Thank Folk It’s Friday – 3rd August


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Roland K Smith & The Sinners are launching their debut album Breaking Hearts and Saving Souls with a month long Wednesday night residency at The Sandringham Hotel in Sydney. Special guests throughout the month include Billygoat & The Mongrels, Handsome Young Strangers, CJ Shaw & The Blow Ins, The Green Mohair Suits, Emma Swift and many many more. Details here.

– The first single from Leroy Lee’s upcoming Arcadia EP, the Nick Drake-esque “Window Sill” was released and we really dig it. Leroy Lee will be launching his EP on the 9th August at FBi Social in Sydney. Details here.

– Following a successful performance at Splendour over the weekend Missy Higgins has announced another national tour this summer with Gurrumul and Emma Louise in support. Details here.

– We fell in love with Sydney musician Mammals who released his gorgeous single “Carried” earlier this month. Details here.

– Sydney six-piece Little Bastard have announced a Thursday night residency at the Oxford Art Factory’s Gallery Bar throughout August and they’re bringing a bunch of friends with them. Details here.

– Folk music legend Billy Bragg will be visiting our shores in October and November for a series of two part shows – the first half celebrating Woody Guthrie, the second half covering Bragg’s own material. Details here.

– Adelaide folky Vorn Doolette gave Timber and Steel an exclusive stream of his brand new album The Further Adventures of Vorn Doolette. Details here.

– The newly christened Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers released a wonderfully country video for their new single “Firing Line”, shot in Lumsden’s home town of Tallimba. Details here.

Nick Cave latest foray into film, Lawless, will feature a bluegrass and country soundtrack featuring Cave and Warren Ellis as The Bootleggers along with music from Emmylou Harris, Mark Lanegan, Liela Moss (The Duke Spirit) and Ralph Stanley. Details here.

– Sydney duo Jep&Dep released their official debut single “The Fall of the Leaves Never Cease” with a moody black and white video. Details here.

Ben and the Sea released their latest single “Snow” which we managed to get a stream of. Details here.

Chugg Entertainment have revealed a shortlist of 20 Australian towns where Mumford and Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road event might take place as well as a competition to guess the correct one. Details here.

Rob Young, the author of the outstanding book Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music which chronicles the rise of Brittish folk music from the 19th century to today, has put together a companion soundtrack double album featuring the likes of Bert Jansch, Fairport Convention, Tim Hart & Maddy Prior, John Martyn, Richard Thompson, Steeleye Span, David Bowie, Nick Drake and many many more. Details here.

Grizzly Bear revealed the latest track from their upcoming album Shields, titled “Yet Again”. The band will be in Australia this November for Harvest. Details here.

– Australian/Swedish duo Nick and Liesl have announced a series of East Coast dates including their first shows in Sydney and Canberra for over a year. Details here.

Cordial Factory are everywhere at the moment and with good reason – they produce some gorgeous folk music. Their new track “What Did You Ask For” has just had its video released and we love it. Details here.

Releases This Week

Breaking Hearts and Saving Souls
Breaking Hearts and Saving SoulsRoland K Smith & The Sinners

HollywoodThe Falls

Further Adventures
The Further Adventures of Vorn DooletteVorn Doolette
Official Site

Timber and Steel Presents

Whitaker (with Roscoe James Irwin and Blue Sun)
Sunday 4th August – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Bellyache Ben and the Steamgrass Boys and The Green Mohair Suits
Sunday 5th August – The Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Cordial Factory with The Former Love and Secondhand Heart
Wednesday 8th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, QLD

Dan and Hannah Acfield
Saturday 4th August – Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Darwin Festival
9th to 26th August – Darwin, NT

Jinja Safari
Wednesday 8th August – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Thursday 9th August – Uni Bar, Adelaide, SA
Friday 10th August – The Hi-fi, Melbourne, VIC

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp
Saturday 4th August – Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville, QLD

Lanie Lane
Friday 10th August – Stones of the Yarra Valley, Coldstream, VIC

Leroy Lee (with Sui Zhen and Eli Wolfe)
Thursday 9th August – FBi Social, Sydney, NSW

Little Bastard (with Papa Pilko & the Bin Rats and Jack Dawson)
Thursday 9th August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

MoFo feat. The Leichhardt International Ukestra and Stephen O’Hern
Friday 10th August – The Gaelic Club (Upstairs), Sydney, NSW

Nick and Liesl
Friday 10th August – Catharsis at The J Theatre – Noosa, QLD

Punch Brothers
Monday 6th August – Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 8th August – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th August – Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Adelaide, SA

Roland K Smith & The Sinners with Billygoat & The Mongrels and The Ramalamas
Wednesday 8th August – Sandringham Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The AU Review 4th Birthday Party (Fanny Lumsden, Winter People)
Saturday 3rd August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

The Beautiful Girls
Friday 3rd August – Magnums Hotel, Airlie Beach, QLD
Saturday 4th August – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 5th August – Brothers Leagues, Cairns, QLD
Friday 10th August – Coolum Civic Centre, Coolum, QLD

The Falls
Saturday 4th August – The Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 5th August – Pure Pop Records, Melbourne, VIC

The Good Ship
Friday 3rd August – Great Northern, Newcastle NSW
Saturday 4th August – Good God Small Club, Sydney, NSW

The Rescue Ships
Friday 3rd August – The Front Bar, Canberra, ACT

Friday Folk Flashback

“Rye Whiskey” – Punch Brothers

With three Australia shows in the coming week (Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide) we’re officially dubbing this Punch Brothers Week. This was the song that first turned us onto the band and we’ve never looked back since. If you’re lucky enough to have tickets to one of the Punch Brothers gigs we’ll see you there!

Rob Young to Release Electric Eden Soundtrack

Electric Eden

In August 2010 acclaimed British writer Rob Young published his ode to English folk music, the fantastic Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music, a book which has since become a staple on any folk lover’s bookshelf. The book charted the rise and evolution of British classical and folk music from the 19th century to today touching on many of the greats from the UK scene.

Universal music has just announced they will be releasing a double-CD soundtrack album as a companion piece to Young’s book. The album is divided into an Acoustic Eden and an Electric Eden with each song hand picked by Rob Young. The album, which features tracks by Bert Jansch, Fairport Convention, Tim Hart & Maddy Prior, John Martyn, Richard Thompson, Steeleye Span, David Bowie, Nick Drake and many many more, is set for release on the 20th August.

The full track listing for both parts of the double album is below:

Acoustic Eden
1. Peter Bellamy – “Oak, Ash and Thorn”
2. Traffic – “John Barleycorn Must Die”
3. Bert Jansch – “The Waggoner’s Lad”
4. Fairport Convention – “Stranger to Himself”
5. Archie Fisher – “Reynardine”
6. Bread, Love and Dreams – “Brother John”
7. Bill Fay – “Garden Song”
8. Water Into Wine Band – “Stranger in the World”
9. Tudor Lodge – “Willow Tree”
10. Comus – “Diana”
11. Meic Stevens – “Yorric”
12. Magic Carpet – “The Dream”
13. Sweeney’s Men – “The Pipe on the Hob”
14. Tim Hart & Maddy Prior – “False Knight on the Road”
15. Dr Strangely Strange – “Dark-Haired Lady”
16. Albion Country Band – “I Was a Young Man”
17. COB – “Music of the Ages”
18. Roger Nicholson – “The Carman’s Whistle”
19. Bridget St John – “Fly High”
20. John Martyn – “She Moves Through the Fair”

Electric Albion
1. Richard Thompson – “Roll over Vaughn Williams”
2. Steeleye Span – “The Lark in the Morning”
3. Unicorn – “Country Road”
4. Fairport Convention – “A Sailor’s Life”
5. Trees – “Glasgerion”
6. Fotheringay – “Gypsy Davey”
7. David Bowie – “Black Country Rock”
8. John Martyn – “Glistening Glyndebourne”
9. Mike Cooper – “Paper and Smoke”
10. Shelagh McDonald – “Mirage”
11. Spirogyra – “Disraeli’s Problem”
12. Mick Softley – “Time Machine”
13. Shirley Collins & The Albion Country Band – “Murder of Maria Marten”
14. Pentangle – “Jack Orion”
15. Incredible String Band – “Painted Chariot”
16. Nick Drake – “Voices”

Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music

Electric Eden
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Acclaimed UK music writer Rob Young (Wire, The Guardian) is set to release his book Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music charting the rise of British classical and folk music from the 19th century to today.

According to Young’s blog the roots of the book began in 1998 when he was tasked with interviewing John Martyn for Wire. “That meeting was a tale in itself – one that I hope to tell in detail at a later date. But the experience started me off thinking about why figures like Martyn, or the other music that I loved and returned to (and, miraculously, still do) like Nick Drake, Sandy Denny, John Renbourn, Incredible String Band, Comus, etc, are all described as ‘folk’ even though they all bear significant differences from each other and didn’t sing folk songs in the traditional sense.”

Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music is set to be released on the 5th August. An article written by Young for The Guardian on the subject of why folk music is “hip” again is also well worth a read – check it out here.

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