Bluesfest Adds More Roots Artists to 2018 Lineup

All Our Exes
Image Courtesy of All Our Exes Live In Texas

The latest artist announcement from Bluesfest is full of heaps of rootsy goodness including a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites

Joining the Bluesfest lineup this time will be Dan Sultan, All Our Exes Live In Texas (above), Chain, Con Brio, Mia Dyson, Shaun Kirk, Caiti Baker, Steve Smyth, Dog Trumpet and Hanlon Brothers.

Bluesfest is held just outside of Byron Bay from the 29th March to 2nd April. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The full lineup announced so far is below:

Lionel Richie, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Ms. Lauryn Hill, John Butler Trio, Tash Sultana, The New Power Generation, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, José González, First Aid Kit, Morcheeba, Gov’t Mule, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The California Honeydrops, Eric Gales, Bobby Rush, Dumpstaphunk, Joe Louis Walker, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Youssou N’Dour, Seal, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jackson Brown, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Gomez, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, The Original Blues Brothers Band, Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers, Benjamin Booker, Hurray for Riff Raff, Canned Heat, Walter Trout, André Cymone, The Teskey Brothers, Kesha, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Ethridge, Afro Celt Sound System, William Crighton, Elephant Sessions, Newton Faulkner, Harry Manx, Juanes, Seu Jorge, Ziggy Alberts, Ásgeir, Harts, Holy Holy, Dan Sultan, All Our Exes Live In Texas (above), Chain, Con Brio, Mia Dyson, Shaun Kirk, Caiti Baker, Steve Smyth, Dog Trumpet, Hanlon Brothers

The Queenscliff Music Festival Reveals Second Lineup Announcement

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Image Courtesy of The Queenscliff Music Festival

The Queenscliff Music Festival has just added a bunch more artists to its 2017 lineup and once again there’s plenty for Timber and Steel readers to get excited about.

Joining the likes of Bernard Fanning, Mama Kin & Spender, The Teskey Brothers and Xavier Rudd this year will be Allysha Joy, The Bamboos, Beccy Cole, Bob Evans, Hat Fitz & Cara, Jazz Party, Little Georgia, Mia Dyson, Sammy J, The Southern River Band, Stella Donnelly and The Wilson Pickers with more to be announced soon.

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

Brunswick Music Festival Announces 2016 Lineup

Blind Boy Paxton
Image Courtesy of Blind Boy Paxton

I feel like the Brunswick Music Festival is the quiet achiever of the folk festival season. Taking place just after the Port Fairy Folk Festival from the 15th to 20th March, the Brunswick Music Festival in Melbourne always manages to mix the best of Melbourne’s folk and acoustic talent with the incredible touring international artists.

This year the Brunswick Music Festival has announced a raft of exciting artists including Blind Boy Paxton (above), Jeff Lang, Alison Ferrier, Kim Salmon, Mandy Connell, Mick Thomas, Charles Jenkins, Cat Canteri & Justin Bernasconi, Sean McMahon, Jemma Rowlands, Rich Davies, Brooke Russell, Ayleen O’Hanlon, Hat Fitz & Cara, Zourouna, Lala Shouha, Sweet Mona’s Choir, Ajak Kwai, Jawa Pitu Band, Santa Taranta, Cumbia Cosmonauts, Los Kumbia Killers, La Descarga, Sonidero Esperanza, Alsarah and the Nubatones, Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro, Mànran, Spiro, Moxie, Shane Howard Trio, Emma Donovan and the PutBacks, Yirrmal, Mia Dyson, Jess Ribeiro and many more.

The traditional Sydney Road Street Party takes place on the 6th March with the full Brunswick Music Festival held from the 15th to 20th March. Check out the official site for all the events taking place during the Brunswick Music Festival.

Katie Noonan’s Songs That Made Me Album and National Tour

Katie Noonan
Image Courtesy of Katie Noonan

Katie Noonan’s celebrated Songs That Made Me project returns this October with a brand new album and an extensive national tour. The project features some of Australia’s finest female musicians performing and recording the songs that have shaped their lives.

The album is due for release on the 17th October and features contributions from Melody Pool, Sam Buckingham, Mia Dyson, Sahara Beck and more. 100% of the profits raised from the album will go towards the Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon campaign. Check out the full track list below:

1. Ainslie Wills – Let It Die (Feist)
2. Kylie Auldist, Deborah Conway, Angie Hart, Katie Noonan and Ainslie Wills – Hymn to Her (The Pretenders)
3. Melody Pool – River (Joni Mitchell)
4. Angie Hart – When You Were Mine (Cyndi Lauper)
5. Mia Dyson – Fruits Of My Labor (Lucinda Williams)
6. Sam Buckingham – Another Day In Paradise (Phil Collins)
7. Sahara Beck – Mr. Sandman (The Chordettes)
8. Kylie Auldist – Ooh Child (Nina Simone)
9. Katie Noonan – Last Goodbye (Jeff Buckley)
10. Maples – Street Spirit (Radiohead)
11. Deborah Conway – Court and Spark (Joni Mitchell)
12. Stonefield – The Chain (Fleetwood Mac)
13. Anna Coddington and Katie Noonan – Sign Your Name (Terence Trent D’arby)
14. Jo Lawry – Still Crazy After All These Years (Paul Simon)
15. Renee Geyer – It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World (James Brown)

To accompany the album Katie Noonan will be heading out on tour bringing Angie Hart, Melody Pool and Sam Buckingham. Check out the full list of dates here:

Thursday 30th October – Artbar, Perth, WA
Friday 7th November – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 8th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th November – Joan Sutherland PAC, Penrith, NSW
Friday 14th November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 16th November – Lizotte’s Restaurant, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 21st November – The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 23rd November – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th October

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Nick Mulvey debuted his brand new video for the track “Nitrous”. Details here

– The new video from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, “Life Is Hard”, shows the band doing what they do best – playing live. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Cass McCombs, who will be in the country next year for Laneway, has released his new single “Brighter” featuring Karen Black on vocals. Details here

– To celebrate the release of his new album Country Mile this week Johnny Flynn has released the title track as his new video. Details here

– Two of Timber and Steel’s favourites, Sam Buckingham and Buffalo Tales, are heading out on tour together. Details here

– Melbourne’s Kate Martin has released her new single “Awaken” and will be touring this November. Details here

Arbori have released their new single “Flannelette and Feather Beds” ahead of their tour for Timber and Steel. Details here

Mark Moldre has a new video, “Four Winds”, and a free NSW south coast tour with Sarah Humphreys. Details here

Tomas Strode and The Tour Guides are streaming their new album Graceful Mistake online before the official launch in Melbourne this Wednesday. Details here

Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer and Jen Cloher are teaming up to tour as Dyson Stringer Cloher this October, November and December and are streaming a stunning tour EP to get you in the mood. Details here

– The Illawarra Folk Festival revealed the first artists for 2014 including Andy Irvine, The Beez, Dom Flemons, Whitetop Mountaineers, The Miss Chiefs, The Timbers and many many more. Details here

– This month’s MoFo at The Gaelic in Sydney will feature All Our Exes Live in Texas and Oh Pep! Details here

– We exclusively debuted “Feet In The Sand”, the new video from Rose Wintergreen. Details here

– The new single from The Head and the Heart, “Another Story”, is just stunning. Details here

– Two of the Falls Festival’s more folky acts, James Vincent McMorrow and Tom Odell, have announced sideshows. Details here

Interviews

“I do feel joy in my life. I don’t live in that place of my music all the time. Even though, it’s totally always just under the surface. It’s just here (touches chest under vest) and it can come out very easily”Scott Matthew spends an evening with Janine Estoesta. Interview here

“I stopped listening to the album a little while ago. Occasionally I’ll see it there and spin one or two tracks but I want to start again with everyone else. When it [comes out] I’ll start listening with everyone else to feel like it’s new for me as well” – Thomas Busby of Busby Marou chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“The first reason why I started to do the house concert tours is because I just wanted to be able to play more and I felt like I was exhausting all my options around the country. The size of venue that I was playing at at the time and how I was doing things meant I couldn’t necessarily go to Melbourne and play three or four gigs and actually make that work for me. I thought what if I did one gig in Melbourne and a couple of gigs in people’s homes around Melbourne so that I could spend three or four days there, I could play to more people and potentially not lose money by doing that”Sam Buckingham chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Busby Marou
Farewell FitzroyBusby Marou
iTunes

Rosie Catalano
Dreams Are Just MoviesRosie Catalano
Bandcamp

Crooked Fiddle Band
Moving Pieces of the SeaThe Crooked Fiddle Band
Bandcamp

Little Stevies
Diamonds For Your TeaThe Little Stevies
iTunes

Afterdust
AfterdustWoody Pitney
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Arbori
Arbori
Friday 4th October – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th October – Revolt Studios, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 8th October – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Friday 11th October – Triple Menace Studio, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Foy Vance
Thursday 10th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 4th October – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 5th October – The Heritage, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 6th October – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Jinja Safari
Friday 4th October – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 5th October – The Astor, Perth, WA
Sunday 6th October – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Liz Frencham
Friday 4th October – Humph Hall, Nth Sydney, NSW
Sunday 6th October – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Loren Kate
Thursday 10th October – Kidgo Arthouse, Fremantle, WA
Friday 11th October – Nanga Music Festival, Dwellingup, WA

Mark Moldre and Sarah Humphreys
Thursday 10th October – Bottlerocket Bar & Cafe, Nowra, NSW
Friday 11th October – Shellharbour Workers Club, Shellharbour, NSW

Matt Corby with Bear’s Den
Wednesday 9th October – Wollongong University, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 10th October – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 11th October – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW

Nigel Wearne
Friday 4th October – Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah, ACT
Saturday 5th October – St Leonards Vineyard, Wahgunyah, VIC
Saturday 5th October – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Olivers Army
Friday 4th October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Oscar Lush
Thursday 10th October – Sofar Sounds, Sydney, NSW

Potato Potato
Friday 4th October – Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick Heads, NSW

Roscoe James Irwin
Thursday 10th October – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Rose Wintergreen with Rosie Catalano
Friday 4th October – The Hideaway, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 10th October – The Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW

Takadimi
Friday 4th October – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th October – Ceres Markets (morning), Brunswick East, VIC
Saturday 5th October – Secret House Concert, Brunswick East, VIC
Sunday 6th October – Popup Gig, Melbourne, VIC

Tanya Batt
Saturday 5th October – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Bon Scotts
Thursday 10th October – The Front Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 11th October – Grand Junction, Maitland, NSW

The Lamplights and Buffalo Tales
Friday 4th October – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 5th October – Greenslopes Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD

The Stillsons
Friday 4th October – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 5th October – The Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 6th October – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides with Aluka, Amy Alex
Wednesday 9th October – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Whitley
Friday 11th October – Hotel New York, Launceston, TAS

Xavier Rudd, Donavon Frankenreiter and Nahko and Medicine for the People
Friday 4th October – Big Top, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 6th October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Monday 7th October – YAC Ampitheatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 8th October – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“October” – Tunng

Can you believe it’s October already? My how the year flies.

Listen to the New Dyson Stringer Cloher Tour EP

Dyson Stringer Cloher
Image Courtesy of Dyson Stringer Cloher

Three of Australia’s most celebrated sing-songwriters, Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer and Jen Cloher, have come together this month for a massive tour that will see them performing songs from across their respective catalogues as well as collaborating in what’s bound to be one of the highlights of 2013. To celebrate the tour the trio have released a limited tour EP which you can listen to below:

Pretty special right? You can pick up a digital or physical copy of the EP here. The full list of dates for the upcoming Dyson Stringer Cloher tour are below:

Thursday 24th October – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 25th October – The Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD
Saturday 26th October – Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 27th October – Woombye Pub, Eumundi, QLD
Thursday 31st October – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 1st November – Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 2nd November – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 3rd November – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW
Tuesday 5th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Wednesday 6th November – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 7th November – Lizotte’s, Dee Why, NSW
Friday 8th November – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 9th November – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 10th November – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 13th November – Ararat Hotel Red Room, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 14th November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 15th November – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 16th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 17th November – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 22nd November – Balnarring Community Hall, Balnarring, VIC
Saturday 23rd November – Butter Factory, Mornington, VIC
Wednesday 27th November – Red Hot, Devonport, TAS
Thursday 28th November – Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Friday 29th November – Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda, SA
Saturday 30th November – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 1st December – Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Thursday 5th December – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Friday 6th December – The Bakery, Perth, WA
Saturday 7th December – Quindanning Inne, Quindanning, WA

Review: Womadelaide 2013

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All Photographs courtesy of Arcade Photo

In recent years Womadelaide has given folkies as much to be excited about as just about any other festival, barring the likes of Bluesfest or Woodford Folk. In previous years we’ve seen high profile acts like First Aid Kit, Luka Bloom, Joanna Newsom, Archie Roach & Angus and Julia Stone but a surprising list of fantastic, relatively unknown international artists which gives the festival a distinct appeal to anyone who approaches the event with an open mind, ready to discover something exotic and amazing.

Womad 2k13 Bands-23One of the great things about Womadelaide to me as an Adelaidian is that it’s a constant. I can rely on it, which sounds trivial but it’s something that almost every other festival can’t live up to. I can rely on the music programming to be insightful, contrasting and varied and the quality of sound to be to the highest standard. I can rely on there being great food, enough water, and adequate toilets. I can rely on the fact that I won’t be abused or harassed by drunken bullies and I won’t get into a situation where I’m going to be cramped or trampled. I can rely on having a good, relaxing weekend shared with friends and for that reason I think it has become sacred to a lot of people. Womadelaide has been running for 21 years now and I suppose they’ve essentially perfected it because for as long as I’ve been attending the festival it’s kept the same site layout, precincts, stages and amenities, which definitely contributes to the comfort levels of repeat attendees.

For the last 3 years (at least) the festival has spanned 4 days to include the Friday night before the weekend and the Adelaide Cup public holiday on the Monday following. The great thing about this is that it’s quite commonplace for artists to have more than one performance during the festival, which allows the flexibility to get around clashing set-times or prior engagements (which is a very real danger during the peak of Adelaide’s mad march festival season).

Womad 2k13 Bands-12The Friday night was the major event of my Womadelaide. Undoubtedly the atmosphere was at its most electrifying and everybody I spoke to was restless with anticipation for The Tallest Man On Earth, aka Swedish folk singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson. The Tallest Man On Earth has been one of my favorite artists ever since I first discovered his debut album Shallow Graves in 2009. That was an exciting time in this generation’s indie-folk revival, and Matsson has been contributing increasingly jaw-dropping works since. I had the enormous pleasure of seeing The Tallest Man On Earth perform last year at Womadelaide’s spin-off festival Earth Station that was held in the Belair National Park. Since that time he’s released a brand new album There’s No Leaving Now, which was largely the focus of his Womadelaide 2013 performance. Here’s what Timber & Steel contributor JDX had to say about the album;

“I was more than just a coward. I was handsome too”. One of the best opening lyrics I’ve ever heard. I was in a doctors’ waiting room; the venue for many of my musical discoveries. Kristian Matsson’s intricate chords, his sweeping melodies, his metaphors, sharp, yet brittle, stole me from the moment, as my favourite folk music always does. Matsson said There’s No Leaving Now was about wanting to deal with your own weaknesses. I felt weak. This album made me feel stronger. I could write reams about imagery, or interpretation, about how “Bright Lanterns” is the world’s best post-colonial protest song, about how this isn’t The Wild Hunt and whether that matters. But then I’d be saying too much.

Powerful right? I think that testimonial is representative of the command Matsson has on an audience. When I turned around to survey behind me from the front of Stage 3 during the set I saw a sea of affected faces- it stole us all for the better part of an hour.

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Matsson enters the stage and starts to play without a hint of ado, without a moment to feed his ego with the applause of an adoring mass as if to break the audience’s shackles with reality, their awareness of their surroundings and prepare them to experience the music and only the music. That’s not to say that his performance lacks humanity. Matsson is constantly, unashamedly, physically affected by his music during his performance, which can appear quite unique and peculiar at first but also allows the audience to feel uninhibited. Sometimes he assumes the famous one-legged stance of Jethro Tull flautist/front man Ian Anderson, and at other times he briskly whips back and forth the front of stage like a flamboyant magician showing the audience his empty hands before performing a trick. As per usual, The Tallest Man On Earth performed all by his lonesome until he was joined by a female vocalist (unknown to me) for a song towards the end of his set. Matsson’s trademark open-tuning, quick finger-picking guitar technique never ceases to amaze me. Among the songs from his latest album such as “1904”, “Wind and Walls”, “Leading Me Now”, and “Revelation Blues”, Matsson delved back into his back catalogue for some of his most moving tunes like “Love Is All”, “King of Spain” and “Like The Wheel” and even further back to tracks like “The Gardener”, “Where Do My Bluebirds Fly” and “I Won’t Be Found” from his debut. Below is a live version of one of my favorite tracks from his latest album for anyone who wants on the bandwagon.

Womad 2k13 Bands-25The next act I saw was the hyped Melbourne soul troupe Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes, who I’d seen for the first time nearly exactly a year ago supporting Charles Bradley at Adelaide Festival’s Barrio club in 2012. The energetic horn section and spritely back-up singers gave a fantastic excitement to the show and provide the ideal backdrop for diva-queen Ms. Browne to stun the crowd with her powerful-as-all-hell vocals. You’d have all heard her tune “Love Letter” on the radio at some point, but if her Womadelaide 2013 performance proved anything to me it’s that Clairy’s not just a one trick pony.

Before calling it a night I caught the first part of The Cat Empire’s set. The enormous crowd that had gathered to the main stage was probably the biggest of the festival and really just goes to show that the Melbourne collective still has the pulling power to the “world-music” audience, even if their new tunes aren’t quite taking to “youth-radio” like they used to.

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Unfortunately suffering from heat exhaustion brought on by an ill-fated attempt to play a Saturday morning soccer game in the high 30 degree, humid conditions, I missed out on much of the acts over Womadelaide’s Saturday and Sunday, although made it for at least a couple of hours on both days. If there’s one thing for certain, this Womadelaide was the hottest in recent years, being mid-to-high thirties for the whole weekend. All of the acts that I saw on Saturday I came across by complete accident. I delightfully observed indigenous Arnhem Land act East Journey for a few minutes before finding my way to the Morteton Bay Stage to catch a few tunes from contemporary Scottish folk group LAU. Despite being someone who is less inspired by the trad spectrum of folk music, I was incredibly impressed by the musicianship on display and could easily imagine their performance erupting into an unbridled ruckus in a smaller, enclosed venue.

Before calling it a day I stole a moment with both a genre defying group of Parisian-expats called Moriarty and a beautiful, sparse performance on an ancient discarded instrument, the viola da gamba, from viola guru Jordi Savall.

Despite lingering sickness I decided to head into botanic park on Sunday for two performances that I’d eagerly been anticipating, Mia Dyson and Abigail Washburn. Although Mia Dyson is a very well known Australian Rock/Blues & Roots artist, I think the height of her fame must have fallen slightly before my time. I was familiar with her name but not her work, despite her being widely touted by the Blues & Roots community in Adelaide and her being one of the intensely publicized headliners for last year’s Backwater Blues & Roots Festival in SA. To put it simply, I was stunned by Dyson’s Womadelaide performance. Her voice was just so intense and faultless. It made me wonder why I had never heard her music before? Perhaps her style falls on the “Adult Contemporary” side of blues/rock, rather than the “indie” side that’s considered fair game for mainstream radio… This reminded me of an interview article I read on Fasterlouder with Jen Cloher called “Why we need a Triple J for adults”- an Australian artist who’s probably been pigeonholed in the same way as Dyson. Well worth a read.

I caught Abigail Washburn’s second performance of Womadelaide with her current collaborator Kai Welch and found it equally as enlightening as it was entertaining. I had listened to Washburn’s most recent record only a couple of times. As an amateur banjo picker I’m always interested to listen to how the instrument is being used in new music and Washburn is renowned the world over for the use of that Scruggs-style clawhammer banjo in her music. What I didn’t realize was that Washburn’s obvious Appalachian/bluegrass influences are supplemented by strong ties with Chinese culture. Washburn has spent a lot of time in China writing and playing music, speaks the language fluently and draws from the culture in her music. The blend makes for an intriguing result, but is not at all gimmicky. Washburn and Welch had the crowd singing in Chinese and told stories of their shared time in the country following the ravaging earthquakes. In terms of performance, she and Welch played off each other wonderfully, hitting impossible harmonies without falter. Washburn even felt the energy to get up and clog along to a tune despite her obvious pregnancy. She did a TED talk that I found very interesting. Watch below.

Womad 2k13 Bands-48On Monday I was joined by some old friends so I spent the day less intent on seeing performances and more dedicated to catching up. Throughout the day I managed to catch sets from hearty New Zealand blues duo Swamp Thing and UK fiddle prodigy/trad heart throb  Seth Lakeman. I also had the Timber & Steel photographer playing paparazzi for an photo-article called “Beards of Womadelaide 2013”, which I would sternly urge you all to visit.

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The Gum Ball Announces First Round of Artists for 2013

Turin Brakes
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The Gum Ball is back again in 2013 and its first round of artists is very exciting indeed. Held on a farm in the Hunter Valley region of NSW, Gum Ball has recently been rebuilding its reputation as one of the most chilled out events on the busy festival calendar. The festival will take place next year from the 25th to 27th April (tickets on sale now) and as always is BYO, family friendly and supports and fundraises for The Black Dog Institute.

The first round lineup for the Gum Ball next year includes Turin Brakes (above), Mia Dyson, The Beards, Jordie Lane, Little Bastard and many many more – the second round of artists is due in January. For more information on Gum Ball head to the official web site. The full list of artists announced so far is below:

Turin Brakes (UK)
Mia Dyson
The Beards
Saskwatch
The Preatures
Eugene Hideaway Bridges (USA)
Katalyst
Jordie Lane
Mojo Juju
Steve Smyth
Little Bastard
King of the North

Mullum Music Festival Announces Artists for 2012

Joe Pug
Image Courtesy of Joe Pug

Mullumbimby is a strange anomaly on the Australian music scene. Tucked away in the NSW North Coast with a population just above 3,000 (according to Wikipedia) Mullumbimby sees some of the most exciting artists in the country pass through on a regular basis.

And then of course there’s the Mullum Music Festival which attracts not only the best this country has to offer but also some of the world’s most talked about artists. Held from the 22nd to the 25th November, the Mullum Music Festival has just announced it’s 2012 program and for Timber and Steel fans it’s looking to be a treat. Among the artists this year are Husky, TinPan Orange, Mama Kin, Gossling, Joe Pug (above), Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer, Stiff Gins, Hat Fitz and Cara, Sara Tindley, The Rescue Ships, Rosey, Jack Carty and many more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale today and are available via the official festival web site, where you can also find a bunch of information about the event. The full list of artists is below:

The Abyssinians (Jamaica), Husky, Boubacar Traoré (Mali), Darren Percival, Tinpan Orange, Mama Kin, Nano Stern (Chile), Gossling, Joe Pug (US), Mia Dyson, Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes, Will & The People (UK), Bustamento, King Tide, Electric Empire, Tim Freedman, Joe Robinson, Liz Stringer, Aya Larkin, Stiff Gins, Hat Fitz and Cara, Suzannah Espie, Vince Jones, Winter People, Entropic, Sara Tindley, The Rescue Ships, Band of Frequencies, Darky Roots, Kingfisha, The Lucky Wonders, Juzzie Smith, Victoriana Gaye, Jojo Smith, Loren Kate, Round Mountain Girls, Gyan, ShakShuka, Rosey (Ireland), Scarlett Affection, David Ades, Kapcha, One Dragon Two Dragon, Lifeline, Potato Potato, Brad Butcher, Jimmy Dowling, Eleea Navarro, Starboard Cannons, President Roots, Mr Cassidy, The Windy Hills, Jack Carty, The Buckley’s Family Band, Uke Mullum, The Biggest Little Town Choir, Raise the Roof Community Gospel Choir, The Pitts Family Circus, Stukulele & Miss Amber, A case for Cultivation, Mae Wilde’s Secret Gigs, The Amazing Drumming Monkeys, The Lollipop Ladies, Flycycle, Street Parade, Youth Mentorship program, workshops, The Magic Bus and much more!

Sydney Blues & Roots Festival Anounces First Artists for 2012

Sydney Blues & Roots Festival
Image Courtesy of Sydney Blues & Roots Festival

At midnight on Friday the fine folks from the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival announced the first round of artists for the 2012 event. Held from the 25th to 28th October in the scenic Hawkesbury region of Sydney’s west, 2012 marks the 4th time we have been graced with the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival and the lineup is looking pretty special already.

Headlining the festival this year are ex-Cold Chisel guitarist and Australian legend Ian Moss, celebrated US bluesman Charlie Musselwhite and the ever-wonderful Timber and Steel favourite Lanie Lane. The three headliners will be joined by an astounding list of local and international talent including (but not limited to) Mia Dyson, Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, Chase The Sun, Microwave Jenny, Ashleigh Mannix and more.

Early-bird tickets for the festival are available until the 30th June. For more information and tickets check out the official Sydney Blues & Roots Festival website. The full first artist announcement is below:

Ian Moss
Charlie Musselwhite (USA)
Lanie Lane
Mia Dyson
Ray Beadle
The Trews (Canada)
Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band
Backsliders
Chase The Sun
Jill Barber (Canada)
Billy TK Junior (NZ)
The Darren Jack Hammond Trio
Sam Cutler (UK)
Dave Tice and Mark Evans
Microwave Jenny
8 Ball Aitken
Benjalu
Lloyd Speigel
The Lazys
Ashleigh Mannix
Marshall Okell
Genevieve Chadwick
Two Girls Will

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