Thank Folk It’s Friday – 15th April

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– UK nu-folk artist King Charles released his new video “Lady of the River”. Details here

Claude Hay released his new single “Love No More” (available for free download) and announced a bunch of tour dates through May. Details here

Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow released their new video “Cormorant”. Details here

William Fitzsimmons released his gorgeous new video “A Part”. Details here

– English soul-folk singer Michael Kiwanuka has announced details of his new album Love & Hate. Details here

Paul Kelly has revealed the first track from his Shakespeare inspired Seven Sonnets & A Song, the very folky “Sonnet 18”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Mark Wilkinson released his new single and video “Another Necklace”. Details here

– The 2016 Splendour in the Grass lineup dropped with a surprising number of indie-folk acts on the bill including Matt Corby, Boy & Bear, Jake Bugg, Leon Bridges, James Vincent McMorrow, Michael Kiwanuka, Marlon Williams, Kim Churchill and Little May. Details here

Josh Pyke announced a whole bunch of regional tour dates through June, July and August. Details here

– Queensland folk-punk stalwarts Jack Flash have called it a day with a final EP release Nothing But a Bad Dream. Details here

Skyscraper Stan & The Commission Flats released their new video “Always Thinking of You”. Details here

– Adelaide singer-songwriters Tom West, Todd Sibbin and Ryan Martin John collaborated on a new single “Dust”. Details here

Reviews

Gigs

“Year after year, Bluesfest manages to bring the big names and the impressive acts to Byron Bay for the annual Easter pilgrimage. Heading to Bluesfest this year, we really didn’t know many of the acts listed on the bill and wondered just what was in store for us, Timber and Steel wise. So here’s 5 things we learned at this year’s wildly successful, ultimate music sampler opportunity that is, Bluesfest” – we review Bluesfest 2016. Review here

Releases This Week

Person A
Person AEdward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
iTunes

Jack Flash
Nothing But A Bad DreamJack Flash
Bandcamp

Sam Beam
Love Letter For FireSam Beam and Jesca Hoop
iTunes

Tom West
Golden FleecesTom West
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Presents

The Timbers

William Fitzsimmons

Friday 15th April – Sarrens Restaurant, Port Lincoln, SA

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Concert for Karl feat. Kasey Chambers, Catherine Britt, Adam Harvey, Adam Eckersley, Brooke McClymont, Jasmine Rae, Luke O’Shea, Harry Hookey, Katie Brianna, Caitlin Harnett Adam Young, Den Hanrahan and more

Kasey Chambers

The country music community is coming together to support their mate, Karl Broadie, in his fight against cancer. All proceeds go directly to Karl.

Sunday 17th April – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

A Man Walks Into A Bar feat. Sam Newton
Thursday 21st April – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 22nd April – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW

Colin Jones + The Delta Revue
Friday 22nd April – White Horse Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Concert for Karl feat. Kasey Chambers, Catherine Britt, Adam Harvey, Adam Eckersley, Brooke McClymont, Jasmine Rae, Luke O’Shea, Harry Hookey, Katie Brianna, Caitlin Harnett Adam Young, Den Hanrahan and more
Sunday 17th April – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 15th April – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th April – Baby Black Espresso Bar, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Sunday 17th April – Martians Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC

Davey Craddock
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Fairbridge Festival, WA

Devon Sproule
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Pinjarra, WA
Tuesday 19th April – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 20th April – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 21st April – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Emerging Music Live, Acoustic Sessions feat. Kit & The Cub
Wednesday 20th April – Valve Bar, Sydney, NSW

Fairbridge Folk Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Fairbridge, WA

Folkswagon feat Jacob Pearson, The Delta Revue, Bree De Rome
Wednesday 20th April – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gordie Tentrees
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Fairbridge Festival, Perth, WA

Harry Hookey and Mitch Power
Thursday 21st April – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Hootenanny feat. Imogen Clark
Sunday 17th April – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Jack Flash
Saturday 16th April – The Beetle Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Fairbridge Festival, Pinjarra, WA

Joe Mungovan
Saturday 16th April – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Friday 22nd April – No. 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Liam Gerner
Friday 15th April – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Matt Corby
Wednesday 20th April – QPAC Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters
Friday 15th April – Hotel Gearin, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 16th April – The Bunker, Sydney, NSW

Oh Pep!
Friday 15th April – Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar, Sydney, NSW

Rowena Wise
Saturday 16th April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 17th April – The Homestead, Hobart, TAS
Friday 22nd April – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Ryan Bingham
Friday 22nd April – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel and John Flanagan
Friday 15th April – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Sian Evans
Saturday 16th April Night Quarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 22nd April – Grounded Festival, Brisbane Valley, QLD

St Albans Folk Festival
Friday 22nd to Monday 25th April

The Beards
Wednesday 20th April – Pier Hotel, Esperance, WA
Thursday 21st April – The White Star, Albany, WA
Friday 22nd April – Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough, WA

The Dead Maggies
Friday 15th April – Currumbin Creek Tavern, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 16th April – Beetle Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 17th April – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 22nd April – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC

The East Pointers
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Fairbridge Festival, WA

The Go Set
Friday 15th April – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th April – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 22nd April – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC

The Gum Ball
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th April – Dashville, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Sarrens Restaurant, Port Lincoln, SA

The Weeping Willows
Sunday 17th April – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Tim Guy
Sunday 17th April – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

TinPan Orange
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Fairbridge, WA

Tom Dockray
Friday 15th April – Six String Brewing Company, Erina, NSW
Saturday 16th April – Mr Falcon’s, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th April – Thirsty Crow Brewery, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife
Friday 15th April – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Vanishing Shapes
Wednesday 20th April – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Here’s The Tender Coming” – The Unthanks

Jack Flash Release Final Digital EP Nothing But A Bad Dream

Jack Flash
Image Courtesy of Jack Flash

Toowoomba based folk-punk six-piece Jack Flash released their new EP Nothing But A Bad Dream, which they have said will be their last recording.

“Well, here it is at last. Our final offering to the music gods, our swan song, our epitaph,” Jack Flash said on their Facebook Page. “Every last shred of creativity we had left as a group poured out, and as far as I’m concerned, the last word on Folk Punk (we’re nothing if not modest). Ok perhaps that’s taking it a bit too far, but it IS the final recorded word from Jack Flash, and we are very proud of it. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it. Available now for download on bandcamp. Has it really been almost a decade? It seems like… Nothing But a Bad Dream.”

You can pick up Nothing But a Bad Dream via the band’s Bandcamp – stream the EP in its entirety below – “The Frosty Winters Morning” is our pick as best track:

If you want to catch Jack Flash live before they call it a day check out one of these upcoming shows:

Saturday 16th April – The Beetle Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 3rd June – The Beetle Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th June – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD

Illawarra Folk Festival Announces 2012 Program

The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
Image Courtesy of The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats

While the summer months see some of the nation’s biggest festivals strut their stuff it’s the little regional folk festivals that really shine in our books. One of our favourite regional festivals roles around every January – The Illawarra Folk Festival in Bulli just north of Wollongong, NSW.

Being within spitting distance of both Sydney and Canberra the Illawarra Folk Festival manages to attract some amazing national and international talent and is set in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. The 2012 festival will be held from the 12th to the 15th January and boasts a program featuring the likes of Dougie Maclean, George Kamikawa & Noriko Tadano, The Beez, Andrew Winton, Cj Shaw, Evelyn’s Secret, Get Folked, Jack Flash, Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies, Margaret & Bob Fagan, Martin Pearson, The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats (above), Skipping Girl Vinegar, The Bearded Gypsy Band, The String Contingent, The Woohoo Revue, Big Erle & the Limb Looseners, Jane Aubourg and of course Wongawilli.

The program for the event has just been released and is available on the official Illawarra Folk Festival web site – which is also where you can get the full lineup and all the information on how to get tickets. Looks like our January is planned then.

Spotlight On: Jack Flash

Jack Flash
Image Courtesy of Jack Flash

Since The Pogues first successfully married traditional Celtic music with a punk sensibility bands have been experimenting with the genres and creating new and infectious music. Artists such as Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys have been kicking around for a while now and a whole genre has grown up around the. But surprisingly, given our rich Celtic history, it’s only really been recently that Australian post-punk bands have really being stepping up to the challenge.

We’ve already brought you the celtic-punk stylings of The Thieves. Brisbane’s Bang Bang Boss Kelly have been amping up the punk side of their sound with the release of their new single “Damien Barber”. And the latest addition to the folk-punk canon (at least from a Timber and Steel point of view) are Toowoomba six-piece Jack Flash.

Made up of Tom Flash (vocals, mandolin, banjo), Looey Flash (fiddle, tin whistle), Shai Flash (acoustic guitar), Blaise Flash (bass), Jake Flash (electric guitar, harmonica) and Liam Flash (drums, lagerphone) – which I have a feeling aren’t their real names – Jack Flash take Celtic-folk to it’s logical Australian conclusion infusing their music with traditional and contemporary “bush music” (hence the lagerphone).

It’s this focus on colonial and bush music that really sets Jack Flash apart from their peers. The folk fraternity in Australia is continually bemoaning the fact that the upcoming generation is more focused on original music and not on preserving the “tradition” of Australian music. I wonder how they would react upon hearing Jack Flash’s rendition of “Lauchlan Tigers” complete with punk sensibilities? Because at the end of the day what will keep traditional Australian music alive and relevant is its continual evolution and reinterpretation. If it takes a band like Jack Flash to bring the stories of rebels and shearers and drovers and swaggies to new ears then we’re all for it.

Being Toowoomba based Jack Flash tend to play in and around south east and central Queensland. If that’s not your backyard and punk-lagerphone is your cup of tea keep your eyes peeled to Timber and Steel and we’ll let you know whether the band is taking it’s unique sound on the road. In the meantime you can download the band’s Take Notice EP free via their BandCamp (in exchange for your e-mail address naturally).

Country of Origin: Australia (Toowoomba)
Sounds Like: Flogging Molly meets The Bushwackers
File Under: Folk-Punk
Myspace: myspace.com/jackflashband

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