Thank Folk It’s Friday – 22nd December

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We picked our top 25 albums and EPs of 2017 including releases from All Our Exes Live in Texas, BATTS, Billy Bragg, Charlie Fink, David Rawlings, Emily Barker, Fanny Lumsden, Gretta Ziller, Husky, Johnny Flynn, Kasey Chambers, Lankum, Laura Marling, Lisa Mitchell, Nick Mulvey, Offa Rex, Old Crow Medicine Show, Packwood, Paul Kelly, Stu Larsen, The Ahern Brothers, The East Pointers, The Morrisons, Timothy James Bowen and Willie Watson. Details here

– We reached out to the Timber and Steel community to get them to pick their top albums of the year. The results are wonderful with well over 100 artists contributing. Details here

– Our Editor In Chief Gareth Hugh Evans picked his top 25 tracks of 2016 including songs from All Our Exes Live in Texas, BATTS, Billy Bragg, Charlie Fink, David Rawlings, Diamond Duck, Emma Davis, Fanny Lumsden, Gretta Ziller, I’m With Her, Johnny Flynn, Julia Johnson, Laura Marling, Nick Mulvey, Offa Rex, Paul Kelly, Stella Donnelly, Stu Larsen, Taryn La Fauci, The Ahern Brothers, The East Pointers, The Morrisons feat. Georgia Mooney, The Northern Folk, The Young’uns, and Willie Watson. Details here

– We review The Beautiful Girls in Sydney. Details here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift

Gretta Ziller

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift kick off their summer holiday tour of caravan parks around the nation. Will they stumble across your holiday park?

Wednesday 27th December – Discovery Parks Lake Hume, Ebden, VIC
Thursday 28th December – Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park, Porepunkah, VIC
Friday 29th December – Omeo Caravan Park, Omeo, VIC

Gigs Next Week

A Celtic Christmas feat. Damien Leith, Claymore
Saturday 23rd December – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne, VIC

A Country Christmas Revue feat. Raised By Eagles, Lost Ragas, The Ahern Brothers, Sarah Carroll
Friday 22nd December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

A Very Country Christmas feat. James Ellis, Cold Heart, Roz Girvan, Bakersfield Glee Club
Saturday 23rd December – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

A Xmas Happening Love In! feat. Zoùkeys, Hippy Trippy Trio, Jewels’ Blues Explosion
Friday 22nd December – The Bank, Melbourne, VIC

Alex The Astronaut
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Lost Paradise, Glenworth Valley, NSW

Andrew Swift
Saturday 23rd December – King Island Club, Currie, TAS
Wednesday 27th December – Discovery Parks Lake Hume, Ebden, VIC
Thursday 28th December – Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park, Porepunkah, VIC
Friday 29th December – Omeo Caravan Park, Omeo, VIC

Andy Baylor
Friday 22nd December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Benjamin Roberts w/ Daniel J. Townsend
Thursday 27th December – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Breaking Trad
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Cat Canteri and Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 23rd December – The Bridge, Castlemaine, VIC

Craig Woodward
Sunday 24th December – Loretta’s, Melbourne, VIC

Dane Blacklock, Velvajayne
Saturday 23rd December – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Darren Hanlon
Friday 22nd December –
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd December – The Old Museum
, Brisbane, QLD

Edgelarks
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Eleanor McEvoy
Friday 29th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Falls Festival
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Lorne, VIC
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Marion Bay, TAS

Fleet Foxes
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS

Get Folked Punk Xmas Blowout feat. Vetty Vials & The Sandpit Turtles, Whispering Jackie, Jonno Read, Billy Demos, Billy Puntton, Uke-paley, Jethro Morris, Ess-em, Sooze
Friday 22nd December – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Good Option
Friday 22nd December – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift
Wednesday 27th December – Discovery Parks Lake Hume, Ebden, VIC
Thursday 28th December – Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park, Porepunkah, VIC
Friday 29th December – Omeo Caravan Park, Omeo, VIC

Handsome Young Strangers, Steph Miller and Jim Mongrel’s Anti-Christmas Bash
Saturday 23rd December – MoshPit, Sydney, NSW

Helen Townsend
Friday 22nd December – Amble Inn, Corindi, NSW
Saturday 23rd December – The Naked Bean, South Grafton, NSW

Honey
Monday 25th December – Parklands Resort, Mudgee, NSW

James Bennett
Friday 22nd December – Avoca Beach Hotel & Resort, Avoca Beach, NSW
Saturday 23rd December – The Lounge Room, Port Macquarie, NSW
Sunday 24th December – Town Green Inn Port Macquarie, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 29th December – Sacred Tree Markets, Nelson Bay, NSW

Jess Locke
Saturday 23rd December – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

John Butler
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Julia Jacklin
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 22nd December – The Guildford Family Hotel, Guildford, VIC
Saturday 23rd December – The Bridge, Castlemaine, VIC

Kallidad
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC

Lost Paradise
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Glenworth Valley, NSW

Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission
Friday 22nd December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd December – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th December – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC

Microwave Jenny
Sunday 24th December – Bombini, Avoca Beach, NSW

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

One Hot Night feat. Busby Marou, Amy Shark, Timberwolf, Pandamic
Friday 29th December – Rockhampton Showgrounds, Rockhampton, QLD

Pam Hata
Sunday 24th December – The Duck on Clarence, Port Macquarie, NSW
Thursday 28th December – Oasis by the River, North Haven, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 29th December – Lorne Hotel, Lorne, VIC

Rita B
Saturday 23rd December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sleepy Dreamers, Arbes, Sean Watson
Friday 22nd December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

That Red Head
Saturday 23rd December – Wayward Brewing Company, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th December – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Beautiful Girls
Thursday 28th December – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Bluegrass Playgirls with GlenyRae & JennyShimmin, Robbie Long & Smithy
Saturday 23rd December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Demon Drink
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Drunken Poachers
Saturday 23rd December – Labour in Vain, Melbourne, VIC

The East Pointers
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Heggarties and Matt J Ward
Friday 22nd December – Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Railsplitters
Friday 29th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS

This Way North
Saturday 23rd December – Aireys Pub, Aireys Inlet, VIC
Friday 29th December – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Woodford Folk Festival
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford, QLDFriday Folk Flashback

“How to Make Gravy” – Paul Kelly

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2017

2017

The final of our traditional end of year lists sees Timber and Steel Editor-in-Chief Gareth Hugh Evans sifts through all of the amazing music that was produced this year and pick his top 25 tracks. As always he’s tried to only pick one track per artist, although as you’ll see there’s some exceptions with different artists collaborating on different projects through 2017.

But enough of our jabbering – it’s time to get to the music. Without further ado we present Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2017.

1. Emma Davis – “Danger in Me”
Emma Davis just has a way of writing a song which draws you in and never lets go. With just a finger picked guitar, understated rhythm section, muted organ and reverbed vocals, Davis has created a piece of music that I genuinely put on repeat. The fact that there’s a very relevant social message underpinning “Danger in Me” just adds a depth to my appreciation of it. Thank you Emma Davis for producing one of the most beautiful three and a half minutes of 2017.

2. The East Pointers – “82 Fires”
For a band I almost exclusively associated with fiddle tunes, The East Pointers have delivered one of the best songs of the year with “82 Fires”. Co-written with our very own Liz Stringer about fires in Tasmania, “82 Fires” may be the most Australian song written by a trio of Canadians. There’s an epic feel to the song that shouldn’t be possible from three guys playing (mostly) acoustic instruments – but I’ve seen this song live and they get pretty close to reproducing the recording on stage. Try to listen to “82 Fires” on not have it stir something inside.

3. Willie Watson – “Gallows Pole”
No one interprets traditional American music quite like Willie Watson. Here he’s managed to take the Leadbelly classic “Gallows Pole” and turn it into a thoroughly modern, haunting piece of music which is a definite standout on his latest album, Folksinger Vol. 2.

4. The Morrisons feat. Georgia Mooney – “Long Time Travelling”
It seems odd to choose an a cappella song from a band that features some of the best bluegrass musicians in the country. But I just can’t get passed how delightful it is hear James Morrison singing over the combined voices of The Morrisons plus Georgia Mooney (All Our Exes Live In Texas). The harmonies, the dynamic variations, the passion – “Long Time Travelling” is pure joy.

5. Offa Rex – “Sheepcrook and Black Dog”
As you probably know by now we have A LOT of love for the 2017 Offa Rex album The Queen of Hearts. The collaboration between The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney is full of highlights and to be honest songs like “The Old Churchyard”, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and “Willie o’ Winsbury” are more likely to hit this year’s best of lists. But for me “Sheepcrook and Black Dog” captures the nostalgia of the late-60s/early-70s British folk revival better than any other track on The Queen of Hearts with its Steeleye Span style arrangement, crunchy Black Sabbath style guitars and Sandy Denny style vocal performance. “Sheepcrook and Black Dog” is vintage folk-rock for the modern era.

6. Laura Marling – “Next Time”
Laura Marling goes full Nick Drake on “Next Time”. The orchestral arrangement over the top of Marling’s inventive guitar tunings and finger-picking, along with her hushed but powerful vocal performance is so reminiscent of the late English singer-songwriter it can’t not have been inspired by his work. This is definitely the highlight of Semper Femina for me and it even comes with a video directed by Laura Marling herself.

7. The Young’uns – “Be the Man”
“Be The Man” was inspired by the story of Matthew Ogston, founder of the Naz and Matt Foundation which tackles religious and cultural homophobia, following the tragic death of his fiancé (you can read the full story here). The Young’uns have written a song which is not only powerful in its message, and deeply respectful to its subject matter, but also a wonderful compliment to the rest of their harmony-driven catalogue. Check out the video featuring Matthew Ogston himself.

8. Billy Bragg – “Why We Build the Wall”
When Anaïs Mitchell wrote “Why We Build the Wall” for her 2010 folk-opera Hadestown I doubt she knew how precient it was considering the build-the-wall platform Donald Trump ran on during his 2016 presidential campaign. Billy Bragg has been singing “Why We Build the Wall” for a few years now but it’s taken until this year for him to officially release it as a single. The political singer-songwriter has purposefully politicised the track and filled it with a jarring, electric guitar to great effect. Could this be the folk anthem for the Trump era?

9. David Rawlings – “Cumberland Gap”
The genius of David Rawlings and Gillian Welch is their ability to write songs that sound like they’ve existed forever and then produce those songs in such a way that makes it sound like they’re being “modernised”. “Cumberland Gap” is the perfect example of this – the track sounds so timeless yet so fresh at exactly the same time. That’s probably why it’s been getting so many comparisons to Neil Young.

10. Stu Larsen – “Chicago Song”
“Chicago Song” is exactly the kind of song you want from a singer-songwriter like Stu Larsen. Simple, catchy and foot-tappingly joyful, “Chicago Song” captures a little piece of magic.

11. The Ahern Brothers – “Comb That River”
Whoever decided to pair singer-songwriters Josh Rennie-Hynes and Steve Grady as The Ahern Brothers deserves all of my adulation. Their self titled debut album is an homage to the close harmony singing of The Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel, with “Comb That River” exemplifying their sound. Listen to this track and be transported back to another time.

12. Charlie Fink – “Firecracker”
I’m sure I’ve printed this elsewhere on Timber and Steel but for the reader’s benefit: Noah and The Whale’s 2009 album The First Days of Spring is one of my favourite albums of all time. So when ex-Noah and The Whale lead singer Charlie Fink releases a single like “Firecracker” that sounds like it’s been ripped directly from The First Days of Spring there’s no way this song wasn’t going to make my best of 2017 list.

13. All Our Exes Live in Texas – “Boundary Road”
“What if I want to be the one to fall apart once in a while?” has somehow become one of my favourite chorus lines of 2017. All Our Exes Live in Texas have taken on the lyrical challenge of the line, as well as the fight songwriter Katie Wighton had with her mum that inspired the line, and crafted one of the best songs from one of the best albums of the year. There is All Our Exes Live in Texas magic all over this song – with a simple “ooh” and “ahh” the quartet can elevate every song they touch. Lovely stuff.

14. Nick Mulvey – “Mountain To Move”
I’m going to make a prediction: “Mountain To Move” is the song most likely to appear on the soundtrack of sweet and quirky rom coms over the 12 months. Nick Mulvey continues to impress me with the way he crafts a song over a repeating melody line or guitar rhythm, building the simplicity into something more.

15. Julia Johnson – “Melissa”
I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the new direction that Julia Johnson has taken with her songwriting in 2017. Moving beyond her work with Julia and The Deep Sea Sirens and working with producer Sarah Belkner, Johnson is producing some of the most interesting music of her career. I have a feeling “Melissa” is only the tip of the iceberg for what’s coming next from Julia Johnson and I can’t wait.

16. The Northern Folk – “Get On”
Despite the wealth of shows they’ve done this year I only managed to catch Melbourne folk 10 piece The Northern Folk live for the first time really recently. They manage to combine the indie folk sound of bands like The Middle East with the distinct groove that comes with having a saxophone heavy horn section. “Get On” epitomises The Northern Folk’s unique sound for me and was one of those songs that made me hit the repeat button again and again the first time I heard it.

17. Fanny Lumsden – “Roll On”
Want to know what it’s like to be an Australian artist on an endless tour of our country? Listen to the lyrics of “Roll On”. What I love about this track is its authenticity. This isn’t the Americanised version of the Australian outback full of dust kicking cowboys and pickup trucks. And this isn’t the romanticised nostalgic version of Australia either with its drovers and men-of-the-land. Instead “Roll On” is a song about about what its like to hit the road in 2017 complete with speeding fines, Gaytimes, roadtrains and small town bowlos. Keep writing songs like this Fanny Lumsden.

18. Paul Kelly – “Firewood and Candles”
After a few years of genre and experimental albums Paul Kelly announced his return to the classic Paul Kelly with the killer track “Firewood and Candles”. That rocking riff with Kelly’s vocals (ably supported by Vikka and Linda Bull) is just so damn catchy. If you wonder why everyone’s making such a fuss over Paul Kelly at the moment, why he’s winning awards and being praised at every turn, just listen to the songs on his 2017 album Life Is Fine, starting with “Firewood and Candles”.

19. Gretta Ziller – “Slaughterhouse Blues”
If someone asks you for the best voice in Australian Americana music then just show them Gretta Ziller. There may be some artists earlier in this list who you could squeeze into the genre, but as far as pure Americana music goes you can’t get much better than Ziller’s “Slaughterhouse Blues”. This is a modern track with its feet firmly in roots music. And that production! Perfection! More of this please Gretta Ziller.

20. I’m With Her – “Little Lies”
Before the release of “Little Lies” the American super-goup I’m With Her were really known for interpreting traditional music or covers of contemporary songs. But then this track comes along and solidifies the (probabaly assumed) fact that I’m With Her are a band to watch. Aoife O’Donovan has one of the best voices in Americana music, and it’s all the sweeter combined with the voices of Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz. And Watkins’ fiddle playing on this track is some of my favourite instrumental work in 2017.

21. BATTS – “Little White Lies”
I’ve been a fan of Tanya Batt’s music for some time, but it’s been her transformation into BATTS and the lo-fi, shoe-gaze, lyric driven songwriting that has come with it that has really caught my attention in 2017. “Little White Lies” is the second single released under the BATTS moniker and it’s by far my favourite, with its etherial production and confessional lyrics. I have a feeling we’re going to be hearing a lot more from BATTS in the coming months and I can’t wait.

22. Taryn La Fauci – “Winter”
When her EP Cycling came out I messaged Taryn La Fauci and told her “Just wanted to tell you that I’m in love with your track “Winter”.” Above every other song on the EP “Winter” struck me, most likely because this year I lost my cat as well and the lyrics just resonated. This song was on repeat for a lot of this year – thank you for sharing it with me Taryn La Fauci.

23. Diamond Duck – “Marry Me By The Sea”
Another collaboration (this time between The Morrisons’ Jimmy Daley and Canadian-Australian singer-songwriter Brian Campeau) that evokes the close harmony singing of The Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel, Diamond Duck have made quite an impression with their first single “Marry Me By The Sea”. What makes this stand out for me is the way the Diamond Duck boys explore unusual, almost twisted chords in their accompaniment while maintaining a sweetness in their vocal delivery. Listen to the piano “solo” in the middle of the song and you’ll see what I mean – there’s something a little off kilter in the track and it’s absolutely delicious.

24. Stella Donnelly – “Boys Will Be Boys”
In the wake of the #metoo movement and everything that’s been coming out in the media over the last few months I think Australia needed a song like “Boys Will Be Boys”. Stella Donnelly has made quite a splash this year and with her amazing voice and lyrical chops I can imagine there’s big things on the horizon for the singer-songwriter.

25. Johnny Flynn – “Wandering Aengus”
The return of Johnny Flynn to music this year was heralded by this really quirky track and promised much from his new album Sillion. All the elements of what makes a classic Johnny Flynn song are here – his amazing voice, jangly guitar and subtle horn accompaniment – but there’s also something a little twisted about the structure of this track that I really really like. Definitely up there with my favourite Johnny Flynn songs.

Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2017

Record Collection

Always our most popular post of the year! Once again we’ve sent out the request to the incredible community of folk and acoustic musicians covered on Timber and Steel and they’ve responded overwhelmingly with their favourite albums of 2017.

We’ve already given you our top 25 albums and EPs – now we turn it over to the artists. So much new music still to discover! So without further waffle may we present to you this year’s Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2017.

Sarah BelknerAlison Avron
Sarah BelknerBut You Are, But it Has
This album release was a long time coming and it was totally worth the wait. The lyrics are so easy to relate to, the production is sophisticated, warm and intriguing. Sarah’s voice and songwriting are absolutely sublime.

Gretta ZillerMichael Carpenter (Carpenter Caswell)
Gretta ZillerQueen Of Boomtown
Apart from having one of the most honest and accomplished voices in the Australian alt-country world, Gretta Ziller has developed into a world class writer in the genre. This album showcases how far she’s come in such a short time, combining her take on contemporary writing, with the amazing production of Paul Ruske. The album is strong and sensitive, ballsy and ambitious, without losing any of the heart you’d expect with the songwriting content. An outstanding release from an artist who has truly arrived, and drawn a line in the sand for the genre.

The East PointersÁine Tyrrell
The East PointersWhat We Leave Behind
What an impossible task, top albums, as I am only just sinking my teeth into so many of the amazing 2017 albums at the moment like Jen Cloher’s Jen Cloher, Declan O’Rourke’s Chronicles of The Great Irish Famine and so many more. But one album that has been top of my play list since release has been The East Pointers’ What We Leave Behind and I never tire of it, which is a sign of a great album. This album has great depth to it musically, lyrically and in production. There is a stunning simplicity to the way the three lads work together that creates a joyous sound much bigger than a three piece and I think they have captured it on CD which is sometimes hard to do. I love that they have been able to honour and respect their tradition and push its boundaries into some modern places. One of the stand out tracks for me is their co-write with Liz Stringer, “82 Fires”.

SOHNRosie Evelyn (Liam Gale and The Ponytails)
SOHNRennen
The general vibe is darkly sexy future blues, with simple, soulful vocals, driving percussion, major synth, and just enough movement to keep you going. A little bit James Blake, a little bit Allan Rayman.

Jed RoweLes Thomas
Jed RoweA Foreign Country
This album grabbed me instantly with the strength of its songwriting, quality of musicianship and directness of emotion. Very few songwriters I know can deliver the goods as writers and players like Jed can. The song “Tailem Bend” – a small town story with universal resonance – shows the level of accomplishment and expression he’s achieved and it’s a beautiful thing to hear.

Stu LarsenAMISTAT
Stu LarsenResolute
Not only is Stu a beautiful human being but also an incredible singer songwriter! Every song on this album is just beautiful and comes from a very honest and humble place.

Mexico CityM.E. Baird
Mexico CityWhen The Day Goes Dark
Why? Because they represent the real deal to me – no ego, no frills, no pretense, just damn good songs and tunes.

Hiss Golden MessengerBrooke Russell and the Mean Reds
Hiss Golden MessengerHallelujah Anyhow
There’s something about MC Taylor’s voice that makes me so happy. I’m fairly new to his music and while I’m diving into his back catalogue, this new one has arrived and I’m in love. Beautiful band sound, fab songs – something sentimental in it that feels warm to me. My rekkid for the summer!

Ryan AdamsRyan Oliver (Oliver’s Army)
Ryan AdamsPrisoner
I love that it’s a revered, adored singer-songwriter at the top of his fame, dealing with genuine emotions and pain in the public spotlight. It may be tragic, it might be self inflicted, but I still feel like he’s a true artist who is his own worst enemy and that comes across in his heart-break ballads.

The Homeless Gospel ChoirFrank Turner
The Homeless Gospel ChoirNormal
I’ve been doing shows with Derek in Pittsburgh for a few years and he’s always been good, but this record is the sound of an artist finding his voice and spreading his creative wings. It’s been absolutely jammed in my stereo since I got hold of it.

Brooke RussellKelly Day (Broads)
Brooke Russell and the Mean RedsThe Way You Leave
This year one album really ticked all my boxes – which sounds too clinical really for something that made me splashy cry while I was driving. I particularly love that it sits outside the kind of music I tend to lean towards, but great albums are often the ones that transcend your usual inclinations. Brooke has absolutely NAILED it with this release. Stunning production, exquisite songwriting, and the most luscious, authentic, rich voice that feels like someone blowing softly on the back of your neck.

Gretta ZillerMandy Connell
Gretta ZillerQueen Of Boomtown
Put together with care and love, produced beautifully, and full of arrangements that feel perfect, unpredictable and just right. Every song inspires a depth of feeling, making it a really rich listen all the way through.

Offa RexMackenzie Shivers
Offa RexQueen of Hearts
Being a true lover of Celtic music, this album inspired me as an artist more than any other. From quirky folk-rock (“Queen of Hearts”) to haunting ballads (“The First Time I Ever Saw Her Face”), there is just enough variety of instrumentation and mood to keep the listener completely captivated. And Olivia Chaney’s voice is arrestingly beautiful. Favorite track: “The Old Churchyard”

Fanny LusdenMelody Moko
Fanny LumsdenReal Class Act
I love the way Fanny has cemented her unique way of writing with the record, her blend of social commentary, vivid imagery and Australian culture is unlike anyone else. The production is lush and thoughtful and brings the album together beautifully.

Moses SumneyTulalah
Moses SumneyAromanticism
Choosing a favourite album is a hard ask, the first one that comes to mind (probably because I’m currently listening to it) is Moses’ masterpiece, Aromanticism. It’s impeccably well constructed; colour, texture, mood, feel, groove – it ticks all of the boxes and ticks them damn well.

The War On DrugsThe Once
The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
A super strong, sonically rich and atmospheric follow up to previous album, Lost in the Dream. Sounds like Ryan Adams, Bryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen adopted a kid in the seventies and this is the result of that happy home.

Jason IsbellBrad Butcher
Jason Isbell & the 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound
To make my decision for album of the year I simply refer to which album I’ve listen to most. It’s an easy choice really – The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit. All class as usual, amazing sounds all throughout the record and Isbell’s songwriting is up there with the best of the best.

Jed RoweCat Canteri
Jed RoweA Foreign Country
Jed paints a beautiful and lush portrait of predominantly Australian characters and landscapes, past and present on this record. The depth of field and attention to detail in his songwriting is just wonderful and comes across as completely effortless. Sonically the album is paired back, which allows the strength and quality of the songs, performances and Jed’s voice to shine. If I can write a song like “Where The Water Meets The Sky” or “Tailem Bend” some day, I’ll be well pleased.

LordePepi Emmerichs (Oh Pep!)
LordeMelodrama
Melodrama hits me in the heart every time. It’s lush, poignant, groovy and the songs make me think, all the while being incredibly catchy. Those are pretty much most of my favourite things in music!

TajMoLloyd Spiegel
TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ BandTajMo
The first time I heard Keb’ Mo’ I said “Man, this guy should sit in with Taj”. It’s about time they listened to me. Both these artists have the rare ability to modernise the blues genre while still giving it’s roots and traditions their rightful respect. Combined, this CD hit a nerve with me, in particular the gutbucket tracks “Don’t Leave Me Here” and “Diving Duck Blues”. Really though, you can’t put those two in a room and expect anything less.

Valerie JuneEmily Barker
Valerie JuneThe Order of Time
I learned about Valerie June on my trips to Memphis as she lived there for many years and has worked with a lot of the musicians I know out there. I heard “Long, Lonely Road”, the first song on the record, and I knew from then on I was going to love it. There’s so much space in the recordings and her unusual but beautiful vocals grabbed me instantly. I love how the production and her songs seamlessly blend a mix a folk, soul, pop and desert blues. It sounds fresh and cool, powerful and feminine.

The Ahern BrothersJoel Barker & The Low Company
The Ahern BrothersThe Ahern Brothers
Charming and insightful songwriting combining two voices made to sing together. Deserves to be in front of the masses. Astonishing live performances to boot!

Cigarettes After SexHusky
Cigarettes After SexCigarettes After Sex
It’s a fog of romance and nostalgia you can’t help but get lost in. Reminds me of being 16 and love sick, listening to Mazzy Star.

Lisa KnappSam Lee
Lisa KnappTill April Is Dead – A Garland of May
English folk singer Lisa Knapp has captured in this album a stunning insight into the melodic and archaic realms of May-time when all of England is blooming and the sense of ancient rites and mysticism is emerging from the dark winter. It’s an album that casts a rich and hauntingly magical spell and gives that sense of contemporary ancientness that all good folk singers are masters of.

Greg StepsFour In The Morning
Greg Steps & The Not For ProphetsThe Overland
There have been a lot of great releases this year, but our favourite from around Melbourne has to be The Overland by Greg Steps. The songs just scream of someone who has worked hard at honing their craft. Tightly woven lyrics painting little snapshots of Australia, from early morning walks in Melbourne to trains clattering across Queensland. It’s all underlaid with a warm, folky vibe that feels authentic without being derivative. The stand out track for us is “Famous Last Words”. It’s a folk song in the true sense of the word and weaves together thoughts on fame, colonialism, and folk heroes. It also introduced us to the amazing story of Breaker Morant.

Novo Amor and Ed TullettWildwood Kin
Novo Amor & Ed TullettHeiress
This is the perfect album to listen to when in need of some peace and tranquility amongst a busy schedule. They have released a set of live performance videos that capture their sound together so well; the two voices blend harmoniously together, creating an unbelievable sound of completeness and perfection. You can’t help feeling relaxed when hearing their music!

Leif VollebekkRiley Pearce
Leif VollebekkTwin Solitude
You know how people say they’ve had this CD in their car and have listened to it on repeat since they got it and you’re like “yeh right, no you didn’t”. Well now I understand that feeling. This album is everything. It’s emotive, it’s clever, it’s stripped and simple and it’s f#@king great!

The Teskey BrothersPaddy McHugh
The Teskey BrothersHalf Mile Harvest
When I first heard the track “Crying Shame” I thought that I was listening to a bunch of old African American soul men from Memphis. Then I saw a picture of the band and thought I was listening to a bunch of young white soul dudes from Memphis. Then I read they are from bloody Warrandyte in Victoria. I invited them to play live on my radio show Three Chords & The Truth and they absolutely killed it. Since then I have had the pleasure of playing on a few bills with them and can also report that they are top blokes to boot.

Big TheifFraser A. Gorman
Big ThiefCapacity
Adrianne Lenker is easily the most eloquent and beautiful songwriter I’ve heard in years.

Neil McSweeneyJon Boden
Neil McSweeneyA Coat Worth Wearing
I’ve chosen an album by Neil McSweeney, a stalwart of the Sheffield scene for many years. A Coat Worth Wearing is a fantastically literate collection of songs beautifully arranged and produced, and displaying the talents of a brilliant band of musicians including renowned folk stalwarts Ben Nicholls and Sam Sweeney. It’s an excellent album on so many levels and definitely my pick for album of 2017.

YirrmalKetch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show)
YirrmalYoungblood
I met Yirrmal Marika in Melbourne at the Australian Americana Honors Awards this past October. Yirrmal stole the show. He is a culture man. I picked up Yirrmal’s new EP Youngblood; it is the best Americana record I heard all year long. It’s got 50,000 years of soul. Crank it up.

Nadia ReidTaryn La Fauci
Nadia ReidPreservation
This record was on repeat for many many months in my car this year. I had really been craving an exquisite, cohesive and beautiful album that I could fall for, hard. This album did all of that and more, which is why it is my album of the year for 2017. I also got to see Nadia play in Sydney at The Golden Age Cinema in April and the show was stunning, it made me want to run home and learn how to play my guitar with that kind of verve.

Ryan AdamsImogen Clark
Ryan AdamsPrisoner
This album sounds to me like beautiful chaos and distress. Ryan Adams has a way of tapping into human vulnerability and woe like I don’t think I’ve ever heard from another artist. This record is just another example of his way with words and melodies that together, form the most melancholy but simultaneously kick-ass comments on the human condition you’ll ever hear from any modern day songwriter.

Sgt PepperJames Daley (The Morrisons, Diamond Duck, Tawny Owl String Band)
The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 50th Anniversary Edition
I feel a bit a strange choosing a reissue as album of the year, but who cares, it’s Sgt Peppers. After all the music I have listened to in my life, nothing has ever captured my imagination the way The Beatles have. It is the most astonishing body of work in pop music, the same way Bach is to classical music or Shakespeare to literature. I discovered The Beatles as a teenager after I got a copy of The White Album for xmas one year and my life has never been the same. Hearing all the remastered tracks and outtakes on this reissue was a wild journey and reinvigorated my love for this music in a way I hadn’t anticipated – I have been listening to The Beatles non stop since it came out, like I’m rediscovering it all over again. There are some absolute pearlers on this – the alternate takes of “Strawberry Fields”, “Lucy In The Sky” and “Day In The Life” are really interesting. Hearing how they built these songs into what we know and love is a fascinating process. However the most astonishing track is the instrumental take of “She’s Leaving Home”. Being able to hear all the subtlety, intricacy and beauty of George Martin’s arrangement for strings/harp was such a joy. A real masterclass in arranging – plus you can sing over and pretend you are Paul McCartney, ha.

The War On DrugsDirewolf
The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
Don’t you just adore things that need only a moment to take a firm grip around your mind, heart and/or soul? Like a one in a million barista made coffee or takeaway Thai? Not that I’m directly drawing comparisons between those things and what I consider to be a modern day classic album. However that is how my body reacted when the first second of “Up All Night” passed by. The unmistakable soundscape, verb soaked /grunge driven guitars, the synergy of acoustic/electronic driving “Dire Straights” percussion, Adam Granofsky’s/Bob Dylan’s often confused voices are but the tip of a very large and colourful iceberg that make up the record at large. We’re only supposed to be confined to one sentence, and since I’ve already profoundly broken that line I’m going to insist you put this record on in the background and see how long it takes you to stop needle poking around on the internet and gain A Deeper Understanding.

Scott CookLiz Frencham
Scott CookFurther Down The Line
I listen repeatedly to a lot of albums for my work as an accompanist. Rarely does such an album make it past that stage into my ‘listening
for pleasure’ category let alone become my favourite. But Scott Cook’s warm and beautiful Further Down The Line is one such album. It captures his arresting live delivery and the songs are rich in detail and real, visceral experience.

Dermot KennedyHarrison Storm
Dermot KennedyDoves & Ravens
I remember stumbling upon Dermot’s music on Spotify and instantly connecting with it. I became really intrigued with his music and read in an interview where he explains his sound as a cross between Bon Iver and Drake, which is pretty accurate. This EP is full of rich lyrics and interesting sounds and each listen uncovers a phrase or sound you may have missed in the previous listen. This EP definitely inspired me this year and I am looking forward to what he releases in 2018.

Laura CorteseThe East Pointers
Laura Cortese & The Dance CardsCalifornia Calling
If there’s one album we could pick from 2017, we’d have to choose California Calling by Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards. These girls are ridiculously talented (watching them perform live makes you want to go home, practice and write better songs). Their latest album combines Americana, trad, pop and folk so perfectly. Organic, yet slick. Can’t see how anyone wouldn’t like it!

FeistAinsley Farrell
FeistPleasure
Pleasure is so intimate and fragile, yet very powerful. It tugs at all my heartstrings. I recently got the chance to see her live performance at The Opera House and it blew me away.

Leif VollebekkDustin Tebbutt
Leif VollebekkTwin Solitude
My good friend Hayden Calnin introduced me to this guy over a late night whisky, and I have been listening ever since. The lyrics verge on stream of consciousness without being aimless, while vocally, Leif somehow manages to ride the line between being completely vulnerable and completely in control at the same time. Put this on top of some of the tastiest drum sounds I’ve heard in a long while, and simple but stunning keyboard playing, and you’ve got yourself one hell of an album. There are few bells and whistles, there aren’t really any production tricks or shoe shine here, just honest stories, and raw but precisely executed sounds.

Phoebe BridgersWilliam Fitzsimmons
Phoebe BridgersStranger in the Alps
I came upon Bridgers from my bandmate, who had done some touring with her and I was pretty caught up in it immediately. Her voice is special and there is a wisdom in her words beyond her young years. The most exciting thing for me, however, isn’t the album itself, it’s knowing that there is only more and even better from her to come. Listen to “Smoke Signals”.

The Mae TrioThe Northern Folk
The Mae TrioTake Care Take Cover
We finally caught The Mae Trio at Dorrigo Folk this year after hearing good things for so long, and they blew us away. This is the kind of album that reminds you of how amazing our folk scene can be- heartspoken, cleverly arranged, beautifully performed and catchy as anything. “Call Me Stranger” is a particular favourite of ours, but each song on this record is so strong.

R.L. BoyceDom Turner (The Backsliders)
R.L. BoyceRoll and Tumble
It is the second album from a man at the heart of the Mississippi hill country blues tradition. It contains all the style and swagger, grit and power that comes from a musician who sets perfectly gritty grooves overlain with heartfelt vocals to achieve maximum emotion.

The Button CollectiveJoe Glover (Shelley’s Murder Boys, The Backsliders)
The Button CollectiveHall on the Hill
This album has been on constant repeat in my car, my workshop, and my Spotify from the first day I bought it – so beautifully recorded so that you feel like you are in the room with them as they emotionally belt out fantastic songs written by Brodie and brought to life by a bunch of great musicians. Hall on the Hill is an absolute cracker of an album and I think I’ll be religiously listening to it for some time to come – perhaps until their next one is released.

Willie WatsonShelley Eves (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
Willie WatsonFolksinger Vol.2
This album is such a clear winner for me, I’ve had it on high rotation since its release. Once again Willie brought his own feel to some classic folk songs, from the delightfully joyful harmonies in “Samson and Delilah” to his haunting take on “Gallows Pole”.

All Our Exes Live in TexasJimmy Murray (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
All Our Exes Live in TexasWhen We Fall
Such a pleasure to finally hear this debut album after hearing the band grow and play over the past few years. What an amazing collection of songs and of course the incredible vocal performances from all 4 of these superstars. I really loved the production on the album as well by producer Wayne Connolly which added lovely colour to the beautiful songs. ARIA award winners 2017!

Kat GoldmanRuth Hazleton (Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton, Bill Jackson)
Kat GoldmanWorking Man’s Blues
Nina Simone once said “It’s an artist’s duty … to reflect the times [in which we live]”. It’s been a fantastic year of new releases, though I’d like to highlight an album that nails the above brief and more. Canadian writer Kat Goldman’s Working Man’s Blues is challenging, at times fragile, brutally honest and incredibly insightful. Collectively, the songs explore contemporary working-class culture, often from the perspective of a lover who struggles to understand and accommodate the struggles of the working man. I’ve long been a fan of Kat Goldman’s writing. Her unique sound, mesmerising voice, distinctive compositions and feet-on-the-ground approach to her music make her a formidable artist of great integrity. Working Man’s Blues has been on high rotation here, and will be for some time to come.

Jed RoweBill Jackson
Jed RoweA Foreign Country
First thing that struck me about this record was the vocals and these songs provide a beautiful vehicle for a great voice. Next thing, the sparseness – the way I have been accustomed to hearing Jed over his journey. Jed Rowe has something to say – I admire that and this record puts him up there with the very best. Standout track for me is “Tailem Bend”. Beautifully produced by Jeff Lang.

Lilly HiattJames Allsopp (Ralway Bell)
Lilly HiattTrinity Lane
Picking one standout release for 2017 was pretty impossible in what was a year of exceptional music. Locally, Joel Barker and the Low Company’s Unchartered EP was a stand out. Otherwise, I’ve been talking up Lilly Hiatt since the moment I finished listening to Trinity Lane. Like all my favourite albums, it’s rooted in personal struggle, ebbs and flows perfectly, is filled with outstanding musicianship, and doesn’t try too hard sound like any one genre in particular. 10 stars!

Body CountMatt Black (The Bottlers)
Body CountBloodlust
Body Count’s sixth studio album Bloodlust emblazons a brutally honest sociopolitical conscience and fire eyed world view, teetering on the honed end of a pistol sight. I feel this is Ice T and band’s tried and true return to form with pinpoint, stand out tracks such as the narrative charged, “Black Hoody” and controversy ladened, “No Lives Matter”. A must listen for those thirsting for the truth beyond a media blurred world.

Bob DylanThe Welcome Wagon
Bob DylanTrouble No More – The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981
You might call this choice dirty pool, as the music was recorded nearly 40 years ago, but it’s only now getting a proper release, so I’m technically in the clear. This is a collection of live tracks, demos, and outtakes from Bob Dylan’s so-called “Born Again” period, stuff folks (me included) have been downloading from various sketchy websites for years, and for good reason. The songs are great – check “Solid Rock” for a straight Gospel stomper, cue up “I Believe in You” for an arresting spiritual ballad – and so are many of the live performances (the backing choir is consistently blistering). Whether you’re a believer or not, Dylan clearly is here, and it makes all the difference.

The Mae TrioJohn Flanagan
The Mae TrioTake Care Take Cover
Sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby have such beautifully contrasting songwriting styles, Maggie is a stone cold killer Americana writer and Elsie writes stunningly original melodies with uplifting pop hook choruses. With (no exaggeration) some of the best folk harmonies in the WORLD and Anita’s impressive rhythmic cello playing, this is a truly unique and heart-grabbing band and this album is them going all out with tasteful and at times epic production.

Georgia State LineNick Payne (Dear Orphans)
Georgia State LineHeaven Knows
These guys applied to play at the Americana Music Association of Australia’s takeover of Late Night Alt at Tamworth in January. Paul Heggart from The Heggarties chose them site unseen from the applications purely based on what he heard when he listened to their pre-release recordings of this album. Hailing from country Victoria these guys are a six piece featuring Georgia Delves on vocals, and songwriting. They’re all accomplished instrumentalists in their own right and Georgia’s songwriting authentically channels the best of sophisticated country songwriting from the 60s and 70s.

Fanny LusdenSam Buckingham
Fanny LumsdenReal Class Act
I’m not just picking this album because Fanny and Dan are two of my favourite people! This album is, as the title suggests, all class. Fanny’s songwriting is beautifully Australian and the album is joyful, brilliantly performed by all involved, and completely without any ego – despite the outstanding success these guys have been earning. Fanny gives us all a lesson on how to be a ripper indie artist and how to make music that’s undoubtedly, authentically, your own. Roll on kids

LCD SoundsystemEm George
LCD SoundsystemAmerican Dream
I was moderately (read as *very*) excited when there were rumblings of talk about a new album from these guys, but like anything that was laid to rest, one always is slightly concerned that the revival won’t live up to what has come before it. So when LCD Soundsystem released their new album, I cautiously gave it a first listen and it did not disappoint. Every beat and melodic turn is so completely in tune to what has become their signature sound; that build up of tension and release, excitement and sadness, with inflections of irony that James Murphy grabs the listener with in his choice of lyrics marked with wit. There’s a touch of darkness and melancholy as each song seems to question the ending of things, the loss of once was, but that bright spark of beat this band is known for keeps it somewhere higher and closer within reach, slightly unobtainable so you keep wanting to hear it on repeat from start to finish again and again.

Aldous HardingCharm of Finches
Aldous HardingParty
Party swept us off our feet. Moody and textural, impeccable production awash with aural spectres. Horizon is addictive and moving. Aldous’ compelling voice and haunting poetics have us in thrall.

The Teskey BrothersMark Wilkinson
The Teskey BrothersHalf Mile Harvest
Amazing vocals and killer tracks full of old school soul. Sounds like neat whiskey and smokey bars.

The NationalBANFF
The NationalSleep Well Beast
I eagerly awaited The National’s next record, after Trouble Will Find Me kept me wrapped me up in its flawlessness for the last four years or there abouts. This year Sleep Well Beast won me over, with Matt Berninger’s candid yet agitated words luring me back into that deeply thoughtful, emotional and hauntingly beautiful sound I would’ve always come back for. The National perfectly blend understated harmony with organised chaos throughout all of their records, and this was no exception by any means. The meticulous musicianship and purposeful, but somewhat ambiguous lyrics continue unravelling more layers to this beast in itself every time I listen. This was the best record of 2017 for mine.

LankumKarine Polwart
LankumBetween The Earth and Sky
I can’t get enough of the murky drone-scapes and vocal edges of Lankum’s Between The Earth and Sky. In particular, the raw, reedy singing of Radie Peat on album opener “What Shall We Do When We Have No Money?” sounds like the ages. It’s the absolute antithesis of sweet.

The Wood BrothersBen Prest (Echo Deer)
The Wood BrothersLive at the Barn
I know it’s a live album but this release was my first exposure to the brother’s amazing songs, chops and harmonies. Their sound owes a lot to The Band, and “the barn” is at Levon Helm’s farm where he held concerts before he died, making the fantastic closing cover of “Ophelia” and dedication on “Postcards from Hell” all the more meaningful.

Jess LockeHollie Matthew (Echo Deer)
Jess LockeUniverse
A revisiting of the 80’s Australian rock sound ala Go Betweens with more sadness and slacker vibe. Killer matter of fact lyrics and chorus-y guitar sounds. Even better live. 5 Stars.

SamphaSimon Wegman (Echo Deer)
SamphaProcess
I hadn’t been aware of Sampha’s previous EP releases, but after Shazaming “Blood on Me” while in a tragically trendy sneaker store, I was moved to hunt down the British singer and producer’s debut LP. Sampha Sisay’s sensitive, soulful vocals and meditative piano (reminiscent of James Blake at his best) form the backbone of this record, while the thoughtful production touches throughout make me want to hit “play” again the second it finishes.

All Them WitchesAlexi Grivas (Echo Deer)
All Them WitchesSleeping Through the War
The latest album by All Them Witches has been my most played record this year. A four piece from Nashville – but they aren’t a country band – All Them Witches is a great new-wave heavy psychedelic band, with moments of light and shade. This record has them growing as writers and players, bringing new instruments and sounds into the mix. Can’t wait to see it live.

Sam OutlawRick Hart
Sam OutlawTenderheart
Simple, yet endearing melodies, layered with beautiful storytelling. It’s an album that is strong from start to end, in many ways reminding me of some of the great traditional country songwriters whom I love. Favourite tracks are “Now She Tells Me”, “She’s Playing Hard To Get (Rid Of)” and “Bougainvillea, I Think”.

Courtney Marie AndrewsJames Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Courtney Marie AndrewsHonest Life
I knew what my favourite album of the year was going to be when I saw Courtney Marie Andrews play in Melbourne in July this year. She’s got a tremendous voice and the lyrics stand apart from almost everything else I’ve heard this year in their insight and honesty. What makes her songs exceptional is the way they all seem to come directly from her own story and experience. These are her songs and this is her life. It’s an honest life.

Mike BarnettHamish Davidson (Davidson Brothers)
Mike BarnettPortraits in Fiddles
As a fiddle player and bluegrass fanatic, I am thrilled to see Mike Barnett create a record which to me is like a cross section of all the bluegrass fiddle music I’ve devoured in the last 27 years. He collaborates with some of bluegrass music’s most vibrant talent and shines new light on a great selection of fiddle masterpieces.

Angel OlsenKate Barker (Whoa Mule, Golden Whistler)
Angel OlsenPhases
I just can’t seem to get enough of Angel Olsen’s vocals and songwriting. Her work inspires me to sing like there’s no tomorrow!

George HarrisonTim Guy
George HarrisonWonderwall Music
I know this is a turn up for the books, this was released in 1968. I was in India a few weeks back, and as we descended into the ancient blue city of Jodhpur, I had this on in my headphones and seriously guys, it was incred. Place and time – but you know what I mean.

Sarah BelknerMel Parsons
Sarah BelknerBut You Are, But It Has
Sydney producer and songwriter Sarah Belkner knocks it out of the park with But You Are, But It Has. This record and its predecessor the Humans EP have been on high rotation for me all year. Brilliant songwriting, interesting and super clever arrangements and impeccable production. I will continue to listen obsessively.

Bill OrcuttMark Moldre
Bill OrcuttBill Orcutt
Orcutt wanders in and around the destruction, renovations and construction sites of melody. Tearing a well worn musical phrase apart and rebuilding it. Disassembling a traditional like it’s a jigsaw puzzle and putting the pieces back together in all the wrong places with gaffer tape and super glue. Attacking the guitar with a ferocious tenacity, short angry, dogged outbursts are followed by meditative beauty. “When You Wish Upon A Star” dances about the melody without ever really clearly stating the theme. “Ol’ Man River” is soft and dripping with the peaceful lapping of the Mississippi whist remaining dark and haunting, broken and fractured. Reminiscent of the solo work of Marc Ribot, Fred Frith or even the sonic explorations of Tom Verlaine in its angular assault to the senses. Jazz, traditional folk and the avant-garde smash headlong into each other with little regard for the trail of damage and re-creation left in their wake. Dissonant yet sweet, contemplative while remaining challenging. Bravely free and uncensored.

Loene CarmenCatherine Traicos
Loene CarmenLovers Dreamers Fighters
I’ve always loved the way Lo’s voice manages to be strong, vulnerable, sassy, gentle and flirty all at the same time, and on this record it achieves that in spades. Also the pacing and the production of this record are spot on.

King Gizzard And The Lizard WizardJeff Lang
King Gizzard And The Lizard WizardFlying Microtonal Banana
This is a rocking album, really fun to listen to. The band gets up quite a head of steam, the rhythm section powering with a relentless forward momentum and the various microtonal electric guitars stabbing and chattering over the top. Great riffs all over the album, fantastic energy and an adventurous, explorative mood throughout. It sounds to me like they’re having a load of fun.

Ryan AdamsJosh Rennie-Hynes (The Ahern Brothers)
Ryan AdamsPrisoner
Adams has so many albums and this is one of his best. Great songs, production and tones

Pony FaceCat Leahy (This Way North)
Pony FaceDeja Vu
I’ve always been fascinated with the sonic scapes that Pony Face create. I’m a massive fan of Shane Omara’s musical mind too, so when I heard he was a new member of Pony Face, it just made so much sense. This album really speaks to me. The way the songs tail in and out, the mesmerising, pulsing tremolo on “Mt Deja Vu” the driving groove in “Justine”. It’s pretty magical. Simon’s voice is just heavenly. He’s like some kind of grungy, modern-day crooner.

Nikki LaneRuby Boots
Nikki LaneHighway Queen
I tried to pick another album for fear of seeming biased, but I really do love Nikki’s album from back to front and no matter how I tried, I couldn’t get past it for this year’s top pick, I fell in love with it on first listen and over 50 listens later it still remains my fave. There’s a storyline in every song that is so easy to latch on to and make your own whilst still being cleverly written, that and the infectious melodies that take up the prime real estate on this record are the things that almost make you feel like she’s written the album just for you, the listener, yet there is enough sincerity in there to know that it’s just as much for her as it is for you, the perfect balance really! Fave song on the album: “Foolish Heart”.

Nai palmTommy Spender (Mama Kin Spender)
Nai PalmNeedle Paw
I started listening to this record while I was having a bath and it felt like it really complimented the complete surrender to the hot water. I love Nai’s passion to her artistry. She is truly gifted with a confidence and commitment to her voice that verges on punk, but her vocal has such a developed technicality, it blows me away. It’s so great hearing where she is at without the sinewy and muscular musicality of Haitus Kaiyote winding around her sound.

Scott CookAlanna and Alicia
Scott CookFurther Down The Line
Scott Cook is a natural storyteller; his songs glow with empathy, wit and warmth. This is a beautiful album, but he is even better live.
His performance on the porch at Enda Kennedy’s house concert in Northcote, Melbourne was a passport to the heartland of folk songs as they should be, as they have always been.

Colter WallHarvey Russell (Peasant Moon)
Colter WallColter Wall
This is a sparse, flawless debut from an extraordinarily talented 22 year-old Canadian possessing an absurdly weathered baritone. Arranged mostly with acoustic guitar and pedal steel only, these songs are written with the assuredness and self-knowing of a veteran songwriter. At times channelling Haggard, others Townes, the dark, vivid storytelling is magnetic and stunning. These songs feel lived in, shaped by wisdom and experience. Here we have a voice of country music’s future.

Caroline SpenceJosie Rothwell (Peasant Moon)
Caroline SpenceSpades and Roses
I’ve adored Spades and Roses this year. The songs are gentle, personal, universal, with gorgeous, sonically diverse but simple instrumentation. From the gender politics of “Softball” to the twang of “Hotel Armarillo” to the cute, lyrically playful “Wishing Well” and yearning of “Slow Dancer”, they’re songs I love to listen to, to be swept away by – what a songwriter!

Bad // DreemsMark “Looch” Lewis (Wifey, Handsome Young Strangers)
Bad // DreemsGutful
A cracking second effort from the best thing to come out of Adelaide in a long time. Big old school pub rock sound, quality songs, gruff vocals and a solid rhythm section make these guys a step above the other contenders. Bad // Dreems have always been a fantastic live act and this album gets closer to nailing that intensity and rawness. There is a reason they supported Midnight Oil recently! Can’t wait to see what comes next.

Gang of YourhsGretta Ray
Gang of YouthsGo Farther In Lightness
It wasn’t a challenge in the slightest to fall completely, head over heels in love with Gang Of Youths’ record Go Father In Lightness. The lyrics throughout this album are phenomenal, philosophical, pegging together lines of innovative poetry such as “a weight that’s in youth” soon to be followed by more casual, laid-back slang “..that makes a dick of us all”. I felt that the literature, interwoven with conversational speech in this way served to make this album, an album that discusses and reflects on the pros and cons of one’s “limited life” as well as the exploration of what it is to be “human”, unbelievably moving and relatable. As a writer myself, but more importantly a listener, I perceived it to be nothing less of an honour to see the world through writer and frontman Dave Le’aupepe’s eyes whilst listening to this record, that is more than deserving of all of the acclaim it has received over the duration of this year.

Kasey ChambersTom Busby (Busby Marou)
Kasey ChambersDragonfly
I’ve spent a bit of time with Kasey and the Chambers family over the last couple of years and the more I’ve been able to watch her off stage, the more I have realised that she is a true and prolific songwriter. Constantly singing, always creating, forever exploring. That is what this record is, just like her, brave and genuine!

Kendrick LamarSahara Beck
Kendrick LamarDamn
This album has worked for me no matter what mood I’ve been in all through 2017. It’s one of those albums that, to me, will always be a classic. Driving down to the lake with the windows down loving every moment of each song. Thank you for making my 2017 that much better Kendrick.

Leif VollebekkHayden Calnin
Leif VollebekkTwin Solitude
Never has an album been so important. I’ve listened to this every second day, and it still feels as good as the first listen. It’s come to the point that I’ve started a petition to bring this talent to Melbourne. I’m addicted to the feeling Leif gives to me. Enjoyed best walking through chaos on a sunny day, forgetting the world around you.

Ulrika SpacekTom Stephens (Tesse)
Ulrika SpacekModern English Decoration
A lesson in the art of denial, an element is there and then it’s not. It’s driving and heavy, commanding attention, but somehow you can drift away at the same time. Melodies that have to be revisited again and again and then again.

Valerie JuneMatt Golotta (The Sweet Jelly Rolls)
Valerie JuneThe Order of Time
I listened to the first few songs online of The Order of Time when it first came out, then began calling record stores instantly to see if they had it in stock because I had to own it. This record seriously has everything I look for, its soulful, rocky, bluesy and country, with the right amount of sadness. I think I’ve listened to “Love You Once Made” every day this year since buying the record. “Got Soul” is a stunning pairing of soul and country that is this perfect happy way to close the record.

Daniel RomanoTamara Lindeman (The Weather Station)
Daniel RomanoModern Pressure
Definitely the record I listened to most this year. Just great. Perfect pop songwriting, wonderful wild drumming, insane bass playing, great solos, crazy organ jams, great everything (and every note played by Romano of course). What else do you want?

Big ThiefCy Winstanley (Tattletale Saints)
Big ThiefCapacity
After being introduced to ‘Paul’ from 2016’s Masterpiece on a late night drive, and subsequently watching their Tiny Desk concert, I have been enthralled with this band. I love Adrianne Lenker’s poetic, yet coherent and often confronting lyrics, and the stark arrangements of harmonically rich songs played with a nonchalance that belies their mastery.

Sara TindleyLucie Thorne
Sara TindleyWild & Unknown
There’s an extraordinary richness and directness to Tindley’s voice that is truly stunning. Wild & Unknown is a brave and beautiful collection of songs that’ll have you dancing one moment, weeping the next. A quiet masterpiece that creeps up under your skin and plants itself in your soul. I love this album.

Jen CloherAlison Ferrier
Jen CloherJen Cloher
I love everything about Jen Cloher’s self-titled fourth album. This comes close to the perfect album for me, it’s brilliantly written, performed, recorded and produced. Jen’s bare-faced honesty is incredibly brave and inspiring. Favourite tracks: “I Forgot Myself” and “Strong Woman”.

The Secret SistersThe Weeping Willows
The Secret SistersYou Don’t Own Me Anymore
Selecting your favourite album of the past 12 months is made all the more difficult when three of your favourite acts (Jason Isbell, David Rawlings and The Secret Sisters) all release LPs within the same calendar year. But whilst Isbell and Rawlings delivered sublime albums (as to be expected), the Sisters’ album is “all killer, no filler”, their best work yet, with no temptation to reach for the “skip” button! You Don’t Own Me Anymore is the charming trad-country harmony duo’s third album and most personal project to date. The writing is at times confessional, at others, nostalgic for simpler times; strength juxtaposed with vulnerability. Their soulful songs were lovingly and tastefully produced by good friend Brandi Carlile. Stand out tracks include “Tennessee River Runs Low”, murder ballad “Mississippi” (sister song to the wonderfully haunting, “Iuka” from their 2014 album, Put Your Needle Down), “Little Again” and title track, “You Don’t Own Me Anymore”. Check them out if you’re fans of sibling harmony (eg. The Everly Brothers) and/or the southern gothic stylings of Gillian Welch and The Civil Wars.

Lilly HiattSophie Klein (Little Wise)
Lilly HiattTrinity Lane
I saw Lilly perform at Third Man Records at AmericanaFest in Nashville, but the gravity of her songwriting only hit me afterwards, listening to her rocking 2017 album Trinity Lane on my headphones traveling around the States. The production, by Michael Trent of Shovels and Rope, is big, loud, gritty and more indie rock than Nashville alt-country. But Lilly’s voice still has a southern twang to it though and the melodies and words kick around my brain for days on end. “I just wanna rock n’ roll, scream out my and burn real slow” she sings on “Records”, and it makes me want to do the same.

Jamie WyattGretta Ziller
Jamie WyattFelony Blues
Although it’s been out for most of the year I’ve only just discovered Jamie Wyatt’s Felony Blues! It’s a rare thing for me to listen to something on repeat but since I’ve discovered her it’s all I’m listening to!!! It’s unashamed, uncomplicated, catchy, good old fashioned country music.

Christopher Coleman CollectiveThe Dead Maggies
Christopher Coleman CollectiveAh Winter
This is a work of art, from a guy that’s had a hard run and put his heart on his sleeve. The result is a deep, personal and moving album of mature songwriting. Musically it sits somewhere between Bright Eyes and Neil Young.

Steve EarleTristan Goodall (The Audreys)
Steve Earle & The DukesSo You Wanna Be An Outlaw
Equal parts devilish invitation and cautionary tale, this killer record was a tour van favourite as we hit the road after a break this year. Steve is in fine form, as usual, and while the album is boisterous and swaggering, it also manages to highlight his songwriting craft. Highlight: Willie Nelson growling “if you wanna be an outlaw you can never go home”. Giddy-up!

LogicSteve Barnard (Jon Cotton and The Book Keepers)
LogicEverybody
Riding my push bike past all the kids and their mothers, heads adorned in their icon of piety, devotion and religious identity. The burka is far more common in this corner of Sydney than most and it puts a smile on my face to see children enjoying their walk home from school with Mum. An old bogan crossing the road to the pub yells racial cliches about going back where you came from and then turns to me for my approval of his vitriol. I inform him I’m from overseas too, I just happen to be white and he is guilty of the grossest and purest type of racism. Racism is as blatant as the inability to see past difference and as subtle as the apathy that accompanies privilege. Everybody suffers either in their oppression or privilege. Everybody.

Lawrence GreenwoodTanya Batt (BATTS)
Lawrence GreenwoodP.S. I’m Haunted
Lawrence has been a favourite of mine for a long time with his previous project. It feels so nice to have a new album from him and my gosh wow. The melodic and lyrical genius within this album actually made me cry the first time I heard it. The journey this takes you on from start to finish is incredibly special. All of the amazing detail within the album leaves you finding something new each listen.

Gretta ZillerAndrew Swift
Gretta ZillerQueen Of Boomtown
Maybe I’m a little biased after spending so much time on the road with Gretta, but credit where credit’s due. Queen Of Boomtown is a solid record from start to finish. With underlying blues tones throughout, Queen Of Boomtown will have you tapping your feet, singing along and wiping away a tear or two again and again. Ziller is quickly being recognised as one of this country’s best songwriters and without a doubt one of its best vocalists.

Raise By EaglesSam Newton
Raised By EaglesI Must Be Somewhere
There is a great mix of upbeat and slow-burner tracks with a sprinkle of country here and there. The record is filled with great songwriting and heartfelt lyrics.

Ben SalterShane Nicholson
Ben SalterBack Yourself
I have a lot of favourite albums of 2017. It’s been a good year. But for me, one stands above the rest – Ben Salter’s Back Yourself. It’s equal parts diverse, brave, accomplished, intelligent, exciting, original, and just plain incredible, superior record-making.

Frank OceanThe Campervan Dancers
Frank OceanBiking
Ryan is arrested by the nostalgic visions of meatophorical bike-riding. Chelsea is delighted by how they manage to execute an extensive shouting outro with great aplomb.

The East PointersThe Little Stevies/Teeny Tiny Stevies
The East PointersWhat We Leave Behind
This recommendation is just as much about the album as it is about the live show, because TEP have done what is often very difficult to do and that’s to capture the energy and magic of their live show on record. As a band they’ve got the full package; great songs, impressive multi-instrumental musicianship, rich 3-part harmony, and to top it off they’re genuinely nice people. My favourites on the album are the vocal lead songs because I love a catchy melody and riff. But I also really enjoy the instrumentals because they include some super interesting harmonic changes through them that don’t always go where you’re expecting them to go. It’s an album that’s made a non-fiddler make it their new years resolution to learn how to play the fiddle, so it must be pretty good.

Songs From DanMelanie Horsnell
Dan TuffySongs from Dan
I loved Dan Tuffy’s record Songs from Dan because I love the quiet back of the valley live sound and the song “The biggest bastard who ever rode the west” is every musician-having-a-low-down-day’s anthem. And I loved King Curly’s new EP but biased as now we are making a record together, so not allowed to vote for that.

Les Poules a ColinJesse Periard (Ten Strings and a Goat Skin)
Les Poules à ColinMorose
Les Poules à Colin have never been a band to limit themselves. They are constantly pushing boundaries and exploring uncharted territory, which sets them apart from so many traditional music groups. They’ve grown so much as a band and Morose is a true representation of where they stand in the realm of traditional Québécois music and I couldn’t be more proud of them. This album has so many complex and beautiful layers to it, and has inspired me and taken me to places I didn’t expect.

Sarah BelknerJulia Johnson
Sarah BelknerBut You Are, But It Has
A record I have returned to repeatedly, finding more with every listen. The textures and arrangements glisten, but have this earthy, warm undercurrent. Her lyrics unfolded the more I honed in on them. Where I was wondering of their meaning upon first listen, months later her songs are resonating deeply with chapters and moments in my life. For me, there’s nothing more wondrous than finding a song that exposes one’s painful or wonderful experience as universal, and this album is rich with those gems. Standout track: “Cellophane”.

Jesca HoopAinslie Wills
Jesca HoopMemories Are Now
I describe this album to other people as “assertive folk” in that it has folk sensibilities and instrumentation but the song ideas are quite robust and angular at times which make it really memorable (ha! Pun not intended). Also, It has no drums which to me was really refreshing as most things these days are so banger/beat driven.

Trad AttackJoe Gould (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
Trad.Attack!Kullakarva / Shimmer Gold
Every so often I spend some time seeking out what’s happening in other local scenes around the world, and Crooked Fiddle’s musical equivalents therein – thus leading me to Estonia’s Trad.Attack! (punctuation included). Part melodic folk pop, part updated trad folk complete with Estonian bagpipes, they sometimes come across as a Baltic equivalent to Ireland’s Kila, especially on the epic title track.

Big ThiefAngie McMahon
Big ThiefCapacity
I’ve fallen in love with this band and this album. The intimacy of the songwriting has captured me, and the so many moments in the lyrics and music have brought me to moments of realisation and clarity. Some albums make you really grateful for music and the power it has over your mind, and this year, for me, it’s been this one.

Lana Del ReyTori Forsyth
Lana Del RayLust for Life
I love that Stevie Nicks has a little part of this record, she also experiments with some rad sounds. Also, lyrically this record is incredible.

This Is The KitEmily Staveley-Taylor (The Staves)
This Is The KitMoonshine Freeze
We met Kate, Rozi and Jamie at The Funkhaus during the Michelberger festival in Berlin last year and thought they were all wonderful people making wonderful music. Then we saw them play this album live at Eaux Claires festival in the summer and were blown away. The record has so many lovely, rounded sounds on it. It feels soft, but it has a driving energy that keeps pushing it forward. Kate’s voice has a familiar, kind quality when she sings – who doesn’t want to feel like they’re having a conversation with a friend when they listen to music? It’s a self-assured album by a band who seem to really know who they are. And that’s a comforting presence to be in. Plus the tunes are fucking banging. And the horns rule.

Sun Kil MoonNigel Wearne
Sun Kil MoonCommon As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood
This year Sun Kil Moon has been on high rotation. Common As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood is so different, that I honestly can’t remember hearing anything else like it. Spoken word poetry, prose, and random stories (including a Chameleon vs a Cat), diary entries, muses on David Bowie and Ali augmented by busted-up Dad hip hop. It’s completely whacked and compelling. A slow burn that requires the lyrics booklet.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 1st December

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney singer-songwriter Julia Johnson released her new video “Melissa”. Details here

Angus & Julia Stone added a raft of new dates for their 2018 Australian tour. Details here

– Irish trad trio Breaking Trad are teaming with bodhran player Gino Lupari for an Australian tour this January. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Andrew Swift released his new video “Reckless Desires”. Details here

– Rocky Mountain five-piece The Railsplitters added a bunch of Woodford sideshows to their Australian tour. Details here

– A single headline show has been announced for The Head and The Heart when they’re in Australia for Sydney City Limits. Details here

Releases This Week

BATTS
62 MoonsBATTS
Spotify

Echo Deer
Side BEcho Deer
Bandcamp

Serious Face
Serious FaceMike McCarthy
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Porchland

Stu Larsen

South Australia’s intimate concert series brings out the big guns for their annual festival Porchland including Stu Larsen, Thelma Plum, Ainsley Farrell, Ryan Martin John, 30/70, Stella Donnelly and Bjear.

Saturday 2nd December – The Range Hall, SA

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Sunday 3rd December – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Andrew Swift and Gretta Ziller
Saturday 2nd December – House Concert, Carrum Downs, VIC

Andy Golledge
Sunday 3rd December – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 6th December – FolksWagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Archie Roach
Tuesday 5th December – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Aisling Vaughan
Friday 1st December – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Australia voted NO to Conscription Centenary Concert feat. Solidarity Choir, Ecopella Choir, Margaret Walters, Terry Serio, Dennis Aubrey, Robert Susz, Mary-Jane Field, Jenni Nixon, The Red Rattlers
Sunday 3rd December – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Bahamas w/ Slow Dancer
Monday 4th December – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 5th December – Mojo’s Bar, Perth, WA

BANFF
Saturday 2nd December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

BATTS
Wednesday 6th December – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Ben Camden
Saturday 2nd December – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 5th December – The Charming Squire, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 6th December – The Scottish Prince, Palm Beach, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 8th December – The Royal Mail, Goodna, QLD

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Saturday 2nd December – Sydney Blues & Roots Festival, Windsor, NSW
Saturday 2nd December – The Shack, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 3rd December – Shady Pines Saloon, Sydney, NSW

Camp Cope and Cash Savage & The Last Drinks
Sunday 3rd December – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

Candice McLeod
Sunday 3rd December – Noisy Ritual People-Powered Urban Winery, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 6th December – MusicMan Megastore, Bendigo, VIC

Cash Savage and the Last Drinks
Sunday 3rd December – Forum, Melbourne, VIC

Cat Canteri and Ayleen O
Sunday 3rd December – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Claymore
Friday 1st December – The Quiet Man, Melbourne, VIC

Colin MacLeod
Thursday 7th December – Kinross Arts & Spirituality Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Dan Sultan
Saturday 2nd December – The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Darren Hanlon
Thursday 7th 
December – Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA
Friday 8th 
December – TBC, Birchip, VIC

Daylesford Highland Gathering
Saturday 2nd December – Victoria Park, Daylesford, VIC

Dean Lewis
Friday 1st December – UOW Uni Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 2nd December – Vanfest, Forbes, NSW
Friday 8th December – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Echo Deer w/ Low Down Riders and CJ Shaw
Saturday 2nd December – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Fairgrounds Festival
Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December – Berry, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 1st December – Clovass McKees Hill Hall, McKees Hill, NSW

Feist
Friday 1st December – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 3rd December – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Vance Gilbert, Liz Stringer
Friday 1st December – Cooranga North Memorial Hall, Bell, QLD
Saturday 2nd December – Surat Shire Hall, Surat, QLD
Sunday 3rd December – Ilfracombe Rec Centre, Longreach, QLD
Wednesday 6th December – Koah Hall, Koah, QLD
Friday 8th December – Queen Street Community Hall, Yeppoon, QLD

Festival of the Sun
Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th December – Port Macquarie, NSW

Finders Keepers Sydney Market
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th December – Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney, NSW

Fiona Boyes
Friday 1st December – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Tenderfoot, Caitlin Harnett, Andy Golledge
Wednesday 6th December – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fox n Firkin
Friday 1st December – The Front Gallery and Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 2nd December – MoshPit, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 3rd December – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Fred Smith
Sunday 3rd December – House Concert, Wollongong, NSW

Gary Óg
Friday 1st December – Sands Tavern, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 2nd December – The Lair, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 3rd December – The Grand Hotel – Cockn’Bull, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 7th December – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 8th December – The Adelaide Irish Club, Adelaide, SA

Grizzlee Train
Friday 1st December – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 3rd December – North Wollongong Hotel, Wollongong, NSW

Hannah Cameron
Sunday 3rd December – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 7th December – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW

Harrison Storm
Friday 1st December – Dalrymple Hotel, Garbutt, QLD
Saturday 2nd December – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Thursday 7th December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 8th December – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC

Horns Of Leroy
Sunday 3rd December – THE B.EAST, Melbourne, VIC

Hussy Hicks & Raphael White
Friday 8th December – Tintenbar Hall, Tintenbar, NSW

Isaac Graham
Sunday 3rd December – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW

Jack Johnson
Friday 1st December – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 3rd December – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 6th December – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA
Friday 8th December – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC

James Bennett
Friday 8th December – JJ’s at The Marina, Batemens Bay, NSW

James Kenyon
Saturday 2nd December – The Three Brothers Arms, Maccelsfield, SA
Sunday 3rd December – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 6th December – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 8th December – House Concert, Benalla, VIC

Jo Jo Smith w/ Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart
Friday 1st December – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Saturday 2nd December – House Concert, Scamander, TAS
Sunday 3rd December – House Concert, Neika, TAS

Josh Pyke w/ Harrison Storm
Friday 1st December – Dalrymple Hotel, Garbutt, QLD
Saturday 2nd December – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Friday 8th December – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 1st December – The George Kerferd, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 2nd December – St Leonards Vineyard, Wahgunyah, VIC

Kimberley Wheeler
Saturday 2nd December – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Kyle Lionhart
Friday 1st December – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 2nd December – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Friday 8th December – Forth Pub, Forth, TAS

Lisa Caruso
Saturday 2nd December – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW

Little Wise w/ Tessa Devine
Wednesday 6th December – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Lizzie Flynn
Friday 8th December – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 1st December – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 2nd December – The Lower Wilmot Hall, Lower Wilmot, TAS
Saturday 2nd December – The Hive, Port Lincoln, SA

Lost Ragas
Thursday 7th December – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan
Saturday 2nd December – Bar 303, Melbourne, VIC

Mandy Connell
Friday 1st December – Paragon Cafe, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 2nd December – The Wombat, Wollongong, NSW

Medusa’s Wake
Sunday 3rd December – The Lady Hampshire, Sydney, NSW

Meredith Music Festival
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th December – Meredith, VIC

Mia Dyson
Friday 1st December – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 2nd December – Lizotte’s Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 7th December – The Royal Oak, Adelaide, SA
Friday 8th December – Black Bear, Brisbane, QLD

Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission
Friday 1st December – Saints and Sailors, Portarlington, VIC
Saturday 2nd December – Caledonian Hotel, Wonthaggi, VIC
Friday 8th December – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Mike McCarthy
Friday 1st December – Common Ground, Wyong, NSW

My Nightingale
Sunday 3rd December – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Neil Murray
Friday 8th December – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

Oh Willy Dear! and Simone East
Sunday 3rd December – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Oliver Downes and Imogen Pemberton
Sunday 3rd December – Bar 303, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 6th December – The Front Gallery and Cafe, Canberra, ACT

Perch Creek
Friday 1st December – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW

Porchland
Saturday 2nd December – The Range Hall, SA

Phia
Saturday 2nd December – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 3rd December – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 8th December – The Flying Cock, Brisbane, QLD

Pierce Brothers
Friday 1st December – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 2nd December – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Sunday 3rd December – Halls Gap Hotel, Halls Gap, NSW
Thursday 7th December – Freo Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Quinton Trembath
Friday 1st December – House Concert, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 2nd December – Big Beet, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 3rd December – Garden Sessions, Sydney, NSW

Red-Eyed and Blue: Country Christmas Party feat. The Sweet Jelly Rolls, Peta Caswell, CK & the 45’s
Sunday 3rd December – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Roy Payne
Friday 8th December – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Sam Outlaw w/ Courtney Marie Andrews
Saturday 2nd December – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 3rd December – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 6th December – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 7th December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 8th December – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC

Scott Cook and Liz Frencham
Friday 1st December – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Sparrow-Folk
Thursday 7th December – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 8th December – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 8th December – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Stella Donnelly
Friday 1st December – Waves, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 2nd December – Porchland, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 7th December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th December – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Strzelecki Stringbusters
Sunday 3rd December – Churchill Hotel, Churchill, VIC

Stu Larsen
Friday 1st December – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Saturday 2nd December – Porchland, The Range Hall, SA
Sunday 3rd December – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 7th December – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, VIC
Friday 8th December – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

SummerSalt feat. Xavier Rudd, The Cat Empire
Saturday 2nd December – 3 Oceans Wine Company, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 3rd December – Hotel Rottnest, Rottnest Island, WA

Sydney Blues & Roots Festival
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd December – Hawkesbury Hotel, Windsor, NSW

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-Together
Saturday 2nd December – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Tesse
Saturday 2nd December – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 1st December – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 2nd December – Waves, Towradgi Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 3rd December – Long Jetty Hotel, Long Jetty, NSW
Thursday 7th December – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 8th December – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA

The Black Sorrows
Friday 1st December – Astor Hotel, Goulburn, NSW
Saturday 2nd December – The Oaks Hotel, Albion Park, NSW

The Demon Drink
Friday 1st December – Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane, QLD

The Drunken Poachers
Friday 1st December – Murphys, Geelong West, VIC
Saturday 2nd December – The Fitzroy Pinnacle, Melbourne, VIC

The East Pointers
Sunday 3rd December – Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 6th December – Sepulchre, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 7th December – Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 8th December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

The Grenadiers
Saturday 2nd December – Black Box Theatre, Nambour, QLD
Tuesday 5th December – No. 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

The Mae Trio
Thursday 7th December – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 8th December – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

The PBC Christmas Party Musical Cavalcade Extravaganza feat. Mic Conway’s National Junk Band, The Andy Golledge Band, Joseph Liddy and the Skeleton Horse
Friday 3rd December – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

The Shack Presents Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides, Snez, The Love Machine
Saturday 2nd December – The Shack, Sydney, NSW

The Shins
Saturday 2nd December – Fidelity Festival, Perth, WA
Monday 4th December – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 5th December – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 8th December – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 1st December – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 2nd December – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December – Fairgrounds, Berry, NSW
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th December – Meredith Music Festival, Meredith, VIC

The Villebillies
Thursday 7th December – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Waifs
Saturday 2nd December – Mossvale Park Summer Series, Mossvale, VIC
Sunday 3rd December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Monday 4th December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Tuesday 5th December – The Gov Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 6th December – The Quarry Amphitheatre, Perth, WA

The Willing Ponies
Sunday 3rd December – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

This Way North
Friday 1st December – Record Crate, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 2nd December – TBA, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 8th December – Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Toni Swain
Sunday 3rd December – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Tori Forsyth
Friday 8th December – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW

Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife w/ The Stetson Family
Friday 1st December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Tripod
Friday 1st December – Memo Music Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd December – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Tullara
Friday 1st December – The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW
Saturday 2nd December – Lismore Quadrangle, Lismore, NSW

Ukulele Death Squad
Friday 8th December – Pepper Tree, Aldinga, SA

Wallis Bird
Friday 1st December – Martians Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC
Saturday 2nd December – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC

Witches Leap
Friday 1st December – Paragon Cafe, Katoomba, NSW

Woody Guthrie: Songs of Freedom
Saturday 2nd December – Newport Bowls Club, Newport, VIC

Yusuf / Cat Stevens
Saturday 2nd December – Roche Estate, Pokolbin, NSW
Monday 4th December – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 7th December – ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Both Sides The Tweed” – Dick Gaughan

Watch the New Julia Johnson Video “Melissa”

Julia Johnson
Image Courtesy of Julia Johnson

When Sydney based singer-songwriter Julia Johnson started revealing her new solo sound earlier this year I got pretty excited. I feel like Johnson has grown as an artist since moving away from The Deep Sea Sirens, allowing her to explore an array of different musical textures without lowing her indie-folk sensibilities.

“Melissa” was released earlier this year and now Julia Johnson has revealed the mesmerising new video directed by Shane Parsons. Check it out here:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 22nd September

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We premiered the new single and video from The Acfields, “We’ll Meet Halfway”. Details here

– A huge lineup has been announced for the inaugural Australian Americana Honours Night including Old Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June, Kevin Welch, Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers, Shane Howard, Bernard Fanning, Catherine Britt, Henry Wagons, Emily Barker, Ruby Boots and Jordie Lane & The Sleepers. Details here

The Cobargo Folk Festival announced its 2018 headliners including Eric Bogle, Neil Murray, The Northern Folk, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Christine Collister with Michael Fix and Alan Kelly Gang. Details here

– Playwright and performer Phil Spencer (Story Club) and indie-folk singer Julia Johnson bring their Hooting & Howling show to the Melbourne Fringe this week. Details here

– Canadian alt-country songstress Lindi Ortega announced East Coast tour dates. Details here

Bluesfest revealed their first lineup for 2018 including Lionel Richie, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, John Butler Trio, Tash Sultana, The New Power Generation, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, José González, First Aid Kit, Morcheeba, Gov’t Mule, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The California Honeydrops, Eric Gales, Bobby Rush, Dumpstaphunk, Joe Louis Walker and Rick Estrin & The Nightcats. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Phia released her new single “Oxide”. Details here

– Indie-folk singer-songwriter Alex The Astronaut announced upcoming EP See You Soon and a October and November tour. Details here

– Melbourne Americana band Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds announced their second full length album The Way You Leave. Details here

– The Queenscliff Music Festival revealed its final additions to the 2017 lineup including Russell Morris, Andrea Robertson Band, Bec Goring, Didirri, Heath Robertson Band, Hey Mammoth, Izzy Losi & The Auracles, Rough River, Sagamore, Sweethearts, The Refuge, Tides of Welcome, Tom Richardson, True Spirit Revival Yoga and Yirrmal & The Miliyawutj. Details here

– Melbourne gypsy-folk band The Scrims released their new music video “Show Me Your Moves”. Details here

– South Australian live music night The Porch Sessions has just announced plans to hold its annual festival Porchland in December. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival added a bunch of new artists including Amistat, Ben Waters Band with Derek Nash, Black Sorrows, Blair Dunlop, Davidson Brothers, Frank Burkitt Band, Lily & King, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Rory Ellis Trio, Ted Egan, Victoriana Gaye, Brian Nankervis, 10 String Symphony, The Grigoryan Brothers with Adam Page, Hillbilly Goats, Hussy Hicks, Josienne Clarke & Ben Waters, King Marong & Afro Mandinko, La Busca, Lost Ragas and more. Details here

Releases This Week

Fanny
Real Class ActFanny Lumsden
iTunes

Josh Ritter
GatheringJosh Ritter
iTunes

Katie Harder
BelovedKatie Harder
iTunes

Peasant Moon
Our Timing Was WrongPeasant Moon
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Emily Barker

Emily Barker

Alt-country singer-songwriter Emily Barker returns home to Australia with tour and festival dates kicking off this week.

Tuesday 26th September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 27th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 28th September – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th to Saturday 30th Septmber – Rhythmicana Festival, Murwillumbah, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Saturday 23rd September – Club Mullum, Mullumbimby RSL, Mullumbimby, NSW

AJJ
Wednesday 27th September – Crowbar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th September – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 29th September – The Lair, Sydney, NSW

Alana Patmore
Saturday 24th September – The Blackout, Sydney, NSW

Americana Sessions feat. Great Aunt
Sunday 24th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Angus & Julia Stone w/ Ruel
Saturday 23rd September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 26th September – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Friday 29th September – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA

Anna Smyrk
Friday 22nd September – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Paradiso, Byron Bay, Byron Bat, NSW
Wednesday 27th September – Folkswagon, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Uranquinty Folk Festival, Uranquinty, NSW

Appalachian Heaven Stringband
Sunday 24th September – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Argyle Sun Sets feat. Vanishing Shapes, Stringline Folk Band
Sunday 24th September – Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW

Ashlea Reale
Friday 22nd September – Dôme Waikiki, Waikiki, WA

Barbecue Party feat. Jason P. Walker, Sam Newton
Saturday 23rd September – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Ben Ely
Friday 22nd September – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

Bob Evans
Friday 29th September – Nightfest Floriade Festival, Commonwealth Park, Canberra, ACT

Brad Butcher
Friday 29th September – Red Lion Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD

Caloundra Music Festival
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra, QLD

Carpenter Caswell w/ The Weeping Willows
Saturday 23rd September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Lizotte’s Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW

Carus Thompson w/ Loren
Sunday 24th September – God’s Kitchen, Mornington, VIC
Wednesday 27th September – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 29th September – The Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill, Ocean Grove, VIC

Clare Bowditch
Thursday 28th September – Fondata 1872, Kangaroo Ground, VIC

Corner Unplugged feat. The Vendettas, Julia Johnson
Sunday 24th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Craig Woodward
Sunday 24th September – Bluebonnet Barbecue, Melbourne, VIC

Dan Sultan
Friday 22nd September – Max Watt’s, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th September – Academy, Canberra, ACT
Friday 29th September – Bar On The Hill, Newcastle, NSW

Dana Hassall, Luke O’Shea, Ben Ransom
Sunday 24th September – Wenty Leagues, Wentworthville, NSW

Dashville Skyline
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Belford, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 23rd September – The Union, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 26th September – Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, Ferntree Gully, VIC
Friday 29th September – Deni Ute Muster, Deniliquin, NSW

Declan O’Rourke
Wednesday 27th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 28th September – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, NSW

Deni Ute Muster
Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September – Deniliquin, NSW

Diamond Duck w/ Bonniesongs
Sunday 24th September – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Emily Barker
Tuesday 26th September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 27th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 28th September – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th to Saturday 30th Septmber – Rhythmicana Festival, Murwillumbah, NSW

Emma Russack
Thursday 28th September – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW

eüsh, Nic Cassey & Friends
Thursday 28th September – Blacksheep, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 22nd September – School of Arts Hall, Burren Junction, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Mullaley Hall, Mullaley, NSW
Friday 29th September – Tullamore Memorial Hall, Tullamore, NSW

Folk By The Sea
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September – Kiama, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Anna Smyrk, William Alexander, Archer
Wednesday 27th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fossils Benefit Concert
Friday 29th September – Concordia College Chapel, Adelaide, SA

Garrett Kato
Saturday 23rd September – The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW

Global Rhythms Music Festival
Sunday 24th September – Bicentennial Park, Sydney, NSW

Great Aunt
Sunday 24th September – Americana Sessions, The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 26th September – Ric’s Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th September – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th September – Rick’s Garage, Palmwoods, QLD

Hannah Matysek
Friday 22nd September – Newtown Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Hooting & Howling feat. Julia Johnson
Friday 22nd September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 25th September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC

Immigrant Union
Friday 29th September – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

James Vincent McMorrow
Saturday 23rd September – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 25th September – The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 27th September – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Jen Mize and Mitch Power
Friday 22nd September – Two Goats, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 27th September – Janes, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st September – Dashville Skyline, Belford, NSW

Jim Mongrel w/ Drizabone D, Handsome Young Strangers (duo) playing Weddos
Sunday 24th September – Moshpit, Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan and Greta Stanley
Friday 22nd September – Anitas Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Surry Hills Festival, Sydney, NSW

Julia Johnson
Friday 22nd September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 25th September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC

Karl S Williams
Friday 22nd September – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC

Kasey Chambers
Thursday 28th September – Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cessnock, NSW
Friday 29th September – Club Maitland City, Maitland, NSW

Katie Harder
Friday 22nd September – Epilogue Lounge, Alice Springs, NT

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 22nd September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Cessnock Hotel, Cessnock, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 28th September – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 29th September – Caloundra RSL, Caloundra, QLD

Kim Churchill
Friday 22nd September – The Office, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 23rd September – Timberfest, MacKay, QLD
Friday 29th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Lazy Colts, The Good Boys, Cody and Rob
Saturday 3rd September – Shakespeare Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Liz Stringer & Mel Parsons
Friday 22nd September – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 23rd September – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th September – The Old Priory, Beechworth, VIC
Friday 29th September – Boo Radley’s Hall, Glenreagh, NSW

Lizzie Flynn
Friday 22nd to Saturday 23rd September – Folk By The Sea, Kiama, NSW

Louisa Wise w/ Luke Plumb, Wise Women, Lucy & Mischa Duo
Sunday 24th September – Northcote Uniting Church Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Madison Violet
Friday 22nd September – The Dungeon, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Irish Club Hotel, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 29th September – Stanthorpe Theatre, Stanthorpe, QLD

Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan
Saturday 23rd September – Bar 303, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Olson
Saturday 23rd September – Northern Star Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 24th September – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline Festival, Belford, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 22nd September – House Concert, Wyndham Vale, VIC
Saturday 23rd Septmeber – House Concert, Lara, VIC
Sunday 24th September – House Concert, Wyndham Vale, VIC
Tuesday 26th September – House Concert, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 27th September – House Concert, Marino, SA
Friday 29th September – House Concert, Perth, WA

Melody Moko
Sunday 24th September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Mildura Country Music Festival
Friday 29th September to Sunday 8th October – Mildura, VIC

Mint Julep Thursdays feat. Not a Lemur, Great Aunt
Thursday 28th September – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Monique Clare
Sunday 24th September – House Concert, Armidale, NSW
Tuesday 26th September – House Concert, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Fireside Sessions, Warrandyte, VIC

My Nightingale
Thursday 28th September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th September – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Mr Alford Country
Sunday 24th September – Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Old Crow Medicine Show
Thursday 28th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD

Patrick James
Saturday 23rd September – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Pay It Forward Dinner feat. Aimee Francis, Darcy Fox, Sabrina Salvatore
Thursday 28th September – The Mouldy Fig, Melbourne, VIC

Pierce Brothers
Friday 22nd September – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Raised By Eagles
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Semaphore Music Festival, Adelaide, SA

Ramblin’ Nights Dashville Skyline Special feat. The Roamin’ Jasmine, Tim Easton
Thursday 28th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Richard Perso
Sunday 24th September – Old Canberra Inn, Canberra, ACT

Rolling Stone Live Lounge feat. Josh Pyke
Tuesday 26th September – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Rhythmicana Festival
Friday 29th to Saturday 30th Septmber – Murwillumbah, NSW

Ruby Boots
Wednesday 27th September – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Semaphore Music Festival, Adelaide, SA

Rya Park w/ BATTS, Alana Wilikinson
Friday 22nd September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Newton
Saturday 23rd September – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 27th September – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Semaphore Music Festival
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Adelaide, SA

Songs for Asylum: An Evening of Music to Support Refugee Rights feat. Jep & Dep, Maples, The Latin Ministry
Thursday 28th September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Southern Gentlemen
Sunday 24th September – Caringbah Markets, Caringbah, NSW

Surry Hills Festival
Saturday 23rd September – Ward Park, Sydney, NSW

Teeny Tiny Stevies
Thursday 28th September – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Tex, Don & Charlie
Friday 22nd September – The Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 23rd September – Wave Rock Weekender, Hyden, WA
Sunday 24th September – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

The Acfields w/ Looking for Alaska
Friday 29th September – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

The Black Sorrows
Wednesday 27th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Dee Why RSL Club, Dee Why, NSW

The Buck Loner Revue w/ Jason Walker
Saturday 23rd September – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

The Cope Street Parade
Saturday 23rd September – The Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC

The Gadflys
Friday 22nd September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Tilley’s, Canberra, ACT

The Loaded Dog Folk Club feat. Ecopella, Bod
Saturday 23rd September – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Maladies
Friday 22nd September – The Botany View, Sydney, NSW

The Quick & the Dead
Friday 22nd September – The Old Flour Mill Gallery, Euroa, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – Glenrowan Scout Hall, Glenrowan, VIC
Sunday 24th September – The Bended Elbow Albury, NSW
Tuesday 26th September – TBC, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 27th September – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – The Valve Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Roamin’ Jasmine
Friday 22nd September – Private Show, Reservoir, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – Billy Roy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 24th September – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Thursday 28th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Dashville Skyline, Lower Belford, NSW

The Scrims w/ Uncle Penny Bags, The Vibe-A-Centrics
Friday 22nd September – B.East, Melbourne, VIC

The Showhall Series feat. Didirri, Tom West
Saturday 23rd September – The Range Hall, The Range, SA

The Tall Grass
Saturday 23rd September – Longplay, Melbourne, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September – Wave Rock Weekender, Hyden, WA
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, Hunter Valley, NSW
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD

The Turner Brown Band w/ Shelley’s Murder Boys
Friday 29th September – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Friday 22nd September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 23rd September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 27th September – The City Sounds, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 27th September – The Triffid Acoustics, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th September: 5 CHURCH STREET, Bellingen (NSW)
Friday 29th September – Sider Diner Sessions, City Sider, Tamworth, NSW

Tim Easton
Thursday 28th September – Ramblin’ Nights, Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Timberfest
Saturday 23rd September – MacKay, QLD

Timothy James Bowen
Sunday 24th September – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Tori Forsyth
Thursday 28th September – The Fox Den, Gloucester, NSW

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife
Friday 22nd September – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Shady Pines Saloon, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Westernport, San Remo, VIC

Under the Covers feat. Jen Mize, Mitch Power, Rhys Scoular
Wednesday 27th September – Jane’s, Wollongong, NSW

Uranquinty Folk Festival
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Uranquinty, NSW

Valerie June
Thursday 28th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, NSW

Vanishing Shapes
Friday 22nd September – The Townie, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 24th September – Argyle Sun Sets, Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW

Vardos
Friday 22nd September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Wallaby Creek Festival
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Homerule Rainforest Lodge, QLD

Wave Rock Weekender
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September – Hyden, WA

Whoa Mule!
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September – Folk By The Sea, Kiama, NSW
Tuesday 26th September – House Concert, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Widow’s Walk w/ Georgia State Line, Nick Payne & the Wanted Few
Friday 29th September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Winterbourne
Friday 22nd September – Selina’s, Coogee Bay Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Revolution, Como, NSW

XANI
Sunday 24th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Z-Stay Delta
Friday 22nd September – Miami Marketta, Miami, QLD
Sunday 24th September – The Shared, Yandina, QLD
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom/Blackberry Blossom/Red Haired Boy” – Chris Thile & Michael Daves

Hooting & Howling Comes to the Melbourne Fringe

Hooting and Howling
Image Courtesy of Julia Johnson

Following on from a successful debut in Sydney last year, playwright and performer Phil Spencer (Story Club) and indie-folk singer Julia Johnson will be bringing their Hooting & Howling show to the Melbourne Fringe this week.

Hooting & Howling mixes stand-up comedy, storytelling and live music to explore the supernatural and promises “comedic journey through life, death and the Great Unknowable”.

The show kicks off at The Butterfly Club in Melbourne this Wednesday – for more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here. The full list of dates are below:

Wednesday 20th September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 21st September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 25th September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 14th July

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney singer-songwriter Julia Johnson released her debut solo single “Melissa”. Details here

– The legendary Richard Thompson is releasing Acoustic Classics Vol. II later this year. Details here

– Sydney rock and alt-country artist Fallon Cush released their new video “Long Shot”. Details here

Mama Kin and Spender revealed their new collaboration and single “Air Between Us”. Details here

– The legendary David Rawlings has shed the machine and announced a new album Poor David’s Almanack. Details here

– Melbourne based alt-country singer-songwriter Rick Hart released the video to his new single “To The Grave”. Details here

– Old-time string band Shelley’s Murder Boys have been announced as the headline act for this week’s Bluegrass @ Yulli’s in Sydney. Details here

– Melbourne electro-folk singer-songwriter Hayden Calnin released his new single “Collision” ahead of the release of his new EP Dirt today. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Anna Cordell released her new lo-fi single “The Moon”. Details here

– Folk cellist Ben Sollee released his new video “Pieces of You”. Details here

Releases This Week

Dirt
DirtHayden Calnin
iTunes

Offa Rex
The Queen of HeartsOffa Rex
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

FolkSwagon feat. Leroy Lee, Caitlin Harnett, Andy Golledge Band

Andy

It’s the 100th show for Sydney weekly night FolkSwagon and they’ve pulled out the big guns in the form of Leroy Lee, Caitlin Harnett and the Andy Golledge Band. If you’re not at this show then you’re missing out.

Wednesday 19th July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Adam Young & Katie Brianna
Sunday 16th July – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Ainsley Farrell
Friday 14th July – OAF Gallery Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th July – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th July – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW

Ainslie Wills
Thursday 20th July – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 14th July – Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Saturday 15th July – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Amaya Laucirica
Wednesday 19th July – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

An Otherwise Quiet Room – The Yarra Sessions Video Series Launch feat. Mandy Connell, Sarah Carrol, Matt Glass, Girl Friday, Brent Parlane
Sunday 16th July – Yarra Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Anna Cordell w/ Obscura Hail, Rough River
Saturday 15th July – Kew Courthouse, Melbourne, VIC

Baby Blue & Leah Senior
Saturday 15th July – Gin Lane, Belgrave, VIC

Ben Salter
Saturday 15th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 16th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival Showcase feat. The Deans of Soul, Catfish Voodoo, Nardia Rose Band, Matt Katsis, Kelly Brouhaha, Cameron James Henderson, The Barren Spinsters, Tasha Zappala, Tim Hulsman, Wayne Jury, Savannah Rose, William Alexander, Bill Barber & The Revellators, Dave Diprose, Mariah McCarthy, Mr Wilby & Me
Sunday 16th July – Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Shelley’s Murder Boys
Wednesday 19th July – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Brad Butcher
Friday 14th July – House Concert, Burnie, TAS
Saturday 15th July – Little Rivers Brewing, Scottsdale, TAS
Sunday 16th July – Regional Flavours Fest. – City Sounds Stage, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st July – Nambour RSL, Nambour, QLD

Broads
Saturday 15th July – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Brunswick Scottish Society’s July Ceilidh
Saturday 15th July – Fleming Park Community Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Clare Bowen w/ Timothy James Bowen
Friday 14th July – The Star, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 15th July – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton, QLD

Clea w/ Nice Biscuit, Rory J Dawson
Saturday 15th July – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Demi Mitchell & Katie Brianna
Saturday 15th July – Grand Junction, The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Devil Goat Family String Band
Sunday 16th July – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Dope Lemon
Friday 14th July – UOW UniBar, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 16th July – Long Jetty Hotel, Long Jetty, NSW

Fanny Lumsden and Tobias
Thursday 20th July – Longreach Civic Centre, Longreach, QLD
Friday 21st July – Ilfracombe Hall, Ilfracombe, QLD

Father John Misty
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Finders Keepers Market Melbourne
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July – Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Leroy Lee, Caitlin Harnett, Andy Golledge Band
Wednesday 19th July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Forever Son
Saturday 15th July – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 16th July – The Oriental Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Georgia Fields and Phia
Friday 14th July – Candelo General Store, Candelo, NSW
Saturday 15th July – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW
Friday 21st July – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Grace Turner, Alice Williams, Imogen Pemberton
Monday 17th July – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Grigoryan Brothers
Saturday 15th July – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 16th July – Mitchell Wines, Sevenhill, SA
Tuesday 18th July – The Plenary, Melbourne Convention Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 20th July – Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC

Harvey Russell & Sam Shinazzi
Saturday 15th July – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Helen Townsend
Thursday 20th July – Gypsy Tapas House, Fremantle, WA
Friday 21st July – Sunset Studio, Mayfield, NSW

Husky
Saturday 15th July – Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS

Jen Mize
Thursday 20th July – Kedron Wavell Services Club, Brisbane, QLD

Jess Locke & Ainsley Farrell
Saturday 15th July – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Joe Pug w/ Courtney Marie Andrews
Friday 14th July – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 15th July – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Sunday 16th July – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 18th July – Labour in Vain, Melbourne, VIC

John Flanagan
Sunday 16th July – CERES Organic Market & Grocery, Melbourne, VIC

Joseph Tawadros and James Tawadros
Wednesday 19th July – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Josh Owen, Cameron James Henderson & Tim Hulsman
Saturday 15th July – The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Katie Brianna
Sunday 16th July – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th July – Grand Junction, The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 14th July – The Basement Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 15th July – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 16th July – The Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 20th July – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 21st July – No 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Lazy L String Band, Stillhouse Union
Sunday 16th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Liam Gerner
Sunday 16th July – Noisy Ritual People-Powered Urban Winery, Melbourne, VIC

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 14th July – Suttons House of Music, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 20th July – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st July – The Mullumbimby ex-Services Club, Mullumbimby, NSW

Lost Ragas
Friday 21st July – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Luke Legs
Saturday 15th July – Winter Wild Festival, Great Ocean Road Brewhouse, Apollo Bay, VIC

Maia Marsh
Friday 14th July – Vic on the Park Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th July – The Naked Bean, Grafton, NSW

Mark Di Marzio & the Weary Kind
Saturday 15th July – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Lucas and the Lazy L, Stillhouse Union
Sunday 16th July – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Friday 14th July – Candelo General Store, Candelo, NSW
Saturday 15th July – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW

Melbourne Celtic Piping Session
Sunday 16th July – Exford Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mikri Kompania
Thursday 20th July – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Miles and Simone
Friday 14th July – Moira, VIC
Saturday 15th July – Yarck, VIC
Sunday 16th July – The Theatre Royal, Castlemaine VIC
Thursday 20th July – The Gem, PBS FM, Acid Country OB, Leaps and Bounds, Melbourne VIC

Nigel Wearne
Sunday 16th July – The Taproom, Castlemaine, VIC

Parvyn and Josh Bennett
Saturday 15th July – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Pete Murray
Friday 14th July – The Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 20th July – Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD
Friday 21st July – Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich, QLD

Quinton Trembath
Friday 14th July – Melbourne St Laundromat, Adelaide, SA

Riley Pearce w/ Elli Schoen, The Hunting Birds
Friday 21st July – Secret Warehouse Show, Perth, WA

Roller One
Sunday 16th July – Labour in Vain, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Buckingham
Thursday 20th July – Chapel Theatre, Glen Innes, NSW

Sean McMahon and the MoonMen
Friday 14th July – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 15th July – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Shaky Stills
Saturday 15th July – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Wednesday 19th July – Bluegrass @ Yullis, Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 20th July – Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW

Sime Nugent & Joshua Cook
Sunday 16th July – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Slow Dancer
Friday 14th July – OAF Gallery, Sydney, NSW

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July – Byron Bay, NSW

Supper Clubs at CERES feat. Alison Ferrier, Sarah Carroll, Ian Collard
Friday 14th July – CERES Environment Park, Melbourne, VIC

Taryn La Fauci
Saturday 15th July – Sunset Sessions on top of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 16th July – Sunset Sessions on top of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 21st July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Ahern Brothers
Friday 14th July – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Sunday 16th July – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 20th July – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Bean Project
Friday 21st July – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

The Darling Downs
Saturday 15th July – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

The Low Down Riders
Friday 14th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Muso Next Door
Saturday 15th July – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

The New Savages
Saturday 15th July – Catfish, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 16th July – The Elephant & Castle Hotel, Geelong, VIC

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 14th July – Jambo Bar & Cafe, Melbourne, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 14th July – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 20th July – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 21st July – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Guy
Tuesday 18th July – Tramway Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Timberwolf
Friday 14th July – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 15th July – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 21st July – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Tori Forsyth
Thursday 20th July – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, VIC
Friday 21st July – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Vanishing Shapes
Friday 14th July – Paragon Cafe, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 15th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 21st July – Foghorn Brewhouse, Erina, NSW

Vardos
Friday 14th July – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Whimsy
Sunday 16th July – Apollo Bay Hotel, Apollo Bay, VIC

Yarra’s Women of Country feat. Freya Hollick w/ Jemma Nicole, Jemma Rowlands
Sunday 16th July – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Writers’ Block #29 feat. Alison Ferrier, Melissa Main, Cate Taylor, Les Thomas, Tony Leonard, Tom Bolton
Thursday 20th July – Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Hymn 101” – Joe Pug

Listen to Julia Johnson’s Debut Solo Single “Melissa”

Julia Johnson
Image Courtesy of Julia Johnson

For a while now I’ve noticed Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens front-woman Julia Johnson popping up on bills around the country under her own name, so always suspected it was only a matter of time before we saw her officially launch a solo career.

It’s super exciting to have these suspicions confirmed with the release of Johnson’s debut solo single “Melissa”. The single sees Julia Johnson step away from the guitar and banjo driven folk of Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens and more towards a synth-folk sound.

“I needed to get out of my comfort zone, and boy did I do a good job of that,” Johnson explained. “After a few months in Berlin, my old songs didn’t fit me anymore. Writing all new material has been liberating and fun, but also uncomfortable. This new territory is not easy to navigate.”

“Working with [producer Sarah Belkner] has had a huge impact on me creatively. Sarah can take the amorphous, blurry sketches of what I imagine and craft tangible, fleshed-out songs. It’s new to me, putting trust in someone else’s vision. Her instincts and incredible knowledge helped me to shape “Melissa”, taking the song into a realm which I couldn’t have taken it to on my own.”

Take a listen “to Melissa” below:

Personally I love the way “Melissa” blends drums and synths with the more organic auto-harp and percussion – beautiful stuff.

Julia Johnson has a handful of tour dates in the coming weeks where you can really get to know her new sound – the full list of shows are here:

Saturday 22nd July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 2nd August – FolkSwagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Monday 7th August – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th March

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Matthew and The Atlas confirmed details of their new album Temple. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Irish Mythen returns to Australia this month for Bluesfest and the Melissa Etheridge tour support. Details here

– UK big band Bellowhead announced plans to release a live album in April. Details here

– 17 year old singer-songwriter Gretta Ray released her new single “Unexpected Feeling”. Details here

Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow has a new album on the way to go with her new moniker. Details here

– The ANZ Blue Stage Series for Spectrum Now announced their artist lineup including Borneo, Lissa, Dog the Duke, James Englund, Rachel Fahim, Ainsley Farrell, Ella Freestone, Ginger & Drum, Adam Harpaz, Martin Hulbert, I Am Apollo, The Khanz, Christie Lamb, Jaime Lindsay, Mabel, Nova and the Experience, Jarryn Pheagan, Aimee Lou, Planet, Lane Sinclair (Say My Name Band), Sabrina Soares, Tenderfoot, Ed Wells and Dylan Wright. Details here

– The next Festival of Small Halls tour kicked off this week featuring Vishtèn, The Little Stevies and Rob Longstaff. Details here

Sufjan Stevens announced plans to release a 10th anniversary edition of Illinois. Details here

– West Australia’s favourite absent daughter Emily Barker returns home this week for shows on the West and East Coast. Details here

– South Coast singer-songwriter Joe Mungovan released his new single “Rivers”. Details here

– Singer-songwriters Julia Johnson and Vorn Doolette have announced a joint house concert tour. Details here

Andrew Bird has collaborated with Fiona Apple on his new single “Left Handed Kisses”. Details here

– Canadian singer-songwriter The Weather Station released her new video “Floodplain”. Details here

– Celtic-punks The Go Set announced April tour dates. Details here

Releases This Week

M Ward
More RainM. Ward
iTunes

Ouroboros
OuroborosRay LaMontagne
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

The Timbers

William Fitzsimmons

Friday 4th March – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 5th March – The Irish Hotel, Toowoomba, QLD
Monday 7th March – The Yacht Club, Mooloolaba, QLD
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Porchland feat. Lime Cordiale, Winterbourne, Sweet Jean, Benjamin James Caldwell, Ollie English

Porch Sessions

If you don’t have tickets to Porchland, the festival presented by Adelaide’s The Porch Sessions then I’m afraid you’re out of luck because this puppy is sold out. But with a lineup that good it’s time to start begging your friends to sell you their ticket – it’s going to be an amazing show.

Sunday 6th March – Hahndorf, SA

Gigs Next Week

Aldous Harding w/ Jess Ribeiro
Tuesday 8th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 10th March – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

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

Burnt Creek Deviation
Friday 4th March – The Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Calexico
Friday 4th March – Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Sunday 6th March – Spectrum Now, The Domain, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 8th March – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 9th March – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA

Catherine Traicos
Saturday 5th March – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Colin Hay
Friday 4th March – Melbourne Zoo Twilights, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th March – Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions presents Fanny Lumsden
Friday 4th March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

C.W. Stoneking w/ Marlon Williams
Saturday 5th March – Melbourne Zoo Twilights, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 11th March – Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW

Davey Craddock
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March – Nannup Festival, Nannup, WA

Elwood Myre
Friday 4th March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA
Friday 4th March – The Odd Fellow, Perth, WA

Emily Barker
Friday 4th March – The Bassendean Hotel, Perth, WA

Festival of Small Halls feat. Vishtèn, The Little Stevies, Rob Longstaff
Friday 4th March – Tallangatta Memorial Hall, Tallangatta, VIC
Saturday 5th March – Girgarre Town Hall, Girgarre, VIC
Sunday 6th March – Dookie Arts Hub, Dookie, VIC
Wednesday 9th March – Wauchope Community Arts Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Friday 11th March – Toongi Hall, Toongi, NSW

Folkswagon
Wednesday 9th March – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Helpless – The Songs of Neil Young feat. Todd Sibbin, Tom West, Ryan Martin John, Thoma Henbest, Caleb Williamson
Wednesday 9th March – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Hootenanny feat. Lucky Luke and His Shooting Stars
Sunday 6th March – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March – Nannup Festival, WA
Wednesday 9th March – Redcliffe on the Murray, Pinjarra, WA
Thursday 10th March – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Friday 11th March – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA

James Thomson
Friday 4th March – Baha, Rye, VIC
Saturday 5th March – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 6th March – The Lomond, Melbourne, VIC

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 4th March – J-Shed, Bathers Beach, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 9th March – Montrose Town Centre, Montrose, VIC
Friday 11th March – Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upwey, VIC

Liam Gerner
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA
Wednesday 9th March – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Friday 11th March – Billy Roy Blues, Bendigo, VIC

Luke Morris
Friday 4th March – Noosa Festival of Surfing, Noosa, QLD
Sunday 6th March – The Sunhouse, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 10th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Man of Constant Sorrow: a Tribute to the Music of O Brother Where Art Thou feat. The Morrisons, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Luke Escombe, Brian Campeau
Tuesday 8th March – The Domain, Sydney, NSW

Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters
Thursday 10th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th March – The Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Mary Black
Tuesday 8th March – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Thursday 10th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

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

Nannup Music Festival
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March – Nannup, WA

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

Passenger
Friday 4th March – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 6th March – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Patrick James
Friday 4th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 5th March – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Porchland feat. Lime Cordiale, Winterbourne, Sweet Jean, Benjamin James Caldwell, Ollie English
Sunday 6th March – Hahndorf, SA

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

Queen Porter Stomp and Catgut
Saturday 5th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

RAPT w/ Beautifil Chaos, Scott Cook
Saturday 5th March – The Music Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Ruby Boots
Thursday 10th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

Sam Brittain w/ Maggie Rutjens, Toby Robinson
Thursday 10th March – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Steve Earle & The Dukes w/ The Mastersons
Friday 11th March – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

Sufjan Stevens
Friday 4th March – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Summer Hill Folk Festival
Saturday 5th March – Summer Hill Church, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Road Street Party
Sunday 6th March – Sydney Road, Melbourne, VIC

The Beards
Friday 11th March – Bar Indigo, Rockingham, WA

The Button Collective
Sunday 6th March – Spectrum Now, Sydney, NSW

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

The East Pointers
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March – Nannup Music Festival, WA
Wednesday 9th March – Fly by Night, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 10th March – South Coast Folk Club, Adelaide, SA
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, VIC

The Little Stevies
Friday 4th March – Tallangatta Memorial Hall, Tallangatta, VIC
Saturday 5th March – Girgarre Town Hall, Girgarre, VIC
Sunday 6th March – Glenferrie Festival, Hawthorn, VIC
Sunday 6th March – Dookie Arts Hub, Dookie, VIC
Thursday 10th March – Peace Concert, Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool, VIC
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

The Once
Friday 4th March – The Music Shack, Donnybrook, WA
Saturday 5th March – Sail & Anchor, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 6th March – Kalamunda Hotel, Kalamunda, WA
Wednesday 9th March – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA

The Rambling Boys
Friday 4th March – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 5th March – Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 8th March – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 10th March – Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th to 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, VIC

The Timbers
Saturday 5th March – The Irish Hotel, Toowoomba, QLD
Sunday 6th March – The Yacht Club, Mooloolaba, QLD
Friday 11th to Monday 14th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

The Weeping Willows
Friday 4th March – Basement Discs, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 5th to Sunday 6th March – Snowy Mountains Country Music Festival, NSW
Thursday 10th March – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Friday 11th March – Spring Vale Wines, Cranbrook, TAS

Tim Easton
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March – Nannup Music Festival, WA
Thursday 10th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

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

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

Friday Folk Flashback

“Black Jack Davey” – The White Stripes

Over the last few weeks we’ve featured various songs in the “Gypsy Davey” tradition. Here’s a relatively modern take featuring The White Stripes covering Bob Dylan’s version of “Black Jack Davey”. This is an acoustic version but there’s an electric version out there in the universe as well.

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