Thank Folk It’s Friday – 3rd February

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– UK blues and roots legends Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Australian troubadour C.W. Stoneking are teaming up for a co-headline tour this March. Details here

– Indie-folk singer-songwriter Sam Buckingham released her new single “The Water” and announced east coast tour dates. Details here

Davidson Brothers announced details of their eighth studio album All You Need Is Music. Details here

– Melbourne based alt-country crooners Broads announced their new album Vacancy. Details here

– This Saturday some of Perth’s finest songwriters including Timothy Nelson, Helen Shanahan, Joel Barker, Jacob Diamond and Billie Rogers are coming together for 1x1x1 at Fringe World. Details here

Lucie Thorne and The Yearlings have announced a joint east coast tour later this month. Details here

Old Crow Medicine Show started streaming their previously unreleased track “Black-Haired Québécoise”. Details here

– Alt-country singer Luke Collings released his debut single “If You Bring The Whiskey (I’ll Bring The Blues)”. Details here

Releases This Week

Eliza Carthy
Big MachineEliza Carthy and The Wayward Band
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Pekka Kuusisto and the Australian Chamber Orchestra with Sam Amidon

Sam Amidon

Classical music mastermind Pekka Kuusisto teams with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and American folkster Sam Amidon for a series of shows titled Murder Redemption

Saturday 4th February – Llewellyn Hall, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 5th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 6th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 7th February – Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 8th February – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th February – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

1x1x1 feat. Timothy Nelson, Helen Shanahan, Joel Barker, Jacob Diamond and Billie Rogers
Saturday 4th February – Fringe World, Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle, WA

Alanna Eileen w/ Brendon Moon
Thursday 9th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Amanda Palmer
Friday 3rd February – Melt Festival, Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th February – Melt Festival, Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 10th February – MONA, Hobart, TAS

Andy Irvine w/ Luke Plumb
Friday 3rd February – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4th February – The Tablelands Community Centre, Ruffy, VIC
Sunday 5th February – Duckpond House Concert, Healesville, VIC
Thursday 11th February – House Concert, Harcourt North, VIC

Beecroft Bushdance feat. Currawong Bush Band
Saturday 4th February – Beecroft Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents BUOY
Friday 3rd February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents Frank Sultana
Friday 10th February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

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Friday 3rd February – Phoenix Rising Cafe, Nimbin, NSW
Saturday 4th February – Treehouse On Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 5th February – The Farm Byron Bay, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 9th February – Slyfox, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 3rd February – Country Rocks’ Braidwood Servicemens Club, Braidwood, NSW

Folkswagon feat. Bill Hunt, Willowy, Liam Gale & the Ponytails
Wednesday 8th February – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 3rd February – The J, Noosa, QLD
Saturday 4th February – The New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 5th February – Nimbin Bush Theatre, Nimbin, NSW

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Skyscraper Stan, Lisa Caruso
Sunday 5th February – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Grizzlee Train
Sunday 5th February – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

James Taylor w/ Kasey Chambers, Bernard Fanning
Thursday 9th February – Botanic Park, Adelaide, SA

James Thomson & The Starnge Pilgrims, Andy Golledge Band
Sunday 5th February – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Jess Locke w/ Shiny Coin
Friday 3rd February – The Haunt, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th February – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 5th February – 4zzz Carpark, Brisbane, QLD

Kasey Chambers w/ Thelma Plumb
Friday 10th February – Taronga Zoo, Mosman, NSW

Kenta Hayashi
Sunday 5th February – Sooki Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Lior
Thursday 9th February – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Lucie Thorne & The Yearlings
Friday 10th February – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Mat McHugh
Friday 3rd February – The Northshore Tavern, Hillarys, WA
Saturday 4th February – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 5th February – Caves House Hotel, Yallingup, WA

Merry Muse feat. The Lowlands
Sunday 5th January – Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT

Miriam Liberman
Saturday 4th February – Church On The Hill, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 5th February – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, NSW
Friday 10th February – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Mitch Power w/ Jen Mize
Friday 3rd February – Two Goats Cafe, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 4th February – Rambling Nights, Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th February – House Concert, Maitland, NSW
Wednesday 8th to Friday 10th February – Sungold Field Days Festival, Warrnambool, VIC

Moonshine Grooves feat. Craig Woodward & The Lonely Dogs, Tenderfoot, Johnny Romeo & The Big Love
Friday 3rd February – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Paddy McHugh & Browny
Friday 3rd February – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Passenger
Saturday 4th February – Freo Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Pekka Kuusisto and the Australian Chamber Orchestra with Sam Amidon
Saturday 4th February – Llewellyn Hall, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 5th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 6th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 7th February – Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 8th February – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th February – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Picking in the Park
Sunday 5th February – Banjo Patterson Park, Sydney, NSW

Ramblin’ Nights Post Tamworth Party feat. Lachlan Bryan, Mitch Power, Jen Mize, Peasant Moon
Saturday 5th February – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 3rd February – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 5th February – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Sweet Jelly Rolls
Sunday 5th February – Shady Pines, Sydney, NSW

The Backsliders
Saturday 4th February – Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Canberra, ACT

The Bean Project w/ Burrows
Friday 3rd February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

The Beaut Utes, The Roadside Ashes, Roland Kay Smith
Sunday 5th February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

The Cat Empire & Xavier Rudd
Saturday 4th February – Red Devil Park, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 5th February – Sandstone Point, Bribie Island, QLD

The Jimmy Davis Duo w/ Luke Escombe
Friday 10th February – The Acoustic Picnic, Sydney, NSW

The McClymonts
Friday 3rd February – The Juniors, Kingsford, NSW
Saturday 4th February – Revesby Workers, Revesby, NSW
Thursday 9th February – Bairnsdale RSL, Bairnsdale, VIC
Friday 10th February – Village Green Hotel, Mulgrave, VIC

The Morrisons
Friday 10th February – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW

The Porch Sessions feat. Winterbourne, Riley Pearce, Alice Haddy
Friday 5th February – House Concert, Adelaide, SA

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Friday 3rd February – Orange Regional Convervatorium, Orange, NSW
Saturday 4th February – BMEC, Bathurst, NSW

The Timbers
Thursday 9th February – South Coast Folk Club, Port Noarlunga, SA

Tom Stephens
Thursday 9th February – Golden Age Cinema and Bar, Sydney, NSW

Tori Forsyth
Friday 3rd February – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 4th February – Rooty Hill, Sydney, NSW

Waiting for Guinness
Saturday 4th February – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Willing Ponies
Sunday 5th February – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Winterbourne
Friday 3rd February – SUB Beanbag Gigs, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4th February – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 5th February – Porch Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 9th February – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Friday 10th February – Rad, Wollongong, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Ruby” – The Morrisons

Can you tell we’re excited for The Morrisons’ debut album on Monday?

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats And C.W. Stoneking Co-Headline Tour

Nate and CW
Image Courtesy of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

This march it’s time to get your retro-blues and roots on as English band Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Australian troubadour C.W. Stoneking announce a co-headline tour.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are back in the country following last year’s appearance at Bluesfest and the release of their new EP A Little Something More From. They recently shared the stage in the US with C.W. Stoneking which has led to the tour in Australia.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 3rd March – Perth International Arts Festival, Perth, WA
Tuesday 7th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 8th March – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 9th March – Shindig By The Sea, Seaworks, Melbourne, VIC

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 29th April

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Hunter Valley festival Folk In Broke announced their 2016 lineup including Bakoomba, The Protesters, Mitch Power (above), Liz Stringer, The Coconut Kids, The Wayward Henrys, Fletcher Pilon, The Rhythm Hunters, Georgia Grimshaw, The Blues Preachers, Big Erle and more. Details here

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats released their new video “I Need Never Get Old”. Details here

– Canadian folk singer Old Man Luedecke returns to Australia this week for a whole bunch of tour dates through May. Details here

Releases This Week

Melody Pool
Deep Dark Savage HeartMelody Pool
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Paul Kelly
Seven Sonnets & A SongPaul Kelly
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Timber and Steel Presents

Timber and Steel Presents

The Timbers

William Fitzsimmons

Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May – Winter Moon Festival, North Queensland, QLD

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Julia Jacklin

Julia Jacklin

Singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin is one of the buzz-iest artists out there at the moment and her shows in Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide this week (plus Sydney next weekend) will get you in on the ground floor before she explodes.

Friday 29th April – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 30th April – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 1st May – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

A Man Walks Into A Bar feat. Sam Newton
Friday 29th April – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 30th April – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 1st May – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 4th May – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th May – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th May – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW

Andy Golledge w/ Redundant Technology
Thursday 5th May – Union Hotel, Sydney NSW

April Maze
Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May – Mt Beauty Music Festival, VIC

Chippo City Limits feat. Wild Honey, Aidan D Cooney
Sunday 1st May – The Lord Gladstone, Sydney, NSW

Claude Hay
Thursday 5th May – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 6th May – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Davey Craddock
Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May – Mount Beauty Festival, VIC

Devon Sproule
Friday 29th April – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Dr TAOS’ Medicine Show feat. Selftort, Dr TAOS, Sabrina Soares
Wednesday 4th May – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Finders Keepers Markets
Friday 29th April – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 30th April – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 1st May – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Matilda Abraham, Carlos Arango’s Small Big Band, The Delta Revue
Wednesday 4th May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Mitch Power, Adam Young
Thursday 5th May – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Henry Wagons
Friday 6th May – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Hootenanny feat. Chiptooth
Sunday 1st May – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Joe & Harmony’s Magic Carpet Ride feat. Lime & Steel, Peter Miller-Robinson, The Willing Ponies
Saturday 30th April – Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan
Friday 29th April – House Concert, Holgate, NSW
Saturday 30th April – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW

Julia Jacklin
Friday 29th April – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 30th April – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 1st May – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Friday 6th May – TBA, ACT

Lime & Steel
Saturday 30th April – Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Little May
Thursday 5th May – Wollongong Uni Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 6th May – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Live ‘n’ Lounging feat. Cuzn, Vanishing Shapes, Seth Henderson, Joshua Burgh
Sunday 1st May – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Matt Corby
Sunday 1st May – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 2nd May – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 5th May – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA

Mitch Power
Sunday 1st May – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 5th May – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Mount Beauty Music Festival
Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May – Mt. Beauty, VIC

Of Monsters and Men
Friday 29th April – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 1st May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 2nd May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 4th May – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Old Man Luedecke
Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May – Planting Festival, Woodford, QLD
Monday 2nd May – Upwey/Belgrave RSL, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 5th May – Spotted Mallad, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th May – Mountain Mumma Restaurant, Sheffield, TAS

Ryan Bingham
Friday 29th April – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 30th April – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel and John Flanagan
Tuesday 3rd May – Brisbane Unplugged, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 6th May – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Sian Evans
Saturday 30th April – Nimbin Mardigrass, Nimbin, NSW
Sunday 1st May – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Sparrow-Folk
Friday 29th April – The Matchbox, Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 30th April – The Matchbox, Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 29th April – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 30th April – Fresh on Charles, Launceston, TAS

The Planting Festival
Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May – Woodford, QLD

The Timbers
Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May – Winter Moon Festival, North Queensland, QLD

The Weeping Willows
Friday 29th to Sunday 1st May – Mount Beauty Music Festival, Mount Beauty, VIC
Friday 6th May – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

TinPan Orange
Friday 29th April – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 1st May – Fresh on Charles, Launceston, TAS

Vance Joy
Saturday 30th April – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

William Crighton
Friday 29th April – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 30th April – The Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 5th May – Lady Lismore’s Loft, Lismore, NSW
Friday 6th May – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Winterbourne
Saturday 30th April – The Planting Festival, Woodford, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Everything Is Free” – Gillian Welch & David Rawlings

Watch the New Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Video “I Need Never Get Old”

Nathaniel Rateliff
Image Courtesy of Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

Did you catch Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats while they were in the country for Bluesfest? By all accounts they were amazing, catching the attention of a lot of the local media.

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats have just released their new video “I Need Never Get Old” which takes the studio based clip to the next level.

“It was a long 15-hour day, the video was fun,” Rateliff explained. “The concept of the video is us struggling over the song for decades, but ironically it took only two hours to record the song in the studio.”

Check out “I Need Never Get Old” below:

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2015

2015

Ok, so we have one final best of list to round out the week and then I promise you we’re done. Our illustrious Editor in Chief Gareth Hugh Evans has sifted through the wealth of music that’s been released this year and whittled it down to his top 25 tracks of 2015. Some of these are album tracks that haven’t been released as singles, some are singles from albums that were released last year and at least one or two have only seen light as live versions – but one thing that’s certain is that this is a pretty good snapshot of all of the music we’ve been loving throughout the year.

So without further ado please enjoy Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2015.

1. Sufjan Stevens – “Should Have Known Better”
While I loved the direction that Sufjan Stevens took with his Age of Adz album, when “Should Have Known Better” dropped earlier this year I almost wept. This was Stevens leaning back into to his acoustic roots without denying where his sound has evolved in recent years (the electronic middle eight in the track is a nice nod to Age of Adz). Despite the heavy subject matter of the track (“When I was three, three maybe four, She left us at that video store”) it is overwhelmingly uplifting and I can’t help but smile as I let the melody wash over me. It’s good to have you back Sufjan!

2. John Flanagan – “The Last of the Cassette Men”
A core element of “folk music” as an overarching genre is the story song and John Flanagan has written the best story song of the year, recounting the time Flanagan was tasked with driving his songwriting hero Paul Kelly to a show. John Flanagan’s easygoing, personal narrative style works perfectly in this track, almost aping the songwriting style of Kelly without descending into parody. With this track John Flanagan has proven himself a songwriting force to keep an eye on.

3. Packwood – “All Smoke Must Find Its Way Home”
With four EPs released this year there’s a wealth new Packwood material to choose from, but I can’t help but come back to “All Smoke Must Find Its Way Home”, his first single from 2015. The track is everything I want from a Packwood song – soaring melodies, delicate finger-picked guitar, orchestral arrangements (including a choir!) and Bayden Hine’s vulnerable vocal style. Another work of genius from Australia’s king of chamber folk.

4. Patrick James – “Bugs”
“Bugs” has been a standard of Patrick James’ live set for much of his career, including his time as a busker, but it’s only in 2015 that it’s been released as a single thanks to his debut album Outlier. What makes “Bugs” such a great song is hands down the chorus: a catchy, loopy piece of music that always stimulates a sing along. With live versions of “Bugs” available on the internet for years now I’m glad James has not gone crazy on the production of this track, keeping the arrangement subtle and familiar.

5. The Morrisons – “Wild Eleanor”
Despite being probably the most recognisable Bluegrass band in Sydney the amount of recorded music available from The Morrisons is pretty light on the ground. Which is why I’m so chuffed they’ve chosen to record and release one of my favourite of their tracks, “Wild Eleanor”. The frantic single shows off just how skilled each of the members of The Morrisons are. And yes, I even like the hokey clip shot at Sydney’s Hibernian House.

6. Laura Marling – “False Hope”
This is Laura Marling’s Dylan-going-electric moment. When “False Hope” hit earlier this year the first thing that fans noted was just how rock driven it was- Marling has swapped the acoustic guitar for a choppy electric and surrounded herself with a traditional rock lineup. But Laura Marling’s lyrical style and vocals shine through – you know this song is unmistakably a Laura Marling track despite the instrumentation and for that reason alone it’s something special.

7. Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton – “Waly Waly”
I was trying to put my finger on what it is about “Waly Waly” that stands out for me on the excellent album Declaration from Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton and it hit me – about halfway through the song Ruth Hazleton brings in this minor led banjo lick that just, well, grooves. It’s that lick, and the minor arrangement over the chorus, that gets my toe tapping and my head bobbing every time. It’s not often that you mention the word “groove” in reference to a Child Ballad but that’s how clever Declaration from Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton are.

8. Mumford & Sons – “Ditmas”
“But this is all I ever was, And this is all you came across those years ago, Now you go too far, Don’t tell me that I’ve changed because that’s not the truth, And now I’m losing you”. Could this be the catchiest chorus of 2015? Forget that Mumford & Sons ditched the banjo and the acoustic guitar – what they’ve created in “Ditmas” is the perfect Mumford & Sons song. Restrained verses, blistering choruses and lyrics you want to sing along to at the top of your lungs.

9. The Paper Kites – “A Silent Cause”
To be honest “Electric Indigo” has been the track on highest rotation from twelvefour for me this year, but every time I’m listening to the album from start to finish I always have to go back and listen to “A Silent Cause” again and again. It’s such a simple song – lead vocals, guitar and subtle vocal harmonies – but it’s just mesmerising. It’s a nod to The Paper Kites’ earlier work and there’s a real Paul Simon feel to the way its been written. “A Silent Cause” has not (yet) been released as a single from twelvefour but it’s definitely the standout for me.

10. Fanny Lumsden – “Soapbox”
Fanny Lumsden’s incredibly catchy single “Soapbox” is the driving force behind the success of her album Small Town Big Shot. The track’s driving back-beat courtesy of the clapping percussion drives the song forward and that banjo riff is so hum worthy. I love how crisp Lumsden’s vocals are on this track – you get to follow the narrative elements of the song without having to distance yourself from the rest of the instrumentation. It’s a great track to see live as well!

11. William Fitzsimmons – “Pittsburgh”
There’s such a lean-in quality to William Fitzsimmons’ voice – it’s so delicate over the top of his acoustic guitar and the result is beautiful. The album version of this song is supplemented by subtle piano, electric guitar and backing vocals but if you’ve managed to hear any of the live versions floating around Youtube you’ll know just how good this song is with just Fitzsimmons and his guitar.

12. Matt Corby – “Monday”
The first new music from Matt Corby in quite a while ends up being classic Matt Corby. That layered, looped vocal and hand percussion. The blues inspired melody. That voice. It’s good to have you back Matt Corby.

13. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – “S.O.B.”
The transformation of Nathaniel Rateliff from sensitive acoustic singer-songwriter to full blown gospel-blues master has been one of the unexpected joys of 2015. Together with his outstanding band The Night Sweats, Rateliff released one of the year’s catchiest tunes in “S.O.B.” complete with a Blue Brothers inspired video.

14. Bellowhead – “Roll Alabama”
Bellowhead tempered the news that they’d be wrapping things up this year with the release of their new single “Roll Alabama”. The track is filled with Bellowhead’s usual bombast but also manages to balance this with fine arrangement – at no point is the song overwhelmed by the instrumentation. The clip for “Roll Alabama” is a loving ode to Bellowhead as a live band, making me wish they’d made the trip to Australia at least once.

15. The East Pointers – “The Drift”
I love that the tenor banjo, after being maligned by its five stringed cousin in recent years, is making a bit of a resurgence. And Canadian trio The East Pointers are leading the tenor banjo charge. I love the way “The Drift” plays with tempos and instrumentation, building and dropping throughout, providing texture to the traditionally inspired music. A highlight from Secret Victory which is stuffed full of amazing tracks.

16. Yetis – “Luckiest Guy Alive”
Yetis were another band that we said goodbye to in 2015 but who left us with an amazing goodbye track. “Luckiest Guy Alive” is beautiful – five part harmonies over a solo piano – and it just seems to sore. I’m not sure Yetis every really reached their full potential and I would have loved to have seen more from them before they went their seperate ways – but “Luckiest Guy Alive” is a nice way to say goodbye.

17. Boy & Bear – “Walk the Wire”
Boy & Bear have embraced the 70s and early 80s on their new album Limit of Love and the greatest example of this is “Walk the Wire”. Embracing synths and crisp guitars, “Walk the Wire” still has that undeniable Boy & Bear groove to bop your head along to. The video is also hilarious – don’t just listen to this track on YouTube in the backgound, make sure you give it your full attention.

18. Ruby Boots – “Wrap Me In A Fever”
No this is country music. Ruby Boots’ big voice just powers through this track as the drums shuffle, the steel guitar twangs and an organ adds just a touch of class. “Wrap Me In A Fever” is a song full of heartbreak and lonliness but Ruby Boots also imbues a sense of strength into it with her big voice.

19. Gurrumul & Paul Kelly – “Amazing Grace”
The moment I heard that Gurrumul was turning his voice to gospel music for his latest album my first thought was “why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?”. The fact that he’s joined by Paul Kelly on possibly the most iconic gospel song of all time is just incredible. Here are two artists at their best breathing life into a classic and reinventing it for an Australian audience.

20. Passenger – “Fools Gold”
The ever prolific Passenger this year released an album (Whispers II) and then a series of videos for brand new songs that were shot while he toured the world. To be honest I could have picked any number of the songs that Passenger released this year but this is the one that stuck in my head. The song is textbook Passenger – delicate vocals over finger-picked guitar – but that little lick at the start and the “Hey-ey-ey” of the chorus are what gives “Fools Gold” the ear-worm quality.

21. Josh Pyke – “Hollering Hearts”
From the opening ukulele to the “oh oh oh” backing vocals there’s something insanely catchy about this song. No one quite writes folk-flavoured pop music like Josh Pyke and “Hollering Hearts” is pretty much a perfect Josh Pyke tune. I’m not sure how I feel about the lyric video (if you’re going to go to that much effort animating it why not just make a video?) but at the end of the day this is all about the music.

22. Falls – “When We Were Young”
I chose to post the live version of this song purely for the nostalgia of it. This is Falls performing at the Hotel Hollywood in Sydney during one of their rare visits back to our shores – and for these guys this is where it all started. I love how infectious this song is, almost willing you to clap along and stomp your feet. Of all the new material on Omaha this is the track that really captured me – I feel like it’s the bridge between their Hollywood EP and the tracks they’ve been writing since they’ve relocated to the USA.

23. Sam Amidon – “Blue Mountains”
“Blue Mountains” is not taken from Sam Amidon’s 2015 album of home and field recordings Home Alone Inside My Head but is rather the final single from his amazing 2014 record Lily-O. This is Amidon at his most coherent and accessible – the track has a pretty conservative structure and vocal line which is something he’s not always known for. I love the 6/8 drum beat that comes in about half way through this song giving it that extra drive, and of course Amidon’s meandering fiddle lines are just beautiful.

24. We Banjo 3 feat. Sharon Shannon – “The Fox”
This is traditional music at its most polished, with none of the rough edges you’ll find on other versions of this classic track. But that’s not a bad thing – We Banjo 3 have perfectly captured the rollicking fun of “The Fox”. Strangely Sharon Shannon’s accordion seems to be relegated to the back of the mix until they break into the reel two thirds of the way through (known as “Clumsy Lover” for those of you playing at home) – but I guess that’s why this is We Banjo 3 featuring Sharon Shannon and not the other way around.

25. Nick Payne – “Old Sydney Town”
I’ve had the pleasure of watching Nick Payne workshopping his convict folk song at jam sessions and festivals over the past 18 months and what he’s managed to capture on tape is pretty bang on what you’ll get live. I love the old time feel of this track and the fine group of musicians he’s managed to amass to accompany him (including many members of his band Dear Orphans) elevate the song to another level. I love the “behind the music” style of the video as well – very nice.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 27th November

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The National Folk Festival announced a bunch more acts for 2016 including Vishten, Tony McManus & Beppe Gambetta, Bluetongue Bush Ceilidh, Brian Peters, The Beez, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Castlecomer, Andy White, The Davidson Brothers, Women in Docs, Matthew Dames, Eastwinds, Le Blanc Bros Cajun Band, Danny Spooner and Margret RoadKnight. Details here

– Melbourne duo Sweet Jean will be touring through the summer. Details here

– US singer-songwriter Matt Bauer released his haunting new video “I Am Trying To Disappear”. Details here

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have released a brand new single “Hot Coals”. Details here

Jason Isbell announced Australian headline shows next March. Details here

– This January Mudgee will play host to the Mudsling min-festival featuring Daniel Champagne, Saltwater Sound System, April Maze, Out of Abingdon, Big Erle, Honey, Euripi, Nick Wall and more. Details here

– In huge news both Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings Machine have announced tours in 2016. Details here

– Sydney nu-folk singer Willowy released the gorgeous stop motion video for “More Than a Shadow”. Details here

Darren Hanlon has released dates for his traditional Christmas tour. Details here

– The Lucy Wise Trio will be launching their new EP in Sydney this Sunday. Details here

– Adelaide singer-songwriter Todd Sibbin released his new single “And We’ll Say That We’re Done”. Details here

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats announced Bluesfest sideshows. Details here

Interviews

“It feels like home there now. I still have a sense of “Oh, I’m performing” and I get nervous and want to do really well, but it’s so much more comfortable than any other venue. Even just the regularity of it has pushed us to be better. With that amount of performance practice you just get better at reflecting on what works well and what people respond to. Having that regular audience who gives us feedback on what they really love about us and what songs they like, and even getting some feedback on what they think we could improve on, has been really helpful just in developing our stage presence. I think it’s done a world of difference in progressing us performance wise”Gareth Hugh Evans chats to The Campervan Dancers about their Folkswagon night. Interview here

Releases This Week

And a Hotplate
And A HotplateThe Squeezebox Trio
Bandcamp

Hurtling Through
Hurtling ThroughTiny Ruins
Spunk

Timber and Steel Presents

TJB
Timothy James Bowen

Friday 27th November – Secret Show, Philip Island, VIC
Saturday 28th – EP Launch, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th – The Waterhouse, Jervis Bay, NSW
Wednesday 2nd – Folkswagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Lucy Wise Trio

Lucy Wise

The Lucy Wise Trio will launch their amazing new EP A Painting of the Universe in Sydney this Sunday. The show will feature appearances by Saba Vayani-Lai, Jessica Rose and Emma Dell who will be reciting their original poems which inspired songs on the EP

Sunday 29th November – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

A Day on the Green feat. Paul Kelly Presents: The Merri Soul Sessions, Lucinda Williams, Kasey Chambers and Marlon Williams
Saturday 28th November – Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley, NSW
Sunday 29th November – Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, QLD

Archie Roach
Thursday 3rd December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 4th December – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Dan Flynn and The State of Things
Saturday 28th November – Shadow Electric, Melbourne, NSW

Dana Hassall
Friday 27th November – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW
Saturday 28th November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th November Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 3rd December – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Direwolf w/ Maia Jelavic, Dave Calandra
Saturday 28th November – Secret Show, Sydney, NSW

Ed Sheeran w/ Passenger, Foy Vance, Rudimental
Saturday 28th November – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 2nd December – Nib Stadium, Perth, WA

Festival of Small Halls feat. Irish Mythen, Starboard Cannons
Friday 27th November – Felton Hall, Felton, QLD
Saturday 28th November – St George Amphitheatre, St George, QLD
Sunday 29th November – Tambo Shire Hall, Tambo, QLD
Friday 4th December – Springbrook Community Hall, Springbrook QLD

Folkswagon feat. Sam Joole, The Campervan Dancers, Timothy James Bowen
Wednesday 2nd December – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gorgeous Festival
Friday 27th to Saturday 28th November – Penny’s Hill Estate, McLaren Vale, SA

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Fanny Lumsden, Bree De Rome
Sunday 29th November – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Saturday 28th November – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 4th December – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW

Lucinda Williams
Saturday 28th November – A Day on the Green, Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley, NSW
Sunday 29th November – A Day on the Green, Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, QLD
Wednesday 2nd December – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Lucy Wise Trio
Friday 27th November – House Concert, Yatteyattah, NSW
Saturday 28th November – Araluen Gold Concert Series, Araluen, NSW
Sunday 29th November – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Mark Lucas w/ Tom Dockray, Sam Newton
Sunday 29th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Marlon Williams and The Yarra Benders w/ Ben Salter
Friday 27th November – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th November – A Day on the Green, Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley, NSW
Sunday 29th November – A Day on the Green, Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, QLD
Thursday 3rd December – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 4th December – The Railway, Darwin, NT

Musketeer, Josh Overett, Hannah Robinson
Sunday 29th November – Mr Falcons, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage
Saturday 28th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Nova and the Experience
Wednesday 2nd December – The Star, Sydney, NSW

Queenscliff Music Festival
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th November – Queenscliff, VIC

Ron Sexsmith
Friday 27th November – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th November – Northcote Social Club (Matinee), Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th November – Northcote Social Club (Evening show), Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 29th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC


Suzannah Espie
Sunday 29th November – Courtyard Sessions Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Sweet Jean
Friday 27th November – The Skukum Lounge, Ashgrove, QLD

The Brisbane Folk Club feat. Ben Salter, Neighbour and Marcus Blacke
Wednesday 2nd December – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

The Campervan Dancers
Friday 27th November – The Kincumber Hotel, Kincumber, NSW
Wednesday 2nd December – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 27th November – The Pyrate House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th November – The Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 29th November – Open Studio Bar, Melbounre, VIC

The Morrisons
Friday 27th November – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 28th November – Smiths Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT

The Snowdroppers
Friday 27th and Saturday 28th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC

The Timbers
Sunday 29th November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 27th November – Secret Show, Philip Island, VIC
Saturday 28th – EP Launch, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th – The Waterhouse, Jervis Bay, NSW
Wednesday 2nd – Folkswagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

TinPan Orange
Friday 27th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Tiny Ruins
Saturday 28th November – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 29th November – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Still Trying” – Nathaniel Rateliff

Remember when Nathaniel Rateliff wrote folk songs? We love his new bluesy direction but I’m so happy songs like “Still Trying” exist in the world.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Announce Bluesfest Sideshows

Nathaniel Rateliff
Image Courtesy of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Folkie turned dirty-blues masters Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will be out in Australia next year for Bluesfest and they’ve announced a couple of sideshows while they’re here.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will be touring off the back of their debut self titled album. Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – Bluesfest, NSW
Wednesday 30th March – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 31st March – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th July

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Davey Craddock & The Spectacles released their new single “Girls Light Fires”. Details here

– Sydney duo Ivanhoe released their new single “O’Donaghues”. Details here

The Waifs announced their new album Beautiful You, released their new single “6000 Miles” and revealed dates for a WA tour. Details here

– Sydney folk singers Direwolf and Willowy celebrated the end of their joint tour with a live video for the track “The Naked Tree”. Details here

– Melbourne newgrass masters Mustered Courage released their new video “Honesty”. Details here

– Melbourne and Sydney dates have been announced for the 2015 Out On The Weekend Americana festival this October. Details here

– Sydney blues and roots trio Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars have announced a massive tour kicking off this August. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Ayleen O’Hanlon announced details of her upcoming debut album Blend and Spill. Details here

Little May announced their debut album For The Company. Details here

– Over the weekend Laura Marling released a new version of her latest album, Short Movie (Director’s Cut). Details here

The Paper Kites released their new video “Electric Indigo” and announced a national tour. Details here

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats released their Blues Brothers inspired video “S.O.B.”. Details here

Katie Noonan’s Vanguard released her new video “Quicksand”. Details here

– Brisbane folk singer Sian Evans has a bunch of east coast dates this week. Details here

– New Zealand singer Aldous Harding has announced her first ever Australian headline tour. Details here

Releases This Week

Jane Cameron
The Mercy of the TideJane Cameron
Bandcamp

Transmutant
TransmutantKatie Noonan’s Vanguard
iTunes

Laura Marling
Short Movie (Director’s Cut)Laura Marling
iTunes

Old Man Luedecke
Domestic EccentricOld Man Luedecke
iTunes

Soft Faces to Hold
Soft Faces To HoldToby Graham
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Country and Inner Western feat. Green Mohair Suits, Caitlin Harnett, William Crighton

Caitlin

Country and Inner Western returns to The Basement in Sydney this week with the amazing lineup of Green Mohair Suits, Caitlin Harnett and William Crighton. Definitely not one to be missed

Wednesday 29th July – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Bronte
Friday 24th July – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Country and Inner Western feat. Green Mohair Suits, Caitlin Harnett, William Crighton
Wednesday 29th July – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Davey Craddock
Friday 24th July – Perfect Drop, Daylesford, VIC
Saturday 25th July – Sofar Sounds, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 30th July – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC

Folklore w/ MaD aDaM
Saturday 25th July – Loaded Dog Folk Club, Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon w/ Billie McCarthy, The Campervan Dancers, Astrid Zeman
Wednesday 29th July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fraser A. Gorman
Friday 24th July – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC

Gurrumul
Wednesday 29th July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Jinja Safari
Friday 31st July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke
Wednesday 29th July – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW

Katie Noonan
Friday 24th July – Camelot, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 25th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Friday 31st July – Cellar Bar, St Kilda, VIC

Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters
Friday 31st July – Hotel Gearin, Katoomba, NSW

Lacey Cole & the Lazy Colts
Thursday 30th July – Moonshine Cider and Rum Bar, Manly, NSW

Little Features feat. Make Like a Tree, Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars, Baby Lips and The Silhouettes, Jon Cotton
Saturday 25th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Not Good With Horses w/ Katie Brianna
Sunday 26th July – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Rubber Soul Revolver feat. Marlon Williams, Husky Gawenda, Jordie Lane, Fergus Linacre
Thursday 30th July – Concert Hall, QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Sian Evans
Sunday 26th July – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 30th July – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July – North Byron Parklands, NSW

The Acfields
Friday 24th July – House Concert, Lismore, NSW
Saturday 25th July – Mandala Organic Arts, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 26th July – Bohemian Bungalow, Eumundi, QLD
Friday 31st July – Pizza Paradiso, Byron Bay, NSW

The Stetson Family
Sunday 26th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

The Stillsons
Friday 24th July – Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Tom StephensTom Stephens, Obscura Hail, Brendon Moon
Friday 24th July – The Bridge Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Tom West
Sunday 26th July – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Maggie’s Farm” – Bob Dylan

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the day Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival. This video is footage from the actual show although I’ve heard the booing crowd at the end of the audio was spliced in from the end of Dylan’s set, not from the end of “Maggie’s Farm”. A moment of folk and rock history.

Watch the New Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Video “S.O.B.”

Nathaniel Rateliff
Image Courtesy of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

The latest video from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ upcoming self titled album (due on the 21st August) is for the extremely catchy track “S.O.B.”. I love the allusions to the Blues Brothers in the video and the gospel overtones of the track.

Check out “S.O.B.” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 10th July

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne’s Oh Pep! have announced a new EP and released their new single “The Race”. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter Jason Isbell will release his new album Something More Than Free next week. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Tom Stephens released his rocky new single “What Lies in the Difference”. Details here

– Melbourne duo The Twoks released their new video “Doona”. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard announced details of his upcoming solo album Didn’t He Ramble. Details here

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats have confirmed details of their self-titled debut album. Details here

– Norway based Australian singer-songwriter BURROWING released his new video “Senorita”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Helen Shanahan released her new video “Across The Sea”. Details here

– The legendary CW Stoneking has announced tour dates for this October and November. Details here

– Australian psych-folk band Immigrant Union announced a national tour and released their latest video “War Is Peace”. Details here

– Melbourne quintet Perch Creek released their new single “Mama Sings” and announced a national tour for September. Details here

Stevie & The Sleepers released their new video “To The Sea”. Details here

HOWQUA released his new video “Her”. Details here

Releases This Week

McRobin
Fault LinesMcrobin
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Twoks

The Twoks

Melbourne duo The Twoks will launch their amazing new split single “Doona”/”Happy Endings” at The Gasometer Hotel in Melbourne this Thursday.

Thursday 16th July – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Alison Ferrier and Jed Rowe
Friday 10th July – Wauchope Arts, Wauchope NSW
Saturday 11th July – McCrossin Mill, Uralla NSW
Sunday 12th July – The Junkyard, Maitland NSW

Bearded Gypsy Band and Lovers Electric
Friday 10th July – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Fraser A. Gorman
Friday 10th July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th July – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 16th July – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 17th July – Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

Helen Shanahan
Sunday 12th July – Caves House, Yallingup, WA
Tuesday 14th July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

HOWQUA
Friday 10th July – RAD Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 11th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 15th July – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 16th July – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 17th July – Solbar (Front Bar), Maroochydore, QLD

Lacey Cole & the Lazy Colts
Thursday 16th July – Moonshine Cider and Rum Bar, Manly, NSW

Michael David Thomas
Thursday 16th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Owen Campbell
Friday 10th July – The Homestead, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 11th July – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Sunday 12th July – Davey’s Hotel, Frankston, VIC
Tuesday 14th July – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th July – Commercial Hotel, Milton, NSW

The Twoks
Thursday 16th July – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Tom Stephens
Saturday 11th July – Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 12th July – 303, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th July – Whole Lotta Love, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th July – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Erin Go Bragh” – Dick Gaughan

Proof that traditional music is relevant centuries after it’s written, “Erin Go Bragh” tells the story of a Highland Scot from Argyle who is mistaken for an Irishman by the police in Edinburgh and is persecuted. What I love about this song is the fact the Scotsman basically says “I’m not Irish, but it shouldn’t matter even if I was”. Change the nationalities in “Erin Go Bragh” and you could very quickly apply the story and the sentiment to the modern day, such is the timelessness of folk music.

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