New Music Monday – 29th July

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Ben Harper – “Uneven Days”

“Uneven Days” is Ben Harper at his most emotional and tender. Accompanied by piano and strings, Harper has smoothed all the edges off his visceral voice to deliver a truly beautiful song.

“The song “Uneven Days” attempts to explore the depths of how dependent we can become on other people for our own sense of wholeness and stability,” Harper explained. “The only thing more hazardous than oversimplifying relationships is overcomplicating them. Love and surrender are synonyms. Even if I remove love from the equation, mental health and day-to-day perspective maintenance is a razors edge. Maybe acknowledging the unavoidable uneven day, or uneven days, helps avoid uneven months or even years.”

Chance McCoy – “Whippoorwill”

Multi-instrumentalist Chance McCoy continues to play with genres with his upcoming solo album Wander Wide, due on the 20th September. The latest single “Whippoorwill” is probably his folkiest to date, drawing on an old timey style of songwriting, accentuated with jangly guitar and rhythmic fiddle. Probably my favourite from Wander Wide so far.

Lloyd Spiegel – “Track Her Down”

Australian acoustic roots singer-songwriter Lloyd Spiegel has found a really cool groove with hie new single “Track Her Down”. With brass stabs, funky electric guitar and Spiegel’s bluesy voice, “Track Her Down” brings Memphis to Australia.

“”Track Her Down” isn’t really about a person or a place,” Lloyd Spiegel explained. “It was probably an amalgamation of several women I met over the years who I wanted to get to know better but simply didn’t have the time and had to keep traveling. The greater story of the song is that the lifestyle I lead often doesn’t allow me to have anything but fleeting connections with people, and I don’t take those connections lightly; I carry them a lot more seriously than people may imagine.”

Lucie Thorne – “Golden Plains”

Singer-songwriter Lucie Thorne has delivered another beautiful track from her upcoming album Kitty & Frank, due on the 26th August. Similar to the previously released “Wheogo Hill”, Thorne is leaning heavily on ambient synths and driving drum beats to compliment her striking voice.

Kitty & Frank see’s Lucie Thorne cover the true stories of frontier woman Kitty Walsh and her lover, the bushranger Frank Gardiner.

“When I tell people I’ve written a concept album about bushrangers, many jump to the conclusion that it’s all fiddles and lagerphones!” Lucie Thorne said. “It couldn’t be further from it! I knew this whole wild Kitty & Frank story could live in any sound world, it’s such a timeless romantic tragedy. As I was working on the text, I
suddenly realised I was going to make a kinda art/pop album brimming with synths.”

Lucie Thorne will be touring the new album through September, October and November – full dates are here:

Friday 13th September – The Corridors Project, Cowra, NSW
Saturday 14th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 15th September – The Town Hall, Candelo, NSW
Friday 4th October – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Saturday 5th October – Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 6th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th October – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th October – McCrossin’s Mill, Uralla, NSW
Saturday 19th October – Community Arts Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Sunday 20th October – Grand Junction, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 14th November – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 22nd November – Cooee Arthouse, Aldinga, SA
Saturday 23rd November – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 24th November – Memorial Hall, Ashbourne, SA

Shelley’s Murder Boys – “Airds”

After teasing us with a bunch of social media content from the studio over the last few months Sydney based old-time band Shelley’s Murder Boys have finally released their new single “Airds”. The surprisingly upbeat track is taken from the band’s upcoming album Above is a Roar and is about “problems with no solutions, and strength in the face of adversity” according to the band. The track is a modal exploration of the old timey style with Shelly’s unique voice and distinctive fiddle playing taking centre stage – beautiful stuff.

Sheryl Crow feat. Jason Isbell – “Everything Is Broken”

The latest track from Sheryl Crow’s collaboration album Threads, due on the 30th August, is possibly my favourite yet. On “Everything Is Broken” Crow teams with Americana favourite Jason Isbell for a country-blues-rock belter that harkens back to Elvis, Roy and Johnny without being kitsch or distasteful. The relentless rhythm guitar, splashy drums and blues harp all make this track, as of course does Isbell’s superb voice.

Sydney’s First Bluegrass & Old Timey Festival

Shelley's Murder Boys
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Sydney folk fans rejoice – a brand new event is hitting your calendars this month! The first Bluegrass & Old Timey Festival is heading to Yulli’s Brews in Alexandria on Sunday 19th May.

It sounds like the Bluegrass & Old Timey Festival is taking Sydney’s Yulli’s Sessions (previously Bluegrass @ Yulli’s) monthly night format and turning it up to eleven. The festival will kick off with an all-in jam where you can bring your banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, etc and join in for some fine music.

Following the jam will be performances from some of Sydney’s finest bluegrass and old timey artists including Richard Galluzzi, Flat Rock Boys, The Plough, Whoa Mule and Shelley’s Murder Boys (above). This is going to be amazing – and best of all the whole thing is free!

The jam kicks off at 1:30pm with the performances from 3pm. For more information check out the official Facebook event here – the full schedule for the day is below:

1:30–3pm – Bluegrass/Old Timey Jam
3-4pm – Richard Galluzzi
4-5pm – Flat Rock Boys
5-6pm – The Plough
6-7pm – Whoa Mule
7-8pm – Shelley’s Murder Boys

Watch the New Slim Dime Video “That Ole Train”

Slim Dime
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Victorian acoustic duo Slim Dime have just released their brand new video “That Ole Train”.

Filmed by Peg Leg Productions, the song is about “the last great ride we all take” and definitely has a traditional sound to it – even a bit of yodelling.

Take a look at “That Ole Train” below:

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s for December 2017

The Water Runners
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Sydney jam and performance night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s has one more show left for 2017 with the announcement of their Christmas special next Wednesday 13th December.

As always the night will kick off with an all-in jam where you’re invited to bring down an instrument from 6pm and belt out some old timey and bluegrass tunes.

Then from 8pm South Coast band The Water Runners will take to the stage to show off their unique blend of folk, country, bluegrass and rockabilly.

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s takes place upstairs at Yulli’s restaurant in Surry Hills and is free. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s Announces Annual Bluegrassified UNHCR Fundraiser

Whoa Mule
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Sydney jam night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s is all set to hold its annual UNHCR Fundraiser at Yulli’s in Surry Hills on the 15th November this year.

Following on from last year’s super successful “Bluesgrassified” theme, where a number of Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feature artists covered popular songs in a Bluegrass style, this year we’re going to be getting bluegrass versions of classic country music. Think Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and beyond.

The Bluegrassified country classics will be presented on the night by the likes of Whoa Mule (above), Shelley’s Murder Boys, Flat Rock Boys, Simone East and more to be announced.

Entry to the night is free and all of the artists are donating their time. Yulli’s will be donating towards the night and the audience will be asked for donations throughout the night to support UNHCR.

As always Bluegrass @ Yulli’s kicks off with an all-in jam at 6pm followed by the performances from 8pm. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Timber and Steel Video Premiere: “Something to Lose” from Rachel Baiman

Rachel Baiman
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American folk and old-time singer Rachel Baiman has been getting a bunch of buzz lately following the release of her excellent album Shame.

“I wasn’t necessarily trying to write songs that would be easy to listen to,” Baiman explained on Shame. “I wanted to write about reality, in all of it’s terror and beauty.”

The latest single from Shame is the melancholy “Something to Lose”. We’re extremely lucky to have the debut of a live video of “Something to Lose”, recorded as part of the StarHouse Concert Series in Boulder Colorado. Check it out below:

Rachel Baiman would be well known to Australian audiences as one half of 10 String Symphony. Next January the singer and multi-instrumentalist will be returning to our shores for an east coast tour, with pan-Pacific trio One Up Two Down in support.

The full list of dates are below:

Wednesday 3rd January – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 4th January – Megan Hall, Dorrigo, NSW
Friday 5th January – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne, NSW
Saturday 6th January – Thirroul Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 7th January -Metropole Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Monday 8th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s for October 2017

The New Macedon Rangers
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The October edition of Sydney jam night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s is set to take place next week on the 18th October.

As always the night will feature an all in bluegrass and old time jam with players and singers invited to bring down their instruments to join in the fun. The jam kicks off at 6pm and we recommend people get there early to join in the fun.

Following the jam at 8pm will be the feature artists, which this time is folk duo The New Macedon Rangers. The acclaimed duo will be bringing their own unique blend of traditional dance music, mountain ballads, early country music and more.

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s takes place upstairs at Yulli’s restuarant in Surry Hills and is free. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s for September 2017

Golden Whistler
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This month bluegrass and old time duo Golden Whistler return to Bluegrass @ Yulli’s stage, bringing their wonderful music to Sydney’s most intimate performance space.

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s will take place at Yulli’s in Sydney next Wednesday 20th September. As always the night kicks off at 6pm with an all-in jam, where you’re invited to bring your banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin, fiddle or whatever you’ve got to pluck and play your way through some favourite bluegrass and old time tunes and songs, followed by Golden Whistler’s sweet sweet tunes at 8pm. And of course the whole night is free!

For more information on the night check out the official Facebook event here.

The Foghorn Stringband Announce Australian Tour Dates

Foghorn
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American old time four piece Foghorn Stringband are returning to Australia this October for a series of dates around the country.

The band have already been announced as part of the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival and have now added a whole bunch of other dates up and down the east coast.

Check out the full list of tour dates for Foghorn Stringband below:

Wednesday 18th October – Valencia Creek Hall, Valencia Creek, VIC
Thursday 19th October – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th October – Canberra Musicians Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 21st October – Metropole Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 22nd October – Thirroul Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW
Monday 23rd October – Nerrigundah Ag Bureau, Nerrigundah, NSW
Tuesday 24th October – Leichhardt Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 25th October – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 26th October – House Show, Uralla, NSW
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW
Monday 30th October – Pitts House Concert, Barkers Vale, NSW
Tuesday 31st October – Boo Radley’s Hall, Glenreagh, NSW
Wednesday 1st November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 2nd November – The Home Tavern, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Blackwood Festival of Music and Culture, Blackwood, VIC

The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

Foghorn Stringband
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Every year the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival manages to deliver one of the most exciting lineups of the year, featuring the best in bluegrass, old time and folk artists from around the country and around the world.

Held in the small northern NSW town of Dorrigo, the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival is an intimate, community run event with a really nice vibe and so much great music. Their lineup this year includes so many amazing artists including Foghorn Stringband (above), Genni Kane, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Luke Plumb and Peter Daffy, Mac Traynham and Shay Garriock, Mile Twelve, The Freewheeler, The New Macedon Rangers, Andy Gordon with John Kane, Angus Gill, Cat and Clint, Chloë & Jason Roweth, Chris Matthews, Corn Silk, Fat Cousin Skinny, Fireside Celts & Friends, Flora Knight & Sean Donald, Freya Josephine Hollick, Golden Whistler, High and Lonesome, John Bennett with David Hyams, Kaurna Cronin, Kazoobafak Jug Band, Loren Kate, Mandy Connell, Michael Waugh, Misty Mountain Players, Monique Clare, Montgomery Church, Pete Denahy, Pitts Family, Sohum Women’s Choir, The 3 Jimmies, The Daughters of the Rum Rebellion, The Mae Trio, The Martins, The Northern Folk, The Pipi Pickers, The Sinners, The Tawny Owl Stringband, The Tin Can String Band, Thor and Jasmine Phillips, Tommy Chandler and the Continental Drift, Twin Peaks, Two If By Sea, Watling & Bates, Whoa Mule and Yhan Leal.

The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival takes place in Dorrigo from the 27th to the 29th October – check out the official site for more details.

This year they’re also holding the inaugural Old-Time Music School in the lead up to the festival, from the 25th to the 27th October. The Old-Time Music School will give players to learn alongside some of the best musicians in the business – this year will feature the likes of Ashlee Watkins (The New Macedon Rangers), Shay Garriock, Andrew Small (The New Macedon Rangers), Mac Traynham, Jeremy Marcotte and Foghorn Stringband. Workshops at the school will include traditional fiddle and banjo music, instrument workshops, old time ensemble workshops, folk singing, concerts, jamming and a festival performance opportunity – for more information check out the official site here.

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