Thank Folk It’s Friday – 29th September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Fleet Foxes have announced a Melbourne headline show when they’re in the country for Falls Festival. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Emma Davis released her beautiful new song “Danger In Me”. Details here

– The Stringmania Camp in Warburton, Victoria has announced a huge lineup for its finale concert including Alasdair Fraser, Chris Stone, Adam Sutherland, Shane Lestideau, Paddy Montgomery, George Vardakis, Natalie Haas, Monique Bartkowiak, Michael Bryan, Holly Downes, Davydd McDonald, Greg Sheehan, Kavisha Mazzella, Cheryl Davison and more. Details here

– A joint Australian tour has been announced for William Crighton and Canadian roots rocker Terra Lightfoot. Details here

– Soul legend Jo Jo Smith announced a tour with Lucie Thorne and Hamish Stuart. Details here

– Singer-songwriter M.E. Baird has announced a one off Melbourne show this October. Details here

– American roots singer Nahko (Nahko and Medicine for the People) announced plans to release his debut solo album My Name Is Bear. Details here

– Melbourne based bluegrass and alt-country duo The Weeping Willows released their new video “Travellin’ Man”. Details here

– Chamber-folk singer-songwriter Monique Clare announced an east coast tour. Details here

– Victorian alt-folk collective The Northern Folk released their new track “Get On” and announced an east coast tour. Details here

– Melbourne based alt-country band Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes released their latest video “The Basics of Love” featuring vocals from Shanley Del. Details here

– Alice Springs based singer-songwriter Katie Harder released a live video of her new single “Beloved”. Details here

Julia Jacklin released her new single “Cold Caller”. Details here

Releases This Week

Sweet Old World
This Sweet Old WorldLucinda Williams
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City Bound Trains
City Bound TrainsPaddy McHugh
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The East Pointers
What We Leave BehindThe East Pointers
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The Younguns
StrangersThe Young’uns
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Old Crow Medicine Show

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In their first Australian tour in far far to long Old Crow Medicine Show are bringing their tribute to Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde to Melbourne, Sydney and the Caloundra Music Festival this week. Add to this an appearance at the first annual Australian Americana Honours Night in Melbourne on Monday and there’s some pretty amazing Old Crow Medicine Show gigs to get along to

Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Sunday 1st October – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 2nd October – Australian Americana Honours Night, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 3rd October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Saturday 30th September – Newstead Roots Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 3rd October – The Ainslie Arts Centre, Canberra, ACT

AJJ
Friday 29th September – The Lair, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 30th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 1st October – Yours & Owls Festival, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 4th October – Ed Castle, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 5th October – Club 54, Launceston, TAS
Friday 6th October – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS

Alex The Astronaut
Sunday 1st October – Wildwood Festival, Port Macquarie, NSW

Americana Music Association of Australia Showcase
Sunday 1st October – Semaphore Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Angus & Julia Stone w/ Ruel
Friday 29th September – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA

Anna Smyrk
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Uranquinty Folk Festival, Uranquinty, NSW

Australian Americana Honours Night feat. Old Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June, Kevin Welch, Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers, Shane Howard, Bernard Fanning, Catherine Britt, Henry Wagons, Emily Barker, Ruby Boots, Jordie Lane & The Sleepers
Monday 2nd October – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

BATTS
Tuesday 3rd October – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 4th October – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Ben Ely
Saturday 30th September – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, Hunter Valley, NSW

Benny Walker
Friday 6th October – Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC

Bernard Fanning
Monday 2nd October – Australian Americana Honours Night, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Bob Evans
Friday 29th September – Nightfest Floriade Festival, Commonwealth Park, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 30th September – Nightfest Floriade Festival, Commonwealth Park, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 1st October – Nightfest Floriade Festival, Commonwealth Park, Canberra, ACT

Brad Butcher
Friday 29th September – Red Lion Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 30th September – The Irish Village, Emerald, QLD

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

Carus Thompson w/ Loren
Friday 29th September – The Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill, Ocean Grove, VIC
Sunday 1st September – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

Cass Eager
Thursday 5th October – The Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 6th October – The Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW

Dan Sultan
Friday 29th September – Bar On The Hill, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 30th September – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

‘Dang Blues Festival feat. Ian Collard, Roy Payne, Illya Szwec and Pat Powell, Jukeboy Emmett, Tomcat Playground, Big Zydeco Express, 500 Pounds of Joy
Sunday 1st October – Club Windang, Windang, NSW

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

Davidson Brothers
Friday 29th September – Deni Ute Muster, Deniliquin, NSW

Declan O’Rourke
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, NSW
Sunday 1st October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 3rd October – Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centre, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 4th October – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 5th October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

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

Dusk Songs feat. Layla Fibbins, Bill Jackson, Les Thomas
Sunday 1st October – Tago Mago Club, Melbourne, VIC

Ella Belfanti
Sunday 1st October – The Riverview Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Emily Barker
Friday 29th to Saturday 30th Septmber – Rhythmicana Festival, Murwillumbah, NSW
Sunday 1st October – The Junk Bar, Brisbane
Monday 2nd October – Australian Americana Honours Night, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th October – The Warehouse, Bunbury, WA

Emma Russack
Friday 29th September – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 30th September – Dashville Skyline, Belford, NSW
Sunday 1st October – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 29th September – Tullamore Memorial Hall, Tullamore, NSW
Saturday 30th September – Marra Community Hall, Marra, NSW
Friday 6th October – Rankin Springs Memorial Hall, Rankin Springs, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Ethan Conway, Brendon Moon, Elizabeth Hughes
Wednesday 4th October – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

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

Fox n Firkin
Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th October – HOBOFOPO, Hobart, TAS

Frankston Guitar Festival
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October – Frankston, VIC

Great Aunt
Friday 29th September – Rick’s Garage, Palmwoods, QLD

Gretta Ziller
Tuesday 3rd October – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC

Handsome Young Strangers w/ Medusa’s Wake
Thursday 5th October – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Hannah Matysek
Saturday 30th September – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 1st October – Blacksheep, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th October – Acre Eatery, Sydney, NSW

High Tea feat. Caiti Baker
Thursday 5th October – Secret Show, Melbourne, VIC

HOBOFOPO
Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th October – Hobart, TAS

Hush: An Evening Of Quiet Music feat. BATTS, Closet Straights, squidgenini, Elizabeth Miller
Wednesday 4th October – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

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

Jackson Mclaren
Sunday 1st October – The Dart and Marlin, Warrnambool, VIC
Tuesday 3rd October – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Jed Rowe
Wednesday 4th October – Wooloweyah Hall, Wooloweyah, NSW
Thursday 5th October – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 6th October – Wauchope Arts, Wauchope, NSW

Jen Mize and Mitch Power
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st September – Dashville Skyline, Belford, NSW

Jess Ribeiro w/ Ryan Downey, International Velvet
Tuesday 3rd October – The Tote Front Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Jhana Allan
Saturday 30th September – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW
Tuesday 3rd October – House Concert, Burwood, NSW
Thursday 5th October – The Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan and Greta Stanley
Thursday 5th October – Oxford Circus, Sydney, NSW

Jo Jo Smith w/ Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart
Friday 6th October – Leagues Club, Griffith, NSW

Jordan Merrick
Saturday 30th September – Newstead Roots Festival, The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 6th October – Selby Folk Club, Melbourne, VIC

Karl S Williams
Saturday 30th September – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Sunday 1st October – Wildwood Music Festival, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 6th October – Music On The Hill, Red Hill, VIC

Kasey Chambers
Friday 29th September – Club Maitland City, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 30th September – West New Lambton, Maryville, NSW
Monday 2nd October – Australian Americana Honours Night, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 29th September – Caloundra RSL, Caloundra, QLD
Sunday 1st October – The Milk Factory, Brisbane

Kevin Welch
Monday 2nd October – Australian Americana Honours Night, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
Friday 29th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 30th September – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Sunday 1st October – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Thursday 5th October – Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA
Friday 6th October – Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS

Kristina Olsen
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October – Nanga Music Festival, WA

Les Thomas
Sunday 1st October – Tago Mago Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th October – Kingsbury Bowls, Melbourne, VIC

Liz Stringer & Mel Parsons
Friday 29th September – Boo Radley’s Hall, Glenreagh, NSW

Lizzie Flynn
Sunday 1st October – Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, QLD

Lolo Lovina
Sunday 1st October – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Lomond Acoustica feat. Mandy Connell, Cornhuskers, Michael Waugh
Wednesday 4th September – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

M.E. Baird
Thursday 5th October – Tago Mago Club, Melbourne, VIC

Madison Violet
Friday 29th September – Stanthorpe Theatre, Stanthorpe, QLD
Tuesday 3rd October – The Bug, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 4th October – The Shed, Nanango, QLD
Friday 6th October – Geelong Workers Club, Geelong, VIC

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

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 29th September – House Concert, Perth, WA
Saturday 30th September – House Concert, Woodlands, WA
Sunday 1st October – House Concert, Burswood, WA
Thursday 5th October – House Concert, Lugarno, NSW
Friday 6th October – House Concert, Wyong Creek, NSW

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

Mitch King
Friday 29th September – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 30th September – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 1st October – Wildwood Festival, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 6th October – The Aztec, Forster, NSW

My Nightingale
Friday 29th September – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Nanga Music Festival
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October – Dwellingup, WA

Newstead Roots Festival
Saturday 30th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Obscura Hail w/ Slow Job, Time Robb
Thursday 5th October – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Old Crow Medicine Show
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Sunday 1st October – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 2nd October – Australian Americana Honours Night, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 3rd October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Paddy McHugh
Saturday 30th September – Dashville Skyline, Belford, NSW
Sunday 1st October – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Psycho Zydeco
Saturday 30th September – Pyrmont Bridge Hotel, Sydney, NSW

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

Ralway Bell
Friday 6th October – Western Port Hotel, Phillip Island, VIC

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

Richard Perso
Saturday 30th September – Pfeiffer Wines, Wahgunyah, VIC

Rowena w/ BATTS​, Jackson McLaren​
Tuesday 3rd October – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Ruby Boots
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Semaphore Music Festival, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 5th October – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel
Saturday 30th September – Alexandra Farmstay, Alexandra, VIC
Sunday 1st October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

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

Shaky Stills
Friday 6th October – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Skyscraper Stan’s Jukebox feat. Georgia State Line, Ayleen O’Hanlon
Wednesday 4th October – Belleville, Melbourne, VIC

Sons Of The East
Thursday 5th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Stringmania Camp
Sunday 1st to Sunday 8th October – Yarra Valley, VIC

The Acfields w/ Looking for Alaska
Friday 29th September – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 6th October – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW

The Black Sorrows
Friday 29th September – Dee Why RSL Club, Dee Why, NSW
Sunday 1st October – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Monday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Friday 6th October – Satellite Lounge, Wheelers Hill, VIC

The Buck Loner Revue w/ Liz Martin
Sunday 1st October – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Cope Street Parade
Saturday 30th September – Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 30th September – Catapult Warehouse, Sydney, NSW

The Excellent Smithers
Saturday 30th September – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Morrisons w/ The Cope Street Parade
Saturday 30th September – Catapult Warehouse, Sydney, NSW

The Northern Folk w/ Rosie Burgess Trio, Zac Saber
Wednesday 4th October – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

The Quick & the Dead
Friday 29th September – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 30th September – Element Bar, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Sunday 1st September – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Wednesday 4th September – The Top Pub, Uralla, NSW
Thursday 5th September – Old Bank Restaurant & Bar, Dubbo, NSW
Friday 6th September – TBC, Orange, NSW

The Roamin’ Jasmine
Friday 29th September – Dashville Skyline, Lower Belford, NSW
Saturday 30th September – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, Lower Belford, NSW
Sunday 1st October – Shady Pines Saloon, Sydney, NSW

The Sauerkrauts
Friday 6th October – German Austrian Australian Club, Wondonga, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
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
Friday 29th September – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 30th September – Narooma Kinema, Narooma, NSW
Sunday 1st October – The Waterfront Cafe & General Store, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th October – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th October – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Twoks
Friday 6th October – The B.East, Melbourne, VIC

The Weeping Willows
Friday 29th September – Sider Diner Sessions, City Sider, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 30th September – Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay, NSW

Tim Easton
Friday 29th September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Sunday 1st October – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW
Monday 2nd October – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 3rd October – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 5th October – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 6th October – Headland Cafe Valla Beach, Valla Beach, NSW

Timothy James Bowen
Saturday 30th September – Sounds Delicious, Jervis Bay, NSW

Tori Forsyth
Sunday 1st October – Phoenix Rising Cafe, Lismore, NSW
Wednesday 4th October – Cattleman Steakhouse, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 6th October – Flutterbies, Tyalgum, NSW

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife
Friday 29th September – Westernport, San Remo, VIC
Sunday 1st October – Martians Cafe & Bar, Deans Marsh, VIC

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

Valerie June
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, NSW
Sunday 1st October – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 2nd October – Australian Americana Honours Night, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 3rd October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

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

Waterloo Sunset Sessions feat. The Fibro Cowboys
Sunday 1st October – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

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

Wildwood Music Festival
Sunday 1st October – Port Macquarie, NSW

Wollombi Music Festival
Saturday 30th September – Wollombi, NSW

Woody Guthrie: Songs of Freedom feat. Bruce Hearn, Andy Baylor, Kavisha Mazzella, Chris Pascoe, Allara Pattison, Mick Thomas
Sunday 1st October – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Z-Stay Delta
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, QLD
Friday 6th October – Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Ain’t It Enough” – Old Crow Medicine Show

Watch the New Katie Harder Live Video “Beloved”

Katie Harder
Image Courtesy of Katie Harder

Last week Alice Springs based singer-songwriter Katie Harder released her beautiful new EP Beloved. The EP focuses on Harder’s experience in Central Australia, her family and the recent passing of her father and was recorded when she was 8 months pregnant.

“It was one of those time pressed things as I was working around the band and my own family, plus I was having a baby in 6 weeks and it could potentially stop the whole recording process,” Katie Harder explained. “But, funny thing is, when you’re pregnant you have different hormones pumping through your body and your ligaments become loose, including your vocal chords. So when I’m pregnant I find I sing with the most ease and control of any other time of my life (though I’m a bit extra short of breath). This is what is also captured in this recording.”

The lead single from the EP is the title track “Beloved” about the need to give rather than get.

“I thought “what if this was turned on its head and songs were written that encouraged people to prioritise giving rather then getting,” Harder said of the track. “Imagine what would change in relationships and society as a whole. I even tried it in my own relationship and the difference was amazing.”

Katie Harder has released a live video for “Beloved” check it out below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th April

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Matthew and the Atlas revealed their new track “Nowhere Now”. Details here

– Fiddle player and looper Owen Pallett has released his new video “The Riverbed”. Details here

– Regular Sydney bluegrass jam and performance Bluegrass @ Yulli’s kicks off it’s April show next week featuring John Flanagan. Details here

– Tomorrow afternoon the Newtown Hotel in Sydney is holding the Cider Fair, featuring over 25 ciders to taste and music from Achoo! Bless You and Betty & Oswald. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey released his new track “Meet Me There”. Details here

– We were very proud to premiere the brand new video from The Pierce Brothers, “It’s My Fault”, on Tuesday. Details here

– This May the Vanguard in Sydney is holding another couple of tribute nights to O Brother Where Art Thou? featuring performances from The Morrisons, Ngaiire, Elana Stone, Brian Campeau, Lucky Luke, Marcus Holden and All Our Exes Live In Texas. Details here

– Tomorrow night some of the best young Irish musicians living in Australia including Mairead Hurley, Louise Phelan, Maeve Moynihan and Ben Stephenson will be performing at The Gaelic Club in Sydney. Details here

– Another new Passenger track, “Scare Away The Dark”, has made its way online. Details here

– The Newtown Social Club in Sydney is finally throwing open the doors of its band room with a bunch of folky artists already announced for May and June. Details here

Fraser A. Gorman is streaming his brand new single “Book of Love”. Details here

– The marvelous Kim Churchill has announced a string of dates through May and June. Details here

Leah Flanagan is in the middle of a bunch of dates in New South Wales and Victoria but she’s also managed to release a really sweet video for her single “Everything”. Details here

The Folk Informal at FBi Social in Sydney will hold their April show this Thursday with the lineup including John Flanagan, Maia Jelavic, Telegraph Tower and Forster Anderson. Details here

– Melbourne’s Tanya Batt has just released her brand new video “Fools”. Details here

The Stillsons’ guitarist Justin Bernasconi has announced a new solo record and tour. Details here

– Alice Springs based singer-songwriter Katie Harder is heading out on an NT wide tour from today. Details here

– This week the Porch Light Sessions in Sydney return for their second show featuring The British Blues, Brian Campeau and Wartime Sweethearts. Details here

– The latest video from Sideshow Alley features Bear’s Den performing “Don’t Let The Sun Steal You Away”. Details here

– Adelaide based singer-songwriter Kaurna Cronin has announced plans for an east coast tour this month. Details here

– Swedish duo First Aid Kit have announced plans for a brand new album in June and have revealed their first single “My Silver Lining”. Details here

Blog

Apologies to anyone who fell for our Justin Bieber related April Fools post. We promise that’s the last time we’ll mention Bieber’s name on this blog. You can read the piece here

Releases This Week

Ariela Jacobs
ThisAriela Jacobs
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The Big Jig feat. Restless Legs

Big Jig

Fans of traditional Irish music should not miss this opportunity to see some of Ireland’s best young Australian based performers – including Mairead Hurley, Louise Phelan, Maeve Moynihan and Ben Stephenson – performing together in the intimate surrounds of Sydney’s Gaelic Club.

Saturday 5th April – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. John Flanagan
Wednesday 9th April – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Breabach
Saturday 5th April – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Christopher Coleman Collective
Friday 4th April – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 5th April – No 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 10th April – Dowse Bar, Paddington, QLD
Friday 11th April – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

Claude Hay
Friday 4th April – The Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 5th April – The Commercial Hotel, Milton, NSW
Friday 11th April – The Seaview Tavern, Woolgoolga, NSW

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Thursday 10th April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Eleanor McEvoy
Friday 4th April – HATS-Courthouse Cultural Centre, Auburn, SA
Saturday 5th April – The Song Room, Tanunda, SA
Sunday 6th April – Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Thursday 10th April – Carrington Bowling Club, Newcastle, NSW

Ella Hooper
Friday 4th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gum Ball
Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April – Belford, NSW

John Butler Trio
Saturday 5th April – Botanic Gardens Amphitheatre, Darwin, NT
Monday 7th April – Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 9th April – Newcastle Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 11th April – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan
Friday 4th April – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 5th April – House concert, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 6th April – “The Stables” House Concert, Glebe, NSW
Wednesday 9th April – Yulli’s, Surrey Hills, NSW
Thursday 10th April – Folk Informal @ FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th April – House Concert, Copacabana, NSW

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens
Friday 4th April – Polish White Eagle Club, Canberra, ACT

Katie Harder and the Artful Dodgers
Friday 4th April – Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Saturday 5th April – Katherine Sport and Recreation Club, Katherine, NT
Sunday 6th April – Timber Creek Hotel, Timber Creek, NT
Tuesday 8th April – Yarralin Community Youth, Yarralin, NT
Wednesday 9th April – Yarralin Community Basketball Court, Yarralin, NT
Friday 11th April – Tennant Creek Hotel, Tennant Creek, NT

Leah Flanagan
Saturday 5th April – Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 6th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Lior
Sunday 6th April – The Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool, VIC
Monday 7th April – Portland Arts Centre, Portland, VIC
Tuesday 8th April – Hamilton Performing Arts Centre, VIC
Wednesday 9th April – Wesley Performing Arts Centre, Horsham, VIC

Little Wise and Megan Bernard
Friday 4th April – Café Troppo, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 5th April – Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 4th April – The Studio Underground, Perth, WA
Saturday 5th April – Redhill Concert, Redhill, WA
Thursday 10th April – Mars Hill Café, Parramatta, NSW
Friday 11th April – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW

Porch Light Sessions feat. The British Blues, Brian Campeau, Wartime Sweethearts
Thursday 10th April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Sally Seltmann w/ Wintercoats
Friday 4th April – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 5th April – The Clarendon Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 10th April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th April – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

The Beez
Saturday 5th April – Wachope Arts, NSW
Sunday 6th April – The Royal Exchange, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 8th April – Newcastle University, NSW
Friday 11th April – Candelo Arts Society, NSW

The Big Jig feat. Restless Legs
Saturday 5th April – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

The Folk Informal feat. John Flanagan, Maia Jelavic, Telegraph Tower, Forster Anderson
Thursday 10th April – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 4th April – The Star Court Theatre, Lismore, NSW
Saturday 5th April – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Yetis
Friday 4th April – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Fairytales & Firesides” – Passenger

With a new album on the way I’ve been revisiting Passenger’s back catalogue with gusto this week. Divers and Submarines is a seminal album for Passenger, seeing Mike Rosenberg really break away from the band sound and embrace his inner singer-songwriter and this is one of the album’s best tracks.

Katie Harder and the Artful Dodgers Announce NT Tour

Katie Harder
Image Courtesy of Katie Harder

Alice Springs based singer-songwriter Katie Harder and her trusty band of raconteurs The Artful Dodgers have announced a series of shows throughout the NT this month. Harder has built a solid reputation in Alice Springs as a singer-songwriter to watch and this tour gives her fellow Territorians the chance to do just that.

The tour will see Katie Harder performing material from her 2011 album Far to Go Yet and will take in communities throughout the Territory in a series of shows and workshops.

The full details of the tour are on Facebook here – check out the list of dates below:

Friday 4th April – Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Saturday 5th April – Katherine Sport and Recreation Club, Katherine, NT
Sunday 6th April – Timber Creek Hotel, Timber Creek, NT
Tuesday 8th April – Yarralin Community Youth, Yarralin, NT
Wednesday 9th April – Yarralin Community Basketball Court, Yarralin, NT
Friday 11th April – Tennant Creek Hotel, Tennant Creek, NT
Sunday 13th April – Monte’s, Alice Springs, NT

Review: 43rd Top Half Folk Festival, Alice Springs

Top Half

Review by Jeff Corfield. All photos by Gordon Young

Just like good old Cooper’s Sparkling Ale it was cloudy but fine when we pulled into Glen Helen for our first ever Top Half Folk Festival in the spectacular McDonnell Ranges west of Alice Springs. It’s been a long time between Top Half drinks for me – 9 years in fact – and the last time Mary River 2004 I supplied the bloody drinks, at my Wort’s and All home brew workshop that year. Since then distance, work and commitments to our own local Palm Creek Folk Festival (held the same weekend) have conspired to keep us away from a festival which was once an annual event for us. We made a last minute decision to come this year – and we weren’t disappointed.

Top Half Folk Festivals have been all about meeting up with mates from all across the north and beyond, sharing good music, poetry, craic and the odd drink, over three days and (very late) nights. The 43rd Top Half was no exception, though perhaps the nights weren’t quite as late this year – for me at least! Given the aging Top Half demographic – many “Top Halfs” are less hirsute and several (not 50) shades greyer these days – I did wonder about the financial wisdom of providing senior’s concessions. Perhaps under 30s concessions might be more profitable, but the Top Half Folk Festival has never been about profit – it’s about folk. In the old days these folk would take a week or so to drive to the annual Top Half as it rotated between Darwin, Alice and Mount Isa. Time seemed to matter less back then and flying was still expensive. It’s different these days, though I was surprised at just how many folk drove from all around Australia on their Top Half pilgrimage to Glen Helen this year.

However, enough of this reflection stuff and on with the festival review. After a 9 year absence I was thrilled to see and hear such a well-balanced mixture of old and new, local and interstate, young and not so young performers in the concert program. At one end of the age scale we had the unsinkable 80 years young Ted Egan, a national treasure and Top Half stalwart, still singing his heart out and enthralling us with songs about the real Australia. At the other end there was 11 year old Josh Gray and his support act father, Phil, who sang us other songs of Australia, from the pen of earlier writers such as Don Henderson and Edward Sorenson.

The concert program featured a diverse range of music genres from Klezmer and Gypsy music of Europe (courtesy of Rusty and the Infidels from Alice and The Weeping Angels from Adelaide) through to traditional Celtic and Australian ballads and contemporary compositions from the world over. Nevertheless it flowed seamlessly and I enjoyed all of it – and that’s saying something, given I’m used to doing stuff at festivals rather than sitting on my bum listening.

Katie HarderThe concerts also featured an impressive array of singer-songwriters, including Top Half favorites Barry Skipsey, Dave Oakes, Dave Clark and others, and importantly several new young performers. I was especially impressed by Jeanette Wormald and Katie Harder (left), both part of a strong Alice Springs contingent of younger performers, including Sally Balfour, which bodes well for the future. Singer-songwriters have always been the lifeblood of folk traditions, including the folk revival, as Phil Beck illustrated so eloquently in his workshop. More on that later.

There were two other aspects of the concert program that stood out for me. First and foremost was the chance to see former Redgum performer Hugh McDonald (right) in concert – twice in one weekend! Our kids cut their musical teeth on Redgum and I don’t think we have a single album that wasn’t worn out long ago. I’ve long been an admirer of Hugh’s powerful songwriting, from the time of “Diamantina Drover” to his more recent “Spirit of the Land”. However I didn’t appreciate just what a fine musician he is – a true guitar virtuoso across such a range of styles. His stage presence was easy and unaffected, as was his singing style and audience engagement. While he expressed some initial trepidation at being the “headline act” at a festival he’d barely heard of, I think he genuinely enjoyed performing to such an appreciative and knowledgeable audience at Top Half 2013 – and he said as much in a note to festival organisers.

Hugh McDonaldOf course the high standard of guitar playing didn’t stop with Hugh McDonald. I don’t think I’ve been to a regional festival which displayed such finger picking talent from so many performers, including Top Half stalwarts Phil Beck, Bob Sharp, Don (the) Bruce, Chris Pemberton and more recent Top Half convert Dave (Mojo) Mullen from Townsville. It was indeed sweet music to the ears – and an incentive to practice more in my retirement!

Juxtaposed to this was the wonderful unaccompanied singing of Australian folk revival legend Margaret Walters, who is fast becoming a Top Half regular. When Margaret starts singing you never quite know whether you will be graced with a sensitive rendition of a serious traditional ballad or a humorous or bawdy ditty, such is her style. She gave us that and more at Glen Helen.

Workshops have traditionally been a feature of Top Half Folk Festivals and this one was no exception – despite the absence of a Paul Stewart “entertainment” this year. Nevertheless we were well and truly entertained – and informed – by two fine workshops. On Saturday morning Phil Gray and the Tabby Knackers Choir and Ensemble presented insights into the life and works of Henry Lawson to mark his 146th birthday. Many of Lawson’s poems have been set to music by performers such as Pricilla Herdman, Chris Kempster and Hugh McDonald and we were treated to many fine renditions from the assembled cast.

On Sunday morning we were treated to A Potted History of the British Folk Revival (50s, 60, 70s) by Phil Beck and friends, with Paul Stewart as the principle narrator (can’t keep him out of the action). Stewie informed me that he’d already cut Phil’s narrative down by two thirds, yet the intro was still nearly 15 minutes long. However quality will always win out and that’s what we received in Phil’s insightful analysis of the British folk revival, punctuated by lovely renditions of songs like “Lord Franklin”, “The Sun is Burning” and others by Scotty Balfour, Phil Beck and others, which had me channeling my old mate Geoff Illif back at the Governor Broome Folk Club in Perth in the early 70s. The workshop ended with a fine rendition of a Top Half favorite “They Don’t Write ‘em Like That Anymore” and once again I was channeling another old mate – Paul Lawler, back in the Gun Turret days of the Top End Folk Club. I’m sure other Top Enders were doing the same for “Lawls”, who is not well at present. The audience left both workshops well entertained and better informed, which is what happens at all Top Half Folk Festivals.

Folk Quiz

The now-famous Folk Quiz (above), organised by Dave Evans and Scotty Balfour was another highlight for me. Based loosely on Spics and Specs, it aimed to test the ageing grey matter of the festival’s finest folk minds – and test them it did! Thankfully it was programmed for Saturday afternoon, before too many late nights and the odd alcoholic beverages took their toll. With teams comprising Paul Stewart, Margaret Walters and Barry Skipsey on one side and Phil Beck, Bob Sharp and Nerys Evans on the other, it was bound to be riotous, if nothing else. The scoring system soon became more indecipherable than an Egyptian hieroglyph, as the judges struggled to keep up with the pace. I’m not sure the declared winners deserved their victory, though Barry Skipsey’s failure to recognize his own song (just because it was played in a completely different style and beat) certainly cruelled it for his team. In the end the real winners were the audience, who were well entertained – and better informed yet again.

Poet’s breakfasts have become a feature of many folk and country music festivals around the country, but these days it’s hard for the average Joe Blow spruiker or poet to get a look in. Not so at the Top Half Folk Festival, under the guidance of the inimitable Jim Smith, another Top Half stalwart from southern climes. Anyone who had a poem or two is encouraged to chip in – and they did, with a wonderful array of humorous and more serious verse from old hands and new comers alike. More power to you and your arm Jim.

Two other important events took place at this year’s Top Half. First was the launch of Scotty Balfour’s new album Motherland at lunchtime on Saturday. I’ve always loved listening to Scotty’s easy singing style and fine interpretation of traditional and contemporary song. I think his voice, like fine wine, keeps maturing with age. The second event was the launch, at lunchtime on Sunday, of Peter Bate’s history of the Top Half Folk Festival. Peter, himself a Top Half “first fleeter” has long been a custodian festival and folk club memorabilia and his little book is a invaluable record of the wonderful history of a folk festival that has outlived so many others to become an icon of Australia’s folk revival. Well done Peter.

Finally, the one thing about the Top Half Folk Festival that always makes it a standout for me is the singing. That might seem a strange thing to say, when folk festivals are traditionally full of singing. But these days that singing is more about performers singing to audiences, not ordinary people singing their lungs out with performers. Again not so at the Top Half – and it’s not just at the famous late night sessions, so much a part of Top Half tradition. It’s at the concerts too, and the workshops. Top Half folk, be they performers or audience, love to sing, and love to join in. At Top Half Folk Festivals there are fewer barriers between performer and audience – and it shows. Hugh McDonald saw it and was blown away by it, as are other “southerners” who venture north to discover what those who live in the Top Half have always known. It’s something I really miss, but I know where to find it. Long may it remain part of the Top Half Folk Festival – that unique little single-venue long weekend event which Hugh McDonald so aptly described as “boutique”. Now I’m not sure my old Top Half mates Stewie, or Batey, or Evans or Beccy would like to be labeled “boutique”. On the other hand perhaps they are a bit like the boutique beers I like to drink – better than the average, different and interesting and full of character – as is the Top Half Folk Festival. Just don’t tell too many people, or they’ll all want some! Then again, the rest of Australia could do with a little of what the Top Half offers, so why not let them in on the secret!

The Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions Gets a New Look and New Venue

Alic Springs Courtyard Sessions
Image Courtesy of Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions

This St Patrick’s Day, the 17th March, the wonderful Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions will be launching its 2013 program with a brand new venue and a brand new look. The logo that you see above was designed by local Alice Springs musician, designer and Timber and Steel favourite Sally Balfour and was inspired by the Central Australian flora and the iconography of acoustic instruments. The new venue, The Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, will provide a truly intimate courtyard setting for the monthly acoustic music evening.

Event manager and organiser Jeanette Wormald has been overwhelmed by the response to regular live, acoustic music in Alice Springs. “We are really excited about the move to Olive Pink, which responds to audience desires for a more central and accessible location,” Wormald said. “The Courtyard Sessions cater for people who love to listen to great live music in a relaxed setting that is family friendly. Central Australia is blessed with some of the most magnificent landscapes in the world and this creates the perfect backdrop for outdoor concerts.”

The St Patrick’s day concert will see some of the centre’s top artists, including Sally Balfour, Katie Harder & Dom Costello, Damien Armstrong and Scotty Balfour and the Diddly e’ Dees, performing contemporary and traditional Irish music for the Courtyard Sessions audience. The event will kick off at 4pm and is BYO drinks and chairs (with food available at the venue). Tickets are $20 (members get in for $15) with Children under 12 free. For more information check out the official Facebook page here.

Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions Presents Ted Egan – A Lifetime of Song

Ted Egan
Image Courtesy of Barry Skipsey

Growing up in the Northern Territory, and in particular the Northern Territorian folk scene, pretty much meant I grew up with the music of Ted Egan. Egan has meant so much to the local music scene in the NT so it’s fitting that the man will be both the subject and the main performer in the final Courtyard Session of the year in Alice Springs.

The Courtyard Sessions, held about once a month at the Desert Park in Alice Springs, is the brainchild of local singer Jeanette Wormald and features some of the best local artists in the beautiful surrounds of the Western McDonnell Ranges.

On Sunday the 4th November Ted Egan will be joined by some of the red centre’s finest artists including Wormald, Colin Lillie, Sally Balfour, Katie Harder and more, to explore the rich and varied history of his wonderful songs. The show kicks off at 5pm (so the audience doesn’t bake in the desert sun) and entry is $15 on the gate.

For more information on the show check out the official Facebook event here.

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