Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2015

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If anything has characterised 2015 for me in terms of new albums it’s that we finally saw debuts from some of our favourite artists. So many bands these days are serial EP releasers so it’s great to see the likes of Patrick James, Falls Marlon Williams and more knuckle down and get into the studio. It’s also great to see the return of firm favourites after time away and an explosion of traditional music that pushes boundaries and challenges our perception of what trad music can be.

Coming up with a top 25 list is always a challenge (let alone putting them in some kind of order) but I think what we’ve come up with is a wonderful cross section of all the genres of “folk” music we cover on Timber and Steel – from singer-songwriter to Americana to indie folk to traditional and beyond.

So without further ado here it is – our top 25 albums and EPs from 2015!

Kate and Ruth

1. Kate Burke & Ruth HazletonDeclaration

What a year 2015 has been for traditional music. Maybe it’s just me but it seems like a lot more trad is breaking through at the moment and the icing on the cake this year has been the incredible new album from Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Declaration.

This is the duo’s first album in about eight years and their return to the studio has been a welcome one. Once again teaming with producer Luke Plumb, Declaration is loosely themed around traditional music from the female perspective with a few contemporary tracks thrown in for good measure.

The tracks are rich, heartbreaking, emotional and beautiful. So many of the songs deal with pretty heavy themes such as domestic violence (“Bleezin’ Blind Drunk”), false accusations of adultery (“Waly Waly”) and the disintegration of a woman’s public reputation (“Katy Cruel”) and these are conveyed with resonance by Burke and Hazleton. Hearing these two singing together again reminds me of why I fell in love with their harmonies all those years ago.

The two originals on the album – “The Freeze” and “Hearts Of Sorrow” – are two of my favourites and they make me wish Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton were more prolific as songwriters. Maybe one day we’ll get a full album of self penned tracks?

I love how much Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton have matured as performers over the last 15 years. Gone is the rigid need to stick 100% to the tradition and instead we have a fluid take on the material that draws as much from contemporary music as it does from Anglo, Celtic and American music. A simply wonderful album

Sufjan

2. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell

Touted as the return to Folk Music for Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell is in fact the next step in his musical evolution. Rather than shrugging off the electronic chaos of his recent albums, Stevens has merely toned it down and brought back his acoustic guitar to dive into the complex relationship with his mother following her passing. This album is so raw, so nuanced and deserved of every bit of praise that has been heaped upon it.

Fanny Lumsden

3. Fanny LumsdenSmall Town Big Shot

I’ve always predicted big things for Fanny Lumsden ever since I saw her perform at a rooftop bar in Sydney many moons ago. Small Town Big Shot is the album that is currently turning Lumsden from Sydney’s alt-country darling to a favourite of the Australian country scene. The album is full of Fanny Lumsden’s true-to-life accounts of growing up in rural Australia while never straying into the Americanised, dust kicking ideal of country life so often portrayed by Australian country artists. Not to be ignored, Lumsden’s band The Thrillseekers add a rich musical tapestry to her songs and really seem to have gelled as group. Only released in September there’s a lot of life in Small Town Big Shot so we’ll continue to see Fanny Lumsden riding high off it’s ever growing success in 2016.

Paper Kites

4. The Paper Kitestwelvefour

The Paper Kites have produced what has to be one of the most interesting concept albums of recent years. twelvefour was written exclusively between the hours of 12am and 4am as frontman Sam Bentley believed this is when people are at their most creative. The result is stunning – a patchwork of eighties electro influences and the band’s trademark indie-folk – and will no doubt go down as a high watermark in their career. twelvefour feels very deliberately structured moving from the straight up electro of “Electric Indigo” and “Relevator Eyes” to more folky numbers in the second half of the album (“A Silent Cause” is a standout for me). I’m interested to see where The Paper Kites take their sound next.

Packwood

5. PackwoodAutumnal

This year chamber-folk artist Packwood released four seasonally themed EPs as part of his Vertumnus album project. The first of these was Autumnal which has remained my firm favourite through all of the subsequent releases. Gone is Packwood’s trademark sparsely plucked banjo (don’t worry, it returns in later EPs) and instead we get delicately fingerpicked guitar accompanied by choir and chamber orchestra. The songs are delicate and sumptuous and Packwood has really come a long way as a songwriter since his debut. Put on Autumnal, close your eyes and let the world fall away.

Laura Marling

6. Laura MarlingShort Movie

We’re now five albums into Laura Marling’s career and her songwriting has never been stronger. On her latest release Short Movie Marling’s songwriting takes on a freeform, Dylan-esque mode only hinted at on previous albums and it takes her into some very ineteresting places. There’s a lot more electric guitar on Short Movie and at times she descends into beat-poet-like spoken word phrases (like on the amazing “Gurdjieff’s Daughter”) yet no one is crying that Marling’s turned her back on her folk roots (like Marling’s old band Mumford & Sons). Instead Short Movie is being praised as an evolution of her sound and while it is miles away from her 2008 debut Alas, I Cannot Swim, both musically and stylistically, this is 100% a Laura Marling album.

Pittsburgh

7. William FitzsimmonsPittsburgh

In his ode to his recently passed Grandmother and her home town of Pittsburgh, William Fitzsimmons has created a delicate, beautiful piece of magic. This is his first self-produced album since 2006’s Goodnight and it does feel markedly different from his recent releases – the production is not a slave to his voice and guitar, instead it sits more comfortably as part of each song. At only seven tracks long Pittsburgh leaves you warm and fuzzy and wanting more.

Outlier

8. Patrick JamesOutlier

It seems like 2015 saw a lot of long time favourite Timber and Steel artists finally got around to releasing their debut album – and one of the debuts we were most excited about was from Patrick James. Over the course of a bunch of EPs Patrick James has refined his James Taylor-esque folk songs and Outlier is the culmination of years of solid songwriting. The production on Outlier makes the most of James’ unique voice and elevates his solo singer-songwriter roots into a rich, luscious landscape.

Wilder Mind

9. Mumford & SonsWilder Mind

With all of the attention on Mumford & Sons “ditching the banjo” and turning their back on folk music when Wilder Mind came out very little attention was paid to the album itself. Which is a shame because it’s another solid outing for the boys. If you push through the electric guitars and drums you discover that Wilder Mind is unmistakably a Mumford record with big choruses, melodies dripping with four part harmonies and festival ready lyrical hooks. And anyone who has seen Mumford & Sons this year will know they have in no way ditched the banjo – Wilder Mind sits perfectly within their entire catalogue.

Omaha

10. FallsOmaha

It took Falls moving to LA 18 months ago (and dropping the “The”) to produce their gorgeous debut album Omaha. Falls have expanded their two-voices-and-a-guitar sound to an almost orchestral level, but at the forefront is still their lyrically driven melodies and beautiful harmonies. I’m actually really impressed that all of the tracks on Omaha having seen them perform almost exclusively from their Hollywood EP before their big move Stateside. Now we just need a national Australian tour off the back of the album!

Omaha

11. TolkaOne House

The stunning result of trad band Tolka’s trip to Belfast last year to write and record a new album – one of the tightest trad bands in the country.

Limit of Love

12. Boy & BearLimit of Love

Boy & Bear return with a 70s vibe and a bunch of new tracks that saw the band collaborating on the songwriting duties.

If I Was

11. The StavesIf I Was

The Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) production on The Staves’ debut elevates their sound from simple three part harmonies to full blown indie-folk goodness.

Secret Victory

12. The East PointersSecret Victory

The result of writing sessions on their summer tour of Australia, The East Pointers have written 10 original tracks that sound as if they’ve been ripped directly from the tradition.

Monterey

13. The Milk Carton KidsMonterey

Monterey is the closest The Milk Carton Kids have come to capturing their mesmerising live show on record – this is something special.

Freewheeler

14. Dougal Adams, Ado Barker & Ben StephensonThe Freewheeler

Instead of complaining that it’s been too long between albums for Trouble in the Kitchen get your trad fix with the debut album from Dougal Adams, Ado Barker & Ben Stephenson.

Solitude

15. Ruby BootsSolitude

The Perth songstress has nailed down an amazing band and has produced one of the best alt-country albums of the last few years.

Tomorrow Is My Turn

16. Rhiannon GiddensTomorrow Is My Turn

In her debut solo album Rhiannon Giddens has built on the trad and old time of her work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and spun it into something new and very exciting.

Marlon Williams

17. Marlon WilliamsMarlon Williams

With a voice that has reduced grown men and women to tears, there’s a lot to love about Marlon Williams’ debut record – this man is taking country music back to its roots and winning fans every step of the way.

Inside Llewyn Davis

18. VariousAnother Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis

The folk and Americana industry’s best come together for a night of music inspired by the 60s folk scene and to a lesser extent the Cohen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis.

Dream's End

19. Matt BauerDream’s End

On his latest album Matt Bauer has upped the production stakes, forgoing his normally sparse folk songs and the result is wonderful.

Punch Brothers

20. Punch BrothersThe Phosphorescent Blues

I think it’s time to stop referring to Punch Brothers as “bluegrass” or “nu-grass” or anything at all – with The Phosphorescent Blues they have proven they are undefinable.

WHITE LIES

21. Mustered CourageWhite Lies and Melodies

Mustered Courage have always been the most polished bluegrass band in Australia but they’ve upped the ante with their new album adding a pop sheen to their sound.

Hell Breaks Loose

22. Shane NicholsonHell Breaks Loose

The godfather of the Australian Americana scene released one of the year’s best country albums – all heartbreak and whisky and everything that’s good about this kind of music.

The Decemberists

23. The DecemberistsWhat A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

A welcome return to the studio from The Decemberists to follow up their amazing 2011 album The King Is Dead – a little less folk, a little more rock and all sorts of goodness.

Josh Pyke

24. Josh PykeBut For All These Shrinking Hearts

Australia’s premiere troubadour delivers yet another stunning album with his trademark wry lyrics and hooky melodies.

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25. Emmy The GreatS

Emmy The Great slides into electro music while maintaining the folk-inspired melodies she’s become known for.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 6th February

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The original nu-folk band Calexico have announced plans to release a new album Edge of the Sun. Details here

– Adelaide’s Sam Brittain has headed out on an east coast tour with Amistat. Details here

– Brisbane duo Hollow Coves released their new single “The Woods”. Details here

The Heartstring Quartet are definitely a band to watch when they make their way to Australia this month. Details here

– NSW based singer-songwriter Alex Hallahan released his new single “Tangle For Two”. Details here

– Old-time troubadour Archer released his new video “Garden”. Details here

Hozier announced two headline dates when he’s here for Bluesfest in, you guessed it, Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– Brisbane band Elbury are streaming their new EP Demasquerade. Details here

– American folk acts Shakey Graves and Shovels & Rope will be touring Australia in March. Details here

The Timbers will be performing at The Jade Monkey in Adelaide tonight supported by … themselves? Details here

– New York based singer-songwriter MacKenzie Shivers released her new single “Orphan Song”. Details here

– Iconic Sydney folk venue The Shack turns 50 this weekend with a celebratory concert. Details here

– The Festival of Small Halls Australia is back again this Autumn taking Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys and Siskin River from the Port Fairy Folk Festival to the National Folk Festival via regional towns and centres. Details here

– Regular Sydney jam night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s returns for 2015 with performances from Stillhouse Union and The Plough. Details here

– American singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge has announced an Australian tour in April. Details here

Iron & Wine and Rhiannon Giddens released a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”. Details here

– The very buzz worthy Rowena Wise has released a new single, “Words”, and added a bunch of tour dates. Details here

– Brisbane singer-songwriter Clea released her single “Polyester”. Details here

– UK chamber-folk band The Leisure Society have announced a new album The Fine Art of Hanging On. Details here

– Sydney duo Elwood Myre released their new video “California”. Details here

– Regular Sydney night Fairlight Folk has announced its February lineup including Shane Howard (Goanna) and Joe Flower & Harmony Breeze. Details here

José González released his new video “Leaf Off / The Cave”. Details here

Reviews

Recordings

“Not to say this isn’t a great album – it certainly is. There are a lot of highlights throughout. But it’s not the kind of album I can enjoy from start to finish, not the way I can with Down from the Mountain or even the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack (the intentionally terrible “Please Mr. Kennedy” aside). And I think it’s for a number of reasons”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the live album Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis. Review here

“Deep in the heart of the EP’s four tracks I can still hear the same singer-songwriter strumming away on her guitar that I fell in love with five years ago”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the new EP from Emmy The Great, S. Review here

Releases This Week

The April Maze
Sleeping StormThe April Maze
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Elwood Myre
Elwood MyreElwood Myre
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Father John Misty
I Love You, HoneybearFather John Misty
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The Pigs
The Pigs’ Home Brew: 13 Aussie ClassicsThe Pigs
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Ryan Bingham
Fear and Saturday NightRyan Bingham
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Timbers

The Timbers

Tonight Adelaide folk stalwarts The Timbers will be putting on a very special gig supported by themselves. That’s right – each member of The Timbers – Joe Man Murphy, Simon Basey and Benjamin Roberts – will be performing a solo set before the band get on stage. Has to be seen to be believed.

Friday 6th February – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

Alanna Eileen
Friday 13th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 6th February – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Saturday 7th Fenruary – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Tuesday 10th February – Convention Centre, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 11th February – Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD
Friday 13th February – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Ann Vriend
Friday 6th February – Mother’s Milk, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 7th February – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 8th February – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Tuesday 10th February – House Concert, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 12th February – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, Vic
Friday 13th February – Dodges Ferry, Tas

April Maze
Wednesday 11th February – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

CW Stoneking
Friday 6th February – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 7th February – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 8th February – Lizotte’s, Dee Why, NSW
Tuesday 10th February – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 11th February – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 13th February – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

Joel Barker
Saturday 7th February – The Bird, Northbridge, WA

John Flanagan
Friday 6th February – The Bluebee room, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 7th February – The Exeter, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 11th February – The Yarra Hotel, Abbottsford, VIC
Thursday 12th February – Homestead Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Friday 13th February – Live At The Wharf, Gnomon Pavilion, Ulverstone, TAS

Kim Churchill
Friday 6th February – Amplifier Bar, Perth, WA
Saturday 7th February – City of Stirling Summerset Arts Festival, Scarborough WA
Friday 13th February – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC

Little Bastard
Friday 13th February – Dues Ex Machina, Sydney, NSW

Mandy Connell with Tom Ciccone
Wednesday 11th February – Bar Oussou, Melbourne, VIC

Passenger
Saturday 7th February – Red Hill Auditorium, Perth, WA

Sam Brittain and Amistat
Sunday 8th February – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 10th February – Wood St House Concert, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 12th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th February – Beavs Bar, Geelong, VIC

The Melbourne Folk Club feat. The Mae Trio, The Once
Wednesday 11th February – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Shack 50th Anniversary feat. Dave Calandra, New York Public Library, Grimick, Jim Jarvis, The Original Myd Lyfe Crysys
Saturday 7th February – The Shack, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 6th February – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Butterfly” and “Ships Are Sailing” – Nick Metcalf

“The Butterfly” is a standard in so many sessions and I’m trying to learn it. Which means watching a lot of videos on Youtube like this one.

Review: Various, Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis

I think when the producers of Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis decided to put the concert, and subsequent documentary and record, together they were expecting to capture lightning in a bottle, the same way the O Brother Where Art Thou? concert Down from the Mountain had done over ten years previously. And they had every right to as all the elements were there: a Coen Brothers film jam-packed with T Bone Burnett produced folk music, performances from some of contemporary folk and acoustic music’s biggest names and a reference point to a music, time and place that is beloved by millions.

But somehow they didn’t quite hit the mark.

Not to say this isn’t a great album – it certainly is. There are a lot of highlights throughout. But it’s not the kind of album I can enjoy from start to finish, not the way I can with Down from the Mountain or even the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack (the intentionally terrible “Please Mr. Kennedy” aside). And I think it’s for a number of reasons.

Firstly there’s too much Americana and Bluegrass music. I never thought I’d hear myself say that but it’s true. So much of the Greenwich Village folk revival was centred around traditional music from England, Scotland and Ireland and while bluegrass and country music was a part of the scene (and no doubt influenced many of the singers and songwriters of the time) it wasn’t the focus – if anything blues was more of an influence at the time. The movie soundtrack itself only really has nods to this kind of music and instead focuses on traditional music plus traditionally inspired songs from the time like Ewan MacColl’s “The Shoals of Herring” or Brendan Behan’s “The Auld Triangle”, and I think the live album should have gone the same way.

Secondly it takes 10 songs before we even hear a track from the movie and even then it’s the aforementioned intentionally terrible “Please Mr. Kennedy”. Similarly there seems to be too many originals on the album – albeit from amazing artists like Punch Brothers, Gillian Welch, Jack White and more – to claim to be “Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis”.

And finally there are some glaring misses in the programming of the concert. I love Conor Oberst to death but his inclusion here is misplaced – his waspish voice just doesn’t seem to fit with the tone of the concert. Similarly I’m not sure we needed three tracks from a ho-hum Avett Brothers when the brilliant Keb’ Mo’ only gets one.

But all of this aside there is a lot to like about Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis. Having the Punch Brothers acting essentially as the house band on many of the tracks elevates so many of the songs. The second half of the album which showcases a lot more of the songs from the actual movie – “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me”. “Green, Green Rocky Road”, “The Auld Triangle”, “Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)”, etc – shows just how well these songs (and their singers) stack up live. Oscar Isaac, the actor who played Llewyn Davis in the film is surprisingly solid as is Marcus Mumford who is relegated to backing vocals and drums on a lot of the tracks but comes to fore in the final four songs to prove just how good a singer he is.

Once again Rhiannon Giddens is an absolute standout. Her version of the Gaelic “S iomadh rud tha dhith orm/Ciamar a ni mi ‘n dannsa direach” is the only track I just had to go back and listen to twice on my first time through the album, it was so good. And then of course there’s Joan Baez, proving exactly why she’s a legend, outclassing Elvis Costello on a duet of “Which Side Are You On?” and absolutely killing it on “House of the Rising Sun” and “Give Me Cornbread When I’m Hungry”.

I think my advice with this album is not to go in with any pre-conceptions – either from the O Brother Where Art Thou? and Inside Llewyn Davis or from Down from the Mountain. Instead listen to Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis in isolation, pick and choose the individual tracks you want to buy (you’ll want more than you’ll leave behind) and enjoy the music as is sounds like the live audience did.

Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis is available now on iTunes

Ten Artists to Watch in the First Half of 2015

Bob Dylan

As we emerge from the haze of the Christmas and New Year period I can tell you right now that the future is looking bright indeed. So many of our favourite artists spent last year in the studio and the next six months is going to be thick with exciting releases. With so much good music on the way I thought I’d try and distill a list of ten artists that I’m excited to hear from in the first half of this year. This list is by no means exhaustive and I could probably spend hours talking about every release on the calendar, but hopefully this gives you a jumping off point to get as excited as I am for 2015.

Fanny Lumsden
Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers

After smashing her Pozible campaign goal in 2014 Sydney’s Fanny Lumsden has headed into the studio with her band The Thrillseekers and producer Matt Fell to record her debut album. Details of the album are still few and far between but expect to hear Lumsden’s trademark big vocals. And if 2014 was anything to go by Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers will be performing all over the country and gaining fans everywhere they go.

Kate and Ruth
Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton

When I interviewed Kate Burke as part of Trouble in the Kitchen before last year’s National Folk Festival she confirmed that after some time off to raise a family she’d be heading back into the studio with Ruth Hazleton to record the duo’s fifth album. Since then a slow trickle of photos and status updates have emerged via Kate and Ruth’s previously quiet Facebook page from their recording sessions with producer Luke Plumb. The album, titled Declaration, is due for release in April this year and will feature a collection of traditional and original songs. Expect the see Kate Burke and Ruth Hazelton popping up on the live circuit in the coming months as well – can’t wait!

Mumford and Sons
Mumford and Sons

When Mumford and Sons went on hiatus in 2013 many assumed that was it for the English nu-folk superstars. But then rumours began to emerge in October last year that the band had headed back into the studio with producer James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Haim). And now that they’ve been named as the headliners of the 2015 Bonnaroo festival this June I think we’ll be hearing a lot from Mumford and Sons in the next six months.

Packwood
Packwood

2014 was a pretty quiet year for the now Melbourne based chamber-folk singer-songwriter Packwood. In 2013 Packwood successfully ran a crowd funding campaign and then hunkered down to write and record his ambitious four part seasonal album series, Vertumnus, complete with his trademark orchestral and choral accompaniment. The first part of the album series, Autumnal, is due in March and promises a lot more guitar than the banjo-based songs of his previous recordings – and will also hopefully mean a return to live music for Packwood as well.

Rhiannon Giddens
Rhiannon Giddens

Rhiannon Giddens’ starring role in both The New Basement Tapes project and the Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis live concert and album has definitely raised her profile. And now the Carolina Chocolate Drops singer and musician will be releasing her debut solo album Tomorrow Is My Turn on the 10th February featuring traditional songs, covers and original material and from what we’ve heard so far it’s going to be very unique and very very good.

Ruby Boots
Ruby Boots

After a massive 2014 touring the country and showcasing at festivals and conference WA’s Ruby Boots has kicked off 2015 with some massive news – a signing to the Lost Highway Australia record label and the announcement of a new album, Solitude, which will be due for release in April. Ruby Boots is the poster child for the burgeoning Australian alt-country scene and her success will only bring more attention to the genre and increase the profile of her contemporaries. Go and see Ruby Boots in 2015 and find out exactly what all the fuss is about.

Sam Lee
Sam Lee & Friends

No one is producing traditional music like Sam Lee. His 2012 debut album Ground of its Own brought together the songs Lee had collected throughout Britain, many from the UK traveller community, with a very modern arrangement and production. Over the last two years Sam Lee has brought together a band and now performs under Sam Lee & Friends, and has announced his second album The Fade In Time to be released on the 16th March. If you managed to catch Sam Lee & Friends at WOMADelaide last year you’ll know exactly why we’re so excited for The Fade In Time.

Sufjan
Sufjan Stevens

Let’s be honest, Sufjan Stevens has always been a little bit odd. So when he asked his fans to go on an experimental journey with him for his 2010 albums All Delighted People and The Age of Adz I think he alienated a lot of people who loved his folkier side. On the 31st March Sufjan Stevens has announced he’ll release his brand new album Carrie & Lowell which promises a return to his folky roots, an announcement which no doubt was met with a sigh of relief from many of his fans. We’ve only heard a few snippets from Carrie & Lowell so far so the next couple of months will be very very interesting as more of the album is revealed.

The Staves
The Staves

The Staves have always been Timber and Steel favourites but they may have outdone themselves in 2015, choosing none other than Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) as the producer of their debut album If I Was, due for release on the 30th January. We’ve already heard a couple of tracks from If I Was and it’s everything you’d expect from a collaboration between The Staves and Bon Iver – beautiful three part harmonies, sweet folk songs and dense, dramatic production. Now we just need to convince The Staves to make it down to Australia at some point this year.

Tolka
Tolka

In 2014 Melbourne trad-folk quartet Tolka travelled to Northern Ireland thanks to a grant from the Australia Council to write and and record their second album with Dónal O’Connor and producer Brian Finnegan. The result is One House, due for release on the 1st March and featuring ten original tunes and songs that feel like they’re pulled directly from the tradition. With One House under their belt Tolka are set to become the darlings of the Australian folk scene this year.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 31st October

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Sarah Humphreys released “Take Your Time”, the first single from her forthcoming album New Moon as well as tour dates in November and December. Details on the single here and album here

The Port Fairy Folk Festival revealed their second round of artists for 2015 including Davidson Brothers, Shane Howard, Wagons, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Lucy Wise Trio, Steve Smyth, The Company, Tracey McNeil & The Goodlife, Trouble in the Kitchen and many more. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Brendon Moon has released his new video “Augustine”. Details here

– Melbourne’s The Tiger & Me have released their brand new single “Call Me On Your Own” and a couple of launch shows in November. Details here

– Adelaide folk singer Kaurna Cronin has released his new video “Fearless”. Details here

– The Sydney Festival announced its 2015 program and we’ve picked our favourite folk acts. Details here

– Get a peak into what Jack Carty gets up to on tour with this new video “What Am I Gonna Do With All Of My Love Now?”. Details here

WOMADelaide has added a bunch more artists to its 2015 lineup including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robyn Hitchcock with Emma Swift, First Aid Kit, Gruff Rhys, Sinead O’Connor (above), Timberwolf, Sharon Van Etten and many many more. Details here

The Davidson Brothers have announced a November residency and a one of show with US bluegrassers Special Consensus. Details here

– Adelaide singer-songwriter Thom Lion and the Tamers released his new single “Fruition”. Details here

First Aid Kit released the video for their track “Stay Gold” and announced a 2015 Australian tour. Details here

– This January will see the release of Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis, a double live album with tracks from the likes of Punch Brothers, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings Machine, The Milk Carton Kids, Secret Sisters, Lake Street Dive, Elvis Costello, Oscar Isaac, Conor Oberst, Colin Meloy, Joan Baez, The Avett Brothers, Jack White, Marcus Mumford and more. Details here

Conor Oberst has announced an Australian tour next year with The Felice Brothers in support. Details here

– The third lineup announcement from Bluesfest is pretty light on the folk. Details here

Damien Rice has just released the video for his new track “I Don’t Want To Change You”. Details here

Jordan Millar released his new video “Advice From Beyonce”. Details here

– The Nannup Music Festival announced its 2015 lineup including Marlon Williams, Darren Hanlon, Fanny Lumsden, Al Parkinson, Stray Hens, Ruby Boots, Husband, Fred Smith and Liz Frencham, Colin Lillie, Melody Pool, Daniel Champagne, The Pierce Brothers, Jacinta Price and many many more. Details here

– UK duo Paper Aeroplanes released their new single “Guessing Game”. Details here

– NSW bluegrass band The Mid-North released their new video “Carry Me Home”. Details here

Hat Fitz and Cara will be kicking off a national tour this week. Details here

Marlon Williams has announced full band headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne along with a bunch of festival dates. Details here

– The latest track from The New Basement Tapes, “Liberty Street” was released. Details here

– The legendary Richard Thompson has announced headline shows when he’s in Australia next year. Details here

– The Gaelic Club in Sydney is relaunching after a a facelift with an Upstairs and Underground gig featuring Bears with Guns, Liam Gale & the Ponytails and Aether Beach. Details here

Daniel Lee Kendall released his new single “Emptiness”. Details here

Releases This Week

Lisa O'Neill
Same Cloth Or NotLisa O’Neill
Bandcamp

The Eastern
The TerritoryThe Eastern
iTunes

The Once
DeparturesThe Once
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JamGrass Music Festival

Jamgrass

Every year Jamgrass delivers one of the best weekends of contempory bluegrass, folk and jam music in the country and this weekend is no different. With a lineup that boasts the likes of Mustered Courage, The Perch Creek Family Jugband, Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel, The Morrisons, The Seals, One Up, Two Down, Marlon Williams, Sweet Jean, James Kenyon and many many more you know you’re going to have a pluckin’ good time. The festival kicks off tonight and goes right through the weekend – if you’re in Melbourne make sure you check it out!

Friday 31st October to Sunday 2nd November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Bearded Gypsy Band
Saturday 1st November – Nexus, Adelaide, SA
Friday 7th November – The Factory, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 31st October – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 1st November – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Sunday 2nd November – The Fig, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 7th November – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 31st October – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 1st November – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 2nd November – The B-East, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 31st October – The Crown and Sceptre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 1st November – Grottofest, Marburg, QLD
Saturday 1st November – The Factory, Maroocydore, QLD
Thursday 6th November – The North Shore Tavern, Perth, WA
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th November – The Blues at Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown, WA

Festival of Small Halls feat. Andy Brown, The Mae Trio
Friday 31st October – Isisford, QLD
Saturday 1st November – Winton, QLD
Sunday 2nd November – Barcaldine, QLD
Friday 7th November – Cunnamulla, QLD

Folklore
Friday 31st October – The Merton Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Saturday 1st November – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC
Friday 7th November – Church of Trinity, Adelaide, SA

Hat Fitz and Cara
Thursday 6th November – SOL Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 7th November – The J, Noosa Junction, QLD

Husky
Friday 7th November – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Jack Carty
Saturday 1st November – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 2nd November – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 6th Novmeber – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA
Friday 7th November – Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA

JamGrass Music Festival
Friday 31st October to Sunday 2nd November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Jep and Dep
Friday 31st October – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 1st November – Jet Black Cat Music, Brisbane, QLD

Katie Noonan, Angie Hart, Melody Pool, Sam Buckingham
Friday 7th November – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Lanie Lane
Friday 31st October – Anita’s, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 7th November – The Bakery, Perth, WA

Little May
Thursday 6th November – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA (Supporting Rodriguez)
Friday 7th November – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA (Supporting Rodriguez)

Liz Stringer
Friday 31st October – Basement Discs In Store, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 31st October – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 1st November – The Song Room, Barossa Valley, SA
Sunday 2nd November – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 7th November – Darwin Railway Club, Parap, NT

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 31st October – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 1st November – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 2nd November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 7th November – The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD

One Up, Two Down and Dan Parsons
Friday 31st October – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd November – JamGrass Music Fest, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 6th November – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 7th November – House Show, Mildura, VIC

Sam Newton
Friday 31st October – Roundabout Inn, Gloucester, NSW
Saturday 1st November – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Sunday 2nd November – The Heritage Hotel, Gladstone, NSW
Friday 7th November – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 31st October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 2nd November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

The Acfields
Friday 31st October – Rainbow Beach Hotel, Rainbow Beach, QLD

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 31st October – Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Thursday 6th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 7th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Porch Sessions feat. Winterbourne and Special Guests
Sunday 2nd November – House Concert, Adelaide, SA

The Stetson Family
Sunday 2nd November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Tiger & Me
Friday 7th November – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

Wagons
Monday 3rd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 6th November – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Twa Corbies” – Steeleye Span

We thought we’d choose a nice creepy folk song for your All Hallows’ Eve. Happy Samhain one and all!

Details of the Inside Llewyn Davis Live Album

Inside Llewyn Davis

I’m going to admit right here that after all the hype I ended up feeling pretty “meh” about the Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis. I have a love-hate relationship with the Coen Brothers – I absolutely love their quirky comedies but their existential dramas can get lost on me, especially when their lead characters are unlikeable like the case was with Inside Llewyn Davis. So I was a little bit disappoted with the film, but the soundtrack I absolutely lobe.

To coincide with the release of the film last year the Coen Brothers and musical director T Bone Burnett held a benefit concert featuring music from the film, the 60s folk era and music along the same folk lines at the Town Hall in New York featuring music from the likes of Punch Brothers, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings Machine, The Milk Carton Kids, Secret Sisters, Lake Street Dive, Elvis Costello, Oscar Isaac, Conor Oberst, Colin Meloy, Joan Baez, The Avett Brothers, Jack White, Marcus Mumford and more.

The concert is now being released as a two disc live album titled Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis and is due for release on the 13th January. The full tracklist for the album is below – can’t wait t have a listen to this one!

Disc 1:
1. Punch Brothers – Tumbling Tumbleweed
2. Punch Brothers – Rye Whiskey
3. Gillian Welch – Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
4. Gillian Welch & David Rawlings – The Way It Goes
5. Willie Watson – The Midnight Special
6. Dave Rawlings Machine – I Hear Them All/This Land Is Your Land
7. The Milk Carton Kids – New York
8. Secret Sisters – Tomorrow Will Be Kinder
9. Lake Street Dive – You Go Down Smooth
10. Elvis Costello, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver – Please Mr. Kennedy
11. Conor Oberst – Four Strong Winds
12. Conor Oberst – Man Named Truth
13. Colin Meloy – Blues Run the Game
14. Joan Baez, Colin Meloy, and Gillian Welch – Joe Hill
15. The Avett Brothers – All My Mistakes
16. The Avett Brothers – That’s How I Got to Memphis
17. The Avett Brothers – Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise

Disc 2:
1. Jack White – Mama’s Angel Child
2. Jack White – Did You Hear John Hurt?
3. Jack White – We’re Going to Be Friends
4. Rhiannon Giddens – Waterboy
5. Rhiannon Giddens – ‘S iomadh rud tha dhith orm/Ciamar a ni mi ‘n dannsa direach
6. Oscar Isaac – Hang Me, Oh Hang Me
7. Oscar Isaac – Green, Green Rocky Road
8. Keb’ Mo’ – Tomorrow Is a Long Time
9. Bob Neuwirth – Rock Salt and Nails
10. Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge, Paul Kowert, Marcus Mumford, Noam Pikelny and Gabe Witcher – The Auld Triangle
11. Gillian Welch, Rhiannon Giddens and Carey Mulligan – Didn’t Leave Nobody But the Baby
12. Elvis Costello and Joan Baez – Which Side Are You On?
13. Joan Baez – House of the Rising Sun
14. Marcus Mumford and Joan Baez – Give Me Cornbread When I’m Hungry
15. Marcus Mumford- I Was Young When I Left Home
16. Oscar Isaac and Marcus Mumford – Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)
17. Marcus Mumford and the Punch Brothers – Farewell

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 10th January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Stream the self-titled debut album for Sydney brother duo Forgonia. Details here

James Vincent McMorrow wrapped up his Australian tour this week and released his new video “Red Dust”. Details here

– After you listen to the Redvers track “Impressions” make sure you reach out to the man himself for an exclusive stream of his new album. Details here

– Danish ethnopunk band Afenginn are in the country and have a bunch of shows around the place that you need to get to. Details here

– To showcase his upcoming album Jack Carty is heading out on a national house concert tour from this week. Details here

– London’s Emily and The Woods released their new single “Helios”. Details here

– Today marks the release of Sarah Blasko’s new live album I Awake Live at Sydney Opera House. Details here

– Brisbane five-piece Bandito Folk released their new video for the track “Don’t Wanna Be Like You”. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard has announced Australian dates in March with Lisa O’Neill in support. Details here

– It may be a shameless cash-in on the buzz surrounding Inside Llewyn Davis but the upcoming compilation Greenwich Village in the ‘60s has a pretty impressive track listing. Details here

Jordan Millar has released his new single “If Only…” which he’s offering as a free download. Details here

– Scottish singer Emily Smith has released the video for her new single “My Darling Boy”. Details here

– Following the sad news that The Staves have cancelled their Australian tour due to illness, Communion Melbourne have added Ainslie Wills and Tigertown (DJ set) to their January lineup. Details here

Interviews

“It’s great to get away from a Berlin winter and if work is slow, you might as well be able to visit your friends and family, be in good weather, and actually have some work to do” – Peter D’Elia from The Beez chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

Sarah Blasko
I Awake Live at Sydney Opera HouseSarah Blasko
JB HiFi

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Chris Thile

Chris Thile

Arguably the best mandolinist in the world, Chris Thile returns to Australia in solo mode with his new album Bach: Sonatas & Partitas Vol. 1 in tow. Thile will reportedly be dipping into his back catalogue along with his new album which will make for some pretty special shows

Tuesday 14th January – The Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 15th January – The Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th January – Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, NSW
Friday 17th January – MONA FOMA, Hobart, TAS

Gigs Next Week

Afenginn
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, TAS
Monday 13th January – MONA, Hobart, TAS
Tuesday 14th January – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 15th January – Lizotte’s, Central Coast, NSW
Thursday 16th January – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th to Saturday 18th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Andy Irvine
Friday 10th January – The Merry Muse, Southern Cross Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 11th – Katinya Environmental Centre, Moruya, NSW
Sunday 12th – Cobargo Folk Club, Cobargo, NSW
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Chris Thile
Tuesday 14th January – The Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 15th January – The Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th January – Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, NSW
Friday 17th January – MONA FOMA, Hobart, TAS

Cygnet Folk Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th January – Cygnet, TAS

Dom Flemons
Saturday 11th January – Circus Ronaldo Tent, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 12th January – Circus Ronaldo Tent, Sydney, NSW

Emily Barker
Monday 13th January – Sky Terrace at The Star, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 14th January – Sky Terrace at The Star, Sydney, NSW

Illawarra Folk Festival
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th January – Bulli, NSW

Jack Carty
Wednesday 15th January – House Concert, Thornlands, QLD
Thursday 16th January – House Concert, Fig Tree Pocket, QLD
Friday 17th January – House Concert, Brisbane, QLD

John Grant and John Murry
Thursday 16th January – Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, NSW

Jordan Millar
Friday 17th January – Name This Bar, Sydney, NSW

Kaurna Cronin
Wednesday 15th January – The Moon Cafe, Perth, WA
Friday 17th January – White Star, Albany, WA

Kim Churchill
Thursday 16th January – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 17th January – The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Mat McHugh
Friday 10th January – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour NSW
Saturday 11th January – Great Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 16th January – Live at Lizottes, Lambton, NSW
Friday 17th January – Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW

Ruby Boots
Friday 17th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Sarah Blasko
Tuesday 14th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 15th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th January – St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, QLD

Tamar Valley Folk Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January – George Town, TAS

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 26th January – Tamworth, NSW

The Beez
Saturday 11th January – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

The Timbers
Saturday 11th January – Crown and Anchor Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January – Thredbo, NSW

Tom Dockray
Saturday 11th January – The Vic Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Unpaved Sessions feat. Samantha Stephens, Trevor Shard, Sophie Rose, Leo Kahans, Kaidee Grzankowski
Monday 13th January – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Zoe Elliot
Friday 10th January – The Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT
Monday 13th January – Smiths Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Friday 17th January – Limonata, Grafton, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Untitled” – Ben Stephenson (Trouble in the Kitchen)

A couple of years ago the National Museum of Australia put together a series of videos on Youtube, hosted by Jimeoin, on Irish Music in Australia. In this clip Ben Stephenson from Trouble in the Kitchen talks about his research into Irish music at the National Library of Australia and plays an untitled jig he learnt from a recording of box and harmonica player Sally Sloane. You can link to the full series of videos here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 6th December

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Bellowhead released a homemade video for their Christmas single “Christmas Bells”. Details here

Devendra Banhart has announced two sideshows when he’s here for Bluesfest. Details here

– “Please Mr. Kennedy” is one of the strangest songs on the Inside Llewyn Davis but a new clip for the track adds some context. Details here

– Blues folk duo Hat Fitz and Cara have announced a series of shows through NSW next January. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Martha Marlow has released her new video “These Days”. Details here

– UK blog For Folk’s Sake have released their annual Christmas compilation album For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas 2013. Details here

– Mandolin master Chris Thile has announced a Melbourne show when he’s in the country this January. Details here

– Sydney bluegrass band The Morrisons have announced a Thursday night residency at The Vic throughout December. Details here

The John Butler Trio have released the zombie filled video for their new single “Only One”. Details here

Finders Keepers Markets have announced their music lineup for Sydney this weekend including All Our Exes Live In Texas, Emma Davis, High Ceilings, Aidan Roberts (The Maple Trail) and more. Details here

Matthew and the Atlas have released another new single, “Out Of The Darkness”. Details here

Aoife O’Donovan has released her creepy new video for “Beekeeper”. Details here

Jason Isbell has announced an Australian tour next April with Tift Merritt in support. Details here

Interviews

“I don’t know whether at first we were consciously trying to make darker, I think at first it was more like we’d play around with the song and the things that always stuck were the things that sounded a bit creepy and dark to us. I guess we’re starting to define our sound, or definitely where we’re heading. We’ve progressed quite a lot in the last year or so – the songs that we’re writing now are definitely a lot darker than a year or a year and a half ago. “Ghost folk” I actually really like. Some one wrote a review about us and came up with the term “ghost folk” and it sort of stuck. It describes pretty well what we’re doing” – Annie Hamilton from Little May chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

All Our Exes
All Our Exes Live In TexasAll Our Exes Live In Texas
Bandcamp

Mike McCarthy
SeasideMike McCarthy
Bandcamp

For Folk's Sake
For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas 2013Various
Bandcamp

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas w/ The Harpoons, Mighty Duke And The Lords
Sunday 8th December – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

April Maze w/ Nigel Wearne
Tuesday 10th December – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Bob Evans
Wednesday 11th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Dustin Tebbutt
Friday 6th December – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 7th December – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 8th December – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Tuesday 10th December – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 12th December – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC
Friday 13th December – Baha Tacos, Rhy, VIC

Dyson Stringer Cloher
Friday 6th December – The Bakery, Perth, WA
Saturday 7th December – Quindanning Inne, Quindanning, WA

Festival of Small Halls w/ Jordie Lane and Rose Cousins
Saturday 7th December – St George Amphitheatre, St George, QLD
Sunday 8th December – Mitchell Shire Hall, Mitchell, QLD
Wednesday 11th December – Charleville Town Hall, Charleville, QLD
Thursday 12th December – Barcaldine Town Hall, Barcaldine, QLD
Friday 13th December – Capella Cultural Centre, Capella, QLD

Finders Keepers Sydney feat. All Our Exes Live In Texas, Emma Davis, High Ceilings, Aidan Roberts
Friday 6th December – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 7th December – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

Hayden Calnin
Friday 6th December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 13th December – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Kaurna Cronin
Saturday 7th December – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 8th December – The Railway, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 13th December – The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW

Little May
Saturday 7th December – Southside Tea Room, Brisbane, QLD

Passenger
Friday 6th December – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 7th December – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 11th December – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th December – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 6th December – Polish Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 7th December – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS

The Morrisons
Thursday 12th December – The Vic, Sydney, NSW

Timberwolf
Saturday 7th December – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 8th December – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 12th December – Beetle Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Whitley
Saturday 7th December – Amplifier, Perth, WA
Sunday 8th December – Mojo, Fremantle, WA
Friday 13th December – Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Friday Folk Flashback

“Bugs” – Patrick James

This is an oldy but a goody from Patrick James. This is almost always a part of his live set and always elicits a singalong from the crowd.

Watch “Please Mr. Kennedy” from Inside Llewyn Davis

JT and Oscar

If you’ve picked up the soundtrack for the upcoming Cohen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis you’ve probably, like me, gotten to the track “Please Mr. Kennedy” and wondered what the hell was going on. The rest of the soundtrack is filled with touching folk songs and slices of 60s singer-songwritery whereas the hokey “Please Mr. Kennedy” sticks out like a sore thumb – in fact I’ve skipped it on more than one occasion when listening to the album through.

However over the weekend a clip of the song in the context of the movie emerged online and everything fell into place. Oscar Isaac’s character Llewyn Davis takes a gig doing backing vocals for Justin Timberlake’s Jim Berkey on the non-sensical protest song in order to make money – you can read about the genesis of the song on the Huffington Post here.

Watch the clip for “Please Mr. Kennedy” featuring Isaac, Timberlake and Adam Driver (of Girls fame) below:

Inside Llewyn Davis is due for release in Australia on 16th January, 2014.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th June

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interviews

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

Releases This Week

Isaac Graham
Glorious MomentumIsaac Graham
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Presents

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

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

Official Site

Gigs Next Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Folk Flashback

“Thumper” – The Wedding Band

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

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