Heartbreaker Sessions Announces Easter Long Weekend Special: The Sweet Jelly Rolls and Whiskey Jeff

Sweet Jelly Rolls
Image Courtesy of The Sweet Jelly Rolls

Sydney it’s time to kick off your Easter Weekend in style with the next edition of Heartbreaker Sessions. The regular Americana and alt country night will hit Freda’s bar in Chippendale on Thursday 24th March.

The night is set to feature two amazing acts: alt country and bluegrass duo The Sweet Jelly Rolls and, all the way from the USA, singer-songwriter Whiskey Jeff. As always Heartbreaker Sessions will also feature DJ sets from Post To Wire and Daz.

The night kicks off a at 6pm and is absolutely free. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th December

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The forth artist announcement for the Port Fairy Folk Festival dropped including Aine Tyrell, Bobby Alu & The Palm Royal Royale, Bullhorn, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Greg Champion, Little Georgia, The Mastersons (USA), The Morrisons, Oh Pep!, The Paper Kites, Mick McHugh & The Gathering and The Grand Magoozi. Details here

Kate Miller-Heidke and The Beards have released a cracking Christmas single “I’m Growing A Beard Downstairs for Christmas”. Details here

– After almost immediately selling out her Sydney and Melbourne dates Gillian Welch has added two more shows to her February tour. Details here

– In a very special show next Friday Chaika will be performing with the 17 piece Pickpockets & Rascals Orchestra, supported by Lucy Wise Trio. Details here

The Waifs announced tour dates for January and February 2016. Details here

– Our favourite alt-country and Americana blog Post To Wire is holding a Christmas party in Sydney featuring Fanny Lumsden, Jason Walker, Cruisin’ Deuces, The Weeping Willows, Jep and Dep, James Thomson and De’May along with Post To Wire DJ sets. Details here

– We premiered the brand new single from John Flanagan, “High On High”. Details here

The National Folk Festival added a bunch more artists including The Jerry Cans (CAN), Spiro (UK), Gordie Tentrees (CAN), Keith Donnelly (UK), Joseph Tawadros, Perch Creek, Bush Gothic, Loren Kate, The Chordwainers, Co-cheòl, Catgut (above), Conchillia, Siobhan Owen and Candy Royalle and The Michael Wheatley Band. Details here

– The latest single from Pepa Knight is a cover of Tame Impala’s “Eventually”. Details here

– Melbourne singer-songwriter Ariela Jacobs has announced a new EP, Yesteryear. Details here

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Poke in The Eye Records Launch feat. Todd Sibbin, Tom West, O’ Little Sister

Todd Sibbin

Brand new Adelaide record label Poke in The Eye launch this week with an impressive lineup of their artists – Todd Sibbin, Tom West and O’ Little Sister

Thursday 10th December – The Metro, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

A Day on the Green feat. Paul Kelly Presents: The Merri Soul Sessions, Lucinda Williams, Kasey Chambers and Marlon Williams
Sunday 6th December – Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley, VIC

Archie Roach
Friday 4th December – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th December – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 6th December – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Friday 11th December – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Chaika with Pickpockets & Rascals Orchestra and Lucy Wise Trio
Friday 11th December – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Dana Hassall
Sunday 6th December – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Darren Hanlon
Saturday 5th December – Northcote Uniting Church Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 6th December – Monte’s, Alice Springs, NT
Thursday 10th December – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Friday 11th December – TBD, Nannup, WA

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 6th December – The Fifth Province, St Kilda, VIC

Ed Sheeran w/ Passenger, Foy Vance, Rudimental
Saturday 5th December – AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 9th December – Allianz Stadium, Sydney, NSW

Fairgrounds Festival
Saturday 5th December – Berry, NSW

Father John Misty
Saturday 5th December – Fairgrounds Festival, Berry, NSW
Sunday 6th December – Max Watt’s, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 8th December – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 9th December – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 10th December – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

Festival of Small Halls feat. Irish Mythen, Starboard Cannons
Friday 4th December – Springbrook Community Hall, Springbrook QLD
Saturday 5th December – Mt Nebo Hall, Mt Nebo, QLD
Sunday 6th December – Eudlo Public Hall, Eudlo, QLD
Friday 11th December – CCSA Hall, Caloundra, QLD

Finders Keepers Market feat. Ollie Brown, Katie Brianna, Luke Escombe, Catgut, Maia Jelavic, Taryn La Fauci, Lisa Caruso, The Maple Trail
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th December – Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

Folkswagon feat. Callum Wylie, The Campervan Dancers, Maia Jelavic
Wednesday 9th December – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Home Sweet Home feat. Caitlin Harnett and Andrew Phelan
Friday 11th December – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Friday 4th December – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 6th December – Mudgee Brewing, Mudgee, NSW
Thursday 10th December – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Lucinda Williams
Sunday 6th December – A Day on the Green, Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley, VIC
Monday 7th December – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Lucy Wise and Justin Bernasconi
Sunday 6th December – Secret Show, Melbourne, VIC

Marlon Williams and The Yarra Benders w/ Ben Salter
Friday 4th December – The Railway, Darwin, NT
Sunday 6th December – A Day on the Green, Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley, VIC
Thursday 10th December – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 11th December – The Substation, Newport, VIC

Oh Willy Dear
Sunday 6th December – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Poke in The Eye Records Launch feat. Todd Sibbin, Tom West, O’ Little Sister
Thursday 10th December – The Metro, Adelaide, SA

Rebecca Bastoli and Maia Jelavic
Thursday 10th December – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Riogh
Sunday 6th December – Figgy Bowlo, Figtree, NSW

Sian Evans
Wednesday 9th December – The Pineapple Lounge, Brisbane, QLD

The Crooked Fiddle Band
Tuesday 8th December – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Morrisons
Saturday 5th December – Hotel Gearins, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 11th December – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

The Plough
Sunday 6th December – Coach and Horses, Sydney, NSW

The Shack feat. New York Public Library, Niq Reefman, Margie Salem
Saturday 5th December – Tramshed Community Arts Centre, Narrabeen, NSW

Tim Guy
Saturday 5th December – The Bearded Tit, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 6th December – The Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Boolavogue/Mrs McLeod’s Reel” – Aly Bain and Davy Spillane

I thought I’d celebrate the week of St Andrew’s Day with the legendary Scots fiddler Aly Bain playing the classic “Mrs McLeod’s Reel” (with some Irish influence from Davy Spillane on pipes).

Fallen Angels: A Country Christmas Party in Sydney

Fallen Angels
Image Courtesy of Post To Wire

This December the Sydney alt-country community is celebrating Christmas in the only way it knows how – by putting on a show and singing songs together.

On Sunday the 20th December our friends over at Mother Hen Touring and Americana and alt-country blog Post To Wire will be bringing some of our favourite artists together for Fallen Angels: A Country Christmas Party at the Petersham Bowling Club. The night will be hosted by Fanny Lumsden and will feature performances from Jason Walker, Cruisin’ Deuces, The Weeping Willows, Jep and Dep, James Thomson and De’May along with Post To Wire DJ sets.

The music kicks off at 3pm and the gig is just $15 on the door. For more information check out the official Facebook invite here.

James Thomson and Katie Brianna Announced for the Next Heartbreaker Sessions

James Thomson
Image Courtesy of James Thomson

The next edition of kickarse Sydney Americana and alt-country night Heartbreaker Sessions will hit Freda’s in Chippendale this Sunday the 20th September, and the lineup is of the same high quality we’ve come to expect.

The next Heartbreaker Sessions will feature two of Sydney’s most exciting Americana singer-songwriters, James Thomson and Katie Brianna. Joining them between sets as always will be DJ sets from Post To Wire.

The night kicks off at 6pm is 100% free – for more information check out the official Facebook invite here.


Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Imogen Clark announced her new EP Love & Lovely Lies along with a launch show in October. Details here

– This Sunday’s Heartbreaker Sessions in Sydney will feature Darren Cross and William Crighton. Details here

Sam Amidon released an album of home recordings titled Home Alone Inside My Head. Details here

– Sydney roots trio Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars released their new video “A Lover And A Fool”. Details here

– We premiered the new video from Ayleen O’Hanlon, “Send Me Spinning”. Details here

– Adelaide band The Timbers have released their new single “All I’ve Got Time For” and have announced a national tour. Details here

The Weeping Willows will be hosting Americana Hayride in Melbourne at the end of October featuring Bill Chambers, Justin Bernasconi, Cat Canteri and Dan Waters, Bill Jackson. Details here

– We premiered the new video from Brisbane’s Youngsmith, “Wither”. Details here

– The September Live ‘n’ Lounging will feature The Bollands, The Campervan Dancers, Kay Proudlove and Huckleberry Hastings. Details here

– Blues rockers The Snowdroppers head out on a national tour from today. Details here

Aldous Harding released her new video “Stop Your Tears”. Details here

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– We contributed to the September mixtape from Americana Australia along with Post To Wire and Unpaved. Take a listen here

Releases This Week

Heath Cullen
OutsidersHeath Cullen
Bandcamp

Packwood
VernalPackwood
Bandcamp

Suzannah Espie
Mothers Not Feeling Herself TodaySuzannah Espie
Bandcamp

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Ayleen O’Hanlon w/ Tobias Hengeveld, Georgia Spain

Ayleen O'Hanlon

The stunning Ayleen O’Hanlon will officially launch her brand new album Blend and Spill with a show at The Toff in Town this Sunday. O’Hanlon’s been winning a lot of fans recently and this show is the perfect way to see what all the fuss is about.

Sunday 6th September – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

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

Ash Grunwald
Thursday 10th September – The Rosemount Hotel, Nth Perth, WA
Friday 11th September – Divers Tavern, Broome, WA

Ayleen O’Hanlon
Sunday 6th September – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars
Friday 4th September – Lennox Point Hotel, Lennox Head, NSW
Saturday 5th September – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 6th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th September – Helm Bar, Mooloolabah, QLD

Falls
Tuesday 8th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Fanny Lumsden
Thursday 10th September – Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley, QLD

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

Folkswagon feat. The Bollands, The Campervan Dancers, Big Strong Brute
Wednesday 9th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Heartbreaker Sessions feat. Darren Cross, William Crighton
Sunday 6th September – Freda’s, Sydney, NSW

Immigrant Union
Friday 4th September – David Bowie Late Nights @ ACMI, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th September – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 4th September – Red Rattler, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 5th September – Phoenix Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 11th September – Trinity, Adelaide, SA

John Flanagan and Liz Frencham
Friday 4th September – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 5th September – The Stables, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 6th September – Acoustic Sunday @ The Silver Shed, Millthorpe, NSW
Thursday 10th September – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 11th September – Courthouse Cultural Centre, Auburn SA

Mark Lucas
Wednesday 9th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Mary Chapin Carpenter w/ Tift Merritt
Friday 4th September – National Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th September – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

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

Perch Creek
Friday 4th September – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 5th September – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 6th September – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Friday 11th September – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 4th September – Arnhem Club, Nhulunbuy, NT
Saturday 5th September – Arnhem Club, Nhulunbuy, NT

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

Sian Evans
Sunday 6th September – Carnival on Collins, Cairns, QLD

The Buck Loner Revue
Sunday 6th September – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

The Mae Trio
Friday 11th September – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW

The Snowdroppers
Friday 4th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 5th September – Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 10th September – Bigsound, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th September – Helm Bar, Mooloolaba, QLD

The Timbers
Friday 4th and Saturday 5th September – Folk By The Sea, Kiama, NSW

The Waifs
Thursday 10th September – Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie, WA

Tom West
Friday 4th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th September – Cootha Classic, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 6th September – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 8th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

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

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Friday 4th September – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 5th September – Waves, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday 6th September – UC Refectory, Canberra, ACT
Friday 11th September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Summer Before the War” – Fairport Convention

When I was a child our family went to the UK and Ireland for an extended three month holiday, much of which was spent in the car driving from place to place. Our soundtrack for that trip was a tape of Fairport Convention’s 1988 album Red and Gold. The album itself is over-produced in that 80s let’s-put-synths-on-everything kind of way but the songs are pretty special. Red and Gold always make me think of Summer in England.

Americana Australia, Post to Wire, Unpaved & Timber and Steel Present The September Sampler

Americana Australia

This month the good folks behind online community Americana Australia asked Timber and Steel along with our fellow roots bloggers Post to Wire and Unpaved to contribute tracks to their monthly playlist sampler. The result is a wonderfully eclectic mix of tracks that is the perfect playlist for the first day of spring.

The three tracks selected by Timber and Steel are pulled from what’s on high rotation here – “Travelling Shoes” from Jack Carty’s recent free live album, “Waly Waly” from Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton’s amazing new album Declaration and the brand new Packwood track “My Fair Life” which is taken from the album Vernal, released today.

Take a listen to the full playlist below:

A breakdown of who chose which track is below:

Post to Wire:
1. James Thomson – “Highway Nights (I Wanna Be)”
2. HT Heartache – “Cowboy Poetry”
3. Will Wood – “Quiet Night”

Unpaved:
4. Suzannah Espie — “I’m Sorry”
5. Damon Smith and the Quality Lightweights — “The Sun And The Moon”
6. Alison Ferrier — “Be Here Now”

Timber and Steel:
7. Jack Carty – “Travelling Shoes (Live @ The Front)”
8. Packwood — “My Fair Life”
9. Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton – “Waly Waly”

Americana Australia asked Timber and Steel:
10. Raised By Eagles — “Waterline”
11. The Heggarties — “True to You”
12. Ben Bunting — “Don’t You Ever Speak My Name Again”

Darren Cross and William Crighton Announced for the Next Heartbreaker Sessions

Darren Cross
Image Courtesy of Darren Cross

Have you managed to make it down to the newest Sydney Americana night Heartbreaker Sessions yet? We were there last Sunday and the place was packed – definitely a good sign seeing as it was their second show ever!

This Sunday 6th September the Heartbreaker Sessions returns to Freda’s in Chippendale with music from Darren Cross (Jep and Dep) and William Crighton along with DJ sets from the Post to Wire.

The night kicks off at 6pm is 100% free – for more information check out the official Facebook invite here.


The Petersham Bowling Club Brings Country and Folk to OXJAM

Crusin' Deuces
Image Courtesy of The Crusin’ Deuces

The 2015 OXJAM Music Festival is a month long event showcasing live music with the aim of raising money to fight poverty with Oxfam. You can check out the full list of gigs around the country here, but we wanted to highlight what looks like is going to be a cracking show.

On Sunday 30th August the Petersham Bowling Club will host their OXJAM show featuring some of the finest voices in modern country, Americana and folk music.

On the bill for the show are Cruisin’ Deuces (above), Mark Lucas, Katie Brianna, Bree De Rome and Brian Manning plus DJ sets from our friends over at Post To Wire Jukebox. The gig kicks off at 5pm and is just $10 on the door.

For more information make sure you check out the official Facebook invite here

Andy Golledge and Kris Morris Announced for the Next Heartbreaker Sessions

Andy Golledge
Image Courtesy of Andy Golledge

Did you manage to get down to the first of the Heartbreaker Sessions in Sydney last week? From all accounts it sounds like it was an absolutely cracking night – and they’re going to do it all again this weekend.

The Heartbreaker Sessions are the brainchild of Sydney Americana and alt-country music lovers Chris and Daz. Held fortnightly at Freda’s, the night features two artists, Americana DJs and is 100% free.

This Sunday 23rd August the Heartbreaker Sessions are set to feature two of New South Wales’ most enduring Americana and alt-country singer-songwriters, Andy Golledge (above) and Kris Morris. The night kicks off at 6pm – for more details check out the official Facebook event here.


Happy 5th Birthday Timber and Steel!

Frog with Banjo

“The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune”
Irish Proverb

Is the latest folk “revival” over? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately as Timber and Steel celebrates its fifth year of blogging.

A lot of signs point to fact that the folk flame is waning after burning so brightly for the last few years. The lineups of mainstream festivals like Splendour, Falls and Laneway have seen a decline in folk leaning acts on their rosters. The Hottest 100 this year saw acoustic acts woefully underrepresented. And the flag-bearers of the nu-folk movement, Mumford & Sons, have just released an album with not a banjo or mandolin in sight.

But the more I think about it the more I am of the opinion that folk music isn’t retreating back into the shadows. I think what we’re seeing now is the hipsters and the cool-chasers jumping off the folk bandwagon and onto the “next big thing” (whatever that is) but leaving behind a scene that is fresh and revitalised. We may not see another folk or acoustic band take out the Hottest 100 or headline Splendour in the next couple of years, but that doesn’t mean folk music is going away.

I’m based in Sydney, so maybe I’m looking at the world through a particular prism, but it seems that folk and acoustic music is everywhere.

As live music returns to the pubs of Australia (given an extra push by the “small bar” movement) it’s acoustic music that seems to be making the biggest in-roads. Venue owners are quickly realising that putting a singer-songwriter in the corner of your bar not only brings a crowd, it’s also cost effective and won’t result in too many noise complaints. The establishment of regular weeknight nights in the local pubs, bars and venues around Australia’s inner cities is a very comforting trend that I can’t see slowing down anytime soon.

At folk festivals the cliental has become decidedly younger. I go to A LOT of folk festivals and it seems theres been a seismic shift from old-men-with-grey-beards-and-fishermen-caps to a younger crowd in recent years – performers and punters alike. I think this has come down to progressive festival planners and artistic directors expanding their definition of “folk music”, “country music” and even “traditional music”, opening up the doors of their festivals to new acts without compromising on the quality of the music that is presented there. Artists who may have struggled to find an audience in inner city venues are now finding themselves on festival bills on the merits of their music, not because they’re members of a particular scene or sing a particular way.

Online communities celebrating folk and acoustic music continue to thrive. Along with blogs like this one, Post to Wire and Unpaved, online groups have sprung up everywhere discussing and sharing folk, alt country, traditional, americana and singer-songwriter based music. Just join a group like Waitin’ Around To Die on Facebook to see how many people there are out there passionate about this kind of music.

And finally while Mumford & Sons may have “banned the banjo” (if you believe the sensationalism of the music press) they’ve left a legion of fans in their wake who have discovered folk and acoustic music through them. I’ve always referred to bands like Mumford & Sons, Of Monsters and Men, First Aid Kit and Bon Iver as the “gateway drug” to folk music. For every hundred people pushing “Little Lion Man” or “Little Talks” to the top of the charts there’s a percentage of people who are tracing the music back and discovering Emmylou Harris, Fairport Convention, Gram Parsons or The Pogues. And these people haven’t just abandoned folk and acoustic music because Mumford & Sons wanted their new album to sound like Coldplay – they’ve stayed and fallen head over heels in love with it.

I can’t believe Timber and Steel is five years old today. I’m really proud of what I’ve built and how the folk scene has evolved with me since I first put virtual pen to virtual paper. We’re entering a very exciting time for folk music in this country with the glitz and glamour of the recent years starting to fade and the quality rising to the surface. Timber and Steel has no plans on going anywhere any time soon – we’re looking forward to another year of amazing music!

Happy 5th Birthday Timber and Steel!

Gareth Hugh Evans
Editor in Chief

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