Watch the New Marlon Williams Video “Vampire Again”

Marlon Williams
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Celebrated New Zealand born alt-country artist Marlon Williams has just released his amazing new video “Vampire Again”.

“Vampire Again” is Williams’ first new material since his 2015 debut album and it’s quirky, croony and features an amazing video.

“The germination of this song began in LA last year,” Marlon Williams explains. “It was indeed Halloween again, and I was bored, having spent a week locked away in an Airbnb by the airport trying in vain to write a song. Any song. Nothing came. So Halloween comes around and I figure, “Hey, I’m gonna go out tonight. Alone. Comfortably alone. Comfortably alone to see the LA Opera performing a new score to accompany my fave scary flick Nosferatu at the Ace Hotel. I’m gonna dress as the spindly creep himself. What’s more, I’m gonna get super blazed before I go. And be comfortably alone”. So, off I go, having spent far too much on a last minute outfit, and step out of the Uber and onto the red carpet with a nauseating air of self-confidence. “This is my night. I am strong. I am human and it is my right to express myself how I see fit”. Turns out I was running late, and when I finally enter the theatre everyone was already seated and the overture had begun. What’s more, no one else was dressed up. Well they were, but in tuxedos and lovely dresses. And there was nowhere for stoned ole spindleboots to sit. So, I hunched and crawled my way down the aisle and sat on the floor like it was the most reasonable thing to do at an opera. I made it through the whole film and then calmly turned tail, satisfied that I’d had a good time and sure that I’d heard whispers of “bad-ass” as I left the building. I’d like to believe that this was, at least in part, the catalyst for a whole new period in my life and my art. But that’s bullsh*t. Anyway, here it is, my own demented tale of New Age self-affirmation; “Vampire Again”.”

Check out video for “Vampire Again” here:

Marlon Williams has announced a handful of Australian shows this November including an appearance at this year’s Mullum Music Festival – the full of dates are below:

Wednesday 15th November – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 19th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

The Mullum Music Festival Announces Full Lineup

Mullum
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Having already announced the first ten artists for their 10 year anniversary the Mullum Music Festival has this week revealed its full 2017 lineup, and boy are you going to be excited.

As always the festival includes more a bunch of folk, roots, Americana and acoustic artists including the likes of Marlon Williams, Frazey Ford, Lindi Ortega, Harry James Angus, Z-Star Delta, Tinpan Orange, The Teskey Brothers, Mama Kin Spender, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Vance Gilbert, Liz Stringer, Suzannah Espie, Wallis Bird, Áine Tyrrell, The East Pointers, Irish Mythen, Loren Kate, Hussy Hicks, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Sara Tindley, Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel, The Twoks, Angie Hudson, Rebecca Ireland, Cecilia Brandolini, Domini Forster, Heartworn Highway, Jimmy Dowling, Low Down Riders, Queen Porter Stomp and many more.

The Mullum Music Festival takes place in Mullumbimby, NSW from the 16th to the 19th November. Fore more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here. The full list of artists for 2017 is below:

Jon Cleary & The Monster Gentlemen (us), Marlon Williams (NZ), Frazey Ford (CAN), Lindi Ortega (CAN), Harry James Angus, Too Many Zooz (US), Jazz Party, Z-Star Delta (UK), Tinpan Orange, Gabriel Garzon-Montano (USA), OKA, The Teskey Brothers, Mama Kin Spender, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Small Halls feat. Vance Gilbert (US) and Liz Stringer, Suzannah Espie, Wallis Bird (IRE), Ron Artis II (USA), Áine Tyrrell (IRE), Sex On Toast, The East Pointers (CAN), Irish Mythen (IRE/CAN), King Tide, Ladyslug, Brian Nankervis, Mandy Nolan, Joel Salom, Dustyesky, Gabriel Otu Orchestra (GH), Moussa Diakite and Wassado (Mali/AU), Ollie McGill Trio, Greg Sheehan, Loren Kate, The Coconut Kids, Jojo Smith, Hussy Hicks, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Scott Cook (CAN) Sara Tindley, Sal Kimber & the Rollin Wheel, Charles Maimarosia (Sol Is) His Merry Men, The Twoks, Angie Hudson, Rebecca Ireland, Ethno Folk Orchestra, Cecilia Brandolini, Domini Forster, Heartworn Highway, Jimmy Dowling, Levingstone, Low Down Riders, Mandy Hawkes, Megan And The Vegans, Palm Wine Ambassadors, Queen Porter Stomp, Raku One O’Gaia, Sal Wonder, Shanteya and Jo The Lion and the Leaves, Tin Can String Band, Titan Sky, Ukulele Death Squad, Vesica Pisces, Welcome To Country, The Biggest Little Town Choir, Roundabout Theatre, Amazing Drumming Monkeys, Spaghetti Circus, Bollywood Sisters, The Magic Bus, Workshops

The Full Port Fairy Folk Festival Line Up

Port Fairy
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The Port Fairy Folk Festival is undoubtedly one of the biggest events on the folk music calendar and once again 2017 is shaping up to be an amazing event.

The full lineup of the 2017 Port Fairy Folk Festival has been released and it features a bunch of amazing artists including Willie Watson, Melody Pool, Lior, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders, Afenginn, Boo Hewerdine, Charm of Finches, Eddi Reader, Folk Uke, Gretta Ray, Martha Tilston, Mel Parsons, Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen, The Changing Room, The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Dead Maggies, The Waifs, The Wilson Pickers, The Young Folk and many more.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place from the 10th through to the 13th March in Port Fairy, Victoria. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The full Port Fairy Folk Festival lineup is below:

8 Foot Felix, Afenginn, Aoife Scott, Backsliders, Barry Versus Kelly, Bazzookas, Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart, Big Rory & Ochie, Bikerina, Boo Hewerdine, Buckman Coe, Buried Country, Burke & Wills: The Expedition By Ashley Davies, Bush Gothic, Chaos Magnet, Charles Jenkins, Charm of Finches, Christine Collister & Michael Fix, Circular Circus – Heidi Hoops, Cookin’ On 3 Burners with Tex Perkins & Stella Angelico, Danny Spooner, Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier, Dog Trumpet, Don Walker, Dori Freeman, Dubmarine, Eddi Reader, Ewen Baker, Featherhead, Fem Belling, Folk Uke, Gawurra, Giant Seagulls, Graeme James, Gretta Ray, Hey Mammoth, Hollie Smith, Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies, JVG Guitar Method, Karma County, Krazy Koala Puppet Show, Kutcha Edwards Trio, Les Poules a Colin, Lior, Lisnacrieve, Manu Delago, MarimbaTaters, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders, Martha Tilston, Mel Parsons, Melody Pool, Mercan Dede, Mexrrissey, Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission, Miss Amber & Stukulele, Mr Qwirk, Mr Wizowski, Mundy, Nancie Schipper, Neil Murray, Nhatty Man & Gara, Nick Nicholas, Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen, Phil Wiggins & Dom Turner, Red the Clown, Roo Panes, Sarah Carroll & the Left Wing, Seamus Begley Trio, Sport Suzie, Steve Boyd’s Rum Reverie, Suzannah Espie, Kerri Simpson, Barb Waters & Alison Ferrier, Tash Sultana, TEK TEK Ensemble, The Bean Project, The Changing Room, The Chipolatas present ‘Chipolatino’!, The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Dead Maggies, The Drowsy Maggies, The Jerry Cans, The Low Down Riders, The Mik Maks, The Mission Songs Project, The New Savages, The Pinks Play The Blues, The Scrims, The Skeleton Club, The Southern Ocean Sea Band, The Waifs, The Wilson Pickers, The Young Folk, Thomas Hugh, Tim Wheatley, TimTim, Van Morrison’s “Masterpieces” Presented by Vince Jones & The Astral Orchestra, Vika & Linda, Warsaw Village Band, Willie Watson, Yirrmal

Out On The Weekend Announces 2016 Lineup

Marlon Williams
Image Courtesy of Marlon Williams & the Yarra Benders

The festival announcement all fans of Americana and alt-country have been waiting for is here. At midnight last night the full lineup for Out On The Weekend 2016 dropped and it’s huge.

The headliner this year is New Zealand’s own Marlon Williams & the Yarra Benders who have been garnering a heap of buzz in both Australia and overseas. Out On The Weekend will be Williams’ only Melbourne performance for the rest of 2016 so it’s bound to be a very special gig.

In terms of overseas artists Out On The Weekend boasts Robert Ellis (USA), Lindi Ortega (CAN), Joe Pug (USA), Joshua Hedley (USA) and The Cactus Blossoms (USA). On the local front it’s a who’s who of Timber and Steel favourites including Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife, Bakersfield Glee Club and The Stetson Family.

Finally the festival coincides with the 20th anniversary of Denise Hyland’s Twang programme on 3RRR community radio and to celebrate the show will be broadcasting live from the main stage.

Out On The Weekend takes place at Seaworks, Williamstown
 in Melbourne on 15th October. Tickets are on sale from this Friday 29th July – check out the official site for more information. The full lineup is below:

Marlon Williams & the Yarra Benders, Robert Ellis, Lindi Ortega, Joe Pug, Joshua Hedley, The Cactus Blossoms, Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife, Bakersfield Glee Club, The Stetson Family

A Folky Guide to the 2016 Spledour in the Grass Lineup

Splendour
Image Courtesy of Splendour in the Grass

After a couple of years of slim-picking for indie-folk fans today’s massive Splendour in the Grass lineup announcement came as a pleasant surprise to Timber and Steel. In amongst massive headline names like The Strokes, The Cure, Flume, The Avalanches and James Blake is a bunch of folk-leaning artists you should be getting excited about.

  • Matt Corby – The singer-songwriter released his debut album Telluric this year chich has been getting plenty of air time on national radio.
  • Boy & Bear – No strangers to the Splendour stage, Boy & Bear have already toured their latest album Limit of Love with a bunch of sold out shows at the beginning of this year.
  • Jake Bugg – I first discovered Bugg at Splendour in 2013 and I was impressed with the singer-songwriter’s ability to command an audience with just himself and a guitar.
  • Leon Bridges – American gospel and soul singer returns to Australia with a bunch of buzz behind him.
  • James Vincent McMorrowSplendour will be McMorrow’s only Australian show this time around. It’s been a while since he could be considered a “folk singer” having gone down an electronic route in recent years, but there’s no denying how amazing this man is live.
  • Michael Kiwanuka – The UK soul-folk singer has a brand new album, Love & Hate, produced by Danger Mouse and Inflo due in May. We have a feeling it’s going to be huge.
  • Marlon Williams – Our love of Marlon Williams is well documented. Splendour will no doubt open the alt-country singer-songwriter up to a whole new fanbase.
  • Kim Churchill – A longtime favourite of Timber and Steel, Kim Churchill’s rootsy sound was built for festivals.
  • Little May – The indie-folk trio have an epic sound that is just made for the Splendour stage.

Splendour in the Grass 2016 will take place from Friday 22nd July to Sunday 24th July at the North Byron Parklands, Yelgun. Tickets will go on sale on the 21st April.

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2015

Record Player

If anything has characterised 2015 for me in terms of new albums it’s that we finally saw debuts from some of our favourite artists. So many bands these days are serial EP releasers so it’s great to see the likes of Patrick James, Falls Marlon Williams and more knuckle down and get into the studio. It’s also great to see the return of firm favourites after time away and an explosion of traditional music that pushes boundaries and challenges our perception of what trad music can be.

Coming up with a top 25 list is always a challenge (let alone putting them in some kind of order) but I think what we’ve come up with is a wonderful cross section of all the genres of “folk” music we cover on Timber and Steel – from singer-songwriter to Americana to indie folk to traditional and beyond.

So without further ado here it is – our top 25 albums and EPs from 2015!

Kate and Ruth

1. Kate Burke & Ruth HazletonDeclaration

What a year 2015 has been for traditional music. Maybe it’s just me but it seems like a lot more trad is breaking through at the moment and the icing on the cake this year has been the incredible new album from Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Declaration.

This is the duo’s first album in about eight years and their return to the studio has been a welcome one. Once again teaming with producer Luke Plumb, Declaration is loosely themed around traditional music from the female perspective with a few contemporary tracks thrown in for good measure.

The tracks are rich, heartbreaking, emotional and beautiful. So many of the songs deal with pretty heavy themes such as domestic violence (“Bleezin’ Blind Drunk”), false accusations of adultery (“Waly Waly”) and the disintegration of a woman’s public reputation (“Katy Cruel”) and these are conveyed with resonance by Burke and Hazleton. Hearing these two singing together again reminds me of why I fell in love with their harmonies all those years ago.

The two originals on the album – “The Freeze” and “Hearts Of Sorrow” – are two of my favourites and they make me wish Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton were more prolific as songwriters. Maybe one day we’ll get a full album of self penned tracks?

I love how much Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton have matured as performers over the last 15 years. Gone is the rigid need to stick 100% to the tradition and instead we have a fluid take on the material that draws as much from contemporary music as it does from Anglo, Celtic and American music. A simply wonderful album

Sufjan

2. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell

Touted as the return to Folk Music for Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell is in fact the next step in his musical evolution. Rather than shrugging off the electronic chaos of his recent albums, Stevens has merely toned it down and brought back his acoustic guitar to dive into the complex relationship with his mother following her passing. This album is so raw, so nuanced and deserved of every bit of praise that has been heaped upon it.

Fanny Lumsden

3. Fanny LumsdenSmall Town Big Shot

I’ve always predicted big things for Fanny Lumsden ever since I saw her perform at a rooftop bar in Sydney many moons ago. Small Town Big Shot is the album that is currently turning Lumsden from Sydney’s alt-country darling to a favourite of the Australian country scene. The album is full of Fanny Lumsden’s true-to-life accounts of growing up in rural Australia while never straying into the Americanised, dust kicking ideal of country life so often portrayed by Australian country artists. Not to be ignored, Lumsden’s band The Thrillseekers add a rich musical tapestry to her songs and really seem to have gelled as group. Only released in September there’s a lot of life in Small Town Big Shot so we’ll continue to see Fanny Lumsden riding high off it’s ever growing success in 2016.

Paper Kites

4. The Paper Kitestwelvefour

The Paper Kites have produced what has to be one of the most interesting concept albums of recent years. twelvefour was written exclusively between the hours of 12am and 4am as frontman Sam Bentley believed this is when people are at their most creative. The result is stunning – a patchwork of eighties electro influences and the band’s trademark indie-folk – and will no doubt go down as a high watermark in their career. twelvefour feels very deliberately structured moving from the straight up electro of “Electric Indigo” and “Relevator Eyes” to more folky numbers in the second half of the album (“A Silent Cause” is a standout for me). I’m interested to see where The Paper Kites take their sound next.

Packwood

5. PackwoodAutumnal

This year chamber-folk artist Packwood released four seasonally themed EPs as part of his Vertumnus album project. The first of these was Autumnal which has remained my firm favourite through all of the subsequent releases. Gone is Packwood’s trademark sparsely plucked banjo (don’t worry, it returns in later EPs) and instead we get delicately fingerpicked guitar accompanied by choir and chamber orchestra. The songs are delicate and sumptuous and Packwood has really come a long way as a songwriter since his debut. Put on Autumnal, close your eyes and let the world fall away.

Laura Marling

6. Laura MarlingShort Movie

We’re now five albums into Laura Marling’s career and her songwriting has never been stronger. On her latest release Short Movie Marling’s songwriting takes on a freeform, Dylan-esque mode only hinted at on previous albums and it takes her into some very ineteresting places. There’s a lot more electric guitar on Short Movie and at times she descends into beat-poet-like spoken word phrases (like on the amazing “Gurdjieff’s Daughter”) yet no one is crying that Marling’s turned her back on her folk roots (like Marling’s old band Mumford & Sons). Instead Short Movie is being praised as an evolution of her sound and while it is miles away from her 2008 debut Alas, I Cannot Swim, both musically and stylistically, this is 100% a Laura Marling album.

Pittsburgh

7. William FitzsimmonsPittsburgh

In his ode to his recently passed Grandmother and her home town of Pittsburgh, William Fitzsimmons has created a delicate, beautiful piece of magic. This is his first self-produced album since 2006’s Goodnight and it does feel markedly different from his recent releases – the production is not a slave to his voice and guitar, instead it sits more comfortably as part of each song. At only seven tracks long Pittsburgh leaves you warm and fuzzy and wanting more.

Outlier

8. Patrick JamesOutlier

It seems like 2015 saw a lot of long time favourite Timber and Steel artists finally got around to releasing their debut album – and one of the debuts we were most excited about was from Patrick James. Over the course of a bunch of EPs Patrick James has refined his James Taylor-esque folk songs and Outlier is the culmination of years of solid songwriting. The production on Outlier makes the most of James’ unique voice and elevates his solo singer-songwriter roots into a rich, luscious landscape.

Wilder Mind

9. Mumford & SonsWilder Mind

With all of the attention on Mumford & Sons “ditching the banjo” and turning their back on folk music when Wilder Mind came out very little attention was paid to the album itself. Which is a shame because it’s another solid outing for the boys. If you push through the electric guitars and drums you discover that Wilder Mind is unmistakably a Mumford record with big choruses, melodies dripping with four part harmonies and festival ready lyrical hooks. And anyone who has seen Mumford & Sons this year will know they have in no way ditched the banjo – Wilder Mind sits perfectly within their entire catalogue.

Omaha

10. FallsOmaha

It took Falls moving to LA 18 months ago (and dropping the “The”) to produce their gorgeous debut album Omaha. Falls have expanded their two-voices-and-a-guitar sound to an almost orchestral level, but at the forefront is still their lyrically driven melodies and beautiful harmonies. I’m actually really impressed that all of the tracks on Omaha having seen them perform almost exclusively from their Hollywood EP before their big move Stateside. Now we just need a national Australian tour off the back of the album!

Omaha

11. TolkaOne House

The stunning result of trad band Tolka’s trip to Belfast last year to write and record a new album – one of the tightest trad bands in the country.

Limit of Love

12. Boy & BearLimit of Love

Boy & Bear return with a 70s vibe and a bunch of new tracks that saw the band collaborating on the songwriting duties.

If I Was

11. The StavesIf I Was

The Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) production on The Staves’ debut elevates their sound from simple three part harmonies to full blown indie-folk goodness.

Secret Victory

12. The East PointersSecret Victory

The result of writing sessions on their summer tour of Australia, The East Pointers have written 10 original tracks that sound as if they’ve been ripped directly from the tradition.

Monterey

13. The Milk Carton KidsMonterey

Monterey is the closest The Milk Carton Kids have come to capturing their mesmerising live show on record – this is something special.

Freewheeler

14. Dougal Adams, Ado Barker & Ben StephensonThe Freewheeler

Instead of complaining that it’s been too long between albums for Trouble in the Kitchen get your trad fix with the debut album from Dougal Adams, Ado Barker & Ben Stephenson.

Solitude

15. Ruby BootsSolitude

The Perth songstress has nailed down an amazing band and has produced one of the best alt-country albums of the last few years.

Tomorrow Is My Turn

16. Rhiannon GiddensTomorrow Is My Turn

In her debut solo album Rhiannon Giddens has built on the trad and old time of her work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and spun it into something new and very exciting.

Marlon Williams

17. Marlon WilliamsMarlon Williams

With a voice that has reduced grown men and women to tears, there’s a lot to love about Marlon Williams’ debut record – this man is taking country music back to its roots and winning fans every step of the way.

Inside Llewyn Davis

18. VariousAnother Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis

The folk and Americana industry’s best come together for a night of music inspired by the 60s folk scene and to a lesser extent the Cohen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis.

Dream's End

19. Matt BauerDream’s End

On his latest album Matt Bauer has upped the production stakes, forgoing his normally sparse folk songs and the result is wonderful.

Punch Brothers

20. Punch BrothersThe Phosphorescent Blues

I think it’s time to stop referring to Punch Brothers as “bluegrass” or “nu-grass” or anything at all – with The Phosphorescent Blues they have proven they are undefinable.

WHITE LIES

21. Mustered CourageWhite Lies and Melodies

Mustered Courage have always been the most polished bluegrass band in Australia but they’ve upped the ante with their new album adding a pop sheen to their sound.

Hell Breaks Loose

22. Shane NicholsonHell Breaks Loose

The godfather of the Australian Americana scene released one of the year’s best country albums – all heartbreak and whisky and everything that’s good about this kind of music.

The Decemberists

23. The DecemberistsWhat A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

A welcome return to the studio from The Decemberists to follow up their amazing 2011 album The King Is Dead – a little less folk, a little more rock and all sorts of goodness.

Josh Pyke

24. Josh PykeBut For All These Shrinking Hearts

Australia’s premiere troubadour delivers yet another stunning album with his trademark wry lyrics and hooky melodies.

S

25. Emmy The GreatS

Emmy The Great slides into electro music while maintaining the folk-inspired melodies she’s become known for.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th November

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Progressive bluegrass five-piece Punch Brothers announced a new EP The Wireless. Details here

Timber and Steel announced that we would be presenting the Best Live Roots Act at the AU Awards. Details here

– A brand new monthly night in Brisbane, The Brisbane Folk Club, will kick off in December featuring Ben Salter, Neighbour and Marcus Blacke. Details here

Marlon Williams released his brand new video “Hello Miss Lonesome”. Details here

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s in Sydney will celebrate its 2nd birthday next week with a tribute to Johnny Cash and Paul Kelly featuring members of Catgut, Two Fat Bastards, The Plough, Bec Bastoli and more, as well as raising money for UNHCR. Details here

John Flanagan released his cameo heavy video for “Whatever Makes You Happy”. Details here

Ruby Boots released her new video “Cola & Wine”. Details here

Passenger has announced headline tour dates for 2016. Details here

– The final AU Sessions are this Tuesday featuring Caitlin Harnett and Jordan Léser. Details here

– Alt-country duo Little Georgia released their new video “Forget Me”. Details here

The Tallest Man on Earth released his new video “Darkness of the Dream”. Details here

Interviews

“What we’ve been calling it is gypsy-swing. Rather than your traditional format which is Django plays the head or Steph plays the head and then they solo for 20 minutes then we’re done, we’ve tried to gear it more towards the swing era where they had those big fancy introductions by the saxes, except the accordion takes that. We’ve been trying to be a lot more arranged with what we do – we still have room for solos but it’s not the highlight of the song or the focus of the song”The Squeezebox Trio chat to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Reviews

Gigs

“Mumford & Sons did not disappoint with a blistering set covering all three of their albums. With the departure from acoustic instrumentation on Wilder Mind I half assumed that the tracks from Sigh No More and Babel would be reworked live to include the two-guitars-bass-keys-and-a-drum-kit set up, but for the older tracks the banjos and double bass were out in full force”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews Mumford & Sons at Gentlemen of the Road, Sydney with photographs by Sarah Turier. Review here

Releases This Week

Andrew Winton
GloryBox MechanicsAndrew Winton
Bandcamp

Punch Brothers
The WirelessPunch Brothers
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

TJB
Timothy James Bowen

Friday 20th November – Australian Music Week Showcase, Shucked, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 20th November – Home Sweet Home, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st November – Australian Music Week Showcase, Rydges, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 21st November – Australian Music Week Showcase, Zinc, Cronulla, NSW
Sunday 22nd November – Beechworth Town Hall, Beechworth, VIC
Monday 23rd November – The Monday Jam, The Beresford Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th November – Secret Show, Jan Juc, VIC
Friday 27th November – Secret Show, Philip Island, VIC

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Squeezebox Trio w/ Snail

Squeezebox

Sydney’s own gypsy-swing masters The Squeezebox Trio launch their highly anticipated debut album And A Hotplate at Sydney’s premiere jazz club. The wonderful Snail will be out in support.

Saturday 21st November – 505, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Thursday 26th November – Schoolhouse Studios, Melbourne, VIC

April Maze
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Majors Creek Festival, Braidwood, NSW

Archie Roach
Saturday 21st November – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 22nd November – Homeground 2015, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Batch Sessions feat. The Daphne Rawling Band, Tim Wheatley
Wednesday 25th November – Batch Brewing Company, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s
Wednesday 25th November – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Clare Valley Carnival of Music
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Auburn, SA

Chris Henry & Hardcore Grass
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – MountainGrass Festival, Harrietville, VIC

Dan Flynn and The State of Things
Sunday 22nd November – Petersham Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Dana Hassall
Friday 20th November – Mansfield Coffee Merchant, Mansfield, VIC
Saturday 21st November – Bos Taurus, Mansfield, VIC
Sunday 22nd November – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th November – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Friday 20th to Saturday 21st November – MountainGrass Bluegrass Festival, VIC

Festival of Small Halls feat. Irish Mythen, Starboard Cannons
Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd November – Mullum Music Festival, NSW
Friday 27th November – Felton Hall, Felton, QLD

FolkSwagon feat. Snail, The Campervan Dancers, Colin Jones
Wednesday 25th November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gorgeous Festival
Friday 27th to Saturday 28th November – Penny’s Hill Estate, McLaren Vale, SA

Handsome Young Strangers
Sunday 22nd November – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Home Sweet Home feat. The Sweet Jelly Rolls, Timothy James Bowen, Maia Jelavic
Friday 20th November – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Joe Hill Centennial Concert feat. George Mann, Maurie Mulheron, Margaret & Bob Fagan, Sydney Trade Union Choir
Saturday 21st November – NSW Teachers Federation, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Sunday 22nd November – Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Loren Kate
Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd November – Mullum Music Festival, NSW

Maia Jelavic
Friday 20th November – Home Sweet Home, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd November – Majors Creek Festival, Braidwood, NSW
Thursday 26th November – Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW

Majors Creek Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Braidwood, NSW

Marlon Williams and The Yarra Benders w/ Ben Salter
Friday 20th November – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 21st November – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd November – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Tuesday 24th November – RAD Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 25th November – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th November – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Mountaingrass
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Harrietville, VIC

Mullum Music Festival
Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd November – Mullumbimby, NSW

Mustered Courage
Friday 20th November – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 21st November – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Sunday 22nd November – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Pierce Brothers
Friday 20th November – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21st November – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

Queenscliff Music Festival
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th November – Queenscliff, VIC

Ron Sexsmith
Friday 20th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 21st November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Monday 23rd November – Basement, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 25th November – Rosemount, Perth, WA
Friday 27th November – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC

Ruby Boots
Friday 20th November – Basso Fridays, The Bassendean Hotel, Perth, WA
Saturday 21st November – The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel
Saturday 21st November – Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 22nd November – Beechworth Town Hall, Beechworth, VIC

Suzannah Espie
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Sweet Jean
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Mullumbimby Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Thursday 26th November – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th November – The Skukum Lounge, Ashgrove, QLD

The AU Sessions feat. Caitlin Harnett, Jordan Léser
Tuesday 24th November – Hive Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Crooked Fiddle Band w/ The Dead Maggies, Scarlet’s Revenge
Thursday 26th November – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

The Daphne Rawling Band
Saturday 21st November – The Blind Bear, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 21st November – JD’s Bar & Grill, Cronulla, NSW
Wednesday 25th November – Batch Brewery, Sydney, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 20th November – The Apple Shed, Grove, TAS
Saturday 21st November – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 26th November – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th November – The Pyrate House, Sydney, NSW

The Morrisons
Saturday 21st November – Aus Music Week, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 27th November – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW

The Snowdroppers
Sunday 22nd November – HiFi Days Festival, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 26th November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 27th and Saturday 28th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC

The Squeezebox Trio
Saturday 21st November – 505, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Majors Creek Festival, NSW

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 20th November – Australian Music Week Showcase, Shucked, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 20th November – Home Sweet Home, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st November – Australian Music Week Showcase, Rydges, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 21st November – Australian Music Week Showcase, Zinc, Cronulla, NSW
Sunday 22nd November – Beechworth Town Hall, Beechworth, VIC
Monday 23rd November – The Monday Jam, The Beresford Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th November – Secret Show, Jan Juc, VIC
Friday 27th November – Secret Show, Philip Island, VIC

TinPan Orange
Friday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Tiny Ruins
Wednesday 25th November – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Joe Hill/Swing Low Sweet Chariot (Live at Woodstock)”- Joan Baez

Yesterday was the 100 year anniversary of the execution of labor activist, folk singer and songwriter Joe Hill. The song “Joe Hill” by Earl Robinson (based on the Alfred Hayes poem “I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night”) has been covered by everyone from Pete Seeger to Bruce Springsteen but we had to include this beautiful, famous version from Joan Baez at her Woodstock performance.

Watch the New Marlon Williams Video “Hello Miss Lonesome”

Marlon Williams
Image Courtesy of Marlon Williams

Ever wanted to see Marlon Williams get into a fight and then eventually lose all his clothes? While that may seem like a very specific want it’s exactly what you’ll get from Williams’ new video for the very catchy track “Hello Miss Lonesome”.

Check it out below:

Marlon Williams is currently in the middle of his national Australian tour. All remaining dates are here:

Tuesday 17th November – Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW
Friday 20th November – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 21st November – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd November – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Tuesday 24th November – RAD Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 25th November – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th November – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 3rd December – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 4th December – The Railway, Darwin, NT
Thursday 10th December – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 11th December – The Substation, Newport, VIC

Timber and Steel Presents: Best Live Roots Act at the AU Live Music Awards

AU Review

Timber and Steel are proud to announced that we’ll be presenting the Best Live Roots Act at the second annual AU Awards.

The AU Awards celebrate the best in live performances around the country between 1st November 2014 and 31st October 2015 and are the brainchild of our friends over at the AU Review.

The nominees for this year’s AU Award for Best Live Roots Act are as follows:

Marlon

Marlon Williams

Kim

Kim Churchill

Fanny

Fanny Lumsden

Fraser

Fraser A Gorman

Ruby Boots

Ruby Boots

The AU Awards winners will be revealed on 9th December at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney. Stay tuned for more details!

Full Lineup Announced for the 2015/16 Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford
Image Courtesy of Woodford Folk Festival

Over the weekend the Woodford Folk Festival revealed their 2015/16 lineup and it’s time to get excited. As usual the Woodford Folk Festival have delivered a lineup of artists taken from the best of folk, roots, rock and world music that’s bound to satisfy any music lover.

If you head to Woodford over the New Year period you’ll get a chance to see the likes of Dougie Maclean, Michael Franti, Harry Manx, The East Pointers, Irish Mythen, Marlon Williams, Kim Churchill, Lanie Lane, Josh Pyke, Katie Noonan, The Paper Kites, Tinpan Orange, Timberwolf, Jacinta Price, Tolka, Starboard Cannons, Davidson Brothers, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Hat Fitz & Cara, Broads, Andrew Clermont, Catgut, Lime and Steel, One Up, Two Down, Kaurna Cronin, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Loren Kate, Totally Gourdgeous, The Little Stevies, Daniel Champagne and many more.

The Woodford Folk Festival takes place near Woodford, Queensland from the 27th December to 1st January. Check out the official website for the full lineup and more information.

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