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
iTunes

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!

JamGrass Unveils New Format and 2015 Lineup

JamGrass
Image Courtesy of JamGrass

Australia’s favourite psych-rock, folk and bluegrass festival JamGrass will be celebrating its 5th year in 2015 with a brand new look and a fantastic lineup.

2015 will see JamGrass move to the outdoors, taking the music to the lush surrounds of Bundoora Park in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. The festival will take place over Saturday 7th November and cram in as much music as your dancing shoes can take.

And then there’s the lineup.

Headlining this year’s JamGrass will be rising Australian star Harts, bringing his blend of classic 70s style rock, funk and blues to the party. Joining Harts will be some of the country’s best folk, bluegrass and psych acts including 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 and The Drunken Poachers.

And if that’s not enough JamGrass will also be throwing a launch party the night before (Friday 6th November) at The Spotted Mallard in Brunswick that will feature The Morrisons, The Scrimshaw Four, The Ramblin’ Roses, Astro Cobalt, Little Rabbit and The Weeping Willows.

To get your hands on tickets for both JamGrass events and find out more information check out the official JamGrass site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 31st October

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Releases This Week

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

The Eastern
The TerritoryThe Eastern
iTunes

The Once
DeparturesThe Once
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

JamGrass Music Festival

Jamgrass

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

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

Gigs Next Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Folk Flashback

“Twa Corbies” – Steeleye Span

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

Interview: Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams
Image Courtesy of Marlon Williams

When I was at BIGSOUND last month the folk artist with the biggest buzz by far was the gorgeous Marlon Williams. Originally from New Zealand, Williams now calls Melbourne home and has been wowing music lovers across the country with his golden voice and old school approach to country music. Marlon Williams is wrapping up his tour supporting Justin Townes Earle and Lindi Ortega in Brisbane tonight and has already been announced for a bunch of upcoming festivals including JamGrass, AWME, Mullum Music Festival and Port Fairy.

We sat down with Marlon Williams at BIGSOUND to talk about his whirlwind year, his recent tours and his upcoming album.

Gareth Hugh Evans: First of all I want to say congrats for scoring the Justin Townes Earle support. To me that means you’ve made it. Were you pretty stoked when that phone call came through?

Marlon Williams: Yeah. I’ve played with Justin twice before back in New Zealand and really enjoyed it both times. To be able to go and do a whole tour and take my whole band on tour is going to be amazing.

GHE: So you won’t just be doing the solo thing?

MW: Justin’s got his band, Lindi Ortega’s got her’s and I’ve got mine.

GHE: That’s awesome. I’ve been to see Justin Townes Earle on pretty much all of his Australian tours and he’s very particular about who he gets to support him and he really invests in the support artists as well. I feel like it’s going to be a boost for you as well to raise your profile and have him listening to your stuff every single night.

MW: Yeah it’s the nice thing about doing more than three shows in a row with someone. I always find that even if you don’t really like the person’s stuff the familiarity of it rides through and you end up liking it anyway.

GHE: You seem to be everywhere at the moment as well. I’ve seen your name on a number of festival lineups. You’re playing at JamGrass, you did the tour with Melody Pool. You’re popping up everywhere. Is there a concerted effort at the moment to get your music out there as much as possible?

MW: I guess so. It’s sort of how Alastair, my manager, is booking it. Ever since he’s been looking after me for the last year and a half it’s just been busy. He asked me how I wanted to do it at the start and I said “I like playing shows a lot” and he’s certainly taken that on now. I’m tired now [laughs]

GHE: So are you based in Australia now fulltime?

MW: Yeah, in Melbourne.

GHE: Is there much of an acoustic and singer-songwriter scene back in New Zealand?

MW: I’m from a place called Lyttelton which is just outside of Christchurch. It’s a town of about 3,000 people but per capeta it’s got the most country music of any place I’ve ever been to. Inexplicably – I don’t know why there would be country music there. Before we had the earthquakes there were about six or seven really good venues in a town of 3,000. Now there’s two or three.

GHE: I’ve never really associated New Zealand with country music. I know it’s got a big soul scene and a big reggae scene. But when I stumbled across your music I was surprised to learn that country music was a thing too.

MW: Loosely country music.

GHE: Roots based music.

MW: Let’s go with that. There are pockets all over the country but Lyttelton’s quite a big one.

GHE: We’re at BIGSOUND. Do you find these sorts of events useful? Are you meeting a lot of people?

MW: I’m meeting a lot of people. I’m really not…

GHE: You’re not that guy who networks?

MW: I’m not that guy. My manager’s here doing all of those things. I don’t go to the meetings or anything. I just sort of float around looking lost. I’m happy to do that.

GHE: Can I ask you about the recent tour with Melody Pool. The first time I saw you perform was in my local pub and then a week later you announced that you were doing the joint tour with her which I got super excited about. It looked like it was awesome – how was it for you? You were co-headlining right?

MW: It was great. We just did a split of 11 shows for her and 11 shows for me. It could have gone horribly wrong for sure, we didn’t know each other beforehand. Putting us in a car together for six weeks, six and a half thousand kilometres of driving, it was suicide. But we didn’t have a single fight on the road and we found while we’ve both got very different tastes when it comes to what we like to do we found common ground. She grew up singing country harmonies for her dad and I love that brand of folk music that she plays. So we found ourselves somewhere in the middle – we did a set together at the end of the shows too.

GHE: I watched the videos you guys put out covering each other’s songs which were really nice. I think your voices complimented each other.

MW: It was the best part of the shows.

GHE: What’s next on the agenda for you after the Justin Townes Earle tour and your upcoming festival appearances?

MW: I’m hoping to put out an album in February. It’s all recorded and we’re just doing mixing right now. I’ll put that out and do a tour with that. I’ve got a lot of other little festivals as well. Quite a lot coming up.

GHE: Is the album with the full band?

MW: It’s a lot of things. There’s some stuff that’s just me and the guitar and there’s some full on avant garde noise stuff and everything in between. I’m still working on gluing it all together but I’m hopeful.

GHE: When you’re performing do you have to manage your set differently if it’s just you compared with a full band set?

MW: It’s very different. The solo sets, the brand of songs are completely different. It’s a completely different approach for me.

GHE: Which one do you prefer?

MW: They’re both different. I grew up playing in bands so I miss having the camaraderie, especially if you’re touring – it gets pretty lonely if you’re doing it by yourself night in night out. But then by the same token things are a bit easy solo.

GHE: It’s probably cheaper to travel with just you and a guitar.

MW: It’s much more the guerilla way of doing it.

GHE: Cool – well that’s all we have time for today. Thanks so much for chatting with me today.

MW: Appreciated.

Marlon Williams plays tonight at The Tivoli in Brisbane with Justin Townes Earle and Lindi Ortega.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 10th October

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The JamGrass Music Festival has put the finishing touches on their 2014 lineup adding the likes of Tracy McNeil and The Goodlife, Green Mohair Suits, Parvyn and Josh Bennett (from The Bombay Royale), Willow Darling and Broads. Details here

The British Blues head back to the 70s with their new video “Girls Like You”. Details here

– Sydney duo Winterbourne released their new video “Cold”. Details here

– The amazing Liz Stringer has an new live album on the way, a new video and a national tour from the end of the month. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice released his new single “I Don’t Want To Change You”. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Sam Newton is launching his debut album next week. Details here

Lanie Lane will be supporting the launch of her new album Night Shade with a national tour kicking off at the end of this month. Details here

The Porch Sessions in Adelaide are showcasing some fantastic music right in suburbia. Details here

– Melbourne indie-folk quartet Pepperjack have announced details of their new EP Buckles & Bruises. Details here

Gregory Alan Isakov released his brand new video “Amsterdam”. Details here

– The first round of artists for WOMADelaide were announced including Charlie Musselwhite, Lake Street Dive, Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys, Rufus Wainwright, The Gloaming and so much more. Details here

Pepa Knight has finally revealed details of his debut EP as well as announcing an east coast tour. Details here

– The Thompson folk dynasty have a collaborative Family album on the way featuring Richard Thompson, Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Kami Thompson, James Walbourne, Jack Thompson and Zak Hobbs. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter James Thomson released his new video “Can’t Go Home This Way”. Details here

Releases This Week

Fleck Washburn
Béla Fleck & Abigail WashburnBéla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
iTunes

Hozier
HozierHozier
iTunes

Little May
Little MayLittle May
iTunes

The Acfields
The AcfieldsThe Acfields
Official Site

You+Me
Rose Ave.You+Me
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Josh T Pearson

Josh T Pearson

Josh T Pearson is in the country for the first time and is playing only two shows while he’s here – one in Sydney and one in Melbourne. Don’t miss your chance to see this man live – it’s going to be amazing!

Tuesday 14th October – Foxtel Festival Hub, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 10th October – Main Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 11th October – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC
Sunday 12th October – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 15th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 16th October – The Courthouse, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 17th October – No 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 17th October – Beach Break Bar, Agnes Waters, QLD

Cat Canteri
Friday 17th October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Festival of Small Halls feat. Andy Brown, The Mae Trio
Friday 10th October – Sandgate, QLD
Saturday 11th October – Cambooya, QLD
Sunday 12th October – Forest Hill, QLD
Thursday 16th October – Harrisville, QLD
Friday 17th October – Mt Tamborine, QLD

Fred Smith
Saturday 11th October – The Velvet Lounge, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Green Mohair Suits
Friday 10th October – Smith’s Alternative Bookstore, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 11th October – The Vanguard, Newtown, NSW
Sunday 12th October – Modus Operandi Brewery, Mona Vale, NSW

Jack Carty
Saturday 11th October – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 12th October – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Friday 17th October – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

John Butler Trio w/ Mama Kin
Friday 10th October – The Venue, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 11th October – Kuranda Amphitheatre, Kuranda, QLD

Josh T Pearson
Tuesday 14th October – Foxtel Festival Hub, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Justin Townes Earle w/ Lindi Ortega, Marlon Williams
Saturday 11th October – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Sunday 12th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 15th October – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th October – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th October – Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Lindi Ortega
Saturday 11th October – Astor, Perth, WA w/ Justin Townes Earle
Sunday 12th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA w/ Justin Townes Earle
Monday 13th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 15th October – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW w/ Justin Townes Earle
Thursday 16th October – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC w/ Justin Townes Earle

Missy Higgins
Saturday 11th October – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 12th October – The Cube, Wodonga, VIC
Wednesday 15th October – Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton, WA
Thursday 16th October – Crown Theatre, Perth, WA

Oh Pep!
Thursday 16th October – Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford, VIC

Olivers Army
Friday 10th October – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Ryan Bingham with Harry Hookey and Tim Wheatley
Tuesday 14th October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 15th October – Lizottes Kincumber, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 17th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Sahara Beck
Friday 10th October – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 16th October – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th October – Cambridge Side Bar, Newcastle, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 10th October – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 11th October – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 12th October – Birdhouse Bar, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 16th October – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Friday 17th October – The Eastern, Ballarat, VIC

The Acfields
Saturday 11th October – Martian Cafe, Dean’s Marsh, VIC
Sunday 12th October – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

The Grahams with The Morrisons
Friday 10th October – The Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 11th October – Baha Tacos, Rye, VIC

The Morrisons
Saturday 11th October – The Assembly Festival, The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 10th October – Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th October – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 16th October – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 17th October – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 10th October – Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 11th October – Birregurra Festival, Birregurra, VIC
Thursday 16th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 17th October – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Porch Sessions feat. Al Parkinson, Tim Moore, Juno
Sunday 12th October – House Concert, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Dimming of the Day” – Alison Krauss and Union Station

The announcement of the new Thompson Family album sent me down a Richard and Linda Thompson Youtube rabbit hole which eventually landed me on this amazing version of their classic track “Dimming of the Day”.

JamGrass Announces Final Round of Artists for 2014

JamGrass
Image Courtesy of JamGrass

The finishing touches have been put on the 2014 JamGrass lineup with the final artists added last Friday. And what an addition! The already jam-packed festival now boasts the considerable talents of Tracy McNeil and The Goodlife, Green Mohair Suits, Parvyn and Josh Bennett (from The Bombay Royale), Willow Darling and Broads.

You can also get excited about the addition of Sam Cutler, author and former manager of The Rolling Stones and The Grateful Dead, as the official MC for the festival.

JamGrass takes place over three days from the 31st October to the 2nd November at the Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne. For more information check out the official site here.

Interview: Sweet Jean

Sweet Jean
Image Courtesy of Sweet Jean

When I first saw Melbourne’s Sweet Jean live I was absolutely blown away. They’d just released their new stripped back mini album Greetings From Goodbye and were recreating it’s stunning folk music live on stage. When I heard they were showcasing at this year’s BIGSOUND I just had to take the opportunity to chat to the duo

Gareth Hugh Evans: I want to start with the new mini-album Greetings From Goodbye. I have to say that I am obsessed with this album. More so since I’ve seen you perform it live. I guess my big question is what made you strip back and explore this kind of folky music.

Sime Nugent: That’s basically where we started. When we started playing together we didn’t even have a name for the band, we just started showing up to gigs that I had booked in Melbourne as the pair of us. We played this music together and investigated that sort of sound. That was the first year or so of us working together. We love that music. Then we went on to investigate and invest in the sound that ended up becoming Dear Departure and that took a while to generate. Once we’d published that bunch of songs it felt appropriate for us to honour that first period when we were working together. That said there’s a new sound that we’re generating at the moment which is sort of a broader pallet of work again.

Alice Keath: I think it’s really representative of a lot of the shows we do live as well. We do the band thing but we perform as a duo a lot and there’s a lot of thought and a lot of hours of playing live that have gone into that. There’s the two sort of elements – I love playing with the band but I love stripping it back to the core elements of a song and I guess being economical in what you do with it. Every choice matters when you’re dealing with material like this. It’s not just “yeah, throw on some strings and some drums and this and that”, you have to actually really think about what you’re wanting to say and play and I really love that process. We both really love a lot of the music, that old, soulful kind of folk music that’s quite dark and quite effecting I find. This album is actually a combination of really early recordings that we did basically in my back room when we first started playing together and then some new recordings as well. It was interesting for me because some of the vocal takes on that I find they’re quite raw and Sime and John [Castle] had to convince me not to redo them and put them on the album. In the end, now that I’ve sat with it for a little while, I think that’s maybe a strength, that it’s not too polished and it’s not too self conscious.

GHE: Was there ever a point when you were putting the album together where you started layering the drums and the strings and things before pulling it all away or was it going to be stripped back right from the very beginning?

SN: I think from the very beginning we knew that it had to be a fully duo orientated record even though I think one drum kit made it on.

AK: Half a song!

SN: And there was one guitar solo overdubbed. We really wanted to keep it very pure.

AK: And most of the songs as well are performed live which I think was important for us. We really wanted to make it representative. What you hear, apart from a couple of overdubs, is what was played in the room. Which is a completely different process to how we made Dear Departure. That was built up in layers, bit by bit…

SN: And edited over months and months. Revised and revisited. A totally different way of working.

GHE: So when you listen back to Greetings From Goodbye do you wish you could fix some of the rawness?

SN: Not really because it is what it is. There was certainly a moment where we had to kind of take a deep breath on some of the songs and just commit to that take. But once that process has happened it sort of takes on its own internal logic.

AK: And I find that often it’s those happy accidents or mistakes or rough moments – the bit where your voice cracks or there’s a change in tempo or something – I find actually build into making a more interesting group of songs.

SN: They add to the realness

AK: Those are often the most interesting bits on an album, for me as a listener. I guess it’s interesting as a performer remembering that and not getting too precious.

GHE: Your live show is really what caused me to really knuckle down and listen to Greetings From Goodbye properly. What I feel it does is capture your live show beautifully. What I saw on stage is what you get on the recording.

SN: Totally. And that’s what we wanted to honour.

GHE: If you’re putting together a set list for your live show does it depend on whether you’ve got a full band or not as to whether you’ll play anything from Greetings From Goodbye?

AK: We will always play the folk stuff. There’s quite a breadth of material that we do but I think in every show there will always be at least one stripped back, duo acoustic song. So far anyway.

SN: The reality from our point of view is some audiences respond more to the duo and some audiences respond more to the band stuff.

AK: And it’s purely out of what we’re interested in. There comes a point where you’re dabbling in different types of music and you go “is this so far outside of what we’ve been doing that it’s time to do a side project or something?” [laughs]. How far can we push this in a live show stylistically? And I think at the moment even with the new stuff we’re doing which is more band driven or wide screen or whatever you want to call it its roots are still very much in that folk/country/gritty/roots music. Its roots are in roots! [laughs]

SN: We’ve got delusions of synth-pop but you’re always going to hear the folk music in there [laughs]

AK: Even when we think we’re writing pop music it’s still entirely grounded in the roots tradition.

GHE: You keep referring to Greetings From Goodbye as your “folk” album but I think Dear Departure is a folk record.

SN: Nah man, that’s our synth-pop record! [laughs]

AK: Sometimes you just can’t escape it and that’s not a bad thing at all. We love that music. We’re having a lot of fun with new songs and pushing the sound and making it bigger. But often keeping it simple, there’s a real strength in that and a real immediacy. It’s not that easy to do sometimes, to write a really distilled song that sounds simple but has weight. You can put all the bells and whistles on there and dress it up but the challenge is to write a song that sounds like it was really easy to put together.

GHE: And I guess that’s what makes those great folk songs. They sound simple but there’s years and years of writing behing them.

SN: There is something funny that happens. If the ear is listening to say two voices and two instruments and technically it’s a certain volume, and then you play a song beside it which is two voices and twenty instruments, the larger pallet song will always feel quieter. Because there’s so much more information for the ear to work out. I’ve done this again and again. In the set trying to put a band song beside a duo song, the duo song always sounds louder even though you sit there with the mastering engineer and you go it’s not technically louder.

GHE: So you said you’re working on new material and it’s more leaning towards the band stuff?

AK: I think there’s going to be a mix but it’s not going to be as stripped back and distilled. The next album is going to have more production on it.

SN: And there’s a bit of a grittier palette to what we’re doing.

AK: Yeah! I think doing this folk EP has informed some of the newer songs and I’m really looking forward to exploring that darker palette with the band stuff. Some of the stuff on Dear Departure was quite polished. I’m looking forward to exploring that more produced sound but with a few of the mistakes and a few of the darker tones in the instruments.

SN: Some of the looseness.

AK: Yeah, getting some of the looseness in there.

GHE: So the new material is going to be Dear Departures informed by Greetings From Goodbye.

SN: I think you just helped us work that out!

AK: We’ll put that on our next press release.

GHE: You can quote me. I haven’t heard the new material but you’re welcome to use that pull quote!

SN: Yeah!

GHE: And you guys have a couple of festival dates coming up. You’re playing JamGrass right? You haven’t played it before right?

AK: No. I’m looking forward to it. There’s some good acts on there.

GHE: It’s one of my favourite festivals of the year. It’s very well put together – really slick.

SN: That’ll be fun.

GHE: And then after that what’s next? Is it just writing at the moment?

SN: After BIGSOUND we’re basically going home to get to work. There are a bunch of demos currently kicking around that we’ll go out to the laundry [studio] and start to work out what to do with them.

AK: Honestly, having that space in our backyard where we can record – John [Castle], our producer, set us up with some monitors and another friend gave us a a preamp. Basically we can go out there and record something, give it to John and maybe add a couple of extra things. Greetings From Goodbye is the perfect example. Having that space there free from time constraints or any studio pressure, that’s just so much fun. You can just muck about and try out sounds and ideas. Having the time and space to do that has been so much fun – I’m really looking forward to spending the summer doing that.

GHE: Well that’s all I’ve got time for today. Thanks so much for spending you BIGSOUND afternoon chatting with me.

SN: Thank you!

Stream the new Sweet Jean mini-album Greetings From Goodbye below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 5th September

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Audreys kicked off a duo tour of New South Wales this week. Details here

– Victorian bluegrass duo The Davidson Brothers have released their new single “Take Me To The Mountains”. Details here

– Boston based sister act Ari & Mia are heading to Australia for a tour with The Lucy Wise Trio. Details here

– A new weekly folk night, Bare Bones, has kicked off in Perth at The Swan Basement every Saturday night. Details here

JamGrass announced their next round of artists including Marlon Williams, Raised by Eagles, Sweet Jean, Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats, The Ramblin’ Roses, Cat and Clint, James Kenyon and Brunswick Bluegrass Collective. Details here

– Sydney alt-country four-piece All Our Exes Live In Texas are heading out on tour this October. Details here

Jack Carty released his new single “Be Like The Water” as well as announcing a national tour over the next few months. Details here

Passenger has been releasing live videos as part of his US tour. Details here

Angus and Julia Stone have released their new video “Get Home”. Details here

– Swampy bluesman C.W. Stoneking has a new album on the way and a tour this November. Details here

– To celebrate their 30th anniversary The Illawarra Folk Festival are running a song contest. Details here

– Sydney folk night MoFo is branching out with their new MoFo at the Crate event, the first of which features Ari & Mia and The Lucy Wise Trio. Details here

– A new family friendly musical, The Vegetable Plot, from Luke Escombe and All Our Exes Live In Texas is about to hit Sydney and we have a stream of the accompanying EP. Details here

Vance Joy will be headlining his own tour this coming March. Details here

Bear’s Den released their stunning new single “Above The Clouds Of Pompeii”. Details here

– The first round of artists for Bluesfest 2015 have been announced including The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Xavier Rudd, Frank Turner, Pokey LaFarge and many more. Details here

The Pierce Brothers have just kicked off a massive national tour that goes right through until December. Details here

Reviews

Gigs

“Probably my favourite small (and surprising) space was the Amish Barn. In 2013, artist Bennet Miller ran a live installation called Barnraiser, where volunteers dressed as Amish people to raise a Barn. I kid you not. And this year, since the barn is complete, they opened it to the Splendour patrons for Rumspringer. Walk in to the barn at any point in the day and not only were you surrounded by Amish folk relaxing and enjoying the weather, but you could buy a drink from the bar and catch snippets of their pop-up bands playing folk in a ‘session’ style, or playing heavy rock like they were in their Barn’s garage band”KTBell reviews Splendour in the Grass. Review here

Releases This Week

When We Were Young
When We Were YoungCat Canteri
Bandcamp

Daniel Allars
Singing for LogsDaniel Allars
iTunes

Single Mothers
Single MothersJustin Townes Earle
iTunes

Where We Go
Where We GoNova and The Experience

All Or Nothin'
All Or Nothin’Nikki Lane
iTunes

Exits
ExitsSteve Smyth
iTunes

Wooden Duck
Wooden DuckThe Green Mohair Suits
iTunes

Dream Your Life Away
Dream Your Life AwayVance Joy
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

BIGSOUND 2014

BigSound

While the BIGSOUND conference might have sold out the official live program still has tickets left (plus plenty of unofficial music going on) and the folk, acoustic and roots program this year is really strong with showcases from The Pierce Brothers, Marlon Williams, Hayden Calnin, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Ruby Boots, Sweet Jean, Ash Grunwald, Devon Sproule, Fraser A Gorman, Little May, Spookyland, Steve Smyth and many many more.

Wednesday 10th to Friday 12th September – Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, NSW
Official Site

Gigs Next Week

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 12th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Bare Bones feat. The Wishers, Maverick, Cyclone Tess
Saturday 6th September – The Swan Basement, Perth, WA

BIGSOUND
Wednesday 10th to Friday 12th September – Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, NSW

Bob Dylan
Friday 5th September – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 7th September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 8th September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Boy & Bear
Friday 5th September – The Palais, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 6th September – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Friday 12th September – The Arts Centre, Gold Coast, QLD

Castlecomer
Thursday 11th September – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Cat Canteri
Friday 5th September – Basement Disc’s, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th September – The Star, Yackandandah, VIC
Saturday 6th September – Tanswell’s, Beechworth, VIC
Sunday 7th September – Bridge Rd Brewery, Beechworth, VIC

Darren Cross
Friday 5th September – Padre, Brisbane, QLD

Folklore, George Callaghan, Hooper and O’Toole
Saturday 6th September – The Shack, Narrabeen, NSW

Jep and Dep
Friday 5th September – Padre Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Katie Noonan w/ Jack Carty
Friday 12th September – Bangalow Bowlo, Banglow, NSW

MoFo feat. Laura and Susie, Golden Whistler
Friday 12th September – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Olivers Army
Wednesday 10th September – Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 5th September – A Music Warehouse Project, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 6th September – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Friday 12th September – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Spookyland
Friday 5th September – Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 10th September – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – Boney, Melbourne, VIC

Steve Smyth
Friday 5th September – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 6th September – Taps, Mooloolaba, QLD
Tuesday 9th September – Mushroom x Sonos Party, BIGSOUND, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 10th September – BIGSOUND, The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 11th September – Brisbane Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW

Sweet Jean
Sunday 7th September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 11th September – Bigsound, Brisbane, QLD

The Audreys
Friday 5th September – Art of Espresso, Young, NSW
Saturday 6th September – Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 7th September – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

The Folk Informal feat. Imogen Bel, Amela, Black River Bell, Angharad Drake
Thursday 11th September – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Living Room feat. Laura Zarb, Two Girls Will
Sunday 7th September – Lewisham Hotel, Sydney

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 5th September – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 11th September – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 5th September – Nelson Hotel, Nelson, VIC
Saturday 6th September – Boney, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 7th September – Newport Bowls Club, Newport, VIC
Friday 12th September – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW

Todd Sibbin and The Acadian Driftwood
Friday 5th September – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 7th September – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Tom West
Friday 5th September – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 7th September – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Vance Joy
Friday 5th September – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Stable Song” – Gregory Alan Isakov

Tomorrow a very special lady in my life hits a landmark birthday so I thought I’d treat her to one of her favourite songs as our FFF. Happy Birthday Tuz!

JamGrass Announces Second Round of Artists for 2014

Jamgrass
Image Courtesy of JamGrass

Melbourne bluegrass festival JamGrass already has a pretty amazing lineup, but that hasn’t stopped them from adding an impressive list of artists in their second announcement. Joining the likes of Mustered Courage, The Perch Creek Family Jugband, Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel, The Morrisons, The Seals, One Up, Two Down and more will be Marlon Williams, Raised by Eagles, Sweet Jean, Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats, The Ramblin’ Roses, Cat and Clint, James Kenyon and Brunswick Bluegrass Collective.

JamGrass takes place over three days from the 31st October to the 2nd November at the Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne. For more information check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 18th July

TFIF

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
iTunes

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!)

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