavier Rudd, Ash Grunwald, Lior, The Good Lovelies, Rory McLeod, Eleanor McEvoy, Hanggai, Chipolatas, Blair Dunlop, Swamp Thing, Peter Rowan Band with Richard Greene, Rose Cousins, Eric Bogle, Jeff Lang, Slava & Leonard Grigoryan, Flap!, Roesy, Jesse Valach & Blues Mountain, Grace Barbe, Sunas, The Woohoo Revue, The Pigs, The BordererS, The Tiger And Me, Benny Walker, Jack Carty, Mustered Courage, George & Noriko, Hat Fitz & Cara, Dan Parsons, Equus, Circus Solarus, Allan Caswell, Rachael Brady, Snez, Andrea Soler, The Mae Trio, Cole And Van Dijk, Belle Jar, Wagana Dancers, Gregg Borschmann’s Heartland Conversations, Poets’ Breakfasts

WOMADelaide Reveals Full 2014 Lineup

Neko Case
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WOMADelaide has this morning revealed it’s full 2014 lineup and we have to say it’s pretty amazing. Having teased us with a few lineup additions over the last month or so including Billy Bragg, Sam Lee and Breabach, WOMADelaide have gone the extra mile announcing the likes of Washington, Hanggai, Jeff Lang, Mikhael Paskalev, Neko Case (above), Loren Kate, Thelma Plum, Tinpan Orange and many many more.

WOMADelaide takes place, as the name would suggest, in Adelaide’s Botanic Park from the 7th to 10th March. For more details including a full list of of speakers and kids festival performers check out the official website here. The full lineup of musical acts is below:

Arrested Development (USA), Femi Kuti & the Positive Force (Nigeria), Billy Bragg (UK), Washington (Australia), Fat Freddy’s Drop (NZ), Hanggai (China), Hiatus Kaiyote (Australia), Jeff Lang (Australia), Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen (UK/USA), Sam Lee & Friends (UK), Mehr Ensemble (Iran/Turkey/Australia), Mikhael Paskalev (Bulgaria/Norway), Mokoomba (Zimbabwe), DJ Muro (Japan), Neko Case (USA), Ngaiire (Australia), Osaka Monaurail (Japan), Pokey LaFarge (USA), Quantic (UK), Saskwatch (Australia), Ade Suharto & Peni Candra Rini “Ontosoroh” (Indonesia/Australia), Airileke (PNG/Australia), Ane Brun (Norway), Antonio Serrano (Spain), Asif Ali Khan (Pakistan), Awesome Tapes from Africa (USA), Azadoota (Iraq / Australia), Baby et Lulu (Australia), The Baker Suite (Australia), Balanescu Quartet (UK), Breabach (Scotland), The Brown Hornet (Australia), Buika (Guinea/Spain/USA), Carminho (Portugal), Coloured Stone (Australia), Danyel Waro (Reunion), DJ Yoda (UK), Dub Inc (France/Algeria), The Electrolounge (No Birds, Question Question, Menagerie, Oddessa – with Young Black Youth VJing every night), Emel Mathlouthi (Tunisia), Kutcha Edwards (Australia), La Chiva Gantiva (Colombia/Belgium), Les Gitans Blanc (Australia), Living Room (Austria), Loren Kate (Australia), Los Coronas (Spain), Makana (USA), Red Baraat (USA), Roberto Fonseca (Cuba), Shanren (China), Sitara (Australia), Thelma Plum (Australia), Tinpan Orange (Australia)

Peats Ridge Festival Review: Hanggai

Image Courtesy of Hanggai

Saturday – Bellbird

Hanggai were definitely one of our unexpected highlights at 2011’s WOMADelaide Festival so when we saw they had made the Peats Ridge Festival lineup we were suitably excited. We arrived at their Bellbird set a little late due to a clash with Fanny Lumsden and a sea of people were already rocking out in front of the festival’s largest stage.

If you haven’t come across Hanggai before you’re in for a treat. Think of the them as a Mongolian Mumford and Sons – a contemporary folk-rock band who draw on the traditional music of China (in particular Mongolia) to create new and exciting sounds.

Hanggai may not sing in English, they may not play music that is recognisable to the majority of Australian ears, they may have a banjo player, but when these guys get going they get the crowd jumping. The pure energy pouring off stage during Hanggai’s set was incredible, infectious and unstoppable. Watching the band members bounding around the stage while they performed their own brand of folk-rock fusion you could tell they were in their element, loving every moment of it. Watching the shirtless lead singer crack a beer, shout a thickly accented “Cheers!” and having the crowd roar in return was just a perfectly executed rock and roll moment.

With a handful of shows left around the country (details here) we’d recommend going out and experiencing Hanggai for yourself. They are a stellar festival act so we can only imagine that their headline sideshows would be amazing. Here’s hoping they keep coming back to Australia again and again.

Hanggai Announce Australian Tour

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After their blistering performance at WOMADelaide earlier this year Chinese folk group Hanggai have announced a national tour after being announced for Peats Ridge, The Woodford Folk Festival and the Adelaide Festival Centre Sessions.

Hanggai are champions of traditional Mongolian culture taking the music of their heritage and making it accessible to audiences around the world. After seeing them on the WOMADelaide stage our reviewer Thom Owen Miles said “It’s probably fairly likely that you’ll have someone trying to preach to you the quality of Hanggai’s music again soon. Take my advice: believe the hype and assume they’re underselling it”. And now’s your chance to see what everyone is talking about. Check out the full list of dates below:

Tuesday 27th to Friday 30th December – Woodford Folk Festival
Saturday 31st December – Peats Ridge Festival
Tuesday 3rd January – The Basement, Sydney
Wednesday 4th January – The Basement, Sydney
Thursday 5th January – Lizottes, Kincumber
Friday 6th January – Adelaide Festival Centre
Saturday 7th January – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Sunday 8th January – Ruby’s Lounge, Belgrave
Friday 13th January – Mona Foma, Tasmania

Adelaide Festival Centre Presents Sessions

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The Adelaide Festival Centre has just launched its program of live music for the Sessions series in January next year. Making the most of international acts visiting our shores over the festival season as well as touring national acts Sessions will see a diverse range of genres and styles descend on the Adelaide Festival Centre from 6th to 21rd January 2012 including Timber and Steel alumni Hanggai (above), Asa, Adam Page and The Shaolin Afronauts.

The full list of artists and dates are below. For more information make sure you check out the official Sessions site.

Friday 6th January – Hanggai (7pm)
Friday 6th January – Dan Deacon Ensemble (10pm)
Saturday 7th January – Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro (9.30pm)
Wednesday 11th January – Sons and Daughters (9.30pm)
Thursday 12th January – Sueño Flamenco (6.30pm)
Thursday 12th January – Mike Stewart Big Band (9.30pm)
Friday 13th January – Caliente Guitar Trio & The Baker Suite (6.30pm)
Friday 13th January – The Idea of North Radio Show (9.30pm)
Saturday 14th January – Wendy Matthews (9.30pm)
Wednesday 18th January – Zephyr Quartet Cult Classics (6.30pm)
Wednesday 18th January – The Unnatural Congress of Still Beating Hearts (9.30pm)
Thursday 19th January – Asa (6:30pm)
Thursday 19th January – Féfé (9:30pm)
Friday 20th January – Julianna Barwick (6.30pm)
Friday 20th January – Casey Donovan (9.30pm)
Saturday 21st January – Adam Page (6.30pm)
Saturday 21st January – Shaolin Afronauts (9.30pm)

Timber and Steel First: 2011/12 Woodford Folk Festival Lineup

Image Courtesy of the Woodford Folk Festival

Timber and Steel is proud (and just a little bit excited) to be among the first to bring you the 2011/12 Lineup for the Woodford Folk Festival.

The theme for this year’s Woodford Folk Festival – held from the 27th December to the 1st January in Woodfordia, QLD – is “Pieces of the Puzzle” which focuses on the idea that we all contribute to making this world a better place. And with a lineup like this, it looks like Woodford are doing just that. So let’s get into it shall we:

De Pedro
Cloud Control
Xavier Rudd
Tinpan Orange
Eagle and the Worm
Owl Eyes
The Herd
Jesca Hoop (USA)
Andy Bull
Daily Meds
Jordie Lane
The Red Eyes
Graveyard Train
Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro
Sticky Fingers
Band of Frequencies
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Busby Marou
The Bakery
The Ninth Chapter
Charlie Mayfair
Tuba Skinny (USA)
The Medics
Crooked Still (USA)
Daniel Champagne
Danny Widdicombe
Die Roten Punkte
Skipping Girl Vinegar
Faux Pas
Frank Yamma
Swamp Thing (NZ)
Haitus Koiyote
Hugo and Treats
Jack Carty
Jamie MacDowell & Tom Thum
The Sunshine Brothers
Jess Beck
John Flanagan and The Begin Agains
Lola the Vamp, Rita Fontaine, Flavella L’Amour,
Lucy Wise and The B’Gollies
Sol Nation
Sue Ray
Dougie Maclean (SCOT)
Tim Edey & Brendan Power (IRE/NZ)
More Fiddles Than Frocks
Andre Soler
Amelia Curran (CAN)
David Myles (CAN)
DJ Mike Ford
Elixer (feat. Katie Noonan)
Dachambo (JAP)
Monsieur Camembert
Kira Puru & The Bruise
My Friend The Chocolate Cake
Sherman Downey & The Silver Lining
The Transylvaniacs
Brothers Grim
Charlie A’Court (CAN)
Genevieve Chadwick
Joe Robinson
Pugsley Buzzard
Invisible Friend
The Old Spice Boys
The Re-Mains
Benny Walker

Pretty impressive right? There are far too many names there that we’re excited about to list each individually but lets just say that we can’t wait for New Year!

Peats Ridge Festival Lineup Announced

Peats Ridge
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The Peats Ridge Festival, held every New Year in the Glenworth Valley north of Sydney, has always delivered amazing lineups that somehow capture the best in up and coming bands with a few big names thrown in for good measure – and this year is no different.

The 2011 artist lineup has just been released and it’s, as usual, pretty generous on the folk front. Headlining this year are Mongolian nu-folkers Hanggai (who killed it at WOMADelaide this year), bluesman Hanni El Khatib and pop acts Gotye and Dum Dum Girls.

Flying the folk and acoustic flag for the rest of the festival will be Xavier Rudd, Passenger, Graveyard Train, The Crooked Fiddle Band, Husky, Claude Hay and many many more. The full lineup is below with tickets going on sale from the official site on Monday the 12th September.

Gotye, Xavier Rudd, Salmonella Dub, Stanton Warriors, LTJ Bukem, Dum Dum Girls, Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro, The Holidays, A-Skillz, Hanni El Khatib, Hermitude, Sietta, Tijuana Cartel, Passenger, The Bird, Graveyard Train, Chase The Sun, Thundamentals, The Crooked Fiddle Band, Husky, San Cisco, The Paper Scissors, Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!, Marshall & The Fro, The Dead Leaves, Benjalu, Amelia Curran, Montpelier, Inga Liljestrom, Enola Fall, The Trouble With Templeton, Founds, Ellesquire, Claude Hay, Swamp Thing and Hanggai

Womad Spotlight On: Hanggai

Image courtesy of Hanggai

In the coming months, Timber and Steel will be introducing you all to the folk-related artists confirmed to be gracing the stages of Womadelaide in 2011. A large portion of you probably saw the names Joanna Newsom, Angus & Julia Stone and Ash Grunwald on the line-up and looked no further. What we would like to do is perhaps shed some more light on the artists on the line-up that you don’t know. Womad is opposite to just about every other festival in this country. Usually a festival’s success hinges upon the headline acts they might manage to entice to our shores. Womad is so much more wholesome. Whilst headline acts are always a bonus, audiences know from experience that their next life-changing cultural and musical experience is waiting for them somewhere amongst the fig trees and mazes of stalls. Exhibit A: Mongolian traditional folk band, Hanggai.

Hanggai have Womad written all over them. The six piece from Beijing are champions of culture. Beijing’s built-environment is rapidly changing, at the same time reflecting a change in cultural values. A country whose culture remained unchanged for thousands of years is quickly losing all sight of tradition. Hanggai see their music as a vessel for their traditional Mongolian culture to be shared and remembered, and there is truly no better arena for their plight than the parklands of Womadelaide. Their agenda is delivered is a way that is entirely enjoyable for modern audiences, and especially for those who already feel an affinity with modern folk music. Hanggai promise to be a Womad highlight and a magical surprise for the masses.

Below is a video introduction to the band and their values, as well as a live performance of the song “Borulai”.

Country of Origin: China
File Under: Traditional Mongolian Folk
Day/Time: Friday March 11th Night and Saturday March 12th Night
Myspace: myspace.com/hanggaiband

WOMADelaide Artist Sneak Peak

Angus and Julia Stone
Image Courtesy of Angus and Julia Stone

The official lineup announcement for next year’s WOMADelaide festival is set to hit the interwebs on the 17th November this year. But as a teaser the crew at WOMADelaide have let slip a bunch of confirmed artists which include:

Angus and Julia Stone (above)
Afro Celt Sound System
Nitin Sawhney
Creole Choir of Cuba
Alan Kelly Quartet
Rajendra Prasanna
Omar Souleyman

Check out the official web site for more details

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