Thank Folk It’s Friday – 13th October

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Ex-Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden released his new video “All The Stars Are Coming Out Tonight”. Details here

– Wollongong-based singer-songwriter Harrison Storm has announced headline shows when he’s out on tour with Josh Pyke. Details here

– Brisbane-based singer-songwriter Jordan Merrick announced an EP launch tour this November. Details here

– Alt-country favourites Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds released their new video “Take A Little Time”. Details here

– Canadian duo Twin Peaks kicked off their Australian tour. Details here

– This month’s Bluegrass at Yulli’s will feature folk duo The New Macedon Rangers. Details here

– Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart announced her new album A Pocket Of Wind Resistance. Details here

– English trio The Young’uns released their powerful new video “Be The Man”. Details here

– Americana troubadour Sam Outlaw returns to Australia for a tour with Courtney Marie Andrews this December. Details here

– South Australian festival Porchland announced its first four artists including 30/70, Stu Larsen, Stella Donnelly and Bjear. Details here

– Indie-folk four-piece My Nightingale announced an East Coast tour. Details here

– The Riverboats Music Festival announced its 2018 lineup including Neil & Liam Finn, Kasey Chambers, Josh Pyke, The Black Sorrows with Vika & Linda Bull, The Teskey Brothers, Henry Wagons & The Only Children, Gawurra, Mojo Juju, Neil Murray, Caiti Baker, Jazz Party, Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife and Eaten By Dogs. Details here

– Byron Bay singer-songwriter Karin Page released her new video “Lonely Night”. Details here

Releases This Week

The Bottlers
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Ye Vagabonds
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Out On The Weekend

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Australia’s premiere Americana festival hits Melbourne this Saturday with a huge lineup including Justin Townes Earle (above), Son Volt, Traveller (feat. Jonny Fritz, Robert Ellis and Cory Chisel), All Our Exes Live In Texas, The Deslondes, Robbie Fulks, Fanny Lumsden, The Sadies, Joshua Hedley, Raised by Eagles, Freya Josephine Hollick, Davidson Brothers, The Moonee Valley Drifters, Lillie Mae and James Ellis and the Jealous Guys

 

Saturday 14th October – Seaworks, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Acousticana BBQ feat. The Willing Ponies
Sunday 15th October – The George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Afternoon Delight feat. Tim Easton & Justin Bernasconi
Sunday 15th October – Rezza House Concerts, Melbourne, VIC

Áine Tyrrell
Thursday 19th October – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Alex The Astronaut
Thursday 19th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Andy Golledge
Saturday 14th October – The House Dining, Sydney, NSW

Ashlea Reale
Sunday 15th October – Mini Bar, Rockingham Beach, WA

Belle Harvey
Saturday 14th October – The Basso, Perth, WA
Sunday 15th October – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Ben Ely
Sunday 15th October – Hotel Brunswick, Brunswick Heads, NSW

Ben Salter
Friday 13th October – The Barn, Aldgate, SA
Saturday 14th October – Oddfellow’s, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 15th October – Details TBC, WA
Thursday 19th October – High Tea, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th October – House Concert, Lennox Head, NSW

Benny Walker
Friday 13th October – Memo Music Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th October – The Mill, Echuca, VIC

Bernard Fanning
Friday 13th October – Rosemount, Perth, WA
Saturday 14th October – Rosemount, Perth, WA
Wednesday 18th October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 19th October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 20th October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Birregurra Festival and Art Show
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October – Birregurra, VIC

Bluegrass at Yulli’s feat. The New Macedon Rangers
Wednesday 18th October – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 13th October – Narrabeen RSL, Narrabeen, NSW
Saturday 14th October – The Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Sunday 15th October – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW
Thursday 19th October – Ramsgate Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 20th October – Norwood Hotel, Norwood, SA

Buskers by the Creek
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October – Winders Park, Gold Coast, QLD

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 20th October – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Cass Eager
Friday 13th October – The Lomond, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th October – The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC
Sunday 15th October – The Elwood Blues Club, The Prince of Wales, St Kilda, VIC
Thursday 19th October – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Friday 20th October – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Darebin Music Feast
Thursday 12th to Sunday 22nd October – Melbourne, VIC

Darebin Music Feast Cajun Dance Party feat. The ‘Johnny Can’t Dance’ Cajun Band
Sunday 15th October – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Dearly Departed
Saturday 14th October – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Devil on the Rooftop
Friday 20th October – Compass Pizza, Melbourne, VIC

Diana Anaid
Friday 13th October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 15th October – The Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 16th October – Metropolis, Fremantle, WA

Fallon Cush
Friday 20th October – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 13th October – Osbornes Flat Hall, Osbornes Flat, VIC
Saturday 14th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th October – Wharf Hotel, Munyard, TAS

Figgy Folk Session
Monday 16th October – Figtree Pub, Figtree, NSW

Finders Keepers Melbourne Market
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC

Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th October – Kinglake, VIC

Foghorn Stringband
Wednesday 18th October – Valencia Creek Hall, Valencia Creek, VIC
Thursday 19th October – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th October – Canberra Musicians Club, Canberra, ACT

FolkSwagon feat. Small Town Romance, Ella Belfanti, Alana Wilkinson
Wednesday 18th October – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 13th October – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 15th October – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Fremantle Folk Festival
Saturday 14th October – Fremantle, WA

Great Aunt
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th October – Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Kinglake, VIC
Wednesday 18th October – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Gretta Stanley
Saturday 14th October – The Grass Is Greener Festival, Cairns, QLD

Gretta Ziller & Great Aunt
Wednesday 18th October – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Hannah Cameron and Clio
Tuesday 17th October – Tramway Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Hannah Matysek
Friday 13th October – Newtown Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 15th October – Blacksheep, Sydney, NSW

Harry Hookey
Friday 13th October – Birdhouse Bar, Wagga Wagga, NSW

High Tea feat. Ben Salter
Thursday 19th October – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Hughes Barbecue Opening Night feat. Sam Shinazzi
Friday 13th October – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Hush: An Evening of Quiet Music feat. Archer, Braille Face, Emily Ulman, Milwaukee Banks
Wednesday 18th October – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Illawarra Folk Club and CLIME ACT Open Mic Night
Friday 13th October – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Saturday 14th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th October – The Taproom, Castlemaine, VIC

Jed Rowe
Friday 20th October – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Jess Ribeiro
Tuesday 17th October – The Tote Front Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 19th October – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th October – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC

Jim Lawrie & Robert Muinos
Friday 20th October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Jo Jo Smith w/ Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart
Friday 20th October – Numurkah Foodbowl Festival, Shepparton, VIC

Justin Townes Earle w/ Joshua Hedley
Friday 13th October – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 14th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 16th October – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 17th October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 19th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Karin Page
Friday 13th October – The Oriental Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Karl S William
Friday 13th October – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Kasey Chambers
Saturday 14th October – Akoostik Music Festival, Wingham, NSW

Kate Burke and Luke Plumb
Sunday 15th October – Cobargo Hotel Motel, Cobargo, NSW

Katie Noonan’s Elixir
Tuesday 17th October – The Jazzlab, Melbourne, VIC

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 20th October – The Bassandean, Perth, WA

Ken Nicol
Friday 20th October – Albert Park Port Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
Friday 13th October – Fremantle Arts Centre Front Lawn, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 14th October – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 15th October – Red Room @ Clancys Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Friday 20th October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Lambchop
Wednesday 18th October – Melbourne Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 19th October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Les Thomas
Friday 13th October – Kingsbury Bowls, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th October – Kingsbury Bowls, Melbourne, VIC

Liam Gerner
Friday 13th October – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th October – The Dogs Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Lisa Crawley
Tuesday 17th October – Compass Pizza, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th October – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Little Wise w/ Rosie Burgess Trio
Friday 13th October – House Concert, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 15th October – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Liv Cartledge
Friday 13th October – Secret Show, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th October – Secret Show, Central Coast, NSW

Lizzie Flynn
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, NSW

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 13th October – The Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 14th October – Fremantle Folk Festival, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 15th October – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Tuesday 17th October – The Perth Blues Club, The Charles Hotel, Perth, WA

Lost Picnic
Sunday 15th October – Sydney, NSW

Luke Morris
Friday 18th October – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Friday 20th October – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW

Maggie May
Sunday 15th October – The Thornbury Local, Melbourne, VIC

Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Marysville, VIC

Melbourne Celtic Piping Session
Sunday 15th October – Exford Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mile Twelve
Wednesday 18th October – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 19th October – Java Cafe, Yackendandah, VIC
Friday 20th October – Patchewollock Music Festival, Patchewollock, VIC

Mitch King
Saturday 14th October – Fremantle Folk Festival, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 15th October – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Swagger Music Festival, Wandiligong, VIC

Monique Clare
Saturday 14th October – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 16th October – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 19th October – The Black Malabar, Newcastle, NSW

Monthly Oldtime Jam
Sunday 15th October – The Brothers Public House, Melbourne, VIC

My Nightingale
Sunday 15th October – Lind Lane Theatre, Nambour, QLD
Friday 20th October – Pop-Up at ANU, Canberra, ACT

Numurkah Foodbowl Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Shepparton, VIC

Out of Abingdon
Friday 20th October – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Out of Nowhere
Saturday 14th October – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Out On The Weekend
Saturday 14th October – Seaworks, Melbourne, VIC

Paddy McHugh
Saturday 14th October – Cafe 2340, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 20th October – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Parramatta Lanes
Tuesday 10th to Friday 13th October – Parramatta, NSW

Patchewollock Music Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Patchewollock, VIC

Pete Wild
Friday 20th October – Candelo Town Hall, Candelo, NSW

Ralway Bell
Friday 13th October – The Oriental Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 14th October – Wingham Akoostik Festival, Wingham, NSW
Sunday 15th October – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th October – Riverside Hotel, Northam, WA

Riley Pearce
Friday 13th October – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 14th October – Bloodhound Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 19th October – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Swagger Music Festival Wandiligong, VIC

Robbie Fulks w/ Liam Gerner
Friday 13th October – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC

Rowena Wise w/ Kate Martin, Brendan Welch
Tuesday 17th October – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Rush Festival
Saturday 14th October – Albert Park, Gympie, QLD

Sam Newton
Friday 13th October – The Townie, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th October – Cafe 2340, Tamworth, NSW

Sásta
Saturday 14th October – Studio 188, Brisbane, QLD

Shane Nicholson
Friday 13th October – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 14th October – Song Room, Barossa Regional Gallery, SA
Monday 16th to Monday 23rd October – Rock The Boat Pacific Cruise Pacific

She Folk Songwriters in the Round feat. Leah Senior, Georgia Fields, Anna Cordell, Charm of Finches
Saturday 14th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Skyscraper Stan’s Jukebox
Wednesday 18th October – Belleville, Melbourne, VIC

Son Volt
Saturday 14th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th October – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 18th October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Sparrow-Folk & My Nightingale
Friday 20th October – Pop-Up at ANU, Canberra, ACT

Stillhouse Union
Friday 20th October – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club, Hornsby, NSW

Swagger Music Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Wandiligong, VIC

The Acfields w/ Looking for Alaska
Friday 13th October – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th October – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th October – Birregurra Festival and Art Show, Birregurra, VIC

The Acoustic Picnic
Friday 13th October – The Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW

The Austracana Travelling Revue feat. Carpenter Caswell, Smith & Jones, The April Family
Thursday 19th October – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

The Band Who Knew Too Much
Saturday 14th October – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Black Sorrows
Saturday 14th October – Rush Festival, Albert Park, Gympie, QLD
Thursday 19th October – RSL Club Southport, Southport, QLD
Friday 20th October – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

The Demon Drink
Friday 13th October – Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane, QLD

The Excellent Smithers
Saturday 14th October – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Grass Is Greener Festival
Saturday 14th October – Cairns Showground, Cairns, QLD

The Lagerphones
Sunday 15th October – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Legacy of Jesse Younan, 9th Anniversary Concert feat. Mike Elrington, Mandy Connell, Carolyn Oates, Khristian Mizzi, The Great Unknown, Someday June, The Winter Angel, Luke Dylan, Greenhatch, Emad Younan, Girl Friday, Greg Steps, Bob Hutchison, Aaron Pollock, Joe Oppenheimer
Saturday 14th October – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Lost Backpackers, Bacon & Cabbage
Sunday 15th October – The Grand Hotel – Cockn’Bull, Sydney, NSW

The Northern Folk
Sunday 15th October – Spring Fling St Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 18th October – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 19th October – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, Kangaroo Valley, NSW

The Sadies
Friday 13th October – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 14th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th October – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 17th October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Sunday 15th October – Shady Pines Saloon, Sydney, NSW

The Tambourine Girls, eüsh, Tom Stephens
Thursday 19th October – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Sunday 15th October – Lost Picnic, Sydney, NSW

The Turner Brown Band
Friday 13th October – Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 15th October – Wingham Akoostik Festival, Wingham, NSW

The Villebillies and Euripi
Saturday 14th October – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Saturday 14th October – Tago Mago Club, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Easton
Friday 13th October – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 14th October – Tago Mago Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th October – Rezza House Concerts, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Guy
Sunday 15th October – The Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Solly
Saturday 14th October – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th October – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Timberwolf
Thursday 19th October – Secret Location, Melbourne, VIC

TinPan Orange w/ Jess Ribeiro
Friday 20th October – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC

Tom West
Friday 13th October – Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th October – The Bay Pizzaria, Port MacDonnell, SA

Traveller & The Deslondes
Saturday 14th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 17th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 18th October – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Thursday 19th October – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Friday 20th October – Marrickville Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Tristen Bird
Friday 20th October – Rocksteady Records, Melbourne, VIC

Tullara
Wednesday 18th October – The Front Gallery and Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Friday 20th October – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW

Twin Peaks
Friday 13th October – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 14th October – Wingham Akoostik Music Festival, Wingham, NSW
Sunday 15th October – Wauchope Community Arts, Wauchope, NSW
Wednesday 18th October – Bellingen Brewery, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 20th October – Eat Street Markets, Brisbane, QLD

Tyler Nakoa
Saturday 14th October – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Vanishing Shapes Monthly Folk Party feat. Witches Leap
Sunday 15th October – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW

Vardos
Friday 13th October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Wingham Akoostik Music Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th October – Wingham, NSW

Z-Stay Delta
Saturday 14th October – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Blackwaterside” – Anne Briggs & Bert Jansch

Watch the New Jon Boden Video “All The Stars Are Coming Out Tonight”

Jon Boden
Image Courtesy of Jon Boden

English singer-songwriter and ex-Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden has just released his brand new single and video “All The Stars Are Coming Out Tonight”.

The track is taken from Boden’s post-apocalyptic street carnival concept album Afterglow which was released last Friday 6th October.

“Without easy access to electric light and with a shortage of oil, our lives will again become bounded by the astronomical cycle of the universe, and our relationship with the stars will become closer, uninhibited by artificial light pollution,” Jon Boden explained of the track. “I wanted the stars to have a big presence in the album, particularly Orion who, as a hunter, is someone who our hero identifies with as he searches the city for a girl he knew once but hasn’t seen for many years.”

Check out the video for “All The Stars Are Coming Out Tonight” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th August

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne singer-songwriter BATTS released her new single “Little White Lies”. Details here

– Legendary string band Old Crow Medicine Show have announced Australian tour dates with Valerie June in support. Details here

Dashville Skyline revealed the rest of their 2017 lineup including Valerie June,
Oh Mercy, The Teskey Brothers, Declan O’Rourke, Dashville Progress Society, Demi Mitchell, Lyle Dennis Express, Magpie Diaries, Ben Leece, Nicholas Connors, Fallon Cush, Jen Mize, Paddy McHugh, Lucie Thorne and Matt Walker. Details here

– American Americana singer-songwriter Micah P. Hinson released his new single “Oh, Spaceman”. Details here

C.W. Stoneking announced a series of rare solo live shows. Details here

The Mullum Music Festival announced their full 2017 lineup including a bunch of Timber and Steel friendly artists like Marlon Williams, Frazey Ford, Lindi Ortega, Harry James Angus, Z-Star Delta, Tinpan Orange, The Teskey Brothers, Mama Kin Spender, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Vance Gilbert, Liz Stringer, Suzannah Espie, Wallis Bird, Áine Tyrrell, The East Pointers, Irish Mythen, Loren Kate, Hussy Hicks, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Sara Tindley, Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel, The Twoks, Angie Hudson, Rebecca Ireland, Cecilia Brandolini, Domini Forster, Heartworn Highway, Jimmy Dowling, Low Down Riders, Queen Porter Stomp and many more. Details here

– Regular Sydney jam and concert night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s announced their August event with a performance from Gareth Rowan and The Crazy Fools. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Nathan Seeckts released his new video “Ghost In The Fog”. Details here

– UK based Australian singer-songwriter Emily Barker has announced plans to head back home with a series of dates in September and October. Details here

– Ex-Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden has announced plans to release his first post-Bellowhead solo album Afterglow. Details here

– Melbourne based indie-folk singer-songwriter Dan Vogl launched his new single “If I Die”. Details here

Releases This Week

Brad Butcher
From The Bottom Of A WellBrad Butcher
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SMB
Troubled Thoughts Keep Her FedShelley’s Murder Boys
iTunes
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Stray Hens

Stray Hens

Melbourne modern trad-folk group Stray Hens have announced that after tonight’s performance at the Selby Folk Club they’re going on hiatus. If you can get to Selby tonight for their last show you won’t be disappointed.

Friday 4th August – Selby Folk Club, Selby, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
Friday 11th and Saturday 12 August – Bangalow Showground, Bangalow, NSW

BEMAC presents World Music Cafe: MZAZA & Vardos
Friday 4th July – Queensland Multicultural Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Ben Catley
Friday 4th August – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Bill Chambers
Friday 11th August – Sunset Studio, Mayfield, NSW

Central Coast Country Music Festival
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th August – Memorial Park, The Entrance, NSW

Charm of Finches
Saturday 5th August – Golden Age Cinema, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 6th August – Bendigo Folk Club, The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Daggy Man
Friday 11th August – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Dead Men Talking feat. Max Cullen & Warren Fahey as Henry Lawson & Banjo Paterson
Sunday 6th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Devil Goat Family String Band
Sunday 6th August – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Folk On The Mountain feat. Catwalk City, Melanie April, Luke Collings, Mem Davis, Hannah Park
Saturday 5th August – The Yo-Yo Bar, Wollongong, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Dan Crestani, Gentle Leader, Tradición
Wednesday 9th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. Alice Terry, Christine Jane, Stephanie Cherote
Friday 11th August – 107 Projects, Sydney, NSW

Forever Son
Friday 4th August – Quicksilver Bar 61, Torquay, VIC
Friday 11th August – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Georgia Fields and Phia
Saturday 5th August – Baby Black Espresso Bar, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Sunday 6th August – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 11th August – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Georgia State Line
Saturday 5th August – Torquay Bowls Club, Torquay, VIC
Sunday 6th August – Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Thursday 10th August – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 11th August – Saints + Sailors, Portarlington, VIC

Grigoryan Brothers
Friday 4th August – St Peter’s Anglican College, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 5th August – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Sunday 6th August – Cooma School of Music, Cooma, NSW

Hinterlandt
Friday 11th August – Bomaderry Presbyterian Church, Bomaderry, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Rachael Brady & The Moonshine Special
Sunday 6th August – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Husky
Friday 11th August – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Penny and Roger Illot, Sally Forth
Friday 4th August – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

In The Round at Leadbelly feat. Maples, Timothy James Bowen, Rosie Catalano, Andy Golledge
Wednesday 9th August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Jep and Dep
Friday 11th August – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Joseph Tawadros Trio
Thursday 10th August – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke w/ Kyle Lionhart
Friday 4th August – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th August – The Wool Exchange, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 10th August – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 11th August – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Julia Johnson w/ Brooke Russell, James Fahy
Monday 7th August – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Lloyd Spiegel
Saturday 5th August – The Melbourne Guitar Show, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 11th August – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Loren Kate, Ben Church
Sunday 6th August – House Concert, Eltham, VIC

Martha Marlow
Monday 7th August – Clovelly Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Marrickville Shanty Club
Tuesday 8th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Miles and Simone
Friday 4th August – Major Toms, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 5th August – King Valley VIC

Mitch Power
Tuesday 8th August – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mzaza and Vardos
Friday 4th July – Queensland Multicultural Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 5th August – Mapleton Community Hall, Mapleton, QLD

Pete Murray
Friday 4th August – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 5th August – Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool, VIC
Wednesday 9th August – Eastbank Theatre, Shepparton, VIC
Thursday 10th August – Chelsea Heights Hotel, Chelsea Heights, VIC
Friday 11th August – Wrest Point Showroom, Hobart, TAS

Porch Light Sessions feat. Caitlin Harnett Band, Giffen, Willowy
Thursday 10th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Raised By Eagles w/ Charles Jenkins
Friday 11th August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Red-Eyed and Blue feat. Jo Meares Band, WACO (Womens Auxiliary Choir)
Sunday 6th August – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Rich Davies & The Low Road / Rachel & Ben, Emily Davis
Saturday 5th August – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Sam Buckingham w/ Evan Buckley, Kent Eastwood
Monday 7th August – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Sarah Carroll plays Merle Haggard
Tuesday 8th August – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Howard
Thursday 10th August – Divers Tavern, Broome, WA

Shane Nicholson
Friday 4th August – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 5th August – Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club, Wonthaggi, VIC
Friday 11th August – Anita’s Theatre, Thiroul, NSW

Sofar Sounds Brisbane
Monday 7th August – House Concert, Brisbane, QLD

Someday June w/ Zac Saber
Friday 4th August – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC
Saturday 5th August – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Sunday 6th August – Blue Bean Love Cafe, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Friday 11th August – Analogue Academy, Geelong, VIC

Steve Smyth
Friday 4th August – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th August – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC

Stray Hens
Friday 4th August – Selby Folk Club, Selby, VIC

Sydney Bluegrass & Old Time Music Get-Together
Saturday 5th August – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Taryn La Fauci
Saturday 5th August – Sunset Sessions on top of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 6th August – Sunset Sessions on top of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

The Ahern Brothers
Friday 4th August – Wild Vinegar, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 5th August – Secret Show, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 6th August – Secret Show, Perth, WA

The Bean Project
Friday 4th August – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Saturday 5th August – Modus Operandi, Mona Vale, NSW

The Demon Drink
Thursday 10th August – Jubilee Hotel, Brisbane, QLD

The Morrisons w/ Not Good With Horses
Friday 4th August – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

The Ramalamas w/ Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes
Thursday 10th August – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 4th July – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Settlement
Friday 4th August – Nightquarter, Gold Coast, QLD

The Shack Presents Narrownecks, Penny Davies & Roger Illot, Niq Reefman
Saturday 5th August – The Shack, Brookvale, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 4th August – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Saturday 5th August – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

The Twoks
Saturday 5th August – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC
Friday 11th August – House Concert, Adelaide, SA

The Water Runners, The Lurkers
Friday 4th August – The Yo-Yo Bar, Wollongong, NSW

The West End Sessions feat. The Company and Tin Star
Saturday 5th August – Uniting Church, West End, Brisbane, QLD

The Whiskey Jam feat. Dana Hassall
Thursday 10h August – Made By The Hill, Rooty Hill, NSW

Timothy James Bowen
Wednesday 9th August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Tobias
Friday 4th August – The Grand Hotel, Clermont, QLD
Saturday 5th August – The Maraboon Tavern, Emerald, QLD
Friday 11th August – Irish Club, Emerald, QLD

Tomato/tomato
Saturday 5th August – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 6th August – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife w/ Georgia State Line
Thursday 10th August – Sooki Loung, Belgrave, VIC

Vanishing Shapes, As of Sky, Jono B-Smith
Saturday 5th August – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Waterloo Sunset Sessions feat. The Fibro Cowboys
Sunday 6th August – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Zulya and The Children of the Underground
Wednesday 9th August – Paris Cat, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Willie O Winsbury” – Ye Vagabonds

Jon Boden Announces New Solo Album Afterglow

Jon Boden
Image Courtesy of Jon Boden

Ex-Bellowhead frontman and all round folk music legend Jon Boden has announced plans to release his first post-Bellowhead solo album Afterglow on the 6th October.

Afterglow is a companion release to Boden’s 2009 concept album Songs From The Floodplain. But while Songs From The Floodplain largely dealt with the rural setting, Afterglow looks to juxtapose this by being set in post-apocalyptic street carnival

“Like my previous album Songs From The Floodplain, Afterglow imagines a near-future world where the luxuries and comfort of 21st century life have become scarce, and a harder, simpler existence now prevails,” Jon Boden explained. “Afterglow is the story of a couple who are trying to find each other in the middle of a bonfire-night street carnival in a crumbling, derelict city. I had a wonderful time recording it in Sheffield with the help of my band the Remnant Kings and Andy Bell in the producer’s chair.”

The first taste of Afterglow is the single “Moths In The Gas Light” – take a listen below:

The full track listing for Afterglow is as follows:

1. Moths In The Gas Light
2. Afterglow
3. Bee Sting
4. Wrong Side of Town
5. Fires of Midnight
6. All The Stars Are Coming Out Tonight
7. Dancing In The Ruin
8. Burning Streets
9. Yellow Lights
10. Aubade

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Low Anthem announced their first album in five years, Eyeland. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance has announced an Australian tour for this September. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter James Kenyon released his new video “The Motorbike Song”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Josh Rennie-Hynes released his new single “Rosie”. Details here

– Sydney alt-country singer Imogen Clark released her new video “You’ll Only Break My Heart”. Details here

– Folk music legend Jon Boden looks like he’s going solo. Details here

Gregory Alan Isakov has announced a new album with the Colorado Symphony. Details here

Timber and Steel favourite Jack Carty successfully crowd sourced his new album Home State, released his new video “All At Once” and announced a tour with Emily Barker and Jordan Millar. Details here

– Melbourne duo Sweet Jean announced a national tour for this July. Details here

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“We’re happy with our set, playing to a reasonably full room. There are a few photographers in the crowd which is a bit disconcerting but we get some great feedback and even sell a few EPs. People are confused by Josie’s accent given we are an Australian band!” – Part 1 of Peasant Moon’s Canadian Music Week tour diary. Read it here

“It’s so cool to see so many amazing Aussie girls rocking the Supermarket! Sounds Australia do such an excellent job curating these events and we are so honoured to have been included” – Part 2 of Peasant Moon’s Canadian Music Week tour diary. Read it here

Releases This Week

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Cut Love Pt 2Hayden Calnin
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

FolkSwagon feat. Timber & Steel, Bec Bastoli, Colin Jones & The Delta Revue

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We’re going to be very selfish here and promote our own gig. Timber and Steel (the band), will be appearing at this week’s FolkSwagon along with the amazing Bec Bastoli and Colin Jones

Wednesday 25th May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Andy Golledge w/ Caitlin Harnett
Thursday 26th May – Union Hotel, Sydney NSW

Bon Iver
Friday 27th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Busk For A Cure
Saturday 21st May – Newtown, Sydney, NSW

Chaika
Friday 20th May – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 21st May – Wauchope Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Sunday 22nd May – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Clare Bowen
Tuesday 24th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 25th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th May – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW

Claude Hay
Friday 20th May – Finnian’s Irish Tavern, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 21st May – The Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 22nd May – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 27th May – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Dallas Crane
Sunday 22nd May – Bald Faced Stag, Sydney, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 21st May – White Cliffs Music Festival, NSW

Don McGlashan
Friday 20th May – Paragon Cafe, Katoomba, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Timber & Steel, Bec Bastoli, Colin Jones & The Delta Revue
Wednesday 25th May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Skyscraper Stan
Sunday 22nd May – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

James Thomson & The Strange Pilgrims w/ De’May
Sunday 22nd May – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Jep and Dep, Hannah Marjorie
Thursday 26th May – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan
Friday 20th May – The Loft, Warnnambool, VIC
Thursday 26th May – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke
Thursday 26th May – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

Julia Johnson and Vorn Doolette
Saturday 21st May – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Leah Flanagan
Sunday 22nd May – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Little May
Friday 20th May – Adelaide Uni Bar, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 21st May – Amplifier Bar, Perth, WA
Friday 27th May – Solbar, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Mark Lucas & Friends
Thursday 26th May – Mr Falcons, Sydney, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 20th May – Downstairs at The Maj, Perth, WA
Saturday 21st May – Downstairs at The Maj, Perth, WA
Sunday 22nd May – Downstairs at The Maj, Perth, WA
Thursday 26th May – Pier on Clarence, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 27th May – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Melody Pool
Friday 20th May – Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st May – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 26th May – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Not Good With Horses
Sunday 22nd May – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Sahara Beck
Friday 20th May – RAD, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 21st May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 22nd May – Brass Monkey, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th May – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 20th May – Jane’s, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 21st – Six String Brewing Company, Erina, NSW
Sunday 22nd May – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th May – The Grand Junction, Maitland
Friday 27th May – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

The Beards
Saturday 21st May – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 25th May – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 26th May – The Golden Vine, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 27th May – SS & A Club, Albury, NSW

The Bottlers w/ Jim Mongrel
Thursday 26th May – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Thursday 26th May – The Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th May – The Foghorn Brewhouse, Erina, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Friday 20th May – Bendigo Folk Club, Bendigo, VIC

TinPan Orange
Friday 20th May – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“8 Dogs 8 Banjos” – Old Crow Medicine Show

Jon Boden Releases First Solo Track “All Hang Down”

Jon Boden
Image Courtesy of Jon Boden

Folk singer Jon Boden, known as the frontman of Bellowhead and Spiers & Boden as well as the amazing A Folk Song A Day project, has finally ventured out on his first official solo project.

Boden has is about to embark on a massive solo tour of his native UK and has just released a video for the track “All Hang Down”. We have a feeling this is the beginning of a much bigger project so stay tuned for more news soon – in the meantime watch “All Hang Down” below:

Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2015

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So you’ve read what we think the top 25 albums of 2015 are but here’s what you’re really waiting for – the article where we ask our favourite artists to pick their favourite recordings of the year.

Every year we reach out to artists across the Timber and Steel genre spectrum to pick their number one album or EP of the year and the results are always surprising. So get yourself a cold drink, find somewhere comfortable to site down and enjoy Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2015:

Postcards From Ursa MinorFrank Turner
Will VarleyPostcards From Ursa Minor
I stumbled across Will a few years back and instantly fell in love. He’s currently my favourite songwriter, and I think this album is little short of a masterpiece.

The DeslondesJimmy Daley (The Morrisons, The Tawny Owl Stringband)
The DeslondesThe Deslondes
Heard the song “Louise” on a live music series on YouTube called Jammin In The Van and was immediately bowled over. Went and bought the album (yes I bought it) and was not disappointed. Killer songs, retro production that sounds modern at the same time, great playing and awesome singing/harmonies. I’ll be knocking back many tins over summer while listening to this album.

The Phosphorescent BluesMichael O’Donnell (The Squeezebox Trio)
Punch BrothersThe Phosphorescent Blues
Stop reading this review right now and go listen to this album. Its just perfect. From the 10 minute opener to Debussy to one hell of an ending, this album is a game changer. There is only one (10 second) instrumental solo on the whole album, opting for lush orchestrations instead. It was a HUGE influence on us.

Paradise is ThereTaryn La Fauci
Natalie MerchantParadise is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings
To be able to re-release a complete new version of a record first released 20 years ago in 1995 is an incredible artstic achievement. Karl Broadie introduced me to her music and since then I have drank up her journey and past records. Her voice holds this piercing warmth and wisdom that coos you in and wraps you up like a child in its mothers arms. Getting to devour this rediscovery of Tigerlily and how she has evolved with it is why this record is my favourite release of 2015.

Wilder MindGerrit Gmel (Citizen of the World)
Mumford & SonsWilder Mind
This is really a no brainer for me, I absolutely adore these guys and without them I probably wouldn’t write the music I write today. This being said, their new sound took me a while to get used to and I went from loving 95% of the songs to loving 70% on this new album. Still, it shows how even a genre-defining band can have the guts and skill to reinvent their sound and write powerful songs independently of the instrumental setup.

Diamonds in the BloodstreamJosh Rennie-Hynes
Raised by EaglesDiamonds in the Bloodstream
A great collection of songs. Honest and thoughtful and the production is spot on. One of my favourite Australian bands.

But For All These Shrinking HeartsWoody Pitney
Josh PykeBut For All These Shrinking Hearts
Josh Pyke delivered again with this new gem of an album, But For All These Shrinking Hearts. Staying true to his iconic style and sound, this tightly produced record is a great listen. Despite not having any stand-out hits like previous albums, it still has plenty of sparkle and charm. My personal favourites are “Hollering Hearts” and “Book of Revelations”.

Carrie & LowellCaitlin Park
Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
There is no-one quite like Sufjan Stevens. It is hard to put your finger on the power of his story-telling, what it is that drags us in so. For me, it is the way he paints the picture; he writes about the little things, the smaller moments between two people. A whole album dedicated to the memory of his mother and descriptions of her passing, we are left to fill in the the rest of the story. Where they lived, their age – these things don’t matter as long as you are privy to their quiet moments alone. And then in one foul swoop, he wraps up the meaning of the song in one sentence, and your heart breaks into a thousand pieces **we’re all gonna’ die**. A lyric that will stay with me forever, a lyric i will always remember from the year 2015: “What could I have said to raise you from the dead, oh could I be the sky on the fourth of July?”

Strange New PastSteven Barnard (Arbori)
Seth SentryStrange New Past
I know this puts me at risk of losing my indie folk privileges but Seth Sentry’s second LP was simply outstanding. Kendrick Lamars to pimp a butterfly was musically more brilliant but topically from another world. His harmonic nostalgia tethered by trap beats rap ego and existential early 30’s humility is seamless. The record plays from start to finish effortlessly and voids of any Aus hip hop cringe worthy cleches that we have blushed at when measured against the likes of Kings Kunta and Kick Push. I’m a hip hop dancer and this is hands down the best Aussie rap release for getting down to ever. If you dig emotional depth, impressive musicality and need a reason to shake your ass, this record is all that and more.

sound and colorRosie Jackson-Taylor (Liam Gale & The Ponytails)
Alabama ShakesSound & Color
I have been completely obsessed with every single track on the album since the first time I heard it and it was on welcomed high rotation for the entire drive of our East Coast tour earlier this year. Brittany Howard’s voice is unbelievable and every song is captivating in its own right. The whole experience of the album is kind of like listening to futuristic funk blues in space, naked.

Sol InvictusClaude Hay
Faith No MoreSol Invictus
I had been waiting for this album for years. Singer Mike Patton can put an unique infectious melody to anything he touches, melodies that stick. There’s always something different that comes from these guys that is so refreshing to my ears, the complete opposite of commercial radio.

Carrie & LowellSam Newton
The Milk Carton KidsMonterey
This is one of the most ‘pure’ sounding records that I’ve ever heard. I know that this could be said of just about all of the releases by these guys but I feel that with Monterey, they have reached all new heights in lyricism, vocal unity and the art of subtle lead/guitar fills. It says something special about the songwriting of a group when every track on an album contains a maximum of 2 voices and 2 guitars but can still hold its own from start to finish. I bought the vinyl when I saw them live earlier in the year and it has easily been one of my favourite purchases of 2015.

LoyaltyMatt Bauer
The Weather StationLoyalty
I haven’t connected with a record this strongly in a very long time. From the first lines of “The Way It Is And The Way It Could Be” I was just – there. It took me several attempts to get to the end of the record because I was so moved I kept having to turn it off.

Key ChangeMatt Corby
MockyKey Change
This album is full of songs to live life to, songs you can put on at any moment and jam out to.

Carrie & LowellDan Flynn
Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
How many gobsmackingly good folk songs can you fit into one album? Eleven it seems. This album is unbelievably melancholy but also curiously uplifting and indeed healing. The vocal melodies are outrageously good, the instrumentation is pitch perfect and the production is stunning despite the fact that part of the album was recorded on his iPhone. I will be listening to this for years to come.

Darling ArithmeticKim Churchill
VillagersDarling Arithmetic
I have ogled at the songwriting abilities of Conor J O’Brien since we played a small gig in an odd venue called the Duncan Garage Showroom on Vancouver Island years ago. In the past his lyrics have portrayed a depth and insight that guided me as a person much further into myself and my unconscious emotional processes. Again he helps me make those journeys on this album but with a simplicity and vulnerability that is just profound! He has clearly had some pain and rebirth in his life and he puts it out on the table in an incredible honest way. He reaches further inside himself than many of us ever will and gives us songs that allow us to take the same journey’s into ourselves. It’s kind of creepy how he does it. But he’s always flirted with being a bit creepy. Watch the video clip to his first single off the album, “Courage”, and you’ll see what I mean. In many ways its the essence of psychedelic folk; Spooky, insightful, melodically stunning and at its core undeniably beautiful and honest.

Phosphorescent BluesBlair Dunlop
Punch BrothersPhosphorescent Blues
Whilst it’s an incredibly impressive body of work from a technical standpoint, it never strays into grandstanding or over-indulgence. Beautiful arrangements, soaring harmonies and songs that keep me guessing – a gem!

Soft Faces to HoldAlanna Eileen
Toby GrahamSoft Faces to Hold
Beautiful, surreal alternative folk music with incredible vocals, lyrically inventive and delicate in all the right places. It got me through the year.

When The Storms Would ComeBronte
Holy HolyWhen The Storms Would Come
I have been a fan of Holy Holy since they released their first EP. Their album When The Storms Would Come, which was released in July this year, has been a stand out album in my opinion. I enjoy the lyrics and the melodies that flow throughout their music which continues to improve with each release. I think the next few years for Holy Holy will be huge and they are starting to enjoy a great deal of success from overseas audiences. Stand out track is “History” but “You Cannot Call For Love Like A Dog” just makes me want to crank up the dial and drive around all night, it is such a cruising tuneeee.

Nathaniel RateliffJoe Murphy (The Timbers)
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsNathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Only released recently this album is straight out of the 70’s!! Full of now Motown and soul, it’s 2015’s ultimate road trip album.

NinaThe Campervan Dancers
Daniel MarchNina
So much groove! It’s really tight, shows a wonderful depth of stylistic influences. Great production and musicianship – just the whole package. These have been our chosen cruisin’ tunes in Candice-the-Campervan-Dancer-van this springtime.

If I WasJoel Barker
The StavesIf I Was
It was hard to chose against Glen Hansard’s Didn’t He Ramble but after seeing The Staves at The Beautiful Days Festival in Devon, UK a couple of years ago I had to go with their 2015 release If I Was. Hearing three sisters sing together in perfect harmony make it seems so damn easy. The addition of Justin Vernon as producer takes the intimacy of their past work and elevates it into a more accessible market. Theres a new dynamic and consideration to the recording process that really hits a note with me. Songs such as “Make It Holy” and “Steady” have magnificent vocal loops and hooks that keep you wanting more of those voices made to sing together. It’s got a lot of texture, as much intimacy of their previous releases, but additional drive which undoubtedly has introduced them to a whole new fan base. Makes we want to prop myself up against a tree, close my eyes and listen to it on repeat, over and over again.

These WallsRose Wintergreen
Anna CordellThese Walls
Sometimes, very rarely, new songs come to me in my dreams. I wake up with the melody in my bones, I sleepily reach for my phone to record it before it disappears forever. It’s happened several times recently, and I’ve been ecstatic with the deep, haunting quality of the melodies, the pleasing way they meander effortlessly like a creek rambling unselfconsciously in bushland so remote that no one will pass through for decades at a time. Unfortunately for me, I’ve realised that these melodies are actually Anna Cordell’s, from her stunning debut record, These Walls! Arresting and deeply affecting.

EPTim Guy
BumspaEP
A force of nature in the very northern parts of NSW. They made an EP this year and squeezed 5 songs onto a little ’45. The last track comes from the view of a Bushranger being in his cell while awaiting hanging. It’s really rare and really wonderful. Great songwriting with ragged attitude to the musical accompaniment.

FourwindsThe East Pointers
FourWindsFourWinds
After chatting about our many favourite records from this past year, the 3 of us decided that FourWinds deserve the top spot with their self-titled album. This crew from Ireland is tearing up the traditional music scene with their authentic sound and top-notch musicianship. Check ‘em out live if you can!

Modern VintageSian Evans
Cheap FakesModern Vintage
If its not for the super smooth vocals of Kiwi front man Hayden Andrews alone, it’s the funk, the phat base, totally hot horn lines and syncopated silences. Production instrumentation ties cleverly a carnival dub vintage rock’n’roll infused surf style funk and soul variety. Consistent. Solid. It dribbles dizziness, you can’t sit still!

The Woodshed SessionsScott Collins (The Mid-North)
Wood and WireThe Woodshed Sessions Vol. 1
Six tracks recorded in one take around one microphone. It is an exciting display of musicianship and energy. Very fun and awe inspiring.

Sound and ColorAlison Ferrier
Alabama ShakesSound & Color
An exciting, innovative and uplifting second release from the rock band with soul. Singer/guitarist Brittany Howard’s performance is utterly inspiring: she gives it everything she’s got. I sing along with this in the car quite a lot!

The PositionsCastlecomer
Gang of YouthsThe Positions
We love that the album is so dark in theme yet the melodies could be on any pop album. It’s an impressive body of work. Our runners up are Holy Holy’s When the Storms Would Come and Tame Impala’s Currents.

AngelenoNick Payne (Dear Orphans)
Sam OutlawAngeleno
California has always been a source of great country music – first with the Bakersfield Sound and then later from Los Angeles. This year Californian Sam Outlaw refused to move to Nashville to record his debut album Angeleno and instead insisted on recording in Los Angeles with the help of Ry Cooder as producer. The album is both genuine country in its sound and also its stories. This album takes me back to an earlier time in country music whilst still sounding fresh and un-clichéd.

All Your Favourite BandsTracy McNeil (Tracy McNeil, Bell St Delays)
DawesAll Your Favourite Bands
From the first drop of the needle your ears are hit with six single, drawn out notes played on one guitar against a spattering of drumrolls from off in the distance – this is the hook, the earworm of the song painted thinly as a foreshadowing of what’s to come. And what is to come? Like the sun bursting through a dark cloud, the soundscape breaks wide open as the band punches in with that very same hook – this time fully realised. Dawes always create a sound that is purposeful, epic and at times slightly over-worked in terms of lyrics, but their latest release All You’re Favorite Bands gets the balance just right. Produced by David Rawlings, Dawes will find it hard to top this collection of world-class songs, played and captured live in a room by a band at the height of their career.

Trans Arlantic HighwayLuke Sinclair (Raised By Eagles, Bell St Delays)
Lost RagasTrans Atlantic Highway
The most soul shaking cosmic country experience I’ve had since Beck tried his hand at the genre. It’s more traditional than that of course and has all the essential ingredients you need to make a good country album – pedal steel, guitars, drums, bass, great song writing – but there’s an indescribable magic to it. Something deep that runs right to the heart. Matt Walker, Shane Reilly, Roger Bergodaz and Simon Burke are like the components of a beautifully engineered vintage engine, each part absolutely essential to the whole, the art of what happens when things are put together in the right way. Buy this album – it runs like a dream.

The Stars My DestinationNick O’Mara (Raised By Eagles)
Ben SalterThe Stars My Destination
There’s a sense of humour and a sense of dread in varying degrees throughout this album. Track 4 scares the shit out of me. Salter’s an incredible lyricist, his guitar playing’s tidy as fuck and his voice – sheesh, forget about it. This album is more than the sum of those wonderful parts I reckon. It’s just funny, thoughtful, sometimes rockin’, soulful – hope he hasn’t read this the next time I run into him at the pub. “We’ll have all the time in the world, An endless afternoon, When we’re bones under the dunes”.

Choose Your Weapon
Luke Richardson (Raised By Eagles)
Hiatus KaiyoteChoose Your Weapon
It’s complicated and tricky-clever but with grooves that are solid and so grounded. I think my favourite thing about this band is that each part – drums, keys, vocals, etc – are given their own separate sonic space so even when individually there are some pretty dense rhythmic and harmonic things going on the overall sound is still really open.

TravellerGretta Ziller
Chris StapletonTraveller
I was really excited when Gareth emailed me asking for my favourite album of 2015! Determined to do my due diligence, I got straight onto my 2015 Soundtrack on Spotify (where I put all the new music I find) and went round and round. The one album I just could not go past was Chris Stapleton’s Traveller – it’s just so dang good!!! This album came out and it was like he was holding a hand full of ace’s around a table full of jokers in the poker game they call country music! If you’ve heard of The SteelDrivers you would instantly recognise Stapleton’s voice, its a lonely shot of whiskey in an empty bar, it’s singing to Jesus on Sunday morning, it’s whispering to your lover in the dark of night and it crying over a broken heart, and of course his songs cover all this and more! On a side note, I do recommend googling Stapleton, he is no newcomer to Country music, having been involved with the aforementioned SteelDrivers, but he has also been in the background writing hit songs for major country music artists for years! I could keep gushing about this album for days, but, in short, Traveller is a return to good honest heartfelt country music – and we all say Amen!

Echolocations CanyonAinsley Farrell
Andrew BirdEcholocations: Canyon
This entire album was recorded in the Coyote Gulch Canyons in Utah. It’s the first of a series where Bird uses different components of the environment to stretch, bend and explore sound. I think it’s important to give credit to your surroundings and appreciate that the environment you’re in has a huge influence on the sound you put out.

OutsidersKate Burke (Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Trouble In The Kitchen)
Heath CullenOutsiders
The fact that I love this album has only a little to do with the fact that Heath lives up the road from me. This album, where Heath is joined by Elvis Costello’s Impostors, has fantastic songs that range from the danceable “Two Left Feet” to the gorgeously Daniel Lanois-esque “Who’ll Rock the Cradle” and anthemic “One for the Road”, all lush and powerful and featuring mad, crazy, wonderful keys and piano at almost every turn. I love it more with every listen.

Mother's Not Feeling Herself TodayRuth Hazleton (Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton)
Suzannah EspieMother’s Not Feeling Herself Today
A brave, bold, powerful and honest collection of songs that successfully destroys taboos and exposes truths; a very rare thing. Beautifully performed and produced, this album is laden with artistic integrity from a songwriter who’s driven from a deeply personal space and sings like a rising angel.

Carrie & LowellWilliam Fitzsimmons
Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
Sufjan + return to acoustic music. What’s not to love!?!! Truth be told, even though I love and respect Sufjan’s art more than just about anybody else alive (Sorry Selena Gomez!) I was kind of bummed when I heard that he’d be returning to an “acoustic” sound for this record. Don’t get me wrong, I love acoustic music. I make acoustic music. But I cherish the fact that Sufjan has always been willing to do something kind of, well, different … and still make you hum along (e.g. that ghastly solo in “Springfield!!!”). And I snobbishly loved being one of the people who really, really loved the Adz project and his increasingly left of center writing. But once I got past the hype of Carrie & Lowell (the unopened vinyl sat in my studio for about 2 months) and actually listened, I was overjoyed. I recently lost someone very important to me, so certainly the subject matter of Carrie & Lowell hit close to home. But, moreover, it was the record’s ability to wrap these difficult ideas into such simple, small, understated songs. Nobody messes with the idea of subtlety and histrionics like Suf. And to perfect that tricky dance and sing about death at the same time is tantamount to a masterpiece.

CurrentsAnnie Hamilton (Little May)
Tame ImpalaCurrents
Tame Impala have seriously nailed it with this album, there are some excellent musical moments in there. It’s really cool to see a band evolve and grow over the course of a few albums while still maintaining their own sound and style.

Sound and ColorOlivia Hally (Oh Pep!)
Alabama ShakesSound & Color
There’s only one way to listen to this album: from top to bottom and on repeat. It was already my favourite album this year and then I later discovered a bonus track called “Joe” on a TV show and I cried a little bit. It’s too good.

Ryan BinghamRuby Boots
Ryan BinghamFear and Saturday Night
I love the balance between emotive songs/story telling and grit. I am a sucker for good Americana music with raw delivery and grunt behind it and this album fulfils all of that and more. Every track on there is A grade songwriting with classy melody hooks that are not too obvious until you turn it off and they are running through your head for the rest of the day. These songs that make me a little sad but fill me full of hope at the same time, also another soft spot for me. I love this artist, and this album is my favourite album of 2015.

ShipsOscar Lush
Water MusicShips
“Four weeks after the devastating suicide of my sister, I locked myself in my shed for four days and wrote and recorded these songs on my 8-track as both tribute and therapy. I’ve had death close to me before and here I was again.” – This record absolutely broke my heart and still continues to do so. Every time I listen it brings me to tears. Mathew is such a powerful and unique songwriter. Nothing I listened to this year came close in depth and heartache to this record.

DeclarationAnna Cordell
Kate Burke & Ruth HazletonDeclaration
This is REAL folk music. And these are REAL women. This music has purpose beyond the artists own egos. I am completely inspired by this album and these two women – and, well, the music is just so beautiful!

Ron BlockHamish Davidson (Davidson Brothers)
Ron BlockHogan’s House of Music
So many of my favourite contemporary bluegrass musicians are giving it their all on this creative instrumental album. Best of all, there are so many “you can’t do that on a banjo” moments!

Small Town BigshotLachlan Davidson (Davidson Brothers)
Fanny LumsdenSmall Town Big Shot
Fanny is a great artist and natural entertainer, her hard work and real songs have been fantastically produced on her debut record. Catchy, easy listening and a great voice makes you wanna hit repeat every time.

Don't Lose ThisSkyscraper Stan
Pops StaplesDon’t Lose This
I’ve never had much of a hard-on for Jeff Tweedy so I was skeptical when I heard he was collaborating with Mavis Staples on the final, posthumous release of her father’s music. As it turns out, both Jeff and Mavis have done an amazing job fleshing out the bare-bones recordings Pops made in 1999, a year before his death. It’s all here; tremolo guitar, reverby drum sounds and beautiful group vocals from the Staples sisters. Plus some unexpectedly clever lyricism.

The Stars My DestinationMark “Looch” Lewis (Handsome Young Strangers, Wifey)
Ben SalterThe Stars My Destination
Well I have to admit in the 4 years I have been doing this for you lovely folk at Timber And Steel I have had the hardest time choosing. Kudos to Buddy Glass and Bad Dreems for almost getting there. It took me a week but I’m giving my gong to Ben Salter for My Stars The Destination. The thing that kills me about this guy is that he just improves artistically and vocally with every release. His debut The Cat was a magnificent effort but he has raised the bar again here. As a songwriter he is up there in my book with Gareth Lilliard, Tim Rogers, Mick Thomas and Paul Kelly. I don’t think it would be overselling to say he is possibly the best vocalist in the land right now. Listen to the title track when the vocals beef up half way through. If that doesn’t make your neck hairs stand up I don’t know what will. Usual story: should be huge, probably wont be. Travesty.

1989Ryan Oliver (Oliver’s Army)
Ryan Adams1989
I’ve always been a fan of Ryan’s ability to take a song and completely own it, especially in cover songs (We all remember his haunting version of ‘Wonderwall’ don’t we?). He took probably the most commercial and poppy sounding album and turned it into a very solid folk rock album that you wouldn’t know wasn’t if they didn’t happen to be mega-hits that he was covering. The production is great and I think maybe most noteworthy is his ability to spin somewhat jovial adolescent lyrics and somehow add that signature Ryan Adams melancholy. Respect.

HighRoland Kay-Smith
Royal HeadacheHigh
The formula these guys have is irresistible. I’m not much of a heavy rock guy, traditionally favouring more Timber-and-Steel-esque tunes, but the whole blue-eyed garage soul thing just gets me. Some of it’s silly, some of it’s naff, but there are enough great tunes here to keep me coming back again and again.

ValleywoodNad Budge (The Stetson Family)
Dan ParsonsValleywood
I first heard Dan Parson’s new album Valleywood whilst driving around Nashville in a crappy rental car with a really crappy sound system, and it blew me away – Valleywood, that is, not the car! I was first struck by how great the production came across, full, rich and really well balanced – then I was drawn into Dan’s songs, each one wanting me to listen to what he had to say, and giving me a sense of nostalgia as well as excitement for this next generation of great songwriters.

CurrentsDustin Tebbutt
Tame ImpalaCurrents
This was my favourite release this year. I hadn’t really listened to the band before this album, and it was an incredible introduction. For me, it’s the beautiful combination of genres in here that gives this record so much depth. A lot of the song structures and mixing techniques borrow heavily from house music (the extensive use of filters for example), and a lot of the beats are a mix of old school soul and breaks. These fundamentals are then built upon with psychedelic guitar parts and raw, dreamy vocals. The record has attitude, vibe, heart and a real overarching journey. I just love it.

The Phosphorescent BluesJon Boden (Bellowhead, Spiers & Boden)
Punch BrothersThe Phosphorescent Blues
I was a bit late to the Punch Brothers party, but what a sound! It’s not really bluegrass, more experimental art-pop with bluegrass instrumentation. Beachboys-esque vocals, mandolin funk workouts, beautiful style and tone throughout by five masters of their instruments.

Carrie & LowellSam Sweeney (Bellowhead)
Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
This is such a beautiful and poignant record. It’s hard to listen all the way through without shedding a tear. After The Age Of Adz, this a welcome return to Sufjan’s folkier side. It’s a heart breaking album about his relationship with his mother who died of cancer in 2012 after a long history of substance abuse and mental health issues. It’s a painful listen and yet so perfect.

Mellow DramaMark Lucas
James McMurtryComplicated Game
It’s the narrative, those fragile vignettes that come alive with truth and a sheer humanity that doesn’t preclude a little bitterness but is always tempered by a dry humour. As he says himself, like his American literary giant father, Larry McMurtry (“The Last Picture Show”, “Lonesome Dove” etc.), James is a fiction writer. His dad was an inspiration to me before I stumbled across his son’s work on a drive across Texas in ‘89. It’s been a heck of a journey in song and, to my way of thinking, that’s what it’s all about – a Complicated Game indeed and I still “miss my dog from years ago” too.

TrackerBob Barford (Bloodwood)
Mark KnopflerTracker
Mr Laidback personified. I reckon he put this album together for his own amusement and just because he could. While not overly impresive on the first few listens, like any good album it grows on you. It’s an insight into what he is up to at this point in time.

Shadows In The NightMark Moldre
Bob DylanShadows In The Night
So many iconic artists have tried the “American Songbook” album and have dismally failed. This is Dylan at his most intimate and unguarded. We hear every drawn breath from Dylan at microphone, every finger touching a string, the slow drag of a bow across a double bass string, a quiet movement or shifting of feet in the room – nothing is hidden from the listeners ear. No careful ProTools editing. A band in a hushed room. Guitars are caressed, sweeping pedal steel is syrupy and lush, drums are ever so softly brushed, tempos remain languid and dreamy while Dylan growls and croons his way through the mist. Lyrics written decades ago seem timeless, ironic and strangely poignant in Dylan’s gentle phrasing. Imagine granddad at the family reunion recalling songs of his younger days at the upright piano in the corner of your lounge room as the warm glow of an open fire crackles and pops. Nostalgia, sadness, wry humour and regret all seep and melt into one another until you feel you’re drifting in a grainy sepia haze. Perfect.

The Hedge SchoolsColm Mac Con Iomaire (Colm Mac Con Iomaire, The Frames)
The Hedge SchoolsAt the End of a Winding Day
My favourite albums involve time and space travel. They bring you places. This album At the End of a Winding Day by Dublin songwriter Patrick Barrett and Producer and co-conspirator Joe Chester AKA The Hedge Schools is a warm, golden, sonic-embrace. Visit this place and be well.

WindfallBrad Butcher
Joe PugWindfall
As much as I loved Rodney & Emmylou’s Traveling Kind or Isbell, Stapleton, or Oz’s very own songsmith Shane Nicholson’s great albums of 2015 Windfall speaks to me the most from an artistic point of view and holds the elements of music I love dearly; great songwriting recorded in a moving an honest way.

Kill It YourselfJesse Lubitz (TinPan Orange)
Jess RibeiroKill It Yourself
The latest album from Jess Ribeiro creates an entire world. It’s a fully cohesive album with songs that draw you in and make you want to listen harder – it feels as though you might miss something important if you’re not paying full attention. Each song is beautiful and the production is perfect.

TelegraphCara Robinson (Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson)
Kevin DohertyTelegraph
I had the pleasure of hearing Kevin Doherty’s live set while in a play in Dublin, Ireland. I fell in love with the stories that he made into song about his insight into the world today, the world that has passed and indeed the world too set before us. His own stories in song take on the heroism, evil, love, madness all words and more that is more than the story itself he quotes. The album itself is personal and inviting and welcomes you in with the warmth and depth that he has in his voice to listen with intent as the album unfolds. There is a sense of awareness that is brought forward from a time long forgotten in the music and it is so important in song writing today that these stories of historical changes are kept alive as it seems a lot of the modern day writing is about surface subjects only a few dare to reiterate in a whole album. Recorded by a mighty line up of artists indeed within their own right, Liam Bradley, James Delaney, Paul Moore, Paul Rodden, Nicky Scott, Enda Walsh and Kevin Doherty set the tempo aptly. Favorite tracks “Camden Street” and “Tug Boat” The story and historical references are poetical and strong and is indeed offered beautifully and honestly to the listener. Inspiring writing.

Marlon WilliamsPatrick James
Marlon WilliamsMarlon Williams
Although I’m in a library, listening with headphones and writing about this, it’s almost as if I am sitting in a tin shed listening on a half broken record player with a glass of aged scotch delving into something from my mum and dad’s music collection. Obviously this guy has such an incredible vocal ability, but sometimes that’s hard to capture and draw an intimate focus to on record. He and his team have nailed that and the band compliments it so well. I tend to be drawn to albums that inspire my own writing or change the way I think for a minute about music. This album does that for me. Not because the production is over the top or revolutionary but because it’s raw and honest and it takes me to a specific setting. It’s also performed in a refined way that almost seems theatrical, I think that’s what gets in me in from the start.

Hell Breaks LooseImogen Clark
Shane NicholsonHell Breaks Loose
Hell Breaks Loose is like a glass of whisky you want to drink, and love to drink, even though you know that when you ingest it, it’s going to bring to the forefront of your mind some of the most heartbreaking truths you’ve ever known and expose things you didn’t even know you felt or thought. Gut-wrenching lyrics and beautiful melancholic melodies, and more honesty than even whisky could bring.

BloodPhia
Lianne La HavasBlood
Lianne’s voice is so velvety and intoxicating and enveloping, and the songs she writes are deep and powerful. She writes a killer pre-chorus too. The production is also fantastic, highlighting the light and shade and rough and smooth of her voice and songs. I can’t stop listening to it!

One Song RomanceNick Keeling (Mustered Courage)
Michael BarnettOne Song Romance
This album is a precision powered product of over 50 years of stringband music in America. Michael is a champion of the newest ilk in bluegrass and old-timey, and can play the fiddle like you wouldn’t believe. The front porch isn’t enough these days and folk musicians that were inspired by the likes of Bela Fleck and Chris Thile a decade ago are now taking to advanced tertiary institutions like Berklee and Juliard to hone their craft. If you like Punch Brothers, Crooked Still, or The Deadly Gentlemen, then rosin up to One Song Romance.

GoonJon O’Neill (Forest Falls)
Tobias Jesso JrGoon
It’s been hard as of late to find music that gives me a comforting chill down my spine, but this album did. Every one of Jesso’s masterpieces is straight from the heart and has an overwhelming sense of home and familiarity. I love this album because it doesn’t rely on production to make the songs “better” – rather, they are simple, beautiful and raw.

10Bill Jackson
Darrell Scott10: Songs of Ben Bullington
Darrell Scott met Ben Bullington during a trip to Yellowstone National Park with his children. Bullington was a small town Montana doctor who happened to write songs in his spare time and a mutual friend thought they might enjoy each other’s company – two single dads on vacation in the wilderness with their offspring. In fact, they wound up good friends with more in common than they probably thought at first. Bullington, it turned out, was fighting a cancer diagnosis that wound up taking his life. But, before he passed, he wanted to play a songwriters-in-the-round show in Nashville, and the date was set at the Station Inn. According to the liner notes on Scott’s new album, 10: Songs of Ben Bullington, that was the first time that he’d heard Bullington’s songs. And, as we can hear on the disc, Bullington was a remarkable songwriter. His lyrics have a natural musicality, and the nuance of his stories is bowl-you-over good in places. Scott’s treatment of the songs is pure and arresting. Here’s one of the most versatile artists in the Americana/roots world, whose instrumental prowess is well documented, giving one strum per measure in some cases, leaving room for the songs to create their own life. Not a lot of songs could stand up when stripped back to such simplicity. On the one hand, it’s a shame that a songwriter the calibre of Ben Bullington lived most of his whole life without his songs getting much further than his own guitar. On the other hand, it’s a blessing that his friend Darrell Scott picked up that very guitar and immortalized them. Favourite tracks: “I’ve Gotta Leave You Now”, “Born in 55”.

Mellow DramaAriela Jacobs
Kevin GarrettMellow Drama
Colouring was the first track I heard off Garrett’s debut EP and I immediately fell in love with the rest of the compilation. Similar to the James Blake aesthetic, his songs are punctuated with electronic beats but they are used gently and sparingly. Lyrically, he grabs your attention from the get go and although simplistic in narrative, he reels you in with unheard of metaphors to symbolise a broken relationship. Kevin may make you weep your eyes out, but I’m telling you it’s worth the sob and the copious amounts of ice cream afterwards.

Dogs at BayThom Lion
Bad DreemsDogs At Bay
I haven’t heard rock this real in a while. The songs and sound are unashamedly Australian. A raw record that hits you right in the face!

Daniel RomanoHarvey Russell (Peasant Moon)
Daniel RomanoIf I’ve Only One Time Askin’
Canadians do country well and Daniel Romano is no exception. On his fourth solo album the Ontarian moves away from the country folk of early material and beyond the twangy honky tonk of his 2013 release. This time it’s a modern interpretation of the countrypolitan sound which emerged in the 1960s. Some will accuse him of pastiche, and this is tempting if only the songwriting, instrumentation and vocal phrasings weren’t so damned good. George, Merle, Willie and even Charlie Rich would be happy to have written these songs. Romano knows he’s writing classics too, his brashness is evident through the use of rich synth-strings and drum machines. This was album of the year before I’d reached the end of my first listen.

Daniel KnoxJosie Rothwell (Peasant Moon)
Daniel KnoxDaniel Knox
The 2015 release from Chicago troubadour Daniel Knox is my fave album of the year – the top of a very long short list. The album is rich with gorgeous instrumentation, surprising given the stark piano and vocal package of his earlier releases. The arrangements complement the sharpness of his songwriting and his utterly enchanting voice. I love the breadth of the album – Knox gives us hazy dream trance on “Blue Car”, sharp and catchy on “Don’t Touch Me” and even a hypnotic choir in 14 15 111. Lyrically, Knox’s observations of the sometimes mundane imbue the entire album with an undercurrent of creepy menace

Imaginary ManAshleigh Mannix (Ashleigh Mannix, Little Georgia)
Rayland BaxterImaginary Man
I was hooked on the first listen. The first track “Mr. Rodriguez” had me bopping from the intro, and by the time the second verse had kicked in, I was swinging my hair and red wine around the kitchen like no tomorrow. My favourite song is “My Captain”, followed closely by “Rugged Lovers”. Both songs make me stop whatever I’m doing, and just listen. He makes me want to be a better songwriter. It’s just such a friken great album.

Imaginary ManJustin Carter (Justin Carter, Little Georgia)
Rayland BaxterImaginary Man
A lyrically inspiring album from start to finish.

Multi-LoveSahara Beck
Unknown Mortal OrchestraMulti-Love
Every song makes me fall in love again and again, not only with its extremely catchy melodies which dance through every instrument but also the lyrics that call you in with their familiar and relatable subject of thought. Unknown Mortal Orchestra have been on repeat in my mind all year long, this album is a wise old ear worm that I welcome into my mind with a warm accommodating smile

Chaos and the CalmMark Wilkinson
James BayChaos and the Calm
This record is really strong from top to bottom. It has a fantastic energy about it and the production hasn’t been overdone which really allows Bay’s voice to shine. The songs are catchy and accessible without being soulless and Bay’s vocals can stretch from intimate to powerful giving the album space for light and shade.

Sam AmidonCatgut
Sam AmidonHome Alone Inside My Head
Sam Amidon can go from quietly beautiful to shockingly abrasive in seconds. For Home Alone Inside My Head he put together a bunch of field recordings captured in 2002 after studying with old time fiddler Bruce Greene and free jazz violinist Leroy Jenkins. It’s not easy listening but it’s a glimpse inside the musical mind of someone we find very inspiring.

CurrentsTom Stephens
Tame ImpalaCurrents
Couldn’t deny Kev the props he deserves. The tunes are written, recorded, performed and produced all by the man himself, on his lonesome. There wasn’t even a dude around to get him a coffee when he was feeling flat. When it dropped the band and I listened to it five times in a row driving back from Melbourne. Everything is perfectly placed. The man is a master.

Yours DreamilyEddie Boyd (Eddie Boyd and the Phatapillars)
The ArcsYours, Dreamily,
The album is just filled with bangers from start to finish. Really great songwriting, catchy as f*@k and really interesting production. I would best describe it as soul/motown rock meets wild wild west. Super cool.

Ben MastwykJustin Bernasconi (Justin Bernasconi, The Stillsons)
Ben MastwykMornin’ Evenin’
Mastwyk’s beautifully crafted debut album is full of gems, the songs gently pushes and pulls you all the way from Texas to Melbourne inner north in one long dance.

The GleanerJordie Lane
Brendan WelchThe Gleaner
Thanks to local new Ballarat label, Heart Of The Rat Records, this brilliant album was given new life in October. Undoubtedly my favorite Australian voice, Brendan’s epic songs are matched by Paul Dempsey (Something For Kate) with the producer hat on! I know already it’s gonna be one of my favorite records of all time!

Coming HomeBroads
Leon BridgesComing Home
Our pick for 2015’s top album was the debut album from Texan soul singer Leon Bridges. Co-written with members of Texan band White Denim, the album perfectly pays homage to that moment in history when gospel music bled into the world of soul. Particularly reminiscent of the velvet tones of Sam Cooke, the charismatic charm of this album had us absolutely bowled over, and has been played on high rotation since its release mid way through the year. Check out the single “Lisa Sawyer” – absolute retro gold.

Father John MistyTanya Batt
Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
I can’t even express what this album did to me the first time I heard it. It’s no hidden secret that Joshua Tillman is one of the best singer/songwriters of our generation/ever. His lyrical ability to tell a story is like no other. Then throw in the incredible voice and arrangements within his work and you just die a little inside with the pain he shares with you. I am a bit of a sucker for a concept album also so this is why this ended up being the winner. It’s such an honest album, so honest that he found it incredibly hard playing these songs in front of those close to him, and I feel that’s something I can relate to. I love you, Father John Misty. Thank you for sharing this with us all.

Such JubileePaddy Connor (Lime and Steel)
Mandolin OrangeSuch Jubilee
This duo have a magic touch of writing and playing songs that seem deceptively simple: and sometimes just that little extra beat or chord that grabs you. That can really play, but it’s never flashy: feels like you’re around a kitchen table at 2am with old friends singing that one song that opens their heart.

Jason IsbellAndrew Swift
Jason IsbellSomething More Than Free
A lot of my friends ok the music industry were raving about Jason Isbell, especially the women. If his name got mentioned on social media it was often followed by “swoon” or “my future husband” but it was actually my Dad that handed me his album and upon first listen I didn’t understand the fuss. As I’m lazy when it comes to changing CDs in my car it stayed in there for a while and played through several times and I came to realise just how impressive this man is. Something More Than Free is an album of songs I wish I had written. They’re not catchy when you first hear them but they grow on you, become a part of you, draw you in so you want to listen to the lyrics and thank god they do, the man is a wordsmith! This is one of those album where you don’t skip a song from start to finish.

Hell Breaks LooseTristan Goodall (The Audreys)
Shane NicholsonHell Breaks Loose
We don’t always agree on things like this, but in the case of the best album of 2015, my band-mate Taasha and I are in complete agreement. Shane Nicholson’s Hell Breaks Loose is a killer record. A break-up album for the educated country set (I think that’s us) that hums with vibrant melodies, deadly hooks and stinging lyrics, it sets a new bar for roots acts in our neck of the woods. Gently driving acoustic guitars and shuffling drums support a singer in search of a new start – confident, melancholy and yet tuned to hope.

Be ItThe April Maze
Jesse WitneyBe It
Four tracks of gold. The musicianship, arrangements and production are off-hook. Track 2, “Higher”, really takes you higher, it is so uplifting. But track 4, “Australia”, Jesse does something really special – it is very beautiful and captures the true essence of Australia. The perfect soundtrack for a roadtrip.

Glass FoolTodd Sibbin
Kaurna CroninGlass Fool
I’ve watched Kaurna’s development through four releases and on every level Glass Fool marks a significant step up. The songwriting, both lyrically and melodically, arrangement, production and his band’s cohesion (particularly Chris Panousakis’ lead guitar work) combine for a very tidy release indeed.

PondBetty & Oswald
PondMan It Feels Like Space Again
Oh boy the new Pond album has been round the block a few times at our place. Sonically arousing and drenched in all that bowie-esque glamour, these guys are right on!

Glass FoolBeth Stephen (The Little Stevies)
Tim GuyChords
The first thing that stood out to me hearing Chords for the first time was the song arrangements. I suspected from the moment I heard them that a lot of thought had gone into the structure of the songs and the lengths of the sections in each song. None of the songs are too over played, it’s full of great guitar licks and vocal hooks, the melodies and chord progressions are really interesting and unexpected, and Tim has given great vocal performances on all tracks. He’s used his whole vocal range and included stacks of killer harmonies. The album covers a range of genres which I think can be risky sometimes in terms of keeping a natural flow. But Tim pulled it off. My fav’s are “Footsteps” and “It’s The Weekend”. Chords is a strong collection of strong stand alone songs.

Kendrick LamarHayden Calnin
Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
This is a piece of art. Kendrick has made what I consider to be one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. He’s doing wonders for an ever-rising genre of music and delivers an intelligent, modern, original, political and poetic masterpiece with this LP. Fav track: “Alright”

Glass FoolWillowy
The Weather StationLoyalty
Beginning with a stumbling fast paced picking of the guitar and warped percussion – the mood of this album is immediately established, taking the listener on a somber yet hopeful sonic journey. Even with upbeat songs like the title track “Way it is, Way it Could Be” there lies a weight in expectation. Noticing this year a pull towards a fuller and often more electric centered production, each track on this album unashamedly bares it soul with a stripped back, predominantly acoustic, yet thoughtful layering of instruments that builds when needed. The album highlights Tamara Lindeman’s emotional and warmly experimental vocals that compliment her soul bearing songwriting.

Jason IsbellEmily Barker
Jason IsbellSomething More Than Free
Like many, I adore Jason’s record, Southeastern, so it was always going to be a difficult album to follow up. I bought Something More Than Free at Grimey’s record shop in Nashville and it was the only CD I had in my hire car for the week I was there. It is fantastic. As always, his raw lyrics and vocal delivery are arresting. Dave Cobb’s production is also killer. My favourite track is “Children of Children” because it reminds me of the beautiful, haunting Dillard and Clark record, Through the Morning, Through the Night.

TravellerTimothy James Bowen
Chris StapletonTraveller
He’s got a voice that will leave you mouth-gapingly speechless and a beard/hat combo to match. Do your ears a favour and get into it as fast as humanly possible. In particular, listen out for the track, “Tennessee Whiskey”. Good Lord.

Mother's Not Feeling Herself TodayLiz Stringer
Suzannah EspieMother’s Not Feeling Herself Today
Suzannah has always been one of my favourites. As a writer and performer. This new collection of songs, recorded with Jeff Lang at his studio and a stellar band, is another heartbreakingly beautiful one. One of the few artists that consistently brings me to tears, Espie has trawled some depths lyrically throughout this album that few would be brave enough to attempt and, in doing so, has cracked open a vein of shining gold. It’s stunning.

Songs to PlayJulia Jacklin
Robert ForsterSongs to Play
I hadn’t heard of Robert Forster until I listened to him being interviewed by Richard Fidler about story songs from the 1970s. I liked his talking voice and his passion for Carly Simons “You’re So Vain”, I’d never really listened closely to the lyrics. So I looked up his record and it made me really happy! His wobbly vocals, Australian accent, the Christmas bells in “And I Knew”. Listen to “A Poet Walks” if you need a confidence boost over the Christmas socialising period.

Dorsal FinsRoscoe James Irwin
Dorsal FinsMind Renovation
An absolute cracker of a record from some of the best dudes in Melbourne. With Ella Thompson (GL), Jarrad Brown (Eagle and The Worm) and Liam McGorry (Saskwatch) at the helm, there was no chance this record wasn’t going to rule. Sweet 90s garage vibes and some great electro boogie, all without actually sounding like a retro throwback record. “Nothing Left to Hide” with its Iggy-ness, and “Heart On The Floor” are standouts. One of the best live bands kicking around as well.

MotorheadShane Nicholson
MotorheadBad Magic
After 40 years in the game, they have just released one of their best records ever. The songs, the execution, the sheer power, the consistent disregard for trends. Best band that ever was.

Hell Breaks LooseThe Weeping Willows
Shane NicholsonHell Breaks Loose
The combination of skilfully crafted songs and his soul-soothing voice place Shane Nicholson in the world-class league of singer-songwriters. To us, “Hell Breaks Loose” is Song of the Year and we challenge you to stay dry-eyed throughout “Single Fathers”, “Secondhand Man” and “Hermannsburg”.

PassengerThe Once
PassengerWhispers II
Passenger is a songwriting king. There are songs on this record that will kick you in the guts, make you question your very own choices of the heart, make you remember all the feelings that you stopped allowing yourself and all in the most positive way. AND he is donating ALL of the album sales to UNICEF in a quest to help end painful hunger in Liberia. What? He’s unreal. Just sayin’.

RadiusThe Brouhaha
Allen StoneRadius
The lead single “Freedom” hooked me in. Live video on top of Capitol records, so much soul, so much vibe. Love love love 🙂

The MiraculousMusketeer
Anna Von HausswolffThe Miraculous
I had the pleasure of watching Anna play the pipe organ at the Town Hall in Sydney early in the year. I also had the pleasure of exploring and playing music in her home country of Sweden, in their summer months. So, when she dropped this album I couldn’t help but fall back into that vivid northern world. I guess that makes me a little biased, but The Miraculous is probably the most well crafted piece of music I have heard all year. I would call it gothic folk rock. It is unique and moving and Anna’s voice will open your soul.

Deeper SouthRosie McDonald (RAPT, Folklore)
Shane HowardDeeper South
So many great albums out this year, but the one that stays with me, like a prayer shawl, is Deeper South by Shane Howard with Ewan Baker and John Hudson. I have huge respect for Shane. His music, poetry, philosophy and voice now seem to have been honed by the elements, love and love lost, empathy with others and his own life struggles. There is no preaching, no soap box, just wry observations of love, despite the struggles and realities of living. The first track, the windswept evocative “Deeper South”, got under my skin and recently when all the news was so dire, I’ve played it like a psalm. I can come back and back to it and each time is moves and calms me. The album has celtic, jazz and folk influences and the other musicians, Ewan on fiddle and mando, and John on beautifully played guitar, complement the songs exquisitely along with guest performers. Live, the experience is just as meaningful but this crowd sourced and lovingly packaged album, like a small hard cover book, is a true work of brilliance and worthy of a place in any collection.

Kendrick LamarMatthew Black (The Bottlers)
Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
Kendrick Lamar takes to his expansive african-americana scrapbook with a cleverly glinted and winking poet’s eye view of everyday life based subject matter with 2015’s To Pimp a Butterfly. 

Swaggering back into beat poetesque lyricism mixed with gritty urban, jazz draped drawls he looks at today’s America and further into tommorow’s American influenced world from the perspective of a young black man still fighting the battles his radical forebearers fought. Casting aside industry pushed gangster rap stereotypes this illuminating stew all cooks down into what very well could be classified as the next leap in the evolution of hip hop music.

Universal ThemesGeorgia Fair
Sun Kil MoonUniversal Themes
Because my girlfriend hates it and “Birds of Films” is so beautiful.

courtney barnettLauren Moore (Pepperjack)
Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think And Sometimes I Just Sit
Courtney Barnett is undeniably a force in the Australian music industry. She has the complexity and aloofness of an aging rock star but with the level headed intellect of a philosopher. The elaborately titled Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit showcases her signature lyrical witticisms and deadpan vocal style but also brings some unexpected angst. It’s refreshing and relatable. Barnett has something to say and the world is listening. I can’t wait to hear more.

Bird Under WaterTom West
Arooj AftabBird Under Water
Bird Under Water is a beautifully serene and lush record by Brooklyn Based Arooj Aftab. I have found myself getting lost time and time again in her complex, haunting melodies and flawless vocals, often splendidly layered and harmonised. The songs feel skilfully composed and even after repeated listens I still get a thrill out of the many unexpected turns and instrumental surprises. I can’t recommend this record highly enough.

Weight of the WorldGeorge Jackson (One Up, Two Down, The Company, Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass, Buffalo Nickel)
10 String SymphonyWeight Of The World
Nashville based 10 String Symphony released a great full length album this October which has been on high rotation for me since. The 5-string fiddle/banjo duo consists of Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer who are both fantastic and acclaimed fiddlers, though interestingly this album is strongly song-centric. The minimal instrumentation and vocal arrangements are super interesting to listen to, they’ve come up with some really interesting solutions to creating a full sound with just the two voices and two fiddles (or one fiddle and one banjo) to work with.

Carly Rae JepsonImogen Bel
Carly Rae JepsenE-mo-tion
I was definitely a sucker for Jepsen’s huge hit “Call Me Maybe” but it seemed as though she was headed for one hit wonder territory after that. Not the case! This album is full of fun and catchy hook-filled tunes with production that makes me feel like I’m dancing under a mirror ball on prom night in 1985. It’s full of the energy and naivety of a first crush, and it’s a lot of fun to get swept away in the drama of it all. Best tracks: “E-mo-tion”, “All That”, “Run Away With Me”.

Cold SummersFraser A Gorman
CrepesCold Summers
Tim Karmouche’s songwriting is some of the most exciting music I’ve heard lately. He retains a classic style akin to the Beatles/John Lennon but it’s contemporary, exciting, lyrically interesting pop music at its best.

Loren KateKris Morris
Loren KateTil Night Meet’s The Sun.
Loren is an amazing story teller and the EP captures the honesty and fragility of what she does perfectly. It’s a heartbreaker but there’s hope and love in there. It’s really something.

Blessing and CursingMandy Connell (Mandy Connell, Stray Hens)
Jimmy DowlingBlessing and Cursing
Co-produced by Matt Walker, with harmonies from Lucie Thorne. Simple instrumentation, very Aussie writing style, with stark images of our industrial landscape mixed with the light and space of the countryside. His best realisation yet.

Mother's Not Feeling Herself TodayLes Thomas
Suzannah EspieMother’s Not Feeling Herself Today
Suzannah Espie’s courageous album Mother’s Not Feeling Herself Today tops my list because it shows how music and songwriting can express topics that are usually too taboo to speak about. The honesty and generosity she shares about getting through post-natal depression and early motherhood is extremely rare and beautiful, and for that reason I hope these songs can be heard everywhere. Yes, it’s pretty heavy, but it’s also done in a supremely artful and moving way that would no doubt help countless people to process these under-acknowledged challenges and hardships.

Dick DiverDarren Hanlon
Dick DiverMelbourne, Florida
Boisterous, erudite, effortlessly nostalgic. All four songwriters share an aesthetic of detailed suburban minutiae and find poetry, humour and melancholy in the commonplace. This album feels like such an important beacon of light in Australian music at the moment, so therefore it’s criminal that they don’t play live more.

Tomorrow is my TurnSam Lee
Rhiannon GiddensTomorrow Is My Turn
This is more than a covers album – Rhiannon has taken some classic American song book standards and also lesser known blues and old time songs and crafted the most elegant dynamic and rich album that keeps so much of the original’s flare but represents these songs as though they were brand new and freshly forged. A true pioneer and gifted singer and musician coming into her own.

Brandie carlileFanny Lumsden
Brandi CarlileFirewatcher’s Daughter and Kacey MusgravesPageant Material
Just bloody great music. Purely honest to themselves in their songwriting and production and vocal delivery. Sassy, Classy and smart assy.

Skull n BonesThe Dead Maggies
So we marched through the woodlands to meet up ’round a campfire, and decide on the best album of 2015. After a few gallons of rum we decided that there was nothing good released in 2015. In fact we draw our inspiration from 1830s Tasmanian bushranger music, so we don’t listen to modern stuff. We can however give you a couple of tips for 2016… The Australian Beefweek Show (Newcastle pub-rock-cow-punk yobs) and Dominic Francis Grief Ensemble (Hobart, deep-intelligent-folk-rock), check them both out when they release albums next year. Now, where did I leave that rum…

An Australian Folk Song A Day on CD

An Australian Folk Song A Day
Image Courtesy of Cloudstreet

Last year on Australia Day John Thompson (Cloudstreet) picked up the gauntlet laid down by the UK’s Jon Boden and started the blog An Australian Folk Song a Day. The aim was to record and post a new Australian folk song every day for a year and with that year well and truly over we have the results: Thompson was able to upload 367 songs in 2011/12.

A big congratulations has to go to John Thompson for his tireless work on the project. Folk singers now have this wonderful online resource that not only houses the recordings but also lyrics and some background information as well – and it’s still proving popular with over 300 hits a day.

As an added bonus John Thompson is offering up a bunch of the recordings in MP3 and audio CD form. The two-disc MP3 set containing 287 songs (track listing here) while the audio CDs contain the recordings on a month-by-basis. The two-disc set is $50 and the individual month CDs are $10 each, with postage included in both costs.

To get your hands on these recordings follow this link.

Bellowhead’s “A Bus Song A Day”

Bellowhead
Image Courtesy of Bellowhead

If you’re a constant reader of Timber and Steel you’ll know that we’re big fans of Jon Boden’s A Folk Song A Day project. And you’d also know we’re big fans of the band Jon Boden is probably best known for, Bellowhead. So when Bellowhead announces that they’ll be writing and releasing, via YouTube, a song per day of their current 3 week UK tour you’d expect us to get just a little bit excited.

So far there’s been five videos released under the Bus Song A Day banner and, well, it looks like the boys and girls of Bellowhead have far too much fun. Check them out below and then subscribe to Bellowhead’s Youtube channel for the rest as they’re uploaded.

iFolk 2.0 Part 3: Podcasts

Sing in a Can

While the music we listen to and rave about here at Timber and Steel may have its roots in a tradition that stretches back decades if not hundreds of years the way we consume that music in today is vastly different to even five years ago. High internet speeds, portable music devices and music on demand have shaped the way we discover music, share music, value music even think about music. In this series of articles we look at and recommend the best in folk music in the new media space.

Part 3: Podcasts

With the iPod and iPhone replacing the radio over the last few years the opportunity to hear new music has been rapidly decreasing. When your iPod is your alarm clock, your stereo and your portable music device the ability to listen to anything outside of your own playlists is extremely limited and unless we seek out new music ourselves rather than passively stumbling upon it it’s very easy to get trapped in a sheltered musical environment. But don’t worry, there is a way to get new music recommendations directly to your MP3 player – and that’s with the humble podcast. The world of folk and acoustic music is very well represented in the Podcast sphere so we thought we’d share with you some of our favourites:

Folkcast

The brainchild of journalist Phil Widdows and musician Ken Nicol (Steeleye Span), Folkcast is one of the best music Podcasts currently coming out of the UK. The between-song banter can be a little naff but these guys are second to none when it comes to showcasing the best in traditional and contemporary folk, especially from the British Isles. Folkcast is produced monthly although there are special shows throughout the year such as their recent special series from Fairport’s Cropredy Convention.

Folk Alley

Not to be confused with the Harry Potter podcast of the same name, Alleycast is the official monthly podcast from US based internet radio station Folk Alley. Alleycast takes the best of Folk Alley’s content – interviews, concerts, live studio recordings – and weaves it in between new releases from (mainly) American and Canadian artists. We love Alleycast for the live content and the access they have to some amazing artists.

Thistlepod

Thistlepod is the podcast version of Fiona Richie’s radio show The Thistle & Shamrock. Distributed via NPR in the States, The Thistle & Shamrock focuses on traditional or traditionally inspired Celtic music. Thistlepod collects Richie’s conversations with influential and inspiring artists inter-cut with their recorded or live music, with each podcast dedicated to a single artist. Although it doesn’t come out to regularly it’s always exciting when a new Thistlepod hits the web.

Daytrotter

While they’re not strictly a podcast the Daytrotter Sessions do fall into the same category of downloadable audio. Every day Daytrotter unleash a new session on their audience, featuring a band performing about four tracks all recorded in downtown Rock Island, Illinois. Not everything Daytrotter releases is folk but it’s obviously a genre they are fans of with a lot of the sessions heavily swinging towards the roots end of the spectrum. The archive of artists, in particular prominent folk artists, is absolutely staggering and it’s all free. Timber and Steel tries to alert you guys to Daytrotter Sessions we think you’ll like but the best way to be on top of these guys is to subscribe to their weekly e-mail newsletter.

TransAtlantic Acoustic Show

Although the TransAtlantic Acoustic Show is coming to an end it’s well worth diving into the archives for brand new music – we’ve never ever heard a band we’ve recognised on this Podcast and that’s kind of what we like about it. Presented rather uniquely by Sam Salter in the UK and Jill Nojack in the US the TransAtalantic Acoustic Show focuses on folk and acoustic music that’s uploaded to the parent site IndieHeart.com. They are notorious for their sporadic postings (you can go months without a show and much of each podcast is dedicated to apologising for not posting for so long) and the conversation between the presenters is more than a little naff (which seems to be a running theme on folk podcasts) but the music is sublime. According to the web site there are but two podcasts left in the series – we wonder if anything will appear to take its place?

HearYa Live Session

In the same vein as Daytrotter Sessions, the HearYa Live Sessions (from the indie blog HearYa) are recorded in Chicago and offer up some awesome live performances from a number of high profile acts. Again, they do more than just folk but a quick glance over their archives (and upcoming sessions) shows that it’s a genre they’re passionate about. We’re constantly astonished by the high profile artists these guys get considering HearYa pitch themselves as just a blog.

A Folk Song A Day

On Midsummer’s Day (24th June) last year Jon Boden (of Bellowhead and Spiers & Boden fame) launched his A Folk Song A Day podcast with the aim of singing and uploading a traditional song every day for a year. The project was spawned by the rich history of folk songs that are sung socially at festivals and folk clubs throughout the British Isles (and beyond) but are not always suited to being performed or recorded by artists. Boden completed his project in June this year and has since released the recordings as albums and taken a number of songs on the road in a live show. A few of the original podcasts are still available for download and there’s promises from Boden that the project will evolve into something new in the near future.

Somglines Magazine Podcast

UK based magazine Songlines is probably the most widely acclaimed world music publication available. Since 2006 the monthly magazine has been accompanied by a podcast which features much of the music discussed within its pages plus playlists put together by their feature artists. Meant as companion piece to the magazine, the Songlines Podcast is worth downloading by itself for any fan of folk music from around the world.

Dylancast

We’re not quite sure where Dylancast sprung from, who puts it out (apparently it’s The Mighty Quinn but that could be anyone) or whether they even have rights to the material they produce but we’re taking an ask-no-questions approach here. Every month Dylancast delivers a complete Bob Dylan concert, rehearsal session or recording outtakes. There’s about two hours worth of content in each podcast so definitely a must for any Dylan fan (which is everyone, isn’t it?)

Most of the Podcasts featured here can be subscribed to and downloaded from iTunes – but if you can’t find them there (or you don’t use iTunes) you can listen to, download and subscribe to them from the links above. Next up on Timber and Steel’s iFolk 2.0 series we look at the best in folk and acoustic online video channels.

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