Thank Folk It’s Friday – 19th May

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Alt-country singer-songwriter Jen Mize released her new video “Forget Her” featuring Duncan Toombs. Details here

– Former Noah and the Whale frontman Charlie Fink released two more tracks from his upcoming solo album, “Anywhere You’re Going Is On My Way” and “I Was Born To Be A Cowboy”. Details here

– Jazz-folk sister duo Alanna and Alicia released their new video “Mockingbird Hill”. Details here

Fleet Foxes released their new video “Fool’s Errand” ahead of their visit to Australia. Details here

– Trad music trio Trioc announced plans to launch their album in Melbourne. Details here

Lloyd Spiegel announced details of his upcoming album This Time Tomorrow. Details here

– To celebrate the vinyl release of The Harrow & The Harvest in July Gillian Welch has a new video for “Dark Turn Of Mind”. Details here

– The Fleurieu Folk Festival have announced their Winter Warmup mini festival featuring Eric Bogle, Soursob Bob, Astráil, Courtney Robb, Gillian Murray, The Cajun Band, Hut and many more. Details here

– New duo The Ahern Brothers (made up of Josh Rennie-Hynes and Steve Grady) have announced their debut album and national tour. Details here

– American roots singer Pokey LaFarge released his new video “Riot in the Streets”. Details here

Taasha Coates announced her High Times tour. Details here

The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney announced details of their new Offa Rex trad-folk project and upcoming album The Queen of Hearts. Details here

Releases This Week

Barefoot Wonderland
Barefoot WonderlandJustin Bernasconi
iTunes

The Records Were Ours
The Records Were OursPierce Brothers
iTunes

Pokey LaFarge
Manic RevelationsPokey Lafarge
iTunes

The Mountain Goats
GothsThe Mountain Goats
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Paddock Sessions feat. Imogen Clark, Abby Dobson, Joe Mungovan, Martha Marlow, This Way North, Vanishing Shapes, John Flanagan Trio, Finnian Johnson

Paddock Sessions

Some of our favourite musicians head out to the Hunter Valley for a day of amazing music.

Saturday 20th May – Taer Angwidd Farm, Wollombi, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 19th May – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD

Ainsley Farrell w/ Aldous Monroe, Lady Lyon
Tuesday 23rd May – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Alan Gogoll w/ Small Town Romance
Friday 19th May – Wirra Creek Music, Willunga, SA

Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt w/ Fanny Lumsden
Friday 19th May – Pretoria Hotel, Mannum, SA
Saturday 20th May – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 25th May – Glen Innes District Services Club, Glen Innes, NSW
Friday 26th May – Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Grafton, NSW

Banquet feat. Ainsley Farrell
Friday 26th May – World Bar, Sydney, NSW

Ben Whiting
Thursday 25th May – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

Blues on Broadbeach
Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st May – Gold Coast, QLD

BRISFOPO
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th May – Brisbane, QLD

Busby Marou
Thursday 25th May – 48 Watt Street, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 26th May – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Cash Savage & The Last Drinks
Friday 19th May – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 20th May – Blues at Broadbeach, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 26th May – Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

Celebrate with Us feat. Yirrmal and Black Rock Band
Wednesday 24th May – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC

Craig Woodward’s Flying Engine String Band
Saturday 20th May – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

Daniel Champagne
Friday 19th May – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Saturday 20th May – Red Velvet Lounge, Cygney, TAS
Sunday 21st May – Marakoopa Cafe, Mayberry, TAS
Wednesday 24th May – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 25th May – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC

De’May
Saturday 20th May – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Echo Deer, Paco Wolfe, Burralow
Sunday 21st May – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Elbury
Saturday 20th May – The Haunt, Brisbane, QLD

FolkSwagon feat. Joey Marsh, Sasha March, Ollie Brown
Wednesday 24th May – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fleet Foxes
Friday 26th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Georgia Fields w/ Jessie L. Warren
Friday 26th May – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Hana & Jessie-Lee
Sunday 21st May – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

HeART of Annandale Music Festival feat. Leichhardt International Ukestra, Bo0ze Hounds, Yutrio, Glenn Lumanta Trio, Gene Fehlberg Trio, Cruisin’ Deuces, Cameron James Henderson Band, My Perfect Sunday, Alan Watters, Naomi Nash, Nick Payne, Pat O’Grady, Chris Gillespie, Lee and Me
Saturday 20th May – Village Church Annandale, Sydney, NSW

High Tea feat. Broads
Thursday 25th May – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Drey Rollan Acoustic Blues
Sunday 21st May – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Sunday 21st May – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, NSW

Jeff Lang
Friday 19th May – Hardys Bay Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW
Saturday 20th May – Wauchope Community Arts Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Sunday 21st May – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 26th May – Bowral Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Jen Mize
Sunday 21st May – Bohemian Bungalow, Eumundi, QLD

Jep and Dep w/ Swamp Fat Jangles
Thursday 25th May – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW

Jess Locke
Friday 19th May – Beatdisc Records, Parramatta, NSW
Saturday 20th May – Barbara, Brisbane, QLD

John Flanagan Trio
Friday 19th May – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th May – Paddock Sessions, Wollombi, NSW
Saturday 20th May – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 21st May – Coffee Whole, Berkley Vale, NSW

Julia Jacklin
Wednesday 24th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 25th May – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Justin Bernasconi
Friday 19th May – Basement Discs In-Store, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 19th May – Saint Monday, Yackandandah, VIC
Saturday 20th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 21st May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th May – The Shared, Yandina, QLD

Kim Churchill
Friday 19th May – Meat Market, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 20th May – Verbruggen Hall, Sydney NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes and The Weeping Willows
Friday 19th May – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th May – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT

Lalor and Plumb
Saturday 20th May – Boite World Music Cafe, Melbourne, VIC

Leah Senior
Friday 26th May – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

Lisa Hannigan
Tuesday 23rd May – Fly by Night, Perth, WA
Thursday 25th May – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th May – Angelsea Memorial Hall, Angelsea, VIC

Man Of Constant Sorrow: The Music of O Brother Where Art Thou feat. The Morrisons, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Brian Campeau, Luke Escombe
Friday 19th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Mandy Connell w/ Layla Jean and Alysia Manceau
Sunday 21st May – Tago Mago, Melbourne, VIC

Mick Thomas
Friday 19th May – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 20th May – Suttons House Of Music, Ballarat, VIC
Sunday 21st May – Capital Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 25th May – Hobart Gaol, Hobart, TAS
Friday 26th May – Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS

Paddock Sessions feat. Imogen Clark, Abby Dobson, Joe Mungovan, Martha Marlow, This Way North, Vanishing Shapes, John Flanagan Trio, Finnian Johnson
Saturday 20th May – Taer Angwidd Farm, Wollombi, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Saturday 20th May – Lorne Hotel, Lorne, VIC
Thursday 25th May – The Academy, Canberra, ACT
Friday 26th May – The Croxton, Melbourne, VIC

Radical Face
Friday 26th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Raised By Eagles
Friday 19th May – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 20th May – Suttons House Of Music, Ballarat, VIC
Sunday 21st May – Capital Theatre, Bendigo, VIC

Rough River
Wednesday 24th May – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Ryan Adams
Tuesday 23rd May – The Tivol, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 26th May – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC

Sarah Blasko
Thursday 25th May – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 26th May – GPAC, Geelong, VIC

The Button Collective
Thursday 25th May – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

The Fitzgerald All Stars
Sunday 21st May – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC

The Hampshire Hoedown feat. Cruisin’ Deuces
Sunday 21st May – The Lady Hampshire, Sydney, NSW

The McClymonts
Friday 19th May – Brothers Leagues Club, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 20th May – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 21st May – Proserpine Entertainment Centre, Proserpine, QLD

The Squeezebox Trio
Thursday 25th May – Johnson St Jazz, Annandale Creative Arts Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Sunday 21st May – Shady Pines Saloon, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 24th May – Different Drummer, Sydney, NSW

This Way North
Friday 19th May – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th May – Paddock Sessions, Wollombi, NSW

Tim Guy & Alex Lashlie
Tuesday 23rd May – The Tramway, Melbourne, VIC

Tim Moxam & Liz Stringer
Friday 19th May – Bassendean Hotel, Perth, WA
Saturday 20th May – House Concert, Denmark, WA
Sunday 21st May – House Concert, Albany, WA
Tuesday 23rd May – Kooljaman at Cape Leveque, WA
Wednesday 24th May – Kooljaman at Cape Leveque, WA

Tim Solly
Friday 19th May – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 21st May – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th May – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW

Whoa Mule w/ Su Morley & George Woods
Friday 26th May – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW

Wild Honey & Golden Whistler
Friday 19th May – Mac Towns Music Club, Richmond, NSW

William Crighton
Saturday 20th May – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Birmingham” – Shovels and Rope

Watch the New Pokey LaFarge Video “Riot in the Streets”

Pokey LaFarge
Image Courtesy of Pokey LaFarge

American revival singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge has just revealed his new video “Riot in the Streets” ahead of the release of his new album Manic Revelations, due this Friday 19th May.

The track tackles the issues facing many Americans today including the recent riots resulting from the police shootings of unarmed African Americans.

“When I travel around and talk to people, they are scared of America,” LaFarge explained. “They think we are all fat and ignorant. It’s unbelievable to realize I have this platform. I want to change attitudes and nowhere is that [more important] than in my own backyard.”

Check out the video for “Riot in the Streets” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 6th February

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The original nu-folk band Calexico have announced plans to release a new album Edge of the Sun. Details here

– Adelaide’s Sam Brittain has headed out on an east coast tour with Amistat. Details here

– Brisbane duo Hollow Coves released their new single “The Woods”. Details here

The Heartstring Quartet are definitely a band to watch when they make their way to Australia this month. Details here

– NSW based singer-songwriter Alex Hallahan released his new single “Tangle For Two”. Details here

– Old-time troubadour Archer released his new video “Garden”. Details here

Hozier announced two headline dates when he’s here for Bluesfest in, you guessed it, Sydney and Melbourne. Details here

– Brisbane band Elbury are streaming their new EP Demasquerade. Details here

– American folk acts Shakey Graves and Shovels & Rope will be touring Australia in March. Details here

The Timbers will be performing at The Jade Monkey in Adelaide tonight supported by … themselves? Details here

– New York based singer-songwriter MacKenzie Shivers released her new single “Orphan Song”. Details here

– Iconic Sydney folk venue The Shack turns 50 this weekend with a celebratory concert. Details here

– The Festival of Small Halls Australia is back again this Autumn taking Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys and Siskin River from the Port Fairy Folk Festival to the National Folk Festival via regional towns and centres. Details here

– Regular Sydney jam night Bluegrass @ Yulli’s returns for 2015 with performances from Stillhouse Union and The Plough. Details here

– American singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge has announced an Australian tour in April. Details here

Iron & Wine and Rhiannon Giddens released a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”. Details here

– The very buzz worthy Rowena Wise has released a new single, “Words”, and added a bunch of tour dates. Details here

– Brisbane singer-songwriter Clea released her single “Polyester”. Details here

– UK chamber-folk band The Leisure Society have announced a new album The Fine Art of Hanging On. Details here

– Sydney duo Elwood Myre released their new video “California”. Details here

– Regular Sydney night Fairlight Folk has announced its February lineup including Shane Howard (Goanna) and Joe Flower & Harmony Breeze. Details here

José González released his new video “Leaf Off / The Cave”. Details here

Reviews

Recordings

“Not to say this isn’t a great album – it certainly is. There are a lot of highlights throughout. But it’s not the kind of album I can enjoy from start to finish, not the way I can with Down from the Mountain or even the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack (the intentionally terrible “Please Mr. Kennedy” aside). And I think it’s for a number of reasons”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the live album Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis. Review here

“Deep in the heart of the EP’s four tracks I can still hear the same singer-songwriter strumming away on her guitar that I fell in love with five years ago”Gareth Hugh Evans reviews the new EP from Emmy The Great, S. Review here

Releases This Week

The April Maze
Sleeping StormThe April Maze
iTunes

Elwood Myre
Elwood MyreElwood Myre
Bandcamp

Father John Misty
I Love You, HoneybearFather John Misty
iTunes

The Pigs
The Pigs’ Home Brew: 13 Aussie ClassicsThe Pigs
iTunes

Ryan Bingham
Fear and Saturday NightRyan Bingham
iTunes

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Timbers

The Timbers

Tonight Adelaide folk stalwarts The Timbers will be putting on a very special gig supported by themselves. That’s right – each member of The Timbers – Joe Man Murphy, Simon Basey and Benjamin Roberts – will be performing a solo set before the band get on stage. Has to be seen to be believed.

Friday 6th February – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

Alanna Eileen
Friday 13th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Angus and Julia Stone
Friday 6th February – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Saturday 7th Fenruary – Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Tuesday 10th February – Convention Centre, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 11th February – Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD
Friday 13th February – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Ann Vriend
Friday 6th February – Mother’s Milk, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 7th February – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 8th February – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Tuesday 10th February – House Concert, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 12th February – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, Vic
Friday 13th February – Dodges Ferry, Tas

April Maze
Wednesday 11th February – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

CW Stoneking
Friday 6th February – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Saturday 7th February – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 8th February – Lizotte’s, Dee Why, NSW
Tuesday 10th February – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 11th February – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 13th February – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

Joel Barker
Saturday 7th February – The Bird, Northbridge, WA

John Flanagan
Friday 6th February – The Bluebee room, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 7th February – The Exeter, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 11th February – The Yarra Hotel, Abbottsford, VIC
Thursday 12th February – Homestead Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Friday 13th February – Live At The Wharf, Gnomon Pavilion, Ulverstone, TAS

Kim Churchill
Friday 6th February – Amplifier Bar, Perth, WA
Saturday 7th February – City of Stirling Summerset Arts Festival, Scarborough WA
Friday 13th February – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC

Little Bastard
Friday 13th February – Dues Ex Machina, Sydney, NSW

Mandy Connell with Tom Ciccone
Wednesday 11th February – Bar Oussou, Melbourne, VIC

Passenger
Saturday 7th February – Red Hill Auditorium, Perth, WA

Sam Brittain and Amistat
Sunday 8th February – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 10th February – Wood St House Concert, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 12th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th February – Beavs Bar, Geelong, VIC

The Melbourne Folk Club feat. The Mae Trio, The Once
Wednesday 11th February – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC

The Shack 50th Anniversary feat. Dave Calandra, New York Public Library, Grimick, Jim Jarvis, The Original Myd Lyfe Crysys
Saturday 7th February – The Shack, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 6th February – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Butterfly” and “Ships Are Sailing” – Nick Metcalf

“The Butterfly” is a standard in so many sessions and I’m trying to learn it. Which means watching a lot of videos on Youtube like this one.

Pokey LaFarge Announces Australian Tour Dates

Pokey LaFarge
Image Courtesy of Pokey LaFarge

Somewhat controversial American roots music singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge has announced plans to return to Australia for a string of dates this April. LaFarge is due to release his new album Something In The Water on the 27th March, just before he hits our shores to tour.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 8th April – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 9th April – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 10th April – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 11th April – Manning Bar, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 12th April – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

As an extra special treat take a listen to the brand new Pokey LaFarge single “Something In The Water” below:

First Round of Artists for Bluesfest 2015 Released

Bluesfest
Image Courtesy of Bluesfest

In case it somehow managed to slip by you this week the first round of artists for the 2015 Bluesfest have been officially announced. As always the lineup includes some pretty impressive names that include The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Xavier Rudd, Frank Turner, Pokey LaFarge and many more.

Bluesfest is set to take place north of Byron Bay from the 2nd to the 6th of April. Tickets for the festival are already on sale – check out the details on the official site here.

The full list of first round artists are below:

The Black Keys, Zac Brown Band, Alabama Shakes, Train, Michael Franti and Spearhead, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Paul Kelly presents The Merri Soul Sessions feat. Dan Sultan, Kira Puru & Vika and Linda Bull, Xavier Rudd and The United Nations, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews & Orleans Avenue, Rebelution, SOJA, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Beth Hart, Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls, Mariachi El Bronx, G. Love & Special Sauce, Pokey LaFarge, Band of Skulls, RocKwiz

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 24th January

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

William Fitzsimmons released “Fortune” the first official single from his album Lions. Details here

The Perch Creek Family Jugband have released the very fun video for their track “Party on the Farm”. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey released his catchy new single “Cucurucu”. Details here

Johnny Flynn released another stunning lyric video, this time for “Bottom of the Sea Blues”. Details here

– The newly renamed One Up Two Down (previously George, Andrew and Daniel) are teaming up with Oh Pep! for a co-headlined east coast tour this February. Details here

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have another new video out for “Let’s Get High (On Love)” which features the band on tour with a bunch of cameos. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Hayden Calnin has just released his new single “Comatose” from his upcoming EP Oh, Hunter. Details here

– Alt-country singer-songwriter Katie Brianna has released her new video for the track “Dark Side of the Morning”. Details here

– Bon Iver’s S. Carey has released “Fire-Scene” from his upcoming solo album Range of Light. Details here

– Folk-roots duo The Audreys have announced their first album in almost 4 years, Til My Tears Roll Away. Details here

– UK folk royalty Blair Dunlop will be in Australia this month for Port Fairy Folk Festival, The Brunswick Music Festival and the Blue Mountains Music Festival. Details here

The Merri Creek Pickers have just released their new video “Frankie Marlboro”. Details here

– WA based singer-songwriter Sam Buckingham has released a quirky homemade video for her track “Shackles”. Details here

Mikhael Paskalev has released his awesome new clip for the track “Jive Babe”. Details here

– Scottish singer Eddi Reader has released her new video “I’ll Never Be The Same”. Details here

– Check out the video for Gibson Bull’s track “Skin and Bones”. Details here

– UK singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff has released the video for his new single “Still Trying”. Details here

Interviews

“We definitely have fans here but Australia’s so big. Wallander was broadcast here and that definitely helped. And I think with the latest record Dear River having a lot more exposure than previous records has definitely helped build a fan base. I’m constantly getting messages saying “you’ve got to come home!” and I’d love to particularly with this new record Dear River because so much of it is about the subject of home. It is an album that I would like a lot of Australians to hear”Emily Barker chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

“That’s what folk music is. It’s very broad. It’s something that you can never quite explain and it’s something that you can never sum up. I’m glad you guys are continuing to follow modern folk music as well – some traditionalists get really boggled done and are closed minded, think that music hasn’t gotten any better since the 20s and 30s and 40s and 50s. To a certain extent I’d agree with them but there’s a lot of new music out there to listen to and appreciate”Pokey LaFarge chats to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Green Mohair Suits
Baby, You Just Want To Give UpThe Green Mohair Suits
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

The Timbers

The Timbers

Adelaide favourites The Timbers are on the home stretch of Januray tour showcasing their new single “Things to Come”. The boys wrap up the tour in their home town next Friday after laying waste to Victoria over the long weekend – these shows are definitely not to be missed

Friday 24th January – Tanswell Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 25th January – Festival of the Sails, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 26th January – Penny Black Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 31st January – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

Andy Irvine
Friday 24th to Monday 27th January – Newstead Festival, Newstead, VIC
Friday 31st January – Music in the Park, Bendigo, VIC

Cass McCombs
Thursday 30th January – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Imogen Clark and Joe Mungovan
Sunday 26th January – The Aztec, Forster, NSW
Wednsday 29th January – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW

Jack Carty
Sunday 26th Jan – House Content, Dunsborough, WA
Tuesday 28th January – House Content, Gelorup, WA
Wednesday 29th January – House Content, Palmyra, WA
Friday 31st January – House Content, Pemulwuy, NSW

Kim Churchill
Friday 24th January – The Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 25th January – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 26th January – Flow Café, Old Bar, NSW
Thursday 30th January – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 31st January – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 24th January – Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Laneway Festival
Friday 31st January – Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, QLD

Mark Moldre
Friday 24th January – The Rhythm Hut, Central Coast, NSW

Mat McHugh
Friday 24th January – Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale NSW
Saturday 25th January – Heritage Hotel, Bulli NSW

Newstead Live
Friday 24th to Monday 27th January – Castlemaine, VIC

Numeralla Folk Festival
Friday 24th to Monday 27th January – Numerella, NSW

Redvers
Thursday 30th January – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Sarah Blasko
Friday 24th January – Flinders St Baptist Church, Adelaide, SA

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 26th January – Tamworth, NSW

The Beez
Monday 20th to Saturday 25th January – Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW

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

The Lumineers
Tuesday 28th January – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Timbers
Friday 24th January – Tanswell Hotel, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 25th January – Festival of the Sails, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 26th January – Penny Black Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 31st January – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Traveller & Fortune
Thursday 30th January – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW
Friday 31st January – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

Unpaved Sessions feat. Joel Stibbard
Monday 27th January – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Zoe Elliot
Friday 24th January – The Lodge, Bellingen, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“The Auld Triangle” – The Dubliners

Have you heard the version of “The Auld Triangle” on the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack? It’s pretty special. But it really pales in comparison to The Dubliners’ version because, well, they’re The Dubliners.

Interview: Pokey LaFarge, WOMADelaide

Pokey LaFarge
Image Courtesy of Pokey LaFarge

Americana singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge is possibly one of the most interesting artists I’ve ever had the chance to interview. His music draws on a rich American tradition – folk, country, jazz, blues and Ameriacana – to create something unique. I would like to say that I interviewed Pokey LaFarge – but if you read the below it may be that he was the one asking the questions.

Gareth Hugh Evans: How are you?

Pokey LaFarge: Gareth I’m doing well. I was just talking to Paula there about weather. You guys are opposite us right now, you’re in summer and we’re in winter time.

GHE: Yeah and we’ve been having heat waves and you guys have been having arctic winds and things.

PL: Correct, yeah. Weird how the rest of the world is quite warm right now, even for summer standards. And of course we’re quite cold, even for winter standards.

GHE: Thanks for taking the time to chat to us today – I appreciate it.

PL: It’s my pleasure. I’m very much looking forward to the trip over there. Being the first time I’m all up for doing whatever I need to do to let people know what I do.

GHE: My site Timber and Steel which focuses on folk music in the broadest sense of the term – encompassing everything from traditional music to singer-songwriter, to Americana, alt country and beyond.

PL: Well that’s what folk music is. It’s very broad. It’s something that you can never quite explain and it’s something that you can never sum up. I’m glad you guys are continuing to follow modern folk music as well – some traditionalists get really boggled done and are closed minded, think that music hasn’t gotten any better since the 20s and 30s and 40s and 50s. To a certain extent I’d agree with them but there’s a lot of new music out there to listen to and appreciate.

GHE: And the folk process is about taking what’s come before and reinventing it for a new audience. Taking styles of music and themes of music and evolving them.

PL: Absolutely Gareth. I want to ask you something – have you ever heard of TED talks?

GHE: Of course!

PL: I’m actually doing one in St Louis and I’m going to be talking about that very thing that you just said. Which is sort of my underlying premise. My title is called Evolution Through Preservation.

GHE: So it’s obviously something you’re passionate about.

PL: Certainly. My music and my lifestyle on stage and off stage is pretty much one and the same. That’s what some people don’t realise. It’s coming from a good place, it’s coming from a true place. It’s the way that I’ve been living and studying since I was very young. It’s interesting to hear it because the traditionalists see me as progressive and modern, not traditional enough. But to progressive people who don’t listen to a lot of traditional music I’m seen as a novelty or as retro. It’s an interesting place that I’m in.

GHE: You probably find your audience falls somewhere in between the traditionalists and people who aren’t as familiar with the traditions you draw from. Speaking of which, how did you find yourself drawing on traditional American music forms to begin with?

PL: This music was my punk rock – that’s what I used to revolt against a lot of modern music. At the same time I was writing a lot – I started writing at an early age before I ever started playing music. I also started getting into early American literature so I was seeing a different part of America that I wasn’t being taught in school, that I wasn’t seeing around me today with qualities that felt were lacking.

GHE: It seems that a lot of artists are drawing on early 20th century literature at the moment. There’s lots of Steinbeck and Hemingway creeping into modern music.

PL: As well it should. I think that they were the Lefty Frizzell’s, the Hank Williams’s, the Johnny Cash’s of the literary world. I certainly feel the connection between good American literature and country music, certainly. There’s even great modern writers who are in the same world but just like a lot of the best music they’re all in the underground.

GHE: So you said this is your first trip to Australia and New Zealand, is that right?

PL: It is, yes. I’m looking forward to it.

GHE: And you’re doing a couple of festivals while you’re out here – WOMADelaide and Port Fairy.

PL: We’re doing WOMAD in Australia and New Zealand right?

GHE: Yeah. And there’s a couple of headline shows as well.

PL: Yeah, in each country.

GHE: Does your live show change depending on whether you’re doing a festival or a healdine show?

PL: It depends. Certainly the venues alter your plan of performance. In a festival setting you traditionally get a shorter set. You can’t play really more than an hour. In my own show I’m playing nothing less than an hour and a half.

GHE: That’s awesome. I think you’re going to really enjoy WOMADelaide in particular. It’s in the botanic gardens in Adelaide. It’s a bit different to other outdoor festivals in that instead of being out in a field it’s in amongst the trees. It’s really beautiful.

PL: That sounds wonderful. I’ll make sure to bring my safari gear! Let me ask you – we’re used to hot weather at festivals but you’re saying it’s in the botanical gardens and there’s going to be trees and things like that? Is there going to be poisonous snakes and spiders and stuff like that there?

GHE: No – it’s right next to the city. Generally the snakes and spiders and things stay away from built up areas. There might be a couple of spiders but you should be alright. Nothing to worry about.

PL: [laughs] Well we get all that stuff here too you know. But isn’t Australia home to the most varying species of poisonous snakes?

GHE: We have some of the top ones yes.

PL: Oh my God. That’s crazy. You’ve got black mambas and stuff like that?

GHE: No black mambas. You have to look out for king browns or red belly black snakes. And death adders as well.

PL: But they’re out in the outback right?

GHE: They’re all out in the bush. You don’t need to worry too much.

PL: I’ll be alright.

GHE: So Pokey LaFarge is really a band right?

PL: That is the case. And it’s been the case now for about five or six years.

GHE: And you’re bringing the band out to Australia.

PL: That’s true. Me plus five. I’ll have my whole current setup with me.

GHE: That’s great news – I know how hard it is to bring people out here. A lot of artists end up doing solo shows out here.

PL: I’m not going to discount the opportunity to do that in the future. But do you know what? I need to express myself more when I have more people around me expressing themselves. It does more justice to my songs as well.

GHE: I’m really excited that you’re coming out here – there’s a big scene of people out here interested in Americana music in all its shapes and forms. You’ll find an audience here for sure.

PL: That is great.

GHE: Well that’s all we have time for today – thanks again for taking the time.

PL: My pleasure as well.

Pokey LaFarge’s full Australian tour dates are below:

Friday 7th and Saturday 8th March – Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, VIC
Sunday 9th and Monday 10th March – WOMADelaide, Botanic Park, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 12th March – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 17th January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Woody Pitney has announce two full band shows in February. Details here

Seth Lakeman has announced sideshows when he’s in the country for Bluesfest including support slots for Suzanne Vega. Details here

Chance McCoy from Old Crow Medicine Show proves that “Hey Brother” by Avicci is actually a decent song with his version. Details here

Midlake have released the new video for their track “The Old & The Young”. Details here

– The story behind the new Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros video “All Wash Out” is both touching and tragic. Details here

Frank Turner’s new single “The Polaroid Picture” will be part of an EP featuring three covers and a brand new track. Details here

James Vincent McMorrow may have wrapped up his Australian tour but he’s left behind his new single “Gold”. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival have added their final acts for 2014 including Glen Hansard, Lisa O’Neill, Beccy Cole, Normie Rowe & The Original Playboys, Melody Pool and many more. Details here

– Sydney folkies The Green Mohair Suits announced details of their EP launch this month with The Morrisons and All Our Exes Live In Texas as well as releasing the video for their new single “Baby, You Just Want To Give Up”. Details here

Bluesfest also added artists to its 2014 lineup including Joss Stone, Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows, Dyson Stringer Cloher, The Beards and many many more. Details here

– Americana favourite Pokey LaFarge has announced tour dates when he’s in the country for WOMADelaide and Port Fairy. Details here

– Melbourne’s The Weeping Willows have released their much anticipated new video “Home for the Broken Soul”. Details here

– England’s Matthew and the Atlas have released the video to their brand new single “Pale Moon Rose”. Details here

Jordan Millar released the homemade video for his excellent new song “If Only…”. Details here

Sally Seltmann has revealed the details of her new album Hey Daydreamer. Details here

– Sydney seven-piece Little Bastard have announced their first Sydney headline show of the year. Details here

Interviews

“I think it’s the five-part harmonies and that kind of kick-arse Irish-y Australian thing, and the stories about bushrangers and haunted trains and bad women. I think it’s just a combination of everything and it just works. And they’re brilliant musicians these guys, and it’s just such a pleasure playing with them. Nothing ever goes wrong and it really is such a joy” – John Fegan from Rough Red chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here

“It goes pretty well, as long as there are things happening at the festival that are going to make us funny. Now we’ve had a lot of trouble with Morris Dancers this festival. First up, we wondered why they were called ‘daaaaahhncers’. We called them ‘dancers’ and they said, “No, we’re daaaaahhhncers”. It turns out they’re waaaaahhhnkers. And they’ve been dancing – or daaaaaahhncing – their way up and down the street. And I think they should be banned and I think something should be sprayed to get rid of them.”Glover and Sorensen chat to Bill Quinn. Interview here

Releases This Week

Then We Collide
Then We CollideEmily and the Woods
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Illawarra Folk Festival

Dom Flemons

The Illawarra Folk Festival is unique in a packed calendar of festivals around the country. The festival itself maintains a small, community atmosphere that is present at so many regional events but still manages to pull the big name acts usually reserved for the larger events – this year the highlights include Andy Irvine, Dom Flemmons (above), Archie Roach, Whitetop Mountaineers and many many more. Just a couple of hours on the train from Sydney and a quick drive from Canberra the Illawarra Folk Festival is accessible while still feeling like you’re getting away from it all to immerse yourself in folk music, dance art and culture. Truly one of our favourite festivals of the year.

Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th January – Bulli, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Afenginn
Friday 17th to Saturday 18th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Andy Irvine
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Friday 24th to Monday 27th January – Newstead Festival, Newstead, VIC

Bandito Folk with Drawn From Bees, Dale Peachey
Thursday 23rd January – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Chris Thile
Friday 17th January – MONA FOMA, Hobart, TAS
Monday 20th January – Melbourne Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Communion Melbourne feat. Ainslie Wills, The Hello Morning, Jimmy Tait, The Phoncurves, Little Dreamer, Tigertown
Sunday 19th January – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Emily Barker
Monday 20th January – Sky Terrace at The Star, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 21st January – Sky Terrace at The Star, Sydney, NSW

Illawarra Folk Festival
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th January – Bulli, NSW

Jack Carty
Friday 17th January – House Concert, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 18th January – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th January – House Concert, Mitcham, VIC
Monday 20th January – House Concert, Ballarat, VIC
Tuesday 21st January – House Concert, Parkdale, VIC
Thursday 23rd January – House Concert, Croydon Hills, VIC

Jordan Millar
Friday 17th January – Name This Bar, Sydney, NSW

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 17th January – White Star, Albany, WA
Saturday 18th January – Settler Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 19th January – Swanbrook Winery, Swan Valley, WA
Tuesday 21st January – Ya Ya’s, Perth, WA

Kim Churchill
Friday 17th January – The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 18th January – Bon Amici Café, Toowoomba, QLD
Sunday 19th January – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 21st January – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 22nd January – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 24th January – The Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 24th January – Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Little Bastard w/ Grizzly Jim Lawrie, Naked Bodies
Friday 17th January – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Moldre
Thursday 23rd January – The Green Room, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th January – The Rhythm Hut, Central Coast, NSW

Mat McHugh
Friday 17th January – Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Friday 24th January – Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale NSW

Newstead Live
Friday 24th to Monday 27th January – Castlemaine, VIC

Numeralla Folk Festival
Friday 24th to Monday 27th January – Numerella, NSW

Ruby Boots
Friday 17th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 18th January – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th January – Pure Pop Records, Melbourne, VIC

Ryan Keen
Wednesday 22nd January – Name This Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd January – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Sarah Blasko
Wednesday 22nd January – St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th January – Flinders St Baptist Church, Adelaide, SA

Sweet Jean
Sunday 19th January – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Tamar Valley Folk Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January – George Town, TAS

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 26th January – Tamworth, NSW

The Beez
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Monday 20th to Saturday 25th January – Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW

The Lumineers
Saturday 18th January – The Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 23rd January – The Palace Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

The Timbers
Wednesday 22nd January – Manly Boatshed, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd January – Phoenix Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 24th January – Tanswell Hotel, Beechworth, VIC

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January – Thredbo, NSW

Unpaved Sessions feat. Al Parkinson, Chad Mason, Linus Wilson
Monday 20th January – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Zoe Elliot
Friday 17th January – Limonata, Grafton, NSW
Sunday 19th January – Yamba Bowlo, Yamba, NSW
Thursday 23rd January – Ric’s Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 24th January – The Lodge, Bellingen, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Too Many Notes” – Chris Thile

On Wednesday this week I was lucky enough to catch Chris Thile (Punch Brothers) as part of the Sydney Festival. The entire performance was amazing but he finished with this song which might appeal to the folkies out there.

Pokey LaFarge Announces Debut Australian Tour

Pokey LaFarge
Image Courtesy of Pokey LaFarge

Having already been announced as part of this year’s WOMADeladie and Port Fairy Folk Festival, Americana artist Pokey LaFarge has just revealed plans for a full Australian tour. LaFarge had a massive 2013, working with Jack White and releasing his self-titled album produced by Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medecine Show, and it’s looking like 2014 is going to be just as big.

Check out the full list of dates for LaFarge’s Australian tour below:

Friday 7th and Saturday 8th March – Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, VIC
Sunday 9th and Monday 10th March – WOMADelaide, Botanic Park, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 12th March – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

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