Secret Garden Festival Announces First Lineup

Fanny Lumsden
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The Secret Garden Festival, held an hours drive from Sydney, may have already sold out this year but that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about the lineup. Held on St Patrick’s Day, the 17th March, the Secret Garden Festival boasts a program of art, music and dance that is very very Timber and Steel friendly.

The lineup this year includes Owl Eyes, Georgia Fair, Tin Sparrow, Jack Carty, Fanny Lumsden (above), Emma Davis and many many more. For information on how to volutneer for the festival (as that’s the only way in now) and more check out the official web site. The full first round lineup of artists is below:

The Aston Shuffle DJs
Owl Eyes
New Navy
Georgia Fair
Alison Wonderland
Horse Meat Disco (UK)
Tin Sparrow
Jack Carty
Fanny Lumsden
Kira Puru and the Bruise
Joyride (DJ Set)
The Preachers
Sticky Fingers
Emma Davis
The Essential Stix
Evan and the Brave

Timber and Steel First: 2011/12 Woodford Folk Festival Lineup

Image Courtesy of the Woodford Folk Festival

Timber and Steel is proud (and just a little bit excited) to be among the first to bring you the 2011/12 Lineup for the Woodford Folk Festival.

The theme for this year’s Woodford Folk Festival – held from the 27th December to the 1st January in Woodfordia, QLD – is “Pieces of the Puzzle” which focuses on the idea that we all contribute to making this world a better place. And with a lineup like this, it looks like Woodford are doing just that. So let’s get into it shall we:

De Pedro
Cloud Control
Xavier Rudd
Tinpan Orange
Eagle and the Worm
Owl Eyes
The Herd
Jesca Hoop (USA)
Andy Bull
Daily Meds
Jordie Lane
The Red Eyes
Graveyard Train
Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro
Sticky Fingers
Band of Frequencies
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Busby Marou
The Bakery
The Ninth Chapter
Charlie Mayfair
Tuba Skinny (USA)
The Medics
Crooked Still (USA)
Daniel Champagne
Danny Widdicombe
Die Roten Punkte
Skipping Girl Vinegar
Faux Pas
Frank Yamma
Swamp Thing (NZ)
Haitus Koiyote
Hugo and Treats
Jack Carty
Jamie MacDowell & Tom Thum
The Sunshine Brothers
Jess Beck
John Flanagan and The Begin Agains
Lola the Vamp, Rita Fontaine, Flavella L’Amour,
Lucy Wise and The B’Gollies
Sol Nation
Sue Ray
Dougie Maclean (SCOT)
Tim Edey & Brendan Power (IRE/NZ)
More Fiddles Than Frocks
Andre Soler
Amelia Curran (CAN)
David Myles (CAN)
DJ Mike Ford
Elixer (feat. Katie Noonan)
Dachambo (JAP)
Monsieur Camembert
Kira Puru & The Bruise
My Friend The Chocolate Cake
Sherman Downey & The Silver Lining
The Transylvaniacs
Brothers Grim
Charlie A’Court (CAN)
Genevieve Chadwick
Joe Robinson
Pugsley Buzzard
Invisible Friend
The Old Spice Boys
The Re-Mains
Benny Walker

Pretty impressive right? There are far too many names there that we’re excited about to list each individually but lets just say that we can’t wait for New Year!

The Pyramid Rock Festival Lineup

Pyramid Rock Lineup
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Its getting to that time of year when the big New Year’s Eve festivals are announcing their lineups and the latest cab off the rack is The Pyramid Rock Festival. Held on Phillip Island from the 29th December to the 1st January Pyramid Rock is, as the name suggests, primarily a rock/indie festival. But that doesn’t mean it’s completely bereft of folk with a number of Timber and Steel friendly acts making it onto this year’s lineup including Boy & Bear, Cloud Control, The Panics, Ash Grunwald, The Bamboos, Grace Woodroofe, Graveyard Train and Owl Eyes.

For the full lineup head to the official Pyramid Rock Festival web site. Tickets go on sale on the 14th September.

BIGSOUND Live Announces 2011 Artists

Inland Sea
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BIGSOUND 2011, one of Australia’s biggest and brightest music conferences has just announced the lineup to its live component, appropriately titled BIGSOUND Live, and it’s HUGE. Held in Brisbane from the 7th to the 9th September, BIGSOUND Live has announced over fifty artists from almost every genre for its 10th anniversary.

And of course folk (or at least what Timber and Steel include under the massive folk umbrella) is very very well represented. Included on the bill are Busby Marou, Eagle & The Worm, Emma Louise, Owl Eyes, Adalita, Jinja Safari, Mike Noga, Lanie Lane, Gossling, Husky, Inland Sea (above), Laneous & The Family Yah and Tiny Ruins.

For all the details BIGSOUND Live and the entire BIGSOUND 2011 program make sure you head to the official site now. It’s gonna be amazing.

Owl Eyes Hits The Road For National Tour

Owl Eyes
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It seems like only yesterday that we were reviewing “1+1” from then relatively unknown singer-songwriter Brooke Addamo AKA Owl Eyes. But it’s been almost a year since then and big things are beginning to happen for the pop-folk princess.

Not only has Owl Eyes secured the coveted support slot on the upcoming Darwin Deez Australian tour, she’s also planning to hit the road straight afterward with a headline tour in support of her upcoming Raiders EP. The full dates for the Owl Eyes headline tour are below:

Friday 20th May – East End Bar, Fremantle
Saturday 21st May – Malt Market Bar, Dunsborough
Sunday 22nd – May – The Bird, Perth
Friday 27th – May – Miss Libertines, Melbourne
Wednesday 1st June – Otis Bar, Wollongong
Thursday 2nd June – Transit Bar, Canberra
Friday 3rd June – The Gaelic, Sydney
Friday 10th June – Esplanade Hotel Front Bar, Melbourne
Saturday 18th June – Edinburgh Castle, Adelaide

Owl Eyes EP Release Date

Owl Eyes EP
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Brooke Addamo, otherwise known as Owl Eyes, is set to release her debut EP Faces on the 10th September (with the album art above). The reformed Idol has been quietly building her folk-pop cred (read our review of her debut single “1 + 1” here) and is set to be huge. Do yourself a favour and pick Faces up when it hits the shelves.

Review: “1+1” – Owl Eyes

Owl Eyes
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Since it disappeared from our screens Australian Idol seems to have shifted from cultural-cringe to a well of musical talent. Lisa Mitchell and Matt Corby are the obvious standouts from the show but other ex-contestants are starting the shrug off the reality TV shackles and make their way onto our radios and into our local venues.

One such singer to emerge from Idol is Owl Eyes, otherwise known as Melbourne singer Brooke Addamo. Owl Eyes is currently doing her best to break into the music scene proper and critics and industry insiders are starting to sit up and take notice.

I was lucky enough to get my hot little hands on Owl Eyes’ new song “1+1” and it’s an absolute indie-pop gem. Reminiscent of early Kate Nash (before she decided she wanted to be Lily Allen) or a gutsier Lisa Mitchell, “1+1” has all the essential elements needed to wow the hipster crowd. Cute melodies, angelic harmonisation and breathy lyrics combine with a syncopated beat and tinkling piano to instantly hook you in.

In a country obsessed with the likes of Lisa Mitchell, Julia Stone and Sarah Blasko it’s very easy to see how a song like “1+1” from an artist like Owl Eyes has a chance of capturing our hearts. Addamo’s voice is distinct enough to distinguish her from her peers yet familiar enough to build a strong following. If “1+1” is anything to go by then Owl Eyes may be a name to remember.

To listen to “1+1” for yourself head to the Owl Eyes MySpace.

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