A Folky Guide to the 2016 Sydney Festival Program

Joanna Newsom
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The highly anticipated program for the 2016 Sydney Festival dropped today and as always it’s full to the brim of folky goodness. If you’ve been to any Sydney Festival shows before you’ll know that they sell out pretty quickly so it’s time to start planning now – tickets go on sale next Monday 26th October.

Our picks from the program this year include:

  • Joanna Newsom – The queen of the anti-folk movement, Newsom will be touring her brand new album Divers

Thursday 21st January – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

  • Dirty Three – Legendary underground experimental trio in a rare performance

Friday 15th January – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Sunday 10th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Sunday 17th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Sunday 24th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

  • Matthew E White – The country-soul singer returns to Sydney with his band

Friday 15th January – Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th January – Lennox Theatre, Parramatta, NSW

Saturday 23rd January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Monday 25th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

  • Kev Carmody – The legendary poet, radical and national treasure will perform songs he’s collected over the past 40 years

Sunday 17th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

Friday 22nd January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

  • The Weather Station – Canadian singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman brings her project to Sydney

Wednesday 6th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 7th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

  • Maru Tarang – Acclaimed Australian roots musician Jeff Lang joins forces with traditional Rajasthani players

Sunday 10th January – Lennox Theatre, Parramatta, NSW

For more information on the Sydney Festival including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 2nd October

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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

Track by Track

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

Releases This Week

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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.

Listen to the New Joanna Newsom Single “Leaving The City”

Joanna Newsom
Image Courtesy of Joanna Newsom

The latest single from Joanna Newsom’s upcoming album Divers is “Leaving The City”. Sounding a little like a twisted medieval melody crossed with a 90s Tori Amos-esque alt rock track, the song is full of Joanna Newsom’s trademark quirk.

Divers is due for release on the 23rd October. Listen to “Leaving The City” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st August

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Boy & Bear announced details of their new album Limit of Love. Details here

– Adelaide singer-songwriter Tom West released his new single “Big Balloon” and added September tour dates. Details here

– Swedish nu-folk band Of Monsters and Men released their new video “Empire”. Details here

– Adelaide four piece The Timbers will be launching their new single at a show in September. Details here

– Anti-folk hero Joanna Newsom released her new video “Sapokanikan” from her upcoming album Divers. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Katie Wighton released her quirky new video “Little Dove”. Details here

– The next edition of the Heartbreaker Sessions in Sydney is this Sunday featuring Andy Golledge and Kris Morris. Details here

– Canadian folk rockers Great Lake Swimmers released their new video “I Must Have Someone Else’s Blues”. Details here

MountainGrass dropped their 2015 lineup headlined by Laurie Lewis and featuring Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass, Orpheus Supertones, Bluegrass Parkway, Paul Wookey, Pete Denahy, Davidson Brothers, Karen Lynne, The Weeping Willows, The Kissin’ Cousins, The Pipi Pickers, John Flanagan, Old South, Buffalo Nickel, Coolgrass, The Strzelecki Stringbusters and many more. Details here

Lucinda Williams has announced Australian headline shows and appearances at A Day On The Green this November and December. Details here

– Perth based singer-songwriter Bernardine released her new video “I Don’t Mind”. Details here

Ash Grunwald released his new single “Second Guess” and announced a national tour. Details here

– Sydney venue The Petersham Bowling Club is holding an OXJAM concert at the end of the month featuring Cruisin’ Deuces, Mark Lucas, Katie Brianna, Bree De Rome and Brian Manning. Details here

Releases This Week

Nathaniel Rateliff
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsNathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
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Oh Pep!
LivingOh Pep!
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Macquarie Arms’ 200th Birthday Party feat. Imogen Clark & The Lonely Hearts

The historic Macquarie Arms Hotel at the base of the Blue Mountains in Windsor, west of Sydney, will this weekend celebrate its 200th Birthday. Hometown girl and Timber and Steel favourite Imogen Clark will be singing up a storm with her band The Lonely Hearts to celebrate – this gig is going to be a cracker!

Saturday 22nd August – Macquarie Arms Hotel, Windsor NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bronte
Saturday 22nd August – Sappho’s, Sydney, NSW

Day Ravies, Wireheads, Thigh Master, Weak Boys
Friday 21st August – Proper Music Social, Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Echo Deer, Yhan Leal
Sunday 23rd August – Proper Music Social, Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars
Thursday 27th August – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW

El Grande
Friday 21st August – The Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Saturday 22nd August – Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick Heads, NSW
Saturday 23rd August – House Concert, Holgate, NSW
Wednesday 26th August – RAD, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 27th August – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Fitzroyalty feat. Ben Mitchell, Toby Robinson
Tuesday 25th August – Little & Oliver, Melbourne, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. The Tawny Owl String Band, The Campervan Dancers, Colin Jones
Wednesday 26th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Good Counsel, The High Ceilings, Prints
Saturday 22nd August – Proper Music Social, Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

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

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Andy Gollege, Kris Morris
Sunday 23rd August – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Hucker Brown
Thursday 27th August – Proper Music Social, Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Immigrant Union
Thursday 27th August – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 28th August – The Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW

Imogen Clark
Saturday 22nd August – Macquarie Arms Hotel, Windsor NSW

Jack Carty and Jordan Millar
Friday 21st August – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd August – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS

James Teague
Sunday 23rd August – Mill Hall, Rous Mill, NSW
Thursday 27th August – The Music Hunter Experience, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 28th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Jane Cameron
Friday 21st August – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Jed Rowe
Friday 21st August – Ararat Live, Ararat VIC
Saturday 22nd August – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide SA
Sunday 23rd August – Red Poles, McLaren Vale SA

Josh Rennie-Hynes & Caitlin Harnett
Saturday 22nd August – Woodford Open Space, Woodford, QLD

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

Kelly Country Pick
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd August – Beechworth, VIC

Not Good With Horses, Fanny Lumsden
Thursday 27th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Mary Chapin Carpenter w/ Tift Merritt
Thursday 27th August – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th August – Gympie Muster, QLD

Riley Pearce
Friday 21st August – Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 22nd August – White Star Hotel, Albany, WA
Sunday 23rd August – Caves House Hotel, Yallingup, WA
Friday 28th August – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA

Ruby Boots
Sunday 23rd August – Darwin Festival “Big Country”, Darwin, NT
Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th August – Dowerin Field Day Festival, The Wheatbelt WA

Sian Evans
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd August – Townsville Culture Fest, Townsville, QLD

The AU Sessions feat. Elwood Myre, Max Marvell
Tuesday 25th August – Hive Bar, Sydney, NSW

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

The Scrimshaw Four w/ Uncle Bobby​, Senivoda​​
Monday 24th August – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Wheatley
Friday 21st August – Illawarra Brewery, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 22nd August – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 23rd August – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 27th and Friday 28th August – Gympie Muster, Gympie, QLD

Timberwolf
Friday 21st August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 28th August – UniBar, Adelaide, SA

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Friday 21st August – Coffs Ex Services, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Sunday 23rd August – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 27th August – Club Forsters, Forster, NSW
Friday 28th August – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Shove The Pig’s Foot (A Little Closer to the Fire)” – Bruce Molsky with Tim O’Brien, Aly Bain, John McCustker, Jerry Douglas, Dirk Powell, Mike McGoldrick, Phil Cunningham, Donald Shaw, Russ Barenberg, John Doyle, Todd Parks, Pat McInerney and James McIntosh

I’ve been playing tune at a few jams recently (with the intention of eventually learning it properly) and it’s so catchy! Just had to share the Transatlantic Sessions version just because of all of the amazing musos on this track.

Watch the New Joanna Newsom Video “Sapokanikan” from Her Upcoming Album Divers

Joanna Newsom
Image Courtesy of Joanna Newsom

After five years since her last LP, anti-folk singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom has finally revealed that she will be releasing her new album Divers on the 23rd October this year.

The album announcement also comes with the Paul Thomas Anderson directed video “Sapokanikan” which has the internet swooning.

The full track listing for Divers and the video for “Sapokanikan” is below:

1. Anecdotes
2. Sapokanikan
3. Leaving the City
4. Goose Eggs
5. Waltz of the 101st Lightborne
6. The Things I Say
7. Divers
8. Same Old Man
9. You Will Not Take My Heart Alive
10. A Pin-Light Bent
11. Time, As a Symptom

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 15th March

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The week kicked off with a bang with the announcement of a brand new Laura Marling album in May, titled Once I Was An Eagle, with the first single “Where Can I Go?” already streaming online. Details here

– Monthly Sydney folk night MoFo has announced its March lineup including The Underscore Orkestra, The Rusty Spring Syncopators and Godfrey Uke and his Orchestra. Details here

Mumford and Sons revealed their brand new video “Whispers in the Dark”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Sleepy Dreamers will be officially launching their brand new EP Winter Make Way at The Workers Club in April. Details here

– US folk duo The Milk Carton Kids released their latest video “Honey, Honey”. Details here

Crooked Still front-woman Aoife O’Donovan has confirmed plans to release her debut solo album Fossils this June. Details here

– UK trio The Staves released their brand new video “Facing West”. Details here

Jep and Dep celebrated the release of their new EP Through The Night with a brand new video for the track “Ain’t Coming Back”. Details here

– For the first time since 2011 the full lineup of alt-country legends Wagons will be playing at two special shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– The new project from ex-Middle East member Mark Myers, The Starry Field, has a debut album on the way and a national tour. Details here

The Steamgrass Boys are taking their Country Roads night in Sydney Monthly. The April lineup also includes Mustered Courage and 200k plus the MCing skills of Luke Escombe. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Tim Guy has announced a brand new album (Dreaming of a Night Mango), a new video (“Many People I Know”) and dates for an April tour. Details here

The Tiger and Me finally released their brand new video for “Made it to the Harbour”. Details here

– New and classic folk collide with Joanna Newsom covering Sandy Denny’s “The North Star Grassman and the Ravens”. Details here

Interviews

“Basement Birds, you know we were just trying to make a rootsy sounding kind of folk record, you know, making four part harmonies. With Jebediah’s last record we were, you know, we had so many years between records we were really trying to recreate ourselves a bit. Do a really adventurous, for us anyway, studio album that wasn’t about trying to capture our live sound. With this Bob Evans record, I was really just trying to start all over again” – Kevin Mitchell (AKA Bob Evans) chats to Janine Estoesta. Interview here

“At the Cobargo Folk Festival in February, Kim Churchill was the recipient of my vicarious joy at this news, and we spontaneously had a chat, leaning on someone’s trailer, outside a venue, out in the open — which was a bit of a mistake because as I now know: don’t try to do these things in a flukey, swirling breeze”Kim Churchill chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“At Canberra’s One Very Big Day this week to celebrate the city’s centenary, Fun Machine played to a heaving, sweaty mess of young and old beautiful people, as the last of the fireworks fell away (some into the crowd, allegedly!) as they put a fairly massive stamp on their cross-genre and cross-market universal appeal”Fun Machine chat to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Blog

“It’s the National Folk Festival. Arrayed in a slightly different configuration this year, with some changes, tweaks and sundry twists and turns. If you were sat at home thinking, aw, might give it a miss this year, my suggestion would be this: Don’t” – Bill Quinn reminds us it’s just two weeks until The National Folk Festival. Blog here

Reviews

Recordings

“There is a precision in the way these sounds are arranged which could only have been crafted. All the elements are carefully mixed to create a unique and fascinating texture, which surprises at every listen. It’s the kind of sound you’d expect from a dozen musicians in a world-class studio” – JDX reviews The Wolves by Brighter Later. Review here

Releases This Week

Bob Evans
Familiar StrangerBob Evans
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The Stand In
The Stand-InCaitlin Rose

Deep and Down These Walls
Deep and Down These WallsDave Di Marco
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Mala
MalaDevendra Banhart
iTunes

Through the Night
Through The NightJep and Dep
Bandcamp

Rosie
RosieThelma Plum
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Kaurna Cronin
Kaurna Cronin with Ben Whiting and Hamish Anderson
Sunday 17th March – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions feat. Sally Balfour, Katie Harder & Dom Costello, Damien Armstrong and Scotty Balfour and the Diddly e’ Dees
Sunday 17th March – Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, Alice Springs, NT

Blue Mountains Music Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Katoomba, NSW

Bobby Alu
Friday 15th March – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Saturday 16th March – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 17th March – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA

Breaking Hart Benton
Friday 15th March – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW (with Sarah Humphreys)
Saturday 16th March – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 20th March – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd March – The Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Brett Winterford
Friday 15th March – Mars Hill Cafe, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 21st March – The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA

Cordial Factory with Bexley De Lion and Al Parkinson
Saturday 16th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Damien Dempsey
Friday 15th March – The Bakery, Northbridge, WA
Saturday 16th March – The HI FI, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 17th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Dave Di Marco
Friday 15th March – The Espy, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th March – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 21st March – Cafe Le Monde, Noosa, QLD
Friday 22nd March – The Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Don’t Mention The Wall
15th to 16th March – Beechworth, Vic
Friday 22nd March – Springwood, NSW (house concert)

Eli Wolfe
Friday 22nd March – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW

Frogfest feat. The Barons of Tang, Takadimi, GrandMasterMonk and Dave Bova Band: Divina Commedia
Friday 15th March – Red Rattler Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Glen Hansard and The Frames with Lisa Hannigan
Wednesday 20th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 21st March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Jack Carty and Jordan Millar
Friday 22nd March – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Jep&Dep
Sunday 17th March – The Green Room, Sydney, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 15th March – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC w/ Ruthie Foster
Saturday 16th March – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Sunday 17th March – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC, w/ Ruthie Foster
Thursday 21st March – The Factory, Sydney, NSW w/ Ruthie Foster
Friday 22nd to Saturday 23rd March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC

Luka Bloom
Saturday 16th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Monday 18th March – Tilley’s, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 19th March – Tilley’s, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 20th March – Tilley’s, Canberra, ACT
Friday 22nd March – Wrest Point Showroom, Hobart, TAS

MoFo feat. The Underscore Orkestra and Chaika
Friday 22nd March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Friday 15th March – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th March – The Hill Winery, Geelong, VIC

Nicola Hayes and Hélène Brunet
Friday 15th March – The Spotted Mallard, Brunswick Music Festival, VIC

Passenger
Thursday 21st March – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Patrick James
Friday 15th March – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 16th March – The Waiting Room, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 21st March – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC

Paul Brady
Friday 15th March – Celtic Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 17th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 21st March – Guthrie’s, Adelaide, SA
Friday 22nd March – The Fly By Night, Perth, WA

Sally Seltmann
Wednesday 20th March – The Famous Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 21st March – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Seth Lakeman
Saturday 16th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, VIC
Saturday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, VIC
Wednesday 20th March – Notes, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 21st March – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 22nd March – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

The Tiger and Me
Friday 15th March – Elsternwick Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 21st March – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 22nd March – The Brisbane Markets, Brisbane, QLD

The Underscore Orkestra
Friday 15th March – The Upfront Club, Maleny, Qld

Two Crows
Thursday 21st March – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 22nd March – Australian Celtic Studies Centre, Newcastle, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Sonny” – Mary Black, Emmylou Harris and Dolores Keane

My Mum’s birthday happens to fall on St. Patrick’s Day (this Sunday) which has its pros and cons – the pro being there’s always a party with loads of music and dancing, the con being that mum is rarely the focus of those celebrations. For her birthday I thought I’d dedicate the track “Sonny” as a FFF to her – a song I know she loves. And the fact that this version features two of Irelands greatest singers, Mary Black and Dolores Keane, is a little nod to the other celebration that’s happening this weekend (despite the fact it was written by a Canadian). Happy Birthday Mum!

Watch Joanna Newsom Cover Sandy Denny

Joanna Newsom
Image Courtesy of Joanna Newsom

In a tale of nu-folk meets old American harpest and songwriter Joanna Newsom has today revealed a cover of Sandy Denny’s “The North Star Grassman and the Ravens” (check out the original here). Accompanying the cover is a video showcasing an upcoming fashion line from the Wren label, hence the long lingering shots on Newsom’s cloths. Check out “The North Star Grassman and the Ravens” below:

The Muppets Soundtrack set to Feature Joanna Newsom, Feist, Andrew Bird

The Muppets

It appears as though the soundtrack for the upcoming Muppets movie is taking many of it’s queues from the nu-folk community. Joanna Newsom, Feist and Andrew Bird are all set to lend their talents to songs in the movie, the majority of which will also feature The Muppets. Newsom is set to lend her vocals to “The Muppet Show Theme”, Feist appears on a duet between the lead “human” actors Jason Segel and Amy Adams titled “Life’s a Happy Song” (which also features Mickey Rooney) and Bird contributes with “The Whistling Caruso” which follows on from his appearance on The Muppets tribute The Green Album.

Bret McKenzie, one half of New Zealand’s fourth-most-popular folk-comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, was the music supervisor on the film and also penned four songs including the aforementioned “Life’s a Happy Song”. The album also features the Paul Simon classic “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”.

Check out the full track listing below (including Muppet covers of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Cee-Lo’s “Forget You”):

1. The Muppets – “The Muppet Show Theme”
2. Jason Segel, Amy Adams, and Walter – “Life’s a Happy Song”
3. Kermit and The Muppets – “Pictures in My Head”
4. Paul Simon – “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”
5. The Moopets – “Rainbow Connection”
6. Starship – “We Built This City”
7. Amy Adams and Miss Piggy – “Me Party”
8. Chris Cooper – “Let’s Talk About Me”
9. Jason Segel and Walter – “Man or Muppet”
10. The Muppets Barbershop Quartet – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
11. Camilla and The Chickens – “Forget You”
12. The Muppets – “Rainbow Connection”
13. Andrew Bird – “The Whistling Caruso”
14. Finale Entire Cast – “Life’s a Happy Song”
15. Mahna Mahna and The Two Snowths – “Mahna Mahna”

WOMADelaide: A Wrap-Up

WOMADelaide
Image Courtesy of Kieran Ellis-Jones @ Life in Colour

At the risk of descending into cliche it appears the adage is true: all good things must come to an end. It feels like only yesterday that we were convincing the security guard that we were indeed media and that we had been invited to the pre-WOMADelaide media conference (don’t worry, we made it). But we’ve danced and laughed our way through four of the best days of music a folk or world fan could want and despite it only being 3 days after WOMADelaide finished we’re already planning our assault on next year.

By now you’ve probably read all of the WOMADelaide interviews and reviews (and if you haven’t click here to get yourself up to speed). We haven’t really covered the festival as a whole but that can be summed up very easily: Awesome. From the venue (with its trees – yes a festival with trees!), to the atmosphere (kids free = family friendly vibe) to the lineup to the organisation of the event everything was top notch. A few of the “big city” festivals could learn a lot from WOMADelaide.

We also thought we’d share some highlights with you that haven’t made our coverage thus far:

  • Adam Page dedicating a song to a friend in the audience, “James Brown”, only for two men to wave and take credit. The two men then made their way through the crowd, like the finale of Crocodile Dundee in the New York subway, shared a hug, and sat down to watch the gig together – only for a third, probably 11 year old James Brown to stand up who then did the same while the crowd chanted “James Brown, James Brown, James Brown!”
  • Asa’s chilled out, intimate acoustic set at Speaker’s Corner only a day after blowing the metaphorical roof off the main stage with her full band
  • A series of covers: Féfé (above) covering Ray Charles’ “I Got A Woman” on the shoulders of the biggest man he could find out in the crowd of Stage 2 on Monday night. Space Invadas covering The Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition” to close their set on Monday night. Ash Grunwald covering and sampling The Blind Boys of Alabama. Luka Bloom covering “Throw Your Arms Around Me” by Hunters & Collectors in his typical Irish style of ballad. Angus and Julia Stone doing their sublime version of “You’re the One That I Want” from Grease. Martha Wainwright covering Edith Piaf in perfect French diction.
  • Sitting in the media centre writing reviews only to be witness to a group of Papua New Guinean dancers in full ceremonial get up performing an impromptu routine for a crowd of about eight.
  • Archie Roach’s story before he played the song “Weeping in the Forest” literally had the audience in tears before the song began.
  • The “interesting” dance moves being performed at Afro Celt Sound System’s Speaker’s Corner workshop.
  • Witnessing the crowd for Joanna Newsom deciding en mass that the show would be a sit down only gig despite not being advertised as such. Meant we had a better view of the bugs flying into her face and hair.
  • Waiting for Dereb The Ambassador near the Moreton Bay Stage, ready to shoot a session, and seeing the seven piece appear on the horizon overflowing from a slow-moving golf buggy.
  • Byron Bay Organic Donuts. Need we say more?

A big thank you has to go out to the organisers of WOMADelaide for making it such a wonderful festival. We’re looking forward to the festival next year with WOMADelaide hitting it’s 20th anniversary.

WOMADelaide Review: Joanna Newsom

Joanna Newsom
Image Courtesy of WOMADelaide

Joanna Newsom
Sunday – Stage 1

My experience with Joanna Newsom prior to WOMADelaide, I would have to admit, is severely limited. As a writer focusing on nu-folk Newsom should be high on my list of must-listen to artists but somehow she has stuck to the fringes of my music collection and, as a result, only crops up occasionally on my iPod. So it’s probably not surprising that I went into Joanna Newsom’s one and only WOMADelaide show expecting to be challenged and having to work hard to appreciate her music.

So I was pleasantly surprised when Newsom’s music was not only accessible but incredibly likable as well. Sporting a 5 piece backing band, including multi-instrumentalist and arranger Ryan Francescioni and percussionist Neal Morgan, Newsom deftly swapped between piano and her trademarked harp performing soaring, musically complex pieces to a grateful audience.

By the third song of Newsom’s set the sun had gone down and Adelaide’s locust plague had decided to make Stage 1 their home. At first Newsom seemed to cope exclaiming “Y’all, there are bugs up here” and “we need a distraction – does anyone have a huge bowl of honey?” but when they started to fly at her face and crawl into he hair she yelped and performance was temporarily paused.

“I’m not scared of them. They’re just flying into my open mouth and eyeballs,” explained Newsom as a stage-hand appeared to swat the locusts for her as she soldiered on. Rather than interrupt the show the bug invasion actually endeared Joanna Newsom to the crowd and had them cheering everytime a locust was prevented from getting within an inch of her (big props to the stage hand there!).

Joanna Newsom’s voice was described in the WOMADelaide program as being “intriguing” but I think it fits her music perfectly. There’s a percussive nature to the way she sings (particularly with the generous use of alliteration in her lyrics) which compliments the plucked notes of the harp. My highlight of her set would definitely have been “The Book of Right On” which, contrary to the vast arrangements of her other tracks, was concise, poppy and definitely appealing.

Prior to WOMADelaide I probably wouldn’t have gone to a Joanna Newsom solo show. But now? Now I’ll be in the front row.

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