The Button Collective Announce Album Launch Tour

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NSW based folk raconteurs The Button Collective are all set to launch their second full length album Hall on the Hill at the end of the month.

The band, which is known for their raucous live show and melting pot of folk influences, will be officially launching the album in Brisbane on the 31st March at The Milk Factory. Joining them in support will be dark country collective The Long Johns and celebrated singer-songwriter Paddy McHugh.

Along with the Brisbane launch show The Button Collective have a bunch of tour dates from this weekend up and down the east coast – check out the full list of shows below:

Friday 17th March – Finnian’s Irish Tavern, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 18th March – The Rappville Pub, Rappville, NSW
Friday 24th March – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 30th March – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 31st March – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th April – The Two Goats, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 8th April – The Bellingen Brewing Co., Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 22nd April – The Settlers Arms Inn, St Albans, NSW
Thursday 27th April – The Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th April – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 13th May – Tanamon Soundscape, Wooli, NSW
Saturday 20th May – Mini Folk Festival, The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 25th May – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 27th May – Folk til ya Punk “Brisfopo”, Common House, Brisbane, QLD

The Cake and Cordial Sessions Return to The Tamworth Country Music Festival

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The Tamworth Country Music Festival’s favourite alt-country singer-songwriter mini-festival The Cake and Cordial Sessions returns in 2017 with an amazing lineup of artists.

The Cake and Cordial Sessions will take place on Friday 27th January at St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall in West Tamworth. The lineup includes Ben Salter, Paddy McHugh, Harry Hookey, Megan Cooper, Matt Henry, Melody Moko, Andy Golledge and Sam Newton.

The Cake and Cordial Sessions is alcohol free, gambling free, air conditioned and family-friendly. The night kicks off at 4pm and tickets are just $15.

For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Brisbane’s Finest Come Together for Country Conquers Cancer – A Love Song for Garry R Wood

Country Conquers Cancer

At the end of January some of the finest artists from the Brisbane Americana and alt-country scene will be coming together for Country Conquers Cancer – A Love Song for Garry R Wood. The show is set to take place at The Zoo on the 28th January and will be raising funds for the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland and musician Garry R Wood.

The event is just $15 and will feature music from Paddy McHugh, Pat Tierney, Megan Cooper, Dana Hassall, Sian Evans, Josh Rennie-Hynes, Brad Butcher, Dana Gehrman, The Mighty Kind, Jen Mize, The Floyd Family Breakdown, Ben Bunting, Andy McDonnell, Cameron Milford, Emma Bosworth, Hayley Marsten, Ellie Jane and Boatkeeper all backed by the brilliant Byron Short and the Sunset Junkies.

For more information on Country Conquers Cancer – A Love Song for Garry R Wood check out the official Facebook event here.

The Best Folky Christmas Songs of 2014

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It’s Christmas Eve which means it’s time for Timber and Steel’s traditional wrap up of the best folky Christmas songs of the year. If you’re like us and you love Christmas song done well, then you’re in for a treat.

We hope you have a safe and merry Christmas wherever you find yourself this year. We look forward to folking with you in the New Year!

Robert Ellis – “Pretty Paper”
Americana fans were treated to a Christmas treat this year with the release of An Americana Christmas, a collection of classic and brand new holdiay tracks. We thought we’d feature the new tracks from Robert Ellis and Nikki Lane given their visits to Australia this year.

Nikki Lane – “FaLaLaLaLove Ya”

The Once – “The Light in Your Window”
Australian-bound Canadian trio The Once shared their ode to coming home for Christmas.

Scott Dean ft. Aubrey Lynn England – “We Three Kings”

Smoke Fairies – “Christmas Without A Kiss”

The Albion Christmas Band – “In The Bleak Midwinter”
The Albion Christmas Band are a Christmas institution for

The Lonely Wild – “Holidays”

Mark Kozelek – “Christmas Time Is Here”
The Sun Kil Moon frontman delivered a Christmas album, Sings Christmas Carols, this year with traditional and favourite Christmas songs including this Charlie Brown classic.

Paddy McHugh & The Goldminers – “The Old Men of The Railway Hotel”

Lindsay Phillips – “Come Home (It’s Christmas Time)”

Boat To Row – “My Darling Spark”

Clare Bowen – “Santa Baby”
I know that the American musical TV series Nasville is a guilty pleasure for many folk and country music lovers in Australia, especially as it features Australian actress/singer Clare Bowen. This is Bowen’s contribution to the Nasville cast Christmas album, Christmas With Nashville.

Jillette Johnson – “River”

Red Sky July – “Christmas Time”

Shir Soul – “Dreidel”
Because this time of year is not just about Christmas. Plus how good is a cappella music?

The National Parks – “It’s Christmas, and I Like You”

Sam Joole – “Christmas At The Zoo”
Sydney acoustic rock singer-songwriter Sam Joole covered The Flaming Lips’ “Christmas At The Zoo” for his holiday offering this year and we think you’re going to like it.

Zoë Wren – “Snow​-​white Lies”

Oxford & Co. – “Let It Snow”
I discovered Sydney nu-folk duo Oxford & Co. earlier this year and have been loving their stuff – including their version of “Let It Snow” for Christmas.

August York – “Warm Memories”

The Lost Brothers – “Little Angel”
The Lost Brothers were one of my favourite discoveries this year and I’m completely chuffed they decided to release a Christmas single so I could include it on this list. “Little Angel” is free to download with the suggestion of sending a donation to Unicef.

The Outside Track – “Get Me Through December”

Olivers Army – “All I Want For Christmas”

Todd Sibbin – “White Christmas”

Tom West – “Feliz Navidad”

Butcher Knives – “Auld Lang Syne”
What better way to finish off the year than with the classic “Auld Lang Syne”, complete with a gypsy punk twist of course.

Out on the Weekend Announces Brisbane Show

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The announcements connected with the upcoming Out on the Weekend Festival in Victoria just keep coming! The latest news is that along with the show at Seaworks Williamstown and the various headline sideshows around the country, Out on the Weekend will also be heading north for a big festival show at The Brightside in Brisbane.

The show will feature some of the best in Americana and folk including Nikki Lane, Robert Ellis, The Delines, Jonny Fritz, Emma Swift, Halfway, Paddy McHugh and Warren Earl Band and will take place on the 26th October.

For more details check out the official site here.

Joe Pug Announces Brisbane Date

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With all the news of Joe Pug’s upcoming tour (along with Wagons) our readers in Queensland are probably feeling more than a little disappointed at being left out. Well never fear! We’ve just received word that Pug will be performing at the Old Museum in Brisbane on Wednesday 2nd November.

This show will actually be sans-Wagons but the support slots will be amply filled with Alex Henriksson (Bang Bang Boss Kelly) and Paddy McHugh stepping up to the plate. The full dates for Joe Pug’s Australian tour are below:

29th October – Waverock Weekender, WA
30th October – Mojo’s, Freemantle, WA
31st October – The Esplanade Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
2nd November – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
4th November – Meeniyan Hall – Meeniyan, VIC
5th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
10th November – The Front Gallery & Café, Canberra, ACT
12th November – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
13th November – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

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