Full Lineup Announced for the 2015/16 Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford
Image Courtesy of Woodford Folk Festival

Over the weekend the Woodford Folk Festival revealed their 2015/16 lineup and it’s time to get excited. As usual the Woodford Folk Festival have delivered a lineup of artists taken from the best of folk, roots, rock and world music that’s bound to satisfy any music lover.

If you head to Woodford over the New Year period you’ll get a chance to see the likes of Dougie Maclean, Michael Franti, Harry Manx, The East Pointers, Irish Mythen, Marlon Williams, Kim Churchill, Lanie Lane, Josh Pyke, Katie Noonan, The Paper Kites, Tinpan Orange, Timberwolf, Jacinta Price, Tolka, Starboard Cannons, Davidson Brothers, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Hat Fitz & Cara, Broads, Andrew Clermont, Catgut, Lime and Steel, One Up, Two Down, Kaurna Cronin, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Loren Kate, Totally Gourdgeous, The Little Stevies, Daniel Champagne and many more.

The Woodford Folk Festival takes place near Woodford, Queensland from the 27th December to 1st January. Check out the official website for the full lineup and more information.

Watch the New Katie Noonan’s Vanguard Video “Quicksand”

Katie Noonan
Image Courtesy of Katie Noonan

With a new album (Transmutant) due for release this Friday under the Katie Noonan’s Vanguard moniker, Katie Noonan has just released her new video “Quicksand”. Directed by Gavain Browne and featuring dancer Charmene Yap, the video is visually stunning.

Check out “Quicksand” below:

Katie Noonan’s Vanguard will be previewing Trasnmutant at a couple of gigs this week before heading out on a much larger tour later this year. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 24th July – Camelot, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Friday 31st July – Cellar Bar, St Kilda, VIC

Thursday 15th October – Grand Hotel, Mornington, VIC
Friday 16th October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 17th October – Melbourne Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 18th October – Melbourne Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 23rd October – The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 24th October – Spicers Hidden Vale, Grandchester, QLD
Sunday 25th October – Majestic Theatre, Pomona, QLD
Wednesday 28th October – Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 29th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 30th October – Australian Institute of Music, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 31st October – Australian Institute of Music, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 6th November – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 8th November – Spicers Vineyard Estate, Hunter Valley, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th July

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Breaking Hart Benton’s Michael David Thomas has gone solo with his new single and video “There Must Be Something Else”. Details here

– Sibling duo The Acfields released their new video “The Years” and announced an East Coast tour. Details here

– The July Bluegrass @ Yulli’s jam night in Sydney is next week and features Catgut. Details here

– Afro-klezmer party band Fat Yahoozah released their brand new album I Don’t Care this week and we’re streaming it. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk night Little Features announced their July lineup including Jon Cotton, Baby Lips and The Silhouettes, Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars and Make Like a Tree. Details here

Katie Noonan announced details of her new album Transmutant along with a national tour. Details here

– Katherine based singer Broadwing took out the NT Song Of The Year award with his folky track “Pockets”. Details here

– Sydney’s Citizen of the World released their awesome new clip “How Far We’ve Come”. Details here

– The next Country and Inner Western night in Sydney takes place on the 29th July and features The Green Mohair Suits, Caitlin Harnett and William Crighton. Details here

– We streamed Bronte‘s new track “My Word” ahead of his EP launch next week. Details here

– NZ based singer-songwriter Holly Arrowsmith released her new single “Desert Owl”. Details here

– This weekend’s Finders Keepers Markets in Melbourne will feature some fine folky music from Ayleen O’Hanlon, Danika Smith, Pepperjack, Brooke Russell, Forrest Falls and many more. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Toby Graham released his new single “Song”. Details here

– Sydney has a new regular Americana night, the Heartbreaker Sessions, the first of which will feature Caitlin Harnett and Brielle Davis. Details here

– Melbourne bluegrass gypsies The Scrimshaw Four have announced an August residency at The Workers Club. Details here

– A full eight months out the first round of artists for Bluesfest 2016 have been announced. Details here

– American singer Nathan Fox released his new single “Falling In Love”. Details here

Releases This Week

Fat Yahoozah
​I Don’t CareFat Yahoozah
Bandcamp

Jason Isbell
Something More Than FreeJason Isbell
iTunes

Wilco
Star WarsWilco
Official Site

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Catgut

Catgut

Our favourite bluegrass jam and show night, Bluegrass @ Yulli’s, has come around again and this month they’re showcasing local favourites Catgut. Grab your fiddle/mando/banjo/guitar/vocal chords and come on down!

Wednesday 22nd July – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Catgut
Wednesday 22nd July – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Bronte
Friday 24th July – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Davey Craddock
Tuesday 21st July – The Yarra, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th July – Perfect Drop, Daylesford, VIC

Finders Keepers Markets Melbourne
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th July – The Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC

Fraser A. Gorman
Friday 17th July – Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th July – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC

Helen Shanahan
Friday 17th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

HOWQUA
Friday 17th July – Solbar (Front Bar), Maroochydore, QLD
Sunday 19th July – Flow Restaurant, Old Bar, NSW

Jenny Lewis
Sunday 19th July – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd July – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July – Splendour in the Grass, NSW

Katie Noonan
Friday 24th July – Camelot, Sydney, NSW

Lacey Cole & the Lazy Colts
Thursday 23rd July – Moonshine Cider and Rum Bar, Manly, NSW

Of Monsters and Men
Tuesday 21st July – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd July – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July – Splendour in the Grass, NSW

Owen Campbell
Friday 17th July – Commercial Hotel, Milton, NSW
Saturday 18th July – Club Jervis, Jervis Bay, NSW
Sunday 19th July – Towradgi Beach Hotel, Towradgi, NSW

Ryan Adams w/ Jenny Lewis
Sunday 19th July – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 20th July – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 21st July – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July – Splendour in the Grass, NSW

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July – North Byron Parklands, NSW

The Acfields
Thursday 23rd July – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 24th July – House Concert, Lismore, NSW

Toby Graham
Wednesday 22nd July – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Tom Stephens
Friday 17th July – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th July – Bar Oussou, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th July – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th July – The Bridge Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Packing Blankets” – The Eels

I heard the original, acoustic version of this track playing in a pub the other day and I was transported back to hearing this for the first time in 2000. This version is a bit more rock and country than the original but I love the escapism of the song.

Katie Noonan Announces New Album and Tour

Katie Noonan
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The wonderful, genre transcending Katie Noonan has announced plans to release her new, crowdfunded album Transmutant on the 24th July. The album features the singer’s new band Katie Noonan’s Vanguard and has been described as “ethereal”, featuring lots of electronic sounds and keyboards.

“The Captains had electronics in that there were samples and stuff, but this explores that world a little more,” Noonan explained. “I bought this very cool vintage drum machine and we played around with a lot of vintage keyboards and synths – it’s been about opening up the sound a little more.”

Katie Noonan will be previewing the album at a couple of gigs this month before heading out on a much larger tour later this year. Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 15th July – Festival of Voices, Launceston, TAS
Friday 24th July – Camelot, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Friday 31st July – Cellar Bar, St Kilda, VIC

Thursday 15th October – Grand Hotel, Mornington, VIC
Friday 16th October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 17th October – Melbourne Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 18th October – Melbourne Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 23rd October – The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 24th October – Spicers Hidden Vale, Grandchester, QLD
Sunday 25th October – Majestic Theatre, Pomona, QLD
Wednesday 28th October – Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 29th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 30th October – Australian Institute of Music, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 31st October – Australian Institute of Music, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 6th November – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 8th November – Spicers Vineyard Estate, Hunter Valley, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 3rd October

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Josh Pyke announced the third and final round of dates for his Lone Wolf tour through regional NSW and VIC. Details here

– New Melbourne duo Broads featuring Kelly Day (The Nymphs, Wagons) and Jane Hendry (The Tiger & Me, The Nymphs) launch their debute EP tonight. Details here

– Candian alt-country songstress Lindi Ortega has announced headline shows when she’s in the country for Out On The Weekend. Details here

Rose Wintergreen is launching her new album in Melbourne this weekend. Details here

– The new clip for Rosie Catalano’s track “Hearts” featuring Jack Carty was released. Details here

Eddie Berman and Laura Marling have covered Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”. Details here

– Brisbane bluegrass quartet The Company released a video for “The Red Bow”. Details here

Kasey Chambers released the new video for her track “Bittersweet” featuring Bernard Fanning. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival has announced its first round of artists for 2015 including Christine Anu, John Butler Trio, Charlie Musselwhite, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Ami Williamson, Ash & Bloom, Bobby & the Pins, Catherine Britt, Chris While & Julie Matthews, Enda Kenny Band, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, Himmerland, Jan Preston’s Boogie Circus, Jeff Lang, Jodi Martin, Jordie Lane, Lake Street Dive, Mark Seymour & the Undertow, Marlon Williams, Maru Tarang, Sharon Shannon Band, Steve Poltz, The Black Sorrows, The Chipolatas, The Orbweavers, The Yearlings and We Two Thieves. Details here

– The Porch Light Sessions have announced their October lineup including The Button Collective, Miss Elm and Direwolf. Details here

– Irish duo The Lost Brothers released their new video “Derridae”. Details here

Arbori released their new album Home and Homeless and have made it available as a free download. Details here

You+Me released their new video “Break the Cycle”. Details here

Katie Noonan’s curated Songs That Made Me album is released this month and she kicks off a tour with Angie Hart, Melody Pool and Sam Buckingham at the end of October. Details here

One Up, Two Down and Dan Parsons are hitting the road for a national spring tour. Details here

Lisa Mitchell released her new single “Wah-Ha”. Details here

Interviews

“Most of the songs as well are performed live which I think was important for us. We really wanted to make it representative. What you hear, apart from a couple of overdubs, is what was played in the room” – Sime Nugent and Alice Keath from Sweet Jean chat to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We’re very very tailored for busking. It’s just what made the most sense for our sort of act. But it’s different with everyone. Jack running around, doing all his flips, having the didgeridoo out are all good things to make people stop and buy a CD. And that’s what’s kept us going. If you don’t have those gimmicks it’s harder to make the money to keep it up”The Pierce Brothers chat to Gareth Hugh Evans. Details here

“I don’t think any of us were actively looking to make it a project. It was fun the first time we did it and then people kept asking us to play and then asking us to record a CD. Then we got a really great booking agent recently and he sort of made it a bit more serious. It’s still really fun and that’s kind of the main aim. We want to stay friends and we want to still have fun”All Our Exes Live In Texas chat to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Home and Homeless
Home and HomelessArbori
Bandcamp

Levellers
Greatest HitsLevellers
iTunes

Lily O
Lily-OSam Amidon
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Rosie and Julia
Rosie Catalano and Julia Why?
Wednesday 8th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Porch Light Sessions feat. The Button Collective, Miss Elm, Direwolf

Direwolf

The October edition of Sydney’s Porch Light Sessions hits The Petersham Bowling Club this Thursday and will feature sweet tunes from trad-inspired folk band The Button Collective, gypsy-pop quartet Miss Elm and indie folk singer-songwriter Direwolf. Sounds pretty good to us!

Thursday 9th October – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Thursday 9th October – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th October – Main Bar, Ballarat, VIC

Broads
Friday 3rd November – Boney, Melbourne, VIC

Cat Canteri
Friday 3rd October – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 4th October – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Sunday 5th October – Shady Pines Saloon, Surry Hills, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Andy Brown, The Mae Trio
Friday 3rd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Saturday 4th October – Wolvi, QLD
Sunday 5th October – Maryborough, QLD
Thursday 9th October – Childers, QLD
Friday 10th October – Sandgate, QLD

Follow The Sun
Sunday 5th October – Glenelg, SA

Fred Smith
Friday 3rd October – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 4th October – The Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Green Mohair Suits
Friday 3rd October – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 4th October – Paynesville Winebar, Paynesville, VIC
Sunday 5th October – Bruthen Inn Hotel, Bruthen, VIC
Friday 10th October – Smith’s Alternative Bookstore, Canberra, ACT

John Butler Trio w/ Mama Kin
Saturday 4th October – Caloundra Music Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 5th October – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Tuesday 7th October – Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, Bundaberg, QLD
Thursday 9th October – Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, Mackay, QLD
Friday 10th October – The Venue, Townsville, QLD

Lacey Cole
Friday 3rd October – St John’s Glebe, Sydney, NSW

Missy Higgins
Friday 3rd October – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 4th October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Monday 6th October – The Concourse, Chatswood, NSW
Tuesday 7th October – Joan Sutherland PAC – Concert Hall, Penrith, NSW
Thursday 9th October – Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong, NSW

Oh Pep!
Thursday 9th October – Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford, VIC

Olivers Army
Friday 10th October – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Porch Light Sessions feat. The Button Collective, Miss Elm, Direwolf
Thursday 9th October – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Rose Wintergreen
Sunday 5th October – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Rosie Catalano and Julia Why?
Wednesday 8th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Sahara Beck
Friday 3rd October – Studio 188, Ipswich, QLD
Friday 10th October – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD

Steve Smyth
Friday 3rd October – The Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 4th October – Westernpoint Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Sunday 5th October – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC
Thursday 9th October – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 10th October – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC

The Folk Informal w/ Recal, Arbori, Caitlin Harnett, Lacey Cole and the Lazy Colts
Thursday 9th October – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Grahams with The Morrisons
Wednesday 8th October – The Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 9th October – The Wesley Anne, Northcote, VIC
Friday 10th October – The Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 3rd October – Turner Bowls Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 4th October – Great Southern Blues Festival, Narooma, NSW
Sunday 5th to Monday 6th October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Thursday 9th October – Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 10th October – Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 3rd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Friday 10th October – Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Banks of Marble” – Ewan McLennan

For much of the country this weekend we’ll be celebrating Labour Day. As usual our Labour Day FFF is dedicated to the workers song tradition – this time the great Pete Seeger classic “Banks of Marble” performed by the wonderful Ewan McLennan.

Katie Noonan’s Songs That Made Me Album and National Tour

Katie Noonan
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Katie Noonan’s celebrated Songs That Made Me project returns this October with a brand new album and an extensive national tour. The project features some of Australia’s finest female musicians performing and recording the songs that have shaped their lives.

The album is due for release on the 17th October and features contributions from Melody Pool, Sam Buckingham, Mia Dyson, Sahara Beck and more. 100% of the profits raised from the album will go towards the Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon campaign. Check out the full track list below:

1. Ainslie Wills – Let It Die (Feist)
2. Kylie Auldist, Deborah Conway, Angie Hart, Katie Noonan and Ainslie Wills – Hymn to Her (The Pretenders)
3. Melody Pool – River (Joni Mitchell)
4. Angie Hart – When You Were Mine (Cyndi Lauper)
5. Mia Dyson – Fruits Of My Labor (Lucinda Williams)
6. Sam Buckingham – Another Day In Paradise (Phil Collins)
7. Sahara Beck – Mr. Sandman (The Chordettes)
8. Kylie Auldist – Ooh Child (Nina Simone)
9. Katie Noonan – Last Goodbye (Jeff Buckley)
10. Maples – Street Spirit (Radiohead)
11. Deborah Conway – Court and Spark (Joni Mitchell)
12. Stonefield – The Chain (Fleetwood Mac)
13. Anna Coddington and Katie Noonan – Sign Your Name (Terence Trent D’arby)
14. Jo Lawry – Still Crazy After All These Years (Paul Simon)
15. Renee Geyer – It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World (James Brown)

To accompany the album Katie Noonan will be heading out on tour bringing Angie Hart, Melody Pool and Sam Buckingham. Check out the full list of dates here:

Thursday 30th October – Artbar, Perth, WA
Friday 7th November – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 8th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th November – Joan Sutherland PAC, Penrith, NSW
Friday 14th November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 16th November – Lizotte’s Restaurant, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 21st November – The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 23rd November – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Jack Carty Announces Details of His New Album Esk

Jack Carty
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Timber and Steel favourite Jack Carty has finally announced the details of his highly anticipated new alum Esk. This will be Jack Carty’s first full length album since 2012’s Break Your Own Heart and is due to hit stores in the next few months.

Esk will feature the two new tracks we’ve already heard from Carty – the Katie Noonan featuring “The Universe” and the Josh Pyke co-written “The Joneses”.

“I wanted this record to be more collaborative from the start, whether that was in the writing of the songs, or the way we approached the recording sessions,” Jack Carty explains. “Josh invited me to his man-cave (that’s a space, not a euphemism) and we wrote “The Joneses” in a day. I think you can really hear both of us in there.”

We can’t wait to hear more from Esk before its release – and stay tuned for the inevitable tour announcement.


Timber and Steel Premiere: Jack Carty’s New Single “The Universe” feat. Katie Noonan

Jack Carty
Image Courtesy of Jack Carty

We’re super excited to bring you the exclusive first listen to the brand new Jack Carty single “The Universe”. The single is from Carty’s upcoming album and features vocals from none other than Katie Noonan.

“I can’t clearly remember when I started writing this tune, but I do remember playing it in a sound-check in Canberra on a tour with Josh Pyke back in 2012,” Jack Carty told us. “His notoriously hard-to-impress tour manager said he liked it, so I thought I’d keep it around. It was one of those songs that was with me for a long time before it felt finished. I played a show supporting Katie Noonan at 505 in Sydney and sung it in sound check, Katie said she liked the melody and it gave me the idea to ask if she might sing it with me as a duet. Happily she said yes. That recording session was an incredibly lovely and humbling moment. Looking back now it’s obviously a duet, even lyrically. I feel very lucky to have stumbled upon the perspective to see that, and it’s been amazing to be able to sing it on tour with Katie for the past few weeks.”

Take a listen to “The Universe” below:

Jack Carty is currently supporting Katie Noonan on the Songbook tour. The remaining dates are below:

Saturday 30th August – Majestic Theatre, Pomona, QLD
Friday 12th September – Bangalow Bowlo, Bangalow, NSW
Saturday 13th September – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 14th September – Pier One @ Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 15th February

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Another track has emerged from the upcoming Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys album this time featuring Patti Smith and Johnny Depp. Details here

Passenger released his weekly new track, “The Way That I Need You” via a live video featuring Candian folkies The Once. Details here

Patrick James has finally revealed the details of his upcoming EP All About to Change as well as announcing details of an east coast tour in March and April. Details here

– Tomorrow night The Little Stevies will be launching their new live album Most Requested at The Workers Club in Melbourne. Details here

– And The Little Stevies are also offering up their new single “Thunder” as a free download via Timber and Steel for a limited time only. Details here

– Still with The Little Stevies, if you want to stream and then buy Most Requested you can now do so online. Details here

Mumford and Sons took out Album of the Year at The Grammys, along with a bunch of other folk and acoustic winners on the night. Details here

– We’ve also posted videos of some of our favourite performances from The Grammys’ ceremony. Details here

Bear’s Den revealed their lastest track “Isaac” via a live video. Details here

– The latest video from Tim Hart’s solo album Milling The Wind is “Cover Of Your Code” and it has an awesome banjo-and-ride-on-mower video to go with it. Details here

Bob Evans will be celebrating the release of his new album The Double Life with a massive national tour throughout April and May. Details here

Damien Dempsey released his new single “Bustin Outta Here” (featuring Sinead O’Connor on backing vocals) along with a brand new video. Details here

– NSW Central Coast singer-songwriter Sarah Humphreys has released her brand new single “Boy Wonder” and is celebrating with an east coast tour. Details here

Katie Noonan has also announced a bunch of dates to promote her Songbook album. Details here

Billy Bragg released his double negative filled new video “No One Knows Nothing Anymore”. Details here

– Monthly acoustic evening The Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions is launching its 2013 program in March with a new look and new venue. Details here

– Sydney duo Jep&Dep have released their new single “Ain’t Coming Back” and announced plans to release an EP in March. Details here

Interviews

“Yeah, it was good. It was short, but it was good. I really had an incredible gig in Melbourne. I can’t remember the venue – it was a small, club venue – but it was a blast [Kiwanuka played at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne with Ben Howard and Tim Hart in 2012]. I remember Splendour in the Grass too, and that was a really fun gig too. My memory is fond of Australia”Michael Kiwanuka chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I play guitar, bouzouki and banjo. I play all those other bits and bobs now – it’s all about transferring what you’re doing and directing songs into a different perspective. But I definitely am foremost a violinist. The new record, Tales From The Barrel House, is where I really started to experiment with other instruments production wise and how they would fit together with a field recording. On the new record I kind of played everything really – I kept it cheap”Seth Lakeman chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Blog

“Dave O’Neill, former Artistic Director of the National Folk Festival and multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire, used to muse that he could program an entire National Folk Festival just with women singer/songwriters. His comment were not pejorative, simply a reflection on the number, and indeed the quality, of women musicians and songwriters on the Australian and, indeed, international folk/roots circuit” – Peter Logue takes a look at some of the amazing singer-songwriters at this year’s National Folk Festival. Blog piece here

Reviews

Recordings

“I implore you to listen to this album on a long drive into the country, or on an afternoon in the sun with a glass of pinot grigio. Whether it be the slight trills you revel in or the deep smooth vocals, the raw composition and befitting structure, Home In Your Heart is sure to be a favourite on your playlist”Janine Estoesta reviews Home In Your Heart from Miles and Simone. Review here

Releases This Week

Jordan Millar
Cold Lights On Curious MindsJordan Millar
iTunes

Matt Costa
Matt CostaMatt Costa
iTunes

Electric
ElectricRichard Thompson
iTunes

Most Requested
Most RequestedThe Little Stevies
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Presents

Jungal
Jungal with Tom Richardson and When in Roam
Sunday 17th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Little Wise
Little Wise
Friday 15th February – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Saturday 16th February – Mac’s Hotel Bentinck, Portland, VIC
Wednesday 20th February – Irish Murphy’s Top Shelf Night, Launceston, TAS
Thursday 21st February – Brookfield Margate, Margate, TAS
Friday 22nd February – Crossroads Wine Bar, St Helens, TAS

Gigs Next Week

Chaika
Friday 15th February – The Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 16th February – Mittagong Playhouse, Mittagong, NSW
Friday 22nd February – Wollongong Conservatorium, Wollongong, NSW

Don’t Mention The Wall
Friday 15th February – River Music Folk, Nowra, NSW
Saturday 16th February – Nerrigundah Hall, NSW
Sunday 17th February – Tilba Valley Wines, Tilba Tilba, NSW
Thursday 21st February – Braidwood Folk Club, NSW
22nd to 24th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, NSW

Donavon Frankenreiter
Friday 15th February – Woolshed Pub, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 15th February – Prince Of Wales, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th February – Portsea Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th February – Westernport Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 17th February – Lorne Hotel, Lorne, VIC
Sunday 17th February – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Friday 22nd February – Coogee Bay Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Father John Misty
Sunday 17th February – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 19th February – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 20th February – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Jordan Millar
Friday 15th February – Upstairs Beresford, Sydney, NSW

Julia Stone with Vance Joy
Friday 15th February – St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 19th February – St David’s Cathedral, Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 20th February – St Michael’s Church, Melbourne VIC
Thursday 21st February – Flinders Street Baptist Church, Adelaide, SA
Friday 22nd February – St Joseph’s Church, Perth, WA

Justin Townes Earle with Robert Ellis
Saturday 16th February – Star Court Theatre, Lismore, NSW
Sunday 17th February – Byron Bay Community Centre, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 19th February – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Kim Churchill
Saturday 16th February – Garden of Unearthly Delights @ Paradiso Spiegeltent, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 17th February – Fringe Comes to Birdwood, Birdwood High School, Birdwood, SA

MoFo feat. Modhan and Candice McLeod
Saturday 16th February – The Gaelic Club Upstairs, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage with Sweet Jean
Thursday 21st February – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Nick and Liesl
Thursday 21st February – Bottlerocket, Nowra, NSW

Paul Kelly and Neil Finn
Saturday 16th February – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 18th February – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Ruby Boots
Friday 15 February – Perth International Arts Festival Gardens, Perth, WA

Sarah Blasko
Sunday 17th February – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Sarah Humphreys
Friday 22nd February – The Front, Canberra, ACT

The April Maze
Saturday 16th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Little Stevies
Saturday 16th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd February – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC

The Wooden Music Festival feat. The Perch Creek Family Jug Band, The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, The Bearded Gypsy Band
Friday 15th February – Beetle Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Wes Carr
Friday 15th February – Wellers Restaurant, Kangaroo Grounds, VIC
Sunday 17th February – Beavs Bar, Geelong, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Waltzing’s For Dreamers” – Richard Thompson

Nothing cures the sugary sweetness of Valentine’s Day quite like a song about heartbreak and what better heartbreak song than this classic from Richard Thompson. “One step for aching, and two steps for breaking, Waltzing’s for dreamers and losers in love” – classic.

Katie Noonan Announces National Acoustic Tour

Katie Noonan
Image Courtesy of Katie Noonan

Genre defying songstress Katie Noonan plans to embark on a special Songbook acoustic tour of Australia. The tour will see Noonan taking her reinterpretations of Australian songs (from her album also titled Songbook) on the road, weaving her way through SA, QLD, ACT and NSW. Brian Campeau will be in the support slot (except for the Adelaide show) Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 7th March – Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 6th April – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 11th April – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 13th April – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 14th April – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 27th April – Flinders Performance Centre, Buderim, QLD
Thursday 2nd May – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 3rd May – Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW
Saturday 4th May – Lizottes, Central Coast, NSW
Sunday 5th May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

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