Woodford Folk Festival Announces 2017/18 Lineup

Image Courtesy of Woodford Folk Festival

At long last the Woodford Folk Festival have dropped their huge 2017/18 lineup and as can be expected it’s a mixture of some of the most exciting artists in the world of folk, rock, roots, acoustic and beyond.

While the full lineup is too big to print here (you can check out the programme on their official site) the Woodford Folk Festival has called out a bunch of highlights including John Butler, Kate Miller-Heidke, The Beautiful Girls, Husky, Holy Holy, The East Pointers (CAN), The Babe Rainbow, Timberwolf, Montaigne, Mama Kin Spender, Vaudeville Smash, The Hi-Boys, Cheap Fakes, Molsky’s Mountain Drifters (CAN), The Small Glories (CAN), Baker Boy, Apakatjah, Joanna Wallfisch, AMISTAT, TinPan Orange, Sampa The Great, My Bubba (SWE/ICE), Lior & Paul Grabowsky, POW Negro!, The Railsplitters (USA), Yirrmal and the Miliyawutj, Breaking Trad (IRE), Jeff Lang, Liz Stringer, Charm of Finches and many more

The Woodford Folk Festival takes place from the 27th December to the 1st January in Woodford, Queensland. For more information, including how to get your hands on earlybird tickets, check out the official site here.

Blue Mountains Music Festival Announces First Artists for 2015

John Butler
Image Courtesy of John Butler

It feels as though we’ve been bombarded with festival announcements over the last few weeks and that’s set to continue with the Blue Mountains Music Festival confirming the first round of artists for 2015. Held in Katoomba from the 13th to 15th March, next year will mark the 20th aniversary of the Blue Mountains Music Festival.

The lineup announced so far is pretty impressive and includes John Butler (above), Buffy Sainte-Marie, Dan Sultan, Daniel Champagne, Castlecomer, The Bearded Gypsy Band, Wagons, The Company, Leah Flanagan, All Our Exes Live in Texas, We Two Thieves, Jordie Lane, Perch Creek and many many more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale this month – for more information check out the official site here. The full list of artists so far are below:

John Butler, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Dan Sultan, Nick Charles, David Bridie, Dominic Turner & Phil Wiggins, Daniel Champagne, Chris While and Julie Matthews, Frank Yamma, Castlecomer, Fraser & Haas (UK & USA), Nuala Kenedy Band, Edwina Hayes, The Bearded Gypsy Band, Wagons, The Company, Himmerland (Denmark), Steve Poltz (USA), Heartstring Quartet (UK), Whitetop Mountaineers (USA), The Mighty Reapers, Leah Flanagan, Fiona Boyes, All Our Exes Live in Texas, The Baker Suite, Arabesk, Maru Tarang (India & Australia), Dewayne Everettsmith, Gordie Mackeeman & his Rhythm Boys (Canada), We Two Thieves, Yeshe & Calvin Welch, Tom Dockray, The Jordie Lane Duo, Perch Creek

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 10th August


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The Falls Festival kicked off the week with their third artist announcement which included a bunch of Timber and Steel friendly acts including Angus Stone, Ash Grunwald, Jinja Safari, Lisa Mitchell and Matt Corby. Details here.

Leroy Lee gifted us with two tracks “Morning Ballad” and “Arcadia” from his new EP Arcadia. The former features backing vocals from the wonderful Lanie Lane. If you managed to catch Lee at his EP launch last night you’ll know what a talent this man is. Details here and here.

– The remarkable Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers announced the details of the their upcoming EP Autumn Lawn which was produced by Ian Pritchett (Angus & Julia Stone, The Beautiful Girls). Lumsden and co will be launching the EP with shows in Sydney and Melbourne at the end of the month with regional dates still to be announced. Details here.

– New Zealand alt-country stars The Eastern are returning to our shores at the end of September and Timber and Steel is very proud to be presenting their national tour, including a Sunday afternoon slot at The Workers Club in Melbourne. Details here.

– Speaking of presenting tours, Timber and Steel have also been tapped to present the upcoming All About To Change tour from Patrick James. He is one of our favourite singer-songwriters coming out of Sydney at the moment and we’re so proud to be involved. Details here.

The April Maze went the homemade route when creating the video for their cover of The Beatles’ “I’ve Just Seen a Face”. Shot entirely on an iPhone App the video is very cute and well worth a view. Details here.

– Canadian folkies The Wooden Sky have announced their brand new album Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun to be released on the 1st October. Details here.

– As a thank you for all the support his fans have given him over the years John Butler has re-recorded his iconic instrumental track “Ocean” and is offering it as a free download. Details here.

Mumford and Sons revealed the details of their Australian Gentlemen of the Road mini-festival, set to take place in Dungog, NSW. Joining them on the bill are Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Sarah Blasko, Matt Corby, Husky, Willy Mason and Yacht Club DJs. Details here.

– In other Mumford and Sons news the band have released a stream of the first track off the upcoming album Babel, “I Will Wait”. Details here.

– The first single from Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson’s new duo album Wreck and Ruin, “Adam & Eve”, has a pretty strange but wonderful video. Details here.

– After a successful launch last month Communion Melbourne is back with their August lineup including Fraser A. Gorman, Castlecomer, Roller One and Elle Graham as well as screenings of the latest Sideshow Alley videos. Details here.

– UK folk supergroup Bellowhead have announced the followup to their wildly successful 2010 album Hedonism. Titled Broadside, the album is due for release on the 15th October. Details here.

– Bluegrass five-piece Trampled by Turtles teamed up with the team behind Adult Swim’s animated show Squidbillies to create their brand new blip “Walt Whitman”. Details here.

– To increase his profile in Australia Frank Turner has announced a brand new 15 track album Last Minutes and Lost Evenings featuring favourites and rarities. Details here.

The Paper Kites have announced a massive national tour this October to celebrate their new EP Young North. Supporting them will be Art of Sleeping and Battleships. Details here.

– The Fleurieu Folk Festival in SA has announced their 2012 with something for everyone. The festival takes place from the 26th to 28th October in Willunga, SA and features the likes of Eric Bogle, The Go Set, The Stetson Family, The Timbers, Barry Skipsey and more. Details here.

– Country and bluegrass singer Kristy Cox released her brand new video for the track “Miles and Timezones”. The song was co-written by Lachlan Davidson, one half of Timber and Steel favourites The Davidson Brothers. Details here.


“I cut my teeth doing small theatre shows in Canberra, you know, friends doing theatre and doing opening gigs for their shows. Sometimes you might get three, four people. And it is harder to play to three or four people because there’s nowhere to hide! So small doesn’t scare me”Fred Smith chats to Bill Quinn.
Interview here

Releases This Week

ArcadiaLeroy Lee

Gigs Next Week

Darwin Festival
9th to 26th August – Darwin, NT

Faith Lee
Sunday 12th August – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith & A Few Good Spooky Men (with Liz Frencham)
Friday 10th August – Notes, Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th August – The Lobby, Parkes, Canberra, ACT

Jinja Safari
Friday 10th August – The Hi-fi, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 11th August – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 15th August – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 16th August – Bar On the Hill, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 17th August – Metro, Sydney, NSW

Lanie Lane
Friday 10th August – Stones of the Yarra Valley, Coldstream, VIC
Saturday 11th August – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Sunday 12th August – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Thursday 16th August – The Lighthouse, Darwin Festival, NT
Friday 17th August – The Lighthouse, Darwin Festival, NT

Little Bastard (with The Mountains, Jack Dawson and Callithump)
Thursday 16th August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

MoFo feat. The Leichhardt International Ukestra and Stephen O’Hern
Friday 10th August – The Gaelic Club (Upstairs), Sydney, NSW

Nick and Liesl
Friday 10th August – Catharsis at The J Theatre – Noosa, QLD
Sunday 12th August – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 15th August – Astra Lodge, Falls Creek, VIC
Friday 17th August – The Albion, Albury, NSW

Passenger (with The Falls)
Thursday 16th August – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 17th August – The Hi-Fi, Sydney, NSW

Punch Brothers
Friday 10th August – Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Adelaide, SA

Roland K Smith & The Sinners with Handsome Young Strangers and Handasyd Williams and the Brothers Primitive
Wednesday 15th August – Sandringham Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 10th August – Coolum Civic Centre, Coolum, QLD
Saturday 11th August – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 15th August – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Thursday 16th August – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Friday 17th August – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA

The Falls
Saturday 11th August – Hellen Rose Schauersberger Laboratorium, Sydney, NSW

The Good Ship
Saturday 11th August – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 12th August – Nimbin Hotel, Nimbin, NSW

The Rescue Ships
Saturday 11th August – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

TinPan Orange
Saturday 11th August – Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Space Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Sailing to Philadelphia” – Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler has, in his solo work, revealed his love of folk music. This story song chronicles the coming to America of Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon to survey the Mason-Dixon line. The original recording features a duet with James Taylor.

John Butler Re-Records “Ocean”, Offers it as Free Download

John Butler
Image Courtesy of John Butler

John Butler loves his fans. Case in point – the Australian roots icon has today released a re-recording of his iconic instrumental track “Ocean”, captured in his home studio ‘The Compound’ and he’s giving it away for free. Listen to it and download below:

First recorded 12 years ago, “Ocean” have become one of the most revered tracks in John Butler’s live repertoire. As Butler himself explains:

” “Ocean” is a very interesting aspect of my life. It is part of my DNA. It conveys all things I can’t put into words. Life, loss, love, spirit. As I evolve so too does “Ocean”. The song was first recorded as part of my first album/cassette, Searching For Heritage, which I sold when I busked, then for my first self-titled studio album 12 years ago. The song has been watched online incredibly over 25 million times in various formats, nearly always live, be it from Music Max Sessions or from one of the many festivals I have had the pleasure to play.

I’d like to thank you for your continued support over all these years; it means so much to me. I would like to thank you by offering this first studio recording of “Ocean” in over a decade as a free download. I recorded it in my favourite studio, The Compound here in Fremantle, Western Australia, a studio you helped me build. This marks just another fleeting moment in a career that is very much ongoing. I look forward to bringing you many new songs and albums into the future and continuing this amazing journey with you ALL.

Thank You,

John Butler has also released a video stream of the track which you can watch below:

John Butler’s Live Solo Album Tin Shed Tales

Tin Shed Tales
Image Courtesy of John Butler

At the end of last week John Butler (sans trio) released his much anticipated live solo album Tin Shed Tales. Recorded during Butler’s solo tour earlier this year Tin Shed Tales sees the roots legend reworking some of his most popular tunes.

The album was release on Friday 11th May and we have two of the tracks, “Revolutions” and “Mystery Man”, below:

John Butler Announces Solo Tour

John Butler
Image Courtesy of John Butler

John Butler has just announced a solo and intimate tour (sans his Trio) that will take in venues literally around the country. The tour, titled Tin Sheds inspired by items in Butler’s own tin shed, is a rare opportunity to see the man performing by himself in an intimate and personal setting. Supporting John Butler on the tour will be Felicity Groom and Mama Kin. The full list of dates are below:

Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival
Saturday 17th March – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Monday 19th March – Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie, WA
Wednesday 21st March – Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah, WA
Thursday 22nd March – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Friday 23rd March – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Sunday 25th March – Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton, WA
Monday 26th March – Carnarvon Civic Centre, Carnarvon, WA
Friday 30th March – Sunset Pictures, Broome, WA
Thursday 5th April – Darwin Ski Club, Darwin, NT
Saturday 7th April – Kuranda Amphitheatre, Kuranda, QLD
Sunday 8th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Wednesday 11th April – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 12th April – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 13th April – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 15th April – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Ballarat, VIC
Tuesday 17th April – East Bank, Shepparton, VIC
Wednesday 18th April – The Capitol Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 19th April – Federation Hall, Hobart, TAS
Friday 20th April – Princess Theatre, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 22nd April – Meeniyan Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Tuesday 24th April – Hifi Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th April – Metro, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th April – Gov Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA

Falls Festival Feature Review: John Butler Trio

John Butler Trio by Stu BReview by KTBell, photos by Stu B.

John Butler Trio at The Falls Festival, Lorne VIC
The Valley Stage, Thursday 29 December 2011

I haven’t seen the John Butler Trio perform live for a very long time and I, along with thousands of others, was chomping at the bit for their set. As mentioned in our full review, the trio were very well received by the crowd. One of the most respectful performers I’ve seen, after the first song John Butler took a moment to sincerely acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners of the land before taking off with a rousing rendition of “Gonna Be A Long Time”. A sure crowd favourite “Used To Get High” had the party erupting down the front and the rest of the crowd up the hill grooving along, not surprising given how much of the crowd identified with the lyrics!

The trio took a moment to comment on and thank those who have added their voice to the fight to save the Kimberly and dedicated “Revolution” to the people fighting for the land. A moving performance full of conviction. With a similar sentiment, John Butler then dedicated to Barack Obama, Shania Twain, KFC and a retinue of other influential world figures, a very driven and defiant performance of “Better Than”.

To bring the crowd back together as one voice, if you can imagine about 12,000 people singing ‘nah-nah-nanana, nana-nana’,well then you’d be close to knowing how well “Zebra” went down. Imagining it? Well, now imagine mid song, a scat type call and response with said crowd. It was a stirring performance that had the audience invested and engaged, so when a haunting steely opening revealed “Treat Yo Mama”, it was to an instant favorite and hit with the crowd.

Whipped in to a joyous fray, the crowd sang along to “One Way Round” and were brought back to earth with the finaJohn Butler by Stu B.le, “Close To You”. Once again during the bridge, while all three were in a multi-drum improvised jamming moment, they thanked organizers, staff and volunteers, snuck in a phrase of “Funky Cold Medina” and a cow bell medley, just for kicks.

Their set was one of the most enthralling, uplifting performances I have seen and they delivered it so effortlessly I felt we should have danced and sung together until dawn. We can only hope that there are plans or works in the pipes for a new album. No hint was made, but the crowd came away from that set so euphoric that I’m sure we all were hopeful for a new album to fall in love with soon.

Guide to Summer Festivals Part 2: Look the Part

Photo courtesy of Bon Iver

Ok, ok, secretly, I’ve been dying to do a folky fashion story, and what better time than in preparation to hit up the festivals? It all started because of Timber and Steel’s own Evan Hughes who is rarely seen at any folk influenced festival or gig without a vest on. Wandering the roads of Woodford last year, I noticed some particular elements that identified musically like minded people. So let’s go top to toe on how to look your folky best during the festival season.

Bob Dylan Lanie Lane

I’ve spent the last few days looking at photos of some of our favorite Timber and Steel artists to really pin down the look, and to be honest, most of it is about choosing a base and accessorising. Obviously there is always going to be an element of your own tastes and flair or style that will determine your overall look, but here’s a few simpler pieces you can pull together possibly from your Christmas haul and Boxing Day sales if you want to get in the folky spirit of it.

John Butler and Mama Kin

For they guys, the base is easy, jeans and a t-shirt are staples with the shirt usually being plain, though wearing your favorite band shirt will always be acceptable. For the ladies, unsurprisingly the base has followed the recent retro/ vintage fashion trend and more often than not either a floating vintage style dress or a modern floral dress inspired by the retro look. Whack a pair of opaque stockings on underneath and you’re set. That or a high waisted skirts or shorts with a plain top would provide a perfectly suitable base too.

Kate Miller-Heidke at Bluesfest Skipping Girl Vinegar at Snowy Mountains Of Music Festival April Maze Snowy Mountains Of Music Festival

Then it’s time to accessorise. Let’s start at the top.

Hats are great, they protect you from the sun and the rain, keep your head warm at night and can cap off your look, excuse the pun. Broad brim hats are an easy choice for guys or girls, just take a look at Matt Corby and Florence Welsch of Florence and the Machine or even Jack Thompson in his Akubra for inspiration.
  Jack Thompson at Bluesfest

For guys, there’s a broad range of hat style to try until you find the one that suits you, Panama, Trilby and Fedora styles mainly differ in the brim size and shape. The ever popular Flat Cap has a cousin, the Ascot Cap of a very similar style, but rounder and more stiff. Or in a similar but roomier style, there’s always your classic variations of the Gatsby/ newsboy/ train driver cap which work for both guys and girls.

Eric Bibb at Bluesfest  Jeff Lang

For the girls, while you could pick any of the styles I’ve noted for guys, the more vintage looks are far more fun. For a very feminine look, try a cloche like Lisa Mitchell, a 50s style do-rag like Lanie Lane, or just a simple headband as Julia Stone often wears.

Lisa Mitchell Lanie Lane Julia Stone

Elvis Costello at Bluesfest If guys are after a very vintage addition, there’s always bowler and top hats, but it takes a bit of confidence and dedication to carry it off well. A bit zany, but a great look if you own it. And if you are going to own it, you can even go the whole hog with a three piece suit, but that’s not really convenient for Australian summers nor festivals.

CW StonekingWorking down for top to toe, the next item is mainly for the guys. If you’re going for an old style, the a bow tie is a fantastic edition, especially if you can tie a real one yourself rather than the clip on ones. Though I have it on good authority, they’re not terribly comfortable to start with. Not really practical for camping and festivals, it’s a good one to wear out for a night on the town, or as a feature of your look, much like CW Stoneking’s red and white check bow tie on his signature white ensemble.

If ties are not your style, then your options include the quintessential vest, in almost any material, but I know Evan Hughes likes his leather and suede options. Vest have been turning up across genres for years and are a feature for musos and punters both young and old.

Josh Pyke  Cat Empire at Bluesfest Snowdroppers at Bluesfest

If a vest is too warm or not quite your thing, try out the old school suspenders as Johnny Wishbone, lead singer of The Snowdroppers, is frequently seen wearing. Our modern ladies of folk have a true eye for style throwing cardigans and sweaters in to the mix, or using leather belts to create a classic cinched or high waist look.

Snowdroppers at Bluesfest Florence Welsch Secret Sisters at Bluesfest

Boy and BearWhile vintage is a strong theme, the folk style transcends conventional fashion rules, and borrows often from cousins in country genre. Take a leaf out of Henry Wagons’ book and style up every day with country flair. If you think I’m cheating by using alt-country as a folk example, instead take a good look at Boy & Bear who have had multiple members sport checkered shirts, plus a few other folkies teaming a checked shirt with a vest or other accessory. And it’s not just for guys, take a look at how Lisa Mitchell and Jen Cloher carry off bold checks for a country, folky feel.

Henry Wagons at Rhythms Magazine Q&A at Bluesfest Lisa Mitchell Jen Cloher

So, once you’ve got your base, found the accessories that work for you, all that’s left is to throw on some sunnies (Rayban style is a staple) and for the ladies, grab a leather or leather/ animal print look small handbag to sling across your body, slap on some sunscreen and you’re set for a folkin’ good time.

Bob Dylan Florence Welsch Julia and Angus Stone

Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can start to mix and match pieces, create layers and get a group of friends together and take the scene by storm. Maybe some time down the track you’ll even turn up in a future folky fashion post right here!

Mumford and Sons at Laneway Festival SydneyMumford and Sons at Laneway Festival – I love the Panama hat, t-shirt, vest and overalls as shorts combination!

The Good Ship at WoodfordOh the combinations from The Good Ship! Loving the Fedora, bowtie and vest, plus a small gatsby and one out there shirt!

The Gum Ball 2011These two from the crowd at The Gum Ball look great!

TinPan Orange

TinPan Orange combined managed almost the entire shebang, get that group some hats!

More Acts Added to Port Fairy Lineup

Adam Cohen
Image Courtesy of Adam Cohen

The Port Fairy Folk Festival already had a pretty impressive lineup going for it but today’s announcement quite frankly blows it out of the water. Added to the festival today are Adam Cohen (son of Leonard), John Butler in rare solo mode, Chris Hillman of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers fame, Krystle Warren fresh from the Way to Blue Nick Drake tribute concerts, Scottish trad legends The Battlefield Band, Cat Empire front man and folk troubadour Harry James Angus, living legend Archie Roach, 60s inspired indie-band Eagle & the Worm, blues master Jimi Hocking, Adelaide based celtic rockers The Borderers and guitar virtuoso Daniel Champagne.

Discounted early bird tickets are available until the 18th December from the official Port Fairy web site, which also has all the other info you need on the event including the full lineup. What are you waiting for?

John Butler and Mama Kin Rerecord “Losing You” to Protect The Kimberley

Protect The Kimberley
Image Courtesy of John Butler

This has been rattling around for a couple of weeks but we’ve only just jumped on it because now we have video (and we’re suckers for videos). To raise vital funds and awareness of the growing threat of development on WA’s Kimberley region John Butler has teamed up with his wife Mama Kin (Danielle Caruana) to release a very special new recording of his track “Losing You”.

The song was recorded in Butler’s home studio and is available to purchase via iTunes here.

Furthermore John Butler and Mama Kin had the folks at Shoot The Player shoot a live version of the “Losing You” duet while on tour in New York, the result of which you can view below:

Read more about the project here.

%d bloggers like this: