Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th August


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Josh Pyke has announced he’s taking a hiatus after his upcoming regional tour. Details here

– English indie-folk singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey released his new single “Mountain to Move”. Details here

– Australian folk super group The Maggie Darlings release their new album Wishing Well today. Details here

The Kyneton Music Festival announced their first round of artists including Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, Karl S. Williams, Freya Josephine Hollick, Dan Parsons, The Twoks and many more. Details here

– Sydney venue The Newsagency relaunches in its new space next week with a show from Sarah Belkner and Alison Avron. Details here

The Queenscliff Music Festival announced a bunch of international artists for 2017 including The East Pointers, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Irish Mythen, Lindi Ortega, Ron Artis II & The Truth, Too Many Zooz and Travis Bowlin. Details here

– Canadian duo Madison Violet announced plans to tour Australia this Spring. Details here

Kim Churchill announced his new album Weight_Falls as well as releasing the video for “Second Hand Car” and revealing a huge Spring tour. Details here

Iron & Wine released the gorgeous new video “Thomas County Law”. Details here

– Melbourne based alt-country singer Gretta Ziller has announced album launch dates in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle and Tamworth. Details here

David Rawlings released his new single “Cumberland Gap” ahead of his album release. Details here

– Brisbane indie-folk four piece Elbury have announced plans for an east coast tour kicking off this week. Details here

– The legendary Paul Kelly released his new video “Firewood And Candles”. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke has announced plans to head to Australia for a tour this Spring. Details here

Valerie June released her new video “Got Soul” ahead of her upcoming Australian tour. Details here

Releases This Week

Ben Sollee
Ben Sollee And Kentucky NativeBen Sollee

David Rawlings
Poor David’s AlmanackDavid Rawlings

Jen Cloher
Jen CloherJen Cloher

Live at the Sydney Opera HouseKate Miller-Heidke & The Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Maggie Darlings
Wishing WellThe Maggie Darlings

Paul Kelly
Life Is FinePaul Kelly

Richard Thompson
Acoustic Classics Vol. IIRichard Thompson

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Newsagency Sessions feat. Sarah Belkner, Alison Avron

Sarah Belkner

Sydney’s favourite intimate venue officially reopens in its new Camperdown space with a show from Sarah Belkner and Alison Avron

Wednesday 16th August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Asha Jefferies
Friday 18th August – The Flying Cock, Brisbane, QLD

Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
Friday 11th and Saturday 12th August – Bangalow Showground, Bangalow, NSW

Thursday 17th August – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Bek Sarkoezy and Sam Newton
Saturday 12th August – The Joshua Tree, Sydney, NSW

Ben Salter
Wednesday 16th August – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Bill Chambers
Friday 11th August – Sunset Studio, Mayfield, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Diggers, The Entrance, NSW

Bill Jackson and Pete Fidler
Friday 11th August – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 12th August – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass Pub Pick feat. Whoa Mule
Sunday 13th August – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Central Coast Country Music Festival
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th August – Memorial Park, The Entrance, NSW

Daggy Man
Friday 11th August – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Darwin Festival
Thursday 10th to Sunday 27th August – Darwin, NT

Echo Deer w/ Holza & Pez
Sunday 13th August – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Wednesday 16th August – Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 17th August – OxJam House Concert, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 18th August – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave, VIC

Emily Davis Band w/ Sam Reiher, Kate Alexander, Hana Brenecki
Sunday 13th August – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Emma Davis
Thursday 17th August – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW

Fairlight Folk feat. Bill Jackson, Pete Fidler, Strangelove, Melanie Horsnell
Saturday 12th August – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Fallon Cush
Sunday 13th August – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Daniel Cherote, Alana Wilkinson, MoSoul
Wednesday 16th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. Alice Terry, Christine Jane, Stephanie Cherote
Friday 11th August – 107 Projects, Sydney, NSW

Forever Son
Friday 11th August – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Georgia Fields and Phia
Friday 11th August – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 12th August – Glen Helen Homestead Lodge, Alice Springs, NT

Georgia State Line
Friday 11th August – Saints + Sailors, Portarlington, VIC
Saturday 12th August – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Sunday 13th August – Martians Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC

Handasyd Williams w/ Levi Burr, Nik Philpott
Sunday 13th August – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

High Tea feat. Adam Miller
Thursday 17th August – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Friday 11th August – Bomaderry Presbyterian Church, Bomaderry, NSW

Hollie Matthew
Saturday 12th August – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Horns of Leroy’s Jukebox feat. The Collingwood Casanovas
Wednesday 16th August – Belleville, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 11th August – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th August – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Shellie Morris, Troy Jungaji Brady
Friday 18th August – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Friday 18th August – Lulie St Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Jason Roweth
Friday 11th August – Addison Rd Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

Jen Cloher
Friday 11th August – Readings Carlton, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th August – Rocksteady Records, Melbourne, VIC

Jep and Dep
Friday 11th August – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Halcyon Daze Records, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th August – The Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke w/ Kyle Lionhart
Friday 11th August – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 12th August – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Thursday 17th August – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 18th August – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Kelly Brouhaha
Sunday 13th August – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Tuesday 15th August – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 17th August – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 18th August – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC

Kelly Country Pick
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th August – Beechworth, VIC

Liam Gale & The Ponytails
Friday 11th August – Kingsway Bar, Launceston, TAS

Liam Gerner
Sunday 13th August – Noisy Ritual People-Powered Urban Winery, Melbourne, VIC

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 11th August – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th August – The Old Church On The Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Madeline Leman and The Desert Swells, Freya Josephine Hollick
Thursday 17th August – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Maia Marsh w/ Sisco Electro, Huckleberry Hastings, Lachlan Vines
Tuesday 15th August – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Saturday 12th August – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th August – The Log Cabin Hall, Gooloogong, NSW

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band
Thursday 17th August – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

My Friend The Chocolate Cake
Friday 11th August – Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, Springwood, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th August – Theatre Royal Castlemaine, Castlemaine, VIC

Nathan Seeckts and Great Aunt
Saturday 12th August – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Nuet & Nic Cassey
Thursday 17th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Saturday 12th August – Mount Isa Rodeo, Mount Isa, QLD

Open Folk’n
Friday 11th August – The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Friday 18th August – Plant By Packwood, Melbourne, VIC

Paul Hayward & The Sidekicks
Saturday 12th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Paul Kelly
Friday 11th August – Red Eye Records, Sydney, NSW
Monday 14th August – Readings Carlton, Melbourne, VIC

Pete Murray
Friday 11th August – Wrest Point Showroom, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 12th August – Launceston Country Club, Launceston, TAS
Thursday 17th August – Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, Batemans Bay, NSW
Friday 18th August – Waves, Wollongong, NSW

Queen Porter Stomp
Friday 18th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Raised By Eagles
Friday 11th August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th August – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 18th August – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC

Reuben Stone w/ Dan Vogl
Wednesday 16th August – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Rick Hart’s Bare Bones w/ Ben Leece
Friday 11th August – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Scarlet’s Revenge
Thursday 17th August – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW

Shane Nicholson
Friday 11th August – Anita’s Theatre, Thiroul, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th August – Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Sunday 13th August – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Shellie Morris, Wityana Marika and Dhapanbal Yunupingu
Tuesday 15th August – Darwin Festival, The Lighthouse, Darwin, NT

Sofar Sounds Gold Coast
Friday 18th August – House Concert, Mermaid Beach, QLD

Someday June w/ Zac Saber
Friday 11th August – Analogue Academy, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 12th August – The Basement Bar, Bendigo, VIC

South Coast Folk Club Hall of Famers
Thursday 17th August – South Coast Folk Club, Port Noarlunga, SA

Tami Nelson
Thursday 17th August – Darwin Festival, The Lighthouse, Darwin, NT
Friday 18th August – The Flamin’ Galah, Brisbane, QLD

Taryn La Fauci
Friday 11th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

The Co-Ground Folk Show feat. Amistat, Ariela Jacobs, Mia Wray
Friday 18th August – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

The Cope Street Parade
Saturday 12th August – Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC

The Demon Drink
Saturday 12th August – Jubilee Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 18th August – Yandina Hotel, Yandina, QLD

The Newsagency Sessions feat. Sarah Belkner, Alison Avron
Wednesday 16th August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Round Up feat. Nigel Wearne and Ayleen O’Hanlon
Wednesday 16th August – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Settlement
Saturday 12th August – Commercial Hotel, Hamilton, VIC

The Slipdixies
Sunday 13th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Slowdowns
Friday 18th August – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 11th August – Mojo Record Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th August – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Ed Castle, Adelaide, SA

The Twoks
Friday 11th August – House Concert, Adelaide, SA

The Willie Wagtails
Saturday 12th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 11th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 12th August – The Bluebee Room, Adelaide, SA

Friday 11th August – Irish Club, Emerald, QLD
Saturday 12th August – Irish McGanns, Eoma, QLD

Tori Forsyth
Friday 18th August – The Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW

Untamed Ceilidh
Saturday 12th August – Northcote Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC

Wanneroo Folk Club feat. Dingo’s Breakfast, Ashlea Reale
Friday 11th August – Dorchester Hall, Perth, WA

Whoa Mule
Saturday 12th August – Lentil as Anything, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 13th August – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Between The Wars” – Billy Bragg

Madison Violet Announce 2017 Australian Tour

Mad Violet
Image Courtesy of Madison Violet

Canada based folk duo Madison Violet have just announced plans to head back to Australia for a tour this September and October.

Madison Violet have been firm folk festival favourites in Australia for a number of years and it’s amazing to see them coming our way again.

Check out the full list of dates for the tour below:

Friday 15th September – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 16th September – Courthouse Auburn, Clare Valley, SA
Wednesday 20th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 21st September – Sussex Inlet Surf Club, Sussex Inlet, NSW
Friday 22nd September – The Dungeon, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Irish Club Hotel, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 29th September – Stanthorpe Theatre, Stanthorpe, QLD
Tuesday 3rd October – The Bug, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 4th October – The Shed, Nanango, QLD
Friday 6th October – Geelong Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 7 October – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC Podcast’s 50th Episode

Image Courtesy of

Every week I dutifully download and listen to’s excellent podcast (affectionately known as The Propercast) hosted by Trevor Dann. The UK based Podcast is a mixture of interviews, live performances and panel reviews covering the specialist music (jazz, blues, country, folk, etc) distributed by Proper Music.

This weekend just gone the Podcast reached its 50th episode and to celebrate Trevor Dann put together a showcase of his favourite live performances from the series so far. We just had to share this very special show as it has some amazing live music from the likes of Paul Brady, Fay Hield & Hurricane Party, Madison Violet, Sam Lee, Seth Lakeman and many many more. Take a listen to/download the podcast below and then if you like what you hear make sure you subscribe to the Podcast to hear more great music every week.

For more information check out the Podcast page of The full list of tracks and artists featured on the 50th Propercast is below:

Pokey LaFarge – “Head To Toe”
Paul Brady – “Steel Claw”
Gretchen Peters – “Hello Cruel World”
Jennifer Crook – “Coming Down The Road”
Fay Hield & Hurricane Party – “Wicked Serpent”
Bap Kennedy – “Jimmy Sanchez”
Madison Violet – “If I Could Love You”
O’Hooley & Tidow – “Gentleman Jack”
State Of The Union – “Rent”
Karine Polwart – “Salter’s Road”
Patsy Matheson – “If You Ask Me”
Sam Lee – “Jew’s Garden”
Diana Jones – “High Atmosphere”
Seth Lakeman – “Blacksmith’s Prayer”
Dirt Daubers – “Get Outta My Way”
Brendan Power & Tim Edey – “Mountain Road/The Corkscrew”

Interview: Madison Violet

Madison Violet
Image Courtesy of Madison Violet

Canadian folk-country duo Madison Violet just touched down in Australia and have already played a couple of cracking shows in NSW. We managed to grab a couple of minutes with one half of the band Brenley MacEachern to have a chat about the tour, their latest album and their plans for the rest of 2012.

Evan Hughes: Congratulations on the wonderful new album. How are you feeling about the positive reception it’s been getting not just in Canada but overseas as well?
Brenley MacEachern: Well it’s always nice to read good reviews verses bad reviews about your work but music is personal, subjective so we don’t expect everyone to like it. But yeah, the reviews have been really great so that keeps us positive.
EH: I first saw you perform in Australia years ago at the National Folk Festival – back when you were calling yourselves Mad Violet – what is it about this country that has you coming back for more?
BM: Australia has an amazing folk scene with appreciative punters so we’ll keep coming back as long as you’ll have us! And, escaping our cold Canadian winter is certainly a plus.
EH: Do you think Australian audiences connect with your music?
BM: I sure hope so! They ask us back, so that’s always a good sign. We took a slight sabbatical from touring here, and focused on Europe for a few years, but from what I recall from our previous tours, the shows were packed, the audiences sang along, and overall the reception was warm.
EH: You’re playing the Port Fairy Folk Festival this time around as well as a bunch of East Coast dates. Does your show vary depending on whether you’re playing a festival or a solo show?
BM: We try to read the room when we are playing shows, and will possibly alter a few songs here and there depending on the vibe or the time of day, but typically we just play our best stuff and hope the audience enjoys it. If it’s a quiet listening room, you may hear a few more intimate ballads than if you were in a rowdy bar.
EH: Can Australian audiences expect songs from your entire back catalogue or is this tour focused on The Good In Goodbye?
BM: Well, it would be a shame to toss all our old songs by the wayside, no? We will be performing a lot of material from the new album, but definitely tracks from our previous albums as well. It wouldn’t seem fair to our older songs to sweep them under the rug. Plus, we haven’t been to Australia in 4 years, so we actually have 2 new albums over here.
EH: What’s next up for Madison Violet in 2012?
BM: Well, upon our return home, we will be heading to perform for our friends to the south for our first US headlining tour in the Spring. The rest of the year will see us crossing the pond 4 or 5 more times for UK and European tours. We will also be releasing a live CD/DVD that we recorded Cologne, Germany, so keep a look out for that.

The remaining dates for Madison Violet’s Australian tour are below. And be sure to check out Madison Violet’s recent appearance on Proper Music’s Propercast for a taste of their amazing music.

Friday 24th February – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba NSW
Saturday 25th February – The Vault, Windsor NSW
Wednesday 29th February – Lizottes, Kincumber NSW
Thursday 1st March – Caravan Club, Oakleigh VIC
Saturday 3rd March – Harvester Moon, Bellarine VIC
Sunday 4th March – Burke And Wills Winery, Mia Mia VIC
Thursday 8th March – Wesley Anne Hotel, Northcote VIC
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy VIC

Madison Violet Confirm Australian Tour

Madison Violet
Image Courtesy of Madison Violet

Canadian folk duo Madison Violet have finally revealed a string of New South Wales and Victorian dates off the back of their appearance at this year’s Port Fairy Folk Festival. Regular visitors to Australia, Madison Violet are touring their latest album The Good In Goodbye. The full list of dates and an embed of The Good In Goodbye are below:

Wednesday 22nd February – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla NSW
Thursday 23rd February – Notes Live, Newtown NSW
Friday 24th February – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba NSW
Saturday 25th February – The Vault, Windsor NSW
Wednesday 29th February – Lizottes, Kincumber NSW
Thursday 1st March – Caravan Club, Oakleigh VIC
Saturday 3rd March – Harvester Moon, Bellarine VIC
Sunday 4th March – Burke And Wills Winery, Mia Mia VIC
Thursday 8th March – Wesley Anne Hotel, Northcote VIC
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy VIC

First Official Port Fairy 2012 Artist Announcement

Image of Flap! Courtesy of Port Fairy Folk Festival

After a series of “leaks” over the last couple of weeks the Port Fairy Folk Festival have today announced the first round of their 2012 artists. Leaning heavily to the international side of things this year’s lineup includes Timber and Steel favourites Ami Williamson, Ahab (UK – whom we only just profiled completely unaware of their planned Australian visit), Clare Bowditch, The Davidson Brothers, Eric Bibb & Staffa Astner (USA/Sweden), Flap!, George Kamikawa, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson (Australia/Ireland), Jeff Lang, Lanie Lane, Lucie Thorne, Madison Violet (Canada), Mama Kin, Passenger (UK), The Pigs and the artist we predicted yesterday, Sharon Shannon (Ireland).

The Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place from the 9th to the 12th March 2012 with tickets on sale now via the official web site. The full artist lineup so far is below with more to be added soon:

Abigail Washburn
Ami Williamson
April Verch & Band (Canada)
Ben Sollee (USA)
Blue Heat
Chris While & Julie Matthews (UK)
Clare Bowditch
Eric Bibb & Staffan Astner (USA/Sweden)
George Kamikawa & Noriko Tadano
Harry Manx (Canada)
Jeff Lang
Judy Collins (USA)
Kristina Olsen (USA)
Lanie Lane
Lucie Thorne
Madison Violet (Canada)
Mama Kin
My Friend the Chocolate Cake
Passenger (UK)
Peter Rowan Band (USA)
Pierre Bensusan (French Algeria)
Pieta Brown (USA)
Sharon Shannon Big Band
The Cartridge Family
The Damian Howard Band
The Davidson Brothers
The Junes
The Pigs
The Woohoo Revue

Port Fairy Leaks Artists

Madison Violet
Image Courtesy of Madison Violet

While the 2012 Port Fairy Folk Festival lineup is not officially announced until the 25th October, the organisers have been “leaking” some of the artists over the past couple of weeks and it’s already looking pretty exciting. So far we have Canadian alt-country duo Madison Violet (who we saw a number of years ago at the National Folk Festival when they were called Mad Violet and they were amazing), bluegrassers The Davidson Brothers, the legendary Chris While & Julie Matthews, the Grammy Award winning Peter Rowan Band, the beguiling Ami Williamson, Ireland-via-Queensland duo Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, American multi-instrumentalist Kristina Olsen, blues master Eric Bibb with Staffan Astner and the Trad-on-steroids of Beoga.

The first round of early bird tickets for the Port Fairy Folk Festival are on sale until the 16th October via the official site. Keep your eyes glued to Timber and Steel on the 25th for the full lineup.

%d bloggers like this: