Watch the New Iron & Wine Video “Thomas County Law”

Iron and Wine
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Indie-folk singer-songwriter Iron & Wine has just released his new video “Thomas County Law”.

The track is taken from Iron & Wine’s upcoming album Beast Epic, due for release on the 25th August, and once again see’s him collaborating with director J. Austin Wilson.

Check out the video for “Thomas County Law” here:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th September


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Jinja Safari officially released the unofficial video for the track “Mombassa On The Line”. Details here

Daughter have revealed the new track “Smoke” which is a b-side on the “Youth” single. Details here

– When he’s in the country for Bluesfest next April Iron & Wine has announced a couple of side shows. Details here

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros have also announced Bluesfest sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– Following her Mercury Award nomination Laura Marling has released the video for her track “Devil’s Resting Place”. Details here

– Byron Bay locals Potato Potato are launching their debut EP tonight. Details here

– After successfully launching her EP last week Tanya Batt is about to hit the road with shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Details here

Bear’s Den have announced plans to release a new EP Without/Within following their Australian tour with Matt Corby. Details here

– The Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre in Adelaide has announced its Spring world music series lineup. Details here

The Head and The Heart have announced details of their second album due in October. Details here

The Lamplights and Buffalo Tales are teaming up for a handful of shows in October. Details here

– Sydney folk-jazz fusion five piece Takadimi are touring the east coast. Details here

– Irish folk music legends Clannad are returning to Australia for the first time since 1995. Details here

Junip have released their latest video “Walking Lightly”. Details here

– Following on from some impressive support slots (Josh Pyke and Billy Bragg to name two) Patrick James has announced a national tour this November. Details here

The Crooked Fiddle Band released their brand new video “The Deepwater Drownings – Part 1”. Details here


Jack Carty has given Timber and Steel exclusive videos of a recent performance at The Front in Canberra. The remaining tracks we posted this week are below:
“Tunnel Vision”
“Giveth and Taketh Away”
“What Does Your Heart Say?”
“Master Of All Things”

Releases This Week

Barons of Tang
Into The Mouths Of Hungry GiantsBarons of Tang

WastedRoscoe James Irwin

Timber and Steel Presents

Mark Wilkinson
Mark Wilkinson with Little Bighorn
Friday 20th September – Lizotte’s, Central Coast, NSW
Saturday 21st September – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Official Site

Roscoe James Irwin
Roscoe James Irwin with Ben Wright Smith, Al Parkinson
Sunday 22nd September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Ashleigh Mannix
Friday 20th September – The Coffs Harbour Hotel, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Saturday 21st September – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 26th September – The Joynt, South Brisbane, QLD
Friday 27th September – The Up Front Bar, Maleny, QLD

Friday 20th September Byron Theatre, Byron Bay
Saturday 21st September – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Sunday 22nd September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 24th September – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 25th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th September – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 27th September – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Dustin Tebbutt with Packwood
Saturday 21st September – Southside Tea Gardens, Brisbane, QLD

Jack Carty
Friday 20th September – The Royal Oak, Launceston, TAS
Saturday 21st September – The Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Friday 27th September – Ya Ya’s, Perth, WA

Jinja Safari
Friday 20th September – Cambridge, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 21st September – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 25th September – Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 26th September – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 27th September – Forum, Melbourne, VIC

Lanie Lane
Friday 20th September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Little Features feat. Betty & Oswald, Arbori, Bexley De Lion, Rainy Day Women
Saturday 21st September – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Loren Kate
Saturday 21st September – The Black Cockatoo Arthouse, McLaren Vale, SA
Sunday 22nd September – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton, SA
Friday 27th September – Maleny Community Centre, Maleny, QLD

Potato Potato
Friday 20th September – Ewingsdale Hall, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD

Nigel Wearne
Saturday 21st September – The Pizza and Wine Club, Kyneton, VIC
Wednesday 25th September – The Yinnar Hotel, Yinnar, VIC
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September – Wallaby Creek Festival, Rossville, QLD

Olivers Army
Saturday 21st September – The Rhino Room, Adelaide, SA

Roscoe James Irwin
Sunday 22nd September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Paper Kites
Friday 20th September – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 21st September – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Friday 27th September – The Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS

The Stillsons
Thursday 26th September – Sol Bar, Maroochydoore, QLD
Friday 27th September – The Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD

The Woohoo Revue
Saturday 21st September – Escape Arts Festival, South Coast, NSW
Friday 27th September – Nexus Arts Centre, Adelaide, SA

Turning Wave Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd September – Yass, NSW

Xavier Rudd, Donavon Frankenreiter and Nahko and Medicine for the People
Wednesday 25th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Zoe Elliot and Christopher Coleman
Friday 20th September – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Smallest Gig sideshow, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Rolling Home” – Roy Bailey

I love a good singalong and “Rolling Home” is just one of those songs that you’ll inevitably hear at a session or festival with the audience happily joining in. The song is originally by John Tams but the Roy Bailey version is the one I’m most familiar with.

Iron & Wine Announces April Tour

Iron and Wine
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As a part of the first official Bluesfest announcement for 2014 a side-show tour from Iron & Wine next Autumn was always going to be a possibility – and now it looks like that possibility is a reality.

Iron & Wine will thus far only be playing shows in Sydney and Melbourne supporting their (his?) new album Ghost On Ghost. Tickets go on sale this Friday 20th September – the full list of dates is below:

Tuesday 22nd April – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 23rd April – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

First Artists Announced for Bluesfest 2014

John Mayer
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It may seem a little early to start talking about Easter 2014 but when Bluesfest reveals the first artists on their 25th anniversary lineup we stand up and take notice. And what a lineup! Made up of a couple of big US headliners – John Mayer and The Dave Matthews Band – a bunch of national and international Timber and Steel favourites – John Butler Trio, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Iron & Wine, Michael Franti & Spearhead and Devendra Banhart – and some names that are bound to get a lot of people excited – Erykah Badu, Morcheeba, Gary Clark Jr, KT Tunstall, Allen Stone, Valerie June and Nikki Hill – it’s definitely very very impressive. And that’s just the beginning!

Bluesfest will be held just north of Byron Bay from the 17th to the 21st of April 2014. Tickets to the festival are already on sale via the official site.

Stay tuned for more artists to be announced from here until next Easter – looks like it’s going to be a pretty amazing event!

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 1st February


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The Brunswick Music Festival announced their full 2013 lineup which includes Seth Lakeman, Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies, Vin Garbutt, Enda Kenny, Dougie MacLean, Mike Compton, Eric Bogle, Archie Roach, Finbar Furey, Bill Jackson, Andy Irvine, Paul Brady and many more. Details here

Sarah Blasko revealed her new video “God-Fearing” from her sumptuous album I Awake. Details here

– Sydney monthly modern folk night MoFo kicks off again in 2013 with a February show featuring Modhan and Candice McLeod. Details here

– The king of English trad song, Sam Lee, released his brand new video “Good Bye My Darling”. Details here

– The final artists have been added to the 2013 Port Fairy Folk FestivalTim Finn, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Jackson McLaren & The Triple Threat, Siskin River, Shaun Kirk and Alanna & Alicia Egan. Details here

Mustered Courage have announced a Thursday night residency at The Wesley Anne in Melbourne throughout February. Details here

– UK trio Daughter released their brand new video “Still” from their upcoming debut album If You Leave. Details here

– Sydney based singer-songwriter Tom Stephens is launching his 2012 EP Wintry West at the Newsagency in Sydney next Thursday. Details here

M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel are teaming up again for the forth She & Him album, Volume 3, due this May. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter De’Borah caught my attention with her beautiful new song and video “A Thousand Tongues”. Details here

Brighter Later have revealed another track from their upcoming album The Wolves, “Come and Go”. Details here

Iron and Wine have announced plans to release a brand new album, Ghost on Ghost, in April this year and are already streaming one of the tracks, “Lovers’ Revolution”. Details here

– The winners from the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards were announced and some lovely videos from the ceremony have made their way online. Details here

Passenger revealed another new track, “I’ll Be Your Man”, via a live video featuring Stu Larsen, Emma Stevens and Jack Williams. Details here


“I’m basically going to go further than I did, just a little deeper into the Memphis sound. My music’s pushing more toward a blues and a soul kind of area and I’m finding a lot more comfort in that then I did in country. I can write a country song but I grew up in the city – I’m not a big fan of cows [laughs]. I think that’s the main reason it didn’t effect me the same way that soul and blues and more urban forms of music did”Justin Townes Earle chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I suppose it depends on what kind of opportunities. What you want and how you want to live your life – everyone says that Melbourne’s the music centre of Australia and it’s just abundant, so full of people. Ed [Ammendola] from Augie March once said to me ‘Melbourne is like a fruit orchard. Melbourne’s where you grow the fruit and you have to export it – if you don’t export the fruit it’ll just go to waste'” – Jess Ribeiro from Jess Ribeiro & The Bone Collectors chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Laylam – Carthy, Hardy, Farrell, Young

Jim James
Regions of Light and Sound of GodJim James

Friend and Lover
Friend and LoverNick and Liesl
Official Site

TalkThe String Contingent

Timber and Steel Presents

Little Wise
Little Wise
Friday 1st February – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 2nd February – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Tuesday 5th February – St Kilda Live ‘n Local Festival, The Vineyard, St Kilda, VIC
Thursday 7th February – Red Lime Shack Cafe, Port Adelaide, SA
Friday 8th February – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

Gigs Next Week

AMP Alive feat. Jess Ribeiro & The Bone Collectors, Hermitude, Urthboy
Friday 1st February – Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC

Saturday 2nd February – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Sunday 3rd February – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW
Thursday 7th February – Arc, Yinnar, VIC
Friday 8th February – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Country Roads feat. Bellyache Ben and the Steamgrass Boys, The Green Mohair Suits, The River and The Road, All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 1st February – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Deer Tick with Two Gallants
Friday 8th February – The Annandale, Sydney, NSW

Don’t Mention The Wall
Saturday 2nd February – Mildura Arts Centre, Vic
Friday 8th February – Gunnedah, NSW

Justin Townes Earle with Robert Ellis
Saturday 2nd February – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 3rd February – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 5th February – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 6th February – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th February – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Kim Churchill
Friday 1st February – Melbourne Zoo Twilight Series, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd February – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Kings of Convenience
Tuesday 5th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 7th February – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage with Lachlan Bryan
Thursday 7th February – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Nick and Liesl
Saturday 2nd February – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 3rd February – Bermagui Mudworks, Bermagui, NSW
Thursday 7th February – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC

Of Monsters and Men
Tuesday 5th February – Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Rory McCleod
Friday 1st February – Fremantle Workers Club, WA
Sunday 3rd February – Divers, Broome, WA
Wednesday 6th February — Guthries, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 7th February — Briagalong Hotel, Vic
Friday 8th February – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, Vic

Ruby Boots
Friday 1st February – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 2nd February – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 3rd February – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 7th February – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 8th February – Baha Taco, Rye, VIC

Sarah Blasko
Friday 1st February – Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
Monday 4th February – Wrest Point Casino, Hobart, TAS

The April Maze
Friday 1st February – Maleny Upfront Club, Maleny, QLD
Saturday 2nd February – West End Markets, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 3rd February – Dowse Bar, Brisbane, QLD

The Wooden Music Festival feat. The Perch Creek Family Jug Band, The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, The Bearded Gypsy Band
Friday 1st February – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 2nd February – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 3rd February – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 6th February – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th February – Diggers Club, Wollongong, NSW

Tom Stephens with Joe Knott
Thursday 7th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Wes Carr
Wednesday 6th February – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 7th February – Bon Amici, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 8th February – The Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Blue Murder” – Ado Barker (Trouble in the Kitchen)

Trouble in the Kitchen’s fiddle player and sometimes vocalist Ado Barker singing a haunting a cappella version of the mining song “Blue Murder” by the late Alistair Hulett at National Folk Festival in 2010. Stunning.

Iron and Wine Announce New Album in 2013

Ghost on Ghost
Image Courtesy of Iron and Wine

The evolution of Sam Beam, aka singer-songwriter Iron and Wine, continues with the announcement of a new album in 2013. Ghost on Ghost, due for release on the 15th April, is the followup to Iron and Wine’s wonderful Kiss Each Other Clean from 2011. That is the album artwork up the top (by photographer Barbara Crane from her Private Views series) and we have a track listing and the first track, the jazzy “Lovers’ Revolution”, below:

1. Caught in the Briars
2. The Desert Babbler
3. Joy
4. Low Light Buddy of Mine
5. Graces for Saints and Ramblers
6. Grass Windows
7. Singers and the Endless Song
8. Sundown (Back in the Briars)
9. Winter Prayers
10. New Mexico’s No Breeze
11. Lovers’ Revolution
12. Baby Center Stage

New Iron & Wine Video “Godless Brother in Love”

Iron & Wine
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Iron & Wine’s 2011 album Kiss Each Other Clean was a little bit of a departure for singer-songwriter Sam Beam, incorporating new rhythms, instrumentation and themes into his normally straight up acoustic sound. While most of the album is fairly up beat and rocky the track “Godless Brother in Love” does turn things down a notch with it’s lilting piano and harp.

“Godless Brother in Love” is the latest track from Iron & Wine to be given the film clip treatment and the result is really quite picturesque. Start you day off by watching it below and we guaranteed to relax:

Watch Iron & Wine’s 4AD Session

Iron and Wine
Image Courtesy of 4AD Sessions

We’ve been pretty quiet about Iron & Wine since they released their latest album Kiss Each Other Clean at the beginning of this year. Not for any reason, we’ve just been distracted by other music. But we did have to share this wonderful video of Iron & Wine’s recent acoustic session with UK indie label 4AD. The 4AD Session features Iron & Wine frontman Sam Beam performing five acoustic tracks: “Tree By The River”, “Biting Your Tail”, “Big Burned Hand”, “Half Moon” and “Upwards over The Mountain”. Watch all 16 glorious minutes below:

Iron & Wine Record Take Away Show With La Blogotheque- “Tree By The River”

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La Blogotheque have recently released the session they recorded with Iron & Wine in Paris last year. The episode is curiously different cinematically from most Take Away Shows, which usually reveal details of the chosen location throughout the song. Iron & Wine‘s episode, in which we hear “Tree By The River” from the new album Kiss Each Other Clean, stays closely zoomed in a blur of underwhelming colour, and never truly reveals the location in any embellishing detail. It does appear to be a wine cellar though. The wholly acoustic rendition of the song is very enjoyable, and celebrates the release of the album on the 25th of January.

Stream Kiss Each Other Clean from Iron and Wine

Iron and Wine

Iron and Wine have been more than a little generous in the lead up to the release of their new album Kiss Each Other Clean. First they gave away their single “Tree By The River” free. Then they performed the new album in its entirety for NPR. Then they gave the world three of their new tracks via a DayTrotter Session. And after all that Iron and Wine are offering Kiss Each Other Clean to stream via the folks at Team CoCo. Head over there now, have a listen and if you like what you hear get ready to buy the album when it’s officially released on the 25th Januray.

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