Thank Folk It’s Friday – 15th April

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– UK nu-folk artist King Charles released his new video “Lady of the River”. Details here

Claude Hay released his new single “Love No More” (available for free download) and announced a bunch of tour dates through May. Details here

Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow released their new video “Cormorant”. Details here

William Fitzsimmons released his gorgeous new video “A Part”. Details here

– English soul-folk singer Michael Kiwanuka has announced details of his new album Love & Hate. Details here

Paul Kelly has revealed the first track from his Shakespeare inspired Seven Sonnets & A Song, the very folky “Sonnet 18”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Mark Wilkinson released his new single and video “Another Necklace”. Details here

– The 2016 Splendour in the Grass lineup dropped with a surprising number of indie-folk acts on the bill including Matt Corby, Boy & Bear, Jake Bugg, Leon Bridges, James Vincent McMorrow, Michael Kiwanuka, Marlon Williams, Kim Churchill and Little May. Details here

Josh Pyke announced a whole bunch of regional tour dates through June, July and August. Details here

– Queensland folk-punk stalwarts Jack Flash have called it a day with a final EP release Nothing But a Bad Dream. Details here

Skyscraper Stan & The Commission Flats released their new video “Always Thinking of You”. Details here

– Adelaide singer-songwriters Tom West, Todd Sibbin and Ryan Martin John collaborated on a new single “Dust”. Details here

Reviews

Gigs

“Year after year, Bluesfest manages to bring the big names and the impressive acts to Byron Bay for the annual Easter pilgrimage. Heading to Bluesfest this year, we really didn’t know many of the acts listed on the bill and wondered just what was in store for us, Timber and Steel wise. So here’s 5 things we learned at this year’s wildly successful, ultimate music sampler opportunity that is, Bluesfest” – we review Bluesfest 2016. Review here

Releases This Week

Person A
Person AEdward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
iTunes

Jack Flash
Nothing But A Bad DreamJack Flash
Bandcamp

Sam Beam
Love Letter For FireSam Beam and Jesca Hoop
iTunes

Tom West
Golden FleecesTom West
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Presents

The Timbers

William Fitzsimmons

Friday 15th April – Sarrens Restaurant, Port Lincoln, SA

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Concert for Karl feat. Kasey Chambers, Catherine Britt, Adam Harvey, Adam Eckersley, Brooke McClymont, Jasmine Rae, Luke O’Shea, Harry Hookey, Katie Brianna, Caitlin Harnett Adam Young, Den Hanrahan and more

Kasey Chambers

The country music community is coming together to support their mate, Karl Broadie, in his fight against cancer. All proceeds go directly to Karl.

Sunday 17th April – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

A Man Walks Into A Bar feat. Sam Newton
Thursday 21st April – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 22nd April – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW

Colin Jones + The Delta Revue
Friday 22nd April – White Horse Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Concert for Karl feat. Kasey Chambers, Catherine Britt, Adam Harvey, Adam Eckersley, Brooke McClymont, Jasmine Rae, Luke O’Shea, Harry Hookey, Katie Brianna, Caitlin Harnett Adam Young, Den Hanrahan and more
Sunday 17th April – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 15th April – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th April – Baby Black Espresso Bar, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Sunday 17th April – Martians Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC

Davey Craddock
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Fairbridge Festival, WA

Devon Sproule
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Pinjarra, WA
Tuesday 19th April – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 20th April – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 21st April – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Emerging Music Live, Acoustic Sessions feat. Kit & The Cub
Wednesday 20th April – Valve Bar, Sydney, NSW

Fairbridge Folk Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Fairbridge, WA

Folkswagon feat Jacob Pearson, The Delta Revue, Bree De Rome
Wednesday 20th April – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gordie Tentrees
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Fairbridge Festival, Perth, WA

Harry Hookey and Mitch Power
Thursday 21st April – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Hootenanny feat. Imogen Clark
Sunday 17th April – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Jack Flash
Saturday 16th April – The Beetle Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Fairbridge Festival, Pinjarra, WA

Joe Mungovan
Saturday 16th April – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Friday 22nd April – No. 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Liam Gerner
Friday 15th April – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Matt Corby
Wednesday 20th April – QPAC Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters
Friday 15th April – Hotel Gearin, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 16th April – The Bunker, Sydney, NSW

Oh Pep!
Friday 15th April – Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar, Sydney, NSW

Rowena Wise
Saturday 16th April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 17th April – The Homestead, Hobart, TAS
Friday 22nd April – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Ryan Bingham
Friday 22nd April – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel and John Flanagan
Friday 15th April – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Sian Evans
Saturday 16th April Night Quarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 22nd April – Grounded Festival, Brisbane Valley, QLD

St Albans Folk Festival
Friday 22nd to Monday 25th April

The Beards
Wednesday 20th April – Pier Hotel, Esperance, WA
Thursday 21st April – The White Star, Albany, WA
Friday 22nd April – Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough, WA

The Dead Maggies
Friday 15th April – Currumbin Creek Tavern, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 16th April – Beetle Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 17th April – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 22nd April – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC

The East Pointers
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Fairbridge Festival, WA

The Go Set
Friday 15th April – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th April – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 22nd April – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC

The Gum Ball
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th April – Dashville, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Sarrens Restaurant, Port Lincoln, SA

The Weeping Willows
Sunday 17th April – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Tim Guy
Sunday 17th April – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

TinPan Orange
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Fairbridge, WA

Tom Dockray
Friday 15th April – Six String Brewing Company, Erina, NSW
Saturday 16th April – Mr Falcon’s, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th April – Thirsty Crow Brewery, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife
Friday 15th April – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Vanishing Shapes
Wednesday 20th April – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Here’s The Tender Coming” – The Unthanks

Watch the New King Charles Video “Lady of the River”

King Charles
Image Courtesy of King Charles

The brand new video from UK artist King Charles is “Lady of the River”. The track is taken from King Charles’ latest album Gamble for a Rose which was released back in January.

Check out “Lady of the River” here:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 22nd January

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– American singer-songwriter Matt Bauer released his new video “What The White Book Said”. Details here

Radical Face announced that he will be releasing the final album in his trilogy, The Family Tree: Leaves, this March. Details here

The Brunswick Music Festival has announced its 2016 lineup including Blind Boy Paxton, Jeff Lang, Alison Ferrier, Mandy Connell, Charles Jenkins, Cat Canteri & Justin Bernasconi, Brooke Russell, Ayleen O’Hanlon, Hat Fitz & Cara, Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro, Mànran, Spiro, Moxie, Shane Howard Trio, Mia Dyson, Jess Ribeiro and many more. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Imogen Clark released her new video “Take Me For A Ride”. Details here

– UK nu-folkers Matthew and the Atlas released their new single “Elijah”. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Zac Saber released his new single “Soak Up The Sun”. Details here

Boy & Bear released their new video “Limit of Love” ahead of their national tour. Details here

– Folk trio Applewood Road released their new video “Lovin’ Eyes”. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter James Thomson has announced an East Coast tour this February and March. Details here

– We were really proud to debut the new single from The Campervan Dancers, “Slow Down, Butterfly”. Details here

– English nu-folk artist King Charles released his new single “Choke”. Details here

– Perth based Americana singer Davey Craddock released his new single “Peaceful Bay”. Details here

Releases This Week

Aoife
In The Magic HourAoife O’Donovan
iTunes

Desert Songs
Desert SongsPiers Faccini & Dawn Landes
iTunes

Gamble for a Rose
Gamble For A RoseKing Charles
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Tom West

Tom West

Singer-songwriter Tom West returns to his spiritual home of The Grace Emily in Adelaide to play the first of two live album recording sessions

Thursday 28th January – The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

40 Ways to Love Your City w/ Warren Fahey, Christa Hughes and Mic Conway’s National Junk Band
Saturday 23rd January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Monday 25th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

Allison Forbes
Friday 22nd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 23rd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Andrew Swift
Friday 22nd January – Hogs Breath Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 23rd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Beth Patterson
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th January – Newstead Live Folk Festival, Newstead, VIC
Thursday 28th January – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 29th January – Ocean View Hotel, Urunga, NSW

Country Conquers Cancer feat. Paddy McHugh, Pat Tierney, Megan Cooper, Dana Hassall, Sian Evans, Josh Rennie-Hynes, Brad Butcher, Dana Gehrman, The Mighty Kind, Jen Mize, The Floyd Family Breakdown, Ben Bunting, Andy McDonnell, Cameron Milford, Emma Bosworth, Hayley Marsten, Ellie Jane, Boatkeeper, Byron Short and the Sunset Junkies
Thursday 28th January – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Boy & Bear
Friday 22nd January – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 23rd January – Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 29th January – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Cake & Cordial Sessions feat. Paddy McHugh, Megan Cooper, Gretta Ziller, Andy Golledge, Brad Butcher
Friday 22nd January – St Paul’s Anglican Church, Tamworth, NSW

Dana Hassall
Friday 22nd January – City Plaza, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – FanZone, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – The Songwriters Round, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Davey Craddock w/ The Waifs
Sunday 24th January – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Deep Down South feat. Lachlan Bryan, Les Thomas, Mr Alford Country, Jemma Nicole, Andrew Swift, Brooke Russell, Tom Dockray, Gretta Ziller
Sunday 24th January – The Stag, Newcastle, NSW

Eagle & The Wolf
Friday 22nd January – The Longyard, Tamworth, NSW

Elwood Myre
Tuesday 26th January – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 22nd January – Capitol Theatre, The Songwriters Round, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – Longyard Deck, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 23rd January – Longyard Goonoo Goonoo Room, Tamworth, NSW

Far From Folsom Featuring Tex Perkins and The Tennessee Four with Rachael Tidd
Friday 29th January – Melbourne Zoo Twilights, Melbourne, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Comedownsundown, The Campervan Dancers, Special Guest
Wednesday 27th January – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny Bluegrass Sundays feat. Echo Deer
Sunday 24th January – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Imogen Clark
Friday 22nd January – Tudor Upstairs, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 23rd Januray – FanZone, Tamworth, NSW

Irish Mythen
Friday 22nd January – The Django Bar, Marrickville, NSW
Saturday 23rd January – The Paragon Cafe, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 29th January – The Wesley Anne, Northcote, VIC

John Butler Trio
Friday 22nd January – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Upper Swan, WA
Saturday 23rd January – Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 24th January – Quindanning Tavern, Quindanning, WA

Josh Pyke
Friday 29th January – Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Friday 22nd January – The Tamworth, Tamworth, NSW

Megan Cooper
Friday 22nd January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Tamworth, NSW

Michael Hurley and Meg Baird
Sunday 24th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Newstead Live! Music Festival
Friday 22nd to Monday 25th January – Castlemaine, VIC

Numeralla Folk Festival
Friday 22nd to Monday 25th January – Numeralla, NSW

One Up, Two Down
Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd January – Andrew Clemont’s Supper Club, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 23rd January – West Leagues Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 27th January – Cat and Fiddle Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th January – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 29th January – Hotel Gearin, Katoomba, NSW

Out of Abingdon
Saturday 23rd January – Nethercote Music Factory, Nethercote, NSW
Wednesday 27th January – Hippo Co, Canberra, ACT

Ryley Walker
Friday 22nd January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th January – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 25th January – The Toff, Melbourne, VIC

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Saturday 15th to Sunday 24th January – Tamworth, NSW

The Audreys
Saturday 23rd January – Live at the Vines, Kay Brothers Winery, McLaren Vale, SA
Sunday 24th January – Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick, VIC
Monday 25th January – Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, VIC

The Brouhaha
Friday 29th January – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Button Collective
Friday 22nd January – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 23rd January – Swamp Collective, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 24th January – Oriental Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The East Pointers
Friday 22nd January – Chudleigh Community Hall, TAS
Saturday 23rd January – Queenstown Memorial Hall, TAS
Sunday 24th January – Southport Community Centre, TAS

The Franklin Electric
Friday 22nd January – The Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA
Friday 29th January – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Waifs
Saturday 23rd January – Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 24th January – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

The Wayward Henrys
Friday 22nd January – Hogs Breath Cafe, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 23rd January – Hogs Breath Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 23rd January – Cafe Retro, Tamworth, NSW

Tom West
Thursday 28th January – The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Johnny Stewart, Drover” – John Thompson

This week we lost Chris Buch who wrote this magnificent song.

Listen to the New King Charles Single “Choke”

King Charles
Image Courtesy of King Charles

Before British nu-folk singer King Charles releases his new album Gamble For A Rose this Friday 22nd January he’s giving us one last taste – the new single “Choke”.

Check out the single below – we reckon you’ll be hearing a lot more from King Charles this year.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Finders Keepers Markets Sydney announced their lineup for this weekend including Ollie Brown, Katie Brianna, Luke Escombe, Catgut, Maia Jelavic, Taryn La Fauci, Lisa Caruso, The Maple Trail and many more. Details here

Jinja Safari released their new single “Kilimanjaro”. Details here

– UK artist King Charles released his new video “Gamble for a Rose”. Details here

Calexico have announced sideshows when they’re in Australia for WOMADelaide. Details here

The John Butler Trio announced dates for WA in January. Details here

– Alt-country favourite Fanny Lumsden has announced a bunch of Tamworth Country Music Festival shows. Details here

-Icelandic nu-folkers Of Monsters and Men are returning to our shores in 2016. Details here

Aoife O’Donovan released her fuzzy new single “The King of All Birds”. Details here

Emmy The Great has given us the first taste of her upcoming album Second Love. Details here

– Australian Americana singer Henry Wagons released the first taster of his upcoming solo album. Details here

Interviews

“We set out to play traditional music but put a modern spin on it. We’ve always loved listening to trad music and it started to feel like a lot of people out there would like it too if they had access to it. Maybe some of these new ideas would make it more accessible to some people. We just had a lot of new tunes on the go and decided why not make a full album” – Jake Charron from The East Pointers chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Factory Girl
Factory GirlRhiannon Giddens
iTunes

Little Stevies
Useful Songs For Little PeopleTeeny Tiny Stevies (The Little Stevies)
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

TinPan Orange

Tinpan

TinPan Orange will be officially launching their new single “Your Not There” at The Melbourne Folk Club this Sunday.

Sunday 13th December – Melbourne Folk Club, Bakehouse Studios, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

A Day on the Green feat. Paul Kelly Presents: The Merri Soul Sessions, Lucinda Williams, Kasey Chambers and Marlon Williams
Saturday 12th December – Peter Lehmann Wines, Barossa Valley, SA
Sunday 13th December – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA

Archie Roach
Friday 11th December – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Friday 18th December – The Majestic Theatre, Pomona, QLD

Be’Loved feat. Direwolf, Colin Jones, The Campervan Dancers, Liam Gale & the Ponytails
Friday 18th December – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Kentucky Fried Picken’
Wednesday 16th December – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Bunker Bluegrass feat. Dear Orphans, The Southern Gentleman, Burnt Creek Deviation Bluegrass Band, Stillhouse Union
Thursday 17th December – The Bunker, Sydney, NSW

Chaika with Pickpockets & Rascals Orchestra and Lucy Wise Trio
Friday 11th December – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Dana Hassall
Sunday 13th December – Christmas Wonderland of Lights, Toowoomba, QLD

Darren Hanlon
Friday 11th December – TBD, Nannup, WA
Saturday 12th December – Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 16th December – Ararat Hotel Red Room, Ararat, VIC
Friday 18th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

End of Year Folk Bash feat. Darlo After Dark, Southern Cross Trawlers, Men With Day Jobs, Black Joak Morris, Kate Maclurcan, Grace Chiundiza, Cap in Hand
Sunday 13th December – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Saturday 12th December – Harvest Cut out Party Downside Hall, Downside, NSW

Father John Misty
Saturday 12th December – Meredith Music Festival, VIC

Festival of Small Halls feat. Irish Mythen, Starboard Cannons
Friday 11th December – CCSA Hall, Caloundra, QLD
Saturday 12th December – Degilbo Hall, Degilbo, QLD
Sunday 13th December – Woodford Hall, Woodford, QLD
Thursday 17th December – Sandgate Hall, Sandgate, QLD
Friday 18th December – Goomeri Hall of Memory, Goomeri, QLD

Finders Keepers Market feat. Ollie Brown, Katie Brianna, Luke Escombe, Catgut, Maia Jelavic, Taryn La Fauci, Lisa Caruso, The Maple Trail
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th December – Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

Foy Vance
Wednesday 16th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th December – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Fraser A. Gorman
Thursday 17th December – GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th December – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Home Sweet Home feat. Caitlin Harnett, Andrew Phelan
Friday 11th December – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Jim Lawrie
Friday 18th December – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Lucinda Williams
Saturday 12th December – A Day on the Green, Peter Lehmann Wines, Barossa Valley, SA
Sunday 13th December – A Day on the Green Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA

Marlon Williams and The Yarra Benders w/ Ben Salter
Friday 11th December – The Substation, Newport, VIC
Saturday 12th December – A Day on the Green, Peter Lehmann Wines, Barossa Valley, SA
Sunday 13th December – A Day on the Green Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA

Meredith Music Festival
Saturday 12th December – Meredith, VIC

The Gaelic Club Christmas Party feat. Bears With Guns
Friday 18th December – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

The Morrisons
Friday 11th December – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 12th December – No.5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 17th December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Stray Hens
Saturday 12th December – Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

TinPan Orange
Sunday 13th December – Melbourne Folk Club, Bakehouse Studios, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Eleanor Rigby” – De Dannan

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a contemporary song transformed into a trad tune as deftly as this.

Watch the New King Charles Video “Gamble for a Rose”

King Charles
Image Courtesy of King Charles

English singer-songwriter King Charles is one of those artists that has been kicking around the UK nu-folk scene for a few years now but is only starting to get some attention in Australia.

King Charles will be releasing his new album Gamble For A Rose on the 22nd January which was recorded in the English countryside with Marcus Mumford. The album’s title track is also the latest single – check out the video for “Gamble for a Rose” below and let us know what you think:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th July

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The week kicked off with a 100th Birthday tribute to Woody Guthrie. Tributes and celebrations are planned all year – check out the Woody Guthrie 100 web site for more details.

– The original anti-folk heroine Regina Spektor announced a string of Australian tour dates this September. Details here.

Jinja Safari released the long awaited video for their single “Toothless Grin” on Friday evening featuring all sorts of budget effects and green-screen trickery. Details here.

– After weeks of speculation Mumford and Sons revealed that the title to their second album will indeed be Babel. The cover art and track listing was also revealed with the album hitting stores on the 21st September. Details here.

– And if you’re hanging out for new Mumford and Sons tunes you’d be wise to listen to the new track “The Brightest Lights” from King Charles which features the UK quartet. “The Brightest Lights” comes from King Charles’ new album Loveblood. Details here.

– Having just released his new album Broken Brights Angus Stone has announced a massive national tour in November. Details here.

Boy & Bear drummer and accomplished singer-songwriter Tim Hart has announced the details of his forthcoming solo album Milling the Wind including a gorgeous video for the first single “A Number of Us” and a national tour throughout September. Details here.

– Local record label Inertia are offering up “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers as a free download. We think you should realistically be buying the whole album – it’s fantastic. Details here.

– Syndey locals Billygoat and the Mongrels released their video for “Dance Like a Baby Deer” and, well, we’re still not sure what to think of it. Details here.

Jim Conway’s Big Wheel, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson (above), Claude Hay, Eli Wolfe, Lyall Moloney and many amny more have been added to the lineup for the 2012 Sydney Blues and Roots Festival. Details here.

Laura Marling recorded a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR Music and in the process revealed a brand new track titled “Once”. Will this be on the new album she’s currently recording? Details here.

– The National Indigenous Music Awards revealed their finalists for 2012 including a lot of folk-leaning acts like Busby Masrou (above), Gurrumul Yunupingu, Black Arm Band, Warren H Williams and Troy Cassar-Daley. The winners will be announced on the 11th August. Details here.

– Brother-sister duo Dan and Hannah Acfield have announced a mini-tour of the East Coast kicking off tonight at The Loft on the Gold Coast. The tour is to help launch their gorgeous new single “After You”. Details here.

– We posted the 1950s inspired new video from Sydney artist Miss Little, titled “A Place Without Time”. Details here.

– A joint UK tour late last year between Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo and Frank Turner resulted in the wonderful duet “Fields of June”. A new 1920s silent movie inspired video for the track has just been released. Details here.

– One day I’ll make it to the Newport Folk Festival. In the meantime I’m grateful for the fact that NPR Music will be streaming concerts from the festival online again this year. Details here.

– After a string of bad luck folk legends The Felice Brothers have found themselves in dire financial straits. To help them get back on the road and back into the studio you can purchase their brand new, 20 track digital album God Bless You Amigo. Details here.

Missy Higgins stuns us again with her gorgeous new single and video “Everyone’s Waiting”. Details here.

– After sharing stills from the shoot for the last week Lachlan Bryan has finally released the video to his track “Lily of the Fields”. Lots of sexy girls with candy-skull makeup. Details here.

– 50 years after his self-titled debut Bob Dylan has announced the release of his 35th album Tempest. Details here.

Reviews

Recordings

“Hollywood is exactly what I wanted from The Falls – a recording that captures the pitch perfect harmonies and energy of their live performance and enhances it through solid production”The Falls, Hollywood. Review here

Releases This Week

Carry Me Back
Carry Me Back, Old Crow Medicine Show
iTunes

God Bless You Amigo
God Bless You Amigo, The Felice Brothers
Official Site

Gigs Next Week

Ben Howard, Michael Kiwanuka, Tim Hart
Tuesday 24th July – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 25th July – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Breaking Hart Benton
Friday 20th July – Upfront Club, Maleny, QLD
Sunday 22nd July – St Elmo Sunday Social Club, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 24th July – Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Communion Melbourne (The Tiger and Me, Liz Stringer, Sam Lawrence, Al Parkinson)
Sunday 22nd July – Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Dan and Hannah Acfield
Friday 20th July – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 21st July – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Sunday 22nd July – Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Brisbane, QLD

Father John Misty
Friday 27th July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Grievous Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons (Jordie Lane, Clare Reynolds)
Friday 20th July – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Jack Carty with Packwood
Sunday 22nd July – Betty Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

John Williamson
Friday 20th July – Belmont 16ft Sailing Club, Belmont, NSW
Saturday 21st July – Rooty Hill RSL Club, Rooty Hill, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Sunday 22nd July – Hickinbotham Winery, Dromana, VIC

Missy Higgins
Fri 27th July – Mackay Entertainment Centre, Mackay, QLD

The Paper Kites
Friday 20th July – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, QLD

The Rescue Ships
Friday 20th July – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 26th July – The Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Man” – Cherbourg

To celebrate the launch of Communion Melbourne this weekend we thought we’d bring you this classic track from Communion co-founder Kevin Jones’ old band Cherbourg (most of the members of which can now be found as part of Bear’s Den). If you’re in Melbourne makes sure you get down to The Toff In Town this Sunday.

Watch The King Charles Video “The Brightest Lights” feat. Mumford and Sons

King Charles
Image Courtesy of King Charles

If you, like us, are hanging out for any new Mumford and Sons music since the announcement of their new album Babel then you’re in luck. The band’s collaboration with UK musician King Charles, “The Brightest Lights” is due to be officially released on the 19th July and we have the video for you right here. Keep in mind that this is a King Charles track featuring Mumford and Sons, not a straight up Mumford track, but it’s still really good and should satisfy your desires for new music for just a little longer.

Check out “The Brightest Lights” below:

Mumford and Sons Confirm New Album is Finished. Maybe.

Mumford and Sons

In a recent interview with British music magazine NME Mumford and Sons have confirmed that they’ve finished work on the follow up to 2009’s Sigh No More. But just because it’s done doesn’t mean it will be released in its current form.

“We’re done recording it,” keyboard/accordion player Ben Lovett told NME. “But if we listen back while we’re mixing and discover it’s shit, we’ll just start again. We’re not going to put it out until it’s good enough.”

As a result a release date is no closer to being announced but it is exciting to learn that the band are one step further along in the process. As always we’ll keep you up to date as soon as we hear any more news.

In other Mumford and Sons news the band have been announced as backing vocalists on the upcoming single, “The Brightest Lights”, from UK musician King Charles. The song is due to be released on 19th July and willfeature on King Charles’ upcoming album LoveBlood.

“I’m very pleased to be releasing my single about the brightest lights,” King Charles recently told the press. “It features my old friends Mumford and Sons who we invited over for a country shred-off at the Mi7 studios. We all started with a shared love for country music and this is the most country track on the whole album. Long live the King!”

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