Thank Folk It’s Friday – 9th March

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– American indie-folk four piece The Low Anthem released their new video “Give My Body Back”. Details here

– Two of Australia’s most exciting emerging singer-songwriters, Alex the Astronaut and Stella Donnelly, have announced plans for a co-headline tour this April. Details here

– Celebrated singer-songwriter Lucy Wise announced plans to release her third album Winter Sun as well as a bunch of tour dates through May. Details here

The National Celtic Festival announced their first round of artists including Altan, Maggie Carty & Máirtín Staunton, Paul McKenna Band, Colin Lillie, Hat Fitz and Cara, Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Rich Davies & The Low Road, Siobhan Owen, Tim Scanlan Trio, Trouble in the Kitchen (above) and Zeon. Details here

– Canadian singer-songwriter The Weather Station has announced a Melbourne headline show. Details here

Releases This Week

Blair Dunlop
Notes From an IslandBlair Dunlop
iTunes

Luke Plumb
Turn & ReTurnLuke Plumb & The Circuit
JB HiFi

Mia Dyson
If I Said Only So Far I Take It BackMia Dyson
iTunes

Nathanial Rateliff
Tearing at the SeamsNathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
iTunes

Exile
Exile – Songs & Tales of Irish Australia – Various
ABC Shop

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Summer Hill Folk Festival

Summer Hill

The delightful Summer Hill Folk Festival takes place in the inner-Sydney suburb of Summer Hill featuring a massive lineup including Chaika, eüsh, Giffen, Gary & Jimmy Daley, Montgomery Church, Nic Cassey, Queen Porter Stomp, The Restless Legs, Roaring Forties, Summer Hill Community Choir, Tangalo Duo, Whoa Mule and more.

Saturday 10th March – Summer Hill Church, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

10 String Symphony
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Tuesday 13th March – Watertank Cafe, Alice Springs, NT
Wednesday 14th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

A Day On The Green feat. James Blunt, Pete Murray, Busby Marou, Alex Lloyd and Karise Eden
Saturday 10th March – Bimbadgen, Hunter Valley, NSW
Sunday 11th March – Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, QLD

A Festival Called Panama
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March – Lone Star Valley, TAS

Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont
Friday 9th March – Lone Star Tavern, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 10th March – South Acacia Sports Club – Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th March – The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW

Amarillo w/ Brooke Russell
Sunday 11th March – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Andrew Swift w/ Lyn Bowtell
Monday 12th March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Andy Irvine & Luke Plumb
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Thursday 15th March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Ann Vriend
Saturday 10th March – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 11th March – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 15th March – The Old Vic Inn, Canowindra, NSW
Friday 16th March – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW

Archie Roach
Friday 16th March – The Palais, Adelaide, SA
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Archer
Friday 9th March – 63 First Avenue, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 10th March – Two Goats Baa & Cafe, Armidale, NSW
Tuesday 13th March – The Scottish Prince, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 14th March – Cambus Wallace, Gold Coast, QLD

Ash Grunwald
Friday 16th March – Ravenswood Hotel, Ravenswood, WA

Ashlea Reale
Sunday 11th March – Mini Bar, Rockingham, WA

Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart
Thursday 15th March – House Concert, Ferntree Gully, VIC
Friday 16th March – House Concert, Torquay, VIC

Big Country
Friday 9th March – Newport Hotel, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 10th March – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Sunday 11th March – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 14th March – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 15th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th March – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Bill Chambers
Friday 9th March – Austrian Australian Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 10th March – Tolmie Tavern, Tolmie, VIC
Friday 16th March – Royal Mail Hotel, Kingston South East, SA

Blair Dunlop
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Wednesday 14th March – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Blue Mountains Music Festival
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Katoomba, NSW

Brad Butcher
Friday 9th March – Lonestar Tavern, Mermaid Waters, QLD
Sunday 11th March – The Barn at Mt Hope, Wallumbilla, QLD
Saturday 10th March – Souths Sports Club, Acacia Ridge, QLD

Brendon Moon, Broken Mountain, CCXO
Tuesday 13th March – Cobra Club, Sydney, NSW

Brunswick Music Festival
Sunday 4th to Sunday 18th March – Brunswick, Melbourne, VIC

Busby Marou
Saturday 10th March – Bimbadgen, Pokolbin, NSW
Sunday 11th March – Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, QLD

Carus Thompson
Friday 16th March – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Cecilia Brandolini
Saturday 10th March – Gypsy Tapas House, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 15th March – Little Creatures Brewing, Fremantle, WA

Chris While and Julie Matthews
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Wednesday 14th March – House Concert, Dover Gardens, SA
Thursday 15th March – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Corin Raymond and Scott Cook
Friday 9th March – The Skylark Room, Upwey, NSW
Saturday 10th March – The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Courtyard Sessions feat. Leah Flanagan
Friday 16th March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions feat. Nicole Brophy
Friday 9th March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Devil on the Rooftop
Sunday 11th March – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 11th March – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Duncan Phillips
Friday 9th March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 13th March – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th March – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Eagle and The Wolf w/ Dearly Departed
Friday 9th March – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Ed Sheeran w/ Missy Higgins
Friday 9th March – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 10th March – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 11th March – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 12th March – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 15th March – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th March – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW

Elephant Sessions
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 14th March – The Heritage, Bulli, NSW
Thursday 15th March – Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Faith i Branko
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Claire Anne Taylor, David Gunning
Wednesday 14th March – Natimuk Soldiers Memorial Hall, Natimuk, VIC
Thursday 15th March – Pomonal Community Hall, Pomonal, VIC
Friday 16th March – Apollo Bay Senior Citizens Hall, Apollo Bay, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Skyscraper Stan, Jack Millar
Wednesday 14th March – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Saturday 10th March – Tathra Hotel, Tathra, NSW
Sunday 11th March – Tathra Hotel, Tathra, NSW

Georgia State Line and Patrick Wilson
Friday 16th March – FogHorn Brewhouse, Erina, NSW

Golden Plains
Saturday 10th to Monday 12th March – Meredith, VIC

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys
Friday 9th March – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 10th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Thursday 14th March – Illawarra Folk Club, City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 16th and Saturday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Great Aunt & Gareth Leach
Saturday 10th March – The Tramway, Melbourne, VIC

Gretta Ziller
Friday 9th March – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Grizzly Bear
Friday 9th March – Melbourne Zoo Twilights 2018, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March – A Festival Called Panama, Lone Star Valley, TAS
Saturday 10th to Monday 12th March – Golden Plains, Meredith, VIC
Monday 12th March – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 14th March – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Handasyd Williams & the Brothers Primitive
Friday 9th March – Time And Tide Hotel, Dee Why, NSW
Sunday 11th March – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Harry James Angus
Wednesday 14th March – The Palais, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 15th March – The Palais, Adelaide, SA

Harry Manx
Wednesday 14th March – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Heart of Ireland
Friday 16th March – The Heritage Theatre, Gympie, QLD

Hello Tut Tut
Friday 9th March – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

High Tea feat. Skyscraper Stan
Thursday 15th March – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Imogen Clark
Friday 9th March – Villa Noosa Hotel, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Saturday 10th March – Highfields Tavern, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 16th March – Allenstown Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD

In The Round feat. Maia Marsh, Huckleberry Hastings, Katie Brianna, Jason Lowe
Wednesday 14th March – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

James Bennett
Friday 9th March – Chinderah Tavern, Chinderah, NSW
Saturday 10th March – Lulu’s Cafe, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 10th March – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW
Sunday 11th March – Lennox Community Market, Lennox Head, NSW
Sunday 11th March – Riverview Hotel, Murwillumbah, NSW
Monday 12th March – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 13th March – The Cambus Wallace, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 16th March – KC’s Grill & Bar, Airlie Beach, QLD

Jen Cloher
Saturday 10th to Monday 12th March – Golden Plains, Meredith, VIC
Friday 16th March – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA

Jens Lekman
Friday 9th March – Zoo Twilights, Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 13th March – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 14th March – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 15th March – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 15th March – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th March – The Night Cat, Melbourne, VIC

Jess Locke
Friday 9th March – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 10th March – Norfolk Hotel, Fremantle, WA

Joe Mungovan
Thursday 15th March – The Gaso, Melbourne VIC

John Butler Trio
Friday 16th March – Live On The Hill, Wy Yung Pub, East Gippsland, VIC

John Flanagan
Saturday 10th March – Blues Tram, Bendigo, VIC
Wednesday 14th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

John Spillane & Pauline Scanlon
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Tuesday 13th March – The Brothers Public House, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 15th March – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th March – Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Wednesday 14th March – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Joyce Prescher
Friday 9th March – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 10th March – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Julia Jacklin
Sunday 11th March – The Palais, Adelaide, SA

Justin Bernasconi
Thursday 15th March – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Kallidad
Friday 9th March – Southerlys Tavern, Port Denison, WA
Saturday 10th March – The Geraldton Hotel, Geraldton, WA
Thursday 15th March – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Friday 16th March – The White Star Hotel, Albany, WA

Kate Miller-Heidke w/ Odette
Friday 9th March – Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 10th March – Melbourne Zoo Twilights 2018, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th March – Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 9th March – The Teller Collective, Shepparton, VIC

Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March – Kiama, NSW

Leah Flanagan
Friday 16th March – Courtyard Sessions, Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Lior & Paul Grabowsky
Friday 16th March – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Live On The Hill feat. John Butler Trio, Pete Murray, Josh Cashman
Friday 16th March – Wy Yung Pub, Wy Yung, VIC

Luke Sinclair and Sean McMahon
Friday 9th March – The Taproom Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 10th March – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Lyn Bowtell
Saturday 10th March – Skylark Room, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 12th March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Mandy Connell
Friday 9th March – Burke and Wills Winery, Mia Mia, VIC
Friday 16th March – Berwick Folk Club, Old Cheese Factory, Berwick, VIC

Mat Black
Saturday 10th March – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Merry Muse Blackboard feat. Ecopella
Sunday 11th March – Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band
Friday 16th March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Missy Higgins
Friday 9th March – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 10th March – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 11th March – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 12th March – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 15th March – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th March – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW

Modern Folk! From The UK feat. Blair Dunlop, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Wednesday 14th March – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Moomba Festival
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Melbourne, VIC

My Bubba
Friday 9th and Saturday 10th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 11th and Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Thursday 15th March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Neil Murray
Sunday 11th March – Johnny Mullagh Park, Harrow, VIC

Nick Cunningham
Friday 9th March – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 10th March – The Green Owl, Brisbane, QLD

Nicole Brophy
Friday 9th March – Courtyard Sessions, Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Nundle Country Picnic feat. George Washingmachine’s Band of Gypsies
Sunday 11th March – Nundle Woollen Mill, Nundle, NSW

Papa Pilko and the Binrats
Friday 16th March – Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 9th March – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 10th March – Divers Tavern, Broome, WA
Friday 16th March – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC

Port Fairy Folk Festival
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy, VIC

Queen Porter Stomp, The Swingin’ Rosellas
Friday 9th March – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Ramblin’ Ash and Ruby Gilbert
Friday 9th March – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 10th March – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 11th March – Star Hotel, Yackandandah, VIC
Thursday 15th March – The Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th March – Cedar Bar & Kitchen, Bellingen, NSW

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Friday 9th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 10th March – Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 13th March – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Thursday 15th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th March – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Rick Hart Trio
Saturday 10th March – Skylark Room, Melbourne, VIC

Sásta
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Friday 16th March – Heritage Theatre, Gympie, QLD

Shaun Kirk
Friday 9th March – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 10th March – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 16th March – Four5Nine, Perth, WA

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 9th March – Old Bank Bar, Dubbo, NSW
Sunday 11th March – The Lady Hampshire, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 14th March – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 15th March – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th March – Moonshine Bar, Sydney, NSW

Smith & Jones w/ PJ & Tele
Friday 16th March – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

So Li in Folk Fantasia
Friday 9th March – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Steve Poltz
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Wednesday 14th March – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 15th March – Memo Music Hall, St Kilda, VIC
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Stiff Gins w/ Lisa Crawley
Sunday 11th March – Elizabeth Farm, Rosehill, VIC
Wednesday 14th March – Brunswick Mechanics Institute, Melbourne, VIC

Summer Hill Folk Festival
Saturday 10th March – Summer Hill Church, Sydney, NSW

Tesse
Thursday 15th March – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Tex, Don & Charlie
Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Thursday 15th March – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Ahern Brothers
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

The Americana Express feat. Matt Joe Gow, The Weeping Willows, Gretta Ziller, Lachlan Bryan
Friday 9th March – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

The Backsliders
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

The Beez
Friday 9th March – House Concert, Talbot, VIC
Sunday 11th March – Quigley & Clark, Clunes, VIC
Friday 16th March – House Concert, Geelong, VIC

The Black Sorrows
Saturday 10th March – Mornington Racecourse, Mornington, VIC
Sunday 11th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

The Blues Tram feat. Wilson & White, John Flanagan
Saturday 10th March – Blues Tram, Bendigo, VIC

The Bottlers
Friday 9th March – Tumut River Brewing Co, Tumut, NSW
Saturday 10th March – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 11th March – Newstead Racecourse and Recreation Reserve, Newstead, VIC
Friday 16th March – The Grand Hotel – Cockn’Bull, Sydney, NSW

The Brothers Comatose
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Tuesday 13th March – Bright Courthouse, Bright, VIC
Wednesday 14th March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 15th March – The Oxley, Cowra, NSW
Friday 16th and Saturday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

The Emerald Ruby
Friday 9th March – The Oriental Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 15th March – The Dock, Sydney, NSW

The Eskies
Saturday 10th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

The Go Set w/ Handsome Young Strangers, Medusa’s Wake
Friday 16th March – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The London Klezmer Quartet
Friday 9th March – Wauchope Community Arts Council, Wauchope, NSW
Saturday 10th March – East Gosford Progress Hall, Gosford, NSW
Sunday 11th March – Sacred Spaces at the Sisters of Mercy Convent, Singleton, NSW

The Long Johns
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Moomba Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 10th March – Bar Oussou, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th March – Sound Feast, Noosa Heads, QLD

The Water Runners
Friday 9th March – The Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, NSW

The Willing Ponies
Sunday 11th March – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Timberwolf
Friday 9th March – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 10th March – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 15th March – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 16th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

TinPan Orange
Friday 16th and Saturday 17th March – The River Folk Festival, Warburton, VIC

Tom Dockray
Thursday 15th March – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th March – Goldmines Hotel, Bendigo, VIC

Toni Swain
Thursday 15th March – The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Friday 16th March – Rodney’s Bait n Tackle, Mosman Park, WA

Ukulele Death Squad
Wednesday 14th March – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Vikki Thorn
Friday 9th March – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 10th March – Leadbelly, Syndey, NSW
Sunday 11th March – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Monday 12th March – Art of Espresso, Young, NSW
Wednesday 14th March – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Thursday 15th March – The Northcote Social Club, Northcote, VIC
Friday 16th March – The Palais Adelaide Festival, Adelaide, SA

WOMADelaide
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Botanic Park, Adelaide, SA

Z-Star Delta
Sunday 11th March – Chillout Carnival, Daylesford, VIC
Tuesday 13th March – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Detectorists” – Johnny Flynn

Lucy Wise Announces New Album and Tour Dates

Lucy Wise
Image Courtesy of Lucy Wise

Celebrated singer-songwriter Lucy Wise has announced plans to release her highly anticipated third album Winter Sun on the 6th April.

The album was produced and recorded by Nick Huggins at his studio in Point Lonsdale and features guest appearances from some of the best in the business including Justin Bernasconi, Rowena Wise, John Flanagan, Justin Olsson, Mischa Herman and Isaac Gunnoo.

The first taste of Winter Sun is the Appalachian inspired single “Solid Ground” – check out the official video here:

To celebrate the album Lucy Wise has a string of dates through Victoria, New South Wales and ACT throughout May with her trio made up of Holly Downes (bass) and Mischa Herman (accordion). The full list of dates are below:

Thursday 3rd May – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th May – Selby Community House, Selby, VIC
Wednesday 9th May – House Concert, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 10th May – Camperdown Courthouse, Camperdown, VIC
Friday 11th May – Martians Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC
Saturday 12th May – Under the Sun, Strathbogie, VIC
Sunday 13th May – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC
Tuesday 15th May – Yackandandah Courthouse, Yackandandah, VIC
Saturday 19th May – House Concert, Bateman’s Bay, NSW
Sunday 20th May – House Concert, Bundanoon, NSW
Thursday 24th May – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 25th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 27th May – Tathra Hotel, Tathra, NSW
Wednesday 30th May – Karbeethong Lodge, Mallacoota, VIC
Thursday 31st May Briagolong Hotel, Briagolong, VIC
Saturday 2nd June – Stratford Courthouse, Stratford, VIC
Sunday 3rd June – Gippsland Acoustic Music Club, Tyers, VIC

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

TFIF

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
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Short Movie
Short MovieLaura Marling
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The Wild
The WildRoscoe James Irwin
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Seasick Steve
Sonic Soul SurferSeasick Steve
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Radium Death
Radium DeathWilliam Elliot Whitmore
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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
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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
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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 Melbourne Folk Club Announces Summer Season

Melbourne Folk Club
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The Melbourne Folk Club is one of the success stories of 2014 – bringing amazing folk music, both Australian and international, to a regular night right in the heart of Melbourne.

The night takes place at Bella Union in Melbourne’s inner-North, mostly on Wednesdays but sometimes throughout the week to accommodate touring artists. The Melbourne Folk Club this week announced its summer season and the lineup is looking as strong as ever.

Check out the full line up from January through to the end of March below:

Wednesday 7th January – John Smith (UK) + Caitlin Harnett
Thursday 8th January – Unplugged show w/ The East Pointers (Canada) + Tolka
Wednesday 14th January – David Francey (CAN) + James Kenyon + Lucy Wise
Wednesday 21st January – Oh Pep! + Open Swimmer
Wednesday 28th January – Darren Hanlon + Laura Jean + Single Twin
Wednesday 4th February – Jeff Lang + Emma Swift + Matt Langley
Wednesday 11th February – The Mae Trio + The Once (Canada)
Wednesday 18th February – Machine Translations + Broads
Wednesday 25th February – Shane Howard (Album Launch) + Skyscraper Stan
Wednesday 4th March – Ruth Moody & Band (Canada) + Scott Cook (Canada) + Nadia Reid (NZ)
Wednesday 11th March – Jordie Lane (In Conversation + Concert)
Wednesday 18th March – Breabach (Scotland) + Stray Hens
Wednesday 25th March – All Our Exes Live in Texas + Kim Richey (US)

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.

MoFo Sydney Announces MoFo at The Crate

Lucy Wise
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Over the past few years MoFo have been steadily gaining a reputation in Sydney as the best place to see young folk music outside of the major festivals. MoFo (which stands for Modern Folk) runs a regular monthly night at The Gaelic Club in Sydney’s Surry Hills where you get more than just your regular singer-songwriter fair – the night embraces all of the folk styles from trad to gypsy to world and more.

This month MoFo are branching out with their very first sideshow at The Record Crate in Glebe. The first MoFo at The Crate will be taking place on the 19th September and will feature American duo Ari & Mia and Melbournites The Lucy Wise Trio (above). Tickets will be $20 on the door with all proceeds going straight to the artists. For more details check out the official Facebook event here.


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