New Music Monday – 27th May

Jordie and Yirramal
Image Courtesy of Jordie Lane and Yirrmal

Chance McCoy – “Lonesome Pines”

More new music from Old Crow Medicine Show multi-instrumentalist Chance McCoy’s solo project, this time the dreamy “Lonesome Pines”. Straddling somewhere between Neil Young and The Doors, “Lonesome Pines” is definitely a departure from his last single “No One Loves You (The Way That I Do)” and definitely a stark contrast to his Old Crow output.

Emma Beau – “Leading Me Astray”

Go-to country fiddle player Emma Beau is showing off just how talented a songwriter she is with the release of her new single and video “Leading Me Astray”. This is Beau’s latest taste from her crowd-funded self-titled alum due for release on the 28th June, and may favourite so far – I can definitely hear overtones of Joy Williams (The Civil Wars) in her vocal delivery and I’m loving the simple country production choices throughout.

“This track explains a relationship,” Emma Beau explained. “The start, present, and future, and the quirks of the time spent together, particularly the notion that someone can lead you away from the life you may have imagined – and that’s a good thing.”

Glen Hansard – “Don’t Settle”

Irish troubadour Glen Hansard released “Don’t Settle” this week, his piano driven new single from the album This Wild Willing. If you’ve been enjoying the direction Hansard’s songwriting has been taking recently then you’ll love this track. It’s emotional and lyric driven with a jazz inspired undertone and beautiful production.

Hannah Blackburn – “Did You Always Know”

Melbourne singer-songwriter Hannah Blackburn released her brand new single “Did You Always Know” last week and I’m really digging it. The retro feel coupled with Blackburn’s beautiful voice is going to elicit comparisons to Julia Jacklin – and that should definitely be taken as a compliment. A singer-songwriter to be watched.

Jordie Lane & Yirrmal – “For Everyone”

To kick off National Reconciliation Week this week singer-songwriters Jordie Lane and Yirrmal have come together to release their new single and video “For Everyone”. The song charts the journey of young indigenous man Clinton Pryor who walked 6,000km from Perth to Canberra to meet with the Prime Minister and stand for Justice of indigenous people.

The talents of both Jordie Lane and Yirrmal are undeniable and this track celebrates both of their unique voices.

Lucie Thorne – “Wheogo Hill”

Celebrated singer-songwriter Lucie Thorne has announced her new album Kitty & Frank will be in our ears on the 10th August and has released the dreamy, spacious “Wheogo Hill” as a welcome appetiser. With ambient synths, jazzy piano and Thorne’s captivating vocal style, this track is going to completely draw you in.

Lucie Thorne is heading out on tour with long time collaborator Hamish Stuart this June – check out the dates here:

Friday 7th June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th June – Dusty Attic, Lismore, NSW
Friday 14th June – House Concert, Duranbah, NSW
Sunday 16th June – House Concert, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st June – House Concert, Mittagong, NSW
Saturday 22nd June – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 23rd June – Django @ Camelot, Sydney, NSW

Passenger – “Rosie”

With a bunch of artists sharing songs and videos inspired by their children lately its also nice to see an artist like Passenger creating a piece of art to celebrate that other special person in his life – his cat Rosie.

Passenger describes the video for the track “Rosie” as “possibly the silliest and definitely the most adorable video we’ve ever released” – and I’ve watched it now more times than I care to admit.

Seeker Lover Keeper – “Let It Out”

Australia’s premiere super-group Seeker Lover Keeper, made up of the amazingly talented Sarah Blasko, Sally Seltmann and Holly Throsby, have made a triumphant return this week with the release of their new single “Let It Out”. The track is the group’s first in eight years and features a stunning video featuring Australian acting legend Magda Szubanski.

What I’ve always loved about Seeker Lover Keeper is just how raw their music is, and its ability to celebrate the unique voices of Blasko, Seltmann and Throsby while also bringing them together to create something unique. “Let It Out” is no different, with the trio’s beautuful vocals weaving in and out over the minimal accompaniment.

Seeker Lover Keeper have announced a couple of intimate shows this July:

Friday 12th July – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Lumineers – “Gloria”

We finally have some new music from indie-folk favourites The Lumineers with their track “Gloria”. The song is the first from the band’s upcoming full-length album III, due on the 13th September, and is full of the footstomping goodness you’ve come to expect from The Lumineers.

“Gloria” is the first in a series of 3 videos released by the band over the last week – you can watch “Donna” here and “Life In The City” here. Collectively they tell the visual story of 3 generations of the same family.

The Lumineers will be in the country later this year for Splendour in the Grass as well as a single intimate show in Sydney – dates below:

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW
Monday 22nd July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Pigs – “Olive, Call Me”

You know you’re going to be in for a chuckle when there’s new music from Bluegrass larrikins The Pigs, and their latest single “Olive, Call Me” doesn’t disappoint. The track details the way a romantic rival may accidentally die and is darkly hilarious.

“I’ve realised that I don’t stand a chance with Olive, because this guy is perfect for her in every way,” explains Stretch Pig from the band. “And you know, I don’t wish him any harm. I’m just sayin’ that if he gets hit by a runaway Winnebago some day, I’m good to go.”

The track is taken from The Pigs’ latest album Hillbilly Synthesiser. The band are, as always, touring the country – you can catch them at one of these upcoming Queensland dates:

Friday 31st May – Highfields Tavern, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 1st May – Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich, QLD
Friday 21st June – South Kolan Hotel, South Kolan, QLD
Saturday 22nd June – D’Aguilar Hotel, D’Aguilar, QLD
Friday 12th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 13th July – Bush To Bay Music Festival, Hervey Bay, QLD

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st July


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Brisbane’s Daggy Man announced headline tour dates this August in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Details here

Angus & Julia Stone revealed details of their upcoming new album Snow. Details here

– Alt-country favourite Fanny Lumsden has announced plans to release her second album Real Class Act this September. Details here

– Melbourne jazz-folk quintet The Bean Project kick off their album launch tour tonight. Details here

Holly Throsby announced a handful of intimate shows in NSW this October and November. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk singer-songwriter Emma Davis released her new video “Getting Better”. Details here

– The legendary Paul Brady announced plans to release his 15th solo album Unfinished Business. Details here

– Melbourne-based alt-country band Raised By Eagles announced a headline tour this August. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Tobias released his new single “City Walk”. Details here

Releases This Week

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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Taryn La Fauci

Taryn La Fauci

Two reasons to get to this gig: 1) This is your first chance to check out the brand new Camperdown location for intimate Sydney venue The Newsagency. 2) Taryn La Fauci is launching her amazing new album Cycling. If you’re not at this show where are you?

Friday 21st July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Amber Rae Slade, Sam Newton
Saturday 22nd July – Vic on The Park Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Monday 24th July – Crown Theatre, Perth, WA
Wednesday 26th July – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 28th July – International Convention Centre, Sydney, NSW

An Evening Of Ryan Adams feat. Liz Stringer, Lisa Miller, Gordon Holland, Nick Gramm, John Abougelis
Tuesday 25th July – Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 21st July – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd July – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Brad Butcher
Friday 21st July – Nambour RSL, Nambour, QLD
Sunday 23rd July – Burleigh Brewing Co., Burleigh, QLD

Broadbeach Country Music Festival
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July – Broadbeach, QLD

Saturday 22nd July – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Cake and Cordial Sessions feat. Fanny Lumsden, Kelly Cork, Megan Cooper, Paddy McHugh
Friday 28th July – Ashgrove Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD

Charm of Finches w/ Loren Kate
Friday 28th July – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Dan Vogl
Thursday 27 July – Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Devil Goat Family String Band
Sunday 23rd July – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Echuca Winter Blues Festival
Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July – Echuca, VIC

Ed Kuepper
Saturday 22nd July – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

Fanny Lumsden and Tobias
Friday 21st July – Ilfracombe Hall, Ilfracombe, QLD
Saturday 22nd July – Isisford Hall, Isisford, QLD
Sunday 23rd July – Yaraka Hall, Yaraka, QLD

Father John Misty
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 23rd July – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Monday 24th July – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Lucas Road, Christian Patey, Matilda Abraham
Wednesday 26th July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith, Men In Suits
Friday 21st July – House Concert, Eltham, VIC

Georgia Fields and Phia
Friday 21st July – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 22nd July – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 23rd July – Brunswick Picture House, Brunswick Heads, NSW
Thursday 27th July – OAF Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th July – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW

Georgia State Line
Sunday 23rd July – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Get Folked Punk feat. Billy Puntton, Vetty Vials, Jonno Read, Ordinary Steve, Sam Namrekcut, Sare and Nath, Brothers in Arms
Thursday 27th July – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Grigoryan Brothers
Sunday 23rd July – Riverside Theatre Perth Convention Centre, Perth, WA
Monday 24th July – Riverside Theatre Perth Convention Centre, Perth, WA
Wednesday 26th July – Sydney Theatre, ICC Sydney, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 27th July – Sydney Theatre, ICC Sydney, Sydney, NSW

Helen Townsend
Friday 21st July – Sunset Studio, Mayfield, NSW

Saturday 22nd July – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 23rd July – The Rosemount, Perth, WA

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Steve Wilson, Margaret Bradford, Jimmy & Shay, Nerida Cuddy
Friday 21st July – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

J-L Rathbone
Saturday 22nd July – AICM, Gympie, QLD

Jen Mize
Saturday 22nd July – City Golf Club, Toowoomba, QLD

Jesse Younan 9th Anniversary Tribute Show
Saturday 22nd July – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Jim Lawrie
Friday 28th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke w/ Kyle Lionhart
Friday 28th July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Julia Johnson
Saturday 22nd July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 21st July – No 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 22nd July – The Music Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July – Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Broadbeach, QLD

Leo Rondeau, David Garnham
Wednesday 26th July – Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Lines of Flight
Thursday 27th July – Kave Bar, Newport, NSW

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 21st July – The Mullumbimby ex-Services Club, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 22nd July – The Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD

Lost Ragas
Friday 21st July – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Lucy Wise
Friday 28th July – St Margaret’s Anglican Church, Eltham, VIC

Matt Joe Gow
Saturday 22nd July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Melanie Horsnell
Sunday 23rd July – Live Spark @ Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Mem Davis and Kindred Spirit
Friday 28th July – The Yo-Yo Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Miles and Simone
Thursday 27th July – The Golden Age Cinema, Sydney, NSW

Mountain Pickers Association Club Fundraiser Concert feat. Slim Dime, Appalachian Heaven Stringband, Nine Mile Creek
Sunday 23rd July – The 1812 Theatre, Fern Tree Gully, VIC

Friday 28th July – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Oliver Downes w/ Imogen Pemberton, Georgia Smith
Wednesday 26th July – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Parodies Past & Present feat. Phyl Lobl & Paul Spencer
Saturday 22nd July – Loaded Dog Folk Club, Sydney, NSW

Pete Murray
Friday 21st July – Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich, QLD
Saturday 22nd July – The Star, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 23rd July – Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay, QLD
Wednesday 26th July – Cex, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Thursday 27th July – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 28th July – The Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW

Queen Porter Stomp
Friday 21st July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Rezza House Concert Series feat. Rick Hart, Lloyd Clarke
Sunday 23rd July – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Rich Davies & The Low Road
Saturday 22nd July – The Labour in Vain, Melbourne, VIC

Riley Pearce w/ Elli Schoen, The Hunting Birds
Friday 21st July – Secret Warehouse Show, Perth, WA
Saturday 22nd July – Secret Warehouse Show, Fremantle, WA

Sam Buckingham
Sunday 23rd July – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 27th July – Four5Nine, Perth, WA

Sam Shinazzi, Sam Newton, DJ Post To Wire
Thursday 27th July – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Scottish Ceilidh feat. Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers
Sunday 23rd July – St James Uniting Church Hall, Box Hill South, VIC

Shane Nicholson
Thursday 27th July – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July – Broadbeach Country Music Festival, QLD

Smith Street Dreaming feat. Frank Yamma, Emma Donovan
Saturday 22nd July – Smith St, Melbourne, VIC

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July – Byron Bay, NSW

St Joan
Monday 24th July – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Steamed Up at Lawson Pub feat. Willem Rhooda, Ian Host & Rob Thompson, Elle Petersen & Ian Tanner, Golden Whistler, Chris O, Edith Grove, Ryan Tremble, Johnny Cordukes
Sunday 23rd July – Blue Mountain Hotel, Lawson, NSW

Steve Smyth & The Outlaws
Wednesday 26th July – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 27th July – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Supper Clubs at CERES feat. Lucie Thorne
Saturday 22nd July – CERES Environment Park, Melbourne, VIC

Taryn La Fauci
Friday 21st July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Ahern Brothers
Saturday 22nd July – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 28th July – Green Door Wines, Ferguson Valley, WA

The Bean Project
Friday 21st July – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd July – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC
Thursday 27th July – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th July – No. 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

The Cake & Cordial Sessions feat. Fanny Lumsden, Kelly Cork, Megan Cooper, Paddy McHugh
Friday 28th July – Ashgrove Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD

The Collingwood Casanovas
Friday 28th July – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Demon Drink
Friday 21st July – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Ramshackle Army
Saturday 22nd July – Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Shaolin Afronauts
Thursday 27th July – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 21st July – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd July – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July – Echuca Winter Blues Festival, Echuca, VIC

Friday 21st July – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Tori Forsyth
Thursday 27th July – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 28th to Sunday 31st July – Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Broadbeach, QLD

Vanishing Shapes
Friday 21st July – Foghorn Brewhouse, Erina, NSW

Waterloo Sunset Sessions feat. The Fibro Cowboys
Sunday 23rd July – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Yarra’s Women of Country feat. Sue Ray
Sunday 23rd July – Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Zulya and the Children of the Underground
Monday 24th July – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Sheep-Crook and Black Dog” – Steeleye Span

Holly Throsby Announces Intimate NSW Tour this October and November

Holly Throsby
Image Courtesy of Holly Throsby

Celebrated Australian singer-songwriter Holly Throsby has announced plans to head out on tour this October and November. The tour is being billed as “An Intimate Evening with Holly Throsby” and will see Throsby in a number of smaller, more intimate venues around New South Wales.

Holly Throsby released her sixth solo album After a Time earlier this year. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 27th October – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 28th October – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 3rd November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 4th November – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW

Darwin Festival Launches Program

Holly Throsby

The Darwin Festival launched its 2012 program today and there’s plenty for top end folk fans to be excited about. With a full schedule of events from dance to theatre to Comedy to visual arts and of course music The Darwin Festival is set to take place from the 9th to 26th August.

The musical lineup is headed up by the one and only Kenny Rogers with appearances from Colin Hay, Graveyard Train, Holly Throsby (above, presenting music from her children’s album See!), Lanie Lane, Ngaiire, Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento, TinPan Orange and many more.

August is the perfect time to visit the Darwin and The Darwin Festival is the perfect excuse to go. For more information including the full lineup check out the official Darwin Festival web site.

Aussie Artists Plan 50th Anniversary Bob Dylan Tribute Tour

Bob Dylan

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s debut some of Australia’s top performers are getting together for a tribute tour. Already hinted at in the Splendour in the Grass lineup, the tour will see three of the Basement BirdsKav Temperley, Josh Pyke and Bob Evans – joined by Holly Throsby, Patience Hodgson (The Grates) and “an array of surprise Splendour guests”.

As well as the Splendour show the tour will take in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. Tickets go on sale next week with the full list of dates below:

Thursday 5th July – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Friday 6th July – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Saturday 7th July – QPAC Lyric Theatre, Brisbane
Sunday 8th July – Opera House, Sydney
Sunday 29th July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2011

Bob Dylan

For the second time in as many years (funny that) Timber and Steel are following the trend and producing our albums of the year. Once again we’ve asked each of our contributors to come up with their top five folky albums from 2011 and once again they’ve managed to deliver lists that are so diverse it’s a wonder we’ve got anything in common at all. There’s been so much fine music released this year and these lists are only the tip of the iceberg – make sure you scroll through the Timber and Steel archives for everything we’ve been listening to.

But enough about us, let’s get to the music. Ladies and gentlefolk we are proud to present Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2011:

Aiden QuinnThe Crackling

1. The CracklingKeep Full Ambitious
The Crackling were the main support for Dan Mangan on a few pre-glastonbury festival gigs he did in the UK (they both come from Canada). They played a gig I was helping out with and I was completely blown away. The lead vocalist, Kenton Loewen, has a raw rugged voice that is delicious, almost orgasmic, like rich dark chocolate. The album plays that to full effect. The layers of dark mystery, whiskey swilled woe and the feeling of being burnt. It’s an emotional ride, intense, unforgettable, and leaves you wondering what the hell just happened (but in a good way) -gripping stuff. Fave track for me on the album? 5. “Of deceit”.
2. Benjamin Folke ThomasRhythm and Blues
3. Ed Sheeran+
4. Matt CardleLetters
5. Friska Vilijor – The Beginning of The Beginning of The End

Evan HughesThe Decemberists The King is Dead

1.The DecemberistsThe King is Dead
When I first sat down and listened to The King is Dead in January 2011 the comment I made was that it was going to be tough to top as an album of the year. Twelve months and countless amazing releases later I haven’t found anything that’s topped this album. Colin Meloy has fully embraced the folky flavours of his music, incorporating traditional sounding melodies with his trademarked verbosity. With appearances by Gillian Welch and REMs Peter Buck, The King is Dead doesn’t just wear its influences on its sleeve, it actively includes them. With the folk, rock and indie worlds embracing this album The King is Dead truly is the crossover success of the year.
2. Bon IverBon Iver
3. Boy & BearMoonfire
4. Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
5. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues

JDXKing Creosote and Jon Hopkins Diamond Mine

1. King Creosote and Jon HopkinsDiamond Mine
This is the very best that music can do. Every time I hear it, it feels like a revelation. It isn’t an easy one, but it is the truth, and what more could you ask for from folk songs? Jon Hopkins’ soft soundscapes dip and swell, punctuated by the sonorous chime of piano, the echoes of accordion, the awkward gait of paper turned into percussion – as strange and strangely real as anything I’ve ever heard. The spaces he leaves are like deep breaths – like the vast distance between big ideas and bitterness. There’s nothing romantic about this – but there is serenity. Kenny Anderson’s voice is a soft lilt surfacing from the depths of despair. It’s the only sure thing here, set against the crystalline fragility of the music. He sings these songs, written over the course of 20 years, with a weary kind of wisdom, but with that comes acceptance, and it’s gentle, mournful, beautiful.
2. Bon IverBon Iver
3. Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
4. Mike NogaThe Balladeer Hunter
5. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues

KT BellLanie Lane To The Horses

1. Lanie LaneTo the Horses
An impressive debut album from a performer who we’ve watched shoot in to the spotlight over the past 18 months. Her distinct voice matched with some of the more quirky themes we’ve seen in her singles this year, Lanie has managed to create an album which spans across and incorporates a multitude of genres in a record that grabs you, holds you and won’t let you go till you’re just a little bit sullied. I love it.
2. Boy & BearMoonfire
3. Seeker Lover KeeperSeeker Lover Keeper
4. WagonsRumble Shake and Tumble
5. The Little SteviesAttention Shoppers

Jack Carty One Thousand Origami Birds

1. Jack CartyOne Thousand Origami Birds
I could put albums by The Middle East here, or Boy & Bear or many, many other things … In the end it came down to what I chose to play most and I can honestly say that Jack Carty’s One Thousand Origami Birds was THE most frequently played album both on my iPhone and at home. A great mix of old fashioned stories and energetic performances that always left a warm fuzzy glow.
2. Seeker Lover KeeperSeeker Lover Keeper
3. Holly ThrosbyTeam
4. Gillian WelchThe Harrow and the Harvest
5. Bon IverBon Iver

Jack Carty One Thousand Origami Birds

1. Jack CartyOne Thousand Origami Birds
It takes a special album for me to knock off my long term favourites, the Mountain Goats, when they release a new album and Jack Carty’s “One Thousand Origami Birds” was that album. It’s the album I find I’m playing first thing in the morning, last thing at night and it always seems fresh. Crystal clear tunes and amazing wordsmithing, Australian music should be so very proud.
2. Mountain GoatsAll Eternals Deck
3. Josh PykeOnly Sparrows
4. Busby MarouBusby Marou
5. The Little SteviesAttention Shoppers

Serena SkyeHarry James Angus Little Stories

1. Harry James AngusLittle Stories
Little Stories takes you in, from it’s first rolling tragedy of a love song, and holds you, through brilliant vocals and instrumentation all the way through to it’s gentle finish. Both humorous and saddening, each story is different yet equally important and well constructed. It’s certainly not what I expected from Harry as a solo artist, but, full of beautiful melodies and guitar work, it has fast become on of my favourite release of this year.
2. Georgia FairAll through the Winter
3. Lucie ThorneBonfires In Silver city and Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know (tied)
4. Jinja SafariLocked By Land
5. Boy & BearMoonfire

Thom Owen MilesThe Felice Brothers Celebration, Florida

1. The Felice BrothersCelebration, Florida
This is an album I’ve been hoping someone would make for years. Personally, my awareness of indie folk from around the world has more or less been born out of an unrelenting search for an artists or band capable of bringing together the raw, poetic, organic essence of folk/blues/Americana with the wonderful innovative production typical of contemporary indie pop and rock. I’ve never heard an album so beautifully balanced on that fine line before and, to be honest, I wasn’t sure it could even be done.
2. The Low AnthemSmart Flesh
3. Radical FaceThe Family Tree: The Roots
4. Dan ManganOh Fortune
5. Fionn Regan100 Acres of Sycamore

Sydney Festival Announces 2012 Program

Beth Orton
Image Courtesy of Beth Orton

The Sydney Festival, held from the 7th to the 29th January, has always been friendly to fans of folk, roots, acoustic and singer songwriter based music. And it looks like the 2012 program, announced last night, is keeping up the tradition with a bunch of very exciting musical acts.

We’re not going to go through them all here but highlights for our readers should include PJ Harvey, Beth Orton (above), Taraf de Haïdouks & Koçani Orkestar: Band of Gypsies, Kurt Wagner, Sam Amidon, Fatoumata Diawara, J Mascis, Julianna Barwick, Asa, Fefe, AA Bondy, Dan Sultan, Busby Marou, Frank Yamma, Holly Throsby and many many more.

The famous Festival First Night is sadly lacking in folk this year but will feature performances from Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane, The Jolly Boys, Torcadero Dance Palace and aerial artist Nigel Jamison.

For the full 2012 program and ticket details check out the official Sydney Festival web site.

Seeker Lover Keeper Announce One Last Tour

Seeker Lover Keeper
Image Courtesy of Seeker Lover Keeper

Aussie all girl supergroup Seeker Lover Keeper (Sarah Blasko, Sally Seltmann and Holly Throsby) have announced one last tour around the country before the group goes into “hibernation”. Titled Heavenly Sounds, the tour will be bypassing regular venues and instead the trio will be performing only in churches and cathedrals.

Seeker Lover Keeper will be performing with a full band throughout the end of November. Tickets for the tour go on sale on the 27th September (details on the official web site) with the full list of dates below:

21st November – St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, QLD
23rd November – Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle, NSW
24th November – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW
25th November – St Paul’s Anglican Church, Canberra, ACT
28th November – St Michael’s Church, Melbourne, VIC
30th November – St David’s Cathedral, Hobart, TAS
1st December – St Joseph’s Church, Perth, WA
2nd December – Flinders St Baptist Church, Adelaide, SA

They Will Have Their Way Concert Tour

They Will Have Their Way
Image Courtesy of They Will Have Their Way

After two hugely successful compilation albums featuring Australian artists covering the songs of Neil and Tim Finn (She Will have Her Way and He Will Have His Way respectively) the project is hitting the road with the announcement of the They Will Have Their Way tour.

Featuring artists from both compilations, the tour will take in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Fremantle finishing with a final show at the Sydney Opera House. Sarah Blasko, Paul Dempsey, Clare Bowditch, Lior, Holly Throsby, Alexander Gow (Oh Mercy) and Sally Seltmann have been named as the singers contributing to the concert and tickets go on sale on the 14th July.

The full list of dates for the tour are below. For more information visit the official They Will Have Their Way Facebook page.

6th November – The Palais, Melbourne, Vic
7th November – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
11th November – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
12th November – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
17th November – Sydney Opera House, Sydney NSW

Listen to a special version of “It’s Only Natural” recorded by Lior and Emma Louise:

Stream Seeker Lover Keeper Now

Seeker Lover Keep
Image Courtesy of Seeker Lover Keeper

Seeing as triple j were the first to break new music from the all-girl supergroup Seeker Lover Keeper (Sarah Blasko, Holly Throsby and Sally Seltmann) it makes complete sense that the broadcaster would also be featuring their debut album all this week.

But what’s twice as cool is triple j are giving you the chance to stream the self-titled long player in its entirety (until the 30th May) follow this link for your chance hear Seeker Lover Keeper before its release on the the 3rd June. the full track listing for the album is below:

1. Bring Me Back
2. Light All My Lights
3. Even Though I’m A Woman
4. Bridges Burned
5. On My Own
6. Rely On Me
7. Theme I
8. Everytime
9. We Will Know What It Is
10. If The Night Is Dark
11. Going to Sleep
12. Rest Your Head On My Shoulder

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