Thank Folk It’s Friday – 1st August


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Nick Mulvey has released a series of instructional videos to help you learn the songs from his album First Mind. Details here

– Central Coast singer-songwriter Daniel Lee Kendall released “Under A Spell”, the first single from his upcoming album Daniel Lee Kendall Is Dead. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Direwolf is launching his new EP tonight. Details here

– Melbourne folk-rock artist Tim Wheatley & Crooked Saint have released their new video “Burning The Midnight Oil”. Details here

– Dili based Australian singer-songwriter Cj Shaw and his band The Blow Ins are streaming their long awaited new album Milk Crate Throne online. Details here

– The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival have announced a bunch of artists for October including Annie Lou Band (Canada), Chris Henry and The Hardcore Grass (USA), Colin O’Brien (USA), Kirk Sutphin and Eddie Bond (USA) and Tattletale Saints (NZ), Catgut, CloudStreet, Dan Parsons, Fred Smith, Lucy Wise Trio, Margaret and Bob Fagan, Oh Pep!, One Up Two Down, Stray Hens, The Company (above), The Mid North, The Morrisons and many many more. Details here

– Melbourne duo Turtle & Fox have released their brand new single “I’m A Sardine”. Details here

The Pigs posted a video featuring 14 songs about Lorraine in five minutes. Details here

– The New Joe Mungovan single “Cotton Wool” hit the net this week. Details here

Jack Carty got his dance on in his latest video “The Joneses”. Details here

– The amazing Josh T Pearson has announced his first ever Australian shows. Details here

– Melbourne based trad five-piece Stray Hens have released their new video “Byker Hill”. Details here

– Quarterly Sydney folk night Fairlight Folk has announced its August lineup – Justin Bernasconi and the Dukes of Thornbury, Aaron Lyon and Laura Zarb. Details here

– We fell in love with the new music interview podcast Wait Long By The River and think you should too. Details here

Vance Joy announced plans to launch his new album with a single show in Melbourne this September. Details here

– English folk singer Martha Tilston has announced details of her new album The Sea

– Irish-American supergroup The Gloaming will be making their way to Australia for the Melbourne Festival. Details here


“Man I can tell you that’s definitely been a mix dose of unrelenting stress, but I’ve been lucky to have worked with such incredible people that the end result is something I’m 94% happy with, which is quite a lot. I’m sure I’m not the only songwriter to have written a whole EP and then rolled over one day saying “I can’t believe I almost released this. No thanks, bin them all”. That happened twice unfortunately, but after getting out of my head for awhile and taking some time to be inspired the tracks kind of chose themselves. And it felt right”Direwolf chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Angus and Julia Stone
Angus and Julia StoneAngus and Julia Stone

Emma Swift
Emma SwiftEmma Swift

Weatherboard House
Weatherboard HouseOllie Brown

Timber and Steel Presents



Friday 1st August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Melody Pool and Marlon Williams

Melody and Marlon

I’ve already stated elsewhere that “this may possibly be one of the most exciting tours of 2014” so if you haven’t been to see Melody Pool and Marlon Williams then you should really jump at the chance. These two are among the best and brightest coming out of the acoustic music scene in Australia and New Zealand right now. Don’t miss out!

Saturday 2nd August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 3rd August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 6th August – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Thursday 7th August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 8th August – St Martin’s Parish Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
Saturday 2nd August – Bangalow Showground, Byron Bay, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 8th August – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Caitlin Park
Friday 1st August – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd August – The Hive, Brisbane, QLD

Clare Bowditch with Adalita
Saturday 2nd August – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th August – Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Dan and Amy
Wednesday 6th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Darren Cross
Thursday 7th August – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Direwolf w/ Brendon Moon, Karl-Christoph
Friday 1st August – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Saturday 2nd August – Mobys Waterfront Lounge, Denmark, WA
Sunday 3rd August – Redcliffe on the Murray, Pinjarra, WA
Friday 8th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Friday 1st August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Jep and Dep
Sunday 3rd August – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Sunday 3rd August – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 8th August – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT

Melody Pool and Marlon Williams
Saturday 2nd August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 3rd August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 6th August – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Thursday 7th August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 8th August – St Martin’s Parish Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW

Pepa Knight
Friday 1st August – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 7th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Redlands Bluegrass Festival
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th August – The Kindilan Convention Centre, Redland Bay, QLD

Rose Wintergreen
Sunday 3rd August – The Turbine Platform, Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

The Beards
Saturday 2nd August – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 7th August – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Friday 8th August – Spurs Saloon Bar, Devonport, TAS

The Company
Thursday 7th August – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

The Yearlings
Friday 1st August – The Song Room, Barossa Art Gallery, Tanunda, SA
Saturday 2nd August – Rosemount Winery, McLaren Vale, SA
Sunday 3rd August – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton, Adelaide SA

Vincent Cross
Friday 1st August – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 2nd August – The Shack, Narrabeen, NSW
Sunday 3rd August – Radio Folk & Roots, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 7th August – Gnomon Pavilion, Ulverstone, TAS
Friday 8th August – The Gallery, Gignet, TAS

Friday 8th August – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Geordie” – Joan Baez

I’ve spent a lot of this week listening to NPR Music’s coverage of last weekend’s Newport Folk Festival. During the Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer set Mitchell introduced her version of “Geordie” by saying “we’re going to give you a ballad that it’s possible barefoot Joan Baez could have done on this stage fifty years ago”. So I hunted out Baez’s version of the Child Ballad and thought I’d share.

Josh T Pearson Announces First Ever Australian Shows

Josh T Pearson
Image Courtesy of Josh T Pearson

The amazing Josh T Pearson has this week announced his first ever Australian shows. Pearson has been praised the world over as an intensely honest and beautiful singer-songwriter.

This October Josh T Pearson will be in the country as part of the contemporary music program at this year’s Melbourne Festival and will also be making a stop over in Sydney while he’s here. Check out the full list of dates below:

Tuesday 14th October – Foxtel Festival Hub, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

The Best Christmas Songs of 2011


At Timber and Steel we’re unapologetic fans of the Christmas song. Whether they be carols, Christmas favourites or new festive singalongs Christmas songs are at their heart folk songs so its no wonder that December sees us decking the halls, hanging the mistletoe and warming up our vocal cords with plenty of Christmas cheer.

Last year we started the tradition of bringing you our favourite Christmas songs from the year as performed by artists on the folkier side of the fence. Being big on traditions we thought this was one worth repeating this year especially given how many Christmas songs we’ve already featured on the site. So put out the beer and cookies for Santa, have another mince pie and get into the spirit with the best Christmas songs of 2011

Josh T. Pearson – “O Holy Night”
Josh T Pearson has capped off a pretty impressive year with the release of a bonus EP of Christmas carols. His haunting version of “O Holy Night” hit the web at the start of the month as a free download – take a listen for yourself.

Achoo! Bless You – “Coming Home (To You This Christmas)”
Getting into the Christmas spirit Sydney duo Achoo! Bless You offer up this sweet Christmas original which is also available for free download.

Jack Carty – “I Only Want Your Presence”
Jack Carty is currently writing and demoing material for a brand new album so to close off the One Thousand Origami Birds part of his career he’s released a free EP featuring B sides from the album plus this brand new Christmas track. In the tradition of Paul Kelly’s “How to Make Gravy” this is a Christmas song with out really being about Christmas.

The Leisure Society – “Christmas Mistakes”
For the second year in a row fantastic UK based folk-blog For Folk’s Sake has released a Christmas album titled For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas featuring some of the best in indie folk taking on Christmas classics or brand new tunes. Our pick from the album is The Leisure Society’s “Christmas Mistakes”.

Darren Hayman – “Lost In The Snow”
Taken from his Christmas in Haworth EP (as well as appearing on the For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas Album) this track from Darren Hayman was actually written last Christmas, and the video was shot at the same time.

Eliza Carthy – “Dives & Lazarus”
Eliza Carthy performs this Christmas ballad as part of Bright Young Folk’s December Sessions and then goes on to explain how the song was sung in Victorian times as a warning to give to the poor or risk eternal punishment. Not quite “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”.

She & Him – “The Christmas Watlz”
Get a little less solemn now here’s the first track from She & Him’s indie Christmas hit A Very She & Him Christmas. In true hipster style the album can be ordered complete with Christmas beanie and mittens – so ironically kitsch!

Emmy The Great & Tim Wheeler – “Home For The Holidays”
Attempting to outdo She & Him in the indie-Christmas album stakes the teaming of Emmy The Great and Tim Wheeler has resulted in This is Christmas, an album of all original Christmas songs. Check out the Christmas jumper filled video for “Home For The Holidays”.

Matthew and the Atlas – “Fairytale of New York”
We’re pretty sure this song was actually recorded and released last year but we’ve only just stumbled across it now thanks to folk blog Cover Lay Down. Matthew and the Atlas have produced a pretty faithful of this Pogues classic and Matt Hegarty’s rough-spun voice is perfect for the song.

Download “O Holy Night” by Josh T Pearson

Josh T. Pearson
Image Courtesy of Josh T. Pearson

A couple of weeks ago we announced that Texas native Josh T. Pearson would be releasing a limited edition EP, via Rough Trade, of Christmas carols and songs. While that EP is only available in the UK (for the moment), Pearson has been kind enough to share his version of “O Holy Night” for free.

Take a listen and download “O Holy Night” below:

Josh T. Pearson Announces Bonus EP

Josh T. Pearson
Image Courtesy of Josh T. Pearson

Josh T. Pearson’s album Last Of The Country Gentlemen is already making it’s way onto a number of “Best of 2011” lists and if you’ve heard it in its entirety it’s very easy to see why. One of those lists that Josh T. Pearson has actually topped already is the coveted Album of the Year title from UK record store chain Rough Trade.

To celebrate the award Josh T. Pearson has announced an exclusive Christmas bonus edition of Last Of The Country Gentlemen that comes with an EP of five traditional Christmas songs recorded exclusively for Rough Trade. In order to get your hands on this bonus you’ll have to head to Rough Trade’s online store to order – the bonus album will be released tomorrow. The full track listing of the bonus EP is below:

1. “Silent night”
2. “Angels We Have Heard on High”
3. “Away in a Manger”
4. “O Holy Night”
5. “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

Josh T Pearson Records 3 Live Acoustic Sessions With Le Cargo

Image courtesy of Josh T Pearson

Yesterday T&S editor Evan Hughes guided you towards a magical corner of the internet where  live streaming of Josh T Pearson’s new album Last Of The Country Gentlemen is free for peasants and noblemen alike. He also let you all know that I’m working on a review for the album- which is correct. I’ve been listening to this record for the last few days, but I still feel like I don’t know it well enough for my opinion on it to be taken seriously. To bide myself some time I thought I’d post these sessions Pearson recorded with Le Cargo in what appears to be a cathedral for the first 2, and the last one stays so closely framed that it could really be anywhere. The songs are the first 3 on the album, and I’ll post them in order to ensure the intended continuity.  Bear with me.

Stream Last Of The Country Gentlemen From Josh T. Pearson

Josh T. Pearson
Image Courtesy of Josh T. Pearson

We know you guys are as keen as mustard for the upcoming Josh T. Pearson album Last Of The Country Gentlemen due to the number of visits we’ve been getting for the article we posted on it a couple of weeks ago. So you’ll be thrilled to hear that the album is available to stream in its entirety a week out from its official release on the 14th March.

Sadly we’re unable to embed the stream here because UK newspaper The Independent has the exclusive rights there but we can point you in the direction of the Last Of The Country Gentlemen Soundcloud here and let you do the rest.

Timber and Steel contributor Thom Miles has been talking about writing up a review of Last Of The Country Gentlemen soon (sorry to dob you in mate) so keep checking back for more Josh T. Pearson goodness.

Long Awaited Josh T. Pearson Solo Album- “Last Of The Country Gentlemen”


Image courtesy of Josh T. Pearson

I’d like to continue the pleasing beard theme we’ve got going at the moment at Timber & Steel by informing you all of an upcoming release by one of folk’s beardiest: Josh T. Pearson. The Texan behind the group Lift to Experience, who released a few albums in the early 2000s, is finally on the brink of releasing his debut solo album called Last Of The Country Gentlemen. Somehow, Pearson has managed to win fans despite scarcely releasing anything in a decade. In saying that, the debut album, which is set to be released on the 14th of March, is only 7 songs short, which on the face of it seems petty, but the unexpectedly generous track lengths redeems. The album is getting outstanding, rave reviews world-wide, and having only heard the album from cover-to-cover once, I’d say it’s probably wise to believe the hype, in this case. Head to the website to download the first single “Country Dumb” for free, watch Pearson perform the song live in the video embedded below, or head to his myspace to pre-order the album. Track listing is as follows:

1. Thou Are Loosed
2. Sweetheart, I Ain’t Your Christ
3. Woman, When I’ve Raised Hell…
4. Honeymoon’s Great Wish You Were Her
5. Sorry With a Song
6. Country Dumb
7. Drive Her Out!

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