Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new streams and videos from the likes of Elephant Sessions, Harmony Byrne, Kate Miller-Heidke, Kaurna Cronin, Little May, Missy Higgins, Neil & Liam Finn and Simon Imrei. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

The Saint of Lost Causes
The Saint of Lost CausesJustin Townes Earle
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The Waterboys
Where The Action IsThe Waterboys
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Spunk Records 20th Anniversary feat. The Middle East plus Special Guests

The Middle East

Friday 24th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Alice Night
Sunday 26th May – We Move Studio, Mullumbimby, NSW
Thursday 30th May – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Andrew Swift, Gretta Ziller w/ Ruby Saltbush
Saturday 25th May – Deniliquin Club, Deniliquin, NSW

Archie Roach
Saturday 25th May – Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 26th May – Alexander Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 27th May – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

Ash Grunwald
Friday 24th May – The Bellingen Brewery & Co., Bellingen, NSW

Because The Night feat. JD & The Hunger Man, Darren Cross
Thursday 30th May – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Bush Gothic
Saturday 25th May – Guildford Music Hall, Guildford, VIC

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 24th May – UOW Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Kambri at ANU, Canberra, ACT

Cash Savage and The Last Drinks
Friday 24th May – The Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Cat Canteri & Justin Bernasconi
Wednesday 29th May – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 30th May – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Charley Crockett w/ Sierra Ferrell
Sunday 26th May – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Clare Bowditch
Friday 24th May – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 25th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 29th May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 30th May – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Claude Hay
Friday 24th May – Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW
Sunday 26th May 2019 – Beaches, Thirroul, NSW

Crow Mountain
Friday 24th May – Plantbased Wholefoods, Katoomba, NSW

Dancing on the Darling Festival
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May – Menindee, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 24th May – Dish and Spoon, Nowra, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Mumbulla Hall, Bega, NSW
Sunday 26th May – Nethercote Hall, Eden, NSW
Wednesday 29th May – Agrestic Grocer, Orange, NSW
Thursday 30th May – The Mersh, Dubbo, NSW
Friday 31st May – Conservatorium Chapel, Tamworth, NSW

Dirty Three
Sunday 26th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Ella Belfanti, Andie
Wednesday 29th May – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fairlight Folk feat. Señor Cabrales, Witches Leap, Rayn
Saturday 25th May – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Fallon Cush
Friday 24th May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Family’s Fourth Party feat. The Cashews, Bec Taylor, CJ Shaw
Sunday 26th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Felicity Urquhart & Brad Butcher
Saturday 25th May – The Music Lounge, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 31st May – Hardy’s Bay Community Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Anna & Jordan, Victor Cripes, Morton Choppers
Wednesday 29th May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. CJ Stranger, Bek Sarkoezy, Stephen Chikazaza
Saturday 25th May – 107, Sydney, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick
Friday 24th May – The Ember Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Get Folked Punk feat. Amends, Gutters Grr, Willow Maze, Apprehension Avenue, Ethan Del Carmen, Luke Holmeslice
Thursday 30th May – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Hayley Marsten
Saturday 18th to Friday 24th May – Norfolk Island Country Music Festival, Kingston, QLD

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 23rd May – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Illawarra Folk Club Nostalgia Night feat. New York Public Library, Three Sixty, Emma and Kenny
Friday 24th May – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

James Bennett
Saturday 25th May – House Concert, Airlie Beach, QLD

Jeff Tweedy w/ Jen Cloher
Friday 24th May – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 25th May – The Athenaeum, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 26th May – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 28th May – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA

Jen Mize
Saturday 25th May – Autumn Fall Festival, The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Jimmy Mullarkey & Friends
Saturday 25th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Kate Miller-Heidke & Iain Grandage
Wednesday 29th May – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Keaton Henson: Six Lethargies with the Opera Australia Orchestra
Friday 31st May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Kristen Lee Morris
Saturday 25th May – Avoca Beach Hotel, Avoca Beach, NSW
Sunday 26th May – Coast Hotel Budgewoi, Budgewoi, NSW

Kyle Lionhart
Friday 24th May – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 25th May – The Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Sunday 26th May – The Aardvark, Fremantle, WA

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes w/ Ben Leece
Friday 24th May – Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Paddock Sessions, Wollombi, NSW
Sunday 26th May – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Thursday 30th May – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC
Friday 31st May – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Lee Coulter & Dixie Maxwell
Friday 31st May – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Maggie Rogers w/ Stella Donnelly
Saturday 25th May – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Monday 27th May – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 29th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 30th May – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

Magpie Diaries
Friday 24th May – The Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Saturday 25th May – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 26th May – The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW

Monsieur Camembert
Saturday 25th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band
Sunday 26th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Miriam Lieberman Trio
Friday 24th May – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Natalie Henry
Friday 31st May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Neil Murray
Friday 24th May – Mildura Club, Mildura, VIC
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May – Dancing on the Darling Festival, Menindee, NSW

Norfolk Island Country Music Festival
Saturday 18th to Friday 24rd May – Kingston, QLD

Pittwater Bluegrass & Old-time Retreat
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th May – Pittwater YHA, Pittwater, NSW

Rach Brennan & The Pines
Saturday 25th May – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 30th May – Marly Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 31st May – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW

Raising Voices Post-Election Frack Off Fundraiser feat. Mark Lucas, Ricky Pann, Rosie MacDonald & Nigel Lever
Sunday 26th May – Red Bar, Sydney, NSW

Rick Hart Trio
Sunday 27th May – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Ro
Friday 24th May – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 31st May – Crown & Anchor, Adelaide, SA

Russell Morris
Friday 24th May – Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 25th May – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 26th May – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 30th May – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 31st May – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Sancha & The Blue Gypsies
Saturday 25th May – Illawarra Leagues Club, Wollongong, NSW

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 29th May – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Nicholson
Saturday 25th May – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Sunday 26th May – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Sing A Song Of Sixpence – A Songwriter’s Delight feat. Fenn Wilson, Freya Josephine Hollick, Kim Volkman
Fridsy 24th May – The Ember Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Slim Dime
Saturday 25th May – Saints & Sailors, Portarlington, VIC

Spunk Records 20th Anniversary feat. The Middle East plus Special Guests
Friday 24th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Stella Donnelly
Tuesday 28th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 29th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Teeny Tiny Stevies
Saturday 25th May – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th May – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 26th May – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Tessa Devine
Saturday 25th May – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Tex Perkins & Matt Walker
Wednesday 29th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 30th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Bottlers
Friday 24th May – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Hillbilly Goats
Friday 24th May – City Golf Club, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 25th May – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

The Little Stevies
Friday 24th May – Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 26th May – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

The Loaded Dog Folk Club feat. Paul Spencer and Garland & Fine
Saturday 25th May – Addison Road Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Maes
Sunday 26th May – Birregurra Arts Group, Birregurra, VIC
Friday 31st May – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

The Mid-North
Friday 31st May – Old Butter Factory Cafe, Bellingen, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 31st May – Highfields Tavern, Toowoomba, QLD

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Friday 31st May – Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle, NSW

The Water Runners
Friday 24th May – Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, NSW

Then Jolene
Sunday 26th May – The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW

Vardos
Friday 24th May – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Z-Star Trinity
Friday 24th May – Yamba Shores Tavern, Yamba, NSW
Friday 31st May – The J, Noosa, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Banjolin Song” – Mumford & Sons

New Music Monday – 20th May

Kate Miller Heidke
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Elephant Sessions – “Colours”

If you’ve managed to catch Scottish trad-fusion band Elephant Sessions on one of their trips to Australia, most recently for this year’s Bluesfest, you’ll know that you’re no doubt already a fan. The band released their sophomore album What Makes You last week and have also given us their latest single “Colours”, a driving instrumental which perfectly captures their unique sound.

Rumours are that Elephant Sessions will be returning to our shores in 2020 so keep an eye out for more news soon!

Harmony Byrne – “Smoke Inside”

“Smoke Inside”, the crunchy blues waltz from Australian singer-songwriter Harmony Byrne, is definitely worth a listen this week. The track is taken from Byrne’s upcoming album Heavy Doors and features her amazing voice alongside some really slick production.

“As a child I was told that I was a drama queen,” Harmony Byrne says of the track. “Initially, I mistook this as being a negative aspect of my personality and struggled to express myself. But thankfully, I was also taught to have self-worth, honesty, integrity, and that I only ever need be myself in a world full of frauds. “Smoke Inside” is all about valuing who you are, no matter how wild or tame, and that if someone you love doesn’t let you light up inside, then they are not the match for you.”

Kate Miller-Heidke – “Ernie”

If you’ve been devouring all the media surrounding Kate Miller-Heidke and the Eurovision Song Contest you may have caught her on the ABC’s Australian Story program last week. Which means you probably also heard her gorgeous new song “Ernie”.

The track, which is dedicated to Miller-Heidke’s son, is the singer-songwriter at her stripped back best. “Ernie” stands in stark contrast to the bombast of her Eurovision song “Zero Gravity” but the thread that ties the two together is just how intensely personal and vulnerable Kate Miller-Heidke’s songwriting can be.

Kaurna Cronin – “Gotta Get Outta This Place”

Singer-songwriter and Timber and Steel favourite Kaurna Cronin has just released his gorgeous new single “Gotta Get Outta This Place”. The track is the perfrect example of Cronin’s trademark emotive songwriting and also features a groove that definitely sucked me in.

“This song is one I’ve been wanting to write for a long time but had never really managed to get the tone quite right,” Kaurna Cronin explained. “It’s a song about internal battles of a sense of belonging and love for the idea of ‘ones home’ and the ongoing feeling of needing to get away from home to experience the unknown to be inspired by different places, people and ideas. It was important for me to try and capture the sense of passion and inspiration in ones home and not dismiss that – it’s about the conflict of urges that one can associate with not wanting to feel ‘comfort’ anymore.”

Cronin has managed to find some time this June for some Australian shows before he heads out on a national tour – the full list of dates are below:

Thursday 6th June – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th June – Low 302, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th June – Chateau Apollo, Adelaide, SA

Little May – “As Loving Should”

Having just released their new album Blame My Body, indie-pop duo Little May have treated us to their latest single “As Loving Should”. The folk and acoustic influences on Little May’s music are still very much a part of the sound of this new track and I’m loving the retro aesthetic of the video.

Missy Higgins – “Song For Sammy”

For Mother’s Day last week Missy Higgins released her beautiful new song “Song For Sammy”. Written for her son Sammy, the ukulele driven track is classic Missy Higgins, stripped back to basics and lyrically driven. Beautiful stuff.

Neil & Liam Finn – “Meet Me In The Air”

Father-son duo Neil & Liam Finn have released the dreamy new single “Meet Me In The Air”. The video takes the family band vibe even further feating appearances from Sharon Finn and Elroy Finn and was shot after soundcheck at a show in London. If you’re after some transcendent pop music today this could be your jam.

Simon Imrei – “Stand Still”

Melbourne based Americana singer-songwriter Simon Imrei has just released the new single from EP due later this year, the very catchy “Stand Still”. I’m particularly loving the subtle pedal steel spread throughout this track and I can definitely see it making its way onto a bunch of driving playlists with its laidback grove.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We picked our top 25 albums and EPs of 2018 including releases from Courtney Marie Andrews, Emma Davis, First Aid Kit, Gregory Alan Isakov, I’m With Her, Imogen Clark, Iron & Wine, Jack Carty & Gus Gardiner, John Flanagan Trio, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, Kasey Chambers, Laura Veirs, Lúnasa, Marlon Williams, The Milk Carton Kids, Mustered Courage, Old Crow Medicine Show, Passenger, Sam Newton, The Low Anthem, The Paper Kites, Tim Hart, Whoa Mule, William Fitzsimmons and more. Details here

– Our Editor In Chief Gareth Hugh Evans picked his top 25 tracks of 2018 including songs from Cat Canteri, Courtney Marie Andrews, Emma Davis, Fanny Lumsden, Gregory Alan Isakov, Husky, I’m With Her, Imogen Clark, Jack Carty & Gus Gardiner, John Flanagan Trio, Kasey Chambers & The Fireside Disciples, Laura Veirs, Marlon Williams, Missy Higgins, Mustered Courage feat. Mark Gable , Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Paddy McHugh, Sufjan Stevens, The Ahern Brothers, The Decemberists, The Low Anthem, Tim Hart, Whoa Mule, William Fitzsimmons, Willie Watson & Tim Blake Nelson and more. Details here

Releases This Week

Traveling On
Traveling OnThe Decemberists
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

A Celtic Christmas feat. Claymore, Colin Lillie, Saoirse, Hawthorn City Pipe Band, Glenbrae Celtic Dancers

A Celtic Christmas

Saturday 22nd December – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

A Celtic Christmas feat. Claymore, Colin Lillie, Saoirse, Hawthorn City Pipe Band, Glenbrae Celtic Dancers
Saturday 22nd December – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Adam Young and Sam Shinazzi
Sunday 23rd December – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Alex the Astronaut
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Alice Skye
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC

Andrew Swift, Gretta Ziller & Brad Cox
Thursday 27th December – Anglesea Family Caravan Park, Anglesea, VIC
Friday 28th December – Ocean Grove Holiday Park, Ocean Grove, VIC

Angus & Julia Stone
Friday 21st December – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Ben Leece
Friday 21st December – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Dan Sultan
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Darren Hanlon
Friday 21st December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd December – Church in the Graveyard, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 23rd December – Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Dean Lewis
Friday 21st December – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 23rd December – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th December – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Dermot Kennedy w/ Sam Fender
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC

Emily Wurramara
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Falls Festival
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Lorne, VIC

Festival of Small Halls feat. Old Man Luedecke, Lucy Wise
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

First Aid Kit
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC

Hat Fitz and Cara
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Hussy Hicks
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Irish Mythen
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

James Thomson
Sunday 23rd December – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Jen Cloher
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Jess Locke
Friday 21st December – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd December – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Julia Jacklin
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Kallidad
Friday 21st December – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 22nd December – Diggers Tavern, Bellingen, NSW

Karl S Williams
Sunday 23rd December – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Les Poules a Colin
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Liam Gerner
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Lucy Wise
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Magpie Diaries
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 21st December – Leichhardt Town Hall, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 22nd December – Leichhardt Town Hall, Sydney, NSW

Matt Joe Gow
Friday 21st December – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Mel Parsons
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band
Friday 21st December – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Mick Thomas and The Roving Commission w/ Ayleen O’Hanlon
Saturday 22nd December – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd December – The Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Monday 24th December – The Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Mojo Juju
Friday 21st December – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Monique Clare
Friday 21st December – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Nariel Creek Folk Festival
Thursday 27th December to Thursday 3rdt January – Nariel Creek Recreation Reserve, Nariel Valley, VIC

Neil Murray
Friday 28th December – The Sewing Room, Perth, WA

Old Man Luedecke
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Paddy McHugh
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Paul Kelly – Making Gravy feat. Angus & Julia Stone, Alex Lahey, Mojo Juju
Friday 21st December – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Richard Lawson
Wednesday 26th December – Bermagui Beach Hotel, Bermagui, NSW

Round Mountain Girls
Saturday 22nd December – Cabarita Sports Club, Cabarita Beach, QLD

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 26th December – The Brothers, Melbourne, VIC

Southern Gentlemen
Sunday 23rd December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sparrow-Folk
Friday 21st December – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Stella Donnelly
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Stiff Gins
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Andy Golledge Band
Saturday 22nd December – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

The Black Sorrows
Saturday 22nd December – Caravan Music Club, Bentleigh East, VIC
Friday 28th December – Bird’s Basement, Melbourne, VIC

The Bushwackers
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Cat Empire
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Little Stevies
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Maes
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Montgomery Brothers
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Northern Folk
Thursday 27 December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Teskey Brothers
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Waifs
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

The Water Runners
Friday 21st December – Servo Food Truck Bar, Port Kembla, NSW
Friday 28th December – The Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, NSW

Timberwolf
Friday 21st December – Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA

Top End Folk Club Sunday Sessions
Sunday 23rd December – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Vance Joy
Friday 28th to Monday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC

Whiskey Dram
Saturday 22nd December – Bombay Rock, Melbourne, VIC

Woodford Folk Festival
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford, QLD

Xavier Rudd
Thursday 27th December to Tuesday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Fairytale of New York” – Jeff Tweedy, Punch Brothers, Sarah Jarosz, The Staves

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2018

2018

As is tradition the Timber and Steel Editor-in-Chief Gareth Hugh Evans brings you his top 25 tracks of the year. As always he’s tried to only pick one song per artist with the occasional album track trumping the singles from the same release. We think you’ll agree it’s been an amazing year for folk, roots, acoustic and singer-songwriter based music

But enough of our jabbering – it’s time to get to the music. Without further ado we present Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2017.

1. Courtney Marie Andrews – “May You Kindness Remain”

2. Missy Higgins – “Futon Couch”

3. The Low Anthem – “Give My Body Back”

4. Jack Carty & Gus Gardiner – “Antipodes”

5. Emma Davis – “Best of Times”

6. Cat Canteri – “Fitzroy Bowl”

7. Sufjan Stevens – “Mystery of Love”

8. Fanny Lumsden – “Real Men Don’t Cry (War On Pride)”

9. The Decemberists – “Severed”

10. Kasey Chambers & The Fireside Disciples – “Go On Your Way”

11. Whoa Mule – “Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom”

12. John Flanagan Trio – “Something To Complain About”

13. Paddy McHugh – “Down To Sydney”

14. I’m With Her – “Game to Lose”

15. Imogen Clark – “Collide”

16. Marlon Williams – “What’s Chasing You”

17. The Ahern Brothers – “There’s a Light”

18. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – “You Worry Me”

19. William Fitzsimmons – “Angela”

20. Gregory Alan Isakov – “San Luis”

21. Laura Veirs – “The Lookout”

22. Husky – “Walking In Your Sleep”

23. Tim Hart – “All in All”

24. Mustered Courage feat. Mark Gable – “Run to Paradise”

25. Willie Watson & Tim Blake Nelson – “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings”

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 16th March

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Missy Higgins announced her new album Solastalgia and a national tour this May. Details here

Releases This Week

The Decemberists
I’ll Be Your GirlThe Decemberists
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Timber and Steel Presents

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

St Patrick’s Day Weekend

St Paddys

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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Image Courtesy of Kate Miller-Heidke

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

Missy Higgins
Image Courtesy of Missy Higgins

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

The Waifs
Image Courtesy of The Waifs

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*

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