Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th November

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The National Folk Festival dropped a huge lineup in their first major announcement for 2018 including Breabach, Lindsay Lou, Steve Poltz, Cara, Ten Strings and A Goat Skin, Gina Williams, Amistat, Bush Gothic, Cat and Clint, Chaika, Charm of Finches, Chordwainers, Chris Duncan, Catherine and Jennifer Strutt, Chris While and Julie Matthews, The Coconut Kids, Daniel Champagne, Fred Smith, The Good Lovelies, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Hat Fitz and Cara, John Flanagan Trio, Marcia Howard, Ryan Garth and Emily Wolfe, Sparrow-Folk, The Tassie Devil’s Own Band, The Western Flyers and more. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Tom Stephens unveiled his new project Tesse including the new single “I’ll Tell You In The Morning”. Details here

– English indie-folk trio The Staves finally make it to Australia next year for a headline tour. Details here

– Gospel-folk duo The Welcome Wagon released their new album Light Up the Stairs. Details here

– We premiered a stream of the new Andrew Swift single “Reckless Desires” as well as sharing details about his upcoming album. Details here

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit announced Bluesfest sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne with Deer Tick in support. Details here

Grizzly Bear announced full Australian tour dates. Details here

– Kiwi country singer Marlon Williams revealed details of his upcoming album as well as announcing Australian tour dates next year with The Weather Station. Details here

The Pierce Brothers release their new EP My Tired Mind today. Details here

Releases This Week

Karine Polwart
A Pocket Of Wind ResistanceKarine Polwart
iTunes

Leah Flanagan
Oceanic SessionsLeah Flanagan
iTunes

Pierce Brothers
My Tired MindPierce Brothers
iTunes

The Welcome Wagon
Light Up the StairsThe Welcome Wagon
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Lindi Ortega

Lindi Ortega

Canadian alt-country queen Lindi Ortega bookends her shows in Sydney and Melbourne this week with spots at the Mullum Music Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival

Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 19th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 21st November – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th November – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Gigs Next Week

A Weekend in The Gardens feat. Paul Kelly, Steve Earle, Middle Kids
Friday 17th November – Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, VIC

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 17th November – CullyFest, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Tuesday 21st November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 22nd November – Metropole, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Alex The Astronaut
Saturday 18th November – The Plot, Parramatta Park, NSW

Ash Grunwald
Friday 17th November – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Sunday 19th November – Theatre Royal Castlemaine, Castlemaine, VIC

Ashlea Reale
Sunday 19th November – Rockingham Spring Fair, Rockingham, WA
Friday 24th November – Dôme Waikiki, Waikiki, WA

Ayleen O & The Croxton City Shake-Up
Saturday 18th November – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th November – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC

BANFF
Friday 24th November – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

Ben Salter
Sunday 19th November – MONA, Hobart, TAS

Bernard Fanning
Friday 24th November – Granada Tavern, Hobart, TAS
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Brian Campeau & Alice Terry
Thursday 23rd November – The Fitzroy Pinnacle, Melbourne, VIC

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds
Friday 17th November – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 21st November – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th November – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 17th November – Towradgi Beach Hotel & Waves, Towradgi, NSW
Saturday 18th November – Lighthouse Folk Festival, Norah, NSW
Sunday 19th November – Moorebeer Brewing Co, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 24th November – Parkes Leagues Club, Parkes, NSW

Candice McLeod
Friday 17th November – House Concert, Warrnambool, VIC

Cat & Clint
Sunday 19th November – The Taproom – Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC

Catherine Traicos
Friday 17th November – Petersham Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Chris Jagger
Friday 17th November – Retreat Hotel, Brunswick, VIC
Saturday 18th November – Saints & Sailors, Portarlington, VIC
Sunday 19th November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Christian Patey w/ Sepora, Elizabeth Hughes
Friday 17th November – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Clare Bowditch
Sunday 19th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Claude Hay
Friday 17th November – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Claymore, Rich Davies and the Low Road
Friday 24th November – The Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne, VIC

Co-cheòl
Friday 24th November – Wyreena Music Cafe, Melbourne, VIC

Cullyfest
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Toowoomba, QLD

Datson Hughes
Friday 17th November – Live and free @ Brat Cave, Brisbane, QLD

Dean Lewis
Friday 17th November – Adelaide Uni Bar, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 22nd November – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 24th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Devil Goat Family String Band
Saturday 18th November – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

Devil on the Rooftop
Friday 17th November – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th November – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, VIC

Don’t Do Me Like That – A Tribute to Tom Petty feat. Alannah Russack, Bow Campbell, Morgana Ancone, Jason Walker, Johnny G, Lozz Benson, Sam Shinazzi, Maxine Kauter, Bryan Estepa, Peta Caswell, Mark NaNa, Monica McMahon, Tom Stone, Adam Young
Friday 24th November – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Echo Deer w/ Whiskey Dram and Hannah Czaban
Saturday 18th November – The Pinnacle, Melbourne, VIC

Ella Belfanti
Saturday 18th November – Republica, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd November – Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Fairlight Folk feat. Sancha & the Blue Gypsies, Dave Calandra
Saturday 18th November – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 24th November – Lacmalac Soldiers Memorial Hall, Lacmalac, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Vance Gilbert, Liz Stringer
Wednesday 22nd November – Mount Nimmel Hall, Austinville, QLD
Thursday 23rd November – The Channon Public Hall, The Channon, NSW
Friday 24th November – Nymboida Hall, Nymboida, NSW

Figgy Folk Session
Tuesday 21st November – Figtree Pub, Figtree, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. North Easton, heart.beats.mind, Mimi Gilbert
Wednesday 22nd November – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Four In The Morning
Friday 17th November – The Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th November – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
Tuesday 21st November – Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, Melbourne, VIC

Fraser A. Gorman w/ Tesse
Friday 17th November – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW

Frazey Ford
Friday 17th November – The Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 18th November – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Wednesday 22nd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 23rd November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 24th November – Badlands, Perth, WA

Fred Smith
Friday 17th November – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club, Hornsby, NSW
Saturday 18th November – Tradewinds Folk, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 19th November – Upper Landsdowne Hall, Upper Landsdowne, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Tuesday 21st November – Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues, Geelong, VIC

Grizzlee Train
Friday 17th November – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Harry James Angus
Tuesday 21st November – St Paul’s Cathedral Carpark, Melbourne, VIC

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 17th November – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC

Hollow Coves
Saturday 18th November – Parramatta Park, Parramatta, NSW

Honey
Sunday 19th November – Mudgee Brewing Co., Mudgee, NSW

Hussy Hicks & Raphael White
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Illawarra Folk Club Singer, Songwriter, Food Night
Sunday 19th November – Passionate Palate, Kanahooka, NSW

Irish Mythen
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC

James Bennett
Saturday 18th November – Rockpools, One Mile, NSW

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Saturday 18th November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

James Kenyon
Friday 17th November – House Concert, Mudgee, NSW
Saturday 18th November – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 19th November – The Junkyard Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 24th November – House Concert, Mullumbimby, NSW

JD Burgess Band
Sunday 19th November – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Jed Rowe
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Cullyfest, Toowoomba, QLD

Jemma Nicole
Saturday 18th November – Charles Weston, Melbourne, VIC

Jess Cornelius
Thursday 23rd November – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Jess Locke
Friday 17th November – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 23rd November – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Friday 24th November – The Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 17th November – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Jo Jo Smith w/ Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

John Butler Trio
Friday 17th November – The Domain, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 18th November – SummerSalt, Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, SA

Jordan Merrick
Saturday 18th November – The Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 23rd November – Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Josh Pyke w/ Harrison Storm
Thursday 23rd November – Ramsgate Hotel, Henley Beach, SA
Friday 24th November – Norwood Hotel, Norwood, SA

Jemma Beech
Sunday 19th November – George IV Inn, Picton, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 17th November – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Kasey Chambers
Wednesday 22nd November – Horsham Town Hall, Horsham, VIC
Thursday 23rd November – Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, Wangaratta, VIC
Friday 24th November – Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, Traralgon, VIC

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 17th November – Trumpet Bar, Cowes, VIC

Kirsty Lee Akers
Friday 17th November – Lithgow Workies Club & Motel, Lithgow, NSW
Saturday 18th November – Hawkesbury Hotel, Windsor, NSW
Sunday 19th November – East Cessnock Bowling Club, Cessnock, NSW

Kutcha Edwards
Friday 17th November – St Paul’s Cathedral Carpark, Melbourne, VIC

Kyle Lionhart
Friday 17th November – Leadbelly Newtown, Sydney, NSW

Liam Gerner
Friday 17th November – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 18th November – Ashbourne Memorial Hall, Ashbourne, SA
Sunday 19th November – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Lighthouse Folk Festival
Saturday 18th November – Norah Head Lighthouse, Norah Head, NSW

Likely Celts
Friday 17th November – Mozart Hall, Warrnambool, VIC

Lindi Ortega
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 19th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 21st November – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th November – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Little Georgia
Friday 17th November – Indi Bar, Perth, WA
Saturday 18th November – Settlers Tavern Margaret River, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 19th November – Clancy’s Fish Pub Dunsborough, Dunsborough, WA
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Liv Cartledge
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November – Spring Festival, Milawa, VIC
Friday 24th November – Taphouse, Bendigo, VIC

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 17th November – The Wonderland Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th November – The Montrose Cricket Club, Montrose, VIC
Sunday 19th November – St Cuthbert’s, Menzies Creek, VIC
Friday 24th November – The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Long Jetty Street Festival
Saturday 19th November – Long Jetty, NSW

Luke Escombe
Saturday 18th November – The Music Lounge, Brookvale, NSW

Maddy Jane
Friday 17th November – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 18th November – Parramatta Park, Parramatta, NSW

Mandy Connell & Ben Smith
Saturday 18th November – Tanswells Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Mama Kin Spender
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Saturday 18th November – House Concert, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 19th November – House Concert, Marino, SA
Friday 24th November – House Concert, Perth, WA

Marlon Williams
Friday 17th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 19th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 20th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Martin Pearson
Friday 17th November – House Concert, Canberra, ACT

Melbourne Music Week
Friday 17th to Friday 24th November – Melbourne, VIC

Mia Dyson
Friday 24th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Michelle Little
Sunday 19th November – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen
Friday 17th November – Canberra Theatre Playhouse, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 18th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 19th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Monsieur Camembert
Saturday 18th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Mountaingrass
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Harrietville, VIC

Mullum Music Festival
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullumbimby, NSW

My Nightingale
Saturday 18th November – The House with No Walls, Eumundi, QLD
Friday 24th November – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mustered Courage
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Mountaingrass, Harrietville, VIC

Neil Murray
Saturday 18th November – Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 19th November – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Niksta, Camille and Stuie, The Morrisons
Friday 24th November – The Manly Fig, Balgowlah Heights, NSW

Oh Pep!
Friday 24th November – Secret Show, Melbourne, VIC

Paul Kelly
Friday 17th November – Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th November – MONA Mainstage & Lawns, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 19th November – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Monday 20th November – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd November – Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 23rd November – Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Piece Brothers
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – CullyFest, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 18th November – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA

Port Fairy Spotlight Sessions feat. Marcia Howard, The Ahern Brothers, Mission Songs Project
Friday 24th November – Memo Music Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Queen Porter Stomp, Slow Ships
Friday 17th November – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Queenscliff Music Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff, VIC

Rare Child
Thursday 23rd November – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Rick Hart Trio
Sunday 19th November – The Public Brewery, Melbourne, VIC

Scott Cook & Liz Frencham
Thursday 23rd November – The Pizza and Wine Club, Kyneton, VIC

Slow Dancer
Sunday 19th November – The Porch Sessions, Hawthorn, SA
Thursday 23rd November – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW

Stella Donnelly
Friday 17th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 18th November – The Plot, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, VIC

Steve Tyson & The Train Rex
Friday 17th November – FogHorn Brewhouse, Erina, NSW
Saturday 18th November – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 19th November – The Commercial Boutique Hotel, Tenterfield, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Kave Bar, Newport, NSW
Friday 24th November – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Strawberry Fields
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Tocumwal, NSW

SummerSalt feat. John Butler Trio, Missy Higgins
Saturday 18th November – Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, SA

Surrey Hills Music Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre, Melbourne, VIC

The Audreys
Friday 24th November – Lyrebird Arts Council, Meeniyan, VIC

The Band Who Knew Too Much
Sunday 19th November – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

The Black Sorrows
Friday 17th November – Bird’s Basement, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th November – The Jam Bar, Barooga, NSW
Wednesday 22nd November – Windsor Leagues Club, Windsor, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Centro CBD, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 24th November – North Sydney Leagues Club, Sydney, NSW

The East Pointers
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC

The FruiTTrees
Sunday 19th November – The Commercial Hotel, Morpeth, NSW

The Go Set
Friday 17th November – Baha, Rye, VIC

The Johnny Can’t Dance Cajun Band
Sunday 19th November – The Catfish, Melbourne, VIC

The Mouldy Lovers
Friday 17th November – The Homestead Tasmania, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 18th November – The Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS

The Nukes
Saturday 18th November – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC

The Plot
Saturday 18th November – Parramatta Park, Parramatta, NSW

The Porch Sessions feat. Slow Dancer
Sunday 19th November – House Concert, Hawthorn, SA

The ReChords
Saturday 18th November – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Snowdroppers
Saturday 18th November – The Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Stetson Family
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November – MountainGrass Festival, Harrietville, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Strawberry Fields, Tocumwal, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

The Waifs
Sunday 19th November – Moruya High School, Moruya, NSW
Monday 20th November – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Tuesday 21st November – Young Town Hall, Young, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Friday 17th November – Surrey Hills Music Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th November – Hawkesbury Hotel, Windsor, NSW
Sunday 19th November – East Cessnock Bowling Club, Cessnock, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

This Way North
Wednesday 22nd November – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 24th November – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

TinPan Orange
Friday 17th November – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Tom Dockray w/ Mitch Power
Friday 17th November – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Saturday 18th November – Two Goats Cafe & Baa, Armidale, NSW
Sunday 19th November – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD

Tom West
Friday 17th November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 24th November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Toni Swain Quintet
Thursday 23rd November – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, VIC

Trent Modern, Luke O’Farrell, Darren Cross
Thursday 23rd November – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Tristen Bird
Friday 17th November – The Old Union Chapel, Angaston, SA
Saturday 18th November – The Caledonian Inn, Robe, SA
Sunday 19th November – Red Poles Gallery-Restaurant-B&B, McLaren Vale, SA

Twin Peaks
Friday 17th November – Corporate Moose, Mildura, VIC
Sunday 19th November – Kingsbury Bowls Club, Kingsbury, VIC
Friday 24th November – The George Kerferd Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Two Screws Loose w/ Mangrove Swamp
Sunday 19th November – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Vance Joy
Wednesday 22nd November – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 23rd November – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Vardos Trio
Friday 17th November – German Austrian Australian Club, Wodonga, VIC

Wallis Bird
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Tuesday 21st November – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 22nd November – Baroque Room, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Whiskey Dram
Saturday 18th November – CERES Organic Market & Grocery, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th November – The Fitzroy Pinnacle, Melbourne, VIC

William Crighton
Saturday 18th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project
Sunday 19th November – Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Yusuf/Cat Stevens
Wednesday 22nd November – Perth Arena, Perth, WA

Z-Stay Delta
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Shoals of Herring” – Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac)

Pierce Brothers Announce New EP My Tired Mind

Pierce Brothers
Image Courtesy of Pierce Brothers

Melbourne based folk-pop duo Pierce Brothers have somehow managed to find some time out from their never-ending worldwide tour to write and record their brand new EP My Tired Mind.

Due for release this Friday 17th November, the EP was recorded over the last two years. The first single from is “Follow Me Into The Dark”.

“Follow Me Into The Dark is about literally lying awake going over and over your past decisions, and searching for ways to move on,” Pat Pierce explained.

Check out the video for “Follow Me Into The Dark” here:

Pierce Brothers are currently overseas but will be returning this week to kick off their support spot on Tash Sultana’s tour – the full list of dates are below:

Saturday 18th November – Adelaide Entertainment Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Friday 1st December – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 7th December – Freo Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 9th December – 3 Oceans Winery, Margaret River, WA
Thursday 14th December – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th December – Noosa AFL Grounds, Noose, QLD

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 28th April

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne folk-pop duo Pierce Brothers have announced details of their upcoming EP The Records Were Ours and national tour dates in May. Details here

– Country-rock band Raised By Eagles released their new single “Shape & Line”. Details here

– We premiered the new video from the John Flanagan Trio, “Beauty On The Bottom”. Details here

Busby Marou released their touching new video “Paint This Land” for ANZAC Day. Details here

– Australian bush music legends The Bushwackers released their new single “Dirt Under My Nails”. Details here

– Sydney jam night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s announced The Tawny Owl Stringband as their May feature artist. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Bill Jackson released his new video “Double Shot”. Details here

– American singer-songwriter Pieta Brown released her new video “Rosine”. Details here

Interviews

“The new album is definitely the most rock and roll sounding album of all my work,” Stringer says, after playing to a full house at the 2017 Candelo Village Festival. “The lead sound I’m getting now is definitely much more developed than when I was playing acoustic”Liz Stringer chats to Elizabeth Walton. Interview here

Reviews

Track by Track

“Avid journaler, constant traveller and part time accordionist, Quinton Trembath, has returned to punk influenced acoustic guitar to chronicle his stories of friends and places. Just six months after releasing his first EP, Tuns of Fun, Trembath is back with new EP Good days, These Days, recorded in Hobart with the help of Cal Young and Hannah Morrell” – Track by Track here

Gigs

“Dreaming of the weekend? Wishing you could have another 4 days off? Well, step back in time to the Easter Weekend with our 5 things we learned at Bluesfest”KT Bell recounts the 5 things she learnt at Bluesfest. Review here

Releases This Week

Blonde on Blonde
50 Years Of Blonde On BlondeOld Crow Medicine Show
iTunes

Quinton
Good Days These DaysQuinton Trembath
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Davidson Brothers

Davidson Brothers

Davidson Brothers launch their amaizng new album All You Need Is Music’ in Melbourne.

Friday 28th April – Longhorn Saloon, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Appalachian Heaven Stringband
Monday 1st May – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Argyle Sun Sets feat. Katey Brooks, Lola Sola, Hollie Col
Sunday 30th April – Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW

Australian Celtic Festival
Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th May – Glen Innes, NSW

BATTS
Sunday 30th April – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Ben Wright Smith
Friday 28th April – Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Sunday 30th April – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Thursday 4th May – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 5th May – Charles Sturt Univesity, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Billy Bragg
Friday 28th April – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Bob Evans
Wednesday 3rd May – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 5th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

CANS w/ Alison Ferrier and The Happy Lonesome Duo
Friday 28th April – Tago Mago Club, Melbourne, VIC

Captain Spalding, Lachlan Bryan, The Weeping Willows
Sunday 30th April – Functions By The Bay, Frankston, VIC

Chloe & Jason Roweth, MaD aDaM
Saturday 29th April – Loaded Dog Folk Club, Sydney NSW

Dana Hassall
Saturday 29th April – Surfbeach Cafe, Narooma, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Sunday 30th April – Redcliffe On The Murray, Pinjarra, WA
Tuesday 2nd May – Little Village Music, Dunsborough, WA
Wednesday 3rd May – Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 4th May – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Friday 5th May – Town Hall, Yabberup, WA

Davidson Brothers
Friday 28th April – Longhorn Saloon, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th May – Goldmines Hotel, Bendigo, VIC

Diamond Duck
Friday 5th May – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

FolkSwagon feat. Ella Belfanti, Cecilia Brandolini, Slow Ships
Wednesday 3rd May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Frankston Music Festival
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th April – Frankston, VIC

Galilee Blockade Support Concert feat. Alannah Russach, Leah Flanagan, Steph Miller, Ricky Pann, Mark Lucas
Sunday 30th April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Gena Rose Bruce
Thursday 4th May – The Tramway, Melbourne, VIC

Grigoryan Brothers
Friday 28th April – Birds Basement, Melbourne, VIC

Hootenanny feat. When Hawk met Sparrow
Sunday 30th April – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 5th May – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

Jemma Nicole & Mitch Power
Friday 28th April – LongPlay, Melbourne, VIC

Jo Meares and the Silver Bullets
Saturday 29th April – Tago Mago, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 30th April – Labour in Vain, Melbourne, VIC

Kasey Chambers
Friday 28th April – Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton, WA
Saturday 29th April – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Sunday 30th April – Ravenswood Hotel, Ravenswood, WA
Tuesday 2nd May – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA
Thursday 4th May – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Friday 5th May – Esperance Civic Centre, Esperance, WA

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 28th April – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC

Kirsty Bromley
Sunday 30th April Shakespeare on the River Festival, Stratford, VIC

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes and The Weeping Willows
Friday 5th May – Suttons House Of Music, Ballarat, VIC

Little Wise
Wednesday 3rd May – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC

Liz Stringer
Friday 28th April – Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Saturday 29th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 30th April – Torquay Bowls Club, Torquay, VIC

Lost Highway Bluegrass Festival
Friday 5th to Sunday 7th May – Karuah, NSW

Mick Thomas
Friday 5th May – Basement Discs, Melbourne, VIC

Oh Pep!
Friday 28th April – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Quinton Trembath
Saturday 29th April – Station Bar, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 30th April – The Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Rich Davies & The Low Road
Friday 28th April – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 29th April – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Round Mountain Girls
Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May – Wintermoon Festival, Cameron’s Pocket, QLD

Songsters in support of the Galilee Blockade feat. Alannah Russack, Steph Miller, Ricky Pann, Mark Lucas
Sunday 30th April – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

The 4 Divas feat. Jackie Marshall, Aine Tyrrell, Lucie Thorne, Melanie Horsnell
Saturday 29th April – Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre, Bega, NSW

The Beekeepers
Saturday 29th April – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC

The Button Collective
Friday 28th April – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

The Co-Ground Folk Show feat. The Bean Project, Susy Blue, Charm of Finches, Khristian Mizzi, Someday June
Friday 5th May – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

The East Pointers
Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May – The Planting Festival, Woodford, QLD

The Last Jar Mussel Festival feat. Fat Cousin Skinny, Louisa Wise
Saturday 29th to Sunday 30th April – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

The Mae Trio
Friday 28th April – Night Quarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 30th April – Brewery, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 5th to Sunday 7th May – Vocal Ranges Festival, Kyneton, VIC

The McClymonts
Friday 28th April – CEX Coffs, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Saturday 29th April – Panthers, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 5th May – Dee Why RSL, Dee Why, NSW

The Northern Folk w/ The Bean Project
Wednesday 3rd May – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Planting Festival
Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May – Woodford, QLD

The Royal Parks w/ Slow Motion Picture, AmarinaWaters
Saturday 29th April – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Sauerkrauts
Sunday 30th April – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Saturday 29th April – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 30th April – The Capital, Bendigo, VIC

The Sydney Square Dance feat. Narrownecks
Saturday 29th April – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Tim Moxam & Liz Stringer
Thursday 4th May – The Lush Factory, Tilba Tilba, NSW
Friday 5th May – House Concert, Nowra, NSW

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife
Friday 5th May – Longhorn Saloon, Melbourne, VIC

Vanishing Shapes
Sunday 30th April – The Sunken Monkey, Erina, NSW

Vocal Ranges Festival
Friday 5th to Sunday 7th May – Kyneton, VIC

Wide Open Space Festival
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th April – Ross River Resort, Alice Springs, NT

William Crighton
Friday 5th May – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

Wintermoon Festival
Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May – Cameron’s Pocket, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Annabelle Lee” – Sarah Jarosz

Pierce Brothers Announce New EP The Records Were Ours

Pierce Brothers
Image Courtesy of Pierce Brothers

Fan favourite folk-pop duo Pierce Brothers have announced plans to release their new EP The Records Were Ours on the 19th May. The EP is the first in a planned trilogy of releases featuring material recorded in the studio and live over the last couple of years.

To celebrate the release of The Records Were Ours the Pierce Brothers will be heading out on a national tour through May before flying over to Europe for the Summer festival season. Check out the full list of dates here:

Thursday 18th May – Metro Lair, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th May – Lorne Hotel, Lorne, VIC
Thursday 25th May – The Academy, Canberra, ACT
Friday 26th May – The Croxton, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th May – Big Pineapple Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

First Round Of Artists Announced for Port Fairy Folk Festival 2016

Mary Black
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It looks like we’re well and truly into that time of year when the major folk festivals start announcing their lineups. The next cab off the rank is the Port Fairy Folk Festival, arguably one of Australia’s top folk events, which next year will be held from the 11th to the 14th March.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival enters its 40th year in 2016 so as you’d expect the lineup is going to be huge. The first round of artists did not disappoint either – announced this time around were Ayleen O’Hanlon, Claymore, DakhaBrakha (Ukraine), Dave Arden, Eric Bogle, Fourplay, Grigoryan Brothers, John McCutcheon (USA), Katie Noonan’s Vanguard, Lloyd Spiegel, Manran (Scotland), Mary Black (Ireland, above), Moxie (Ireland), Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento, Pierce Brothers, Ruby Boots, Steve Poltz (USA), Sara Storer, Shellie Morris, Suzannah Espie, The Bushwackers, The East Pointers (Canada), The Ugly Uncles, Truckstop Honeymoon (USA), Three Kings, The Woohoo Revue and The Young’uns (UK) with plenty more to come.

Tickets for the 2016 Port Fairy Folk Festival are already on sale. Check out the official web site for more information.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 11th September

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne folkies The Mae Trio released their new single, an acoustic cover of Lorde’s “Buzzcut Season”. Details here

– Next week’s Bluegrass @ Yulli’s in Sydney will feature a performance from The Tawny Owl Stringband. Details here

Jinja Safari released their new single “Accident”. Details here

– Before they call it a day Bellowhead will be releasing a greatest hits album. Details here

Loren Kate announced details of her new EP, single and national tour. Details here

Damien Rice released his new video “Hypnosis” from the Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet soundtrack. Details here

– The artist previously known as Major Chord has revealed his new project Dan Flynn and The State of Things plus plans for a new album in October. Details here

– Folk-roots duo Pierce Brothers have announced a new EP Into The Dirt. Details here

– The 2015 lineup for The Fleurieu Folk Festival was announced featuring Beccy Cole, Senor Cabrales, Appalachian Heaven String Band, Liz Stringer, The Timbers, The BordererS, Danny Spooner, Charm of Finches, Josh Rennie-Hynes, Kaurna Cronin, Tom West, Scott Balfour and many more. Details here

Passenger released his new video “The Long Road”. Details here

Gurrumul and Paul Kelly have come together for a stunning version of “Amazing Grace”. Details here

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

– Cosmic country band Lost Ragas announced a tour through October. Details here

Releases This Week

Beirut
No No NoBeirut
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Falls

Falls

Timber and Steel favourites Falls return to their home town of Sydney after 18 months in the USA to play three very special and intimate shows at the Hotel Hollywood. The Hollywood is where it all began for Falls all those years ago so seeing them back in there will be something special.

Tuesday 15th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW *SOLD OUT*
Thursday 17th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW *SOLD OUT*

Gigs Next Week

Aldous Harding
Friday 11th September – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Ash Grunwald
Friday 11th September – Divers Tavern, Broome, WA
Saturday 12th September – The Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Sunday 13th September – Mojos Bar, Nth Fremantle, WA

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. The Tawny Owl Stringband
Wednesday 16th September – Upstairs at Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Bony Mountain Folk Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September – Bony Mountain, QLD

Dustin Tebbutt w/ Jesse Davidson, Caitlin Park
Friday 18th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars
Friday 11th September – Helm Bar, Mooloolabah, QLD
Friday 18th September – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW

Falls
Tuesday 15th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 16th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 17th September – Hotel Hollywood, Sydney, NSW

Guildford Banjo Jamboree
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September – Guildford, VIC

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 11th September – Trinity, Adelaide, SA

Joan Baez
Thursday 17th September – Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT

John Blake w/ Ben Stephenson
Tuesday 15th September – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan and Liz Frencham
Friday 11th September – Courthouse Cultural Centre, Auburn SA
Saturday 12th September – Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Thursday 17th September – House Concert, Healesville, VIC
Friday 18th September – Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, Maleny, QLD

Little May
Friday 18th September – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Live ‘n’ Lounging feat. The Bollands, The Campervan Dancers, Kay Proudlove, Huckleberry Hastings
Sunday 13th September – Macarthur, Sydney, NSW

Neurum Creek Music Festival
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September – Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, QLD

Perch Creek
Friday 11th September – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12th September – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

The Mae Trio
Friday 11th September – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 13th September – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 17th September – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 18th September – 63 First Avenue, Sawtell, NSW

The Snowdroppers
Friday 11th September – Helm Bar, Mooloolaba, QLD

The Waifs
Saturday 12th September – Esperance Civic Centre, Esperance, WA
Sunday 13th September – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
Tuesday 15th September – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Wednesday 16th September – Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton, WA
Thursday 17th September – Carnarvon Civic Centre, Carnavon, WA

Turning Wave Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September – Yass, NSW

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Friday 11th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 12th September – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 13th September – Country Club, Launceston, TAS
Tuesday 15th September – The Capitol, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 17th September – Kay St Saloon, Traralgon, VIC
Friday 18th September – Costa Hall, Geelong, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Flax in Bloom/The Wind That Shakes The Barley” – Tommy Peoples and Liam O’Flynn

I felt this Friday called for trad. You’re welcome.

Pierce Brothers Announce New EP Into the Dirt

Pierce Brothers
Image Courtesy of Pierce Brothers

Everyones favourite folk duo Pierce Brothers have just announced plans to release their brand new EP Into the Dirt. The EP was produced by Jan Skubiszewski (Dan Sultan, John Butler Trio, Daniel Merriweather) and is due for release on the 25th September. Check out the track listing here:

1. Overdose
2. Mumma Please
3. Monsters
4. Black Dog
5. 229 (Live)
6. White Whale (Live)

To celebrate the release of Into the Dirt Pierce Brothers are heading out on an Australian tour through October and November – the full list of dates are below:

Thursday 1st October – Rolling Stone Live Lodge, Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd October – Murwillumbah Country Roots Festival, Murwillumbah, NSW
Friday 6th November – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 7th November – Originals Music Festival, Coolum, QLD
Thursday 12th November – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Friday 13th November – Blues at Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown, WA
Saturday 14th November – Amplifier, Perth, WA
Sunday 15th November – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Friday 20th November – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21st November – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

The Inaugural Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest Announces Its Lineup

Kasey Chambers
Image Courtesy of Kasey Chambers

The brand new kid on the festival block is the Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest and judging by its inaugural lineup it will be making a big splash.

The Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest will this year be headlined by Kasey Chambers (above) as well as featuring a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites including 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.

The festival will be held at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds in Northern NSW from the 2nd to 5th October this year. To get more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official web site here.

Interview: Pierce Brothers

The Pierce Brothers
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On the morning I interviewed The Pierce Brothers at this year’s BIGSOUND it had just been announced that the duo had signed a publishing deal with Mushroom Music. Having spent the last few years touring the world off the back of their amazing live show The Pierce Brothers are currently in the middle of a massive national tour. Check out my chat with the boys here – and just a note, I may have attributed the wrong quotes to the wrong brother in this interview. They are twins after all.

Gareth Hugh Evans: I saw the news that you guys have just signed a publishing deal with Mushroom. That’s awesome!

Jack Pierce: We’re pretty excited about that. We were very excited to work with Mushroom. [Michael] Gudinski’s an interesting man but he’s very intimidating. I get intimidated because he’s done so much.

Pat Pierce: He’s done a lot. He has a real presence – he’ll walk into a room and he knows what he’s going to do.

JP: So you talk to him and I’m just like “Yep. Ok.”

PP: We’re stoked to be working with someone of that calibre.

GHE: Can you just tick off BIGSOUND now and go “we’ve done everything I needed to”?

PP: Pretty much. In fact what are we doing this interview for? [laughs]

GHE: I feel like you guys deserve that because you’ve worked so hard in building your own profile and building your own “brand” if that’s not a dirty word.

PP: Jack did advertising at uni.

JP: I very nearly went to the dark side and got a job in advertising. I had one offered and Pat had a job offered in film at the same time and we both turned them down, the things we’d been working towards at uni…

PP: To make much less money as musicians.

JP: And we were like “We’re actually going to go overseas and waste all of our money and come back poor and in debt for the couple of years. That’d be great, thanks. Bye!”. But yeah, we’ve worked really hard from the ground up. With busking, we didn’t realise what busking would accomplish until we gave it a go and then all of a sudden we were playing bigger shows, more people were coming, we were selling CDs and actually making money from it. So we said let’s just make this our fulltime job. And then from that and touring – it’s been an adventure for the last year. It hasn’t really been a job. I think it’s 18 months since I’ve worked anywhere else, probably two years for Pat.

PP: I haven’t had a job since the February before last.

JP: Wow!

PP: It’s awesome.

JP: It’s just been an adventure rather than a career path.

GHE: Would you recommend it to other musicians, to go the busking route?

PP: Ok yeah!

JP: Depending on their style. The thing about us as an act is that we’re not particularly talented in the studio. And I’m not that gifted a guitar player. Pat’s quite talented.

PP: Yeah.

JP: What we’re really like is when we’re on stage it’s all about the presence and the energy that we put into it. And that stems straight from busking.

PP: And we’re very very tailored for busking. It’s just what made the most sense for our sort of act. But it’s different with everyone. Jack running around, doing all his flips, having the didgeridoo out are all good things to make people stop and buy a CD. And that’s what’s kept us going. If you don’t have those gimmicks it’s harder to make the money to keep it up. But if there’s any way that you can be a musician full time and get by and pay all your bills then absolutely. It’s awesome.

GHE: You’ve just got to learn the didgeridoo…

JP: That’s the thing about my didgeridoo playing. My housemate’s a really good didgeridoo player and he’s taught me. But he’ll pick up my didgeridoo and get such amazing, better sounds than me. When he plays he sounds like Xavier Rudd playing. And then there’s me. But then again it comes back to the spectacle of the show.

GHE: Don’t you get Pat to hold it for you while you play?

JP: No I hold the harmonica for Pat and then I hold [the didgeridoo] out.

PP: That was something that people really enjoyed but that just came out of a fuck up.

JP: Pat forgot his harmonica holder one night and I was like “what do we do” and he’s like “hold it for me”.

PP: Everyone went ballistic and we like “That’s staying in”. That was awesome. The same night Jack was hitting stuff with his sticks and I was like “dude hit my guitar”. He goes “really?” and I’m like “yeah”.

JP: I started playing the guitar. And then the flips came from busking and playing the concrete came from busking. When we were over in the Netherlands we actually had to find something to hit like that as well but there was a 6,000 person audience you wouldn’t be able to hear me if I played on the ground. But because we were the first act that day, you know the big trusses that hold up the tent that Eddie Vedder used to climb? We put a mic up there and then I was able to run up there, climb up a bit and then start playing. People went ballistic. It’s just fascinating because it’s different. It’s something out of the box and that’s what people enjoy. It doesn’t take any talent.

GHE: It’s the spectacle.

JP: It’s the spectacle!

GHE: The first time I saw you guys live you jumped off stage and grabbed a chair from someone and started smashing the chair.

PP: Chairs sound good.

GHE: And that was my favourite part of the show even though anyone could have done that.

JP: That’s the thing. People are like “how do you have so much energy”. It’s not about the energy. It’s just how committed to the but are you.

PP: That’s exactly right. The point of our show is to be high energy and fun for everyone. So it’s always really funny because I can be exhausted off stage, napping, and then go on stage and be really excitable and high energy and then go back off stage and collapse. I never really think about it until afterwards and think “how did we pull it off?”. But when I think I realise that we’ve defined that as our show and we’re up there doing what we’re supposed to do. Absolutely give it our all and jump around and look like complete knobs .

JP: You can pull anything off if you’re one hundred percent committed to it. If you half arse it then people will be like “well that’s a bit stupid”. There’s a fine line. And that is why comedy scares the crap out of me.

GHE: Is it hard as buskers playing original stuff? Do you have people coming up and saying you’d get more money if you did covers?

PP: People have said “you’d get more money if you play Jason Mraz “I’m Yours””. And we’re like “No we wouldn’t. We’re making way more money doing this”.

JP: I hate the people who come and go “why aren’t you guys on The Voice?

PP: When we do a busking set we do have a few busking songs that are covers because we’ve figured out how to play them. Then we try and put in as many originals as possible. We only like to do maybe one or two covers a set. You’re getting them to listen to you with the covers and then going “aha – here’s our music!”.

GHE: What’s coming up for you guys. There’s a massive tour going on right?

PP: We’ve just started a 26 date tour. We’re going to the Northern Territory for the first time. So we’re really really excited about getting up to Darwin and then getting over to Western Australia again because we’ve only played there once. It’s just going to be really busy.

GHE: I might leave it there for you guys thanks so much.

PP: No worries.

JP: Thanks so much!

The Pierce Brothers are currently on tour throughout the country. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 3rd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Friday 10th October – Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 11th October – Birregurra Festival, Birregurra, VIC
Thursday 16th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 17th October – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd October – Moonshine, Manly, NSW
Friday 24th October – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 25th October – Swagger Music Festival, Mountain View Hotel, Wandiligong, VIC
Friday 31st October – Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Thursday 6th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 7th November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th November – Djerriwarrh Festival, Melton Recreation Reserve, VIC
Friday 14th November – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Saturday 15th November – AWME, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 28th November – Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC
Saturday 29th November – Gorgeous Festival, SA
Thursday 4th December – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Friday 5th December – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 6th December – Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 5th September

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The Audreys kicked off a duo tour of New South Wales this week. Details here

– Victorian bluegrass duo The Davidson Brothers have released their new single “Take Me To The Mountains”. Details here

– Boston based sister act Ari & Mia are heading to Australia for a tour with The Lucy Wise Trio. Details here

– A new weekly folk night, Bare Bones, has kicked off in Perth at The Swan Basement every Saturday night. Details here

JamGrass announced their next round of artists including Marlon Williams, Raised by Eagles, Sweet Jean, Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats, The Ramblin’ Roses, Cat and Clint, James Kenyon and Brunswick Bluegrass Collective. Details here

– Sydney alt-country four-piece All Our Exes Live In Texas are heading out on tour this October. Details here

Jack Carty released his new single “Be Like The Water” as well as announcing a national tour over the next few months. Details here

Passenger has been releasing live videos as part of his US tour. Details here

Angus and Julia Stone have released their new video “Get Home”. Details here

– Swampy bluesman C.W. Stoneking has a new album on the way and a tour this November. Details here

– To celebrate their 30th anniversary The Illawarra Folk Festival are running a song contest. Details here

– Sydney folk night MoFo is branching out with their new MoFo at the Crate event, the first of which features Ari & Mia and The Lucy Wise Trio. Details here

– A new family friendly musical, The Vegetable Plot, from Luke Escombe and All Our Exes Live In Texas is about to hit Sydney and we have a stream of the accompanying EP. Details here

Vance Joy will be headlining his own tour this coming March. Details here

Bear’s Den released their stunning new single “Above The Clouds Of Pompeii”. Details here

– The first round of artists for Bluesfest 2015 have been announced including The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Xavier Rudd, Frank Turner, Pokey LaFarge and many more. Details here

The Pierce Brothers have just kicked off a massive national tour that goes right through until December. Details here

Reviews

Gigs

“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”KTBell reviews Splendour in the Grass. Review here

Releases This Week

When We Were Young
When We Were YoungCat Canteri
Bandcamp

Daniel Allars
Singing for LogsDaniel Allars
iTunes

Single Mothers
Single MothersJustin Townes Earle
iTunes

Where We Go
Where We GoNova and The Experience

All Or Nothin'
All Or Nothin’Nikki Lane
iTunes

Exits
ExitsSteve Smyth
iTunes

Wooden Duck
Wooden DuckThe Green Mohair Suits
iTunes

Dream Your Life Away
Dream Your Life AwayVance Joy
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

BIGSOUND 2014

BigSound

While the BIGSOUND conference might have sold out the official live program still has tickets left (plus plenty of unofficial music going on) and the folk, acoustic and roots program this year is really strong with showcases from The Pierce Brothers, Marlon Williams, Hayden Calnin, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Ruby Boots, Sweet Jean, Ash Grunwald, Devon Sproule, Fraser A Gorman, Little May, Spookyland, Steve Smyth and many many more.

Wednesday 10th to Friday 12th September – Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, NSW
Official Site

Gigs Next Week

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 12th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Bare Bones feat. The Wishers, Maverick, Cyclone Tess
Saturday 6th September – The Swan Basement, Perth, WA

BIGSOUND
Wednesday 10th to Friday 12th September – Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, NSW

Bob Dylan
Friday 5th September – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 7th September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Monday 8th September – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Boy & Bear
Friday 5th September – The Palais, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 6th September – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Friday 12th September – The Arts Centre, Gold Coast, QLD

Castlecomer
Thursday 11th September – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

Cat Canteri
Friday 5th September – Basement Disc’s, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 5th September – The Star, Yackandandah, VIC
Saturday 6th September – Tanswell’s, Beechworth, VIC
Sunday 7th September – Bridge Rd Brewery, Beechworth, VIC

Darren Cross
Friday 5th September – Padre, Brisbane, QLD

Folklore, George Callaghan, Hooper and O’Toole
Saturday 6th September – The Shack, Narrabeen, NSW

Jep and Dep
Friday 5th September – Padre Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Katie Noonan w/ Jack Carty
Friday 12th September – Bangalow Bowlo, Banglow, NSW

MoFo feat. Laura and Susie, Golden Whistler
Friday 12th September – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Olivers Army
Wednesday 10th September – Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW

Patrick James
Friday 5th September – A Music Warehouse Project, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 6th September – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Friday 12th September – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Spookyland
Friday 5th September – Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 10th September – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – Boney, Melbourne, VIC

Steve Smyth
Friday 5th September – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 6th September – Taps, Mooloolaba, QLD
Tuesday 9th September – Mushroom x Sonos Party, BIGSOUND, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 10th September – BIGSOUND, The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 11th September – Brisbane Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW

Sweet Jean
Sunday 7th September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 11th September – Bigsound, Brisbane, QLD

The Audreys
Friday 5th September – Art of Espresso, Young, NSW
Saturday 6th September – Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 7th September – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW

The Folk Informal feat. Imogen Bel, Amela, Black River Bell, Angharad Drake
Thursday 11th September – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

The Living Room feat. Laura Zarb, Two Girls Will
Sunday 7th September – Lewisham Hotel, Sydney

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 5th September – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 11th September – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th September – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 5th September – Nelson Hotel, Nelson, VIC
Saturday 6th September – Boney, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 7th September – Newport Bowls Club, Newport, VIC
Friday 12th September – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW

Todd Sibbin and The Acadian Driftwood
Friday 5th September – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 7th September – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Tom West
Friday 5th September – The Loft, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 7th September – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Vance Joy
Friday 5th September – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Stable Song” – Gregory Alan Isakov

Tomorrow a very special lady in my life hits a landmark birthday so I thought I’d treat her to one of her favourite songs as our FFF. Happy Birthday Tuz!

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