Review: Falls Festival Downtown 2020

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Photos by Stuart Bucknell Photography

For years, the Timber and Steel team have headed to the Falls Festival – hallowed ground for the annual New Years Eve Revelry. We’ve been to Lorne, Marion Bay and Byron. Ever since the festival branched out and added a fourth show to the tour, the team have been keen to head to Fremantle, WA to check out the latest iteration.

Falls Downtown is a whole other world from the East Coast festivals – the theme and look is the same but the vibe is different, unique to it’s location and style. Paired down to a two-day festival, set at an oval in the midst of a tourist town, it felt like a relaxed Big Day Out or summer stadium festival, with the enthusiasm and energy of a dance party.

Since it was not a camping event, patrons were more able to fully express themselves and their festival style. People would pop back to their accommodation between sets, or take some downtime when the schedule allowed, or nip back to make that all important costume change from day festival, to night fabulous. We can only imagine the crazy sunburn lines people were sporting after some revealing and eye catching outfits sparkled through the oval.

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We kicked off the weekend with the stylings of local Jack Davies and the Bush Chooks (and a local tip, turns out ‘Bush Chook’ is the nickname for the local brew, Emu Export). It’s always tough to be one of the first acts to open at a festival, but Jack and crew had their fans in tow and a growing crowd lifting their already excellent set. Kicking off with a ballad steeped in folky know how, a great meld of acoustic guitar and violin with a lash of electric to straddle the genre threshold. Their set rambled through a perfect collection of larrikin lyrical, slyly local, Australiana laced, satirically soaked tunes working through a range of styles and tempos. Who knew that the very first act of the festival would stand out as one of our favourites of the whole festival? We won’t be surprised if we see Jack Davies on larger folkier festival lines ups in the very near future.

We caught Vera Blue opening her set with haunting lyrically driven tones, melding acoustic prowess into poppy beats, carrying the crowd on an emphatic journey. As far as festival line ups go, Blue clearly attracted crowd to arrive in time for her set, and programmatically her performance was a perfect bridge from Baker Boy‘s hip-hop energy to John Farnham’s nostalgia, while recognising a powerhouse talent in her own right.

John Farnham-7John Farnham, what can we say? He does still have it, and we were delightfully surprised at just how many people of all ages not only knew, but sang along emphatically to his epic back catalogue that both transported us back in time, but was also poignant and timely for the current political climate. Favourites abound, Age of Reason, Chain Reaction, Touch of Paradise, Two Strong Hearts, Sadie the Cleaning Lady, That’s Freedom all rolled across the stadium to collective delight. A fantastic line up of backing singers made for glorious harmonies, and Farnham’s fine voice and high spirits showcased his huge personality. And of course, You’re The Voice was THE anthem of the stadium, sung wholeheartedly, in unison. A defining moment of Falls Downtown.

Milky Chance delivered a moody and emotive set with a deep rhythm that had the power to move your body from within. Earthy xylophone melded with a solid beat, and sheer joy. They delivered the perfect set for a summer evening, punctuated with their own panache. Any act that can use a harmonica as a rhythmic sound deserves to have the crowds dancing and singing along word for word.

Of Monsters and Men had the crowd singing and dancing along instantly, with favourite hooks and big faves ringing out across a rambunctious crowd. Followed closely by Lime Cordiale whose brassy and bold musical statements had us all hooked, lapping up their infectious vibes that had an air of The Cat Empire, and delivered a whole lot of fun.

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Parcels was fun to catch with harmonised, mysterious opening to their set, that gave way to an 80s pop vibes, laden with funk and escalating their synched harmonies. Vocally moving into a higher register, a comforting melody emerged that was easy to lose yourself within.

Sunday’s line up was as exciting as the Saturday, and the festival’s adaptability was on show as the venue layout had been tweaked overnight, providing a better experience for punters, relieving a key bottleneck and allowing better flow for excited crowds to move between stages.

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The final day of the Falls Tour cruised in to hearts and minds thank to The Japanese House. Their smooth harmonies and soaring synth delivered a cruisey pop melody to get everyone in the right mood.

We know him from his duo outfit with his sister, but Angus Stone’s Dope Lemon was a highlight for the team where musically we’ve reached new terrain – not folk, not country, not blues, and not pop, but a soothing balm of them all in just the right blend lingering on a sunny afternoon over an eager crowd. A modern day Woodstock vibe ensued.

Hitting our stride with a definite theme for the day – relaxed and chilled – #1 Dads didn’t fail to deliver with strummy chilled goodness, reminiscent of an evening on the beach with a hint of Beach Boys. The indie vibes were strong and the crowd was committed to enjoy every ‘holiday-like’ moment of the set. A mix of old favourites, and new tunes to test, it was a set not to be missed.

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Golden boy Lewis Capaldi did not disappoint the crowds who gathered with a glint in their eye and the intent for fun. He opened with raucous energy that wowed the crowds, yet managed to tame the wildness and calm the beasts within by moving in to sentimental ballads. A masterful performer, he had the growing audience in the palm of his hand, tantalising and thrilling them with with popular hit after hit, maintaining his stoic charm throughout.

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Joining the Falls line up only for the Downtown leg was Matt Corby. We’ve seen him in action many times but Falls seems to be a place of calm joy as his relaxed and confident manner held the crowds transfixed. Pulling glimpses of gospel and flashes of falsetto, his meld of music and stories wound through the audience, drawing them closer and holding them up together until his hits had them enraptured with delight.

We rounded out our Falls with solid festival favourite, Thelma Plum. Her high energy set was packed full of hits laced with her genuine charm and shining with Aussie pride. She delighted throughout her performance, caught off guard when a song ended in spite of being so whisked away with it that she didn’t want to stop. A delectable cover of The Captain felt like Chambers herself could have stepped on to stage to join them, lapping up Plum’s edgy emphatic delivery. Plum’s hits rang out across the oval as the temperatures dropped, the stars came out and the Falls Festival concluded for another year.

Check out our whole gallery of photos by Stuart Bucknell Photography on our Facebook page.

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Watch the New Of Monsters and Men Video “Wolves Without Teeth”

Of Monters and Men
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Icelandic nu-folkers Of Monsters and Men will be back in Australia this April and to keep you excited until then they’ve just released their new video “Wolves Without Teeth”. The track is taken from their latest album Beneath The Skin – check out the video below:

The full list of upcoming Australian tour dates from Of Monsters and Men are as follows:

Thursday 28th April – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 1st May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 4th May – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Finders Keepers Markets Sydney announced their lineup for this weekend including Ollie Brown, Katie Brianna, Luke Escombe, Catgut, Maia Jelavic, Taryn La Fauci, Lisa Caruso, The Maple Trail and many more. Details here

Jinja Safari released their new single “Kilimanjaro”. Details here

– UK artist King Charles released his new video “Gamble for a Rose”. Details here

Calexico have announced sideshows when they’re in Australia for WOMADelaide. Details here

The John Butler Trio announced dates for WA in January. Details here

– Alt-country favourite Fanny Lumsden has announced a bunch of Tamworth Country Music Festival shows. Details here

-Icelandic nu-folkers Of Monsters and Men are returning to our shores in 2016. Details here

Aoife O’Donovan released her fuzzy new single “The King of All Birds”. Details here

Emmy The Great has given us the first taste of her upcoming album Second Love. Details here

– Australian Americana singer Henry Wagons released the first taster of his upcoming solo album. Details here

Interviews

“We set out to play traditional music but put a modern spin on it. We’ve always loved listening to trad music and it started to feel like a lot of people out there would like it too if they had access to it. Maybe some of these new ideas would make it more accessible to some people. We just had a lot of new tunes on the go and decided why not make a full album” – Jake Charron from The East Pointers chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Factory Girl
Factory GirlRhiannon Giddens
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Little Stevies
Useful Songs For Little PeopleTeeny Tiny Stevies (The Little Stevies)
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TinPan Orange

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TinPan Orange will be officially launching their new single “Your Not There” at The Melbourne Folk Club this Sunday.

Sunday 13th December – Melbourne Folk Club, Bakehouse Studios, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

A Day on the Green feat. Paul Kelly Presents: The Merri Soul Sessions, Lucinda Williams, Kasey Chambers and Marlon Williams
Saturday 12th December – Peter Lehmann Wines, Barossa Valley, SA
Sunday 13th December – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA

Archie Roach
Friday 11th December – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Friday 18th December – The Majestic Theatre, Pomona, QLD

Be’Loved feat. Direwolf, Colin Jones, The Campervan Dancers, Liam Gale & the Ponytails
Friday 18th December – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Kentucky Fried Picken’
Wednesday 16th December – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Bunker Bluegrass feat. Dear Orphans, The Southern Gentleman, Burnt Creek Deviation Bluegrass Band, Stillhouse Union
Thursday 17th December – The Bunker, Sydney, NSW

Chaika with Pickpockets & Rascals Orchestra and Lucy Wise Trio
Friday 11th December – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Dana Hassall
Sunday 13th December – Christmas Wonderland of Lights, Toowoomba, QLD

Darren Hanlon
Friday 11th December – TBD, Nannup, WA
Saturday 12th December – Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 16th December – Ararat Hotel Red Room, Ararat, VIC
Friday 18th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

End of Year Folk Bash feat. Darlo After Dark, Southern Cross Trawlers, Men With Day Jobs, Black Joak Morris, Kate Maclurcan, Grace Chiundiza, Cap in Hand
Sunday 13th December – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Saturday 12th December – Harvest Cut out Party Downside Hall, Downside, NSW

Father John Misty
Saturday 12th December – Meredith Music Festival, VIC

Festival of Small Halls feat. Irish Mythen, Starboard Cannons
Friday 11th December – CCSA Hall, Caloundra, QLD
Saturday 12th December – Degilbo Hall, Degilbo, QLD
Sunday 13th December – Woodford Hall, Woodford, QLD
Thursday 17th December – Sandgate Hall, Sandgate, QLD
Friday 18th December – Goomeri Hall of Memory, Goomeri, QLD

Finders Keepers Market feat. Ollie Brown, Katie Brianna, Luke Escombe, Catgut, Maia Jelavic, Taryn La Fauci, Lisa Caruso, The Maple Trail
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th December – Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

Foy Vance
Wednesday 16th December – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th December – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Fraser A. Gorman
Thursday 17th December – GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th December – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Home Sweet Home feat. Caitlin Harnett, Andrew Phelan
Friday 11th December – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Jim Lawrie
Friday 18th December – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Lucinda Williams
Saturday 12th December – A Day on the Green, Peter Lehmann Wines, Barossa Valley, SA
Sunday 13th December – A Day on the Green Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA

Marlon Williams and The Yarra Benders w/ Ben Salter
Friday 11th December – The Substation, Newport, VIC
Saturday 12th December – A Day on the Green, Peter Lehmann Wines, Barossa Valley, SA
Sunday 13th December – A Day on the Green Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA

Meredith Music Festival
Saturday 12th December – Meredith, VIC

The Gaelic Club Christmas Party feat. Bears With Guns
Friday 18th December – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

The Morrisons
Friday 11th December – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 12th December – No.5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 17th December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

The Stray Hens
Saturday 12th December – Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

TinPan Orange
Sunday 13th December – Melbourne Folk Club, Bakehouse Studios, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Eleanor Rigby” – De Dannan

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a contemporary song transformed into a trad tune as deftly as this.

Of Monsters and Men Announce 2016 Tour

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It looks like Icelandic nu-folk sensations Of Monsters and Men can’t get enough of us. Having only just visited Australia this year for Splendour in the Grass, Of Monsters and Men have announced that they’ll be returning to our shores for an East Coast tour in April and May.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 28th April – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 1st May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 4th May – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Watch the New Of Monsters and Men Video “Empire”

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Did you manage to catch Of Monsters and Men when they were in the country for Splendour in the Grass last month? The Icelandic indie-folk five piece were touring their brand new album My Head Is An Animal from which they’ve just released their new single and video “Empire”.

Check it out below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th April

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Morrisons will be heading to The Vanguard in Sydney for a series of O Brother Where Art Thou? tribute shows featuring Brian Campeau, Lucky Luke, Georgia Mooney, Hannah Crofts, Katie Wighton, Luke Escombe and more. Details here

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell have announced their new album The Traveling Kind ahead of their Australian tour. Details here

– Melbourne country-rock four-piece Raised By Eagles released their new album this week and gave us a taste with a stream of two of the tracks. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk band Yetis have called it a day releasing a final video for their track “Luckiest Guy Alive”. Details here

Sam Amidon released his new video “Blue Mountains”. Details here

– To celebrate the release of his new album Whispers II Passenger has released a short film. Details here

– Adelaide band Oliver’s Army released their stunning new video “Liquor Store”. Details here

The Milk Carton Kids finally revealed their Australian tour dates. Details here

– And The Milk Carton Kids also revealed a new track “The Secrets of the Stars”. Details here

Mumford & Sons will celebrate the release of their new album in Australia with a Sydney pop up bar, and they’ve also started streaming a live version of the track “Snake Eyes”. Details here

– Sydney Americana artist James Thomson announced details of his new album Cold Moon. Details here

Dan Parsons released the video for his new track “I’ll Live and I’ll Die”. Details here

Ryan Adams announced Splendour sideshows with Jenny Lewis. Details here

Of Monsters and Men also announced Splendour sideshows. Details here

Releases This Week

Great Lake Swimmers
A Forest of ArmsGreat Lake Swimmers
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Marlon Williams
Marlon WilliamsMarlon Williams
iTunes

Passenger
Whispers IIPassenger
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Raised By Eagles
Diamonds in the BloodstreamRaised By Eagles
iTunes

Ruby Boots
SolitudeRuby Boots
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These Machines Cut Razor Wire feat. Jeff Lang Band, Kavisha Mazzelia, Les Thomas Band, Little Foot

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Watching some of the best in folk music while raising money for a good cause? Yes please! These Machines Cut Razor Wire will be holding it’s fifth annual event to raise money for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre with performances from Jeff Lang Band, Kavisha Mazzelia, Les Thomas Band and Little Foot

Sunday 26th April – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Alex Edwards
Friday 24th April – Tall Poppy Studios, Brisbane, QLD

Australian Celtic Festival
Thursday 30th April to Sunday 3rd May – Glen Innes, NSW

Betty & Oswald
Saturday 25th April – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD
Sunday 26th April – The Milk Factory, Brisbane QLD

Brad Butcher
Friday 24th April – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW
Saturday 25th April – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Buffalo Nickel
Wednesday 29th April – Yinnar Pub, Gippsland, VIC
Thursday 30th April – House Concert, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd May – Karuah Bluegrass Music Festival, Karuah, NSW

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 24th April – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Saturday 25th April – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Sunday 26th April – The Workers Club, Fitzroy, VIC

Elwood Myre
Saturday 25th April – Private Event, Kangaroo Valley, NSW
Sunday 26th April – Rad, Wollongong, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – Mt Beauty Music Festival, Mt Beauty, VIC

Laura Jean and Aldous Harding
Saturday 25th April – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Liam Gale & the Ponytails
Friday 24th April – Pacific Hotel, Yamba, NSW
Sunday 26th April – Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 30th April – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Mt Beauty Music Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – Mt Beauty, VIC

Ruby Boots, Fanny Lumsden, Cookie Baker, Amber Rae Slade
Saturday 25th April – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

St Albans Folk Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April – St Albans, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 24th April – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 25th April – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 30th April – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 1st May – Kidgeeridge Music Festival, Lake Conjola, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 1st May – Lithgow Workies, Lithgow, NSW

The String Contingent
Monday 27th April – Yackandandah House Concert, Yackandandah, VIC
Wednesday 29th April – Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 30th April – Temora Town Hall Theatre, Temora, NSW
Friday 1st May – Mechanics Institute Hall, Moruya, NSW

These Machines Cut Razor Wire feat. Jeff Lang, Les Thomas, Kavisha Mazzelia and Little Foot
Sunday 26th April – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Wintermoon Festival
Thursday 30th April to Sunday 3rd May – Cameron’s Pocket, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Lark In The Clear Air/Olam Punch” – The Chieftains with Punch Brothers

I’ve been trying to learn the stunning waltz “The Lark In The Clear Air” this week after hearing it on a podcast. I thought I’d share this stunning version from The Chieftains amazing T Bone Burnett produced album Voice of Ages.

Of Monsters and Men Announce Splendour Sideshows

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The other folk-friendly act to announce Splendour in the Grass sideshows are Icelandic indie-folk five piece Of Monsters and Men . As usual the band have only announced Sydney and Melbourne shows – check out the full list of dates below:

Tuesday 21st July – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd July – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July – Splendour in the Grass, NSW

A Folky Guide to the Splendour in the Grass 2015 Lineup

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The Splendour in the Grass lineup was announced this morning and as usual we’ve taken to it with a fine tooth comb to pick out the best of indie-folk, acoustic and roots based music. If you’re a Timber and Steel reader and fan and you’re planning on heading to Splendour make sure you keep an eye out for the following:

  • Of Monsters & Men – With a new album dropping in June the Icelandic nu-folkers have a lot to live up to following the success of 2011’s My Head Is An Animal. But we reckon they’re up for the challenge
  • Ryan Adams – Rumour is that Ryan Adams (above) will be touring this year with his full band in tow. I know there’s already a lot of chatter about when and where his sideshows will be – we’ll let you know as soon as we know!
  • Boy & BearBoy & Bear have been pretty quiet on the Australian front of late but that’s all set to change with their return to the Splendour stage
  • Xavier Rudd & The United NationsXavier Rudd’s new project Xavier Rudd & The United Nations launched at Bluesfest this year with a brand new album in tow. We’re hearing very good things about the new lineup so definitely one to catch at Splendour this year.
  • Dustin TebbuttDustin Tebbutt’s star continues to rise and a showing on the Splendour stage is just going to gain this singer-songwriter even more fans.
  • Jenny Lewis – I must admit that I don’t know much about singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis outside of the fact she’s beloved by fans of indie-folk music. Seems like the perfect excuse to check her out.
  • C.W. Stoneking – The retro jungle-blues singer is a favourite at festivals and will be a welcome respite in the midst of all the craziness
  • Art Of Sleeping – The Brisbane band may have stepped away from their indie-folk-rock roots of late but they still put on one hell of a show.

Splendour in the Grass takes place from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July at North Byron Parklands with Tickets going on sale next Thursday 23rd April. Check out the full lineup below:

Blur, Florence + The Machine, Mark Ronson, Of Monsters & Men, The Wombats, Tame Impala, Peking Duk, Ryan Adams, Flight Facilities, Royal Blood, Death Cab For Cutie, Earl Sweatshirt, Boy & Bear, Porter Robinson, The Dandy Warhols, Xavier Rudd & The United Nations, Azealia Banks, The Rubens, Jamie T, Pond, Spiritualized, Alison Wonderland, Thundamentals, Best Coast, Everything Everything, San Cisco, Ms Mr, Jarryd James, Purity Ring, Allday, Carmada, The Grates, The Smith Street Band, Tkay Maidza, Johnny Marr Last Dinosaurs, Megan Washington, The Vaccines, #1 Dads, The Church, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, The King Khan & Bbq Show, Alpine, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Paul Mac, Dustin Tebbutt, Mø, Years And Years, Jenny Lewis, C.W. Stoneking, Seekae, George Maple, Elliphant, Client Liason, Palma Violets, Safia, Hayden James, Dune Rats, Wolf Alice, Meg Mac, Cosmo’s Midnight, Marmozets, Oh Mercy, Mansionair, The Districts, Shlohmo, Elizabeth Rose, The Delta Riggs, Circa Waves, Nancy Whang, Eves The Behavior, Urban Cone, Art Of Sleeping, Japanese Wallpaper, Gengahr, Bad//Dreems, Ecca Vandal, Holy Holy, Vallis Alps, Uv Boi, The Babe Rainbow, Harts, Generik, Young Franco, Mickey Kojack, Gl, Benson, Harvey Sutherland, Total Giovanni Djs, Dugong Jr, I’lls, Akouo, Noise In My Head, Triple J Unearthed Winners, Joyride, Post Percy, Ara Koufax, Cc:Disco!, Adi Toohey, Set Mo, Edd Fisher

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th March

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Staves revealed three new tracks from their forthcoming record via live videos. Details here

– American singer-songwriter Pieta Brown released her new video “Flowers of Love” featuring Justin Vernon on backing vocals. Details here

Mumford and Sons released their new video “Believe” and I provided my thoughts. Details here

Owen Pallett has been in Australia this week. Details here

Pepa Knight just released his new video “Coyote Choir”. Details here

– Sydney pickers The Morrisons will be taking on the bluegrass albums of Paul Kelly in a very special show. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Fraser A. Gorman released his new video “Broken Hands”. Details here

– The latest single from The Pigs is a bluegrass version of the Powderfinger classic “My Happiness”. Details here

Sufjan Stevens released his new track “Should Have Known Better”. Details here

– And while we’re on Sufjan Stevens, he’s been announced for this year’s Vivid Live. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk duo Winterbourne released the video for their single “Steady My Bones”. Details here

– Singer-songwriters Laura Jean and Aldous Harding have announced joint tour dates this April. Details here

Laura Marling revealed another new track, “Strange”. Details here

– UK trad group Sam Lee & Friends released their new video “Blackbird”. Details here

– Iceland’s Of Monsters and Men have announced plans to release a new album this June. Details here

Ben Howard has rescheduled this month’s Australian tour dates until May and June. Details here

– The new Mark Knopfler album Tracker is out today and we have the video for the first single “Beryl”. Details here

– Blue Mountains band Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars kick off their EP launch tour at Bluesfest. Details here

Releases This Week

Declaration
DeclarationKate Burke & Ruth Hazelton
Bandcamp

Tracker
TrackerMark Knopfler
iTunes

The Staves
If I WasThe Staves
iTunes

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Sun Kil Moon

Sun Kil Moon

Sun Kil Moon hit Australia this week for a series of highly anticipated shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. The band’s 2014 album Benji was amongst the best last year so you can guarantee these are going to be pretty special shows.

Saturday 21st March – Atheneum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 22nd March – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 23rd March – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 25th March – The Bakery, Perth, WA

Gigs Next Week

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Wednesday 25th March – The Melbourne Folk Club, Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th March – Spiegeltent, Hobart, TAS

Andrew Swift
Friday 20th March – Crown + Anchor, Adelaide, SA

Brad Butcher
Friday 27th March – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Darren Hanlon
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, VIC
Tuesday 24th March – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 25th March – Gallipoli Legions Club, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 26th March – Manning Bar, Sydney, NSW

Davey Craddock
Saturday 21st March – Bunbury Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA

Elwood Myre
Friday 20th March – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st March – Kincumber Hotel, Kincumber, NSW
Sunday 22nd March – The Townie, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 25th March – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Siskin River
Friday 20th March – Girgarre Town Hall, Girgarre, VIC
Saturday 21st March – Moyston Hall, Moyston, VIC
Wednesday 25th March – Adelonia Theatre, Adelong, NSW
Thursday 26th March – Bonegilla Migrant Experience, Bonegilla, VIC

Heartstring Quartet
Saturday 21st March – Deloraine String Festival, Deloraine, TAS
Wednesday 25th March – Nicholas Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Friday 27th March – Southern Folk Club, Adelaide, SA

Jack Carty
Thursday 26th March – Manning Bar, Sydney, NSW

Joel Barker
Saturday 21st March – St Paul’s Church, Bridgetown, WA
Sunday 22nd March – Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany, WA

John Flanagan
Friday 20th March – Illawarra Folk Club, City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 21st March – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW

Jordie Lane
Thursday 26th March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 27th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Josh Rennie-Hynes, Liam Gerner, Caitlin Harnett
Friday 20th March – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 25th March – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Thursday 26th March – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th March – The Jive, Adelaide, SA

Kim Richey
Wednesday 25th March – Melbourne Folk Club, Melbourne, VIC

Lisa Mitchell
Wednesday 25th March – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th March – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Nuala Kennedy
Saturday 21st March – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd March – Kiama Community Hall, Kiama, NSW

Owen Pallett
Saturday 21st March – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Roland Kay-Smith
Friday 20th March – Illawarra Brewery, Wollongong, NSW

Rowena Wise
Thursday 26th March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 27th March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Sam Buckingham
Friday 20th March – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton, SA
Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, VIC

Skyscraper Stan And The Commission Flats
Friday 20th March – The Illawarra Brewery, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 21st March – The Commercial Hotel, Milton, NSW
Sunday 22nd March – Birdhouse Bar, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Friday 27th March – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC

Sun Kil Moon
Saturday 21st March – Atheneum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 22nd March – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 23rd March – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 25th March – The Bakery, Perth, WA

Taryn La Fauci
Friday 27th March – The Bunker Room at Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW

The Bottlers
Friday 20th March – The Corrimal Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 21st March – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Melbourne Folk Club feat. All Our Exes Live in Texas, Kim Richey
Wednesday 25th March – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Morrisons play Paul Kelly
Friday 27th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 27th March – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

Timberwolf
Friday 20th March – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th March – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC

Vance Joy
Friday 20th March – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Saturday 21st March – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 24th March – Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 27th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Winterbourne
Saturday 21st March – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd March – The Lair, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th March – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th March – Rad, Wollongong, NSW

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Saturday 21st March – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd March – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 27th March – HQ Complex, Adelaide. SA

Yackandandah Folk Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd March – Yackandandah, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Irish Boy” – Mark Knopfler

Taken from the the 1984 movie Cal and featuring the talents of Paul Brady (tin whistle, mandolin) and Liam O’Flynn (uillean pipes), “Irish Boy” is among some of Knopfler’s best soundtrack work. A fitting song for a week with St Patrick’s Day and a new Mark Knopfler album.

Of Monsters and Men Announce New Album

Of Monsters And Men
Image Courtesy of Of Monsters and Men

Following on from the massive success of their 2011 album My Head Is An Animal, Icelandic nu-folk group Of Monsters and Men are set to return with the announcement of a brand new record this year. The record is titled Beneath The Skin and is due for release on the 9th June – check out the track listing here:

1. Crystals
2. Human
3. Hunger
4. Wolves Without Teeth
5. Empire
6. Slow Life
7. Organs
8. Black Water
9. Thousand Eyes
10. I Of The Storm
11. We Sink
12. Backyard
13. Winter Sound
14. Black Water (Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear Remix)
15. I Of The Storm (Alex Somers Remix)

The first single from the new Of Monsters and Men album is “Crystals” which has a lyric video you can watch below:

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