Bluesfest Announces First Round of Artists for 2017

Image Courtesy of The Lumineers

It may only be August but that doesn’t mean it isn’t time to start thinking about the 2017 festival season. This morning Bluesfest launched their first round of artists for next years festival and it’s huge.

This morning’s announcement includes Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith, The Lumineers (above), Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, Billy Bragg, Jethro Tull, Trombone Shorty, Gregory Porter, Snarky Puppy, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Beth Hart, Laura Mvula, Roy Ayers, Booker T Jones Presents The Stax Records Revue, Andrew Bird, Rickie Lee Jones, Joan Osborne, Turin Brakes, The Strumbellas, Jake Shimabukuro, Dumpstaphunk, Nikki Hill and Irish Mythen with more to be announced.

Bluesfest takes place over the Easter long weekend for the 13th to 17th April. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 15th February


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Another track has emerged from the upcoming Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys album this time featuring Patti Smith and Johnny Depp. Details here

Passenger released his weekly new track, “The Way That I Need You” via a live video featuring Candian folkies The Once. Details here

Patrick James has finally revealed the details of his upcoming EP All About to Change as well as announcing details of an east coast tour in March and April. Details here

– Tomorrow night The Little Stevies will be launching their new live album Most Requested at The Workers Club in Melbourne. Details here

– And The Little Stevies are also offering up their new single “Thunder” as a free download via Timber and Steel for a limited time only. Details here

– Still with The Little Stevies, if you want to stream and then buy Most Requested you can now do so online. Details here

Mumford and Sons took out Album of the Year at The Grammys, along with a bunch of other folk and acoustic winners on the night. Details here

– We’ve also posted videos of some of our favourite performances from The Grammys’ ceremony. Details here

Bear’s Den revealed their lastest track “Isaac” via a live video. Details here

– The latest video from Tim Hart’s solo album Milling The Wind is “Cover Of Your Code” and it has an awesome banjo-and-ride-on-mower video to go with it. Details here

Bob Evans will be celebrating the release of his new album The Double Life with a massive national tour throughout April and May. Details here

Damien Dempsey released his new single “Bustin Outta Here” (featuring Sinead O’Connor on backing vocals) along with a brand new video. Details here

– NSW Central Coast singer-songwriter Sarah Humphreys has released her brand new single “Boy Wonder” and is celebrating with an east coast tour. Details here

Katie Noonan has also announced a bunch of dates to promote her Songbook album. Details here

Billy Bragg released his double negative filled new video “No One Knows Nothing Anymore”. Details here

– Monthly acoustic evening The Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions is launching its 2013 program in March with a new look and new venue. Details here

– Sydney duo Jep&Dep have released their new single “Ain’t Coming Back” and announced plans to release an EP in March. Details here


“Yeah, it was good. It was short, but it was good. I really had an incredible gig in Melbourne. I can’t remember the venue – it was a small, club venue – but it was a blast [Kiwanuka played at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne with Ben Howard and Tim Hart in 2012]. I remember Splendour in the Grass too, and that was a really fun gig too. My memory is fond of Australia”Michael Kiwanuka chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“I play guitar, bouzouki and banjo. I play all those other bits and bobs now – it’s all about transferring what you’re doing and directing songs into a different perspective. But I definitely am foremost a violinist. The new record, Tales From The Barrel House, is where I really started to experiment with other instruments production wise and how they would fit together with a field recording. On the new record I kind of played everything really – I kept it cheap”Seth Lakeman chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here


“Dave O’Neill, former Artistic Director of the National Folk Festival and multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire, used to muse that he could program an entire National Folk Festival just with women singer/songwriters. His comment were not pejorative, simply a reflection on the number, and indeed the quality, of women musicians and songwriters on the Australian and, indeed, international folk/roots circuit” – Peter Logue takes a look at some of the amazing singer-songwriters at this year’s National Folk Festival. Blog piece here



“I implore you to listen to this album on a long drive into the country, or on an afternoon in the sun with a glass of pinot grigio. Whether it be the slight trills you revel in or the deep smooth vocals, the raw composition and befitting structure, Home In Your Heart is sure to be a favourite on your playlist”Janine Estoesta reviews Home In Your Heart from Miles and Simone. Review here

Releases This Week

Jordan Millar
Cold Lights On Curious MindsJordan Millar

Matt Costa
Matt CostaMatt Costa

ElectricRichard Thompson

Most Requested
Most RequestedThe Little Stevies

Timber and Steel Presents

Jungal with Tom Richardson and When in Roam
Sunday 17th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Little Wise
Little Wise
Friday 15th February – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Saturday 16th February – Mac’s Hotel Bentinck, Portland, VIC
Wednesday 20th February – Irish Murphy’s Top Shelf Night, Launceston, TAS
Thursday 21st February – Brookfield Margate, Margate, TAS
Friday 22nd February – Crossroads Wine Bar, St Helens, TAS

Gigs Next Week

Friday 15th February – The Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 16th February – Mittagong Playhouse, Mittagong, NSW
Friday 22nd February – Wollongong Conservatorium, Wollongong, NSW

Don’t Mention The Wall
Friday 15th February – River Music Folk, Nowra, NSW
Saturday 16th February – Nerrigundah Hall, NSW
Sunday 17th February – Tilba Valley Wines, Tilba Tilba, NSW
Thursday 21st February – Braidwood Folk Club, NSW
22nd to 24th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, NSW

Donavon Frankenreiter
Friday 15th February – Woolshed Pub, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 15th February – Prince Of Wales, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th February – Portsea Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th February – Westernport Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 17th February – Lorne Hotel, Lorne, VIC
Sunday 17th February – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Friday 22nd February – Coogee Bay Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Father John Misty
Sunday 17th February – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 19th February – The Metro, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 20th February – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Jordan Millar
Friday 15th February – Upstairs Beresford, Sydney, NSW

Julia Stone with Vance Joy
Friday 15th February – St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 19th February – St David’s Cathedral, Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 20th February – St Michael’s Church, Melbourne VIC
Thursday 21st February – Flinders Street Baptist Church, Adelaide, SA
Friday 22nd February – St Joseph’s Church, Perth, WA

Justin Townes Earle with Robert Ellis
Saturday 16th February – Star Court Theatre, Lismore, NSW
Sunday 17th February – Byron Bay Community Centre, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 19th February – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Kim Churchill
Saturday 16th February – Garden of Unearthly Delights @ Paradiso Spiegeltent, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 17th February – Fringe Comes to Birdwood, Birdwood High School, Birdwood, SA

MoFo feat. Modhan and Candice McLeod
Saturday 16th February – The Gaelic Club Upstairs, Sydney, NSW

Mustered Courage with Sweet Jean
Thursday 21st February – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Nick and Liesl
Thursday 21st February – Bottlerocket, Nowra, NSW

Paul Kelly and Neil Finn
Saturday 16th February – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 18th February – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Ruby Boots
Friday 15 February – Perth International Arts Festival Gardens, Perth, WA

Sarah Blasko
Sunday 17th February – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Sarah Humphreys
Friday 22nd February – The Front, Canberra, ACT

The April Maze
Saturday 16th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Little Stevies
Saturday 16th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd February – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC

The Wooden Music Festival feat. The Perch Creek Family Jug Band, The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, The Bearded Gypsy Band
Friday 15th February – Beetle Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Wes Carr
Friday 15th February – Wellers Restaurant, Kangaroo Grounds, VIC
Sunday 17th February – Beavs Bar, Geelong, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Waltzing’s For Dreamers” – Richard Thompson

Nothing cures the sugary sweetness of Valentine’s Day quite like a song about heartbreak and what better heartbreak song than this classic from Richard Thompson. “One step for aching, and two steps for breaking, Waltzing’s for dreamers and losers in love” – classic.

Patti Smith and Johnny Depp’s Contribution to Pirate Album

Rogues Gallery 2

We’re a couple of weeks out from the 22nd February release date for Johnny Depp’s Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys but that doesn’t mean we have to wait until then to hear more music from it. The latest track to emerge from Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys features Depp himself teaming up with the legendary Patti Smith for the song “The Mermaid”. Take a listen below:

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