Thank Folk It’s Friday – 5th December


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– UK singer-songwriter Ben Howard has added Sydney, Fremantle and Melbourne dates to his Australian visit next year. Details here

– Canadian folk trio The Once released their new video “We Are All Running”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Eliza Hull has released her new single “Used To” featuring Texture Like Sun. Details here

– Adelaide’s Sam Brittain has announced a couple of intimate songwriter shows in Melbourne and Adelaide. Details here

Frank Turner has announced Australian tour dates when he’s in the country for Bluesfest. Details here

Lanie Lane released her new video “No Sound”. Details here

– UK trio Vena Portae released their new video “Flames & Fury”. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter David Blyth released his new video “So So”. Details here

– The Finders Keepers Markets hit Sydney next week with music announced from Kay Proudlove, Direwolf, Peasant Moon, Bonnie Stewart, Laura Zarb, The Maple Trail, Maia Jelavic and more. Details here

Sleepy Dreamers are streaming their new EP Local Football. Details here

The Decemberists released another new video for their track “Make You Better” featuring some awesome 70s throwback action. Details here

– NSW bluegrass band The Mid-North have released their new album Tales From A Mountain via Noisetrade. Details here

– Regular Sydney jam night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s will be hosting their final show of the year which is also their first birthday. Details here

– Another Sydney night, MoFo at the Crate, has announced their Sydney lineup including Catgut and The Button Collective. Details here

– Melbourne Americana duo The Weeping Willows realeased their new video “Acorns”. Details here

Releases This Week

The Mid North
Tales From a MountainThe Mid-North

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Country & Inner Western

Christmas and Inner Western

The final Country & Inner Western in Sydney this year is going to bring Christmas with an Americana twist. The show will feature The Morrisons, Tim Chaisson, Catherine Britt, A Man Called Stu, Jenny Queen and Fanny Lumsden and The Thrillseekers so you know the night’s going to be an absolute cracker!

Wednesday 10th December – GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bearded Gypsy Band
Friday 5th December – Bennett’s Lane, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 6th December – Sookie Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 11th December – Sonnys, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th December – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Betty & Oswald
Friday 5th December – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 6th December – No. 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 7th December – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 11th December – Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW

Country & Inner Western
Wednesday 10th December – GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Daniel Lee Kendall
Friday 5th December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Sunday 7th December – The Welcome Hotel, Rozelle, NSW
Thursday 11th December – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th December – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW

Finders Keepers Markets Sydney feat. Kay Proudlove, Direwolf, Peasant Moon, Bonnie Stewart, Laura Zarb, The Maple Trail, Maia Jelavic
Friday 12th December – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

Friday 5th December – The Bakery, Perth, WA
Saturday 6th December – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 13th December – Studio Theatre, Darwin, NT

Jack Carty
Friday 5th December – Kay St Saloon Bar, Traralgon, VIC
Saturday 6th December – Montrose Town Centre, Montrose, VIC
Sunday 7th December – Bended, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 11th December – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 12th December – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW

Jep and Dep
Saturday 6th December – The Exeter, Adelaide, SA
Friday 12th December – Smiths Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT

Josh Pyke
Friday 12th December – Baroque, Katoomba, NSW

Little May
Friday 5th December – Solbar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Saturday 6th December – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Marlon Williams
Saturday 6th December – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 10th December – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Sam Brittain
Thursday 11th December – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Steve Smyth
Friday 5th December – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, VIC
Saturday 6th December – The Bunker, Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW

The Kruger Brothers w/ The Company
Friday 5th December – Maleny Community Hall, Maleny QLD
Sunday 7th December – Ocean View Winery, Mt Mee, QLD

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 5th December – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 6th December – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA

The Porch Sessions feat. Shaun Kirk, Halfway to Forth, Alice Haddy
Sunday 7th December – House Concert, Adelaide, SA

Wednesday 10th December – No 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 12th December – Festival Of The Sun, Port Macquarie, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Gaudete” – Steeleye Span

We’re in to December so it’s time to start pulling out the Christmas songs for Friday Folk Flashback. First up is the gorgeous a cappella latin carol “Gaudete” from Steeleye Span, the origins of which can be traced all the way back to the 16th century. I love this track!

MoFo at The Crate Announces December Show

Button Collective
Image Courtesy of The Button Collective

Sydney modern folk night MoFo returns to Glebe venue The Record Crate this month for a very exciting final show of the year.

MoFo at the Crate are set to present two of Sydney’s most exciting young folk bands – the bluegrass and old time stylings of Catgut and the anglo-celtic inspired raucous folk of The Button Collective.

The show is due to take place on Friday the 12th December at 7:30pm with tickets just $20 on the door. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 5th September


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Audreys kicked off a duo tour of New South Wales this week. Details here

– Victorian bluegrass duo The Davidson Brothers have released their new single “Take Me To The Mountains”. Details here

– Boston based sister act Ari & Mia are heading to Australia for a tour with The Lucy Wise Trio. Details here

– A new weekly folk night, Bare Bones, has kicked off in Perth at The Swan Basement every Saturday night. Details here

JamGrass announced their next round of artists including Marlon Williams, Raised by Eagles, Sweet Jean, Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats, The Ramblin’ Roses, Cat and Clint, James Kenyon and Brunswick Bluegrass Collective. Details here

– Sydney alt-country four-piece All Our Exes Live In Texas are heading out on tour this October. Details here

Jack Carty released his new single “Be Like The Water” as well as announcing a national tour over the next few months. Details here

Passenger has been releasing live videos as part of his US tour. Details here

Angus and Julia Stone have released their new video “Get Home”. Details here

– Swampy bluesman C.W. Stoneking has a new album on the way and a tour this November. Details here

– To celebrate their 30th anniversary The Illawarra Folk Festival are running a song contest. Details here

– Sydney folk night MoFo is branching out with their new MoFo at the Crate event, the first of which features Ari & Mia and The Lucy Wise Trio. Details here

– A new family friendly musical, The Vegetable Plot, from Luke Escombe and All Our Exes Live In Texas is about to hit Sydney and we have a stream of the accompanying EP. Details here

Vance Joy will be headlining his own tour this coming March. Details here

Bear’s Den released their stunning new single “Above The Clouds Of Pompeii”. Details here

– The first round of artists for Bluesfest 2015 have been announced including The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Xavier Rudd, Frank Turner, Pokey LaFarge and many more. Details here

The Pierce Brothers have just kicked off a massive national tour that goes right through until December. Details here



“Probably my favourite small (and surprising) space was the Amish Barn. In 2013, artist Bennet Miller ran a live installation called Barnraiser, where volunteers dressed as Amish people to raise a Barn. I kid you not. And this year, since the barn is complete, they opened it to the Splendour patrons for Rumspringer. Walk in to the barn at any point in the day and not only were you surrounded by Amish folk relaxing and enjoying the weather, but you could buy a drink from the bar and catch snippets of their pop-up bands playing folk in a ‘session’ style, or playing heavy rock like they were in their Barn’s garage band”KTBell reviews Splendour in the Grass. Review here

Releases This Week

When We Were Young
When We Were YoungCat Canteri

Daniel Allars
Singing for LogsDaniel Allars

Single Mothers
Single MothersJustin Townes Earle

Where We Go
Where We GoNova and The Experience

All Or Nothin'
All Or Nothin’Nikki Lane

ExitsSteve Smyth

Wooden Duck
Wooden DuckThe Green Mohair Suits

Dream Your Life Away
Dream Your Life AwayVance Joy

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig



While the BIGSOUND conference might have sold out the official live program still has tickets left (plus plenty of unofficial music going on) and the folk, acoustic and roots program this year is really strong with showcases from The Pierce Brothers, Marlon Williams, Hayden Calnin, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Ruby Boots, Sweet Jean, Ash Grunwald, Devon Sproule, Fraser A Gorman, Little May, Spookyland, Steve Smyth and many many more.

Wednesday 10th to Friday 12th September – Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, NSW
Official Site

Gigs Next Week

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 12th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Bare Bones feat. The Wishers, Maverick, Cyclone Tess
Saturday 6th September – The Swan Basement, Perth, WA

Wednesday 10th to Friday 12th September – Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, NSW

Bob Dylan
Friday 5th September – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 7th September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 8th September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Boy & Bear
Friday 5th September – The Palais, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 6th September – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Friday 12th September – The Arts Centre, Gold Coast, QLD

Thursday 11th September – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Cat Canteri
Friday 5th September – Basement Disc’s, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th September – The Star, Yackandandah, VIC
Saturday 6th September – Tanswell’s, Beechworth, VIC
Sunday 7th September – Bridge Rd Brewery, Beechworth, VIC

Darren Cross
Friday 5th September – Padre, Brisbane, QLD

Folklore, George Callaghan, Hooper and O’Toole
Saturday 6th September – The Shack, Narrabeen, NSW

Jep and Dep
Friday 5th September – Padre Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Katie Noonan w/ Jack Carty
Friday 12th September – Bangalow Bowlo, Banglow, NSW

MoFo feat. Laura and Susie, Golden Whistler
Friday 12th September – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Olivers Army
Wednesday 10th September – Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 5th September – A Music Warehouse Project, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 6th September – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Friday 12th September – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Friday 5th September – Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 10th September – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – Boney, Melbourne, VIC

Steve Smyth
Friday 5th September – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 6th September – Taps, Mooloolaba, QLD
Tuesday 9th September – Mushroom x Sonos Party, BIGSOUND, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 10th September – BIGSOUND, The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 11th September – Brisbane Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW

Sweet Jean
Sunday 7th September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 11th September – Bigsound, Brisbane, QLD

The Audreys
Friday 5th September – Art of Espresso, Young, NSW
Saturday 6th September – Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 7th September – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

The Folk Informal feat. Imogen Bel, Amela, Black River Bell, Angharad Drake
Thursday 11th September – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Living Room feat. Laura Zarb, Two Girls Will
Sunday 7th September – Lewisham Hotel, Sydney

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 5th September – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 11th September – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 5th September – Nelson Hotel, Nelson, VIC
Saturday 6th September – Boney, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 7th September – Newport Bowls Club, Newport, VIC
Friday 12th September – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW

Todd Sibbin and The Acadian Driftwood
Friday 5th September – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 7th September – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Tom West
Friday 5th September – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 7th September – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Vance Joy
Friday 5th September – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Stable Song” – Gregory Alan Isakov

Tomorrow a very special lady in my life hits a landmark birthday so I thought I’d treat her to one of her favourite songs as our FFF. Happy Birthday Tuz!

MoFo Sydney Announces MoFo at The Crate

Lucy Wise
Image Courtesy of Lucy Wise

Over the past few years MoFo have been steadily gaining a reputation in Sydney as the best place to see young folk music outside of the major festivals. MoFo (which stands for Modern Folk) runs a regular monthly night at The Gaelic Club in Sydney’s Surry Hills where you get more than just your regular singer-songwriter fair – the night embraces all of the folk styles from trad to gypsy to world and more.

This month MoFo are branching out with their very first sideshow at The Record Crate in Glebe. The first MoFo at The Crate will be taking place on the 19th September and will feature American duo Ari & Mia and Melbournites The Lucy Wise Trio (above). Tickets will be $20 on the door with all proceeds going straight to the artists. For more details check out the official Facebook event here.

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