Thank Folk It’s Friday – 26th August

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney singer-songwriter Patrick James announced a solo tour this Spring. Details here

William Fitzsimmons announced details of his first live album. Details here

– A new folk-punk festival, the Cutthroat Folk Festival, has been announced for Sydney featuring Cutthroat Folk Fest will feature the likes of The Bottlers, Scarlet’s Revenge, Sailors Grave and Medusa’s Wake. Details here

Jen Cloher & The Endless Sea will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the album Dead Wood Falls with shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– So many new artists added to the Mullum Music Festival lineup including Yirrmal, The Wilson Pickers, Jordie Lane & The Sleepers, Julia Jacklin, Áine Tyrrell, Ethno Folk Orchestra, Claire Anne Taylor, Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel, Liz Stringer, The Button Collective and many more. Details here

Bluesfest announced the first round of artists for their 2017 lineup including 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. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Eddie Boyd released his new video “Stoned”. Details here

– Sydney four-piece All Our Exes Live In Texas announced a massive national tour. Details here

– Swedish folk singer The Tallest Man On Earth announced a handful of Australian tour dates. Details here

– Legendary folk rock band The Levellers will be touring Australia in October to celebrate 25th anniversary of their seminal record Levelling The Land. Details here

Passenger released his new video “Anywhere”. Details here

Releases This Week

Josh Rennie Hynes
FurthermoreJosh Rennie Hynes
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Phia
The Ocean Of EverythingPhia
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Taasha
Taasha Coates & Her Melancholy SweetheartsTaasha Coates & Her Melancholy Sweethearts
ABC Shop

Wilson Pickers
You Can’t Catch Fish From a TrainThe Wilson Pickers
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Nick Payne

Nick Payne

To celebrate the successful crowdfunding of his solo album Nick Payne (Dear Orphans) is putting together a very special intimate show in his home town of Sydney tonight

Friday 26th August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 26th August – Boo Radley’s Hall, Glenreagh, NSW

All Our Exes Live In Texas
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th September – Lorne Festival of Performing Arts, Lorne, VIC

Roadhouse feat. Andy Baylor’s Juke Joint Jumpers
Thursday 1st September – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Corey Harris
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th August – Blues & Roots Stage, Gympie Muster, QLD

BANFF x Caitlin Park
Friday 2nd September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Dustin Tebbutt w/ Robbie Miller, Woodes
Friday 26th August – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth, WA
Saturday 27th August – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Eddie Boyd
Friday 26th August – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Saturday 27th August – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers
Friday 2nd September – Ladysmith Hall, Ladysmith, NSW

Folk In The Blue feat. The Flash Coves, Tony Eardley, Francesca Sidoti, Paddy Cavanagh
Sunday 28th August – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW

Folkswagon
Wednesday 31st August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gympie Muster
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th August – Gympie, QLD

Hootennany feat. Elwood Myre
Sunday 28th August – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Jack Carty, Emily Barker & Jordan Millar
Friday 26th August – Shebeen Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th August – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 28th August – Mojos Barm Fremantle, WA
Friday 2nd September – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Joe & Harmony’s Magic Carpet Ride BE-IN #8 feat. Sarah Hoggard, Keely Denham, Paul Hayward and the Sidekicks, Michael-John Azzopardi
Saturday 27th August – Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan Trio
Friday 26th August – Suttons House of Music, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 27th August – The Old Church On The Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Key To The Highway w/ Bree De Rome
Friday 2nd September – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Lazy Colts
Saturday 27th August – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 28th August – The Oxford Circus, Sydney, NSW

Little Features Presents The Barber Shop Series
Saturday 27th August – Bourke St. Barbers, Sydney, NSW

Little Wise w/ Alana Bruce, Sam Newton
Thursday 1st September – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Liz Stringer
Wednesday 31st August – Club Mullum, Mullumbimby, NSW
Thursday 1st September – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Lorne Festival of Performing Arts
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th September – Lorne, VIC

McMahon, Young & Daley
Friday 26th August – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Nick Payne
Friday 26th August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Not Good With Horses w/ Bree De Rome
Sunday 28th August – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Redfest
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th September – Redlands Showground, Brisbane, QLD

Shady Pines Rhinestone Gala feat. Papa Pilko And The Binrats, Key To The Highway, Satellite V, The Daphne Rawling Band, Extension Chord, The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Sunday 28th August – Shady Pines, Sydney, NSW

Sweet Jelly Rolls
Thursday 1st September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

The Dead Maggies
Friday 26th August – Psyfari Festival, Capertree Valley, NSW

Illawarra Folk Club Concert – Music & Friendship, A Special Fundraising Event
Sunday 28th August – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th September – Wirrina Cove Holiday Park, Wirrina, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Under African Skies” – Paul Simon

Today is the 30th anniversary of the release of Graceland. I think that’s as good an excuse as any to fall down a Paul Simon Youtube rabbit hole.

Splendid Splendour

Splendid crop - SITG by A CattPhoto by A. Catt

Having never been to a Splendour but having been to a great number of other festivals up and down the eastern seaboard, I can say I went in with a particular set of expectations and was delighted to have many of those absolutely smashed by my Splendour in the Grass experience.

The venue itself is huge and surprisingly well laid out and the flow of the nearly 30,000 punters was so smooth that I could have been forgiven thinking the numbers were less. Except for when we saw any of the amazing acts, then it became abundantly clear that the festival was at capacity with thousands of very happy festival goers rocking out at any given stage.

This year’s line up offered a great variety, so much so that there really were three distinct precincts within the site that allowed people to hang around stages that floated their genre boats.

The Timber and Steel friendly acts were evenly spread across the three main days and over two of the main three stages, so lets take a look at the folkier side of Splendour in the Grass.

Friday.

Photo by Justin Ma.
sitg14_HeadAndTheHeart_justinma-28The first act we caught was The Head and The Heart who delivered a really tight set and hearty performance for what was a modest crowd. “Ghosts” showed off their great harmonies in the live setting and the audience was treated to loads of favourites throughout their set list.  They were a solid start to the festival and I feel like loads of people missed out by not catching them. They don’t often get to come to Australia so they profusely thanked the crowd for coming to watch to much cheering and applause from said crowd. They tried out a new song with a bouncy tempo and happy vibe which was all very well received. “Sound Like Hallelujah” created a chilled vibe but with an immensely satisfying full sound. “Lost In My Mind” drew a rousing cheer from audience as it begun and took over the space with great drum build up before the crowd took over with a sing-along. The last song was an emphatic rendition of “Rivers and Roads” complete with epic drums thumping before stripping back to a delicate a Capella ending. And tumultuous applause.

We checked out Asgier, who has cropped up on the scene while I was away, but who commanded a huge and somewhat vocal crowd, all comfortably held in the palm of his hand. They sang along in crystal clarity. They swayed, sang, cheered and danced through a beautifully balanced set of both chilled tracks and up tempo songs. His popularity is clear as a really responsive crowd eagerly anticipated every song, with cheers of recognition in each of the opening bars and a seemingly constant surge forward of people to join the throng. “Going Home” delivered a beautiful mix of earthy drums, clear cut piano and haunting vocals undercut by subtle harmonies. The entire tent would clap along at poignant points of a slow song before the whole vibe would morph through the build up to a huge all encompassing piano and drums sound sphere. And to top it off, he pulled out a stunning cover of “Heart Shaped Box”, wow, just wow! His manipulation of piano and chillingly delicate treatment of vocals had everyone hanging on every lyric and every note. Definitely worth seeing any time you can.

We’ve all been hotly anticipating the return of Angus and Julia Stone and they did not disappoint. Starting with some of their new stuff, their set came wrapped in schmick presentation with a tight and polished sound with an obvious comfort on stage, oozing cool. Their new music is a few more steps away from the folky sound they originally brought to the scene and accomplishes a more indie vibe. While the crowd lapped up the new materials, it’s the old favourites so many know and love that really stirred the crowd with mega sing-along to “For You” melding beautifully with the song’s acoustic style. Julia seems really strong and playful in her style rather than the breathy, demure self we’ve known, which was a lovely counterpoint to previous performances. As an alternate opening and sound for “Big Jet Plane” dawned on the crowd, it was clear that their Hottest 100 winning track will always be a staple, crowd favourite that they are so comfortable playing and can completely turn on its head for both our and their pleasure. Their playfulness with their back catalogue was evident and jovial, with “Private Lawns” amping up the reggae vibe and syncopation. Julia pulled out a brilliant performance of “You’re The One That I Want” capturing the audience’s imagination with it’s fragility, building in to a full band resonance that proves they really own it as their own track now, it is no longer a cover. And if that wasn’t enough, they proved without a doubt that “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”! A rousing set and a great way to welcome Angus and Julia Stone back in to the festival rounds.

Saturday.

One of the great things about Splendour in the Grass is the sheer space available to absorb the almost 30,000 punters that flock to Byron Bay in search of great music and a good time. Aside from the 3 main stages, there’s a multitude of smaller spaces where all manner of performances take place, from the exciting extravagance of the colourful Dr Sketchy’s Burlesque Life Drawing, to the ukulele classes, to the buskers stage and its revolving selection of grunge, blues, roots, rock and alt bands, even dancing to the wee hours of the morning at the Tipi Forest full of dance DJs and electronica.

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Probably my favourite small (and surprising) space was the Amish Barn. In 2013, artist Bennet Miller ran a live installation called Barnraiser, where volunteers dressed as Amish people to raise a Barn. I kid you not. And this year, since the barn is complete, they opened it to the Splendour patrons for Rumspringer. Walk in to the barn at any point in the day and not only were you surrounded by Amish folk relaxing and enjoying the weather, but you could buy a drink from the bar and catch snippets of their pop-up bands playing folk in a ‘session’ style, or playing heavy rock like they were in their Barn’s garage band.

The sheer diversity of Splendour makes it an amazing experience. I hope to see the Amish again soon.

I haven’t seen anything of Darren Middleton’s new solo offerings, but as a Powderfinger fan, I was keen to see what he was serving up. As a duo with a stripped back setting on an enormous stage, their acoustic opening of guitar accompanied by violin and stomp pedal surrounded the small crowd with beautiful two part harmonies. Middleton is a humble performer, thanking the audience for coming to see him as he has played Splendour approximately 10 times in different acts, which must be some kind of record, and this time he plays it with his musical off-sider, Kelly. Picking through a back catalogue of numerous bands meant that the set was diverse and varied but sewn together with clever harmonies and a pristine acoustic style. His tracks from recent solo album, “Transition”, demonstrated the intimacy of close harmonies, plucky violin, upbeat acoustic guitar and stomp pedal in a big stage setting.  While touring, they have taken to playing a cover, a track Middleton never thought he would play again, “Falling Slowly” from the movie musical Once which drew a hush over the crowd and the occasional quiet lyrics sung along by individuals in the crowd. Middleton is currently touring with Busby Marou, and with such a solid set from Middleton, the tour will be a strong 1-2 combination definitely worth catching.

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Little May was new to me and they struck me as a sort of a combination of Lisa Mitchell, Gosling and Julia Stone all wrapped up in an indie pop 5 piece. They delivered great sound and a solid stage presence with a range of tracks including a rockier number with fabulous femme vocal harmonies.

Dustin Tebbutt drew a huge crowd in anticipation of his set. Opening with an ethereal quality and acoustic guitar built over top, he looked comfortable surrounded by his band creating a sensational blanket of music and melding sound. They make a cohesive group working together to scale the emotive heights of his body of work through the sweet ballads to the poignant numbers and his flawless falsetto. Tebbutt has the makings of a true balladeer. 12 months ago he was in Armidale planning to come to Splendour, and just starting to put out music. Sadly he wasn’t able to make it to Splendour that year but a friend reassured him not to worry, as next year he’d be playing Splendour. And there he was. The crowd loved it.

Tune Yards were a wild card on our list and if folkies wanted to go clubbing, this is what they’d see. Layered sounds and folky instruments looped to create danceable tracks and quirky grooves creating a somewhat “tribal tea party” soundtrack. They slip through genres, even the rnb and hip hop styles, with confidence and flair. In a nutshell, they are weird and quirky folktronica!

VanceJoy_SITG_26JUL2014_StephenBooth-56Vance Joy. Photo by Stephen Booth

Vance Joy has the potential to be a one hit wonder or a rising star and attracted a huge crowd to prove it. The audience were animated and engaged throughout, a sure sign of good things to come. With a full band behind him, new tracks like “Georgia” soared as a ballad with beautiful accompaniment, a troubled love song. His set was full of sing-a-long’s with the audience including “Snaggletooth” and “From Afar” proving popular. Special guests from Sasquatch created a hullabaloo on stage with a full, robust sound, tangy horn section, altogether a bit like a hoe down vibe a la Mumford and Sons. New songs and old songs, everything was eagerly devoured by the devoted audience. Huge cheers and clapping along carried him on high throughout his set, and then, out came the ukelele to a huge roar from the crowd who sang along, word for word. He wrapped up the set with a cover of “Stand by me” to an enthusiastic crowd. Definitely a star rising performance.

Sunday.

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This year was the first year the site featured the enormous amphitheater, and while punters complained about the huge hill to scale, the reward of that stage was worth all the huffing and puffing to get there. We realised that the amphitheater was large enough to contain the entire main stages area of The Falls Festival, Lorne and the absolute scale of the space really hit home. While the Timber and Steel friendly acts were predominantly on the GW McLennan stage, the entire festival benefits from the innovations and expansion of the site.

Nick Mulvey, SITG_2014-1Nick Mulvey. Photo by Splendour Official

Nick Mulvey is someone I was told to keep an eye out for. An expectant audience gathered early with eager fans right up at the barrier claiming their spot. A small but dedicated crowd cheered him as he walked on stage. He opened with amazing classical guitar work, reminiscent of flamenco, and a really sweet voice with a low level resonance. As a soloist, his guitar style and confident voice really filled the space. The audience had tripled in size halfway through the first song, with a steady stream of people still coming in. Transitioning to a more bluesy, plucking style effortlessly for his next song showed off his diverse range and skill. He creates a really amazing presence through one instrument with really cool syncopation for emphasis and effect. With the crowd swaying along fluidly and the playful lyrics beckoning, I think every girl there wanted to do as his lyrics asked, and maybe some of the guys too… As his first trip as a solo artist to Australia and he could see a few people singing along and it’s obvious he is genuinely flattered by the audience appreciation which is evident throughout the set. Mulvey will be a force to be reckoned with on the scene. Watch this space!

Mikhail Paskalev is a Norwegian/ Bulgarian pop troubador by all accounts, and has a real mix of styles and variety of songs in his back catalogue which had the crowd pumping. He gave a very chilled out and mellow set with a woven sound of thrumming bass and vocal harmonies. Certainly a multifaceted act to look further in to.

I had heard of First Aid Kit, but hadn’t caught up with any of their music until Splendour. Their clear, crisp vocals attracted a decent sized crowd, complete with sparklers and incense. They have a beautiful on stage energy and presence and a light, airy delightful sound with an indie pop beat keeping it all trundling along. With a cover of Paul Simon and the occasional Carpenters-esque sound, their set was rounded out with a tinkly, delightful, angelic melding of voices and harmonies, even for their upbeat tracks.

Ben Howard, SITG_2014-3Ben Howard. Photo by Splendour Official

Rarely have I ever seen a folky act that the crowd chants their name to get them to come on stage, but it worked and Ben Howard presented himself, centre stage with steel string guitar and a cheeky “G’day Splendour!” He instantly had the crowd beside themselves. His set was peppered with a bit of everything, something a little poppy, something a little indie, something bordering on a Placebo track, and a great blend of indie pop layers and strings. A plucky rendition of “Black Flies” had the crowd going mid way through the set. I felt like sometimes his music and performance was moody introversion on public display but then a quick switch would see the entire set move in direction. The upbeat, twangy riffs of “The Wolves” had the crowd cheering and clapping, singing along, rallying the entire tent and surrounds to an almost frenzied state of hoe down style dance. Truly a highlight of Splendour.

All in all, if I could have cloned myself, I could have had 3 or 4 entirely different Splendour experiences – from the Splendour in the Craft tent and it’s Craft singles speed dating event, to the comedy and forum stage, to the crazy fashions punters strut in, the art installations and amazing range of bars with their own DJs and themes, or spending a fortune at the amazing array of stalls selling handmade and bespoke coolness in all it’s forms – each experience would have been just as amazing (plus I could have seen far more of the amazing musical line up). But in a nutshell, I think the 2014 Splendour in the Grass is quite possibly the best festival I have been too. Do anything you can to get to the next one, it’s truly Splendid!

Splendour crop - SITG by LachlanJohnstonPhoto by Lachlan Johnstone

Review: Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013

Bonnie Raitt
Image Courtesy of Bluesfest

To all the devout fans and readers of Timber and Steel, let me first take the opportunity to apologise for the prolonged amount of time it took to publish this. Please understand the love this article contains and the arduous task of having to coherently put it down on paper.

It was difficult to come down from falling into the rabbit hole and immersing myself in five days of being lost in Wonderland. Accompanying me were two filmmakers, one photographer, a Byron local and two actors. Each set that finished and each tent that we walked out of incited a collective sigh and exhausting swoon. Bluesfest, to me, is the only festival we have that comes even an inch in resemblance to Woodstock – obviously, the air had a tinge of green to it. We came to be time travellers and kids with rampant obsessions being let loose in Tyagarah. From being stuck between men and women of all ages sharing this one experience but in different ways, to being stuck in the car park for two hours. Together, we were all big players in moments that ranged from chaotically erratic to life affirming. Being in the same vicinity as the legends we all grew up with is something that can never justly be put into words. But, here goes – our shared experience, fifteen minutes in our shoes.

Our first taste of Bluesfest, 2013 was of Leonardo’s Bride. Abby Dobson wearing red feather earrings and a tight white dress – ageless. In the midst of their set, Dobson announced that this would be their last ever show and they certainly ended their reign on top. With each song, Dobson would stare intently and intensely into the crowd, as if to look into each individual’s eyes. Being led astray momentarily, I heard “Even When I’m Sleeping” from outside of the tent and ran back to the front to hear Dobson’s flawless vocals accompanied with Dean Manning’s rusty and robust harmony. At one point, they confessed to drinking since 10am and then proceeding to play “Sleepyhead” as though they had just finished writing it and played it to a new audience for the ninth time. Although, admittedly I could listen to Dobson talk all day and night, after seeing and hearing this live, I would much prefer her to lull me to sweet slumber with this voice of unwavering fervour.

Staying in the main tent, Mojo, we caught Skipping Girl Vinegar who were probably one of my favourite bands to catch. Their stage plan was the first thing to note, as they stood side-by-side at the front of the stage. One would think that the drummer, Chris Helm, being placed beside frontman, Mark Lang, would cause some sort of audio chaos, however I feel as though the band are very familiar with this setup. Having never seen Skipping Girl Vinegar live before made this set a real treat, being able to clearly hear the 80’s influence with the obvious variations between male and female vocals. My first impression of the band was, ‘wow, they are so cute,’ and my last impression was, ‘amaze. This is a band full of angsty babes.’ The most standout thing about them was the sheer enthusiasm of Helm, keeping a solid beat whilst having a smile that reminded you of untainted pleasure. Concluding their set, was their “bogan anthem” which had the entire crowd fist pumping the air like true Aussie bogans.

It bewildered me as to how people had time to meander about and it impressed me that they would give up their spots to go to the toilet. We, on the other hand, destroyed our knees, bladders and livers over the course of the five days. When the likes of Glen Hansard and The Frames are due to come on stage, there really is not time for anything else other than the music. With playful banter here and there too – we have a little bit of time for that. As was exemplified by Hansard as he took the stage and brought the Irish sardonic humour to Byron. Backed by a full string section and his busted guitar, the Mojo tent instantly filled up and was teeming with people by the end of his first song. Although Hansard’s humour was a welcome comic relief, it was such a blaring contrast from his music that at times it was difficult to engross myself in his music. All-in-all though, Hansard finishing his set with “Falling Slowly” had the entire crowd forgetting his obscenities and hearing what they all came there for. Outside the tent, inside the tent, every mouth sung along and all eyes remained centre stage.

The humidity and heat were starting to take effect on us, all of us; people were getting restless and aggressive as they weaselled their way to the front of each stage. Admittedly, my friends and I partook in said weaselling. We wanted to have some play in the “search for sugar man,” so many crossed arms were attentively pushed and every small space was utilized as a walkway. The entirety of Bluesfest was one surreal stupor for us all. It was hard to even fathom that Rodriguez was about to come on stage and play for us the songs we did not understand as children and later came to fall in love with as adults.

Initially, it seemed as though he would inanimately play and have no strength to talk as he was escorted on and off the stage. This theory was soon thrown out the window when he began his set. Rodriguez embodied more a worldly man who is an old soul. Between songs, he would come out of nowhere with empowered two to five minute speeches about stopping violence against women – which brought on a bellowing roar from the crowd. He would change between this and something a little more light-hearted.

Rodriguez: I’ll tell you guys a joke. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse went to a marriage counsellor because Mickey wanted a divorce. The counsellor says, ‘Mickey, you can’t just leave your wife because she’s stupid.’

Mickey replies, ‘I’m not calling her stupid, I said she’s fucking Goofy.’

As what was expected, he started to play “Sugar Man” and the crowd lost all sense of propriety. As most were well aware of the documentary “Searching for Sugar Man,” I feel this had a huge play in the number of those in the audience. All together those who came out of curiosity and intrigue alone along with his fans from the seventies and all who came to be in between. Included in his set was a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone,” which even though was not completely true to how it was originally played, was still worthy of the applause it received.

Now, as you may have noticed, I have not made any indication as to which days anyone has played. When the lack of phone reception or battery became an obvious factor to us from day one, the only thing that we came to take note of was our meeting spot of ‘M9.’ My friends had carved this into my memory and days and time were unnoticed. For all of the instances we have ever said, ‘man, I wish I had a soundtrack to my life,’ this came true when we would take minutes out of the day to gorge on the surprisingly delicious festival food provided to us. Included in these moments away was even a spontaneous morning we spent in Byron having pints and conversations with locals and fellow festival goers. By this point, it was hard to imagine the world outside of Byron Bay existing and moving onward.

Back to Wonderland, being the incredibly vertically challenged person that I am, getting into the tent away from the pelleting rain was not on the cards for me. Although at the time, it seemed like a great idea, I disbanded from my friends to find a better spot to watch Santana. There was no chance of this. Instead, I chose to join the other devoted fans in the rain that were just as naive as me in not bringing any form of protection to thwart it. This became irrelevant as soon as he started playing. Santana’s lead vocalists, Andy Vargas and Tony Lindsay, were a brilliant treat filling in the shoes of legendary voices like Rob Thomas and Wyclef Jean during the show. We came to know and take for granted this large and varied band setup then, here, seeing each expression of love and passion on their faces. The kind of musicians that now seem so rare, I eventually welcomed the pouring rain just to see those eyes. Inside the tent and definitely outside of it, I heard Santana all around me with fans singing along in unison and devouring his signature complex and endless riffs.

Unfortunately, due to so many inevitable clashes, we caught only a small part of Iggy and The Stooges. However, we made it just in time for Iggy Pop telling the audience to ‘get on stage and dance with The Stooges’ – oh, excellent. This drove those on stage and those in the audience wild. This was a fairly standard show for The Stooges as they paraded a shirtless Pop and gave the crowd what they wanted, plain dirty rock.

Now, Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters was a definite highlight. For all of you who were there for Bluesfest or caught one of his sideshows, I know you would agree with me here. You are conditioned and familiar with Robert Plant as the voice of Led Zeppelin and having this sound in your head that seems irrevocable. Though, you also deeply love the band, so you should know better. True to form, Plant delivered. The Sensational Space Shifters having quite a psychedelic feel to them combined with Plant driving the whole thing brought old classics like “Whole Lotta Love” and “Heartbreaker” back to life, but reincarnated. Forty years on and he still manages to bring people to their knees in awe with inscrutable innovation. With lights coming from the stage and places beyond it, amplified by the crowd losing all inhibition, I felt tears well up in my eyes.

Almost ashamedly, Bluesfest was the first time that I had heard of Blind Boys of Alabama and I shudder to think of what I would be had I not seen them. Being around since the 1930’s and being the brand of Gospel Blues that I delight in, their set proved to be one very unforgettable hour of splendour. Setting the whole tent off in uplifted, unrestrained and exalted dancing, blind “boys” Jimmy Carter, Ben Moore, Eric McKinnie with dashingly charming guitarist Joey Williams proved that blues is not a dead musical variety.

When we came around to see Roger Hodgson, I had met an older couple in the mosh and judging by their expression of elation and the way they held each other you just knew – they were there from the beginning. We talked about this deep love for Supertramp and could barely contain ourselves with anticipation. Post this discussion and close to the lead up to Hodgson getting on stage, they assured me that they would be a barricade around me so that no more of these ten-foot giant fans could stand in front of me.

As incredibly cliché as it may sound, “Breakfast In America” and “Dreamer” were definitely the highlight of his set. Not just because they were the most famous Supertramp songs, but they had the entire crowd dancing their own dance, jumping, screaming, being taken somewhere they only knew. Spending a good portion of the set with my eyes closed, there was still the feeling of this veil of pure love over the entire tent. Since my friends were amazing enough to let me stand in front of them for most of the festival, I looked back during “Breakfast In America” to see them losing it all, I looked back at the older couple and the woman and I grabbed each other’s arms, almost in fear of losing ourselves. Hodgson on stage brought me to the realisation of what distinguishes this era of rock to ours now. Forty years on and his integrity is still intact, that charismatic smile of his as he oversees the sea of people he has connected with for decades.

Bonnie Raitt was probably who I was most excited about. From the line-up, it may have seemed odd but, the way she is live and the way that she connects with her audience is just phenomenal. I left my friends to eat outside the tent as I tried to weasel my way through to the front, however, it proved that most people had the same idea and created a kind of blockade with no space for even me to push through. For a woman in her early sixties, Raitt sure knows how to pull a crowd and keep them there. Among most of the other musical legends alongside her at this festival, Raitt has been performing for more years than I have been in existence, so you come to expect a certain ease and comfort she has on stage. You would hear these constant bouts of fevered exclamations, like ‘I love you, Bonnie!’ or ‘Yeah, Bonnie!’ And, upon her encore, she took a seat and expectations came to fruition when she spoke of the beauty of the next ballad – queue “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” The entire tent stood still, which was appropriate for the intensity of the crowds’ fixated attention on one spot.

Paul Simon – what a God. Ruining the punch line, a man who plays a full set and receives three encores is a man to commend. Simon had a somewhat melancholic and earnest demeanour, which we soon found out had been caused by the passing of good friend and co-producer, Phil Ramone. Quite apropos was Simon’s tribute to his friend in playing “Slip Slidin’ Away” (Of which Ramone had co-produced). At this point, I turned around to my own friend, held her and said, ‘this is happening.’

Though, with this in mind, Simon still made a point to mention that he wanted everyone to be dancing. A mixture of classics and songs from his Graceland album set the audience on fire. As I earlier mentioned, he incited three encores and seemingly perpetual cheering. One of my favourite things about Bluesfest is the intergenerational mix, which was clear on the final night where the Mojo tent played host to the likes of Paul Simon. Backed by a full band of skilful and multi-instrumentalist musicians, Simon’s poetry not only came to life but came to us all individually and embraced us. There was a particular spot that we kept to in the Mojo tent where we had a glimmer of phone reception and I immediately texted my Mother and Father who were the reason for my Simon and Garfunkel adoration. Simon playing tracks like “Still Crazy After All These Years” and “The Sound of Silence” and closing with “The Boxer” in a way completed my life. In contrast to some of the other sets we caught, there was a surprisingly large amount of room to dance and loudly sing along.

This was the only way to end Bluesfest for me. When we had left the tent after Simon’s epic set, we trailed out flustered and speechless.

Festival Director, Peter Noble, has something to be proud of, indeed. This was a great year and having a fully sold out festival with satisfied faces made the insufferable portaloos and broken shoes worth every second.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 25th January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We kicked off the week with a live version of “Timshel” from Mumford and Sons captured by the very talented folks at Sideshow Alley. Details here

Eliza and the Bear have released the official video for their epic track “Upon The North”. Details here

Paul Simon announced Bluesfest sideshows in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and the Hunter Valley with Rufus Wainwright in support. Details here

– In March this year Billy Bragg will release his 10th studio album, Tooth & Nail, which promises to be more personal and less political than what we’re used to. Details here

– WA folk-roots outfit Ruby Boots released their new video “Kellie Anne” and have hit the road for an east coast tour. Details here

– Staying in WA, Perth based indie-folk singer-songwriter Amanda Merdzan has just released her brand new video “Afraid”. Details here

– Sydney based folk singer Brett Winterford is about to head out on tour to support his latest single “Hey Make Believer”. Details here

Bluesfest have added even more artists to the 2013 lineup including Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Kim Churchill, Genevieve Chadwick and much much more. Details here

Passenger revealed another new song via a live video, this time it’s “Stolen Toys”. Details here

The Leisure Society return with their first album in two years, titled Alone Aboard the Ark. The band have put together a trailer for the album, which is due in April, and are giving away a track for free. Details here

– Sydney based folk-pop singer-songwriter Jordan Millar has announced a brand new album, Cold Lights On Curious Minds, that will be launched next month with a show in his home town. Details here

Eli Wolfe is about to head out on a massive national tour in support of his upcoming brand new EP Perfect Moment. Details here

– The latest track to surface from the upcoming pirate music compilation Son of Rogue’s Gallery is the offensive “Asshole Rules the Navy” by Iggy Pop and A Hawk and a Hacksaw. Details here

– Canberra based folk band Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens have announced a tour to support the launch of their “new” album Family Pets. Details here

– The National Folk Festival has added a trio of Irish folk music legends to its lineup in Paul Brady, Andy Irvine and Finbar Furey. Details here

– One of the bands most likely to take out the Hottest 100 tomorrow is Of Monsters and Men, and they’ve just released their new video “King And Lionheart”. Details here

– The Gum Ball added a second round of artists to it’s 2013 lineup including The Hillbilly Killers, The Eastern, Melody Pool and more. Details here

– Californian folk-rock quartet Dawes have announced plans to release a new album, Stories Don’t End, in April. Details here

Bear’s Den, the London-based trio with links to Mumford and Sons and the Communion label, have announced plans to release their new EP Agape in March. Details here

– The trailer for the upcoming Coen Brothers film based around the 60s folk revival, Inside Llewyn Davis, has finally been released. Details here

Interviews

“I’ve been catching up with lots of old friends; it’s been great. Seeing friends’ grandchildren. I remember when I was here years ago, driving down to Myall Lakes, all the way down overnight, then stopping at the lakes just there – like glass. And just lying on a bench, and all the birds – the first time I’d heard any Australian birds: kookaburras, currawongs – they had two voices”Rory McLeod chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Timber and Steel Presents

Jay Hoad
Jay Hoad with Lauren Glezer
Sunday 27th Januray – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Archie Roach
Friday 25th January – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 26th Januray – The Parade Ground @ Old King’s, Sydney, NSW

Don’t Mention The Wall
21st to 26th January – Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW
Sunday 27th January – Dubbo Folk Club, NSW

Kim Churchill
Friday 25th January – The Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 26th January – Widgefest, Jugiong, NSW
Friday 1st February – Melbourne Zoo Twilight Series, Melbourne, VIC

Lachlan Bryan
Wednesday 30th January – The Retreat Hotel, Melbounre, VIC

Little Wise
Friday 1st February – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Numeralla Folk Festival
Friday 25th to Monday 28th January – Numeralla, NSW

Of Monsters and Men
Tuesday 29th January – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 31st January – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Rory McLeod
Friday 25th January – Yackandandah Town Hall, VIC
Friday 1st February – Fremantle Workers Club, WA

Ruby Boots
Thursday 31st January – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 1st February – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Sarah Blasko
Friday 1st February – Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA

Tamworth Country Music Festival
18th to 27th January – Tamworth, NSW

The April Maze
Wednesday 30th January – Old Kirk Concerts, Yamba, NSW
Friday 1st February – Maleny Upfront Club, Maleny, QLD

The Starry Field
Friday 25th January – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 29th January – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Underscore Orkestra
Sunday 27th January – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

The Wooden Music Festival feat. The Perch Creek Family Jug Band, The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, The Bearded Gypsy Band
Friday 1st February – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Shelter” – Eric Bogle

I’m sure I’ve posted this before as a FFF but given tomorrow is Australia Day it’s well worth a revisit. No one quite writes a patriotic song like a Scotsman, especially when that Scotsman is Eric Bogle. Hope your weekend is dressed in green and gold.

Paul Simon Confirms Bluesfest Sideshows with Rufus Wainwright

Paul Simon
Image Courtesy of Paul Simon

There was a little speculation about whether Paul Simon was to do any sideshows or not when he makes his way to Australia for Bluesfest this Easter – but that has all been put to rest with a bunch of dates confirmed for March.

Simon has indicated he will be playing songs from throughout his career on his Australian tour which no doubt has fans very very excited. What’s even more exciting is that Paul Simon’s support act will be none other than Rufus Wainwright, who is also playing at Bluesfest. The full list of dates for the tour are below:

Wednesday 27th March – Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 28th March – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 30th March – Hope Estate, Hunter Valley, NSW
Tuesday 2nd April – Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 16th November

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– On Sunday morning two huge names were added to the 2013 Bluesfest lineup – Paul Simon and Rufus Wainwright. Could this be the biggest Bluesfest lineup ever? Details here

The Trouble With Templeton will be capping off an amazing 2012 with their first ever headline national tour. Details here

– After wowing Australian audiences earlier this year Father John Misty has announced plans to return to our shores in February 2013. Details here

Roland Kay-Smith elegantly tackels the issue of Coal Seam Gas in his new video “Dirt Farmer Blues”. Details here

Neil Young and Crazy Horse have announced an Australian tour in March. The question now is, will they stick around for any festivals? Details here

Communion Melbourne have a fantastic lineup this month – The Hello Morning, Buffalo Tales, Trouble With Templeton and a special pre-Meredith Festival warm-up performance by an artist they’re are refering to as Lima Spitz. Details here

– Having already announced a Melbourne sideshow when they’re in the country for the Laneway Festivals next year we got pretty excited when Kings of Convenience added a show at the Sydney Opera House as well. Details here

Brendan Maclean shot the video for “Beat Me To It” in a single take. Details here

The Lumineers (the band that sing that “Ho Hey” song that’s stuck in your head) are coming to Australia for three dates next March. Which is suspiciously close to Easter. Details here

– Tonight sees the launch of The April Maze’s much anticipated new album Two at the Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne before a they set off on a bunch of dates all over the East Coast. Details here

– This week marked the first two dates in Jackson McLaren’s seven date, two city residency with The Falls in Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– Brother-sister duo Dan and Hannah Acfield kicked off a national tour this week as well as releasing their brand new video “Lonely Robot”. Details here

Ben Taylor, folk-singing son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, has just released his new video “Words Are Made of Paper” featuring a hot couple making out – which is kind of the reason we had to post it. Details here

– Renowned Irish accordion player Sharon Shannon is returning to Australia for the Woodford Folk Festival and then sticking around to play a bunch of dates through January. Details here

Damien Dempsey released the video to his new single “Almighty Love” taken from the album of the same name. Details here

– Alt-country noise makers Deer Tick have announced three Australian shows next February with Two Gallants. Details here

– UK songstress Emily and the Woods has just released the video for her new single “Small Song”. Details here

Ben Howard revealed the second track from his upcoming Burgh Island EP, the wonderful “Oats in the Water”. Details here

Radical Face is currently working on a new album but in the meantime they’ve released their Always Gold EP featuring some unreleased tracks and some that have appeared on other releases. Details here

– The latest Christmas boxset from Sufjan Stevens, Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Volumes 6-10, is released today (see below) and we’ve collected all the audio and video from it that’s found its way online over the last couple of weeks. Details here

– The new clip from Willy Mason, for the track “I Got Gold” feature some very funky old man dancing. Details here

Blog

Phia and Pete

Phia and Owls of the Swamp sent us a tour diary detailing their experiences in Europe. Blog here

Reviews

Gigs

“I had all these grand plans of mingling with the musos (many of which I had only met via email), snaffling a few beers from the green room rider and even trying to conduct a few between set interviews. But those plans disintegrated as soon as I was planted in front of the stage – the music had captured me and just wouldn’t let me go. The alternating two-stage setup of JamGrass probably contributed to keeping me front and centre with the only downtime between acts to change the lighting and for JamGrass founders Jason Taylor and Pheobe Preuss to introduce the next band. All I had to do was turn 90 degrees to face the next stage and let the music take over”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the JamGrass Music Festival. Review here

“While Texture Like Sun had the people on their feet and in an entranced, reflective daze, with Mark Pearl’s scruffy voice that sounds as though he’s permanently waking up from a deep sleep, Patrick James brought people to the floor, cross legged and huddled with friends, cosying into the old granny chairs and throw cushions that give FBi Social that garage hang out feel. While Texture Like Sun brought an intensity and severity to the room, Patrick James lit it up with youth, hope and longing, singing melodic tunes harmonized by Scotty and Kurt Smith”Lil Mercanti reviews Texture Like Sun and Patrick James at FBi Social in Sydney. Review here

Releases This Week

Shiny New Toy
Shiny New ToyEmma Wall & the Urban Folk
CDBaby

Music From Kennedy's Pool
Music From Kennedy’s PoolMerri Creek Pickers
Bandcamp

Ahoy
Ahoy!Punch Brothers
iTunes

Always Gold
Always GoldRadical Face
iTunes

Sufjan Stevens
Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Volumes 6-10Sufjan Stevens
iTunes

Two
TwoThe April Maze
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

Davidson Brothers
Davidson Brothers with The Simpson Three
Sunday 18th November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Henry Wagons
Henry Wagons
Friday 16th November – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Gigs Next Week

A Day On The Green feat. Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson, John Williamson, Troy Cassar-Daley, Catherine Brit and Felicity Urquhart
Sunday 18th November – Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, QLD

Andrew Morris with Zac Gunthorpe
Friday 23rd November – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Angus Stone
Saturday 17th November – TBA, Perth, WA
Wednesday 21st November – Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd November – Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully, VIC

Bob Evans with Thelma Plum
Friday 16th November – Rhino Room, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 17th November – Norfolk Basement, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 22nd November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd November – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Buffalo (Wes Carr)
Friday 23rd November – Notes @ Newtown, Sydney, NSW

Dan and Hannah Acfield
Friday 16th November – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 17th November – Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Davidson Brothers
Friday 16th November – Hotel Shamrock, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 17th November – Harrietville Bluegrass Convention, Harrietville, VIC
Sunday 18th November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd November – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Eli Wolfe
Friday 16th November – The Aztec Forster, NSW
Wednesday 21st November – The Old Kirk, Yamba, NSW
Friday 23rd November – The Armidale Club, Armidale, NSW

Emmylou Harris
Friday 16th November – Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, QLD

Gosti
Saturday 17th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Grizzly Bear
Friday 16th November – Metro, Sydney, NSW

Harvest Festival (Grizzly Bear, Beirut)
Saturday 17th November – Parramatta Park, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 18th November – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Jackson McLaren with The Falls and Special Guests
Wednesday 21st November – Folk Club at Arcadia Liquors, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 22nd November – Gertrudes Brown Couch, Melbourne, VIC

Jen Cloher with Courtney Barnett
Saturday 17th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Joe Pug with Little Bastard
Wednesday 21st November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 22nd November – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd November – The Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Joe Robinson
Friday 16th November – The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, NSW

John Williamson
Wednesday 21st November – 99 on York, Sydney, NSW

Jordie Lane
Friday 16th November – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 17th November – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 22nd November – Smiths Alternative Bookstore, Canberra, ACT (Solo)

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Friday 16th November – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 17th November – Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, Bundaberg, QLD
Friday 23rd November – Wrest Point Showroom, Hobart, TAS

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 16th November – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 17th November – Roth’s Wine Bar, Mudgee, NSW
Friday 23rd November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Mike McCarthy
Thursday 22nd Novemebr – Bottlerocket, Nowra, NSW

Missy Higgins (with Gurrumul and Emma Louise)
Saturday 17th November – Soundscape Festival, Hobart, TAS
Tuesday 20th November – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd November – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Mullum Music Festival (Husky, TinPan Orange, Mama Kin, Gossling, Joe Pug, Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer, Stiff Gins, Hat Fitz and Cara, Sara Tindley, The Rescue Ships, Rosey, Jack Carty)
22nd to 25th November – Mullumbimby, NSW

Nexus World Music Series
feat. Bortier Okoe (Afro Soul), Organic Roots and DJ Earthshaker

Friday 16th November – Nexus 
Multicultural
 Arts
 Centre, Adelaide, SA
feat. A night of traditional and contemporary Persian music featuring a diverse range of Persian artists
Friday 23rd November – Nexus 
Multicultural
 Arts
 Centre, Adelaide, SA

Nigel Wearne and The Cast Iron Promises
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th November – Harrietville Bluegrass Convention, Harrietville, VIC

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
Friday 16th November – Yours & Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 17th November – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Sarah Humphreys
Friday 16th November – The Lass O’ Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

The April Maze
Friday 16th November ‐ Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Pigs
Friday 16th November – Newcastle Leagues, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 18h November – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW

TinPan Orange
Friday 16th November – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“London Danny” – Jez Lowe

The version of this song I’m probably most familiar with is from the 1995 Fairport Convention album Jewel In The Crown. I’m so happy I came across this live video of the song’s writer, Jez Lowe, performing at a house concert – I love how you can hear the audience singing along in the background. This is the folk experience.

Bluesfest Add Paul Simon and Rufus Wainwright to 2013 Lineup

Bluesfest
Image Courtesy of Bluesfest

We’re not going to bury the lead here: yesterday the good folk at Bluesfest added two massive names to the 2013 lineup – Paul Simon and Rufus Wainwright.

When you add both of those names to the likes of Robert Plant, Santana, Ben Harper, Iggy and the Stooges and so many more next year’s Bluesfest is pretty much the biggest yet.

There are still more artists to be added to the 2013 Bluesfest lineup but we’re not quite sure how it can get any better. Bluesfest takes place in Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend, Thursday 28th March to Monday 1st April – for info on tickets and more check out the official site.

Listen to Jerry Douglas and Mumford and Sons Cover “The Boxer”

Mumford and Jerry

Jerry Douglas, the world’s most renowned Dobro player, has new solo album coming out next week (26th June) titled Traveler which features collaborations with some of the best in the business including Eric Clapton, Mumford and Sons, Paul Simon, Keb’ Mo’, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Béla Fleck, Viktor Krauss and more. and if that wasn’t exciting enough audio has just emerged online featuring one of those collaborations: Jerry Douglas and Mumford and Sons covering the classic Simon and Garfunkel track “The Boxer”. Have a listen here and tell us what you think:

The full track listing for Traveler is below:

1. On A Monday
2. Something You Got (feat. Eric Clapton)
3. So Here We Are
4. The Boxer (feat. Mumford & Sons and Paul Simon)
5. Duke And Cookie
6. High Blood Pressure (feat. Keb’ Mo’)
7. Gone To Fortingall
8. Right On Time (feat. Marc Cohn)
9. American Tune/Spain
10. Frozen Fields (feat. Alison Krauss and Union Station)
11. King Silkie

The Muppets Soundtrack set to Feature Joanna Newsom, Feist, Andrew Bird

The Muppets

It appears as though the soundtrack for the upcoming Muppets movie is taking many of it’s queues from the nu-folk community. Joanna Newsom, Feist and Andrew Bird are all set to lend their talents to songs in the movie, the majority of which will also feature The Muppets. Newsom is set to lend her vocals to “The Muppet Show Theme”, Feist appears on a duet between the lead “human” actors Jason Segel and Amy Adams titled “Life’s a Happy Song” (which also features Mickey Rooney) and Bird contributes with “The Whistling Caruso” which follows on from his appearance on The Muppets tribute The Green Album.

Bret McKenzie, one half of New Zealand’s fourth-most-popular folk-comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, was the music supervisor on the film and also penned four songs including the aforementioned “Life’s a Happy Song”. The album also features the Paul Simon classic “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”.

Check out the full track listing below (including Muppet covers of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Cee-Lo’s “Forget You”):

1. The Muppets – “The Muppet Show Theme”
2. Jason Segel, Amy Adams, and Walter – “Life’s a Happy Song”
3. Kermit and The Muppets – “Pictures in My Head”
4. Paul Simon – “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”
5. The Moopets – “Rainbow Connection”
6. Starship – “We Built This City”
7. Amy Adams and Miss Piggy – “Me Party”
8. Chris Cooper – “Let’s Talk About Me”
9. Jason Segel and Walter – “Man or Muppet”
10. The Muppets Barbershop Quartet – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
11. Camilla and The Chickens – “Forget You”
12. The Muppets – “Rainbow Connection”
13. Andrew Bird – “The Whistling Caruso”
14. Finale Entire Cast – “Life’s a Happy Song”
15. Mahna Mahna and The Two Snowths – “Mahna Mahna”

Paul Simon Announces New Collected Works Album Songwriter

Songwriter
Image Courtesy of Paul Simon

The legendary Paul Simon has announced plans to release a double album later this year featuring songs hand picked from throughout his career. The album, titled Songwriter, is intended to illustrate Simon’s evolution as an artist from the 60s through to the present day and will feature recorded and live versions of songs from his career with Simon & Garfunkel and his solo work.

The track listing for Songwriter, which is due for release on the 24th October, is below as well as a remastered version of the wonderful “Kodachrome”:

Disc 1
1. The Sound Of Silence (Live at Webster Hall 2011) – new unreleased
2. The Boxer – Paul Simon – Live Central Park
3. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Aretha Franklin – studio version
4. Mother And Child Reunion
5. Tenderness
6. Peace Like A River
7. American Tune
8. Kodachrome
9. Something So Right
10. Late In The Evening
11. Train In The Distance
12. Hearts And Bones
13. Rene And Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War
14.Still Crazy After All These Years
15. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
16. The Boy In The Bubble
17. Graceland

Disc 2
1. Obvious Child
2. Further To Fly
3. The Cool, Cool River
4. Spirit Voices
5. Born In Puerto Rico
6. Quality
7. Darling Lorraine
8. Look At That
9. Senorita With A Necklace Of Tears
10. That’s Me
11. Another Galaxy
12. Father And Daughter
13. Rewrite
14. Love And Hard Times
15. So Beautiful Or So What

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