Paul Kelly Announces Making Gravy Christmas Show

Paul Kelly
Image Courtesy of Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly’s iconic song “How to Make Gravy” has become a stalwart of the Christmas period with many Australians siting it as their favourite holiday song.

Kelly has embraced the national love of the song with the announcement of a huge Making Gravy show at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne on Saturday 16th December. The show will feature special guest performances from Gang of Youths, Meg Mac and Gretta Ray.

“Gravy’s been around a long, long time,” Paul Kelly explained. “Maybe humans came up with it even before they came up with beer and wine. I don’t know. But I do know Raymond Carver wrote a poem about it. And I like to make it. And it’s different all over the world. So, we’d like to usher in Christmas and all things grave and gravilicious with a rich, musical stew. Come on board the gravy train with us and our friends this December 16th at The Myer Music Bowl.”

For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 3rd November

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Roots duo Hussy Hicks announced a collaboration with Rapahel White for their fifth album On The Boundries. Details here

Tim Hart, drummer with Boy & Bear, has returned with new solo material plus tour dates next year. Details here

Paul Kelly released his new video “Rising Moon”. Details here

– Alt-country legends Calexico announced their ninth studio album The Thread That Keeps Us. Details here

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s announced their annual UNHCR fundraiser with Whoa Mule (above), Shelley’s Murder Boys, Flat Rock Boys, Simone East and more performing “bluegrassified” versions of classic country tracks. Details here

– Canadian soul-country singer-songwriter Frazey Ford has announced Australian tour dates. Details here

Angus & Julia Stone announced 2018 tour dates. Details here

– The final show for Blue Mountains mainstays Lime and Steel is this Saturday. Details here

– Melbourne alt-country band James Ellis and the Jealous Guys released their new video “Have You Ever Seen Her”. Details here

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nights Sweats announced plans to release their first live album Live at Red Rocks. Details here

– Victorian alt-folk collective The Northern Folk released the video for their new single “Get On”. Details here

– Melbourne based alt-folk trio Four In The Morning released their new single “Terrified”. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter Tom Dockray released his new video “Here’s To Me & You”. Details here

Father John Misty announced Sydney and Melbourne headline shows while he’s in the country for Laneway. Details here

– Fremantle singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly announced national tour dates. Details here

– Sydney folk-pop duo The Campervan Dancers released their new single “Let Me Go (Eiffel Tower)”. Details here

Releases This Week

Powerful Owl
Powerful OwlBelle Miners
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Billy Bragg
Bridges Not WallsBilly Bragg
iTunes

Wild and Reckless
Wild & RecklessBlitzen Trapper
Bandcamp

Wild
Wild & FreeVanessa Delaine
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Lime and Steel w/Julien Joel Clement, Neil Duncan

Lime and Steel

Iconic Blue Mountains band Lime and Steel call it a day with their last ever show.

Saturday 4th November – Junction 142, Katoomba, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Sunday 5th November – Murrah Hall, Murrah, NSW

Alanna and Alicia
Saturday 4th November – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC

Alex The Astronaut
Friday 3rd November – Jack Rabbit Slim’s, Perth, WA

Americana Music Association of Australia Birthday Bash feat. Anne Kirkpatrick, Gretta Ziller, Small Town Romance, The Ahern Brothers, Andrew Swift, Georgia State Line, Hana and Jessie-Lee, The April Family
Friday 3rd November – Cronulla, NSW

Americana Music Association of Australia Conference
Saturday 4th November – Cronulla, NSW

Andy Golledge
Friday 3rd November – Giant Dwarf, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Bitter & Twisted Fest, Maitland Goal, Maitland, NSW
Sunday 5th November – The Junkyard Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Wednesday 8th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Australian Music Week
Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd November – Sydney, NSW

Band of Brothers
Thursday 9th November – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Beechworth Celtic Festival
Friday 10th and Saturday 11th November – Beechworth, VIC

Beltane Festival
Friday 3rd to Tuesday 7th November – Wolfgang’s Palace, Nalangil, VIC

Ben Salter
Friday 3rd November – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4th November – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 5th November – Castlemaine Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Thursday 9th November – St John Craft Beer, Launceston, TAS
Friday 10th November – The Wharf, Ulverstone, TAS
Friday 10th November – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS

Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival
Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo, VIC

Bernard Fanning
Saturday 4th November – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Betty & Oswald
Thursday 9th November – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 10th November – Yah Yah’s, Melbourne, VIC

Blackwood Festival of Music and Culture
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th November – Blackwood, VIC

Blues at Bridgetown
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bridgetown, WA

Bob Evans
Friday 10th November – C.ex, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Brad Butcher
Friday 3rd November – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW
Friday 10th November – House Concert, Ferntree Gully, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 3rd November – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Saturday 4th November – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Tuesday 7th November – Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 8th November – Townsville Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD

Byron Bay Guitar Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Candice McLeod
Friday 3rd November – House Concert, Wakerie, SA
Sunday 5th November – House Concert, Ararat, VIC
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC

CanManouche Gypsy Jazz Jam
Saturday 4th November – Gang Gang Cafe, Canberra, ACT

Charlie & Jensen
Sunday 5th November – Cinema Paradiso, Ettalong Beach, NSW

Chris Jagger
Friday 3rd November – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Stag N’ Hunter Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Monday 6th November – Bird’s Basement, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC

Cider Fest feat. The Pitts Family Circus, The Barkers Vale Brothers, Honey & Knives, The Button Collective
Saturday 4th November – Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW

Claude Hay
Friday 3rd November – Family Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Beaches Hotel, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 10th November – Labour in Vain, Melbourne, VIC

Code Red Festival
Friday 3rd November – Murdoch, WA

Colin Lillie
Friday 3rd November – El Sol, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 3rd November – St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Cronulla, NSW

Datson Hughes
Saturday 4th November – Live and free @ Brat Cave, Brisbane, QLD

Devil Goat Family String Band
Sunday 5th November – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Diana Anaid
Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd November – Australian Music Week, Cronulla, NSW

Dusty Ravens
Saturday 4th November – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Echo Deer
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Majors Creek Festival, Majors Creek, NSW

Eden Whale Festival
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Eden, NSW

Ella Belfanti
Saturday 4th November – Paddo RSL, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Byron Bay Guitar Festival, Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Emma Davis
Thursday 9th November – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Emma Russack
Friday 3rd November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 3rd November – Giant Dwarf, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Eurongilly Hall, Eurongilly, NSW
Friday 10th November – Majors Creek Festival, Majors Creek, NSW

Finders Keepers Brisbane Market
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane, QLD

Foghorn Stringband
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Blackwood Festival of Music and Culture, Blackwood, VIC

Folk Alliance Australia Conference
Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd November – Cronulla, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Suami Amabel, Jason Lowe, Matt Owens
Wednesday 8th November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fred Smith
Friday 3rd November – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Thursday 9th November – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Garrett Kato
Friday 3rd November – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD

Glenmaggie Country Rock Festival
Saturday 4th November – Glenmaggie Hall, Glenmaggie, VIC

Great Aunt
Thursday 9th November – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Saturday 4th November – Glenmaggie Country Rock Festival, Glenmaggie, VIC
Tuesday 7th November – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 9th November – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Grizzlee Train
Friday 10th November – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

Hana & Jessie-Lee
Saturday 4th November – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 9th November – South Australian Music Awards, Thebarton Theatre Adelaide, SA

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 3rd November – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne, NSW

Healesville Music Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Healesville, VIC

Holly Throsby
Friday 3rd November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 4th November – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW

Hussy Hicks & Raphael White
Saturday 4th November – Leftie’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 8th November – Redcliffe on the Murray, Pinjarra, WA
Thursday 9th November – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bridgetown Blues Festival, Bridgetown, WA

Inland Sea of Sound Festival
Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th November – Mount Panorama, Bathurst, NSW

James Bennett
Friday 10th November – Avoca Beach Hotel & Resort, Avoca Beach, NSW

James Kenyon
Friday 3rd November – The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 4th November – Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 5th November – The Lost Ones, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 10th November – The Lounge, Albury, NSW

James Thomson & The Strange Pilgrims
Thursday 9th November – Gypsy Tapas House, Fremantle, WA

Jed Rowe
Friday 3rd November – Skylark Lounge, Upwey, VIC
Saturday 4th November – Saint Monday, Yackandandah, VIC
Sunday 5th November – Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT

Jeff Lang
Saturday 4th November – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Sunday 5th November – Tablelands Music Lovers The ORB, Atherton, QLD

Jess Locke
Friday 3rd November – The Foundry Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th November – Crown and Anchor, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 8th November – Phoenix Bar, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 9th November – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 10th November – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

John Butler Trio
Friday 3rd November – Corxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4th November – Hanging Rock, Macedon Ranges, VIC

Jordan Merrick w/ Sam Newton
Sunday 5th November – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Josh Pyke w/ Harrison Storm
Friday 3rd November – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Long Point Vineyard, Port Macquarie, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Saturday 4th November – Readings St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC

Karin Page
Saturday 4th November – WAMfest, Perth, WA

Kasey Chambers
Friday 3rd November – Tank Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

King Arthur w/ Lucky Oceans
Monday 6th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Kyle Lionhart
Thursday 9th November – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 10th November – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC

Liam Gerner
Friday 10th November – Piping Hot Chicken, Ocean Grove, VIC

Likely Celts
Sunday 5th November – Warrnambool RSL, Warrnambool, VIC
Friday 10th November – The Old Priory Beechworth, Beechworth, VIC

Lime and Steel w/Julien Joel Clement, Neil Duncan
Saturday 4th November – Junction 142, Katoomba, NSW

Lizzie Flynn
Tuesday 7th November – The Bug – Brisbane Unplugged Gigs, Brisbane, QLD

Lloyd Spiegel
Saturday 4th November – Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues, Wangaratta, VIC

Low Down Riders, Ruby Gilbert & Ramblin’ Ash
Friday 10th November – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Lyall Moloney
Friday 3rd November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 9th November – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 10th November – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

Lyn Bowtell
Friday 3rd November – Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music, Muswellbrook, VIC
Thursday 9th November – Bayview Country Art Club, Bittern, VIC
Friday 10th November – The Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Maia Marsh
Saturday 4th November – Secret Garden, Sydney, NSW

Majors Creek Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Majors Creek, NSW

Maldon Folk Festival
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th November – Maldon, VIC

Mama Kin Spender
Friday 3rd November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Mandy Connell
Friday 10th November – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Thursday 9th November – House Concert, Belmont, VIC
Friday 10th November – House Concert, Wyndham Vale, VIC

Martin Pearson
Friday 10th November – Albert Park Yacht Club, Melbourne, VIC

Melody Moko
Sunday 5th November – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Mia Dyson
Friday 3rd November – Inland Sea of Sound Festival, Bathurst, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Bitter & Twisted Festival, Maitland, NSW
Friday 10th November – SS&A, Albury, NSW

Mile Twelve
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC

Monique Clare
Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd November – Australian Music Week, Sydney, NSW

Monthly Oldtime Jam
Sunday 5th November – Brothers Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Mr Alford
Sunday 5th November – Daylesford Cider Company, Daylesford, VIC

Neil Murray
Friday 3rd November – Australian Music Week, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Northern Beaches Music Festival
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Collaroy Beach, Sydney, NSW

Ocean Grove International Americana Music Festival feat. Gallie, Twin Peaks, Liam Gerner
Friday 10th November – The Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill, Ocean Grove, VIC

Ollie Brown w/ Andy Golledge, Brendon Moon
Wednesday 8th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Out of Abingdon
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Eden Whale Festival, Eden, NSW
Thursday 9th November – Doo-Bop Jazz Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Paddy McHugh
Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd November – Australian Music Week, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW

Patonga Blues Across The Bay
Saturday 4th November – Broken Bay Sport & Recreation Centre, Brooklyn, NSW

Paul Kelly
Friday 3rd November – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Saturday 4th November – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Tuesday 7th November – Convention Centre Great Hall, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 8th November – Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD
Thursday 9th November – Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD

Peasant Moon
Friday 3rd November – Orient, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats w/ The Drunken Poachers
Friday 10th November – Baha, Rye, VIC

Porch Light Sessions feat. Shelley’s Murder Boys, David Ross Macdonald, Darby
Thursday 9th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Ralway Bell
Saturday 4th November – WAMFest Live, Perth, WA

Red-Eyed And Blue feat. That Red Head, Ben Leece
Sunday 5th November – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Rick Hart
Sunday 5th November – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Russell Morris
Sunday 5th November – Satellite Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 6th November – The Yarraville Club, Yarraville, VIC

Sásta
Friday 3rd November – Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th November – Sandgate Town Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 5th November – The Colmslie Hotel, Brisbane, QLD

Simon Imrei
Friday 10th November – Brass Razu, Mornington, VIC

Sneaky Jams feat. Ned Mcphie, Sam IAm, Michelle Benson, Lucas
Wednesday 8th November – Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Stella Donnelly
Friday 3rd November – Code Red Festival, Murdoch, WA
Saturday 4th November – WamFest, Perth, WA
Sunday 5th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Stockley
Friday 3rd November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Tex Perkins – The Man In Black, The Songs of Johnny Cash
Friday 3rd November – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4th November – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Audreys
Saturday 4th November – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th November – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 5th November – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 8th November – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 9th November – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 10th November – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

The Band Who Knew Too Much
Sunday 5th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

The Black Sorrows
Friday 3rd November – The Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Saturday 4th November – John Wright Park, Tuncurry, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Hoey Moey Beer Garden, Coffs Harbour, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 3rd November – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Cider Fest, Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW

The Central Coast Scottish Spectacular
Sunday 5th November – The Entertainment Grounds, Gosford, NSW

The Crooked Fiddle Band w/ The Mouldy Lovers
Friday 3rd November – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Montgomery Brothers
Thursday 9th November – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th November – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

The Northern Folk
Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th November – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, Bendigo, VIC

The Nukes
Friday 3rd November – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Snowdroppers
Saturday 4th November – Jive, Adelaide, SA

The Songwriter Sessions feat. Paul Andrew Carey, Sarah Carroll and Matt Glass
Sunday 5th November – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 3rd November – Ravenswood Tavern, Mandurah, WA
Saturday 4th November – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 5th November – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Tuesday 7th November – Perth Blues Club, Perth, WA
Thursday 9th November – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Blues at Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown, WA

The Weeping Willows
Saturday 4th November – Glenmaggie Country Rock Festival, Glenmaggie, VIC

The Willing Ponies
Sunday 5th November – The George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Timberwolf
Friday 3rd November – Secret Location, Adelaide, SA

TinPan Orange
Friday 3rd November – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Saturday 4th November – Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA
Friday 10th November – Hudson Ballroom, Sydney, NSW

Tom Dockray w/ Mitch Power
Friday 3rd November – Red Velvet Lounge, Cygnet, TAS
Wednesday 8th November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bendigo Blues Festival, Bendigo, VIC

Tom West
Friday 3rd November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 10th November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Tristen Bird
Friday 3rd November – Willie Smith’s Organic Cider, Grove, TAS
Saturday 4th November – Marakoopa Cafe, Mayberry, TAS
Sunday 5th November – Republic Bar & Cafe, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 9th November – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Friday 10th November – The Front Gallery and Cafe, Canberra, ACT

Twin Peaks
Sunday 5th November – Jacaranda River Feast, Grafton, NSW
Tuesday 7th November – Red Gum BBQ, Red Hill, VIC
Wednesday 8th November – Wine Whiskey Women, The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th November – Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC

Wallis Bird
Thursday 9th November – Wauchope Arts, Wauchope, NSW
Friday 10th November – Bellingen Brewery, Bellingen, NSW

WAMFest Live
Saturday 4th November – Northbridge, Perth, WA

Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th November – Wangaratta, VIC

William Crighton and Terra Lightfoot
Friday 3rd November – Central Bar, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Inland Sea of Sound Festival, Bathurst, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Monday 6th November – Yah Yah’s, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 9th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Majors Creek Festival, Majors Creek, NSW

Z-Stay Delta
Friday 3rd November – Baha, Rye, VIC
Saturday 4th November – Deep West Block Party, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 9th November – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Wayfaring Stranger” – Ed Sheeran

Watch the New Paul Kelly Video “Rising Moon”

Paul Kelly
Image Courtesy of Paul Kelly

Legendary Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly has just released his new video “Rising Moon”.

The track is taken from Kelly’s latest album Life Is Fine and features longtime collaborators Vika and Linda Bull on vocals.

Watch “Rising Moon” below:

Paul Kelly is heading out on tour through November – the full list of dates are here:

Friday 3rd November – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Saturday 4th November – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Tuesday 7th November – Convention Centre Great Hall, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 8th November – Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD
Thursday 9th November – Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 11th November – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 12th November – Regional Botanic Gardens, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Tuesday 14th November – Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 15th November – Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 17th November – Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th November – MONA Mainstage & Lawns, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 19th November – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Monday 20th November – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd November – Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 23rd November – Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 25th November – Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, Perth, WA
Sunday 26th November – Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, Perth, WA

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 8th September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Blues and roots singer-songwriter Karl S Williams released his new single “Blood to Give”. Details here

– Canadian trio The East Pointers released their double A side “82 Fires / Tanglewood”. Details here

– Indie-folk singer songwriter Lisa Mitchell is releasing an EP of acoustic covers. Details here

– Sydney based alt-country trio The April Family released their new video “You’re Just The Blues”. Details here

– Post-punk singer-songwriter Paddy McHugh announced plans to release his new album City Bound Trains. Details here

Paul Kelly announced a national tour this November. Details here

Justin Townes Earle added Castlemaine and Meeniyan dates to his Australian tour. Details here

– The Queenscliff Music Festival added a bunch more artists including Andie Isalie, Black Rabbit George, Caiti Baker, Creek, Hussy Hicks, The Imprints, James Franklin, Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence, The Mae Trio, Miss Eileen & King Lear, Pat Tierney, Sex On Toast, Spiritus, Ukulele Death Squad and Vince Peach. Details here

– Sydney based indie-folkers Swamp Fat Jangles released their new single “You Only Say I Love You When You’re Drunk”. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival announced its first round of artists for 2018 including Troy Cassar-Daley, Declan O’Rourke, Shane Howard, Pauline Scanlon, Andy Irvine, John Spillane, Leah Flanagan, Lynnelle Moran, John McSherry, Alan Kelly Gang, The Band Who Knew Too Much, Chris While & Julie Matthews, Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys, Harry Manx, Nano Stern, Rebecca Barnard, Steve Poltz, The Topp Twins, The Ahern Brothers, The Brothers Comatose, Faith I Branko, Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse, Jack Broadbent, Mental As Anything, The Mexicans, Sophie Koh & Her Lady Choir, The Teskey Brothers and YolanDa Brown. Details here

The Teskey Brothers announced WA tour dates plus festival appearances at Meredith, Queenscliff, Lost Picnic, Caloundra, Dashville Skyline, Wave Rock, NYE On The Hill, Fairgrounds, Blues at Bridgetown and Strawberry Fields. Details here

The Triffid in Brisbane announced the lineup for this year’s Newstead Roots Festival including Caravãna Sun, Fat Picnic, The Steele Syndicate, Little Georgia, Luke Yeoward, Áine Tyrrell, Jordan Merrick and Angharad Drake. Details here

– Hunter Valley based alt-country singer Tori Forsyth released her new video “Grave Robber’s Daughter”. Details here

– Alt-country artist Micah P Hinson released his spoken word single “Micah Book One”. Details here

Releases This Week

Fledgling Fall
Fledgling FallÁine Tyrrell
iTunes

Jack Johnson
All The Light Above It TooJack Johnson
iTunes

Micah P Hinson
The Holy StrangersMicah P. Hinson
iTunes

Wake Up Now
Wake Up NowNick Mulvey
iTunes

Paul Brady
Unfinished BusinessPaul Brady
iTunes

Button Collective
Hall on the HillThe Button Collective
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Trouble in the Kitchen and Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton

Trouble in the Kitchen

Two of Australia’s most loved trad bands Trouble in the Kitchen and Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton come together for a rare co-headline show.

Saturday 9th September – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Saturday 9th September – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Friday 15th to Monday 18th September – Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Festival, Kandanga, QLD

A Tribute to Bob Dylan Feat. Oh Mercy
Friday 8th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Alanna and Alicia
Friday 15th September – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 15th to Saturday 17th September – Turning Wave Festival, Yass, NSW

Americana Sunday Sessions w/ Montgomery Church
Sunday 10th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, NSW

Anna Smyrk
Friday 8th September – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 9th September – McCrossin’s Mill, Uralla, NSW
Thursday 14th September -Loft Bar, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Ashlea Reale
Sunday 10th September – Mini Bar, Rockingham Beach, WA
Thursday 14th September – The Swan Hotel, North Fremantle, WA

BANFF
Friday 15th September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Ben Abraham
Thursday 14th September – The Croxton, Melbourne, VIC

Ben Mastwyk
Friday 8th September – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

Bill Chambers
Thursday 14th September – The Baan Baa Hall, Baan Baa, NSW

Broads
Sunday 10th September – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Brooke Russell
Saturday 9th September – Charles Weston Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Canyon
Friday 15th September – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Captain Apples
Friday 15th September – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Charles Jenkins
Saturday 9th September – Readings St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC

Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 8th September – Junction Arts Festival, Launceston, TAS

Clare Bowditch
Friday 15th September – The Sound Doctor Presents, Anglesea, VIC

Damien Dempsey
Thursday 14th September – The Flamin’ Galah, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th September – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Dan Sultan
Friday 8th September – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 9th September – Club 54, Launceston, TAS
Friday 15th September – HQ, Adelaide, SA

Devil Goat Family String Band
Saturday 9th September – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Dirtbird w/ Cathy Burke
Sunday 10th September – The Taproom, Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC

E for Echo w/ Merpire
Thursday 14th September – Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW

Fallon Cush, The April Family, Bryan Estepa and The Tempe Two
Saturday 9th September – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Tuesday 5th September to Friday 8th September – Bigsound, Brisbane, QLD

FolkSwagon feat. Stephanie Cherote, Tommy Castles, Jack Millar
Wednesday 13th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Garrett Kato
Friday 8th September – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Saturday 9th September – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Giffen
Sunday 10th September – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Great Aunt
Friday 8th September – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave, VIC
Sunday 10th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Friday 8th September – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 9th September – Sider Diner Sessions, City Sider CBD Motel, Tamworth, NSW

Guildford Banjo Jamboree
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Guildford, VIC

Hannah Matysek
Sunday 10th September – The Forresters, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 10th September – The Little Guy, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 12th September – Different Drummer, Sydney, NSW

Homegrown Bluegrass & Old-Time feat. Stillhouse Union, Whoa Mule, The Plough, Fish Ain’t Bitin’ and Meridian
Saturday 9th September – Thirroul Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW

In The Round at Leadbelly feat. Sam Newton Amber Rae Slade & The Mighty Big Noise, Jason Walker and Sarah Humphreys
Wednesday 13th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

James Bennett
Friday 8th September – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 10th September – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 13th September – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 14th September – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 15th September – Latin Loafer, Port Macquarie, NSW

James Ellis & The Jealous Guys
Sunday 10th September – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Jed Rowe
Friday 8th September – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 14th September – Red Velvet Lounge, Cygnet, TAS
Friday 15th September – The Chapel, Burnie, TAS

Jen Cloher
Saturday 9th September – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Joe Mungovan and Greta Stanley
Thursday 14th September – Baha Tacos, Rye, VIC
Friday 15th September – Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 8th September – Selby Folk Club, Selby, VIC

Katie Noonan
Thursday 14th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Karl S Williams
Friday 8th September – The Edwards, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 9th September – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 10th September – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 14th September – Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th September – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 8th September – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 14th September – The Fox Den, Gloucester, NSW

Kim Churchill
Thursday 14th September – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 15th September – Unibar, Wollongong, NSW

King Street Crawl
Sunday 9th September – Newtown, Sydney, NSW

Lizzie Flynn
Friday 15th September – Coast Acoustics Festival Fringe, Nerang, QLD

Madison Violet
Friday 15th September – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Maggie Carty
Friday 8th September – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Mark Olson
Friday 8th September – Shambles Brewery, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 9th September – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 10th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 12th September – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Wednesday 13th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 14th September – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 8th September – House Concert, Oakdale, NSW
Saturday 9th September – House Concert, Nelson, NSW
Sunday 10th September – House Concert, Wamberal, NSW
Thursday 14th September – The Chapel, Burnie, TAS

Melody Moko
Saturday 9th September – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 14th September – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA

Merpire
Sunday 10th September – Maestro and Co, Manly, NSW
Thursday 14th September – Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW

Mitch Power
Wednesday 13th September – The Front Gallery and Cafe, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 14th September – Antojitos Newcastle, Carrington, NSW

Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Fest
Friday 15th to Monday 18th September – Upper Kandanga, Mary Valley, QLD

Montgomery Church
Friday 8th September – House Concert, Maryborough, QLD
Saturday 9th September – Retro Bar, Kenmore, QLD
Sunday 10th September – Americana Sunday Sessions, The Triffid, Brisbane, NSW
Friday 15th September – Blackheath Community Hall, Blackheath, NSW

Nathan Seeckts, Catholic Guilt, David Grimson
Sunday 10th September – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Neurum Creek Music Festival
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th September – Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, Neurum Creek, QLD

NGV Friday Nights feat. Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday 8th September – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC

Nimbin Roots Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin, NSW

Obscura Hail
Monday 11th September – Rad, Wollongong, NSW

Oliver Downes w/ Stav
Thursday 14th September – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Open Folk’n
Friday 8th September – Bendigo Folk Club, The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Patrick James
Friday 15th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Pete Murray
Friday 8th September – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 9th September – Darwin Ski Club, Darwin, NT

Pick’in In The Pub feat. Tommy Chandle, The Willing Ponies
Sunday 10th September – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 8th September – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 9th September – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Wednesday 13th September – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC

Porch Light Sessions feat. Hollie Matthew, Liam Gale, John Mason
Thursday 14th September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Psycho Zydeco w/ Chris Allan
Friday 8th September – The Acoustic Picnic, Sydney, NSW

Quinton Trembath
Sunday 10th September – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Redland Spring Festival
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th September – Redland, QLD

Rita B
Sunday 10th September – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 12th September – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Roadhouses
Wednesday 13th September – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Russell Morris
Friday 8th September – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW
Saturday 9th September – Belmont 16s, Belmont, NSW
Sunday 10th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 14th September – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Saoirse
Thursday 14th September – South Coast Folk Club, Port Noarlunga, SA

Shaky Stills
Sunday 10th September – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Nicholson
Friday 8th September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Sneaky Jams feat. Josh Shipton, Matt Fletcher, Baiylaw
Sunday 10th September – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Tex, Don & Charlie
Friday 8th September – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 9th September – Bellingen Memorial Hall, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 10th September – A&I Hall, Bangalow, NSW
Wednesday 13th September – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 14th September – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 15th September – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

The Button Collective
Friday 8th September – Rappville Pub, Rappville, NSW
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

The Cope Street Parade
Saturday 9th September – Welcome To Thornbury, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 9th September – The Jazzlab, Melbourne, VIC

The Montgomery Brothers
Friday 8th September – The Basement Bar, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 9th September – Machans Beach Community Hall, Cairns, QLD

The Round Up feat. Gallie and Rich Davies
Wednesday 13th September – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Slipdixies
Saturday 9th September – Victorian Jazz Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Tall Grass
Saturday 9th September – Sonic Sherpa Records, Brisbane, QLD

The Weeping Willows and Their Travelling Companions
Sunday 10th September – The Union, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Guy
Friday 15th September – The Taproom Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC

Tim Wheatley
Friday 8th September – Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar, Sydney, NSW

Timothy James Bowen
Saturday 9th September – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Tobias
Saturday 9th September – Sydney Harbour Boat Cruise, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW

Tori Forsyth
Saturday 9th September – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT

Triffid Acoustics w/ Jeremy Hunter
Wednesday 13th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Trouble in the Kitchen and Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton
Saturday 9th September – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Turning Wave Festival
Friday 15th to Saturday 17th September – Yass, NSW

Vanishing Shapes feat. As of Sky, Jono B Smith
Sunday 10th September – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW

Z-Stay Delta
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Fest, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Butterfly/Kodo” – The Folk Ensemble

Paul Kelly Announces November Tour

Paul Kelly
Image Courtesy of Paul Kelly

Following the release of his amazing new album Life Is Fine in August the incomparable Paul Kelly has just announced plans to hit the road for a national tour this November.

Joining Kelly on the tour will be a bunch of amazing guests including Busby Marou in Darwin, Cairns and Townsville, Sahara Beck in Rockhampton and Steve Earle and Middle Kids supporting the rest of the tour from Brisbane to Perth.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 3rd November – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Saturday 4th November – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Tuesday 7th November – Convention Centre Great Hall, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 8th November – Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD
Thursday 9th November – Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 11th November – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 12th November – Regional Botanic Gardens, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Tuesday 14th November – Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 15th November – Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 17th November – Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th November – MONA Mainstage & Lawns, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 19th November – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Monday 20th November – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd November – Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 23rd November – Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 25th November – Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, Perth, WA
Sunday 26th November – Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, Perth, WA

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th August

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Josh Pyke has announced he’s taking a hiatus after his upcoming regional tour. Details here

– English indie-folk singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey released his new single “Mountain to Move”. Details here

– Australian folk super group The Maggie Darlings release their new album Wishing Well today. Details here

The Kyneton Music Festival announced their first round of artists including Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, Karl S. Williams, Freya Josephine Hollick, Dan Parsons, The Twoks and many more. Details here

– Sydney venue The Newsagency relaunches in its new space next week with a show from Sarah Belkner and Alison Avron. Details here

The Queenscliff Music Festival announced a bunch of international artists for 2017 including The East Pointers, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Irish Mythen, Lindi Ortega, Ron Artis II & The Truth, Too Many Zooz and Travis Bowlin. Details here

– Canadian duo Madison Violet announced plans to tour Australia this Spring. Details here

Kim Churchill announced his new album Weight_Falls as well as releasing the video for “Second Hand Car” and revealing a huge Spring tour. Details here

Iron & Wine released the gorgeous new video “Thomas County Law”. Details here

– Melbourne based alt-country singer Gretta Ziller has announced album launch dates in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle and Tamworth. Details here

David Rawlings released his new single “Cumberland Gap” ahead of his album release. Details here

– Brisbane indie-folk four piece Elbury have announced plans for an east coast tour kicking off this week. Details here

– The legendary Paul Kelly released his new video “Firewood And Candles”. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke has announced plans to head to Australia for a tour this Spring. Details here

Valerie June released her new video “Got Soul” ahead of her upcoming Australian tour. Details here

Releases This Week

Ben Sollee
Ben Sollee And Kentucky NativeBen Sollee
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David Rawlings
Poor David’s AlmanackDavid Rawlings
iTunes

Jen Cloher
Jen CloherJen Cloher
iTunes

KMH
Live at the Sydney Opera HouseKate Miller-Heidke & The Sydney Symphony Orchestra
iTunes

Maggie Darlings
Wishing WellThe Maggie Darlings
Bandcamp

Paul Kelly
Life Is FinePaul Kelly
iTunes

Richard Thompson
Acoustic Classics Vol. IIRichard Thompson
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Newsagency Sessions feat. Sarah Belkner, Alison Avron

Sarah Belkner

Sydney’s favourite intimate venue officially reopens in its new Camperdown space with a show from Sarah Belkner and Alison Avron

Wednesday 16th August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Asha Jefferies
Friday 18th August – The Flying Cock, Brisbane, QLD

Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
Friday 11th and Saturday 12th August – Bangalow Showground, Bangalow, NSW

BATTS
Thursday 17th August – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Bek Sarkoezy and Sam Newton
Saturday 12th August – The Joshua Tree, Sydney, NSW

Ben Salter
Wednesday 16th August – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Bill Chambers
Friday 11th August – Sunset Studio, Mayfield, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Diggers, The Entrance, NSW

Bill Jackson and Pete Fidler
Friday 11th August – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 12th August – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass Pub Pick feat. Whoa Mule
Sunday 13th August – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Central Coast Country Music Festival
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th August – Memorial Park, The Entrance, NSW

Daggy Man
Friday 11th August – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Darwin Festival
Thursday 10th to Sunday 27th August – Darwin, NT

Echo Deer w/ Holza & Pez
Sunday 13th August – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Elbury
Wednesday 16th August – Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 17th August – OxJam House Concert, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 18th August – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave, VIC

Emily Davis Band w/ Sam Reiher, Kate Alexander, Hana Brenecki
Sunday 13th August – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Emma Davis
Thursday 17th August – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW

Fairlight Folk feat. Bill Jackson, Pete Fidler, Strangelove, Melanie Horsnell
Saturday 12th August – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Fallon Cush
Sunday 13th August – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Daniel Cherote, Alana Wilkinson, MoSoul
Wednesday 16th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

For Folk Sake feat. Alice Terry, Christine Jane, Stephanie Cherote
Friday 11th August – 107 Projects, Sydney, NSW

Forever Son
Friday 11th August – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Georgia Fields and Phia
Friday 11th August – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 12th August – Glen Helen Homestead Lodge, Alice Springs, NT

Georgia State Line
Friday 11th August – Saints + Sailors, Portarlington, VIC
Saturday 12th August – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Sunday 13th August – Martians Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC

Handasyd Williams w/ Levi Burr, Nik Philpott
Sunday 13th August – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

High Tea feat. Adam Miller
Thursday 17th August – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Hinterlandt
Friday 11th August – Bomaderry Presbyterian Church, Bomaderry, NSW

Hollie Matthew
Saturday 12th August – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Horns of Leroy’s Jukebox feat. The Collingwood Casanovas
Wednesday 16th August – Belleville, Melbourne, VIC

Husky
Friday 11th August – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th August – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Shellie Morris, Troy Jungaji Brady
Friday 18th August – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Friday 18th August – Lulie St Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Jason Roweth
Friday 11th August – Addison Rd Community Centre, Sydney, NSW

Jen Cloher
Friday 11th August – Readings Carlton, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th August – Rocksteady Records, Melbourne, VIC

Jep and Dep
Friday 11th August – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Halcyon Daze Records, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th August – The Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Josh Pyke w/ Kyle Lionhart
Friday 11th August – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 12th August – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Thursday 17th August – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 18th August – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Kelly Brouhaha
Sunday 13th August – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Tuesday 15th August – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 17th August – The Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 18th August – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC

Kelly Country Pick
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th August – Beechworth, VIC

Liam Gale & The Ponytails
Friday 11th August – Kingsway Bar, Launceston, TAS

Liam Gerner
Sunday 13th August – Noisy Ritual People-Powered Urban Winery, Melbourne, VIC

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 11th August – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th August – The Old Church On The Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Madeline Leman and The Desert Swells, Freya Josephine Hollick
Thursday 17th August – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Maia Marsh w/ Sisco Electro, Huckleberry Hastings, Lachlan Vines
Tuesday 15th August – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Saturday 12th August – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th August – The Log Cabin Hall, Gooloogong, NSW

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band
Thursday 17th August – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

My Friend The Chocolate Cake
Friday 11th August – Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, Springwood, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th August – Theatre Royal Castlemaine, Castlemaine, VIC

Nathan Seeckts and Great Aunt
Saturday 12th August – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Nuet & Nic Cassey
Thursday 17th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

O’Shea
Saturday 12th August – Mount Isa Rodeo, Mount Isa, QLD

Open Folk’n
Friday 11th August – The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Packwood
Friday 18th August – Plant By Packwood, Melbourne, VIC

Paul Hayward & The Sidekicks
Saturday 12th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Paul Kelly
Friday 11th August – Red Eye Records, Sydney, NSW
Monday 14th August – Readings Carlton, Melbourne, VIC

Pete Murray
Friday 11th August – Wrest Point Showroom, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 12th August – Launceston Country Club, Launceston, TAS
Thursday 17th August – Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, Batemans Bay, NSW
Friday 18th August – Waves, Wollongong, NSW

Queen Porter Stomp
Friday 18th August – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Raised By Eagles
Friday 11th August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th August – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Friday 18th August – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC

Reuben Stone w/ Dan Vogl
Wednesday 16th August – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Rick Hart’s Bare Bones w/ Ben Leece
Friday 11th August – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Scarlet’s Revenge
Thursday 17th August – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW

Shane Nicholson
Friday 11th August – Anita’s Theatre, Thiroul, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th August – Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Sunday 13th August – Golden Barley Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Shellie Morris, Wityana Marika and Dhapanbal Yunupingu
Tuesday 15th August – Darwin Festival, The Lighthouse, Darwin, NT

Sofar Sounds Gold Coast
Friday 18th August – House Concert, Mermaid Beach, QLD

Someday June w/ Zac Saber
Friday 11th August – Analogue Academy, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 12th August – The Basement Bar, Bendigo, VIC

South Coast Folk Club Hall of Famers
Thursday 17th August – South Coast Folk Club, Port Noarlunga, SA

Tami Nelson
Thursday 17th August – Darwin Festival, The Lighthouse, Darwin, NT
Friday 18th August – The Flamin’ Galah, Brisbane, QLD

Taryn La Fauci
Friday 11th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

The Co-Ground Folk Show feat. Amistat, Ariela Jacobs, Mia Wray
Friday 18th August – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

The Cope Street Parade
Saturday 12th August – Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC

The Demon Drink
Saturday 12th August – Jubilee Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 18th August – Yandina Hotel, Yandina, QLD

The Newsagency Sessions feat. Sarah Belkner, Alison Avron
Wednesday 16th August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

The Round Up feat. Nigel Wearne and Ayleen O’Hanlon
Wednesday 16th August – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Settlement
Saturday 12th August – Commercial Hotel, Hamilton, VIC

The Slipdixies
Sunday 13th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Slowdowns
Friday 18th August – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 11th August – Mojo Record Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 11th August – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th August – Ed Castle, Adelaide, SA

The Twoks
Friday 11th August – House Concert, Adelaide, SA

The Willie Wagtails
Saturday 12th August – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Timothy James Bowen
Friday 11th August – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 12th August – The Bluebee Room, Adelaide, SA

Tobias
Friday 11th August – Irish Club, Emerald, QLD
Saturday 12th August – Irish McGanns, Eoma, QLD

Tori Forsyth
Friday 18th August – The Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW

Untamed Ceilidh
Saturday 12th August – Northcote Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC

Wanneroo Folk Club feat. Dingo’s Breakfast, Ashlea Reale
Friday 11th August – Dorchester Hall, Perth, WA

Whoa Mule
Saturday 12th August – Lentil as Anything, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 13th August – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Between The Wars” – Billy Bragg

Watch the New Paul Kelly Video “Firewood And Candles”

Paul Kelly
Image Courtesy of Paul Kelly

To celebrate the release of his highly anticipated new album Life Is Fine, acclaimed singer-songwriter Paul Kelly has gone full celebrity chef for his new video “Firewood And Candles”.

“Cooking seems to pop up in songs of mine from time to time,” Paul Kelly said. “The director, Prad Sen, and I wanted to pick up on that without getting too literal. We brainstormed with the Salvador Dali cookbook, seventies style recipes and TV cooking shows. From there things just got curiouser and curiouser.”

Check out the video for “Firewood And Candles” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 7th July

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The folks behind the Dashville events are hitting the road this weekend with some of their favourite artists including James Thomson, BagheadMelody PoolMagpie Diaries, Dave Wells, Deanna Rose, Demi Mitchell, Jason Walker and Lyle Dennis. Details here

– The Queenscliff Music Festival revealed the first 13 acts for 2017 including 30/70, The Beautiful Girls, Bernard Fanning, Freya Josephine Hollick, GL, Hot Potato Band, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Mama Kin & Spender, Nai Palm, The Temper Trap, The Teskey Brothers, Xavier Rudd and Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey shared details of his upcoming album Wake Up Now. Details here

– The legendary Paul Kelly has announced plans to release his new album Life Is Fine in August. Details here

– Melbourne based alt-country six-piece Georgia State Line released their new video “Heaven Knows”. Details here

– Alt-country band Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes released their new single “Long Way To Fall”. Details here

– Alt-country duo Miles and Simone released their new video “She And I”. Details here

Offa Rex, the new 70s-folk-revival project from The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney, released their new single “Sheepcrook and Black Dog”. Details here

– English trio The Young’uns announced plans to release their fourth studio album Strangers. Details here

– Adelaide’s Kelly Brouhaha released her new video “As Long As There’s A Smile”. Details here

Angus & Julia Stone released their new video “Snow” and announced September tour dates. Details here

– Alt-country singer Tori Forsyth released her new single “Kings Horses”. Details here

Releases This Week

Lloyd Spiegel
This Time TomorrowLloyd Spiegel
iTunes

Something's Changing
Something’s ChangingLucy Rose
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Joe Pug w/ Courtney Marie Andrews

Joe Pug

Celebrated American singer-songwriter Joe Pug returns to our shores for a series of shows that kick off this weekend at the Bello Winter Music festival. This time he’s brought Courtney Marie Andrews as his support.

Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July – Bello Winter Music, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 9th July – The Edwards, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 11th July – The Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 12th July – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th July – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 14th July – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Ainslie Wills
Thursday 13th July – The Landsdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Alice Terry
Friday 7th July – The Grounds of Alexandria, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th July – Venue 505, Sydney, NSW

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 7th July – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th July – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 13th July – Studio 56 @ Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 14th July – Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD

Amber Lawrence
Friday 7th July – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW

Ayleen O’Hanlon, Rich Davies and The Low Road
Friday 7th July – MOTH, Red Hill Showgrounds, Red Hill, VIC

Bello Winter Music Festival
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th July – Bellingen, NSW

Ben Ottewell
Friday 7th July – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July – Bello Winter Music, Bellingen, NSW

Ben Salter
Friday 9th July – Tramway Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Black Mountain Stringband
Friday 7th July – Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th July – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 9th July – Lomond Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Bluegrass Pub Pick feat. The Willing Ponies
Sunday 9th July – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Brad Butcher w/ The Weeping Willows
Friday 7th July – Two Goats Cafe & Baa, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 8th July – New England Brewing Co., Uralla, NSW
Friday 14th July – House Concert, Burnie, TAS

Carus Thompson
Saturday 8th July – 3ciana, Bunbury, WA

Clare Bowen w/ Timothy James Bowen
Friday 7th July – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 9th July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Monday 10th July – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 11th July – Blazes at Wests, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 13th July – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 14th July – The Star, Gold Coast, QLD

Claymore
Friday 7th July – Croydon Bowling Club, Melbourne, VIC

Clea w/ Nice Biscuit, Karl-Christoph
Saturday 8th July – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Co-cheòl
Tuesday 11th July – Ringwood Folk Club, Melbourne, VIC

Daniel Champagne
Friday 7th July – The Shed Tablelands Music Lovers, Atherton, QLD
Sunday 9th July – Kuranda Amphitheatre, Kuranda, QLD

Dashville On The Road feat. James Thomson, Baghead, Melody Pool, Magpie Diaries, Dave Wells, Deanna Rose, Demi Mitchell, Jason Walker, Lyle Dennis
Friday 7th July – Royal Federal Hotel, Branxton, NSW
Saturday 8th July – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Sunday 9th July – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 8th July – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Dope Lemon
Wednesday 12th July – Beach Road Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th July – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 14th July – UOW UniBar, Wollongong, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Rita B, Trent Williams, Gentle Leader
Wednesday 12th July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Freya Josephine Hollick & Sean McMahon
Friday 14th July – Theatre Royal Castlemaine, Castlemaine, VIC

Georgia Fields and Phia
Saturday 8th July – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Thursday 13th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 14th July – Candelo General Store, Candelo, NSW

Hannah Matysek
Sunday 9th July – The Lady Hampshire, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th July – The Little Guy, Sydney, NSW

Hats Off To Country
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th July – Tamworth, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Slim Dime, Owl Valley Bluegrass, Watling & Bates
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July – Rappville Pub, Rappville, NSW

Husky
Friday 7th July – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 8th July – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Humbug, Slim Dime
Friday 7th July – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Jacob Diamond
Saturday 8th July – Satchmo’s, Perth WA

Joe Pug w/ Courtney Marie Andrews
Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July – Bello Winter Music, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 9th July – The Edwards, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 11th July – The Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 12th July – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th July – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 14th July – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Leah Senior
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July – Bello Winter Festival, Bellingen, NSW

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival
Thursday 13th to Sunday 23rd July – Melbourne, VIC

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival Opening Night feat. Augie March, Jess Ribeiro, The Pink Tiles
Thursday 13th July – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Lior and the Australian Youth Orchestra
Monday 10th July – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 11th July – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Little Wise
Friday 7th July – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Saturday 8th July – Platypus Park House Concert, Bridport, TAS
Sunday 9th July – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 7th July – Hickinbotham Winery, Dromana, VIC
Friday 14th July – Suttons House of Music, Ballarat, VIC

Maia Marsh
Friday 14th July – Vic On The Park Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Thursday 13th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 14th July – Candelo General Store, Candelo, NSW

Melbourne AW17 Finders Keepers Market
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July – Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC

Miles and Simone
Friday 7th July – Festival of Voices, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July – Bello Winter Music, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 13th July – Leaps and Bounds Festival, The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 14th July – Moira, VIC

Oliver Downes
Friday 7th July – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW
Saturday 8th July – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 9th July – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Pete Murray
Wednesday 12th July – Lismore City Hall, Lismore, NSW
Thursday 13th July – Villa Noosa, Noosaville, QLD
Friday 14th July – The Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Pony Tales feat. Luke Collings & Greasy Lake, Mysterious Universe Band, Alister Marshall
Wednesday 12th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Porch Light Sessions feat. Leroy Lee, Martha Marlow, Sam Newton
Thursday 13th July – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Quinton Trembath
Sunday 9th July – House Concert, Hobart, TAS
Friday 14th July – Melbourne St Laundromat, Adelaide, SA

Rick Hart’s Bare Bones Quartet w/ Mr. Alford Country
Sunday 9th July – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Romi
Sunday 9th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Russell Morris
Friday 7th July – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Sam Buckingham
Saturday 8th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Sean McMahon and the MoonMen
Saturday 8th July – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Singing Up Country feat. Yirrmal, Kahl Wallis, Emily Wurramara
Friday 7th July – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 7th July – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 13th July – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Slim Dime
Friday 7th July – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 9th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sofar Sounds Brisbane
Monday 10th July – Brisbane, QLD

Sofar Sounds Gold Coast
Thursday 13th July – Gold Coast, QLD

Songwriters in the Round feat. Taryn La Fauci, James Morrison, Lady Lyon, Leroy Lee
Wednesday 12th July – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Sounds From The Grounds feat. Cat Vasilakis, Michael Duchesne, Alice Terry
Friday 7th July – The Grounds of Alexandria, Sydney, NSW

Steve Gunn
Friday 7th July – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 9th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Teeny Tiny Stevies
Sunday 9th July – Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC

The Ahern Brothers
Friday 7th July – Woodford Open Space, Woodford, QLD
Sunday 9th July – Secret Show, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 14th July – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

The Blues Tram w/ Richard Perso, Alawishus Jones & the OLs
Saturday 8th July – Bendigo, VIC

The Coconut Kids
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July – Bello Winter Festival, Bellingen, NSW

The Raduga Trio
Sunday 9th July – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW

The Raglins & The Neon Effect
Sunday 9th July – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 14th July – Jambo Bar & Cafe, Melbourne, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th July – Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 13th July – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th July – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

The Villebillies, Golden Whistler, Slim Dime
Sunday 9th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Timberwolf
Friday 14th July – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Tom Stephens
Saturday 8th July – Oxford Arts Factory Gallery Bar, Sydney, NSW

Trioc
Friday 7th July – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC

TSA Song Sessions Over Lunch feat. The Weeping Willows, Melissa Robertson, Paul Crowder Music
Sunday 9th July – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Vanishing Shapes
Wednesday 12th July – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 13th July – The Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th July – The Paragon Cafe, Katoomba, NSW

Vardos
Friday 14th July – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Zane Thompson w/ Tash Zappala, Oliver Proudfoot
Sunday 9th July – Whole Lotta Love, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Golden Glove” – Matt & Shannon Heaton

Paul Kelly Announces New Album Life Is Fine

Paul Kelly
Image Courtesy of Paul Kelly

Legendary Australian troubadour Paul Kelly has announced plans to release his brand new album Life Is Fine on the 11th August.

The album is Kelly’s first “normal” album in a while with his most recent releases (The Merri Soul Sessions, Seven Sonnets and a Song, Death’s Dateless Night) being more concept and collaboration based. Paul Kelly himself is comparing Life Is Fine to his earlier work.

“I knew I wanted it to be an upbeat record,” Kelly explains. “We worked with Steve Schram, who engineered and co-produced. He likes to work really fast and get the performance of the band live in the studio, vocals and all at the same time. There are lots of different ways to make records but that’s the way I like to do it now.”

“At first I worried about Life Is Fine as a title because life is not fine for everyone. But I like the original meaning of fine, as in life is a fine thread. We never know what is going to happen the very next minute, or what is just around the corner.”

The first single from Life Is Fine is “Firewood and Candles” which you can listen to on Spotify here.

2017 Blue Mountains Music Festival – The Wrap

Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen doing Funeral Songs

Words and Pictures by Elizabeth Walton

“Can’t wait for this to start – Paul Kelly is Australia’s answer to Bob Dylan.”  So the murmur of the audience flows while revelers wait in the light filled entrance to the Lurline Pavilion at the 2017 Blue Mountains Music Festival.

“Nah mate, Bob Dylan is America’s answer to Paul Kelly,” comes the well whittled retort, a fitting reflection on the loyalty of the Australian pilgrimage to the Blue Mountains Music Festival, where Australia’s tower of song – Paul Kelly – has appeared many times.

The punters flood the moment with favourite festival stories, washed down with a good pint of Guinness. Mustering the strength to move past the thousands to the front of stage where you can really get lost in the experience – that’s what they are pausing at the entrance to do, for this is the festival’s main event – and that’s all part of the show.

Katoomba may be the original decaf soy latte kinda town, but the Blue Mountains Music Festival is still a double ristretto kind of event. Headliners including Kelly and The Waifs may have returned countless times, but you’d wonder why you would want to change something that clearly ain’t broke.

As the rain pours down, the mud slides up. The cafes flow with conversations filled with passionate responses to Gregg Borschmann’s Heartland Conversations, the virtues of six dollar gumboots, and the best fashion statement you can make with a plastic yellow poncho without face planting in the mud.

Paul Kelly hit the stage with his latest project, Death’s Dateless Night, an album of funeral songs recorded with collaborator Charlie Owen on dobro and keys, tenderly harmonized by Kelly’s own clan of daughters, the beautiful Memphis ad Maddie. The audience loved it, but loved it even more when the band eventually visited the song man’s own material. Though Kelly invited the audience to lay him down a pallet on the floor, and to just let it be, the cheers definitely grew louder when “To her Door” finally opened on centre stage.

The festival opened with acts including Caiti Baker, whose vocal style leaves you feeling that she wants to blow the walls of the theatre down, get out into the open where she can feel the  wind moving in her hair. The space seems a little small for her raging sound, verging from lyrical blues to a good decent growl. She tells us on Saturday she’ll be down on the Lurline Pavilion, the main outdoor stage at the show, though she pronounces it less like the colloquial Lur-lign, and more like Lur-Leene, rhyming the venue with Dolly Parton’s Joe-line, and soon has the audience singing along with her to an impromptu bash at Dolly’s favourite tune.

On Saturday night the Big Tent looks like it might fill with water, instead it’s a flood of grey hair and beanies, people moshing around in the mud in their comfy hand-made  knits and sensible weather wear. But if that gives a distinctively silver streaked view of the pilgrims, that’s only because the young ones are moshing at the front of the Main Stage, grooving out to Urthboy with his dub overlays and ultra chill. If you’re lucky this weekend you’ll only have gone through three pairs of water-ready shoes a day, your children won’t have sunk chin-deep in the mud, and you will be very happy with the new era of sounds washed in by Urthboy – where it’s standing room only up near the doof as the crowd gets all up close and personal like, pressed in so close that they leave the rest of the pavilion entirely empty. Up close and personal is the real thing when techo fans assemble to watch a row of straight standing personnel in front of a giant DJ desk, laying down the riffs over a deep sonic tonic.  Meanwhile,  a raft of festival volunteers politely excuse themselves from duty so they can catch the last 15 minutes of boyfilled Urth. This has always been a festival that knew its demographic well, and takes no umbrance with serving up something for everyone. From Blue Grass to Trad Folk, the genres represented expand the very notion of what seems like a 360 degree perpetually evolving spectrum of musical styles.

In a world where festivals are born, reach their peak and quickly fade, this event is now hosting third generation folk who wouldn’t have this gig played out any other way. The audience is right at home with the cabaret style humour of The Loveys, who’ve flown all the way from Mullum, bringing along their jokes about yoga and farmers’ market twee. They clink their way through a set in German,  which slips past their too-red lips and over-stated eyewear, their gentrified hats, and putt great-grandma’s Royal Doulton to a new, unintended use as the china tinkers out a syncopated funk. Midway through the gig one of the ladies asks for LSD – but it turns out she isn’t craving the hallucinatory type, she’s just after a Latte Soy Dandelion. Nailing the piss-take on all things modern circa 2017, from transgender marital departures to personality disorders – even the pursuit of happiness isn’t spared from their material. But they’re not popular just for their good humour, they’re a festival highlight because they’re absolutely gorgeous and very bloody good – especially the well grounded Bass Uke of Madeleine Liddy, who churns out a phat sound reminiscent of McCartney’s Hoffman – a sound others in the same venue struggled to achieve.

Perhaps that’s just down to luck, or it could be technique, but Liddy doesn’t think so. “It’s because it’s preloved,” she says. “And it’s well-worn in,” she adds with a cheeky wink, much like the general spirit of these grand duchies. “Oh, and it hasn’t got any varnish”.  Well that’s definitely it, wouldn’t you think? Some might think it’s just a great attitude shared amongst these ladies, including Janet Swain, who appears clad in a spectacular green velvet robe, reclaimed from some Victorian widow’s wardrobe.  She wears her threads comfortably as she honks and hauls her bassoon like a baritone sax.

A honkin and a yankin in some unintended direction is all par for the course, from the street buskers grooving overdubbed percussive raps on part-filled glass bottles, to Mic Conway’s Junk Band, giving himself an onstage vasectomy with a saw played so nostalgically that the audience asks “who is that woman singing with that distinctive voice”. It’s not a woman singing, it’s Conway’s vitals begging for mercy as he slashes out his aptly nervous and wobbly tune. His side kick is the amazing sousaphone player dubbed “Marjorie Snodgrass” for this line up, who sometimes cameos in the Cope Street Parade.  She spends an hour after the event lavishing praise upon Lewis the Sound Guy for “getting” that she is the bass – whether she’s pumping her sousa, or an impeccably rendered mouth-impro bass jug. They don’t call it a junk band for nothing. The mutual admiration continues until Lewis and most of the band discover they’re all neighbours in Sydney’s eclectic inner west.

Lewis covers the event every year, bringing his own mics to work his room, The Clarendon Theatre, whose plush trim is renowned for delivering a distinctively flat sound that Lewis successfully overcomes without the aid of the high end, crystal clear gear and production values of the main stages. It’s a challenge, but like all Blue Mountains Festival devotees, one which he could perhaps best be described as pathologically drawn to. The rigors of the job are largely performed by the unknown and the unthanked, but the dooers of these unseen tasks are usually destined to return.  Once the festival gets into the blood, it’s a well fixed hooked.

True to form the mountains throws its unaustralian weather – unaustralian because even folk from the Arctic Circle cry that it’s freezing cold. In the Arctic at least when it rains it falls as snow – a dry white dust that easily brushes off. The Blue Mountains offer a unique kind of soak that seeps right into your soul. Then come the complaints from the uninitiated, rain weary after three days trudging around in it. “I’d rather live in Canada than live in this!” Yes, you probably would, but that’s part of the attraction of the mountains, and it’s why all those silver streaks are standing there happily in their sensible outdoor gear. There’s a saying in the mountains – there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear. Get the good gear and you’re right to go.

Yet for the musos actually from the Arctic Circle such as The Jerry Cans, they’ve found their ‘other world’, a far departure from the Australian places they’ve previously played, melting  in the heat, discovering only then that the reason they developed a style of playing so fast was to stop themselves from freezing to death. From Adelaide to Darwin they preserved their organs from overheating on frenetic energy at a gazillion degrees. The weather doesn’t seem to have impeded their throat singing, electrified fiddle and squeeze box filled riot of a style. Here they discover they can finally crank it up and get back to their original pace. And the crowd rises to meet them, foot stomping in the newly created dance pit at the front of the Guinness tent – a welcome inclusion in an event that has always been considered a  ”concert” festival – one where you can expect to be able to sit comfortably in your bucket seats without your view being jiggled into obscurity – now there is room for both kinds of audience – the dancers and the dedicated listeners, and a wonderful world it is that can comfortably accommodate the two.

David Ross Macdonald presents a twangy six strings of metal  guitar that looks as if it could do with a bit of new brass, but it comes across sweet like a classical guitar, using a capo fretted style so soft and light that the end result is not unlike a uke. He invites the audience to join him as he croons upon how badly he craves to be held, and though his guitar looks like it might have seen better days, it’s perfect for such a setting on a night like this, offering a sound that’s subtle yet delivers a surprising level of depth.

The Mission Songs Project brings new life to the voices of the stolen generation and indigenous Australians who were splintered from their cultures when they were made to sing in a foreign language. Today, traditional languages are so far removed from their vernacular that singing in English has become the mainstay, the local languages have become the foreign tongue. Yet everything has its resurgence if you can claim it before it achieves vanishing point. The stories are heartfelt and beautifully sung – perhaps not with the campfire instruments of their natural settings, but the end result is one that adapts well to the contemporary stage and travels to a diverse and broad audience – for The Mission Songs Project, this is mission accomplished, and accomplished incredibly well.

In a festival world where every  outfit seems to have developed the mandatory uke moment, comes the strident yards of  a bush ranging balladeer – uke man William Crighton – nine parts murderer and one part hipster, tantalising the drama enthralled-audience, half of whom are  scared out of their minds that he might wield his tiny stringed box like an axe and murder them on the spot as he thumps between the rows– the other half of whom are hoping to hell that he will! Yet William makes his way back to the stage and continues his conquest to drown you in his jaded and heartbroke view of the world without ever shedding even a drop of blood.

Meanwhile the ground becomes a cup more filled with water-making-mud than one half empty, and the deserted stalls and food courts in the school grounds stand forgotten as no-one can reach them without a plank.

The 2016 Youth Award Winners The Bean Project  pulled off a surprisingly sorrowful set of sadness for ones who’ve yet to spend their youth. The brass section of this mighty duo invokes the gentlest French horn, muted the old fashioned way, with a palm holding back the full force of the sound. It is reserved, civilized, and remains gentlemanly, until Bryce Turcato takes away his hand and builds to a punchy solo, fluid with delicately placed 9ths and unresolved 7ths, while his mate Ben Langdon stares at him earnestly through his horn rimmed glasses, and flicks back his long blonde bob as he deftly states to his departed love, “I’ve never been alone more than I am here in your bed”.  The rays of light reached down and kissed him when she left, he says, before telling us that they cut their teeth in noisy pubs where not even the walls were listening. It’s an unsettling surprise now, here, in this theatre, he tells us, to finally have our attention. After Bryce finishes ripping through his brass staccato, he falls back into a noble style, summoning images of a call to hunt, all regal caps and whips and beagles.

“This next song will be sung in Islamic,” says the singer from My Bubba. This is a duo of damsels, one of whom looks like she’s emerged from legal secretarial school, with her closed-toe cloth pumps and knee length linen black shift, a look finished with a single strand of plastic aqua coloured pearls. They sing with the restraint of those who might be found in the dusty chambers of the law academy, yet the result of all that restraint produces something akin to an angelic ascendance, with soft harmonies beautifully entwined around a heavenly, harp like instrumental style. They look as though they might butterfly kiss each other at any moment with a naked eyelash.  These are the kind of virginal maidens that can maintain their composure and remain incongruously well groomed amidst a sea of people with wet hair and faces flung with splats of rain. If you can imagine the restraint that may invoke in their vocalising, then you’ve grasped the concept.

By Sunday, Stage 6 is dubbed Big Top Lake, and the Tantric Turtle along with all the other venues on the green are pulled.  A quick rethink and the audience and most of the acts are all reshuffled. No-one who has already played misses out. A new program is issued, the details are publicised on social media, and everyone is right to go. According to the seasoned stage crew who have built this mini city countless times and painstakingly pack it all down at festival end, this decision was more to do with the indoor lake and wanting to make sure everyone had a great time than anything else. Though folklore may want it remembered differently, it was less to do with the depth of the mud, which as far as outdoor events go, wasn’t as bad as it might have been. You might say it was deep enough, but not as deep as the festival from somewhere up north, where once upon a time some chick went so far down in the mud that she completely disappeared and has never been seen since, or so the story goes. Perhaps she showed up sometime later in the Manning Bar at Sydney Uni. But this is the Blue Mountains, where you’d have to think she selected her moment of re-emergence to coincide with first beers at the ever popular Boho Bar, run by all the dedicated mums and dads and rank and file members of Katoomba’s P & Cs. The festival is the major fund raiser, and the flush of funds surging through the veins of the schools for the past 21 years has made for a formidable contribution to a cash strapped cultural enclave of a town that couldn’t have achieved this in any other way. It’s an undeniable contribution to the advancement of wellbeing for the local munchkins, but you’ve got to wonder how they get on when the playground is as trashed as this – yet Katoomba is a town with a can-do kind of pride, a place where people are going to make do with whatever they’re handed to make do with. At least there’s no cars bogged in at 3am with volunteers desperately trying to pull them out, in a push-me-pull-you kind of experience never to be forgotten. And never to be repeated, now that parking is banned from the grounds.

The full gamut of natural disasters may have threatened to unleash the doors of doom upon the festival many of times– yet they never have. From deep mud to the high winds that huffed and puffed til they blew Lurline Pav down before opening a few years back, to this year’s  demise of the main indoor venue – Katoomba RSL – which burnt to the ground just a couple of weeks ago, this festival, like Katoomba itself,  is a foot soldier of survival. You can blow her big top down, you can burn her to the ground, but the show will go on, and the founding Festival Co-Directors Bob Charter and Al Ward are well seasoned masters of the quick switch.

Though this year sees the departure of co-founder Al Ward after 21 successful years in production, Bob still managed to pull off the switch and brought the shy wallflower that is the Palais Royale into play while the cinders at the RSL were still hot. Even the most established K-Town aficionados were not yet acquainted with this grand old dame of art deco Katoomba, who willingly submitted her services to the impromptu role of third venue for the festival.  The plush comfort and stately grandeur of the Palais Royale was well admired by all – a venue whose grandiose chandeliers set  the mood for dulcet tones that could woo even the most jaded festival goer.

Reaching out to this venue is a master stroke for the festival, and you can be sure bands and revelers alike will definitely want her back. It’s too good a venue to refuse for a festival that stands proud amongst a battlefield of fallen events. And as the much loved Blue Mountains Music Festival heads towards her quarter century of service, long may she reign.  All hail The Festival, and all she represents.

– Elizabeth Walton is a freelance writer, photographer and musician

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