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St Patrick’s Day Weekend

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Tomorrow is St Patrick’s Day and that means this weekend is going to be full of trad and folk music goodness around the country. In our regular tradition for St Patrick’s Day here’s some of the amazing Irish music happening around the country this weekend

Friday 16th March
Handsome Young Strangers, The Go Set, Medusa’s Wake – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Heart of Ireland feat. Sásta – The Heritage Theatre, Gympie, QLD
John Spillane & Pauline Scanlon – Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT
St Patricks Day Weekend feat. Aaron James – The Tea Gardens, Sydney, NSW
St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. Live Trad Music – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Summer Nights at The Quiet Man feat. Chellah Mac, Mikee, Satta – The Quiet Man, Melbourne, VIC
The Bottlers, Sailors Grave, Steph Miller – The Grand Hotel, Cockn’Bull, Sydney, NSW
The Young Folk w/ Andy Irvine & Luke Plumb – Memo Music Hall, St Kilda, VIC

Saturday 17th March
Bill Chambers – The Bellum Hotel, Mount Schank, SA
Brisbane Irish Festival Family Day feat. Celtic Fusion – Gaelic Park, Brisbane, QLD
Heart of Ireland feat. Sásta – Twin Towns Clubs & Resorts, Tweed Heads, QLD
Jim Moginie with Shameless Seamus – Coledale RSL, Coledale, NSW
John McSherry, Donal O’Connor & Niall Hanna w/ Tolka – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Maggie Carty & Mairtin Staunton w/ Steve Powell & Don Conlan – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Medusa’s Wake – Norton’s Irish Pub, Sydney, NSW
Paddy’s Day at The Wild Rover feat. The Button Collective, The Sweet Jelly Rolls, Narrownecks – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW
Paddy’s Day Bash feat. Fox n Firkin, Catholic Guilt, Dead Ringers – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saint Patrick’s Day Party feat. Shawn Lidster, Pay the Fiddler – The Kincumber Hotel, Kincumber, NSW
St. Patrick’s Day 2018 at Irish Murphy’s feat. The Devil’s Own, Dave Elliston Trio, Katy Hanson, Craicpot – Irish Murphy’s, Hobart, TAS
St. Patrick’s Day 2018 feat. Jonny Reid, Tommy O’ Brien & Co, Prohibition, Craic ‘N’ On – Irish Club Western Australia, Perth, WA
St. Patrick’s Day at Adelaide Oval feat. Adelaide Irish Pipe Band, Blackthorn, Celtic & Comhaltas Traditional Musicians, Celtic Getaway, Ceol Maith, Dogpatch Appalachian, Folk n Spicey, Inesheer, Shambolics, The Timbers – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, SA
St. Patrick’s Day at Murphy’s feat. Frank McKernan, Locky, The Gathering, Berst , Ramjet – Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane, QLD
St Patrick’s Day at the Canberra Irish Club feat. Fir Croi, Night Potion, Cassidy’s Ceili – Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT
St Patrick’s Day at The Dan O’Connell feat. The Ramshackle Army, Juke Box Racket, Whiskey Dram, Dj Tickets, Justin Yap Band, Catgut Mary, O’Connor School of Irish Dancing, The Drunken Poachers, Christine Ayres School of Irish Dancing, Greon Dove – The Dan O’Connell, Melbourne, VIC
St Patrick’s Day at The Last Jar – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC
St Patrick’s Day at the 3 Weeds – 3 Weeds, Sydney, NSW
St Patricks Day Weekend feat. Cameron Mather, Shawn Morrow, Claddagh, The Sydney Ramblers – The Tea Gardens, Sydney, NSW
St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. Live Trad Music – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
The Bottlers, The Go Set, Handsome Young Strangers – Dicey Riley’s Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
The Young Folk w/ Mollimor – Live at The Bundy, Bundy Hall, Bundalaguah, VIC
Witches Leap – Palais Royale Hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Sunday 18th March
Heart of Ireland feat. Sásta – Kedron-Wavell Services Club, Chermside, QLD
Melbourne Irish Festival feat. Achtung Baby, Cormac McCarthy Irish Pipe Band, Borderline Kaylee, Comhaltas – Edinburgh Gardens, Melbourne, VIC
Queensland Irish Choir – Brisbane German Club, Brisbane, QLD
St Patrick’s Day Recovery Party – Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT
St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. Live Trad Music – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
St Patricks Day Weekend feat. The Sydney Ramblers – The Tea Gardens, Sydney, NSW
Sydney St. Patrick’s Day 2018: The Green Quarter feat. Blackwater, The Bottlers, Ingleburn Pipe Band, Cross Rhythm Irish Dancers, Soniks, Susan O’Neill, Mark Oats, Cara K. & Band – The Entertainment Quarter, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

10 String Symphony
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Monday 19th March – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

A Day On The Green feat. James Blunt, Pete Murray, Busby Marou, Alex Lloyd and Karise Eden
Saturday 17th March – All Saints Estate, Rutherglen, VIC
Tuesday 20th March – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA

A Hitch To The Sticks Festival
Saturday 17th March – Tatong Tavern, Tatong, VIC

Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont
Friday 16th March – The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW
Saturday 17th March – The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW

All Our Exes Live in Texas
Saturday 17th March – Tully Showgrounds, Tully, QLD

Amarillo
Sunday 18th March – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Andy Irvine & Luke Plumb
Friday 16th March – Memo Music Hall, St Kilda, VIC
Friday 23rd March – Fairlight Folk, Fairlight, NSW

Ann Vriend
Friday 16th March – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW
Thursday 22nd March – Doo-Bop Jazz Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 23rd March – The Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD

Archer
Saturday 17th March – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 18th March – Paper Moon Cafe, Annerley, QLD

Archie Roach
Friday 16th March – The Palais, Adelaide, SA
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 18th March – The Palais, Adelaide, SA

Ash Grunwald
Friday 16th March – Ravenswood Hotel, Ravenswood, WA
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March – Nukara Music Festival, Nanson, WA
Sunday 18th March – Port Beach Garden Bar, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 22nd March – Emergence Creative Festival, Margaret River, WA
Friday 23rd March – Denmark Civic Centre, Denmark, WA

Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart
Friday 16th March – House Concert, Torquay, VIC
Saturday 17th March – Terang Racecourse & Rec Reserve, Terang, VIC
Sunday 18th March – Terang Racecourse & Rec Reserve, Terang, VIC
Sunday 18th March – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Big Country
Friday 16th March – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17th March – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Bill Chambers
Friday 16th March – Royal Mail Hotel, Kingston South East, SA
Saturday 17th March – The Bellum Hotel, Mount Schank, SA

Blair Dunlop
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 21st March – LeadBelly, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 22nd March – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Blue Mountains Music Festival
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Katoomba, NSW

Breabach
Friday 16th March – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Saturday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 21st March – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 22nd March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Brisbane Irish Festival Family Day feat. Celtic Fusion
Saturday 17th March – Gaelic Park, Brisbane, QLD

Broadie’s Bunker Sessions feat. James Englund & Friends, Cloudbird, Adam Young
Tuesday 20th March – The Bunker, Sydney, NSW

Brunswick Music Festival
Sunday 4th to Sunday 18th March – Brunswick, Melbourne, VIC

Busby Marou
Saturday 17th March – All Saints Estate, Rutherglen, VIC
Sunday 18th March – CMC Rocks QLD, Willowbank, Ipswich, QLD
Tuesday 20th March – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA

Carnival of Cultures
Sunday 18th March – Ashfiled Park, Sydney, NSW

Carus Thompson
Friday 16th March – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 18th March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Cecilia Brandolini
Wednesday 21st March – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Thursday 22nd March – Beaufort St Songwriters Club, Perth, WA

Charlie & Jensen w/ Lady Lyon
Thursday 22nd March – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW

Chris While and Julie Matthews
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 23rd March – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Claude Hay
Thursday 22nd March – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC
Friday 23rd March – The Bluestrain, Queenscliff, VIC

Courtyard Sessions feat. Leah Flanagan
Friday 16th March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions feat. Naomi Keyte, Night Kite
Friday 23rd March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Dan Parsons
Friday 16th March – 63 First Ave, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 17th March – Bellingen Brewery, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 18th March – House Concert, Ocean Shores, NSW
Wednesday 21st March – FolkSwagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 22nd March – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 23rd March – The Fox Den, Gloucester, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Friday 16th March – True Brew, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 17th March – Meatstock, Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne, VIC

Deer Tick
Thursday 22nd March – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 23rd March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Duncan Phillips
Friday 16th March – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Ed Sheeran w/ Missy Higgins
Friday 16th March – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17th March – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 20th March – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 21 March – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD

Elephant Sessions
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 21st March – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 22nd March – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC

Fairlight Folk feat. Andy Irvine & Luke Plumb, w/ Seanchas
Friday 23rd March – Fairlight Folk Acoustic Lounge, Fairlight, NSW

Faith i Branko
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Tuesday 20th March – Bald Face Stag, Sydney, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Claire Anne Taylor, David Gunning
Friday 16th March – Apollo Bay Senior Citizens Hall, Apollo Bay, VIC
Saturday 17th March – Sandy Point Community Centre, Sandy Point, VIC
Sunday 18th March – Brae Dale lodge 936, Belgrave, VIC
Wednesday 21st March – Buloke Shire Hall, Wycheproof, VIC
Thursday 22nd March – Caldwell Hall, Caldwell, NSW
Friday 23rd March – Toongi Hall, Toongi, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Dan Parsons, Alana Wilkinson, Lucas Road
Wednesday 21st March – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. Leroy Lee, Great Aunt, Grace Turner
Saturday 17th March – 107, Sydney, NSW

Geelong Highland Gathering
Sunday 18th March – Goldsworthy Sports Reserve, Geelong, VIC

Georgia State Line and Patrick Wilson
Friday 16th March – FogHorn Brewhouse, Erina, NSW
Saturday 17th March – Element Bar, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Sunday 18th March – The Bellingen Brewery & Co., Bellingen, NSW

Girl Friday
Sunday 18th March – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys
Friday 16th March – Illawarra Folk Club, City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 16th and Saturday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 18th March – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 22nd March – The Bunker, Coogee, NSW
Friday 23rd March – Django at Camelot, Sydney, NSW

Grace Turner
Saturday 17th March – 107, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 22nd March – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW

Great Aunt
Saturday 17th March – 107, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd March – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC

Greta Stanley
Saturday 17th March – Golden Age Cinema Bar, Sydney, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers
Friday 16th March – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17th March – Dicey Riley’s Hotel, Wollongong, NSW

Harry James Angus
Saturday 17th March – The Peninsula Picnic, Mornington, VIC

Heart of Ireland
Friday 16th March – The Heritage Theatre, Gympie, QLD
Saturday 17th March – Twin Towns Clubs & Resorts, Tweed Heads, QLD
Sunday 18th March – Kedron-Wavell Services Club, Chermside, QLD

Imogen Clark
Friday 16th March – Allenstown Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 17th March – Harvey Road Tavern, Gladstone, QLD
Friday 23rd March – Astor Hotel, Goulburn, NSW

Jackson Browne
Monday 19th March – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 22nd March – AEC Theatre, Adelaide, SA

James Bennett
Friday 16th March – KC’s Grill & Bar, Airlie Beach, QLD
Saturday 17th March – Salt House, Cairns, QLD
Sunday 18th March – Railway Hotel, Yeppoon, QLD
Thursday 22nd March – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 23rd March – RoyalMail, Goodna, QLD

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys & King Arthur
Thursday 22nd March – The Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC

Jep and Dep
Sunday 18th March – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Jen Cloher
Friday 16th March – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Saturday 17th March – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 22nd March – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 23rd March – Anglesea Memorial Hall, Anglesea, VIC

Jens Lekman
Friday 16th March – The Night Cat, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th March – Laneway Studios, Melbourne, VIC

Jess Locke
Saturday 17th March – Pool House Party, Coburg Velodrome, Melbourne, VIC

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 23rd March – Giant Dwarf Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Jim Moginie with Shameless Seamus
Saturday 17th March – Coledale RSL, Coledale, NSW

John Butler Trio
Friday 16th March – Live On The Hill, Wy Yung Pub, East Gippsland, VIC
Saturday 17th March – Peninsula Picnic, Mornington Racecourse, VIC
Sunday 18th March – Leura Estate Winery, Curlewis, VIC
Tuesday 20th March – Albury Entertainment Centre, Albury, NSW
Wednesday 21st March – Wendouree Performing Arts Centre, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 22nd March – Ulumbarra Arts Cnt Bendigo, VIC

John McSherry, Donal O’Connor & Niall Hanna w/ Tolka
Saturday 17th March – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

John Spillane & Pauline Scanlon
Friday 16th March – Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Jordie Lane
Sunday 18th March – Porch Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Friday 23rd March – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Joyce Prescher
Saturday 17th March – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Kallidad
Friday 16th March – The White Star Hotel, Albany, WA
Saturday 17th March – Rockcliffe Winery, Denmark, WA
Friday 23rd March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 16th March – Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Leah Flanagan
Friday 16th March – Courtyard Sessions, Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Lindsay Lou
Saturday 17th March – Megan Hall, Menai, NSW

Lior & Paul Grabowsky
Friday 16th March – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Live and Local on Church Street
Saturday 17th March – Mudgee, NSW

Live On The Hill feat. John Butler Trio, Pete Murray, Josh Cashman
Friday 16th March – Wy Yung Pub, Wy Yung, VIC

Liz Frencham
Sunday 18th March – The Lost Ones, Ballarat, VIC

Lost Ragas
Sunday 18th March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Luke Sinclair & Sean McMahon
Saturday 17th March – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC

Maggie Carty & Mairtin Staunton w/ Steve Powell & Don Conlan
Saturday 17th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Maggie Carty
Saturday 17th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan w/ The Beez
Thursday 22nd March – Bar 303, Melbourne, VIC

Mandy Connell
Friday 16th March – Berwick Folk Club, Old Cheese Factory, Berwick, VIC
Saturday 17th March – A Hitch To The Sticks Festival, Tatong Tavern, Tatong, VIC

Medusa’s Wake
Friday 16th March – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17th March – Norton’s Irish Pub, Sydney, NSW

Melbourne Irish Festival feat. Achtung Baby, Cormac McCarthy Irish Pipe Band, Borderline Kaylee, Comhaltas
Sunday 18th March – Edinburgh Gardens, Melbourne, VIC

Merpire
Saturday 17th March – Tamale Studios, Melbourne, VIC

Mia Dyson
Friday 23rd March – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band
Friday 16th March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Michael Hurley
Sunday 18th March – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 22nd March – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Michael Waugh
Friday 23rd March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Missy Higgins
Friday 16th March – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17th March – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Tuesday 20th March – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 21st March – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD

Naomi Keyte, Night Kite
Friday 23rd March – Courtyard Sessions, Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Neil Murray
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March – Lake Bolac Eel Festival, Lake Bolac, VIC

Niq Reefman
Sunday 18th March – Stucco Housing Co-op, Sydney, NSW

Nukara Music Festival
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March – Nanson, WA

Paddy’s Day at The Wild Rover feat. The Button Collective, The Sweet Jelly Rolls, Narrownecks
Saturday 17th March – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW

Paddy’s Day Bash feat. Fox n Firkin, Catholic Guilt, Dead Ringers
Saturday 17th March – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Papa Pilko and the Binrats
Friday 16th March – Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 17th March – Bloodhound Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 18th March – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 16th March – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC

Queensland Irish Choir
Sunday 18th March – Brisbane German Club, Brisbane, QLD

Ramblin’ Ash and Ruby Gilbert
Friday 16th March – Cedar Bar & Kitchen, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 17th March – Lulu’s Cafe, Mullumbimby, NSW

Ramblin’ Nights feat. The Brothers Comatose, Andy Golledge Band, Magpie Diaries
Thursday 22nd March – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters
Friday 23rd March – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Friday 16th March – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Roy Paynes Hillbilly Bop Safari
Saturday 17th March – The Mustang Bar, Perth, WA

Saint Patrick’s Day Party feat. Shawn Lidster, Pay the Fiddler
Saturday 17th March – The Kincumber Hotel, Kincumber, NSW

Sásta
Friday 16th March – Heritage Theatre, Gympie, QLD
Saturday 17th March – Twin Towns Clubs & Resorts, Tweed Heads, QLD
Sunday 18th March – Kedron-Wavell Services Club, Chermside, QLD

Scott Cook & Corin Raymond
Friday 16th March – House Concert, Healesville, VIC

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 16th March – Moonshine Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17th March – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 18th March – Warrandyte Festival, Warrandyte, VIC
Wednesday 21st March – The Whickham Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 22nd March – Tapp Bar, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 23rd March – 63 First Avenue, Sawtell, NSW

Shaun Kirk
Friday 16th March – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Saturday 17th March – Nukara Music Festival, Geraldton, WA
Friday 23rd March – Major Toms, Kyneton, VIC

Smith & Jones
Friday 16th March – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th March – Bettie’s, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th March – House Concert, Carrum Downs, VIC

St. Patrick’s Day 2018 feat. Jonny Reid, Tommy O’ Brien & Co, Prohibition, Craic ‘N’ On
Saturday 17th March – Irish Club Western Australia, Perth, WA

St. Patrick’s Day 2018 at Irish Murphy’s feat. The Devil’s Own, Dave Elliston Trio, Katy Hanson, Craicpot
Saturday 17th March – Irish Murphy’s, Hobart, TAS

St. Patrick’s Day at Adelaide Oval feat. Adelaide Irish Pipe Band, Blackthorn, Celtic & Comhaltas Traditional Musicians, Celtic Getaway, Ceol Maith, Dogpatch Appalachian, Folk n Spicey, Inesheer, Shambolics, The Timbers
Friday 17th March – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, SA

St. Patrick’s Day at Murphy’s feat. Frank McKernan, Locky, The Gathering, Berst , Ramjet
Saturday 17th March – Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane, QLD

St Patrick’s Day at the Canberra Irish Club feat. Fir Croi, Night Potion, Cassidy’s Ceili
Saturday 17th March – Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT

St Patrick’s Day at The Dan O’Connell feat. The Ramshackle Army, Juke Box Racket, Whiskey Dram, Dj Tickets, Justin Yap Band, Catgut Mary, O’Connor School of Irish Dancing, The Drunken Poachers, Christine Ayres School of Irish Dancing, Greon Dove
Saturday 17th March – The Dan O’Connell, Melbourne, VIC

St Patrick’s Day at The Last Jar
Saturday 17th March – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

St Patrick’s Day at the 3 Weeds
Saturday 17th March – 3 Weeds, Sydney, NSW

St Patricks Day Weekend
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – The Tea Gardens, Sydney, NSW

St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. Live Trad Music
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Steve Poltz
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Tuesday 20th March – Acoustic Picnic, Brookvale, NSW
Wednesday 21st March – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 22nd March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd March – The Bunker, Coogee, NSW

Steve Smyth
Wednesday 21st March – Grand Junction, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 22nd March – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 23rd March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Summer Nights at The Quiet Man feat. Chellah Mac, Mikee, Satta
Friday 16th March – The Quiet Man, Melbourne, VIC

Sydney St. Patrick’s Day 2018: The Green Quarter feat. Blackwater, The Bottlers, Ingleburn Pipe Band, Cross Rhythm Irish Dancers, Soniks, Susan O’Neill, Mark Oats, Cara K. & Band
Sunday 18th March – The Entertainment Quarter, Sydney, NSW

Terang Country Music Festival
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Terang, VIC

Tex, Don and Charlie
Saturday 17th March – Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW

The Backsliders
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

The Basin Music Festival
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March – The Basin, VIC

The Bean Project
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – The River Folk Festival, Warburton, VIC
Friday 23rd March – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC

The Beez
Friday 16th March – House Concert, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 17th March – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 18th March – House Concert, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 22nd March – Bar 303, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd March – House Concert, Melbourne VIC

The Black Sorrows
Saturday 17th March – Bendigo Jockey Club, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 18th March – Geelong Racing Club, Geelong, VIC

The Bottlers
Friday 16th March – The Grand Hotel – Cockn’Bull, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17th March – Dicey Riley’s Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 18th March – The Entertainment Quarter, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd March – Junction 142, Katoomba, NSW

The Brothers Comatose
Friday 16th and Saturday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 18th March – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Wednesday 21st March – The Bunker @ Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 22nd March – Ramblin’ Nights, Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd March – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

The Djangologists w/ The Emerald Ruby
Thursday 22nd March – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Emerald Ruby
Sunday 18th March – The Dart and the Feather, Davistown, NSW
Thursday 22nd March – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Glorious North
Sunday 18th March – The Labour in Vain, Melbourne, VIC

The Go Set
Friday 16th March – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17th March – Dicey Riley’s Hotel, Wollongong, NSW

The Hills Are Alive
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March – The Farm, VIC

The Lazy Picks
Sunday 18th March – Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW

The Long Johns
Friday 16th March – Sound Feast, Noosa Heads, QLD
Friday 23rd March – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

The Peninsula Picnic
Saturday 17th March – Mornington, VIC

The Porch Sessions feat. Jordie Lane
Sunday 18th March – House Concert, Glenelg, SA

The River Folk Festival
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Warburton, VIC

The Weeping Willows
Saturday 17th March – Terang Country Music Festival, Terang, VIC
Friday 23rd March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

The Young Folk
Friday 16th March – Memo Music Hall, St Kilda, VIC
Saturday 17th March – Live at The Bundy, Bundy Hall, Bundalaguah, VIC

Timberwolf
Friday 16th March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th March – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March – The Hills Are Alive Festival, The Farm, VIC

TinPan Orange
Friday 16th and Saturday 17th March – The River Folk Festival, Warburton, VIC

Tom Dockray
Friday 16th March – Goldmines Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 17th March – The Taproom – Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC
Thursday 22nd March – Republic Bar & Cafe, Hobart, TAS
Friday 23rd March – Kingsway Bar, Launceston, TAS

Toni Swain
Friday 16th March – Rodney’s Bait n Tackle, Mosman Park, WA
Saturday 17th March – The Mustang Bar, Northbridge, WA
Sunday 18th March – The Bassendean Hotel, Bassendean, WA
Tuesday 20th March – The Perth Blues Club, Perth, WA
Wednesday 21st March – Fly By Night Musicians Club, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 22nd March – Little Creatures, Fremantle, WA
Friday 23rd March – Parade Hotel, Bunbury, WA

Ukulele Death Squad
Sunday 18th March – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Vikki Thorn
Friday 16th March – The Palais Adelaide Festival, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 17th March – Peninsula Picnic, Mornington Peninsula, VIC
Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 22nd March – Clancy’s, Dunsborough, WA
Friday 23rd March – The River Hotel, Margaret River, WA

Warrandyte Festival
Friday 16th and Sunday 18th March – Warrandyte, VIC

Witches Leap
Friday 16th and Saturday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 17th March – Palais Royale Hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Yackandandah Folk Festival
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March – Yackandandah, VIC

Z-Star Delta
Saturday 17th March – Baha, Rye, VIC
Friday 23rd March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Blacksmith” – Andy Irvine

Missy Higgins Announces Album Launch Tour This May

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Image Courtesy of Missy Higgins

If you’ve been anywhere near a radio recently you’ve no doubt heard Missy Higgins’ catchy new single “Futon Couch”. This is the first taster of Higgins’ upcoming fifth studio album Solastalgia, due in on the 4th May, and a definite evolution of her sound.

“Futon Couch” also has a new video directed by Josh Harris

“I think this was the most fun I’ve had filming a music video,” Missy Higgins explained. “I never thought I’d catch myself doing choreographed dancing in one of my film clips but if there’s any song I’ll ever do it for, it’s “Futon Couch”! I’m excited for people to see this, it’s very different for me!”

Check out the video for “Futon Couch” here:

To celebrate the release of Solastalgia Missy Higgins is heading out on a national tour this May, with support from singer-songwriter Gordi.

“I’m so excited to finally road-test my new tunes in all these beautiful venues across the country,” Higgins said. “This album is really different from anything I’ve done before, I think people will be really surprised, but I think the songs will fit nicely alongside my old material, too. There are a lot of female harmonies in the new material so I’m glad we’re gonna have four amazing women on stage belting them out!”

Missy Higgins will be touring with Ed Sheeran this March before her headline tour in May. Check out the full list of dates here:

Ed Sheeran w/ Missy Higgins
Monday 12th March – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 15th March – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th March – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17th March – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 18th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Tuesday 20th March – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 21st March – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD

Missy Higgins w/ Gordi
Sunday 8th April – Cottesloe Beach, Perth, WA
Friday 4th May – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 5th May – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Sunday 6th May – Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong, NSW
Tuesday 8th May – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th May – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 12th May – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 13 May – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Blue Mountains Music Festival Reveals First Artists for 2018 Lineup

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The Blue Mountains Music Festival this week began to announce the lineup for its 2018 event.

Held in Katoomba over the St Patrick’s Day weekend, the Blue Mountains Music Festival always has a decent folk and roots music presence on their lineup along with the best and brightest artists from across all genres.

Headliners for the 2018 Blue Mountains Music Festival include the one-two punch of Missy Higgins and Kate Miller-Heidke – two of Australia’s most celebrated singer-songwriters.

Joining them will be Lior with Paul Grabowsky, The Grigoryan Brothers with Adam Page, The Backsliders, Harry Manx (Can), Steve Poltz (Can), Chris While and Julie Matthews (UK), Breabach (Scot), Peter Rowan Band (US), 10 String Symphony (US), Flats and Sharps (UK), The Brothers Comatose (US), Lamine Sonko and the African Intelligence (Senegal), Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys (Canada), Blair Dunlop (UK), Mel Parsons (NZ), Malcura, Hat Fitz & Cara, Witches Leap, Alana Wilkinson, The Mission Songs Project and more to be announced.

The Blue Mountains Music Festival will is held from 16th to the 18th March in Katoomba, NSW. They’ll be announcing more artists via their Facebook page so make sure you like them there. And head over to their official site for more details and how to get your hands on tickets.

The Best Folky Christmas Songs of 2016

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It’s Christmas Eve which means its time to publish our favourite Christmas tracks released this year with a folky flavour.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone! Looking forward to folking with you in 2017

The Lumineers – “Blue Christmas”
This year we were treated to a couple of versions of the Elvis Presley track “Blue Christmas” – a stripped back version from The Lumineers and an indie version from Builder of the House & Robyn Adele Anderson. We like ’em both!

Builder of the House (ft. Robyn Adele Anderson) – “Blue Christmas”

Trampled by Turtles – “Christmas in Prison”
Jone Prine’s “Christmas in Prison” is a go to cover for Americana, country and bluegrass bands each year – we like this version from Trampled by Turtles

Bonnie & The Barrows – “Christmas Brand New”

Sara Watkins – “The Holidays With You”
Sara Watkins adds a touch of ukulele to Christmas with her track “The Holidays With You”.

David Brent & Foregone Conclusion – “Don’t Cry It’s Christmas”
Ok, this isn’t folk. But you have to agree that Ricky Gervais’ David Brent owns the Christmas number one with “Don’t Cry It’s Christmas”

Brooke Annibale – “This Holiday”

Caroline Pennell Feat. Aaron Espe – “This Year”

Miranda Dodson – “Christmas Glow”

Jessica Martindale & Tyler Huston – “Angels We Have Heard”

She & Him – “Christmas Memories”
She & Him are determined to corner the indie market each and every year and their 2016 track “Christmas Memories” is another gem.

Freedom Fry – “Oh Santa (Bad World)”

Woodsy Pride – “It’s Merry Christmas”

Marié Digby – “Venice Beach Christmas”

Cara Dillon – “Upon a Winter’s Night”
A truly wonderful piece of Christmas folk music – what more would you expect from Cara Dillon?

Low – “Some Hearts (at Christmas Time)”

Jack Skuller – “Stuck In This Holiday”

The Washington Squares – “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)”
“The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” gets a 60s folk makeover care of The Washington Squares.

Loretta Lynn – “To Heck with Ole Santa Claus”

Skinner and T’witch – “The Winter Song”

Jethro Tull – “Pass The Bottle (A Christmas Song)”

The Changing Room – “There’s Magic In Christmas Eve”

Ange Hardy – “Mary’s Robin”
Ange Hardy released a double A side for Christmas and both tracks – “The Quantock Carol” and “Mary’s Robin” – are magnificent. We chose “Mary’s Robin” because most other outlets are chosing the former.

The Gothard Sisters – “Christmas Flower”
Tightly polished Irish folk music at its best.

Jennifer Licko – “The Holly and the Ivy”

Cherish the Ladies – “Ding Dong! Merrily On High/The Cordal Jig/Old Apples In Winter/Con Cassidy’s”

Ben Abraham and Missy Higgins – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
A wonderful slice of Australian Christmas. Ben Abraham, Missy Higgins, a kiddy pool and a dog are all you need.

The Secret Sisters – “The Little Drummer Boy”

Hattie Briggs & Natalie Holmes – “Christmas Bells”

Details of The Peninsula Picnic 2016

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After a massive, sold out event in 2015 The Peninsula Picnic is returning this year and bringing with it some amazing music. Held at the Mornington Racecourse on the Mornington Peninsula, The Penisula Picnic is billed as one of Victoria’s most extensive food, wine and music gatherings.

The lineup for The Peninsula Picnic this year is stuff full of amazing artists and Timber and Steel favourites including Missy Higgins (above), Kim Churchill, Darren Middleton (Powderfinger), Timberwolf and Ruby Whiting – how’s that for a lineup?

The Peninsula Picnic takes place on the 20th March – for more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The Waifs Announce 2016 Tour Dates

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The Waifs are returning at the start of next year with a whole bunch of regional and city tour dates through January and February. Timber and Steel favourite Ruby Boots will be supporting all the shows except for Margaret River (John Butler Trio), Fremantle (Davey Craddock) and Brisbane (John Butler Trio and Missy Higgins).

Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 23rd January – Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 24th January – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 30th January – Melbourne Zoo Twilights, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 31st January – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 2nd February – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 4th February – Bathurst Entertainment Cent, Bathurst, NSW
Saturday 6th February – Twilights at Tarongo Zoo, Sydney, NSW *SOLD OUT*

Riverboats Announces 2016 Lineup

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The Riverboats music festival last week revealed its 2016 lineup and it’s definitely one to get Timber and Steel fans excited.

Along with headliners Missy Higgins, You Am I, The Church and CW Stoneking, Riverboats also boasts Skyscraper Stan & The Commission Flats, Ruby Boots, Jack Carty, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, The Wilson Pickers, Jess Ribeiro, Oh Mercy and more.

Riverboats is set to take place on the banks of the Murray River at Echuca-Moama, VIC from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st February, 2016. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2014

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Ok we promise one more list and then we’re done. For the second year in a row our illustrious editor-in-chief Gareth Hugh Evans has picked his top 25 tracks from the entirety of 2014.

Most of these tracks were singles although some are just taken from albums released this year and others are previews of releases due next year. But if this list proves anything folk music is a wide and varied genre that is going from strength to strength. We hope you enjoy – let’s do it all again next year!

1. Passenger – “Heart’s On Fire”
“Heart’s On Fire” has been my favourite Passenger track live for many years so it’s fantastic to see it finally “officially” released. I’ve seen this song silence a sold out, 1,000 capacity crowd at the HiFi in Sydney and it sent chills down my spine. I love the simplicity of this song, the way the fiddle dances over the finger-picked guitar, the rousing harmonies in the chorus, the subltle strings and mandolin – it all comes together to create something magical.
Watch an early video of “Heart’s On Fire” here

2. Nick Mulvey – “Meet Me There”
To be honest I could have picked any of the tracks from Nick Mulvey’s album First Mind for this list so picking just one (to give tracks from other artists a chance) was agonising. I chose “Meet Me There” because I think it showcases Mulvey’s unique guitar style as well as the gorgeous production that’s all over First Mind. I’m so sour I missed Nick Mulvey when he was in the country earlier this year and just hope he’ll be back soon.
Learn to play all of the songs from First Mind here

3. Bellowhead – “Jack Lintel’s Jig”
First of all this is not a jig, it’s a hornpipe. Secondly it’s not commonly known as “Jack Lintel’s…” – most people probably know it as “Cam Ye O’er Frae France”. But when you listen to the way Bellowhead have constructed this track as a round that builds and builds on the hornpipe’s three parts before abruptly halting leaving the rhythmic fiddle hanging in the air you can forgive all this. It makes me wish Bellowhead did more instrumentals.
Watch Bellowhead take you through their album Revival track by track

4. James Vincent McMorrow – “Gold”
I saw James Vincent McMorrow at the Sydney Opera House earlier this year and it was one of the most spellbinding performances I’ve seen in years. “Gold” is a highlight from his album Post Tropical showcasing his rich falsetto, punctuated by harps and horns and backing vocals. Is this folk? Probably not in the strictest sense but it’s a definite evolution of James Vincent McMorrow’s sound from his earlier incarnation as an acoustic singer-songwriter.
Watch James Vincent McMorrow’s latest video “Look Out” here

5. Oh Pep! – “Rest Assured”
There’s something insanely catchy about the syncopated melody of this mandolin driven folk-pop song. It’s just so listenable and is definitely one of my favourite songs to see them perform live. The clip for “Rest Assured” is a little surreal but there’s something I like about it – it has a quirky appeal.
Read our interview with Pepi Emmerichs from Oh Pep! here

6. Pepa Knight – “Rahh!”
I love the fact that Pepa Knight’s solo effort feels like he’s taken all the world music influences of his band Jinja Safari, thrown them into a big pot, distilled them into something pure and then produced what is one of the most unique releases in 2014. “Rahh!” packs such a musical punch and is the perfect addition to any mixtape or playlist to make your listener sit up and take notice.
Find out more about Pepa Knight’s EP Hypnotized here

7. Husky – “I’m Not Coming Back”
“I’m Not Coming Back” announced Husky’s triumphant return to our eardrums and heralded the coming of their amazing new album Ruckers Hill. This track is classic Husky, all interwoven harmonies and intricate melodies. I especially love the bridge, which has almost a call-and-reply gospel feel to it. Superb.
Find out more about Husky’s new album here

8. Patrick James – “Message”
“Message” continues Patrick James’ winning streak as far as I’m concerned. James consitently writes some of the best indie-folk tunes in Australia and with astounding frequency as well. The clip for “Message” is one of my favourites of the year as well.
Find out more about Patrick James’ EP Broken Lines here

9. Gregory Alan Isakov – “Amsterdam”
The Weatherman was one of my favourite albums of 2013, and “Amsterdam” is one of my favourite tracks on the album, having been released as a single this year. I love the lo-fi sound of this track – the whole thing feels like it was recorded in an echo chamber which gives the song a real ethereal feel.
There’s more information on the animated video for Amsterdam here

10. Dan and Amy – “Pretend”
This song transports me back to the sounds of the 60s and 70s English folk revival with its medieval melodies and liberal use of woodwind. Again, the bridge of this track is what makes it with Dan’s gregorian vocals and strange time signatures driving the song forward.
Find out more about Dan and Amy’s EP Sometimes Life here

11. Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys – “A Hymn to the Wolves”
I’ve said it before but I love what Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys are doing with for contemporary folk music in the UK. Songs like “A Hymn to the Wolves” are just stunning – taking the tradition well and truly into the twenty-first century on the backs of guitar, fiddle and their stunning voices.
Listen to more tracks from Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys’ new album Any Other Morning here.

12. Missy Higgins – “Shark Fin Blues”
It was Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens who first introduced me to “Shark Fin Blues” (check out their version here) and I immediately fell in love. However when I hunted out the original version from The Drones I have to admit I wasn’t too impressed – unlike a lot of music lovers I just can’t get into Gareth Liddiard’s distinctive voice. This didn’t diminish the song however and as Missy Higgins’s version proves it is one of best Australian songs ever written.
Find out more about Missy Higgins’ covers album and book OZ here.

13. Bear’s Den – “Above The Clouds Of Pompeii”
The new Bear’s Den album Islands really stretches the UK trio, seeing them move beyond the indie-folk of their earlier EPs. But it’s the indie-folk sounds that I love about Bear’s Den so I’m glad there’s a couple of gems like “Above The Clouds Of Pompeii” on Islands – this is the band at its best.
Read our interview with Kev Jones from Bear’s Den here

14. Jordan Millar – “If Only…”
Every time I play “If Only…” on loud speakers anyone who is within earshot immediately looks up from whatever they’re doing and enquires who is singing. It goes to show just how catchy Jordan Millar’s single is. This is probably my favourite Jordan Millar song to date, and it can be picked up for nothing as part of the free EP The Wheel.
Stream and download The Wheel EP online here.

15. Lisa Mitchell – “Wah Ha”
“Wah Ha” is Lisa Mitchell’s return to acoustic, folk-inspired pop music and I love it. The track seems to take its cue from 70’s Burt Bacharach tracks in its writing, arrangement and production. I really hope that Lisa Mitchell has a lot more tracks like this in her because it’s this kind of music that I love hearing her produce.
The full dates for Lisa Mitchell’s 2015 acoustic tour are here.

16. Kim Churchill – “Window to the Sky”
Ah, the song that brought Kim Churchill to a wider audience. I’ve been a fan of Churchill’s since Timber and Steel contributor KT Bell first badgered me to listen to his music a number of years ago but honestly I think “Window to the Sky” is his catchiest track yet and deserves all the attention it’s been getting. The track sits somewhere between the roots of the John Butler Trio and Xavier Rudd and the indie-folk of Matt Corby and Boy and Bear and will definitely get stuck in your head when you press play.
Check out the full dates for Kim Churchill’s 2015 tour here

17. Kasey Chambers – “Wheelbarrow”
My favourite albums from Kasey Chambers’ back catalogue are those she recorded with then husband Shane Nicholson, Rattlin’ Bones and Wreck & Ruin. I feel like “Wheelbarrow” takes a lot of their rootsy Americana elements and layers them with some of the crunchiest guitar I’ve ever heard on a country track. Kasey Chambers has never been a conventional country songwriter but with tracks like “Wheelbarrow” she’s challenging all expectations and is producing some of her best music to date in the process.
Listen to Kasey Chamber’s duet with Bernard Fanning, “Bittersweet”, here.

18. The New Basement Tapes – “Spanish Mary”
What happens when you take the “forgotten” lyrics of 1967’s Bob Dylan and give them to a supergroup made up of Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons) plus super producer T Bone Burnett to put to music? Pure magic. This is by far and away my favourite track on the album from The New Basement Tapes – part old timey picker (courtesy of Rhiannon Giddens’ beautiful vocals), part psychedelic romp, the track feels as much 1867 as it does 1967 or even 2014. Love it!
Check out full details of The New Basement Tapes project here.

19. First Aid Kit – “My Silver Lining”
“My Silver Lining” transports you back to the 70s, invoking early Neil Young mixed with a heavy doses of Emmylou Harris. The lush strings and reverb heavy melodies wouldn’t be out of place in a Western movie and I love the way First Aid Kit pace their lyrics throughout the track – at some points they manage to fit more words than should be possible into a phrase, at other points they drag a single word out over an entire melody. It’s amazing that some of the best Americana in the world is coming out of Sweden.
Check out the full 2015 Australian tour dates for First Aid Kit here.

20. Jack Carty – “What Am I Gonna Do With All Of My Love Now?”
You’d be hard pressed to find a Timber and Steel “Best of” list without some mention of Jack Carty. And there’s a reason or that – Carty is the master of the story song and Timber and Steel loves a story song. “What Am I Gonna Do With All Of My Love Now?” is just one of the many gems on the new album Esk and only really pipped songs like “Be Like The Water”, “The Universe” and “The Joneses” at the post because of the Lord of the Rings reference.
Listen to Jack Carty’s duet with Katie Noonan, “The Universe”, here

21. All Our Exes Live in Texas – “Tell Me”
“Tell Me” is what happens when four of Sydney’s best songwriters – Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney – get together and write a folk song. The track is insanely catchy and makes the most of All Our Exes Live in Texas’ stunning four part harmonies. If “Tell Me” is a taste of what we can expect from All Our Exes Live in Texas in 2015 then I’m very excited.
Read our interview with All Our Exes Live in Texas here.

22. The Staves – “Blood I Bled”
I’d argue that “Blood I Bled” is The Staves’ most traditional-folk inspired track to date. The melody sounds like it could have been written 100 years ago. And the production is exquisite – which it should be considering it was brought to life by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. I love the way this song builds from a picked ukulele to driving horns, all the while never overpowering the vocal harmonies. I’m so excited about the releae of If I Was next year.
Find out more about the new album from The Staves If I Was here.

23. Ruby Boots – “Oh, Lover”
When Ruby Boots asked Timber and Steel to debut the video for “Oh, Lover” I was overcome by just how good the track was. I love Ruby Boots’ music live but “Oh, Lover” is just on another level – the unconventional verse structure, the Spanish inspires rhythm section, the surf-guitar riff. The video is wonderfully surreal as well with Ruby Boots floating on a bed through a flooded forest. You’ll want to listen to this song over and over again.
Stream Ruby Boots’ self titled EP here.

24. Stu Larsen – “San Francisco”
“San Francisco” is what pop music should be. A simple melody. A story told through verse. Stu Larsen (with Mike Rosenberg, AKA Passenger, and Chris Vallejo on production duties) has produced a little bit of magic with this track. There’s something effortlessly classic about the song from beginning to end and it’s the perfect accompaniment to long drives on hot summer days.
Watch Stu Larsen’s latest video “King Street” here.

25. Vena Portae – “Flames & Fury”
This is probably the newest song on the list, having only been released in the last few weeks, but when I heard it I couldn’t stop playing it over and over again. I guess it’s kind of country music. It’s kind of folk. It’s kind of pop. But whatever it is it’s super catchy and Emily Barker’s voice is in fine form. Listen to this song twice straight through and I can guarantee by the third time you’ll be singing along.
Read our interview with Vena Portae’s Emily Barker here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 22nd August

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Banjo legends Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have announced their first album together to be released this October. Details here

– A bunch more sideshows for the Out On The Weekend festival were announced including tours from Ryan Bingham (with Harry Hookey and Tim Wheatley), Robert Ellis and Jonny Fritz (with James Thomson) and Nikki Lane and The Delines (with Ruby Boots). Details here

Cat Canteri, drummer for Melbourne alt-country outfit The Stillsons, has announced plans for a solo album and national tour. Details here

– The first lineup announcement from the Falls Festival is light on the folk – just The John Butler Trio, Kim Churchill and Vance Joy on the lineup so far. Details here

– Our good friends at the Seek Stumble Listen Live blog have announced their first ever multi-media music event featuring Fanny Lumsden and The Thrillseekers, Little Fox and more. Details here

– The Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME) have announced the first round of artists for 2014 including Hiatus Kaiyote, Ash Grunwald, Bart Willoughby, Jimblah, Pierce Brothers, Ms Murphy, Bullhorn, Nahko and Medicine for the People (USA), Digging Roots (Canada), Estere (NZ) and Myele Manzanza (NZ). Details here

– Adelaide folk four-piece The Timbers released their new video “Mean Streak” and announced an east coast tour. Details here

The Mullum Music Festival has announced its 2014 lineup including Harry James Angus, Husky, Kim Churchill, Frank Yamma, Bobby Alu, Marlon Williams, Liz Stringer, Siskin River, The Mae Trio, The Twoks, Starboard Cannons, The Mid North, Tracy McNeil, The Yearlings and many more. Details here

Jack Carty has announced details of his upcoming album Esk. Details here

– I had to admit that I sometimes watch So You Think You Can Dance when I wrote a piece about the upcoming Hozier album. Details here

Olivers Army will be launching their new album with a tour this September. Details here

Yuko Nishiyama has just released her new album Parade and has a couple of shows left of her launch tour. Details here

Missy Higgins released the video for her beautiful version of “Shark Fin Blues” as well as announcing a massive national tour. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Patrick James is streaming his new single “Fight With Me” featuring Olympia. Details here

– Sydney’s Little May have announced details of their debut EP. Details here

Ben Howard has provided details of his upcoming album along with a stream of the title track “I Forget Where We Were”. Details here

– The wonderful Lanie Lane is back with a brand new video “Celeste”. Details here

– Watch folk, hip-hop and dance combine in the new Arbori video “Walls”. Details here

Folk By The Sea have announced their 2014 lineup including Mic Conway & Phil Donnison, The Bottlers, The Button Collective, Big Erle, Joe Mungovan and many many more. Details here

Releases This Week

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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Yuko Nishiyama

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I first saw Yuko Nishiyama a few months ago and I was so impressed with her brand of folk-pop. Having just released her new album Parade Yuko Nishiyama is finishing up her launch tour in Sydney and Canberra this weekend.

Friday 22nd August – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd August – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Gigs Next Week

Bob Dylan
Monday 25th August – Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th August – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Busby Marou
Friday 22nd August – The Cambridge, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 23rd August – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th August – Waves, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 29th August – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Darren Cross
Saturday 23rd August – Rhino Room, Adelaide, SA

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Dan Waters and The Weeping Willows
Friday 22nd August – Baha in Rye, Rye, VIC

Melody Pool and Marlon Williams
Saturday 23rd August – X-Wray Café, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 24th August – Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Tuesday 26th August – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA

Nova and the Experience
Saturday 23rd August – Trainspotters, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th August – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT

Olivers Army
Friday 29th August – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Patrick James
Friday 29th August – Beavs Bar, Geelong, VIC

Seek Stumble Listen Live feat. Fanny Lumsden, Little Fox
Friday 29th August – The Corner Store, Sydney, NSW

Spookyland
Friday 22nd August – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Taliska
Friday 29th August — Conservatory Café, Wyreena, VIC

The Timbers
Friday 29th August – The World’s End, Adelaide, SA

Todd Sibbin and The Acadian Driftwood
Saturday 23rd August – Cranker, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 24th August – Evelyn, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 26th August – Record Crate, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th August – The Lass O Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Tom West
Saturday 23rd August – Crown & Anchor, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 24th August – Evelyn, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 26th August – Record Crate, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th August – The Lass O Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Tracy McNeil
Friday 22nd August – Lefties Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 23rd August – The Courthouse, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 24th August – TBC, Melbourne, VIC

Vincent Cross
Friday 22nd August – The Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 23rd August – Troubadour Folk & Acoustic Club, Woy Woy, NSW

Yuko Nishiyama
Friday 22nd August – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd August – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Friday Folk Flashback

“Rattlin’ Bog” – The Makem Brothers

I love it when fiddle tunes have words. I’d always played “Rattlin’ Bog” as a reel but found in sessions that people would sing along. So I’ve done my best to learn the words as well – although I doubt I could get it this fast!

Missy Higgins Announces Tour and New Video

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With her new covers album OZ due for release on the 19th September it was inevitable that we’d also see a tour from Missy Higgins. And that tour kicks off this September with dates all around the country, including a huge amount of regional shows. Check out the dates below:

Saturday 20th September – Cairns Civic Theatre, Cairns, QLD
Tuesday 23rd September – TECC, Townsville, QLD
Wednesday 24th September – MECC – Plenary Halls A&B, Mackay, QLD
Friday 26th September – The Events Centre Theatre, Caloundra, QLD
Saturday 27th September – BCEC – Great Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 28th September – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Tuesday 30th September – GCAC – Arts Theatre, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 1st October – Lismore City Hall – Churchill Auditorium, Lismore, NSW
Friday 3rd October – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 4th October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Monday 6th October – The Concourse, Chatswood, NSW
Tuesday 7th October – Joan Sutherland PAC – Concert Hall, Penrith, NSW
Thursday 9th October – Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 11th October – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 12th October – The Cube, Wodonga, VIC
Wednesday 15th October – Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton, WA
Thursday 16th October – Crown Theatre, Perth, WA
Saturday 18th October – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 19th October – Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah, WA
Wednesday 22nd October – Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin, NT
Saturday 25th October – AEC – Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 29th October – Regent Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

To get you ready for the album and the tour Missy Higgins has just released the new video for her stunning version of “Shark Fin Blues”. Check it out here:

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