Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th May


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new streams and videos from the likes of Elephant Sessions, Harmony Byrne, Kate Miller-Heidke, Kaurna Cronin, Little May, Missy Higgins, Neil & Liam Finn and Simon Imrei. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

The Saint of Lost Causes
The Saint of Lost CausesJustin Townes Earle

The Waterboys
Where The Action IsThe Waterboys

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Spunk Records 20th Anniversary feat. The Middle East plus Special Guests

The Middle East

Friday 24th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Alice Night
Sunday 26th May – We Move Studio, Mullumbimby, NSW
Thursday 30th May – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Andrew Swift, Gretta Ziller w/ Ruby Saltbush
Saturday 25th May – Deniliquin Club, Deniliquin, NSW

Archie Roach
Saturday 25th May – Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 26th May – Alexander Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 27th May – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

Ash Grunwald
Friday 24th May – The Bellingen Brewery & Co., Bellingen, NSW

Because The Night feat. JD & The Hunger Man, Darren Cross
Thursday 30th May – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Bush Gothic
Saturday 25th May – Guildford Music Hall, Guildford, VIC

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 24th May – UOW Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Kambri at ANU, Canberra, ACT

Cash Savage and The Last Drinks
Friday 24th May – The Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Cat Canteri & Justin Bernasconi
Wednesday 29th May – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 30th May – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Charley Crockett w/ Sierra Ferrell
Sunday 26th May – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Clare Bowditch
Friday 24th May – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 25th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 29th May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 30th May – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Claude Hay
Friday 24th May – Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW
Sunday 26th May 2019 – Beaches, Thirroul, NSW

Crow Mountain
Friday 24th May – Plantbased Wholefoods, Katoomba, NSW

Dancing on the Darling Festival
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May – Menindee, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 24th May – Dish and Spoon, Nowra, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Mumbulla Hall, Bega, NSW
Sunday 26th May – Nethercote Hall, Eden, NSW
Wednesday 29th May – Agrestic Grocer, Orange, NSW
Thursday 30th May – The Mersh, Dubbo, NSW
Friday 31st May – Conservatorium Chapel, Tamworth, NSW

Dirty Three
Sunday 26th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Ella Belfanti, Andie
Wednesday 29th May – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fairlight Folk feat. Señor Cabrales, Witches Leap, Rayn
Saturday 25th May – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Fallon Cush
Friday 24th May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Family’s Fourth Party feat. The Cashews, Bec Taylor, CJ Shaw
Sunday 26th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Felicity Urquhart & Brad Butcher
Saturday 25th May – The Music Lounge, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 31st May – Hardy’s Bay Community Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Anna & Jordan, Victor Cripes, Morton Choppers
Wednesday 29th May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. CJ Stranger, Bek Sarkoezy, Stephen Chikazaza
Saturday 25th May – 107, Sydney, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick
Friday 24th May – The Ember Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Get Folked Punk feat. Amends, Gutters Grr, Willow Maze, Apprehension Avenue, Ethan Del Carmen, Luke Holmeslice
Thursday 30th May – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Hayley Marsten
Saturday 18th to Friday 24th May – Norfolk Island Country Music Festival, Kingston, QLD

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 23rd May – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Illawarra Folk Club Nostalgia Night feat. New York Public Library, Three Sixty, Emma and Kenny
Friday 24th May – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

James Bennett
Saturday 25th May – House Concert, Airlie Beach, QLD

Jeff Tweedy w/ Jen Cloher
Friday 24th May – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 25th May – The Athenaeum, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 26th May – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 28th May – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA

Jen Mize
Saturday 25th May – Autumn Fall Festival, The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Jimmy Mullarkey & Friends
Saturday 25th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Kate Miller-Heidke & Iain Grandage
Wednesday 29th May – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Keaton Henson: Six Lethargies with the Opera Australia Orchestra
Friday 31st May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Kristen Lee Morris
Saturday 25th May – Avoca Beach Hotel, Avoca Beach, NSW
Sunday 26th May – Coast Hotel Budgewoi, Budgewoi, NSW

Kyle Lionhart
Friday 24th May – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 25th May – The Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Sunday 26th May – The Aardvark, Fremantle, WA

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes w/ Ben Leece
Friday 24th May – Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Paddock Sessions, Wollombi, NSW
Sunday 26th May – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Thursday 30th May – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC
Friday 31st May – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Lee Coulter & Dixie Maxwell
Friday 31st May – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Maggie Rogers w/ Stella Donnelly
Saturday 25th May – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Monday 27th May – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 29th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 30th May – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Magpie Diaries
Friday 24th May – The Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Saturday 25th May – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 26th May – The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW

Monsieur Camembert
Saturday 25th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band
Sunday 26th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Miriam Lieberman Trio
Friday 24th May – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Natalie Henry
Friday 31st May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Neil Murray
Friday 24th May – Mildura Club, Mildura, VIC
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May – Dancing on the Darling Festival, Menindee, NSW

Norfolk Island Country Music Festival
Saturday 18th to Friday 24rd May – Kingston, QLD

Pittwater Bluegrass & Old-time Retreat
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th May – Pittwater YHA, Pittwater, NSW

Rach Brennan & The Pines
Saturday 25th May – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 30th May – Marly Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 31st May – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW

Raising Voices Post-Election Frack Off Fundraiser feat. Mark Lucas, Ricky Pann, Rosie MacDonald & Nigel Lever
Sunday 26th May – Red Bar, Sydney, NSW

Rick Hart Trio
Sunday 27th May – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 24th May – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 31st May – Crown & Anchor, Adelaide, SA

Russell Morris
Friday 24th May – Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 25th May – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 26th May – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 30th May – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 31st May – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Sancha & The Blue Gypsies
Saturday 25th May – Illawarra Leagues Club, Wollongong, NSW

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 29th May – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Nicholson
Saturday 25th May – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Sunday 26th May – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Sing A Song Of Sixpence – A Songwriter’s Delight feat. Fenn Wilson, Freya Josephine Hollick, Kim Volkman
Fridsy 24th May – The Ember Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Slim Dime
Saturday 25th May – Saints & Sailors, Portarlington, VIC

Spunk Records 20th Anniversary feat. The Middle East plus Special Guests
Friday 24th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Stella Donnelly
Tuesday 28th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 29th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Teeny Tiny Stevies
Saturday 25th May – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 26th May – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Tessa Devine
Saturday 25th May – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Tex Perkins & Matt Walker
Wednesday 29th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 30th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Bottlers
Friday 24th May – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Hillbilly Goats
Friday 24th May – City Golf Club, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 25th May – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

The Little Stevies
Friday 24th May – Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 26th May – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

The Loaded Dog Folk Club feat. Paul Spencer and Garland & Fine
Saturday 25th May – Addison Road Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Maes
Sunday 26th May – Birregurra Arts Group, Birregurra, VIC
Friday 31st May – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

The Mid-North
Friday 31st May – Old Butter Factory Cafe, Bellingen, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 31st May – Highfields Tavern, Toowoomba, QLD

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Friday 31st May – Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle, NSW

The Water Runners
Friday 24th May – Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, NSW

Then Jolene
Sunday 26th May – The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW

Friday 24th May – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Z-Star Trinity
Friday 24th May – Yamba Shores Tavern, Yamba, NSW
Friday 31st May – The J, Noosa, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Banjolin Song” – Mumford & Sons

New Music Monday – 20th May

Kate Miller Heidke
Image Courtesy of Kate Miller-Heidke

Elephant Sessions – “Colours”

If you’ve managed to catch Scottish trad-fusion band Elephant Sessions on one of their trips to Australia, most recently for this year’s Bluesfest, you’ll know that you’re no doubt already a fan. The band released their sophomore album What Makes You last week and have also given us their latest single “Colours”, a driving instrumental which perfectly captures their unique sound.

Rumours are that Elephant Sessions will be returning to our shores in 2020 so keep an eye out for more news soon!

Harmony Byrne – “Smoke Inside”

“Smoke Inside”, the crunchy blues waltz from Australian singer-songwriter Harmony Byrne, is definitely worth a listen this week. The track is taken from Byrne’s upcoming album Heavy Doors and features her amazing voice alongside some really slick production.

“As a child I was told that I was a drama queen,” Harmony Byrne says of the track. “Initially, I mistook this as being a negative aspect of my personality and struggled to express myself. But thankfully, I was also taught to have self-worth, honesty, integrity, and that I only ever need be myself in a world full of frauds. “Smoke Inside” is all about valuing who you are, no matter how wild or tame, and that if someone you love doesn’t let you light up inside, then they are not the match for you.”

Kate Miller-Heidke – “Ernie”

If you’ve been devouring all the media surrounding Kate Miller-Heidke and the Eurovision Song Contest you may have caught her on the ABC’s Australian Story program last week. Which means you probably also heard her gorgeous new song “Ernie”.

The track, which is dedicated to Miller-Heidke’s son, is the singer-songwriter at her stripped back best. “Ernie” stands in stark contrast to the bombast of her Eurovision song “Zero Gravity” but the thread that ties the two together is just how intensely personal and vulnerable Kate Miller-Heidke’s songwriting can be.

Kaurna Cronin – “Gotta Get Outta This Place”

Singer-songwriter and Timber and Steel favourite Kaurna Cronin has just released his gorgeous new single “Gotta Get Outta This Place”. The track is the perfrect example of Cronin’s trademark emotive songwriting and also features a groove that definitely sucked me in.

“This song is one I’ve been wanting to write for a long time but had never really managed to get the tone quite right,” Kaurna Cronin explained. “It’s a song about internal battles of a sense of belonging and love for the idea of ‘ones home’ and the ongoing feeling of needing to get away from home to experience the unknown to be inspired by different places, people and ideas. It was important for me to try and capture the sense of passion and inspiration in ones home and not dismiss that – it’s about the conflict of urges that one can associate with not wanting to feel ‘comfort’ anymore.”

Cronin has managed to find some time this June for some Australian shows before he heads out on a national tour – the full list of dates are below:

Thursday 6th June – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th June – Low 302, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th June – Chateau Apollo, Adelaide, SA

Little May – “As Loving Should”

Having just released their new album Blame My Body, indie-pop duo Little May have treated us to their latest single “As Loving Should”. The folk and acoustic influences on Little May’s music are still very much a part of the sound of this new track and I’m loving the retro aesthetic of the video.

Missy Higgins – “Song For Sammy”

For Mother’s Day last week Missy Higgins released her beautiful new song “Song For Sammy”. Written for her son Sammy, the ukulele driven track is classic Missy Higgins, stripped back to basics and lyrically driven. Beautiful stuff.

Neil & Liam Finn – “Meet Me In The Air”

Father-son duo Neil & Liam Finn have released the dreamy new single “Meet Me In The Air”. The video takes the family band vibe even further feating appearances from Sharon Finn and Elroy Finn and was shot after soundcheck at a show in London. If you’re after some transcendent pop music today this could be your jam.

Simon Imrei – “Stand Still”

Melbourne based Americana singer-songwriter Simon Imrei has just released the new single from EP due later this year, the very catchy “Stand Still”. I’m particularly loving the subtle pedal steel spread throughout this track and I can definitely see it making its way onto a bunch of driving playlists with its laidback grove.

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