Thank Folk It’s Friday – 2nd August

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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 Ben Harper, Chance McCoy, Lloyd Spiegel, Lucie Thorne, Shelley’s Murder Boys and Sheryl Crow feat. Jason Isbell. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Karine Polwart
Scottish SongbookKarine Polwart
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Teskey Brothers
Run Home SlowThe Teskey Brothers
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

FolkSwagon #200 feat. Naked Strangers, Darby, Sasha March, Lola Sola

Folkswagon

Wednesday 7th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Amber Lawrence
Friday 2nd August – Deniliquin Club, Deniliquin, NSW
Saturday 3rd August – South West Music Regional Conservatorium, Deniliquin, NSW
Friday 9th August – Oberon RSL Club, Oberon, NSW

Big Possum Stringband
Thursday 8th August – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 9th August – The Basement, Canberra, ACT

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Friday 2nd August – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Brad Cox
Friday 2nd August – Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 7th August – The Station Resort, Jindabyne, NSW

Catherine Britt w/ Aleyce Simmonds
Saturday 3rd August – Royal Theatre, Quirindi, NSW

Darwin Festival
Thursday 8th to Sunday 25th August – Darwin, NT

Dope Lemon
Friday 2nd August – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 8th August – Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 9th August – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Emma Russack
Wednesday 7th August – The Jazzlab, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 9th August – Sideway, Canberra, ACT

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 2nd August – Herbert River Crushers Hall, Ingham, QLD
Saturday 3rd August – Dimbulah Memorial Hall, Dimbulah, QLD

Fred Smith
Friday 9th August – The Junk Bar, Brisbane

Fleetwood Mac
Friday 9th August – RAC Arena, Perth, WA

FolkSwagon #200 feat. Naked Strangers, Darby, Sasha March, Lola Sola
Wednesday 7th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Garrett Kato
Friday 2nd August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 9th August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Harrison Storm
Thursday 8th August – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 9th August – Four5Nine, Perth, WA

Hein Cooper
Saturday 3rd August – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Thursday 8th August – Cambridge Warehouse, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 9th August – Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

High Tea feat. Lisa Caruso
Thursday 8th July – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 8th August – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Elijah Wald
Friday 9th August – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 2nd August – The Rye Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 3rd August – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 9th August – New Hall, Point Lonsdale, VIC

Katie Brianna
Friday 2nd August – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 7th August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Little Georgia
Friday 2nd August – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Saturday 3rd August – Portland Arts Centre, Portland, VIC
Sunday 4th August – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Mick Hart
Friday 9th August – The Entrance Leagues Club, The Entrance, NSW

Mojo Juju
Friday 9th August – The Lighthouse, Darwin, NT

Montgomery Church
Friday 2nd August – Hume Conservatorium, Goulburn, NSW

Muso Next Door Sydney
Friday 9th August – Secret Show, Sydney, NSW

Natalie Henry
Sunday 4th August – Quill & Compass, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 4th August – The Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Neil Murray
Saturday 2nd August – White Gums, Alice Springs, NT

Paddy McHugh and Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 9th August – North East Artisans, Benalla, VIC

Peta Caswell & The Lost Cause
Friday 2nd August – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 7th August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Porch Light Sessions feat. Frank Sultana, Hollie Matthew, Chris Neto
Thursday 8th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Sam Shinazzi w/ Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes
Sunday 4th August – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 7th August – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Nicholson w/ Raechel Whitchurch
Saturday 3rd August – Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Saturday 3rd August – Django at Camelot, Sydney, NSW

Simon Imrei
Friday 2nd August – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 2nd August – Scottish Price, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 3rd August – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Slim Dime
Sunday 4th August – The Taproom, Castlemaine, VIC

Stanley Records Showcase feat. Ben Leece, Peta Caswell, Katie Brianna
Wednesday 7th August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-Together
Saturday 3rd August – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Shanty Club
Wednesday 7th August – Spawn Point Small Bar, Sydney, NSW

Taste Of Tamworth feat. Carter & Carter, Lyn Bowtell, Jayne Denham, The Weeping Willows
Friday 2nd August – Alexandra Town Hall, Alexandra, VIC
Saturday 3rd August – Commercial Club, Albury, NSW
Sunday 4th August – St Mary of the Angels, Nathalia, VIC
Friday 9th August – Knox Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Bottlers
Friday 2nd August – Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, NSW

The Hillbilly Goats
Friday 9th August – Mooloolah Valley Country Club, Mooloolah Valley, QLD

The Jarrah Celts
Saturday 3rd August – Toodyay International Food Festival and Avon Descent, Toodyay, WA

The Little Lord Street Band
Sunday 4th August – The Moon, Perth, WA

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 2nd August – Tabcorp Park, Melton South, VIC

The Weeping Willows
Friday 2nd August – Alexandra Town Hall, Alexandra, VIC
Saturday 3rd August – Commercial Club, Albury, NSW
Sunday 4th August – St Mary of the Angels, Nathalia, VIC
Friday 9th August – Knox Club, Melbourne, VIC

Thelma Plum
Friday 9th August – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD

Tobias Hengeveld
Sunday 4th August – The Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Tripping up the Stairs
Wednesday 7th August – The Fiddler, Sydney, NSW

Wifey
Thursday 8th August – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Song For Ireland” – Dick Gaughan

New Music Monday – 29th July

Shelleys Murder Boys
Image Courtesy of Shelley’s Murder Boys

Ben Harper – “Uneven Days”

“Uneven Days” is Ben Harper at his most emotional and tender. Accompanied by piano and strings, Harper has smoothed all the edges off his visceral voice to deliver a truly beautiful song.

“The song “Uneven Days” attempts to explore the depths of how dependent we can become on other people for our own sense of wholeness and stability,” Harper explained. “The only thing more hazardous than oversimplifying relationships is overcomplicating them. Love and surrender are synonyms. Even if I remove love from the equation, mental health and day-to-day perspective maintenance is a razors edge. Maybe acknowledging the unavoidable uneven day, or uneven days, helps avoid uneven months or even years.”

Chance McCoy – “Whippoorwill”

Multi-instrumentalist Chance McCoy continues to play with genres with his upcoming solo album Wander Wide, due on the 20th September. The latest single “Whippoorwill” is probably his folkiest to date, drawing on an old timey style of songwriting, accentuated with jangly guitar and rhythmic fiddle. Probably my favourite from Wander Wide so far.

Lloyd Spiegel – “Track Her Down”

Australian acoustic roots singer-songwriter Lloyd Spiegel has found a really cool groove with hie new single “Track Her Down”. With brass stabs, funky electric guitar and Spiegel’s bluesy voice, “Track Her Down” brings Memphis to Australia.

“”Track Her Down” isn’t really about a person or a place,” Lloyd Spiegel explained. “It was probably an amalgamation of several women I met over the years who I wanted to get to know better but simply didn’t have the time and had to keep traveling. The greater story of the song is that the lifestyle I lead often doesn’t allow me to have anything but fleeting connections with people, and I don’t take those connections lightly; I carry them a lot more seriously than people may imagine.”

Lucie Thorne – “Golden Plains”

Singer-songwriter Lucie Thorne has delivered another beautiful track from her upcoming album Kitty & Frank, due on the 26th August. Similar to the previously released “Wheogo Hill”, Thorne is leaning heavily on ambient synths and driving drum beats to compliment her striking voice.

Kitty & Frank see’s Lucie Thorne cover the true stories of frontier woman Kitty Walsh and her lover, the bushranger Frank Gardiner.

“When I tell people I’ve written a concept album about bushrangers, many jump to the conclusion that it’s all fiddles and lagerphones!” Lucie Thorne said. “It couldn’t be further from it! I knew this whole wild Kitty & Frank story could live in any sound world, it’s such a timeless romantic tragedy. As I was working on the text, I
suddenly realised I was going to make a kinda art/pop album brimming with synths.”

Lucie Thorne will be touring the new album through September, October and November – full dates are here:

Friday 13th September – The Corridors Project, Cowra, NSW
Saturday 14th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 15th September – The Town Hall, Candelo, NSW
Friday 4th October – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Saturday 5th October – Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 6th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th October – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th October – McCrossin’s Mill, Uralla, NSW
Saturday 19th October – Community Arts Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Sunday 20th October – Grand Junction, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 14th November – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 22nd November – Cooee Arthouse, Aldinga, SA
Saturday 23rd November – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 24th November – Memorial Hall, Ashbourne, SA

Shelley’s Murder Boys – “Airds”

After teasing us with a bunch of social media content from the studio over the last few months Sydney based old-time band Shelley’s Murder Boys have finally released their new single “Airds”. The surprisingly upbeat track is taken from the band’s upcoming album Above is a Roar and is about “problems with no solutions, and strength in the face of adversity” according to the band. The track is a modal exploration of the old timey style with Shelly’s unique voice and distinctive fiddle playing taking centre stage – beautiful stuff.

Sheryl Crow feat. Jason Isbell – “Everything Is Broken”

The latest track from Sheryl Crow’s collaboration album Threads, due on the 30th August, is possibly my favourite yet. On “Everything Is Broken” Crow teams with Americana favourite Jason Isbell for a country-blues-rock belter that harkens back to Elvis, Roy and Johnny without being kitsch or distasteful. The relentless rhythm guitar, splashy drums and blues harp all make this track, as of course does Isbell’s superb voice.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 31st May

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new streams and videos from the likes of Chance McCoy, Emma Beau, Glen Hansard, Hannah Blackburn, Jordie Lane & Yirrmal, Lucie Thorne, Passenger, Seeker Lover Keeper, The Lumineers and The Pigs. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Luke Plumb
Luke Plumb & Kate BurkeLuke Plumb & Kate Burke
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Diamond Duck with Strings

Diamond Duck

Saturday 1st June – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

99 Stories Singer/Songwriter Showcase feat. Jordan Kenny, Justin Webber, Andy Calvert, Pearl Herbert, Kieran Morris, Paul Mason, Rhyen, Claudie Grace, Nat James, Rita B, Leroy Lee
Saturday 1st June – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Andy Golledge, Caitlin Harnett & Ruben Neeson
Saturday 1st June – Station Bar, Katoomba, NSW

Archie Roach
Friday 31st May – Centenary Square, Parramatta, NSW
Saturday 1st June – Meeanjin Markets, Brisbane, QLD

Ash Grunwald
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

Barunga Festival
Friday 7th June to Sunday 9th June – Barunga, NT

BATTS
Friday 7th June – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Big Sky Mountain
Thursday 6th June – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Bobby Alu
Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Sunday 2nd June – Collaroy Beach Club, Sydney, NSW

Bush Gothic
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Cat Canteri
Saturday 1st June – Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon, VIC
Thursday 6th June – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC

Chris Neto
Friday 31st May – Beatdisc Records, Sydney, NSW

Cigány Weaver
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD

Clare Bowditch
Friday 7th June – Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Claude Hay
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

Clio
Tuesday 4th June – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Colin Lillie
Friday 31st May – Ettalong Diggers, Ettalong, NSW
Saturday 1st June – Laurieton Services Club, Laurieton, NSW
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Daniel Champagne
Friday 31st May – Conservatorium Chapel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 1st June – Metro Social, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 2nd June – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Wednesday 5th June – T Guitars, Bowral, NSW
Thursday 6th June – RAD, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 7th June – Factory, Sydney, NSW

Dave Wright & The Midnight Ramblers
Saturday 1st June – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

David Bridie
Saturday 1st June · Chapel off Chapel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 7th June · Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Diamond Duck with Strings
Saturday 1st June – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Felicity Urquhart & Brad Butcher
Friday 31st May – Hardy’s Bay Community Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW
Saturday 1st June – Acoustic Picnic, Dee Why, NSW

Fiona Ross and Shane O’Mara
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Folk and Fire feat. STAV, Corey Theatre
Saturday 1st June – Nexus Arts, Adelaide, SA

Folk Like Us feat. Ally Palmer, Phil & Tilley, Rhiannon, Andaman, Hollie Col
Sunday 2nd June – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Harley Mavis, Tess Guthrie, Sam Joole
Wednesday 5th June – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Friends & Acquaintances End Of Tour Party feat. Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Ben Leece, The Good the Beard & the Ugly, Georgia State Line, Freya Josephine Hollick, The Weeping Willows, Kate Alexander, Hana Breneck
Sunday 2nd June – Billyroy’s Grassroots Music Club, Allsaints, Bendigo, VIC

Giffen Play Paul Simon feat. Zeke Cameron
Friday 31st May – Tomerong School of the Arts, Tomerong, NSW
Saturday 1st June – House Concert, Little Forest, NSW
Sunday 2nd June – Lord Roberts Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Thursday 6th June – Oodies Café, Bundaberg, QLD
Friday 7th June – Captain Cook Holiday Village, Seventeen Seventy, QLD

Grizzlee Train
Saturday 1st June – Avoca Beach Hotel, Avoca Beach, NSW
Thursday 6th June – Slyfox, Sydney, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers, Eddie Lawlor
Sunday 2nd June – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Hinterlandt
Sunday 2nd June – Servo Food Truck Bar, Port Kembla, NSW
Thursday 6th June – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 6th June – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Huck Hastings
Saturday 1st June – The Dock, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

JD And The Hunger Men w/ Demi Mitchell
Friday 7th June – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

John Flanagan String Band
Saturday 1st June – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Jordan Merrick
Friday 7th June – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Julian James
Friday 31st May – KCs Bar and Grill, Airlie Beach, QLD
Saturday 1st June – KCs Bar and Grill, Airlie Beach, QLD
Sunday 2nd June – Seabreeze Tavern, Mackay, QLD
Friday 7th June – Snack Shack, Tin Pan Bay, QLD

Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 1st June – Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon, VIC

Kay Proudlove
Thursday 6th June – Jose Jones, Thirroul, NSW

Keaton Henson: Six Lethargies with the Opera Australia Orchestra
Friday 31st May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Kim Churchill
Friday 7th June – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Kristen Lee Morris
Thursday 6th June – Slyfox, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes w/ Ben Leece
Friday 31st May – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st June – Rezza House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 2nd June – Billyroy’s Grassroots Music Club, Allsaints, Bendigo, VIC

Lee Coulter & Dixie Maxwell
Friday 31st May – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 5th June – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 6th June – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 7th June – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart
Friday 7th June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Lucy Rose
Tuesday 4th June – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 5th June – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 6th June – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

M.E. Baird
Saturday 1st June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Maggie Carty and Mairtin Staunton
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Miriam Lieberman
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD

Mustered Courage
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

Natalie Henry
Friday 31st May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

National Celtic Festival
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Portarlington, VIC

Neil Murray
Saturday 1st June – The Hungry Spirit, Lightning Ridge, NSW

Palm Creek Folk Festival
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Mountain View Lake Holiday Park, Mount Surround, QLD

Paul Kelly
Saturday 1st June – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Perisher Peak Festival
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher, NSW

Rach Brennan & The Pines
Friday 31st May – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 1st June – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

Rezza House Concerts feat. Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes w/ Ben Leece
Saturday 1st June – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Rich Davies and the Low Road
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Ro
Friday 31st May – Crown & Anchor, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 1st June – Sewing Room, Perth, WA

Rosie Burgess Trio
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD

Russell Morris
Friday 31st May – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 1st June – Twin Towns, Tweed Heads, NSW
Sunday 2nd June – Twin Towns, Tweed Heads, NSW
Friday 7th June – Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart, TAS

Sásta
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 5th June – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Señor Cabrales
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Sharon Van Etten
Saturday 1st June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Friday 7th June – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Slim Dime, Blue Limit
Thursday 6th June – The Main Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 7th June – South Coast Brewing Co., Willunga, SA

Southern Flavour
Sunday 3rd June – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-Together
Saturday 1st June – Annandale Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

Teeny Tiny Stevies
Saturday 1st June – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st June – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

The Grubby Urchins
Wednesday 5th June – The Borthers Public House, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD

The Hillbilly Goats
Sunday 2nd June – The Bearded Dragon Hotel, Tamborine, QLD

The Maes
Friday 31st May – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 2nd June – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 7th June – Music on the Hill, Red Hill Pavilion, Red Hill, VIC
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

The Mid-North
Friday 31st May – Old Butter Factory Cafe, Bellingen, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 31st May – Highfields Tavern, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 1st June – Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich, QLD

The Slipdixies
Sunday 2nd June – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Friday 31st May – Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 1st June – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Water Runners
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

The Young Folk
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Tim Scanlan Trio
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC

Top Half Folk Festival
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June – Glen Helen, NT

Vaudeville Smash
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW

Z-Star Trinity
Friday 31st May – The J, Noosa, QLD
Saturday 1st June – RoyalMail, Goodna, QLD
Sunday 2nd June – Maroochydore Rotary Club Park, Maroochydore, QLD
Wednesday 5th June – Langford’s Hotel, Mackay, QLD
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th June – Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mount Surround, QLD

Zumpa, All Strings Attached, Lizzie Flynn
Saturday 1st June – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Lock Keeper” – Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar

New Music Monday – 27th May

Jordie and Yirramal
Image Courtesy of Jordie Lane and Yirrmal

Chance McCoy – “Lonesome Pines”

More new music from Old Crow Medicine Show multi-instrumentalist Chance McCoy’s solo project, this time the dreamy “Lonesome Pines”. Straddling somewhere between Neil Young and The Doors, “Lonesome Pines” is definitely a departure from his last single “No One Loves You (The Way That I Do)” and definitely a stark contrast to his Old Crow output.

Emma Beau – “Leading Me Astray”

Go-to country fiddle player Emma Beau is showing off just how talented a songwriter she is with the release of her new single and video “Leading Me Astray”. This is Beau’s latest taste from her crowd-funded self-titled alum due for release on the 28th June, and may favourite so far – I can definitely hear overtones of Joy Williams (The Civil Wars) in her vocal delivery and I’m loving the simple country production choices throughout.

“This track explains a relationship,” Emma Beau explained. “The start, present, and future, and the quirks of the time spent together, particularly the notion that someone can lead you away from the life you may have imagined – and that’s a good thing.”

Glen Hansard – “Don’t Settle”

Irish troubadour Glen Hansard released “Don’t Settle” this week, his piano driven new single from the album This Wild Willing. If you’ve been enjoying the direction Hansard’s songwriting has been taking recently then you’ll love this track. It’s emotional and lyric driven with a jazz inspired undertone and beautiful production.

Hannah Blackburn – “Did You Always Know”

Melbourne singer-songwriter Hannah Blackburn released her brand new single “Did You Always Know” last week and I’m really digging it. The retro feel coupled with Blackburn’s beautiful voice is going to elicit comparisons to Julia Jacklin – and that should definitely be taken as a compliment. A singer-songwriter to be watched.

Jordie Lane & Yirrmal – “For Everyone”

To kick off National Reconciliation Week this week singer-songwriters Jordie Lane and Yirrmal have come together to release their new single and video “For Everyone”. The song charts the journey of young indigenous man Clinton Pryor who walked 6,000km from Perth to Canberra to meet with the Prime Minister and stand for Justice of indigenous people.

The talents of both Jordie Lane and Yirrmal are undeniable and this track celebrates both of their unique voices.

Lucie Thorne – “Wheogo Hill”

Celebrated singer-songwriter Lucie Thorne has announced her new album Kitty & Frank will be in our ears on the 10th August and has released the dreamy, spacious “Wheogo Hill” as a welcome appetiser. With ambient synths, jazzy piano and Thorne’s captivating vocal style, this track is going to completely draw you in.

Lucie Thorne is heading out on tour with long time collaborator Hamish Stuart this June – check out the dates here:

Friday 7th June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th June – Dusty Attic, Lismore, NSW
Friday 14th June – House Concert, Duranbah, NSW
Sunday 16th June – House Concert, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st June – House Concert, Mittagong, NSW
Saturday 22nd June – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 23rd June – Django @ Camelot, Sydney, NSW

Passenger – “Rosie”

With a bunch of artists sharing songs and videos inspired by their children lately its also nice to see an artist like Passenger creating a piece of art to celebrate that other special person in his life – his cat Rosie.

Passenger describes the video for the track “Rosie” as “possibly the silliest and definitely the most adorable video we’ve ever released” – and I’ve watched it now more times than I care to admit.

Seeker Lover Keeper – “Let It Out”

Australia’s premiere super-group Seeker Lover Keeper, made up of the amazingly talented Sarah Blasko, Sally Seltmann and Holly Throsby, have made a triumphant return this week with the release of their new single “Let It Out”. The track is the group’s first in eight years and features a stunning video featuring Australian acting legend Magda Szubanski.

What I’ve always loved about Seeker Lover Keeper is just how raw their music is, and its ability to celebrate the unique voices of Blasko, Seltmann and Throsby while also bringing them together to create something unique. “Let It Out” is no different, with the trio’s beautuful vocals weaving in and out over the minimal accompaniment.

Seeker Lover Keeper have announced a couple of intimate shows this July:

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

The Lumineers – “Gloria”

We finally have some new music from indie-folk favourites The Lumineers with their track “Gloria”. The song is the first from the band’s upcoming full-length album III, due on the 13th September, and is full of the footstomping goodness you’ve come to expect from The Lumineers.

“Gloria” is the first in a series of 3 videos released by the band over the last week – you can watch “Donna” here and “Life In The City” here. Collectively they tell the visual story of 3 generations of the same family.

The Lumineers will be in the country later this year for Splendour in the Grass as well as a single intimate show in Sydney – dates below:

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW
Monday 22nd July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Pigs – “Olive, Call Me”

You know you’re going to be in for a chuckle when there’s new music from Bluegrass larrikins The Pigs, and their latest single “Olive, Call Me” doesn’t disappoint. The track details the way a romantic rival may accidentally die and is darkly hilarious.

“I’ve realised that I don’t stand a chance with Olive, because this guy is perfect for her in every way,” explains Stretch Pig from the band. “And you know, I don’t wish him any harm. I’m just sayin’ that if he gets hit by a runaway Winnebago some day, I’m good to go.”

The track is taken from The Pigs’ latest album Hillbilly Synthesiser. The band are, as always, touring the country – you can catch them at one of these upcoming Queensland dates:

Friday 31st May – Highfields Tavern, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 1st May – Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich, QLD
Friday 21st June – South Kolan Hotel, South Kolan, QLD
Saturday 22nd June – D’Aguilar Hotel, D’Aguilar, QLD
Friday 12th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 13th July – Bush To Bay Music Festival, Hervey Bay, QLD

Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2017

Record Collection

Always our most popular post of the year! Once again we’ve sent out the request to the incredible community of folk and acoustic musicians covered on Timber and Steel and they’ve responded overwhelmingly with their favourite albums of 2017.

We’ve already given you our top 25 albums and EPs – now we turn it over to the artists. So much new music still to discover! So without further waffle may we present to you this year’s Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2017.

Sarah BelknerAlison Avron
Sarah BelknerBut You Are, But it Has
This album release was a long time coming and it was totally worth the wait. The lyrics are so easy to relate to, the production is sophisticated, warm and intriguing. Sarah’s voice and songwriting are absolutely sublime.

Gretta ZillerMichael Carpenter (Carpenter Caswell)
Gretta ZillerQueen Of Boomtown
Apart from having one of the most honest and accomplished voices in the Australian alt-country world, Gretta Ziller has developed into a world class writer in the genre. This album showcases how far she’s come in such a short time, combining her take on contemporary writing, with the amazing production of Paul Ruske. The album is strong and sensitive, ballsy and ambitious, without losing any of the heart you’d expect with the songwriting content. An outstanding release from an artist who has truly arrived, and drawn a line in the sand for the genre.

The East PointersÁine Tyrrell
The East PointersWhat We Leave Behind
What an impossible task, top albums, as I am only just sinking my teeth into so many of the amazing 2017 albums at the moment like Jen Cloher’s Jen Cloher, Declan O’Rourke’s Chronicles of The Great Irish Famine and so many more. But one album that has been top of my play list since release has been The East Pointers’ What We Leave Behind and I never tire of it, which is a sign of a great album. This album has great depth to it musically, lyrically and in production. There is a stunning simplicity to the way the three lads work together that creates a joyous sound much bigger than a three piece and I think they have captured it on CD which is sometimes hard to do. I love that they have been able to honour and respect their tradition and push its boundaries into some modern places. One of the stand out tracks for me is their co-write with Liz Stringer, “82 Fires”.

SOHNRosie Evelyn (Liam Gale and The Ponytails)
SOHNRennen
The general vibe is darkly sexy future blues, with simple, soulful vocals, driving percussion, major synth, and just enough movement to keep you going. A little bit James Blake, a little bit Allan Rayman.

Jed RoweLes Thomas
Jed RoweA Foreign Country
This album grabbed me instantly with the strength of its songwriting, quality of musicianship and directness of emotion. Very few songwriters I know can deliver the goods as writers and players like Jed can. The song “Tailem Bend” – a small town story with universal resonance – shows the level of accomplishment and expression he’s achieved and it’s a beautiful thing to hear.

Stu LarsenAMISTAT
Stu LarsenResolute
Not only is Stu a beautiful human being but also an incredible singer songwriter! Every song on this album is just beautiful and comes from a very honest and humble place.

Mexico CityM.E. Baird
Mexico CityWhen The Day Goes Dark
Why? Because they represent the real deal to me – no ego, no frills, no pretense, just damn good songs and tunes.

Hiss Golden MessengerBrooke Russell and the Mean Reds
Hiss Golden MessengerHallelujah Anyhow
There’s something about MC Taylor’s voice that makes me so happy. I’m fairly new to his music and while I’m diving into his back catalogue, this new one has arrived and I’m in love. Beautiful band sound, fab songs – something sentimental in it that feels warm to me. My rekkid for the summer!

Ryan AdamsRyan Oliver (Oliver’s Army)
Ryan AdamsPrisoner
I love that it’s a revered, adored singer-songwriter at the top of his fame, dealing with genuine emotions and pain in the public spotlight. It may be tragic, it might be self inflicted, but I still feel like he’s a true artist who is his own worst enemy and that comes across in his heart-break ballads.

The Homeless Gospel ChoirFrank Turner
The Homeless Gospel ChoirNormal
I’ve been doing shows with Derek in Pittsburgh for a few years and he’s always been good, but this record is the sound of an artist finding his voice and spreading his creative wings. It’s been absolutely jammed in my stereo since I got hold of it.

Brooke RussellKelly Day (Broads)
Brooke Russell and the Mean RedsThe Way You Leave
This year one album really ticked all my boxes – which sounds too clinical really for something that made me splashy cry while I was driving. I particularly love that it sits outside the kind of music I tend to lean towards, but great albums are often the ones that transcend your usual inclinations. Brooke has absolutely NAILED it with this release. Stunning production, exquisite songwriting, and the most luscious, authentic, rich voice that feels like someone blowing softly on the back of your neck.

Gretta ZillerMandy Connell
Gretta ZillerQueen Of Boomtown
Put together with care and love, produced beautifully, and full of arrangements that feel perfect, unpredictable and just right. Every song inspires a depth of feeling, making it a really rich listen all the way through.

Offa RexMackenzie Shivers
Offa RexQueen of Hearts
Being a true lover of Celtic music, this album inspired me as an artist more than any other. From quirky folk-rock (“Queen of Hearts”) to haunting ballads (“The First Time I Ever Saw Her Face”), there is just enough variety of instrumentation and mood to keep the listener completely captivated. And Olivia Chaney’s voice is arrestingly beautiful. Favorite track: “The Old Churchyard”

Fanny LusdenMelody Moko
Fanny LumsdenReal Class Act
I love the way Fanny has cemented her unique way of writing with the record, her blend of social commentary, vivid imagery and Australian culture is unlike anyone else. The production is lush and thoughtful and brings the album together beautifully.

Moses SumneyTulalah
Moses SumneyAromanticism
Choosing a favourite album is a hard ask, the first one that comes to mind (probably because I’m currently listening to it) is Moses’ masterpiece, Aromanticism. It’s impeccably well constructed; colour, texture, mood, feel, groove – it ticks all of the boxes and ticks them damn well.

The War On DrugsThe Once
The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
A super strong, sonically rich and atmospheric follow up to previous album, Lost in the Dream. Sounds like Ryan Adams, Bryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen adopted a kid in the seventies and this is the result of that happy home.

Jason IsbellBrad Butcher
Jason Isbell & the 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound
To make my decision for album of the year I simply refer to which album I’ve listen to most. It’s an easy choice really – The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit. All class as usual, amazing sounds all throughout the record and Isbell’s songwriting is up there with the best of the best.

Jed RoweCat Canteri
Jed RoweA Foreign Country
Jed paints a beautiful and lush portrait of predominantly Australian characters and landscapes, past and present on this record. The depth of field and attention to detail in his songwriting is just wonderful and comes across as completely effortless. Sonically the album is paired back, which allows the strength and quality of the songs, performances and Jed’s voice to shine. If I can write a song like “Where The Water Meets The Sky” or “Tailem Bend” some day, I’ll be well pleased.

LordePepi Emmerichs (Oh Pep!)
LordeMelodrama
Melodrama hits me in the heart every time. It’s lush, poignant, groovy and the songs make me think, all the while being incredibly catchy. Those are pretty much most of my favourite things in music!

TajMoLloyd Spiegel
TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ BandTajMo
The first time I heard Keb’ Mo’ I said “Man, this guy should sit in with Taj”. It’s about time they listened to me. Both these artists have the rare ability to modernise the blues genre while still giving it’s roots and traditions their rightful respect. Combined, this CD hit a nerve with me, in particular the gutbucket tracks “Don’t Leave Me Here” and “Diving Duck Blues”. Really though, you can’t put those two in a room and expect anything less.

Valerie JuneEmily Barker
Valerie JuneThe Order of Time
I learned about Valerie June on my trips to Memphis as she lived there for many years and has worked with a lot of the musicians I know out there. I heard “Long, Lonely Road”, the first song on the record, and I knew from then on I was going to love it. There’s so much space in the recordings and her unusual but beautiful vocals grabbed me instantly. I love how the production and her songs seamlessly blend a mix a folk, soul, pop and desert blues. It sounds fresh and cool, powerful and feminine.

The Ahern BrothersJoel Barker & The Low Company
The Ahern BrothersThe Ahern Brothers
Charming and insightful songwriting combining two voices made to sing together. Deserves to be in front of the masses. Astonishing live performances to boot!

Cigarettes After SexHusky
Cigarettes After SexCigarettes After Sex
It’s a fog of romance and nostalgia you can’t help but get lost in. Reminds me of being 16 and love sick, listening to Mazzy Star.

Lisa KnappSam Lee
Lisa KnappTill April Is Dead – A Garland of May
English folk singer Lisa Knapp has captured in this album a stunning insight into the melodic and archaic realms of May-time when all of England is blooming and the sense of ancient rites and mysticism is emerging from the dark winter. It’s an album that casts a rich and hauntingly magical spell and gives that sense of contemporary ancientness that all good folk singers are masters of.

Greg StepsFour In The Morning
Greg Steps & The Not For ProphetsThe Overland
There have been a lot of great releases this year, but our favourite from around Melbourne has to be The Overland by Greg Steps. The songs just scream of someone who has worked hard at honing their craft. Tightly woven lyrics painting little snapshots of Australia, from early morning walks in Melbourne to trains clattering across Queensland. It’s all underlaid with a warm, folky vibe that feels authentic without being derivative. The stand out track for us is “Famous Last Words”. It’s a folk song in the true sense of the word and weaves together thoughts on fame, colonialism, and folk heroes. It also introduced us to the amazing story of Breaker Morant.

Novo Amor and Ed TullettWildwood Kin
Novo Amor & Ed TullettHeiress
This is the perfect album to listen to when in need of some peace and tranquility amongst a busy schedule. They have released a set of live performance videos that capture their sound together so well; the two voices blend harmoniously together, creating an unbelievable sound of completeness and perfection. You can’t help feeling relaxed when hearing their music!

Leif VollebekkRiley Pearce
Leif VollebekkTwin Solitude
You know how people say they’ve had this CD in their car and have listened to it on repeat since they got it and you’re like “yeh right, no you didn’t”. Well now I understand that feeling. This album is everything. It’s emotive, it’s clever, it’s stripped and simple and it’s f#@king great!

The Teskey BrothersPaddy McHugh
The Teskey BrothersHalf Mile Harvest
When I first heard the track “Crying Shame” I thought that I was listening to a bunch of old African American soul men from Memphis. Then I saw a picture of the band and thought I was listening to a bunch of young white soul dudes from Memphis. Then I read they are from bloody Warrandyte in Victoria. I invited them to play live on my radio show Three Chords & The Truth and they absolutely killed it. Since then I have had the pleasure of playing on a few bills with them and can also report that they are top blokes to boot.

Big TheifFraser A. Gorman
Big ThiefCapacity
Adrianne Lenker is easily the most eloquent and beautiful songwriter I’ve heard in years.

Neil McSweeneyJon Boden
Neil McSweeneyA Coat Worth Wearing
I’ve chosen an album by Neil McSweeney, a stalwart of the Sheffield scene for many years. A Coat Worth Wearing is a fantastically literate collection of songs beautifully arranged and produced, and displaying the talents of a brilliant band of musicians including renowned folk stalwarts Ben Nicholls and Sam Sweeney. It’s an excellent album on so many levels and definitely my pick for album of 2017.

YirrmalKetch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show)
YirrmalYoungblood
I met Yirrmal Marika in Melbourne at the Australian Americana Honors Awards this past October. Yirrmal stole the show. He is a culture man. I picked up Yirrmal’s new EP Youngblood; it is the best Americana record I heard all year long. It’s got 50,000 years of soul. Crank it up.

Nadia ReidTaryn La Fauci
Nadia ReidPreservation
This record was on repeat for many many months in my car this year. I had really been craving an exquisite, cohesive and beautiful album that I could fall for, hard. This album did all of that and more, which is why it is my album of the year for 2017. I also got to see Nadia play in Sydney at The Golden Age Cinema in April and the show was stunning, it made me want to run home and learn how to play my guitar with that kind of verve.

Ryan AdamsImogen Clark
Ryan AdamsPrisoner
This album sounds to me like beautiful chaos and distress. Ryan Adams has a way of tapping into human vulnerability and woe like I don’t think I’ve ever heard from another artist. This record is just another example of his way with words and melodies that together, form the most melancholy but simultaneously kick-ass comments on the human condition you’ll ever hear from any modern day songwriter.

Sgt PepperJames Daley (The Morrisons, Diamond Duck, Tawny Owl String Band)
The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 50th Anniversary Edition
I feel a bit a strange choosing a reissue as album of the year, but who cares, it’s Sgt Peppers. After all the music I have listened to in my life, nothing has ever captured my imagination the way The Beatles have. It is the most astonishing body of work in pop music, the same way Bach is to classical music or Shakespeare to literature. I discovered The Beatles as a teenager after I got a copy of The White Album for xmas one year and my life has never been the same. Hearing all the remastered tracks and outtakes on this reissue was a wild journey and reinvigorated my love for this music in a way I hadn’t anticipated – I have been listening to The Beatles non stop since it came out, like I’m rediscovering it all over again. There are some absolute pearlers on this – the alternate takes of “Strawberry Fields”, “Lucy In The Sky” and “Day In The Life” are really interesting. Hearing how they built these songs into what we know and love is a fascinating process. However the most astonishing track is the instrumental take of “She’s Leaving Home”. Being able to hear all the subtlety, intricacy and beauty of George Martin’s arrangement for strings/harp was such a joy. A real masterclass in arranging – plus you can sing over and pretend you are Paul McCartney, ha.

The War On DrugsDirewolf
The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
Don’t you just adore things that need only a moment to take a firm grip around your mind, heart and/or soul? Like a one in a million barista made coffee or takeaway Thai? Not that I’m directly drawing comparisons between those things and what I consider to be a modern day classic album. However that is how my body reacted when the first second of “Up All Night” passed by. The unmistakable soundscape, verb soaked /grunge driven guitars, the synergy of acoustic/electronic driving “Dire Straights” percussion, Adam Granofsky’s/Bob Dylan’s often confused voices are but the tip of a very large and colourful iceberg that make up the record at large. We’re only supposed to be confined to one sentence, and since I’ve already profoundly broken that line I’m going to insist you put this record on in the background and see how long it takes you to stop needle poking around on the internet and gain A Deeper Understanding.

Scott CookLiz Frencham
Scott CookFurther Down The Line
I listen repeatedly to a lot of albums for my work as an accompanist. Rarely does such an album make it past that stage into my ‘listening
for pleasure’ category let alone become my favourite. But Scott Cook’s warm and beautiful Further Down The Line is one such album. It captures his arresting live delivery and the songs are rich in detail and real, visceral experience.

Dermot KennedyHarrison Storm
Dermot KennedyDoves & Ravens
I remember stumbling upon Dermot’s music on Spotify and instantly connecting with it. I became really intrigued with his music and read in an interview where he explains his sound as a cross between Bon Iver and Drake, which is pretty accurate. This EP is full of rich lyrics and interesting sounds and each listen uncovers a phrase or sound you may have missed in the previous listen. This EP definitely inspired me this year and I am looking forward to what he releases in 2018.

Laura CorteseThe East Pointers
Laura Cortese & The Dance CardsCalifornia Calling
If there’s one album we could pick from 2017, we’d have to choose California Calling by Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards. These girls are ridiculously talented (watching them perform live makes you want to go home, practice and write better songs). Their latest album combines Americana, trad, pop and folk so perfectly. Organic, yet slick. Can’t see how anyone wouldn’t like it!

FeistAinsley Farrell
FeistPleasure
Pleasure is so intimate and fragile, yet very powerful. It tugs at all my heartstrings. I recently got the chance to see her live performance at The Opera House and it blew me away.

Leif VollebekkDustin Tebbutt
Leif VollebekkTwin Solitude
My good friend Hayden Calnin introduced me to this guy over a late night whisky, and I have been listening ever since. The lyrics verge on stream of consciousness without being aimless, while vocally, Leif somehow manages to ride the line between being completely vulnerable and completely in control at the same time. Put this on top of some of the tastiest drum sounds I’ve heard in a long while, and simple but stunning keyboard playing, and you’ve got yourself one hell of an album. There are few bells and whistles, there aren’t really any production tricks or shoe shine here, just honest stories, and raw but precisely executed sounds.

Phoebe BridgersWilliam Fitzsimmons
Phoebe BridgersStranger in the Alps
I came upon Bridgers from my bandmate, who had done some touring with her and I was pretty caught up in it immediately. Her voice is special and there is a wisdom in her words beyond her young years. The most exciting thing for me, however, isn’t the album itself, it’s knowing that there is only more and even better from her to come. Listen to “Smoke Signals”.

The Mae TrioThe Northern Folk
The Mae TrioTake Care Take Cover
We finally caught The Mae Trio at Dorrigo Folk this year after hearing good things for so long, and they blew us away. This is the kind of album that reminds you of how amazing our folk scene can be- heartspoken, cleverly arranged, beautifully performed and catchy as anything. “Call Me Stranger” is a particular favourite of ours, but each song on this record is so strong.

R.L. BoyceDom Turner (The Backsliders)
R.L. BoyceRoll and Tumble
It is the second album from a man at the heart of the Mississippi hill country blues tradition. It contains all the style and swagger, grit and power that comes from a musician who sets perfectly gritty grooves overlain with heartfelt vocals to achieve maximum emotion.

The Button CollectiveJoe Glover (Shelley’s Murder Boys, The Backsliders)
The Button CollectiveHall on the Hill
This album has been on constant repeat in my car, my workshop, and my Spotify from the first day I bought it – so beautifully recorded so that you feel like you are in the room with them as they emotionally belt out fantastic songs written by Brodie and brought to life by a bunch of great musicians. Hall on the Hill is an absolute cracker of an album and I think I’ll be religiously listening to it for some time to come – perhaps until their next one is released.

Willie WatsonShelley Eves (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
Willie WatsonFolksinger Vol.2
This album is such a clear winner for me, I’ve had it on high rotation since its release. Once again Willie brought his own feel to some classic folk songs, from the delightfully joyful harmonies in “Samson and Delilah” to his haunting take on “Gallows Pole”.

All Our Exes Live in TexasJimmy Murray (Shelley’s Murder Boys)
All Our Exes Live in TexasWhen We Fall
Such a pleasure to finally hear this debut album after hearing the band grow and play over the past few years. What an amazing collection of songs and of course the incredible vocal performances from all 4 of these superstars. I really loved the production on the album as well by producer Wayne Connolly which added lovely colour to the beautiful songs. ARIA award winners 2017!

Kat GoldmanRuth Hazleton (Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton, Bill Jackson)
Kat GoldmanWorking Man’s Blues
Nina Simone once said “It’s an artist’s duty … to reflect the times [in which we live]”. It’s been a fantastic year of new releases, though I’d like to highlight an album that nails the above brief and more. Canadian writer Kat Goldman’s Working Man’s Blues is challenging, at times fragile, brutally honest and incredibly insightful. Collectively, the songs explore contemporary working-class culture, often from the perspective of a lover who struggles to understand and accommodate the struggles of the working man. I’ve long been a fan of Kat Goldman’s writing. Her unique sound, mesmerising voice, distinctive compositions and feet-on-the-ground approach to her music make her a formidable artist of great integrity. Working Man’s Blues has been on high rotation here, and will be for some time to come.

Jed RoweBill Jackson
Jed RoweA Foreign Country
First thing that struck me about this record was the vocals and these songs provide a beautiful vehicle for a great voice. Next thing, the sparseness – the way I have been accustomed to hearing Jed over his journey. Jed Rowe has something to say – I admire that and this record puts him up there with the very best. Standout track for me is “Tailem Bend”. Beautifully produced by Jeff Lang.

Lilly HiattJames Allsopp (Ralway Bell)
Lilly HiattTrinity Lane
Picking one standout release for 2017 was pretty impossible in what was a year of exceptional music. Locally, Joel Barker and the Low Company’s Unchartered EP was a stand out. Otherwise, I’ve been talking up Lilly Hiatt since the moment I finished listening to Trinity Lane. Like all my favourite albums, it’s rooted in personal struggle, ebbs and flows perfectly, is filled with outstanding musicianship, and doesn’t try too hard sound like any one genre in particular. 10 stars!

Body CountMatt Black (The Bottlers)
Body CountBloodlust
Body Count’s sixth studio album Bloodlust emblazons a brutally honest sociopolitical conscience and fire eyed world view, teetering on the honed end of a pistol sight. I feel this is Ice T and band’s tried and true return to form with pinpoint, stand out tracks such as the narrative charged, “Black Hoody” and controversy ladened, “No Lives Matter”. A must listen for those thirsting for the truth beyond a media blurred world.

Bob DylanThe Welcome Wagon
Bob DylanTrouble No More – The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981
You might call this choice dirty pool, as the music was recorded nearly 40 years ago, but it’s only now getting a proper release, so I’m technically in the clear. This is a collection of live tracks, demos, and outtakes from Bob Dylan’s so-called “Born Again” period, stuff folks (me included) have been downloading from various sketchy websites for years, and for good reason. The songs are great – check “Solid Rock” for a straight Gospel stomper, cue up “I Believe in You” for an arresting spiritual ballad – and so are many of the live performances (the backing choir is consistently blistering). Whether you’re a believer or not, Dylan clearly is here, and it makes all the difference.

The Mae TrioJohn Flanagan
The Mae TrioTake Care Take Cover
Sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby have such beautifully contrasting songwriting styles, Maggie is a stone cold killer Americana writer and Elsie writes stunningly original melodies with uplifting pop hook choruses. With (no exaggeration) some of the best folk harmonies in the WORLD and Anita’s impressive rhythmic cello playing, this is a truly unique and heart-grabbing band and this album is them going all out with tasteful and at times epic production.

Georgia State LineNick Payne (Dear Orphans)
Georgia State LineHeaven Knows
These guys applied to play at the Americana Music Association of Australia’s takeover of Late Night Alt at Tamworth in January. Paul Heggart from The Heggarties chose them site unseen from the applications purely based on what he heard when he listened to their pre-release recordings of this album. Hailing from country Victoria these guys are a six piece featuring Georgia Delves on vocals, and songwriting. They’re all accomplished instrumentalists in their own right and Georgia’s songwriting authentically channels the best of sophisticated country songwriting from the 60s and 70s.

Fanny LusdenSam Buckingham
Fanny LumsdenReal Class Act
I’m not just picking this album because Fanny and Dan are two of my favourite people! This album is, as the title suggests, all class. Fanny’s songwriting is beautifully Australian and the album is joyful, brilliantly performed by all involved, and completely without any ego – despite the outstanding success these guys have been earning. Fanny gives us all a lesson on how to be a ripper indie artist and how to make music that’s undoubtedly, authentically, your own. Roll on kids

LCD SoundsystemEm George
LCD SoundsystemAmerican Dream
I was moderately (read as *very*) excited when there were rumblings of talk about a new album from these guys, but like anything that was laid to rest, one always is slightly concerned that the revival won’t live up to what has come before it. So when LCD Soundsystem released their new album, I cautiously gave it a first listen and it did not disappoint. Every beat and melodic turn is so completely in tune to what has become their signature sound; that build up of tension and release, excitement and sadness, with inflections of irony that James Murphy grabs the listener with in his choice of lyrics marked with wit. There’s a touch of darkness and melancholy as each song seems to question the ending of things, the loss of once was, but that bright spark of beat this band is known for keeps it somewhere higher and closer within reach, slightly unobtainable so you keep wanting to hear it on repeat from start to finish again and again.

Aldous HardingCharm of Finches
Aldous HardingParty
Party swept us off our feet. Moody and textural, impeccable production awash with aural spectres. Horizon is addictive and moving. Aldous’ compelling voice and haunting poetics have us in thrall.

The Teskey BrothersMark Wilkinson
The Teskey BrothersHalf Mile Harvest
Amazing vocals and killer tracks full of old school soul. Sounds like neat whiskey and smokey bars.

The NationalBANFF
The NationalSleep Well Beast
I eagerly awaited The National’s next record, after Trouble Will Find Me kept me wrapped me up in its flawlessness for the last four years or there abouts. This year Sleep Well Beast won me over, with Matt Berninger’s candid yet agitated words luring me back into that deeply thoughtful, emotional and hauntingly beautiful sound I would’ve always come back for. The National perfectly blend understated harmony with organised chaos throughout all of their records, and this was no exception by any means. The meticulous musicianship and purposeful, but somewhat ambiguous lyrics continue unravelling more layers to this beast in itself every time I listen. This was the best record of 2017 for mine.

LankumKarine Polwart
LankumBetween The Earth and Sky
I can’t get enough of the murky drone-scapes and vocal edges of Lankum’s Between The Earth and Sky. In particular, the raw, reedy singing of Radie Peat on album opener “What Shall We Do When We Have No Money?” sounds like the ages. It’s the absolute antithesis of sweet.

The Wood BrothersBen Prest (Echo Deer)
The Wood BrothersLive at the Barn
I know it’s a live album but this release was my first exposure to the brother’s amazing songs, chops and harmonies. Their sound owes a lot to The Band, and “the barn” is at Levon Helm’s farm where he held concerts before he died, making the fantastic closing cover of “Ophelia” and dedication on “Postcards from Hell” all the more meaningful.

Jess LockeHollie Matthew (Echo Deer)
Jess LockeUniverse
A revisiting of the 80’s Australian rock sound ala Go Betweens with more sadness and slacker vibe. Killer matter of fact lyrics and chorus-y guitar sounds. Even better live. 5 Stars.

SamphaSimon Wegman (Echo Deer)
SamphaProcess
I hadn’t been aware of Sampha’s previous EP releases, but after Shazaming “Blood on Me” while in a tragically trendy sneaker store, I was moved to hunt down the British singer and producer’s debut LP. Sampha Sisay’s sensitive, soulful vocals and meditative piano (reminiscent of James Blake at his best) form the backbone of this record, while the thoughtful production touches throughout make me want to hit “play” again the second it finishes.

All Them WitchesAlexi Grivas (Echo Deer)
All Them WitchesSleeping Through the War
The latest album by All Them Witches has been my most played record this year. A four piece from Nashville – but they aren’t a country band – All Them Witches is a great new-wave heavy psychedelic band, with moments of light and shade. This record has them growing as writers and players, bringing new instruments and sounds into the mix. Can’t wait to see it live.

Sam OutlawRick Hart
Sam OutlawTenderheart
Simple, yet endearing melodies, layered with beautiful storytelling. It’s an album that is strong from start to end, in many ways reminding me of some of the great traditional country songwriters whom I love. Favourite tracks are “Now She Tells Me”, “She’s Playing Hard To Get (Rid Of)” and “Bougainvillea, I Think”.

Courtney Marie AndrewsJames Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Courtney Marie AndrewsHonest Life
I knew what my favourite album of the year was going to be when I saw Courtney Marie Andrews play in Melbourne in July this year. She’s got a tremendous voice and the lyrics stand apart from almost everything else I’ve heard this year in their insight and honesty. What makes her songs exceptional is the way they all seem to come directly from her own story and experience. These are her songs and this is her life. It’s an honest life.

Mike BarnettHamish Davidson (Davidson Brothers)
Mike BarnettPortraits in Fiddles
As a fiddle player and bluegrass fanatic, I am thrilled to see Mike Barnett create a record which to me is like a cross section of all the bluegrass fiddle music I’ve devoured in the last 27 years. He collaborates with some of bluegrass music’s most vibrant talent and shines new light on a great selection of fiddle masterpieces.

Angel OlsenKate Barker (Whoa Mule, Golden Whistler)
Angel OlsenPhases
I just can’t seem to get enough of Angel Olsen’s vocals and songwriting. Her work inspires me to sing like there’s no tomorrow!

George HarrisonTim Guy
George HarrisonWonderwall Music
I know this is a turn up for the books, this was released in 1968. I was in India a few weeks back, and as we descended into the ancient blue city of Jodhpur, I had this on in my headphones and seriously guys, it was incred. Place and time – but you know what I mean.

Sarah BelknerMel Parsons
Sarah BelknerBut You Are, But It Has
Sydney producer and songwriter Sarah Belkner knocks it out of the park with But You Are, But It Has. This record and its predecessor the Humans EP have been on high rotation for me all year. Brilliant songwriting, interesting and super clever arrangements and impeccable production. I will continue to listen obsessively.

Bill OrcuttMark Moldre
Bill OrcuttBill Orcutt
Orcutt wanders in and around the destruction, renovations and construction sites of melody. Tearing a well worn musical phrase apart and rebuilding it. Disassembling a traditional like it’s a jigsaw puzzle and putting the pieces back together in all the wrong places with gaffer tape and super glue. Attacking the guitar with a ferocious tenacity, short angry, dogged outbursts are followed by meditative beauty. “When You Wish Upon A Star” dances about the melody without ever really clearly stating the theme. “Ol’ Man River” is soft and dripping with the peaceful lapping of the Mississippi whist remaining dark and haunting, broken and fractured. Reminiscent of the solo work of Marc Ribot, Fred Frith or even the sonic explorations of Tom Verlaine in its angular assault to the senses. Jazz, traditional folk and the avant-garde smash headlong into each other with little regard for the trail of damage and re-creation left in their wake. Dissonant yet sweet, contemplative while remaining challenging. Bravely free and uncensored.

Loene CarmenCatherine Traicos
Loene CarmenLovers Dreamers Fighters
I’ve always loved the way Lo’s voice manages to be strong, vulnerable, sassy, gentle and flirty all at the same time, and on this record it achieves that in spades. Also the pacing and the production of this record are spot on.

King Gizzard And The Lizard WizardJeff Lang
King Gizzard And The Lizard WizardFlying Microtonal Banana
This is a rocking album, really fun to listen to. The band gets up quite a head of steam, the rhythm section powering with a relentless forward momentum and the various microtonal electric guitars stabbing and chattering over the top. Great riffs all over the album, fantastic energy and an adventurous, explorative mood throughout. It sounds to me like they’re having a load of fun.

Ryan AdamsJosh Rennie-Hynes (The Ahern Brothers)
Ryan AdamsPrisoner
Adams has so many albums and this is one of his best. Great songs, production and tones

Pony FaceCat Leahy (This Way North)
Pony FaceDeja Vu
I’ve always been fascinated with the sonic scapes that Pony Face create. I’m a massive fan of Shane Omara’s musical mind too, so when I heard he was a new member of Pony Face, it just made so much sense. This album really speaks to me. The way the songs tail in and out, the mesmerising, pulsing tremolo on “Mt Deja Vu” the driving groove in “Justine”. It’s pretty magical. Simon’s voice is just heavenly. He’s like some kind of grungy, modern-day crooner.

Nikki LaneRuby Boots
Nikki LaneHighway Queen
I tried to pick another album for fear of seeming biased, but I really do love Nikki’s album from back to front and no matter how I tried, I couldn’t get past it for this year’s top pick, I fell in love with it on first listen and over 50 listens later it still remains my fave. There’s a storyline in every song that is so easy to latch on to and make your own whilst still being cleverly written, that and the infectious melodies that take up the prime real estate on this record are the things that almost make you feel like she’s written the album just for you, the listener, yet there is enough sincerity in there to know that it’s just as much for her as it is for you, the perfect balance really! Fave song on the album: “Foolish Heart”.

Nai palmTommy Spender (Mama Kin Spender)
Nai PalmNeedle Paw
I started listening to this record while I was having a bath and it felt like it really complimented the complete surrender to the hot water. I love Nai’s passion to her artistry. She is truly gifted with a confidence and commitment to her voice that verges on punk, but her vocal has such a developed technicality, it blows me away. It’s so great hearing where she is at without the sinewy and muscular musicality of Haitus Kaiyote winding around her sound.

Scott CookAlanna and Alicia
Scott CookFurther Down The Line
Scott Cook is a natural storyteller; his songs glow with empathy, wit and warmth. This is a beautiful album, but he is even better live.
His performance on the porch at Enda Kennedy’s house concert in Northcote, Melbourne was a passport to the heartland of folk songs as they should be, as they have always been.

Colter WallHarvey Russell (Peasant Moon)
Colter WallColter Wall
This is a sparse, flawless debut from an extraordinarily talented 22 year-old Canadian possessing an absurdly weathered baritone. Arranged mostly with acoustic guitar and pedal steel only, these songs are written with the assuredness and self-knowing of a veteran songwriter. At times channelling Haggard, others Townes, the dark, vivid storytelling is magnetic and stunning. These songs feel lived in, shaped by wisdom and experience. Here we have a voice of country music’s future.

Caroline SpenceJosie Rothwell (Peasant Moon)
Caroline SpenceSpades and Roses
I’ve adored Spades and Roses this year. The songs are gentle, personal, universal, with gorgeous, sonically diverse but simple instrumentation. From the gender politics of “Softball” to the twang of “Hotel Armarillo” to the cute, lyrically playful “Wishing Well” and yearning of “Slow Dancer”, they’re songs I love to listen to, to be swept away by – what a songwriter!

Bad // DreemsMark “Looch” Lewis (Wifey, Handsome Young Strangers)
Bad // DreemsGutful
A cracking second effort from the best thing to come out of Adelaide in a long time. Big old school pub rock sound, quality songs, gruff vocals and a solid rhythm section make these guys a step above the other contenders. Bad // Dreems have always been a fantastic live act and this album gets closer to nailing that intensity and rawness. There is a reason they supported Midnight Oil recently! Can’t wait to see what comes next.

Gang of YourhsGretta Ray
Gang of YouthsGo Farther In Lightness
It wasn’t a challenge in the slightest to fall completely, head over heels in love with Gang Of Youths’ record Go Father In Lightness. The lyrics throughout this album are phenomenal, philosophical, pegging together lines of innovative poetry such as “a weight that’s in youth” soon to be followed by more casual, laid-back slang “..that makes a dick of us all”. I felt that the literature, interwoven with conversational speech in this way served to make this album, an album that discusses and reflects on the pros and cons of one’s “limited life” as well as the exploration of what it is to be “human”, unbelievably moving and relatable. As a writer myself, but more importantly a listener, I perceived it to be nothing less of an honour to see the world through writer and frontman Dave Le’aupepe’s eyes whilst listening to this record, that is more than deserving of all of the acclaim it has received over the duration of this year.

Kasey ChambersTom Busby (Busby Marou)
Kasey ChambersDragonfly
I’ve spent a bit of time with Kasey and the Chambers family over the last couple of years and the more I’ve been able to watch her off stage, the more I have realised that she is a true and prolific songwriter. Constantly singing, always creating, forever exploring. That is what this record is, just like her, brave and genuine!

Kendrick LamarSahara Beck
Kendrick LamarDamn
This album has worked for me no matter what mood I’ve been in all through 2017. It’s one of those albums that, to me, will always be a classic. Driving down to the lake with the windows down loving every moment of each song. Thank you for making my 2017 that much better Kendrick.

Leif VollebekkHayden Calnin
Leif VollebekkTwin Solitude
Never has an album been so important. I’ve listened to this every second day, and it still feels as good as the first listen. It’s come to the point that I’ve started a petition to bring this talent to Melbourne. I’m addicted to the feeling Leif gives to me. Enjoyed best walking through chaos on a sunny day, forgetting the world around you.

Ulrika SpacekTom Stephens (Tesse)
Ulrika SpacekModern English Decoration
A lesson in the art of denial, an element is there and then it’s not. It’s driving and heavy, commanding attention, but somehow you can drift away at the same time. Melodies that have to be revisited again and again and then again.

Valerie JuneMatt Golotta (The Sweet Jelly Rolls)
Valerie JuneThe Order of Time
I listened to the first few songs online of The Order of Time when it first came out, then began calling record stores instantly to see if they had it in stock because I had to own it. This record seriously has everything I look for, its soulful, rocky, bluesy and country, with the right amount of sadness. I think I’ve listened to “Love You Once Made” every day this year since buying the record. “Got Soul” is a stunning pairing of soul and country that is this perfect happy way to close the record.

Daniel RomanoTamara Lindeman (The Weather Station)
Daniel RomanoModern Pressure
Definitely the record I listened to most this year. Just great. Perfect pop songwriting, wonderful wild drumming, insane bass playing, great solos, crazy organ jams, great everything (and every note played by Romano of course). What else do you want?

Big ThiefCy Winstanley (Tattletale Saints)
Big ThiefCapacity
After being introduced to ‘Paul’ from 2016’s Masterpiece on a late night drive, and subsequently watching their Tiny Desk concert, I have been enthralled with this band. I love Adrianne Lenker’s poetic, yet coherent and often confronting lyrics, and the stark arrangements of harmonically rich songs played with a nonchalance that belies their mastery.

Sara TindleyLucie Thorne
Sara TindleyWild & Unknown
There’s an extraordinary richness and directness to Tindley’s voice that is truly stunning. Wild & Unknown is a brave and beautiful collection of songs that’ll have you dancing one moment, weeping the next. A quiet masterpiece that creeps up under your skin and plants itself in your soul. I love this album.

Jen CloherAlison Ferrier
Jen CloherJen Cloher
I love everything about Jen Cloher’s self-titled fourth album. This comes close to the perfect album for me, it’s brilliantly written, performed, recorded and produced. Jen’s bare-faced honesty is incredibly brave and inspiring. Favourite tracks: “I Forgot Myself” and “Strong Woman”.

The Secret SistersThe Weeping Willows
The Secret SistersYou Don’t Own Me Anymore
Selecting your favourite album of the past 12 months is made all the more difficult when three of your favourite acts (Jason Isbell, David Rawlings and The Secret Sisters) all release LPs within the same calendar year. But whilst Isbell and Rawlings delivered sublime albums (as to be expected), the Sisters’ album is “all killer, no filler”, their best work yet, with no temptation to reach for the “skip” button! You Don’t Own Me Anymore is the charming trad-country harmony duo’s third album and most personal project to date. The writing is at times confessional, at others, nostalgic for simpler times; strength juxtaposed with vulnerability. Their soulful songs were lovingly and tastefully produced by good friend Brandi Carlile. Stand out tracks include “Tennessee River Runs Low”, murder ballad “Mississippi” (sister song to the wonderfully haunting, “Iuka” from their 2014 album, Put Your Needle Down), “Little Again” and title track, “You Don’t Own Me Anymore”. Check them out if you’re fans of sibling harmony (eg. The Everly Brothers) and/or the southern gothic stylings of Gillian Welch and The Civil Wars.

Lilly HiattSophie Klein (Little Wise)
Lilly HiattTrinity Lane
I saw Lilly perform at Third Man Records at AmericanaFest in Nashville, but the gravity of her songwriting only hit me afterwards, listening to her rocking 2017 album Trinity Lane on my headphones traveling around the States. The production, by Michael Trent of Shovels and Rope, is big, loud, gritty and more indie rock than Nashville alt-country. But Lilly’s voice still has a southern twang to it though and the melodies and words kick around my brain for days on end. “I just wanna rock n’ roll, scream out my and burn real slow” she sings on “Records”, and it makes me want to do the same.

Jamie WyattGretta Ziller
Jamie WyattFelony Blues
Although it’s been out for most of the year I’ve only just discovered Jamie Wyatt’s Felony Blues! It’s a rare thing for me to listen to something on repeat but since I’ve discovered her it’s all I’m listening to!!! It’s unashamed, uncomplicated, catchy, good old fashioned country music.

Christopher Coleman CollectiveThe Dead Maggies
Christopher Coleman CollectiveAh Winter
This is a work of art, from a guy that’s had a hard run and put his heart on his sleeve. The result is a deep, personal and moving album of mature songwriting. Musically it sits somewhere between Bright Eyes and Neil Young.

Steve EarleTristan Goodall (The Audreys)
Steve Earle & The DukesSo You Wanna Be An Outlaw
Equal parts devilish invitation and cautionary tale, this killer record was a tour van favourite as we hit the road after a break this year. Steve is in fine form, as usual, and while the album is boisterous and swaggering, it also manages to highlight his songwriting craft. Highlight: Willie Nelson growling “if you wanna be an outlaw you can never go home”. Giddy-up!

LogicSteve Barnard (Jon Cotton and The Book Keepers)
LogicEverybody
Riding my push bike past all the kids and their mothers, heads adorned in their icon of piety, devotion and religious identity. The burka is far more common in this corner of Sydney than most and it puts a smile on my face to see children enjoying their walk home from school with Mum. An old bogan crossing the road to the pub yells racial cliches about going back where you came from and then turns to me for my approval of his vitriol. I inform him I’m from overseas too, I just happen to be white and he is guilty of the grossest and purest type of racism. Racism is as blatant as the inability to see past difference and as subtle as the apathy that accompanies privilege. Everybody suffers either in their oppression or privilege. Everybody.

Lawrence GreenwoodTanya Batt (BATTS)
Lawrence GreenwoodP.S. I’m Haunted
Lawrence has been a favourite of mine for a long time with his previous project. It feels so nice to have a new album from him and my gosh wow. The melodic and lyrical genius within this album actually made me cry the first time I heard it. The journey this takes you on from start to finish is incredibly special. All of the amazing detail within the album leaves you finding something new each listen.

Gretta ZillerAndrew Swift
Gretta ZillerQueen Of Boomtown
Maybe I’m a little biased after spending so much time on the road with Gretta, but credit where credit’s due. Queen Of Boomtown is a solid record from start to finish. With underlying blues tones throughout, Queen Of Boomtown will have you tapping your feet, singing along and wiping away a tear or two again and again. Ziller is quickly being recognised as one of this country’s best songwriters and without a doubt one of its best vocalists.

Raise By EaglesSam Newton
Raised By EaglesI Must Be Somewhere
There is a great mix of upbeat and slow-burner tracks with a sprinkle of country here and there. The record is filled with great songwriting and heartfelt lyrics.

Ben SalterShane Nicholson
Ben SalterBack Yourself
I have a lot of favourite albums of 2017. It’s been a good year. But for me, one stands above the rest – Ben Salter’s Back Yourself. It’s equal parts diverse, brave, accomplished, intelligent, exciting, original, and just plain incredible, superior record-making.

Frank OceanThe Campervan Dancers
Frank OceanBiking
Ryan is arrested by the nostalgic visions of meatophorical bike-riding. Chelsea is delighted by how they manage to execute an extensive shouting outro with great aplomb.

The East PointersThe Little Stevies/Teeny Tiny Stevies
The East PointersWhat We Leave Behind
This recommendation is just as much about the album as it is about the live show, because TEP have done what is often very difficult to do and that’s to capture the energy and magic of their live show on record. As a band they’ve got the full package; great songs, impressive multi-instrumental musicianship, rich 3-part harmony, and to top it off they’re genuinely nice people. My favourites on the album are the vocal lead songs because I love a catchy melody and riff. But I also really enjoy the instrumentals because they include some super interesting harmonic changes through them that don’t always go where you’re expecting them to go. It’s an album that’s made a non-fiddler make it their new years resolution to learn how to play the fiddle, so it must be pretty good.

Songs From DanMelanie Horsnell
Dan TuffySongs from Dan
I loved Dan Tuffy’s record Songs from Dan because I love the quiet back of the valley live sound and the song “The biggest bastard who ever rode the west” is every musician-having-a-low-down-day’s anthem. And I loved King Curly’s new EP but biased as now we are making a record together, so not allowed to vote for that.

Les Poules a ColinJesse Periard (Ten Strings and a Goat Skin)
Les Poules à ColinMorose
Les Poules à Colin have never been a band to limit themselves. They are constantly pushing boundaries and exploring uncharted territory, which sets them apart from so many traditional music groups. They’ve grown so much as a band and Morose is a true representation of where they stand in the realm of traditional Québécois music and I couldn’t be more proud of them. This album has so many complex and beautiful layers to it, and has inspired me and taken me to places I didn’t expect.

Sarah BelknerJulia Johnson
Sarah BelknerBut You Are, But It Has
A record I have returned to repeatedly, finding more with every listen. The textures and arrangements glisten, but have this earthy, warm undercurrent. Her lyrics unfolded the more I honed in on them. Where I was wondering of their meaning upon first listen, months later her songs are resonating deeply with chapters and moments in my life. For me, there’s nothing more wondrous than finding a song that exposes one’s painful or wonderful experience as universal, and this album is rich with those gems. Standout track: “Cellophane”.

Jesca HoopAinslie Wills
Jesca HoopMemories Are Now
I describe this album to other people as “assertive folk” in that it has folk sensibilities and instrumentation but the song ideas are quite robust and angular at times which make it really memorable (ha! Pun not intended). Also, It has no drums which to me was really refreshing as most things these days are so banger/beat driven.

Trad AttackJoe Gould (The Crooked Fiddle Band)
Trad.Attack!Kullakarva / Shimmer Gold
Every so often I spend some time seeking out what’s happening in other local scenes around the world, and Crooked Fiddle’s musical equivalents therein – thus leading me to Estonia’s Trad.Attack! (punctuation included). Part melodic folk pop, part updated trad folk complete with Estonian bagpipes, they sometimes come across as a Baltic equivalent to Ireland’s Kila, especially on the epic title track.

Big ThiefAngie McMahon
Big ThiefCapacity
I’ve fallen in love with this band and this album. The intimacy of the songwriting has captured me, and the so many moments in the lyrics and music have brought me to moments of realisation and clarity. Some albums make you really grateful for music and the power it has over your mind, and this year, for me, it’s been this one.

Lana Del ReyTori Forsyth
Lana Del RayLust for Life
I love that Stevie Nicks has a little part of this record, she also experiments with some rad sounds. Also, lyrically this record is incredible.

This Is The KitEmily Staveley-Taylor (The Staves)
This Is The KitMoonshine Freeze
We met Kate, Rozi and Jamie at The Funkhaus during the Michelberger festival in Berlin last year and thought they were all wonderful people making wonderful music. Then we saw them play this album live at Eaux Claires festival in the summer and were blown away. The record has so many lovely, rounded sounds on it. It feels soft, but it has a driving energy that keeps pushing it forward. Kate’s voice has a familiar, kind quality when she sings – who doesn’t want to feel like they’re having a conversation with a friend when they listen to music? It’s a self-assured album by a band who seem to really know who they are. And that’s a comforting presence to be in. Plus the tunes are fucking banging. And the horns rule.

Sun Kil MoonNigel Wearne
Sun Kil MoonCommon As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood
This year Sun Kil Moon has been on high rotation. Common As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood is so different, that I honestly can’t remember hearing anything else like it. Spoken word poetry, prose, and random stories (including a Chameleon vs a Cat), diary entries, muses on David Bowie and Ali augmented by busted-up Dad hip hop. It’s completely whacked and compelling. A slow burn that requires the lyrics booklet.

Jo Jo Smith Announces Tour with Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart

Jo Jo Smith
Image Courtesy of Jo Jo Smith

2017 marks 50 years as a performing musician for Australian soul legend Jo Jo Smith.

The sexagenarian pocket-rocket is celebrating this huge milestone with the announcement of a massive East Coast tour through October, November and into December. Joining Jo Jo Smith in support will be longtime friend Lucie Thorne along with her constant collaborator Hamish Stuart.

The full list of upcoming dates are below:

Friday 6th October – Leagues Club, Griffith, NSW
Saturday 7th October – Town Hall, Beechworth, VIC
Sunday 8th October – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th October – Numurkah Foodbowl Festival, Shepparton, VIC
Saturday 21st October – Under the Sun Cafe, Strathbogie, VIC
Sunday 22nd October – House Concert, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 29th October – Grainstore, Nathalia, VIC
Thursday 16th November – Number 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Thursday 30th November – St John’s Craft Beer, Launceston, TAS
Friday 1st December – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Saturday 2nd December – House Concert, Scamander, TAS
Sunday 3rd December – House Concert, Neika, TAS

The Mullum Music Festival Announces Full Lineup

Mullum
Image Courtesy of The Mullum Music Festival

Having already announced the first ten artists for their 10 year anniversary the Mullum Music Festival has this week revealed its full 2017 lineup, and boy are you going to be excited.

As always the festival includes more a bunch of folk, roots, Americana and acoustic artists including the likes of Marlon Williams, Frazey Ford, Lindi Ortega, Harry James Angus, Z-Star Delta, Tinpan Orange, The Teskey Brothers, Mama Kin Spender, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Vance Gilbert, Liz Stringer, Suzannah Espie, Wallis Bird, Áine Tyrrell, The East Pointers, Irish Mythen, Loren Kate, Hussy Hicks, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Sara Tindley, Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel, The Twoks, Angie Hudson, Rebecca Ireland, Cecilia Brandolini, Domini Forster, Heartworn Highway, Jimmy Dowling, Low Down Riders, Queen Porter Stomp and many more.

The Mullum Music Festival takes place in Mullumbimby, NSW from the 16th to the 19th November. Fore more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here. The full list of artists for 2017 is below:

Jon Cleary & The Monster Gentlemen (us), Marlon Williams (NZ), Frazey Ford (CAN), Lindi Ortega (CAN), Harry James Angus, Too Many Zooz (US), Jazz Party, Z-Star Delta (UK), Tinpan Orange, Gabriel Garzon-Montano (USA), OKA, The Teskey Brothers, Mama Kin Spender, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Small Halls feat. Vance Gilbert (US) and Liz Stringer, Suzannah Espie, Wallis Bird (IRE), Ron Artis II (USA), Áine Tyrrell (IRE), Sex On Toast, The East Pointers (CAN), Irish Mythen (IRE/CAN), King Tide, Ladyslug, Brian Nankervis, Mandy Nolan, Joel Salom, Dustyesky, Gabriel Otu Orchestra (GH), Moussa Diakite and Wassado (Mali/AU), Ollie McGill Trio, Greg Sheehan, Loren Kate, The Coconut Kids, Jojo Smith, Hussy Hicks, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Scott Cook (CAN) Sara Tindley, Sal Kimber & the Rollin Wheel, Charles Maimarosia (Sol Is) His Merry Men, The Twoks, Angie Hudson, Rebecca Ireland, Ethno Folk Orchestra, Cecilia Brandolini, Domini Forster, Heartworn Highway, Jimmy Dowling, Levingstone, Low Down Riders, Mandy Hawkes, Megan And The Vegans, Palm Wine Ambassadors, Queen Porter Stomp, Raku One O’Gaia, Sal Wonder, Shanteya and Jo The Lion and the Leaves, Tin Can String Band, Titan Sky, Ukulele Death Squad, Vesica Pisces, Welcome To Country, The Biggest Little Town Choir, Roundabout Theatre, Amazing Drumming Monkeys, Spaghetti Circus, Bollywood Sisters, The Magic Bus, Workshops

Dashville Skyline Announces Full Lineup for 2017

Dashville Skyline
Image Courtesy of Dashville Skyline

Following a super exciting first artist announcement back in June, Americana and roots festival Dashville Skyline have returned to complete the full list of artists appearing at this year’s event.

Dashville Skyline has scored a coup with the announcement of US roots singer Valerie June when she’s in the country supporting Old Crow Medicine Show. ARIA award winners Oh Mercy make a welcome return to the Dashville stage and will also be joined by local buzz band The Teskey Brothers and Irish folk guru Declan O’Rourke.

The rest of the lineup is made up of Dashville Progress Society, Demi Mitchell, Lyle Dennis Express, Magpie Diaries, Ben Leece, Nicholas Connors, Fallon Cush, Jen Mize, Paddy McHugh, Lucie Thorne and Matt Walker. That’s the full lineup in the poster above.

Held in the bushland of the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Dashville Skyline takes place from the 29th September to the 1st October. Tickets for Dashville Skyline are on sale now – check out the official web site for more details.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st April

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Neil Murray and Lucie Thorne announced joint tour dates in Victoria. Details here

– Indie duo Husky have announced plans to release their new album Punchbuzz in June. Details here

Justin Townes Earle announced his new album Kids In The Street. Details here

Father John Misty announced Splendour sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– American indie singer-songwriter Conor Oberst released his new video “Barbary Coast (Later)”. Details here

Interviews

“[The Gum Ball is] one of my favourite festivals because it has maintained its integrity as it has grown. It’s still got all the beautiful vibes, people, trees, tents, beers and loving connection that it had back when I first went. I know it’s getting bigger and bigger but they really have their heads screwed on and I think it will be something I want to go to for most of my life”Kim Churchill chats to KT Bell. Interview here

Releases This Week

Sheryl Crow
Be MyselfSheryl Crow
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Billy Bragg
Live In The NetherlandsXavier Rudd
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Spurs For Jesus, Handsome Young Strangers, The Dead Maggies

HYS

As is the tradition Spurs for Jesus and Handsome Young Strangers will be folk-punking your Anzac Day in Sydney along with Tasmanian friends The Dead Maggies.

Tuesday 25th April – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Andrew Keoghan & Lisa Crawley
Tuesday 25th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Andy Golledge & Mates Extravaganza
Tuesday 25th April – The Vic Hotel, Sydney, NSW

BATTS
Sunday 23rd April – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Bill Chambers Band & Raechel Whitchurch
Wednesday 26th April – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 27th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Bill Jackson & Pete Fidler
Sunday 23rd April – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
Saturday 22nd April – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd April – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 24th April – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 28th April – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Bob Evans
Friday 21st April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 22nd April – Hardy’s Bay Club, Central Coast, NSW

Bowling Green Banjo Sessions feat. The Button Collective, Jimmy Daley, Narrownecks
Thursday 27th April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Candelo Village Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April – Candelo, NSW

Cat Canteri
Saturday 22nd April – The Union, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd April – Bayview Country Art Club, Bittern, VIC

Colin Lillie
Friday 21st April – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 22nd April – Night Quarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 23rd April – Sonny’s House of Blues, Brisbane, QLD

Dana Hassall
Friday 21st April – Stanhope Hotel, Stanhope, VIC
Saturday 22nd April – Grand Central Hotel, Cobram, VIC
Sunday 23rd April – Basement Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Wednesday 26th April – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC

Davidson Brothers
Friday 28th April – Longhorn Saloon, Melbourne, VIC

Direwolf w/ Caitlin Harnett, Carl Manwarring
Thursday 27th April – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Fairbridge Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April – Pinjarra, WA

FolkSwagon feat. Hannah Robinson, Chris Rose, Tradicion
Wednesday 26th April – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Grigoryan Brothers
Friday 28th April – Birds Basement, Sydney, NSW

Henry Wagons, Jonny Fritz, Ruby Boots
Friday 21st April – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 22nd April – Silver Raven Festival, Turkey Flat Vineyards, SA

High Tea feat. Joe Mungovan
Thursday 27th April – Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Elwood Myre
Sunday 23rd April – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Irish Mythen
Friday 21st April – The Gum Ball Festival, Dashville, NSW

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Thursday 27th April – The Rooks Return, Melbourne, NSW

James Kenyon & Amarillo
Saturday 22nd April – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Jack Elias, Darren Cross, Luke O’Farrell
Friday 21st April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Jemma Nicole & Mitch Power
Friday 28th April – LongPlay, Melbourne, VIC

Jonny Fritz
Friday 21st April – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 22nd April – Silver Raven Festival, Turkey Flat Vineyards, SA
Sunday 23rd April – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Joseph Tawadros Trio
Thursday 27th April – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Justin Bernasconi, Cat Canteri, The Weeping Willows
Sunday 23rd April – Bayview Country Art Club, Bittern, VIC

Kasey Chambers
Friday 21st April – The Regent Theatre, Yarram, VIC
Saturday 22nd April – The Palms, Crown Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd April – The Memo, Healseville, VIC
Friday 28th April – Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton, WA

Kathleen Mary Lee
Sunday 23rd April – Rochester Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
Friday 21st April – Shoalhaven Heads Bowling Club, Shoalhaven Heads NSW
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April – The Gum Ball, Dashville, NSW

Laura Jean w/ Sweet Whirl
Sunday 23rd April – The Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Les Poules à Colin
Friday 21st to Monday 24th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Fairbridge, WA

Lost Ragas
Monday 24th April – The Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mandy Connell
Saturday 22nd April – House Concert, Katoomba, NSW

Neil Murray & Lucie Thorne
Saturday 22nd April – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd April – The Grande, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Oh Pep! w/ Didirri
Friday 21st April – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd April – Blackbear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 28th April – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Over the Ditch – A Trans-Tasman Anti-War Party feat. Low Talk, Baby Blue, Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats
Monday 24th April – The Curtin, Melbourne, VIC

Pierce Brothers
Friday 21st April – ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
Saturday 22nd April – Baha, Rye, VIC

Ramblin Nights feat. Rich Davies & The Low Road, Hana & Jessie-Lee
Thursday 27th April – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Roadhouse feat. Bryen Willems
Thuresday 27th April – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Rich Davies & The Low Road
Thursday 27th April – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th April – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW

Rick Hart and the Sweet Addictions
Saturday 22nd April – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Round Mountain Girls
Sunday 23rd April – Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick Heads, NSW
Monday 24th April – Kingscliff Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW
Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May – Wintermoon Festival, Cameron’s Pocket, QLD

Ruby Boots
Friday 21st April – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 22nd April – Silver Raven Festival, Turkey Flat Vineyards, SA
Thursday 27th April – Mojo Bar, Fremantle, WA

Sean McMahon and the MoonMen
Saturday 22nd April – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Thursday 27th April – The Little Guy, Sydney, NSW

Silver Raven Festival
Saturday 22nd April – Turkey Flat Vineyards, SA

Sizzle
Sunday 23rd April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Songs of the Sea feat. BegOpCoOp
Thursday 27th April – Testing Ground, Melbourne, VIC

Spurs For Jesus, Handsome Young Strangers, The Dead Maggies
Tuesday 25th April – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

St Albans Folk Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April – St Albans, NSW

The Button Collective
Saturday 22nd April – The Settlers Arms Inn, St Albans, NSW
Thursday 27th April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 27th April – The Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th April – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 21st April – Junction 142, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 22nd April – Foghorn Brewhouse, Erina, NSW
Sunday 23rd April – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 25 April – Marrickville Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

The East Pointers
Thursday 27th April – Armitage Centre, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May – The Planting Festival, Woodford, QLD

The End Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April – Hill End, NSW

The Go Set, Operation Ibis, Eightball Junkies
Saturday 22nd April – The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney, NSW

The Gum Ball
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April – Dashville, NSW

The Lumineers
Saturday 22nd April – Metro City, Perth, WA

The Mae Trio
Sunday 23rd April – Lefty’s, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 28th April – Night Quarter, Gold Coast, QLD

The McClymonts
Friday 21st April – Bathurst RSL, Bathurst, NSW
Saturday 22nd April – Wenty Leagues, Wentworthville, NSW
Friday 28th April – CEX Coffs, Coffs Harbour, NSW

The Planting Festival
Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May – Woodford, QLD

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Wednesday 26th April – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 21st April – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd April – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

Tony Joe White
Sunday 23rd April – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA

Wide Open Space Festival
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th April – Alice Springs, NT

Wintermoon Festival
Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May – Cameron’s Pocket, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Jerusalem” – Chris Wood

Happy St George’s day for this Sunday!

Neil Murray and Lucie Thorne Announce Victorian Dates

Lucie Thorne
Image Courtesy of Lucie Thorne

Renowned singer songwriters Neil Murray and Lucie Thorne have announced plans for three double-bill concerts around Victoria this month.

Murray and Thorne are both fan favourites and getting the chance to see them together on the same bill is something not to be missed. Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 19th April – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Saturday 22nd April – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd April – The Grande, Hepburn Springs, VIC

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