Thank Folk It’s Friday – 22nd December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We picked our top 25 albums and EPs of 2017 including releases from All Our Exes Live in Texas, BATTS, Billy Bragg, Charlie Fink, David Rawlings, Emily Barker, Fanny Lumsden, Gretta Ziller, Husky, Johnny Flynn, Kasey Chambers, Lankum, Laura Marling, Lisa Mitchell, Nick Mulvey, Offa Rex, Old Crow Medicine Show, Packwood, Paul Kelly, Stu Larsen, The Ahern Brothers, The East Pointers, The Morrisons, Timothy James Bowen and Willie Watson. Details here

– We reached out to the Timber and Steel community to get them to pick their top albums of the year. The results are wonderful with well over 100 artists contributing. Details here

– Our Editor In Chief Gareth Hugh Evans picked his top 25 tracks of 2016 including songs from All Our Exes Live in Texas, BATTS, Billy Bragg, Charlie Fink, David Rawlings, Diamond Duck, Emma Davis, Fanny Lumsden, Gretta Ziller, I’m With Her, Johnny Flynn, Julia Johnson, Laura Marling, Nick Mulvey, Offa Rex, Paul Kelly, Stella Donnelly, Stu Larsen, Taryn La Fauci, The Ahern Brothers, The East Pointers, The Morrisons feat. Georgia Mooney, The Northern Folk, The Young’uns, and Willie Watson. Details here

– We review The Beautiful Girls in Sydney. Details here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift

Gretta Ziller

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift kick off their summer holiday tour of caravan parks around the nation. Will they stumble across your holiday park?

Wednesday 27th December – Discovery Parks Lake Hume, Ebden, VIC
Thursday 28th December – Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park, Porepunkah, VIC
Friday 29th December – Omeo Caravan Park, Omeo, VIC

Gigs Next Week

A Celtic Christmas feat. Damien Leith, Claymore
Saturday 23rd December – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne, VIC

A Country Christmas Revue feat. Raised By Eagles, Lost Ragas, The Ahern Brothers, Sarah Carroll
Friday 22nd December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

A Very Country Christmas feat. James Ellis, Cold Heart, Roz Girvan, Bakersfield Glee Club
Saturday 23rd December – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

A Xmas Happening Love In! feat. Zoùkeys, Hippy Trippy Trio, Jewels’ Blues Explosion
Friday 22nd December – The Bank, Melbourne, VIC

Alex The Astronaut
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Lost Paradise, Glenworth Valley, NSW

Andrew Swift
Saturday 23rd December – King Island Club, Currie, TAS
Wednesday 27th December – Discovery Parks Lake Hume, Ebden, VIC
Thursday 28th December – Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park, Porepunkah, VIC
Friday 29th December – Omeo Caravan Park, Omeo, VIC

Andy Baylor
Friday 22nd December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Benjamin Roberts w/ Daniel J. Townsend
Thursday 27th December – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Breaking Trad
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Cat Canteri and Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 23rd December – The Bridge, Castlemaine, VIC

Craig Woodward
Sunday 24th December – Loretta’s, Melbourne, VIC

Dane Blacklock, Velvajayne
Saturday 23rd December – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Darren Hanlon
Friday 22nd December –
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd December – The Old Museum
, Brisbane, QLD

Edgelarks
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Eleanor McEvoy
Friday 29th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Falls Festival
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Lorne, VIC
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Marion Bay, TAS

Fleet Foxes
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS

Get Folked Punk Xmas Blowout feat. Vetty Vials & The Sandpit Turtles, Whispering Jackie, Jonno Read, Billy Demos, Billy Puntton, Uke-paley, Jethro Morris, Ess-em, Sooze
Friday 22nd December – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Good Option
Friday 22nd December – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift
Wednesday 27th December – Discovery Parks Lake Hume, Ebden, VIC
Thursday 28th December – Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park, Porepunkah, VIC
Friday 29th December – Omeo Caravan Park, Omeo, VIC

Handsome Young Strangers, Steph Miller and Jim Mongrel’s Anti-Christmas Bash
Saturday 23rd December – MoshPit, Sydney, NSW

Helen Townsend
Friday 22nd December – Amble Inn, Corindi, NSW
Saturday 23rd December – The Naked Bean, South Grafton, NSW

Honey
Monday 25th December – Parklands Resort, Mudgee, NSW

James Bennett
Friday 22nd December – Avoca Beach Hotel & Resort, Avoca Beach, NSW
Saturday 23rd December – The Lounge Room, Port Macquarie, NSW
Sunday 24th December – Town Green Inn Port Macquarie, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 29th December – Sacred Tree Markets, Nelson Bay, NSW

Jess Locke
Saturday 23rd December – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

John Butler
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

Julia Jacklin
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 22nd December – The Guildford Family Hotel, Guildford, VIC
Saturday 23rd December – The Bridge, Castlemaine, VIC

Kallidad
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Lorne, VIC

Lost Paradise
Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December – Glenworth Valley, NSW

Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission
Friday 22nd December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd December – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th December – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC

Microwave Jenny
Sunday 24th December – Bombini, Avoca Beach, NSW

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

One Hot Night feat. Busby Marou, Amy Shark, Timberwolf, Pandamic
Friday 29th December – Rockhampton Showgrounds, Rockhampton, QLD

Pam Hata
Sunday 24th December – The Duck on Clarence, Port Macquarie, NSW
Thursday 28th December – Oasis by the River, North Haven, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 29th December – Lorne Hotel, Lorne, VIC

Rita B
Saturday 23rd December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sleepy Dreamers, Arbes, Sean Watson
Friday 22nd December – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

That Red Head
Saturday 23rd December – Wayward Brewing Company, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th December – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Beautiful Girls
Thursday 28th December – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Bluegrass Playgirls with GlenyRae & JennyShimmin, Robbie Long & Smithy
Saturday 23rd December – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

The Demon Drink
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Drunken Poachers
Saturday 23rd December – Labour in Vain, Melbourne, VIC

The East Pointers
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Heggarties and Matt J Ward
Friday 22nd December – Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Railsplitters
Friday 29th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st December – Falls Festival, Marion Bay, TAS

This Way North
Saturday 23rd December – Aireys Pub, Aireys Inlet, VIC
Friday 29th December – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Woodford Folk Festival
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January – Woodford, QLDFriday Folk Flashback

“How to Make Gravy” – Paul Kelly

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2017

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The final of our traditional end of year lists sees Timber and Steel Editor-in-Chief Gareth Hugh Evans sifts through all of the amazing music that was produced this year and pick his top 25 tracks. As always he’s tried to only pick one track per artist, although as you’ll see there’s some exceptions with different artists collaborating on different projects through 2017.

But enough of our jabbering – it’s time to get to the music. Without further ado we present Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2017.

1. Emma Davis – “Danger in Me”
Emma Davis just has a way of writing a song which draws you in and never lets go. With just a finger picked guitar, understated rhythm section, muted organ and reverbed vocals, Davis has created a piece of music that I genuinely put on repeat. The fact that there’s a very relevant social message underpinning “Danger in Me” just adds a depth to my appreciation of it. Thank you Emma Davis for producing one of the most beautiful three and a half minutes of 2017.

2. The East Pointers – “82 Fires”
For a band I almost exclusively associated with fiddle tunes, The East Pointers have delivered one of the best songs of the year with “82 Fires”. Co-written with our very own Liz Stringer about fires in Tasmania, “82 Fires” may be the most Australian song written by a trio of Canadians. There’s an epic feel to the song that shouldn’t be possible from three guys playing (mostly) acoustic instruments – but I’ve seen this song live and they get pretty close to reproducing the recording on stage. Try to listen to “82 Fires” on not have it stir something inside.

3. Willie Watson – “Gallows Pole”
No one interprets traditional American music quite like Willie Watson. Here he’s managed to take the Leadbelly classic “Gallows Pole” and turn it into a thoroughly modern, haunting piece of music which is a definite standout on his latest album, Folksinger Vol. 2.

4. The Morrisons feat. Georgia Mooney – “Long Time Travelling”
It seems odd to choose an a cappella song from a band that features some of the best bluegrass musicians in the country. But I just can’t get passed how delightful it is hear James Morrison singing over the combined voices of The Morrisons plus Georgia Mooney (All Our Exes Live In Texas). The harmonies, the dynamic variations, the passion – “Long Time Travelling” is pure joy.

5. Offa Rex – “Sheepcrook and Black Dog”
As you probably know by now we have A LOT of love for the 2017 Offa Rex album The Queen of Hearts. The collaboration between The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney is full of highlights and to be honest songs like “The Old Churchyard”, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and “Willie o’ Winsbury” are more likely to hit this year’s best of lists. But for me “Sheepcrook and Black Dog” captures the nostalgia of the late-60s/early-70s British folk revival better than any other track on The Queen of Hearts with its Steeleye Span style arrangement, crunchy Black Sabbath style guitars and Sandy Denny style vocal performance. “Sheepcrook and Black Dog” is vintage folk-rock for the modern era.

6. Laura Marling – “Next Time”
Laura Marling goes full Nick Drake on “Next Time”. The orchestral arrangement over the top of Marling’s inventive guitar tunings and finger-picking, along with her hushed but powerful vocal performance is so reminiscent of the late English singer-songwriter it can’t not have been inspired by his work. This is definitely the highlight of Semper Femina for me and it even comes with a video directed by Laura Marling herself.

7. The Young’uns – “Be the Man”
“Be The Man” was inspired by the story of Matthew Ogston, founder of the Naz and Matt Foundation which tackles religious and cultural homophobia, following the tragic death of his fiancé (you can read the full story here). The Young’uns have written a song which is not only powerful in its message, and deeply respectful to its subject matter, but also a wonderful compliment to the rest of their harmony-driven catalogue. Check out the video featuring Matthew Ogston himself.

8. Billy Bragg – “Why We Build the Wall”
When Anaïs Mitchell wrote “Why We Build the Wall” for her 2010 folk-opera Hadestown I doubt she knew how precient it was considering the build-the-wall platform Donald Trump ran on during his 2016 presidential campaign. Billy Bragg has been singing “Why We Build the Wall” for a few years now but it’s taken until this year for him to officially release it as a single. The political singer-songwriter has purposefully politicised the track and filled it with a jarring, electric guitar to great effect. Could this be the folk anthem for the Trump era?

9. David Rawlings – “Cumberland Gap”
The genius of David Rawlings and Gillian Welch is their ability to write songs that sound like they’ve existed forever and then produce those songs in such a way that makes it sound like they’re being “modernised”. “Cumberland Gap” is the perfect example of this – the track sounds so timeless yet so fresh at exactly the same time. That’s probably why it’s been getting so many comparisons to Neil Young.

10. Stu Larsen – “Chicago Song”
“Chicago Song” is exactly the kind of song you want from a singer-songwriter like Stu Larsen. Simple, catchy and foot-tappingly joyful, “Chicago Song” captures a little piece of magic.

11. The Ahern Brothers – “Comb That River”
Whoever decided to pair singer-songwriters Josh Rennie-Hynes and Steve Grady as The Ahern Brothers deserves all of my adulation. Their self titled debut album is an homage to the close harmony singing of The Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel, with “Comb That River” exemplifying their sound. Listen to this track and be transported back to another time.

12. Charlie Fink – “Firecracker”
I’m sure I’ve printed this elsewhere on Timber and Steel but for the reader’s benefit: Noah and The Whale’s 2009 album The First Days of Spring is one of my favourite albums of all time. So when ex-Noah and The Whale lead singer Charlie Fink releases a single like “Firecracker” that sounds like it’s been ripped directly from The First Days of Spring there’s no way this song wasn’t going to make my best of 2017 list.

13. All Our Exes Live in Texas – “Boundary Road”
“What if I want to be the one to fall apart once in a while?” has somehow become one of my favourite chorus lines of 2017. All Our Exes Live in Texas have taken on the lyrical challenge of the line, as well as the fight songwriter Katie Wighton had with her mum that inspired the line, and crafted one of the best songs from one of the best albums of the year. There is All Our Exes Live in Texas magic all over this song – with a simple “ooh” and “ahh” the quartet can elevate every song they touch. Lovely stuff.

14. Nick Mulvey – “Mountain To Move”
I’m going to make a prediction: “Mountain To Move” is the song most likely to appear on the soundtrack of sweet and quirky rom coms over the 12 months. Nick Mulvey continues to impress me with the way he crafts a song over a repeating melody line or guitar rhythm, building the simplicity into something more.

15. Julia Johnson – “Melissa”
I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the new direction that Julia Johnson has taken with her songwriting in 2017. Moving beyond her work with Julia and The Deep Sea Sirens and working with producer Sarah Belkner, Johnson is producing some of the most interesting music of her career. I have a feeling “Melissa” is only the tip of the iceberg for what’s coming next from Julia Johnson and I can’t wait.

16. The Northern Folk – “Get On”
Despite the wealth of shows they’ve done this year I only managed to catch Melbourne folk 10 piece The Northern Folk live for the first time really recently. They manage to combine the indie folk sound of bands like The Middle East with the distinct groove that comes with having a saxophone heavy horn section. “Get On” epitomises The Northern Folk’s unique sound for me and was one of those songs that made me hit the repeat button again and again the first time I heard it.

17. Fanny Lumsden – “Roll On”
Want to know what it’s like to be an Australian artist on an endless tour of our country? Listen to the lyrics of “Roll On”. What I love about this track is its authenticity. This isn’t the Americanised version of the Australian outback full of dust kicking cowboys and pickup trucks. And this isn’t the romanticised nostalgic version of Australia either with its drovers and men-of-the-land. Instead “Roll On” is a song about about what its like to hit the road in 2017 complete with speeding fines, Gaytimes, roadtrains and small town bowlos. Keep writing songs like this Fanny Lumsden.

18. Paul Kelly – “Firewood and Candles”
After a few years of genre and experimental albums Paul Kelly announced his return to the classic Paul Kelly with the killer track “Firewood and Candles”. That rocking riff with Kelly’s vocals (ably supported by Vikka and Linda Bull) is just so damn catchy. If you wonder why everyone’s making such a fuss over Paul Kelly at the moment, why he’s winning awards and being praised at every turn, just listen to the songs on his 2017 album Life Is Fine, starting with “Firewood and Candles”.

19. Gretta Ziller – “Slaughterhouse Blues”
If someone asks you for the best voice in Australian Americana music then just show them Gretta Ziller. There may be some artists earlier in this list who you could squeeze into the genre, but as far as pure Americana music goes you can’t get much better than Ziller’s “Slaughterhouse Blues”. This is a modern track with its feet firmly in roots music. And that production! Perfection! More of this please Gretta Ziller.

20. I’m With Her – “Little Lies”
Before the release of “Little Lies” the American super-goup I’m With Her were really known for interpreting traditional music or covers of contemporary songs. But then this track comes along and solidifies the (probabaly assumed) fact that I’m With Her are a band to watch. Aoife O’Donovan has one of the best voices in Americana music, and it’s all the sweeter combined with the voices of Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz. And Watkins’ fiddle playing on this track is some of my favourite instrumental work in 2017.

21. BATTS – “Little White Lies”
I’ve been a fan of Tanya Batt’s music for some time, but it’s been her transformation into BATTS and the lo-fi, shoe-gaze, lyric driven songwriting that has come with it that has really caught my attention in 2017. “Little White Lies” is the second single released under the BATTS moniker and it’s by far my favourite, with its etherial production and confessional lyrics. I have a feeling we’re going to be hearing a lot more from BATTS in the coming months and I can’t wait.

22. Taryn La Fauci – “Winter”
When her EP Cycling came out I messaged Taryn La Fauci and told her “Just wanted to tell you that I’m in love with your track “Winter”.” Above every other song on the EP “Winter” struck me, most likely because this year I lost my cat as well and the lyrics just resonated. This song was on repeat for a lot of this year – thank you for sharing it with me Taryn La Fauci.

23. Diamond Duck – “Marry Me By The Sea”
Another collaboration (this time between The Morrisons’ Jimmy Daley and Canadian-Australian singer-songwriter Brian Campeau) that evokes the close harmony singing of The Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel, Diamond Duck have made quite an impression with their first single “Marry Me By The Sea”. What makes this stand out for me is the way the Diamond Duck boys explore unusual, almost twisted chords in their accompaniment while maintaining a sweetness in their vocal delivery. Listen to the piano “solo” in the middle of the song and you’ll see what I mean – there’s something a little off kilter in the track and it’s absolutely delicious.

24. Stella Donnelly – “Boys Will Be Boys”
In the wake of the #metoo movement and everything that’s been coming out in the media over the last few months I think Australia needed a song like “Boys Will Be Boys”. Stella Donnelly has made quite a splash this year and with her amazing voice and lyrical chops I can imagine there’s big things on the horizon for the singer-songwriter.

25. Johnny Flynn – “Wandering Aengus”
The return of Johnny Flynn to music this year was heralded by this really quirky track and promised much from his new album Sillion. All the elements of what makes a classic Johnny Flynn song are here – his amazing voice, jangly guitar and subtle horn accompaniment – but there’s also something a little twisted about the structure of this track that I really really like. Definitely up there with my favourite Johnny Flynn songs.

Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2017

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It’s difficult to find an overriding theme in our picks for this year’s top albums. There’s a bit of trad in there, a lot of singer-songwriter and a decent amount Americana and country music. Overall 2017 has been another amazing year for folk music and we couldn’t be happier.

As always we have more “best of” lists coming this week so please stay tuned for them. But in the meantime check out Timber and Steel’s top albums of

Offa Rex
1. Offa RexThe Queen of Hearts
When you get nostalgia right the result can be pure gold. As someone who was brought up on late-60s/early-70s English folk-rock (think Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Pentangle, etc) The Queen of Hearts feels like home and, as my friends and family can attest, the album has truly been on constant rotation since its release in July.

Offa Rex is the coming together of Portland nu-folk heroes The Decemberists and English folk-singer Olivia Chaney, inspired by the second-wave folk revival of the British isles. Somehow they’ve managed to capture this very distinct period of music, staying true to the instrumentation, production values and aesthetic of the time without descending into kitsch or parody (as many of the bands from the time ended up doing themselves in the 70s and 80s). Rigid rock rhythm sections over murder ballads, harpsichords and reverb-heavy electric guitars, ethereal vocals – The Queen of Hearts feels more like a rediscovered gem than an album recorded and released in 2017.

And let’s make one thing clear – it’s Olivia Chaney who makes this record. While The Decemberists are obviously the driving force behind The Queen of Hearts it is Chaney’s vocals that pull you right back into the early 70s. She somehow channels the likes of Maddy Prior, Sandy Denny, Anne Briggs, et al, while still bringing her own unique sound to the vocals. The tracks where Colin Meloy takes the lead (such as “Black Leg Minor”) or the instrumental “Constant Billy (Oddington) / I’ll Go Enlist (Sherborne)”, while still amazing in their own right, just don’t have the same impact as “The Queen of Hearts”, “Flash Company”, “The Old Churchyard” or any of the other amazing songs with Olivia Chaney front and centre.

Picking favourite songs from an album of standouts is very very hard. I love the nods to early Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath on “Sheepcrook and Black Dog”, probably the most epic of all the songs on the album. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” is a beautiful tribute to Anne Briggs, with Chaney’s voice just resonating over the drone of a harmonium. And Offa Rex’s version of “Willie o’ Winsbury” may be my favourite of all time.

Even if you only have a passing interest in British folk music, in the second wave folk revival or in The Decemberists’ ongoing evolution as one of the most interesting folk bands in the world, give The Queen of Hearts a listen and see exactly why this is our album of the year for 2017.

The East Pointers
2. The East PointersWhat We Leave Behind
Canadian trio The East Pointers up the production ante with their new album What We Leave Behind, expanding their sound with new instrumentation, increasing their song-to-tune ratio and generally producing one of the most interesting folk albums of the year. And the best part about it is there’s still a focus on ensuring that every bit of the album can be reproduced live with just the three of them – something I can confirm is the case having caught them in Melbourne recently. What We Leave Behind sees The East Pointers grow as a band, deftly straddling the worlds of traditional and modern fold music.

The Ahern Brothers
3. The Ahern BrothersThe Ahern Brothers
Josh Rennie-Hynes and Steve Grady are two voices that seem destined to be together. The Ahern Brothers are the latest in collection of modern artists taking inspiration from close harmony singing in the vein of The Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel and the result is really something special. Their self-titled debut album is a pure delight and elevates everything we’ve heard from Rennie-Hynes and Grady individually to date. There’s a reason these guys are selling out shows and taking the country by storm.

Fanny Lumsden
4. Fanny LumsdenReal Class Act
Fanny Lumsden continues her domination of Australian country music with the 2017 release of Real Class Act. The album is very strongly informed by Lumsden’s decision to live her life on the road with husband Dan Stanley Freeman rather than opting for the relative comfort of a major Australian city (where, let’s be honest, the vast majority of Australia’s country music is produced), and you can really hear the expanse of our wide brown land all over the album. With each release Fanny Lumsden’s songwriting just gets better and better, adding a modern sensibility to a genre that all to often falls into cliche or nostalgia. Real Class Act is what Australian country music should be about.

The Morrisons
5. The MorrisonsThe Morrisons
Australia’s premiere bluegrass and alt-country band The Morrisons released their long-awaited and highly anticipated debut album this year and it has fast become one of my favourite album’s of ever. No one quite takes such a quintessentially American genre like bluegrass and passes it through the Australian lens in the way The Morrisons do. And it doesn’t hurt that individually each of The Morrisons is a master of their respective instrument making the album as technically brilliant as it is artistically brilliant.

Willie Watson
6. Willie WatsonFolksinger Vol. 2
Willie Watson’s exploration of America’s rich vein of traditional folk music continues with the second volume in his Folksinger series. Somehow he finds a way to take traditional and vintage folk and blues songs and modernise them without losing what makes them great songs to begin with. Watson treats this material with respect and reverance, almost taking a step back and letting each song speak for itself. When Willie Watson left Old Crow Medicine Show he expressed a desire to find a softer side of the folk genre, and that’s something he’s truly captured with Folksinger Vol. 2.

All Our Exes Live In Texas
7. All Our Exes Live In TexasWhen We Fall
Taking out this year’s ARIA for Best Blues and Roots Album was just the icing on the cake for what has been a massive year for All Our Exes Live In Texas. When We Fall is an album of fine songwriting, pitch perfect production and a true celebration of the four part harmony. Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney each bring a unique set of influences and musical styles to All Our Exes Live In Texas which somehow all blend together into something sublime. With the momentum on When We Fall expect All Our Exes Live In Texas to continue crushing it into 2018 and beyond

Laura Marling
8. Laura MarlingSemper Femina
Laura Marling goes deep on her exploration of the feminine and what it means to be a female artist. It’s amazing to watch Marling grow with every album she releases while never really losing track of what drew us all to her in the first place – beautifully written songs and masterful guitar work. Laura Marling truly is one of the greatest artists of our generation.

Charlie Fink
9. Charlie FinkCover My Tracks
My love for Cover My Tracks one hundred per cent stems from my nostalgia for Noah and The Whale’s 2009 concept album The First Days of Spring. Charlie Fink revisits the style and feeling from The First Days of Spring throughout his 2017 solo outing and it’s a welcome return to form for a songwriter that had definitely strayed a little far from his strengths towards the end of Noah and The Whale’s time, prefering a Springsteen-light pop sound to substantial, heart-on-his-sleeve songwriting. The album is raw, emotional, beautiful and heartbreaking – everything I want from a Charlie Fink record.

Packwood
10. PackwoodVertumnus
The culmination four seasonally focused EPs from the last couple of years, Vertumnus is a beautiful opus to the natural world. Packwood’s unique brand of chamber folk has reached its pinnacle with this record, filled with lush compositions and stunning musicianship. Bayden Hyne, along with his arrangers Tilman Robinson (orchestral) and Miriam Crellin (choral) have pefectly crafted each track on Vertumnus making the most of choirs, strings, pianos, finger-picked guitars and banjos and more to compliment Packwood’s trademark fragile vocal style. Taking this work out of the studio and onto the stage is an expensive undertaking but I still hold out hope that we’ll see Vertumnus live before too long.

Kasey Chambers
11. Kasey ChambersDragonfly
Kasey Chambers mixes things up on her latest double album working with two different producers – Paul Kelly and Nash Chambers – and collaborating with a diverse range of artists from multiple genres, resulting in one of her most interesting releases in recent years.

David Rawlings
12. David RawlingsPoor David’s Almanack
David Rawlings and Gillian Welch find a way to write original Americana songs that sound like traditional songs that have been re-discovered and updated for a modern audience – and why can’t I get “Money is the Meat in the Coconut” out of my head?

Billy Bragg
13. Billy BraggBridges Not Walls
Billy Bragg returns to his activist roots on this EP with his electric guitar turned up and his wit as sharp as ever.

Lisa Mitchell
14. Lisa MitchellWhen They Play That Song
Out of no where Australia’s queen of indie-folk delivers the sweetest covers EP of the year, with quirky takes on 90s favourites from Phantom Planet, Spice Girls, Placebo, Letters To Cleo and The Cardigans

Timothy James Bowen
15. Timothy James BowenBloom
Bloom bookends a couple of years of massive upheaval in Timothy James Bowen’s life, while capturing an artist at the peak of his powers as a singer and songwriter.

Husky
16. HuskyPunchbuzz
Husky continue to push the boundaries of their indie-folk sound with an album that borrows as much from eighties pop as it does from lyric-driven singer-songwriter music.

BATTS
17. BATTS62 Moons
Moving away from her electro-folk roots toward a stripped back sound has proven a success for BATTS who’s delivered an EP of really stunning songs.

Gretta Ziller
18. Gretta ZillerQueen of Boomtown
Gretta Ziller has delivered one of the best Americana albums of the year that deserves all the nominations, awards and accolades it will no doubt continue to receive over the coming months

Paul Kelly
19. Paul KellyLife Is Fine
After a couple of genre projects Paul Kelly returns with his most Paul Kelly album in recent memory, further cementing him as Australia’s greatest living songwriter.

Nick Mulvey
20. Nick MulveyWake Up Now
The English singer-songwriter continues to produce interesting, acoustic driven indie music full of weird guitar tunings, multi-tracked vocals and songs just waiting to hit a Hollywood soundtrack.

Emily Barker
21. Emily BarkerSweet Kind of Blue
Emily Barker deftly combines country, blues and folk styles, harkening back to a tradition while still producing a sound that is fresh and engaging.

Stu Larsen
22. Stu LarsenResolute
Australia’s favourite troubadour produces another album of straight up singer-songwriter gems documenting his travels around the world.

Lankum
23. LankumBetween The Earth & Sky
Lankum, the band formally known as Lynched, are producing some of the most raw traditional Irish music going around, complete with the thickest Dublin accent you’re likely to hear this year.

Old Crow Medicine Show
24. Old Crow Medicine Show50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde
Old Crow Medicine Show pay homage to Dylan with this live stringband version of the classic Blonde On Blonde

Johnny Flynn
25. Johnny FlynnSillion
An absolute gem of an album that sees Johnny Flynn’s distinctive voice and resonator front and centre, but a willingness to play with production a bit more than previous releases, adding more texture and nuance to each of the tracks.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th August

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Josh Pyke has announced he’s taking a hiatus after his upcoming regional tour. Details here

– English indie-folk singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey released his new single “Mountain to Move”. Details here

– Australian folk super group The Maggie Darlings release their new album Wishing Well today. Details here

The Kyneton Music Festival announced their first round of artists including Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, Karl S. Williams, Freya Josephine Hollick, Dan Parsons, The Twoks and many more. Details here

– Sydney venue The Newsagency relaunches in its new space next week with a show from Sarah Belkner and Alison Avron. Details here

The Queenscliff Music Festival announced a bunch of international artists for 2017 including The East Pointers, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Irish Mythen, Lindi Ortega, Ron Artis II & The Truth, Too Many Zooz and Travis Bowlin. Details here

– Canadian duo Madison Violet announced plans to tour Australia this Spring. Details here

Kim Churchill announced his new album Weight_Falls as well as releasing the video for “Second Hand Car” and revealing a huge Spring tour. Details here

Iron & Wine released the gorgeous new video “Thomas County Law”. Details here

– Melbourne based alt-country singer Gretta Ziller has announced album launch dates in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle and Tamworth. Details here

David Rawlings released his new single “Cumberland Gap” ahead of his album release. Details here

– Brisbane indie-folk four piece Elbury have announced plans for an east coast tour kicking off this week. Details here

– The legendary Paul Kelly released his new video “Firewood And Candles”. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke has announced plans to head to Australia for a tour this Spring. Details here

Valerie June released her new video “Got Soul” ahead of her upcoming Australian tour. Details here

Releases This Week

Ben Sollee
Ben Sollee And Kentucky NativeBen Sollee
iTunes

David Rawlings
Poor David’s AlmanackDavid Rawlings
iTunes

Jen Cloher
Jen CloherJen Cloher
iTunes

KMH
Live at the Sydney Opera HouseKate Miller-Heidke & The Sydney Symphony Orchestra
iTunes

Maggie Darlings
Wishing WellThe Maggie Darlings
Bandcamp

Paul Kelly
Life Is FinePaul Kelly
iTunes

Richard Thompson
Acoustic Classics Vol. IIRichard Thompson
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Newsagency Sessions feat. Sarah Belkner, Alison Avron

Sarah Belkner

Sydney’s favourite intimate venue officially reopens in its new Camperdown space with a show from Sarah Belkner and Alison Avron

Wednesday 16th August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Asha Jefferies
Friday 18th August – The Flying Cock, Brisbane, QLD

Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
Friday 11th and Saturday 12th August – Bangalow Showground, Bangalow, NSW

BATTS
Thursday 17th August – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Bek Sarkoezy and Sam Newton
Saturday 12th August – The Joshua Tree, Sydney, NSW

Ben Salter
Wednesday 16th August – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Bill Chambers
Friday 11th August – Sunset Studio, Mayfield, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Diggers, The Entrance, NSW

Bill Jackson and Pete Fidler
Friday 11th August – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 12th August – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass Pub Pick feat. Whoa Mule
Sunday 13th August – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Central Coast Country Music Festival
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th August – Memorial Park, The Entrance, NSW

Daggy Man
Friday 11th August – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Darwin Festival
Thursday 10th to Sunday 27th August – Darwin, NT

Echo Deer w/ Holza & Pez
Sunday 13th August – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Elbury
Wednesday 16th August – Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 17th August – OxJam House Concert, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 18th August – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave, VIC

Emily Davis Band w/ Sam Reiher, Kate Alexander, Hana Brenecki
Sunday 13th August – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Emma Davis
Thursday 17th August – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW

Fairlight Folk feat. Bill Jackson, Pete Fidler, Strangelove, Melanie Horsnell
Saturday 12th August – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Fallon Cush
Sunday 13th August – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Daniel Cherote, Alana Wilkinson, MoSoul
Wednesday 16th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. Alice Terry, Christine Jane, Stephanie Cherote
Friday 11th August – 107 Projects, Sydney, NSW

Forever Son
Friday 11th August – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Georgia Fields and Phia
Friday 11th August – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 12th August – Glen Helen Homestead Lodge, Alice Springs, NT

Georgia State Line
Friday 11th August – Saints + Sailors, Portarlington, VIC
Saturday 12th August – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Sunday 13th August – Martians Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC

Handasyd Williams w/ Levi Burr, Nik Philpott
Sunday 13th August – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

High Tea feat. Adam Miller
Thursday 17th August – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Hinterlandt
Friday 11th August – Bomaderry Presbyterian Church, Bomaderry, NSW

Hollie Matthew
Saturday 12th August – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Horns of Leroy’s Jukebox feat. The Collingwood Casanovas
Wednesday 16th August – Belleville, Melbourne, VIC

Husky
Friday 11th August – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th August – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Shellie Morris, Troy Jungaji Brady
Friday 18th August – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Friday 18th August – Lulie St Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Jason Roweth
Friday 11th August – Addison Rd Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

Jen Cloher
Friday 11th August – Readings Carlton, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th August – Rocksteady Records, Melbourne, VIC

Jep and Dep
Friday 11th August – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Halcyon Daze Records, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th August – The Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke w/ Kyle Lionhart
Friday 11th August – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 12th August – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Thursday 17th August – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 18th August – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Kelly Brouhaha
Sunday 13th August – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Tuesday 15th August – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 17th August – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 18th August – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC

Kelly Country Pick
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th August – Beechworth, VIC

Liam Gale & The Ponytails
Friday 11th August – Kingsway Bar, Launceston, TAS

Liam Gerner
Sunday 13th August – Noisy Ritual People-Powered Urban Winery, Melbourne, VIC

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 11th August – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th August – The Old Church On The Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Madeline Leman and The Desert Swells, Freya Josephine Hollick
Thursday 17th August – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Maia Marsh w/ Sisco Electro, Huckleberry Hastings, Lachlan Vines
Tuesday 15th August – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Saturday 12th August – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th August – The Log Cabin Hall, Gooloogong, NSW

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band
Thursday 17th August – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

My Friend The Chocolate Cake
Friday 11th August – Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, Springwood, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th August – Theatre Royal Castlemaine, Castlemaine, VIC

Nathan Seeckts and Great Aunt
Saturday 12th August – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Nuet & Nic Cassey
Thursday 17th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

O’Shea
Saturday 12th August – Mount Isa Rodeo, Mount Isa, QLD

Open Folk’n
Friday 11th August – The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Packwood
Friday 18th August – Plant By Packwood, Melbourne, VIC

Paul Hayward & The Sidekicks
Saturday 12th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Paul Kelly
Friday 11th August – Red Eye Records, Sydney, NSW
Monday 14th August – Readings Carlton, Melbourne, VIC

Pete Murray
Friday 11th August – Wrest Point Showroom, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 12th August – Launceston Country Club, Launceston, TAS
Thursday 17th August – Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, Batemans Bay, NSW
Friday 18th August – Waves, Wollongong, NSW

Queen Porter Stomp
Friday 18th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Raised By Eagles
Friday 11th August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th August – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 18th August – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC

Reuben Stone w/ Dan Vogl
Wednesday 16th August – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Rick Hart’s Bare Bones w/ Ben Leece
Friday 11th August – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Scarlet’s Revenge
Thursday 17th August – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW

Shane Nicholson
Friday 11th August – Anita’s Theatre, Thiroul, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th August – Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Sunday 13th August – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Shellie Morris, Wityana Marika and Dhapanbal Yunupingu
Tuesday 15th August – Darwin Festival, The Lighthouse, Darwin, NT

Sofar Sounds Gold Coast
Friday 18th August – House Concert, Mermaid Beach, QLD

Someday June w/ Zac Saber
Friday 11th August – Analogue Academy, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 12th August – The Basement Bar, Bendigo, VIC

South Coast Folk Club Hall of Famers
Thursday 17th August – South Coast Folk Club, Port Noarlunga, SA

Tami Nelson
Thursday 17th August – Darwin Festival, The Lighthouse, Darwin, NT
Friday 18th August – The Flamin’ Galah, Brisbane, QLD

Taryn La Fauci
Friday 11th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

The Co-Ground Folk Show feat. Amistat, Ariela Jacobs, Mia Wray
Friday 18th August – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

The Cope Street Parade
Saturday 12th August – Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC

The Demon Drink
Saturday 12th August – Jubilee Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 18th August – Yandina Hotel, Yandina, QLD

The Newsagency Sessions feat. Sarah Belkner, Alison Avron
Wednesday 16th August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Round Up feat. Nigel Wearne and Ayleen O’Hanlon
Wednesday 16th August – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Settlement
Saturday 12th August – Commercial Hotel, Hamilton, VIC

The Slipdixies
Sunday 13th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Slowdowns
Friday 18th August – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 11th August – Mojo Record Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th August – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Ed Castle, Adelaide, SA

The Twoks
Friday 11th August – House Concert, Adelaide, SA

The Willie Wagtails
Saturday 12th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 11th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 12th August – The Bluebee Room, Adelaide, SA

Tobias
Friday 11th August – Irish Club, Emerald, QLD
Saturday 12th August – Irish McGanns, Eoma, QLD

Tori Forsyth
Friday 18th August – The Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW

Untamed Ceilidh
Saturday 12th August – Northcote Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC

Wanneroo Folk Club feat. Dingo’s Breakfast, Ashlea Reale
Friday 11th August – Dorchester Hall, Perth, WA

Whoa Mule
Saturday 12th August – Lentil as Anything, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 13th August – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Between The Wars” – Billy Bragg

Listen to the New Nick Mulvey Single “Mountain to Move”

Nick Mulvey
Image Courtesy of Nick Mulvey

English indie-folk singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey has revealed the next single from his upcoming album Wake Up Now – the super upbeat “Mountain to Move”.

The track is classic Nick Mulvey – all rythmic strumming patterns and layered vocals – and will definitely get your feet tapping.

Wake Up Now is due for release on the 8th September. Check out “Mountain to Move” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th July

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The folks behind the Dashville events are hitting the road this weekend with some of their favourite artists including James Thomson, BagheadMelody PoolMagpie Diaries, Dave Wells, Deanna Rose, Demi Mitchell, Jason Walker and Lyle Dennis. Details here

– The Queenscliff Music Festival revealed the first 13 acts for 2017 including 30/70, The Beautiful Girls, Bernard Fanning, Freya Josephine Hollick, GL, Hot Potato Band, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Mama Kin & Spender, Nai Palm, The Temper Trap, The Teskey Brothers, Xavier Rudd and Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey shared details of his upcoming album Wake Up Now. Details here

– The legendary Paul Kelly has announced plans to release his new album Life Is Fine in August. Details here

– Melbourne based alt-country six-piece Georgia State Line released their new video “Heaven Knows”. Details here

– Alt-country band Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes released their new single “Long Way To Fall”. Details here

– Alt-country duo Miles and Simone released their new video “She And I”. Details here

Offa Rex, the new 70s-folk-revival project from The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney, released their new single “Sheepcrook and Black Dog”. Details here

– English trio The Young’uns announced plans to release their fourth studio album Strangers. Details here

– Adelaide’s Kelly Brouhaha released her new video “As Long As There’s A Smile”. Details here

Angus & Julia Stone released their new video “Snow” and announced September tour dates. Details here

– Alt-country singer Tori Forsyth released her new single “Kings Horses”. Details here

Releases This Week

Lloyd Spiegel
This Time TomorrowLloyd Spiegel
iTunes

Something's Changing
Something’s ChangingLucy Rose
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Joe Pug w/ Courtney Marie Andrews

Joe Pug

Celebrated American singer-songwriter Joe Pug returns to our shores for a series of shows that kick off this weekend at the Bello Winter Music festival. This time he’s brought Courtney Marie Andrews as his support.

Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July – Bello Winter Music, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 9th July – The Edwards, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 11th July – The Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 12th July – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th July – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 14th July – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Ainslie Wills
Thursday 13th July – The Landsdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Alice Terry
Friday 7th July – The Grounds of Alexandria, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th July – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 7th July – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th July – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 13th July – Studio 56 @ Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 14th July – Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD

Amber Lawrence
Friday 7th July – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW

Ayleen O’Hanlon, Rich Davies and The Low Road
Friday 7th July – MOTH, Red Hill Showgrounds, Red Hill, VIC

Bello Winter Music Festival
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th July – Bellingen, NSW

Ben Ottewell
Friday 7th July – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July – Bello Winter Music, Bellingen, NSW

Ben Salter
Friday 9th July – Tramway Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Black Mountain Stringband
Friday 7th July – Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th July – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 9th July – Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Bluegrass Pub Pick feat. The Willing Ponies
Sunday 9th July – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Brad Butcher w/ The Weeping Willows
Friday 7th July – Two Goats Cafe & Baa, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 8th July – New England Brewing Co., Uralla, NSW
Friday 14th July – House Concert, Burnie, TAS

Carus Thompson
Saturday 8th July – 3ciana, Bunbury, WA

Clare Bowen w/ Timothy James Bowen
Friday 7th July – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 9th July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Monday 10th July – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 11th July – Blazes at Wests, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 13th July – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 14th July – The Star, Gold Coast, QLD

Claymore
Friday 7th July – Croydon Bowling Club, Melbourne, VIC

Clea w/ Nice Biscuit, Karl-Christoph
Saturday 8th July – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Co-cheòl
Tuesday 11th July – Ringwood Folk Club, Melbourne, VIC

Daniel Champagne
Friday 7th July – The Shed Tablelands Music Lovers, Atherton, QLD
Sunday 9th July – Kuranda Amphitheatre, Kuranda, QLD

Dashville On The Road feat. James Thomson, Baghead, Melody Pool, Magpie Diaries, Dave Wells, Deanna Rose, Demi Mitchell, Jason Walker, Lyle Dennis
Friday 7th July – Royal Federal Hotel, Branxton, NSW
Saturday 8th July – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Sunday 9th July – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 8th July – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Dope Lemon
Wednesday 12th July – Beach Road Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th July – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 14th July – UOW UniBar, Wollongong, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Rita B, Trent Williams, Gentle Leader
Wednesday 12th July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick & Sean McMahon
Friday 14th July – Theatre Royal Castlemaine, Castlemaine, VIC

Georgia Fields and Phia
Saturday 8th July – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Thursday 13th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 14th July – Candelo General Store, Candelo, NSW

Hannah Matysek
Sunday 9th July – The Lady Hampshire, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th July – The Little Guy, Sydney, NSW

Hats Off To Country
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th July – Tamworth, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Slim Dime, Owl Valley Bluegrass, Watling & Bates
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July – Rappville Pub, Rappville, NSW

Husky
Friday 7th July – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 8th July – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Humbug, Slim Dime
Friday 7th July – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Jacob Diamond
Saturday 8th July – Satchmo’s, Perth WA

Joe Pug w/ Courtney Marie Andrews
Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July – Bello Winter Music, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 9th July – The Edwards, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 11th July – The Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 12th July – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th July – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 14th July – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Leah Senior
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July – Bello Winter Festival, Bellingen, NSW

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival
Thursday 13th to Sunday 23rd July – Melbourne, VIC

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival Opening Night feat. Augie March, Jess Ribeiro, The Pink Tiles
Thursday 13th July – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Lior and the Australian Youth Orchestra
Monday 10th July – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 11th July – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Little Wise
Friday 7th July – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Saturday 8th July – Platypus Park House Concert, Bridport, TAS
Sunday 9th July – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 7th July – Hickinbotham Winery, Dromana, VIC
Friday 14th July – Suttons House of Music, Ballarat, VIC

Maia Marsh
Friday 14th July – Vic On The Park Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Thursday 13th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 14th July – Candelo General Store, Candelo, NSW

Melbourne AW17 Finders Keepers Market
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July – Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC

Miles and Simone
Friday 7th July – Festival of Voices, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July – Bello Winter Music, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 13th July – Leaps and Bounds Festival, The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 14th July – Moira, VIC

Oliver Downes
Friday 7th July – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Saturday 8th July – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 9th July – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Pete Murray
Wednesday 12th July – Lismore City Hall, Lismore, NSW
Thursday 13th July – Villa Noosa, Noosaville, QLD
Friday 14th July – The Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Pony Tales feat. Luke Collings & Greasy Lake, Mysterious Universe Band, Alister Marshall
Wednesday 12th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Porch Light Sessions feat. Leroy Lee, Martha Marlow, Sam Newton
Thursday 13th July – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Quinton Trembath
Sunday 9th July – House Concert, Hobart, TAS
Friday 14th July – Melbourne St Laundromat, Adelaide, SA

Rick Hart’s Bare Bones Quartet w/ Mr. Alford Country
Sunday 9th July – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Romi
Sunday 9th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Russell Morris
Friday 7th July – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Sam Buckingham
Saturday 8th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Sean McMahon and the MoonMen
Saturday 8th July – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Singing Up Country feat. Yirrmal, Kahl Wallis, Emily Wurramara
Friday 7th July – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 7th July – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 13th July – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Slim Dime
Friday 7th July – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 9th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sofar Sounds Brisbane
Monday 10th July – Brisbane, QLD

Sofar Sounds Gold Coast
Thursday 13th July – Gold Coast, QLD

Songwriters in the Round feat. Taryn La Fauci, James Morrison, Lady Lyon, Leroy Lee
Wednesday 12th July – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Sounds From The Grounds feat. Cat Vasilakis, Michael Duchesne, Alice Terry
Friday 7th July – The Grounds of Alexandria, Sydney, NSW

Steve Gunn
Friday 7th July – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 9th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Teeny Tiny Stevies
Sunday 9th July – Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC

The Ahern Brothers
Friday 7th July – Woodford Open Space, Woodford, QLD
Sunday 9th July – Secret Show, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 14th July – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

The Blues Tram w/ Richard Perso, Alawishus Jones & the OLs
Saturday 8th July – Bendigo, VIC

The Coconut Kids
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July – Bello Winter Festival, Bellingen, NSW

The Raduga Trio
Sunday 9th July – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW

The Raglins & The Neon Effect
Sunday 9th July – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 14th July – Jambo Bar & Cafe, Melbourne, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th July – Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 13th July – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th July – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

The Villebillies, Golden Whistler, Slim Dime
Sunday 9th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Timberwolf
Friday 14th July – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Tom Stephens
Saturday 8th July – Oxford Arts Factory Gallery Bar, Sydney, NSW

Trioc
Friday 7th July – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC

TSA Song Sessions Over Lunch feat. The Weeping Willows, Melissa Robertson, Paul Crowder Music
Sunday 9th July – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Vanishing Shapes
Wednesday 12th July – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 13th July – The Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th July – The Paragon Cafe, Katoomba, NSW

Vardos
Friday 14th July – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Zane Thompson w/ Tash Zappala, Oliver Proudfoot
Sunday 9th July – Whole Lotta Love, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Golden Glove” – Matt & Shannon Heaton

Details of the new Nick Mulvey Album Wake Up Now

Nick Mulvey
Image Courtesy of Nick Mulvey

The amazing English indie-folk singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey has just revealed plans to release his second album Wake Up Now on the 8th September.

Following up from his amazing 2014 album First Mind, Wake Up Now sees Mulvey in a more relaxed frame of mind.

Nick Mulvey has already released the single “Unconditional” and has followed up with the track “Myela”.

Take a listen to “Myela” below:

The full track listing for Wake Up Now is as follows:

1. Unconditional
2. Transform Your Game
3. It Ain’t Over
4. Myela
5. We Are Never Report
6. Remembering
7. Mountains To Move
8. When The Body Is Gone
9. Lullaby
10. In Your Hands
11. Infinite Trees

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 26th May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Kids music duo Teeny Tiny Stevies released their new video “Family (Love Is Love)”. Details here

– Brisbane alt-country singer-songwriter Brad Butcher has announced a national tour with The Weeping Willows. Details here

– Electro-folk singer Hayden Calnin
released his new single “Waves”. Details here

– Nashville based Americana duo Sally & George have announced Australian tour dates. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey released his new single and video “Unconditional”. Details here

– Victorian Americana band Georgia State Line released their new single “Older Than I Am”. Details here

– Perth singer-songwriter Helen Shanahan released her new video “Camouflaged”. Details here

The Gasoline Pony in Sydney announced the first round of artists for their Get Folked Mini Festival including The Button Collective, Toot, Queen Porter Stomp, The Low Down Riders, The Villebillies, Acca-Pony, Craig Edmondson and more to be announced soon. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Leah Senior released her new video “You Were Not Fit For The Day”. Details here

Releases This Week

Party
PartyAldous Harding
iTunes

Ann Vriend
Anybody’s DifferentAnn Vriend
iTunes

Bernard Fanning
Brutal DawnBernard Fanning
iTunes

JTE
Kids In The StreetJustin Townes Earle
iTunes

Leah Senior
Pretty FacesLeah Senior
iTunes

The Unthanks
Diversions Vol.4 – The Songs & Poems of Molly DrakeThe Unthanks
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

BRISFOPO feat. The Dead Maggies, Fox n Firkin, The Button Collective, All Strings Attached, James Brook, Wilson and The Castaways, Andy Paine, The Dangerous Folk, Quinton Trembath, Jim Mongrel, Laura Mardon, Steve Reed

BRISFOPO

The best of Queensland and national folk-punk come together for a four day orgy of music in Brisbane

Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th May – Brisbane, QLD

Gigs Next Week

Acoustic Sunday Sessions feat. Sam Newton, Weatherboard Heart
Sunday 28th May – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 2nd June – The Naked Bean Cafe, Grafton, NSW

Ainsley Farrell
Friday 26th May – World Bar, Sydney, NSW

Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt w/ Fanny Lumsden
Friday 26th May – Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Grafton, NSW
Saturday 27th May – Sawtell RSL, Sawtell, NSW

Arygle Sun-Sets at Fred’s feat. Starla, Ben Camden
Sunday 28th May – Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW

Big Pineapple Festival
Saturday 27th May – Sunshine Coast, QLD

Bill Callahan: Smog to Dream River
Friday 2nd June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Bob Evans
Thursday 1st June – Baha, Rye, VIC
Friday 2nd June – The Croxton Front Bar, Melbourne, VIC

BRISFOPO
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th May – Brisbane, QLD

Broads
Saturday 27th May – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th May – Hardy’s Bay Club, Central Coast, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 26th May – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th May – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th May – Heritage Hotel,Bulli, NSW
Thursday 1st June – Canberra Southern Cross Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 2nd June – Launceston Country Club, Launceston, TAS

Busk for a Cure
Saturday 27th May – Newtown, Sydney, NSW

Cash Savage & The Last Drinks
Friday 26th May – Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

Craig Woodward
Sunday 28th May – Bluebonnet Barbecue, Melbourne, VIC

Daniel Champagne
Saturday 27th May – Baby Black Espresso Bar, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Sunday 28th May – Bayview Country Art Club, Bittern, VIC
Tuesday 30th May – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 1st June – Unwined Cellar Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 2nd June – Saints & Sailors, Portarlington, VIC

Darcy Fox
Sunday 28th May – Fitzroy Beer Garden, Melbourne, VIC

Devil on the Rooftop & Opal Ocean
Sunday 28th May – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Elwood Myre w/ CLEWS, Kay Proudlove
Wednesday 31st May – RAD, Wollongong, NSW

Emilee South & Swamp Fat Jangles
Saturday 27th May – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Enda Kenny & Dave O’Neill w/ Glenys Eddy
Saturday 27th May – Loaded Dog Folk Club, Sydney, NSW

Fleet Foxes
Friday 26th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 29th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Fleurieu Folk Festival Winter Warmup feat. Eric Bogle, Pete Titchener, Soursob Bob, Courtney Robb Music, Astráil​
Sunday 28th May – Port Noarlunga Bowling Club, Port Noarlunga, SA

FolkSwagon w/ Liam Gale, Mama Schultz, St Joan
Wednesday 31st May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Georgia State Line
Sunday 28th May – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Georgia Fields w/ Jessie L. Warren
Friday 26th May – Some Velvet Moment, Melbourne, VIC

Helen Shanahan
Thursday 1st June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Drey Rollan Acoustic Blues
Sunday 28th May – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Jane Cameron & the Crazy Carnival
Friday 26th May – Oscar’s Alehouse, Melbourne, VIC

Jeff Lang
Friday 26th May – Bowral Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th May – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th May – Thirroul Village Hall, Thirroul, NSW

Jen Mize
Sunday 28th May – Mt Coot-tha Songwriters Festival, Brisbane, QLD

John Flanagan Trio
Wednesday 31st May – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 1st June – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd June – Courthouse Cultural Centre, Auburn, SA

Julia Jacklin
Sunday 28th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 26th May – The Shared, Yandina, QLD
Sunday 28th May – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 2nd June – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Kevin Crawford, Colin Farrell & Patrick Doocey
Saturday 27th May – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 28th May – The Fifth Province, St Kilda, VIC

Kirsty Bromley
Saturday 27th May – House Concert, Healseville, VIC

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes and The Weeping Willows
Saturday 27th May – Bunbury Good Nights, Bunbury, WA

Leah Senior
Friday 26th May – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

Les Thomas and Bill Jackson
Friday 2nd June – Kingsbury Bowls Club, Melbourne, VIC

Lisa Caruso and Donna Amini
Thursday 1st June – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Lisa Hannigan
Friday 26th May – Angelsea Memorial Hall, Angelsea, VIC
Saturday 27th May – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 30th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Liz Frencham and Claire Patti
Sunday 28th May – Uniting Church in Australia Rosanna, Melbourne, VIC

Mandy Connell w/ Ruth Hazleton & Luke Pumb
Sunday 28th May – Tago Mago, Melbourne, VIC

Mary Coughlan
Wednesday 31st May – Jack Duggan’s Irish Pub, Bathurst, NSW
Thursday 1st June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd June – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW

M.E. Baird
Saturday 27th May – Tintenbar Hall, Tintenbar, NSW

Mick Thomas
Friday 26th May – Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 27th May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 28th May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 31st May – Methodist Church, Adelong, NSW
Thursday 1st June – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 1st June – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 2nd June – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Mt Coot-tha Songwriters Festival
Sunday 28th May – Brisbane, QLD

Music on The Hill feat. Liz Stringer, Liam Gerner
Friday 2nd June – Red Hill Pavillion, Red Hill, VIC

Nigel Wearne
Saturday 27th May – House Concert, Freshwater Creek, VIC
Sunday 28th May – Rezza House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Papa Pilko And The Binrats
Saturday 27th May – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 26th May – The Croxton, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th May – Big Pineapple Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Quinton Trembath
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th May – BRISFOPO, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 1st June – House Concert, Lismore, NSW

Radical Face
Friday 26th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th May – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 31st May – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 1st June – Badlands, Perth, WA

Raised By Eagles
Saturday 27th May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 28th May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd June – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Rough River
Sunday 28th May – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Ryan Adams
Friday 26th May – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th May – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW

Sally & George
Wednesday 31st May – Triffid Roots, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 1st June – Tree House, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 2nd June – No. 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Wednesday 31st May – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Simpson Espie Ferrier Waters
Sunday 28th May – Cherry Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Small Town Romance & The Bakersfield Glee Club
Saturday 27th May – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Sun Kil Moon
Tuesday 30th May – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 31st May – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 1st June – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Taasha Coates
Saturday 27th May – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 1st June – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd June – Kingston Town Hall, Moorabbin, VIC

The April Family
Saturday 27th May – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 28th May – Panton Hill Hotel, Panton Hill, VIC

The Bushwackers: Giant Family Bush Dance
Saturday 27th May – Addison Rd Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Button Collective
Saturday 27th May – Folk til ya Punk “Brisfopo”, Common House, Brisbane, QLD

The Mae Trio
Sunday 28th May – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

The McClymonts
Saturday 27th May – Ord Valley Muster, Kununurra, WA
Friday 2nd June – Commercial Club, Albury, NSW

The Round Up feat. Sara Tindley and John Flanagan
Wednesday 31st May – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Moxam & Liz Stringer
Saturday 27th May – The Good Cartel, Broome WA

Tim Solly
Friday 26th May – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW
Saturday 27th May – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 28th May – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD

Tom West, Domini Forster & Jon the Obscure
Sunday 28th May – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Vanishing Shapes
Saturday 27th May – Foghorn Brewhouse, Newcastle, NSW

Whoa Mule w/ Su Morley & George Woods
Friday 26th May – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW

William Crighton
Saturday 27th May – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW

Yirrmal
Saturday 27th May – Garrmalang Festival, Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

Friday Folk Flashback

“Mad Tom of Bedlam” – Stray Hens

Watch the New Nick Mulvey Video “Unconditional”

Nick Mulvey
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The amazing English indie-folk singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey has just released his highly anticipated new single and video “Unconditional”. The track is Mulvey’s first since his incredible debut album First Mind and is the first taster for an as yet unnamed new album due later this year.

Check out “Unconditional” below:

Gareth Hugh Evans’ Top 25 Tracks of 2014

2014

Ok we promise one more list and then we’re done. For the second year in a row our illustrious editor-in-chief Gareth Hugh Evans has picked his top 25 tracks from the entirety of 2014.

Most of these tracks were singles although some are just taken from albums released this year and others are previews of releases due next year. But if this list proves anything folk music is a wide and varied genre that is going from strength to strength. We hope you enjoy – let’s do it all again next year!

1. Passenger – “Heart’s On Fire”
“Heart’s On Fire” has been my favourite Passenger track live for many years so it’s fantastic to see it finally “officially” released. I’ve seen this song silence a sold out, 1,000 capacity crowd at the HiFi in Sydney and it sent chills down my spine. I love the simplicity of this song, the way the fiddle dances over the finger-picked guitar, the rousing harmonies in the chorus, the subltle strings and mandolin – it all comes together to create something magical.
Watch an early video of “Heart’s On Fire” here

2. Nick Mulvey – “Meet Me There”
To be honest I could have picked any of the tracks from Nick Mulvey’s album First Mind for this list so picking just one (to give tracks from other artists a chance) was agonising. I chose “Meet Me There” because I think it showcases Mulvey’s unique guitar style as well as the gorgeous production that’s all over First Mind. I’m so sour I missed Nick Mulvey when he was in the country earlier this year and just hope he’ll be back soon.
Learn to play all of the songs from First Mind here

3. Bellowhead – “Jack Lintel’s Jig”
First of all this is not a jig, it’s a hornpipe. Secondly it’s not commonly known as “Jack Lintel’s…” – most people probably know it as “Cam Ye O’er Frae France”. But when you listen to the way Bellowhead have constructed this track as a round that builds and builds on the hornpipe’s three parts before abruptly halting leaving the rhythmic fiddle hanging in the air you can forgive all this. It makes me wish Bellowhead did more instrumentals.
Watch Bellowhead take you through their album Revival track by track

4. James Vincent McMorrow – “Gold”
I saw James Vincent McMorrow at the Sydney Opera House earlier this year and it was one of the most spellbinding performances I’ve seen in years. “Gold” is a highlight from his album Post Tropical showcasing his rich falsetto, punctuated by harps and horns and backing vocals. Is this folk? Probably not in the strictest sense but it’s a definite evolution of James Vincent McMorrow’s sound from his earlier incarnation as an acoustic singer-songwriter.
Watch James Vincent McMorrow’s latest video “Look Out” here

5. Oh Pep! – “Rest Assured”
There’s something insanely catchy about the syncopated melody of this mandolin driven folk-pop song. It’s just so listenable and is definitely one of my favourite songs to see them perform live. The clip for “Rest Assured” is a little surreal but there’s something I like about it – it has a quirky appeal.
Read our interview with Pepi Emmerichs from Oh Pep! here

6. Pepa Knight – “Rahh!”
I love the fact that Pepa Knight’s solo effort feels like he’s taken all the world music influences of his band Jinja Safari, thrown them into a big pot, distilled them into something pure and then produced what is one of the most unique releases in 2014. “Rahh!” packs such a musical punch and is the perfect addition to any mixtape or playlist to make your listener sit up and take notice.
Find out more about Pepa Knight’s EP Hypnotized here

7. Husky – “I’m Not Coming Back”
“I’m Not Coming Back” announced Husky’s triumphant return to our eardrums and heralded the coming of their amazing new album Ruckers Hill. This track is classic Husky, all interwoven harmonies and intricate melodies. I especially love the bridge, which has almost a call-and-reply gospel feel to it. Superb.
Find out more about Husky’s new album here

8. Patrick James – “Message”
“Message” continues Patrick James’ winning streak as far as I’m concerned. James consitently writes some of the best indie-folk tunes in Australia and with astounding frequency as well. The clip for “Message” is one of my favourites of the year as well.
Find out more about Patrick James’ EP Broken Lines here

9. Gregory Alan Isakov – “Amsterdam”
The Weatherman was one of my favourite albums of 2013, and “Amsterdam” is one of my favourite tracks on the album, having been released as a single this year. I love the lo-fi sound of this track – the whole thing feels like it was recorded in an echo chamber which gives the song a real ethereal feel.
There’s more information on the animated video for Amsterdam here

10. Dan and Amy – “Pretend”
This song transports me back to the sounds of the 60s and 70s English folk revival with its medieval melodies and liberal use of woodwind. Again, the bridge of this track is what makes it with Dan’s gregorian vocals and strange time signatures driving the song forward.
Find out more about Dan and Amy’s EP Sometimes Life here

11. Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys – “A Hymn to the Wolves”
I’ve said it before but I love what Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys are doing with for contemporary folk music in the UK. Songs like “A Hymn to the Wolves” are just stunning – taking the tradition well and truly into the twenty-first century on the backs of guitar, fiddle and their stunning voices.
Listen to more tracks from Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys’ new album Any Other Morning here.

12. Missy Higgins – “Shark Fin Blues”
It was Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens who first introduced me to “Shark Fin Blues” (check out their version here) and I immediately fell in love. However when I hunted out the original version from The Drones I have to admit I wasn’t too impressed – unlike a lot of music lovers I just can’t get into Gareth Liddiard’s distinctive voice. This didn’t diminish the song however and as Missy Higgins’s version proves it is one of best Australian songs ever written.
Find out more about Missy Higgins’ covers album and book OZ here.

13. Bear’s Den – “Above The Clouds Of Pompeii”
The new Bear’s Den album Islands really stretches the UK trio, seeing them move beyond the indie-folk of their earlier EPs. But it’s the indie-folk sounds that I love about Bear’s Den so I’m glad there’s a couple of gems like “Above The Clouds Of Pompeii” on Islands – this is the band at its best.
Read our interview with Kev Jones from Bear’s Den here

14. Jordan Millar – “If Only…”
Every time I play “If Only…” on loud speakers anyone who is within earshot immediately looks up from whatever they’re doing and enquires who is singing. It goes to show just how catchy Jordan Millar’s single is. This is probably my favourite Jordan Millar song to date, and it can be picked up for nothing as part of the free EP The Wheel.
Stream and download The Wheel EP online here.

15. Lisa Mitchell – “Wah Ha”
“Wah Ha” is Lisa Mitchell’s return to acoustic, folk-inspired pop music and I love it. The track seems to take its cue from 70’s Burt Bacharach tracks in its writing, arrangement and production. I really hope that Lisa Mitchell has a lot more tracks like this in her because it’s this kind of music that I love hearing her produce.
The full dates for Lisa Mitchell’s 2015 acoustic tour are here.

16. Kim Churchill – “Window to the Sky”
Ah, the song that brought Kim Churchill to a wider audience. I’ve been a fan of Churchill’s since Timber and Steel contributor KT Bell first badgered me to listen to his music a number of years ago but honestly I think “Window to the Sky” is his catchiest track yet and deserves all the attention it’s been getting. The track sits somewhere between the roots of the John Butler Trio and Xavier Rudd and the indie-folk of Matt Corby and Boy and Bear and will definitely get stuck in your head when you press play.
Check out the full dates for Kim Churchill’s 2015 tour here

17. Kasey Chambers – “Wheelbarrow”
My favourite albums from Kasey Chambers’ back catalogue are those she recorded with then husband Shane Nicholson, Rattlin’ Bones and Wreck & Ruin. I feel like “Wheelbarrow” takes a lot of their rootsy Americana elements and layers them with some of the crunchiest guitar I’ve ever heard on a country track. Kasey Chambers has never been a conventional country songwriter but with tracks like “Wheelbarrow” she’s challenging all expectations and is producing some of her best music to date in the process.
Listen to Kasey Chamber’s duet with Bernard Fanning, “Bittersweet”, here.

18. The New Basement Tapes – “Spanish Mary”
What happens when you take the “forgotten” lyrics of 1967’s Bob Dylan and give them to a supergroup made up of Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons) plus super producer T Bone Burnett to put to music? Pure magic. This is by far and away my favourite track on the album from The New Basement Tapes – part old timey picker (courtesy of Rhiannon Giddens’ beautiful vocals), part psychedelic romp, the track feels as much 1867 as it does 1967 or even 2014. Love it!
Check out full details of The New Basement Tapes project here.

19. First Aid Kit – “My Silver Lining”
“My Silver Lining” transports you back to the 70s, invoking early Neil Young mixed with a heavy doses of Emmylou Harris. The lush strings and reverb heavy melodies wouldn’t be out of place in a Western movie and I love the way First Aid Kit pace their lyrics throughout the track – at some points they manage to fit more words than should be possible into a phrase, at other points they drag a single word out over an entire melody. It’s amazing that some of the best Americana in the world is coming out of Sweden.
Check out the full 2015 Australian tour dates for First Aid Kit here.

20. Jack Carty – “What Am I Gonna Do With All Of My Love Now?”
You’d be hard pressed to find a Timber and Steel “Best of” list without some mention of Jack Carty. And there’s a reason or that – Carty is the master of the story song and Timber and Steel loves a story song. “What Am I Gonna Do With All Of My Love Now?” is just one of the many gems on the new album Esk and only really pipped songs like “Be Like The Water”, “The Universe” and “The Joneses” at the post because of the Lord of the Rings reference.
Listen to Jack Carty’s duet with Katie Noonan, “The Universe”, here

21. All Our Exes Live in Texas – “Tell Me”
“Tell Me” is what happens when four of Sydney’s best songwriters – Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney – get together and write a folk song. The track is insanely catchy and makes the most of All Our Exes Live in Texas’ stunning four part harmonies. If “Tell Me” is a taste of what we can expect from All Our Exes Live in Texas in 2015 then I’m very excited.
Read our interview with All Our Exes Live in Texas here.

22. The Staves – “Blood I Bled”
I’d argue that “Blood I Bled” is The Staves’ most traditional-folk inspired track to date. The melody sounds like it could have been written 100 years ago. And the production is exquisite – which it should be considering it was brought to life by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. I love the way this song builds from a picked ukulele to driving horns, all the while never overpowering the vocal harmonies. I’m so excited about the releae of If I Was next year.
Find out more about the new album from The Staves If I Was here.

23. Ruby Boots – “Oh, Lover”
When Ruby Boots asked Timber and Steel to debut the video for “Oh, Lover” I was overcome by just how good the track was. I love Ruby Boots’ music live but “Oh, Lover” is just on another level – the unconventional verse structure, the Spanish inspires rhythm section, the surf-guitar riff. The video is wonderfully surreal as well with Ruby Boots floating on a bed through a flooded forest. You’ll want to listen to this song over and over again.
Stream Ruby Boots’ self titled EP here.

24. Stu Larsen – “San Francisco”
“San Francisco” is what pop music should be. A simple melody. A story told through verse. Stu Larsen (with Mike Rosenberg, AKA Passenger, and Chris Vallejo on production duties) has produced a little bit of magic with this track. There’s something effortlessly classic about the song from beginning to end and it’s the perfect accompaniment to long drives on hot summer days.
Watch Stu Larsen’s latest video “King Street” here.

25. Vena Portae – “Flames & Fury”
This is probably the newest song on the list, having only been released in the last few weeks, but when I heard it I couldn’t stop playing it over and over again. I guess it’s kind of country music. It’s kind of folk. It’s kind of pop. But whatever it is it’s super catchy and Emily Barker’s voice is in fine form. Listen to this song twice straight through and I can guarantee by the third time you’ll be singing along.
Read our interview with Vena Portae’s Emily Barker here.

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