Thank Folk It’s Friday – 3rd May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our first ever New Music Monday featured new tracks from the last few weeks from the likes of Alana Wilkinson, Aldous Harding, Anna Smyrk, Bear’s Den, Citizen Of The World, Courtney Marie Andrews, Garrett Kato, Hussy Hicks, James Bennett, Joe Mungovan, John Smith, Justin Townes Earle, Kasey Chambers, Madison Violet, Ordinary Elephant, Radical Face, The Leisure Society. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Georgia Spain
Trouble Isn’t Something You Can HoldGeorgia Spain
Bandcamp

Joy Williams
Front PorchJoy Williams
iTunes

Kim Churchill
I AmKim Churchill
iTunes

Little May
Blame My BodyLittle May
iTunes

Ordinary Elephant
HonestOrdinary Elephant
iTunes

Passenger
Sometimes It’s Something, Sometimes It’s Nothing at AllPassenger
iTunes

Peta Caswell
Peta Caswell & The Lost CausePeta Caswell & The Lost Cause
iTunes

Matt Ward
HeartlandMatt Ward
iTunes

Undress
UndressThe Felice Brothers
iTunes
Bandcamp

The Maes
The MaesThe Maes
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Drunken Piano Bar feat. Lachlan Bryan, Rose Zita Falko, Gretta Ziller, Brooke Russell, Dan Parsons, Pat Wilson, Mitch Power, Ben Mastwyk, Katie Bates, Julian Abrahams, Hana Brenecki

Drunken Piano Bar

Thursday 9th May – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 10th May – Murrah Hall, Murrah, NSW

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 3rd May – Newport Bowling Club, Newport, VIC
Saturday 4th May – The Potato Shed, Drysdale, VIC
Sunday 5th May – Scrub Hill 1869, Newlyn, VIC
Friday 10th May – Pomonal Community Hall, Pomonal, VIC

Aisling Vaughan & Friends
Friday 10th May – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Anna Smyrk
Sunday 5th May – The Folk Studio, Armidale, NSW
Tuesday 7th May – Cambus Wallace, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 8th May – Can You Keep a Secret?, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 9th May – City Sounds, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 10th May – Dusty Attic, Lismore, NSW

Archer
Friday 3rd May – The Guildford Family Hotel, Guildford, VIC
Saturday 4th May – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 5th May – Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Thursday 9th May – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Ash Bell and Sara Tindley
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – The Planting Festival, Woodfordia, QLD

Ashlea Reale & The Outlaws
Friday 3rd May – Fremantle Prison YHA, Perth, WA

Australian Celtic Festival
Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th May – Glen Innes, NSW

Backsliders
Friday 3rd May – Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong, NSW

Baerami Bush Dance and Camp-Out
Saturday 4th May – Baerami Hall, Upper Hunter Valley, NSW

Ben Mastwyk
Thursday 9th May – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th May – Coburg RSL, Coburg, VIC

Benny Walker
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May – Meatstock Sydney, Sydney Showground, Sydney, NSW

Big Sky Mountain w/ Dande and The Lion, The Villebillies
Thursday 9th May – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Bob Barford
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May – Wintermoon Festival, Camerons Pocket, QLD

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Friday 3rd May – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th May – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Burrows, Julia Johnson, Happy Axe
Sunday 5th May – Mt Stromlo Observatory, Canberra, ACT

Busby Marou
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May – Meatstock Sydney, Sydney Showground, Sydney, NSW

Bush Gothic
Friday 3rd May – Selby Folk Club, Selby, VIC

Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys
Thursday 9th May – The Landsdowne, Sydney, NSW

Carl Pannuzzo
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – The Planting Festival, Woodfordia, QLD

Cash Savage and The Last Drinks
Saturday 4th May – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

Chaika
Friday 3rd May – Wauchope Arts Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Saturday 4th May – House Concert, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 5th May – Brisbane Jazz Club, Brisbane, QLD

Citizen of the World w/ Slewfoot
Friday 3rd May – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 3rd May – Sedgwick Hall, Sedgwick, VIC
Saturday 4th May – Sandy Point Community Centre, Sandy Point, VIC
Sunday 5th May – Newlyn, VIC
Thursday 9th May – Caldwell Hall, Caldwell, NSW
Friday 10th May – Pomonal Community Hall, Pomonal, VIC

Claude Hay
Friday 3rd May – Seaview Tavern, Woolgoolga, NSW
Saturday 4th May – Harrington Hotel, Harrington, NSW
Sunday 5th May – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Colin Lillie
Friday 3rd May – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 4th May – The Cabaret Club, Ballarat, NSW
Friday 10th May – The Royal Hotel, Queenbeyan, NSW

Country Comes to Town feat. The Prairie Oysters, Rattlincane, Allan Caswell, The Weeping Willows
Saturday 4th May – Newport Bowls Club, Newport, VIC

Dan Sultan
Sunday 5th May – Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 9th May – Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford, NSW
Friday 10th May – The Conservatorium, Newcastle, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 3rd May – Fyrefly, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4th May – Town Hall, Yackandandah, VIC
Sunday 5th May – Phoenix Theatre, Cobden, VIC
Thursday 9th May – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 10th May – Town Hall, Deans Marsh, VIC

Dean Lewis w/ Winterbourne
Monday 6th May – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 7th May – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Doc & The Delegates
Tuesday 7th May – The Underground, Newcastle, NSW

Drunken Piano Bar feat. Lachlan Bryan, Rose Zita Falko, Gretta Ziller, Brooke Russell, Dan Parsons, Pat Wilson, Mitch Power, Ben Mastwyk, Katie Bates, Julian Abrahams, Hana Brenecki
Thursday 9th May – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Dusty Ravens w/ Liz Martin Band
Sunday 5th May – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Edgelarks
Friday 3rd May – Albany Arts Festival, Albany, WA

Flat Rock Boys
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – Northern Beaches Music Festival, North Narrabeen, NSW

Flats and Sharps
Saturday 4th May – Manjimup Hotel, Manjimup, WA
Tuesday 7th May – Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, Ferntree Gully, VIC
Wednesday 8th May – Caravan Music Club, Bentleigh East, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Pan-Pacific Grand Prix, Rees Lucia, Indira Elias
Wednesday 8th May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 3rd May – New Hall, Point Lonsdale, VIC
Saturday 4th May – Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery, Cororooke, VIC
Sunday 5th May – Old Gold Rush Pub, Steiglitz, VIC
Friday 10th May – House Concert, Boreen Point, QLD

Freya Josephine Hollick
Sunday 5th May – Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Grigoryan Brothers
Wednesday 8th May – St Paul’s Anglican Church, Cooma, NSW
Thursday 9th May – Twyford Hall, Merimbula, NSW
Friday 10th May – St Peter’s Anglican College, Canberra, ACT

Grizzlee Train
Friday 3rd May – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Hayley Marsten
Sunday 5th May – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – The Planting Festival, Woodfordia, QLD

Henry Wagons
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May – Meatstock Sydney, Sydney Showground, Sydney, NSW

Honey
Sunday 5th May – Dromedary Hotel, Tilba, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 9th May – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Huckleberry Hastings
Friday 10th May – Gertrude & Alice Cafe Bookstore, Sydney, NSW

Illawarra Folk Club Presents: A Celebration of Pete Seeger’s 100th Birthday feat. Maurie Mulheron, The Lurkers, Sally Forth, Paul Spencer
Saturday 4th May – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Irish Seisiún
Sunday 5th May – Croatian Wickham Sports Club, Newcastle, NSW

Jacob Diamond
Friday 3rd May – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Julia Johnson
Friday 3rd May – Finders Keepers Markets, Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th May – Mt Stromlo Observatory, Canberra, ACT

Kallidad
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May – Wintermoon Festival, Camerons Pocket, QLD

Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – The Planting Festival, Woodfordia, QLD

Kyle Lionhart
Friday 3rd May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4th May – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Sunday 5th May – God’s Kitchen, Mornington, VIC

Liam Gale & The Ponytails
Thursday 9th May – Slyfox, Sydney, NSW

Lily and King
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May – Wintermoon Festival, Camerons Pocket, QLD

Little Georgia w/ Charm of Finches
Saturday 4th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Little Quirks
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May – Meatstock Sydney, Sydney Showground, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Mal Webb
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – The Planting Festival, Woodfordia, QLD

Mandy Connell
Friday 10th May – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Mànran
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – The Planting Festival, Woodfordia, QLD

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 3rd May – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Saturday 4th May – Club York, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th May – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Matt Ward
Friday 3rd May – Stein’s Taphouse, Nuriootpa, SA
Saturday 4th May – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 5th May – The Gem Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Meatstock Sydney
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May – Sydney Showground, Sydney, NSW

Medusa’s Wake, Shelley’s Murder Boys, The Bottlers
Saturday 4th May – The Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Melbourne Celtic Piping Session
Sunday 5th May – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission
Saturday 4th May – Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Thursday 9th May – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 10th May – Banyena Town Hall, Banyena, VIC

Mojo Juju
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May – Meatstock Sydney, Sydney Showground, Sydney, NSW

Nat Henry
Sunday 5th May – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 10th May – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Nathan Power
Sunday 5th May – Daylesford Cider Company, Musk, VIC
Friday 10th May – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Nicola Hayes & Hélène Brunet
Friday 3rd May – Shedshaker Brewery, Castlemaine, VIC

Northern Beaches Music Festival
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – Narrabeen RSL, North Narrabeen, NSW

Penelope Swales
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – The Planting Festival, Woodfordia, QLD

Quinton Trembath
Saturday 4th May – The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Rezza House Concert feat. Dan Howls
Sunday 5th May – House Concert, Reservoir, VIC

Rick Hart Trio
Sunday 5th May – Mitcham Social, Mitcham, VIC

Riley Pearce
Friday 3rd May – Secret Show, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 4th May – Secret Show, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 5th May – Secret Show, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 10h May – Secret Show, Melbourne, VIC

Rosie McDonald & Nigel Lever
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – Northern Beaches Music Festival, North Narrabeen, NSW

Round Mountain Girls
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May – Wintermoon Festival, Camerons Pocket, QLD

Ruby Gill
Friday 10th May – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Russell Morris
Friday 3rd May – Freo Social, Fremantle, WA
Friday 10th May – Paddington RSL, Sydney, NSW

Sara Storer
Friday 3rd May – Macksville Ex-Services Club, Macksville, NSW
Saturday 4th May – Casino RSM Club, Casino, NSW
Friday 10th May – Hamilton Hotel, Brisbane, QLD

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 8th May – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Sebastian Field
Friday 3rd May – The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Shane Nicholson
Saturday 4th May – The Barn at Wombat Flat, Neales Flat, SA
Sunday 5th May – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Saturday 4th May – The Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th May – Galleria, Ettalong Beach, NSW

Slim Dime
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May – Wintermoon Festival, Camerons Pocket, QLD

Smith & Jones
Friday 3rd May – The Agrestic Grocer, Orange, NSW

Songlines Singing Session
Sunday 5th May – The Australian Heritage Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Stu Tyrrell
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – Northern Beaches Music Festival, North Narrabeen, NSW

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-Together
Saturday 4th May – Annandale Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

The BUg Weekly Tues New Farm Folk Night feat. The Swing Beans, 3 Miles From Texas
Tuesday 7th May – New Farm Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD

The Djangologists
Wednesday 8th May – Jazz Behind the Green Door, Sydney, NSW

The Hillbilly Goats
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May – Wintermoon Festival, Camerons Pocket, QLD
Friday 10th May – The Surf Club Palm Cove, Cairns, QLD

The Little Stevies
Friday 3rd May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

The Long Johns, Whiskey Dram
Friday 10th May – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

The Maes
Wednesday 8th May – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 10th May – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

The Ocelots
Friday 3rd May – NEA Gallery, Benalla, VIC
Saturday 4th May – The Old Church on the Hill, Quarry Hill, VIC
Sunday 5th May – Daylesford Cider Company, Musk, VIC
Friday 10th May – Duke of George, Fremantle, WA

The Pigs
Friday 10th May – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

The Planting Festival
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – Woodfordia, QLD

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May – Wintermoon Festival, Camerons Pocket, QLD

The Slipdixies
Sunday 5th May – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May – Meatstock Sydney, Sydney Showground, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 4th May – Yulli’s Brews, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 8th May – Different Drummer, Sydney, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Thursday 9th May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 10th May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

The Trippy Hippy Band
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – Northern Beaches Music Festival, North Narrabeen, NSW

The Vegetable Plot
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – The Planting Festival, Woodfordia, QLD

This Way North
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May – Wintermoon Festival, Camerons Pocket, QLD

Tiffany Eckhardt & Dave Steel
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May – Wintermoon Festival, Camerons Pocket, QLD

Tiny Ruins w/ Ryan Downey
Friday 3rd May – Sound Doctor, Angelsea Hall, Angelsea, VIC
Saturday 4th May – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 8th May – UOW UniBar, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 9th May – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th May – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Totally Gourdgeous
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – The Planting Festival, Woodfordia, QLD

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife w/ Georgia State Line
Sunday 5th May – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Traditional Graffiti
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – Northern Beaches Music Festival, North Narrabeen, NSW

Tullara
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May – The Planting Festival, Woodfordia, QLD

Whoa Mule, Jess Dale, Daisy and the Space Leopards
Saturday 4th May – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

William Crighton
Friday 3rd May – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Saturday 4th May – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 5th May – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Wednesday 8th May – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 9th May – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW
Friday 10th May – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW

Wintermoon Festival
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May – Camerons Pocket, QLD

Yirramboi Festival feat. Dan Sultan, Alice Skye, Kalaji
Sunday 5th May – Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“#41” – Dave Matthews Band

New Music Monday – 29th April

Aldous Harding
Image Courtesy of Aldous Harding

Welcome to the first edition of New Music Monday where we collect some of our favourite tracks and videos from the previous week for your listening pleasure. As this is the first one of these we’re reaching back a little further than just one week, with a collection of songs we’ve been obsessing over for the last month or so. Enjoy!

Alana Wilkinson – “Partner In Crime”

Australian folk singer Alana Wilkinson’s new single “Partner In Crime” perfectly captures the nostalgia of childhood as well as being a poignant tribute to a childhood friend who has sadly passed away.

“I needed to write a song that painted a picture of the colourful friendship we shared as kids,” Wilkinson explained. I think you’ll agree the result is something special.

Aldous Harding – “The Barrel”

Last Friday New Zealand bassed singer-songwriter Aldous Harding released her third album Designer which features this stunning track “The Barrel”. I can definitely hear the influence of Nick Drake in the finger-picked guitar and production of “The Barrel” and Harding’s vocals are mesmerising. Maybe my favourite song of hers to date.

Anna Smyrk – “Benjamin”

Victorian folk singer Anna Smyrk has been popping up on radar a lot over the last few months. I managed to catch a couple of songs at her recent National Folk Festival blackboard set and she’s just come off the back of a weekend at the St Alban’s Folk Festival.

Smyrk’s new single “Benjamin” is inspired by her travels to places like the Solomon Islands, Cambodia and the Philippines and features a really sweet backing track of guitar, mandolin, dobro and bass. The track will likely feature on an EP that Smyrk has planned for later in the year and she’s got a bunch of tour dates throughout the east coast in the coming weeks:

Wednesday 1st May – Scullion Sessions, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 5th May – The Folk Studio, Armidale, NSW
Tuesday 7th May – Cambus Wallace, Gold Coast, QLD
Wednesday 8th May – Can You Keep a Secret?, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 9th May – City Sounds, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 10th May – Dusty Attic, Lismore, NSW
Friday 14th June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Bear’s Den – “Crow”

Another beautiful song and video, this time from UK favourites Bear’s Den.

“The song “Crow” was written in memory of my Mum’s boyfriend who lived with us growing up,” Bear’s Den lead singer Andrew Davie explained. “He was an awesome guy and somewhere between a father figure and a best friend to me growing up but unfortunately he passed away when I was 15. I wrote this song as I wanted to acknowledge how important and thankful I am to him for helping to raise me and my sister.”

This is taken from the band’s latest album So That You Might Hear Me, released last week, and is probably our favourite song from the release.

Citizen Of The World – “Deep Blue Eyes”

The evolution of Sydney’s Citizen Of The World continues with the release of their new track “Deep Blue Eyes”. A lot of the folk influences of their earlier work have been softened as the band moves towards a more expansive indie sound similar to the likes of Winterbourne, Dean Lewis or Vance Joy.

“Deep Blue Eyes” is taken from the band’s new EP Window To Your Mind which they’ll be launching this Friday 3rd May at Lazybones Lounge in Sydney,

Courtney Marie Andrews – “May Your Kindness Remain (Acoustic)”

Our favourite track of 2018 gets given the stripped back, acoustic treatment by US singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews. While not being too far from the original, this version of “May Your Kindness Remain” does get to the essence of what makes this a great song – and so much of it is about Andrews’ amazing voice.

“May Your Kindness Remain” is one of four acoustic tracks Courtney Marie Andrews has released to celebrate the one year anniversary of her amazing album of the same name. The other tracks – “I Took You Up”, “Rough Around The Edges” and “Border” are available to stream and download in all the usual places.

Garrett Kato – “River Mouth (Live Forest Session)”

There’s something really special about this live video recording of Australian/Canadian singer-songwriter Garrett Kato’s latest single “River Mouth”. I’m a sucker for a finger-picked guitar and evocative lyrics to “River Mouth” is right up my alley. “River Mouth” is taken from Kato’s upcoming EP Distant Land which is due for release this coming May.

Hussy Hicks – “Get Ready”

Hussy Hicks channel their inner-Mavis Staples for this slice of soul infused magic. “Get Ready” is the Australian duo’s first release since their 2017 album On The Boundaries and dropped right before their recent performance at Bluesfest.

James Bennett – “Weird World”

Prolific roots singer-songwriter James Bennett has just dropped his new “Weird World” as a sneak peak into what we can expect from his upcoming third album This Time Tomorrow.

“The single Weird World is a song about the times we live in, how lucky we are just to be here and observing the show from the sidelines,” Bennett explained. “It’s an upbeat, cant get it outta your head kinda song.”

Joe Mungovan – “Lost Myself”

Kiama based singer-songwriter Joe Mungovan has really doubled down on the clean, expansive production for his latest single “Lost Myself”. The track was written after an extensive tour of Europe and Australia

“After I came back from touring overseas I rented a house in the bush and set up my studio for a few months,” Mungovan explain. “I was strumming on my dad’s old nylon string guitar that I took out there and “Lost Myself” sort of just fell out. It was the last song that I wrote whilst in that house and by then I had spent far too much time alone. I guess the song comes from a place of solitude and confusion. It is easy for me when I’m in that situation to live in my head and get lost in different thoughts and questions. That is the beauty but also the downside of isolation.”

John Smith – “Hummingbird”

Every time the new single, “Hummingbird”, from UK based folk singer John Smith has crossed my ears in the last few weeks I’ve sat up and paid attention. I don’t know what it is about this track – I think it’s absolutely stunning. Everything from Smith’s vocals to the simple arrangement it pitch pefect.

“Hummingbird” is taken from John Smith’s new album of the same name and is one of only a handful of originals amongst mainly traditionals on the record.

“The song itself is really the catalyst for the whole album,” Smith explained. “I didn’t want to give it a title that belonged to something someone else wrote 100 years ago. So when I sat down to write, “Hummingbird” came out of me really quickly, within an hour. It’s the rare song that tumbled out, and I was lucky to capture all the pieces. As soon as it arrived I thought, “This is the glue that’s gonna hold the whole thing together”.”

Justin Townes Earle – “Frightened by the Sound”

American singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle returns with “Frightened by the Sound”, a track that sounds like, well, a Justin Townes Earle song (and trust us, that’s a good thing). This is the latest taste of Earle’s upcoming album The Saint Of Lost Causes, due on the 24th May.

Kasey Chambers – “Hey Girl”

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of her debut album Kasey Chambers will be releasing a deluxe edition of The Captain on the 17th May complete with this recently unearthed track “Hey Girl”. I love this song for the nostalgia of classic Kasey Chambers.

Madison Violet – “Tell Me”

Canadian duo Madison Violet have gone deeply autobiographical on their new single and video “Tell Me”. The track details a time early in their career where they formed a band and became a couple – something they were advised to hide by some industry folk.

I think you’ll agree this is a pretty special track.

Ordinary Elephant – “Jenny & James”

Were you lucky enough to catch Ordinary Elephant when they toured Australia recently? Amazing, right?

The duo’s latest single “Jenny & James” tells the story of an interracial couple struggling to keep their relationship together with a society that doesn’t approve. It is taken from their album Honest which will be available this Friday 3rd May.

Radical Face – “Doubt”

Following the expansive folk songs of his The Family Tree three album project, Ben Cooper, AKA Radical Face has started to explore other parts of his sound. The latest single from Radical Face, “Doubt”, sparkles with eighties synths and a driving drum beat while still championing Cooper’s unique indie-folk vocal style. “Doubt” is taken from Radical Face’s latest album Therapy which was released last Friday.

The Leisure Society – “A Bird, A Bee, Humanity”

Ok, I’m a huge fan of English folk-rock band The Leisure Society, but I had absolutely no idea that they had a new record out (Arrivals & Departures for those playing at home). “A Bird, A Bee, Humanity” is their latest single and I doubt I’m the only one who things the opening refrain sounds very very like the theme for the Serial podcast. I’ll just leave that there.

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