WOMADelaide Announces Full Lineup for 2018

WOMADelaide
Image Courtesy of WOMADelaide

Following on from their first round announcement last month WOMADelaide have this week dropped their entire 2018 program and it’s absolutely huge.

Joining the likes of Le Vent du Nord, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Yirrmal next year will be Scottish neo-Trad quintet Elephant Sessions, country-blues favourites Hat Fitz & Cara, roots collaboration Mama Kin Spender, Australian legends Tex, Don & Charlie, local alt-country duo Hana & Jessie-Lee’s Bad Habits, indigenous collective Mission Songs Project, Adelaide folk-pop singer Naomi Keyte and so much more.

WOMADelaide takes place at the Adelaide Botanic Park from the 9th to the 12th March. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The full lineup announced so far is below:

a Bit na Ta (PNG/Aust), Abbey Howlett (Aust), Ackroyd & Harvey (UK), Adrian Sherwood (UK), Anoushka Shankar (India/UK), Architects of Air (UK), The Avalanches (Aust), Baker Boy (Aust), Bashka (Turkey/Aust), Bedouine (USA/Syria), Cie Bivouac (France), Bixiga 70 (Brazil), Blick Bassy (France/Cameroon), Chico Trujillo (Chile), Constantinople & Ablaye Cissoko (Canada/Iran/Senegal), Dan Sultan (Aust), Daymé Arocena (Cuba), Deborah Conway (Aust), Didirri (Aust), DJ Marky (Brazil), Dustyesky (Aust), Elephant Sessions (Scotland), Eva Quartet (Bulgaria), Francois Knoetze (Sth Africa), Ghada Shbeir (Lebanon), Gogol Bordello (USA), Gratte Ciel (France), Hana & Jessie-Lee’s Bad Habits (Aust), Hartway (Aust), Hat Fitz & Cara (Ireland/Aust), Havana Meets Kingston (Cuba/Jamaica), Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (USA), JAZZ Party (Aust), Jojo Abot (Ghana), Justine Clarke (Aust), Kamasi Washington (USA), Kings & Associates (Aust), Le Vent du Nord (Canada), Lonelyspeck (Aust), Lura (Cape Verde), Mama Kin Spender (Aust), The Manganiyar Seduction (India), Mission Songs Project (Aust), Moussa Diakite & Wassado (Mali/Aust), My Bubba (Sweden/Iceland), Nai Palm (Aust), Nano Stern (Chile), Naomi Keyte (Aust), Nature Village (Aust), Nickodemus (USA), Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritania), Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (Ghana), Peanut Butter Wolf (USA), Cie Pernette (France), The Pin (Aust), POW! Negro (Aust), Rahim AlHaj Trio (Iraq), Rajab Suleiman & Kithara (Zanzibar), Remi x Sampa (Aust), Robyn Davidson in Conversation w/ Roysten Abel (India/Aust), Rodrigo y Gabriela (Mexico), San Lazaro (Aust), Soul Capoeira (Aust), Tank & The Bangas (USA), TAO Dance Theatre (China), Tex, Don & Charlie (Aust), Thievery Corporation (USA), Thundercat (USA), Tim Whitt (Aust), Tinariwen (Mali), Victoria Hanna (Israel), Violons Barbares (France/Mongolia/Bulgaria), Yellow Blue Bus (Aust), YID! (Aust), Yirrmal & the Miliyawutj (Aust)

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th October

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

The National Folk Festival revealed its first six artists including Faustus, Belshazzar’s Feast, Katey Brooks, Mick Thomas and The Roving Commission, 19-Twenty and Frumious. Details here

– Folk music super group Haas Kowert Tice have added mandolin player Dominick Leslie to their lineup, changed their name to Hawktail and released their new single “Unless”. Details here

– Adelaide based electro-folk singer-songwriter Timberwolf announced his long awaited debut album Íkaros. Details here

Justin Townes Earle added two more Melbourne dates to his current Australian tour. Details here

– English nu-folk band Matthew and the Atlas released their new single “Palace”. Details here

– Swedish Americana duo First Aid Kit announced Sydney and Melbourne shows when they’re in the country for Bluesfest. Details here

José González also announced sideshows when he’s in town for Bluesfest. Details here

– The 2017/18 Woodford Folk Festival lineup dropped including John Butler, Kate Miller-Heidke, The Beautiful Girls, Husky, Holy Holy, The East Pointers, The Babe Rainbow, Timberwolf, Montaigne, Mama Kin Spender, Vaudeville Smash, The Hi-Boys, Cheap Fakes, Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, The Small Glories, Baker Boy, Apakatjah, Joanna Wallfisch, AMISTAT, TinPan Orange, Sampa The Great, My Bubba, Lior & Paul Grabowsky, POW Negro!, The Railsplitters, Yirrmal and the Miliyawutj, Breaking Trad, Jeff Lang, Liz Stringer, Charm of Finches and many more. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson released his new video “I Don’t Dance”. Details here

– The Illawarra Folk Festival dropped its huge 2018 lineup including Eric Bogle, Cass Eager, The Go Set, Breaking Trad, Maggie Carty and Mairtin Staunton, Claire Anne Taylor, Devil on the Rooftop, Golden Whistler, Handsome Young Strangers, Lizzie Flynn, Paddy McHugh, Shelley’s Murder Boys, The Button Collective, The Northern Folk, The Raglins, The Royal High Jinx, The Scrims, Big Erle, Jane Aubourg, Kay Proudlove and many many more. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival added even more artists including Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Breabach, Sásta, SugaTree and Fiona Kershaw. Details here

– We premiered the new live video from Áine Tyrrell “Burn Up Those Notes”. Details here

– Canadian singer-songwriter Terra Lightfoot released her new single “Norma Gale”. Details here

WOMADelaide announced its first round of artists for 2018 including Le Vent du Nord, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Anoushka Shankar, Dan Sultan, Yirrmal & the Miliyawutj Band and many more. Details here

– Mexican instrumental virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela added to their WOMADelaide appearance with dates in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane. Details here

– Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Georgia Fields announced her chamber-folk mini-album Afloat, Adrift in collaboration with The Andromeda String Quartet. Details here

– Folk super-group I’m With Her, with bassist Paul Kowert covered Adele’s track “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”. Details here

– Roots singer-songwriter Nahko released his new video “Dragonfly”. Details here

Interviews

“We’re always trying to grow our sound, trying to find new ways to help us get a bigger sound. Tim (Chaisson) plays the fiddle and has a bit of foot percussion going on with the stomp box and tambourine. Koady (Chaisson) plays the banjo but also does a bit of pedal work with some effects, some bass stuff with his feet. I’ve mostly played guitar over the past couple of years but I play keyboard as well and we’ve been slowly bringing that into the show as well. We just try to see what we come up with”Gareth Hugh Evans chats to Jake Charron from The East Pointers. Interview here

Releases This Week

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds
The Way You LeaveBrooke Russell and The Mean Reds
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Great North
The Golden AgeGreat North
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Husky
Bedroom RecordingsHusky
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Jess Locke
UniverseJess Locke
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Jordan Merrick
Songs From House ArrestJordan Merrick
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My Name Is Bear
My Name Is BearNahko
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Pete Wild
CalmPete Wild
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Terra Lightfoot
New MistakesTerra Lightfoot
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Downtown Folk Festival feat. Hollow Coves, Garrett Kato, Harry Hookey, Grizzlee Train, Tullara, Luke Morris, Asha Jefferies, Nick Cunningham, Alana Wilkinson, Feelds and Darby.

Downtown Folk

The boutique Downtown Folk Festival hits Sydney this Saturday with a huge lineup including Hollow Coves, Garrett Kato, Harry Hookey, Grizzlee Train, Tullara, Luke Morris, Asha Jefferies, Nick Cunningham, Alana Wilkinson, Feelds and Darby.

Saturday 21st October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Saturday 21st October – The Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 22nd October – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th October – Meander Valley Performing Arts Centre, Deloraine, TAS
Friday 27th October – The Founders Room Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, TAS

Ainsley Farrell
Friday 20th October – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th October – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Alex The Astronaut
Saturday 21st October – The Treehouse, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 26th October – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th October – Uni Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Alexander Biggs
Saturday 21st October – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Angie McMahon w/ Ainsley Farrell
Thursday 26th October – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Ariela Jacobs w/ Jack the Fox
Tuesday 24th October – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Ashlea Reale
Sunday 22nd October – Rustico Tapas, Rockingham, WA
Friday 27th October – Ravenswood Hotel, Ravenswood, WA

Belle Harvey
Thursday 26th October – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Friday 27th October – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA

Ben Salter
Friday 20th October – House Concert, Lennox Head, NSW
Saturday 21st October – The Flamin’ Galah, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 22nd October – The Flamin’ Galah, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 25th October – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 26th October – Details TBA, NSW
Friday 27th October – Marrickville Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Benny Walker
Sunday 22nd October – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Bernard Fanning
Friday 20th October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 26th October – The Croxton, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th October – Thursday 26th October – The Croxton, Melbourne, VIC

Bob Evans
Saturday 21st October – Rock the Boat, Queenscliff, VIC

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds w/ Xani, Cookie Baker
Saturday 21st October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 20th October – Norwood Hotel, Norwood, SA
Saturday 21st October – Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Mount Gambier, SA
Thursday 26th October – Pier Live Pelly Bar, Frankston, VIC
Friday 27th October – The Burvale Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 20th October – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st October – Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 26th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Candice McLeod
Thursday 26 October – Night Market, Alice Springs, NT

Cass Eager
Friday 20th October – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd October – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 27th October – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Chris Pickering
Sunday 22nd October – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Claire Anne Taylor
Saturday 21st October – Delamere Music Fest, Delamere Vineyard, Pipers Brooke, TAS
Friday 27th October – Illume at Killynaught, Boat Harbour, TAS

Darcy Fox
Friday 20th October – Star Bar, Traralgon, VIC
Saturday 21st October – The Precinct Bar at Eastridge, Chirnside Park, VIC
Sunday 22nd October – The Bay, Mordialloc, VIC

Darebin Music Feast
Thirsday 12th to Sunday 22nd October – Melbourne, VIC

Delamere Music Fest feat. Halfway to Forth, Thieves, Claire Anne Taylor
Saturday 21st October – Delamere Vineyard, Pipers Brooke, TAS

Devil on the Rooftop
Friday 20th October – Compass Pizza, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21st October – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Diana Anaid
Sunday 22nd October – Cruelty Free Festival, Sydney, NSW

Docklands Blues Music Festival
Sunday 22nd October – Wonderland Spiegeltent Blues Garden, Melbourne, VIC

Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Downtown Folk Festival feat. Hollow Coves, Garrett Kato, Harry Hookey, Grizzlee Train, Tullara, Luke Morris, Asha Jefferies, Nick Cunningham, Alana Wilkinson, Feelds and Darby
Saturday 21st October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Elbury
Friday 27th October – The Brat Cave, Brisbane, QLD

Elizabeth Hughes
Sunday 22nd October – Jam Gallery, Sydney, NSW

Fallon Cush
Friday 20th October – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 20th October – Wharf Hotel, Munyard, TAS
Sunday 22nd October – St Johns Craft Beer Bar, Launceston, TAS
Wednesday 25th October – Sheffield Town Hall, Sheffield, TAS

Fergus Bailey and The Teeth
Friday 20th October – Vic on the Park, Sydney, NSW

Finders Keepers Melbourne Market
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC

Fleurieu Folk Festival
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Willunga, SA

Foghorn Stringband
Friday 20th October – Canberra Musicians Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 21st October – Metropole Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 22nd October – Thirroul Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW
Monday 23rd October – Nerrigundah Ag Bureau, Nerrigundah, NSW
Tuesday 24th October – Leichhardt Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 25th October – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 26th October – House Show, Uralla, NSW
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Tullara, Maia Marsh, Cecilia Brandolini
Wednesday 25th October – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Franklin Folk Club feat. Matthew Dames and Anna Talbot
Saturday 21st October – Palais Theatre, Franklin, TAS

Gareth Brannigan
Friday 20th October – The Brothers Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Get Folked Punk
Thursday 26th October – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gretta Stanley
Saturday 21st October – The Grass Is Greener Festival, Mackay, QLD

Gretta Ziller & Andrew Swift
Saturday 21st October – Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 22nd October – Ceres, Echuca, VIC

Hannah Matysek
Sunday 22nd October – The Lady Hampshire, Sydney, NSW

Harry Hookey
Saturday 21st October – Downtown Folk Festival, Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd October – Secret Garden Concert, Camden, NSW
Friday 27th October – House Concert, Clare Valley, SA

Hello Tut Tut
Friday 20th October – The Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21st October – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Holly Throsby
Friday 27th October – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Hush: An Evening of Quiet Music feat. East Brunswick All Girls Choir, Davey Lane, Sean Pollard, Kelso
Wednesday 25th October – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

James Thomson & the Band of Free Love
Friday 20th October – Dashville, Upper Belford, NSW

Jed Rowe
Friday 20th October – The Wheatsheaf, Thebarton, SA
Saturday 21st October – Patchewollock Music Festival, Patchewollock VIC

Jeff Lang
Saturday 21st October – Baha, Rye, VIC

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 20th October – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 21st October – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 24th October – The Tote Front Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th October – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

Jim Lawrie & Robert Muinos
Friday 20th October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Jo Jo Smith w/ Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart
Friday 20th October – Numurkah Foodbowl Festival, Shepparton, VIC
Saturday 21st October – Under the Sun Cafe, Strathbogie, VIC
Sunday 22nd October – House Concert, Castlemaine, VIC

Joseph Tawadros Trio
Thursday 26th October – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Justin Townes Earle w/ Joshua Hedley
Friday 20th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 21st October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 22nd October – Peppermint Bay Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 25th October – Crown and Anchor, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 26th October – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th October – Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle, WA

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Karl S Williams
Saturday 21st October – Kyneton Music Festival, Kyneton, VIC

Karin Page
Saturday 21st October – Rush Festival, Gympie, QLD

Kaurna Cronin
Friday 20th October – The Bassandean, Perth, WA
Sunday 22nd October – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 26th October – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th to Monday 30th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

Ken Nicol
Friday 20th October – Albert Park Port Lounge, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21st October – VRI Hall, Warragul, VIC
Friday 27th October – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
Friday 20th October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th October – Solbar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Friday 27th October – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Kristina Olsen
Sunday 22nd October – The Cheese Factory, Meadows, SA
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Fleurieu Folk Festival, SA

Kyneton Music Festival
Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October – Kyneton, VIC

Lambchop
Saturday 21st October – Badlands Bar, Perth, WA

LEO
Sunday 22nd October – Coledale Markets, Wollongong, NSW

Les Thomas
Friday 20th October – Kingsbury Bowls, Melbourne, VIC

Liam Gerner
Sunday 22nd October – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th October – Royal Theatre, Castlemaine, VIC

Lime & Steel
Saturday 21st October – Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba, NSW

Lisa Crawley w/ Herriot Row
Friday 20th October – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Lizzie Flynn
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, NSW
Thursday 26th October – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Lloyd Spiegel
Sunday 22nd October – Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend, Marysville, VIC
Thursday 26th October – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th October – The Camelot Lounge, Marrickville, NSW

Luke Morris
Friday 20th October – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st October – Downtown Folk Festival, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th October – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Lyall Moloney
Thursday 26th October – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th October – The Chippo Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Marrickville Festival
Sunday 21st October – Marrickville, Sydney, NSW

Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Marysville, VIC

Michael S. Galloway, Eush, Soda Eaves
Sunday 22nd October – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Mihka Chee w/ Martha Chess-Phelps, Black Iguana
Friday 27th October – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Mile Twelve
Friday 20th October – Patchewollock Music Festival, Patchewollock, VIC
Saturday 21st October – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS
Sunday 22nd October – Brookfield Shed, Margate, TAS
Tuesday 24th October – Mountain Pickers Club, Ferntree Gully, VIC
Wednesday 25th October – Yinnar Pub, Yinnar, VIC
Thursday 26th October – Smith’s Alternative Bookstore, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

Mitch King
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Swagger Music Festival, Wandiligong, VIC
Thursday 26th October – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Monique Clare
Sunday 22nd October – Bellingen Brewery, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October, Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

Musical Response to Precipice Exhibition feat. The String Contingent
Saturday 21st October – Australian National Capital Artists, Canberra, ACT

My Nightingale
Friday 20th October – Pop-Up at ANU, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 21st October – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th October – Illume at Killynaught, Boat Harbour, TAS

Mysterious Universe
Saturday 21st October – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

Nick Cunningham and Luke Morris
Saturday 21st October – Downtown Folk Festival, The Factory Theatre, Marrickville, NSW
Thursday 26th October – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Numurkah Foodbowl Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Shepparton, VIC

Oktoberwest
Sunday 22nd October – Factory Theatre, Sydney NSW

Old-Time Music School
Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th October – Dorrigo, NSW

Out of Abingdon
Friday 20th October – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Paddy McHugh
Friday 20th October – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Friday 27th October – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

Patchewollock Music Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Patchewollock, VIC

Pete Wild
Friday 20th October – Candelo Town Hall, Candelo, NSW
Saturday 21st October – Windsong Pavilion, Barragga Bay, NSW

Queen Porter Stomp w/ Whoa Mule
Friday 20th October – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Ralway Bell
Friday 20th October – Riverside Hotel, Northam, WA
Saturday 21st October – North Perth Town Hall, Perth, WA
Thursday 26th October – Quindanning Inne, Quindanning, WA
Friday 27th October – Harvey Dickson’s Rodeo, Boyup Brook, WA

Rock This Country Blue
Saturday 21st October – The Kuranda Billabong, Kuranda, QLD

Richard Perso
Sunday 22nd October – Star Hotel, Yackandandah, VIC

Rick Hart w/ The Weeping Willows
Sunday 22nd October – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC

Riley Pearce
Friday 20th October – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Swagger Music Festival, Wandiligong, VIC

Rowena Wise w/ Ben Whiting​, Peter Sonic
Tuesday 24th October – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Nicholson
Monday 16th to Monday 23rd October – Rock The Boat Pacific Cruise Pacific
Friday 27th October – Lonestar Tavern, Gold Coast, QLD

Sime Nugent & The Capes
Sunday 22nd October – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Slim Dusty Country Music Festival
Tuesday 16th to Sunday 22nd October – Kempsey Showground, Kempsey, NSW

Songs Inspired by Americana feat. Mitch Power, Alison Ferrier, Bill Jackson
Sunday 22nd October – Tago Mago, Melbourne, VIC

Sparrow-Folk & My Nightingale
Friday 20th October – Pop-Up at ANU, Canberra, ACT

Stella Donnelly
Friday 27th October – Fremantle Festival, St John’s Church, Fremantle, WA

Stillhouse Union
Friday 20th October – Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club, Hornsby, NSW

Swagger Music Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Wandiligong, VIC

Sydney Social Square Dance feat. Narrownecks, Mac Traynham and Shay Garriock
Saturday 21st October – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Tablelands Folk Festival
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Yungaburra, QLD

The Austracana Travelling Revue feat. Carpenter Caswell, Smith & Jones, The April Family
Friday 27th October – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW

The Black Sorrows
Friday 20th October – Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD
Saturday 21st October – Wynnum RSL Club, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 22nd October – Sandstone Point Hotel, Sandstone Point, QLD

The Bottlers
Saturday 21st October – The Phoenix, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 22nd October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Bushwackers
Sunday 22nd October – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th October – Gumbramorra Hall, Sydney, NSW

The Grass Is Greener Festival
Saturday 21st October – Botanic Gardens, Mackay, QLD

The Morrisons
Sunday 22nd October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Northern Folk
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October – Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, Kangaroo Valley, NSW
Monday 23rd October – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 25th October – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th October – The Black Malabar, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

The Orbweavers
Sunday 22nd October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Royal High Jinx
Sunday 22nd October – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The Snowdroppers
Saturday 21st October – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT

The Stetson Family
Monday 23rd October – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

The Village Festival
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th – Edinburgh Gardens, Melbourne, VIC

The Weeping Willows
Sunday 22nd October – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC

Tim Guy
Sunday 22nd October – Rochester Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Timberwolf
Sunday 22nd October – Secret Location, Sydney, NSW

TinPan Orange w/ Jess Ribeiro
Friday 20th October – The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 21st October – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Tori Forsyth
Saturday 21st October – The Playhouse Hotel, Barraba, NSW
Friday 27th October – Johnny Ringos, Brisbane, QLD

Traveller & The Deslondes w/ Andy Golledge Band
Friday 20th October – Marrickville Bowls Club, Sydney, NSW

Tristen Bird
Friday 20th October – Rocksteady Records, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21st October – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 22nd October – 90 Mile Wines: Wharf Barrel Shed, Goolwa, SA
Thursday 26th October – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 27th October – The Taproom – Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC

Tullara
Friday 20th October – The Record Crate, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st October – Downtown Folk Festival, The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd October – Jam Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 25th October – FolkSwagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th October – The Black Malabar, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 27th October – Cambridge Hotel, Parkes, NSW

Twin Peaks
Friday 20th October – Eat Street Markets, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st October – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October – Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW

Vanishing Shapes
Friday 27th October – House Concert, Sawtell, NSW

Xani w/ Brooke Russell, Cookie Baker
Saturday 21st October – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Yirrmal and the Miliyawutj
Sunday 22nd October – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Z-Stay Delta
Saturday 21st October – The Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 22nd October – Hardys Bay Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW
Wednesday 25th October – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th October – Sound Feast @ The J, Noosa Heads, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Both Sides Now” – The Tallest Man On Earth

Rodrigo y Gabriela Announce 2018 Australian Tour

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Image Courtesy of Rodrigo y Gabriela

Mexican instrumental virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela return to Australia next year for a series of dates, including an appearance at the 2018 WOMADelaide festival.

Rodrigo y Gabriela are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their self-titled breakthrough release so these shows are bound to be full of energy.

Check out the full list of Australian tour dates here:

Friday 9th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 10th March – Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 13th March – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Thursday 15th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th March – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

WOMADelaide Announces First Lineup for 2018

WOMADelaide
Image Courtesy of WOMADelaide

Australian world music festival WOMADelaide returns in 2018 and has just dropped a huge first lineup announcment.

The first artists added to the 2018 WOMADelaide festival include Candian Québécois favourites Le Vent du Nord, Mexican flamenco rockers Rodrigo y Gabriela, sitar legend Anoushka Shankar, Australian rocker Dan Sultan, indigenous singer-songwriter Yirrmal & the Miliyawutj Band and many more.

WOMADelaide takes place at the Adelaide botanic park from the 9th to the 12th March. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The full lineup announced so far is below:

Adrian Sherwood (UK), Anoushka Shankar (UK / India), The Avalanches (Aust), Bixiga 70 (Brazil), Chico Trujillo (Chile), Dan Sultan (Aust), Daymé Arocena (Cuba), Havana Meets Kingston (Cuba / Jamaica), Kamasi Washington (USA), Le Vent du Nord (Canada), Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritania), Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area band (Ghana), Rahim Alhaj Trio (Iraq), Rodrigo y Gabriela (Mexico), Tinariwen (Mali), Violons Barbares (France / Mongolia / Bulgaria), Yirrmal & the Miliyawutj Band (Aust).

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 14th November

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

Lisa Mitchell released her video for her new single “Wah Ha”. Details here

– After revealing her new single “Swimming Pool” Emmy The Great has now given us details of her forthcoming EP S. Details here

The Staves announced details of their upcoming Justin Veronon produced album If I Was. Details here

– Brisbane’s Sahara Beck released her new video “Pretender”. Details here

The Decemberists revealed their first new track, “Make You Better”. Details here

José González released his new single “Every Age”. Details here

– Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Mangan released his new single “Mouthpiece”. Details here

– Brisbane’s Brad Butcher released his new video “Believer”. Details here

– The November edition of Bluegrass @ Yulli’s is this Wednesday and will feature Catgut. Details here

– US bluegrass trio The Kruger Brothers will be touring Queensland with The Company from the end of this month. Details here

Rodrigo y Gabriela will perform sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne when they’re in the country next year for Bluesfest. Details here

– Sydney duo Betty & Oswald have released a new single, “Fragile Little Lover”, as well as announcing an east coast tour. Details here

The Spooky Men’s Chorale have a very special gig planned in Canberra next week. Details here

– There will be a new live album from Shane Nicholson released next week, Pitch, Roll & Yaw. Details here

Interviews

“I’m a man from the 90s, so i grew up listening to all that “grunge” stuff. Eventually I started to break away from that and found great music in the roots of rock and blues, 70s rock, great songwriters that thrill me like Nick Drake, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Johnny Mitchell, Silvio Rodriguez, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen. Today I listen to all the new folk like Bon Iver, Iron and wine, Jose Gonzalez, Elliot Smith, Bonnie Prince Billie. Saying that, I listen to a great variety of music really different to what I am doing”Pierrot chats to Aiden Quinn

Releases This Week

New Moon
New MoonSarah Humphreys
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The Wilson Pickers

Wilson Pickers

The Wilson Pickers return with a series of reunion gigs in and around Melbourne this weekend. These guys have been doing the folk revival thing longer than most and are definitely worth checking out in these rare live dates

Friday 14th November – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 15th November – Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood, VIC
Sunday 16th November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Betty & Oswald
Saturday 15th November – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 21st November – Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong, NSW

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Catgut
Wednesday 19th November – Yulli’s, Syndey, NSW

Busby Marou
Friday 14th November – SSA Club, Albury, NSW
Saturday 15th November – Unbridled Festival, Canberra, ACT (Full Band)
Thursday 20th November – The Bridge, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 21st November – Caravan Club, Oakleigh, VIC

Cat Canteri
Friday 14th November – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 15th November – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

C.W. Stoneking
Friday 14th November – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th November – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 21st November – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Daniel Lee Kendall
Friday 14th November – The Shebeen Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

Davidson Brothers
Sunday 16th November – The B-East, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 17th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Saturday 15th November – The Earl of Spencer Hotel, Albany, WA
Sunday 16th November – The Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Friday 21st November – The Boatshed, Manly, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. Andy Brown, The Mae Trio
Friday 14th November – St George, QLD
Saturday 15th November – Texas, QLD
Sunday 16th November – Nerang, QLD
Thursday 20th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 21st November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Fred Smith
Saturday 15th November – MAD Gallery, Lancefield, VIC
Friday 21st November – Hornsby Folk Club, Hornsby, NSW

Georgia Fair
Friday 14th November – Easy Tiger, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th November – John Curtin Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Hat Fitz and Cara
Friday 14th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 15th November – Katoomba RSL Club, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 16th November – The Vanguard, Newtown, NSW

Husky
Friday 14th November – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 15th November – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 16th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 21st November – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD

Jack Carty
Friday 14th November – The Commons, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 16th November – Flow Espresso Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Thursday 20th November – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 21st November – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW

Jep and Dep
Friday 14th  November – Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW

Josh Pyke
Thursday 20th November – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 21st November – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

Katie Noonan, Angie Hart, Melody Pool, Sam Buckingham
Friday 14th November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th November – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 16th November – Lizotte’s Restaurant, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 21st November – The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and Harmony James
Friday 14th November – Parkes Services Club, Parkes, NSW
Sunday 16th November – Camelot Lounge, Marrickville, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 19th November – Hotel Imperial, Mount Victoria, NSW
Friday 21st November – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW

Lanie Lane
Saturday 15th November – The Hi Fi Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Little May
Sunday 16th November – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 21st November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Liz Stringer
Friday 14th November – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 15th November – Healesville Festival, Healesville, VIC
Sunday 16th November – Saints & Sailors, Portarlington, VIC
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW

Mark Moldre
Saturday 15th November – Unbridled Festival, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 16th November – Smith’s Alternative Bookstore, Canberra, ACT

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 14th November – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 15th November – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Sunday 16th November – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA

Mullum Music Festival
Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd November – Mullumbimby, NSW

One Up, Two Down and Dan Parsons
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th November – MountainGrass Fest, Harrietville, VIC
Wednesday 19th November – Jasmine’s House, Newstead, VIC
Thursday 20th November – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Sahara Beck
Friday 14th November – Babushka Bar, Ballarat, VIC
Sunday 16th November – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Sarah Humphreys
Sunday 16th November – The Cheese Factory, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 20th November – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Steve Smyth
Friday 14th November – No.5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 15th November – The Bean Bar Cafe, Taree, NSW
Wednesday 19th November – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Thursday 20th November – Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Friday 21st November – Redcliffe On The Murray, Pinjarra, WA

The Acfields
Friday 14th November – Acoustic Picnic (The Music Lounge), Sydney, NSW
Saturday 15th November – House Concert, Sutherland, NSW

The Pierce Brothers
Friday 14th November – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Saturday 15th November – AWME, Melbourne, VIC

The Tiger & Me
Saturday 15th November – The Toff, Melbourne, VIC

The Wilson Pickers
Friday 14th November – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 15th November – Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood, VIC
Sunday 16th November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Thursday 20th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 21st November – Milton Theatre, South Coast, NSW

The Stetson Family
Sunday 16th November – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Timberwolf
Saturday 15th November – AWME, Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, VIC

Upstairs and Underground feat. Bears with Guns, Liam Gale & the Ponytails, Aether Beach
Saturday 15th November – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Trellick Tower” – Emmy The Great

The thing I love most about Emmy The Great’s songwriting is her ability to be both metaphorical and autobiographical at the same time. “Trellick Tower” is the final track from her 2011 album Virtue and documents the breakdown of her relationship after her finance became a born-again Christian. Beautiful stuff.

Rodrigo y Gabriela Announce Bluesfest Sideshows

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Image Courtesy of Rodrigo y Gabriela

Acoustic rockers Rodrigo y Gabriela have long been lauded as a must see live act, and given their proclivity towards visiting our shores there’s a good chance you can attest to that. In 2015 Rodrigo y Gabriela will be back in Australia for Bluesfest and they have this week announced a couple of sideshows while they’re in the country.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 4th to Sunday 5th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 7th April – The Palais, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 9th April – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Bluesfest Announces Third Round of Artists for 2015

Bluesfest
Image Courtesy of Bluesfest

The third Bluesfest lineup announcement dropped this morning and for folk fans it’s actually pretty light on. Jake Shimabukuro and Rodrigo y Gabriela are the clear highlights with plenty of blues, rock and hip hop artists added into the mix. There’s also a Michael Franti concert announced featuring Michael Franti and Spearhead, SOJA and Trevor Hall as well as a pre-concert yoga session.

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 third round artists are below:

The Gipsy Kings feat. Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Jurassic 5, John Mayall, Keb’ Mo’, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones, JJ Grey & Mofro, Tony Joe White, Jon Cleary, Trevor Hall, Serena Ryder, Jake Shimabukuro, Music Maker Relief Foundation feat. Cool John Ferguson, Little Freddie King, Alabama Slim, George Stancell

Rodrigo y Gabriela Announce One Off Sydney Sideshow

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Image Courtesy of Rodrigo y Gabriela

Having already been announced as part of the lineup for both the Falls Festival and Southbound, Mexican guitar-wielding duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have also added a single sideshow to their Australian visit.

On the 2nd of January Rodrigo y Gabriela are planning to take the stage at the Sydney Opera House. Tickets for the show go on sale tomorrow, 19th October. The full list of dates for Rodrigo y Gabriela’s Australian visit are below:

Saturday 29th December – Falls Music and Arts Festival
Monday 31st December – Falls Music and Arts Festival
Wednesday 2nd January – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 5th January – Southbound Festival, Busselton, WA

New Round of Falls Festival Artists Revealed

Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Image Courtesy of Rodrigo Y Gabriela

The end of the year is inching ever closer which means we can’t be far off from having the full Falls Festival lineup. A bunch of musical and comedy acts were announced this morning for the festival including the obligatory Timber and Steel friendly artist, this time in the form of Mexican guitar heroes Rodrigo Y Gabriela (above). Also added to the bill this time around were San Cisco, Jaguar Skills, DJ Nu Mark Toy Set, Oh Mercy, Loon Lake, The Jungle Giants and Bertie Blackman.

These artists join the likes of Angus Stone, Ash Grunwald, Jinja Safari, Lisa Mitchell, Matt Corby, First Aid Kit, Boy & Bear and many more. Tickets to the Lorne leg of the Falls Festival are sold out but there are still spots available at Marion Bay. For more information check out the official Falls Festival web site. The full list of musical artists announced so far are below:

Angus Stone, Ash Grunwald, Ball Park Music, Beach House, Bertie Blackman, Best Coast, Bombay Bicycle Club, Boy & Bear, Coolio, Cosmo Jarvis, DJ Nu Mark Toy Set, Django Django, First Aid Kit, Hilltop Hoods, Hot Chip, Jaguar Skills, Jinja Safari, The Jungle Giants, Lisa Mitchell, Loon Lake, Matt Corby, Maxïmo Park, Millions, Oh Mercy, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Sampology Presents A Falls Anniversary Live AV Show, San Cisco, SBTRKT Live, Sharon Van Etten, The Flaming Lips, The Hives, The Vaccines, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Two Door Cinema Club, Willis Earl Beal

Bluesfest Interview: Bobby Long

Bluesfest Monday
Photo and interview by KT Bell

Bobby Long has been making quite an impression here in Australia and overseas. We managed to grab a few minutes with him during his time at Bluesfest.

KT Bell: I’m sitting here with Bobby Long, now you played twice here at Bluesfest, and it’s your first time to Australia – how are you finding Australia?
Bobby Long: I think the people are the nicest people I’ve ever run in to. Really sweet and on a musical level, the crowds have been great. For a first time over here, it’s exceeded my expectations.
KT: A responsive crowd?
BL: Yeah, really great and it’s really exciting. The way that people are grabbing hold of the record, they’re listening to it and it’s just been so positive, I really think that this is going to be a good stronghold for me in the future years, which is really great. And it’s nice that it’s really beautiful too, and the beach, it’s great!
KT: There are a few people who make Bluesfest their regular trip to Australia, like Eric Bibb

BL: Yeah, I met Eric Bibb the other day actually, he’s lovely, and I supported Michael Franti last summer in America and it’s a regular thing for him. I supported Rodrigo y Gabriela and they come back, it’s great. I mean, one year and you feel a bit guilty because you’re working but it feels like a bit of a holiday. I’m sure you’re busier than I am, coz I just play and then do an hour of interviews and what not, and then I get to go and lie on the beach a lot – I haven’t done that yet, but you get to chill out and it’s beautiful weather. Usually at festivals in England it’s raining the whole time, and I heard this is the first time it hasn’t rained in 3 years or something, so it’s just great.

KT: Now, you said yesterday that you managed to leave your harmonica holder on a beach, was that an Aussie beach?
BL: [laughs] That was just a lie! I didn’t know where I left it and didn’t want to confess.
KT: Let’s just say it was Bondi Beach?
BL: [laughs] Yeah! Yeah, I left it on Bondi Beach! I buried it and couldn’t find where I buried it!

KT: So your debut album only recently came out in Australia, how was the writing and recording process for you?
BL: The writing was over the space of, some songs are two years old and some are relatively new. One of the songs I wrote in the studio, a lot of it was done on the road, I’ve been on the road for the last two years or so. But the recording process was incredible. I worked this really amazing piece with Liam Watson at Toe Rag and we all just jumped in a room and recorded it as a complete analogue record, straight to tape, and we just all jumped in a room and did it all live. It was really great, for a first album, I felt in control of what I was doing which is most important. I got to work with some great people and it was just a great experience, really fun.

Bluesfest SundayPlaying at Bluesfest on Easter Sunday

KT: How long are you in Australia and what else are you going to be doing while you’re here?
BL: I did two shows with Rodrigo y Gabriela before in Sydney and Melbourne and I did this show somewhere else and I can’t remember the name of where I did it, at a place called Lizotte’s, which is great, and a really great turn out, like 100 people which is incredible. And then, I’m going to Sydney tomorrow, and I’ve got a show in Sydney and Melbourne, I think I’ve got a show in Brisbane, then I go back to New York for a week, then I’m back out!
KT: Wow, you do a lot of tours!
BL: Yeah, I’m on tour a lot, I have like a blind enthusiasm for it, and I like playing a lot. I just want to work hard and make use of this opportunity I’ve got, so I’m out a lot, not any more than anybody else or anything, but I like being on the road and I like touring so my label makes use of that.

KT: Do you prefer the big festivals or the more intimate venue shows?
BL: You know, when a festival is well organised and has so many good people, I like playing the big festivals because it’s great and you get the mix of the musicians and check out music. But I like a little bit of everything, it’s been refreshing coming here and playing because it’s a bit different, playing bars and clubs, but I love playing at intimate venues and I got to play at the Troubadour in LA and, pretty much sold that out. And I’ve got to play at similar size venues in America and Europe and it’s nice to have a bit of everything. It’s pretty cool.

KT: Is it daunting playing for the first time in a new country?
BL: Yeah, it is a little, I’ve been really taken aback. And you always go in to a new country thinking grass roots level, and it’s going to be grass roots level for me for the next 2 years or so, or the next 10 years it could be, where you’re fighting to keep your place and fighting to gain new fans. It is a little bit, sometimes, but it’s exciting too. It’s really exciting coming to new places. To come to Australia and work is a great feeling you know.

KT: So what else can we expect to see or hear from you in 2011?
BL: I’m doing a poetry book, like a little book of poems or something. I’m kind of working on it and I kind of want to do it, it’s fairly interesting. I’m not doing it from the point of view of “oh, I’ve just done an album, I can do a poetry book or write a novel”, it’s going to be a very down to earth kind of thing and I’m hopefully going to start recording my next album in the next 6 months which is great. I don’t want to wait around too much. More touring, got to do a music video at some stage which is going to be funny. I’m just going to keep busy and keep my head above water.

KT: Are there any new songs you’ve been writing in Australia that we should keep our ears out for?
BL: I have actually been writing a little bit over here actually, but nothing that’s going to get finished [while here]. I had a day off two days ago and I sat down and started writing, it sounded pretty cool, but I don’t think I’ve got the time to finish it. I’m trying to enjoy myself a little here. I’ll probably take those songs and finish them off when I come home, but I probably will have a few thing that have come out of being here, definitely.
KT: The Byron Bay vibe, eh?
BL: Yeah, I mean, I’m not sure I’m going to write like a surf song but it might be slightly happier than my other stuff, hence the sunny atmosphere.

KT: Thank you so much for your time and all the best for the rest of your time in Australia and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
BL: Thank you, cheers!

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