Thank Folk It’s Friday – 8th September


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Blues and roots singer-songwriter Karl S Williams released his new single “Blood to Give”. Details here

– Canadian trio The East Pointers released their double A side “82 Fires / Tanglewood”. Details here

– Indie-folk singer songwriter Lisa Mitchell is releasing an EP of acoustic covers. Details here

– Sydney based alt-country trio The April Family released their new video “You’re Just The Blues”. Details here

– Post-punk singer-songwriter Paddy McHugh announced plans to release his new album City Bound Trains. Details here

Paul Kelly announced a national tour this November. Details here

Justin Townes Earle added Castlemaine and Meeniyan dates to his Australian tour. Details here

– The Queenscliff Music Festival added a bunch more artists including Andie Isalie, Black Rabbit George, Caiti Baker, Creek, Hussy Hicks, The Imprints, James Franklin, Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence, The Mae Trio, Miss Eileen & King Lear, Pat Tierney, Sex On Toast, Spiritus, Ukulele Death Squad and Vince Peach. Details here

– Sydney based indie-folkers Swamp Fat Jangles released their new single “You Only Say I Love You When You’re Drunk”. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival announced its first round of artists for 2018 including Troy Cassar-Daley, Declan O’Rourke, Shane Howard, Pauline Scanlon, Andy Irvine, John Spillane, Leah Flanagan, Lynnelle Moran, John McSherry, Alan Kelly Gang, The Band Who Knew Too Much, Chris While & Julie Matthews, Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys, Harry Manx, Nano Stern, Rebecca Barnard, Steve Poltz, The Topp Twins, The Ahern Brothers, The Brothers Comatose, Faith I Branko, Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse, Jack Broadbent, Mental As Anything, The Mexicans, Sophie Koh & Her Lady Choir, The Teskey Brothers and YolanDa Brown. Details here

The Teskey Brothers announced WA tour dates plus festival appearances at Meredith, Queenscliff, Lost Picnic, Caloundra, Dashville Skyline, Wave Rock, NYE On The Hill, Fairgrounds, Blues at Bridgetown and Strawberry Fields. Details here

The Triffid in Brisbane announced the lineup for this year’s Newstead Roots Festival including Caravãna Sun, Fat Picnic, The Steele Syndicate, Little Georgia, Luke Yeoward, Áine Tyrrell, Jordan Merrick and Angharad Drake. Details here

– Hunter Valley based alt-country singer Tori Forsyth released her new video “Grave Robber’s Daughter”. Details here

– Alt-country artist Micah P Hinson released his spoken word single “Micah Book One”. Details here

Releases This Week

Fledgling Fall
Fledgling FallÁine Tyrrell

Jack Johnson
All The Light Above It TooJack Johnson

Micah P Hinson
The Holy StrangersMicah P. Hinson

Wake Up Now
Wake Up NowNick Mulvey

Paul Brady
Unfinished BusinessPaul Brady

Button Collective
Hall on the HillThe Button Collective

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Trouble in the Kitchen and Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton

Trouble in the Kitchen

Two of Australia’s most loved trad bands Trouble in the Kitchen and Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton come together for a rare co-headline show.

Saturday 9th September – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Saturday 9th September – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Friday 15th to Monday 18th September – Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Festival, Kandanga, QLD

A Tribute to Bob Dylan Feat. Oh Mercy
Friday 8th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Alanna and Alicia
Friday 15th September – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 15th to Saturday 17th September – Turning Wave Festival, Yass, NSW

Americana Sunday Sessions w/ Montgomery Church
Sunday 10th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, NSW

Anna Smyrk
Friday 8th September – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 9th September – McCrossin’s Mill, Uralla, NSW
Thursday 14th September -Loft Bar, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Ashlea Reale
Sunday 10th September – Mini Bar, Rockingham Beach, WA
Thursday 14th September – The Swan Hotel, North Fremantle, WA

Friday 15th September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Ben Abraham
Thursday 14th September – The Croxton, Melbourne, VIC

Ben Mastwyk
Friday 8th September – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

Bill Chambers
Thursday 14th September – The Baan Baa Hall, Baan Baa, NSW

Sunday 10th September – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Brooke Russell
Saturday 9th September – Charles Weston Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 15th September – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Captain Apples
Friday 15th September – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Charles Jenkins
Saturday 9th September – Readings St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC

Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 8th September – Junction Arts Festival, Launceston, TAS

Clare Bowditch
Friday 15th September – The Sound Doctor Presents, Anglesea, VIC

Damien Dempsey
Thursday 14th September – The Flamin’ Galah, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th September – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Dan Sultan
Friday 8th September – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 9th September – Club 54, Launceston, TAS
Friday 15th September – HQ, Adelaide, SA

Devil Goat Family String Band
Saturday 9th September – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Dirtbird w/ Cathy Burke
Sunday 10th September – The Taproom, Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC

E for Echo w/ Merpire
Thursday 14th September – Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW

Fallon Cush, The April Family, Bryan Estepa and The Tempe Two
Saturday 9th September – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Tuesday 5th September to Friday 8th September – Bigsound, Brisbane, QLD

FolkSwagon feat. Stephanie Cherote, Tommy Castles, Jack Millar
Wednesday 13th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Garrett Kato
Friday 8th September – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Saturday 9th September – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Sunday 10th September – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Great Aunt
Friday 8th September – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave, VIC
Sunday 10th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Friday 8th September – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 9th September – Sider Diner Sessions, City Sider CBD Motel, Tamworth, NSW

Guildford Banjo Jamboree
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Guildford, VIC

Hannah Matysek
Sunday 10th September – The Forresters, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 10th September – The Little Guy, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 12th September – Different Drummer, Sydney, NSW

Homegrown Bluegrass & Old-Time feat. Stillhouse Union, Whoa Mule, The Plough, Fish Ain’t Bitin’ and Meridian
Saturday 9th September – Thirroul Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW

In The Round at Leadbelly feat. Sam Newton Amber Rae Slade & The Mighty Big Noise, Jason Walker and Sarah Humphreys
Wednesday 13th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

James Bennett
Friday 8th September – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 10th September – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 13th September – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 14th September – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 15th September – Latin Loafer, Port Macquarie, NSW

James Ellis & The Jealous Guys
Sunday 10th September – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Jed Rowe
Friday 8th September – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 14th September – Red Velvet Lounge, Cygnet, TAS
Friday 15th September – The Chapel, Burnie, TAS

Jen Cloher
Saturday 9th September – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Joe Mungovan and Greta Stanley
Thursday 14th September – Baha Tacos, Rye, VIC
Friday 15th September – Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 8th September – Selby Folk Club, Selby, VIC

Katie Noonan
Thursday 14th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Karl S Williams
Friday 8th September – The Edwards, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 9th September – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 10th September – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 14th September – Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th September – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 8th September – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 14th September – The Fox Den, Gloucester, NSW

Kim Churchill
Thursday 14th September – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 15th September – Unibar, Wollongong, NSW

King Street Crawl
Sunday 9th September – Newtown, Sydney, NSW

Lizzie Flynn
Friday 15th September – Coast Acoustics Festival Fringe, Nerang, QLD

Madison Violet
Friday 15th September – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Maggie Carty
Friday 8th September – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mark Olson
Friday 8th September – Shambles Brewery, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 9th September – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 10th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 12th September – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Wednesday 13th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 14th September – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 8th September – House Concert, Oakdale, NSW
Saturday 9th September – House Concert, Nelson, NSW
Sunday 10th September – House Concert, Wamberal, NSW
Thursday 14th September – The Chapel, Burnie, TAS

Melody Moko
Saturday 9th September – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 14th September – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Sunday 10th September – Maestro and Co, Manly, NSW
Thursday 14th September – Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW

Mitch Power
Wednesday 13th September – The Front Gallery and Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 14th September – Antojitos Newcastle, Carrington, NSW

Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Fest
Friday 15th to Monday 18th September – Upper Kandanga, Mary Valley, QLD

Montgomery Church
Friday 8th September – House Concert, Maryborough, QLD
Saturday 9th September – Retro Bar, Kenmore, QLD
Sunday 10th September – Americana Sunday Sessions, The Triffid, Brisbane, NSW
Friday 15th September – Blackheath Community Hall, Blackheath, NSW

Nathan Seeckts, Catholic Guilt, David Grimson
Sunday 10th September – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Neurum Creek Music Festival
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th September – Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, Neurum Creek, QLD

NGV Friday Nights feat. Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 8th September – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC

Nimbin Roots Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin, NSW

Obscura Hail
Monday 11th September – Rad, Wollongong, NSW

Oliver Downes w/ Stav
Thursday 14th September – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Open Folk’n
Friday 8th September – Bendigo Folk Club, The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Patrick James
Friday 15th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Pete Murray
Friday 8th September – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 9th September – Darwin Ski Club, Darwin, NT

Pick’in In The Pub feat. Tommy Chandle, The Willing Ponies
Sunday 10th September – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 8th September – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 9th September – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Wednesday 13th September – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC

Porch Light Sessions feat. Hollie Matthew, Liam Gale, John Mason
Thursday 14th September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Psycho Zydeco w/ Chris Allan
Friday 8th September – The Acoustic Picnic, Sydney, NSW

Quinton Trembath
Sunday 10th September – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Redland Spring Festival
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th September – Redland, QLD

Rita B
Sunday 10th September – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 12th September – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Wednesday 13th September – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Russell Morris
Friday 8th September – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW
Saturday 9th September – Belmont 16s, Belmont, NSW
Sunday 10th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 14th September – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Thursday 14th September – South Coast Folk Club, Port Noarlunga, SA

Shaky Stills
Sunday 10th September – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Nicholson
Friday 8th September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Sneaky Jams feat. Josh Shipton, Matt Fletcher, Baiylaw
Sunday 10th September – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Tex, Don & Charlie
Friday 8th September – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 9th September – Bellingen Memorial Hall, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 10th September – A&I Hall, Bangalow, NSW
Wednesday 13th September – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 14th September – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 15th September – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

The Button Collective
Friday 8th September – Rappville Pub, Rappville, NSW
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

The Cope Street Parade
Saturday 9th September – Welcome To Thornbury, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 9th September – The Jazzlab, Melbourne, VIC

The Montgomery Brothers
Friday 8th September – The Basement Bar, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 9th September – Machans Beach Community Hall, Cairns, QLD

The Round Up feat. Gallie and Rich Davies
Wednesday 13th September – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Slipdixies
Saturday 9th September – Victorian Jazz Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Tall Grass
Saturday 9th September – Sonic Sherpa Records, Brisbane, QLD

The Weeping Willows and Their Travelling Companions
Sunday 10th September – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Guy
Friday 15th September – The Taproom Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC

Tim Wheatley
Friday 8th September – Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar, Sydney, NSW

Timothy James Bowen
Saturday 9th September – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Saturday 9th September – Sydney Harbour Boat Cruise, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Tori Forsyth
Saturday 9th September – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT

Triffid Acoustics w/ Jeremy Hunter
Wednesday 13th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Trouble in the Kitchen and Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton
Saturday 9th September – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Turning Wave Festival
Friday 15th to Saturday 17th September – Yass, NSW

Vanishing Shapes feat. As of Sky, Jono B Smith
Sunday 10th September – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW

Z-Stay Delta
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Fest, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Butterfly/Kodo” – The Folk Ensemble

Lisa Mitchell Announces Accoustic Covers EP

Lisa Mitchell
Image Courtesy of Lisa Mitchell

Following the runaway success of her recent cover of Phantom Planet’s “California” (better known as the them for The OC) indie-folk singer Lisa Mitchell has announced plans to release an EP of covers, featuring some absolute 90s gems.

Titled When They Play That Song, the EP is due for release on the 15th September. Along with “California” the EP will also feature “Stop” by the Spice Girls, “Every You Every Me” by Placebo, “Cruel To Be Kind” made famous by Letters To Cleo and “Lovefool” which is either a Jamiroquai or Cardigans track.

To get you excited for When They Play That Song listen to “California” and “Stop” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th April


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Irish songstress Lisa Hannigan announced Australian tour dates this May. Details here

– Melbourne alt-country legends Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes and The Weeping Willows are heading out on a joint tour. Details here

– Tasmanian convict punks The Dead Maggies announced tour dates in NSW, ACT, VIC. Details here

– A joint tour has been announced from indie singer-songwriters Lisa Mitchell and Dustin Tebbutt this June. Details here


“When I was starting out I relied more on boundless energy, now days I tend to rely on experience a bit more, which is probably to say I’m not as blindly convinced about every idea I have anymore. In terms of song writing, I used to try and explain things more than I should, and now I think I’m trying to create a genuine echo in things I don’t understand so much”Felix Riebl chats to KT Bell. Interview here

“The calibre of artists at a festival like Bluesfest speaks for itself so that and Woodford are unlike any other in the world. You just have to go because words don’t do them justice”Irish Mythen chats to KT Bell. Interview here

Releases This Week

Davidson Brothers
All You Need Is MusicDavidson Brothers
Official Site

Father John Misty
Pure ComedyFather John Misty

Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings – Various

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Emily Barker

Emily Barker

UK based Australian singer-songwriter Emily Barker heads to the east coast for rare shows in Sydney and Melbourne.

Tuesday 11th April – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 12th April – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Acoustics Anonymous feat. Frank Sultana and Andy Golledge
Wednesday 12th April – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Alan Reid & Rob van Sante
Friday 7th April – Illawara Folk Club, Wollongong City Diggers Club, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt w/ Fanny Lumsden
Friday 7th April – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW
Saturday 8th April – Soul Central, Dee Why, NSW
Sunday 9th April – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

B-Benders Honky Tonk
Saturday 8th April – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Sunday 9th April – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Benny Walker
Sunday 9th April – MV Mary Ann, Echuna, VIC

Bill Chambers & Raechel Whitchurch
Friday 7th April – Club Mudgee, Mudgee, NSW
Saturday 8th April – Dubbo RSL, Dubbo, NSW
Sunday 9th April – Orange Ex-Services’ Club, Orange, NSW
Thursday 13th April – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Byron Bay, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. The Galax Bogtrotters
Wednesday 12th April – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Bonnie Raitt
Friday 7th April – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 8th April – Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Monday 10th April – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 12th April – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Busby Marou
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Colin Lillie
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Datson Hughes, Terry Serio’s Half Truth
Sunday 9th April – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Darcy Fox
Sunday 9th April – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Emily Barker
Tuesday 11th April – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 12th April – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Sally Balfour, Ed Wells, MoSoul
Wednesday 12th April – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Garrett Kato
Friday 7th April – The Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th April – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Grigoryan Brothers
Friday 7th April – Bellingen Memorial Hall, Bellingen, NSW

Saturday 8th April – Smalls, Berrima, NSW
Saturday 8th April – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW

Friday 7th April – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 8th April – Hudson Ballroom, Sydney, NSW

Irish Mythen
Friday 7th April – The Heritage, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 8th April – Revamp The Amp, Kuranda, QLD
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 7th April – Always Good Nights, Bunbury, WA
Thursday 13th April – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Jake Shimabukuro
Sunday 9th April – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Monday 10th April – Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 12th April – The Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th April – The Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 7th April – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 7th April – Kingsbury Bowls Club, Melbourne, VIC

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

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 7th April – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 11th April Federation Concery Hall, Hobart, TAS

Kirsty Bromley
Sunday 9th April – Marakoopa Café, Mayberry, TAS

Les Poules à Colin
Saturday 8th April – New Farm Bowls Club, New Farm, QLD
Sunday 9th April – Nanango Shed, Nanago QLD
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Little Features: The Real Last Show
Saturday 8th April – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Mandy Connell
Saturday 8th April – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Sunday 9th April – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Martha Tilston
Friday 14th to Monday 17th April – National Folk Festival, ACT

Michael Kiwanuka
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Nahko and Medicine for the People
Wednesday 12th April – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th April – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Nathan Brailey & The Big Southern w/ Craig Coburn & Whiskey Dram
Sunday 9th April – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

National Folk Festival
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Canberra, ACT

Oh Willy Dear & Katie Brianna
Sunday 9th April – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Old Guard Of The North
Saturday 8th April – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Peasant Moon w/ Matt Ward
Sunday 9th April – Crown & Anchor Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Pierce Brothers
Friday 14th April – Barwon Heads Hotel, Barwon Heads, VIC

Porch Light Sessions feat. Chris Gillespie, Bonniesongs, Naomi Nash
Thursday 13th April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Rhiannon Giddens
Saturday 8th April – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 11th April – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Rich Davies & The Low Road
Saturday 8th April – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 9th April – Goldmines Hotel, Bendigo, VIC

Rick Hart
Friday 7th April – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Roesy, Gallie, Liz Stringer
Wednesday 19th April – The Very Round Robin, Hamilton, VIC

Sally Balfour
Wednesday 12th April – Folkswagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Sweet Creeps & Outlaws Tour feat. Henry Wagons, Jonny Fritz, Ruby Boots
Thursday 13th April – Porteno Restaurant and Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th April – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

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

The Button Collective
Friday 7th April – The Two Goats, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 8th April – The Bellingen Brewing Co., Bellingen, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 14th April – The Brunswick Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The East Pointers
Friday 7th April – Eatonsville Hall, Eatonsville, NSW
Saturday 8th April – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 9th April – BLEACH* Festival, Mudgeeraba Hall, Gold Coast, QLD

The McClymonts
Friday 7th April – Goulburn Workers, Goulburn, NSW
Saturday 8th April – Civic Theatre, Wagga Wagga, NSW

The Mountain Goats
Friday 7th April – Fowlers Live, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 8th April – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 9th April – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 11th April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 12th April – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

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

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

The String Contingent
Saturday 8th April – Nest, Tumbarumba, NSW

The Waifs
Saturday 8th April – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 9th April – Munro Martin Parklands, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 12th April – Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT
Thursday 13th April – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

Tim Guy
Friday 7th April – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 14th April – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Tony Joe White
Wednesday 12th April – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 13th April – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Turin Brakes
Monday 10th April – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Zulya and The Children of the Underground
Thursday 13th April – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Rare Ould Times” – Imelda May, Karan Casey and The Dubliners

Lisa Mitchell and Dustin Tebbutt Announce Distant Call Joint National Tour

Dustin and Lisa
Image Courtesy of Dustin Tebbutt

This June two of our favourite indie artists – Lisa Mitchell and Dustin Tebbutt – are joining forces for a national tour. Mitchell and Tebbutt will be sharing the same band and combining their performance for a carefully curated, hour and a half set.

“Lisa and I have know each other for a few years, and we’d started looking at doing a tour together,” Dustin Tebbutt explained. “I was in Amsterdam doing some shows and happened to be talking through it all with my keys player who also plays for Lisa. I think at one point we were joking that they could just stay on stage for both of our sets, and then the Idea to share a band started making more sense. It kind of grew from there. What we’re looking at now is a really collaborative show, where we share the stage, songs, and musicians; weaving our songs together. I’ll be playing some of Lisa’s music with her and she’ll be adding her magic to some of my songs. I think its going to be a really special run of shows.”

“I’m so looking forward to these shows with Dustin!” Lisa Mitchell added. “I’ve never done anything like this. It already feels like the show is going to be something totally different! I’ve been a fan of Dustin’s music for a long time. We seem to inhabit the edges of a similar world, both musically and in our visual worlds. When Dustin and I were brainstorming the name of the tour, I suggested, ‘New Phone, Who Dis?’ Don’t know why he didn’t go for it [laughs].”

Joining them in the support slot will be up and coming folktronica artist Alex the Astronaut. Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 10th June – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 11th June – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 15th June – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th June – Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 17th June – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 23rd June – Newport Hotel, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 24th June – Badlands, Perth, WA
Friday 30th June – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st July – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Falls Festival Review: Falls Festival Finds

Goodnight from Falls general_20160101-19Festival: Falls Music and Arts Festival
Location: Byron Bay – North Byron Parklands
Date(s): Thursday 31st Dec 2015 – Saturday 2nd Jan 2016
Featured Artists: The Imprints, Merry Jeann, The Scrimshaw Four, Vardos, Soak and Oh Wonder.
Photos by Stuart Bucknell

At festivals like Falls, there’s always big name acts, there’s always Timber and Steel style acts we’re anticipating, and then there’s always a raft of acts we’ve not come across or had an opportunity to see before. It’s one of our utter pleasures to go out of our way to check out the quirky and unknown acts on festival line ups and see what’s new to discover. As I mentioned in my Overview, Lola’s Bar in the Festival Village was a gold mine for the kinds of acts we love here at Timber and Steel.

imprints_20160101-1The Imprints, a two-piece hailing from Melbourne, played Lola’s Bar on New Year’s Day with their quirky strings and drums combo to a quiet crowd recovering from their midnight revelry. Their clever use of looping pedals made for intricate fiddle tracks that melded together in beautiful harmonies. Their set featured opportunities for them to build up multi tracks of fiddle plucking, playing, strumming and harmonizing, along with a retinue of drum beats, and then strip the sound right back to a simple beat and chord. Watching them, it was clear they had a strong link, feeding off each other throughout their live performances, no doubt developed from their time playing pure improvisation. Part way through the set, Violinist Willow asked for people to come forward, even just to lay down on the dance floor and chill, because it was always weird to play to people sitting so far away. Without dropping a beat, there was a mass movement of people, and their chairs, forward. The Imprints had made a good impression.

merrynjean_20160101-2Merryn Jeann played a 10am set in Lola’s Bar on the last day of the festival, the perfect start to a day clouded in sleepiness and people just coming terms with the day. Merryn was the epitome of a folk musician, clad in an embroidered blouse, long skirt, bare feet and jaunty flat cap. Freshly arrived home from performing at the Woodford Folk Festival, Merryn started the last day of Falls with a cover of Bombay Bicycle Club’s Dust on the Ground. Her lulling, husky voice wrapped the gathering crowd in the comfort of lyrics and time, at times haunting, at times humming around you like a bumble bee. Her set included tracks like Death at Lincoln Park, usually sung with her folk band, but with a different blues style lament when performed as a solo. Having recently returned from a 6-month stint living in Berlin, Merryn took advantage of the opportunity to perform in her home town by bringing along a friend or two to join her on stage. Maeve and her violin joined the set with haunting violin chords that supplied liquid undertones to Merryn’s finger plucking.

Merryn has an unassuming, raw and honest style, playing direct from the heart. She had people transfixed, woke them to the day, and lulled them through the morning, and drew people in to sit and chill, taking in her tunes.

scrimshawfour_20160101-2The Scrimshaw Four had the lunchtime shift at Lola’s Bar on the last day of the festival. We turned up to count 5 performers on stage and figured it was a happy bonus. Or maybe they can’t count. With a line up of guitar, fiddle, bass drum, double bass, banjo and Hawaiian Lei, we knew it was going to be a vibrant show from the Melbourne lads. They kicked off the set with the country-esque fiddle and boppy vocal harmonies of Stealin’. Once the audience was properly warmed up, it was time to get down to the real business of party tunes! When a song is introduced as being about a ‘romantic day’ on the beach and starts off with the line “I don’t want to give you a diamond ring”, you know it’s going to be a fun story-telling style set. I Just Wanna Give You My Heart turned out to be just that, with a bluegrass jam, upbeat tempo and a Mic Conway like frivolity. To follow that up with an hilarious cover of The Little Mermaid’s Under the Sea but at a fast, almost manic pace, was exactly the right formula for a happy crowd.

The Scrim deftly swung through country, folk, gypsy jazz, and everthing else on the old and gutsy jazz spectrum, to ragtime beats and high energy dance tracks. They reminded me of The WooHoo Revue but with their own brand of quirk. They have stellar stories that create their songs and make for great anticipation-laced intros, like the one about the girl who misheard his invitation to show him her moves, instead as show him her boobs! The Scrimshaw Four are a solid festival band sure to get you dancing, whether it’s to a polka, some Roma gypsy jazz, some hillbilly and bluegrass, or just some country and folk, you won’t be able to stop your toes from tapping.

vardos_20160101-6We came across the witty, character filled trio Vardos at Lola’s bar early in the afternoon of New Years Day. All kinds of gypsy music, from Transylvanian Romanian to “Modern” flowed from the lively crew with fiddle, accordion and double bass ablaze. From the outset it was clear they genuinely have fun on stage, moving and dancing round each other with some fun choreographed moments of teasing and taunting. All three took turns singing songs and the fake accents that tended to slip in and out were all a fun part of the ruse. They sing about love, beauty, life, ups and downs, all the while maintaining a vibrant and direct connection with audience, picking out people to play to in each song. The three are playful on stage and fun to watch, like witnessing a battle of wills between the violin and bass and an accordion playing the referee.

But, finding something new wasn’t just restricted to the small stages of the festival, both the Forest and Valley Stages also offered a little something to discover.

soak_20160101-5Irish songstress Bridie Monds-Watson, aka Soak, had the unenviable task of opening the main stage for the final day of Falls. But once the Valley was open to punters for the day, a steady stream of eager listeners made their way to a grassy spot to soak up her sounds. “Soak” comes from a phonetic mash-up of ‘Soul’ and ‘Folk’ but her style is still more genre defying than such a straight forward combination. Her set traversed her musical explorations, through floaty chill-out moments, ethereal soundscapes, indie infused sounds and haunting vocal melodies. Sea Creatures and Blud, her most signature tunes to date, washed over the crowds and set the tone of the day.

As Soak, Bridie has a strong sense of her vocal diversity, engaging a delightful head voice when it fits, and smashing out those power driven notes when the point needs to be hammered home. She reminded me of both Lisa Mitchell and Emma Louise (in her Jungle days) in ways, her vocal stylings in particular. I think ultimately the physical enormity of the Valley Stage meant she could not engage authentically with the audience, she could have benefitted from a more intimate setting, like the Forest Stage, to really allow the audience in to her realm. She does have potential to grow and emerge as a staple festival act, so keep your eyes on Soak!

ohwonder_20160101-1I think my favourite find for the whole of Festival has to be Oh Wonder, a London-based duo who were performing in Australia for the first time thanks to the Falls Festival. You’ve got to love a band who brings their own stage backdrop, a 2-metre-tall set of light up initials for their band name… which read ‘OW’, It’s probably an appropriate sentiment for the level of hangovers, hair of the dog’s and sunburns that were evident post NYE celebrations.

Oh Wonder created instant atmosphere with a smoke machine and tension filled hanging notes as they entered the stage to launch their set. The assembled crowd  gave huge cheers for each of the duo as they took to the stage. Described as electric folk, their style encapsulated the nuances achievable with looping tones and beats, while layering piano and electric guitar over the top. Their vocal unison was compelling, more so when they slipped seamlessly in to close harmonies and back out to unison again. Their voices compliment each other tonally, Josephine is the lead vocalist but Anthony’s smooth, silky voice wraps her delicate breathy beauty and grounds it in the electro beats they employ. Both are multi skilled, multi instrumentalists that lend their talents to each others musical moments, creating thick, rich tones to lose yourself in. Highlights of their set were the heavy bass and rolling piano melodies of Livewire, and the at times reggae-like bass and sparkling impact of Dazzle. The one descriptor that keeps coming to mind for Oh Wonder, is “gorgeous”. Check them out and cross your fingers for another visit down under from them soon.

So, that wraps up our 2015 Falls Festival Byron Bay experience. A wealth of acts to see and one of the best festival experiences we’ve ever had. Byron Bay is a definite contender for anyone looking for a great way to spend New Years Eve, no matter the line up.

Read our other Falls Music & Arts Festival reviews:

Overview of Falls Festival Byron Bay 2015

Timber and Steel Highlights

Unmissable Acts

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2014


Ok we promise one more list and then we’re done. For the second year in a row our illustrious editor-in-chief Gareth Hugh Evans has picked his top 25 tracks from the entirety of 2014.

Most of these tracks were singles although some are just taken from albums released this year and others are previews of releases due next year. But if this list proves anything folk music is a wide and varied genre that is going from strength to strength. We hope you enjoy – let’s do it all again next year!

1. Passenger – “Heart’s On Fire”
“Heart’s On Fire” has been my favourite Passenger track live for many years so it’s fantastic to see it finally “officially” released. I’ve seen this song silence a sold out, 1,000 capacity crowd at the HiFi in Sydney and it sent chills down my spine. I love the simplicity of this song, the way the fiddle dances over the finger-picked guitar, the rousing harmonies in the chorus, the subltle strings and mandolin – it all comes together to create something magical.
Watch an early video of “Heart’s On Fire” here

2. Nick Mulvey – “Meet Me There”
To be honest I could have picked any of the tracks from Nick Mulvey’s album First Mind for this list so picking just one (to give tracks from other artists a chance) was agonising. I chose “Meet Me There” because I think it showcases Mulvey’s unique guitar style as well as the gorgeous production that’s all over First Mind. I’m so sour I missed Nick Mulvey when he was in the country earlier this year and just hope he’ll be back soon.
Learn to play all of the songs from First Mind here

3. Bellowhead – “Jack Lintel’s Jig”
First of all this is not a jig, it’s a hornpipe. Secondly it’s not commonly known as “Jack Lintel’s…” – most people probably know it as “Cam Ye O’er Frae France”. But when you listen to the way Bellowhead have constructed this track as a round that builds and builds on the hornpipe’s three parts before abruptly halting leaving the rhythmic fiddle hanging in the air you can forgive all this. It makes me wish Bellowhead did more instrumentals.
Watch Bellowhead take you through their album Revival track by track

4. James Vincent McMorrow – “Gold”
I saw James Vincent McMorrow at the Sydney Opera House earlier this year and it was one of the most spellbinding performances I’ve seen in years. “Gold” is a highlight from his album Post Tropical showcasing his rich falsetto, punctuated by harps and horns and backing vocals. Is this folk? Probably not in the strictest sense but it’s a definite evolution of James Vincent McMorrow’s sound from his earlier incarnation as an acoustic singer-songwriter.
Watch James Vincent McMorrow’s latest video “Look Out” here

5. Oh Pep! – “Rest Assured”
There’s something insanely catchy about the syncopated melody of this mandolin driven folk-pop song. It’s just so listenable and is definitely one of my favourite songs to see them perform live. The clip for “Rest Assured” is a little surreal but there’s something I like about it – it has a quirky appeal.
Read our interview with Pepi Emmerichs from Oh Pep! here

6. Pepa Knight – “Rahh!”
I love the fact that Pepa Knight’s solo effort feels like he’s taken all the world music influences of his band Jinja Safari, thrown them into a big pot, distilled them into something pure and then produced what is one of the most unique releases in 2014. “Rahh!” packs such a musical punch and is the perfect addition to any mixtape or playlist to make your listener sit up and take notice.
Find out more about Pepa Knight’s EP Hypnotized here

7. Husky – “I’m Not Coming Back”
“I’m Not Coming Back” announced Husky’s triumphant return to our eardrums and heralded the coming of their amazing new album Ruckers Hill. This track is classic Husky, all interwoven harmonies and intricate melodies. I especially love the bridge, which has almost a call-and-reply gospel feel to it. Superb.
Find out more about Husky’s new album here

8. Patrick James – “Message”
“Message” continues Patrick James’ winning streak as far as I’m concerned. James consitently writes some of the best indie-folk tunes in Australia and with astounding frequency as well. The clip for “Message” is one of my favourites of the year as well.
Find out more about Patrick James’ EP Broken Lines here

9. Gregory Alan Isakov – “Amsterdam”
The Weatherman was one of my favourite albums of 2013, and “Amsterdam” is one of my favourite tracks on the album, having been released as a single this year. I love the lo-fi sound of this track – the whole thing feels like it was recorded in an echo chamber which gives the song a real ethereal feel.
There’s more information on the animated video for Amsterdam here

10. Dan and Amy – “Pretend”
This song transports me back to the sounds of the 60s and 70s English folk revival with its medieval melodies and liberal use of woodwind. Again, the bridge of this track is what makes it with Dan’s gregorian vocals and strange time signatures driving the song forward.
Find out more about Dan and Amy’s EP Sometimes Life here

11. Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys – “A Hymn to the Wolves”
I’ve said it before but I love what Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys are doing with for contemporary folk music in the UK. Songs like “A Hymn to the Wolves” are just stunning – taking the tradition well and truly into the twenty-first century on the backs of guitar, fiddle and their stunning voices.
Listen to more tracks from Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys’ new album Any Other Morning here.

12. Missy Higgins – “Shark Fin Blues”
It was Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens who first introduced me to “Shark Fin Blues” (check out their version here) and I immediately fell in love. However when I hunted out the original version from The Drones I have to admit I wasn’t too impressed – unlike a lot of music lovers I just can’t get into Gareth Liddiard’s distinctive voice. This didn’t diminish the song however and as Missy Higgins’s version proves it is one of best Australian songs ever written.
Find out more about Missy Higgins’ covers album and book OZ here.

13. Bear’s Den – “Above The Clouds Of Pompeii”
The new Bear’s Den album Islands really stretches the UK trio, seeing them move beyond the indie-folk of their earlier EPs. But it’s the indie-folk sounds that I love about Bear’s Den so I’m glad there’s a couple of gems like “Above The Clouds Of Pompeii” on Islands – this is the band at its best.
Read our interview with Kev Jones from Bear’s Den here

14. Jordan Millar – “If Only…”
Every time I play “If Only…” on loud speakers anyone who is within earshot immediately looks up from whatever they’re doing and enquires who is singing. It goes to show just how catchy Jordan Millar’s single is. This is probably my favourite Jordan Millar song to date, and it can be picked up for nothing as part of the free EP The Wheel.
Stream and download The Wheel EP online here.

15. Lisa Mitchell – “Wah Ha”
“Wah Ha” is Lisa Mitchell’s return to acoustic, folk-inspired pop music and I love it. The track seems to take its cue from 70’s Burt Bacharach tracks in its writing, arrangement and production. I really hope that Lisa Mitchell has a lot more tracks like this in her because it’s this kind of music that I love hearing her produce.
The full dates for Lisa Mitchell’s 2015 acoustic tour are here.

16. Kim Churchill – “Window to the Sky”
Ah, the song that brought Kim Churchill to a wider audience. I’ve been a fan of Churchill’s since Timber and Steel contributor KT Bell first badgered me to listen to his music a number of years ago but honestly I think “Window to the Sky” is his catchiest track yet and deserves all the attention it’s been getting. The track sits somewhere between the roots of the John Butler Trio and Xavier Rudd and the indie-folk of Matt Corby and Boy and Bear and will definitely get stuck in your head when you press play.
Check out the full dates for Kim Churchill’s 2015 tour here

17. Kasey Chambers – “Wheelbarrow”
My favourite albums from Kasey Chambers’ back catalogue are those she recorded with then husband Shane Nicholson, Rattlin’ Bones and Wreck & Ruin. I feel like “Wheelbarrow” takes a lot of their rootsy Americana elements and layers them with some of the crunchiest guitar I’ve ever heard on a country track. Kasey Chambers has never been a conventional country songwriter but with tracks like “Wheelbarrow” she’s challenging all expectations and is producing some of her best music to date in the process.
Listen to Kasey Chamber’s duet with Bernard Fanning, “Bittersweet”, here.

18. The New Basement Tapes – “Spanish Mary”
What happens when you take the “forgotten” lyrics of 1967’s Bob Dylan and give them to a supergroup made up of Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons) plus super producer T Bone Burnett to put to music? Pure magic. This is by far and away my favourite track on the album from The New Basement Tapes – part old timey picker (courtesy of Rhiannon Giddens’ beautiful vocals), part psychedelic romp, the track feels as much 1867 as it does 1967 or even 2014. Love it!
Check out full details of The New Basement Tapes project here.

19. First Aid Kit – “My Silver Lining”
“My Silver Lining” transports you back to the 70s, invoking early Neil Young mixed with a heavy doses of Emmylou Harris. The lush strings and reverb heavy melodies wouldn’t be out of place in a Western movie and I love the way First Aid Kit pace their lyrics throughout the track – at some points they manage to fit more words than should be possible into a phrase, at other points they drag a single word out over an entire melody. It’s amazing that some of the best Americana in the world is coming out of Sweden.
Check out the full 2015 Australian tour dates for First Aid Kit here.

20. Jack Carty – “What Am I Gonna Do With All Of My Love Now?”
You’d be hard pressed to find a Timber and Steel “Best of” list without some mention of Jack Carty. And there’s a reason or that – Carty is the master of the story song and Timber and Steel loves a story song. “What Am I Gonna Do With All Of My Love Now?” is just one of the many gems on the new album Esk and only really pipped songs like “Be Like The Water”, “The Universe” and “The Joneses” at the post because of the Lord of the Rings reference.
Listen to Jack Carty’s duet with Katie Noonan, “The Universe”, here

21. All Our Exes Live in Texas – “Tell Me”
“Tell Me” is what happens when four of Sydney’s best songwriters – Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney – get together and write a folk song. The track is insanely catchy and makes the most of All Our Exes Live in Texas’ stunning four part harmonies. If “Tell Me” is a taste of what we can expect from All Our Exes Live in Texas in 2015 then I’m very excited.
Read our interview with All Our Exes Live in Texas here.

22. The Staves – “Blood I Bled”
I’d argue that “Blood I Bled” is The Staves’ most traditional-folk inspired track to date. The melody sounds like it could have been written 100 years ago. And the production is exquisite – which it should be considering it was brought to life by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. I love the way this song builds from a picked ukulele to driving horns, all the while never overpowering the vocal harmonies. I’m so excited about the releae of If I Was next year.
Find out more about the new album from The Staves If I Was here.

23. Ruby Boots – “Oh, Lover”
When Ruby Boots asked Timber and Steel to debut the video for “Oh, Lover” I was overcome by just how good the track was. I love Ruby Boots’ music live but “Oh, Lover” is just on another level – the unconventional verse structure, the Spanish inspires rhythm section, the surf-guitar riff. The video is wonderfully surreal as well with Ruby Boots floating on a bed through a flooded forest. You’ll want to listen to this song over and over again.
Stream Ruby Boots’ self titled EP here.

24. Stu Larsen – “San Francisco”
“San Francisco” is what pop music should be. A simple melody. A story told through verse. Stu Larsen (with Mike Rosenberg, AKA Passenger, and Chris Vallejo on production duties) has produced a little bit of magic with this track. There’s something effortlessly classic about the song from beginning to end and it’s the perfect accompaniment to long drives on hot summer days.
Watch Stu Larsen’s latest video “King Street” here.

25. Vena Portae – “Flames & Fury”
This is probably the newest song on the list, having only been released in the last few weeks, but when I heard it I couldn’t stop playing it over and over again. I guess it’s kind of country music. It’s kind of folk. It’s kind of pop. But whatever it is it’s super catchy and Emily Barker’s voice is in fine form. Listen to this song twice straight through and I can guarantee by the third time you’ll be singing along.
Read our interview with Vena Portae’s Emily Barker here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 12th December


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Folktronica artist Quintessential Doll have released their new video “Take Your Medication” featuring Fox & Fowl. Details here

Lisa Mitchell has announced three intimate acoustic shows next March. Details here

– We now have details of the upcoming Punch Brothers album The Phosphorescent Blues. Details here

– Another new song from The Decemberists has hit the web this week and it’s really really good. Details here

– Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros frontman Alex Ebert will release his soundtrack for the movie A Most Violent Year today. Details here

– Listen to the new Dan Mangan + Blacksmith single “Kitsch”. Details here

– The latest video from Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn is “New South Africa”. Details here

Father John Misty released his new track “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)”. Details here

The National Folk Festival added a bunch of artists to it’s 2015 lineup including London Klezmer Quartet, Nuala Kennedy, Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen, Lucie Thorne, Mustered Courage, Oh Pep!, Spooky Men’s Chorale, Mike McClellan, Jan Preston’s Boogie Circus, Christine Wheeler and Friends, Andrew Hull, Helen Webby and Davy Stuart and Pekka Mikkola. Details here

The Davidson Brothers released their new video “Take Me To The Mountains”. Details here


“Yeshe is inculcated in the instruments and rhythms of Africa, and in a raw interview using a couple of cans and a piece of hemp string stretched from Liverpool to the far north coast of NSW, Yeshe explained a bit about what’s going in his musical world, and what Sydney audiences can expect on Wednesday 17 December at 505 in Surry Hill”Yeshe Reiners chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

A Most Violent Year
A Most Violent YearAlex Ebert

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Jack Carty

Jack Carty

Jack Carty wraps up his mammoth national tour this weekend with shows in Parramatta, Sydney and Bulli. It’s been a big year for the singer-songwriter with the release of his album Esk and a pretty relentless tour schedule and these shows are bound to be as much celebration as they are performance.

Friday 12th December – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW
Saturday 13th December – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 14th December – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bearded Gypsy Band
Friday 12th December – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 13th December – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 16th December – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD

Betty & Oswald
Saturday 13th December – Peregian Originals, Peregian Beach, QLD
Sunday 14th December – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s
Wednesday 17th December – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 12th December – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 13th December – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 14th December – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 19th December – The Great North Trading Post, Laguna, NSW

Finders Keepers Markets Sydney feat. Kay Proudlove, Direwolf, Peasant Moon, Bonnie Stewart, Laura Zarb, The Maple Trail, Maia Jelavic
Friday 12th December – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th December – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

Saturday 13th December – Studio Theatre, Darwin, NT

Jack Carty
Friday 12th December – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW
Saturday 13th December – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 14th December – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Jep and Dep
Friday 12th December – Smiths Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT

Josh Pyke
Friday 12th December – Baroque, Katoomba, NSW

MoFo feat. Catgut, The Button Collective
Friday 12th December – Nauti Studios, Sydney, NSW

Steve Smyth
Saturday 13th December – Festival of the Sun, Port Macquarie, NSW

Friday 12th December – Festival Of The Sun, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 19th December – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Yeshe Reiners
Wednesday 17th December – 505, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Dives and Lazarus” – Martin Simpson

Our Christmas themed flashback continues with the Child Ballad and Christmas Carol “Dives and Lazarus”. There are so many amazing versions of this song out there (and the melody is shared with a number of other folk songs including “The Star of the County Down”) but I decided to go with this Simpson’s stripped back and slowed down take on the track.


Lisa Mitchell Announces 2015 Acoustic Tour

Lisa Mitchell
Image Courtesy of Lisa Mitchell

Lisa Mitchell is back on home soil after a jaunt to the UK, and she comes with her brand new single “Wah Ha”. The track is a return to acoustic form for Mitchell and has been getting so much love and attention online and on the radio since it’s release.

Next March Lisa Mitchell will be heading out on tour for a handful of acoustic shows with guitarist and serial-collaborator Tim Harvey. Check out the full list of dates below and make sure you snap up tickets to these quickly as they’re bound to go fast:

Wednesday 25th March – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th March – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 2nd April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 14th November


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Lisa Mitchell released her video for her new single “Wah Ha”. Details here

– After revealing her new single “Swimming Pool” Emmy The Great has now given us details of her forthcoming EP S. Details here

The Staves announced details of their upcoming Justin Veronon produced album If I Was. Details here

– Brisbane’s Sahara Beck released her new video “Pretender”. Details here

The Decemberists revealed their first new track, “Make You Better”. Details here

José González released his new single “Every Age”. Details here

– Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Mangan released his new single “Mouthpiece”. Details here

– Brisbane’s Brad Butcher released his new video “Believer”. Details here

– The November edition of Bluegrass @ Yulli’s is this Wednesday and will feature Catgut. Details here

– US bluegrass trio The Kruger Brothers will be touring Queensland with The Company from the end of this month. Details here

Rodrigo y Gabriela will perform sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne when they’re in the country next year for Bluesfest. Details here

– Sydney duo Betty & Oswald have released a new single, “Fragile Little Lover”, as well as announcing an east coast tour. Details here

The Spooky Men’s Chorale have a very special gig planned in Canberra next week. Details here

– There will be a new live album from Shane Nicholson released next week, Pitch, Roll & Yaw. Details here


“I’m a man from the 90s, so i grew up listening to all that “grunge” stuff. Eventually I started to break away from that and found great music in the roots of rock and blues, 70s rock, great songwriters that thrill me like Nick Drake, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Johnny Mitchell, Silvio Rodriguez, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen. Today I listen to all the new folk like Bon Iver, Iron and wine, Jose Gonzalez, Elliot Smith, Bonnie Prince Billie. Saying that, I listen to a great variety of music really different to what I am doing”Pierrot chats to Aiden Quinn

Releases This Week

New Moon
New MoonSarah Humphreys

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Wilson Pickers

Wilson Pickers

The Wilson Pickers return with a series of reunion gigs in and around Melbourne this weekend. These guys have been doing the folk revival thing longer than most and are definitely worth checking out in these rare live dates

Friday 14th November – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 15th November – Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood, VIC
Sunday 16th November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Betty & Oswald
Saturday 15th November – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 21st November – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Catgut
Wednesday 19th November – Yulli’s, Syndey, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 14th November – SSA Club, Albury, NSW
Saturday 15th November – Unbridled Festival, Canberra, ACT (Full Band)
Thursday 20th November – The Bridge, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 21st November – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Cat Canteri
Friday 14th November – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 15th November – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 14th November – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th November – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 21st November – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Daniel Lee Kendall
Friday 14th November – The Shebeen Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 16th November – The B-East, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 17th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Saturday 15th November – The Earl of Spencer Hotel, Albany, WA
Sunday 16th November – The Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Friday 21st November – The Boatshed, Manly, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Andy Brown, The Mae Trio
Friday 14th November – St George, QLD
Saturday 15th November – Texas, QLD
Sunday 16th November – Nerang, QLD
Thursday 20th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 21st November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Fred Smith
Saturday 15th November – MAD Gallery, Lancefield, VIC
Friday 21st November – Hornsby Folk Club, Hornsby, NSW

Georgia Fair
Friday 14th November – Easy Tiger, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th November – John Curtin Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Hat Fitz and Cara
Friday 14th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 15th November – Katoomba RSL Club, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 16th November – The Vanguard, Newtown, NSW

Friday 14th November – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 15th November – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 16th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 21st November – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD

Jack Carty
Friday 14th November – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 16th November – Flow Espresso Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Thursday 20th November – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 21st November – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Jep and Dep
Friday 14th  November – Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Josh Pyke
Thursday 20th November – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 21st November – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

Katie Noonan, Angie Hart, Melody Pool, Sam Buckingham
Friday 14th November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 16th November – Lizotte’s Restaurant, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 21st November – The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and Harmony James
Friday 14th November – Parkes Services Club, Parkes, NSW
Sunday 16th November – Camelot Lounge, Marrickville, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 19th November – Hotel Imperial, Mount Victoria, NSW
Friday 21st November – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW

Lanie Lane
Saturday 15th November – The Hi Fi Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Little May
Sunday 16th November – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 21st November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Liz Stringer
Friday 14th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 15th November – Healesville Festival, Healesville, VIC
Sunday 16th November – Saints & Sailors, Portarlington, VIC
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Mark Moldre
Saturday 15th November – Unbridled Festival, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 16th November – Smith’s Alternative Bookstore, Canberra, ACT

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 14th November – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 15th November – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Sunday 16th November – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA

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

One Up, Two Down and Dan Parsons
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th November – MountainGrass Fest, Harrietville, VIC
Wednesday 19th November – Jasmine’s House, Newstead, VIC
Thursday 20th November – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Sahara Beck
Friday 14th November – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Sunday 16th November – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Sarah Humphreys
Sunday 16th November – The Cheese Factory, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 20th November – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Steve Smyth
Friday 14th November – No.5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 15th November – The Bean Bar Cafe, Taree, NSW
Wednesday 19th November – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Thursday 20th November – Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Friday 21st November – Redcliffe On The Murray, Pinjarra, WA

The Acfields
Friday 14th November – Acoustic Picnic (The Music Lounge), Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th November – House Concert, Sutherland, NSW

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 14th November – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Saturday 15th November – AWME, Melbourne, VIC

The Tiger & Me
Saturday 15th November – The Toff, Melbourne, VIC

The Wilson Pickers
Friday 14th November – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 15th November – Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood, VIC
Sunday 16th November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Thursday 20th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 21st November – Milton Theatre, South Coast, NSW

The Stetson Family
Sunday 16th November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Saturday 15th November – AWME, Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Upstairs and Underground feat. Bears with Guns, Liam Gale & the Ponytails, Aether Beach
Saturday 15th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Trellick Tower” – Emmy The Great

The thing I love most about Emmy The Great’s songwriting is her ability to be both metaphorical and autobiographical at the same time. “Trellick Tower” is the final track from her 2011 album Virtue and documents the breakdown of her relationship after her finance became a born-again Christian. Beautiful stuff.

Watch the New Lisa Mitchell Video “Wah Ha”

Lisa Mitchell
Image Courtesy of Lisa Mitchell

The new Lisa Mitchell track “Wah Ha” has been getting a lot of love on the radio and online since its release, and we think the new video is going to get even more love. Mitchell explained how the video came about in her Youtube blurb:

“This video came about in an unexpected way. A good friend, Kirrilee Bailey, and I went up to the snow for the weekend during the winter season just passed. We stayed in a lodge that was like something out of a Wes Anderson film (special mentions must go to one of its more obscure features: a single taxidermic deer hoof protruding from the dining-room wall surrounded by possibly the largest collection of Christmas-themed Austrian souvenirs in Australia.) Falls Creek is an alpine wilderness full of childhood memories of going skiing with my family. I spent our time on the chairlifts rambling to Kirri while she clung to her cameras, about the ski-runs my sister and I loved and where we’d meet Mum and Dad for hot chocolate at the bottom. Kirri and I didn’t ski this time – we just took in the views, played with Kirri’s prism lenses in the heavenly light and got lost in the bluest sky I’d seen in a while. The footage was so charming that we realised it would make the perfect accompaniment to Wah Ha; grounded in the Australian Landscape but somehow floating off into the ether.”

Watch the video for “Wah Ha” below:

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