Thank Folk It’s Friday – 18th October


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Lachlan Bryan will be touring his new album Black Coffee from tomorrow night. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Gosti has revealed her latest single “Charlie”. Details here

– Australian-born, English-based singer-songwriter Emily Barker has revealed her new single “Ghost Narrative”. Details here

– Legendary Scottish trad group The Battlefield Band are returning to Australia for a national tour this November. Details here

– The new album from The Avett Brothers is out today and they’ve also got a brand new clip for the track “Another is Waiting”. Details here

– The debut single from Newcastle based singer-songwriter Imogen Bel is really sweet and features Elana Stone on backing vocals and accordion. Details here

Jordie Lane has a brand new video for his single “Here She Comes” ahead of his massive national tour. Details here

– The new album from James Vincent McMorrow, Post Tropical, will be released in Australia two months before anywhere else in the world. Details here

– And the first single from James Vincent McMorrow’s Post Tropical, “Cavalier”, was also revealed this week. Details here

The Perch Creek Family Jugband have released “Big Things Calling”, their first ever official video clip. Details here

The Festival of Small Halls brings folk music to the country halls of Australia. In November and December Jordie Lane and Rose Cousins will head out for the first tour. Details here is the brand new acoustic pop duo project from Sydney based singer songwriters Elle May and Jordan Millar and they’ve just released their first video for “Our Song”. Details here

– The Newtown Festival has announced its musical lineup for 2013 including plenty of Timber and Steel friendly acts like The Green Mohair Suits, The Little Stevies, Swamp Phat Jangles, Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers, The Morrisons, Hobo Bordeaux and much much more. Details here

Eddi Reader has released a new single “Baby’s Boat”. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance does nothing to dispel indie-folk stereotypes in his new video for the track “Closed Hand, Full of Friends”. Details here

– Sydney’s Bec Sandridge has revealed the video for “Stones” ahead of the release of her new EP. Details here

– The Illawarra Folk Festival have announced their full 2014 lineup. Details here

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have just released their fan-made video for the track “In The Lion”. Details here


“It feels like a triumph to have completed it actually. I mean, every album has felt like a huge triumph in their own way but this one … feels like a defining moment for Beth and I” – Sibylla Stephen from The Little Stevies chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“It makes it really exciting when you play with the band again, but is also fun playing as a duo. It’s like a different sound again. It’s the same songs, but it’s a different sound. Some people prefer that and some people prefer the band, which is kind of nice as well to have the option of it I guess” – Pepita “Pepi” Emmerichs from Oh Pep! chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here


“What if you’re not after a big and busy festival for your New Year’s celebrations? Well, let’s take a look at what’s on offer, both the big guns and the ones you might not have come across yet”KT Bell takes us through your options for New Years Eve. Blog here

Releases This Week

Cass McCombs
Big Wheel And OthersCass McCombs

The Breach
The BreachDustin Tebbutt

Trapped Flame
Trapped FlameGeorgia Fair

Not Built to Last
Not Built To LastJordie Lane

Magpie and the Dandelion
Magpie and the DandelionThe Avett Brothers

The Full English
The Full EnglishThe Full English

Timber and Steel Presents

Friday 18th October – The Loft, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Saturday 19th October – Hideaway, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 20th October – Location TBA, Brisbane, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
Thursday 24th October – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 25th October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Thursday 24th October – The Soundlodge, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 25th October – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD

Caitlin Rose
Wednesday 23rd October – Melbourne Festival Hub, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 24th October – Melbourne Festival Hub, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Communion Melbourne feat. Bear’s Den, The Tiger and Me, Grizzly Jim Lawrie, Kate Martin
Sunday 20th October – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Dyson Stringer Cloher
Thursday 24th October – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 25th October – The Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD

Saturday 19th October – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan
Saturday 19th October – No 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 24th October – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW

Loren Kate
Friday 18th October – Tingrith Meeting House, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 19th October – Red Mill Store, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 20th October – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Matt Corby with Bear’s Den
Friday 18th October – Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 23rd October – GPAC Playhouse, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 24th October – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October – Patchewollock Music Festival, Patchewollock, VIC
Thursday 24th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Friday 25th October – The Polish Club, Canberra, ACT

Rose Wintergreen with Rosie Catalano, Dan and Hannah Acfield
Friday 18th October – The Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Buckingham and Buffalo Tales
Thursday 24th October – Dowswe Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Tanya Batt
Friday 18th October – The Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 20th October – The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Bon Scotts
Friday 18th October – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 20th October – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Friday 25th October – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

The Little Stevies
Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th October – Anglesea Music Festival, Anglesea, VIC
Friday 25th October – The Velvet Room, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 18th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th October – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 24th October – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 25th October – Bendigo Bank Theatre, Bendigo, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“That’s The Way” – Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin’s connections to the 60s and 70s folk revival is well documented and we thought it was about time to include them in our weekly flashback. Gotta love John Paul Jones’ mandolin work on this one.

Plenty of Folk at The Newtown Festival 2013

The Morrisons
Image Courtesy of The Morrisons

The annual Newtown Festival is set to descend on Camperdown Memorial Park in Sydney on Sunday 10th November and once again they’ve outdone themselves in terms of a musical lineup – especially when it comes to folk music.

For just a small donation upon entry (with all money going to the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre) you get three stages jam packed full of music – with so many bands we cover on Timber and Steel it’s like they’ve been reading our blog.

The Federation Stage will feature among it’s jam packed day of musical entertainment the likes of The Green Mohair Suits, Nicky Bomba and The Snowdroppers. There’s a bunch of non-folky music happening at the Essential Stage as well but if you like your folk music you’re most likely going to park yourself in front of the Vocal Local stage which boasts The Little Stevies, Swamp Phat Jangles, Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers, The Morrisons (above), Godfrey Uke & His Orchestra, La Tarantella, Ray Mann Three and Hobo Bordeaux. We told you it was impressive.

The festival kicks off early so make sure you do too to score some shade and a nice patch of grass. For more information on the Newtown Festival, including set times for all the bands, check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 9th November


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Willy Mason has released his new single, “Carry On”, which is also available as a free download. Details here

Mumford and Sons debuted the video to their second Babel single “Lover of the Light” on Monday. Details here

– Having produced music with Killing Heidi and The Verses, Ella Hooper has now gone solo. Her first single, “High Low”, features the talents of alt-country favourites Graveyard Train. Details here

– This Sunday the 11th November is the Newtown Festival in Sydney and a bunch of our favourite artists will be performing across the various stages including The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Rescue Ships, Little Bastard, Caitlin Park, Battleships, The Rusty Spring Syncopators, Bellyache Ben & The Steamgrass Boys, The Lurkers, Green Mohair Suits and so many more. Details here

– As her latest crowd-funding endeavour drew to a close Sydney singer-songwriter Rosie Catalano offered up her brand new video as well as a free download for the track “In The Dark”. Details here

Heavenly Sounds have announced a tour from Michael Kiwanuka when he’s in the country next March for Bluesfest. Details here

Andrew Bird released the video to his latest single “Three White Horses”, taken from his recent album Hands of Glory. Details here

– We have the brand new video from Angus Stone for the track “Monsters”. Details here

– The Falls Festival added a bunch of new artists to the Lorne leg of the event including Daniel Champagne (above), Fraser A. Gorman, Husky, The Trouble With Templeton and Tinpan Orange. Details here

– Folk and acoustic may be pretty thin on the ground when it comes to next year’s Laneway Festivals but two of the bands that do fit somewhat into that genre – Kings of Convenience and Of Monsters and Men – have announced sideshows. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Gosti has just released her new video “Victorian” and has a couple of shows planned in Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– Tonight sees the second of three Christmas shows from underground indie-folk night Little Features at Hibernian House, Sydney. The show will feature Bity Booker, Matt Sztyk and Ryan Collings with a couple more acts yet to be confirmed and is only $10. Details here

– The clip for “Coat Tails” may be the most restrained you’ll ever see the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats. Details here

– Colonial folk punk legends Handsome Young Strangers are launching their new single “Thunderbolt” tonight in Sydney (see the gig guide below) and have a cracking new video to go along with it. Details here

Kim Churchill has finally reversed my thoughts on songs called “Sarah” with his new single and its sweet new video. Details here

– A bunch of Bluesfest sideshows were announced this week including tours from Dropkick Murphys, Frank Turner, Seth Lakeman and Jake Shimabukuro. Details here

Live ‘n’ Lounging, the house concert series based in Sydney’s South-West have announced a very special show featuring Vorn Doolette on the 1st December. Details here

– Check out the sweet new video from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros for “That’s What’s Up”. Details here

Folk Club in Sydney may have finished up at the Oxford Art Factory a couple of weeks ago but they have announced plans for four pop-up shows at Arcadia Liquors in Redfern to see out the year. The first show is this Wednesday and features Jep&Dep, The Falls and Jackson McClaren. Details here

Paul Kelly and Neil Finn, two giants of antipodean songwriting, will be touring together in February and March next year. Details here


“People have this idea of “country music” here – people think it’s just big hats and rhinestones. If they come along to the shows, they hear good songs with good melodies and lyrics and that’s what it’s about” – Peter Davies and Gabrielle Monk from The Good Intentions chat to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“It’s sort of hard to say what comes first, the idea or the song – I think they happen at the same time – but at some point I realised I had Spring type songs, new love, beginning of love, and I had Fall type songs with love on the turn or a break up. I thought if I can keep writing songs that fit into that design I’ll have something more than the sum of its parts”Paul Kelly chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Stitches in the Flag
Stitches in the FlagCrowns

The Travel Tree
The Travel TreeGosti

Sacred Hills
Sacred HillsMatt Costa
Official Site

Timber and Steel Presents

Emma Wall
Emma Wall & The Urban Folk with Little Wise
Sunday 11th November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Henry Wagons
Henry Wagons
Friday 9th November – The Clarendon, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 10th November – The Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 15th November – Lismore City Bowling Club, Lismore, NSW
Friday 16th November – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Andrew Morris with Zac Gunthorpe
Saturday 10th November – Courthouse Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW

Angus Stone
Friday 9th November – The Hi Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 10th November – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 11th November – Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Monday 12th November – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 14th November – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Ben Harper
Friday 9th November – Convention Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 10th November – The Plenary, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 12th November – Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 13th November – Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 14th November – Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 15th November – Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Bob Evans with Thelma Plum
Friday 9th November – The Waiting Room, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th November – Rhino Room, Adelaide, SA

Crooked Saint and Ashleigh Mannix
Friday 9th November – Bon Amici, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 10th November – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 11th November – Ric’s Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Eli Wolfe
Saturday 10th November – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Sunday 11th November – Rockford Wines, SA (with Jeff Lang)
Wednesday 14th November – FBI Social, Kings Cross, NSW
Thursday 15th November – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 16th November – The Aztec Forster, NSW

Elliot The Bull
Saturday 10th November – Phoenix Bar, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 11th November – The Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney NSW

Emmylou Harris
Saturday 10th November – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 12th November – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 15th November – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th November – Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Folk Club feat. Jep&Dep, The Falls, Jackson McLaren
Wednesday 14th November – Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW

Saturday 10th November – The Empress, Melbourne, VIC

Grizzly Bear
Monday 12th November – Billboard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th November – Metro, Sydney, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers
Friday 9th November – The Green Room, Sydney, NSW

Harvest Festival (Grizzly Bear, Beirut)
Sunday 11th November – Werribee Park, Melbourne, VIC

Jen Cloher with Courtney Barnett
Friday 9th November – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Joe Robinson
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th November – Blues at Bridgetown, Bridgetown, WA
Friday 16th November – The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 9th November – Barwon Heads Bowling Club, Barwon Heads, VIC
Friday 16th November – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Josh Pyke with Jack Carty
Friday 9th November – Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Thursday 15th November – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Friday 16th November – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD

Little Features feat. Bity Booker, Matt Sztyk, Ryan Collings
Friday 9th November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Lucy Wise and The B’Gollies
Friday 9th November – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 9th November – Mars Hill Cafe, Parramatta, NSW
Saturday 10th November – Jamberoo Pub, Jamberoo, NSW
Sunday 11th November – Bottlerocket, Nowra, NSW
Thursday 15th November – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW
Friday 16th November – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

Merri Creek Pickers with Perch Creek Family Jugband and Jackals
Saturday 10th November – The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mike Compton
Friday 9th November – Cat and Fiddle Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 11th November – Wollongong, NSW

Mike McCarthy
Friday 9th November – The Glass Onion Society, Long Jetty, NSW
Tuesday 13th Novemebr – The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 15th November – The Royal Oak, Launceston, TAS

MoFo feat Siskin River and Takadimi
Friday 9th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Newtown Festival feat. The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Rescue Ships, Little Bastard, Caitlin Park, Battleships, The Rusty Spring Syncopators, Bellyache Ben & The Steamgrass Boys, The Lurkers, Green Mohair Suits
Sunday 11th November – Camperdown Memorial Park, Sydney, NSW

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Wouter Kellerman

Friday 9th November – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
feat. Bortier Okoe (Afro Soul), Organic Roots and DJ Earthshaker
Friday 16th November – Nexus 
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Nigel Wearne and The Cast Iron Promises
Friday 9th November – The Front Gallery & Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 11th November – Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th November – Harrietville Bluegrass Convention, Harrietville, VIC

Patrick James and Texture Like Sun
Friday 9th November – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 15th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbounre, VIC

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
Wednesday 14th November – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 15th November – Steyne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th November – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW

The Pigs
Saturday 10th November – Katoomba RSL, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 16th November – Newcastle Leagues, Newcastle, NSW

The Tiger and Me
Friday 9th November – Braidwood Hotel, Braidwood, NSW
Saturday 10th November – The Red Rattler, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 11th November – Majors Creek Pub, Majors Creek, NSW
Thursday 15th November – High Tea, Sydney, NSW

Sarah Humphreys
Friday 9th November – The Glass Onion Society, Long Jetty, NSW
Friday 16th November – The Lass O’ Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

TinPan Orange
Friday 16th November – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – Jake Shimabukuro

With over 11 million hits on Youtube since 2006 I think it’s safe to say that Jake Shimabukuro and this song in particular were instrumental in showing off the limitless possibilities of the ukulele and making it “cool” again. Shimabukuro is touring Australia again next year, and you have to go and see him – we can’t recommend his live show enough.

More Artists Added to Newtown Festival

Newtown Festival
Image Courtesy of Newtown Festival

This Sunday 11th November will see the annual Newtown Festival descend on Camperdown Memorial Park in Sydney and will feature a bunch of live music from the likes of The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Rescue Ships, Little Bastard, Caitlin Park, Battleships and many many more.

And now we’re even more excited as the Newtown Festival has announced the lineup for the Vocal Local Village stage and it features some of our favourite Sydney bluegrass and old timey artists. Among the announcement is The Rusty Spring Syncopators, Bellyache Ben & The Steamgrass Boys, The Lurkers, Green Mohair Suits and so many more.

Entry to the Newtown Festival is by gold donation with gates opening at 9:30am. For more details check out the official web site here.

Newtown Festival Announces First Round of Musical Artists

Newtown Festival
Image Courtesy of Newtown Festival

Sydney has a number of fantastic community based celebrations but there’s a special place in our heart for the Newtown Festival. It may be crowded, it may be hot, but every year we find ourselves returning and really really enjoying ourselves. Which is probably mainly down to the music – each year the festival draws on the rich seam of local talent to showcase some amazing live music on its various stages and each year there’s plenty of folk music to go around.

The 2012 Newtown Festival is set to take place on the 11th November at the Camperdown Memorial Park. The festival raises money each year for the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre and boasts three stages of music.

The Newtown Festival yesterday announced its first round of artists for 2012 and there’s a number of Timber and Steel favourites in the mix including The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Rescue Ships, Little Bastard, Caitlin Park, Battleships and many many more.

The full list of artists announced for the Newtown Festival is below with plenty more to come. For more information check out the official web site.

Federation Stage: King Tide, The Crooked Fiddle Band, Kira Puru and The Bruise, The Rescue Ships, Kill City Creeps, Little Bastard.

Essential Stage: Regular John, Bearhug, Collarbones, Caitlin Park, The Fabergettes, Tokyo Denmark Sweden, Battleships.

2011 Newtown Festival Set Times

Newtown Festival
Image Courtesy of the Newtown Festival

We’re pretty excited about this year’s Newtown Festival because it’s musical lineup features the likes of Tin Sparrow, Gossling, The Barons of Tang, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes and Georgia Fair all for the cost of the gold coin donation on entry.

So you can plan your assault on the festival, which attracts about 80,000 people each year, we thought we’d share the set times of the two stages for you:

Main Stage
4:55pm – Dubmarine
4:00pm – Spit Syndicate
3:10pm – Sticky Fingers
2:20pm – Barons of Tang
1:30pm – Gossling
12:40pm – Tin Sparrow
11:50am – Richard Cuthbert
11:00am – Bec Sandridge

Essential Stage
4:25pm – Ghostwood
3:30pm – Stonefield
2:40pm – Aleks and the Ramps
1:40pm – Georgia Fair
12:50pm – Betty Airs
12:00pm – Slow Down Honey
11:15am – Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
10:30am – Royal Chant
10:00am – Simon Figliuzzi

Newtown Festival Announces 2011 Music Lineup

Tin Sparrow
Image Courtesy of Tin Sparrow

The Newtown Festival is one of the most popular community events in Sydney and it’s easy to see why – a great location (Camperdown Memorial Park) a great atmosphere and a fantastic lineup of bands every single year. And while the Newtown Festival tries to draw local and national bands to the event from an eclectic range of genres there’s invariably quite a few amazing folk and acoustic artists peppered amongst the lineup.

And 2011 is no different with a list of artists that seems pulled straight from the pages of Timber and Steel including Tin Sparrow (above), Gossling, The Barons of Tang, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Georgia Fair and many many more.

The Newtown Festival is held on the 13th November and entry is via a gold coin donation (all proceeds of which go to the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre). For the full lineup plus what’s happening in the rest of the festival check out the official web site.

Newtown Festival 2010

The Snowdroppers
Image Courtesy of The Snowdroppers

Sydney’s popular Newtown Festival has announced a lineup of artists on its two music stages that are definitely folky in nature. Held on the 14th November in Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, the Newton Festival attracts huge crowds every year and definitely plays up to the suburbs unique culture. The bands appearing at this year’s event are:

Main Stage:
Get Folked
Stiff Gins
Liz Martin
Skipping Girl Vinegar
The Snowdroppers (above)
Mojo Juju
Chocolate Strings

Essential Stage
Dyan Tai
Alter Ego Mania
Kira Puru & The Bruise
Laneous & The Family Yah
megastick fanfare
Ernest Ellis
Richard In Your Mind

For full details check out the Newton Festival web site.

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