Thank Folk It’s Friday – 6th May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Aoife O’Donovan has released the video for her new single “Porch Light”. Details here

– Celebrated singer-songwriter Liz Stringer released her new single “Anyone”. Details here

– New alt-country singer Raechel Whitchurch released her new video “Kerobokan Blues”. Details here

Mumford & Sons will collaborate with The Very Best, Baaba Maal and Beatenberg on a brand new EP Johannesburg. Details here

– NZ singer-songwriter Tiny Ruins released her new single “Dream Wave”. Details here

– English four piece Turin Brakes released their new video “Save You”. Details here

Paul Kelly released videos for his tracks “Sonnet 73” and “My True Love Hath My Heart”. Details here

Blog

“The truth is that Timber and Steel didn’t start life as a blog. The first incarnation of Timber and Steel was a band playing covers of artists that we’d discovered through Laura Marling and the burgeoning UK nu-folk scene” – Editor in Chief Gareth Hugh Evans reflects on Timber and Steel‘s sixth birthday. Read the blog here

Releases This Week

Wayside
Wayside Ballads Vol 2Bill Jackson
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Blair Dunlop
GildedBlair Dunlop
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Imogen
Love & Lovely LiesImogen Clark
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Old Man Luedecke

Old Man

Canadian folk singer and banjo plucker Old Man Luedecke returns to Australia for a series of shows which this week take in Tasmania and New South Wales

Friday 6th May – Mountain Mumma Restaurant, Sheffield, TAS
Saturday 7th May – Brookfield Winery, Margate, TAS
Tuesday 10th May – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 11th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th May – Illawara Folk Club, Bulli, NSW

Gigs Next Week

A Man Walks Into A Bar feat. Sam Newton
Friday 6th May – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 7th May – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW

Andy Golledge w/ Direwolf
Thursday 12th May – Union Hotel, Sydney NSW

Chaika
Thursday 12th May – Sutherland Acoustic, Gymea, NSW
Friday 13th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Claude Hay
Friday 6th May – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 7th May – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 8th May – Towradgi Beach Hotel, Towradgi, NSW
Thursday 12th May – The Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 13th May – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Cornerbrook
Sunday 8th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Davey Craddock
Sunday 8th May – Four5Nine, Perth, WA

FolkSwagon feat. Tate Sheridan, Colin Jones & The Delta Revue
Wednesday 11th May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Henry Wagons
Friday 6th May – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 7th May – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 8th May – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Thursday 12th May – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 13th May – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Callum Wylie
Sunday 8th May – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan
Saturday 7th May – Front Bar and Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 8th May – The Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Friday 13th May – Billyroy’s Blues Bar Bendigo, Bendigo, VIC

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Friday 6th May – TBA, ACT
Saturday 7th May- The Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 8th May- Shady Pines, Sydney, NSW

Little May
Friday 6th May – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 7th May – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 12th May – ANU Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 13th May – Max Watts, Melbourne, VIC

Luke Watt and Nigel Wearne
Sunday 8th May – The Red Hill Hotel, Chewton, VIC

Mark Lucas & the Dead Setters w/ Brielle Davis
Thursday 12th May – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Thursday 12th May – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 13th May – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Melody Pool
Friday 13th May – Shadow Electric, Melbourne, VIC

Miriam Lieberman Trio
Friday 13th May – House Concert, Katoomba, NSW

Mountains Gothic feat. Lime & Steel
Saturday 7th May – Paragon Cafe, Katoomba, NSW

Old Man Luedecke
Friday 6th May – Mountain Mumma Restaurant, Sheffield, TAS
Saturday 7th May – Brookfield Winery, Margate, TAS
Tuesday 10th May – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 11th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th May – Illawara Folk Club, Bulli, NSW

Porch Light Sessions feat. Lucie Thorne, Suzannah Espie, Colin Jones
Thursday 12th May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Sahara Beck
Thursday 12th May – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 13th May – Sooki Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel and John Flanagan
Friday 6th May – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Speakeasy feat. The Squeezebox Trio
Saturday 7th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Tara Carragher
Friday 6th May – The Guildford, Guilford, NSW
Saturday 7th May – The Reverence, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 8th May – Bridge Rd Brewers, Beechworth, VIC
Wednesday 11th May – Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 12th May – East Street Markets, Wollongong, NSW

The Beards
Wednesday 11th May – Gladstone Events Centre, Gladstone, QLD
Thursday 12th May – Lionleigh Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD
Friday 13th May – Magnum’s, Airlie Beach, QLD

The Wayward Henrys
Friday 6th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Friday 6th May – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Sunday 8th May – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton, SA

TinPan Orange
Saturday 7th May – Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 8th May – Rattlers Hotel, Wallan, VIC

Vorn Doolette and Julia Johnson
Sunday 8th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

William Crighton
Friday 6th May – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 7th May – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Why We Build The Wall” – Billy Bragg

Given the likelihood that Donal Trump will become the Republican presidential candidate I thought it was about time to revisit Billy Bragg’s version of the prophetic Anais Mitchell track “Why We Build The Wall”.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 29th April

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Hunter Valley festival Folk In Broke announced their 2016 lineup including Bakoomba, The Protesters, Mitch Power (above), Liz Stringer, The Coconut Kids, The Wayward Henrys, Fletcher Pilon, The Rhythm Hunters, Georgia Grimshaw, The Blues Preachers, Big Erle and more. Details here

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats released their new video “I Need Never Get Old”. Details here

– Canadian folk singer Old Man Luedecke returns to Australia this week for a whole bunch of tour dates through May. Details here

Releases This Week

Melody Pool
Deep Dark Savage HeartMelody Pool
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Paul Kelly
Seven Sonnets & A SongPaul Kelly
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Timber and Steel Presents

Timber and Steel Presents

The Timbers

William Fitzsimmons

Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May – Winter Moon Festival, North Queensland, QLD

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Julia Jacklin

Julia Jacklin

Singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin is one of the buzz-iest artists out there at the moment and her shows in Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide this week (plus Sydney next weekend) will get you in on the ground floor before she explodes.

Friday 29th April – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 30th April – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 1st May – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

A Man Walks Into A Bar feat. Sam Newton
Friday 29th April – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 30th April – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 1st May – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 4th May – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th May – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th May – Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Sydney, NSW

Andy Golledge w/ Redundant Technology
Thursday 5th May – Union Hotel, Sydney NSW

April Maze
Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May – Mt Beauty Music Festival, VIC

Chippo City Limits feat. Wild Honey, Aidan D Cooney
Sunday 1st May – The Lord Gladstone, Sydney, NSW

Claude Hay
Thursday 5th May – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 6th May – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Davey Craddock
Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May – Mount Beauty Festival, VIC

Devon Sproule
Friday 29th April – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Dr TAOS’ Medicine Show feat. Selftort, Dr TAOS, Sabrina Soares
Wednesday 4th May – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Finders Keepers Markets
Friday 29th April – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 30th April – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 1st May – Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Matilda Abraham, Carlos Arango’s Small Big Band, The Delta Revue
Wednesday 4th May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Mitch Power, Adam Young
Thursday 5th May – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Henry Wagons
Friday 6th May – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Hootenanny feat. Chiptooth
Sunday 1st May – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Joe & Harmony’s Magic Carpet Ride feat. Lime & Steel, Peter Miller-Robinson, The Willing Ponies
Saturday 30th April – Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan
Friday 29th April – House Concert, Holgate, NSW
Saturday 30th April – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW

Julia Jacklin
Friday 29th April – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 30th April – Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 1st May – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Friday 6th May – TBA, ACT

Lime & Steel
Saturday 30th April – Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Little May
Thursday 5th May – Wollongong Uni Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 6th May – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Live ‘n’ Lounging feat. Cuzn, Vanishing Shapes, Seth Henderson, Joshua Burgh
Sunday 1st May – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Matt Corby
Sunday 1st May – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 2nd May – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 5th May – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA

Mitch Power
Sunday 1st May – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 5th May – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Mount Beauty Music Festival
Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May – Mt. Beauty, VIC

Of Monsters and Men
Friday 29th April – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 1st May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 2nd May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 4th May – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Old Man Luedecke
Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May – Planting Festival, Woodford, QLD
Monday 2nd May – Upwey/Belgrave RSL, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 5th May – Spotted Mallad, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th May – Mountain Mumma Restaurant, Sheffield, TAS

Ryan Bingham
Friday 29th April – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 30th April – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel and John Flanagan
Tuesday 3rd May – Brisbane Unplugged, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 6th May – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Sian Evans
Saturday 30th April – Nimbin Mardigrass, Nimbin, NSW
Sunday 1st May – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Sparrow-Folk
Friday 29th April – The Matchbox, Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 30th April – The Matchbox, Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 29th April – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 30th April – Fresh on Charles, Launceston, TAS

The Planting Festival
Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May – Woodford, QLD

The Timbers
Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May – Winter Moon Festival, North Queensland, QLD

The Weeping Willows
Friday 29th to Sunday 1st May – Mount Beauty Music Festival, Mount Beauty, VIC
Friday 6th May – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA

TinPan Orange
Friday 29th April – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 1st May – Fresh on Charles, Launceston, TAS

Vance Joy
Saturday 30th April – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

William Crighton
Friday 29th April – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 30th April – The Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 5th May – Lady Lismore’s Loft, Lismore, NSW
Friday 6th May – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Winterbourne
Saturday 30th April – The Planting Festival, Woodford, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Everything Is Free” – Gillian Welch & David Rawlings

Old Man Luedecke Announces Australian Tour Dates

Old Man Luedecke
Image Courtesy of Old Man Luedecke

Canadian folk singer Old Man Luedecke has listed a bunch of Australian dates on his official site confirming he’ll be back in the country from the end of this month.

Old Man Luedecke will kick off his tour at the Planting Festival in Woodford before making his way up and down the East Coast. Check out the dates announced so far here:

Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May – Planting Festival, Woodford, QLD
Monday 2nd May – Upwey/Belgrave RSL, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 5th May – Spotted Mallad, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th May – Mountain Mumma Restaurant, Sheffield, TAS
Saturday 7th May – Brookfield Winery, Margate, TAS
Tuesday 10th May – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 11th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th May – Illawara Folk Club, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 14th May – White Eagle Polish Club, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 15th May – Hotel Blue (Live at the Attic), Katoomba, NSW


Thank Folk It’s Friday – 2nd May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Irish singer-songwriter Luka Bloom has announced details of his new album Head and Heart. Details here

– UK singer Sam Lee has announced plans for a new EP, More For To Rise, to be released next month. Details here

– The Northern Beaches Music Festival hits Sydney this weekend with a lineup that includes Laura & Susie, Luke Escombe, Dave Calandra, Charlie Gradon, Wheeze and Suck Band, Betty & Oswald, Direwolf, The April Maze, Alanna and Alicia, The Green Mohair Suits and many many more. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Al Parkinson will be releasing her new single soon as well as launching it at a show next week. Details here

– Canada’s Old Man Luedecke has extended his stay in Australia through May. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Jackson McLaren has revealed the details of his debut album. Details here

Fraser A. Gorman released his new video for “Book of Love” complete with a Courtney Barnett cameo and a chicken. Details here

– Fiddle player George Jackson has a new EP, Observations, that you can stream online. Details here

– Everyone’s favourite folk big band Bellowhead are back with a new album this June. Details here

Kim Churchill released his visually stunning new video “Window to the Sky”. Details here

Interviews

“The EP is a journey. Some songs are hopeful, some are idealistic. Some bare honesty in there too and darkness. Asleep is a Friend of Mine is part of a lyric from the song “Chasing Ideas” referring to getting lost in your own thoughts, anxieties and searching for things you don’t need” – Tom Lee-Richards from Catch Release chats to Janine Estoesta. Interview here

“Kavisha Mazzella is an accomplished singer-songwriter from Melbourne with a substantial body of work behind her and a long career of touring solo and with bands of various composition (no pun intended). Were that the end of the story, it would be laudable enough, but it literally crests just the tip of the iceburg of this remarkable woman. Leader of community choirs in Australia and Italy, flexible and adaptive musician who lends her talents to a litany of projects including providing backing to a silent film from the 1920s — live!”Kavisha Mazzella chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“Australian blues man Owen Campbell has been busy promoting his latest album The Pilgrim and will be taking the show back to his old stomping ground of Canberra at The Abbey on Friday 2nd May 2014 to kick off his Remember to Breathe Tour”Owen Campbell chats to Bill Quinn. Details here

Reviews

Recordings

“The tracks Matthew showcases on Unlearned are deliberately eclectic. Iconic songwriters ranging from Whitney Houston to Neil Young are featured, and all rebroadcast in his signature rich, resounding tones” – Sheridan Morley reviews Scott Matthew’s album Unlearned. Review here

“Every single sound, every different timbre, contained within their unique soundscape is wholly essential, and no note played by any instrument featured on debut EP Asleep is a Friend of Mine is ever anything less than masterfully executed” – Sheridan Morley reviews Catch Release’s EP Asleep Is a Friend of Mine. Review here

Releases This Week

The Sleeper
The SleeperCaitlin Park
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We of Thieves
Web of ThievesDrawn From Bees
iTunes

Jackson McLaren
Songs To Greet The DawnJackson McLaren & The Triple Threat
iTunes

Lawless
LawlessThe Timbers
iTunes

Tiny Ruins
Brightly Painted OneTiny Ruins
iTunes

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Man of Constant Sorrow: A Tribute to the Music of O Brother Where Art Thou?

o brother

Some of Sydney’s finest folk, bluegrass and Americana musicians, including The Morrisons, Ngaiire, Elana Stone, Brian Campeau, Lucky Luke, Marcus Holden and All Our Exes Live In Texas, will be paying tribute to the seminal film O Brother Where Art Thou? this week. Make sure you get in early because these shows will definitely sell out.

Wednesday 7th May – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 8th May – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Boy & Bear
Friday 2nd May – Discovery, Darwin, NT
Thursday 8th May – Black Swan Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 9th May – Regent Cinema, Ballarat, VIC

Cairns Blues Festival
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th May – Cairns, QLD

Daniel Champagne
Sunday 4th May – Brisbane Jazz Club, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 8th May – Fresh Café, Launceston, TAS
Friday 9th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Dustin Tebbutt
Thursday 8th May – Pirie Social Club, Adelaide, SA

Ella Hooper
Thursday 8th May – Art Gallery of WA, Art Bar, Perth, WA
Friday 9th May – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers w/ Andy Golledge
Thursday 8th May – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW

Hayden Calnin w/ Eliza Hull
Saturday 3rd May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 9th May – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 2nd May – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 3rd to Sunday 4th May – Karuah Bluegrass Music Festival, NSW

Karuah Bluegrass Festival
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th May – Karuah, NSW

Kaurna Cronin and Ben Whiting
Friday 2nd May – Bo’s House, Jan Juc, VIC
Sunday 4th May – Graceland, Melbourne, VIC

Kavisha Mazzella
Sunday 4th May – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Kim Churchill
Wednesday 7th May – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW

Little Wise and Megan Bernard
Friday 2nd May – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Saturday 3rd May – The Homestead, Hobart, TAS

Man of Constant Sorrow: A Tribute to the Music of O Brother Where Art Thou?
Wednesday 7th May – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 8th May – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 2nd May – Roth’s Wine Bar, Mudgee, NSW
Saturday 3rd May – Lizotte’s, Dee Why, NSW
Friday 9th May – Glebe Cafe Church, Sydney, NSW

Melbourne Folk Club w/ The Mae Trio, James Kenyon, Liz Stringer
Wednesday 7th May – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Northern Beaches Music Festival
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th May – Berry Reserve, Narrabeen, NSW

Old Man Luedecke
Friday 2nd May – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 3rd May – The Royal Yacht Club, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 4th May – The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick, VIC
Tuesday 6th May – Burrinja Café, Upwey, VIC

Owen Campbell
Saturday 3rd May — Camelot Lounge, Marrickville, NSW
Sunday 4th May — Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 9th May — Mudgee Brewing Company, Mudgee, NSW

Paul Greene and the Other Colours
Friday 9th May – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

Sam Brittain
Friday 9th May – Revolver, Melbourne, VIC

Tanya Batt
Friday 2nd May – The Beresford, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd May – Tattersals Hotel, Penrith, NSW

The Beards
Thursday 8th May – Studio 6, Sutherland, NSW
Friday 9th May – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW

The Perch Creek Family Jugband
Friday 2nd May – Fly By Night Musicians Club, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 3rd May – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Wednesday 7th May – Lizottes, Central Coast, NSW
Thursday 8th May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 9th May – Yours and Owls, Wollongong, NSW

The Timbers
Thursday 8th May – Pheonix Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 9th May – Albion Hotel, Albury, NSW

Vance Joy
Tuesday 6th May – The Hi Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 8th May – The Bakery, Perth, WA

Wintermoon Festival
Friday 2nd to Monday 5th May – Camerons Pocket, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Rocky Road to Dublin” – Damien Dempsey

Today’s FFF goes out to Timber and Steel writer Macka Jay who missed out on seeing Damien Dempsey absolutely make this track his own at the National Folk Festival this year. Hope he enjoys it!

Old Man Luedecke Announces More Australian Dates

Old Man Luedecke
Image Courtesy of Old Man Luedecke

Canada’s Old Man Luedecke has spent the autumn folk festival season in Australia over the last couple of weeks and it looks like her can’t keep away with the extention of his national tour this May.

We caught Old Man Luedecke recently at the National Folk Festival and we know Australian audiences are already enamoured with his banjo driven folk songs. Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 1st May – South Coast Folk Club, Port Noarlunga, SA
Friday 2nd May – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 3rd May – The Royal Yacht Club, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 4th May – The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick, VIC
Tuesday 6th May – Burrinja Café, Upwey, VIC

The Full National Folk Festival Program Revealed

Old Man Leudecke
Image Courtesy of Old Man Luedecke

Can you believe Easter is under two months away? Crazy times! With that in mind The National Folk Festival last week officially launched their 2014 program with well over 200 artists announced.

To recap the international contingent includes Woody Mann (USA), Damien Dempsey (Ireland), Tift Merritt (USA), Lindi Ortega (Canada), Old Man Luedecke (Above, Canada), Eleanor McEvoy (Ireland), Fásta (Quebec/Ireland/Scotland) and The Alaskan String Band (Alaska).

Not to be outdone the local additions to the lineup include a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites including Jordie Lane, Kate Fagan, The Little Stevies, Heath Cullen, The Crooked Fiddle Band, Castlecomer, The Mae Trio, The Barons of Tang, The Davidson Brothers, Tolka, Bernard Carney, The Ellis Collective, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Archie Roach, Joseph Tawadros Trio, Leah Flanagan, The Lurkers, Margaret Walters, Martin Pearson, The Morrisons, The Rusty Spring Syncopators, Sarah Humphreys, Sparrow Folk, The Stetson Family, Takadimi, Trouble in the Kitchen, Zeptepi and many many more.

The National Folk Festival has also announced the recipient of the National Folk Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award is folk veteran Margret Roadknight.

The National Folk Festival takes place at Exhibition Park in Canberra from the 17th to 21st April. Check out the official web site for more information.

The National Folk Festival Announce Second Round of Performers

Tift Merritt
Image Courtesy of Tift Merritt

Christmas has come a few days early with the National Folk Festival announcing their second round of artists for 2014.

Headlining the list this time around are UK singer-songwriter Rory McLeod, Canadian banjo player and singer Old Man Luedecke and US folk singer Tift Merritt (above). Joining them will be Louise Phelan & Maeve Moynihan, Siobhan Owen, Joe Lynch, Fiona Ross, Heath Cullen, Cameron Mather, The Barons of Tang, Richard Perso, Tracey Bunn and Her Handsome Devils, Chloe & Jason Roweth, Souleiado French Dance Group, The Last Five Coins, Karavana Flamenca, Santa Taranta, Dick Warwick and Geoffrey W Graham.

All of these artists join an already impressive lineup that features Eleanor McEvoy, Rose Cousins, Jordie Lane, Kate Fagan, Bernard Carney, The Mae Trio, The Davidson Brothers, Luke Plumb (Shooglenifty), Trouble In The Kitchen and many more.

The National Folk Festival takes place at Exhibition Park in Canberra from the 17th to 21st April

The Fleurieu Folk Festival Announces Artist Lineup for 2013

Old Man Luedecke
Image Courtesy of Old Man Luedecke

The Fleurieu Folk Festival in Willunga, SA is rolling around again this October and once again they’ve managed to score one of the most impressive lineups on the folk calendar. Held from the 25th to 27th October the Fleurieu Folk Festival is just 50kms south of Adelaide making it both accessible and far enough away from the big city to truly make a weekend of it.

The 2013 lineup is made up of over 60 artists from around the country (and around the world) with more Timber and Steel favourites than you can throw a banjo at including Old Man Luedecke (above), Jordie Lane, The Seals, The BordererS, Siskin River, Danny Spooner, The Mae Trio, The Timbers, Kaurna Cronin, The Weeping Willows and many many more.

Tickets for the Fleurieu Folk Festival are available now. For more infomation check out the official site here.

Listen to the New Jordie Lane Single, “Here She Comes”

Jordie Lane
Image Courtesy of Jordie Lane

At the beginning of the month Jordie Lane announced his new EP Not Built To Last (due on the 18th October) along with a string of tour dates throughout October and November. Now we have the first single from Not Built To Last, “Here She Comes”, which you can listen to below:

Just as exciting as the new song is the announcement that Jordie Lane will be supported on his tour by Canadian folk master Old Man Luedecke. The full list of dates for the tour are below:

Friday 25th to Saturday 26th October – Fleurieu Folk Festival, SA
Sunday 27th October – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA (Afternoon show)
Sunday 27the October – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Thursday 31st October – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 1st November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 2nd November – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Sunday 3rd November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS (Afternoon Show)
Thursday 7th November – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Friday 8th November – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Satruday 9th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 10th November – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC (Afternoon Show)
Wednesday 13th November – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 14th November – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 15th November – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 16th November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th November – Grand Junction, Maitland, NSW
Monday 18th November – Music Lounge, Manly, NSW
Wednesday 20th November – Lizotte’s, Central Coast, NSW
Thursday 21st November – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 22nd November – Mullumbimby Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Mullum Music Festival Announces Very Folky Lineup

Tinpan Orange
Image Courtesy of Mullum Music Festival

The Mullum Music Festival always has a quality lineup and the 2013 event is no different. Amongst the dozens and dozens of artists announced are more Timber and Steel favourites than you can throw a banjo at including Mama Kin, Tinpan Orange, Love Over Gold, Bobby Alu, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Old Man Luedecke, Jordie Lane, Lucie Thorne, Elana Stone, Jack Carty, The Perch Creek Family Jug Band, Loren Kate, Aluka, Miles and Simone, Mustered Courage, Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel, Green Mohair Suits, James Kenyon and so many many more.

The Mullum Music Festival takes place in Mullumbimby, NSW from the 21st to 24th Novemember. For more information check out the official site here. The full lineup is below:

Raul Midon (US), The Basics, The Barefoot Divas, Blue Grassy Knoll, Pieta Brown (US), Swamp Thing (NZ), Robert Ellis (US), Arte Kanela Flamenco, Jaaleekaay (Gambia), Rose Cousins (Can), Mama Kin, Tinpan Orange, Love Over Gold (Pieta Brown & Lucie Thorne), Dubmarine, Bobby Alu, King Tide, Kingfisha, Sticky Fingers, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Sketch The Rhyme, Caitlin Park, Corey Chisel & The Wandering Sons (US), Old Man Luedecke (Can), Marlon Williams (NZ), Jordie Lane, Lucie Thorne, Elana Stone produced by Zebra Zap, Declan Kelly & the Rising Sun, Kooii, Chocolate Strings, Ray Mann 3, Potato Potato, Lifeline, Jack Carty, Rebecca Ireland, The Junes, The Perch Creek Family Jug Band, Loren Kate, Greg Sheehan, Ben Walsh: Loop Zero, Teatro Matita (Slav), Aluka, Miles and Simone, JoJo Smith, Leah Carriage, Starboard Cannons, Mustered Courage, Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel, The Lucky Wonders, Round Mountain Girls, Lez Karski Band, Green Mohair Suits, Annie Plummer, The Sugar Spinner, Walrus & The Carpenter, Sister Mary’s Acoustic Mullum,Victoriana Gaye, James Kenyon, Mr Cassidy, James Teague, Muberry Bend, The Hottentots, Gabriel and Cecilia, Clelia Adams & River Express, Three Little Sisters, Northern Rivers Ukulele Orchestra, Spaghetti Circus, The Pitts, Raise the Roof Community Gospel Choir, The Biggest Little Town Choir, St John’s Singers, Stukulele and Miss Amber’s Chocolate Wheel, MC Mandy Nolan, Roundabout Theatre Company, a c.a.s.e for correlation, The Curly Cousins, The Magic Bus.

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