Thank Folk It’s Friday – 23rd June

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Angus & Julia Stone returned with their new single “Snow”. Details here

– Folk music legend Martin Simpson announced his new album Trails & Tribulations. Details here

Dashville Skyline announced their first round of artists for 2017 including Mark Olson & Ingunn Ringvold, Tim Easton, Songs From Dan, Mel Parsons, The Roamin’ Jasmine, Cash Savage and The Last Drinks, William Crighton, Immigrant Union, Claire Anne Taylor, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Pony Face, Emma Russack and Roadhouses. Details here

Fleet Foxes released their new single “If You Need To, Keep Time On Me”. Details here

– Brisbane based alt-country singer-songwriter Brad Butcher has announced plans to release his new album From The Bottom Of A Well. Details here

Iron & Wine has just released his first single in four years titled “Call It Dreaming”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin released her new video “Eastwick”. Details here

– Irish-born, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Áine Tyrrell released her confronting new video “Don’t Be Left Crying”. Details here

– The Mullum Music Festival announced 10 artists for their 2017 event including Jon Cleary & The Monster Gentlemen, Frazey Ford, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders, Lindi Ortega, Too Many Zooz, Z-Star Delta, Gabriel Garzón-Montano, The East Pointers, The Teskey Brothers and Jazz Party. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn released his new video “In The Deepest”. Details here

– Bluegrass favourites Davidson Brothers kick off their east coast tour tonight in Canberra. Details here

– Troubadour Stu Larsen released his new single “Chicago Song”. Details here

Reviews

Track by Track

“A couple of weeks ago Sydney based singer-songwriter Timothy James Bowen highly anticipated new EP Bloom. Bowen describes the EP as bookending everything that’s happened to him in the last year – much of which he spent fighting a type of blood cancer”Timothy James Bowen takes us his EP Bloom. Track by Track here

Releases This Week

Jeff Tweedy
Together At LastJeff Tweedy
iTunes

QPS
Follow The RiverQueen Porter Stomp
Bandcamp

Ahern
The Ahern BrothersThe Ahern Brothers
iTunes

Tulalah
The QuestionTulalah
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Queen Porter Stomp w/ Giffen, Whoa Mule

Queen Porter Stomp

Dirty swamp masters Queen Porter Stomp launch their new album Follow The River in Sydney this weekend supported by Giffen and Whoa Mule

Saturday 24th June – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 23rd June – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 24th June – Babushka, Perth, WA
Sunday 25th June – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Friday 30th June – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt w/ Fanny Lumsden
Friday 23rd June – Rainforest Ranch, Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 24th June – Carrier’s Arms Hotel Motel, Maryborough, QLD
Thursday 29th June – Club Barham, Barham, VIC
Friday 30th June – Commercial Club, Albury, NSW

Andy Golledge Band, Caitlin Harnett, Ruben Neeson
Friday 30th June – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Anna Cordell w/ Hollie Joyce
Saturday 24th June – Longplay, Melbourne, VIC

Anne of the Wolves
Friday 23rd June – The Thornbury Local, Melbourne, VIC

Argyle Sun-Sets at Fred’s feat. Larissa Tandy, Sam Newton, Nick Payne
Sunday 25th June – Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, VIC

Ben Ottewell
Tuesday 27th June – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 28th June – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Thursday 29th June – Crown and Anchor, Adelaide, SA
Friday 30th June – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Ben Salter
Friday 23rd June – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival
Saturday 24th June – Katoomba, NSW

Brad Butcher w/ The Weeping Willows
Friday 23rd June – House Concert, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 24th June – House Concert, Carrum, VIC
Sunday 25th June – House Concert, Bittern, VIC
Friday 30th June – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

Broads
Friday 23rd June – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 25th June – Bellingen Brewery, Bellingen, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 23rd June – The Northshore Tavern, Perth, WA
Saturday 24th June – Mundaring Weir Hotel, Mundaring, WA
Sunday 25th June – The Boston, Perth, WA
Friday 30th June – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

Carus Thompson
Friday 23rd June – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Catherine Traicos
Sunday 25th June – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 29th June – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA

Daniel Champagne
Friday 23rd June – The Tea Club Nowra, Nowra, NSW
Saturday 24th June – Polish White Eagle Club, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 25th June – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 29th June – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 30th June – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD

Davidson Brothers
Friday 23rd June – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 24th June – Nethercote Hall, Nethercote, NSW

Devil Goat Family String Band
Saturday 24th June – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Dusty Ravens w/ Low Down Riders
Friday 30th June – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Emma Davis
Friday 23rd June – Frank’s Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW

Folk Fun Fiesta feat. Den Hanrahan and the Rum Runners, Fred Smith, Zumpa
Saturday 24th June – Centro CBD, Wollongong, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Pilot Hergé, Ethan Conway, Hannah Robinson
Wednesday 28th June – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Hanny J w/ Emmy Hour, Squid Fishing, Quinton Trembath
Sunday 25th June – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Hayden Calnin
Friday 30th June – Hudson Ballroom, Sydney, NSW

Honey & Knives
Friday 23rd June – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 30th June – 63 First Ave, Sawtell, NSW

Instrumental (adj.), Hinterlandt, Brian Campeau
Friday 23rd June – 107 Projects, Sydney, NSW

Jacob Diamond
Friday 23rd June – Odd Fellow, Fremantle, WA
Friday 30th June – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys w/ Georgia Mulligan, Ainsley Farrell
Friday 23rd June – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Jasmine Beth, Melanie Horsnell, Tidal Moon
Saturday 24th June – Lovett Chapel, Yass, NSW
Sunday 25th June – Bundanoon Memorial Hall, Bundanoon, NSW

Jen Mize
Friday 23rd June – Bohemian Bungalow, Eumundi, QLD
Saturday 24th June – The Basement, Nambour, QLD

Kuranda Roots Festival
Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th June – Kuranda, QLD

Larissa Tandy w/ Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds
Friday 23rd June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 25th June – House Concert, Camden, NSW
Friday 30th June – Baha, Rye, VIC

Leah Senior
Saturday 24th June – Golden Age, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 29th June – The End, Brisbane, QLD

Les Thomas
Friday 23rd June – Kingsbury Bowls Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 30th June – Kingsbury Bowls Club, Melbourne, VIC

Liam Gerner
Saturday 24th June – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Lisa Crawley
Thursday 29th June – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, VIC

Lisa Mitchell and Dustin Tebbutt w/ Alex The Astronaut
Friday 23rd June – Newport Hotel, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 24th June – Badlands, Perth, WA
Thursday 29th June – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 30th June – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Liz Stringer’s Big Tuesday String-a-long feat. Mick Thomas
Tuesday 27th June – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 23rd June – The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC
Friday 30th June – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC

Lowdown Hokum Orchestra
Friday 23rd June – Burrinja, Upwey, VIC

Lucy & Rowena Wise, John Flanagan
Saturday 24th June – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Mr Alford Country
Saturday 24th June – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Music on a Mission feat. Hussy Hicks, Leopold’s Treat
Wednesday 28th June – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD

Newport Folk Festival
Friday 30th to Sunday 2nd July – Newport, VIC

Nigel Wearne
Sunday 25th June – Blarney Books & Art, Port Fairy, VIC

Queen Porter Stomp w/ Giffen, Whoa Mule
Saturday 24th June – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Ramblin’ Nights feat. Katie Brianna, De’May, Jemma Nicole
Wednesday 28th June – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Slava & Sharon Grigoryan
Friday 23rd June – St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Shepparton, VIC

Sofar Sounds Melbourne
Saturday 24th June – Melbourne, VIC

Sofar Sounds Sydney
Thursday 29th June – Martin Place, Sydney, NSW

Song Seshes feat. Gentle Leader, Jess Keating Music, Pyjama Sam Productions, Rita B
Saturday 24th June – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Songs of the Land and Sea feat. The Cutting, Andy Alberts
Saturday 24th June – Port Fairy Lecture Hall, Port Fairy, VIC

Sunday Sessions feat. Mitch Power
Sunday 25th June – The Public Brewery, Melbourne, VIC

Taryn La Fauci
Thursday 29th June – Townsville, QLD

The Ahern Brothers
Thursday 29th June – Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 30th June – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

The Bean Project
Friday 23rd June – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 24th June – That Little Brewery, Melbourne, VIC

The Grigoryan Brothers
Sunday 25th June – Wesley of Warragul, Warragul, VIC
Friday 30th June – Kyneton Town Hall, Kyneton, VIC

The Heggarties w/ The Cherry Pickers
Saturday 24th June – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Friday 23rd June – Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 24th June – Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 28th June – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

The Wayward Henrys
Friday 23rd June – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Tom Stephens w/ eush, Bonniesongs, Sam Hughes
Saturday 24th June – RAD, Wollongong, NSW

Toni Swain
Sunday 25th June – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Vardos Trio
Saturday 24th June – Bocskai Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“All The Pretty Little Horses” – Odetta

Putting the creepy back into lullabies.

Martin Simpson Announces New Album Trails & Tribulation

Martin Simpson
Image Courtesy of Martin Simpson

Legendary folk singer and guitarist Martin Simpson has announced plans to release his new album Trails & Tribulation on the 1st September.

The album, produced by Andy Bell, is Simpson’s 20th solo outing and featuring collaborations with Ben Nicholls, Toby Kearney, Nancy Kerr, Andy Cutting, John Smith, Helen Bell, Amy Newhouse-Smith and Molly Simpson.

Trails & Tribulation is a collection of traditional and contemporary songs and poems built around the theme of nature, travel and real life stories.

Check out the full track listing for Trails & Tribulation below along with Martin Simpson’s version of “Blues Run The Game”:

1. Blues Run The Game
2. Bones & Feathers
3. Thomas Drew
4. East Kentucky
5. Katherine Of Aragon Interlude
6. A Ballad For Katherine Of Aragon
7. Maps
8. St. James Hospital
9. Jasper’s/Dancing Shoes
10. Ridgeway
11. Rufford Park Poachers
12. Reynardine Interlude
13. Reynardine

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 12th December

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Folktronica artist Quintessential Doll have released their new video “Take Your Medication” featuring Fox & Fowl. Details here

Lisa Mitchell has announced three intimate acoustic shows next March. Details here

– We now have details of the upcoming Punch Brothers album The Phosphorescent Blues. Details here

– Another new song from The Decemberists has hit the web this week and it’s really really good. Details here

– Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros frontman Alex Ebert will release his soundtrack for the movie A Most Violent Year today. Details here

– Listen to the new Dan Mangan + Blacksmith single “Kitsch”. Details here

– The latest video from Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn is “New South Africa”. Details here

Father John Misty released his new track “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)”. Details here

The National Folk Festival added a bunch of artists to it’s 2015 lineup including London Klezmer Quartet, Nuala Kennedy, Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen, Lucie Thorne, Mustered Courage, Oh Pep!, Spooky Men’s Chorale, Mike McClellan, Jan Preston’s Boogie Circus, Christine Wheeler and Friends, Andrew Hull, Helen Webby and Davy Stuart and Pekka Mikkola. Details here

The Davidson Brothers released their new video “Take Me To The Mountains”. Details here

Interviews

“Yeshe is inculcated in the instruments and rhythms of Africa, and in a raw interview using a couple of cans and a piece of hemp string stretched from Liverpool to the far north coast of NSW, Yeshe explained a bit about what’s going in his musical world, and what Sydney audiences can expect on Wednesday 17 December at 505 in Surry Hill”Yeshe Reiners chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

A Most Violent Year
A Most Violent YearAlex Ebert
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Jack Carty

Jack Carty

Jack Carty wraps up his mammoth national tour this weekend with shows in Parramatta, Sydney and Bulli. It’s been a big year for the singer-songwriter with the release of his album Esk and a pretty relentless tour schedule and these shows are bound to be as much celebration as they are performance.

Friday 12th December – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW
Saturday 13th December – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 14th December – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bearded Gypsy Band
Friday 12th December – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 13th December – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 16th December – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD

Betty & Oswald
Saturday 13th December – Peregian Originals, Peregian Beach, QLD
Sunday 14th December – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s
Wednesday 17th December – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 12th December – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 13th December – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 14th December – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 19th December – The Great North Trading Post, Laguna, NSW

Finders Keepers Markets Sydney feat. Kay Proudlove, Direwolf, Peasant Moon, Bonnie Stewart, Laura Zarb, The Maple Trail, Maia Jelavic
Friday 12th December – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th December – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

Husky
Saturday 13th December – Studio Theatre, Darwin, NT

Jack Carty
Friday 12th December – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW
Saturday 13th December – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 14th December – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Jep and Dep
Friday 12th December – Smiths Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT

Josh Pyke
Friday 12th December – Baroque, Katoomba, NSW

MoFo feat. Catgut, The Button Collective
Friday 12th December – Nauti Studios, Sydney, NSW

Steve Smyth
Saturday 13th December – Festival of the Sun, Port Macquarie, NSW

Timberwolf
Friday 12th December – Festival Of The Sun, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 19th December – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Yeshe Reiners
Wednesday 17th December – 505, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Dives and Lazarus” – Martin Simpson

Our Christmas themed flashback continues with the Child Ballad and Christmas Carol “Dives and Lazarus”. There are so many amazing versions of this song out there (and the melody is shared with a number of other folk songs including “The Star of the County Down”) but I decided to go with this Simpson’s stripped back and slowed down take on the track.

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8p1yZYmKhY]

Watch Video Highlights From the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

The Dubliners

Following on from the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards the other night the BBC has been kind enough to share all the live performances from the night on Youtube. We thought we’d help you out and put them all here in one place for your viewing pleasure. There’s so much good stuff here and we’d hate to play favourites but you can’t really go past The Dubliners (above) singing “Whisky In The Jar”. Enjoy!

Tim Edey & Brendan Power – “Wriggle & Writhe” / “Celtic Thunder”

June Tabor & Oysterband – “Fountains”

Don McLean – “Homeless Brother”

Seth Lakeman – “Blacksmith’s Prayer”

The Unthanks – “King of Rome”

Christy Moore – “On Morecambe Bay”

Martin Simpson – “Lakes Of Ponchartrain”

The Dubliners – “Dirty Old Town” / “Whisky In The Jar”

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Nominees

Christy Moore
Image Courtesy of Christy Moore

The nominees for this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the UK’s most prestigious folk and traditional music awards have been announced and they once again include a few familiar faces. Jon Boden is the most recognised contributor with nominations in Folk Singer of the Year, Best Duo (for Spiers & Boden), Best Group and Best Live Act (both for Bellowhead). Other notable inclusions are Martin Simpson, Christy Moore (above) and The Unthanks.

Check out the full list of nominees below. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 8th February 2012.

FOLK SINGER OF THE YEAR
Jon Boden
Jackie Oates
Emily Smith
June Tabor

BEST DUO
Tim Edey & Brendan Power
Jonny Kearney & Lucy Farrell
Spiers & Boden
Marry Waterson & Oliver Knight

BEST GROUP
Bellowhead
The Home Service
June Tabor & Oysterband
The Unthanks

BEST ALBUM
Last – The Unthanks
Purpose & Grace – Martin Simpson
Ragged Kingdom – June Tabor & Oysterband
Saturnine – Jackie Oates

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“The Herring Girl” – Bella Hardy
“Last” – Adrian McNally (performed by The Unthanks)
“On Morecambe Bay” – Kevin Littlewood (performed by Christy Moore)
“The Reckoning” – Steve Tilston

BEST TRADITIONAL TRACK
“Bonny Bunch of Roses” – June Tabor & Oysterband
“Lakes of Ponchartrain” – Martin Simpson
“Maids When You’re Young” – Lucy Ward
“Sweet Lover of Mine” – Emily Smith

HORIZON AWARD
Megan Henwood
Lady Maisery
Pilgrims’ Way
Lucy Ward

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Andy Cutting
Tim Edey
Will Pound
Martin Simpson

BEST LIVE ACT
Bellowhead
The Home Service
Peatbog Faeries
The Unthanks

BBC RADIO 2 YOUNG FOLK AWARD
Sunjay Brayne
Blair Dunlop
Ioscaid
Graham Mackenzie

Stream Martin Simpson’s Purpose & Grace

Martin Simpson
Image Courtesy of Martin Simpson

The legendary Martin Simpson is set to release his new record Purpose & Grace on the 5th September (that’s next week) and Folk Radio UK have uploaded an exclusive stream to Soundcloud for all to enjoy. Listen to Purpose & Grace below and head over here for the full details on the album:

Martin Simpson Previews New Album “Purpose & Grace”

Martin Simpson
Image Courtesy of Martin Simpson

Folk legend Martin Simpson is due to release his new record Purpose & Grace on the 5th September this year. The album features an all star lineup of guest artists including Jon Boden, B J Cole, Dick Gaughan, Fay Hield, Will Pound, June Tabor and Richard Thompson and is a mixture of traditional songs, covers of people like Bruce Springsteen and the aforementioned Richard Thompson and Simpson originals. Martin Simpson has put together a preview video of Purpose & Grace which you can watch here:

The full track listing for Purpose & Grace plus a stream of the final track “Lakes Of Ponchartrain” is below:

1. The Sheffield Apprentice
2. Bold General Wolfe
3. Brothers Under The Bridge
4. Little Liza Jane
5. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
6. Jamie Foyers
7. In The Pines
8. Strange Affair
9. Banjo Bill
10. Barbry Allen
11. Don’t Leave Your Banjo In The Shed Mr Waterson
12. Bad Girl’s Lament
13. Lakes Of Ponchartrain

Spiers and Boden Release 10 Year Anniversary Album “The Works”

Spiers and Boden
Image Courtesy of Spiers and Boden

John Spiers and Jon Boden are not only the founding members of UK trad giants Bellowhead but they’re also one of the UK’s best loved folk duos, aptly performing under the name Spiers and Boden (I guess because John and Jon would be too confusing). to celebrate 10 years together the duo have released a retrospective album titled The Works featuring re-recordings of some of their best loved tracks from the last decade.

The Works is made extra special by the inclusion of guest spots from some of the best in the folk business including Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, Maddy Prior, Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, James Fagan and many more. The album is available now and we have the track listing plus the song “Prickle-Eye Bush” (featuring Martin Carthy on guitar) embedded below:

The Works 1. Tom Padget
2. Horn Fair
3. Gooseberry Bush/Laudanum Bunches
4. The Birth of Robin Hood
5. The Cheshire Waltz
6. Brown Adam
7. Rochdale Coconut Dance
8. Old Maui
9. Haul Away
10. Bold Sir Rylas
11. Prickle-Eye Bush

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