New Sydney Folk and Americana Showcase Slow Train Presents

Slow Train
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One of the best things about the music Timber and Steel covers is that it attracts an audience who really want to listen. Folk and acoustic music audiences are well known as some of the most engaged and respectful music going punters out there and it’s this audience that brand new Sydney showcase Slow Train Presents is looking to tap into.

Slow Train Presents is the brain child of local musicians Sam Newton and Cameron James Henderson and looks to connect independent Americana, folk, country and blues artists with listening audiences. The showcase nights will take place that the community-minded Village Church Annandale which will add a certain amount of intimacy to the shows.

The first Slow Train Presents is set to kick off tomorrow (Friday 1st September) and will feature Jed Rowe, Leroy Lee and the aforementioned Sam Newton – check out the official Facebook event for more information.

And to keep on top of what Slow Train Presents has in store for the future make sure you follow them on Facebook here

The Seymour Centre Courtyard Sessions Announce Lineup for 2017

The Courtyard Sessions
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This summer live, intimate music returns to the courtyard of The Seymour Centre in Sydney with the announcement of the 2017 Courtyard Sessions lineup.

The Courtyard Sessions are a free event every Friday night from the 13th January to the 17th March, featuring some of Sydney and Australia’s favourite up and coming artists, including a lot of Timber and Steel alumni such as Imogen Clark, Leroy Lee, Jordie Lane, Taryn La Fauci, Skyscraper Stan, The Cruisin’ Deuces and more.

The Courtyard Sessions kick off at 6pm each Friday night and will feature bar, BBQ, vintage games and more.

Check out the full line up below:

Friday 13th January – Imogen Clark
Friday 20th January – Leroy Lee
Friday 27th January – Jordie Lane
Friday 3rd February – BUOY
Friday 10th February – Frank Sultana
Friday 17th February – In The Round: Singer/Songwriter Night feat. Taryn La Fauci, Sabrina Soares, Melanie Dyer
Friday 24th February – Amber Rae Slade
Friday 3rd March – Skyscraper Stan
Friday 10th March – The Cruisin’ Deuces
Friday 17th March – Goldheist

For more information on The Courtyard Sessions check out the official Facebook page here.

The Musical Lineup for Finders Keepers Sydney This Weekend

Julia Jacklin
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The Autumn/Winter edition of the Finders Keepers Markets hits Sydney this weekend and the good news is the event has been extended to three days – which also means three days of live music.

The Finders Keepers Markets are held in Sydney twice a year and feature some of the best in local design and art stalls. This weekend’s market will take place at Australian Technology Park on Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May.

The musical lineup this time around features a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites over all three days including Direwolf, Leroy Lee, Not Good With Horses, Julia Jacklin (above), Richard Cuthbert, Jacob Pearson, Katie Wighton, Brian Campeau and many many more.

For more information on the artists and the markets check out the official site here. The full musical lineup for the three days is below:

Friday 8th May
6pm: Jake Howden
7pm: Direwolf
8pm: Leroy Lee
9pm: Not Good With Horses

Saturday 9th May
10am: Jack Shit (DJ)
12pm: Julia Jacklin
1pm: Richard Cuthbert
2pm: Echo Deer
3pm: DJ Dylabolical

Sunday 10th May
10am: Jack Shit (DJ)
12pm: Jacob Pearson
1pm: Katie Wighton
2pm: Brian Campeau

The Morrisons’ Country and Inner Western Night Returns Next Week

Country and Inner Western
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Next Wednesday night Sydney is set to come alive with the sounds of fiddles and banjos as The Morrisons descend on the Goodgod Small Club for their latest Country and Inner Western night.

Joining The Morrisons this time around will be a bunch of local folk, acoustic and alt-country heroes including Lucky Luke Webb (Lucky Luke and The Shooting Stars), Matt Gollan (The British Blues), Georgia Mooney (All Our Exes Live In Texas), Leroy Lee and The Button Collective. The night is guaranteed to be a rip-roarin’, boot-scootin’ night of folky goodness.

Country and Inner Western kicks off at Goodgod from 7.30pm next Wednesday the 24th September with tickets just $10 on the door. For more information check out the official Facebook event here

Porch Light Sessions Announces August Lineup

Betty and Oswald
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Regular Sydney folk and alt-country night the Porch Light Sessions just keeps on trucking withe the announcement of their August lineup. Curated by the incomparable Leroy Lee, these nights are very quickly becoming an institution on the Sydney folk scene.

The August edition will take place on Thursday 14th August at the Petersham Bowling Club and will feature sets from local folksters Betty & Oswald and Andy Golledge.

The music kicks off at 7:20pm with tickets just $10 on the door. For more information on the Porch Light Sessions check out the official facebook event here.

Porch Light Sessions Announces July Lineup

Liz Frencham
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The July edition of the Porch Light Sessions night at the Petersham Bowling Club in Sydney takes place this Thursday 10th July and has a lineup that features some of the folk scene’s favourites.

Taking the stage on Thursday night will be alt-country songstress Fanny Lumsden, singer-songwriter Heath Cullen and everyone’s favourite singing bass player Liz Frencham (above).

The Porch Light Sessions are presented by Leroy Lee and Nomadic Fish and kick off at 7:30pm. Tickets are just $10 on the door. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Musical Lineup for AW14 Finders Keepers Markets Sydney This Weekend

Martha Marlow
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This weekend the Autumn/Winter Finders Keepers Markets hit Sydney and as usual they have a fantastic lineup of folky musical guests to keep us entertained. If you haven’t attended a Finders Keepers Markets before you’re in for a treat – the event, held twice a year showcases the best in local and national designers and creative folk as well as a host of food trucks, music and more.

The AW14 event will take place at the Australian Technology Park on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th June and will feature music from the likes of Leroy Lee, Brian Campeau, Martha Marlow (above), Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers, Bec Sandridge, Hannah Marjorie, Boy Outside and more.

For more information on Finders Keepers check out the official site here. The full musical program is below:

Friday 6th June
6:00pm – Leroy Lee
7:00pm – Brian Campeau
8:00pm – Martha Marlow
9:00pm – Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers

Saturday 7th June
10:00am – Jack Shit (DJ)
12:00pm – Bec Sandridge
12:45pm – Hannah Marjorie
1:30pm – Boy Outside
2:30pm – DJ Dylabolical

The Porch Light Sessions Announce April Line Up

British Blues
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Brand new monthly Sydney folk night The Porch Light Sessions presented by Leroy Lee returns for its second show this April and the lineup is looking pretty strong.

Taking place on Thursday 10th April at the Petersham Bowling Club, The Porch Light Sessions will this time around feature Timber and Steel favourites The British Blues (above), local singer-songwriter legend Brian Campeau and Louise Nutting’s gorgeous Wartime Sweethearts project.

The music kicks off from 7:30pm with tickets just $10 on the door. Check out the official Facebook event here for more details.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 14th February


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Stream the new EP from One Up, Two Down. Details here

Achoo! Bless You have released the video for their new track “Wild Eyes”. Details here

– Canberra duo Sparrow-Folk combine folk music and boobs for their latest video “Ruin Your Day”. Details here

– Sydney indie folk night Little Features returns this month with a lineup that includes Mimi Gilbert, The Maple Trail, Packwood and Charlie Gradon. Details here

WOMADelaide’s final lineup addition for 2014 is singer-songwriter Lior. Details here

Vance Joy may be seeing success overseas but he hasn’t forgotten us with national headline dates this April and May. Details here

– Cabaret-folk big band The Good Ship are heading out on a national tour this March. Details here

Leroy Lee will be hosting a new monthly folk night at the Petersham Bowling Club, Porch Light Sessions, starting in March. The first night features Lee, The Morrisons and Lacey Cole and the Lazy Colts. Details here

The Audreys have released the video “My Darlin’ Girl”, the first track from their upcoming new album. Details here

Frank Turner released a video for his new song “Sweet Albion Blues”. Details here

Conor Oberst has announced plans for his new album Upside Down Mountain. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn has released his new video “Bottom of the Sea Blues” plus news of a deluxe version of his new album Country Mile. Details here


“I’m actually recording songs now from people that have never been recorded before, songs that may have been noted back in the time of the nineteenth century by Cecil Sharp but have never been sound recorded. I’m also discovering songs that have no known origin, that have never been documented before. It is like finding these undiscovered species that nobody knew existed, happily living in their native habitat in the minds of old gypsies – it’s wonderful! So there are discoveries to be made”Sam Lee chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“We definitely keep the live show very varied. We play to our audiences – we’ll have slower, poignant moments but towards the end of the set we like to ramp it up. We’ve got two sets of bagpipes and Megan [Henderson] our fiddle player does step dancing as well so we get all of these things combined and hopefully create a bit of a noise, a bit of energy” – James Lindsay from Breabach chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here




“I don’t recall much of the actual New Year, with MGMT running over time, a quick countdown before kissing and hugging your nearest and dearest, or the random crowd members beside you, and then finally The Wombats hitting us with an onslaught of hits and subsequent dancing frenzy, it all just blurs together to be an energy filled night of frivolity with a matching hangover the next morning” – Part 2 of KTBell’s Falls Festival review. Review here

Releases This Week

It's all Good
It’s All GoodDamien Dempsey

Lets Go Extinct
Let’s Go ExtinctFanfarlo

The Wheel EP
The Wheel EPJordan Millar

One Up Two Down
One Up, Two DownOne Up, Two Down

Robert Ellis
The Lights from the Chemical PlantRobert Ellis

Between Bars
Between BarsThe Civil Wars

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Little Bastard w/ OXBLVD, Ranger Spacey

Little Bastard

Sydney folk renegades Little Bastard will be taking to the stage at the Factory Floor for their first hometown headline show of the year. Fresh from conquering the Falls Festival in Lorne and laying down tracks for their debut album (due in May) the seven-piece are ready to make 2014 theirs and this gig is going to be a cracker.

Saturday 15th February – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Adelaide Fringe Festival
Friday 14th February to Sunday 16th March – Adelaide, SA

Andy Irvine
Thursday 20th February – Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, VIC
Friday 21st February – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Ann Vriend
Friday 14th February — The Homestead, North Hobart, TAS
Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th February — MONA, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 20th February — Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW

Cobargo Folk Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd February – Cobargo, NSW

Eddie Vedder
Sunday 16th February – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 18th February – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Frances Folk Gathering
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd February – Frances, SA

Jack Carty
Saturday 15th February – House Concert, Hazelwood Park, SA
Sunday 16th February – House Concert, Grange, SA

James Teague
Wednesday 19th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke
Friday 14th February – The Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 15th February – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st February – Paradiso Spiegeltent @ The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide, SA

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 14th February – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW

Leah Flanagan w/ Kieren Glasgow
Thursday 20th February – Vic on the Park, Enmore, NSW

Friday 21st February – Southern Peninsula Arts Centre, Rosebud, VIC

Little Bastard w/ OXBLVD, Ranger Spacey
Saturday 15th February – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

Okkervil River
Wednesday 19th February – Chevron Festival Gardens, Perth, WA
Friday 21st February – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

One Up Two Down and Oh Pep!
Friday 14th February – The Danish Club, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 16th February – Eudlo Hall, Eudlo, QLD
Wednesday 19th February – Anglican Church, Dorrigo, NSW
Thursday 20th February – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Friday 21st February – No.5, Bellingen, NSW

Saturday 15th February – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 16th February – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 19th February – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Sam Buckingham
Wednesday 19th February – Revolver, Prahran, VIC
Thursday 20th February – Baha’s, Mornington Peninsula, VIC
Friday 21st February 0 Fringe Festival, Adelaide, SA

The Beez
Friday 14th February – Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club, NSW
Saturday 15th February – Blackheath, NSW
Sunday 16th February – Bundanoon, NSW (house concert)
Wednesday 19th February – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, ACT

Unpaved Sessions w/ Matt Green, Emilee South, James Kenyon, Lisa Wood, Ruth Kateleros and Monique Kenny
Monday 17th February – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“First Day of My Life” – Bright Eyes

Three years we published a couple of Valentine’s Day related playlists – one for the loved up and one for the heartbroken – that always get a lot of hits at this time of year. Given FFF has fallen on Valentine’s Day this year we thought we’d share one of our favourite loved up tracks (with one of the sweetest loved up videos) with you. Enjoy the love!

Leroy Lee Presents The Porch Light Sessions

Leroy Lee

Image Courtesy of Leroy Lee

Local Sydney folk music hero Leroy Lee recently announced The Porch Light Sessions, a new monthly show at The Petersham Bowling Club. The night will take place on the second Thursday of each month with the first one on the 13th March.

For their first show Leroy Lee himself will be taking to the stage himself along with local Sydney artists The Morrisons and Lacey Cole and the Lazy Colts. Entry is just $10 with the doors opening at 5pm.

For more information on what’s shaping up to be an awesome night of music check out the official Facebook event here.

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