The Best Folky Christmas Songs of 2016

Little Drummer Boy

It’s Christmas Eve which means its time to publish our favourite Christmas tracks released this year with a folky flavour.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone! Looking forward to folking with you in 2017

The Lumineers – “Blue Christmas”
This year we were treated to a couple of versions of the Elvis Presley track “Blue Christmas” – a stripped back version from The Lumineers and an indie version from Builder of the House & Robyn Adele Anderson. We like ’em both!

Builder of the House (ft. Robyn Adele Anderson) – “Blue Christmas”

Trampled by Turtles – “Christmas in Prison”
Jone Prine’s “Christmas in Prison” is a go to cover for Americana, country and bluegrass bands each year – we like this version from Trampled by Turtles

Bonnie & The Barrows – “Christmas Brand New”

Sara Watkins – “The Holidays With You”
Sara Watkins adds a touch of ukulele to Christmas with her track “The Holidays With You”.

David Brent & Foregone Conclusion – “Don’t Cry It’s Christmas”
Ok, this isn’t folk. But you have to agree that Ricky Gervais’ David Brent owns the Christmas number one with “Don’t Cry It’s Christmas”

Brooke Annibale – “This Holiday”

Caroline Pennell Feat. Aaron Espe – “This Year”

Miranda Dodson – “Christmas Glow”

Jessica Martindale & Tyler Huston – “Angels We Have Heard”

She & Him – “Christmas Memories”
She & Him are determined to corner the indie market each and every year and their 2016 track “Christmas Memories” is another gem.

Freedom Fry – “Oh Santa (Bad World)”

Woodsy Pride – “It’s Merry Christmas”

Marié Digby – “Venice Beach Christmas”

Cara Dillon – “Upon a Winter’s Night”
A truly wonderful piece of Christmas folk music – what more would you expect from Cara Dillon?

Low – “Some Hearts (at Christmas Time)”

Jack Skuller – “Stuck In This Holiday”

The Washington Squares – “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)”
“The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” gets a 60s folk makeover care of The Washington Squares.

Loretta Lynn – “To Heck with Ole Santa Claus”

Skinner and T’witch – “The Winter Song”

Jethro Tull – “Pass The Bottle (A Christmas Song)”

The Changing Room – “There’s Magic In Christmas Eve”

Ange Hardy – “Mary’s Robin”
Ange Hardy released a double A side for Christmas and both tracks – “The Quantock Carol” and “Mary’s Robin” – are magnificent. We chose “Mary’s Robin” because most other outlets are chosing the former.

The Gothard Sisters – “Christmas Flower”
Tightly polished Irish folk music at its best.

Jennifer Licko – “The Holly and the Ivy”

Cherish the Ladies – “Ding Dong! Merrily On High/The Cordal Jig/Old Apples In Winter/Con Cassidy’s”

Ben Abraham and Missy Higgins – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
A wonderful slice of Australian Christmas. Ben Abraham, Missy Higgins, a kiddy pool and a dog are all you need.

The Secret Sisters – “The Little Drummer Boy”

Hattie Briggs & Natalie Holmes – “Christmas Bells”

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 8th July

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Singer-songwriter Liz Stringer has announced a new album and national tour. Details here

Dustin Tebbutt will be touring his upcoming album First Light this August. Details here

– Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Mangan released his new EP Unmake. Details here

– The John Flanagan Trio are heading out on a Victorian tour over the next few months. Details here

– Melbourne’s Phia released her new single “Heartstrings”. Details here

– Tasmanian convict-punks The Dead Maggies will be touring New South Wales and Queensland this August. Details here

Henry Wagons released his new video “Head or Heart”. Details here

– Sydney indie-folk band Lazy Colts released their new video “Twenty Two”. Details here

Ricky Gervais released the hilarious “Lady Gypsy” ahead of his upcoming movie David Brent: Life On The Road. Details here

Blog

“I had a lot of trouble coming up with my usual Top Ten Albums and EPs From the First Half of The Year list because of all the amazing records released so far in 2016”Gareth Hugh Evans picks ten Albums and EPs from the first half of 2016 you should own. Blog here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Willie Watson and Josh Hedley

Willie Watson

Two of Americana’s finest singers – Willie Watson and Josh Hedley – hit the country this week for their Australian tour along with an appearance at this weekend’s Bello Winter Music Festival. A lot of these shows are sold out so make sure you check in advance before rocking up at the venue.

Friday 8th July – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 9th to Sunday 10th July – Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen, NSW
Wednesday 13th July – Gardel’s Bar, Porteno, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 14th July – Newtown Soical Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th July – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th July – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Sunday 17th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th July – Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 15th July – Miami Marketta Night Markets, Gold Coast, QLD

Bello Winter Music Festival
Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th July – Bellingen, NSW

Cash Savage and The Last Drinks
Saturday 9th July – The Railway Hotel, Darwin, NT

Charm of Finches
Friday 8th July – Hobart Brewing Co, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 9th July – Pagan Cider, Cradoc, TAS

Colin Jones w/ Black Lung Cartel, De’May
Thursday 14th July – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Colin Lillie
Friday 8th July – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT

Devil On The Rooftop and The Djangologists
Wednesday 13th July – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Sunday 10th July – The Watertank Cafe, Alice Springs, NT

Freya Josephine Hollick and Darren Cross
Sunday 10th July – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Gallie and Rebecca Bastoli
Sunday 10th July – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Hootenanny feat. The Faraway Eyes
Sunday 10th July – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

Imogen Clark
Friday 8th July – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th July – Oxford Circus, Sydney, NSW

Leah Flanagan
Thursday 14th July – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th July- Leaps & Bounds Festival, Richmond Theatrette, Melbourne, VIC

Lloyd Spiegel
Friday 8th July – Hickinbotham Winery, Mornington, VIC
Friday 15th July – The Wonderland Spiegeltent, Harbour Town Docklands, VIC

Lucie Thorne w/ Hamish Stuart, Chris Abrahams, Carl Dewhurst
Thursday 14th July – 505, Sydney, NSW

Michael David Thomas
Saturday 9th July – St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Brisbane, QLD

Porch Light Sessions feat. Lime and Steel, Bonniesongs, Giffen
Thursday 14th July – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Ramblin’ Nights feat. M.E. Baird, Belle Harvey, Andy Golledge
Friday 15th July – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Riogh
Saturday 9th July – Dundas Sports Club, Sydney, NSW

Sweet Jean
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th July – Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 15th July – Skukum Lounge, Ashgrove, QLD

Taasha Coates
Friday 15th July – Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Weeping Willows
Friday 8th July – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 9th July – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife
Friday 8th July – Baha’s, Rye, VIC
Sunday 10th July – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Thursday 14th July – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th July – The NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD

Vincent Cross
Sunday 10th July – The Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT
Monday 11th July – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 14th July – House Concert, Canberra, ACT

William Crighton and Claire Anne Taylor
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July – Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 15th July – The Court House Hotel, Mullumbimby, NSW

Willie Watson and Josh Hedley
Friday 8th July – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 9th to Sunday 10th July – Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen, NSW
Wednesday 13th July – Gardel’s Bar, Porteno, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 14th July – Newtown Soical Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th July – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th July – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Sunday 17th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie” – Johnny Cash

After hearing One Up, Two Down do this old cowboy song I had to hunt out some other versions.

Watch the Hilarious David Brent Video “Lady Gypsy”

David Brent

This was just too hilarious not to share. Comedian and actor Ricky Gervais is reviving his defining character from The Office, David Brent, in an upcoming mockumentary film David Brent: Life On The Road.

Those familiar with David Brent will know that he’s an aspiring musician and “chilled out entertainer” so to promote the film Ricky Gervais has released a hilarious music video for the folky “Lady Gypsy”. This pokes fun as much at folk music as it does David Brent.

Check out the video below:

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