Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th January


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

William Fitzsimmons released “Fortune” the first official single from his album Lions. Details here

The Perch Creek Family Jugband have released the very fun video for their track “Party on the Farm”. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey released his catchy new single “Cucurucu”. Details here

Johnny Flynn released another stunning lyric video, this time for “Bottom of the Sea Blues”. Details here

– The newly renamed One Up Two Down (previously George, Andrew and Daniel) are teaming up with Oh Pep! for a co-headlined east coast tour this February. Details here

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have another new video out for “Let’s Get High (On Love)” which features the band on tour with a bunch of cameos. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Hayden Calnin has just released his new single “Comatose” from his upcoming EP Oh, Hunter. Details here

– Alt-country singer-songwriter Katie Brianna has released her new video for the track “Dark Side of the Morning”. Details here

– Bon Iver’s S. Carey has released “Fire-Scene” from his upcoming solo album Range of Light. Details here

– Folk-roots duo The Audreys have announced their first album in almost 4 years, Til My Tears Roll Away. Details here

– UK folk royalty Blair Dunlop will be in Australia this month for Port Fairy Folk Festival, The Brunswick Music Festival and the Blue Mountains Music Festival. Details here

The Merri Creek Pickers have just released their new video “Frankie Marlboro”. Details here

– WA based singer-songwriter Sam Buckingham has released a quirky homemade video for her track “Shackles”. Details here

Mikhael Paskalev has released his awesome new clip for the track “Jive Babe”. Details here

– Scottish singer Eddi Reader has released her new video “I’ll Never Be The Same”. Details here

– Check out the video for Gibson Bull’s track “Skin and Bones”. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff has released the video for his new single “Still Trying”. Details here


“We definitely have fans here but Australia’s so big. Wallander was broadcast here and that definitely helped. And I think with the latest record Dear River having a lot more exposure than previous records has definitely helped build a fan base. I’m constantly getting messages saying “you’ve got to come home!” and I’d love to particularly with this new record Dear River because so much of it is about the subject of home. It is an album that I would like a lot of Australians to hear”Emily Barker chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“That’s what folk music is. It’s very broad. It’s something that you can never quite explain and it’s something that you can never sum up. I’m glad you guys are continuing to follow modern folk music as well – some traditionalists get really boggled done and are closed minded, think that music hasn’t gotten any better since the 20s and 30s and 40s and 50s. To a certain extent I’d agree with them but there’s a lot of new music out there to listen to and appreciate”Pokey LaFarge chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Green Mohair Suits
Baby, You Just Want To Give UpThe Green Mohair Suits

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Timbers

The Timbers

Adelaide favourites The Timbers are on the home stretch of Januray tour showcasing their new single “Things to Come”. The boys wrap up the tour in their home town next Friday after laying waste to Victoria over the long weekend – these shows are definitely not to be missed

Friday 24th January – Tanswell Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 25th January – Festival of the Sails, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 26th January – Penny Black Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 31st January – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

Andy Irvine
Friday 24th to Monday 27th January – Newstead Festival, Newstead, VIC
Friday 31st January – Music in the Park, Bendigo, VIC

Cass McCombs
Thursday 30th January – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Imogen Clark and Joe Mungovan
Sunday 26th January – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Wednsday 29th January – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

Jack Carty
Sunday 26th Jan – House Content, Dunsborough, WA
Tuesday 28th January – House Content, Gelorup, WA
Wednesday 29th January – House Content, Palmyra, WA
Friday 31st January – House Content, Pemulwuy, NSW

Kim Churchill
Friday 24th January – The Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 25th January – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 26th January – Flow Café, Old Bar, NSW
Thursday 30th January – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 31st January – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 24th January – Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Laneway Festival
Friday 31st January – Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, QLD

Mark Moldre
Friday 24th January – The Rhythm Hut, Central Coast, NSW

Mat McHugh
Friday 24th January – Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale NSW
Saturday 25th January – Heritage Hotel, Bulli NSW

Newstead Live
Friday 24th to Monday 27th January – Castlemaine, VIC

Numeralla Folk Festival
Friday 24th to Monday 27th January – Numerella, NSW

Thursday 30th January – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Sarah Blasko
Friday 24th January – Flinders St Baptist Church, Adelaide, SA

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 26th January – Tamworth, NSW

The Beez
Monday 20th to Saturday 25th January – Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW

The Green Mohair Suits w/ The Morrisons, All Our Exes Live in Texas
Friday 31st January – The Loft at UTS, Sydney, NSW

The Lumineers
Tuesday 28th January – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 24th January – Tanswell Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 25th January – Festival of the Sails, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 26th January – Penny Black Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 31st January – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Traveller & Fortune
Thursday 30th January – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Friday 31st January – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Unpaved Sessions feat. Joel Stibbard
Monday 27th January – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Zoe Elliot
Friday 24th January – The Lodge, Bellingen, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Auld Triangle” – The Dubliners

Have you heard the version of “The Auld Triangle” on the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack? It’s pretty special. But it really pales in comparison to The Dubliners’ version because, well, they’re The Dubliners.

Watch the “Frankie Marlboro” Video From Merri Creek Pickers

Merri Creek Pickers
Image Courtesy of Merri Creek Pickers

Another band to release a video this week has been Melbourne five-piece the Merri Creek Pickers. The video is for the track “Frankie Marlboro” and is jam packed full of vintage pop and rock, harmonies and weird paper mache heads – check it out below:

Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2012

Listening to Records

Not satisfied with just providing you with our own opinions around the best albums of 2012 we have once again put the call out to some of our favourite artists to find out what they’ve been listening to this year. And the response to this call has been simply astounding – over 90 artists sent us their number one album of 2012, along with a couple of sentences as to why it’s their number one, almost tripling the amount of submissions from last year and demonstrating once again just how personal and diverse everyone’s relationship to music can be.

Once again a big thank you has to go out to all the artists who contributed along with the dedicated managers, publicity people and record labels we pestered to get this piece across the line – you’re all amazing, dedicated, wonderful people who keep this great national (and international) beast that is the music industry alive.

And now it’s time for the blogger to pass his keyboard over to the blogged as we present to you Timber and Steel’s Artists’ Top Albums of 2012:

The Lion's ShareSarah Humphreys
Mike McCarthyThe Lion’s Share
Mike has a beautiful way with words and melodies, he can stir up feelings of love, loss, mystery and hope all in one album. Sometimes in one song! There’s a gentleness in this record, I can hear more love in his voice than ever before.

God Bless You AmigoRoland Kay-Smith (Roland K Smith and the Sinners)
Felice BrothersGod Bless You Amigo
After the brave, but often confusing album that was Celebration Florida, The Felice Brothers return to more familiar territory with God Bless You Amigo. “Her Eyes Dart Around” is a tear-jerkingly beautiful ballad, the off-kilter harmonies in “Lincoln Continental” blow my mind every time I hear them, and “Dream On” is a fantastically melancholic retelling of the Stagger Lee story. At 20 tracks it’s overlong, but the porch-strumming charm of the album makes each song a joy to listen to, and I should know, I’ve listen to this album plenty.

The AnecdotesSam Lee
Seamus Cater & Viljam NybackaThe Anecdotes
English Dutch duo based in Amsterdam who have written this chronicle of biographic songs based around cultural figures and steeped in folklore and alternative experimental theatre sound art. They have created this soundworld that is both sepia toned in 70s fender rhodes and melodic drum work and captures the sounds of revival and the monologues of obscure historical figures. A work of touching depth and simplicity.

Who's Feeling Young NowChris Stone (The String Contingent)
Punch BrothersWho’s Feeling Young Now?
Outrageously virtuosic instrumentalists, with super strong musical vision, brilliant execution, and a work ethic like no other … they are the tightest, most polished band around, and given the technical and musical complexity of there music, is both depressing and inspirational.

Carry Me BackBen and James Daley (Bellyache Ben and the Steamgrass Boys, The Daley Brothers)
Old Crow Medicine ShowCarry Me Back
This album has all the Old Crow trademarks: hard hitting blues, fast pickin bluegrass, honest singing and lyrics, great harmonies, and most importantly brilliant songwriting. The title track and “Levi” are both contenders for song of the year. This album (and Old Crow’s ever growing and ever impressive body of work) confirms them as one of the great modern American bands. I dare say when they are done they will be remembered as one of the great all time American bands.

Who's Feeling Young NowClaude Hay
SoundgardenKing Animal
This is easy for me: Soundgarden, King Animal, quiet simply my favourite singer of all time. I’ve been waiting for this release for ever, some classic dirty guitar and pure rock the world’s been missing.

The Lion's RoarTodd Sibbin (Todd Sibbin and the Opposite Ends, Traveller and Fortune)
First Aid KitThe Lion’s Roar
Besides the blatantly obvious reasons (fantastic singing, fantastic songwriting), Mike Mogis (of Bright Eyes fame) has nailed the “atmospheric moodiness” vibe in his production techniques. It’s got that unmistakeable old school Bright Eyes sound, with slightly more polish

Into The BloodstreamWarren Fahey
Archie RoachInto the Bloodstream
I was never a hooked Archie fan but this new collection of very personal and aspirational songs really grabbed me emotionally. Archie has seen a lot of shit in his life including the loss of his partner Ruby Hunter and, over the past couple of years, some shocker medical hurdles yet he writes and sings in such an uplifting manner you feel the joy. It is also a craftily assembled album with a great choir, really tasty musicianship and some vocal acrobatics from Archie that I just wasn’t expecting. At one stage he produces a growl befitting the blues and soul and then his voice soars to the rafters. This is a really fine album

Carried in MindHat Fitz and Cara Robinson
Jeff LangCarried in Mind
This album of 2012 is one of those albums that more than manages to carry you away into another time and world. That’s what I love about a great album, it switches off the mind and lets the imagination take over and it does that completely. One song in particular is track 3, “Fisherman’s Farewell”, co written with his wife Alison Ferrier, a truly exquisite piece of writing.

LeelanauMatt Bauer
Dana FalconberryLeelanau
It’s rare when an album is as fully realized as this. It has everything I want in music: great lyrics and melodies, strange harmonies, beautiful arrangements, unexpected rhythms, a specific sense of place, an air of mystery, and just some kind of undefinable magic. Perfect from start to finish.

Mid AirMatt Walters
Paul BuchananMid Air
Paul Buchanan is the lead singer of one of the world’s most important and underrated bands, The Blue Nile. The lead singer’s first solo offering is a quiet masterpiece. Comprised almost completely of subdued piano, and smoky, hushed vocals; this is one of the most transformative, beautiful records I’ve ever heard. Buchanan, now in his late 50’s, croons like a more poetic and mournful Sinatra – reminiscing, regretting and reconciling through some of the most poignant and intimate songs ever recorded.

Born and RaisedAshleigh Mannix
John MayerBorn and Raised
Truthfully I’ve only listened to it a few times, but it was the first album that came into my head when asked about my favourite album of the year – and for good reason! Mr Mayer always surprises with the twist and turns he has taken when recording his albums. He’s playing with more of a country vibe in this one. In the second single “Queen of California”, there’s a lyric that says “Looking for the sun that Neil Young hung/After the gold rush of 1971”. There’s definitely a Neil Young-esque vibe throughout the album. I love it! It will be my soundtrack for hungover weekend’s in the sun!

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic ZerosHere
A perfect way to follow up their first album Up From Below, they have captured the large group sound that they have live while still leaving enough space for Alexander Ebert’s genius song-writing and lyrics to shine through. This record always makes a loud appearance on our touring mix tape.

Farthest FieldMike McCarthy
Daniel Martin Moore & Joan ShelleyFarthest Field
Farthest Field sounds like an album recorded in a hall, live, with four beautiful microphones between two great songwriters. Sparse and incredibly beautiful is how I would describe it.

Mad BastardsJeanette Wormald
Alex Lloyd, The Pigram Brothers, Kasey Chambers and Shane NicholsonMad Bastards: Music From the Motion Picture
I found this late in 2011 and haven’t stopped listening to it. Great colours, great artists and oh so Australian. It’s fresh and it’s interesting and I really enjoyed the collaborations between Alex Lloyd and The Pigram Brothers. The movie is incredibly compelling too. A must see for people wanting an insight into the challenges of Australians living on the fringe.

DeathFrank Turner
Jim Lockey & The Solemn SunDeath
I’ve known Jim for a while and loved his work, but I always suspected he had a record in him that would take what he did from being good to being truly great. It was with great satisfaction, then, that I listened to this one for the first time. It’s everything I was hoping for, a perfect blend of country, rock, folk and something heavier and darker. Brilliant.

The Lion's RoarCallum Adamson (ahab)
First Aid KitThe Lion’s Roar
I’ve chosen First Aid Kit’s record for a few reasons.
1. The record is nothing more than great country songs beautifully produced
2. They are one of the few bands that are just as good live as on record
3. One of my “goosebumps” moments of this year was when I first heard “Emmylou” – I really really wish I’d written it.

DearEmily and the Woods
Keaton HensonDear
Keaton’s voice and lyrics cut through whatever is happening, wherever I am. There is an immediacy and strength to his words and his delivery is so full of emotion that it makes me want to cry with him. I believe in his heartache; it feels raw. This album truly reminded me how powerful it is when you tell it how you feel it. That’s my favourite kind of songwriting, and it feels exemplified in the way he phrases and sings some lines. My favourite song on the album is the closing track, “Party Song”; which is unashamedly bleak.

Stars and SatellitesThe Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
Trampled By TurtlesStars and Satellites
We were waiting for this album to be released and it didn’t disappoint. Got a good mix of slower songs and and the usual kick ass ones. Ear f*$#ingly good!

Trains I MissedNick Keeling (Mustered Courage)
Balsam RangeTrains I Missed
Balsam Range deliver straight up modern driving bluegrass at its best. They are world class pickers, songwriters and boy can they sing. The harmonies are super tight and I love how the vocals are mixed. It gives you that baseball bat of three part harmony hit, straight in the face.

Stars and SatellitesCoty Hogue
RodriguezSearching for Sugar Man Soundtrack
Okay, so maybe all these songs were originally released in 1970-71, but considering most all of us (at least over here in the States) had never heard of Rodriguez before this film, and the fact that these songs are absolutely BRILLIANT and beautiful, makes this my must listen to album of the year! (I should also include the original two albums that these songs come from)

Warm in the DarknessNadine Budge (The Stetson Family)
Liz StringerWarm in the Darkness
From the multitude of reasons why this is my favourite album this year, the overarching one is that Liz Stringer is authentic – the real deal. This album serves up some of the melting beauty of Liz’s slower songs that she has shown herself to be a master of – then whacks it for a six when she pulls out some big guns and rocks it out! It’s the triple threat of great songwriting, sublime vocals and kick-arse musicianship.

Hard RubbishLouise O’Reilly (Laneway)
Lower Plenty – Hard Rubbish
It’s stony dreamy domestic. We found it driving from Melbourne to Adelaide on our tour and it took us all the way home.

Off We GoDesert Rat Shorty (The Lurkers)
Jess and Richard ArrowsmithOff We Go
This year I have a toddler, and as a consequence, I’ve spent most of the year listening to my favourite kids CD. It’s real music for kids. No autotune, no synthesisers and no politically correct rewriting for kids (the pirates in the songs still drink rum!). The songs are all old English nursery rhymes played on traditional instruments. And our one-and-a-half-year-old loves it.

Black Vat TrioWeary Hobo and Rocky Mountain Slim (The Lurkers)
Black Vat TrioBlack Vat Trio
They are a Sydney-based trio with Rishin (trombone), Rascal (violin) and Bones (piano accordion plus drums) who play Klezma and Romani inspired originals and Eastern European Classics. Songs and tunes they perform from other traditions they acknowledge openly unlike some Australian bands in the same scene. What Black Vat Trio create themselves are soundtracks to my dirty old Sydney town. Songs like “Rapscallions” are reminiscent of Waiting for Guinness and the genuine, straightforward production of the album brings it out on top of the new releases of the year for me. This album keeps toddlers of all ages laughing and dancing!

Court The StormJeremiah Fraites (The Lumineers)
Y La BambaCourt the Storm
It’s a terrific album. Is it folk, is it world, is it singer-songwriter? I don’t know. And personally, I don’t care. Talking about music is like dancing about architecture. Just listen to the damn thing.

Spirit BirdNardi Simpson (Stiff Gins)
Xavier RuddSpirit Bird
I first heard Xavier Rudd perform over twelve years ago. I knew nothing about him but watched as he played and stomped and sang the young audience into waves of inspired frenzy. He was on the way up, he sounded great, the kids loved him and he had his own unique sound. He also played the yidaki or didjeridoo. Now as blackfullas we regularly walk around festivals and see masses of people dancing and trancing out to the sound of yidaki – but most times it is not being played by a black musician. And so we carry this with us a little bit, well I do anyway. I sat there and listened to Rudd and looked at the crowd and thought of all the brothers I knew who would never get the same chance or attention if they did. Ten years later an ‘Indig’ stage was funded at Bluesfest. We had got a gig and walked around starry eyed, shyly watching legends from the wings and spinning out on the greenroom facilities. We walked past dressing room doors…Blind Boys of Alabama, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jason Mraz, Angelique Kidjo, and as we came up to Xavier Rudd’s room out popped his head: “Brother, come and be part of this smoking ceremony”, he asked my partner. I can only guess he didn’t see or recognise me. So in he went, into this stranger/stars dressing room and did ceremony. Four months ago I saw Xavier Rudd had a new album out. I assembled together all the little pieces of him I knew and I bought it. I wanted to understand something more of the man. I listened to his songs and let them soak into me and it was at that point that our worlds collided. Where first I was a young musician, starting to sing of my world and my special place in it – and compete with all those who were doing the same, now I was a searcher of stories and of deep, and meaningful connections. I had come to the place that perhaps Rudd was at all those years ago- creating narratives to forge and maintain relationships with people, place and country. As a musician Rudd has consistently taken steps towards the place that I too now wish to explore. To show others how beautiful it is when country sings back. I still haven’t met Xavier Rudd, I doubt whether I will but I think I am a little closer to understanding him and his music. And so I see this album Spirit Bird as more than a collection of songs, it’s a story about a man on a journey. And as he walks, so do we.

BlunderbussHenry Wagons
Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
Following the epic legacy of his other bands, there is no doubt the pressure was on, whether Jack admitted it to himself or not. All the publicity said this album was kinda throwaway, recorded when another artist cancelled his session at Third Man Records. Yet, when you tune in to the opening riff of the album’s opener “Missing Pieces”, you immediately realise this album is about to deliver in spades to all those curious ears pointed towards it. It sounds so smooth, rockin’ and analogue … and seems it would have been a blast to put together. Its sense of spontaneity and creative freedom translates through to the listener. A bluesy, garage masterpiece, gloriously thrown together.

Me and MoonHannah Acfield (Dan and Hannah Acfield)
Lydia ColeMe & Moon
As I suspected, iTunes confirmed this was my most played album of 2012! I met Lydia at the APRA Song Summit earlier in the year and she was so lovely it prompted me to buy her album. Me & Moon is a stunning collection of songs, the production is delicate and raw, yet so beautiful and clever. In this case, less is certainly more. Lydia has an exquisite voice that captured me straight away. The songs are well written, am honest tale of heartbreak and loss. I had an immediate connection with this album and have not stopped playing it. Beautiful.

BlunderbussDave “Christo” Christensen (Charlie Mayfair)
Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
By far the most soulful and energetic album of the year from a man that understands the effect that the women in his life have had on his personality and the insecurities it hides. Through big speakers this album is louder than anything else out this year.

Young Man in AmericaEmily Barker
Anaïs MitchellYoung Man in America
I love the mood she creates straight from the outset; pensive and alluring. Lyrically I think it’s phenomenal – it has a stream of consciousness element and repetition of themes: childhood; parenthood; growing up in America; stories we inherit. Instrumentally it’s killer too – I love the combination of woodwind instruments, mandolin, guitars, layered vocals, such rich textures always serving the songs. I get more and more from it every time I listen to it – there is so much depth in this record.

There's No Leaving NowLittle Bastard
Tallest Man on EarthThere’s No Leaving Now
It’s great to see a modern day artist maintain the quality of songwriting up to his fourth release. He has also manage to arrange and produce the music that keeps the listener interested and shows growth from previous albums.

The Burgh Island EPHeidi Waddell (Cordial Factory)
Ben HowardThe Burgh Island EP
All I want to do is sit in a cool, dark room with my eyes closed and breathe in the sounds of this EP. Since I heard Ben Howard’s song “Depth Over Distance” last year, I had been waiting and hoping that his new EP would be much the same and it is. I love that he’s not afraid of combining stillness and passion. He’s created something really unique; it’s deep and full and haunting.

Back at the Quonset HutKetch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show)
Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll BoysBack at the Quonset Hut
About 20 years ago, while Nashville was perfecting it’s recipe for the blandest batch of country music yet, a band called BR-549 was serving it up raw seven nights a week on the freaky streets of Lower Broad. This year Chuck Mead, BR’s longtime frontman, released Back At The Quonset Hut – 12 classic cuts backed by Nashville’s A-Team of sessions players, the color guard of pickers, the very men who made country music what the world knows it to be – true. It still is, and Chuck Mead proves it.

Race the LoserJohn Spiers (Bellowhead, Spiers and Boden)
LauRace the Loser
It’s got everything going for it. It’s hugely complex and experimental with some superb playing yet it bears up to repeated listening incredibly well. For me, the ability to listen to it on lots of different levels makes it the perfect album.

Adventures in Your Own BackyardPete Flood (Bellowhead)
Patrick WatsonAdventures in Your Own Backyard
Eerie, lush, cinematic and full of intriguing twists and turns – it’s like walking through a sunlit wood in late autumn. Pretentious but true.

GossamerSam Sweeny (Bellowhead)
Passion PitGossamer
It’s a perfect pop record. It combines musical simplicity with awesome technical complexity. Each track has new layers that keep jumping out at you at every listen, and to top it all, there isn’t a duff track on the album. It’s sublime music.

Time As We Know ItAdam McGrath (The Eastern)
Todd SniderTime As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker
We spend at least 100-150 days a year sucking up bitumen, roadside pies (best one in six years is the fish pie from wairoa on the bottom of the east cape of the Nth Island of NZ), junk from junk shops, and lung disorders from the air con, in all manner of wheeled transport around New Zealand, Australia and parts and ports beyond. There are basically three rules in the van, 1) Only let Flora the fiddle player drive when no one else can possibly manage it 2) Adam must listen to Waylon Jennings on any post 1am drives (and be allowed to sing along with gusto and a slight edge of drunken melencholy) 3) and when the shit gets bad, hard, or both then we must listen to Todd Snider bootlegs (Tales From Moondog Tavern Vol. 1-5 are particular faves) or Jerry Jeff Walker, they are our road guards. This year Todd Snider released Time As We Know It an album of Jerry Jeff Walker covers, it wouldn’t have mattered if it sucked (it doesn’t) the idea alone would have made it our album of 2012. If next year he does an album of Thin Lizzy songs our lives would indeed be complete.

The Idler WheelTexture Like Sun
Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
Although I haven’t listened to too much new music this year this album is one that recently came to me, and floored me. It’s dark, melancholly and sparse, about what I’d excpect from a Fiona Apple album. Love the additional instumentation in some tracks (you can hear lot of things clanging in the background) – and her voice! This music makes me feel something more than most.

I've Got a Friend Called Emily FerrisJen Cloher
Courtney BarnettI’ve Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris
The debut release from Melbourne based singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett was recorded in a friend’s lounge room in Thornbury. A lo-fi seven song collection of pop gems with plenty of psych-rock wig outs to boot. Original, often humorous lyrics tumble effortlessly over catchy-as-hell melodies. The first song, “Lance Jnr” opens with the lyric “I masturbated to the songs you wrote”. Nuff said.

The Stars Are Indifferent to AstronomyKevin Micthell (Bob Evans, Basement Birds)
Nada SurfThe Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy
I’ve been a fan of this band since their seminal album Let Go around 10 years ago and they’ve barely put a foot wrong since. Their new album is another perfect template on how to write glistening power pop with intelligent, poetic lyrics. Underated? I think so.

A Different ShipHusky Gawenda (Husky)
Here We Go MagicA Different Ship
Interesting, infectious songs. A diverse album, but one that flows nicely from start to finish. Spoke to me immediately, before I had a chance to consider why – as all good albums do.

All The Little LightsHelen Croome (Gossling)
PassengerAll The Little Lights
A beautiful album with sweet and heartbreaking stories. Mike is an incredible story-teller who manages to find the perfect balance between memorable melodies and a descriptive tale. A favourite track would be “Let Her Go” with it’s beautiful lyric imagery. And the live version of “I Hate” is another favourite for it’s humour and honesty.

Out of FrequencyNikki Thorburn (ILUKA)
The Asteroid Galaxy TourOut Of Frequency
Danish psychedelic pop band The Asteroid Galaxy Tour are in a class of their own, and their second studio album Out Of Frequency proves just this. With more attitude and swagger than their debut album Fruit, this record is as innovative and refreshing as it is inviting. Drawing on array of eccentric, hypnotic and inviting sounds, they create a fantasy world that is deeply potent and entrancing. Chicago blues on “shrooms” and film noir on acid, it’s truly a case of the sum being greater than its parts.

Mirage RockMark “Looch” Lewis (Handsome Young Strangers)
Band of HorsesMirage Rock
On first listen its hard to believe this is the same band who put out the excellent Everything All The Time album back in 2006. Raw, loose and stripped back, Mirage Rock is everything that their debut was not. Folk purists may baulk at the move in a popier direction on some tunes and whilst I agree that it is not all an easy ride, stand firm! Because with repeated listening this record will reward you if you invest the time. As all great records should.

An Awesome WaveHayden Calnin
Alt-J (∆)An Awesome Wave
This is one of those albums that you tend to pick up and chuck on pretty much every day. In my eyes (ears?) Alt-J have delivered not only the most original sounding record of the year with their very infectious compositions and hauntingly fragile yet powerful vocal style, but also the best written as well. My personal favourite “Ms” off the album takes the cake for being my favourite track of the year as well.

Mirage RockGeorge Jackson
Brittany Haas and Dan TruemanCrissCross
Here’s something you don’t hear every day, unless you have the album like me. Appalachian fiddle goddess Brittany Haas meets Norwegian style fiddler and modern composer Dan Trueman. There is no music I’ve heard before that sounds quite like this, and to top it off the performers achieve that oh so important mix of stimulating both the body and the mind! This project is full of beautiful and mind bending new compositions by both Brittany and Dan. Mix in Natalie Haas on cello + guitarist Jordan Tice along with Brittany’s Crooked Still comrade Cory Di’Mario on Double Bass = a stellar line up. The tunes literally criss-cross the complimentary fiddle styles of Norway and Appalachia, developed with masterful ensemble arrangements and some demanding modern harmony.

JerildereeLachlan Bryan
Bill JacksonJerilderee
It’s actually pretty hard to write convincingly about Australia – most people end up stumbling over the awkward sounding place names, or struggling to extract poetry from our often brutal, frequently covered-up history. Bill and his brother Ross are exceptions to the rule. They write stunning songs together, and microphones just seem to love Bill’s warm, weathered voice. Jerilderie is full of great stories, and was my favourite record this year.

PrisonerEli Wolfe
The JezabelsPrisoner
Driving on tour we have been listening to The Jezabels Prisoner, which fits the landscape perfectly. Though it was released late 2011, I only bought Prisoner this year. It’s a great vibey album and Hayley is an amazing front woman.

How About I Be MeDamien Dempsey
Sinead O’ConnorHow About I Be Me (And You Be You)?
A blinding return to form by a fearless warrior woman who is my favorite female singer. Her song “Take Off Your Shoes” makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck every time I hear it, breathtaking.

Fear FunTom Busby (Busby Marou)
Father John MistyFear Fun
This album reminds me of why I love listening to music – it makes me so happy! The songs are cheeky and full of swagger, and somehow steers away from sounding arrogant. I love the production, including the small imperfections which are clearly intended. It is obvious that there were no rules when recording the record and this is probably why I can’t stop smiling each time I hear it.

Toward The Low SunAidan Cooney (Boy Outside)
Dirty ThreeToward the Low Sun
Choose your time wisely because I cried like a mother fucking bitch recently on a long haul flight listening to this album. Melancholy to get lost in and the dirtiest violin sound known to man give you an album that should be sold with a warning.

Music From Kennedy's PoolCourtney Barnett
Merri Creek PickersMusic From Kennedy’s Pool
I have seen the Merri Creek Pickers play live about 80 times. I’ve heard them rehearsing about 400 times. I adore the gentle genius of Alex Hamilton’s songwriting, the all-inclusive yet sometimes argumentative arrangement process and the fact that it was all recorded by the band themselves live at a farm in the middle of nowhere. This is a classic album that should transcend our generation.

Warm in the DarknessCat Canteri (The Stillsons)
Liz StringerWarm in the Darkness
Beautifully tasty arrangements, playing, sounds and songs across the whole album.

HereSam Buckingham
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic ZerosHere
It’s so full of joy and somehow, every time I listen, manages to remind me to stop and enjoy the simplest and most beautiful things the world has to offer, and I have to offer the world. I love the songwriting, the production is unique and brilliant but I think, more than anything, it’s the feeling of hope and beauty that sits inside every song.

El CaminoCat Colman (Billygoat and the Mongrels)
The Black KeysEl Camino
So many albums to choose from!! The Black Keys scraped in at number 1, mainly because it has such a full solid and infectious sound.

Carry Me BackJohn Flanagan (John Flanagan and the Begin Agains)
Old Crow Medicine ShowCarry Me Back
Having just traveled to the US this year for the first time I’ve fallen in love with the mountain music that is so prominent in North Carolina and Virginia. Old Crow Medicine Show clearly draw on a wide range of influences though I love the old-timey core to their music with the claw-hammer banjo and fiddle. There are a lot of references to places we recently visited: Virginia, the Shenandoah river, etc, so for many reasons the album brings back fond memories of traveling through the South.

The Lion's RoarElla Hooper
First Aid KitThe Lion’s Roar
First Aid Kit are so full of potential it hurts. I don’t think they’ve quite revealed all they will in years to come but Lions Roar boasts great lush production from Mike Mogis (a modern master) and the girls’ tight folk pop songwriting is just my kind of teenage day dream, sorry Katy Perry, but This is talent.

PackwoodJulia Johnson (Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens)
In all honesty, I spent much of 2012 rediscovering old favourites. I re-arranged my bedroom, which inadvertently meant it was much easier for me to use my record player. Dad’s impeccable record collection has been liberated from the garage and given a healthy airing this year. There is one 2012 release that has had a particular impact on me musically though, so that automatically catapults in to becoming my favourite release of 2012. Early in the year I supported Packwood and The Falls in Canberra, at The Front Gallery. Probably one of the loveliest gigs with some of the loveliest musicians I’ve played with all year, but I digress. I’ve never heard such an ambitious EP as Packwood’s. Simply a man, his banjo, and an orchestra. Yup, a 50 piece orchestra. With a banjo. I’ve been messing around with my banjo for a few years half-arsedly, but since hearing that EP I haven’t practiced my guitar at all. I can’t put my banjo down. So thank you Packwood, for re-invigorating my love for banjo, and sorry housemates and neighbours, I’m not going to stop playing my banjo any time soon.

Baby We Were Born to DieRosie Catalano
Jen CloherBaby We Were Born To Die
Each song on this 3-track EP is so special. “Call If You Need Me” has an incredible ability to transport me to a whole other world every time I listen to it, “Baby We Were Born To Die” leaves me awed by Jen Cloher’s way of looking at the world and the hand she has been dealt, and the lyrics in her duet with Courtney Barnett always manages to catch me by surprise and make me laugh.

Love This GiantSarah Blasko
David Byrne & St VincentLove This Giant
It’s a collaborative album that really works and feels very cohesive. The arrangements are really imaginative and it has the freshness of not sounding like anything else that’s out at the moment. The brass arrangements are fantastic. It’s a classic sounding record, it’s beautiful and rich and full.

A Creature I Don't KnowLiam Gale (Liam Gale and The Ponytails)
Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
I spent this year listening to some not-so-current music, and it seems I’ve got some catchng up to do considering the snippets of albums I’ve heard over the last twelve months. Of 2012’s offerings, Laura Marling’s A Creature I Don’t Know was one that caught my ear. It had a lilt toward that concept-album-feel, some tracks outright flowing into the next, like Floyd with banjos or something. There was this poem she’d written that came out shortly after the album was released that seemed to explore the record’s protagonist character; the Beast. It’d come up every now again, like it was teasing the other characters on the album. Trippy.

Phaux CiscoSivan (The April Maze)
VariousPhaux Cisco
It astounds me that some of the greatest songwriters of all time remain relatively unheard. James Cisco is one of them. This album was produced as a surprise gift for the songwriter and includes some great Melbourne musos doing versions of his wonderful songs. The album features versions from Jeb Cardwell, Dan Lethbridge, Jed Pickett & Kate Walker, Kate Crowley, The Shivering Timbers, Simon Hudson & Anita Quail, Adrian Whitehead and more. The songs are in chronological order of when they were written, from 1988 to 2012. Its a real genre journey and wanders through folk, rock, country, punk, soul and blues. We love it and listen to it on the road all the time.

The Great DespiserFanny Lumsden
Joe PugThe Great Despiser
To me his songs are like stories from those who don’t usually tell stories. This album feels like I’m moving forward on a monster of a drive where one has very minimal encounters with anything man made and at the same time feeling settled. Good one JPUG.

An Awesome WaveBity Booker
Alt-J (∆)An Awesome Wave
Driven by Joe Newman’s haunting melodies, vowel-curling words, heart breaking notes; each song on this album is an independent masterpiece: cohesive and scrupulous. Every track is rich in layered detail, synthesizing meticulous sounds of pianos, guitars and xylophones. “Taro” is a wonderful story and an adventure in itself. I can’t get enough of it’s obsessive melody, which reaches a haunting climax when Newman’s voice breaks in the refrain, missing the crucial note, but making it that much more important in its absence.

The Only PlaceEmma Davis
Best CoastThe Only Place
This album really just came at the perfect time. I had just returned from a long trip overseas and having had a few changes along the way I took some time out to live by the beach and write. There’s nothing really ground-breaking or creatively astounding about this record, it’s just a great record. Solid, well-constructed pop songs all the way through. It’s a more positive sounding album than the last, with cleaner production and perhaps less raw emotion but to me still has that distinct ‘Best Coast’ sound that I first fell in love with. The lyrics are beautifully simple to the point where I’m not sure sometimes how they get away with it, but they do. Overall, it simply made me feel good, and at a time when I needed it. I’ve listened to it so much that I wouldn’t be surprised if a few subconscious references to “waves” or “babes” make it into my next record.

The Money StoreMark Piccles (Tin Sparrow)
Death GripsThe Money Store
Possibly the most intense, in-your-face hip hop record I’ve ever heard, but it’s endless originality and almost tangible persona is undeniable. It’s not for everyone but if you can withstand the brutality of the initial listen, there is much to be discovered on second venture and beyond.

LonerismDean McLeod (Tin Sparrow)
Tame ImpalaLonerism
Some killer overseas albums this year but Lonerism is by far my favourite. It’s texturally amazing which is really important for me and I love Kevin’s song writing. It also expands the sound they crafted on Innerspeaker. Almost perfect psych pop. Plus after seeing them at Splendour this year I reckon they are one of the best live bands going. Conclusion: instant froth.

The Year of HibernationBen Cooper (Radical Face)
Youth LagoonThe Year of Hibernation
I’m never good at these lists. I’m almost always a year or two behind, as I tend to stop hunting new records while recording and then play catch up when I’m not. So this album was late 2011, but I was told that’s okay. Anyway, this is one of those records that feels like it was made in a bedroom and is all the better for it. It’s a record that makes me smile, and as the lyrics slowly became discernible I found I really liked them. I don’t often describe records as charming, but this one I do. And it’s good walking music. I like it a lot

Spring and FallJack Carty
Paul KellySpring And Fall
I got myself into a tis trying to choose between a bunch of amazing releases this year by First Aid Kit, The Falls, Leroy Lee, Tim Hart and Packwood (just to name a few) but when I stopped thinking too much about it and just went with my gut, I had to go with Paul Kelly’s Spring And Fall for my favourite album of 2012. I am not sure if it’s because I grew up listening to my Dad singing along to his records or just because of the beautiful, simple honesty with which he writes, but I find something about Paul Kelly’s records incredibly comforting, and Spring And Fall is among his best. Each song is a story in itself, and a paragraph in the bittersweet tale the album as a whole tells. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, just says it plain and true … Music for everyone.

Unfinished BusinessJessica Cassar and Darren Cross (Jep and Dep)
Wanda JacksonUnfinished Business
It was on our way back from our Jep and Dep tour of Germany, cheap flights with Air China, that we spent our last night in Frankfurt. With a giant stroke of luck, Wanda Jackson was performing a stones throw away from our crappy fluorescent pink hostel. After one song she blew us away. The devil’s girlfriend. Queen of Rockabilly. She is Rockabilly (no visible tattoos by the way). Her 2012 album, Unfinished Business, is mixed a saddlebag of rock, blues and country covers and originals that doesn’t try to be anything that it isn’t. It’s a fun and sassy album that pays tribute to the era the 75-year-old pint-sized, tassle wearing old school banshee reigned in. Listen to it.

SomethingEdward Deer
For me the realm of intelligent and visceral pop music was completely owned by the ladies in 2012 (see also the exceptional recent records from Bat for Lashes, Cat Power, First Aid Kit and Sharon Van Etten, to name just a few). But the album I listened to more than any other this year was probably Chairlift’s Something. It’s full of thrilling juxtapositions – spontaneous and energetic performances meet painstaking songcraft, super hooky 80s-inspired pop melodies sit alongside bizarre sounds you’ve never heard before in your life. Caroline’s angelic, crystal clear voice is used to deliver wounded and often darkly comic lyrics, while Patrick’s bass lines are just plain killer. The band has just released some early demos from this album and those bare bones recordings reveal just how much work went into making the finished product so great.

Summer SongsJake Holmes (Merri Creek Pickers)
My Left BootSummer Songs
This is the coolest album I’ve heard in such a long time, absolute stoner heaven. “Sharks in the water” will make your hair stand on end. Roll up and just put it on.

The LumineersAchoo! Bless You
The LumineersThe Lumineers
I (Ross) heard the single “Ho Hey” in about July, and it was love at first listen. Catchy, awesome americana-folk-pop. There’s a massive scene they are championing, and they’re doing it real well.

MuseumPatrick James
Ball Park MusicMuseum
I often love albums where you can discover something new in the music every time. For me, this is one of them. I happened to catch a Ball Park Music concert at the Metro Theatre in the latter part of the year and was blown away. Since then, I keep going back to this band and especially this record, even to the point of covering one of their songs at my own live show. The songwriting is so left of field and it never fails to surprise me. Every time I listen to this album, I feel it moves me in a different way and keeps me intrigued about their music.

HypnotisedThe Twoks
Pony FaceHypnotised
Mature, fuzzy, warm and dark. The sound of three lads who know exactly how their music should sound, but (having mastered the art of subtlety) don’t shove it down your throat. Hypnotised has beautiful layers and textures. Not only does the album creep up and grow on you, but each song does. Highlights are the amazing “Alabama” (featuring the coolest laconic percussive vocal) and the spirited “Holly Said”.

Who's Feeling Young NowJane Hendry (The Tiger and Me)
Punch BrothersWho’s Feeling Young Now?
I’ve been a big fan of these guys for a few years now and this album shows just how talented they all are. I love the way they are bringing together traditional bluegrass instrumentation and techniques with songwriting that is much more indie-pop. This particular album does this probably more than their previous releases, but their complex and intricate arrangements are still there in spades, coupled with some heartbreakingly good melodies. There’s quite a bit of swagger too! Top track (changes regularly for me) – “Hundred Dollars”, where Gabe Witcher (fiddle) takes the lead vocals and swaggers all over the place.

The RubensSally Balfour
The RubensThe Rubens
Soulful, rockin’ blues; can’t get enough of The Ruben’s debut album. This album stirs something new within me each time I listen to it, especially their single “My Gun”. That track always cuts straight through to my heart. It is no wonder The Rubens are this year’s triple j Unearthed Artists of the Year.

Seven DaysAndrew Drummond
Emmy BryceSeven Days
The songs are fun and catchy and full of 90s pop influenced goodness! The EP also showed what an artist (and team) with drive and vision can achieve in a short period of time, with numerous TV show appearances (both live and soundtrack) and a national tour. Seven Days by Emmy Bryce inspired me to keep dreaming.

Ashes & FireStu Larsen
Ryan AdamsAshes & Fire
I know it was released pretty late in 2011, but all year long I just always went back to it. A classic easy listening album. I love the simplicity, I love the instrumentation and I love the way Ryan Adams’ imagery takes me some place else. My favourite track off this album at the moment is the opener, “Dirty Rain”.

Warm in the DarknessLeah Flanagan
Liz StringerWarm in the Darkness
Liz is one of my favourite Australian songwriters. The quality of musicianship and songwriting on Warm in the Darkness is incredible and it’s nice to hear her rocking out with full band and horn section. There are moments when listening to this record that I suddenly get goosebumps. They remind me of how truly beautiful her voice is. Buy it. Favourite songs are “High Open Hills” and “Warm in the Darkness”.

Slay Me In My SleepPiers Twomey
Grand SalvoSlay Me In My Sleep
The paradox about Paddy Mann – aka Melbourne’s Grand Salvo – is how he’s both adored and celebrated while also being overlooked and unsung. His critically acclaimed albums come across (to me) like profound, melodically gorgeous, yet slightly awkward museum folk songs: pure and emotionally charged vignettes from another era. Enough has been written about 2012’s Slay Me In My Sleep being one of his very best. I’ll just add that the record’s “The Boy’s Story Of His Faithful Family Dog” reduces me to tears. If you’ve ever loved and lost a family dog – and if you let it – the song may evoke the same consequence in you.

Over The SunCountry Town Collective
Tinpan OrangeOver the Sun
We love Tinpan Orange’s new album. It’s quirky, unexpected and eerily beautiful. A bit like Portishead but more organic sounding, it could be the soundtrack to an old movie, a bit James Bond theme even? It’s definitely got some magic to it.

Swing Low MagellanSteven Barnard (Arbori)
Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
I was surprised and satisfied by the peculiar and purposed brilliance of this record. It satisfies so many corners of my affection as it effortlessly showcased a band that are so deliberate and intentional. From the intricate electronic sounds scapes, to the biting crunch of guitar riffs, to the sweet and often bitter harmonics, dull acoustic tones, manic riffs, intimacy, mania … Lyrically prophetic both socially and emotionally and musically nostalgic yet completely original. I listened to it over and over as it continued to claimed my satisfaction.

Odd SoulPaul Brown (Arbori)
MutemathOdd Soul
This album came as a bit of a surprise to me. Mutemath have been a favourite band of mine for a while and they always do something different with each album, yet manage to create a sound uniquely theirs. Odd Soul is a masterpiece of musicianship which in my mind brings together the Mutemath feel to a very 60s soul and psychedelic sound. It is a fresh sound (albeit retro) in a market saturated in same sounding music! Fav tracks: “Cavalries” and “One More”.

RedJames Hutchinson (Arbori)
Taylor SwiftRed
We’re forgetting the biggest album of the year, the one that defines this generation and will go down in the annals of history as a watermark in the second decade of this century – Taylor Swift’s Red. It is my emotional comfort when I’m home crying myself to sleep over a lost boyfriend at night and the musical incentive to get me through the day.

Born and RaisedSibylla Stephen (The Little Stevies)
John MayerBorn and Raised
First let me say, I haven’t heard many new albums this year as I gave birth to my son in June. And like many first time mums I’ve just been tumbling my way through his first year trying to keep my head above water. It sure has been fun though, and one new album that we have sung, danced and gone to sleep to is the new John Mayer, Born and Raised. I know it’s cheesy, and it’s not all that “cool” to admit it, but I’m a big fan of his. I’ve always loved his lyrics, he had me at “I’ll never let your head hit the bed without my hand behind it” … Swoon … And on this new album he’s done it again. It’s full of songs I can’t stop humming and lyrics I wish I’d come up with. And he seems to have taken a little turn towards a more alt-country sound in some songs which I love. But all-in-all its just a great pop record, my favourite. Don’t judge me!!!

Young NorthZoe Elliot
The Paper KitesYoung North
The Young North EP has managed to stay true to the Paper Kites sound while still feeling fresh. My two favourite songs are “Leopold Street” due to the romantic nostalgia I hold onto of my grandparents, and “Paint” as its beautiful simplicity brought me to tears when I first turned it on sitting alone in my car – it takes a strong lyric to break me.

Goat Rodeo SessionsBayden Hine (Packwood)
Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris ThileGoat Rodeo Sessions
Of all the albums that I heard over the course of 2012, the one that really stood out for me was Goat Rodeo Sessions – a collaborative album put together by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and one of my musical heroes Chris Thile. I first heard the album by way of a buddy, who told me I “had to listen to this”. Naturally I didn’t, until several months later whilst sitting in a car listening to The Punch Brothers’ latest album – at which point I remembered. The album’s title refers to a chaotic ruckus of sorts, a big ol’ mess that somehow just … works out in the end – exactly what this album is. I absolutely adore blended genres – especially blends of classical/folk/bluegrass – and so this album has been on high-rotation ever since! The stand out track for me is “Attaboy”, but if you can’t stand instrumentals and harmonies are your thing – “Here and Heaven” is sure to please.

TempestNigel Wearne
Bob DylanTempest
Yes, I’m another songwriter who’s a Bob Dylan fan but I had to choose this album because he’s still got it in spades. It’s more of a poetry reading these days but his phrasing is as good as it’s ever been. It’s pretty hard to beat a nasty 8 minute murder ballad and a beautiful 15 minute epic about the Titanic sinking. The man still has something to say!

The Rip TideJesse Lubitz (TinPan Orange)
BeirutThe Rip Tide
I started my year off with a live Beirut show in early 2012 and it’s stayed with me as one of the best shows I’ve seen all year. The songs on The Rip Tide seem effortless and the album flows as an album should flow. I love the quirky instrumentation and clever arrangements – it’s an album from a band who don’t sound like they are trying to sound like anything other than themselves.

Stream the New Merri Creek Pickers Album, Download “Bobby Jones” Free

Merri Creek Pickers
Photo By Mathew Mackereth

Last week at the JamGrass Music Festival I managed to catch the Merri Creek Pickers live for the very first time. They were doing their “electric set” which saw extensive jams and at one point five guitars on stage – and the whole thing was an absolute joy to watch.

The Merri Creek Pickers are about to launch their new album Music From Kennedy’s Pool and are offering up the entire thing online to stream. Check it out below:

The first single from Music From Kennedy’s Pool is “Bobby Jones” which can be downloaded free from the band’s Bandcamp here and also has a brand new video:

The first chance you’ll have to get your hands on Music From Kennedy’s Pool will be at the Merri Creek Pickers album launch at the Evelyn Hotel (rooftop) in Melbourne on the 10th November. Supporting them will be Perch Creek Family Jugband and Jackals. For more details check out the official Facebook event here.

Timber and Steel Folks Melbourne This Weekend – JamGrass, Finders Keepers, The Workers Club, Communion

JamGrass Program

Image Courtesy of JamGrass

Ah Melbourne, you wonderful folky mistress, how your charms entice and captivate us. Most music lovers in Australia would agree that the Victorian capital is a Mecca for bands, gigs, festivals and all things music related. And while you can see all types of music, especially folk, acoustic and singer-songwriter, every now and then there comes along a series of gigs that just blows your mind. And that very event is happening this weekend.

Timber and Steel will be embarking on a mad weekend of music in Melbourne starting on the evening of Friday 19th October and streaming through until the final hours of Sunday 21st October. During that time we’ll be live tweeting, Facebooking, photographing, reviewing and generally documenting our musical travels for all to enjoy. And you should come and join us!

Our itinerary is as follows:

Friday 19th October from 7PM: Catch the opening night of progressive bluegrass festival JamGrass at the Thornbury Theatre. Artists include (but aren’t limited to) Merri Creek Pickers, Mustered Courage, The Stetson Family (full lineup here).

Image Courtesy of Finders Keepers

Saturday 20th October from 10AM: Head to the Royal Exhibition Building, in the Carlton Gardens for the second day of the Spring/Summer Finders Keepers Markets to catch the musical lineup. Artists include (but aren’t limited to) Baby Drivers, The Townhouses (full lineup here).

Saturday 20th October from 6:30PM: The second night of JamGrass once again taking place at the Thornbury Theatre. Artists include (but aren’t limited to) Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, The New Worlds, Uncle Bill, The Stillsons (full lineup here).

Hat Fitz

Image Courtesy of Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson

Sunday 21st October from 2PM: The regular Sunday afternoon, Timber and Steel presented matinée show at The Workers Club will this week feature two sets from old-time blues masters Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson. To be honest we’ll probably be heading down a little early to grab a parma for lunch – it’ll have been a big weekend already and we deserve it.

Communion Melbourne

Image Courtesy of Communion Melbourne

Sunday 21st October from 6PM: The weekend is capped off with the October outing of Communion Melbourne. Not only will it feature sets from Mike Noga, The Falls, Jordan Leser and more (full lineup here), there’s also a-previously-announced-but-now-super-secret DJ set from a “very special guest”. If you know your Communion history and you know who’s touring at the moment you might be able to work out just who that is. Communion Melbourne have also put together a playlist of the artists appearing this weekend:

After a weekend of music like that we’ll probably need a holiday but we can’t tell you how much we’re looking forward to it. If you find yourself in Melbourne this weekend and at a loose end come down to one/some/all of these shows and enjoy the music – and don’t forget to come up and say hi! We’ll be the two folk nerds standing up the back sipping beers and grinning.

Interview: Jason Taylor From JamGrass

Image Courtesy of JamGrass

The 2012 JamGrass Music Festival, which features two nights of progressive Bluegrass at Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre, will be kicking off in just over two weeks on the 19th and 20th October. Gareth Hugh Evans sat down with Jambands Australia founder and JamGrass organiser Jason Taylor to get the low down on what punters can expect from the festival.

Gareth Hugh Evans: Talk us through the genesis of JamGrass. What made you want to put on the festival in the first place?

Jason Taylor: Phoebe Preuss (co-producer) and I started JamGrass last year. We had been video recording lots of live music throughout Melbourne for our Jambands Australia facebook page and YouTube Channel. We noticed an emerging progressive bluegrass and alt-country scene that paralleled the resurgence of this music in North America, particularly the bluegrass and newgrass scene. It started off by thinking we needed to create a music night to get a bunch of these artists together and have a big party to create some exposure for the bands. Apparently people liked the idea because it quickly grew into a small one day festival that sold out last year.

GHE: Did you expect the debut of JamGrass to be as successful as it was last year?

JT: We had a simple concept last year. Put great music in front of people who appreciate great music and musicianship and it will be hard for people not to have a good time. I think we achieved that last year, but what we didn’t expect is for the audience to bring such a critical element to the event. The room was packed full of great people who radiated a great vibe. And I think the bands could feel that and they played off of it. Alex from the Merri Creek Pickers described it as “Best vibe … vibe of the year!” We couldn’t have asked for that to turn out any better.

GHE: You’ve expanded the festival over 2 days this year, what was behind that decision?

JT: Demand. We’ve had such an incredible response from bands that played last year and new bands wanting to be part of it and the audience from last year. The amount of support and private emails from those that were at JamGrass 2011 have been so encouraging. People definitely want more of this. That has given us the confidence to expand to a two stage, two day format. This means we can accommodate a massive 17 band lineup.

GHE: A lot of the artists at this year’s festival – The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Mustered Courage, Merri Creek Pickers, etc – also featured in lineup last year. Most festivals try and have a fresh lineup each year. What is the thinking behind repeating artists?

JT: Not only those artists, every artist from last year will be back this year in one way or another. We don’t want to be a corporate festival. We’re not trying to bring in “fresh” acts for the sake of selling tickets. Our priority is to build a supportive community around the bluegrass genre and related genres and to provide a platform to showcase great bands. The bands that helped make JamGrass 2011 such a success are a very important part of building this community and when they told us they wanted to be part of JamGrass 2012, the obvious answer was “of course!”. The two day format means there will also be plenty of new bands at JamGrass 2012 to keep things fresh. We see a lot of live music throughout the year and are always scouting for new bands we think will fit the JamGrass theme. Hopefully JamGrass can be community that acts as a catalyst to promote some really great undiscovered bands.

GHE: Are you planning on having the “SuperJam” again this year? How important is it to the whole JamGrass experience?

JT: The SuperJam was a bit of an experiment last year and was lots of fun. Many people said it was a highlight for them. I recall one person in the audience saying “Wow, it’s the Mustered Mountain Courage Rats”. We had planned to bring it back again this year but we’ve had so many bands that wanted to be part of the event that we’ve decided that we’d rather use that timeslot to add another band to the lineup. We have a really hard time telling bands the lineup is full, especially when we really want them to be on board. Hopefully we’ll be able to bring the SuperJam back in future years. Of course there will be lots of interplay amongst artists and we’ve included a few special guests who will be making some appearances as well. So the collaboration element of the superjam is still very strong.

GHE: Bluegrass, folk and country music seems to attract it’s fair share of “traditionalists” – people who believe there’s one way of playing this music and it should never change. Do you think these traditionalists will find something they’ll enjoy at JamGrass?

JT: Most certainly! We probably have the contrary perspective to music than many traditionalists. However, we think there is a real role to play for keeping those traditional ways of playing alive and we love going to those more traditional events as well. The roots of the music are very important! I think it would be tough to find a traditionalist that wasn’t passionate about music. Great music is great music and that’s what we are trying to showcase. We just don’t subscribe to any rules. Peter Rowan who played with Bill Monroe for years was interviewed last year before his Australian tour and asked if ever found bluegrass music a little restrictive sometimes. He responded, “Not the way I play it”. I think that’s a great attitude.

GHE: What is it about this type of music that sees it flourishing in Australia at the moment? And Melbourne in particular?

JT: This scene is definitely flourishing overseas and its catching on here. A few newgrass or bluegrass influenced bands have been over to Australia for other festivals such as Bluesfest and Golden Plains over the past few years. This is having a big impact. It’s high quality musicianship, great songs and lots of fun. Once people hear this music, it’s very hard not to pay attention. The last few years have seen an influx of young bluegrass musicians from all over Australia flocking to Melbourne because the scene is growing so quickly here. George Jackson, who this year won the Golden Fiddle Award for Best Fiddler and The Australian Youth Bluegrass Scholarship (sponsored by The Davidson Brothers), has just moved to Melbourne. He’s one of our special guests at JamGrass this year and will be sitting in with a bunch of bands. He’s just one example of all the talent coming to Melbourne.

GHE: Is there anything else Timber and Steel readers need to know about JamGrass before heading to the festival this year?

JT: Here’s our top 10 JamGrass tips:

  1. Put on your “good times” hat and bring your dancing shoes.
  2. People who order advance tickets before October 9 will get custom designed souvenir tickets. Ordering advance tickets really helps make the event better so is a great way to help out… you can get them here
  3. Bluegrass bands love it when you cheer after hearing a great solo. It makes them play faster, harder and longer. So show your appreciation!
  4. Last year someone came dressed as a Taco. Yes a Taco. While JamGrass isn’t formally fancy dress, we hope someone can beat that this year.
  5. There isn’t really a “hierarchy” in our program, we are more concerned with the musical journey the bands will take the audience on throughout the festival. So don’t miss some of the bands on early in the evening. They might just be some of this year’s highlights.
  6. Make sure you say “hi” to someone you don’t know Friday night. By Saturday, they’re sure to be considered a friend.
  7. Even the bands are volunteering their time so make sure you buy a CD to help support the artists.
  8. We’re working on an after party for Saturday late night. Keep an ear out for it.
  9. We’ll be bringing back the JamGrass Raffle with some great prises.
  10. Lots of people have asked for JamGrass t-shirts. We’ll have a limited number of them available this year. Sure to be snapped up quickly so get yours early.

JamGrass takes place on the 19th and 20th October. For more information and to get your hands on one of the strictly limited number of tickets left head to the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 2nd November


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The week kicked off with the third lineup announcement for the 2013 Bluesfest which included none other than Robert Plant. Details here

– The Merri Creek Pickers are offering their new album Music From Kennedy’s Pool to stream online along with a download of their first single “Bobby Jones” and its accompanying video. Details here

Darren Hanlon has announced a national tour this Christmas with more dates to be added soon. Details here

– We dissected the 2013 Sydney Festival program for you and picked the best in folk, acoustic and singer-songwriters. Details here

WOMADelaide revealed their second lineup announcement on Tuesday featuring The Tallest Man on Earth, Tuba Skinny, Abigail Washburn & Kai Welch, Jordi Savall, Zoe Keating, Savoy Family Cajun Band, Seth Lakeman and many more. Details here

– Another week and another new video from Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s new album Psychedelic Pill, this time for the track “Twisted Road”. The video features vintage footage of Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and The Grateful Dead. Details here

– Take a listen to two brand new songs from Dan Mangan from his EP Radicals. Details here

– Before they head into the studio to record their new album Lucy Wise and the B’Gollies will be performing a one off preview gig in Melbourne next Friday. Details here

– Another new Christmas song from Sufjan Stevens, titled “Mr Frosty Man”, has emerged online. This one comes complete with a claymation video featuring a snowman, Santa Claus and zombies. Details here

– We were lucky enough to score the debut of Patrick James’ new single “Brighter Lights”. Details here

Preloved Folk, a project that brings together some of the best and brightest Adelaide folk musicians to cover each other’s songs, will be launching their album this weekend. The album features Cal Williams Jr, Emily Davis, The Yearlings, Courtney Robb, Anthony D’Antonio, Kelly Menhennett, Andy & Marta, Simon Peter, Mary Webb and The Timbers. Details here

– Folk troubadour Eli Wolfe has announced a massive national tour this November (it kicked off last night) to support his new single “We All Started Something”. Details here

Bob Evans released the video to his brand new song “Don’t Wanna Grow Up Anymore”. Details here

Annie & The Beekeepers are a wonderful folk-Americana band from Brooklyn, NY. We have their new video “An Island”. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Ben Howard has released the video for “Esmerelda”, the first single from his forthcoming EP Burgh Island. Details here

– After having to cancel his show in Geelong due to the venue closing down Henry Wagons has found a suitable replacement in Bellarine’s Harvester Moon where he’ll be launching his Expecting Company? tour this tomorrow night. Details here

– Melbourne based violin-and-drums duo The Twoks are releasing their brand new album Two next Friday and have a brilliant new single, “Making Holes”, already make waves on the interwebs. Details here

– We reckon Feist really likes to make music videos because theres been a steady stream of them from her album Metals. The lastest is for the track “Graveyard”. Details here

– English party folk-rock four-piece Crowns have released their new video “Parting in the Porch” which is taken from their upcoming album Stitches in the Flag. Details here


“I can’t explain to you how nice it is to be able to play new material on the road. It renews the live show for me as a writer and a performer. Just by virtue of having more material you can sort of excise from the set material that was sort of dodgy before that you had to play because you had to play a full show. I really feel like now I play shows where I completely stand behind every song”Joe Pug chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Live In London
Live in Londonahab
Online Store

Hands of Glory
Hands of GloryAndrew Bird

RadicalsDan Mangan

Black Crow
Black CrowNigel Wearne and The Cast Iron Promises

Texture Like Sun
Texture Like SunTexture Like Sun

Timber and Steel Presents

Claude Hay
Claude Hay with Jed Rowe and Mr. Black and Blues
Sunday 4th November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Henry Wagons
Henry Wagons
Saturday 3rd November – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC
Sunday 4th November – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Monday 5th November – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 8th November – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 9th November – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You
Saturday 3rd November – The Newsagency, Marrickville, NSW

Andrew Morris with Zac Gunthorpe
Saturday 3rd November – Sheoak Shack, Gold Coast, QLD

Angus Stone
Friday 2nd November – Level One Newcastle Leagues, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 3rd November – Waves, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 7th November – Great Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 9th November – The Hi Fi, Brisbane, QLD

Arbori with Yetis, Little Big Horn, Ryan Collings
Friday 2nd November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Ben Harper
Friday 9th November – Convention Centre, Brisbane

Billy Bragg
Friday 2nd November – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Crooked Saint and Ashleigh Mannix
Friday 2nd November – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Saturday 3rd November – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Sunday 4th November – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Thursday 8th November – Café Le Monde, Noosa Heads, QLD
Friday 9th November – Bon Amici, Toowoomba, QLD

Finders Keepers Brisbane
3rd and 4th November – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Eli Wolfe
Saturday 3rd November – Carolyn Theatre, Cororooke, VIC
Sunday 4th November – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC
Wednesday 7th November – Yours and Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 8th November – The Front Gallery, Lyneham Canberra, ACT

Emmylou Harris
Tuesday 6th November– Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Thursday 8th November – Thebarton Theatrem, Adelaide, SA

Jen Cloher with Courtney Barnett
Friday 2nd November – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th November – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Jordie Lane
Sunday 4th November – YaYa’s, Perth, WA
Friday 9th November – Barwon Heads Bowling Club, Barwon Heads, VIC

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
Friday 2nd Novemrber – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 3rd November – The Waeatah Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 4th November – Manhattan Wine Bar, Launceston, TAS
Thursday 8th November – Artbar, Perth, WA
Friday 9th November – Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Friday 2nd November – York Theatre Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Lisa Mitchell with Alpine and Danco
Friday 2nd November – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 3rd November – Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta, QLD
Sunday 4th November – Woombye Pub, Woombye, QLD
Monday 5th November – Byron Bay Community Centre, Byron Bay, NSW

Lucy Wise and The B’Gollies
Friday 9th November – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 2nd November – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 4th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 8th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 9th November – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW

Mike Compton
Friday 2nd November – Albany Town Hall, Albany, WA
Tuesday 6th November – Newport Folk Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 7th November – Yinnar Hotel, Yinnar, VIC
Friday 9th November – Cat and Fiddle Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Mike McCarthy
Friday 9th November – The Glass Onion Society, Long Jetty, NSW

MoFo feat Siskin River and Takadimi
Friday 9th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Sufi Soul and Luminaria

Friday 2nd November – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
feat. Wouter Kellerman
Friday 9th November – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Nigel Wearne and The Cast Iron Promises
Friday 9th November – The Front Gallery & Cafe, Canberra, ACT

Patrick James and Texture Like Sun
Thursday 8th November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 9th November – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Preloved Folk feat. Cal Williams Jr, Emily Davis, The Yearlings, Courtney Robb, The Timbers
Friday 2nd November – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 4th November – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Sarah Humphreys
Friday 9th November – The Glass Onion Society, Long Jetty, NSW

The Courtyard Sessions feat. Ted Egan with Jeanette Wormald, Colin Lillie, Sally Balfour
Sunday 4th November – The Desert Park, Alice Springs, NT

The Paper Kites (with Art of Sleeping, Battleships)
Friday 2nd November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 3rd November – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 2nd November – Joe’s Waterhole, Eumundi, QLD
Saturday 3rd to Sunday 4th November – Mud Bulls & Music, Jimna, QLD

The Tiger and Me
Friday 2nd November – The Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 9th November – Braidwood Hotel, Braidwood, NSW

TinPan Orange
Wednesday 7th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 8th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Leslie Anne Levine” – The Decemberists

There is so much material to choose from in the folk music world when it comes to ghost stories and the supernatural but we’ve settle on this Decemberists classic to celebrate the Halloween week.

Review: Jen Cloher, The Vanguard, Sydney

Jen Cloher
Image Courtesy of Jen Cloher

Jen Cloher with The Trouble With Templeton and Tigertown
1st March 2012, The Vanguard

As I stood there watching Jen Cloher and The Merri Creek Pickers tear up the stage at The Vanguard in Sydney last Thursday all I could think was “How good is live Australian music?”. Here I was on a miserable, rainy Thursday night, a night where by rights most Sydney-siders would have stayed home, and I was being treated to the best this country has to offer in independant folk, roots and country music. How good is that? What a question…

How Good is… Tigertown? To be honest I was delayed getting to The Vanguard so I only caught the tail end of Tigertown’s set but it’s prompted me to ask the same question I always ask about these guys – why are they still relegated to support slots? Despite the talent that was on lineup on Thursday night Tigertown deserve more than third billing. These guys should be selling out headline shows around the country with lashings of radio play. Their music is insanely catchy (tell me “Go Now” doesn’t get stuck in your head) and they’re just so professional. If they’re not exploding in the next six months then there’s something seriously wrong with the music industry.

How Good is… The Trouble With Templeton? I so wanted to see his set at Peats Ridge but clashes in the program meant I never made it. He was one of the many reasons I decided to review this show and I was not disappointed. His voice is just absolutely beautiful, effortlessly moving between his lower and upper registers. There were hints of Husky or The Middle East in a number of The Trouble With Templeton’s tracks, which is definitely meant as a compliment – I was transfixed throughout the set.

How Good is… having Jen Cloher headlining again? After being away from the stage for a while (other than a couple of non-headlining spots) Cloher has returned with a bang showcasing music from her upcoming third album In Blood Memory. And what a return it was – Cloher’s amazing voice was in full force, her showmanship front and centre and her new songs on par or even better than what has come before. And what a band…

How Good is… having a backing band like The Merri Creek Pickers? I’ve only heard these guys online before so when Jen Cloher told me they’d be her backing band I was insanely excited. And boy did they live up to expectations. Deftly swapping instruments, jamming on the mandolin, banjo and lap steel, The Merri Creek Pickers had toned down their usual jam style bluegrass and instead delivered near pitch perfect folk rock that suited Jen Cloher’s music down to the ground. Maybe there’s a future in session music for these guys?

How Good is… new music from Jen Cloher? Not only was Cloher showcasing music from her upcoming album she also had a three track EP titled Baby We Were Born To Die on offer which quite frankly hasn’t left my ears since the show. The first track in particular, “Call If You Need Me” is simply beautiful and deserves to be heard.

How Good is… Jen Cloher’s voice? Really, this woman is amazing.

How Good is… a gig without pretense? From spotting each and every artist mingling with the crowd when they weren’t on stage to Cloher’s refusal to indulge in an encore, instead opting for “three final songs”, there was a humility to the night from everyone involved. The Vanguard as a venue and Aussie musicians as a rule don’t care much for a separation of audience and artist and this is one of the great tenants of our live music scene.

How Good is… live, independent Australian music? Seriously. I can’t applaud the Sydney gig going public enough for a) coming out on a rainy Thursday night b) filling not just Jen Cloher’s show but shows all around the city (including Timber and Steel favourites Fanny Lumsden and Lissa) and c) showing so much respect to Jen Cloher and her supports.

What a fantastic night of music – here’s to more of the same!

The Falls Present Folk Club

Folk Club
Image Courtesy of The Falls

2011 was quite a big year for Sydney duo The Falls taking on the local music scene with their residency at The Hotel Hollywood, turning it into the city’s must-see live show each and every Wednesday night. And with 2012 well and truly underway fans of live and acoustic music are in for a treat as Wednesday’s at the Hollywood takes the next step in its evolution and becomes Folk Club.

The first rule of Folk Club is you don’t talk about Folk Club.

Well, actually, that’s not true. You should talk about Folk Club. You should get a big group of your friends together and get along, it’s going to be fantastic.

The bare bones of Wednesday Nights at the Hollywood are still there. Folk Club is still on on Wednesday nights and it’s still on at The Hotel Hollywood in Sydney’s Surry Hills. And The Falls will still be performing a set each and every week along with two other very talented artists.

But that’s where things start to get a little different. Each week there will be a “feature artist” (usually the artist chosen to perform the final set) who will be interviewed during their show by the night’s host, local actor Jason Crewes. This part of the show will be filmed and the audio recorded to be later turned into online videos and a Folk Club podcast. As the year progresses the online content from the shows will no doubt adapt and change but you’ll need to down at The Hollywood every Wednesday if you want to brag to your friends that you were there.

All sounds pretty exciting right? Now all you need is the information like where, when and who is first?

2012 is going to kick off this Wednesday 29th February with The Falls, Boy Outside and The Merri Creek Pickers. But the official launch of Folk Club is actually Wednesday 7th March which you should definitely get down to – Jack Carty and Jordan Lesser will be there. The March lineup (so far) is below:

Wed 7th March – Jack Carty + The Falls + Jordan Lesser
Wed 14th March – Maples + The Falls + Luke Webb
Wed 21st March – Little Bastards + The Falls + TBA
Wed 28th March – Patrick James + The Falls + TBA

For more information check out the official Folk Club Facebook page. And while you’re there friend The Falls so you get double to updates. And of course keep tuned to Timber and Steel where we’ll update you on all things Folk Club related.

“Man, I see in Folk Club the strongest and smartest musicians who’ve ever lived” – Tyler Durden

Jamgrass Music Festival Videos

Image of Merri Creek Pickers Courtesy of JamGrass Music Festival

In November last year the inaugural JamGrass Music Festival hit Melbourne town showcasing some of Victoria’s, and the nation’s, best up and coming new-grass talents. JamGrass was born out of the growing number of progressive jam bands that were exploring the rich cultural heritage of bluegrass music – in some ways it was an Australian response to the well respected San Francisco festival Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.

By all accounts the JamGrass Music Festival was a massive success. And even better for those of us not in Melbourne the organisers filmed the whole thing and have been drip feeding the videos online. While there’s still more to come we thought we’d share with you the awesome tracks that have already hit the interwebs including performances from Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Mustered Courage, The Stetson Family, Merri Creek Pickers (above) and the insanely talented Kat Mear. Check out the videos below – we’ll be sure to bring you more as they make their way onto the web:

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats – “Days Like These”

DeadCoversProject (Australia) – Doug Widner & The Merri Creek Pickers – “Mama Tried”

Mustered Courage – “Blue Moon of Kentucky”

The Stetson Family – “The L & N Don’t Stop Here Anymore”

Merri Creek Pickers – “The Farm”

Kat Mear – “Boston Boy”

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