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

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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

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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.

Ten Artists to Watch in the First Half of 2017

Bob Dylan

With the new year upon us it’s time to look ahead at some of the great folk, roots and acoustic music that will be coming our way in 2017. And it’s already shaping up to be an amazing year with a bunch of very exciting albums already announced (see the list at the bottom of this piece) and even more in the works. We had a stab at picking 10 artists we think you should be keeping an eye on in the coming months but as always this is far from exhaustive. We hope you enjoy and a happy 2017!

All Our Exes All Our Exes Live in Texas

A perennial for this yearly article it would seem. Somewhere in between tour commitments last year All Our Exes Live in Texas found time to get into the studio and record their debut album When We Fall. The album was produced and engineered by Wayne Connolly (Sarah Blasko, Silverchair, You Am I) and will likely hit stores around March. Expect to see a lot of All Our Exes Live in Texas in the coming months – they’re set to explode.

Davidson Brothers Davidson Brothers

Late last year Australian bluegrass duo Davidson Brothers headed to Nashville to record with Larry Marrs at Mark Thornton for an upcoming album. The Davidson Brothers released their last album Wanderlust back in 2014 so a new record is very much anticipated and if you’ve managed to catch them live yet this year you’ll know they continue to be one of the most exciting live acts in the country. Stay tuned for news of their new album soon!

Fleet Foxes

While there’s been no official announcement of a new Fleet Foxes album this year, their first since 2011’s Helplessness Blues, all signs are pointing toward a release very soon. Frontman Robin Pecknold has been hinting at a new Fleet Foxes long player (plus a solo album) over the last couple of months and the band also reassured fans via social media that they wouldn’t have to fly to an announced show in Ireland in July because “we’ll be doing a full world tour in 2017-18 so no need to spend a lot on travel”. Watch this space for more information when it’s announced!

Husky Husky

Don’t be surprised if Husky’s 2016 single “Late Night Store” makes an appearance in this year’s triple j Hottest 100 – the national youth broadcaster has been hammering it of late. The track is the first taster from the Melbourne indie-folk duo’s third album which is due for release at “some point” in 2017. That’s all the information we have now but expect some more news to drop soon.

Jordan Jordan Ireland

The ex-member of The Middle East announced plans to release his new album Jordan Ireland With Purple Orchestra on the 20th January. The first track from the album “East Coaster” is a lot more acoustically driven than Ireland’s previous project Stolen Violin, but that’s not to say the rest of Jordan Ireland With Purple Orchestra will follow suit. We’ll have to wait and see what the album brings but I have a feeling it’s going to be something special.

Laura marling Laura Marling

A new album from Laura Marling in 2017 – Semper Femina due on the 10th March – is in itself not a surprise. The prolific singer-songwriter has released five albums over the last nine years with Semper Femina marking her sixth long player. But on hearing the first single “Soothing” it’s clear that Marling is experimenting with her sound and Semper Femina may not be as “folk” as we’re used to from her. The album will apparently focus heavily on female characters and creativity, a theme Laura Marling explored in her excellent 2016 podcast Reversal of the Muse which we highly recommend you download.

Punch Brothers Punch Brothers Side Projects

While things are pretty quiet on the Punch Brothers front the various members are keeping themselves very very busy. As well as hosting the new season of A Prairie Home Companion mandolinist and singer Chris Thile will release his album with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, on the 27th January. Banjo player Noam Pikelny’s new solo album Universal Favorite is due for release in March this year and was produced by Punch Brothers fiddle player Gabe Witcher. Witcher has also produced a solo album for guitarist Chris “Critter” Eldridge which will hopefully come out this year. Bassist Paul Kowert is prepping a new album as well with his trio Haas Kowert Tice (featuring Brittany Haas and Jordan Tice). All in all this might be the biggest year ever for fans of Punch Brothers.


Rhiannon Giddens Rhiannon Giddens

With her new album Freedom Highway due on the 24th February and an Australian tour this April (including an appearance at Bluesfest), 2017 could well be the year Rhiannon Giddens solidifies her Australian fanbase. Freedom Highway delves deep into black American history with songs based on slave narratives of the 19th century through to the civil rights movements of the 1960s. This may be Giddens’s most powerful work to date.

The Morrisons The Morrisons

There was a time when you couldn’t move in Sydney without bumping into a gig from The Morrisons. But over the last 18 months or so The Morrisons have become a little more scarce as the members focus on their side projects, although they continue to shine with their Paul Kelly and O Brother Where Art Thou? theme shows. In recent months the band have started posting photos from the studio and as we write this it looks like The Morrisons are on the verge of announcing the release of their debut album and a bunch of tour dates – 2017 is going to be the year The Morrisons come back in a big bad way.

Timberwolf Timberwolf

Adelaide based indie-folk singer-songwriter Timberwolf has been quietly plugging away at the scene for a while now and I feel as though 2017 will be his year. Having already garnered attention from triple j for his new single “Washed Out” Timberwolf is about to release his debut album and has a bunch of tour dates through the end of January and the start of February. Once the album is announced expect to see Timberwolf through 2017.

2017 Album Release Schedule

6th January: 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory – Dropkick Murphys
13th January: Gentlewoman, Ruby Man – Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White
13th January: Laws of Gravity – The Infamous Stringdusters
13th January: Endless – The McClymonts
20th January: Jordan Ireland With Purple Orchestra – Jordan Ireland With Purple Orchestra
20th January: Dragonfly – Kasey Chambers
27th January: Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau – Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
27th January: Seven Long Years – Musketeer
27th January: Stitch of the World – Tift Merritt
3rd February: Big Machine – Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band
10th February: Memories Are Now – Jesca Hoop
10th February: Best Of – Old Crow Medicine Show
17th February: Windy City – Alison Krauss
17th February: Postcards From The Shell House – Busby Marou
17th February: Life Will See You Now – Jens Lekman
17th February: Highway Queen – Nikki Lane
17th February: Prisoner – Ryan Adams
24th February: Freedom Highway – Rhiannon Giddens
27th February: Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood – Sun Kil Moon
March – Universal Favorite – Noam Pikelny
3rd March: When We Fall – All Our Exes Live In Texas
3rd March: Ironbark – The Waifs
10th March: Semper Femina – Laura Marling
16th March: The Order of Time – Valerie June
31st March: Life Love Flesh Blood – Imelda May

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 23rd December

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We picked our top 25 albums and EPs of 2016 including releases from Applewood Road, Mumford & Sons with Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, Bon Iver22, A Million, Burrows, Eagle & The Wolf, Foy Vance, Gregory Alan Isakov, Imogen Clark, Jack Carty, James Kenyon, Melody Pool, Michael Kiwanuka, Oh Pep!, One Up, Two Down, Passenger, Paul Kelly, Radical Face, Rowena Wise, Seth Lakeman feat. Wildwood Kin, The Company, The Staves, The Weeping Willows and William Fitzsimmons. Details here

– We reached out to the Timber and Steel community to get them to pick their top albums of the year. The results are wonderful with well over 100 artists contributing. Details here

– Our Editor In Chief Gareth Hugh Evans picked his top 25 tracks of 2016 including songs from Ariela Jacobs, Bon Iver, Burrows, Eagle & The Wolf, Emmy The Great, Fanny Lumsden, Foy Vance, Gretta Ray, Imogen Clark, James Kenyon, Laura Marling, Matthew And The Atlas, Melody Pool, Michael Kiwanuka, Mumford and Sons with Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg, One Up, Two Down, Passenger with All Our Exes Live in Texas & Luke Thompson, Paul Kelly with Alice Keath, Rowena Wise, Sam Newton, Seth Lakeman with Wildwood Kin, Sian Evans, The Campervan Dancers, The Weeping Willows and William Fitzsimmons. Details here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford

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

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Tuesday 27th December to Sunday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Amerrycana Christmas feat. Catherine Britt, Gregory Page, Katie Brianna, Adam Young, Brielle Davis, Arna Georgia
Friday 23rd December – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Get Folked 2016 New Years Eve Eve feat. Peter ‘Blackie’ Black, Dan Kemp(UK), Jim Mongrel, Whiskey Jeff Larson, James Seymour, Sooze, Jim Lynch
Friday 30th December – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Boyd
Friday 23rd December – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

James Thomson & The Strange Pilgrims w/ Magpie Diaries
Friday 23rd December – Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 24th December – City Sounds, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 27th December to Sunday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

PJ Michael & The Banditas
Thursday 29th December – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Steve Poltz
Friday 23rd December – The Govenor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 24th December – Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick, VIC

The Whitetop Mountaineers
Tuesday 27th December to Sunday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

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

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Wexford Carol” – Yo-Yo Ma & Alison Krauss

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2016

2016

To round out our week of “best of” lists our illustrious Editor in Chief Gareth Hugh Evans once again whittles down the ton of releases that crossed his ears this year to pick his 25 favourite tracks of 2016.

We’re going to get out of the way and let Gareth throw some music your way – enjoy!

1. Foy Vance – “She Burns”
Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance has always been on my radar but when he released his album The Wild Swan earlier this year I was floored. The standout track, I think most people would agree, is the wonderful “She Burns”, with its pizzicato guitar, slow build percussion and choral backing vocals. Foy Vance is a singer-songwriter at the top of his game.

2. One Up, Two Down – “Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie”
It seems almost unfair that I would choose a traditional song as my favourite from a band that are not only accomplished songwriters in their own right but also amazing musicians whose instrumental tracks are incredibly special. But I challenge you to listen to Dan Watkins singing “Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie” and not melt into a puddle. His voice and guitar, combined with George Jackson and Andrew Small’s long bowed fiddle and bass, turn this cowboy ballad into something more. Simply beautiful.

3. Burrows – “Falling Apart”
When I saw Burrows play at this year’s Summer Hill Folk Festival I was floored. Every song they played was a piece of harmonic brilliance, enhanced by the acoustics of the Summer Hill Church. When they came around to “Falling Apart” I murmured “that’s the song” – and I still maintain that this track is near perfect. I love Sam King’s understated vocals and the harmonies in the chorus are just divine.

4. Eagle & The Wolf – “Mama, Son and the Holy Ghost”
The pairing of Kris Morris’ dirty blues and roots with Sarah Humphreys’ big folk voice, “Mama, Son and the Holy Ghost” was the perfect introduction to Eagle & The Wolf. Individually Kris Morris and Sarah Humphreys are firm favourites of Timber and Steel but Eagle & The Wolf is greater than the sum of its parts and “Mama, Son and the Holy Ghost” is the epitome of their collaboration. This is rootsy blues done right – all crunchy guitars, clipped percussion and keyboard and big, bluesy voices.

5. Bon Iver – “22 (OVER S∞∞N)”
With its glitchy opening, distorted Mahalia Jackson samples, saxaphone solos and weird lyrics it would appear on the surface that Justin Vernon has well and truly moved on from the acoustic folk of For Emma, Forever Ago and embraced the more electronic elements of the self-titled Bon Iver. But at its core “22 (OVER S∞∞N)” is still classic Bon Iver with Vernon’s double-tracked, falsetto voice coming through loud and clear. Strip back all the beeps and bops and “22 (OVER S∞∞N)” could sit alongside any of the classic Bon Iver folk tracks.

6. Melody Pool – “Love, She Loves Me”
Since first seeing Melody Pool perform at the Gulgong Folk Festival back in 2013 I’ve been predicting big things for her. To say that her new album Deep Dark Savage Heart was highly anticipated in the Timber and Steel bullpen is an understatement and when it dropped earlier this year it was on solid repeat for ages. “Love, She Loves Me” is definitely a standout track on the album (although “Black Dog” is a close second), perfectly demonstrating Pool’s skill as a songwriter and singer. What a voice!

7. Rowena Wise – “Then We Met”
Rowena Wise owns the quirky indie-folk genre this year this this wonderfully catchy track from her 2016 self titled album. I love the twisted, bluesy finger-picked riff throughout this track and that chorus is a definite ear worm. I’ve been watching Rowena Wise cloesly since she launched a serious solo career and it’s songs like “Then We Met” that will see her successfully straddle the folk and indie worlds in the coming years

8. Matthew and the Atlas – “Elijah”
I love Matt Hegarty’s voice. “Elijah” is probably the most stripped back, acoustic track on Matthew and the Atlas’ latest album Temple and is easily my favourite as well. I love the finger-picked guitar over the swelling piano and orchestral elements and the subtle backing vocals. But most of all I love Matt Hegarty’s voice – I just can’t get passed that.

9. Paul Kelly feat. Alice Keath – “Sonnet 73”
To be honest I could have chosen any of the tracks from Paul Kelly’s marvelous album Shakespeare inspired Seven Sonnets And A Song. The reason I finally settled on “Sonnet 73” is two fold: Firstly it has a wonderful, folk-country feel with Kelly’s strummed acoustic guitar over a plucked pedal steel; And second the backing vocals from Alice Keath (Sweet Jean) are pitch perfect. Who knew you could improve on The Bard?

10. Seth Lakeman feat. Wildwood Kin – “Meet Me In The Twilight”
More than any other song on this list “Meet Me In The Twilight” gets lodged in my head and refuses to leave. Lakeman’s percussive guitar work coupled with an instantly singable (or yellable) chorus are what makes this song so catchy. Wildwood Kin add an extra level of sophistication to this track as well as the rest of Lakeman’s album Ballads of the Broken Few. I have a feeling that this track would be amazing to see live and have the crowd foot stomping and singing along.

11. Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal, The Very Best, Beatenberg – “Wona”
This collaboration between Mumford & Sons, Senegalese musician Baaba Maal, Swedish-Malawian electronic band The Very Best and South African afro-beat masters Beatenberg is just pure joy. All afro-beat goodness and nu-folk bombast, you can’t help but smile when listening to “Wona”, it’s such a breath of fresh air. I know that liking Mumford & Sons is definitely no longer “cool” but when they’re collaborating and producing music like this then you’ll still find me first in line for their next release.

12. James Kenyon – “The Motorbike Song”
I feel like James Kenyon might be one of the most underrated singer-songwriters in Australia right now. Songs like “The Motorbike Song”, with its rootsy groove and Paul Kelly-esque lyrical style, should see Kenyon a firm favourite amongst music lovers everywhere. I also have to give props to the wonderful video from Ed Bracey – it even makes Melbourne’s Docklands look stunning.

13. Michael Kiwanuka – “Black Man In A White World”
Michael Kiwanuka has always deftly woven together elements of folk, gospel, blues and old-school R&B and his single “Black Man In A White World” is the epitome of that sound. I love the gospel clapping accompanying the disco-like string stabs and R&B guitar. This could well have come straight out of the 70s – one of those songs that sound immediately timeless.

14. Fanny Lumsden – “Land of Gold”
At the time of writing Fanny Lumsden had been nominated for an ARIA award, has 4 Golden Guitar nominations and has gone to number one on the Country Music Channel charts twice. Incredible work for a singer-songwriter from the Riverina. One of those top charting songs is the nostalgic “Land of Gold”, a deceptively simple storytelling song with a big heart that has quickly become one of my favourite Fanny tracks ever. Whether she’s playing with a full band or with just her bassist Dan, “Land of Gold” always pops live. I really love this song.

15. Passenger feat. All Our Exes Live in Texas & Luke Thompson – “Caravan (Live)”
It’s a bit cheeky choosing a live version of a track that’s seven years old as one of my favourites of 2016 but this video has been on serious high rotation since it was posted earlier this year. When you take possibly my favourite Passenger track of all time and throw a collaboration between All Our Exes Live in Texas and Luke Thompson into the mix you strike pure gold. Just listen to those harmonies on the choruses – magic stuff.

16. Imogen Clark – “You’ll only Break My Heart”
Imogen Clark has had a pretty big year built on the bedrock of her debut album Love & Lovely Lies and its two lead singles “Take Me For A Ride” and “You’ll only Break My Heart”. The latter is Clark’s most mature offering to date, making the most of her big voice and lyric driven song writing. I’m not sure why Imogen Clark gets lumped into the Country crowd – to my ears her music is straight up acoustic pop – but regardless of the genre “You’ll only Break My Heart” heralds big things to come from the Sydney singer-songwriter.

17. Ariela Jacobs – “Lost”
The way that Ariela Jacobs plays with melody and syncopation on “Lost” is so intriguing. The rhythmic, unpredictable verses give way to simple 4/4 choruses and then a middle eight that just launches itself at you and takes you by surprise. This song is all about Jacobs’ voice with the accompaniment – simple piano chords for the most part – taking a back seat to her lyrics. This track is powerful and vulnerable all at the same time.

18. Sian Evans – “Cold Feet”
I got to meet Sian Evans at the National Folk Festival this year where she got me to act as roadie for her as she rushed to one of her gigs. She’s spent much of 2016 carving out a solo career for herself after her work with The Rusty Datsuns and part of that has involved developing her own distinct sound. The result is the single “Cold Feat” which has a pop sensibility with a heart of folk.

19. The Weeping Willows – “River of Gold”
The Weeping Willows embrace their bluegrass side with their huge single “River of Gold”. I love Andrew Wrigglesworth flat picking guitar on this song, accentuated with a subtle banjo over the entire track. And then of course there’s the harmonies between Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates which The Weeping Willows are renowned for.

20. Gretta Ray – “Unexpected Feeling”
Triple J Unearthed High winner Gretta Ray has quite rightly had a massive year with high rotation on the national broadcaster and lots of love from the music press. Her track “Unexpected Feeling” is such a joy to listen to – and to be honest when I first heard it I had no idea that Ray was still in high school. There’s a definite maturity in her songwriting and I just love her guitar work on this track.

21. Sam Newton – “Hold You Down”
The Americana vibes of “Hold You Down” coupled with Sam Newton’s sweet, unassuming voice make this track instantly attractive. I love the way you can’t help but tap your toe along with the brushed snare drum and thumping bass. The production on this track really pulls it all together – it could well have been a straight up acoustic song but the addition of drums, bass and trembling electric guitar turn the song into something more.

22. William Fitzsimmons – “Hear Your Heart”
I was so happy that William Fitzsimmons released his mini album Charleroi: Pittsburgh Vol. 2 this year (as well as a live album) because it meant more songs like “Hear Your Heart” out in the world. Rolling fingerpicking, hushed vocals, sad subject matter – this is William Fitzsimmons in a nutshell and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

23. Laura Marling – “Soothing”
I don’t know why I was surprised when we got a new Laura Marling song this year – she’s been insanely prolific throughout her relatively short career having released five albums in the last eight years. “Soothing” is the first taste from her upcoming seventh album Semper Femina and it sees Marling depart from her usual acoustic guitar driven songwriting with a bass and percussion loop that wouldn’t be out of place on a Radiohead release. This track also sees Marling’s first foray into directing on the accompanying video (that is borderline NSFW so maybe wait until you get home to play this one).

24. The Campervan Dancers – “Slow Down Butterfly”
From what I understand “Slow Down Butterfly” was gestating for quite a while before Sydney duo The Campervan Dancers launched it at the beginning of the year. This is a track that tumbles over itself with vocals, samples, instrumentation popping up all over the place. I love the injection of chaos into what could have just been a standard piece of indie-folk pop. Let’s hope there’s more gestating where this came from.

25. Emmy The Great – “Algorithm”
My need to squeeze Emmy The Great’s recent output into the genre of “folk” so that I can justify posting it on Timber and Steel continues with “Algorithm”. The first Emmy The Great song in a while to contain a decent amount of acoustic guitar, “Algorithm” is a lovely example of the direction Emmy The Great’s songwriting has taken recently – more obscure, more pop but still with her fragile voice front and centre.

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