Thank Folk It’s Friday – 25th July

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The new video from Emily Barker’s side-project Vena Portae, “Summer Kills”, was released. Details here

– Sydney artist Hazzy Bee has released the gorgeous new single “Flyscreen”. Details here

Tiny Ruins released the new Neil Finn directed video for the track “Me At The Museum, You In The Wintergardens”. Details here

– Sydney monthly folk night The Folk Informal has announced it’s August lineup including Dan and Amy, Big Smoke, Katie Wighton and Sweet Jean. Details here

– Gold Coast cowgirl Bree De Rome will be launching her new single “Easy to Forget” with shows in Queensland and New South Wales. Details here

Luke Morris will be performing at Splendour today and then is heading off on an East Coast tour. Details here

– Ex-Swell Season singer-songwriter Marketa Irglova has announced plans for her second solo album Muna. Details here

– Dublin born, Australian raised, NYC based roots singer-songwriter Vincent Cross will kick off his first Australian tour in Canberra tonight. Details here

– Folktronica artist Caitlin Park revealed her new video “Wake Up In A Wirr”. Details here

– This Sunday in Sydney there’s a very special Pete Seeger tribute concert featuring Bob & Margaret Fagan, Mary-Jane Field, Peter Hicks, The Lurkers, Christina Mimmocchi, Maurie Mulheron, Margaret Walters and Chris Wheeler. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Steven James Adams has announced a new album, House Music, that features collaborations with Dan Mangan, Emily Barker, John Smith, Justin Young (The Vaccines, Jay Jay Pistolet), Martin Green (Lau) and Inge Thomson. Details here

Ashleigh Mannix & Justin Carter have a brand new duo project and have released their first track “Heartbreak”. Details here

– Perth singer-songwriter Joel Barker released his new single “City”. Details here

– Sydney folk punks The Bottlers are giving away two of their demos, “Blacktown” and “Golden Boys”, for free. Details here

– We premiered the brand new video from Tom West and he’s about to head out on tour. Details here

– And we also premiered the brand new video from Ollie Brown, “Oak Hill”, ahead of the release of his new EP Weatherboard House. Details here

Conor Oberst released the beautiful new video for his track “You Are My Mother’s Child”. Details here

– Brisbane based bluegrass trio The Company have announced details of their new album Trouble. Details here

– The Kangaroo Valley has confirmed its first round of artists for 2014 including Fred Smith, Enda Kenny Band, Martin Pearson, Bajaly Suso from Gambia, The BordererS, Liz Frencham, Nick Rheinberger, Glenn Cardier & Christian Marsh, The Wheeze and Suck Band, Michael Waugh, Paul Greene and the Other Colours, Sparrow Folk, Penny Larkins and Carl Pannuzzo, Salvation Jane, Sal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel, Danny Spooner and Crystal Barreca

Releases This Week

Aldous Harding
Aldous HardingAldous Harding
Spunk Store

Oxford and Co
Oxford & CoOxford & Co
Noisetrade

Timber and Steel Presents

Husky

Husky

Friday 25th July – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 31st July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Nick Mulvey

Nick Mulvey

While you’ll be able to catch Nick Mulvey at Splendour in the Grass or supporting Ben Howard this week, the show in Melbourne on Tuesday is his only Australian headline show. Presented by the folks behind Communion Melbourne this is guaranteed to be a fine performance from an artist that is on the brink of big things.

Tuesday 29th July – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Ben Howard
Friday 25th July – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Wednesday 30th July – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 31st July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 25th July – Brolga Theatre & Convention Centre, Maryborough, QLD
Saturday 26th July – Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre, Gladstone, QLD
Sunday 27th July – Capella Cultural Centre, Capella, QLD

Caitlin Park
Friday 1st August – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Clare Bowditch with Adalita
Friday 25th July – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Fanny Lumsden and the Thrillseekers with Ruby Boots
Friday 25th July – Weethalle Hall, Weethalle, NSW
Saturday 26th July – Grong Grong Hall, Grong Grong, NSW
Thursday 31st July – House Concert, Bunbury, WA

First Aid Kit
Tuesday 29th July – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 30th July – The Hi Fi, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 31st July – The Hi Fi, Melbourne, VIC

Husky
Friday 25th July – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 31st July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Jen Cloher
Friday 25th July – Skukum Lounge, Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

John Flanagan
Saturday 26th July – Little Features, Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 27th July – Menagerie, The Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, Dan Waters and The Weeping Willows
Saturday 26th July – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

Little Features feat. Jake Nauta, John Flanagan, J A Santosa, With Fox
Saturday 26th July – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Saturday 26th July – Old Museum Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Melody Pool and Marlon Williams
Friday 25th July – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Saturday 26th July – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Mikhael Paskalev
Friday 25th July – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC

Nick Mulvey
Tuesday 29th July – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Ollie Brown
Thursday 31st July – Easy Tiger, Sydney, NSW

Peasant Moon
Sunday 27th July – Menagerie at The Welcome Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Pepa Knight
Friday 1st August – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

Remembering Pete Seeger feat. Bob & Margaret Fagan, Mary-Jane Field, Peter Hicks, The Lurkers, Christina Mimmocchi, Maurie Mulheron, Margaret Walters and Chris Wheeler
Sunday 27th August – The Friend in Hand, Sydney, NSW

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July – North Byron Parklands, NSW

The Beards
Friday 25th July – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, NSW
Saturday 26th July – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Brouhaha
Saturday 26th July – The Austral Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Head And The Heart
Saturday 26th July – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW
Monday 28th July – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

The Yearlings
Friday 25th July – Basement Discs In-store, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th July – The Main Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 26th July – Harvester Moon, Bellarine, VIC
Sunday 27th July – The Shed, Maryknoll, VIC
Friday 1st August – The Song Room, Barossa Art Gallery, Tanunda, SA

Vincent Cross
Friday 25th July – The Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 27th July – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 31st July – House Concert, Wingham, NSW
Friday 1st August – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O” – Laura Veirs

This track has so many things I love about traditional music. It comes from the same tradition as a very well known song, “Froggy Went a’Courting”, but it’s a completely unique song in its own right. It obviously has it’s root in some sort of social commentary or well known story behind it but it has been redefined as a children’s song. And this version by Laura Veirs incorporates part of the reel “Rose Tree” as an instrumental break between verses. So good!

Remembering Pete Seeger – Tribute Concert In Sydney

Pete Seeger

This Sunday the NSW Folk Federation will be hosting a very special tribute concert to Pete Seeger who sadly passed away at the beginning of this year.

Remembering Pete Seeger will be held at the Friend in Hand Pub in Glebe from 4:30pm to 7pm this Sunday and will feature performances from Bob & Margaret Fagan, Mary-Jane Field, Peter Hicks, The Lurkers, Christina Mimmocchi, Maurie Mulheron, Margaret Walters and Chris Wheeler. The second half of the concert will feature all of the performers leading a singalong of Pete’s best known songs.

Entry for the tribute is $10, or free for NSW Folk Federation members. For more information check out the official NSW Folk Federation site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 31st January

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The great Pete Seeger passed away from natural causes on the 27th January, aged 94. We collected some of our favourite obits from around the web. Details here

– We round up all of the folk, alt-country and roots winners in the triple j Hottest 100, The Grammys and The Golden Guitars last weekend. Details here

– The new Seth Lakeman album hits stores today and you can get a taster with his new video for “The Courier”. Details here

Matt Corby revealed his new single “What The Devil Has Made” from the Spirit of Akasha surf documentary soundtrack. Details here

– The National Folk Festival has added a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites to its 2014 lineup including Archie Roach, Lindi Ortega, Ange Takats, Castlecomer, Leah Flanagan, The Little Stevies, Martin Pearson, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, The Morrisons, The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Stetson Family, Tolka, Zeptepi and many many more. Details here

– Regular Sydney night The Folk Informal has announced its lineup for February including James Kelly, Ryan Collings, Betty & Oswald and Timberwolf. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Tim Guy released his new video “Armour Weight”. Details here

Dustin Tebbutt has released a mesmerizing new video for his track “White Lines”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Mark Wilkinson is heading out on a massive national tour this March, April and May. Details here

– Melbourne’s James Teague has scored a residency at The Workers Club every Wednesday through February. Details here

– Blue Mountains based folk-bluegrass four piece Lime and Steel have announced a show in Canberra next Saturday with Vendulka in support. Details here

Timber and Steel favourites Achoo! Bless You will be launching their new single “Wild Eyes” in Sydney this February. Details here

– The wonderful Sam Buckingham has announced a national tour as well as the launch of her Patreon crowd sourcing campaign. Details here

– The new Nick Mulvey track “Cucurucu” now has an expansive new video. Details here

– UK duo Paper Aeroplanes released their new video for “Circus” along with details of their new EP. Details here

– Brisbane based roots singer Jimmy Watts released his new video “Driving”. Details here

– Chamber folk singer-songwriter Packwood has announced a handful of album preview shows this February. Details here

– Donna and Vikki from The Waifs are touring this March as The Stray Sisters. Details here

– The new William Fitzsimmons track “Fortune” has a beautiful new video. Details here

Releases This Week

Asgeir
In The SilenceÁsgeir
iTunes

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The Green Mohair Suits w/ The Morrisons, All Our Exes Live in Texas

Green Mohair Suits

After a successful tilt at the Tamworth Country Music Festival earlier this month The Green Mohair Suits return to Sydney in time to launch their latest EP Baby, You Just Want To Give Up. Along for the ride are their fellow Tamworth stage mates The Morrisons and All Our Exes Live in Texas – so it looks like it’s going to be a huge night of pickin’ and harmonies. We’ll be there for sure!

Friday 31st January – The Loft at UTS, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Andy Irvine
Friday 31st January – Music in the Park, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 2nd February – Trinity Sessions at Trinity Church, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 6th February – House Concert, Alice Springs, NT

Cass McCombs
Thursday 6th February – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Daughter
Tuesday 4th February – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Eddie Vedder
Friday 7th February – Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA

Emily Barker
Sunday 2nd February – Astor Lounge, Perth, WA

Imogen Clark and Joe Mungovan
Sunday 2nd February – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor, NSW
Friday 7th February – Corner Store, Sydney, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 31st January – House Concert, Pemulwuy, NSW
Saturday 1st February – House Concert, Sutherland Shire, NSW
Sunday 2nd February – House Concert, Morisset, NSW.
Monday 3rd February – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 6th February – House Concert, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Friday 7th February – House Concert, Canberra, ACT

James Teague
Wednesday 5th February – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
Friday 31st January – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd February – Festival of King Island, King Island, TAS

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Saturday 1st February – Lefty’s Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Laneway Festival
Friday 31st January – Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 1st February ­- Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 2nd February – Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), Sydney, NSW
Friday 7th February – Harts Mill, Adelaide, SA

Mat McHugh
Friday 7th February – Torquay Hotel, Torquay VIC

One Up Two Down and Oh Pep!
Thursday 6th February – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 7th February – Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

The Beez
Saturday 1st Febraury – Tilba Winery, NSW
Sunday 2nd February – The Artists Shed, Queanbeyan, NSW
Thursday 6th February – Braidwood Folk Club, NSW
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th February – National Multicultural Festival, ACT

The Green Mohair Suits w/ The Morrisons, All Our Exes Live in Texas
Friday 31st January – The Loft at UTS, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 31st January – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Traveller & Fortune
Friday 31st January – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st February – JIVE, Adelaide, SA

Unpaved Sessions feat. Justin Bernasconi (The Stillsons), Nia Robertson, Sophie Klein, Kaidee Grzankowski and more
Monday 3rd February – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Woody Pitney with Zoe Elliot, James Kelly
Thursday 6th February – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“To My Old Brown Earth” – Pete Seeger

When choosing a FFF track this week I knew it had to be something from the late Pete Seeger. I settled on this track after it was posted by Billy Bragg with the following blurb: “One last thing about Pete Seeger before I turn in: if anyone’s planning to make a tribute to the great man, I would heartily suggest playing this song. Everyone knows the 60s classics, but this, from 1996, is the song we should be listening to as we contemplate with his passing.” RIP Pete Seeger.

Pete Seeger, 1919 – 2014

Greenwich Village in the ‘60s Compilation

Greewich
Image Courtesy of Warner Music

To no doubt jump on the buzz created by the upcoming film Inside Llewyn Davis a new, 2 CD album has been announced featuring artists from the New York folk scene in the 1960s. The album, titled Greenwich Village in the ‘60s, features tracks from suck iconic artists as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Dave Van Ronk, Simon and Garfunkel, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Pete Seeger and many many more.

Greenwich Village in the ‘60s is due for release on the 7th February. The full track listing is below:

Disc 1
1. Bob Dylan – Talkin’ New York
2. Dave Van Ronk – Hang Me, Oh Hang Me
3. Tom Paxton – The Last Thing On My Mind
4. Eric Andersen – Close The Door Lightly When You Go
5. Paul Clayton – Green Rocky Road
6. Fred Neil – Little Bit Of Rain
7. Judy Henske – I Know You Rider
8. Tim Hardin – I Can’t Slow Down
9. Tom Rush – Urge For Going (Single Version)
10. Tim Buckley – Aren’t You The Girl
11. John Jacob Niles – Go ‘Way From My Window
12. Jean Ritchie – The Cuckoo
13. Irene and Ellen Kossoy (with Erik Darling) – Bowling Green
14. Joan Baez (w/ The Greenbriar Boys) – Banks Of The Ohio
15. Dian & The Greenbriar Boys – He Was A Friend
16. Richard Fariña – House Un-American Blues Activity Dream
17. Phil Ochs – I Ain’t Marching Anymore
18. Buffy Sainte-Marie – Universal Soldier
19. Liam Clancy – Patriot Game
20. The Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem – Shoals of Herring
21. Mike Seeger – Fair And Tender Ladies
22. Pete Seeger – Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)

Disc 2
1. Bob Gibson – Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)
2. Hedy West – 500 Miles
3. Vince Martin & Fred Neil – Morning Dew
4. Karen Dalton – Blues On The Ceiling
5. Patrick Sky – Many A Mile
6. David Blue – The Street
7. Simon & Garfunkel – He Was My Brother
8. Ian & Sylvia – You Were On My Mind
9. Richard & Mimi Fariña – Bold Marauder
10. Joan Baez – The Death Of Queen Jane (Child No. 170)
11. Carolyn Hester – The House Of The Rising Sun
12. Odetta – Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down
13. Mississippi John Hurt – Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor
14. Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band – My Gal
15. Even Dozen Jug Band – Evolution Mama
16. Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – Roving Gambler
17. Cisco Houston – Deportees
18. Harry Belafonte – Midnight Special
19. Judy Collins – Farewell

Pete Seeger Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Bob Dylan’s Debut

Bob Dylan

Yesterday (or today if you’re in the US) was the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s self titled debut album. To celebrate the momentous occasion Dylan’s early mentor, 92 year old folk legend Pete Seeger, has released the video to his version of “Forever Young”. The song originally appeared on the recent Amnesty International Bob Dylan tribute album Chimes of Freedom and features the Rivertown Kids children’s choir. Check it out here:

Coinciding with the release of the video is a grassroots campaign to get Pete Seeger back into the Top 100 chart which would make him the oldest person ever to do so. Info on the campaign, named Forever Pete, can be found on their website foreverpete.com or on Twitter and Facebook with proceeds from the song going to Amnesty International.

Ani DiFranco Announces First Studio Album in 3 Years ¿Which Side Are You On?

Ani DiFranco
Image Courtesy of Ani DiFranco

Ani DiFranco is an artist that has been associated with the “indie-folk” genre longer than we can remember. DiFranco is an artist that has always done things her own way and the pay off has been huge – Grammy awards, her own record label and being touted as an influence to a hole generation of young artists.

Which Side Are You OnOn the 17th Januray 2012 Ani DiFranco will release ¿Which Side Are You On?, her first studio album in over three years. The album features 12 songs including the (somewhat) traditional title track “Which Side Are You On?” first made popular by Pete Seeger five decades ago.

That’s the cover art on the left there and the full track listing is below. We’ve also embedded a live video of Ani DiFranco performing “Which Side Are You On?” for your viewing pleasure. If you follow this link you can hear samples of all 12 songs.

¿Which Side Are You On?
1. “Life Boat”
2. “Unworry”
3. “¿Which Side Are You On?”
4. “Splinter”
5. “Promiscuity”
6. “Albacore”
7. “J”
8. “If Yr Not”
9. “Hearse”
10. “Mariachi”
11. “Amendment”
12. “Zoo”

Tributes Planned For Woody Guthrie’s 100th Birthday

Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie was born on the 14th July, 1912 and passed away in 1967 but his influence as a singer and songwriter permeate almost every facet of modern folk music. Next year (2012) would have marked the 100th birthday for the legendary folk singer and a raft of tributes are in the works to celebrate the milestone.

First up Billy Bragg and Wilco will be releasing a deluxe boxset of their two album Mermaid Avenue project from 1998 and 2000 which took the unpublished writings of Guthrie and set them to new music. The deluxe Mermaid Avenue boxset is currently set for release in March next year.

Jay Farrar, Centro-Matic‘s Will Johnson, Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket‘s Jim James) and Anders Parker are also planning a similar project to the Bragg/Wilco pairing with New Multitudes, another album of unpublished Woody Guthrie material set to new music penned by the group. New Multitudes has a January 2012 release date attached to it.

Notes of Hope Note of Hope will see some of the music industry’s best including Van Dyke Parks, Lou Reed, Tom Morello, Michael Franti, Ani Difranco, Pete Seeger, Jackson Browne and more come together to pay tribute to Guthrie through versions of his songs, both recorded and unpublished. The record is due for release the 27th September this year and can be heard in full on the 429 Records web site.

There are a couple of other releases planned for the milestone including a The Complete Woody Guthrie in January. Check out the official Woody100 web site for details on everything that’s happening next year. No word as yet whether there’ll be a local tribute but Guthrie’s 100th birthday sounds like just the right excuse to inspire the next Festival Folk Sing compilation…

Interview: Anthony D’Antonio

Image courtesy of Anthony D’Antonio


The first time I ever saw Anthony D’Antonio I was blown away. I was at Live on Light Square in Adelaide to check out The Bearded Gypsy Band as a potential feature for a music-documentary series I work on called 6 on the St. As I made my way downstairs into the basement I thought I was listening to someone’s mix CD of assorted old-time folk songs from the golden era; but I was met by a twenty-something D’Antonio belting out outstandingly authentic sounding folk songs with his banjo, harmonica and stomping foot. He’s an artist who I’ve wanted to spotlight for Timber & Steel for a long time, but I knew my basic background knowledge on the folk masters that were obviously influencing his music wasn’t going to be able to do him justice. So I thought I’d get my information straight from the horses mouth, and spent an hour this afternoon quizzing Anthony D’Antonio about all things old-time and traditional.

Thom Miles: I showed your music to my editor Evan a couple of days ago, and he said you sound a lot like Woody Guthrie, and I’d have to agree. You have a very old-time sound about you. You seemed to have honed in on a specific time in folk history, and built your own musical styling around it…

Anthony D’Antonio: Yeah, I prefer to work within the boundaries of the folk masters: Woody [Guthrie], Pete Seeger, as i grew up on this music.

TM: I find that our generation really only seems to dabble in exploring the folk masters. I listened to Woody Guthrie a bit after getting into earlier Bob Dylan stuff, and I started looking into Pete Seeger not that long ago after hearing Billy Bragg‘s version of “Which Side Are You On”. How did you begin listening to this kind of stuff?

AD: Well, my dad was born in Austin, Texas and moved to Australia as a teen… He had a whole load of records, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, cowboy songs, union songs and all the great old-timey banjo type stuff. So it started at home from a very young age.

TM: Like all great musical journeys do.

AD: So true.

TM: I’ve been to a few of your gigs. People are really enthralled to witness music, and a performance, that seems like it’s from another world, from a man that just stepped out of a time-machine. Most of the people I’ve spoken to after seeing you aren’t really familiar with the artists you’re channelling- and yet they think it’s fantastic. It seems to suggest that this style of music has some kind of timeless appeal to listeners…

AD: For sure, and that’s the beauty ‘folk music”. It’s about folks… For the everyday person. One can relate when they hear a tune sung about how one does not get enough money for the job they do, or how their baby left etc.

TM: Yeah, I find that as well. When I started listening to Pete Seeger I was surprised to find he has entire albums of traditional American industrial action sing alongs. It’s like the songs are public property and each artist is just doing their duty in singing and sharing them.

AD: That’s what it’s all about- getting songs on people’s lips and hoping they can carry on some of these songs… You can sing to the whole world if you just get others singing these songs too.

TM: Is a lot of the stuff that you perform traditional songs from historic or unknown sources?

AD: Yeah, there’s a lot of trad in there; using old tunes for new ideas. There is no need to muck around too much with what has already got the perfect sound.

TM: Have you recorded albums, EPs or anything, or do you just go about your business live?

AD: I have heaps recorded, floating around on different EPs. No studio album as yet, but I am in the process of weeding out the songs that could use on one though.

TM: Ok, well I look forward to hearing one someday. Would you record original material, or a collection of classics, etc.?

AD: A mix of both I’d say. People often can’t tell my originals from the oldies so I’ll keep ’em guessing!

TM: You must have very different aspirations to most modern musicians. Generally the dream is to play big shows, get famous and rich, and have your songs all over the radio… What do you hope to get out of it?

AD: I just want to be heard, and share with as many folks as I can; the songs and sound of an era that today’s “roots” music owes a great deal to… Oh, and a few beers.

TM: Do you think institutions like the Folk Federation of SA have a great value as the catalyst for the sharing of folk music?

AD: Sure, they have had a lot of the great folkies and country acts drop in there.

TM: You’re playing a show at the Adelaide Folk Centre with The Whitetop Mountaineers later in the month, all the way from Virginia, USA! Have you ever seen these guys before?

AD: I was playing Woodford Folk Festival in 2009 and saw them up there. It was amazing to hear that mountain music going through the valley. If you like old-time folk music, you wouldn’t want to miss this one.

TM: Fantastic! I’m looking to go to as many folk festivals as I can over the next year. Woodford is always a stellar line up, Port Fairy is just amazing this year (Joe Pug– enough said), and the Fleurieu Folk Festival is another nice and convenient one for us South Aussies. What other gatherings and events are there that you’ve come across and recommend that folk fans get out to?

AD: Frances Folk Gathering is always fun. It’s 2.5 hours sorta south-east of Adelaide… There is always a folk-fest somewhere in Australia wherever you might be.

TM: Thanks, I’ll look into it. Finally, I know you’ve done a lot of busking around Adelaide in your day, and play a lot at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, but Timber & Steel is in fact an interstate publication and I’d be shunned if I didn’t ask; do you have any plans to tour interstate in the works?

AD: It looks as though I’ll be in Melbourne and Sydney later on this year, so I plan to get about as much as i can whilst I’m over in the big smoke.

TM: Brilliant! Thanks for your time.

Keep an eye out on folk festival line-ups and your gig guide, because Anthony D’Antonio is definitely an act you wouldn’t want to miss. Timber & Steel will be on top of news surrounding any tours or releases from Anthony in the future, but in the meantime, check out the video of him playing the Folk Centre in Adelaide last year.

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