Timber and Steel Premiere: John Flanagan Trio’s New Single “Beauty On The Bottom” Plus National Tour

John Flanagan
Image Courtesy of John Flanagan Trio

Timber and Steel favourite John Flanagan Trio has just released their gorgeous new single “Beauty On The Bottom” and have asked Timber and Steel to be the first to share it. Once again Flanagan has proven he’s one of Australia’s finest lyricists – take a listen here:

“Beauty On The Bottom” is the first recorded work for John Flanagan and his constant live collaborators Liz Frencham and Daniel Watkins. To coincide with the release of the single the John Flanagan Trio will be heading out on tour through Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Canberra, Adelaide, and other regional centers around VIC, NSW and SA during May and June.

Check out the full list of dates (with more to be announced) below:

Saturday 13th May – Commonground, Hilldene, VIC
Thursday 18th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 19th May – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th May – Paddock Sessions, Wollombi, NSW
Saturday 20th May – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 21st May – Coffee Whole, Berkley Vale, NSW
Thursday 1st June – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd June – Courthouse Cultural Centre, Auburn, SA
Saturday 3rd June – Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda, SA
Saturday 17th June – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Full Lineup for the 2016 Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival

10 String Symphony
Image Courtesy of 10 String Symphony

Australian bluegrass lovers are about to get excited as we slide into festival season. Spring is all about the pickin’ and pluckin’ with a bunch of weekends dedicated to bluegrass festivals in the country – and one of the jewels in the bluegrass crown has to be the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival.

Held from the 21st to 23rd October in the beautiful mountain town of Dorrigo, NSW, the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival manages to attract the best and brightest artists every single year. This year’s lineup is no different with 10 String Symphony (USA), Bluegrass Parkway, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West (USA) and Mike Compton (USA) headlining the festival and a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites also announced including Catgut, Fred Smith, John Flanagan, Liz Frencham & Robbie Melville, Rebecca Bastoli, Rowena Wise, String Theories, The Barkers Vale Brothers, The Black Mountain String Band, The Company, The Mae Trio, The Plough, The Squeezebox Trio, Wayward Angels and many more.

Tickets are now on sale – check out the official site for more details. The full lineup for the 2016 Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival is below:

Rose&theSea, 10 String Symphony, Alesa Lajana, Appalachian Heaven Stringband, Ash & Andy, Bluegrass Parkway, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, Carl Pannuzzo, Catgut, Chloë & Jason Roweth, Cielle Montgomery, Den Hanrahan, Enda Kenny, Farmer Mick & Miss Jane, Fireside Celts & Friends, Fred Smith, Harry Jakamarra, Haywood Billy Goats, Honey and Knives, Jed Rowe, Jerry Salley, John Flanagan, Katie Crane, Kazoobafak Jug Band, Kimberly Wheeler, Kristy Cox, Liz Frencham & Robbie Melville, Mick Daley, Mike Compton, Montz Matsumoto and Friends, Omados, Pitts Family, Rebecca Bastoli, Redlands Bluegrass Boys, Rowena Wise, Ruby Gilbert, Slim Dime, String Theories, Sunny and the Dark Corners, The Barkers Vale Brothers, The Black Mountain String Band, The Company, The FruiTTrees, The Mae Trio, The Mulberry Collective, The Plough, The Squeezebox Trio, Vic Manuel, Watling & Bates, Wayward Angels

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 8th July

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Singer-songwriter Liz Stringer has announced a new album and national tour. Details here

Dustin Tebbutt will be touring his upcoming album First Light this August. Details here

– Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Mangan released his new EP Unmake. Details here

– The John Flanagan Trio are heading out on a Victorian tour over the next few months. Details here

– Melbourne’s Phia released her new single “Heartstrings”. Details here

– Tasmanian convict-punks The Dead Maggies will be touring New South Wales and Queensland this August. Details here

Henry Wagons released his new video “Head or Heart”. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk band Lazy Colts released their new video “Twenty Two”. Details here

Ricky Gervais released the hilarious “Lady Gypsy” ahead of his upcoming movie David Brent: Life On The Road. Details here

Blog

“I had a lot of trouble coming up with my usual Top Ten Albums and EPs From the First Half of The Year list because of all the amazing records released so far in 2016”Gareth Hugh Evans picks ten Albums and EPs from the first half of 2016 you should own. Blog here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Willie Watson and Josh Hedley

Willie Watson

Two of Americana’s finest singers – Willie Watson and Josh Hedley – hit the country this week for their Australian tour along with an appearance at this weekend’s Bello Winter Music Festival. A lot of these shows are sold out so make sure you check in advance before rocking up at the venue.

Friday 8th July – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 9th to Sunday 10th July – Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen, NSW
Wednesday 13th July – Gardel’s Bar, Porteno, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 14th July – Newtown Soical Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th July – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th July – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Sunday 17th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th July – Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 15th July – Miami Marketta Night Markets, Gold Coast, QLD

Bello Winter Music Festival
Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th July – Bellingen, NSW

Cash Savage and The Last Drinks
Saturday 9th July – The Railway Hotel, Darwin, NT

Charm of Finches
Friday 8th July – Hobart Brewing Co, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 9th July – Pagan Cider, Cradoc, TAS

Colin Jones w/ Black Lung Cartel, De’May
Thursday 14th July – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Colin Lillie
Friday 8th July – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Devil On The Rooftop and The Djangologists
Wednesday 13th July – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Sunday 10th July – The Watertank Cafe, Alice Springs, NT

Freya Josephine Hollick and Darren Cross
Sunday 10th July – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Gallie and Rebecca Bastoli
Sunday 10th July – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. The Faraway Eyes
Sunday 10th July – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Imogen Clark
Friday 8th July – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th July – Oxford Circus, Sydney, NSW

Leah Flanagan
Thursday 14th July – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th July- Leaps & Bounds Festival, Richmond Theatrette, Melbourne, VIC

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 8th July – Hickinbotham Winery, Mornington, VIC
Friday 15th July – The Wonderland Spiegeltent, Harbour Town Docklands, VIC

Lucie Thorne w/ Hamish Stuart, Chris Abrahams, Carl Dewhurst
Thursday 14th July – 505, Sydney, NSW

Michael David Thomas
Saturday 9th July – St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Brisbane, QLD

Porch Light Sessions feat. Lime and Steel, Bonniesongs, Giffen
Thursday 14th July – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Ramblin’ Nights feat. M.E. Baird, Belle Harvey, Andy Golledge
Friday 15th July – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Riogh
Saturday 9th July – Dundas Sports Club, Sydney, NSW

Sweet Jean
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th July – Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 15th July – Skukum Lounge, Ashgrove, QLD

Taasha Coates
Friday 15th July – Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Weeping Willows
Friday 8th July – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 9th July – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife
Friday 8th July – Baha’s, Rye, VIC
Sunday 10th July – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Thursday 14th July – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th July – The NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD

Vincent Cross
Sunday 10th July – The Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT
Monday 11th July – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 14th July – House Concert, Canberra, ACT

William Crighton and Claire Anne Taylor
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July – Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 15th July – The Court House Hotel, Mullumbimby, NSW

Willie Watson and Josh Hedley
Friday 8th July – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 9th to Sunday 10th July – Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen, NSW
Wednesday 13th July – Gardel’s Bar, Porteno, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 14th July – Newtown Soical Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th July – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th July – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Sunday 17th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie” – Johnny Cash

After hearing One Up, Two Down do this old cowboy song I had to hunt out some other versions.

John Flanagan Trio Announces Victorian Tour

John Flanagan
Image Courtesy of John Flanagan

After a successful tour with Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel earlier this year Melbourne based singer-songwriter John Flanagan is getting his trio together and hitting the road again.

The John Flanagan Trio, which also features Liz Frencham (double bass) and Dan Watkins (mandolin/guitar), will be touring throughout Victoria over the coming months before Flanagan heads over to North America later this year.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 30th July – Queenscliff Uniting Church, Queenscliff, VIC
Friday 12th August – Our Little Caravan, Notting Hill, VIC
Saturday 20th August – Kelly Country Pick, Beechworth, VIC
Friday 26th August – Suttons House of Music, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 27th August – The Old Church On The Hill, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 3rd September – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th March

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Australian troubadour Paul Kelly has announced he’ll be covering Shakespeare for his new album Seven Sonnets & A Song. Details here

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes released their new video “The Mountain”. Details here

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel and John Flanagan have extended their joint album launch tour. Details here

– Perth based singer-songwriter Riley Pearce announced EP launch dates. Details here

– Nu-folk trio Little May released their new video “Remind Me” and announced a headline national tour. Details here

– Alt-country newcomer Tori Forsyth released her debut video “Johnny And June”. Details here

– Austo-Scottish trad band Black Market Tune kick off their Australian tour today. Details here

Ruby Boots released her new video “Middle of Nowhere”. Details here

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s announced their March show for this week featuring Devil on the Rooftop. Details here

– Folk singers Sam Beam (Iron and Wine) and Jesca Hoop have announced plans for a joint album, Love Letter For Fire. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Jordie Lane released his new “Frederick Steele McNeil Ferguson”. Details here

Hayden Calnin released his new single “Cut Love”. Details here

Interviews

“We got nominated to be a part of the [Folk Alliance] showcase at the National Folk Festival last year. I’d never been to The National so it was more just going along and being part of it – we didn’t really realise it was a competition as such. So we went up and played a couple of songs and at the end they said “you guys are the winners”. It was kind of weird and we didn’t really know what we got. But it’s been amazing working with them – they’re super helpful”Kaurna Cronin chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Emmy the Great
Second LoveEmmy The Great
GetMusic

Cut Love
Cut Love Pt1Hayden Calnin
iTunes

Matt Corby
TelluricMatt Corby
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

The Timbers

William Fitzsimmons

Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

St. Patrick’s Day at the Gaelic feat. Fresh off The Boat

St Patrick's Day

This Thursday is St Patrick’s Day and there’s a wealth of Irish and celtic music happening around the country. But if we were to place a bet on where the best St Paddy’s craic will be on the 17th our money is on The Gaelic Club in Sydney – trad music sessions and the best Guinness in town. Along with the sessions there’ll be live music from the incredible Fresh off The Boat. What more do you need?

Thursday 17th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Ann Vriend
Wednesday 16th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 17th March – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Black Market Tune
Friday 11th March – Pirates Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th to Monday 14th March – Bourke & Wills Folk Festival, Mia Mia, VIC
Thursday 17th March – Goldmines Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Yacandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC

Bloodwood
Friday 18th March – The Watertank Cafe, Alice Springs, NT

Blue Mountains Music Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Katoomba, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Devil on the Rooftop
Wednesday 16th March – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Brunswick Music Festival
Tuesday 15th to Sunday 20th March – Melbourne, VIC

Burke & Wills Folk Festival
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Burke & Wills Winery, VIC

Calexico
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 16th March – Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth, WA

Cosmic Country Nights feat. Not Good With Horses, The Ramalamas, Cobden Social
Sunday 13th March – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

C.W. Stoneking w/ Marlon Williams
Friday 11th March – Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW

Davey Craddock
Saturday 12th March – RADA Studios, Perth, WA

Emily Barker
Sunday 13th March – Bridgetown Town Hall, Bridgetown, WA
Thursday 17th March – Emergence Festival, Margaret River, WA
Friday 18th March – Margaret River Cultural Centre, Margaret River, WA

Festival of Small Halls feat. Vishtèn, The Little Stevies, Rob Longstaff
Friday 11th March – Toongi Hall, Toongi, NSW
Saturday 12th March – Nangiloc Public Hall, Nangiloc, VIC
Wednesday 16th March – Old Glenlyon Shire Offices & Hall, Glenlyon, VIC
Thursday 17th March – Apollo Bay Mechanics Institute, Apollo Bay, VIC
Friday 18th March – Willaura Memorial Hall, Willaura, VIC

Folk Among the Artworks feat. Sam Newton, Chris Gillespie
Thursday 17th March – Heart of Annandale, Sydney, NSW

Folkswagon
Wednesday 16th March – Cafe Lounge, Sydney NSW

Gordie Tentrees
Thursday 17th March – The Bunker, Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th to Monday 21st March – Yachandandah Folk Festival, Yachandandah VIC

Goin’ Back – Moreland’s History in Song feat. Jeff Lang, Alison Ferrier, Tracy McNeil, Luke Sinclair, Van Walker, Gretta Ray, Mandy Connell
Friday 18th March – Metanoia Theatre at The Mechanic’s Institute, Melbourne, VIC

Holler and Haul at Spectrum Now
Friday 11th March – The Domain, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th March – The Domain, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 13th March – The Domain, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Elwood Myre
Sunday 13th March – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Friday 11th March – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Saturday 12th March – Sing for the South West, Old Coast Road Brewery, Myalup, WA
Sunday 13th March – Clancy’s, Dunsborough, WA
Tuesday 15th March – Perth Blues Club, Perth, WA
Wednesday 16th March – Redcliffe on the Murray, Pinjarra, WA

Imogen Clark
Thursday 17th March – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

James Thomson w/ Ruby Boots
Friday 18th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Jimi Beavis
Saturday 12th March – Smith’s Alternative Book Store, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 13th March – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th March – Pistol Pete’s Food ‘n’ Blues, Geelong, VIC

Jordie Lane w/ Sweet Jean, Leah Senior
Friday 18th March – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 11th March – Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upwey, VIC
Saturday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Saturday 12th March – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Liam Gerner
Friday 11th March – Billy Roy Blues, Bendigo, VIC
Wednesday 16th March – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 17th March – The Stag, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 18th March – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Luke Morris
Sunday 13th March – Lincoln Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 17th March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters
Friday 11th March – The Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 12th March – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 13th March – Nimbin Hotel, Nimbin, NSW
Friday 18th March – The Merton Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Mary Black
Saturday 12th to Sunday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival
Tuesday 15th March – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 16th March – Capri Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 17th March – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

Moxie
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Wednesday 16th March – Brunswick Music Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW

Oh Pep!
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

Patrick James
Saturday 12th March – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 18th March – Pirie & Co Social Club, Adelaide, SA

Port Fairy Folk Festival
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy, VIC

Ruby Boots
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Thursday 17th March – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 18th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Riley Pearce
Friday 11th March – The Monkey Bar, Mandurah, WA

Scott Cook w/ Mandy Connell, John Flanagan, Michael Waugh, Kate Crowley
Wednesday 16th March – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

St. Patrick’s Day at the Gaelic feat. Fresh off The Boat
Thursday 17th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Steve Earle & The Dukes w/ The Mastersons
Friday 11th March – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Wednesday 16th March – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 17th March – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Sweet Jean
Saturday 12th March – Panama Festival, Panama Forest, TAS

The Beards
Friday 11th March – Bar Indigo, Rockingham, WA
Saturday 12th March – Rosemont Hotel, Perth, WA
Sunday 13th March – Wintersun Hotel, Geraldton, WA

The Crooked Fiddle Band w/ Devil on the Rooftop
Friday 11th March – The Red Rattler, Sydney, NSW

The East Pointers
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, VIC
Thursday 17th March – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC

The Little Stevies
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Wednesday 16th March – Old Glenlyon Shire Offices & Hall, Glenlyon, VIC
Thursday 17th March – Apollo Bay Mechanics Institute, Apollo Bay, VIC
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Warrandyte Festival, Warrandyte, VIC

The Once
Saturday 12th March – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 13th to Monday 14th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 16th March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 17th March – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW

The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
Wednesday 16th March – Yinnar Hotel, Yinnar, VIC
Thursday 17th March – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

The Rambling Boys
Friday 11th to 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, VIC
Tuesday 15th March – The Spotted Mallard, Mebourne, VIC
Wednesday 16th March – Hotel Nicholas, Beechworth, VIC
Thursday 17th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

The Weeping Willows
Saturday 12th March – Republic Bar & Café, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 13th March – The Pizza and Wine Club, Kyneton, VIC
Monday 14th March – House Concert, Ferntree Gully, VIC
Friday 18th March – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC

The Young’uns
Thursday 10th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Wednesday 16th March – Bird’s Basement, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 18th to Friday 20th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Tim Guy
Friday 18th March – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Vin Garbutt
Friday 11th March – Burke & Wills Folk Festival, Mia Mia, VIC

WOMADelaide
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Adelaide, SA

Yackandandah Folk Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March – Yackandandah, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Wicked Game” – James Vincent McMorrow

If anyone checked out the Game of Thrones trailer this week they may have wondered who was doing the stunning acoustic version of “Wicked Game”. Well wonder no more – it was Timber and Steel favourite James Vincent McMorrow from his 2012 EP We Don’t Eat.

Sal Kimber and John Flanagan Extend Joint Tour Nationally

Sal and John
Image Courtesy of John Flanagan

After successfully touring through Victoria in February this year to launch their respective albums, Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel and John Flanagan have announced plans to take the tour national with dates throughout the country.

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel recently released their new album Southern Light while John Flanagan has been spruiking his latest album There’s Another Way To Where You’re Going. Check out the full list of remaining dates below:

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel and John Flanagan Double Album Launch Tour:
Thursday 7th April – Mountain Mama, Sheffield, TAS
Saturday 9th April – Grand Pooh Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 15th April – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 3rd May – Brisbane Unplugged, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 6th May – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan Additional Shows:
Saturday 23rd April – The Song Room, Tanunda, SA
Sunday 24th April – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Ten Artists to Watch in the First Half of 2016

Bob Dylan

Following the success of last year’s “Ten Artists to Watch in the First Half of 2015” article we thought we’d try our hand again at picking which bands and singers you’re going to be hearing a lot from over the next 6 months. This list is by no means exhaustive (I had to whittle it down to just 10) but I think it’s a nice mix of artists, old and new, to keep an eye on this year. It’s 2016 – let’s get excited about new music!

All Our Exes
All Our Exes Live in Texas

While it’ll be tough to top a 2015 that included supporting The Backstreet Boys on their Australian tour I reckon All Our Exes Live in Texas are set to have a massive 2016. Having hit their crowdfunding target to record their debut album late last year the girls have been busy running between festivals, recording studios and music video locations throughout January – and they’ve just been announced as the supports for Passenger’s Australian tour. Expect All Our Exes Live in Texas to be everywhere you look this year.

Bon Iver
Bon Iver

It’s been five years since Bon Iver’s last album. It’s been four years since Bon Iver last toured Australia. In fact most people had written them off, assuming Justin Vernon was moving on to other projects, until mid last year where Bon Iver played the Eaux Claires Music Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Vernon told Consequence of Sound that this was the start of the band’s third cycle. Now they’re heading to Asia for shows in Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, China, Japan and Taiwan this February and March bringing them very close to our shores…

Eagle and the Wolf
Eagle & The Wolf

Two of Australia’s finest singer-songwriters, indie-pop goddess Sarah Humphreys and alt-country troubadour Kris Morris, met, fell in love and now they’re making they’re making beautiful folk music together as Eagle & The Wolf. The project is in its infancy but they’ve already secured a tour with Kasey Chambers, wowed crowds at the Tamworth Music Festival and have an album coming out in February.

Imogen Clark
Imogen Clark

If the buzz from Tamworth is anything to go by 2016 is going to be huge for Imogen Clark. Signing to the coveted Lost Highway label late last year and recording her debut album in Nashville (release date to be announced), Clark has been going from strength to strength – and it couldn’t happen to a nicer girl!

John Flanagan
John Flanagan

John Flanagan is one of those artists that manages to straddle the fine line between country and folk music and as such has been embraced by both scenes. His new solo album There’s Another Way To Where You’re Going hits stands next week and he heads off on a tour with alt-country Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel throughout February and I have a feeling that Flanagan will gain a whole new legion of fans around the country before the year is out.

Matt Corby
Matt Corby

The two songs we’ve heard from Matt Corby’s debut album Telluric so far couldn’t be more different – the gospel infused “Monday” was followed up with the psychedelic “Sooth Lady Wine”. Exactly what the rest of the album will hold remains to be seen but you can be pretty sure Matt Corby’s amazing voice and solid song writing will shine through.

Matthew and the Atlas
Matthew and the Atlas

Another artist that has been too quiet for too long UK nu-folkers Matthew and the Atlas revealed their new song “Elijah” earlier this month with the news they’d been in the studio late last year. We don’t have any more details on what will be the result of those recording sessions but if you’ve heard “Elijah” you’ll be very very excited.

Radical Face
Radical Face

After almost a decade American artist Radical Face will finally release the third album in his The Family Tree trilogy this March. Radical Face first crossed our path when “Welcome Home” was used for a Nikon commercial a few years back and I’ve devoured everything since. The one track we’ve heard from The Family Tree: Leaves is “The Road To Nowhere” which sees Radical Face up the ante production wise boding well for the rest of the record.

Rowena Wise
Rowena Wise

There was so much buzz surrounding Rowena Wise’s solo music last year which seemed to die down somewhat as she ducked into the studio to record an album. Now there are some rumblings of a return with Rowena Wise and her new band The Guys booking gigs in February. Prepare to have Rowena Wise win your heart all over again.

The Timbers
The Timbers

Adelaide’s kings of the folk-stomp The Timbers will be releasing their first true studio album Restless in February and are following up with a huge national tour. These guys have built a reputation as an amazing live band and are set to become a festival favourite as they jump from Port Fairy to The National and beyond.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 1st January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

John Flanagan has announced details of his new album and February tour with Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel. Details here

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes have announced an album launch show at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Details here

Interviews

“I love having a strong back catalogue that people want to hear. We were rehearsing last night for these upcoming festival shows, playing songs like “Memories and Dust” and “Lines on Palms” – I love playing those songs”Josh Pyke chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Brittany Haas and Tristan Clarridge

Brittany Haas

Brittany Haas (fiddle) and Tristan Clarridge (cello) of Crooked Still fame will be making a stop over in Sydney in what is bound to be one of the most exciting and under-hyped gig of the week. If you’re around Balmain on Thursday go to this gig.

Thursday 7th January – The Cat and Fiddle, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Brittany Haas and Tristan Clarridge
Thursday 7th January – The Cat and Fiddle, Sydney, NSW

Cygnet Folk Festival
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th January – Cygnet, TAS

Falls Music & Arts Festival
Monday 28th December to Friday 1st January – Lorne, VIC
Tuesday 29th December to Friday 1st January – Marion Bay, TAS
Thursday 31st December to Sunday 3rd January – Byron Bay, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Irish Mythen, Starboard Canons
Sunday 27th December to Friday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Irish Mythen
Sunday 27th December to Friday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Saturday 2nd January- The Sheoak Shack, Fingal Head, QLD
Sunday 3rd January – Triffid Roots, The Triffid, Newstead, QLD
Friday 8th January- Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Mark Lucas
Friday 1st January – Ruby l’Otel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 7th January – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

One Up, Two Down
Sunday 27th December to Friday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD
Wednesday 6th January – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Phia
Wednesday 30th December to Friday 1st January – NYE On The Hill, Loch Village, VIC

Sweet Jean
Saturday 2nd January – Here’s To Now Festival, McLaren Vale, SA
Sunday 3rd January – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton, SA

The Audreys
Friday 1st January – Taste of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 2nd January – Fresh inn Charles, Launceston, TAS

The Button Collective
Thursday 7th January – Lady Lismore’s Loft, Lismore, NSW

The East Pointers
Monday 28th December to Friday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Sunday 3rd January – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 3rd January – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 8th to Saturday 9th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, TAS

The Weather Station
Saturday 2nd January – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 4th January – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 6th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 7th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

TinPan Orange
Saturday 27th December – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD
Friday 8th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS

Tom Stephens, Ainsley Farrell, Scott Rudd
Thursday 7th January – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Woodford Folk Festival
Sunday 27th December to Friday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Auld Lang Syne” – Eddi Reader

John Flanagan Announces New Album and Tour with Sal Kimber

John Flannagan
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Having rounded out 2015 with the release of his new single “High on High”, John Flanagan has gifted us with a release date for his new album There’s Another Way To Where You’re Going.

The highly anticipated release is due on the 4th February and to celebrate John Flanagan has announced he’s heading out on a co-headline album launch tour with Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel taking in country halls throughout Victoria. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 5th February – The Cube, Wodonga, VIC
Saturday 6th February – Tallangatta Valley Hall, Tallangatta Valley, VIC
Sunday 7th February – Oxley Hall, Oxyley, VIC
Thursday 11th February – Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th February – Alexandra Town Hall, Alexandra, VIC
Saturday 13th February – Live at the Bundy, Bundalaguah, VIC
Friday 19th February – Belbrae Hall, Belbrae, VIC
Saturday 20th February – Buangor Cobb & Co, Buangor, VIC
Sunday 21st February – The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2015

2015

Ok, so we have one final best of list to round out the week and then I promise you we’re done. Our illustrious Editor in Chief Gareth Hugh Evans has sifted through the wealth of music that’s been released this year and whittled it down to his top 25 tracks of 2015. Some of these are album tracks that haven’t been released as singles, some are singles from albums that were released last year and at least one or two have only seen light as live versions – but one thing that’s certain is that this is a pretty good snapshot of all of the music we’ve been loving throughout the year.

So without further ado please enjoy Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2015.

1. Sufjan Stevens – “Should Have Known Better”
While I loved the direction that Sufjan Stevens took with his Age of Adz album, when “Should Have Known Better” dropped earlier this year I almost wept. This was Stevens leaning back into to his acoustic roots without denying where his sound has evolved in recent years (the electronic middle eight in the track is a nice nod to Age of Adz). Despite the heavy subject matter of the track (“When I was three, three maybe four, She left us at that video store”) it is overwhelmingly uplifting and I can’t help but smile as I let the melody wash over me. It’s good to have you back Sufjan!

2. John Flanagan – “The Last of the Cassette Men”
A core element of “folk music” as an overarching genre is the story song and John Flanagan has written the best story song of the year, recounting the time Flanagan was tasked with driving his songwriting hero Paul Kelly to a show. John Flanagan’s easygoing, personal narrative style works perfectly in this track, almost aping the songwriting style of Kelly without descending into parody. With this track John Flanagan has proven himself a songwriting force to keep an eye on.

3. Packwood – “All Smoke Must Find Its Way Home”
With four EPs released this year there’s a wealth new Packwood material to choose from, but I can’t help but come back to “All Smoke Must Find Its Way Home”, his first single from 2015. The track is everything I want from a Packwood song – soaring melodies, delicate finger-picked guitar, orchestral arrangements (including a choir!) and Bayden Hine’s vulnerable vocal style. Another work of genius from Australia’s king of chamber folk.

4. Patrick James – “Bugs”
“Bugs” has been a standard of Patrick James’ live set for much of his career, including his time as a busker, but it’s only in 2015 that it’s been released as a single thanks to his debut album Outlier. What makes “Bugs” such a great song is hands down the chorus: a catchy, loopy piece of music that always stimulates a sing along. With live versions of “Bugs” available on the internet for years now I’m glad James has not gone crazy on the production of this track, keeping the arrangement subtle and familiar.

5. The Morrisons – “Wild Eleanor”
Despite being probably the most recognisable Bluegrass band in Sydney the amount of recorded music available from The Morrisons is pretty light on the ground. Which is why I’m so chuffed they’ve chosen to record and release one of my favourite of their tracks, “Wild Eleanor”. The frantic single shows off just how skilled each of the members of The Morrisons are. And yes, I even like the hokey clip shot at Sydney’s Hibernian House.

6. Laura Marling – “False Hope”
This is Laura Marling’s Dylan-going-electric moment. When “False Hope” hit earlier this year the first thing that fans noted was just how rock driven it was- Marling has swapped the acoustic guitar for a choppy electric and surrounded herself with a traditional rock lineup. But Laura Marling’s lyrical style and vocals shine through – you know this song is unmistakably a Laura Marling track despite the instrumentation and for that reason alone it’s something special.

7. Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton – “Waly Waly”
I was trying to put my finger on what it is about “Waly Waly” that stands out for me on the excellent album Declaration from Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton and it hit me – about halfway through the song Ruth Hazleton brings in this minor led banjo lick that just, well, grooves. It’s that lick, and the minor arrangement over the chorus, that gets my toe tapping and my head bobbing every time. It’s not often that you mention the word “groove” in reference to a Child Ballad but that’s how clever Declaration from Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton are.

8. Mumford & Sons – “Ditmas”
“But this is all I ever was, And this is all you came across those years ago, Now you go too far, Don’t tell me that I’ve changed because that’s not the truth, And now I’m losing you”. Could this be the catchiest chorus of 2015? Forget that Mumford & Sons ditched the banjo and the acoustic guitar – what they’ve created in “Ditmas” is the perfect Mumford & Sons song. Restrained verses, blistering choruses and lyrics you want to sing along to at the top of your lungs.

9. The Paper Kites – “A Silent Cause”
To be honest “Electric Indigo” has been the track on highest rotation from twelvefour for me this year, but every time I’m listening to the album from start to finish I always have to go back and listen to “A Silent Cause” again and again. It’s such a simple song – lead vocals, guitar and subtle vocal harmonies – but it’s just mesmerising. It’s a nod to The Paper Kites’ earlier work and there’s a real Paul Simon feel to the way its been written. “A Silent Cause” has not (yet) been released as a single from twelvefour but it’s definitely the standout for me.

10. Fanny Lumsden – “Soapbox”
Fanny Lumsden’s incredibly catchy single “Soapbox” is the driving force behind the success of her album Small Town Big Shot. The track’s driving back-beat courtesy of the clapping percussion drives the song forward and that banjo riff is so hum worthy. I love how crisp Lumsden’s vocals are on this track – you get to follow the narrative elements of the song without having to distance yourself from the rest of the instrumentation. It’s a great track to see live as well!

11. William Fitzsimmons – “Pittsburgh”
There’s such a lean-in quality to William Fitzsimmons’ voice – it’s so delicate over the top of his acoustic guitar and the result is beautiful. The album version of this song is supplemented by subtle piano, electric guitar and backing vocals but if you’ve managed to hear any of the live versions floating around Youtube you’ll know just how good this song is with just Fitzsimmons and his guitar.

12. Matt Corby – “Monday”
The first new music from Matt Corby in quite a while ends up being classic Matt Corby. That layered, looped vocal and hand percussion. The blues inspired melody. That voice. It’s good to have you back Matt Corby.

13. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – “S.O.B.”
The transformation of Nathaniel Rateliff from sensitive acoustic singer-songwriter to full blown gospel-blues master has been one of the unexpected joys of 2015. Together with his outstanding band The Night Sweats, Rateliff released one of the year’s catchiest tunes in “S.O.B.” complete with a Blue Brothers inspired video.

14. Bellowhead – “Roll Alabama”
Bellowhead tempered the news that they’d be wrapping things up this year with the release of their new single “Roll Alabama”. The track is filled with Bellowhead’s usual bombast but also manages to balance this with fine arrangement – at no point is the song overwhelmed by the instrumentation. The clip for “Roll Alabama” is a loving ode to Bellowhead as a live band, making me wish they’d made the trip to Australia at least once.

15. The East Pointers – “The Drift”
I love that the tenor banjo, after being maligned by its five stringed cousin in recent years, is making a bit of a resurgence. And Canadian trio The East Pointers are leading the tenor banjo charge. I love the way “The Drift” plays with tempos and instrumentation, building and dropping throughout, providing texture to the traditionally inspired music. A highlight from Secret Victory which is stuffed full of amazing tracks.

16. Yetis – “Luckiest Guy Alive”
Yetis were another band that we said goodbye to in 2015 but who left us with an amazing goodbye track. “Luckiest Guy Alive” is beautiful – five part harmonies over a solo piano – and it just seems to sore. I’m not sure Yetis every really reached their full potential and I would have loved to have seen more from them before they went their seperate ways – but “Luckiest Guy Alive” is a nice way to say goodbye.

17. Boy & Bear – “Walk the Wire”
Boy & Bear have embraced the 70s and early 80s on their new album Limit of Love and the greatest example of this is “Walk the Wire”. Embracing synths and crisp guitars, “Walk the Wire” still has that undeniable Boy & Bear groove to bop your head along to. The video is also hilarious – don’t just listen to this track on YouTube in the backgound, make sure you give it your full attention.

18. Ruby Boots – “Wrap Me In A Fever”
No this is country music. Ruby Boots’ big voice just powers through this track as the drums shuffle, the steel guitar twangs and an organ adds just a touch of class. “Wrap Me In A Fever” is a song full of heartbreak and lonliness but Ruby Boots also imbues a sense of strength into it with her big voice.

19. Gurrumul & Paul Kelly – “Amazing Grace”
The moment I heard that Gurrumul was turning his voice to gospel music for his latest album my first thought was “why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?”. The fact that he’s joined by Paul Kelly on possibly the most iconic gospel song of all time is just incredible. Here are two artists at their best breathing life into a classic and reinventing it for an Australian audience.

20. Passenger – “Fools Gold”
The ever prolific Passenger this year released an album (Whispers II) and then a series of videos for brand new songs that were shot while he toured the world. To be honest I could have picked any number of the songs that Passenger released this year but this is the one that stuck in my head. The song is textbook Passenger – delicate vocals over finger-picked guitar – but that little lick at the start and the “Hey-ey-ey” of the chorus are what gives “Fools Gold” the ear-worm quality.

21. Josh Pyke – “Hollering Hearts”
From the opening ukulele to the “oh oh oh” backing vocals there’s something insanely catchy about this song. No one quite writes folk-flavoured pop music like Josh Pyke and “Hollering Hearts” is pretty much a perfect Josh Pyke tune. I’m not sure how I feel about the lyric video (if you’re going to go to that much effort animating it why not just make a video?) but at the end of the day this is all about the music.

22. Falls – “When We Were Young”
I chose to post the live version of this song purely for the nostalgia of it. This is Falls performing at the Hotel Hollywood in Sydney during one of their rare visits back to our shores – and for these guys this is where it all started. I love how infectious this song is, almost willing you to clap along and stomp your feet. Of all the new material on Omaha this is the track that really captured me – I feel like it’s the bridge between their Hollywood EP and the tracks they’ve been writing since they’ve relocated to the USA.

23. Sam Amidon – “Blue Mountains”
“Blue Mountains” is not taken from Sam Amidon’s 2015 album of home and field recordings Home Alone Inside My Head but is rather the final single from his amazing 2014 record Lily-O. This is Amidon at his most coherent and accessible – the track has a pretty conservative structure and vocal line which is something he’s not always known for. I love the 6/8 drum beat that comes in about half way through this song giving it that extra drive, and of course Amidon’s meandering fiddle lines are just beautiful.

24. We Banjo 3 feat. Sharon Shannon – “The Fox”
This is traditional music at its most polished, with none of the rough edges you’ll find on other versions of this classic track. But that’s not a bad thing – We Banjo 3 have perfectly captured the rollicking fun of “The Fox”. Strangely Sharon Shannon’s accordion seems to be relegated to the back of the mix until they break into the reel two thirds of the way through (known as “Clumsy Lover” for those of you playing at home) – but I guess that’s why this is We Banjo 3 featuring Sharon Shannon and not the other way around.

25. Nick Payne – “Old Sydney Town”
I’ve had the pleasure of watching Nick Payne workshopping his convict folk song at jam sessions and festivals over the past 18 months and what he’s managed to capture on tape is pretty bang on what you’ll get live. I love the old time feel of this track and the fine group of musicians he’s managed to amass to accompany him (including many members of his band Dear Orphans) elevate the song to another level. I love the “behind the music” style of the video as well – very nice.

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