Ten Albums and EPs From the First Half of 2017 You Should Own

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Can you believe we’re more than halfway through 2017? What a crazy year it’s been so far – and what a year of music we’ve had!

For us at here at Timber and Steel 2017 has been a lot about reconnecting with new music from the amazing folk artists who first inspired us to start writing about this music, as well as the debut albums from a bunch of artists that we’ve been patiently waiting to release music for what feels like years.

So we thought we’d continue our tradition of the last couple of years to highlight ten albums and EPs we think should be part of your collection – as well as tell you exactly what it is about these records that we love.

So without further ado here’s our Ten Albums and EPs From the First Half of 2017 You Should Own:

When We FallAll Our Exes Live In Texas

AOELIT
Watching All Our Exes Live In Texas transform from a one-off coming together of Sydney singer-songwriters a few years ago to the musical powerhouse they are today has been just a joy. When their debut album When We Fall dropped this year fans were rewarded with some fine fine songwriting, pitch perfect production and a true celebration of the four part harmony. Despite the disparate styles of each member’s solo work, When We Fall is a beautiful, cohesive album that demands to be listened to over and over again.

Cover My TracksCharlie Fink

Charlie Fink
Noah and The Whale’s 2009 concept album The First Days of Spring is easily one of my favourite releases of the last 10 years. Its sprawling dissection of frontman Charlie Fink’s break up with Laura Marling is a true masterpiece. So when Fink’s promo around his new solo album Cover My Tracks likened it as an unofficial sequel to The First Days of Spring I was more than a little skeptical, especially given the Springsteen-light pop direction Noah and The Whale took in its final years. But the truth is that Cover My Tracks delivers. It still doesn’t hold a candle to The First Days of Spring but Charlie Fink has captured some of his early magic with his solo album. The release is another concept album (which also comes accompanied by a play written by David Greig) and it deserves to be listened to from start to finish. It’s great to have Charlie Fink back doing what he does best.

Sweet Kind of BlueEmily Barker

Emily Barker
I was lucky enough to see Emily Barker at a super intimate show in Melbourne back in April, just as she was about to release Sweet Kind of Blue. Watching Barker on stage with just herself, her guitar and an accompanying double bass just solidified how good she is as a songwriter – when you strip back the production of Sweet Kind of Blue there’s still something amazing at the core. She deftly combines country, blues and folk styles, harkening back to a tradition while still producing a sound that is fresh and engaging. It’s about time Australia started paying more attention to Emily Barker, esepcially if she keeps producing music like Sweet Kind of Blue.

Crack-UpFleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes
Following a six-year break Fleet Foxes return with their very special brand of 70’s folk nostalgia on Crack-Up. Robin Pecknold and co’s harmonic, sweet vocals over Fleet Foxes’ epic, rhythmic melodies have been sorely missed and it’s great to see them balancing the nostalgia of their earlier work with their need to grow artistically. Despite the off-putting opening track “I Am All That I Need/Arroyo Seco/Thumbprint Scar” Crack-Up is a solid album that can stand proudly next to Helplessness Blues and their self titled debut. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait another six years for album number four.

SillionJohnny Flynn

Johnny Flynn
The return of Johnny Flynn to folk-singing this year came as a bit of surprise given his recent focus on his screen and stage acting career (if you haven’t seen Lovesick on Netflix we can recommend giving it a crack). But we’re so glad Flynn’s picked up the resonator again because Sillion is an absolute gem of an album. Johnny Flynn’s distinctive voice is once again front and centre on the album but he seems to be playing with the production a bit more, adding more texture and nuance to each of the tracks. I don’t know if this is the start of a new direction for Johnny Flynn – if it is I’m interested to see where he goes next.

DragonflyKasey Chambers

Kasey Chambers
There are two big things that excited me about Kasey Chambers’ new album Dragonfly. Firstly the fact that the double album had two different producers – Paul Kelly and Nash Chambers respectively – giving each disc a distinct sound. And secondly the raft of collaborations with really interesting artists such as Vika & Linda Bull, Keith Urban, Paul Kelly, Foy Vance, Harry Hookey, Ed Sheeran and Grizzlee Train – many of those, you’d agree, wouldn’t normally be associated with Kasey Chambers’ music. The result is one of Kasey Chambers’ most interesting and dare we say best albums to date.

Semper FeminaLaura Marling

Laura Marling
Laura Marling has gone deep on her exploration of the feminine in her brand new album Semper Femina and I love it. It was really interesting watching Marling explore feminine creativity in her podcast series Reversal of the Muse earlier this year and Semper Femina seems to be the artistic extension of the conversations she was having with the likes of Marika Hackman, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris. The album is yet another example of Laura Marling’s skills as a songwriter, guitarist and singer – each song is perfectly crafted. Laura Marling truly is one of the greatest artists of our generation.

The Ahern BrothersThe Ahern Brothers

The Ahern Brothers
The Ahern Brothers is the perfect coupling of singer-songwriters Josh Rennie-Hynes and Steve Grady, bringing two-part male harmony singing in the vein of The Everly Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel and more recently The Milk Carton Kids to an Australian audience. Their self-titled debut album is a pure delight and elevates everything we’ve heard from Rennie-Hynes and Grady individually to date. I have a sneaking suspicion this album is going to make it onto a lot of people’s best of end of year lists. Beautiful.

The MorrisonsThe Morrisons

The Morrisons
We’ve already said plenty about The Morrisons’ long awaited self-titled debut album but there was no way it was going to get left off this list. The Morrisons are easily one of Australia’s best bluegrass and alt-country bands, it’s just a pity it takes them so long to get a record in stores. The Morrisons is an album of quintessentially Australian songs set to the familiar chop of a quintessentially American musical style. And it doesn’t hurt that individually each of The Morrisons is a master of their respective instrument making the album as technically brilliant as it is artistically brilliant. Now what do we have to do to get The Morrisons back in the studio for a followup?

BloomTimothy James Bowen

Timothy James Bowen
If you’ve been following Timothy James Bowen’s story over the last couple of years you’ll know it’s not been an easy journey for the singer songwriter. Diagnosed with Primary Mediastinal B Cell Lymphoma (a type of blood cancer), Bowen spent much of 2016 in treatment before going into remission. Bloom bookends this massive upheaval in his life, but it also shows how a songwriter of Timothy James Bowen’s talent is able to channel his experience into his art. Even without the personal context Bloom is an amazing EP – here are five incredible songs from a master songwriter.

And of course special mention also has to go to so many other albums and EPs that were released in the first six months of 2017 including (but not limited to):

VacancyBroads
Postcards From The Shell HouseBusby Marou
All You Need Is MusicDavidson Brothers
÷Ed Sheeran
PunchbuzzHusky
The Nashville SoundJason Isbell & The 400 Unit
UnchartedJoel Barker & The Low Company
Jordan Ireland With Purple OrchestraJordan Ireland With Purple Orchestra
Barefoot WonderlandJustin Bernasconi
Universal FavoriteNoam Pikelny
50 Years Of Blonde On BlondeOld Crow Medicine Show
Good Days, These DaysQuinton Trembath
Freedom HighwayRhiannon Giddens
The WaterSam Buckingham
PlanetariumSufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, James McAlister
CyclingTaryn La Fauci
Take Care Take CoverThe Mae Trio
IronbarkThe Waifs
A Fair WindTrioc

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 31st March

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Laura Marling added Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne dates to her tour schedule this June. Details here

Folk ‘Til Ya Punk Records announced Brisbane folk-punk festival BRISFOPO featuring The Dead Maggies, Fox n Firkin, The Button Collective, The Rogue Scholars, Andy Paine, The Dangerous Folk, Quinton Trembath and Jim Mongrel and more. Details here

– The Davidson Brothers released their new video “Take A Little Drive”. Details here

Emily Barker released her new video “Sunrise” and announced that she’s in Australia this week and next with tour dates in south west WA, Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

Releases This Week

Imelda May
Life Love Flesh BloodImelda May
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Broads

Broads

Melbourne alt-country duo Broads launch their new album Vacancy in their home town.

Saturday 1st April – Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt
Friday 31st March – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Saturday 1st April – Granada Tavern, Hobart, TAS
Friday 7th April – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW

Archer, Sweet Jelly Rolls, Simone East
Saturday 1st April – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

BATTS
Sunday 2nd April – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Bill Chambers, Raechel Whitchurch
Thursday 6th April – House Concert, Parkes, NSW
Friday 7th April – Club Mudgee, Mudgee, NSW

Bonnie Raitt
Friday 7th April – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Broads
Saturday 1st April – Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Brigadoon Highland Gathering
Saturday 1st April – Bundanoon, NSW

Darcy Fox
Friday 31st March – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 5th April – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Emily Barker
Tuesday 4th April – The Cidery and Blackwood Valley Brewing Company, Bridgetown, WA
Wednesday 5th April – Little Village Music, Dunsborough, WA
Thursday 6th April – Babushka, Perth, WA

Eveleigh Works Grand Opening feat. The Sweet Jelly Rolls, Indigo Rising, Skyscraper Stan
Sunday 2nd April – Eveleigh Works, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 7th April – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Georgie Fisher, Burden Man, Maia Marsh
Wednesday 5th April – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Grigoryan Brothers
Saturday 1st April – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 2nd April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 4th April – Macquarie Conservatorium of Music, Dubbo, NSW
Wednesday 5th April – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 6th April – TAS Hoskins Centre, Armidale, NSW
Friday 7th April – Bellingen Memorial Hall, Bellingen, NSW

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. De’May, Bill Hunt
Sunday 2nd April – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Hinterlandt
Saturday 1st April – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 2nd April – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW

Hollie Matthew, Swamp Fat Jangles
Saturday 1st April – Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Holly Throsby
Friday 31st March – Babushka, Perth, WA

Irish Mythen
Friday 31st March – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 1st April – Baby Black, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Sunday 2nd April – Old Church on The Hill, Bendigo, VIC
Wednesday 5th April – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 6th April – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 7th April – The Heritage, Bulli, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 31st March – Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 6th April – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Friday 7th April – Always Good Nights, Bunbury, WA

Jeff Lang
Friday 31st March – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 1st April – Lefties, Whyalla, SA
Thursday 6th April – Royal Oak, Launceston, TAS
Friday 7th April – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Josh Rennie-Hynes
Friday 31st March – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Kasey Chambers
Friday 7th April – Theatre Royal, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 8th April – Country Club Showroom, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 9th April – Burnie Arts Centre, Burnie, TAS

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 31st March – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Friday 7th April – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Kasey Chambers
Thursday 6th April – Devonport Entertainment Centre, Devonport, TAS
Friday 7th April – Theatre Royal, Hobart, TAS

Last Weekend at The Newsagency
Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd April – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Les Poules à Colin
Friday 31st March – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 5th April – Upper Landsdowne Memorial Hall, Upper Landsdowne, NSW
Thursday 6th April – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW

Liv Cartledge
Saturday 1st April – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan
Sunday 3rd April – Bar 303, Melbourne, VIC

Martha Tilston
Friday 31st March – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 1st April – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 2nd April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Peasant Moon w/ Sam Shinazzi and Arna Georgia
Thursday 6th April – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Rick Hart’s Bare Bones Quartet
Friday 7th April – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Sarah Belkner
Friday 31st March – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 6th April – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Sleepy West, James Franklin, Cat Canteri
Saturday 1st April – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-together
Friday 1st April – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Bean Project w/ Patrick Wilson
Friday 7th April – The B.East, Melbourne, VIC

The Button Collective
Friday 31st March – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th April – The Two Goats, Armidale, NSW

The East Pointers
Friday 31st March – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 1st April – Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Thursday 6th April – Club Mullum (Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club), Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 7th April – Eatonsville Hall, Eatonsville, NSW

The Man From Snowy River Festival
Thursday 30th March to Sunday 2nd April – Corryong, VIC

The McClymonts
Friday 7th April – Goulburn Workers, Goulburn, NSW

The Mountain Goats
Thursday 6th April – Badlands, Perth, WA
Friday 7th April – Fowlers Live, Adelaide, SA

The Sauerkrauts
Friday 7th April – House Concert, Nowra, NSW

The Waifs
Saturday 1st April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 2nd April – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 4th April – Bangalow Hall, Bangalow, NSW
Wednesday 5th April – Bangalow Hall, Bangalow, NSW
Thursday 6th April – The Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

This Way North
Saturday 1st April – Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 2nd April – The Carine, Duncraig, WA

Tim Guy
Friday 7th April – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Violent Femmes
Friday 31st March – Twin Towns, Coolangatta, QLD
Saturday 1st April – The Shed at Aussie World, Sunshine Coast, QLD

William Crighton
Friday 5th May – Bella Union Trades Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Stags Bellow” – Martha Tilston

Laura Marling Announces More Australian Dates

Laura Marling
Image Courtesy of Laura Marling

When Laura Marling was announced as part of the VIVID LIVE lineup in Sydney this year we new it would only be a matter of time before the rest of Australia was treated to dates as well.

This week Marling has announced further shows in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne this June. She will be touring her amazing new album Semper Femina – check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 8th June – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 10th June – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 11th June – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 12th June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Laura Marling, Lisa Hannigan, Beth Orton, Bill Callahan and More Added to VIVID Sydney

Laura Marling
Image Courtesy of Laura Marling

The full music lineup for this year’s VIVID event in Sydney was just announced and it’s one of the most Timber and Steel friendly line ups to date.

Joining the previously announced Fleet Foxes this year will be a raft of international acts including indie-folk goddess Laura Marling, Irish favourite Lisa Hannigan, celebrated singer-songwriter Bill Callahan, folktronica pioneer Beth Orton and many more.

The local lineup is equally as impressive including Taasha Coates, Crooked Fiddle Band, Mick Thomas, Brian Campeau, Nic Cassey, Swamp Fat Jangles, Sarah Belkner and more.

VIVID takes place around Sydney, with the VIVID LIVE events at the Sydney Opera House, from the 26th May to the 10th June. Below is a list of the the folk-leaning shows – check out the official site for a full list of artists and dates.

107 Presents For Folk Sake feat. Brian Campeau, Nic Cassey & Friends, Swamp Fat Jangles, Sarah Belkner
Saturday 10th June – 107 Projects, Sydney, NSW

Beth Orton
Tuesday 13th June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Bill Callahan: Smog to Dream River
Friday 2nd June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 26th May – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th May – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 9th June – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Fleet Foxes
Friday 26th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 29th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Laura Marling
Monday 12th June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Lisa Hannigan
Tuesday 30th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Mick Thomas
Friday 2nd June – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Taasha Coates
Friday 16th June – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 10th March

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

VIVID LIVE announced Fleet Foxes as their first artist for 2017. Details here

– And Fleet Foxes also revealed the details of their new album Crack-Up. Details here

– Victorian pop-folk singer Darcy Fox announced her new EP Chapter One. Details here

Laura Marling released the lyric video for “Nothing, Not Nearly” from her new album Semper Femina. Details here

All Our Exes Live In Texas have announced a national tour this June and July. Details here

– Sydney jam and performance night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s announced Whoa Mule as their March feature artist. Details here

– A new venue touting to be the new home of Americana, The Longhorn Saloon, opens in Melbourne this weekend. Details here

Releases This Week

Semper Femina
Semper FeminaLaura Marling
iTunes

Martha
NomadMartha Tilston

iTunes

RKS As Cool As They ComeRoland Kay-Smith
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Port Fairy Folk Festival

Willie

Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont
Sunday 12th March – Edgeworth Bowling Club, Edgeworth, NSW

Aireys Inlet Open Mic Music Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March – Aireys Pub, Aireys Inlet, VIC

Amanda Palmer
Friday 10th March – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 11th March – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Belle Harvey
Saturday 11th March – The Retreat Hotel, Brunswick, VIC
Sunday 12th March – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Wednesday 15th March – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th March – Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay, NSW

Bonnie Love
Saturday 11th March – Longhorn Saloon, Melbourne, VIC

Boy & Bear
Saturday 11th March – A Weekend in the Gardens, Melbourne VIC

Blue Mountains Music Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March – Katoomba, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli feat. Whoa Mule!
Wednesday 15th March – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass, Old Timey and Acoustic Music Campout Weekend
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th March – Yetholme, NSW

Brunswick Music Festival
Sunday 5th to Sunday 19th March – Melbourne, VIC

Brunswick Songwriter’s Club feat.

Burke & Wills Folk Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th March – Burke & Wills Winery, Mia Mia, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 10th March – Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, QLD
Saturday 11th March – Bay Central Hotel, Hervey Bay, QLD

Carus Thompson
Friday 10th March – The Quarry Ampitheatre, City Beach, WA

Courtyard Sessions Presents Goldheist
Friday 17th March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents The Cruisin’ Deuces
Friday 10th March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Darby w/ Brendon Moon, Liam Gale
Friday 17th March – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Davey Lane
Friday 10th March – Longhorn Saloon, Melbourne, VIC

Domini Forster
Friday 10th March – Poinciana, Mullum, NSW
Thursday 16th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Don Henley w/ Jewel
Friday 10th March – ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 12th March – A Day On The Green, Sirromet Wines, Mount Cotton, QLD
Wednesday 15th March – Adelaide Entertainment Centre Arena, Adelaide, SA

Eddi Reader
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Wednesday 15th March – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th March – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW

Elwood Myre
Friday 10th March – B-East, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 12th March – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th March – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Emma Davis w/ Tom Stephens
Tuesday 14th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Sunday 12th March – Tallimba Inn Hotel, Tallimba, NSW

Folk Uke & Dog Trumpet
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Wednesday 15th March – Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Callum Wylie, Taryn La Fauci, Dominic Youdan
Wednesday 15th March – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Formidable Vegetable Sound System
Tuesday 14th March – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Green Mohair Suits
Friday 10th March – Frank’s Wild Years, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 11th March – The Mill, Avalon, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers
Friday 17th March – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

High Tea feat. Jordie Lane
Thursday 16th March – Sydney, NSW

Holly Throsby
Friday 10th March – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 11th March – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Thursday 16th March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Irish Mythen
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Jack Carty
Thursday 16th March – 5 Sawyers, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 17th March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

James Vincent McMorrow
Friday 10th March – Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Jeff Lang
Friday 17th March – Geelong Workers Club, Geelong VIC

Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 11th March – Guildford Family Hotel, Guildford, VIC

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 10th March – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Katie Brianna, The April Family, Arna Georgia
Sunday 12th March – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Kirsty Bromley
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th March – Burke & Wills Folk Festival, Mia Mia, VIC

Les Poules à Colin
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Lime and Steel, Andie
Saturday 11th March – The Old City Bank, Katoomba, NSW

Little Wise w/ Jim Lawrie
Wednesday 15th March – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Lolo Lovina
Friday 10th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Longhorn Saloon Official Opening Party
Monday 13th March – Longhorn Saloon, Melbourne, VIC

Martha Tilston
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Friday 17th March – Saints & Sailors, Port Arlington, VIC

Martha Wainwright
Friday 10th March – Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 11th March – Taronga Zoo, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 12th March – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 14th March – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Wednesday 15th March – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 16th March – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Miriam Lieberman Trio and The Groove
Friday 10th March – Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong, NSW

Mission Songs Project feat. Jessie Lloyd, Leah Flanagan, Emma Donovan, Jessica Hitchcock, Marlene Cummins
Thursday 16th March – Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, NSW

Mundy
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Thursday 16th March – The Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 17th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage
Friday 17th March – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, NSW

Not Good With Horses
Thursday 16th March – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Not the Usual Americana Gig feat. Echo Deer, Luke Collings & Greasy Lake,The Mysterious Universe Band
Thursday 16th March – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Oskar Herbig w/ Skyscraper Stan
Thursday 16th March – The Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW

Port Fairy Folk Festival
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy, VIC

Ramblin’ Nights Presents Chris Pickering & Jason Walker
Friday 17th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Riogh
Saturday 11th March – Dundas Sports & Recreation Club, Dundas, NSW

Roo Panes w/ Anabelle Kay
Wednesday 15th March – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, NSW
Thursday 16th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Rough River
Saturday 11th March – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Sean McMahon and the MoonMen w/ James Thomson and the Strange Pilgrims
Friday 17th March – the JUNKYARD, Maitland, NSW

Skyscraper Stan & The Commission Flats
Thursday 16th March – The Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 17th March – Southern Comfort Carnival, Surly’s American BBQ, Burgers & Beer, Sydney, NSW

Southern Comfort Carnival
Wednesday 15th to Saturday 25th March – Surly’s American BBQ, Burgers & Beer, Sydney, NSW

The Bitter Sweethearts w/ The Bottlers, Nils Sundermann
Friday 17th March – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

The East Pointers
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA

The Faraway Eyes
Sunday 12th March – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

The McClymonts
Friday 10th March – The Australian Brewery, Rouse Hill, NSW

The Retreat Sessions: Americana Music Association of Australia feat
Tuesday 14th March – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC

The Séamus Begley Trio
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Wednesday 15th March – The Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, VIC

The Sweet Jelly Rolls w/ Sam Newton
Saturday 11th March – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Waifs
Saturday 11th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 12th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Tuesday 14th March – Eastbank Centre, Shepparton, VIC
Wednesday 15th March – Albury Arts Centre, Albury, NSW
Thursday 16th March – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT

The Willing Ponies
Saturday 11th March – Foghorn Brewhouse, Central Coast, NSW

The Young Folk
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Thursday 16th March – Memo Music Hall, St Kilda, VIC

This Way North
Friday 10th March – Baha Tacos, Rye, VIC
Saturday 11th March – Chill Out Festival, Old Hepburn Hotel, VIC
Sunday 12th March – Great Ocean Road Brewhouse, Apollo Bay, VIC
Thursday 16th March – Sookie Lounge, Belgrave, VIC

TinPan Orange
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th March – A Festival Called Panama, TAS

Tori Forsyth
Sunday 12th March – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Violent Femmes
Thursday 16th March – Melbourne Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th March – Costa Hall Deakin University, Geelong, VIC

Willie Watson w/ My Bubba
Wednesday 15th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th March – The Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th March – Mullumbimby Civic Memorial Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW

Winter Wilson
Friday 10th March – Wanneroo Folk Club, Warwick, WA

WOMADelaide
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Two Loves Of His Life (Tram Song)” – The Little Stevies

Our EOC has just moved to Melbourne so is feeling the love of Melbourne folk right now.

Laura Marling Shares Fourth Track From Upcoming Album

Laura Marling
Image Courtesy of Laura Marling

The new Laura Marling album Semper Femina is due for release this Friday 10th March and the UK songstress has shared a final lyric video to get you excited – this time for the track “Nothing, Not Nearly”

Check out the video below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th February

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Irish trad group The Séamus Begley Trio will be touring Australia this March. Details here

Laura Marling released her lastest video “Next Time”. Details here

– The Summer Hill Folk Festival announced its 2017 lineup including Brian Campeau, Timothy James Bowen, Bonniesongs, Whoa Mule!, Queen Porter Stomp, Fresh Off The Boat, Richard Ashby Duo, Giffen, The Squeezebox Trio, Chaika, Burrows and more. Details here

– Sydney folk-punks Handsome Young Strangers released their new single “Fisherman’s Blues”. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn released his new single “Heart Sunk Hank”. Details here

Releases This Week

Broads
VacancyBroads
Bandcamp

Jeff Lang
Alone In Bad CompanyJeff Lang
iTunes

Avalon
Mount RoyalJulian Lage and Chris Eldridge
iTunes

Freedom Highway
Freedom HighwayRhiannon Giddens
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Americana Music Association of Australia NSW Launch Party feat. Jason P. Walker & The Tender Mercies, Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers, Sam Newton, Kevin Bennett, Melody Moko, Bill Hunt

Fanny

The Americana Music Association of Australia launches in Sydney with a who’s who of the local scene.

Thursday 2nd March – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Acoustics Anonymous feat. Chris Porter, Mark Lucas
Wednesday 1st March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Ainsley Farrell, Brendon Moon, Slow Ships
Sunday 26th February – Secret Garden Bar, Sydney, NSW

Alison Avron w/ NY Light
Friday 3rd March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Amanda Palmer
Friday 24th February – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 25th February – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 2nd March – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt w/ Fanny Lumsden
Friday 3rd March – Gloucester Soldiers Club, Gloucester, NSW

Americana Music Association of Australia NSW Launch Party feat. Jason P. Walker & The Tender Mercies, Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers, Sam Newton, Kevin Bennett, Melody Moko, Bill Hunt
Thursday 2nd March – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Argyle Sun-Sets at Fred’s feat. Kyle Taylor, Tom Lee-Richards, The Lazy Picks
Sunday 26th February – Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW

Bonniesongs, Matilda Abraham, Dave Kempton
Thursday 2nd March – The Dock, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 24th February – The Reef Casino, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 25th February – The Reef Casino, Cairns, QLD
Thursday 2nd March – Mt Pleasant, Mackay, QLD
Friday 3rd March – Magnums, Airlie Beach, QLD

Carus Thompson
Saturday 25th February – Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC
Sunday 26th February – Grampians Festival, Halls Gap, VIC
Friday 3rd March – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 24th February – House Concert, Don, TAS
Saturday 25th February – Franklin Tavern, Franklin, TAS
Thursday 2nd March – The Chapel, Burnie, TAS
Friday 3rd March – Myalla Community Centre, Sisters Creek, TAS

Cobargo Folk Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February – Cobargo, NSW

Conor Oberst
Monday 27th February – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents Amber Rae Slade
Friday 24th February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents Skyscraper Stan
Friday 3rd March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Devil On The Rooftop w/ by The Vanishing Shapes
Friday 3rd March – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW

Elwood Myre
Sunday 26th February – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 3rd March – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Emily C Smith w/ Born in October, Matt Thomson, Joshua Heath
Saturday 25th February – The Newsagency, Melbourne, VIC

Fingermae, Scarlet’s Revenge, Josh Shipton & The Blue Eyed Ravens, Burden Man
Monday 27th February – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Gene Gibson, Cecy & Henry, Carlos’s Small Big Band
Wednesday 1st March – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Frances Folk Gathering
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February – Frances, SA

Friday Fingerpickers feat. Nick Charles, The Weeping Willows
Friday 3rd March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Gordie Tentrees
Friday 24th February – Wintersun Hotel, Geraldton, WA
Saturday 25th February – WAFF Workshop, Warwick, WA
Sunday 26th February – Dorchester Hall, Warwick, WA
Sunday 26th February – Carine Glades Tavern, Duncraig, WA
Monday 27th February – Supper Club, Maylands, WA
Tuesday 28th February – Perth Blues Club, Perth, WA
Wednesday 1st March – Always Good Concerts, Bunbury, WA
Thursday 2nd March – Manjimup Highschool, Manjimup, WA
Thursday 2nd March – Warren Arts Council, Manjimup, WA
Friday 3rd March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA

Hannah Robinson
Thursday 2nd March – The Little Guy, Sydney, NSW

Hat Fitz & Cara
Sunday 26th February – Kurunda Amphitheatre, Kurunda, QLD

Hootenanny feat. New Savages
Sunday 26th February – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 24th February – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 25th February – Rous Mill Hall, Rous Mill, NSW

James Kenyon & Domini Forster
Wednesday 1st March – The Fly Trap, Fremantle, WA

James Vincent McMorrow
Wednesday 1st March – Festival Gardens, Perth, WA
Friday 3rd March – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Jess Locke, Shiny Coin, Dark Fair, Snape
Friday 24th February – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Rennie-Hynes
Friday 3rd March – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

John Flanagan Trio
Friday 24th February – Secret Show, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

Kasey Chambers and Bernard Fanning
Friday 24th February – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 25th February 25th – Saraton Theatre, Grafton, NSW

Les Poules à Colin
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW
Thursday 2nd March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 3rd March – Masonic Hall, Lindisfarne TAS

Lime and Steel w/ Paperhill
Saturday 25th February – The Old City Bank, Katoomba, NSW

Live ‘n’ Lounging feat. Kyle Taylor, Tom Lee-Richards, Coast & Ocean
Saturday 25th February – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Mark Lucas
Friday 24th February – Old Growler, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 26th February – Merton Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 1st March – Acoustics Anonymous, Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and C.W. Stoneking
Friday 3rd March – Perth International Arts Festival, Perth, WA

Nannup Music Festival
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th March – Nannup, WA

Pierce Brothers
Friday 3rd March – Friday’s on My Mind, Wodonga, VIC

Sam Buckingham
Friday 24th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 26th February – The Junkbar, Brisbane, QLD

The Button Collective
Friday 3rd March – Prince Of Wales Hotel, Gulgong, NSW

The East Pointers
Wednesday 1st March – Franklin Palais, Franklin, TAS
Thursday 2nd March – Founders Room, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, TAS
Friday 3rd March – Chudleigh Hall, Chudleigh, TAS

The Long Johns
Friday 24th February – Sound Fest, The J, Noosa, QLD

The McClymonts
Friday 24th February – Doyalson RSL, Doyalson, NSW
Saturday 25th February – Dapto Leagues Club, Dapto, NSW
Friday 3rd March – The Spiegeltent, Adelaide, SA

The Morrisons
Friday 3rd March – Treehouse On Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW

The Séamus Begley Trio
Wednesday 1st March – Jack Duggan’s Irish Pub, Bathurst, NSW
Thursday 2nd March – Ainslie Arts Centre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 3rd March – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Friday 24th February – Clarence Valley Conservatorium, Grafton, NSW
Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, NSW

The Waifs
Thursday 2nd March – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA

The Young Folk
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW
Wednesday 1st March – Polish White Eagle Club, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 2nd March – Petersham Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 3rd March – Adelaide’s Fringe Festival, Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

This Way North
Friday 24th February – The Aztec, Foster, NSW
Saturday 25th February – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Sunday 26th February – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Timberwolf
Friday 24th February – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 25th February – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Timothy Bowen & John Flanagan Trio
Friday 24th February – Secret Show, Wollongong, NSW

TinPan Orange
Friday 3rd March – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA

William Crighton
Saturday 25th February – Boyd Education Centre, Riversdale, NSW

Winter Wilson
Saturday 25th February – Music@Melway House, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 26th February – The Veranda Folk Club, Mia Mia, VIC
Friday 3rd March – The Hills Folk Club, Lesmurdie, WA

Winterbourne
Friday 24th February – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“This Train Is Bound For Glory” – Mumford and Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show & Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Watch the New Laura Marling Video “Next Time”

Laura Marling
Image Courtesy of Laura Marling

Laura Marling has just released the track “Next Time” – the third song from her upcoming album Semper Femina (due on the 10th March) and the second time Marling has stepped into the directing chair.

“Next Time” has a real Nick Drake quality to it. The video is once again visually arresting and shows off Marling as an accomplished visual storyteller.

Check out the video for “Next Time” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney bluegrass band The Morrisons announced an east coast tour to support their upcoming album. Details here

– We posted the full lineup for this year’s Port Fairy Folk Festival including Willie Watson, Melody Pool, Lior, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders, Afenginn, Boo Hewerdine, Charm of Finches, Eddi Reader, Folk Uke, Gretta Ray, Martha Tilston, Mel Parsons, Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen, The Changing Room, The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Dead Maggies, The Waifs, The Wilson Pickers, The Young Folk and many more. Details here

– Rising alt-country star Tori Forsyth released her new video “New Wall”. Details here

– Alt-country singer-songwriter night The Cake & Cordial Sessions returns to the Tamworth Country Music Festival with a lineup that includes Ben Salter, Paddy McHugh, Harry Hookey, Megan Cooper, Matt Henry, Melody Moko, Andy Golledge and Sam Newton. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Musketeer has announced plans to release EP Seven Long Years. Details here

Laura Marling released her new single “Wild Fire”. Details here

– Queensland singer-songwriter Josh Rennie-Hynes has announced an Autumn east coast tour. Details here

– Adelaide based singer songwriter Ryan Martin John released his new single “Mexico”. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn announced plans to release his new album Sillion. Details here

Amber Lawrence released her single “Cheers to the Girls” featuring Catherine Britt and Fanny Lumsden and the three ladies are heading out on tour. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Trent Williams released his new single “What Do You Call a Man”. Details here

– Folk legends The Waifs announced a huge 25th anniversary tour. Details here

Releases This Week

Jordan Ireland
Jordan Ireland With Purple Orchestra – Jordan Ireland With Purple Orchestra
Spunk Records

Dragonfly
DragonflyKasey Chambers
iTunes

The Long Johns
Last Man StandingThe Long Johns
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Handsome Young Strangers w/ Sim Shame & Jim Mongrel, Steph Miller

HYS

Sydney folk-punk legends Handsome Young Strangers bid farewell to their long time bass player Jim Mongrel at fan favourite venue The Botany View Hotel in Newtown, Sydney

Friday 20th January – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Acoustics Anonymous feat Duncan Woods, Sabrina Soares
Wednesday 25th January – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Adam Young
Thursday 26th January – The Loft, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Peel Inn, Nundle, NSW

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 20th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Alice Terry
Wednesday 25 January – Village Stage, Meriton Festival Village, Sydney, NSW

Allison Forbes
Friday 20th January – Shoppingworld, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 20th January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Country Music Cocktails, SSS Bar, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 21st January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Royal Flying Doctor Fundraiser, Stockmans Motel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Tamworth Nashville Sister City Show, The Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Hopscotch, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Australia Day Concert, Bicentennial Park, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Amanda Palmer
Saturday 21st January – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Americana in the Park feat. Tim Wheatley, Peasant Moon, Small Town Romance, Andrew Swift, Tori Forsyth, Jason Walker, Katie Brianna, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Tuesday 23rd January – Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW

Andrew Swift
Saturday 21st January – Peppertown Cafe, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 21st January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Toyota Star Maker Grand Final, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Americana in the Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Hogs Breath Cafe, Tamworth NSW

Andy Irvine w/ Luke Plumb
Friday 20th January – Fairlight Folk Acoustic Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Kindlehill Performance Space, Wentworth Falls, NSW
Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th January – Newstead Live! Music Festival, VIC

Australia Day Celtic Festival
Thursday 26th January – St Leonards Park, Sydney, NSW

Barren Roots feat. Lou Bradley and The Wayward Henrys
Friday 27th January – Frog & Toad, Tamworth, NSW

Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart
Wednesday 25th January – Wests Blazes, Tamworth, NSW

Bernard Fanning and Kasey Chambers
Thursday 26th January – Wests Blazes, Tamworth, NSW

Bluegrass Comes to Tamworth feat. Pete Denahy, Kristy Cox, Karen Lynne, Dean Perrett, The Weeping Willows
Friday 27th January – Capitoal Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Brad Butcher
Sunday 22nd January – Country Turns Pink, Wests Blazes, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Southgate Songwriters, Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Fly Doctor Fly, Stockmans Motel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – The Medicine Show Sessions, The Tudor, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Rich’s Roundup, Dag Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Thursday 26th January – In Store Performance, Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Songwriter Round, Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Toyota Fanzone, Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW

Busby Marou & Harry Hookey
Wednesday 25th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Cake & Cordial Sessions feat. Ben Salter, Paddy McHugh, Harry Hookey, Megan Cooper, Matt Henry, Melody Moko, Andy Golledge and Sam Newton
Friday 27th January – St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Tamworth, NSW

CloudBird
Sunday 22nd January – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Coda, Veronique
Friday 27th January – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Colin Buchcanan & Fanny Lumsden
Friday 27th January – North Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents Jordie Lane
Friday 27th January – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents Leroy Lee
Friday 20th January – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Deep Down South feat. Ange Boxall, Jed Rowe, Jemma Nicole, Bill Jackson Music with Pete Fidler, Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Sunday 22nd January – Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Deep Down South feat. The Weeping Willows, Jemma Nicole, Jed Rowe, Ange Boxall, Bill Jackson
Tuesday 24th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Don McGlashan
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January – Mofo, Mona Foma, Hobart, TAS

Easy Street
Wednesday 25th January – The Tamworth Hotel,
Thurs 26 – 2pm – 3pm

Fairlight Folk feat. Andy Irvine and Luke Plumb
Friday 20th January – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 20th January – Fanzone Performance, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – TCMF Secret Pop-Up Show, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

Fly Doctor Fly feat. Jen Mize, Gretta Ziller, Allison Forbes, Andrew Swift, Brad Butcher, Brendan Nawrocki, Renae Nawrocki, Kevin Bennett, Jeff Gibson, Kelly Cork, Megan Cooper, Hayley Wilson, Emma Dykes, Kalesti Butler, Graham Howle, Brett Clarke, Brendan Smoother, Jasmine Atkins, Tammy Moxon, Matt Thomson, Jason Kearney, Mackenzie Timms
Monday 23rd January – Stockmans Motel, Tamworth, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Colin Jones and The Delta Revue, MoSoul
Wednesday 25th January – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fourwinds
Friday 20th January – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 24th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 25th January – House Concert, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 26th January – Four Winds Festival, Bermagui, NSW

GG
Monday 23rd Januray – The Front, Canberra, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Mr Falcon’s, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th January – House Concert, Jindivick, VIC

Gretta Ziller
Sunday 22nd January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – The Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Stockman’s Motel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Richo’s Round Up at The Dag, Dag Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Hog’s Breath Cafe, Tamworth, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers w/ Sim Shame & Jim Mongrel, Steph Miller
Friday 20th January – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Yackandandah Hall, Yackandandah, VIC
Wednesday 25th January – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th January – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Friday 27th January – Bowral Bowling Club, Bowral, NSW

Heath Cullen
Saturday 21st January – House Concert, Mittagong, NSW

Hideaway 2nd B’Day feat. The Dead Love, The Red Gazelle, Arteries, Scarlett’s Revenge, The Bottlers
Saturday 21st January – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Hinterlandt
Sunday 22nd January – Mona Foma, Hobart, TAS

HONK! Oz
Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st January – Wollongong, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Mark Lucas & The Dead Setters
Sunday 22nd January – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

James Thompson & The Strange Pilgrims
Thursday 26th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Jen Mize
Monday 23rd January – Fly Doctor Fly, Stockman’s Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Stockman’s Songwriters, Stockman’s Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Richo’s Roundup, Dag Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Late Night Alt, Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Jeremiah Johnson
Saturday 21st January – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW

Kasey Chambers and Bernard Fanning
Thursday 26th January – West Tamworth Leagues Club, West Tamworth, NSW

Katie Brianna
Monday 23rd January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Americana In The Park, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Frog & Toad Listening Room, Tamworth, NSW

Kenta Hayashi
Friday 20th January – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Kristy Cox
Saturday 21st January – The Tamworth Opry, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Great Country Love Songs, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Bluegrass Comes To Tamworth, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Monday 23rd January – Americana in the Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Songhouse Sessions – Downstairs at The Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – The Frog and Toad Listening Room, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Wests Diggers, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Country Music Cares Charity Concert, Tamworth Townhall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Alt Country at The Dag, Nundle, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Scullion Sessions, The Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Frog and Toad Listening Room, Tamworth, NSW

Late Night Alt
Wednesday 25th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW

Lime & Steel
Thursday 26th January – Foghorn Brewhouse, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 27th Jauary – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW

Live n Lounging feat. Winter Wilson, Bill Hunt, Niq Reefman
Sunday 22nd January – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Mat McHugh
Friday 20th January – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 21st January – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Mayumi Mullins, Willowy, Slow Ships
Wednesday 25th January – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Melody Moko
Friday 20th January – Gina Timms Ladies of Country, Wests Leagues, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 21st January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Secret Pop Up Show, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Writers in The Round, South Tamworth Bowlo, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – ABC Stage Peel St, Nundle, NSW
Friday 27th January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Tamworth, NSW

Melody Pool & William Crighton
Monday 23rd January – Grand Junction Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 24rd January – Grand Junction Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Tamworth Regional Art Gallery, Tamworth, NSW

Michael Carpenter
Wednesday 25th January – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – ABC Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – The Longyard, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Econolodge, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Concert in the Park, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Late Night Alt, Service Club, Tamworth, NSW

Mike Love, Bobby Alu
Wednesday 25th January – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Newstead Live Music Festival
Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th January – Castlemaine, VIC

Nigel Wearne
Friday 20th January – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS

Numeralla Folk Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January – Numberalla, NSW

Paul Dempsey
Friday 20th January – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Friday 27th January – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

Passenger
Friday 20th January – Riverstage Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st January – Munro Martin Parklands, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 25th January – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Peasant Moon
Saturday 21st January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Peel Street, Nundle, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Americana In the Park, Tamworth, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 20th January – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st January – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 27th January – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC

PJ Harvey
Sunday 22nd January – ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Russell Morris, Luke Escombe
Wednesday 25th January – Camelor Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Shane Nicholson
Wednesday 25th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW

She Was Real feat. Amy Vee, Emma Beau and Deb Leaney
Saturday 21st January – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Smith & Jones
Saturday 21st January – The Glasshouse at Goonoo Goonoo Station, NSW
Saturday 21st January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – The Peel Inn, Nundle, NSW
Thursday 26th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW

Some Singer Songwriters on Sunday feat. Dan Crestani, Peppermint & Fox, Bronwyn Æather Music, sooze, Luke Escombe, Richard Cuthbert, Sam Newton
Sunday 22nd January – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

Songhouse Sessions
Monday 23rd January – Tamworth Service Club, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Tamworth Service Club, Tamworth, NSW

Southgate Songwriters
Monday 23rd January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW

Summer Sets at Hither & Yon feat. Banjo Jackson
Sunday 22nd January – Hither & Yon, Willunga, SA

Taasha Coates
Friday 27th January – Robert Johnson Winery, Lobethal, SA

Tamar Valley Folk Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January – Georgetown, TAS

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 29th January – Tamworth, NSW

The Tamworth Opry feat. Catherine Britt, Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart, Dean Perrett & Jeff Brown, Kirsty Lee Akers, Kristy Cox, Roo Arcus, The Weeping Willows, Travis List, Liam Kennedy-Clark, Rebecca Lee Nye, Billy Bridge
Saturday 21st January – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

The Cat Empire & Xavier Rudd
Thursday 26th January – St David’s Park, Hobart, TAS

The Drowsy Maggies, Rebecca Bastoli
Tuesday 24th January – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The First Annual Afternoon of Americana Music on Australia Day feat. The April Family, Michael Carpenter, The House Band
Thursday 26th January – The Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Glorious North
Thursday 26th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW

The McClymonts
Wednesday 25th January – TRECC, Tamworth, NSW

The Medicine Show Sessions
Friday 20th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Ocean Party w/ Milk Teddy, Jordan Ireland, Hot Palms
Thursday 26th January – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th January – Frank’s Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW

The Pigs
Wednesday 25th January – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW
Friday 27th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW

The Porch Sessions On Tour feat. Stu Larsen, Luke Thompson, Tim Moore
Friday 20th January – Sydney (Croydon Park), NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Sydney (Chatswood), NSW

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Saturday 21st January – Village Stage, Meriton Festival Village, Sydney, NSW

The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Friday 20th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Glasshouse Restaurant, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Peel Inn, Nundle, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Vanns, Elwood Myre
Thursday 26th January – Hotel Steyne, Sydney, NSW

The Vegetable Plot
Friday 20th January – Summer Playground at the Opera House, Sydney, NSW

The Wayward Henrys
Saturday 21st January – Harrington Hotel, Harrington, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – The Muswellbrook Hotel, Muswellbrook, NSW
Friday 27th January – Frog & Toad, Tamworth, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Saturday 21st January – Country Music Cocktails – SSS BBQ Barn, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Tamworth Opry – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Peel Street Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Medicine Show Sessions – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Toyota Festival FM 106.1, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Toyota FanZone – Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Deep Down South – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – ABC Stage – Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Bill Chambers Sessions – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – TSA Songwriter Sessions – City Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Country Music Cares – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – The Songwriters Showcase with Melissa Robertson & Friends – South Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – The DAG Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Friday 27th January – Bluegrass Comes to Tamworth – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Deep Down South – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Whitetop Mountaineers
Friday 20th January – Harvester Moon Café, Bellarine, VIC
Saturday 21st January – Caravan Music Club, Oakley, VIC
Wednesday 25th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th January – Newstead Live Festival, VIC

The Wilson Pickers
Wednesday 25th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Thompson Springs w/ Maia Marsh
Friday 20th January – Club 54, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 22nd January – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 22nd January – Suburban Bar, Hobart, TAS

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January – Thredbo, NSW

TinPan Orange
Thursday 26th January – The Rocks Australia Day Festival, Sydney, NSW

Tom Dockray and Mitch Power
Fruday 20th January – Billy Roys Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 26th January – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th January – Antojitos, Newcastle, NSW

Tori Forsyth
Saturday 21st January – Tamworth Family Support Service Family Concert, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Americana in the Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Toyota Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Frog and Toad, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Barn, Tamworth, NSW

Underground Roots
Tuesday 24th January – The Loft Art Studio, Tamworth, NSW

Vanishing Shapes
Friday 20th January – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 21st January – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW

We Lost the Sea w/ Crooked Fiddle Band, Wartime Sweethearts
Saturday 21st January – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Winter Wilson
Friday 20th January – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 22nd January – Live ‘N’ Lounging, Leumeah, NSW
Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th January – Newstead Live Festival, Castlemaine, VIC

Yabun Festival
Thursday 26th January – Victoria Park, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Within The Rose” – Matthew And The Atlas

Listen to the New Laura Marling Single “Wild Fire”

Laura Marling
Image Courtesy of Laura Marling

Laura Marling has very kindly just given us another taster of her upcoming album Semper Femina with the release of “Wild Fire”.

The track is a little more “classic Laura Marling” than the album’s first single “Soothing” with her beautiful voice and acoustic guitar at the forefront.

Check out the lyric video for “Wild Fire” below:

Laura Marling’s sixth album Semper Femina is due for release on the 10th March.

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