Thank Folk It’s Friday – 10th May

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new streams and videos from the likes of Chance McCoy, Fanny Lumsden, Fred Smith, Joy Williams, Justin Townes Earle, Karine Polwart, Kay Proudlove, Matt Ward and Mumford and Sons with Jerry Douglas. Listen and watch them here

– The first Bluegrass & Old Timey Festival featuring Richard Galluzzi, Flat Rock Boys, The Plough, Whoa Mule and Shelley’s Murder Boys is hitting Sydney next week. Details here

Releases This Week

Hell or Heal
Hell or HealAlice Night
Bandcamp

Dawn Landes
My Tiny TwilightDawn Landes
iTunes

Lowland Hum
GlyphonicLowland Hum
iTunes
Bandcamp

Matthew and the Atlas
Morning DancerMatthew and the Atlas
iTunes

Tobias Hengeveld
Naughts & OnesTobias Hengeveld
iTunes
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Teskey Brothers

The Teskey Brothers

Friday 10th May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th May – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 13th May – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 14th May – The Night Cat, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 10th May – Murrah Hall, Murrah, NSW
Saturday 11th May – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 10th May – Pomonal Community Hall, Pomonal, VIC
Saturday 11th May – St Brigids, Crossley, VIC
Sunday 12th May – Caravan Music Club, Bentleigh East, VIC

Aisling Vaughan & Friends
Friday 10th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Alice Night
Sunday 12th May – Longplay, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th May – The Red Rattler, Sydney, NSW

An Acoustic Tribute to Bruce Springsteen feat. Luke Yeoward, Ruby Gilbert, Brad Butcher
Saturday 11th May – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Anna Smyrk
Friday 10th May – Dusty Attic, Lismore, NSW

Archer
Saturday 11th May – Major Toms, Kyneton, VIC

Ash Grunwald
Saturday 11th May – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Ben Mastwyk
Friday 10th May – Coburg RSL, Coburg, VIC

Big Country Festival
Saturday 11th May – Berry Showgrounds, Berry, NSW

Blues on Broadbeach
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th May – Broadbeach, QLD

Bulga Beats Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May – Bulga, NSW

Bush Gothic
Saturday 11th May – Jazzlab, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th May – Butcher’s Brew, Sydney, NSW

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 10th May – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 11th May – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys
Thursday 16th May – The Landsdowne, Sydney, NSW

Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 10th May – Pomonal Community Hall, Pomonal, VIC
Saturday 11th May – St Brigids, Crossley, VIC
Sunday 12th May – Caravan Music Club, Bentleigh East, VIC

Colin Lillie
Friday 10th May – The Royal Hotel, Queenbeyan, NSW
Saturday 11th May – The Royal Hotel, Queenbeyan, NSW

Dan Sultan
Friday 10th May – The Conservatorium, Newcastle, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 10th May – Town Hall, Deans Marsh, VIC
Saturday 11th May – Baby Black, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Sunday 12th May – Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 15th May – Jindy Sessions, Jindabyne, VIC
Thursday 16th May – Smokey Horse, Braidwood, NSW
Friday 17th May – Smiths, Canberra, ACT

Dean Lewis w/ Winterbourne
Saturday 11th May – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 12th May – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 14th May – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 15th May – HBF Stadium, Perth, WA
Friday 17th May – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

Dearly Departed
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May – Bulga Beats Festival, Bulga, NSW

Dr Coocachoo
Saturday 11th May – Flat Rock Brew Cafe, Sydney, NSW

Echo Deer, C.J Shaw, Hollie Matthew
Saturday 11th May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Felicity Urquhart & Brad Butcher
Thursday 16th May – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th May – House Concert, Torquay, VIC

Flats and Sharps
Wednesday 15th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 16th May – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 17th May – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Brain Romance, Brian Campeau, Kay Proudlove
Wednesday 15th May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 10th May – House Concert, Boreen Point, QLD
Saturday 11th May – House Concert, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 12th May – Brothers Café, Kingscliff, NSW

Green Mohairs Suits
Sunday 12th May – The Black Sheep, Sydney, NSW

Grigoryan Brothers
Friday 10th May – St Peter’s Anglican College, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 11th May – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Hannah Acfield w/ Berniece Peeauake
Saturday 11th May – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 16th May – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Huckleberry Hastings
Friday 10th May – Gertrude & Alice Cafe Bookstore, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 14th May – In The Round, The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th May – Blues on Broadbeach, Broadbeach, QLD

In The Round feat. Huck Hastings, Charlie Gradon, Ainsley Farrell, Rita B
Tuesday 14th May – In The Round, The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Jake and Jaden
Friday 17th May – Ryan’s Hotel, Thirroul, NSW

James Bennett
Friday 10th May – Gunnedah Hotel, Gunnedah, NSW
Saturday 11th May – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 12th May – Tatts Hotel, Inverell, NSW

Jason Owen
Sunday 12th May – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 12th May – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Kallidad
Friday 10th May – Magnums Hotel, Airlie Beach, QLD
Saturday 11th May – Picnic Bay Hotel, Picnic Bay, QLD
Sunday 12th May – Gilligan’s Hotel and Resort, Cairns, QLD
Friday 17th May – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

Kyle Lionhart
Friday 17th May – Soundlounge, Currumbin, QLD

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes w/ Ben Leece
Friday 17th May – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Little Quirks
Friday 10th May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th May – Central Coast Comicon, The Entertainment Grounds, Gosford, NSW

Mandy Connell
Friday 10th May – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 10th May – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 11th May – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Merry Muse feat. Ichoyennisi
Sunday 12th May – Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT

Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission
Friday 10th May – Banyena Town Hall, Banyena, VIC
Saturday 11th May – Cabaret Club, Ballarat, VIC

Montgomery Church
Saturday 11th May – Brungle Memorial Hall, Brungle, NSW

Natalie Henry
Friday 10th May – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Saturday 11th May – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW

Nathan Power, Mandy Connell
Friday 10th May – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Nicefest 2019
Saturday 11th May – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Red Hillbilly Hoe-down feat. Slim Dime, Teresa Dixon
Saturday 11th May – Red Hill Mechanics Hall, Red Hill, VIC

Riley Pearce
Friday 10th May – Secret Show, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th May – Secret Show, Adelaide, SA
Friday 17th May – Secret Show, Perth, WA

Ro
Friday 17th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Ruby Gilbert
Saturday 11th May – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 11th May – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD
Sunday 12th May – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Ruby Gill
Friday 10th May – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Russell Morris
Friday 10th May – Paddington RSL, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th May – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 12th May – Toronto Hotel, Toronto, NSW
Thursday 16th May – Bunbury Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA
Friday 17th May – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA

Sara Storer
Friday 10th May – Hamilton Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 11th May – Caloundra RSL Club, Caloundra, QLD
Thursday 16th May – Southern Cross Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 17th May – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 15th May – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Strings on King Bluegrass Night feat. The Methylated Chicken Collective
Tuesday 14th May – MoshPit, Sydney, NSW

Sun Kil Moon
Wednesday 15th May – The Espy, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th May – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

The Blues Tram feat. Lily & King, Alister Turrill
Saturday 11th May – The Blues Tram, Bendigo, VIC

The BUg Weekly Tues New Farm Folk Night feat. Sue Wighton and the Margaritas, Tin Star
Tuesday 14th May – New Farm Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD

The Emerald Ruby
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May – Bulga Beats Festival, Bulga, NSW

The Hillbilly Goats
Friday 10th May – The Surf Club Palm Cove, Cairns, QLD

The Long Johns
Friday 10th May – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 11th May – Hawkers Beer, Melbourne, VIC

The Maes
Friday 10th May – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th May – Wauchope Community Hall, Wauchope, NSW

The Ocelots
Friday 10th May – Duke of George, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 11th May – The Sewing Room, Perth, WA
Thursday 16th May – NOLA Craft Beer & Whiskey, Adelaide, SA
Friday 17th May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Pantry Sessions feat. The Weeping Willows, Ryan Daykin
Saturday 11th May – The Kitchen Door, Barjarg, VIC

The Plough
Friday 17th May – Plantbased Wholefoods, Katoomba, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 10th May – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 17th May – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

The Settlement
Friday 17th May – Seanchai Irish Pub, Warrnambool, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 10th May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th May – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 13th May – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 14th May – The Night Cat, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Tiny Ruins w/ Ryan Downey
Friday 10th May – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 11th May – Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA

Whiskey Dram
Friday 10th May – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

William Crighton
Friday 10th May – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 11th May – South West Roxy Cinema, South West Rocks, NSW

Witches Leap
Friday 10th May – The Old City Bank, Katoomba, NSW

Yulli’s Sessions feat. Good Tom Wallace
Wednesday 15th May – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Z-Star Trinity
Saturday 11th May – Mangrove Mountain Public Hall, Mangrove Mountain, NSW
Sunday 12th May – Tomerong School of Arts, Tomerong, NSW
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th May – Blues on Broadbeach, Broadbeach, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“All The Pretty Horses” – Calexico

New Music Monday – 6th May

Fanny Lumsden
Image Courtesy of Fanny Lumsden

Chance McCoy – “No One Loves You (The Way That I Do)”

Old Crow Medicine show fiddler, banjo player and guitarist Chance McCoy has just released his brand new solo single “No One Loves You (The Way That I Do)”. Leaning heavily into atmospheric indie-folk reminiscent of The Beta Band or The Shins, the track stands in stark contrast to Old Crow’s old time and bluegrass sound. Interestingly McCoy has announced he won’t be touring with Old Crow Medicine Show in 2019 to focus on his solo work, so I’d say we can expect a lot more from him in the coming months.

Fanny Lumsden – “Pretty Little Fools”

Alt-country singer and Timber and Steel’s mate Fanny Lumsden released the highly anticipated new video for her track “Pretty Little Fools”. Directed by longtime collaborator Sam Brumby the video is the sequel to 2017’s “Totem Tennis” and features Fanny and her friends competing in some amazingly dodgy synchronised swimming in a local pool. Lovely stuff from Australia’s alt-country queen.

Fanny Lumsden has also announced the 2019/20 tour dates for their annual Country Hall tour. As well as a bunch of local, regional dates throughout Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia punters will be able to catch Lumsden and her band at Country Hall style shows in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. The full list of dates are below:

Saturday 18th May – Soulful, Grafton, NSW
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 2nd August – Herbert River Crushers Hall, Ingham, QLD
Saturday 3rd August – Dimbulah Memorial Hall, Dimbulah, QLD
Saturday 10th August – Isisford Hall, Isisford, QLD
Sunday 11th August – Tambo Hall, Tambo, QLD
Thursday 15th August – Evening Star Tourist Park, Charleville, QLD
Friday 16th August – Thargomindah Hall, Thargomindah, QLD
Friday 20th September – Toppy Hall, Wyalong, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Palladium Palace Theatre, Morundah, NSW
Friday 27th September – Eugowra Hall, Eugowra, NSW
Saturday 28th September – Tooraweenah Hall, Tooraweenah, NSW
Friday 4th October – Old Junee Hall, Old Junee, NSW
Friday 11th October – Marthaguy Hall, Marthaguy, NSW
Saturday 12th October – Spring Ridge, NSW
Friday 25th October – Springdale Memorial Hall, Springdale, NSW
Saturday 26th October – Gunbar Hall, Gunbar, NSW
Friday 1st November – Mumbanna Hall, Mumbannar, VIC
Saturday 2nd November – Joanna Hall, Joanna, SA
Friday 8th November – Polish Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 9th November – Giant Dwarf Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th November – Loomberah Hall, Loomberah, NSW
Saturday 16th November – Glen Innes Hall, Glen Innes, NSW
Friday 6th December – Jamieson Hall, Jamieson, VIC
Sunday 8th December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 13th December – Globe Theatre, Winchelsea, VIC
Friday 17th January – Curban Community Hall, Curban, NSW
Friday 14th February – Lake Cargelligo, NSW
Saturday 15th February – Boree Creek Hall, Boree Creek, NSW
Friday 21st February – The Risk Hall, Kyogle, NSW
Saturday 22nd February – Asgrove Bowlo, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 29th February – Warra Memorial Hall, Warra, QLD

Fred Smith – “Scots of the Riverina”

Celebrated Australian singer-songwriter Fred Smith released his new single and video “Scots of the Riverina” to coincide with Anzac Day week. The track, originally a poem by Henry Lawson put to music by John Schumann (Redgum), is taken from Smith’s new album Warries which he describes as “a collection of songs from conflict zones that aren’t on [2010 album] Dust of Uruzgan“.

Joy Williams – “No Place Like You”

Last week singer-songwriter Joy Williams (of The Civil Wars fame) released her brand new solo album Front Porch. “No Place Like You” is the latest single from that album and is a beautiful piece of soul-infused folk blues, pitting Williams’ amazing vocals with just a stripped back guitar.

Justin Townes Earle – “Appalachian Nightmare”

Another week, another track from Justin Townes Earle’s upcoming album The Saint Of Lost Causes (due on the 24th May). The track is a semi-autobiographical, very-fictional Americana durge and has a new video directed by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard.

“I want this song to say that if you are marginalized, you will find anyway you can to survive,” Earle explained. “Drug problems and criminal behavior are not a problem of color, creed or race.”

Karine Polwart – “Since Yesterday”

Acclaimed Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart gives us a taste of her upcoming album Scottish Songbook (due on the 2nd August) with the new single “Since Yesterday”. The track, originally by Strawberry Switchblade, is released ahead of this year’s Dementia Awareness Week (15-21 May) and features a recording of Polwart’s grandfather singing.

“To me now, this song isn’t about teenage anxiety,” Polwart explained. “It’s about ageing and dementia, remembrance and loss. That’s partly because I’ve got older and life and meaning changes. Even tracks that you might remember as saccharine pop, they’re altered by time. And the real challenge and joy for me is getting inside them, because the lyrics & melodies are often so powerful and resonant.”

Kay Proudlove – “May The Fourth”

Wollongong based singer-songwriter Kay Proudlove released her Star Wars themed single “May The Fourth” over the weekend (naturally) and it’s really fun. More a parody of Star Wars and the people who love it rather than a tribute, Proudlove deftly straddles the line between corniness and mocking creating a track that’s really fun and well worth a repeat listen.

Matt Ward – “Take Me Home”

Adelaide based Americana singer-songwriter Matt Ward has released his new single “Take Me Home”, from the brand new album Heartland. “Take Me Home” hits all the required notes of modern Americana songwriting – Whiskey, faith, aging, traveling and a yearning for place – but elevates them through top notch production and impressive musicianship.

Mumford & Sons feat. Jerry Douglas – “Forever”

I’m on record as not being a fan of Mumford & Sons’ latest album Delta. But I’ll also admit when you strip all the noise out of the tracks on Delta and approach them in a raw, acoustic way, they do reveal good bones.

Case in point is this live version of “Forever”. When it’s just vocals, acoustic guitar and the unmistakable slide playing of the legendary Jerry Douglas, “Forever” leans a lot more towards Paul Simon than it does Coldplay. Here’s hoping Mumford & Sons get back to their acoustic roots the next time they head back into the studio.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th December

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We published our traditional list of our favourite Christmas carols and songs from the year including tracks from Kay Proudlove, The Low Anthem, The Staves, Brian Lambert, Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission, William Fitzsimmons, William Fitzsimmons, Allison Lupton feat. The Young’uns, Paden, Kirsty Lee Akers, Rodney Crowell, Lowland Hum, Grant Maloy Smith, Skinner and T’witch, Jimmy Lee Morris, Keston Cobblers Club, The Lumineers, Alessi’s Ark, The Selkie Girls, Rum Ragged, Cara Dillon and Rebecca Loebe & Findlay Napier. Details here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford FF

Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Monday 31st December – Shoalhaven Heads Bowling & Recreation Club, Shoalhaven Heads, NSW

Alex the Astronaut
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Alice Skye
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Monday 31st December to Wednesday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Andrew Swift, Gretta Ziller & Brad Cox
Friday 28th December – Ocean Grove Holiday Park, Ocean Grove, VIC
Saturday 29th December – Kangerong Holiday Park, Dromana, VIC
Sunday 30th December – Inverloch Foreshore Camping Reserve, Inverloch, VIC
Monday 31st December – Marlo Ocean Views, Marlo, VIC
Tuesday 1st January – Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park, Mallacoota, VIC
Wednesday 2nd January – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden NSW
Thursday 3rd January – NRMA Jindabyne Holiday Park, Jindabyne NSW
Friday 4th January – Jingellic Showgrounds, Jingellic NSW

Archer
Friday 4th January – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Saturday 29th December – The Cauliflower Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 3rd January – Rock Lily, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Saturday 29th December – One Hot Night, Rockhampton, QLD
Sunday 30th December – Tropical Vibes Gki, The Keppels, QLD

Cassidy’s Ceili
Monday 31st December – The Burns Club, Canberra, ACT

Cat Canteri
Thursday 3rd January – Red Lion Brewery, Kilmore, VIC
Friday 4th January – Empire Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Dan Sultan
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Dean Lewis
Friday 28th December – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Dermot Kennedy w/ Sam Fender
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Monday 31st December to Wednesday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Echo Deer
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Gulgong Folk Festival, Gulgong, NSW

Emily Wurramara
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Falls Festival
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Lorne, VIC
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Marion Bay, TAS
Monday 31st December to Wednesday 2nd January – Byron Bay, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Old Man Luedecke, Lucy Wise
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

First Aid Kit
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Monday 31st December to Wednesday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Gulgong Folk Festival
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Gulgong, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers
Monday 31st December – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Hat Fitz and Cara
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Honey
Friday 4th January – Bermi’s Beachside Cafe, Bermagui, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Irish Mythen
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Wednesday 2nd January – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 3rd January – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 4th January – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Jen Cloher
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Jess Locke
Sunday 30th December to Tuesday 1st January – NYE On The Hill, VIC

Julia Jacklin
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Karl S Williams
Sunday 30th December – The Scottish Prince, Palm Beach, QLD

Les Poules a Colin
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Thursday 3rd January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 4th January – Le Penelope’s @ Kirwans Bridge Estate, Nagambie, VIC

Liam Gerner
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Lucy Wise
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Magpie Diaries
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD
Thursday 3rd January – Nimbin Bush Theatre, Nimbin, NSW
Thursday 3rd January – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 4th January – Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW

Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Mark Lucas
Thursday 3rd January – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Mel Parsons
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Mick Thomas and the Roving Commission
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Monique Clare
Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th January – Tree Folk String Camp, Paddington Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 4th January – The BrisWest Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Nariel Creek Folk Festival
Thursday 27th December to Thursday 3rd January – Nariel Creek Recreation Reserve, Nariel Valley, VIC

Neil Murray
Friday 28th December – The Sewing Room, Perth, WA
Thursday 3rd January – Ronnie Nights, Fremantle, WA

NYE On The Hill
Sunday 30th December to Tuesday 1st January – The Farm, Loch Village, VIC

Old Man Luedecke
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Paddy McHugh
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Pete Murray
Thursday 3rd January – The Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, QLD
Friday 4th January – The Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, QLD

Porch Sessions on Tour feat. Jack The Fox, Harrison Storm & Alana Wilkinson
Wednesday 2nd January – House Concert, Gold Coast Hinterland, Mount Nathan, QLD

Sean McMahon
Saturday 29th December – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Shantily Clad w/ Jam Jar Trio
Saturday 29th December – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Shaun Kirk
Monday 31st December – Queenscliff Harbour, Queenscliff, VIC

Shawn Lidster & Pay the Fiddler
Friday 4th January – Halekulani Bowling Club, Budgewoi, NSW

Stella Donnelly
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Sunday 30th December to Tuesday 1st January – NYE On The Hill, VIC

Stiff Gins
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Beautiful Girls
Thursday 3rd January – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 4th January – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD

The Black Sorrows
Friday 28th December – Bird’s Basement, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 29th December – Westernport-Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Sunday 30th December – Wonderland Spiegeltent, Barwon Heads, VIC
Monday 31st December – Coolalinga Tavern, Coolalinga, NT
Thursday 3rd January – Panthers Port Macquarie, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 4th January – Bowlo Sports & Leisure, Yamba, NSW

The Bushwackers
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Cat Empire
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Emerald Ruby
Sunday 30th December – Chicks with Picks, The Townie, Sydney, NSW

The Fretless
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
Friday 4th January – The BrisWest Centre, Brisbane, QLD

The Little Lord St Band
Friday 4th January – The Sewing Room, Perth, WA

The Little Stevies
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Maes
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Montgomery Brothers
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Northern Folk
Thursday 27 December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD
Thursday 3rd January – Upper Lansdowne Hall & Happenings, Upper Lansdowne, NSW

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Teskey Brothers
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Waifs
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Water Runners
Friday 28th December – The Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, NSW

Tree Folk String Camp
Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th January – Paddington Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Vance Joy
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Monday 31st December to Wednesday 2nd January – Falls Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

Woodford Folk Festival
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Xavier Rudd
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Charlie Darwin” – The Low Anthem

The Best Folky Christmas Songs of 2018

Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve which means its time to publish our favourite Christmas tracks released this year with a folky flavour.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone! Looking forward to folking with you in 2019

Kay Proudlove – “Gift Card”

The Low Anthem – “Fairy On The Christmas Tree”

The Staves – “Home Alone, Too”

Brian Lambert – “All I Want For Christmas”

Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission – “Boxing Day Drive”

William Fitzsimmons – “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

William Fitzsimmons – “Will Christmas Come for Me (Child of God)”

William Fitzsimmons – “Where Are You Christmas?”

William Fitzsimmons – “Warmer in the Cold”

Allison Lupton feat. The Young’uns – “The Eve of Christmas Day”

Paden – “Christmas Chorus”

Kirsty Lee Akers – “I Never Want Christmas To End”

Rodney Crowell – “Clement’s Lament (We’ll See You In The Mall)”

Lowland Hum – “Joy To The World”

Grant Maloy Smith feat. EmiSunshine – “Fly Possum Fly”

Skinner and T’witch – “Silent, the Night”

Jimmy Lee Morris – “Christmas 1914”

Keston Cobblers Club – “Let It Snow”

The Lumineers – “Pretty Paper”

Alessi’s Ark – “Winter’s Grace”

The Selkie Girls – “Good King Wenceslas”

Rum Ragged – “Pop’s New Accordion”

Cara Dillon – “River”

Rebecca Loebe & Findlay Napier – “Joy to the World, I Guess”

Eric Coomer – “Snow”

The Illawarra Folk Festival Announces 2018 Lineup

Illawarra Folk Festival
Image Courtesy of Illawarra Folk Festival

Our favourite mid-sized folk festival, the Illawarra Folk Festival dropped its massive 2018 lineup this week and as usual we’re very very impressed

The Illawarra Folk Festival always manages to pull out the big guns and the best up and comers and 2018 is no different. The lineup this time around includes the likes of Eric Bogle, Cass Eager, The Go Set, Breaking Trad, Maggie Carty and Mairtin Staunton, Claire Anne Taylor, Devil on the Rooftop, Golden Whistler, Handsome Young Strangers, Lizzie Flynn, Paddy McHugh, Shelley’s Murder Boys, The Button Collective, The Northern Folk, The Raglins, The Royal High Jinx, The Scrims, Big Erle, Jane Aubourg, Kay Proudlove and many many more.

The Illawarra Folk Festival takes place in Bulli, NSW from the 18th to the 21st January. To get more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The full lineup of Illawarra Folk Festival artists is below:

International Artists:
Breaking Trad (Ireland), Dan Walsh (UK), Edgelarks (UK), Eleanor McEvoy (Ireland), Faith i Branko (Eastern Europe), George Mann (USA), Himmerland with Mairi Campbell (Denmark/Scotland), Jonathan Bob Lynn (Canada), Josefina Paulson & Jonas Akerlund (Sweden), Ken Field’s Hoot Band (USA), Kevin Welch (USA), Maggie Carty and Mairtin Staunton (Ireland), Oi Dipnoi (Italy), Scott Cook & The Second Chances (Canada), Steve Turner (UK), The Beez (Germany), The Small Glories (Canada)

National Artists:
Eric Bogle, Mikelangelo (The Balkan Elvis), Cass Eager, Darren Coggan, Taikoz, The Go Set, Albion Fair Morris, Baz Cooper, Emma Nixon & Iain McKenzie, Black Joak Morris, Brian Bell, Bush Music Club Inc, Christopher Shaw, Claire Anne Taylor, Combined Union Choirs, Den Hanrahan and the Rum Runners, Devil on the Rooftop, Dom Ferry, Ella Belfanti, Franke, Glover & Sorrensen, Golden Whistler, Good Tunes, Greshka, Handsome Young Strangers, Honey & Knives, Jane Germain & Ian Simpson, John Broomhall, Karen Law & Family, Lagoon Hill Zydeco, Lisa Lazuli Music, Little Foot, Lizzie Flynn, Margaret Walters, Maurie Mulheron and Pat Craigie, The Merry Widows Unplugged, Michael-John Azzopardi, Nick Charles, Nick Rheinberger, Noel Gardner, Paddy McHugh, Peter Mace, Peter Willey, Robyn Sykes, Romisounds, Rusty & The Saint, Santa Taranta, Shelley’s Murder Boys, Snez Musica, Sydney English Country Dance, The Button Collective, The Grenadiers, The Honey Drippin’ Mudskippers, The Northern Folk, The Protesters, The Raglins, The Royal High Jinx, The Scrims, The Simon Kerr Perspective, The Ten Quid Poms, Tililili, Wally Byrne

Local Artists:
Alex Sreckovic – Smokehouse, Atif & Sako, AZ-I-AM, Beatmeisters, Big Erle, Carefree Road Band, Chord-eaux, Cinnamon Twist School of Belly Dance, Circus WOW, Cranky Franky, Curious Rendition Orchestra, Egypsy, Light Being Yoga-Erika Steller & Fiona Davis, Gobsmacked!, Heart to Heart Storytelling, Irish Famine, Jackie Dee, Jane Aubourg, Jimmy and Shay, John Nichols & Wolfgang Kloger, Josh C. Music, Kala Ilango, Kay Proudlove, Kenny Bartley, Kevin Sullivan, King & Queen of Green, LANEY and Friends, Lizzie Bennet, Love In The Jungle, Meridian, Murmur, No Such Thing, Roger Gordon Fyfe, Silver Lotus Tribal Bellydance, SingGongGo, Southern Gentlemen, Swing Booty, The Calamities, The Capricornia Project, The Con Artists, TheGroove, The Humphreys, The Scratchies, Steampunk Vagabonds, Swingaleles Wollongong, The Water Runners, Tia Juana, Vic Janko Orkestar, Wolf Gordon Music, Zlatkos Balkan Cabaret

Youth Artists:
Claire Doherty, Fergus Bailey, Folkaphonic Youth Orchestra, James & Jackson, Little Glory, Paddy & The Wonderband, Shalani Music, The Bowhemians, Tim Lukey, Whisper Out Loud, Zingara

Full Lineup of the 2017 Illawarra Folk Festival

Illawarra Folk Festival
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One of my favourite folk festivals of the year, The Illawarra Folk Festival, hits the Bulli showground in New South Wales on the 12th to the 15th of January and the lineup is incredible.

Despite being a medium sized festival The Illawarra Folk Festival manages to attract some pretty amazing acts and this year is no different. The lineup includes, but is not limited to, Andy Irvine and Luke Plumb, FourWinds, Tattletale Saints, The Whitetop Mountaineers, Tim O’Brien, Wallis Bird, Daniel Champagne, Echo Deer, Handsome Young Strangers, Lime and Steel, Mandy Connell, Martin Pearson, Nigel Wearne, Shanty Club, The Squeezebox Trio, Tinpan Orange, Big Erle, Jane Aubourg, Joe Mungovan, Kay Proudlove, Shelley’s Murder Boys, The Lurkers and many many more.

Tickets are still available for the festival and can be picked up here. If you live in Sydney I’d recommend jumping on one of the Music Trains down to Bulli for the full festival experience.

The full lineup for The Illawarra Folk Festival is below:

International Artists:
Andy Irvine (Ire) and Luke Plumb, Azzband (Italy/Spain), Christine Collister (UK) & Michael Fix, FourWinds (Ire), George & Noriko (Japan), Girls with Knives (Canada), Gregory Page (USA), Ken Field’s Hoot Band (USA), Kenta Hayashi (Japan), Kirsty Bromley (UK), London Klezmer Quartet (UK), Tattletale Saints (NZ), The Haywood Billy Goats (USA), The Outside Track (Scot) , The Sauerkrauts (Germany), The Whitetop Mountaineers (USA), Tim O’Brien (USA), Wallis Bird (Ire), Winter Wilson (UK)

National Artists:
1917: Strike!, 8Foot Felix, Adder’s Fork, Alanna and Alicia, Albion Fair Morris Dancers, Alex Hood, Baltic Bar Mitzvah, Black Bear Duo, Black Joak Morris, Blakboi, Brian Bell, Bruce Mathiske, Bush Music Club, Charlotte Emily, Chloe & Jason Roweth, Col Hardy, Colleen Z Burke, Daddy Longlegs & the Swamp Donkeys, Daniel Champagne, Dave de Hugard, Dave Elliston, Den Hanrahan & the Rum Runners, Dingo’s Breakfast Oz Music & Poetry Band, Echo Deer, Equus, Errol Gray, Fettler’s Yard, Folkaphonic Youth Orchestra, Free Fried Chicken, Genni Kane, Geoffrey W Graham, Glenn Skuthorpe, Glover & Sorrensen, Gone Molly, Good Tunes Band, Gordon Lightfoot Tribute Band, Graham Maureen Seal, Rob & Olya Willis, Gregory North, Handsome Young Strangers, Hillbilly Goats, Homegrown Quartet, Ionia, Jaga Band, Jay Wars & The Howard Youth, Jim Haynes, Jody + Innes, John Broomhall, Junkadelic Brass Band, Kate Maclurcan & The Loose Ends, Lime and Steel, Lindy lady of the Forest: Storyteller, Lisa Couper, Lizzie Flynn & The Reckoning, Low Down Riders, Malcura, Mandy Connell, Mark Cryle & Carmel Newman, Martin Pearson, Matthew Dames , Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Men With Day Jobs, Nigel Wearne, Out of Abingdon, Pat Drummond, Pete Denahy, Peter Hicks, Peter Mace, Peter Willey & Matthew Hobbs˜, Rory Faithfield, Rosie Burgess Trio, Rough Red, Rusty & The Saint, Sadie & Jay, Shanty Club, Sissybones, Taylor Pfeiffer – The Banjo Girl, The Good Girl Song Project, The Northern Folk, The Squeezebox Trio, The String Family, The Three Marketeers, The Trippy Hippy Band, The Wish List, Tinpan Orange, Tom Dockray, Tulalah, Women in Docs , Yellow Blue Bus

Local Artists:
Alex Boston, Astarte Studio’s Steampunk Gypsies, Big Erle, Brian Jonathon, Brynn Luker, Cake Tin Rattlers, Carefree Road Band, Cat Walk City and Friends, Chord-eaux, Cinnamon Twist Belly Dance, Circus WOW, Chinese Lion Dancers, Cross Rhythm Dance Company, Dani Karis, Erika Steller, Festival Choir & Orchestra, Five Sad Men, Gobsmacked!, Grace Gladwin, Harman & Hellens, Illawarra Breakfast Poets, Illawarra Flame Three, James R Cooper, Jane Aubourg, Joe Mungovan, John Littrich & The Water Runners, Josh Maynard, Kay Proudlove, Kenny Bartley/Super Kenny, King & Queen of Green – The Pearlies, Leo, Lizzie Bennet Band, Love In The Jungle, Man from the Misty Mountains, Maya & Tala, Maypole with Molly, Melanie April, Moscateros, Murmur, My Secret Window, No Such Thing, Paddy & The Wonderband, Patrick Lyons & The American Creek Band, Patron Saints Of Folk, Ralph Scrivens, Rani’s Fire, Ribbon Gang, Ruido Indy Flamenco, Scientists Behaving Badly, Shalani & Chloe, Shelley’s Murder Boys, Silver Lotus Tribal Bellydance, SingGongGo, Soul Flamenco, Southern Gentlemen, Story Beats, Stringline, Swamp n’ Beats, The Beatmeisters, The Bowhemians, The Calamities, The Con Artists, The Derby Dolls, The Lighthouse Keepers, The Lurkers, The Scratchies, The Swingaleles, Three-Sixty, Vic Janko Orkestar, Zlatkos Balkan Cabaret, Zumpa

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 25th November

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Irish music legend Sharon Shannon announced an Australian tour this January. Details here

The Lumineers relased their new video “Sleep On The Floor”. Details here

The National Folk Festival added a bunch of artists to its lineup including Jarlath Henderson, Katey Brooks, Mel Parsons, Melisande, Andy Salvanos, Catherine Fraser Trio, David Spry, Colin Lillie, YuNiOn with Stonewave Taiko, Dubmarine, Kutcha Edwards, Zulya and the Children of the Underground, Sparrow-Folk, The Martins and 19-Twenty. Details here

– We finally posted the new Rowena Wise video “Hollow Hearts”. Details here

– Progressive folk mandolinist Chris Thile and jazz pianist Brad Mehldau have announced a duo album to be released in January. Details here

– Perth folk-rock band Joel Barker & The Low Company released their new video “Make It Good”. Details here

– The new Gillian Welch album Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg is released today. Details here

– Irish born, Melbourne based singer-songwriter Gallie performs in Sydney tomorrow night. Details here

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

– The amazing Rhiannon Giddens is returning to Australia next year. Details here

– American folk singer Willie Watson returns to Australia next year. Details here

Releases This Week

Buffalo Nickel
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Bandcamp

Gillian
Boots No 1: The Official Revival BootlegGillian Welch
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Kay Proudlove w/ Melanie April

Kay

South Coast singer-songwriter will take to the Bulli School of Arts this weekend to record some of her new songs live to an intimate crowd

Saturday 26th November – Bulli School of Arts, Woonona, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Wednesday 30th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

BBQ & Blues feat. The Plough
Wednesday 30th November – Surly’s American BBQ, Burgers & Beer, Sydney, NSW

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Saturday 26th November – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Monday 28th November – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 30th November – Kings Park, Perth, WA

Boy & Bear
Friday 25th November – Tanks Art Centre, Cairns, QLD
Sunday 27th November – The Venue, Townsville, QLD
Friday 2nd December – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA

Crowded House
Friday 25th November – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Syndey, NSW

Davey Craddock
Saturday 26th November – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA

Eilen Jewell
Friday 25th November – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Fairgrounds Festival
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December – Berry, NSW

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers
Saturday 26th November – Spring Plains Hall, Wee Waa, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Candice McLeod, Alister Turrill, Lazy Colts
Wednesday 30th November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

FRACK OFF! Concert feat. John Butler Trio, The Pigram Brothers, Mama Kin, Ten Cent Shooters w/ MC Peter Rowsthorn
Saturday 26th November – 3 Oceans Winery, Cowaramup, WA
Sunday 27th November – 3 Oceans Winery, Cowaramup, WA

Gallie w/ Seanchas
Saturday 26th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Green Mohair Suits w/ Luke Escombe
Friday 25th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers
Friday 2nd December – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Haywood Billy Goats w/ The Tawny Owl Stringband, Rebecca Bastoli
Friday 25th November – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Hashshashin, Vanishing Shapes, Kurushimi, Raven
Thursday 1st December – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. The Faraway Eyes
Sunday 27th November – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Joe & Harmony’s Magic Carpet Ride feat. Night Kite, Mudlarks Choir, Christina Mimmocchi
Saturday 26th November – Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans
Friday 25th November – The Pretoria, Mannum, SA
Saturday 26th November – Clandys Fishpub, Dunsborough, WA
Sunday 27th November – Live at the Orchard, Perth, WA
Friday 2nd December – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Julia Jacklin
Friday 25th November – Paradise Music Festival, VIC
Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Thursday 1st December – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 2nd December – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 2nd December to Saturday 3rd December – Fairgrounds Festival, NSW

Kay Proudlove w/ Melanie April
Saturday 26th November – Bulli School of Arts, Woonona, NSW

Kasey Chambers w/ Eagle & The Wolf
Friday 2nd December – Revesby Workers’ Club, Sydney, NSW

Liam Gerner & The Sunset Pushers
Friday 25th November – Leftys, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 26th November – Drill Hall, Mullum, NSW
Thursday 1st December – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 2nd December – Lazy Bones, Sydney, NSW

Little Wise
Friday 25th November – Martians Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC
Sunday 27th November – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Matt Andersen
Friday 25th November – Memo Music Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Tuesday 29th November – The Front Gallery & Café, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 1st December – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 2nd December – The Music Lounge, Wollongong, NSW

Matt Joe Gow
Thursday 1st December – The Unicorn, Sydney, NSW

Mel Parsons
Saturday 26th November – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 27th – Djangos, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 30th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 1st December – The V Room, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Friday 2nd December – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

Music for a Warming World – Green Music benefit
Sunday 27th November – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Nick Payne, Matt J Ward, Peasant Moon
Thursday 1st December – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen
Tuesday 29th November – St Joseph’s Church, Perth, WA
Wednesday 30th November – St Joseph’s Church, Perth, WA

PJ Michael & The Banditas
Saturday 26th November – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Queenscliff Music Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff, VIC

Steve Poltz
Friday 25th November – Blue Mountains, Warrimoo, NSW
Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Wednesday 30th November – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 1st December – Bridgetown Hotel, Bridgetown, WA
Friday 2nd December – Ravenswood, Ravenswood, WA

Stray Hens
Friday 2nd December – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll & Alternative Xmas Market feat. The Detonators, The Morrisons, The Cruisin’ Deuces, The Drey Rollan Band
Sunday 27th November – Manning House, Sydney, NSW

The Buck Loner Revue
Sunday 27th December – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 25th November – The Bellingen Brewery & Co., Bellingen, NSW

The Tallest Man On Earth
Wednesday 30th November – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 1st December – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December – Fairgrounds Festival, Berry, NSW

The Wilson Pickers
Thursday 1st December – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd December – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 25th November – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Tom West
Thursday 1st December – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 4th December – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Diamantina Drover” – Hugh McDonald with John Schumann & The Vagabond Crew

We sadly lost the great Hugh McDonald this week. Hugh very kindly let us publish his review of the Top Half Folk Festival in 2013. Here’s probably his most well known track from the 2010 Woodford Folk Festival. RIP Hugh McDonald.

Review: Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Illawarra
Image Courtesy of Illawarra Folk Festival

As the summer roles around each year I take a look at the packed folk festival calendar and try to work out which events I’ll be attending over the season. There are always a few festivals that fall into the “one day” category because of the effort required to get to them (making it down to Cygnet and Georgetown in Tasmania for instance is a two week commitment I’m yet to make). And then there’s those events that have to be a trade off – if I head to WOMADelaide it means I’m missing out on Nannup or Port Fairy.

Then there are those events that are a must – and the Illawarra Folk Festival is at the top of that list. Just an hour and a half from Sydney by train, the Illawarra Folk Festival is a no brainer, even if just for a day or two over the long weekend. The festival sits somewhere between the smaller boutique folk festivals hosted by country towns and the “big three” folk festivals of Woodford, Port Fairy and The National – it manages to attract the best and brightest of the international and Australian folk scene while maintaining a unique community vibe.

For the first time in ages I committed to heading to the Illawarra Folk Festival for the three main days this year, even if it meant commuting to and from my base in Sydney every day. I was determined to see as much music as possible without dealing with the inevitable clashes that comes from trying to see everything in one day. This year I was going to lose my weekend to the Illawarra Folk Festival.

Friday

I walked into the festival on Friday morning nursing a slight hangover courtesy of The East Pointers, The Button Collective and a few too many Guinnesses at The Gaelic Club the night before. I had decided against patronising the opening night of the Illawarra Folk Festival in favour of The East Pointers’ headline show in Sydney – I knew I was going to catch them over the weekend but the opportunity to see them in my own backyard was just too appealing.

It’s been a long while since I’ve spent a Friday at the Illawarra Folk Festival and I have to say it was the perfect way to kick the event off. The smaller Friday crowd made for a lazy day wandering around the Bulli showground taking in music at all of the venues and getting a feel for the place.

I kicked off my day getting on top of my hangover hiding out for a couple of acts in the Grandstand restaurant. I managed to catch the amazing bouzouki player Beth Patterson who is touring the country at the moment spreading her take on traditional and contemporary folk. I’d never considered the bouzouki as a solo instrument before but Patterson brought a maturity to the instrument that was just spellbinding. I hung around for Adelaide based singer-songwriter Banjo Jackson on the recommendation of Kaurna Cronin and was not disappointed – Jackson can stand tall with the new breed of folk singers coming out of Adelaide at the moment with the type of music that is instantly relatable and the perfect pairing of solo, finger-picked guitar and effects laden fiddle.

I’d drunkenly promised Rebecca Bastoli the night before that I would be at her debut programmed festival show at 2:15pm so I staked out my spot in the Nags Lounge early. Despite a couple of unavoidable technical problems (she was mortified when she broke a string halfway through the performance) Bastoli delivered a stunning set, backed by a full band of fiddle, flute, box and bass. It boggles my mind how talented Rebecca Bastoli is – in such a short time she has mastered both the guitar and mandolin and written some of the most poignant songs I’ve heard in ages.

A revelation of the festival was Irish singer O’Leary. If I’m honest I only caught his set by accident but I was mesmerised throughout. The way he brought a humility and reverence to traditional songs was amazing and the backing percussion, electric guitar and flute just enhanced his music.

It wouldn’t be an Illawarra Folk Festival without Australiana-punks Handsome Young Strangers so I made a point of catching their set at The Miners Camp before wrapping my day up and jumping on the train back to Sydney. Handsome Young Strangers are a folk music institution and they tore through their catalogue with the usual devil-may-care attitude. It’s amazing seeing Australian bush and folk music updated for a modern audience while still maintaining respect for the work.

Saturday

Saturday at the Illawarra Folk Festival is always hectic and this year was no different. Watching the crowd stream through the front doors and fill up the venues. Watching a packed festival like this fills me with joy – it proves once again that folk music is thriving and that the people behind the Illawarra Folk Festival should be so proud of the community that they’re created.

I was determined to see local singer-songwriter Kay Proudlove after I missed her set last year, and I was not disappointed. Proudlove is the consummate performer, delighting crowds between songs and delivering lyric driven music that is instantly relatable. I am now determined to see Kay Proudlove every time she ventures north to Sydney (or at least to program future Illawarra Folk Festivals around her sets).

Having heard nothing but amazing things about Irish Mythen I just had to see what all the fuss was about – and I have to say I was not disappointed. Watching one woman with a guitar command the largest stage at the Illawarra Folk Festival was astounding – her stage presence and the way she worked the audience was truly a masterclass in performance. Her version of “The Auld Triangle” is a crowd favourite for a reason and absolutely brought the house down.

The next few hours were a blur of amazing music. Shane Howard once again proved why he is Australia’s best songwriters for those people who braved the mud to venture into the Black Diamond Marquee. Out Of Abingdon added touch of jazz to the festival with their vibey folk tunes. The Redfern Shanty Club turned their performance at The Miners Camp into an all-in singalong session. The Button Collective’s impromptu blackboard session at the Tantric Turtle was the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon coffee. And The Dead Maggies rounded out a bunch of amazing music by tearing up the stage with a mostly cobbled together new lineup.

I rounded out the day by catching trad band Fresh Off The Boat at their intimate Café de Rude. Made up of some of Sydney’s best trad players (most of which you can catch at the Friday night Gaelic Club sessions) Fresh Off The Boat breathed fresh life into traditional Irish music and delighted the local crowd. The sound at the gig was not amazing, mainly owing to the fact that the entire band couldn’t fit on Café de Rude’s stage, but just watching the skill of the players was enough to overcome any issues. The perfect way to round out a hectic Saturday of music.

Sunday

On the third day the Illawarra Folk Festival became about two things – catching all the artists I hadn’t seen yet and revisiting those that had made an impression over the weekend.

I kicked off my day with Queensland based singer-songwriter Mia Wray. Alternating between guitar and piano Wray brought a maturity to her music that seemed to defy her young age. Her original songs were just stunning and she had the audience eating out of her hand with her easygoing stage presence.

I’d seen Japanese Irish trad band John John Festival a couple of years ago at the Illawarra Folk Festival a couple of years ago so I jumped at the chance to catch bodhran player Toshi Bodhran and fiddle player Mana Okubo again as part of Tim Scalan’s band – and I was not disappointed. While I loved Scalan’s masterful singing and harmonica playing it was Toshi Bodhran who stole the show – the man can turn the bodhran into a melody instrument like no one I’ve ever seen before. Special mention has to go to Mana Okubo who performed the entire set with her baby strapped to her back.

The Wish List proved that the fiddle is all you need to accompany a voice and that three fiddles with three voices is even better. This was one of the most innovative bands at the Illawarra Folk Festival – I can’t wait to see these girls live again.

In the afternoon I dragged myself up the hill to the Small Halls Concert in order to catch Liz Stringer and then The East Pointers. For too long people have been telling me that Liz Stringer is the best songwriter in Australia and watching her set at the Illawarra Folk Festival those same people may be proved right. Stringer has an intensity to her songwriting that is tempered with a warmth in her performance not matched by many. I implore you to see Liz Stringer wherever and whenever you get the chance.

Despite having seen The East Pointers in Sydney a couple of days earlier there was no way was going to miss their final set at the Illawarra Folk Festival. These guys are probably the most exciting trad band I have seen in the last 12 months and their live set is incredibly tight. Their use of foot percussion and bass effects on the guitar elevate this three piece from session band to festival headliners and the ease at which they interact with their audience makes you feel included in the experience.

The rest of Sunday evening was spent drifting from tent to tent catching whatever music was playing before idling my way to the Grandstand Restaurant for a final set from The Button Collective and then jumping on the train home.

The organisers of this year’s Illawarra Folk Festival have a lot to be proud of, building an event that caters to almost every facet of the “folk” genre all the while maintaining a community spirit. There’s a reason why performers and punters come back to the Illawarra Folk Festival every year and why it remains a must attend on my festival calendar. Bring on 2017!

The Illawarra Folk Festival Drops Its 2016 Lineup

Dougie MacLean
Image Courtesy of Dougie MacLean

You know that the year is getting well and truly getting away from you when 2016 festivals start to drop their lineups. The first to do so is the incredible Illawarra Folk Festival and it’s simply amazing.

If you’ve never made it down to the Illawarra Folk Festival before then 2016 might be your year. Held in the historic town of Bulli just north of Wollongong, the festival is held from the 14th to the 17th January and manages to attract an impressive lineup of international, national and local artists.

The 2016 lineup includes the likes of Dougie MacLean (above), The East Pointers, Catgut, Daniel Champagne, Handsome Young Strangers, Liz Stringer, Rebecca Bastoli, Shane Howard, Shanty Club, The Button Collective, The Dead Maggies, Big Erle, Joe Mungovan, Kay Proudlove and many many more.

For more information about the festival including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here. The full lineup is below:

NTERNATIONAL ACTS: Beth Patterson (USA), Donna Dean & The Tui Melody Boys (NZ), Dougie Maclean (SCOT), The East Pointers (CANADA), Environmental Encroachment (USA), Irish Mythen (CANADA), Jonathan Bob Lynn (CANADA), Ken Field (USA), Paul McKenna Band (SCOT), Reg Meuross (UK), Santa Taranta (ITALY), The Poozies (UK), Tim Scanlan & Toshi Bodhran (JAPAN), Underscore Orkestra (USA), Ward Macdonald (CANADA)

NATIONAL ACTS: Alma Mater, Ami Williamson, Andalus Arabic Choir, Astro Cobalt, Banjo Jackson, Black Joak Morris, Black Vat Trio, Bob Rummery, Bush Music Club Inc., Catgut, Chloe & Jason Roweth Band, Craig and Simone Dawson, Daniel Champagne, David Beniuk, David Bridie, Denis Murphy Puppets, Dingo’s Breakfast, Duo Agogo, Ethnodelica, Folkaphonic Youth Orchestra, Frank Yamma, Fresh Off The Boat, Glover & Sorrensen, The Goodwills, Handsome Young Strangers, Harman and Hellens, Humbug, Inka Marka, Innes, James Blundell, Jan Preston’s Boogie Circus, Jeannie Lewis, Jordan McRobbie, Kaisha, Karen Lynne Bluegrass Circle, Ken Field, Keystone Angel, Kutcha Edwards Duo, Lagoon Hill Zydeco, Lily and King, Liz Stringer, Lorraine McCrimmon, Matt Glass and the Loose Cannons, Maypole with Molly, Mexidhalia Dance Group, Merryweather, Mia Wray, Mick Daley, Mick Thomas, Mike Martin, Neil Murray, O’Leary, Out of Abingdon, Peter Mace, Peter Willey and Matthew Hobbs, Queen Porter Stomp, Rebecca Bastoli, Riogh, Santa Taranta, Scarlet’s Revenge, Señor Cabrales, Shane Howard Trio, Shanty Club, Solidarity Choir, Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers, The Button Collective, The Dead Maggies, The East Pointers, The Goodwills, The haBiBis, The Junkadelic Brass band, The Pie Eaters, The Rhythm Hustle , The Settlement, The Wish List, Ungus Ungus Ungus, Union Choirs

LOCAL ACTS: Ana Otero Flamenco, Aviva Sheb’a, Ayanamsha, Az-I-aM, Beatmeisters, Big Erle, Brynn Luker, Chord-eaux, Cinnamon Twist Belly Dance, Circus Wow , Curious Rendition Orchestra, Dane Overton, Declan Jenkinson, Denis McKay, Doux Manouche, Dru Yoga with Erika Steller, Duncan Chalmers, Eaton Gorge Theatre Company, Fly With Me, Gobsmacked!, Good Tunes Session, Hernan & Janis , Illawarra Breakfast Poets, Illawarra Pipe Band, Illawarra Union Singers, Joe Mungovan, John Broomhall, John Littrich, John Tubridy, Kay Proudlove, Kenny Bartley/Super Kenny, Lilli Story, Love In The Jungle, Melanie April, Merryweather, Middle Eastern Jam, Mz Mally Moo, No Such Thing, Paddy & The Wonderband, Patrick Lyons & The American Creek Band, Rani’s Fire, Ribbon Gang, Ruido, Scientists Behaving Badly, SingGongGo, Southern Crane Martial Arts Academy Inc., Steve Robinson, Stewart Holt, Swing Booty, Swingaleles Ukulele Group, Tamnesia, The Con Artists, The Humphreys, The Legs, The Scratchies, The Shield Maidens & the Celt, Three-Sixty, Tia Juana, Vic Janko Orkestar, Zingara, Zlatkos Balkan Cabaret, Zondrae King, Zumpa

Details of the Next Live ‘n’ Lounging Featuring The Bollands, The Campervan Dancers, Kay Proudlove and Huckleberry Hastings

Kay Proudlove
Image Courtesy of Kay Proudlove

I love what the people behind Live ‘n’ Lounging have created. In Sydney so much of the music scene is concentrated in the inner city and surrounding suburbs, and if you head out to the suburbs it can be a live music wasteland.

But Live ‘n’ Lounging bucks this trend, bringing some of the best singer-songwriters and bands to the Macarthur region into an intimate, house concert environment.

And this month is no different with an absolutely cracking lineup featuring New Zealand folk duo The Bollands, Sydney stalwarts The Campervan Dancers, singer-songwriter Kay Proudlove (above) and dark-folk singer Huckleberry Hastings. The next Live ‘n’ Lounging takes place on Sunday 13th September and is just $10 on the door.

For more information on Live ‘n’ Lounging including how to get your hands on tickets and the night’s actual location check out the official Facebook event here.

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