Thank Folk It’s Friday – 30th August

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Bear’s Den, Bon Iver, D.C Cross, Harvey Russell, Hayden Calnin, Joe Mungovan, Lost Ragas, Pieta Brown feat. Mark Knopfler, The Lumineers and Tori Forsyth. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Harvey Russell
Liquid DamageHarvey Russell
iTunes
Bandcamp

Lucie Thorne
Kitty & FrankLucie Thorne
Bandcamp

Threads
ThreadsSheryl Crow
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

King Street Crawl feat. Amber Rae Slade & The Mighty Big Noise, Brielle Davis, Caitlin Harnett, Charlie Gradon, Charlie Finn, Chris Neto, D.C Cross, Darby, Georgia Mulligan, JD & The Hunger Men, Julia Johnson, Katie Brianna, Lady Lyon, Lisa Caruso, Little Quirks, Rich Davies & The Low Road, Ross Tipper, Ruben Neeson, The Andy Golledge Band, The Bottlers and many more

King Street Crawl

Sunday 1st September – King Street Newtown, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 6th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Ainslie Wills
Friday 30th August – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Andy Nelson
Thursday 5th September – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Amber Rae Slade & The Mighty Big Noise
Sunday 1st September – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Ben Salter
Friday 30th August – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 31st August – Dashville, Belford, NSW

Big Sky Mountain
Sunday 1st September – The Townie, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 4th September – Folkswagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 30th August – Geddes Lane Ballroom, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 31st August – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 1st September – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 6th September – Forth Pub, Forth, TAS

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Friday 30th August – Manly Fig, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 31st August – Sydney Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Brendon Moon
Friday 30th August – Parliament on King, Sydney, NSW

Broads
Friday 30th August – Polish White Eagle Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 31st August – Majors Creek Pub, Majors Creek, NSW
Sunday 1st September – Franks Wild Years, Wollongong, NSW

Caitlin Harnett
Sunday 1st September – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Charlie Gradon
Sunday 1st September – Parliament on King, Sydney, NSW

Charlie Finn
Sunday 1st September – Good Times Vintage, Sydney, NSW

Chris Neto
Sunday 1st September – Parliament on King, Sydney, NSW

Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 30th August – House Concert, Tambourine Mountain, QLD
Saturday 31st August – Boo Radley’s Hall, Glenreagh, NSW
Sunday 1st September – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW
Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th September – Junction Arts Festival, Launceston, TAS

D.C Cross
Sunday 1st September – Parliament on King, Sydney, NSW

Darby
Sunday 1st September – Good Times Vintage, Sydney, NSW

Didirri w/ Ro
Friday 30th August – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 31st August – UC Hub, Canberra, ACT

Don Walker
Friday 30th August – Memo Music Hall, St Kilda, VIC
Saturday 31st August – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Thursday 5th September – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 6th September – Imperial Hotel Bunker, Eumundi, QLD

Fleetwood Mac
Monday 2nd September – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 4th September – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC

Folk by the Sea Launch Concert feat. Dear Violet, Gallie
Friday 30th August – Joyce Wheatley Hall, Kiama, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Devorah, Big Sky Mountain, Cilla Jane
Wednesday 4th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Georgia Mulligan
Sunday 1st September – Parliament on King, Sydney, NSW

Harvey Russell
Saturday 31st August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Hayley Marsten
Saturday 31st August – Crow Street Creative, Gladstone, QLD
Thursday 5th September – Oodies Cafe, Bundaberg, QLD
Friday 6th September – Captain Cook Holiday Village, Seventeen Seventy, QLD

Hein Cooper
Friday 30th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 5th September – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Horizon Sounds feat. The View from Madeleine’s Couch, The Barleyshakes, Cigany Weaver
Saturday 31st August – Horizon Festival Central, Maroochydore, QLD

Jacob Diamond
Saturday 31st August – Grumpy’s Music Bar, Perth, WA
Friday 6th September – Si Paradiso, Perth, WA

James Van Cooper
Friday 30th August – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 31st August – Little Alberts at the Victoria, Bathurst, NSW

JD & The Hunger Men
Sunday 1st September – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 30th August – SWR Primary School Hall, South West Rocks, NSW
Saturday 31st August – Wauchope Community Arts Council, Wauchope, NSW
Sunday 1st September – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Julia Johnson
Sunday 1st September – Read & Bell, Sydney, NSW

Junction Arts Festival
Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th September – Launceston, TAS

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 6th September – The George Kerferd, Beechworth, VIC

Justin Townes Earle
Friday 30th August – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 31st August – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 1st September – Peppermint Bay Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Tuesday 3rd September – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 4th September – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th September – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 6th September – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Katie Brianna & Brielle Davis
Sunday 1st September – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

King Street Crawl
Sunday 1st September – King Street Newtown, Sydney, NSW

Kristen Lee Morris
Friday 30th August – Howlin’ Wolf Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 1st September – Coast Hotel, Budgewoi, NSW

Lady Lyon
Sunday 1st September – Milk & Thistle, Sydney, NSW

Lisa Caruso
Sunday 1st September – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Little Quirks
Sunday 1st September – Gurdy’s, Sydney, NSW

Matt Ward
Saturday 31st August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 1st September – The Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Margaret Walters & Emma Norton
Sunday 1st September – House Concert, Bundanoon, NSW

Merpire
Friday 30th August – Bank Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band
Sunday 1st September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Natalie Henry w/ Matt Ward
Sunday 1st September – The Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Newcastle Country Music Festival feat. Bob Corbett & The Roo Grass Band, Catherine Britt, Viper Creek Band, Katie Jayne, Karen Oshea, Lyn Bowtell & Band, Hurricane Fall
Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September – Honeysuckle Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Paddy McHugh
Friday 30th August – House Concert, Tambourine Mountain, QLD
Saturday 31st August – Boo Radley’s Hall, Glenreagh, NSW
Sunday 1st September – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW

Ramblin’ Nights feat. Mark Moldre, Kate Alexander, Hana Brenecki
Thursday 5th September – Slyfox, Sydney, NSW

Rich Davies & The Low Road
Sunday 1st September – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Rose Zita Falko
Friday 6th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Ross Tipper
Sunday 1st September – Good Times Vintage, Sydney, NSW

Ruben Neeson
Sunday 1st September – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 4th September – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Sean McMahon
Friday 30th August – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 1st September – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Seeker Lover Keeper
Thursday 5th September – Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, Springwood, NSW
Friday 6th September – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT

Smith & Jones
Friday 30th August – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Sydney Shanty Club
Wednesday 4th September – Spawnpoint, Sydney, NSW

The Andy Golledge Band
Sunday 1st September – The Union, Sydney, NSW

The Audreys
Thursday 5th September – Publican, Mornington, VIC
Friday 6th September – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC

The BordererS
Sunday 1st September – Arkaba Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Bottlers
Sunday 1st September – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Fed Bluesfest feat. Z-Star Trinity, Fiona Boyes, Burning Hands Quartet, Pastro Aird Baker, Daryl James, The Shufflemen
Saturday 31st August – Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW

The Montgomery Brothers
Friday 30th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 31st August – Rainbow Fitzroy, Melbourne, VIC

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 30th August – Penrose Village Hall, Penrose, NSW
Saturday 31st August – House Concert, Bangalee, NSW
Sunday 1st September – House Concert, Blackheath, NSW

Thelma Plum
Friday 30th August – Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 31st August – Freo.Social, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 1st September – Freo.Social, Fremantle, WA

Turkey In The Mountain – An Old Time Music Gathering
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September – Nimbin Rox YHA, Nimbin, NSW

Whoa Mule
Sunday 1st September – McCrossin’s Mill Museum, Uralla, NSW

Z-Star Trinity
Saturday 31st August – Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 6th September – The Scottish Prince, Gold Coast, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Blue Eyed Rascal/Kinnity Castle/Geantraí Nollaig” – Téada

New Music Monday – 26th August

Hayden Calnin
Image Courtesy of Hayden Calnin

Bear’s Den – “Hiding Bottles”

For the video for their new single “Hiding Bottles”, English indie-folk band Bear’s Den tackle the very confronting reality of living with an alcoholic parent. It’s a confronting track but tackled deftly by the band with their usual high standard of songwriting and musicianship. “Hiding Bottles” is taken from the album So That You Might Hear Me.

Bon Iver – “Naeem”

In a surprise move Bon Iver released their new album i,i digitally almost three weeks earlier than was originally announced, delighting fans worldwide. Alongside the album release was the new single and lyric video “Naeem”. The track is more vocally driven than a lot of the other music from i,i, featuring Justin Vernon’s voice driven by a soulful piano and softly strummed acoustic guitar. But of course the experimentation and glitchy instrumentation we’ve come to expect from Bon Iver isn’t far away, and the combination makes this one of my favourite songs from the new album.

D.C Cross – “Presslufthammer Catfight”

D.C Cross is the latest moniker from Sydney based singer-songwriter Darren Cross (Gerling, Jep & Dep, Darren Cross Band) covering his latest foray into instrumental folk guitar. In the single “Presslufthammer Catfight” Cross appears to have moved on from the alt-country of his recent output to embrace the type of fingerpicked folk guitar popular with practitioners of the Anglo-Celtic tradition. His playing is full of open-tuned resonance and interesting chordal and finger-picking choices that come together in a really special piece of instrumental music.

Harvey Russell – “Please Don’t Pretend”

Sydney based alt-country singer-songwriter Harvey Russell has been making quite a splash since launching his solo project – and that’s set to continue with the announcement of his debut album Liquid Damage to be released this Friday 30th August. His latest single “Please Don’t Pretend” borrows heavily from traditional country, with its heart firmly planted in the artists of yesteryear.

“Traditional country is pure in the sense that it seems to be able to tap into universal truths and themes which have always appealed to me.” Harvey Russell explained. “Although country songs can sound simple, writing quality country songs is far from easy! I guess that’s a challenge I’m attracted to; refining my songwriting in a genre to which I’ve always been drawn.”

Harvey Russell will be launching in Sydney this Saturday as well as a handful of shows through September:

Saturday 31st August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 26th September – Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Hayden Calnin – “Warm with You”

“Warm With You” is the latest single and video from ambient electro-folk singer-songwriter Hayden Calnin, taken from his upcoming EP A Life You Would Choose which is due for release on the 13th September. The track is classic Hayden Calnin, combining his folk sensibilities, indie influences and production skills to build a beautiful song and an equally beautiful video.

“”Warm With You” is a song about escapism,” Calnin explains. “It’s an expression of wanting to run and get away from everything, live off of the land if you will and start a life with someone. But as life goes on, things change, and those dreams start to take a turn and sometimes it never really happens. I ended up recording 9 different versions of the song before I finally settled on a final version which I think is a record number for me. I’ve never really been that particular about a song before.”

Joe Mungovan – “Be With You”

South Coast based singer-songwriter Joe Mungovan has just released “Be With You”, an etherial indie-pop track full of deep emotions written raw all of his incredible voice.

“I had been living and recording in the bush by myself for a long time when I wrote this song,” Mungovan explained. “It came about because I was in such a beautiful place and having a wonderful time and I wanted to share the experience with another human. The natural environment that surrounded me and the sense of solitude I felt inspired me to write this song.”

Joe Mungovan has a handful of upcoming dates:

Sunday 8th September – A Day On The Hill, Gerringong, NSW
Friday 13th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th September – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Lost Ragas – “Keeping Up With Yesterday”

“Keeping Up With Yesterday” is the brand new, trippy single from Melbourne four-piece Lost Ragas, taken from their upcoming album This Is Not A Dream, due on the 2nd September. The trippy chord progression and bendy slide guitar gives the track a psychedelic quality which seems to be the sound we can expect from This Is Not A Dream if their last single “Just Wastin’ Time” is anything to go on.

Pieta Brown feat. Mark Knopfler – “The Hard Way”

American singer-songwriter Pieta Brown has teamed with the legendary Mark Knopfler for her latest single “The Hard Way”. The track is taken from her upcoming S.Carey produced album Freeway, due on the 20th September, and perfectly combines Brown’s songwriting talents with the laconic guitar style that is so distinctly Mark Knopfler.

“I kept sonically envisioning, ‘If I could just get Mark Knopfler on there…’,” Pieta Brown told Billboard, who featured the track. “Mark is a very sweet, amazing musician and has become a friend through music. So one day I just wrote him a message and asked if he would consider taking a listen to this track. I said I felt like it wasn’t quite done yet, but I wasn’t sure what it needed. I said, ‘I’m hearing the sound of you or something like what you do, and I can’t give you specifics beyond that.’ And he said, ‘Yeah, of course,’ and came up with a great part that made the song undeniable.”

The Lumineers – “Leader Of The Landslide” & “Left For Denver”

We’re now up to the fifth and sixth videos in the series from The Lumineers ahead of their new album III, due on the 13th September. The band are describing “Leader Of The Landslide” as their folk “Starway to Heaven” due to the epic quality of the track whereas “Left For Denver” is a lot more straightforward and stripped back.


Tori Forsyth – “Be Here”

For “Be Here”, the first single since her debut album, Hunter Valley based singer-songwriter Tori Forsyth has shrugged off the alt-country sound in favour of a blistering, grunge inspired track. “Be Here” is crunchy snarly and full of attitude – definitely a new and welcome side to Forsyth’s music.

“Recording this song was one of the smoothest recording sessions I’ve ever done,” Explained Forsyth. “We went in and left five hours later with the song near finished. We knew before we went, where it was going and the influences behind it, PJ Harvey, Soundgarden. It was pretty magic how it just came together so easily. I’ve never been so inspired coming away from the studio. ”

Tori Forsyth is heading out this October and November for an east coast tour:

Friday 18th October – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 19th October – The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD
Sunday 20th October – Vinnies Dive Bar, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 25th October – The Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 26th October – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 27th October – Frank’s Wild Years, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 1st November – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 2nd November – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 3rd November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 12th July

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Brittany Howard, Chance McCoy, Joe Pug, Little Wise, Lost Ragas, Mumford and Sons & Gang of Youths, Sheryl Crow feat. Stevie Nicks & Maren Morris, and The Little Lord Street Band. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Better in Blak
Better In BlakThelma Plum
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Punch Brothers

Punch Brothers

Sunday 14th July – Woodville Town Hall, Adelaide, SA
Monday 15th July – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 16th July – Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 17th July – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Saturday 13th July – Sydney Harbour Cruise, Sydney, NSW

Ainsley Farrell
Friday 12th July – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Allan Caswell & Andrew Swift
Saturday 13th July – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Alana Wilkinson
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Andrew Swift
Friday 12th July – Desk and Studio, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th July – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Sunday 14th July – West Tamworth Leagues Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 18th July – Oodies Cafe, Bundaberg, QLD
Friday 19th July – Captain Cook Holiday Village, Seventeen Seventy, QLD

Anna Smyrk
Saturday 13th July – Megan Hall, Dorrigo, NSW
Sunday 14th July – Flow Bar, Old Bar

Archer
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Bello Winter Music
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Belligen, NSW

Birdsville Big Red Bash
Tuesday 16th to Friday 18th July – Simpson Desert, Birdsville, QLD

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Saturday 13th July – Cauliflower Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 14th July – Co op Club, Sydney, NSW

Brad Cox
Saturday 13th July – Moonshiners Bar, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 19th July – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Busby Marou
Tuesday 16th to Friday 18th July – Birdsville Big Red Bash, Birdsville, QLD

Bush To Bay Country Music Festival
Saturday 13th July – Bay Central Tav, Hervey Bay, QLD

Cigany Weaver
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Claire Anne Taylor
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Courtney Barnett
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Dan Sultan presents Nali & Friends
Saturday 13th July – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 12th July – Clink Theatre, Port Douglas, QLD
Saturday 13th July – Brother Jenkins, Cairns, QLD
Sunday 14th July – Riverbend, Cooktown, QLD
Monday 15th July – Misty Mountains Music, Ravenshoe, QLD
Thursday 18th July – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD

Davidson Brothers
Friday 19th July – True Brew, Bendigo, VIC

Dean Lewis
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Emily Wurramara
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Felicity Urquhart & Brad Butcher
Saturday 13th July – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 19th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Figgy Folk Session
Monday 15th July – Figtree Hotel, Figtree, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Tate Sheridan, Bella Fiorentino, Rebecca Mann
Wednesday 17th July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Front Yard Sessions: Blues, Roots & Beyond feat. Steve Hensby, Elk Bell
Wednesday 17th July – Freo.Social, Fremantle, WA

Genevieve Chadwick & The Stones Throw
Friday 19th July – Music at Street Market, Sydney, NSW

Great Aunt
Friday 12th July – House Concert, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 13th July – City Sider, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 16th July – New Farm Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 17th July – Element Bar, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Thursday 18th July – The Middle Pub, Mullumbimby, NSW

Harley Mavis
Friday 12th July – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 17th July – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Hat Fitz and Cara
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Hats Off To Country
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Tamworth, NSW

Hein Cooper
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Honey
Saturday 13th July – Walter Wines, Mudgee, NSW
Tuesday 16th July – Bright & Balanced Living, Blackheath, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 18th July – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Teri Young, Evan Buckley
Saturday 13th July – Shellharbour Village Exhibition Space, Shellharbour, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW
Friday 12th July – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 18th July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 19th July – Franks Wild Years, Wollongong, NSW

Jesse Younan Tribute Show
Friday 19th July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Kasey Chambers
Tuesday 16th to Friday 18th July – Birdsville Big Red Bash, Birdsville, QLD

Lachlan Jacques w/ Clayton Frick
Saturday 13th July – Sappho Books, Sydney, NSW

Laura Jean
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Leah Flanagan
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Lisa Caruso
Friday 12th July – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Little Wise
Thursday 18th July – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Liz Martin Band
Thursday 18th July – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Lloyd Spiegel
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Luke O’Shea
Saturday 13th July – North Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

M.E. Baird
Wednesday 17th July – Byron School of Art, Mullumbimby, NSW

Magpie Diaries
Friday 12th July – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Wednesday 17th July – The Rock Bar, Alice Springs, NT
Friday 19th July – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Mandy Connell & Liz Frencham
Friday 12th July – Chez Kerby, Melbourne, VIC

Matt Corby
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Merpire
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Merry Muse feat. Silvertonic
Sunday 14th July – Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT

Mic Conway
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Nadia Reid
Friday 12th and Sunday 13th July – Bello Winter Music, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 14th July – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Nathan Seeckts
Saturday 13th July – Pistol Pete’s, Geelong, VIC

Neil Murray
Tuesday 16th to Friday 18th July – Birdsville Big Red Bash, Birdsville, QLD

Punch Brothers
Sunday 14th July – Woodville Town Hall, Adelaide, SA
Monday 15th July – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 16th July – Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 17th July – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Queen Porter Stomp w/ Michigan Waters
Friday 19th July – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sebastian Field
Wednesday 17th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 17th July – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Sean McMahon and The Owls
Thursday 18th July – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Seeker Lover Keeper
Friday 12th July – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 12th July – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 14th July – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 19th July – Four5Nine, Perth, WA

Sound Feast feat. The Long Johns, Dangerous Song, Barry Charles & Peter Wells, Niq Reefman
Friday 12th July – The J, Noosa, QLD

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay, NSW

Sunday Road Sessions feat. Emma Jones
Saturday 13th July – Sunday Road Brewing, Sydney, NSW

Taste Of Tamworth feat. Carter & Carter, Lyn Bowtell, Jayne Denham, The Weeping Willows
Friday 19th July – Burrinja, Upwey, VIC

The Bushwackers
Saturday 13th July – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Furbelows
Friday 12th July – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Hillbilly Goats
Saturday 13th July – Beerwah Hotel, Beerwah, QLD

The Little Lord Street Band
Friday 12th July – Whalebone Brewing Company, Exmouth, WA
Tuesday 16th July – House Concert, Exmouth, WA
Wednesday 17th July – RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, Monkey Mia, WA
Thursday 18th July – Finlay’s, Kalbarri, WA
Friday 19th July – Four5Nine, Perth, WA

The Lumineers
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

The Maes
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

The Montgomery Brothers
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 12th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 13th July – Bush To Bay Music Festival, Hervey Bay, QLD

The Stetson Family
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Friday 12th July – House Concert, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 13th July – City Sider, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 19th July – Burrinja, Melbourne, VIC

Thelma Plum
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Then Jolene
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Tobias Hengeveld
Friday 12th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 14th July – Franks Wild Years, Wollongong, NSW

Witches Leap
Thursday 18th July – House Concert, Valla Beach, NSW
Friday 19th July – Tintenbar Up Front, Tintenbar, NSW

Yarra’s Women of Country feat. Madeline Leman & The Desert Swells, Sarah Carroll, Brooke Taylor
Sunday 14th July – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Ziggy Alberts
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Lua” – Conor Oberst feat. First Aid Kit and Dawes

New Music Monday – 8th July

Joe Pug
Image Courtesy of Joe Pug

Brittany Howard – “History Repeats”

Brittany Howard has stepped away from her amazing band The Alabama Shakes and will be launching her debut solo album Jaime on the 20th September. “History Repeats” is the funky first single from the album which seems to be mashing Prince, Beck and Howard’s own bluesy influences together into something really interesting.

“History Repeats is as much a personal song as it is a song about us as a human species,” Howard explains. “Our times of success may propel us forward, but our repeating failures hold us back from evolving into harmony.”

Chance McCoy – “Wander Wide”

Old Crow Medicine Show’s Chance McCoy is channelling Neil Young in his latest solo single “Wander Wide”. The track has a laid back, indie folk feel with finger-picked electric guitar and pedal steel coupled with McCoy’s double tracked vocals.

“Wander Wide” is taken from Chance McCoy’s upcoming solo album of the same name, due on the 20th September.

Joe Pug – “Exit”

I’ve been really getting back into Joe Pug recently thanks to his amazing The Working Songwriter podcast. So I’m pretty excited that he’s announced his new album The Flood of Color due on the 19th July. “Exit” is the first single from that album and its just stunning. This is Joe Pug at the height of his songwriting powers, wrenching an emotional truth from just his acoustic guitar and voice, with just a touch of accompaniment. If this is just the first single, I can’t wait to hear the rest of The Flood of Color.

Little Wise – “Devil off My Back”

Melbourne based singer-songwriter Sophie Klein, AKA Little Wise, returns with her latest single “Devil off My Back”. The folk-rock track is instantly catchy with its sing-along chorus and driving rhythm. This is the first taste of Little Wise’s upcoming album
Want it All which is due on the 20th August.

“The song is about trying to quiet that inner voice that says ‘you can’t do it’,” Klein explained. “It’s about trying to remove the distractions and escapism that allow us to ignore what’s really going on.”

Little Wise will be launching the new single next Thursday 18th July at The Merri Creek Tavern in Melbourne.

Lost Ragas – “Just Wastin’ Time”

Melbourne four-piece Lost Ragas have announced plans to release their latest album This Is Not A Dream on the 2nd September. “Just Wastin’ Time” is the first taster of that album, providing listeners with a slightly psychedelic sound alongside Lost Ragas’ unique brand of alt-country. A weird, twisty sound which definitely sets a lot expectations of the album to come.

Mumford & Sons and Gang Of Youths – “Blood (Live in Stockholm)”

When The Recordings of The Middle East came out in 2009 it brought Australian indie-folk to the world stage. It showed that a band from Far North Queensland could stand side by side with the world’s biggest nu-folk bands who were exploding at the time. The history of The Middle East has been well documented over the years so does not really need repeating here, however its been nice to see them getting a lot of attention recently with the 10 year anniversary of The Recordings of The Middle East.

Seeing The Middle East’s contemporaries Mumford & Sons team with Australian stadium rockers Gang Of Youths on a cover of the band’s epic track “Blood” is magical. The two bands have paid fitting tribute to the original track while still giving it their own stamp.

Having reformed recently for VIVID, The Middle East have also just announced a show at The Tivoli in Brisbane on the 13th September.

Sheryl Crow feat. Stevie Nicks, Maren Morris – “Prove You Wrong”

“Prove You Wrong” is a taster from Sheryl Crow’s upcoming collaboration lead album Threads, due on the 30th August. This track features the powerhouse vocals of Stevie Nicks along with up and coming singer-songwriter Maren Morris. Overall its pretty inoffensive, middle of the road country-rock which showcases the unique vocals of each singer.

“Stevie exudes art, she is at all times authentic. She’s the sister I don’t see enough, but she never leaves my heart,” Crow explained of the song. “I invited Maren to perform on “Prove You Wrong” with Stevie and I because she belongs in our ‘club’ of strong female rockers who tell it like it is.”

The Little Lord Street Band – “Frankie’s Back In Town”

WA based indie-folk five-piece The Little Lord Street Band have released the video for their catchy new single “Frankie’s Back In Town”. The jangle-rock track will definitely put a smile on your face and stir all sorts of pining for the summer months. This track is pure joy – it’s easy to see why The Little Lord Street Band have been killing it on the live circuit recently.

Speaking of the live circuit The Little Lord Street Band are currently touring “Frankie’s Back In Town” – the remaining dates are here:

Wednesday 10th July – Yardie Creek Homestead, Exmouth, WA
Friday 12th July – Whalebone Brewing Co, Exmouth, WA
Saturday 13th July – Froth Craft Brewery Fundraiser, Exmouth, WA
Sunday 14th July – Yardie Creek Homestead, Exmouth, WA
Tuesday 16th July – House Concert, Exmouth, WA
Wednesday 17th July – Monkey Bar, Monkey Mia, WA
Thursday 18th July – Finlay’s, Kalbarri, WA
Friday 19th July – 459 Bar, Perth, WA
Saturday 20th July – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 21st July – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA
Friday 26th July – Grumpy’s Music Bar, Perth, WA
Sunday 28th July – Otherside Brewing Co, Perth, WA

Watch the New Raised By Eagles Video “Night Wheels”

Raised By Eagles
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Melbourne based alt-country band Raised By Eagles have just released the cracking new video for their single “Night Wheels”.

The track is taken from their award winning and critically acclaimed 2017 album I Must Be Somewhere – check out the video here:

Raised By Eagles will be seeing in the holiday season with two very special Christmas shows in Victoria, A Country Christmas Revue. Raised By Eagles will be joined by The Ahern Brothers and Lost Ragas, with very special guest MC Sarah Carroll, in Melbourne and Castlemaine – the full list of dates are below:

Sunday 17th December – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

The Port Fairy Folk Festival Announces More Artists for 2018

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The early bird tickets for the 2018 Port Fairy Folk Festival have just gone on sale and the festival has just announced a bunch of new artists on the lineup.

This time around Port Fairy has announced Amistat, Ben Waters Band (UK) with Derek Nash (UK), Black Sorrows, Blair Dunlop (UK), Davidson Brothers, Frank Burkitt Band (NZ), Lily & King, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Rory Ellis Trio, Ted Egan, Victoriana Gaye, Brian Nankervis, 10 String Symphony (USA), The Grigoryan Brothers with Adam Page, Hillbilly Goats, Hussy Hicks, Josienne Clarke & Ben Waters (UK), King Marong & Afro Mandinko, La Busca, Lost Ragas and more.

They join the likes of Alan Kelly Gang, Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys, Harry Manx, The Ahern Brothers, The Teskey Brothers and many more.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival is held in Port Fairy, Victoria from the 9th to the 12th March. For more information check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th September

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne folkies The Mae Trio released their new single, an acoustic cover of Lorde’s “Buzzcut Season”. Details here

– Next week’s Bluegrass @ Yulli’s in Sydney will feature a performance from The Tawny Owl Stringband. Details here

Jinja Safari released their new single “Accident”. Details here

– Before they call it a day Bellowhead will be releasing a greatest hits album. Details here

Loren Kate announced details of her new EP, single and national tour. Details here

Damien Rice released his new video “Hypnosis” from the Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet soundtrack. Details here

– The artist previously known as Major Chord has revealed his new project Dan Flynn and The State of Things plus plans for a new album in October. Details here

– Folk-roots duo Pierce Brothers have announced a new EP Into The Dirt. Details here

– The 2015 lineup for The Fleurieu Folk Festival was announced featuring Beccy Cole, Senor Cabrales, Appalachian Heaven String Band, Liz Stringer, The Timbers, The BordererS, Danny Spooner, Charm of Finches, Josh Rennie-Hynes, Kaurna Cronin, Tom West, Scott Balfour and many more. Details here

Passenger released his new video “The Long Road”. Details here

Gurrumul and Paul Kelly have come together for a stunning version of “Amazing Grace”. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Tim Guy released his new video “Footsteps”. Details here

– Cosmic country band Lost Ragas announced a tour through October. Details here

Releases This Week

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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Falls

Falls

Timber and Steel favourites Falls return to their home town of Sydney after 18 months in the USA to play three very special and intimate shows at the Hotel Hollywood. The Hollywood is where it all began for Falls all those years ago so seeing them back in there will be something special.

Tuesday 15th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW *SOLD OUT*
Thursday 17th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW *SOLD OUT*

Gigs Next Week

Aldous Harding
Friday 11th September – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Ash Grunwald
Friday 11th September – Divers Tavern, Broome, WA
Saturday 12th September – The Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Sunday 13th September – Mojos Bar, Nth Fremantle, WA

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. The Tawny Owl Stringband
Wednesday 16th September – Upstairs at Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Bony Mountain Folk Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September – Bony Mountain, QLD

Dustin Tebbutt w/ Jesse Davidson, Caitlin Park
Friday 18th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars
Friday 11th September – Helm Bar, Mooloolabah, QLD
Friday 18th September – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW

Falls
Tuesday 15th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 17th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW

Guildford Banjo Jamboree
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September – Guildford, VIC

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 11th September – Trinity, Adelaide, SA

Joan Baez
Thursday 17th September – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT

John Blake w/ Ben Stephenson
Tuesday 15th September – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan and Liz Frencham
Friday 11th September – Courthouse Cultural Centre, Auburn SA
Saturday 12th September – Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Thursday 17th September – House Concert, Healesville, VIC
Friday 18th September – Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, Maleny, QLD

Little May
Friday 18th September – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Live ‘n’ Lounging feat. The Bollands, The Campervan Dancers, Kay Proudlove, Huckleberry Hastings
Sunday 13th September – Macarthur, Sydney, NSW

Neurum Creek Music Festival
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September – Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, QLD

Perch Creek
Friday 11th September – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th September – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

The Mae Trio
Friday 11th September – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 13th September – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 17th September – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 18th September – 63 First Avenue, Sawtell, NSW

The Snowdroppers
Friday 11th September – Helm Bar, Mooloolaba, QLD

The Waifs
Saturday 12th September – Esperance Civic Centre, Esperance, WA
Sunday 13th September – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Tuesday 15th September – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Wednesday 16th September – Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton, WA
Thursday 17th September – Carnarvon Civic Centre, Carnavon, WA

Turning Wave Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September – Yass, NSW

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Friday 11th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th September – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 13th September – Country Club, Launceston, TAS
Tuesday 15th September – The Capitol, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 17th September – Kay St Saloon, Traralgon, VIC
Friday 18th September – Costa Hall, Geelong, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Flax in Bloom/The Wind That Shakes The Barley” – Tommy Peoples and Liam O’Flynn

I felt this Friday called for trad. You’re welcome.

Lost Ragas Announce September and October Tour

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Melbourne based cosmic country band Lost Ragas have announced plans to head out on tour this September and October. The band will be touring their latest album Trans Atlantic Highway with gigs in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 26th September – Café Burrinja, Burrinja, VIC
Saturday 3rd October – Dashville Skyline Festival, Hunter Valley, NSW
Sunday 4th October – Semaphore Music Festival, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 17th October – Out On The Weekend Festival, Williamstown, VIC
Sunday 18th October – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd October – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 24th October – Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 25th October – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 31st October – Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne VIC

Out On The Weekend Announce 2015 Lineup

Dawes
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It’s here! The 2015 lineup for Americana festival Out On The Weekend dropped this afternoon and as expected it’s spectacular.

Headlined by LA band Dawes, the lineup for Sydney and Melbourne features some of the best local and international talent including Tex, Don & Charlie (Melbourne only), Kasey Chambers (Sydney only), Sam Outlaw, Robert Ellis (Melbourne only), Ruby Boots, Mustered Courage, Lost Ragas (Melbourne only), The Morrisons (Sydney only), James Thomson (Sydney only) and many more.

Out On The Weekend is the brainchild of the folks behind Love Police Touring and will be held at Seaworks in Melbourne on the 17th October and Bella Vista Farm in Sydney on the 24th October.

The full lineup for both legs of Out On The Weekend is below – head to the official site for more information:

Melbourne:

Dawes, Tex, Don & Charlie, Sam Outlaw, Robert Ellis, Jamestown Revival, Jonny Fritz, Ruby Boots, Mustered Courage, Suzannah Espie, Barna Howard, Shelley Colvin, Leah Senior, Big Smoke, Lost Ragas, T Bones and The Out on the Weekend House Band led by Robert Ellis with Josh Hedley, Will Van Horn, Kelly Doyle, Michael “Tank” Lisenbe & Geoffrey Muller

Sydney:

Kasey Chambers, Dawes, Sam Outlaw, Jamestown Revival, Jonny Fritz, Ruby Boots, Mustered Courage, Barna Howard, Shelley Colvin, The Morrisons, Oh Reach, James Thomson, William Crighton and the Out on the Weekend House Band led by Robert Ellis with Josh Hedley, Will Van Horn, Kelly Doyle, Michael “Tank” Lisenbe & Geoffrey Muller

Second Round of Artists Announced for Dashville Skyline

Shane Nicholson
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Australia’s newest Americana festival Dashville Skyline last week announced the second round of artists for its inaugural event this October and we’re very very impressed.

Joining the likes of Wagons, All our Exes Live in Texas, Green Mohair Suits, Melody Pool, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes and more will be Shane Nicholson (above), Holy Holy, Ruby Boots, Ben Salter, Lost Ragas, Leo Rondeau (USA), Fraser A Gorman, William Crighton, Mick Daley’s Corporate Raiders, Dashville Progress Society, Goatpiss Gasoline, Betty & Oswald, Magpie Diaries, Chris Pickering, James Thomson, Dan Waters and David Garnham & The Reasons To Live.

Dashville Skyline is brought together by the folks behind The Gum Ball and is held in Lower Belford, NSW on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October. For more information check out the official site here.

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