Details of the Downtown Folk Festival in Sydney

Downtown Folk Festival
Image Courtesy of Gypsyheart Live

This October the folks behind boutique music events company Gypsyheart Live will be bringing together some of Australia’s favourite singer-songwriters and roots artists for the first ever Downtown Folk Festival.

Taking place at the Factory Theatre in Sydney on the 21st October, the Downtown Folk Festival have announced an amazing lineup which includes Hollow Coves, Garrett Kato, Harry Hookey, Grizzlee Train, Tullara, Luke Morris, Asha Jefferies, Nick Cunningham, Alana Wilkinson, Feelds and Darby.

The evening is also set to feature a range of local creative businesses to give the whole thing a real festival feel.

Tickets for the Downtown Folk Festival are on sale now – check out the official Facebook event for more details.

Brisbane Folk Club Announces March Lineup

Brisbane Folk Club
Image Courtesy of Brisbane Folk Club

After the massive success of the first three Brisbane Folk Clubs since December the monthly night is streaming ahead with the announcement of their March lineup.

Appearing at The Foundry in Brisbane on Wednesday 2nd March will be Adelaide folk-stompers The Timbers (as part of the Timber and Steel presented national tour), Sunshine Coast folk favorites Anna & Jordan and Byron Bay singer-songwriter Luke Morris.

The Brisbane Folk Club kicks off at 7pm on the 2nd March with tickets available for $12. For more information check out the Paper Shoes Music site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 25th July


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The new video from Emily Barker’s side-project Vena Portae, “Summer Kills”, was released. Details here

– Sydney artist Hazzy Bee has released the gorgeous new single “Flyscreen”. Details here

Tiny Ruins released the new Neil Finn directed video for the track “Me At The Museum, You In The Wintergardens”. Details here

– Sydney monthly folk night The Folk Informal has announced it’s August lineup including Dan and Amy, Big Smoke, Katie Wighton and Sweet Jean. Details here

– Gold Coast cowgirl Bree De Rome will be launching her new single “Easy to Forget” with shows in Queensland and New South Wales. Details here

Luke Morris will be performing at Splendour today and then is heading off on an East Coast tour. Details here

– Ex-Swell Season singer-songwriter Marketa Irglova has announced plans for her second solo album Muna. Details here

– Dublin born, Australian raised, NYC based roots singer-songwriter Vincent Cross will kick off his first Australian tour in Canberra tonight. Details here

– Folktronica artist Caitlin Park revealed her new video “Wake Up In A Wirr”. Details here

– This Sunday in Sydney there’s a very special Pete Seeger tribute concert featuring Bob & Margaret Fagan, Mary-Jane Field, Peter Hicks, The Lurkers, Christina Mimmocchi, Maurie Mulheron, Margaret Walters and Chris Wheeler. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Steven James Adams has announced a new album, House Music, that features collaborations with Dan Mangan, Emily Barker, John Smith, Justin Young (The Vaccines, Jay Jay Pistolet), Martin Green (Lau) and Inge Thomson. Details here

Ashleigh Mannix & Justin Carter have a brand new duo project and have released their first track “Heartbreak”. Details here

– Perth singer-songwriter Joel Barker released his new single “City”. Details here

– Sydney folk punks The Bottlers are giving away two of their demos, “Blacktown” and “Golden Boys”, for free. Details here

– We premiered the brand new video from Tom West and he’s about to head out on tour. Details here

– And we also premiered the brand new video from Ollie Brown, “Oak Hill”, ahead of the release of his new EP Weatherboard House. Details here

Conor Oberst released the beautiful new video for his track “You Are My Mother’s Child”. Details here

– Brisbane based bluegrass trio The Company have announced details of their new album Trouble. Details here

– The Kangaroo Valley has confirmed its first round of artists for 2014 including Fred Smith, Enda Kenny Band, Martin Pearson, Bajaly Suso from Gambia, The BordererS, Liz Frencham, Nick Rheinberger, Glenn Cardier & Christian Marsh, The Wheeze and Suck Band, Michael Waugh, Paul Greene and the Other Colours, Sparrow Folk, Penny Larkins and Carl Pannuzzo, Salvation Jane, Sal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel, Danny Spooner and Crystal Barreca

Releases This Week

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Timber and Steel Presents



Friday 25th July – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 31st July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Nick Mulvey

Nick Mulvey

While you’ll be able to catch Nick Mulvey at Splendour in the Grass or supporting Ben Howard this week, the show in Melbourne on Tuesday is his only Australian headline show. Presented by the folks behind Communion Melbourne this is guaranteed to be a fine performance from an artist that is on the brink of big things.

Tuesday 29th July – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Ben Howard
Friday 25th July – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Wednesday 30th July – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 31st July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 25th July – Brolga Theatre & Convention Centre, Maryborough, QLD
Saturday 26th July – Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre, Gladstone, QLD
Sunday 27th July – Capella Cultural Centre, Capella, QLD

Caitlin Park
Friday 1st August – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Clare Bowditch with Adalita
Friday 25th July – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Fanny Lumsden and the Thrillseekers with Ruby Boots
Friday 25th July – Weethalle Hall, Weethalle, NSW
Saturday 26th July – Grong Grong Hall, Grong Grong, NSW
Thursday 31st July – House Concert, Bunbury, WA

First Aid Kit
Tuesday 29th July – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 30th July – The Hi Fi, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 31st July – The Hi Fi, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 25th July – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 31st July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Jen Cloher
Friday 25th July – Skukum Lounge, Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

John Flanagan
Saturday 26th July – Little Features, Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 27th July – Menagerie, The Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Dan Waters and The Weeping Willows
Saturday 26th July – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Little Features feat. Jake Nauta, John Flanagan, J A Santosa, With Fox
Saturday 26th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Saturday 26th July – Old Museum Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Melody Pool and Marlon Williams
Friday 25th July – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Saturday 26th July – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Mikhael Paskalev
Friday 25th July – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC

Nick Mulvey
Tuesday 29th July – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Ollie Brown
Thursday 31st July – Easy Tiger, Sydney, NSW

Peasant Moon
Sunday 27th July – Menagerie at The Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Pepa Knight
Friday 1st August – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Remembering Pete Seeger feat. Bob & Margaret Fagan, Mary-Jane Field, Peter Hicks, The Lurkers, Christina Mimmocchi, Maurie Mulheron, Margaret Walters and Chris Wheeler
Sunday 27th August – The Friend in Hand, Sydney, NSW

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July – North Byron Parklands, NSW

The Beards
Friday 25th July – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, NSW
Saturday 26th July – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Brouhaha
Saturday 26th July – The Austral Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Head And The Heart
Saturday 26th July – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW
Monday 28th July – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

The Yearlings
Friday 25th July – Basement Discs In-store, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th July – The Main Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 26th July – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC
Sunday 27th July – The Shed, Maryknoll, VIC
Friday 1st August – The Song Room, Barossa Art Gallery, Tanunda, SA

Vincent Cross
Friday 25th July – The Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 27th July – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 31st July – House Concert, Wingham, NSW
Friday 1st August – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O” – Laura Veirs

This track has so many things I love about traditional music. It comes from the same tradition as a very well known song, “Froggy Went a’Courting”, but it’s a completely unique song in its own right. It obviously has it’s root in some sort of social commentary or well known story behind it but it has been redefined as a children’s song. And this version by Laura Veirs incorporates part of the reel “Rose Tree” as an instrumental break between verses. So good!

Luke Morris Announces East Coast Tour

Luke Morris
Image Courtesy of Luke Morris

Luke Morris may not be a name you recognise but if you’re heading to Splendour in the Grass this weekend you’ll get a chance to to hear his sweet alt-folk sounds on the Friday of the festival. Morris has just released his new single “Mexico” (which you can listen to on triple j Unearthed) and is heading out on an East Coast tour in August.

Check out the full list of dates (so far) below:

Friday 25th July – Splendour In The Grass, Byron Bay, NSW
Wednesday 13th August – Marble Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 14th August – The Bucket List, Bondi, NSW
Saturday 16th August – The Brunswick Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 31st August – Ric’s Bar, Brisbane, QLD

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