Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th April

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– New Zealand’s Tiny Ruins will be doing a very quick stop over in Australia as they head to Europe to support Neil Finn and have a handful of appearances planned. Details here

Daniel Champagne has announced a massive national tour to support his new album The Gypsy Moon – Volume II. Details here

– The new video from Huckleberry Hastings for Huckleberry Blues is odd. Details here

– Adelaide seven-piece Gemini Downs are launching their brand new EP Richard Doesn’t Roll Around Much Anymore tonight in Adelaide. Details here

Emily & The Woods have just released their new video “Helios”. Details here

– To celebrate his new single “Bones”, Dustin Tebbutt is heading out on tour this May. Details here

The Crooked Fiddle Band won the internet this week with their new clip covering the Game of Thrones theme. Details here

Andrew Bird has revealed a folky cover of the New Pornographers’ “Fake Headlines” for his contribution to the new Yellow Bird Project covers album Good People Rock. Details here

– Sydney’s Little Bastard are heading out on tour this June and July. Details here

Jinja Safari co-frontman Pepa Knight has released a very cool solo track “Rahh!”. Details here

Beverley Martyn has revealed “Reckless Jane”, the unheard track she co-wrote with Nick Drake in the 70s. Details here

Cocos Lovers released the surreal new clip for their new track “Under The Hawthorn Tree”. Details here

Johnny Flynn released his new live album Live in Washington DC this week. Details here

Drawn from Bees will be releasing their new EP Web of Thieves in May and revealed the first track “Calling You Out”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Graveyard Train have released a brand new video “Takes One To Know One”. Details here

Folk in a Box returns to Australia this weekend with shows in Perth. Details here

– Sydney duo Laura & Susie kick off their east coast tour tonight. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter Blair Dunlop released his new video “Something’s Gonna Give Way”. Details here

– Canadian singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega kicks off her Australian tour this weekend with an appearance at The Gum Ball. Details here

Interviews

“I think the folk audience really appreciate that the artists are also people and they’re human and there’s none of that “oh wow, there’s a famous person”. People just come up and they talk to you like a human being. They don’t mind if your kid’s on stage with you because they’re upset – everyone’s camping together and everyone’s on the same page”Sarah Humphreys chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“Before the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats we all played music but a couple of the guys were more blues focused. And two of our guys now – our washboard player and our bass player – were more heavy metal influenced. And I played acoustic guitar – I never really played in a band before the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats but I could get around on a guitar. When we got together Sudsey, our banjo player, had just taught himself the banjo and he wanted something to jam along with” – Lachlan Alcorn from the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Johnny Flynn
Live in Washington DCJohnny Flynn
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Other Rivers
Other RiversMatthew and the Atlas
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Bad Shepherds

Bad Shepherds

Adrian Edmondson and his band of folk punks The Bad Shepherds are back in the country this month and have a bunch of gigs all over the country. Renowned for their ability to reimagine classic punk and new wave tunes in a folk style, these genre hopping shows are not to be missed.

Friday 11th April – Gum Ball Festival, Belford, NSW
Saturday 12th April – The Factory Floor, Marrickville, NSW
Sunday 13th April – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Monday 14th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Wednesday 16th April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 17th April – The Soundlounge, Curumbin, QLD
Friday 18th April – Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
Sunday 13th April – West Coast Blues ‘n’ Roots, Fremantle Park, Perth WA
Wednesday 16th April – Mackay Entertainment Centre, Mackay, QLD
Thursday 17th April – Magnums, Airlie Beach, QLD

Byron Bay Bluesfest
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st April – Byron Bay, NSW

Christopher Coleman Collective
Friday 11th April – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 12th April – A Music Warehouse Project, Adelaide, SA

Claude Hay
Friday 11th April – The Seaview Tavern, Woolgoolga, NSW
Saturday 12th April – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 13th April – The Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 11th April – Babushka Bar, Balarat, VIC
Saturday 12th April -Martians Café, Deans Marsh, VIC
Sunday 13th April – Bay Hotel, Mornington, VIC
Friday 18th to Saturday 19th April – Byron Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Devendra Banhart
Wednesday 16th April – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 17th April – The Prince Band Room, Melbourne, NSW

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Tuesday 15th April – Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Eleanor McEvoy
Sunday 13th April – Quarterdeck, Narooma, NSW
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st April – National Folk Festival, Canberra

Folk In a Box
Friday 11th April – Wolf Lane, Perth, WA
Saturday 12th April – Wolf Lane, Perth, WA

Gemini Downs
Friday 11th April – Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Gum Ball
Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April – Belford, NSW

Jake Bugg
Wednesday 16th April – Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th April – Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Jason Isbell with Tift Merritt
Sunday 13th April – The Factory, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 18th April – Boogie Festival, Bruzzy’s Farm, Tallarook, VIC

John Butler Trio
Friday 11th April – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th April – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 13th April – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Thursday 17th April – City Hall, Hobart, TAS

John Flanagan
Friday 11th April – House Concert, Copacabana, NSW
Sunday 13th April – House Concert, Wollongong, NSW

Josh Rennie-Hynes
Thursday 17th April – The Dowse Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Katie Harder and the Artful Dodgers
Friday 11th April – Tennant Creek Hotel, Tennant Creek, NT
Sunday 13th April – Monte’s, Alice Springs, NT

Kaurna Cronin and Ben Whiting
Wednesday 16th April – White Pickett Fence Sessions, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 17th April – The Railway Friendly, Byron Bay, NSW

Laura & Susie
Friday 11th April – Arts Space, Wodonga, VIC
Saturday 12th April – Farouk’s Olive, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Leah Flanagan
Saturday 12th April – Pavonia Place, Darwin, NT

Lindi Ortega
Saturday 12th April – Gumball Festival, Hunter Valley, NSW
Tuesday 15th April – Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW
Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th April – National Folk Festival, ACT

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 11th April – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 12th April – Captains, Bateman’s Bay, NSW
Thursday 17th April – Lizotte’s, Central Coast, NSW

National Folk Festival
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st April – Canberra, ACT

Paul Greene and the Other Colours
Saturday 12th April – The Commercial Hotel, Milton, NSW
Sunday 13th April – The Bird House, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 17th April – The Deniliquin Club, Deniliquin, NSW

Sally Seltmann w/ Wintercoats
Friday 11th April – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 13th April – Kelvin Club, Melbourne, VIC

Seth Lakeman w/ Suzanne Vega
Monday 14th April – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Steve Smyth
Sunday 13th April – Gumball Festival, NSW
Thursday 17th April – Forresters, Sydney, NSW

The Bad Shepherds
Friday 11th April – Gumball Festival, Belford, NSW
Saturday 12th April – The Factory Floor, Marrickville, NSW
Sunday 13th April – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Monday 14th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Wednesday 16th April – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 17th April – The Soundlounge, Curumbin, QLD
Friday 18th April – Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC

The Beez
Friday 11th April – Candelo Arts Society, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 11th April – The Angry Pirate, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 13th April – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 11th April – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 12th April – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 13th April – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Monday 14th – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 16th April – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Thursday 17th April – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Tiny Ruins
Monday 14th April – Melbourne Folk Club, Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 15th April – RRR Performance Space, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 15th April – 2SER Live At The Loft, Loft Bar, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Where Did You Sleep Last Night (In The Pines)” – Nirvana

This week a lot of people have been commemorating the 20th anniversary of the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain on the 5th April 1994. Their MTV Unplugged performance is still one of my favourites and it includes the Lead Belly track and folk standard “In The Pines” (recorded by Nirvana as “Where Did You Sleep Last Night”). The raw power in Cobain’s voice still gives me chills to this day.

Listen to the Unheard Nick Drake and Beverley Martyn Collaboration

Nick Drake

In 1974, just six months before his death, Nick Drake started working on a new song, “Reckless Jane”, with Beverley Martyn in her home during a jam. The song has recently been completed by Martyn and has just been released, bringing back memories of Nick Drake’s tragically short career.

“I couldn’t even think about the song for so long because it brought up so much pain. It took a while to finish after that point,” Beverley Martyn told The Independent. “The song came out of a bit of fun. We tried to think of all the things we could rhyme with Jane, but “hear her laughing like a drain” didn’t make the cut!”

The song will appear on Martyn’s upcoming album The Phoenix and the Turtle (due 22nd April). Take a listen to “Reckless Jane” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 3rd May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney’s MoFo night have announced their lineup for May with Chris Gillespie and Nick Street performing. Details here

– And MoFo have also announced a second speakeasy themed night later in the month to help raise funds for Sydney venue The Gaelic Club. Details here

– South Australia’s Sam Brittain has released the gorgeous new video for the track “Bones”, deftly combining folk music and motor sports. Details here

Telegraph Tower have announced plans to launch their new EP Concubine in Sydney next week. Details here

Achoo! Bless You and The Mountains have teamed for a massive co-headlined tour this month that kicked off last night. Details here

– The wonderful Monument Valley has just released his brand new single “When I Go Clear”. Details here

Laura Marling has revealed yet another new track, “Once”, via a live performance on Later … With Jools Holland. Details here

– Melbourne folk group Tomas Strode & The Tour Guides have just released the video for “Broken Road” featuring guest vocals from Aluka. Details here

The April Maze are one of our favourite folk acts in Australia at the moment and they’ve just released a new single “Don’t Let The Bastards Bring You Down”. Details here

The Civil Wars announced an unexpected return with a new album on the way. Details here

The Mountains have just released their brand new single “Loose Jaw”. Details here

– Sydney’s Arbori have made their latest single, “Polar Bear Swim”, available as a free download. Details here

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros announced plans to release an album (or two) in July this year. Details here

– UK based, Australian born folk singer Emily Barker has announced plans to release a new album, Dear River, this July. Details here

Reviews

Recordings

“This kind of celebration is a traditional mark of respect for great songwriters, and Drake was certainly one of those. But he hated live performance. His place was in the studio, and accordingly, his recordings have a unique and timeless quality that could never be replicated. In that knowledge, could [Joe] Boyd, who had been so close to those recordings, find a new approach to the songs themselves?”JDX reviews Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake. Review here

Releases This Week

The Mountain Moves
The Mountain MovesTreetop Flyers
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Timber and Steel Presents

SteelBirds
SteelBirds with Into The Woods and Whitaker
Sunday 5th May – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Achoo! Bless You and The Mountains
Friday 10th May – The Junkyard Hotel, Maitland, NSW

Aluka
Friday 3rd May – Northcote Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC

Beth Orton
Monday 6th May – St Joseph’s Church, Perth, WA
Wednesday 8th May – St Michael’s Church, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th May – St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, QLD

Bob Evans
Friday 3rd May – The Bakery, Perth, WA
Saturday 4th May – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Thursday 9th May – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 10th May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Bobby Alu
Saturday 4th May – Mandala Arts Cafe, Mermaid Waters, QLD

Ella Hooper
Thursday 9th May – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Folkraiser feat. Packwood, The Falls, Kate Martin, Fanny Lumsden, Rosie Catalano, Yetis, Oscar Lush, Huckleberry Hastings
Saturday 4th May – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Jack Carty and Jordan Millar
Friday 3rd May – Yours and Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 4th May – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 5th May – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Jordie Lane
Saturday 4th May – Planting Festival Woodfordia, Woodford, VIC
Sunday 5th May – Coorabell Hall, Byron Bay, NSW

Josh Pyke
Friday 3rd May – Gertrudes Brown Couch, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th May – Southside Tea Room, Brisbane, QLD

Katie Noonan with Brian Campeau
Friday 3rd May – Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW
Saturday 4th May – Lizottes, Central Coast, NSW
Sunday 5th May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

MoFo feat. Chris Gillespie and Nick Street
Friday 10th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage with The Nymphs
Friday 10th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Telegraph Tower
Thursday 9th May – 107 Projects, Sydney, NSW

The Bad Shepherds
Friday 3rd May – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 4th May – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

The Folk Informal feat. Arbori, The Ellis Collective, TJ Quinton, TFT
Wednesday 8th May – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Wide Open Space Festival feat. Rapskallion, Ginger & The Ghost, Lupine, Lucy and the Diamonds, Pin Rada, Jess Melodías, Sally Balfour, Tully Sumner, Jeanette Wormald, Erik Parker, Desert Rain, Katie Harder, More
Friday 3rd May to Sunday 5th May – Ross River, NT

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Last Thing On My Mind” – Tom Paxton

There are certain songs that have been written in the last century that have been completely and utterly assimilated into the folk tradition. “The Last Thing On My Mind” has been embraced by artists on both side of the Atlantic (and of course Australia) with everyone from The Dubliners to The Seekers to Johnny Cash to Neil Diamond offering up a version and is instantly recognisable to anyone who has spent time at folk and country music festivals the world over. We thought we might reach back and offer up a version of the song by its writer, Tom Paxton.

Review: Various, Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake

Nick Drake

“Fame is but a fruit tree
So very unsound.
It can never flourish
‘til its stock is in the ground
So men of fame
Can never find a way
‘til time has flown
Far from their dying day.”
– Nick Drake, 1969

In 1974, Nick Drake died of an overdose, leaving three largely unnoticed albums, and his tragedy. He was 26.

In 1999, his song “Pink Moon” was used in a Volkswagen commercial. His cult following was reinvigorated by a new generation of the curious and enchanted. His work, at last, began to receive the attention it deserved.

In 2010 and 2011, Drake’s producer and friend, Joe Boyd, curated a series of concerts in his honor, featuring some of the original arrangements by the late Robert Kirby, and fronted by vocalists Boyd hand-picked to perform his songs.

This album is a chronicle of their tribute to him, the first of its kind, I think, and I was eager to see what these covers would uncover in Drake’s music. This kind of celebration is a traditional mark of respect for great songwriters, and Drake was certainly one of those. But he hated live performance. His place was in the studio, and accordingly, his recordings have a unique and timeless quality that could never be replicated. In that knowledge, could Boyd, who had been so close to those recordings, find a new approach to the songs themselves?

Superficially, the songs that seem most changed are those from “Pink Moon”. The original record has often been called Drake’s best, because it shows him at his most bare and honest, armed with only his guitar. Here, we see how the songs might have sounded with his band behind them. A lush string arrangement opens up “Things Behind the Sun”, letting it grow from the width of a small room to the whole English countryside. Nick Drake’s original bass player, Danny Thompson, imbues “Place to be” with a momentum which subtly but completely brightens its mood. And “Parasite” is underscored by shivers and trills and drones of threatening psychedelia.

Of course, the musicianship is not the selling point of most tributes. This is a shame, because Danny Thompson and pianist Zoe Rahman’s jazz duet of “One of These Things First” is one of the best things on the album. But what people really want to hear about are the vocalists. And Boyd has brought together an interesting set of voices. The likes of Teddy Thompson and Drake’s contemporary Vashti Bunyan are probably familiar to folk fans world-wide, but for the most part, Boyd has avoided the big names. It seems, in a way, that this is as much a showcase of Drake’s best students as it is of the man himself.

This is most apparent in Australia’s Luluc, whose beautiful 2008 album “Dear Hamlin” wore its influences on its sleeve. It would be easy to say that Teddy Thompson’s reverently faithful “River Man” or Scott Matthews’ tender rendition of “When the Day is done” sound vocally most like Drake. But his hushed, desperately unaffected singing style comes so naturally to Zoe Randell that I involuntarily imagine her as a distant relative.

The most important message of this compilation, however, comes from performances such as Shane Nicholson’s “Poor Boy”, which lends a gruff, country drawl to the deconstructed gospel styling of the original. Or “Black-Eyed Dog” by Lisa Hannigan, whose quivering fragility amps up the quiet anger of the original, until it becomes a vicious, frantic Irish dance-off with the devil.

Drake, even at his most raw, never had the confidence to reveal his emotions. He was too meticulous, too afraid. But these recordings are full of confidence. All these artists have loved and cherished his songs in a way that he never could. And they perform all the emotion he articulated for them. He wouldn’t have performed “Which Will” with Vashti Bunyan’s soft, knowing smile, nor could he have imagined Luluc and Lisa Hannigan’s campfire harmonies in “Saturday Sun”. He could never have overcome his humility for long enough to perform “Time Has told Me” as a full-blown gospel song. But Krystle Warren could, and the result is breath-taking. If her version had been made in the 70s, it would have taken every wedding in the world by storm.

The album ends, as I had hoped, with a rousing version of “Pink Moon”. Teddy Thompson and Krystle Warren let their voices weave together in joyful abandon. The band is lively, playful, giving the song a steady, triumphant gait. And when that piano break comes, it’s not so much a moment of quiet revelation as peaceful communion and understanding.

In this tribute, Joe Boyd, his band, and all the performers he chose proved their love and appreciation of Nick Drake’s music. Sometimes it was amplified, or simplified, but always for the sake of drawing out its heart. And that’s what makes this a worthy and welcome celebration of his songwriting.

Would the man himself have approved? I couldn’t say. I certainly couldn’t imagine even a sixty-year-old Nick Drake performing so comfortably, if at all. But maybe, I could see him in the audience, quietly enjoying the fruits of his fame.

Leroy Lee Puts on Second Nick Drake Tribute Night in Sydney

Nick Drake

Following the success of last year’s local Sydney Nick Drake tribute concert organiser and Timber and Steel favourite Leroy Lee is repeating the exercise with a second show this Thursday 2nd April.

The concert will take place at Camelot Lounge in Marrickville from 8pm and will feature performances from Leroy Lee, Dave Calandra, Nic Cassey, Michael Dorman, Louise Nutting (Wartime Sweetheart) and Matt Tonks. Tickets are $15.

For more information check out the official Facebook invite here

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 22nd February

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– As is has been the norm in the last couple of weeks Monday morning kicked off with a brand new track from Passenger, “Golden Leaves”, in a live video featuring the Palatine Quartet. Details here

Willy Mason released the video for his latest single “Pickup Truck” from his album Carry On. Details here

– A Nick Drake tribute album based around the Way to Blue concerts has been announced for April this year featuring Teddy Thompson, Vashti Bunyan, Green Gartside, Robyn Hitchcock, Lisa Hannigan, Scott Matthews, Krystle Warren, Danny Thompson and more. Details here

Sarah Humphreys released her adorable new video “Boy Wonder” featuring her son Jude. Details here

– US banjo player Abigail Washburn and collaborator Kai Welch have revealed their full Australian tour dates when they’re in the country for WOMADelaide. Details here

– The entire first disc of the Son of Rogues Gallery pirate songs album is now streaming online. Details here

– We were blown away by the new Keaton Henson track and video “Lying to You” and we think you will be too. Details here

– Folk-rockers Dawes released the full version of their new single “From a Window Seat” after a couple of teasers. Details here

Bellowhead released the video for their latest single “Roll The Woodpile Down”, probably our favourite track from Broadside. Details here

– Check out the full list of dates for Paul Brady’s upcoming Extremely Acoustic Australian tour. Details here

– Breton folk duo Nicola Hayes and Hélène Brunet have a couple of shows booked on top of their Cobargo Folk Festival appearance. Details here

Stornoway released the slightly surreal video for their brand new song “Knock Me On The Head”. Details here

Simone Felice has announced his second Australian tour in 12 months this March and April with Jess Ribeiro in support. Details here

– Get yourself set for the weekend with the brand new video from party-folkers Crowns, “Four Walls”. Details here

The Gum Ball has delivered its final lineup additions for 2013 including John Schumann and Hugh McDonald (Redgum), Van Walker and Liz Stringer. Details here

– Melbourne duo Brighter Later will be launching their new album The Wolves in Melbourne this March. Details here

– Folk and acoustic music once again shone at the Brit Awards with big wins from Ben Howard and Mumford and Sons. Details here

Interviews

“Whatever happens on stage, it’s very organic, it’s very improvised. It’s not like we have a rehearsed scenario at all” – Simone Page Jones and Miles O’Neil from Miles and Simone chat to Janine Estoesta. Interview here

Beat and Holler, being my first album, was this unveiling – it took everything in me to step out in that moment and go “here am I, here’s my songs, they’re extremely personal and everything I have and am right now is in them”. So to come to the other side of that expression I was wondering what do I do here? I don’t have another body of work in me that’s of that level. I don’t want to now go and write a collection of 12 country greats. I want to go deeper. What moves me and what am I drawn towards – it just became this body of questions that I asked over time and I was confronted with as I moved further and further into the process of writing and recording Magician’s DaughterMama Kin chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Reviews

Recordings

“With connection and energy at the forefront of her creative design, Mama Kin and her band have more than delivered, especially with the over-all dynamic of each of the tracks. Danielle Caruana’s vocal has excelled itself, showing a much richer range and reach, with a subtle control of tone and nuance that drives the album to a new sonic dimension”Serena Skye reviews Mama Kin’s Album The Magician’s Daughter. Review here

“The Undertow EP has all the buzz and pop of his first EP with toasty, catchy tunes and soaring sounds but there’s also a darker edge. What you can hear is a maturity and perfection in each masterfully orchestrated track presented to the ear and a confidence emulated through his soothing, alluring vocals”Nikita Andrea reviews Hudson’s EP The Undertow EP. Review here

Gigs

“The performance only being contained for an hour, instead felt as though you walked atop the pages of history’s greatest musicians. Traveling through notes and crumpled paper of the days of Bob Dylan to Etta James, Gram Parsons to Kate Bush, Emmylou Harris to Sun Kil Moon. Simone holding a consistent operatic howl of inconceivable passion, coupled with an agonizing crescendo of something between great love and great despair”Janine Estoesta reviews Miles and Simone in Melbourne. Review here

Releases This Week

Wishbone
WishboneBobby Long
iTunes

Old Yellow Moon
Old Yellow MoonEmmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
iTunes

Family Pets
Family PetsJulia and the Deep Sea Sirens
iTunes

The Magician's Daughter
The Magician’s DaughterMama Kin
iTunes

Son of Rogue's Gallery
Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys – Various
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Little Wise
Little Wise
Friday 22nd February – Crossroads Wine Bar, St Helens, TAS
Sunday 24th February – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 1st March – Martain’s Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Arlo Guthrie with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion
Thursday 28th February – Southern Cross Club, Canbera, ACT
Friday 1st March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Brett Winterford
Saturday 23rd February – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Chaika
Friday 22nd February – Wollongong Conservatorium, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 24th February – The Independent Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Cobargo Folk Festival
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th February – Cobargo, NSW

Don’t Mention The Wall
22nd to 24th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, NSW
Friday 1st March – Tara Guest House, Sydney, NSW

Donavon Frankenreiter
Friday 22nd February – Coogee Bay Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd February – The Bondi Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23 February – Newport Arms Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24 February – Cronulla Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24 February – Towradgi Beach Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st March – Bateau Bay Hotel, Bateau Bay, NSW

Eli Wolfe
Friday 22nd February – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW
Saturday 23rd February – The Commercial Hotel, Milton, NSW
Sunday 24th February – The Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 1st to Monday 4th March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens
Friday 22nd February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Julia Stone with Vance Joy
Friday 22nd February – St Joseph’s Church, Perth, WA

Melody Pool with Katie Brianna
Saturday 23rd February – Club Azzurri, Highfields, NSW

Mustered Courage with Oh Pep!
Thursday 28th February – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Nick and Liesl
Sunday 24th February – Jamberoo Pub, Jamberoo, NSW

Paul Kelly and Neil Finn
Wednesday 27th February – Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 1st March – Elder Park, Adelaide, SA

Sarah Blasko
Saturday 23rd February – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA

Sarah Humphreys
Friday 22nd February – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February – Tumbafest, Tumbarumba, NSW

The Little Stevies
Friday 22nd February – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC

The Tallest Man on Earth
Thursday 28th February – Recital Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 1st March – Perth International Arts Festival, Perth, WA

The Tiger and Me
Friday 1st March – Riverside Live, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Talking With My Father” – Dougie MacLean

Today is my Dad’s birthday so I thought it was worth dedicating the FFF to him with this Dougie MacLean classic. Happy Birthday Dad!

Nick Drake Tribute Album Announced

Nick Drake

Following the success of the Way to Blue series of Nick Drake tribute concerts in recent years legendary producer Joe Boyd has announced plans for a tribute album of the same name.

Featuring artists that include Teddy Thompson, Vashti Bunyan, Green Gartside, Robyn Hitchcock, Lisa Hannigan, Scott Matthews, Krystle Warren, Danny Thompson and more, Way To Blue – The Songs of Nick Drake will be taken from live recordings of the London and Melbourne legs of the concert tour. Boyd, who produced Nick Drake’s classic Five Leaves Left and Bryter Layter albums, has reportedly been exploring the possibility of a tribute album for some time now but only in the way that felt right to him – where all the artists involved were recording the entire thing together in a single location. With the Way to Blue concerts Joe Boyd has come close to his original artistic vision

Way to Blue – The Songs of Nick Drake is due to be released on the 15th April.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– A bunch of videos from the Nick Drake tribute concert organised by Leroy Lee in June this year have surfaced online featuring the likes of Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, James Edgar Francis, Andy Golledge, Brian Campeau and more. Details here

– The latest Little Features night in Sydney takes place tonight featuring We Are The Birdcage, Karl-Christoph, Charlie Gordon and Tarita (Snowalè). Details here

The Avett Brothers released their brand new video for the track “Live And Die” from their new album The Carpenter. Details here

– Folk favourites James Fagan and Jamie McClennan have come together to form their new project The James Brothers and are offering their debut EP as a free download. Details here

– The 2013 St Jeromes Laneway Festival announced their lineup with a smattering of folk-flavoured acts including Henry Wagons, Kings Of Convenience and Of Monsters And Men. Details here

– Grammy Award winning Americana duo The Civil Wars will be coming to our shores next year for a series of shows in churches around the country as part of the Heavenly Sounds concert tour. Details here

Charles Jenkins will be touring his brand new album Love Your Crooked Neighbour With Your Crooked Heart from this weekend. Details here

Sam Buckingham has a brand new EP due next week and we have a stream of the first single plus details of where you can catch her upcoming shows. Details here

Jordie Lane revealed that he’ll be making his brand new single “Fool For Love” available as a free download from his official site this Monday 1st October. He’s also announced a massive headline tour this November and December following his support slot on Billy Bragg’s Australian tour. Details here

Crooked Saint and Ashleigh Mannix have announced a co-headline tour of the east coast this October and November. Details here

Sarah Humphreys released the charming video for her new single “Like A House Needs A Door” from the album Hello. Details here

– US bluegrass supergroup The New Worlds have announced a Sydney date on top of their appearances at the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival and JamGrass. Details here

– The debut solo album from Henry Wagons, Expecting Company? hits stores today (see the iTunes link below) and we have a stream of the track “Unwelcome Company” featuring lison Mosshart (The Kills). Details here

Andrew Bird released details of his forthcoming album Hands of Glory, his second for 2012, including a stream of the first single “Three White Horses”. Details here

Matt Walters is back with a brand new single, “Vacant Heart”, and an EP of the same name on the way. Details here

Interviews

“Me and [producer Jeff Lang] have been pretty good mates for a good 20 years now. It was good to have someone who actually cared about the music that we play. He sort of knows it inside out because he’s known me for so long so he had a lot of input on it”Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson chat to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I had six months where I couldn’t use my hand at all. So I spent a lot of time song-writing and left-hand playing the piano and that kind of thing. And just slowly getting back into it now. I can strum guitar fine. Every now and again I have a little trouble with timing because it’s still healing. But in terms of song-writing it’s been useful. It’s just taken some time to get better really”Rebecca Moore chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“Playing solo is different and it requires different skills. Probably one thing it has in its favour at the moment is that it still completely terrifies me”Liz Frencham chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Reviews

Gigs

“This music is simply stunning and the way Calnin is able to manipulate his sound – drawing long, cello like sounds out of his guitar and deftly layering vocals to create a wall of noise – shows a true mastery of his art”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews Hayden Calnin at FBi Social in Sydney. Review here

“The absolute highlight of the set for me was the band’s cover of “Mexico” by The Staves (and not just because it was preceded by a shout out to Timber and Steel). Crowded around a single mic bluegrass-style with just a guitar as accompaniment, Patrick James and his band transformed this sweet folk-pop song into something almost spiritual – the performance was absolutely stunning and I really hope I get the chance to see them do it again.”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews Patrick James at Brighton Up Bar in Sydney. Review here

Releases This Week

Wagons
Expecting CompanyHenry Wagons
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Patrick James
Patrick James
Sunday 30th September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th October – The Waiting Room, Brisbane, QLD

The Eastern
The Eastern
Sunday 30th September – Wave Rock Weekender, Wave Rock, WA
Thursday 4th October – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 5th October – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Billy Goat & the Mongrels
Friday 5th October – The Sandringham Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Charles Jenkins
Saturday 29th September – Semaphore Workers Club, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 30th September – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Charlie Mayfair with The Falls
Friday 28th September – Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW

Elliot the Bull
Friday 28th September – Revolver, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 29th September – The Empress, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 4th October – Beer Garden, Surfers Paradise, QLD

Hat Fitz and Cara
Thursday 4th October – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 5th October – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Julia Stone
Friday 28th September – Astor Theatre, Perth WA
Sunday 30th September – Bird In Hand Winery, Adelaide SA

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp
Friday 28th September – Winthrop Hall, Perth, WA
Saturday 29th September – Mandurah P.A.C., Mandurah, WA
Monday 1st October – The White House, Adelaide Hills, SA
Friday 5th October – Empire Church Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD

Krystle Warren
Saturday 29th September – Community Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW

Laneway
Friday 28th September – The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Lanie Lane
Saturday 29th September – Caloundra Festival, Caloundra, QLD

Little Features feat. We Are The Birdcage, Karl Christoph, Charlie Gradon and Tarita
Friday 28th September – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Mona Delighta feat. Lady Danger, Cookie Baker, Caitlin Park
Sunday 30th September – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Nexus World Music Series
feat. The Atlantic Street Band and Marmalade Circus

Friday 28th September – Nexus 
Multicultural
 Arts
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
feat. Josh Bennett and Jay Dabgar
Friday 5th October – Nexus 
Multicultural
 Arts
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Nick and Liesl
28th to 29th September – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD

Rebecca Moore
Sunday 30th September – Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston, ACT
Monday 1st October – Telstra Road to Discovery Heats, Floriade, ACT
Wednesday 3rd October – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Rosie Catalano
Saturday 29th September – The Lass, Newcastle, NSW

Sarah Humphreys
Sunday 30th September – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Friday 5th October – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Stillsons
Friday 28th September – The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 29th September – The Royal Mail, Goodna, QLD
Sunday 30th September – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW

The String Contingent
Friday 28th September to Monday 1st October 1 – Rose’s Gap Music Camp, Rose’s Gap, VIC & Sunshine Fiddle Camp, Alexandra Headland, QLD
Friday 5th October – Concert for Wesley Warragul, Warragul, VIC

Tigertown
Friday 5th October – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Tim Hart
Friday 28th September – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Four Pence A Day” – Tola Custy & Cyril O’Donoghue

In NSW, ACT and SA this Monday we celebrate Labour Day. Folk music long has ties to the labour movement so I thought we’d dedicate today’s flashback to a labour song. Rather than choose one of the obvious songs I thought I’d go with “Four Pence A Day”, a song I orginally heard performed by Trouble in the Kitchen at the Union Concert as part of the National Folk Festival about 10 years ago. This version is by Tola Custy and Cyril O’Donoghue – if you want to hear the Trouble in the Kitchen version check it out on their Myspace.

Videos from the Red Rattler Nick Drake Tribute

Nick Drake Tribute
Image Courtesy of Leroy Lee

At the end of June Leroy Lee brought together a bunch of his mates for a tribute to the late, great Nick Drake at The Red Rattler in Sydney. If you haven’t ready it yet you should check out our review of the night right here.

In recent weeks some videos from the night, featuring the likes of Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, James Edgar Francis, Andy Golledge, Brian Campeau and more, have emerged courtesy of Ninja Milk. And we loved the night so much we thought we’d share them with you:

Review: Nick Drake Tribute, The Red Rattler, Sydney

Nick Drake

Nick Drake Tribute
Elana Stone, Brian Campeau, Leroy Lee, Katie Wighton, Brendan Maclean, Jack Carty, Dave Calandra, Matt Tonks, Andy Golledge, James Edgar Francis, Andy Gordon, Ben Daley, James Daley
28th June 2012, Red Rattler
Sydney

It’s sometimes hard to comprehend just how big an impact Nick Drake has had on modern folk music. During the height of his career in the late 60s/early 70s through to his death in 1974 Drake was a relative unknown and his three albums, Five Leaves Left, Bryter Layter and Pink Moon, failed to sell on initial release despite his obvious talent as a songwriter and the profile of the musicians and producers he worked with. It wasn’t until the early 80s when Island Records reissued the three albums in a boxset that audiences started waking up to the music Drake had made. Now it’s impossible to listen to modern folk music without hearing the hallmarks of Nick Drake’s sound – the inspired fingerpicking, his unique way of crafting a melody, those amazing lyrics.

When Leroy Lee first floated the idea of a Nick Drake concert in Sydney I must admit I was both skeptical and excited. Excited because I’m a massive fan of Nick Drake’s music and I know Leroy Lee and his mates would do the man justice. Skeptical because I wasn’t sure just how much recognition of Nick Drake’s music there was outside of the musical community and surely those who are fans had already been sated by last November’s Way to Blue concerts.

I needn’t have worried. By the time I turned up at the Red Rattler the place was absolutely packed with one of the most attentive audiences I have ever seen.

While Way to Blue was probably a more polished tribute to Nick Drake (and let’s face it – being at the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne Recital Centre it probably had to be), the concert at the Red Rattler last week had a really homly, community feel. Here were a group of musicians who are genuine friends who were having a ball jamming together and celebrating this wonderful music.

Nick Drake’s three albums were amply represented throughout the night with most of the players staying true to his orignal compositions and arrangements. Highlights for me included Leroy Lee’s cover of “Cello Song” complete with hummed cello part (although for some reason I kept hearing Al Pacino’s voice in my head during the song), the sets from both Jack Carty and Dave Calandra who sang as if the songs had been written for them and Elana Stone, Brian Campeau and Katie Wighton reinterpretation of Nick Drake through the Casio keyboard’s drum tracks.

Which I guess was my one main gripe fo the night. There were a lot of solo guitarist/singers and, while this may have been exactly what Nick Drake was, I felt like there wasn’t enough reinterpretation. I would have loved to have seen a more diverse range of instrumentation on stage and some different takes on Nick Drake songs. Even Leroy Lee, who I know best as a fine banjo player, pretty much stuck to the guitar for most of the night.

But this gripe is a minor and the night in general was a roaring success. Getting the entire cast on stage for “River Man” at the end of the night was a stroke of genius and the perfect way to wrap up a wonderful concert. I hope there was more than a few people in the audience that had never heard Nick Drake’s music before and are now new fans.

All we have to do now is ask – what’s next Leroy Lee?

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