Thank Folk It’s Friday – 19th January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Laura Marling released her cover of Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall”. Details here

– US nu-folk four-piece The Low Anthem announced their new album The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea. Details here

Husky announced a series of intimate live shows this April. Details here

– Kiwi country crooner Marlon Williams released his quirky new video “What’s Chasing You”. Details here

Vance Joy gave us the first taste of his upcoming album with the new vidoe “We’re Going Home”. Details here

– American roots rock band Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats announced their new album Tearing at the Seams. Details here

– The Fairbridge Folk Festival in WA announced its first round of artists including Sheelanagig, The Lost Brothers, Perch Creek, Mama Kin Spender, Ganglions, Cara, Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Night), Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, Carla Geneve and Indian Eye. Details here

– English roots singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner announced Australian tour dates when he’s in the country for Bluesfest. Details here

– Melbourne duo This Way North have announced a Wednesday night residency celebrating artistic women at the Northcote Social Club throughout February titled Sass the Patriarchy featuring Bitch Diesel, Sal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel, Hollie Joyce and The Twoks. Details here

Interviews

“Playing as a trio gives us the freedom to pursue that grittiness as an art form – we can seek out the imperfections and impurities of early acoustic blues, and our material can have its own unique structure, so we’re not limited to a 12 bar blues format. It’s highly improvised, based on that very African style emanating from the North of the Mississippi”Elizabeth Walton chats to The Backsliders. Interview here

Releases This Week

First Aid Kit
RuinsFirst Aid Kit
iTunes

Glen Hansard
Between Two ShoresGlen Hansard
iTunes
Bandcamp

The Ahern Brothers
There’s A LightThe Ahern Brothers
iTunes
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Tamworth Country Music Festival

Tamworth

There are so many Timber and Steel favourites hitting the Tamworth Country Music Festival this week – check out our gig guide below for who’s playing, where and on what dates

Friday 19th to Sunday 28th January – Tamworth, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 19th January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo Resort, Thredbo, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Livefast Cafe, Halls Gap, VIC
Friday 26th January – Rye Foreshore, Rye, VIC

Adam Eckersley Band
Saturday 20th January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW

Alison Ferrier
Saturday 20th January – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Allison Forbes
Friday 19th January – Tamworth Shopping World, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 19th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 19th January – Fanzone Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW

Aleyce Simmonds
Saturday 20th January – The Tamworth Opry, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Americana In The Park feat. Brad Butcher, Paddy McHugh, Gretta Ziller, Melody Moko, Nick Payne & The Wanted Few, Smith & Jones and Andrew Swift
Monday 22nd January – Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW

Andrew Swift
Friday 19th January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 19th January – Opening Concert, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Country Music Cocktails, SSS BBQ Barn, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Americana in the Park, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – R U OK? Music For Mates, Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Country Cares, Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Toyota Fanzone Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW

Andy Golledge Band
Wednesday 24th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Ange Boxall
Thursday 25th January – Cafe 2340, Tamworth, NSW

Anna Smyrk
Friday 26th January – Courtyard Sessions, Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Appalachian Heaven Stringband, Cat & Clint
Sunday 21st January – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart
Wednesday 24th January – West Tamworth Leagues Club, Tamworth, NSW

Bluegrass Comes to Tamworth feat. Pete Denahy, Kristy Cox, Karen Lynne Band, The Weeping Willows, Montgomery Church
Friday 26th January – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Brad Butcher
Friday 19th January – The Green Owl, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 20th January – Tamworth Opry, Captial Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Americana in the Park, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Southgate Songrwiters, Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Songhouse Sessions, Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Big Golden Guitar Performance, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – R U Ok Music for Mates, Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Services Club Songwriters, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Australia Day at The Dag, Nundle, NSW

Breaking Trad
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Buried Country: Live in Concert
Sunday 21st January – The Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 19th January – Whitsundays Clipper Race Party, Airlie Beach, QLD
Wednesday 24th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Parramatta Park, Parramatta, NSW

Cake & Cordial Sessions feat. Greg Storer, Paddy McHugh, Megan Cooper, Montgomery Church, Small Town Romance, Smith & Jones
Thursday 25th January – St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Tamworth, NSW

Candice McLeod
Friday 26th January – Red Velvet Lounge, Cygnet, TAS

Carpenter Caswell
Tuesday 23rd January – Songwriters in the Round, Ex Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Ex Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Toyota Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW

Cat Canteri
Saturday 20th January – Bridge Road Brewers, Beechworth, VIC
Sunday 21st January – Star Hotel, Yackandandah, VIC

Courtyard Sessions feat. Anna Smyrk
Friday 26th January – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions feat. Timothy James Bowen
Friday 19th January – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Cruisin’ Deuces
Wednesday 24th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW

Dana Hassall
Sunday 21st January – Toyota Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Writers in the Round, Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW

Dashville Does the DAG feat. William Crighton, Fanny Lumsden, Magpie Diaries
Friday 26th January – The DAG, Nundle, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 21st January – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 25th January – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW

Dearly Departed
Thursday 25th January – Cafe 2340, Tamworth, NSW

Edgelarks
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Eleanor McEvoy
Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham, NSW

Ella Belfanti
Tuesday 23rd January – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – FolksWagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Ewan Mackenzie Fundraiser feat. Sunas, Cam Ford Gypsy Jazz, Karen Anderson, Steve Tyson & The Train Rex, 3 Miles From Texas, Murphy’s Pigs
Saturday 20th January – New Farm Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD

Faith i Branko
Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th January – Western Australia Circus Festival, Perth, WA

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 19th January – Ben Lomond War Memorial Hall, Ben Lomond, NSW
Sunday 20th January – The Tamworth Opry 2018, Capitol Theatre Tamworth, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – The DAG, Nundle, NSW

Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour feat. Claire Anne Taylor, The Small Glories
Wednesday 24th January – St Saviour’s Hall, Goulburn, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Dalgety NSW
Friday 26th Januray – Ganmain Hall, Ganmain, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Maia Marsh, Thompson Springs, Ella Belfanti
Wednesday 24th January – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake Presents Pinky Beecroft, Bonniesongs, Sasha March
Saturday 20th January – 107, Sydney, NSW

Georgia State Line
Tuesday 23rd January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Late Nite Alt, Tamworth, NSW

Graeme James
Friday 19th January – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 20th January – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 25th January – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Grand Baxter, Oskar Herbig, Greg Steps
Sunday 21st January – Brunswick Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Great Aunt
Wednesday 24th January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Friday 19th January – Opening Concert, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Country Music Cocktails, SSS BBQ Barn, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – The Playhouse Hotel, Barraba, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Americana in the Park, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Toyota Fanzone Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – R U OK? Music For Mates, Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Songwriters in the Round, Cafe 2340, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW

Hana and Jessie-Lee
Saturday 20th January – Ballarat Beer Festival, Ballarat, VIC
Wednesday 24th January – Late Nite Alt, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Cafe 2340, Tamworth, NSW

Hayley Marsten
Saturday 20th January – Coca Cola Country, Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Country Music Cocktails, SSS BBQ Barn, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Country Music World Live, Upstairs Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Fanzone Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Southgate Songwriters, Southgate Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – ABC Stage, Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – R U OK? Music for Mates, The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Big Golden Guitar Showcase, Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Hello Tut Tut
Friday 19th January – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Monday 22nd January – The Phoenix, Canberra, ACT

Hinterlandt
Wednesday 24th January – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 26th January – Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Hussy Hicks
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Cafe 2340, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Blazes, Tamworth, NSW

Hussy Hicks, Dearly Departed, Hana and Jessie-Lee, Gretta Ziller, Ange Boxall
Thursday 25th January – Cafe 2340, Tamworth, NSW

Illawarra Folk Festival
Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st January – Bulli, NSW

Imogen Clark
Saturday 20th January – The Playhouse Hotel, Barraba, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Frog and Toad Restaurant, Tamworth, NSW

James Bennett
Saturday 20th January – Bateau Bay Bowling Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Sunday 21st January – The Welder’s Dog, Armidale, NSW
Monday 22nd January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 26th January – Sacred Tree Markets, Nelson Bay, NSW

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Thursday 25th January – The Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th January – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Jep and Dep w/ Tim Evans, Luke O’Farrell
Sunday 21st January – Mosh Pit, Sydney, NSW

Jen Mize
Saturday 20th January – Dag Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Tamworth Opry, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Dag Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – R U OK? Music For Mates, Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Stardust Sessions, Jubilee Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Country Music Cares, Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Frog and Toad Restaurant, Tamworth, NSW

Jeremy Edwards and The Dust Radio Band
Monday 22nd January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – The DAG, Nundle, NSW
Thursday 25th January – The Peel Inn, Nundle, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW

Jess Holland
Friday 19th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – DAG Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

John Krsulja
Friday 19th January – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 19th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Fossickers Tourist Park, Nundle, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Cattleman’s Steakhouse, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Carmen’s Restaurant Under The Stars, Tamworth, NSW

Jordie Lane
Saturday 20th January – Major Toms, Kyneton, VIC
Thursday 25th January – Chapel Summer Sessions, Chapel Off Chapel, Melbourne, VIC

Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 20th January – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Sunday 21st January – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Kardajala Kirridarra
Thursday 25th January – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Katie Brianna
Friday 19th January – FanZone Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Med Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Songwriter Sessions, Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – JB HiFi, Tamworth, NSW

Kim Churchill
Friday 19th January – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 20th January – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 21st January – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Baha, Rye, VIC
Thursday 25th January – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 26th January – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Lachlan Bryan and Shanley Del
Saturday 20th January – The Playhouse Hotel, Barraba, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – North Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Saturday 20th January – The Playhouse Hotel, Barraba, NSW
Monday 22nd January – The DAG Station, Nundle, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – North Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Late Nite Alt, Tamworth, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Shanley Del & James Gillard, Gretta Ziller, Imogen Clark
Saturday 20th January – The Playhouse Hotel, Barraba, NSW

Lady Luck Festival
Saturday 20th January – Katoomba, NSW

Late Night Alt
Wednesday 24th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW

Lee Kernaghan
Thursday 25th January – TRECC, Tamworth, NSW

Little Wise
Sunday 21st January – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th January – Late Night Alt, Tamworth, NSW

Low Down Riders
Monday 22nd January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Locomotive Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Mandy Connell
Saturday 20th January – Daylesford Cider Company, Daylesford, VIC
Wednesday 24th January – Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Matt J Ward
Saturday 20th January – Country Cocktails, SSS BBQ Barn, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Coca Cola Country, Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Storytellers, Tamworth Golf Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Late Night Alt, Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Tamworth City Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

Matt Joe Gow w/ The Sideshow Brides, Tex Miller
Sunday 21st January – Summer Sessions @ Bellerine Street, Geelong, VIC

Medicine Show Sessions
Saturday 20th January – The Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – The Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – The Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – The Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Megan Cooper
Sunday 21st January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, Tamworth, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Saturday 20th January – Writers in The Round, Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Country Music Cares Concert, Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – South Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

Melody Moko
Sunday 21st January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Americana in the Park, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Mitch Power
Monday 22nd January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Mofo at Mona
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – MONA, Hobart, TAS

Monsieur Camembert
Saturday 20th January – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Montgomery Church
Saturday 20th January – Rydges Hotel, Jindabyne, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Andrew Clermont’s Supper Club, North Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – CMAA Senior Academy Of Country Music Reunion Show, Wests Blazes, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Bluegrass Comes to Tamworth – A Celebration of Acoustic Music, The Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Newstead Live! Music Festival
Thursday 15th to Sunday 28th January – Castlemaine, VIC

Nick Payne & The Wanted Few
Sunday 21st January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – ABC Stage, Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Americana in the Park, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW

Numeralla Folk Festival
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th January – Numberalla, NSW

Paddy McHugh
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Americana in the Park, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Dag Sheepstation, Nundle, NSW

Paul Andrew Carey
Saturday 20th January – Friends of the Dag Showcase, The Dag, Nundle, NSW
Sunday 21st January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Nundle Rocks, Peel Inn Hotel, Nundle, NSW

Paul Reid
Friday 19th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Peel Street Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Peasant Moon
Sunday 21st January – Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Cattleman Steakhouse, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Toyota FanZone, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Late Night Alt, Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW

Pierce Brothers and Ash Grunwald
Monday 22nd January – Australian Open Live Stage, Melbourne, VIC

Porch Sessions On Tour feat. Stu Larsen & Natsuki Kurai, Tim Hart, Ryan Martin John
Saturday 20th January – House Concert, Tantanoola, SA
Sunday 20th Jnauray – House Concert, Waitpinga, SA

Rich Davies & The Low Road
Friday 19th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – The Longyard, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Rick Hart Trio
Friday 19th January – The Oxley, Cowra, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Tamworth City Bowls Club, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – ABC Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Cattleman Steakhouse, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Hogs Breath Cafe, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – ICMA Showcase and Awards, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Tamworth Storytellers, Tamworth Golf Club, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Melissa Robertson Songwriters Showcase, West Tamworth Bowls Club, Tamworth, NSW

Rising Appalachia
Friday 19th January – Church of The Trinity Uniting Church, Clarence Park, SA
Sunday 21st January – CERES Environment Park, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Reiher and the September Gurls w/ Sean McMahon
Sunday 21st January – The Labour In Vain, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Nicholson
Wednesday 24th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW

Shawn Lidster
Friday 19th January – Halekulani Bowling Club, Budgewoi, NSW

Sheilas! Renegade Women of Country Music feat. Gleny Rae Virus, Jackie Marshall, Toni Swain, Kate Oliver, Bec Willis, Jess Holland, Sheila Knacquers
Sunday 21st January – North Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

Skyscraper Stan
Saturday 20th January – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC

Small Town Romance
Wednesday 24th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Balladeers Homestead, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Late Nite Alt, Tamworth, NSW

Smith & Jones
Friday 19th January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – The Peel Inn, Nundle, NSW
Saturday 20th January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – The DAG Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Americana in the Park, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Country Music Cares, Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, Tamworth, NSW

Spurs For Jesus, Handsome Young Strangers
Thursday 25th January – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Sugar Mountain
Saturday 20th January – VCA, Melbourne, VIC

Summer Sounds
Saturday 20th January – Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown, VIC

Tamar Valley Folk Festival
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Georgetown, TAS

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 19th to Sunday 28th January – Tamworth, NSW

Tanya Cornish
Sunday 21st January – Toyota Star Maker Grand Final, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Yamaha Showcase, Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – ABC Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Storytellers, Tamworth Golf Club, Tamworth, NSW

That Red Head
Friday 19th January – North Sydney Twilight Food Festival, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Lady Luck Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 21st January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Ahern Brothers
Friday 19th January – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 20th January – Rous Mill Hall, Rous Mill, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, VIC

The April Family
Tuesday 23rd January – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Toyota Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Audreys
Saturday 20th January – Summer Sounds Festival, Hobsons Bay, VIC
Sunday 21st January – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Audreys, Benny Walker, Teeny Tiny Stevies
Saturday 20th January – Summer Sounds, Commonwealth Reserve, Melbourne, VIC

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 19th January – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Saturday 20th January – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 21st January – Grand Hotel, Mornington, VIC

The Black Sorrows
Friday 19th January – Schutzenfest, The German Club, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 20th January – Coopers Alehouse, Wallaroo, SA
Thursday 25th January – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th January – Club Bowral, Bowral, NSW

The Bottlers w/ Nerdlinger, Hatakaze
Thursday 25th January – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Bushwackers
Saturday 20th January – The Longyard, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – The Dag Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Shoppingworld, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – The Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Dave Wright Four
Sunday 21st January – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Deep South w/ Michaela Jenke
Sunday 21st January – The Frog and Toad, Tamworth, NSW

The Demon Drink
Saturday 20th January – RoyalMail, Goodna, QLD
Friday 26th January – Upper Moora Park, Sandgate, QLD
Friday 26th January – Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane, QLD

The Flood
Thursday 25th January – The Tamworth, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26h January – The Tamwroth, Tamworth, NSW

The Fourth Night feat. The Cat Empire, Sarah Blasko, Sahara Beck
Thursday 25th January – Torquay, VIC

The Go Set
Friday 19th January – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th January – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

The Gypsy Scholars w/ Joe Oppenheimer, FÎntan, Ben K
Friday 19th January – Bar 303, Melbourne, VIC

The Heggarties
Saturday 20th January – Country Music Cocktails, SSS BBQ Barn, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Toyota Fanzone Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Americana in the Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 24th January – Late Nite Alt, Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW

The Lazy Picks
Sunday 21st January – Upstairs at Freds, Camden, NSW

The McClymonts
Wednesday 24th January – TRECC, Tamworth, NSW

The Pigs
Wednesday 24th January – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Longyard, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Longyard, Tamworth, NSW

The Railsplitters
Friday 19th January – Rosny Barn, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 20th January – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Sunday 21st January – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Re-Mains
Friday 19th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Scrims
Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Boilermaker House, Melbourne, VIC

The Swamp Stompers
Friday 19th January – Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Central Coast, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Old Bar Tavern, Old Bar, NSW
Friday 26th January – Hotel Brunswick, Brunswick Heads, NSW

The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Friday 19th January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth, NSW

The Tamworth Opry feat. Felicity Urquhart, James Blundell, Lyn Bowtell, Fanny Lumsden, Aleyce Simmonds, Kristy Cox, Dean Perrett and Jeff Brown, Matt Cornell, The Weeping Willows, Karin Page, Jen Mize, Brad Butcher, Luke Dickens, Daniel Thompson
Saturday 20th January – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 26th January – Melbourne Zoo Twilights 2018, Melbourne, VIC

The Weeping Willows
Friday 19th January – The Welder’s Dog, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Country Music Cocktails, SSS BBQ Barns, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January ABC Stage, Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – The Tamworth Opry, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Frog & Toad Listening Room, Econo Lodge, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Great Country Love Songs, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Toyota FanZone, Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – Tamworth Songwriters Association’s 40th Birthday, Toyota FanZone, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 22nd January – The Supper Club with Andrew Clermont, North Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Tamworth CMF Gala Dinner, Tamworth Golf Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – R U OK? Music For Mates, The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Country Music Cares Concert, Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Bluegrass Comes to Tamworth – A Celebration of Acoustic Music, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Storytellers – Journeys Through Song, Tamworth Golf Club, Tamworth, NSW

The Wilson Pickers
Friday 26th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Thredbo, NSW

This is A Robbery w/ Quinton Trembath
Friday 19th January – House Show, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 20th January – Princes Park, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 20th January – House Show, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 24th January – Caspa Studio, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 26th January – Animal House, Adelaide, SA

This Way North
Friday 19th January – The Taproom, Castlemaine, VIC

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 19th January – Courtyard Sessions, Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Toni Swain
Thursday 25th January – Peel Inn, Nundle, NSW

Tori Forsyth
Thursday 25th January – The Welders Dog, Tamworth, NSW

Ukulele Death Squad
Friday 19th January – Circa 1902, Queenscliff, VIC
Saturday 20th January – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Vanishing Shapes
Saturday 20th January – Little Red Kitchen, Bellingen, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 25th January – The Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW

Violent Femmes and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Monday 22nd January – Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, TAS
Tuesday 23 January – Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, TAS

Whistle Dixie
Friday 19th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 20th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Tamworth Shoppingworld, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 24th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW

William Crighton and Gawurra
Thursday 25th January – Tamworth Regional Gallery, Tamworth, NSW

Yabun Festival
Friday 26th January – Victoria Park, Sydney, NSW

Zane Thompson
Friday 26th January – Tempe Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Boxty Set” – Altan

Husky Announce Intimate Walking In Your Sleep Tour

Husky
Image Courtesy of Husky

Melbourne indie-folkers Husky are planning a string of intimate shows this April following the release of their latest single “Walking In Your Sleep”.

The track is taken from Husky’s highly successful 2017 album Punchbuzz which we picked as one of our favourites from last year.

“”Walking in Your Sleep” is a song I wrote during a period of intense dreaming brought on by the meticulous recording of my dreams,” frontman Husky Gawenda explained. “I became obsessed with the possibilities of the dream realm – lucid dreaming, self-exploration, unlocking the unconscious – and how that would affect my waking life and perhaps more so, my writing. The more I slipped in and out of this dream realm, the less I knew the difference between dream and reality and the more they mirrored each other. If I listen back to the song now, I hear an exploration of longing that in my waking life I was trying to escape, but was wrestling with every night in my sleep.”

Husky will be hitting the road this April with shows planned in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle – check out the full dates plus a stream of “Walking In Your Sleep” below:

Friday 13th April – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th April – The Landsdowne, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th April – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st April – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 22nd December

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We picked our top 25 albums and EPs of 2017 including releases from All Our Exes Live in Texas, BATTS, Billy Bragg, Charlie Fink, David Rawlings, Emily Barker, Fanny Lumsden, Gretta Ziller, Husky, Johnny Flynn, Kasey Chambers, Lankum, Laura Marling, Lisa Mitchell, Nick Mulvey, Offa Rex, Old Crow Medicine Show, Packwood, Paul Kelly, Stu Larsen, The Ahern Brothers, The East Pointers, The Morrisons, Timothy James Bowen and Willie Watson. Details here

– We reached out to the Timber and Steel community to get them to pick their top albums of the year. The results are wonderful with well over 100 artists contributing. Details here

– Our Editor In Chief Gareth Hugh Evans picked his top 25 tracks of 2016 including songs from All Our Exes Live in Texas, BATTS, Billy Bragg, Charlie Fink, David Rawlings, Diamond Duck, Emma Davis, Fanny Lumsden, Gretta Ziller, I’m With Her, Johnny Flynn, Julia Johnson, Laura Marling, Nick Mulvey, Offa Rex, Paul Kelly, Stella Donnelly, Stu Larsen, Taryn La Fauci, The Ahern Brothers, The East Pointers, The Morrisons feat. Georgia Mooney, The Northern Folk, The Young’uns, and Willie Watson. Details here

– We review The Beautiful Girls in Sydney. Details here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift

Gretta Ziller

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift kick off their summer holiday tour of caravan parks around the nation. Will they stumble across your holiday park?

Wednesday 27th December – Discovery Parks Lake Hume, Ebden, VIC
Thursday 28th December – Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park, Porepunkah, VIC
Friday 29th December – Omeo Caravan Park, Omeo, VIC

Gigs Next Week

A Celtic Christmas feat. Damien Leith, Claymore
Saturday 23rd December – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne, VIC

A Country Christmas Revue feat. Raised By Eagles, Lost Ragas, The Ahern Brothers, Sarah Carroll
Friday 22nd December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

A Very Country Christmas feat. James Ellis, Cold Heart, Roz Girvan, Bakersfield Glee Club
Saturday 23rd December – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

A Xmas Happening Love In! feat. Zoùkeys, Hippy Trippy Trio, Jewels’ Blues Explosion
Friday 22nd December – The Bank, Melbourne, VIC

Alex The Astronaut
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Lost Paradise, Glenworth Valley, NSW

Andrew Swift
Saturday 23rd December – King Island Club, Currie, TAS
Wednesday 27th December – Discovery Parks Lake Hume, Ebden, VIC
Thursday 28th December – Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park, Porepunkah, VIC
Friday 29th December – Omeo Caravan Park, Omeo, VIC

Andy Baylor
Friday 22nd December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Benjamin Roberts w/ Daniel J. Townsend
Thursday 27th December – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Breaking Trad
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Cat Canteri and Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 23rd December – The Bridge, Castlemaine, VIC

Craig Woodward
Sunday 24th December – Loretta’s, Melbourne, VIC

Dane Blacklock, Velvajayne
Saturday 23rd December – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Darren Hanlon
Friday 22nd December –
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd December – The Old Museum
, Brisbane, QLD

Edgelarks
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Eleanor McEvoy
Friday 29th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Falls Festival
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Lorne, VIC
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Marion Bay, TAS

Fleet Foxes
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS

Get Folked Punk Xmas Blowout feat. Vetty Vials & The Sandpit Turtles, Whispering Jackie, Jonno Read, Billy Demos, Billy Puntton, Uke-paley, Jethro Morris, Ess-em, Sooze
Friday 22nd December – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Good Option
Friday 22nd December – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift
Wednesday 27th December – Discovery Parks Lake Hume, Ebden, VIC
Thursday 28th December – Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park, Porepunkah, VIC
Friday 29th December – Omeo Caravan Park, Omeo, VIC

Handsome Young Strangers, Steph Miller and Jim Mongrel’s Anti-Christmas Bash
Saturday 23rd December – MoshPit, Sydney, NSW

Helen Townsend
Friday 22nd December – Amble Inn, Corindi, NSW
Saturday 23rd December – The Naked Bean, South Grafton, NSW

Honey
Monday 25th December – Parklands Resort, Mudgee, NSW

James Bennett
Friday 22nd December – Avoca Beach Hotel & Resort, Avoca Beach, NSW
Saturday 23rd December – The Lounge Room, Port Macquarie, NSW
Sunday 24th December – Town Green Inn Port Macquarie, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 29th December – Sacred Tree Markets, Nelson Bay, NSW

Jess Locke
Saturday 23rd December – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

John Butler
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Julia Jacklin
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 22nd December – The Guildford Family Hotel, Guildford, VIC
Saturday 23rd December – The Bridge, Castlemaine, VIC

Kallidad
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC

Lost Paradise
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Glenworth Valley, NSW

Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission
Friday 22nd December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd December – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th December – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC

Microwave Jenny
Sunday 24th December – Bombini, Avoca Beach, NSW

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

One Hot Night feat. Busby Marou, Amy Shark, Timberwolf, Pandamic
Friday 29th December – Rockhampton Showgrounds, Rockhampton, QLD

Pam Hata
Sunday 24th December – The Duck on Clarence, Port Macquarie, NSW
Thursday 28th December – Oasis by the River, North Haven, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 29th December – Lorne Hotel, Lorne, VIC

Rita B
Saturday 23rd December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sleepy Dreamers, Arbes, Sean Watson
Friday 22nd December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

That Red Head
Saturday 23rd December – Wayward Brewing Company, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th December – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Beautiful Girls
Thursday 28th December – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Bluegrass Playgirls with GlenyRae & JennyShimmin, Robbie Long & Smithy
Saturday 23rd December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Demon Drink
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Drunken Poachers
Saturday 23rd December – Labour in Vain, Melbourne, VIC

The East Pointers
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Heggarties and Matt J Ward
Friday 22nd December – Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Railsplitters
Friday 29th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS

This Way North
Saturday 23rd December – Aireys Pub, Aireys Inlet, VIC
Friday 29th December – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Woodford Folk Festival
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford, QLDFriday Folk Flashback

“How to Make Gravy” – Paul Kelly

Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2017

Record Collection

Always our most popular post of the year! Once again we’ve sent out the request to the incredible community of folk and acoustic musicians covered on Timber and Steel and they’ve responded overwhelmingly with their favourite albums of 2017.

We’ve already given you our top 25 albums and EPs – now we turn it over to the artists. So much new music still to discover! So without further waffle may we present to you this year’s Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2017.

Sarah BelknerAlison Avron
Sarah BelknerBut You Are, But it Has
This album release was a long time coming and it was totally worth the wait. The lyrics are so easy to relate to, the production is sophisticated, warm and intriguing. Sarah’s voice and songwriting are absolutely sublime.

Gretta ZillerMichael Carpenter (Carpenter Caswell)
Gretta ZillerQueen Of Boomtown
Apart from having one of the most honest and accomplished voices in the Australian alt-country world, Gretta Ziller has developed into a world class writer in the genre. This album showcases how far she’s come in such a short time, combining her take on contemporary writing, with the amazing production of Paul Ruske. The album is strong and sensitive, ballsy and ambitious, without losing any of the heart you’d expect with the songwriting content. An outstanding release from an artist who has truly arrived, and drawn a line in the sand for the genre.

The East PointersÁine Tyrrell
The East PointersWhat We Leave Behind
What an impossible task, top albums, as I am only just sinking my teeth into so many of the amazing 2017 albums at the moment like Jen Cloher’s Jen Cloher, Declan O’Rourke’s Chronicles of The Great Irish Famine and so many more. But one album that has been top of my play list since release has been The East Pointers’ What We Leave Behind and I never tire of it, which is a sign of a great album. This album has great depth to it musically, lyrically and in production. There is a stunning simplicity to the way the three lads work together that creates a joyous sound much bigger than a three piece and I think they have captured it on CD which is sometimes hard to do. I love that they have been able to honour and respect their tradition and push its boundaries into some modern places. One of the stand out tracks for me is their co-write with Liz Stringer, “82 Fires”.

SOHNRosie Evelyn (Liam Gale and The Ponytails)
SOHNRennen
The general vibe is darkly sexy future blues, with simple, soulful vocals, driving percussion, major synth, and just enough movement to keep you going. A little bit James Blake, a little bit Allan Rayman.

Jed RoweLes Thomas
Jed RoweA Foreign Country
This album grabbed me instantly with the strength of its songwriting, quality of musicianship and directness of emotion. Very few songwriters I know can deliver the goods as writers and players like Jed can. The song “Tailem Bend” – a small town story with universal resonance – shows the level of accomplishment and expression he’s achieved and it’s a beautiful thing to hear.

Stu LarsenAMISTAT
Stu LarsenResolute
Not only is Stu a beautiful human being but also an incredible singer songwriter! Every song on this album is just beautiful and comes from a very honest and humble place.

Mexico CityM.E. Baird
Mexico CityWhen The Day Goes Dark
Why? Because they represent the real deal to me – no ego, no frills, no pretense, just damn good songs and tunes.

Hiss Golden MessengerBrooke Russell and the Mean Reds
Hiss Golden MessengerHallelujah Anyhow
There’s something about MC Taylor’s voice that makes me so happy. I’m fairly new to his music and while I’m diving into his back catalogue, this new one has arrived and I’m in love. Beautiful band sound, fab songs – something sentimental in it that feels warm to me. My rekkid for the summer!

Ryan AdamsRyan Oliver (Oliver’s Army)
Ryan AdamsPrisoner
I love that it’s a revered, adored singer-songwriter at the top of his fame, dealing with genuine emotions and pain in the public spotlight. It may be tragic, it might be self inflicted, but I still feel like he’s a true artist who is his own worst enemy and that comes across in his heart-break ballads.

The Homeless Gospel ChoirFrank Turner
The Homeless Gospel ChoirNormal
I’ve been doing shows with Derek in Pittsburgh for a few years and he’s always been good, but this record is the sound of an artist finding his voice and spreading his creative wings. It’s been absolutely jammed in my stereo since I got hold of it.

Brooke RussellKelly Day (Broads)
Brooke Russell and the Mean RedsThe Way You Leave
This year one album really ticked all my boxes – which sounds too clinical really for something that made me splashy cry while I was driving. I particularly love that it sits outside the kind of music I tend to lean towards, but great albums are often the ones that transcend your usual inclinations. Brooke has absolutely NAILED it with this release. Stunning production, exquisite songwriting, and the most luscious, authentic, rich voice that feels like someone blowing softly on the back of your neck.

Gretta ZillerMandy Connell
Gretta ZillerQueen Of Boomtown
Put together with care and love, produced beautifully, and full of arrangements that feel perfect, unpredictable and just right. Every song inspires a depth of feeling, making it a really rich listen all the way through.

Offa RexMackenzie Shivers
Offa RexQueen of Hearts
Being a true lover of Celtic music, this album inspired me as an artist more than any other. From quirky folk-rock (“Queen of Hearts”) to haunting ballads (“The First Time I Ever Saw Her Face”), there is just enough variety of instrumentation and mood to keep the listener completely captivated. And Olivia Chaney’s voice is arrestingly beautiful. Favorite track: “The Old Churchyard”

Fanny LusdenMelody Moko
Fanny LumsdenReal Class Act
I love the way Fanny has cemented her unique way of writing with the record, her blend of social commentary, vivid imagery and Australian culture is unlike anyone else. The production is lush and thoughtful and brings the album together beautifully.

Moses SumneyTulalah
Moses SumneyAromanticism
Choosing a favourite album is a hard ask, the first one that comes to mind (probably because I’m currently listening to it) is Moses’ masterpiece, Aromanticism. It’s impeccably well constructed; colour, texture, mood, feel, groove – it ticks all of the boxes and ticks them damn well.

The War On DrugsThe Once
The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
A super strong, sonically rich and atmospheric follow up to previous album, Lost in the Dream. Sounds like Ryan Adams, Bryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen adopted a kid in the seventies and this is the result of that happy home.

Jason IsbellBrad Butcher
Jason Isbell & the 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound
To make my decision for album of the year I simply refer to which album I’ve listen to most. It’s an easy choice really – The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit. All class as usual, amazing sounds all throughout the record and Isbell’s songwriting is up there with the best of the best.

Jed RoweCat Canteri
Jed RoweA Foreign Country
Jed paints a beautiful and lush portrait of predominantly Australian characters and landscapes, past and present on this record. The depth of field and attention to detail in his songwriting is just wonderful and comes across as completely effortless. Sonically the album is paired back, which allows the strength and quality of the songs, performances and Jed’s voice to shine. If I can write a song like “Where The Water Meets The Sky” or “Tailem Bend” some day, I’ll be well pleased.

LordePepi Emmerichs (Oh Pep!)
LordeMelodrama
Melodrama hits me in the heart every time. It’s lush, poignant, groovy and the songs make me think, all the while being incredibly catchy. Those are pretty much most of my favourite things in music!

TajMoLloyd Spiegel
TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ BandTajMo
The first time I heard Keb’ Mo’ I said “Man, this guy should sit in with Taj”. It’s about time they listened to me. Both these artists have the rare ability to modernise the blues genre while still giving it’s roots and traditions their rightful respect. Combined, this CD hit a nerve with me, in particular the gutbucket tracks “Don’t Leave Me Here” and “Diving Duck Blues”. Really though, you can’t put those two in a room and expect anything less.

Valerie JuneEmily Barker
Valerie JuneThe Order of Time
I learned about Valerie June on my trips to Memphis as she lived there for many years and has worked with a lot of the musicians I know out there. I heard “Long, Lonely Road”, the first song on the record, and I knew from then on I was going to love it. There’s so much space in the recordings and her unusual but beautiful vocals grabbed me instantly. I love how the production and her songs seamlessly blend a mix a folk, soul, pop and desert blues. It sounds fresh and cool, powerful and feminine.

The Ahern BrothersJoel Barker & The Low Company
The Ahern BrothersThe Ahern Brothers
Charming and insightful songwriting combining two voices made to sing together. Deserves to be in front of the masses. Astonishing live performances to boot!

Cigarettes After SexHusky
Cigarettes After SexCigarettes After Sex
It’s a fog of romance and nostalgia you can’t help but get lost in. Reminds me of being 16 and love sick, listening to Mazzy Star.

Lisa KnappSam Lee
Lisa KnappTill April Is Dead – A Garland of May
English folk singer Lisa Knapp has captured in this album a stunning insight into the melodic and archaic realms of May-time when all of England is blooming and the sense of ancient rites and mysticism is emerging from the dark winter. It’s an album that casts a rich and hauntingly magical spell and gives that sense of contemporary ancientness that all good folk singers are masters of.

Greg StepsFour In The Morning
Greg Steps & The Not For ProphetsThe Overland
There have been a lot of great releases this year, but our favourite from around Melbourne has to be The Overland by Greg Steps. The songs just scream of someone who has worked hard at honing their craft. Tightly woven lyrics painting little snapshots of Australia, from early morning walks in Melbourne to trains clattering across Queensland. It’s all underlaid with a warm, folky vibe that feels authentic without being derivative. The stand out track for us is “Famous Last Words”. It’s a folk song in the true sense of the word and weaves together thoughts on fame, colonialism, and folk heroes. It also introduced us to the amazing story of Breaker Morant.

Novo Amor and Ed TullettWildwood Kin
Novo Amor & Ed TullettHeiress
This is the perfect album to listen to when in need of some peace and tranquility amongst a busy schedule. They have released a set of live performance videos that capture their sound together so well; the two voices blend harmoniously together, creating an unbelievable sound of completeness and perfection. You can’t help feeling relaxed when hearing their music!

Leif VollebekkRiley Pearce
Leif VollebekkTwin Solitude
You know how people say they’ve had this CD in their car and have listened to it on repeat since they got it and you’re like “yeh right, no you didn’t”. Well now I understand that feeling. This album is everything. It’s emotive, it’s clever, it’s stripped and simple and it’s f#@king great!

The Teskey BrothersPaddy McHugh
The Teskey BrothersHalf Mile Harvest
When I first heard the track “Crying Shame” I thought that I was listening to a bunch of old African American soul men from Memphis. Then I saw a picture of the band and thought I was listening to a bunch of young white soul dudes from Memphis. Then I read they are from bloody Warrandyte in Victoria. I invited them to play live on my radio show Three Chords & The Truth and they absolutely killed it. Since then I have had the pleasure of playing on a few bills with them and can also report that they are top blokes to boot.

Big TheifFraser A. Gorman
Big ThiefCapacity
Adrianne Lenker is easily the most eloquent and beautiful songwriter I’ve heard in years.

Neil McSweeneyJon Boden
Neil McSweeneyA Coat Worth Wearing
I’ve chosen an album by Neil McSweeney, a stalwart of the Sheffield scene for many years. A Coat Worth Wearing is a fantastically literate collection of songs beautifully arranged and produced, and displaying the talents of a brilliant band of musicians including renowned folk stalwarts Ben Nicholls and Sam Sweeney. It’s an excellent album on so many levels and definitely my pick for album of 2017.

YirrmalKetch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show)
YirrmalYoungblood
I met Yirrmal Marika in Melbourne at the Australian Americana Honors Awards this past October. Yirrmal stole the show. He is a culture man. I picked up Yirrmal’s new EP Youngblood; it is the best Americana record I heard all year long. It’s got 50,000 years of soul. Crank it up.

Nadia ReidTaryn La Fauci
Nadia ReidPreservation
This record was on repeat for many many months in my car this year. I had really been craving an exquisite, cohesive and beautiful album that I could fall for, hard. This album did all of that and more, which is why it is my album of the year for 2017. I also got to see Nadia play in Sydney at The Golden Age Cinema in April and the show was stunning, it made me want to run home and learn how to play my guitar with that kind of verve.

Ryan AdamsImogen Clark
Ryan AdamsPrisoner
This album sounds to me like beautiful chaos and distress. Ryan Adams has a way of tapping into human vulnerability and woe like I don’t think I’ve ever heard from another artist. This record is just another example of his way with words and melodies that together, form the most melancholy but simultaneously kick-ass comments on the human condition you’ll ever hear from any modern day songwriter.

Sgt PepperJames Daley (The Morrisons, Diamond Duck, Tawny Owl String Band)
The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 50th Anniversary Edition
I feel a bit a strange choosing a reissue as album of the year, but who cares, it’s Sgt Peppers. After all the music I have listened to in my life, nothing has ever captured my imagination the way The Beatles have. It is the most astonishing body of work in pop music, the same way Bach is to classical music or Shakespeare to literature. I discovered The Beatles as a teenager after I got a copy of The White Album for xmas one year and my life has never been the same. Hearing all the remastered tracks and outtakes on this reissue was a wild journey and reinvigorated my love for this music in a way I hadn’t anticipated – I have been listening to The Beatles non stop since it came out, like I’m rediscovering it all over again. There are some absolute pearlers on this – the alternate takes of “Strawberry Fields”, “Lucy In The Sky” and “Day In The Life” are really interesting. Hearing how they built these songs into what we know and love is a fascinating process. However the most astonishing track is the instrumental take of “She’s Leaving Home”. Being able to hear all the subtlety, intricacy and beauty of George Martin’s arrangement for strings/harp was such a joy. A real masterclass in arranging – plus you can sing over and pretend you are Paul McCartney, ha.

The War On DrugsDirewolf
The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
Don’t you just adore things that need only a moment to take a firm grip around your mind, heart and/or soul? Like a one in a million barista made coffee or takeaway Thai? Not that I’m directly drawing comparisons between those things and what I consider to be a modern day classic album. However that is how my body reacted when the first second of “Up All Night” passed by. The unmistakable soundscape, verb soaked /grunge driven guitars, the synergy of acoustic/electronic driving “Dire Straights” percussion, Adam Granofsky’s/Bob Dylan’s often confused voices are but the tip of a very large and colourful iceberg that make up the record at large. We’re only supposed to be confined to one sentence, and since I’ve already profoundly broken that line I’m going to insist you put this record on in the background and see how long it takes you to stop needle poking around on the internet and gain A Deeper Understanding.

Scott CookLiz Frencham
Scott CookFurther Down The Line
I listen repeatedly to a lot of albums for my work as an accompanist. Rarely does such an album make it past that stage into my ‘listening
for pleasure’ category let alone become my favourite. But Scott Cook’s warm and beautiful Further Down The Line is one such album. It captures his arresting live delivery and the songs are rich in detail and real, visceral experience.

Dermot KennedyHarrison Storm
Dermot KennedyDoves & Ravens
I remember stumbling upon Dermot’s music on Spotify and instantly connecting with it. I became really intrigued with his music and read in an interview where he explains his sound as a cross between Bon Iver and Drake, which is pretty accurate. This EP is full of rich lyrics and interesting sounds and each listen uncovers a phrase or sound you may have missed in the previous listen. This EP definitely inspired me this year and I am looking forward to what he releases in 2018.

Laura CorteseThe East Pointers
Laura Cortese & The Dance CardsCalifornia Calling
If there’s one album we could pick from 2017, we’d have to choose California Calling by Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards. These girls are ridiculously talented (watching them perform live makes you want to go home, practice and write better songs). Their latest album combines Americana, trad, pop and folk so perfectly. Organic, yet slick. Can’t see how anyone wouldn’t like it!

FeistAinsley Farrell
FeistPleasure
Pleasure is so intimate and fragile, yet very powerful. It tugs at all my heartstrings. I recently got the chance to see her live performance at The Opera House and it blew me away.

Leif VollebekkDustin Tebbutt
Leif VollebekkTwin Solitude
My good friend Hayden Calnin introduced me to this guy over a late night whisky, and I have been listening ever since. The lyrics verge on stream of consciousness without being aimless, while vocally, Leif somehow manages to ride the line between being completely vulnerable and completely in control at the same time. Put this on top of some of the tastiest drum sounds I’ve heard in a long while, and simple but stunning keyboard playing, and you’ve got yourself one hell of an album. There are few bells and whistles, there aren’t really any production tricks or shoe shine here, just honest stories, and raw but precisely executed sounds.

Phoebe BridgersWilliam Fitzsimmons
Phoebe BridgersStranger in the Alps
I came upon Bridgers from my bandmate, who had done some touring with her and I was pretty caught up in it immediately. Her voice is special and there is a wisdom in her words beyond her young years. The most exciting thing for me, however, isn’t the album itself, it’s knowing that there is only more and even better from her to come. Listen to “Smoke Signals”.

The Mae TrioThe Northern Folk
The Mae TrioTake Care Take Cover
We finally caught The Mae Trio at Dorrigo Folk this year after hearing good things for so long, and they blew us away. This is the kind of album that reminds you of how amazing our folk scene can be- heartspoken, cleverly arranged, beautifully performed and catchy as anything. “Call Me Stranger” is a particular favourite of ours, but each song on this record is so strong.

R.L. BoyceDom Turner (The Backsliders)
R.L. BoyceRoll and Tumble
It is the second album from a man at the heart of the Mississippi hill country blues tradition. It contains all the style and swagger, grit and power that comes from a musician who sets perfectly gritty grooves overlain with heartfelt vocals to achieve maximum emotion.

The Button CollectiveJoe Glover (Shelley’s Murder Boys, The Backsliders)
The Button CollectiveHall on the Hill
This album has been on constant repeat in my car, my workshop, and my Spotify from the first day I bought it – so beautifully recorded so that you feel like you are in the room with them as they emotionally belt out fantastic songs written by Brodie and brought to life by a bunch of great musicians. Hall on the Hill is an absolute cracker of an album and I think I’ll be religiously listening to it for some time to come – perhaps until their next one is released.

Willie WatsonShelley Eves (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
Willie WatsonFolksinger Vol.2
This album is such a clear winner for me, I’ve had it on high rotation since its release. Once again Willie brought his own feel to some classic folk songs, from the delightfully joyful harmonies in “Samson and Delilah” to his haunting take on “Gallows Pole”.

All Our Exes Live in TexasJimmy Murray (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
All Our Exes Live in TexasWhen We Fall
Such a pleasure to finally hear this debut album after hearing the band grow and play over the past few years. What an amazing collection of songs and of course the incredible vocal performances from all 4 of these superstars. I really loved the production on the album as well by producer Wayne Connolly which added lovely colour to the beautiful songs. ARIA award winners 2017!

Kat GoldmanRuth Hazleton (Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton, Bill Jackson)
Kat GoldmanWorking Man’s Blues
Nina Simone once said “It’s an artist’s duty … to reflect the times [in which we live]”. It’s been a fantastic year of new releases, though I’d like to highlight an album that nails the above brief and more. Canadian writer Kat Goldman’s Working Man’s Blues is challenging, at times fragile, brutally honest and incredibly insightful. Collectively, the songs explore contemporary working-class culture, often from the perspective of a lover who struggles to understand and accommodate the struggles of the working man. I’ve long been a fan of Kat Goldman’s writing. Her unique sound, mesmerising voice, distinctive compositions and feet-on-the-ground approach to her music make her a formidable artist of great integrity. Working Man’s Blues has been on high rotation here, and will be for some time to come.

Jed RoweBill Jackson
Jed RoweA Foreign Country
First thing that struck me about this record was the vocals and these songs provide a beautiful vehicle for a great voice. Next thing, the sparseness – the way I have been accustomed to hearing Jed over his journey. Jed Rowe has something to say – I admire that and this record puts him up there with the very best. Standout track for me is “Tailem Bend”. Beautifully produced by Jeff Lang.

Lilly HiattJames Allsopp (Ralway Bell)
Lilly HiattTrinity Lane
Picking one standout release for 2017 was pretty impossible in what was a year of exceptional music. Locally, Joel Barker and the Low Company’s Unchartered EP was a stand out. Otherwise, I’ve been talking up Lilly Hiatt since the moment I finished listening to Trinity Lane. Like all my favourite albums, it’s rooted in personal struggle, ebbs and flows perfectly, is filled with outstanding musicianship, and doesn’t try too hard sound like any one genre in particular. 10 stars!

Body CountMatt Black (The Bottlers)
Body CountBloodlust
Body Count’s sixth studio album Bloodlust emblazons a brutally honest sociopolitical conscience and fire eyed world view, teetering on the honed end of a pistol sight. I feel this is Ice T and band’s tried and true return to form with pinpoint, stand out tracks such as the narrative charged, “Black Hoody” and controversy ladened, “No Lives Matter”. A must listen for those thirsting for the truth beyond a media blurred world.

Bob DylanThe Welcome Wagon
Bob DylanTrouble No More – The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981
You might call this choice dirty pool, as the music was recorded nearly 40 years ago, but it’s only now getting a proper release, so I’m technically in the clear. This is a collection of live tracks, demos, and outtakes from Bob Dylan’s so-called “Born Again” period, stuff folks (me included) have been downloading from various sketchy websites for years, and for good reason. The songs are great – check “Solid Rock” for a straight Gospel stomper, cue up “I Believe in You” for an arresting spiritual ballad – and so are many of the live performances (the backing choir is consistently blistering). Whether you’re a believer or not, Dylan clearly is here, and it makes all the difference.

The Mae TrioJohn Flanagan
The Mae TrioTake Care Take Cover
Sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby have such beautifully contrasting songwriting styles, Maggie is a stone cold killer Americana writer and Elsie writes stunningly original melodies with uplifting pop hook choruses. With (no exaggeration) some of the best folk harmonies in the WORLD and Anita’s impressive rhythmic cello playing, this is a truly unique and heart-grabbing band and this album is them going all out with tasteful and at times epic production.

Georgia State LineNick Payne (Dear Orphans)
Georgia State LineHeaven Knows
These guys applied to play at the Americana Music Association of Australia’s takeover of Late Night Alt at Tamworth in January. Paul Heggart from The Heggarties chose them site unseen from the applications purely based on what he heard when he listened to their pre-release recordings of this album. Hailing from country Victoria these guys are a six piece featuring Georgia Delves on vocals, and songwriting. They’re all accomplished instrumentalists in their own right and Georgia’s songwriting authentically channels the best of sophisticated country songwriting from the 60s and 70s.

Fanny LusdenSam Buckingham
Fanny LumsdenReal Class Act
I’m not just picking this album because Fanny and Dan are two of my favourite people! This album is, as the title suggests, all class. Fanny’s songwriting is beautifully Australian and the album is joyful, brilliantly performed by all involved, and completely without any ego – despite the outstanding success these guys have been earning. Fanny gives us all a lesson on how to be a ripper indie artist and how to make music that’s undoubtedly, authentically, your own. Roll on kids

LCD SoundsystemEm George
LCD SoundsystemAmerican Dream
I was moderately (read as *very*) excited when there were rumblings of talk about a new album from these guys, but like anything that was laid to rest, one always is slightly concerned that the revival won’t live up to what has come before it. So when LCD Soundsystem released their new album, I cautiously gave it a first listen and it did not disappoint. Every beat and melodic turn is so completely in tune to what has become their signature sound; that build up of tension and release, excitement and sadness, with inflections of irony that James Murphy grabs the listener with in his choice of lyrics marked with wit. There’s a touch of darkness and melancholy as each song seems to question the ending of things, the loss of once was, but that bright spark of beat this band is known for keeps it somewhere higher and closer within reach, slightly unobtainable so you keep wanting to hear it on repeat from start to finish again and again.

Aldous HardingCharm of Finches
Aldous HardingParty
Party swept us off our feet. Moody and textural, impeccable production awash with aural spectres. Horizon is addictive and moving. Aldous’ compelling voice and haunting poetics have us in thrall.

The Teskey BrothersMark Wilkinson
The Teskey BrothersHalf Mile Harvest
Amazing vocals and killer tracks full of old school soul. Sounds like neat whiskey and smokey bars.

The NationalBANFF
The NationalSleep Well Beast
I eagerly awaited The National’s next record, after Trouble Will Find Me kept me wrapped me up in its flawlessness for the last four years or there abouts. This year Sleep Well Beast won me over, with Matt Berninger’s candid yet agitated words luring me back into that deeply thoughtful, emotional and hauntingly beautiful sound I would’ve always come back for. The National perfectly blend understated harmony with organised chaos throughout all of their records, and this was no exception by any means. The meticulous musicianship and purposeful, but somewhat ambiguous lyrics continue unravelling more layers to this beast in itself every time I listen. This was the best record of 2017 for mine.

LankumKarine Polwart
LankumBetween The Earth and Sky
I can’t get enough of the murky drone-scapes and vocal edges of Lankum’s Between The Earth and Sky. In particular, the raw, reedy singing of Radie Peat on album opener “What Shall We Do When We Have No Money?” sounds like the ages. It’s the absolute antithesis of sweet.

The Wood BrothersBen Prest (Echo Deer)
The Wood BrothersLive at the Barn
I know it’s a live album but this release was my first exposure to the brother’s amazing songs, chops and harmonies. Their sound owes a lot to The Band, and “the barn” is at Levon Helm’s farm where he held concerts before he died, making the fantastic closing cover of “Ophelia” and dedication on “Postcards from Hell” all the more meaningful.

Jess LockeHollie Matthew (Echo Deer)
Jess LockeUniverse
A revisiting of the 80’s Australian rock sound ala Go Betweens with more sadness and slacker vibe. Killer matter of fact lyrics and chorus-y guitar sounds. Even better live. 5 Stars.

SamphaSimon Wegman (Echo Deer)
SamphaProcess
I hadn’t been aware of Sampha’s previous EP releases, but after Shazaming “Blood on Me” while in a tragically trendy sneaker store, I was moved to hunt down the British singer and producer’s debut LP. Sampha Sisay’s sensitive, soulful vocals and meditative piano (reminiscent of James Blake at his best) form the backbone of this record, while the thoughtful production touches throughout make me want to hit “play” again the second it finishes.

All Them WitchesAlexi Grivas (Echo Deer)
All Them WitchesSleeping Through the War
The latest album by All Them Witches has been my most played record this year. A four piece from Nashville – but they aren’t a country band – All Them Witches is a great new-wave heavy psychedelic band, with moments of light and shade. This record has them growing as writers and players, bringing new instruments and sounds into the mix. Can’t wait to see it live.

Sam OutlawRick Hart
Sam OutlawTenderheart
Simple, yet endearing melodies, layered with beautiful storytelling. It’s an album that is strong from start to end, in many ways reminding me of some of the great traditional country songwriters whom I love. Favourite tracks are “Now She Tells Me”, “She’s Playing Hard To Get (Rid Of)” and “Bougainvillea, I Think”.

Courtney Marie AndrewsJames Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Courtney Marie AndrewsHonest Life
I knew what my favourite album of the year was going to be when I saw Courtney Marie Andrews play in Melbourne in July this year. She’s got a tremendous voice and the lyrics stand apart from almost everything else I’ve heard this year in their insight and honesty. What makes her songs exceptional is the way they all seem to come directly from her own story and experience. These are her songs and this is her life. It’s an honest life.

Mike BarnettHamish Davidson (Davidson Brothers)
Mike BarnettPortraits in Fiddles
As a fiddle player and bluegrass fanatic, I am thrilled to see Mike Barnett create a record which to me is like a cross section of all the bluegrass fiddle music I’ve devoured in the last 27 years. He collaborates with some of bluegrass music’s most vibrant talent and shines new light on a great selection of fiddle masterpieces.

Angel OlsenKate Barker (Whoa Mule, Golden Whistler)
Angel OlsenPhases
I just can’t seem to get enough of Angel Olsen’s vocals and songwriting. Her work inspires me to sing like there’s no tomorrow!

George HarrisonTim Guy
George HarrisonWonderwall Music
I know this is a turn up for the books, this was released in 1968. I was in India a few weeks back, and as we descended into the ancient blue city of Jodhpur, I had this on in my headphones and seriously guys, it was incred. Place and time – but you know what I mean.

Sarah BelknerMel Parsons
Sarah BelknerBut You Are, But It Has
Sydney producer and songwriter Sarah Belkner knocks it out of the park with But You Are, But It Has. This record and its predecessor the Humans EP have been on high rotation for me all year. Brilliant songwriting, interesting and super clever arrangements and impeccable production. I will continue to listen obsessively.

Bill OrcuttMark Moldre
Bill OrcuttBill Orcutt
Orcutt wanders in and around the destruction, renovations and construction sites of melody. Tearing a well worn musical phrase apart and rebuilding it. Disassembling a traditional like it’s a jigsaw puzzle and putting the pieces back together in all the wrong places with gaffer tape and super glue. Attacking the guitar with a ferocious tenacity, short angry, dogged outbursts are followed by meditative beauty. “When You Wish Upon A Star” dances about the melody without ever really clearly stating the theme. “Ol’ Man River” is soft and dripping with the peaceful lapping of the Mississippi whist remaining dark and haunting, broken and fractured. Reminiscent of the solo work of Marc Ribot, Fred Frith or even the sonic explorations of Tom Verlaine in its angular assault to the senses. Jazz, traditional folk and the avant-garde smash headlong into each other with little regard for the trail of damage and re-creation left in their wake. Dissonant yet sweet, contemplative while remaining challenging. Bravely free and uncensored.

Loene CarmenCatherine Traicos
Loene CarmenLovers Dreamers Fighters
I’ve always loved the way Lo’s voice manages to be strong, vulnerable, sassy, gentle and flirty all at the same time, and on this record it achieves that in spades. Also the pacing and the production of this record are spot on.

King Gizzard And The Lizard WizardJeff Lang
King Gizzard And The Lizard WizardFlying Microtonal Banana
This is a rocking album, really fun to listen to. The band gets up quite a head of steam, the rhythm section powering with a relentless forward momentum and the various microtonal electric guitars stabbing and chattering over the top. Great riffs all over the album, fantastic energy and an adventurous, explorative mood throughout. It sounds to me like they’re having a load of fun.

Ryan AdamsJosh Rennie-Hynes (The Ahern Brothers)
Ryan AdamsPrisoner
Adams has so many albums and this is one of his best. Great songs, production and tones

Pony FaceCat Leahy (This Way North)
Pony FaceDeja Vu
I’ve always been fascinated with the sonic scapes that Pony Face create. I’m a massive fan of Shane Omara’s musical mind too, so when I heard he was a new member of Pony Face, it just made so much sense. This album really speaks to me. The way the songs tail in and out, the mesmerising, pulsing tremolo on “Mt Deja Vu” the driving groove in “Justine”. It’s pretty magical. Simon’s voice is just heavenly. He’s like some kind of grungy, modern-day crooner.

Nikki LaneRuby Boots
Nikki LaneHighway Queen
I tried to pick another album for fear of seeming biased, but I really do love Nikki’s album from back to front and no matter how I tried, I couldn’t get past it for this year’s top pick, I fell in love with it on first listen and over 50 listens later it still remains my fave. There’s a storyline in every song that is so easy to latch on to and make your own whilst still being cleverly written, that and the infectious melodies that take up the prime real estate on this record are the things that almost make you feel like she’s written the album just for you, the listener, yet there is enough sincerity in there to know that it’s just as much for her as it is for you, the perfect balance really! Fave song on the album: “Foolish Heart”.

Nai palmTommy Spender (Mama Kin Spender)
Nai PalmNeedle Paw
I started listening to this record while I was having a bath and it felt like it really complimented the complete surrender to the hot water. I love Nai’s passion to her artistry. She is truly gifted with a confidence and commitment to her voice that verges on punk, but her vocal has such a developed technicality, it blows me away. It’s so great hearing where she is at without the sinewy and muscular musicality of Haitus Kaiyote winding around her sound.

Scott CookAlanna and Alicia
Scott CookFurther Down The Line
Scott Cook is a natural storyteller; his songs glow with empathy, wit and warmth. This is a beautiful album, but he is even better live.
His performance on the porch at Enda Kennedy’s house concert in Northcote, Melbourne was a passport to the heartland of folk songs as they should be, as they have always been.

Colter WallHarvey Russell (Peasant Moon)
Colter WallColter Wall
This is a sparse, flawless debut from an extraordinarily talented 22 year-old Canadian possessing an absurdly weathered baritone. Arranged mostly with acoustic guitar and pedal steel only, these songs are written with the assuredness and self-knowing of a veteran songwriter. At times channelling Haggard, others Townes, the dark, vivid storytelling is magnetic and stunning. These songs feel lived in, shaped by wisdom and experience. Here we have a voice of country music’s future.

Caroline SpenceJosie Rothwell (Peasant Moon)
Caroline SpenceSpades and Roses
I’ve adored Spades and Roses this year. The songs are gentle, personal, universal, with gorgeous, sonically diverse but simple instrumentation. From the gender politics of “Softball” to the twang of “Hotel Armarillo” to the cute, lyrically playful “Wishing Well” and yearning of “Slow Dancer”, they’re songs I love to listen to, to be swept away by – what a songwriter!

Bad // DreemsMark “Looch” Lewis (Wifey, Handsome Young Strangers)
Bad // DreemsGutful
A cracking second effort from the best thing to come out of Adelaide in a long time. Big old school pub rock sound, quality songs, gruff vocals and a solid rhythm section make these guys a step above the other contenders. Bad // Dreems have always been a fantastic live act and this album gets closer to nailing that intensity and rawness. There is a reason they supported Midnight Oil recently! Can’t wait to see what comes next.

Gang of YourhsGretta Ray
Gang of YouthsGo Farther In Lightness
It wasn’t a challenge in the slightest to fall completely, head over heels in love with Gang Of Youths’ record Go Father In Lightness. The lyrics throughout this album are phenomenal, philosophical, pegging together lines of innovative poetry such as “a weight that’s in youth” soon to be followed by more casual, laid-back slang “..that makes a dick of us all”. I felt that the literature, interwoven with conversational speech in this way served to make this album, an album that discusses and reflects on the pros and cons of one’s “limited life” as well as the exploration of what it is to be “human”, unbelievably moving and relatable. As a writer myself, but more importantly a listener, I perceived it to be nothing less of an honour to see the world through writer and frontman Dave Le’aupepe’s eyes whilst listening to this record, that is more than deserving of all of the acclaim it has received over the duration of this year.

Kasey ChambersTom Busby (Busby Marou)
Kasey ChambersDragonfly
I’ve spent a bit of time with Kasey and the Chambers family over the last couple of years and the more I’ve been able to watch her off stage, the more I have realised that she is a true and prolific songwriter. Constantly singing, always creating, forever exploring. That is what this record is, just like her, brave and genuine!

Kendrick LamarSahara Beck
Kendrick LamarDamn
This album has worked for me no matter what mood I’ve been in all through 2017. It’s one of those albums that, to me, will always be a classic. Driving down to the lake with the windows down loving every moment of each song. Thank you for making my 2017 that much better Kendrick.

Leif VollebekkHayden Calnin
Leif VollebekkTwin Solitude
Never has an album been so important. I’ve listened to this every second day, and it still feels as good as the first listen. It’s come to the point that I’ve started a petition to bring this talent to Melbourne. I’m addicted to the feeling Leif gives to me. Enjoyed best walking through chaos on a sunny day, forgetting the world around you.

Ulrika SpacekTom Stephens (Tesse)
Ulrika SpacekModern English Decoration
A lesson in the art of denial, an element is there and then it’s not. It’s driving and heavy, commanding attention, but somehow you can drift away at the same time. Melodies that have to be revisited again and again and then again.

Valerie JuneMatt Golotta (The Sweet Jelly Rolls)
Valerie JuneThe Order of Time
I listened to the first few songs online of The Order of Time when it first came out, then began calling record stores instantly to see if they had it in stock because I had to own it. This record seriously has everything I look for, its soulful, rocky, bluesy and country, with the right amount of sadness. I think I’ve listened to “Love You Once Made” every day this year since buying the record. “Got Soul” is a stunning pairing of soul and country that is this perfect happy way to close the record.

Daniel RomanoTamara Lindeman (The Weather Station)
Daniel RomanoModern Pressure
Definitely the record I listened to most this year. Just great. Perfect pop songwriting, wonderful wild drumming, insane bass playing, great solos, crazy organ jams, great everything (and every note played by Romano of course). What else do you want?

Big ThiefCy Winstanley (Tattletale Saints)
Big ThiefCapacity
After being introduced to ‘Paul’ from 2016’s Masterpiece on a late night drive, and subsequently watching their Tiny Desk concert, I have been enthralled with this band. I love Adrianne Lenker’s poetic, yet coherent and often confronting lyrics, and the stark arrangements of harmonically rich songs played with a nonchalance that belies their mastery.

Sara TindleyLucie Thorne
Sara TindleyWild & Unknown
There’s an extraordinary richness and directness to Tindley’s voice that is truly stunning. Wild & Unknown is a brave and beautiful collection of songs that’ll have you dancing one moment, weeping the next. A quiet masterpiece that creeps up under your skin and plants itself in your soul. I love this album.

Jen CloherAlison Ferrier
Jen CloherJen Cloher
I love everything about Jen Cloher’s self-titled fourth album. This comes close to the perfect album for me, it’s brilliantly written, performed, recorded and produced. Jen’s bare-faced honesty is incredibly brave and inspiring. Favourite tracks: “I Forgot Myself” and “Strong Woman”.

The Secret SistersThe Weeping Willows
The Secret SistersYou Don’t Own Me Anymore
Selecting your favourite album of the past 12 months is made all the more difficult when three of your favourite acts (Jason Isbell, David Rawlings and The Secret Sisters) all release LPs within the same calendar year. But whilst Isbell and Rawlings delivered sublime albums (as to be expected), the Sisters’ album is “all killer, no filler”, their best work yet, with no temptation to reach for the “skip” button! You Don’t Own Me Anymore is the charming trad-country harmony duo’s third album and most personal project to date. The writing is at times confessional, at others, nostalgic for simpler times; strength juxtaposed with vulnerability. Their soulful songs were lovingly and tastefully produced by good friend Brandi Carlile. Stand out tracks include “Tennessee River Runs Low”, murder ballad “Mississippi” (sister song to the wonderfully haunting, “Iuka” from their 2014 album, Put Your Needle Down), “Little Again” and title track, “You Don’t Own Me Anymore”. Check them out if you’re fans of sibling harmony (eg. The Everly Brothers) and/or the southern gothic stylings of Gillian Welch and The Civil Wars.

Lilly HiattSophie Klein (Little Wise)
Lilly HiattTrinity Lane
I saw Lilly perform at Third Man Records at AmericanaFest in Nashville, but the gravity of her songwriting only hit me afterwards, listening to her rocking 2017 album Trinity Lane on my headphones traveling around the States. The production, by Michael Trent of Shovels and Rope, is big, loud, gritty and more indie rock than Nashville alt-country. But Lilly’s voice still has a southern twang to it though and the melodies and words kick around my brain for days on end. “I just wanna rock n’ roll, scream out my and burn real slow” she sings on “Records”, and it makes me want to do the same.

Jamie WyattGretta Ziller
Jamie WyattFelony Blues
Although it’s been out for most of the year I’ve only just discovered Jamie Wyatt’s Felony Blues! It’s a rare thing for me to listen to something on repeat but since I’ve discovered her it’s all I’m listening to!!! It’s unashamed, uncomplicated, catchy, good old fashioned country music.

Christopher Coleman CollectiveThe Dead Maggies
Christopher Coleman CollectiveAh Winter
This is a work of art, from a guy that’s had a hard run and put his heart on his sleeve. The result is a deep, personal and moving album of mature songwriting. Musically it sits somewhere between Bright Eyes and Neil Young.

Steve EarleTristan Goodall (The Audreys)
Steve Earle & The DukesSo You Wanna Be An Outlaw
Equal parts devilish invitation and cautionary tale, this killer record was a tour van favourite as we hit the road after a break this year. Steve is in fine form, as usual, and while the album is boisterous and swaggering, it also manages to highlight his songwriting craft. Highlight: Willie Nelson growling “if you wanna be an outlaw you can never go home”. Giddy-up!

LogicSteve Barnard (Jon Cotton and The Book Keepers)
LogicEverybody
Riding my push bike past all the kids and their mothers, heads adorned in their icon of piety, devotion and religious identity. The burka is far more common in this corner of Sydney than most and it puts a smile on my face to see children enjoying their walk home from school with Mum. An old bogan crossing the road to the pub yells racial cliches about going back where you came from and then turns to me for my approval of his vitriol. I inform him I’m from overseas too, I just happen to be white and he is guilty of the grossest and purest type of racism. Racism is as blatant as the inability to see past difference and as subtle as the apathy that accompanies privilege. Everybody suffers either in their oppression or privilege. Everybody.

Lawrence GreenwoodTanya Batt (BATTS)
Lawrence GreenwoodP.S. I’m Haunted
Lawrence has been a favourite of mine for a long time with his previous project. It feels so nice to have a new album from him and my gosh wow. The melodic and lyrical genius within this album actually made me cry the first time I heard it. The journey this takes you on from start to finish is incredibly special. All of the amazing detail within the album leaves you finding something new each listen.

Gretta ZillerAndrew Swift
Gretta ZillerQueen Of Boomtown
Maybe I’m a little biased after spending so much time on the road with Gretta, but credit where credit’s due. Queen Of Boomtown is a solid record from start to finish. With underlying blues tones throughout, Queen Of Boomtown will have you tapping your feet, singing along and wiping away a tear or two again and again. Ziller is quickly being recognised as one of this country’s best songwriters and without a doubt one of its best vocalists.

Raise By EaglesSam Newton
Raised By EaglesI Must Be Somewhere
There is a great mix of upbeat and slow-burner tracks with a sprinkle of country here and there. The record is filled with great songwriting and heartfelt lyrics.

Ben SalterShane Nicholson
Ben SalterBack Yourself
I have a lot of favourite albums of 2017. It’s been a good year. But for me, one stands above the rest – Ben Salter’s Back Yourself. It’s equal parts diverse, brave, accomplished, intelligent, exciting, original, and just plain incredible, superior record-making.

Frank OceanThe Campervan Dancers
Frank OceanBiking
Ryan is arrested by the nostalgic visions of meatophorical bike-riding. Chelsea is delighted by how they manage to execute an extensive shouting outro with great aplomb.

The East PointersThe Little Stevies/Teeny Tiny Stevies
The East PointersWhat We Leave Behind
This recommendation is just as much about the album as it is about the live show, because TEP have done what is often very difficult to do and that’s to capture the energy and magic of their live show on record. As a band they’ve got the full package; great songs, impressive multi-instrumental musicianship, rich 3-part harmony, and to top it off they’re genuinely nice people. My favourites on the album are the vocal lead songs because I love a catchy melody and riff. But I also really enjoy the instrumentals because they include some super interesting harmonic changes through them that don’t always go where you’re expecting them to go. It’s an album that’s made a non-fiddler make it their new years resolution to learn how to play the fiddle, so it must be pretty good.

Songs From DanMelanie Horsnell
Dan TuffySongs from Dan
I loved Dan Tuffy’s record Songs from Dan because I love the quiet back of the valley live sound and the song “The biggest bastard who ever rode the west” is every musician-having-a-low-down-day’s anthem. And I loved King Curly’s new EP but biased as now we are making a record together, so not allowed to vote for that.

Les Poules a ColinJesse Periard (Ten Strings and a Goat Skin)
Les Poules à ColinMorose
Les Poules à Colin have never been a band to limit themselves. They are constantly pushing boundaries and exploring uncharted territory, which sets them apart from so many traditional music groups. They’ve grown so much as a band and Morose is a true representation of where they stand in the realm of traditional Québécois music and I couldn’t be more proud of them. This album has so many complex and beautiful layers to it, and has inspired me and taken me to places I didn’t expect.

Sarah BelknerJulia Johnson
Sarah BelknerBut You Are, But It Has
A record I have returned to repeatedly, finding more with every listen. The textures and arrangements glisten, but have this earthy, warm undercurrent. Her lyrics unfolded the more I honed in on them. Where I was wondering of their meaning upon first listen, months later her songs are resonating deeply with chapters and moments in my life. For me, there’s nothing more wondrous than finding a song that exposes one’s painful or wonderful experience as universal, and this album is rich with those gems. Standout track: “Cellophane”.

Jesca HoopAinslie Wills
Jesca HoopMemories Are Now
I describe this album to other people as “assertive folk” in that it has folk sensibilities and instrumentation but the song ideas are quite robust and angular at times which make it really memorable (ha! Pun not intended). Also, It has no drums which to me was really refreshing as most things these days are so banger/beat driven.

Trad AttackJoe Gould (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
Trad.Attack!Kullakarva / Shimmer Gold
Every so often I spend some time seeking out what’s happening in other local scenes around the world, and Crooked Fiddle’s musical equivalents therein – thus leading me to Estonia’s Trad.Attack! (punctuation included). Part melodic folk pop, part updated trad folk complete with Estonian bagpipes, they sometimes come across as a Baltic equivalent to Ireland’s Kila, especially on the epic title track.

Big ThiefAngie McMahon
Big ThiefCapacity
I’ve fallen in love with this band and this album. The intimacy of the songwriting has captured me, and the so many moments in the lyrics and music have brought me to moments of realisation and clarity. Some albums make you really grateful for music and the power it has over your mind, and this year, for me, it’s been this one.

Lana Del ReyTori Forsyth
Lana Del RayLust for Life
I love that Stevie Nicks has a little part of this record, she also experiments with some rad sounds. Also, lyrically this record is incredible.

This Is The KitEmily Staveley-Taylor (The Staves)
This Is The KitMoonshine Freeze
We met Kate, Rozi and Jamie at The Funkhaus during the Michelberger festival in Berlin last year and thought they were all wonderful people making wonderful music. Then we saw them play this album live at Eaux Claires festival in the summer and were blown away. The record has so many lovely, rounded sounds on it. It feels soft, but it has a driving energy that keeps pushing it forward. Kate’s voice has a familiar, kind quality when she sings – who doesn’t want to feel like they’re having a conversation with a friend when they listen to music? It’s a self-assured album by a band who seem to really know who they are. And that’s a comforting presence to be in. Plus the tunes are fucking banging. And the horns rule.

Sun Kil MoonNigel Wearne
Sun Kil MoonCommon As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood
This year Sun Kil Moon has been on high rotation. Common As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood is so different, that I honestly can’t remember hearing anything else like it. Spoken word poetry, prose, and random stories (including a Chameleon vs a Cat), diary entries, muses on David Bowie and Ali augmented by busted-up Dad hip hop. It’s completely whacked and compelling. A slow burn that requires the lyrics booklet.

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2017

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It’s difficult to find an overriding theme in our picks for this year’s top albums. There’s a bit of trad in there, a lot of singer-songwriter and a decent amount Americana and country music. Overall 2017 has been another amazing year for folk music and we couldn’t be happier.

As always we have more “best of” lists coming this week so please stay tuned for them. But in the meantime check out Timber and Steel’s top albums of

Offa Rex
1. Offa RexThe Queen of Hearts
When you get nostalgia right the result can be pure gold. As someone who was brought up on late-60s/early-70s English folk-rock (think Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Pentangle, etc) The Queen of Hearts feels like home and, as my friends and family can attest, the album has truly been on constant rotation since its release in July.

Offa Rex is the coming together of Portland nu-folk heroes The Decemberists and English folk-singer Olivia Chaney, inspired by the second-wave folk revival of the British isles. Somehow they’ve managed to capture this very distinct period of music, staying true to the instrumentation, production values and aesthetic of the time without descending into kitsch or parody (as many of the bands from the time ended up doing themselves in the 70s and 80s). Rigid rock rhythm sections over murder ballads, harpsichords and reverb-heavy electric guitars, ethereal vocals – The Queen of Hearts feels more like a rediscovered gem than an album recorded and released in 2017.

And let’s make one thing clear – it’s Olivia Chaney who makes this record. While The Decemberists are obviously the driving force behind The Queen of Hearts it is Chaney’s vocals that pull you right back into the early 70s. She somehow channels the likes of Maddy Prior, Sandy Denny, Anne Briggs, et al, while still bringing her own unique sound to the vocals. The tracks where Colin Meloy takes the lead (such as “Black Leg Minor”) or the instrumental “Constant Billy (Oddington) / I’ll Go Enlist (Sherborne)”, while still amazing in their own right, just don’t have the same impact as “The Queen of Hearts”, “Flash Company”, “The Old Churchyard” or any of the other amazing songs with Olivia Chaney front and centre.

Picking favourite songs from an album of standouts is very very hard. I love the nods to early Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath on “Sheepcrook and Black Dog”, probably the most epic of all the songs on the album. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” is a beautiful tribute to Anne Briggs, with Chaney’s voice just resonating over the drone of a harmonium. And Offa Rex’s version of “Willie o’ Winsbury” may be my favourite of all time.

Even if you only have a passing interest in British folk music, in the second wave folk revival or in The Decemberists’ ongoing evolution as one of the most interesting folk bands in the world, give The Queen of Hearts a listen and see exactly why this is our album of the year for 2017.

The East Pointers
2. The East PointersWhat We Leave Behind
Canadian trio The East Pointers up the production ante with their new album What We Leave Behind, expanding their sound with new instrumentation, increasing their song-to-tune ratio and generally producing one of the most interesting folk albums of the year. And the best part about it is there’s still a focus on ensuring that every bit of the album can be reproduced live with just the three of them – something I can confirm is the case having caught them in Melbourne recently. What We Leave Behind sees The East Pointers grow as a band, deftly straddling the worlds of traditional and modern fold music.

The Ahern Brothers
3. The Ahern BrothersThe Ahern Brothers
Josh Rennie-Hynes and Steve Grady are two voices that seem destined to be together. The Ahern Brothers are the latest in collection of modern artists taking inspiration from close harmony singing in the vein of The Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel and the result is really something special. Their self-titled debut album is a pure delight and elevates everything we’ve heard from Rennie-Hynes and Grady individually to date. There’s a reason these guys are selling out shows and taking the country by storm.

Fanny Lumsden
4. Fanny LumsdenReal Class Act
Fanny Lumsden continues her domination of Australian country music with the 2017 release of Real Class Act. The album is very strongly informed by Lumsden’s decision to live her life on the road with husband Dan Stanley Freeman rather than opting for the relative comfort of a major Australian city (where, let’s be honest, the vast majority of Australia’s country music is produced), and you can really hear the expanse of our wide brown land all over the album. With each release Fanny Lumsden’s songwriting just gets better and better, adding a modern sensibility to a genre that all to often falls into cliche or nostalgia. Real Class Act is what Australian country music should be about.

The Morrisons
5. The MorrisonsThe Morrisons
Australia’s premiere bluegrass and alt-country band The Morrisons released their long-awaited and highly anticipated debut album this year and it has fast become one of my favourite album’s of ever. No one quite takes such a quintessentially American genre like bluegrass and passes it through the Australian lens in the way The Morrisons do. And it doesn’t hurt that individually each of The Morrisons is a master of their respective instrument making the album as technically brilliant as it is artistically brilliant.

Willie Watson
6. Willie WatsonFolksinger Vol. 2
Willie Watson’s exploration of America’s rich vein of traditional folk music continues with the second volume in his Folksinger series. Somehow he finds a way to take traditional and vintage folk and blues songs and modernise them without losing what makes them great songs to begin with. Watson treats this material with respect and reverance, almost taking a step back and letting each song speak for itself. When Willie Watson left Old Crow Medicine Show he expressed a desire to find a softer side of the folk genre, and that’s something he’s truly captured with Folksinger Vol. 2.

All Our Exes Live In Texas
7. All Our Exes Live In TexasWhen We Fall
Taking out this year’s ARIA for Best Blues and Roots Album was just the icing on the cake for what has been a massive year for All Our Exes Live In Texas. When We Fall is an album of fine songwriting, pitch perfect production and a true celebration of the four part harmony. Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney each bring a unique set of influences and musical styles to All Our Exes Live In Texas which somehow all blend together into something sublime. With the momentum on When We Fall expect All Our Exes Live In Texas to continue crushing it into 2018 and beyond

Laura Marling
8. Laura MarlingSemper Femina
Laura Marling goes deep on her exploration of the feminine and what it means to be a female artist. It’s amazing to watch Marling grow with every album she releases while never really losing track of what drew us all to her in the first place – beautifully written songs and masterful guitar work. Laura Marling truly is one of the greatest artists of our generation.

Charlie Fink
9. Charlie FinkCover My Tracks
My love for Cover My Tracks one hundred per cent stems from my nostalgia for Noah and The Whale’s 2009 concept album The First Days of Spring. Charlie Fink revisits the style and feeling from The First Days of Spring throughout his 2017 solo outing and it’s a welcome return to form for a songwriter that had definitely strayed a little far from his strengths towards the end of Noah and The Whale’s time, prefering a Springsteen-light pop sound to substantial, heart-on-his-sleeve songwriting. The album is raw, emotional, beautiful and heartbreaking – everything I want from a Charlie Fink record.

Packwood
10. PackwoodVertumnus
The culmination four seasonally focused EPs from the last couple of years, Vertumnus is a beautiful opus to the natural world. Packwood’s unique brand of chamber folk has reached its pinnacle with this record, filled with lush compositions and stunning musicianship. Bayden Hyne, along with his arrangers Tilman Robinson (orchestral) and Miriam Crellin (choral) have pefectly crafted each track on Vertumnus making the most of choirs, strings, pianos, finger-picked guitars and banjos and more to compliment Packwood’s trademark fragile vocal style. Taking this work out of the studio and onto the stage is an expensive undertaking but I still hold out hope that we’ll see Vertumnus live before too long.

Kasey Chambers
11. Kasey ChambersDragonfly
Kasey Chambers mixes things up on her latest double album working with two different producers – Paul Kelly and Nash Chambers – and collaborating with a diverse range of artists from multiple genres, resulting in one of her most interesting releases in recent years.

David Rawlings
12. David RawlingsPoor David’s Almanack
David Rawlings and Gillian Welch find a way to write original Americana songs that sound like traditional songs that have been re-discovered and updated for a modern audience – and why can’t I get “Money is the Meat in the Coconut” out of my head?

Billy Bragg
13. Billy BraggBridges Not Walls
Billy Bragg returns to his activist roots on this EP with his electric guitar turned up and his wit as sharp as ever.

Lisa Mitchell
14. Lisa MitchellWhen They Play That Song
Out of no where Australia’s queen of indie-folk delivers the sweetest covers EP of the year, with quirky takes on 90s favourites from Phantom Planet, Spice Girls, Placebo, Letters To Cleo and The Cardigans

Timothy James Bowen
15. Timothy James BowenBloom
Bloom bookends a couple of years of massive upheaval in Timothy James Bowen’s life, while capturing an artist at the peak of his powers as a singer and songwriter.

Husky
16. HuskyPunchbuzz
Husky continue to push the boundaries of their indie-folk sound with an album that borrows as much from eighties pop as it does from lyric-driven singer-songwriter music.

BATTS
17. BATTS62 Moons
Moving away from her electro-folk roots toward a stripped back sound has proven a success for BATTS who’s delivered an EP of really stunning songs.

Gretta Ziller
18. Gretta ZillerQueen of Boomtown
Gretta Ziller has delivered one of the best Americana albums of the year that deserves all the nominations, awards and accolades it will no doubt continue to receive over the coming months

Paul Kelly
19. Paul KellyLife Is Fine
After a couple of genre projects Paul Kelly returns with his most Paul Kelly album in recent memory, further cementing him as Australia’s greatest living songwriter.

Nick Mulvey
20. Nick MulveyWake Up Now
The English singer-songwriter continues to produce interesting, acoustic driven indie music full of weird guitar tunings, multi-tracked vocals and songs just waiting to hit a Hollywood soundtrack.

Emily Barker
21. Emily BarkerSweet Kind of Blue
Emily Barker deftly combines country, blues and folk styles, harkening back to a tradition while still producing a sound that is fresh and engaging.

Stu Larsen
22. Stu LarsenResolute
Australia’s favourite troubadour produces another album of straight up singer-songwriter gems documenting his travels around the world.

Lankum
23. LankumBetween The Earth & Sky
Lankum, the band formally known as Lynched, are producing some of the most raw traditional Irish music going around, complete with the thickest Dublin accent you’re likely to hear this year.

Old Crow Medicine Show
24. Old Crow Medicine Show50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde
Old Crow Medicine Show pay homage to Dylan with this live stringband version of the classic Blonde On Blonde

Johnny Flynn
25. Johnny FlynnSillion
An absolute gem of an album that sees Johnny Flynn’s distinctive voice and resonator front and centre, but a willingness to play with production a bit more than previous releases, adding more texture and nuance to each of the tracks.

Woodford Folk Festival Announces 2017/18 Lineup

Woodford
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At long last the Woodford Folk Festival have dropped their huge 2017/18 lineup and as can be expected it’s a mixture of some of the most exciting artists in the world of folk, rock, roots, acoustic and beyond.

While the full lineup is too big to print here (you can check out the programme on their official site) the Woodford Folk Festival has called out a bunch of highlights including John Butler, Kate Miller-Heidke, The Beautiful Girls, Husky, Holy Holy, The East Pointers (CAN), The Babe Rainbow, Timberwolf, Montaigne, Mama Kin Spender, Vaudeville Smash, The Hi-Boys, Cheap Fakes, Molsky’s Mountain Drifters (CAN), The Small Glories (CAN), Baker Boy, Apakatjah, Joanna Wallfisch, AMISTAT, TinPan Orange, Sampa The Great, My Bubba (SWE/ICE), Lior & Paul Grabowsky, POW Negro!, The Railsplitters (USA), Yirrmal and the Miliyawutj, Breaking Trad (IRE), Jeff Lang, Liz Stringer, Charm of Finches and many more

The Woodford Folk Festival takes place from the 27th December to the 1st January in Woodford, Queensland. For more information, including how to get your hands on earlybird tickets, check out the official site here.

Mullum Music Festival Adds More Artists to 2017 Lineup

Husky
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We thought the Mullum Music Festival had already announced their full lineup back at the start of the month. But it looks like they have room to squeeze a few more artists into their already impressive list of performers.

Joining the Mullum Music Festival will be the likes of Husky (above), Caiti Baker, Stella Donnelly and Strange Daddy. They join an already impressive lineup featuring the likes of Marlon Williams, Lindi Ortega, Harry James Angus, Tinpan Orange, The Teskey Brothers, Mama Kin Spender, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Liz Stringer, Suzannah Espie, Wallis Bird, Áine Tyrrell, The East Pointers, Irish Mythen, Loren Kate, Hussy Hicks, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel, The Twoks and many more.

The Mullum Music Festival takes place in Mullumbimby, NSW from the 16th to the 19th November. Fore more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here. The full list of artists for 2017 is below:

Jon Cleary & The Monster Gentlemen (USA), Marlon Williams (NZ), Frazey Ford (CAN), Lindi Ortega (CAN), Harry James Angus, Too Many Zooz (USA), Jazz Party, Z-Star Delta (UK), Tinpan Orange, Husky, Gabriel Garzon-Montano (USA), OKA, The Teskey Brothers, Mama Kin Spender, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Wallis Bird (IRE), Small Halls feat. Vance Gilbert (US) and Liz Stringer, Suzannah Espie, Ron Artis II (USA), Áine Tyrell (IRE), Sex On Toast, The East Pointers (CAN), Irish Mythen (IRE/CAN), King Tide, Caiti Baker, Ladyslug, Brian Nankervis, Mandy Nolan, Joel Salom, Dustyesky, Gabriel Otu Orchestra (GH), Moussa Diakite and Wassado (Mali/AU), Ollie McGill Trio, Greg Sheehan, Loren Kate, The Coconut Kids, Jojo Smith, Hussy Hicks, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Scott Cook (CAN), Sara Tindley, Sal Kimber & the Rollin Wheel, Charles Maimarosia (Sol Is) His Merry Men, The Twoks, Strange Daddy, Angie Hudson, Rebecca Ireland, Ethno Folk Orchestra, Cecilia Brandolini, Domini Forster, Heartworn Highway, Jimmy Dowling, Levingstone, Low Down Riders, Mandy Hawkes, Megan And The Vegans, Palm Wine Ambassadors, Raku One O’Gaia, Sal Wonder, Shanteya and Jo The Lion and the Leaves, Tin Can String Band, Titan Sky, Ukulele Death Squad, Vesica Pisces, Welcome To Country, The Biggest Little Town Choir, Roundabout Theatre, Amazing Drumming Monkeys, Spaghetti Circus, Bollywood Sisters, The Magic Bus, Workshops and much more

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 12th May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Ed Sheeran released the video to his trad-pop track “Galway Girl”. Details here

The Top Half Folk Festival announced it’s full 2017 lineup including The Ten Cent Shooters, Karen & Jacko, Rusty & the Infidels, Neil & Mel Phillips, Dave Oakes, Mary Flynn, Ted Egan, Bloodwood, Edan Baxter, Sally Balfour, Tony Suttor, Paul Stewart, Chris Pemberton, South Of Berrimah Line, Shamrock, Timber & Steel, Barney Foran, Bob Sharp, Phil Beck, Phil & Josh Gray, Ashlea Reale, Peter Bugden, Bob Barford, Ted & Carolynne Burns, Kirsty Robinson and Richard Gorter. Details here

– Melbourne based guitarist and singer-songwriter Justin Bernasconi announced details of his new album plus a bunch of upcoming tour dates. Details here

– New Hunter Valley event The Paddock Sessions announced their lineup including Imogen Clark, Abby Dobson, Joe Mungovan, Martha Marlow, This Way North, Vanishing Shapes, John Flanagan Trio, Finnian Johnson and many more. Details here

– Melbourne bluegrass and Americana duo The Weeping Willows released their new video “The Pale Rider”. Details here

– We premiered the new video from The Morrisons featuring Georgia Mooney (All Our Exes Live In Texas), “Long Time Travelling”. Details here

Husky announced tour dates through June and July. Details here

– Sydney duo Diamond Duck released their new single “Marry Me By The Sea”. Details here

Liz Stringer target=”_blank”>Liz Stringer has announced Big Tuesday String-a-Long featuring live conversations with the likes of Dr Lou Bennett, Deborah Conway, Neil Murray and Mick Thomas. Details here

Reviews

Gigs

“Welcome to Bluesfest, It’s Good Friday and the weather is glorious. Entering from Northern entrance, you’re greeted by an avenue of stalls and people with a vast and exciting line up ahead of you. It’s 12.30pm, the sun is overhead, you’ve got money on your RFID wrist band and the bars are plentiful! Taking a tour through the entire site, past the Juke Joint and Boomerang Stage, Delta Stage, past the enormous Mojo and Crossroad stages”KT Bell takes us through Friday of Bluesfest. Review here

“It’s Saturday and celebration day! Yes, we’re marking a birthday so today includes a sleep in and much frivolity throughout the day”KT Bell takes us through Saturday of Bluesfest. Review here

“It’s chocolate day! And as we enter through the Southern gates the sounds of Lloyd Spiegel making the crowd laugh with his tales welcomes us to another glorious day of Blues, before we can hear Spiegel breaking in to a blistering rendition of “Lucille”. It’s his last tune, so maybe we’ll catch him again tomorrow”KT Bell takes us through Sunday of Bluesfest. Review here

“It’s the final day of Bluesfest and emotions are a mixed bag of excitement for what ahead, sadness that it’s ending and a bit of relief from the continual stimulation and inspiration from so many amazing artists”KT Bell takes us through Monday of Bluesfest. Review here

Releases This Week

Bonnie Prince Billy
Best TroubadorBonnie “Prince” Billy
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Martha Tilston
NomadMartha Tilston
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Mae Trio

Mae Trio

The Mae Trio officially launch their new album Take Care, Take Cover in their home town of Melbourne at their dream venue The Thornbury Theatre.

Friday 12th May – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Adam Young, Sasha March
Saturday 13th May – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt w/ Fanny Lumsden
Saturday 13th May – Ettalong Diggers, Ettalong, NSW
Thursday 18th May – Loxton Club, Loxton, SA
Friday 19th May – Pretoria Hotel, Mannum, SA

Appalachian Heaven
Friday 12th May – The Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 14th May – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

Bluegrass Brunch feat. The Willing Ponies
Sunday 14th May – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 12th May – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 13th May – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Brendon Moon
Saturday 13th May – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Burradise Festival
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th May – Culburra, NSW

Cash Savage & The Last Drinks
Friday 19th May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Daniel Champagne
Friday 12th May – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 13th May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 17th May – Republic Bar & Cafe, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 18th May – Royal Oak, Launceston, TAS
Friday 19th May – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS

Davidson Brothers
Friday 12th May – The Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 13th May – Yinnar Hotel, Yinnar, VIC

Diamond Duck
Friday 12th May – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 13th May – 63 First Ave, Sawtell, NSW
Sunday 14th May – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Fairlight Folk feat. Lime and Steel, Datson Hughes, Jasmine Beth
Saturday 13th May – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Finders Keepers Sydney
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th May – Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Jye Whiteman, Jannah Beth, Coast & Ocean
Wednesday 17th May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

George Washingmachine & Peter Baylor Supper Club on Shakespeare
Friday 12th May – Carlton Scout Group, Melbourne, VIC

Get Folked Punk feat. Medusa’s Wake, Blackie, Isaac Graham
Thursday 18th May – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Harmaniax
Tuesday 16th May – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

Harvest Festival
Saturday 13th May – Bicentennial Park, Melbourne, VIC

Harvey Russell, Sasha March, Matt J Ward
Thursday 18th May – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Helen Shanahan
Saturday 13th May – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Hootenanny feat. Callum Wylie
Sunday 14th May – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

James Fahy, The Burley Griffin
Thursday 18th May – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

James Kenyon Trio w/ Nick Huggins, Ruth Lindsey, Tracey Hogue
Thursday 18th May – Tago Mago, Melbourne, VIC

Jayson Watkin
Sunday 14th May – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Jeff Lang
Friday 12th May – The Agrestic, Orange, NSW
Saturday 13th May – The Gearin, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 18th May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 19th May – Hardys Bay Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW

John Flanagan Trio
Saturday 13th May – Commonground, Hilldene, VIC
Thursday 18th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 19th May – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 19th May – Basement Discs In-Store, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 19th May – Saint Monday, Yackandandah, VIC

Katie Harder
Saturday 13th May – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
Thursday 18th May – Old Museum, Brisbane QLD
Friday 19th May – Meat Market, Melbourne VIC

Kingston Harvest Festival
Saturday 13th May – Bicentennial Park, Melbourne, VIC

Kirsty Bromley
Saturday 13th May – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes and The Weeping Willows
Saturday 13th May – Palais Theatre, Franklin, TAS
Sunday 14th May – MONA, Hobart, TAS
Friday 19th May – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW

Little Wise
Wednesday 17th May – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Man Of Constant Sorrow: The Music of O Brother Where Art Thou feat. The Morrisons, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Brian Campeau, Luke Escombe
Wednesday 17th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 18th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 19th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Mandy Connell w/ Fire in the Head
Sunday 14th May – Tago Mago, Melbourne, VIC

Mick Thomas
Friday 19th May – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Miss Eileen and King Lear w/ Ayleen O’Hanlon, Rich Davies, Forever Son
Thursday 18th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Nat Henry, Mitch Power & Andrew Swift
Friday 12th May – Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC

Peasant Moon
Saturday 13th May – Harvest Festival, Melbourne, VIC

Pierce Brothers
Thursday 18th May – Metro Lair, Sydney, NSW

Raised By Eagles
Friday 19th May – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Rise Above the Flood feat. Gyan, Dustyesky, Hussy Hicks, The Button Collective, Abbie Cardwell, Ben Wilson, Fingal, The Cassettes, Dustyesky
Friday 12th May – Byron Bay Community Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW

Rosie Burgess Trio
Friday 12th May – The Bottlerocket, Nowra, NSW
Saturday 13th May – Burradise Festival, Culburra, NSW
Sunday 14th May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Rough River
Saturday 13th May – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Round Mountain Girls
Saturday 13th May – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Sam Newton
Sunday 14th May – Blacksheep, Sydney, NSW

The April Family w/ Not Good With Horses
Thursday 18th May – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Saturday 13th May – Tanamon Soundscape, Wooli, NSW

The Dusty Millers
Sunday 14th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Mae Trio
Friday 12th May – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Man They Call The Banjo
Saturday 13th May – Melbourne, VIC

The McClymonts
Friday 12th May – Services Club, Young, NSW
Friday 19th May – Brothers Leagues Club, Cairns, QLD

The Peter Daffy & Luke Plumb Band
Saturday 13th May – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Saturday 13th May – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Tim Guy
Saturday 13th May – Charles Weston Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Moxam & Liz Stringer
Friday 12th May – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 13th May – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Sunday 14th May – Saints and Sailors, Portarlington, VIC
Thursday 18th May – House Concert, Fremantle, WA
Friday 19th May – Bassendean Hotel, Perth, WA

Tim Solly
Friday 12th May – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 19th May – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Tony O’Rourke, Nine Mile Creek
Thursday 18th May – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

Totally Gourdgeous
Thursday 18th May – 303, Melbourne, VIC

Wild Honey, Golden Whistler
Friday 19th May – Macquarie Towns Music Club, Richmond, NSW

William Crighton
Friday 12th May – Leadbelly, Newtown, NSW
Saturday 13th May – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Wise Women: Mothers’ Day Concert feat. Louisa Wise, Lucy Wise, Ruth Wise and Rowena Wise
Sunday 14th May – Chalice Northcote Uniting Church Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Generation Rent” – Megson

A timely track from the England duo that could very well have been written about the Australian experience of trying to save for a house.

Husky Announces National Tour and Releases New Video “Ghost”

Husky
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Following the announcement of their upcoming album Punchbuzz indie duo Husky have announced plans for a national tour this June and July.

Husky have also given us a taster of Punchbuzz with their new single and video “Ghost”. Check out the full list of tour dates and the video for “Ghost” below:

Saturday 17th June – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 23rd June – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 24th June – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 29th June – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 30th June – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 6th July – Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 7th July – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 8th July – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 15th July – Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 22nd July – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 23rd July – The Rosemount, Perth, WA

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st April

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Neil Murray and Lucie Thorne announced joint tour dates in Victoria. Details here

– Indie duo Husky have announced plans to release their new album Punchbuzz in June. Details here

Justin Townes Earle announced his new album Kids In The Street. Details here

Father John Misty announced Splendour sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– American indie singer-songwriter Conor Oberst released his new video “Barbary Coast (Later)”. Details here

Interviews

“[The Gum Ball is] one of my favourite festivals because it has maintained its integrity as it has grown. It’s still got all the beautiful vibes, people, trees, tents, beers and loving connection that it had back when I first went. I know it’s getting bigger and bigger but they really have their heads screwed on and I think it will be something I want to go to for most of my life”Kim Churchill chats to KT Bell. Interview here

Releases This Week

Sheryl Crow
Be MyselfSheryl Crow
iTunes

Billy Bragg
Live In The NetherlandsXavier Rudd
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Spurs For Jesus, Handsome Young Strangers, The Dead Maggies

HYS

As is the tradition Spurs for Jesus and Handsome Young Strangers will be folk-punking your Anzac Day in Sydney along with Tasmanian friends The Dead Maggies.

Tuesday 25th April – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Andrew Keoghan & Lisa Crawley
Tuesday 25th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Andy Golledge & Mates Extravaganza
Tuesday 25th April – The Vic Hotel, Sydney, NSW

BATTS
Sunday 23rd April – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Bill Chambers Band & Raechel Whitchurch
Wednesday 26th April – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 27th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Bill Jackson & Pete Fidler
Sunday 23rd April – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
Saturday 22nd April – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd April – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 24th April – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 28th April – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Bob Evans
Friday 21st April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 22nd April – Hardy’s Bay Club, Central Coast, NSW

Bowling Green Banjo Sessions feat. The Button Collective, Jimmy Daley, Narrownecks
Thursday 27th April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Candelo Village Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April – Candelo, NSW

Cat Canteri
Saturday 22nd April – The Union, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd April – Bayview Country Art Club, Bittern, VIC

Colin Lillie
Friday 21st April – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 22nd April – Night Quarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 23rd April – Sonny’s House of Blues, Brisbane, QLD

Dana Hassall
Friday 21st April – Stanhope Hotel, Stanhope, VIC
Saturday 22nd April – Grand Central Hotel, Cobram, VIC
Sunday 23rd April – Basement Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Wednesday 26th April – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC

Davidson Brothers
Friday 28th April – Longhorn Saloon, Melbourne, VIC

Direwolf w/ Caitlin Harnett, Carl Manwarring
Thursday 27th April – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Fairbridge Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April – Pinjarra, WA

FolkSwagon feat. Hannah Robinson, Chris Rose, Tradicion
Wednesday 26th April – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Grigoryan Brothers
Friday 28th April – Birds Basement, Sydney, NSW

Henry Wagons, Jonny Fritz, Ruby Boots
Friday 21st April – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 22nd April – Silver Raven Festival, Turkey Flat Vineyards, SA

High Tea feat. Joe Mungovan
Thursday 27th April – Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Elwood Myre
Sunday 23rd April – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Irish Mythen
Friday 21st April – The Gum Ball Festival, Dashville, NSW

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Thursday 27th April – The Rooks Return, Melbourne, NSW

James Kenyon & Amarillo
Saturday 22nd April – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Jack Elias, Darren Cross, Luke O’Farrell
Friday 21st April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Jemma Nicole & Mitch Power
Friday 28th April – LongPlay, Melbourne, VIC

Jonny Fritz
Friday 21st April – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 22nd April – Silver Raven Festival, Turkey Flat Vineyards, SA
Sunday 23rd April – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Joseph Tawadros Trio
Thursday 27th April – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Justin Bernasconi, Cat Canteri, The Weeping Willows
Sunday 23rd April – Bayview Country Art Club, Bittern, VIC

Kasey Chambers
Friday 21st April – The Regent Theatre, Yarram, VIC
Saturday 22nd April – The Palms, Crown Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd April – The Memo, Healseville, VIC
Friday 28th April – Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton, WA

Kathleen Mary Lee
Sunday 23rd April – Rochester Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
Friday 21st April – Shoalhaven Heads Bowling Club, Shoalhaven Heads NSW
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April – The Gum Ball, Dashville, NSW

Laura Jean w/ Sweet Whirl
Sunday 23rd April – The Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Les Poules à Colin
Friday 21st to Monday 24th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Fairbridge, WA

Lost Ragas
Monday 24th April – The Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mandy Connell
Saturday 22nd April – House Concert, Katoomba, NSW

Neil Murray & Lucie Thorne
Saturday 22nd April – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd April – The Grande, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Oh Pep! w/ Didirri
Friday 21st April – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd April – Blackbear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 28th April – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Over the Ditch – A Trans-Tasman Anti-War Party feat. Low Talk, Baby Blue, Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats
Monday 24th April – The Curtin, Melbourne, VIC

Pierce Brothers
Friday 21st April – ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
Saturday 22nd April – Baha, Rye, VIC

Ramblin Nights feat. Rich Davies & The Low Road, Hana & Jessie-Lee
Thursday 27th April – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Roadhouse feat. Bryen Willems
Thuresday 27th April – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Rich Davies & The Low Road
Thursday 27th April – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th April – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW

Rick Hart and the Sweet Addictions
Saturday 22nd April – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Round Mountain Girls
Sunday 23rd April – Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick Heads, NSW
Monday 24th April – Kingscliff Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW
Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May – Wintermoon Festival, Cameron’s Pocket, QLD

Ruby Boots
Friday 21st April – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 22nd April – Silver Raven Festival, Turkey Flat Vineyards, SA
Thursday 27th April – Mojo Bar, Fremantle, WA

Sean McMahon and the MoonMen
Saturday 22nd April – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Thursday 27th April – The Little Guy, Sydney, NSW

Silver Raven Festival
Saturday 22nd April – Turkey Flat Vineyards, SA

Sizzle
Sunday 23rd April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Songs of the Sea feat. BegOpCoOp
Thursday 27th April – Testing Ground, Melbourne, VIC

Spurs For Jesus, Handsome Young Strangers, The Dead Maggies
Tuesday 25th April – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

St Albans Folk Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April – St Albans, NSW

The Button Collective
Saturday 22nd April – The Settlers Arms Inn, St Albans, NSW
Thursday 27th April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 27th April – The Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th April – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 21st April – Junction 142, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 22nd April – Foghorn Brewhouse, Erina, NSW
Sunday 23rd April – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 25 April – Marrickville Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

The East Pointers
Thursday 27th April – Armitage Centre, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May – The Planting Festival, Woodford, QLD

The End Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April – Hill End, NSW

The Go Set, Operation Ibis, Eightball Junkies
Saturday 22nd April – The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney, NSW

The Gum Ball
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April – Dashville, NSW

The Lumineers
Saturday 22nd April – Metro City, Perth, WA

The Mae Trio
Sunday 23rd April – Lefty’s, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 28th April – Night Quarter, Gold Coast, QLD

The McClymonts
Friday 21st April – Bathurst RSL, Bathurst, NSW
Saturday 22nd April – Wenty Leagues, Wentworthville, NSW
Friday 28th April – CEX Coffs, Coffs Harbour, NSW

The Planting Festival
Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May – Woodford, QLD

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Wednesday 26th April – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 21st April – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd April – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

Tony Joe White
Sunday 23rd April – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA

Wide Open Space Festival
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th April – Alice Springs, NT

Wintermoon Festival
Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May – Cameron’s Pocket, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Jerusalem” – Chris Wood

Happy St George’s day for this Sunday!

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