Thank Folk It’s Friday – 13th September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Ainsley Farrell, Bobby Alu, Catherine Traicos, Falls, Mark Moldre, Michael Waugh, Montgomery Church, Nathan Power, Robert Cini, Sam Buckingham, The East Pointers, The Teskey Brothers and Vetiver. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Darren Cross
Ecstatic RacquetD.C Cross
Bandcamp

Ma
MaDevendra Banhart
iTunes

Hayden Calnin
A Life You Would ChooseHayden Calnin
iTunes

Want It All
Want it AllLittle Wise
Bandcamp
iTunes

Trucker Caps
Trucker Caps And Heart AttacksMat Black
iTunes

Shelley's Murder Boys
Above is a RawShelley’s Murder Boys
Bandcamp
iTunes

III
IIIThe Lumineers
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Irish & Celtic Music Festival

Yass

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Yass, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Alana and Alicia
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW
Friday 20th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

An Otherwise Quiet Room feat. Teresa Dixon
Thursday 19th September – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Ben Salter
Friday 13th September – The Gunners Arms Tavern, Launceston, TAS

Black Mountain String Band
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Friday 20th September – Music at Street Market, Sydney, NSW

Broads
Saturday 14th September – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Cat Canteri & Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 14th September – House Concert, Eltham, VIC

Charlie Finn
Friday 13th September – Kelly’s On King, Sydney, NSW

Chloe & Jason Roweth
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Danika Smith
Saturday 14th September – Geddes Lane Ballroom, Melbourne, VIC

Desert Song Festival
Friday 6th to Sunday 15th September – Alice Springs, NT

Don Walker
Thursday 19th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Eagle & The Wolf
Friday 13th September – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Emily-Rose & The Wild Things, Vendulka
Friday 20th September – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

Emma Russack
Friday 13th September – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 14th September – Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon, VIC
Sunday 15th September – The Taproom – Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 20th September – Toppy Hall, Wyalong, NSW

Felicity Urquhart & Brad Butcher
Thursday 19th September – Edge Hill Tavern, Cairns, QLD
Friday 20th September – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD

Figgy Folk Session
Monday 16th September – Figtree Hotel, Figtree, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Victor Cripes, Hannah Matysek, Jesse Squire
Wednesday 18th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 13th September – Cygnet Town Hall, Cygnet, TAS
Saturday 14th September – Kunanyi Folk Club, Fern Tree, TAS
Sunday 15th September – Dennes Point, TAS

Greta Stanley
Friday 13th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th September – Tank Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Thursday 19th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 20th September – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Sunday 15th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th September – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW

Harvey Russell
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Hayley Marsten
Saturday 14th September – The Press, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 15th September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Thursday 19th September – Lazybones, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th September – Toppy Hall, Wyalong, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 12th September – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Huckleberry Hastings
Thursday 19th September – Hotel Ravesis, Sydney, NSW

Irish & Celtic Music Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Yass, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 20th September – The Victoria, Bathurst, NSW

Joe Man Murphy
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – The GAS Goats Acoustic Sessions, Brooweena, QLD
Sunday 15th September – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 19th September – Foxy on Coolum, Coolum, QLD
Friday 20th September – Little Boat, Marcoola, QLD

Joe Mungovan
Friday 13th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th September – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Justin Townes Earle
Friday 13th September – Tank Arts Center, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 14th September – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

Kasey Chambers w/ Charlie Collins
Friday 13th September – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th September – Costa Hall GPAC, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 15th September – Performing Arts Centre, Wangaratta, VIC
Thursday 19th September – Lismore City Hall, Lismore, NSW
Friday 20th September – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, VIC

Kris Kristofferson
Tuesday 17th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 19th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th September – Riverlinks, Shepparton, VIC

Leah Flanagan
Friday 20th September – Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, NSW

Lisa Caruso
Friday 13th September – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Lou Bradley
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Lucie Thorne
Friday 13th September – The Corridors Project, Cowra, NSW
Saturday 14th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 15th September – The Town Hall, Candelo, NSW

Mark Lucas & The Dead Setters
Sunday 15th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Mat Black w/ Gretta Ziller, Mr Alford
Sunday 15th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Medusa’s Wake
Saturday 14th September – The Chippo Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Michael Waugh
Saturday 14th September – The Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Montgomery Church
Saturday 14th September – Winter Breaker Country Party, Steampacket Hotel, Nelligen, NSW
Friday 20th September – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW

Narrownecks
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Natalie Henry
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Nathan Power
Friday 13th September – Guildford Family Hotel, Guildford, NSW

Neil Murray
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW
Thursday 19th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th September – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Neurum Creek Music Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, Neurum, QLD

Nimbin Roots Festival
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin, NSW

Obscura Hail
Friday 13th September – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW

Paul Dempsey
Tuesday 17th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Rosie McDonald and Nigel Lever
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Round Mountain Girls
Friday 13th September – Southport Sharks, Southport, QLD

Ruby Gilbert
Saturday 14th September – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 18th September – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Seanchas
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Seeker Lover Keeper
Friday 13th September – Narrabeen RSL, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th September – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Shane Nicholson w/ Michael Waugh
Saturday 14th September – The Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Shanty Club
Friday 13th September – The Observer Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th September – The Observer Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Sunday 15th September – Club Millthorpe, Millthorpe, NSW

Soweto Gospel Choir
Saturday 14th September – Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT

The GAS Goats Acoustic Sessions feat. Lily & King, Gypsy Rumble, Hillbilly Goats, Flower & Trengove, The Tuck Shop Ladies, Chris Matthews, Tim Griffin, Tim Woodz, Joe Man Murphy, Rosie Burgess, JC & The Tree, Sean the Noosa Magician
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – The GAS, Brooweena, QLD

The Great Australian Caravan Park Country Music Showcase feat. Andrew Swift, Gretta Ziller, Kevin Bennett, Lyn Bowtell, Montgomery Church
Friday 20th September – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW

The Middle East
Friday 13th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

The Montgomery Brothers
Friday 20th September – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

The Strzelecki Stringbusters
Tuesday 17th September – Mountain Pickers Association, Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, Ferntree Gully, VIC

The Water Runners
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Thelma Plum
Monday 16th September – HBF Stadium, Perth, WA
Wednesday 18th September – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA
Friday 20th September – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW

Tia Gostelow
Saturday 14th September – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Traditional Graffiti
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Ukulele Death Squad
Friday 13th September – SunPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 14th September – SunPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 15th September – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Wagons
Friday 13th September – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th September – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

We Mavericks
Saturday 14th September – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne, NSW

Whoa Mule & Grace Barr
Saturday 14th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Winter Breaker Country Party feat. Catherine Britt, Hurricane Fall, Montgomery Church, Chalkie White, Corey Legge, Lara Duncan Music, Sam Fletcher, Marshall Karaitiana, St Peter’s Anglican College Broulee
Saturday 14th September – Steampacket Hotel, Nelligen, NSW

Witches Leap
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Irish & Celtic Music Festival, Yass, NSW

Z-Star Trinity
Friday 13th September – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 14th September – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 15th September – Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 20th September – Maryborough Sports Club, Maryborough, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Needle of Death” – Bert Jansch

New Music Monday – 9th September

Falls
Image Courtesy of Falls

Ainsley Farrell – “Dark Spell”

“Dark Spell” is the new single from Sydney based singer-songwriter Ainsley Farrell. The track captures Farrell’s vulnerability as a songwriter and couples her unique vocal style with electric guitar and a driving rhythm section.

“I wrote “Dark Spell” about losing yourself in a relationship and becoming someone you’re not to appease the other person,” Ainsley Farrell explained. “It’s about taking on the heartbreak of two people.”

Ainsley Farrell self directed the video for “Dark Spell”.

“The idea for the video was to do all these mundane tasks like laundry and showering with different faces, and have the faces take over and consume me,” she said. “The magazine cut out of faces are meant to represent the part of you that’s lost I guess – it ended up being a lot creepier than I imagined.”

Ainsley Farrell will be supporting Asha Jefferies at Low 302 in Sydney on the 21st September.

Bobby Alu – “Fire”

Roots singer-songwriter Bobby Alu recently debuted his new single “Fire”. The sunny track sees Alu pulling from numerous influences, including reggae and soul, to create a sound that’s bound to put a smile on your face.

“”Fire” is about good flow,” Bobby Alu explained. “Searching inside yourself to find the courage to push your energy into things you love. Instead of finding discomfort and fear, you find power and fire. I love these moments and when I started writing this song I was searching for that fire in myself again. This made me realise when this type of feeling comes by, it’s time to strike and make most of the goodness.”

“Fire” taken from Bobby Alu’s newly announced album Flow which hits stands on the 18th October. He’ll also be heading out on tour with Busby Marou in October and November:

Friday 25th October – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 26th October – Venue 114, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 27th October – Home of Arts, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 31st October – Lions Arts Factory, Adelaide, SA
Friday 1st November – The Freo.Social, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 2nd November – The River, Margaret River, WA
Friday 8th November – Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Saturday 9th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 14th November – The Cambridge, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 15th November – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th November – Ettamogah Hotel, Kellyville Ridge, NSW
Friday 22nd November – The Jack, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 23rd November – Kirwan Tavern, Townsville, QLD

Catherine Traicos – “And I Ran”

Celebrated folk singer Catherine Traicos has just released her brand new single “And I Ran”, the first taste of her upcoming album Nobody Could Hear Us to be released on the 25th October. The song’s slightly unconventional chord progression melds wonderfully with Traicos’ sweet if somewhat haunting voice.

“When I wrote this song it was just the music and that unconventional structure that presented itself in about three minutes in someone’s living room, on a borrowed guitar that hadn’t been played in so long the tuning had gone down a tone,” Catherine Traicos explained. “I sat with the song for ages, trying out different lyrics and structures but nothing felt quite right. And then I put it away for almost a year!

“Then there was a definite point of change in my life where I was able to sit back and be angry and that is when most of the songs came together. I feel that often when things are bad you are just engulfed by them and often they can be so bad that you bypass and can’t process emotion. So when I finally wrote the song I was in the post bypass state of utter fury at events, at certain people and mostly at myself. But the piece just couldn’t work as an angry song no matter how much I tried to push it in that direction. I latched onto the amazing bliss that was also concurrently present in my life (go reality!) and wrote about that instead.”

Falls – “On Attack”

There’s a long history between LA based Sydney duo Falls and Timber and Steel. Last Friday they released their new single “On Attack”, their first in far too long. The track features Falls’ trademark harmonies intertwined through a driving, rhythmic melody that had me up and dancing.

“When the idea of home is illusive and you feel like you’ve lost your grounding, you sometimes find yourself clinging to people like life rafts,” Melinda Kirwin explained. “This song is about that moment when you realize that you’re not drowning, you can touch the ocean floor with your feet, and you can save yourself.”

There’s so much nostalgia on this track, I love it. “On Attack” is the first taster of Falls’ upcoming EP Bodega Rose, due in October.

Mark Moldre – “Josephine”

Americana singer-songwriter Mark Moldre has just released his new single and video “Josephine”. Taken from his 2019 album Fever Dreams, “Josephine” is a hypnotic, melancholic, dream-like track and the accompanying video plays up to this tone with strange, somewhat surreal visuals. This is very much modern, Australian Americana – more of this and less of everything else.

Michael Waugh – “Big Things”

No one is capturing the Australian experience at the moment quite like Michael Waugh. His storytelling songwriting style taps into something nostalgic but also delivers an emotional wallop. “Big Things” is not just about the “fibre glass fruit” that dots Australia’s highways, but instead anchors a primal story of growing up in the bush with the familiar archetypes of the Australian road trip.

“Big Things is about family – and the making of this video was a real family affair,” Michael Waugh explained. “My good friend Miguel Rios shot and directed – assisted by his partner, Meredith O’Shea. Though, the real stars are Meredith and Miguel’s kids. My favourite moment in the shoot was when Meredith gave them the direction to ‘look sad like an orphan for mummy’. I was rolling around on the ground laughing too much for the kids to adopt the required look of abandonment.

“The concept was about these kids recreating the family car trip to see the big things of Australia. They use whatever is at hand – coat hangers become the harbour bridge, the fruit bowl raided to create the big banana, teddies duct taped onto the couch to be back seat passengers. Like the goldfish, temporarily displaced so the bowl can be used as an astronaut helmet, two little kids swim around the house – playing out the memory of that family trip. Because in another part of the house there are other big things happening.”

Michael Waugh is currently out on tour – his upcoming dates are below:

Saturday 14th September – The Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Saturday 21st September – Sandy Point Music Club. Sandy Point, VIC
Friday 4th October – Oodies Café, Bundaberg, QLD
Saturday 12th to Saturday 19th October – Cruisin Country 2019
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd November – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC
Saturday 16th November – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th November – Illawarra Folk Club show, Kiama, NSW
Saturday 23rd November – Burke and Wills Winery, Heathcote, VIC
Saturday 30th November – By the Banks Festival, Albury, VIC
Wednesday 11th December – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Montgomery Church – “I Was Young When I Left Home”

Folk and Americana duo Montgomery Church have delivered a stunning cover of Bob Dylan’s “I Was Young When I Left Home” for their latest single. Stripped back to just voice, guitar and dobro Montgomery Church make the song their own. I particularly love the moments of vocal harmony punctuated by James Church’s slide playing – really beautiful stuff.

Nathan Power – “Sparrow Song”

I really like this live version of Nathan Power’s new single “Sparrow Song” courtesy of the Shoelace Sessions. The Bluegrass-folk instrumentation of guitar, bass, fiddle and mandolin perfectly accompanies the song which makes some really interesting chordal twists and turns which still staying very true to the genre.

Nathan Power is currently touring the new single – see the upcoming dates below:

Friday 13th September – Guildford Family Hotel, Guildford, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Tumut River Brewing, Tumut, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Old Bus Depot, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 22nd September – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 26th September – Foghorn Brewhouse, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th September – Charlies Last Stand, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 28th September – 63 First, Sawtell, NSW
Sunday 29th September – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Wednesday 2nd October – Lomond Acoustic, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd November – Blue Bean Love, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th November – Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC

Robert Cini – “Different Road”

Far North Queensland roots singer-songwriter Robert Cini has released the very summery sounding “Different Road”. The track is toe-tappingly catchy but also has a really personal message around what it feels like to be “different” from the mainstream.

“Anyone that feels a little different and out of place, or has life a bit tougher than normal, I think will relate to this song,” Robert Cini explains.

“Different Road” is taken from Cini’s brand new debut album Imaginary Fun which was released last week.

Sam Buckingham – “Real Life”

Singer-songwriter and Timber and Steel favourite Sam Buckingham returns with her gorgeous new song “Real Life”. Buckingham has a knack for writing beautiful acoustic folk songs with catchy choruses and deep lyrics, and “Real Life” is yet another example of her skill.

“This song feels like the fruits of a long inner journey,” Sam Buckingham explains. “I’m kind of just reporting back on some big things that I’ve felt and learnt over the years.”

Sam Buckingham is heading out on tour this October – full dates are below:

Friday 4th October – Junk Bar, Ashgrove, QLD
Saturday 5th October – Dusty Attic, Lismore, NSW
Friday 11th October – Low 302, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th October – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 25th October – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

The East Pointers – “Wintergreen”

“Wintergreen” is the gorgeous new song and video from Canadian folk trio The East Pointers. The song combines the group’s trad-inspired instrumental style with an expansive indie-folk songwriting approach they began to dabble in with their 2017 album What We Leave Behind. The video for “Wintergreen” elevates the song with a stunning AUSLAN dance performance from Emma Watkins.

The East Pointers have announced their new album Yours To Break, which will feature “Wintergreen”, will be released on the 25th October.

The Teskey Brothers – “Paint My Heart”

I feel like we feature The Teskey Brothers every week, but I reckon that’s because they’re releasing some amazing music at the moment, especially since the release of their new album Run Home Slow. “Paint My Heart” is The Teskey Brothers in epic soul mode, from the With-A-Little-Help-From-My-Friends like opening, the slow build towards the double time jam long, right up to the drawn out vocal finish. This is not music for the Spotify generation where you avoid the slow burn or extended instrumental to stop the audience from skipping – this is music that revels in itself and its influences. Delightful.

Vetiver – “To Who Knows Where”

Nu-folk stalwarts Vetiver released their amazing new single “To Who Knows Where”, taken from their upcoming album Up On High which is due on the 1st November. The Nick Drake-esque track is a lush, dreamy song which very much draws you in and wraps you up in warm blanket of folky goodness.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st June

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Angharad Drake, Boy & Bear, Georgia State Line & Patrick Wilson, Jordan Merrick, Michael Waugh, Nathan Seeckts and Steve Poltz. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

JimLauderdale
From Another WorldJim Lauderdale
iTunes
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Morrisons w/ Lisa Caruso

The Morrisons

Sunday 23rd June – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Ainsley Farrell
Saturday 22nd June – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Amber Lawrence
Friday 21st June – Laurieton United Services Club, Laurieton, NSW
Saturday 22nd June – Sawtell RSL Club, Sawtell, NSW
Sunday 23rd June – Coutts Crossing Coronation Hall, Coutts Crossing, NSW

Americana Amplified feat. Ben Leece Duo, Danny Widdicombe & Dana Gehrman, Four Lions Duo, Paddy McHugh
Saturday 22nd June – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

An Otherwise Quiet Room Merri Creek Tavern Sessions feat. Mick Daley
Thursday 27th June – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Archie Roach
Saturday 22nd June – Queenscliff Town Hall, Queenscliff, VIC

BATTS
Saturday 22nd June – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th June – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Beyond The Blues feat. Felicity Lawless, 19-Twenty, Little Billie, Urban Chiefs, Salt and Steel, Hussy Hicks feat. Kristy Lee
Saturday 22nd June – Seagulls Club, Tweeds Heads, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 21st June – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Bobby Alu
Friday 28th June – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

Chaika
Friday 28th June – Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong, NSW

Charlie Gradon
Thursday 27th June – The Landsdowne, Sydney, NSW

Cigány Weaver
Friday 21st June – The Grand Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 23rd June – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th June – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Daniel Champagne
Thursday 27th June – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Friday 28th June – Palace Hotel, York, WA

Darren Cross
Sunday 23rd June – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

David Bridie
Saturday 22nd June · Metro Arts, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 28th June · The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Eagle & The Wolf
Saturday 22nd June – Winter Magic Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Felicity Urquhart & Brad Butcher
Saturday 22nd June – Cowora RSL, Cowora, NSW
Sunday 23rd June – House Concert, Carrum Downs, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. E for Echo, Hannah Darling, Iain T. McKelvey
Wednesday 26th June – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick
Saturday 22nd June – Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Georgia State Line
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Great Aunt
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Grigoryan Brothers
Friday 28th June – Queenscliff Town Hall, Queenscliff, VIC

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 27th June – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

JarrahCelts
Friday 21st June – Mundaring Folk and Blues Club, Mundaring, WA

Jeff Lang
Friday 21st June – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD
Saturday 22nd June – Dust Temple, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 23rd June – Brunswick Picture House, Brunswick Heads, NSW

Julian James
Sunday 23rd June – The Old Canberra Inn, Canberra, ACT

John Grant
Saturday 22nd June – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Joseph Tawadros
Friday 21st June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Kate Miller-Heidke
Saturday 22nd June – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Katie Bates
Friday 21st June – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC

Kay Proudlove
Friday 21st June – Jose Jones, Thirroul, NSW
Wednesday 26th June – 1933 Booze House & Kitchen, Sydney, NSW

Kelly Brouhaha
Wednesday 26th June – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 28th June – The Manly Fig, Sydney, NSW

Kim Churchill
Friday 21st June – Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 22nd June – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth, WA

Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart
Friday 21st June – House Concert, Mittagong, NSW
Saturday 22nd June – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 23rd June – Django @ Camelot, Sydney, NSW

Luke O’Shea and Lyn Bowtell
Thursday 27th June – Django @ Camelot, Sydney, NSW

M.E. Baird
Friday 28th June – Dust Temple, Currumbin, QLD

Mick Hart
Friday 21st June- The Bunker Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd June – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW

Mundaring Folk ‘n’ Blues Club feat. The Jarrah Celts
Friday 21st June – Mundaring Folk and Blues Club, Mundaring, WA

Newport Folk Festival
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport, VIC

Reeling Rosie
Saturday 22nd June – Winter Magic Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Richard Perso
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Rose Zita Falko
Friday 21st June – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC

Ross Tipper
Friday 21st June – The House Dining, Sydney, NSW

Sam Newton Band, Chris Carrapetta
Sunday 23rd June – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 26th June – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Shantily Clad
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

Slim Dime, The Prairie Kings
Tuesday 25th June – Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, Ferntree Gully, VIC

Small Hall Hillbilly Ball feat. The Long Johns, Hat Fitz and Cara, Open Season, Palomino III, Bearded Betty
Saturday 22nd June – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

The BordererS
Friday 21st June – House Concert, Adelaide, SA
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC

The Dead Maggies, The Stragglers, Dominic Francis Grief Ensemble
Saturday 22nd June – Hobart Brewing Co., Hobart, TAS

The Grubby Urchins
Wednesday 26th June – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 27th June – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Little Lord Street Band
Friday 28th June – The Bassendean Hotel, Bassendean, WA

The Loaded Dog Folk Club feat. The Convict Voice ReCollected, Cap in Hand
Saturday 22nd June – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Maes w/ John Flanagan Trio
Friday 28th June – Yackandandah Public Hall, Yackandandah, VIC

The Morrisons w/ Lisa Caruso
Sunday 23rd June – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 21st June – South Kolan Hotel, South Kolan, QLD
Saturday 22nd June – D’Aguilar Hotel, D’Aguilar, QLD

The Water Runners
Saturday 22nd June – The Troubadour, Woy Woy, NSW

Three Chords 100th Episode Listening Party
Thursday 27th June – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Tracy McNeil & Dan Parsons
Friday 21st June – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 22nd June – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Walkerthon – A Benefit For Jason Walker feat. Shane Nicholson, Kevin Bennett, Jenny Queen, Jeremy Edwards, Ben Leece, Peta Caswell, Mark Lucas, Mindy Sotiri, Sam Shinazzi, Peter V Fenton, Abby Dobson
Friday 28th June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Winter Magic Festival
Saturday 22nd June – Katoomba, NSW

Witches Leap
Saturday 22nd June – Winter Magic Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Z-Star Trinity
Friday 21st June – Apollo Bay Hotel, Apollo Bay, VIC
Saturday 22nd June – Apollo Bay Hotel, Apollo Bay, VIC
Sunday 23rd June – Mozart’s Hall, Warrnambool, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Caroline” – The Mae Trio

New Music Monday – 17th June

Boy and Bear
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Angharad Drake – “Start Again”

Brisbane based singer-songwriter Angharad Drake released her dreamy new single “Start Again” this week, along with home video style clip. The track fuses elements of Drake’s folk-infused sound with an almost melancholic indie-rock aesthetic.

“”Start Again” is about not letting one tragedy in your life determine every other choice you make,” Angharad Drake explains. “You have the opportunity to start again, don’t miss your chance.”

“Start Again” is taken from her upcoming EP due on the 18th July. Angharad Drake has a handful of Queensldand dates coming up in the next few weeks:

Saturday 29th June – Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Friday 5th July – Dust Temple, Currumbin Waters, QLD
Saturday 6th July – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 7th July – House Concert, Kingscliff, QLD

Boy & Bear – “Hold Your Nerve”

This week saw the triumphant return of Australian indie-folk favourites Boy & Bear with their brand new single “Hold Your Nerve”. This is the band’s first new music single their 2015 album Limit of Love so their return is very very welcome.

And they don’t disappoint with an epic single in “Hold Your Nerve”, an ultimately positive stadium banger full of the band’s trademark seventies influences. And of course with a new single we also get a handful of tour dates this August:

Thursday 15th August – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th August – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th August – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd August – The Astor, Perth, WA

Georgia State Line & Patrick Wilson – “What I Know Now”

Alt-country favourites Georgia State Line and Patrick Wilson have collaborated on their brand new track “What I Know Now”. The song comes with a stunning live video which showcases these unique talents perfectly – combining their gorgeous voices with the natural reverb of Evans Hall, thanks to Shoelace Sessions.

“Having committed to the inevitable highs and lows of a lifetime in music, Pat and I got to a point where we realised we’re all, in one way or another, taught to feel shame about our unique pathway through the world,” Georgia Delves said of the song. “At the time of writing [the song] I found myself wondering what life could be like if we were all just left to be; to act with curiosity and compassion for ourselves and others.

Jordan Merrick – “Low Country”

Sitting somewhere between The Doors and Los Lobos, Brisbane based folk singer-songwriter Jordan Merrick delivers his latest single “Low Country”. With an unmistakeable swagger, “Low Country” is going to conjure up all sorts of musical nostalgia with more than a pinch of grit.

“Low Country” is the first taste from an upcoming debut album from Jordan Merrick.

Michael Waugh – “This Song Reminds Me”

No one is really writing country and folk music like Michael Waugh. The deceptively simple storytelling approach to his craft, combined with heavy doses of nostalgia and poignancy, firmly places Waugh in the great tradition of great Australian songwriters.

“This Song Reminds Me” feels like a Michael Waugh song turned up to eleven. It’s the lead single from his upcoming album, due for release later this year.

Nathan Seeckts – “Three Soldiers”

Geelong based alt-country singer Nathan Seeckts perfectly captures the feeling of childhood friedships drifting apart over the years with his new single “Three Soldiers”. I’m such a fan of Seeckts’ voice, particularly on this track – it’s strong and raw with a hidden tenderness that is needed on tracks like “Three Soldiers”.

“My mates and I grew up riding our bikes around the streets of Geelong from sunup ‘til sundown, looking for adventure and only coming home when it was time to eat,” Nathan Seeckts explained. “As we grew up and followed different paths we lost that tight bond that we’d built up over so many years. I like to think of this song as my Stand By Me song.”

Nathan Seeckts is currently out on tour – his remaining dates are here:

Saturday 29th June – The Lost Ones, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 29th June – Entrée Music Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 30th June – The Taproom, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 5th July – The Wharf Barrel Shed, Goolwa, SA
Saturday 6th July – The Exeter, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 7th July – The Royal Oak, Penola, SA
Saturday 13th July – Pistol Pete’s, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 20th July – The Fitzroy Pinnacle, Melbourne, VIC

Steve Poltz – “Ballin’ On A Wednesday”

Celebrated Americana singer-songwriter Steve Poltz has just released his ode to the middle of the week, “Ballin’ On A Wednesday”. This is a straight up humour driven Americana music with its tongue firmly placed in its check and a ludicrous video to match.

Alanna and Alicia Announce Album Launch Show in Melbourne

Alanna and Alicia
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Melbourne based jazz-folk sister duo Alanna and Alicia will be officially launching their latest album Songs I’m Singing with Me with a hometown show at the Thornbury Theatre on the 2nd September.

The duo launched the album at the National Folk Festival earlier this year but this will be the first chance for Melbourne audiences to hear it live.

Songs I’m Singing with Me is a celebration of the songs of celebrated John Beavis who Alanna and Alicia and their family got to know as part of the local folk scene.

Joining Alanna and Alicia in support for the launch will be Michael Waugh. For more information including how to gte your hands on tickets check out the official Facebook event here.

The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

Foghorn Stringband
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Every year the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival manages to deliver one of the most exciting lineups of the year, featuring the best in bluegrass, old time and folk artists from around the country and around the world.

Held in the small northern NSW town of Dorrigo, the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival is an intimate, community run event with a really nice vibe and so much great music. Their lineup this year includes so many amazing artists including Foghorn Stringband (above), Genni Kane, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Luke Plumb and Peter Daffy, Mac Traynham and Shay Garriock, Mile Twelve, The Freewheeler, The New Macedon Rangers, Andy Gordon with John Kane, Angus Gill, Cat and Clint, Chloë & Jason Roweth, Chris Matthews, Corn Silk, Fat Cousin Skinny, Fireside Celts & Friends, Flora Knight & Sean Donald, Freya Josephine Hollick, Golden Whistler, High and Lonesome, John Bennett with David Hyams, Kaurna Cronin, Kazoobafak Jug Band, Loren Kate, Mandy Connell, Michael Waugh, Misty Mountain Players, Monique Clare, Montgomery Church, Pete Denahy, Pitts Family, Sohum Women’s Choir, The 3 Jimmies, The Daughters of the Rum Rebellion, The Mae Trio, The Martins, The Northern Folk, The Pipi Pickers, The Sinners, The Tawny Owl Stringband, The Tin Can String Band, Thor and Jasmine Phillips, Tommy Chandler and the Continental Drift, Twin Peaks, Two If By Sea, Watling & Bates, Whoa Mule and Yhan Leal.

The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival takes place in Dorrigo from the 27th to the 29th October – check out the official site for more details.

This year they’re also holding the inaugural Old-Time Music School in the lead up to the festival, from the 25th to the 27th October. The Old-Time Music School will give players to learn alongside some of the best musicians in the business – this year will feature the likes of Ashlee Watkins (The New Macedon Rangers), Shay Garriock, Andrew Small (The New Macedon Rangers), Mac Traynham, Jeremy Marcotte and Foghorn Stringband. Workshops at the school will include traditional fiddle and banjo music, instrument workshops, old time ensemble workshops, folk singing, concerts, jamming and a festival performance opportunity – for more information check out the official site here.

Full Lineup for the Healesville Music Festival Announced

Davidson Brothers
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Started back in 2010 the Healesville Music Festival has quickly become a quiet achiever on the folk music scene. The festival is organised by the local community of Healesville in Victoria’s Yarra Valley and attracts some of the countries best folk, country, bluegrass and roots artists for a weekend of amazing music.

This year’s lineup boasts a bunch of recognisable names including Chris Henry & Hardcore Grass, Davidson Brothers, Pete Denahy, The Stray Hens, The Yearlings, Orpheus Supertones, Nine Mile Creek, Michael Waugh, Jenny Biddle, Ben Mitchell & The Stylists, Nick Charles, The Dukes of Despair, Soulsville, Telecom Joe, The King Kats, The Hannafords, AJ Leonard and Jenny Rowlands, Blackberry Jam Bush Band, Healesville String Band, Aaron Burton, Richie Langford, Pans on Fire, Rudy the One Man Band, Michael the Balloonologist and more.

The Healesville Music Festival takes place from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th November. For more information check out the official site here.

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival Announces First Round of Artists for 2014

Sal Kimber
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The Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival isn’t until the weekend of the 17th October but that doesn’t mean it’s not time to start getting excited. This week the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival announced two very important details for 2014 – the release of their Super Earlybird Tickets (until 31 August) which will see you able to snap up a weekend pass for just $75 and the names of the first confirmed artists.

The artists announced for Kangaroo Valley so far include Fred Smith, Enda Kenny Band, Martin Pearson, Bajaly Suso from Gambia, The BordererS, Liz Frencham, Nick Rheinberger, Glenn Cardier & Christian Marsh, The Wheeze and Suck Band, Michael Waugh, Paul Greene and the Other Colours, Sparrow Folk, Penny Larkins and Carl Pannuzzo, Salvation Jane, Sal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel (above), Danny Spooner, Crystal Barreca and many more to come.

For more info on the festival and to get your hands on Super Earlybird Tickets check out the official site here.

Kate Crowley Announces Album Launch Show

Kate Crowley
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Melbourne singer-songwriter Kate Crowley has been building quite a reputation for herself in recent years and that’s only set to continue with the release of her second album Measured In Moons. Showcasing her storytelling songwriting style and breathtaking lyrics, Measured In Moons is bound to make fans of Kate Crowley very very happy.

Crowley will be officially launching Measured In Moons at a very special show on Saturday 15th March at the Montsalvat Barn Gallery in Eltham near Melbourne. Joining Kate Crowley on the night will be a who’s who of artists who helped her on the album including Michael Waugh, Coen Dixon, Daniela Lucchetti, Rob Moss and The April Maze.

For full details of the launch check out the official Facebook event here.

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