Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th July


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne’s Husky released their new single “I’m Not Coming Back” ahead of their Timber and Steel presented national tour. Details here

– The brand new Old Crow Medicine Show album Remedy hits stores today. Details here

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Dan Waters and The Weeping Willows are heading out on a tour of Victoria this month. Details here

– Enigmatic singer-songwriter Keaton Henson released a surprise instrumental album Romantic Works. Details here

Castlecomer released their brand new video “Fugitive” – and a warning, it contains beard-acide. Details here

– Singer-songwriter and radio presenter Emma Swift has a new a EP on the way this August. Details here

– Sydney trio Little May have released their new single “Dust”. Details here

Midlake finally brings folk music and jogging together with their new video “Aurora Gone”. Details here

Angus and Julia Stone will be touring their brand new album this September. Details here

Bob Dylan has added a Sydney Opera House show to his Australian tour this September. Details here

– UK trio Peggy Sue have re-recorded their track “Longest Day Of The Year Blues” with Willy Mason. Details here

– Central Coast singer-songwriter Pepa Knight has released his new single “Clams”. Details here

– Melbourne siblings Dan and Amy have released their new single “Sometimes Life” along with details of their new EP and upcoming tour dates. Details here

The Eels released their new NSFW video for their track “Lockdown Hurricane”. Details here

– Brisbane Breaking Hart Benton have expanded into a trio and have released a new video “More Than You Deserve”. Details here

– A brand new celtic music session has kicked off in Sydney on Saturdays at The Merton Hotel led by Folklore. Details here

Nickel Creek released the animated video for their latest single “Hayloft”. Details here

– With his new album out this week Tobias Hengeveld has released a video for the title track “The Daylight Express”. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter HeyMun released her new video “Sailor”. Details here

– A brand new Bluegrass festival in the Byron area, The Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival, has just been announced for this August. The lineup includes The Mid North, The Stetson Family, The Morrisons, Starboard Cannons, Heartworn Highway and Barkers Vale Brothers. Details here

– Sydney based singer-songwriter Ollie Brown is launching his new EP Weatherboard House at the end of the month. Details here

– The new William Fitzsimmons album still isn’t out in Australia. We shared his video for “Lions” just to make us feel a little better. Details here


We’re halfway through the year and we’ve picked 10 albums and EPs from 2014 you should own including releases from First Aid Kit, Davidson Brothers, Green Mohair Suits, Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys, James Vincent McMorrow, Justin Bernasconi, Nick Mulvey, Nickel Creek, One Up, Two Down and Passenger. Blog here

Releases This Week

RemedyOld Crow Medicine Show

The Daylight Express
The Daylight ExpressTobias Hengeveld

Nobody Ever Leaves
Nobody Ever LeavesTracy McNeil

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Justin Bernasconi

Justin Bernasconi

Justin Bernasconi continues hois tour around Australia to promote his amazing new solo album Winter Pick. If you’re a fan of singer-songwriter-guitarists then these shows are not to be missed.

Friday 4th July – Taps, Mooloolaba, QLD
Saturday 5th July – The Royal Mail, Goodna, QLD
Sunday 6th July – Queens St Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 6th July – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 10th July – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 11th July – MoFo Folk Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Caitlin Park
Friday 11th July – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Clare Bowditch with Adalita
Friday 11th July – Festival of Voices Tasmania, Federation Concert Hall, Hobart TAS

Friday 11th July – Mandala Organic Arts Café, Gold Coast, QLD

Graveyard Train
Friday 4th July – The Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 5th July – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 6th July – The Loft, Warnambool, VIC

Husband with David Craft, The Lammas Tide
Friday 4th July – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA

Imogen Clark, Darcy Fox and Paige Renee Court
Wednesday 9th July – Revolver Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 10th July – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC

Jeff Lang
Friday 4th July – The Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 5th July – Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC
Sunday 6th July – The Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Friday 11th July – Mullumbimby Town Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
Friday 4th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 5th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 4th July – Taps, Mooloolaba, QLD
Saturday 5th July – The Royal Mail, Goodna, QLD
Sunday 6th July – Queens St Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 6th July – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 10th July – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 11th July – MoFo Folk Club, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Dan Waters and The Weeping Willows
Friday 4th July – Revolver Bandroom, Prahan, VIC

Little Bastard
Friday 4th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th July – Baha’s, Rye, VIC
Thursday 10th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th July – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

Mark Wilkinson
Saturday 5th July – The Forum II, Melbourne, VIC

MoFo at The Gaelic feat. Justin Bernasconi, Sloe Gin Junkies, Brendan Reed Dennis
Friday 11th July – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage
Saturday 5th July – The Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, VIC
Friday 11th July – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Peasant Moon
Sunday 6th July – Menagerie at The Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Solid Air – A Tribute to Nick Drake
Thursday 10th July – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Audreys
Friday 4th July – Fly By Night, Perth, WA
Saturday 5th July – Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough, WA
Friday 11th July – Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA

The Beards
Friday 4th July – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 5th July – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Sunday 6th July – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 10th July – Armidale Uni, Armidale, NSW
Friday 11th July – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Folk Informal feat. Kay Proudlove, Dylan Orsborn, Ainsley Farrell, Tom Stephens
Thursday 10th July – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 11th July – Hotel High Plains, Dinner Plain, VIC

The Yearlings
Saturday 5th July – Courthouse Hotel, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 6th July – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 9th July – Old Kirks, Yamba, NSW
Friday 11th July – No 5, Bellingen, NSW

Tiny Ruins
Friday 4th July – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 5th July – Mojos Bar, Perth, WA
Sunday 6th July – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 8th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Tom Stephens
Thursday 10th July – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th July – The Aztec, Forster, NSW

Tracy McNeil
Friday 4th July – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 5th July – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 10th July – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th July – The Stag & Hunter, Mayfield, Maitland, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Tom Paine’s Bones” – Dick Gaughan

To celebrate the American Independence Day today we thought we’d pay tribute to Tom Paine, one of the key figures in the revolution. An Englishman, Paine’s writing is said to have partly inspired the revolution and he is also credited as one of the writers of the American constitution. There’s a couple of great folk songs about Tom Paine including this one performed here by the great Dick Gaughan. If you’re interested in hearing more of Tom Paine’s story and how it’s been captured in folk song we can recommend listening to the FolkCast episode 083 where their folk historian Babba choses the Fairport Convention track “Here’s To Tom Paine” for his story behind the song segment.

Stream the Surprise New Instrumental Album from Keaton Henson Romantic Works

Keaton Henson
Image Courtesy of Keaton Henson

Enigmatic singer-songwriter Keaton Henson surprised everyone a couple of weeks ago but releasing a brand new album Romantic Works without any notice. The album is completely instrumental, features cellist Ren Ford and was recorded in Henson’s bedroom. Stream the album below:

Listen to Andrew Bird’s Track from Good People Rock

Good People Rock
Image Courtesy of Yellow Bird Project

Good People Rock is the latest project from musical charity organisation the Yellow Bird Project. Featuring a series of covers from the likes of Andrew Bird, Micah P. Hinson, King Creosote, Keaton Henson, Dry the River and more, Good People Rock is currently being crowdfunded to be released as an album.

The first track from Good People Rock is Andrew Bird’s contribution, a cover of “Fake Headlines” from the New Pornographers. Take a listen below:

If you want to contribute to the album or want more details check out Pledge Music here. The full track listen follows:

1. Andrew Bird – “Fake Headlines” (New Pornographers)
2. Hayden – “Family Tree” (TV on the Radio)
3. Elvis Perkins ft. Alec Ounsworth – “Mexican Ritual” (Alec Ounsworth)
4. Whispertown – “Give A Little Love” (Rilo Kiley)
5. Micah P. Hinson – “Not One Bit Ashamed” (King Creosote)
6. King Creosote – “Take It In” (Hot Chip)
7. Alec Ounsworth – “How’s Forever Been Baby” (Elvis Perkins)
8. Keaton Henson – “Take Care” (Beach House)
9. Dry the River – “Satellite Mind” (Metric)
10. T E Morris – “Much More Then That” (Sharon Van Etten)

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th October


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Reclusive singer-songwriter Keaton Henson has released his brand new video “You”. Details here

The Crooked Fiddle Band will be heading out on tour this month to support their brand new album Moving Pieces of the Sea. Details here

– The new video from The Civil Wars, “Dust to Dust”, shows the duo back when they were talking to each other in 2011. Details here

– The legendary Sally Seltmann will be releasing a new album next year and has given fans a taster with the unofficial single “Needle In The Hay”. Details here

The Timbers have released the awesome new video for their single “Gallantry”. Details here

– Just as they touch down in Australia for a national tour Bear’s Den have released a brand new track “Writing On The Wall”. Details here

The Lumineers have released a really nice animated video for their single “Submarines”. Details here

Laura Veirs has released a controversial new video for her track “America”. Details here

– Could the hammered dulcimer be the next trendy folk instrument? We spied one in the new video from Stornoway, “Farewell Appalachia”. Details here

– A new track from the upcoming Radical Face album The Family Tree: The Branches has been released online and it’s a beauty. Details here

– Portland, Oregon old time band The Foghorn Stringband are heading to Australia at the end of this month for an east coast tour. Details here

The Paper Kites have released a dizzying new video for their track “Youth”. Details here


“With a collection of musos like that this show is not to be missed”Gareth Hugh Evans introduces some of the lesser known bands on the JamGrass lineup this weekend. Blog here


Track by Track

“Writing this song was the first step towards the bigger production you can hear on the album. Before the lyrics or melody took shape, I had already come up with horn lines and arrangement ideas for the song. The first demo of this one was a lot heavier, with a strong rock beat and distorted guitars, when we came to record the album we decided a more delicate approach would suit the overall vibe a lot more”Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides take us through their latest album Graceful Mistake. Track By Track here

Timber and Steel Presents

Friday 11th October – Triple Menace Studio, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th October – Brackets and Jame, Lake Mumorrah, NSW
Thursday 17th October – 505, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th October – The Loft, Surfers Paradise, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Bear’s Den
Saturday 12th October – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Busby Marou
Saturday 12th October – Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD

Foy Vance
Saturday 12th October – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, VIC (w/ The Handsome Family)
Sunday 13th October – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

JamGrass Music Festival
Friday 11th October to Sunday 13th October – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Loren Kate
Friday 11th October – Nanga Music Festival, Dwellingup, WA
Sataturday 12th October – Denmark Civic Centre, Denmark, WA
Sunday 13th October – Albany Boatshed Markets, Albany, WA
Friday 18th October – Tingrith Meeting House, Margaret River, WA

Mark Moldre and Sarah Humphreys
Friday 11th October – Shellharbour Workers Club, Shellharbour, NSW
Saturday 12th October – The Commercial Hotel, Milton, NSW
Sunday 13th October – Jamberoo Pub, Jamberoo, NSW

Matt Corby with Bear’s Den
Friday 11th October – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 15th October – Convention Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 17th October – City Hall, Hobart, TAS
Friday 18th October – Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Rose Wintergreen with Rosie Catalano
Saturday 12th October – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th October – The Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Some Folk In Spring feat. Little May, Ali Barter, Timberwolf
Sunday 13th October – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Tanya Batt
Friday 18th October – The Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

The Bon Scotts
Friday 11th October – Grand Junction, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 12th October – FBI Social, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 13th October – The Rails, Byron, NSW
Thursday 17th October – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Friday 18th October – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD

Friday 11th October – Hotel New York, Launceston, TAS
Saturday 12th October – The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 17th October – Caravan, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 18th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Down In The Valley” – The Head and The Heart

I reckon my Genius on my iPod knows that The Head and The Heart have a new album due at the end of this month because “Down In The Valley” keeps popping up on my playlists. Love this song!

Watch the New Keaton Henson Video, “You”

Keaton Henson
Image Courtesy of Keaton Henson

Reclusive singer-songwriter Keaton Henson has just released his beautiful new video “You” to the Internet. “You” is taken from Henson’s 2013 album Birthdays – check it out below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 26th April


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Two of our favourite up and coming UK artists, The Staves and Keaton Henson, have collaborated on a version of Henson’s “In The Morning”. Details here

TinPan Orange released the clip for their track “Supergirl”. Details here

– London’s Treetop Flyers have just released their new video “Things Will Change”. Details here

– The wonderful Packwood has announced another Folkraiser mini-festival to help raise funds for his upcoming EPs. Details here

Castlecomer have delivered one of the happiest videos we’ve seen in a long time with “Rosie”. Details here

– Watch the trailer for When Brave Bird Saved, a short film featuring music from Laura Marling’s upcoming album Once I Was An Eagle. Details here

– And then watch the entire When Brave Bird Saved short film featuring Laura Marling here

Splendour in the Grass have announced their 2013 lineup including a bunch of folk and acoustic acts like Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling, Of Monsters & Men, Matt Corby, Boy & Bear, Sarah Blasko, Gurrumul, Daughter, Vance Joy, Art Of Sleeping and more. Details here

Timber and Steel are proud to be presenting “The Hypnotist” single launch tour from Owls of the Swamp kicking off this May. Details here

– Sydney’s Folk Club will make a welcome return next Wednesday with a show featuring The Falls, Jack Carty and Leroy Lee. Details here

Little Features hits Hibernian House in Sydney tomorrow night with a lineup that includes Matt De, Oscar Lush, Charlie Gradon, Little Bighorn and Sam Buckingham. Details here

– Melbourne duo Miles and Simone have just released the video for “I Recall”, the first single from their forthcoming EP Home in Your Heart. Details here


“I will definitely be pursuing all of those things. Anything and everything to get my music heard by as many people as possible and anything and everything to keep me from having to wear a pencil skirt in a stuffy office ever again”Emma Swift chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here



“Part dirt and dust, part smog and steel, and unmistakingly Australian. The modesty and earthiness of Paul Kelly, the innocence of Darren Hanlon, the warmth of Angus and Julia Stone, and the ‘local voice’ of The Waifs and Missy Higgins. Mark Myers plants his feet firmly in the soil of his North Queensland home, but his alt-country roots spread further into moments of sparse electronic beats and sound scapes nestled within his acoustically driven story telling” – Haz reviews Back on the Milks from The Starry Field. Review here


“It was difficult to come down from falling into the rabbit hole and immersing myself in five days of being lost in Wonderland. Accompanying me were two filmmakers, one photographer, a Byron local and two actors. Each set that finished and each tent that we walked out of incited a collective sigh and exhausting swoon”janineestoesta reviews Bluesfest. Review here

Releases This Week


Pistol Eyes
Pistol EyesKaurna Cronin

All About to Change
All About to ChangePatrick James

ConcubineTelegraph Tower

Timber and Steel Presents

Jennifer Kingwell
Jennifer Kingwell, Arbori, Caity Fowler and Plum Green
Sunday 28th April – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You and The Mountains
Thursday 2nd May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Friday 3rd May – Northcote Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC

Bob Evans
Friday 26th April – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 27th April – Fowlers, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 2nd May – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Friday 3rd May – The Bakery, Perth, WA

Eli Wolfe
Wednesday 1st May – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Folk Club feat. The Falls, Jack Carty, Leroy Lee
Wednesday 1st May – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW

Gum Ball
25th to 26th April – Gum Ball, NSW

Jack Carty and Jordan Millar
Friday 26th April – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Saturday 27th April – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Sunday 28th April – The Fig, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 3rd May – Yours and Owls, Wollongong, NSW

James Kenyon
Friday 26th April – 5 Church Street, Belingen, NSW
Sunday 28th April – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Jordie Lane
Friday 26th April – Gum Ball, Hunter Valley, NSW
Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th April – Apollo Bay Music Festival, Apollo Bay, VIC
Wednesday 1st May – Jet Black Cat Music in-store, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 2nd May – The End, Brisbane, QLD

Josh Pyke
Thursday 2nd May – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 3rd May – Gertrudes Brown Couch, Melbourne, VIC

Katie Noonan with Brian Campeau
Saturday 27th April – Flinders Performance Centre, Buderim, QLD
Thursday 2nd May – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 3rd May – Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW

Little Features feat. Matt De, Oscar Lush, Charlie Gradon, Little Bighorn and Sam Buckingham
Saturday 28th April – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Stu Larsen and Natsuki Kurai
Friday 26th April – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th April – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 28th April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

The Bad Shepherds
Sunday 28th April – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Monday 29th April – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 3rd May – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Hillbilly Killers
Friday 26th April – Rooty Hill RSL Club, Rooty Hill, NSW
Saturday 27th April – GumBall Festival, Belford, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Watch Over Me” – Bernard Fanning

A few people have asked why we haven’t covered any of the new album from Bernard Fanning and the truth is it’s because he’s made a decision to move back towards his rock roots. But we still love Fanning’s music and Tea and Sympathy is definitely one of the best Australian folk/acoustic/roots albums of the last decade.

Watch The Staves and Keaton Henson’s Video “In The Morning”

The Staves
Image Courtesy of The Staves

After The Staves re-recorded their track “Icarus” with UK singer-songwriter Keaton Henson the trio have returned the favour joining Henson to record a cover of his track “In The Morning”. There’s a reason Keaton Henson is getting a hell of a lot of buzz at the moment – with songs like this he’s just too good not to jump on the bandwagon.

Watch The Staves and Keaton Henson’s “In The Morning” below:

New Keaton Henson Video, “Lying To You”

Keaton Henson
Image Courtesy of Keaton Henson

This is stunning. That’s really all I can say. The track. The video. Stunning.

Keaton Henson is a reclusive singer-songwriter from the UK. First coming to our attention with his collaboration with The Staves on a re-recording of their track “Icarus”, Henson is about to release his new album Birthdays on the 25th February. If the above track “Lying To You” is anything to go by this album is going to be something special.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 31st August


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Paper Kites gave us their new Jefferton James co-directed video for “A Maker Of My Own Time”, the first single off their upcoming EP Young North. Details here

– Melbournites The Stillsons are taking the unusual step of recording their next album in Brisbane – the reason being that it will provide “No Distractions”. On their way up the coast the band will be stopping off in a number of places as part of their Spring tour. Details here

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson are revealing a track a day in the lead up to the release of their new album Wreck and Ruin and as of today we’re seven songs in. Details here

– The one man blues machine that is Claude Hay has just released his new single “I Love Hate You” and is giving it away for free. Details here

TinPan Orange have announced a national tour kicking off this September to launch their upcoming album Over The Sun. Details here

– Canberra based indie folkers Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens will be officially releasing their debut album Family Pets later this year and they’re offering up the first single, “Little Surprises”, as a free download. Details here

Husky have been touring through the US and Europe but are heading home this October for a headline tour to launch their new single “Tidal Wave”. Details here

– Canadian five-piece The Wooden Sky are offering their new single “Take Me Out” as a free download ahead of their new album Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun. Details here

– The second Key of Sea album will hit stores on the 19th October featuring tracks from Jinja Safari, Paul Kelly, The Tiger and Me, Lanie Lane and many more. Details here

– Regular Sydney night Upstairs and Underground are showcasing some of the city’s best progressive folk at The Gaelic Club tomorrow night. The lineup includes Bears With Guns, Liam Gale and the Ponytails, Edema Ruh and The Oliver Thorpe Quintet. Details here

Angus Stone, in partnership with Guinness Australia, has recorded versions of “The Blowers Daughter” by Damien Rice and “Dreams” by The Cranberries to be debuted on Guinness’ facebook page next Monday 3rd September. Fans will get a chance to choose which track is their favourite and the winner will be available on iTunes on the 28th September with all proceeds going to SurfAid International. Details here

Trevor Dann has racked up his 50th podcast with and it’s a killer – an hour of some of the best live music recorded by Dann and the team. If you don’t listen to the Propercast we reckon this is the perfect jumping on point. Details here

– After some recent lineup changes Adelaide folk artists Traveller & Fortune have decided to rerelease their single “Little Plastic People” and will be touring it in September. Details here

– Blues-folk duo Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson are currently wrapping up a massive US and European tour and have just announced a bunch of Australian dates in October. Details here

Sarah Humphreys has announced the details of her brand new album Hello. To celebrate the release Humphreys has a spring tour planned through NSW, VIC and SA. Details here

– Two of UK indie-folk’s biggest buzz bands – The Staves and Keaton Henson – have teamed up to rerecord “Icarus” originally from The Staves’ EP Mexico. The result is a nice little video and the track can be downloaded for free. Details here

Martha Tilston truly was a “find” at the National Folk Festival a couple of years ago so we’re pretty stoked to learn she has a new album on the way this October. Details here

Michael Kiwanuka just keeps getting better and better this week releasing his brand new video “Bones”. Details here

Communion Melbourne have announced possibly the best lineup yet for their September show – Battleships, Ainslie Wills, Packwood, Hayden Calnin and Grizzly Jim Lawrie. It’s all happening at the Toff in Town on the 23rd September. Details here

The Trouble With Templeton have gone through a lot of changes lately and have morphed from a solo project to a duo, trio and now a five piece. Their new song “Six Months In A Cast” is a great example of their new sound. Details here


“I can’t get enough of collaborating with people … In Sydney there’s a real community of singer-songwriters at the moment who are willing to get together and jam out on a few songs. Which makes the whole experience really refreshing especially when you get caught up in trying to write songs by yourself. It’s always cool to get together a group of mates and do it”Patrick James chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here


Track by Track

“[Hello Bright Eyes] was written when I was driving a Chaser bin (which is a tractor with a tailored trailor that follows the header to pick up the grain at harvest time) for a neighbour two summers ago. I was all day in lovely big paddocks and I think the sunlight made me a little vague”Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers, Autumn Lawn EP. Track By Track here

Releases This Week

Fanny Lumsden
Autumn LawnFanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers

Timber and Steel Presents

Fanny Lumsden
Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers
Sunday 2nd September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Thursday 6th September – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 7th September – Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart, TAS

Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers
Saturday 1st September – Pure Pop Records, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 2nd September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Julia Stone
6th September – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine VIC
7th September – Forum Theatre, Melbourne VIC

Lanie Lane
Friday 31st August – Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD
Saturday 1st September – A&I Hall, Bangalow, NSW
Thursday 6th September – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 7th September – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW

Nick and Liesl
Saturday 1st September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 31st August – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 1st September – Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Thursday 6th September – Hotel New York, Launceston, TAS
Friday 7th September – Spurs, Devonport, TAS

Tim Hart
Friday 31st August – The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Saturday 1st September – The Newport Hotel (upstairs), Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 5th September – The Front Gallery & Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 6th September – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 7th September – Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Upstairs and Underground feat. Bears With Guns, Liam Gale and the Ponytails, Edema Ruh, The Oliver Thorpe Quintet
Saturday 1st September – The Gaelic Club (Upstairs), Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Nancy Spain” – Christy Moore

So much of my early folk music education centres around my Dad’s obsession with Christy Moore. This song in particular was a favourite in our house and if you’re a fan of Irish contemporary folk music it doesn’t get much better than this.

The Staves Rerecord “Icarus” with Keaton Henson and Offer it as a Free Download

The Staves
Image Courtesy of The Staves

UK trio The Staves recently went back into the studio to record a version of their track “Icarus” (originally from their Mexico EP) with fellow UK artist Keaton Henson. The track comes with an accompanying video and can also be downloaded free via The Staves’ Soundcloud here. Take a listen below:

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