Snowy Mountains of Music Announces First 2013 Lineup

Jeff Lang
Image Courtesy of Jeff Lang

If you were worried that the festival season is drawing to a close as the cold weather begins to move in never fear – The Snowy Mountains of Music festival is just ramping up with its first lineup announcement for 2013. Held in Perisher over the June long weekend (Friday 7th to Monday 10th June), with eight venues showcasing over 120 acts, the Snowy Mountains of Music is just the cure you need from the winter blues.

The first lineup is headed up by the wonderful Jeff Lang (above) and also features King Tide, Mikelangelo and the Tin Star, Keyim Ba, Rapskillion, Mustered Courage and Los Chavos. Earlybird tickets are now on sale – for more information check out the official site here.

Woodford Announces Over 400 Artists for 2012/13 Lineup

Woodford Folk Festival
Image Courtesy of Woodford Folk Festival

With such a busy night of music to be had all around the country this Saturday just gone you’d be forgiven for having missed the lineup announcement for the 2012/13 Woodford Folk Festival. Arguably Australia’s best known folk festival Woodford has this year well over 400 acts.

Woodford will be held over the New Year period from the 27th November to the 1st January in Woodford, Queensland. Constantly stretching the definition of “folk music” (even further than we do) this year’s festival includes acts from a multitude of genres including blues, roots, jazz, rock, pop, soul, hip hop and more. Headliners at Woodford this year include Andrew Clermont, Angus Stone, Ben Sollee, Flap!, Folk Uke, Julia Stone, Mal Webb, Mikelangelo and the Tin Star, Penelope Swales, Shane Howard, Tim Hart, Wagons and more.

Pre-festival early-bird tickets are still available from now until the 24th December.

The full lineup is too big to print here (you’ll have to head to the official site for that) but we though we’d treat you our extensive highlights from the program:

Andrew Clermont
Angus Stone
Archie Roach
Ben Sollee
Emma Louise
Eric Bogle
Evan & Mischa
Folk Uke
George Kamikawa & Noriko Tadano
Hat Fitz and Cara
John Butler Trio
Julia Stone
Kate Miller-Heidke
Luke Escombe
Mal Webb
Mama Kin
Martin Pearson
Mic Conway with Robbie Long
Microwave Jenny
Mikelangelo and the Tin Star
Mr Fibby
Mustered Courage
Nicky Bomba’s BUSTAMENTO
Penelope Swales
Ray Beadle
Rhiannon and Monique
Rory McLeod
Shane Howard
Sharon Shannon
Stiff Gins
The Company
The Good Ship
The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Thelma Plum
Tim Hart
Women in Docs

Australia Day Gets Folky at The Rocks, Sydney

Sam Buckingham
Image Courtesy of Sam Buckingham

If you’re a fan of live music and find yourself at a loose end in Sydney this Australia Day, the 26th January, you should really head down to The Rocks for the The Australia Day Festival of The Voice. A bunch of music stages, markets and historic pubs – what more could you want? How about a lineup of artists that include a who’s who of Timber and Steel favourites including Sam Buckingham (above), Boy Outside, Harry James Angus, Busby Marou, Archie Roach, Ngaiire, Mikelangelo and The Tin Star, Rescue Ships, Blue King Brown and Caitlin Park.

The event is absolutely free and we have the full set times below. Check out the official web site for more information.

Harbour Song – Campbells Cove
11.30am – 12pm Sam Buckingham
12.15pm – 12.45pm Boy Outside
1.15pm – 2pm Hey Big Aki
2.30pm – 3.15pm The Harry James Angus Band
3.45pm – 4.30 Emma Louise
5pm – 6pm Busby Marou
6.30pm – 7pm Archie Roach

Street Song – George Street
12pm – 12.45pm Steve Smyth
1pm – 1.45pm Ngaiire
2.15pm – 3pm Ernest Ellis & The Panamas
3.30pm – 4.15pm Mikelangelo and The Tin Star with Saint Clare
4.45pm – 5.30pm Rescue Ships
6pm – 7pm Mojo Juju
7.30pm – 8.30pm Blue King Brown

Play Song – The Rocks Square
11.45am – 12.15pm Circular Rhythm
12.30pm – 1pm Circular Rhythm
1.15pm – 2pm Electric Lunchbox
2.30pm – 3.15pm Dodadums
3.45pm – 4.30pm Mark Wilkinson
5pm – 5.45pm Ali Hughes & Daryl
6.15pm – 7pm Caitlin Park

Mikelangelo and the Tin Star Launch Their Debut Album

Mikelangelo and the Tin Star
Image Courtesy of Mikelangelo and the Tin Star

When I first read the bio of Mikelangelo and the Tin Star I have to say I was skeptical. The band describes themselves as a fusion of surf and western, a combination which on its surface seems a little dubious (aren’t westerns set in the desert). But when you listen to their music the sound just works.

Mikelangelo and the Tin Star are just about to release their debut album The Surf ‘n’ Western Sounds Of… and have lined up a launch party at Sydney’s famous venue The Vanguard on the 17th June with Saint Clare, Go Girl Gadget Go Go! and Rufino & the Coconuts in support. But if you’re not in Sydney and the idea of surf-western tickles your fancy don’t fret – the band also have Melbourne and Canberra dates on the cards. The full list of shows is below:

Friday 10th June – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Friday 17th June – The Vanguard, Sydney (Album Launch)
Saturday 18th June – Tilleys, Canberra

If we’ve managed to spark your interest but you’re still not a hundred per cent have a listen below – we may win you over yet.

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