The Morrisons Return With O Brother Where Art Thou? Tribute Shows

The Morrisons
Image Courtesy of The Morrisons

Sydney pickers The Morrisons are heading to The Vanguard in Newtown in May for another round of O Brother Where Art Thou? tribute shows. The classic Coen Brothers film has inspired a generation of folk musicians and getting the chance to see iconic songs like “Man of Constant Sorrow”, “I’ll Fly Away” and “You Are My Sunshine” performed by musicians of The Morrisons’ calibre is not to be missed.

On the 6th, 7th and 8th May The Morrisons will be joined by local musicians Brian Campeau, Lucky Luke, Georgia Mooney, Hannah Crofts, Katie Wighton and Luke Escombe along with comedian Tommy Dean for Man Of Constant Sorrow: A Tribute to the Music of O Brother Where Art Thou?. If you’re keen to get to one of these shows get in quick – tickets are selling fast. Check out The Vanguard’s official site for more details.

The Morrisons’ Country and Inner Western Night Returns Next Week

Country and Inner Western
Image Courtesy of The Morrisons

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

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

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

Man of Constant Sorrow: A Tribute to the Music of O Brother Where Art Thou?

O Brother

The impact of O Brother Where Art Thou?, the 2000 film from the Coen Brothers, and its amazing T Bone Burnett producer soundtrack continues to be felt across the folk scene, it’s probably no surprise that The Vanguard in Sydney is once again holding a couple of tribute nights. Following on from similar sold out nights over the last couple of years, the upcoming events will feature some of Sydney’s best musicians bringing the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack to life.

The O Brother Where Art Thou? tribute nights will take place on the 7th and 8th May at The Vanguard and will feature performances from the likes of The Morrisons, Ngaiire, Elana Stone, Brian Campeau, Lucky Luke, Marcus Holden and All Our Exes Live In Texas with the night MC’d by acclaimed comedian Tommy Dean.

Tickets to the nights are $25 and will likely sell out fast. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th May


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne’s John Flanagan & The Begin Agains have released their brand new video for the track “Autumn Song”. Details here

Achoo! Bless You have managed to find the time during their current east coast tour to release their new video “No Way Of Knowing”. Details here

Thelma Plum has announced plans for a national tour this July. Details here

– The first lineup announcement for the 2013 JamGrass Music Festival reads like a who’s who of Timber and Steel favourites – Patt and Possum (USA), The Company, The Steamgrass Boys, The Green Mohair Suits, Papa Pilko & The Binrats, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Hardrive Bluegrass Band, Strzelecki Stringbusters, James Kenyon and John Flanagan & The Begin Agains. Details here

Communion Melbourne have revealed the lineup for their May show this Sunday including Five Mile Town, Garrett Kato, Miles and Simone, Sean O’Neill and Zack Buchanan. Details here

– UK troubadour Johnny Flynn is making a welcome return to the musical stage after a couple of years concentrating on his acting career – and he’s got an brand new song to share. Details here

– Tom Busby’s (Busby Marou) Americana side-project Good Oak has a new video for “The Bear Song”. Details here

Tom West plays in Adelaide folk band Traveller and Fortune but has a solo project as well – and he’s just released his new single “Jonathan’s Farm” with a tour to go along with it. Details here

Laura Marling has announced a Heavenly Sounds tour as her Splendour in the Grass sideshows. Details here

– Speaking of Laura Marling, there’s a lovely video of her and Eddie Berman covering Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” online at the moment. Details here

– Experimental folk six piece Tunng have revealed plans to release a new album as well as sharing the first single. Details here

– Next weekend monthly Sydney folk night Little Features turns one and they’re celebrating with an amazing lineup – Mark Bulmer, Colin Jones, Arbori, Charlie Gradon, Bec Sandridge and Yetis. Details here

– After attributing the wrong video to Emily Barker last week (so embarrassing) we’re making up for it by posting her new video “Dear River”. Details here


“It’s almost like we’re getting used to playing in the duo form again. It’s almost as though we have to simplify everything. We’re so used to playing with a band now because we’ve been doing so for the last six months – and it’s been so fun playing with those guys – at the same time it’s really cool to challenge ourselves as a duo”Patrick James chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“Finding an opportunity to bail Jeff up in the green room (ie the grass behind the tent), Bill whipped out the all-terrain microphone and quizzed Jeff on the sound matter, among others”Jeff Lang chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“The tour has been amazing so far. Kicking off in Sydney in front of our buddies was so rad. It was a real high point for us as a band. It’s so easy when your touring with good mates and sick bands. We have just been losing our shit to each others each night, too fun”The Mountains chat to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I think it has something to do with our longing for a more simplistic life, something to do with a bunch of the younger city kids actually coming from rural areas, and something to do with the music just being honest, tuneful, and great to dance and drink to”Lucky Luke chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Spotlight On

Winter Mountain

“It’s been a while since we’ve seen a solid male duo on the scene. With boots to fill of the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, these two manage to blend their voices in delicious harmonies, complementing their emotive melodies quite simply but effectively, while still retaining their young and contemporary vibe. It’s kind of like Indie-folk without actually stepping into the indie realm”KTBell profiles Winter Mountain. Spotlight here


“Suddenly, there seem to be people everywhere crowd-funding. I’ve just become one of those people. But we’re all still learning about it. I’m half-way through a 30 day crowd-funding campaign for my new record, and even though they’ve helped multitudes of people raise over $10 million in crowd-funding, even the directors of Pozible, an Australian crowd-funding platform, can’t be sure whether my campaign will succeed”Rose Wintergreen talks Crowd Funding in the first of a four part series. Blog here



“As soon as this a capella vocal trio started to sing, the room was reduced to complete silence. Unaccompanied, these three talented young women use their voices as diverse instruments, using harmonies, percussive sounds, ooo’s, ahh’s and combined with hand percussion create a sweet, full sound”Hannah Acfield reviews the album launch from Aluka. Review here

Releases This Week

Bright Sunny South
Bright Sunny SouthSam Amidon

Timber and Steel Presents

The Stillsons
The Stillsons with Little Wise, Victoriana Gaye
Sunday 19th May – The Worker’s Club, Fitzroy, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You and The Mountains
Friday 17th May – Woody’s Surf Shack, Byron Bay, NSW
Wednesday 22nd May – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 17th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th May – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

Communion Melbourne feat. Five Mile Town, Garrett Kato, Miles and Simone, Sean O’Neill, Zack Buchanan
Sunday 19th May – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Good Oak
Thursday 23rd May – Gov’s Espresso, Mermaid Beach, QLD
Friday 24th May – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW

Matt Corby with Grace Woodroofe
Thursday 23rd May – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

MoFo Speakeasy feat. The Rusty Spring Syncopators, Hayfever
Saturday 18th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage
Friday 17th May – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Saturday 18th May – Karuah Music Festival, Karuah, NSW
Sunday 19th May – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 24th May – The Polish Club, Canberra, ACT

Sarah Humphreys
Saturday 18th May – Lizotte’s Kincumber, Kincumber, NSW

The Starry Field (solo)
Friday 17th May – Jet Black Cat Records, West End, QLD
Saturday 18th May – Pure Pop Records, St Kilda, VIC
Sunday 19th May – The Newsagency, Sydney NSW

The Stillsons
Saturday 18th May – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 19th May – The Worker’s Club, Fitzroy, VIC

Tom West
Sunday 19th May – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“As I Roved Out” – Planxty (Christy Moore’s version)

I love how songs, both contemporary and traditional, evolve and change in the world of folk music. I’ve been listening to Sam Amidon’s new album Bright Sunny South and his version of “As I Roved Out” which led me back to the version I know best from Christy Moore and Planxty. They’re so different from each other they could be completely different songs. And they’re both amazing – great stuff!

Interview: Lucky Luke

Lucky Luke
Image Courtesy of Lucky Luke and His Shooting Stars

If you’ve been to an alt-country show in Sydney recently your almost guaranteed to have stumbled across Lucky Luke and His Shooting Stars. If you haven’t yet, you’re in for a treat as the band are headlining this months Country Roads night at the Oxford Art Factory on Thursday 16th May. We managed to grab Lucky Luke himself for a quick chat about the state of country music in Sydney.

Gareth Hugh Evans: Your bio says you were drawn to country music thanks to the records your granddaddy used to play. What is it about this music that has connected with you through into your adulthood?

Lucky Luke: This music really started connecting with me as my nostalgia for my childhood and the time I spent in Greensboro North Carolina started to grow. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and the occasional visits to the south whetted my appetite for country music, and the food, the hospitality, and style of that culture. I find that country music is bottomless – the further you dig, the more gold you find (for want of a better metaphor).

GHE: There’s a bustling underground country music in Sydney at the moment. City kids are not usually the target market for this music – why do you think it’s seeing a surge in popularity here?

LL: I think it has something to do with our longing for a more simplistic life, something to do with a bunch of the younger city kids actually coming from rural areas, and something to do with the music just being honest, tuneful, and great to dance and drink to.

GHE: People would probably recognise several members of your band from other Sydney based folk, country and bluegrass outfits. How important is the collaborative element of the scene in Sydney?

LL: I think it’s crucial to have a scene. Like any passion, you need support to feed your hunger to share and learn. We play each other new songs when we have all night jams and three hour shows – that’s really what it’s all about, sharing a culture and growing the community.

GHE: You’re playing at the Country Roads night this Thursday at The Oxford Art Factory with Fanny Lumsden and Andy Golledge. That’s a hell of a lineup! How are you feeling ahead of the show?

LL: Any chance to play is exciting to me, can’t wait. The other acts are in fine form and we’re excited to share the stage with Fanny and Andy.

GHE: Along with the Country Roads show are there any other gigs we should know about featuring Lucky Luke and His Shooting Stars? What’s next on the horizon for you?

LL: We’re playing The Bourbon in Potts Point on Sunday 26th May and launching our debut record on the 12th July at The Basement. Plenty of shows in between which we post on our Facebook page as we go. Thank for the chat Gareth and see you around brother!

Country Roads featuring Lucky Luke and His Shooting Stars, Fanny Lumsden and The Thrillseekers and Andy Golledge will take place tomorrow night at the Oxford Art Factory. For more info check out the official Facebook invite here.

Country Roads Lineup for May

Country Roads
Image Courtesy of The Steamgrass Boys

This month’s Steamgrass Boys curated night of folk, bluegrass and alt-country music in Syndey, Country Roads, has a massive lineup and is definitely shaping up to be a highlight of the May music calendar. On Thursday 16th May The Oxford Art Factory will be transformed into an old time inn with plenty of whiskey and even more bootscootin’.

On the lineup for Country Roads this month are alt-country favourites Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers, Lucky Luke & His Shooting Stars and Andy Golledge. The music will kick off at 8pm with tickets only $10 on the door.

For more information make sure you head over to the official Facebook invite here.

Bellyache Ben and the Steamgrass Boys at The Clarendon

Bellyache Ben
Image Courtesy of Bellyache Ben and the Steamgrass Boys

If you’re looking for some bluegrass this weekend you’re in luck. Sydney favourites Bellyache Ben and the Steamgrass Boys are packing their banjos and mandos and heading back to their homeland, The Blue Mountains, for a show this Friday the 22nd June at the famous Clarendon Guesthouse.

Joining the boys will be another ex-Blue Mountains in support, the artist formally known as Luke Webb and now going by the name Lucky Luke. The doors open at 7pm, with the show kicking off at 8.30pm. For more details check out the official Facebook event here.

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