Mama Kin Spender Announce November Tour Dates

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Mama Kin Spender, the collaboration between roots singer-songwriter Mama Kin and multi-instrumentalist/producer Spender, have announced plans to hit the road this November with a series of festival dates plus headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne.

The project debuted at this year’s Bello Winter Festival and they have an album, Golden Magnets, due in February next year.

The latest taste from Golden Magnets is the new single “Bird In Your Tree” which also comes with a brand new video.

“”Bird In Your Tree” is a kind of stream of consciousness catharsis, a song about yearning for a lover, burning alive inside, but having to keep it cool on the outside,” Spender says. “The stuff about coffee is really because I love it strong and black.”

“That bitter taste somehow helps quench the unfulfilled thirst for someone,” says Mama Kin. “While at the same time celebrating the creative power it unleashes. This song playfully explores the gritty side of desire – bitter, dirty, rusty.”

Check out the video for “Bird In Your Tree” below:

The Mama Kin Spender tour kicks off at the start of November including an appearance at Australian Music Week, Mullum Music Festival and the Queenscliff Music Festival. The full list of dates are here:

Thursday 2nd November – Australian Music Week, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 3rd November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Details of the Mullum Music Festival Opening Night Gala

All Our Exes
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To help kick off their 10th anniversary the Mullum Music Festival has announced the Mullum Music Festival Opening Night Gala.

The Gala, to be held on Thursday 16th November, is a limited ticket event and will feature past Mullum Music Festival patrons Mama Kin and Harry James Angus alongside the current patron Suzannah Espie as well as performances from Lindi Ortega, The Teskey Brothers, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Wallis Bird, Greg Sheehan, Ethno Folk Orchestra and the Youth Mentorship winner. Tickets for the event are available on the Mullum Music Festival site.

The Mullum Music Festival takes place in Mullumbimby, NSW from the 16th to the 19th November. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Details of the New Mama Kin And Spender Collaboration

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This weekend’s Bello Winter Music festival saw the debut performance of Mama Kin Spender – the brand new collaboration between celebrated singer-songwriter Mama Kin and Melbourne multi-instrumentalist/producer Spender.

Their coming together has resulted in art that is greater than the sum of its parts. Mama Kin’s soulful roots music collides with Spender’s slick pop production.

Their first single is “Air Between Us” which is taken from their album Golden Magnets, due in March next year. Bask in the track’s joy below:

Mama Kin Spender will be appearing at BigSound, Australian Music Week and the Queenscliff Music Festival throughout the remainder of this year – details are below:

Tuesday 5th to Thursday 8th September – Bigsound, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd November – Australian Music Week, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th November – Queenscliff Music festival, Queenscliff, VIC

The Queenscliff Music Festival Reveals First 13 Acts

Queenscliff Music Festival
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Fan favourite music festival the Queenscliff Music Festival, has just announced the first 13 artists for its 2017 event and as always there’s plenty for Timber and Steel fans to get excited about.

The list of announced artists includes 30/70, The Beautiful Girls, Bernard Fanning, Freya Josephine Hollick, GL, Hot Potato Band, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Mama Kin & Spender, Nai Palm, The Temper Trap, The Teskey Brothers, Xavier Rudd and Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project.

The Queenscliff Music Festival is held in Queenscliff, Victoria from the 24th to 26th November – check out the official site for more details.

The Woodford Folk Festival Drops 2014 Lineup

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There were a ton of folk festival announcements all over the weekend but the one that everyone is talking about is the 2014 Woodford Folk Festival lineup. The full musical program dropped yesterday with the usual mix of folk, roots, trad, singer-songwriter and I-don’t-know-why-they’re-at-a-folk-festival artists.

The lineup itself is too huge to list here (you can see it for yourself here) but the highlights include the likes of Violent Femmes (USA), The Cat Empire, Archie Roach, Nahko and Medicine for the People (USA), Jeff Lang, Lau (SCOT), Tiny Ruins (NZ), We Two Thieves, Shooglenifty (SCOT), Flap!, Husky, Lior, Mama Kin, Siskin River, Andrew Clermont, The Mae Trio, Fred Smith, Lucy Wise Trio, Oh Pep!, Betty & Oswald, The Company and so so so much more.

The Woodford Folk Festival takes place from the 27th December to the 1st January. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The John Butler Trio Announce Regional Queensland Dates

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With their new album Flesh & Blood doing big things around the world and a national tour already under their belts for the year the John Butler Trio are setting their north for a bunch of regional Queensland dates this October. It’s been a while since the John Butler Trio made it out to regional Queensland so fans are no doubt excited at the prospect of their return.

Mama Kin has been announced as the support for the tour. Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 4th October – Caloundra Music Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 5th October – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Tuesday 7th October – Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, Bundaberg, QLD
Thursday 9th October – Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, Mackay, QLD
Friday 10th October – The Venue, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 11th October – Kuranda Amphitheatre, Kuranda, QLD

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2013

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2013 has provided yet another year of amazing music from the folk, acoustic, traditional, roots, alt-country and singer-songwriter scene. There’s been a number of strong local releases this year and some definite highlights from our favourite artists from overseas.

This also feels like a year where more artists are embracing the full length album again. There have been some outstanding EPs and standalone singles of course but the album format really seems to have made a resurgence.

Once again we’ve asked each of the Timber and Steel contributors to give us their favourite albums or EPs of 2013 and the results are once again eclectic, interesting and most certainly unique.

So without further ado we bring you Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2013:

Gareth Hugh Evans

Melody Pool

1. Melody PoolThe Hurting Scene
At the Gulgong Folk Festival in early January I stumbled across Melody Pool and was transfixed. Pool’s music was both timeless and fresh. Her sound was a dash of Laura Marling, a smattering of Emmylou Harris and a generous dose of Joni Mitchell but all the while unique. I’ve heard people refer to Melody Pool as an “old soul” and think that captures her – there’s a depth and an age to her lyrics and her voice that you don’t hear in artists twice her age. When I picked up The Hurting Scene following its release a month or two after the festival it was put on high rotation and I was reminded just what had captured me when I saw her live. I’ve recommended The Hurting Scene and Melody Pool to everyone since, seen her live a number of times throughout the year and even awkwardly chatted to her when she support The Milk Carton Kids. I think there’s big things in Melody Pool’s future – pick up The Hurting Scene and you’ll think so too.

2. Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson HamerChild Ballads
3. Laura MarlingOnce I Was An Eagle
4. Patrick JamesAll About to Change
5. Gregory Alan IsakovThe Weatherman

HannahA

Melody Pool

1. Melody PoolThe Hurting Scene

The song writing on this album is skillful and honest – I love that. Additionally I’m partial to a great singer, Melody has a sweet delicious voice that draws me into the song. Finally, I liked the production which had interesting space and dynamics. And those rich string arrangements are just gorgeous!

2. Mustered CouragePowerlines
3. Dan ParsonsDan Parsons
4. Rose CousinsWe Have Made a Spark
5. Matt CorbyResolution EP

Haz

The Melodic
1. The MelodicEffra Parade

This is an album that immediately brought a smile to my face. A blend of traditional folk harmonies, older (even baroque!) instruments, tied together with afro-latino rhythms and strings of the charango, and the ever present melodica of their namesake. For me comparisons include the hugely underrated Grand Union, the music of Paul Simon, the bass driven melancholy of Australia’s Sodastream, and certainly, as a number of other reviewers have mentioned, The Decemberists. All comparisons considered, this is an upbeat album, that is lyrically adventurous, and interspersed with story, without being at all heavy. Though released for the colder UK months, Effra Parade sits coolly and comfortably in the summer of the southern hemisphere, that can (and will!) accompany many a lazy Sunday cocktail or weekend roadtrip.

2. The Heavy BlinkersHealth
3. Twin ForksTwin Forks EP
4. The Avett BrothersMagpie and the Dandelion
5. Jim JamesRegions of Light and Sound of God

JDX

Laura Marling

1. Laura MarlingOnce I Was An Eagle

In this album’s first single “Master Hunter”, which is a statement in itself, Marling swaggers and snarls in front of her pounding rhythm section. “I’ve cured my skin, so nothing gets in. Nothing as hard as it tries.” A friend said she sounded kind of scary. I like that. I like to think this is a protest album against gender stereotypes, but she’s much more than a woman scorned. The music is sparse, sprawling, full of odd angles and surprises. Sometimes it’s challenging, sometimes it’s beautiful. But it’s her voice that always catches me off guard. It’s one of the most expressive instruments in music. And that’s what this is about. With all the lush musicianship stripped away, Marling proves once again that she is one of the most intriguing and independent voices in 21st century music. And if this album isn’t considered a classic, it’s only because the next one will be better.

2. The Cat EmpireSteal the Light
3. The Milk Carton KidsThe Ash and Clay
4. Mama Kinthe Magician’s Daughter
5. Brighter LaterThe Wolves

KT Bell

Mabon

1. Jamie Smith’s MabonWindblown
I came across Jamie Smith’s Mabon at a London gig earlier this year, Wales at Cecil Sharp House, and they were the stand out for me wherein I bought their latest album, Windblown, on the spot. Since then, this lyrical and lilting Welsh Folk has strummed and jigged its way in to my heart and is one of the most frequent spins on my playlist. Stu decided it’s the type of house music for a Welsh Bar, so if you see such an establishment pop up here in Australia, don’t be surprised to see us behind the bar.
2. Mike VassDecemberwell
3. Paper AeroplanesLittle Letters
4. Boy & BearHarlequin Dream
5. Josh PykeThe Beginning And The End Of Everything

Mackajay

Anais Mitchell

1. Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson HamerChild Ballads

When I first listened to this album I was immediately impressed by the way the modern, American arrangements breathed new life into these old, old English ballads. What is far more surprising is that I am still finding the album fresh and inspiring many months later. This is my clear winner this because of it’s routinely high rotation on my stereo.

2. Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
3. Laura MarlingOnce I Was An Eagle
4. Laura ViersWarp and Weft
5. Boy & BearHarlequin Dream

Nikita Andrea

Jordie Lane

1. Jordie LaneNot Built to Last

Devoid of cliché, this ultimate storyteller voices lyrics of the present moment through warming crystalline vocals. This release is a welcome sound evolution of Lane’s alternative country style. I chose Not Built to Last because for one this is an EP showcasing songs that clearly prove this musician has something to say and also for the fact that I heavily dislike anything country so this man should be heavily commended for bringing such full and palatable music to the table for all tasters.

2. Bob EvansFamiliar Stranger
3. Oh Pep!II
4. Bears With GunsOnly The Quick and the Hungry
5. Sleepy DreamersCreatures

Serena Skye

Mama Kin

1. Mama KinThe Magician’s Daughter

I liked this album from the outset, when I first reviewed it, and throughout the year it has grown on me even more. Danielle Caruana’s vocal is sublime, and each track offers a different vibe both sonically and emotionally, but they still work together as a cohesive album. “Bosom of Our Bed” is still my favourite track, closely followed by “Rescue,” and I cannot wait to see their next offering.

2. The Cat EmpireSteal the Light
3. Vance JoyGod Loves You When You’re Dancing
4. Laura MarlingOnce I was an Eagle
5. Melanie HorsnellThe Cloud Appreciation Society

Thom Owen Miles

Phosphorescet

1. PhosphorescentMuchacho

Despite Phosphorescent consistently releasing album after album for the past ten years, Muchacho is the first to truly appeal to me and capture my imagination. Muchacho is a product of tall ambition, of bold choices and unfettered creative vision. For an indie-folk record, it is delightfully untraditional in its production and utilisation of mediums unfamiliar to the genre. “Song For Zula” is perhaps the best song to speak for the album, in all its poetic bliss and compositional glory.

2. Radical FaceThe Family Tree: The Branches
3. The Milk Carton KidsThe Ash & Clay
4. Brown BirdFits of Reason
5. Night BedsCountry Sleep

Port Fairy Second Announcement

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Another festival to announce their lineup over the weekend was Port Fairy, who released their second round of artists on Sunday night. Joining an already packed lineup are the likes of Breabach, Damien Dempsey, Love Over Gold, Hanggai, Mama Kin, Oh Pep!, Sásta, Shane Nicholson, Tolka, Totally Gourdgeous, The Twoks and many many more.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place in Port Fairy, Victoria from the 7th to 10th March. For more information check out the official site here. The full second lineup announcement is below:

International: Breabach (Scotland), Damien Dempsey (Ireland), Love Over Gold (USA), The Good Lovelies (Canada), Hanggai (Mongolia), The Jammin’ Divas (USA)

National: Bruce Mathiske, Claymore, Cole & Van Dijk, Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier, John Patrick & The Keepers, Mama Kin, Nick Charles, Oh Pep!, Rapskallion, Saoirse, Sammy J, Sásta, Shane Nicholson, Suzette Herft & The Heartstrings, Tolka, Totally Gourdgeous, Tom Richardson, The Twoks, Yirrmal And The Yolngu Boys.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 22nd November

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney indie-folk night Little Features has announced the lineup to its final show of 2013 this Saturday including Bears With Guns, Charlie Gradon, Arbori, Tom Stephens, Lyon Apprentice and Timberwolf. Details here

Jep and Dep have released a haunting alt-country version of Kylie Minogue’s “Confide in Me”. Details here

– US based six piece Okkervil River are returning to our shores next February. Details here

Bluesfest revealed their fourth lineup announcement for 2014. Details here

– Western Australian bluegrass six-piece The Seals have released their debut video “Drink It Down”. Details here

Mama Kin has released her new video “Red Wood River”. Details here

– Next February we’ll be treated to a brand new album from William Fitzsimmons, Lions. Details here

– The Gulgong Folk Festival have revealed their 2014 program including Big Erle, Caitlin Harnett, Daniel Champagne, Fig Jam, James Thomson, Melanie Horsnell and Richard Lawson. Details here

Johnny Flynn has released a stunning new lyric video for his track “Gypsy Hymn”. Details here

– You can stream a couple of tracks from the album Foreverly from Billie Joe and Norah online. Details here

Sarah Blasko has released her new video “Fool” and announced Heavenly Sounds tour dates. Details here

– Melbourne psych folk band Immigrant Union have a new video for their single “I Can’t Return”. Details here

Georgia Fair are performing three headline shows next week to support their new album Trapped Flame. Details here

– The John Butler Trio revealed their brand new single “Only One”. Details here

Interviews

“Songwriting’s really important to me – Boy Outside began as just me and an acoustic guitar. When you take such a pared-back approach into a live setting, every song has to be solid” – Aidan Cooney from Boy Outside chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“Yeah we’ve been trying to refine our sound a little bit. 18 months ago, our sound was so different – there was a mix between folk and tremolo surf songs. It was a bit crazy, and seemingly a bit old and weathered. Since then we’ve written a bunch of new songs. We’re playing cut down versions of our full production songs like “Slow Your Mind”, “Blue Afternoon”, and of course our single to be released next year “2001″” – Matt Gollan from The British Blues chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“At the moment we’re gearing up for our EP launches in Sydney and Melbourne! Then we’re planning to do a month of songwriting, maybe a little band camp holiday if we’re lucky, before recording an album early next year then touring to America in the middle of the year. Lots to look forward to!” – Georgia Mooney from All Our Exes Live In Texas chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Reviews

Gigs

“JamGrass is in many ways a unique event. An urban, indoor festival focused on a genre of music that is hardly cool (despite hipsters having a fondness for a banjo), JamGrass is almost the exact opposite of any other bluegrass festival in the country. But it works. And it keeps drawing me back”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the JamGrass Music Festival 2013. Review here

“Sibylla and Beth are obviously very comfortable in their new duo-with-a-backing-band setup and seemed to really be enjoying bringing their new material to the audience. The girls’ trademark harmonies (and relaxed banter) were in full force and despite some sound issues as a result of a lot of microphone swapping they were sounding absolutely beautiful in Camelot’s intimate space”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews The Little Stevies in Sydney. Details here

Releases This Week

Andrew Bird
I Want to See Pulaski at NightAndrew Bird
iTunes

Foreverly
ForeverlyBillie Joe and Norah
iTunes

Jacinta Price Dry River
Dry RiverJacinta Price

Laura and Susie
MerembaLaura & Susie
iTunes

Lost Ragas
Phantom RideLost Ragas
iTunes

Wichita
WichitaWhitaker
Bandcamp

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
riday 22nd November – Metropolis, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 23rd November – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Busby Marou
Friday 22nd November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 23rd November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 29th November – Fowlers, Adelaide, SA

Communion Melbourne feat. Thomas Calder (The Trouble With Templeton), Castlecomer, Martha Marlow, Dominic Youdan
Sunday 24th November – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 24th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Dustin Tebbutt
Sunday 24th November – The Aviary Rooftop Sessions, Perth, WA
Friday 6th December – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Dyson Stringer Cloher
Friday 22nd November – Balnarring Community Hall, Balnarring, VIC
Saturday 23rd November – Butter Factory, Mornington, VIC
Wednesday 27th November – Red Hot, Devonport, TAS
Thursday 28th November – Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Friday 29th November – Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda, SA

Emma Davis and Brian Campeau
Thursday 28th November – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Festival of Small Halls w/ Jordie Lane and Rose Cousins
Saturday 23rd November – St Martins Parish Hall, Mullum Music Festival, NSW
Wednesday 27th November – Forest Hill School of Arts, Forest Hill, QLD
Friday 29th November – Sandgate Town Hall, Sandgate, QLD

Georgia Fair
Friday 29th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Gossling with Whitaker
Saturday 23rd November – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Immigrant Union
Friday 22nd November – Howlers, Melbourne, VIC

John Butler Trio
Sunday 24th November – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd November – Gorgeous Festival, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 23rd November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC
Monday 25th November – The Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Kate Martin
Saturday 23rd November – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Kaurna Cronin
Sunday 24th November – Sofar Sounds, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th November – The Aztec, Forster, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Saturday 23rd November – Mona Museum & Gallery, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 24th November – Brookefield Winery, Margate, TAS
Tuesday 26th November – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Lime and Steel
Friday 22nd November – Baroque Room, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 28th November – Union Hotel, Newtown, NSW

Little Features feat. Bears With Guns, Charlie Gradon, Arbori, Tom Stephens, Lyon Apprentice, Timberwolf
Saturday 23rd November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Mullumbimby Music Festival
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th November – Mullumbimby, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 22nd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd November – Gorgeous Festival, McLaren Vale, SA
Sunday 24th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
Wednesday 27th November – Black Bear Lodge

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 22nd November – The Soundlounge, Currumbin, QLD
Thursday 28th November – Hotel Steyne, Manly, NSW
Friday 29th November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

Robert Ellis and Corey Chisel
Friday 22nd November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel
Friday 22th to Sunday 24th November – Mullum Music Festival, NSW
Friday 29th November – The Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 22nd November – Baroque Room, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 23rd November – The Standard, Sydney, NSW

The Little Stevies
Friday 22nd November – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 23rd to Sunday 24th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby NSW

The Twoks
Friday 22nd November – The Espy, Melbourne, VIC

Whitaker
Friday 29th November – Revolver, Melbourne, VIC

Whitley
Thursday 28th November – Alhambra, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th November – Woombye Pub, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Riddles Wisely Expounded” – Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer

The theme of the impossible riddle is often repeated in traditional music, most famously in this Child Ballad, “Riddles Wisely Expounded”. This song has been recorded by many artists over the years and we’ve chosen a very recent version for this week’s FFF because, well, we think it’s really really good.

Watch the New Mama Kin Video “Red Wood River”

Mama Kin
Image Courtesy of Mama Kin

Australian roots songstress Mama Kin recently released her new video for the single “Red Wood River”. The song is taken from her latest album The Magician’s Daughter and was directed by Kess Broekman-Datner.

“I have a deep fascination with rivers as emblems of life and its ebbs and flows,” Mama Kin explains. “As rivers surge towards the ocean, they represent our very own journeys. In all its lamentation and sadness, “Red Wood River” is the river at her cruelest, most unfathomable, and most unforgiving.”

Watch the video for “Red Wood River” below:

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