Full Lineup for the 2016 Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival

10 String Symphony
Image Courtesy of 10 String Symphony

Australian bluegrass lovers are about to get excited as we slide into festival season. Spring is all about the pickin’ and pluckin’ with a bunch of weekends dedicated to bluegrass festivals in the country – and one of the jewels in the bluegrass crown has to be the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival.

Held from the 21st to 23rd October in the beautiful mountain town of Dorrigo, NSW, the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival manages to attract the best and brightest artists every single year. This year’s lineup is no different with 10 String Symphony (USA), Bluegrass Parkway, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West (USA) and Mike Compton (USA) headlining the festival and a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites also announced including Catgut, Fred Smith, John Flanagan, Liz Frencham & Robbie Melville, Rebecca Bastoli, Rowena Wise, String Theories, The Barkers Vale Brothers, The Black Mountain String Band, The Company, The Mae Trio, The Plough, The Squeezebox Trio, Wayward Angels and many more.

Tickets are now on sale – check out the official site for more details. The full lineup for the 2016 Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival is below:

Rose&theSea, 10 String Symphony, Alesa Lajana, Appalachian Heaven Stringband, Ash & Andy, Bluegrass Parkway, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, Carl Pannuzzo, Catgut, Chloë & Jason Roweth, Cielle Montgomery, Den Hanrahan, Enda Kenny, Farmer Mick & Miss Jane, Fireside Celts & Friends, Fred Smith, Harry Jakamarra, Haywood Billy Goats, Honey and Knives, Jed Rowe, Jerry Salley, John Flanagan, Katie Crane, Kazoobafak Jug Band, Kimberly Wheeler, Kristy Cox, Liz Frencham & Robbie Melville, Mick Daley, Mike Compton, Montz Matsumoto and Friends, Omados, Pitts Family, Rebecca Bastoli, Redlands Bluegrass Boys, Rowena Wise, Ruby Gilbert, Slim Dime, String Theories, Sunny and the Dark Corners, The Barkers Vale Brothers, The Black Mountain String Band, The Company, The FruiTTrees, The Mae Trio, The Mulberry Collective, The Plough, The Squeezebox Trio, Vic Manuel, Watling & Bates, Wayward Angels

Brunswick Music Festival Announces Full 2013 Lineup

Lucy Wise
Image Courtesy of Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies

The Brunswick Music Festival in Melbourne has finalised its 2013 lineup and it’s looking like it’s going to be huge once again. Showcasing the best in folk, roots and world music the Brunswick Music Festival takes over the inner-north Melbourne suburb of Brunswick from the 13th to 24th March as well as hosting a massive street party on Sydney Road on the 3rd March.

The lineup this year includes some legends of the folk scene as well as some of our favourite up and coming performers including Seth Lakeman, Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies (above), Vin Garbutt, Enda Kenny, Dougie MacLean, Mike Compton, Eric Bogle, Archie Roach, Finbar Furey, Bill Jackson, Andy Irvine, Paul Brady and many more.

For the complete program and information on how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here. The full list of performers for the 2013 Brunswick Music Festival is below:

Go Jane Go, Sweet Jean, John McCutcheon, Luke Plumb & Peter Daffy, Seth Lakeman, Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies, Vin Garbutt, Enda Kenny, Dougie MacLean, Fiona Ross, Purple Dentists, Nicola Hayes & Hélène Brunet, Mike Compton, Buffalo Nickel, Eric Bogle, Chris Wilson, Three Kings, Archie Roach, Skin Choir, Meyhané, The Cartridge Family, Miserable Little Bastards, Finbar Furey, Saoirse, Mary Coughlan, Kelly Auty, Boris Conley, David Olney & Sergio Webb, Bill Jackson Trio, Brunswick Women’s Choir, Judy Small, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Apodimi Compania, La Voce Della Luna, Kavisha Mazzella, Sean Taylor, Dan Lethbridge & Shane O’Mara, Chris Smither, Marisa Yeaman, London Klezmer Quartet, Zaporozhets, Shaking The Tree, Bronwyn Calcutt, Sweet Mona’s Choir, Nilusha Dassenaike, Alex Pertout, Andy Irvine, Paul Brady, Dancehall Racketeers, Baylor Brothers, Mike Cooper, Alasdair Fraser

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st September


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Grammy award winning mandolinist Mike Compton is heading to Australia this October and November for a national tour. During his Perth leg he will be joined on stage at the WA State Theatre with the likes of Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton, Andrew and Karen Winton, Bluegrass Parkway, Bernard Carney and David Hyams, Jane Germain and Ian Simpson and Clarke’s Grey Vest for In Constant Sorrow – A Night of Bluegrass. Details here

– Virtuosic instrumental folk trio The String Contingent have confirmed the dates for their massive spring tour. Details here

– The Surry Hills Sacred Harp Singers will be holding the first ever Australian Sacred Harp Convention this October long weekend in Sydney. Details here

Sarah Blasko revealed the first single from her forthcoming album I Awake to be the title track. Details here

Mama Kin seemed to disappear for a while but it looks as though it was just to record a brand new album, due in 2013. The first single from the album hits stores this month with a massive tour planned for October. Details here

– The first two artists announced for the 2013 Port Fairy Folk Festival are folk legends Eric Bogle and Arlo Guthrie. Early-bird tickets for the festival are now on sale. Details here

The Staves strapped on their cowboy boot and stetson hats for their latest western inspired video for “Tongue Behind My Teeth”. Details here

– Blues-folk troubadour Ashleigh Mannix has just released her second live album Ashleigh Mannix – LIVE at The Vanguard and its available to stream and purchase online. Details here

– After her appearance at Communion Melbourne this Sunday Melbourne songstress Ainslie Wills has announced shows in Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart and Brisbane. Details here

Holland recently released their brand new single “Without You”. Details here

Elliot The Bull have a massive tour throughout the east coast planned this spring. Details here

– The first round of artists for Bluesfest 2013 have been announced and they’re pretty impressive – Ben Harper, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Dropkick Murphys, Glen Hansard with The Frames, William Elliott Whitmore, Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls and more. Bluesfest will be rolling out their full program over four announcements in the coming weeks. Details here

Angus Stone shot and directed his latest video for the track “Clouds Above” in southern India. Details here

– Swedish sisters First Aid Kit have ventured into the forest to shoot their new video for the track “Wolf”. Details here

Wilco also released a brand new video this week for the track “Sunloathe”. Details here

Martha Tilston will be releasing her brand new album Machines of Love and Grace next month and has just dropped the first video “Stags Bellow”. Details here

– The lineup for the 2013 Gulgong Folk Festival is stuffed full of Timber and Steel favourites including Wes Carr’s Buffalo Tales (above), Jack Carty, The Falls, April Maze, Daniel Champagne, Fanny Lumsden, Bellyache Ben and Mustered Courage. Details here

– US folk singer-songwriter Matt Bauer will be releasing his new EP No Shape Can Hold Me Now on the 23rd October. The first single from the EP is “Andaman Sea” which has a gorgeous new video. Details here

Paul Kelly has revealed the details of his 19th studio album, due for release next month. Details here


“Tinpan has never been a very self-conscious band. I mean, we have never set out to make a certain type of music or capture a certain sound. However, this album, Over the Sun, was a little more considered when it came to the recording process. We wanted it to be a bit more epic, a little further from the folky production we have had in the past. Also, I wanted to jump around on stage a bit more so we had to make the music accordingly.” – Emily Lubitz from TinPan Orange chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“Since releasing Woodland, we have toured relentlessly around the country, experimented with all sorts of instruments and writing techniques, and feel we’ve grown massively. To release Young North was our chance to showcase where we are at and what we have learnt over the last year” – Sam Rasmussen from The Paper Kites chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Live at the Vanguard
Ashleigh Mannix – LIVE at The Vanguard – Ashleigh Mannix

Love Your Crooked Neighbour
Love Your Crooked Neighbour With Your Crooked Heart – Charles Jenkins & The Zhivagos

I Love Hate You
I Love Hate You – Claude Hay

Babel – Mumford and Sons

Hello – Sarah Humphreys

Before The Morning
Before The Morning – Tigertown

Over The Sun
Over The Sun – TinPan Orange

Timber and Steel Presents

Fanny Lumsden
Don’t Think Twice feat. Fanny Lumsden, Bec Sandridge and Bity Booker
Sunday 23rd September – The Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Patrick James
Patrick James
Saturday 22nd September – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Eastern
The Eastern
Thursday 27th September – Clancy’s, Fremantle, WA

The Tiger and Me
The Tiger and Me with Al Parkinson and James Kenyon
Sunday 23rd September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Charlie Mayfair with The Falls
Friday 21st September – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 27th September – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 28th September – Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW

Communion Melbourne feat. Battleships, Ainslie Wills, Packwood, Haydin Calnin, Grizzly Jim Lawrie
Sunday 23rd September – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Elliot The Bull
Friday 21st September – Lizottes, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 28th September – Revolver, Melbourne, VIC

Julia Stone
Friday 21st September – Community Centre, Byron Bay NSW
Saturday 22nd September – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns QLD
Friday 28th September – Astor Theatre, Perth WA

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp
Friday 21st September – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd September – Wangaratta P.A.C., Wangaratta, VIC
Thursday 27th September – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Friday 28th September – Winthrop Hall, Perth, WA

Krystle Warren
Sunday 23rd September – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 25th September – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW
Thursday 27th September – Northcote Social, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 21st September – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 22nd September – The Great Northern, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 23rd September – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 26th September – Folk Club, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th September – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Lanie Lane
Friday 21st September – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Saturday 22nd September – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Thursday 27th September – Courier-Mail Spiegeltent, Brisbane Festival, QLD

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Banjo Jackson and Golonka

Friday 21st September – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
feat. The Atlantic Street Band and Marmalade Circus
Friday 28th September – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Nick and Liesl
Saturday 22nd September – The Berry Hotel, Berry, NSW
Sunday 23rd September – Jamberoo Pub, Jamberoo, NSW

The Stillsons
Wednesday 26th September – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 27th September – The Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 28th September – The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD

The String Contingent
Friday 21st September – The Court House, Camperdown, VIC
Saturday 22nd September – The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick, VIC
Sunday 23rd September – Stoves for Africa, Torquay Uniting Church, Torquay, VIC
Friday 28th September to Monday 1st October 1 – Rose’s Gap Music Camp, Rose’s Gap, VIC & Sunshine Fiddle Camp, Alexandra Headland, QLD

Tim Hart
Friday 21st September – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd September – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 23rd September – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 27th September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 28th September – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD

TinPan Orange
Saturday 22nd September – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Boxer” – Simon and Garfunkel

If you’ve picked up the deluxe edition of the new Mumford and Sons album Babel today you’ll have been treated to their version (with Jerry Douglas and Paul Simon) of this classic track. The Mumford version has gone a long way to reminding us just how amazingly well written this song is. Check out Simon and Garfunkel performing “The Boxer” live in Central Park in 1981.

Mike Compton Brings the Spirit of O Brother To Perth

Mike Compton
Image Courtesy of Mike Compton

Grammy award winning mandolinist Mike Compton will be winging his to Australia this October for a very special show at the State Theatre of Western Australia in Perth. Compton, the picker responsible for the mandolin parts on the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack and the subsequent Down From the Mountain folk album, will be bringing together some of Western Australia’s, and indeed the country’s, finest musicians for In Constant Sorrow – A Night of Bluegrass.

Joining Mike Compton in Perth will be Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton, Andrew and Karen Winton, Bluegrass Parkway, Bernard Carney and David Hyams, Jane Germain and Ian Simpson and Clarke’s Grey Vest. The show takes place on the 28th October with tickets and more information available here.

And just in case the Eastern states thought they were missing they needn’t worry – Mike Compton has also planned shows in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. The full list of dates are below:

Friday 26th October – Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 28th October – State Theatre of Western Australia, Perth, WA
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
Sunday 11th November – Wollongong, NSW

2011 National Folk School

Chris Stout
Image of Chris Stout Courtesy of The Queen’s Hall

If you’re a budding folk musician looking to hone your skills The National Folk Festival is once again running its wildly successful National Folk School. With classes aimed at intermediate to advanced musicians and a strict limit of 10 students per class, The National Folk School is the perfect opportunity for musicians to refine their skills. The awesome list of tutors for each specialised class includes the following (with their bio’s courtesy of the National Folk Festival):

Helen Webby – Celtic Harp: Helen Webby is an internationally acclaimed Harpist in both the Celtic and Classical traditions. She is the Principal Harpist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra as well as touring and recording with multi-instrumentalist Davy Stuart.

Davy Stuart – Bouzouki: Highly regarded multi-instrumentalist, Davy is considered one of the finest Celtic back-up artists around. Davy will be concentrating on the use of the Bouzouki in Celtic music.

Rafe Stefanini – Old Time Fiddle: Rafe Stefanini was born in Italy, and has lived in the US since 1983. His love for Old Time music took him there first as a visitor in the late 70s, then as a permanent resident. Since then he has established himself as one of the foremost interpreters of fiddle music from the South.

Mike Compton – Monroe Style Mandolin: Mike ran one of the most popular and successful master classes recently and he is here once again to help you put those powerful Monroe style elements into your mandolin playing. Mike will cover many of the important elements of bluegrass mandolin including right hand technique, interpretation and tone production.

Chris Stout (above) – Shetland Fiddle: Chris has played in many of the best contemporary Scottish bands including Fiddlers Bid, Blazin’ Fiddles and Salsa Celtica. Hailing from Shetland, he is now recognised as one of Scotland’s finest fiddle and violin players effortlessly blending traditional, classical, jazz and indeed world influences to create startlingly original sound-scapes, while nevertheless remaining largely true to his musical roots. Chris’ workshop will focus on Shetland Fiddling styles.

Geoffrey W Graham – Performance Skills: After a very successful workshop in 2009, Geoffrey returns for a three day intensive workshop on aspects of Performance skills, Drama, and Stage Communicating. (Adults & younger), Includes stage craft, vocal techniques, movement and the heart of performing with passion and fun.

The National Folk School is run from 19th to the 21st April, 2011. For bookings call 1300 235 849 or visit the National Folk Festival web site.

NFF Artist Announcement and T-shirt Slogan Competition

Eric Bogle
Image Courtesy of The Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame

A couple of exciting announcements from the folks at the National Folk Festival. Firstly they have released a “taster” of some of the artists who will be gracing the stage at next year’s event. These artists include Helen Webby & Davy Stuart, Gilly Darbey, Mike Compton, Bruce Molsky, Joe Newberry & Rafe Stefanini, The Bushwackers, The Baylor Brothers, Andy Irvine and Rens van der Zalm, The Peter Rowan Band, The Good Loverlies, Fiona Boyes and Eric Bogle (above).

Secondly, the NFF are running a competition to come up with the slogan for their 2011 volunteer t-shirts. The person who comes up with the winning slogan idea will win a season pass + camping (that can be passed onto another person if they themselves are volunteering). Entries close on the 18th September. See the official site for details.

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