Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th August

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– US based Australian indie-folk duo Falls will be heading home next month to preview their upcoming album Omaha at a couple of intimate shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

Father John Misty has announced plans to head to Australia this December. Details here

– Adelaide roots singer The Brouhaha will return to the stage tonight after a hiatus. Details here

– The inaugural Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest announced a cracking lineup including Kasey Chambers, The Audreys, Shane Howard, Archie Roach, Busby Marou, Bill Chambers, Henry Wagons, Pierce Brothers, Good Oak, The Davidson Brothers, Harry Hookey, The Wilson Pickers, Melody Pool, Karl S. Williams, Lachlan Bryan, Caitlin Harnett, The Mid North, Garett Kato, Katie Brianna, Sara Tindley, The Company, Mustered Courage, Gretta Ziller and many many more. Details here

– Mid-north coast based Galleri released their latest single “Countrylink”. Details here

Fanny Lumsden revealed full details of her debut album Small Town Big Shot. Details here

JamGrass announced their 2015 lineup along with a new format which includes a Friday night launch party and an outdoor one day festival on the Saturday. The lineup for both days includes Harts, TinPan Orange, Mustered Courage, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Richard in Your Mind, The Morrisons, The Imprints, The String Contingent, The Stetson Family, John Flanagan Trio, Mr. Alford Country, The Drunken Poachers, The Scrimshaw Four, The Ramblin’ Roses, Astro Cobalt, Little Rabbit and The Weeping Willows. Details here

Kaurna Cronin has announced show sin South Australia and Victoria when he returns from his European tour. Details here

Beirut have released their new video “Gibraltar”. Details here

– If you’re pining for the National Folk Festival never fear – they will be putting on a concert as part of the Floriade Nightfest. Details here

Perch Creek released their new video “Mama Sings”. Details here

– Indie-folk trio Little May released their new single “Seven Hours”. Details here

– Alt-country favourites Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes have announced plans to release their new album The Mountain next month. Details here

Releases This Week

White Lies and Melodies
White Lies and MelodiesMustered Courage
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Sam Amidon
Home Alone Inside My HeadSam Amidon
Bandcamp

Paper Kites
twelvefourThe Paper Kites
iTunes

The Business
BusinessThe Snowdroppers
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Brouhaha w/ Caramigo, Corey Stewart

Brouhaha

After suffering adrenal fatigue and burnout that forced her away from the stage The Brouhaha will make a triumphant return tonight.

Friday 28th August – The Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

Anna Cordell
Saturday 29th August – Little and Oliver, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars
Thursday 3rd September – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 4th September – Lennox Point Hotel, Lennox Head, NSW

El Grande
Sunday 30th August – Front Bar, Canberra, ACT

Floyd Thursby & Mandy Connell
Saturday 29th August – La Niche, Melbourne, VIC

Folk By The Sea
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September – Kiama, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Tenderfoot, The Campervan Dancers, Darby
Wednesday 2nd September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gympie Muster
Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th August – Gympie, QLD

Immigrant Union
Friday 28th August – The Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 29th August – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 4th September – David Bowie Late Nights @ ACMI, Melbourne, VIC

James Teague w/Julia Jacklin, Brendon Moon, Danika Smith
Friday 28th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

JD Burgess Band
Sunday 30th August – Proper Music Social, Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 4th September – Red Rattler, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan and Liz Frencham
Saturday 29th August – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 30th August – House Concert, Mount Franklin, VIC
Thursday 3rd September – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW
Friday 4th September – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Katie Wighton
Friday 28th August – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Little Features feat. Brendon Ludlow, Black Bird Hum, Michael Duchesne, Julia Jacklin
Saturday 29th August – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Mary Chapin Carpenter w/ Tift Merritt
Friday 28th August – Gympie Muster, QLD
Saturday 29th August – Whitlam Theatre, Revesby, NSW
Sunday 30th August – Wests New Lambton, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 1st September – Anitas Theatre, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 3rd September – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 4th September – National Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Mustered Courage
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August – Gympie Muster, Gympie, QLD
Sunday 30th August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

NICEFEST feat. We Lost The Sea, The Crooked Fiddle Band, Serious Beak, Dumbsaint
Saturday 29th August – Hermann’s Bar, Sydney, NSW

OXJAM Inner Western feat. Cruisin’ Deuces, Mark Lucas, Katie Brianna, Bree De Rome and Brian Manning
Sunday 30th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

OXJAM Sam Newton and Julian Elia
Friday 28th August – Burwood Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Perch Creek
Friday 4th September – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Redland Spring Festival
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September – Cleveland, QLD

Riley Pearce
Friday 28th August – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA

The Brouhaha w/ Caramigo, Corey Stewart
Friday 28th August – The Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Snowdroppers
Friday 4th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Tim Wheatley
Saturday 29th August – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 30th August – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 2nd September – Cafe Del Mar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 4th September – The Metro, Sydney, NSW

Timberwolf
Friday 28th August – UniBar, Adelaide, SA

Tom West
Friday 4th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September – Wirrina Cove, SA

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Friday 28th August – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 29th August – Central Coast Leagues, Gosford, NSW
Sunday 30th August – Dubbo RSL, Dubbo, NSW
Wednesday 2nd September – Katoomba RSL, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 3rd September – Panthers, Bathurst, NSW
Friday 4th September – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Oklahoma Ponies” – Mark Knopfler

Last week we featured the traditional “Shove The Pig’s Foot (A Little Closer to the Fire)” for our Friday Folk Flashback. This week we thought we’d share the Mark Knopfler song “Oklahoma Ponies”, where he has added lyrics to “Shove The Pig’s Foot…”. The folk process in motion!

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 18th July

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney based singer-songwriter Darren Cross has released his new video “Slings and Arrows” and is heading out on tour this August. Details here

Nick Mulvey has announced a single Melbourne headline show when he’s in Australia for Splendour in the Grass. Details here

– The new video from Bear’s Den, “Elysium”, deals with a group of students in the four days surrounding a shooting at their university. Details here

– Sydney roots singer Steve Smyth has announced details of his new album Exits plus his new single “Written or Spoken”. Details here

Jeanette Wormald has revealed the lyric video for her new track “No Tumbleweed”. Details here

– Looks like another great lineup for Little Features this month with Jake Nauta, John Flanagan, J A Santosa and With Fox. Details here

– Check out the new video from Sydney folk-pop four piece Nova and the Experience, “Jennifer Lawrence”. Details here

Vance Joy has finally revealed details of his debut album including the first single “Mess is Mine”. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Patrick James is heading out on tour this August and September and has released his new video “Message”. Details here

– A brand new Americana festival, Out On The Weekend, was announced for Melbourne this October featuring Justin Townes Earle, Henry Wagons, Ryan Bingham, Robert Ellis, Lindi Ortega, Nikki Lane, The Delines, Jonny Fritz, Emma Swift, Chris Altmann, Raised By Eagles and The Morrisons. Details here

– My mission to get Australian’s loving Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys continues with their new video “A Hymn to the Wolves”. Details here

Timber and Steel’s favourite little bluegrass festival JamGrass in Melbourne has announced its first round of artists for 2014 including Mustered Courage, The Perch Creek Family Jugband, Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel, The Morrisons, The Seals, Tattletale Saints, One Up, Two Down, Annie Lou and The Stage Hogs

John Flanagan is heading to Sydney for shows at Menagerie and Little Features. Details here

Trampled By Turtles have released their new video “Wild Animals” from their album from the same name. Details here

Kasey Chambers released her rocking new video “Wheelbarrow”. Details here

– Sydney folk-rock band Castlecomer have announced tour dates for this September. Details here

Angus and Julia Stone have released their new video “A Heartbreak” and have announced more shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for their September tour. Details here

– Bi-state sibling duo The Achfields released the video for their track “Grabbed Me By The Heart”. Details here

– Sydney’s Spookyland release their new EP Rock and Roll Weakling today and are streaming the title track online. Details here

Todd Sibbin and The Acadian Driftwood have just released their new video “Man Made Hurricane” and have announced tour dates in August. Details here

– We premiered the new video from Sydney’s Yetis, “Dangerous”. Details here

Releases This Week

Rock and Roll Weakling
Rock And Roll WeaklingSpookyland
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Timber and Steel Presents

Husky

Husky

Friday 18th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th July – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 24th July – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Friday 25th July – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Imogen Clark, Darcy Fox and Paige Renee Court

Imogen Clark

It’s the final stretch of the A Tale of Three Cities tour from singer-songwriters Imogen Clark, Darcy Fox and Paige Renee Court with the girls making their way from Adelaide to Sydney. All reports are that the shows have been pretty special so far so make sure you catch the final dates for this tour!

Friday 18th July – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 19th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 20th July – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Ben Howard
Friday 25th July – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Busby Marou
Friday 25th July – Brolga Theatre & Convention Centre, Maryborough, QLD

Clare Bowditch with Adalita
Friday 18th July – The Corner Hotel, Richmond, VIC
Friday 25th July – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Elbury
Saturday 19th July – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave, VIC
Sunday 20th July – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Fanny Lumsden and the Thrillseekers with Ruby Boots
Friday 18th July – Eastern Riverina Arts, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Friday 18th July – Tooma Hall, Tooma, NSW
Saturday 19th July – Rand Hall, Rand, NSW
Sunday 20th July – Jugiong Hall, Jugiong, NSW
Friday 25th July – Weethalle Hall, Weethalle, NSW

Husky
Friday 18th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th July – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 24th July – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Friday 25th July – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

Imogen Clark, Darcy Fox and Paige Renee Court
Friday 18th July – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 19th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 20th July – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 18th July – Williamstown RSL, Williamstown, VIC
Saturday 19th July – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 20th July – Beavs, Geelong, VIC

Jen Cloher
Friday 18th July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 19th July – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 20th July – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Friday 25th July – Skukum Lounge, Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Jep and Dep
Sunday 20th July – Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Dan Waters and The Weeping Willows
Friday 18th July – Holgate Brewery, Wooden, VIC
Saturday 19th July – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 24th July – Music Man Megastore, Bendigo, VIC

Little Bastard
Sunday 20th July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Saturday 19th July – Fly By Night, Perth, WA

Melody Pool and Marlon Williams
Friday 18th July – Leaps & Bounds Festival, Fitzroy Town Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th July – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 20th July – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Thursday 24th July – Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Friday 25th July – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS

Mikhael Paskalev
Friday 25th July – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC

Peasant Moon
Sunday 20th July – Menagerie at The Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Rose Wintergreen
Sunday 20th July – The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 23rd July – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July – North Byron Parklands, NSW

Taliska
Thursday 21st August — Mamma Vittoria, Fitzroy, VIC

The Beards
Friday 18th July – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th July – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 20th July – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC
Wednesday 23rd July – Bar on the Hill, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 24th July – Entrance Leagues, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 25th July – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, NSW

The Man in Black feat. Tex Perkins
Friday 18th July – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 19th July – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 20th July – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

The String Contingent
Sunday 20th July – House Concert, Marrickville, NSW

The Yearlings
Friday 18th July – Smiths Alternative Book Shop, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 19th July – Candelo Arts Society, Candelo, NSW
Sunday 20th July – Paynesville Wine Bar. Paynesville, VIC
Wednesday 23rd July – Melbourne Folk Club at Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th July – Basement Discs In-store, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th July – The Main Bar, Ballarat, VIC

Tom Stephens
Friday 18th July – TBA, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 19th July – Taps, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 20th July – Room 60, Brisbane, QLD

Tracy McNeil
Friday 18th July – Baha Taco Joint, Rye, VIC
Saturday 19th July – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Cam Ye O’er Frae France” – Steeleye Span

I’ve been listening a lot to Bellowhead’s new album Revival and noticed that their instrumental “Jack Lintel’s Jig” (which is actually a hornpipe) is basically the same tune as “Cam Ye O’er Frae France”, which in turn sent me down a Youtube rabbit hole listening to different versions of the Jacobite song. This was probably my favourite, and there’s not much that beats Steeleye Span live (and Maddy Prior dancing!)

JamGrass Announces First Artist Lineup for 2014

JamGrass
Image Courtesy of JamGrass

One of Timber and Steel’s best loved events, the JamGrass Music Festival in Melbourne, is about to enter its forth year and they’ve just dropped the first round of artists for 2014.

With a who’s who of Australian artists we feature regularly on Timber and Steel plus a couple of exciting additions from overseas the first announcement includes Mustered Courage, The Perch Creek Family Jugband, Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel, The Morrisons, The Seals, Tattletale Saints, One Up, Two Down, Annie Lou and The Stage Hogs. And there’s still plenty more artists to be announced.

JamGrass takes place over three days from the 31st October to the 2nd November at the Thornbury Theatre in Sydney. And JamGrass will also hit the road again this year after visiting Sydney last year with an On The Road edition of the show planned for Adelaide’s Governor Hindmarsh Hotel on the 20th September.

To get you in the mood check out a video of last year’s all-star jam:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 22nd November

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney indie-folk night Little Features has announced the lineup to its final show of 2013 this Saturday including Bears With Guns, Charlie Gradon, Arbori, Tom Stephens, Lyon Apprentice and Timberwolf. Details here

Jep and Dep have released a haunting alt-country version of Kylie Minogue’s “Confide in Me”. Details here

– US based six piece Okkervil River are returning to our shores next February. Details here

Bluesfest revealed their fourth lineup announcement for 2014. Details here

– Western Australian bluegrass six-piece The Seals have released their debut video “Drink It Down”. Details here

Mama Kin has released her new video “Red Wood River”. Details here

– Next February we’ll be treated to a brand new album from William Fitzsimmons, Lions. Details here

– The Gulgong Folk Festival have revealed their 2014 program including Big Erle, Caitlin Harnett, Daniel Champagne, Fig Jam, James Thomson, Melanie Horsnell and Richard Lawson. Details here

Johnny Flynn has released a stunning new lyric video for his track “Gypsy Hymn”. Details here

– You can stream a couple of tracks from the album Foreverly from Billie Joe and Norah online. Details here

Sarah Blasko has released her new video “Fool” and announced Heavenly Sounds tour dates. Details here

– Melbourne psych folk band Immigrant Union have a new video for their single “I Can’t Return”. Details here

Georgia Fair are performing three headline shows next week to support their new album Trapped Flame. Details here

– The John Butler Trio revealed their brand new single “Only One”. Details here

Interviews

“Songwriting’s really important to me – Boy Outside began as just me and an acoustic guitar. When you take such a pared-back approach into a live setting, every song has to be solid” – Aidan Cooney from Boy Outside chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“Yeah we’ve been trying to refine our sound a little bit. 18 months ago, our sound was so different – there was a mix between folk and tremolo surf songs. It was a bit crazy, and seemingly a bit old and weathered. Since then we’ve written a bunch of new songs. We’re playing cut down versions of our full production songs like “Slow Your Mind”, “Blue Afternoon”, and of course our single to be released next year “2001″” – Matt Gollan from The British Blues chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“At the moment we’re gearing up for our EP launches in Sydney and Melbourne! Then we’re planning to do a month of songwriting, maybe a little band camp holiday if we’re lucky, before recording an album early next year then touring to America in the middle of the year. Lots to look forward to!” – Georgia Mooney from All Our Exes Live In Texas chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Reviews

Gigs

“JamGrass is in many ways a unique event. An urban, indoor festival focused on a genre of music that is hardly cool (despite hipsters having a fondness for a banjo), JamGrass is almost the exact opposite of any other bluegrass festival in the country. But it works. And it keeps drawing me back”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the JamGrass Music Festival 2013. Review here

“Sibylla and Beth are obviously very comfortable in their new duo-with-a-backing-band setup and seemed to really be enjoying bringing their new material to the audience. The girls’ trademark harmonies (and relaxed banter) were in full force and despite some sound issues as a result of a lot of microphone swapping they were sounding absolutely beautiful in Camelot’s intimate space”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews The Little Stevies in Sydney. Details here

Releases This Week

Andrew Bird
I Want to See Pulaski at NightAndrew Bird
iTunes

Foreverly
ForeverlyBillie Joe and Norah
iTunes

Jacinta Price Dry River
Dry RiverJacinta Price

Laura and Susie
MerembaLaura & Susie
iTunes

Lost Ragas
Phantom RideLost Ragas
iTunes

Wichita
WichitaWhitaker
Bandcamp

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
riday 22nd November – Metropolis, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 23rd November – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Busby Marou
Friday 22nd November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 23rd November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 29th November – Fowlers, Adelaide, SA

Communion Melbourne feat. Thomas Calder (The Trouble With Templeton), Castlecomer, Martha Marlow, Dominic Youdan
Sunday 24th November – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 24th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Dustin Tebbutt
Sunday 24th November – The Aviary Rooftop Sessions, Perth, WA
Friday 6th December – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Dyson Stringer Cloher
Friday 22nd November – Balnarring Community Hall, Balnarring, VIC
Saturday 23rd November – Butter Factory, Mornington, VIC
Wednesday 27th November – Red Hot, Devonport, TAS
Thursday 28th November – Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Friday 29th November – Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda, SA

Emma Davis and Brian Campeau
Thursday 28th November – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Festival of Small Halls w/ Jordie Lane and Rose Cousins
Saturday 23rd November – St Martins Parish Hall, Mullum Music Festival, NSW
Wednesday 27th November – Forest Hill School of Arts, Forest Hill, QLD
Friday 29th November – Sandgate Town Hall, Sandgate, QLD

Georgia Fair
Friday 29th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Gossling with Whitaker
Saturday 23rd November – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Immigrant Union
Friday 22nd November – Howlers, Melbourne, VIC

John Butler Trio
Sunday 24th November – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd November – Gorgeous Festival, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 23rd November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC
Monday 25th November – The Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Kate Martin
Saturday 23rd November – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Kaurna Cronin
Sunday 24th November – Sofar Sounds, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th November – The Aztec, Forster, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Saturday 23rd November – Mona Museum & Gallery, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 24th November – Brookefield Winery, Margate, TAS
Tuesday 26th November – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Lime and Steel
Friday 22nd November – Baroque Room, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 28th November – Union Hotel, Newtown, NSW

Little Features feat. Bears With Guns, Charlie Gradon, Arbori, Tom Stephens, Lyon Apprentice, Timberwolf
Saturday 23rd November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Mullumbimby Music Festival
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th November – Mullumbimby, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 22nd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd November – Gorgeous Festival, McLaren Vale, SA
Sunday 24th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Wednesday 27th November – Black Bear Lodge

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 22nd November – The Soundlounge, Currumbin, QLD
Thursday 28th November – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW
Friday 29th November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

Robert Ellis and Corey Chisel
Friday 22nd November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel
Friday 22th to Sunday 24th November – Mullum Music Festival, NSW
Friday 29th November – The Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 22nd November – Baroque Room, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 23rd November – The Standard, Sydney, NSW

The Little Stevies
Friday 22nd November – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 23rd to Sunday 24th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby NSW

The Twoks
Friday 22nd November – The Espy, Melbourne, VIC

Whitaker
Friday 29th November – Revolver, Melbourne, VIC

Whitley
Thursday 28th November – Alhambra, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th November – Woombye Pub, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Riddles Wisely Expounded” – Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer

The theme of the impossible riddle is often repeated in traditional music, most famously in this Child Ballad, “Riddles Wisely Expounded”. This song has been recorded by many artists over the years and we’ve chosen a very recent version for this week’s FFF because, well, we think it’s really really good.

Review: JamGrass Festival 2013, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne

Jamgrass
Image Courtesy of JamGrass

As I was boarding my plane to head down to Melbourne for the 2013 JamGrass Music festival I couldn’t help but wonder why I had chosen this event over countless others to devote my time and hard earned frequent flyer points to. On any given weekend there are countless of events around the country showcasing music from the folk, country, roots and acoustic genres (all the good stuff), many of which are within easy traveling distance of my home town – so why was I flying Melbourne stay in a dodgy hotel in the far flung northern suburbs for this one.

JamGrass is in many ways a unique event. An urban, indoor festival focused on a genre of music that is hardly cool (despite hipsters having a fondness for a banjo), JamGrass is almost the exact opposite of any other bluegrass festival in the country. But it works. And it keeps drawing me back.

I think the reason it works is that JamGrass has grown out of a community of like minded individuals. This is not a commercial venture, the folks behind the festival are not professional events managers and there’s no pressure to cram the latest and greatest indie kids into the lineup. JamGrass is about the music. It’s about the musicians. And it’s about the jams.

That’s not to say that JamGrass isn’t a slickly run festival. Its enviable two stage setup in the Thornbury Theatre means downtime between performances is kept to a minimum. The festival generally runs to time (day two this year started about half an hour late due to one of the bands getting stuck in traffic) and bands are ready to go pretty much as soon as the lights come up on stage despite the reputation bluegrass artists have for constantly tuning. So many other festivals around the country could learn a thing or two from JamGrass about how to program consecutive concerts.

And I haven’t even gotten to the lineup yet! JamGrass has grown up from the Melbourne bluegrass and jam scene so has its pick of the crop when lining up the local talent. Add to that the reputation JamGrass has established over the last couple of years, drawing in talent from around the country along with its proximity to other Australian Bluegrass festivals meaning it has access to touring international acts means the quality of acts is exceptional.

This year I took in the Friday and Saturday nights of the festival, flying out of Melbourne before the festival finished on Sunday evening. In the 48 hours I was in town I experienced some of the best bluegrass this country has to offer. Normally I’d pull out a list of highlights but to be honest every single moment of the festival was exceptional. I think if anyone was following me on twitter throughout the festival weekend would have seen just how excited I was:

If I’m pushed I’d have to say that of the artists I haven’t seen before I was absolutely blown away by singer-songwriter James Kenyon whose unique voice and alt-country songs were just stunning and The Company who seem to be redefining bluegrass for an Australian audience and whose musicianship is just a step above. In a sea of highlights Mustered Courage’s set on the first night stood out with appearances by The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats and Kat Mear (among others) and an impromptu conga line through the middle of the performance.

But I don’t want to take away from any of the other artists who played throughout the weekend. The Green Mohair Suits, The Steamgrass Boys and The Morrisons proved that Sydney bands can pick with the best of them. Jimi Hocking’s mastership of the blues mandolin was a welcome respite from the frantic picking of a lot of the other acts. From the USA, Patt and Possum were just superb with some extra special fiddle and piano based tunes. The Stetson Family managed to prove their multi-skilling by tweeting me from the stage while they entertained the crowd. The list just goes on.

I’ll be going to a lot of festivals between now and the next JamGrass Music Festival – in fact I’ve been to a couple already since JamGrass took place in October – but I’ll be hanging out to next year for JamGrass 2014. There’s just something very special about this festival and I’m so happy I was part of it this year.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th October

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Reclusive singer-songwriter Keaton Henson has released his brand new video “You”. Details here

The Crooked Fiddle Band will be heading out on tour this month to support their brand new album Moving Pieces of the Sea. Details here

– The new video from The Civil Wars, “Dust to Dust”, shows the duo back when they were talking to each other in 2011. Details here

– The legendary Sally Seltmann will be releasing a new album next year and has given fans a taster with the unofficial single “Needle In The Hay”. Details here

The Timbers have released the awesome new video for their single “Gallantry”. Details here

– Just as they touch down in Australia for a national tour Bear’s Den have released a brand new track “Writing On The Wall”. Details here

The Lumineers have released a really nice animated video for their single “Submarines”. Details here

Laura Veirs has released a controversial new video for her track “America”. Details here

– Could the hammered dulcimer be the next trendy folk instrument? We spied one in the new video from Stornoway, “Farewell Appalachia”. Details here

– A new track from the upcoming Radical Face album The Family Tree: The Branches has been released online and it’s a beauty. Details here

– Portland, Oregon old time band The Foghorn Stringband are heading to Australia at the end of this month for an east coast tour. Details here

The Paper Kites have released a dizzying new video for their track “Youth”. Details here

Blog

“With a collection of musos like that this show is not to be missed”Gareth Hugh Evans introduces some of the lesser known bands on the JamGrass lineup this weekend. Blog here

Reviews

Track by Track

“Writing this song was the first step towards the bigger production you can hear on the album. Before the lyrics or melody took shape, I had already come up with horn lines and arrangement ideas for the song. The first demo of this one was a lot heavier, with a strong rock beat and distorted guitars, when we came to record the album we decided a more delicate approach would suit the overall vibe a lot more”Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides take us through their latest album Graceful Mistake. Track By Track here

Timber and Steel Presents

Arbori
Arbori
Friday 11th October – Triple Menace Studio, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th October – Brackets and Jame, Lake Mumorrah, NSW
Thursday 17th October – 505, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th October – The Loft, Surfers Paradise, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Bear’s Den
Saturday 12th October – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Busby Marou
Saturday 12th October – Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD

Foy Vance
Saturday 12th October – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, VIC (w/ The Handsome Family)
Sunday 13th October – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

JamGrass Music Festival
Friday 11th October to Sunday 13th October – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Loren Kate
Friday 11th October – Nanga Music Festival, Dwellingup, WA
Sataturday 12th October – Denmark Civic Centre, Denmark, WA
Sunday 13th October – Albany Boatshed Markets, Albany, WA
Friday 18th October – Tingrith Meeting House, Margaret River, WA

Mark Moldre and Sarah Humphreys
Friday 11th October – Shellharbour Workers Club, Shellharbour, NSW
Saturday 12th October – The Commercial Hotel, Milton, NSW
Sunday 13th October – Jamberoo Pub, Jamberoo, NSW

Matt Corby with Bear’s Den
Friday 11th October – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 15th October – Convention Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 17th October – City Hall, Hobart, TAS
Friday 18th October – Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Rose Wintergreen with Rosie Catalano
Saturday 12th October – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th October – The Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Some Folk In Spring feat. Little May, Ali Barter, Timberwolf
Sunday 13th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Tanya Batt
Friday 18th October – The Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

The Bon Scotts
Friday 11th October – Grand Junction, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 12th October – FBI Social, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 13th October – The Rails, Byron, NSW
Thursday 17th October – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Friday 18th October – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD

Whitley
Friday 11th October – Hotel New York, Launceston, TAS
Saturday 12th October – The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 17th October – Caravan, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 18th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Down In The Valley” – The Head and The Heart

I reckon my Genius on my iPod knows that The Head and The Heart have a new album due at the end of this month because “Down In The Valley” keeps popping up on my playlists. Love this song!

JamGrass Festival Announces Final Acts and Day Lineups

JamGrass Lineup
Image Courtesy of JamGrass

If you have a look at the image at the top of this article you’ll see that the folks behind JamGrass have announced the daily lineup for the October festival. You’ll also notice a bunch of artists on the lineup that have yet to have been announced including Fraser A Gorman & Big Harvest, The Stetson Family, The Ramblin’ Roses feat. Luke Plumb, The Backsteppers, Little Rabbit (which includes JamGrass favourites Pete Fidler, Kat Mear, Kim Wheeler and Alex Aronsten) and a very special grand finale jam hosted by Mustered Courage.

The festival will be MC’d by the legendary Sam Cutler, former tour manager for The Rolling Stones and The Grateful Dead. JamGrass will take place from the 11th to the 13th October at The Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne. For more information including how to get your hands on early-bird tickets check out the official JamGrass Festival website here.

Interview: Jason Taylor, JamGrass Music Festival

Jamgrass

This weekend will see the first ever JamGrass “On The Road” event take place in Sydney, with the main festival taking over the Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne for three days in October. We thought it was about time to sit down with Jason Taylor from JamGrass to see how both events are shaping up.

Gareth Hugh Evans: Now in it’s third year, this is the first time JamGrass has gone “on the road” with a show in Sydney on the first weekend in August. What was behind the decision to hit the road?

Jason Taylor: We couldn’t be more excited about JamGrass “On the Road”! A few Sydney folk have made it down to the first two years of JamGrass Music Festival and we kept on getting people asking us to do something similar in Sydney. It’s a big step to take JamGrass interstate but we’re very lucky to have teamed up with the Country Roads crew who have been running their monthly event in 2013 and promoting the local bluegrass and alt-country scene in Sydney. It’s great to see that there’s an interstate audience for what we are trying to put together and the music is not only alive in Melbourne but Sydney as well!

GHE: As well as some JamGrass regulars you’ve got a few local bands at the Sydney event including The Steamgrass Boys, The Morrisons, The Green Mohair Suits and The Rusty Spring Syncopators. How does the Sydney bluegrass/jam scene compare to what’s happening in Melbourne?

JT: There seems to be a lot of similarities. Since we’re Melbourne based, it’s unfortunate that we don’t get to check out the Sydney scene more often. But we definitely pay attention to what’s going on and check out the bands when they’re in Melbourne or at various festivals around the country. We’re hoping that JamGrass can be somewhat of a link to integrating these scenes more, not only for the bands but for the audience as well. Of course JamGrass won’t be the only driver, but if we can help connect likeminded bands and music lovers then we think that’s awesome.

GHE: You also have DJ Dylabolical spinning a Jerry Garcia tribute throughout the night. Having a DJ is a little bit of a different direction for you guys (albeit a DJ spinning jamband music) – how do you think the crowd will react?

JT: This is going to be tonnes of fun! I could talk forever about the history of jamband music and how it is related to bluegrass but that’s probably for another day. There is a big connection between The Grateful Dead and traditional music. Jerry Garcia introduced a lot of people to old traditional tunes through bluegrass and The Grateful Dead’s concerts. Jerry was born on 1st August, 1942 and passed away on 9th August, 1995. Since then, the days between have been known as Jerry Week. Just so happens that JamGrass “On The Road” falls on these dates and with people all over the world holding special events, it seemed obvious that we do something for this. DJ Dylabolical will be spinning a range of Jerry-related tunes, of course there will be some Grateful Dead and some of his bluegrass band Old and In The Way but the catalogue of related Jerry Garcia music is so vast that I am sure we’ll be hearing everything from some country tunes to some funky, bootie shakin’ party tunes. Check out Yonder Mountain String Band jamming out on this Grateful Dead classic “They Love Each Other”:

GHE: If the Sydney leg is successful do you think we’ll see more from the JamGrass team here?

JT: We certainly hope so! We’d love to make it an annual event, but as you can imagine it’s a tonne of work to pull it all together so we really need to see a strong turnout in Sydney. So far, everything is looking very positive.

GHE: Obviously this all leads up to the newly expanded three day JamGrass Music Festival in Melbourne in October – how are preparations going for the main event?

JT: Fantastic! The festival is definitely growing and getting a reputation for all the right reasons. We’re working on lots of things from stage designs to lighting and decor that will carry on the character of JamGrass 2012 but elevate the whole experience to a new level for JamGrass 2013. It’s going to get a bit wild. The line-up is already looking incredible with lots of artists Timber and Steel readers would be familiar with and a few they might not be. In fact, there might be a few names on the line-up that most people won’t know … but if previous years are anything to go by, those might just be the artists not to miss!

JamGrass “On The Road” Sydney takes place on Saturday the 3rd August at the Red Rattler Theatre in Marrickville. The JamGrass Music Festival will be at The Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne from the 11th to 13th October. Tickets for both events are available via the official website here

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 19th July

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney alt-country troubadour Boy Outside has revealed details of his debut self-titled EP. Details here

– Brisbane local Vancouver Sleep Clinic has a new Bon Iver inspired single “Vapour” that we’re really digging. Details here

JamGrass have added The Morrisons and The Rusty Spring Syncopators to their Sydney showcase next month. Details here

– The Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival revealed their 2013 lineup including Alanna & Alicia Egan, Andrew Clermont, Chaika, Fig Jam, Jack Carty, Julia & the Deep Sea Sirens, Loren Kate, Mal Webb, Penelope Swales, Phil Garland, Stiff Gins, Totally Gourdgeous and many many more. Details here

Bears With Guns released their new EP Only the Quick and the Hungry yesterday and have a new video for the track “Wandering Soldier”. Details here

Gemini Downs combine folk music and marriage equality in their catchy new video “Will You Marry Me?”. Details here

– Adelaide’s The Timbers will be releasing their new single “Gallantry” at the start of next month along with a residency at The Grace Emily Hotel. Details here

– Gypsy party band The Woohoo Revue have announced a massive 22 date tour starting next week. Details here

The Tiger & Me are heading out on the road to celebrate the release of their new single “Jack Middle of the Broken Heart”. Details here

– Australian songwriting legend John Williamson releases his best of album A Hell Of A Career today. Details here

Little Features in Sydney announced their July lineup including Son of Sun, Chris Neto, Dominic Youdan, Charlie Gradon and headlined by Emma Beau. Details here

Interviews

“What defines me most is songs that have an honest, raw truth from what I feel and think through my songs. There’s no real intention to go out and try and capture one thing, it’s all about whatever feels right at the time. And that was the mantra for this album – if it feels right then that’s what it is” – Wes Carr from Buffalo Tales talks to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Bears With Guns
Only the Quick and the HungryBears With Guns
iTunes

Elephant Eyes
Elephant EyesElephant Eyes
Bandcamp

John Williamson
A Hell Of A CareerJohn Williamson
iTunes

I'm a Bird
I’m A BirdSam Buckingham
Official Store

Timber and Steel Presents

Buffalo Tales
Buffalo Tales
Friday 19th July – The Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood, VIC
Saturday 20th July – Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully, VIC
Sunday 21st July – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Official Site

Pierce Brothers
The Pierce Brothers w/ Five Mile Town
Sunday 21st July – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Alison Avron
Saturday 20th July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Bears With Guns
Friday 19th July – The Railway Hotel, Parkes, NSW
Monday 22nd July – The Phoenix, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 25th July – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Daughter
Tuesday 23rd July – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 24th July – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW

Folk Club feat. OXBLVD, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Breaking Hart Benton
Wednesday 24th July – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW

Fraser A Gorman w/ Tim Neilson (The Death Rattles)
Wednesday 24th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Grizzly Jim Lawrie
Thursday 25th July – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Isaac Graham
Friday 19th July – Yours And Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 26th July – The Bunker, Coogee, NSW

Laura Marling
Monday 22nd July – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney NSW
Tuesday 23rd July – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney NSW
Wednesday 24th July – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney NSW
Thursday 25th July – Flinders Street Baptist Church, Adelaide SA
Friday 26th July – St Joseph’s Church, Perth WA

Paul Kelly
Tuesday 23rd July – Civic Theatre, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 24th July – Civic Theatre, Townsville, QLD
Friday 26th July – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton, QLD

Sam Brittain
Saturday 20th July – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 21st July – Secret House Gig, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th July – The Wheatsheaf, Adealaide, SA

Sam Buckingham
Sunday 21st July – The Bird, Northbridge, WA

Sarah Blasko
Monday 22nd July – The Playhouse, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 23rd July – Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, NSW
Wednesday 24th July – City Hall, Newcastle, NSW

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay, NSW

Sweet Jean
Friday 19th July – Singing Gallery, McLaren, SA
Saturday 20th July – Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda, SA
Sunday 21st July – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Tiger & Me
Thursday 25th July – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th July – Blue Beat, Sydney, NSW

The Woohoo Revue
Friday 26th July – The Hot Club, Blackheath, NSW

Thelma Plum
Thursday 25th July – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 26th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Whitley
Friday 19th July – The Hi Fi, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Three Drunken Maidens” – Planxty

I’ve probably posted this song as a FFF before but I just listened to this version from 1973 and just had to repost. Love this song – both to listen to it and to sing it!

JamGrass Announces Second Artist Lineup for 2013

JamGrass
Image Courtesy of JamGrass

We’re extremely excited this morning to announce the latest additions to the 2013 JamGrass Festival. In the three years it’s been running JamGrass has fast become one of our favourite yearly events and today’s lineup announcement cements that fact.

The lineup additions today include the likes of Mustered Courage, Davidson Brothers, Bill Jackson Band, The Rusty Datsuns, Appalachian Heaven String Band, Jimi Hocking’s Blue Mandolin and The Morrisons. Pretty impressive right? And when you add the a first round of artists that included The Company, The Steamgrass Boys, The Green Mohair Suits, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, John Flanagan & The Begin Agains, James Kenyon and more you know this is going to be an amazing 3 days of live bluegrass, folk and jam music. And we still have one more artist announcement to come!

JamGrass will take place at the Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne from the 11th to 13th October. There’s also a warmup show in Sydney on the 3rd August at The Red Rattler. For more information check out the official site here.

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