Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st April

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Neil Murray and Lucie Thorne announced joint tour dates in Victoria. Details here

– Indie duo Husky have announced plans to release their new album Punchbuzz in June. Details here

Justin Townes Earle announced his new album Kids In The Street. Details here

Father John Misty announced Splendour sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– American indie singer-songwriter Conor Oberst released his new video “Barbary Coast (Later)”. Details here

Interviews

“[The Gum Ball is] one of my favourite festivals because it has maintained its integrity as it has grown. It’s still got all the beautiful vibes, people, trees, tents, beers and loving connection that it had back when I first went. I know it’s getting bigger and bigger but they really have their heads screwed on and I think it will be something I want to go to for most of my life”Kim Churchill chats to KT Bell. Interview here

Releases This Week

Sheryl Crow
Be MyselfSheryl Crow
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Billy Bragg
Live In The NetherlandsXavier Rudd
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Spurs For Jesus, Handsome Young Strangers, The Dead Maggies

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As is the tradition Spurs for Jesus and Handsome Young Strangers will be folk-punking your Anzac Day in Sydney along with Tasmanian friends The Dead Maggies.

Tuesday 25th April – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Andrew Keoghan & Lisa Crawley
Tuesday 25th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Andy Golledge & Mates Extravaganza
Tuesday 25th April – The Vic Hotel, Sydney, NSW

BATTS
Sunday 23rd April – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Bill Chambers Band & Raechel Whitchurch
Wednesday 26th April – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 27th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Bill Jackson & Pete Fidler
Sunday 23rd April – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
Saturday 22nd April – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd April – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 24th April – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 28th April – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Bob Evans
Friday 21st April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 22nd April – Hardy’s Bay Club, Central Coast, NSW

Bowling Green Banjo Sessions feat. The Button Collective, Jimmy Daley, Narrownecks
Thursday 27th April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Candelo Village Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April – Candelo, NSW

Cat Canteri
Saturday 22nd April – The Union, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd April – Bayview Country Art Club, Bittern, VIC

Colin Lillie
Friday 21st April – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 22nd April – Night Quarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 23rd April – Sonny’s House of Blues, Brisbane, QLD

Dana Hassall
Friday 21st April – Stanhope Hotel, Stanhope, VIC
Saturday 22nd April – Grand Central Hotel, Cobram, VIC
Sunday 23rd April – Basement Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Wednesday 26th April – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC

Davidson Brothers
Friday 28th April – Longhorn Saloon, Melbourne, VIC

Direwolf w/ Caitlin Harnett, Carl Manwarring
Thursday 27th April – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Fairbridge Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April – Pinjarra, WA

FolkSwagon feat. Hannah Robinson, Chris Rose, Tradicion
Wednesday 26th April – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Grigoryan Brothers
Friday 28th April – Birds Basement, Sydney, NSW

Henry Wagons, Jonny Fritz, Ruby Boots
Friday 21st April – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 22nd April – Silver Raven Festival, Turkey Flat Vineyards, SA

High Tea feat. Joe Mungovan
Thursday 27th April – Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Elwood Myre
Sunday 23rd April – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Irish Mythen
Friday 21st April – The Gum Ball Festival, Dashville, NSW

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Thursday 27th April – The Rooks Return, Melbourne, NSW

James Kenyon & Amarillo
Saturday 22nd April – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Jack Elias, Darren Cross, Luke O’Farrell
Friday 21st April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Jemma Nicole & Mitch Power
Friday 28th April – LongPlay, Melbourne, VIC

Jonny Fritz
Friday 21st April – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 22nd April – Silver Raven Festival, Turkey Flat Vineyards, SA
Sunday 23rd April – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Joseph Tawadros Trio
Thursday 27th April – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Justin Bernasconi, Cat Canteri, The Weeping Willows
Sunday 23rd April – Bayview Country Art Club, Bittern, VIC

Kasey Chambers
Friday 21st April – The Regent Theatre, Yarram, VIC
Saturday 22nd April – The Palms, Crown Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd April – The Memo, Healseville, VIC
Friday 28th April – Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton, WA

Kathleen Mary Lee
Sunday 23rd April – Rochester Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
Friday 21st April – Shoalhaven Heads Bowling Club, Shoalhaven Heads NSW
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April – The Gum Ball, Dashville, NSW

Laura Jean w/ Sweet Whirl
Sunday 23rd April – The Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Les Poules à Colin
Friday 21st to Monday 24th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Fairbridge, WA

Lost Ragas
Monday 24th April – The Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mandy Connell
Saturday 22nd April – House Concert, Katoomba, NSW

Neil Murray & Lucie Thorne
Saturday 22nd April – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd April – The Grande, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Oh Pep! w/ Didirri
Friday 21st April – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd April – Blackbear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 28th April – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Over the Ditch – A Trans-Tasman Anti-War Party feat. Low Talk, Baby Blue, Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats
Monday 24th April – The Curtin, Melbourne, VIC

Pierce Brothers
Friday 21st April – ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
Saturday 22nd April – Baha, Rye, VIC

Ramblin Nights feat. Rich Davies & The Low Road, Hana & Jessie-Lee
Thursday 27th April – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Roadhouse feat. Bryen Willems
Thuresday 27th April – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Rich Davies & The Low Road
Thursday 27th April – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th April – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW

Rick Hart and the Sweet Addictions
Saturday 22nd April – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Round Mountain Girls
Sunday 23rd April – Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick Heads, NSW
Monday 24th April – Kingscliff Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW
Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May – Wintermoon Festival, Cameron’s Pocket, QLD

Ruby Boots
Friday 21st April – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 22nd April – Silver Raven Festival, Turkey Flat Vineyards, SA
Thursday 27th April – Mojo Bar, Fremantle, WA

Sean McMahon and the MoonMen
Saturday 22nd April – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Thursday 27th April – The Little Guy, Sydney, NSW

Silver Raven Festival
Saturday 22nd April – Turkey Flat Vineyards, SA

Sizzle
Sunday 23rd April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Songs of the Sea feat. BegOpCoOp
Thursday 27th April – Testing Ground, Melbourne, VIC

Spurs For Jesus, Handsome Young Strangers, The Dead Maggies
Tuesday 25th April – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

St Albans Folk Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April – St Albans, NSW

The Button Collective
Saturday 22nd April – The Settlers Arms Inn, St Albans, NSW
Thursday 27th April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 27th April – The Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th April – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 21st April – Junction 142, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 22nd April – Foghorn Brewhouse, Erina, NSW
Sunday 23rd April – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 25 April – Marrickville Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

The East Pointers
Thursday 27th April – Armitage Centre, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May – The Planting Festival, Woodford, QLD

The End Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April – Hill End, NSW

The Go Set, Operation Ibis, Eightball Junkies
Saturday 22nd April – The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney, NSW

The Gum Ball
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April – Dashville, NSW

The Lumineers
Saturday 22nd April – Metro City, Perth, WA

The Mae Trio
Sunday 23rd April – Lefty’s, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 28th April – Night Quarter, Gold Coast, QLD

The McClymonts
Friday 21st April – Bathurst RSL, Bathurst, NSW
Saturday 22nd April – Wenty Leagues, Wentworthville, NSW
Friday 28th April – CEX Coffs, Coffs Harbour, NSW

The Planting Festival
Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May – Woodford, QLD

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Wednesday 26th April – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 21st April – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd April – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

Tony Joe White
Sunday 23rd April – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA

Wide Open Space Festival
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th April – Alice Springs, NT

Wintermoon Festival
Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May – Cameron’s Pocket, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Jerusalem” – Chris Wood

Happy St George’s day for this Sunday!

Justin Townes Earle Announces New Album Kids In The Street

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Image Courtesy of Justin Townes Earle

Fan favourite American folk singer Justin Townes Earle has announced his return with the new album Kids In The Street. The album, due for release on the 26th May, is the first since Earle’s companion albums Single Mothers (2014) and Absent Fathers (2015) and sees Justin Townes Earle now embracing sobriety, marriage and impending fatherhood.

“Life has changed a lot for me in the last few years,” Earle said. “I got married and am getting ready to become a father, and this is the first record that I’ve written since I’ve been married. There’s definitely an uplifting aspect to this record in a lot of ways, because I’m feeling pretty positive. When I wrote songs in the past, I was looking in on what I was feeling, but this record’s more about looking outward on what’s happening, and writing about subjects like gentrification and inner-city strife. This record also has more of a soul influence to it, and it’s got a deeper connection to the blues than anything I’ve done before.”

The first taste of Kids In The Street is the opener “Champagne Corolla” – check out the track listing for the album and the lyric video for “Champagne Corolla” below:

1. Champagne Corolla
2. Maybe A Moment
3. What’s She Crying For
4. 15-25
5. Kids In The Street
6. Faded Valentine
7. What’s Goin’ Wrong
8. Short Hair Woman
9. Same Old Stagolee
10. If I Was The Devil
11. Trouble Is
12. There Go A Fool

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 10th April

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Adelaide singer-songwriter Kaurna Cronin has announced tour dates this May. Details here

Passenger has already released three music videos from his upcoming album Whispers II. Details here

Laura Marling released her new video for “Gurdjieff’s Daughter”. Details here

– Tasmanian folk-punks The Dead Maggies kick off their East Coast tour tonight. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Bronte released his new single “Until It’s Said”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Roscoe James Irwin released his new single “Arrows”. Details here

Joy Williams from The Civil Wars gave us a taste of her solo work with the new single “Woman (Oh Mama)”. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Harrison Storm is streaming his new EP Sense of Home. Details here

Justin Townes Earle, who is in the country this month, released his new video “Call Ya Momma”. Details here

– Brisbane folk-pop singer Sahara Beck released her new single “I Don’t Want To Break Your Heart”. Details here

Dan Parsons released his new single “I’ll Live And I’ll Die” and announced a tour with Steve Grady. Details here

– Melbourne bluegrass trio Buffalo Nickel have announced an east coast tour from the end of this month. Details here

– Perth via Melbourne singer-songwriter Kate Bart released her new single “The Old Poet & The Devil”. Details here

Mumford & Sons released their new single “The Wolf”. Details here

Releases This Week

April Verch
The NewpartApril Verch
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Calexico
Edge of the SunCalexico
iTunes

Pokey LaFarge
Something In The WaterPokey LaFarge
iTunes

Bonxie
BonxieStornoway
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Justin Townes Earle w/ Sam Outlaw

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The latest Justin Townes Earle Australian tour kicks into high gear this week with appearances in Melbourne and Sydney. Earle is one of those artists that once you’ve seen him once you will want to see him every time he’s in the country. This time around he has buzz worthy artist Sam Outlaw in tow.

Friday 10th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 11th April – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 12th April – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC (Matinee)
Sunday 12th April – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 14th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 15th April – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th April – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 10th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Perth, WA

Betty & Oswald
Saturday 11th April – The Brewery, Wollongong NSW
Friday 17th April – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave VIC

Bronte
Friday 10th April – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th April – Marmalade Skies Festival, Goulburn, NSW
Saturday 11th April – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 12th April – Fyshwick Markets, Canberra, ACT
Monday 13th April – The Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Bunker Bluegrass
Thursday 16th April – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW

Darren Hanlon
Friday 10th April – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 11th April – Majestic Theatre, Pomona, QLD
Friday 17th April – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 10th April – The Currumbin Creek Tavern, Currumbin, QLD
Saturday 11th April – The Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna, QLD
Sunday 12th April – The Maclean Hotel, Maclean, NSW
Thursday 16th April – Spectrum, Darlinghurst, NSW
Friday 17th April – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW

Elwood Myre
Friday 10th April – Cardigan Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 11th April – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 12th April – Habitat, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 15th April – USC Uni Bar, Lismore, NSW
Friday 17th April – The Aztec, Forster, NSW

Fairbridge Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April – Pinjarra, WA

Frank Turner
Friday 10th April – The Basement, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 11th April – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 12th April – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th April – The Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC

Harrison Storm
Sunday 12th April – The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Jack Carty
Saturday 11th April – Wooloweyah Town Hall, Wooloweyah, NSW

Jake Shimabukuro
Friday 10th April – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

John Flanagan
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, WA

Jordie Lane
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Fairbridge, WA
Friday 17th April – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Justin Townes Earle w/ Sam Outlaw
Friday 10th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 11th April – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 12th April – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC (Matinee)
Sunday 12th April – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 14th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 15th April – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th April – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Laura Jean and Aldous Harding
Saturday 11th April – Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Lucy Wise Trio
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April – Fairbridge Festival, WA

Man From Snowy River Bush Festival
Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th April – Corryong, VIC

Marlon Williams
Friday 10th April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 11th April – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th April – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 17th April – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

Nuala Kennedy
Friday 14th April – Fairbridge Music Festival, Fairbridge, WA

Packwood
Wednesday 15th April – Bella Union @ Trades Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th April – Smith’s Alternative Book Shop, Canberra, ACT

Pokey LaFarge
Friday 10th April – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 11th April – Manning Bar, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 12th April – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Roland Kay-Smith
Friday 10th April – Django Bar, Marrickville, NSW
Sunday 12th April – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 15th April – The Retreat Hotel, Brunswick, VIC

Rowena Wise
Friday 17th April – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Ruby Boots, Fanny Lumsden, Cookie Baker, Amber Rae Slade
Thursday 16th April – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Steve Smyth
Friday 10th April – Four 5 Nine, Perth, WA
Saturday 11th April – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 12th April – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

The Dead Maggies
Friday 10th April – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 11th April – Punkfest Birthday Bash at New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 15th April – Hamilton Station, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 16th April – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th April – Magpies City Club, Canberra, ACT

The Pigs
Friday 17th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

The String Contingent
Friday 10th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Fairbridge, WA
Tuesday 14th April – Arts Space Wodonga, Wodonga, VIC
Wednesday 15th April – Canberra Musicians Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 17th April – On The Rocks, North Rocks Community Church, North Rocks, NSW

Winterbourne
Friday 10 April – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 11th April – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 17th April – Warrumbungle Food Festival, Coonabarabran, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Banker” – Harry James Angus

I’m going to hazard a guess that this is the only folk song about a banker where the banker isn’t the villain.

Watch the New Justin Townes Earle Video “Call Ya Momma”

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Image Courtesy of Justin Townes Earle

Justin Townes Earle has just released his latest single and video “Call Ya Momma”. The track is taken from his latest album Absent Fathers and features a Western inspired video. Check out “Call Ya Momma” below:

Justin Townes Earle is currently touring Australia. His remaining dates are here:

Friday 10th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 11th April – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 12th April – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC (Matinee)
Sunday 12th April – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 14th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 15th April – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th April – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 18th April – Anitas, Thirroul, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 13th February

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Queensland singer-songwriter Hannah Robinson released her new video “Midnight Hour”. Details here

Justin Townes Earle returns to Australia this April with Sam Outlaw in tow. Details here

– Nashville based, Grammy award winning, alt-country singer-songwriter Kim Richey announced her Australian tour dates. Details here

The Mountain Goats have announced details of their upcoming professional wrestling themed concept album Beat The Champ. Details here

Sam Buckingham released her new single “Down The Rabbit Hole” as well as announcing a raft of Australian tour dates. Details here

– European-based Australian singer-songwriter Phia is back in the country with some tour dates. Details here

Jim Lawrie released his new single “Good Old Days”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Sweet Jean announced the release of a 7″ Vinyl featuring two new songs, “I See Stars” and “Still Here”. Details here

The Felice Brothers have announced headline dates when they’re in the country supporting Conor Oberst. Details here

– Canadian indie-folk band Great Lake Swimmers have released their new single “Zero in the City”. Details here

– Canadian folk singer Ruth Moody has announced an Australian tour. Details here

The Leisure Society released their new video “Tall Black Cabins”. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk night Little Features announced its return with a February lineup that includes Jacob Pearson, Hannah Robinson, Vanessa Caspersz and Josh Chamberlin. Details here

Josh Rennie-Hynes, Liam Gerner and Caitlin Harnett have announced a joint tour this March. Details here

Bear’s Den released their new video “Agape”. Details here

– Adelaide singer-songwriter Timberwolf has announced dates for a national tour starting this month. Details here

The Tallest Man on Earth has announced a new album Dark Bird Is Home. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Taryn La Fauci has announced details for her EP launch show next month. Details here

Sam Lee & Friends released their version of the track “Blackbird”. Details here

Releases This Week

Rhiannon Giddens
Tomorrow Is My TurnRhiannon Giddens
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Subirdia
SuBIRDiaSparrow-Folk
iTunes

Steve Earle
TerraplaneSteve Earle & The Dukes
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Once w/ Georgia Mooney

The Once

Fresh from their tour supporting Passenger around Australia, Canadian trio The Once are trading in stadiums for the intimate surrounds of Sydney’s Brighton Up Bar tonight for what’s bound to be a very special gig. And even better, they have Georgia Mooney (All Our Exes Live In Texas) opening for them.

Friday 13th February – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Alanna Eileen
Friday 13th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 19th February – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 13th February – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 14th February – Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 15th February – C.EX, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Wednesday 18th February – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 20th February – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW

Ann Vriend
Friday 13th February – Dodges Ferry, Tas
Saturday 14th February – Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart, Tas
Saturday 14th February – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, Tas
Sunday 15th February – Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs, Vic
Monday 16th February – School Concert, Bendigo, Vic
Thursday 19th February – Django Bar, Marrickville, NSW
Friday 20th February – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT

Archer
Wednesday 18th February – Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide, SA

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Stillhouse Union, The Plough
Wednesday 18th February – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Brothers & Sisters – The Music of O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Friday 20th February – Teatro 1, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, WA

CW Stoneking
Friday 13th February – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 14th February – The Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD
Sunday 15th February – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 17th February – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Wednesday 18th February – Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW
Thursday 19th February – Pier One @ Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 20th February – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW

Fairlight Folk feat. Shane Howard, Joe Flower and Harmony Breeze
Saturday 14th February – William Street Studios, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan
Friday 13th February – Live At The Wharf, Gnomon Pavilion, Ulverstone, TAS
Saturday 14th February – Fresh on Charles, Launceston, TAS
Wednesday 18th February – The Yarra Hotel, Abbottsford, VIC

Kim Churchill
Friday 13th February – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC

Kyneton Music Festival
Friday 20th and Saturday 21st February – Kyneton, VIC

Little Bastard
Friday 13th February – Dues Ex Machina, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 19th February – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th February – Kyneton Music Festival, Kyneton, VIC

Mandy Connell with Tom Ciccone
Thursday 19th February – Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Phia
Friday 13th February – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 20th February – Longplay, Melbourne, VIC

Rowena Wise
Friday 20th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Ruth Moody
Thursday 19th February – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th February – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Sam Brittain and Amistat
Friday 13th February – Beavs Bar, Geelong, VIC

The Melbourne Folk Club feat. Machine Translations, Broads
Wednesday 18th February – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Once w/ Georgia Mooney
Friday 13th February – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Last Of The Melting Snow” – The Leisure Society

The announcement of a new album from The Leisure Society had me diving back into their back catalogue which inevitably landed me on the track that made me fall in love with them to begin with.

Justin Townes Earle Announces 2015 Australian Tour

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Image Courtesy of Justin Townes Earle

Everyone’s favourite Americana singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle will be returning to Australia this year for Bluesfest and has just announced a string of headline dates while he’s here. As always Justin Townes Earle is bringing a support with him, this time in the form of LA based singer-songwriter Sam Outlaw.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 2nd April – Byron Bay Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 3rd April – Boogie, Tallarook, VIC
Sunday 5th April – Byron Bay Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 9th April – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 10th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 11th April – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 12th April – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 15th April – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th April – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 18th April – Anitas, Thirroul, NSW

More Artists Added to the Bluesfest Fifth Lineup Announcement

Bluesfest
Image Courtesy of Bluesfest

Artist announcement number five for Bluesfest was announced yesterday with more exciting names added to an already bursting lineup.

Timber and Steel is most excited about the inclusions of Justin Townes Earle, Steve Smyth, Donavon Frankenreiter, Ash Grunwald and Karl S. Williams with the announcement also featuring Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Augie March, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Declan Kelly presents Diesel n’ Dub ft. Emma Donovan, Alex Lloyd, Pat Powell, Radical Son & Tony Hughes, Blue King Brown and The Beautiful Girls.

Bluesfest is set to take place north of Byron Bay from the 2nd to the 6th of April. Tickets for the festival are already on sale – check out the details on the official site here.

Interview: Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams
Image Courtesy of Marlon Williams

When I was at BIGSOUND last month the folk artist with the biggest buzz by far was the gorgeous Marlon Williams. Originally from New Zealand, Williams now calls Melbourne home and has been wowing music lovers across the country with his golden voice and old school approach to country music. Marlon Williams is wrapping up his tour supporting Justin Townes Earle and Lindi Ortega in Brisbane tonight and has already been announced for a bunch of upcoming festivals including JamGrass, AWME, Mullum Music Festival and Port Fairy.

We sat down with Marlon Williams at BIGSOUND to talk about his whirlwind year, his recent tours and his upcoming album.

Gareth Hugh Evans: First of all I want to say congrats for scoring the Justin Townes Earle support. To me that means you’ve made it. Were you pretty stoked when that phone call came through?

Marlon Williams: Yeah. I’ve played with Justin twice before back in New Zealand and really enjoyed it both times. To be able to go and do a whole tour and take my whole band on tour is going to be amazing.

GHE: So you won’t just be doing the solo thing?

MW: Justin’s got his band, Lindi Ortega’s got her’s and I’ve got mine.

GHE: That’s awesome. I’ve been to see Justin Townes Earle on pretty much all of his Australian tours and he’s very particular about who he gets to support him and he really invests in the support artists as well. I feel like it’s going to be a boost for you as well to raise your profile and have him listening to your stuff every single night.

MW: Yeah it’s the nice thing about doing more than three shows in a row with someone. I always find that even if you don’t really like the person’s stuff the familiarity of it rides through and you end up liking it anyway.

GHE: You seem to be everywhere at the moment as well. I’ve seen your name on a number of festival lineups. You’re playing at JamGrass, you did the tour with Melody Pool. You’re popping up everywhere. Is there a concerted effort at the moment to get your music out there as much as possible?

MW: I guess so. It’s sort of how Alastair, my manager, is booking it. Ever since he’s been looking after me for the last year and a half it’s just been busy. He asked me how I wanted to do it at the start and I said “I like playing shows a lot” and he’s certainly taken that on now. I’m tired now [laughs]

GHE: So are you based in Australia now fulltime?

MW: Yeah, in Melbourne.

GHE: Is there much of an acoustic and singer-songwriter scene back in New Zealand?

MW: I’m from a place called Lyttelton which is just outside of Christchurch. It’s a town of about 3,000 people but per capeta it’s got the most country music of any place I’ve ever been to. Inexplicably – I don’t know why there would be country music there. Before we had the earthquakes there were about six or seven really good venues in a town of 3,000. Now there’s two or three.

GHE: I’ve never really associated New Zealand with country music. I know it’s got a big soul scene and a big reggae scene. But when I stumbled across your music I was surprised to learn that country music was a thing too.

MW: Loosely country music.

GHE: Roots based music.

MW: Let’s go with that. There are pockets all over the country but Lyttelton’s quite a big one.

GHE: We’re at BIGSOUND. Do you find these sorts of events useful? Are you meeting a lot of people?

MW: I’m meeting a lot of people. I’m really not…

GHE: You’re not that guy who networks?

MW: I’m not that guy. My manager’s here doing all of those things. I don’t go to the meetings or anything. I just sort of float around looking lost. I’m happy to do that.

GHE: Can I ask you about the recent tour with Melody Pool. The first time I saw you perform was in my local pub and then a week later you announced that you were doing the joint tour with her which I got super excited about. It looked like it was awesome – how was it for you? You were co-headlining right?

MW: It was great. We just did a split of 11 shows for her and 11 shows for me. It could have gone horribly wrong for sure, we didn’t know each other beforehand. Putting us in a car together for six weeks, six and a half thousand kilometres of driving, it was suicide. But we didn’t have a single fight on the road and we found while we’ve both got very different tastes when it comes to what we like to do we found common ground. She grew up singing country harmonies for her dad and I love that brand of folk music that she plays. So we found ourselves somewhere in the middle – we did a set together at the end of the shows too.

GHE: I watched the videos you guys put out covering each other’s songs which were really nice. I think your voices complimented each other.

MW: It was the best part of the shows.

GHE: What’s next on the agenda for you after the Justin Townes Earle tour and your upcoming festival appearances?

MW: I’m hoping to put out an album in February. It’s all recorded and we’re just doing mixing right now. I’ll put that out and do a tour with that. I’ve got a lot of other little festivals as well. Quite a lot coming up.

GHE: Is the album with the full band?

MW: It’s a lot of things. There’s some stuff that’s just me and the guitar and there’s some full on avant garde noise stuff and everything in between. I’m still working on gluing it all together but I’m hopeful.

GHE: When you’re performing do you have to manage your set differently if it’s just you compared with a full band set?

MW: It’s very different. The solo sets, the brand of songs are completely different. It’s a completely different approach for me.

GHE: Which one do you prefer?

MW: They’re both different. I grew up playing in bands so I miss having the camaraderie, especially if you’re touring – it gets pretty lonely if you’re doing it by yourself night in night out. But then by the same token things are a bit easy solo.

GHE: It’s probably cheaper to travel with just you and a guitar.

MW: It’s much more the guerilla way of doing it.

GHE: Cool – well that’s all we have time for today. Thanks so much for chatting with me today.

MW: Appreciated.

Marlon Williams plays tonight at The Tivoli in Brisbane with Justin Townes Earle and Lindi Ortega.

Lindi Ortega Announces Australian Headline Shows

Lindi Ortega
Image Courtesy of Lindi Ortega

We were already pretty excited that Canadian alt-country singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega was heading back to Australia for the Out On The Weekend festival next month but this morning it was revealed that she’s also planning a headline tour while she’s in the country.

Lindi Ortega had already been announced as the support for Justin Townes Earle’s Out On The Weekend sideshows but it appears that’s not enough with a bunch of dates interspersed throughout October.

Check out all of Lindi Ortega’s dates below:

Saturday 11th October – Astor, Perth, WA w/ Justin Townes Earle
Sunday 12th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA w/ Justin Townes Earle
Monday 13th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 15th October – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW w/ Justin Townes Earle
Thursday 16th October – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC w/ Justin Townes Earle
Saturday 18th October – Out On The Weekend Festival, Williamstown, VIC
Sunday 19th October – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd October – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD w/ Justin Townes Earle
Thursday 23rd October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 24th October – Tuning Fork, Auckland, NZ

Watch the New Lindi Ortega Video “Lived And Died Alone”

Lindi Ortega
Image Courtesy of Lindi Ortega

I was lucky enough to catch Lindi Ortega when she was in Australia earlier this year and can see exactly why she’s one of the most buzz worthy artists in the world right now. The latest single from her amazing album Tin Star is “Lived And Died Alone” which comes with a fantastic new video which you can check out here:

Lindi Ortega will be back in Australia this October for the Out On The Weekend festival and supporting Justin Townes Earle on his side shows. Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 11th October – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Sunday 12th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 15th October – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th October – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th October – Out On The Weekend, VIC
Sunday 19th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Wednesday 22nd October – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

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