Simone Felice Announces Australian Tour

Simone Felice
Image Courtesy of Simone Felice

Fans of fine US folk music will be delighted to hear that the enigmatic Simone Felice will once again be gracing our shores this March and April. Felice has been announced as part of the 2013 Boogie Festival lineup (held in Tallarook, VIC over the Easter weekend) and has a bunch of headline dates around the country while he’s here.

Joining Simone Felice on this tour will be Timber and Steel favourites Jess Ribeiro and The Bone Collectors. Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 28th March – The Exeter, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 30th March – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Sunday 31st March – Boogie Festival, Tallarook, VIC
Wednesday 3rd April – Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 4th April – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 5th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 6th April – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

2013 Coopers AMP Shortlist Announced

Jess Ribeiro
Image Courtesy of Jess Ribeiro & The Bone Collectors

The 2013 Coopers Australian Music Prize shortlist was announced over the weekend and there’s plenty of folk, acoustic and singer songwriter talent amongst it to keep Timber and Steel readers happy. Among this year’s finalist are Grand Salvo (for Slay Me In My Sleep), Jess Ribeiro & The Bone Collectors (above, for My Little River) and Liz Stringer (for Warm In the Darkness).

The winner of the Coopers AMP will be revealed in March. The full shortlist is below:

Flume – Flume
Tame Impala – Lonerism
The Presets – Pacifica
Grand Salvo – Slay Me In My Sleep
Jess Ribeiro & The Bone Collectors – My Little River
Liz Stringer – Warm In the Darkness
Daily Meds – Happy Daze
Hermitude – Hyper-Paradise
Urthboy – Smokey’s Haunt

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 1st February


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The Brunswick Music Festival announced their full 2013 lineup which includes Seth Lakeman, Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies, Vin Garbutt, Enda Kenny, Dougie MacLean, Mike Compton, Eric Bogle, Archie Roach, Finbar Furey, Bill Jackson, Andy Irvine, Paul Brady and many more. Details here

Sarah Blasko revealed her new video “God-Fearing” from her sumptuous album I Awake. Details here

– Sydney monthly modern folk night MoFo kicks off again in 2013 with a February show featuring Modhan and Candice McLeod. Details here

– The king of English trad song, Sam Lee, released his brand new video “Good Bye My Darling”. Details here

– The final artists have been added to the 2013 Port Fairy Folk FestivalTim Finn, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Jackson McLaren & The Triple Threat, Siskin River, Shaun Kirk and Alanna & Alicia Egan. Details here

Mustered Courage have announced a Thursday night residency at The Wesley Anne in Melbourne throughout February. Details here

– UK trio Daughter released their brand new video “Still” from their upcoming debut album If You Leave. Details here

– Sydney based singer-songwriter Tom Stephens is launching his 2012 EP Wintry West at the Newsagency in Sydney next Thursday. Details here

M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel are teaming up again for the forth She & Him album, Volume 3, due this May. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter De’Borah caught my attention with her beautiful new song and video “A Thousand Tongues”. Details here

Brighter Later have revealed another track from their upcoming album The Wolves, “Come and Go”. Details here

Iron and Wine have announced plans to release a brand new album, Ghost on Ghost, in April this year and are already streaming one of the tracks, “Lovers’ Revolution”. Details here

– The winners from the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards were announced and some lovely videos from the ceremony have made their way online. Details here

Passenger revealed another new track, “I’ll Be Your Man”, via a live video featuring Stu Larsen, Emma Stevens and Jack Williams. Details here


“I’m basically going to go further than I did, just a little deeper into the Memphis sound. My music’s pushing more toward a blues and a soul kind of area and I’m finding a lot more comfort in that then I did in country. I can write a country song but I grew up in the city – I’m not a big fan of cows [laughs]. I think that’s the main reason it didn’t effect me the same way that soul and blues and more urban forms of music did”Justin Townes Earle chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I suppose it depends on what kind of opportunities. What you want and how you want to live your life – everyone says that Melbourne’s the music centre of Australia and it’s just abundant, so full of people. Ed [Ammendola] from Augie March once said to me ‘Melbourne is like a fruit orchard. Melbourne’s where you grow the fruit and you have to export it – if you don’t export the fruit it’ll just go to waste'” – Jess Ribeiro from Jess Ribeiro & The Bone Collectors chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Laylam – Carthy, Hardy, Farrell, Young

Jim James
Regions of Light and Sound of GodJim James

Friend and Lover
Friend and LoverNick and Liesl
Official Site

TalkThe String Contingent

Timber and Steel Presents

Little Wise
Little Wise
Friday 1st February – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 2nd February – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Tuesday 5th February – St Kilda Live ‘n Local Festival, The Vineyard, St Kilda, VIC
Thursday 7th February – Red Lime Shack Cafe, Port Adelaide, SA
Friday 8th February – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

Gigs Next Week

AMP Alive feat. Jess Ribeiro & The Bone Collectors, Hermitude, Urthboy
Friday 1st February – Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC

Saturday 2nd February – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Sunday 3rd February – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW
Thursday 7th February – Arc, Yinnar, VIC
Friday 8th February – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Country Roads feat. Bellyache Ben and the Steamgrass Boys, The Green Mohair Suits, The River and The Road, All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 1st February – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Deer Tick with Two Gallants
Friday 8th February – The Annandale, Sydney, NSW

Don’t Mention The Wall
Saturday 2nd February – Mildura Arts Centre, Vic
Friday 8th February – Gunnedah, NSW

Justin Townes Earle with Robert Ellis
Saturday 2nd February – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 3rd February – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 5th February – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 6th February – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th February – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Kim Churchill
Friday 1st February – Melbourne Zoo Twilight Series, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd February – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Kings of Convenience
Tuesday 5th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 7th February – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage with Lachlan Bryan
Thursday 7th February – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Nick and Liesl
Saturday 2nd February – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 3rd February – Bermagui Mudworks, Bermagui, NSW
Thursday 7th February – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC

Of Monsters and Men
Tuesday 5th February – Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Rory McCleod
Friday 1st February – Fremantle Workers Club, WA
Sunday 3rd February – Divers, Broome, WA
Wednesday 6th February — Guthries, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 7th February — Briagalong Hotel, Vic
Friday 8th February – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, Vic

Ruby Boots
Friday 1st February – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 2nd February – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 3rd February – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 7th February – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 8th February – Baha Taco, Rye, VIC

Sarah Blasko
Friday 1st February – Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
Monday 4th February – Wrest Point Casino, Hobart, TAS

The April Maze
Friday 1st February – Maleny Upfront Club, Maleny, QLD
Saturday 2nd February – West End Markets, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 3rd February – Dowse Bar, Brisbane, QLD

The Wooden Music Festival feat. The Perch Creek Family Jug Band, The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, The Bearded Gypsy Band
Friday 1st February – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 2nd February – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 3rd February – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 6th February – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th February – Diggers Club, Wollongong, NSW

Tom Stephens with Joe Knott
Thursday 7th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Wes Carr
Wednesday 6th February – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 7th February – Bon Amici, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 8th February – The Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Blue Murder” – Ado Barker (Trouble in the Kitchen)

Trouble in the Kitchen’s fiddle player and sometimes vocalist Ado Barker singing a haunting a cappella version of the mining song “Blue Murder” by the late Alistair Hulett at National Folk Festival in 2010. Stunning.

Interview: Jess Ribeiro & the Bone Collectors

Jess Ribeiro
Image Courtesy of Jess Ribeiro & the Bone Collectors

To say Jess Ribeiro’s star is on the rise would be an understatement. The Darwin-come-Melbourne based singer-songwriter has, along with her band The Bone Collectors, managed to rack up a win for Best Country Album in the at the 2012 Australian Independent Recording Label (AIR) Awards for her 2012 record My Little River, has recently wrapped up a tour of the States and has just been shortlisted for the prestigious Australian Music Prize.

Ribeiro took ten minutes out of her busy schedule to chat to our very own Gareth Hugh Evans about all that and more, revealing some details on the new material she’s been working on and what it’s like writing on a possessed guitar.

Gareth Hugh Evans: It’s always lovely to chat to a Territory artist because I’m originally from the Territory as well. But you’re not based there at the moment are you?

Jess Ribeiro: Not right now. This time of the year I just keep wanting storms because it’s the wet season up in Darwin. I kind of expect there to be a big thunderstorm every afternoon and I’ve just got this massive longing in me. I don’t know how much longer I can stay down here in Melbourne. I’m supposedly based here at the moment. My main collaborator Rob [Law] is moving back to Darwin and our old drummer’s back in Darwin – they’ve all done their Melbourne bash so we’ll see what happens.

GHE: I guess that’s the hard thing. If you’re a musician Melbourne is the place to go. Somewhere like Darwin, while you’ve got opportunities, they’re a little more limited than they are down south.

JR: I suppose it depends on what kind of opportunities. What you want and how you want to live your life – everyone says that Melbourne’s the music centre of Australia and it’s just abundant, so full of people. Ed [Ammendola] from Augie March once said to me “Melbourne is like a fruit orchard. Melbourne’s where you grow the fruit and you have to export it – if you don’t export the fruit it’ll just go to waste”.

GHE: That’s a nice analogy, I like that.

JR: I like it – it’s good.

GHE: It’s really exciting to be shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize (AMP) as well this year.

JR: It’s really exciting. It’s just … yeah … I don’t know what to say! It’s a great honour to be up there with all of these wonderful people and I’m so excited to know who else is shortlisted.

GHE: Did you have to apply for the AMP?

JR: I didn’t apply for it, I don’t know how it happened. I know that with the AIR awards a manager or a publisher or an independent label has to submit for that but I’m not sure how the Australian Music Prize works. I tell you what happened – I came back from America and I was not in very good spirits, I was really downhearted about how the music was going. Then I got this email and I thought it was junk email because it was from Coopers and I was like “What is this? Some bloody beer campaign”. I nearly deleted it! I don’t know why I didn’t. I was so cranky and then I read it and I was like “Holy shit, a nomination!”. That was a massive surprise – it was just the best surprise ever, it was great.

GHE: That can only increase your exposure. I’m sure you’ve seen a few more likes on your Facebook page and that sort of thing.

JR: There’s been a few, yeah. So hopefully that happens. We’ve been doing this for a few years and we’ll keep doing it. I’m really excited about the next recording which I want to get onto as soon as possible.

GHE: That next recording is going to be a follow up to My Little River. Were you writing the new stuff you want to record while you were in the US?

JR: I suppose that Rob and I went for a really big drive … it’s so … it’s so typical of us. We spent so much time driving around Australia and driving through Central Australia and the Northern Territory. And then we go to the States and we go driving again through all these other kind of uninhabited landscapes. So I wrote a lot when I was there and it’s only now that some of the stuff that I’ve written has turned into potential songs. It’s just been a really nice time over the past few months just sitting down and writing new songs.

GHE: Do you write them with Rob? Or do you write separately and then bring a song to him?

JR: In the past what we’ve done is I’ve written half of a song, I’ve written the words and I’ll have a little melody, and then I’ve taken it to Rob and he’ll just do his beautiful guitar thing and then we will take it to a band. Maybe. Sometimes. But this time I have a feeling that it’s going to be a different process. That’s pretty exciting because I’m entering new land, something that I haven’t done before.

GHE: Do you think that writing in America will lead to a lot of American themes in the new music?

JR: Not necessarily. The whole time we were in America, for ten days, we listened to that PJ Harvey album Let England Shake. I know that it’s a few years old but we’re pretty slow to catch on to some of these things. I’ve got this feeling about something I want to do and we’ll just see if that happens. I’d like to make a really cool Australiana album – I don’t know what that means, I do in my mind. I don’t think the [American] sound has influenced us at all. We did buy new guitars when we were over in America. I got this old 1950s guitar that was made in Chicago and it smelt, and it still smells. When we were over there I hurt my back and my friend gave me some medicinal marijuana. We smoked it and then I seriously thought my guitar was possessed and had the ghost of some old seedy guy in it. That’s how stoned I got – it was really full on. And I did play differently! We were invoking the spirit of some old dirty blues guy. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future.

GHE: That’s an awesome story to go out on! That’s so much for taking the time to chat to me, I really appreciate it.

JR: You’re welcome!

Jess Ribeiro & the Bone Collectors will be performing at Federation Square in Melbourne tomorrow night, Friday 1st February, as part of the AMP Alive concert. The AMP winner will be announced in March. My Little River is available from iTunes here.

Adelaide Fringe Festival Recommendations

Old Man River
Image Courtesy of Old Man River

With all the focus on WOMADelaide on Timber and Steel recently it’s easy to forget that Adelaide is playing host to another great arts event this February and March in the form of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. The Fringe offers up some of the best in music, comedy, theatre and dance between the 18th February and the 13th March which really brings Adelaide alive. And while the focus is definitely not folk, a number of Timber and Steel friendly artists will be appearing as part of the Adelaide Fringe. By no means a definitive list (see the full artist lineup here) we thought we’d put together our recommendations for this year’s festival:

Adam Page – 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th March, La Boheme. Wonderful looping guitars with composed and improvised sections.
Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under – 2nd-3rd March The Garden of Unearthly Delights, The Spiegeltent. The queen of freak cabaret is back in town. Expect a ukulele or two.
The Audreys Acoustic Duo – 13th February, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, The Spiegeltent. The Adelaide natives return home with their amazing acoustic duo show.
Celtic Roots – 1st, 7th-8th March, South Australian Folk Centre. Get your trad on with Matthew Lykos and Julia Norman as they sing celtic folk songs.
Georgia Germein – 19th February, 5th March, 13th March, The Promethean. Just 19 years old but writing and performing wonderful acoustic pop.
Glenn Richards Duo with Dan Luscombe – 17th February, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, The Spiegeltent. The Augie March frontman takes his amazing solo work to Adelaide
The Harry James Angus Band – 11th-12th March, Jive. The Cat Empire frontman delves back into post-war era tunes and songs
Jayne West & Tom West (Traveller & Fortune) – 24th February, Dog & Duck. Adelaide locals who produce beautiful finger picking folk music
Jess Ribeiro and the Bone Collectors – 11th February, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, The Spiegeltent. Described as “fringe-dwelling, note bending nu-folk”
Justin Townes Earle – 2nd March, The Gov. Townes Earle is a legend of nu-folk and alt-country. Make sure you see him!
Katie Noonan & The Captains – 21st February, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, The Spiegeltent. This is the last tour for Noonan in this incarnation.
Lanie Lane – 23rd February, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, The Spiegeltent. A recent Timber and Steel Spotlight artist. Make sure you catch the thinking mans Amy Winehouse.
Live at The Beards Club – 24th February, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, The Spiegeltent. If you haven’t got a beard you better start growing one so you can see The Beards in action.
Magichour – 25th February, The Wheatsheaf. Acclaimed folk pop duo Gemma Deacon and Ian Housten-Shadwell.
Old Man River (above) – 26th-27th February, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, The Spiegeltent. A serious talent.
Paper Cranes & Diamonds – 25th-27th February, Adelaide Town Hall. Showcasing the work indie-folk work of Brisbanes Ichabod’s Crane and visual artist Dean Loades.
Rachael Cearns – 6th March, The Promethean. Beautiful female singer songwriter.
Smells Like September – 28th February, Ed Castle. Alice Springs foursome banging out folk-pop gems.
The Transatlantics – 9th March, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, The Spiegeltent. Easily one of the country’s best up and coming bands.
Vika and Linda – 19th February, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, The Spiegeltent. Two of the best voices in contemporary Australian music.

And to top it all off make sure you head to The Fuse Festival Showcases between the 16th and 18th February to catch the best in local Adelaide talent.

If you’re in Adelaide or feel like a break in the southern capital get ready to see some great live music. Bring on the Fringe!

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