Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The forth artist announcement for the Port Fairy Folk Festival dropped including Aine Tyrell, Bobby Alu & The Palm Royal Royale, Bullhorn, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Greg Champion, Little Georgia, The Mastersons (USA), The Morrisons, Oh Pep!, The Paper Kites, Mick McHugh & The Gathering and The Grand Magoozi. Details here

Kate Miller-Heidke and The Beards have released a cracking Christmas single “I’m Growing A Beard Downstairs for Christmas”. Details here

– After almost immediately selling out her Sydney and Melbourne dates Gillian Welch has added two more shows to her February tour. Details here

– In a very special show next Friday Chaika will be performing with the 17 piece Pickpockets & Rascals Orchestra, supported by Lucy Wise Trio. Details here

The Waifs announced tour dates for January and February 2016. Details here

– Our favourite alt-country and Americana blog Post To Wire is holding a Christmas party in Sydney featuring Fanny Lumsden, Jason Walker, Cruisin’ Deuces, The Weeping Willows, Jep and Dep, James Thomson and De’May along with Post To Wire DJ sets. Details here

– We premiered the brand new single from John Flanagan, “High On High”. Details here

The National Folk Festival added a bunch more artists including The Jerry Cans (CAN), Spiro (UK), Gordie Tentrees (CAN), Keith Donnelly (UK), Joseph Tawadros, Perch Creek, Bush Gothic, Loren Kate, The Chordwainers, Co-cheòl, Catgut (above), Conchillia, Siobhan Owen and Candy Royalle and The Michael Wheatley Band. Details here

– The latest single from Pepa Knight is a cover of Tame Impala’s “Eventually”. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Ariela Jacobs has announced a new EP, Yesteryear. Details here

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Poke in The Eye Records Launch feat. Todd Sibbin, Tom West, O’ Little Sister

Todd Sibbin

Brand new Adelaide record label Poke in The Eye launch this week with an impressive lineup of their artists – Todd Sibbin, Tom West and O’ Little Sister

Thursday 10th December – The Metro, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

A Day on the Green feat. Paul Kelly Presents: The Merri Soul Sessions, Lucinda Williams, Kasey Chambers and Marlon Williams
Sunday 6th December – Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley, VIC

Archie Roach
Friday 4th December – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th December – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 6th December – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Friday 11th December – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Chaika with Pickpockets & Rascals Orchestra and Lucy Wise Trio
Friday 11th December – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Dana Hassall
Sunday 6th December – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Darren Hanlon
Saturday 5th December – Northcote Uniting Church Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 6th December – Monte’s, Alice Springs, NT
Thursday 10th December – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Friday 11th December – TBD, Nannup, WA

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 6th December – The Fifth Province, St Kilda, VIC

Ed Sheeran w/ Passenger, Foy Vance, Rudimental
Saturday 5th December – AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 9th December – Allianz Stadium, Sydney, NSW

Fairgrounds Festival
Saturday 5th December – Berry, NSW

Father John Misty
Saturday 5th December – Fairgrounds Festival, Berry, NSW
Sunday 6th December – Max Watt’s, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 8th December – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 9th December – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 10th December – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

Festival of Small Halls feat. Irish Mythen, Starboard Cannons
Friday 4th December – Springbrook Community Hall, Springbrook QLD
Saturday 5th December – Mt Nebo Hall, Mt Nebo, QLD
Sunday 6th December – Eudlo Public Hall, Eudlo, QLD
Friday 11th December – CCSA Hall, Caloundra, QLD

Finders Keepers Market feat. Ollie Brown, Katie Brianna, Luke Escombe, Catgut, Maia Jelavic, Taryn La Fauci, Lisa Caruso, The Maple Trail
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th December – Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

Folkswagon feat. Callum Wylie, The Campervan Dancers, Maia Jelavic
Wednesday 9th December – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Home Sweet Home feat. Caitlin Harnett and Andrew Phelan
Friday 11th December – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Friday 4th December – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 6th December – Mudgee Brewing, Mudgee, NSW
Thursday 10th December – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Lucinda Williams
Sunday 6th December – A Day on the Green, Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley, VIC
Monday 7th December – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Lucy Wise and Justin Bernasconi
Sunday 6th December – Secret Show, Melbourne, VIC

Marlon Williams and The Yarra Benders w/ Ben Salter
Friday 4th December – The Railway, Darwin, NT
Sunday 6th December – A Day on the Green, Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley, VIC
Thursday 10th December – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 11th December – The Substation, Newport, VIC

Oh Willy Dear
Sunday 6th December – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Poke in The Eye Records Launch feat. Todd Sibbin, Tom West, O’ Little Sister
Thursday 10th December – The Metro, Adelaide, SA

Rebecca Bastoli and Maia Jelavic
Thursday 10th December – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Riogh
Sunday 6th December – Figgy Bowlo, Figtree, NSW

Sian Evans
Wednesday 9th December – The Pineapple Lounge, Brisbane, QLD

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Tuesday 8th December – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Morrisons
Saturday 5th December – Hotel Gearins, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 11th December – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

The Plough
Sunday 6th December – Coach and Horses, Sydney, NSW

The Shack feat. New York Public Library, Niq Reefman, Margie Salem
Saturday 5th December – Tramshed Community Arts Centre, Narrabeen, NSW

Tim Guy
Saturday 5th December – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 6th December – The Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Boolavogue/Mrs McLeod’s Reel” – Aly Bain and Davy Spillane

I thought I’d celebrate the week of St Andrew’s Day with the legendary Scots fiddler Aly Bain playing the classic “Mrs McLeod’s Reel” (with some Irish influence from Davy Spillane on pipes).

Chaika Announce Special Show With 17 Piece Orchestra

Chaika
Image Courtesy of Chaika

World-Balkan-folk band Chaika have something very special in store for Sydney this month.

The six piece will be taking to the stage at iconic venue The Basement on Friday 11th December with the 17 piece Pickpockets & Rascals Orchestra. That’s right, a 17 piece orchestra!

This show is the culmination of Chaika’s collaboration with Michael O’Donnell (The Squeezebox Trio) who has arranged the parts for the Pickpockets & Rascals Orchestra.

And to top it all off Chaika will be joined on the night by the Lucy Wise Trio, fresh from their recent Sydney EP launch, who will also be performing some tracks with the orchestra.

All sounds amazing right? If you’re looking for more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 27th November

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The National Folk Festival announced a bunch more acts for 2016 including Vishten, Tony McManus & Beppe Gambetta, Bluetongue Bush Ceilidh, Brian Peters, The Beez, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Castlecomer, Andy White, The Davidson Brothers, Women in Docs, Matthew Dames, Eastwinds, Le Blanc Bros Cajun Band, Danny Spooner and Margret RoadKnight. Details here

– Melbourne duo Sweet Jean will be touring through the summer. Details here

– US singer-songwriter Matt Bauer released his haunting new video “I Am Trying To Disappear”. Details here

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have released a brand new single “Hot Coals”. Details here

Jason Isbell announced Australian headline shows next March. Details here

– This January Mudgee will play host to the Mudsling min-festival featuring Daniel Champagne, Saltwater Sound System, April Maze, Out of Abingdon, Big Erle, Honey, Euripi, Nick Wall and more. Details here

– In huge news both Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings Machine have announced tours in 2016. Details here

– Sydney nu-folk singer Willowy released the gorgeous stop motion video for “More Than a Shadow”. Details here

Darren Hanlon has released dates for his traditional Christmas tour. Details here

– The Lucy Wise Trio will be launching their new EP in Sydney this Sunday. Details here

– Adelaide singer-songwriter Todd Sibbin released his new single “And We’ll Say That We’re Done”. Details here

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats announced Bluesfest sideshows. Details here

Interviews

“It feels like home there now. I still have a sense of “Oh, I’m performing” and I get nervous and want to do really well, but it’s so much more comfortable than any other venue. Even just the regularity of it has pushed us to be better. With that amount of performance practice you just get better at reflecting on what works well and what people respond to. Having that regular audience who gives us feedback on what they really love about us and what songs they like, and even getting some feedback on what they think we could improve on, has been really helpful just in developing our stage presence. I think it’s done a world of difference in progressing us performance wise”Gareth Hugh Evans chats to The Campervan Dancers about their Folkswagon night. Interview here

Releases This Week

And a Hotplate
And A HotplateThe Squeezebox Trio
Bandcamp

Hurtling Through
Hurtling ThroughTiny Ruins
Spunk

Timber and Steel Presents

TJB
Timothy James Bowen

Friday 27th November – Secret Show, Philip Island, VIC
Saturday 28th – EP Launch, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th – The Waterhouse, Jervis Bay, NSW
Wednesday 2nd – Folkswagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

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Lucy Wise Trio

Lucy Wise

The Lucy Wise Trio will launch their amazing new EP A Painting of the Universe in Sydney this Sunday. The show will feature appearances by Saba Vayani-Lai, Jessica Rose and Emma Dell who will be reciting their original poems which inspired songs on the EP

Sunday 29th November – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

A Day on the Green feat. Paul Kelly Presents: The Merri Soul Sessions, Lucinda Williams, Kasey Chambers and Marlon Williams
Saturday 28th November – Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley, NSW
Sunday 29th November – Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, QLD

Archie Roach
Thursday 3rd December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 4th December – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Dan Flynn and The State of Things
Saturday 28th November – Shadow Electric, Melbourne, NSW

Dana Hassall
Friday 27th November – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW
Saturday 28th November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th November Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 3rd December – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Direwolf w/ Maia Jelavic, Dave Calandra
Saturday 28th November – Secret Show, Sydney, NSW

Ed Sheeran w/ Passenger, Foy Vance, Rudimental
Saturday 28th November – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 2nd December – Nib Stadium, Perth, WA

Festival of Small Halls feat. Irish Mythen, Starboard Cannons
Friday 27th November – Felton Hall, Felton, QLD
Saturday 28th November – St George Amphitheatre, St George, QLD
Sunday 29th November – Tambo Shire Hall, Tambo, QLD
Friday 4th December – Springbrook Community Hall, Springbrook QLD

Folkswagon feat. Sam Joole, The Campervan Dancers, Timothy James Bowen
Wednesday 2nd December – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gorgeous Festival
Friday 27th to Saturday 28th November – Penny’s Hill Estate, McLaren Vale, SA

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Fanny Lumsden, Bree De Rome
Sunday 29th November – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Saturday 28th November – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 4th December – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW

Lucinda Williams
Saturday 28th November – A Day on the Green, Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley, NSW
Sunday 29th November – A Day on the Green, Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, QLD
Wednesday 2nd December – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Lucy Wise Trio
Friday 27th November – House Concert, Yatteyattah, NSW
Saturday 28th November – Araluen Gold Concert Series, Araluen, NSW
Sunday 29th November – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Mark Lucas w/ Tom Dockray, Sam Newton
Sunday 29th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Marlon Williams and The Yarra Benders w/ Ben Salter
Friday 27th November – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th November – A Day on the Green, Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley, NSW
Sunday 29th November – A Day on the Green, Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, QLD
Thursday 3rd December – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 4th December – The Railway, Darwin, NT

Musketeer, Josh Overett, Hannah Robinson
Sunday 29th November – Mr Falcons, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage
Saturday 28th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Nova and the Experience
Wednesday 2nd December – The Star, Sydney, NSW

Queenscliff Music Festival
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th November – Queenscliff, VIC

Ron Sexsmith
Friday 27th November – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th November – Northcote Social Club (Matinee), Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th November – Northcote Social Club (Evening show), Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 29th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC


Suzannah Espie
Sunday 29th November – Courtyard Sessions Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Sweet Jean
Friday 27th November – The Skukum Lounge, Ashgrove, QLD

The Brisbane Folk Club feat. Ben Salter, Neighbour and Marcus Blacke
Wednesday 2nd December – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

The Campervan Dancers
Friday 27th November – The Kincumber Hotel, Kincumber, NSW
Wednesday 2nd December – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 27th November – The Pyrate House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th November – The Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 29th November – Open Studio Bar, Melbounre, VIC

The Morrisons
Friday 27th November – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 28th November – Smiths Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT

The Snowdroppers
Friday 27th and Saturday 28th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC

The Timbers
Sunday 29th November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 27th November – Secret Show, Philip Island, VIC
Saturday 28th – EP Launch, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th – The Waterhouse, Jervis Bay, NSW
Wednesday 2nd – Folkswagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

TinPan Orange
Friday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Tiny Ruins
Saturday 28th November – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 29th November – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Still Trying” – Nathaniel Rateliff

Remember when Nathaniel Rateliff wrote folk songs? We love his new bluesy direction but I’m so happy songs like “Still Trying” exist in the world.

Lucy Wise Trio Announce Sydney EP Launch This Weekend

Lucy Wise Trio
Image Courtesy of Lucy Wise Trio

This Sunday Melbourne folk music favourites the Lucy Wise Trio are heading north to Sydney for the launch of their brand new EP A Painting of the Universe.

The EP itself has a pretty interesting genesis.

“It all started early in 2014 when the Lucy Wise Trio were invited to write some music for the 30th birthday of a national schools poetry competition, the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards,” Lucy Wise told Timber and Steel earlier this year. “Lots and lots of schools participate in it and its for kids from age 6 to 18. So what we did was we read through 100 of the past finalists poems, so that got us through the past 10 years of the competition, and then we chose five poems to write songs about. We performed those songs at the awards ceremony last year and because we were so excited by the material and the creative realms it had opened up for us we wanted to record them on a CD of their own, so that’s what this new EP is”

The Lucy Wise Trio will be launching A Painting of the Universe at Django Bar in Sydney this Sunday – check out the official Facebook event here for more information. And check out a stream of A Painting of the Universe below to get excited:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 27th March

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Alt-country singer-songwriter Gretta Ziller released her new video “Some Kind of Habit”. Details here

– The National Folk Festival added Daniel Ho as their final exclusive headliner for 2015. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Brian Campeau revealed details of his new solo album. Details here

– Indie-folk duo Betty & Oswald released their new single “King of Bohemia”. Details here

– UK nu-folk band Stornoway released their new video “Get Low”. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Lucie Thorne released her new single “The Rushing Dark”. Details here

Michael Kiwanuka covered Led Zeppelin’s “Ten Year’s Gone” for Mojo Magazine. Details here

William Fitzsimmons released his new single “Pittsburgh”. Details here

Emily Barker released her new video “Little Deaths”. Details here

Ruby Boots released her new single “Wrap Me In A Fever”. Details here

– Seth Avett of The Avett Brothers and singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield have released a tribute album to Elliott Smith. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter Blair Dunlop released his new single “Fifty Shades of Blue”. Details here

Bill Jackson released his new Double A side “Try/Somebody’s Darlin'” online. Details here

– Irish music legend Paul Brady will be releasing his new live album Paul Brady: The Vicar Street Sessions Volume 1 featuring collaborations with the like of Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler, Sinead O’Connor and many more. Details here

Interviews

“I am definitely writing more about my experiences in America. There is a few place name drops in there. And that’s kind of a weird thing at first – it feels like a betrayal or something – and I’m just trying to work out what to do with that. These are songs that are in the very early stages. But coming back here right now there’s still a whole lot of stories that I’ve only half told in my head about Australia and that’s what I love doing when I’m in America with American audiences”Jordie Lane chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Details here

“For me as a young person writing music in this genre in Australia [Paul Kelly’s] the best at it. Writing songs that evoke some kind of feeling about being Australian and it’s very genuine and sincere so it resonates with me just as a person in Australia. And as a musician I admire him for doing something that I’m trying to do as well. And why these two albums? Because I like bluegrass better than I like pop music”The Morrisons chat to Gareth Hugh Evans ahead of their Paul Kelly tribute show tonight. Interview here

“All the playing that we’ve done together over the past year and a half as a trio has led us to approach this new project with a whole lot more experience of arranging together and of telling stories together”Lucy Wise chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“After recording the three albums just with us three – Graham [McLeod], Holly [Downes] and I – we really felt like we spent a lot of years and time and effort growing together musically. Learning a lot from each other. Coming from different backgrounds – Holly classical, me folk and Graham rock and pop – we had a huge amount of ground to cover to be as good as each other at various elements of music making. We had a lot of material to work with and a lot of growth and over those three albums we really felt like we did that. We sort of got to a point where we felt like significantly we could move into each other’s territory, hold our own and make that work. We had so much fun really developing and growing and struggling – actually being really inspired and forced to learn and grow – that we kind of looked around for something for our next project that would continue that direction for all of us, so that we wouldn’t stagnate and make the same album again” – Chris Stone from The String Contingent chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“The [Alice Springs] folk club, there’s nothing like it. There’s nothing to compare with it now in any way whatsoever. You could write a song in a week and go and perform it in front of people and get feedback as to what they thought it was like. You can’t do that anymore hence the reason it takes me a long time to write songs” – Dave Oakes chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Reviews

Gigs

“The Blue Mountains Music Festival seems to have found the perfect balance. Wedging itself between the Port Fairy and National Folk Festival/Bluesfest guarantees a high calibre of artists not normally seen at a small town event. And its proximity to Sydney makes it easy for day trippers or weekend getaways from the big city. But it still feels like an intimate, community focused event, probably because it’s mostly set on the grounds of a school and the local volunteers are front and centre”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the Blue Mountains Music Festival. Details here

Releases This Week

Brad Butcher
JamestownBrad Butcher
iTunes

Short Movie
Short MovieLaura Marling
iTunes

The Wild
The WildRoscoe James Irwin
iTunes

Seasick Steve
Sonic Soul SurferSeasick Steve
iTunes

Radium Death
Radium DeathWilliam Elliot Whitmore
iTunes

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The Morrisons play Paul Kelly

The Morrisons

Tonight Sydney pickers The Morrisons take on the bluegrass albums of Paul Kelly, Smoke and Foggy Highway, in a very special one off show

Friday 27th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Alabama Shakes
Thursday 2nd April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 27th March – Spiegeltent, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Bluesfest
Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – Byron Bay, NSW

Brad Butcher
Friday 27th March – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 28th March – Currumbin Creek Tavern, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 29th March – TAPS, Mooloolooba, QLD

Candelo Village Festival
Saturday 28th March – Candelo, NSW

Darren Hanlon
Saturday 28th March – Candelo Festival, NSW
Sunday 29th March – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 2nd April – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Friday 3rd April – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

David Gray
Wednesday 1st April – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 2nd April -State Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Elwood Myre
Saturday 28th March – Cast Off! Festival, Woy Woy, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Siskin River
Tuesday 31st March – Coramba Community Hall, Coramba, NSW
Wednesday 1st April – Bayldon Community Centre, Toormina, NSW
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Heartstring Quartet
Friday 27th March – Southern Folk Club, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 28th March – Fowlers Live, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 1st to Monday 6th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Hozier
Saturday 28th March – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 30th March – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Jake Shimabukuro
Thursday 2nd April – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Jack Carty
Saturday 28th March – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW (Early Show)
Saturday 28th March – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th March – The Porch Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Jordie Lane
Friday 27th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th March – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Josh Rennie-Hynes, Liam Gerner, Caitlin Harnett
Friday 27th March – The Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 28th March – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

Justin Townes Earle
Thursday 2nd April – Byron Bay Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 3rd April – Boogie, Tallarook, VIC

Kim Richey
Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Lisa Mitchell
Friday 27th March – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 2nd April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Lucie Thorne
Friday 27th March – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemain, VIC
Saturday 28th March – The Velvet Room, Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Lucy Wise Trio
Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – The National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

National Folk Festival
Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – Canberra, ACT

Nuala Kennedy
Saturday 28th March – Candelo Village Festival, Candelo, NSW
Friday 3rd to Monday 8th April – The National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Packwood
Saturday 28th March – Vinyl, Adelaide, SA

Paolo Nutini
Tuesday 31st March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 1st April – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Rowena Wise
Friday 27th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th March – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Sam Buckingham
Saturday 28th March – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Skyscraper Stan And The Commission Flats
Friday 27th March – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 28th March – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Solar Saturday Lounge Party
Saturday 28th March – Heidelberg Heights, Melbourne, VIC

Taryn La Fauci
Friday 27th March – The Bunker Room at Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW

The Morrisons play Paul Kelly
Friday 27th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 27th March – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Saturday 28th March – Mallee Fire Recovery Festival, Rainbow, VIC

The Seals
Saturday 28th March – Quarry Amphitheatre, Perth, WA

Timberwolf
Friday 27th March – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th March – The Hills Are Alive, VIC
Friday 3rd April – Blenheim Camping and Music Festival, SA

Vance Joy
Friday 27th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th March – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW

Winterbourne
Friday 27th March – Rad, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 28th March – The Front Gallery & Café, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 2nd April – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Friday 27th March – HQ Complex, Adelaide. SA
Sunday 29th March – West Coast Blues & Roots, Fremantle, WA

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Wrote & The Writ” – Laura Marling

Remember that time Laura Marling used the triple j Like A Version segment to sing her mate Johnny Flynn’s song “The Wrote and The Writ”? Awesome.

National Folk Festival Interview: Lucy Wise

Lucy Wise Trio
Image Courtesy of Lucy Wise Trio

Having just released her new EP A Painting of the Universe the Lucy Wise Trio are hitting the festival circuit this Autumn for the record’s launch, hitting the Port Fairy, National and Fairbridge folk festivals. I sat down with Lucy Wise to chat about the EP along with her experiences at The National Folk Festival.

Gareth Hugh Evans: Let’s start with the new EP, A Painting of the Universe which has a pretty interesting story behind it right?

Lucy Wise: It all started early in 2014 when the Lucy Wise Trio were invited to write some music for the 30th birthday of a national schools poetry competition, the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards. Lots and lots of schools participate in it and its for kids from age 6 to 18. So what we did was we read through 100 of the past finalists poems, so that got us through the past 10 years of the competition, and then we chose five poems to write songs about. We performed those songs at the awards ceremony last year and because we were so excited by the material and the creative realms it had opened up for us we wanted to record them on a CD of their own, so that’s what this new EP is.

GHE: It’s really cool. It feels a little different to the stuff you’ve done before. There’s a really nice, comforting feeling about the EP if that makes sense?

LW: I suppose the excitement and freedom of that creative process might come across in the songs? I think it’s because that directly transferred across from the kids’ poetry I think. The poems that we ended up choosing had the most honesty and freedom of expression. When I was writing the songs I responded to those poems and really enjoyed seeing where those poems could lead me. It was a really different process for sure.

GHE: How much of the original poems actually made it into the songs? And how much is your interpretation and inspiration?

LW: It depended on the poem. There were a couple of poems where the images and the way they were portrayed were just really clear and beautiful. I ended up using maybe half their words and half mine for one of the songs. And then for a lot of them it ended up being maybe four or five phrases out of the song would have come directly from the poem. It was a totally open and free process, I just left it open to wherever I felt the song needed to go. If it needed those lines from the poem then I popped them in.

GHE: Did you write the songs and then bring them to Chris Stone (violin) and Holly Downes (bass)?

LW: Yeah. We made up a process for selecting the poems, so we all agreed on our favourite five together. And then we drew a narrative shape on a piece of paper for each one and that kind of represented the shape of the song that might result from that kind of story. Then they left it up to me to see what would happen, going away and writing a song about each poem. When I came back to Chris and Holly with the songs we arranged them. We worked out what the instruments could do to best serve each story.

GHE: It feels like these songs are very arranged specifically with Chris and Holly in mind. With them being such amazing musicians you definitely get a sense of landscape from their playing.

LW: It feels really different. All the playing that we’ve done together over the past year and a half as a trio has led us to approach this new project with a whole lot more experience of arranging together and of telling stories together. That’s cool that that comes across – we feel like we’ve developed lots but we like to know that other people can sense that too [laughs].

GHE: And you’re launching the EP now?

LW: Yeah, we just launched the EP at Port Fairy Folk Festival in Victoria and we did a Melbourne launch on Thursday night. We’ll be taking it to two more festivals – The National and Fairbridge in WA.

GHE: I feel like The National Folk Festival is a bit of a “home” festival for you. I’ve been going for the last 15 years and have watched you grow on stage there through the Wise Family Band, to your work with The B’Gollies to your current trio project. Does it feel like a homecoming for you?

LW: Yeah it does. The National’s always been a special festival for me. It was really one of the first festivals that my family played performed on a big stage. It’s where I made a lot of life long musician friends who I still work with and still love seeing and catching up with at the festival. It’s great to be able to launch the EP there because it certainly does feel like a bit of a folky homecoming.

GHE: I always recommend The National to my muso friends because it is such a collaborative festival. You meet so many amazing people and even if you’re not on the lineup you can still bring your instrument and get up and play in so many ways.

LW: Absolutely. I suppose the session bar has always provided that great opportunity – it doesn’t matter who you are you can just mix with everybody and you might just accidentally meet one of your folk idols and get to have a jam with them. It’s just that kind of place.

GHE: Finally, what’s the next plan after this tour?

LW: We’re about to have a little bit of a break from the trio and I’m going to be doing a little more solo stuff during the year. Chris and Holly are about to head off on a lot of touring with The String Contingent again – they’ll be doing Australia and the UK this year. And then it’s possible there’ll be a regional tour of the EP early next year.

GHE: Thanks so much for that Lucy! I’ll see you at The National

LW: Great! Thanks Gareth.

The remaining dates for the Lucy Wise Trio’s EP launch tour and a stream of A Painting of the Universe are below:

hursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – The National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April – Fairbridge Festival, WA

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 27th February

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The National Folk Festival revealed their full 2015 lineup including headliners Bob Fox and The Outside Track. Details here

The Audreys announced a national tour through March and April. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Andrew Swift released his new video “Sound The Alarm”. Details here

Sean Watkins revealed his cover of “Banks of the Ohio” featuring Fiona Apple. Details here

All Our Exes Live In Texas released their new single “Sailboat”. Details here

– Adelaide singer-songwriter Timberwolf released his new single “Fallen Sun”. Details here

– We got full details of the new Joe Pug album Windfall. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Jess Locke announced a tour to support her album release. Details here

Steve Smyth and The Outlaws have announced a national headline tour. Details here

– Indie-folk icon Matthew E. White has announced plans for his new album Fresh Blood. Details here

– Country singer Aleyce Simmonds released her new video “Joshua”. Details here

Old Crow Medicine Show released their new video “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer”. Details here

– The Lucy Wise Trio announced plans to release their new EP A Painting of the Universe next month. Details here

– Alt-country singer Davey Craddock released his new single “Better Alone”. Details here

– Irish trad singer and musician Nuala Kennedy announced her Australian tour dates. Details here

– Victorian singer Harrison Storm released his new single “Be Yourself” which was produced by Timber and Steel favourite Hayden Calnin. Details here

Releases This Week

Tomorrow Will Follow Today
Tomorrow Will Follow TodayKathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
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And The War Came
And The War CameShakey Graves
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Cobargo Folk Festival

Cobargo

Nestled on the NSW South Coast the Cobargo Folk Festival has built itself a reputation as one of the best small festivals in the country. This year will feature the likes of Archie Roach, Ken Nicol, Daniel Champagne, Ann Vriend, Folklore, Heartstring Quartet, The Bon Scotts and many more.

Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March – Cobargo, NSW

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 6th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 27th February – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th February – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS

Ann Vriend
Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March – Cobargo Folk Festival, NSW

April Maze
Saturday 28th February – Northcote Uniting Church Town Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Brunswick Music Festival
Sunday 1st to Sunday 15th March – Brunswick, VIC

Cobargo Folk Festival
Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March – Cobargo, NSW

Conor Oberst with The Felice Brothers
Saturday 28th February – Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne VIC
Wednesday 4th March – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th March – Anitas, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 6th March – Taronga Zoo, Sydney, NSW

CW Stoneking
Friday 27th February – The Substation, Newport, VIC
Saturday 28th February – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 1st March – The Memo, Healesville, VIC

Darren Hanlon
Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March – Nannup Festival, WA
Monday 2nd March – Mojos Bar, Freemantle, WA
Tuesday 5th March – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th March – Panama Festival, TAS

Davey Craddock
Wednesday 4th March – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

First Aid Kit
Friday 6th March – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Frances Folk Gathering
Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March – Frances, SA

Heartstring Quartet
Friday 27th February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th February – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Sunday 1st March – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW
Friday 6th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

Husband
Saturday 28th February and Sunday 1st March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA

Jess Locke
Friday 6th March – Blackwire Records, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan
Thursday 5th March – The Tree House, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 6th March – Upfront Bar, Maleny, QLD

Jordie Lane
Friday 27th February – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 28th February to Monday 2nd March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA
Friday 6th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Kim Richey
Friday 27th February to Monday 2nd March – Nannup Music Festival, WA
Thursday 5th March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th March – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW

Lake Street Dive
Friday 27th February – Enlighten Festival, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 28th February – Secret Garden Festival, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 3rd March – Perth Festival, Perth, WA
Wednesday 4th March – Perth Festival, Albany WA
Friday 6th March – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan VIC

Little Bastard
Thursday 5th March – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Friday 6th March – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA

Little Features feat. Jacob Pearson, Hannah Robinson, Vanessa Caspersz, Josh Chamberlin
Saturday 28th February – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Lucy Wise Trio
Friday 6th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Nannup Music Festival
Friday 27th February to Monday 2nd March – Nannup, WA

Port Fairy Folk Festival
Friday 6th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy, VIC

Richard Thompson
Wednesday 4th March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 5th March – Adelaide Festival, Adelaide, SA

Rowena Wise
Friday 27th February – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 28th February to Monday 2nd March – Nannup Music Festival, WA

Rufus Wainwright
Wednesday 4th March – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Ruth Moody
Friday 27th February – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 28th Feruary and Sunday 1st March – Nannup Folk Festival, WA
Wednesday 4th March – Melbourne Folk Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 5th March – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival

Sam Buckingham
Saturday 28th February to Sunday 1st March – Nannup Folk Festival, Nannup, WA
Thursday 5th March – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

Shakey Graves with Shovels and Rope
Wednesday 4th March – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 5th March – The Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th March – Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Skyscraper Stan And The Commission Flats
Friday 6th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Steve Smyth
Saturday 28th February – Secret Garden Festival, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th March – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC

Sweet Jean
Saturday 28th February – Between the Bays Festival, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

The Felice Brothers
Sunday 1st March – Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

The Melbourne Folk Club feat. Ruth Moody & Band, Scott Cook, Nadia Reid
Wednesday 4th March – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Timberwolf
Friday 27th February – The Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 28th February – Nannup Festival, Nannup, WA

Vance Joy
Thursday 5th March – Arts Centre, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 6th March – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“The False Knight on the Road” – Fleet Foxes

I love it when indie-folk bands show their “folk cred” by releasing versions of traditional songs. Many Fleet Foxes fans don’t even realise that “The False Knight on the Road” is a traditional (from the Child Ballads) as it fits so well with their original material. Such a great version of this song – very reminiscent of the Tim Hart and Maddy Prior version.

Lucy Wise Trio Announce New Live EP

Lucy Wise
Image Courtesy of Lucy Wise Trio

Celebrated Melbourne based folk band the Lucy Wise Trio have announced plans to release a very special live EP. Titled A Painting of the Universe, the EP comprises of five tracks each telling a different story about life in Australia and all inspired by the winning poems of The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards. I’ve seen the Lucy Wise Trio perform a couple of these tracks live and they’re stunning.

The story behind the EP is really interesting. According to the press release “The songs on the EP were commissioned by the Gunnedah Conservatorium to celebrate thirty years of the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards. In August 2014, the trio read through winning poems of the competition and were exposed to the different voices, perspectives and creative minds of hundreds of young Australians, eventually choosing five poems as prompts for songs.”

A Painting of the Universe is due for release on 4th March. The Lucy Wise Trio will be launching the EP at a bunch of headline and festival gigs in March – check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 6th to Monday 9th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Thursday 19th March – Northcote Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April – The National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April – Fairbridge Festival, WA

The Lucy Wise Trio have revealed the first track from A Painting of the Universe, “My Library” which you can listen to here:

The National Folk Festival Announce First Major Round of Artists for 2015

Chris While and Julie Matthews
Image Courtesy of Chris While & Julie Matthews

The National Folk Festival today announced their first official round of artists for 2015. The lineup is pretty impressive with the likes of Canadian folk singer David Francey, Anglo-Irish trad supergroup Heartstring Quartet, legendary UK duo Chris While & Julie Matthews (above), afro-celt fusion band of Baka Beyond, Mongolian traditionalists Equus, Brisbane klezmer ensemble Greshka, flamenco dance and music ensemble Bandaluzia, Australian folk royalty The Flying Emus, Timber and Steel favourites All Our Exes Live in Texas, the lovely Lucy Wise Trio and celebrated duo Alanna & Alicia.

The festival will also play host to the exciting new theatre show Dead Men Talking based on the life and times of Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson staring Max Cullen alongside Australian folk legend Warren Fahey.

All of these artists are joined by the likes of Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Mark Moldre, Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys, Fred Smith, Chloë and Jason Roweth, Dark Horses and Sparrow-Folk who all snuck onto the lineup prior to today’s announcement.

The National Folk Festival takes place over the Easter Long Weekend from the 2nd to the 6th April 2015. For more information check out the official site here.

Port Fairy Adds Its Second Round of Artists for 2015

Trouble in the Kitchen
Image Courtesy of Trouble in the Kitchen

After drip feeding a couple of big name headliners (Buffy Sainte-Marie, Richard Thompson and Sinéad O’Connor) The Port Fairy Folk Festival released their official second round of artists for 2015.

The new additions include the likes of Davidson Brothers, Shane Howard, Wagons, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Lucy Wise Trio, Steve Smyth, The Company, Tracey McNeil & The Goodlife, Trouble in the Kitchen and many more.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place in Port Fairy, Victoria from the 6th to 9th March. For more information and tickets check out the official site here.

Check out the full list of second round additions below:

Davidson Brothers, Fiona Boyles & The Fortune Tellers, Shane Howard, Frankie J Holden & Wilbur Wilde, Wagons, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Jo Jo Smith Band, Jodi Martin Band, Kamerunga, Kieran O’Connell & Shanakee, Lucy Wise Trio, Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence, Microwave Jenny, Steve Smyth, Sweethearts, The Baker Suite, Sky Scraper Stan & The Commission Flats, The Company, Tracey McNeil & The Goodlife, Trouble in the Kitchen, Whitetop Mountaineers

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