The Cat Empire & Xavier Rudd Announce Co-Headline Tour

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Two of Australia’s most loved roots artists The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd and teaming for a co-headline tour this summer.

The tour will see The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd perform a bunch of open-air concerts around the country supported by Sahara Beck, Ocean Valley and Harts.

“We’ve been crossing paths with Xavier Rudd at festivals in Australia and internationally for many years, and we’ve always had a great time together,” Felix Riebl from The Cat Empire explained. “Add Sahara Beck and Harts to the mix, it should be an amazing summer. We’re very excited about this one, it’ll be a full and colourful stage.”

“I’ve always had a tonne of respect for The Cat Empire guys since the start,” Xavier Rudd added. “Deadly musicians and lovely people. Over the last 15 or so years touring around the world and seeing their posters in so many different towns and countries has always brought me a smile. I guess it’s about time that we teamed up to do some shows together & I’m stoked to share a stage with these legends back on home soil early in 2017!”

Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 26th January – St David’s Park, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 29th January2017 – North Gardens, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 4th February – Red Devil Park, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 5th February – Sandstone Point, Bribie Island, QLD
Saturday 11th February – Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 12th February – Stuart Park, Wollongong, NSW

Watch the New Eagle & The Wolf Video “Hips”

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Central Coast based folk and roots duo Eagle & The Wolf this month released the second single from their self-titled album, the rockabilly infused “Hips”. The accompanying video is definitely lots of fun – check it out below:

Eagle & The Wolf are currently on tour with Kasey Chambers – check out the upcoming dates here:

Friday 2nd December – Revesby Workers’ Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd December – Campbelltown Convention & Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th December – The Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Saturday 10th December – Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, Batemans Bay, NSW

Listen to the New Leah Flanagan Single “Chills” Plus National Tour Dates

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Sydney based roots-rock singer-songwriter Leah Flanagan has been hard at work on her forthcoming album Saudades and has just released the first single “Chills”.

I like this song a lot – it’s lyrically raw but the driving beat and rich production are just captivating. Check out “Chills” below:

To celebrate the release of “Chills” Leah Flanagan will be touring nationally this July – the full list of dates are here:

Thursday 14th July – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th July- Leaps & Bounds Festival, Richmond Theatrette, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th July – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 17th July – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 21st July – Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd July – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 24th July – Front Bar and Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Watch the New Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Video “I Need Never Get Old”

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Did you catch Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats while they were in the country for Bluesfest? By all accounts they were amazing, catching the attention of a lot of the local media.

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats have just released their new video “I Need Never Get Old” which takes the studio based clip to the next level.

“It was a long 15-hour day, the video was fun,” Rateliff explained. “The concept of the video is us struggling over the song for decades, but ironically it took only two hours to record the song in the studio.”

Check out “I Need Never Get Old” below:

Listen to the New Claude Hay Single “Love No More” Plus May Tour Dates

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New South Wales troubadour Claude Hay returns to a rootsier place with his brand new single “Love No More”. The single is filled with slide guitar and call and response melodies and best of all Hay is giving you the chance to download it free.

Check out “Love No More” and download it below:

To celebrate the release of “Love No More” Claude Hay is heading out on tour this May – the full list of dates are here:

Thursday 5th May – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 6th May – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 7th May – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 8th May – Towradgi Beach Hotel, Towradgi, NSW
Thursday 12th May – The Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC
Friday 13th May – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th May – The Blues Train, Queenscliff, VIC
Thursday 19th May – The Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 20th May – Finnian’s Irish Tavern, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 21st May – The Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 22nd May – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 27th May – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 28th May – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 4th June – The Agrestic Grocer, Orange, NSW
Saturday 18th June – The Winter Magic Festival, Katoomba, NSW

National Folk Festival Interview: Andrew Winton

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It’s been ten years since I first walked into a random tent at The National Folk Festival and became mesmerised by WA based singer and lap guitarist Andrew Winton so it’s amazing to see him returning again this year. We sat down with Winton to chat about The National, his unique guitar and his brand new album Glorybox Mechanics.

Gareth Hugh Evans: I first saw you at The National about ten years ago. I was wandering into one of your shows knowing nothing about you and was blown away by this amazing performance. It was all slide guitars and knee slapping – just amazing. Is The National a special festival for you?

Andrew Winton: It has been. The first time might have been 2006. We were on one of my first national tours and it was just an experience. We had a caravan and an 18 month old – it was a real whirlwind. It was one of the first bigger festivals where we thought “oh, this is very interesting”. We were put in a bit last minute but we had such a response and we’ve been back a few times.

GHE: I remember you in 2006 well.

AW: Yeah, I had dreadlocks and the whole thing. That was at that point where to play that music you had to have a uniform.

GHE: You were the “other” dude from WA with the dreadlocks and the lap guitar.

AW: Yes! Mr Butler, is that the man?

GHE: And I distinctly remember your 18 month old son with Karen Winton holding him. In fact she may have gotten up on stage to sing with you while still holding him.

AW: Yeah – she’s very strong. I think we’ve been at most of the festivals either pregnant or with a young child. We’ve stopped breeding now but there was a period when we were ready to have a kid it was mid festival. It was a real lifestyle for a while.

GHE: Has having a young family informed your playing folk festivals as opposed to the big blues or rock festivals? They’re a bit more family friendly.

AW: Yeah. It’s interesting, that year or the year after we did that circuit and then got invited to SXSW which is the big rock and roll festival in Austin, Texas. And that’s when we felt like “wow this is a bit different”. At [folk] festivals people will actually listen, it’s not all about drinking. And you don’t have to go to number ten on the energy – people will listen to quieter songs, a range of material. People are actually interested in the instrument, in the playing. On the whole the folk festivals have a diverse audience interested in different things., not just stomping and drinking and hollering.

GHE: Speaking of being interested in the instrument – your guitar is called The Beast right?

AW: Now when you saw me I had a thing called the Winton Beast which was made by a Victorian luthier. Then several years after a small American company saw me and said “we want to endorse you and make weird instruments for you” and that’s still happening these days. What they make is these instruments out of the roots of cyprus trees in Alabama. So the Winton Beast morphed into this instrument that is two in one. The Winton Beast was a seven string and I introduced a six string so it’s a 13 string tree root that I play.

GHE: Do you go to the luthiers and say “this is what I want? Or do they come to you and say “what do you think of this crazy idea”?

AW: In both instances they’ve said they’ll make me anything I want. And I’ve gone a) I don’t know what I want and I don’t know much and b) I just used my limited strange creativeness to invent something and they made it happen. And with the guys in Alabama it was all over Skype. I’m a non-practical person, I can’t hammer and nail – I just said “can we try having this many strings with this type of tuning”. I didn’t know if it was going to work and it’s all very experimental. And it’s mostly paid off and I guess in my own little world I’m known as this person that plays weird instruments.

GHE: I think I saw you play at a guitarist showcase at The National and everybody was just fascinated by your instrument.

AW: That’s right! People are more intrigued by that than me. On stage everyone was looking at my groin! Some could consider that a gimmick but in a landscape where everyone plays the same instrument with the same sort of tunings it’s just something different. And as a soloist it allows you to occupy the bass area, the chordal area and the melody at the same time.

GHE: You’ve been pretty prolific over the years and you’ve just recently released your album Glorybox Mechanics. Did you self produce that album?

AW: I have a friend here who has done a lot of recording for me. I chose to go down the path of not wanting any of the gear in my house – I didn’t want to go down the rabbit hole of recording. But very close to me is a very good engineer and basically I just did it on my iPhone and then went and replicated with him. In some ways it’s self produced but with someone who knows the buttons and the screens and the boring bits.

GHE: It’s always tempting as a musician to become a gear junkie.

AW: I’m anti that [laughs]. Because those guys end up becoming computer engineers and their musical skills fade into the distance.

GHE: You’ve been Glorybox Mechanics quite a bit recently – how’s the reception been so far?

AW: Quite nice actually. It’s tricky because the last album Happy won a bunch of awards and was a whole different level, so there was a little bit of pressure with this one. So it’s nice that ABC Radio National and a lot of community stations, and even one or two of the bigger ones, are playing a couple of songs. It doesn’t change the universe but I was just worried if these were going to work – it’s just my nature. And I’ve been pretty pleased. Especially in a landscape where people don’t buy CDs.

GHE: Except at festivals!

AW: Exactly! It’s the last arena where you go to see an act and straight away go and talk to the person who’s just played and take a bit home with you. It’s that kind of instant performance energy. That’s why these festivals are still trucking along well. As a musician it’s a privilege to play at them because people face your way and they might buy something and you get to talk to everyone.

GHE: At The National Folk Festival this year is it just you solo? Is Karen coming?

AW: Because I’m coming over for a couple of festivals it’s just me – we’ve got too many children now. And I think we’ve got some nice spots there – we’re going to be doing a filming in The Buddawang.

GHE: The National always ends up being quite a collaborative festival anyway so I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up spotting you playing with someone like Liz Frencham.

AW: That’s already been arranged! Liz and I live a long way from each other but whenever we get to the same suburb we do something.

GHE: It wouldn’t be a National Folk Festival if Liz Frencham didn’t play with every single act at some point.

AW: Exactly. I stir her about that [laughs].

GHE: Where else are you playing while you’re on the east coast.

AW: I’ve got gigs at the Django Bar in Sydney and the Union Bar in Melbourne.

GHE: Oh lovely – I’ll have to try and get down to one of those shows.

AW: Great! I haven’t been over there for a while.

GHE: Thank you so much for chatting with me. Looking forward to seeing you play again.

AW: Fantastic – thank you!

All of Andrew Winton’s upcoming dates, including his shows at The National Folk Festival, are below:

Wednesday 23rd March – House Concert, Temora, NSW.
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
– Friday 4:30pm – Budawang
– Saturday 3:15pm – Marquee (Infinite Song Contest)
– Saturday 7pm – Flute ‘n’ Fiddle
– Saturday 9:30pm – Flute ‘n’ Fiddle (Liz Frencham Album Launch)
– Sunday 10am – The Terrace (Lap Slide Guitar Workshop)
– Sunday 9pm – Marquee
Thursday 31st March – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 1st April – Selby Folk Club, Selby, VIC
Saturday 2nd April – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 3rd April – House Concert, Mount Franklin, VIC
Friday 8th April – The Herdsman Lake Tavern, Wembley, WA
Saturday 9th April – Caves House Hotel, Yallingup, WA
Sunday 10th April – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Pinjarra, WA
Sunday 24th April – The Vic Hotel, Perth, WA

John Butler Trio Announce WA Shows

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The John Butler Trio are wrapping up a huge year of touring by returning to WA for a string of local shows. The shows will feature support slots from The Waifs, Koi Child and Dave Mann Collective and will be the last WA shows before the band head back into the studio in 2016.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 22nd January – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Upper Swan, WA
Saturday 23rd January – Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 24th January – Quindanning Tavern, Quindanning, WA

Timber and Steel Presents: Best Live Roots Act at the AU Live Music Awards

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Timber and Steel are proud to announced that we’ll be presenting the Best Live Roots Act at the second annual AU Awards.

The AU Awards celebrate the best in live performances around the country between 1st November 2014 and 31st October 2015 and are the brainchild of our friends over at the AU Review.

The nominees for this year’s AU Award for Best Live Roots Act are as follows:

Marlon

Marlon Williams

Kim

Kim Churchill

Fanny

Fanny Lumsden

Fraser

Fraser A Gorman

Ruby Boots

Ruby Boots

The AU Awards winners will be revealed on 9th December at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney. Stay tuned for more details!

Pierce Brothers Announce New EP Into the Dirt

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Everyones favourite folk duo Pierce Brothers have just announced plans to release their brand new EP Into the Dirt. The EP was produced by Jan Skubiszewski (Dan Sultan, John Butler Trio, Daniel Merriweather) and is due for release on the 25th September. Check out the track listing here:

1. Overdose
2. Mumma Please
3. Monsters
4. Black Dog
5. 229 (Live)
6. White Whale (Live)

To celebrate the release of Into the Dirt Pierce Brothers are heading out on an Australian tour through October and November – the full list of dates are below:

Thursday 1st October – Rolling Stone Live Lodge, Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd October – Murwillumbah Country Roots Festival, Murwillumbah, NSW
Friday 6th November – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 7th November – Originals Music Festival, Coolum, QLD
Thursday 12th November – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Friday 13th November – Blues at Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown, WA
Saturday 14th November – Amplifier, Perth, WA
Sunday 15th November – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Friday 20th November – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21st November – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC

Watch the New Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars Video “A Lover And A Fool”

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Sydney based blues and roots trip Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars have just released “A Lover And A Fool”, the latest video from their EP of the same name. Check it out here:

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars are currently on a huge east coast tour – the full list of dates are below:

Thursday 3rd September – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
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
Friday 18th September – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW
Saturday 19th September – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 20th September – Beaches, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 25th September – Baroque, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 26th September – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

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