Timber and Steel Premiere: Dan Flynn & The State of Things’ New Video “Heavy Lies the Crown”

Dan Flynn
Image Courtesy of Dan Flynn & The State of Things

We’re really enjoying the music we’re hearing from Dan Flynn & The State of Things (the artist formally known as Major Chord). So we were so chuffed when they asked us to debut their new video “Heavy Lies the Crown”.

The track reminds me a lot of traditional English folk music, particularly with the male and female vocals throughout and the rythmic drone created with the guitars and strings.

Check out the video here:

“Heavy Lies the Crown” is taken from Dan Flynn & The State of Things’ upcoming album Preparing for Flight which is due for release on the 16th October – pre-orders are now available via Bandcamp with two tracks immediately downloadable. Dan Flynn & The State of Things will be launching the record at Shadow Electric in Melbourne on the 28th November, with more dates to follow soon.

Dan Flynn (Major Chord) Announces New Project and Album Preparing for Flight

Dan Flynn and the State of Things
Image Courtesy of Dan Flynn and The State of Things

Melbourne artist Dan Flynn may be familiar to Timber and Steel readers as singer-songwriter Major Chord, but this month he’s set to launch his brand new project Dan Flynn and The State of Things.

The new project puts Flynn front and centre as a singer-songwriter, stepping out from under the shadows of the Major Chord moniker. Dan Flynn writes and demos the songs in his single-car garage in Preston before bringing them to the rest of the band to workshop and rehearse.

Dan Flynn and The State of Things have announced plans to release their brand new album Preparing for Flight on the 16th October which will give fans a taste of how Flynn’s sound has evolved with the new project. That’s the cover art at the top of this article and the track listing is as follows:

1. Heavy lies the crown
2. Sunny Autumn Weather
3. Boy, can he run
4. Father like him
5. No through road
6. I used to know an anarchist
7. The state of Things
8. Waiting for the Riverman
9. Apocalyptic love song
10. Preparing for flight part one
11. Blanket in the snow
12. Preparing for flight part two

To celebrate the release of Preparing for Flight Dan Flynn and The State of Things will be launching the record at Shadow Electric in Melbourne on the 28th November, with more dates to follow soon.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 5th July


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Mark Wilkinson posted a live video for the stunning track “Man In The Window”. Details here

– Last Friday Music Feeds streamed a day of live folk music on their Youtube channel including performances from Achoo! Bless You, Isaac Graham, Leroy Lee, Billygoat Tucker (Billygoat and the Mongrels) and The Falls. We’ve collected all five videos for anyone who missed them. Details here

Boy & Bear realsed the stunning new video for their track “Southern Sun”. Details here

Jinja Safari released their brand new video for the track “Dozer” and unveiled a bunch of Australian tour dates through September and October. Details here

– Nu-folk legends Calexico have announced Australian tour dates for September this year. Details here

– Ex Middle East member Jordan Ireland has just released new music under his new moniker Stolen Violin. Details here

– Melbourne trio The Jed Rowe Band have released the video for their track “Castlemaine”. Details here

The Paper Kites released the video for their track “St Clarity” as well as a bunch of national tour dates. Details here

– Melbourne’s Major Chord have released details of their upcoming album Transition. Details here

Willy Mason has released his brand new video “Talk Me Down”. Details here

Frontier Ruckus also unveiled their new video for “Black Holes”. Details here

Spotlight On

New Madrid

“It wasn’t until I heard this album that I realised there’s something inherently missing from indie rock music- the satisfaction of inspired and well written solos. New Madrid offer this in surplus.”Thom Owen Miles spotlight’s New Madrid. Profile here

Releases This Week

Josh Pyke
The Beginning And The End Of EverythingJosh Pyke

Sweet Jean
Dear DepartureSweet Jean

Even The Stars Are A MessWhitley

Timber and Steel Presents

Buffalo Tales
Buffalo Tales
Friday 5th July – The Courthouse Hotel, Tamworth NSW
Saturday 6th July – The Coffs Hotel, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Friday 12th July – Mudgee Brewing Company, Mudgee, NSW

Official Site

Gigs Next Week

Dan & Hannah Acfield
Friday 5th July – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Sunday 7th July – Bar 303, Melbourne, VIC

Folk Club feat. Harriet Whiskey Club, All Our Exes Live In Texas, The Pierce Brothers
Wednesday 10th July – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW

Fraser A Gorman w/ Bob Harrow (Immigrant Union)
Wednesday 10th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

John Flanagan
Friday 5th July – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 6th July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 7th July – House Concert, Woolongong, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Friday 5th July – The Aero Club, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 6th July – JB HiFi Instore Performance, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 7th July – The Dag Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Wednesday 10th July – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

MoFo feat. Little Bighorn, Mimi Gilbert
Friday 12h July – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 5th July – Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Sweet Jean
Friday 12th July – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

The Stillsons
Friday 5th July – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 6th July – The Royal Exchange, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 7th July – The Union, Sydney, NSW

The Jed Rowe Band
Friday 5th July – No 5. Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 6th July – Mandala Arts Organic Cafe, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 7th July – The Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 11th July – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 12th July – The Gollan Hotel, Lismore, NSW

Thelma Plum
Saturday 6th July – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Friday 5th July – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 6th July – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 7th July – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Friday 12th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Jock Stewart” – Ewan McLennan

I heard this song on Scott Balfour’s new album recently and was reminded just how great a singalong it is – “So be easy and free when you’re drinking wi’ me, I’m a man you don’t meet every day”. This version by Ewan McLennan has a wonderful softness to it and of course, being live, plenty of audience participation.

Details of the New Major Chord Album Transition

Major Chord
Image Courtesy of Major Chord

Melbourne singer-songwriter Dan Flynn, AKA Major Chord, has announced plans to release his brand new album Transition on the 2nd August. As the name would suggest Transition comes off a period of change for Flynn both musically – he’s evolving from a solo singer-songwriter to a fully fledged band leader – and personally following the passing of his father.

Major Chord will be launching Transition at Bella Union in Melbourne on Saturday 31st August with very special guests Brighter Later. The full track listing for the album is below:

1. Everything Is Everything
2. As The Night Closes In
3. Rubber House
4. Transition
5. When The Morning Comes
6. Next Big Thing
7. I Don’t Want To Break You
8. Tomorrow Is A World Away
9. Along The Riverside
10. Rain Song

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 19th April


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We exclusively debuted the video for “TipToe” from Aluka. Details here

– The wonderful Aoife O’Donovan has released her new single “Red & White & Blue & Gold”. Details here

Timber and Steel’s favourite son Matt Corby has announced an Australian tour with Grace Woodroofe in support. Details here

– The Snowy Mountains of Music festival have announced their second round of artists including Blue King Brown, Kylie Auldist, Gang of Brothers, The Fraudsters, Oh Pep!, Sunas and Mzaza. Details here

Ella Hooper has just released her second solo single and video “Haxán”. Details here

– Listen to the brand new single from The Stillsons, “Break and Keel”. Details here

– Listen to Buffalo Tales completely re-imagining Rhianna’s “Diamonds” as his new single. Details here

– This July we’re going to see a brand new album from Josh Pyke. Details here

– Darren Cross has revealed the slightly creepy new video for his track “Get My Revenge”. Details here

– Today will see the release of Frank Turner’s fifth studio album Tape Deck Heart. Details here

Laura Marling revealed another brand new track from her upcoming album, the Dylan-esque “Master Hunter”. Details here

– Julia literally battles herself in the new clip from Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens, “Adeleine”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Major Chord has released his new single “Transition”. Details here

– Listen to James Vincent McMorrow cover “Higher Love”. Details here

– Folk music legend Joan Baez has announced her first Australian tour in 25 years this August. Details here



“Listening to Creatures, I get the feeling that they were experimenting in the studio with some of the many songs they had to hand, trying to see which style fits them best”JDX reviews Creatures from Sleepy Dreamers. Review here

Releases This Week


Freak Out Inn III
Freak Out Inn IIIDarren Cross

Tape Deck Heart
Tape Deck HeartFrank Turner

Ghost on Ghost
Ghost on GhostIron and Wine

Way To Blue
Way to Blue – The Songs of Nick Drake – Various

Gigs Next Week

Friday 19th April – Nexus Arts Centre, Adelaide, SA

Bob Evans
Friday 19th April – Discovery, Darwin, NT
Wednesday 24th April – Hotel New York, Launceston, TAS
Friday 26th April – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Bobby Alu
Friday 19th April – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 20th April – Big Pineapple Festival, Woombye, QLD
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th April – Apollo Bay Music Festival, Apollo Bay, VIC

Communion Melbourne feat. Thelma Plum, Deja, Stu Larsen & Natsuki Kurai, Jack Carty, Ali Barter
Sunday 21st April – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Eli Wolfe
Friday 19th April – Bon Amici Winebar and Cafe, Toowoomba QLD
Saturday 20th April – The Upfront Club, Maleny, QLD
Sunday 21st April – Mandala Cafe, Mermaid Beach, QLD

Jack Carty and Jordan Millar
Saturday 20th April – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th April – The Aztec, Forster, NSW

James Kenyon
Friday 19th April – The Naked Bean, Grafton, NSW
Sunday 21st April – The End, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 25th April – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 26th April – 5 Church Street, Belingen, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 19th April – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Saturday 20th April – The Reading Room, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 21st April – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 25th April – Secret Show, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th April – Gum Ball, Hunter Valley, NSW

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens
Sunday 21st April – Ric’s Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Major Chord
Friday 19th April – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Patrick James
Sunday 21st April – Pier One Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW

Sarah Humphreys
Friday 19th April – The Shellharbour Club, Shellharbour, NSW
Saturday 20th April – Jamberoo Pub, Jamberoo, NSW

Stu Larsen and Natsuki Kurai
Saturday 20th April – The Waratah, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 21st April – Communion Melbourne, The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th April – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Hillbilly Killers
Friday 19th April – Meeniyan Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Sunday 21st April – Northcote Social Club, Northcote, VIC
Wednesday 24th April – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 25th April – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Friday 26th April – Rooty Hill RSL Club, Rooty Hill, NSW

Tim Guy
Friday 19th April – The Old Mt Gambier Gaol, Mt Gambier, SA
Wednesday 24th April – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Turin Brakes
Thursday 25th April – The Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Ashokan Farewell” – Jay Ungar

Tomorrow my sister is getting married and she’s asked me to play “Ashokan Farewell” at her wedding, which I’m absolutely honoured to do. The tune was written by Jay Ungar and was made famous in the 1990’s thanks to its inclusion in the television mini-series The Civil War. Congratulations Kirsty and Toby!

Listen to the New Single from Major Chord, “Transition”

Major Chord
Image Courtesy of Major Chord

Melbourne-beased, enigmatic singer-songwriter Major Chord (AKA Dan Flynn) has just released his brand new single “Transition” and it’s pretty special. Recorded with Callum Barter (Dan Sultan, You am I), “Transition” is taken from Major Chord’s upcoming new album of the same name. Listen to it below:

Major Chord will be launching “Transition” at The Grace Darling Hotel in Melbourne tonight, Friday 19th April.

New Major Chord Video for “Gather All This Love”

Major Chord
Image Courtesy of Major Chord

Melbourne folky Major Chord (AKA Dan Flynn) first came to our attention through a number of support slots and festival appearances but it took us a while to actually sit down and give his music a proper listen. What we discovered was a sweet melodic guitar player and singer that is head and shoulders above so many of his contemporaries.

With an album launch at The Northcote Social club next Thursday 6th of October it’s timely that Major Chord has just released his gorgeous new video for “Gather All This Love” directed by Johnny Flynn (Dan’s brother, not the UK artists of the same name). Check it out below:

Major Chord Announces New Single and Album Launch

Major Chord
Image Courtesy of Major Chord

Major Chord’s new album Psychic Civil War was released on the 5th August and fans of the Melbourne based singer songwriter will be happy to know an album launch tour is starting to take shape. So far two dates have been confirmed – 6th October at the Northcote Social Club in Melbourne and the 20th October in Sydney at Tone (although given today’s news about the venue that’s likely to change) – with more planned to be announced soon.

Major Chord has also released the second single off the album, “Two Young Lovers”, that he’s offering as a free download via Soundcloud. We like it so much we’ve embedded it below (and don’t forget to listen to the first single “Tomorrow Night” here):

Major Chord Announces New Album “Psychic Civil War”

Major Chord
Image Courtesy of Major Chord

Melbourne troubadour Dan Flynn, AKA Major Chord, first crossed our radar when he was announced as the support for Micah P. Hinson’s recent Australian tour and since then his name seems to be popping up everywhere. So it was with a huge amount of excitement that we learned Major Chord is on the precipice of releasing his brand new album Psychic Civil War.

Due out on the 5th August Psychic Civil War is the third LP from Major Chord. A tour to support the album is promised in October. We have the first single from Psychic Civil War, “Tomorrow Night”, embedded below so you can get a taste of what’s to come:

Melodica Melbourne Announces Lineup

Lucy Wise
Lucy Wise – photography by Maeve Ashby

The world famous Melodica festival is heading back to Melbourne this July with a lineup of awesome acoustic goodness. Held at The Wesley Ann, Northcote on the 16th and 17th July Melodica Melbourne is the original (and arguably the best) of the Melodica festivals held around the world since 2007. The festival aims to promote and celebrate live and local music and is a great opportunity to see up and coming musicians all for the price of a donation.

This years lineup and playing times are:

Saturday 16th July
3:00pm – 3:40pm – Al Parkinson
4:00pm – 4:40pm – Samara Cullen
5:00pm – 5:40pm Kimberley Aviso
6:00pm – 6:40pm – Ryan Sterling
7:20pm – 8:00pm – Playwrite
8:20pm – 9:00pm – D Rogers
9:20pm – 10:00pm – Major Chord

Sunday 17th July
3:00pm – 3:40pm – Kahlia
4:00pm – 4:40pm – Mon Ami
5:00pm – 5:40pm – Alice Keath
6:00pm – 6:40pm – Tully Sumner
7:20pm – 8:00pm – Lucy Wise (above)
8:20pm – 9:00pm – Cavanagh and Argus
9:20pm – 10:00pm – The Twoks

For more information make sure you RSVP to the Melodica Melbourne Facebook event here.

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