Happy 7th Birthday Timber and Steel

Happy Birthday

“There is nothing more to be said or to be done tonight, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable ways of our fellowmen”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Five Orange Pips

I’ve been attending The National Folk Festival on and off since I was a kid, but it was following my first year at University (1999 for those of you playing at home) where I seriously made an effort to make it to Canberra every Easter long weekend. I’ve volunteered a number of years (especially when I was a penniless student) and been a regular punter. I’ve also covered the festival for the last few years for Timber and Steel and last year I even cameoed on stage with Bloodwood and Dave Oakes.

But 2017 was the first time I found myself with an official National Folk Festival performer wristband and a swathe of gigs over the course of the weekend. I’d convinced my good friend Sally Balfour to apply this year and she did on the provision that I join her on stage as the fiddle player in her band. As luck would have it the Northern Territory was one of this year’s feature states and with Sally being based in Darwin she was accepted onto the bill along with yours truly.

Gareth and Sally

And so it was I was able to tick a major item off my bucket list. When I attended my first Canberra National Folk Festival in 1999 I could never have imagined that 18 years later I’d be up on the same stage as so many of my musical heroes. Not in my wildest dreams.

While my appearance at The National has nothing to do with Timber and Steel, and has everything to do with Sally Balfour’s amazing songwriting, I’d like to think I wouldn’t have found myself up on that stage without this blog.

Without Timber and Steel I probably wouldn’t have attended every National Folk Festival for the last seven years. Without Timber and Steel I wouldn’t have felt a part of the folk music community in the same way I do now – I have a feeling I would have remained a spectator, never peering behind the performer curtain. Without Timber and Steel I would never have pushed Sally Balfour to apply for The National, let alone ever assume that I’d be playing fiddle right there beside her.

For seven years Timber and Steel has opened doors into the folk music community for me. Without the blog I would still be the biggest fan of this music but I doubt I would have even considered crossing the line between spectator and performer.

Seven years is a long time to have spent on this little “hobby” and sometimes I need to remind myself why I do it (for the love of the music!). But whenever I take a step back and look at everything I’ve achieved, every door that’s been opened, every friendship I’ve forged, I can’t help but feel proud.

Thank you so much for continuing to indulge me on my folk music journey.

Happy 7th Birthday Timber and Steel!

Gareth Hugh Evans
Editor in Chief

National Folk Festival Interview: Sally Balfour

Sally Balfour
Image Courtesy of Sally Balfour

Sally Balfour is singer-songwriter who grew up immersed in the Alice Springs folk scene before heading north to settle in steamy Darwin. 2017 see’s Balfour’s official debut on The National Folk Festival program having wowed crowds with her blackboard sets last year.

We sat down with Sally Balfour to talk about growing up in the NT and what we can look forward to from her shows at The National.

Gareth Hugh Evans: I caught your blackboard set at The National Folk Festival last year. How does it feel to be officially on the bill this time around, especially with the NT as one of the feature states?

Sally Balfour: It really is a mixture of emotion – it is so daunting but also so exciting! I feel so honoured to be representing the NT alongside such amazing musicians. I am really looking forward to the weekend, I had such a blast last year and I can’t wait to see what new music I discover at the festival this year.

GHE: You’ve described your music as “deeply personal, acoustic guitar driven songs”. What can festival goers expect from your appearance at The National?

SB: I am fortunate to know a couple of really great musicians who will be joining me on stage. They have an amazing ability to know what sound I want to create without me having to ask, and because of this they compliment my style and create space and depth to my writing. We will be performing my own material with traditional and contemporary folk music, giving the audience a glimpse into who I am and what influences me. For something a little different we are also doing a kids set on the Friday morning, which is for the big kids as well as the little and sure to get you up and dancing!

GHE: You grew up in the folk scene in Alice Springs – what was it like to be part of folk clubs and festivals so far away from the east coast “hub”?

SB: I feel really lucky to have grown up in Alice Springs. I love the isolation of the place and the beauty it brings out in people as well as the amazing opportunities. The community is a very supportive one, and I felt that early on. Mum and Dad were heavily involved in the folk club and we were always encouraged to be a part of the music. Some of my favourite childhood memories are of nights out watching/listening to live music. I spent many folk nights falling asleep under the mixing desk at my mums feet.

GHE: How would you rate the folk and general music scene in the NT now? Are there any festivals or events that music lovers should be making the trip for?

SB: There is a really diverse music scene in the Territory – and I think every year it is growing stronger and stronger. There are lots of small and unique festivals in the NT – The Top End Folk Festival (in Mary River and Glen Helen) and The Mandorah Ukulele Folk Festival (MUFF) are probably the two main folk festivals. There are also other really amazing festivals that encompass folk music like Barunga, Nightliffe Seabreeze Festival and Darwin Festival. All of these are worth the trip!!!

GHE: It’s been a while since you released your gorgeous single and video “Through the Night”. Are there any plans to record and release more music? What’s next for Sally Balfour?

SB: I am always writing, and so I am on my way to making an album. I would like to say I will have something out by the end of 2017 but 2018 is much more realistic!

Sally Balfour is performing in Sydney at FolkSwagon on Wednesday night before heading to The National Folk Festival. Check out her dates below:

Wednesday 12th April – FolkSwagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
– Friday 11:30am – Carnival (Kidsfest)
– Friday 5:00pm – Flute and Fiddle
– Saturday 12:40pm – Scrumpy
– Sunday 10:00pm – Spiegel

The Dead Maggies Head to NSW, VIC and ACT for April Tour

Dead Maggies
Image Courtesy of The Dead Maggies

As the weather gets colder Tasmanian folk punks The Dead Maggies are heading north with a series of shows this month in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT.

Over Easter The Dead Maggies will be at The National Folk Festival and then throughout the rest of April you can catch them in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Katoomba and the Central Coast. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 14th April – The Brunswick Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 15th to Monday 17th April – The National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 20th April – The Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 21st April – Junction 142, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 22nd April – Foghorn Brewhouse, Erina, NSW
Sunday 23rd April – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 25 April – Marrickville Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th February

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The National Folk Festival announced four more international acts including Aoife Scott, Flats and Sharps, Accrowbatics Quartet and The New Macedon Rangers. Details here

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s returns for 2017 with The Willing Ponies. Details here

– Central Coast folk-rock duo Elwood Myre announced an East Coast tour. Details here

– We premiered the brand new single from Peasant Moon “Back in Time”. Details here

– American nu-folk artist Radical Face released his visual EP SunnMoonnEclippse. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Imogen Clark released her new video “Drawing Hearts”. Details here

Ryan Adams has announced Australian tour dates this May. Details here

Releases This Week

Windy City
Windy CityAlison Krauss
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Busby Marou
Postcards From The Shell HouseBusby Marou
iTunes

Deer Prudence
Deer PrudenceDeer Prudence
iTunes

Holly Throsby
After A TimeHolly Throsby
iTunes

Jens Lakeman
Life Will See You NowJens Lekman
iTunes

Nikki Lane
Highway QueenNikki Lane
iTunes

Radical Face
SunnMoonnEclippseRadical Face
Official Site

Ryan Adams
PrisonerRyan Adams
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

John Flanagan Trio

Flanagan

Wednesday 22nd February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 23rd February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Amanda Palmer
Wednesday 22nd February – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th February – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Backsliders
Friday 17th February – Holler Music Festival, Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. The Willing Ponies
Wednesday 22nd February – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Brendan Gallagher & SOBs
Thursday 23rd February – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Saturday 18th February – The Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD
Thursday 23rd February – The Reef Casino, Cairns, QLD
Friday 24th February – The Reef Casino, Cairns, QLD

Carus Thompson
Friday 17th February – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

Cobargo Folk Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February – Cobargo, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents Amber Rae Slade
Friday 24th February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents In The Round: Singer/Songwriter Night feat. Taryn La Fauci, Sabrina Soares, Melanie Dyer
Friday 17th February – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Devil on the Rooftop, Belle Jar
Monday 20th February – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Elwood Myre
Friday 17th February – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Wednesday 22nd February – Folkswagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fairlight Folk feat. Equus, The Love Machine, Sako Dermenjian & The Groove
Saturday 18th February – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Hannah Robinson, Elwood Myre
Wednesday 22nd February – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Frances Folk Gathering
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February – Frances, SA

Gordie Tentrees
Friday 17th February – Mundaring Folk & Blues Club, Mundaring, WA
Saturday 18th February – Johns House, Gwelup, WA
Sunday 19th February – Redcliffe on Murray, Pinjarra, WA
Tuesday 21st February – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 22nd February – Club Acoustica, Scarbourough, WA
Thursday 23rd February – Lulu Concerts, Duncraig, WA
Friday 24th February – Wintersun Hotel, Geraldton, WA

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 17th February – Nightjar Festival, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 18th February – Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Hootenanny feat. Elwood Myre
Sunday 19th February – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 17th February – Taronga Zoo, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd February – Latin Loafer, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 24th February – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Jep & Dep
Sunday 19th February – Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Jess Locke & Shiny Coin
Friday 17th February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 19th February – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Joe & Harmony’s Magic Carpet Ride feat. Paul Hayward & The Sidekicks, Tony Eardely, The Trippy Hippy Band
Saturday 18th February – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan Trio
Wednesday 22nd February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 23rd February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

Kasey Chambers and Bernard Fanning
Friday 17th February – Eastbank Centre, Shepparton, VIC
Saturday 18th February – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 19th February – Lakeside Wendouree, Ballarat, VIC
Tuesday 21st February – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 22nd February – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 24th February – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD

L1-Boleyn, Huckleberry Hastings, Melancholy Flowers, Annais Paris
Tuesday 21st February – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Les Poules à Colin
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

Lucie Thorne & The Yearlings
Friday 17th February – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 18th February – House Concert, Willow Vale, NSW
Sunday 19th February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Margaret Walters and The Redfern Shanty Club
Saturday 18th February – Loaded Dog Folk Club, Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Mark Lucas
Sunday 19th February – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd February – The Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th February – Old Growler, Sydney, NSW

Mat McHugh
Friday 17th February – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Saturday 18th February – Memo Music Hall, St Kilda, VIC

Mic Conway’s National Junk
Friday 17th February – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Miriam Lieberman
Saturday 18th February – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Friday 24th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

Ray Mann
Wednesday 22nd February – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Riverboats Music Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th February – Echuca Moama, VIC

Sam Brittain w/ BR Dalton, Tara Carragher
Friday 17th February – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Sam Buckingham
Wednesday 22nd February – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Skyscraper Stan
Sunday 19th February – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Taasha Coates
Friday 17th February – Spiegeltent, Adelaide, SA

The McClymonts
Friday 17th February – Country Club, Launceston, TAS
Saturday 18th February – Wrestpoint Ent Centre, Hobart, TAS
Friday 24th February – Doyalson RSL, Doyalson, NSW

The Morrisons
Saturday 18th February – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

The Porch Sessions feat. Mojo Juju
Sunday 19th February – House Concert, Adelaide, SA

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Friday 17th February – Royal Theatre, Quirindi, NSW
Saturday 18th February – Gunnedah Town Hall, Gunnedah, NSW
Sunday 19th February – The Crossing Theatre, Narrabri, NSW
Wednesday 22nd February – Tenterfield School of Arts, Tenterfield, NSW
Thursday 23rd February – Glen Innes Chapel Theatre, Glen Innes, NSW
Friday 24th February – Clarence Valley Conservatorium, Grafton, NSW

The Tall Grass
Friday 24th February – The Union, Sydney, NSW

The Trippy Hippy Band
Friday 17th February – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club, Hornsby, NSW
Saturday 18th February – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

The Young Folk
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

Timberwolf
Saturday 18th February – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th February – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Tubular Bells for Two
Friday 17th February – Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 18th February – Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide, SA

William Crighton
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th February – Riverboats Festival, VIC

Winterbourne
Friday 17th February – 38 Berwick, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 18th February – Nightquarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 19th Feburary – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 23rd February – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 24th February – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Golden Heart” – Mark Knopfler

More International Artists Added to the National Folk Festival

Aoife Scott
Image Courtesy of Aoife Scott

The lineup announcements for The National Folk Festival just keep coming with the addition of four more international acts to the event.

The lineup additions this time around include Dublin folk singer/songwriter Aoife Scott (above),
old timey inspired UK band Flats and Sharps, Finnish roots act Accrowbatics Quartet and old time Appalachian-style duo The New Macedon Rangers.

The National Folk Festival is held from the 13th to the 17th April in 2017 – for more information and tickets check out the official site here.


Thank Folk It’s Friday – 27th January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The National Folk Festival added a bunch of artists to its 2017 program including Genise and Nicholas Williams, The Mission Songs Project (curated by Jessie Lloyd), Tilly Thomas, David Spry, Dr Jared Thomas, Kutcha Edwards, Dubmarine, Wiradjuri Echoes, The Djaadjawan Dancers, The National has added a bunch more artists from around the country including Mic Conway’s National Junk Band, The Mae Trio, Heath Cullen, The String Contingent, The Barleyshakes, Kate Burke, Luke Plumb & Ruth Hazleton, The Morrisons and many more. Details here

– English singer-songwriter (and folk royalty) Martha Tilston announced Australian tour dates. Details here

– Quebec folk-trad group Les Poules à Colin have announced an Australian tour. Details here

– Queensland duo Busby Marou released their new video “Best Part Of Me”. Details here

– We premiered the new EP from singer-songwriter Musketeer, Seven Long Years. Details here

Releases This Week

Chris Thile
Chris Thile & Brad MehldauChris Thile & Brad Mehldau
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Musketeer
Seven Long YearsMusketeer
iTunes

Tift
Stitch of the WorldTift Merritt
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Passenger

Passenger

It’s a huge week for Passenger fans as the English singer-songwriter hits Sydney, Hobart and Adelaide. A lot of these shows are sold out – snap up tickets if you can!

Friday 27th January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 31st January – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 2nd February – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SA

Gigs Next Week

Acoustics Anonymous feat. Bill Hunt, Philip Marino
Wednesday 1st February – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Alanna Eileen w/ Tom Lee-Richards, Ben Mastwyk
Wednesday 1st February – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Allison Forbes
Friday 27th January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Amanda Palmer
Friday 3rd January – Melt Festival, Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Andrew Swift
Friday 27th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Hogs Breath Cafe, Tamworth NSW
Saturday 28th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 29th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW

Andy Irvine w/ Luke Plumb
Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th January – Newstead Live! Music Festival, VIC
Thursday 2nd February – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 3rd February – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Australian Roots Music Awards Showcase feat. Tom Dockray, Mitch Power, Jeff Gibson, John Krsulja, Wayward Henry’s, Sam Newton, Richo Richardson
Saturday 28th January – Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Barren Roots feat. Lou Bradley, The Wayward Henrys
Saturday 28th January – Nundle Hall, Nundle, NSW

Brad Butcher
Friday 27th January – Songwriter Round, Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Toyota Fanzone, Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW

Cake & Cordial Sessions feat. Ben Salter, Paddy McHugh, Harry Hookey, Megan Cooper, Matt Henry, Melody Moko, Andy Golledge and Sam Newton
Friday 27th January – St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Tamworth, NSW

Coda, Veronique
Friday 27th January – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Colin Buchcanan & Fanny Lumsden
Friday 27th January – North Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

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

Courtyard Sessions Presents Jordie Lane
Friday 27th January – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Dori Freeman
Saturday 28th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

eüsh
Wednesday 1st February – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 2nd February – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 3rd February – Treehouse On Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 27th January – Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 3rd February – Braidwood Servicemens Club, Braidwood, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Tommy Castles, Matilda Abraham, Direwolf
Wednesday 1st February – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

George & Noriko
Saturday 28th January – Blues Train, Queenscliff, VIC

GG
Friday 27th January – House Concert, Jindivick, VIC
Saturday 28th January – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 29th Januray – Yackandandah Public Hall, Yackandandah, VIC

Golden Guitar Awards 2017
Saturday 28th January – Tamworth Regional Entertainment & Conference Centre, Tamworth, NSW

Green Mohair Suits
Sunday 29th January – Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Friday 27th January – Hog’s Breath Cafe, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Frog and Toad, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 29th January – Alt Country Show at The Dag, Dag Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 27th January – Bowral Bowling Club, Bowral, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Blues on the Water Cruise, Manly, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th January – Odd Fellows Hot Club, Kempsey, NSW
Friday 3rd February – The J, Noosa, QLD

Hootenanny feat. Key To The Highway
Sunday 29th January – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

James Thompson & The Strange Pilgrims
Friday 27th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Peel Inn Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 29th January – Peel Inn Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Jason Walker, Koral
Sunday 29th January – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Jen Mize
Friday 27th January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Jeremy Edwards w/ Gretta Ziller, Jodi Martin
Saturday 28th January – Econo Lodge, Tamworth, NSW

Kate Miller-Heidke
Saturday 28th January – Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Kristy Cox
Friday 27th January – Bluegrass Comes To Tamworth, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 27th January – The Scullion Sessions, The Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Frog and Toad Listening Room, Tamworth, NSW

Late Night Alt
Friday 27th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW

Lime & Steel
Friday 27th Jauary – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Federal, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 29th January – Tintenbar Up Front, Tintenbar, NSW

Little Georgia
Sunday 29th January – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Lolo Lovina
Saturday 28th January – Foundry616, Sydney, NSW

Mat McHugh
Friday 3rd February – The Northshore Tavern, Hillarys, WA

Melody Moko
Friday 27th January – ABC Stage Peel St, Nundle, NSW
Friday 27th January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Tamworth, NSW

Michael Carpenter
Friday 27th January – Concert in the Park, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Late Night Alt, Service Club, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Mitch Power, Jemma Nicole, Jen Mize
Wednesday 1st January – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Nell Greco, Gadjo Guitars
Sunday 29th January – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Newcastle Blues and Roots Festival
Saturday 28th January – Carrington Bowling Club, Newcastle, NSW

Newstead Live Music Festival
Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th January – Castlemaine, VIC

Nick Payne
Saturday 28th January – South Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

Nullachella Acoustic Festival
Saturday 28th January – El Sol, Sydney, NSW

Old Mates Block Party 2017 feat. The Lockhearts, The Stiffys, Borneo, The Persian Drugs, Twin Fires, Uptown Ace, Private Function, The Sweet Jelly Rolls, The Bitter Sweethearts, The Bottlers, Wolves In Fashion, Moon, Kvlts Of Vice, DJ Goggles
Saturday 28th January – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

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

Passenger
Friday 27th January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 31st January – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 2nd February – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SA

Pekka Kuusisto and the Australian Chamber Orchestra with Sam Amidon
Thursday 2nd February – Newcastle City Hallm Newcastle, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 27th January – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 28th January – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC

Roesy
Sunday 29th January – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 2nd February – Phillip Island Winery, Phillip Island, VIC

Rough River w/ Oscar Lush, Georgia Spain
Saturday 28th January – LongPlay, Melbourne, VIC

Ryan Martin John
Monday 30th January – Ed Castle, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 31st January – The Hotel Metro, Adelaide, SA

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 3rd January – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Smith & Jones
Friday 27th January – The Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW

Taasha Coates
Friday 27th January – Robert Johnson Winery, Lobethal, SA

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 29th January – Tamworth, NSW

The April Family w/ Mark Moldre, Matthew James Lyons
Wednesday 1st January – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

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

The Cat Empire & Xavier Rudd
Sunday 29th January – North Gardens, Ballarat, VIC

The Cutting
Friday 27th January – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 28th January – The Dancing Dog, Footscray, VIC
Sunday 29th January – Hickinbotham Estate, Dromana, VIC

The Glorious North
Friday 27th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The McClymonts
Friday 3rd February – The Juniors, Kingsford, NSW

The Medicine Show Sessions
Friday 27th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Ocean Party w/ Milk Teddy, Jordan Ireland, Hot Palms
Friday 27th January – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Phoenix, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 29th January – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 27th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW
Saturday 28th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Friday 3rd February – Orange Regional Convervatorium, Orange, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Friday 27th January – Bluegrass Comes to Tamworth – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Deep Down South – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Whitetop Mountaineers
Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th January – Newstead Live Festival, VIC
Tuesday 31st January – Mountain Pickers Assoc, Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, VIC

Tori Forsyth
Friday 27th January – The Barn, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 3rd February – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Winter Wilson
Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th January – Newstead Live Festival, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 29th January – Radio Springs Hotel, Lyonville, VIC

Winterbourne
Thursday 2nd February – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 3rd February – SUB Beanbag Gigs, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Big Scioty” – Aly Bain & Jay Ungar

Quebec Folk-Trad Group Les Poules à Colin Announce Australian Tour

Les Poules a Colin
Image Courtesy of Les Poules à Colin

You may have seen Quebec folk-trad group Les Poules à Colin popping up on a few festival lineups recently, and now it looks like we’re getting a national tour.

As well as spots on the lineups appearances at Cobargo Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Yackandandah Folk Festival, National Folk Festival and Fairbridge Folk Festival, Les Poules à Colin have a bunch of headline dates that will take them around the country.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW
Thursday 2nd March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 3rd March – Masonic Hall, Lindisfarne TAS
Saturday 4th March – Broadmarsh Hall, Broadmarsh, TAS
Sunday 5th March – Longford Town Hall, Longford, TAS
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC
Friday 31st March – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 5th April – Upper Landsdowne Memorial Hall, Upper Landsdowne, NSW
Thursday 6th April – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 8th April – New Farm Bowls Club, New Farm, QLD
Sunday 9th April – Nanango Shed, Nanago QLD
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 20th April – South Coast Folk Club, Adelaide, SA
Friday 21st to Monday 24th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Fairbridge, WA

Martha Tilston Announces Australian Tour Dates

Martha Tilston
Image Courtesy of Martha Tilston

English singer-songwriter and Timber and Steel favourite Martha Tilston has announced plans to tour Australia this March and April. Having already been announced on the Port Fairy, Yackandandah and National Folk Festival lineups, Tilston will also be headlining shows in Victoria and New South Wales.

While Martha Tilston is in Australia she will be promoting the release of her new album Nomad which will be released on the 10th March.

Check out the full list of tour dates here:

Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
Friday 17th March – Saints & Sailors, Port Arlington, VIC
Saturday 18th March – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th March – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 24th March – Newham Hall, Newham, VIC
Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th March – Yackandandah Festival, Yackandandah, VIC
Thursday 30th March – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 31st March – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 1st April – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 2nd April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

The National Folk Festival Announces Over 40 More Acts for 2017

Jessie Lloyd
Image Courtesy of Jessie Lloyd

As the first hot cross buns hit our supermarkets you know that Easter is not that far away – and that means neither is The National Folk Festival.

And now it’s time to get even more excited because The National has just added 30 more artists to its lineup.

First up we have the First Peoples’ program celebrating Aboriginal artists. This lineup includes Genise and Nicholas Williams, The Mission Songs Project (curated by Jessie Lloyd, above), Tilly Thomas, David Spry, Dr Jared Thomas, Kutcha Edwards, Dubmarine, Wiradjuri Echoes and The Djaadjawan Dancers.

As well as the First Peoples’ program The National has added a bunch more artists from around the country including Mic Conway’s National Junk Band, The Mae Trio, Heath Cullen, The String Contingent, The Barleyshakes, Kate Burke, Luke Plumb & Ruth Hazleton, The Morrisons and many more.

The National Folk Festival is held from the 13th to the 17th April in 2017 – for more information and tickets check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 16th December

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Adelaide’s Timberwolf released his new single “Washed Out”. Details here

The National Folk Festival added 33 more acts including Harpeth Rising, Bortier Okoe, The Changing Room, SVER, Apodimi Compania, Gilly Darbey and Vikki Clayton, The Sauerkrauts, Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante, Trouble in the Kitchen, Greshka, Ben Whiting, Mal Webb with Kyle Morrigan, GhostNoises, Fred Smith, Señor Cabrales, Siobhan Owen, The NEO, Old Empire Band, Wedderburn Charming Emus, Direwolf, Saoirse, Martin Doherty & Leigh Birkett, The Rhymer from Ryde and many many more. Details here

TinPan Orange released their new single “See You In The Water”. Details here

Old Crow Medicine Show announce Best Of album for February including two unreleased tracks. Details here

Releases This Week

The Crane Wife
The Crane Wife 10th Anniversary EditionThe Decemberists
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Amerrycana Christmas feat. Catherine Britt, Gregory Page, Katie Brianna, Adam Young, Brielle Davis, Arna Georgia

Katie Brianna

The best and brightest of the Sydney Americana scene come together for a couple of Christmas shows around the city.

Thursday 22nd December – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 23rd December – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Wednesday 21st December – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Amerrycana Christmas feat. Catherine Britt, Gregory Page, Katie Brianna, Adam Young, Brielle Davis, Arna Georgia
Thursday 22nd December – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 23rd December – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Chicks with Picks XMAS Party feat. Hey Lady!, SCABZ, The Last Exposure
Sunday 18th December – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Boyd
Friday 23rd December – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Ellie Jane with Mudshadows, Olivia Ruth & Sian Evans
Friday 16th December – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Elwood Myre and Maia Marsh
Thursday 22nd December – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Georgia Fair
Saturday 17th December – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Guitar Town 3: The Songs Of Steve Earle feat. The Buck Loner Revue, Adam Young & The Haints, The Michael Carpenter Two, Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes, The Willing Ponies, Handasyd Williams, Shawn Lidster, Matthew James Lyons
Sunday 18th December – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Hardcore Troubadour Xmas 2016 w/ Adam Young and Sam Shinazzi
Thursday 22nd December – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Imogen Clark
Saturday 17th December – Hawkesbury Hotel, Windsor, NSW

James Thomson & The Strange Pilgrims w/ Magpie Diaries
Friday 23rd December – Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Joseph Tawadros
Friday 16th December – Candelo Town Hall, Candelo, NSW

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans
Friday 16th December – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Julia Jacklin
Friday 16th December – The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 16th December – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 17th December – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Sunday 18th December – The Star, Yackandandah, VIC

Kaurna Cronin and Myles Mayo
Friday 16th December – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Leah Flanagan
Sunday 18th December – Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Lime & Steel w/ Chalk & Honey
Saturday 17th December – The Old City Bank, Katoomba, NSW

Liz Stringer
Friday 16th December – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 18th December – Fremantle Arts Centre – Sunday Music, Fremantle, WA

Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen
Friday 16th December – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Phantastic Ferniture Christmas Extravaganza w/ Big White, Flowertruck, Betty & Oswald, Emma Russack, Morning TV, Georgia Mulligan
Thursday 22nd December – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Queen Porter Stomp, Whoa Mule, Golden Whistler
Friday 16th December – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Robyn Hitchcock w/ Emma Swift
Friday 16th December – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 18th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Steve Poltz
Friday 16th December – The Bunker, Coogee, NSW
Saturday 17th December – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 18th December – Riversdale, Illaroo, NSW
Thursday 22nd December – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 23rd December – The Govenor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA

Stillhouse Union
Saturday 17th December – FogHorn Brewhouse, Erina, NSW

That Red Head
Friday 16th December – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

The Phantastic Ferniture Christmas Extravaganza feat. Phantastic Ferniture, Big White, Flowertruck, Betty & Oswald, Emma Russack, Morning TV and Georgia Mulligan
Thursday 22nd December – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

The Ramshackle Army
Friday 16th December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Wallis Bird
Friday 16th December – The Bellingen Brewery, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 17th December – Wauchope Arts Concert, Wauchope, NSW
Sunday 18th December – The Metropole, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 21th December – The Phoenix, Canberra, ACT

Friday Folk Flashback

“Lullaby of London” – June Tabor and The Oyster Band

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