Thank Folk It’s Thursday – 24th December


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Beards have announced dates for their final ever tour. Details here

– UK based Australian singer-songwriter Emily Barker has released “Anywhere Away”, the lead single from her soundtrack to the movie Hector. Details here

– We streamed the new Angharad Drake album Sword. Details here

The National Folk Festival has announced Nancy Kerr as the headliner (both solo and with Nancy Kerr and James Fagan and The Fagans) as well as adding The Little Stevies, Frencham Smith, Sparrow-Folk, Sásta, Doctor Stovepipe, Miriam Lieberman with Lara Goodridge and Kate Adams, Black Mountain String Band, The Fiddle Chicks, Frumious and The Wheeze and Suck Band. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter Darren Cross released his new video “Just Got Along (la la le)”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Anna Cordell released a live video of her track “Blue Rose”. Details here

– Sydney folk duo Elwood Myre released their new video “Mrs Honey”. Details here

Mark Moldre released his latest video “O, Dreamtime Blues”. Details here

– Folk rock legends Levellers have announced an Australian tour. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Tom West will be recording a live album with shows in Adelaide and Melbourne. Details here

One Up, Two Down will be releasing a new EP and touring in January. Details here

The Gum Ball returns for 2016 with some folky gems on its first round of artists including Jeff Lang, Suzannah Espie, Caitlin Park and more. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin has announced full band shows in Sydney and Melbourne this January. Details here


– We posted our traditional Christmas Eve collection of the best Christmas Carols and Songs of the year. Check it out here

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Woodford Folk Festival


At this time of year is there any other gig? If you’re heading up to the Woodford Folk Festival have an amazing time!

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

Gigs Next Week

Falls Music & Arts Festival
Monday 28th December to Friday 1st January – Lorne, VIC
Tuesday 29th December to Friday 1st January – Marion Bay, TAS
Thursday 31st December to Sunday 3rd January – Byron Bay, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Irish Mythen, Starboard Canons
Sunday 27th December to Friday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

One Up, Two Down
Sunday 27th December to Friday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Wednesday 30th December to Friday 1st January – NYE On The Hill, Loch Village, VIC

The Audreys
Friday 1st January – Taste of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS

The East Pointers
Monday 28th December to Friday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

TinPan Orange
Saturday 27th December – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

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

Friday Folk Flashback

“White Wine in the Sun” – Kate Miller-Heidke

Kate Miller-Heidke may have produced one of the best Christmas songs this year with “I’m Growing A Beard Downstairs for Christmas”, featuring The Beards, but nothing can top her version of this Tim Minchin classic.

Levellers Announce 2016 Australian Tour

Image Courtesy of Levellers

Seminal British folk-punk-rock band Levellers have announced plans to head down to Australia in 2016 to perform their classic 1991 album Levelling The Land live. The performance will see the album performed in its entirety followed by an extended encore of Levellers’ extensive back catalogue.

Check out all of the Australian dates below:

Friday 7th October – The Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 8th October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 9th October – Max Watts, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 11th October – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 12th October – Capitol, Perth, WA

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st November


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– American six-piece The Head and the Heart released their new video “Let’s Be Still”. Details here

– The multi-talented Johnny Flynn will appear in the upcoming Anne Hathaway film Song One. Details here

– Adelaide’s Thom Lion has released his new video “Fruition”. Details here

Father John Misty announced plans to release his new album I Love You, Honeybear in 2015. Details here

– Acclaimed American folk-rockers The Lone Bellow have announced details of a new album in 2015, Then Came The Morning. Details here

The April Maze released their new video “I’ve Seen The Rain”. Details here

Dear Orphans front man Nick Payne released his first solo track “Old Sydney Town”. Details here

– The National Folk Festival announced it’s first official artists of 2015 including David Francey, Heartstring Quartet, Chris While & Julie Matthews, Baka Beyond, Equus, Greshka, Bandaluzia, The Flying Emus, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Lucy Wise Trio and Alanna & Alicia. Details here

The Punch Brothers announced that they’ll soon be announcing a new album, as well as releasing their new track “I Blew It Off”. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk night Little Features announced their Christmas show featuring The Starry Field, Alex Gibson, Yetis and Daniel Tomalaris. Details here

– Folk Rock legends Levellers released the new version of their track “Just The One” featuring Bellowhead. Details here

José González gave us a view from space for his new video “Every Age”. Details here

– Ten more artists were added to the Port Fairy Folk Festival including The Gloaming, Tom Mason, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Ajak Kwai, Ruth Moody, Perch Creek, Zeptepi, Michael Fix, Roesy and Chris Tamwoy. details here

Hozier released his brand new video “From Eden”. Details here


“Growing facial hair is far less effort than continuously shaving it off. Speaking of which, I’d like to dispel the myth that shaving stimulates hair growth. It doesn’t. People just think that it does because a hair follicle is at its darkest at the tip, so as the beard regrows, as it inevitably will because it’s a beard and therefore cannot be stopped, it looks like it’s growing thickly – it’s not, it’s growing at the same speed. All that’s happened is you’ve shaved off your beard and now you look like a fool, which you are, because you shaved off your beard” – Nathaniel Beard from The Beards chats to Aiden L Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

In Tongues
In TonguesElla Hooper

Shane Nicholson
Pitch, Roll & YawShane Nicholson
JB Hi-Fi

Thompson Family
Thompson – FamilyThompson Family

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The Spooky Men’s Chorale

Spooky Men

The Fitters’ Workshop in Canberra will be inviting folk music into it’s acoustically magnificent walls this weekend with The Spooky Men’s Chorale taking centre stage for a very special matinee show. Or as they put it “undertaking a full scale acoustic evaluation” of the venue.

Saturday 22nd November – The Fitters’ Workshop, Canberra, ACT

Gigs Next Week

Betty & Oswald
Friday 21st November – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd November – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Thursday 27th November – Babushka, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 28th November – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 21st November – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 22nd November – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Sunday 23rd November – Beavs Bar, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 27th November – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Friday 28th November – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Friday 21st to Saturday 22nd November — Carnival of Music, Clare Valley, SA
Sunday 23rd November — Creatively Celtic, Church of Christ, Aldgate, SA

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 21st November – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 22nd November – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Sunday 23rd November – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 23rd November – The B-East, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 21st November – The Boatshed, Manly, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 21st November – Hornsby Folk Club, Hornsby, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – River Music, Nowra, NSW
Sunday 23rd November – Humph Hall, Allambie Heights, NSW
Friday 28th November – Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle, WA

Gorgeous Festival
Friday 28th and Saturday 29th November – McLaren Vale, SA

Hat Fitz and Cara
Saturday 22nd November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 23rd November – The Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC
Thursday 27th November – The New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley, QLD

Friday 21st November – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 22nd November – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 23rd November – Mullum Music Fest, Mullumbimby, NSW
Wednesday 26th November – Hotel New York, Launceston, TAS
Thursday 27th November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 28th November – Adelaide Uni Bar, Adelaide, SA

Jack Carty
Friday 21st November – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 27th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 28th November – Captains at Mariners, Batemans Bay, NSW

Josh Pyke
Friday 21st November – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 22nd November – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 23rd November – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 27th November – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 28th November – The Astor Hotel, Goulburn, NSW

Katie Noonan, Angie Hart, Melody Pool, Sam Buckingham
Friday 21st November – The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 23rd November – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Lachlan Bryan and Harmony James
Friday 21st November – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 22nd November -The Playhouse Hotel, Barraba, NSW
Thursday 27th November – Junk Bar, Ashgrove, Brisbane, QLD

Little May
Friday 21st November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd November – The Front Gallery & Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 27th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Liz Stringer
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Tuesday 25th November – Jet Black Cat In Store, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 26th November – No 5. Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 27th November – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 28th November – Manly Fig, Manly, NSW

Mark Moldre
Sunday 23rd November – Avoca Markets, NSW

Mullum Music Festival
Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd November – Mullumbimby, NSW

One Up, Two Down and Dan Parsons
Saturday 22nd November – The Roxbury, Sydney, NSW

Pepa Knight
Thursday 27th November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 28th November – Baker St, Gosford, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 21st November – Redcliffe On The Murray, Pinjarra, WA
Saturday 22nd November – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 23rd November – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Wednesday 26th November – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 27th November – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Friday 28th November – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS

The Kruger Brothers w/ The Company
Friday 28th November – The Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 28th November – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Friday 21st November – Milton Theatre, South Coast, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – The Fitters’ Workshop, Canberra, ACT

The Stetson Family
Sunday 23rd November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Candy” – Paolo Nutini

Scottish singer Paolo Nutini is one of the most versatile artists in the world right now covering everything from trad to Americana to pop and beyond. I love the Neil Young vibe to this track – it definitely gets me excited that Nutini will be in the country for Bluesfest next year!

Watch the New Levellers Video “Just The One” featuring Bellowhead

Image Courtesy of Levellers

After revealing collaborations with Imelda May, Frank Turner, Bellowhead and Billy Bragg for their new Greatest Hits album, folk rock legends Levellers have rounded out their new videos with a new versions of “Just The One” featuring Timber and Steel favourites Bellowhead.

“As a Levellers fan myself from way back it’s a thrill that we’ve have been asked to do this,” Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden explained. “Levellers and Bellowhead collaborating on a song about drinking. Who would have thought it!?”

Check out the video for “Just The One” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 26th September


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Genre defying singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow released his new video “Look Out”. Details here

– Sydney trio Little May have released their new video “Dust” and have a national tour planned this November with Winterbourne. Details here

– The next Little Features takes place in Sydney this Saturday featuring Caitlin Harnett, Hannah Rosa and Jon Reichardt along with poetry from Kaveh and live art from Sally Conwell. Details here

Dallas Green and Pink gave us a little more information on what went into their new folk project You+Me. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Jack Carty has announced 25 additional dates for his album launch tour this October, November and December. Details here

Ryan Adams released his new video “My Wrecking Ball”. Details here

Fred Smith kicked off his album launch tour yesterday. Details here

The Perch Creek Family Jugband are hitting the road when they return to Australia next month for an east coast tour. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter Hattie Briggs released her new video “Old Eyes”. Details here

– Canadian singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega released her new video “Lived and Died Alone”. Details here

– Folk rock legends The Levellers have collaborated with Imelda May, Frank Turner and Billy Bragg on new versions of their classic tracks. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Hozier has released his new single “Take Me To Church”. Details here

All Our Exes Live In Texas have released their hilarious new clip for “Tell Me” staring Jake Stone, Phil Jamieson, Jackson Gallagher and Lawrence Leung. Details here

– We premiered the new video from Ruby Boots, “Oh Lover”. Details here

– Sydney’s Jep and Dep revealed details of their new album Word Got Out along with the video for “Granted” and tour dates from this October. Details here

– Folk trio RAPT will be launching their self-titled album at Folk By The Sea tomorrow. Details here


“I enjoyed writing songs and when I went to record the first album I’ll be honest, I didn’t have a great deal of direction. I had the songs that were acoustic and that was the way they were so I didn’t want to stray too far from the way that I’d written them. Luckily Anthony Lycenko and Ben McCarthy who co-produced that one, they got me onto people like Ray LaMontagne and Ryan Adams, along those sort of Americana, alt-country lines. It fit very well. Those guys knew what they were doing so under their guidance and advice, off I went”Brad Butcher chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I’ve come to terms with the fact that I love country music. It’s only been this year. I recently went away to Europe and all I listened to was Gillian Welch, Bill Callahan, Johnny Cash – all my favourites. And I was like “You know what Bree? You loved country music. Don’t be ashamed of it anymore”. I used to be really apologetic about it but now I know that I love it”Bree De Rome chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Billy The Kid
Horseshoes & Hand GrenadesBilly The Kid

Jack Carty
EskJack Carty

Lost Brothers
New Songs Of Dawn and DustThe Lost Brothers
Official Site

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Folk By The Sea

Button Collective

Today, Saturday and Sunday Kiama in NSW will be getting its folk on with the Folk By The Sea festival hitting town. A bunch of Timber and Steel’s favourite artists are playing including Mic Conway & Phil Donnison, The Bottlers, The Button Collective, Big Erle, Joe Mungovan, RAPT and many more. Who’s thinking road trip?

Friday 26th to Sunday 27th September – Kiama, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 26th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Boy & Bear
Friday 26th September – Bunbury Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 28th September – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Friday 26th September – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 27th September – Spring Soiree, Toowoomba, QLD
Sunday 28th September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Cat Canteri
Friday 26th September – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Saturday 27th September – Queens St Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 27th September – St Martin’s Hall, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 28th September – LiveSpark, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 28th September – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 2nd October – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 3rd October – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Andy Brown, The Mae Trio
Thursday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Friday 3rd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD

Folk By The Sea
Friday 26th to Sunday 27th September – Kiama, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 26th September – Taste Canowindra, Canowindra, NSW
Saturday 27th September – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 3rd October – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW

Green Mohair Suits
Friday 26th September – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 28th September – The Junction hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 3rd October – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Helen Begley and Penny Larkin
Sunday 28th September – Sappho Books Cafe, Sydney, NSW

Lacey Cole
Friday 3rd October – St John’s Glebe, Sydney, NSW

Little Features feat. Caitlin Harnett, Hannah Rosa, Jon Reichardt
Saturday 27th October – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Missy Higgins
Friday 26th September – The Events Centre Theatre, Caloundra, QLD
Saturday 27th September – BCEC – Great Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 28th September – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Tuesday 30th September – GCAC – Arts Theatre, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 1st October – Lismore City Hall – Churchill Auditorium, Lismore, NSW
Friday 3rd October – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 26th September – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Sahara Beck
Sunday 28th September – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 3rd October – Studio 188, Ipswich, QLD

Steve Smyth
Friday 26th September – Baroque Bar, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 28th September – The Rhythm Hut, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 3rd October – The Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 3rd October – Turner Bowls Club, Canberra, ACT

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 3rd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD

Friday 26th September – Under the Clothesline, Perth, WA
Saturday 27th September – Wave Rock Festival, WA

Wollombi Music Festival
Saturday 27th September – Wollombi, NSW

Xander Smith
Sunday 28th September – Wave Rock Weekender, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Big Sciota” – David Benedict

So I get obsessed with fiddle tunes and this is my current obsession. There’s literally hundreds of versions out there (it’s a bluegrass and old timey standard) but I just like the clean recording on David Benedict’s recording.

Watch Levellers Collaborate with Billy Bragg, Frank Turner and Imelda May

The Levellers
Image Courtesy of Levellers

Next week legendary British folk-rock band Levellers will be releasing their brand new greatest hits double album and DVD set featuring all of the bands singles and videos. As well as the band’s singles the album will also feature new versions of classic tracks with collaborations from Imelda May, Frank Turner, Bellowhead and Billy Bragg.

Three of the four collaborations are already on Youtube (we’re just waiting on the Bellowhead track) and we thought we’d collect them here. Enjoy!

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