Bluesfest Review: Sweet Sunday

Buddy Guy at Bluesfest. Photos by Stuart Bucknell Photography

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.

Our main aim is to grab lunch and make haste to see Glenn Cardier and the Sideshow, at 1:30pm on the Delta stage. It’s a modest but keen crowd as Cardier’s moody blues kicks off the day. The Sideshow delivers a tight meld of consummate musicians, producing a slick sound and emotive melody from the album ‘Stranger Than Fiction’. A high energy and animated performance of “Rust in my Tail Fin” has us all going, and you’ve got to love a piano accordion in the mix with electric guitar, acoustic drums and a double bass!

Heading to the Mojo stage for a 2pm grin-fest Jake Shimabukuro and his wicked ukulele. Touting his new album recorded in Nashville, Shimabukuro is accompanied only by an electric bass. The strummy sound of a ukulele can brighten the most melancholy tune and the Beatle’s “Eleanor Rigby” does just that as an opening, a delicate and haunting treatment of a favourite that turns up the energy with smooth bass underpinning. Shimabukuro’s sense of humour and light banter is perfect for the sunny afternoon and he introduces a song inspired by his favourite show growing up. The song is called “Ukelele-5-0” and we all laugh along with the joke as high energy and spirited number traverses tempo and vibe, delivering a sense of emotion, through a journey that awakens the mind and heart of us all. His epic dexterity and speed builds to crescendo and then lulls in to a beautifully entwined and intricate plucked wonder. After a decadent medley of some favourite pop tunes, and something with a Spanish flair, he finishes the set with a crowd sing-a-long to Bohemian Rhapsody!

We make our way to catch Mud Morganfield at 3pm on the Delta stage. With a honky tonk style sound filled with riffing beats, twanging electric guitar, jiving keys and a whole lot of sass pouring forth from the stage, we’re all bopping along before we even know it. A wicked harmonica solo herald the entrance of the man himself, the son of legend Muddy Waters, Mud Morganfield steps out on stage. This is real old school blues, where you can’t help but sway along. The entire crowd is tapping, bopping or swaying to the old time jive sensibilities transporting us to another time.

After grabbing a quick drink and bite to eat, we settle in to witness Buddy Guy take over Bluesfest in his 5:30pm set on the Crossroads stage. His performance is so highly anticipated that the crowd not only packs out the tent and overflows behind, but is also overflowing to the sides, all the way to the big screen and back to the craft beer bar. And Buddy didn’t disappoint. Starting big and only going bigger, he may be 80 but he gives the rest of his band a run for their money. Resplendent in polka dots, Buddy commands the stage with both his presence and his swaggering guitar riffs. His voice shackled the high notes and melted all the way down through every blues note with such passion and showmanship. The extremely talented members of his musical collective frame his iconic style perfectly, as he brings it right down and plays with the audience, teasing us right up to the punchy, powerhouse moments. When an Octogenarian plays the guitar with his goddamn elbow, followed by his “belt buckle” you know this is the cheekiest 80-year-old we’ll ever see.

We pop up to the Juke Joint at 6:30pm to check out Max Jury. Opening with a chilled vibe with just Jury on keyboard and singing a solemn love song, it’s a great stepping stone to the full ensemble as the 5-piece band joins him on stage, complete with two female backing singers. We’re treated to “Numb”, a soul filled tune with glorious backing vocal harmonies and followed by “Little Jean Jacket” a tender melancholy, with sweet backing vocals building a soft cocoon around the sentimentality of the song, as the mellow bass and drums slide in underneath and lift the music to flow out over the crowd. As Jury moves from the keys to strings, glorious uplifting backing vocals presents “Ella’s Moonshine”, a more upbeat tempo shifts the whole vibe to more of a troubadour or journeyman style.

After some delicious dinner, we visit the Mojo stage for Michael Kiwanuka’s 8:30pm set and are greeted with an epic intro full of synth, and eventually Kiwanuka joins the stage with a guitar that sings its way through the crowd, calling us together to join the night. A smooth, soulful “Cold Little Heart” rolls forth with velvet like vocals and the crowd flocks to him, drawn by the enigmatic quality of his music.

We move along, wearied by the days of music to experience, and make one last stop for the day at 9pm to Jambalaya for legend Mavis Staples. We saw her last year and could not miss her this year, even if just for a glimpse. Staples walks on stage oozing style and panache, and gives a cheeky knowing look as she and her retinue blasts out  a cover of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” as a statement opening number with signature beautiful harmonised backing and an edge of funk to the whole delivery. The entire performance demonstrates Staples’ professionalism, working with the backing vocalists and delivering a slick production that is rehearsed and wonderfully collaborative in its style. Opportunities to showcase each vocalist and their contribution or specialty are plentiful and it’s clear that time was taken to plan the set to highlight different members of the ensemble. Staples addresses the crowd, telling us that “at Bluesfest, the people are so warm and beautiful, we are welcomed, hospitality plus, personality plus. It’s our family! We bring you greetings from the Windy City. We’ve come this evening to bring you some joy, some happiness, some inspiration” as the most glorious rendition of “The Weight” then carries us in to the night.

It may have been traditionally a day filled with chocolate, but we’ve filled our senses with spectacular performances and astounding music, and very excited for the last day of Bluesfest still to come.

Catch up on all the action:
Good Friday Review
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Bluesfest Announces First Round of Artists for 2017

Image Courtesy of The Lumineers

It may only be August but that doesn’t mean it isn’t time to start thinking about the 2017 festival season. This morning Bluesfest launched their first round of artists for next years festival and it’s huge.

This morning’s announcement includes Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith, The Lumineers (above), Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, Billy Bragg, Jethro Tull, Trombone Shorty, Gregory Porter, Snarky Puppy, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Beth Hart, Laura Mvula, Roy Ayers, Booker T Jones Presents The Stax Records Revue, Andrew Bird, Rickie Lee Jones, Joan Osborne, Turin Brakes, The Strumbellas, Jake Shimabukuro, Dumpstaphunk, Nikki Hill and Irish Mythen with more to be announced.

Bluesfest takes place over the Easter long weekend for the 13th to 17th April. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th November


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– UK artist Nick Mulvey released his new Australian shot video “I Don’t Want To Go Home”. Details here

Bernard Fanning has announced a solo tour for this January. Details here

The Decemberists announced plans to release their new album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World early next year. Details here

The Gulgong Folk Festival announced its 2014 lineup including The Bearded Gypsy Band, Daniel Champagne, Crooked Fiddle Band, Sweet Jelly Rolls, Freddie White (Ireland), Lexi Marie (Canada), Genevieve Chadwick, Honey (formerly Fig Jam), 19 Twenty, Squeeze Box Trio, The Fruit Trees, Southerly Change, String Theory, Allan Caswell, Out of Albingdon, Terry Serio, The Plough, Slightly Off and many more. Details here

Rufus Wainwright has announced Australian headline shows next year. Details here

– Swedish singer-songwriter José González has announced details of his new solo album. Details here

Kim Churchill released his new video “Single Spark” as well as announcing a headline tour in January. Details here

– Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Mangan has returned with his new project and single “Vessel”. Details here

Pepa Knight released his third single “Coyote Choir”. Details here

David Gray has announced a couple of headline shows when he’s in the country for Bluesfest. Details here

– Tomorrow’s Fairlight Folk in Sydney will feature RAPT, Terry Serio and the Ministry of Truth and Brendan Reed Dennis. Details here

– We premiered the new video from Timothy James Bowen, “Learn to Love Again”. Details here

– Adelaide’s Timberwolf released his new single “It Burns” and announced a national tour. Details here

– More Bluesfest sideshows were announced, this time from Jake Shimabukuro. Details here

Emmy The Great gave us a glimpse of her music with the new single “Swimming Pool”. Details here

– The new EP from Radical Face, The Bastards Volume 3, is available as a free download. Details here

Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo released their new video “Letters”. Details here

– The Blue Mountains Music Festival announced its first round of artists for 2015 including John Butler, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Dan Sultan, Daniel Champagne, Castlecomer, The Bearded Gypsy Band, Wagons, The Company, Leah Flanagan, All Our Exes Live in Texas, We Two Thieves, Jordie Lane, Perch Creek and many more. Details here

– Irish due The Lost Brothers released the video for their new single “Spanish Reprise”. Details here

– UK duo Paper Aeroplanes released the new video for their track “Guessing Game”. Details here


“Nashville seems like a cool town. Just like one massive working museum. Everyone walks around in fancy shirts and expensive Stetson hats and they all love country music. I love country music so it was a thrill to hang out on Broadway and see all the places you’ve read about in these country music scrapbooks and biographies”Benjamin Folke Thomas chats to Aiden Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

Damien Rice
My Favourite Faded FantasyDamien Rice

NightWalkMatt Walters

The Bastards
The Bastards Volume 3Radical Face

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Les Thomas w/ Darren Cross, Lisa Caruso, Not Good with Horses

Les Thomas

Melbourne based singer-songwriter, blogger and activist Les Thomas makes his Sydney debut, launching his excelent debut album Survivor’s Tale.

Sunday 9th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Australasian Worldwide Music Expo
Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th November – Melbourne, VIC

Bearded Gypsy Band
Friday 7th November – The Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 8th November – Tell Tale and Vine, McLaren Vale, SA

Busby Marou
Friday 7th November – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 14th November – SSA Club, Albury, NSW

Cat Canteri
Friday 14th November – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

C.W. Stoneking
Thursday 13th November – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 14th November – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Daniel Lee Kendall
Thursday 13th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 14th November – The Shebeen Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 9th November – The B-East, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th November – The Blues at Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown, WA
Wednesday 12th November – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Thursday 13th November – The Swan Basement, Fremantle, WA

Fairlight Folk feat. RAPT, Terry Serio and the Ministry of Truth, Brendan Reed Dennis
Saturday 8th November – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Andy Brown, The Mae Trio
Friday 7th November – Cunnamulla, QLD
Saturday 8th November – Mitchell, QLD
Sunday 9th November – Charleville, QLD
Thursday 13th November – Chinchilla, QLD
Friday 14th November – St George, QLD

Fred Smith
Friday 7th November – Church of Trinity, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 8th November – Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

Georgia Fair
Wednesday 12th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 14th November – Easy Tiger, Sydney, NSW

Hat Fitz and Cara
Friday 7th November – The J, Noosa Junction, QLD
Friday 14th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Friday 7th November – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 8th November – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 13th November – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th November – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 7th November – Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 9th November – Four 5 Nine, Perth, WA
Thursday 13th November – Lizotte’s, Dee Why, NSW
Friday 14th November – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW

Jep and Dep
Saturday 8th November – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 14th  November – Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Katie Noonan, Angie Hart, Melody Pool, Sam Buckingham
Friday 7th November – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 8th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th November – Joan Sutherland PAC, Penrith, NSW
Friday 14th November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and Harmony James
Friday 14th November – Parkes Services Club, Parkes, NSW

Lanie Lane
Friday 7th November – The Bakery, Perth, WA
Saturday 8th November – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA

Les Thomas w/ Darren Cross, Lisa Caruso, Not Good with Horses
Sunday 9th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Little May
Friday 7th November – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA (Supporting Rodriguez)
Sunday 9th November – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA (Supporting Rodriguez)

Liz Stringer
Friday 7th November – Darwin Railway Club, Parap, NT
Sunday 9th November – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Friday 14th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 7th November – The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 8th November – Arnhem Club, Gove, NT
Sunday 9th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 14th November – Jive, Adelaide, SA

One Up, Two Down and Dan Parsons
Friday 7th November – House Show, Mildura, VIC
Saturday 8th November – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 9th November – Barb Agar’s House, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 12th November – Melbourne Folk Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th November – Quiet Place, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th November – MountainGrass Fest, Harrietville, VIC

Pepa Knight
Sunday 9th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th November – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Newton
Friday 7th November – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW
Saturday 8th November – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT

Steve Smyth
Friday 7th November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 8th November – Royal Hotel, Springwood, NSW
Sunday 9th November – The Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 14th November – No.5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Tattletale Saints
Friday 7th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Acfields
Saturday 8th November – New Tattersalls Hotel, Lismore, NSW
Friday 14th November – Acoustic Picnic (The Music Lounge), Sydney, NSW

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 7th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th November – Djerriwarrh Festival, Melton Recreation Reserve, VIC
Friday 14th November – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

The Stetson Family
Sunday 9th November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

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

The Wilson Pickers
Friday 14th November – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Friday 7th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 9th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 7th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Bedlam Boys” – Heidi Talbot

I heard a version of this song by Green Diesel (titled “Mad Tom of Bedlam”) on FolkCast the other day which sent me down Youtube rabbit hole listening to other people doing it. I think Heidi Talbot’s is one of my favourite versions but The Tiger and Me also have a cracking take on it if you ever get a chance to hear it.

Jake Shimabukuro Announces Bluefest Sideshows

Jake Shimabukuro
Image Courtesy of Jake Shimabukuro

I first saw ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro at Bluefest quite a number of years ago and I’ve been a fan ever since. Shimabukuro is returning to our shores for Bluefest again next year and has announced some headline tour dates to go along with it.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 2nd April – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 5th April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Monday 6th April – Lizottes, Central Coast, NSW
Wednesday 8th April – Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW
Thursday 9th April – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th April – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Bluesfest Announces Third Round of Artists for 2015

Image Courtesy of Bluesfest

The third Bluesfest lineup announcement dropped this morning and for folk fans it’s actually pretty light on. Jake Shimabukuro and Rodrigo y Gabriela are the clear highlights with plenty of blues, rock and hip hop artists added into the mix. There’s also a Michael Franti concert announced featuring Michael Franti and Spearhead, SOJA and Trevor Hall as well as a pre-concert yoga session.

Bluesfest is set to take place north of Byron Bay from the 2nd to the 6th of April. Tickets for the festival are already on sale – check out the details on the official site here.

The full list of third round artists are below:

The Gipsy Kings feat. Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Jurassic 5, John Mayall, Keb’ Mo’, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones, JJ Grey & Mofro, Tony Joe White, Jon Cleary, Trevor Hall, Serena Ryder, Jake Shimabukuro, Music Maker Relief Foundation feat. Cool John Ferguson, Little Freddie King, Alabama Slim, George Stancell

Yet More Artists for Bluesfest 2013

The Lumineers
Image Courtesy of The Lumineers

I’m not even going to pretend to know how many more Bluesfest 2013 lineup announcements there are going to be. Hundreds probably. Because they just keep coming. The latest in a long list of lineup announcements released this morning contains a couple of artists we’d already guessed were attending (The Lumineers and Jake Shimabukuro), an already announced artist doing a solo set (Ben Harper), some really pleasant surprises (Ben Howard, Damien Dempsey) and one “completely-didn’t-expect-that” band who we’re actually pretty excited about (Counting Crows).

Bluesfest takes place in Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend, Thursday 28th March to Monday 1st April. Check out the full list of artists added this morning below (with the full lineup over at the official site):

Counting Crows
Ben Harper (Solo)
The Lumineers
Taj Mahal
Shuggie Ottis
Kitty Daisy & Lewis
Ben Howard
Tav Falco & The Panther Burns
JD McPherson
Royal Southern Brotherhood
Jake Shimabukuro
Damien Dempsey

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 9th November


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Willy Mason has released his new single, “Carry On”, which is also available as a free download. Details here

Mumford and Sons debuted the video to their second Babel single “Lover of the Light” on Monday. Details here

– Having produced music with Killing Heidi and The Verses, Ella Hooper has now gone solo. Her first single, “High Low”, features the talents of alt-country favourites Graveyard Train. Details here

– This Sunday the 11th November is the Newtown Festival in Sydney and a bunch of our favourite artists will be performing across the various stages including The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Rescue Ships, Little Bastard, Caitlin Park, Battleships, The Rusty Spring Syncopators, Bellyache Ben & The Steamgrass Boys, The Lurkers, Green Mohair Suits and so many more. Details here

– As her latest crowd-funding endeavour drew to a close Sydney singer-songwriter Rosie Catalano offered up her brand new video as well as a free download for the track “In The Dark”. Details here

Heavenly Sounds have announced a tour from Michael Kiwanuka when he’s in the country next March for Bluesfest. Details here

Andrew Bird released the video to his latest single “Three White Horses”, taken from his recent album Hands of Glory. Details here

– We have the brand new video from Angus Stone for the track “Monsters”. Details here

– The Falls Festival added a bunch of new artists to the Lorne leg of the event including Daniel Champagne (above), Fraser A. Gorman, Husky, The Trouble With Templeton and Tinpan Orange. Details here

– Folk and acoustic may be pretty thin on the ground when it comes to next year’s Laneway Festivals but two of the bands that do fit somewhat into that genre – Kings of Convenience and Of Monsters and Men – have announced sideshows. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Gosti has just released her new video “Victorian” and has a couple of shows planned in Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– Tonight sees the second of three Christmas shows from underground indie-folk night Little Features at Hibernian House, Sydney. The show will feature Bity Booker, Matt Sztyk and Ryan Collings with a couple more acts yet to be confirmed and is only $10. Details here

– The clip for “Coat Tails” may be the most restrained you’ll ever see the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats. Details here

– Colonial folk punk legends Handsome Young Strangers are launching their new single “Thunderbolt” tonight in Sydney (see the gig guide below) and have a cracking new video to go along with it. Details here

Kim Churchill has finally reversed my thoughts on songs called “Sarah” with his new single and its sweet new video. Details here

– A bunch of Bluesfest sideshows were announced this week including tours from Dropkick Murphys, Frank Turner, Seth Lakeman and Jake Shimabukuro. Details here

Live ‘n’ Lounging, the house concert series based in Sydney’s South-West have announced a very special show featuring Vorn Doolette on the 1st December. Details here

– Check out the sweet new video from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros for “That’s What’s Up”. Details here

Folk Club in Sydney may have finished up at the Oxford Art Factory a couple of weeks ago but they have announced plans for four pop-up shows at Arcadia Liquors in Redfern to see out the year. The first show is this Wednesday and features Jep&Dep, The Falls and Jackson McClaren. Details here

Paul Kelly and Neil Finn, two giants of antipodean songwriting, will be touring together in February and March next year. Details here


“People have this idea of “country music” here – people think it’s just big hats and rhinestones. If they come along to the shows, they hear good songs with good melodies and lyrics and that’s what it’s about” – Peter Davies and Gabrielle Monk from The Good Intentions chat to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“It’s sort of hard to say what comes first, the idea or the song – I think they happen at the same time – but at some point I realised I had Spring type songs, new love, beginning of love, and I had Fall type songs with love on the turn or a break up. I thought if I can keep writing songs that fit into that design I’ll have something more than the sum of its parts”Paul Kelly chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Stitches in the Flag
Stitches in the FlagCrowns

The Travel Tree
The Travel TreeGosti

Sacred Hills
Sacred HillsMatt Costa
Official Site

Timber and Steel Presents

Emma Wall
Emma Wall & The Urban Folk with Little Wise
Sunday 11th November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Henry Wagons
Henry Wagons
Friday 9th November – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 10th November – The Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 15th November – Lismore City Bowling Club, Lismore, NSW
Friday 16th November – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Andrew Morris with Zac Gunthorpe
Saturday 10th November – Courthouse Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW

Angus Stone
Friday 9th November – The Hi Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 10th November – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 11th November – Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Monday 12th November – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 14th November – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Ben Harper
Friday 9th November – Convention Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 10th November – The Plenary, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 12th November – Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 13th November – Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 14th November – Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 15th November – Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Bob Evans with Thelma Plum
Friday 9th November – The Waiting Room, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th November – Rhino Room, Adelaide, SA

Crooked Saint and Ashleigh Mannix
Friday 9th November – Bon Amici, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 10th November – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 11th November – Ric’s Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Eli Wolfe
Saturday 10th November – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Sunday 11th November – Rockford Wines, SA (with Jeff Lang)
Wednesday 14th November – FBI Social, Kings Cross, NSW
Thursday 15th November – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 16th November – The Aztec Forster, NSW

Elliot The Bull
Saturday 10th November – Phoenix Bar, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 11th November – The Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney NSW

Emmylou Harris
Saturday 10th November – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 12th November – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 15th November – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th November – Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Folk Club feat. Jep&Dep, The Falls, Jackson McLaren
Wednesday 14th November – Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW

Saturday 10th November – The Empress, Melbourne, VIC

Grizzly Bear
Monday 12th November – Billboard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th November – Metro, Sydney, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers
Friday 9th November – The Green Room, Sydney, NSW

Harvest Festival (Grizzly Bear, Beirut)
Sunday 11th November – Werribee Park, Melbourne, VIC

Jen Cloher with Courtney Barnett
Friday 9th November – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Joe Robinson
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th November – Blues at Bridgetown, Bridgetown, WA
Friday 16th November – The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 9th November – Barwon Heads Bowling Club, Barwon Heads, VIC
Friday 16th November – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
Friday 9th November – Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Thursday 15th November – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Friday 16th November – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD

Little Features feat. Bity Booker, Matt Sztyk, Ryan Collings
Friday 9th November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Lucy Wise and The B’Gollies
Friday 9th November – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 9th November – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW
Saturday 10th November – Jamberoo Pub, Jamberoo, NSW
Sunday 11th November – Bottlerocket, Nowra, NSW
Thursday 15th November – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 16th November – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Merri Creek Pickers with Perch Creek Family Jugband and Jackals
Saturday 10th November – The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mike Compton
Friday 9th November – Cat and Fiddle Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 11th November – Wollongong, NSW

Mike McCarthy
Friday 9th November – The Glass Onion Society, Long Jetty, NSW
Tuesday 13th Novemebr – The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 15th November – The Royal Oak, Launceston, TAS

MoFo feat Siskin River and Takadimi
Friday 9th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Newtown Festival feat. The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Rescue Ships, Little Bastard, Caitlin Park, Battleships, The Rusty Spring Syncopators, Bellyache Ben & The Steamgrass Boys, The Lurkers, Green Mohair Suits
Sunday 11th November – Camperdown Memorial Park, Sydney, NSW

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Wouter Kellerman

Friday 9th November – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
feat. Bortier Okoe (Afro Soul), Organic Roots and DJ Earthshaker
Friday 16th November – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Nigel Wearne and The Cast Iron Promises
Friday 9th November – The Front Gallery & Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 11th November – Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th November – Harrietville Bluegrass Convention, Harrietville, VIC

Patrick James and Texture Like Sun
Friday 9th November – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 15th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbounre, VIC

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
Wednesday 14th November – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 15th November – Steyne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th November – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW

The Pigs
Saturday 10th November – Katoomba RSL, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 16th November – Newcastle Leagues, Newcastle, NSW

The Tiger and Me
Friday 9th November – Braidwood Hotel, Braidwood, NSW
Saturday 10th November – The Red Rattler, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 11th November – Majors Creek Pub, Majors Creek, NSW
Thursday 15th November – High Tea, Sydney, NSW

Sarah Humphreys
Friday 9th November – The Glass Onion Society, Long Jetty, NSW
Friday 16th November – The Lass O’ Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

TinPan Orange
Friday 16th November – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – Jake Shimabukuro

With over 11 million hits on Youtube since 2006 I think it’s safe to say that Jake Shimabukuro and this song in particular were instrumental in showing off the limitless possibilities of the ukulele and making it “cool” again. Shimabukuro is touring Australia again next year, and you have to go and see him – we can’t recommend his live show enough.

Bluesfest Sideshows for Dropkick Murphys, Frank Turner, Seth Lakeman and Jake Shimabukuro

Dropkick Murphys
Image Courtesy of Dropkick Murphys

Good mates Frank Turner and Dropkick Murphys, two artists well known for bringing a punk sensibility to folk music, will both be out in Australia for Bluesfest next year and they’ve decided to join forces for the requisite sideshows. And even better they’ve asked Californian punks Swingin’ Utters to come with them.

Dropkick Murphys, Frank Turner and Swingin’ Utters have shows planned in Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide in and around Easter. Tickets go on sale on the 15th November. The full list of dates is below:

Sunday 31st March – Panthers, Newcastle, NSW
Monday 1st April – Big Top Luna Park, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 2nd April – Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 3rd April – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Seth Lakeman
Image Courtesy of Seth Lakemen

UK based nu-folk multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman seems to be attached to almost every festival at the start of next year including WOMADelaide, The Blue Mountains Music Festival and of course Bluesfest. Having wowed Australian audiences in April this year Seth Lakeman has also announced a list of headline shows in New South Wales next March on top of his many festival appearances. The full list of dates is below:

Wednesday 20th March – Notes, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 21st March – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 22nd March – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 23rd March – Lizottes, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th March – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Jake Shimabukuro
Image Courtesy of Jake Shimabukuro

In a surprise move Bluesfest sideshows have been announced for ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro before he’s even been officially added to the Bluesfest lineup. I guess we know at one artist to expect on Monday’s lineup announcement.

We saw Shimabukuro at Bluesfest a couple of years ago and he absolutely blew us away. We’re so happy he’ll be back in the country next year and that he’s got a bunch of “sideshows” announced as well – the full list of dates is below:

Wednesday 27th March – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 31st March – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Monday 1st April – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Wednesday 3rd April – Lizottes, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 4th April – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 5th April – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 6th April – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Mighty Uke: A Documentary On Ukuleles

Jake Shimabukuro
Image Courtesy of Mighty Uke

No one is surprised as us about the current popularity of the humble ukulele. 10 years ago the ukulele was the joke of the musical world whereas now everyone from the The Audreys to Jason Mraz to Jake Shimabukuro (above) to Train is picking up the instrument and dragging it into the mainstream.

A new documentary film from Tony Coleman and Margaret Meagher entitled Mighty Uke, tracks the recent rise in popularity of the Ukulele all over the world and is showing in Sydney this August. No where near as naff as it sounds, the doco has been hailed by critics as “sweet” and “fascinating”.

Mighty Uke is showing at the Seymour Centre in Sydney on the 3rd August as part of a partnership with the Candian film festival Possible Worlds. If you go along bring your uke as there will be an impromptu strum along at the end of the film. Tickets are available from the Seymour’s web site.

Check out the trailers to the film below:


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