Listen to the New Single from The Bushwackers “Waltzing Australia”

The Bushwackers
Image Courtesy of The Bushwackers

The latest single from The Bushwackers’ new album The Hungry Mile is the song “Waltzing Australia”.

Written by singer-songwriter Colin Buchanan about the migrant experience, the track features guest vocals from Sara Storer and John Williamson alongside Dobe Newton.

Check out “Waltzing Australia” below:

Bluesfest Ninth and Final 2014 Artist Announcement

Image Courtesy of Bluesfest

Yesterday Bluesfest dropped its ninth (yes, ninth) and final lineup for 2014 and it rounds out what’s shaping up to be a pretty special festival. The ninth lineup includes a couple of Australian country music legends – Troy Cassar-Daley and John Williamson – as well as a number of other very exciting artists. Check out the full announcement below:

Troy Cassar-Daley
John Williamson
Coronet Blue
Zane Carney
The Mastersons
Phil Manning
Round Mountain Girls
Claire Anne Taylor
Byron Bay High Schools
Glenn Skuthorpe
Chris Tamwoy
Jannawi Dancers
ACPA Dancers

Bluesfest will be held just north of Byron Bay from the 17th to the 21st of April 2014. Tickets to the festival are already on sale via the official site.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 26th July


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Ashleigh Mannix released her brand new video “Devil In My Hometown”. Details here

Timber and Steel will be presenting the August tour for Sydney alt-country four-piece The Mountains. Details here

– Sydney trio Little May have released their brand new single and video “Boardwalks”. Details here

Whitley has revealed his new single “TV” ahead of his appearance at Splendour tomorrow. Details here

Timber and Steel favourite Jack Carty has released his new video “What Does Your Heart Say” as well as announcing a massive national tour. Details here

– Central Coast singer-songwriter Mark Moldre is heading south in September for a tour in the ACT and VIC and has released a new video. Details here

Frank Turner released the video to his track “Losing Days”. Details here

– Brisbane singer-songwriter Hannah Karydas released her new video “Heavy”. Details here

Timber and Steel had the exclusive first listen to the brand new Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers single “Sea Elephant School”. Details here

Les Thomas is one of the busiest men in folk music – he writes the awesome Unpaved blog, does a lot of work with for refugees through These Machines Cut Razorwire and is a singer-songwriter as well. We have his new video “Song for Selva”. Details here

Gregory Alan Isakov has released the video for his brand new video “Living Proof”. Details here


“We love getting guests up with us, it’s a big part of the jambands/bluegrass scene to us. Surrounded by so many talented pickers you can expect plenty of special guests on stage alongside us” – Julian Abrahams from Mustered Courage chats to Gareth Hugh Evans about JamGrass Sydney. Interview here

“Speaking from my own experience, [Bluegrass] is music that can easily be participated in. Brother Jimmy played me some bluegrass once, I went out and bought a guitar and a Carter Family record within a day” – James Morrison from The Morrisons chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I think the reason that there are things called “folk songs” and “country songs” is mainly for marketing reasons. If I had my way I wouldn’t be pigeon holed at all”John Williamson chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I think at its core people are really attracted to the spirit of this music. It’s not pretentious, it’s energetic and uplifting, it’s a connection to the past, and it is focused on community and shared experience. People are always looking for more authentic experiences and they don’t have to look too hard to find it in this kind of music” – Jimmy Daley of The Steamgrass Boys chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We’re hoping to get some dancing going too – we really go nuts when there’s dancing” – J. B. Latime from The Rusty Spring Syncopators chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We just released a single and we’re finishing off the rest of the album, so hopefully we’ll tour to promote that. In the meantime, more beer more whiskey more songs” – Jason Mannell from The Green Mohair Suits chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

By Your Side
By Your SideAlison Avron

Edward Sharpe
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic ZerosEdward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Timber and Steel Presents

Fanny Lumsden
Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers w/The British Blues, The Burley Griffin
Wednesday 31st July – Folk Club at The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW

Sam Buckingham
Sam Buckingham w/Whitaker, Tom Kline
Sunday 28th July – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Bears With Guns
Saturday 27th July – Ex Servicemans, Grafton, NSW
Sunday 28th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Thursday 1st August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Fraser A Gorman w/ Forever Son
Wednesday 31st July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Grizzly Jim Lawrie
Friday 26th July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Isaac Graham
Friday 26th July – The Bunker, Coogee, NSW
Saturday 27th July – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 1st August – Crowbar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 2nd August – The Purple Carrot, Bellingen, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Wednesday 31st July – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd August – Zeally & Cliff, Torquoy, VIC

Laura Marling
Friday 26th July – St Joseph’s Church, Perth WA
Tuesday 30th July – St Michael’s Church, Melbourne VIC
Wednesday 31st July – St Michael’s Church, Melbourne VIC

Of Monsters and Men
Monday 29th July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 30th July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 31st July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd August – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Paul Kelly
Friday 26th July – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 27th July – Moncieff Ent. Centre, Bundaberg, QLD
Sunday 28th July – Brolga Theatre, Maryborough, QLD
Tuesday 30th July – Arts Theatre, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 31st Juluy – Community Centre, Lake Kawana, QLD
Thursday 1st August – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Sam Brittain
Friday 26th July – The Wheatsheaf, Adealaide, SA

Sam Buckingham
Sunday 28th July – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 1st August – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Sarah Blasko
Saturday 27th July – Splendour In The Grass, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 28th July – The Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Tuesday 30th July – Eastbank Centre, Shepparton, VIC
Wednesday 31st July – The Capital, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 1st August – Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 2nd August – Lighthouse Theatre, Warnambool, VIC

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay, NSW

The Tiger & Me
Friday 26th July – Blue Beat, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th July – City Digger’s Club, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 28th July – Beyond Q, Canberra, ACT

The Timbers
Friday 2nd August – The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Woohoo Revue
Friday 26th July – The Hot Club, Blackheath, NSW
Saturday 27th July – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 1st August – White Eagle Polish Club, Turner, ACT
Friday 2nd August – White Eagle Polish Club, Turner, ACT

Thelma Plum
Friday 26th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 28th July – The Aviary Rooftop Sessions, Perth, WA

Twang: A Night of American Bluegrass
Tuesday 30th July – The Festival Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Pirate’s Gospel” – Alela Diane

Thought you might want some pirate music to get your Friday night started.

Interview: John Williamson, A Hell Of A Career

John Williamson
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The impact that John Williamson has had on Australian country and folk music over the course of his career is immeasurable and with a brand new best of album, A Hell Of A Career, just released we thought it was about time to sit down for a chat with this living legend.

Gareth Hugh Evans: I want to congratulate you on the new best of album A Hell Of A Career that’s just come out.

John Williamson: Yeah, I’ve had them before but obviously there is new stuff to put in now. I was with EMI and I’ve been now I’m with Warner and they are very keen for everybody to know that I’m with them. And of course the other compilations aren’t available anymore so it was an ideal time to do it.

GHE: I guess the reason I wanted to chat to you today is because of the impact you’ve had on country and folk music in Australia over the last few decades. A lot of the artists that I talk to, the up and coming folk and country artists, will actually name you as an influence, or at least talk about the albums that were playing in their parents’ lounge rooms – myself included. I grew up on the John Williamson Family Album. I think I knew all the words to all the songs.

JW: The good old family albums. I’m glad I did those! [laughs] Coz, those kids are now coming back with their own kids!

GHE: And it feels like everybody knows those songs and it’s nice that you’re putting out this best of at a point where everyone who has grown up with your songs now has their own kids and has the ability to buy that album and go “this is the stuff I grew up on”.

JW: Also a good reason for a compilation album is, believe it or not, for those 43 years there are people who have not ever really listened because they’re got prejudices against country music or something. If they have never had an album before it’s nice to grab that one because it’s good value and it gives them a taste of the whole career, not just the latest album.

GHE: What I love about your music is that you tell Australian stories with an Australian accent. And I think that sometimes gets lost in Australian country music.

JW: I think the reason that there are things called “folk songs” and “country songs” is mainly for marketing reasons. If I had my way I wouldn’t be pigeon holed at all. I mean some of my stuff is slightly rocky even and I’ve delved into Calypso because I was a huge Harry Belafonte fan so the only way I can really, really be honest, to pigeon hole my stuff, is to say it’s about Australia. I’ve probably got stronger folk roots than I have country roots and in fact, if I do a Slim Dusty song, not that he wrote many, Stan Coster wrote a lot for Slim, I usually do it more on a folk way and all of a sudden people think “oh, that’s a folk song”. It depends on how you present the songs really, but the lyric content has always been about who we are and especially in the bush in Australia..

GHE: Obviously you have a real affinity with the bush, in that you have both lived there and that tends to be where you tour a lot of your music. Anytime I see a tour schedule of you, it’s always going to lots of small towns all around Australia.

JW: Yeah, but never the less, I could easily say that the biggest percentage of my audience are still on the coast because of the population. I still sell out in Melbourne Casino [laughs] and places like that. I think because Australia is a beautiful country and we’ve got those wide, open spaces in our hearts and your grandfather was a shearer or whatever – I think that relates to all what I would call “True Blue” Aussies that are more than just cosmopolitan people, they’re people that are aware of how wonderful this place is. That includes people now that get out in their caravans and get around and have a look. We are so lucky to have a country without boundaries and I guess that’s my audience, rather than just saying the country people, if you know what I mean?

GHE: Yeah, for sure, and people who identify and connect with Australia and Australian themes?

JW: Yeah, generally, yeah.

GHE: When you were putting together this compilation, how did you choose the songs? There are obviously two discs, so there is quite a lot of space there.

JW: [laughs] It’s only about ten percent of what I’ve written, so my first criteria was it wasn’t just me that picked them. Some songs missed out. Mainly the ones that went in were the ones that I discovered or realized are the most popular to my audiences. If you take the album to a show they are gonna want to buy that song because I performed it, so I have made sure that the most popular ones are in there to start with. And it was forty four songs – well I do thirty something in the shows [laughs]. So after that it was nit-picking and I guess, trying to cover all bases. There might have been a couple of kids songs thrown in that I mightn’t do anymore, or whatever, or “Boogie with Me Baby” or something which comes in and out of the show. The comedy stuff is hard to keep going, you know? Where as the serious stuff like “Cootamundra Wattle” and “Cydi” or “Galleries of Pink Galahs” they’re evergreens because they relate to people forever you know.

GHE: Do you have a sentimental favourite one that doesn’t always get requested by an audience, but that you love to play? Or that’s on the album?

JW: Well it’s hard to pick one that the audience wouldn’t pick. That’s a pretty difficult answer there because I tend not to play songs that the audience wouldn’t want to hear – I think it would be a bit self indulgent. I’ve recorded a lot of songs that I’ve thought that should have been enjoyed, but they obviously have been something that I enjoy. I can think of one, but it’s not on this album – I’m reviving for the next one [laughs] so it’s a bit tough. I think lately, the “Marree Girl” is something that I probably don’t get a lot of requests for. It’s a song that’s got a good story to it about the descendant of the cameleers out at Marree, and I came up with this melody. It was one of those melodies, and I rarely do it this way, but I married the two together because it’s quite a sophisticated idea to try and bring the Middle East into a hillbilly song or a campfire song. Musically, I’ve enjoyed joining the two together. It’s like one minute the song, you could be around a campfire at Clayton Station outside Marree or then you can see Omar Sharif on a camel [laughs] and I guess musically I am quite proud of that one. It’s interesting to work it up even differently in the show.

GHE: I love that you got a couple of the songs you do with Warren H Williams on here as well. I’m originally from Alice Springs so it’s great to see his name popping up on the album.

JW: Yeah well, it was “Raining on the Rock” and “A Thousand Feet” I think.

GHE: Yeah, that’s right.

JW: Yeah, he wrote some other ones but they were the ones that I wrote and he joined me with, so I’m tending to put out the songs that I wrote. I’m a bit selfish that way [laughs]

GHE: That’s quite alright! If you are going to put out an album called A Hell Of A Career you might as well fill it with songs that you have written.

JW: Yeah, when I have written ninety nine percent of them anyway. Well, ninety nine point nine [laughs].

GHE: It feels like you’re working just as hard as you have always worked and are just as prolific with your music as you seem to always have been. Do you feel the same way?

JW: Yeah well it’s funny, as I’m not working as hard at it, but the stuff still happens. Obviously we organize our own little tours during the year, but there is a hell of a lot of one off things coming up that people are requesting and it’s often to do with “True Blue” – it’s such a popular song, so many corporate bodies want to be connected with it and the idea. I am working harder than I thought I would be at this stage. When you say “hard”, I don’t think I’m working that hard, I am probably working a lot wiser now, doing just as well and I have always found that the less I try to write songs, the better the songs are anyway. Wait for the inspiration to come, rather than hunt around looking for something.

GHE: Do you ever take a step back and reflect on the impact you have had on Australia and Australian music?

JW: When I started doing it there weren’t that many people who were unashamedly Australian. I think that way back in the early 80s I decided that my project was to write Aussie songs for Aussies. I didn’t care if it didn’t go anywhere else. I guess that is still part of the reason why that has worked for me, I was on my own and in that period of Australian country music, a lot of people my age went into rock and roll – and rock and roll, especially in those days, was very little about the country. It’s all about love and living in the city or dancing, anything that is catchy. I carried on from the Henry Lawson/Banjo Paterson tradition of writing stories, generally anyway, and actually writing about and being inspired by scenery and people. So in a lot of waysI’m gratified for the hard work I’ve done to get there, but thankfully I can write a song you know.

GHE: John, thank you so much for having a chat with me – I really appreciate it mate.

JW: No worries mate, thank you

A Hell Of A Career is available now

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 19th July


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney alt-country troubadour Boy Outside has revealed details of his debut self-titled EP. Details here

– Brisbane local Vancouver Sleep Clinic has a new Bon Iver inspired single “Vapour” that we’re really digging. Details here

JamGrass have added The Morrisons and The Rusty Spring Syncopators to their Sydney showcase next month. Details here

– The Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival revealed their 2013 lineup including Alanna & Alicia Egan, Andrew Clermont, Chaika, Fig Jam, Jack Carty, Julia & the Deep Sea Sirens, Loren Kate, Mal Webb, Penelope Swales, Phil Garland, Stiff Gins, Totally Gourdgeous and many many more. Details here

Bears With Guns released their new EP Only the Quick and the Hungry yesterday and have a new video for the track “Wandering Soldier”. Details here

Gemini Downs combine folk music and marriage equality in their catchy new video “Will You Marry Me?”. Details here

– Adelaide’s The Timbers will be releasing their new single “Gallantry” at the start of next month along with a residency at The Grace Emily Hotel. Details here

– Gypsy party band The Woohoo Revue have announced a massive 22 date tour starting next week. Details here

The Tiger & Me are heading out on the road to celebrate the release of their new single “Jack Middle of the Broken Heart”. Details here

– Australian songwriting legend John Williamson releases his best of album A Hell Of A Career today. Details here

Little Features in Sydney announced their July lineup including Son of Sun, Chris Neto, Dominic Youdan, Charlie Gradon and headlined by Emma Beau. Details here


“What defines me most is songs that have an honest, raw truth from what I feel and think through my songs. There’s no real intention to go out and try and capture one thing, it’s all about whatever feels right at the time. And that was the mantra for this album – if it feels right then that’s what it is” – Wes Carr from Buffalo Tales talks to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Bears With Guns
Only the Quick and the HungryBears With Guns

Elephant Eyes
Elephant EyesElephant Eyes

John Williamson
A Hell Of A CareerJohn Williamson

I'm a Bird
I’m A BirdSam Buckingham
Official Store

Timber and Steel Presents

Buffalo Tales
Buffalo Tales
Friday 19th July – The Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood, VIC
Saturday 20th July – Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully, VIC
Sunday 21st July – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Official Site

Pierce Brothers
The Pierce Brothers w/ Five Mile Town
Sunday 21st July – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Alison Avron
Saturday 20th July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Bears With Guns
Friday 19th July – The Railway Hotel, Parkes, NSW
Monday 22nd July – The Phoenix, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 25th July – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Tuesday 23rd July – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 24th July – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW

Folk Club feat. OXBLVD, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Breaking Hart Benton
Wednesday 24th July – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW

Fraser A Gorman w/ Tim Neilson (The Death Rattles)
Wednesday 24th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Grizzly Jim Lawrie
Thursday 25th July – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Isaac Graham
Friday 19th July – Yours And Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 26th July – The Bunker, Coogee, NSW

Laura Marling
Monday 22nd July – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney NSW
Tuesday 23rd July – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney NSW
Wednesday 24th July – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney NSW
Thursday 25th July – Flinders Street Baptist Church, Adelaide SA
Friday 26th July – St Joseph’s Church, Perth WA

Paul Kelly
Tuesday 23rd July – Civic Theatre, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 24th July – Civic Theatre, Townsville, QLD
Friday 26th July – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton, QLD

Sam Brittain
Saturday 20th July – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 21st July – Secret House Gig, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th July – The Wheatsheaf, Adealaide, SA

Sam Buckingham
Sunday 21st July – The Bird, Northbridge, WA

Sarah Blasko
Monday 22nd July – The Playhouse, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 23rd July – Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, NSW
Wednesday 24th July – City Hall, Newcastle, NSW

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay, NSW

Sweet Jean
Friday 19th July – Singing Gallery, McLaren, SA
Saturday 20th July – Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda, SA
Sunday 21st July – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Tiger & Me
Thursday 25th July – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th July – Blue Beat, Sydney, NSW

The Woohoo Revue
Friday 26th July – The Hot Club, Blackheath, NSW

Thelma Plum
Thursday 25th July – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 26th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 19th July – The Hi Fi, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Three Drunken Maidens” – Planxty

I’ve probably posted this song as a FFF before but I just listened to this version from 1973 and just had to repost. Love this song – both to listen to it and to sing it!

John Williamson to Release Best Of This Friday

John Williamson
Image Courtesy of John Williamson

Australian country legend John Williamson is an unmistakable influence on the current crop of local singer-songwriters and folk musicians. His songs are iconic, his albums an indespensable part of any family roadtrip in the last couple of decades and his ability to tell uniquely Australian stories, both humourous and serious, is equalled by only a handful of other artists.

Tomorrow Williamson will be releasing his latest best of album titled A Hell Of A Career. The album will feature 44 songs from across his entire catalogue including tracks like “Old Man Emu”, “True Blue”, “Mallee Boy”, “Raining on the Rock”, “Rip Rip Woodchip”, “Cootamundra Wattle” and many many more. The albums release will also coincide with the re-release of his studio albums.

The full track listing for A Hell Of A Career is below:

Old Man Emu
True Blue – 21st Anniversary Version
Hawkesbury River Lovin’
Diggers of the Anzac (This is Gallipoli)
Queen in the Sport of Kings (Live)
I Can’t Feel Those Chains Any Longer (Live)
Mallee Boy
The Budgie Song
Galleries of Pink Galahs
Raining on the Rock (Live with Warren H Williams)
Cootamundra Wattle
Sail the Nullarbor
Boomerang Café
Amazing Day
Boogie with M’ Baby (Live)
Ancient Mountains
Bill the Cat
Goodbye Blinky Bill

Island of Oceans
Rip Rip Woodchip
A Flag of Our Own
A Bushman Can’t Survive (Live Orchestra Version)
Papa Whisky November
Prettiest Girl in the Kimberley (Live Orchestra Version)
Sir Don
Three Sons
A Thousand Feet (with Warren H Williams)
The Baggy Green
Sing You the Outback
Salisbury Street
Glory to Australia (Live)
Chandelier of Stars
Flower on the Water
The Joy Is in the Journey
Hillbilly Road
The Big Red
Hang My Hat in Queensland (Live Orchestra Version)
Prairie Hotel Parachilna (Live Orchestra Version)
Rescue Me (Live Orchestra Version)

Win A Double Pass to A Day On The Green with Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson

A Day On The Green
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The A Day On The Green concert series has built a reputation of staging wonderful events in the picture-perfect surrounds of wineries around the country. A Day On The Green provides music in a variety of genres from pop to rock to jazz and more and this November it’s time for country music’s best and brightest to have their turn.

On the 18th November Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson, John Williamson, Troy Cassar-Daley, Catherine Brit and Felicity Urquhart will be boot-scooting their way to Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, QLD just south east of Brisbane. General admission tickets start at $89 and the day will preogress as follows:

2.00pm Gates Open
2.30pm Felicity Urquhart
3.30pm Catherine Brit
4.40pm Troy Cassar-Daley
6.00pm John Williamson
7.20pm Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson

Timber and Steel is lucky enough to have one double pass (two general admission tickets) to give away to one of our readers for this fabulous day of country music. All you have to do is be the first to email through your full name and address to – as always first in first served.

For more information on A Day On The Green check out the official web site.


Thank Folk It’s Friday – 6th July


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The documentary film following last year’s Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeroes and Old Crow Medicine Show Railroad Revival Tour, titled Big Easy Express, has been given an Australian release. Pick it up on DVD on the 27th July or right now on iTunes. Details here.

Laura Marling revealed that she’s been working on her forth album to be released “in about 6 months”. Details here.

The Falls Festival announced it’s first round of artists for 2012 including Timber and Steel favourites Boy & Bear. Details here.

– Despite being a regular to our shores Ben Harper has never done a headline acoustic tour of Australia. That’s all about to change with a list of dates announced in November. Details here.

– We got a stream of Little Father Time, the brand new EP from Sydney duo We Are The Birdcage. We were already in love with “Two Left Feet” so listening to the rest of the EP was a treat. Details here.

– Three of Sydney’s most exciting new artists – Faith Lee, Arbori and ILUKA – all announced launch shows for their upcoming singles and EPs. Details respectively here, here and here.

John Williamson released his new single “The Big Red” and launched his Put Your Town On The Map campaign asking Australian’s to share stories of their favourite towns and places around the country. Details here.

– Take a listen to the brand new single from Darwin’s Country Town Collective – a wonderfully dirty blues track called “Why Baby”. Details here.

– The brand new superhero-themed video for Jack Carty’s track “She’s Got A Boyfriend” debuted via Tone Deaf on Thursday. We love this clip so much, plu it’s one of our favourite songs from Break Your Own Heart. Details here.

– Sydney duo Jep&Dep sent over their ethereal new single “Ghosts on the River” which we really dig and had to share. Details here.

– The video for The Lumineers’ track “Ho Hey” has been kicking around for a while but Inertia Music have only just begun building the Denver band’s profile in Australia. These guys have a bright future ahead of them. Details here.

– With his brand new album Broken Brights due for release next Friday 13th July, Angus Stone gave his fans a listen to the thus-far unreleased track “Only A Woman”. Trust us, it’s not a Billy Joel cover. Details here.

Gigs Next Week

Bob Dylan Tribute (Kav Temperley, Josh Pyke, Bob Evans, Holly Throsby, Patience Hodgson)
Friday 6th July – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 7th July – QPAC Lyric Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 8th July – Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Breaking Hart Benton
Wednesday 11th July – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD

Busby Marou
Friday 6th July – Prince of Wales, Bunbury WA
Saturday 7th July – Rosemount Hotel, Perth WA
Sunday 8th July – Newport Hotel, Fremantle WA
Thursday 12th July – Woombye Pub, Sunny Coast QLD
Friday 13th July – The SoundLounge, Gold Coast QLD

Finders Keepers Brisbane (Stephen Smith, Bec Plath, Mardi Lumsden, District of East, Turkey and Goose, Donnelle Brooks, Matt Nelson, Kellie Lloyd, Coco Baulch, Our Ithaca Creek)
Saturday 7th July – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 8th July – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Folk Club (Fanny Lumsden, The Falls, Carla Lippis)
Wednesday 11th July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Georgia Fair
Friday 6th July – The Standard, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 12th July – The Toff, Melbourne, VIC

ILUKA, Castlecomer, Eliza Hull
Thursday 12th July – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

John Williamson
Wednesday 11th July – Ex-Services, Temora, NSW
Thursday 12th July – Regional Theatre, Griffith, NSW
Friday 13th July – Commercial Club, Albury, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Sunday 8th July – Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW

MoFo (Telegraph Tower, My Sauce Good)
Friday 13th July – The Gaelic Club (Upstairs), Sydney, NSW

Newport Folk Festival
6th to 8th July – Newport, VIC

Redlands Bluegrass Convetion (Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, Davidson Brothers, Bluegrass Parkway, Mustered Courage, Kristy Cox, Fat Chance, Redlands Bluegrass Boys, The O’Donnells)
13th to 15th July – Redlands, QLD

Simone Felice and Josh Ritter
Friday 6th July – Notes, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 8th July – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 11th July – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 13th July – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan (Simone Felice only), NSW

The Good Ship
Friday 6th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Paper Kites
Thursday 12th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 13th July – Jive, Adelaide, SA

The Rescue Ships
Friday 6th July – the Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 13th July – The Red Rattler, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Desert Child” – Warren H Williams and John Williamson

We thought we’d cap off NAIDOC Week with this wonderful track by Alice Springs based country singer Warren H Williams together with his mate John Williamson. Love the fiddle work from Pixie Jenkins on this track as well.

New John Williamson Video “The Big Red” and Put Your Town On The Map Campaign

John Williamson
Image Courtesy of John Williamson

If you’ve found yourself drawn to folk and country music in your adult life there’s a very good chance you grew up on a healthy diet of John Williamson music in your youth. With three ARIA awards, four APRA awards, and twenty-four Golden Guitar Awards to his name, John Williamson is what you would call an icon of Australian bush music – and the man just keeps on going.

Check out his latest animated clip for the single “The Big Red”:

The new single also marks the launch of John Williamson’s Put Your Town On The Map Campaign via his official web site. Basically Williamson is giving you the chance to profile your favourite town or special destination in Australia with the chance to win a “Bid Red” trip consisting of 5 days in Uluru for two people. For more information check out the video below and jump onto John Williamson’s web site:

You can catch John Williamson one of his upcoming tour dates:

Wednesday 11th July – Ex-Services, Temora, NSW
Thursday 12th July – Regional Theatre, Griffith, NSW
Friday 13th July – Commercial Club, Albury, NSW
Saturday 14th July – Montreal Community Theatre, Tumut, NSW
Wednesday 18th July – 99 on York, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th July – Belmont 16ft Sailing Club, Belmont, NSW
Saturday 21st July – Rooty Hill RSL Club, Rooty Hill, NSW
Thursday 13th September – Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra, NSW
Friday 14th September – Juniors, Kingsford, NSW
Saturday 15th September – Penrith Panthers, Penrith, NSW
Wednesday 19th September – 99 on York, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 24th October – 99 on York, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th October – Crown Casino, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th October – Crown Casino, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 21st November – 99 on York, Sydney, NSW

Cool Summer Festival This February

John Williamson

When you think of Mt Hotham in Victoria the image that comes to mind probably involves snow, skiing, warm clothes and more snow. But what people probably don’t realise is that during the summer months Australia’s alpine region becomes this beautiful, green wonderland that offers respite from the hot weather in the cities. And to take advantage of this summer oasis Mt Hotham is playing host to forth annual Cool Summer Festival from the 18th to the 20th February.

Headlining the Cool Summer Festival is the one and only John Williamson (above) who will be joined by the likes of Bomba, Tijuana Cartel, Lee Rosser, Abbie Cardwell, The Bearded Gypsy Band and many many more. Tickets are a ridiculously cheap $66 for the entire 3 days and accommodation is aplenty (this is ski country afterall). Head to the official site for more information.

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