Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2016

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You’ve heard what we think the top albums of 2016 were, but lets be honest this is the piece you’ve really been waiting for.

Every year we reach out to the community of folk and acoustic musicians in Australia and around the world to ask them to pick their favourite album or EP of the year, and this year they came through in spades.

So without further waffle may we present to you this year’s Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2016.

Bill ChambersEagle & The Wolf
Bill ChambersCold Trail
What a record. Bill just turns up when he feels like it and shows us all how it’s done. The title track is one of the best driving songs ever written and we’ve done A LOT of driving this year! This record has been with us on every trip and inspires us as artists of the alt. country genre to dig deep and keep being real, in life and in music. He’s the baddest and the best.

James KenyonAnna Cordell
James KenyonImagine You Are Driving
This album takes me into such a beautiful space, it is so beautifully written and produced, I find myself smiling every time I listen to it – I’m entranced and inspired.

Joe MungovanImogen Clark
Joe MungovanWay Down South
Joe totally embodies the Joni Mitchell quote about songwriting, “The closer you get to your heart is the closer you get to everyone else’s”. This EP is an evolution for him, the production is so sparse and spacey, almost Bon Iver-ish, and very different from the folky style of his first EP. But what remains is Joe’s amazing ability to capture so perfectly the melancholy of the human condition with his beautiful melodies and heart-wrenching lyrics. A big 5 stars from me. Love ya, Joe!

Piers FacciniSam Lee
Piers FacciniI Dreamed An Island
This album only came out a couple of weeks ago but I think needs mentioning in this years crop. Piers is one of the finest male singers and his musicianship is exquisite. It’s an album of great sensitivity with deep thought and poetry inside. The songs are so well formed, he has a knack at creation of timeless soundings orgs.

DD DumboDan Flynn
D.D DumboUtopia Defeated
Oliver has really found his own unique sound while incorporating some diverse influences including folk, electronic and world music. I was really impressed with his songwriting and his ability to draw you in to his strange little world. I also love the production with all those sonic layers that reveal themselves over repeated listens. Amazing debut.

Michael KiwanukaSkyscraper Stan
Michael KiwanukaLove and Hate
I got hooked on this album while touring around New Zealand. The songwriting is melodic, the dynamics are masterful and the closing track, “Final Frame”, kicks me in the guts.

William CrightonJosh Rennie-Hynes
William CrightonWilliam Crighton
I first heard William at Nannup at the start of this year and loved it. He’s a great performer and his songs are top notch. This album captures all of that perfectly. The production is spot on and is a testament to the benefits of what a more DIY approach to recording can achieve.

Bon IverTanya Batt (BATTS)
Bon Iver22, A Million
There have been a lot of amazing releases this year, Canary, Braille Face and Hayden Calnin were three I wanted to choose too. However, it had to be Bon Iver. The most highly anticipated album in my life, it did not disappoint. This album means so much to me, It’s an extremely innovative album within soundscapes and also so raw, filled with emotion. Many tears were shed when I first listened.

MoulettesClaude Hay
MoulettesPreternatural
Moulettes new album Preternatural really grabed me from the first second, Distorted Cello, Oboe, guitar bass drums and they all sing insane harmonies perfectly live….Audio candy

Bill HuntLiam Gale (Liam Gale & the Ponytails)
Bill HuntUpwey
Conversational, melodic, witty and hooky songwriting flood through the beautiful ebb and flow of Upwey, Hunt’s first of many offerings. The songs are hued by a consistent arrangement of drums, bass, violin and Hunt’s subtle and precise guitar style. But they don’t rely on these arrangements; each song a story, assisted by the swell of instrumentation to convey the tales that swing from the near Latin grooves of “Odalik” to the slow sexy grind of “Sea of Love”. At six tracks long, it leaves you wanting more. Perfect.

Childish GambinoSahara Beck
Childish GambinoAwaken, My Love!
Listening to this album is like switching off the real world and stepping into an original and new world. I find it very inspiring.

Oh PepThe Little Stevies
Oh Pep!Stadium Cake
I think the songwriting on Stadium Cake is really interesting. The songs take me to a place that I’m not expecting both lyrically and musically when I begin listening to them and they keep me guessing, which I absolutely love. The arrangements and production are also super cool, and I’m simply just a big fan of talented women and female partnerships doing great things in the arts.

Side PonyFanny Lumsden
Lake Street DiveSide Pony
It seriously makes me the most joy filled human ever. Side Pony is possibly my biggest songwriting envy of late and they just really nail that motown meets pop retro good times.

Nick CaveMiles O’Neil (Miles and Simone)
Nick Cave and The Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
I was scared to listen to this album due to the tragic circumstances surrounding it. Finally
mustering the courage one bright morning I listened to it through while walking beside the sea.
I stopped many times during that walk to sit and, floored, marvel at the breathtakingly
sadness and beauty captured in what is, to me and I’m sure many others, a masterpiece.

Hayden CalninForest Falls
Hayden CalninCut Love Pt 1/2
Hayden is an absolute stayer of the Melbourne music scene, but it’s for good reason. This record is world-class. Sparse, rich, cinematic, and desperate in its feel, it holds on to you long after the first listen.

Button CollectiveThe Bottlers
The Button CollectiveThe Lonesome Sea
As a softly lilting mandolin emerges from the silence of the opening track, Brodie’s haunting lyrical ballad begins to unravel the story of the heartbreak of a man, torn between travelling the lonesome sea and those who he has left behind. This beautiful yet bittersweet combination of well-travelled wordsmithing and an instrumental palate carrying a nostalgically truthful warmth, could be heard in any far-flung tavern in the dead of night, as tired candles flicker. Finishing with a raucous fling titled “Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy”, the Button Collective’s release concludes on a stirring high, twisting your arm to crave another ale. The EP’s recording, mixing and mastering add a special flair, as you hear the charismatic live-elements that give you a heart-swelling, beer-swilling singalong that you can partake in at any time. Well done fellas!

The Dreaming RoomPhia
Laura MvulaThe Dreaming Room
Her lyrics explore feminism, faith, self-worth, race, and her harmonies, arrangements and production are deep and multi-hued. One of the most exciting songwriters around, unafraid to experiment with multi-genre collaborations, like the London Symphony Orchestra and Nile Rodgers.

JoyGordon Wallace (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
The Peep TempelJoy
This is a great third album by the Melbourne based three piece that has initial flavours of 90s Aussie pub punk/bloke rock (like Cosmic Psychos) but that is just the beginning – the album is musically quite varied, with intelligent, dark, caustically humorous and often political lyrics with moments of honest beauty.

Wartime SweetheartsJoe Gould (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
Wartime SweetheartsSo Long Sparta
It’s always great when a local artist drops something as fully formed and self-assured as Louise Nutting’s second album under the Wartime Sweethearts moniker. Experimental without forgetting the songcraft, it deserves its rightful place amongst the St Vincents, Dirty Projectors and My Brightest Diamonds of the art pop world. Props to local label Art As Catharsis, whose releases in October alone spanned from Wartime Sweethearts to Hashashin’s eastern mathrock and No Haven’s dark hardcore. Eclecticism rules the day!

BeyonceTaryn La Fauci
BeyoncéLemonade
To create and release a piece of work that is so intricately linked and ordered, one you must listen to from start to finish to understand the whole was really refreshing! The film that accompanied the album was also richly interesting, deep and powerful. To address themes such as infidelity and race and then to weave them powerfully into a full album, which on release caused so much controversy and started a conversation world wide, I thought was really great.

Melody PoolKevin Mitchell (Bob Evans)
Melody PoolDeep Dark Savage Heart
Another beautiful record from the most under-rated songwriter in Australia. “Love, She Loves Me” gives me goose bumps every time.

Winter WheatFrank Turner
John K SamsonWinter Wheat
I am a long term partisan of John’s work, so it’s not surprising that I liked this record. But god-DAMN, the man just keeps delivering. This record had me in tears three times on my first listen through, and it gets better with age.

David BowieWilliam Crighton
David BowieBlackstar
My favourite album from 2016 is Blackstar from David Bowie. There were a lot of great albums but I listened to it the most.

TigallerroSteven Barnard (Arbori, Jon Cotton)
Phonte and Eric RobersonTigallerro
Smooth grooves, dope rhymes, sweet melodies. You’d be hard pressed to find another 2016 record his year that has this flow, though Anderson Paaks’ Malibu is a close second. It rolls effortlessly from track to track and the inevitable ass shaking comes with a no “slutty table top twerking” guarantee. It’s rare that a hip hop record explores what it means to be a man of sexual fidelity, a family man, and even man of faith in higher power. Getting hype or turning down, my morning wake up or my party starter, this record has been a solid find.

Julia JacklinJesse Lubitz (TinPan Orange)
Julia JacklinDon’t Let The Kids Win
This album is a gem. The more I listen to this record, the more the songs shimmer and shine with a beautiful honesty. Jacklin’s songwriting is earnest and her voice perfect – it feels like an important voice which dances delicately on a wire between mundanity and profundity.

Bon IverOliver’s Army
Bon Iver22, A Million
Although becoming more and more electronic heavy, Justin Vernon’s signature haunting melodies and dynamic vocals remain consistently endearing. I found the production to be quite bold and experimental, and I love that they’re continuing to explore their sound and push it in new directions. Sonically, it’s spacious and beautiful.

RadioheadKim Churchill
RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
My top album of 2016 has probably got to go to A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead. It really hit me at the perfect moment. I was deep in the studio and sometimes getting a bit overly flustered by how complex the process of recording can be. I think Radiohead have done something incredible in the way this album is so relaxed, so subtle, but so powerful. There is this beautiful calm confidence that I am completely in awe of. To be alive whilst their legacy is still being added to is a real treat!

Conor OberstThomas Busby (Busby Marou)
Conor OberstRuminations
Brave, personal and heart achingly real. It feels like you’re in the room with him as he’s pouring his heart out.

Iggy PopEm George
Iggy PopPost Pop Depression
It would be a total lie for me to say that I have been patiently and politely waiting for a new Iggy Pop record because I’ve been extremely impatient and downright rude, mouthing off to my vinyl copy of Lust for Life, begging to the Iggy Pop gods for a new release and then Post Pop Depression hit in March this year. Produced by Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), the entire album is gritty and dark, sharp and tight with that small hint of sadness that lies just under the surface of Iggy Pop’s music. However in true Iggy fashion, the melodies and heavy drums lift the album into something that is hard to define, taking you to another place. My pick for 2016!

KaleoGerrit Gmel (Citizen of the World)
KaleoA/B
I came across these guys on Spotify a few months ago as they were our number one associated artist then. I had never heard of them before but their album has been on repeat ever since. Their album is incredibly varied, with high-energy songs like “Way Down We Go” and soft ballads like “Save Yourself”. An emotional rollercoaster from start to finish.

Gregory PorterJoe Glover (Shelley’s Murder Boys, Backsliders)
Gregory PorterTake me to the Alley
I watched a YouTube clip of Gregory Porter performing on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert and watched it several times over, absolutely mesmerised. The album is just as mesmerising; full of soul, jazz and RnB, beautiful arrangements and Porter’s effortless delivery; just enough grit and soul to keep the jazz interesting! I listen to this album when I want something that will absolutely zone me out of where I am and what I am doing, Porter’s soothing voice is like being wrapped up in blanket and given a cup of hot cocoa.

Bruce MolskyShell Eves (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
Bruce MolskyCan’t Stay Here This a-Way
Bruce Molsky always manages to bring such a rich, unique sound to the old-time classics. His latest album is no exception. His fiddle-singin’ gives me warm fuzzies akin to sitting by a campfire under a starry sky.

David BowieJimmy Murray (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
David BowieBlackstar
It was hot, humid January afternoon driving through a sun-shower when I first listened to David Bowie’s Blackstar album. Released just 2 days after his death aged 69 this is an amazing final piece of work from this incredible artist. The hauntingly beautiful voice and instrumentation echos with songs about finality and death. Listening to this I was filled pure joy, sadness and reflection of this artist’s inspirational legacy.

Black Mountain String bandThe Plough
Black Mountain String BandTime Traveller
This year The Plough discovered the Canberra based Black Mountain String Band and can’t get enough of them. The exuberance and variety they bring to a live show is showcased beautifully in their recording. Their mix of traditional and original songs and instrumentals take the listener back in time through a landscape of high energy Old Time, Western Swing, triangle pumping Cajun and plucky Fiddle polkas. This CD’s been on high rotation in the Lancer’s CD stacker ever since it was launched in the bush capital on a chilly winters night.

TyrannamenFraser A Gorman
TyrannamenTyrannamen
A brilliant, gruff mixture of Memphis Garage-soul blended deep in a gravel filled, VB bottle of Australian 70’s pub rock. Eight tracks long, all killer no filler.

Margo PriceNick Payne (Dear Orphans)
Margo PriceMidwest Farmer’s Daughter
Margo is one of the first of a new breed of Americana artists to come out of the new epicentre of country music in East Nashville. Alongside Cale Tyson, Michaela Anne, Erin Rae, et al., these guys are playing authentic honky-tonk reminiscent of 1970s outlaw country, yet with their own fresh take. Midwest Farmer’s Daughter reminds me of the edgiest tracks from Dolly Parton, and the fact she is the first country act signed to Jack White’s Third Man Records is a testament to the quality of this album.

Oh PepJames Kenyon
Oh Pep!Stadium Cake
Stadium Cake is a brilliant album – brave arrangements, tight pop writing, great lyrics and Liv’s voice is a pleasure. I love the ambition of the album, and the assuredness the result. It’s an inspiring record

Julia JacklinAinsley Farrell
Julia JacklinDon’t Let The Kids Win
I’ve had the chance to see Julia perform these songs over the past couple years so I’ve been very excited for her album. She has an incredible songwriting talent topped by this powerful yet vulnerable voice that’ll break your heart and put it back together again all in one go. If you get the chance to see her and her band live I wouldn’t miss it.

Liz StringerMel Parsons
Liz StringerAll The Bridges
I have been a fan of Liz for a good few years now, I’m completely smitten with her voice – all husk, beauty and pain. I had high expectations for her new album, and All The Bridges delivers and then some, it’s been on repeat in my house since it arrived.

CanaryKathleen Mary Lee
CanaryI Am Lion
I like this because it is a celebration of very big, very beautiful feelings that I reckon have no other way of being celebrated other than through this kind of emotionally epic music. The lyrics are attempts at honesty and the music is always their non verbal emotional equivalent, making the album a very cathartic experience. If you want it to be. A bit of a masterpiece

Eagle and the WolfSam Buckingham
Eagle & The WolfEagle & The Wolf
Sarah brings out Kris’s sweetness and Kris brings out Sarah’s no bullshit strength – making this album the perfect balance of heart and “fuck you”. It just sounds like two musicians being real and having a ball. Awesome songwriting, perfect harmonies – it’s golden.

Sian EvansTori Forsyth
Sian EvansHow Time Has Treated Thee
This EP has only swept across my table recently but it is hands down a stand out. It makes me feel happy, sad and inspired all in one hit!

Songs From DanLucie Thorne
Dan TuffySongs From Dan
Aussie expat (now Dutch resident) and legend Dan Tuffy (Big Low, Wild Pumpkins at Midnight) has made one of my favourite albums not just of 2016 but of all time (seriously!). Co-produced by Melbourne’s Matt Walker, and recorded partly here in Melbourne, and partly in Holland, this album is an extraordinary collection from a true poet who sings straight to the heart of it all. Check it out folks!

Sian EvansHusky Gawenda (Husky)
Damien JuradoVisions Of Us On The Land
While this is Damien Jurado’s twelth album, it is the first I heard of him. Visions is a psychedelic, mystical odyssey, one that takes place within and without. The internal wanderings, the struggles and revelations, mirror an external landscape that is both beautiful and haunting. Each listen draws you further into these mirror worlds and all the while Jurado’s songs and sounds are immediately and undeniably striking.

Tracy McNeilLeah Flanagan
Tracy McNeil and the Good LifeThieves
Thieves is such an enjoyable record to listen to. It’s poppy and catchy yet underneath the veneer of fun singalong good times the songs themselves incredibly well crafted and arranged. Tracey writes a damn good song and if you’re lucky enough to see her band live, you’ll see them play those songs damn well too.

Adora EyeMusketeer
Adora EyeIf You Need A King, I’ve Been Prepared All My Life
This is probably the most raw and enduring folk album I have listened to all year. I am sure that this Swedish singer-songwriter was up all night writing this album in a smokey boat in the Stockholm harbour somewhere. You can almost see him clutching that ink pen with a red right hand, as his pet raven swings in a cage above his head eating dead beetles.

Hiss Golden MessengerDave Powys (The Paper Kites)
Hiss Golden MessengerHeart Like A Levee
I heard this album playing in a record store in London, and as I flicked through racks of vinyl I was drawn into the melodies and depth of his song writing. Every now and then you come across an artist who really moves you, or scratches an itch you never knew you had – this album has done both for me.

The Kill Devil HillsCatherine Traicos
The Kill Devil HillsIn On Under Near Water
This album encapsulates all that I love about the The Kill Devil Hills. A mad racket of noise, it pulses with life and is as ripe with heartfelt ballads as it is with sexy, sinister, badass, guitar driven numbers. Enjoy with whiskey.

Robert Ellis10 String Symphony
Robert EllisRobert Ellis
His first self-produced effort combines thoughtfully crafted songs with unique and interesting arrangements, expertly performed by him and his killer band. It’s the full package real deal and we love it so much.

The Dead MaggiesThe Dead Maggies
The Cloves and The TobaccoAcross The Horizon
TCATT are one of many celt-punk bands making great music in Java, and this album is a standout. It’s straight up driving celtic punk, with big powerful singalong choruses that tug the heartstrings. Good arrangements and musicianship help make this album great. We played with them in their hometown of JogJakarta, in the attic of a vegetarian cafe. The power cut out just before the gig, so the bands went ahead and played unplugged, it was a great moment of sweaty singalongs.

Howe GelbMark Moldre
Howe GelbFuture Standards
Late night meanderings. Laid back, whisky infused jazz piano. Wordplay and lyrical twists that stand alongside the wit of Ira Gershwin and Hoagy Carmichael with the quiet phrasing of Chet Baker. Gelb continues to walk to his own beat – confounding expectations whilst smashing and recreating genres. His history has always hinted towards a love of jazz and occasionally detoured into Monk style musings – here Gelb embraces it wholeheartedly.

TullaraSian Evans
TullaraBetter Hold On
Earthy folk and roots with a dash of dirty grunge, Tullara presents her debut EP Better Hold On. Featuring her superb guitar slinging and percussive finger tapping wizardry, genius pop-roots arrangements and powdery vocals; it’s as if an Aussie Taylor Swift, John Butler and Andy Mckee were entrapped in a love triangle and spawned gold threads of wild honesty weaving together this admirable little Roots record. It’ll jerk a tear and invoke a bit of primal badass equally.

TaliskJake Pember (The Button Collective)
TaliskAbyss
Ever since first hearing Mohsen Amini’s amazing concertina playing earlier this year I have been a little bit obsessed with this band. They have the perfect blend of traditional and modern styles, and each member has such command of their instruments that every track feels as natural and flowing as a conversation.

Max SavageKaurna Cronin
Max SavageTrue Believers
Max has a brilliant ability to invite his audiences into the narrative of his works. With brilliant imagery and musicianship True Believers captures a great snapshot of true Australian culture, while also creating a great sense of nostalgia by grasping that 80’s Australian rock sound perfectly. The perfect soundtrack for an Australian road trip or any suburban household.

Nick CaveAlex L’Estrange
Nick Cave and The Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
Amongst all the huge artists that dropped albums in 2016, and the loads of Australian artists that arguably dropped career highlights (Ball Park Music, These Guy, D.D Dumbo), there was one album that I found myself frequently listening to, uninterrupted, alone on the hi-fi, and that was Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. It’s not necessarily my favourite, I think it’s an impossible task to name a favourite, but it was the first album that came to mind for this list, and that means more than anything. Hearing it coupled with the film One More Time With Feeling was challenging, given its subject matter. But its atmosphere was expertly executed; dynamic, fluid, smooth and heartbreaking. The rooms of Air, La Frette and Retreat studios are beautifully on display in songs like “Girl in Amber”, where the wispy backing vocals of The Bad Seeds hauntingly resonate across the walls. These contrast the desperate and almost maddening mantras of “I Need You”. What makes it a truly extraordinary album, is that it isn’t just doom and gloom. ‘Skeleton Tree’ doesn’t dwell on tragedy, it addresses it as part of the human condition, and there is an underlying beauty in that.

William CrightonClaire Ann Taylor
William CrightonWilliam Crighton
The storytelling and the whole atmosphere created by Crighton on this album is incredible. His dark, brooding voice and emotive style of delivery, commanded my attention from the first moment I heard it.

Andy ShaufWilliam Fitzsimmons
Andy ShaufThe Party
This was my favorite album of the year for one simple reason: MELODY!!! Andy is everything that’s right about classic “pop” music; never playing a note without a damn good reason for doing so, and songwriting that makes you feel something deep in your gut. He’s the worthy musical son of Harry Nilsson that we’ve longingly been waiting for.

LuciusRuby Boots
LuciusGood Grief
I have to choose this album because I’m still, since its release, pulling away the layers on it. Although it’s a predominantly pop record, the lyrical content and melodic arrangements are so intelligent and accessible all at once – a fine line that is hard to walk. The girls’ voices are otherworldly and tend to make me forget where I am and what I’m doing every time I put this album on. I still can’t get enough of it.

WetLacey Cole (Lazy Colts)
WetDon’t You
If you have a soft spot for B-grade pop ballads/R&B this Brooklyn-based three piece may just have written the soundtrack of your 90s-nostalgia drenched dreams. Their latest album Don’t You is a not-so-guilty pleasure of mine. Helmed by the stunning front-woman Kelly Zutrau, her unusual vocal inflections and impassioned delivery suggest an emotional complexity in what may otherwise be confused as banal sentiments (one song is called “Baby, You’re The Best”). Once combined with the lush production and rhythms of the band – assigned with the noble task of turning tears into toe-tappers – these songs are wonderfully earnest, rarely overwrought and exactly what you need right now.

James KenyonJoe Murphy (The Timbers)
James KenyonImagine You Are Driving
I have been lucky enough to see James play a couple of times. His beautifully crafted songs are reminiscent of great songwriters like Paul Kelly. The album is a stunning representation of his work.

JRHMabel Windred-Wornes (Charm of Finches)
Josh Rennie-HynesFurthermore
I love this album. It’s got so much warmth, it’s spacious. I listen to it late at night doing my homework and it’s so calming. It’s like the energy he captured recording it in the hills of Woodford transmits. We met him at Bendigo Blues and Roots Fest this year and felt we’d discovered a rare gem. He’s an amazing songwriter.

Tom BrosseauMatt Bauer
Tom BrosseauNorth Dakota Impressions
Beautiful storytelling, vivid imagery, and an incredible sense of place. I’ve always loved Tom’s records and he’s at the top of his game here writing about his native North Dakota.

Jim JamesTimberwolf
Jim JamesEternally Even
It’s a pretty passionate political plea and America needed a timely voice. He even released it the day before election day. I think his voice is very much from another world, so that’s an important “third person” kind of perspective. It’s a well sequenced collection of songs, and I really love the warm psych and soul inspired production/composition. Maybe I’m just biased because I know that Jim James and Blake Mills would make up my sonic dream-team.

Nigel WearneJustin Bernasconi (The Stillsons)
Nigel WearneDrawing Circles
Nigel has really forged his own fingerpicking techniques on both the banjo and guitar on this album, and his voice tenderly delivers every song with intense concern and passion. Just check out the live version of the title track.

The Kill Devil HillsMark ‘Looch’ Lewis – (Wifey/Handsome Young Strangers)
The Kill Devil HillsIn On Under Near Water
I have always loved this band. In all their incarnations and styles whether that is folk, country, gospel, rock or what I call the “WA dirge” (Kim Salmon, Drones type bass driven tunes). Hard to believe it is now 12 years since the release of their debut Heathen Songs when that “Drinkin’ Too Much” song first got my attention. And while it has been 7 years since the last studio album Man You Should Explode, the good news is that I reckon this is the most cohesive album yet. Cracking harmonies, great playing and strong tunes. Tracks like “The Nets”, “Chinese Burns” and notably “The Kid” are 3 of the best tunes they have released. Let’s hope there is more output and touring to come.

Austin LucasMatt Golotta (The Sweet Jelly Rolls)
Austin LucasBetween the Moon & the Midwest
I spend a fair bit of time on the road traveling to see my partner and this record became the perfect traveling companion for me. Took a few listens to get into and also realise it’s a concept album which draws from Lucas’ own past experiences. Without spoiling the outcome, it follows the luckless musician Richard, his partner Kristie Rae and his best friend William. It features killer song writing with pedal steel, twangy tele, country influences with punk rock subtlety, numerous guest vocals from the likes of John Moreland and Corey Brannan, and a cracker duet with Lydia Loveless “Wrong Side of the Dream”, dealing with the struggles and plights that many musicians face. My song of the record is “William”, the solo acoustic number at the end that makes you feel like you’ve just been kicked in the guts. Songwriting at its finest.

Cody JinksAndrew Cavalieri (The Sweet Jelly Rolls)
Cody JinksI’m Not the Devil
Raw, honest and heartache. That is this album! The first track really sets the mood for the rest of the album, but is broken up by “Chase This Song” which is a damn banger of a driving song! The outlaw vibe flowing from Junks’ music really prepares you for some hard times and disappointment in life. Bloody hell I love this album! Honorable mentions: Murlocs – Young Blindness, Jonny Fritz – Sweet Creep and Mudcrutch – 2.

Wartime SweetheartsLaura Bishop (Chaika)
Wartime SweetheartsSo Long Sparta
A killer voice, some super awesome writing skills, and an obsession with bodybuilders (hello Ms Olympia!) make this my favourite album of 2016. Wartime Sweethearts, aka singer-keyboardist-loop artist-songwriter Louise Nutting, signed to Art As Catharsis Records this year and released an album full of all the beats and electric piano and vocal harmony sounds that I like to hear (and I wish I could make) – and my favourite track “Figure It In, Figure It Out” has all the unexpected twistings and turnings of chord progressions that I wish I could write. One day Chaika will make sounds like this! One day…

Neil YoungTristan Goodall (The Audreys)
Neil YoungPeace Trail
Well with everyone saying we should just put 2016 behind us (although to be honest we should probably be approaching 2017 with a little trepidation too) I’ve decided not to dig too deeply into the past when thinking of my favorite record release of the year. I’ve loved many, but my recent love is the just-released 37th album by Neil Young. Peace Trail is short, musically experimental within its tight three piece band approach, and lyrically angry and poignant. I love it for the drummer’s drummer Jim Keltner and the way his delicate touch chases Neil’s quirky phrasing around the songs. I love it because it captures another freeze frame moment from a restless and undaunted songwriter, and I love it, of course, for those mighty guitar tones.

Davey CraddockLachlan Bryan
Davey CraddockCity West
2016 was a great year for my friends releasing good music. Melody Pool comes to mind, as do The Weeping Willows, Henry Wagons, Ange Boxall and Bill Jackson. It’s actually really hard to contribute to a “best of” list when you’re close to many of the artists – it’s hard to be objective – even after I rule out the records I was actually involved in making. Actually – it’s always hard to be objective, whether you know the artists or not. Furthermore, judging a whole body of work is hard – and for me, more than ever, 2016 was the year of the song (as opposed to the album or EP). And as songs go, the one that’s really stuck with me this year is the song “Number 9” by Davey Craddock. I love the cricket references. I asked Davey if he was a diehard cricket fan like me. He’s not. I was bitterly disappointed.

The Stray BirdsThe Mae Trio
The Stray BirdsMagic Fire
The Stray Birds made our fave album of 2014 and they’ve done it again in spectacular style with Magic Fire. It’s everything about this album and this band, the playing, the three part harmony and songs that are unabashed, true and unadorned. Magic Fire is a reminder of the things that matter, it’s definitely a fire and maybe a little bit magic.

Tori ForsythAndrew Swift
Tori ForsythBlack Bird
This EP is right up there as one of my favourite releases of 2016. From the moment I heard the opening title track, “Black Bird”, I knew that I was in for a treat. The diversity on display within the 5 tracks of Tori Forsyth’s debut release excites me. The songs are so well crafted and presented with such a mature sound, especially for someone so young. I’m eagerly awaiting the next release from one of Australia’s most promising young songwriters.

Hayden CalninRoscoe James Irwin
Hayden CalninCut Love Pt 1
A beautiful album from Melbourne artist Hayden Calnin. Drenched in melancholy and ambient awesomeness, this album had me at hello. (One of my favourite live shows of 2016 as well).

Jordie LaneNadine Budge (The Stetson Family)
Jordie Lane & The SleepersGLASSELLLAND
Have to say I’ve been particularly digging Jordie Lane’s GLASSELLLAND this last couple of months – with mighty input from the multi-talented Clare Reynolds. Let’s face it, Jordie’s a bit of an all-round talented guy!

Melody PoolDavey Craddock
Melody PoolDeep Dark Savage Heart
One of my fave local album’s of the year was Melody Pool’s Deep Dark Savage Heart. I’m a sucker for strings and a massive chorus and I love the way the songs build from really intimate, delicate and ornate passages into full-blown, wailing-on-a-mountain top with Stevie Nicks, 100 soaring bats and a thunderstorm moments. I saw her launch it at the Abbotsford Convent earlier this year and it was a really powerful and affecting show for me.

Methyl EthylTim Guy
Methyl Ethel – “No.28”
I know it’s not an album, but I’ve listened to this song more than any other this year, and it only came out a little while back. It has a lot going for it – great rhythm behind a smart piece of songwriting and then the whole thing is bathed in a deep silver mercury type thing. An Australian classic I swear.

DocksThe Staves
Amanda BergmanDocks
Our favourite album of 2016 is Docks by Amanda Bergman. Her voice is utterly sublime. You want to listen to every word she says. The music is dreamy, deep, soft, moody with melodies that whirr deliciously around your mind for days and weeks on end.

Katie BriannaRaechel Whitchurch
Katie BriannaVictim or the Heroine
I picked this album up when Katie and I did a songwriters showcase together. Sitting beside her listening to her songs was so magical – her voice is one of the most enchanting I have ever heard and her lyrics hit you right in the feels every time. Reminds me of a young Lucinda!

James KenyonMandy Connell (Stray Hens)
James KenyonImagine You Are Driving
James’ lyrics have that magic of time and place usually associated with voices like Paul Kelly or Bruce Springsteen. You can practically smell his scenes. You’re there. This album captures the voice but better than that, like a Tim Winton book, its a record that makes you present in Kenyon’s stories.

Jordie LaneLiz Stringer
Jordie Lane & The SleepersGLASSELLLAND
It’s no secret that Jordie Lane and I are good mates. We grew up together, musically speaking, and I am more familiar with his work than with most other artist’s. His new album, his first full-length release in five years, is called GLASSELLLAND, recorded by Jordie himself in various make-shift recording spaces in North Los Angeles and co-produced by his fiercely talented partner, Clare Reynolds, who also co-wrote half of the songs and sings and plays a heap of instruments on the record. Jordie’s songwriting and musicianship continue to evolve and stretch out with the years and these songs, and the way they’re recorded, ache with longing while driving forward with a swagger and a playful showmanship, melodically rich and hooky as fuck. I always become a bit weepy listening to Jordie sing. And, now, the combination of him and Clare ruins me every time. Beautiful.

David BowieColin Jones (Colin Jones & The Delta Review)
David BowieBlackstar
An exceptional reflection on final days and the unknown. Every note by Bowie, McCaslin and the band emphasize the chaos and fragility of life. There is no better swansong for an artist.

A Moon Shaped PoolEmma Anglesey
RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
A Moon Shaped Pool completely surrenders to simple truths that both lie in plain sight and in the messy tangled, kicking and screaming realities of life. The epic levels of angst in the opening track “Burn the Witch” are like an exorcism – Jonny Greenwood’s sharp string arrangement take you right to the edge – and then from there it’s like Alice falling through the rabbit hole of raw emotion and you go deeper and deeper.

DawesTim Hart (Boy & Bear)
DawesWe’re All Gonna Die
Some of the best lyric writing welded on to some pretty simple, but catchy, pop songs. Produced by Blake Mills (Alabama shakes, Laura Marling), this is a great record start to finish if you can forgive some slightly John Mayer sounding guitars that pop their head up from time to time. This I the record I keep coming back to this year

Oh PepRebecca Bastoli
Oh Pep!Stadium Cake
I don’t think I have ever been so entranced, excited or exhausted by the journey of listening to an album start to finish.

Bon IverDustin Tebbutt
Bon Iver22, A Million
Bon Iver has once again exceeded expectations on this release. It’s both familiar and foreign, delicately coloured, softly focused yet angular and stark. It’s brave, honest and all the things that I loved about Justin’s earlier works, without coming close to formulaic. It’s colloquial and conversational, yet inherently profound. Incredible stuff both musically and sonically.

Margo PriceJosie Rothwell (Peasant Moon)
Margo PriceMidwest Farmer’s Daughter
There’s something comforting about Margo Price’s debut album, almost like I’d listened to it before, but not in an overly familiar sort of way. Perhaps there’s something in her glorious voice that reminds me of my parent’s Dolly Parton records. She’s a great story teller, and I want to know more about her heartaches and headaches, particularly when accompanied by her crack band. I’m also proud to say my 4 year daughter keeps calling for “Hurtin’ (on the Bottle)” when we’re in the car – and I can’t think of anything else I’d want her to be listening to right now.

BJ BarthamHarvey Russell (Peasant Moon)
BJ BarhamRockingham
It pains me to say this but BJ Barham’s new-found sobriety has coincided with a serious coming of age as a songwriter. Taking a (very) short break from American Aquarium duties, BJ’s solo release (a genuine side-project) is seriously hard-hitting stuff. It rivals Aquarium’s 2012 release Burn. Flicker. Die. for intensity, but of a completely different nature. With sparse arrangements (often acoustic) Barham, as storyteller, gives you an uncensored and unashamed glimpse into how rural America has been left behind. Not for the faint hearted.

William CrightonSam Newton
William CrightonWilliam Crighton
I’d caught Crighton perform a bunch of times at local venues around Sydney and really dug his tune (and especially the music video) “Woman Like You” prior to this album’s release. So I was anticipating this release. Really excited for it. I was stoked when I heard that he and producer Matt Sherrod came through with the goods. Big time. Highlights for me are “Riverina Kid”, “Priest” and “2000 Clicks”. In my mind, this one is about as strong as debut albums get.

Chaim TannenbaumEliza Carthy
Chaim TannenbaumChaim Tannenbaum
The album that I have most enjoyed and most visited this year is the debut of the kind, quiet genius Chaim Tannenbaum (Storysound Records). I’ve had the privilege of working with Chaim over the years but it was only recently I realised that I have lived with his distinctive voice and gorgeous humility since I first began to love music. It’s his voice that forms the third harmony in “Complainte pour St Catherine” on the first McGarrigle sisters’ album, a song I played over and over as a child until you could almost see through the record, and he has been quiet companion and producer to theirs and their extended family’s work ever since. It’s somewhat typical of his humility that he has waited this long to make an album, produced by his dear longtime friend and collaborator Loudon Wainwright III. It’s a collection of avuncular stories told in his gorgeously expressive voice with beautiful, minimal production. Some trad, some conversational originals covering everything from the fate of the baseball stadium Ebbets Field to living in a depressing grey London in the endless rain in the 1960s. An album to listen to with your eyes closed by the fire. Again and again, and again.

PinegroveQuinton Trembath
PinegroveCardinal
The lyrics on this album read like the private diary of a well spoken (and well read) guy filled with both anxiety and excitement for life. The musicianship and dynamics complement this introspectiveness well, making it perfectly suited for intense solo listening as well as for being cranked on road trips with friends.

Sean McMahonAlison Ferrier
Sean McMahon and the MoonMenShiner
Sean McMahon’s laid back yet somehow intense vocal brings this fantastic collection of songs to life in my living room. Shiner’s ragged elegance is full of the sort of raunchy country rock I can’t get enough of. Stand out tracks for me: “Shiner” and “Here Comes the Night Again”.

WhitneyEddie Boyd
WhitneyLight Upon the Lake
This album just grew and grew on me since my first listen. Simple, catchy tunes that make me wanna dance or go driving for a long time. I think Whitney nailed everything about this album – the instrumentation, the production, obviously the songs. Also, they’re heaps good live.

Secret PathThe Once
Gord DownieSecret Path
The Tragically HipMan Machine Poem
This year was a hard year in Canadian Music. We have a fella here by the name of Gord Downie. He is a legend. He has helped raise Canadians to be more real with his music. He is the frontman for the band The Tragically Hip. There are not many people in Canada who don’t know who The Hip are. Their music has become part of our DNA. Gord, this year, made a statement saying he has terminal brain cancer so he obviously fighting for the men and women of the north. The folks that have needed a voice for far too long. He is being that voice. He is showing us how to be Canadian and that we can’t be without acknowledging the needs of all of our people, without respecting all of our people. This year, instead of succumbing to his illness, he put out two albums. One with The Hip and one solo. Here they are. They are magic and will go down in history in our great nation. It’s amazing to watch one man build his second legacy.

Cash SavageJessica Cassar (Jep and Dep)
Cash Savage & The Last DrinksOne Of Us
This has everything you want from a record. It’s dirty and beautiful, and dark as hell. Cash sings with a thunderous anguish that cracks, rumbles and echoes so perfectly any sorrow you might have ever had. And like any good storm, the album’s darkness reveals a little light, one that roars some sort of painful end, or much needed beginning. I love this record!

Tracy McNeilGretta Ziller
Tracy McNeil & The GoodlifeThieves
I’ll be the first to admit I’m late to the game when it comes to Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife. I caught their set at Out on the Weekend and was captivated! Their 2016 album Thieves is just so dang easy to listen to, I will confess it is turning into a “chilling on the deck summer favourite” of mine! Please, if you haven’t already, pick up or download a copy of this album and chill!!

Bill JacksonRosie McDonald (RAPT, Trippy Hippy Band, Seanchas)
Bill JacksonThe Wayside Ballads Vol. 2
Bills’ reputation had preceded him before I heard him at Fairlight folk with Ruth Hazelton and Pete Fiddler. I grabbed the opportunity to contribute to his The Wayside Ballads Vol. 2 crowd funding campaign to get Bill and Pete over to Nashville to record with some very fine session players. Bill kept me updated with postcards and messages so I felt like a sideline cheerer in this whole project. Then the CD arrived! Magnificent songs, co-written with Bills’ brother Ross. Bills’ time worn voice, rich and mellow, rootsy, Americana-ish but very very homegrown, local accent, stories big and small, tender and big hearted. Pete’s playing shines in amongst the session guys, a great listen. Music for travel, the cabin, the verandah, anywhere.

Kate Burke and Pete WildMelanie Horsnell
Kate Burke and Pete WildLive at St Peters
In my small town we have the most marvellous artists touring through, but I also love our sweet locals, and I adore this live record by Kate Burke and Pete Wild. Pete Wild’s “Mars 1” is a love song about a person who goes on the Mars mission leaving his forever love behind, the Martin-Martin song is an old village favourite and the last love song between Doris and Arthur makes me giggle and lament at the same time. And I adore playing Kate Burkes version of Frozen Man on repeat when everything in life gets a bit much.

MontaigneGretta Ray
MontaigneGlorious Heights
My favourite record that was released in 2016 is without a doubt, Montaigne’s Glorious Heights. What impresses me most about this record is the fact that it is rather evident that the artist went into this project with the intention of experimenting with her sound and taking risks, drawing inspiration from a range of her influences and assuring that each song conveyed a slightly different emotion from the previous track. I believe it was this approach of 20-year-old Jess Sero’s (Montainge) that resulted in the production of what I perceive to be a very imaginative and bold debut album. This record showcases the fact that Jess has, unquestionably, one of the strongest and most commanding voices in the Australian music industry, this being exemplified through the outstanding production and arrangements of the songs that make up Glorious Heights. As well as this, each song is demonstrative of Jess’ incredibly clever and unique songwriting, which I cannot wait to hear more of in years to come; the simplicity yet complexity and quirkiness of a lyric such as “when you touch my skin, I think ‘this isn’t boring'” makes one ponder on such a line, as Jess’ way of writing is different, daring and something that never fails to make me smile. Glorious Heights made me so very excited about how extravagant pop music is becoming in this day and age, and on the whole made me very proud to be a young woman in the Australian music scene.

WhitneyTreetop Flyers
WhitneyLight Upon the Lake
I first started hearing about this band online, so was waiting for the album with anticipation. When it dropped I must have played it back to back straight away, which rarely happens. They are hard to put in a genre, which is really great. No Woman is one of our faves of the year. They are great live and do a version’s of NRBQ’s Magnet, so happy campers over here.

Drive By TruckersShane Nicholson
Drive-By TruckersAmerican Band
In a year of many great records, this stands tall above the crowd. It’s everything I love about the Truckers: gutsy and raw, clever and thoughtful, sometimes irreverent and full of attitude, and sometimes tender and restrained. Imagine a bastard-child born to Son Volt, Matthew Ryan and Uncle Tupelo, but all dressed up in those well-worn and unmistakable Drive-By Truckers clothes. How could that not make for the coolest kid on the block this year?

Conor OberstJack Carty
Conor OberstRuminations
It’s bloody beautiful in its simplicity. Gorgeous songs performed honestly. It seems like every track is a complete performance and any imperfections only enhance the sincerity of it all for me. Such an incredibly good songwriter.

Hayes CarllThe Weeping Willows
Hayes CarllLovers and Leavers
Lovers and Leavers is Hayes Carll’s most personal, introspective and “exposed” album to date, both in terms of the intimate, confessional songwriting and the stripped back arrangements, reminiscent of Heartbreaker era Ryan Adams, never saying too much – or too little. This intimacy draws you in, while Carll’s vulnerability captures you and takes you on a journey through heartache and reflection. Hayes was always in good hands with dynamic duo Joe Henry (producer) and Ryan Freeland (engineer) at the wheel, steering gently towards a common, graceful goal. Henry’s arrangements are characteristically unique yet elegant and tasteful, while Freeland brings his trademark clarity and warmth. Check it out if you’re fans of the late, great Guy Clark and/or Townes Van Zandt or fellow Texans, Steve Earle and Kevin Welch. Stand out tracks: “Sake of The Song”, “The Magic Kid” and “Drive”.

Iggy PopKelly Day (Broads)
Iggy PopPost Pop Depression
Sometimes you’ll find a record that makes you feel high from the moment it begins. Iggy’s new album, channelled through the hooky sounds of Josh Homme and given a Bowie-esque lean, made me grin like a mad person. And then immediately take it for another spin.

Robert EllisMegan Cooper
Robert EllisRobert Ellis
I was waiting to go on air for an interview. While we were pfaffing around getting ready “The High Road” came on. I pretended I knew who Robert Ellis was when I was advised who the artist was that had pretty much hypnotised me in 30 seconds flat. I went out and paid cash money for the album the next day. Every song got me on first listen. Cinematic moments. Super personal bits. Non-standard approaches. Aspirational.

PassengerSam Brittain
PassengerYoung As The Morning, Old As The Sea
Mike has always had a wonderful way of crafting simple and memorable melodies. Combine this with his always captivating lyrics and you have a master songwriter who’s tunes that sneak their way into your day. Songs that sooner or later without realising you find yourself humming whilst waiting in line for your morning coffee. Although often his storytelling veers on on the darker side of heartbreak and loss this latest album has a lighter touch, proving Passenger is and a yard stick for the aspiring modern folk troubadour. A dynamic artist who’s albums have been true to his own brand since day one. Additionally his band on this record are also fantastic live. I recently caught his show to a sold out Vicar Street in Dublin, it was one I won’t soon forget.

Bon IverAde Vincent (The Tiger and Me)
Bon Iver22, A Million
Another great record from Bon Iver – I have loved all three so far. I like how it also pushes into some new and interesting territory with the production. The auto-tuned a cappella of “715 – CR∑∑KS” is a particular highlight

Margaret GlaspyMaia Marsh
Margaret GlaspyEmotions and Math
It makes me feel really empowered whenever I listen to it, as a woman myself playing music. The songs are strong, guitar tone is great and her voice has this amazing growl that cuts through a sincere sensitivy at the same time.

BlondDirewolf
Frank OceanBlond
My hat is profusely off to an artist who can seamlessly bridge so many facets of musical integrity. What I mean by that nonsensical shit is that the entire record is some kind of highly strung soundboard (literally) which either sends you flying high just to get high, or high because you’re just too fucking upset. “Skyline To” and “Seigfried” are perfect examples. The whole collective arrangement kills me too, it’s like listening to recent Bon Iver whilst playing Sega in a radio store – the musicality is superb. I could say a lot more, but I’ll safely surrender by saying it definitely influenced the direction of my mind in doing another record.

Bon IverWildwood Kin
Bon Iver22, A Million
Easily. We’ve never heard anything quite like it. It’s just genius.

Tattletale SaintsGeorge Jackson (The Company, Buffalo Nickel, One Up, Two Down)
Tattletale SaintsTattletale Saints
Nashville based, New Zealand duo Tattletale Saints released their self-titled, second album this year, and it’s beautiful. Cy Winstanley (Guitars, Vocals) can pen songs with the best of them, his offerings on this album range from self-reflective and insightful, to sometimes cynical and cutting but always with a masterful craftsmanship. Vanessa McGown (Double Bass, Vocals) provides both solid and virtuosic Double Bass playing and vintage tinged country vocals. The new album is definitely a departure from their earlier acoustic recordings – but for a new fan, like me coming along, this is a bold and engaging listen complete with a production dripping in vintage tones and depth. Listen, and enjoy!

Genni KaneBill Jackson
Genni KaneSelfies
Ex-member of seminal Australian band, The Flying Emus, Genni Kane has a voice that can’t be denied. This long awaited record shows she is also a very gifted songwriter and the opening track “Little White Dog” is the beginning of a beautiful journey that deserves your attention.

Nancy KerrRuth Hazleton (http://www.billjacksonmusic.com/, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton)
Nancy KerrInstar
A heady mix of poetry, politics and social commentary, Nancy Kerr’s Instar is an achingly beautiful collection of original songs framed within the landscape of traditional folk music. Beautifully performed and produced, Instar is, without doubt, one of the masterpieces of folk from 2016 and a work that will inform the tradition for a long time to come.

Fanny LumsdenThe Pigs
Fanny LumsdenSmall Town Big Shot
This album is full of great songs written from Fanny’s heart. She’s the real McCoy. Whenever we see her play live her songs get stuck in our head for weeks after. “Bravest Of Hearts”, “Soapbox” and “Don’t Let The Bastards Get You Down” are just a few of the crackers on this rekid. This is a breath of fresh air for Australian Country Music. We love Fanny! More… More…

Side PonyHannah Acfield (The Acfields)
Lake Street DiveSide Pony
Give me a bit of 60’s sounding soul any day of the week! The songs are catchy, nice melodies and make you wanna move. I’m a sucker for a sterling vocalist. This was fav album for me.

Julia JacklinWillowy
Julia JacklinDon’t Let The Kids Win
An album about the little things in life that somehow manages to sum up the bigger things as well, cutting right through the mess to the heart of it all. Beautifully written and perfectly executed. It’s lovely to see an artist from the Sydney folk music family reaching great heights with an exceptional debut album.

John FlanaganSal Kimber (Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel)
John FlanaganThere’s Another Way To Where You’re Going

Bill ChambersRicky Pann (The Willing Ponies)
Bill ChambersCold Trail
Jen MizeWarnings and Wisdom
Sam BushStoryman
Bill Chambers is an Australian Journeyman troubadour. Songwriter, producer, sideman and front man, Bills live shows have influenced many and earned him a legion of devoted fans. Cold trail is Bills first studio album in four years and reminds the rock pop acts infiltrating modern country of where the heart of country lies. Cold Trail is a collection of honky-tonk “life lived” country that is the real deal. Produced by Bill and Recorded at his son Nash Chambers foggy mountain studios, Cold Trail is a world class record that draws on many influences to deliver country authenticity with Aussie perspective. A cracker record.
It’s a long way from Jen Mize roots in the Appliacian mountains of Georgia and North Carolina as a decedent of Lumbee Tribe of native Americans to the Sunshine coast of Queensland. Jen Mize is the real deal in every respect. An American songwriter with an incredible voice delivering an album packed with dynamic, well-crafted songs that’s all killer no filler. Shane Nicholson’s earthy production, arrangments and playing provide a tastefully rich sonic pallet that does this fine singer justice. The album glides from old-timey to traditional country and honky tonk, setting a very high bar of authenticity. An absolute stand out record.
Sixty-four-year-old Sam Bush has many stories to tell as a musician, innovator, writer and singer. One of my favourite musicians on the planet, Sam is a bluegrass master and the father of newgrass music spawned from his groundbreaking band the New Grass Revival. Sam is arguably one of the most influential mandolin players in history having played with just about everyone from Bill Monroe to Leon Russell. This record is a collection of finely crafted songs with a crack band featuring vocals from Emmylou Harris and Alison Kraus. A masterful record.

Fallen Angels: A Country Christmas Party in Sydney

Fallen Angels
Image Courtesy of Post To Wire

This December the Sydney alt-country community is celebrating Christmas in the only way it knows how – by putting on a show and singing songs together.

On Sunday the 20th December our friends over at Mother Hen Touring and Americana and alt-country blog Post To Wire will be bringing some of our favourite artists together for Fallen Angels: A Country Christmas Party at the Petersham Bowling Club. The night will be hosted by Fanny Lumsden and will feature performances from Jason Walker, Cruisin’ Deuces, The Weeping Willows, Jep and Dep, James Thomson and De’May along with Post To Wire DJ sets.

The music kicks off at 3pm and the gig is just $15 on the door. For more information check out the official Facebook invite here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 2nd October

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Irish fiddle player Colm Mac Con Iomaire will be appearing for two shows at the Melbourne Festival. Details here

– Alt-country favourites Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes released their new video “Afraid of the Light”. Details here

WOMADelaide announced its first round of artists for 2016 including Angelique Kidjo, The Cat Empire, DakhaBrakha, Diego El Cigala, Edmar Castaneda Trio, The Jerry Cans, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Marlon Williams, Savina Yannatou and Primavera En Salonico, Songhoy Blues, The Violent Femmes and many more. Details here

– Indie-folk five-piece The Paper Kites released their new video “Revelator Eyes”. Details here

– A bunch of headline sideshows were announced for Out On The Weekend including shows for Dawes, Sam Outlaw with Jonny Fritz and Shelly Colvin and Jamestown Revival. Details here

– We were so proud to premiere the new single from folk duo Willowy, “More Than a Shadow”. Details here

– And we were also proud to premiere the new Musketeer video “Fleece”. Details here

– And then we were equally proud to premiere the new Dan Flynn & The State of Things video “Heavy Lies the Crown”. Details here

– The next Heartbreaker Sessions in Sydney is this Sunday featuring Jep and Dep and Leah Flanagan. Details here

Patrick James revealed details of his upcoming debut album Outlier. Details here

Bear’s Den released an alternate video to their track “Elysium”. Details here

– The Finders Keepers Markets hits Melbourne this weekend with plenty of folkie acts on the musical lineup. Details here

Joanna Newsom released her new single “Leaving The City”. Details here

– The next Festival of Small Halls tour takes place this November and December featuring Irish Mythen and Starboard Cannons. Details here

Matt Corby released his new single “Monday” and announced a national tour. Details here

Reviews

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Ainsley Farrell takes us through her new album Air & Sea. Check out the track by track here

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Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest

Kasey

The inaugural Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest kicks off this weekend with a lineup to die for 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. Definitely worthy of a trip to Northern NSW

Friday 2nd to Monday 5th October – Murwillumbah, NSW

Gigs Next Week

A Day of Protest Songs feat. Margret RoadKnight, Kavisha Mazzella, Jeff Lang, Monica Weightman, Frank Jones, Enda Kenny, Yolanda Ingley II, Andy White, Mandy Connell, Les Thomas, Little Foot, Brendon Bonsak
Sunday 4th October – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Ainsley Farrell w/ Georgia Mulligan, Catgut
Friday 2nd October – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Anna Cordell
Saturday 3rd October – Beyond Festival, Canberra, ACT

April Maze
Sunday 4th October – Uranquinty Folk Festival, Uranquinty, NSW

Arbori
Thursday 8th October – The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney, NSW

Ash Grunwald
Friday 2nd October – Yours and Owls Festival, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 3rd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Thursday 8th October – Rolling Stone Live Lodge, Newtown Social, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th October – Entrance Leagues, Bateau Bay, NSW

Brian Campeau w/ Luke Escombe
Friday 2nd October – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Dana Hassall
Monday 5th October – Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley, QLD

Dashville Skyline
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October – Lower Belford, NSW

Dustin Tebbutt w/ Jesse Davidson, Caitlin Park
Friday 2nd October – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Fanny Lumsden
Saturday 3rd October – Quandialla Hall, Quandialla, NSW
Friday 9th October – Tumbarumba Hall, Tumbarumba, NSW

Finders Keepers Markets
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October – The Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC

Folk Alliance Conference
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October – Urban Camp, Melbourne, VIC

Folkswagon feat. Michael David Thomas, The Campervan Dancers, Leroy Lee
Wednesday 7th October – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Forest Falls
Friday 2nd October – Cafe Go, Geelong, VIC

Goulburn Gathering
Friday 2nd to Monday 5th October – Goulburn, NSW

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Jep and Dep, Leah Flanagan
Sunday 4th October – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Joan Baez
Sunday 4th October – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Wednesday 7th October – Brisbane Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

John Flanagan and Liz Frencham
Thursday 8th October – House Concert, Glebe, NSW
Friday 9th October – Tradewinds Folk, Newcastle, NSW

Kaurna Cronin
Sunday 4th October – Semaphore Music Festival, Adelaide, SA

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Saturday 26th September to Saturday 3rd October – Mildura Country Music Festival, VIC
Sunday 4th October – Dashville Skyline, Lower Belford, NSW
Monday 5th October – Murwillumbah Roots Festival, Murwillumbah, NSW
Friday 9th to Saturday 17th October – Cruisin Country, ex-Sydney, NSW

Lime and Steel
Friday 2nd October – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 3rd October – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Lior
Friday 9th October – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW

Little Features Presents Direwolf, Tom Stephens, Willowy, Ed Wells
Saturday 3rd October – House Concert, Mount Wilson, NSW

Lost Ragas
Saturday 3rd October – Dashville Skyline Festival, Hunter Valley, NSW
Sunday 4th October – Semaphore Music Festival, Adelaide, SA

Martha Wainwright
Friday 2nd October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Michael David Thomas
Sunday 4th October – Relish Festival, Cleveland, QLD
Wednesday 7th October – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Mildura Country Music Festival
Friday 25th September to Sunday 4th October – Mildura, VIC

Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest
Friday 2nd to Monday 5th October – Murwillumbah, NSW

Musketeer
Wednesday 7th October – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Nanga Music Festival
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October – Dwellingup, WA

Northern Beaches Music Festival
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October – Collaroy Beach, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 2nd October – Murwillumbah Country Roots Festival, Murwillumbah, NSW

Porch Light Sessions feat. SNAIL, Richard Cartwright, Frank Sultana & Roxanne Clarke
Thursday 8th October – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Ruby Boots
Saturday 3rd October – Dashville Skyline, The Hunter Valley, NSW

Sam Brittain
Friday 2nd October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 9th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Semaphore Music Festival
Friday 2nd to Monday 5th October – Adelaide, SA

The BordererS
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October – Murtoa Big Weekend, near Horsham, VIC
Friday 9th to Saturday 17 October – Cruisin’ Country Cruise, Sydney to Vanuatu

The Mae Trio
Sunday 4th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Shack feat. Luke Escombe, The Mutual Acquaintances, Ben Osmo
Saturday 3rd October – The Shack, Narrabeen, NSW

The Snowdroppers
Friday 2nd October – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 3rd October – The Boston, Perth, WA
Sunday 4th October – Newport Hotel, Fremantle, WA
Friday 9th October – The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD

The Timbers
Sunday 4th October – Semaphore Music Festival, SA
Friday 9th October – Mount Gambier Hotel, Mount Gambier SA

Upstairs & Underground feat. The Gypsy Dub Sound System, Edema Ruh
Friday 2nd October – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Uranquinty Folk Festival
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October – Uranquinty, NSW

Winterbourne
Friday 2nd October – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 8th October – HQ, Adelaide, SA
Friday 9th October – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Saturday 3rd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Devil’s Nine Questions” – Anna & Elizabeth

I felt like we needed a riddle song for Friday Folk Flashback today.

Jep and Dep and Leah Flanagan Announced for the Next Heartbreaker Sessions

Leah Flanagan
Image Courtesy of Leah Flanagan

Sydney’s Heartbreaker Sessions are back this weekend with a lineup that’s bound to get alt-country, folk and Americana fans excited.

The Heartbreaker Sessions this week will be the official launch show for Jep and Dep’s latest single “Cut All Ties”. If anyone saw Darren Cross at the Heartbreaker Sessions a few weeks ago you’ll know how amazing his music is – and when you combine his heartbreaking voice with the stunning Jessica Cassar to make up Jep and Dep you’re in for something special.

Joining them will be Darwin born, Sydney based singer-songwriter Leah Flanagan, a favourite of Timber and Steel.

The Heartbreaker Sessions will be held on Sunday 4th October at Freda’s in Chippendale.The night kicks off at 6pm is 100% free – for more information check out the official Facebook invite here.


Thank Folk It’s Friday – 25th September

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We finally posted the new video from Tim Wheatley “Valerie”. Details here

Timber and Steel favourites Arbori have announced a return to the stage with a residency in Sydney throughout October. Details here

The BordererS hit the road from this Friday. Details here

– The Illawarra Folk Festival revealed a huge lineup for 2016 including Dougie MacLean, The East Pointers, Catgut, Chaika, Daniel Champagne, Handsome Young Strangers, Liz Stringer, Rebecca Bastoli, Shane Howard, Shanty Club, The Button Collective, The Dead Maggies, Big Erle, Joe Mungovan, Kay Proudlove and many many more. Details here

– Queensland based singer-songwriter Greta Stanley released her new single “Lakes”. Details here

– A couple of live videos have surfaced from Sarah Humphreys and Kris Morris’ new duo project. Details here

– Canadian trad trio The East Pointers will be releasing their debut album in October. Details here

Calexico released their new video “Tapping On The Line” featuring Neko Case. Details here

Bluesfest announced their second round of artists for 2016 including The Decemberists, Jackson Browne, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Tweedy, Steve Earle, Nahko and Medicine for the People and Blackberry Smoke and many more. Details here

– Irish singer Foy Vance announced headline shows while he’s in the country supporting Ed Sheeran. Details here

– Sydney duo Jep and Dep released their new video “Cut All Ties”. Details here

Winterbourne released their poppy new single “To Get To Know You”. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard released his new video “Her Mercy”. Details here

– Folk and bluegrass trio One Up, Two Down announced details of their upcoming EP A Day On The Quay. Details here

– Next Monday and Tuesday will see 21 singer-songwriters will converge for If You See Her, Say Hello as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival including Ali E, Al Parkinson, Amarina Waters, Ayleen O’Hanlon, BABY BLUE, Bek Street, Brooke Russell, Claire Hendry, Cookie Baker, Emilee South, Georgia Spain, Gretta Ray, Jemma Nicole, Jemma Rowlands (Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies), Kate Boston-Smith (Modesty), Kate McMahon, Kelly Day (Broads), Ladie Dee (Howl at the Moon), Loni Rae and Shannon Busch (WILSN) plus special guests. Details here

– Adelaide’s Sam Brittain announced an October residency. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival announced their first round of artists for 2016 including Ayleen O’Hanlon, Claymore, DakhaBrakha (Ukraine), Dave Arden, Eric Bogle, Fourplay, Grigoryan Brothers, John McCutcheon (USA), Katie Noonan’s Vanguard, Lloyd Spiegel, Manran (Scotland), Mary Black (Ireland, above), Moxie (Ireland), Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento, Pierce Brothers, Ruby Boots, Steve Poltz (USA), Sara Storer, Shellie Morris, Suzannah Espie, The Bushwackers, The East Pointers (Canada), The Ugly Uncles, Truckstop Honeymoon (USA), Three Kings, The Woohoo Revue and The Young’uns (UK). Details here

– We premiered the new video from The Timbers, “All I’ve Got Time For”. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter Suzannah Espie released her new video “I’m Sorry” and announced a national tour. Details here

Releases This Week

Now
NOWAsh Grunwald
iTunes

Lachlan Bryan
The MountainLachlan Bryan & The Wildes
iTunes

Pierce Brothers
Into The DirtPierce Brothers
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

If You See Her, Say Hello feat. Ali E, Al Parkinson, Amarina Waters, Ayleen O’Hanlon, BABY BLUE, Bek Street, Brooke Russell, Claire Hendry, Cookie Baker, Emilee South, Georgia Spain, Gretta Ray, Jemma Nicole, Jemma Rowlands (Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies), Kate Boston-Smith (Modesty), Kate McMahon, Kelly Day (Broads), Ladie Dee (Howl at the Moon), Loni Rae and Shannon Busch (WILSN)

If You See Her Say Hello

21 of Melbourne’s favourite female singer-songwriters are coming together for this Melbourne Fringe Festival show. Each singer will be performing their songs backed up with a choir of the other performers. This is going to be something special

Monday 28th September – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 29th September – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Ainsley Farrell w/ Georgia Mulligan, Catgut
Friday 2nd October – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

April Maze
Friday 25th September – Private House Concert, QLD

Arbori
Thursday 1st October – The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney, NSW

Ash Grunwald
Friday 25th September – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 26th September – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Thursday 1st October – Wickham, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 2nd October – Yours and Owls Festival, Wollongong, NSW

Batch Sessions feat. Andy Golledge, Caitlin Harnett
Wednesday 30th September- Batch Brewing, Sydney, NSW

Dana Hassall
Friday 25th September – Johnny Cash: The Concert, The Events Centre, Caloundra, QLD
Saturday 26th September – Johnny Cash: The Concert, Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD

Dustin Tebbutt w/ Jesse Davidson, Caitlin Park
Friday 25th September – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd October – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars
Friday 25th September – Baroque, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 26th September – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 25th September – Wanganella Hall, Wanganella, NSW
Saturday 26th September – Sandigo Hall, Sandigo, NSW
Sunday 27th September – The Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Finders Keepers Markets Melbourne
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October – Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC

Forest Falls
Friday 2nd October – Cafe Go, Geelong, VIC

Fred Smith, Humbug
Saturday 26th September – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Goulburn Gathering
Friday 2nd to Monday 5th October – Goulburn, NSW

If You See Her, Say Hello feat. Ali E, Al Parkinson, Amarina Waters, Ayleen O’Hanlon, Baby Blue, Brooke Russell, Clare Hendry, Cookie Baker, Emilee South, Georgia Spain, Gretta Ray, Jemma Nicole, Jemma Rowlands, Kate Boston-Smith, Kate McMahon, Kelly Day, Ladie Dee, Loni Rae, WILSN
Monday 28th September – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 29th September – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Jess Ribeiro
Saturday 26th September – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Joan Baez
Sunday 27th September – Theatre Royal, Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 30th September – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA

John Flanagan and Liz Frencham
Saturday 26th September – House Concert, Newstead, VIC
Sunday 27th September – The Boite Music Cafe, Melbourne, VIC

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Saturday 26th September to Saturday 3rd October – Mildura Country Music Festival, VIC

Lime and Steel
Thursday 1st October – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd October – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC

Little May
Saturday 26th September – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth, WA

Lost Ragas
Saturday 26th September – Café Burrinja, Burrinja, VIC

Madeleine Duke w/ Tim Haines
Saturday 26th September – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Lucas and Chris Porter
Wednesday 30th September – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Martha Wainwright
Friday 2nd October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Mildura Country Music Festival
Friday 25th September to Sunday 4th October – Mildura, VIC

Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest
Friday 2nd to Monday 5th October – Murwillumbah, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Thursday 1st October – Rolling Stone Live Lodge, Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd October – Murwillumbah Country Roots Festival, Murwillumbah, NSW

Rowen w/ Brother Fox, Charlotte Emily
Saturday 25th September – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Sam Brittain
Friday 2nd October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Semaphore Music Festival
Friday 2nd to Monday 5th October – Adelaide, SA

Surry Hills Festival
Saturday 25th September – Sydney, NSW

The AU Sessions feat. Kay Proudlove, Paul Mason
Tuesday 29th September – The Hive Bar, Sydney, NSW

The BordererS
Friday 25th September – Polish White Eagle Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 26th September – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 27th September – Pittwatter RSL, Mona Vale, NSW
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October – Murtoa Big Weekend, near Horsham, VIC

The Muso Next Door Sydney feat. The Cope St Parade, Diamond Duck, Justine Eltakchi
Friday 25th September – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

The Snowdroppers
Friday 25th September – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 1st October – Ed Castle, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd October – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA

The Timbers
Friday 25th September – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 26th September – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 27th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Upstairs & Underground feat. The Gypsy Dub Sound System, Edema Ruh
Friday 2nd October – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Uranquinty Folk Festival
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October – Uranquinty, NSW

Wallaby Creek Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th September – Rossville, QLD

Winterbourne
Friday 25th September – Club 54 Launceston, TAS
Saturday 26th September – Uni Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 2nd October – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT

Wollombi Music Festival
Saturday 26th September – Wollombi, NSW

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Friday 25th September – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Saturday 26th September – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Perth, WA
Sunday 27th September – 3 Oceans Winery, Margaret River, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Spike Island Lassies” – Moxie

This was a last minute sub in for FFF after I saw this video posted on a friend’s Facebook wall and then fell down a Moxie themed YouTube rabbit hole. Moxie will be in the country next year during the folk festival season – make sure you get out and see them!

Watch the New Jep and Dep Video “Cut All Ties”

Jep and Dep
Image Courtesy of Jep and Dep

The latest video from Sydney Americana duo Jep and Dep, “Cut All Ties”, premiered at the end of last week and it’s fantastic. The track is taken from Jep and Dep’s debut album Word Got Out and it has an epic classic western movie soundtrack sound to it.

Check out the video for “Cut All Ties” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 26th September

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Genre defying singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow released his new video “Look Out”. Details here

– Sydney trio Little May have released their new video “Dust” and have a national tour planned this November with Winterbourne. Details here

– The next Little Features takes place in Sydney this Saturday featuring Caitlin Harnett, Hannah Rosa and Jon Reichardt along with poetry from Kaveh and live art from Sally Conwell. Details here

Dallas Green and Pink gave us a little more information on what went into their new folk project You+Me. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Jack Carty has announced 25 additional dates for his album launch tour this October, November and December. Details here

Ryan Adams released his new video “My Wrecking Ball”. Details here

Fred Smith kicked off his album launch tour yesterday. Details here

The Perch Creek Family Jugband are hitting the road when they return to Australia next month for an east coast tour. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter Hattie Briggs released her new video “Old Eyes”. Details here

– Canadian singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega released her new video “Lived and Died Alone”. Details here

– Folk rock legends The Levellers have collaborated with Imelda May, Frank Turner and Billy Bragg on new versions of their classic tracks. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Hozier has released his new single “Take Me To Church”. Details here

All Our Exes Live In Texas have released their hilarious new clip for “Tell Me” staring Jake Stone, Phil Jamieson, Jackson Gallagher and Lawrence Leung. Details here

– We premiered the new video from Ruby Boots, “Oh Lover”. Details here

– Sydney’s Jep and Dep revealed details of their new album Word Got Out along with the video for “Granted” and tour dates from this October. Details here

– Folk trio RAPT will be launching their self-titled album at Folk By The Sea tomorrow. Details here

Interviews

“I enjoyed writing songs and when I went to record the first album I’ll be honest, I didn’t have a great deal of direction. I had the songs that were acoustic and that was the way they were so I didn’t want to stray too far from the way that I’d written them. Luckily Anthony Lycenko and Ben McCarthy who co-produced that one, they got me onto people like Ray LaMontagne and Ryan Adams, along those sort of Americana, alt-country lines. It fit very well. Those guys knew what they were doing so under their guidance and advice, off I went”Brad Butcher chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I’ve come to terms with the fact that I love country music. It’s only been this year. I recently went away to Europe and all I listened to was Gillian Welch, Bill Callahan, Johnny Cash – all my favourites. And I was like “You know what Bree? You loved country music. Don’t be ashamed of it anymore”. I used to be really apologetic about it but now I know that I love it”Bree De Rome chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Billy The Kid
Horseshoes & Hand GrenadesBilly The Kid
iTunes

Jack Carty
EskJack Carty
iTunes

Lost Brothers
New Songs Of Dawn and DustThe Lost Brothers
Official Site

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Folk By The Sea

Button Collective

Today, Saturday and Sunday Kiama in NSW will be getting its folk on with the Folk By The Sea festival hitting town. A bunch of Timber and Steel’s favourite artists are playing including Mic Conway & Phil Donnison, The Bottlers, The Button Collective, Big Erle, Joe Mungovan, RAPT and many more. Who’s thinking road trip?

Friday 26th to Sunday 27th September – Kiama, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 26th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Boy & Bear
Friday 26th September – Bunbury Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 28th September – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Castlecomer
Friday 26th September – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 27th September – Spring Soiree, Toowoomba, QLD
Sunday 28th September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Cat Canteri
Friday 26th September – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Saturday 27th September – Queens St Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 27th September – St Martin’s Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 28th September – LiveSpark, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 28th September – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 2nd October – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 3rd October – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Andy Brown, The Mae Trio
Thursday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Friday 3rd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD

Folk By The Sea
Friday 26th to Sunday 27th September – Kiama, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 26th September – Taste Canowindra, Canowindra, NSW
Saturday 27th September – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 3rd October – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW

Green Mohair Suits
Friday 26th September – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 28th September – The Junction hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 3rd October – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Helen Begley and Penny Larkin
Sunday 28th September – Sappho Books Cafe, Sydney, NSW

Lacey Cole
Friday 3rd October – St John’s Glebe, Sydney, NSW

Little Features feat. Caitlin Harnett, Hannah Rosa, Jon Reichardt
Saturday 27th October – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Missy Higgins
Friday 26th September – The Events Centre Theatre, Caloundra, QLD
Saturday 27th September – BCEC – Great Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 28th September – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Tuesday 30th September – GCAC – Arts Theatre, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 1st October – Lismore City Hall – Churchill Auditorium, Lismore, NSW
Friday 3rd October – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 26th September – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Sahara Beck
Sunday 28th September – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 3rd October – Studio 188, Ipswich, QLD

Steve Smyth
Friday 26th September – Baroque Bar, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 28th September – The Rhythm Hut, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 3rd October – The Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 3rd October – Turner Bowls Club, Canberra, ACT

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 3rd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD

Wagons
Friday 26th September – Under the Clothesline, Perth, WA
Saturday 27th September – Wave Rock Festival, WA

Wollombi Music Festival
Saturday 27th September – Wollombi, NSW

Xander Smith
Sunday 28th September – Wave Rock Weekender, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Big Sciota” – David Benedict

So I get obsessed with fiddle tunes and this is my current obsession. There’s literally hundreds of versions out there (it’s a bluegrass and old timey standard) but I just like the clean recording on David Benedict’s recording.

Jep and Dep Release New Single, Announce Debut Album and Tour

Jep and Dep
Image Courtesy of Jep and Dep

Ever prolific Syndey folk-noir duo Jep and Dep have had a big week with the announcement of their debut album, a brand new single and video and a bunch of tour dates.

The album is titled Word Got Out and is due for release on the 23rd October this year. The lead single from Word Got Out is “Granted” which has a gorgeous black and white video:

To celebrate the release of Word Got Out Jep and Dep will be hitting the road this October and November with a bunch of dates. Check out the full list of shows below:

Thursday 23rd October – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th October – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Saturday 25th October – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 31st October – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 1st November – Jet Black Cat Music, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 8th November – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 14th  November – Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 30th November – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 6th December – The Exeter, Adelaide, SA
Friday 12th December – Smiths Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th July

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The John Butler Trio have announced a bunch of regional Queensland tour dates this October. Details here

– Regular Sydney jam night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s takes place again this Wednesday featuring There Will Be Banjo. Details here

– Victorian five-piece Sagamore released their twang-indie-pop new single “Feelings”. Details here

– Brisbane prog-folk four piece Elbury have announced an east coast tour kicking off tonight in the Gold Coast. Details here

Old Crow Medicine Show have reworked another unfinished Bob Dylan song for their latest single “Sweet Amarillo”. Details here

– Stream the brand new EP from The Brouhaha, Smile It’s Free before its official launch on the 26th July. Details here

– New Zealand singer-songwriter Aldous Harding has a new album hitting stores later this month. Details here

– Australian country royalty Kasey Chambers is releasing her tenth studio album, Bittersweet, this August. Details here

– The fabulous Fanny Lumsden has announced tour dates in WA with Ruby Boots as well as an appearance at the Darwin Festival. Details here

– Folktronica artist Rose Wintergreen has released her new video “This City”. Details here

– Sydney duo Jep and Dep have announced a string of dates to support their new single “Babe Come Down”. Details here

– A new tribute album to Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. record featuring Americana artists like Jason Isbell, Joe Pug, Trampled by Turtles, Justin Townes Earle and more has been announced. Details here

Wagons released the new claymation clip to their track “Chase the Eclipse”. Details here

– Bellowhead have recorded a track by track video for their excellent new album Revival. Details here

– Sydney based folk-rock quintet Citizen of the World have released their new video “Citizen of Million Lives”. Details here

– If you missed Blair Dunlop’s performance at the Port Fairy Folk Festival this year you can stream his set online. Details here

– Check out the new single from the UK’s Seán McGowan, “Come Unstuck”, featuring Frank Turner on backing vocals. Details here

Ryan Adams has announced plans for a brand new self-titled album. Details here

– Nickel Creek guitarist Sean Watkins has just released his new solo album and his new video “Wave As We Run”. Details here

Releases This Week

Sometimes Life
Sometimes LifeDan and Amy
Bandcamp

Broken Lines
Broken LinesPatrick James
iTunes

Vagabond
VagabondStu Larsen
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Husky

Husky

Friday 18th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Jen Cloher

Jen Cloher

Jen Cloher returns to Sydney for her only planned headline show of 2014, complete with full band

Friday 18th July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s
Wednesday 16th July – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Caitlin Park
Friday 11th July – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Clare Bowditch with Adalita
Friday 11th July – Festival of Voices Tasmania, Federation Concert Hall, Hobart TAS
Thursday 17th July – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 18th July – The Corner Hotel, Richmond, VIC

Elbury
Friday 11th July – Mandala Organic Arts Café, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 12th July – Riverfront Café, Evans Head, NSW
Tuesday 15th July – Bar 34 Bondi, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th July – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 17th July – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Fanny Lumsden and The Thrillseekers with Ruby Boots
Friday 18th July – Tooma Hall, Tooma, NSW

Husky
Friday 18th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Imogen Clark (above), Darcy Fox and Paige Renee Court
Sunday 13th July – The Vine Hotel, Wangaratta, VIC
Wednesday 16th July – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 18th July – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

Jeff Lang
Friday 11th July – Mullumbimby Town Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 12th July – Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, QLD
Sunday 13th July – The Ruins, Darwin, NT
Friday 18th July – Williamstown RSL, Williamstown, VIC

Jen Cloher
Friday 18th July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 11th July – MoFo Folk Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Dan Waters and The Weeping Willows
Sunday 13th July – Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Friday 18th July – Holgate Brewery, Wooden, VIC

Little Bastard
Friday 11th July – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 12th July – Railway Friendly Bar, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 13th July – No. 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Saturday 12th July – Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, NSW

Melody Pool and Marlon Williams
Thursday 17th July – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 18th July – Leaps & Bounds Festival, Fitzroy Town Hall, Melbourne, VIC

MoFo at The Gaelic feat. Justin Bernasconi, Spyglass Gypsies, Brendan Reed Dennis
Friday 11th July – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage
Friday 11th July – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Peasant Moon
Sunday 13th July – Menagerie at The Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Rose Wintergreen
Thursday 17th July – The Ararat Hotel, Ararat, VIC

The Audreys
Friday 11th July – Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA

The Beards
Friday 11th July – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 12th July – Port Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Sunday 13th July – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Wednesday 16th July – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 17th July – The Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 18th July – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC

The Man in Black feat. Tex Perkins
Tuesday 15th July – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th July – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 17th July – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th July – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 11th July – Hotel High Plains, Dinner Plain, VIC
Saturday 12th July – The General, Mt Hotham, VIC

The String Contingent
Sunday 13th July – The Old Courthouse, Gunning, NSW

The Yearlings
Friday 11th July – No 5, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 12th July – The Block (PRIVATE FUNCTION), Martinsville, NSW
Sunday 13th July – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 17th July – Django, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th July – Smiths Alternative Book Shop, Canberra, ACT

Tom Stephens
Friday 11th July – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Saturday 12th July – Private House Show, Forster, NSW
Sunday 13th July – Goldfish, Hunter Valley, NSW
Friday 18th July – TBA, Byron Bay, NSW

Tracy McNeil
Friday 11th July – The Stag & Hunter, Mayfield, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 12th July – Junkyard, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 13th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th July – Baha Taco Joint, Rye, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Warwu” – Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and Missy Higgins

We hope you’ve been celebrating National NAIDOC Week by listening to some of your favourite indigenous folky artists. We thought we’d help you along with this stunning version of “Warwu” featuring Gurrumul and Missy Higgins from the 2011 ARIA Awards.

Jep and Dep Announce Babe Come Down Tour

Jep and Dep
Image Courtesy of Jep and Dep

Sydney duo Jep and Dep are taking their latest single “Babe Come Down” on the road, with a series of dates over the coming months. Along with a handful of shows in their home town, Jep and Dep are also visiting the far flung shores of Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Check out the full dates for the tour below:

Thursday 10th July – Coogee Diggers, Syndey, NSW
Sunday 20th July – Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 3rd August – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 5th September – Padre Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 21st September – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

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