Fairbridge Folk Festival Announces First Round Of Artists for 2018

The Lost Brothers
Image Courtesy of The Lost Brothers

The Fairbridge Folk Festival have just announced their first round of artists and I think it’s time to start booking flights to WA.

This year’s lineup includes UK Euro-gypsy-ska group Sheelanagig, Irish harmonic duo and Timber and Steel favourites The Lost Brothers (above), Victorian favourites Perch Creek, the brand new collaboration Mama Kin Spender, UK math-pop-punkers Ganglions, Scottish and Irish trad band Cara, indigenous artist Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Night), Canadian traditional favourites Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, local WA singer songwriter Carla Geneve and Indian classical ensemble Indian Eye.

Based in the town of Pinjarra in WA, the Fairbridge Folk Festival is held from the 20th to the 22nd of April. For more information, including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The full list of announced artists is below:

Mama Kin Spender (WA), Perch Creek (VIC), The Lost Brothers (UK), Ten Strings and a Goat Skin (CAN), Sheelanagig (Dublin, Ireland), Carla Geneve (AUS, WA), Ganglions (UK), Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Night) (AUS, WA), Cara (DE, SCT), Indian Eye (IND, AUS)

Watch the New Miss Eileen and King Lear Video “Held By The Air”

Miss Eileen and King Lear
Image Courtesy of Miss Eileen and King Lear

Miss Eileen and King Lear is the new side project from Perch Creek siblings Eileen and Lear Hodgkins. The project was originally started so that the brother and sister could explore songwriting outside of Perch Creek but has since gained a bunch of momentum with significant supports and festival appearances.

The new single from Miss Eileen and King Lear is “Held By The Air” which has a really sweet live video – check it out here:

Miss Eileen and King Lear will be launching “Held By The Air” at the Northcote Social Club in Melbourne on the 18th May with Ayleen O’Hanlon, Rich Davies and Forever Son in support. Check out the official Facebook event for more details.

The National Folk Festival Adds More Artists for 2016

Image Courtesy of Catgut

We’ve hit December which means a whole raft of artists have been added to the 2016 National Folk Festival lineup – and we couldn’t be more excited.

This time around we have the addition of The Jerry Cans (CAN), Spiro (UK), Gordie Tentrees (CAN), Keith Donnelly (UK), Joseph Tawadros, Perch Creek, Bush Gothic, Loren Kate, The Chordwainers, Co-cheòl, Catgut (above), Conchillia, Siobhan Owen and Candy Royalle and The Michael Wheatley Band.

The 50th National Folk Festival takes place in Canberra over the Easter long weekend, 24th to 28th March. Earlybird tickets are available now via the official site.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th August


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– US based Australian indie-folk duo Falls will be heading home next month to preview their upcoming album Omaha at a couple of intimate shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

Father John Misty has announced plans to head to Australia this December. Details here

– Adelaide roots singer The Brouhaha will return to the stage tonight after a hiatus. Details here

– The inaugural Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest announced a cracking lineup including Kasey Chambers, The Audreys, Shane Howard, Archie Roach, Busby Marou, Bill Chambers, Henry Wagons, Pierce Brothers, Good Oak, The Davidson Brothers, Harry Hookey, The Wilson Pickers, Melody Pool, Karl S. Williams, Lachlan Bryan, Caitlin Harnett, The Mid North, Garett Kato, Katie Brianna, Sara Tindley, The Company, Mustered Courage, Gretta Ziller and many many more. Details here

– Mid-north coast based Galleri released their latest single “Countrylink”. Details here

Fanny Lumsden revealed full details of her debut album Small Town Big Shot. Details here

JamGrass announced their 2015 lineup along with a new format which includes a Friday night launch party and an outdoor one day festival on the Saturday. The lineup for both days includes Harts, TinPan Orange, Mustered Courage, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Richard in Your Mind, The Morrisons, The Imprints, The String Contingent, The Stetson Family, John Flanagan Trio, Mr. Alford Country, The Drunken Poachers, The Scrimshaw Four, The Ramblin’ Roses, Astro Cobalt, Little Rabbit and The Weeping Willows. Details here

Kaurna Cronin has announced show sin South Australia and Victoria when he returns from his European tour. Details here

Beirut have released their new video “Gibraltar”. Details here

– If you’re pining for the National Folk Festival never fear – they will be putting on a concert as part of the Floriade Nightfest. Details here

Perch Creek released their new video “Mama Sings”. Details here

– Indie-folk trio Little May released their new single “Seven Hours”. Details here

– Alt-country favourites Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes have announced plans to release their new album The Mountain next month. Details here

Releases This Week

White Lies and Melodies
White Lies and MelodiesMustered Courage

Sam Amidon
Home Alone Inside My HeadSam Amidon

Paper Kites
twelvefourThe Paper Kites

The Business
BusinessThe Snowdroppers

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Brouhaha w/ Caramigo, Corey Stewart


After suffering adrenal fatigue and burnout that forced her away from the stage The Brouhaha will make a triumphant return tonight.

Friday 28th August – The Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

Anna Cordell
Saturday 29th August – Little and Oliver, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars
Thursday 3rd September – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 4th September – Lennox Point Hotel, Lennox Head, NSW

El Grande
Sunday 30th August – Front Bar, Canberra, ACT

Floyd Thursby & Mandy Connell
Saturday 29th August – La Niche, Melbourne, VIC

Folk By The Sea
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September – Kiama, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Tenderfoot, The Campervan Dancers, Darby
Wednesday 2nd September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gympie Muster
Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th August – Gympie, QLD

Immigrant Union
Friday 28th August – The Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 29th August – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 4th September – David Bowie Late Nights @ ACMI, Melbourne, VIC

James Teague w/Julia Jacklin, Brendon Moon, Danika Smith
Friday 28th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

JD Burgess Band
Sunday 30th August – Proper Music Social, Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 4th September – Red Rattler, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan and Liz Frencham
Saturday 29th August – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 30th August – House Concert, Mount Franklin, VIC
Thursday 3rd September – Goulburn Club, Goulburn, NSW
Friday 4th September – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Katie Wighton
Friday 28th August – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Little Features feat. Brendon Ludlow, Black Bird Hum, Michael Duchesne, Julia Jacklin
Saturday 29th August – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Mary Chapin Carpenter w/ Tift Merritt
Friday 28th August – Gympie Muster, QLD
Saturday 29th August – Whitlam Theatre, Revesby, NSW
Sunday 30th August – Wests New Lambton, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 1st September – Anitas Theatre, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 3rd September – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 4th September – National Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Mustered Courage
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August – Gympie Muster, Gympie, QLD
Sunday 30th August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

NICEFEST feat. We Lost The Sea, The Crooked Fiddle Band, Serious Beak, Dumbsaint
Saturday 29th August – Hermann’s Bar, Sydney, NSW

OXJAM Inner Western feat. Cruisin’ Deuces, Mark Lucas, Katie Brianna, Bree De Rome and Brian Manning
Sunday 30th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

OXJAM Sam Newton and Julian Elia
Friday 28th August – Burwood Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Perch Creek
Friday 4th September – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Redland Spring Festival
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September – Cleveland, QLD

Riley Pearce
Friday 28th August – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA

The Brouhaha w/ Caramigo, Corey Stewart
Friday 28th August – The Exeter Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Snowdroppers
Friday 4th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Tim Wheatley
Saturday 29th August – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 30th August – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 2nd September – Cafe Del Mar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 4th September – The Metro, Sydney, NSW

Friday 28th August – UniBar, Adelaide, SA

Tom West
Friday 4th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September – Wirrina Cove, SA

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Friday 28th August – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 29th August – Central Coast Leagues, Gosford, NSW
Sunday 30th August – Dubbo RSL, Dubbo, NSW
Wednesday 2nd September – Katoomba RSL, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 3rd September – Panthers, Bathurst, NSW
Friday 4th September – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Oklahoma Ponies” – Mark Knopfler

Last week we featured the traditional “Shove The Pig’s Foot (A Little Closer to the Fire)” for our Friday Folk Flashback. This week we thought we’d share the Mark Knopfler song “Oklahoma Ponies”, where he has added lyrics to “Shove The Pig’s Foot…”. The folk process in motion!

Watch the New Perch Creek Video “Mama Sings”

Perch Creek
Image Courtesy of Perch Creek

The brand new Perch Creek single “Mama Sings” now has an amazing new video. Directed by Patrick Harvey, the video features puppeteering courtesy of Jhess Knight. Check it out here:

Perch Creek will be heading out on tour this September. The full list of dates are below:

Friday 4th September – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 5th September – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 6th September – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Friday 11th September – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th September – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Gold Coast Folk Festival Announces 2015 Lineup

Perch Creek
Image Courtesy of Perch Creek

Award winning event the Gold Coast Folk Festival has announced its 2015 lineup featuring over 30 local, regional and national bands.

That lineup is headined by Melbourne’s Perch Creek (above) and locals The Lamplights and also features Alexander William, Andrew Cousins, Angharad Drake, Ash Perrow, Barkers Vale Brothers, Black Rabbit George, Callisto, Dave Luxmoore, Erwin Zerbe, Ewan Mackenzie, Felicity Lawless, Franke, Fuglissimo, Guy Kachel, Kiara Jack and the Jills, Luke Houselander, Mat Brooker, Mr Chuck and Missy Chrissy, Out of Abingdon, Owl Valley Bluegrass, Peter Van Herk, Quatro, Rabble, Red Crow, Sarah Frank, Sonia Serin, Soul Sisters, The Rockin Seed, Thrillbilly Stomp, Toni Pollard, Watling and Bates, Women in Docs and many more.

The Gold Coast Folk Festival is held at the Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang on the 19th and 20th September. For more information check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 10th July


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne’s Oh Pep! have announced a new EP and released their new single “The Race”. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter Jason Isbell will release his new album Something More Than Free next week. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Tom Stephens released his rocky new single “What Lies in the Difference”. Details here

– Melbourne duo The Twoks released their new video “Doona”. Details here

– Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard announced details of his upcoming solo album Didn’t He Ramble. Details here

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats have confirmed details of their self-titled debut album. Details here

– Norway based Australian singer-songwriter BURROWING released his new video “Senorita”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Helen Shanahan released her new video “Across The Sea”. Details here

– The legendary CW Stoneking has announced tour dates for this October and November. Details here

– Australian psych-folk band Immigrant Union announced a national tour and released their latest video “War Is Peace”. Details here

– Melbourne quintet Perch Creek released their new single “Mama Sings” and announced a national tour for September. Details here

Stevie & The Sleepers released their new video “To The Sea”. Details here

HOWQUA released his new video “Her”. Details here

Releases This Week

Fault LinesMcrobin

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Twoks

The Twoks

Melbourne duo The Twoks will launch their amazing new split single “Doona”/”Happy Endings” at The Gasometer Hotel in Melbourne this Thursday.

Thursday 16th July – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Alison Ferrier and Jed Rowe
Friday 10th July – Wauchope Arts, Wauchope NSW
Saturday 11th July – McCrossin Mill, Uralla NSW
Sunday 12th July – The Junkyard, Maitland NSW

Bearded Gypsy Band and Lovers Electric
Friday 10th July – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Fraser A. Gorman
Friday 10th July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th July – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 16th July – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 17th July – Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

Helen Shanahan
Sunday 12th July – Caves House, Yallingup, WA
Tuesday 14th July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 10th July – RAD Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 11th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 15th July – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 16th July – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 17th July – Solbar (Front Bar), Maroochydore, QLD

Lacey Cole & the Lazy Colts
Thursday 16th July – Moonshine Cider and Rum Bar, Manly, NSW

Michael David Thomas
Thursday 16th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Owen Campbell
Friday 10th July – The Homestead, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 11th July – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Sunday 12th July – Davey’s Hotel, Frankston, VIC
Tuesday 14th July – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th July – Commercial Hotel, Milton, NSW

The Twoks
Thursday 16th July – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Tom Stephens
Saturday 11th July – Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 12th July – 303, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th July – Whole Lotta Love, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th July – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Erin Go Bragh” – Dick Gaughan

Proof that traditional music is relevant centuries after it’s written, “Erin Go Bragh” tells the story of a Highland Scot from Argyle who is mistaken for an Irishman by the police in Edinburgh and is persecuted. What I love about this song is the fact the Scotsman basically says “I’m not Irish, but it shouldn’t matter even if I was”. Change the nationalities in “Erin Go Bragh” and you could very quickly apply the story and the sentiment to the modern day, such is the timelessness of folk music.

Perch Creek Return with New Name, New Single and National Tour

Perch Creek
Image Courtesy of Perch Creek

Melbourne based band Perch Creek (formally The Perch Creek Family Jug Band) have returned to the public eye after some time spent writing with a brand new single, “Mama Sings”. The track is the first taste from their upcoming third album which sees the band focused and experimenting with new sounds.

Take a listen to “Mama Sings” here:

Perch Creek will be heading out on tour this September after they return from festival shows in North America. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 4th September – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 5th September – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 6th September – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Friday 11th September – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th September – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

The Bello Winter Music Festival Announces Inaugural Lineup

Milk Carton Kids
Image Courtesy of The Milk Carton Kids

This week a brand new festival slipped onto the scene with a lineup that is bound to make any readers of Timber and Steel squeal with excitement.

The Bello Winter Music Festival is a brand new weekend festival held in Bellingen, NSW from the 2nd to 5th July this year. Bello is the sister festival to the magnificent Mullum Music Festival so you know it’s going to be pretty special.

This year’s lineup is headed up by US folk duo The Milk Carton Kids (who are yet to announce any other Australian dates) and also features Timber and Steel favourites like Ash Grunwald, TinPan Orange, Marlon Williams, The Wilson Pickers, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Perch Creek, Jack Carty, Karl S Williams, The Mid North, The Button Collective, Starboard Cannons, Sara Tindley, Oh Pep! and many many more.

“Bellingen has a similar counter-culture to Mullumbimby; it’s just back from the coastal tourist destinations and it’s a naturally beautiful area.” Glenn Wright, director of Bello Winter Music Festival and Mullum Music Festival explained. “Just like Mullumbimby, Bellingen has a diverse community, a long history of environmentalism and a vibrant local music scene. A third of the Bello line-up is made up of local musicians from Bellingen and the Coffs Coast area. Both festivals are dedicated to programming new and emerging artists – local, national and international – I’m sure Bello Winter Music, like Mullum Music Festival, will become ‘one to watch’ for exciting new acts. Creating a partner winter festival in Bellingen rather than expanding Mullum Music Festival means another community can reap the benefits of a small scale, community run festival. The Bellingen community is deeply involved in every aspect of the festival. It has been inspiring working with them to create a unique, authentic celebration of their town.”

For more information about the Bello Winter Music Festival check out the official web site here. The full lineup is below:

The Milk Carton Kids (US), Ash Grunwald, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Tinpan Orange, Dubmarine, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders, Ainslie Wills, Bullhorn, Arte Kanela Flamenco, Rasa Duende, Fourplay String Quartet, The Wilson Pickers, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Perch Creek, Jack Carty, Sketch The Rhyme, Jones Jnr, The Seven Ups, Captain Dreamboat, Gabriel & Cecilia, Karl S Williams, Yeshe, Greg Sheehan, Kym Pitman with Chris Judd, The Mid North, The Button Collective, Starboard Cannons, Sara Tindley, Oh Pep!, The Ninth Chapter, Ebb n Flo, Golden Zephyr, Bunya, Jealous Wolfe, Mr Pip, Horns On Helium, DidJital, Tim Stokes, Honey & Knives, Shanteya & Jo, Tegan Wiseman, Yhan Leal, Fish on Fire, The Bollywood Sisters, The Cassettes, Sohum Women’s Choir, Voices From The Vacant Lot, Roundabout Theatre, talks, workshops, Bellingen LeaF (Learning Festival), THE MAGIC BUS and much more to be announced

Port Fairy Adds Ten More Artists for 2015

The Gloaming
Image Courtesy of The Gloaming

And so the Port Fairy Folk Festival lineup continues to grow. This week they’ve added ten more artists to an already impressive lineup, making Port Fairy a must-go-to event in 2015. This time around they’ve added The Gloaming (Above), Tom Mason, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Ajak Kwai, Ruth Moody, Perch Creek, Zeptepi, Michael Fix, Roesy and Chris Tamwoy.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place in Port Fairy, Victoria from the 6th to 9th March. For more information and tickets check out the official site here.

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