Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th November

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney singer-songwriter Caitlin Harnett will be launching her new album in a hometown show this week. Details here

– Next February Angus and Julia Stone will be heading out on tour with Cloud Control, Jarryd James and Little May. Details here

– For his new video, “I Forget Where We Were”, Ben Howard stepped behind the camera for his directorial debut. Details here

– Carolina Chocolate Drops founding member Rhiannon Giddens will be releasing her debut solo album next February. Details here

– UK duo Slow Club have announced Australian tour dates in January. Details here

– Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini has announced Bluesfest sideshows next year. Details here

Little Bastard announced a 2015 tour and released their new video “Desert Roller”. Details here

– The latest Hunger Games film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, features the track “The Hanging Tree” which was co-written by The Lumineers. Details here

– Country and Inner Western becomes Christmas and Inner Western in December featuring The Morrisons, Tim Chaisson, Catherine Britt, A Man Called Stu, Jenny Queen and Fanny Lumsden and The Thrillseekers. Details here

Bear’s Den released their new single “Think of England”. Details here

Emmy The Great released the slightly creepy video for her new track “Swimming Pool”. Details here

Aldous Harding released her new video “No Peace”. Details here

Stu Larsen released his new video “King Street”. Details here

CW Stoneking has announced plans for a east coast regional tour this coming February. Details here

Releases This Week

Pepa Knight
Hypnotized Vol.1Pepa Knight
iTunes

Local Football
Local FootballSleepy Dreamers
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Kruger Brothers w/ The Company

Kruger Brothers

Renowned American bluegrass trio The Kruger Brothers will be making their Australian debut this week and they’re taking The Company along for the ride. The award winning trio have announced only a handful of shows and all of them are in Queensland so if you’re in town make the most of this opportunity

Friday 28th November – The Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 29th November – The Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 30th November – Samford Hall, Samford, QLD
Friday 5th December – Maleny Community Hall, Maleny QLD

Gigs Next Week

Bearded Gypsy Band
Thursday 4th December – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th December – Bennett’s Lane, Melbourne, VIC

Betty & Oswald
Friday 28th November – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC
Sunday 30th November – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 4th December – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 5th December – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Brad Butcher
Thursday 4th December – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Busby Marou
Friday 28th November – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 29th November – Gorgeous Festival, Adelaide, SA

Caitlin Harnett w/ Lacey Cole & The Lazy Colts
Wednesday 3rd December – Easy Tiger, Sydney, NSW

Daniel Lee Kendall
Saturday 29th November – Loo Loo’s Warehouse, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 5th December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 30th November – The B-East, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Saturday 29th November – Station Bar, Katoomba, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 28th November – Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle, WA

Gorgeous Festival
Friday 28th and Saturday 29th November – McLaren Vale, SA

Hat Fitz and Cara
Saturday 29th November – The Basement @ Gold Coast Arts Centre, Gold Coast, QLD

Husky
Friday 28th November – Adelaide Uni Bar, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 29th November – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 30th November – Queenscliff Music Fest, VIC
Thursday 4th December – Dunsborough Hotel, Dunsborough, WA
Friday 5th December – The Bakery, Perth, WA

Jack Carty
Friday 28th November – Captains at Mariners, Batemans Bay, NSW
Saturday 29th November – Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 30th November – Birdhouse Bar, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 4th December – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th December – Kay St Saloon Bar, Traralgon, VIC

Jep and Dep
Sunday 30th November – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke
Friday 28th November – The Astor Hotel, Goulburn, NSW
Saturday 29th November – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 30th November – Lizotte’s, Kincumber, NSW

Little Features feat. The Starry Field, Alex Gibson, Yetis, Daniel Tomalaris, Jesse Brand, Sarah Rowan Dahl
Saturday 29th November – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Little May
Friday 28th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 29th November – Gorgeous Music Festival, McLaren Vale, SA
Friday 5th December – Solbar, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Liz Stringer
Friday 28th November – Manly Fig, Manly, NSW

Mark Moldre
Saturday 29th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Pepa Knight
Friday 28th November – Baker St, Gosford, NSW
Saturday 29th November – Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Sarah Humphreys
Saturday 29th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 28th November – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Saturday 29th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, QLD
Sunday 30th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, QLD
Thursday 4th December – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 5th December – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, VIC

The Kruger Brothers w/ The Company
Friday 28th November – The Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 29th November – The Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 30th November – Samford Hall, Samford, QLD
Friday 5th December – Maleny Community Hall, Maleny QLD

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 28th November – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC
Saturday 29th November – Gorgeous Festival, SA
Thursday 4th December – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Friday 5th December – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA

The Stetson Family
Sunday 30th November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Timberwolf
Saturday 29th November – Gorgeous Festival, Serafino Winery, McLaren Vale, SA
Thursday 4th December – Great Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Massacre of Glencoe” – Don Bruce

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing South Australian based Scottish-Australian singer Don Bruce perform a number of times at folk festivals and I love the way he interprets songs. With St Andrew’s Day being this Sunday this I’ve chosen Bruce’s version of Jim McLean’s tragic tale of the 1692 massacre of the clan MacDonald as today’s FFF – not the happiest of songs but an important part of Scottish history.

Paolo Nutini Announces Bluesfest Sideshows

Paolo Nutini
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Paolo Nutini is an artist that will not be confined by genre. A quick search on Youtube for the Scottish singer-songwriter will reveal a career peppered with rock, pop, blues, Americana, folk and trad. When he’s in the country for Bluesfest next year he’ll be touring his soul and funk infused album Caustic Love – but don’t be surprised if you hear a little bit of everything in his live show.

While he’s in the country for Bluesfest Paolo Nutini has also announced sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne. Check out the full list of dates below:

Tuesday 31st March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 1st April – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 21st November

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– American six-piece The Head and the Heart released their new video “Let’s Be Still”. Details here

– The multi-talented Johnny Flynn will appear in the upcoming Anne Hathaway film Song One. Details here

– Adelaide’s Thom Lion has released his new video “Fruition”. Details here

Father John Misty announced plans to release his new album I Love You, Honeybear in 2015. Details here

– Acclaimed American folk-rockers The Lone Bellow have announced details of a new album in 2015, Then Came The Morning. Details here

The April Maze released their new video “I’ve Seen The Rain”. Details here

Dear Orphans front man Nick Payne released his first solo track “Old Sydney Town”. Details here

– The National Folk Festival announced it’s first official artists of 2015 including David Francey, Heartstring Quartet, Chris While & Julie Matthews, Baka Beyond, Equus, Greshka, Bandaluzia, The Flying Emus, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Lucy Wise Trio and Alanna & Alicia. Details here

The Punch Brothers announced that they’ll soon be announcing a new album, as well as releasing their new track “I Blew It Off”. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk night Little Features announced their Christmas show featuring The Starry Field, Alex Gibson, Yetis and Daniel Tomalaris. Details here

– Folk Rock legends Levellers released the new version of their track “Just The One” featuring Bellowhead. Details here

José González gave us a view from space for his new video “Every Age”. Details here

– Ten more artists were added to the Port Fairy Folk Festival including The Gloaming, Tom Mason, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Ajak Kwai, Ruth Moody, Perch Creek, Zeptepi, Michael Fix, Roesy and Chris Tamwoy. details here

Hozier released his brand new video “From Eden”. Details here

Interviews

“Growing facial hair is far less effort than continuously shaving it off. Speaking of which, I’d like to dispel the myth that shaving stimulates hair growth. It doesn’t. People just think that it does because a hair follicle is at its darkest at the tip, so as the beard regrows, as it inevitably will because it’s a beard and therefore cannot be stopped, it looks like it’s growing thickly – it’s not, it’s growing at the same speed. All that’s happened is you’ve shaved off your beard and now you look like a fool, which you are, because you shaved off your beard” – Nathaniel Beard from The Beards chats to Aiden L Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

In Tongues
In TonguesElla Hooper
iTunes

Shane Nicholson
Pitch, Roll & YawShane Nicholson
JB Hi-Fi

Thompson Family
Thompson – FamilyThompson Family
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Spooky Men’s Chorale

Spooky Men

The Fitters’ Workshop in Canberra will be inviting folk music into it’s acoustically magnificent walls this weekend with The Spooky Men’s Chorale taking centre stage for a very special matinee show. Or as they put it “undertaking a full scale acoustic evaluation” of the venue.

Saturday 22nd November – The Fitters’ Workshop, Canberra, ACT

Gigs Next Week

Betty & Oswald
Friday 21st November – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd November – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Thursday 27th November – Babushka, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 28th November – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 21st November – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 22nd November – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Sunday 23rd November – Beavs Bar, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 27th November – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Friday 28th November – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Co-cheòl
Friday 21st to Saturday 22nd November — Carnival of Music, Clare Valley, SA
Sunday 23rd November — Creatively Celtic, Church of Christ, Aldgate, SA

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 21st November – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 22nd November – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Sunday 23rd November – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 23rd November – The B-East, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 21st November – The Boatshed, Manly, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 21st November – Hornsby Folk Club, Hornsby, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – River Music, Nowra, NSW
Sunday 23rd November – Humph Hall, Allambie Heights, NSW
Friday 28th November – Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle, WA

Gorgeous Festival
Friday 28th and Saturday 29th November – McLaren Vale, SA

Hat Fitz and Cara
Saturday 22nd November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 23rd November – The Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC
Thursday 27th November – The New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley, QLD

Husky
Friday 21st November – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 22nd November – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 23rd November – Mullum Music Fest, Mullumbimby, NSW
Wednesday 26th November – Hotel New York, Launceston, TAS
Thursday 27th November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 28th November – Adelaide Uni Bar, Adelaide, SA

Jack Carty
Friday 21st November – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 27th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 28th November – Captains at Mariners, Batemans Bay, NSW

Josh Pyke
Friday 21st November – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 22nd November – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 23rd November – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 27th November – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 28th November – The Astor Hotel, Goulburn, NSW

Katie Noonan, Angie Hart, Melody Pool, Sam Buckingham
Friday 21st November – The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 23rd November – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Lachlan Bryan and Harmony James
Friday 21st November – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 22nd November -The Playhouse Hotel, Barraba, NSW
Thursday 27th November – Junk Bar, Ashgrove, Brisbane, QLD

Little May
Friday 21st November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 22nd November – The Front Gallery & Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 27th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Liz Stringer
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Tuesday 25th November – Jet Black Cat In Store, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 26th November – No 5. Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 27th November – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 28th November – Manly Fig, Manly, NSW

Mark Moldre
Sunday 23rd November – Avoca Markets, NSW

Mullum Music Festival
Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd November – Mullumbimby, NSW

One Up, Two Down and Dan Parsons
Saturday 22nd November – The Roxbury, Sydney, NSW

Pepa Knight
Thursday 27th November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 28th November – Baker St, Gosford, NSW

Steve Smyth
Friday 21st November – Redcliffe On The Murray, Pinjarra, WA
Saturday 22nd November – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 23rd November – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Wednesday 26th November – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 27th November – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Friday 28th November – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS

The Kruger Brothers w/ The Company
Friday 28th November – The Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 28th November – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Friday 21st November – Milton Theatre, South Coast, NSW
Saturday 22nd November – The Fitters’ Workshop, Canberra, ACT

The Stetson Family
Sunday 23rd November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Candy” – Paolo Nutini

Scottish singer Paolo Nutini is one of the most versatile artists in the world right now covering everything from trad to Americana to pop and beyond. I love the Neil Young vibe to this track – it definitely gets me excited that Nutini will be in the country for Bluesfest next year!

Second Round of Artists for Bluesfest 2015 Released

Bluesfest
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Well that escalated quickly. The second round of artists for the 2015 lineup dropped this morning it’s looking amazing. Along with Bluesfest constant Ben Harper (reunited with The Innocent Criminals) the lineup includes Timber and Steel favourites Paolo Nutini, David Gray, Ben Howard, The Counting Crows and many many more.

Bluesfest is set to take place north of Byron Bay from the 2nd to the 6th of April. Tickets for the festival are already on sale – check out the details on the official site here.

The full list of second round artists are below:

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (First Major Global Performance Of The Innocent Criminals Reunion), Paolo Nutini, David Gray, Ben Howard, Counting Crows, Gary Clark Jr, Angélique Kidjo, Jimmy Cliff, Mavis Staples, DISPATCH, Ruthie Foster, The Beat, Keziah Jones, Sheppard, Playing For Change

St Andrew’s Day Playlist: Colin Lillie

Colin Lillie
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Today is St Andrew’s Day, the day we celebrate all things Scottish. With so much amazing folk music coming out of Scotland over the years and so much international folk music being inspired by the songs and artists of Caledonia we thought we better take some time out to celebrate the day.

And what better way to celebrate St Andrew’s Day than to ask Scottish-born, Alice Springs-based singer-songwriter Colin Lillie to present to us his favourite Scottish songs – and he’s delivered in his best Scots accent. If you’re in need of subtitles hit up Colin Lillie via his Facebook page (and have a listen to some of his fabulous music while you’re there).

When Gareth asked me if a wid like ti write a top 15 fir St. Andrew’s Day an after aw the excitement had wore off, a was left wi a sudden loss o memory an a mind that wis completely void o aw hings St. Andrew an aw hings Scottish. See ave been living in Alice Springs now fir 7yrs playing an working on ma ayn music, that a had firgotten where ma musical journey had began. I mean a spoke aboot certain songs but I had no really reflected on those influences that lie deep in wha a am.

Now once a got oor the panic an began ti hink an got through yon school years that whole pick yer partner fir the Gay Gordon’s got through the shortbread commercial an whiskey drinking image. A began ti remember some songs that took me back ti the days o going through mum an da’s record collection. A wis lucky wi ma mother as she had a great taste in music and when a wis younger a thought ma da had nay taste. He had pipe bands and Jimmy Shand and his accordion band, that he aw ways took wi him on the tours as he wis a bus driver. An so its wi him a begin this journey.
A remember this day as clear mum an dad wir oot an a wis going through there vinyl records and cassettes (yes a time when music came wi sleeves an covers) A came across a tape wi twa fellas wi big wooly jumpers an these two strange looking instruments. A slid the cassette in ti the wee drawer closed it shut and began ti listen.

As the music began to play I read the cover I knew most of the title o the songs so a fast forward to the song titles a had never heard and there a found song number one.

1. “The strangest Dream” – The Corries
This is the first song that made me hink aboot the words made me listen an feel its the song that helped me descover the power o the story teller a was aboot thirteen when this happend. The song its sell was writen by American Ed McCurdy in the 50s an as been coverd by many a famous folk and country star but ti me this is by far the best.

2. “Jock O Braidsoly” – The Corries
When a did go ti school history wis one o ma fav subjects but as ye grow ye learn and discover that no aw history wis told. An fir me songs like this wan an others told me ma country’s history in a way that opened ma eyes. Great story this one!

3. “The Ark” – Gerry Rafferty
This song just reminds me that no matter where we are from or where we are going there is a place where we are all known (Alice Springs). Also it shows how an incredible song writer Gerry was. I don’t think when he started playing wi Billy Connolly in the folk clubs of Scotland that he quite knew where is music would go.

4. “St Anne’s Reels” – Aly Bain and friends
Now this is just some gid auld fiddle tunes Aly wis aw ways on the telly. But a love the way he is no afraid ti experiment wi new and auld sounds an no be to traditional.

5. “Now I’m Easy” – Eric Bogle
Ti be honest a never really listened ti Eric until a came ti Alice. A thought his songs were written by others how wrong wis a!!!! As before music for me has been the best teacher, fir me the song writer seems ti record moments in time to be rediscovered by a new generation an like many Mr Bogle leaves many a stories for people like me ti find and look in to the past and see how life was fir others. This song is just magic!

6. “Let’s Start a Band” – Amy MacDonald
I first heard Amy because ma mum sent me her CD an as a listened ti it a thought ti ma self whit and incredible mature voice an song writer then a discovered her age and was blown away. She is a folkie has won a number of folk awards and a love her. A great wee Scottish lass wi a huge voice.

7. “Parcel O Rogues” – Luke Kelly
A lived off an on in Ireland for 3yr and a wis lucky ti be introduced ti same great music an fir me a don’t think any wan has sung this Burns poem with as much soul. I think it speaks fir its sell!!

8. “A Man’s A Man Fir Aw That” – Robert Burns
This is a poem buy Burns that a feel is a gid way ti hink about life.

9. “The Galent Grahams” – Battlefield Band
Reminds me of auld family friends that were aw ways there fir me as a boy.

10. “Growing Up Beside You” – Paolo Nutini
First time a heard this guy sing a just was flattened and this song fir me just shows how good a songwriter he is. In many ways it just reminds me how a feel about me and my Son a grow each day with him in my life.

11. “When Ye Go Away” – The Waterboys
This is a song I play often in Alice as Alice is a place where you meet new folks all the time make friends quickly but as quickly as you make them they leave just as quick and that can be hard but that is the magic of Alice Springs, the Territory and music. Am blessed ti perform as its aw ways gid ti make new friends.

12. “Ae Fond Kiss” – Eddi Reader
The moment you hear Eddi sings this ye ken that she has made this song her own. That ti me is whit being a performer is aw about sure we can sing others songs but its when you make it yer ayn that when the song becomes timeless.

13. “Green Fields of France” – The Fureys
I always loved this song from the moment I heard it on a tape of my mothers. I have saw Finbar Furey perform this song as well as the whole family in Ireland and Australia. When i foond oot a Scotsman actually wrote it it took it ti another level.

14. “Take You Home” – Emily Smith
There is not much i know about Emily I just know that she has a voice that I can only describe as home!!!

15. “Caladonia” – Dougie Maclean
This song wis first used fir a Tenants Lager Ad in the 80s which wis rocked up so a grew up no hearing Dougie performing it until later years. But ti me when ever am home sick missing a bit o the auld country I get ma guitar and sing this song wi aw that a am. A love ti perform it and always get a great reception from the listeners.

Well a hope ye enjoyed ma choice an a hope we get ti meet wan day. Take care an Happy St Andrews Day!!!!!

And as a special bonus we just had to include the clip for Colin Lillie’s own “Man’s Broken Heart”.

The Chieftains Celebrate 50 Years With Indie-Folk Collaborations

The Chieftains
Image Courtesy of The Chieftains

A big part of my musical education growing up was listening to traditional music from the British Isles. While my family comes from good English, Scottish and Welsh stock it was Irish trad that seemed most prevalent during my childhood and continues to be the most nostalgic music for me as well as being the foundation upon which my love of folk music was built.

Of the group of Irish artists I remember from my childhood – Christy Moore, Four Men and a Dog, The Dubliners, Planxty – the group which always stood out was The Chieftains.

2012 sees The Chieftains reach quite an incredible milestone, celebrating 50 years together. The Chieftains have chosen to mark the event with the announcement of a brand new album titled Voice of Ages featuring collaborations with some of the world’s hottest indie, folk and Americana artists and produced by Paddy Moloney and the legendary T Bone Burnett. You’d be excused for wondering whether The Chieftains read Timber and Steel considering the list of artists that will appear on Voice of Ages including: The Decemberists, Punch Brothers, The Secret Sisters, The Low Anthem, The Civil Wars, Pistol Annies, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Lisa Hannigan, Carlos Nunez, Paolo Nutini, Imelda May and Bon Iver.

Even if you’re not a trad fan just hearing all of those artists on one disc should be enough of a draw card. Voice of Ages is due for release on the 21st February. More details can be found on the official Chieftains web site. We thought we’d leave you with one of our favourite Chieftains collaborations featuring The Corrs from the Tears of Stone album:

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